Pronounced '''Namco Cross Capcom''' ("cross" as in "crossover"), it's a turn-based strategy RPG by Creator/MonolithSoft that was meant to be a Namco-only game until Namco decided that their own characters weren't enough and asked Capcom permission to use their characters. The game follows the quest of [[OriginalGeneration original]] protagonists Reiji Arisu and his Fox-spirit partner Xiaomu as they lead an army of Capcom and Namco heroes larger than anything ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' and ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'' combined could shake a stick at, to save the multiverse as [[strike:we]] they know it from certain destruction by [[LegionOfDoom scores of villain teams]] and a nemesis of Reiji's who has resurfaced after ten years.

It is most notable for its unique battle system (a pseudo-fighting engine as a nod to the other entries here; unfortunately, it makes the stages take an absurd amount of time), curious character choices (see below), and the protagonists' stories continuing in ''EndlessFrontier: VideoGame/SuperRobotWars OG Saga'', with the sequel ''Endless Frontier EXCEED'' even continuing the story of the original characters. And because of this, you can find the complete translated script [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/file/926007/47929 here]]. Yes, the game is THAT text-heavy.

Also notable for its (fantastic) opening sequence, which was animated by Creator/ProductionIG and appears to have been directed by HiroyukiImaishi (of ''Anime/DeadLeaves'', ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]'' and ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' fame).

VideoGame/ProjectXZone is a 3DS-only sequel to this game, and Sega is another company represented in the game. Everyone thought ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'' and ''Tekken x Street Fighter'' would be a sequel, or at least a spiritual successor, but both are more akin to being {{Spiritual Successor}}s of the ''Vs.'' line, with ''[=SFxT=]'' developed by Creator/{{Capcom}}, and ''[=TxSF=]'' developed by Creator/{{Namco|Bandai}}.

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!Characters
!![[OriginalGeneration Originals]]
* [[TheHero Reiji Arisu]]
* [[BigBad Saya]]
* [[NonHumanSidekick Xiaomu]]
!!{{Namco}}
* ''{{Baraduke}}'': Masuyo [[DubNameChange "Kissy"]] Tobi
* ''VideoGame/{{Bravoman}}'': Black Bravo, Bravoman, Waya-Hime
* ''BurningForce'': Hiromi Tengenji
* ''VideoGame/DigDug'': Taizo Hori
* ''VideoGame/GenpeiToumaDen'': Andaba, Enma, Kiso Yoshinaka, Minamoto no Yoritomo, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Saito Musashibo Benkei, Taira no Kagekiyo
* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'': Guntz/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gantz]], Janga, Joker ([[DubNameChange Joka]]), Klonoa, Lolo
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfTheValkyrie'' series: Black Valkyrie, Kamus, Sabine, Valkyrie, Whirlo ([[DubNameChange Krino Sandra]]), Zouna, Zuhl
* ''Shadow Land'': Boss Bull, Otohime, Tarosuke
* ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' series: Charade, Mitsurugi Heishirö, Taki
* ''Franchise/{{Tales|Series}}'' series: Leon Magnus / [[ThatManIsDead Judas]], Rutee Katrea ([[DubNameChange Rutee Kartret]]), Stahn Alleron
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series: Armor King, Devil Kazuya, Devil Jin, Heihachi Mishima, Jin Kazama, King II, Mokujin, Ogre
* ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'': Druaga, Gilgamesh, Ishtar, Ki
* ''Franchise/WonderMomo'': Amazona, Wonder Momo
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'': KOS-MOS, MOMO, Shion Uzuki, Allen Ridgeley

!!Creator/{{Capcom}}
* ''VideoGame/CaptainCommando'': Baby Head ([[DubNameChange Hoover]]), Captain Commando, Druk, Ginzu the Ninja ([[DubNameChange Sho]]), Mack the Knife ([[DubNameChange Jennety]]), Shturm, Shturm Jr.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'': Demitri Maximoff, Felicia, Hsien-Ko ([[DubNameChange Lei-Lei]]), Huitzil ([[DubNameChange Phobos]]), Lilith, Lord Raptor ([[DubNameChange Zabel Zarock]]), Morrigan
* ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'': Regina
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight'': Guy, Mike Haggar
* ''VideoGame/ForgottenWorlds'': Sylphie, Unknown Soldier 1P, Unknown Soldier 2P.
* ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'': Arthur, Astaroth, Nebiros, Red Arremer Joker
* ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'': [=MegaMan=] Volnutt ([[DubNameChange Rock Volnutt]]), [=MegaMan=] Juno ([[DubNameChange Rockman Juno]]), Roll Caskett, Servbot ([[DubNameChange Kobun]]), Tron Bonne
* ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Resident Evil: Dead Aim]]'': Bruce [=McGivern=], Fong Ling
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'': Hideo Shimazu, Kyoko Minazuki
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series: Akuma ([[DubNameChange Gouki]]), Cammy, Chun-Li, Evil Ryu, Juli, Juni, Karin Kanzuki, Ken Masters, M. Bison ([[DubNameChange Vega]]), Rose, Ryu, Sakura Kasugano
* ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'': The Grandmaster ([[DubNameChange Grandmaster]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Meio]]), Solo, Strider Hien, Strider Hiryu, Ton Pooh
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!Tropes associated with this game:
* AcheyScars: The scar over Reiji's temple begins to agitate him whenever Saya (the one who gave him the scar) is near.
* ActionDressRip: More like action dress strip, as Felicia was initially wearing an evening dress, then immediately throws it off before the enemies come.
* ActionDuo: Many usable units consist of a team of two characters, some from the same series ([[VideoGame/MegamanLegends Rock & Roll]], [[StreetFighter Ryu & Ken]], [[{{Klonoa}} Klonoa and Gunts]]), some from different series by the same company (WonderMomo & VideoGame/{{Bravoman}}, [[VideoGame/FinalFight Guy]] & [[CaptainCommando Ginzu]]), and some cross-company ([[{{VideoGame/Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] & [[{{Tekken}} King]]).
* AdaptationalBadass:
** The [[NoNameGiven nameless protagonist]] of ''VideoGame/DigDug'' [[CanonName was rechristened as Taizo Hori]] [[note]]although to be fair, that example actually first occurred in ''VideoGame/MrDriller'', the SpinOffspring of ''Dig Dug''[[/note]] and turned into a CoolShades-wearing {{Badass}} on par with that of [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Falcon]]. He's the current trope picture.
** As a whole, you could argue that many characters got this treatment, or at least had their moments. For example, Joker TheDragon to Ghadius in his home series, is now TheHeavy, forging alliances and proving to be a much more clever threat.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Saya.]]
* AnimeThemeSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAUfyCz-BGU "Brave New World."]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Xiaomu actually was the one who killed Reiji's dad, but the latter doesn't even blame her for it because he already knew it. So he channeled his rage on Saya instead who forced Xiaomu to kill his dad in the first place.]]
* {{Badass}}: Plenty of the cast. Notably, Akuma.
* BattleCouple: Most notable with Reiji and Xiaomu, but there are ''a lot of examples'' in this game.
* TheBattleDidntCount: Most bosses tend to retreat upon defeat. Subverted with Joker and Janga, for as much as they escape, for them its mostly a case of KnowWhenToFoldEm.
* {{BFG}}: Masuyo's gun. It's called WaveMotionGun but only fires in shots.
* BigBad: Saya, given her role in the plot as well as her ties to Xiaomu and Shougo Arisu, Reiji's DisappearedDad. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that the [[TheManBehindTheMan true Big Bad]] is [[SealedEvilInACan 99]].]]
** TheHeavy: Joker, he's arguably the most active of all the villains, spreading the "sleeping sickness", invading a Holy Place of Worship while Janga distracted everyone, making repeated attempts to get sacrifices for Druaga and the Soul Edge, and seemingly knowing what's really going on [[spoiler: what with his last words being a hint towards 99's "Mingling of Worlds".]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Akuma saving Sakura at one time, and defeating M. Bison ([[FanNickname Dictator]]) at another time.
* BrickJoke: ''Oh so many.'' One example at the beginning of chapter 29 (lampshaded mercilessly by both [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Sakura and Karin]]):
--->'''Xiaomu''': "And another funky place we turned up in. Where the heck are we? Somewhere near Renma?"
--->'''Reiji''': "You really think this looks like the middle of a city?"
---> The payoff (after Saya appears)
--->'''Saya''': "Oh my gosh. Just ''look'' at this place. Where ''are'' we? Ishigami'i Park?"
--->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Reiji]]''': "You really think this looks like the middle of a city?"
* BossRush: The final stage. Justified in that [[spoiler:the merging of worlds]] is bringing bosses BackFromTheDead.
