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[[TheTalk Sometimes,]] when a mommy Comics [[TheVerse 'Verse]] and a daddy Comics [[TheVerse 'Verse]] love each other very much, they get together and have a baby Comics [[RuleOfThree 'Verse]]. It's a special, magical thing, and should only happen within the bonds of holy {{CrossOver}}s.

In 1996, Creator/MarvelComics and Creator/DCComics co-created a Limited Series called, oddly enough, ''Marvel Vs. DC'', in which the {{Superhero}}es of the two powerhouse ComicBook companies met, fought, and came out friends-- then [[ResetButton had their memories of the whole affair erased]]. Except for a very few, [[RippleEffectProofMemory who remembered]].

It seems that TheMultiverse of each company's main continuity was in fact the creation of two SufficientlyAdvancedAliens known as "The Brothers". For eons, they were ignorant of each other until the first IntercontinuityCrossover brought them to each others' attention. Each wanting to be the singular AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Multiverse, they decided that in true Superhero fashion, the matter could only be settled with a FightScene. Or rather, a series of one-on-one battles between the most similar heroes. Some of these fights were between characters who would later be Amalgamated, such as Franchise/SpiderMan and ComicBook/{{Superboy}}. Some were matched by ability; the BadassNormal Franchise/{{Batman}} versus the BadassNormal ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, for example. The loser's universe would be destroyed, so both sides had plenty of motivation to kill each other. At the same time, a young man named [[AlliterativeName Axel Asher]], A.K.A. [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Access]], discovered that he was a [[CosmicKeystone shard of the original joined reality]]. This was apparently [[LegacyCharacter a mantle that was passed down from generations]] (he acquired the abilities from a homeless man who died soon after). Access could only stand by and watch as the two universes did battle. Marvel was ahead six to five, ''when suddenly''...

The PowersThatBe named the Living Tribunal and ComicBook/TheSpectre try to take the pressure off by merging both universes into an Amalgam where the iconic main characters of each world merge into single being with aspects of each-- ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} become Dark Claw, Franchise/{{Superman}} and Captain America become Super Soldier ([[SuperSoldier He really was one, too]]). Some were merged because they were [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent similar]] in powers or purpose, others because their names ''sounded'' alike (resulting in some awful {{punny name}}s) and still others for the heck of it (see the list below). Each had a "remembered" history that splits the difference between the merged characters-- there was a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Super Soldier who joined the All-Star Winners Squadron, a [[TheWildWest Wild West]] team of [[{{Mutants}} mutant "malforms"]] called Generation [[ComicBook/JonahHex Hex]], etc.

The Brothers quickly pulled themselves apart, thus separating the Marvel Universe and DC Universe once again. Angered, they decided to forego the contest and simply battle each other. This would've surely resulted in the destruction of both universes.

Access managed to bring Cap and Bats to the interdimensional battlefield between the Brothers, and showed the big boys a first-hand look at the beings whose realities they were planning to eliminate-- and they liked what they saw. Impressed by the iron wills of these two mere mortals, and seeing that they were NotSoDifferent, the Brothers called off their grudge match, the ResetButton was pressed, the limited series ended, and all was good... for a while.

Turns out Access can't stay in one universe too long, or his powers go haywire and begin transposing inhabitants from one universe to another. And in the sequel ''All Access'', it turned out the Amalgam [[AWizardDidIt Sorcerer]] Doctor Strangefate (made from DoctorFate and... [[spoiler:Professor Xavier]]; who'd have guessed?) had hidden himself in Comicbook/DoctorStrange's mind, and burst out to try to re-create his universe by merging the Big Two. So once again, cue fight music as the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] and Comicbook/XMen throw down, only to be saved by [[DeusExMachina the original Doctor Strange]] creating an independent ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse ''without'' affecting the original two (though based on the first one). This Amalgamverse was safely tucked away inside Access and again all is well. Except for a few whacky TimeTravel adventures in the ''Unlimited Access'' miniseries, but those had no plot effects and were apparently just for fun.

Several sets of Amalgam comics set in the merged universe have been published jointly by both companies. The titles include ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]]: Agent of ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}'', ''[[ComicBook/IronMan Iron]] [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Lantern]]'', ''Bullets & Bracelets'', ''Justice League Avengers'', and many others.


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![[CompositeCharacter Characters]] in the Amalgam Universe [[note]] Instead of a proper character sheet, there is [[http://www.comicvine.com/amalgam-comics/57-2014/characters/ this one]] if you're looking for images of the characters.[[/note]]

[[folder:Characters]]
* Abominite (Hellgrammite + Abomination)
* All Highfather Odin (Highfather + Odin)
* Amanda Deathbird (Amanda Waller + Deathbird)
* Amazon (Franchise/WonderWoman + ComicBook/{{Storm}})
* Ambush the Lunatik (ComicBook/AmbushBug + Lunatik)
* Angellhawk/Warren Hall (ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}/Carter Hall + Angel/Warren Worthington III)
* Antimony/Debbie Walker (Platinum of the MetalMen + Debbi + ScarletWitch + Hellcat/Patsy Walker).
* Apollo/Ray Summers (Ray + ComicBook/{{Cyclops}})
* Aqua-Mariner (Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} + [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]])
* Arrowcaster (Speedy + Nightcaster)
* Banisher (Bane + ComicBook/ThePunisher)
* Baron Zero/Wolfgang Von Strucker (Mr. Freeze + Baron von Strucker)
* Beastling (Beast Boy + Beast)
* The Big Question (ComicBook/TheRiddler + TheKingpin)
* Big Titania (Big Barda + Titania)
* Bismuth/Snapper Jones (Tin of the MetalMen + Snapper Carr + Toad/Mortimer Toynbee + Rick Jones)
* Bizarnage (SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} + Carnage)
* Black Bat/Barbara Gordon Hardy (Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}/Barbara Gordon + Black Cat/Felicia Hardy)
* Black Orchid the Unknown (BlackOrchid + OmegaTheUnknown)
* Black Vulture (Vulture + Black Condor)
* Blob (Blob + Chunk)
* Bouncing Ball (Bouncing Boy + Speedball)
* Bronze Tiger (Bronze Tiger + ComicBook/BlackPanther)
* "Brooklyn" Barnes (Dan Turpin + "Brooklyn" of the Boy Commandos + ComicBook/BuckyBarnes)
* Canary/Dinah Barton (ComicBook/BlackCanary + ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}})
* Cannonfire (Cannonball + Wildfire)
* [[CaptainObvious Captain Marvel]]/William Mar-Vell ([[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] + [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]])
* Captain Sam Makoa (Sam Makoa).
* Catsai (ComicBook/{{Elektra}} + ComicBook/{{Catwoman}})
* Chameleon (Chameleon Boy + Chameleon)
* Chaos (Spitfire + Havok)
* Circe (Circe + Sersi)
* Cobalt/Lucius Richmond (Gold of the MetalMen + Lucius Fox + Mastermind/Jason Wyngarde + Nighthawk/Kyle Richmond)
* Colonel Bruce Wayne of ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} (Franchise/{{Batman}} + ComicBook/NickFury)
* Dare The Terminator (ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} + ComicBook/{{Daredevil}})
* Dark Claw (Franchise/{{Batman}} + ComicBook/{{Wolverine}})
* Deadeye (ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} + Bullseye)
* Deathborg (ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} + Deathlok)
* Deathlok/Jason Todd (Robin/Jason Todd + Deathlok + Midnight/Jeff Wilde)
* Dial H.U.S.K/Paige Guthrie (ComicBook/DialHForHero + Husk/Paige Guthrie).
* Diana Prince (Franchise/WonderWoman). Depicted as adoptive sister of Amazon and ex-wife of the Punisher.
* Doctor Bongface (Doctor Bong + Scarface)
* Dr. Curt Connors (Lizard/Curtis Connors). Depicted as a member of Project Cadmus.
* Dr. Doomsday ([[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Doomsday]] + SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom)
* Dr Strangefate (Comicbook/DoctorStrange + DoctorFate + [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/XMen Charles Xavier]]]])
* Doomnaut (Doomsday + Juggernaut)
* Elastigirl (Elasti-girl of Comicbook/DoomPatrol + Domino of ComicBook/XForce + TheWasp)
* Ferro Man (Ferro + Colossus)
* Fin Fang Flame (Fin Fang Foom + Brimstone)
* Firebird/Beatriz Grey (Fire + Phoenix)
* "Flash" Thompson ("Flash" Thompson). Depicted as a member of the New York Special Crimes Unit.
* Galactiac ({{Galactus}} + {{Brainiac}})
* Goliath/Oliver Queen (Goliath + ComicBook/GreenArrow)
* Granny Harkness (Agatha Harkness + Granny Goodness)
* Green Guardsman/Kyle O'Brien (Green Lantern/Kyle Rayner + Guardsman/Kevin O'Brien)
* Green Skull (SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor + RedSkull)
* Guardian Angel/Dr. Tom Harper (Guardian/Jim Harper + Angel/Thomas Halloway)
* Hawkeye/Clint Archer (ComicBook/GreenArrow + ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}})
* H.E.C.T.O.R. (Hector Hammond + ComicBook/{{MODOK}})
* Huntress/Carol Danvers (ComicBook/{{Huntress}} + Comicbook/MsMarvel)
* The Hyena (SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker + [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Sabretooth]])
* Impossible Mod (Mad Mod + Impossible Man)
* Insect Queen/Mary Jane Watson (Insect Queen[=/=]ComicBook/LanaLang + Mary Jane Watson)
* Invisible Girl (Invisible Kid + Invisible Woman)
* Iris Simpson (Iris West + Roxanne Simpson)
* Iron/John Henry Steel (Iron of the MetalMen + {{Steel}}/John Henry Irons + Unus the Untouchable)
* Iron Lantern/Hal Stark (Comicbook/GreenLantern/Hal Jordan + ComicBook/IronMan/Tony Stark)
* J. Jonah White (J. Jonah Jameson + Perry White)
* Jade Nova/Frankie Rayner (Nova/Frankie Raye + Jade/Jennie-Lynn Hayden + Comicbook/GreenLantern/Kyle Rayner)
* Jimmy Urich (Ben Urich + ComicBook/JimmyOlsen)
* Jocasta (Platinum of the MetalMen + Jocasta + the Sentinels + ComicBook/MillieTheModel)
* Kid Demon/Wally West (Franchise/TheFlash/Kid Flash/Wally West + Comicbook/GhostRider)
* King Lizard {King Shark + Lizard)
* Kokoro/Tatsu Braddock ({{Katana}}/Tatsu Yamashiro + Psylocke/Betsy Braddock)
* Kultron (Kobra + ComicBook/{{Ultron}})
* Lady Talia (Lady Deathstrike + Talia Al Ghul)
* Lethal/Sergei Minerva (Cheetah/Barbara Ann Minerva + Kraven the Hunter/Sergei Kravinoff).
* 'Lectron (Live Wire + Electro)
* Living Lightning Lad (Lightning Lad + Living Lightning)
* Living Lightning Lass (Lightning Lass + Living Lightning)
* Lobo the Duck (SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} + ComicBook/HowardTheDuck. [[CrazyAwesome Seriously]].)
* L'ok D'saad (ComicBook/{{Loki}} + Desaad)
* Madame Cat/Selina Luthor (Madame Hydra/Viper + Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}). Mentioned being a daughter of Green Skull and ComicBook/LoisLane.
* Madame Sapphire/Pepper Ferris (Madame Masque + Pepper Potts + Star Sapphire/Carol Ferris)
* Madman Jordan (Comicbook/GreenLantern/Hal Jordan + Madman)
* Magneto (Will Magnus + SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}). Depicted as the brother and archenemy of Will Magnus.
* Mandarinestro (The Mandarin + SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}})
* Martinex 5 (Brainiac 5 of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} + Martinex of the GuardiansOfTheGalaxy)
* Maxwell Hodge (Maxwell Lord + Cameron Hodge)
* Mercury (Impulse + {{Quicksilver}})
* Merlin (DC Merlin + Marvel Merlyn).
* Miss Miracle (Mister Miracle + Crystal of the Inhumans)
* Mistress Maxima (Maxima + Black Queen/Selene)
* Mister X (ComicBook/MartianManhunter + Professor X)
