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[[File:Multiverse.png|500px|thumb|right|The Multiverse as seen by Kaia and Jack in [[13.09 The Bad Place]]]]
 
[[File:Multiverse.png|500px|thumb|right|The Multiverse as seen by Kaia and Jack in [[13.09 The Bad Place]]]]
An alternate universe or alternate reality occurs when accepted reality is altered. Characters may actually move into a universe that is separate from their own, they may find themselves in a reality constructed by a powerful being or induced by a drug, or they may find their own universe altered by time travel.  
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'''Sam:''' How many are there --  how many other worlds or -- or universes  or realities or whatever?<br>
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'''Chuck:''' I don't know. Kinda lost count. Most of them are boring. One's in reverse. In one, there's no yellow. One of them's just all squirrels.
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==Alternate Universes and Other Worlds ==
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After [[God]] aka [[Chuck Shurley]] created the world, He wanted to do more and began creating many worlds within a multiverse. In order to do this, He had to integrate Himself into the framework of the multiversal quantum construct to create a perfect harmony in order for the Winchesters' world to continue operating in His extended absence.
===Fairy realm===
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While usually separate, these worlds can sometimes be linked to each other via [[portal]]s. The worlds may be very different from Earth, or similar with minor changes. These other worlds had different combinations, scenarios and characters, while some also had different versions of the same characters. Chuck tells Sam He lost count of how many universes there were, claiming that most are boring, citing to Sam a universe in reverse, one without the color yellow, and one that is entirely inhabited by squirrels.
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In addition to these alternate worlds, characters may find themselves in an [[Alternate Reality]] constructed by a powerful being or a mental construct induced by a drug, or they may visit different versions of their own universes due to [[Time Travel|alternate timelines]].
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In 2020, [[Chuck]] starts destroying these alternate universes, except for the Winchesters' world. He explains that some of the worlds can be destroyed with a snap of His fingers, but others are more complex and will take time and extra attention to completely obliterate. Two of the known worlds He destroyed thus far include [[the Bad Place]] and Earth 2, where He watched the destruction of these worlds on various TV screens. [[Billie]] later states that God is "almost done" destroying alternate worlds, leading [[Sam and Dean Winchester (HunterCorp)|a Sam and Dean from one such world]] to attempt to escape across universes. Billie later reveals to Dean that Chuck is completely done and will soon be back.
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==Worlds in the Multiverse==
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===Fairy Realm===
 
[[Fairies]] live in a realm separate from ours, although they can move between their world and ours. The land of Oz is situated in the fairy realm.<br>
 
[[Fairies]] live in a realm separate from ours, although they can move between their world and ours. The land of Oz is situated in the fairy realm.<br>
  
'''Episodes:''' [[6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe...]] and [[8.11 LARP and the Real Girl]].
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:'''Episodes:''' [[6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe...]] and [[8.11 LARP and the Real Girl]].
  
 
===[[Oz]]===
 
===[[Oz]]===
 
[[Oz]] can be accessed from Earth through the use of a special key that turns any door into an entrance to Oz. The only other method of entry into Oz is through natural disasters like tornadoes, the eye of a hurricane, or whirlpools.<br>
 
[[Oz]] can be accessed from Earth through the use of a special key that turns any door into an entrance to Oz. The only other method of entry into Oz is through natural disasters like tornadoes, the eye of a hurricane, or whirlpools.<br>
  
'''Episodes:''' [[9.04 Slumber Party]] and [[10.11 There's No Place Like Home]]
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:'''Episodes:''' [[9.04 Slumber Party]] and [[10.11 There's No Place Like Home]]
  
===World without Supernatural===
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===French Mistake World===
 
[[Balthazar]] sends [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] into an alternate universe, ostensibly to keep the key to where all the [[angelic weapons]] are being stored safe from [[Raphael]]. They find themselves in a world where their lives are the basis of a TV show, and they are actually actors - [[Jared Padalecki]] and [[Jensen Ackles]]. In this universe spells don't work, and the supernatural doesn't exist. When they get back to their own universe, Sam and Dean find out the whole thing was a diversion so that [[Castiel]] could access the weapons.<br>
 
