Created By: Sofos on June 26, 2009


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Disclaimer: Okay, the title's up for discussion, obviously :) Though, I think it's somewhat justified due to Moore creating several defining examples of this trope - e.g., the Lo EG

Basically, when you throw many (sometimes, almost all) characters belonging to a specific genre (or sometimes a distinct division of this genre - e.g., the works of a certain author, etc.) into a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, for the purpose of exploring and de- and/or reconstructing said genre from a modern viewpoint (which may or may not be Darker and Edgier).

Note that the Massive Multiplayer Crossover itself here is just the means, while the goal is the aforementioned exploration/de/reconstruction. Also note that it's only one of the possible uses for a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, which may be implemented for numerous other purposes.

The trope is named after Alan Moore, who friggin' loves to use it. He authored many solid examples of this trope's use: most famously, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which may or may not have actually started this trope's popularity. For more examples, see... well, "Examples".

A subtrope of Deconstruction, Reconstruction and Massive Multiplayer Crossover.


Alan Moore
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.1&2 did this with Victorian literature.
  • Black Dossier, the sequel to Lo EG, did this with mostly 1950s mostly British mostly literature.
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.3 is going to do this with, consequently, early 20th century, 1960s and 1990s-2000s fiction.
  • Albion (created with Alan Moore's assistance) did this with 1950-70s British comics published by IPC.
  • In Twilight of the Superheroes, a script submitted by Alan Moore to DC, he wanted to do the same with the DC Universe.
  • The original script for Watchmen was this: a crossover of several Charlton Comics characters intended for deconstructing the superhero genre from a modern viewpoint.
  • Top 10, despite being written by Alan Moore, is NOT this. Here Massive Multiplayer Crossover is used just for comedy and to build a damn good story.
  • Is Lost Girls this or not? I don't know really. Yeah, it features a crossover and redefines the crossovered books, but the similarities kind of end there.

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