Video Game / Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes

After the successes of X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Capcom would bring out Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes in 1998. The game's setting is based on the Onslaught storyline, with Professor Xavier calling for help from within the Capcom universe.

MvC was mostly the same as its predecessors, with the addition of an extra Duo Team Attack mode where teammates would join together to beat down their opponent at the same time. Aside from the normal roster, the game also featured several random assist partners — characters from both Marvel and Capcom's stables who could be called on for supporting attacks.

Followed up in 2000 by Marvel vs. Capcom 2. This puts it in the rather unique position of simultaneously being the finale of one trilogy (as started by X-Men Vs. Street Fighter) and the first game of another (due to the Numbered Sequels that follow.)

In 2012, the game was re-released for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade with Marvel Super Heroes in Marvel vs. Capcom Origins.

Capcom side:

Marvel side:

This game shows examples of:

  • A Boy and His X: Mega Man and Rush.
    • A Dude And His Xes: Strider Hiryu and his gadgets, but specifically his cyborg panther partner.
  • An Ice Person: Iceman drops a few glaciers down the opponent as an Assist Partner.
  • Anime Theme Song: Roll's "Kaze Yo Tsutaete", a poor midi version (in the English version at least) of the one found in Rockman Battle and Chase. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom would make it a fully-fledged, four minute-long theme song.
  • Assist Character: There are several of these from both Marvel and Capcom libraries called "Assist Partners." In the arcade versions, these are chosen randomly, but you could choose one of these as your second partner in the home versions which didn't allow the 2-on-2 gameplay. Aside from this:
    • Rush assists Mega Man.
    • Ginzu, Babyhead and Mack, the Commando Team, assist Captain Commando.
    • Blodia assists Jin.
    • The three Options assists Strider Hiryu.
  • Attract Mode
  • Audible Sharpness: One of the many reasons Strider Hiryu became so popular. SCHWING!
  • Automatic Crossbow: Lou uses one.
  • A Winner is You: Winning with secret characters Gold War Machine, Red Venom, Orange Hulk and Onslaught nets you a flashing screen with the character and text saying "Congratulations! You've defeated the game with a Secret Character!"
  • Badass Adorable: Mega Man and Roll.
  • Badass Normal: Captain America and War Machine in the Marvel side; and Zangief, Captain Commando, Strider Hiryu and Jin Saotome in the Capcom side. With the exception of Zangief, all of them use Powered Armors, Humongous Mechas and/or weapons, anyway.
    • Counting the Assist Partners, there's U.S. Agent in the Marvel side; and Arthur, Unknown Soldier 1P, Saki Omokane and Devilotte's Terrible Trio in the Capcom side.
  • Background Boss: Onslaught in his second form.
  • Beating A Dead Player: Pressing start after defeating an opponent allows the player to continue attacking, with a bonus if the freeze frame is on a particular animation. The values would range from 1,000 points (for basic attacks) to up to 30,000 (for Jin's auto-immolation taunt).
  • BFG: War Machine's PROTON CANNON! and Morrigan's SOUL ERASER!
  • Big Bad: Onslaught.
  • Bowdlerise: One of Morrigan's victory animations — featuring her in a dominatrix outfit that exposes her butt and Lilith dangling from a chain — was cut from international localizations of the game, but was retained in the sequel. In a reverse example, Venom's win taunt about "eating your brains" was removed in the next game.
  • Brainwashed: The Final Boss has a technique in which he uses one of the playable characters to fight in his place while he goes into the background and slowly recovers health.
    • In terms of story, there's Shadow and Shadow Lady, Charlie and Chun-Li respectively controlled by M. Bison and turned into killing machines. Though Shadow seems to break free of it in Chun-Li's ending.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: With Capcom's characters speaking mostly Japanese and Marvel's speaking English all the time, this is to be expected. Especially when switching between tag partners.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Captain Commando has quotes directed at the player.
