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''[[TitleScream EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!]]''

What happens when you take historical figures, popular media personalities, and fictional characters, and have them pair off and compete against each other... in rap contests?

You get, well, '''''[[http://epicrapbattlesofhistory.com Epic Rap Battles of History]]'''''. It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin -- comedians Peter Shukoff (Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist ([=EpicLloyd=]), alongside guest Website/YouTube performers, portray these people rapping off against each other in comic online videos.

[[Recap/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory You may find the official matchups on the recap page]].

You can find the first season on Nice Peter's Website/YouTube channel, [[http://www.youtube.com/user/nicepeter here]], and the second and third seasons on [[http://www.youtube.com/user/ERB?feature=watch the official channel]] for the show. You can also watch any episode as well as check out character bios and official voting results on the official website listed above.

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!!''Epic Rap Battles of History'' provide examples of the following tropes:

* AbsenteeActor: Lloyd has pretty frequently been absent as a rapper, though any time this is the case, he'll still pop up in the background playing a non-participant such as Carl Sagan or John [=McCain=]. Peter, meanwhile, had taken part in every battle without fail all the way up until Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe, where both Lloyd and Peter played cameo roles. (The fact that this is the ''first'' time Peter didn't rap is especially notable when you consider that this wasn't even the first woman vs. woman battle...)
** Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr. is the second time neither Lloyd nor Peter played any of the participants. Like in the case of Monroe vs. Cleopatra, this likely happened because they weren't exactly suited for the roles.
** Bruce Lee vs. Clint Eastwood is notably the first battle where Lloyd rapped but Peter didn't. Since then, we've also had Adam vs. Eve.
** Tesla vs. Edison is a weird example in that it's the only battle where Peter is ''visually'' completely absent but still does the vocals for Tesla.
** Michael Jordan VS Muhammad Ali is the first battle ever where neither Peter nor Lloyd appear at ''all'' - not for vocals, not for a cameo, nothing.
* AccidentalPun: The catch phrase "Who Won?" takes on new meaning in "Series/DoctorWho vs. [[Film/BackToTheFuture Doc Brown]]" as pointed out by many in the comments (claiming that indeed he did).
* ActualPacifist: Both Gandhi and MLK Jr. qualify. The whole rap between them is how much more of a pacifist each one is than the other, and the battle really heats up as the two come closer and closer to '''not''' getting violent with each other.
--> '''Ghandi''': I am passively resisting the fact that you suck. I am celibate because ''I don't give a fuck!''
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
-->''Hi! BILLYMAYS here, with a special TV offer! Watch me crush this bald, '''f'''at, '''f'''oppish '''f'''ounding '''f'''ather!''
* AerithAndBob: Invoked by Pablo Picasso, referring to himself as "[[OverlyLongName Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso]]" and [=Bob Ross=] as "Bob"
* AGodAmI:
** Implied by Chuck Norris. Who was, y'know, 100 feet tall and glowing at the time, which may have lent some credence to his claim.
** Kim Jong-Il calls himself one.
** Cleopatra claims to be [[DownplayedTrope descended from the gods]].
** Bill Gates calls himself one too.
* AllPeriodsArePMS:
** Adam would be (mostly) fine having Eve around if she didn't start bleeding and turn into a demon every month. The other main issue is her constant nagging.
** BobRoss described PabloPicasso's dour attitude as his "Blue period".
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:[[invoked]] Most of the rappers' personalities are exaggerated from what history remembers, or canon in the case of fictional characters. Example, Bieber is depicted as an annoying, pint-sized brat, but more likely than not, the real Bieber is not as annoying (some of the time). Mister Rogers was normally a friendly man, but here, he's a perpetually placid fellow with a short fuse.
** Beethoven is a good example: in RealLife he was a [[DisabledSnarker caustic]], [[IllGirl sickly]] [[ElegantClassicalMusician musician]] but with [[HeroicResolve strong opinions]]. In ERB? [[RatedMForManly Manly as hell]].
* AnachronismStew: Frequently, though it is justified by RuleOfFunny and RuleOfCool, and the fact that, if this trope wasn't in effect, most of the battles wouldn't be able to happen.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Shakespeare uses this, true to form. See also SophisticatedAsHell below.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** Santa's naughty list.
-->'''Nice Peter:''' "Master Chief: Has guns, repeated acts of violence. Moses: Killed an Egyptian dude, buried him in sand. Mozart: TOO DANG LOUD." (Mister Rogers is also on the list, with the subtitle "Creepy, racist?".)
** Joseph Stalin in the season 2 finale.
--->'''Stalin:''' "You got off easy when they pickled that moose cock! I'd leave your neck in a noose in a trench and shot! Your whole family! Shot! All your wizard friends! Shot! Anyone who sold you pierogi! Shot!"
* AscendedExtra: Of a sorts. The outro ERB logo from ''Thomas Edison Vs. Nicola Tesla'' in Season 2 is used in the extended outro for all battles in Season 3.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Steve Jobs leaves his battle with Bill Gates to turn Heaven a profit.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking:
** Napoleon, Emperor of France.
** Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith.
** Adolf Hitler, Chancellor and Fuhrer of Germany.
** Genghis Khan, Khagan of the Mongol Empire.
** Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the USA.
** Benjamin Franklin, Governor of Pennsylvania.
** Sarah Palin, Governor of UsefulNotes/{{Alaska}}.
** Kim Jong-il, Leader of North Korea.
** Leonidas, King of the Spartans.
** Chuck Norris, who claims to be "everyone's master".
** Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.
** TheodoreRoosevelt, the 26th President of the US, got fed up with the lack of ERB over the summer, and told Epic Lloyd and Nice Peter to get off their asses and get back to work with a structured release schedule. If they didn't, he threatened to carve his own chin out of Mount Rushmore and beat them with his own stoney mustache.
** BarackObama, 44th (and current) US President.
--->"I'm the head of state, you're like a head of cabbage…"
** Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts.
** Moses, leader and savior of the Israelites. His authority is only surpassed by God.
** Josef Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union.
** Vladimir Lenin, also Premier of the Soviet Union.
** Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Soviet Union.
** Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.
* AssShove: A couple.
-->'''Napoleon Bonaparte:''' "I'm going to shove your moon boots straight up your poop chute!"
-->'''Columbus''': "I'll stick a flag up your ass and claim you for Spain!"
-->'''Master Chief''': "Cortana says you're Greek, so why don't you stick these lyrics up your ass?"
-->'''Obama''': "Republicans need a puppet and you fit, got their hand so far up your rear, call you Mitt."
-->'''Al Capone''': So show respect or get that tongue ripped out your neck and shoved straight up your poop deck!
* AteHisGun:
** Mario tried to do so behind the scenes when Princess Peach nagged the ever-living bajeezus out of him. He finds out that the gun is empty and starts crying.
** Vader mentions how Hitler did this in the third battle when his bunker was being bombed.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever:
** Chuck Norris' second verse.
** The Mario Brothers [[DownplayedTrope grow a bit]] in their second verse after eating mushrooms.
* AttractiveBentGender: [=NicePeter=] as LadyGaga.
* AudienceParticipation: Each showdown is based off a fan suggestion.
* AuthorAppeal: In the BTS video for "AlCapone vs Blackbeard" Lloyd says that he himself is Italian, which not only explains Capone, but his previous role as FrankSinatra, not to mention [[BrooklynRage his take on]] [[SuperMarioBrothers Mario]].
* AutoTune: Used for Stephen Hawking's rapping.
* {{Badass}}: [[WorldOfBadass Almost everybody]].
* BadassBaritone: Beethoven, Darth Vader, Christopher Columbus, Master Chief, Barack Obama, Santa Claus, Grigori Rasputin, and [[spoiler: Vladimir Putin]].
* BadassBeard: Abe Lincoln, Billy Mays, Chuck Norris, Wilbur Wright, Vladimir Lenin, Grigori Rasputin, Clint Eastwood, and Blackbeard.
* BadassBoast: Nearly everyone invokes this.
** Special mention goes to Abe Lincoln, who scoffs at how Chuck Norris can block bullets with his beard by boasting how he catches them with his ''skull''.
* BadassBookworm: Ben Franklin is an educated gentleman. Then there's Albert Einstein, Sherlock Holmes, Stephen Hawking (again), Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla.
* BadassGay:
** Dumbledore prefers the company of ''[[StraightGay wizards]]'' and he's proud of it.
** Freddie Mercury is well aware of his (bi)sexual preferences, but remains calm and composed throughout all of Frank Sinatra's bashing.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Frank Sinatra, Bill O'Reilly, Thomas Edison, Al Capone, [[spoiler: Vladimir Lenin and Mikhail Gorbachev]].
* BadassLongRobe: Gandalf, Dumbledore and Moses with their wizard/holy man robes.
* BadassMustache: Ghengis Khan's Fu Manchu, Albert Einstein, Hitler's toothbrush mustache (or Dirty Sanchez, according to Vader), the Mario Brothers, Orville Wright, Freddie Mercury, Nikola Tesla and Josef Stalin.
* BadassPacifist: Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr; passively resisting and forgiving hard.
* BadassSanta: Rapping Santa
* BackToBackBadasses: The [[HulkHogan Mega]] [[RandySavage Powers]].
* BaldOfAwesome: Lloyd, which is helpful with all the headpieces he goes through. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFPjLwzL-14&feature=c4-overview&list=UU2_ZUXs5oDv9Crj3f72j9Yw Peter is... getting there.]]
* BashBrothers: The [[SuperMarioBros Mario Bros]] and the Wright Brothers.
