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->''"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis WHO...IS...]]'''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis DEADLIEST?!]]'''''"''
-->-- '''Narrator'''

[[BloodSport Gladiators]] versus [[InjunCountry Apaches]]. {{Pirates}} versus [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights]]. {{Ninja}}s versus [[ThreeHundred Spartans]]. {{Samurai}} versus [[HornyVikings Vikings]]. [[ZombieApocalypse Zombies]] versus [[SpaceMarine Spacem...]] Uh... [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Never mind.]]

Being that HumansAreWarriors, there are thousands of different cultures, each with their own philosophy of combat, and each with their own ideal weapons. They are legendary. They are powerful. And they leave only one question to be answered:

[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Who would win in a fight?]]

This is the most basic argument to rock message boards all across the internet, and rarely will you see an Off-Topic section on a website without this somewhere. Someone had the bright idea that this would make a good documentary -- and it turns out they were right.

Much like the MythBusters ([[{{Dissimile}} except]] [[BloodierAndGorier drenched in]] [[{{Gorn}} gallons of blood]]), these guys approach age-old curiosities from the standpoint of the scientific method. Fighting styles are brought in, demonstrated, and boiled down into data. Weapons are examined by experts in very tightly-controlled tests. Descendants and masters [[TrashTalk argue their case about their strengths and decrying the others' weaknesses.]]

All of the data is then combined into one-thousand simulated fights (5,000 as of Season 3), and from there a single result is determined and recreated in a dramatic re-enacting. All of this can be seen Wednesdays at 10 PM EST on SpikeTV, or [[http://www.spike.com/show/31082 on the internet at their official site under Full Episodes]], should you live in Canada and the USA [[note]]or use a Proxy located in the USA[[/note]].

Had a successful run, becoming the number 1 show on Spike after three seasons, though due to budget and production cost reasons a fourth season was not greenlit.

A video game has now been released, where players will be able to make their own fights between most of the Season 1 ancient warriors and a couple of Season 2's. A sequel has followed as well, with the various {{historical domain character}}s from the show being the playable warriors. ChivalryMedievalWarfare has also [[http://tornbanner.com/deadliestwarrior/ announced an expansion to its game made with Deadliest Warrior]].

Plans for a movie based on the series [[http://www.spike.com/blog/deadliest-warrior-is/99844 have been announced.]]

