Bat Family Crossover
A lesser version of the Crisis Crossover, but bigger than a regular Crossover, is the Bat Family Crossover, which typically occurs around a group of titles that are related by the heroes appearing in them or the location in which they take place. It's named for its repeated use by the group of superheroes around Gotham City, since so much happens in Gotham that affects everyone in the city, but has limited, if any effect on The DCU, with Batman usually ordering all of the other heroes to stay out. Maybe Superman will show up for an issue or two, but only because, well, he's Superman. Sometimes there will be long-term implications that eventually filter out into the larger DCU (such as the introduction of a new hero or villain), but it won't be anything that shakes up no-Bat titles' ongoing storylines the way a Crisis Crossover would.
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- The Pretty Cure All Stars DX movies. Seven have been made uniting up to Twelve seasons/Ten teams of magical girls!
- In the 1980s, Studio Pierrot did a movie with the heroines of their magical girl shows teaming up.
- The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tenth Anniversary Movie has the main characters of the first three series team up.
- The Big Finish Doctor Who 50th anniversary Milestone Celebration The Light at the End is essentially a Bat-Family Crossover between the Eighth Doctor Series, the Fourth Doctor Series and the Main Series (5th, 6th and 7th). (A full blown Crisis Crossover would have included Bernice Summerfield, Gallifrey, Jago & Lightfoot, and the Intrusion Countermeasures Group).
- From the Batman titles themselves, and the Trope Namers, though not the Trope Codifiers:
- Batman: Knightfall
- Batman: Contagion
- Batman: Legacy
- Batman: Cataclysm
- Batman: No Man's Land. Superman did make two appearances, but left both times after being shown that he was useless in a situation like the one Gotham was in at that point.
- Never mind that they had just fixed Metropolis recently in his own series.
- Batman: Bruce Wayne: Murderer/Fugitive. Again, Superman made an appearance, but....
- Hush had the subversion of the usual "Superman makes one or two appearances in Gotham before being told to buzz off" variety of the trope in that Superman doesn't go to Gotham... Batman goes to Metropolis.
- Batman: War Games
- 2011 has a rather odd example. "Judgement on Gotham" is a crossover centered on Azrael, a minor member of the Bat Family. While part of the story is running in Batman the two other series involved are considered somewhat peripheral series: Red Robin and Gotham City Sirens.
- The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul and Batman RIP are two examples from 2008. However, RIP's true conclusion, the "death" of Batman, occurs in Final Crisis.
- Following RIP and Final Crisis in 2009 was Battle for the Cowl, which encompassed three miniseries and several one-shots.
- One of the older examples was the multi-part arc that crossed over between Batman and Detective Comics in 1983 in which Killer Croc and Jason Todd were both introduced.
- Actually, Batman and Detective were inter-connected for the last several years pre-Crisis. The Nocturna arc is probably the best example of this, as it lasted for almost a dozen issues right before COIE.
- The Night of the Owls crossover from May/June 2012. Building on the "Court of Owls" arc from Scott Snyder's Batman run, nearly every single Bat-Family book (save for Batwoman which was already in a story arc, and Batman Incorporated, which was relaunched at the end of May and continuing Morrison's long running storylines) had at least one issue dedicated to the protagonists of each book fighting Talons, the Elite Mooks of the story. Even "All-Star Western" (set in the past with Jonah Hex), "Birds Of Prey" (taking place in Gotham with Batgirl as an unofficial team-member but otherwise unrelated) and even a small cameo in an issue of the completely unrelated "Justice League" book.
- Death of the Family featured the return of The Joker and how his return affects Gotham.
- Green Lantern:
- The Death of Superman (see below) did have a minor in-universe ripple, which would be the Green Lantern crossover "Emerald Twilight," encompassing the main GL book, Guy Gardner: Warrior and Green Lantern Corps Quarterly. The event ended Corps Quarterly and caused its own extremely minor ripple when Hal Jordan destroyed Guy Gardner's ring and set off his new search for powers (which crossed over with Green Lantern again and the anthology series Showcase).
- Capital Punishment was a crossover between Green Lantern and Guy Gardner: Warrior where Kyle and Guy faced the Quorum, the organization that turned Guy's brother Mace into supervillain Militia and indirectly caused the death of Kyle's girlfriend Alex.
- The franchise has had recurring Lantern Family Crossovers since Geoff Johns took over the main book in the 2000s:
- Sinestro Corps War in 2007, which crossed over between Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps; the war's final battle took place on Earth, and was touched on in the otherwise unrelated title Blue Beetle. People like Superman and the Teen Titans did figure into some tie-ins as well, but only as background or extended cameos.
