History WebVideo / DeathBattle

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[[caption-width-right:300:IT'S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLE!!!!!]]

->'''Boomstick:''' He's [[OnlySaneMan Wiz]] and I'm [[CloudCuckooLander Boomstick]].
->'''Wizard''': And it's our job to [[ShownTheirWork analyze their weapons, armor, and skills]] to find out who would win a [[TitleDrop Death]] [[DuelToTheDeath Battle]].

->The Nerd Spin-Off of DeadliestWarrior!
-->--Youtube commentary

''[[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/death-battle Death Battle]]'' is a special hosted by [[Website/ScrewAttack Screwattack.com]] and is presented by "Wizard" (Ben Singer) and "Boomstick" (Chad James), and as of episode 20, animated by [[http://www.youtube.com/user/ShortFactor Mr Lange, aka Short Factor]] (Jordan Lange). The point of the show is to [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny take two similar characters and pit them against each other, analyzing their respective strengths and weaknesses to see who would win.]]

So far, there are 25 videos. The first 18 episodes were featured exclusively on Website/ScrewAttack's Website/YouTube account, and starting with episode 19 the series is now posted to the redesigned screwattack.com, with a delayed posting of past fights to their Youtube page.

The Rules of a DeathBattle are:
* The warriors can only know of each other if they do know each other in canon in both OFFICIAL universes (as seen with Leonardo strategizing in his match against his brothers). Otherwise, they cannot know each other's movesets and cannot prepare their weapons to their advantage (e.g. Batman and Spider-Man had to use their default weapons instead of using weapons designed to exploit each other's weaknesses, like Spider-Man's weakness to pesticides).
* A battle has to end with the loser dying, at least as far as their physical forms are concerned (i.e. [[spoiler:Starscream]] reduced to little more than a ghost, and [[spoiler:Raiden]] left with no mortal avatar to continue fighting with). As such, truly invincible or immortal characters are avoided. (Spawn was allowed because of his mortality against holy or unholy weapons, despite being immortal otherwise).
* Pacifist warriors will not have their peaceful nature interrupt the fight. However, if their traditional arsenal uses nonlethal weapons, they cannot change it (e.g. Batman). They can only use lethal weapons if they are willing to use it and if they have it (e.g. Harry's Killing Curse). Otherwise, both combatants will show no mercy.
* All other traits will be represented with accuracy based on the warrior's canon universes (as stated with Goku, expanded universes, like GT, are only allowed to be mentioned if they do not conflict with the original canon, like the DBZ manga). If the warrior has different canons, the canon used will most likely be the most popular depiction (e.g. G1 Starscream, G4 Rainbow Dash and modern day Batman). The research will avoid biases. If one warrior is allowed abilities from a non-canon source, the other warrior must be allowed to use their own non-canon sources as well. Also, if a certain depiction of the warrior has them ridiculously overpowered or inconsistent, then it will not be used as it would be difficult to examine logically (e.g. pre-1986 Superman could destroy entire solar systems WITH A SNEEZE). Not every weapon owned by the warriors in every canon will be used. Instead, only the ones they are commonly using (as seen with Rogue or Batman) or the battle will allow some of their best weapons (e.g. Link and Cloud were equipped with their best armor and magic). If a warrior originated from foreign media, the American dub will not be used, instead the original source will be used (Goku's abilities used the Japanese canon, not the English dubs and mistranslations).
* To get as many common abilities as possible, the warrior will be shown at their latest depictions or their oldest age as an active warrior (e.g. Harry Potter is depicted as his time at the end of The Deathly Hallows when he learned all his skills, not while he was a young kid in The Sorcerer's Stone where he only knew minor spells. Or Goku knowing Super Saiyan 4 and being 53 years old, which is his age in DBGT).
* Summoning other combatants is not allowed unless the battle calls for it (like how Eggman and Wily fought with their armies). Unless the battle asks for multiple characters for each side, the combatants must fight alone with their weapons, even if they are used to fighting with a partner (like how Pikachu wasn't allowed to have Ash command him). The only exception is if the fighter uses a creature for an attack that can reasonably be replaced by a non-combatant projectile (like how Peach can summon a sheep that doesn't do anything but fly at the opponent and put them to sleep with contact, or the Goomba firing Mini-Goombas) or when the act would fall under using the environment to their advantage (like how Batman can summon bats from the surrounding area with his gadgets), but the fighter cannot be dependent on these creatures and, in cases of summoning as an attack, they cannot act on their own (like how Link and Cloud were not allowed to use summons or fairies because the summons attack on their own once summoned and the fairies are sentient beings making a decision to help Link once he runs out of hearts).
* The fight at the end of the episode is '''''not''''' what determines the victor in battle. It is nothing more than a fun little dramatization showcasing most if not all of the research displayed beforehand of the combatants in action.

The fights so far, in order of airing are:

[[folder: Season 1]]

# [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] vs. [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] [[spoiler: Samus Aran wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Samus has superior weaponry and athletic skill, combined with Fetts' homing anti-vehicle rocket being inaccurate to human-sized targets.]]
# [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]] vs. [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]] [[spoiler: Akuma wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Akuma is an incredibly vicious fighter, so his constant punishment and unmatched skills were more than what Shang Tsung's stamina could handle.]]
# [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Rogue]] vs. WonderWoman [[spoiler: Rogue wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Wonder Woman is a trained fighter so she instinctively hit Rogue in the face, allowing Rogue to absorb her power. That and her outfit made it easy for Rogue to gain even more of her abilities by grabbing her uncovered leg. Wonder Woman exposes a lot of skin.]]
# [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Goomba]] vs. [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Koopa]] [[spoiler: It's a draw.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: The Goomba's idiocy and the Koopa's cowardice respectively lead to their downfalls. Kicking the Koopa's shell sent it back at the Goombas and the Koopa was too afraid to get out of its shell in time to avoid the lava pit.]]
# [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike Haggar]] vs. [[Franchise/StreetFighter Zangief]] [[spoiler: Zangief wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Zangief is younger, heavier, larger and has been training all his life, whereas Haggar has been pursuing a political career as well.]]
# Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Battle Royale [[spoiler: Leonardo wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Leonardo knows how to pick battles and has the deadliest of the weapons.]]
# The winner of the [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles TMNT Battle Royale]] vs. [[VideoGame/BattleToads Zitz]] [[spoiler: Leonardo wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Zitz is a powerhouse compared to Leonardo, but Zitz's strategies always relies on overpowering foes, whereas Leonardo can rely on his ninja training to outsmart and outflank.]]
# [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Yoshi]] vs. [[VideoGame/KillerInstinct Riptor]] [[spoiler: Yoshi wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Yoshi has been known to be able to take a beating, and his arsenal is varied thanks to his digestive system. He's also smart, being described as an incredibly intelligent species by Nintendo and possessing at least enough intelligence to drive a car.]]
# [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] vs. [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Taokaka]] [[spoiler: Taokaka wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Taokaka has the superior agility, not to mention her razor-blade claws.]]
# [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] vs. Comicbook/{{Spawn}} [[spoiler: Spawn wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: The only weapon Kratos possesses that's actually capable of hurting Spawn is the Blade of Olympus, and Spawn has plenty of energy to feed on from Kratos himself, since he's covered in the ashes of his deceased family. As well as his requiring decapitation to be killed and Kratos does not find this out.]]
# [[VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} White Bomberman]] vs. VideoGame/DigDug [[spoiler: Dig Dug wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Dig Dug has the superior movement when below ground, and unlike White Bomberman, he has a way of controlling his opponent.]]
# [[Manga/DragonBall Vegeta]] vs. [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow]] [[spoiler: Vegeta wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Vegeta has proven time and again to be one of the biggest 'tanks' of the series, outlasting a two-minute long beatdown by those with superior power is not unusual for him. He's also willing to cross lines Shadow won't. Super Shadow also has a time limit and isn't offensively powerful enough to kill Vegeta in a short amount of time.]]
# [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] vs. [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] [[spoiler: Sonic wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Outside of {{Power Up}}s, which are evenly matched, Sonic has the advantage thanks to his speed.]]
# Music/JustinBieber vs. Music/RebeccaBlack [[spoiler: It's a draw.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Bieber's fear of thrown objects kept him at a distance while Black's daredevil recklessness put her at just as much risk as it did her opponent.]] [[note]] Actual reason: Boomstick and Wizard hate popstars. [[/note]]
# [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]] vs. Franchise/HarryPotter [[spoiler: Luke Skywalker wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Harry has a inherent weakness in his famous lightning-bolt scar that can be exploited with Shatterpoint. And most of his curses and spells can be blocked with Luke's lightsaber.]]
# [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] vs. [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Mai]] [[VideoGame/FatalFury Shiranui]] [[spoiler: Mai Shiranui wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Mai has a varied arsenal, and her ninja training makes her unpredictable compared to Chun.]]
# [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]] vs. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Rainbow Dash is faster and more agile, Starscream is more foolish; as a result, Starscream ends up taking all the real hits, including from his own missiles. Additionally, his Null Rays have no effect on organic life forms.]]
# [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] vs. [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doomguy]] [[spoiler: Master Chief wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Chief's armor makes Doomguy's look like Stone Age tech, he's also more versatile than Doomguy, whose main tactic is 'Rip, tear, shoot, repeat'.]]
# [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Doctor Eggman]] [[note]]With Hyper Metal Sonic, Silver Sonic, Mecha Sonic, Mecha Knuckles, E101 Beta MKII, Egg Robo, Scratch and Grounder, Shadow Androids and others. [[/note]]vs. [[VideoGame/MegaMan Doctor Wily]] [[note]]With Bass and Treble, Metal Man, Guts Man, Pharaoh Man, Magnet Man, Slash Man, Sheep Man, Yellow Devil and others. [[/note]] [[spoiler: [[TakeAThirdOption Metal Sonic wins.]]]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Wily's robots are used to working as a team, and solidly beat Eggman's forces… except for Metal Sonic, who is a whole different caliber. A few scans, a Chaos Emerald, and a Roboenza virus later, and the world is in ruins.]]
# [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] vs. [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Princess Zelda]] [[spoiler: Princess Peach wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Varied arsenal, more athletic, and a kick that's powerful enough to cause [[OffWithHisHead decapitation.]]
# [[Franchise/MortalKombat Raiden]] vs. [[TheMightyThor Thor]] [[spoiler: Thor wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Thor and Raiden are immune to each other's lightning. But while lightning is Raiden's main power outside martial arts, Thor's main weapon is a million-ton hammer.]]
# [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] vs. [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] [[spoiler: Link wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Link has the superior experience and is used to thinking on the fly. The Hylian Shield is indestructible and combined with the Golden Guantlets can block Cloud's Buster Sword, while the Master Sword weakens Cloud by purging his Jenova Cells.]]
# Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} vs. Franchise/{{Batman}} [[spoiler: Spider-Man wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Peter's SpiderSense negates stealth and surprise, Batman's two greatest weapons. Unlike Batman, Spider-Man possesses superhuman strength, speed, and durability, and has survived grenades and fights with powerful characters like Juggernaut. Batman's weapons are mostly designed to be nonlethal, though his armor and tactics almost helped him survive, and while Batman is an escape artist he does need time to escape from Spider-Man's webs, which has been known to be able restraints for TheHulk. Batman has been able to defeat the Justice League, but only because he was prepared to counter their powers, and if Batman was allowed time to prepare, so would Spider-Man, who also possesses genius level intelligence and cunning.]]
# [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] vs. [[Franchise/StreetFighter Blanka]] [[spoiler: Blanka wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Blanka's survival skills, superior strength, resistance to electrical attacks, and size trump Pikachu's GlassCannon status despite his lack of formal training. Pikachu's dependance on Ash for instructions and lack of techniques that could harm Blanka hinder him.]]
# [[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}} [[spoiler: Superman wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Goku's extreme tenacity only prolonged the inevitable against Superman, and he did not know that Superman draws power from the Sun (also, he couldn't blow up the Sun since the resulting supernova would incinerate everything past Mars, including himself.) At the end of the day, Superman is far stronger, faster, and tougher than Goku, as Superman is all about breaking and dealing with mental and emotional limits with his near-total lack of physical limits, while Goku is all about breaking and dealing with physical limits with his near-total lack of mental and emotional ones. That, and well... they blew up the Earth and it's been pointed out that only one of them is able to breathe in space.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Season 2]]
# [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]] vs. [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}} Lion-O]] (Announced)

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Bonus episodes]]
# Death Battle vs. The World [[hottip:*: Aired between Episodes 13 & 14]] [[note]] [[TheMerch The Death Battle t-shirt]] vs ''every other t-shirt in the world''. [[/note]] [[spoiler: The Death Battle t-shirt wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning:JustForFun. Also [[MerchandiseDriven to sell shirts.]]

[[/folder]]

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!!Tropes used in this work include:

* AcceptableBreaksFromCanon: Done for the sake of fairness: since all battles ''must'' end with a death, any reservations a combatant may have about killing are ignored. Also, fighters may be [[StatusBuff strengthened]] or weakened slightly to avoid a ''total'' CurbStompBattle. (Though this hasn't prevented a few fights from ending up like this.)
* ActionGirl: About a quarter of the fighters fall into this category. Also, this is probably the one case in history where Rebecca Black qualifies.
* ActorAllusion: TeamFourStar voiced Shadow and Vegeta in their battle, when Shadow sends Vegeta to the moon, the [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Space Duck]] [[hottip:*: A [[PokemonBlackandWhite Ducklett wearing a space helmet]] is behind him.
** Goku has Masakox's, another WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged regular, voice. Thus the episode begins with the cast watching a save of Superman's on the news and the Kaio-what?[[hottip:*: Every time Goku calls out his Kaio-Ken attack, his enemy says "Kaio-what?" and takes a punch to the face]] RunningGag goes on.
* ActuallyADoombot: [[spoiler: Briefly played by [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] in his battle against [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]].]]
* AdaptationalBadass: Some characters are given a noticeable boost to their combat abilities to make the fights more interesting. Bieber and Black are pretty much the stand out examples.
* AdvantageBall: Because the fights are made after the research is made and are for viewing purposes only, the ball is passed around like a hockey puck.
** Except in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] vs. [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Starscream]], where Rainbow holds the Advantage Ball for pretty much the entirety of the fight. They note it's almost a trait of Starscream's not to hold the ball.
** A point in Goku vs Superman is that Superman consciously keeps his strength at just enough to win the fight. As Goku powers up, Superman holds back less and less [[spoiler:and in using the Solar Flare and blasting him to the sun, Goku actually handed Superman the ball a few times]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler: After getting infected by Roboenza, Metal Sonic goes rogue and kills everyone in the battle between Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily.]]
* TheAlcoholic: Boomstick is implied to be one, it apparently led to his divorce...
--> '''Boomstick:''' *''when discussing Link's hookshot''* "Man, that really would of helped to get that last beer all those times... probably still be married."
--> '''Wizard:''' "Doubt it."
* AllMenArePerverts: Boomstick. Just look at the quote for AnythingThatMoves.
* {{Angrish}}: Starscream lets out an enraged "GYYYYAGH!!" during his fight with Rainbow Dash after she "tags" him.
* AnimationBump: Wiz and Boomstick commissioned Mr. Lange aka [=ShortFactor=] to animate the battles for episode 20, and for thirty more episodes. (The Zelda vs Peach battle was a test run.)
** Cloud vs Link and Goku vs Superman were both in full-on 3D.
* {{Anticlimax}}: The Pikachu vs. Blanka fight ends with the two combatants colliding with their Volt Tackle and Lightning Cannonball, respectively. [[spoiler:Blanka very abruptly ends the fight by grabbing Pikachu and biting his head off]].
** [[spoiler:Goomba vs Koopa ends with the Koopa being knocked around back at Goomba and into a lava pit, killing everyone with little fanfare.]]
** Also the end to Vegeta vs Shadow [[spoiler:after barely stopping Vegeta from hitting the planet with the moon, Shadow prepares his most powerful attack to finish the fight. Too bad his Super form runs out just then, making him an easy kill for Vegeta.]]
* AnythingThatMoves: Boomstick has this kind of personality, to wit when discussing Felicia's... "attire"
--> '''Boomstick:''' What the hell? I thought we were talking about a deadly demon warrior and...is she naked?
--> '''Wiz:''' Yes.
--> '''Boomstick:''' But... she's a cat!
--> '''Wiz:''' Yes.
--> '''Boomstick:''' Hmmmmm... you'd think it'd be wrong to—
--> '''Wiz: YES!'''
* AscendedExtra: During the [[VideoGame/FinalFight Haggar]] VS. [[Franchise/StreetFighter Zangief]] fight, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] was launched out a window in a skyscraper the two combatants were duking it out in. Peach then fights Princess Zelda about 15 episodes later.
* AscendedMeme: They're aware of the people suggesting Franchise/{{Superman}} vs [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]] all the time. - it's the 25th WebVideo/DeathBattle!
** The remark of the Starscream and Rainbow Dash has them list Dash as being "20% cooler" than Starscream.
*** Aside from the Derpy Hooves cameo, at one point in the battle, when Starscream is being his usual treacherous self and trying to get Rainbow Dash to lower her guard, two really great ones pops up. First, Starscream claims "I'll [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9zEwQLNMIY join the herd!]]" This is quickly followed by Rainbow Dash saying how she should "[[http://memebase.cheezburger.com/bronies/tag/love-and-tolerate/page/3 Love and tolerate]]."
** Doomguy's chainsaw is referred to as "the great communicator" which can "rip and tear through anybody".
** During Wily's overview, Pharaoh Man is mentioned by Boomstick to be "known for being a little punch-happy", complete with clip.
** Memetic lines in general are used once once or twice in fights that contain dialogue.
** Could Boomstick really have ended Batman's overview with anything but calling him "the goddamn Batman"?
** In Superman vs Son Goku:
--> '''Goku:''' Kaio-Ken!
--> '''Superman:''' ''[[DragonBallAbridged Kaio-What?]]''
* AsideGlance: Rainbow Dash, after [[spoiler: eating Starscream's Spark.]]
* AttackItsWeakPoint: [[spoiler:Luke invokes this by exploiting Harry's scar as a shatterpoint.]]
** Strangely absent from Link's battle [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda (given how often this is a common theme with most of his boss fights)]] with Cloud, though it's understandable. Z-targeting still makes an appearance and Link uses it to [[spoiler:block Cloud's Omnislash.]]
** This actually works against [[spoiler: Wonder Woman]] during her battle against [[spoiler: Rogue. Wonder Woman's combat training taught her to strike the weak points of the human body, including the face, the only part of Rogue uncovered. This in turn allowed Rogue to absorb some of Wonder Woman's power and temporarily stun her, giving Rogue an opportunity to absorb even more of Wonder Woman's abilities and give Rogue enough power to defeat her.]]
** Superman uses his super vision to find Goku's to paralyze him temporarily.
* AudienceParticipation: Many of the battles are taken from fan requests.
* AuthorAppeal: Wiz and Boomstick are huge fans of [[VideoGame/FinalFight Haggar]]. [[spoiler: Too bad he lost against [[Franchise/StreetFighter Zangief]].]]
* BadassBoast: Since fighter analysis ends with an scene of the character, you sometimes get these. The most notable is the Goku vs. Superman fight, which ends with Goku's Super Saiyan transformation speech against Freeza and Superman's WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
* BeamOWar: [[spoiler: [[EyeBeams Superman]] and [[KamehameHadoken Goku]] engage in this repeatedly throughout their fight.]]
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Shang Tsung tries to beat Akuma with his own moves after taking a portion of his soul. Goku creates a spirit bomb using the energy from the sun to counter Superman's recharging. [[spoiler:Both people fail to do better than the originals.]]
* BerserkButton: Boomstick has a BIG hatred for teen pop stars, '''''especially''''' Justin Beiber.
** On that note, [[http://screwattack.com/blogs/DEATH-BATTLE/Justin-Bieber-VS-Rebecca-Black-DEATH-BATTLE one Death Battle]] involved Bieber and Rebecca Black. [[KillEmAll Guess how it ended.]]
** Wiz really doesn't think highly of Michelangelo, so no points for guessing who ends up dying first in the Turtles' battle royale. They pretty much acknowledged that one before the fight.
--->'''Wiz''': "And for some reason, in all of his infinite wisdom, the great Master Splinter gave the most complicated weapon to the retard of the group. Why?"
---> {{beat}}
--->'''Boomstick''': "Mikey's not gonna win this one, is he?"
--->'''Wiz''': "He'd better not!"
** Meta example: At least one viewer will have their button pressed when their preferred character dies.
** Also Wiz got a little mad about Boomstick calling [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] a fairy repeatedly. Plus he really didn't like it when a viewer said [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett's]] cold-resistant armor should have given him immunity to [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus']] [[AnIcePerson ice beam]].
--->'''Boomstick''': "[[LampshadeHanging Yeah, Wiz is a little sensitive about this one so...]]"
--->'''Wiz''': "If you were wearing a parka, which is cold resistant; and you were shot by Samus' ice beam, you would be frozen solid!"
--->'''Boomstick''': "Yeah, don't bring this one up again."
** Felicia got quite upset at Taokaka for accidentally killing a butterfly they were playing with. [[spoiler: It led to Felicia's own death shortly after.]]
* BigWhat: Boomstick, after learning that they have to go back to commercial breaks for the Youtube version of Zelda vs Peach.
** Also when finding out one of Starcream's more embarrassing moments (possessed Atari Hitotonari from ''Transformers: Kiss Players'' while she was using the bathroom).
* BlackComedy: Its a web video series about two characters fighting to the death. Would have had a hard time avoiding this one. Boomstick is a notable fountain of this, no matter how the fight ends he always has a bad pun for the fallen.
* BloodlessCarnage: Link Vs Cloud is the '''only''' fight where there is little blood shown or a clearly fatal injury committed. [[spoiler:From the looks of things Cloud gets cut in the neck and is visibly blown up by bombs by Link, but his body remains whole even after the explosion, cut and the decisive blow right after with no visible bleeding]].
** The Starscream VS Rainbow Dash also counts as while Rainbow is organic, Starscream isn't and he failed to land any blood-letting hits on her.
** Not to mention Chun-Li vs Mai Shiranui. [[spoiler:Sure, Chun was burnt to a crisp, but still no blood.]]
** Arguably, Goku VS Superman.
*** Actually, if you look closely, you can see blood when Goku hits Superman with his pole...
* BlowingARaspberry: Rainbow Dash taunts Starscream with TWO of them.
* BondOneLiner:
-->[[spoiler: Peach]] after killing [[spoiler: Zelda]]: "Did I win?"
-->[[spoiler: Thor]] after killing [[spoiler: Raiden]]: "Farewell!"
-->[[spoiler: Spider-Man]] after killing [[spoiler: Batman]]: "Sorry 'bout that."
-->[[spoiler: Superman]] after [[spoiler: dropping a car on Goku]]: "Next time, watch your blind spot." [[spoiler: Subverted in that Goku ends up surviving that, though Superman didn't know it at the time.]]
** It extends to Boomstick as well in the post-match analysis, usually involving a ([[IncrediblyLamePun bad]]) {{Pun}} relating to the fight in question.
---> "''Looks like [[spoiler: Tsung]]'s all [[spoiler: ''soul''ed out]].''"
---> "''[[spoiler:Zitz]] just needed to pull himself together.''"
---> "''He just didn't have the stomach for this dino-mite, dino-fight.''"
---> "''[[spoiler:Felicia]] just took her final meow.''"
---> "''[[spoiler:Bomberman]] sure went out with a bang.''"
---> "''Looks like [[spoiler: Shadow's]] time was up!''"
---> "''Well, at least [[spoiler: Raiden's]] found his place in the sun.''"
---> "''And all of [[spoiler:Wayne's money and the commissioner's]] men, couldn't put [[spoiler: Batman]] together again.''"
---> "''Everything was going well until [[spoiler: Pikachu lost his head]].''"
---> "''[[spoiler: Goku]] just [[spoiler: Kaio-can't]] keep up with [[spoiler: the Man of Steel]].''"
* BookEnds: Mario VS Sonic and Starscream VS Rainbow Dash both start in one place, travel through other areas (a mountain and lake for Mario VS Sonic, the sky for Starscream VS Rainbow Dash) and then end back at the same place they started.
* BrokenStreak: [[spoiler: Superman]] finally brings home a victory for [[spoiler: DCComics]].
** [[spoiler: Chun-li]] however, broke [[spoiler: ''Street Fighter'''s winning streak]] of 2 episodes.
* BroughtDownToBadass: In a meta [[BadassNormal (and highly ironic)]] sense, Batman. He's been elevated to [[MemeticBadass godlike capabilities]] with the proper amount of prep time, but he gets no time to prepare for his battle against Spider-Man. Calling him a push-over in his "de-powered" state, however, would be like saying the Green Goblin is a perfectly sane individual.
* ButtMonkey: So far there has been two: [[spoiler: Starscream and Michelangelo. The former suffered a CurbstompBattle to Rainbow Dash. During the character breakdown for the latter, only his negative attributes were shown, to demonstrate why he sucks compared to his brothers, and how they don't want him to win the fight. Come time for the battle, he dies within the first 30 seconds.]]
* CallBack: In the Goku vs. Superman fight, Vegeta shows up in the beginning, blowing off Superman and declaring he could kill him with his eyes closed before mentioning [[ShadowTheHedgehog "that stupid transforming hedgehog"]].
* TheCameo: Derpy Hooves can be seen during the Rainbow Dash vs. Starscream fight.
** The cast of heroes from DragonBallAbridged are seen in the intro of Goku vs Superman.
* CaptionsHumor: A witty comment or two can be spotted in almost every episodes' character rundown, and even sometimes during the final analysis.
* CarFu: Rebecca Black's friend manages to nail Beiber with his car and [[spoiler: [[RammingAlwaysWorks slam him against a brick wall, killing him]]... but also kills himself and Rebecca ([[TooDumbToLive who was standing up at the time]]) in the process.]]
** Superman smashes Goku with one in their fight.
* CastingGag: During Goku and Superman's fight, when Goku activates his Kaio Ken, Superman says "Kaio-What?" referencing a gag from TeamFourStar's Dragon Ball parody series. MasakoX of TeamFourStar was voicing Goku during this match.
** Before this, Lanipator and Takahata101 had voiced the Vegeta vs. Shadow Battle, which contained a reference to the majestic Space Duck... lett.
* CatFight: Felicia vs. Taokaka takes this trope to its logical extreme.
* ChainsawGood: One of Doomguy's weapons. Surprisingly, it was never used during the actual fight.
* ChekhovsGun / ChekhovsSkill: If it's mentioned during the rundown of the combatants, there's a good chance it'll be used during the fight.
** A rare mid-fight example came during the [[spoiler: Peach vs. Zelda battle, when a Sleepy Sheep that was deflected into the air near the beginning of the fight ends up clonking Zelda on the head much later on. It provides the opening Peach needs to use her Empress Peach Mega Strike, directly leading to Zelda's defeat.]]
* ClimacticVolcanoBackdrop: Subverted in Mario vs. Sonic, they DO eventually make it to the inside of a volcano... but said volcano is full of [[ActionBomb bob-ombs]], which promptly explode and send the two fighters flying without a single punch being thrown.
* CloudCuckooLander: Boomstick.
* ColonyDrop: [[spoiler: Vegeta does his best [[DonkeyKongCountryReturns Donkey Kong]] impression during his fight with Shadow by punching the moon towards Earth, forcing Shadow to use up his remaining energy to restore it with Chaos Control.]]
* CompositeCharacter: [[LegacyCharacter Link]]. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration One of his listed strengths is that each Link retains the combat skills and experience of all the other Links.]]
** Same goes for Zelda.
** Goku is a combination of original manga, filler, movies and GT.
** Eggman is considered the same character in the games as the one in [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM the]] [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog cartoons]], all chalked up to a unique personality disorder.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Wiz might sound the saner of the two, but that's just superficial...
--> '''Wiz:''' Yoshi has a large arsenal of eggs to use as lightweight projectiles and can even create a giant egg-shell to use as an all-encompassing shield.
--> '''Boomstick:''' What is it with creatures from the Mario universe usin' their babies as weapons? Is it that effective? I'm gonna have to test this out, maybe some sort of baby-launcher...
--> '''Wiz:''' Boomstick! That's a terrible idea! Any time you'd want to reload you'd have to wait nine months!
* CrackFic: On occasion, the matches depicted in "Death Battle" can wind up like this in a BIG way, such as Rainbow Dash vs Starscream.
--> '''Wiz:''' Television has been used to market toys to boys and girls for generations. Ranging from Franchise/GIJoe to {{Barbie}}, and Franchise/{{Transformers}} to Franchise/MyLittlePony.
--> '''Boomstick:''' Are we ''really'' doin' this?
--> '''Wiz:''' Yes. Yes we are.
*** There actually is a logical explanation for Starscream and Rainbow Dash to be paired up, due to their most prominent and defining attributes being polar opposites, Starscream being a [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder chronic backstabber]], while Rainbow Dash is the very Element of [[UndyingLoyalty Loyalty]]
** The Link/Cloud fight had some leftover models... used for... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBDOCnWorIk this.]]
** And that's not even going into some of the suggestions for Death Battles that Wizard and Boomstick receive...
* CripplingOverspecialization: The de facto decider of battles when strength and experience are more or less matched is that the fighter with the bigger bag of tricks has the edge. [[note]]Wonder Woman and Chun Li are formally trained fighters, making them poor match-ups for their respective opponents, as Wondie would eventually hit Rogue's uncovered face, causing a power absorption, and Mai's ninja training made her too unpredictable. While Kratos wasn't held back by his training, his weaponry was forged by Olympians, which the video noted wasn't a different plane of existence like Heaven, and wouldn't necessarily be able to kill Spawn. Zelda is extremely powerful and experienced, but it is specifically noted that her power and experience are almost entirely in areas unrelated to combat, leading to her defeat by the less magically potent but more athletic Peach. Boomstick noted that Raiden's main method of attack, electricity, is useless against Thor. Cloud has a much more predictable and forward fighting style compared to Link, who collectively has over 15 years of dungeon crawling inventory and technique to work with. While Batman technically has greater skills, Spider-Man's spider-sense basically negates his biggest advantages. Blanka could resist Pikachu's Electric-type attacks and Iron Tail is ineffective against electricity.[[/note]]
** [[spoiler:Also shows up with the Starscream vs Rainbow Dash fight. Starscream's Null Ray is specifically designed to work on machines; Rainbow Dash is organic, and thus it had little effect on her.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** [[spoiler:Boba Fett]] getting his head blown off [[spoiler:By Samus Aran.]]
** Every ninja turtle [[spoiler:that wasn't Leonardo [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg plus Zitz]].]]
** [[spoiler:Felicia]] getting split in half by [[spoiler:Taokaka.]]
** [[spoiler:Doomguy]] getting reduced to giblets [[spoiler:by Master Chief.]]
** [[spoiler:Zelda's]] obliteration [[spoiler:via Peach's kick.]]
** [[spoiler:Raiden]] getting smashed in half by [[spoiler:Thor]] before being [[HurlItIntoTheSun hurled into the sun.]]
** [[spoiler:Batman]] having his torso slingshotted off [[spoiler:by Spidey.]]
** [[spoiler:Blanka eating Pikachu.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Usually averted, with one major exception: [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] Vs. [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]]. [[spoiler: Poor Starscream never had a chance.]]
** [[SonicTheHedgehog Metal Sonic]] is a match for every one of [[VideoGame/MegaMan Wily's]] Robot Masters ''combined''. A PowerUp or two is all he needs to [[spoiler: kill nearly all of them.]] And then Wily has the [[TooDumbToLive bright idea]] of using his Roboenza virus to defeat him, which turns robots into violent traitorous killing machines.[[spoiler: Metal Sonic destroys and absorbs Eggman's ''entire Egg Fleet'', transforms into Metal Overlord, and kills everybody left on the field - Bass, Eggman, Wily; everyone - along with the entire city, and possibly the world.]]
** [[TheMerch The Death Battle t-shirt]] sets a record for fastest kill in Death Battle history against every t-shirt in the world, leaving nothing but [[SceneryGorn a barren wasteland]] in its wake.
** Another case was in [[spoiler:the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles one]], where [[spoiler:Leonardo attacks Michelangelo]] and kills him in seconds. It was noted in the aftermath that [[spoiler:Leo went after Mike because he was the easiest target.]]
** Vegeta vs. Shadow, it becomes clear immediately that Shadow is no match for Vegeta outside his super form, and even while in it all his attacks seemed to do was make Vegeta angry.
** Every time Superman matched and countered Goku's strength, he handed him his head. Though this is most likely so that there would be a fight when both where at their best.
*** During the post-match analysis Goku and Superman's limits are shown. [[spoiler: Poor Goku '''''never''' stood a chance''. And this was in a fight that even counted filler and GT—Supes would've—''non-fatally''—had this in the bag if they didn't count the telekinesis from DBZ filler]].
** Thor VS Raiden. As pointed out in the after-match points, Thor is outright immune to Raiden's electrical attacks (which are his main ones), and severely outclasses him in strength, speed and durability. And indeed a good chunk of the fight consists of Raiden being on the defensive until Thor [[spoiler:cuts loose and overkills him.]]
** In Mario vs. Sonic, the sections of the battle where neither combatant is using a PowerUp favor [[spoiler:Sonic]] quite a lot, [[spoiler:especially in the end]].
* CutenessProximity: Felicia and Taokaka get distracted by a butterfly.
* CuttingTheKnot: Pikachu [[spoiler: is on the recieving end of this: He might be able to absorb electricity from Blanka, so Blanka just bites his head off instead.]]
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Blanka vs. Pikachu fight. Blanka is a large and muscular wildman, while Pikachu is "lighter than a newborn baby".
** Also, the Starscream vs Rainbow Dash fight. Starscream is a giant robot, while Rainbow Dash is a (relatively) [[Franchise/MyLittlePony little pony]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Both Wiz and Boomstick have a fair amount of snark in them.
** Vegeta had a couple of good ones; for example, his response after Shadow goes Super?
-->'''Vegeta:''' "Wow... what a ripoff."
** Spider-Man lives this trope.
** Superman has a dry wit compared to Goku's naive outlook. Considering [[ImAMarvelAndImADC his voice]] its not surprisiing.
-->''Superman'': Ultimate form, huh? About time you ran out of hairstyles.
* [[DearNegativeReader Dear Negative Watcher:]] It's clear Wiz and Boomstick are tired of the FanDumb and InternetBacklash Goku vs Superman is generating. On the Sidescrollers' (another show on Screwattack.com) episode [[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/sidescrollers/sidescrollers-reactionary-reaction "Reactionary Reaction"]] Chad (Boomstick) spends 10+ minutes thoroughly disproving and counteracting commonly used arguments seen in the comments/emails/private messages, reminds them of the rules of death battle, explains the fight is nothing more than [[JustForFun a dramatization of what they think would go down in the fight ''NOT what determines it'' and for, "Entertainment purposes only",]] and how neither of them are Superman fanboys. (Chad actually considers Supes to be too overpowered to be enjoyable, unlike Goku) Chad then tells them to [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped stop taking the show so damned seriously.]]
* DeepSouth: Boomstick shows quite a few signs of this. His accent and extreme love of guns are the most blatant of which.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Four so far:
** [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Rogue]] vs. WonderWoman
** [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] vs. [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Taokaka]] (see CatFight above)
** [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] vs. [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Mai]] [[VideoGame/FatalFury Shiranui]]
** [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] vs. [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]]
* DestinationDefenestration: Zangeif throws both himself and Mike Haggar out of a several-story window as the final scene of their battle.
** On their way up said several story building, they also throw Princess Peach, [[SonicTheHedgehog Big the Cat]], and {{Pedobear}} (not to mention a globe and a sofa) out of different windows.
** [[spoiler: Batman kicks Spider-Man through the window of a skyscraper, and Peter later returns the favour, resulting in a FreeFallFight.]]
* DevelopmentHell: The most requested match Goku vs Superman began production early in the series, according to Wiz, for 2.5 years. It was scheduled for release on December 21, 2012- then it was delayed to later in December, then the animator confirmed that it will not be released before January 2013. On January 6th, Wiz announced that the episode would be released later in the week, according to the animator. It was finally released on January 10th between 8 and 9pm EST
* DisneyVillainDeath: Played with in Yoshi vs. Riptor. [[spoiler: Yoshi traps Riptor in an egg and drops him off a cliff (and into Boomstick's car), but Riptor would likely have died anyway since his face was drenched in acid.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: [[MaleGaze Boomstick is happy to notice]] that their catfights involve hot chicks with big boobs.
--> '''Wiz:''' When it comes to fighting, combatants come in all shapes and sizes!
--> '''Boomstick:''' And I'm likin' the shapes and sizes on these two!
** And...
--> '''Wiz:''' [Mai] wears it for kunoichi, a female ninja method of sensually distracting the foe before striking.
--> '''Boomstick:''' ...I'm sorry, what? I was distracted.
--> '''Wiz:''' Never mind.
--> '''Boomstick:''' Okay!
* DoubleEntendre: Episode 20. It starts with Vibe Scepter and goes on from there. Boomstick is... amused.
* DownerEnding: Eggman vs Wily. [[spoiler: Metal Sonic conquers the world.]]
** Given [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne the nature of the battles]], most fights will be this to somebody.
** Goku VS Superman ends with [[spoiler: the utter destruction of the entire planet.]]
* DreamTeam: Boomstick and Wiz put together some of the most notable names in the internet to do some of their battles. The Goku vs Superman is probably the biggest, with [=MasakoX=] of Creator/TeamFourStar and [=RandomGuy=] of ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' doing the voices.
* DrivenToSuicide: PlayedForLaughs when Boomstick decided he couldn't go after hearing about Justin Bieber's popularity. He felt better after hearing Bieber could be rather aggressive and seeing a clip of [[Series/{{CSI}} a character of his]] getting shot to death.
* DropTheHammer: TheMightyThor. [[spoiler: [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe It rips Raiden in half]].]]
** Mario has one and uses his in the fight.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Boomstick occasionally has something profound and intelligent in the midst of his ramblings, much to Wiz's surprise.
** Goku goes off to face Superman because he believes as a superpowered alien he will one day destroy the Earth. Given how often it's been attempted in DB canon, it's not that big a leap in logic. [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} Their battle does end up doing just that]].]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two Death Battles included health bars for the combatants. Boomstick's voice wasn't as distinct either and there was a few typos.
* [[spoiler: EarthShatteringKaboom : Really, it's ''Goku'' vs. ''Superman'' with both going all-out. There was little chance of it ending otherwise.]]
* EnforcedPlug: While the commercial breaks before most battles manage not to sound incredibly forced; this trope is taken UpToEleven in Death Battle vs. The World, itself a promotion for ''their own'' merchandise, when they cut to commercial to talk about the [[Website/ScrewAttack ScrewAttack]] store.
--> '''Boomstick:''' "This episode of Death battle's brought to you by... us."
--> '''Wiz:''' "That's right, we just promoted a promotion in a promo of the same promotion."
* ExcusePlot: Few of the matches give any real reason why the two are fighting to the death, and the ones that do are usually pretty weak. Superman lampshades Goku's reason for fighting to the death.
* {{Expy}}: The show is basically WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch for pop culture, right down to the color commentary and death of the loser at the end of the match.
** The title itself is synonymous with MortalKombat, sans the XtremeKoolLetterz
** The show also has its share of similarities to DeadliestWarrior; heck, just look at the page quote.
* EvilVsEvil: A few of the battles pit two villains against one another.
** GoodVersusGood: Also the case in a few battles.
* EyePop: happens to [[spoiler: Bomberman]] right before [[spoiler: he blows himself up]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Starscream]] is the only character that has survived losing, however [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext he is probably a sewing machine or an arcade cabinet by now]]]].
* FiveBadBand: The two doctors and their robots make two bands.
** '''Dr. Eggman's Team:'''
*** BigBad: Dr. Eggman
*** TheDragon: Metal Sonic
*** EvilGenius: Egg Robo
*** TheBrute: Mecha Sonic, Silver Sonic, E-101 Beta, Mecha Knuckles, Shadow Android
*** DarkChick: Scratch and Grounder
*** [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor: When Metal Sonic is corrupted by Roboenza, he destroys enemy and ally alike.]]
** '''Dr. Wily's Team:'''
*** BigBad: Dr. Wily
*** TheDragon: Bass
*** EvilGenius: Magnet Man
*** TheBrute: Guts Man, Metal Man, Pharaoh Man, Napalm Man, Slash Man
*** DarkChick: Sheep Man
* FlatWhat: Boomstick will give one to the more incredulous factoids.
* FlightStrengthHeart: From Episode 21, Thor's powers are listed as being able to [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower lift over one million tons]], [[SuperSpeed move at supersonic speeds]], never feel exhaustion, [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace survive the vacuum of space]], and [[SpeaksFluentAnimal talk with frogs]].
* FlippingTheTable: Boomstick REALLY wanted to do this after the reveal of the Superman VS Goku Death Battle.
--> '''Boomstick:''' Somebody gimme a [[PrecisionFStrike Motherfuckin']] table to flip!!!
* ForeShadowing: In Goku vs. Superman, when discussing supermans weakness to magic, Boomstick wonders if he can harm Supes with something as pathetic as a magic stick, fast forward to the fight and Gokus Power Pole (basically a magic stick) manages to do some harm to Superman.
* FreeFallFight: The final part of Zangeif vs. Haggar.
** Zelda and Peach also continue to battle when the bridge is destroyed.
** Also done half-way into the Batman VS Spider-Man fight.
* FreezeFrameBonus: At one point in Starscream vs Rainbow Dash, [[FanNickname Derpy Hooves]] can be seen hidden in the clouds.
** Alot of the pre-fight and post-fight information goes by pretty quickly. One could lose an important bit of information if you're not pausing the video.
** In a humurous example, Mike's Bong weapon has actual stats.
** The building Superman is knocked into is the Lexcorp building. [[spoiler:Which is why in the ruins there is a piece of kryptonite.]]
** Also, if you look carefully, you'll see that [[spoiler:Raiden's body is already in half just frames before Thor's hammer connects.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Inevitable. These are fictional characters who are from completely different worlds that operate on completely different rules, and in some cases the problem stems from the worlds they come from. For example, technically, [[CollisionDamage just tapping the shoulder]] of a bad guy for Mario OR Sonic would mean [[OneHitPointWonder instant death]] in gameplay, unless of course you're playing one of their later games and this element is never incorporated into story lines for obvious reasons.
** [[spoiler:In ''Halo'', you cannot throw grenades through your own bubble shield, a fact which is glossed over to Master Chief's advantage in his battle with Doomguy.]]
* GeoEffects: Are taken into consideration, and the fights often change locales to both the fighter's strength's and weaknesses.
* GroinAttack: Rebecca Black gives one to Justin Beiber... it doesn't work.
** Master Chief nails Doomguy in the nuts with a sniper rifle shot.
* GunsAreWorthless: The few times an actual gun have been used in any fights (such as in Master Chief vs. Doomguy, or Kratos vs. Spawn) they do little to no damage. [[spoiler: In the former, very few bullets actually managed to hit their target, and even a sniper shot to the groin only momentarily stunned Doomguy, with the killing blow coming from a Plasma Grenade. Kratos simply deflected the bullets from Spawn before knocking the gun away, even though their is no evidence within his own series he could do that.]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: How [[spoiler: Raiden]] is defeated by [[spoiler: Thor]].
** [[spoiler: Zitz and Felicia]] were also fatally cut in half by [[spoiler: Leonardo and Taokaka]] respectively.
** Also how [[spoiler: Batman]] dies.
* HeroicSecondWind: Averted. Due to the way the fights are decided, simple tenacity in the face of defeat has not given anyone the win.
* HiddenDepths: Boomstick possesses a surprising amount of knowledge about dinosaurs, raptors in particular. It stems from his childhood when he wanted one as a pet named Barney after learning what irony was.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: White Bomberman.]]
** [[spoiler:Starscream]] also managed to blow himself up.
** A two-way example. In Eggman vs Wily, [[spoiler: Wily uses Roboenza on Metal Sonic]]. However, this leads to [[spoiler:not '''only''' Eggman's defeat, but Wily's as well]].
** [[spoiler:Goku never realizes that the yellow sunlight is the source of Superman's power until the end, which by then, he had already boosted Superman's powers in an attempt to blind him with Solar Flare and blasted him into the sun where he is at his most powerful.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: One of Goku's noted weaknesses is that he won't exploit "unfair" advantages, preferring to defeat enemies when they're at their strongest. This comes into play during the fight with Superman: A random chunk of Kryptonite (from the ruins of Lexcorp's skyscraper) starts killing Supes. Seeing his weakened state, Goku charges up an energy attack, aims... and destroys the Kryptonite.
** Earlier, after Goku eats a [[HealingHerb Senzu Bean]], he also offers Superman one in the interest of fairness, but Superman declines and [[CombatPragmatist destroys the satchel]].
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: [[spoiler: Spider-Man survives from many of Batman's nonlethal explosives, tasers and punches (even falling onto a car that explodes from Batman's bomb). WebVideo/DeathBattle has mentioned that this is realistic to Spider-Man canon, as he has survived lethal explosions at point-blank range and has been pummeled by powerful characters like the Hulk, Juggernaut and Doctor Octopus without permanent injuries.]]
** Many fights go like this. Either the character pulls out their ace and wins or the attack simply kills the enemy with an opening. [[spoiler:A point nearly parodied when Blanka decides to [[JustEatHim just eat Pikachu]].]]
** A crucial factor in [[spoiler: Vegeta's victory over Shadow - his ability to outlast Shadow's super form is the decisive factor.]]
* HurlItIntoTheSun: [[spoiler: How Thor disposes of Raiden.]]
** Goku does this to Superman in their battle. [[spoiler:Superman survives and supercharges on solar radiation.]]
* ISurrenderSuckers:
** Starscream pretends to surrender to Rainbow Dash, to stall while he arms his missiles. [[spoiler: This backfires when she [[HoistByHisOwnPetard leads Starscream's own missiles back into him, blowing him to smithereens.]]]]
** Wily to Eggman. [[spoiler: Wily's robot is destroyed and begs his surrender to Eggman. Eggman in his giant Death Egg Robot stomps on Wily and crushes him to death. But Eggman realizes that the person he crushed was a robotic dummy. The real Wily reappears in a new robot and surprises Eggman.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler: This is how Donatello, Raphael, Kratos, and Harry Potter die.]]
** [[spoiler: Kratos tries this with Spawn, but he doesn't know that he has to be killed by decapitation so it just slows him down.]]
** [[spoiler: Miley Cyrus also gets impaled by a falling sword in the Justin Beiber vs Rebecca Black battle, the falling sword in question was from said fight, and was sent flying after Rebecca's friend's car explodes, eventually landing in Miley's cranium, killing her.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: Boomstick has a habit of making these after the end of a fight.
--> '''Boomstick:''' "That was one Dino-mite, dino fight."
--> '''Wiz:''' "... What?"
--> '''Boomstick:''' "I'm clever!"
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: When Goku tries the Afterimage Technique, Superman holds his fist out and Goku runs into it.
* [[spoiler:{{Irony}}: Goku went to face Superman because he saw a threat to the planet. Guess how the fight ends.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Mario the former TropeNamer has balanced abilities but no standout skills. [[spoiler:Without a noticeable ability, he can't compete with Sonic's speed without power-ups.]]
* JackOfAllTrades: Death Battle claims that Link isn't the most skilled swordsman, but he has skill of many types of weapons (including bombs, boomerangs, arrows and some magic powers and magical items). This helps Link significantly in any battle, including against Cloud.
* JawDrop: Starscream's reaction to the Sonic Rainboom.
* JokeCharacter: Eggman's army has [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Scratch]] and [[HarmlessVillain Grounder]], Wily's army has [[FlatWhat Sheep Man]]. [[spoiler:[[LethalJokeCharacter Sheep Man beats them both by being an actual threat with his electricity powers]]. However, all three are killed by Silver Sonic.]]
* JustEatHim: [[spoiler: How Blanka beats Pikachu]]
** And how [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] disposes of [[spoiler:Starscream's Spark.]]
* KillEmAll: Three fights so far have ended in a draw.
** [[spoiler: Goomba Vs. Koopa Troopa: the Goomba tried to kick the withdrawn Koopa Troopa into a pit of lava. But the lava pit was too small to fit and the Koopa shell ricocheted back, taking down the Goomba and his brethren and ultimately falling into a bigger lava pit, killing the Koopa Troopa inside.]]
** [[spoiler: Justin Bieber Vs. Rebecca Black: The final death toll includes Bieber, Black, her driver friend, the Jonas Brothers (who simply [[TooDumbToLive walked into the scene]] after the first three died) and Miley Cyrus while she was about to sing the U.S. National Anthem in a baseball field.]]
** [[spoiler: The end result of Robotnik vs. Wily is implied to be total world Armageddon.]]
*** [[spoiler: It's more than just implied.]]
--> '''Boomstick:''' [[spoiler:Well, that world's fucked. Our bad.]]
** [[spoiler:While Superman survives, the planet has been blown up at the end of the fight, likely killing everyone both of them where fighting for.]]
* KissOfDeath: How [[spoiler: Rogue]] finishes off [[spoiler: Wonder Woman]].
* KungFuSonicBoom: The fight between Goku and Superman releases several of these. [[spoiler:Their last one, a collision between Goku's Dragon Fist and Superman's Infinite Mass Punch, destroys the planet.]]
* LargeHam: Boomstick, quite often..
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Due to being so thorough in their research and presenting all the facts, key plot points about the characters sometimes come up in the rundowns.
* LavaPit: [[spoiler: Koopa Troopa]] accidentally falls into one and dies right after [[spoiler: killing several Goombas.]]
* LethalJokeCharacter: When the teaser for Episode 20 was revealed, just about everybody expected Zelda to win her battle with [[SuperMarioBros Peach]] easily. Come the actual episode, Wiz and Boomstick [[ShownTheirWork remind us just what Peach is capable of]]. In the end, she puts up quite a fight [[spoiler: and actually wins the match.]]
** The same was true for [[spoiler:the Riptor vs. Yoshi fight. Not many people, even the show's creators, expected the cute little dinosaur to beat the bio-engineered killing machine.]]
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: In Goku vs. Superman, Goku chooses to destroy a piece of Krytonite that was weakening Superman rather than take advantage of the opportunity, stating that there was no point in the fight if it wasn't fair.
* LightsOffSomebodyDies: Subverted in Batman vs. Spider-Man. While inside a building, Batman destroys all its lights with a Batarang, clearly trying to fulfill this trope. Spider-Man's Spider Sense prevents this from succeeding.
* LovableSexManiac: Boomstick.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: [[spoiler: One of the major deciding factors for Link's victory over Cloud was his access to the Hylian shield, and the defensive capabilities it provided against Cloud's arsenal.]]
* LudicrousGibs: The fight between Spider-Man and Batman ends with [[spoiler: Spidey slingshot-kicking Bats into salsa]].
** [[spoiler: Doomguy]] was also [[BuffySpeak Salsa-fied]] by one of [[spoiler: Master Chief's plasma grenades.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Starscream unleashes one upon Rainbow Dash. [[spoiler: Who promptly turns it into a MisguidedMissile Massacre.]]
* MadScientist: Wiz. He uses rats for Genetic testing, Dissected a Goomba to study its anatomy, and often states scientific real world facts on the combatants' tactics/weapons and how they can effectively kill a person.
** This trope was more or less the basis of Wily vs. Eggman.
--> '''Boomstick:''' It's no secret that scientists are, well, crazy as hell. But these two take it ''way'' too far.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: Yoshi's victory against Riptor can be seen as this. Boomstick awknowledged that even if Yoshi hadn't dropped Riptor off that cliff, the acid Yoshi sent back at him would've eventually melted his face.]]
* MidBattleTeaBreak: Felicia and Taokaka play with a butterfly for a bit before Taokaka kills it by accident.
** Sonic and Mario's fight is briefly halted when Mario uses his Tanooki Suit statue mode.
** Goku vs Superman has some lulls in the beginning before it starts getting climactic.
* MirrorBoss: [[spoiler: Shang Tsung, having absorbed a good deal of Akuma's soul, transforms into him in the last stretch of their fight.]] [[spoiler: He loses in the end.]]
* MoreDakka: This was pretty much Doomguy's strategy against Master Chief. [[spoiler:It fails.]]
* MostAnnoyingSound: The noise the Wily Capsule makes, [[{{In-Universe}} according to Boomstick]].
--> '''Boomstick''': Make it stop, ''make it stop''! OOHHH!!
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The Goomba vs Koopa battle was ''way'' more epic than it probably had any right to be, even in spite of the hilariously anti-climactic ending. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Boomstick;
--> '''Boomstick''': Aw man. I thought this was gonna suck! That was awesome! Who knew those little fuckers could fight like that?!
* MST3KMantra: Invoked. In the TMNT Battle Royale, Wiz was forced to consider ([[spoiler:and discount: as he noted, when Leonardo decided to fight back, Leo effortlessly intimidated Raph with a sword to the shoulder. "Tilt the blade, slide left, BAM, no more Raph.", as noted by Boomstick]]) Raphael's victory in the 2007 ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' movie, and eventually concluded "[[RuleOfFun That whole movie doesn't make much sense to begin with.]] [[LampshadeHanging Why should this?]]"
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: [[ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} Take a wild guess.]]
* MythologyGag: Wiz states that Master Chief's knack for finding weapons just about anywhere is attributed to "incredible luck". Dr Halsey (the creator of the Spartans) stated in TheFallOfReach to Cortana that what made the Chief different from other Spartans was "He is the luckiest". Cortana later said the same in VideoGame/{{Halo3}}.
** During Link VS Cloud Strife, Link gets the Master Sword knocked away from him and forces him to temporarily duel without it, which also happened in [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]. [[spoiler: He gets it back by using his Clawshot on it while Cloud is disoriented from his Boomerang.]]
** [[spoiler: Vegeta's [[PreMortemOneLiner Pre-Mortem One-Liner]] to Shadow is "Sayonara", which is uttered by Sonic in [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Sonic Adventure 2]] after Shadow's apparent death and by Maria before her's.]]
** Possible one from Kratos vs. Spawn: [[spoiler:Kratos is once again hosed when his opponent isn't as dead as he thought it was.]]
** Quite a few of the times Superman's beating on Goku, we see things from his various animated versions. These included
*** [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Punching someone through multiple buildings]].
*** [[SupermanVsTheElite Dodging an attack by moving to the side and slightly forwards while not actually changing his posture]].
*** RapidFireFisticuffs [[SupermanBatmanApocalypse while flying in a circle around his target]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Mentioned as part of the reason that they used the modern (I.E. post [[CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]) Superman in the fight against Goku was because the Silver Age Superman invented entirely new powers every other issue.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Many episodes, though mentioned in the finale of Thor VS Raiden, as Lampshaded by Boomstick.
--> '''Boomstick:''' "...Thaaaat seemed a bit overkill......''I liked it!''"
* NonLethalWarfare: Some characters have been shown to use non-lethal weapons if they are pacifist warriors. [[spoiler: This is why Batman had so much trouble trying to kill Spiderman, because only some of Batman's explosives could do any serious damage. Batman's other gadgets couldn't kill a normal person, which is a disadvantage in a DeathBattle because the rules demand the loser to die, while Batman captures villains alive. IF he can hit Spiderman to begin, the best he could do is knock Spidey out. What's worse for Batman is that even though Spiderman lacks bodyarmor, his superhuman body had allowed him to survive lethal attacks- meaning nonlethal weapons would have even less impact.]]
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Eggman V.S. Wily. [[spoiler: Neo Metal Sonic destroys Wily's first machine, popping Wily out of it's remains. [[ISurrenderSuckers Wily begs for his life]] and Dr. Eggman denies his request by stomping on him with the Death Egg Robot's foot... [[ActuallyADoombot only to realize it's a dummy]]. The real Wily was right behind him in a new machine.]]
** Spider-Man vs. Batman. While Spider-Man keeps up his [[YouFightLikeACow quips]], Batman [[TheQuietOne says nothing for the entire battle]].
* NotSoAboveItAll: While Wizard is the straight guy to Boomstick, he's not totally sane himself. For example, he's mentioned buying more rats for genetic testing, dissected a [[BlatantLies "voluntary"]] Goomba, and only discounts Boomstick's "baby launcher" idea on the grounds of acquiring ammunition.
** Also Batman, despite being highly intelligent, is mentioned to have his mental stability barely in-check. Boomstick confirms that since he witnessed his parents' deaths as a child, uses millions of dollars to dress up as a bat, and employs young children to fight (Comicbook/{{Robin}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}), he's ''''clearly''' not all there'.
* NotSoDifferent: In more ways than one- Batman's fighting style is mentioned to be almost identical to the GreenGoblin, Spider -Man's main enemy. Since Spider-Man is used to fighting a gadget villain who used LETHAL weapons, Spidey could handle Batman who used mostly nonlethal weapons.
** Also Raiden's strategic fighting style is similar to Loki's cleverness. Since Thor is used to fighting against an intelligent enemy on a regular basis, Thor was able to defeat Raiden. In both situations, Thor's overwhelming power defeated both opponents.
* OhCrap: In the [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] / [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doomguy]] fight, when [[spoiler:Doomguy realizes too late that he has a Plasma Grenade stuck on him.]]
** Also, in VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} vs VideoGame/DigDug after [[spoiler:Bomberman realizes that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he dropped a bomb in front of himself after Dig Dug temporarily inflated him.]]]].
** And in Mario vs. Sonic, [[spoiler:Mario is spooked when he realizes that they are inside a mountain with a large amount of Bob-ombs that are about to explode while Sonic wonders what the things are. However, both Mario and Sonic survive the experience thanks to PowerUps.]]
*** [[spoiler: Mario had this reaction again when his Mega Mario power up ran out. Sonic gets it twice before that: Once when he first sees Mega Mario and seconds later when the Super Sonic power up wears off.]]
** There was also Vegeta vs. Shadow, [[spoiler: when Shadow came back to normal.]]
** This was pretty much [[spoiler:everyone]]'s reaction when [[spoiler:Metal Sonic went rogue and became Metal Overlord]] in Eggman VS Wily.
** This was Starscream's reaction [[spoiler: When Rainbow Dash [[HoistByHisOwnPetard leads his own missiles straight at him.]]]]
** Goku's reaction when [[spoiler:blasting Superman to the sun didn't kill him but brought him to the source of his powers.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: Samus Aran finishes off Boba Fett by blasting his head clean off with a fully charged shot.]]
** [[spoiler: Michelangelo also gets his head sliced off by Leonardo shortly after he sliced off his right arm.]]
** [[spoiler: Blanka bites off Pikachu's head and eats it before [[NoKillLikeOverkill stuffing the rest of him in a blender and drinking it]].]]
* OneManArmy: [[spoiler: Metal Sonic/Overlord]] and [[spoiler: The Death Battle t-shirt]] definitely qualify. The former [[spoiler: not only took out every remaining member of both of their robotic armies, but also [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Eggman]] and [[VideoGame/MegaMan Wily]] themselves, an entire city and presumably the whole planet]]. The latter [[spoiler: killed every other t-shirt in the world in record time and left nothing but a barren wasteland in its wake. Though this was to be expected given that the Death Battle shirt is an obvious ParodySue, and Wiz & Boomstick never went over any of the other t-shirt's skills.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Metal Sonic absorbing the Egg Fleet and turning into Metal Overlord...then proceeding to obliterate Eggman, Dr. Wily, all the remaining fighters on both sides, the city they're fighting in, and possibly the world.]]
* ParodySue: The Death Battle shirt.
* PopularityPower: The makers have made it explicit that they do not allow the one with the most popularity to win (unless their research shows that the character in question would win). [[spoiler:Even if it's the one popular with themselves as Haggar vs. Zangief shows.]]
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Both Goku and Superman utilize this in different ways in the final moments of their battle. Goku draws on the sun's energy to create and absorb the resulting Spirit Bomb, while Superman sits in the sun and supercharges himself.
* PowerUp: Used interestingly in the judgment of the fights. In one battle, they had White Bomberman, who collected all kinds of power-ups, go against Dig Dug, who had just about all of his abilities from the start. In the other battle, while Master Chief also collects power-ups, Doomguy depends on them more. And while both have a diverse array of powerups Mario easily has more than Sonic. [[spoiler:Every battle have chosen the more-reliant-on-power-ups to be the loser.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner
--> '''[[spoiler:Samus Aran]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Boba Fett]])'' You're mine.
--> '''[[spoiler:Rogue]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Wonder Woman]])'' Goodnight, sugar!
--> '''[[spoiler:Spawn]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Kratos]])'' DIE!!!
--> '''[[spoiler:Vegeta]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Shadow]])'' Sayonara.
--> '''[[spoiler:Metal Sonic]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:everyone]])'' Kneel before your master!
--> '''[[spoiler:Spider-Man]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Batman]])'' It's all or nothing! Loser!!!
* PowerPerversionPotential: Boomstick often thinks of these things.
---> Boomstick: [[Franchise/HarryPotter Accio]] money! Accio loose women! Damn.
* ProductPlacement: The Death Battle vs the World episode is really just Wizard and Boomstick {{Gushing}} over the Death Battle T-Shirt.
* PummelDuel: Akuma and Shang Tsung engage in one [[spoiler:when Shang morphs into his image.]]
** This inevitably happens during Goku VS Superman.
* PunchParry: Superman and Goku's PummelDuel is occasionally interrupted by one of these, with both fighters pausing.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:The Goku Vs Superman fight. Supes came out on top, but destroyed the world in the process.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Boomstick and Wizard, respectively.
** Quite a few of the combatants as well, Sonic and Mario, Spider-Man and Batman, Vegeta and Shadow, and Goku and Superman. [[spoiler:Strangely, except for the last one, the Red Oni wins against the Blue.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In Felicia Vs. Taokaka, Tao accidentally kills a butterfly the two were briefly playing with beforehand, [[FriendToAllLivingThings Felicia]] was [[BerserkButton clearly upset over this]]. [[spoiler: At first glance, it would appear this trope would be played straight, but it soon ends up as a subversion; Felicia still dies.]]
* RuleOfCool: In the second Q&A, Wizard specifically states the fights are not representative of who actually wins the Death Battle; the winner is decided well beforehand through research into the combatants. The fights are purely for entertainment purposes.
* RuleOfFunny: Presumably the reason Vegeta thinks Shadow is weird considering the Earth in ''Manga/DragonBall'' is full of talking animals, plus Shadow looks normal compared to [[BlobMonster Majin Buu]].
* RunningGag: Boomstick constantly brings up his horrifying ex-wife.
* ScheduleSlip: The Goku VS Superman episode was scheduled for Dec 21st but was delayed when they decided the animation wasn't finished. Odd when Screwattack advertised that a prophecy would be fulfilled in the previews.
** It was the end of the Mayan Calendar. [[FridgeBrilliance What had so many fools worried]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt would happen that day]], [[FridgeBrilliance and]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom what happened at the end of the fight?]]
* ShockAndAwe: The entire battle between [[TheMightyThor Thor]] and [[MortalKombat Raiden]].
** [[spoiler: Batman's]] suit's taser function.
** [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] vs. [[Franchise/StreetFighter Blanka]].
* ShownTheirWork: Before every fight, Wizard and Boomstick look through the history, abilities, arsenal, & weaknesses as presented in the canon of each fighters in great detail to determine who would win. Regardless of what one thinks of the results, they can't be accused of not doing their homework.
** Likewise, they both show research in trying to quantify powers from video game characters in real world terms (estimating that the weight of the presumed granite pillars that Link needs the Golden Gauntlets to lift to be over 1000 tons), and knew the origins for all the types of weapons the Ninja Turtles used.
** Interesting bit with Haggar VS Zangief, where Zangief's bio about him training with grizzly bears is incorrect as grizzly bears don't live in Russia and that he would really be training Ussuri brown bears, [[UpToEleven which are considerably larger than grizzlies.]]
** Noting that Pikachu hasn't been particularly [[{{MinMaxing}} EV trained]] in any stat, due to having had a wide variety of opponents, but still giving a fairly logical estimate of his EV spread.
** Metal Man's weakness to his own weapons is noted in the pre-fight stats, [[spoiler:and Metal Sonic kills him with it after copying his power.]]
** Taken UpToEleven with Goku Vs Superman which boasts: No page unturned, no scene unwatched, no forum unread. The exposition is ''fifteen minutes'' long.
* SingleStrokeBattle: [[spoiler:Link and Cloud's fight has a midair version when Cloud is using his Omnislash, with Link landing a slash as they fly past each other. While it isn't the FATAL move, it is the deciding blow, as it wounds Cloud enough to leave him open to Link's killing blow.]]
* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not Appearing In This Web Show]]: Apparently, Wizard will not use [[{{Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]] in the series mainly because he really hates him.
* TheStoic: Wizard.
* TheStrategist: [[spoiler:One of the deciding factors in the Link vs Cloud fight was Link being more strategically minded than Cloud.]]
** [[spoiler: Also a factor in the Spider-Man vs. Batman fight, but subverted in that it didn't help Bruce much.]]
** [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo]]? [[spoiler: It's the reason he won both of his fights, after all.]]
** Not as extreme as them, but Superman is noted to both fight smart and efficiently. [[spoiler:Tries to disable Goku first chance he got, destroys the Senzu Beans immediately, tossed Goku's magical extending pole when it proved it could hurt him (as it was magical), and went to the sun when his power first started to wane.]]
* StrippedToTheBone: [[spoiler: Chun-li]].
--> '''Boomstick:''' [[spoiler: Chun-li]]'s never looked [[IncrediblyLamePun hotter]]!
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Summed up as the reason why [[spoiler:Superman wins against Goku]].
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:Wily uses his Roboenza on Metal Sonic, which sends Metal Sonic on a rampage, killing Eggman, which would normally be a win for Wily. But since Metal Sonic was Eggman's robot and kills Wily directly afterwards, Wiz and Boomstick can't decide who wins. So they just declare Metal Sonic the victor.]]
* TakeThat:
** During Goku vs Superman, at one point it was being discussed that Superman wasn't completely invincible... and while that was said, footage of ''{{VideoGame/Superman64}}'' was being shown.
** The Music/JustinBieber versus Music/RebeccaBlack fight was not about who would actually win in a fight as much as it was about seeing those two horribly injured.
* TeleportSpam: If a combatant has teleportation as an ability, expect this in the fight.
* TheRemake: The Starscream/Rainbow Dash battle was [[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/death-battle/death-battle-starscream-vs-rainbow-dash remade]] including new information and better effects in the battle.
** About 24 hours after Thor vs Raiden was released, Shortfactor (the animator) improved the visuals of the final phase of the battle, and was subsequently updated with the video.
* ThemeMusicPowerup: The music usually shifts to a song from the characters soundtracks when they get the upper hand. This hasn't stopped…
** TheDayTheMusicLied: …the attack from being countered and the song to go silent when the character dies. [[spoiler:Like the moment Blanka decides to eat Pikachu in the middle of their Lightning Cannonball and Volt Tackle]]
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Goku thinks that, since Superman is an alien, he came to [[spoiler:destory the earth. This is exactly what happens when Superman uses the Infinite Mass Punch to kill him.]]
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[TheMovie The Web series]].
** Boomstick was estatic to finish Goku vs Superman. Now people will ''finally'' stop asking them to do it.
* UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject: The Haggar Vs. Zangief fight was described in the commercial break as "the unstoppable force meets the immovable mayor". [[spoiler: The unstoppable Zangief overrode the immovable Haggar.]]
** The whole Goku vs Superman rivalry in a nutshell. [[spoiler:It ends with Superman proving stronger than Goku and the destruction of the planet.]]
** In Mario vs Sonic, some of Mario's powerups ([[ExtraOreDinary Metal Cap]], [[SuperMode Starman]] and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Mega Mushroom]]) are used consecutively to counter [[SuperMode Super Sonic]].
* VariableMix: During the battles, the music tends to change based on which side currently has the advantage.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Boomstick jokes that this is where Mai Shiranui stores her weapons. To his surprise, this is actually true.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally [[spoiler: Riptor was meant to win against Yoshi, if you turn the annotations on in their first Q and A video, but after more research they decided Yoshi would win. They also went back and forth over who would win in the Turtles Battle Royale.]]
** After the TMNT Battle Royale, viewers were given the chance to vote for the winner's next opponent. The choice besides [[VideoGame/BattleToads Zitz]] was [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Tommy Oliver]], specifically his White Ranger persona.
* WheresTheKaboom: [[spoiler: Near the battle's end, Starscream shot out an armoury's worth of missiles towards Rainbow Dash who flew into the clouds out of sight. He then stands there waiting for an explosion for a few seconds only for Rainbow to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard lead his missiles straight to him.]]]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Three examples. [[spoiler: All of which end up dying themselves.]]
** [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] vs. [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]].
** Music/JustinBieber vs. Music/RebeccaBlack.
** [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]] vs. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]].
* YouFightLikeACow: ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'s staple returns in Spider-Man vs Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler: Peach [[NoKillLikeOverkill ruptures Zelda's skull]] with her [[VideoGame/MarioStrikers Mega Strike: Empress Peach]].]]
* [[YourSoulIsMine Your]] [[spoiler: [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Spark]]]] [[YourSoulIsMine Is Mine]]: [[spoiler: After getting blown up by his own missiles led by Rainbow Dash's "Sonic Rainboom", then getting further destroyed offscreen by her "Buccaneer Blaze", Starscream's Spark comes out of the remnants of his torso and brags about his immortality. Rainbow then eats it to shut him up.]]
** This line was also said in the preview of Episode 2 at the end of Episode 1. [[spoiler:Shang Tsung fails to deliver.]]
* YoureInsane: Superman to Goku when the latter wants to fight for the sake of fighting.