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* ActionGirl:
** Two of them, in a season 2 episode, when the KGB took on the CIA.
*** FauxActionGirl: The [[spoiler: C.I.A]] female agent got no kills while her counterpart claimed at least 2, unless you see the [[spoiler: dead drop spike as a third kill]].
** Joan of Arc was the first female warrior featured on the show and took on William the Conqueror. [[spoiler:Joan won.]]
** The female vampire from Vampire VS Zombies.
* AGodAmI:
** Alexander the Great was a self-proclaimed god. When testing their weapons and getting a kill strike, one of the Attila experts quipped, "I think I just proved him mortal!"
** According to Ivan the Terrible's reading of the Bible, he saw himself as the ArchangelMichael and believed it was his duty to slaughter the enemies of God.
* AndThatsTerrible: When groups such as the Waffen-SS and Iraqi Republican Guard are featured, the narrator and the hosts frequently mention how despicable they are to get the point across that they're not endorsing their ideology or methods in any way.
** Very prominent in the Pol Pot vs Saddam battle, especially since one of the weapon's experts was a defector and another had many in his family killed by his respective leader, so they were under no illusions.
* AnnoyingArrows: Though the actual tests constantly subvert this, these are usually played straight in the final showdowns.
** In Gladiators versus Apaches, an arrow fully impales the gladiator. He rips it out and continues on like nothing. [[spoiler: Even so, it still gets the majority of the Apache's kills.]] It happens again in Viking versus Samurai, Pirate versus Knight, Aztec Jaguar versus Zande Warrior, twice in Vlad the Impaler versus Sun Tzu, Ming Warrior versus Musketeer, and Comanche versus Mongol.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the Aztec Jaguar vs. Zande Warrior's case, as [[spoiler:the Aztec was explicitly wearing cotton armor that was proven in the tests to reduce the impact of an arrow and prevent it from being a kill-strike.]] However, in the simulation [[spoiler:the Aztec was still noticeably hurt by an arrow, thus making it a subversion as well]].
*** Also, all bows are not created equal. The impact of an arrow launched from a shortbow made of non-ideal lumber would naturally have much less of an impact than an arrow from a yew longbow. The arrows probably wouldn't even be the same SIZE.
*** coincidentally, the cotton armor was made to stop arrows, knights also used cotton to stop arrow penetration as well.
** Played straight in Persian Immortal vs. Celt, when the Persian bow and arrow is tested, one of the Celtic warrior experts declares that the Celtic warrior will simply pull the arrow out and keep fighting.
** Played straight with Sun Tzu's [[ArrowsOnFire Fire Arrows]]: [[spoiler:the fire pit didn't create a very hot zone during testing, the cloth on the arrow actually stopped the penetration power of a typical arrow, and because of that last point, the fire cloth would actually cauterize the arrow wound.]]
** And on the other end, where Sun Tzu's [[spoiler: armor stopped the crossbow bolt from rather close range]]. But it was a repeating crossbow that admittedly did not fire with a lot of force, in order to allow for a higher rate of fire.
*** Same episode, Sun Tzu's opponent Vlad the Impaler brought a heavy duty crossbow. Tzu's armor didn't stand up so well.
** Also straight in the game, where any arrow hit causes little damage unless it's right on the head. Since this applies to ''all'' projectile weapons as well, you can end with scenes as unlikely as a ninja doing elaborate acrobatics while two javelins protrude from his body, ''both ways''.
** In Comanche vs. Mongol, [[spoiler: the Mongol takes an arrow to his leather-armored chest, then pulls it right out and continues fighting.]]
* AntiCavalry: According to Mongol historian Munkhtur Luvsanjambaa, the Mongol's glaive was meant to be used as a tool to kill the enemy's horse and its rider.
** Ivan the Terrible's bardiche and Hernán Cortés' alabarda (Spanish halberd) are portrayed as this.
* ArcherArchetype: Bows are used by lots of warriors before the invention of gunpowder. Interestingly, archery was a skill ''both'' sides brought to the table in the "Alexander the Great vs. Attila the Hun" battle; Attila and company used traditional bows and arrows, although it was the powerful composite recurve bow, while Alexander and his men used the more esoteric gastraphetes (the belly bow) and, if you want to stretch it a little, the ballista. Although historically speaking, the gastraphetes was rarely used and never produced in any significant quantity. The gastraphetes was a bulky and poorly designed crossbow, so Alexander preferred to use archers with normal bows as well.
** Historically, Alexander also used horse-archers, but to a much lesser degree and was quite rare. Most of Alexander's army were phalangites, basically soldiers carrying a giant 18 foot pike - that would have been utterly useless in single combat. Geoff Desmoulin says they brought in the ballista because [[RuleOfCool "how can you NOT test that weapon"?]]. The Roman Scorpion also operates by the same logic, being a gigantic torsion catapult. Both, however, were originally siege weapons--and several say that the idea of bringing in siege weapons for one-on-one combat is...questionable.
** When the Zande experts show off their bow, Max Geiger isn't impressed. "We've seen ''a lot'' of bows and arrows." And, indeed, the Zande are the only archers yet to not be all that impressive.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted, armor can make or break a fight.
** Most warriors in chainmail however have this trope enforced by the testing of butted chain as though it were riveted.
*** Depending heavily on the type of weapon used. Chain mail does, of course, provide little defense against stabbing weapons (even riveted mail, if the incoming weapon has a tip thin enough to slip through the rings). William Wallace vs Shaka Zulu showed that, Shaka's ONLY effective weapon was the short thrusting spear. However, the Viking chain mail held up to a strike from a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] without hardly a scratch, due to the katana being a slashing weapon.
** In Pirate versus Knight, [[spoiler:the Knight armor was effective against Flintlock Pistols and the Boarding Axe, but penetrated by the Blunderbuss. Also, the armor withstood the shrapnel from the pirate's Grenado, though it was noted he'd still be badly concussed and stunned.]]
** In Alexander vs. Attila, [[spoiler:Attila's leather armor does nothing to prevent Alexander's lance from impaling the dead pig stand-in. On the other hand, Alexander's helmet is effective against Attila's ax, though they don't show any other tests of his armor.]]
** In Shaka Zulu versus William Wallace, the [[BladeOnAStick Iklwa]] goes right through Wallace-era mail armor. Then again, as a stabbing weapon, [[JustifiedTrope it's to be expected.]]
** Excessive emphasis is put on how unbreakable the Spartan's shield is against its opponents. [[spoiler:They're right.]]
** In Azande vs Aztec the [[spoiler: Azande [[AnnoyingArrows arrows]] fail to punch through the Aztec cloth armor, which, traditionally, is specially treated specifically against arrows]].
** In Centurion vs Rajput, [[spoiler: the Rajput's Katar went through Centurion chainmail like it was a t shirt. Likewise, the Centurion's Dolabra did the same thing with the Rajput's armor. However, it was the Katar and the Khanda that won the match for the Rajput in the end.]]
** In Ming Warrior versus Musketeer, [[spoiler: the inability of the 3-barrel pole cannon to pierce the Musketeer's steel breastplate cost it the edge over the Musketeer's wheel-lock pistol, and was also a significant factor in the Musketeer's win in the final simulation as well.]]
** In the "Back for Blood" special, [[spoiler: Samurai vs Spartan, neither warrior's spear could penetrate through the other's armor, making this part of their battle a draw]].
*** Strangely though, [[spoiler: both weapons scored fairly highly in the simulation, particularly the Spartan spear despite the fact that it was broken in the test.]]
** In Comanche vs Mongol, [[spoiler: the Comanche's war lance pierces straight through the Mongol's lamellar armor.]]
** In Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, [[spoiler: Joan's armor blocked William's sword, which had been judged the superior blade in an earlier test. Furthermore, it was judged that although Joan's full plate armor was heavier, it was less restricting on the wearer's movement than William's chainmail (shattering a common CoconutEffect).]]
** In Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal, [[spoiler: the armor proved to be one of Genghis Khan's winning points, with his armor failing less than Hannibal's.]]
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, [[spoiler: the results varied; both could penetrate the other's armor with their firearms and Cortés' alabarda was capable of rendering Ivan's chainmail-and-steel-plate combo useless, but Ivan's bardiche couldn't break Cortés' steel breastplate. Armor ended up being an important advantage for Cortés.]]
** In season 3, this is averted in a general sense; one of the 100+ X-Factors the computer takes into account is Armor Metallurgy.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Usually representatives will forget this is a "What If" entertainment show and act like it's an actual life-or-death contests. See SeriousBusiness below.
** Both sides in the Viking/Samurai had some light teasing, the Samurai expert is a notable subversion of this. It's not entirely clear because the guy never cracks a smile when he makes a joke, so it's difficult to tell whether or not he was serious, or just a very good DeadpanSnarker.
*** He was smirking a few times and works as a comedian outside the show, so I'm gonna have to give the edge to DeadpanSnarker.
----> [+ '''EDGE, DEADPAN SNARKER!!'''+]
** The [=SWAT=] vs [=GSG9=] seems to subvert this. Both sides engage in good-natured trash-talk, but nothing serious--likely because both are essentially on the same side. As one of the [=GSG9=] experts said, as long as the threat is neutralized and any innocents involved are safe, he doesn't care if it's [=SWAT=] or [=GSG9=] getting the job done.
*** Pretty much the same deal with US Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos. One of the Israeli experts states that there is a lot of respect between the two sides, especially since in the real world, they are allies and they fight the same enemies. Furthermore, the show even shows the two sides' experts shaking hands to hammer home the point. It's further reinforced in the Aftermath episode, where both experts repeatedly emphasize the great respect and camaraderie between the [=SEALS=] and Israeli special forces.
** One of the more unfriendly instances of banter was the Jesse James vs. Al Capone. At the end of the pistol whip demonstration one of the Capone guys is actually cursing about "how stupid" a pistol whip is... and then starts swearing up a storm in the Aftermath.
*** Especially notable since the Aftermath specials usually have the experts act far more respectful towards their opponents, and even coming to their defense against viewer questions and complaints. The Al Capone expert is one of the few (if not the ''only'') expert to remain just as belligerent in the Aftermath as he was in the episode itself.
** Spetsnaz vs. Green Berets. As one of the Green Berets points out "They were my enemy, I was trained to kill them.". They throw around a lot of insults, even FlippingTheBird at each other. And in once instance, one of the Green Berets even admits "Those Russian guys... I'm pretty scared of them." Banter back and forth who is better is normal in the show, but in this episode, it stood out remarkably.
*** Except it was later revealed in the "Aftermath" following that the footage of the two teams was deliberately edited to make them appear more hostile than they were.
* AscendedExtra: Kieron Elliott, a member of episode 8's William Wallace team, becomes the host of the show's "Aftermath" (an on-line tie-on which answers questions asked by the show's fans).
* AscendedMeme: People who dislike the show's tendency to focus only on the weapons and ignore other possible factors like training and movement, give it the nickname of [[BiggerStick "Deadliest Arsenal"]]. This is now the name of one of the achievements in the game for unlocking all weapons.
* AssKickingPose: Several, but among the more notable are the ones used by the Shaolin Monk and Maori Warrior with (respectively) staff and taiaha, and the somewhat amusing poses assumed by Napoleon and George Washington just before they cross swords.
* AssShove: Where Vlad the Impaler's impaling spike starts - as if being impaled in and of itself wasn't bad enough.
* ATeamFiring: The Ming Warrior's Nest of Bees fires 32 arrows at once, essentially making it an entire squadron in one weapon. Fitting with the trope of an entire squadron, its accuracy is abysmal.
** That said, like a few other weapons dubiously brought into the show, it was designed for battles between legions (as opposed to five-on-five squad combat used by the show), to be fired en mas into ranked infantry; [[MoreDakka blasting a whole lot into a whole lot of people]], not carefully aimed at one.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: When testing weapons, the experts will often target weak points or areas unprotected by armor. This often involves an EyeScream, as seen below.
** The Samurai perhaps did this most impressively with the Yumi bow from something like 20+ yards, planting an arrow in each eye on the Ballistics dummy. Even while it was wearing a helmet. Double points for CallingYourAttacks. Would have been nice, though, if they'd shown the arrows would be likely to pierce chain mail as well, the Yumi being a longbow and all.
** In Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, [[spoiler:this actually costs the Ming representative--in a test specifically to see how his weapon handles against Musketeer armor, he ignores this and starts firing at other areas after the first shot deflects off harmlessly, and gets called on it by the Musketeer experts]].
*** [[spoiler:This probably was not actually intentional. The weapon he was testing was shown to be very inaccurate in the test. The neck shot just above the armor was probably just luck rather than skill.]]
** Revealed to be the premise of Vampire vs. Zombies at comicon.
* AudibleSharpness: Very often.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Al Capone vs. Jesse James, Shaka Zulu vs. William Wallace, Sun Tzu vs. Vlad the Impaler, and AttilaTheHun vs. AlexanderTheGreat. All eight incredibly authoritative. All eight incredible asskickers.
** Season 3 is practically overloaded with authoritative asskickers. Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal Barca, Joan of Arc vs. William the Conquerer, GeorgeWashington vs. NapoleonBonaparte, Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, and TheodoreRoosevelt vs. LawrenceOfArabia.
*** [[spoiler: Questionable for Joan of Arc since truthfully she never actually fought and killed anyone in battle.]]
* AutomaticCrossbows: Sun Tzu's Repeating Crossbow
* AwesomeButImpractical: Occasionally invoked. Some flashier weapons lose to simpler weapons due to their impracticality.
** The Sicilian Mafia reps have this opinion of the Yakuza's nunchaku. Their preferred wooden instrument of destruction is the all-American [[BatterUp baseball bat]].
--> Zero Kazama, Yakuza expert: "This? (referring to nun-chaku) This is just to distract you while I break you with my foot!"
** The best example the show has to offer is probably the Rajput's aara, a thin, flexible, whip-like sword and one of the more esoteric weapons ever featured on the show. [[spoiler: It got ''no'' kills in the simulation and a performance so pathetic it's almost totally unprecedented.]] The Roman Centurion countered with his own cool looking but ultimately kind of stupid weapon in the Scorpion bolt-thrower, which was described as "machine gun like" by the Centurion experts but actually has a rate of fire of roughly one bolt per minute.
*** It was "machine gun like" in how it was used by the Roman Legion, not in how the weapon actually functioned. The Scorpions were set up in emplacements along the line to fire on oncoming infantry. It wasn't a weapon for hitting individual soldiers, it was more of a suppression weapon to ward off infantry advances, like machine gun emplacements.
** The Ballistic Knife wielded by the Spetnaz. Awesome, but you have to retrieve the knife once you fired it....
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Experts Snake Blocker and Zero [[{{Tekken}} Kazama]].
** Also host and computer expert Max Geiger. Anyone with a name like that is clearly either a scientist or a robot.
** Geoffrey Desmoulin's middle name is "Thor." Additional points for having the initials GTD
** There's more from Season 2. One of the Rajput experts is named Gugun Deep Singh. One of the Medellín Cartel's experts is named ''[[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone]]'' Blanco.
** In Season 3, one of the Crazy Horse experts is named Moses Brings Plenty.
*** His other expert goes by the name of Delano "Blu" Eagle.
** One of the WEAPONS actually gets one of these. The Ming Warrior's landmine has a proper Chinese name that translates as "Underground Sky-Soaring Thunder".
** For an English speaker, Vlad the Impaler's sword gets a nod. It was called the Kilij, pronounced pretty much phonetically (read: ''kill-age''), and, well, let's just say it lived up to its name.
* AxCrazy: Vlad the Impaler....just, Vlad the Impaler.
** Both Ivan the Terrible and Hernán Cortés are portrayed this way; Cortés was obsessed to no end with gold, while Ivan was just batshit insane [[note]]He allegedly drank mercury to cure his back pain and would butcher anyone, including the Russians he ruled over[[/note]].
* AnAxeToGrind: One of the most common weapon archetypes seen on the show. Some examples include the Apache's tomahawk, Viking's great axe, the Knight, Vlad the Impaler's, and Cortez's halberds, Attila's scythian axe, the Immortal's sagaris, and Ivan the Terrible's bardiche.
* BackStab: Happens on two different occasions in the sims.
** In Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal, [[spoiler: Genghis' last soldier is stabbed in the back by Hannibal himself]].
** In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Pol Pot dispatches Saddam's last soldier from behind with his cane knife. The same thing later happens to Pol Pot's final troop, being stabbed by Saddam and his combat knife]].
** This is also Hernán Cortés' finishing move in the second video game; he knocks the enemy down with his close range sword, offers a hand to help them back up, then stabs them with his dagger as he pulls them.
* {{Badass}}: The guest experts vouching for each team seem to be chosen based on how badass they are them self. You've got people that are Spetsnaz, SWAT members, practitioners of all kinds of martial arts and more showing up weekly... and that's not even going into the individual Warriors themselves.
* BadassAdorable: Claire Dodin. She's just so chipper and cute, even when stating matter of factly that she could put a sword through your chainmail and kill you instantly.
* BadassBoast: Part of the testing process involves each expert making a BadassBoast for each weapon they demonstrate in order to convince the judges of its lethality.
** Zero Kazama takes it to the next level in the Japanese Yakuza vs. Sicilian New York Mafia episode. The Mafia rep has just demonstrated the bone-crushing power available from the common American [[BatterUp baseball bat]]. Kazama holds up his nunchaku: "We can do the same thing without a weapon. These? These are just to distract you while I break you with my ''FOOT!''"
*** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Lay off the sake, brother!"]]
** Every warrior gets one of these at the beginning of their respective episode. For example, the Persian Immortal's boast was being "the precision killer in a massive war machine who forged the largest empire the Middle East has ever seen."
* BadassGrandpa: Several of the older experts qualify, given that they've usually spent several decades in their field. One notable example: [[TheMafia Thomas freaking Bonnano.]] He has family ties to one of the cornerstone families of the Sicilian Mafia, and knows his way around a [[MoreDakka Tommy gun.]] Even though he appears to be about sixty years old or so, he's not a guy you want to mess with.
* BadassIsraeli: [[CaptainObvious The Israeli Commandos.]]
* BadassLongcoat: The Jesse James gang.
* BadassMustache: [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] sports one. Also seems to be a requirement for a french musketeer. The Celt also sports quite the badass 'stache.
** One Musketeer was baby-faced. [[spoiler: He dies by headshot, without the facial hair to protect him.]]
** Theodore Roosevelt's is downright amazing.
* BadassNative: The Comanche and Apache.
* BadBoss: In the simulation for Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, [[spoiler: Ivan not only throws one of his men off their horse so he can ride it, but uses another successfully as a HumanShield.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: Barry Jacobsen's pate is downright [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard-esque]].
** Richard "Mack" Machowicz has one too.
* BangBangBANG: Gun sound effects are usually beefed up.
* [[BannedInChina Banned In Britain]]: Rather [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles understandably]], the IRA vs. Taliban episode did not air in the UK. Nor did the "Back for Blood" special which included the IRA a second time.
** It seems that Bravo cut out the Stiletto test from Jesse James gang vs Al Capone gang and in KGB vs CIA they cut the use of the exploding cigar at the start of the sim.
* BatterUp: The mafia receive a baseball bat as one of their weapons. [[spoiler:When compared to the Yakuza's nunchucks, the judges determined that nunchucks were faster and flashier, but the baseball bat delivered a heavier and more lethal blow, by which we mean '''it shattered a pig's spine in one hit.''']]
* BeardOfBarbarism: The Celts and their wicked mustaches.
** The Vikings have 'em, too.
* BeastOfBattle: Hannibal's war elephants.
* {{BFS}}: William Wallace's Claymore. The Celtic Longsword wasn't too small either. A less extreme example with the Rajput's Khanda sword, which, while not as blatantly massive as the first two, still boasted a length of about three feet.
* BigDamnHeroes: The ending of the Jesse James vs. Al Capone sim.
* BilingualBonus: A small one for Ming Warrior vs. French Musketeer, Geoff did a couple of countdowns in Chinese and French. In the showdown, the Musketeers also speak in French.
** In Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong, the Waffen-SS experts are heard communicating in German during the testing for the Viet Cong's Tokarev pistol. At the start of the episode's simulation, a Viet Cong soldier interrogates his Waffen-SS hostage in Vietnamese, and later threatens him in Vietnamese again.
** Before testing the Rajput's aara, Sukhwinder Singh, the guest expert for the aara communicates to the Rajput experts in Hindi.
** In Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz, [[spoiler: the last Spetsnaz taunts the Green Beret he just killed in Russian. "I am spetznaz! No one will defeat us!]]
** Saddam Hussein uses a few Arabic phrases in his battle against Pol Pot [[spoiler: including his PreMortemOneLiner]].
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, Hernán Cortés says a few of his lines in Spanish, including [[spoiler: the order to fire the arquebus that starts the battle, and his victory yell after killing and looting Ivan]].
* BlackDudeDiesFirst:
** Averted in the Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz sim. [[spoiler: The third Green Beret to die, and the seventh overall, is the only black character.]]
** Also averted during French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas. [[spoiler: The black legionnaire is the third of his team to die.]]
* BladeOnAStick: Almost too many to list, the list carrying the following weapons: the Samurai ''naginata'', the Spartan ''dory'' spear, three types of halberds (used by the Knight, Vlad the Impaler, and Hernán Cortés), the ''xyston'' of AlexanderTheGreat, the Zande ''makrigga'', the Centurion's ''pilum'' javelin, a Persian spear that didn't have a name attached to it, the Celtic ''lancea'', the Comanche war lance, a Mongol glaive, Genghis Khan's ''jida'' lance, Hannibal's ''soliferrum'' javelin, and Ivan the Terrible's ''bardiche'' poleaxe. Nearly all of them proved extremely effective.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Jesse James does this to Al Capone during the simulation.
** Also done in Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz; the former uses a Beretta Pistol to shoot an AK 74 out of the hands of the last Spetsnaz agent.
* BloodierAndGorier: Season 2 so far surpasses Season 1 in red goop. A few examples include a head exploding in both the Back For Blood special and the SWAT vs. GSG-9 simulation, and filling a pig carcass with blood to test the Bowie Knife in Jesse James vs Al Capone.
** They used to just leave the pigs as they were. In Season 2, they FILL the pig with fake blood. Just for fun.
** The friggin' BOWIE KNIFE. Geoffrey was friggin' SPEECHLESS.
** The whole "tear the dummy's heart out" thing is probably the winner here, though. Because they ''tore the dummy's heart out''.
** Katars. "Everything that was inside, is now outside."
** In Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel, the targets for the long range firearms were rigged with tannarite canisters that would explode in a spectacular fashion if they were hit. Scientifically speaking here was no reason for the dummies to explode into a gory heap other than it looking [[IncrediblyLamePun bloody awesome.]]
** Testing what exactly happened when [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] lived up to the nickname with a ballistic gel dummy and a ''lubed'' spike.
* BloodyHandprint: Used by the show as a logo to represent the Mafia.
** In the "KGB vs. CIA" dramatized battle, [[spoiler:a shot and wounded KGB agent leaves one on a door, followed by a trail of blood, allowing a CIA agent to track him down and eventually kill him. Another KGB agent leaves one on his car window while being strangled to death]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: A sure sign that a warrior's dead in any given sim.
* BondOneLiner: Mafia vs. Yakuza. After gunning down a restaurant full of dummies with the [[MoreDakka Tommy Gun]], Thomas Bonanno takes a flower prop from a vase, puts it in a dummy's shirt pocket, and says "Have a nice day."
* BoobsOfSteel: The [[DarkActionGirl female KGB agent]] in the KGB vs. CIA episode.
** JoanOfArc in the Deadliest Warrior Legends game, growing at least 4 cup sizes. She also has literal BoobsOfSteel with rather form-fitting chestplate armor.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:How Frank James kills Al Capone. With a WINCHESTER. THROUGH JAIL BARS.]]
** Also how [[spoiler: the Pirate defeats the Knight, with a flintlock shot through the opened visor of his helmet.]]
** And again [[spoiler: in Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer; one of the Musketeers gets shot through the forehead with the Ming Warrior's 3-Barrel Pole Cannon.]]
** Quite literally what happens to the dummies in Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel during the long range testing, since they had explosives tied to their necks that would go off after a headshot.
** SWAT vs [=GSG9=]. Both sides are police forces equipped with [[ColdSniper sniping specialists]]. During testing, two target dummies take rounds [[EyeScream right through the eyes]]. More target dummies take head-splattering hits during the kill-house demonstrations of the assault rifles and the shotgun demonstrations.
** In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler:Saddam ends the sim by shooting Pol Pot in the head at point-blank]].
*** In the video game it's possible to get an instant victory with projectile weapons this way.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: In the showdown between the Jesse James Gang and the Al Capone Gang, Jesse and his comrades arm themselves with Civil War-era guns this way, after apparently winding up in a historical museum... somehow.
* BrainsAndBrawn: This is the primary setup for the experts of season 3's warriors: one expert handles the weapons, while the other provides insight on the people using them.
* BrokenStreak: [[spoiler: Crazy Horse's loss to Pancho Villa has ended the Native American winning streak, which the Apache started and the Comanche furthered.]]
* TheCameo: In Deadliest Warrior: Legends, the arcade mode has Richard "Mack" Mackowitz act as your opponent in the two 'challenge' matches that you complete to unlock your secondary short and mid-range weapons.
* CameraAbuse: The re-enactment scenes get a fair bit of CG blood on the lens.
* CapeSnag: In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, [[spoiler: this costs Lawrence the battle, as Roosevelt grabbed a handful of his cloak to immobilize and kill him]].
* CaptainObvious: Armand, whenever he's asked to analyse the damage to a skull subjected to the ChunkySalsaRule. Frequently lampshaded.
-->'''Armand''': "Uh...this guy's dead! I really don't need to be here!"
* CarBomb: One of the Medellín Cartel's weapons.
* CatapultToGlory: William the Conqueror's torsion catapult, designed to launch rocks and diseased corpses over castle walls.
* CavemenVsAstronautsDebate: See ArrogantKungFuGuy above and SeriousBusiness below. You are going to ''need'' the MST3KMantra.
* CelebrityResemblance: Season 2 Somali Pirate rep Abdi Ali. Take away the rocket launcher and the accent, and you've got a near-dead ringer for KanyeWest.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Thoroughly averted, as every French warrior that appears on the show is described and depicted as extremely badass.
** In the Musketeer vs Ming Warrior, [[spoiler:the Musketeers defeat the Ming Warriors with over 670 kills.]]
** Season three has Joan of Arc, Napoleon Bonaparte, William the Conquerer (Yes, he was king of England, but he was from Normandy) and the French Foreign Legion. [[spoiler: Napoleon lost to George Washington, Joan defeated William, and the Legion lost to the Gurkhas.]]
*** The French Foreign Legion were a sort of Double Subversion. They were depicted as extremely badass, but it was also explained that they weren't necessarily made up of Frenchmen, including the former member they brought on as an weapons expert, who was Australian.
*** It was a tie by any mean between Napoleon and Washington, considering the latter barely won with 50.4%
* ChekhovsGun: In the beginning of Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, Armand and Mach bring up how Lawrence could run a mile in under 5 minutes. [[spoiler: This shifts the X-Factor of Endurance in his favor, with Lawrence getting an 88 and Theodore getting a 71.]]
** This occurs as well in Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal; during Dorian's traditional "tale of the tape" at the beginning of each episode, he brings up Genghis' protein-oriented diet and Hannibal's diet, mainly focused on carbohydrates. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, Hannibal's diet gives him the advantage in the X-Factor of Physicality, receiving an 81 compared to Genghis Khan's 76]].
** With Season 3's X-Factors, this trope occurs a lot; another example being in Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, when Mack's usual warrior analysis after Armand's gives us this tidbit about the latter.
--> '''Mack:''' [[BlatantLies He has a beautiful vision]] once he gets into power: "I want to eradicate the past and create a past of my own liking." This is his plan: "I'm going to kill off anyone who knows anything about the past. 'Hey, you read a book? You're dead. You're an intellectual? You're dead. [[RuleOfThree You wear glasses, you're dead.]]'" That's this guy in a nutshell.
*** In the X-Factor analysis, [[spoiler: this idea is what costs him the X-Factor of Psychological Health; Pol Pot gets a 27, and Saddam gets a 46]].
* ChunkySalsaRule: Demonstrated in KGB v.s. CIA with the Dead Drop Spike, which was tested in a simulation of a bathroom stall.
* ClusterFBomb: The Aztec specialist swears a LOT. As does the Capone specialist...especially in the uncensored Aftermath.
* TheCoatsAreOff: AlCapone, before [[FisticuffsBoss going hand-to-hand]] with Jesse James.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Although [[http://www.spike.com/video-clips/8yy311/deadliest-warrior-saddam-s-acid-bath-torture-and-pol-pot-s-electrocution-torture not aired]], the hosts tested Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein's preferred torture methods, which were ElectricTorture and acid baths, respectively. Ivan the Terrible and Hernán Cortés also have there torture methods addressed, and in the simulation, [[spoiler: Ivan The Terrible is busy torturing a prisoner by ripping them in half with a horse.]]
* ColdSniper: "Maxim", the Spetznaz representative.
* CombatPragmatist: Alexander the Great trained in Pankration, a fighting style that allows for everything from low blows to eye gouging.
** The Israeli Commandos trained in Krav Maga, a hand-to-hand combat system that emphasizes aggression and doing whatever it takes to win, including attacks to the [[EyeScream eyes]], throat, and [[GroinAttack groin.]]
** The experts for the Ninja and Pirate outright stated that this is their warrior's preferred fighting style.
* CombatStilettos: Joan of Arc, in the game.
* CommonTongue: Adverted. Every warrior speaks the language they are native to, [[HeroicMime if they talk at all in the episode to begin with.]] This makes it almost impossible for the warriors to talk to each other in battle, but then again they are too busy killing each other and don't want to attract attention.
* CompetitiveBalance: Armored and shielded {{Mighty Glacier}}s who fight with brute force tend to go up against unarmored {{Fragile Speedster}}s who rely on agility and occasionally hit-and-run tactics. Examples include Apache vs. Gladiator, Ninja vs. Spartan, and Pirate vs. Knight. Arguably, MightyGlacier Viking vs. LightningBruiser Samurai fits the mold, as does the form vs. power matchup of Shaolin Monk vs. Maori Warrior (and later, Persian Immortal vs. Celt)
** In the game, also. You have [[FragileSpeedster Guerillas]] (e.g. Ninja and Apache) who can't get into a direct fight and have to use their agility to survive, [[GlassCannon Beserkers]] (e.g. Pirate and Viking) who have a deadly offense, but less in the way of defense and [[MightyGlacier Champions]] (e.g. Knight and Spartan) who can dish out a lot of damage and take it, but won't move very quickly.
* TheConqueror: The show has a few of them.
* CoolOldGuy: Many of them, including Barry Jacobsen, David Kono, and Anthony de Longis.
* CoolSword: Various cool swords are brought out through the show, including the Scottish claymore, the European longsword, the katana, and the cutlass.
** Attila the Hun's "Sword of Mars" -- it's a sword forged out of the iron ''[[ThunderboltIron from a meteorite]]!''
** Not to mention the Shaolin's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook_sword hook swords]].
* CoolVersusAwesome: The entire point of the show.
* CostumePorn
* CreepyMonotone: The Vlad the Impaler specialists. Both of them.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Played straight and averted with some groups. The Spartan and the Shaolin Monk both [[spoiler:had one weapon that got the vast majority of their kills and won them the match]]. AlexanderTheGreat and the Aztec both [[spoiler:had a weapon that got the majority of their kills, but none of the other weapons matched up to the other side in kills]].
%%* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[Awesome/DeadliestWarrior See here.]]
%%* CrowningMomentOfFunny: [[Funny/DeadliestWarrior See here.]]
* CulturalPosturing: By the bucketload, and source of some of the show's more hilarious quotes.
* CurbStompBattle: Sometimes one Warrior just dominates the other. [[spoiler:The Shaolin Monk's twin hooks get almost twice the kills the Maori's entire arsenal does]], [[spoiler:the Apache gets over double the kills of the Gladiator]], [[spoiler: the Persian Immortal gets almost 700 kills in his fight with the Celt]], and [[spoiler: the Musketeer follows suit with almost 700 kills over the Ming Warrior]].
** In the "Back For Blood" special, [[spoiler: the Spetsnaz slaughtered the Irish Republican Army ''over 700 times out of 1000'']].
** So far averted in Season 3 , with [[spoiler: Saddam Hussein's 56%-44% victory against Pol Pot]] being the widest margin of victory.
** This trope is likely to become much less common in Season 3 overall, since the sample size for the simulations has been increased from 1000 battles to 5000 battles.
* DanBrowned / CriticalResearchFailure: We had an entire page dedicated to it [[Research/DeadliestWarrior here.]] There's controversy about the scientific and statistical validity of the tests and whether the experts know what they're talking about. Some people have legitimate complaints about the capabilities of individual warriors portrayed in situations. Others are just nerd raging.
** As a note, the combat scene follows RuleOfCool and is not really intended to be well researched or informative.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: In "KGB vs. CIA" [[spoiler:the simulation ends when the remaining KGB agent is killed by the last CIA agent, who hides in his back seat and garrotes him when the he gets in the car.]]
* DeathByMaterialism: In the "Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel" simulation, [[spoiler: one Somali pirate is killed when he attempts to escape with one of the Cartel's jeeps that was loaded with cash & cocaine. Unfortunately, he was unaware of the car bomb...]]
** In the "KGB vs. CIA" dramatization, [[spoiler:all the deaths that occurred happened due to both squads of agents trying to obtain a roll of important microfilm documents]].
** [[spoiler: Averted by the 18th century Pirate, who killed the Knight to steal his treasure]].
** In "Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, [[spoiler: a musketeer tries to loot a Chinese sword stuck in the ground, triggering a landmine.]]
* DeathGlare: In the "Apache vs. Gladiator" episode, expert Snake Blocker is shown glaring angrily whenever the gladiator experts disparage Apache weapons.
** [[spoiler: Theodore Roosevelt give Lawrence of Arabia a particularly furious one when Lawrence takes out Roosevelt's last Rough Rider.]]
** In "George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte", Napoleon expert Matthew Cape sports a ''hilariously'' angry look when the Washington team's rifles prove more accurate than Napoleon's muskets.
* DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration: Many of the weapon demonstrations and tests are designed to be visually dynamic. Weapons are often tested against targets that are braced for impact to transfer all of the weapon's force into the target, creating a more impressive effect. Fragile materials such as ceramic are often used for targets of lighter weapons so that they can have something to break or shatter. Experts of the opposite side will occasionally gripe that the opponents' test makes the weapon look better than it is.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Happens in the "KGB vs. CIA" dramatized battle between the sole female agents of both sides. [[spoiler: The KGB agent shoots her CIA counterpart dead.]]
** Averted with Joan of Arc vs. William the Conquerer.
* DiagonalCut: And horizontal cuts and vertical cuts, usually to pig carcasses.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Zande's Kpinga knife has an obvious twig and berries shape above the handle. Max comments on it and the Coley Mustafa Speaks, Zande descendant says it shows masculinity.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The show has a disclaimer at the beginning of each show saying they don't endorse the warriors actions or beliefs, but inevitably whenever they test a warrior's weapons, it comes off as extremely cool--even when the combatants are scumbags such as the Nazi SS, Somali Pirates or Medellín Cartel.
* DoubleWeapon: As their special weapon, the ninja receive a kusarigama, which has a sickle on one end and an ensnaring chain-link on the other.
* DropTheHammer: William Wallace brought a warhammer of impressive size ''and'' clout.
* DrunkenMaster: In the game, the pirate is heavily implied to be completely smashed, explaining why his guns can be dodged with relative ease. He even passes out after performing his finisher! If the Pirate wins with a normal move it's confirmed that he's drunk. He pulls out a flask/canteen and says "Do you want some?" in a very slurred voice.
* DualWielding: Several examples, including the Shaolin monks and their hook swords, the Yakuza sais, William Wallace's dirk and targe (a shield with a large spike on the end), the Spartan's shield and xiphos/spear/javelin, the Viking experts throwing two full-length spears with each hand, [[GunsAkimbo Jesse James' outlaws]], and the Musketeer's rapier and main gauche.
** At one point in the "Persian Immortal vs. Celt" simulation, the Celt warrior uses both his sword and burda club at the same time.
** And in the finale of the "Shaolin Monk vs. Maori Warrior" simulation, the latter wields both the Mere and the Shark Tooth Club.
** In the "William Wallace vs. Shaka Zulu" simulation, Shaka Zulu grapples with William Wallace while wielding both the Zulu Axe and Iklwa spear.
* DueToTheDead: Something to think about: the Ming Warrior would remove the ears of the military personnel that they defeated. [[spoiler: One of the French Musketeers salutes a fallen comrade in the sim.]] It's coincidental, most likely, but it certainly makes for an interesting contrast...
** Celts collect the heads of enemies they killed as trophies, and Comanches do the same with their enemies' scalps.
*** The Apache got this from the British and the French. A lock of foreign hair was incredibly valuable in colonial Europe..
* DwindlingParty: This usually happens in most squad battles until only one member of the winning side is left standing.
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* EatenAlive: In Vampires vs. Zombies, [[spoiler: this is the fate of the first vampire to die. The other two vampires sense he's in trouble but they arrive too late to save him, and are horrified to discover his fate.]]
* EatsBabies: After the test of the Persian Immortal's bow and arrow, William Spencer Dinnean, one of the Celt experts, comments on how the Celt would simply use the arrows as toothpicks after he finishes eating Persian babies. Needless to say, [[DeathGlare the Persian experts weren't amused]]. Considering the Celts didn't actually eat babies, neither were some of the fans. Others considered it a BadassBoast.
** The show claims that Vlad the Impaler did this and forced the parents of said baby to do the same.
* EdutainmentShow: Whether or not you agree that the data and research are accurate, they still do a LOT in presenting the cultures, ideals, and weapons throughout history. You'll also learn a lot by reading the discussions made about the show.
* [[PlotTailoredToTheParty Eigen Plot]]: the battle videos always play out this way. If one group brings along a rifle, a pistol, a knife and a bomb, expect each of these weapons to make exactly one kill. So if a crossbow-wielding enemy is up against someone with a sword, you'll know the swordsman will win if there's already been a recorded crossbow kill for that side.
* ElevatorActionSequence: Occurs early in the final showdown of Yakuza vs. Mafia.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz, Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong, Roman Centurion vs. Rajput, Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos, U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Forces, and French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas.
* EpicFlail: The knights receive a military flail ("morningstar") for their special weapon. Its spikes make very short work of the demonstration mannequins. William Wallace receives a ball and chain, which is used as a throwing weapon. The ninja has a kusarigama, which is a flail attached to a sickle.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: The IRA vs Taliban final showdown takes place in a car-loaded junkyard. The respective sides have a nail bomb and a RPG-7. Do the math.
** The Medellín Cartel's explosive weapon is a car bomb.
** In the Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot battle, Saddam's crashed car explodes after it is shot at by one of Pol Pot's soldiers.
*** Not a straight example; the car only expoldes because Pol Pot's man hit the barrel of petrol next to it.
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, after the dummies are shot in a testing range, they're swarmed with bees. The hosts end up judging the damage from a safe distance.
** They also changed their fake blood formula to prevent future incidents
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot", there's a brief re-enactment of Saddam ordering a chemical attack on a Kurdish villiage, and the Republican Guard soldier he's talking to seems utterly shocked.
** Hernán Cortés looks positively disgusted when he sees Ivan and his men torturing a random peasent.
* EvilLaugh: Vlad the Impaler bellows one upon engaging Sun Tzu.
** Ivan the Terrible lets out a particularly mainiacal laugh in several re-enactments.
* EvilVersusEvil: A selling point/set up of some of the shows. Mafia versus Yakuza, IRA versus Taliban, Nazi Waffen-SS versus Viet Cong (the promo of which says outright they're villains), Jesse James' outlaws versus Al Capone gangsters, Somali Pirate versus Medellín Cartel, Saddam Hussein versus Pol Pot, and Hernán Cortés vs. Ivan the Terrible.
* ExplosiveCigar: The CIA get this as their explosive weapon.
* EyeScream: Various experts go for the eyes:
** In Viking versus Samurai, Tetsuro Shigematsu, a samurai expert puts arrows through the test dummy's eyes. This is then shown again in slow motion. Made worse by the fact that the doctor said that you would still be feeling it, still remember it, and would hemorrhage to death in so much agony.
** In Spartan versus Ninja, the ninja demonstrate Black Eggs, which would put crushed glass into the eye. [[spoiler:However, in the final showdown, the Spartan takes the glass full-on, looks shocked for a couple seconds, then goes on fighting like nothing happened. [[AnnoyingArrows Annoying Glass-In-The-Eye]]?]]
** In Green Beret versus Spetsnaz, the Spetsnaz sniper "misses" the nose he's aiming for and puts a round right through the dummy's eye.
** In Shaolin Monk versus Maori Warrior, the Shaolin representative goes right for the eyes with the Emei Daggers.
--> "Like mushrooms on a skewer."
** In IRA versus Taliban, the IRA representative slingshots a lead pellet into a skull's eyesocket. Imagine that smashing into a ''real, squishy'' eye.
** In SWAT versus GSG-9, both sniper rifles put rounds through a test dummy's eyes, similar to the Spetsnaz example above.
** In Ming Warrior versus Musketeer, the Musketeer expert pierces both of the gel-torso's eyes with both the rapier and main gauche.
** The Zulu has blinding powder spat into the target's face, which does not impress the judges much.
** In Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, [[spoiler: one of Joan's French knights gets shot in the eye with a crossbow bolt by one of William's soldiers.]]
** In Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, [[spoiler: one of Pancho Villa's rebels gets shot through the eye with a revolver wielded by Crazy Horse.]]
* FanservicePack: Joan of Arc in the game inexplicably grows at least four cup sizes, gets incredibly form-fitting armor, and runs around in highheels.
* AFateWorseThanDeath[=/=]CruelMercy: In SunTzu vs. [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]], [[spoiler: Vlad doesn't decapitate Sun Tzu when he has the chance. Instead, he impales him on a wooden stake (I.E. shoving a large wooden stake up his ass, which penetrates his internal organs and comes out his shoulders) leaving him to die a slow, painful death.]]
* FinalGirl: Averted in the "CIA vs. KGB" simulation, where the female members of both sides are killed in the middle of the fight.
** Also averted during Vampires VS Zombies. [[spoiler: The female vampire goes down 2nd]]
** The last surviving member of the GSG9 is female, however. [[spoiler: And then gets promptly shot down by the last SWAT member.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight in JoanOfArc vs William the Conqueror.]]
* TheFilmOfTheSeries: Yes, a movie has been announced. The plot is still unknown.
* FisticuffsBoss: Due to CombatBreakdown, often times the combat will be determined by the combatants' most close-ranged weapons, right down to knives, brass knuckles and such. Not always, however.
* ForTheEvulz: Seems to be Vlad the Impaler's motivation at times in the Sim for his episode, like when [[spoiler: he starts the fight by destroying a teapot with a cannon, and just laughs at Sun Tzu.]]
* FreudianExcuse: In Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, the motives of both warriors amount to this; Crazy Horse waging war against the U.S. military after witnessing the Blue Water Massacre, and Pancho Villa loathing the upper class after a hacienda owner assaulted his sister.
* GatlingGood: Theodore Roosevelt uses a Gatling gun in Theodore Roosevelt vs Lawrence of Arabia.
* GenreSavvy: It's usually pretty easy to figure out who will win the final battle based on what they do during the fight. If one side is happily torturing innocents or attempting to shoot unarmed prisoners, it's a safe bet that side will lose. Also note how the side that is acting in self-defense will nearly always come out victorious.
* GoldFever: In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, Cortés's lust for gold was described as causing him to be psychopathic in his quest for it. In the simulation, [[spoiler: after Cortés defeats Ivan, he steals gold from his coin purse, implying that this is the reason for attacking him.]]
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Played with in the "Yakuza vs. Mafia" episode. [[spoiler: The nunchaku look impressive, but the baseball bat ultimately delivered a harder hit.]]
** Even though it wasn't mentioned in the episode, Theodore Roosevelt was a champion boxer and black belt martial artist, [[spoiler:against Lawrence of Arabia, it allows him to stun his opponent long enough to finish him off in the simulation.]]
* GoodVersusGood: SWAT versus GSG-9.
* {{Gorn}}: While the final showdowns always keep bodies intact, the blood vessels are much less fortunate. The testings also usually result in buckets of mock blood spurting everywhere. There are exceptions to this trend, though, but when they go for the gorn...
** If you know your Zombies and seen the preview, a really painful looking test is done in this fashion for testing the zombies.
** The "Back For Blood" special when an [[spoiler: Irish Republican Army]] member's [[YourHeadAsplode head gets]] splattered by a [[spoiler: Spetsnaz]].
** The "Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel" episode when a [[spoiler: Cartel member hacks off a Pirate's hand with a machete before killing him with a strike to the neck]].
** In "KGB vs. CIA": [[spoiler: a KGB agent gets half his face blown off from smoking an exploding cigar given to him by a CIA agent]], and some unlucky fellow meets a similar fate in the weapon's dramatization.
** In "Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu", when [[spoiler:Vlad chops off Sun Tzu's hands with his kilij to incapacitate him]].
** In "Comanche vs. Mongol", where [[spoiler:the Comanche warrior scalps the Mongol after killing him]].
** The "U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Ops episode has [[spoiler:a Ranger that gets his leg blown off after stepping on the Korean box mine.]]
** In "Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal": [[spoiler:Hannibal's war elephant kills one of Genghis Khan's soldiers by stomping on his head.]]
** In "Hernán Cortés vs. Ivan the Terrible": [[spoiler: Ivan drawing and quartering a victim, pulling said victim in half and dragging the bleeding upper half of the corpse behind his horse for a few moments.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: The next-to-last shot in "Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu" is one of these, [[spoiler:before we see Sun Tzu impaled on a stake, and Vlad letting out a victory yell.]]
** Another example in "Comanche vs. Mongol", where [[spoiler:after the Mongol is killed by the Comanche warrior in a cave, the Comanche takes off the Mongol's hat and puts a scalping knife to his head before the camera turns away. The Comanche is then seen emerging from the cave with the Mongol's scalp in hand.]]
** Subverted in the "Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer" episode, when they show an attempted Ming deserter getting his feet cut off.
** Played straight in Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal's simulation, where [[spoiler: Hannibal's war elephant stomps on the head of one of Genghis' troops. We only see the elephant's foot, the other soldiers running away, and a close-up of the dead man's now smashed head]].
* GoshHornet: Assessing the ranged weapons for Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein ran into difficulties when a swarm of bees flew in and covered the backs of the final targets. The reason for this, as explained in the episode's Aftermath, is that the artificial blood they've been using was syrup-based, and the bees were attracted to the sweetness. They've since altered the formula to be soap-based instead to avoid another such incident.
* GroinAttack: During the AK-74 test, the Spetsnaz rep lies on the ground and puts a bullet straight through the dummy's batch. In the Yakuza VS Mafia final showdown, [[spoiler:a Mafioso swings straight into a Yakuza's groin, giving him enough time to earn a kill shot.]]
** Not the typical use of the trope, but one of the Zande's weapons has a penis shaped blade, and another is essentially a curved steel penis.
** The Nazi Waffen-SS' Schrapnellmine a.k.a. the Bouncing Betty mine, was shown to be capable of using its metal ball bearings to tear through human groins.
---> "It's not exactly anatomically correct, but...his junk has been PUSHED IN." (an understatement, as the mannequin was also cut completely in half at the waist)
** One of the KGB experts makes a similar claim with the explosive dead drop spike.
** More than one recreation of ancient combat includes this as a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment (Wallace throwing the ball and chain at an English knight is probably the funniest).
* GunTwirling: The Jesse James gun tester does this quite a bit.
* GunsAkimbo: The Jesse James demonstrator with two revolvers.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: There are several weapon demonstrations that end with a pig carcass or test dummy cleaved in half, the U.S. Army Rangers' SR-25 and the Nazi Waffen-SS' Schrapnellmine being to of the first examples that come to mind.
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, the sim starts off with Ivan and the Oprichniki torturing a man by tying his arms to a horse's hind legs, his legs to another horse and having them move in opposite directions. [[spoiler: When Ivan is ambushed by Cortés and his men, he mounts a horse and charges, ripping the man in half.]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: Typically avoided; all the warriors' various weapons can be seen strapped to their person.
** Played straight in the game. The warriors that use thrown items seem to be able to produce them from thin air, the most blatant examples though are the polearms which just appear in the fighters hands.
* HandCannon: This is the actual ''name'' of one of Vlad's weapons. However, it's not actually as impressive a firearm as it sounds (and it's the size of a Tommy Gun).
** The closest the show has had to an actual Hand Cannon was the Musketeer's Wheel-lock Pistol.
* AHandfulForAnEye: In Pirate versus Knight, the Pirate tries this on the Knight when the battle takes to the beach. In Spartan versus Ninja, the Ninja runs up the Spartan's shield and plants a black egg directly to the face.
