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Some fandoms just mesh well. The timelines and continuities can be made to fit without much difficulty, they might have similar premises or ideologies, and they have characters that you just know would love (or hate) to meet each other. The chances of having them cross over increase if they're made by the same company, written by the same author, and/or have similar character designs.

Some fandoms are so accessible that they're crossed with just about everything else.

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Related to Fandom-Specific Plot. A common form is the Doppelgänger Crossover. Contrast the Weird Crossover.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Batman with Miraculous Ladybug is a surprisingly common trend. A large proportion of these crossover fanfics involve shipping Marinette (Ladybug) with Damian (Robin).

    Film — Live Action 
  • Harry Potter meets Star Wars quite often as well. Both involve singled-out main characters separated from everyone else by supernatural affinity, with a tight clique of close friends leading a resistance against a villain related to the hero in some way, both series use similar tropes and myth arcs, and The Force makes a handy explanation of Potter magic. It takes quite a bit of explaining to work the two together, however.
  • The Avengers crossover pile is growing at a near-exponential rate, closing in on second place in the films category for crossovers on fanfiction.net. It also helps that the world has a lot of fleshing out to do and a lot of potential in terms of crossing over, often with traditional Marvel properties like Spider-Man (now so ubiquitous it practically isn't a crossover) and the X-Men.
  • This is common within the horror genre, where stories are constantly filled with shout-outs that leave writers with plenty of Fanfic Fuel. Some crossovers that eventually grew popular enough to become canon in their own right include Alien vs. Predator (evil aliens that both featured in badass '80s action/horror flicks), Freddy vs. Jason (two of the most iconic villains of '80s slasher movies), and the Universal monsters as a whole (classic '30s and '40s horror films made by the same studio, in one of Hollywood's first examples of a shared movie universe).
  • Godzilla, Gamera, and Ultraman, thanks to the shared love of Kaiju. Usually, it's having their characters fight each other, but sometimes they have heroic teamups. Expect to see Pacific Rim sometimes as well.
  • At least three shows have done an "Alan Sugar pitches on Dragon's Den" sketch: Dead Ringers, Harry and Paul, and a Self-Parody by the original shows for Comic Relief.
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    Literature 
  • It's not so much that it does mesh well with everything as that everyone and their cat has heard of it, but Harry Potter has been crossed over with nearly everything. There's one Harry Potter/Disney's Aladdin crossover, completely disregarding the huge time difference and the not exactly friendly attitude Agrabah would have towards wizards once it was not only a Muslim city, but a Muslim city that has "getting hugely screwed over by a sorcerer" in its recent history.
  • Maximum Ride and Twilight seem to get crossed over quite a lot for such an odd combination.
  • The Cthulhu Mythos fits well with anything vaguely fantasy, horror, sci-fi, or mystery, from Sherlock Holmes to Dungeons & Dragons to the Marvel Universe. Hence CthulhuTech. There was even a Batman Elseworld that revolved around Arkham Asylum crossed over with the Cthulhu Mythos, making it a professional version of this trope.
  • Good Omens is a natural crossover with Live-Action TV/Supernatural, seeing as SPN's demon Crowley was modeled after Good Omens' demon Crowley, so there's a lot of meshing of their respective apocalypse/heaven-and-hell/demons-and-angels plots.
  • The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices don't have a huge crossover file yet, but it's steadily building. Considering the fact that The Infernal Devices is really just a prequel and many characters are either ancestors of characters in The Mortal Instruments or present in both series (such as Magnus Bane and various vampires), it's not surprising.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians (and The Heroes of Olympus, naturally) have major crossover fuel with Pokémon and The Kane Chronicles. Of course, the latter is in the same universe, though they have little canonical presence between each other.
  • Animorphs and Maximum Ride. People love to have the Flock meet Tobias, since they're both bird/human.
  • Land of Oz, Peter Pan, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland due to their similarly whimsical feels. As both the Land of Oz and Alice's Adventures In Wonderland series are in the public domain, there are even for-profit works that cross them over.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • If a work stars cats then it's likely been crossed over with Warriors.
