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"I hear he's nothing but Gotham trash: rich, spoiled, and ... absolutely gorgeous."
Lois Lane (when she sees Bruce Wayne for the first time), Superman: The Animated Series, "World's Finest"
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Two people from separate universes (or at least different towns) meet in a crossover work. They fall for each other, or at least have a fling, but more likely than not they're split up in the end. They are from different works, after all.

Crossover Couples occur when characters from separate works, be they in a Shared Universe or different universes, are paired up. This is usually a gag at best and is rarely taken seriously, with even more serious attempts rarely getting mentioned outside of the crossover itself.

For simplicity's sake, this trope refers to non-canon and semi-canon material as long as they're official. Fanworks, licensed works, and parodies also apply if they ship characters during crossovers.

Contrast with Crossover Ship for more generalized fan couples.


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  • One of the one-issue "giant crossovers" from the 1980s teased the readers with hints of Beast Boy (then "Changeling")/Kitty Pryde.
  • A crossover played with the concept, possibly to parody it, by having Spider-Man ask Wonder Woman if she thought it was too early in their relationship to consider marriage (they had met, and briefly fought, only a few minutes earlier).
  • A Wolverine/Witchblade crossover licensed by Marvel and Top Cow started with Logan and Sarah Pezzini getting married. Obviously it didn't last.
  • JLA/Avengers:
    • The plot is set in motion by Kismet and Eternity, the avatars of the DC and Marvel Universes respectively, falling in love. In the end, they're forcefully torn apart.
    • Hawkeye and Black Canary get together, but only briefly and for the sake of a gag. A shift in the multiverse quickly puts her back together with Green Arrow.
  • Marvel vs. DC: Jubilee and Robin (Tim Drake) meet each other shortly after the DC and Marvel universes start merging, and the two quickly begin to fall in love with each other. They later learn that they have to fight to help decide which of the two universes will survive the merger, and share a Last Kiss before battling. Robin defeats her, and the two are separated again when the anthropomorphic universes decide to remain Friendly Rivals.
  • In the Image Comics-published third volume of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Michelangelo hooked up with Horridus from Savage Dragon.
  • Cassie Hack and Evil Ernie in Hack/Slash: The Final Revenge of Evil Ernie. Bomb Queen also hits on her in their crossover, but she's an Anything That Moves type.
  • One of the Third-Option Love Interest's for Archie of Archie Comics has been him and Valerie, from Josie and the Pussycats.
  • When the Runaways first crossed over with the Young Avengers, there was a bit of Ship Tease between Victor and Cassie.
  • Subverted in the The Punisher/Painkiller Jane crossover. While the cover of the first issue suggests the two characters will become lovers, in reality only Jane feels anything approaching sexual attraction. Poor Frank spends much of the crossover trying desperately to fend off her advances, while she does crazy stalker-esque things as sneaking into his apartment and trying on his Punisher shirts.

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    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • It has never been released to the public, however many animators at Disney have confirmed that a few animators at Disney made a dirty animation of Tinkerbell from Peter Pan and Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio together. The clip has been lost since the 1960s though, and its whereabouts are currently unknown.
  • Tom Thumb and Thumbelina is an actual film built around a Crossover Ship of Public Domain Characters.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Descendants 3 actually follows up on the below-mentioned Maleficent/Hades pairing from House of Mouse by revealing that main character Mal (previously only established as Maleficent's daughter) is their child.

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    Myths & Religion 
  • Maid Marian and Robin Hood's romance started out this way. She is thought to have originated as the originally unnamed May Queen or Queen of the Shepherds, a popular figure of the May festivities, and she gained her name from a series unrelated plays in which a Marian has a shepherd boyfriend who just happens to be named Robin. When Robin Hood plays became a fad, someone did a crossover and it eventually stuck.

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