* HeroTrackingFailure: The Israelis [[spoiler:find themselves on the wrong end of this trope in their showdown, as they spray fire at a running SEAL only for their shots to fall behind him. Said SEAL goes on to be the last man standing.]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: This is one of the points upon which those who say the show gets it wrong frequently lean upon. In response to the controversy, host Max Geiger insisted that the show was based on warriors in combat and not assassins sneaking around.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: William Wallace versus Shaka Zulu, AttilaTheHun versus AlexanderTheGreat, Jesse James' outlaws versus Al Capone's gangsters, [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] versus Sun Tzu. Also, Hannibal Barca vs. GenghisKhan has been confirmed for Season 3, William the Conqueror vs. Joan of Arc as has Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, George Washington vs. NapoleonBonaparte, Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, Lawrence of Arabia vs. TheodoreRoosevelt and Ivan The Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés.
* HistoricalInJoke: In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, [[spoiler:Roosevelt gets winged by a bullet, but survives and keeps fighting.]] This happened to the man in real life.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Vlad and Ivan get this big time, going from "tyrants but relatively competent leaders whom their people still respect" to AxeCrazy lunatics and mass murderers ForTheEvulz.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the "Teddy Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia" Aftermath, the Executive Producer of the show briefly talks about as the result as this. He was at first glad for the clear example of RockBeatsLaser to quell accusations that the more modern warrior always wins... [[spoiler: only to realize that it would instead provide fuel for accusations of an [[{{Eagleland}} American bias.]]]]
* {{HSQ}}:[[invoked]] Very high within the show itself, since the hosts gape and gasp after just about every weapon demonstration.
** Shaolin Monk versus Maori Warrior arguably has the biggest moment in the series when the tiny dude takes the Emei piercers to a dummy's head. The smallest person to appear on the show goes to town on the poor piece of ballistics gel, putting over a dozen stabs into the face and skull, including a kick, and finally delivers a hit with enough force to remove most of the head. At one point near the beginning, he stabs into both eyes and pulls them out, ''leaving the eyes on the other side of the piercers for the rest of the fight''. Geiger's reaction?
---> "Holy fuck, man. What the fuck was that?"
*** This was even brought up in the aftermath, with several comments essentially going "What the fuck, man? Seriously. What the FUCK?" He explains that, after one of the Maori experts declared the weapons little more than knitting needles, he decided to go all-out to give a full demonstration of what the Emei piercers could do.
*** Rob Roy, the Navy [=SEALs=] representative, puts the Shaolin Monk representative to shame with his own moment: going absolutely insane with his tactical knife on a gel dummy. He stabs it in the gut and neck OverNineThousand times, ends up cutting the head and arm off, and then sticks his knife where the head used to be. He also slashed and stabbed the face apart. There's a good reason Max is left standing stunned, mouth agape in shock at Rob's brutality. He was trying to outdo the similar antics of the Ka-Bar wielding Israeli commando, who had started with a lethal neck strike then continued on for disemboweling.
* HooksAndCrooks: The Somali Pirates use grappling hooks as their close range weapon.
* HopeSpot: In the Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer simulation, [[spoiler: one French Musketeer is shot in chest, is relieved to see that the the bullet deflected off his steel breastplate and stands back up, only to be shot in the head]].
* HornyVikings: Refreshingly averted in Episode 2. The Vikings there all have realistic peaked-cap helms with noseguards. While the trailer for Season 2 showed the Celts with horned helmets, the actual episode featuring them did not.
* HorseArcher: The Huns, Comanches, and Mongols (and by extension, Genghis Khan) are this trope. Coincidentally, the Comanche and Mongol fight each other in the same episode.
* HumansAreWarriors: The documentary is all about it.
* HumanShield: In the Yakuza versus Mafia showdown, a [[spoiler:Yakuza member grabs a bystander to soak a couple Mafia bullets]].
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, [[spoiler: Ivan uses one of his own soldiers to shield himself from a conquistador's arquebus shot.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: After the testing of the Comanche's scalping knife, one of the Mongol experts calls the cuts and stabs "nothing more than flesh wounds." The clip that plays afterwards? The pig it was tested on being sliced open, spilling fake blood.
** In "Persian Immortal vs. Celt", the Persian experts decry the Celt expert's demonstration of an impressive sword strike from a chariot by claiming that they can easily avoid it. The Persian's next two weapons are chariot-based, which the expert plays up by claiming that they can't be avoided because opposing forces will have to put too much focus into getting out of the way of both the chariot and the horses pulling them.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: Resolving such debates is the show's entire purpose.
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* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Gun safety rules will occasionally be broken in the lab, especially when the experts are filmed showing off firearms. They do seem to pay extra attention on the firing range when testing, though.
** In all likeliehood the in-lab weapons are not loaded.
*** The number one rule in gun safety is to treat all firearms as loaded at all times even if you just unloaded it yourself.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Maori warriors ate the bodies of their dead enemies in an attempt to absorb their power; they taunted their opponents by showing their tongues and making this intention very clear. Vlad the Impaler is also stated to consume human flesh. Subverted with the Azande, who only pretended to be cannibalistic in order to intimidate their foes.
** The Zombies from Vampires vs Zombies, obviously.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: In the simulations, this is how [[spoiler: Shaka Zulu, one of Atilla the Hun's soldiers, the Aztec Jaguar, a Nazi Waffen-SS soldier, Sun Tzu, one of Hannibal's soldiers, and one of Ivan the Terrible's henchmen die.]]
** Also how the Viet Cong use the punji sticks in their booby traps.
** Also a preferred method of execution with Vlad the Impaler.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Generally averted in the final showdowns, but sometimes occurs in the re-enactment spots that are shown during the weapon demonstrations.
** Happened during the Centurion vs. Rajput match, though; [[spoiler:The Rajput manages to chop the Roman's pilum clean in two out of midair with his khanda.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The Spetsnaz ballistic knife has [[AwesomeButImpractical plenty of reliability issues.]] It's still a knife that ''shoots itself''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The IRA use a slingshot, the Mafia use an ice pick, the Green Berets have a shovel, Attila the Hun had a lasso, the Somali Pirates have grappling hooks, and the Khmer Rouge had a cane knife. The majority of the weapons prove to be surprisingly effective, but entrenching tools actually have a long history of use as a hand-to-hand weapon--many WWI soldiers preferred them over [[BayonetYa bayonets]] because they did not stick into the enemy.
** Entrenching tools have been used quite a bit in combat, often in desparation. They have their shape for many reasons, smacking skulls being one of them. It's not so much improbable as desperate.
** When testing scattershot, the alternate ammo Washington would have used for his cannon, his experts explain that it consisted of nails, chains, and other small metal objects.
* IncrediblyLamePun: After slicing through Roman chain mail with a katar, one of the Rajput experts quips, "I guess that makes me the [[GuitarHero katar hero.]]"
** Another example in Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel; during the testing of the Pirate's rocket launcher, Geoff gave the signal with "3, 2, 1, [=ROCK IT=]!"
* InformedAbility / InformedFlaw: Many of the dramatizations tend to conflict with the episode's findings; in many cases, weapons found to perform exceedingly well play only bit parts in the fight, and final blows are dealt by weapons that tests had deemed ineffective.
** Season 3 seems to be better about this, though, with test results and other findings directly playing into the dramatizations:
*** In Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, [[spoiler: the extremely long reload time of the crossbow used by Joan gets one of her soldiers killed, and the one-on-one fight between Joan and William was visibly decided by Joan's superior armor, just as shown in tests.]]
*** In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Alexander of Arabia, [[spoiler: Lawrence at one point deploys the "Phantom Army" strategy his experts mentioned to great effect, and Roosevelt's Gatling gun was a key part in the fight, playing to it's advantage against Lawrence's counterpart and it's contribution to Roosevelt's final score.]]
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Admit it, you laughed every time they said "Flammenwerfer" (pronouced "Flammenverfer").
** "Blunderbuss"?
* InsistentTerminology: Joan of Arc's inexplicable ability to know exactly what to do in situations she had zero training or experience in is always referred to her ''"intuition"''. The hosts explicitly neither support nor dismiss the possibility that she was taking orders from God.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: At the start of the "Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong" battle, a member of the Waffen-SS finds himself on the receiving end of this at the hands of the Viet Cong, who have beaten him up and pointed a gun at his head. He is rescued soon after by his comrades, and [[spoiler: ultimately proves to be the last man standing]].
* JitterCam: Used in almost every single simulation in every single episode.
* JokeItem: In ''Deadliest Warrior: Legends'', the second video game based off the series, all the playable warriors have one as an unlockable weapon (Genghis Khan gets a koi fish, Sun Tzu gets a paper fan, William Wallace gets a shovel, etc.).
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. The katana is not granted any more special powers than it demonstrates during testing, and many western swords are shown to be just as lethal. Testing suggested that the katana could cut straight through [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill more than one unarmored body]] in a single swing, but it had absolutely no effect on chainmail.
** Interestingly, this didn't actually stop it from being a highly effective weapon in the sim itself--[[spoiler:it broke 100 kills and even slightly outperformed the Dane axe in its category.]]
** It was shut down pretty hard in Spartan vs. Samurai, though. [[spoiler:15 kills, bettering only its Spartan xiphos counterpart which scored 10 kills.]]
* KnifeNut: Apaches are portrayed as such. One Gladiator expert remarks upon seeing a knife throw that now the knife can't be used again. Apache expert Snake Blocker insists that Apache warriors would each carry as many knives as would fit on their person; he then proceeds to withdraw several knives from his waistband and various sheaths about his person, including one that was apparently hidden IN HIS HAIR.
** Navy [=SEAL=] Rob Roy fits this when he uses a ''three-inch knife'' to completely destroy a gel torso by disemboweling it, cutting off one of its arms, cutting its head off and ultimately leave the knife sticking straight up out of the neck.
* KnifeThrowingAct: In the "Apache vs. Gladiator" episode, Apache expert and US Army instructor Snake Blocker does a variation of this, throwing three knives and hitting three human-sized targets with center-mass killshots within three seconds before finishing the sequence with a backhanded stab to a dummy.
** Mentioned to be a viable tactic with the bowie knife, and demonstrated against the pig carcass. [[spoiler: The edge is still given to the stiletto.]]
* KungFoley: See BangBangBANG and AudibleSharpness above.
* LaResistance: Several revolutionary groups have been mentioned over the course of the show, such as the Provisional Irish Republican Army, George Washington and the Continental Army, and T.E. Lawrence's bedouin tribesmen.
* LeeroyJenkins: In Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, [[spoiler: the first man on Pancho Villa's side mounts a horse and charges at Crazy Horse's entire team by himself, only to be shot with an 1860 Henry Repeating Rifle]].
* LetsYouAndHimFight: A few dramatizations would try and give some justification as to why the two sides are fighting, but many [[RuleOfCool don't bother.]]
* LickingTheBlade: [[spoiler: Performed by the Apache after stabbing the Gladiator several times in the throat.]]
** [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] does this in the commercial for his match against SunTzu.
* LighterAndSofter: Season 3 (when compared to [[BloodierAndGorier season 2]]), seems to be more about showing off all their research, without all the cool testing of the previous seasons.
* LightningBruiser: The Samurai in Episode 2. Agile and precise, but armored just as well as his opponent.
** Similarly, the Vampires in Season 3 are portrayed like this. Superhumanly fast, strong, and quite durable.
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* MacheteMayhem: The close range weapon of the Medellín Cartel; also, the cane knife used by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge was said to be inspired by the machete.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Ming Warriors Nest of Bees test.
* MadBomber: During the simulations, the IRA members can be heard [[EvilLaugh chuckling]] before detonating a nail bomb.
* TheMafia / {{Yakuza}}: Episode 5.
** Also episode 12, the Jesse James Gang vs. Al Capone's Gang.
* TheMagnificent: Several of the {{historical domain character}}s, ranging from such as Alexander the Great, Ivan the Terrible, and Vlad the Impaler.
* ManipulativeEditing: In the Spetsnaz vs. Green Beret episode, both sides said during the Aftermath that the episode was edited to make the two teams look more confrontational against each other.
* ManOnFire: In IRA VS the Taliban, the IRA bring a flamethrower to add a little gas to things. According to the doctor, it would be a nightmarishly horrible way to die--even after you get out of the flames, your bones would still be cooking you from the inside.
** The Nazi Waffen-SS used a significantly more powerful flamethrower, which utilized tar fuel that ''stuck to the skin'' while it burned.
** Sun Tzu's huo chien, or flaming arrows, were used in association with flammable ingredients such as lard and linseed oil, to light large areas, and soldiers, on fire.
* MartialPacifist: Shaolin Monks are said to have taken no pride in killing, and fought only out of necessity.
* MobWar: Yakuza vs. Mafia. Jesse James vs. Al Capone, sort of. Somali Pirates vs. Medellín Cartel may sort of fit as well.
* MolotovCocktail: Used by the Mafia.
* MomentOfSilence: Though the background music still plays, the Musketeers do this for one of their comrades who [[spoiler:gets blown up by a land mine]].
* MoodWhiplash: In the simulation, the Medellín Cartel was surely not expecting to be ambushed by Somali Pirates as they were relaxing to some Columbian music.
* {{Mooks}}: Besides the final showdown at the end of each episode, there are also reenactments throughout the running time that show each of the two featured combatants killing enemies that they were historically against in their time period. For instance, Vlad the Impaler is shown fighting Ottomans,the Medellín Cartel is depicted as slaughtering Columbian police officers, and William Wallace is taking down English soldiers.
* MoreDakka: Several of the automatic firearms weapons, especially the Tommy gun.
** One of the Al Capone experts even derides the Colt Revolver's performance with something alone these lines. "Not enough firepower! You can still show him in the casket."
* MotionBlur: Used in the Vampires vs. Zombies simulation to illustrate the vampires' superhuman speed.
* TheMusketeer: Not just a musketeer, but a ''French'' one to boot, one who definitively averts that [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys unfortunate, cultural]] trope.
* MythologyGag: The Game has an achievement called "Who's Deadliest Now?", which you get by beating Arcade Mode with the Knight, the Viking, and the Ninja on the Deadliest difficulty. Fans of the show will notice that [[spoiler: all three warriors lost their match-ups on the show, and the warriors they fight at the end of their Arcade Modes were the ones who beat them.]]
** Also, the pirate faces the ninja at the end of his arcade mode.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Vlad the Impaler. Seriously, the last dude you'd want to hear is on the battlefield opposite your side just based on name alone.
* TheNapoleon: Davide Lavera, one of the Aztec's experts, was about 5 feet tall (dwarfed even by Max!) and was probably one of the most [[JerkAss arrogant]] experts they've ever had.
** Averted surprisingly with the REAL Napoleon with Dr. Dorian stating he wasn't that short at a 5'7". He ''did'', however, have a significant size disadvantage against the 6'4" George Washington.
* NewRulesAsThePlotDemands: A Mafia gangster pulls out a switchblade to fight his opponent, the Shaolin Monk brings out a meteor hammer during his showdown with the Maori, an IRA operative uses his own knife to kill a member of the Taliban, and two of Crazy Horse's Lakota warriors are seen with self bows, but none of these weapons were actually tested. Their roles seem to be to make the simulation more interesting.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Averted in the 3rd Season Finale Aftermath, in which the question of what a zombie-vampire hybrid would be like comes up. The zombie expert, vampire expert, and Dr. Dorian all agree that such a creature [[AntiClimax would just shamble into the sun and die.]] However, Geoff puts forth the possibility that a virus mutation might cause a different, unexpected, and considerably more interesting result.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: During the simulation, one of the Medellín Cartel members bears a strong resemblance to Pablo Escobar.
* NorthKoreansWithNodongs: The North Korean Special Operations Force, who appear in Season 3, fighting the US Army Rangers.
* OffWithHisHead: The Scottish claymore is notable for this, chopping off 3 heads at once in its test.
** The Celtic Longsword was also meant to take heads.
** Geoffrey yells this trope when testing the Zande Warrior's makrakka. It does.
** The Aztec Jaguar's macuahuitl is shown to [[IncrediblyLamePun execute]] this, being capable of decapitating a stallion in 3 hits. And there's also the Celt's longsword, which sliced a gel torso's head in half. Finally, we have the CIA's garrote, which consists of nothing more than just 2 small sticks and some [[RazorFloss piano wire]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Even that is enough to slice open a torso's throat and decapitate it.]]
** Now we have Navy [=SEALs'=] Rob Roy and his recon knife, a ''3-inch blade'' that he uses to '''decapitate''' a ballistic gel torso.
** In a sneak peek at the first episode of Season 3, a dummy is decapitated by Napoleon's cannon. The ball that did it had already taken out another dummy in front.
** Attila the Hun's finisher in the game Deadliest Warrior: Legends involves him ripping off his opponent's head...with his bare hands.
** In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, Calvin Bondley, an expert for the former dictator, uses the RPK machine gun to shoot the head of a test dummy in a simulated ambush.
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, Vladimir Orlov, Russian special forces trainer and one of Ivan's experts, utilized the tsar's sablia (Russian saber) on horseback to decapitate a gel dummy wearing Hernán's steel armor.
* OhCrap: Two such reactions in the IRA vs. Taliban fight. One coming from [[spoiler:a Taliban operative that gets eliminated by friendly fire from an RPG]], and the other coming from [[spoiler:the remaining Taliban as he realizes he's going to get blown up by a nail bomb with no way out]].
** Another one in the Back For Blood special. [[spoiler: It's from an IRA combatant this time, and he gets his head blown off by a Spetnaz operative seconds after he makes this expression.]]
** In the Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong fight, this is seen on the face of a Waffen-SS soldier [[spoiler:who runs out of bullets seconds before he is shot dead by a Viet Cong]].
*** From the VC experts themselves after they witnessed the Flammenwerfer test.
** In the Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel fight, this appears on the face of [[spoiler:the remaining Cartel member who locks himself out the Cartel base, when the last Pirate shoots an RPG at him]].
** In the Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot battle, [[spoiler:Pol Pot]] has this expression [[spoiler: just before Saddam shoots him in the temple with a pistol.]]
** In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, [[spoiler: this is the look on one of Lawrence's men when he not only fails to kill Roosevelt, but sees Roosevelt about to kill him]].
* {{Omniglot}}: According to British firearms specialist Richard Reid, Lawrence of Arabia was fluent in 7 languages.
* [[OnceAnEpisode Once A Season]]: A few weapons are repeated each season. Some examples include the halberd (used by the Knight & Vlad the Impaler), the RPG-7 and AK-47 (both used by the Taliban and Somali Pirates), the Tommy Gun (used by the Mafia and Al Capone Gang), and, if you want to stretch it a little, the sling (used by the Gladiator, Aztec Jaguar, and Celt).
** The place of origin for some of the warriors fit too; one Russian-based warrior has appeared per season (Spetznaz, the KGB, and Ivan the Terrible), as well as the U.S. military following this trend (the Green Berets, Navy [=SEALs=], and Army Rangers). Native Americans have been following this trend too (season 1's Apache, season 2's Comanche, and season 3's Crazy Horse).
* OneLiner: Doc Dorian in FFL vs. Gurkhas "Stick to history, you don't understand medicine" but also common in the TrashTalk between warriors.
* OneOfUs: The three hosts are clearly as psyched by their jobs as we are.
* OneHitPolykill: Both Cortés' and Ivan's guns take out two targets with one shot.
** The vampires also frequently slash through several zombies with one swing of their claws.
** This also applies in the sims as well:
*** In Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos, [[spoiler: the final SEAL remaining kills his last two opponents in the same C4 explosion]].
*** In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Pol Pot uses a Chinese stick grenade to kill two of Saddam's henchmen standing guard outside of the building he's in]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Hernán Cortés' primary reason to lead the Spaniards' expedition into Mexico was because of rumors of vast sums of gold hidden in the New World.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler: The vampires win the battle, but is shown being infected by the zombie virus, with the words To Be Continued... at the end.]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent / OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Vampires vs. Zombies match-up in Season 3.
* OutrunTheFireball: [[spoiler: The last IRA member remaining does this to escape a Taliban's RPG aimed at a camper van.]]
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Sukhwinder Singh, a specialist brought in by the Rajput's experts, stood about 4 feet tall, yet looked just as tough as anyone when swinging the [[WhipSword aara]].
** Many of the actual historical warriors, were in fact, much smaller dudes. To say the least of JoanOfArc.
* PistolWhipping: Interestingly, the technique itself is tested as one of Jesse James' weapons in the "Jesse James vs. Al Capone" episode.
** RealityEnsues: ''It's shown to fracture a skull.''
* PoisonedWeapons: The ninja's blowgun is poisoned. In the Apache episode, expert Snake Blocker asked for a poisonous animal to show that Apaches would poison their weapons. The episode did not address poisoned weapons, but did show a brief shot of Snake Blocker holding a scorpion.
** The Zande's botto and pima are shown to have been poisoned with a toxin described as similar to strychnine. [[spoiler: Despite this, it couldn't pierce the Jaguar's ichucapilli armor, or do much damage to him, and the Jaguar's tematlatl sling was given the edge.]]
** The Viet Cong's punji sticks were smeared with human feces for similar effect. If the impalement didn't kill you, a septic wound might. [[spoiler: The Nazis' flammenwerfer still got the edge.]]
** The arrows on Sun Tzu's repeating crossbow were also coated with wolfsbane. [[spoiler: This, combined with being accurate enough to hit Vlad in the neck, gave it the edge.]]
** Let's not forget Shaka Zulu's spit of poison.
* PreMortemOneLiner: In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Saddam says, "This is a gun" in Arabic to Pol Pot before executing him with his pistol.]]
* PromotedFanboy: Before he became a host, Richard "Mack" Machowicz revealed that he is a fan of the show in one of the Season 3 preseason Aftermaths.
* ProngsOfPoseidon: The Gladiator's trident net is tested against [[spoiler:and given the edge over]] the Apache's knife. In the final simulation, [[spoiler:the trident & net combo proves to be the gladiator's deadliest weapon]].
* PrecisionFStrike: Kieron Elliott at the end of Navy [=SEAL=] vs. Isreali Commando's Aftermath.
-->''Kieron'': I'm Kieron Elliott, and thank you for... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ah, fuck it.]]
** Armand also gets one in an episode where he's describing a wound to the large intestine. Basically, after detailing how [[{{Squick}} Waste]] (or, in his words, "poopage") [[{{Squick}} would seep into the abdomen, causing the body to become septic]], he finished his explanation with, "It's...well, a real [[IncrediblyLamePun shitty]] way to die.
* PowerTrio:
** Geoff: The Brawniest of the three, most emotionally involved in the carnage, and even personally participated in a few tests (Id)
** Armand: Cerebral Doctor (Superego)
** Max: Brainy enough to program the computer, but enjoys a good gusher (Ego)
** A new version of PowerTrio has emerged with Mack now the Ego.
* PowerfulPick: the Centurion's Dolabra
** In a less literal instance, the Mafia actually used an ice pick as a stealth weapon. Scarily enough it went through a skull.
* PyrrhicVictory: Very often in the simulations there will be [[DwindlingParty only one person left alive...with the rest of their friends/teammates dead.]]
** In the KGB vs. CIA simulation, [[spoiler: the final CIA agent manages to kill the last KGB agent, but failed to obtain the [[MacGuffin dead drop.]]]]
** In Zombies vs. Vampires, [[spoiler: the final vampire manages to finish off the remaining zombies, but in the wrap-up, it cuts back to the dramatization, which shows that he was infected by the zombie virus, and is beginning to turn.]]
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* RainOfArrows: In Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, the Ming Warriors bring a Nest of Bees to the fight: a man-portable arrow launcher that fires 32 rocket-powered arrows at once. [[spoiler:However, the Muketeer's flintlock musket got the edge because it was found to be more accurate and practical in a squad vs. squad battle.]]
* RatedMForManly: Oh, where to even ''begin'' with this.
** Seriously, also how the French Musketeer is presented.
** Once you take a man that personifies AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, such as TheodoreRoosevelt and put him in the mix, this show may have moved to TestosteronePoisoning levels.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Many fans of the show attempted to use video games and movies as expert testimony to refute the results of the show. In the Aftermath of "IRA versus Taliban," one of the hosts [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this, saying, "Always a reliable source for research..."
* RecycledINSPACE: It's ''Animal Face-Off'' WITH HUMANS!
* RedBaron: Several of the warriors were given badass aliases in their time; for example, Lawrence of Arabia was known as The Devil of the Desert, while Napoleon was called the God of War ([[VideoGame/GodOfWar no relation]]).
* RedHerring: In "SunTzu vs. [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]]", [[spoiler: the expert mentions Sun Tzu would coat the grounds ahead of time with a flammable fluid to make his flaming arrows more effective. It almost makes you think that he is going to use this to defeat Vlad at the last minute.]] Not only that, but [[spoiler:in the same battle, when Vlad pauses before delivering a killing blow to Sun Tzu, he cries out, and you expect him to just drop dead from the poison that got shot into him at the beginning of the fight.]]
** [[spoiler: Most of the warriors that appear in the opening and the DVD covers are actually the ''losers'' of their matches]]
** An example that involves having watched previous episodes for the trope to be played straight: in Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Jonathon Khan, a weapons expert for the latter dictator, claimed that guerrilla tactics always beat organized armies; those who watched Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong and Spetsnaz vs. IRA know that his statement is wrong and would expect Pol Pot lost to Saddam, which he does.]]
* ReformedCriminal: Kenny Gallo, the Medellín expert who used to work for the cartel. He's an FBI-protected witness and says that he has changed his lifestyle since then.
* RegionalRiff: An Asian flute can be heard frequently whenever East Asian warriors and weapons are featured, particularly during stealthy and indirect attacks.
** Latin-American fighters like the Medellín Cartel or Pancho Villa were accompanied by a couple of notes from a Spanish guitar.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: This is actually an important part of season 3's testing process; Mach has an expert for each warrior consult what said warrior's ideal tactic is and-or their greatest victory; from [[SternChase Genghis Khan's triumph at the Battle of Kalka River]] to [[ISurrenderSuckers how William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: In the Back For Blood special, [[spoiler:this is averted. The Webley revolver was matched up against the Makarov pistol; even though the Webley had greater reliability and stopping power, the Makarov was given the edge due to it's higher capacity and faster reload.]] During the final showdown, [[spoiler: when it comes down to a handgun shootout between the two survivors, both run out of ammo at the same time. The Spetsnaz commando was able to reload first and kill the IRA terrorist.]]
** In Jesse James vs. Al Capone, [[spoiler: this is averted again. The Colt 1845 & Peacemaker were put up against the Tommy Gun, and, while both of them were capable of delivering killing blows, the edge was given to the Tommy Gun for its rate of fire and capability of hitting a target with more bullets than the revolvers.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The William Wallace experts all but discuss this trope verbatim in reference to Wallace's motivation for fighting the English.
* RockBeatsLaser: Mostly averted throughout the show, as the newest and most advanced weaponry almost always wins (much as it does in RealLife). Exceptions are [[spoiler:Shaolin Monk versus Maori Warrior (in the weapons comparisons though not the actual result) and Jesse James' outlaws versus Al Capone's gang.]]
** [[spoiler:The Spartan, an Iron Age warrior, has also consistently performed well outside his technological zeitgeist, beating the steel-using Ninja and Samurai.]]
*** Due in large part to his shield. [[spoiler: The Spartan's shield generated more kills than the Ninja's entire arsenal, and was key in edging out ahead of the Samurai.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight in "Mongol vs. Comanche". Despite being from a later historical period, the Comanche use weapons which seem more primitive than those wielded by the Mongols. Nevertheless, they come out the victors.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight in "Teddy Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia," where Teddy's [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]] wins out over Lawrence's Vickers machine gun due to greater reliability.]]
* RuleOfCool: You probably can't watch this show without saying "Woah that was cool!" at least once.
* RunningGag: In "Shaka Zulu vs. William Wallace", after every time the Zulu experted tested one of his weapons, he would shout "ZULU!", with Geoff & Max echoing him.
** As well, in Zande Warrior vs. Aztec Jaguar, prior to every one of their weapons tests, post-test in some of them, and in the final interview, the Zande experts would constantly chant "NOM NOM! NOM NOM!".
* RuthlessModernPirates: Season 2's Somali Pirates, who went up against the Medellín Cartel [[spoiler: and won]].
* SaiGuy: One of the Yakuza's weapons.
* SamusIsAGirl: It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but William the Conqueror looks completely baffled when he sees that Joan of Arc, the warrior who just fought her way into his castle and is now brandishing a sword in front of him, is a teenage girl. Then Joan attacks him, and he gets over it quick.
* SanityHasAdvantages: In the battle between Saddam Hussien and Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Saddam]] had an X-factor in his favor by not being as insane as his opponent (though since these two are both Grade-A nutjobs, he still scored below 50; his opponent just scored even lower).
** The same thing happens in Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés; [[spoiler: while Hernán Cortés was still considered crazy, the X-Factor of Psychological Health went in his favor, with him scoring a 72 compared to Ivan's 37]].
** Came into play to a lesser extent between Washington vs. Napoleon, when a number of X-Factors put in Washington's favor involved how Napoleon became more egotistical and prone to overreaching in his later years. In the Aftermath, the Napoleon expect even conceded that Washington would have had an advantage against Napoleon as he was later in life, but asserted that he might not have fared as well against the younger, more stable man Napoleon was earlier on in his career.
* SawedOffShotgun: One of the Mafia's weapons in Mafia versus Yakuza. The ''realistic'' kind, not the pistol-shotty kind.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: The Iklwa weapon of Shaka Zulu is named after the sound effects it causes upon impaling and being removed. Can be terrifying if you really think about it.
* ScaryBlackMan: Rob Roy, one of the Navy [=SEALs=] experts. [[BewareTheNiceOnes He's pretty normal most of the time]], but if you see him test out the [=SEALs=]' knife, you'll feel sorry for the gel torso he tested it out on.
** The African tribal warriors are said to have been this in real life to everyone else. Particularly the Zande, who filed their teeth into fangs to give enemies the impression that they were [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals.]]
* ScopeSnipe: The U.S. Army Rangers representative pulls this off, though unlike more cinematic examples it goes diagonally through the walls of the scope instead of the lenses.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In "Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal", [[spoiler: Hannibal's war elephant runs off after getting hit with too many AnnoyingArrows]].
** In "Vampires vs. Zombies", one of the vampires tries to leave the building. Unfortunately for him, it's dawn, forcing him to stay inside with the zombies.
* SeriousBusiness: Putting aside the fact that the show addresses various hotly debated topics ranging from military history to martial arts, the representatives of both sides of any match-up act as if the battle is ''actually'' taking place and has regularly taken place throughout history.
** Somewhat justified in the case of the ProudWarriorRace guys (Apache, Zulu, Maori, Celt, Aztec, Zande, etc.) who are defending the honor of their heritage (or at least that's the way they see it).
* SharpDressedMan: Whenever the Mafia show up.
* ShieldsAreUseless: Toyed with. While shields can proved to be incredibly useful in a fight, the show's testing process generally concludes that large weapons would cut or break through shields and often damage the arm behind them with a full-force swing. The offensive capacities of shields varied depending on the episode:
** In Viking versus Samurai, [[spoiler: the Viking shield scores the fewest amount of kills in the episode.]]
*** Although a lot of people have criticized the show for it's faulty representation of the Viking's use of his shield.
** In William Wallace versus Shaka Zulu, William Wallace's Targe shield demonstrates a killer puncturing capability.
** In Spartan versus Ninja, [[spoiler: the Spartan shield gets the most kills of any weapon in the episode, even more than the Spartan's spear.]]
** In the Back For Blood special, [[spoiler: the Samurai's kanabo was seen to have enough power to severely dent the Spartan's shield. However, it was still strong enough to withstand the blows, allowing the Spartan to get the upper hand.]]
*** It should be noted, however, that [[spoiler: a direct kanabo shot would likely have broken the Spartan's arm.]] This was ignored in the simulation because it's [[RuleOfCool more awesome that way]].
** In Jaguar vs. Zande, they test the jaguar warrior's throwing spear on the Zande's shield, [[spoiler: which pierces it easily.]] Later, during the simulation, not only does the Jaguar's spear pierce the shield, he knocks a huge chunk of it off with his club.
* ShoePhone: Most of the weapons in KGB vs. CIA are like this. They include a camera gun, [[BriefcaseBlaster a briefcase gun]], [[TrickedOutShoes a retractable shoe knife]], and a booby trapped exploding cigar.
** The Isreali Commando's explosive weapon, a cell phone rigged with semtex explosives, also qualifies.
* ShoutOut:
** In either a shout out or simple rehash of pre-existing choreography, the Spartan uses Achilles' FinishingMove from ''{{Troy}}'', running toward the Ninja with very long strides and then jumping up and delivering a downward stabbing attack with his spear.
** One of the Rajput team members makes [[IncrediblyLamePun a pun]] on ''GuitarHero'' after demonstrating the katar.
** A Roman Centurion expert calls one of the Rajput experts a [[{{Xena}} warrior princess]] when they test the chakram.
** After the Celtic Longsword [[spoiler:slices a gel torso's head ''in half'']], Armand refers to the head as PacMan.
** The Game has two achievements spoofing the Black Knight from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. One is "Black Knight", which you get by slicing off all the Knight's limbs, and the other is "Flesh Wound", which you get by beating an opponent with your arm sliced off.
*** It also makes a reference to ''ThreeHundred'' with "That Was Sparta!", which you get by killing 300 Spartans over your career.
** In the second game, Vlad the Impaler in his entrance cut-scene takes a drink from a goblet and then casually [[SymphonyOfTheNight tosses it aside.]]
* ShovelStrike: Green Beret's entrenching tool.
* ShownTheirWork: Every episode is one gigantic orgasm of research, testing, and displaying work before the final showdown. However, there have been protests against the research, with some people crying DanBrowned. In the show's defense, there is a lot of testing and research done that is not shown because of time constraints.
* SingleStrokeBattle: Averted. The show's computer simulates 1,000 battles (5,000 as of the 3rd season) so that the winner is not determined by a single "lucky blow." The choreographed battles always feature the combatants trading blows with all of their weapons before one combatant wins. In the squad battles, it usually comes down to one last man on each side.
* SkywardScream: In Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong, [[spoiler:the winner shouts "Deutschland!"]].
* TheSpartanWay: Nearly all experts argue that their side has been trained this way, having fought since childhood and/or trained unbelievably hard.
** Especially [[TropeNamer the Spartan]] [[CaptainObvious experts.]]
** The Spetznaz representative allowed black belt Geoffrey Desmoulin to PUNCH HIM IN THE CHEST several times to demonstrate the toughness that a Spetznaz developed.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Armand observing some carnage: "The technical term for this would be mush."
* SpyVersusSpy: KGB vs. CIA.
* StabTheSky: If an ancient warrior wins by killing the other one with a sword, expect this.
** Averted by the winners of Viking vs. Samurai, Maori vs. Shaolin Monk, and George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte:
*** [[spoiler: The Samurai just did a chiburi flick and sheathed his katana.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Shaolin Monk respectfully bows to his fallen foe.]]
*** [[spoiler: Washington just cleaned his sword with a cloth and looked at the sunset.]]
* StateSec: Guess which group makes an appearance in season two.
* StockScream: Take a drink every time you hear a low, strained, "''UWOOAAH!''".
* TheStoic: Several warriors are portrayed as such:
** The Yakuza are portrayed as being trained to show no pain and to show no emotion in the face of enemies.
*** Or when cutting off their own fingers in the face of their own superiors.
** The Spetsnaz's reputation for toughness is demonstrated by one of the soldiers, who allows a martial arts black belt to punch him several times in the stomach--to no effect.
*** This is actually a basic part of the average modern day martial art. It involves hardening your abdominal muscles temporarily right before a punch lands.
** The Shaolin Monk, in the final showdown. Contrasted very nicely with the [[HotBlooded Maori warrior]].
*** Though their experts were almost the complete opposites; one only need to watch the shaolin going completely crazy during the emei piercers demonstration while the maori watched calmly, nodding their heads.
* StormingTheCastle: Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot's first test, which, coincidentally, is the show's first test to use more than one weapon, simulated the urban combat tactics used in taking over a building; Calvin Bondley and Jonathon Khan (each side's respective expert who dealt with the weapons) used their side's grenade to kill the men at the guard post, move towards the building's exterior with light machine guns, and finish by killing the guards inside with pistols.
** Many of the sims have this scenario, with the simulation of JoanOfArc vs. William the Conqueror being a literal example.
* StuffBlowingUp: Anytime there's an explosive weapon. Sometimes the explosion of said weapon is enhanced just because it's [[RuleOfCool cooler like that]].
** But there have been a couple of times where some of the tests on military-grade explosives used ''less'' of the explosive than normal because the normal amount of explosive would have been too big of a boom.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: During the season finale live Aftermath, a simple one was played using clips of dialogue from Max Brooks (zombie expert and son of Creator/MelBrooks).
* SufferTheSlings: Whenever ancient warriors aren't using bows and arrows, they usually have this. [[spoiler:They rarely work well; virtually every time a warrior has brought a sling to the table, it failed to impress. One rare occasion happened in Aztec Jaguar vs. Zande Warrior, where the Aztec tematlatl sling got the edge over the Zande botto and pima bow and arrow. However, in the simulation result, the botto and pima still got more than four times as many kills as the sling.]]
** This was actually addressed in the Persian Immortals vs. Celts Aftermath, in which one comment flat-out asked why slings kept getting brought onto the show if they never worked well. Amusingly enough, it was the ''Persian'' expert who jumped to respond to the complaint, explaining that, since slings are small, lightweight, can be easily stashed on someone's person, and have effectively infinite ammunition, there are really no downsides to having one available in combat. Even if they don't impress in tests, in the right hands and the right situation, they can still potentially turn the tide of a battle.
* SuspiciouslySmallArmy: Whenever the match-up is between specific strategists known for leading armies of thousands or hundreds of thousands, they give them a half dozen men each and match them up with their personal weapons. Both squads are invariably wiped out leaving it a personal 1-on-1 fight.
* SwissArmyWeapon: The Shaolin Monk's twin hooks, described as 4 killing tools in one.
* SwordFight: Occurs several times over the course of the series, mainly in the final battle scenes at the end of most episodes; amongst said episodes are Viking vs. Samurai, Pirate vs. Knight, Attila the Hun vs. Alexander the Great, Roman Centurion vs. Rajput, Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu, Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte, Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, and Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal. Ivan the Terrible and Hernán Cortés take it up a notch and do it on horseback.
** In the game, the Viking's short range weapon is now his longsword and his great axe is mid range; the roles of the two weapons were switched around in the show, the sword fight was longsword (mid range) vs. katana (short range).
* TheCartel: [[CaptainObvious The Medellín Cartel]].
* TakeThat: Several times toward Twilight at their 2011 Zombie vs. Vampire ComicCon panel.
* TakingYouWithMe: In the dramatized Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel battle, [[spoiler:after being shot and [[NotQuiteDead left for dead]] by a Pirate, a Cartel member detonates a nearby car bomb that the shooter had inadvertantly gotten into after seeing the money and drugs in the trunk, killing them both]].
** Another example in U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Ops where [[spoiler:a Ranger blows up both himself and the Special Op who fatally wounded him after said Special Op goes to check the damage he's done]].
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: One debate that tends to come up with a lot of older guns (and occasionally something like a cannon or crossbow) tends to boil down to: This weapon performs better (better accuracy, more powerful) but is technically inferior (often it involved a longer reload time or a tendency to misfire.)
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Guaranteed to be demonstrated at LEAST OnceAnEpisode. The line is almost used verbatim in the Spetsnaz vs. Green Berets episode..
** Averted in Jesse James vs. Al Capone, where [[spoiler:the Bowie Knife being overkill in hand-to-hand combat is one of the main reasons given for their giving the smaller stiletto the edge.]] However, [[spoiler:this does not take in the sim, where the Bowie Knife gets more kills.]]
** What can best describe the ending of the [[spoiler:Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu]] sim.
** Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPM1TO_al84 Rob Roy. Knife test.]] This is probably one of the few times "overkill" is putting it lightly. With a '''three-inch knife''' he does to a gel torso what most other people would need a sword to do.
* TimeTravel: While most fights would need to involve time travel in some way, in Jesse James vs. Al Capone, Jesse and his men seem to suddenly spawn in a museum during the Depression and proceed to break out the museum pieces rather than being armed from the start like most fights.
* TitleDrop: Aside from the end of the show's traditional intro, you also have several experts claiming the warrior they represent is the deadliest warrior.
* TooDumbToLive: In George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte, [[spoiler: only Napoleon and Washington are left, and Napoleon successfully knocks Washington off his horse with his sword. Instead of charging at Washington and attempting to slash him with his cavalry sabre, ''he gets off his horse and runs over to duel him'', which ultimately leads to his demise.]]
** In TheodoreRoosevelt vs. LawrenceOfArabia, [[spoiler: the last [[{{Mook}} nameless Rough Rider]] has Lawrence of Arabia, whose armed only with his jambiya dagger, at gunpoint in trench. He immediately runs over to Lawrence and tries to strike him with the butt of his rifle. Predicably, Lawrence dodges and slashes him to death.]]
** In Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa. [[spoiler: one of Pancho Villa's rebels charges by himself at a full gallop towards Crazy Horse's advancing Lakotas. It doesn't end well for him.]]
* TrainingFromHell: Most of the experts attempt to portray their warrior as undergoing intense training that produces a superior warrior. A notable example would be the Spetsnaz, who actually would not divulge too much info as state secrets.
** The French Foreign Legion is described in great detail that their training regiment in the desert is complete hell. More Legion recruits actually die in training than ''any other military group in the world.''
* TwoOutOfThreeAintBad: Averted in the Dragunov vs. [=HKG3=] test during the second half of the Back For Blood special: [[spoiler: Skoti Collins, one of the IRA, managed to kill 2 out of the 3 targets with the IRA's preferred sniper rifle]]. The good doctor, in response to Collins' statement, said that two out of three might work in sports, but in warfare, it's a different story.
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* {{Undercrank}}: Used in the finale of Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés when the two leaders are charging at each other to land the killing blow on their opponent.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: RealityEnsues for the most part in this show, but there have been some notable instances where a single weapon helped usher an otherwise-doomed warrior to victory. Examples include [[spoiler:the Shaolin Monk and Theodore Roosevelt]].
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: The Spetsnaz experts do it during weapon demonstrations and the Americans mock them for it. The ninja does it during the final showdown. Also done by the female CIA agent in the simulation.
* UrineTrouble: Richard Reid, an expert for Lawrence of Arabia, explained that the Vickers machine gun was cooled off by pouring water though a tap which flowed through the gun; however, in the Middle East, Lawrence improvised by having soldiers urinate in it. [[spoiler:When the Vickers suffers a jam during testing, the hosts think it's because of overheating, thus leading to Geoff joking that someone needs to piss on the machine gun]].
* VFormationTeamShot: The Waffen-SS, Viet Cong, and Navy [=SEALs=] get one of these over the course of their episodes.
** The 4 Rough Riders accompanying Theodore Roosevelt into battle also get one of their own, as do the 4 members of the Jesse James gang. However, neither of these are in a V formation.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Although the guys representing him are nice enough, William Wallace. Among other things, his claymore was so devastating that the BFS page has a link to a video of it giving a triple decapitation.
** Also the Celt, the UrExample.
* WeNeedADistraction: In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, [[spoiler: Lawrence and his soldiers set of an explosion to draw Teddy's Gatling gun fire to that area. Meanwhile, Lawrence flanks them and manages to kill a Rough Rider.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Each side is given about four or five different ones, which are graded against each other.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Equipment is usually graded solely on how much damage it can do, rather than alternate utilities such as parrying, disarming, or disabling opponents. The main complaint among critics also seems to be there's no impartial way compare fighting styles and tactics to each other and that differences in the mindset and tactics of warriors of different cultures and time periods don't seem to be factored in, leaving the battles seeming more like "Deadliest Arsenal" than "Deadliest Warrior". As of Season 3, however, more emphasis is put on X-Factors and weapons strategies.
** Played with in Ivan vs. Cortes. During the "kill an opponent with your sword from horseback" test, the Ivan team specialist is using a saber that can ''only'' slash from horseback, whereas the Cortes team specialist has the choice of stabbing or slashing. This works works against the Cortes team's sword, as it turns out it's really hard to stab with a sword from horseback, more-so under pressure. Thus, Ivan's saber with its keep-slashing-away hammer-mentality was given the edge.
-->'''Mack''': [It's a liability when] you have to navigate in your head "well I could do it this way or I could do it this way..." When you only have one technique but you're great at that technique, just let go and let the technique do the work.
* WhipSword: The Rajputs' aara sword is the most obvious one, and arguably the Shaolin Monk's Whip Chain as well.
* WhiteAndWhiteMorality: Geoffrey clearly thinks the Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos match-up is a fight between good guys, as shown in the Aftermath of Comache vs. Mongol. Whether he's right or not is a matter of...[[InternetBackdraft heated debate.]]
** Also [=SWAT vs. GSG-9=], a battle between two police forces. Hell, they even both specialize in counter-terrorism.
* WorthyOpponent: Ultimately, most of the experts exhibit this towards the end, especially in the Centurion vs. Rajput episode, where both sides would continually give props to the other's weapons and their capabilities.
** Often, the winning warrior in the simulation show some sort of honor to their fallen opponent. Though some show this better than others, and, of course, averted by a few warriors who explicitly ''don't'' show honor to fallen opponents.
* XanatosGambit: The Viet Cong's explosive and special weapons function like this. For example, the POM-Z2 mine had an F-1 grenade underneath it. If by chance, an enemy soldier discovered the trip wire that activated the mine, they would then trigger the grenade. Similarly, if the spiked punji ball didn't hit a vital organ, it would knock the enemy down, and would break his skull.
* YourHeadAsplode: Several of the modern firearms do this. Also happens in the pre-title dramatization for [=SWAT=] vs [=GSG9=] and to [[spoiler: the second to last [=IRA=] member in [=IRA=] vs Spetsnaz.]]
** In its test to see how much damage it could do to human skulls, the Celt's special weapon, the Burda Club (just a wooden club with some metal rings) ''[[YourHeadAsplode managed to make the skulls explode.]]''
*** The Apache's club did the same thing to an unprotected skull.
*** As can the Mongol's flanged mace.
*** Don't forget the Knight's Morningstar.
*** Or that elephant. Among other things.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: During the 'IRA vs Taliban' episode, the Irish experts try to portray the IRA like this.
** To be expected, given as one of them was a nephew of Micheal Collins, who all but started the IRA.
** While this show has been broadcast on TV in Great Britain, it is notable that episodes featuring Irish terrorists have yet to be seen. Your Freedom Fighters Are Our Murdering Terrorist Scum...
* ZergRush: The modus operandi of the zombies, and the reason why a test was needed to find a suitable ratio of zombies per vampire.
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->''"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis WHO...IS...]]'''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis DEADLIEST?!]]'''''"''
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[[BloodSport Gladiators]] versus [[InjunCountry Apaches]]. {{Pirates}} versus [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights]]. {{Ninja}}s versus [[ThreeHundred Spartans]]. {{Samurai}} versus [[HornyVikings Vikings]]. [[ZombieApocalypse Zombies]] versus [[SpaceMarine Spacem...]] Uh... [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Never mind.]]

