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This is a separate list of video game crossovers, excluding family friendly meet ups such as Mario/Sonic, etc.

Street Fighter, in the Capcom vs SNK, and vs Namco games, also crossed with other Capcom titles. The storyline for Capcom vs SNK: Millenium Fight 2000, according wikipedia, is

“In AD 2000.

A special martial arts event is planned through a collaboration of the two most powerful world organizations: Garcia Financial Clique and Masters Foundation. The gala event � it is hoped! � will ease the political conflicts between the two powers.

Its name was “Millennium Fight 2000.

Many renowned martial artists have registered for the tournament. People around the world focus intensely on the upcoming exhibitions.

The long-awaited opening ceremony is a huge success.

No one notices the signs of impending chaos…”

The Capcom games are listed below.

Captain Commando
DarkStalkers
Dino Crisis
Final Fight
Forgotten Worlds
Ghosts N Goblins
Megaman
Red Earth
Resident Evil
Rival Schools
Strider

SNK Games:

Art of Fighting/Fatal Fury/Savage Reign/Kizuna Encounter
Athena
Buriki One
Ikari Warriors
King of Fighters (Includes many franchises on this list)
The Last Blade
Metal Slug
Psycho Soldier
Samauri Showdown Soul Caliber
World Heroes

Capcom vs Namico, according to wikipedia, went like this.

“The game centers around two original characters created for the game named Arisu Reiji and Xiaomu. The two of them work for a special unit called Shinra and they are tasked with investigating spirit and otherworldly disturbances. They are initially investigating a strange “sleeping sickness” in the Shibuya area of Japan, when it becomes apparent that something much larger is at stake. Characters, both good and evil, from other times and other worlds begin appearing in Japan in the year 20XX.”

The Namco games that appeared are as follows.

Baraduke
Bravoman
Burning Force
Dig Dug
Genpei Toma Den
Kloana
Soul Caliber
Tales of Destiny
Tekken
Tower of Druaga
Valkyrie no Denestu
Wonder Momo
Xenosaga
Shadow land

Capcom characters in this series are the same with the addition of Rockman Dash.

updated 1/23/13

Below is a list of crossovers between comic book characters and other comic characters and/or characters from other media. In that I mean a specific story where characters from one world actually met characters from another. This excludes some fighting games like Marvel vs Capcom, because to the best of my knowledge those games didn’t actually have a story. It also excludes incidents where a product from one world appeared in another, such as the Daily Planet newspaper appeared in a John Sable comic. Public domain characters are not included, with a few exceptions, as they are free for anyone to use. Also this website mainly deals with action/adventure crossovers, excluding characters for young kids like The Flinstones, The Jetsons, Super Mario and Sonic. Lastly this not saying that the characters in the worlds listed below are all in one Universe, as the Wold Newton Universe hypothesizes. It is just illustrating connections between various worlds.

Marvel

Universe

Included in 616 Universe

Micronauts
Rom
Beowulf
Dracula
Frankenstein
The Volsunga Saga
Crystar (A toy line actually developed by Marvel)
War of the Worlds
Godzilla (Connecting it to the Godzilla Multiverse, which crossed with King Kong, and Comics Greatest World)
Doc Savage (Who met the Shadow, Shadow met the Avenger, Comics Greatest World, The Green Hornet, The Green Lama, The Black Bat, Miss Fury, The Black Terror, The Spider, and a Descendant of Zorro)
Conan (Connecting it to Conan Multiverse. Some believe that the entire Cthulu mythos is included in the world of Conan. Robert E Howard believed all his stories, from Kull, to Solmon Kane, to his non-fantasy stories (like boxing tales) existed in the same world. Conan also met Elric from the Eternal Champion novels.)

Included in the Marvel Megaverse

First it should be noted Marvel is now owned by Disney, whose franchises include;
Pirates of the Caribbean
Tron
Gargoyles

As well as Lucasfilm Properties, which include
Star Wars
Indiana Jones
Labryinth
Willow
Dark Crystal

Now none of the above seven properties have ever crossed over with anything yet, but I’m listing them because they are owned by the same company and could cross over at a later date.

Marvel also has under it’s roof.