* TheCameo: Statues of Pac-Man can be seen in front of Namco Theater.
* CanonImmigrant: Reiji, Xiaomu, and Saya would eventually {{crossover}} into ''Endless Frontier'', another series developed by Monolith Soft.
* CatGirl: Felicia, naturally.
* CatsAreMean: Played straight with Janga, inverted with Felicia.
* CatchPhrase: In the FanTranslation, Reiji will almost always say "How felicitous." [[DeadpanSnarker Comes with the territory.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} M.O.M.O's costume]] from Sylphie allows her to steal items. She doesn't get to use it till she needed to steal one of the {{MacGuffin}}s from [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Devil Kazuya]].
* CloningBlues: Katana, a product of the Ouma Project, is the clone of [[spoiler:Saya]]. Their physical resemblance is questionable.
* ClothingDamage: Arthur. He can actually invoke this on himself to quickly change out of armor.
* ClusterFBomb: According to the GameFAQs fan translation, several characters are like this (or at least a T-rated version of this), most notably [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Mitsurugi]] and [[VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} Gantz]]. Both of them use an extremely crass and rude way of speaking (the former is basically a {{Samurai}} version of an ArrogantKungFuGuy and the latter speaks like a thug[=/=]{{delinquent}}). It's more of a translation adaptation.
* CombatantCooldownSystem: The game has a system similar to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''--a unit is able to act once it has earned 10 AP, which accrues at 1 per turn for each unit on the map. The player can estimate the initiative order by looking at the numbers above each unit; whoever shows a "1" is the next to act. Different actions cost different amounts of AP, so a unit that only moves will act again sooner than a unit that moves and attacks. There are other special actions to spend and earn AP; for example, units may spend AP to reduce damage from enemy attacks and time ActionCommands during enemy attacks to regain AP.
* CombinationAttack: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM9cKq2RXlo Multiple Assaults,]] where a group of 2 or more units gang up on single or multiple foes. Sometimes these overlaps with ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill, and sometimes are followed sometimes by {{Ass Kicking Pose}}s. Unfortunately, the Multiple Assaults can also fall under AwesomeButImpractical since they have a fixed damage, and by that point, you could literally kick ass to enemies up to how many thousand hit points from one turn. If you know when to use them, however, you can kill multiple enemies with one attack.
* CombiningMecha: Unknown Soldiers 1P and 2P from ''Forgotten Worlds'' are accompanied by the Mobilsuits from ''Side Arms: Hyper Dyne''. Just like in their namesake game, Side Arm α and Side Arm β are able to merge into a powerful form (this only appears in their Zetai Gattai Multiple Assault with Sylphie, the shopkeeper from ''Forgotten Worlds'').
* TheComicallySerious: When Janga from ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} Heroes'' calls Guy a pain in the ass. Guy's response?
--> ''"A pain in the ass? Such things are irrelevant in battle."''
* CoolBigSis: How Morrigan is portrayed towards Lilith.
* {{Cosplay}}: Aside from possessing an arsenal consisting of various weapons and items from Capcom arcade games, Sylphie also can dress up as (and copy the techniques of) four other Capcom females: ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: [[ColonCancer 3rd Strike]]'''s Makoto, Michelle Heart from ''VideoGame/LegendaryWings'', Linn Kurosawa from ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredatorCapcom'', and Mai-Ling from ''VideoGame/RedEarth''. She also gets to sell two MagicalGirl costumes to MOMO (one for a Rare Hunter skill, the other for a LimitBreak).
** Every time new characters meet, they think the other person is cosplaying.
* CrazyPrepared: Saya is this in a nutshell. Anytime Reiji thinks he got her cornered, she finds a way to get out of the mess and comes up on top. Same goes with Joker, who plans on escape and brings up many back-up plans.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ken]] can perform [[spoiler:the Shin Shoryuken]] in a cutscene, something he can't do it in gameplay afterwards. It might be a nod to Brainwashed Ken from the mid-90s ''SF'' [[Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie anime movie]] and Violent Ken from ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSvCChaos SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'', where he could do all sorts of wicked stuff. It could be argued that as one of the top practitioners of Gouken's style, Ken has learnt at least the theory of all of his school's moves.
* DinosaursAreDragons: When [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis Allosaurus]] appears, [[VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga Gilgamesh]] wonders if it's a dragon and [[VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga Ki]] notes that they should prepare for its [[BreathWeapon fire breath]]. [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Karin]] quickly corrects them.
