Super Robot Wars XΩ continues to use its less structured format as a way to include pretty much anything it wants to. Idolm@ster Xenoglossia was a little surprising, and Crayon Shin-chan was something nobody could possibly have predicted (and probably never asked for), but this new one breaks down another boundary.
For the first time, a live action work is included in a SRW game. And it’s not any of the ones you probably just thought of. It’s not G-Savior either, the obscure live-action Gundam movie that some people think they’ve avoided solely because they didn’t want to open the door to live action.
The King of the Monsters himself, fighting alongside the King of Braves and the King of Hearts. And yes, Shinji is in some kind of Godzilla-Eva hybrid.
The Mazinger Z villains really hate the fact that Hideaki Anno is directing Godzilla: Resurgence right now…
MechaGodzilla is there too, so I guess you can’t say it doesn’t have mecha. (Also, Jet Alone from Neon Genesis Evangelion was based on Jet Jaguar.)
Part 1 is here.
Spongiforma squarepantsii (yes, really)- a mushroom
Tinkerbella nana – a fairy fly
Ittibittium – a mollusk
Oedipus rex – a salamander
Megapnosaurus (means “big dead lizard”) – a dinosaur
Irritator challengeri – a dinosaur
Gojirasaurus – a dinosaur, obviously
Not the name of a creature, but “thagomizer” is the name for the spikes on the end of a Stegosaurus’s tail. It originated in this Far Side cartoon:
“Now this end is called the thagomizer … after the late Thag Simmons.”
And so finally, there is a louse named Strigiphilus garylarsoni.
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.
I was just going to edit my previous post to add this, but since I’m having trouble with embedding video there, I’ll just make it a separate post.
I’m not entirely sure I was right there, because there’s a simpler, classic attack that I have a real liking for too. It’s used by a few human-sized robots but most associated with mecha; the good old Rocket Punch.
Because sometimes you just really have to punch someone who’s more than an arm’s length away.
A lot of super robots have their own version of this, and even if they don’t, they might have had a toy that did. (Even the Jumbo Godzilla had it for some reason.)