Ultraverse (Crossed with Conan, and the Nightman TV show crossed with Manimal)
Razorline
New Universe
Shadowline
Supreme Power
Possibly the world of 1984
Ultimate Universe
Crossgen
Marvel Zombies (Crossed with Evil Dead, See Evil Dead Below)
Transformers (Connecting it to the Transformers Multiverse, which include the various cartoons, movie, and alternate universe comics like revolutions, and various G.I. Joe crossovers.) Battle Beasts was originally a Transformers spin off. GO-Bots are also linked to them. Consequently the Go-Bots spin off Rock Lords would be as well. Also the Transformers toy line was derived from a Japanese toy line called Microman, which in turn was a spin off of Japanese imports of G. I. Joe.

G.I. Joe, who met danger girl. The 1980s G.I. Joe, Transformers, Jem and Inhumanoids cartoons are presumably in the same world. The world of M.A.S.K. is also now merged with G.I. Joe

Marvel itself crossed with

Star Trek
(A Star Trek novel refers to the movie The Stepford Wives, and TV shows Bionic Man, the Pretender, and Beauty and the Beast)
Image
Archie
Shi
Dr. Who (Who met Star Trek)
Evil Dead (which crossed with Freddy and Jason, Xena, Darkman, Danger Girl, and Re-Animator)
Valiant Comics Which crossed with Image And Nexus, which crossed with Badger and several other First series (American Flagg!, GrimJack, Jon Sable: Freelance, Whisper and Dreadstar) during the First Comics miniseries Crossroads

DC universe and Marvel merged into Amalgam universe, which still exists. Access lives between both universes. Some time in one, some time in another. He can tell when someone has crossed over. Crossovers happen briefly (Marvel DC published crossovers afterwards) but Access makes it so no one remembers.

Also during the JLA/Avengers crossover one Earth was created where DC and Marvel characters existed side by side. Numerous Marvel DC crossovers may have taken place on this earth. Amaglam also has an Earth One version, where all the characters were in WWII.

DC

Multiverse.

Included in the DC Multiverse:

King Kong
Captain Nemo
Dracula
Frankenstein
The Shadow
Red Circle
Milestone Media
THUNDER Agents
Charlton characters
Fawcett Characters
Quality Comics Characters
Gladiator (A novel that was inspiration on Superman’s Creation)
Wildstorm Universe (Formerly Part of Image)
The Wildstorm Universe includes the series Planetary, which includes homages to various fictional characters, from Pulp Heroes, to Tarzan, the Lone Ranger, Godzilla, James Bond, and even Marvel and DC characters.
DC Elseworld ties to Lone Ranger, Dracula, thematic ties to Silent Films like Metropolis, Nosferatu, Frankenstein, Island of Dr. Moreau.

The DC universe crossed over with:

Aliens and Predator
Danger Girl
He-man.
Grendel
Hellboy (Who met Goon (who met Dethlok) and Beasts of Burden)
Judge Dredd  (Which crossed with various 2000 AD properties)
Madman
Mortal Kombat (Whic had Freddy Kruger in one game, who fought Jason, who met Leatherface.)
Red Sonja
Tarzan
Thundercats (Which crossed with Battle of the Planets, which are adapted from the Gatchaman anime)
Terminator
The Mask (Dark Horse Comics) Which met Marshall Law, who met Pinhead, and Savage  Dragon
Vampirella (Who met Lady Death, Top Cow characters, Image characters, Pantha, Kulan Gath who is a villain from Conan Comics, and Red Sonja)
The 99
Star Trek (Who met Dr. Who)

The Shazam TV show crossed with Secrets of Isis.

The Batman TV show crossed with the Green Hornet.

Image

Comics

Image comics originally had 6 Studios of different characters that made up one shared universe. Those six studios are,

Extreme Studios, owned by Rob Liefeld. Characters in this studio are
Supreme, Youngblood, and Glory.

