Playing With / Power Creep, Power Seep

Basic Trope: The abilities of characters who would ordinarily be vastly different are balanced in a Crossover.
  • Straight: Untrained street ragamuffin Bob and elite dragon slayer Charlie fight on even ground.
  • Exaggerated: A Physical God and a puppy fight on even ground.
  • Downplayed: Powerful characters remain powerful and weak characters remain weak in the Crossover, but Curbstomp Battle is mostly averted.
  • Justified:
    • A higher force overseeing the story artificially equalized the characters' power.
    • Charlie uses a fighting method different from what he uses in his profession, and Bob proves a quick learner despite being physically weaker. So they are on equal ground.
  • Inverted: The gap between the Super Weight of characters gets larger in the Crossover.
  • Subverted: Charlie later reveals that he was just holding back.
  • Double Subverted: ...and so was Bob.
  • Parodied: A little kid who was a mere Tag Along Kid becomes a Physical God in the Crossover.
  • Zig Zagged: Two series cross over, and while most characters have been balanced, some are more/less powerful than others. Not necessarily more or less powerful depending on how good at fighting they originally were, though...
  • Averted: Characters' effectiveness in-game is congruent with their Power Level and competence in the canon material.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "How can you be standing up to me now?! You couldn't even touch me in our own world!"
  • Invoked: A Wizard Did It - the entity making the crossover possible in-universe decides to make it harder for any characters to overwhelm others without using certain strategies.
  • Exploited: Bob uses their now fair footing as what's possibly his only chance to get revenge on Charlie.
  • Defied: Charlie uses all of his power, rules be damned!
  • Discussed:
    Charlie (after a fight): "You... You've become really strong all of a sudden, huh?"
    Bob: "Nah, yer' just not all yer' cracked up t'be."
  • Conversed: "Wasn't Bob that one Ensemble Darkhorse who you could kill in one hit in his own game?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • In-Universe: Because Bob and Charlie are unnaturally balanced, it lead to a literally unbelievable (as in implausible), unrealistic, and rather unsatisfactory battle. Charlie is quite understandably angry, baffled, and beyond unamused when someone had intentionally and unscrupulously rigged their battle(s) just for the sake of a self-centered, appallingly hedonistic audience that is quite unlikable who have a disagreeable, twisted sense of fairness.
    • Due to this artificial balance as a result, Fridge Logic and the others are brought up in genuine outrage beyond pettiness. Open-minded people with a wholehearted focus on objectivity know for sure that without any asinine, forced and unrealistic means of balancing both Bob and Charlie, Charlie would have unambiguously and objectively won against Bob. Since Real Life isn't like in video games and literature, there would be no game mechanics and the like to affect Charlie with. This made many people beyond upset at this poor attempt on balancing Bob's and Charlie's abilities.

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