* BerserkButton:
** Einstein pushes Hawking's button when he questions the validity of Hawking's Black Hole Theory.
** Dr. Seuss does ''not'' like being accused of writing the ''Twilight'' series.
** Mr. Rogers goes from mostly-polite teasing to outright ''scary'' when accused of child molestation.
** Don't tell Kim Jong-il he's from China.
** Leonidas learned the hard way not to put his hands (or feet) on Master Chief.
** Marilyn Monroe got downright vicious when her miscarriages were brought up.
** ChuckNorris loses his cool when he has a bucket of pennies dumped all over his head.
** Don't call [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty]] a chicken.
** Barack Obama doesn't like having his wife being called the "Female version of Patrick Ewing" very much.
** You can tell that Santa's elves don't take kindly to being referred to as slaves.
** Babe Ruth seems absolutely pissed off that Lance Armstrong cheated and tears him a new one for it
*** There was controversy over whether or not Babe Ruth called his famous home run shot, but the general opinion is that he did not cheat, which makes his anger in the rap more justified.
** Mozart seems very offended that Skrillex could be considered "a musician."
** Vladimir Lenin is ''extremely'' angry that Stalin completely destroyed his revolution.
** Blackbeard looks like he's about to cut Capone open after his beard gets insulted.
** Do not take the Lord's name in vain around JoanOfArc, lest she gets vicious.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: A gigantic bald eagle makes an appearance in ''Obama vs. Romney'' [[spoiler: as Abe Lincoln's way of getting to the battle.]]
--> "By the powers invested in me by this giant bald bird…"
* BiggerIsBetterInBed:
** According to Kim Jong-Il, [[TakeThat Hulk Hogan's wife thinks so]].
** Master Chief claims to have showed Leonidas' Queen his ''[[UnusualEuphemism plasma cannon]]''.
** Beethoven claims he has "more cock than Smith & Wesson". As he says this, Bach pops up on screen nodding and holding his hands a foot and a half apart, in the universal gesture for "it was this big".
** Barack Obama threatens to slap Romney with his "[[GagPenis stimulus package]]".
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:[[invoked]] {{Defied|Trope}} in Bill Gates VS Steve Jobs. [[spoiler:HAL 9000]]'s appearance at the end of the rap superficially seems to have nothing to do with either of the two businessmen. Once you look into it, however, it turns out that [[spoiler:HAL 9000]] was actually used in a famous Macintosh ad campaign.
** "Adam vs. Eve" is sort of a BLAM for the whole rap battle series. Unlike every rap battle before and after it, the duel used very few references to the characters themselves, but just hung the Biblical names on a clash between Stereotypical Man and Stereotypical Woman.
*** Justified. While one of the comments that inspired the video said "Adam vs. Eve", the other said "man vs. woman". In addition, there wasn't much information to work with. Them being the first human beings, Eve being made from Adam's rib, Eve eating the forbidden fruit, and the fig leaves they used as clothes are close to the extent of what is revealed about them in Literature/TheBible.
** A very small one, but the lone Catholic priest who looks a lot like FatherTed that stands behind Ghandi when his followers gather around him.
* BigStupidDoodooHead: Mitt Romney and Barack Obama eventually resort to childish bickering.
* BilingualBonus:
** Napoleon Bonaparte gets one at the beginning of his second line. [[note]]"T'as une tête a faire sauter les plaques d'egouts!" That translates to "You've got a face that could blow off a manhole cover!"[[/note]]
** Also, Christopher Columbus gets "Arrivederci! Imma leave before this battle begins!"
** When [[spoiler:Putin]] enters the Season 2 finale, he drops the line "...doing judo moves and schooling every communist сука", which is, of course, Russian for [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]].
*** It helps that the word comes off sounding like a heavily-accented "sucka".
** Joan of Arc gets on too, with "Je suis la fille en feu" meaning "I'm the girl on fire" (right before calling herself [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]])
* BlackComedy: There are a number of jokes in the series based around this. For instance, look at the [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead references to]] [[InvertedTrope the characters dying]], the [[FantasticSlurs racist comments]] that pop up from time to time, and everything that Hitler and Stalin say.
* BladeReflection: Inverted by Mitt Romney when he holds up a silver spoon reflecting the image of Barack Obama.
* BoastfulRap: Obviously there's a lot of bragging going on.
* BookEnds:
** Season two begins and ends with battles involving UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era dictators played by Lloyd, facing off against Peter as someone notoriously difficult to kill.
** Hitler vs Vader 3 ends with the same words that began Hitler vs Vader 1: "I am Adolf Hitler..."
* BoomHeadshot: William Shakespeare threatens to do this to Dr. Seuss and then reflect upon the gaping hole left behind.
--> I'll put a slug between your shoulder blades, then ask what light through yonder poser breaks?
** Darth Vader references Adolf Hitler's suicide in Hitler vs Vader 3: "You put a gun in your mouth and fired up."
* BrainlessBeauty: According to Cleopatra, Creator/MarilynMonroe has "an hourglass figure, but that's about it," and she can't even read.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Given the medium of the series, it almost goes without saying that the participants would be "aware" of it. Nonetheless, they only actually make direct references to it a couple of times.
** In Steve Jobs VS Bill Gates, Steve says he bets "this beat" was made on one of his Apple products, referring to the rap beat playing in the background. [[spoiler: Nope. Fruity Loops. PC.]] And then there's the intro to the battle:
--> '''Narrator:''' ''BILL GATES! VERSUS—''
--> '''Steve Jobs:''' (pops up) Let me just step right in./I've got things to invent! (shoves away the "Epic Rap Titles of History" title card)
** Marilyn Monroe quips that Cleopatra's nose matches Kassem G's, one of Nice Peter's associates. Also when she whispers " Tossing Caesar's Salad."
** After the beat abruptly stops in the rematch between Hitler and Vader, Hitler's visibly confused and asks "where is the DJ?"
** The entire Nice Peter vs. Epic Lloyd battle inherently falls under this.
* BreatherEpisode: Cleopatra vs Marilyn Monroe, which came between the ''epic'' Michael Jackson vs Elvis Presley and Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates.
* BreathWeapon: PlayedWith. Multiple people boast that their rapping skills give them the ability to spit verbal fire.
** Gandhi spits rap so hot, he breathes [[StreetFighter yoga fire.]]
** Putin spits hot borscht when he's crushing these beats.
** [[Film/BackToTheFuture Doc Brown]] spits it hot and generates way more power than 1.21 jigawatts.
* BrickJoke: The first quote at the end of the first season finale says "If Season 2 does not have a Russian character, I will kill this [=NicePeter=] with my bare hands" and is credited to UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin. No Russians appear in Season 2... until the finale, where [[spoiler: '''four''' Russians (and a [[JosephStalin Georgian]]) battle each other (the first [[UpToEleven five-way battle]]), including Putin... who is played by [=NicePeter=].]]
** Skrillex calls out Mozart for his infamous scatological sense of humor, who throws it[[note]]The insults, not poop.[[/note]] right back in his face.
-->Mozart: "In two more months, nobody will remember your Skrill-excriment!"
-->Mozart: "Oh yes, I've heard that EP, and see, I transcribed it here [pronounced "hee-yah."]/Tell me: what comes after the 68th measure of diarrhea??"
* BritishTeeth: Half of FrankSinatra's rips on FreddieMercury.
* ButtMonkey: AdolfHitler. Gets frozen in carbonite, thawed out to battle again, then [[spoiler:dropped into the Rancor pit]], then [[spoiler:avoids the Sarlaac pit only to get sliced in half by Vader's lightsaber]].
* CallBack:
** The battle between the creators themselves featured cameos from nearly all the characters they've played as before.
** The rematch with Vader and Hitler begins with Hitler frozen in carbonite, just as he was at the end of their original battle.
** During Rasputin Vs Stalin, [[spoiler:Lenin's]] arrival and verse is similar to [[spoiler:Lincoln's]] during Obama Vs Romney. He stands between both rappers and criticizes them one after the other, even repeating some movements and shots.
* CanisMajor: In the final battle (of season 1), [[spoiler: Kassem G]] rides a magnificent flying wolf.
* CardCarryingVillain:
** [[StarWars Darth Vader]] and AdolfHitler, naturally. Each one insists they are more evil than the other.
** [[TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]] also, particularly during his second verse where he outright admits to being evil.
** JosephStalin as well. He outright states he abused Russia.
** Thomas Edison, who openly admits that he screwed Tesla over, and is shown electrocuting a puppy during his second verse.
* TheCastShowoff: Everyone, but special mention goes to
** [[MotorMouth George Watsky]] as Shakespeare during his fast-rap verse. Jaws are dropping.
** Hitler vs Vader 3 gives [=EpicLloyd=] an opportunity to remind everyone that he did gymnastics in college.
* {{Catchphrase}}: The narrator opens and closes every battle the same way.
--> EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY! [Character 1] vs. [Character 2]! BEGIN!
--> WHO WON? WHO'S NEXT? YOU DECIDE! EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY!
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Lee kicks a chair at Eastwood as he disses him about the "invisible Obama" speech.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Moses vs SantaClaus" was uploaded December 2012; "DonaldTrump vs [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebenezer Scrooge]]" was uploaded December 2013.
* CleanCut: [[spoiler: Hitler falls victim to this at the end of his third battle with Vader.]]
* ClimacticBattleResurrection: More than two thirds of the contestants have come BackFromTheDead to rap.
