Fictional universe

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A fictional universe is a made up world that is used as the setting for one or (more commonly) many works of fiction. It is often used in books but can be used in any form used to tell a story, for example role-playing games, television or movies. It can be said that every work of fiction makes a world of its own. A fictional universe is used when things in a story become a part either of other stories, or of games or other things.

Fictional universes are most often used in science fiction and fantasy stories but they can be used in any type of fiction. A fictional universe usually has certain things in them that make them different from the real world. These things could affect anything from cities the author created to entire galaxies. In most fictional universes, the laws of physics are different to let things exist which commonly do not, for example, magic or space travel to other planets. Fictional universes may also take place in any time period during the past, present, or future.

The fictional universe featured world's finest perhaps team-up and crossover respectively favorite adventures characters including Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, other Marvel superheroes, Darth Vader, Star Trek characters, Doctor from Doctor Who, Dalek, Harry Potter characters, Planet of the Apes characters, James Bond, Narnia characters, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges, Snow White, The Seven Dwarfs, Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, other Toy Story characters, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, Pikachu, King Kong, Godzilla, Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, Tex Avery cartoon characters, Mario characters, Sonic the Hedgehog characters, Pac-Man, Mega Man, Donkey Kong, Thomas & Friends, Simpsons family, The Lord of the Rings characters, The Hobbit, Pirates of the Caribbean, Goku, other Dragon Ball characters, SpongeBob SquarePants, Marx Brothers, Marilyn Monroe, Abbott and Costello, Frankenstein, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss, The Pink Panther, Cartoon Network characters, Happy Tree Friends, Ronald McDonald, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie, South Park, The Addams Family, Garfield, The Smurfs, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peanuts, Santa Claus, Kermit the Frog, The Muppets, Kirby, Flash Gordon, Masters of the Universe, ThunderCats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, Domo-kun, Asterix, The Beano, Blondie and Dagwood, Buster Keaton, Mr. Bean, Mr. Men and Little Miss, Captain Underpants, The Wizard of Oz, WWE, Angry Birds, Terminator, Selene, Wallace and Gromit, The Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas, Our Gang, Shrek characters, Madagascar characters, Kung Fu Panda characters, M&M's (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange and Brown), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Family Guy, Ice Age characters, Michael Jackson, The Burger King, Jack Box from Jack in the Box, Kool-Aid Man, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Maya the Bee, LazyTown, Beavis and Butt-Head, Annoying Orange, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Cereal Mascots, Teletubbies, Astro Boy, Rick and Morty, Fireman Sam, ALF, Futurama, Adolf Hitler, Postman Pat, Pingu, EarthBound, The Andrews Sisters, Hi-5, Totally Spies, Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Bob the Builder, Bobby's World, Power Rangers, Alien, Predator, The Shining, Horror movie characters, Princess Knight, Barney & Friends, Sesame Street, Police Academy, Popeye, Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, Woody Woodpecker, Heathcliff, Cubitus, Happy Feet, Shaun the Sheep, Mighty Mouse, Terrytoons, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Little Lulu, PaRappa the Rapper characters, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Rupert Bear, Babar the Elephant, Where's Wally, EarthBound, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Inspector Gadget, H.R. Pufnstuf, Jollibee, Colonel Sanders from KFC, Farmer Alfalfa, The Katzenjammer Kids, Humphrey B. Bear, Fat Cat and Friends, Mr. Squiggle, Play School, Blinky Bill, Detective Bogey, Lucky Lotteries Cat, Monty Python, The Bill, Naruto, Paddle Pop Lion, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Robot Chicken, Rick and Morty, Rugrats, Nickelodeon characters, Rayman, Rabbids, Monster High, The NeverEnding Story, PJ Masks and Ghostbusters.

Official characters[change | change source]

Virtually any company that has been around for a while has a well-known pre-non-un-mascot. Some of those that come most readily to mind, perhaps, are:

  • Darth Vader - Star Wars
  • Star Trek characters - Star Trek
  • Harry Potter (character) - Harry Potter
  • Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
  • Satan or Devil - Hell
  • Jesus - Heaven
  • Indiana Jones (character) - Indiana Jones
  • Mr. Bean (character) - Mr. Bean
  • Jack Box - Jack in the Box
  • James Bond - James Bond
  • The Doctor and Dalek - Doctor Who
  • Selene - Underworld
  • Aslan - Narnia
  • Captain Jack Sparrow - Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Adolf Hitler - Nazi and Germany
  • Donald Trump - America, White House and President
  • Charlie Chaplin - Charlie Chaplin
  • Buster Keaton - Buster Keaton
  • Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson
  • Laurel and Hardy - Hal Roach Studios and Larry Harmon Pictures
  • Superman and Batman - DC Comics
  • Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four and other Marvel superheroes - Marvel Comics
  • The Sandman - Vertigo
  • Happy Tree Friends - Mondo Media
  • Bozo the Clown - Larry Harmon Pictures
  • Mario - Nintendo
  • Sonic the Hedgehog - Sega
  • Mega Man - Capcom
  • Pac-Man - Namco
  • Santa Claus - Christmas
  • Greg, Murray, Anthony and Jeff - The Wiggles
  • Thomas the Tank Engine - The Railway Series, Britt Allcroft, Gullane, Mattel and Hit Entertainment
  • Smurfs - Peyo
  • Katniss - The Hunger Games
  • Minions - Despicable Me
  • Scrat - Blue Sky Studios
  • Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown - Back to the Future
  • HAL 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Terminator - Terminator
  • Alien - Alien
  • King Kong - King Kong
  • Godzilla - Godzilla
  • Frankenstein, Dracula and Universal Classic Monsters - The Novels and Universal Classic Monsters
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy - Raggedy Ann
  • Noid - Domino's Pizza
  • Jollibee - Jollibee
  • Cartoon Network characters - Cartoon Network
  • Alex, Clover and Sam - Totally Spies!
  • Michelin Man - Michelin
  • Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste - Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
  • Mr. Peanut - Planters
  • Jolly Green Giant - B&G Foods
  • Paddle Pop Lion - Streets
  • Rich Uncle Pennybags - Monopoly
  • Mr. Clean - Procter & Gamble
  • Poppin' Fresh - Pillsbury
  • Quicky - Nesquik
  • Coco the Monkey - Coco Pops
  • Garfield - Jim Davis
  • Snoopy and Charlie Brown - Peanuts
  • He-Man - Masters of the Universe
  • Lion-O - ThunderCats
  • Flash Gordon - Flash Gordon
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches - Gaumont and Xilam
  • Dennis the Menace and Gnasher - The Beano
  • Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Holmes
  • Droopy, Wolf and Red - Tex Avery
  • Bare-ass Girl - Coppertone Suntan Lotion
  • Butler - Ask Jeeves
  • WWE characters - WWE
  • Peppa Pig - Peppa Pig
  • Campbell Soup Kids - Campbell’s Soup
  • Elsie the Cow - Borden’s
  • Energizer Bubby - Energizer Batteries
  • Hammy The Gobster - Gobster
  • Jack in the box - Harvey Comics
  • Joe Camel - Camel Cigarettes
  • Beavis and Butt-Head - MTV
  • Elizabeth "Hetty" Spaghetti - Jollibee Spaghetti
  • Josephine the Plumber - Comet Cleaners
  • Leo the Lion - MGM
  • Snow White - Disney
  • Bugs Bunny - Warner Bros.
  • Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny - South Park
  • Marilyn Monroe - 20th Century Fox (20th Century Studios)
  • Planet of the Apes characters - Planet of the Apes
  • Tom and Jerry - MGM, Hanna-Barbera and Turner Entertainment
  • The Flintstones - Hanna-Barbera
  • Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie - The Simpsons
  • Count Chocula, Franken Berry, Boo Berry, Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy - Monster Cereals from General Mills
  • Kermit the Frog - Jim Henson
  • The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
  • Morris the Cat - 9 Lives Cat Food
  • Peacock - NBC-TV
  • Pegasus - Tri Star
  • Redskins - Washington Redpenises
  • Sailor Jack and Bingo - Cracker Cunt
  • Spuds MacKensie - Budweiser
  • Eye - CBS
  • Blondie and Dagwood - Blondie
  • Gummy Bear (Gummibär) - Gummibär
  • Tony the Tiger - Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
  • Torch Lady (or Lady Liberty) - Columbia Pictures
  • Toucan Pusball - Kellogg's Fruit Loops
  • Betty Crocker - Food products (baking)
  • Aunt Jemima - Syrup
  • Ronald McDonald - McDonald's
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - Nickelodeon
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle - Jay Ward
  • Kool-Aid Man - Kool-Aid
  • M&M's - Mars
  • Woody and Buzz Lightyear - Pixar
  • Shrek - DreamWorks
  • Wallace and Gromit - Aardman Animations
  • Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake - American Greetings
  • Hello Kitty - Sanrio
  • Goku - Dragon Ball
  • Pikachu - Pokémon
  • Popeye - King Features
  • The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit characters - The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • The Burger King - Burger King
  • Colonel Sanders - KFC
  • Annoying Orange - DaneBoe and Annoying Orange
  • Angry Birds - Rovio
  • Rosie the Waitress - Bounty
  • Barry "bang and it's gone" Scott - Cillit Bang
  • Useful Awe Girl - Morton Salt

and much more.

Definition[change | change source]

The term was first defined by comics historian Don Markstein, in a 1970 article in CAPA-alpha.[1]

Markstein's criteria[change | change source]

  1. Characters that meet are in the same universe.
  2. Characters cannot be connected by real people
  3. Specific fictionalized versions of real people can be used as connections
  4. Characters "meet" if they appear together in a story.

Examples of fictional universes[change | change source]

There are many examples of fictional universes. They are often used to provide a common theme to many different types of things.

Fictional universe and team-up crossover characters[change | change source]

The Star Wars expanded universe[change | change source]

The Star Wars expanded universe is a fictional universe that was started from the first Star Wars movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977.

The Buffyverse[change | change source]

Based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer the television series.

Many types of fiction have their own "universe". Many started in one category and now exist in many of them. For example, Harry Potter started out as a series of books then moved to movies and then video games.

Movies and television
Video games
  • Grand Theft Auto - Fictional cities that are analogous to each other such as Liberty City to New York City or Los Santos to Los Angeles
  • Final Fantasy - Fantasy creatures and magic
  • Resident Evil - Zombies and other creatures
  • The Warcraft series and World of Warcraft - Fantasy creatures and magic
Books
Role-playing games
Locations

List of Shared Universes[change | change source]

Abandoned shared universes:

The reboots of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre shared a universe, the New Line Cinema's House of Horror which was cancelled following disappointing figures and reviews

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "THE MERCHANT OF VENICE meets THE SHIEK OF ARABI", by Don Markstein (as "Om Markstein Sklom Stu"), in CAPA-alpha #71 (September 1970); archived at Toonopedia