    • Warriors and Watership Down has crossed over due to Friendly Fandoms. It also adds a new layer to the stories because one stars cats and the other stars rabbits.

    Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who cross over so often in fics you can easily start mixing canon from both in your mind. Both expanded universes have had brief crossovers from the other universe — an Eighth Doctor novel has a cameo from Spike, and the Tenth Doctor and Rose make a cameo appearance in Buffy season 8.
  • House Fan Fic is famous for its crossovers. Notable ones are Batman, Angel, Bones, and Doctor Who. There are also a few with Firefly, including one with River (where she really sparks his curiosity due to how strange her case is; it's never explained how she got there). It's not uncommon to find a crossover between House and Blackadder, either, considering that the latter also stars Hugh Laurie, though in a complete 180 from his role in House.
  • There is a LiveJournal community specifically for crossovers between Heroes and Supernatural. The fandoms overlap because if you want broslash, you're pretty much going to have to be a fan of at least one of them.
  • Smallville/Batman, especially Bruce/Lex and/or Bruce/Clark. Of course, the fact that there were plans to bring a young Brucenote  to the town helps matters a bit. Plus, the show was originally going to be about young Bruce.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Xander (or, less frequently, Willow or Dawn) gets sucked into a dimensional rift etc., and ends up on Serenity.
    • Stargate SG-1 crossovers are so ubiquitous in the Buffy fandom that in many cases they're not even labeled as crossovers unless they cross with a third fandom. There's a Halo/Buffy/SG-1 fic where Xander goes as John-117 on Halloween (the timeline problems there are never addressed) and things change... a lot. It's good if you can ignore the timeline problems. Oh, and Xander actually remembers Jessie and actually still has his death as a source of grief.
  • Battlestar Galactica eventually gets crossed with any running Sci-Fi due to the Lost Colony premise. For instance, the refugee fleet entering Star Trek's United Federation of Planets with the resulting political fallout and attacks by the Cylons is a common idea. Even given this, Galactica/Stargate fics are common as mud.
    • Any Stargate/Battlestar Galactica fics usually will have the following features:
      • 1) the Cylon attack that kicked off the series's action either never happened, or went drastically the reverse of how it happened in canon, with the Colonials winning;
      • 2) the Colonials are/become a militaristic regime, bent on conquest;
      • 3) said conquest includes conquering their "rogue" thirteenth colony, Earth;
      • 4) the Colonials completely underestimate how much curb-stompage a couple of Prometheus-class ships equipped with Asgard weaponry can dish out.
      • This is almost certainly due to a massive upsurge of Follow the Leader after Reunions Are a Bitch pioneered the above plot points.
    • Strangely, the number of oBSG/Star Wars crossovers can probably be counted on one hand, even though the former was very heavily influenced by the latter.
  • A crossover of yesteryear; Highlander and Forever Knight. There are a lot of those.
  • Doctor Who has a face that's 'launched a thousand ships'. Travel through time and space tends to facilitate crossovers with anything not too cartoonishly illogi- oh, who are we kidding?
    • Kamen Rider Decade is effectively the Toku/Japanese version of this.
    • Quantum Leap is effectively the American version of this, as well. Double points that it's perfect for writing a Fix Fic.
  • Supernatural actually gets crossed with a lot of stuff, but most often with Smallville (which almost always includes Dean/Chloe, though there's an occasional Sam/Chloe or Dean/Lois fic out therenote ) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (almost always including Dean/Buffy, Dean/Faith, or Sam/Faith, though some Sam/Willow, Spike/Dean, Angel/Dean, and/or Spike/Dean/Sam fics show up sometimes). The number of crossovers with Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Heroes are growing rather quickly. Crossing with Dark Angel is also common, as Dean and Alec share an actor.
    • Superwho (Supernatural crossed over with Doctor Who) has almost a fandom of its own. Apparently the writers of Supernatural caught wind of this, since they named a new character "Amy Pond".
      • It can be considered a Doppelgänger Crossover: Mark Sheppard played both Crowley in Supernatural and Canton in Doctor Who.
    • Superwholock (Supernatural crossed with Doctor Who crossed with Sherlock) has become increasingly popular, uniting Wholock (see below) and Superwho in one all-encompassing fandom.
