"So many heroes from so many dimensions! This is pretty cool!"
that involves characters from more than two shows or more than two fictons
More often than not, this is a mash up of series which do not have a strict sense of continuity or a clear Universe Bible
. To lessen canon-faulting
, especially with series that do have strict continuity, a new 'neutral' setting is made that offers equal footing for all the characters.
This rarely occurs in live action shows, unless a production company can be formed that holds copyrights to everything. Thus, this is much more common in animated series — although you can generally expect The BBC
to pull one out of somewhere when Children in Need
or Comic Relief
It also becomes more viable the farther you get from canon
, such as one-time TV specials and especially video games (Kingdom Hearts
, Jump Super Stars
, Super Robot Wars
As Story Arcs
have become more prevalent, this practice has somewhat lessened, with shifts to strict Verse
building and explicit references.
This trope has become increasingly common in video games, especially those involving both licensed and original properties. These games, depending on how far or how deep they mine, can have interesting effects on the fiction chosen. Many long-gone and/or forgotten Humongous Mecha
shows, for example, often get a new lease on life, or even a brand-new sequel or remake, after making an appearance or two in a Super Robot Wars
game. Similarly, the Fire Emblem
series was finally brought over to the US to great success after two of its characters made an appearance as unlockable fighters in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Despite what you may think, this trope is Older Than Feudalism
. The Argonautica
by Apollonius Rhodius (3rd century BCE) features nearly every ancient Greek mythical hero all going on a quest to find the Golden Fleece.
See also Power Creep, Power Seep
and Story-Breaker Team-Up
. All Stories Are Real Somewhere