Worlds Encyclopedia

The Best Fantasy and Science-Fiction Worlds

A Song of Ice and Fire


A fantasy world is threatened by long winters, political intrigues and undeads.

Creators: George R. R. Martin

First Appearance: 1996

Country: USA

Original Type: Book

Website: https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/A_Song_of_Ice_and_Fire
Titles:
  • A Game of Thrones
  • A Clash of Kings
  • A Storm of Swords
  • A Feast for Crows
  • A Dance with Dragons
  • The Winds of Winter
  • A Dream of Spring
  • Game of Thrones TV Series

Alien


In the future, a race of extremely aggressive aliens is discovered by space merchants.

Creators: Dan O'Bannon & Ronald Shusett

First Appearance: 1979

Country: USA

Original Type: Movie

Website: https://www.20thcenturystudios.com/movies/alien
Titles:
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Alien 3
  • Alien Resurrection
  • Alien vs. Predator
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
  • Prometheus
  • Alien: Covenant

Assassin's Creed


An age-old battle between assassins and templars acting as ancient gods' puppets.

Creators: Ubisoft Montreal

First Appearance: 2007

Country: Canada

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://www.ubisoft.com/en-gb/game/assassins-creed
Titles:
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Assassin's Creed II
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue
  • Assassin's Creed Unity
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  • Assassin's Creed Origins
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Assassin's Creed The Movie

Avatar


A company goes to exploit rare minerals on a distant lush planet and clash with the native.

Creators: James Cameron

First Appearance: 2009

Country: USA

Original Type: Movie

Website: https://james-camerons-avatar.fandom.com/wiki/Avatar_Wiki
Titles:
  • Avatar
  • Avatar 2

Avatar: The Last Airbender


Four nations used the four elements to fight over a fantasy world.

Creators: Nickelodeon

First Appearance: 2005

Country: USA

Original Type: Anime

Website: https://avatar.fandom.com/wiki/Avatar:_The_Last_Airbender
Titles:
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • The Legend of Korra
  • The Last Airbender

Blade Runner


In a dystopian future, a cop tracks rogue androids.

Creators: Philip K. Dick & Ridley Scott

First Appearance: 1982

Country: USA

Original Type: Movie

Website: https://www.warnerbros.com/movies/blade-runner
Titles:
  • Blade Runner
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

DC Universe


Heroes with superpowers help Humanity fight Evil.

Creators: DC Comics

First Appearance: 1940

Country: USA

Original Type: Comics

Website: https://www.dcuniverseinfinite.com
Titles:
  • Batman
  • The Arrow
  • The Flash
  • Superman
  • Watchmen
  • Aquaman
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Suicide Squad
  • Justice League
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises

Deus Ex


Humanity discovered how to merge man with machine and troubles follow.

Creators: Warren Spector

First Appearance: 2000

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://square-enix-games.com/en_EU/games/deus-ex-mankind-divided
Titles:
  • Deus Ex
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Deus Ex: The Fall

Dinotopia


On an isolated island, sapient dinosaurs and humans learned to live peacefully together.

Creators: James Gurney

First Appearance: 1992

Country: USA

Original Type: Book

Website: https://jamesgurney.com/
Titles:
  • A Land Apart from Time
  • The World Beneath
  • Journey to Chandara
  • Dinotopia TV Series

Divergent


Society is split between collaborating factions where everybody knows where they belong except for a young woman.

Creators: Veronica Roth

First Appearance: 2011

Country: USA

Original Type: Book

Website: https://veronicarothbooks.com
Titles:
  • Divergent
  • Insurgent
  • Allegiant

Dragon Age


A divided fantasy world needs to unite to fight a common enemy.

Creators: BioWare

First Appearance: 2009

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://www.ea.com/games/dragon-age
Titles:
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening
  • Dragon Age II
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dune


In a distant future, a feudal interstellar society fights over a rare resource on a desertic planet.

