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Two characters from different fandoms turn out to be related in a crossover

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Proposed By:
Omeganian on Nov 16th 2017 at 7:58:35 AM
Last Edited By:
Omeganian on Dec 10th 2018 at 10:08:06 AM
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A logical way to establish a strong connection between two fandoms. Just have two characters be related. A lost child, a distant cousin...

The trope isn't necessarily about individuals. A good way to explain humans in some distant system or galaxy is to have them as a Lost Colony of Earth. Can be a lot more plausible than pure chance.

Compare Crossover Ship


Examples:

Comic Books

  • In Daken: Dark Wolverine, Daken's evil ex-boyfriend turns out to have been an Honorary Uncle of Chase Stein of the Runaways, giving Daken an excuse to recruit the Runaways in order to help take him down.
  • All-Star Squadron established that Starman (a Golden Age DC character) and Phantom Lady (a Golden Age Quality character that was later acquired by DC) were cousins.

Fanfic

Live-Action Television

  • Full House: DJ's friend Julie turns out to be the cousin of Steve Urkel from Family Matters. However, this was the only time Julie appeared on the show, so she wasn't an established character to begin with and was only there to set up the crossover.
  • The writers of Psych planned to have a crossover with Leverage with the reveal that Shawn and Henry were related to Elliott. (All three have the last name Spencer.) But then it was established that Leverage existed as a show in the Psych universe and those plans were abandoned.

Feedback: 19 replies

Sep 4th 2018 at 3:17:40 PM

Sep 4th 2018 at 3:22:33 PM

Tossed a bomb. There are some ZCE's (You can't just expect people to know who the characters are, so just saying "Harry finds out..." means nothing with no context), the examples aren't sorted by medium, and you mention nothing about this trope's use in fanfic in the description despite all current examples being fanfiction.

Sep 4th 2018 at 4:22:55 PM

  • In the third Care Bears movie it's revealed that Swift Heart Rabbit is the niece of the White Rabbit from Wonderland.
  • In the sixth Star Trek movie Spock states "An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Some take this to mean that his mother Amanda is a descendant of Sherlock Holmes, some say a descendant of Arthur Conan Doyle. It's not exactly clear. If Holmes is meant, who knows if Amanda is descended from Holmes himself (possibly through Irene Adler) or from his brother Mycroft.

Sep 4th 2018 at 5:18:40 PM

Notice how the examples are from fanfics, which makes this a subtrope of Crossover Fic.

Compare Crossover Punchline.

Sep 6th 2018 at 12:37:32 PM

^^^ Yeah, the Crossover Relatives trope is much more common in fan material. There's a plethora of crossover fanfics that make the main characters of the involved works blood-related (particularly if said works were made by the same Creator), while this is practically nonexistent in official crossovers of any other media.

Sep 6th 2018 at 6:03:42 PM

Comic Books

  • In Daken: Dark Wolverine, Daken's evil ex-boyfriend turns out to have been an Honorary Uncle of Chase Stein of the Runaways, giving Daken an excuse to recruit the Runaways in order to help take him down.

Sep 6th 2018 at 6:41:02 PM

^ same companies make it easier to employ this trope. :3

Dec 7th 2018 at 4:46:54 PM

Comic Book

  • All Star Squadron established that Starman (a Golden Age DC character) and Phantom Lady (a Golden Age Quality character that was later acquired by DC) were cousins.

Live-Action Television

  • Full House: DJ's friend Julie turns out to be the cousin of Steve Urkel from Family Matters. However, this was the only time Julie appeared on the show, so she wasn't an established character to begin with and was only there to set up the crossover.

Dec 7th 2018 at 6:42:29 PM

This may count in Western Animation

  • The plot of ''The Care Bears Adventure In Wonderland is set in motion when The White Rabbit from Wonderland gives them a mission. He got in contact with them because Swift Heart is his niece.

Dec 7th 2018 at 7:00:41 PM

The last example in the current list makes me wonder something. Examples Are not General, aye? So strictly speaking, you're not supposed to add broad trends into the example sections — something like "this trope tends to be used in such-and-such a manner in this medium" should go in the description. How should this be applied to trends peculiar to one specific strain of fanworks? As in, something like "fanfiction of The Adventures of Alice and Bob tends to use this trope in such-and-such a manner"? It's technically a general trend, but it seems to me to be far too specific to go in the main description.

Dec 8th 2018 at 9:02:23 AM

Live Action Television

  • The writers of Psych planned to have a crossover with Leverage with the reveal that Shawn and Henry were related to Elliott. (All three have the last name Spencer.) But then it was established that Leverage existed as a show in the Psych universe and those plans were abandoned.

Dec 8th 2018 at 9:33:17 AM

Spy And Pyro is a Team Fortress 2 animation where the BLU Spy and RED Pyro are hit by Cupid's arrow and have a baby named Spyro.

Dec 9th 2018 at 9:28:51 AM

@War Kay 77, I don't think Zero-Context Examples mean you should toss a bomb. Tossing a bomb means "this shouldn't be a trope", not "this draft is badly-worded".

Dec 9th 2018 at 1:02:22 PM

^ Bombs are often also a threat for the draft maker to improve upon the draft.

Dec 10th 2018 at 10:04:29 AM

  • Death Battle: The death battle between Carolina and The Meta hints at the possibility of Sarge being Boomstick's father at the end. After Sarge mention Boomstick being like the son he never wanted, Boomstick says he's like his father who left to join the army, causing Sarge to awkwardly walk away and everybody to look at Boomstick.

Dec 10th 2018 at 10:08:06 AM

^^^ Um, no, bombs just mean "this draft isn't launch-worthy".

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