Highbrow Entertainment, owned by Erik Larsen
Savage Dragon, Vanguard, Freakforce, Superpatriot

Shadowline. owned by Jim Valentino
Shadowhawk

Todd McFarlane Productions, by Todd McFarlane
Spawn

Top Cow by Marc Silvestri
Cyberforce, Witchblade, Darkness

Eventually an event called Shattered Image separated these universes, (acknowledging that Extreme Studios already split with Image before the story was printed.) Top Cow eventually struck out on there own, and Wildstorm was bought by DC comics.

Highbrow Entertainment crossed with
Mars Attacks (Who met Popeye)
TMNT, Who met Usagi Yojimbo, who met Cerebrus, both met Flaming Carrot TMNT. also met Power Rangers,which were based on Dinosaur Squardron.
Battle Pope,
Megaton Man,
Marshall Law, Who met Hellraiser and The Mask
Destroyer Duck
DNA Agents

Top Cow crossed with
Tomb Raider,
Joe Quesadas ASH,
Painkiller Jane
and Vampirella, who met Painkiller Jane, and Shi
Shi met Razor (Who met The Crow) Vampirella, Fallen Angel, Tenth Muse, which met Telios,
Frankenstein Mobster,
Also met Chaos comics characters Purgatory, Lady Death, and Evil Ernie,
who met Hack Slash, who in turn met Chucky from the Child’s Play movies and Re-Animator)

Wildstorm crossed with

Aliens. Aliens fought Predator.
Predator has crossed with Comics Greatest World (Dark Horse),
Which crossed with the Shadow, who met Doc Savage
Predator also met Judge Dredd, both met Batman.
Tarzan. who met John Carter
Terminator, who met Robocop.
Tomb Raider

Image as a whole crossed with Valiant

Evil Dead

The main hero Ash met:
Re-Animator, which is based on a Cthulu Mythos story. Cthulu appeared in a Ghostbusters cartoon.
Darkman,
Danger Girl
Classic Monsters (Dracula, Wolfman, etc)
Xena,
Jason Vorhees and Freddy Kreuger (Who was in a Mortal Kombat Game),
Jason of which met Leatherface. Jason also appeared in an issue of Satan’s Six, which was part of a world of characters and concepts from Jack Kirby.

Monster War with Top Cow featured Tomb Raider, The Magdalena, and classic monsters,

How would the story be told?

You would need an incredible team of writers to pull this off, but the more people you have the harder it is to get them to agree. People like Jess Nevins would be a valuable resource who know fantasy worlds inside and out. I would wonder, with the perception of crossovers as being money driven instead of creator driven, if the most talented writers would shy away from taking part in this project for fear of creative restrictions. I can’t see someone like Alan Moore, who beautifully blended together Victorian era characters in The League of Extraordinary Gentlmen, wanting to take part in this. Someone like that would probably see this as just a stupid thing done to make money. Also people more legally tied to their creations might be more hesitant. I can’t see George Lucas letting Luke Skywalker meet Spiderman.

However you would settle who tells the story, the next obstacle is how it would be told. The simplest form to tell the story would be in novels or by making it the biggest comic book maxi-series ever. A maxi-series or several series of comic books is my preference, so you could visually see all the characters together. As far as film is concerned, it is an incredibly long process to make a movie or TV show, with all the variables involved. Plus anything involving a wide audience would have to take time to explain a million obscure characters, which would hinder the story telling. On the video game front a fighting game tie in would be fun. I do like the interactive nature of video games today, and it would be cool in a game if fans themselves could somehow unlock a part of the story. The internet allows a lot of possibilities as well.

Does it matter?

The most important thing in all this is that the stories are really good stories. Because of that, I would not want to have time spent in the narrative as to WHY all these characters met. It’s all made up anyway, so let’s just say that, for some reason, all these characters are in the same universe. BAM, what happens? How do they interact? What do they do? It doesn’t have to be that they all meet to fight a common foe, like JLA/Avengers, just what would a world be like if they were all together. That’s the heart of what I want to see, what would happen, instead of taking forever explaining how the real Marvel and DC universes ended up meeting everybody.

