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The Bat-family that fights crime together, stays together.

If a setting has Alternate Universes, then there is probably more than one version of the main character. If there are an infinite number of universes (or even just 52) then there will be lots of versions of the main character. So what's better than meeting one of them?

Meeting all of them at once! This gives lots of opportunities for Other Me Annoys Me bickering, while at the same time, most versions of the character can find some version they can get along with. If Evil Me Scares Me, they could be there too, but at least they'll probably be outnumbered. The most important thing, though, is that they'll all be able to fight a common foe that previously overpowered them or accomplish a significant goal.

Time-travel examples, such as a character meeting his past or future self/selves, don't count unless the mechanics of the work mean time-traveling creates a different universe. For a meeting of selves from the same universe, see Me's a Crowd. When other selves simply meet or exist without necessarily teaming up against someone or something, see Alternate Self.

Sister Trope of Intra-Franchise Crossover, which is when different incarnations of the story itself crossover. Contrast Never the Selves Shall Meet.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the last episode of Digimon Adventure 02 the characters get blasted into another dimension that makes wishes into reality. When they ask for more power they split off into all of their alternate forms. For example, Daisuke is able to summon V-Mon, Fladramon, Lighdramon, XV-Mon, Paildramon, and Imperialdramon in both Dragon and Fighter Modes all at once, whereas in a regular battle V-Mon would only be able to transform into one of the above. Multiply this by the 6 main characters and they form a small army.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku Black and Future Zamasu whom the former is actually present Zamasu who stole Goku's body both team up together to accomplish their plan for mortal extermination.
  • In Fairy Tail, the main cast of Fairy Tail team up with their Edolas counterparts while battling the Edolas Royal Army.
  • Space☆Dandy pulls this in one episode. After traveling to a couple of different dimensions and meeting alternate versions of himself and his friends he returns to his own reality with them in tow and they all start living together aboard Dandy's ship. This becomes a problem whenever more alternate selves continue arriving with no way of sending anyone back.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Universe:
    • Kang the Conqueror has the Council of Cross-Time Kangs, formed to rule multiple realities. They clashed several times with the Avengers during their plans.
    • Fantastic Four homaged the Council of Kangs with the Interdimensional Council of Reeds, led by three versions of Reed Richards with Infinity Gauntlets. Earth-616's Reed quickly discovers that their For Science! attitude clashes with his own morality and sense of family.
    • Also the Captain Britain Corps, although not all of them are alternates of Brian Braddock (but many of them are). They're basically mystically powered protectors of the multiverse under the direction of Roma and Opal Luna Saturnyne.
      • The new Captain Britain Corps created in X of Swords are mostly alternate Betsy Braddocks.
    • The plot of Spider-Verse is all the Spider-Men of different realities teaming up to stop Morlun and his family from killing all the Spider-Totems. The short-lived Web Warriors continued this, with a team of Spiders protecting the multiverse.
    • In one arc of Exiles an Exiles team of Wolverines from assorted realities band together to stop an evil Wolverine from yet another reality.
    • Combined with an Evil, Inc. MegaCorp in the Vennema Multiversal created by Kashmir Vennema incorporating all of her multiversal counterparts in one company, then Deconstructed when one wants her own life which causes it all to unwind.
    • Deadpool has teamed up with several alternate universe versions of himself to form the Deadpool Corps. which include: Lady Deadpool, Kidpool, Dogpool, and Headpool. They join forces to stop the villainous Dreadpool.
    • Played for Laughs in Deadpool: Too Soon where multiple Wolverines are having a baseball match against multiple Spider-Men (yes, the ones from the Spider-Verse example above) and Deadpool shows up as a supporter of both teams.
    • Venomverse is a darker parallel to Spider-Verse where Venom must team up with alternate incarnations of the symbiote to fight a threat called the Poisons.
    • Gwenpool Strikes Again combines this with Depending on the Writer: given every title where Gwen appeared had her with different quirks, the present day one uses her fourth wall powers to get the other ones.
    • The Evil Counterpart to the Council of Reeds (to the extent that the Council count as good guys) is the Parliament of Doom, which appears in Fantastic Four vol 4 #9, and features established alternates from What If?, Exiles, and Ultimate Fantastic Four.
    • X-Men '92 (set in the continuity of the 90s animated series) has the Council of Cross-Time Draculas.
    • Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse teams Spider-Gwen up with different versions of Gwen Stacy, such as a Gwen wearing a suit of mechanical armor, a Gwen with the Super Solider Serum, a Gwen with an enchanted uru-hammer, etc. Essentially, it's the Marvel Universe... AS GWEN STACY!
    • The Avengers (Jason Aaron) has the Council of Red, who are Mephistos of multiple universes.
    • Also by Aaron, Avengers Forever (2021) includes the multiversal Howling Commandos, who are all Steve Rogers, except for one Peggy Carter, the Carol Corps, who are all Carol Danvers, and Stark Repair, which comprises multiple versions of Tony Stark. Notably, while the Commandos and the Corps are essentially the Multiversal Avengers' army and air force, Stark Repair is a self-help group.
    • The Variants (2022) is about Jessica Jones teaming up with various alternate selves, including a Captain America, a S.W.O.R.D. agent who married Daredevil, a vigilante called Knightress who married Quicksilver, and one who still uses the Jewel identity and hadn't been through any of Jessica's trauma because she's actually the psychotic Big Bad, and has her own alliance of alternates who are threatened into compliance.
  • In The DCU:
    • Crisis on Infinite Earths has the Supermen of Earth-One, Earth-Two, and Earth-Prime joining the battle against the Anti-Monitor.
    • In The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures, Dr Sivana contacts other universes to form a League of Sivanas. Notable members include a cartoon snake (presumably the enemy of Earth-26's Hoppy the Marvel Bunny), a Torture Porn-themed depraved serial murderer Sivana in a bite-mask who even gives Thunderworld!Sivana the creeps, and a respectable scientist who's horrified to realise the others are all criminals.
    • During Final Crisis, Superman and The Question recruit the Supermen of the Multiverse, who face down Ultraman and eventually the Dark Monitor.
    • The various incarnations of the Legion of Super-Heroes teamed up in Legion of 3 Worlds against Superboy-Prime. And in an 11th-Hour Ranger example, the finale of the arc also sees Superman and the Legion's founders summoning more incarnations of the Legion to overwhelm the Time Trapper.
    • An arc of the '90s Superboy series ("Hyper-Tension!") had various versions of Kon-El (and a couple of Clark Kent) allying themselves to fight a version of Kon that was grown up, more powerful because of his age, and so Drunk on the Dark Side that he became a Multiversal Conqueror. The evil Kon-El had an advisory team consisting of the only people he trusted — every world's counterpart to Paul Westfield.
    • During Dark Nights: Metal, the Dark Knights of Barbatos are this, consisting of 7 Batmen from the Dark Multiverse, each twisted by a fear, regret, and tragedy that the Prime Bruce Wayne has...all empowered further to make them counterparts to the Justice League. There's also a brief appearance by a team of similarly twisted Supermen. Dark Nights: Death Metal features even more Dark Knights, as well as a more prominent appearance by a different group of evil Supermen, and a side-story featuring a group (flock?) of insane Penguins.
    • A team-up between the Legion of Super-Heroes and the Teen Titans pitted them against the Legion's rogues the Fatal Five, in which the latter increased their numbers by summoning other Fatal Fives from across the multiverse, making them the Fatal Five Hundred.
    • Grant Morrison's The Green Lantern had various Green Lanterns from various continuities come together to stop Anti-Man and find the Cosmic Grail from Earth-15 (the Perfect Universe Superboy-Prime destroyed during Countdown to Final Crisis). This team includes Hal Jordan of the main continuity, Len Lewis from Stan Lee's reimagining of the DC Universe, the Tangent Comics Green Lantern, the Earth-20 incarnation of Abin Sur, Earth-36's Flashlight from The Multiversity, Bat-Lantern from Batman: In Darkest Knight, Magic Lantern from Morrison's run on Animal Man, John Stewart's counterpart from Earth-23 (where the superheroes are predominantly black and Superman is President of the United States), Kai-Ro from the DC Animated Universe's future timeline, Carol Jordan from Earth-11 and Spectra (a new character based on Doctor Spectrum from the Squadron Supreme, Marvel Comics' Alternate Company Equivalent to the Justice League).
    • Superman: Grounded: The Superman Squad is a massive, trans-temporal superhero conglomerate formed of future descendants of Superman and beings who were simply inspired by his example to take up the shield. They decide to intervene in Clark's life despite their general rules against interfering with the timeline in order to inspire him back to the right path.
