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When you have a Crisis Crossover or a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, you'll need something to motivate the heroes into action. While having the Big Bads of the series team up can work, sometimes you want a new, even Greater-Scope Villain. One that requires such a massive team-up of heroism.

And then, why stop there? Why not go the full way and make a new Hero for this crossover? That way you can have a central conflict for the entire story. Plus, since you'll have an original character tied to this story instead of the differing canons of the other series, you'll be able to have more character development for the main character all in all.


The Greater-Scope Villain variety is somewhat more common than the new Hero variety. Crossovers with new Heroes, however, have a tendency to become a series in their own right, a Spin-Off that just happens to have crossover origins.

Oddly enough, rare in Fan Fic, likely due to the fear of them becoming Mary Sues — but see Original Character.

No relation to First Installment Wins.


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  • Yu Gi Oh: The ZEXAL anime only introduced 46 of the 100 Emperor's Key Numbers and the manga, which is a completely different continuity, introduced only 24 new Numbers. 22 of the remaining 30 Numbers have been introduced by the OCG, and the other 8 unknown Numbers will be eventually revealed later.

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  • The Marvel Versus DC crossover had a new character named Access. As he's co-owned by the two companies, he isn't used very often.
  • Specific to The DCU:
    • Imperiex, from Our Worlds at War.
    • A well-known greater scope villain example is the Anti-Monitor from DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths. There were some new heroes as well—Pariah, Harbinger, the Monitor, Alex Luthor, Superboy-Prime, Lady Quark, and Doctor Light—but, with the exception of Doctor Light, they faded quickly after the event ended, only brought up when the writer wished to remind the readers of Crisis. Or in the case of Superboy-Prime, to make a Face–Heel Turn and become a recurring Big Bad in his own right.
    • Neron of Underworld Unleashed. And the new hero is — Trickster. Yes, the reform of a longstanding villain. On one hand, outwitting a devil is probably the best stunt he could have pulled off; on the other hand, he doesn't want to go somewhere warm after he dies, after pulling that off. And Neron, despite being an obvious plot device to beef up lack-lustre villains, has since made several appearances.
    • In Final Crisis, the hero is Nix Uotan, a depowered Monitor.
    • Convergence introduces Telos, who serves as the disc one final boss of the series.
  • Specific to Marvel Universe:
    • Blitzkrieg, the Collective Man, Defensor, Le Peregrine, Shamrock, and Talisman, six national heroes from Contest of Champions.
    • The Beyonder, from Secret Wars and Secret Wars II.
    • Onslaught, created for the Onslaught Saga that eventually led to Heroes Reborn.
    • Lampshaded in the anthology Wha... huh?'s Identity Crisis parody — Identity Girl says she was created just because of that one.
    • Kid Kaiju was created for the Monsters Unleashed revival, which began as a crossover event, but continued later as an ongoing title featuring him.
    • Basically every character introduced in Spider-Verse —and there are lots of them— qualifies as this, most notably Spider-Gwen.
    • Subverted in Infinity Wars (2018) by Requiem, a new character created for the series who is revealed to be Gamora early into the run.

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  • Toy Story has Woody and Buzz Lightyear, among others. The sequels, Halloween Special and Christmas Special introduced even more of these.
  • Wreck-It Ralph has the main and secondary characters. In an arcade with video games and their respective characters that exist in real life, the title character and friends came from games that were created specifically for this movie.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The trope is Older Than They Think, being featured in countless Godfrey Ho films (as highlighted on The Cinema Snob) where incomplete or unreleased films would have additional plots and characters included with many featuring ninjas.
  • Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan all originally appeared by themselves in their own separate Toho films. The former two would fight in the Crossover film Mothra vs. Godzilla, but when Toho decided to bring all three together in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, they were pitted against a new monster, King Ghidorah. This would lead to Toho's later Kaiju movies all more or less existing in the same universe.


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  • Walter from The Muppets is a Muppet made for this movie. He is an interesting case for this trope as he was created for a single franchise (albeit jumping The Muppet Show continuity to the silver screen) rather than a crossover.

  • Twice Charmed gives Lady Tremaine a Wicked Fairy Godfather who helps her plan revenge on Cinderella.