* TheDitz: Sakura has many moments that fit this trope nicely.
* DumbIsGood: Felicia was convinced that King was a werejaguar, despite King telling her over and over that he was ''just a luchador wearing a mask''.
* ElementalPowers: Obviously, given the cast. Between Reiji and Xiaomu, however, almost all of your "standard-fare" powers are covered by their moveset.
** AnIcePerson: Xiaomu's [[SwordCane Suiren]].
** CastingAShadow: Xiaomu's SwordBeam, her gun Silver, and the lasers that come out of her fingertips are of the dark element.
** LightEmUp: Reiji's [[RevolversAreJustBetter Gold]] and Xiaomu's Byakkohou.
** PlayingWithFire: Reiji's [[HotBlade Karin]] and Xiaomu's grenades.
** ShockAndAwe: Reiji's Chirai.
* EnemyMine: A few of your foes (the ones who are on the wrong side [[{{Brainwashed}} involuntarily]] notwithstanding) [[IFightForTheStrongestSide will decide to join forces with you when bested]]. To be exact, Waya-Hime, Cammy, Rose, Judas, Lilith and Armor King. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And]] [[TokenEvilTeammate Heihachi]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: To the point of being able to create lightning (Klonoa). Baby and Mack fall into this category with the majority of their attacks. A number of other characters follow this trope too.
* FantasticFoxes: Xiaomu ([[AnimeChineseGirl Chinese]]) and Saya (Japanese). [[FetishFuel And they are]] [[JustForPun foxy]] [[FetishFuel indeed]].
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Definitely Reiji and Saya. To the point that the other party members ''mistake Saya as Reiji's ex'' and believe the two are going through a very violent breakup.
* {{Gainaxing}}: [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Taki]] in the animated intro.
* GratuitousEnglish: Some characters when their turn comes up. Most notable are Felicia ("Retsu dansu!") and Demitri ("Retsu purayu...").
* GunpointBanter: Between Reiji and Saya at the end of Chapter 4. Nothing quite like two people shoving the barrels of their guns in each other's faces and still being able to carry a conversation.
* GunsAkimbo: Reiji uses a pistol and shotgun. Xiaomu? ''Two'' pistols.
** SwordAndGun: Both also carry swords which they use in concert with their guns.
** GunKata: And lots of it.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Hsien-Ko's sleeves are filled with an infinite number of weapons (even including her partners' firearms, which she pulls out for her MA). She explains that even after she throws her weapons, more appear in their place.
* HeroicSacrifice: At the end of the game, [[spoiler:Reiji attempts to pull one to destroy 99 once and for all but suddenly, every single character goes BigDamnHeroes and suggests him to just beat the stinking crap outta her.]]
* HotBlooded: Pretty much everyone at somepoint, this being a Banpresto game and all. Even Reiji has his moments when he's not in snark mode.
** The two most surprising ones are Kuroinu Sandra from Legend of Valkyrie and Mike Haggar of Final Fight. Both are fairly minor characters (and in Kuroinu's case a fairly subdued one), but their voices in combat are easier louder then half of the cast.
* HumongousMecha: [[VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}} Jin's Blodia]], which is "borrowed" by Sylphie.
* [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Equipment]]: Sylphie's Dress is this. It costs 9999 G, however it raises ''all stats'' by 25. Naturally, you can only get it before starting the final chapter.
* IncrediblyLamePun: There's one level where magic causes everyone to start speaking in these. Needless to say, for the characters, it gets old really fast. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the characters and the game text (the text has the puns in red).
* {{Irony}}: Hsien-Ko the [[ChineseVampire Jiang]]-[[OurZombiesAreDifferent shi]] is paired with a ''Resident Evil'' protagonist.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Expect a good deal of characters either have the real deal (i.e. Mitsurugi, Kagekiyo, Reiji, Saya, etc.) or a slight variation of it (e.g. Taki and Waya-Hime use kodachi, Xiaomu has a [[SwordCane shikomizue]], Ginzu uses a ninjato, etc.).
* KissOfDeath: Saya's super begins with one.
* {{Kitsune}}: Xiaomu is a 765-year-old Chinese werefox, whereas Saya is a Japanese werefox.