    • In Superman/Batman issue #25, the Supergirls of three different comic continuities, as well as Power Girl, team up to pry off Superman from the Source Wall — the edge surrounding the universe — where he had been nailed into by Darkseid. (Although, technically, only Earth-One Supergirl [Kara Zor-El] and Power Girl [Kara Zor-L] are alternates of each other; New Earth's Linda Danvers and the possible-future Cir-El just share the hero name.)
    • The conclusion of the miniseries Multiversity: Harley Screws Up the DCU reveals that the conflict of Harley having to go back in time and undo her screw-ups that resulted in erasing all the superheroes from existence and leaving no one to oppose Starro's conquest was set up by the Council of Quinn, a group of alternate versions of Harley Quinn whose members include a Talking Animal hyena (whose real name is Snarleen Quinzel), a zombie, Old Lady Harley, her Injustice counterpart, her Bombshells counterpart and her original DCAU incarnation.
    • The third issue of Outsiders features a variation: While not an alliance per se, Luke Fox infiltrates a gathering of alternate versions of Batmen in the "Batman's collective unconscious". Batwoman also meets her alternate counterparts, including a fishwoman version that can only speak in glubs.
    • In Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #50, "Crisis of Infinite Scoobies", Bat-Mite brings together multiple Elseworlds Batmen (including Captain Leatherwing, Gaslight Batman, Elliot Ness Batman from Scar of the Bat, Golden Age Batman, and Batman Vampire, while Scooby-Mite adds Victorian, knight, vampire and zombie versions of Scooby. Scooby-Mite then ups the ante with versions of Mystery Inc, from the live-action movies, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (where Fred and Velma apparently don't even exist), Scooby Apocalypse and even a brief appearance by "Puppet Daphne" from Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map.
    • In Batman (Chip Zdarsky), the finale of "The Bat-Man of Gotham" has Batman catapulting through the multiverse, teaming up with his counterparts against their Jokers (who have either got a power boost or come back to life due to Red Mask). The final scene reveals that the Batman of Zur-En-Ahr has somehow teamed up with his multiversal counterparts inside Bruce's head.
  • At one point, villain Angstrom Levy in Invincible gathers Evil Twin type alternates of the hero Invincible from Mirror Universes to kill him and take over the world.
  • One issue of Simpsons Super Spectacular had three versions of Bart who are superheroes (Bartman from "Three Men and a Comic Book", Stretch Dude from "Treehouse of Horror X" and Cupcake Kid from "Simple Simpson") sent to a Mirror Universe to overthrow King Bart, it was titled "League of Extraordinary Barts".
  • Captain Valor attempts this at the start of Hero Squared. Sadly, the alternate version he goes to for help never got superpowers in this universe and is just an immature slacker.
  • In the final issue of Transformers: Regeneration One, Rodimus Prime uses the Covenant to summon all his alternate selves note  to defeat the Dark Matrix Creature and its trio of evil Optimus Primes.
  • The KaBOOM! Comics run of Darkwing Duck had the appropriately-named arc "Crisis of Infinite Duckwings" in which alternate universe versions of Darkwing are initially brainwashed by Magica De Spell, only to team up against her and Negaduck once they break free of her control.
  • Done twice in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), first in an early issue where all the Sonics from across the multiverse teamed up to defeat a version of Robotnik who had roboticized himself and aspired to become a Multiversal Conqueror , and later on when Tails physically fused with all the different versions of himself to defeat Mammoth Mogul.

    Fan Works 
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse has Dragon Ball characters from different universes/timelines team up to stop Babidi's rebellion in the Multiverse Tournament.
  • Rise of the Minisukas: The titular Minisukas are legions of diminutive Asukas hailing from billions of parallel timelines and working together to protect Shinji and save the present universe. Leader is the original, Shiki is Asuka Shikinami from the Rebuild films, "Blonde" is from the manga timeline, "Blue" is from a particularly screwed universe...
  • Same Difference: After falling through one of the portals, and traveling aimlessly through various Turtle dimensions, Miwa ends up in the 2003 Turtle dimension, where after she helps them deal with the Kraang, she enlists their help to get her back to her home dimension.
  • Hellsister Trilogy: "The Apokolips Agenda" has Kara Zor-El from Earth-One and Kara Zor-L from Earth-Two work together to wreck Darkseid's latest universal domination scheme.
