Your Personal Pop Culture Utopia timeline

Hey AHers, what's your personal pop culture utopia timeline? By this I mean every thing in pop culture works out well for you, the shows that disappointed you don't disappoint you, your favorite ship(as long as it makes sense, no crackships) becomes canon or at least has more acceptance in the fandom, the shows that you didn't want to get cancelled stay on air.

Here's mine:

* Someone else that is willing to stand up to Lucas directs the Prequels or at least the people that he approached initially accepts to direct the Prequels, Lucas dosen't have to die, Clone Wars shows he is at least effective as an ideas guy even if he can't really write.
* Twilight never exists, this has two benefits. One is that dystopian literature never goes Young Adult Romance and focuses more on the dystopia elements, another is that there is no 50 Shades of Grey
* EA either never buys Bioware or never exerts too much control over them
* Greg Wiseman gets third season of Gargoyles written as he would envision it
* More support for Kylo Ren redemption by the SW fandom, maybe he is portrayed more sympathetically in the ST
* In relation to the above, if Disney still buys Star Wars, Clone Wars has a longer Season 6 on Netflix(full 20 eps) and a 2 hour movie based on siege of mandalore to wrap things up. Also Legends is allowed to exist alongsides Canon, even through the latter may be more promoted. EA never gets the SW licence
* GRRM finishes ASOIAF much earlier, dosen't have his schedule issues, and the final book or at least Winds of Winter I will admit I am more of a shows guy, but it might take out some of the more glaring differences in the show if they have more to work on
* Jack Thompson being defeated over his insane anti-gaming crusade not only leads to a refutation of the idea that games causes violence, but also greater refutation of the "fiction influences reality" argument(or at least the part of the argument that states that fiction creates mass shooters and girls looking for unhealthy relationships if gone awry)
* Sym-Biotic Titan never gets canned
* Book 2 of Korra is much more well written
* KOTOR 2 is released with full content, no need for the mod
* KOTOR 3 gets made with Revan and the Exile take more of a center role, but with plot elements from SWTOR, I actually loved SWTOR, Revan arc aside, but it would have been much better as a single player game that builds off on the plot of the single player games.
* Young Justice dosen't get it's initial cancellation
* Not sure if this can be considered pop culture but gamergate never happens
* If smart devices becomes a thing in this world, then it dosen't become oversaturated with p2w games, if p2w has to happen, make it that a lot of the rewards from premium purchases are inflated, but costs less to purchase
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* Elvis lives and gets his shit together, and tours the world setting attendance records world wide.
* Steven Spielberg decides to step in with the prequels and they are way better than ours.
* Sony doesn’t try to screw over Nintendo and the Nintendo Play Station is released.
* EA doesn’t get the Star Wars license
* No Twilight
* The sequel trilogy is better made.
OK mine

- Babylon 5 is produced in a much more better manner: no last minute renewal for season 5, Crusade get his 5 year run (or at least a couple of season to wrap things up) and some more direct to video anthology episode are produced.
- Shin Mazinger Z get a second season with Great Mazinger and hint of Grendizer (and maybe cameo of Texas Mack, and the Getta crew)
- Sym-biotic Titan, (new) Thundercats, G.I. Resolute, Green Lantern and Young Justice are not canned.
- Gargoyle get his third season as his creator desired...and maybe even a spin-off
- Star Trek Nemesis is not the utter garbage that is but instead a decent movie and the plan to produce a sequel that unite all the three cast is given the Ok
- Star Trek Enterprise hire Coto after the second season and it's renewed for at least the fifth season
- Star Trek Discovery it's not a TOS prequel but a TNG sequel (resolve a lot of problem) or belong to the Kelvin TL (also a lot less problem).
- Nobody think that screw Spidey marriage is a good idea, Aunt May die, maybe divorce during the Superior Spider-man period, Peter sister (from the GN 'family affair' and the current Peter Parker series) marry J.J.Jameson son to keep the storyline at least equal...or at least they quickly realize how idiotic was their decision and agree with Dan Slott in reistate the Spidey marriage (maybe with a Spider title wide cross-over fighting Mephisto).
- better coordination between MCU movie and tv show...basically Ike must go, where i don't care, just go.
- THe Batman 60's tv show get 1 more season as nobody destroy the set.
- Marvel and DC go on with their plan to swap Daredevil and Wonder Woman for an entire year
I could go on forever with this, so I'm gonna be dividing this into chunks by medium/genre then. Here we go then!


- The manga industry udnergoes some serious reforms in order to avoid mangaka burn-out along with better creative control. Schedules are now of biweekly release though each chapter being 20-30 pages long though others have chosen a monthly release schedule of chapters being 40-50 pages long.

- The anime industry undergos similar reforms and is unionized to promote quality over quantity with the animation and the well-being of the animators. Anime techniques undergo a renaissance in Japan and while this does mean it takes longer for episodes to come out, they are now of a greater calibur overall. This also reduces the need for filler for the most part, though is still occasionally used.

- Toonami is never taken off the air from Cartoon Network, maintaining a strong following (with newer anime shown from 8 PM EST- 12 AM EST and older more mature ones aimed from 12 AM EST - 4 AM EST). THis ensures a healthy growing fandom of anime in the US and beyond.

- Naruto:

  • A fair bit of changes occurs in the second half of the series. The development of Naruto and Hinata's relationship from platonic to romantic begins after the Pain invasion where Naruto recalls what happened over to Sakura, tending over his injuries. Sakura indirectly asks Naruto about love and Naruto ends up pointing out that he never really had anyone teach about him, since he was an orphan and the teachers he did have in his life did not have love lives (though Naruto also notes he wished he asked the Third Hokage back when he was alive.) When Sakura asks Naruto why he liked her, he mentions that she reminded him a bit of himself over being lonely as kids (with later notes revealing that he was drawn to her also because she subconsciously reminded him of his mother, something Minato notes.) Naruto and Hinata's relationship develops as she becomes his confidant while Sakura realizes that she needs to be a better friend to Naruto to help him find his happiness and notes to the others how much they too their parents for granted. Sakura meanwhile also reveals her feelings toward Sasuke have become platonic; this revelation is shown when she punches Sasuke in frustration at his stubborness, shocking all three of them. Sakura herself gets more development as she learns to channel her aggression and strength and having more chances to show off her capabilities.
  • Another is that Naruto ends up discovering Karin is an Uzumaki and welcomes her as part of his family. The Konoha 11 get more attention, both in their showcasing of fighting along with their interactions with Naruto, along with showcasing more of their personality (with many praising Naruto's interactions with Shino and Tenten.) Sasuke also begins redemption much sooner as a near-death experience has his life flash before his eyes before defying Tobi, claiming he won't let anyone lie to him anymore. It's also revealed that Danzo was the one who worked to have the Uchiha isolated from the rest of the village after the Kyuubi attack along with the one who spread rumors about their involvement in it (thus planting the seeds for the resentment, potential coup and forcing Itachi to kill them all) while also revealing he had ROOT tell the populace about Naruto being the jinchuuriki of the Kyubi. Danzo is tricked by Tobi into revealing all this in the hopes of biding time and turning Sasuke, though it fails since Tobi outs himself as having nearly killed Naruto as an infant. Danzo ends up dying trying to seal away Tobi, only saved by luck. Sasuke and Naruto have a duel between them, deciding it as the best way they can communicate with one another and for Sasuke to come back to Konoha. After an intense and epic fight of both ninja using nearly everything they have (Naruto does not use the Kyubi's chakra), Naruto ends up winning. Sakura heals them and yells at them both for idiots. Sasuke ends up breaking the tension by laughing and Kakashi watches the laughing and tearful reunion.
  • The Fourth Shinobi War is shorter and condensed for time but several important battles are maintained. One key difference is that Jiraiya is resurrected (as they found his body in the ocean.) Fortunately, he maintains his free will (due to having implanted an experimental senjutsu seal on himself to prevent from being controlled in the event he was brought back.) It does weaken him considerably because of the seal's power, but it does lead to a battle of the resurrected Jiraiya fighting alongside Tsunade and Orochimaru against the undead ninja. Orochimaru uses his own knowledge of the jutsu to free others before dying alongside Jiraiya in helping to stop the jutsu. Itachi meanwhile instead works to stop his resurrected Akatsuki comrades alongside the resurrected Ame Orphans. Kabuto plays a more subdued role, though still assisting in resurrecting the army. However, he also backstabs Madara by giving Naruto some assistance and hopes to meet with him once more.
  • The reveal in regards to Obito is very different (he was still half-dead when found. He refused to work with Madara when he discovered his plans, thus forcing Madara to take advantage of his comatose state to suppress his memories, with his amnesiac personality being the one known as Tobi and an implanted version of Madara's personality. Seeing Kakashi again helps Obito break the suppression. It turns out that his Mangekyo was still awaken when he saw Rin's death and Obito's mental meltdown was what let Madara successfully suppress his memories). The Statue of the Outer Path is still transformed into the Ten Tails. However, upon recovering his sense of self, Obito proceeds to use the former Jinchuuriki and return their sense of self back to them and they alongside Bee, Naruto and Gaara proceed to work to reclaim the Beasts from the Ten Tails with help from four resurrected Hokage. Notable moments include Gaara being assisted by his siblings and Kurama being reunited thanks to the Fourth Hokage along with Karin managing to make chakra chains to help Naruto get him back. With all nine Tailed Beasts liberated and the various Kage wounding the Ten Tails, Obito and Kakashi proceed to use Kamui to transport its remains as the Statue of the Outer Path back to the Moon. Obito then gives his life to resurrect everyone recently killed with the Outer Path — Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique jutsu. Additionally, neither Obito nor Madara become the jinchuuriki of the Ten Tails.
  • Furthermore, Sakura shines much more with her healing and medical knowledge. Team Seven fights Madara and has many notable moments such as Naruto working with Kyuubi and Sage Mode to destory his Susanoo, Sasuke matching fire jutsu with fire jutsu and Sakura using her medical knowledge defeat Madara. She uses her medical ninjutsu to begin purging Madara of the Hashirama cells and thus turning his Rinnegan back to an Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan before she injures one through a powerful punch to the face to prevent from using Izanagi to try and undo it. Naruto lands the final blow on Madara to defeat him, the ninja unable to move. However, Madara sacrifices his other eye to revive himself briefly to attempt to kill Naruto and Sakura. Sasuke pushes them out of the way to take the killing blow. Sasuke proceeds to finish off Madara with a jutsu of his own creation (inspired by the Chidori, though using fire chakra instead of lightning chakra and the name referencing Konoha's Will of Fire). Sasuke spits back to Madara how the latter's legacy of hatred was what damned the Uchiha clan in the first place and how Madara poisoned and destroyed the family he tried to protect at all costs. Madara's final thoughts flash to him and Hashirama as children as he recognizes his folly. Sasuke then turns to his friends, his final words admitting his own foolishness and thanking Team 7 for believing in him. He dies in Naruto and Sakura's arms, leaving them, Kakashi and later the rest of their friends to mourn for him.
  • While the main story has ended, the franchise itself continues with several OVAs. The first is an OVA miniseries detailing the founding of the shinobi world with the Sage of the Six Paths, his brother, their mother Kaguya (the original Ten Tailed Beast) and their father (still an emperor, but also a sage.) A second OVA series is dedicated to Madara and Hashirama's childhoods to adult years and how they set up the conflict, ending with an elderly Madara getting Hashirama's cells implanted by Zetsu to gain the Rinnegan.
  • Another OVA series focuses on the lives of the Konoha 11 coping after the War and how they would settle down and start families. (Pairings: Naruto/Hinata, Shikamaru/Temari, Kiba/Tamaki, Ino/Sai, Sakura/Rock Lee, Karui/Choji, Neji/Shiho and Shino/Tenten) along with a trailer for a new movie, which would have our characters and their children confront the possible return of Kaguya after learning about her from the Sage (as well as what the audience now knows about her from the latest OVA series).