* LaserBlade: [[AllThereInTheManual Apparently]], Strider Hiryu's Cypher. Naturally, the same would go for Strider Hien's [[DoubleWeapon double-bladed cypher]]. Overlaps with HotBlade.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The fact that [[spoiler: Saya is still alive come ''EndlessFrontier'' and ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'']] is already well-known by fans already. Hell, this is ''how'' [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros she debuted in]] [[EndlessFrontier the U.S.]]
* LeeroyJenkins: This is practically [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Jin's]] modus operandi whenever he meets Devil Kazuya.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Seems to be one of the main points of the game, to have as much characters as possible to satisfy fans.
* LovableSexManiac: Tarosuke.
* MagicKnight: Xiaomu and Saya, justified by their status as [[{{Kitsune}} mystic foxes]]. Also, Valkyrie.
* MagicSkirt: Wonder Momo.
* MagikarpPower: Practically almost everyone is a MagikarpPower incarnate when the player first gets a hold of them, the only exception being [[GameBreaker KOS-MOS]].
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Naturally. Interestingly, the game Multiverse has about 4 or 5 actual worlds; meaning that many games already took place in the same setting; if they're similar enough.
* MoreDakka: The aforementioned Zettai Gattai, where Sylphie combines the Mobilsuits of ''Side Arms: Hyper Dyne'' into a more powerful form. The new mecha, alongwith the Unknown Soldiers and Sylphie (who has taken on the form of Michelle Heart from ''Legendary Wings'') do not waste time in opening fire upon their foes. The unlucky victims are greeted by storm of bullets, followed by a '''[[FrickinLaserBeams FREAKING GIGANTIC LASER BEAM]]'''.
** There's also the Multiple Assault between [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Bruce McGivern, Fong Ling]], and [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis Regina]], as [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Hsien-Ko]] provides them with various firearms, notably shotguns, submachine guns, flamethrowers, grenades, missile launchers, and a gun that fires lightning bolts. [[HilarityEnsues Then she drops her steel balls and nearly kills all of them...]]
* MundaneUtility: [[spoiler:When the world is finally going back to normal and the people who were left behind are from the real world, Ishtar's power gets used ''as a taxi delivery system''.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[spoiler:Saya went ahead and let Reiji shoot her so that 99 can finally pass through.]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Evil undead Genji warriors, who gain control of a race of tentacle aliens.
** The [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis Allosaurus]] is heavily implied later in the game to have been [[spoiler:infected with the [[Franchise/ResidentEvil T-Virus]].]]
* NobleDemon: Red Arremer Joker, [[spoiler:who seems to be the main character of ''[[VideoGame/GargoylesQuest Demon's Crest]]'' (''Firebrand'' [[DubNameChange in America]]).]]
* NoblewomansLaugh: Morrigan.
* NothingUpMySleeve: PlayedForLaughs. Hsien-Ko's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM9cKq2RXlo#t=5m07s Multiple Assault]] provides [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Bruce McGivern, Fong Ling]], and [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis Regina]] with [[MoreDakka enough weaponry to make the U.S. military jealous]]... and then she gets worked up and accidentally drops spiked maces over them, and a frying pan on Bruce's head.
* OddCouple: The [[DeadpanSnarker sullen and snarky]], but [[HiddenHeartOfGold well-meaning]] Reiji and his much, ''[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much]]'' older partner, the [[GenkiGirl upbeat]], [[TheTease flirty]], and [[MamaBear overprotective]] Xiaomu.
* OriginalGeneration: Reiji Arisu, Xiaomu, and Saya. Also [[MeaningfulName Katana]] and [[spoiler:[[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere 99.]]]]
* PettingZooPeople: Xiaomu and Saya. Felicia and Morrigan. King and Armor King. Klonoa, Gantz, and even Moo's actually GET petted by the girls/ or are commented on being desirable for petting... lampshaded in the manga adaptation, where all the girls fawn over both Klonoa and Gantz, getting in the way of their fights with Joker and Janga.
* PileBunker: DigDug's Taizo Hori wilds a giant one.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The most striking would be Wonder Momo; who is an ''actress'' playing a magical girl; who actually becomes one for no actual explained reason other than HeartIsAnAwesomePower.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Fong Ling and Regina even lampshade it when they were first thrown into a new world. Let's see: two high school students ([[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Sakura and Karin]]), three spies ([[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Bruce, Fong Ling]], and [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis Regina]]), a wrestler ([[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} King]]), a pop star idol, an undead Chinese girl ([[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia and Hsien-Ko]], respectively), two teachers ([[VideoGame/RivalSchools Hideo and Kyoko]]), three people from the future ([[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Shion, MOMO, and KOS-MOS]]), another pop star idol (Franchise/WonderMomo), a businessman (VideoGame/{{Bravoman}}), and two underground secret agents ([[OriginalGeneration Reiji and Xiaomu]]). Yup, can't get more ragtag than that. And, to top it all, that line is from Stage 5 or 6 (not including the prologues) AND with only about 5% of the playable cast in your party.