[[Balthazar]] sends [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] into an alternate universe, ostensibly to keep the key to where all the [[angelic weapons]] are being stored safe from [[Raphael]]. They find themselves in a world where their lives are the basis of a TV show, and they are actually actors - [[Jared Padalecki]] and [[Jensen Ackles]]. In this universe spells don't work, and the supernatural doesn't exist. When they get back to their own universe, Sam and Dean find out the whole thing was a diversion so that [[Castiel]] could access the weapons.<br>
  
'''Episodes:''' [[6.15 The French Mistake]]
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:'''Episodes:''' [[6.15 The French Mistake]]
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'''Trivia:''' In Season Two of the series [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_(TV_series) ''You''], a journalist refers to working on a story about Jared Padalecki. When asked about it, creator [[Sera Gamble]] said that the series took place in the same universe as [[6.15 The French Mistake]].
  
 
===[[Apocalypse World]]===
 
===[[Apocalypse World]]===
 
Apocalypse World is located in an [[alternate universe]], one in which the forces of [[Heaven]] and [[Hell]] are fighting in an eternal battle with humanity caught in the middle. It is connected to the normal world by a portal opened by the [[Nephilim]] son of Lucifer -- [[Jack]].<br>
 
Apocalypse World is located in an [[alternate universe]], one in which the forces of [[Heaven]] and [[Hell]] are fighting in an eternal battle with humanity caught in the middle. It is connected to the normal world by a portal opened by the [[Nephilim]] son of Lucifer -- [[Jack]].<br>
  
'''Episodes:''' [[12.23 All Along the Watchtower]], [[13.01 Lost and Found]], [[13.02 The Rising Son]], [[13.07 War of the Worlds]], [[13.09 The Bad Place]], [[13.14 Good Intentions]], [[13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive]], [[13.20 Unfinished Business]], [[13.21 Beat the Devil]], [[13.22 Exodus]]
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:'''Episodes:''' [[12.23 All Along the Watchtower]], [[13.01 Lost and Found]], [[13.02 The Rising Son]], [[13.07 War of the Worlds]], [[13.09 The Bad Place]], [[13.14 Good Intentions]], [[13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive]], [[13.20 Unfinished Business]], [[13.21 Beat the Devil]], [[13.22 Exodus]]
  
 
===[[The Bad Place]]===
 
===[[The Bad Place]]===
The "Bad Place" is a world located in an alternate universe, where giant monsters appear to be the dominant species of the planet.
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The "Bad Place" is a world located in an alternate universe, where giant monsters appear to be the dominant species of the planet. It is destroyed by God with a cataclysmic storm after the Winchesters rescue [[Kaia Nieves]] who was trapped in the world for two years.
  
'''Episodes:''' [[13.09 The Bad Place]] and [[13.10 Wayward Sisters]]
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:'''Episodes:''' [[13.09 The Bad Place]], [[13.10 Wayward Sisters]] and [[15.12 Galaxy Brain]]
  
 
===Scooby-Doo Universe===
 
===Scooby-Doo Universe===
 
[[Phantom Ghost Kid|A ghost]] sends Sam, Dean, and Castiel into a TV where they enter the world of Scooby-Doo, meet up with the Scooby Gang, and join forces to defeat the ghost.
 
[[Phantom Ghost Kid|A ghost]] sends Sam, Dean, and Castiel into a TV where they enter the world of Scooby-Doo, meet up with the Scooby Gang, and join forces to defeat the ghost.
  
'''Episodes:''' [[13.16 Scoobynatural]]
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:'''Episodes:''' [[13.16 Scoobynatural]]
  
 
===Tentacle Porn Land===
 
===Tentacle Porn Land===
 
"Tentacle Porn Land", so dubbed by Dean, is the home of the tentacled cosmic deities [[Yokoth]] and [[Glythur]]. Not much is known of their universe other than that Yokoth and Glythur have consumed most of it.
 
"Tentacle Porn Land", so dubbed by Dean, is the home of the tentacled cosmic deities [[Yokoth]] and [[Glythur]]. Not much is known of their universe other than that Yokoth and Glythur have consumed most of it.
  