  • An OVA taking place before the film has an 18 year old Naruto dealing against Kabuto who has returned after an attempt to get Sasuke's remains. He explains to Naruto why Orochimaru did everything from target the Uchiha to his work on cloning Hashirama: He wanted the Rinnegan, which is gained from the mix of Uchiha and Senju blood. Kabuto reveals that he completed Orochimaru's legacy; he augmented his body with the remains of the Hashirama clone and the stolen Sharingans eyes he gained from Danzo's corpse (he wanted to study Sasuke's body for more information though left it alone when Naruto asked him in the initial confrontation.) He successfully recreates the Rinnegan and keeps himself stable with the Senjutsu modifications he made to himself thanks to Jugo's DNA and claims he will become the new Sage of Six Paths. However, when Naruto and Gaara alongside Darui, Kurutsuchi and Chojuro arrive, Kabuto reveals his surprise; his own Six Paths of Pain, consisting of Kimimaro, Sakon, Ukon, Tayuya, Jirobo and Kidomaru. He notes that the reason he kidnapped the 5 Kage was to use them and Orochimaru as his official Six Paths, but their arrival had forced him to go to back-up. Nonetheless, he notes that he will go as planned once he finishes them off. The fight between the five shinobi and Kabuto and his Six are intense though also showcasing intense teammwork between them, including Naruto doing a special Rasengan with each one. Additionally, Kakashi, Sakura and Rock Lee (hinting at their growing affection) appear to back them up. Kakashi uses Izanami on Kabuto (having been the technique Itachi taught him that was foreshadowed earlier on) and while trapped in the genjutsu, Sakura proceeds to undo Kabuto's mutations to himself. The genjutsu itself has Naruto talking and reaching out to Kabuto. The battle ends with Kabuto admitting defeat and escapes, thanking Naruto for helping him grow once more. The epilogue reveals the five recalling the incident was what helped shaped them into becoming the Kage they are and their friendships.
  • Naruto The Last is still made and serves to tie up several loose ends, such as Naruto and Hinata becoming an official couple and world-building. Toneri still serves as an antagonist, albeit even more sympathetic than OTL. Toneri is the last of the Otutsuki clan, having been sealed away by his father Hamura centuries ago as part of a plan to protect the world in their stead and to save him, as Toneri was born sickly. Serving as a heroic foil to Naruto, he represents a Naruto who, while still trying to do good and not succumbing to despair, his lack of bonds with people led to a much different path. Toneri relies primarily on senjutsu and ninshu, the energy of nature healed him, but with the lack of people, the chakra is distrubuted to the land, the plants and the animals, giving him a powerful connection to nature. The Tenseigan appears as an evolution of the Byakugan and believed to be related to the Rinnegan. The Tenseigan offers powerful sight and more direct control over chakra, including a chakra shroud. The plot begins when he is awaken by the Fourth Shinobi War and truamatized by the deaths around him. He eventually stumbles out of the land, having been injured in his attempt to break free before finding a wounded Black Zetsu. The Black Zetsu manipulates Toneri and offers the blinded Eternal Magekyo Sharingan to Toneri. Toneri's Otutsuki blood and senjutsu allows him to heal the eye and evolve it back into a Rinnegan, which he puts in with the help of Black Zetsu. Its presence and chakra allows him to transform his Byakugan into the Tenseigan and he is able to see all that had happened in the past. Filled with a desire to end the suffering, he does so by using his Rinnegan and Tenseigan to detect the latent Tailed Beast chakra and gather it to senjutsu and ninshu and with help of Zetsu, create a new God Tree. He gains his obsession with Hinata because she is the first person he connects with successfully with ninshu (her being the first to find him while taking a breatk) and he senses her kindness and gentleness. Her disappearance spurs Naruto to action and the fight consists of two parts: the first part consists of him and Naruto fighting in their Sage Modes and a visual spectacle. Initially surprised by Naruto's brashness, he grows hostile when he realizes Naruto was connected to the violence. However, the fighting ends abrutply when Naruto hugs him and manages to use ninshu on him, allowing Toneri to see his life. Naruto helps Toneri use ninshu to connect with his allies. Toneri calms down. However, the new God Tree begins to absorb Toneri in and Black Zetsu reveals himself, merging with the tree and Toneri, hijacking his power and Tenseigan to become a monstrous Eleven Tailed Beast and revealing his origins, being a failsafe created by Kaguya after her initial defeat and that Toneri was made sealed to stop any Kaguya's backup plans. Naruto and co work to free Toneri and stop Zetsu, though Hinata gets injured in trying to pull him out. Toneri transfers his Tenseigan to Hinata so she could use it to stop Zetsu alongside Naruto and also deprive it from Zetsu, weakening him. When he is freed, he helps them destory the Eleven Tails and seal Zetsu away, though it comes at the cost of him of losing his eyes. He reassures Naruto and Hinata that he can see because of his connections to the world and people, thanks to them. He embraces Naruto before departing into the world. He appears momentarily at Naruto and Hinata's wedding, albeit in secret. It's also revealed he slipped something into Naruto's pocket; wedding rings he crafted through Yin-Yang Release as a gift for the two.
- Boruto:
  • Boruto's personality is different than in OTL. He's soft-spoken, methodical and calculating though still very driven and determined like his dad. He doesn't tend to express his anger like his dad does (he would be considered a Cold Ham.) However, they do have the same awkwardly endearing smile. Himawari meanwhile is boisterous, loud yet also compassionate and a bit more polite than her brother. Boruto has his mother's hair color and his dad's eyes and vice versa with Himawari. They also both have different fighting styles, with Himawari preferring rougher close quarters and Boruto preferring long-range tactics. His team consists of Sarada (Sakura and Rock Lee's daughter) who combines her mom's temper with her dad's politeness and Mitsuki, an emotional and shy boy who struggles with his lack of past along with being an orphan (it's revealed that he is an artificial human created by Kabuto from Sasuke's DNA though he becomes considered Sasuke's son (a sentient that Kishimoto would confirm, saying Sasuke himself would claim Mitsuki as his son.)
  • Furthermore, the setting is largely the same regarding technology as in the previous series, unlike OTL Boruto (though chakra-powered technology does become a growing theme, such as chakra-powered crossbows). Much like his father, Boruto puts up a front to cover his doubts and insecurities, but rather than being boisterous and loud to get attention, Boruto acts cool and aloof (something which is noted by his mother) to differentiate himself further and be taken seriously as his one person. His character development being focused on becoming more open with his emotions and more comfortable with himself, all while dealing with new growing threats. Boruto's driving motivation is, in fact, finding what he wants to do in life. As further contrast between him and his dad, while Naruto had his life goal (becoming Hokage and being recognized) but little else, Boruto has a strong supporting family yet has no real long-term goal beyond protecting his loved ones, something that shames him, especially as he tends to compare himself to what his dad had done, admiring him for his drive and dedication.
- Bobobo Bobobobo: The show is not canceled, instead it is allowed to finish and cementing itself as a very popular and hilarious show. Its cult-following ensures several DVD releases and talks of adapting the sequel manga series is in the works though with more creative liberties.