Creators: Frank Herbert

First Appearance: 1965

Country: USA

Original Type: Book

Website: https://dunenovels.com
Titles:
  • Dune
  • Dune Messiah
  • Children of Dune
  • God Emperor of Dune
  • Heretics of Dune
  • Chapterhouse: Dune

Ender's Game


In a close future, children are trained to fight insectoid aliens in space battles.

Creators: Orson Scott Card

First Appearance: 1985

Country: USA

Original Type: Book

Website: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780812550702/endersgame
Titles:
  • Ender's Game
  • Speaker for the Dead
  • Xenocide
  • Children of the Mind
  • Ender in Exile
  • A War of Gifts: An Ender Story
  • Ender's Shadow
  • Shadow of the Hegemon
  • Shadow Puppets
  • Shadow of the Giant
  • Shadows in Flight
  • The Last Shadow
  • The First Formic War
  • The Second Formic War
  • Fleet School

Fallout


Humanity destroyed itself with nukes and survivors try to rebuild in a post-apocalyptic environment.

Creators: Black Isle Studios

First Appearance: 1997

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://fallout.bethesda.net
Titles:
  • Fallout
  • Fallout 2
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Fallout Tactics
  • Fallout Shelter

Final Fantasy


A group of heroes battles Evil in a fantasy or science-fiction setting.

Creators: Hironobu Sakaguchi

First Appearance: 1987

Country: Japan

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://www.finalfantasyxiv.com
Titles:
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy II
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Final Fantasy XI
  • Final Fantasy XII
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Freespace


Humanity needs to ally themselves with old enemy in order to survive.

Creators: Adam Pletcher

First Appearance: 1998

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://store.steampowered.com/app/273600/Descent_FreeSpace__The_Great_War
Titles:
  • Descent: Freespace - The Great War
  • FreeSpace 2

God of War


A Spartan warrior is led to take part in a war between gods in ancient mythology.

Creators: Sony Interactive & David Jaffe

First Appearance: 2005

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/god-of-war
Titles:
  • God of War
  • God of War II
  • God of War III
  • God of War: Betrayal
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus
  • God of War: Ghosts of Sparta
  • God of War: Ascension
  • God of War: A Call from the Wilds
  • God of War: Mimir's Vision
  • God of War Ragnarok

Harry Potter


A young boy discovers he is a wizard and goes to school to learn.

Creators: J. K. Rowling

First Appearance: 1997

Country: UK

Original Type: Book

Website: https://www.wizardingworld.com/discover/books
Titles:
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts

Horizon Zero Dawn


A world populated by native tribes and humans is holding secrets

Creators: Guerrilla Games

First Appearance: 2017

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://www.guerrilla-games.com/play/horizon
Titles:
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
  • Horizon Forbidden West

Judge Dredd


In a dystopian future, a law enforcement and judicial officer fights crime.

Creators: John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

First Appearance: 1977

Country: USA

Original Type: Comics

Website: https://2000ad.com
Titles:
  • Judge Dredd Comics
  • Judge Dredd
  • Dredd

Magic: The Gathering


Players compete with creatures, heroes and spells in a turn-based game.

Creators: Wizards of the Coast & Richard Garfield

First Appearance: 1993

Country: USA

Original Type: Tabletop

Website: https://magic.wizards.com/en
Titles:
  • Magic: The Gathering

Marvel Universe


People with superpowers fight Evil on Earth and elsewhere.

Creators: Martin Goodman

First Appearance: 1939

Country: USA

Original Type: Comics

Website: https://www.marvel.com
Titles:
  • The First Avenger
  • Agent Carter
  • Captain Marvel
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Thor
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: End Game
  • Captain America
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Black Widow
  • Black Panther
  • Ant-Man
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Hawkeye
  • Doctor Strange
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home
  • Venom
  • X-Men
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men: First Class
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Deadpool
  • Deadpool 2
  • Shang-Chi

Mass Effect


The galaxy is attacked by ancient enemies set to destroy all.