** Inverted with characters who have died recently dying in the middle of the rap to be replaced by someone else.
** Also inverted with Donald Trump; while his real self is still alive, in the rap battle he's outright stated to be dead and his ghost is haunting Scrooge.
* CompensatingForSomething: Dumbledore asks Gandalf if his staff is part of this.
* CoolShades: [=NicePeter=] has a signature pair.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Nikola Tesla's largest issue with Thomas Edison is how Tesla wanted to give electricity to the world for free, but Edison strongarmed him with politics and business practices to turn a profit with it.
* CountryMatters: Hitler starts off round 3 with this.
-->'''Hitler:''' SCREW YOU! You big black CUNT!
* CreatorCameo: If [=EpicLloyd=] isn't playing one of the rappers, he appears as a background character, usually someone being referenced to by one of the rappers. Examples include:
** CarlSagan in Einstein vs Hawking.
** John [=McCain=] in Palin vs Gaga.
** JohannSebastianBach in Bieber vs Beethoven.
** [[Series/TheATeam Hannibal, Murdoch, Face]], and Mr. [=McFeely=] in T vs Rogers.
** Pleistarchus (Leonidas' six year old son) in Leonidas vs Master Chief.
*** Ironically, Lloyd was the voice for Leonidas, but not the character.
** MarlonBrando in Cleopatra vs Marilyn Monroe.
*** Nice Peter also plays JohnFKennedy, his first-ever cameo in the series. He's otherwise rapped in every single battle till then.
** Marty [=McFly=] in Doc Brown Vs The Doctor—where he actually speaks in his cameo.
** Jon Na, the director of photography for Columbus Vs Kirk, cameos as Sulu.
** Nice Peter shows up as all the cowboys in Clint Eastwood's backdrop.
** [=EpicLloyd=] cameos in Santa vs Moses as Santa's elves.
** Peter appears in Adam Vs Eve as "Steve."
** Nice Peter is a reverend amongst the Indian crowd in ''Gandhi Vs Martin Luther King Jr.'' while [=EpicLloyd=] is the one white guy in a crowd of African Americans following Martin Luther King. The Behind The Scenes show Lloyd slowly creeping his head up in the back of the crowd just so that he can be there, hoping nobody will notice.
** Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd both appear as girls behind Miley Cyrus in Miley Cyrus Vs. Joan of Arc.
* CreepyMonotone:
** MisterRogers.
** [[spoiler:HAL 9000, naturally.]]
** Bob Ross
* CurbStompBattle:
** Justin Bieber VS. Beethoven. Given Bieber's reputation on Website/YouTube, you can probably imagine how this goes.
** The Easter Bunny vs. Genghis Khan. The Easter Bunny spends his second verse panicking.
** In their rematch, Hitler's [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "the reason you suck" song]] leaves Vader completely out of words, so much that he couldn't think of any comeback lines, and made him turn his back in shame. [[spoiler:Or he was just acting that way to lure Hitler into standing over the Rancor pit.]] In their ''second'' rematch, Vader's rapid-fire onslaught reduces Hitler to barely-coherent, non-rhyming screeched imprecations [[spoiler:...right before he gets [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisected]] by Vader's lightsaber]].
** If we're talking about popularity, Mr. T, Bill O'Reilly, and Frank Sinatra are getting curb-stomped harder than ''the Easter Bunny'' on [[http://epicrapbattlesofhistory.com/ the official site]]. In fact, Mr. T is the second-least popular battler, just above ''Justin Bieber''. You'll need to log in through Facebook in order to see the stats.
** ThomasEdison gets completely vilified by UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla's claims of how Edison made sure he could make money off of the concept of electricity. The fans agree: Edison only has ~15% of the vote. Given Edison's recent reputation with the Internet demographic, it's not surprising.
** Babe Ruth ''annihilates'' Lance Armstrong in his [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech second verse]]. Lance is visibly shocked.
** Doctor Who vs Doc Brown. Doc Brown gets a one up after his first verse by killing the Doctor, cue the Doctor regenerating and proceeding to deliver an epic Motor Mouth verbal beatdown that puts Busta Rhymes to shame.
* {{Crossover}}: with WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange in ''Epic Rap Battles of Kitchenry''.
* CutenessProximity: [=NicePeter=] in the behind the scenes video of Cleopatra Vs. Creator/MarilynMonroe.
--> '''[=NicePeter=]:''' *holding tiny snake* You are the smallest snake I've ever even dreamed about!
* DancePartyEnding: A lot of the battles like to have the characters just dancing at the end. Among the more notable examples are "Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs", "Rasputin vs. Stalin", and "Donald Trump vs. Ebeneezer Scrooge". From the 2nd season on, almost all of them show the characters dancing in the credits.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Darth Vader doesn't give Adolf Hitler a chance to finish rapping his second verse in Round 3. [[spoiler: He just sneaks up behind him and cuts him in half with his lightsaber.]]
* DeathGlare: MisterRogers ends his second verse with a very scary one.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: See {{Retraux}} below.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Three examples at this point:
** UsefulNotes/SarahPalin vs. Music/LadyGaga
** Cleopatra vs. Creator/MarilynMonroe
** Joan of Arc vs. Miley Cyrus
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: "[[{{Music/Queen}} You played butthole roulette and you lost the draw!]]"
* DontTryThisAtHome: In the behind-the-scenes video for Cleopatra vs. Creator/MarilynMonroe, Lloyd shows off a Vader vs Hitler shirt and tells viewers not to wear it at school because it might get them expelled.
* DudeNotFunny: Invoked by Frank Sinatra at being called two racial slurs.
--> "Easy, Jaws of Life! I can't stand a racist; I love the colored and the queers - just ask Sammy Davis!"
* DynamicEntry: [[spoiler: Abraham Lincoln]] flies in on a bald eagle, free falls between Romney and Obama (calling them [[PolishTheTurd 'shiny turds']]) and bitch slaps them both. They never saw it coming.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The first season finale gives viewers a glimpse of the SuperMarioBros, King HenryVIII, and [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]]. ERB News also revealed the Wright Brothers, Elvis, and Steve Jobs.
** {{Jossed}}: Henry VIII did not actually show up anywhere in season 2.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The first rap battle (Lennon vs. O'Reilly) lacks the subtitles that later versions have, not to mention [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gthixkmNe1A being originally censored]] (an uncensored version was later uploaded). The announcer also had a different voice for the first few battles.
** Kim Jong-il vs the Mega Powers is the only match where a person who comes in during the middle is announced by the announcer.
*** It also, for some reason, uses a different font for the subtitles than all the other battles.
** Most of the early rap battles put characters against each other who seem very randomly picked. In later episodes they have more in common with each other and thus seem more fit to oppose one another: they have the same profession (Babe Ruth and Lance Armstrong, Dr. Seuss and William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking,...), are similar icons (both Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra are famous symbols of feminine beauty, Bruce Lee and Clint Eastwood are symbols of coolness, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi are icons of pacifism, both Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are international best selling pop stars of equal iconic stature), have similar sounding names (The Wright Brothers vs. the Mario Brothers, Dr. Who vs. Dr. Brown,...) were real life rivals (Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney,...) or similar characters from a different franchise (Dumbledore and Gandalf).
* EEqualsMCHammer: In Shakespeare vs. Doctor Seuss, during the Cat in the Hat's line about "you leave a classroom looking like [[KillEmAll the end of MacBeth]]", the blackboard in the background has the equation "1 + 2 = SO MUCH BLOOD".
* EpicFail: Hitler claims that Vader's entire life is one big this. Vader doesn't have any comeback other than laughing as Hitler steps over the Rancor pit before dropping him in.
* EvasiveFightThreadEpisode: It is nearly impossible to come to a consensus over who "wins" each rap battle. Everyone's rap style and lyrics are determined by their popular image, so each side will also sound wildly different and some matchups will feel more equal then others. In addition, the raps are accompanied by dramatic elements and special effects that are [[AmbiguousSituation either indicating the current rapper's superiority, or are just for fun]], and this further confuses the issue. The episodes themselves leave the winner up to the viewers, but the Website/YouTube commentators don't even bother, typically just suggesting ideas for the next battle.
** Finally averted when ERB allowed viewers to vote on Facebook and on their official site, leading to an official winner.
* ElvisImpersonator: [[CaptainObvious EpicLLOYD as Elvis]].
* EvilLaugh: GenghisKhan for the intimidation.
* EvilerThanThou:
** The basis of the Hitler vs. Vader matches is who is worse than the other.
** An [[InvertedTrope inversion]] (Gooder Than Thou?) happens with Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr. - each is trying to out-peace the other.
* EvilVersusEvil: AdolfHitler vs. Darth Vader is what happens when card carrying villains rap battle.
* FandomBerserkButton: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the opening lines of "Doctor Who vs. Doc Brown".
-->'''10th Doctor''': Ooh ''actually'', if you don't mind / it's just "the Doctor".
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Cleopatra Vs Creator/MarilynMonroe.
** Eve (played by YouTube celebrity [[http://www.youtube.com/JennaMarbles JennaMarbles]])
* FirstNameUltimatum: [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]] gives one of these to Creator/MrT.
-->'''Mr. Rogers:''' I'll say this once Laurence, I hope it's understood. Get right back in your van and get the ''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]'' outta my neighborhood.
* FlippingTheBird:
** Lady Gaga flips off Sarah Palin a split second before the battle begins. John [=McCain=] flips off the whole world at the end.
** Master Chief gives a long one to Leonidas at the end of his rap.
** Barack Obama stealthfully does this to Mitt Romney. While commenting on how it would be awkward to have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Lady, he counts off with his middle finger, pinky, and ring finger, in that order.
