Created By: MarkKBFebruary 24, 2013 Last Edited By: MarkKBFebruary 16, 2015

Vacation Crossover

Characters from one show take a vacation... and run into characters from another show.

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So, you have two shows that you really want to Cross Over, but there's a problem - they live half-way around the world from each-other. What to do?

A common solution is for the characters of one work to visit the city where another work is set for some leisure time (for example, vacation, concert, sporting event, movie premiere), and just happen to run into each other.

See also In The Past Everyone Will Be Famous for when time-traveling vacationists just happen to run into historical figures.


Examples

Comic Books

Fan Fiction

Live Action TV
  • The DCLAU loves this.
    • The Wizards On Deck With Hannah Montana has Justin and Alex from Wizards win a competition to board the ship from On Deck, while Hannah Montana also boards it on her way to a concert in Honolulu.
    • The Good Luck Charlie episode "Charlie Shakes It Up" has Charlie, Teddy and Amy visit their great aunt in Chicago, only to be taken to the Shake It Up studio when they are mistaken for a dance duo.
    • Austin & Jessie & Ally has Jessie on the way to the New York Ball Drop when she runs into Austin and Ally stuck in traffic, who are set to perform there themselves.
    • In the Im In The Band episode "Weasles On Deck", the Weasles go vacationing on the Tipton cruise ship and end up running into Zack and Cody.
    • This isn't limited to just their English-language shows. In the Peter Punk episode "El Duel (Con Zeke y Luther)", Zeke and Luther travel to Argentina on vacation, and subsequently draw the attention of Peter's love interest Evelyn. Jealous, Peter challenges them to a skateboard duel, despite not knowing how to skate.
  • In a crossover night special on ABC, characters from Roseanne, The Drew Carey Show, Coach and Grace Under Fire run into each other in Las Vegas, where they're all on vacation.
  • The Ricardos rent out their Connecticut house for two months to Danny Thomas and his New York Make Room For Daddy family in the Lucy Desi Comedy Hour episode "Lucy Makes Room for Danny", as Rick is filming a movie in Hollywood. Unfortunately, the job falls through at the last minute and the two families are forced to live together.

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 43
  • February 25, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • February 25, 2013
    DaibhidC
  • February 25, 2013
    randomsurfer
    On Different Strokes the family goes on vacation to California (they live in New York) and run into David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider. Hasselhoff is an actor, but KITT is a real talking car.
  • February 25, 2013
    Surenity
    There was a crossover with Full House and Boy Meets World at Disney World.
  • February 27, 2013
    dvorak
    Brawl In The Family had a christmas special in which Luigi went on vacation in Hyrule and becoming the hero of Time, and Gannondorf going on vacation in Dreamland (He was aiming for Zebes), and thuroughly hating the place.
  • February 27, 2013
    MarkKB
    @randomsurfer I'm not entirely sure that counts. From what I've read (correct me if I'm wrong) that episode ("Hooray for Hollywood Pt 1") seems to be taking the stance that KITT is an actor himself (rather than a prop with a VA.) Besides, this trope is that they take a vacation and run into the in-universe characters.

    @Surenity My Google-fu skills are coming up short. Do you have any more information about that episode?

    @dvorak Not sure the Brawl In The Family specials ([1][2][3][4]) count either - they seem to be more "characters from one game transposed into the main plot of the other", with "vacations" being the framing device.
  • February 27, 2013
    henke37
    This is the usual excuse for why Scooby and the gang is anywhere, crossovers included.
  • February 27, 2013
    foxley
    In one episode of The Drew Carey Show, Drew and his buddies make a road trip to New York to sell Buzz Beer. While they were there, they had some problems with the truck and started to hold up traffic. Who should come to investigate the traffic problem but Detective James Martinez of NYPD Blue.

    More of a cameo than a true crossover but it probably still counts.
  • July 9, 2013
    MarkKB
    ^^ Do you have any specific examples?

    ^ I share your apprehension on that one. Is he a major part of the episode, or is it a one-scene thing?
  • July 9, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    The Rugrats Go Wild had The Rugrats meeting The Wild Thronberrys because the Rugrats characters were vacationing on a boat, and got stranded where the Thornberrys were filming their latest nature documentary.
  • July 9, 2013
    arromdee
  • July 9, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^^ You might wanna change the namespaces to WesternAnimation
  • July 9, 2013
    MarkKB
    ^^^ Thanks, added!