Creators: BioWare & Casey Hudson

First Appearance: 2007

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://www.ea.com/games/mass-effect
Titles:
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Mass Effect: Paragon Lost

Matrix


People live in a virtual world and are harvested by machines for their energy.

Creators: Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski

First Appearance: 1999

Country: USA

Original Type: Movie

Website: https://www.warnerbros.com/movies/matrix
Titles:
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • The Matrix Resurrections

Pacific Rim


Humanity uses large robots to fight big aliens coming from a different dimension.

Creators: Guillermo del Toro

First Appearance: 2013

Country: USA

Original Type: Movie

Website: https://www.legendary.com/film/pacificrim/
Titles:
  • Pacific Rim
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising

Pokémon


In a fantasy worlds, people capture creatures and make them fight in arenas.

Creators: Satoshi Tajiri

First Appearance: 1996

Country: Japan

Original Type: Videogame

Website: http://www.pokemon.com
Titles:
  • Pokémon: Original Series
  • Pokémon: Advanced Generation
  • Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl
  • Pokémon: Black and White
  • Pokémon: XY
  • Pokémon Go
  • Pokémon Anime Series

Star Trek


Humanity explores deep space.

Creators: Gene Roddenberry

First Appearance: 1966

Country: USA

Original Type: TV Show

Website: https://www.startrek.com
Titles:
  • The Motion Picture
  • II: The Wrath of Khan
  • III: The Search for Spock
  • IV: The Voyage Home
  • V: The Final Frontier
  • VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Generations
  • First Contact
  • Insurrection
  • Nemesis
  • Star Trek
  • Into Darkness
  • Beyond
  • The Original Series
  • The Next Generation
  • Deep Space Nine
  • Voyager
  • Enterprise

Star Wars


Epic Space Opera, Family Tragedy

Creators: George Lucas

First Appearance: 1977

Country: USA

Original Type: Movie

Website: https://www.starwars.com
Titles:
  • Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  • Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  • Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
  • Episode IV – A New Hope
  • Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
  • Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
  • Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
  • Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars: Rogue One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Knights of The Old Republic
  • Knights of The Old Republic II
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Jedi: FAllen Order
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • The Mandalorian

Starcraft


An insect-like race of aliens threatens the galaxy.

Creators: Blizzard Entertainment

First Appearance: 1998

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://starcraft.com
Titles:
  • Starcraft
  • StarCraft: Brood War
  • Starcraft II
  • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
  • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
  • StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

Stargate


The discovery of an alien artifact on Earth permits the US Air Force to explore the galaxy.

Creators: Roland Emmerich

First Appearance: 1994

Country: USA

Original Type: Movie

Website: https://mgm.com/franchise/stargate
Titles:
  • Stargate
  • Stargate SG-1
  • Stargate Atlantis
  • Stargate Continuum
  • Stargate: The Ark of Truth
  • Stargate Universe
  • Stargate Origins
  • Stargate Infinity

The Elder Scrolls


Lively fantasy world populated by magic and different races of creatures.

Creators: Bethesda Softworks

First Appearance: 1998

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://elderscrolls.bethesda.net
Titles:
  • The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  • The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Heartfire
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades

The Fifth Element


A cab driver needs to save the world from impending doom with love.

Creators: Luc Besson

First Appearance: 1997

Country: France

Original Type: Movie

Website: https://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thefifthelement
Titles:
  • The Fifth Element

The Hunger Games


A dystopian society is holding regular games to entertain the people and avoid uprisings.

Creators: Suzanne Collins

First Appearance: 2008

Country: USA

Original Type: Book

Website: http://suzannecollinsbooks.com
Titles:
  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The Legend of Zelda


A young hero has to save a fantasy world.