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[[caption-width-right:300:IT'S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLE!!!!!]]

->'''Boomstick:''' He's [[OnlySaneMan Wiz]] and I'm [[CloudCuckooLander Boomstick]].
->'''Wizard''': And it's our job to [[ShownTheirWork analyze their weapons, armor, and skills]] to find out who would win a [[TitleDrop Death]] [[DuelToTheDeath Battle]].

->The Nerd Spin-Off of DeadliestWarrior!
-->--Youtube commentary

''[[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/death-battle Death Battle]]'' is a special hosted by [[Website/ScrewAttack Screwattack.com]] and is presented by "Wizard" (Ben Singer) and "Boomstick" (Chad James), and as of episode 20, animated by [[http://www.youtube.com/user/ShortFactor Mr Lange, aka Short Factor]] (Jordan Lange). The point of the show is to [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny take two similar characters and pit them against each other, analyzing their respective strengths and weaknesses to see who would win.]]

So far, there are 25 videos. The first 18 episodes were featured exclusively on Website/ScrewAttack's Website/YouTube account, and starting with episode 19 the series is now posted to the redesigned screwattack.com, with a delayed posting of past fights to their Youtube page.

The Rules of a DeathBattle are:
* The warriors can only know of each other if they do know each other in canon in both OFFICIAL universes (as seen with Leonardo strategizing in his match against his brothers). Otherwise, they cannot know each other's movesets and cannot prepare their weapons to their advantage (e.g. Batman and Spider-Man had to use their default weapons instead of using weapons designed to exploit each other's weaknesses, like Spider-Man's weakness to pesticides).
* A battle has to end with the loser dying, at least as far as their physical forms are concerned (i.e. [[spoiler:Starscream]] reduced to little more than a ghost, and [[spoiler:Raiden]] left with no mortal avatar to continue fighting with). As such, truly invincible or immortal characters are avoided. (Spawn was allowed because of his mortality against holy or unholy weapons, despite being immortal otherwise).
* Pacifist warriors will not have their peaceful nature interrupt the fight. However, if their traditional arsenal uses nonlethal weapons, they cannot change it (e.g. Batman). They can only use lethal weapons if they are willing to use it and if they have it (e.g. Harry's Killing Curse). Otherwise, both combatants will show no mercy.
* All other traits will be represented with accuracy based on the warrior's canon universes (as stated with Goku, expanded universes, like GT, are only allowed to be mentioned if they do not conflict with the original canon, like the DBZ manga). If the warrior has different canons, the canon used will most likely be the most popular depiction (e.g. G1 Starscream, G4 Rainbow Dash and modern day Batman). The research will avoid biases. If one warrior is allowed abilities from a non-canon source, the other warrior must be allowed to use their own non-canon sources as well. Also, if a certain depiction of the warrior has them ridiculously overpowered or inconsistent, then it will not be used as it would be difficult to examine logically (e.g. pre-1986 Superman could destroy entire solar systems WITH A SNEEZE). Not every weapon owned by the warriors in every canon will be used. Instead, only the ones they are commonly using (as seen with Rogue or Batman) or the battle will allow some of their best weapons (e.g. Link and Cloud were equipped with their best armor and magic). If a warrior originated from foreign media, the American dub will not be used, instead the original source will be used (Goku's abilities used the Japanese canon, not the English dubs and mistranslations).
* To get as many common abilities as possible, the warrior will be shown at their latest depictions or their oldest age as an active warrior (e.g. Harry Potter is depicted as his time at the end of The Deathly Hallows when he learned all his skills, not while he was a young kid in The Sorcerer's Stone where he only knew minor spells. Or Goku knowing Super Saiyan 4 and being 53 years old, which is his age in DBGT).
* Summoning other combatants is not allowed unless the battle calls for it (like how Eggman and Wily fought with their armies). Unless the battle asks for multiple characters for each side, the combatants must fight alone with their weapons, even if they are used to fighting with a partner (like how Pikachu wasn't allowed to have Ash command him). The only exception is if the fighter uses a creature for an attack that can reasonably be replaced by a non-combatant projectile (like how Peach can summon a sheep that doesn't do anything but fly at the opponent and put them to sleep with contact, or the Goomba firing Mini-Goombas) or when the act would fall under using the environment to their advantage (like how Batman can summon bats from the surrounding area with his gadgets), but the fighter cannot be dependent on these creatures and, in cases of summoning as an attack, they cannot act on their own (like how Link and Cloud were not allowed to use summons or fairies because the summons attack on their own once summoned and the fairies are sentient beings making a decision to help Link once he runs out of hearts).
* The fight at the end of the episode is '''''not''''' what determines the victor in battle. It is nothing more than a fun little dramatization showcasing most if not all of the research displayed beforehand of the combatants in action.

The fights so far, in order of airing are:

[[folder: Season 1]]

# [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] vs. [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] [[spoiler: Samus Aran wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Samus has superior weaponry and athletic skill, combined with Fetts' homing anti-vehicle rocket being inaccurate to human-sized targets.]]
# [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]] vs. [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]] [[spoiler: Akuma wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Akuma is an incredibly vicious fighter, so his constant punishment and unmatched skills were more than what Shang Tsung's stamina could handle.]]
# [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Rogue]] vs. WonderWoman [[spoiler: Rogue wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Wonder Woman is a trained fighter so she instinctively hit Rogue in the face, allowing Rogue to absorb her power. That and her outfit made it easy for Rogue to gain even more of her abilities by grabbing her uncovered leg. Wonder Woman exposes a lot of skin.]]
# [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Goomba]] vs. [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Koopa]] [[spoiler: It's a draw.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: The Goomba's idiocy and the Koopa's cowardice respectively lead to their downfalls. Kicking the Koopa's shell sent it back at the Goombas and the Koopa was too afraid to get out of its shell in time to avoid the lava pit.]]
# [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike Haggar]] vs. [[Franchise/StreetFighter Zangief]] [[spoiler: Zangief wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Zangief is younger, heavier, larger and has been training all his life, whereas Haggar has been pursuing a political career as well.]]
# Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Battle Royale [[spoiler: Leonardo wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Leonardo knows how to pick battles and has the deadliest of the weapons.]]
# The winner of the [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles TMNT Battle Royale]] vs. [[VideoGame/BattleToads Zitz]] [[spoiler: Leonardo wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Zitz is a powerhouse compared to Leonardo, but Zitz's strategies always relies on overpowering foes, whereas Leonardo can rely on his ninja training to outsmart and outflank.]]
# [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Yoshi]] vs. [[VideoGame/KillerInstinct Riptor]] [[spoiler: Yoshi wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Yoshi has been known to be able to take a beating, and his arsenal is varied thanks to his digestive system. He's also smart, being described as an incredibly intelligent species by Nintendo and possessing at least enough intelligence to drive a car.]]
# [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] vs. [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Taokaka]] [[spoiler: Taokaka wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Taokaka has the superior agility, not to mention her razor-blade claws.]]
# [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] vs. Comicbook/{{Spawn}} [[spoiler: Spawn wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: The only weapon Kratos possesses that's actually capable of hurting Spawn is the Blade of Olympus, and Spawn has plenty of energy to feed on from Kratos himself, since he's covered in the ashes of his deceased family. As well as his requiring decapitation to be killed and Kratos does not find this out.]]
# [[VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} White Bomberman]] vs. VideoGame/DigDug [[spoiler: Dig Dug wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Dig Dug has the superior movement when below ground, and unlike White Bomberman, he has a way of controlling his opponent.]]
# [[Manga/DragonBall Vegeta]] vs. [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow]] [[spoiler: Vegeta wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Vegeta has proven time and again to be one of the biggest 'tanks' of the series, outlasting a two-minute long beatdown by those with superior power is not unusual for him. He's also willing to cross lines Shadow won't. Super Shadow also has a time limit and isn't offensively powerful enough to kill Vegeta in a short amount of time.]]
# [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] vs. [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] [[spoiler: Sonic wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Outside of {{Power Up}}s, which are evenly matched, Sonic has the advantage thanks to his speed.]]
# Music/JustinBieber vs. Music/RebeccaBlack [[spoiler: It's a draw.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Bieber's fear of thrown objects kept him at a distance while Black's daredevil recklessness put her at just as much risk as it did her opponent.]] [[note]] Actual reason: Boomstick and Wizard hate popstars. [[/note]]
# [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]] vs. Franchise/HarryPotter [[spoiler: Luke Skywalker wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Harry has a inherent weakness in his famous lightning-bolt scar that can be exploited with Shatterpoint. And most of his curses and spells can be blocked with Luke's lightsaber.]]
# [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] vs. [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Mai]] [[VideoGame/FatalFury Shiranui]] [[spoiler: Mai Shiranui wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Mai has a varied arsenal, and her ninja training makes her unpredictable compared to Chun.]]
# [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]] vs. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Rainbow Dash is faster and more agile, Starscream is more foolish; as a result, Starscream ends up taking all the real hits, including from his own missiles. Additionally, his Null Rays have no effect on organic life forms.]]
# [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] vs. [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doomguy]] [[spoiler: Master Chief wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Chief's armor makes Doomguy's look like Stone Age tech, he's also more versatile than Doomguy, whose main tactic is 'Rip, tear, shoot, repeat'.]]
# [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Doctor Eggman]] [[note]]With Hyper Metal Sonic, Silver Sonic, Mecha Sonic, Mecha Knuckles, E101 Beta MKII, Egg Robo, Scratch and Grounder, Shadow Androids and others. [[/note]]vs. [[VideoGame/MegaMan Doctor Wily]] [[note]]With Bass and Treble, Metal Man, Guts Man, Pharaoh Man, Magnet Man, Slash Man, Sheep Man, Yellow Devil and others. [[/note]] [[spoiler: [[TakeAThirdOption Metal Sonic wins.]]]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Wily's robots are used to working as a team, and solidly beat Eggman's forces… except for Metal Sonic, who is a whole different caliber. A few scans, a Chaos Emerald, and a Roboenza virus later, and the world is in ruins.]]
# [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] vs. [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Princess Zelda]] [[spoiler: Princess Peach wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Varied arsenal, more athletic, and a kick that's powerful enough to cause [[OffWithHisHead decapitation.]]
# [[Franchise/MortalKombat Raiden]] vs. [[TheMightyThor Thor]] [[spoiler: Thor wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Thor and Raiden are immune to each other's lightning. But while lightning is Raiden's main power outside martial arts, Thor's main weapon is a million-ton hammer.]]
# [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] vs. [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] [[spoiler: Link wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Link has the superior experience and is used to thinking on the fly. The Hylian Shield is indestructible and combined with the Golden Guantlets can block Cloud's Buster Sword, while the Master Sword weakens Cloud by purging his Jenova Cells.]]
# Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} vs. Franchise/{{Batman}} [[spoiler: Spider-Man wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Peter's SpiderSense negates stealth and surprise, Batman's two greatest weapons. Unlike Batman, Spider-Man possesses superhuman strength, speed, and durability, and has survived grenades and fights with powerful characters like Juggernaut. Batman's weapons are mostly designed to be nonlethal, though his armor and tactics almost helped him survive, and while Batman is an escape artist he does need time to escape from Spider-Man's webs, which has been known to be able restraints for TheHulk. Batman has been able to defeat the Justice League, but only because he was prepared to counter their powers, and if Batman was allowed time to prepare, so would Spider-Man, who also possesses genius level intelligence and cunning.]]
# [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] vs. [[Franchise/StreetFighter Blanka]] [[spoiler: Blanka wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Blanka's survival skills, superior strength, resistance to electrical attacks, and size trump Pikachu's GlassCannon status despite his lack of formal training. Pikachu's dependance on Ash for instructions and lack of techniques that could harm Blanka hinder him.]]
# [[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}} [[spoiler: Superman wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning: Goku's extreme tenacity only prolonged the inevitable against Superman, and he did not know that Superman draws power from the Sun (also, he couldn't blow up the Sun since the resulting supernova would incinerate everything past Mars, including himself.) At the end of the day, Superman is far stronger, faster, and tougher than Goku, as Superman is all about breaking and dealing with mental and emotional limits with his near-total lack of physical limits, while Goku is all about breaking and dealing with physical limits with his near-total lack of mental and emotional ones. That, and well... they blew up the Earth and it's been pointed out that only one of them is able to breathe in space.]]

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[[folder: Season 2]]
# [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]] vs. [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}} Lion-O]] (Announced)

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[[folder: Bonus episodes]]
# Death Battle vs. The World [[hottip:*: Aired between Episodes 13 & 14]] [[note]] [[TheMerch The Death Battle t-shirt]] vs ''every other t-shirt in the world''. [[/note]] [[spoiler: The Death Battle t-shirt wins.]] [[hottip:Reasoning:JustForFun. Also [[MerchandiseDriven to sell shirts.]]

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!!Tropes used in this work include:

* AcceptableBreaksFromCanon: Done for the sake of fairness: since all battles ''must'' end with a death, any reservations a combatant may have about killing are ignored. Also, fighters may be [[StatusBuff strengthened]] or weakened slightly to avoid a ''total'' CurbStompBattle. (Though this hasn't prevented a few fights from ending up like this.)
* ActionGirl: About a quarter of the fighters fall into this category. Also, this is probably the one case in history where Rebecca Black qualifies.
* ActorAllusion: TeamFourStar voiced Shadow and Vegeta in their battle, when Shadow sends Vegeta to the moon, the [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Space Duck]] [[hottip:*: A [[PokemonBlackandWhite Ducklett wearing a space helmet]] is behind him.
** Goku has Masakox's, another WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged regular, voice. Thus the episode begins with the cast watching a save of Superman's on the news and the Kaio-what?[[hottip:*: Every time Goku calls out his Kaio-Ken attack, his enemy says "Kaio-what?" and takes a punch to the face]] RunningGag goes on.
* ActuallyADoombot: [[spoiler: Briefly played by [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] in his battle against [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]].]]
* AdaptationalBadass: Some characters are given a noticeable boost to their combat abilities to make the fights more interesting. Bieber and Black are pretty much the stand out examples.
* AdvantageBall: Because the fights are made after the research is made and are for viewing purposes only, the ball is passed around like a hockey puck.
** Except in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] vs. [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Starscream]], where Rainbow holds the Advantage Ball for pretty much the entirety of the fight. They note it's almost a trait of Starscream's not to hold the ball.
** A point in Goku vs Superman is that Superman consciously keeps his strength at just enough to win the fight. As Goku powers up, Superman holds back less and less [[spoiler:and in using the Solar Flare and blasting him to the sun, Goku actually handed Superman the ball a few times]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler: After getting infected by Roboenza, Metal Sonic goes rogue and kills everyone in the battle between Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily.]]
* TheAlcoholic: Boomstick is implied to be one, it apparently led to his divorce...
--> '''Boomstick:''' *''when discussing Link's hookshot''* "Man, that really would of helped to get that last beer all those times... probably still be married."
--> '''Wizard:''' "Doubt it."
* AllMenArePerverts: Boomstick. Just look at the quote for AnythingThatMoves.
* {{Angrish}}: Starscream lets out an enraged "GYYYYAGH!!" during his fight with Rainbow Dash after she "tags" him.
* AnimationBump: Wiz and Boomstick commissioned Mr. Lange aka [=ShortFactor=] to animate the battles for episode 20, and for thirty more episodes. (The Zelda vs Peach battle was a test run.)
** Cloud vs Link and Goku vs Superman were both in full-on 3D.
* {{Anticlimax}}: The Pikachu vs. Blanka fight ends with the two combatants colliding with their Volt Tackle and Lightning Cannonball, respectively. [[spoiler:Blanka very abruptly ends the fight by grabbing Pikachu and biting his head off]].
** [[spoiler:Goomba vs Koopa ends with the Koopa being knocked around back at Goomba and into a lava pit, killing everyone with little fanfare.]]
** Also the end to Vegeta vs Shadow [[spoiler:after barely stopping Vegeta from hitting the planet with the moon, Shadow prepares his most powerful attack to finish the fight. Too bad his Super form runs out just then, making him an easy kill for Vegeta.]]
* AnythingThatMoves: Boomstick has this kind of personality, to wit when discussing Felicia's... "attire"
--> '''Boomstick:''' What the hell? I thought we were talking about a deadly demon warrior and...is she naked?
--> '''Wiz:''' Yes.
--> '''Boomstick:''' But... she's a cat!
--> '''Wiz:''' Yes.
--> '''Boomstick:''' Hmmmmm... you'd think it'd be wrong to—
--> '''Wiz: YES!'''
* AscendedExtra: During the [[VideoGame/FinalFight Haggar]] VS. [[Franchise/StreetFighter Zangief]] fight, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] was launched out a window in a skyscraper the two combatants were duking it out in. Peach then fights Princess Zelda about 15 episodes later.
* AscendedMeme: They're aware of the people suggesting Franchise/{{Superman}} vs [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]] all the time. - it's the 25th WebVideo/DeathBattle!
** The remark of the Starscream and Rainbow Dash has them list Dash as being "20% cooler" than Starscream.
*** Aside from the Derpy Hooves cameo, at one point in the battle, when Starscream is being his usual treacherous self and trying to get Rainbow Dash to lower her guard, two really great ones pops up. First, Starscream claims "I'll [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9zEwQLNMIY join the herd!]]" This is quickly followed by Rainbow Dash saying how she should "[[http://memebase.cheezburger.com/bronies/tag/love-and-tolerate/page/3 Love and tolerate]]."
** Doomguy's chainsaw is referred to as "the great communicator" which can "rip and tear through anybody".
** During Wily's overview, Pharaoh Man is mentioned by Boomstick to be "known for being a little punch-happy", complete with clip.
** Memetic lines in general are used once once or twice in fights that contain dialogue.
** Could Boomstick really have ended Batman's overview with anything but calling him "the goddamn Batman"?
** In Superman vs Son Goku:
--> '''Goku:''' Kaio-Ken!
--> '''Superman:''' ''[[DragonBallAbridged Kaio-What?]]''
* AsideGlance: Rainbow Dash, after [[spoiler: eating Starscream's Spark.]]
* AttackItsWeakPoint: [[spoiler:Luke invokes this by exploiting Harry's scar as a shatterpoint.]]
** Strangely absent from Link's battle [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda (given how often this is a common theme with most of his boss fights)]] with Cloud, though it's understandable. Z-targeting still makes an appearance and Link uses it to [[spoiler:block Cloud's Omnislash.]]
** This actually works against [[spoiler: Wonder Woman]] during her battle against [[spoiler: Rogue. Wonder Woman's combat training taught her to strike the weak points of the human body, including the face, the only part of Rogue uncovered. This in turn allowed Rogue to absorb some of Wonder Woman's power and temporarily stun her, giving Rogue an opportunity to absorb even more of Wonder Woman's abilities and give Rogue enough power to defeat her.]]
** Superman uses his super vision to find Goku's to paralyze him temporarily.
* AudienceParticipation: Many of the battles are taken from fan requests.
* AuthorAppeal: Wiz and Boomstick are huge fans of [[VideoGame/FinalFight Haggar]]. [[spoiler: Too bad he lost against [[Franchise/StreetFighter Zangief]].]]
* BadassBoast: Since fighter analysis ends with an scene of the character, you sometimes get these. The most notable is the Goku vs. Superman fight, which ends with Goku's Super Saiyan transformation speech against Freeza and Superman's WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
* BeamOWar: [[spoiler: [[EyeBeams Superman]] and [[KamehameHadoken Goku]] engage in this repeatedly throughout their fight.]]
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Shang Tsung tries to beat Akuma with his own moves after taking a portion of his soul. Goku creates a spirit bomb using the energy from the sun to counter Superman's recharging. [[spoiler:Both people fail to do better than the originals.]]
* BerserkButton: Boomstick has a BIG hatred for teen pop stars, '''''especially''''' Justin Beiber.
** On that note, [[http://screwattack.com/blogs/DEATH-BATTLE/Justin-Bieber-VS-Rebecca-Black-DEATH-BATTLE one Death Battle]] involved Bieber and Rebecca Black. [[KillEmAll Guess how it ended.]]
** Wiz really doesn't think highly of Michelangelo, so no points for guessing who ends up dying first in the Turtles' battle royale. They pretty much acknowledged that one before the fight.
--->'''Wiz''': "And for some reason, in all of his infinite wisdom, the great Master Splinter gave the most complicated weapon to the retard of the group. Why?"
---> {{beat}}
--->'''Boomstick''': "Mikey's not gonna win this one, is he?"
--->'''Wiz''': "He'd better not!"
** Meta example: At least one viewer will have their button pressed when their preferred character dies.
** Also Wiz got a little mad about Boomstick calling [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] a fairy repeatedly. Plus he really didn't like it when a viewer said [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett's]] cold-resistant armor should have given him immunity to [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus']] [[AnIcePerson ice beam]].
--->'''Boomstick''': "[[LampshadeHanging Yeah, Wiz is a little sensitive about this one so...]]"
--->'''Wiz''': "If you were wearing a parka, which is cold resistant; and you were shot by Samus' ice beam, you would be frozen solid!"
--->'''Boomstick''': "Yeah, don't bring this one up again."
** Felicia got quite upset at Taokaka for accidentally killing a butterfly they were playing with. [[spoiler: It led to Felicia's own death shortly after.]]
* BigWhat: Boomstick, after learning that they have to go back to commercial breaks for the Youtube version of Zelda vs Peach.
** Also when finding out one of Starcream's more embarrassing moments (possessed Atari Hitotonari from ''Transformers: Kiss Players'' while she was using the bathroom).
* BlackComedy: Its a web video series about two characters fighting to the death. Would have had a hard time avoiding this one. Boomstick is a notable fountain of this, no matter how the fight ends he always has a bad pun for the fallen.
* BloodlessCarnage: Link Vs Cloud is the '''only''' fight where there is little blood shown or a clearly fatal injury committed. [[spoiler:From the looks of things Cloud gets cut in the neck and is visibly blown up by bombs by Link, but his body remains whole even after the explosion, cut and the decisive blow right after with no visible bleeding]].
** The Starscream VS Rainbow Dash also counts as while Rainbow is organic, Starscream isn't and he failed to land any blood-letting hits on her.
** Not to mention Chun-Li vs Mai Shiranui. [[spoiler:Sure, Chun was burnt to a crisp, but still no blood.]]
** Arguably, Goku VS Superman.
*** Actually, if you look closely, you can see blood when Goku hits Superman with his pole...
* BlowingARaspberry: Rainbow Dash taunts Starscream with TWO of them.
* BondOneLiner:
-->[[spoiler: Peach]] after killing [[spoiler: Zelda]]: "Did I win?"
-->[[spoiler: Thor]] after killing [[spoiler: Raiden]]: "Farewell!"
-->[[spoiler: Spider-Man]] after killing [[spoiler: Batman]]: "Sorry 'bout that."
-->[[spoiler: Superman]] after [[spoiler: dropping a car on Goku]]: "Next time, watch your blind spot." [[spoiler: Subverted in that Goku ends up surviving that, though Superman didn't know it at the time.]]
** It extends to Boomstick as well in the post-match analysis, usually involving a ([[IncrediblyLamePun bad]]) {{Pun}} relating to the fight in question.
---> "''Looks like [[spoiler: Tsung]]'s all [[spoiler: ''soul''ed out]].''"
---> "''[[spoiler:Zitz]] just needed to pull himself together.''"
---> "''He just didn't have the stomach for this dino-mite, dino-fight.''"
---> "''[[spoiler:Felicia]] just took her final meow.''"
---> "''[[spoiler:Bomberman]] sure went out with a bang.''"
---> "''Looks like [[spoiler: Shadow's]] time was up!''"
---> "''Well, at least [[spoiler: Raiden's]] found his place in the sun.''"
---> "''And all of [[spoiler:Wayne's money and the commissioner's]] men, couldn't put [[spoiler: Batman]] together again.''"
---> "''Everything was going well until [[spoiler: Pikachu lost his head]].''"
---> "''[[spoiler: Goku]] just [[spoiler: Kaio-can't]] keep up with [[spoiler: the Man of Steel]].''"
* BookEnds: Mario VS Sonic and Starscream VS Rainbow Dash both start in one place, travel through other areas (a mountain and lake for Mario VS Sonic, the sky for Starscream VS Rainbow Dash) and then end back at the same place they started.
* BrokenStreak: [[spoiler: Superman]] finally brings home a victory for [[spoiler: DCComics]].
** [[spoiler: Chun-li]] however, broke [[spoiler: ''Street Fighter'''s winning streak]] of 2 episodes.
* BroughtDownToBadass: In a meta [[BadassNormal (and highly ironic)]] sense, Batman. He's been elevated to [[MemeticBadass godlike capabilities]] with the proper amount of prep time, but he gets no time to prepare for his battle against Spider-Man. Calling him a push-over in his "de-powered" state, however, would be like saying the Green Goblin is a perfectly sane individual.
* ButtMonkey: So far there has been two: [[spoiler: Starscream and Michelangelo. The former suffered a CurbstompBattle to Rainbow Dash. During the character breakdown for the latter, only his negative attributes were shown, to demonstrate why he sucks compared to his brothers, and how they don't want him to win the fight. Come time for the battle, he dies within the first 30 seconds.]]
* CallBack: In the Goku vs. Superman fight, Vegeta shows up in the beginning, blowing off Superman and declaring he could kill him with his eyes closed before mentioning [[ShadowTheHedgehog "that stupid transforming hedgehog"]].
* TheCameo: Derpy Hooves can be seen during the Rainbow Dash vs. Starscream fight.
** The cast of heroes from DragonBallAbridged are seen in the intro of Goku vs Superman.
* CaptionsHumor: A witty comment or two can be spotted in almost every episodes' character rundown, and even sometimes during the final analysis.
* CarFu: Rebecca Black's friend manages to nail Beiber with his car and [[spoiler: [[RammingAlwaysWorks slam him against a brick wall, killing him]]... but also kills himself and Rebecca ([[TooDumbToLive who was standing up at the time]]) in the process.]]
** Superman smashes Goku with one in their fight.
* CastingGag: During Goku and Superman's fight, when Goku activates his Kaio Ken, Superman says "Kaio-What?" referencing a gag from TeamFourStar's Dragon Ball parody series. MasakoX of TeamFourStar was voicing Goku during this match.
** Before this, Lanipator and Takahata101 had voiced the Vegeta vs. Shadow Battle, which contained a reference to the majestic Space Duck... lett.
* CatFight: Felicia vs. Taokaka takes this trope to its logical extreme.
* ChainsawGood: One of Doomguy's weapons. Surprisingly, it was never used during the actual fight.
* ChekhovsGun / ChekhovsSkill: If it's mentioned during the rundown of the combatants, there's a good chance it'll be used during the fight.
** A rare mid-fight example came during the [[spoiler: Peach vs. Zelda battle, when a Sleepy Sheep that was deflected into the air near the beginning of the fight ends up clonking Zelda on the head much later on. It provides the opening Peach needs to use her Empress Peach Mega Strike, directly leading to Zelda's defeat.]]
* ClimacticVolcanoBackdrop: Subverted in Mario vs. Sonic, they DO eventually make it to the inside of a volcano... but said volcano is full of [[ActionBomb bob-ombs]], which promptly explode and send the two fighters flying without a single punch being thrown.
* CloudCuckooLander: Boomstick.
* ColonyDrop: [[spoiler: Vegeta does his best [[DonkeyKongCountryReturns Donkey Kong]] impression during his fight with Shadow by punching the moon towards Earth, forcing Shadow to use up his remaining energy to restore it with Chaos Control.]]
* CompositeCharacter: [[LegacyCharacter Link]]. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration One of his listed strengths is that each Link retains the combat skills and experience of all the other Links.]]
** Same goes for Zelda.
** Goku is a combination of original manga, filler, movies and GT.
** Eggman is considered the same character in the games as the one in [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM the]] [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog cartoons]], all chalked up to a unique personality disorder.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Wiz might sound the saner of the two, but that's just superficial...
--> '''Wiz:''' Yoshi has a large arsenal of eggs to use as lightweight projectiles and can even create a giant egg-shell to use as an all-encompassing shield.
--> '''Boomstick:''' What is it with creatures from the Mario universe usin' their babies as weapons? Is it that effective? I'm gonna have to test this out, maybe some sort of baby-launcher...
--> '''Wiz:''' Boomstick! That's a terrible idea! Any time you'd want to reload you'd have to wait nine months!
* CrackFic: On occasion, the matches depicted in "Death Battle" can wind up like this in a BIG way, such as Rainbow Dash vs Starscream.
--> '''Wiz:''' Television has been used to market toys to boys and girls for generations. Ranging from Franchise/GIJoe to {{Barbie}}, and Franchise/{{Transformers}} to Franchise/MyLittlePony.
--> '''Boomstick:''' Are we ''really'' doin' this?
--> '''Wiz:''' Yes. Yes we are.
*** There actually is a logical explanation for Starscream and Rainbow Dash to be paired up, due to their most prominent and defining attributes being polar opposites, Starscream being a [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder chronic backstabber]], while Rainbow Dash is the very Element of [[UndyingLoyalty Loyalty]]
** The Link/Cloud fight had some leftover models... used for... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBDOCnWorIk this.]]
** And that's not even going into some of the suggestions for Death Battles that Wizard and Boomstick receive...
* CripplingOverspecialization: The de facto decider of battles when strength and experience are more or less matched is that the fighter with the bigger bag of tricks has the edge. [[note]]Wonder Woman and Chun Li are formally trained fighters, making them poor match-ups for their respective opponents, as Wondie would eventually hit Rogue's uncovered face, causing a power absorption, and Mai's ninja training made her too unpredictable. While Kratos wasn't held back by his training, his weaponry was forged by Olympians, which the video noted wasn't a different plane of existence like Heaven, and wouldn't necessarily be able to kill Spawn. Zelda is extremely powerful and experienced, but it is specifically noted that her power and experience are almost entirely in areas unrelated to combat, leading to her defeat by the less magically potent but more athletic Peach. Boomstick noted that Raiden's main method of attack, electricity, is useless against Thor. Cloud has a much more predictable and forward fighting style compared to Link, who collectively has over 15 years of dungeon crawling inventory and technique to work with. While Batman technically has greater skills, Spider-Man's spider-sense basically negates his biggest advantages. Blanka could resist Pikachu's Electric-type attacks and Iron Tail is ineffective against electricity.[[/note]]
** [[spoiler:Also shows up with the Starscream vs Rainbow Dash fight. Starscream's Null Ray is specifically designed to work on machines; Rainbow Dash is organic, and thus it had little effect on her.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** [[spoiler:Boba Fett]] getting his head blown off [[spoiler:By Samus Aran.]]
** Every ninja turtle [[spoiler:that wasn't Leonardo [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg plus Zitz]].]]
** [[spoiler:Felicia]] getting split in half by [[spoiler:Taokaka.]]
** [[spoiler:Doomguy]] getting reduced to giblets [[spoiler:by Master Chief.]]
** [[spoiler:Zelda's]] obliteration [[spoiler:via Peach's kick.]]
** [[spoiler:Raiden]] getting smashed in half by [[spoiler:Thor]] before being [[HurlItIntoTheSun hurled into the sun.]]
** [[spoiler:Batman]] having his torso slingshotted off [[spoiler:by Spidey.]]
** [[spoiler:Blanka eating Pikachu.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Usually averted, with one major exception: [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] Vs. [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]]. [[spoiler: Poor Starscream never had a chance.]]
** [[SonicTheHedgehog Metal Sonic]] is a match for every one of [[VideoGame/MegaMan Wily's]] Robot Masters ''combined''. A PowerUp or two is all he needs to [[spoiler: kill nearly all of them.]] And then Wily has the [[TooDumbToLive bright idea]] of using his Roboenza virus to defeat him, which turns robots into violent traitorous killing machines.[[spoiler: Metal Sonic destroys and absorbs Eggman's ''entire Egg Fleet'', transforms into Metal Overlord, and kills everybody left on the field - Bass, Eggman, Wily; everyone - along with the entire city, and possibly the world.]]
** [[TheMerch The Death Battle t-shirt]] sets a record for fastest kill in Death Battle history against every t-shirt in the world, leaving nothing but [[SceneryGorn a barren wasteland]] in its wake.
** Another case was in [[spoiler:the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles one]], where [[spoiler:Leonardo attacks Michelangelo]] and kills him in seconds. It was noted in the aftermath that [[spoiler:Leo went after Mike because he was the easiest target.]]
** Vegeta vs. Shadow, it becomes clear immediately that Shadow is no match for Vegeta outside his super form, and even while in it all his attacks seemed to do was make Vegeta angry.
** Every time Superman matched and countered Goku's strength, he handed him his head. Though this is most likely so that there would be a fight when both where at their best.
*** During the post-match analysis Goku and Superman's limits are shown. [[spoiler: Poor Goku '''''never''' stood a chance''. And this was in a fight that even counted filler and GT—Supes would've—''non-fatally''—had this in the bag if they didn't count the telekinesis from DBZ filler]].
** Thor VS Raiden. As pointed out in the after-match points, Thor is outright immune to Raiden's electrical attacks (which are his main ones), and severely outclasses him in strength, speed and durability. And indeed a good chunk of the fight consists of Raiden being on the defensive until Thor [[spoiler:cuts loose and overkills him.]]
** In Mario vs. Sonic, the sections of the battle where neither combatant is using a PowerUp favor [[spoiler:Sonic]] quite a lot, [[spoiler:especially in the end]].
* CutenessProximity: Felicia and Taokaka get distracted by a butterfly.