- Blackest Night (2009) was originally envisioned as one of these before being expanded to full-blown Crisis Crossover status. This was partially because of some sentiment that the aforementioned Sinestro Corps War had been a missed opportunity for the wider DCU. This led directly into a year-long Cross Through, Brightest Day, where the Lantern books (including a new one, Emerald Warriors) continued to have connected storylines in that everything was being manipulated by a single villain.
- War of the Green Lanterns ran through Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors in 2011, culminating the Lanterns' Brightest Day storylines and setting up their New 52 status quo, including canceling Emerald Warriors and adding new Red Lanterns and New Guardians books.
- Rise of the Third Army in 2012.
- Wrath Of The First Lantern in 2013.
- A short crossover, "Lights Out", is set to happen in October 2013. It will start in Green Lantern, runs through Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, and Red Lanterns before concluding in the second Green Lantern annual. It involves the Lantern corps to come together to stop an ancient being named Relic.
- Panic in the Sky in 1992. Interestingly enough, despite taking place only in the main Superman books it did involve nearly every major DC hero currently in action at the time.
- The Death and Return of Superman. Actually DID affect the rest of the Universe, most notably the destruction of Coast City. But did any of this occur outside of Superman's own books? Not really.
- A chapter of the original Death storyline happened in Justice League, since Superman was a member at that point and it was written by Dan Jurgens, who also was more or less in charge of the Superman books at that point. And the first issue of Funeral was also in JL, which drew so much attention that rumour has it that when DC saw people's reaction to the scaled-down JL of that time, they began the first discussions that would eventually result in the new JLA. Part of the "Return" of Superman also had an issue of Green Lantern that basically ran concurrently with the final Superman issues, showing just how displeased Hal Jordan was with the destruction of his hometown.
- Worlds Collide from 1994 bordered between this and Intercontinuity Crossover, featuring titles from the Superman family crossing over with several titles published by Milestone Comics.
- 1998's Behold! The Millennium Giants! involved a few characters like Aquaman and the Teen Titans, but was primarily set in the Superman books involving the Superman Family taking on a trio of giant titans set to cause the end of the world. The crossover is most notable for wrapping up the infamous "Energy Superman" period and restoring the Man of Steel's original powers and costume in time for his 60th Anniversary.
- The various New Krypton stories, from 2008-2010.
- 2012 gives us H'el on Earth, which has Superman, Superboy and Supergirl trying to stop a mysterious Kryptonian from resurrecting Krypton at the expense of Earth. The only Super-book not involved is Action Comics, as that takes place 5 years before events of the other three.
- 2013's Psi-War is a debatable case: it mostly ran between Superman and Action Comics, but at the same time Superboy was fighting a series of psychic enemies without any real idea what was going on.
- Psi-War was immediately followed by Return to Krypton, where Superman, Superboy, Supergirl and H'El all travel back in time to before Krypton's destruction.
- Rotworld crosses between the Red the Green, and associated characters (and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.) in their fight against the Rot/the Black.
- The vast majority of the various X-Men crossovers are Bat Family Crossovers, as they seldom have any effect on anyone but the various groups of mutants that appear in them. (For example, the majority of the stories involving the alien Phalanx.) The "X-Overs" are actually an every-year-or-so tradition, and tend to have lasting effects (such as Apocalypse's introduction and Angel's transformation into Archangel in "Fall of the Mutants," and Generation X's creation in "Phalanx Covenant.")
- X-Men's "X-Overs" are really the Ur Examples/Trope Codifiers, with 1986's "Mutant Massacre" arc spread out in the three then-current X-Men comics at the time (Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, and The New Mutants, and even branched into an issue of The Mighty Thor), and the next year's "Inferno" being the first "true" X-crossover (in "Mutant Massacre", the X-Men and X-Factor were involved in the same conflict but never actually interacted, while "Inferno" and every crossover since has flowed directly from one team's title to the next).
- The most famous and arguably successful of these crossovers is Age of Apocalypse.
- 2011 has one of these with the AoA inspired Age of X storyline running through X-Men: Legacy and New Mutants.
- Notable exception: Days of Future Present, a 1990 annual titles crossover, in which the Fantastic Four played a crucial part.
- 2013 saw the X-Men through "Battle of the Atom", while 2014 was the "Death of Wolverine".
- The X-Men have crossed over with characters of Marvel's cosmic line on a few occasions: "The Trial of Jean Grey" (with the "Guardians of the Galaxy" in 2013, and once again with them (and "Nova") in 2015's "The Black Vortex."
- Any number of Golden Age Marvel Family (the Shazam! group) crossovers, who might be the originators of this.
