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"Games like this make it seem like Capcom has a lot of enemies. Everybody wants to fight them."
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A lengthy series of Massive Multiplayer Crossover Fighting Games, all of which feature Capcom and another company.

It's composed of several crossover series, which are listed chronologically:

Fighting games

Also see SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash, a Card Battle Game series which acted as a precursor to the above-listed fighters.

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Namco × Capcom is another game teaming Capcom with another company, but it is not a fighting game and not officially part of the Capcom vs. series. There was also the Project X Zone series, which added two more companies to the mix. Also related is Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Unite, a comic book event that involves several game worlds besides the title two and is effectively a "Sega vs. Capcom" story. Street Fighter X Tekken pretty much only features those two series, despite also being a fighting game.


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  • Bootstrapped Theme: This is a recurring element for the Capcom side. For instance, characters like Ryu, Batsu, and Alex have their home stage themes as their background music, even though in their original games the background music are not tied to them but to the stages. Another example is Mega Man Trigger/Volnutt receiving the theme that accompanied the Flutter vs. Gesselschaft Boss Battle in MML1 which followed him from NxC into Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. (Tron herself would later get this theme for herself in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.)
  • Card Battle Game: The SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash series, which is the first official crossover with SNK.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: The whole point behind these series. The most beloved characters in the video game history clashing it out between each other, and with comic book and anime superheroes and villains.
  • Costume Evolution: Certain characters change outfits as the series progresses to keep up with their updated designs in the original media, most notably Iron Man, Hawkeye, Wolverine and Storm. The Hulk's The Professor/Merged Hulk incarnation was also used in the earlier games, before reverting to the more iconic Savage Hulk persona from 3 onward.
  • Enemy Mine: The plots usually revolve around heroes and villains from both companies working together to take down a threat that endangers their respective worlds, such as Galactus in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or Yami in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. As a result, it's entirely possible to build a team of characters who are mortal enemies in their own series. Penny Arcade references this in this strip.
  • Fake Crossover: There is no continuity between the games, and the storylines are not referenced anywhere else. However, there's a surprising aversion during the Spider-Verse storyline, where the villain Morlun drops in on Spider-Man of Earth-30847, who is explicitly shown to be the Marvel vs. Capcom version of the character, up to and including having a confused player standing at the arcade machine, watching the scene unfold.
  • The Grappler:
    • The Capcom characters Zangief and Haggar retain their movesets from Street Fighter and Final Fight respectively.
    • Hulk, Nemesis, Juggernaut, Colossus, Sentinel and Omega Red all have at least one extremely powerful grapple ability to supplement their slow but powerful attacks.
    • She-Hulk's primary fighting game involves three variations of the same grapple: the basic grab, a long-range version with slow startup, and an aerial version. If it lands, it stuns the opponent long enough to follow up with combos for big damage. Thanks to having off-the-ground attacks, even her aerial throws can also be used to start combos.
    • Thor has an extremely powerful command grab which is one of the main tools of his moveset, and can be done in both the air and the ground. One interaction with Mike Haggar even has Haggar praise Thor's grappling power and "mic skills" and say he'd gladly get Thor in touch with his agent.
  • Trope Overdosed: This whole page had to be divided into 18 different pages. And still counting...
  • Wolverine Publicity: One could say that's the whole point of this series with the non-Wolverine examples.
    • Expect Ryu and Chun-Li to be present in any crossover game.
    • To a much lesser extent you also have Ken Masters (who was absent in the first and third Marvel vs. Capcom titles and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom), Zangief (who was replaced by Alex in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, by Hugo in SVC Chaos, and Haggar in Marvel vs. Capcom 3) and Morrigan (who was replaced by Demitri in SVC Chaos, a game which, unsurprisingly, wasn't developed by Capcom).
    • Let's not get started on the non-Capcom examples, especially the Trope Namer. He is the only Marvel character who has appeared in every single Marvel vs. Capcom entry from X-Men: Children of the Atom all the way up to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He even has TWO versions of himself in MvC2. The only Marvel characters to come close to meeting his near-perfect attendance record would be Spider-Man, Captain America and the Hulk, who have appeared in nearly every installment of the series sans Children of the Atom and X-Men vs. Street Fighter.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: The only way to explain many, upon many, upon many, upon MANY of the specials and supers in this series.

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