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The Best Fantasy Worlds

Updated September 1, 2021 80.9k votes 13k voters 230.3k views80 items

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This is a list of the most awesome, spectacular, and entertaining fantasy worlds created. These fantasy worlds are not always just from books, but also from movies and fantasy games, too. This is a ranking of the greatest, most imaginative worlds ever dreamed up. Vote for your favorite mythical worlds, and add fantasy world names that you notice are missing. And certainly, feel free to re-rank this list in any order you want.

Some of the most iconic fantasy worlds ever created are those from books (and many have some pretty fun names as well). We all owe a debt of gratitude to the best fantasy authors for dreaming up these exotic lands. Some fantasy lands, like Middle Earth, Dune, and Narnia, made incredibly successful jumps from fantasy fiction to film. They are absolutely worthy of inclusion among the greatest fantasy movies of all time. Others, like Terra Nova (from FOX's ill-fated TV show of the same name), intrigued, but failed to prove popular enough to stay on the air. Terra Nova, sadly, joins this list of great TV shows canceled before their time.

What fantasy world do you think is the greatest ever? That's certainly subjective. Fans of Star Wars and Star Trek could probably argue back and forth about this for decades. Oh, wait, they have!

Anyway, just vote. It's time to decide, once and for all, which fantasy world is the best ever created.
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  • 1
    4,777
    1,519

    J. R. R. Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series (from 1937)

  • 2

    J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (from 1997)

  • 3
    2,124
    846
    Jo Swo added

    Norse Mythology (from the 13th century)

  • 4
    2,749
    1,910

    C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia (from 1950)

  • 5
    2,982
    1,650

    George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones (from 1996)

  • 6
    2,052
    1,332

    Plato's Timaeus and Critias (from 360 BC)

  • 7
    890
    525

    King Arthur legends (from the 1170s)

  • 8
    1,961
    1,733

    Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (from 1865)

  • 9

    Dungeons & Dragons (from 1967)

  • 10
    504
    193
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    Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher (from 1992)

  • 11
    1,496
    1,121

    The Legend of Zelda (from 1986)

  • 12
    2,274
    748

    Marvel Comics (from 1966)

  • 13
    742
    716
    MatthewGill added

    Michael Ende's Neverending Story (from 1979)

  • 14

    (from 1997)

  • 15
    850
    764

    Jim Henson's Labyrinth (1986)

  • 16
    947
    1,014
    JimJenkins added

    James Cameron's Avatar (from 2009)

  • 17
    543
    359

    Star Wars universe 

  • 18
    1,524
    1,679

    L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (from 1900)

  • 19
    528
    332

    The Elder Scrolls (since 1994)

  • 20
    425
    258
    Ashukira added

    Rick Riorden Percy Jackson and the Olympians

  • 21
    142
    118
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  • 22
    906
    922
    NoAnimeNoLife added

    Warcraft series (since 1994)

  • 23
    578
    679

    Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series (from 1964)

  • 24
    317
    158
    Cindyrelle added
  • 25
    127
    108
    fandom101 added
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List Rules: Vote up your favorite fictional universes in literature, film, and TV