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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?"

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