One thing to consider in this possibility, is what the rules of the world are. Just like any world building exercise, the world has to follow a set of rules. When mixing in different realities, you have to take into account their different interpretations of various concepts. For example, vampire mythology is very diverse throughout different media, as the ideas of how magic works, the role of ancient mythology, not to mention different takes on historical events such as WWII. (For example, some media have Vampires immune to religious objects, others do not. In Dungeons and Dragons, I believe magic works by memorizing spells, where other words its more based around magic objects, etc) These different interpretations of different phenomenon would have to be worked out if it were done this way.

Now if there was a great idea to how the “real” realities would intersect, then that would leave room to include many of very distinct realities like Star Wars, the Matrix, Dune, Final Fantasy, various fantasy/sci-fi novels. Some of the worlds in anime/manga, could be included more easily. Other things that could now be included are post-apocalyptic worlds, dytopian worlds like 1984, and your alternate realities of other worlds, including DC’s Elseworlds, Marvels Age of Apocalypse, Mangaverse, Ultimates, and 2099. In fact, one possibility for the feasibility of this is various alternate realities of each world meeting. That is sort of already happened with Ash from the Evil Dead series meeting Marvel Zombies, and alternate plane in the Marvel Megaverse, and Marvel’s Heroes Reborn reality crossing over with Wildstorm.

Could it be done?

Telling the story across all media would be ungodly complicated and next to impossible. Even with characters under the same house, look how long it took to make Jason Vs. Freddy, or Aliens Vs. Predator. Comic books or novels look like the best possibility. Entertainment companies might be more willing to cooperate since there’s not as much profit at stake in comics. In regards to what type of story is told, different companies also might cooperate more if all the characters are together just because, instead of involving the “real” continuities intersecting with each other, either way it’s a lot of legal headaches on the road to a good story.

What has been done already?

We’ve had some pretty colossal in house comic crossovers, even involving different realities (Crisis). We’ve had intra-company crossovers involving their whole universes, Valiant/Image, DC/Image, Marvel/DC, Marvel/Top Cow also Marvel/Ultraverse, (After Marvel bought Malibu.). We’ve had comic characters meet movie and video game characters. The Wold Newton Universe theorizes that classic literary and pulp fiction characters are inter-related, and the concept is expanded upon at Wold Newton What I am proposing is a step up from that, although admittedly a giant step.

Maybe in a hundred years when all these characters are public domain, someone can pull it off, just like Alan Moore did with characters from 100 years ago in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. If that happens, the Alan Moore of the future will really have his work cut out for him.

Well there you have it. Is this the most insane idea ever or what? To what degree could any of this happen? Given the impossibility of all worlds meeting, what would your picks be of worlds to include? Should it be done? Could it be done? What do you think?

(I originally wrote this a few years ago)

My teenage years were during the 90s, when comic companies, in the midst of rapidly declining sales, featured a variety of inter-company crossovers. Crossovers between Marvel and DC were not new, in the 70s and 80s they did Superman/Spiderman, Batman/Hulk, and X-Men/Teen Titans. During the 90s however, they came with increasing frequency; Batman/Punisher, Silver Surfer/Green Lantern, Batman/Daredevil. Then they went all out with Marvel vs DC, which led to the merging of the two universes, known as Amalgam. Even other comic companies got into the act with Batman/Spawn, and Superman/Madman. Dark Horse themselves scored big with Aliens vs Predator, matching the two movie characters against each other. That eventually became a film itself. Dark Horse also did Robocop/Terminator, two other movie characters. Not only did characters from the same medium meet, but comic book characters met movie characters in Batman/Predator. Other media mixing included Tarzan/Predator, and Superman/Aliens.

In the midst of all of these meetings, many of these tales were  just for pretend stories.other stories, such as Fantastic Four/Superman, were said to have taken place in “actual continuity,” where one character came into the “real” universe of the other.

Some of these crossovers were very entertaining, while many were disappointing. Either way they left fandom speculating on what other crossovers could and should take place. This got me thinking a step further, how far could the crossover be taken? How many characters feasibly (and legally) could meet in one story? Further thinking about this concept led to what I know call my ultimate fanboy nerd dream, the Uber-Mega-Super crossover, a giant crossover world featuring a huge amount characters from every medium in sci-fi/fantasy/horror.

