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Crossover Ship

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"(playing with action figures) Our love is forbidden by continuity... and yet somehow, it's like it was always meant to happen!"
Red, Overly Sarcastic Productions, "Blue's College Survival Guide"

As any shipper knows, love conquers all, even in the face of continuity. The logical extreme of this is Intercontinuity Crossover Fan Work.

As a general rule, this is much more light-hearted and less Serious Business than intra-continuity shipping, favoring the Rule of Funny instead of an unironic OTP. These ships are usually labeled as Crack Pairings, but it's not impossible to make some of them seem like they can actually work, depending on various factors.

When you factor in Non Linear Sequels like the Final Fantasy series that have multiple continuities, series with a multiverse and even official Massive Multiplayer Crossover franchises like Super Smash Bros. and Kingdom Hearts, it all turns into Schrodinger's Ship, as it becomes simultaneously impossible and canon-friendly.

Theme Pairing holds a lot of Crossover Ships. Common Crossover may relate. Series where preferred relationships are not possible or unlikely due to Situational Sexuality requires branching out of that Verse. Crossover Couple is for when this appears in semi-canon, canon, and licensed material, as well as specific fan-works.

Since there are infinite possible crossover pairings, don't be surprised if you don't see a crossover pairing that already has fanart, fan videos, and/or fanfiction for it here.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Watchmen:
    • Ozymandias plus Oscar Wilde. Wouldn't they be perfect for each other?
    • Ozymandias/Alexander the Great/Hephaestion threesome. Enjoy.
  • From The Incredible Hulk and X-Men: Evolution: Hulk's Big Damn Heroes moment in Episode 3, Hulk/X-23. This one technically isn't a crossover ship as the two exist in the same continuity. Though it is pure crack, as aside from the age difference (she's 16, Hulk's pushing 40), the one time these two have met involved Hulk beating the hell out of her friends and throwing her through a building.
    • The Spider-X series sees Rogue forming a relationship with Peter Parker (Spider-Man) after he joins the institute; these two loners form a deep and genuinely emotional bond, that later develops a physical dynamic when Peter develops a 'power nullifier' that shuts down Rogue's powers while she's wearing it.
  • The Corinthian from The Sandman (1989) and Sheldon Sands (Once Upon a Time in Mexico), and they're having ridiculously good sex.
  • Green Goblin (Spider-Man) manages to hook up with Harley Quinn (Batman) in I'm a Marvel, I'm a DC. It's just as messed up as it sounds and twice as funny. And just because the creator loves doing it, he also gave us Poison Ivy and Sandman. Which makes sense if you think about it, except she'll probably cheat on him with Aquaman.
  • Possibly the most patriotic ship in all of comics: Captain America and Wonder Woman. It's surprisingly not as common as one might think.
  • Cyclops and Velma from Scooby-Doo, because they're both Blind Without Them. No seriously, that is the main reason.
  • Harley Quinn and Deadpool is also a rather popular pairing, with reasons ranging from similar colour palette to love of violence. In some circles, it matches Harley's canon ships of Harley/Joker and Harley/Ivy.