'''Episodes:''' [[13.17 The Thing]]
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:'''Episodes:''' [[13.17 The Thing]]
 
 
==Episodes Featuring Altered Reality or Alternate Timelines==
 
===[[2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be]]===
 
A [[djinn]] poisons [[Dean]] and traps him in a dream state while it feeds from his blood. This AU is commonly referred to as the [[wish-verse]]. It is a construct formed by Dean's subconscious arising from one wish - that his mother had never died. As a result, [[Mary Winchester]] is alive in the present day, with Sam still attending Stanford and engaged to [[Jess]] while Dean works as a mechanic and dates a nurse, but John Winchester is still dead, Dean and Sam have a poor relationship, and everyone the Winchesters saved as hunters are dead.
 
 
 
===[[3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me]]===
 
[[Jeremy Frost]] is able to trap people in their dreams by mixing some of their DNA with [[African Dream Root]]. What happens in the dreams affects the dreamer - including death.
 
  
===[[3.11 Mystery Spot]]===
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===[[Chuck's Endings]]===
The [[Trickster]] creates a [[time loop]] in which [[Dean]] dies in every iteration regardless of what [[Sam]] does. When the [[Trickster]] is discovered by Sam, he ends the loop with Dean dying. Sam spends six months searching for the Trickster. When he finds him, Sam begs him to bring Dean back. The Trickster says he was trying to teach Sam that Dean is his weakness, and his enemies will use this against him, but he does restore the original time line. Dean does not remember his final death, although it is unclear if Sam remembers the previous six months.
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In [[15.09 The Trap]], [[Chuck]] reveals that the [[Chuck's Endings|endings]] Sam has been seeing are not His drafts for possible endings for Sam and Dean but rather Chuck's memories of alternate reality Sams and Deans. These worlds also include alternate versions of [[Benny Lafitte]] and [[Lucifer]] while alternate versions of [[Jody Mills]] and [[Bobby Singer]] are mentioned.
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[[File:EarthTwoDestroyed.png|350px|right|thumb|[[Chuck]] rains meteors down on Earth 2.]]
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:'''Episodes:''' [[15.01 Back and to the Future]], [[15.04 Atomic Monsters]], [[15.05 Proverbs 17:3]]
  
===[[4.17 It's a Terrible Life]]===
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===Earth 2===
[[Zachariah]] creates an alternate reality where the Winchesters are [[Dean Smith]] and [[Sam Wesson]], two men who are not brothers, and who work for [[Sandover Bridge & Iron Inc.]]. They eventually team up to hunt a ghost in the building. At a time when Dean seems to recoil from hunting, Zachariah constructed the reality to demonstrate to Dean that he will always pursue hunting. This reality is simply constructed out of false memories and is not truly alternate per se.
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Earth 2 was an alternate universe that Chuck used as His hub while wiping the slate clean of all other universes, except the Winchesters' world. Key differences to this Earth include two moons in its sky as well as Hillary Clinton being the President of the United States, and the world making successful efforts in combating climate change by restoring the Paris Agreement. Earth 2 is destroyed by a meteor shower after Chuck spends four weeks squatting in a Radio Shed store, eating junk food and destroying other universes while He watches the various cataclysms unfold on the TV screens.  
  
===[[5.04 The End]]===
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:'''Episodes:''' [[15.12 Galaxy Brain]]
[[Zachariah]] creates a future alternate reality  where [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] are no longer hunting together and haven't been for five years. It's the year 2014 and most of the population are either dead or have become [[zombies]] due to the [[Croatoan virus]].
 
 
===[[5.08 Changing Channels]]===
 
The [[Trickster]] traps [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] in a reality based on TV shows and advertisements. The boys finally expose him as the [[archangel]] [[Gabriel]], who is trying to teach them to play their roles as [[Lucifer]] and [[Michael]]'s [[vessel]]s.
 