Being that HumansAreWarriors, there are thousands of different cultures, each with their own philosophy of combat, and each with their own ideal weapons. They are legendary. They are powerful. And they leave only one question to be answered:

[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Who would win in a fight?]]

This is the most basic argument to rock message boards all across the internet, and rarely will you see an Off-Topic section on a website without this somewhere. Someone had the bright idea that this would make a good documentary -- and it turns out they were right.

Much like the MythBusters ([[{{Dissimile}} except]] [[BloodierAndGorier drenched in]] [[{{Gorn}} gallons of blood]]), these guys approach age-old curiosities from the standpoint of the scientific method. Fighting styles are brought in, demonstrated, and boiled down into data. Weapons are examined by experts in very tightly-controlled tests. Descendants and masters [[TrashTalk argue their case about their strengths and decrying the others' weaknesses.]]

All of the data is then combined into one-thousand simulated fights (5,000 as of Season 3), and from there a single result is determined and recreated in a dramatic re-enacting. All of this can be seen Wednesdays at 10 PM EST on SpikeTV, or [[http://www.spike.com/show/31082 on the internet at their official site under Full Episodes]], should you live in Canada and the USA [[note]]or use a Proxy located in the USA[[/note]].

Had a successful run, becoming the number 1 show on Spike after three seasons, though due to budget and production cost reasons a fourth season was not greenlit.

