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Whedon +‎ -verse

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (fandom slang) The loosely-defined fictional universe encompassing the worlds forming the setting for the television and film works of Joss Whedon — notably the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, and the film Serenity.
    • 2005, Rhonda Wilcox, Why Buffy Matters: the Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer[1], page 159:
      In the Whedonverse (among other places) institutions are dangerous; communities can be life-giving.
    • 2009, AmiJo Comeford, Cordelia Chase as Failed Feminist Gesture, in Kevin K. Durand (editor), Buffy Meets the Academy: Essays on the Episodes and Scripts as Text, page 159,
      Neither Joss Whedon nor any other writer in the Whedonverse harbors the misogyny that drove and characterized texts like the Hammer of Witches.
    • 2010, Lynnette Porter, Tarnished Heroes, Charming Villains, and Modern Monsters: Science Fiction in Shades of Gray in 21st Century Television[2], page 133:
      In the Whedonverse, who is willing and able to become a hero often defies two-dimensional thinking or traditional expectations.
    • 2019, Juliette C. Kitchens, Julie L. Hawk, Transmediating the Whedonverse(s) (page 152)
      Buffyspeak has also rhizomatically traversed into other shows, both within and beyond the Whedonverse; for example, the similar use of language by Topher in Dollhouse (2009–2010) and the teenagers of Caprica (2009–2010).