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Sep 16th 2011 at 7:59:40 PM •••

Trope Repair Shop decided to restrict this to in-universe examples only, so I've gone ahead and cut the non-in-universe sections. I'll repost them here for posterity. If you still want to talk about this stuff, the forums would be a good place for that.

The classic pairings:

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    Anime and Manga 

  • Batman (with prep time) vs. Anyone.
  • Any Lono vs The Punisher.
  • When people discuss matchups involving the Hulk, one common Fan Wank is to act as though Hulk's declarations of "Hulk is the strongest one there is" are some sort of multiversal law. It doesn't matter if a character has been seen to routinely perform feats of strength that drastically outclass anything the Hulk has even been seen to perform: "Hulk is the strongest one there is," therefore he is stronger.
    • Hulk's strength increases every time he gets angrier. Hulk gets angrier every time he is insufficiently strong. We typically see him being weaker than most of the serious bricks, but he doesn't have an upper limit, while everyone else does. Given sufficient time, Hulk is the strongest. Given seemingly infinite regenerative abilities, Hulk has enough time. Acknowledged in the second Superman/Spider-Man pairing. Superman simply lets the Hulk get tired out and calmer by beating on Supes without Supes retaliating and making him angrier.
  • Due to the choice of actors for the Film Adaptation, recent memes have started of Scott Pilgrim vs Superman and Captain America.
  • Recently there's been a trend of discussing who would win in a fight between Invincible and Superman.
    Anonymous Poster: The best evidence for Mark beating Clark is that Invincible can and has been ruthless when his life's on the line. The advantage he has is psychological, rather than physical. So if you take away Superman's ruth, you also take away any advantage Invincible has.
  • Marvel Vs. DC, outside the Amalgam Universe



    Live Action TV 

     Tabletop Games 
  • Turtorials of converting Call of Cthulhu into different game's setttings sometimes mention legendary experiment when somebody put Great Chtulhu against an army of greatest D&D heroes, all boosted up to 20th level. Cthulhu killed 13 heroes and was defeated by spell that imprisoned him forever, when players realized that nothing can kill him.
    • Cthulu vs the Tarrasque would have been a better one.
    • Some of the editions of Call of Cthulhu have an FAQ section including "What happens when we nuke Cthulhu? He gets up fifteen minutes later—and now he's radioactive."
  • Hero Clix started as a game featuring heroes and villains from the various DC and Marvel comics. Then, after it died and came back to life under the ownership of NECA, it added Street Fighter, Lord of the Rings and Gearsof War to the lineup. Given all the other properties they have licenses for, one can only guess what other characters may one day join the fight.
  • In the days of 2nd Edition AD&D, there was a running in-house debate at TSR about which group of Badass villains would win in a fight: the templar-priests of Dark Sun or the darklords of Ravenloft. Smart money went with the After the End Athasian badasses if they fought on neutral ground, but swung over to Team Ravenloft if the Gothic Horror baddies could fight on their home turf.
    • Then the Planescape line was published, and ended the debate by blowing both sides' pet villains out of the water.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons vs the Griffins from Family Guy, this also includes their dogs and babies.
  • Mickey Mouse vs. Bugs Bunny pops up quite a bit, possibly adding Felix the Cat or Scooby Doo into the mix.
    • Regarding co-stars, the Donald Duck vs Daffy Duck matchup seems to be getting more and more popular, thanks to the piano duel in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • Laff A Lympics could be considered here. The show featured memorable characters from different Hanna-Barbera shows all competing for the first prize.

