List of fictional universes in animation and comics

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This is a partial list of fictional universes created for comic books and animated film and television.

Animation

This is a partial list of fictional universes created for animated films or series.

Universe Origin / first mentioned Date Notes
Avatar Universe The Boy in the Iceberg (Avatar: The Last Airbender) 2005 Four Nations (Air Nomads, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, Water Tribes) (The Last Airbender)
Four Nations and Sovereign state (Air Nomads, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, Water Tribes and the United Republic of Nations) (The Legend of Korra).
Code Geass universe Code Geass 2006 Set in an alternate timeline.
The Dark Knight Returns Batman: Year One 2011 Continuity based on Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.[1]
DC Animated Universe Batman: The Animated Series 1992 Refers to a series of popular animated television series and related spin-offs produced by Warner Bros. Animation which share the same continuity. Sometimes referred to as the Diniverse or Timmverse after its two most notable contributors, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm.
DC Animated Movie Universe Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox 2013 Animated films based on The New 52 continuity.
Disney's CGI Animated Musical Universe Tangled 2010 Animated musical films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios that includes films such as Tangled, Frozen, Moana, Tangled: Before Ever After, Frozen 2, the animated shorts Tangled Ever After, Frozen Fever, Gone Fishing, Olaf's Frozen Adventure and the TV series Tangled: The Series and Lego Frozen Northern Lights
Disney's Phineas and Ferb Universe Rollercoaster (Phineas and Ferb) 2007 A Universe where Phineas and Ferb and Milo Murphy's Law both take place.
DreamWorks Animation Universe Antz 1998 Fictional universe with all of the DreamWorks Animation features connected in the same universe through a major timeline of events
Duck universe Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #49 1944 Where Disney cartoon characters Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck live. It is a spin-off of the older Mickey Mouse universe, yet has become much more extensive. It was largely the creation of Carl Barks.
Evangelion universe Neon Genesis Evangelion 1995
Gundam multiverse Mobile Suit Gundam 1979 Includes Universal Century, Future Century, After Colony, After War, Correct Century, Cosmic Era, Anno Domini, Advanced Generation, Our Century, Regild Century and Post Disaster timelines.
Gurren Lagann multiverse Gurren Lagann 2007
MacFarlane universe Family Guy 1999 The setting for multiple cartoons created by Seth MacFarlane, including Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. Also crossed over with Springfield from The Simpsons in The Simpsons Guy.
Macross universe The Super Dimension Fortress Macross 1982 Original TV series later adapted into Robotech in North America.
Megazone 23 universe Megazone 23 1985 Original OVA later adapted into Robotech: The Movie in North America.
Marvel Animated Universe X-Men 1992 TV Series connected by crossovers that are considered counterpart of DC Animated Universe. Consists of X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man Unlimited and The Avengers: United They Stand.[2][3]
Marvel Animation Universe Ultimate Spider-Man 2012 Marvel animated series set on Earth-12041.
Marvel Anime Iron Man 2010 The setting for four anime television series and two direct-to-video films produced in collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and Japanese animation studio Madhouse.
Marvel Productions Universe Spider-Man 1981 Setting of Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and The Incredible Hulk.[4]
Mickey Mouse universe Plane Crazy 1928 Where some cartoon characters created by the Walt Disney Company live, the most famous of which is Mickey Mouse. It is coexistent with the Duck universe
Untitled Lego shared universe The Lego Movie 2014 Animated LEGO films produced by Warner Bros. that includes films such as The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie and the TV series Unikitty!.
The Pixar Universe Toy Story 1995 Fictional universe with all of the Pixar features connected in the same universe through a major timeline of events
Pokémon universe Pokémon 1996 Multi-media fictional universe spanning an anime series, video game series, anime films, manga comics, and live-action film.
Quintel universe Regular Show 2010 A universe where Regular Show and the upcoming Close Enough both take place.
Robotech universe Robotech 1985 TV series adapted from three unrelated anime shows: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Century Orguss, and Fang of the Sun Dougram.
Robotech: The Movie adapted from Megazone 23 and Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross.
Springfield The Simpsons 1989 Fictional town in which Matt Groening's animated series The Simpsons takes place. Crossed over with the MacFarlane universe in The Simpsons Guy.
Star Wars Star Wars 1977 While the Saga originated with live-action films, George Lucas produced Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film / animated series and Dave Filoni produced Star Wars Rebels, and was supervising director on the film and both animated series. The animation has the same universe as the live-action films.
Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe S.C.O.O.B. 2020 Animated films produced by Warner Bros. based on Hanna-Barbera cartoons.[5]
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and The Batman/Superman Hour The New Adventures of Superman 1966
Yost Universe Hulk Versus 2009 The setting of Hulk Versus, Wolverine and the X-Men, Thor: Tales of Agsard and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.[4]