  • Equestria: Across the Multiverse:
    • During the Flim Flam Brothers' Invasion, Rainbow Dash teams up with Princess Rainbow Dash from Speed World and Shining Armor teams up with Sincere Heart, his alternate self from Ponyland.
    • Several dozen Pinkie Pies come together... to prepare the jaunting base for a Hearth's Warming party.
    • The Grand Changeling Compact, a subgroup within the Alliance, is composed of many different Changeling monarchs, but obviously a number of Thoraxes and benevolent Queen Chrysalises.
    • The Discord Continuum is a multiversal alliance of Discords, Accords, and other related entities annoy Twilight Sparkles and starship captains on a multiversal scale. An obvious Shout-Out to the Q Continuum.
    • A Villain Team-Up of Accords is mentioned as having fought and been defeated by the Discord Continuum offscreen.
    • The Storm Empire is an alliance of Storm Kings from across the multiverse formed out of strength in numbers. They aren't an enemy of the Alliance because they have no interest in making enemies of other big fish in the multiverse, and simply want to focus on keeping their empire running. In addition, not all of them are evil.
  • The DC Comics fic The Crisis Convergence of Countless Captain Carrots! has Captain Carrot of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Captain Carrot of The Multiversity and Captain K'Rot of Threshold all called to a Portal Crossroad World by a villain who wants to destroy every incarnation of them. After that, it gets really weird.
  • "Kim in Exile" features an alliance of five alternate versions of Kim Possible; the Kim Possible of the author's Maternal Instinct (Kim Possible) (where Kim and Shego have a daughter), a Kim Possible who acquired spider-powers after a blood transfusion from her college roommate May Parker (Spider-Girl), a Kim who became Batgirl after Shego killed her parents and she was adopted by Bruce Wayne, a Kim who was rebuilt as a cyborg after a plane crash, and a Kim who acquired Shego's powers by accident during the events of "Go Team Go". The five have been brought together to stop a version of Ron who suffered a mental breakdown and became Zorpox after Kim was killed during the events of "So the Drama".
  • Infinity Crisis:
    • A villainous example pops up at the end of the spinoff Distant Cousins, which has Earth-38 Lex Luthor being recruited by the Lex Luthor of Earth-1978 into the Council of Luthors, whose goal is to kill every Superman in The Multiverse. Other Luthors in the Council are from Earth-51, Earth-167, Earth-1940, Earth-1979, Earth-1992, and Earth-2006. It's worth noting that they're all aware that any one member of the group would happily stab the others in the back to come out on top themselves, so they keep meetings short and in small numbers to limit the chances of that happening.
    • Chapter 9 of Counterpart Conferences reveals that Harley Quinns, Poison Ivys, and Catwomen are recruiting their counterparts from various alternate realities, and at least the Ivys and the Catwomen are planning something big in the future...
  • Master, Pokémon? has an omake where Ash meets four of his alternate selves (including the one from canon), who were summoned by Hoopa.
  • One of the follow-up fics to The Secret Return of Alex Mack is "The Secret Collocation of Alex Mack", which sees Alex Mack not only reuniting with most of her teammates from the League of Extraordinary Women (Sam Carter, Hermione Granger, Buffy Summers, Selina Kyle and Jaime Sommers), but she also meets her counterpart from their respective realities, as well as a version of her from a "new" reality (The Dresden Files). Fortunately for all parties, each of the alternate Alexes goes by a different nickname and has a different power set; Alexandra was host to two Goa'uld symbiotes, Alexan is a recent graduate of the Shasta Academy for Magical Education in America, Lexi is a Slayer who has been training with Buffy, Alee is a new member of the Teen Titans, Aly is adjusting to her bionics, and Alexa received an unwanted boost to her magical abilities after a chemical spill.
  • The post-Spider-Man: No Way Home fic "Spiderman: A Way Back Home" opens with Gwen Stacy (The Amazing Spider-Man Series) and Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man Trilogy) arriving in the MCU, where they meet Peter-1 and are unwittingly introduced to Michelle Jones, who swiftly gets over the spell-induced amnesia while talking with Mary Jane in particular. While Gwen isn't the direct counterpart of the other two, they acknowledge that the three of them are essentially their counterparts given their mutual ties to the Peter Parker of their world.
  • The Doctor Who fic "The Age of Paradox: Book Two- The World of Paradox" concludes with the Eleventh Doctor allying himself with four alternate versions of himself (as depicted in the Big Finish Doctor Who "Unbound" audios) to prevent a multiversal collapse caused by the actions of the alternate Valeyard of "He Jests at Scars...".