* RatedMForManly
* RecurringBoss: Nearly every single villain fall under this trope as they always flee when defeated until their proper death in the plot.
* RuleOfSymbolism: During Reiji's Battou Ougi Shinra Banshou [[LimitBreak super]] (Shinra Banshou being a Buddhist idiom meaning "all of creation"), he and Xiaomu take a page from the Chinese concept of the Five Elements. Basically, their dialogue (with the two mixing up the exact phrases and who says what from time-to-time) proceeds as such:
-->"Wood fuels Fire!"
-->"Fire creates Earth!"
-->"Earth bears Metal!"
-->"Metal carries Water!"
-->"Water feeds Wood!"
-->"[[CombinationAttack Together as one...]]"
-->"[[FinishingMove SHINRA BANSHOU!]]"
* RunningGag: The real nature of Felicia's fur bikini.
** Also, Felicia constantly refering about King as "a fellow Darkstalker" despite King explaining her over and over that he isn't a Darkstalker, he's just a human Luchador wearing a jaguar mask. This long running gag also serves a a setup for another joke, as King (after complaining endless times about how dumb and dense Felicia can be) suddenly realizes that Felicia is a Darkstalker instead of a woman cosplaying as a cat as he believed all along.
* SequelHook: [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Demitri]] tells Morrigan and Lilith that Jedah is coming back. [[VideoGame/ProjectXZone Sure enough…]]
* ShoutOut: Check [[ShoutOut/CapcomVsWhatever the page]].
* [[SoloCharacterRun Solo Unit Run]]: You technically can't pull this off in the main game, however that doesn't mean you can't do it in the final stage where the only designated unit is Reiji and Xiaomu. And yes, it's actually ''faster'' to finish the game with just a solo unit instead of bringing the entire party.
* SpeakingSimlish: Averted with VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} (who has this as a signature trope); Namco opted for him to speak proper Japanese instead. This is because the incarnation of the character appearing in the game was the one from ''Klonoa Heroes'', one of two ''Klonoa'' games (three if you count the language track option in the ''Door to Phantomile'' {{Wii}}make) where the characters spoke a proper language instead of Simlish.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The ''EndlessFrontier'' games.
* SpottingTheThread: In chapter 40 where seven members of the group get cloned. There's just one problem, [[spoiler:the ''real'' Chun-li is also with the assault team, yet she also got cloned.]]
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Reiji and Xiaomu are pretty much official regulars in ''EndlessFrontier''. Saya also joins in, since she's TheRival and [[strike:has big enough breasts to fit in the world]] [[strike:is sexy enough to compete with the world]] has enough importance to be included as well.
* SwordAndGun: Reiji, Xiaomu, and Saya. Reiji, in fact, has ''two'' swords and ''two'' guns, as well as a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]]. Xiaomu's blade is actually a [[SwordCane cane sword]]. Saya also wields a M203 grenade launcher and probably beats them out in terms of sheer firepower. She also holds ''three'' katanas. And ''all'' of their swords have [[ElementalPowers elemental affinities]]. RuleOfCool, much?
** Upgraded in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' where artwork confirms that Reiji has ''three'' swords in his arsenal plus Gold and Hollywood (his revolver and shotgun).
* SwordAndSorcerer: The prime example would be the BattleCouple [[VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga Gilgamesh and Princess Ki]], the latter [[TookALevelInBadass having been upgraded]] from her DistressedDamsel status.
* ThemeMusicPowerup: In addition to being the one song Yuzo Koshiro arranged to represent ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' in this game and thus being used for all the ''Tales'' heroes, "Lion - Irony of Fate" WILL always override the "enemy turn" music whenever Judas appears as an enemy.
* TokenEvilTeammate: [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Heihachi Mishima]].
** Arguably [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan, Demitri]], [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Mitsurugi]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Tron Bonne]].