    "Thank you for playing this game."
  • Blow You Away: Storm, as an Assist Partner, can be summoned to throw a cyclone attack.
  • Calling Your Attacks: You'd expect this with the Fighting Game characters, naturally. But it even extends to the Marvel Superheroes, among others.
  • The Cameo: Many characters from both Marvel and Capcom universes make appearances in the endings and stages.
  • Combination Attack: Double Supers.
  • Composite Character:
    • Ryu in this game is referred to as "Complete-Change Ryu", since he has the ability to switch from his normal style into Ken's and Akuma's styles as a special ability, though at the cost of one special bar (Ken's style) or two (Akuma's).
    • Zangief also qualifies, since he has the ability to transform into Mecha Zangief during battle, who was technically a separate character in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
  • Cool Shades: Captain Commando and the Unknown Soldier.
  • Cyborg: Shadow Lady is a non-canon, What If? version of Chun-Li who was forcibly captured and roboticized to become The Dragon to M. Bison. Although she retains some of her original moves including her famous kicks, much of this has been replaced with a veritable arsenal of high-tech weaponry which has been augmented into her robotic shell - she could turn her hands into drills, encase herself in an electric shield, fire heat-seeking missiles from her built-in Backpack Cannon, miniaturized Vernier thrusters in her feet that enable her to jump much higher (and allow her to kick more rapidly) and fire a laser beam from her palms. Though she and Shadow manage to break free of Shadaloo's control in her own ending.
    • Shadow too as well.
  • Death from Above: The Hulk jumps into space, and essentially pulls a passing meteor from space to drop it on his opponent.
    • Pure & Fur drop a bunch of huge die upon the enemy.
    • War Machine's War Destroyer Hyper sends a shower of missiles down his opponent. Smart Bombs also do, except in a less powerful way.
  • Demoted to Extra: Rogue, Storm, Juggernaut, Magneto, Cyclops, U.S. Agent and Shadow were all demoted from playable characters in previous games to Assist Partners. M. Bison suffered even worse, going from playable to a minor cameo.
    • Counting X-Men: CotA, this also includes Psylocke, Colossus, Iceman and Sentinel.
  • Desperation Attack: If Jin Saotome is left as the last man standing on his team and drops below a certain amount of health, he'll start glowing gold and will gain a strength boost plus Super Armor (needs two hits to enter the stun animation).
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Zangief and Jin Saotome.
  • Flash Step: Strider Hiryu makes use of this in several of his techniques.
    • Akuma!Ryu can use Akuma's Ashura Senkuu.
  • Flight: War Machine has an special move that allows him to fly.
  • Fragile Speedster: Strider Hiryu is a good example, but then there's Red Venom, a special version of Venom who moves thrice as fast as any character in the game, but has almost no defense or health, making him go down with very few hits.
  • Freaky Friday: Lilith-Mode Morrigan's ending: Morrigan and Lilith have switched bodies after a collision, and they decide to try it again to fix it. Just at the last moment, Zangief jumps in believing they were amidst "head crush training", and crash into Morrigan head-first... in the end, while Morrigan is back to normal, it seems Zangief and Lilith have switched bodies themselves.
  • Genius Bruiser: The Hulk, where he's in the guise of the Merged Hulk/Professor persona. (Remember, The Green Scar from Planet Hulk and World War Hulk had yet to be created at the time.)
  • Henshin Hero: Captain Commando is one according to his intro.
    "Henshin, Commando!"
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Captain America in Hulk's ending (itself a Shout-Out to the ending of the Onslaught saga in the comics), Jin in his own. (See "Late to the Tragedy" for another version.)
  • Hot-Blooded: Jin Saotome, oh so very much.
    • Parodied in his taunt — if you keep pressing the attack buttons while he uses it, he literally sets himself on fire.
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • Jin's Blodia, used in some of his attacks.
    • Mega Man and Roll both have supers that turn them into this.
    • From the Assist Partners, there's Sentinel and Devilotte's Super-8, though most of it is underground/not visible.