- Zatch Bell: The relaxed schedule means the mangaka ends up avoiding the accident that injures his hand, allowing the manga and anime to continue as proceeded. The anime runs through the manga and dubbed on Toonami. The first movie remains the same, but the second movie is different, instead focusing on a strange new mamodo who possesses time travel spells.The manga and anime are alot more well-known and considered a unique twist on the Mon genre and overall.

- Pokemon:

  • The Pokemon anime has considerable changes, starting with after Johto. The Hoemn arc has Ash becoming a supporting protagonist and senpai to Wally (who is the deutagonist) while traveling with him, Brendan and May (with Brendan becoming Ash's friendly rival and may going into Contests). The Sinnoh arc is similar though Ash's companions are Lucas and Dawn, though Barry and Paul appear as well. Ash would return to Kanto and Johto in an adaptation of HeartGold/SoulSilver (with a FireRed/LeafGreen homage being released in an OVA series on the highlights of Ash's travels, but with minor changes in plot and slicker animation). His final arc with him as the starring protagonist is the Johto Battle Frontier where he continues his travels though he does share a special moment with Misty (with heavily implications that they kissed.) It's also revealed that Ash is 13 by the end of the Sinnoh arc (with each region taking a little over 6 months while Orange Islands was about 3 months). His lack of change is due to his mother revealing that the Ketchums tend to be late bloomers in puberty, but remain young-looking for longer.
  • As such, starting with Gen V adaptations, a new set of protagonists are used, with Hilda and Hilbert, a pair of fraternal twins (with Hilda being older and more extroverted and Hilbert being younger an introverted) along with the supporting cast. This continues the same with the Gen VI and Get VII adaptations of starting with an all new cast of characters, though older ones appear (in a shout-out to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, an older and wiser Wally appears in Kalos, where's it's revealed he has become Champion and would even get an OVA series dedicated to his rise of glory), Additionally, Ash is seen finally winning the Pokemon League over in Kalos (due to the one in Gen V interruped by N's plans.)
  • Despite this being retired from the television series, Ash often appears as a special guest character, letting the audience know how he is doing. Besides assisting the new cast in the plot or just catching up, it also shows the audience the new Pokemon he caught in the region (consisting of most of the Pokemon he caught in OTL, with some exceptions, such as having a female Meowstic as his first psychic and Trevanant as his first official ghost type when he appeared in Kalos.)
  • Gen VII was more of the same though it did have some of the post-game plot of the third Gen VII game, including Team Rainbow Rocket (a coalition of past baddies headed by Giovanni), the highlight being the long-awaited battle between Ash and Giovanni, with Ash using Bulbasaur, Charizard, Squirtle and Pikachu to fight him while also getting dramatic reappearances in Pidgeot (who had migrated from Kanto and hence why it took a while for their reunion with Ash) though the largest surprise was the return of Ash's Butterfree, saving Ash from Giovanni's Mewtwo with a well-timed Bug Buzz. After a long fought battle in stopping Giovanni's Mewtwo, a proper battle of Ash vs Giovanni is head, finishing with Pikachu finishing off Persian with the Z-Move, Catastropika.
  • Recently, a new OVA series is released based off of the third Gen VII game Pokemon Eclipse (which, unlike Sun and Moon, is an alternate retelling with various changes in plots and developments.) The context of the OVA has Ash travel through Aloha rather than Kanto as his first journey (it's revealed that after Ash and Pikachu saw Ho-Oh, an Ultra Wormhole appeared around Pallet that the two fell through and ended up in Alola several years into the future before being taken in by Samson Oak. It's revealed that Delia also fell through and temporarily lost her memory.) As such, Ash goes through the events of the game while dealing with a new life and finding his mother The OVA is lauded for its more in-depth story-telling and nicer animation, along with seeing Ash and Pikachu grow and develop differently than their mainstream counterparts. One note of interest was Lillie's budding feelings toward Ash and the implications that Ash reciprocates them. Side elements include Ash meeting up with an older Gary (who changed considerably after the years of Ash's disappearance) and introducing him to Leaf, his new rival he met (who ends up with the Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle Ash would've in Kanto, with her starter being a Clefairy.)
- DragonBall Z: The rest of the cast are on more equal footing with Goku:
  • Thanks to Goku arriving on time, Goku is able to save most of them, but must go to Namek to revive Piccolo. The Z-Fighters all train in the x10 gravity chamber and more while also getting their potential unlocked, thanks to the Namekian Guru. They assist in defeating the Ginyu Force (such as Chiaotzu defeating Guldo and Yamcha & Tien defeating Burter and Recoome), but take heavy damages. Piccolo is revived and still merges with Nail. Goku still defeats Frieza, but Vegeta does not go to Earth, escaping to the depths of space instead. The Z-Fighters spend some months training with King Kai while Goku makes his way back to Earth, all of them being revived at the same time.
  • During the Android arc, the time traveler is instead Future Gohan, who provides more open advice to everyone, including to Chichi and his younger self. Most notably is this to Yamcha, Tien and Chiaotzu on becoming stronger while also on getting their life together and dealing with what and what not to do with their lives. Yamcha becomes the first to deal with Androids 19 and 20 and is able to hold them off when Tien senses him in trouble. Unfortunately, Yamcha becomes critically wounded when he protects Tien from a surprise attack, that from none other than Mercenary Tao. He used learned of Dr. Gero through old Red Ribbon contracts and upgraded himself to become Android Tau. Additionally, he has obtained one of the Dragonballs, meaning they cannot use them to save Yamcha. Tien manages to get away with Yamcha. Bulma, desperate to save him, incorporates the designs of Androids 17 and 18 the Z-Fighters would discover in the meanwhile, turning Yamcha into an Android. Tien ends up having to fight Tao and despite the initial disadvantage, fights back and notes the change in development. After meditation and a moment of clarity, he finally purges the negativity and the influence of the Crane Hermit and Tao from his heart, allowing him to access the power of his enlightenment, achieving surprising amounts of power in a new form simply dubbed Enlightened Tien (similar to Mystic Gohan.) The Z-Fighters have to fight 17, 18 and Tau along with Cell when he appears. Despite this, Cell manages to be completed and terrorizes the group as he consumes Android Tao to become stronger and hunts 17 and 18. 17 sacrifices himself to protect 18, who is rescued with Krillin while 16 is saved thanks to Yamcha, stronger than ever, but still recovering. The Cell Games still happen and after seeing his future self nearly die, it has Gohan push his limits to defeat Cell, especially with Goku's death. 17 is unable to be revived due to having been consumed by Cell though 16 becomes a park ranger in his place.
  • Krillin ends up with 18 like OTL. Krillin and Yamcha restart the Turtle School while Chiaotzu and Tien restart the Crane School at Future Gohan's suggestion. Future Gohan returns to the future and defeats the evil Androids while finding the recently hatched Cell and takes him as a student, hoping to curb his negative instincts, a suggestion from Piccolo.
  • The Buu saga has several changes and prominently confirms Gohan becoming the new protector of Earth. Yamcha and Bulma have a child, a girl being Bulla. She serves as Goten's childhood friend and is just as inventive and genius as her mother. Gohan meanwhile kept up with his training though was still held back by the lack of anyone being able to keep up with him in terms of combat. This is all changes with the return of Future Gohan, both to check up on everyone while also wanting to have a proper spar with Goku (with the agreement of him coming back in 7 years time). Future Gohan distinguishes himself from his present self by wearing a mask (ironically, the same one Grandpa Gohan used.) The arc still proceeds through with the Z-Fighters having a better chance to show their stuff. Hercule/Mr. Satan still appears as a prominent fighter as well as being the one who helped managed both Crane and Turtle Schools and has some fame for helping to kill Cell (namely punching his head hard to twist it, providing a critical opportunity for him to be killed.) The Buu Saga continues with Present Gohan, Future Gohan and Goku going through Babidi's tests while the rest of the Z-Fighters stop Babidi's other forces. However, Bavidi introduces a powerful new trump card... Majin Vegeta. Vegeta had unlocked Super Saiyan yet felt it unsatisfactory and he would eventually be recruited by Babidi, who offered him a new chance at getting revenge on Goku while Diabora stalls the rest of the group through his stone spit. Majin Vegeta eventually attempts to kill Buu after realizing he sold out his pride. He barely survives and is rescued by Goku. Goku meanwhile decides to teach his comrades the Fusion Dance, resulting in the fusions of Yamcha and Tien along with Krillin and Chiaotzu, resulting in Tiencha and Chiaolin. Everyone works to stop Majin Buu though things still go haywire when Mr. Satan befriends Buu and eventually splits between Good and Evil Buu, with the latter still beating the former to form Super Buu. Despite the best efforts of Chiaolin and later Tiencha, they end up defeated due to the vast esoteric powers of Buu along with his absorption of Piccolo. He would be stopped by a fusion of Future and Present Gohan defeat Super Buu and rescue their absorbed friends along with Good Buu, leaving only Kid Buu. Kid Buu is stalled by Goku and Vegeta long enough for him to be teleported to the World of the Kais so he does not destroy the afterlife. Present Gohan defeats Kid Buu with the Spirit Bomb, having learned it from Goku. Vegeta returns to space to try and find meaning while Future Gohan takes the knowledge he learned to the future to defeat Babidi, assist the Kais, freeing Elder Kai, helping Good Buu and defeating Kid Buu. He was also told by Goku of his wish for Kid Buu to return as someone good. Goku meanwhile is given his life back by Old Kai
- Dragonball GT: While still made, there are several differences, mainly being shorter, but better animated, better designed and Toriyama being more involved. Furthermore, the focus on GT is on Goten, Bulla, Pan and Uub with the rest of the older cast being supporting characters. The Black Star Dragonballs arc is shorter and the places located were partially created by fans as a result of a contest. The arc also transitions into the Baby Arc, where Baby, a strange mechanical being, made by the Tuffles to destroy the Saiyans. It claims it has done so by capturing the strongest Saiyan it could find (revealed to be Vegeta) and using his powers for his purposes. However, after a fight with Goku, he instead works to capture him as well (in a mix of Metal Cooler and Cell in terms of absorbing power.) The whole group works to fight and free the two from Baby with Bulla succeeding through her technological skills before Goten finishes off Baby with a Kamehameha Wave. Piccolo is forced to end his life because of the danger of the Black Star Dragonballs and in trying to fix the world, the Shadow Dragon arc begins, with the main cast search for the Shadow Dragons while the rest of the Z-Fighters go to the Afterworld to save Goku (as well as Vegeta) due to the massive break-out of Hell/HFIL due to the actions of the Shadow Dragons (memorable moments include Yamcha defeating Frieza and Tien defeating Cell.) Omega Shenron is defeated with the Universal Spirit Bomb. Other differences include no Super Saiyan 4 and no Super 17 arc (though Dr. Gero and Dr. Myuu do appear, being the masterminds of the breakout.)