  • Infinity Train: Wake Me Up has one in the Vermillion Citadel, a collection of alternate versions of Chloe Cerise who desire to turn the story's Chloe into a hero for some reason.
  • Marvel: Future Avengers x Disk Wars - Divided We Fall/United We Stand: Has the Avengers (along with their sidekicks) from both the Marvel Future Avengers and the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers series team up. In order to stop the two Loki's from each universe after the pair form an alliance in an attempt to conquer the multiverse together.
  • Coreline: With a huge number of alternate versions of (almost) any single fictional character known to man running around somewhere, this is a regular side-effect of the setting (as an example, two Alternates of Michiru Kururugi, one working for the Avengers and one working for the Power Rangers, have allied themselves in the stories by OrionPax09). Of course, how good or how bad these alliances can be (and who benefits from them) definitely vary from case to case — to the point that the street term for these type of alliances is "a plague of (x)".
  • Thieves Guild is a crossover between the author's various Persona 5 AU fics, (including Forewarned is Forearmed and Breaking (all the) Things), eventually bringing together seven versions of Akira from different timelines.

    Films — Animated 
  • Being based on Spider-Verse, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has various stranded Spider-Men teaming up with Miles Morales to stop Kingpin and get home to their own dimensions. The sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, exaggerates the trope, with a whole Spider-Society from many different dimensions hundreds strong dedicated to protecting the multiverse. Unfortunatly, their methods of doing so are, in no way, heroic- they believe that every Spider-Person's loved one must die, referring to this as a "canon event", and take great efforts to ensure that this happens.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Faction Paradox, the vast city at the end of time known as the City of the Saved, which contains every human who ever lived and many who didn't, is home to the Great Detective Agency, a detective agency made up of multiple versions of Sherlock Holmes (plus assorted Watsons, Mycrofts and Mrs Hudsons).
  • In InterWorld, it's revealed that all the Walkers are alternate universe versions of Joey.
  • In The Zashiki Warashi of Intellectual Village, Shinobu is separated from Yukari by countless barriers, each of which forces him to experience an agonizing death in an alternate timeline. Even moving through a handful of the barriers nearly breaks Shinobu, but this also summons the spirits of Shinobu's many alternate selves who died in those timelines. All of them agree with Shinobu's desire to save Yukari and share the burden so he can reach her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Stargate SG-1: In "Ripple Effect", a whole bunch of alternate SG-1s arrive in the SGC because of black hole-related technobabble, and the various Carters all have to work together to fix the problem.
  • The Flash (2014):
    • In "When Harry Met Harry", Harrison "Harry" Wells of Earth-2 calls upon three of his doppelgangers from other Earths into the so-called "Council of Wells". One is a stuck-up German physicist named Harrison Wolfgang Wells (Earth-12). The second is a "genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist" from Texas named H. Lothario Wells (Earth-47). The third is an Australian cyborg from the post-apocalyptic Earth-22 named Wells 2.0. Yet another Wells attempts to join the Council, only to be rebuffed. He calls himself Wells the Gray and is dressed as Gandalf.
    • The Council of Wells was revisited in "Harry and the Harrisons", where Harry goes to the Council for help because one of his inventions had given him brain damage — and Herr Wells kicks him out for failing intelligence requirements. He forms a new "Council of Harrys" out of other alternates: the French Harrison H.P. Wells, Totally Radical New Yorker Sonny Wells, and Lothario Wells again (whom Herr Wells also kicked out of the original Council).
    • In "Goldfaced", Nora arranges a conference with all of Sherloque Wells's ex-wives, who turn out to all be alternate-Earth doppelgangers of the same woman.
  • Loki (2021): Loki finds himself reluctantly working with a female variant Loki midway through the series. He ends up meeting many more Lokis. Since Loki suffers from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, they quickly fall apart fighting over a pointless throne. This turns out to have cosmic importance. He Who Remains was one of many variants of himself in the multiverse who originally worked together to better it. It eventually fell apart, leading to a multiverse war that almost destroyed everything. He Who Remains prunes alternative timelines to prevent it from ever happening again by ensuring that another, more evil variant of him never comes to power.