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Not quite, as the game involves hopping through dimensions. However, a ferocious battle two rival organizations took place in Shibuya, Tokyo ten years ago, setting up the backstory of the protagonists (notably, Reiji). Ten years later (in [[ExtyYearsFromNow 20XX]]), temporal and spatial fluctuations occur in Shibuya, setting the plot into motion.
* [[spoiler:TonightSomeoneKisses: How the game ends; Xiaomu kisses Reiji while commentating that smoking is bad for kisses.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: many characters and enemies, have naturally been given this treatment due to the games nature, making every creature no matter the origin or style a threat. Moos and Grizzes from Klonoa, for example, were just fodder that walked around pretty innocently and shot slow moving projectiles (respectively), here they can surround their enemy and slash at them with their claws and fire exploding bullets (respectively).
* UndergroundMonkey: Many {{Mooks}}.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Many of the character choices, although it does make for variety and unpredictability. You can thank Capcom and Namco for catering to a fanbase ''other'' than primarily ''Street Fighter''.
* VerbalTic: Xiaomu has a tendency to add "-jya" (じゃ) to the end of her sentences.
** Guy adds "-de gozaru" to his speech at times, just like a stereotypical ninja.
** Hsien-Ko/Lei-Lei sometimes adds -aru, like a Chinese character in an anime.
* TheVoiceless: ''{{Tekken}}'''s King and [[spoiler:Armor King]] in ''Namco x Capcom'' have no voice acting (but they do get text dialog). It gets silly with the later, for [[spoiler:he]] doesn't get any pre-/post-battle quotes (at least the former has [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] covering him up) and thus ends up standing there being mute.
* WaddlingHead: Moos, Pookas, Octies, and so on.
* WalkingArmory: To a degree, Reiji, Xiaomu, and Saya. See SwordAndGun above.
** Contrast Hsien-Ko, the most blatant example of HyperspaceArsenal. In this game, she's revealed to hide various firearms [[AllYourPowersCombined belonging to her partners]] in her giant sleeves as well, all in addition to the more traditional weapons that she is normally associated with.
* [[spoiler:WifeHusbandry: Considering Xiaomu is 765 years old while Reiji's in his 20s...]]
* WorkingWithTheEx: Taizo Hori and his ex-wife Toby Masuyo. Although they divorced long ago, Toby still has mixed feelings about Taizo.
* WorldOfPun: There's a stage where ''every character'' is making lame puns. All of the puns are highlighted in red, to boot.
* {{Yokai}}: Most of the original series enemies are based off Yokai or other Asian mythological monsters, such as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamaitachi Kamaitachi.]] Saya's sidekicks are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ox-Head_and_Horse-Face these guys.]]
* YouALLShareMyStory: Because this game's storyline splits the universe not into the individual worlds of the 26 different franchises, but just into five general realms, so many characters from separate franchises are suggested (or stated outright) to actually know (or at least know ''of'') each other beforehand. So many examples exist they have to be separated between worlds, and even when barely accounting for any of the villains the list of connections can still be quite massive.
** Material World 20XX: VideoGame/{{Bravoman}} is familiar enough with VideoGame/WonderMomo's shtick to know that it's based off a real transformation like his own. Speaking of Wonder Momo, she's booked as part of something called the "Battle Musical" with [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]]. [[Franchise/StreetFighter Karin Kanzuki]]'s family sponsored this Battle Musical performance themselves. Oh, and Felicia travels with [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} King II]]. Who has [[ProWrestlingIsReal wrestled]] [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike Haggar]] for the CWA title. Haggar's friend and fellow Metro City hero [[VideoGame/FinalFight Guy]] has formed an ActionDuo of Bushin-Ryu practitioners with [[VideoGame/CaptainCommando Sho]], even though the latter is part of a super crime-fighting team ''from the future''. We'll get on the future in a bit, but on the topic of Guy, [[Franchis/StreetFighter Sakura Kasugano]] recognizes him (as he does [[Franchise/StreetFighter Gouki]]; both are understandable considering ''FF'' has been incorporated into the ''SF'' universe), and they both know professors from the [[VideoGame/RivalSchools Justice Private Academy at Klin Village]] despite having never attended the school. Meanwhile, US-STRATCOM agent [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Bruce McGivern]] recognizes [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis Regina]] by attire as a Secret Operations Raid Team agent. His fellow spy/possible girlfriend [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Long Feng]] is friends with fellow Chinese lady [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] from Interpol. One of the companies they're all investigating, [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Heihachi Mishima]]'s financial group, employs [[VideoGame/{{Bravoman}} Dr. Bakuda]] as a chief scientist. Another, [[Characters/StreetFighter Dictator Vega's Secret Shadowloo Society]], has stolen data from the Mishima Zaibatsu for use in Vega's experiments, which has resulted in gaining the ability to clone the likes of [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Ogre]]. Finally, [[OriginalGeneration Reiji Arisu, Xiaomu, and Saya]] have information on most if not all of these people, whether through their duties as Shinra/Ouma agents or Xiaomu's eccentric interests.
