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Team Up Series
Alice Girl is so cool. Wouldn't it be great if she and Bob Man would team up? Even better - next month it could be The Amazing Charlie, the month after that Dandevil, then Elf Edna, then Fin Fang Fred, then Gertrude the Great....

This is (usually but not always) an ongoing (as opposed to a Mini Series) Comic Book series built around the concept of two (sometimes more but usually just two) heroes teaming up - it usually has one main star which others team up with, but not always. Series where the main characters pretty much only team up with each other, like Superman/Batman and World's Finest (also a Superman/Batman team up) don't count. Also not for regularly teaming groups like The Avengers, Justice League of America, etc.

Subtrope of Cross Over. Possibly related to Guest Star Party Member. Also compare Limelight Series.

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  • Marvel Team-Up: Spider-Man and someone else, almost every time: of the 157 issues from Volume 1, only 11 didn't feature the wall-crawler as one of the team-ees. Of those 11, the Human Torch or the Hulk usually got top billing.
    • The later series Spider-Man Team-Up went and put him in the title, so he had to show up every issue.
      • In 2011 Marvel launched a series with the same premise, called "Avenging Spider-Man" which in 2013 is being relaunched as Superior Spider-Man Team Up.
    • The most recent version of Marvel Team-Up (to actually use that name, at least) didn't focus on Spider-Man; usually they were one-time teamups, although there was a Half-Arc Season through the series regarding new villain Titannus.
    • Ultimate Spider-Man got his own team-up book, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up. Several Ultimate heroes, like the Hulk and Iron Man, first appeared in this one.
  • Marvel Two-In-One: The Thing teams up with other heroes. There was even a team-up with Doc Savage.
    • As a matter of fact, one of the first Cross Over story arcs occurred between this series and the above-mentioned Marvel Team-Up. Spidey and the Thing went up against Thanos of all people.
    • The first issue was infamous for a spelling error. Doesn't help that the team-up is with Man-Thing...
  • Cable & Deadpool, For most of the issues, it's a Superman/Batman-esque teamup, but the last few issues follow the Spider-Man/Random Marvel Hero formula, after Cable dies.
  • Deadpool Team-Up saw Marvel returning to the Big Name Character/Random Marvel Hero formula, with a focus on random. In some issues he teams up with The Mighty Thor, The Incredible Hercules, and the Ghost Riders; in others he teams up with It, the Living Colossus, Mr. X, the Zapata Brothers, or Hellcow.
  • DC Comics Presents: Superman and other heroes. Typically he would team up with heroes or teams who were 'too space-y' for Batman in Brave and the Bold (see below).
  • Action Comics was a Superman team-up book for a while Post-Crisis after DC Comics Presents ended.
  • The Brave and the Bold: Batman teams up with others. The Trope Codifier. The animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold was named after and gets its concept from this.
    • Recently there were in turn two comics based on Brave And The Bold- One was a direct adaptation of the animated series, with original stories and no continuity with the main DC Universe. The other was canonical but did not have Batman or any other hero as a regular guest star.
    • The Brave and the Bold started off as an anthology title focusing on Ye Olden Days type heroes such as Silent Knight and Viking Prince. After that fizzled, it became a second try out book for DC (after the success of the legendary Showcase) and helped launch such instrumental DC titles as the Justice League of America and the Teen Titans. Teams such as those proved popular, so it start pairing up various random heroes, but the Batman team-ups sold better and before long Batman was in every team-up they did. So, at one point or another, the title was every single variation on this trope.
  • The relaunched version of Adventure Comics.
  • Super Team Family a short-lived title from the Bronze Age, with no set main star. Obscure today, but ironically influential since one of its plotlines involved the mental instability of The Atom's wife, which would be a pivotal element decades later in Identity Crisis.
  • Marvel also had Super Villain Team Up once, which was about exactly what it sounds like.
  • 2011 saw Marvel relaunch Captain America into Captain America and..., with a different hero taking second billing every few issues. This didn't last too long, and the book was relaunched with a new Captain America #1 about a year later.
    • DC did something similar with Batman and Robin in 2013, after Robin died — though in this case, every issue (in most cases) changed the second-billing hero. At first he teamed up with characters he was already associated with, like Catwoman or Nightwing. Then, during the events of Forever Evil, he teamed up with Two-Face. The "Hunt for Robin" arc takes him out of Gotham and has him teaming up with Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and even Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Part of the 2013 Marvel NOW, Wolverine gets a Team Up series called Savage Wolverine based around pairing Wolverine up with various heroes in action packed stories.
  • AvX: VS a part of the Avengers vs. X-Men event, it was a variation on the team up idea with two combinations (one member of The Avengers with a member of the X-Men) squaring off against each other in the backdrop of the event.
  • The "X-Statix/Avengers" arc in ''X-Statix was similar, pairing up members of both teams to duke it out. The Anarchist vs. Captain America! Mr. Sensitive vs. Iron Man!
  • A + X, a Team Up series spinning out of AvX: VS, based around the same idea of the VS series except instead of battling each other (most of the time) it is a proper team up in pairing off members from the two franchises in one and done stories with a smaller or equally sized backup story in the issue with a different pair of characters.

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  • The New Scooby-Doo Movies features multiple team-ups, such as the gang teaming up with Batman and Robin, the Harlem Globetrotters, various celebrities and literary figures, and other Hanna-Barbera characters like Josie and the Pussycats and Speed Buggy.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold, per the above note. As in the comic, Batman teams up with a different hero in just about every episode (and often another one in the episode's cold open). Unlike the comic there are a few exceptions to this, as there are episodes where either Batman or the team-up concept (or even both) don't figure too heavily into the story.
    • One episode followed the Joker and his Villain Team-Up with the Weeper. The Joker even got his own version of the opening sequence.

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