  
===[[6.17 My Heart Will Go On]]===
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===HunterCorp Universe===
On [[Castiel]]'s command, [[Balthazar]] goes back in time and stops the Titanic from sinking. This has side effects, changing reality in many ways - [[Bobby]] and [[Ellen]] are married, [[Dean]] drives a [[Dean's Mustang|mustang]], and Cuba is a popular American holiday destination. A confrontation with [[Fate]] leads Castiel to reversing the effects, but he leaves Sam and Dean with the memory of what happened.
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An alternate universe where [[John Winchester]] raised and pampered [[Sam and Dean Winchester (HunterCorp)|Sam and Dean]] before forming HunterCorp, a world-wide organization of hunters. When this world is destroyed, Sam, Dean, and John escape through a [[portal]], with Sam, Dean, John, and their car ending up in the main universe. However, moments later, the HunterCorp world is destroyed, causing the portal to malfunction and trap Sam and Dean between worlds and sending John and their car to parts unknown. Using a variation of the spell from the [[Tablets#Demon Tablet|demon tablet]], the Winchesters and Castiel succeed in bringing their counterparts to their world. They later send the alternate Sam and Dean to enjoy a new life in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  
===[[7.10 Death's Door]]===
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:'''Episodes:''' [[15.13 Destiny's Child]]
After being shot in the head by [[Dick Roman]], [[Bobby]] must revisit old memories to try and survive. He remembers a hunt with [[Rufus Turner]], his childhood, the last argument he had with his wife [[Karen Singer|Karen]], and times with young [[Dean]].
 
  
 
==AUs in Fanfiction==
 
==AUs in Fanfiction==
In fan fiction, an AU refers to a story that diverges significantly from the canon in the Show. Generally the writer will choose to alter key events in canon (known as the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_of_divergence Point of Divergence (POD)] ) e.g. John dies when Sam is a baby and the boys are raised by Mary, Dean doesn't go to hell, or Castiel falls and becomes human.  
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In fan fiction set within the universe of the Show, an AU refers to a story that diverges significantly from the canon. Generally the writer will choose to alter key events in canon (known as the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_of_divergence Point of Divergence (POD)] ) e.g. John dies when Sam is a baby and the boys are raised by Mary, Dean doesn't go to hell, or Castiel falls and becomes human.  
  
 
Some stories may become AU as new information is later revealed on the Show. This is especially true of stories written between seasons, where a fic is based on certain assumptions of what may occur that are then disproved by later canon (also known as being [[Jossed]], a term coined in relation to Joss Whedon and the Buffy verse). In Supernatural fandom the term [[Kripked]] was coined to describe the opposite phenomenon - when events in fan fiction are later confirmed by canon.
 
Some stories may become AU as new information is later revealed on the Show. This is especially true of stories written between seasons, where a fic is based on certain assumptions of what may occur that are then disproved by later canon (also known as being [[Jossed]], a term coined in relation to Joss Whedon and the Buffy verse). In Supernatural fandom the term [[Kripked]] was coined to describe the opposite phenomenon - when events in fan fiction are later confirmed by canon.
  
If a story is generally compliant with major events, the introduction of a sexual relationship between characters - whether it's [[Wincest]], for example, or [[Destiel]], or Gabriel/Balthazar, is not considered to make a story an AU.  
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If a story is generally compliant with major events, the introduction of a sexual relationship between characters - whether it's [[Wincest]], [[Destiel]], or Gabriel/Balthazar, is not considered to make a story an AU.  
  
Some stories may be set in a totally different universe (e.g. Sam, Dean, and Castiel are professional bull riders or FBI agents). These stories more closely resemble original fiction in that the characters share little in common, other than their names and some personality traits, with their canonical versions.  These stories are more common in [[RPF AU|RPF]] fics. In [[RPF AU]] stories are essentially original fiction, where the major characters are named, and occasionally very loosely based, on real people.
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Some stories may be set in a totally different universe e.g. Sam, Dean, and Castiel are professional bull riders or FBI agents or baristas. These stories more closely resemble original fiction in that the characters share little in common, other than their names and some personality traits, with their canonical versions.  These stories are very common in [[RPF AU|RPF]] fics. In [[RPF AU]] stories are essentially original fiction, where the major characters are named, and occasionally very loosely based, on real people.
  