Creators: Shigeru Miyamoto & Takashi Tezuka

First Appearance: 1986

Country: Japan

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://www.zelda.com
Titles:
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Adventure of Link
  • A Link to the Past
  • Link's Awakening
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Majora's Mask
  • Four Swords
  • The Wind Waker
  • The Minish Cap
  • Twilight Princess
  • Phantom Hourglass
  • Spirit Tracks
  • Skyward Sword
  • A Link Between Worlds
  • Tri Force Heroes
  • Breath of the Wild

The Lord of The Rings


A fantasy world is threatened by an Evil lord

Creators: J. R. R. Tolkien

First Appearance: 1954

Country: UK

Original Type: Book

Website: https://lotr.fandom.com/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings
Titles:
  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
  • An Unexpected Journey
  • The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Battle of the Five Armies

The Shannara Chronicles


Civilization has been destroyed by a nuclear holocaust and survivors use magic to rebuild society.

Creators: Terry Brooks

First Appearance: 1977

Country: USA

Original Type: Book

Website: https://terrybrooks.net
Titles:
  • Word & Void
  • The Genesis of Shannara
  • Legends of Shannara
  • First King of Shannara
  • The Sword of Shannara
  • The Heritage of Shannara
  • The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
  • High Druid of Shannara
  • The Dark Legacy of Shannara
  • The Defenders of Shannara
  • The Fall of Shannara,

The Wheel of Time


In a fantasy world, prophecies speak of a man channeling a tainted power destined to save the world.

Creators: Robert Jordan

First Appearance: 1990

Country: USA

Original Type: Book

Website: https://wot.fandom.com/wiki/A_beginning
Titles:
  • New Spring
  • The Eye of the World
  • The Great Hunt
  • The Dragon Reborn
  • The Shadow Rising
  • The Fires of Heaven
  • Lord of Chaos
  • A Crown of Swords
  • The Path of Daggers
  • Winter's Heart
  • Crossroads of Twilight
  • Knife of Dreams
  • The Gathering Storm
  • Towers of Midnight
  • A Memory of Light
  • The Wheel of Time TV Series

The Witcher


A monster killer helps people deal with their problems in a medieval fantasy setting.

Creators: Andrzej Sapkowski

First Appearance: 1986

Country: Poland

Original Type: Book

Website: https://thewitcher.com
Titles:
  • Sword of Destiny
  • The Last Wish
  • Blood of Elves
  • Time of Contempt
  • Baptism of Fire
  • The Tower of the Swallow
  • The Lady of the Lake
  • Season of Storms
  • The Witcher
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
  • The Witcher TV Series

The World of Hayao Miyazaki


A whimsical fantasy world influenced by Japanese culture.

Creators: Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli

First Appearance: 1986

Country: Japan

Original Type: Anime

Website: http://www.studioghibli.net
Titles:
  • Castle in the Sky
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Spirited Away
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Tales from Earthsea

Warcraft


A fantasy world inhabited by men, elves and dwarves fighting for power is threatened by undeads and demons.

Creators: Blizzard Entertainment

First Appearance: 1994

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: http://blizzard.com
Titles:
  • Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
  • Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
  • Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
  • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
  • Warcraft III: Reforged
  • World of Warcraft
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
  • World of Warcraft: Legion
  • World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • Hearthstone

Warhammer


Different races battle for domination in a fantasy world.

Creators: Games Workshop

First Appearance: 1975

Country: UK

Original Type: Tabletop

Website: https://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Warhammer-Age-of-Sigmar
Titles:
  • Warhammer
  • Warhammer Fantasy Battle
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar

Warhammer 40k


Different races battle for domination in a distant future.

Creators: Tabletop

First Appearance: 1987

Country: UK

Original Type: Tabletop

Website: https://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Warhammer-40-000
Titles:
  • Warhammer 40K

XCOM


Humanity is in a desperate race against the clock to defend Earth against invading aliens

Creators: Mythos Game

First Appearance: 1994

Country: USA

Original Type: Videogame

Website: https://www.xcom.com
Titles:
  • UFO: Enemy Unknown
  • X-COM: Terror from the Deep
  • X-COM: Apocalypse
  • X-COM: Interceptor
  • X-COM: First Alien Invasion
  • X-COM: Enforcer
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • XCOM 2
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad