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There are Crossovers between works or universes which seem relatively logical, thanks to them being not too different. And then, there are these...

A Weird Crossover is an unlikely crossover between works different enough, be it in themes, tones (e.g. mixing something very dark with something very upbeat), genres (e.g. merging a Sci-Fi or Horror franchise with one set in our world, or a specific superhero in a kind of setting he/she is usually not associated with), etc. It can be a full work, but there are many examples using it to create fake movie trailers. Also, there are examples of this trope serving to make a single In-Universe joke, the Weird Crossover work referred In-Universe being a Show Within a Show (or an unlikely project existing In-Universe). The trope is usually Played for Laughs, the joke being the unlikeliness of the crossover.


For obvious reasons (though official weird crossovers exist, sometimes involving universes inside the same franchise or Public Domain Characters), this trope is often restricted to Game Mods, Fan-Art, Fan Fic, and various kinds of Web Original contents.

The opposite of Common Crossover. Canonical (non fanwork) examples turn into Shared Universe. Supertrope of Crossover Cosmology. Sometimes leads to Fake Crossover. Can overlap with Intercontinuity Crossover, Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Unexpected Character, and Guest Fighter. When the unlikely combination is a mish-mash of generic creatures or concepts (instead of proper references to specific universes) it's a Fantasy Kitchen Sink or a Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink. Occasionally involved in Real Trailer, Fake Movie.

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Works Examples:

    Comic Books 
  • Both the Alien and Predator franchises have had (separate) official Batman crossover comics.
  • Perhaps not quite as weird as some of the others listed here but Ape Nation is a crossover between Alien Nation and Planet of the Apes. The premise is that the Tenctonese slave ship was sucked into a black hole and arrived on the ape-dominated Earth in the future, landing in the Forbidden Zone. Caan, the captain of the Newcomer ship, has conquest in mind and is opposed by his brother Danada who enters into an alliance with the gorilla General Ollo and a human named Simon, who has the ability to speak. Another major character in the miniseries is named Heston.
  • Archie Comics sometimes makes comics that clash their PG, family-friendly image with adult-aimed series:
  • Even before Warner Bros. absorbed DC Comics, DC had the license to print Looney Tunes comics. In 2000, DC launched the four-issue series Superman and Bugs Bunny wherein the wacky Dodo meets Mxyzptlk, and they form a partnership to wreak havoc on both universes.
  • There has been a Jem crossover comic with Thundercats 1985. Considering it was made over a decade after both cartoons had ended, it was fuelled by the concept that both are popular 80s kids nostalgia. They're polar opposite series nevertheless. One is a female-geared cartoon about women in a band while the other is a male-aimed action series about anthropomorphic cats.
  • Lobo's Paramilitary Christmas Special - aka "Lobo vs Santa" - features Lobo being hired by the Easter Bunny to whack Santa Claus.
  • There is a very old Disney comic story called "Thumper meets the Seven Dwarfs", where Thumper the rabbit encounters the Seven Dwarfs from Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Friend Owl and Flower also appear, and they even encounter the giant from a Mickey Mouse cartoon Brave Little Tailor!

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    Live-Action TV 
  • In Boy Meets World, professional wrestler Vader appears as the father of Frankie and Herman. His name on the series is Francis Albert Leslie 'Frankie' Stechino, Sr., while the Real Life Vader is Leon Allen White.
  • Scott Bakula had a season or so long arc guest starring on Murphy Brown as Murphy's love interest, and they almost got married. In Bakula's last episode, he leaves the newsroom bullpen via elevator and you see him glowing blue as if he's leaping.
  • Sanford and Son. A crossover with Hawaii Five-O is heavily invoked in "The Hawaiian Connection" trilogy. While Fred and Lamont get caught up in a diamond smuggling ring that's being investigated by the actual Five-O, references to Steve McGarrett (famous hair and all) are made throughout, implying that in-Sanford-universe, McGarrett actually works for the actual Five-O.
  • A Saturday Night Live sketch from 1999 involved a humorous crossover between Seinfeld and Oz, in which Jerry Seinfeld is incarcerated at Oswald State Correctional Facility, where he casually chats about prison life with Tobias Beecher, Vernon Schillinger, Ryan O'Reilly, and Augustus Hill.
  • The Supernatural episode "ScoobyNatural" crossed over with an old episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. While both series share the common ground of featuring paranormal investigators, Scooby-Doo is a kids' show and Supernatural really isn't. In fact, some of the conflict comes from the Winchesters trying to shield Mystery Inc. from the nastier stuff that the latter aren't equipped to deal with.
  • In the The X-Files episode "X-Cops" the producers of an episode of C.O.P.S. run into Mulder & Scully while filming one of their episodes and end up following them as they investigate one of their X-Files.

    Music Videos 
  • The music video to Fall Out Boy's "The Carpal Tunnel Of Love" is a crossover with Happy Tree Friends, a cartoon where the entire joke is adorable animal characters dying in various gorey ways. The music video stays true to this theme by featuring the characters (including Funny Animal versions of the band) all dying in true HTF fashion.



    Pro Wrestling 
  • Quite a few reality shows have crossed over with pro wrestling shows. Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight going with UFC and or Jerry Lawler's Memphis Wrestling isn't so weird. Jackass(Fake Crossover with TNA), Jersey Shore(actual crossovers with TNA and Juggalo Championship Wrestling), Survivor(With Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor only being its most notable examples) are very weird. In-Universe, the Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard were embarrassed to see Johnny Fairplay in the ring.
  • While Kaiju Big Battel is technically staying in the same genre when it crosses over with other pro wrestling promotions, it doesn't happen very often for very good reasons. Even when those wrestlers come from other "weird" promotions like Pro Wrestling Zero 1, Chikara or Dramatic Dream Team(for escalating levels of weirdness) they still tend to stick out like sore thumbs, to say nothing of the mostly regular wrestlers working for the WWN family promotions.


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    Web Videos 

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