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A Motif Merger is a stylistic 'beat' sometimes used during a crossover. It's when both 'sides' have certain things that are their trademarks, and (during the crossover) there's a symbolic moment where the two motifs are either swapped or combined.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 

    Fan Fiction 
  • In The Dresden Files fic Restitution, Lash (a redeemed Fallen Angel) merges her hourglass sigil with an infinity sign, symbolizing her reconciliation with God.
  • Undocumented Features: After becoming a Transformer, Martin Rose uses an Autobot logo superimposed over a Wedge Defense Force logo on his clothing.

    Films — Animated 
  • In the animated DCAU crossover movie "World's Finest", the Bat-Signal (Batman's emblem) is broadcast onto the globe on top of the Daily Planet Building (Superman's).
  • The exact logo at the top of the page also appears in-universe in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies on the chest of a giant robot that Toyman, Japanese wunderkind Hiro Okamura, built to destroy a Kryptonite asteroid that would hit Earth. Cut him some slack: he designed it when he was seven.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The shows Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order , which had distinctive ways of sequeing from one scene to anothernote , crossed over once. During the crossover, the scenes in New York City (L&O's turf) were filmed with Homicide's transitions, and those in Baltimore (Homicide's setting) had L&O's transitions. (That is: Cut to black, glun-glung, text: "Baltimore Homicide Division, 10:30 AM.", fade in.)
  • Quite common in Super Sentai teamups, with the team's logos merging. For example, Juken Sentai Gekiranger vs Engine Sentai Go-onger ends with the Geki triple-claw emblem on top of the Go-onger "G" speedometer.
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrowverse crossovers will often switch up the title cards and commercial-break scene wipes of the series involved. For instance, in the first two part crossover between Arrow and The Flash (2014), "Flash vs. Arrow" had one of Ollie's arrows take the place of Barry's lightning bolt, and the reverse happened in "The Brave and the Bold".
    • Appears in-universe in Elseworlds (2018). After Amazo scans the heroes, the House of El's S-shield appears on its chest, followed by an arrowhead and the Flash's lightning bolt.
  • Kamen Rider, starting with Kamen Rider Gaim, has begun exploiting the Swiss Army Hero trope so that during crossover movies and other special occasions, the Riders will gain special alternate forms that mimic the powers and appearance of other Riders.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Sometimes two wrestlers forming a tag team will have their respective theme tunes and entrances "mashed up". Examples: Luger & Smith, the Allied Powers; Kane and Hurricane Helms as HurriKane, or the Corporate Ministry (The Undertaker's "Ministry of Darkness" and Vince McMahon's "Corporation" stables, merged) using a remix of the Corporation's theme in the style of the Ministry's theme.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Guilds of Ravnica all have their own sigils, that are, abstractly, combinations of the mana symbols for their colors. For example, Selesnya's symbol, combines white's sun with green's tree to make a mostly circular tree with sunbeams coming out of it, while Rakdos's is a flaming skull.

    Video Games 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): Mephiles has a sinister-sounding piano leitmotif (with a techno remix as his boss fight music). Iblis is accompanied by a bombastic, orchestral score. When the two fuse together to form the True Final Boss Solaris, the phase 1 boss music is Mephiles' leitmotif, performed by Iblis' bombastic orchestra.
  • The DS version of Mario & Sonic At The Winter Olympic Games has Blizland, half of which represents Dr. Eggman's factories while the other half represents Bowser's Castle.
  • In Angry Birds Star Wars, the Alliance Starbird incorporates the omnipresent slingshot that the birds use, while a pig's snout is added to the Imperial crest.
  • FreeSpace 2 borrows the style for an early short video discussion backstory, showing the Galactic Terran Alliance and Parliamentary Vasudan Empire emblems merging into the Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance emblem. In general, the GTVA emblem counts as this trope just as much as the Union Flag does, being a combination of the symbols most representing the Terran and Vasudan peoples.
  • A variant in BlazBlue: every character has a special "crest" that represents them (you can see them when they perform their Limit Break or Finishing Move). One certain character's crest is a combination of two others'. It's the Black Beast's, whose crest is a combination of Ragna and Nu-13's.
  • Dragon Age: The Inquisition symbol combines the "Eye in a Sunburst" of the Seekers of Truth and the "Flaming Sword" of the Templar Order. Justified as both factions derived from the original Inquisition and apparently adopted their preferred aspect of the logo when they broke off.

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    Western Animation 
  • The crossover between Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex, Heroes United, had Ben 10's Omnitrix at the center of Rex's gear logo.
  • Similar to the above, the crossover of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Codename: Kids Next Door has the openings combined, making the KND operatives grow flesh from bone like the former's opening.
  • The Simpsons episode "In Marge We Trust" has an In-Universe example. Homer discovers that a Japanese dish detergent has a mascot named Mr. Sparkle who looks eerily similar to him. When he investigates, he eventually finds out that the Mr. Sparkle company was formed by the merger of two companies, a fishworks and a heavy manufacturer; they combined their logos (a grinning fish and a lightbulb), which resulted in Mr. Sparkle, revealing that the whole thing was a crazy coincidence.
    Bart: There's your answer, fishbulb.
  • Nearly every Gem in Steven Universe has a leitmotif, and when two Fuse together, the result has a theme that has elements of both components'. This is also used to form most Fusions' Weapon of Choice. Opal, for instance, turns Pearl's spear into a bow with Amethyst's whip as the string.

    Real Life 
  • Quite common with national flags and coats of arms. The Union Jack was originally a combination of the flags of England and Scotland. Later, Ireland was added. But not Wales. Wales was invaded. The others joined peacefully by acts of their parliaments, but a few problems arose.
  • The Australian Coat of Arms includes a shield divided into six with the arms of each of the states on it. Originally they developed a unique federal arms, but they subsequently developed a new set including the arms of each state, inspired by...
  • Canada's royal arms of the time (around 1910), which included the arms of each province. This however was terribly cluttered; Canada had at that point nine provinces, which was deemed to be too complicated to be useful. The Canadians then adopted the first form of their modern arms by taking the British royal arms, switching the extra England quarter with royal French fleurs-de-lys, adding three maple leaves on white in the base, and having the lion and the unicorn carry flagpoles bearing the Union Jack and a blue flag with fleurs-de-lys, respectively.note 
  • Following Wars of the Roses, Henry VII created the Tudor Rose, which was the White Rose of the House of York within the Red Rose of the House of Lancaster, representing the merging of the two houses (His mother was of the House of Lancaster and his wife was of the House of York).


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