Video Game: X-Men vs. Street Fighter

In 1996, after some flirting with their characters as Secret Characters in both X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes, Capcom took the idea and ran with it, making a full-fledged crossover as X-Men vs. Street Fighter.

The playable roster is composed of Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Juggernaut and Magneto from X-Men: Children of the Atom, and Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Charlie, Dhalsim, Zangief, M. Bison and Akuma as they appeared in the Street Fighter Alpha titles. The game also marked the Capcom fighting game debuts of Gambit, Rogue and Sabretooth, as well as Shadaloo-era Cammy.

XSF introduced the tag team fighting dynamic which became the trademark for the Capcom vs. Whatever series of games: players choose two fighters and switch between them on the fly in the middle of battle, eschewing the usual two-round structure started by Street Fighter in favor of a one-round fight (the fight ends when both fighters on one team are eliminated). Each character has their own lifebar, and when switched out, the inactive fighter will heal some of the damage they've taken until called back into action. The game also allows players to use a deadly Double Super Combo where both fighters perform a Super Combo at the same time for massive damage.

The story was all but nonexistent, with the chosen team fighting their way through various team-ups before facing down Apocalypse in a slight genre change. (Though Storm's ending implies that Apocalypse has been abducting mutants and street fighters alike for undisclosed reasons.) After defeating Apocalypse, you fight against your tag partner using whatever character landed the final blow during the boss battle. So much for teamwork...

Followed in 1997 with Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.

The game shows examples of:

  • A God Am I: M. Bison and Magneto's endings in X-Men vs. Street Fighter also have this. In the latter's case, Sagat, Vega, and Balrog join him, switching from Shadaloo to the Acolytes.
  • All Just a Dream: Dhalsim's ending. He actually dreamed the whole thing while he was neck deep in meditation, and wakes up when Sari and Datta call out for him.
  • American Accents: Rogue's winquotes are written with Southern accents.
  • And I Must Scream: In Charlie's ending, he's kidnapped by Shadaloo and gets attached to nasty experiments. Then we see Guile, who is searching for him.
  • An Ice Person: Storm in some of her attacks.
  • Attract Mode
  • Badass in Distress: Storm's ending reveals that several X-Men and street fighters were captured by Apocalypse, though we don't know the exact reasons. (We can bet he intended to use them in experiments or try recruiting them into his cause.) We see Storm herself tending to her then-boyfriend Forge, while Sakura befriends Gambit and Dan Hibiki runs around in the background.
  • Badass Normal: Zangief.
    • Chun-Li's X-Men vs. Street Fighter ending has her being invited to join the X-Men. Ryu is also invited to join both the X-Men (in the aforementioned game) and the Avengers (in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter), but politely declines both offers.
  • Big Bad: Apocalypse.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Some of Gambit's winquotes are written in French:
    "Je suis le meilleur!"
    "La tournament est fini."
  • Blow You Away: Storm uses wind attacks as a few of her specials, and combines it with An Ice Person for one of her Supers.
  • 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 universes make appearances in the endings and stages.
  • Combination Attack: Double Supers.
  • Deep South: Rogue, sugah.
  • Dueling Player Characters: In the single-player story mode, after defeating Apocalypse, the player takes control of whichever character landed the final blow and must then fight his tag partner in a one-on-one match. This turn of events goes unexplained.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: This game introduced Shadowloo-era Cammy before the Street Fighter Alpha series did.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Zangief.
  • Evil Grin: Though his sprites are lifted from the Alpha series, Bison's normals stance is changed for this series to always wear one of these.
  • Excuse Plot: Random... ahem... street fights due to the interdimensional rift. See Badass in Distress for the closest to a concrete excuse aside of that.
  • Husky Russkie: Obviously, Zangief. Taken Up to Eleven in his ending, where he teams up with Piotr "Colossus" Rasputin to capture a recently escaped Arkady "Omega Red" Rossovich... meaning that we have three Husky Russkies suddenly in the same place...
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In Rogue's ending, Bison promises her that he will make her human if she joins him, something she rejects. Then, Rogue has a talk with Chun-Li, where she asks how it feels being human. Chun-Li answers that she can throw fireballs, and asks what's normal about that.
    • Similarly, in Gambit's ending she tells him about her woes, but Gambit hugs her and says "You're perfect Just the Way You Are".
  • 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, MANY instances.
  • Kick Chick: Chun-Li and Cammy.
  • Kiss of Death: One of Rogue's special attacks, it allows her to steal an opponent's special attack.
  • Powered Armor: Apocalypse.
  • Shock and Awe: Storm's primary form of offense. Many other characters have at least one shock/stun move.
  • Show Within a Show: In Ken's ending, we have him and his son playing the game before having dinner.
  • Shotoclone: Ryu, Ken, Cyclops and Akuma.
  • Shout-Out: Check the page.
  • Stripperific: In the ladies' side, Cammy. In the men's side, Zangief and Dhalsim.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Cammy and all Marvel characters are voiced by native English speakers.
  • Tag Team: It's the first game in the series which incorporates that, predating a lot of future games.
  • Take That:
    Sabretooth: This ain't no street fight! You lose...
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
  • Worthy Opponent: What Wolverine considers Ryu as.