    Video Games 
  • Brainiac's plan in Scribblenauts Unmasked is to steal Lily's teleporting globe and use it to summon alternate universe versions of himself to defeat the Justice League. The key to defeating him potentially uses the same trope- You have to summon alternate versions of superheroes, so you can, if you wish, have a dozen different Supermen fighting the Brainiacs.
  • Near the end of Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, Dr. Tropy betrays Cortex and finds a new partner- a Distaff Counterpart version of himself from another universe. It’s later revealed that this alternate Tropy is from the same universe that this game's version of Tawna hails from, and that she succeeded in killing Crash and Coco in her universe.
  • I=MGCM:
    • According to the Backstory of "Black V (Five)" (Sinister Five in the English version) co-op guild raid battle event, Omnis and the magical heroines have to cooperate with their alternate selves from other alternate universes to prevent 5 outstandingly powerful mutated demons from the Demon Realm from entering the fluxes and wreaking havoc in other universes.
    • In Chapter 14 onwards, the heroines from the main universe arrive Just in Time to save the alternate version of Lilly, who is the last surviving magical girl in her native universe and the main universe Omnis, who gets trapped in that Dark World. Which also means the party and the alternate Lilly cooperate together to fight the Drake demon. Unfortunately, the alternate version of Lilly ultimately dies at the hands of Drake, although the party is able to defeat it at the end.
    • The proposed and occasionally fan-preferred alternate, much more humane and less grimdark solution to the same problem the Sabbath battles are stated to be created to counteract, combining in some ways with Composite Character outcomes. The existence of player clans, where each player is supposed to be a version of Tobio/Omnis working in concert with one another, seems to lend this a level of validity.
  • The "Clone Team" in The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match consists of three clones of series protagonist Kyo Kusanagi: Kusanagi, his homicidal Yata Mirror-created doppelganger, and Kyo-1 and Kyo-2, a Red Oni, Blue Oni pair created by NESTS.
  • In Kingdom Hearts, the "real" Organization XIII—featured in Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts III—is designed to include twelve alternate incarnations of Master Xehanort from across time, led Xehanort himself. Four of these incarnations are directly related to him: Young Xehanort, from when he was a teenager; Terra-Xehanort, from when he pulled a Grand Theft Me on Terra; and Ansem and Xemnas, the Heartless and Nobody of Terra-Xehanort, respectively. The rest are his minions and members of the old Organization who've accepted a piece of his heart (essence) as their own, making them copies of Xehanort in spirit.
  • Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions had four different Spider-Men — Amazing, 2099, Noir, and Ultimate — all working together.
  • Spider-Man Unlimited has the player collect different multiversal Spider-Men and pits them against an opposing alliance of alternate Sinister Sixes.
  • Super Smash Bros. has Mega Man, who summons his various other incarnations from the series together for his Final Smash, including X from the X series, Rock Volnutt from the Legends series, MegaMan.exe from Battle Network, and Geo Stelar from Star Force.

    Web Animation 

  • Ms Paint Adventures:
    • Problem Sleuth: The three main antagonists are Mobster Kingpin and his two alternate selves: A female version of him named Madam Murel and Mobster Kingpin's imaginary self, Demonhead Monster Kingpin (DMK for short). The three detectives also are allied with several alternate versions of themselves, including Nervous Broad and Hysterical Dame (PI and PS' Female Alter Egos), Lil' Ace Dick (Ace Dick's Female Alter Ego, except his imagination is so low that his Female Alter Ego is just himself in a wig), Fiesta Ace Dick and Zombie Ace Dick.
    • In Homestuck, the time-travel mechanics of a Sburb session almost always end up creating offshoot timelines overlapping with the main one. Scratching a session creates a new universe where the players and guardian roles are swapped. It is thus easy to meet and work with counterparts.
      • Aradia gathered thousands of alternate selves to help fight the Black King in the troll session.
      • Jane finally meets her pre-Scratch counterpart Nannasprite before the final battle. And there's a second Nannasprite due to the retcon. They end up fighting together.
      • Thousands of ghost versions of the troll players from doomed timelines are brought together to fight Lord English near the end of the comic.
  • In Spinnerette, Spinny teams up with Silver Age and '90s Anti-Hero versions of herself, which arrived through spacetime rifts, in order to stop an immensely powerful supervillain called the Editor from "rebooting" the world. Then they also met the retired Golden Age version... who revealed that the Editor's "reboot" was not The End of the World as We Know It, but rather the creation of yet another Alternate Universe, this one IN SPACE!.