** Bruce Lee gives Creator/ClintEastwood both fingers. "KUNG F-U!"
** [[FunnyBackgroundEvent Look at the background]] in Pablo Picasso vs. Bob Ross battle, and you'll see Pablo sketching a hand with extended middle finger.
* FlungClothing: [=EpicLloyd=] changes out of his gym outfit in this way.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The teaser at the end of Season One included a supposed ultimatum by UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin that if Season Two doesn't feature a Russian he will kill Nice Peter with his bare hands. There aren't any until the SeasonFinale, which features a match between Russians [[spoiler:(''four'' of them and a Georgian, to be exact)]].
** Ben Franklin makes several death threats to Billy Mays, promising to "craft a lyrical coffin", telling him to "join or die", and referencing "Death of a Salesman". At first, this just seems like the usual hip-hop trash talk, but then Billy dies.
** [[spoiler:StephenHawking's silhouette]] is visible right at the start of the Vader vs. Hitler rematch.
** Shakespeare vs. Doctor Seuss: During Seuss's first verse, a blackboard in the background alludes to Things 1 and 2 showing up later.
** Santa Claus has Mozart on his naughty list for being "TOO DANG LOUD", in his own words. A few videos later, Mozart squares off against {{Music/Skrillex}}, who's also been accused of being too dang loud.
** Picasso refers to Muhammad Ali in his opening verse - who is one of the featured characters of the very next battle.
* FollowTheLeader: A handful of people have done copycat videos based off the concept, usually low-budget single person productions. [[SturgeonsLaw Some are good, but most are forgettable.]]
* ForTheEvulz:
** The reason Hitler gives for messing up the ''StarWars'' prequels.
** Darth only thawed Hitler out for their rematch and to drop him into the Rancor Pit.
* FreezeFrameBonus: There's often so much going on the screen that some of the humor can be missed. For instance, Kim Jong-Il's rocket launcher fires ''[[AbnormalAmmo his own head]]''.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Most of the battles have the characters doing ridiculous dances and/or poses in the background:
** Dr. Seuss vomits rainbows while on the boat.
** StephenHawking is seen playing AngryBirds.
** Behind the Wright Brothers, you can see biplanes flying, and at one point one crashing into the ground.
** Obama with his head down and looking like he'd just been scolded by his mother while [[spoiler: Lincoln]] moves on to chewing out Romney.
** While the Fourth Doctor is rapping, look at the computer screen behind him on the TARDIS control panel. It's ''{{VideoGame/Minecraft}}''! Specifically, it's video footage from the ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries''.
** In Columbus vs. Captain Kirk, after Kirk says "Have fun canoeing" he can be seen behind Columbus doing a rowing motion.
** One of the ninjas that Bruce Lee beats collapses onto the borderline between Lee's and Eastwood's screens, and the part of him that falls into Eastwood's screen changes into a cowboy. Apparently they have one-size-fits-all {{Mooks}} that dynamically change to fit the scene.
** Stalin can be seen looking down at his hand after [[spoiler:Lenin]] points out how it shriveled up.
** Rasputin can be seen dancing in place to the beat during [[spoiler:Gorbachev and Putins']] verses
** In Al Capone's last verse, Edward Kenway is briefly seen standing with the gangsters behind him, and then starts assassinating Blackbeard's crew towards the end.
*** Additionally, during Blackbeard's second verse, you can see Blackbeard's pirates stealing from Capone. "Steal all your rum and sell it for a profit" indeed.
* FunWithSubtitles:
** In Kirk Vs Columbus, the word Klingon is written ''in'' [[ShapedLikeItself Klingon]].
** When Luigi's profanity is censored by the sound of collected coins, the subtitles also use the image of coins from the Mario Bros games as a form of censorship.
** The word suka ("bitch") in Rasputin vs. Stalin is written in Cyrillic.
* GenderScoff: The whole point of Adam vs. Eve is Man vs. Woman, with both complaining about each other's flaws.
* GlobalIgnorance: Hulk Hogan apparently thought Beijing was in Korea, not China. Kim Jong-Il does not let that one slide.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere:
** [[spoiler:Hal 9000]], in a way. Watch Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates all the way to the end, and you'll find no comments calling for battle involving him.
** [[spoiler: Abraham Lincoln]] during Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney, arriving being carried by a giant bald eagle.
** According to [=NicePeter=], any historical figure can interrupt a rap battle at any time, if they're being carried by a winged beast.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Everything Bill Gates has done leads to [[spoiler: HAL 9000]] … and Bill seems to realize it.
* GratuitousFrench:
** Napoleon Bonaparte breaks into this partway through his rap. Naturally, [[BilingualBonus it translates to]] another TakeThat.
** Joan of Arc says "je suis la fille en feu (I am the girl on fire) just call me [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katnis Everdeen]]" in her first verse.
* GratuitousRussian: [[spoiler:Vladimir Putin]] calls Rasputin, Stalin, [[spoiler:Lenin]], and [[spoiler:Gorbachev]] "bitch" in Russian.
* GroinAttack: In round three, Hitler vows to kick Vader's balls ''(and'' face). Stalin also references the historical removal of Rasputin's "[[GagPenis moose cock]]." Batman threatens to crush Sherlock Holmes's "British nuts until they're bangers and mash."
* HandicappedBadass: Attentive viewers will notice that Hawking is playing AngryBirds ''on the console he uses to speak. Without using his hands''.
* HamToHamCombat: The entire premise; historical figures outhamming each other through raps.
* HenpeckedHusband: Adam complains multiple times about how Eve never shuts up or stops nagging him over ''Every. Last. Little. Detail.''
* HilariousOuttakes: Behind the scenes, [=NicePeter=] (as Columbus) accidentally smacks Omar Gharaibeh (as Spock) in the face while delivering a neck chop.
* {{Hipster}}: While dressing up as Skrillex, Lloyd says that all you need are a pair of black glasses and magnetic earrings and you'll look like one.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: Some of the rappers, but ''[[MemeticBadass especially]]'' AbrahamLincoln.
* HistoricalInJoke: So many, with them almost [[ShownTheirWork all very well researched]].
* HonestCorporateExecutive: Creator/DonaldTrump vs. [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebeneezer Scrooge]] features both Donald and Scrooge themselves, as well as J.P. Morgan, the Ghost of Rich Dudes Past.
-->''J.P. Morgan:''' [[MorallyBankruptBanker Your greed is the curse that will tear you apart. What good is your purse if you're poor in your heart?]]
* HongKongDub: Creator/ClintEastwood mocks Creator/BruceLee about this, saying he needs to practice more on matching his lip flaps.
* HurricaneKick: Xin Wuku pulls of one perfectly in the behind the scenes.
* HurricaneOfPuns: UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla vs ThomasEdison is filled with numerous electricity, internet, and light bulb puns.
* IAmNotShazam: Invoked, The Doctor corrects the Narrator on calling him Doctor Who.
* IncomingHam:
** [[spoiler:Abraham Lincoln during the Romney/Obama battle]]
-->'''''BY THE POWER INVESTED IN ME BY THIS GIANT BALD BIRD'''''
** The announcer barely even gets to finish opening the second battle before …
-->''I AM ADOLF HITLER, COMMANDER OF ZE THIRD REICH!''
* IncrediblyLamePun: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzaJRsuvDPQ Charles Darwin]] in one news video.
--> On behalf of us all here at Epic Rap Battles of History, thank you for choosing youtube.com/ERB. It is, after all, ''a natural selection''.
* InformedAbility: Elvis claims to have 1 rap for Michael Jackson's monkey, 2 for his clothes, 3 for his family, and 4 for his nose. Besides some cracks about his abusive father and his relationship to his wife, he ends up making fun of some completely different traits of his instead.
* InterruptedByTheEnd: The end of Donald Trump vs. Ebeneezer Scrooge.
-->'''Scrooge:''' It's Christmas, I haven't missed my chance to be different! God bless us every-\\
'''''WHO WON!? WHO'S NEXT!? YOU DECIDE!'''''
* InsistentTerminology: The title of the rap battle calls [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] "Doctor Who," but as he points out in his first line, it's just The Doctor.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Peter and Lloyd admit there is nothing cooler than just having a folder called "Ninja" to refer to when editing videos.
* InsultBackfire: Skrillex tries to call Mozart weird for his obsession over scatological humor. Mozart turns it back on him by referring to Skrillex's music as "skrill-excrement" and "diarrhea".
* InsuranceFraud: Al Capone threatens to burn down Blackbeard's boat for the insurance money.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Marty [=McFly=] only seems to object to the Fourth Doctor referring to him as a chicken, not his earlier insinuation that he has an oedipal complex.
* JawDrop:
** In the aftermath of Shakespeare's MotorMouth segment. Even the beat stops.
** [=NicePeter=]'s jaw drops when Epic Lloyd stripped out of his leotard.
** Robin's jaw drops when beholding Sherlock Holmes's [[AwesomenessByAnalysis deductive skills]].
** The Christmas elves are quite surprised that Moses' religion forbids bacon.
* JerkAss: Thomas Edison is a greedy, idea-stealing, and Tesla-smearing jerkass. He's an absolute jerkass in fact.
* JokeCharacter: Even the narrator sighs when he introduces the Easter Bunny.
* JustHereForGodzilla: In-universe, during their Rap battle, Epic Lloyd invokes this as the reason people visit Nice Peter's youtube channel.
* {{Kiai}}: Bruce Lee doesn't need words to fight Clint Eastwood, when he can just say "waaataaaw" instead.