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  • Trope Namer and probably the example that stands out the most in fiction, due to sheer numbers, are the various characters that Banpresto made for their Super Robot Wars series, as well as other crossover games (The Great Battle and Another Century's Episode, for example). Each game (excluding the first game and Super Robot Wars Compact) since Super Robot Wars 2 has added in new original heroes and villains, known as "Banpresto Originals", whose stories tend to link together the various licensed series in the game. The originals gained such a fandom that Banpresto made a Spin-Off series consisting of nothing but their original characters, called Super Robot Wars Original Generation. This was convenient, as the lack of licensing issues made it possible to finally bring the series to international audiences for the first time.
  • In Kingdom Hearts, you have Sora and his friends to make the Heroes. There are a few other side characters, and then the Greater Scope Villains: the various incarnations of Xehanort, Organization XIII, and of course in general, The Heartless. Ultimately, the Kingdom Hearts games focus almost entirely on the original characters and their story, with the crossover elements being used as the backdrop for the world.
  • The King of Fighters started as a Massive Multiplayer Crossover with a handful of original characters, but has slowly evolved to the point that the originals nearly outnumber the crossover characters. It's gotten to the point that most fans don't complain about the Fatal Fury cast being downplayed in what used to be their tournament, but that the preceding original protagonist characters have always had the spotlight stolen from them by other original characters, since every major story arc so far has a different protagonist.
    • In the case of the main games, Kyo Kusanagi had the spotlight stolen from him years earlier in KOF '99, with K', who in turn got it stolen by Ash Crimson. Since Ash was a Villain Protagonist, as well as rather effeminate, it only added to his unpopularity until it was revealed that Ash was always on the side of the heroes. A good part of the fandom forgave him after that. As of XIV, Ash has since been replaced by Shun'ei, who's more of a Nice Guy than the previous protagonists were.
    • The 3D Maximum Impact Series take this further by having different protagonists, Alba and Soiree Meira.
    • The GBA Spin-Off series The King of Fighters EX has several new characters who have never appeared in the series proper, such as Moe Habana (essentially Kyo's Distaff Counterpart), an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl named Miu Kurosaki, and an Action Dad named Reiji Oogami.
  • NeoGeo Battle Coliseum introduced two protagonists named Yuki and Ai, as well as an antagonist named Goodman. The Orochi clone Mizuchi may also count.
  • Most of the Capcom vs. series avoided this trope, except for:
  • Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi introduces Arden Lyn, a Dark Jedi who makes further Star Wars Legends appearances.
  • The Super Smash Bros. series has a few:
    • Master Hand and Crazy Hand, most of the bosses, and the Fighting Polygons/Wire Frames/Alloys. Brawl brought in the all-original Subspace Army with its leader Tabuu. Notably, most of the playable characters are still entirely crossovers. (Although some receive traits unique to Smash Bros, like Mr. Game & Watch, who does not exist in his games. Instead, he is a Composite Character of all the Game & Watch handheld games. He is also the source of the aforementioned Subspace Army.) Also of note, Master Hand crossed over into the Kirby games and gives Kirby his Smash Bros. Move set when copied.
    • The Subspace Emissary also brought us the Ancient Minister, who's actually a subversion. He's really R.O.B. And then double subverted, as R.O.B.'s characterization is unique for Smash.
    • Two other bosses from the Subspace Emissary, Galleom and Duon, are entirely original, although Duon's design at least was clearly inspired by Dialga and Palkia from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
    • The Mii Fighters are technically this, being the first playable fighters to bear the Smash logo symbol.
    • The fourth installment introduces Master Core, the final Boss of the game's single player mode, which is spawned from Master Hand.
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a new Adventure Mode, "World of Light", with a new antagonist, Galeem, being the main threat. Later on, another enemy, Dharkon, appears as The Rival to Galeem, forming a Big-Bad Ensemble.
  • Tales has the crossover series Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon. The first crossover game, Narikiri Dungeon 2 on the Game Boy Color, had Mel and Dio, an entirely too cute matched set of silver-haired chibis with the ability to dress up as classes or monsters. When the series made the jump to the GBA, the new protagonists were given the ability to assume generic classes... or to go the whole way and become the other characters they were fighting alongside. These also included villains, spirits, and cameos like Wada Don and Mr. Driller. Oddly, Pac-Man has not been a costume yet.
    • And with the Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology series, the three Kanonnos and the three flying creatures (Mormo, Paneer, and Rockspring), among other original characters.
  • Marvel Comics games tend to include these. Not counting Marvel vs. Capcom examples, listed above:
    • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects has half the cast as originals, the title Imperfects, who were also to become Canon Immigrants. They didn't work out so well.
    • In a more successful example, Marvel: Contest of Champions has Guillotine (who ended up becoming a Canon Immigrant) and Morningstar.
    • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 follows the rough plot of Civil War but eventually split offs into an original storyline when the nanites go rogue, creating a new villainous, viral Hive Mind intelligence known as the Fold. An evil cyborg Nick Fury being the closest thing the infection has for a figurehead effectively means they're more of a Original Generation concept.
    • For Captain America's 75th anniversary, all of Marvel's mobile titles debuted new alternate-universe versions of Cap. Two of the more notable ones were in Marvel Puzzle Quest, where Steve was assassinated and Peggy Carter became Captain America in his place; and Marvel Future Fight, where Steve never became a Fish out of Temporal Water and got to settle down with Peggy, and their daughter Sharon took up the mantle.
    • Future Fight later debuted more original heroes; Luna Snow, a K-Pop Idol Singer with ice powers, and Crescent, a martial artist Kid Hero who can summon a spirit bear named Io.
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe has Dark Kahn, a Greater-Scope Villain who could only be created due to the crossover, being the result of Darkseid and Shao Kahn being struck down by Superman and Raiden respectively as they were going to escape into dimensional portals while the universes were separate. All this happening at the exact same spot in time and space, thus merging them and the two universes.
  • Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus has a rare case of an unnamed original protagonist (and his (named) classmate), tying the various light novel series taken from the Dengeki magazine (including Shakugan no Shana, Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan, Toradora!, Kino's Journey, A Certain Magical Index and Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu among others) by forming a rag-tag party with their heroines in order to battle the Big Bad's Canon Defilement.
  • Ruru, and Nowel from Magical Battle Arena, a doujin 3D battle game featuring the Magical Girls and female mages from Lyrical Nanoha, Cardcaptor Sakura, Slayers, and Magical Circle Guru-Guru. Kirara And Sarara are somewhere in between, coming from Magical Girl Kirara And Sarara, an H-game that's related to this.
  • The Nicktoons Unite! series has the Wise Old Crab as a rare case of a supporting original character (all of the playable characters are crossovers) and the Mawgu and Globulous Maximus as Big Bads (the other villains in the series are crossovers).
  • Takumi and Haruna of the Shin'i Organization and villainess Kuu in Battle Moon Wars.
  • The DS version of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games has the Snow Spirits as a rare case of MacGuffin original characters. No such things are present in the Wii version.
  • The upcoming .hack game .hack//Link features characters from many previous entries in the series (Kite, Pi, Haseo, Midori, Albreio and so on) due to the fact that this is a 3rd version of the The World. The main character and villains however are entirely new.
  • SD Gundam G Generation has a variety of original units which are Mobile Suit Variations (Prototypes which are handwaved to not exist in the anime). But the most prominent one is the Phoenix series of mobile suits which the Phoenix Gundam is said to be the strongest Gundam even in comparison to ∀ Gundam. Along with that is a set of original pilots which either is just meant to be filler or is part of a side story plot.
    • G Generation Wars play with this trope. You won't even aware of its existence until you unlock an EX mission, and it only appear in last two missions. Yet it turn out that events in the game was controled by Generation System super computer.
    • And the Gundam Vs Series gives us the two Extreme Gundams, the pilot of one of which is voiced by Gackt.
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy has Cosmos as the Big Good and the guiding force driving the heroes to defeat Chaos. Chaos himself sorta counts as this too, as he's from Final Fantasy I originally, but has been reinvented to the point the only real similarities between his original incarnation and his Dissidia incarnation is their physical appearances and name. The Final Fantasy I Chaos was a generic demon One-Winged Angel transformation for Garland—Dissidia's Chaos is a Physical God and the Greater-Scope Villain to all previous Big Bads. Note that it's still implied that he is in fact the Chaos from Final Fantasy I seeing as rigorous time-and-dimension travel is explained to come into play through the reports in 012. Garland says that he and Chaos are the same thing in a cutsceen anyway. Despite Garland being The Dragon to Chaos in this game.
  • While he's arguably an Expy of St. Germain, newcomer Aeon is responsible for the events of Castlevania: Judgment.
  • The Mario Golf and Mario Tennis series included original characters in the Nintendo 64 version of Mario Golf, the Game Boy Color versions of Mario Golf and Mario Tennis, and Mario Golf: Advance Tour and Mario Tennis: Power Tour on Game Boy Advance. This allows players to have a decent selection of characters to choose between in the former, and enough rivals, opponents, as well as as Playable OC Stand Ins in the latter four. Both GBC games can transfer their playable characters and their stats to their respective N64 versions, and the GBA and GC golf games follow in their footsteps.
  • The Compati Hero Series, a Banpresto video game series which crossed Super-Deformed versions of Ultraman, Kamen Rider and Gundam, introduced a fourth hero in The Great Battle action game series called Fighter Roar. Roar is not a hero from any previous franchise, but a new character meant to represent Banpresto.
  • The Parodius games have always had a greater or lesser number of Konami charaters in their player character roster. In the initial games the only character unique to the series was the octopus known as Takosuke in later games, but from Gokujou Parodius onward the number of original characters, not counting Expys and Palette Swaps, grew steadily larger.