 
==See also==  
 
==See also==  
 
* [[Time Travel]]
 
* [[Time Travel]]
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* [[Altered Reality]]
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* [[Time Loop]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.ebrunson.com/aulist.html The Big Damn SPN RPS AU LIST] by [http://janissa11.livejournal.com/ Janissa11]
 
* [http://www.ebrunson.com/aulist.html The Big Damn SPN RPS AU LIST] by [http://janissa11.livejournal.com/ Janissa11]
 
* [http://community.livejournal.com/spn_au/profile SPN AU] comm
 
* [http://community.livejournal.com/spn_au/profile SPN AU] comm
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* [https://fanlore.org/wiki/Alternate_Universe AU Fanworks] by Fanlore
 
* [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AlternateUniverse Alternate Universes] on TV Tropes
 
* [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AlternateUniverse Alternate Universes] on TV Tropes
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* [https://www.themarysue.com/more-coffee-shop-aus-pls/ Please, Please, Please Give Me More Coffee Shop AUs] by The Mary Sue
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* [https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/millennials-coffee-shop-fanfiction/ Millennials can’t stop writing fanfiction about coffee shops] by The Daily Dot
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Latest revision as of 07:33, 10 February 2021

The Multiverse as seen by Kaia and Jack in 13.09 The Bad Place

Sam: How many are there -- how many other worlds or -- or universes or realities or whatever?
Chuck: I don't know. Kinda lost count. Most of them are boring. One's in reverse. In one, there's no yellow. One of them's just all squirrels.

Sam Winchester and Chuck Shurley, 14.20 Moriah

After God aka Chuck Shurley created the world, He wanted to do more and began creating many worlds within a multiverse. In order to do this, He had to integrate Himself into the framework of the multiversal quantum construct to create a perfect harmony in order for the Winchesters' world to continue operating in His extended absence.

While usually separate, these worlds can sometimes be linked to each other via portals. The worlds may be very different from Earth, or similar with minor changes. These other worlds had different combinations, scenarios and characters, while some also had different versions of the same characters. Chuck tells Sam He lost count of how many universes there were, claiming that most are boring, citing to Sam a universe in reverse, one without the color yellow, and one that is entirely inhabited by squirrels.

In addition to these alternate worlds, characters may find themselves in an Alternate Reality constructed by a powerful being or a mental construct induced by a drug, or they may visit different versions of their own universes due to alternate timelines.

In 2020, Chuck starts destroying these alternate universes, except for the Winchesters' world. He explains that some of the worlds can be destroyed with a snap of His fingers, but others are more complex and will take time and extra attention to completely obliterate. Two of the known worlds He destroyed thus far include the Bad Place and Earth 2, where He watched the destruction of these worlds on various TV screens. Billie later states that God is "almost done" destroying alternate worlds, leading a Sam and Dean from one such world to attempt to escape across universes. Billie later reveals to Dean that Chuck is completely done and will soon be back.

Worlds in the Multiverse

Fairy Realm

Fairies live in a realm separate from ours, although they can move between their world and ours. The land of Oz is situated in the fairy realm.

Episodes: 6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe... and 8.11 LARP and the Real Girl.

Oz

Oz can be accessed from Earth through the use of a special key that turns any door into an entrance to Oz. The only other method of entry into Oz is through natural disasters like tornadoes, the eye of a hurricane, or whirlpools.

Episodes: 9.04 Slumber Party and 10.11 There's No Place Like Home

French Mistake World

Balthazar sends Sam and Dean into an alternate universe, ostensibly to keep the key to where all the angelic weapons are being stored safe from Raphael. They find themselves in a world where their lives are the basis of a TV show, and they are actually actors - Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. In this universe spells don't work, and the supernatural doesn't exist. When they get back to their own universe, Sam and Dean find out the whole thing was a diversion so that Castiel could access the weapons.

Episodes: 6.15 The French Mistake

Trivia: In Season Two of the series You, a journalist refers to working on a story about Jared Padalecki. When asked about it, creator Sera Gamble said that the series took place in the same universe as 6.15 The French Mistake.

Apocalypse World

Apocalypse World is located in an alternate universe, one in which the forces of Heaven and Hell are fighting in an eternal battle with humanity caught in the middle. It is connected to the normal world by a portal opened by the Nephilim son of Lucifer -- Jack.