* KidsRock: Young Michael Jackson, played by 10-year-old Bentley Green.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler: Darth Vader barely gives Adolf Hitler a chance to say his name, nevermind finishing his second verse in round 3. He sliced him in half with his lightsaber. Hitler never saw it coming. Then again, Boba Fett wasn't expecting to be shot dead in the middle of his verse either.]]
* KillerRabbit: What the Easter Bunny tries to be.
* KissingCousins: Skrillex claims that Mozart and his cousin Maria Anna Thekla engaged in more than kissing.
* KubrickStare:
** Dr. Seuss has a frightening one. Given that he never says a word …
** Mitt Romney also does this…though it ''[[EpicFail fails]]'' at being intimidating.
* LampshadeHanging: Shakespeare's first verse is in iambic pentameter. This does not go unnoticed.
-->"I hath been iambic on that ass, ye bastard."
* LargeHam: As this is a show about rap battles between large personalities, this is expected.
** Hitler, Genghis Khan, Mr. T, Leonidas, Luigi, Freddie Mercury, and Martin Luther King Jr.
** Also, Lincoln. [[spoiler: Especially so in Romney vs. Obama.]]
--> [[spoiler: Of the people! ''By the people!'' '''''For the people!''''' '''''EAGLE!!!''''']]
** Chuck Norris, Beethoven, Mozart, Skrillex, Columbus, Lance Armstrong, Darth Vader, O'Reilly, and Tesla too.
** Vladimir Lenin and Teddy Roosevelt. Oh god, Teddy Roosevelt. Almost everything he says in the ERB News he hosts comes out hammy.
** They're just the worst. Almost everyone to appear in these vids is hamming it up, though [[spoiler:HAL 9000]] is a notable exception.
*** As is [[spoiler: Vladimir Putin]], who doesn't seem all too excited.
* LethalJokeCharacter:
** Note the tinny music that plays when Mr. Rogers is introduced…which then turns into the regular rap music as Mr. Rogers lets out a chilling rap against Creator/MrT.
** In the Rasputin vs. Stalin episode, [[spoiler: Gorbachev is presented as a smiling, jovial, gentler, and downright adorable Russian leader - who promptly serves Rasputin, Stalin, and Lenin.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** From the 2nd season battles onward, the music will be slightly varied when it's a different participant rapping.
** In Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison, the synth riff is lower in pitch for Edison.
** Virtually any musical combatant will add elements of their style to the rap:
*** In Mozart vs Skrillex, the beat is more dubstep-y for Skrillex. When Mozart's rapping however, a violin is prominently featured.
*** In Beiber vs Beethoven, Beiber's music is higher pitched, while Beethoven's features a piano.
*** Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley both bring elements from their music (and age) to their raps.
** Donald Trump vs. Ebeneezer Scrooge three different styles. Donald Trump gets one all for himself, then it shifts for Ebenezer and J.P. Morgan. Kanye West's appearance basically counts as a musical GenreShift, which plays out for the rest of the battle.
* LetsGetDangerous:
** Beethoven after chucking over his piano.
--> '''Beethoven''': I'm committing verbal murder in the major third degree! My name is Beethoven, [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucker]], maybe you heard of me!
** Marilyn Monroe taking off her earrings in her second verse.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Bill Gates expresses sentiments in this vein after Steve Jobs [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to a higher plane of existence]].
* TheMafia: Freddie Mercury says it's no secret that Frank Sinatra is connected to them.
* AManIsNotAVirgin:
** Napoleon Bonaparte spends two entire lines ragging on Napoleon Dynamite's apparent virginity, even finishing the battle with it, implying his younger adversary is going to lose because of it.
** Thomas Edison also points out that Tesla "never had sex".
** Justin Bieber, not known for being widely perceived as a manly man, claims to have "[[InvokedTrope Kim Kardashian in [his] bed backstage.]]"
** Subverted by Gandhi.
-->'''Gandhi:''' I am celibate because I don't give a fuck!
* MarionetteMaster: Dr. Seuss "raps" through his characters, Literature/TheCatInTheHat and Thing 1 & Thing 2.
* MarilynManeuver: The lady herself shows us how it's done (In universe it's her, anyway).
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent:
** Look at Freddie Mercury's background as his verses go on. It starts out as a black sky with some almost invisible clouds, but as he continues and gets louder and hammier, we see flashes of light and the clouds become more visible. Compared to the usual consistent backgrounds, this is a neat touch.
** Edward Kenway appears in the background all through Capone's last verse, and is busy dispatching Blackbeard's crew when his name is dropped.
** During the Donald Trump vs. Ebenezer Scrooge battle, look at Scrooge's background, more precisely at his clock.During his verses it moves forward by a hour each, and the ghosts (JP Morgan, Kanye West and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come) appear when it strikes 1, 2, and 3 respectively.
* MediumBlending: During his first verse, Elvis vacillates between rapping and singing to the tune of "Jailhouse Rock".
* MeleeATrois:
** Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates vs [[spoiler:HAL 9000]]
** Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney vs [[spoiler:Abraham Lincoln]]
** Rasputin vs Stalin vs [[spoiler:Lenin vs Gorbachev vs Putin]]
** GangUpOnTheHuman: A musical variation happens when [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebenezer Scrooge]] (Human) fights against Donald Trump, JP Morgan, Music/KanyeWest, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come (Ghosts.)
* MemeticSexGod: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Freddie Mercury;
--> '''Freddie Mercury''': When I '''ROCK''' the UK, ''South America'' gets horny!
** And this one, accompanied by some highly suggestive facial expressions.
--> '''Freddie Mercury''': So kiss my ass Frankie, but you'll have to wait in line.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: The 10th Doctor: "You're not going to tear any holes in the fabric of space and time. [[{{Dissimile}} Actually it's more like a rug, really.]]
* MidwordRhyme:
-->'''Mario Bros.''': Like POW!
-->How ya like me now?
-->Spit flames out our mouths like our name was Bow
-->…ser!
* MonochromePast:
** Hitler's verses are shot in monochrome. Until Vader Force Chokes him into his in-color side, that is.
** Also young Elvis.
** So is Marilyn Monroe.
** Martin Luther King Jr. stays monochrome even when he crosses over into Gandhi's setting.
** Babe Ruth.
** [[spoiler: Lenin]] has a special version. [[spoiler: It's red and white.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Jobs vs Gates starts like a normal battle. [[spoiler:And then Jobs AscendsToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and HAL 9000 reveals himself.]]
* MotorMouth:
** The [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Bard himself]], played by Youtube's greatest MotorMouth George Watsky, pulls this one off at impressive speed, even for typical MotorMouth standards.
** [[Series/DoctorWho The Fourth Doctor]], after [[spoiler: regenerating from 10. George Watsky again.]]
** Robin in Sherlock Holmes vs. Batman
** Babe Ruth manages to rap in the style of a radio sports announcer and barely pauses for a breath once he starts.
* MsFanservice: Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: Done by PabloPicasso as part of a dis against BobRoss:
--> My name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso!
--> Back to you, '''''Bob'''''.
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: The BTS for Bob Ross vs Picasso implies that they were originally going to pan down to Bob( the wiener dog playing Lump) when Picasso mentioned him, but couldn't get Bob to stay still long enough to pull it off.
-->'''Lloyd as Picasso''': *chasing after Bob* He's too fast!
* NewsParody: The first battle has a parody news ticker that shows up twice.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] [[BerserkButton (as usual)]] during Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who.
* NoIndoorVoice:
** Leonidas, The Announcer himself, Hitler, Lincoln, Chuck Norris, Genghis Khan, Billy Mays, Vince Offer, Mr. T and Luigi.
** [[spoiler:Lenin]] in Rasputin vs Stalin [[spoiler:Justified, because he often did this in speeches in real life. ]]
* NoSenseOfDirection: Santa's elves give Moses a GPS, asking how it's possible for someone to get lost for ''40 years''.
** And Captain Kirk to Columbus, asking him when he's finally going to arrive at a place he actually set sail for.
* NoSwastikas: Adolf Hitler's arm band sports a rock 'n' roll horns shaped symbol.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent:
** Inverted in this case there wasn't an accent to begin with. Lloyd and Peter had to give Mike Diva (Bruce Lee) accent lessons to make him sound more Asian.
** Also, Rasputin appears to not have an accent, as does [[spoiler:Lenin]].
* NoTrueScotsman: Implied by Elvis of Michael.
-->'''Elvis''': I stole from black culture! Why are ''you'' offended?
* NWordPrivileges: Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr. is the first rap battle to use the N word and it's spoken by MLK himself, of course.
* OffhandBackhand:
** Bruce Lee and Clint Eastwood pull off a lot of these, Bruce with ninjas and Clint with cowboys. They do so while rapping.
** Chuck Norris does this with some goons as well, not even paying attention to them.
* OnceASeason: Hitler vs Vader and something horrible happening to the former.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Genghis Khan is quite proud that his genetics are now found all the way from New York to Japan.
* OutOfGenreExperience: Most of the rap battles are... er... [[CaptainObvious rap battles]], but so far, we have:
** Justin Bieber vs Beethoven, which samples liberally from Beethoven's oeuvre.
** Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates, which is [[HouseMusic house]].
** Frank Sinatra vs Freddie Mercury, which is heavily influenced by Queen's GenreBusting style, specifically the operatic and hard rock.
** Mozart vs Skrillex, which emulates both artists' styles very well.
* OverlyLongName: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso takes up much of one of his verses just saying out his name.
