Namco X Capcom was a strategy RPG for the PS2 in Japan. It was a crossover between, would you guess, Namco and Capcom.
This is the opening video from the game, which has a nice little song (Brave New World, which, in the later games they appear in, became the theme song of the original characters Reiji and Xiaomu) and some of the most famous video game characters around (and some obscure ones too; Wonder Momo, Bravoman, and the characters from Forgotten Worlds?).
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While Namco X Capcom never got localized, it’s sort-of-sequel, Project X Zone for the 3DS, which adds Sega into the mix too, did. It’s pretty good if you like SRPGs and are familiar with a fair number of the characters in it.
There’s one more shared universe I want to talk about before getting into multiverses. This one’s a little more complicated. I’m using Namco x Capcom’s status (confirmed canon for Endless Frontier which is considered canon by SRWOG) as a precedent for assuming that Project X Zone is probably canon. And while it involves different universes, it also establishes a few games to be in the same universe. (Note that a fair number of these are connected by other crossovers too, so it only establishes a few new connections.)
Project X Zone seems to establish that Street Fighter, Rival Schools, Resident Evil, Tekken, .hack, Virtua Fighter, Fighting Vipers, House of the Dead, and Dynamite Cop all take place in the same time period in the same world (which is also home to the original characters from NxC and PXZ), which is also the human world from Devil May Cry and Darkstalkers, which also share the same demon world as each other and Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins. It’s also established that Mega Man and Xenosaga are both in the future of this world.
And now for some other games: of course Final Fight has long been established to share a universe with Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter characters appear in Dead or Alive (which shares a universe with Ninja Gaiden), and Soul Calibur is the past of Tekken.
And Lili and Sebastian from Tekken appears in Digimon World: ReDigitize.
There’s no real evidence against Capcom vs. SNK being canon either, so we’ve got The King of Fighters and the other games that it was already a crossover between to begin with.
Comic books obviously provide an easy example of large shared universes; I don’t even need to explain how clearly established it is that Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Iron Man, the X-Men, and many others exist in the same universe. But let’s see what else Marvel’s characters have interacted with, besides each other, still without crossing universes.
The main Marvel universe contains quite a few characters that Marvel doesn’t have the rights to anymore, though I’m not familiar enough with Marvel’s Godzilla or Conan comics to say whether this counts as a ”probably one way canon” situation or as Marvel just having their own versions of those characters. There’s also Rom the Space Knight (where the comic is the only reason anyone cares about the character) and Shogun Warriors (where Marvels’s version of the robots should be considered unrelated lookalikes to their anime counterparts).
Then there was Archie Meets the Punisher.
Television crossovers are the most analyzed, but other media have a tendency to take things even farther.
Using the broadest definition of crossover (and still excluding fanfic, obviously), there are surprisingly few separate groups of things that are in crossovers within small groups; depending on your definitions, everything that has a crossover at all can be connected to nearly every other crossover.
Other media can be more complicated about it than television tends to be, so before getting into comic books and video games let’s divide crossovers into categories:
Continue reading Crossover Chaos: Types of crossovers
Let’s start simple. I’ll get to how the various shared universes are connected to each other a little later, after establishing a few of them.
In the third season of the original Transformers, Marissa Faireborn is the daughter of Flint and Lady Jaye from GI Joe, and in one episode, Cobra Commander himself appears.
But additionally, the character Hector Ramirez appeared in Transformers, GI Joe, Jem, and Inhumanoids.
Additionally, in C.O.P.S. (not to be confused with COPS), Checkpoint is the son of Beach Head from GI Joe.
And in the Japanese Transformers series Headmasters (a split timeline from the US cartoon), the Transformers met the Battle Beasts (or Beastformers as they’re called in Japan).
Obviously, this universe also includes all the other G1 Transformers cartoons, Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and GI Joe Extreme.
Much has been written about the surprisingly high proportion of live-action television that can be connected together if you assume that crossovers automatically mean a shared universe, and the interesting implications of the fact that that so many shows can be connected to St. Elsewhere. If you don’t know what I mean by that, here is what Poobala.com, a site about television crossovers, says about St. Elsewhere.
An addendum to all St. Elsewhere entries: The final episode of St. Elsewhere revealed the entire series to be the daydream of an autistic child (man did this show have balls!). Given this, an argument could be made that all the crossovers with St. Elsewhere are invalid. That all the crossovers were merely part of the kid’s dream. Like he watched Cheers on TV and worked it into his little fantasy and thus the shows don’t really exist as part of the same reality. I count the crossovers as valid however. When all these crossovers were aired it was with the idea they were real. No one new the whole show was supposed to be a kids dream. So, since they were intended as real, I say they’re legit. I actually like the idea that the kid dreamed ALL the shows connected to St. Elsewhere. In that case if you check all the pertinent crossovers you’ll discover that the show Newhart was the dream of Bob Newhart’s character from the Bob Newhart show who was in turn only a character in an autistic kid’s head. Don’t think about that too long or your head will explode.
Here (“Group 2”) is Poobala’s conservative list of the shows in the Tommy Westphall universe.
This grid has looser standards, but hasn’t been updated in years.
And here’s the largest list of possibly connected shows.
The largest list, that is, if we limit ourselves to live action television. I’m going to try going beyond that, but probably not until tomorrow.
For this post, let’s just think about facts like “faster-than-light travel is possible in the universe Firefly takes place in”, “Mulder and Scully could have met Mork and/or Alf”, “Full House takes place in a universe that has vampires, alien abduction, and giant monsters”, and “Batman and Superman are both on the grid but nowhere near each other”.