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The High Queen Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones and Physical God Loki Odinson of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are a very, very popuar pairing. The name of the ship is Frostdragons. note 
    • Loki and Morgana of Merlin are shipped because of their many similarities and because if married, they are the ultimate Unholy Matrimony.
    • Tony Stark and Martin Crieff from Cabin Pressure. It works because the two get along famously when they start talking geeky (which is bound to happen, when an unpaid pilot who wanted to be an airplane as a kid meets a genius who invented a flying suit), and Martin isn't at all interested in Tony's money or influence.
    • Ever since Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes ("Stucky") exploded in popularity, many fics have been written that pair Steve with other characters played by Bucky's actor Sebastian Stan that play off of the characters' physical resemblance to his best friend, most notably T.J. Hammond from Political Animals.
    • Once Wonder Woman (2017) came out, it is quite common to pair Diana with Captain America, as both are superheroes who fought in a World War setting. The fact that Diana's canon love interest is also named Steve certainly helps.
  • There is a fanfic series that pairs up Dr. Frank N. Furter (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean).
  • Captain Jack (Pirates of the Caribbean) / Captain Jack (Torchwood).
  • Jack (Pirates of the Caribbean) / Jack (The Nightmare Before Christmas) note .
  • John Blake (The Dark Knight Rises) and Natasha Romanova (The Avengers) Link to a fan fic.
  • High School Musical's Ryan Evans and Kurt Hummel of Glee.
  • Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) x Flippy (Happy Tree Friends). Oh dear lord...
  • Khan (Star Trek Into Darkness) and John Watson (Sherlock) [11].
  • Here's an interesting one: Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit) and Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby). And it kind of makes sense: one is a Humble Hero and the other is a Broken Bird. As long as Gatsby doesn't find out...
  • Mary Poppins and Mrs. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus have a fan-following together. It's probably due to them both being Magical Guardians.
  • Pennywise from It (2017) and The Babadook have become a surprisingly popular couple.
  • Thranduil from The Hobbit and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones have a fair amount of fanfiction, videos and art dedicated to them. Though it's often hard to tell which video edits are for this ship or just using Dany as a stand-in for Thranduil's canonical wife since she has the stereotypical appearance of a Sindarin elf: which is probably how this ship evolved in the first place.
  • Little China Girl from Oz the Great and Powerful gets shipped with the wooden clown Eot Ling from Tales of the Magic Land. Considering the universes aren't entirely unrelated, it works quite prettily.
  • Sadako (The Ring) and Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) seems to be a somewhat popular ship, particularly among Japanese fanartists. The two of them being horror villains who suffered from tragic childhood deaths, coupled with a Huge Guy, Tiny Girl dynamic, seems to make a for a good bond.
  • One's film is set in the middle of The '50s and the other's film is set in 2007, but despite this, many writers have Rhoda Penmark (The Bad Seed (1956)) romance Leena Klammer (Orphan) with Rhoda still the young child that she is in The Bad Seed.
  • Some fans of Joker (2019) have taken to shipping Arthur Fleck with one of his cinematic inspirations, Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. The two characters share a lot of similarities such as their isolation from most of society, and some fans feel they would make a surprisingly good fit for each other and actually help one another. The fan fiction People Like Us is probably the most popular story for this pairing.
  • A fairly popular ship for fans of Ophelia and/or Star Wars is shipping Ophelia with Kylo Ren, probably because Rey (also played by Daisy Ridley) has a lot of Foe Romance Subtext with Kylo, and Kylo himself is a conflicted Byronic Hero with Parental Issues, not unlike Hamlet. note 
  • On Fanfiction Dot Net there is about 1100 crossovers between Camp Rock and Wizards of Waverly Place. Turns out that it's quite popular to ship Mitchie Torres with Alex Russo. This is due to their actors real life relationship, as well as feeling each of their personalities would play off well with each other. They also feel that they would fill a similar dynamic to that of Alex/Justin.
  • A lot of fans ship Miranda Priestly and Andy Sachs (The Devil Wears Prada) with Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians (1996)), either individually or together. A lot of this comes from how similar Miranda and Cruella are to each other, so a lot of fans feel they would have good chemistry. They also feel that Andy would have a similar dynamic with Cruella and will often rewrite the film with Cruella in Miranda's role. The fact that both their actresses have appeared opposite Glenn Close before in different films also helps. The threesome pairing has a lot of fanfiction about it and is only topped by the very popular Miranda/Andy/Emily.
