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* [[Franchise/StarTrek James T. Kirk's ''Enterprise'']] has been on both sides of this equation. In their brief team-up with the X-Men, the latter's mutant powers were clearly no match for Federation technology (and, in the only one-on-one fight between the teams, Spock took out Wolverine effortlessly). When they crossed over with DC Comics instead, the ''Enterprise'' was helpless against a pack of hostile Red, Orange, and Yellow Lanterns, and the crew had to receive power rings of their own to even compete.

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* [[Franchise/StarTrek James T. Kirk's ''Enterprise'']] Kirk]]'s ''Enterprise'' has been on both sides of this equation. In their brief team-up with the X-Men, the latter's mutant powers were clearly no match for Federation technology (and, in the only one-on-one fight between the teams, Spock took out Wolverine effortlessly). When they crossed over with DC Comics instead, the ''Enterprise'' was helpless against a pack of hostile Red, Orange, and Yellow Lanterns, and the crew had to receive power rings of their own to even compete.


* [[Franchise/StarTrek James T. Kirk's ''Enterprise'']] has been on both sides of this equation. In their brief team-up with the X-Men, the latter's mutant powers were clearly no match for Federation technology (and, in the only one-on-one fight between the teams, Spock [[WorfEffect took out Wolverine effortlessly]]). When they crossed over with DC Comics instead, the ''Enterprise'' was helpless against a pack of hostile Red, Orange, and Yellow Lanterns, and the crew had to receive power rings of their own to even compete.

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* [[Franchise/StarTrek James T. Kirk's ''Enterprise'']] has been on both sides of this equation. In their brief team-up with the X-Men, the latter's mutant powers were clearly no match for Federation technology (and, in the only one-on-one fight between the teams, Spock [[WorfEffect took out Wolverine effortlessly]]).effortlessly). When they crossed over with DC Comics instead, the ''Enterprise'' was helpless against a pack of hostile Red, Orange, and Yellow Lanterns, and the crew had to receive power rings of their own to even compete.

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* [[Franchise/StarTrek James T. Kirk's ''Enterprise'']] has been on both sides of this equation. In their brief team-up with the X-Men, the latter's mutant powers were clearly no match for Federation technology (and, in the only one-on-one fight between the teams, Spock [[WorfEffect took out Wolverine effortlessly]]). When they crossed over with DC Comics instead, the ''Enterprise'' was helpless against a pack of hostile Red, Orange, and Yellow Lanterns, and the crew had to receive power rings of their own to even compete.

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* ''Fanfic/TheDresdenFillies'' has the problem that, while [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] is a match for any non-alicorn, the foe he's up against -- Discord -- can ''only'' be taken out by the Elements of Harmony. Harry has to [[EscortMission bodyguard]] the [[FanNickname Mane Six]] safely past his own rogue's gallery to that confrontation.


* Addressed when ComicBook/Spider-Man teams up with the original cast of Series/SaturdayNightLive. Spidey does all the heroing, while the comedians have the less spectacular (but still vital) task of keeping the audience from realizing anything's wrong.

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* Addressed when ComicBook/Spider-Man Franchise/SpiderMan teams up with the original cast of Series/SaturdayNightLive. Spidey does all the heroing, while the comedians have the less spectacular (but still vital) task of keeping the audience from realizing anything's wrong.

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* Addressed when ComicBook/Spider-Man teams up with the original cast of Series/SaturdayNightLive. Spidey does all the heroing, while the comedians have the less spectacular (but still vital) task of keeping the audience from realizing anything's wrong.

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** ''Kamen Rider'' crossovers within the franchise itself aren't immune to this trope either. The annual crossover between the current Rider and his immediate predecessor usually take place in winter, around the time of the new Rider's first major powerup, while the old one will be coming in with all of their endgame powers and combat experience. Depending on the movie, the solution may be to keep the old Rider from being able to use their full powers until late in the movie, to present the new Rider as a SuperiorSuccessor whose first upgrade is on par with the old Rider's final form, or to give them both a powerup unique to the movie so that they're on par.
** ''Series/KamenRiderZiO'', which crosses over extensively with other Riders, opts to present the past Riders as all being vastly stronger and more skillful than Zi-O early on, but subjects most of them to depowering until he has enough time to grow to where he can match them.


* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen If early concepts for]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie'' were used, it would be a cross-over with ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Transformers]]''.

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* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen If early concepts for]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986'' were used, it would be a cross-over with ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Transformers]]''.

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*** The original pitch had Archie hiring The Punisher to avenge the murder of his parents. It didn't have the right tonal balance, to say the least.


** One episode had this trope inverted; Batman is transported to 1880s England, where he "teams up" with Franchise/SherlockHolmes and outclasses him in most ways. While Sherlock is no slouch (and discovers and reaches the villain's hideout before Batman), Batman fights better, can make {{Bat Deduction}}s with less information, and can handle the clearly supernatural Gentleman Ghost while Holmes is made a victim.

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** One episode had this trope inverted; Batman is transported to 1880s England, where he "teams up" with Franchise/SherlockHolmes and outclasses him in most ways. While Sherlock is no slouch (and discovers and reaches the villain's hideout before Batman), Batman fights better, can make {{Bat Deduction}}s with less information, information[[note]]although it does not help that being from the future, Batman is mostly running with ''more'' information -- this is best shown when they first meet, where Sherlock Holmes makes a near-perfect BatDeduction, providing a quick summary of Batman's backstory and only getting his nom-de-guerre slightly wrong, while Batman... has read enough history books to recognise Sherlock Holmes and provide recorded details.[[/note]] and can handle the clearly supernatural Gentleman Ghost while Holmes is made a victim.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': "Say Uncle" is a FakeCrossover with ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'', where Uncle Grandpa's use of ToonPhysics in his attempts to help Steven master his Gem powers drives the other Crystal Gems up the wall.

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** The franchise in general is this too, bringing together characters from the Franchise/FinalFantasy games and the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon (along with a few outside of canon). For the most part, the two have pretty separate audiences and fanbases, Final Fantasy going for teenagers and young adults while Disney aims for everyone else. Final Fantasy characters also run distinctly more toward the cynical end of the scale than most of the Disney franchises, which necessitated the Final Fantasy characters lighten up--though on the Disney end, that most of the Disney universes were facing a [[ApocalypseHow far darker, bleaker problem]] than their characters are used to (or, in cases like Winnie the Pooh and the Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians, cannot even comprehend) is a major element in the plot.

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* WesternAnimation/JimmyTimmyPowerHour [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the third installment. [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy]]'s genius and [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Timmy]]'s access to magic means that facing their respective foes together is child's play. This leads them to literally CreateYourOwnVillain [[ChallengeSeeker so they can have a challenge]].


** Likewise, ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' solves the problem in a better way. The non-superpowered characters get ahold of special pills that make their bodies tough enough to go against the superpowered ones. Granted, this still doesn't explain some of the fights that occur ''before'' they come upon those pills.

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** Likewise, ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' solves the problem in a better way. The non-superpowered characters get ahold of special pills that make their bodies tough enough to go against the superpowered ones. Granted, this still doesn't explain some of the fights that occur ''before'' they come upon those pills. In ''Videogame/Injustice2'', story battles that pit Superman against less power characters like Batman usually justify it by stating [[WorfHadTheFlu he's in a weakened state]] usually involving Red Kryptonite.


** Ironically, VideoGame/Bayonetta gets to keep ''her'' guns... though she still gets heavily censored and has to keep her clothes on.

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** Ironically, VideoGame/Bayonetta [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} Bayonetta]] gets to keep ''her'' guns... though she still gets heavily censored and has to keep her clothes on.

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