    ^^ Already have that one. :p

    ^ Even with namespaces it wouldn't have worked since the first two titles have an unnecessary 'The' and the last one had a typo.
  • July 10, 2013
    TonyG
    Spoofed on The Simpsons in their "Spin Off Showcase" episode. One of the spin-offs had Chief Wiggum and Principal Skinner fighing crime in New Orleans, and in one scene run into the Simpsons on vacation.
  • July 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Teased in Marvel and DC comics from the 1970s. Characters from both companies would "just happen" to be in Vermont in time for the Rutland Halloween Parade. Marvel Comics have background characters dressed up as DC Comics heroes and vice-versa; and both sets interact with Real Life parade organizer Tom Fagan.
  • July 14, 2013
    dvorak
    Web Comics
    • Cross Time Cafe is about a pub where webcomic characters hang out in their off time.
  • July 15, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    I think this was an excuse used by the Simon And Simon title characters to explain their presence in Hawaii in a two-way crossover with Magnum PI (the Simons lived and worked in San Diego California). either that, or they vacationed in Hawaii while they were there (hey, why not? wouldn't you?) after the case was concluded. Anybody else know?
  • July 15, 2013
    MarkKB
    ^^ I'm not terribly sure Cross Time Café is this trope. It seems more to be a kind of "the webcomic characters are actors who hang out in a café" type of thing (if a heck of a lot more meta) than "the characters go on vacation and "happen" to run into other characters".

    ^ When I was initially prepping this trope I came across the Magnum P.I./Simon and Simon example, but in my (admittedly brief) search I couldn't find any detailed information about the episodes, certainly not enough to determine if they match the trope - so more information would be much appreciated.

    They are "Ki'i's Don't Lie" (Season 3 of Magnum) and "Emeralds Are Not A Girl's Best Friend" (Season 2 of Simon and Simon), if anyone'd like to do a better job/has the box sets.
  • July 20, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Downplayed example: In an early issue of X Men Peter Parker is in upstate New York to take pictures for the Bugle and happens upon a flying saucer. The X-Men also find the saucer and, thinking that Spider-Man is a spider-robot that they've heard of (and which Spider-Man has destroyed, leaving no trace) Lets You And Him Fight ensues.
  • July 24, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^^I did some looking, and it seems that the Simon brothers came to Hawaii on a job (in the Magnum PI episode "Ki'i's Don't Lie"), and got a new task from Higgins (completed in the Simon And Simon episode "Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend"). Having successfully completed the second job, they are invited to stay at the estate while awaiting their turn to testify against the captured con artist, and they turn it in into a chance for a vacation. See the funny scene at the end of the second episode.
  • July 24, 2013
    AP
    • Justified in the fanfic A Dark Knight Over Sin City. Bruce Wayne decides to go on a trip to Sin City but in reality, he's using it as an excuse to track down some members of his rogues gallery who have decided to set up shop in Basin.
  • September 1, 2014
    MarkKB
    Geez, I kinda forgot about this! Sorry! ^^;

    @randomsurfer, 69BookWorM69: I don't know about whether job-related coincidences should be this trope or a closely-related one (that is, if the emphasis of this trope should be on 'leisure time' or 'serendipity'). I'd appreciate some thoughts on this.

    @AP I don't think that's an example, even using the Justified Trope tag. From a brief reading of the fic, the reader is informed that the vacation is just a charade from the get-go, and we don't linger at all the vacation side of things.
  • September 2, 2014
    bejjinks
    On the Spiderman-Xmen example, it wouldn't count anyway since Spiderman has several crossovers with the X-men. The distance between the two is that small. Both are New York and only differ in which part of New York: city or upstate.
  • September 2, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Well but it's (possibly) notable because it's the first such crossover, and almost the first in the Marvel universe.

