Created By: Psyga315 on November 18, 2011 Last Edited By: Psyga315 on June 13, 2013
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Multiverse Crossover

A crossover that takes place in a multiverse ala Kingdom Hearts.

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The concept for The Multiverse sure is amazing. The idea of different dimensions, each representing a different idea being used. It'd be great if someone were to visit them. Okay, let's do just that! But how about we spice this up by having each dimension be the world of an entire work? This is pretty much how a Multiverse Crossover works.

This is a kind of crossover that's been done rarely in non-fan works, for obvious reasons. It entails that each world within the Multiverse is actually a world a certain work exists in. A main character, mostly an Original Character, travels throughout these worlds and crosses over into that work. Kind of like a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, only one work is getting the spotlight at a time. Basically all the worlds are in separate Alternate Dimensions or Alternate Universes inside a bigger multiverse.

Not to be confused with a Crisis Crossover. A subtrope of Massive Multiplayer Cross Over. See also Intercontinuity Crossover and Mega Crossover.

Needs a Better Description. Is it Too Rare to Trope?

Examples:

  • The entire Kingdom Hearts franchise, which has Sora traveling to different Disney Worlds along with Donald and Goofy, although they do travel to Original Worlds like Traverse Town.
  • Kamen Rider Decade plays with this. For two thirds of the series, Tsukasa travels to the nine Kamen Rider Worlds, each with their own little kink. However, after Hibiki's world, he winds up in two Original Worlds (Nega World and Diend's World and then pulls off a crossover with Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Kamen Rider Black (and Black RX) and Amazon before finishing off at The World Of The Rider World.
  • The Thursday Next novels, in which the protagonist spends substantial time both in individual books' settings and in "Book World", the behind-the-scenes of all fiction, which is structured like a library.
  • The Page Master, which shares a similar premise as above.
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, for CLAMP characters, however, in a twist, they don't go to the actual worlds. Each new universe the main characters travel to features one particular CLAMP manga's characters, albeit in a different setting.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • November 18, 2011
    elwoz
    Subtrope of Massive Multiplayer Crossover, then?

    The only other example I can think of is a further mashup with Library Of Babel: the Thursday Next novels, in which the protagonist spends substantial time both in individual books' settings and in "BookWorld", the behind-the-scenes of all fiction, which is structured like a library.
  • November 18, 2011
    Irrisia
    Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, for CLAMP characters (although not so much the actual worlds)? Each new universe the main characters travel to features one particular CLAMP manga's characters, albeit in a different setting.

    Also maybe a form of Canon Welding I guess. =3
  • November 18, 2011
    Cider
    Difference from Crisis Crossover? Crisis on Infinite Earths was all about "the multiverse" and it is still called a crisis crossover, actually it is the crisis crossover.
  • November 18, 2011
    Psyga315
    A Crisis Crossover usually involves lots of apocalyptic stuff going on. Most Crisis Crossovers don't have to do with the multiverse.
  • November 18, 2011
    Katana
    I'd say a subtrope of Massive Multiplayer Cross Over. Super Robot Wars is another example, but still really seems Too Rare To Trope to me at least.
  • November 19, 2011
    TheChainMan
    Super Robot Wars doesn't count, they make the plots of all the series set in the same world, except a few that have an Alternate Universe for series not set on Earth.
  • November 23, 2011
    GoldenDarkness
    Basically all the worlds are in seperate Alternate Dimensions or Alternate Universes inside a bigger multiverse.
  • November 27, 2011
    IndirectActiveTransport
    No, Super Robot Wars would be a massive multiplayer crossover. Something like Gundam Battle Assault would be what this trope is, as it has characters from different continuities but they are only from the Gundam franchise. That or maybe a franchise like Fire Emblem or Custom Robo that is constantly rebooting itself, if the different elements of those were to crossover. The such series I can actually think of that did so was Digimon and even then only three or four times over thirteen years. The only common place I can think of is DC comics, and Marvel's Exile series.

    It is different enough to have its own page but not so much that the examples couldn't fit somewhere else. If there is anything wrong it may simply be too rare to trope...if you don't think so keep throwing out examples.
  • November 27, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • March 4, 2012
    CrystalBlue
    Bump
  • April 19, 2013
    Noah1
  • April 19, 2013
    DunDun
  • June 13, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ That became the fanworks page for Massively Multiplayer Crossover. Plus several of witch are set in only one world (Bleedman's webcomics for example)
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