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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
4,033 1,360
Middle-Earth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Middle-Earth

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

2
3,440 1,601
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

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

3
2,297 1,711
The Chronicles of Narnia Franc... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

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

4
2,665 1,428
Westeros is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Westeros

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

5
1,661 1,555
Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Wonderland

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

6
1,717 1,227
Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Atlantis

Plato's Timaeus and Critias (from 360 BC)

7
1,625 1,371
Neverland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Neverland

J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan (from 1904)

8
1,286 1,560
Oz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Oz

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

9
1,634 660
Asgard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Jo Swo added Asgard

Norse Mythology (from the 13th century)

10
1,274 960
Discworld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Discworld

Terry Pratchett's Discworld (from 1983)

11
975 955
Forgotten Realms is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Forgotten Realms

Dungeons & Dragons (from 1967)

12
924 1,196
Dune is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Dune

Frank Herbert's Dune (from 1965)

13
845 1,129
Springfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Springfield

The Simpsons (from 1989)

14
1,189 879
Hyrule is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Hyrule

The Legend of Zelda (from 1986)

15
452 1,050
Britannia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Britannia

Brittania TV series (from 2018)

16
804 833
Pandora is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
JimJenkins added Pandora

James Cameron's Avatar (from 2009)

17
703 598
Labryinth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

Jim Henson's Labyrinth (1986)

18
1,961 338
Wakanda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Wakanda

Marvel Comics (from 1966)

19
506 280
Camelot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

King Arthur legends (from the 1170s)

20
895 683
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

(from 1997)

21
549 539
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
MatthewGill added Fantasia

Michael Ende's Neverending Story (from 1979)

22
658 733
Azeroth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Azeroth

 C. J. Cherryh's Fires of Azeroth (1979)

23
281 792
Mystic Falls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
acrosstheflame added Mystic Falls

The Vampire Diaries (from 2009)

24
597 747
Mushroom Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Mushroom Kingdom

Nintendo's Mario series (from 1981)

25
358 498
Toontown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
bojanthebest added

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

26
313 608
Krynn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

Dragonlance series (from 1984)

27
392 538
Earthsea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Earthsea

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

28
343 403
Florin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
coyotedoorknob added Florin

William Goldman's The Princess Bride (from 1973)

29
281 445
Tír na nÓg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Tír na nÓg

Irish Mythology (from 1750)

30
250 560
Hyboria is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Hyboria

Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian (from 1932)

31
364 547
Pern is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Pern

Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders series (from 1967)

32
228 399
The World of Shannara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
EdLooney added

Terry Brooks's Shannara series (from 1977)

33
411 608
The Halo Ring is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
The Halo Ring

Halo (from 2001)

34
263 391
Storybrook is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
megan55752 added Storybrook

ABC's Once Upon a Time TV series (from 2013)

35
232 455
Sunnydale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
acrosstheflame added

Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (from 1997)

36
218 508
Dreamlands is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Dreamlands

H. P. Lovecraft's Dream Cycle (from 1918)

37
220 417
Rapture is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
RichardHathcock added Rapture

Bioshock (from 2007)

38
278 686
LOST Island is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
LOST Island

ABC's LOST (from 2004)

39
272 465
Dinotopia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Dinotopia

James Gurney's Dinotopia (from 1992)

40
225 538
Ringworld is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

Larry Niven's Ringworld (1970)

41
133 434
Prydain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Prydain

Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain (from 1964)

42
229 142
Naboo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Naboo

Star Wars universe 

43
64 511
Glorantha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds

Greg Stafford's White Bear and Red Moon game (from 1975)

44
127 392
Equestria is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Equestria

My Little Pony (from 2010)

45
181 477
Xanth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Xanth

Piers Anthony's Xanth series (from 1977)

46
192 139
Nirn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Nirn

The Elder Scrolls (since 1994)

47
205 302
Alagaesia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
coyotedoorknob added Alagaesia

Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle series (from 2003)

48
83 43
Camp Half-Blood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Ashukira added Camp Half-Blood

Rick Riorden Percy Jackson and the Olympians

49
217 227
Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecu... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Lacy Pepper League added

Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011)

50
40 196
Riverworld is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Worlds
Riverworld

Philip José Farmer's Riverworld series (from 1971)