Episodes: 12.23 All Along the Watchtower, 13.01 Lost and Found, 13.02 The Rising Son, 13.07 War of the Worlds, 13.09 The Bad Place, 13.14 Good Intentions, 13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive, 13.20 Unfinished Business, 13.21 Beat the Devil, 13.22 Exodus

The Bad Place

The "Bad Place" is a world located in an alternate universe, where giant monsters appear to be the dominant species of the planet. It is destroyed by God with a cataclysmic storm after the Winchesters rescue Kaia Nieves who was trapped in the world for two years.

Episodes: 13.09 The Bad Place, 13.10 Wayward Sisters and 15.12 Galaxy Brain

Scooby-Doo Universe

A ghost sends Sam, Dean, and Castiel into a TV where they enter the world of Scooby-Doo, meet up with the Scooby Gang, and join forces to defeat the ghost.

Episodes: 13.16 Scoobynatural

Tentacle Porn Land

"Tentacle Porn Land", so dubbed by Dean, is the home of the tentacled cosmic deities Yokoth and Glythur. Not much is known of their universe other than that Yokoth and Glythur have consumed most of it.

Episodes: 13.17 The Thing

Chuck's Endings

In 15.09 The Trap, Chuck reveals that the endings Sam has been seeing are not His drafts for possible endings for Sam and Dean but rather Chuck's memories of alternate reality Sams and Deans. These worlds also include alternate versions of Benny Lafitte and Lucifer while alternate versions of Jody Mills and Bobby Singer are mentioned.

Chuck rains meteors down on Earth 2.
Episodes: 15.01 Back and to the Future, 15.04 Atomic Monsters, 15.05 Proverbs 17:3

Earth 2

Earth 2 was an alternate universe that Chuck used as His hub while wiping the slate clean of all other universes, except the Winchesters' world. Key differences to this Earth include two moons in its sky as well as Hillary Clinton being the President of the United States, and the world making successful efforts in combating climate change by restoring the Paris Agreement. Earth 2 is destroyed by a meteor shower after Chuck spends four weeks squatting in a Radio Shed store, eating junk food and destroying other universes while He watches the various cataclysms unfold on the TV screens.

Episodes: 15.12 Galaxy Brain

HunterCorp Universe

An alternate universe where John Winchester raised and pampered Sam and Dean before forming HunterCorp, a world-wide organization of hunters. When this world is destroyed, Sam, Dean, and John escape through a portal, with Sam, Dean, John, and their car ending up in the main universe. However, moments later, the HunterCorp world is destroyed, causing the portal to malfunction and trap Sam and Dean between worlds and sending John and their car to parts unknown. Using a variation of the spell from the demon tablet, the Winchesters and Castiel succeed in bringing their counterparts to their world. They later send the alternate Sam and Dean to enjoy a new life in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Episodes: 15.13 Destiny's Child

AUs in Fanfiction

In fan fiction set within the universe of the Show, an AU refers to a story that diverges significantly from the canon. Generally the writer will choose to alter key events in canon (known as the Point of Divergence (POD) ) e.g. John dies when Sam is a baby and the boys are raised by Mary, Dean doesn't go to hell, or Castiel falls and becomes human.

Some stories may become AU as new information is later revealed on the Show. This is especially true of stories written between seasons, where a fic is based on certain assumptions of what may occur that are then disproved by later canon (also known as being Jossed, a term coined in relation to Joss Whedon and the Buffy verse). In Supernatural fandom the term Kripked was coined to describe the opposite phenomenon - when events in fan fiction are later confirmed by canon.

If a story is generally compliant with major events, the introduction of a sexual relationship between characters - whether it's Wincest, Destiel, or Gabriel/Balthazar, is not considered to make a story an AU.

Some stories may be set in a totally different universe e.g. Sam, Dean, and Castiel are professional bull riders or FBI agents or baristas. These stories more closely resemble original fiction in that the characters share little in common, other than their names and some personality traits, with their canonical versions. These stories are very common in RPF fics. In RPF AU stories are essentially original fiction, where the major characters are named, and occasionally very loosely based, on real people.

See also

External links