  • I Am Legion:
    Venom: "We are Venom!"
  • Japanese Ranguage: Very, very odd inversion. The announcer reads the first word of the name "Strider Hiryu" right, but when it comes to the second, Japanese word, it incidentally slips into "Hilyu." Of course, this may be the fault of audio quality...
  • Joke Character: Roll. While she shares many of Mega Man's moves, she is set back by low health and pathetic damage.
    • However, she is very useful against Onslaught thanks to her small size!
  • Juxtaposed Halves Shot: Done to signify the activation of the Duo Team Attack.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: The second part of the trope's name comes from the version of the Shinkuu Hadouken, which is the best known of many, many instances.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Jin Saotome in one of his win poses.
  • Kick Chick: Chun-Li. Ton Pooh also qualifies.
  • Laser Blade/Hot Blade: Strider Hiryu's Cypher.
  • Late to the Tragedy: In Shadow Lady's ending, Bison kills Jin, and then she and Charlie find his body. They came to the conclusion that they only could cybernetize him. Jin gets better.
  • Leitmotif
  • Megaton Punch: Jin's entire fighting style, especially the Blodia Punch, which is a Megaton Punch by a Humongous Mecha.
  • More Dakka: Mega Man's and Roll's Lv 1 super has them becoming Mazinger Z's expies firing many types of projectiles at will.
    • Jin's Blodia Barrage is also this, as Blodia comes in with both chainguns blazing.
  • Mythology Gag: Much of Onslaught's dialogue is straight quotations from his comic storyline.
    • Hulk's ending has Captain America sacrifice himself to destroy Onslaught, just like in the original story. Jin's ending also references it, with Jin directly giving his own life to stopping Onslaught.
    • When activating a Hyper Combo with X-Men representatives Wolverine and Gambit, the "X!" soundbyte from X-Men: Children of the Atom/Marvel Super Heroes will play. For the other Marvel heroes, the "INFINITY!" soundbyte will be used instead (that includes Venom and War Machine, who did not appear in MSH).
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: Upon being summoned, Princess Devilotte will issue his subordinates to attack... but instead, all three just blow up on the spot (the explosion turning into the attack itself).
  • One-Winged Angel: Onslaught.
  • Paint It Black: Shadow and Shadow Lady (roboticized versions of Charlie and Chun-Li). The same happens to Jin in Shadow Lady's ending.
  • Palette Swap: Like the previous game, there are unlockable alternate versions of existing characters, albeit with odd color schemes.
    • War Machine counts as a replacement for Iron Man, and even has his own palette swap in the form of Gold-Armor War Machine.
    • Lilith-mode Morrigan, a.k.a. Morrigan with Lilith's color scheme. She gains most of Lilith's moves, but is less effective than Morrigan herself.
    • Shadow Lady, a cyborgized and brainwashed Chun-Li in the vein of Shadow from Marvel vs. Street Fighter. She's heavier and has Shadow-esque takes on Chun-Li's moves.
    • U.S. Agent, one of the assist characters. He uses the same sprite as Captain America and performs his Charging Star attack.
    • Hyper Venom, a secret version of Venom who's constantly in Berserker mode. Also known as Red Venom. He's known for his huge offensive potential and speed, but is incredibly fragile.
    • Orange Hulk, a faster Hulk who uses his old Marvel Super Heroes moveset and lacks super armor. Also known as MSH-Performance Hulk.
    • Gold War Machine, a variant of War Machine who is Immune to Flinching and fires missiles instead of beams for all his projectiles, but is incredibly sluggish and cannot block.
  • Panty Shot: Roll gives a lot of these, so much so that you can, at the peak of her jump in exactly one frame, see all of her panties and part of her midriff underneath her skirt. She also squeals ecchi!Translation  if you jump and decide not to cover her skirt with an attack.
    • As mentioned above, pressing Start after a round is over lets you Beat a Dead Player, with bonus points being awarded if the game freeze-frames on your character in a dynamic pose. Panty shots like Chun Li's launcher (and Jin's immolation move) are worth a ton of points.
  • Playing with Fire: Captain Commando's Power Glove uses fire and electricity on his attacks. Jin's punches and attacks are all fire-covered, one even setting himself on fire.