  • Goblins has the Maze of Many arc, in which Minmax and his allies travel to a Pocket Dimension where multiple realities overlap and multiple instances of the same person can exist at once. Kin is invited to join a Kins-only team consisting of Kins from other realities, and several different Minmaxes team up against another Minmax when they realise he's trying to erase the Maze, and everyone inside it, from existence.
  • League of Super Redundant Heroes has Laser Pony and Kieth find themselves gathered along with all the other versions of Laser Pony and Kieth...or rather, Laser Stallion and his badass sidekick. It turns out that they're the least accomplished and capable versions of themselves, including the version of Laser Pony who's in a wheelchair in addition to being blind and a only partly seen Kieth who's either a kid sidekick or extremely short.
  • Done in the first comic-as-an-actual-comic of Val and Isaac. A male version of Val emerges from a portal to tell her that he's "Gathering Vals from across the universe to save all of reality!" When she meets the rest of the group, she finds they're all men and Main!Val introduces her to the group as "Girl-Val".

    Web Original 
  • Jenny Everywhere sometimes meets up with her parallel selves, sometimes to help a particular Jenny with a tight situation, and other times just to hang out.
  • In various Glowfic continuities, a set of members of the Bell template (alternates of Bella Swan, from Luminosity) form a Peal.
  • A common theme in The Legend of Zelda fanart due to the Magic Music and Songs in the Key of Lock so present in the series is to show the Links of different games playing together as an orchestra.
  • The Black Queen of the SCP Foundation universe is classified as a "Group of Interest" in the sense of this trope. Allison Chao, the daughter of SCP Researcher Dr. Gears, has had her family fall apart in part due to the Foundation's influence, and this series of events has played out similarly across the multiverse. Having gained the means of bridging the universal gap in the Wanderer's Library, the various Allisons have become a collective dedicated to dismantling the Foundation across the Multiverse and finding her father. Considering the infinite of the multiverse, some of the Allisons are either more peaceful or more maniacal than this mission statement would indicate. Regardless, the various incarnations refer to each other as "Little Sister", or L.S. for short, indicating that they consider each other family either way.
  • Solid jj: "Spider-Man: Please Just Go Home" has MCU Spider-Man and Green Goblin summoning alternate versions of themselves from other dimensions, including the Spider-Man from a dimension where he has a gun, the Spider-Man from a dimension where he has a gun and there aren’t any moral implications, the Green Goblin from a dimension where everyone wears a bulletproof vest, the Spider-Man from a dimension where he has a gun and there aren’t any moral implications and also bullets go through vests, the Spider-Man from a dimension where you didn’t read this text, and it just keeps escalating as the Raimi and Webb Spider-Men look on.
  • #19 of Mightygodking's "Why I Should Write Dr Strange" series of blog posts was the Supremenet, a magical connection between all the Sorcerers Supreme of the multiverse, so they can discuss things and get advice. Not all of them are alternate Stephen Stranges, but many are.

    Western Animation 
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Season 2 reveals there's a Council of Kangs. Much like in the comics, Kang hates his alternates and they hate him right back. They've all sworn never to interfere in one another's businesses, but the Council decide the Avengers of Kang's timeline are becoming too powerful, and spring Kang from prison.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: In "Game Over for Owlman!", where Batman has to fight an evil alternate universe version of himself (Owlman) who is the leader of an evil alternate universe version of the Justice League, he manages to gather (Page image!) a team of heroic Batman alternates to fight the villains.
    Batman: In the end, I'd have to count on myself. So in the split second I was gone, I spent a week visiting parallel Earths. Traveling alone is a great way to get in touch with yourself. In fact, I really bonded with me, myself, and I. Shall we?
  • Ben 10: Omniverse had a two-parter that involves Ben and his AU counterparts (as well as an AU Gwen, who had that universe's Omnitrix) teaming up to Stop Eon and Vilgax from enacting an Evil Plan. There are 2 twists involved: Vilgax and Eon also have their own army of AU!Bens (and Albedo), and Part One ends with Vilgax pulling a multiverse-scale Cosmic Retcon that erases every Omnitrix-wielder and their timelines from existence, and that includes both Albedo (who is technically from the main Ben 10 timeline) and Eon (who is himself an AU version of Ben). The blast ends up leaving only one Ben behind, one who never even heard of the Omnitrix in his reality, had lived a mostly normal life until he got caught in the crossfire of Vilgax's plan, and wound up getting Ben Prime's Omnitrix as he was erased from existence. The next episode focuses on No Watch Ben using Ben Prime's Omnitrix to help reverse this.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: In the climax of "The Crimson Chin Meets Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad", Timmy called forth the many versions of the Crimson Chin from the 30s pulp version to the 80s Edgy version, and especially the version we know best, to defeat the Nega-Chin.