      • And to this can be added Superwhoavengerlock, which is what you get when you add The Avengers.
      • Merlin and Harry Potter may or may not come along for the ride.
      • It's no surprise that Teen Wolf has been enthusiastically and seamlessly crossed with Supernatural, but it remains to be seen if it will join the Superwholock party.
    • There's a decent amount of crossover with Police Procedural shows like NCIS and Criminal Minds. Mostly due to the recurring Winchester brothers chased by the FBI subplot.
  • In general, different Urban Fantasy and present-day Sci-Fi (think Sg-1 or Doctor Who) universes tend to mix well as they all share many common themes - The Masquerade, Our Monsters Are Different, Fantasy Kitchen Sink, Like Reality Unless Noted as well as a generally darker and more cynical tone. Writers like the challenge of mixing and combining different universes as well as bouncing the usually snarky, cynical yet undoubtedly heroic characters against each other.
  • For some reason, Sherlock and Good Omens crossovers are quite popular. It could have something to do with the fact that the most popular pairing in each fandom (Sherlock/John and Crowley/Aziraphale, respectively) have parallels, making this a rare case of cross-fandom Ship Mates. It doesn't hurt that both stories take place in Britain.
  • The shows in the Disney Channel Live-Action Universe and Nick Verse since the rise of online fandom are crossed over constantly regardless, as they are all set in the same rough time period and genre (Kid Com) and most people in their target age groups watch multiples of them and thus have the knowledge to use all the characters in cross-overs:
    • iCarly, Drake & Josh, Victorious and Zoey101 have many crossovers, because of their shared universe. Nevel/Megan, Freddie/Cat, Sam/Jade are some popular crossover pairings. The four shows have crossed over in canon as well. In the iCarly episode "iStart a Fan War," Craig, Eric, Gavon, and Stacey all attend the iCarly fan panel. In Victorious, Helen from Drake and Josh is the new principal at Hollywood Arts, and there is the "iParty With Victorious" crossover with iCarly. There are also two more shows in the works that will join this set, with Sam & Cat being a crossover Spin-Off with Cat Valentine from Victorious and Sam Puckett from iCarly, as well as a Spin-Off with the character Gibby from iCarly.
    • Camp Rock is a very popular crossover for Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place and some with Sonny with a Chance/So Random!
  • Heroes and Lost get crossed over a lot thanks to their overlapping fanbases and similar styles.
  • Supernatural and Lost get crossed over a lot for some unfathomable reason. Occasionally it's a Doppelgänger Crossover due to Mark Pellegrino and Titus Welliver appearing in both, but that doesn't account for even half of the fic out there.
  • Star Trek/Star Wars crossovers are pretty common; not only are they the two biggest science fiction franchises, but nerds often write them as a side effect of arguments over which side's ships are more powerful.
  • NCIS and Criminal Minds tend to get crossed over with each other a lot. It even shows with the NCIS crossover page and the Criminal Minds crossover page. Sort either page by popularity makes this abundantly clear.
  • Castle and Bones seem to be crossed over a fair bit. There's also more than a few crossovers with Firefly that tend to suggest some kind of connection between Richard Castle and Malcolm Reynolds (although the sheer amount of Actor Allusions Castle makes to Firefly help this along).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merlin, due to Anthony Head being a major player in both series. Usually it involves Buffy getting transported back to Camelot somehow, but a few other variations exist as well.
  • If they're not crossing their Disney properties with Kingdom Hearts, they'll cross it with Once Upon a Time. For even more fun, the writers have pretty much out and established that it's in the same universe as Lost and TRON. There have also been fanart crossovers with Mass Effect due to the same actor playing Kaiden Alenko and Jiminy Cricket.
  • Highlander lends itself to a lot of crossovers, because it's relatively easy to pick a character from another show and make them an immortal. Especially if they're an orphan. It also frequently crosses with Buffy the Vampire Slayer due to the existence of a Watchers organization in both worlds.
  • Because of Inspector Spacetime, Community and Doctor Who fics are getting increasingly common.
  • American Horror Story's most popular crossover? It's with Glee, of all shows. This is likely due to the fact that both shows were made by the same guy, Ryan Murphy. Quinn/Tate is a particularly common pairing for such crossovers.