Now I hate to be a downer, but when in preparing for this article, I poked around the internet to try to get a grasp on how many different worlds and franchises are out there. I know comics, TV and film fairly well, but I’ve been a little out of touch with video games and role playing these last few years. I found wikipedia articles on old cartoons I remembered as a kid, and found entire lists of different role playing games and science fiction novels. After looking at all this stuff I realized there’s just too many worlds to keep track of. Since it is pretty much impossible for EVERYONE to meet, I kept wondering to what extent an uber crossover could it happen. How big of a crossover could you have, how big of a story or stories could you feasibly and legally put together, and still have it actually be good?

Assuming that it is impossible to have every single world together, the first question would then be who to include. One of the easiest options is to stick with characters in the modern day. Many of the most popular characters in fiction exist in our time anyway. Limiting it to this would eliminate various fantasy worlds such as Dungeons and Dragons, and the numerous future worlds such as Star Trek and Dune. Future worlds specifically are usually a very distinct reality, making the combination of various future worlds difficult. Eliminating these universes would make the story easier.

Other possibilities a step up from that are to have the present world and one, or just a small handful, of fantasy pasts or futures, or to have one of each, or one and not the other.

Also generic characters could be weeded out, for example how many aliens invaded, or attempted to invade earth. Some of them can be removed, along with your generic barbarians, hard edge spies, reporters, vampire overlords, urban vigilantes, etc. Comic books especially often feature characters that are representative of other characters, but for legal reasons have different identities. For example in the series Planetary, certain characters are understood to be Superman, the Fantastic Four, and even Godzilla. Also how many secret government spy groups would you need? The most interesting characters and concepts can be combined into a few, or just one super spy group. Same thing with superhero teams, keep the characters, but you wouldn’t have the Justice League AND the Avengers. Mad scientists, experiments gone horribly wrong that gave birth to x thing, same deal.

Entire worlds that can be trimmed out for simplicity sake are ones where the main story had been finished, instead of continuing adventures like comic book worlds. A lot of your fantasy trilogies such as Lord of the Rings do not go on forever. Star Wars would fit this too, to a point.

Since we would be talking about a large number of characters anyway, one thing that might help tell the story easier is to spread the characters out through different time periods. For example, if you were to just take a crossover between all comic book characters, you could have most of the DC characters be in the WWII era, Marvel during the 60s, and Image, Valiant, and other indy characters in the 90s. The generations would interact of course, and in a neat way it could reflect actual comic book history.

Also with characters like James Bond or Indiana Jones, you wouldn’t have to include every character from every story, just the main crew, their immediate allies, and main arch foes. (Bond’s Spectre, Blofield, and Jaws for example)

Another approach to managing the crossover would be by company. In this era of multimedia conglomerates, there are a lot of properties under one roof. Hasbro for example, has the Transformers franchise, as well as G.I. Joe, and many more obscure franchises like Visionaries, C.O.P.S, and one of my personal favorites, Inhumanoids. On top of that they’ve bought out rival toy companies over the years like Coleco and Galoob, producers of even more obscure toy lines like Sectaurs and Blackstar. Hasbro has also acquired the gaming company Wizards of the coast, makers of Magic the Gathering, who in turn owns TSR. TSR of course are mostly known for Dungeons and Dragons, but also have created other lines like the Sci-Fi game Alternity. So that one company, all by themselves, could feasibly have a story mixing several of the most popular franchises in entertainment, along with some lesser known ones, that include a good genre mix of fantasy, sci-fi, military action, and more. If that one company would work with, say Warner Brothers, then they would also have the entire DC universe, plus well known horrorfilm franchises of Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

In dealing with such a large number of characters, one option is to break up the story into large arcs by specific characters, which again might be easier creatively and legally. For example, a story where Star Wars meets Star Trek, the story continues with Star Trek meeting Marvel, then Marvel meeting DC, then ending with D.C. meeting Star Wars.

Or instead of breaking up by specific franchises, break the story up by company. Have one story where Hasbro characters meet, then in turn meet characters from Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers then meets Marvel Entertainment, who go back and meet Hasbro. Again, with only 2 or 3 of the right companies, the possibilities are pretty big.

How could this story be told, would the story matter? More in part 2.