** Distant Future: [[VideoGame/BurningForce Hiromi Tengenji]] has graduated space fighter school and [[VideoGame/{{Baraduke}} Masuyo Tobi]] is now her superior officer in the United Galaxy Space Force. Oh, and they've been tasked to arrest [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Tron Bonne and her Kobuns]]. As in ''VideoGame/MrDriller'', Masuyo is AmicableExes with [[VideoGame/DigDug Taizo Hori]], who retired from Drilling and became a Digger with [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Rock Volnutt and Roll Caskett]]. [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]] and his enemies recognize [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} KOS-MOS]]'s Hilbert Effect, with [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hien and Tong Pooh]] clearly putting out that their forces, who now include the minions of the late [[VideoGame/CaptainCommando Genocide]], already have or know of another source of it. All these characters recognize VideoGame/CaptainCommando and his [[BadassCrew Commando Team]] as the [[CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth magnificent heroes]] that they are.
** Fantasy World: [[VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} Lolo, the Omiko]], and [[VideoGame/LegendOfTheValkyrie Valkyrie]] all serve the goddess [[VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga Ishtar]], adding their might to that of her favored LadyAndKnight BattleCouple [[VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga Gilgamesh and Ki]]. Speaking of, those two have not only worked with [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Arthur]] in the past, to the point he's considered the Silver Knight to Gilgamesh's Golden Knight, they're all regarded as legends by the likes of [[VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} Klonoa and Guntz]], [[VideoGame/LegendOfTheValkyrie Kurino Sandra and Sabine]], and even [[VideoGame/TalesSeries Stahn Alleron and Rutee Katret]]. After Stahn and Rutee failed to retrieve the [[{{MacGuffin}} Eye of God]] from a friend of theirs who stole it for some desperate purpose, said weapon would be stolen again by [[VideoGame/LegendOfTheValkyrie Black Valkyrie]], who is all too aware of its power. Said friend, [[VideoGame/TalesSeries Leon Magnus]], is later revived and corrupted by Black Valkyrie (as are [[Franchise/StreetFighter Rose]] and [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Armor King]], but that's just the wall between worlds crumbling).
** Spirit Realm & Makai: Unlike in her host series, [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan Aensland]] has not inherited Makai; things in Hell are actually run by [[VideoGame/GenpeiToumaDen Enma-Daio and his ferryman Andaba]]. She has an easygoing relationship with them, whereas her vampire friend [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Demitri Maximoff]] wants to kill Enma-Daio for the spot and is constantly irritated by Andaba's habit of mispronouncing his name. Enma-Daio and Andaba are also connected with [[VideoGame/ShadowLand Boss Bull and Tarosuke]], the latter of whom they trust enough to assign him as [[VideoGame/GenpeiToumaDen Taira no Kagekiyo]]'s partner in the latest rehash of revenge mission against the evil [[VideoGame/GenpeiToumaDen Minamoto clan]]. And [[VideoGame/ShadowLand Otohime]] of the Dragon Pavilion Castle has one of the three {{amplifier artifact}}s Kagekiyo needs for this quest. Furthermore, both the Minamoto clan and the rival warrior duo of [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Mitsurugi Heishiro and Taki]] are hunting after a certain [[EvilWeapon evil soul-eating sword]] known as the [[ArtifactOfDoom Soul Edge]].
** Joker is constantly flip-flopping between many villains sides, keeping tabs on their activities, gathering souls, trying to find sacrifices to Druaga, Trying to obtain the Soul Edge, and so on. He constantly attacks the heroes, sometimes gaining bits of information as he does so. He brings Janga as his partner, and manages to fight alongside many heavy hitters such as M. Bison/Vega, Saya, Yoshi, Benkei, Red Arraemer Joker/Firebrand, Zabel, etc. with his Moos and Druaga's men.

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