A video game has now been released, where players will be able to make their own fights between most of the Season 1 ancient warriors and a couple of Season 2's. A sequel has followed as well, with the various {{historical domain character}}s from the show being the playable warriors. ChivalryMedievalWarfare has also [[http://tornbanner.com/deadliestwarrior/ announced an expansion to its game made with Deadliest Warrior]].

Plans for a movie based on the series [[http://www.spike.com/blog/deadliest-warrior-is/99844 have been announced.]]

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* ActionGirl:
** Two of them, in a season 2 episode, when the KGB took on the CIA.
*** FauxActionGirl: The [[spoiler: C.I.A]] female agent got no kills while her counterpart claimed at least 2, unless you see the [[spoiler: dead drop spike as a third kill]].
** Joan of Arc was the first female warrior featured on the show and took on William the Conqueror. [[spoiler:Joan won.]]
** The female vampire from Vampire VS Zombies.
* AGodAmI:
** Alexander the Great was a self-proclaimed god. When testing their weapons and getting a kill strike, one of the Attila experts quipped, "I think I just proved him mortal!"
** According to Ivan the Terrible's reading of the Bible, he saw himself as the ArchangelMichael and believed it was his duty to slaughter the enemies of God.
* AndThatsTerrible: When groups such as the Waffen-SS and Iraqi Republican Guard are featured, the narrator and the hosts frequently mention how despicable they are to get the point across that they're not endorsing their ideology or methods in any way.
** Very prominent in the Pol Pot vs Saddam battle, especially since one of the weapon's experts was a defector and another had many in his family killed by his respective leader, so they were under no illusions.
* AnnoyingArrows: Though the actual tests constantly subvert this, these are usually played straight in the final showdowns.
** In Gladiators versus Apaches, an arrow fully impales the gladiator. He rips it out and continues on like nothing. [[spoiler: Even so, it still gets the majority of the Apache's kills.]] It happens again in Viking versus Samurai, Pirate versus Knight, Aztec Jaguar versus Zande Warrior, twice in Vlad the Impaler versus Sun Tzu, Ming Warrior versus Musketeer, and Comanche versus Mongol.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the Aztec Jaguar vs. Zande Warrior's case, as [[spoiler:the Aztec was explicitly wearing cotton armor that was proven in the tests to reduce the impact of an arrow and prevent it from being a kill-strike.]] However, in the simulation [[spoiler:the Aztec was still noticeably hurt by an arrow, thus making it a subversion as well]].
*** Also, all bows are not created equal. The impact of an arrow launched from a shortbow made of non-ideal lumber would naturally have much less of an impact than an arrow from a yew longbow. The arrows probably wouldn't even be the same SIZE.
*** coincidentally, the cotton armor was made to stop arrows, knights also used cotton to stop arrow penetration as well.
** Played straight in Persian Immortal vs. Celt, when the Persian bow and arrow is tested, one of the Celtic warrior experts declares that the Celtic warrior will simply pull the arrow out and keep fighting.
** Played straight with Sun Tzu's [[ArrowsOnFire Fire Arrows]]: [[spoiler:the fire pit didn't create a very hot zone during testing, the cloth on the arrow actually stopped the penetration power of a typical arrow, and because of that last point, the fire cloth would actually cauterize the arrow wound.]]
** And on the other end, where Sun Tzu's [[spoiler: armor stopped the crossbow bolt from rather close range]]. But it was a repeating crossbow that admittedly did not fire with a lot of force, in order to allow for a higher rate of fire.
*** Same episode, Sun Tzu's opponent Vlad the Impaler brought a heavy duty crossbow. Tzu's armor didn't stand up so well.
** Also straight in the game, where any arrow hit causes little damage unless it's right on the head. Since this applies to ''all'' projectile weapons as well, you can end with scenes as unlikely as a ninja doing elaborate acrobatics while two javelins protrude from his body, ''both ways''.
** In Comanche vs. Mongol, [[spoiler: the Mongol takes an arrow to his leather-armored chest, then pulls it right out and continues fighting.]]
* AntiCavalry: According to Mongol historian Munkhtur Luvsanjambaa, the Mongol's glaive was meant to be used as a tool to kill the enemy's horse and its rider.
** Ivan the Terrible's bardiche and Hernán Cortés' alabarda (Spanish halberd) are portrayed as this.
* ArcherArchetype: Bows are used by lots of warriors before the invention of gunpowder. Interestingly, archery was a skill ''both'' sides brought to the table in the "Alexander the Great vs. Attila the Hun" battle; Attila and company used traditional bows and arrows, although it was the powerful composite recurve bow, while Alexander and his men used the more esoteric gastraphetes (the belly bow) and, if you want to stretch it a little, the ballista. Although historically speaking, the gastraphetes was rarely used and never produced in any significant quantity. The gastraphetes was a bulky and poorly designed crossbow, so Alexander preferred to use archers with normal bows as well.
** Historically, Alexander also used horse-archers, but to a much lesser degree and was quite rare. Most of Alexander's army were phalangites, basically soldiers carrying a giant 18 foot pike - that would have been utterly useless in single combat. Geoff Desmoulin says they brought in the ballista because [[RuleOfCool "how can you NOT test that weapon"?]]. The Roman Scorpion also operates by the same logic, being a gigantic torsion catapult. Both, however, were originally siege weapons--and several say that the idea of bringing in siege weapons for one-on-one combat is...questionable.
** When the Zande experts show off their bow, Max Geiger isn't impressed. "We've seen ''a lot'' of bows and arrows." And, indeed, the Zande are the only archers yet to not be all that impressive.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted, armor can make or break a fight.
** Most warriors in chainmail however have this trope enforced by the testing of butted chain as though it were riveted.
*** Depending heavily on the type of weapon used. Chain mail does, of course, provide little defense against stabbing weapons (even riveted mail, if the incoming weapon has a tip thin enough to slip through the rings). William Wallace vs Shaka Zulu showed that, Shaka's ONLY effective weapon was the short thrusting spear. However, the Viking chain mail held up to a strike from a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] without hardly a scratch, due to the katana being a slashing weapon.
** In Pirate versus Knight, [[spoiler:the Knight armor was effective against Flintlock Pistols and the Boarding Axe, but penetrated by the Blunderbuss. Also, the armor withstood the shrapnel from the pirate's Grenado, though it was noted he'd still be badly concussed and stunned.]]
** In Alexander vs. Attila, [[spoiler:Attila's leather armor does nothing to prevent Alexander's lance from impaling the dead pig stand-in. On the other hand, Alexander's helmet is effective against Attila's ax, though they don't show any other tests of his armor.]]
** In Shaka Zulu versus William Wallace, the [[BladeOnAStick Iklwa]] goes right through Wallace-era mail armor. Then again, as a stabbing weapon, [[JustifiedTrope it's to be expected.]]
** Excessive emphasis is put on how unbreakable the Spartan's shield is against its opponents. [[spoiler:They're right.]]
** In Azande vs Aztec the [[spoiler: Azande [[AnnoyingArrows arrows]] fail to punch through the Aztec cloth armor, which, traditionally, is specially treated specifically against arrows]].
** In Centurion vs Rajput, [[spoiler: the Rajput's Katar went through Centurion chainmail like it was a t shirt. Likewise, the Centurion's Dolabra did the same thing with the Rajput's armor. However, it was the Katar and the Khanda that won the match for the Rajput in the end.]]
** In Ming Warrior versus Musketeer, [[spoiler: the inability of the 3-barrel pole cannon to pierce the Musketeer's steel breastplate cost it the edge over the Musketeer's wheel-lock pistol, and was also a significant factor in the Musketeer's win in the final simulation as well.]]
** In the "Back for Blood" special, [[spoiler: Samurai vs Spartan, neither warrior's spear could penetrate through the other's armor, making this part of their battle a draw]].
*** Strangely though, [[spoiler: both weapons scored fairly highly in the simulation, particularly the Spartan spear despite the fact that it was broken in the test.]]
** In Comanche vs Mongol, [[spoiler: the Comanche's war lance pierces straight through the Mongol's lamellar armor.]]
** In Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, [[spoiler: Joan's armor blocked William's sword, which had been judged the superior blade in an earlier test. Furthermore, it was judged that although Joan's full plate armor was heavier, it was less restricting on the wearer's movement than William's chainmail (shattering a common CoconutEffect).]]
** In Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal, [[spoiler: the armor proved to be one of Genghis Khan's winning points, with his armor failing less than Hannibal's.]]
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, [[spoiler: the results varied; both could penetrate the other's armor with their firearms and Cortés' alabarda was capable of rendering Ivan's chainmail-and-steel-plate combo useless, but Ivan's bardiche couldn't break Cortés' steel breastplate. Armor ended up being an important advantage for Cortés.]]
** In season 3, this is averted in a general sense; one of the 100+ X-Factors the computer takes into account is Armor Metallurgy.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Usually representatives will forget this is a "What If" entertainment show and act like it's an actual life-or-death contests. See SeriousBusiness below.
** Both sides in the Viking/Samurai had some light teasing, the Samurai expert is a notable subversion of this. It's not entirely clear because the guy never cracks a smile when he makes a joke, so it's difficult to tell whether or not he was serious, or just a very good DeadpanSnarker.
*** He was smirking a few times and works as a comedian outside the show, so I'm gonna have to give the edge to DeadpanSnarker.
----> [+ '''EDGE, DEADPAN SNARKER!!'''+]
** The [=SWAT=] vs [=GSG9=] seems to subvert this. Both sides engage in good-natured trash-talk, but nothing serious--likely because both are essentially on the same side. As one of the [=GSG9=] experts said, as long as the threat is neutralized and any innocents involved are safe, he doesn't care if it's [=SWAT=] or [=GSG9=] getting the job done.
*** Pretty much the same deal with US Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos. One of the Israeli experts states that there is a lot of respect between the two sides, especially since in the real world, they are allies and they fight the same enemies. Furthermore, the show even shows the two sides' experts shaking hands to hammer home the point. It's further reinforced in the Aftermath episode, where both experts repeatedly emphasize the great respect and camaraderie between the [=SEALS=] and Israeli special forces.
** One of the more unfriendly instances of banter was the Jesse James vs. Al Capone. At the end of the pistol whip demonstration one of the Capone guys is actually cursing about "how stupid" a pistol whip is... and then starts swearing up a storm in the Aftermath.
*** Especially notable since the Aftermath specials usually have the experts act far more respectful towards their opponents, and even coming to their defense against viewer questions and complaints. The Al Capone expert is one of the few (if not the ''only'') expert to remain just as belligerent in the Aftermath as he was in the episode itself.
** Spetsnaz vs. Green Berets. As one of the Green Berets points out "They were my enemy, I was trained to kill them.". They throw around a lot of insults, even FlippingTheBird at each other. And in once instance, one of the Green Berets even admits "Those Russian guys... I'm pretty scared of them." Banter back and forth who is better is normal in the show, but in this episode, it stood out remarkably.
*** Except it was later revealed in the "Aftermath" following that the footage of the two teams was deliberately edited to make them appear more hostile than they were.
* AscendedExtra: Kieron Elliott, a member of episode 8's William Wallace team, becomes the host of the show's "Aftermath" (an on-line tie-on which answers questions asked by the show's fans).
* AscendedMeme: People who dislike the show's tendency to focus only on the weapons and ignore other possible factors like training and movement, give it the nickname of [[BiggerStick "Deadliest Arsenal"]]. This is now the name of one of the achievements in the game for unlocking all weapons.
* AssKickingPose: Several, but among the more notable are the ones used by the Shaolin Monk and Maori Warrior with (respectively) staff and taiaha, and the somewhat amusing poses assumed by Napoleon and George Washington just before they cross swords.
* AssShove: Where Vlad the Impaler's impaling spike starts - as if being impaled in and of itself wasn't bad enough.
* ATeamFiring: The Ming Warrior's Nest of Bees fires 32 arrows at once, essentially making it an entire squadron in one weapon. Fitting with the trope of an entire squadron, its accuracy is abysmal.
** That said, like a few other weapons dubiously brought into the show, it was designed for battles between legions (as opposed to five-on-five squad combat used by the show), to be fired en mas into ranked infantry; [[MoreDakka blasting a whole lot into a whole lot of people]], not carefully aimed at one.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: When testing weapons, the experts will often target weak points or areas unprotected by armor. This often involves an EyeScream, as seen below.
** The Samurai perhaps did this most impressively with the Yumi bow from something like 20+ yards, planting an arrow in each eye on the Ballistics dummy. Even while it was wearing a helmet. Double points for CallingYourAttacks. Would have been nice, though, if they'd shown the arrows would be likely to pierce chain mail as well, the Yumi being a longbow and all.
** In Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, [[spoiler:this actually costs the Ming representative--in a test specifically to see how his weapon handles against Musketeer armor, he ignores this and starts firing at other areas after the first shot deflects off harmlessly, and gets called on it by the Musketeer experts]].
*** [[spoiler:This probably was not actually intentional. The weapon he was testing was shown to be very inaccurate in the test. The neck shot just above the armor was probably just luck rather than skill.]]
** Revealed to be the premise of Vampire vs. Zombies at comicon.
* AudibleSharpness: Very often.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Al Capone vs. Jesse James, Shaka Zulu vs. William Wallace, Sun Tzu vs. Vlad the Impaler, and AttilaTheHun vs. AlexanderTheGreat. All eight incredibly authoritative. All eight incredible asskickers.
** Season 3 is practically overloaded with authoritative asskickers. Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal Barca, Joan of Arc vs. William the Conquerer, GeorgeWashington vs. NapoleonBonaparte, Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, and TheodoreRoosevelt vs. LawrenceOfArabia.
*** [[spoiler: Questionable for Joan of Arc since truthfully she never actually fought and killed anyone in battle.]]
* AutomaticCrossbows: Sun Tzu's Repeating Crossbow
* AwesomeButImpractical: Occasionally invoked. Some flashier weapons lose to simpler weapons due to their impracticality.
** The Sicilian Mafia reps have this opinion of the Yakuza's nunchaku. Their preferred wooden instrument of destruction is the all-American [[BatterUp baseball bat]].
--> Zero Kazama, Yakuza expert: "This? (referring to nun-chaku) This is just to distract you while I break you with my foot!"
** The best example the show has to offer is probably the Rajput's aara, a thin, flexible, whip-like sword and one of the more esoteric weapons ever featured on the show. [[spoiler: It got ''no'' kills in the simulation and a performance so pathetic it's almost totally unprecedented.]] The Roman Centurion countered with his own cool looking but ultimately kind of stupid weapon in the Scorpion bolt-thrower, which was described as "machine gun like" by the Centurion experts but actually has a rate of fire of roughly one bolt per minute.
*** It was "machine gun like" in how it was used by the Roman Legion, not in how the weapon actually functioned. The Scorpions were set up in emplacements along the line to fire on oncoming infantry. It wasn't a weapon for hitting individual soldiers, it was more of a suppression weapon to ward off infantry advances, like machine gun emplacements.
** The Ballistic Knife wielded by the Spetnaz. Awesome, but you have to retrieve the knife once you fired it....
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Experts Snake Blocker and Zero [[{{Tekken}} Kazama]].
** Also host and computer expert Max Geiger. Anyone with a name like that is clearly either a scientist or a robot.
** Geoffrey Desmoulin's middle name is "Thor." Additional points for having the initials GTD
** There's more from Season 2. One of the Rajput experts is named Gugun Deep Singh. One of the Medellín Cartel's experts is named ''[[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone]]'' Blanco.
** In Season 3, one of the Crazy Horse experts is named Moses Brings Plenty.
*** His other expert goes by the name of Delano "Blu" Eagle.
** One of the WEAPONS actually gets one of these. The Ming Warrior's landmine has a proper Chinese name that translates as "Underground Sky-Soaring Thunder".
** For an English speaker, Vlad the Impaler's sword gets a nod. It was called the Kilij, pronounced pretty much phonetically (read: ''kill-age''), and, well, let's just say it lived up to its name.
* AxCrazy: Vlad the Impaler....just, Vlad the Impaler.
** Both Ivan the Terrible and Hernán Cortés are portrayed this way; Cortés was obsessed to no end with gold, while Ivan was just batshit insane [[note]]He allegedly drank mercury to cure his back pain and would butcher anyone, including the Russians he ruled over[[/note]].
* AnAxeToGrind: One of the most common weapon archetypes seen on the show. Some examples include the Apache's tomahawk, Viking's great axe, the Knight, Vlad the Impaler's, and Cortez's halberds, Attila's scythian axe, the Immortal's sagaris, and Ivan the Terrible's bardiche.
* BackStab: Happens on two different occasions in the sims.
** In Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal, [[spoiler: Genghis' last soldier is stabbed in the back by Hannibal himself]].
** In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Pol Pot dispatches Saddam's last soldier from behind with his cane knife. The same thing later happens to Pol Pot's final troop, being stabbed by Saddam and his combat knife]].
** This is also Hernán Cortés' finishing move in the second video game; he knocks the enemy down with his close range sword, offers a hand to help them back up, then stabs them with his dagger as he pulls them.
* {{Badass}}: The guest experts vouching for each team seem to be chosen based on how badass they are them self. You've got people that are Spetsnaz, SWAT members, practitioners of all kinds of martial arts and more showing up weekly... and that's not even going into the individual Warriors themselves.
* BadassAdorable: Claire Dodin. She's just so chipper and cute, even when stating matter of factly that she could put a sword through your chainmail and kill you instantly.
* BadassBoast: Part of the testing process involves each expert making a BadassBoast for each weapon they demonstrate in order to convince the judges of its lethality.
** Zero Kazama takes it to the next level in the Japanese Yakuza vs. Sicilian New York Mafia episode. The Mafia rep has just demonstrated the bone-crushing power available from the common American [[BatterUp baseball bat]]. Kazama holds up his nunchaku: "We can do the same thing without a weapon. These? These are just to distract you while I break you with my ''FOOT!''"
*** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Lay off the sake, brother!"]]
** Every warrior gets one of these at the beginning of their respective episode. For example, the Persian Immortal's boast was being "the precision killer in a massive war machine who forged the largest empire the Middle East has ever seen."
* BadassGrandpa: Several of the older experts qualify, given that they've usually spent several decades in their field. One notable example: [[TheMafia Thomas freaking Bonnano.]] He has family ties to one of the cornerstone families of the Sicilian Mafia, and knows his way around a [[MoreDakka Tommy gun.]] Even though he appears to be about sixty years old or so, he's not a guy you want to mess with.
* BadassIsraeli: [[CaptainObvious The Israeli Commandos.]]
* BadassLongcoat: The Jesse James gang.
* BadassMustache: [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] sports one. Also seems to be a requirement for a french musketeer. The Celt also sports quite the badass 'stache.
** One Musketeer was baby-faced. [[spoiler: He dies by headshot, without the facial hair to protect him.]]
** Theodore Roosevelt's is downright amazing.
* BadassNative: The Comanche and Apache.
* BadBoss: In the simulation for Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, [[spoiler: Ivan not only throws one of his men off their horse so he can ride it, but uses another successfully as a HumanShield.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: Barry Jacobsen's pate is downright [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard-esque]].
** Richard "Mack" Machowicz has one too.
* BangBangBANG: Gun sound effects are usually beefed up.
* [[BannedInChina Banned In Britain]]: Rather [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles understandably]], the IRA vs. Taliban episode did not air in the UK. Nor did the "Back for Blood" special which included the IRA a second time.
** It seems that Bravo cut out the Stiletto test from Jesse James gang vs Al Capone gang and in KGB vs CIA they cut the use of the exploding cigar at the start of the sim.
* BatterUp: The mafia receive a baseball bat as one of their weapons. [[spoiler:When compared to the Yakuza's nunchucks, the judges determined that nunchucks were faster and flashier, but the baseball bat delivered a heavier and more lethal blow, by which we mean '''it shattered a pig's spine in one hit.''']]
* BeardOfBarbarism: The Celts and their wicked mustaches.
** The Vikings have 'em, too.
* BeastOfBattle: Hannibal's war elephants.
* {{BFS}}: William Wallace's Claymore. The Celtic Longsword wasn't too small either. A less extreme example with the Rajput's Khanda sword, which, while not as blatantly massive as the first two, still boasted a length of about three feet.
* BigDamnHeroes: The ending of the Jesse James vs. Al Capone sim.
* BilingualBonus: A small one for Ming Warrior vs. French Musketeer, Geoff did a couple of countdowns in Chinese and French. In the showdown, the Musketeers also speak in French.
** In Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong, the Waffen-SS experts are heard communicating in German during the testing for the Viet Cong's Tokarev pistol. At the start of the episode's simulation, a Viet Cong soldier interrogates his Waffen-SS hostage in Vietnamese, and later threatens him in Vietnamese again.
** Before testing the Rajput's aara, Sukhwinder Singh, the guest expert for the aara communicates to the Rajput experts in Hindi.
** In Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz, [[spoiler: the last Spetsnaz taunts the Green Beret he just killed in Russian. "I am spetznaz! No one will defeat us!]]
** Saddam Hussein uses a few Arabic phrases in his battle against Pol Pot [[spoiler: including his PreMortemOneLiner]].
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, Hernán Cortés says a few of his lines in Spanish, including [[spoiler: the order to fire the arquebus that starts the battle, and his victory yell after killing and looting Ivan]].
* BlackDudeDiesFirst:
** Averted in the Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz sim. [[spoiler: The third Green Beret to die, and the seventh overall, is the only black character.]]
** Also averted during French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas. [[spoiler: The black legionnaire is the third of his team to die.]]
* BladeOnAStick: Almost too many to list, the list carrying the following weapons: the Samurai ''naginata'', the Spartan ''dory'' spear, three types of halberds (used by the Knight, Vlad the Impaler, and Hernán Cortés), the ''xyston'' of AlexanderTheGreat, the Zande ''makrigga'', the Centurion's ''pilum'' javelin, a Persian spear that didn't have a name attached to it, the Celtic ''lancea'', the Comanche war lance, a Mongol glaive, Genghis Khan's ''jida'' lance, Hannibal's ''soliferrum'' javelin, and Ivan the Terrible's ''bardiche'' poleaxe. Nearly all of them proved extremely effective.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Jesse James does this to Al Capone during the simulation.
** Also done in Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz; the former uses a Beretta Pistol to shoot an AK 74 out of the hands of the last Spetsnaz agent.
* BloodierAndGorier: Season 2 so far surpasses Season 1 in red goop. A few examples include a head exploding in both the Back For Blood special and the SWAT vs. GSG-9 simulation, and filling a pig carcass with blood to test the Bowie Knife in Jesse James vs Al Capone.
** They used to just leave the pigs as they were. In Season 2, they FILL the pig with fake blood. Just for fun.
** The friggin' BOWIE KNIFE. Geoffrey was friggin' SPEECHLESS.
** The whole "tear the dummy's heart out" thing is probably the winner here, though. Because they ''tore the dummy's heart out''.
** Katars. "Everything that was inside, is now outside."
** In Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel, the targets for the long range firearms were rigged with tannarite canisters that would explode in a spectacular fashion if they were hit. Scientifically speaking here was no reason for the dummies to explode into a gory heap other than it looking [[IncrediblyLamePun bloody awesome.]]
** Testing what exactly happened when [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] lived up to the nickname with a ballistic gel dummy and a ''lubed'' spike.
* BloodyHandprint: Used by the show as a logo to represent the Mafia.
** In the "KGB vs. CIA" dramatized battle, [[spoiler:a shot and wounded KGB agent leaves one on a door, followed by a trail of blood, allowing a CIA agent to track him down and eventually kill him. Another KGB agent leaves one on his car window while being strangled to death]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: A sure sign that a warrior's dead in any given sim.
* BondOneLiner: Mafia vs. Yakuza. After gunning down a restaurant full of dummies with the [[MoreDakka Tommy Gun]], Thomas Bonanno takes a flower prop from a vase, puts it in a dummy's shirt pocket, and says "Have a nice day."
* BoobsOfSteel: The [[DarkActionGirl female KGB agent]] in the KGB vs. CIA episode.
** JoanOfArc in the Deadliest Warrior Legends game, growing at least 4 cup sizes. She also has literal BoobsOfSteel with rather form-fitting chestplate armor.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:How Frank James kills Al Capone. With a WINCHESTER. THROUGH JAIL BARS.]]
** Also how [[spoiler: the Pirate defeats the Knight, with a flintlock shot through the opened visor of his helmet.]]
** And again [[spoiler: in Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer; one of the Musketeers gets shot through the forehead with the Ming Warrior's 3-Barrel Pole Cannon.]]
** Quite literally what happens to the dummies in Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel during the long range testing, since they had explosives tied to their necks that would go off after a headshot.
** SWAT vs [=GSG9=]. Both sides are police forces equipped with [[ColdSniper sniping specialists]]. During testing, two target dummies take rounds [[EyeScream right through the eyes]]. More target dummies take head-splattering hits during the kill-house demonstrations of the assault rifles and the shotgun demonstrations.
** In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler:Saddam ends the sim by shooting Pol Pot in the head at point-blank]].
*** In the video game it's possible to get an instant victory with projectile weapons this way.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: In the showdown between the Jesse James Gang and the Al Capone Gang, Jesse and his comrades arm themselves with Civil War-era guns this way, after apparently winding up in a historical museum... somehow.
* BrainsAndBrawn: This is the primary setup for the experts of season 3's warriors: one expert handles the weapons, while the other provides insight on the people using them.
* BrokenStreak: [[spoiler: Crazy Horse's loss to Pancho Villa has ended the Native American winning streak, which the Apache started and the Comanche furthered.]]
* TheCameo: In Deadliest Warrior: Legends, the arcade mode has Richard "Mack" Mackowitz act as your opponent in the two 'challenge' matches that you complete to unlock your secondary short and mid-range weapons.
* CameraAbuse: The re-enactment scenes get a fair bit of CG blood on the lens.
* CapeSnag: In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, [[spoiler: this costs Lawrence the battle, as Roosevelt grabbed a handful of his cloak to immobilize and kill him]].
* CaptainObvious: Armand, whenever he's asked to analyse the damage to a skull subjected to the ChunkySalsaRule. Frequently lampshaded.
-->'''Armand''': "Uh...this guy's dead! I really don't need to be here!"
* CarBomb: One of the Medellín Cartel's weapons.
* CatapultToGlory: William the Conqueror's torsion catapult, designed to launch rocks and diseased corpses over castle walls.
* CavemenVsAstronautsDebate: See ArrogantKungFuGuy above and SeriousBusiness below. You are going to ''need'' the MST3KMantra.
* CelebrityResemblance: Season 2 Somali Pirate rep Abdi Ali. Take away the rocket launcher and the accent, and you've got a near-dead ringer for KanyeWest.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Thoroughly averted, as every French warrior that appears on the show is described and depicted as extremely badass.
** In the Musketeer vs Ming Warrior, [[spoiler:the Musketeers defeat the Ming Warriors with over 670 kills.]]
** Season three has Joan of Arc, Napoleon Bonaparte, William the Conquerer (Yes, he was king of England, but he was from Normandy) and the French Foreign Legion. [[spoiler: Napoleon lost to George Washington, Joan defeated William, and the Legion lost to the Gurkhas.]]
*** The French Foreign Legion were a sort of Double Subversion. They were depicted as extremely badass, but it was also explained that they weren't necessarily made up of Frenchmen, including the former member they brought on as an weapons expert, who was Australian.
*** It was a tie by any mean between Napoleon and Washington, considering the latter barely won with 50.4%
* ChekhovsGun: In the beginning of Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, Armand and Mach bring up how Lawrence could run a mile in under 5 minutes. [[spoiler: This shifts the X-Factor of Endurance in his favor, with Lawrence getting an 88 and Theodore getting a 71.]]
** This occurs as well in Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal; during Dorian's traditional "tale of the tape" at the beginning of each episode, he brings up Genghis' protein-oriented diet and Hannibal's diet, mainly focused on carbohydrates. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, Hannibal's diet gives him the advantage in the X-Factor of Physicality, receiving an 81 compared to Genghis Khan's 76]].
** With Season 3's X-Factors, this trope occurs a lot; another example being in Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, when Mack's usual warrior analysis after Armand's gives us this tidbit about the latter.
--> '''Mack:''' [[BlatantLies He has a beautiful vision]] once he gets into power: "I want to eradicate the past and create a past of my own liking." This is his plan: "I'm going to kill off anyone who knows anything about the past. 'Hey, you read a book? You're dead. You're an intellectual? You're dead. [[RuleOfThree You wear glasses, you're dead.]]'" That's this guy in a nutshell.
*** In the X-Factor analysis, [[spoiler: this idea is what costs him the X-Factor of Psychological Health; Pol Pot gets a 27, and Saddam gets a 46]].
* ChunkySalsaRule: Demonstrated in KGB v.s. CIA with the Dead Drop Spike, which was tested in a simulation of a bathroom stall.
* ClusterFBomb: The Aztec specialist swears a LOT. As does the Capone specialist...especially in the uncensored Aftermath.
* TheCoatsAreOff: AlCapone, before [[FisticuffsBoss going hand-to-hand]] with Jesse James.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Although [[http://www.spike.com/video-clips/8yy311/deadliest-warrior-saddam-s-acid-bath-torture-and-pol-pot-s-electrocution-torture not aired]], the hosts tested Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein's preferred torture methods, which were ElectricTorture and acid baths, respectively. Ivan the Terrible and Hernán Cortés also have there torture methods addressed, and in the simulation, [[spoiler: Ivan The Terrible is busy torturing a prisoner by ripping them in half with a horse.]]
* ColdSniper: "Maxim", the Spetznaz representative.
* CombatPragmatist: Alexander the Great trained in Pankration, a fighting style that allows for everything from low blows to eye gouging.
** The Israeli Commandos trained in Krav Maga, a hand-to-hand combat system that emphasizes aggression and doing whatever it takes to win, including attacks to the [[EyeScream eyes]], throat, and [[GroinAttack groin.]]
** The experts for the Ninja and Pirate outright stated that this is their warrior's preferred fighting style.
* CombatStilettos: Joan of Arc, in the game.
* CommonTongue: Adverted. Every warrior speaks the language they are native to, [[HeroicMime if they talk at all in the episode to begin with.]] This makes it almost impossible for the warriors to talk to each other in battle, but then again they are too busy killing each other and don't want to attract attention.
* CompetitiveBalance: Armored and shielded {{Mighty Glacier}}s who fight with brute force tend to go up against unarmored {{Fragile Speedster}}s who rely on agility and occasionally hit-and-run tactics. Examples include Apache vs. Gladiator, Ninja vs. Spartan, and Pirate vs. Knight. Arguably, MightyGlacier Viking vs. LightningBruiser Samurai fits the mold, as does the form vs. power matchup of Shaolin Monk vs. Maori Warrior (and later, Persian Immortal vs. Celt)
** In the game, also. You have [[FragileSpeedster Guerillas]] (e.g. Ninja and Apache) who can't get into a direct fight and have to use their agility to survive, [[GlassCannon Beserkers]] (e.g. Pirate and Viking) who have a deadly offense, but less in the way of defense and [[MightyGlacier Champions]] (e.g. Knight and Spartan) who can dish out a lot of damage and take it, but won't move very quickly.
* TheConqueror: The show has a few of them.
* CoolOldGuy: Many of them, including Barry Jacobsen, David Kono, and Anthony de Longis.
* CoolSword: Various cool swords are brought out through the show, including the Scottish claymore, the European longsword, the katana, and the cutlass.
** Attila the Hun's "Sword of Mars" -- it's a sword forged out of the iron ''[[ThunderboltIron from a meteorite]]!''
** Not to mention the Shaolin's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook_sword hook swords]].
* CoolVersusAwesome: The entire point of the show.
* CostumePorn
* CreepyMonotone: The Vlad the Impaler specialists. Both of them.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Played straight and averted with some groups. The Spartan and the Shaolin Monk both [[spoiler:had one weapon that got the vast majority of their kills and won them the match]]. AlexanderTheGreat and the Aztec both [[spoiler:had a weapon that got the majority of their kills, but none of the other weapons matched up to the other side in kills]].
%%* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[Awesome/DeadliestWarrior See here.]]
%%* CrowningMomentOfFunny: [[Funny/DeadliestWarrior See here.]]
* CulturalPosturing: By the bucketload, and source of some of the show's more hilarious quotes.
* CurbStompBattle: Sometimes one Warrior just dominates the other. [[spoiler:The Shaolin Monk's twin hooks get almost twice the kills the Maori's entire arsenal does]], [[spoiler:the Apache gets over double the kills of the Gladiator]], [[spoiler: the Persian Immortal gets almost 700 kills in his fight with the Celt]], and [[spoiler: the Musketeer follows suit with almost 700 kills over the Ming Warrior]].
** In the "Back For Blood" special, [[spoiler: the Spetsnaz slaughtered the Irish Republican Army ''over 700 times out of 1000'']].
** So far averted in Season 3 , with [[spoiler: Saddam Hussein's 56%-44% victory against Pol Pot]] being the widest margin of victory.
** This trope is likely to become much less common in Season 3 overall, since the sample size for the simulations has been increased from 1000 battles to 5000 battles.
* DanBrowned / CriticalResearchFailure: We had an entire page dedicated to it [[Research/DeadliestWarrior here.]] There's controversy about the scientific and statistical validity of the tests and whether the experts know what they're talking about. Some people have legitimate complaints about the capabilities of individual warriors portrayed in situations. Others are just nerd raging.