  • Power Copying: In Mega Man's ending, he gains a super move from Onslaught, Magneto's Magnetic Shockwave. And in the ports, you can actually unlock a secret version of Mega Man that has this attack.note 
  • Powered Armor: War Machine and Captain Commando. Then there's Gold War Machine, a special version of War Machine who moves slowly, barely jumps and CANNOT block BUT his defense is insanely high, he has an infinite hit buffer allowing him to continue moving forward against enemy attacks, and many of his projectile attacks are amped up. An even better bonus is that some Hyper Combos like Maximum Spider and Weapon X hit for the FIRST hit and the other player is repelled off the armor. He can still be thrown though. Onslaught has this as well.
  • Power Floats: M. Bison in his cameo appearances and Onslaught.
  • Ramming Always Works: The style of attack used by U.S. Agent, Colossus, Sentinel, Psylocke, Rogue and Juggernaut when summoned.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Shadow Lady, a non-canon variation of Chun-Li, forcibly turned into a cyborg by Shadaloo. Before she was forcibly transformed into a brainwashed Robot Girl, Chun-Li routinely foiled Shadaloo's plans at every turn. In revenge, she was kidnapped, brainwashed, and experimented on for the sake of turning her into a weapon against Interpol. When the task was completed, they turned her into a living weapon, complete with a new name: Shadow Lady. Aside from retaining a few moves from her non-cyborgified variant, Shadow Lady shoots homing/heat-seeking missiles from her back, thrusts forward with a drill, encases herself in a electric barrier (that also deflects attacks and stuns opponents) and fires a large beam (Big Bang Laser) from her palms. And all of this high-tech arsenal is built-in to her body, like the T-X from the Terminator series.
  • Schrödinger's Player Character: The endings of Spider-Man and Venom, where they interact with their teammates. Spidey takes a picture with them to celebrate Onslaught's defeat, whereas Venom proposes they fight crime together... by crushing criminals' skulls and eating their brains.
  • Shock and Awe: Captain Commando's power gloves use both electricity and fire as attacks. Assist Partners Saki and Thor shoot out a lightning bolt as well.
  • Shotoclone: Aside from Ryu, Spider-Man, Captain America and Morrigan qualify for this.
  • Shout-Out: Check the page.
  • SNK Boss: Onslaught.
  • Stripperific: On the ladies' side, Morrigan, who technically doesn't even wear clothes. And on the men's side, Hulk, Zangief, and, if one is feeling crazy, Colossus.
  • Surprisingly Good English: All Marvel characters are voiced by native English speakers.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Due to legal issues, Iron Man was unavailable for this game, so War Machine was selected in his stead (for all intents and purposes, he's a Palette Swap of Iron Man). As a result, his theme in this game is based off of Iron Man's Marvel Super Heroes theme. The theme came full circle when Iron Man used this theme in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • Tag Team
  • Terrible Trio: The Devilotte team.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Duo Team Attack mode where both characters become controllable simultaneously and have infinite supers temporarily. The bar must be at Level 2 in order to execute this. However, getting one more bar (Level 3) will allow you twice as much time (with varying percentages based on how much of the third bar was filled when you execute the command).
  • This is a Drill: One of Mega Man's/Roll's specials has Rush becoming a Drill Tank controllable by the player. Shadow Lady can turn her hands into drills for certain attacks. Also Jin HK attacks.
  • Transforming Mecha: Rush Drill and Beat Plane. Both controllable by the player.
  • Unexpected Character: Jin. Many were unaware of his existence prior to that. The same is true for Strider Hiryu and Captain Commando.
  • V-Formation Team Shot: Captain Commando and his team does this after his Captain Storm super move.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Venom makes plenty use of this in his movelist. Morrigan can change the shape of her batwings into several different forms during battle.
  • Winged Humanoid: Michelle Heart.

Alternative Title(s): Marvel Vs Capcom 1, Marvel Vs Capcom Clash Of The Superheroes