* Moonwing (ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} + ComicBook/MoonKnight)
* Mutiple Maid (Triplicate Girl + Multiple Man)
* Myriad (Triad + Madrox)
* Mystallo (Mysterio + Metallo)
* Myx (Mr. Mxyzptlk + Wong)
* Nickel/Lance Vale (Mercury of the MetalMen + Lance Bannon + {{Quicksilver}} + Vicki Vale)
* Night Creeper (ComicBook/TheCreeper + Nightcrawler)
* Night Spectre (ComicBook/TheSpectre + Nightmare)
* Niles Cable (The Chief/Niles Caulder of Comicbook/DoomPatrol + ComicBook/{{Cable}})
* Oa the Living Planet (Oa + Guardians + Mogo + Ego the Living Planet)
* Paste-Eater Pete (Paste-Pot Pete + Matter-Eater Lad)
* Phantom Cat (Phantom Girl + Shadowcat)
* Phoenetix (Kinetix + Phoenix)
* Professor Kang/Chronos-Tut (Kang the Conqueror/Rama-Tut/Immortus + Professor Zoom + Chronos)
* Psi-Girl (Saturn Girl + Psylocke)
* Puck (Puck of ComicBook/AlphaFlight + Oberon)
* Punisher/Trevor Castle (ComicBook/ThePunisher/Frank Castle + Steve Trevor)
* Ras-A-Pocalypse ([[ComicBook/RasAlGhul Ra's Al Ghul]] + Apocalypse)
* Red Vision (ComicBook/RedTornado + ComicBook/TheVision)
* Roxy Leech (Roxy Leech).
* Runaway (Gypsy + Rogue)
* Savage Shaw (ComicBook/VandalSavage + Sebastian Shaw)
* Scarecrow ([[Franchise/{{Batman}} DC Scarecrow]] + [[Comicbook/GhostRider Marvel Scarecrow]])
* Scott Free (Scott Free). Mentioned as the deceased consort of Big Titania.
* Comicbook/SgtRock of ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} (Sgt. Rock + ComicBook/{{SHIELD}})
* Shatterstarfire (Shatterstar + Starfire)
* Siliconman (Sandman/William Baker + ComicBook/PlasticMan)
* Silver Racer (ComicBook/SilverSurfer + Black Racer)
* Skulk (Comicbook/IncredibleHulk + Solomon Grundy)
* Sparkler (Sparx + ComicBook/{{Dazzler}})
* Sparrow (ComicBook/{{Robin}} + Jubilee)
* Speed Demon/Jay Garrick (Franchise/TheFlash/Jay Garrick + Phantom Rider). Briefly seen as a predecessor to the current Speed Demon.
* Speed Demon/Blaze Allen (Franchise/TheFlash/Barry Allen + {{Etrigan}} + Comicbook/GhostRider / Johnny Blaze + Zarathos)
* Spider-Boy (Franchise/SpiderMan + [=Superboy=])
** For bonus points, his secret identity is Pete Ross, an amalgam of its own with Peter Parker and Pete Ross ([=Superboy=]'s best friend in DC.)
* Spider-Boy 2099/Mig-El Gand (Mon-El/Valor/M'Onel/Lar Gand + Franchise/SpiderMan [[ComicBook/SpiderMan2099 2099]]/Miguel O'Hara)
* Spiral Harley (Comicbook/HarleyQuinn + Spiral)
* Star Charlie (Starman of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} + Charlie 27 of the GuardiansOfTheGalaxy)
* Super-Soldier (Comicbook/{{Superman}} + ComicBook/CaptainAmerica)
* Terra-X (Terra + Terrax)
* Thanoseid ({{Darkseid}} + ComicBook/{{Thanos}})
* Thorion, the Hunter ([[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] + Orion)
* Timber Wolf by Night (Timber Wolf of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} + ComicBook/{{Werewolf By Night}})
* Two-Faced Goblin ([[ComicBook/TwoFace Two-Face]] + [[NormanOsborn Green Goblin]])
* Uatu the Guardian (Uatu the Watcher + Guardians of the Universe)
* Ultra-Metallo (Metallo + ComicBook/{{Ultron}})
* Universe Boy (Ultra Boy + CaptainUniverse)
* Vance Cosmic (Cosmic Boy of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} + Vance Astro of the GuardiansOfTheGalaxy)
* War Monarch (Comicbook/WarMachine + Monarch/Hank Hall)
* White Witch (ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} + ScarletWitch)
* Will Magnus (Will Magnus + Bolivar Trask). Depicted as the brother and archenemy of Magneto.
* Winterstick (Wintergreen + Stick)
* Wired/Nathan Chase (Manhunter/Chase Lawler + ComicBook/{{Cable}})
* Wraith (Obsidian + ComicBook/{{Gambit}})
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!Tropes demonstrated by the Amalgam Universe:

* AdaptationalHeroism: Doctor Octopus, in the Spider-Boy titles.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Kyle Rayner's counterpart in ''Iron Lantern'', due to being amalgamed with the {{Face Heel Turn}}ed Guardsman.
* AllAmericanFace: Super-Soldier.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: {{Quicksilver}}'s problem when fighting Franchise/TheFlash.
* AnimatedAdaptation: ''Dark Claw Adventures'' was drawn in the style of ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' and billed as being based on the animated version of the character.
* AtrociousAlias: Some of the portmanteau names are just painfully stupid.
** At least in one case, it was done on purpose due to the RuleOfFunny: there's a merge of two characters who already had each one separately– DC's Matter-Eater Lad, from LegionOfSuperHeroes, and Marvel's villain Paste-Pot Pete (who changed his name to Trapster) were combined into... Paste-Eater Pete.
* BadassNormal: Did rather well in the pre merge fights: Of the non-powered combatants only ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} lost and she was fighting another BadassNormal (more or less) in ComicBook/{{Elektra}}. ComicBook/{{Robin}} beat [[ComicBook/XMen Jubilee]] and Franchise/{{Batman}} (rather more impressively) beat ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
** In the merged universe: Most of the characters in the title ''Bruce Wayne Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'', Catsai, from ''Assassins'', Trevor Castle from ''Bullets and Bracelets''.
* CliffHanger: Several of the one-shots had twist endings or left plot points seeking resolution. For example ''Bruce Wayne Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' has an ending which implied that most of the featured heroes and villains were killed in an explosion. Their fate was never clarified. ''X-Patrol'' ended with a major character crippled and the rest of the team reacting to it.
* CompositeCharacter: The whole point of the universe.
** Two examples that ''really'' stick out here are Magneto and Will Magnus. As if it wasn't enough to make one character out of the [[Comicbook/XMen original]] [[MetalMen two]], they decided to make ''two'' characters, explain them as brothers and put them on opposite sides of the law. Even more interesting, the one who took the name Magneto ended up becoming a hero, while the one called Will Magnus became the villain, in a reversal of their namesakes' usual roles.
* ContinuitySnarl: The Spider-Man that appears in the series is Ben Reilly rather than Peter Parker, as the Clone Saga was ''still'' running in all the Spider-Books at the time. However, when out of costume Ben has his normal appearance of looking like Peter rather than the look he'd adopted with his hair dyed blonde and cut short.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Shatterstarfire's fingers. In ''X-Patrol'', drawn by Roger Cruz, she had four fingers per hand, as Shatterstar; In ''The Exciting X-Patrol'', penciled by Bryan Hitch, each of her hands has five fingers, as Starfire (and most humans).
* GenderFlip: Marvel's ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} and DC's ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} are both male, but they were merged into a female character: Slade Murdock/Dare from ''Assassins''.
* LettersToTheEditor: Some of the one-shots had faux letter columns with letters from portmanteaus of DC/Marvel creators (such as [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Simon]] [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} Siegal]]) referencing [[NoodleIncidents earlier issues of other comics in the Amalgam line]].
* PaletteSwap: A few of the amalgams, such as Beastling and Thanoseid, have the body of one component, and the color scheme of the other.
* SuperSoldier: [[CaptainObvious Super-Soldier]].
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