- DragonBall Super: Several changes:

  • During the battle with Beerus, the Super Dragonballs are revealed sooner and utilized to resurrect the dead Kais Kid Buu killed eons ago without harming Majin Buu. It succeeds but weakens Majin Buu a bit (though he retains the powers he had when absorbed Grand Supreme Kai.) Furthermore, it's revealed that Vegeta has conquered the Frieza Empire for his own (with his right-hand man being his younger brother Tarbles, who handles the everyday bureaucratic work of running an empire, something that is a running gag). The Z-Fighters learn this when Vegeta goes to Earth and warns them about the God of Destruction, Beerus. They are searching for the legendary Divine Saiyan (the name for Super Saiyan God here). While the Z-Fighters do better against Beerus, especially Mystic Gohan, Beerus is still too strong for them. Goku becomes the Divine Saiyan with the power of Gohan, Goten, the unborn Pan and the spirits of his parents, Bardock and Gine (having been brought back momentarily by Whis.) His Divine Saiyan form resembles a mix of OTL GT's SS4 and OTL SSG (Goku's hair and eyes turn red like in SSG while he gets a dark red furcoat and tail like OTL GT's SS4) Goku fights Beerus and while the battle goes a bit better than OTL, he still loses. However, he is impressed them and the aforementioned resurrection occurs with the Super Dragonballs. Vegeta meanwhile is dumbstruck by what Goku has accomplished and ends up losing against him (Vegeta having managed to achieve Ascended Super Saiyan by this point.)
  • The next big arc of the universes still goes somewhat normally, with Universe 7 meeting Universe 6, which is now more of a parallel to Universe 7. Their team of fighters in the fight for the Super Dragonballs are positive heroic counterparts to some of the villains the Z-Fighters faced (an old Namekian/ King Piccolo, Cabba/villainous Saiyans, Frost/Frieza, Hit/Cell, a strange lifeform/Kid Buu). Goku here combines Kaioken with his Divine Saiyan form.
  • Resurrection F still happens though the circumstances are more of Frieza attempting to reclaim his empire from Vegeta (who goes to Earth since he knows Frieza will target Goku.) Most still goes to normal, though Frieza ends up making a getaway rather than destroy the Earth though he is heavily wounded and in critical condition.
  • The Zamasu arc still happens, though with Future Gohan and his new allies (which includes his wife Android Videl, a good Cell, a good Fat Buu and that world's version of Uub, a girl named Ubu.) coming back for help against Goku Black (who has a dark blue version of the Divine Saiyan form due to having kaioshin ki, which he calls Celestial Saiyan). Future Gohan performs a fusion dance with Goten and defeats him with a Spirit Bomb-infused Masenko before Goku calls up Zeno to finish him off as he threatens to attack the Multiverse. They also contact Future Whis and Beerus to assist Future Gohan and bring back the Kais there. Zamasu is also introduced much earlier, nearer the beginning of the Multiverse arc and thus becomes a larger surprise when it's revealed he has gone bad.
  • The Multiversal Tournament of Power still happens though the Z-Fighters get better showings (the team being Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Tien, Piccolo, Android 18, Goten and Vegeta.) Furthermore, the various universes designed and revealed are far different, with several of them being shoutouts to previous works of Toriyama (such as one of the four worlds spared in the Tournament being a shoutout to Chrono Trigger) as well as various genres and subgenres of anime and manga (such as another of the spared worlds being a reference to Gundam.) It's revealed that while Goku got some training to better handle his Divine Saiyan form, Vegeta also got training from Whis and Beerus though through part of a deal being that Vegeta accepts becoming the next God of Destruction, which he accepts. Goku combines the Divine Saiyan state with the Super Saiyan transformation to become Divine Super Saiyan (which causes his fur, tail, hair and eyes to become gold) which Vegeta has his own answer by combining the ki of the God of Destruction with his own Divine Saiyan form (brought on during his training with Beerus and Whis, which involved meeting Saiyans in Universe 6) to create the Divine Saiyan of Destruction form, being reddish purple. Ultra Instinct still appears as Goku uses to fight Jiren, who's powers are the result of his intense training and his innate psychic abilities (with many comparing it to Superboy's "tactile telekinesis"). The last man standing is Yamcha, who makes the wish to resurrect the universes back.
  • Dragonball Super: Broly is still released though with various changes. The premise has Vegeta meeting up with Goku, Gohan and Goten with the discovery of a new Saiyan.This leads to the meeting of Broly. However, Broly becomes the target of machinations between the faction loyal to Freiza, who allied with Paragus for revenge on Vegeta. This leads to Broly having to fight Goku and later Vegeta. Meanwhile, the Z-Fighters deal with the remnants of the Frieza Forces led by a cyborg Frieza (who befriended Dr. Gero in his time in theunderworld and used his blueprints and alien technology to make him similar to an Android) Frieza is defeated by Vegeta before Goku and Vegeta form Gogeta to calm down the Berserk Broly. Broly is snapped into his senses and befriends Goku and the Z-Fighters though returns to his new homeworld in tranquility, with Beerus and Whis promising to keep an eye on him.
- Bleach: Bleach ends at an earlier point and the mangaka takes advice on story direction after initial declining sales. It is replaced by Kill La Kill on Toonami.

- Fairy Tail: The story continues to focus on character-centered arcs and stories, with more characters getting the limelight and development, such as Lisanna. In addition, the fanservice is toned down within the main story (the more pronounced fanservice instead appearing comical shorts and OVA). Achnologia is defeated sooner by a combination of Natsu and his father landing the final blow alongside the rest of Fairy Tail. Natsu and the situation with E.N.D. is resolved as another character arc of Natsu moving forward with his life and coincides with the final arc focusing on Zeref, Mavis and Fairy Tail as a whole. Furthermore, the themes of enemies being obsessed with the past are more pronounced than OTL, especially contrasting Achnologia and Zeref with their approach to dealing with past tragedies.

- Soul Eater: The manga runs longer than OTL, doing more world-building and taking some ideas from the anime, such as a second fight between Shinigami and Asura along with including more details, development and reveals (such as the rest of Shinigami-sama's Eight Warlords, with some being Great Old Ones as well and focusing on other types of madness) and finally seeing Maka's mother (actually named Kami.) Unlike the hints in the OTL anime, she has a different personality. Despite looking a lot like Maka and being smarter than her daughter, it's shown Maka is actually more like her father in regards to her compassion, caring nature, temper and dedication to her friends while her mother is a cool, aloof and very mission-oriented woman who has complex relationships with both her ex-husband and daughter (though it's revealed she does very much love her daughter and that she actually does still want to be with Spirit.) It's revealed she left Spirit due to, in her own words, her failings in being an emotionally available and supporting partner among various others. She later mentions she regrets the decision when she realizes how cowardly it was; she chose to leave rather than make the harder choice of opening more, seeking help and growing as a person. Furthermore, her past and real reasons for leaving Spirit are revealed, resulting in a temporary heartbreak for both Maka and Spirit, though it does lead to Maka fully appreciating her dad once more. Eventually, Spirit and Kami patch things up and end up remarrying in the epilogue. Crona is also additionally fully redeemed when Asura is taken care of. A new anime is being worked on to closer follow the original manga.

- My Hero Academia: Begins airing on Toonami soon after the second season is halfway completed. Considered one of the new rising stars alongside Little Witch Academia. Is as popular as Naruto was at its peak.

- Kill la Kill: Lasts a bit longer with detailing the further origins of the Life Fibers and on expanding the world. Now has an OVA series with an emphasis on humor has the characters adapt to normal life after the incident and discovering what to do with their lives.

