Created By: randomsurfer on October 19, 2010 Last Edited By: randomsurfer on October 17, 2011
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Team Up Series

Series where two characters team up temporarily, usually one star and a bunch of guest-stars

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Alice Girl is so cool. Wouldn't it be great if she and Bob Man would team up? Even better - next month it could be The Amazing Charlie, the month after that Dandevil, then Elf Edna, then Fin Fang Fred, then Gertrude the Great....

This is a Comic Book series built around the concept of two (sometimes more but usually just two) heroes teaming up - it usually has one main star which others team up with, but not always. Series where the main characters pretty much only team up with each other, like Superman/Batman and World's Finest (also a Superman/Batman team up) don't count. (Or do they? Thoughts?) Also not for regularly teaming groups like The Avengers, Justice League of America, etc.

Possibly related to Guest Star Party Member.

N.B. If there are examples outside of comics that's fine, but the only examples I have now are of comics.

Examples:

Marvel Comics:
  • Marvel Team-Up: Spider-Man and someone else, almost every time: only of the 157 issues from Volume 1, only 11 didn't feature the wall-crawler as one of the team-ees.
    • The later series Spider-Man Team-Up went and put him in the title, so he has to show up every issue.
    • The most recent version of Marvel Team-Up didn't focus on Spider-Man; usually they were one-time teamups, although there was a Half-Arc Season through the series regarding new villain Titannus.
    • Ultimate Spider-Man got his own team-up book, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up.
  • Marvel Two-In-One: The Thing teams up with other heroes.
  • Cable and Deadpool, For most of the issues, it's a Superman/Batman-esque teamup, but the last few issues follow the Spiderman/Random Marvel Hero formula, after Cable dies.
  • Deadpool Team-Up

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Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • October 19, 2010
    Koveras
    How is this different from Massive Multiplayer Crossover?
  • October 19, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Maybe this is Dream Team?
  • October 19, 2010
    randomsurfer
    @Koveras: It's not massive. Normally it's just two people (or maybe three). Also it's in continuity and doesn't rewrite continutiy, unlike most Massive Multiplayer Crossovers, which is "a mash up of series which do not have a strict sense of continuity or a clear Universe Bible. To lessen canon-faulting, especially with series that do have strict continuity, a new 'neutral' setting is made that offers equal footing for all the characters." Ret Cons aside, all the issues of MTU, MTIO, DCCP and TBATB happened but didn't change anything in the grand scheme of things (usually). It was just an adventure person A had with person B. And I'm not saying it's The Same But Less.

    @UT 12: smaller than that. A Dream Team (like it shows on that page) is the Avengers or Justice League, which I have specifically stated aren't this trope.

    Tweaked the description a bit to try to clarify that they aren't all teaming up at the same time.
  • April 11, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Scooby Doo features multiple Team-ups, such as the gang teaming up with Batman and Robin, The Harlem Globetrotters, various celebrities and literary figures and other cartoon characters like Josie and the Pussycats and Jabberjaw.

    Oh wait this is comic books only. nvm.
  • April 11, 2011
    batgirl1
    Worlds Finest et al should count, imho.
  • April 11, 2011
    CousinApril
    If you decide to count books that have only the same two characters teaming up every issue, Marvel did a run of Cable & Deadpool a few years ago that qualifies under that.
  • April 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    @Noir: It isn't necessarily exclusive to comic books, it's just that I only had comic book examples to start with. The New Scooby Doo Movies (which is what you described) could count.

    @ batgirl1 & Cousin April: one reason I'm on the fence about teamup books with a regular cast counting is, where does one draw the line between say Superman/Batman, and Batman and Robin teaming up just 'cause they're a Dream Team of two? Robin has developed into a separate character who exists without Batman even though he's part of the Batman Family; but I wouldn't consider a story where they're both involved together a team-up book.
  • April 11, 2011
    jimcooley
    Regarding Cable and Deadpool, For most of the issues, it's a Superman/Batman-esque teamup, but the last few issues follow the Spiderman/Random Marvel Hero formula, after Cable dies. In which case, I'd say this trope would apply, at least because of those issues.
  • April 19, 2011
    batgirl1
    Regarding the difference between Batman/Superman and Batman/Robin, it's not just that they're a team of two. Historically, Superman and Batman were in two separate continuities; the original draw of World's Finest was one Batman story and one Superman story in the same book. Eventually, DC drew all of its properties together under the DC Universe umbrella, and that is the real reason why Superman Stays Out Of Gotham: he wasn't originally meant to be there.

    Conversely, Robin's whole shtick was being Batman's Kid Sidekick.
  • April 20, 2011
    arromdee
    Action Comics was a Superman team-up book for a while Post Crisis after Dc Comics Presents ended.
  • July 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    @batgirl1: I do not deny at all the history you've presented and appreciate your input. But now, what's the essential difference between Superman/Batman as a team of two, and Batman & Robin as a team of two?
  • August 16, 2011
    regresal
    • Deadpool Team-up
  • October 8, 2011
    Sijo
    So, can we launch this already? I think there's enough examples to show it as a historically valid trope.

    Super Robot Wars should also count; despite being an Alternate Universe Massive Multiplayer Crossover, it is also a *continuing* series of games, some of them with continuity between their stories.
  • October 8, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • October 17, 2011
    Sijo
    OK how do you vote?
  • October 17, 2011
    X2X
    Would Batman And The Outsiders work as that weird subversion where, despite having his name in top-billing, Batman is more or less the guest star, as The Outsiders would eventually move on without him as he rejoined the JLA?
  • October 17, 2011
    CaveCat
  • October 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^^Click "ready to publish" under the hats. Although there's only one spot left. (Historical note: at the time I posted "Some hats would be nice" this had no hats.)

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