* CuttingTheKnot: Pikachu [[spoiler: is on the recieving end of this: He might be able to absorb electricity from Blanka, so Blanka just bites his head off instead.]]
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Blanka vs. Pikachu fight. Blanka is a large and muscular wildman, while Pikachu is "lighter than a newborn baby".
** Also, the Starscream vs Rainbow Dash fight. Starscream is a giant robot, while Rainbow Dash is a (relatively) [[Franchise/MyLittlePony little pony]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Both Wiz and Boomstick have a fair amount of snark in them.
** Vegeta had a couple of good ones; for example, his response after Shadow goes Super?
-->'''Vegeta:''' "Wow... what a ripoff."
** Spider-Man lives this trope.
** Superman has a dry wit compared to Goku's naive outlook. Considering [[ImAMarvelAndImADC his voice]] its not surprisiing.
-->''Superman'': Ultimate form, huh? About time you ran out of hairstyles.
* [[DearNegativeReader Dear Negative Watcher:]] It's clear Wiz and Boomstick are tired of the FanDumb and InternetBacklash Goku vs Superman is generating. On the Sidescrollers' (another show on Screwattack.com) episode [[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/sidescrollers/sidescrollers-reactionary-reaction "Reactionary Reaction"]] Chad (Boomstick) spends 10+ minutes thoroughly disproving and counteracting commonly used arguments seen in the comments/emails/private messages, reminds them of the rules of death battle, explains the fight is nothing more than [[JustForFun a dramatization of what they think would go down in the fight ''NOT what determines it'' and for, "Entertainment purposes only",]] and how neither of them are Superman fanboys. (Chad actually considers Supes to be too overpowered to be enjoyable, unlike Goku) Chad then tells them to [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped stop taking the show so damned seriously.]]
* DeepSouth: Boomstick shows quite a few signs of this. His accent and extreme love of guns are the most blatant of which.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Four so far:
** [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Rogue]] vs. WonderWoman
** [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] vs. [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Taokaka]] (see CatFight above)
** [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] vs. [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Mai]] [[VideoGame/FatalFury Shiranui]]
** [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] vs. [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]]
* DestinationDefenestration: Zangeif throws both himself and Mike Haggar out of a several-story window as the final scene of their battle.
** On their way up said several story building, they also throw Princess Peach, [[SonicTheHedgehog Big the Cat]], and {{Pedobear}} (not to mention a globe and a sofa) out of different windows.
** [[spoiler: Batman kicks Spider-Man through the window of a skyscraper, and Peter later returns the favour, resulting in a FreeFallFight.]]
* DevelopmentHell: The most requested match Goku vs Superman began production early in the series, according to Wiz, for 2.5 years. It was scheduled for release on December 21, 2012- then it was delayed to later in December, then the animator confirmed that it will not be released before January 2013. On January 6th, Wiz announced that the episode would be released later in the week, according to the animator. It was finally released on January 10th between 8 and 9pm EST
* DisneyVillainDeath: Played with in Yoshi vs. Riptor. [[spoiler: Yoshi traps Riptor in an egg and drops him off a cliff (and into Boomstick's car), but Riptor would likely have died anyway since his face was drenched in acid.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: [[MaleGaze Boomstick is happy to notice]] that their catfights involve hot chicks with big boobs.
--> '''Wiz:''' When it comes to fighting, combatants come in all shapes and sizes!
--> '''Boomstick:''' And I'm likin' the shapes and sizes on these two!
** And...
--> '''Wiz:''' [Mai] wears it for kunoichi, a female ninja method of sensually distracting the foe before striking.
--> '''Boomstick:''' ...I'm sorry, what? I was distracted.
--> '''Wiz:''' Never mind.
--> '''Boomstick:''' Okay!
* DoubleEntendre: Episode 20. It starts with Vibe Scepter and goes on from there. Boomstick is... amused.
* DownerEnding: Eggman vs Wily. [[spoiler: Metal Sonic conquers the world.]]
** Given [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne the nature of the battles]], most fights will be this to somebody.
** Goku VS Superman ends with [[spoiler: the utter destruction of the entire planet.]]
* DreamTeam: Boomstick and Wiz put together some of the most notable names in the internet to do some of their battles. The Goku vs Superman is probably the biggest, with [=MasakoX=] of Creator/TeamFourStar and [=RandomGuy=] of ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' doing the voices.
* DrivenToSuicide: PlayedForLaughs when Boomstick decided he couldn't go after hearing about Justin Bieber's popularity. He felt better after hearing Bieber could be rather aggressive and seeing a clip of [[Series/{{CSI}} a character of his]] getting shot to death.
* DropTheHammer: TheMightyThor. [[spoiler: [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe It rips Raiden in half]].]]
** Mario has one and uses his in the fight.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Boomstick occasionally has something profound and intelligent in the midst of his ramblings, much to Wiz's surprise.
** Goku goes off to face Superman because he believes as a superpowered alien he will one day destroy the Earth. Given how often it's been attempted in DB canon, it's not that big a leap in logic. [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} Their battle does end up doing just that]].]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two Death Battles included health bars for the combatants. Boomstick's voice wasn't as distinct either and there was a few typos.
* [[spoiler: EarthShatteringKaboom : Really, it's ''Goku'' vs. ''Superman'' with both going all-out. There was little chance of it ending otherwise.]]
* EnforcedPlug: While the commercial breaks before most battles manage not to sound incredibly forced; this trope is taken UpToEleven in Death Battle vs. The World, itself a promotion for ''their own'' merchandise, when they cut to commercial to talk about the [[Website/ScrewAttack ScrewAttack]] store.
--> '''Boomstick:''' "This episode of Death battle's brought to you by... us."
--> '''Wiz:''' "That's right, we just promoted a promotion in a promo of the same promotion."
* ExcusePlot: Few of the matches give any real reason why the two are fighting to the death, and the ones that do are usually pretty weak. Superman lampshades Goku's reason for fighting to the death.
* {{Expy}}: The show is basically WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch for pop culture, right down to the color commentary and death of the loser at the end of the match.
** The title itself is synonymous with MortalKombat, sans the XtremeKoolLetterz
** The show also has its share of similarities to DeadliestWarrior; heck, just look at the page quote.
* EvilVsEvil: A few of the battles pit two villains against one another.
** GoodVersusGood: Also the case in a few battles.
* EyePop: happens to [[spoiler: Bomberman]] right before [[spoiler: he blows himself up]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Starscream]] is the only character that has survived losing, however [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext he is probably a sewing machine or an arcade cabinet by now]]]].
* FiveBadBand: The two doctors and their robots make two bands.
** '''Dr. Eggman's Team:'''
*** BigBad: Dr. Eggman
*** TheDragon: Metal Sonic
*** EvilGenius: Egg Robo
*** TheBrute: Mecha Sonic, Silver Sonic, E-101 Beta, Mecha Knuckles, Shadow Android
*** DarkChick: Scratch and Grounder
*** [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor: When Metal Sonic is corrupted by Roboenza, he destroys enemy and ally alike.]]
** '''Dr. Wily's Team:'''
*** BigBad: Dr. Wily
*** TheDragon: Bass
*** EvilGenius: Magnet Man
*** TheBrute: Guts Man, Metal Man, Pharaoh Man, Napalm Man, Slash Man
*** DarkChick: Sheep Man
* FlatWhat: Boomstick will give one to the more incredulous factoids.
* FlightStrengthHeart: From Episode 21, Thor's powers are listed as being able to [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower lift over one million tons]], [[SuperSpeed move at supersonic speeds]], never feel exhaustion, [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace survive the vacuum of space]], and [[SpeaksFluentAnimal talk with frogs]].
* FlippingTheTable: Boomstick REALLY wanted to do this after the reveal of the Superman VS Goku Death Battle.
--> '''Boomstick:''' Somebody gimme a [[PrecisionFStrike Motherfuckin']] table to flip!!!
* ForeShadowing: In Goku vs. Superman, when discussing supermans weakness to magic, Boomstick wonders if he can harm Supes with something as pathetic as a magic stick, fast forward to the fight and Gokus Power Pole (basically a magic stick) manages to do some harm to Superman.
* FreeFallFight: The final part of Zangeif vs. Haggar.
** Zelda and Peach also continue to battle when the bridge is destroyed.
** Also done half-way into the Batman VS Spider-Man fight.
* FreezeFrameBonus: At one point in Starscream vs Rainbow Dash, [[FanNickname Derpy Hooves]] can be seen hidden in the clouds.
** Alot of the pre-fight and post-fight information goes by pretty quickly. One could lose an important bit of information if you're not pausing the video.
** In a humurous example, Mike's Bong weapon has actual stats.
** The building Superman is knocked into is the Lexcorp building. [[spoiler:Which is why in the ruins there is a piece of kryptonite.]]
** Also, if you look carefully, you'll see that [[spoiler:Raiden's body is already in half just frames before Thor's hammer connects.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Inevitable. These are fictional characters who are from completely different worlds that operate on completely different rules, and in some cases the problem stems from the worlds they come from. For example, technically, [[CollisionDamage just tapping the shoulder]] of a bad guy for Mario OR Sonic would mean [[OneHitPointWonder instant death]] in gameplay, unless of course you're playing one of their later games and this element is never incorporated into story lines for obvious reasons.
** [[spoiler:In ''Halo'', you cannot throw grenades through your own bubble shield, a fact which is glossed over to Master Chief's advantage in his battle with Doomguy.]]
* GeoEffects: Are taken into consideration, and the fights often change locales to both the fighter's strength's and weaknesses.
* GroinAttack: Rebecca Black gives one to Justin Beiber... it doesn't work.
** Master Chief nails Doomguy in the nuts with a sniper rifle shot.
* GunsAreWorthless: The few times an actual gun have been used in any fights (such as in Master Chief vs. Doomguy, or Kratos vs. Spawn) they do little to no damage. [[spoiler: In the former, very few bullets actually managed to hit their target, and even a sniper shot to the groin only momentarily stunned Doomguy, with the killing blow coming from a Plasma Grenade. Kratos simply deflected the bullets from Spawn before knocking the gun away, even though their is no evidence within his own series he could do that.]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: How [[spoiler: Raiden]] is defeated by [[spoiler: Thor]].
** [[spoiler: Zitz and Felicia]] were also fatally cut in half by [[spoiler: Leonardo and Taokaka]] respectively.
** Also how [[spoiler: Batman]] dies.
* HeroicSecondWind: Averted. Due to the way the fights are decided, simple tenacity in the face of defeat has not given anyone the win.
* HiddenDepths: Boomstick possesses a surprising amount of knowledge about dinosaurs, raptors in particular. It stems from his childhood when he wanted one as a pet named Barney after learning what irony was.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: White Bomberman.]]
** [[spoiler:Starscream]] also managed to blow himself up.
** A two-way example. In Eggman vs Wily, [[spoiler: Wily uses Roboenza on Metal Sonic]]. However, this leads to [[spoiler:not '''only''' Eggman's defeat, but Wily's as well]].
** [[spoiler:Goku never realizes that the yellow sunlight is the source of Superman's power until the end, which by then, he had already boosted Superman's powers in an attempt to blind him with Solar Flare and blasted him into the sun where he is at his most powerful.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: One of Goku's noted weaknesses is that he won't exploit "unfair" advantages, preferring to defeat enemies when they're at their strongest. This comes into play during the fight with Superman: A random chunk of Kryptonite (from the ruins of Lexcorp's skyscraper) starts killing Supes. Seeing his weakened state, Goku charges up an energy attack, aims... and destroys the Kryptonite.
** Earlier, after Goku eats a [[HealingHerb Senzu Bean]], he also offers Superman one in the interest of fairness, but Superman declines and [[CombatPragmatist destroys the satchel]].
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: [[spoiler: Spider-Man survives from many of Batman's nonlethal explosives, tasers and punches (even falling onto a car that explodes from Batman's bomb). WebVideo/DeathBattle has mentioned that this is realistic to Spider-Man canon, as he has survived lethal explosions at point-blank range and has been pummeled by powerful characters like the Hulk, Juggernaut and Doctor Octopus without permanent injuries.]]
** Many fights go like this. Either the character pulls out their ace and wins or the attack simply kills the enemy with an opening. [[spoiler:A point nearly parodied when Blanka decides to [[JustEatHim just eat Pikachu]].]]
** A crucial factor in [[spoiler: Vegeta's victory over Shadow - his ability to outlast Shadow's super form is the decisive factor.]]
* HurlItIntoTheSun: [[spoiler: How Thor disposes of Raiden.]]
** Goku does this to Superman in their battle. [[spoiler:Superman survives and supercharges on solar radiation.]]
* ISurrenderSuckers:
** Starscream pretends to surrender to Rainbow Dash, to stall while he arms his missiles. [[spoiler: This backfires when she [[HoistByHisOwnPetard leads Starscream's own missiles back into him, blowing him to smithereens.]]]]
** Wily to Eggman. [[spoiler: Wily's robot is destroyed and begs his surrender to Eggman. Eggman in his giant Death Egg Robot stomps on Wily and crushes him to death. But Eggman realizes that the person he crushed was a robotic dummy. The real Wily reappears in a new robot and surprises Eggman.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler: This is how Donatello, Raphael, Kratos, and Harry Potter die.]]
** [[spoiler: Kratos tries this with Spawn, but he doesn't know that he has to be killed by decapitation so it just slows him down.]]
** [[spoiler: Miley Cyrus also gets impaled by a falling sword in the Justin Beiber vs Rebecca Black battle, the falling sword in question was from said fight, and was sent flying after Rebecca's friend's car explodes, eventually landing in Miley's cranium, killing her.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: Boomstick has a habit of making these after the end of a fight.
--> '''Boomstick:''' "That was one Dino-mite, dino fight."
--> '''Wiz:''' "... What?"
--> '''Boomstick:''' "I'm clever!"
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: When Goku tries the Afterimage Technique, Superman holds his fist out and Goku runs into it.
* [[spoiler:{{Irony}}: Goku went to face Superman because he saw a threat to the planet. Guess how the fight ends.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Mario the former TropeNamer has balanced abilities but no standout skills. [[spoiler:Without a noticeable ability, he can't compete with Sonic's speed without power-ups.]]
* JackOfAllTrades: Death Battle claims that Link isn't the most skilled swordsman, but he has skill of many types of weapons (including bombs, boomerangs, arrows and some magic powers and magical items). This helps Link significantly in any battle, including against Cloud.
* JawDrop: Starscream's reaction to the Sonic Rainboom.
* JokeCharacter: Eggman's army has [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Scratch]] and [[HarmlessVillain Grounder]], Wily's army has [[FlatWhat Sheep Man]]. [[spoiler:[[LethalJokeCharacter Sheep Man beats them both by being an actual threat with his electricity powers]]. However, all three are killed by Silver Sonic.]]
* JustEatHim: [[spoiler: How Blanka beats Pikachu]]
** And how [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] disposes of [[spoiler:Starscream's Spark.]]
* KillEmAll: Three fights so far have ended in a draw.
** [[spoiler: Goomba Vs. Koopa Troopa: the Goomba tried to kick the withdrawn Koopa Troopa into a pit of lava. But the lava pit was too small to fit and the Koopa shell ricocheted back, taking down the Goomba and his brethren and ultimately falling into a bigger lava pit, killing the Koopa Troopa inside.]]
** [[spoiler: Justin Bieber Vs. Rebecca Black: The final death toll includes Bieber, Black, her driver friend, the Jonas Brothers (who simply [[TooDumbToLive walked into the scene]] after the first three died) and Miley Cyrus while she was about to sing the U.S. National Anthem in a baseball field.]]
** [[spoiler: The end result of Robotnik vs. Wily is implied to be total world Armageddon.]]
*** [[spoiler: It's more than just implied.]]
--> '''Boomstick:''' [[spoiler:Well, that world's fucked. Our bad.]]
** [[spoiler:While Superman survives, the planet has been blown up at the end of the fight, likely killing everyone both of them where fighting for.]]
* KissOfDeath: How [[spoiler: Rogue]] finishes off [[spoiler: Wonder Woman]].
* KungFuSonicBoom: The fight between Goku and Superman releases several of these. [[spoiler:Their last one, a collision between Goku's Dragon Fist and Superman's Infinite Mass Punch, destroys the planet.]]
* LargeHam: Boomstick, quite often..
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Due to being so thorough in their research and presenting all the facts, key plot points about the characters sometimes come up in the rundowns.
* LavaPit: [[spoiler: Koopa Troopa]] accidentally falls into one and dies right after [[spoiler: killing several Goombas.]]
* LethalJokeCharacter: When the teaser for Episode 20 was revealed, just about everybody expected Zelda to win her battle with [[SuperMarioBros Peach]] easily. Come the actual episode, Wiz and Boomstick [[ShownTheirWork remind us just what Peach is capable of]]. In the end, she puts up quite a fight [[spoiler: and actually wins the match.]]
** The same was true for [[spoiler:the Riptor vs. Yoshi fight. Not many people, even the show's creators, expected the cute little dinosaur to beat the bio-engineered killing machine.]]
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: In Goku vs. Superman, Goku chooses to destroy a piece of Krytonite that was weakening Superman rather than take advantage of the opportunity, stating that there was no point in the fight if it wasn't fair.
* LightsOffSomebodyDies: Subverted in Batman vs. Spider-Man. While inside a building, Batman destroys all its lights with a Batarang, clearly trying to fulfill this trope. Spider-Man's Spider Sense prevents this from succeeding.
* LovableSexManiac: Boomstick.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: [[spoiler: One of the major deciding factors for Link's victory over Cloud was his access to the Hylian shield, and the defensive capabilities it provided against Cloud's arsenal.]]
* LudicrousGibs: The fight between Spider-Man and Batman ends with [[spoiler: Spidey slingshot-kicking Bats into salsa]].
** [[spoiler: Doomguy]] was also [[BuffySpeak Salsa-fied]] by one of [[spoiler: Master Chief's plasma grenades.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Starscream unleashes one upon Rainbow Dash. [[spoiler: Who promptly turns it into a MisguidedMissile Massacre.]]
* MadScientist: Wiz. He uses rats for Genetic testing, Dissected a Goomba to study its anatomy, and often states scientific real world facts on the combatants' tactics/weapons and how they can effectively kill a person.