  • Rockman Xover, an iOS social game developed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Rockman franchise, centers around a new Rockman named Over-1 who must rescue the other seven Rockman heroes.
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has a small example, one of the secret characters is a living Dreamcast VMU that morphs into vehicles from Sega's games.
  • Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey has the heroine, the pixie, the Bogs, and the Big Bad, Zara.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona:
  • Dynasty Warriors and its offshoots:
  • Fighters Megamix has Deku the anthropormorphic Mexican jumping bean(!), Sibe, URA Bahn, a fighting chunk of meat on the bone, and the AM2 palm tree amidst its roster of characters hailing from Virtua Fighter, Fighting Vipers, Sonic the Fighters, Virtua Cop, Rent A Hero, and even Daytona USA.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The 7th Stand User has several, including the protagonist and an all-new group of antagonistic Stand users known as the Slaves To Fate. Additionally, the game includes a secondary route starting where the protagonist is attacked by J. Geil instead of Abdul and reunites at the fight against Judgment. This route features a cast of all-new characters, with the exception of Hol Horse, as well as Stroheim and Speedwagon if you managed to find them earlier.
  • The one unifying character throughout the entire Dark Parables series is the Fairy Tale Detective, the player character, who must interact with the legendary characters of classic fairy tales and help them fix whatever is preventing them from reaching their Happily Ever After. There are also a handful of original characters among the fairy tale cast, but these are usually connected to the traditional stories in one way or another.
  • Yo-Kai Watch mainly uses actual Japanese youkai however many are original characters. This is most obvious in the third game, where many of the "American yokai" are influenced by other material or are based on Eagle Land stereotypes.
  • The crossover game LEGO Dimensions gives us Lord Vortech, whose goal is to smash together the various LEGO universes to create his vision of a "perfect" world. We also get his former assistant X-PO and their homeworld Vorton, which contains portals to all the licensed universes.
    • There's also "Gamer Kid" who is original to the game's Midway Arcade world.
    • The game also features several alternate rebuild versions of existing fictional tools, weapons and vehicles such as the Laser-Pulse TARDIS and Proton Zapper (rebuilt from the Ghostbusters' Ghost Trap) that make use of the fact they are built from LEGO and thus can have their structures rearranged.
  • Heroes of the Storm makes up entirely new characters as heroes to represent fan-favourite units from Blizzard's real-time strategy franchises. As of late 2018, they also started adding "Nexus-born" heroes that are Original Generation for Blizzard as a whole.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes gives us Alfonse and Sharena on the heroes' side, as well as a new incarnation of Legacy Character Anna. On the villains' side, we have Veronica (who was even voted to have a Brave Hero variation), the Mysterious Man (real name Bruno), and a mysterious being known as Loki. Book II introduces the Ice Kingdom Nifl, featuring Fjorm, Gunnthrá, Yglr, and Hríd as the main supporting characters, and the Fire Kingdom of Múspell, featuring Surtr, Laegjam, and Laevatein as its royalty, as well as Helbindi and the aforementioned Loki, as the antagonists. Eventually, all of them were made playable in various intervals. Likewise, the new Book III introduces Eir (who is a new playable Mythical hero), and Hel as the royals of the Realm of The Dead, and Lif and Thrasir as generals.
  • World of Final Fantasy has new heroes Lann and Reynn, cute animal sidekick Tama, mysterious deity Enna Kros, and villains the Bahamutian Federation interacting with classic characters, monsters and settings from across the Final Fantasy series.
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has Beep-O, the avatar of the Supa-Merge headset, which is fused to a Rabbid (whom Bowser Jr. names "Spawny").
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE has EVERYONE who isn't a Mirage be part of the Original Generation. Even the shopkeeper who only looks a lot like Anna but isn't really her.
  • In Sailor Moon: Another Story, the sailors are up against the first three seasons of bad guys. The enemies are being resurrected by the Opposito Senshi, dark counterparts to the Inner Team, and their queen Apsu.
  • Kirara Fantasia introduces several original generation characters to assist the Manga Time Kirara heroines, most prominently the witch Kirara. All of the playable characters remain Kirara imports, though.
  • The console and Nintendo DS versions of Power Rangers: Super Legends both feature a character created for the game who never appeared in any of the Power Rangers shows. The character exclusive to the console version is the Future Omega Ranger, while the character exclusive to the DS version is the Guardian of the Hall of Legends.
  • Final Fantasy XI's final expansion Rhapsodies of Vana'diel is instigated by the arrival of Iroha, a sorceress claiming to be the Player Character's apprentice from a doomed timeline. She and the player then avert the apocalypse in a story that has cameos from nearly every other major character.
  • The majority of the teams in Mutant Football League are thorough parodies of real NFL teams, from their cities to their colors to their rosters, like the Scarolina Panzers/Carolina Panthers or Killadelphia Evils/Philadelphia Eagles. A handful, however, are completely original, namely the agile playmaking all-alien Galaxy Chaos, pass-happy all-robot Tokyo Terminators, the brutal (very nearly) all-orc Orcs of Hazzard, and the best team in the game the Full Metal Mayhem

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