  • There is a rather large base of fans who ship Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family) and Lydia Deetz (Beetlejuice) around the internet, with it being especially popular on AO3. This is mainly because they are both goths in Black Comedy franchises who have dry senses of humor and a fascination with death.
  • Due to the "Barbenheimer" meme, many people have legitimately started shipping Barbie (Barbie (2023)) and J. Robert Oppenheimer (Oppenheimer) together, including writing fanfics and drawing fan art of the characters in a romantic relationship.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • The characters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer get this a lot. Captain Jack Harkness/Ianto (both from Torchwood/Dawn, Xander/Cortana (Halo), Buffy/Mal (Firefly), Dawn/Jayne, Giles/Captain John Hart and oh so much more.
  • One crossover between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Baldur's Gate had several, including Buffy/Solaufein, Giles/Jaheira, Spike/Viconia, and eventually Buffy/Artemis Enteri.
  • Captain Mal Reynolds from Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Dawn Summers pairing appears from time to time.
  • There is one extremely weird example of, of all things, River Tam (Firefly) being shipped with Heat (Digital Devil Saga). It stemmed from the two encountering one another during a multi-author Mega Crossover, with Heat equating River with Sera. She latched on to him because he was protective of her, he latched onto her because she reminded him of Sera. Things got even weirder from there, with Heat doing his cannibalism thing and River being not-at-all freaked out about it. The thing had a rather powerful and sad Did Not Get the Girl Downer Ending, as there wasn't any sex, just very rough kissing (with biting and some bloodplay involved) and a whole lot of insanity, and the two had to split apart at the end of it because Heat refused to take River back to a world as screwed up as his and had no place in hers. It was really well-done, especially on the part of the author writing Heat's part of the story.
  • There are a few Buffy/Firefly crossover fics that ship Spike with River Tam. This works remarkably well as crossovers go. Spike, who spent over a hundred years with Drusilla and was then haunted by the First Evil, has significant experience with people who "see things" and is in a better position to relate to River than anybody in Firefly canon. Spike's immortality makes it easy to rationalize his presence in the Firefly universe: he just lives long enough to leave Earth-That-Was with the rest of humanity. Then there's the fact that having been born in Earth-That-Was makes him an (un)living memory of a time that is seen as legendary by the inhabitants of the 'Verse.
  • There's a growing number of River Tam (Firefly) and Riddick (The Chronicles of Riddick) fics.
  • Thanks in no small part to a little fanfic called The Way of Things, Rose (Doctor Who)/Peter Carlisle (Blackpool, played by David Tennant) has an impressive following.
  • Pairing Rose, the Tenth Doctor's companion (Doctor Who) with other characters played by David Tennant (who played the Tenth Doctor) is a bit of a thing; aside from Carlisle, there's Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (Broadchurch) and Barty Crouch Jr. (Harry Potter).
  • There are people out there who ship Abby (NCIS) with Dr. Reid (Criminal Minds). Then again, it kind of makes sense.
  • The pairing of Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds) and Zack Addy from Bones is reasonably popular for the Common Crossover thing.
  • There was once a movement on LiveJournal to pair Captain Jack Harkness of Torchwood and Doctor Who with every single fictional character ever. Unsurprisingly, it didn't complete its task, and later it lost steam altogether.
  • Dean Winchester of Supernatural and the Doctor (Doctor Who) pairing pops up in SuperWho quite a bit.
  • Martha/Sam (Doctor Who and Supernatural) has a small, but devoted fandom, complete with a blog.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships Amy Pond of Doctor Who has two major fanon crossover ships, with Supernatural's Dean Winchester and Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock). The Sherlock ship has two dedicated tumblr blogs.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has sometimes been shipped with Dean Winchester of Supernatural, or sometimes with Sam. So has Faith, for that matter, though both Slayers more likely end up with the older brother. In a case of Pair the Spares, if Buffy is with Dean then Dawn will likely be shipped with Sam. The pairing is strengthened by the idea that the two universe actually mesh together rather well, with the metaphysic differences not too hard to Handwave due to having a number of common elements.
  • Castiel from Supernatural and animated Korra from The Legend of Korra.
  • Castiel for Supernatural often gets paired with Crowley from Good Omens or sometimes the Crowley from Supernatural gets paired with Azaraphel from Good Omens. Since Crowley from Supernatural is an admitted Expy of the Crowley from Good Omens, they are often portrayed as the same.
  • There was a LiveJournal community devoted solely to this pairing: Dean from Supernatural and Neal from White Collar.
  • Dean (Supernatural) gets around.
    • One of the most popular het ships is Dean and Chloe from Smallville.
    • Dean/Hermione (Harry Potter) is very popular het pairing.