** This trope was more or less the basis of Wily vs. Eggman.
--> '''Boomstick:''' It's no secret that scientists are, well, crazy as hell. But these two take it ''way'' too far.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: Yoshi's victory against Riptor can be seen as this. Boomstick awknowledged that even if Yoshi hadn't dropped Riptor off that cliff, the acid Yoshi sent back at him would've eventually melted his face.]]
* MidBattleTeaBreak: Felicia and Taokaka play with a butterfly for a bit before Taokaka kills it by accident.
** Sonic and Mario's fight is briefly halted when Mario uses his Tanooki Suit statue mode.
** Goku vs Superman has some lulls in the beginning before it starts getting climactic.
* MirrorBoss: [[spoiler: Shang Tsung, having absorbed a good deal of Akuma's soul, transforms into him in the last stretch of their fight.]] [[spoiler: He loses in the end.]]
* MoreDakka: This was pretty much Doomguy's strategy against Master Chief. [[spoiler:It fails.]]
* MostAnnoyingSound: The noise the Wily Capsule makes, [[{{In-Universe}} according to Boomstick]].
--> '''Boomstick''': Make it stop, ''make it stop''! OOHHH!!
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The Goomba vs Koopa battle was ''way'' more epic than it probably had any right to be, even in spite of the hilariously anti-climactic ending. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Boomstick;
--> '''Boomstick''': Aw man. I thought this was gonna suck! That was awesome! Who knew those little fuckers could fight like that?!
* MST3KMantra: Invoked. In the TMNT Battle Royale, Wiz was forced to consider ([[spoiler:and discount: as he noted, when Leonardo decided to fight back, Leo effortlessly intimidated Raph with a sword to the shoulder. "Tilt the blade, slide left, BAM, no more Raph.", as noted by Boomstick]]) Raphael's victory in the 2007 ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' movie, and eventually concluded "[[RuleOfFun That whole movie doesn't make much sense to begin with.]] [[LampshadeHanging Why should this?]]"
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: [[ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} Take a wild guess.]]
* MythologyGag: Wiz states that Master Chief's knack for finding weapons just about anywhere is attributed to "incredible luck". Dr Halsey (the creator of the Spartans) stated in TheFallOfReach to Cortana that what made the Chief different from other Spartans was "He is the luckiest". Cortana later said the same in VideoGame/{{Halo3}}.
** During Link VS Cloud Strife, Link gets the Master Sword knocked away from him and forces him to temporarily duel without it, which also happened in [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]. [[spoiler: He gets it back by using his Clawshot on it while Cloud is disoriented from his Boomerang.]]
** [[spoiler: Vegeta's [[PreMortemOneLiner Pre-Mortem One-Liner]] to Shadow is "Sayonara", which is uttered by Sonic in [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Sonic Adventure 2]] after Shadow's apparent death and by Maria before her's.]]
** Possible one from Kratos vs. Spawn: [[spoiler:Kratos is once again hosed when his opponent isn't as dead as he thought it was.]]
** Quite a few of the times Superman's beating on Goku, we see things from his various animated versions. These included
*** [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Punching someone through multiple buildings]].
*** [[SupermanVsTheElite Dodging an attack by moving to the side and slightly forwards while not actually changing his posture]].
*** RapidFireFisticuffs [[SupermanBatmanApocalypse while flying in a circle around his target]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Mentioned as part of the reason that they used the modern (I.E. post [[CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]) Superman in the fight against Goku was because the Silver Age Superman invented entirely new powers every other issue.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Many episodes, though mentioned in the finale of Thor VS Raiden, as Lampshaded by Boomstick.
--> '''Boomstick:''' "...Thaaaat seemed a bit overkill......''I liked it!''"
* NonLethalWarfare: Some characters have been shown to use non-lethal weapons if they are pacifist warriors. [[spoiler: This is why Batman had so much trouble trying to kill Spiderman, because only some of Batman's explosives could do any serious damage. Batman's other gadgets couldn't kill a normal person, which is a disadvantage in a DeathBattle because the rules demand the loser to die, while Batman captures villains alive. IF he can hit Spiderman to begin, the best he could do is knock Spidey out. What's worse for Batman is that even though Spiderman lacks bodyarmor, his superhuman body had allowed him to survive lethal attacks- meaning nonlethal weapons would have even less impact.]]
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Eggman V.S. Wily. [[spoiler: Neo Metal Sonic destroys Wily's first machine, popping Wily out of it's remains. [[ISurrenderSuckers Wily begs for his life]] and Dr. Eggman denies his request by stomping on him with the Death Egg Robot's foot... [[ActuallyADoombot only to realize it's a dummy]]. The real Wily was right behind him in a new machine.]]
** Spider-Man vs. Batman. While Spider-Man keeps up his [[YouFightLikeACow quips]], Batman [[TheQuietOne says nothing for the entire battle]].
* NotSoAboveItAll: While Wizard is the straight guy to Boomstick, he's not totally sane himself. For example, he's mentioned buying more rats for genetic testing, dissected a [[BlatantLies "voluntary"]] Goomba, and only discounts Boomstick's "baby launcher" idea on the grounds of acquiring ammunition.
** Also Batman, despite being highly intelligent, is mentioned to have his mental stability barely in-check. Boomstick confirms that since he witnessed his parents' deaths as a child, uses millions of dollars to dress up as a bat, and employs young children to fight (Comicbook/{{Robin}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}), he's ''''clearly''' not all there'.
* NotSoDifferent: In more ways than one- Batman's fighting style is mentioned to be almost identical to the GreenGoblin, Spider -Man's main enemy. Since Spider-Man is used to fighting a gadget villain who used LETHAL weapons, Spidey could handle Batman who used mostly nonlethal weapons.
** Also Raiden's strategic fighting style is similar to Loki's cleverness. Since Thor is used to fighting against an intelligent enemy on a regular basis, Thor was able to defeat Raiden. In both situations, Thor's overwhelming power defeated both opponents.
* OhCrap: In the [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] / [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doomguy]] fight, when [[spoiler:Doomguy realizes too late that he has a Plasma Grenade stuck on him.]]
** Also, in VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} vs VideoGame/DigDug after [[spoiler:Bomberman realizes that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he dropped a bomb in front of himself after Dig Dug temporarily inflated him.]]]].
** And in Mario vs. Sonic, [[spoiler:Mario is spooked when he realizes that they are inside a mountain with a large amount of Bob-ombs that are about to explode while Sonic wonders what the things are. However, both Mario and Sonic survive the experience thanks to PowerUps.]]
*** [[spoiler: Mario had this reaction again when his Mega Mario power up ran out. Sonic gets it twice before that: Once when he first sees Mega Mario and seconds later when the Super Sonic power up wears off.]]
** There was also Vegeta vs. Shadow, [[spoiler: when Shadow came back to normal.]]
** This was pretty much [[spoiler:everyone]]'s reaction when [[spoiler:Metal Sonic went rogue and became Metal Overlord]] in Eggman VS Wily.
** This was Starscream's reaction [[spoiler: When Rainbow Dash [[HoistByHisOwnPetard leads his own missiles straight at him.]]]]
** Goku's reaction when [[spoiler:blasting Superman to the sun didn't kill him but brought him to the source of his powers.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: Samus Aran finishes off Boba Fett by blasting his head clean off with a fully charged shot.]]
** [[spoiler: Michelangelo also gets his head sliced off by Leonardo shortly after he sliced off his right arm.]]
** [[spoiler: Blanka bites off Pikachu's head and eats it before [[NoKillLikeOverkill stuffing the rest of him in a blender and drinking it]].]]
* OneManArmy: [[spoiler: Metal Sonic/Overlord]] and [[spoiler: The Death Battle t-shirt]] definitely qualify. The former [[spoiler: not only took out every remaining member of both of their robotic armies, but also [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Eggman]] and [[VideoGame/MegaMan Wily]] themselves, an entire city and presumably the whole planet]]. The latter [[spoiler: killed every other t-shirt in the world in record time and left nothing but a barren wasteland in its wake. Though this was to be expected given that the Death Battle shirt is an obvious ParodySue, and Wiz & Boomstick never went over any of the other t-shirt's skills.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Metal Sonic absorbing the Egg Fleet and turning into Metal Overlord...then proceeding to obliterate Eggman, Dr. Wily, all the remaining fighters on both sides, the city they're fighting in, and possibly the world.]]
* ParodySue: The Death Battle shirt.
* PopularityPower: The makers have made it explicit that they do not allow the one with the most popularity to win (unless their research shows that the character in question would win). [[spoiler:Even if it's the one popular with themselves as Haggar vs. Zangief shows.]]
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Both Goku and Superman utilize this in different ways in the final moments of their battle. Goku draws on the sun's energy to create and absorb the resulting Spirit Bomb, while Superman sits in the sun and supercharges himself.
* PowerUp: Used interestingly in the judgment of the fights. In one battle, they had White Bomberman, who collected all kinds of power-ups, go against Dig Dug, who had just about all of his abilities from the start. In the other battle, while Master Chief also collects power-ups, Doomguy depends on them more. And while both have a diverse array of powerups Mario easily has more than Sonic. [[spoiler:Every battle have chosen the more-reliant-on-power-ups to be the loser.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner
--> '''[[spoiler:Samus Aran]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Boba Fett]])'' You're mine.
--> '''[[spoiler:Rogue]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Wonder Woman]])'' Goodnight, sugar!
--> '''[[spoiler:Spawn]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Kratos]])'' DIE!!!
--> '''[[spoiler:Vegeta]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Shadow]])'' Sayonara.
--> '''[[spoiler:Metal Sonic]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:everyone]])'' Kneel before your master!
--> '''[[spoiler:Spider-Man]]:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Batman]])'' It's all or nothing! Loser!!!
* PowerPerversionPotential: Boomstick often thinks of these things.
---> Boomstick: [[Franchise/HarryPotter Accio]] money! Accio loose women! Damn.
* ProductPlacement: The Death Battle vs the World episode is really just Wizard and Boomstick {{Gushing}} over the Death Battle T-Shirt.
* PummelDuel: Akuma and Shang Tsung engage in one [[spoiler:when Shang morphs into his image.]]
** This inevitably happens during Goku VS Superman.
* PunchParry: Superman and Goku's PummelDuel is occasionally interrupted by one of these, with both fighters pausing.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:The Goku Vs Superman fight. Supes came out on top, but destroyed the world in the process.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Boomstick and Wizard, respectively.
** Quite a few of the combatants as well, Sonic and Mario, Spider-Man and Batman, Vegeta and Shadow, and Goku and Superman. [[spoiler:Strangely, except for the last one, the Red Oni wins against the Blue.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In Felicia Vs. Taokaka, Tao accidentally kills a butterfly the two were briefly playing with beforehand, [[FriendToAllLivingThings Felicia]] was [[BerserkButton clearly upset over this]]. [[spoiler: At first glance, it would appear this trope would be played straight, but it soon ends up as a subversion; Felicia still dies.]]
* RuleOfCool: In the second Q&A, Wizard specifically states the fights are not representative of who actually wins the Death Battle; the winner is decided well beforehand through research into the combatants. The fights are purely for entertainment purposes.
* RuleOfFunny: Presumably the reason Vegeta thinks Shadow is weird considering the Earth in ''Manga/DragonBall'' is full of talking animals, plus Shadow looks normal compared to [[BlobMonster Majin Buu]].
* RunningGag: Boomstick constantly brings up his horrifying ex-wife.
* ScheduleSlip: The Goku VS Superman episode was scheduled for Dec 21st but was delayed when they decided the animation wasn't finished. Odd when Screwattack advertised that a prophecy would be fulfilled in the previews.
** It was the end of the Mayan Calendar. [[FridgeBrilliance What had so many fools worried]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt would happen that day]], [[FridgeBrilliance and]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom what happened at the end of the fight?]]
* ShockAndAwe: The entire battle between [[TheMightyThor Thor]] and [[MortalKombat Raiden]].
** [[spoiler: Batman's]] suit's taser function.
** [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] vs. [[Franchise/StreetFighter Blanka]].
* ShownTheirWork: Before every fight, Wizard and Boomstick look through the history, abilities, arsenal, & weaknesses as presented in the canon of each fighters in great detail to determine who would win. Regardless of what one thinks of the results, they can't be accused of not doing their homework.
** Likewise, they both show research in trying to quantify powers from video game characters in real world terms (estimating that the weight of the presumed granite pillars that Link needs the Golden Gauntlets to lift to be over 1000 tons), and knew the origins for all the types of weapons the Ninja Turtles used.
** Interesting bit with Haggar VS Zangief, where Zangief's bio about him training with grizzly bears is incorrect as grizzly bears don't live in Russia and that he would really be training Ussuri brown bears, [[UpToEleven which are considerably larger than grizzlies.]]
** Noting that Pikachu hasn't been particularly [[{{MinMaxing}} EV trained]] in any stat, due to having had a wide variety of opponents, but still giving a fairly logical estimate of his EV spread.
** Metal Man's weakness to his own weapons is noted in the pre-fight stats, [[spoiler:and Metal Sonic kills him with it after copying his power.]]
** Taken UpToEleven with Goku Vs Superman which boasts: No page unturned, no scene unwatched, no forum unread. The exposition is ''fifteen minutes'' long.
* SingleStrokeBattle: [[spoiler:Link and Cloud's fight has a midair version when Cloud is using his Omnislash, with Link landing a slash as they fly past each other. While it isn't the FATAL move, it is the deciding blow, as it wounds Cloud enough to leave him open to Link's killing blow.]]
* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not Appearing In This Web Show]]: Apparently, Wizard will not use [[{{Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]] in the series mainly because he really hates him.
* TheStoic: Wizard.
* TheStrategist: [[spoiler:One of the deciding factors in the Link vs Cloud fight was Link being more strategically minded than Cloud.]]
** [[spoiler: Also a factor in the Spider-Man vs. Batman fight, but subverted in that it didn't help Bruce much.]]
** [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo]]? [[spoiler: It's the reason he won both of his fights, after all.]]
** Not as extreme as them, but Superman is noted to both fight smart and efficiently. [[spoiler:Tries to disable Goku first chance he got, destroys the Senzu Beans immediately, tossed Goku's magical extending pole when it proved it could hurt him (as it was magical), and went to the sun when his power first started to wane.]]
* StrippedToTheBone: [[spoiler: Chun-li]].
--> '''Boomstick:''' [[spoiler: Chun-li]]'s never looked [[IncrediblyLamePun hotter]]!
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Summed up as the reason why [[spoiler:Superman wins against Goku]].
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:Wily uses his Roboenza on Metal Sonic, which sends Metal Sonic on a rampage, killing Eggman, which would normally be a win for Wily. But since Metal Sonic was Eggman's robot and kills Wily directly afterwards, Wiz and Boomstick can't decide who wins. So they just declare Metal Sonic the victor.]]
* TakeThat:
** During Goku vs Superman, at one point it was being discussed that Superman wasn't completely invincible... and while that was said, footage of ''{{VideoGame/Superman64}}'' was being shown.
** The Music/JustinBieber versus Music/RebeccaBlack fight was not about who would actually win in a fight as much as it was about seeing those two horribly injured.
* TeleportSpam: If a combatant has teleportation as an ability, expect this in the fight.
* TheRemake: The Starscream/Rainbow Dash battle was [[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/death-battle/death-battle-starscream-vs-rainbow-dash remade]] including new information and better effects in the battle.
** About 24 hours after Thor vs Raiden was released, Shortfactor (the animator) improved the visuals of the final phase of the battle, and was subsequently updated with the video.
* ThemeMusicPowerup: The music usually shifts to a song from the characters soundtracks when they get the upper hand. This hasn't stopped…
** TheDayTheMusicLied: …the attack from being countered and the song to go silent when the character dies. [[spoiler:Like the moment Blanka decides to eat Pikachu in the middle of their Lightning Cannonball and Volt Tackle]]
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Goku thinks that, since Superman is an alien, he came to [[spoiler:destory the earth. This is exactly what happens when Superman uses the Infinite Mass Punch to kill him.]]
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[TheMovie The Web series]].
** Boomstick was estatic to finish Goku vs Superman. Now people will ''finally'' stop asking them to do it.
* UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject: The Haggar Vs. Zangief fight was described in the commercial break as "the unstoppable force meets the immovable mayor". [[spoiler: The unstoppable Zangief overrode the immovable Haggar.]]
** The whole Goku vs Superman rivalry in a nutshell. [[spoiler:It ends with Superman proving stronger than Goku and the destruction of the planet.]]
** In Mario vs Sonic, some of Mario's powerups ([[ExtraOreDinary Metal Cap]], [[SuperMode Starman]] and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Mega Mushroom]]) are used consecutively to counter [[SuperMode Super Sonic]].
* VariableMix: During the battles, the music tends to change based on which side currently has the advantage.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Boomstick jokes that this is where Mai Shiranui stores her weapons. To his surprise, this is actually true.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally [[spoiler: Riptor was meant to win against Yoshi, if you turn the annotations on in their first Q and A video, but after more research they decided Yoshi would win. They also went back and forth over who would win in the Turtles Battle Royale.]]
** After the TMNT Battle Royale, viewers were given the chance to vote for the winner's next opponent. The choice besides [[VideoGame/BattleToads Zitz]] was [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Tommy Oliver]], specifically his White Ranger persona.
* WheresTheKaboom: [[spoiler: Near the battle's end, Starscream shot out an armoury's worth of missiles towards Rainbow Dash who flew into the clouds out of sight. He then stands there waiting for an explosion for a few seconds only for Rainbow to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard lead his missiles straight to him.]]]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Three examples. [[spoiler: All of which end up dying themselves.]]
** [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] vs. [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]].
** Music/JustinBieber vs. Music/RebeccaBlack.
** [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]] vs. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]].
* YouFightLikeACow: ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'s staple returns in Spider-Man vs Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler: Peach [[NoKillLikeOverkill ruptures Zelda's skull]] with her [[VideoGame/MarioStrikers Mega Strike: Empress Peach]].]]
* [[YourSoulIsMine Your]] [[spoiler: [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Spark]]]] [[YourSoulIsMine Is Mine]]: [[spoiler: After getting blown up by his own missiles led by Rainbow Dash's "Sonic Rainboom", then getting further destroyed offscreen by her "Buccaneer Blaze", Starscream's Spark comes out of the remnants of his torso and brags about his immortality. Rainbow then eats it to shut him up.]]
** This line was also said in the preview of Episode 2 at the end of Episode 1. [[spoiler:Shang Tsung fails to deliver.]]
* YoureInsane: Superman to Goku when the latter wants to fight for the sake of fighting.