- Marvel's Annihilation wasn't a crossover, but a set of linked Mini Series where a tyrant from another universe broke into ours and started conquering and destroying alien empires; this had no effect on the heroes on Earth, who were, at about the same time, going through Civil War.
- Lampshaded in Nova #2, where Nova, a native Earthling who was involved in Annihilation, comes back. He and Tony Stark compare notes, and realize that neither knew of the earth-shattering events the other had faced. Amusingly, Nova is put rather out of sorts to learn that while the rest of the universe has been fighting a desperate attempt to stave off the complete destruction of all that lives, Earth has been busy squabbling over a piece of legislation.
- Further lampshaded in a "What If" story about the Annihilation villains arriving during the final battle of Civil War... and making everyone stop fighting and focus on the real menace. Oh, and Nova calls both Stark and Rogers complete idiots.
- And again in an issue of Exiles set in a world where the Annihilation Wave had been directed at Earth; apparently Annihilus was defeated by the Incredible Hulk between Planet Hulk and World War Hulk, and he decided this would be an effective means of getting his vengeance.
- War of Kings is mostly about the Inhumans and the Shi'ar, but includes a Bat Family Crossover between the two titles that launched out of Annihilation; Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova.
- Ditto its sequel, Annihilation: Conquest, which has exactly the same structure (only difference is that one mini was this time replaced with the Nova ongoing series as tie-in) and has no influence on any other comics.
- The Janus Directive was a 1989 crossover between DC's secret-ops-themed titles: Suicide Squad, Checkmate, Captain Atom, Manhunter, and Firestorm.
- The Children's Crusade was a crossover through the Vertigo Comics annuals in 1993-94. Although this was during the time Vertigo was part of The DCU (especially the titles involved: Black Orchid, Swamp Thing, Animal Man and Doom Patrol; characters from The Sandman and Hellblazer were featured, but didn't get titles), no non-Vertigo characters even noticed.
- The DCU also had Trinity, in which their three Space Police organisations, the Green Lantern Corps, the Darkstars and L.E.G.I.O.N. had to work together against ancient Maltusian entities that predated the Guardians and Controllers.
- Black Reign, a crossover between JSA and Hawkman, both written by Geoff Johns at the time.
- Way of the Warrior, a crossover between Justice League America, Guy Gardner: Warrior and Hawkman.
- The Justice League titles also had Breakdowns (Justice League America/Justice League Europe) and Judgement Day (Justice League America/Justice League International/Justice League Task Force).
- "Convergence", a crossover between the four titles of The DCU's "Weirdoverse" (a late 90s group of titles that amounted to "Vertigo Lite"): Challengers Of The Unknown; Scare Tactics; The Book Of Fate; and Night Force.
- Shadowland did this for Marvel's street-level heroes, such as Daredevil, Luke Cage and The Punisher.
- Spider-Man's Clone Saga was essentially one of these, albeit one stretched out for OVER TWO YEARS, and requiring you to read all four Spider-Man titles to follow.
- A shorter followup to the Clone Saga was Identity Crisis (no, not that one), in which Spider-Man creates four new heroic identities after a $5 million bounty makes it hard to operate in his normal identity.
- 2011 has a big Spider-Man centric story coming in the form of Spider-Island, which does include other Marvel characters but is contained to the main Spider-Man title, 2 tie-in minis, a one-shot and tie in through Venom's title.
- And 2014 has probably the biggest Spider Family Crossover of all time, Spiderverse, which features pretty much EVERY SINGLE spider themed hero (and sometimes villain) that Marvel could legally include and/or remember.
- Fall of The Hulks for Incredible Hulk and Hulk, plus a number of minis and one-shots.
- The Avengers-related titles have had:
- Galactic Storm, in which every Avengers title at the time was involved in a war between the Kree and the Shi'ar.
- The Crossing, where
KangImmortus manipulates one of the Avengers into becoming a murderer.
- First Sign, when a new Zodiac takes Manhattan by creating a general blackout.
- Live Kree or Die, with the Kree Lunatic Legion trying to use Carol Danvers' half-Kree DNA and terrigen mists to make all humanity into Kree which, if it backfires, would end life on Earth.
- "The Culling", which involves Superboy, Teen Titans, and Legion Lost; The Ravagers spun out of this event.
- "Throne Of Atlantis": a crossover between Justice League and Aquaman which chronicles an invasion of the surface world by Aquaman's brother, Ocean Master, and the forces of Atlantis.
- "Trinity War" has the Justice League, Justice League of America, and Justice League Dark involved in a confrontation between the Trinity of Sin: Pandora, The Phantom Stranger, and The Question.
- The Marvel 2099 line had its lone crossover with "Fall of the Hammer". Later, "One Nation Under Doom" storyline was mainly played on the pages of Doom 2099, but it had an effect on the other titles as well.
- The Black Vortex event in 2015 only involves Marvel's cosmic titles, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, etc. The X-Men are the only Earth-based heroes involved, and that's mainly due to their previous encounter with the All-New X-Men and Kitty Pryde dating Star-Lord.
- A Muppet Family Christmas, which goes beyond the regular Muppet cast to include other cornerstones of the creations of Jim Henson, such as Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and Muppet Babies.
- There was talk of doing one of these for Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent when the latter launched, with all three shows investigating a potential terrorist attack on New York City from different angles. And then 9/11 happened.
- Kamen Riders often meet each other in their movies, although given the sheer variety of the Kamen Rider verse, this could count more as a Crisis Crossover. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen and its sequels wander into Crisis Crossover territory.
- While there are plenty of cross promotional events in pro wrestling that do not qualify, sometimes promotions will establish widespread, long term alliances that create a lasting continuity between them. NWA Showtime All-Star Wrestling and NWA Smokey Mountain doing a joint event, for instance, as the NWA members acknowledge the same champions and have a say in the NWA's general direction. Similar cases include the World Wrestling Network (EVOLVE, Full Impact Pro, ect), Global Pro Wrestling Alliance (Dramatic Dream Team, Pro Wrestling Noah, ect) and World Wrestling League (CMLL, TNA, ect).
- Sometimes a promotion will have multiple branches, each with their own champions and angles. The International Wrestling Association was Puerto Rican but also had a popular Japanese branch and would bounce wrestlers between the two. Ultimo Dragon's Toryumon was largely Mexican based but had a Japanese branch, which eventually became Dragon Gate and went on to set up branches in the USA and UK, who it would rotate talent through.
- With the collapse of the territory system, many professional wrestling promotions have opened up or contracted smaller promotions to act as "farm leagues" to train new talent for their rosters. Since this often results in "developmental" losing its biggest money makers, the larger and often more popular promotion will loan some members of its own roster to help the smaller one keep crowds interested. WCW had the Heartland Wrestling Association for instance and gave national exposure to some of its stars, such as Shark Boy. Chikara meanwhile has its "Wrestling IS" affiliates, one of which (RESPECT) used to be a showcase for Ring of Honor and SHIMMER trainees.
- Some wrestling promotions are considered "sisters", either due to an overwhelmingly shared roster, mutual involvement or ownership from the same behind the scenes figures, reliance on the same distributors and various other reasons, such as CZW and the Maven Bentley Association, where the owner of the latter acts as an authority figure in the former.
- During its "brand extension era", WWE was divided into two different brands, one being Monday Night Raw and its B Show, Sunday Heat, the other being Thursday Night Smackdown and its B Show, Velocity. It was rare to see a wrestler affiliated with one brand have any interaction whatsoever with a wrestler from the other outside of The Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania, making those two events bat family crossovers.
- Whether it be Mario Kart, Mario Party, or the plethora of sports titles based on the Super Mario Bros. series, you'll be sure they'll add some characters and settings from the Donkey Kong Country series. In fact, they were planning to have Donkey Kong himself participate in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (DK's model was ultimately Dummied Out, but he made it into the sequel). They also threw in WarioWare in these titles, though its representation is not as pronounced. All we got basically was art of Wario from the WarioWare series on the walls of Mario Power Tennis's Wario Factory stage, and the Wario Bike in Mario Kart Wii — none of Wario's supporting cast from the WarioWare series has actually shown up in these games yet.
- We could add Wii Sports Resort into the mix since Wuhu Island ends up having not one, but two courses in Mario Kart 7 (one of which features assets from both Wii Sports and Pilotwings), as well as a battle arena dedicated to a portion of the island.
- The Street Fighter Alpha prequel series formally introduced the Final Fight cast to Street Fighter with the addition of Guy and Sodom in the first entry, followed by Rolento in Alpha 2 and Cody in Alpha 3. There's even an entire stage in both Alpha 2 and Alpha 3 featuring the rest of the Final Fight cast cheering on the fight. The Street Fighter III series added another Final Fight alumni to the roster with the addition of Hugo (formerly known as Andore) in 2nd Impact and Poison appears as playable fighter in Street Fighter X Tekken and the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter IV after having a passive role as Hugo's manager in III.
- The game-within-a-game Professor Layton's London Life, packaged in some versions of Professor Layton and the Last Specter, is a miniature Bat Family Crossover - rather literally. The community of Little London is populated by sprite versions of Laytonverse characters from all of the games which had been released up to that point.
- The Global Guardians PBEM Universe featured a lot of these, especially when two campaigns were operating out of the same city.