    • Thanks to the crossover episode ''Scoobynatural'' there are fics pairing Dean/Daphne and Sam/Velma, even though canon-wise both pairings were unrequited with Dean crushing on Daphne and Velma crushing on Sam.
    • Dean is already being shipped with Cordell Walker from Walker and sometimes the Walker-verse is portrayed as an AU of Supernatural making it Wincest-y.
  • It can be quite safely stated that there is an entire sub-category of Smallville fanfiction devoted to the idea of Chloe moving to Gotham City (often after the author has Chloe realize that Clark/Jimmy/whoever "isn't good enough for her") and then meeting and falling in love with Batman. Usually, Chloe ends up either becoming Mission Control at the Batcave or she undergoes Xenafication and becomes Batgirl or Batwoman (or occassionally Catwoman) and ends up fighting crime alongside Bruce on the Gotham City rooftops. Either way, she can usually work the Batcomputer better than Bruce can, proves to be his match in fighting skills, and if Bruce is still "in denial" about his feelings for her, Alfred will usually advise him to "open his eyes and see what's right in front of him".
  • Zoey 101, Drake & Josh, and iCarly have multiple crossover ships. Nevel/Megan is probably the most popular of these.
  • Tori Vega from Victorious/James Diamond from Big Time Rush is pretty popular, and their respective actors are dating in real life.
  • With the new crossover Spin-Off show Sam & Cat featuring Sam from iCarly and Cat from Victorious, it took all of one episode for people to start shipping them together.
  • Chloe (Smallville) is a Launcher of a Thousand Ships (possibly due to the huge amount of fanfic writers who seem to very strongly relate to her personality), and another hugely popular Smallville crossover ship is to pair up Chloe with either Dean or Sam from Supernatural (or, y'know, both). The Chloe/Dean ship seems to be more popular than Chloe/Sam for whatever reason.
  • There are fics pairing Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family). It worked well through various devices.
  • Then there's the one Harmony/Wednesday fic, which used the common conceit that Harmony is actually Amanda from the Addams Family (both were played by Mercedes McNab).
  • Eddie Munster from (The Munsters) is also sometimes shipped with Wednesday.
  • Faith, or Buffy, or Dawn (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) are often paired with one or more of the Supernatural's Winchesters. Or Dark Angel Alec.
  • There's lots of Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Stargate SG-1 Crossover fic out there, and a lot of it has Crossover Ship, including Jack/Buffy, Clone!Jack/Dawn, Faith/Vala, and many more.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to clean up your brain matter after Your Head Asplode from witnessing the greatest crossover pairing ever conceived: B/ASH, otherwise known as Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) / Ash Williams (Evil Dead). And here is one such example.
  • TV adaptation Hornblower created a delicious red-coated Majorly Awesome Major "My Lord" Edrington. Hornblower fandom has taken a liking to pairing him with Badass Richard Sharpe (Sharpe) despite or perhaps because he's exactly the kind of officer Sharpe would despise if he was incompetent. Major Edrington isn't, so he's precisely the officer Sharpe wishes he was.
  • This video ships Lieutenant William Bush (Hornblower) and Miss Molly Gibson (Wives and Daughters). Regency England, a handsome naval officer and a pretty little young lady. It's very adorable and believable. There's a severe lack of ladies in Hornblower, the series being all Wooden Ships and Iron Men, so it's logical that these wonderful sailors would look for love in other book or TV 'verses.
  • Jim Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and Reaper Bones from Doom have a noticeable fan following.
  • Spock (Star Trek) and Vaarsuvius (The Order of the Stick) is common. So is art depicting one cosplaying as the other, or some bizarre merger of the two. It makes sense, given that both are highly-logical pointy-eared beings given to Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
  • Martin Crieff (Cabin Pressure) / Molly Hooper (Sherlock) has a modest following. Cabin Pressure and Sherlock are Friendly Fandoms that are easily crossed over. Depending on the execution, it can be a combination of Theme Pairing and Throw the Dog a Bone, as both Martin and Molly are rather unfortunate in many aspects of their lives and overdue for something nice to happen to them. (There's also the fact that Molly pines after Sherlock, who's played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the same guy who played Martin Crieff.) There also seems to be a small but steadily increasing number of fans of Martin and one episode character Henry Knight.
  • This fic crosses over Stargate SG-1 and Torchwood. Pairings include Jack Harkness/Daniel, Jack O'Neill/Ianto, Owen/Anise/Freya, and Gwen/MALP. Bonus points for the title being abbreviated to CR:ACK.
  • Irene Adler (Sherlock) / River Song (Doctor Who). Two badass ladies of questionable morals together at last. And both shows have Steven Moffat as the head writer.
  • Sherlock (Sherlock) / The Doctor (Doctor Who). It's surprisingly popular, probably due to a certain photograph of Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant that's been circulating the internet, as well as one of he and Matt Smith hugging.