- Log Horizon: Takes the place of Sword Art Online in terms of popularity and importance of popularizing isekai into the mainstream and overall while maintaining the high quality and airing on Toonami.

- Little Witch Academia: Airs on Toonami instead of on Netflix. Currently has a crossover special with My Hero Academia in the works.

- One Piece: Never dubbed by 4kids and was dubbed by Funimation at the start. Work emphasizes animation and quality over time so fewer filler arcs are needed in regards to keeping up with the manga.

- Sonic X: An adaptation of the video game series, but taken into a somewhat darker direction. The X was meant as a reference to that of Megaman X, namely in greater world building and focus. The series does very well and becomes the definitive Sonic anime.

- Digimon Tamers: Ryo does not make an appearance within the series due to story conflicts, though he is alluded to a couple times). artwork of him and his Digimon do appear in the artwork book and he appears as an unlockable character in the various Tamer video games. Tamers is planned to have a sequel series much like Digimon Tri was for the original series with Ryo being introduced in said sequel proper and involved with the villain, Parallelmon. An interview revealed said they were given the okay to include him when the Digmon Wonderswan games were remastered and released on the Nintendo DS and PSP years prior.

- Outlaw Star: Maintains a cult following and is resurging in popularity with a book on further lore being developed.

- Yu-Gi-Oh!: The anime is better written and adheres to the rules it would set out for itself sooner. The supporting characters get more screentime and dueling experiences, like Tea using a Fairy deck and Tristian focusing on Machines. Some of the more intense moments from the manga remain (such as Joey dealing with thugs and winning fights). Additionally, more Fusion monsters are seen, especially from Joey (such as Red Eyes Black Dragon/Dark Magician, Dark Magician/Gandora, Red Eyes Black Dragon/Gilford the Lightning, Red Eyes Black Dragon/Flame Swordsman, and finally one of Blue Eyes White Dragon and Red Eyes Black Dragon.)

  • Battle City: Joey ends up defeating Yami Marik, leaving Yugi to defeat Kaiba and for the two to duel once more in the Battle City Finals with Yugi winning the tournament. Kaiba and Joey also have a duel and while Joey loses, he does push Kaiba and indeed creates the aforementioned fusion.
  • Virtual World: Much of the same, but shows off the supporting cast more while having Kaiba deal with his past. Takes place after the Battle City arc and shows Kaiba struggling with his loss as well as his past and future. The setting involves Kaiba having to deal with suspicious activity and ends up being held captive by the former Big 5 along with Noah.
  • Oriachalos: The Pharaoh does not use the Seal and many older characters return. Mai does not become antagonistic and remains on the side of the protagonists. More of the side characters shine here.
  • KaibaCorp Grand Prix: The duels are a bit different and shows off more characters' dueling skills such as Rebecca's. Furthermore, Siegfried is characterized a bit differently. While still a parallel to Kaiba, the differences are more pronounced in his different mannerisms, being affable and polite to everyone, best seen in his polite respect to Joey in comparison to Kaiba. However, this makes his darker tendencies more jarring as he attempts to take down KaibaCorp to save his company.
  • Final Arc: Goes much the same though more everyone seen. Yugi still wins his final duel against the Pharaoh though Yugi uses a moderately different deck (Silent Swordsman and Silent Magician do not appear; Yugi instead uses Toy Magician along with a new monster that's an "evolved" form of Toy Magician (appropriately stronger than Dark Magician). Toy Magician would get more support as a result of this and appear often in Yugi's future decks.)

- Yu-Gi-Oh GX: Maintains better writing like the above along a stronger and more involved supporting cast. The deconstructive elements remain somewhat. Jesse Anderson is not introduced in the series (though the Crystal Beasts deck is still released in the actual card game) with Syrus remaining his spot as Jaden's right-hand man. Bastion also remains a strong relevant character, serving as a friendly rival and foil to Jaden. He would come to finish his new prime deck, focused on the Element Archetype while often using other decks. Chazz meanwhile keeps Chthonian soldier as his main theme though he does add the Armed Dragons and Ojamas like in canon:

  • Season 1: Rather than the Sacred Beasts, the Wicked Gods are the cards in question. Created by an ambitious card designer who wanted to replicate the Egyptian God cards, he became horrified by the darkness he unleashed in his mad pursuit, especially as his creations fed on his life energy. His last days consisted of creating a lock to seal the cards away under the school and crafting seven keys he entrusted to the headmaster that would access the lock. However, after the keys were nearly stolen, they would be given to Jaden and the others, as a mystic oath would bond the key with a Duelist and thus, the Duelist would need to be beaten to actually claim the keys. It's also revealed the cards were unable to be destroyed by normal means and only now was a way to destroy them finally being made, hence why the keys were given to the Duelists as this was the prime window of opportunity for the Shadow Riders. Additionally, the entire arc would have the undertones of a mystery. Beyond Atticus (who followed the other missing students out of concern for their safety), the first few Shadow Riders are actually the disappeared Duel Academy students, having been brainwashed. Zane defeats Camilla, here a normal goth girl though maintaining the vampire deck and bearing a grudge against Crowler who never promoted her to Obelisk Blue because of her dark attitude. She lets go of her grudge when she realizes that Crowler was ultimately right. Bastion defeats Tania, a tough girl who maintains the Amazon deck and joined because in her believe in raw strength and might making right. Bastion defeats her through smarts along with a lecture regarding brains over brawn and the imprortance of morality (with her falling for him as a result, with exhuberent displays of affection becoming a running gag, even after it's discovered he returns her feelings). With the appearance of Don Zaloog, the duel spirit of the card of the same name, masquerading as a private detective and that several background characters (appearing in the past episodes) were the Dark Scorpions comes the revelations that the plan was around longer than anyone expected. After his defeat, he reveals he and the others were given life by the mastermimd. Eventually, the reveal was that the former chairman. He was co-creator of the Wicked God cards, but after his partner realized their horrific power and betrayed him to seal them away, he concocted the elaborate plan to regain the cards while Professor Banner went undercover to stop him and discover what happened to the students.
  • Season 2: Jaden still loses against Aster, though Aster's characterization is closer to his original anti-hero status while the names of the Destiny Heroes are different. Syrus' deck also changes with his Vehiroids changing (his new ace becomes Armoroid). Blair also becomes a new main character (having become old enough to join.) She rises in prominence as more students join the Society of Light, such as Alexis and Chazz (the latter is freed soon after, but the former not until much later, though not before damaging her friendships with the group, especially Syrus). Blair ends up becoming a motivational forces and gets them to create a form of resisting force. Bastion still joins, but was secretly gathering data in them to warn Jaden. Jaden and Blair grow closer as Syrus deals with trying to rescue Zane from himself. Blair meanwhile uses a deck focused on "Silent Magician" as her ace. Bastion becomes an Obelisk Blue upon reaching a draw with Aster Phoenix and also helping Jaden from his funk.
  • Season 3 still focuses on the strange Duel World though Blair is the one possessed by Yubel, due to her connection with Jaden. Meanwhile, the group of friends have to repair bonds as Syrus realizes he's been neglecting his friends while Alexis has been working to repair her ruined friendships, firstly with Syrus by helping him with Zane. Jaden is pushed further into the darkness though he ends up being rescued by his friends while Blair serves to help redeem Yubel due to their mutual love for Jaden. This includes all of Jaden's friends making new Elemental HEROs using some of their own monsters with Jaden's own: Avion+Gyroid, Bubbleman+Hydrogeddon, Burstinatrix+Cyber Tutu, Sparkman+Cyber Dragon, Clayman+Black Strego, Necroshade+Cthonian Soldier and Hero Kid+Silent Magician Lv. 4 (though others are released such as Wildheart+Des Kangaroo, Neos Alius+Silent Magician Lv. 4 and Bladedge+Silent Magician Lv.6). Bastion also ends up graduating though remains on campus to keep an eye on Jaden, becoming an aide to Shepard.
  • Season 4 has Jaden on the recovery with Blair by his side as he rediscovers his passion for dueling while also dealing with the final threat. Furthermore, it shows that everyone has changed and grown taller, such as Bastion beginning to grow a beard and most notably Syrus's growth spurt (something which caught Alexis' eye). More emphasis on tag-team dueling is had as new Fusion Monsters are made by combining Elemental HERO Neos with the aces of his friends, (Armoroid, Lithmus Doom Soldier, Cyber Angel Vash, Chthonian Emperor Dragon, Cyber End Dragon, Silent Magician Lv.8, Ultimate Tyranno and Master of Oz.) The series with everyone graduating and staying in touch, with Jaden traveling with Blair and dueling Yugi. It's revealed that they return to the school as adults (Hassleberry heading Ra Yellow, Alexis Obelisk Blue and Syrus Slifer Red while Bastion takes Shepard's place as headmaster.)