** As a note, the combat scene follows RuleOfCool and is not really intended to be well researched or informative.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: In "KGB vs. CIA" [[spoiler:the simulation ends when the remaining KGB agent is killed by the last CIA agent, who hides in his back seat and garrotes him when the he gets in the car.]]
* DeathByMaterialism: In the "Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel" simulation, [[spoiler: one Somali pirate is killed when he attempts to escape with one of the Cartel's jeeps that was loaded with cash & cocaine. Unfortunately, he was unaware of the car bomb...]]
** In the "KGB vs. CIA" dramatization, [[spoiler:all the deaths that occurred happened due to both squads of agents trying to obtain a roll of important microfilm documents]].
** [[spoiler: Averted by the 18th century Pirate, who killed the Knight to steal his treasure]].
** In "Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, [[spoiler: a musketeer tries to loot a Chinese sword stuck in the ground, triggering a landmine.]]
* DeathGlare: In the "Apache vs. Gladiator" episode, expert Snake Blocker is shown glaring angrily whenever the gladiator experts disparage Apache weapons.
** [[spoiler: Theodore Roosevelt give Lawrence of Arabia a particularly furious one when Lawrence takes out Roosevelt's last Rough Rider.]]
** In "George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte", Napoleon expert Matthew Cape sports a ''hilariously'' angry look when the Washington team's rifles prove more accurate than Napoleon's muskets.
* DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration: Many of the weapon demonstrations and tests are designed to be visually dynamic. Weapons are often tested against targets that are braced for impact to transfer all of the weapon's force into the target, creating a more impressive effect. Fragile materials such as ceramic are often used for targets of lighter weapons so that they can have something to break or shatter. Experts of the opposite side will occasionally gripe that the opponents' test makes the weapon look better than it is.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Happens in the "KGB vs. CIA" dramatized battle between the sole female agents of both sides. [[spoiler: The KGB agent shoots her CIA counterpart dead.]]
** Averted with Joan of Arc vs. William the Conquerer.
* DiagonalCut: And horizontal cuts and vertical cuts, usually to pig carcasses.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Zande's Kpinga knife has an obvious twig and berries shape above the handle. Max comments on it and the Coley Mustafa Speaks, Zande descendant says it shows masculinity.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The show has a disclaimer at the beginning of each show saying they don't endorse the warriors actions or beliefs, but inevitably whenever they test a warrior's weapons, it comes off as extremely cool--even when the combatants are scumbags such as the Nazi SS, Somali Pirates or Medellín Cartel.
* DoubleWeapon: As their special weapon, the ninja receive a kusarigama, which has a sickle on one end and an ensnaring chain-link on the other.
* DropTheHammer: William Wallace brought a warhammer of impressive size ''and'' clout.
* DrunkenMaster: In the game, the pirate is heavily implied to be completely smashed, explaining why his guns can be dodged with relative ease. He even passes out after performing his finisher! If the Pirate wins with a normal move it's confirmed that he's drunk. He pulls out a flask/canteen and says "Do you want some?" in a very slurred voice.
* DualWielding: Several examples, including the Shaolin monks and their hook swords, the Yakuza sais, William Wallace's dirk and targe (a shield with a large spike on the end), the Spartan's shield and xiphos/spear/javelin, the Viking experts throwing two full-length spears with each hand, [[GunsAkimbo Jesse James' outlaws]], and the Musketeer's rapier and main gauche.
** At one point in the "Persian Immortal vs. Celt" simulation, the Celt warrior uses both his sword and burda club at the same time.
** And in the finale of the "Shaolin Monk vs. Maori Warrior" simulation, the latter wields both the Mere and the Shark Tooth Club.
** In the "William Wallace vs. Shaka Zulu" simulation, Shaka Zulu grapples with William Wallace while wielding both the Zulu Axe and Iklwa spear.
* DueToTheDead: Something to think about: the Ming Warrior would remove the ears of the military personnel that they defeated. [[spoiler: One of the French Musketeers salutes a fallen comrade in the sim.]] It's coincidental, most likely, but it certainly makes for an interesting contrast...
** Celts collect the heads of enemies they killed as trophies, and Comanches do the same with their enemies' scalps.
*** The Apache got this from the British and the French. A lock of foreign hair was incredibly valuable in colonial Europe..
* DwindlingParty: This usually happens in most squad battles until only one member of the winning side is left standing.
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* EatenAlive: In Vampires vs. Zombies, [[spoiler: this is the fate of the first vampire to die. The other two vampires sense he's in trouble but they arrive too late to save him, and are horrified to discover his fate.]]
* EatsBabies: After the test of the Persian Immortal's bow and arrow, William Spencer Dinnean, one of the Celt experts, comments on how the Celt would simply use the arrows as toothpicks after he finishes eating Persian babies. Needless to say, [[DeathGlare the Persian experts weren't amused]]. Considering the Celts didn't actually eat babies, neither were some of the fans. Others considered it a BadassBoast.
** The show claims that Vlad the Impaler did this and forced the parents of said baby to do the same.
* EdutainmentShow: Whether or not you agree that the data and research are accurate, they still do a LOT in presenting the cultures, ideals, and weapons throughout history. You'll also learn a lot by reading the discussions made about the show.
* [[PlotTailoredToTheParty Eigen Plot]]: the battle videos always play out this way. If one group brings along a rifle, a pistol, a knife and a bomb, expect each of these weapons to make exactly one kill. So if a crossbow-wielding enemy is up against someone with a sword, you'll know the swordsman will win if there's already been a recorded crossbow kill for that side.
* ElevatorActionSequence: Occurs early in the final showdown of Yakuza vs. Mafia.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz, Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong, Roman Centurion vs. Rajput, Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos, U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Forces, and French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas.
* EpicFlail: The knights receive a military flail ("morningstar") for their special weapon. Its spikes make very short work of the demonstration mannequins. William Wallace receives a ball and chain, which is used as a throwing weapon. The ninja has a kusarigama, which is a flail attached to a sickle.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: The IRA vs Taliban final showdown takes place in a car-loaded junkyard. The respective sides have a nail bomb and a RPG-7. Do the math.
** The Medellín Cartel's explosive weapon is a car bomb.
** In the Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot battle, Saddam's crashed car explodes after it is shot at by one of Pol Pot's soldiers.
*** Not a straight example; the car only expoldes because Pol Pot's man hit the barrel of petrol next to it.
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, after the dummies are shot in a testing range, they're swarmed with bees. The hosts end up judging the damage from a safe distance.
** They also changed their fake blood formula to prevent future incidents
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot", there's a brief re-enactment of Saddam ordering a chemical attack on a Kurdish villiage, and the Republican Guard soldier he's talking to seems utterly shocked.
** Hernán Cortés looks positively disgusted when he sees Ivan and his men torturing a random peasent.
* EvilLaugh: Vlad the Impaler bellows one upon engaging Sun Tzu.
** Ivan the Terrible lets out a particularly mainiacal laugh in several re-enactments.
* EvilVersusEvil: A selling point/set up of some of the shows. Mafia versus Yakuza, IRA versus Taliban, Nazi Waffen-SS versus Viet Cong (the promo of which says outright they're villains), Jesse James' outlaws versus Al Capone gangsters, Somali Pirate versus Medellín Cartel, Saddam Hussein versus Pol Pot, and Hernán Cortés vs. Ivan the Terrible.
* ExplosiveCigar: The CIA get this as their explosive weapon.
* EyeScream: Various experts go for the eyes:
** In Viking versus Samurai, Tetsuro Shigematsu, a samurai expert puts arrows through the test dummy's eyes. This is then shown again in slow motion. Made worse by the fact that the doctor said that you would still be feeling it, still remember it, and would hemorrhage to death in so much agony.
** In Spartan versus Ninja, the ninja demonstrate Black Eggs, which would put crushed glass into the eye. [[spoiler:However, in the final showdown, the Spartan takes the glass full-on, looks shocked for a couple seconds, then goes on fighting like nothing happened. [[AnnoyingArrows Annoying Glass-In-The-Eye]]?]]
** In Green Beret versus Spetsnaz, the Spetsnaz sniper "misses" the nose he's aiming for and puts a round right through the dummy's eye.
** In Shaolin Monk versus Maori Warrior, the Shaolin representative goes right for the eyes with the Emei Daggers.
--> "Like mushrooms on a skewer."
** In IRA versus Taliban, the IRA representative slingshots a lead pellet into a skull's eyesocket. Imagine that smashing into a ''real, squishy'' eye.
** In SWAT versus GSG-9, both sniper rifles put rounds through a test dummy's eyes, similar to the Spetsnaz example above.
** In Ming Warrior versus Musketeer, the Musketeer expert pierces both of the gel-torso's eyes with both the rapier and main gauche.
** The Zulu has blinding powder spat into the target's face, which does not impress the judges much.
** In Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, [[spoiler: one of Joan's French knights gets shot in the eye with a crossbow bolt by one of William's soldiers.]]
** In Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, [[spoiler: one of Pancho Villa's rebels gets shot through the eye with a revolver wielded by Crazy Horse.]]
* FanservicePack: Joan of Arc in the game inexplicably grows at least four cup sizes, gets incredibly form-fitting armor, and runs around in highheels.
* AFateWorseThanDeath[=/=]CruelMercy: In SunTzu vs. [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]], [[spoiler: Vlad doesn't decapitate Sun Tzu when he has the chance. Instead, he impales him on a wooden stake (I.E. shoving a large wooden stake up his ass, which penetrates his internal organs and comes out his shoulders) leaving him to die a slow, painful death.]]
* FinalGirl: Averted in the "CIA vs. KGB" simulation, where the female members of both sides are killed in the middle of the fight.
** Also averted during Vampires VS Zombies. [[spoiler: The female vampire goes down 2nd]]
** The last surviving member of the GSG9 is female, however. [[spoiler: And then gets promptly shot down by the last SWAT member.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight in JoanOfArc vs William the Conqueror.]]
* TheFilmOfTheSeries: Yes, a movie has been announced. The plot is still unknown.
* FisticuffsBoss: Due to CombatBreakdown, often times the combat will be determined by the combatants' most close-ranged weapons, right down to knives, brass knuckles and such. Not always, however.
* ForTheEvulz: Seems to be Vlad the Impaler's motivation at times in the Sim for his episode, like when [[spoiler: he starts the fight by destroying a teapot with a cannon, and just laughs at Sun Tzu.]]
* FreudianExcuse: In Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, the motives of both warriors amount to this; Crazy Horse waging war against the U.S. military after witnessing the Blue Water Massacre, and Pancho Villa loathing the upper class after a hacienda owner assaulted his sister.
* GatlingGood: Theodore Roosevelt uses a Gatling gun in Theodore Roosevelt vs Lawrence of Arabia.
* GenreSavvy: It's usually pretty easy to figure out who will win the final battle based on what they do during the fight. If one side is happily torturing innocents or attempting to shoot unarmed prisoners, it's a safe bet that side will lose. Also note how the side that is acting in self-defense will nearly always come out victorious.
* GoldFever: In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, Cortés's lust for gold was described as causing him to be psychopathic in his quest for it. In the simulation, [[spoiler: after Cortés defeats Ivan, he steals gold from his coin purse, implying that this is the reason for attacking him.]]
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Played with in the "Yakuza vs. Mafia" episode. [[spoiler: The nunchaku look impressive, but the baseball bat ultimately delivered a harder hit.]]
** Even though it wasn't mentioned in the episode, Theodore Roosevelt was a champion boxer and black belt martial artist, [[spoiler:against Lawrence of Arabia, it allows him to stun his opponent long enough to finish him off in the simulation.]]
* GoodVersusGood: SWAT versus GSG-9.
* {{Gorn}}: While the final showdowns always keep bodies intact, the blood vessels are much less fortunate. The testings also usually result in buckets of mock blood spurting everywhere. There are exceptions to this trend, though, but when they go for the gorn...
** If you know your Zombies and seen the preview, a really painful looking test is done in this fashion for testing the zombies.
** The "Back For Blood" special when an [[spoiler: Irish Republican Army]] member's [[YourHeadAsplode head gets]] splattered by a [[spoiler: Spetsnaz]].
** The "Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel" episode when a [[spoiler: Cartel member hacks off a Pirate's hand with a machete before killing him with a strike to the neck]].
** In "KGB vs. CIA": [[spoiler: a KGB agent gets half his face blown off from smoking an exploding cigar given to him by a CIA agent]], and some unlucky fellow meets a similar fate in the weapon's dramatization.
** In "Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu", when [[spoiler:Vlad chops off Sun Tzu's hands with his kilij to incapacitate him]].
** In "Comanche vs. Mongol", where [[spoiler:the Comanche warrior scalps the Mongol after killing him]].
** The "U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Ops episode has [[spoiler:a Ranger that gets his leg blown off after stepping on the Korean box mine.]]
** In "Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal": [[spoiler:Hannibal's war elephant kills one of Genghis Khan's soldiers by stomping on his head.]]
** In "Hernán Cortés vs. Ivan the Terrible": [[spoiler: Ivan drawing and quartering a victim, pulling said victim in half and dragging the bleeding upper half of the corpse behind his horse for a few moments.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: The next-to-last shot in "Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu" is one of these, [[spoiler:before we see Sun Tzu impaled on a stake, and Vlad letting out a victory yell.]]
** Another example in "Comanche vs. Mongol", where [[spoiler:after the Mongol is killed by the Comanche warrior in a cave, the Comanche takes off the Mongol's hat and puts a scalping knife to his head before the camera turns away. The Comanche is then seen emerging from the cave with the Mongol's scalp in hand.]]
** Subverted in the "Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer" episode, when they show an attempted Ming deserter getting his feet cut off.
** Played straight in Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal's simulation, where [[spoiler: Hannibal's war elephant stomps on the head of one of Genghis' troops. We only see the elephant's foot, the other soldiers running away, and a close-up of the dead man's now smashed head]].
* GoshHornet: Assessing the ranged weapons for Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein ran into difficulties when a swarm of bees flew in and covered the backs of the final targets. The reason for this, as explained in the episode's Aftermath, is that the artificial blood they've been using was syrup-based, and the bees were attracted to the sweetness. They've since altered the formula to be soap-based instead to avoid another such incident.
* GroinAttack: During the AK-74 test, the Spetsnaz rep lies on the ground and puts a bullet straight through the dummy's batch. In the Yakuza VS Mafia final showdown, [[spoiler:a Mafioso swings straight into a Yakuza's groin, giving him enough time to earn a kill shot.]]
** Not the typical use of the trope, but one of the Zande's weapons has a penis shaped blade, and another is essentially a curved steel penis.
** The Nazi Waffen-SS' Schrapnellmine a.k.a. the Bouncing Betty mine, was shown to be capable of using its metal ball bearings to tear through human groins.
---> "It's not exactly anatomically correct, but...his junk has been PUSHED IN." (an understatement, as the mannequin was also cut completely in half at the waist)
** One of the KGB experts makes a similar claim with the explosive dead drop spike.
** More than one recreation of ancient combat includes this as a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment (Wallace throwing the ball and chain at an English knight is probably the funniest).
* GunTwirling: The Jesse James gun tester does this quite a bit.
* GunsAkimbo: The Jesse James demonstrator with two revolvers.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: There are several weapon demonstrations that end with a pig carcass or test dummy cleaved in half, the U.S. Army Rangers' SR-25 and the Nazi Waffen-SS' Schrapnellmine being to of the first examples that come to mind.
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, the sim starts off with Ivan and the Oprichniki torturing a man by tying his arms to a horse's hind legs, his legs to another horse and having them move in opposite directions. [[spoiler: When Ivan is ambushed by Cortés and his men, he mounts a horse and charges, ripping the man in half.]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: Typically avoided; all the warriors' various weapons can be seen strapped to their person.
** Played straight in the game. The warriors that use thrown items seem to be able to produce them from thin air, the most blatant examples though are the polearms which just appear in the fighters hands.
* HandCannon: This is the actual ''name'' of one of Vlad's weapons. However, it's not actually as impressive a firearm as it sounds (and it's the size of a Tommy Gun).
** The closest the show has had to an actual Hand Cannon was the Musketeer's Wheel-lock Pistol.
* AHandfulForAnEye: In Pirate versus Knight, the Pirate tries this on the Knight when the battle takes to the beach. In Spartan versus Ninja, the Ninja runs up the Spartan's shield and plants a black egg directly to the face.
* HeroTrackingFailure: The Israelis [[spoiler:find themselves on the wrong end of this trope in their showdown, as they spray fire at a running SEAL only for their shots to fall behind him. Said SEAL goes on to be the last man standing.]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: This is one of the points upon which those who say the show gets it wrong frequently lean upon. In response to the controversy, host Max Geiger insisted that the show was based on warriors in combat and not assassins sneaking around.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: William Wallace versus Shaka Zulu, AttilaTheHun versus AlexanderTheGreat, Jesse James' outlaws versus Al Capone's gangsters, [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] versus Sun Tzu. Also, Hannibal Barca vs. GenghisKhan has been confirmed for Season 3, William the Conqueror vs. Joan of Arc as has Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, George Washington vs. NapoleonBonaparte, Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, Lawrence of Arabia vs. TheodoreRoosevelt and Ivan The Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés.
* HistoricalInJoke: In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, [[spoiler:Roosevelt gets winged by a bullet, but survives and keeps fighting.]] This happened to the man in real life.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Vlad and Ivan get this big time, going from "tyrants but relatively competent leaders whom their people still respect" to AxeCrazy lunatics and mass murderers ForTheEvulz.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the "Teddy Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia" Aftermath, the Executive Producer of the show briefly talks about as the result as this. He was at first glad for the clear example of RockBeatsLaser to quell accusations that the more modern warrior always wins... [[spoiler: only to realize that it would instead provide fuel for accusations of an [[{{Eagleland}} American bias.]]]]
* {{HSQ}}:[[invoked]] Very high within the show itself, since the hosts gape and gasp after just about every weapon demonstration.
** Shaolin Monk versus Maori Warrior arguably has the biggest moment in the series when the tiny dude takes the Emei piercers to a dummy's head. The smallest person to appear on the show goes to town on the poor piece of ballistics gel, putting over a dozen stabs into the face and skull, including a kick, and finally delivers a hit with enough force to remove most of the head. At one point near the beginning, he stabs into both eyes and pulls them out, ''leaving the eyes on the other side of the piercers for the rest of the fight''. Geiger's reaction?
---> "Holy fuck, man. What the fuck was that?"
*** This was even brought up in the aftermath, with several comments essentially going "What the fuck, man? Seriously. What the FUCK?" He explains that, after one of the Maori experts declared the weapons little more than knitting needles, he decided to go all-out to give a full demonstration of what the Emei piercers could do.
*** Rob Roy, the Navy [=SEALs=] representative, puts the Shaolin Monk representative to shame with his own moment: going absolutely insane with his tactical knife on a gel dummy. He stabs it in the gut and neck OverNineThousand times, ends up cutting the head and arm off, and then sticks his knife where the head used to be. He also slashed and stabbed the face apart. There's a good reason Max is left standing stunned, mouth agape in shock at Rob's brutality. He was trying to outdo the similar antics of the Ka-Bar wielding Israeli commando, who had started with a lethal neck strike then continued on for disemboweling.
* HooksAndCrooks: The Somali Pirates use grappling hooks as their close range weapon.
* HopeSpot: In the Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer simulation, [[spoiler: one French Musketeer is shot in chest, is relieved to see that the the bullet deflected off his steel breastplate and stands back up, only to be shot in the head]].
* HornyVikings: Refreshingly averted in Episode 2. The Vikings there all have realistic peaked-cap helms with noseguards. While the trailer for Season 2 showed the Celts with horned helmets, the actual episode featuring them did not.
* HorseArcher: The Huns, Comanches, and Mongols (and by extension, Genghis Khan) are this trope. Coincidentally, the Comanche and Mongol fight each other in the same episode.
* HumansAreWarriors: The documentary is all about it.
* HumanShield: In the Yakuza versus Mafia showdown, a [[spoiler:Yakuza member grabs a bystander to soak a couple Mafia bullets]].
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, [[spoiler: Ivan uses one of his own soldiers to shield himself from a conquistador's arquebus shot.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: After the testing of the Comanche's scalping knife, one of the Mongol experts calls the cuts and stabs "nothing more than flesh wounds." The clip that plays afterwards? The pig it was tested on being sliced open, spilling fake blood.
** In "Persian Immortal vs. Celt", the Persian experts decry the Celt expert's demonstration of an impressive sword strike from a chariot by claiming that they can easily avoid it. The Persian's next two weapons are chariot-based, which the expert plays up by claiming that they can't be avoided because opposing forces will have to put too much focus into getting out of the way of both the chariot and the horses pulling them.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: Resolving such debates is the show's entire purpose.
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* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Gun safety rules will occasionally be broken in the lab, especially when the experts are filmed showing off firearms. They do seem to pay extra attention on the firing range when testing, though.
** In all likeliehood the in-lab weapons are not loaded.
*** The number one rule in gun safety is to treat all firearms as loaded at all times even if you just unloaded it yourself.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Maori warriors ate the bodies of their dead enemies in an attempt to absorb their power; they taunted their opponents by showing their tongues and making this intention very clear. Vlad the Impaler is also stated to consume human flesh. Subverted with the Azande, who only pretended to be cannibalistic in order to intimidate their foes.
** The Zombies from Vampires vs Zombies, obviously.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: In the simulations, this is how [[spoiler: Shaka Zulu, one of Atilla the Hun's soldiers, the Aztec Jaguar, a Nazi Waffen-SS soldier, Sun Tzu, one of Hannibal's soldiers, and one of Ivan the Terrible's henchmen die.]]
** Also how the Viet Cong use the punji sticks in their booby traps.
** Also a preferred method of execution with Vlad the Impaler.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Generally averted in the final showdowns, but sometimes occurs in the re-enactment spots that are shown during the weapon demonstrations.
** Happened during the Centurion vs. Rajput match, though; [[spoiler:The Rajput manages to chop the Roman's pilum clean in two out of midair with his khanda.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The Spetsnaz ballistic knife has [[AwesomeButImpractical plenty of reliability issues.]] It's still a knife that ''shoots itself''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The IRA use a slingshot, the Mafia use an ice pick, the Green Berets have a shovel, Attila the Hun had a lasso, the Somali Pirates have grappling hooks, and the Khmer Rouge had a cane knife. The majority of the weapons prove to be surprisingly effective, but entrenching tools actually have a long history of use as a hand-to-hand weapon--many WWI soldiers preferred them over [[BayonetYa bayonets]] because they did not stick into the enemy.
** Entrenching tools have been used quite a bit in combat, often in desparation. They have their shape for many reasons, smacking skulls being one of them. It's not so much improbable as desperate.
** When testing scattershot, the alternate ammo Washington would have used for his cannon, his experts explain that it consisted of nails, chains, and other small metal objects.
* IncrediblyLamePun: After slicing through Roman chain mail with a katar, one of the Rajput experts quips, "I guess that makes me the [[GuitarHero katar hero.]]"
** Another example in Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel; during the testing of the Pirate's rocket launcher, Geoff gave the signal with "3, 2, 1, [=ROCK IT=]!"
* InformedAbility / InformedFlaw: Many of the dramatizations tend to conflict with the episode's findings; in many cases, weapons found to perform exceedingly well play only bit parts in the fight, and final blows are dealt by weapons that tests had deemed ineffective.
** Season 3 seems to be better about this, though, with test results and other findings directly playing into the dramatizations:
*** In Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, [[spoiler: the extremely long reload time of the crossbow used by Joan gets one of her soldiers killed, and the one-on-one fight between Joan and William was visibly decided by Joan's superior armor, just as shown in tests.]]
*** In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Alexander of Arabia, [[spoiler: Lawrence at one point deploys the "Phantom Army" strategy his experts mentioned to great effect, and Roosevelt's Gatling gun was a key part in the fight, playing to it's advantage against Lawrence's counterpart and it's contribution to Roosevelt's final score.]]
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Admit it, you laughed every time they said "Flammenwerfer" (pronouced "Flammenverfer").
** "Blunderbuss"?
* InsistentTerminology: Joan of Arc's inexplicable ability to know exactly what to do in situations she had zero training or experience in is always referred to her ''"intuition"''. The hosts explicitly neither support nor dismiss the possibility that she was taking orders from God.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: At the start of the "Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong" battle, a member of the Waffen-SS finds himself on the receiving end of this at the hands of the Viet Cong, who have beaten him up and pointed a gun at his head. He is rescued soon after by his comrades, and [[spoiler: ultimately proves to be the last man standing]].
* JitterCam: Used in almost every single simulation in every single episode.
* JokeItem: In ''Deadliest Warrior: Legends'', the second video game based off the series, all the playable warriors have one as an unlockable weapon (Genghis Khan gets a koi fish, Sun Tzu gets a paper fan, William Wallace gets a shovel, etc.).
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. The katana is not granted any more special powers than it demonstrates during testing, and many western swords are shown to be just as lethal. Testing suggested that the katana could cut straight through [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill more than one unarmored body]] in a single swing, but it had absolutely no effect on chainmail.
** Interestingly, this didn't actually stop it from being a highly effective weapon in the sim itself--[[spoiler:it broke 100 kills and even slightly outperformed the Dane axe in its category.]]
** It was shut down pretty hard in Spartan vs. Samurai, though. [[spoiler:15 kills, bettering only its Spartan xiphos counterpart which scored 10 kills.]]
* KnifeNut: Apaches are portrayed as such. One Gladiator expert remarks upon seeing a knife throw that now the knife can't be used again. Apache expert Snake Blocker insists that Apache warriors would each carry as many knives as would fit on their person; he then proceeds to withdraw several knives from his waistband and various sheaths about his person, including one that was apparently hidden IN HIS HAIR.
** Navy [=SEAL=] Rob Roy fits this when he uses a ''three-inch knife'' to completely destroy a gel torso by disemboweling it, cutting off one of its arms, cutting its head off and ultimately leave the knife sticking straight up out of the neck.
* KnifeThrowingAct: In the "Apache vs. Gladiator" episode, Apache expert and US Army instructor Snake Blocker does a variation of this, throwing three knives and hitting three human-sized targets with center-mass killshots within three seconds before finishing the sequence with a backhanded stab to a dummy.
** Mentioned to be a viable tactic with the bowie knife, and demonstrated against the pig carcass. [[spoiler: The edge is still given to the stiletto.]]
* KungFoley: See BangBangBANG and AudibleSharpness above.
* LaResistance: Several revolutionary groups have been mentioned over the course of the show, such as the Provisional Irish Republican Army, George Washington and the Continental Army, and T.E. Lawrence's bedouin tribesmen.
* LeeroyJenkins: In Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, [[spoiler: the first man on Pancho Villa's side mounts a horse and charges at Crazy Horse's entire team by himself, only to be shot with an 1860 Henry Repeating Rifle]].
* LetsYouAndHimFight: A few dramatizations would try and give some justification as to why the two sides are fighting, but many [[RuleOfCool don't bother.]]
* LickingTheBlade: [[spoiler: Performed by the Apache after stabbing the Gladiator several times in the throat.]]
** [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] does this in the commercial for his match against SunTzu.
* LighterAndSofter: Season 3 (when compared to [[BloodierAndGorier season 2]]), seems to be more about showing off all their research, without all the cool testing of the previous seasons.
* LightningBruiser: The Samurai in Episode 2. Agile and precise, but armored just as well as his opponent.
** Similarly, the Vampires in Season 3 are portrayed like this. Superhumanly fast, strong, and quite durable.
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* MacheteMayhem: The close range weapon of the Medellín Cartel; also, the cane knife used by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge was said to be inspired by the machete.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Ming Warriors Nest of Bees test.
* MadBomber: During the simulations, the IRA members can be heard [[EvilLaugh chuckling]] before detonating a nail bomb.
* TheMafia / {{Yakuza}}: Episode 5.
** Also episode 12, the Jesse James Gang vs. Al Capone's Gang.
* TheMagnificent: Several of the {{historical domain character}}s, ranging from such as Alexander the Great, Ivan the Terrible, and Vlad the Impaler.
* ManipulativeEditing: In the Spetsnaz vs. Green Beret episode, both sides said during the Aftermath that the episode was edited to make the two teams look more confrontational against each other.
* ManOnFire: In IRA VS the Taliban, the IRA bring a flamethrower to add a little gas to things. According to the doctor, it would be a nightmarishly horrible way to die--even after you get out of the flames, your bones would still be cooking you from the inside.
** The Nazi Waffen-SS used a significantly more powerful flamethrower, which utilized tar fuel that ''stuck to the skin'' while it burned.
** Sun Tzu's huo chien, or flaming arrows, were used in association with flammable ingredients such as lard and linseed oil, to light large areas, and soldiers, on fire.
* MartialPacifist: Shaolin Monks are said to have taken no pride in killing, and fought only out of necessity.
* MobWar: Yakuza vs. Mafia. Jesse James vs. Al Capone, sort of. Somali Pirates vs. Medellín Cartel may sort of fit as well.
* MolotovCocktail: Used by the Mafia.
* MomentOfSilence: Though the background music still plays, the Musketeers do this for one of their comrades who [[spoiler:gets blown up by a land mine]].
* MoodWhiplash: In the simulation, the Medellín Cartel was surely not expecting to be ambushed by Somali Pirates as they were relaxing to some Columbian music.
* {{Mooks}}: Besides the final showdown at the end of each episode, there are also reenactments throughout the running time that show each of the two featured combatants killing enemies that they were historically against in their time period. For instance, Vlad the Impaler is shown fighting Ottomans,the Medellín Cartel is depicted as slaughtering Columbian police officers, and William Wallace is taking down English soldiers.
* MoreDakka: Several of the automatic firearms weapons, especially the Tommy gun.
** One of the Al Capone experts even derides the Colt Revolver's performance with something alone these lines. "Not enough firepower! You can still show him in the casket."
* MotionBlur: Used in the Vampires vs. Zombies simulation to illustrate the vampires' superhuman speed.
* TheMusketeer: Not just a musketeer, but a ''French'' one to boot, one who definitively averts that [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys unfortunate, cultural]] trope.
* MythologyGag: The Game has an achievement called "Who's Deadliest Now?", which you get by beating Arcade Mode with the Knight, the Viking, and the Ninja on the Deadliest difficulty. Fans of the show will notice that [[spoiler: all three warriors lost their match-ups on the show, and the warriors they fight at the end of their Arcade Modes were the ones who beat them.]]
** Also, the pirate faces the ninja at the end of his arcade mode.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Vlad the Impaler. Seriously, the last dude you'd want to hear is on the battlefield opposite your side just based on name alone.
* TheNapoleon: Davide Lavera, one of the Aztec's experts, was about 5 feet tall (dwarfed even by Max!) and was probably one of the most [[JerkAss arrogant]] experts they've ever had.
** Averted surprisingly with the REAL Napoleon with Dr. Dorian stating he wasn't that short at a 5'7". He ''did'', however, have a significant size disadvantage against the 6'4" George Washington.
* NewRulesAsThePlotDemands: A Mafia gangster pulls out a switchblade to fight his opponent, the Shaolin Monk brings out a meteor hammer during his showdown with the Maori, an IRA operative uses his own knife to kill a member of the Taliban, and two of Crazy Horse's Lakota warriors are seen with self bows, but none of these weapons were actually tested. Their roles seem to be to make the simulation more interesting.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Averted in the 3rd Season Finale Aftermath, in which the question of what a zombie-vampire hybrid would be like comes up. The zombie expert, vampire expert, and Dr. Dorian all agree that such a creature [[AntiClimax would just shamble into the sun and die.]] However, Geoff puts forth the possibility that a virus mutation might cause a different, unexpected, and considerably more interesting result.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: During the simulation, one of the Medellín Cartel members bears a strong resemblance to Pablo Escobar.
* NorthKoreansWithNodongs: The North Korean Special Operations Force, who appear in Season 3, fighting the US Army Rangers.