  • Sanctuary and Warehouse 13 match up quite well. They have similar but non-conflicting premises, where Sanctuary collects fantasy creatures while Warehouse 13 collects fantasy devices, and both of them are private entities secretly supported by governments to contain the Masquerade. They both have flashbacks and important plot events that happened in late 1800s: on Warehouse 13 the change from Warehouse 12 to 13 and H. G. Wells backstory, and the vampire blood on Sanctuary and the founding of Sanctuary itself.) There's even a shared Historical Domain Character, Nikola Tesla, who is still alive on Sanctuary and helped build Warehouse 13. Sadly, neither of these properties is very fanficed, and thus crossovers sparse.
  • The Daredevil (2015) Netflix series has a lot of fix about Matt and Hawkeye falling into the same dumpster, which often segway into discussions about how one is blind and one is deaf.
  • The Walking Dead frequently gets crossed over with, of all things, the cult action film The Boondock Saints, on account of both starring Norman Reedus as a badass Anti-Hero.
  • The Sentinel gets crossed with a variety of other series. It makes may be a standard crossover of "The cast of the Sentinel meet X" or the Sentinel/Guide concept may be used for a Fusion Fic.
  • Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer get crossed with Bones a lot because David Boreanaz’s characters are quite similar in some ways and the theory of Booth being Angel’s Shanshu, or reward of becoming human, has quite a few fans.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000 and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Hell, Warhammer 40000 has probably been crossed over with pretty much everything by now.
    • You could have any fictional setting just be an undiscovered world or sector of the galaxy, and any magic can simply be handwaved away as "Warp sorcery."
    • Warhammer 40,000 and Mass Effect do well together. Of note are Hammerhand and Angels of the Storm
    • Though you wonder that there haven't been more 40k/Dragon Age crossovers, what with the ridiculously similar magic system and the Qunari (who are Tau, but bigger and grey).
  • Exalted is often crossed over with Worm. (The two universes, despite being very different variations of the fantasy genre, share similar themes.) Or, to quote Ryuugi:
    Imagine a setting in which enormously powerful super-weapons called 'Shards' attach themselves to humans in extraordinary situations, giving them the power to change the world to their will, but painting their emotional highs and lows in broader strokes. The sources of these shards are tremendously powerful superbeings, one of which is a shining golden man.
    What setting am I talking about?

    Video Games 
  • Halo:
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Both this franchise and Trauma Center are over-the-top DS games about a relatively ordinary profession. Both are 20 Minutes into the Future, and both take place in California (or Japan in the JP versions). Though it's generally agreed they fit well together, crossovers are surprisingly uncommon.
    • Goes well with Elite Beat Agents, probably because both are surprisingly well-Americanized DS games featuring Large Hams with Anime Hair. Heck, one such crossover is even on the Fanfic Recs page! osu! includes one of such fanfics, to the tune of Queen's Don't Stop Me Now.
    • Unsurprisingly, there's also a fair amount of art crossing it over with Ghost Trick... this is saying something, since Ghost Trick's fandom hasn't really gotten fired up yet.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • With just about anything, really. It helps that Kingdom Hearts is itself a crossover between Disney and Square-Enix, and the entire premise of the game is that the heroes go from one Disney world to another to help fight off outside interference. How much any given fanfic keeps the worlds separate in this fashion varies, especially if there's more than one world involved.
    • With The World Ends with You characters canonically existing in the KH verse as of 3D and Disney owning both Marvel and the rights to the Star Wars franchise, the possibilities (even without the six degrees principle) are endless.
  • Tales of Vesperia and Blazblue. At least according to the author of the fanfic. Though it's in the Tales of section rather than the Crossover section.
  • The Loads and Loads of Characters in Touhou means you can get a bunch of obvious crossovers. Or as some say: "Rule ⑨: If it exists, there is a Touhou version of it". Also, Rule P: If it exists, it has been "ponified" (that is, the characters are drawn as ponies from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic). It overlapped with Rule ⑨ once.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Klonoa gets crossed over with it quite a lot. This is probably helped by (and possibly due to) the fact that Klonoa looks an awful lot like a Sonic character.