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Sep 16th 2011 at 7:59:46 PM •••


Cross Medium Battles (Anime vs. Comic Books vs. Film vs. Literature vs. Live-Action TV vs. Video Games vs. Western Animation)

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Real Life

    Real Life 
  • Nature. As observed in this video
  • The "Pirates vs. Ninjas" meme.
    • Downloadable from the Xbox Live Marketplace is this meme, and the answer is given in an epic game of dodgeball. Zombies and robots are also thrown into the mix. Appropriately, the game is named Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball.
  • Tyrannosaurus vs Triceratops.
    • Tyrannosaurus vs. other large theropods such Giganotosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus and Spinosaurus is commonly seen in dinosaur-themed messageboards, with the latter usually in response to the controversial matchup in Jurassic Park III.
  • Attila the Hun versus Genghis Khan.
    • Attila the Hun vs Hannibal Barca; Genghis Khan vs. Alexander the Great
  • Legionaries vs Samurai, although the military history nerds are almost unanimous.
  • Even political polling organizations have started doing this.
  • The Metrocon Human Chessmatch, where famous video game and anime characters face off against each other.
  • Military forums do this quite a bit. Specifically, naval fans are particularly prone to this, where we get five-way battleship match-offs like the IJN's Yamato versus the USN's Iowa versus the Royal Navy's King George V versus the French Navy's Dunquesne versus the Kriegsmarine's Bismarck. Complicating things further are the fact that the battleships are designed for different roles in different oceans, had non-measurable factors like seaworthiness and crew comfort, and enjoyed different levels of training. General consensus puts the Iowa and the Yamato as top-tier (Yamato has bigger guns and more armor, offset by Iowa's speed, radar, fire-control, and far-superior AAA).
  • Muhammad Ali vs. Rocky Marciano. Ali never lost a match by Knock-Out in his career, while Marciano never lost a match period. Sure, there was the controversial "Super Fight" where a computer predicted Marciano winning via KO in the 13th* , but that has not been good enough to satisfy boxing fans.
  • The Space Race.
  • Cool Plane vs. another Cool Plane: F-22 vs Su-27 is rather popular, as is F-22 vs Eurofighter typhoon, though those involved in such debates often ignore the fact that different planes are designed for different roles and therefore can't be compared directly (as is the case with F-22 vs eurofighter) as well the fact that at the end of the day it ultimately comes down to pilot skill and who makes the least mistakes in an engagement/dogfight.
  • Bill Gates versus Steve Jobs. Not to mention the fights between their respective systems.
  • One magazine had a contest between Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering. It wasn't the games they tested, oh no, but the properties of the cards themselves. There were such challenges as which series tasted better (Jigglypuff s'mores), which cards withstood being frozen and thawed from a block of ice (Chansey), which cards could be thrown farther (Mr. Mime must have won by flapping his huge hands), and several other seemingly irrelevant challenges. In the end, Magic came out of the showdown with the superior card quality.

Feb 26th 2012 at 3:04:48 PM •••

There's a website that allows people to speculate on hypothetical historical presidential elections (i.e. What if Mike Huckabee had won the nomination in 2008 instead of John Mc Cain? or What if Kennedy (either one) hadn't been assassinated?) Unfortunately, I don't have the website's name handy.

Jun 11th 2011 at 11:33:37 AM •••

Why is this a YMMV trope? It's describing inter-continuity battles, and while who should win is obviously subjective the existence of the crossovers themselves aren't. No one's about to argue that Marvel Vs Capcom doesn't belong on this page, for instance.

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Jun 12th 2011 at 11:13:34 AM •••

i think its because the outcomes are somewhat subjective.

May 17th 2011 at 12:58:27 PM •••

DBZ versus naruto really? how does using Shippuden make it fair.

May 8th 2011 at 8:01:46 AM •••

How come no one has a section in literature for Camp Half-Blood against the Potter-world or for that matter, the worlds of Artemis Fowl against the Potter-world?

What about Camp Half-Blood(and its allies on the forces of Olympus) up against the world of dot hack?

Sep 1st 2010 at 6:20:30 PM •••

The Deadliest warrior gladiator whining bothers me. I mean, what were the weapons they were trained in used for, tickling eachother?

They WERE trained to kill. It may not have been the main thing they were trained in but you know what we call a gladiator who doesn't kill?


(Had to get that off of my chest)

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