    (Edited my own post to remove "{if not the first}" because it wasn't.)
  • September 2, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ and the way you write it doesn't sound like X Men or Spidey was having vacation when they meet each other...
  • September 2, 2014
    MorningStar1337
    Regarding the DCLAU and this trope I'm preety sure that their very first one: Thats so Suite Life of Hannah Montana (I may have messed up the name) probably counts, but then again at that point there may be other contexts for their visit (Hannah and the twins being obvious due to the celebrity status and their living arrangements, respectably. Raven being the apprentice to a well know fashion designer also opens up certain opportunities)
  • September 2, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^^Which is why I called it a downplayed example. Peter is on a kind of working vacation to upstate New York until the spider monster appears.
  • September 2, 2014
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Really, cause I made that comment because I didn't see it in the draft, and I didn't see any mention of it in the comments. Wizards on deck with Hannah Montana I do see in the comments leading me to thing you may had have the crossovers confused a little.

    Wait. I thought you were referring to my comment, sorry
  • September 3, 2014
    Surenity
    It turns out I was remembering wrong, it was Boy Meets World and Step By Step that had a crossover episode at Disney World. But yeah, for more info: http://www.poobala.com/boyandstep.html
  • January 11, 2015
    garrisonskunk
    There's also a Magnum PI / Murder She Wrote crossover...did Jessica go to Hawaii?

    Also that Simpsons episode "Bart Starr" with Hank Hill saying "We came all the way from Arlen for THIS?"

    Danny Thomas brought his New York "Make Room for Daddy" family to Lucy Ricardo's Connecticut home in the Lucy Desi Comedy Hour episode "Lucy Makes Room for Danny"
  • January 12, 2015
    MarkKB
    @MorningStar1337: I considered that one when writing the initial draft, but I didn't include it because both are work-related coincidences (Hannah is going to a concert, and Raven is organising a photo shoot for Donna Cabonna).

    @garrisonskunk: Yes. Higgins is driving some guests to Masters' house when they're run off the road. They hire Jessica to help solve who tried to kill them. (See http://www.poobala.com/magnumandmurder.html )

    In the Danny/Lucy crossover, Lucy and Rick rent their home out to Danny and his family for a month because Rick has a job somewhere else, but that falls through and they have to live with eachother. Is Danny and his family on vacation or have they moved to Connecticut - I can't tell from http://poobala.com/lucyanddanny.html.


    This is kind of why I wanted some input if vacation and work-related coincidences should be separate tropes or one big one. I'd initially thought with vacation crossovers I'd Seen It A Million Times but I'm not as sure now.
  • January 12, 2015
    garrisonskunk
    I believe "Make Room For Daddy" aka "The Danny Thomas Show" was still running at the time...so I thought Danny and his family were vacationing in the country for the month. I think it's said in passing that Danny subleased his apartment to someone who wanted to stay in NYC for the month.
  • January 13, 2015
    MarkKB
    I managed to track down a copy of the episode, and it does seem like they wanted to stay out in the countryside for two months. And you're right, the Danny Thomas Show was still running at the time.
  • January 13, 2015
    MarkKB
    Added some additional DCLAU examples that I'd discovered.
  • January 15, 2015
    sigh824
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  • January 17, 2015
    Arivne
  • January 18, 2015
    MarkKB
    ^ I think you misread that example in your fourth bullet. The source is from the Lucy Desi Comedy Hour, as stated in the example - I Love Lucy is the parent show.
  • January 18, 2015
    robinjohnson
    This might be YMMV:

  • January 19, 2015
    Arivne

  • February 1, 2015
    Skylite
    • Kim Possible also makes a visit to Hawaii where she meets Lilo And Stitch.
    • This was a standard trope for The Love Boat. Characters would run into characters from other shows, or from "familiar faces they couldn't quite place" which were jokes about previous roles played by both actors on a now-cancelled show.
  • February 1, 2015
    randomsurfer
  • February 3, 2015
    MarkKB
    ^^ Kim Possible was actually specifically sent for by Lilo and Pleakley, so not this trope.
  • February 16, 2015
    randomsurfer
    • On The Simpsons Springfield holds a Film Festival and invites Jay Sherman of The Critic to be special guest judge.
    • Family Guy: In "The Simpsons Guy" the Griffins are on the run from an angry mob. They stop to get gas but their car is stolen so they start walking and discover they're just outside Springfield, home of the Simpsons.

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