    • With Super Mario Bros.. The fact that it happened in canon probably helps, but people were doing it for years beforehand.
  • Silent Hill is one popular resort town.
  • The entire Japanese Humongous Mecha genre, including every Super Robot and Real Robot show imaginable, largely because of Super Robot Wars being a professional example of this trope and actively using Fix Fic commercially.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • With Bayonetta. It might or might not be canonically in the same world, but as far as fan fiction is concerned, they are. Look for the villains and anti-heroes of every other Action Game the writer likes, but especially God of War and Darksiders.
    • With Resident Evil many times, partly because DMC started as a RE game before Capcom decided that the mechanics were too different and made it an independent series.
  • Crossovers with the Paper Mario series are incredibly common, usually adaptations. Some of the most popular are Edventure of the Thousand-Year Door and the Paper Mario X series.
  • Kantai Collection:
    • Arpeggio of Blue Steel overlaps with it very well, due to their joint reference pools of World War 2-era Imperial Japanese Navy warships and cute girls.
    • Kancolle and Touken Ranbu are commonly crossed over due to being hosted on the same website and having similar premises. The only difference between the two is that while Kancolle focuses on warship girls, Touken Ranbu focuses on Historical sword boys.
    • Other shipgirl games are ripe for a Kancolle crossover, such as the Chinese franchises Warship Girls and Azur Lane. Even non-anthropomorphic warship games can sometimes be used as crossover fodder, World of Warships in particular.
  • Touken Ranbu itself. Aside from the aforementioned, this game is frequently crossed over with other works set in historical settings in which the historical figures formerly owning the swords show up, such as Sengoku Basara (to the point where it can be safely assumed "Touken Basara" is the most popular type of crossover in the TouRabu fandom ever), Hakuouki or even Gintama. There is also a recurring trend to cross over with Axis Powers Hetalia and Hozuki's Coolheadedness by placing a character from either series (usually Japan from the former and Hōzuki from the latter) as the saniwa. Crossing over with Onmyōji is fairly popular among Chinese fans of this game after it introduces its own sword boy Onigiri (voiced by Kosuke Toriumi as the cherry on top).
  • Darkest Dungeon and the Dark Souls-Bloodborne series are all very dark games with strong influence from H.P. Lovecraft, as well as being infamous for their difficulty. There's quite a few fan creation consisting in drawing characters from the FromSoftware franchises in the style of Darkest Dungeon (there's also Darkest Dungeon mods adding characters from those games), as well as gameplay footages from Bloodborne or a Souls game edited with lines of Darkest Dungeon Narrator.
  • Metroid and F-Zero see quite a few crossovers due to the protagonists of both being Bounty Hunters in science fiction settings.
  • BlazBlue and RWBY crossovers are very common due to the unbelievable amount of similarities that both worlds have. A lot more have recently been made thanks to BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.
  • Super Smash Bros. is breeding grounds for this, considering that any Nintendo franchise (and whatever else the creators can collaborate with) can be annexed into the Trophy World. Thanks to the World of Light mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Spirit system, the possibilities are endless.
  • Any folklore/historical series you can think of has at least one Fate Series crossover, considering the sheer amount of Servants a given character can be paired with.
  • Ib, Forest of Drizzling Rain, Angels of Death, and Paranormal Syndrome are often crossed over together under the "Free Horror" fan-banner, as all of them are RPG Maker games that involve some combination of mysterious young girl and plot-important handsome adult man. Yume Nikki, despite not really having an adult man that matches the theme (the closest being how people interpret Seccom Masada-sensei), is included on occasion.
  • Yo-Kai Watch with 'Pokémon'' because they're similar mon works.

    Web Original 
  • You don't have to look far to find Homestuck versions of things; in addition to being very popular, it's easy to whip up a Sburb session for any given fandom, and if you can mimic its distinctive Signature Style then that goes a long way.
  • Girl Genius is crossed over incredibly often with Narbonic, to the point that they’re sometimes not even considered crossovers. This is likely because the spark in Girl Genius is pretty much identical to mad genius in Narbonic.
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