Comics

This is a partial list of fictional universes created for comics.

Universe Origin/ first mentioned Date Notes
Amalgam Universe Amalgam Comics #1 1996 Marvel & DC crossover
BattleTech universe Battledroids board game 1984 Futuristic wargame setting with a largely fictionalized 2-d starmap extending over 2,500 light-years out from Terra; timeline diverges from real-world history around 1984 and is meanwhile detailed through the mid-32nd century. Was originally created for Battledroids in 1984 (which was renamed to BattleTech in its 2nd edition). Later additions include the BattleTech: The Spider and the Wolf graphic novel (1986) and BattleTech: The Animated Series (1994).
Bedrock The Flintstones 1960 Modern/prehistoric town
DC Multiverse The Flash #123 1961 Universe in which the many separate continuities of DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) take place
Dragon Ball multiverse Dragon Ball 1984 Multiverse in which Dragon Ball (including Dragon Ball Z) and Dragon Ball Super manga series take place.
Dredd's World The Robot Wars 1977 A dystopian future where the Earth has been badly damaged by a series of international conflicts, much of the planet has turned into radioactive wasteland, and populations have aggregated in enormous mega-cities.
Equestria My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 2010 A world consisting of both sentient and non-sentient animals and creatures, but mostly of four types of ponies: Earth ponies, Pegasus ponies, Unicorn ponies and Alicorn ponies (which are winged unicorns and are of royal status.) All ponies have, or will obtain a Cutie Mark, which is a symbol that appears on their flank when they discover what their special talent is. There is also a modern-day human world where characters have human being counterparts of themselves; access to this world is through a magic portal.
Erfworld Erfworld 2006 Fantasy realm that follows the rules of a tabletop wargame, featured in a webcomic of the same name
Eternia Masters of the Universe 1981 Mystical planet at the centre of the universe that forms the setting for the Masters of the Universe franchise
Hasbro Comic Book Universe The Transformers: Infiltration #0 2005 Setting of many of the comic books based on Hasbro; published by IDW publishing.
Image Universe Savage Dragon #1, Spawn #1, & Youngblood #1 1992 Setting of many of the comic books published by Image Comics take place.
Marvel Multiverse Universe in which the various separate continuities of Marvel Comics (Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America) take place.
Mongo Flash Gordon 1934 Totalitarian planet that is the setting for the Flash Gordon comic strip
Shōnen Jump multiverse Super Kochikame and Cross Epoch 2006 Shared crossover multiverse bringing together several Shōnen Jump manga series, including Dragon Ball, Kochikame, One Piece and Toriko.
Sigilverse CrossGenesis #1 2000 Serves as the 900th century setting for most titles published by CrossGen Comics.
Tintin universe Tintin in the Land of the Soviets 1929 The fictionalised world of Herge's Adventures of Tintin
Wildstorm Universe Wildstorm Titles 1992 A fictional shared universe where the comic books published by Wildstorm take place. It represents an alternate history of the real world where ideas such as interstellar travel and superhuman abilities are commonplace.
Naruto Universe Naruto manga 2000 A fictional, unnamed, feudal era, fantasy world of Japan.

References

  1. ^ "'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2' Review". screenrant.com. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Marvel Animated Universe Review". burrunjorsramblesandbabbles. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Remembering The 90's Marvel Animated Universe". Comics. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Marvel Animated Universe: Then and Now". ComicsVerse. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/12/scooby-doo-reboot-hanna-barbera-warner-bros
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