- Yu-Gi-Oh 5DS: Much remains the same though the Yu-Gi-Oh anime as it is recognized as ends up more-or-less finishing with 5DS, The crossover film between the three is maintained, but expanded upon while also having the three protagonists fuse their main monsters (Dark Magician + Neos + Stardust Dragon) as part of the finishing turn to defeat the big bad.

- Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal: A lot different than OTL, with it being a new continuity and the XYZ monsters playing a new role. The story revolves around XYZ summoning being indicative of beings from the dimension of the monsters. The setting itself is much more grounded initially as the supernatural elements are taken more seriously.

- YuYu Hakusho: As a result of the more flexible working hours and better conditions for mangaka, YuYu Hakusho was able to continue its run and finish the way the mangaka wanted it to, expanding into the anime. In addition, there was an OVA which had it a crossover with Sailor Moon.

- Sailor Moon: Maintains itself closer to the manga, which includes the relationships (though some of the writing was revised as questions were asked and issues were looked at in hindsight.) Furthermore, has a crossover OVA with YuYu Hakusho.

- Persona 5 The Animation: Has double the episodes of OTL's so the series is not rushed through while the animation is also better and smoother while expanding a bit on the characters and interactions, especially Yuuki Mishima. The protagonist Joker is portrayed much like in the game though with the more humorous choices being taken along with better establishing his character relations (such as calling Ryuji his right-hand man and best friend, a parallel to the friend of Yu and Yosuke back in P4 and a sisterly relation with Ann, etc).

- Persona 4 The Animation: The series would be brought over to Toonami around the release of Golden onto Toonami to be used as advertising as well as draw more attention to the series. While condescending the plot, it also fixes some of the characterization problems and does more to show the friendship of the Investigation Team.
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I have one obvious thing for my favourite Yu-Gi-Oh series, and objectively the best of the bunch:

4Kids license Season 4 of GX, or Funimation does what they did with One Piece and re-license the whole thing with a new cast and no censorship.
- Bleach: Ends earlier on a higher note. It's Toonami slot is taken by Fairy Tail.
Or Tite Kubo meets Ryogo Narita earlier and Bleach's final arc is much better written and consistent like the after series light novels that the both of them have done. Or just not screw Kubo over and have mangaka not work themselves through life threatening illnesses like he did. Cause Bleach deserved better damn it!
Or Tite Kubo meets Ryogo Narita earlier and Bleach's final arc is much better written and consistent like the after series light novels that the both of them have done. Or just not screw Kubo over and have mangaka not work themselves through life threatening illnesses like he did. Cause Bleach deserved better damn it!
Actually, Kubo was more of an artist than a writer. Granted, I dont know much on Bleach but I figured I should mention it.
I have quite a few things that would have made my pop culture world so much better:

Invader Zim: Aired on Adult Swim or Comedy Central, or any showtime block that wouldn't heavily censor it. Then it goes on for at least four or five seasons, maybe even spawning a spinoff.

Fairly Oddparents: Poof, Sparky, and Chloe are never introduced. Instead, one or more of Timmy's existing friends gets fairies of their own, or is somehow otherwise enabled to join him on his magic adventures. And the plot point about Trixie having a secret tomboy side is expanded on with more than just a one episode thing.

Danny Phantom: The plot point about Fright Knight serving Vlad would have been followed up on. Phantom Planet would have featured an actual showdown between Danny and Vlad.

Teen Titans: Slade would have been involved in Season 5. The final battle actually would have served as the finale, without "Things Change" ending things on a downer and all the confusing stuff about whether or not Terra was back.

Ben 10: Would have ended after the first series. Alien Force wasn't awful, but it and the other sequels just messed up the mythology a bit too much for me.

W.I.T.C.H.: Would have continued after Season 2.

Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: Would have actually gotten a fifth season, which would have tied up all remaining plot threads.


I will do one for Joss Whedon shows in the 00's.
Angel gets a season 6 to get to a similar conclusion to OTL and Oz is a guest star at least twice.
Buffy somehow brings back Tara(the obvious reasons for backlash was around in 2002 and reads much like today) in season 7.
The Faith show exists(as an early Jessica Jones of sorts) for at least 2 seasons.
Some Giles movie or something is made.
Obviously, a 5 season Firefly exists(to compete with Galactica and even Enterprise). Attempts to resolve flaws, like adding a Chinese-American actor as a main character, mythology rewritten slightly to make the Unification War parallel the ACW less,and Jayne is killed off(the actor's politics likely cause friction on the set) are made. Typical Whedon development occurs, where a character pulls a Wesley(who arguably changed more than almost any other character on Buffy or Angel) occurs. A later season is better remembered than the early eps of OTL(imagine season 5 River).
In the 2010's, there is no Avengers(or someone like Favreau makes a good, but not great one) unfortunately, but he has some other show(better Dollhouse/generic Western/some other show exists) and a Fray movie may exist. Veronica Mars(an honorary Joss Whedon show by Rob Thomas, he even personally appears on it) gets two more seasons.
I have issues with Whedon as a creator and stuff, but this is more about his shows being treated better by the networks)
  • Star Trek lasts 5 season, with a series of TV movies and a second series in the 1970s.
  • Brian Epstein lives. The Beatles last forever. John Lennon is not killed.
  • Superman III goes with the original Brainiac/Supergirl plot. Superman then goes up to Superman V.
  • Tim Burton is a hands-on Producer for Batman II, but not director, and returns as director for Batman III and IV.
  • The Enterprise-D is not blown up, and the TNG films deal with the crew moving on but coming back together somehow per film, as we saw with the original series cast films.
  • ST: Voyager is more like the Battlestar Galactica reboot.
  • Tim Burton directs Superman Lives in 1998, which reboots that franchise and eventually ties in with the Batman universe.
  • The Star Wars prequels come out in the 90s, directed by other people and before Lucas had a chance to become this isolated artists who bought too much into his own PR.
  • Cowboy Bebop is not cancelled abruptly.
  • After two rather downbeat series (DS9 and alternate Voyager) Star Trek returns to upbeat form with ENTERPRISE. ENT is a proto-TOS, mixed with a mood reminiscent of Stargate SG-1; more "real" and relatable to the modern audience while hinting at the future. Its theme is the theme song of First Contact. Given how much anticipation there was in the OTL leading up to the first episode, where it was getting insane how much popular and media force was behind that show initially, I truly believe this would (as it could) have been the most successful and popular Star Trek of all time.