* OffWithHisHead: The Scottish claymore is notable for this, chopping off 3 heads at once in its test.
** The Celtic Longsword was also meant to take heads.
** Geoffrey yells this trope when testing the Zande Warrior's makrakka. It does.
** The Aztec Jaguar's macuahuitl is shown to [[IncrediblyLamePun execute]] this, being capable of decapitating a stallion in 3 hits. And there's also the Celt's longsword, which sliced a gel torso's head in half. Finally, we have the CIA's garrote, which consists of nothing more than just 2 small sticks and some [[RazorFloss piano wire]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Even that is enough to slice open a torso's throat and decapitate it.]]
** Now we have Navy [=SEALs'=] Rob Roy and his recon knife, a ''3-inch blade'' that he uses to '''decapitate''' a ballistic gel torso.
** In a sneak peek at the first episode of Season 3, a dummy is decapitated by Napoleon's cannon. The ball that did it had already taken out another dummy in front.
** Attila the Hun's finisher in the game Deadliest Warrior: Legends involves him ripping off his opponent's head...with his bare hands.
** In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, Calvin Bondley, an expert for the former dictator, uses the RPK machine gun to shoot the head of a test dummy in a simulated ambush.
** In Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés, Vladimir Orlov, Russian special forces trainer and one of Ivan's experts, utilized the tsar's sablia (Russian saber) on horseback to decapitate a gel dummy wearing Hernán's steel armor.
* OhCrap: Two such reactions in the IRA vs. Taliban fight. One coming from [[spoiler:a Taliban operative that gets eliminated by friendly fire from an RPG]], and the other coming from [[spoiler:the remaining Taliban as he realizes he's going to get blown up by a nail bomb with no way out]].
** Another one in the Back For Blood special. [[spoiler: It's from an IRA combatant this time, and he gets his head blown off by a Spetnaz operative seconds after he makes this expression.]]
** In the Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong fight, this is seen on the face of a Waffen-SS soldier [[spoiler:who runs out of bullets seconds before he is shot dead by a Viet Cong]].
*** From the VC experts themselves after they witnessed the Flammenwerfer test.
** In the Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel fight, this appears on the face of [[spoiler:the remaining Cartel member who locks himself out the Cartel base, when the last Pirate shoots an RPG at him]].
** In the Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot battle, [[spoiler:Pol Pot]] has this expression [[spoiler: just before Saddam shoots him in the temple with a pistol.]]
** In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, [[spoiler: this is the look on one of Lawrence's men when he not only fails to kill Roosevelt, but sees Roosevelt about to kill him]].
* {{Omniglot}}: According to British firearms specialist Richard Reid, Lawrence of Arabia was fluent in 7 languages.
* [[OnceAnEpisode Once A Season]]: A few weapons are repeated each season. Some examples include the halberd (used by the Knight & Vlad the Impaler), the RPG-7 and AK-47 (both used by the Taliban and Somali Pirates), the Tommy Gun (used by the Mafia and Al Capone Gang), and, if you want to stretch it a little, the sling (used by the Gladiator, Aztec Jaguar, and Celt).
** The place of origin for some of the warriors fit too; one Russian-based warrior has appeared per season (Spetznaz, the KGB, and Ivan the Terrible), as well as the U.S. military following this trend (the Green Berets, Navy [=SEALs=], and Army Rangers). Native Americans have been following this trend too (season 1's Apache, season 2's Comanche, and season 3's Crazy Horse).
* OneLiner: Doc Dorian in FFL vs. Gurkhas "Stick to history, you don't understand medicine" but also common in the TrashTalk between warriors.
* OneOfUs: The three hosts are clearly as psyched by their jobs as we are.
* OneHitPolykill: Both Cortés' and Ivan's guns take out two targets with one shot.
** The vampires also frequently slash through several zombies with one swing of their claws.
** This also applies in the sims as well:
*** In Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos, [[spoiler: the final SEAL remaining kills his last two opponents in the same C4 explosion]].
*** In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Pol Pot uses a Chinese stick grenade to kill two of Saddam's henchmen standing guard outside of the building he's in]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Hernán Cortés' primary reason to lead the Spaniards' expedition into Mexico was because of rumors of vast sums of gold hidden in the New World.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler: The vampires win the battle, but is shown being infected by the zombie virus, with the words To Be Continued... at the end.]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent / OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Vampires vs. Zombies match-up in Season 3.
* OutrunTheFireball: [[spoiler: The last IRA member remaining does this to escape a Taliban's RPG aimed at a camper van.]]
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Sukhwinder Singh, a specialist brought in by the Rajput's experts, stood about 4 feet tall, yet looked just as tough as anyone when swinging the [[WhipSword aara]].
** Many of the actual historical warriors, were in fact, much smaller dudes. To say the least of JoanOfArc.
* PistolWhipping: Interestingly, the technique itself is tested as one of Jesse James' weapons in the "Jesse James vs. Al Capone" episode.
** RealityEnsues: ''It's shown to fracture a skull.''
* PoisonedWeapons: The ninja's blowgun is poisoned. In the Apache episode, expert Snake Blocker asked for a poisonous animal to show that Apaches would poison their weapons. The episode did not address poisoned weapons, but did show a brief shot of Snake Blocker holding a scorpion.
** The Zande's botto and pima are shown to have been poisoned with a toxin described as similar to strychnine. [[spoiler: Despite this, it couldn't pierce the Jaguar's ichucapilli armor, or do much damage to him, and the Jaguar's tematlatl sling was given the edge.]]
** The Viet Cong's punji sticks were smeared with human feces for similar effect. If the impalement didn't kill you, a septic wound might. [[spoiler: The Nazis' flammenwerfer still got the edge.]]
** The arrows on Sun Tzu's repeating crossbow were also coated with wolfsbane. [[spoiler: This, combined with being accurate enough to hit Vlad in the neck, gave it the edge.]]
** Let's not forget Shaka Zulu's spit of poison.
* PreMortemOneLiner: In Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Saddam says, "This is a gun" in Arabic to Pol Pot before executing him with his pistol.]]
* PromotedFanboy: Before he became a host, Richard "Mack" Machowicz revealed that he is a fan of the show in one of the Season 3 preseason Aftermaths.
* ProngsOfPoseidon: The Gladiator's trident net is tested against [[spoiler:and given the edge over]] the Apache's knife. In the final simulation, [[spoiler:the trident & net combo proves to be the gladiator's deadliest weapon]].
* PrecisionFStrike: Kieron Elliott at the end of Navy [=SEAL=] vs. Isreali Commando's Aftermath.
-->''Kieron'': I'm Kieron Elliott, and thank you for... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ah, fuck it.]]
** Armand also gets one in an episode where he's describing a wound to the large intestine. Basically, after detailing how [[{{Squick}} Waste]] (or, in his words, "poopage") [[{{Squick}} would seep into the abdomen, causing the body to become septic]], he finished his explanation with, "It's...well, a real [[IncrediblyLamePun shitty]] way to die.
* PowerTrio:
** Geoff: The Brawniest of the three, most emotionally involved in the carnage, and even personally participated in a few tests (Id)
** Armand: Cerebral Doctor (Superego)
** Max: Brainy enough to program the computer, but enjoys a good gusher (Ego)
** A new version of PowerTrio has emerged with Mack now the Ego.
* PowerfulPick: the Centurion's Dolabra
** In a less literal instance, the Mafia actually used an ice pick as a stealth weapon. Scarily enough it went through a skull.
* PyrrhicVictory: Very often in the simulations there will be [[DwindlingParty only one person left alive...with the rest of their friends/teammates dead.]]
** In the KGB vs. CIA simulation, [[spoiler: the final CIA agent manages to kill the last KGB agent, but failed to obtain the [[MacGuffin dead drop.]]]]
** In Zombies vs. Vampires, [[spoiler: the final vampire manages to finish off the remaining zombies, but in the wrap-up, it cuts back to the dramatization, which shows that he was infected by the zombie virus, and is beginning to turn.]]
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* RainOfArrows: In Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, the Ming Warriors bring a Nest of Bees to the fight: a man-portable arrow launcher that fires 32 rocket-powered arrows at once. [[spoiler:However, the Muketeer's flintlock musket got the edge because it was found to be more accurate and practical in a squad vs. squad battle.]]
* RatedMForManly: Oh, where to even ''begin'' with this.
** Seriously, also how the French Musketeer is presented.
** Once you take a man that personifies AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, such as TheodoreRoosevelt and put him in the mix, this show may have moved to TestosteronePoisoning levels.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Many fans of the show attempted to use video games and movies as expert testimony to refute the results of the show. In the Aftermath of "IRA versus Taliban," one of the hosts [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this, saying, "Always a reliable source for research..."
* RecycledINSPACE: It's ''Animal Face-Off'' WITH HUMANS!
* RedBaron: Several of the warriors were given badass aliases in their time; for example, Lawrence of Arabia was known as The Devil of the Desert, while Napoleon was called the God of War ([[VideoGame/GodOfWar no relation]]).
* RedHerring: In "SunTzu vs. [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]]", [[spoiler: the expert mentions Sun Tzu would coat the grounds ahead of time with a flammable fluid to make his flaming arrows more effective. It almost makes you think that he is going to use this to defeat Vlad at the last minute.]] Not only that, but [[spoiler:in the same battle, when Vlad pauses before delivering a killing blow to Sun Tzu, he cries out, and you expect him to just drop dead from the poison that got shot into him at the beginning of the fight.]]
** [[spoiler: Most of the warriors that appear in the opening and the DVD covers are actually the ''losers'' of their matches]]
** An example that involves having watched previous episodes for the trope to be played straight: in Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Jonathon Khan, a weapons expert for the latter dictator, claimed that guerrilla tactics always beat organized armies; those who watched Nazi Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong and Spetsnaz vs. IRA know that his statement is wrong and would expect Pol Pot lost to Saddam, which he does.]]
* ReformedCriminal: Kenny Gallo, the Medellín expert who used to work for the cartel. He's an FBI-protected witness and says that he has changed his lifestyle since then.
* RegionalRiff: An Asian flute can be heard frequently whenever East Asian warriors and weapons are featured, particularly during stealthy and indirect attacks.
** Latin-American fighters like the Medellín Cartel or Pancho Villa were accompanied by a couple of notes from a Spanish guitar.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: This is actually an important part of season 3's testing process; Mach has an expert for each warrior consult what said warrior's ideal tactic is and-or their greatest victory; from [[SternChase Genghis Khan's triumph at the Battle of Kalka River]] to [[ISurrenderSuckers how William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: In the Back For Blood special, [[spoiler:this is averted. The Webley revolver was matched up against the Makarov pistol; even though the Webley had greater reliability and stopping power, the Makarov was given the edge due to it's higher capacity and faster reload.]] During the final showdown, [[spoiler: when it comes down to a handgun shootout between the two survivors, both run out of ammo at the same time. The Spetsnaz commando was able to reload first and kill the IRA terrorist.]]
** In Jesse James vs. Al Capone, [[spoiler: this is averted again. The Colt 1845 & Peacemaker were put up against the Tommy Gun, and, while both of them were capable of delivering killing blows, the edge was given to the Tommy Gun for its rate of fire and capability of hitting a target with more bullets than the revolvers.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The William Wallace experts all but discuss this trope verbatim in reference to Wallace's motivation for fighting the English.
* RockBeatsLaser: Mostly averted throughout the show, as the newest and most advanced weaponry almost always wins (much as it does in RealLife). Exceptions are [[spoiler:Shaolin Monk versus Maori Warrior (in the weapons comparisons though not the actual result) and Jesse James' outlaws versus Al Capone's gang.]]
** [[spoiler:The Spartan, an Iron Age warrior, has also consistently performed well outside his technological zeitgeist, beating the steel-using Ninja and Samurai.]]
*** Due in large part to his shield. [[spoiler: The Spartan's shield generated more kills than the Ninja's entire arsenal, and was key in edging out ahead of the Samurai.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight in "Mongol vs. Comanche". Despite being from a later historical period, the Comanche use weapons which seem more primitive than those wielded by the Mongols. Nevertheless, they come out the victors.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight in "Teddy Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia," where Teddy's [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]] wins out over Lawrence's Vickers machine gun due to greater reliability.]]
* RuleOfCool: You probably can't watch this show without saying "Woah that was cool!" at least once.
* RunningGag: In "Shaka Zulu vs. William Wallace", after every time the Zulu experted tested one of his weapons, he would shout "ZULU!", with Geoff & Max echoing him.
** As well, in Zande Warrior vs. Aztec Jaguar, prior to every one of their weapons tests, post-test in some of them, and in the final interview, the Zande experts would constantly chant "NOM NOM! NOM NOM!".
* RuthlessModernPirates: Season 2's Somali Pirates, who went up against the Medellín Cartel [[spoiler: and won]].
* SaiGuy: One of the Yakuza's weapons.
* SamusIsAGirl: It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but William the Conqueror looks completely baffled when he sees that Joan of Arc, the warrior who just fought her way into his castle and is now brandishing a sword in front of him, is a teenage girl. Then Joan attacks him, and he gets over it quick.
* SanityHasAdvantages: In the battle between Saddam Hussien and Pol Pot, [[spoiler: Saddam]] had an X-factor in his favor by not being as insane as his opponent (though since these two are both Grade-A nutjobs, he still scored below 50; his opponent just scored even lower).
** The same thing happens in Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés; [[spoiler: while Hernán Cortés was still considered crazy, the X-Factor of Psychological Health went in his favor, with him scoring a 72 compared to Ivan's 37]].
** Came into play to a lesser extent between Washington vs. Napoleon, when a number of X-Factors put in Washington's favor involved how Napoleon became more egotistical and prone to overreaching in his later years. In the Aftermath, the Napoleon expect even conceded that Washington would have had an advantage against Napoleon as he was later in life, but asserted that he might not have fared as well against the younger, more stable man Napoleon was earlier on in his career.
* SawedOffShotgun: One of the Mafia's weapons in Mafia versus Yakuza. The ''realistic'' kind, not the pistol-shotty kind.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: The Iklwa weapon of Shaka Zulu is named after the sound effects it causes upon impaling and being removed. Can be terrifying if you really think about it.
* ScaryBlackMan: Rob Roy, one of the Navy [=SEALs=] experts. [[BewareTheNiceOnes He's pretty normal most of the time]], but if you see him test out the [=SEALs=]' knife, you'll feel sorry for the gel torso he tested it out on.
** The African tribal warriors are said to have been this in real life to everyone else. Particularly the Zande, who filed their teeth into fangs to give enemies the impression that they were [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals.]]
* ScopeSnipe: The U.S. Army Rangers representative pulls this off, though unlike more cinematic examples it goes diagonally through the walls of the scope instead of the lenses.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In "Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal", [[spoiler: Hannibal's war elephant runs off after getting hit with too many AnnoyingArrows]].
** In "Vampires vs. Zombies", one of the vampires tries to leave the building. Unfortunately for him, it's dawn, forcing him to stay inside with the zombies.
* SeriousBusiness: Putting aside the fact that the show addresses various hotly debated topics ranging from military history to martial arts, the representatives of both sides of any match-up act as if the battle is ''actually'' taking place and has regularly taken place throughout history.
** Somewhat justified in the case of the ProudWarriorRace guys (Apache, Zulu, Maori, Celt, Aztec, Zande, etc.) who are defending the honor of their heritage (or at least that's the way they see it).
* SharpDressedMan: Whenever the Mafia show up.
* ShieldsAreUseless: Toyed with. While shields can proved to be incredibly useful in a fight, the show's testing process generally concludes that large weapons would cut or break through shields and often damage the arm behind them with a full-force swing. The offensive capacities of shields varied depending on the episode:
** In Viking versus Samurai, [[spoiler: the Viking shield scores the fewest amount of kills in the episode.]]
*** Although a lot of people have criticized the show for it's faulty representation of the Viking's use of his shield.
** In William Wallace versus Shaka Zulu, William Wallace's Targe shield demonstrates a killer puncturing capability.
** In Spartan versus Ninja, [[spoiler: the Spartan shield gets the most kills of any weapon in the episode, even more than the Spartan's spear.]]
** In the Back For Blood special, [[spoiler: the Samurai's kanabo was seen to have enough power to severely dent the Spartan's shield. However, it was still strong enough to withstand the blows, allowing the Spartan to get the upper hand.]]
*** It should be noted, however, that [[spoiler: a direct kanabo shot would likely have broken the Spartan's arm.]] This was ignored in the simulation because it's [[RuleOfCool more awesome that way]].
** In Jaguar vs. Zande, they test the jaguar warrior's throwing spear on the Zande's shield, [[spoiler: which pierces it easily.]] Later, during the simulation, not only does the Jaguar's spear pierce the shield, he knocks a huge chunk of it off with his club.
* ShoePhone: Most of the weapons in KGB vs. CIA are like this. They include a camera gun, [[BriefcaseBlaster a briefcase gun]], [[TrickedOutShoes a retractable shoe knife]], and a booby trapped exploding cigar.
** The Isreali Commando's explosive weapon, a cell phone rigged with semtex explosives, also qualifies.
* ShoutOut:
** In either a shout out or simple rehash of pre-existing choreography, the Spartan uses Achilles' FinishingMove from ''{{Troy}}'', running toward the Ninja with very long strides and then jumping up and delivering a downward stabbing attack with his spear.
** One of the Rajput team members makes [[IncrediblyLamePun a pun]] on ''GuitarHero'' after demonstrating the katar.
** A Roman Centurion expert calls one of the Rajput experts a [[{{Xena}} warrior princess]] when they test the chakram.
** After the Celtic Longsword [[spoiler:slices a gel torso's head ''in half'']], Armand refers to the head as PacMan.
** The Game has two achievements spoofing the Black Knight from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. One is "Black Knight", which you get by slicing off all the Knight's limbs, and the other is "Flesh Wound", which you get by beating an opponent with your arm sliced off.
*** It also makes a reference to ''ThreeHundred'' with "That Was Sparta!", which you get by killing 300 Spartans over your career.
** In the second game, Vlad the Impaler in his entrance cut-scene takes a drink from a goblet and then casually [[SymphonyOfTheNight tosses it aside.]]
* ShovelStrike: Green Beret's entrenching tool.
* ShownTheirWork: Every episode is one gigantic orgasm of research, testing, and displaying work before the final showdown. However, there have been protests against the research, with some people crying DanBrowned. In the show's defense, there is a lot of testing and research done that is not shown because of time constraints.
* SingleStrokeBattle: Averted. The show's computer simulates 1,000 battles (5,000 as of the 3rd season) so that the winner is not determined by a single "lucky blow." The choreographed battles always feature the combatants trading blows with all of their weapons before one combatant wins. In the squad battles, it usually comes down to one last man on each side.
* SkywardScream: In Waffen-SS vs. Viet Cong, [[spoiler:the winner shouts "Deutschland!"]].
* TheSpartanWay: Nearly all experts argue that their side has been trained this way, having fought since childhood and/or trained unbelievably hard.
** Especially [[TropeNamer the Spartan]] [[CaptainObvious experts.]]
** The Spetznaz representative allowed black belt Geoffrey Desmoulin to PUNCH HIM IN THE CHEST several times to demonstrate the toughness that a Spetznaz developed.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Armand observing some carnage: "The technical term for this would be mush."
* SpyVersusSpy: KGB vs. CIA.
* StabTheSky: If an ancient warrior wins by killing the other one with a sword, expect this.
** Averted by the winners of Viking vs. Samurai, Maori vs. Shaolin Monk, and George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte:
*** [[spoiler: The Samurai just did a chiburi flick and sheathed his katana.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Shaolin Monk respectfully bows to his fallen foe.]]
*** [[spoiler: Washington just cleaned his sword with a cloth and looked at the sunset.]]
* StateSec: Guess which group makes an appearance in season two.
* StockScream: Take a drink every time you hear a low, strained, "''UWOOAAH!''".
* TheStoic: Several warriors are portrayed as such:
** The Yakuza are portrayed as being trained to show no pain and to show no emotion in the face of enemies.
*** Or when cutting off their own fingers in the face of their own superiors.
** The Spetsnaz's reputation for toughness is demonstrated by one of the soldiers, who allows a martial arts black belt to punch him several times in the stomach--to no effect.
*** This is actually a basic part of the average modern day martial art. It involves hardening your abdominal muscles temporarily right before a punch lands.
** The Shaolin Monk, in the final showdown. Contrasted very nicely with the [[HotBlooded Maori warrior]].
*** Though their experts were almost the complete opposites; one only need to watch the shaolin going completely crazy during the emei piercers demonstration while the maori watched calmly, nodding their heads.
* StormingTheCastle: Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot's first test, which, coincidentally, is the show's first test to use more than one weapon, simulated the urban combat tactics used in taking over a building; Calvin Bondley and Jonathon Khan (each side's respective expert who dealt with the weapons) used their side's grenade to kill the men at the guard post, move towards the building's exterior with light machine guns, and finish by killing the guards inside with pistols.
** Many of the sims have this scenario, with the simulation of JoanOfArc vs. William the Conqueror being a literal example.
* StuffBlowingUp: Anytime there's an explosive weapon. Sometimes the explosion of said weapon is enhanced just because it's [[RuleOfCool cooler like that]].
** But there have been a couple of times where some of the tests on military-grade explosives used ''less'' of the explosive than normal because the normal amount of explosive would have been too big of a boom.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: During the season finale live Aftermath, a simple one was played using clips of dialogue from Max Brooks (zombie expert and son of Creator/MelBrooks).
* SufferTheSlings: Whenever ancient warriors aren't using bows and arrows, they usually have this. [[spoiler:They rarely work well; virtually every time a warrior has brought a sling to the table, it failed to impress. One rare occasion happened in Aztec Jaguar vs. Zande Warrior, where the Aztec tematlatl sling got the edge over the Zande botto and pima bow and arrow. However, in the simulation result, the botto and pima still got more than four times as many kills as the sling.]]
** This was actually addressed in the Persian Immortals vs. Celts Aftermath, in which one comment flat-out asked why slings kept getting brought onto the show if they never worked well. Amusingly enough, it was the ''Persian'' expert who jumped to respond to the complaint, explaining that, since slings are small, lightweight, can be easily stashed on someone's person, and have effectively infinite ammunition, there are really no downsides to having one available in combat. Even if they don't impress in tests, in the right hands and the right situation, they can still potentially turn the tide of a battle.
* SuspiciouslySmallArmy: Whenever the match-up is between specific strategists known for leading armies of thousands or hundreds of thousands, they give them a half dozen men each and match them up with their personal weapons. Both squads are invariably wiped out leaving it a personal 1-on-1 fight.
* SwissArmyWeapon: The Shaolin Monk's twin hooks, described as 4 killing tools in one.
* SwordFight: Occurs several times over the course of the series, mainly in the final battle scenes at the end of most episodes; amongst said episodes are Viking vs. Samurai, Pirate vs. Knight, Attila the Hun vs. Alexander the Great, Roman Centurion vs. Rajput, Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu, Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer, George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte, Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, and Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal. Ivan the Terrible and Hernán Cortés take it up a notch and do it on horseback.
** In the game, the Viking's short range weapon is now his longsword and his great axe is mid range; the roles of the two weapons were switched around in the show, the sword fight was longsword (mid range) vs. katana (short range).
* TheCartel: [[CaptainObvious The Medellín Cartel]].
* TakeThat: Several times toward Twilight at their 2011 Zombie vs. Vampire ComicCon panel.
* TakingYouWithMe: In the dramatized Somali Pirate vs. Medellín Cartel battle, [[spoiler:after being shot and [[NotQuiteDead left for dead]] by a Pirate, a Cartel member detonates a nearby car bomb that the shooter had inadvertantly gotten into after seeing the money and drugs in the trunk, killing them both]].
** Another example in U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Ops where [[spoiler:a Ranger blows up both himself and the Special Op who fatally wounded him after said Special Op goes to check the damage he's done]].
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: One debate that tends to come up with a lot of older guns (and occasionally something like a cannon or crossbow) tends to boil down to: This weapon performs better (better accuracy, more powerful) but is technically inferior (often it involved a longer reload time or a tendency to misfire.)
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Guaranteed to be demonstrated at LEAST OnceAnEpisode. The line is almost used verbatim in the Spetsnaz vs. Green Berets episode..
** Averted in Jesse James vs. Al Capone, where [[spoiler:the Bowie Knife being overkill in hand-to-hand combat is one of the main reasons given for their giving the smaller stiletto the edge.]] However, [[spoiler:this does not take in the sim, where the Bowie Knife gets more kills.]]
** What can best describe the ending of the [[spoiler:Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu]] sim.
** Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPM1TO_al84 Rob Roy. Knife test.]] This is probably one of the few times "overkill" is putting it lightly. With a '''three-inch knife''' he does to a gel torso what most other people would need a sword to do.
* TimeTravel: While most fights would need to involve time travel in some way, in Jesse James vs. Al Capone, Jesse and his men seem to suddenly spawn in a museum during the Depression and proceed to break out the museum pieces rather than being armed from the start like most fights.
* TitleDrop: Aside from the end of the show's traditional intro, you also have several experts claiming the warrior they represent is the deadliest warrior.
* TooDumbToLive: In George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte, [[spoiler: only Napoleon and Washington are left, and Napoleon successfully knocks Washington off his horse with his sword. Instead of charging at Washington and attempting to slash him with his cavalry sabre, ''he gets off his horse and runs over to duel him'', which ultimately leads to his demise.]]
** In TheodoreRoosevelt vs. LawrenceOfArabia, [[spoiler: the last [[{{Mook}} nameless Rough Rider]] has Lawrence of Arabia, whose armed only with his jambiya dagger, at gunpoint in trench. He immediately runs over to Lawrence and tries to strike him with the butt of his rifle. Predicably, Lawrence dodges and slashes him to death.]]
** In Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa. [[spoiler: one of Pancho Villa's rebels charges by himself at a full gallop towards Crazy Horse's advancing Lakotas. It doesn't end well for him.]]
* TrainingFromHell: Most of the experts attempt to portray their warrior as undergoing intense training that produces a superior warrior. A notable example would be the Spetsnaz, who actually would not divulge too much info as state secrets.
** The French Foreign Legion is described in great detail that their training regiment in the desert is complete hell. More Legion recruits actually die in training than ''any other military group in the world.''
* TwoOutOfThreeAintBad: Averted in the Dragunov vs. [=HKG3=] test during the second half of the Back For Blood special: [[spoiler: Skoti Collins, one of the IRA, managed to kill 2 out of the 3 targets with the IRA's preferred sniper rifle]]. The good doctor, in response to Collins' statement, said that two out of three might work in sports, but in warfare, it's a different story.
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* {{Undercrank}}: Used in the finale of Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernán Cortés when the two leaders are charging at each other to land the killing blow on their opponent.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: RealityEnsues for the most part in this show, but there have been some notable instances where a single weapon helped usher an otherwise-doomed warrior to victory. Examples include [[spoiler:the Shaolin Monk and Theodore Roosevelt]].
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: The Spetsnaz experts do it during weapon demonstrations and the Americans mock them for it. The ninja does it during the final showdown. Also done by the female CIA agent in the simulation.
* UrineTrouble: Richard Reid, an expert for Lawrence of Arabia, explained that the Vickers machine gun was cooled off by pouring water though a tap which flowed through the gun; however, in the Middle East, Lawrence improvised by having soldiers urinate in it. [[spoiler:When the Vickers suffers a jam during testing, the hosts think it's because of overheating, thus leading to Geoff joking that someone needs to piss on the machine gun]].
* VFormationTeamShot: The Waffen-SS, Viet Cong, and Navy [=SEALs=] get one of these over the course of their episodes.
** The 4 Rough Riders accompanying Theodore Roosevelt into battle also get one of their own, as do the 4 members of the Jesse James gang. However, neither of these are in a V formation.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Although the guys representing him are nice enough, William Wallace. Among other things, his claymore was so devastating that the BFS page has a link to a video of it giving a triple decapitation.
** Also the Celt, the UrExample.
* WeNeedADistraction: In Theodore Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia, [[spoiler: Lawrence and his soldiers set of an explosion to draw Teddy's Gatling gun fire to that area. Meanwhile, Lawrence flanks them and manages to kill a Rough Rider.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Each side is given about four or five different ones, which are graded against each other.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Equipment is usually graded solely on how much damage it can do, rather than alternate utilities such as parrying, disarming, or disabling opponents. The main complaint among critics also seems to be there's no impartial way compare fighting styles and tactics to each other and that differences in the mindset and tactics of warriors of different cultures and time periods don't seem to be factored in, leaving the battles seeming more like "Deadliest Arsenal" than "Deadliest Warrior". As of Season 3, however, more emphasis is put on X-Factors and weapons strategies.
** Played with in Ivan vs. Cortes. During the "kill an opponent with your sword from horseback" test, the Ivan team specialist is using a saber that can ''only'' slash from horseback, whereas the Cortes team specialist has the choice of stabbing or slashing. This works works against the Cortes team's sword, as it turns out it's really hard to stab with a sword from horseback, more-so under pressure. Thus, Ivan's saber with its keep-slashing-away hammer-mentality was given the edge.
-->'''Mack''': [It's a liability when] you have to navigate in your head "well I could do it this way or I could do it this way..." When you only have one technique but you're great at that technique, just let go and let the technique do the work.
* WhipSword: The Rajputs' aara sword is the most obvious one, and arguably the Shaolin Monk's Whip Chain as well.
* WhiteAndWhiteMorality: Geoffrey clearly thinks the Navy [=SEALs=] vs. Israeli Commandos match-up is a fight between good guys, as shown in the Aftermath of Comache vs. Mongol. Whether he's right or not is a matter of...[[InternetBackdraft heated debate.]]
** Also [=SWAT vs. GSG-9=], a battle between two police forces. Hell, they even both specialize in counter-terrorism.
* WorthyOpponent: Ultimately, most of the experts exhibit this towards the end, especially in the Centurion vs. Rajput episode, where both sides would continually give props to the other's weapons and their capabilities.
** Often, the winning warrior in the simulation show some sort of honor to their fallen opponent. Though some show this better than others, and, of course, averted by a few warriors who explicitly ''don't'' show honor to fallen opponents.
* XanatosGambit: The Viet Cong's explosive and special weapons function like this. For example, the POM-Z2 mine had an F-1 grenade underneath it. If by chance, an enemy soldier discovered the trip wire that activated the mine, they would then trigger the grenade. Similarly, if the spiked punji ball didn't hit a vital organ, it would knock the enemy down, and would break his skull.
* YourHeadAsplode: Several of the modern firearms do this. Also happens in the pre-title dramatization for [=SWAT=] vs [=GSG9=] and to [[spoiler: the second to last [=IRA=] member in [=IRA=] vs Spetsnaz.]]
** In its test to see how much damage it could do to human skulls, the Celt's special weapon, the Burda Club (just a wooden club with some metal rings) ''[[YourHeadAsplode managed to make the skulls explode.]]''
*** The Apache's club did the same thing to an unprotected skull.
*** As can the Mongol's flanged mace.
*** Don't forget the Knight's Morningstar.
*** Or that elephant. Among other things.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: During the 'IRA vs Taliban' episode, the Irish experts try to portray the IRA like this.
** To be expected, given as one of them was a nephew of Micheal Collins, who all but started the IRA.
** While this show has been broadcast on TV in Great Britain, it is notable that episodes featuring Irish terrorists have yet to be seen. Your Freedom Fighters Are Our Murdering Terrorist Scum...
* ZergRush: The modus operandi of the zombies, and the reason why a test was needed to find a suitable ratio of zombies per vampire.
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* XMeetsY: ''Mythbusters'' meets UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny. The two shows even use many of the same tools for testing, including ballistics gel dummies, animal carcasses, shock patches, and high-speed cameras.
15th Sep '13 8:16:03 PM JIKTV
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* EigenPlot: the battle videos always play out this way. If one group brings along a rifle, a pistol, a knife and a bomb, expect each of these weapons to make exactly one kill. So if a crossbow-wielding enemy is up against someone with a sword, you'll know the swordsman will win if there's already been a recorded crossbow kill for that side.