  • Here's a snarky pair: Ashley Jeurgens (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) / Flynn Jones (Shake it Up). One is a Little Miss Snarker, the other, a Deadpan Snarker. So what if it's Shotacon on Ashley's part, at least they're happy together. Don't let Amy and CeCe find out...
  • Blaine from Glee/Zac Efron. After all No one loves Zefron more than Harry Potter.
  • Sort of happened in S.O.L., in which, due to accidentally drinking a pheromone potion, Scully (The X-Files) spends a lot of the story hitting on/making out with Joel (Mystery Science Theater 3000) (Much to Joel's dismay). Even after she's cured and apologizes to Joel, she kisses him at the end of the story, and Mulder teases her about it.
  • A surprisingly adorable one is paring of James Nicholls (War Horse) and Gwen Dawson (Downton Abbey).
  • Barry Allen from The Flash (2014) and Supergirl from Supergirl (2015) were shipped even before their crossover happened. They're both adorkable superheroes, leaders of their respective teams, and have been through a lot. They also had pretty good chemistry both times they met.
  • Captain Jack Harkness of Doctor Who and Torchwood has been shipped (with varying levels of seriousness) with most characters in just about every fandom ever. Justified in that he totally would.
  • A One True Threesome example of this occurs in the Lost in Camelot series, which pairs Bo Dennis of Lost Girl with Merlin and Morgana from Merlin (2008). The temporal circumstances required for the three to meet are complicated, but the actual pairing is handled well, with Bo providing Merlin and Morgana with someone who respectively appreciates their desire to protect the innocent and distaste for the establishment, creating hope that they will be able to prevent Morgana's later fall into evil.
  • One of Becks Rylynn's favorite pairings is Laurel Lance (Arrow) and Dean Winchester (Supernatural). It works really well, most notably in How the Light Gets In.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • There is a large fandom for Belle and Nicholas Rush (Stargate Universe), mainly due to the fact that Rush is played by Robert Carlyle, who plays Belle's main love interest, Rumplestiltskin. It's to the point that on AO3, the Rush/Belle pairing has the second most fics of any Stargate Universe pairing.
    • Emma/Regina shippers have a habit of trying to ship Emma with any character Lana Parrilla has played on television. The most notable is Trina Decker from Swingtown, for which there is a surprising number of fanfics. There are also some support for Emma/Rita Castillo from Why Women Kill in the wake of that show's second season.
  • Alicia Clark (Fear the Walking Dead) getting shipped with Clarke Griffin (The 100), is rather popular due to her actress, Alycia Debnam-Carey, also playing Clarke's love interest, Lexa, and the circumstances of their "break-up" in that show. There's even what-ifs where it's a Reincarnation Romance with Eliza Taylor playing a The Walking Dead universe version of Clarke named Elyza Lex.
  • Hannah Montana:
  • Sonny Munroe (Sonny with a Chance) has been shipped with Alex Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place, which is strange, as that show exists as a fictional show In-Universe, as Selena Gomez shows up and Sonny is revealed to be a fan of it. This is mainly due to shippers feeling that the two would have great chemistry and the real life friendship of their actress at the time of airing. There are a large number of fanfics for it on Fanfiction Dot Net, with most of these being full AUs where the Russo family just exists as real people and not as characters on a TV show.
  • There's a relatively large fanbase for shipping Dana Scully (The X-Files) and Stella Gibson (The Fall (2013)), especially on sites like AO3, mainly due to both being played by Gillian Anderson.

  • Vocaloid:
    • Miku and Black★Rock Shooter. What really put BRS into the limelight was the Vocaloid synthesizer band Supercell, and BRS's initial design was basically a recolor of Miku's. A lot of pics emphasis the dark/light duality.
    • Miku and Cherry of the band Studio Killers has popped up due to them both being fictional female singers. It helps that Cherry is canonically bisexual.

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    Visual Novels 
  • Downplayed in Danganronpa. People like to ship characters from different installments of the series, even if they haven't interacted in canon. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony's bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan and Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp take place in an official, non-canon AU where the characters all have a normal school life at Hope's Peak, intermingling between games. Their interactions may inspire or fuel some cross-ships.

  • Variations between characters of Homestuck, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Durarara!! thanks to similar plot points.
  • Max (Paranatural) and Baron (Vibe), mainly because of the authors' collaboration and the fact that both involve spirits.
  • Several characters from White Dark Life are paired up with several characters from Luigifan's roleplay series. However, only Damien and Dream become canon with most others becoming sunk or not going anywhere.

    Web Original 

  • /co/ loves this. There is Cassandra Cain/Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond) art floating around. It works so well.