I think that's about all I got.
Doctor Who is never cancelled, only having an occasional gap year or two, and much of the OTL novels/audio/revival talent still involved.

MST3K - Jim Mallon's either more chill or leaves and Joel stays on behind the scenes. Comedy Central doesn't turn against and cancel it. A more successful movie with an occasional sequel happen as well as some non-MST projects from Best Brains including Joel's Statical Planets. Rifftrax still happens after Mike leaves as host and has more sustained success with MP3s meaning there's a balance between those and VOD titles that don't fit MST. Most elements of the OTL reboot still happen. Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs also have a continued presence on cable television.

Insert better Star Wars prequels here, though I will add Uncle Owen needs to be at least a supporting player from the start and I liked my DBWI idea of John C. Reilly in the role.

Bob Harras doesn't become X-editor or rise higher, whoever does works with Claremont and balances respecting the writers with the rise of the OTL artists. Eventually Ellis and Morrison would enter earlier/stay and take the stable in new directions. The 90's cartoon has better animation and continues on for all of the 90s with a successful spin-off or two. Movies stay same till the replacement of Last Stand with a Singer Dark Phoenix movie, considered the best of the series. His crimes are then exposed and Vaughn takes over from there, with a better start to the Wolverine spin-offs..

DCAU continues on for nearly another decade, though Teen Titans and Brave & the Bold still happen more or less the same. Young Justice serves as a "reboot", though the DCAU will be revisited and treated as their equivalent to Earth 2.

ASOIAF/GoT: Books are finished earlier (with characters a little older to begin with) and since this is a utopia so screw plausibility the show has 2 extra episodes a season and is able to stick to that through it's whole run which I think would fix some of the issues, including using Myracella to explore the Dornish plotlines.

Gargoyles goes five seasons under Weisman, the Timedancer spinoff idea gets a three season run, after the parent show ends the Dark Ages prequel runs several years and once that's done Gargoyles 2150 is made. By the 10's a successful, faithful live-action film franchise begins.

MTV doesn't abandon music and isn't taken over by reality crap, it's animation department has more sustained success, with Daria going 6 seasons and getting a successful Mystik Spiral spinoff while Clone High avoids the Ghandi controversy and has a long run.

Hulk Hogan "falls from his horse" not long into the NWO era, not much later Nash goes back to WWF, Vince Russo is allowed nowhere near the bookers room, the Turner stations shows aren't cancelled, so WCW survives. ECW gets a deal with Fox or ESPN. This keeps WWF from resting on laurels, and also the F is never gotten out thanks to the frankly biased judge's ruling against them in the World Wildlife Fund case being butterflied.

Donner finishes Superman 2, 3 sticks to Brainiac & Supergirl (restored to being his cousin, she's adopted by Lana Lang to set up her improved spin-off) and if Pryor's in it he plays it straight. A better fourth film finishes the Reeves era with Bizarro & Luthor teaming up (no Lenny obviously). Reeves finds successful roles outside of Superman to avoid typecasting or makes a successful transition to directing, no accident obviously. In the mid-90's, after Burton finishes a Keaton Batman trilogy (that also has Billie Dee becoming Two-Face) a World's Finest movie serves as a soft reboot for Superman. Wonder Woman gets earlier movie, Flash and some others including a b-lister or two follow, basically a 2+ decade building of a better DCEU that culminates in a Justice League movie that's as good and successful as OTL Avengers.

Burton's POTA is better and more successful, and he doesn't retreat into formula and reliance on his regulars to the point of becoming self-parody. Sirkis preboot still happens.

Twin Peaks remains successful in it's original run, going 4-5 seasons, and there's still a Fire Walk With Me movie.

Marilyn Manson's Holywood, a film by Alejandro Jordowsky, is made.

The second Sanford show is a hit and runs 5 seasons, Redd Foxx doesn't have tax troubles and lives long enough to do multiple seasons of Royal Family.

John Ritter lives and after 8 Simple Rules wraps he gets major roles on some cable dramas or non-sitcom comedies.

Simpsons ends around Season 10 or so, going into movies with the Springfield spinoff filling it's slot (alongside a better treated Futurama of course). The spinoff also allows time to pass, giving us occasional peeks into the family's development outside of the films.
Star Trek TOS has a better third season maybe because Gene Coon is the Producer and manages to go for a fourth and even a 5th season.
Assignment Earth becomes a Series.
Because of the Success of Star Trek, One of the other networks pick up Doctor Who. The BBC spend more on it and it is filmed on Film instead of Video and the older episodes are not scraped. We get the Unit spinoff and the Jago and Lightfoot spinoff.
Other shows like Doomwatch, Survivors and Blake Seven get aired in the US. (We have all the episodes of Doomwatch. None are destroyed.)
Genesis Two is pick up as a Series.
Questor is pick up as a Series.
Spectre is pick up as a series.
Spider-Man the 70 series has some supervillains and better stories.
George Pal does The Time Machine Sequel.
Legend of King Kong get made instead of the version we got in OTL.
Battlestar Galatica run for three season with better stories. (No Galatica 80)
Buck Roger is a more serious series with better scripts and less bad 70 outfits.
Return of the Jedi feature the Wookies rebelling against their slavery and fighting the Empire. (No Ewoks)
Doctor Who is not canceled.
Better early season for Star Trek Next Gen.
DS9 has better early season.
Voyager allow conflict between Characters and has better darker stories.
Better Star Trek Enterprise series.
Jurassic Park is closer to the book. Better Sequels movies.
The creators of Star Gate work on the Television series so it has better stories in its early seasons.
the 1996 American Godzilla film by Jan de Bont.
The Thrawn Trilogy by Tim Zahn is adapted in the 1990's.
Better Stories for the Prequel films, No Jar Jar, Less CGI and better direction.
American got Talent, Survivor and other reality Television shows all crash and Burn. We never hear of Kim Kardashian.
Babylon 5 get picks up by the Sci Fi Channels and keep the same cast over the 5 seasons.
Crusade runs for 5 season and several other spinoffs happen.
The remake of Battlestar does not do cylon religion stories and has a better ending.
Joe Dante's Warlord Battle for the Galaxy becomes a series.
Firefly runs for 5 seasons before a Movie wraps up the threads.
Buffy ended at season 5 with her death. Angels runs for 7 seasons. There is the Ripper spin off and a Faith spin off.
Reboot gets a full 4 season.
Original Producer stays for season 3 of Gargoyles.
Farscape run for a 4th season.
Atalantis run for another season and Universe runs for a few more. The Stargate Movies continue.
Caprica is not run as a Battlestar Spinoff and instead a series dealing with the implications of Artificial Intelligent.
Better stories for the Force Awaken and Last Jedi.
We get the original idea for Rouge One, with the rush across the beach while being fired on by Walkers.
Remake of Blake Seven post 2010. Remake of Man from Uncle and Another Unit TV show and another Assignment Earth series. (all of these were considered as Series post 2010)
Better DC Film Universe.
Better Iron man films and better Thor films.
J J Abram is not let near either Star Trek or Star Wars. He does better ending to Lost.
Some one tones down Michael Bay and his love of explosions and he Directs G I Joe movie with better script. Stephen Summer directs Transformer with better script and less humor.


He's pretty much the most notable "moral guardian" to be prominent during the lifespan of most of the members here.
But is there anything wrong with wanting to do something good even if somewhat misguided? I mean it's not that hard for older people to think something like CoD or Battlefield or GTA or whatever could cause teenagers to act out.