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Fake Crossover
A Cross Over which, for some reason or other, clearly doesn't count even remotely within the visiting characters' continuity. The characters might look and act the same, but you know these events are never going to be referenced in their own show. This may be due to copyright or because one continuity clashes too much with the other.

See also: Massive Multiplayer Crossover and Comic Relief.


  • One of the sweeter crossover yet not-a-crossover moments occurred on I Love Lucy. George Reeves appeared, wearing his Superman costume, and was referred to exclusively as "Superman" by the rest of the cast. The dialogue was designed to avoid spoiling for the children in the audience the illusion that this was the genuine Superman — while making it clear to the adults watching the program that Ricky and Lucy were interacting with the actor George Reeves and calling him Superman merely as a playful but respectful reference to his famous character.
    • There's a meta-joke where Reeves moves a piece of heavy furniture — causally — with one hand — and the adults looked momentarily stunned. Maybe it WAS a crossover?
  • The Simpsons has done this innumerable times, such as:
  • A more blatant example would be when Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist appeared on South Park and was incinerated by lava.
    • In "Super Best Friends", the cast of That's My Bush! is shown in the White House. While both shows were created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it still counts as fake since That's My Bush! is a live action show.
  • Monk and several of the USA Network shows including The 4400 and Psych were crossed over in a series of their commercials. Since Monk takes place in San Francisco CA, The 4400 in Seattle WA, and Psych in Santa Barbara, CA — it's unlikely the crossover would ever happen canonically to any of the aforementioned shows.
    • Particularly since The 4400 has been cancelled. Sigh.
    • USA loves doing this:
      • The campaign leading up to the premiere of In Plain Sight had Mary being visited by characters from USA's other shows, who would give her "housewarming" gifts and welcome her to "the neighborhood". Perhaps the funniest involved WWE wrestler The Big Show bringing Mary a gift wrapped folding chair, then being denied access to her bathroom.
      • Similarly, in one ad for Royal Pains, Michael Westen sends Hank Lawson a care package containing sunglasses, sunscreen, and a brick of C4 "because you never know when you'll need a stable plastic explosive."
      • The characters from White Collar have started appearing in these as well - they have done crossover commercials with Psych, WWE Raw (the Big Show again) and Burn Notice.
      • Also, in celebration of Monk's final season, USA released a new round of ads where the characters from all of its currently airing original shows (Burn Notice, Psych, In Plain Sight, Royal Pains, WWE Raw, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) give their opinions and recount their experiences with the titular detective.
    • The commercials for the second Hellboy movie did the same thing, with Big Red meeting up with James Lipton, Chuck, appearing on Ghost Hunters and American Gladiators and doing a "The More You Know" PSA.
    • In 2009, ABC started a new ad campaign called the "ABC House" in which characters from various ABC shows live together under one roof.
      • One such ad seemed designed to toy with LOST fans: Dominic Monaghan, who played Charlie until he died, appears in one of the ads, even though he wasn't on an ABC show at the time. His death is even mentioned in the ad. Fans went wild wondering if the ad confirmed he was coming back to Lost. A few weeks later, he was revealed to be joining the cast of Flash Forward, a new ABC show...although he did appear throughout the final season.
  • Pictured is the charity special "Dimensions In Time", a Doctor Who/EastEnders crossover. Since the shows have since been shown as Mutually Fictional, it's probably fair to say it never happened. (And before the new Doctor Who series established it as such, the Doctor Who New Adventures novel First Frontier wrote it off as All Just a Dream).
  • One episode of Roseanne had Luke and Laura, of General Hospital, talking with Dan and Roseanne about the wacky adventures each couple had experienced throughout their respective marriages.
  • Super Smash Bros.. in general, The Subspace Emissary (aka Super Smash Bros. Brawl's adventure mode) in particular, as all of the characters are living trophies that look like the actual characters.
    • Which leads to the very strange occurrence of Link and Yoshi fighting against Mario and Pit.
  • On The Venture Bros., Race Bannon from Jonny Quest makes an appearance in "Ice Station— Impossible!", but dies onscreen. In the season 2 episode "Twenty Years to Midnight", the group has an encounter with a deranged, drug-addled, middle-aged Jonny Quest.
    • In the third season you see Hadji working a desk job for Dr. Venture, Race in a flash-back torturing a SPHINX operative, Jonny working at a day camp hosted on the Venture compound, and Dr. Zin visits him.
      • The "fakeness" of these crossovers is debatable. Cartoon Network Studios — originally Hanna-Barbera — has the official rights to the Jonny Quest characters, and they were referred to by name, until...
      • From season three onward, the creators have walked this back a bit, referring to Johnny only by his first name and Dr. Zin only as "Doctor Z". This is due to an planned Live-Action Adaptation of Jonny Quest currently in Development Hell, which forced the writers to be more subtle about who the characters really are by turning them into pastiches of the Quest cast.
  • The scene in the Family Guy episode "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)" involving Quagmire and The Simpsons...
    • As well as the American Dad! characters in "Lois Kills Stewie", which was all just a simulation.
    • Don't forget Roger's cameo at the end of the time-traveling season 5 finale.
    • The season 8 episode "The Splendid Source" has Peter and his friends trying to track down the origin of a dirty joke with Bender from Futurama being one in a chain of many others that have heard the joke.
  • The crossover between The Angry Video Game Nerd and Captain S in which Cap and the Nerd team up to save rescue Santa Claus was explicitly non-canon within Cap's continuity. Just as well, as the Nerd was totally neutered - he was only allowed to swear once (which was bleeped).
  • Most crossovers between Marvel and DC Comics never get referenced in their own lines. The exception is JLA-Avengers, which had lasting influences on DC's universe, though the other company's characters can't be mentioned or depicted in flashbacks.
    • Amusing lampshade: A villain that first appeared in a Batman/Punisher crossover turned up in Nightwing. Nightwing had a rare memory lapse about the name of the other guy he met him with. ("Out-of-town psycho vigilante... want to say 'The Puncturer'? Something like that...")
      • Azrael references longtime Punisher foe Jigsaw by name during the Knightsend story arc, indicating that the crossover between Punisher and the Azrael-Batman was either canon for the sake of DC's side of things, or that someone messed up in writing the script for the issue in which it is mentioned.
      • What makes it awesome is that the Batman/Punisher crossover was the second part of a two-part story. The first one? Archie Meets the Punisher, which also Sequel Hooked it.
    • It used to be a roughly-annual tradition, back in the 70's, for both the Justice League and The Avengers to have a story taking place at the Rutland, Vermont Halloween parade. At least once, events in them influenced each other. It even spread to three other comic companies (Whitman, Charlton, and Warp). More info here:
    • One story that started in Aquaman #56 was concluded in Sub-Mariner #72, written by the same author. (Mind you, there was a three year gap between the two issues).
    • Are we also assuming that Guiding Light did not in fact take place in the Marvel Universe? ...good.
    • Another amusing lampshade: After the DC vs. Marvel/Marvel vs. DC crossover, an issue of Extreme Justice showed Blue Beetle stopping a villain using a sticky web substance. He proudly mentioned picking it up from a guy who recently visited from another universe. This earns extra in-joke points because they're both bug-influenced heroes co-created by Steve Ditko.
    • Parallax remembered that Cyborg (the evil Superman clone, not the one from the Teen Titans) once escaped to another universe, and that he had to pursue him. Just that. He does not mention Cyborg's fight with the Silver Surfer or his own fight with Thanos, at the Green Lantern-Silver Surfer crossover.
  • The Christmas episode of Father Ted featured the cast of the contemporary Irish comedy Ballykissangel. However, it was a dream sequence.
  • Not quite even a fake crossover, but a thinly veiled version of Arrested Development character GOB appeared on Sesame Street.
  • In the intermission of an episode of Black Jack Justice, the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel show up to deliver a contractually-obligated anniversary wish... and Jack and Trixie get annoyed at them "horning in on our racket". This results in a Cat Fight between the Squirrel and Trixie, and the men getting very distracted by it. At the end:
    The Red Panda: So, does this count as a crossover?
    Jack Justice: Don't push it.
  • Do you really think Soul Edge or Soul Calibur will ever show up in the Star Wars, The Legend of Zelda, God of War or Imagenote  universes?
    • Oh really? It could work...maybe...
    • While the Soul series does share continuity with Tekken (Soul's Yoshimitsu is the ancestor of Tekken's Yoshimitsu), Heihachi's appearance in Soul Calibur II was not canon.
    • Actually, there is a Soul Calibur crossover under the Star Wars label: Visions of the Blade and both titular weapons made appearances. However, it was published under the Infinities label and is non-canon. Like the Indiana Jones crossover where the Millenium Falcon crash-lands on Indie's homeworld and he finds a very familiar-looking fellow inside, dead.
  • Hercules: The Animated Series crossed over with Aladdin. OK, all were spinoffs of the Disney Animated Canon. But Ancient Greece and Medieval Arabia are millennia apart...
  • The G.I. Joe comics had two in-continuity crossovers with The Transformers comics during the Marvel run (with one of them occurring within the regular G.I. Joe series). When the comic was later revived by Devil's Due, the events of both crossovers were retconned and major events in the crossovers that affected the ongoing continuity (such as Dr. Mindbender's revival) had to be explained differently.
    • G.I. Joe actually did this a few times. In Amazing Spider Man #268 (1985), Duke makes an unnamed appearance as head of a military unit assigned to carry out the wreckage of the Heroes for Hire building (which the Beyonder had turned into gold). It's the first item at the top of the page here: [1] There was also a short story in Action Force (which G.I. Joe was known as in the UK) in which Quick Kick narrates the story of Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu, and explains that Shang Chi was his master. Quick Kick describes Shang Chi as the greatest artist he's ever known and places him above Iron Fist, Batroc, and Elektra. This was done to introduce readers to the Master of Kung Fu reprints that would become a back-up feature in the Action Force comics. The story can be enjoyed here [2]
    • Similarly, an early issue of The Transformers comics had the Autobots briefly teaming up with Spider-Man, before later issues indicated that the Transformers were in a separate universe from most other Marvel comics.
      • A few issues after Spider-Man teamed up with them, Ratchet traveled to the Savage Land (Marvel's jungle hidden in the antarctic where dinosaurs, cavemen, etc, still exist) to track down the Dinobots. And of course there was Circuit Breaker, whom Marvel snuck into a Secret Wars II appearance BEFORE her Transformers debut, just to cement her ownership as being wholly Marvel's.
    • Ironically in the original four issue mini, both Nick Fury and Dum Dum Duggan appear and briefly reference Godzilla's Marvel run when news first starts to spread about living robots coming out of Mt. Saint Helens.
      • It should also be noted that the military vehicles used by the army in that episode were in fact G.I. Joe weapons: The MOBAT Tanks and the Wolverine Missile vehicle.
  • "Beans", a three-part crossover between (arguably) the three most popular Super Smash Bros.. Melée/Brawl machinimas on YouTube.
  • Greg Weisman (creator of both Gargoyles and The Spectacular Spider-Man) staged a radio play for a con that was a crossover between his two shows. Naturally, it falls under this trope.
  • Avenue Q and Fiddler on the Roof had a hilarious one of these for the 2008 Easter Bonnet competition in which everyone was Jewish and lived on "Avenue Jew", obviously it didn't affect the plotline of either show.
  • The events of "Mesal Gear Solid: Snake Escape" and "Snake vs. Monkey" will unlikely be referenced in any future Metal Gear or Ape Escape game.
  • Basically any game in Capcom's Vs series (i.e: Marvel vs. Capcom, SNK vs. Capcom, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom).
    • Actually, the Marvel vs. Capcom games (and their predecessors) take place in an official Marvel universe named "Earth-96169", completely separate from Earth-616 (AKA the main Marvel universe), so they're not technically Fake Crossovers on the Marvel side.
  • There were a few X-Men + Star Trek: The Next Generation comic crossovers, which is Hilarious in Hindsight thanks to Patrick Stewart.
  • Muppets are prone to this:
    • The Cosby Show had an entire episode of a dream sequence, with the second half involving characters from The Jim Henson Hour.
    • Scrubs made a guest appearance in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, as Miss Piggy's very brief acting career (she plays a patient who dies during an operation).
      • In turn, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and Elmo from Sesame Street as well as a generic orange Muppet appear in the Scrubs episode "My ABC's". All within J.D.'s Imagine Spots, of course. And in turn, said generic orange Muppet would later make a cameo in a season 40 episode of Sesame Street; the scene in question doesn't mention Scrubs but it does implicitly alludes to it as its subject was x-rays.
    • There was of course The Muppet Show episode where Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 guest starrednote , alongside Mark Hamill, presented in the show as Luke's "cousin." (This is apparently regarded by Lucasfilm as an "Infinities"-level canon material, however.)
    • The Muppet Movie featured Big Bird in a cameo in which he is journeying to New York in order to make it in public television, something that would be out of odds with Sesame Street's treatment of the character.
    • Beaker is supposed to be related to WWE wrestler Sheamus according to the Monday Night Raw halloween broadcast.
  • Stewie Griffin on Bones, via a brain tumour induced hallucination.
  • Woody Allen's play God has as one of its characters Blanche DuBois, who escaped the two men who were trying to put her into a straitjacket at the end of A Streetcar Named Desire and wants desperately to get herself into a play where God exists.
  • Kamen Rider G has a scene where Decade appears and calls in the other Heisei Riders to give G a pep talk. It's also a one-off special Affectionately Parodying the entire Kamen Rider franchise, so odds are it's not canon to any of the shows, especially considering the Big Bad of G shows up in Decade as the Big Bad of the World of Kabuto arc with nary a reaction and G himself never appears in any crossover film gathering all Riders.
  • A series of promotional shorts for The Hub had Pinkie Pie messing with Dan from Dan Vs..
  • Did someone say promo? How about Nicktoon's Summer Beach House from 2002? Rugrats, HeyArnold, Spongebob, Rocket Power, Wild Thornberrys, even Jimmy Neutron.
  • Cartoon Network has a lot of promos featuring odd crossovers. Favorites include several superheroes from different cartoons going to a movie theatre and an even larger crossover taking place in a cafeteria.
  • A promo for the Japanese DVD season sets of House featured the title character teaming up with fellow Dr. Jerk Black Jack.
  • A promo of Danball Senki features the main characters arriving at the club room of Raimon football club.
  • In the same vein, there are a set of Despicable Me ads for Japan set in the Inazuma Eleven 'verse as seen here.
  • The One Piece X Toriko crossover manga and TV specials, the One Piece and Dragon Ball crossover, Cross Epoch, and the crossover special featuring all three.
  • An advert for Sky Movies cuts together multiple Bond car chases to make them appear to be racing/chasing/killing off each other. Since canonically they're all supposed to be the same person...
  • The fourth season premier of Archer opens with what seems to be the eponymous restaurant of Bob's Burgers with the Belcher family inside, Bob (who happens to have the same voice actor as Archer) included. It turns out "Bob" was Archer, who was suffering from Identity Amnesia for a few months. Apparently there is no real Bob here and Linda's kids were from another marriage.
  • Cosmo and Wanda appear in an episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. (Specifically, one of Ned's Imagine Spots)
  • Progressive, an insurance company with plenty of advertisement, had an advertisement cross over with Sonic the Hedgehog of all characters! Sonic can be seen speeding around in the set as Flo tells him all the ways Sonic can save on his insurance. The scene even uses the invincibility and extra life themes from Sonic the Hedgehog 3, leading to many late Sonic fans who found the songs on YouTube being surprised that the songs existed prior to the commercial.
  • The Grim Adventures Of The Kids Next Door. It makes no sense for this to be Canon because both shows have had different versions of Santa Claus appear, so they can't have a Shared Universe, although that could qualify as a Series Continuity Error.
  • Inspector Gadget appeared in one episode of Stunt Dawgs. It was a cameo and Sizzle told him he was in the wrong cartoon.
  • A Video Game and Digital Pinball Table example: In addition to the titular hedgehog, Sonic Pinball Party also features NiGHTS and Samba de Amigo, but the three characters never actually interact with each other.
  • It's highly doubtful that Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney is canon to at least the Ace Attorney series. Specifically, Maya makes a couple of references to events that happened just before she stopped being Phoenix's assistant, with no time for there to have been an extra adventure in between.
  • The opening crawl for Phineas And Ferb Star Wars flat out states that the special isn't canon for both franchises, so the audience should just relax and enjoy it.
  • An older Sally and Doowee from Sally Bollywood appear in an episode of Baskup Tony Parker, but in that universe they're actors and Sally Bollywood was just a TV show.
  • Ickis, Krumm and Oblina from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters appeared in a Rugrats Halloween special as part of a dream sequence.

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