* PaedoHunt:
** Courtesy of Creator/MrT:
-->'''Mr. T''': So before you come to battle with your PBS crap, how 'bout I call up CPS about them kids on your lap, foo'!
** Music/ElvisPresley:
-->'''Elvis''': Cause all you wanna do is teach kids the ''birds'' and the ''bees''!
** And there's also the Fourth Doctor:
--> You're a possibly pedophilic individual who should have never been born!
** Moses gets this on Santa twice:
--> You need to stop breaking into houses and creeping\\
And peeping on naughty kids while they sleeping
** And later:
--> Thou shalt not let children sit on a grown man's lap at the mall
* ParodyAssistance: Skrillex appeared in a live version of the rap battle in which he was featured, and a removed ERB news was hosted by Hulk Hogan.
* ParodyEpisode: [=NicePeter=] and Daneboe teamed up to give us The AnnoyingOrange VS M&M in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Solyg7nEX9o Epic Rap Battles Of Kitchenry]].
* PerceptionFilter: By the time you get around to Hitler Vs. Vader 3, you're probably so used to seeing suggestions for the battle you just saw during the closing line, that unrelated comments such as "is that pewdiepie" and "BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH :(" pass without notice.
* {{Pirate}}: Blackbeard is a Type 1; pure evil and very dangerous.
* PissTakeRap: Done [[StylisticSuck very intentionally]]. Captain Kirk, being done in the typical parody standard of Creator/WilliamShatner, is the most obvious … ''and it works.''
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Thomas Edison claims that he actually makes New Jersey look ''good''.
* PlayingWithFire: Gandhi has "Raps so hot, he spits [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Yoga Fire!]] (though it's shown coming out of his palm and not his mouth).
* PrecisionFStrike: Almost every single video has at least one well-placed curse word in there somewhere. Examples include:
-->'''Chuck Norris''': '''I AM CHUCK ''FUCKING'' NORRIS!'''
-->'''Lady Gaga''': You are the sum of everything I despise, with the most dysfunctional family since the Jackson FUCKING Five!
-->'''Beethoven''': My name is Beethoven, MOTHERFUCKER, maybe you've heard of me!
-->'''Kirk''': You … spaghetti-eating FUCK!
-->'''[=NicePeter=]''': You've got as much music talent as ''Chuck '''FUCKING''' Norris!''
-->'''[=NicePeter=]''': FUCK the rap battles and you, I quit!
-->'''Adolf Hitler''': Now stand at attention, and Sieg FUCKING Heil!
-->'''Marylin Monroe''': I had some ugly boys, but you're forgetting the others—Marlon Brando and the Kennedys, while you [[BrotherSisterIncest FUCKED your own brothers!]]
-->'''Steve Jobs''': I need to bring up some basic SHIT, why you'd name your company after your dick?
-->'''Mr. Rogers''': I'll say this once, Laurence, I hope it's understood, get right back in your van and get the ''FUCK'' out of my neighborhood.
-->'''Chuck Norris''': I wear a black belt on the beard that I grow on my DICK!
-->'''Clint Eastwood''': Those little dances you do don't threaten me, Bruce. FUCK you, dude, I even squint better than you.
-->'''Bruce Lee''': A man who argues with people who aren't even there is more fit to rap against THIS FUCKING CHAIR!
-->'''Gandhi''': I am passively resisting the fact that you suck. I am celibate because I don't give a FUUUUUUUUCCCCCCK.
** Donald Trump's Precision F Strike is audibly muted and censored in the subtitles.
-->'''Donald Trump:''' So when the clock strikes, prepare to enter a world of Christmas pain, 'cause I'm out! I've got my own [=F***ing=] problems, call me 2 Chainz.
** ClusterFBomb: John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly, while maybe not exactly fitting here, is much more frequent in swearing than the other battles.
** [[CatchPhrase "It's-a me, Mario!"]] "And Luigi, MOTHA''[[FunWithSubtitles *dling*]]''![[note]]Do we have a coin?[[/note]]"
* ProductPlacement:
** "Blackbeard vs. Al Capone" [[BookEnds starts and ends]] by giving thanks to ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag''. Edward Kenway is even mentioned in the lyrics AND seen in the background behind both Capone and Blackbeard, eventually killing a few pirates in traditional assassin style.
** Lloyd spends a good minute advertising for a company that donated 100% organic, fully compostable eating utensils and dishware in the BTS of Donald Trump vs. Ebeneezer Scrooge. He even points out the company's address with a full display on the screen.
** In the announcement for "Season 3.5" Teddy Roosevelt wants to make sure everyone knows about the US government's new healthcare website, although he calls it "POLARIZING NEWS" and says he doesn't "give a damn" whether viewers like or hate it, as long as they know about it.
* {{Pun}}: While not usually part of one of the rap battles themselves, Charles Darwin hosts [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzaJRsuvDPQ ERB News]] and spits out two of them.
** From the BTS of "JoanOfArc vs MileyCyrus":
--> '''Lloyd''': "[[RunningGag Wanna buy some heroin(e)?]] (nod at Joan of Arc) Geddit?"
** In-battle, Pablo gets one during Bob Ross Vs Pablo Bicasso, while the camera is framing only his head and shoulders.
--> '''Picasso:''' I could make better art with my wiener... ''(camera zooms out to reveal him holding a wiener dog)'' Lump!
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Naturally, used by Leonidas.
* RageQuit: In [=EpicLloyd=] vs.[=NicePeter=]
--> Lloyd: "I'm gonna knock you right out of your little Superman socks! You were nothing before you rode up on [=KassemG=]'s jock'!
--> Peter: "Man, you don't even need to say that kind of shit. Fuck the rap battles and you, I quit."
* RatedMForManly:
** Hitler vs Vader (all three battles)
** Lincoln vs Chuck Norris
** Kim Jong-Il vs Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage
** Leonidas vs Master Chief
** Bruce Lee vs Clint Eastwood
** Lance Armstrong vs Babe Ruth
* ReachingBetweenTheLines: Bill gates puts his hand through an iPad by hitting it with an iPhone (iPwn) and hits steve with said iPhone (iSmack).
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** [[spoiler:Abe Lincoln]] interrupts the battle between Romney and Obama to deliver one of these.
--> '''[[spoiler:Lincoln]]''': *''To Obama''* You! I wanna like you! Don't talk about change, just do it! I fought for what was on my brain until '''''a bullet went through iiiiit'''''! *''To Romney''* And you! Moneybags! You're a pancake, you're flip-floppity! It's a country, not a company, you can play like Monopoly!
** Babe Ruth also gives Lance Armstrong one of these with both barrels, in the rapid-fire style of a radio sports announcer. He takes four long sentences to nail Armstrong for forgetting "what real sportsmanship was!" before finally pausing for breath.
--> '''Babe Ruth:''' It's the bottom of the ninth against the Texan in a bathing suit, filled with more artificial ingredients than a Baby Ruth\\
And it may be way too soon, but I'm calling my shot, and I'm not talking about those Italian syringes you brought\\
The Sultan of Swat'll knock you right outta the park and round the bases to the sound of uproaring applause\\
While you hang your head in shame and disgrace because you got lost and forgot what real sportsmanship was!
** [[spoiler:Lenin]] delivers an awesome one to Josef Stalin about how communism was about bringing down social classes and benefit the proletariat, yet he used it to hop himself to power, and stopped a great revolution.
* ReflectiveEyes: [=EpicLloyd=] pulls off an impressive quick change backflip in the reflection of [=NicePeter=]'s sunglasses.
* ResetButton: [[spoiler: The Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who video is stuck in a time loop. The "EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY" logo itself is used the exact same way at both the beginning and end of the video, at which point the video resets to give the Tenth Doctor another chance … but he just turns off the video with his sonic screwdriver.]]
* {{Retraux}}: Various people from history are presented through the lens(es) of their respective time periods:
** Anyone famous from the 1920s through the [[TheSixties 1960s]]--including Babe Ruth, MarilynMonroe, Martin Luther King Jr. and more--will be DeliberatelyMonochrome. [[note]]Though strangely, figures older than this are usually in color. In Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe and Gandhi vs. MLK Jr., the former is in color while the latter is in B&W.[[/note]]
*** Hitler's verses until Vader uses the Force to bring him into his own screen. May double as AnachronismStew when you notice that Vader claims that he came before Hitler, and all of his screentime is shot in color. Then again, he ''does'' hail from [[FridgeBrilliance a galaxy far, far away.]]
*** Martin Luther King Jr. stays in monochrome even when he crosses over into Gandhi's colored setting.
** The Wright Brothers have a grainy sepia tone and their audio is processed to sound like it was recorded on a phonograph.
** Aside from the fact that young Elvis is shot in monochrome, both old Elvis and young Michael are shown as if on 1970's television. Old Michael even has a special filter on him that makes him appear as in the '90s video clips.
** Freddie Mercury uses popular visual effects from the 70's--recalling [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-ARuoSFflc the "Bohemian Rhapsody" video]] specifically.
** Bruce Lee Vs Clint Eastwood have a retro colour filter for both contestants.
** A meta example in ''[=NicePeter=] vs. [=EpicLloyd=]''; when Peter turns into John Lennon, the image quality of him is [[StylisticSuck much poorer]], as a reference to the poor image quality of the John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly video, as it was their first video and had only a $50 budget.
** [[spoiler:Lenin is shown in red and white, making him appear as if he stepped out of a Russian Revolution-era propaganda poster.]]
* RetiredBadass: Bob Ross served 20 years in the United States Air Force.
