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-
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
and Massive Multiplayer Crossover
- 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.