  • In the Justice League Action episode "Watchtower Tours", Booster Gold summons the assistance of several counterparts of himself from alternate timelines, including one where he chose to stay in bed today and one who never knew love.
  • My Adventures with Superman has the League of Lois Lanes, a group of alternate universe Lois Lanes (and occasionally Jimmy Olsens) who protect the multiverse from threats such as Mr. Mxyzptlk or evil alternate universe versions of Superman. They also include at least one "Lewis Lane" and a "Jalana Olsen".
  • Sonic Prime: New Yoke City is ruled over by the Chaos Council, a quintet of alternate versions of Dr. Eggman. Although, unlike most examples of the trope, they're all from the same universe, since the existence of The Multiverse is a surprise to them.
  • Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans: The 2003 Teen Titans joins forces with the 2013 Teen Titans, and later with every version of the Titans in the multiversenote .
  • Turtles Forever centers around the team up of the 2003 version of the TMNT and the 1987 version. In the finale, the turtles from issue 1 of the original 1984 comic book series also join. In the end, you have twelve turtles, three versions for each of the four brothers.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) had its own version of Spider-Verse; a multipart story where Peter teamed up with Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Woman/Petra Parker, Spider-Man Noir, the Spectacular Spider-Ham, Medieval Spider-Man, and Miles Morales to stop the Green Goblin from stealing their DNA. Interestingly, he didn't meet them all at once, but instead travelled from one dimension to another, until the end where they all come back together.
  • The finale of Spider-Man: The Animated Series had Spidey teaming up with multiple alternate dimension versions of himself to save the universe with the help of Madame Web and The Beyonder. They include a Tony Stark style inventor engaged to Gwen Stacy (who "our" Spidey had never even met), a version of Ben Reily, a Spidey still having multiple arms due to a mutation problem, a Spidey with Doc Ock arms, and an actor with no powers who plays Spidey in movies, hailing from a universe where Spider-Man is just a famous comic character created by Stan Lee.note 
  • A parody of the Council of Reeds and Kangs from Marvel Comics, the Citadel of Ricks in Rick and Morty are hundreds of iterations of Rick Sanchez from across the "central finite curve" of the multiverse who founded the alliance in order to escape the authorities that hunt them down in their own respective universes. The protagonist Rick, Rick C-137, is one of the few Ricks who looks at the citadel and the Council of Ricks that leads it with contempt, seeing the citadel as an abandonment of the "lone wolf/every-Rick-for-himself rebel" mindset that Ricks were originally defined by and becoming the very thing they hate. The Council in turn see Rick C-137 as a loose cannon with an unhealthy, passionate attachment to his Morty (which the Council see as nothing but accessories that can be switched out and replaced) that could potentially undermine their entire organization. As it turned out, the Citadel as we know it was originally built by Rick C-137 out of the remnants of a similar organization he had destroyed as part of a peace offering in order to stymie his bloodlust from pursuing Rick Prime, but once they started turning into the very government he hated, he ditched the Citadel and traveled to the universe where a version of his daughter Beth was still alive—the very same one from the beginning of the series. He originally chose it because it's where Rick Prime was originally from, and Rick C-137 hoped he might come back someday, but grew genuinely attached to that dimension's native Morty, keeping him by his side throughout the series.
  • What If…? (2021): A version with alternate versions of several characters instead of several versions of one character. The final episode sees Uatu the Watcher assembling a team, the Guardians of the Multiverse, to challenge Infinity Ultron. Said team is made of variants of several characters of the main timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Captain Carter, T'Challa Star Lord, Doctor Strange Supreme, Erik Killmonger/Black Panther, Party Thor, an alternate Gamora and a Sixth Ranger, Natasha Romanov/Black Widow from a universe that was completely destroyed by Ultron. Except for Gamoranote , they were all introduced in the previous episodes of the series.



The Spider-Men of three different universes unite to take down threats from each of their universes.

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