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* EigenPlot: [[PlotTailoredToTheParty Eigen Plot]]: the battle videos always play out this way. If one group brings along a rifle, a pistol, a knife and a bomb, expect each of these weapons to make exactly one kill. So if a crossbow-wielding enemy is up against someone with a sword, you'll know the swordsman will win if there's already been a recorded crossbow kill for that side.
3rd Sep '13 9:44:49 PM VutherA
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A video game has now been released, where players will be able to make their own fights between most of the Season 1 ancient warriors and a couple of Season 2's. A sequel has followed as well, with the various {{historical domain character}}s from the show being the playable warriors.

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A video game has now been released, where players will be able to make their own fights between most of the Season 1 ancient warriors and a couple of Season 2's. A sequel has followed as well, with the various {{historical domain character}}s from the show being the playable warriors.
warriors. ChivalryMedievalWarfare has also [[http://tornbanner.com/deadliestwarrior/ announced an expansion to its game made with Deadliest Warrior]].
28th Jul '13 8:07:25 PM DriftingSkies
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All of the data is then combined into one-thousand simulated fights (5,000 as of Season 3), and from there a single result is determined and recreated in a dramatic re-enacting. All of this can be seen Wednesdays at 10 PM EST on SpikeTV, or [[http://www.spike.com/show/31082 on the internet at their official site under Full Episodes]], should you live in Canada and the USA [[hottip:* :or use a Proxy located in the USA]].

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All of the data is then combined into one-thousand simulated fights (5,000 as of Season 3), and from there a single result is determined and recreated in a dramatic re-enacting. All of this can be seen Wednesdays at 10 PM EST on SpikeTV, or [[http://www.spike.com/show/31082 on the internet at their official site under Full Episodes]], should you live in Canada and the USA [[hottip:* :or [[note]]or use a Proxy located in the USA]].
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** Both Ivan the Terrible and Hernán Cortés are portrayed this way; Cortés was obsessed to no end with gold, while Ivan was just batshit insane [[hottip:*: He allegedly drank mercury to cure his back pain and would butcher anyone, including the Russians he ruled over]].

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** Both Ivan the Terrible and Hernán Cortés are portrayed this way; Cortés was obsessed to no end with gold, while Ivan was just batshit insane [[hottip:*: He [[note]]He allegedly drank mercury to cure his back pain and would butcher anyone, including the Russians he ruled over]].over[[/note]].
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*** It was a tie by any mean between Napoleon and Washington, considering the latter barely won with 50.4%
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*** FauxActionGirl: The [[Spoiler: C.I.A]] female agent got no kills while her counterpart claimed at least 2, unless you see the [[spoiler: dead drop spike as a third kill]].

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*** FauxActionGirl: The [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: C.I.A]] female agent got no kills while her counterpart claimed at least 2, unless you see the [[spoiler: dead drop spike as a third kill]].
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*** FauxActionGirl: The [[Spoiler: C.I.A]] female agent got no kills while her counterpart claimed at least 2, unless you see the [[spoiler: dead drop spike as a third kill]].
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* RefugeInAudacity: Must this even be mentioned?
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