* TheReveal: The Narrator is a {{bear|sAreBadNews}}, apparently… That is, until he was next revealed to be a hippopotamus. Or a Giraffe. Or a snake.
* RhymesOnADime: Kanye West
* RhymingWithItself:
** In ''Sherlock Holmes vs. Batman'', Sherlock does this.
-->'''Watson''': Holmes, you've cracked the case!
-->'''Sherlock''': You're a [[IncrediblyLamePun batshit crazy]] basket case!
** The Cat In The Hat almost does this, with the rhyming part being the second-to-last word in each line.
--> "Even Horton doesn't wanna ''hear you'' - And Cindy Lou Who is afraid to go ''near you!''
** "Rasputin vs Stalin" actually pulls this off.
-->'''[[spoiler:Lenin]]''': "Josef, you were supposed to be my right-hand man[=/=]but your loyalty shriveled up like your right hand, man!"
** Vader in "Hitler vs. Vader 3" does this in his verse.
--> '''Vader:''' I got a million clones, they die for me; my bounty hunters ride for me; yo homeboy, finish this rhyme for me!'''
*** Vader did it twice in that verse:
---> '''Vader:''' You wrote a little book, ''got em fired up''. [=/=] Had a beer-hall putch, ''got em fired up''. [=/=] And when your bunker started getting ''fired up'' [=/=] you put a gun in your mouth and '''fired up'''!
** Kanye West (The Ghost of What's Right Now) in Donald Trump vs. Ebeneezer Scrooge:
--> '''Kanye West:''': Well you're about to be right! now! I'm the Ghost of What's Right! Now!
* RuleOfCool: Why Steve Jobs claims his machines are better than Bill Gates;
--> '''Steve Jobs''': A man uses the machines you build, to [[BoringButPractical sit down and pay his taxes]]. A man uses the machines I build, [[AwesomeYetPractical to listen to the Beatles, while he relaxes]]!
* RunningGag:
** In the behind the scenes videos, there's a running theme of Lloyd jokingly asking other people if they want to buy some heroin.
*** When he does this to Bentley Green, the kid starts shouting out for the police to help him. Cue Lloyd running for the exit.
*** George Watsky actually plays the Heroin joke on ''him'' in the Behind the Scenes for Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who.
*** Averted in Adam vs. Eve; nobody does the heroin joke in the Behind the Scenes.
*** In the "Hitler vs. Vader 3" BTS, Lloyd [[BreakingTheFourthWall speaks low to the camera]]:
--->'''[=EpicLloyd=]:''' You know what's in that jetpack, don't you? ''[{{beat}}]'' Rocket fuel.
--->...AND HERO--!
*** Invoked but {{Defied}} in the BTS of Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali. Lloyd is trying to show off the snack table, including a cake that the catering lady brought in. When the camera wanders to look elsewhere, Lloyd calls them out on it before storming off.
--->Hey, hey, hey! [[TakeThatAudience All you want to hear is a heroin joke. Whatever.]]
** Lloyd also sometimes dresses up in part of the costume and imitates the announcer.
--> '''Lloyd:''' ''(with Gandalf's beard)'' "The Oakridge Boys Vs. ZZ Top!"
** There also seems to be one in the second season's behind the scenes videos of people not recognizing who one of the rappers is supposed to be, such as one man not realizing Lloyd was dressed as Mario.
** See UnusualEuphemism below. It's becoming a trademark of the series.
* ScareEmStraight: The {{stinger}} from the Behind The Scenes video for Donald Trump vs. Ebeneezer Scrooge:
--> '''The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come:''' You know who's gonna visit you if you have heroin? ''Death.'' Death loves heroin.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Romney uses this during his rap.
--> "I'm not going to let this battle be dictated by facts. I'm rich! I got fat stacks and super [=PACs=]."
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Subverted in the [=Columbus/Kirk=] battle, where Christopher Columbus seemingly walked out after his opening line.
** Dr. Seuss did a subtle straight version. He got the hell out of Dodge before the Cat in the Hat let Thing 1 and Thing 2 free.
** "Later, weirdo, Elvis is leaving the building."
** "Now excuse me, while I turn heaven a profit." ([[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence dissolves into air]])
** [[spoiler: Lincoln]] during ''Obama Vs. Romney'', who gets air-dropped by a giant bald eagle and lifted back out by said eagle at the end of his verse.
--> "Of the people! By the people! For the people! ''EAGLE!''
** Clint Eastwood would offer to stick around for a Round 2, but finds it ridiculous because nobody in Bruce Lee's family ever lived to see a sequel.
** Donald Trump fills in for the role of Jacob Marley and alarms Ebeneezer Scrooge of the verbal beatdown the three emcees of the ethereal plane are going to give him. Once his verse is done, he leaves.
-->'''Trump:''' So when the clock strikes, prepare to enter a world of Christmas pain, 'cause I'm out! I've got my own [[SymbolSwearing F***ing]] problems, call me 2 Chainz.
* SelfDeprecation:
** Bruce Lee mocks one who would rap against people who ''aren't even there'' ...while Clint Eastwood isn't onscreen.
** The Narrator during the ERB news.
-->'''Charles Darwin:''' ''Even the Announcer is bringing his A-game.''
-->'''Narrator:''' ''EP. IC. RAP…BATTLLLLEEESSS!!! [[PrecisionFStrike FHAUCKIT!]]''
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Quite a few of the matchups are like this:
** Justin Bieber (sensitive) and Beethoven (manly, emphasized by his BadassBaritone)
** Easter Bunny (sensitive) and Genghis Khan ([[CaptainObvious manly]])
** Mr. Rogers (sensitive) and Mr. T (manly)
** Bob Ross (sensitive) and Pablo Picasso (manly)
* SequelEscalation: The rematch between Hitler and Vader. Considering this is the first battle of season 2, [[JustifiedTrope this is expected]].
* SerialEscalation: The season two finale. Rasputin gives his verse. Then Stalin gives his. [[spoiler: Then Vladimir Lenin drops in and starts trashing both of them. Okay, he's probably just the Russian equivalent of Abraham Lincoln... Then, ''knock knock'', and it's Mikhail Gorbachev, pulling a WhosOnFirst with his 'birthmarks'. Then it's Vladimir ''Putin''.]] "And for god's sake, we need a Russian!" indeed.
* SharpDressedMan: Tesla refers to himself as "impeccably dressed".
* SherlockScan: Done by the man himself to determine Batman's secret identity.
* ShirtlessScene: [[spoiler:Vladimir Putin]] shows up in his memetic form.
* ShoutOut: Ubiquitous.
* ShowDontTell: [[spoiler: Abraham Lincoln]]'s advice to Barack Obama:
--> "Don't talk about change, just do it! I fought for what was on my brain [[spoiler: until a bullet went through it!]]"
* ShownTheirWork: The series ''revolves'' around the injokes made with this.
** ''{{Halo}}'s'' Master Chief was correctly identified as a Petty Officer[[note]]Full title; "Master Chief Petty Officer John-117"[[/note]] by his foe Leonidas, which most players are unaware of.
** Freddie Mercury vs. Frank Sinatra referenced Frank's mob ties, the fact that he didn't get in the military during WW2, and the fact that his most famous song "My Way" was actually written by someone else.
** Skrillex claims that Mozart is "into powdered wigs and poop". Sounds out of place, doesn't it? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozart_and_scatology Actually...]]
** Most people know very little about Stalin's family, especially the fact that he left one of his sons to die in a German prison instead of trading him for a German Field Marshall.
*** Likewise for his shriveled right hand, which he was highly self-conscious about throughout his life.
** When [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] [[spoiler: is about to die]] he cites lines from The End of Time, and the voices echo [[Creator/PeterDavison Fifth Doctor]]'s.
** They took pains to be as accurate as possible with Stephen Hawking's pose in Einstein vs. Hawking in order to avoid offensive portrayals of the disabled.
* SiblingIncest:
** Doesn't actually happen, but Mario tells the Wright Brothers to "just get back in [their] biplane and make out with each other".
** Decidedly does happen with Cleopatra and her brothers.
* TheSingularity: What [[spoiler:HAL's rap in Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs]] seems to be all about.
* SlapSlapKiss: Defied. After Adam realizes that he may have gone too far with calling Eve a colossal bitch, he apologizes, and she apologizes for everything she said as well. Adam wants to give her a hug to make up, but she'll be having none of it.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** Shakespeare's second verse. Turns out he can [[MotorMouth rap]] ''[[MotorMouth really]]'' [[MotorMouth fast]]. This was to be expected, as he was played by George Watsky, one of the fastest rappers on [=YouTube=].
** Steve Jobs vs Gates: instead of sticking to the formulaic two verses per rapper (2 vs 1 battles notwithstanding), Jobs and Gates end up switching back and forth every line for a while:
--> '''Jobs''': Ooh, everybody knows Windows bit off Apple.
--> '''Gates''': I tripled the profits on a PC.
--> '''Jobs''': All the people with the power to create use an Apple!
--> '''Gates''': And people with jobs use PC.
--> '''Jobs''': You know, I bet they made [[MediumAwareness this beat]] on an Apple!
--> '''Gates''': Nope, [=FruityLoops=], PC.
--> '''Jobs''': You will never ever catch a virus on an Apple!
--> '''Gates''': Well, you can still afford a doctor if you bought a PC.
*** [[spoiler: Then, of course, there was HAL.]]
** It's getting more common. Marilyn Monroe vs. Cleopatra was 3 to 2 verses respectively, while Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama had one big verse for each and smaller verses as the song goes on, similar to the above.