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6th Apr '13 6:38:03 AM Godzilladude123
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** Every time the music went flat to punctuate the lameness of the ending.
24th Mar '13 12:45:20 PM Electricstar
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* CaptionsHumor: A witty comment or two can be spotted in almost every episodes' character rundown, and even sometimes during the final analysis.
23rd Mar '13 2:20:53 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Wiz might sound the saner of the two, but that's just superficial...

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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint: Wiz might sound the saner of the two, but that's just superficial...



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Let's face it. The Goomba vs Koopa battle was ''way'' more epic than it probably had any right to be, even in spite of the hilariously anti-climactic ending. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Boomstick;

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Let's face it. The Goomba vs Koopa battle was ''way'' more epic than it probably had any right to be, even in spite of the hilariously anti-climactic ending. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Boomstick;



* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Mentioned as part of the reason that they used the modern (I.E. post [[CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]) Superman in the fight against Goku was because the Silver Age Superman often invented entirely new powers every other issue.

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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Mentioned as part of the reason that they used the modern (I.E. post [[CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]) Superman in the fight against Goku was because the Silver Age Superman often invented entirely new powers every other issue.



** Taken UpToEleven with Goku Vs Superman which boasts: No page unturned, no scene unwatched, no forum unread
*** They weren't kidding. The exposition is ''fifteen minutes'' long.

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** Taken UpToEleven with Goku Vs Superman which boasts: No page unturned, no scene unwatched, no forum unread
*** They weren't kidding.
unread. The exposition is ''fifteen minutes'' long.



** How could we forget [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo]]? [[spoiler: It's the reason he won both of his fights, after all.]]

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** How could we forget [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles **[[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo]]? [[spoiler: It's the reason he won both of his fights, after all.]]



* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[TheMovie The Web series]].

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* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[TheMovie The Web series]].
**Boomstick was estatic to finish Goku vs Superman. Now people will ''finally'' stop asking them to do it.



* YoureInsane: Superman to Goku when the latter wants to fight.

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* YoureInsane: Superman to Goku when the latter wants to fight.
fight for the sake of fighting.
23rd Mar '13 9:25:16 AM Dylanius
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* ActorAllusion: TeamFourStar voiced Shadow and Vegeta in their battle, when Shadow sends Vegeta to the moon, the [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Space Duck]] [[hottip:*: A [[PokemonBlackandWhiteVersion Ducklett]] wearing a space helmet]] is behind him.

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* ActorAllusion: TeamFourStar voiced Shadow and Vegeta in their battle, when Shadow sends Vegeta to the moon, the [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Space Duck]] [[hottip:*: A [[PokemonBlackandWhiteVersion Ducklett]] [[PokemonBlackandWhite Ducklett wearing a space helmet]] is behind him.
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* ActorAllusion: TeamFourStar voiced Shadow and Vegeta in their battle, when Shadow sends Vegeta to the moon, the [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Space Duck]] [[hottip:*: A Ducklet wearing a space helmet is behind him.]]

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* ActorAllusion: TeamFourStar voiced Shadow and Vegeta in their battle, when Shadow sends Vegeta to the moon, the [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Space Duck]] [[hottip:*: A Ducklet [[PokemonBlackandWhiteVersion Ducklett]] wearing a space helmet helmet]] is behind him.]]
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---> Boomstick: [[HarryPotter Accio]] money! Accio loose women! Damn.

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---> Boomstick: [[HarryPotter [[Franchise/HarryPotter Accio]] money! Accio loose women! Damn.
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* TeleportSpam: If a combatant has teleportation as an ability, expect this in the fight.



* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not Appearing In This Web Show]]: Apparently, Wizard will not use [[{{Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]] in the series for some reason.

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* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not Appearing In This Web Show]]: Apparently, Wizard will not use [[{{Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]] in the series for some reason.mainly because he really hates him.
* TeleportSpam: If a combatant has teleportation as an ability, expect this in the fight.
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* TeleportSpam: If a combatant has teleportation as an ability, expect this in the fight.
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