*** [[spoiler: Then, of course, there was Abraham Lincoln.]]
** "Adam vs. Eve". Instead of raps actually relating to the story of Adam and Eve, it's mostly just a generic married couple bickering set to music. This one was expected since some of the comment suggestions that went with it were "Man vs. Woman"
** "Stalin vs. Rasputin" is possibly the strangest example yet, with 5 rappers each getting one verse.
** "Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali" gave both rappers three verses instead of the usual two.
** Like "Stalin vs. Rasputin", "Donald Trump vs. Ebeneezer Scrooge" also features 5 rappers: Donald, Ebeneezer, J.P. Morgan (The Ghost of Rich Dudes Past), Music/KanyeWest (The Ghost of What's Right Now), and TheGrimReaper. However, Ebeneezer gets a whole verse in response to each of the other four. The episode was also different in the the rap itself tells a progressing story; even in the Vader vs Hitler trilogy, the story only happened before and after the battles.
* SophisticatedAsHell:
** Shakespeare does this quite a lot.
-->'''Shakespeare''': What light through yonder poser breaks?'
-->'''Shakespeare''': I hath been iambic on that ass, ye bastard.
-->'''Shakespeare''': Ye hoebag!
** Sherlock Holmes does this heavily.
** In "Rasputin vs Stalin" again:
--> [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin]]: "I fought the bondage of classes, the proletariat masses[=/=]have brought me here to spit a thesis against ''both of yo' asses!''"
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HooJnTB6Uzw Isaac Newton]]:
--> "What's up, bitches? My name is Sir Isaac Newton. I am a philosopher, a mathematician and I invented so much sweet shit you wouldn't believe.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Invoked. Doc Brown makes fun of how lame the special effects are in the ''Doctor Who'' series.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Hitler's first name is spelt 'Adolph' on his title card at the beginning, but is spelled in the more conventional way, 'Adolf', in the subtitles where he introduces himself. Both spellings are valid. In the rematch, however, Hitler's title card actually uses the spelling 'Adolf'.
* SpinOff: 9 The Official Fanzine type that shows the behind the scenes and extra info.
** Epic Rap Battles of History—Behind the Scenes
** Epic Drawings of History with Marydoodles
** Epic Makeup with Ceciley
** Epic Dance Battles of History
** The following follow along the lines of the Re-imagining type of Spin-Off:
*** Epic Cartoon Rap Battles Of History by The Infinite Source.
*** Chaotic Rap Battles
* SpiritualSuccessor: ERB could be described as CelebrityDeathmatch minus the blood, gore, and censorship; but in a musical form.
* SplashOfColor: Both played straight (with Gandhi in MLK background) and inverted (with MLK in Gandhi background) in ''Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr.'' during the hugging scene.
* StableTimeLoop: [[Film/BackToTheFuture Doc Brown]] vs. [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] begins where the battle ends where the battle begins where the battle ends where the battle begins where the battle ends where the battle…[[Film/AustinPowers oh no I've gone cross-eyed]].
* StealingTheCredit: Bill Gates accuses Steve Jobs of doing this.
* StealthPun: Several.
** "… ten-thousand-dollar shoes I use to [[Music/TheBeatles stomp out a beatle.]]"
** "I'll "school" you anywhere—MIT to Oxford"
** "Sorry, Wright Brothers, this time you chose wrong."
*** "You might fly like a hawk, but you fight like a kitty."
** " Oh, no, we'll smash your globe."
*** "You gettin' upstaged Bill. Yo you just got played" is especially stealthy.
** "I've seen every record you set, man I [[MichaelJackson beat it]]."
** Steve Jobs saying "I got a PC, but it wasn't from you," to Bill Gates. One of the stealthiest ones yet.
*** He also says he'll "bring up some basic shit".
*** "Why did you name your company after your dick?" Think about that one.
*** Later, [[spoiler: HAL 9000]] offers "I think different from the engine of the days of old", referencing both the former AppleMacintosh slogan and Charles Babbage's difference engine, the first computer.
*** "You blow, Jobs" (complete with hand motion)
** "You wanna trade blows? You can't even hit puberty!"
** "Gettin' 'Lo on Mark Antony."
*** "Tossing [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Caesar's]] salad"
** "You're a batshit crazy basket case!"
*** "Dissing these dynamic douchebags…"
** "I fought the caste system, but you still cannot touch this!"
*** "I'm the King of civil rights"
** "Before I let loose with this ruthless aggression"
** "I'm a Prodigy, [[FirstNameBasis Sonny]], and I'm about to smack a bitch up!"
*** "...and you reek of [[Music/DeadMau5 dead mouse.]]"
*** "You died baroque and worthless!"
*** "I attack, you decay, can't sustain my releases!"
** "I [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack strike back]] hard against a Nazi!"
** "I spit hot borscht when I'm crushing these beats!" [[note]] Borscht is a Russian dish made by crushing beets, or in this case, beats. [[/note]]
*** "Took Trotsky out of the picture"
*** "I'm a President in my Prime"
*** "The last man who attacked me lived a half-life"
** "I see a universe of infinite energy, but no potential for threat from this enemy."
** "You're the least talented rat in your whole pack of rodents!"
** "Your highest calling was a text from Wiz Khalifa." [[note]] Khalifa is known for tremendous marijuana consumption, so a message from him would be a "high calling" indeed.[[/note]]
* StealthInsult:
** "Why don't you's get back in your ''bi''plane and make out with each other?"
** "Show this ''petty'' officer who's the hardest!"
** "I deduce this deuce stain is Bruce Wayne!"
** "So kiss my ass, Frank." A blink-and-you'll-miss-it type; the chorus shouts "Ass!" instead of "Frank" as Sinatra appears onscreen.
** "And people ''with jobs'' use PC!"
** "So dope I even make [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] look good!"
* StuntDouble: The break-dancing portion of Mister Rogers' verse is not [=NicePeter=].
* StupidJetpackHitler: Hitler apparently travelled through time and messed with the StarWars prequels.
* StylisticSuck: ''Everyone'' is basically this, due to the whole premise being a rap battle.
** BarackObama vs. Mitt Romney takes the cake, really. Both of them have incredibly stilted speech that you'd expect from career politicians, and the battle eventually dissolves into childish bickering. [[spoiler:Then AbrahamLincoln shows up…]]
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Defied. Kanye West (the Ghost of What's Right Now) goes out of his way to make sure all his lines end with a rhyme.
--> Just take a lesson from Yeezy.\\
You're missing the point Ebeneezy\\
There's more to life than your work, take it easy.\\
Even I can make time for Azizy.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
* SuperiorSuccessor: Sometimes claimed by the newer battler, sometimes denied by the older.
--> '''StephenHawking:''' *to AlbertEinstein* While it's true that my work is based on you / I'm a supercomputer, you're like a TI-82
--> '''[[MahatmaGandhi Gandhi]]:''' *to MartinLutherKingJr* Everything you preach, I said it first / You should jot down these words, plagiarize my whole verse
* SuperMode:
** In the first Vader/Hitler battle, Vader begins to use TheForce in his second verse to choke Hitler and then freeze him in carbonite.
** Chuck Norris in his second verse, resulting in bursts of fire and AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever.
** The Mario Brothers grow larger in their second verse, complete with the appropriate sound from the game.
* TakeAThirdOption: Mitt Romney vs Barack Obama [[spoiler: vs Abraham Lincoln]].
* TakeThat:
** They really like to poke fun at John [=McCain=].
-->'''Lincoln''': I got my face on the side of a mountain; you voted for John [=McCain=]!
-->'''Gaga''': History will regret you like J-J-J-John [=McCain=]!
** Twilight Books. Even Dr. Seuss couldn't tolerate being accused of that.
** Mitt Romney says that BarackObama married the female version of Patrick Ewing.
** Skrillex reeks of [[Music/DeadMau5 "dead mouse."]]
** Picasso calls Bob Ross "the PBS version of [[Music/NickelBack Nickelback]]."
** Muhammad Ali says that Michael Jordan's rapping "sucks more than ''Film/SpaceJam'' did."
** "Your spells are a joke, and not funny ones either / Mines of Moria? Ha! More like ''Series/MindOfMencia''!"
* TakeUpMySword:
** Hulk Hogan gets shot down via bazooka by Kim Jong-Il, so Macho Man tags in to fight back in place of the injured Hogan.
** After Billy Mays dies mid-battle against Ben Franklin, the [[VinceOffer Shamwow guy]] dramatically emerges to finish the battle.
** After Doc Brown takes out the Tenth Doctor with a Dalek, the Fourth Doctor takes his place.
* SymbolSwearing: Donald Trump's PrecisionFStrike is both audibly muted and shown as "[=F***ing=]" in the subtitles.
* TeenyWeenie:
** Clint Eastwood claims that Bruce Lee's One-Inch Punch is the same size as his pecker.
** When Beethoven mentions Bieber can't hit puberty, Bach implies this about Justin, popping up on screen shaking his head sadly and holding his finger and thumb an inch apart.
** According to Skrillex, Mozart has a little magic flute.
** "Why'd you name your company after your dick?!"
* TemptingFate:
-->"Now no one can stop me! The world is mine!"
-->"I'm sorry, Bill. [[spoiler: I'm afraid I can't let you do that…]]"
-->"Wait! Actually, harkening back to the dead Donald's lecture, I still am expecting a final specter!"
* TestosteronePoisoning: Nice Peter behind the scenes for Mitt vs. Obama.
-->"I am gonna get '''sooooo''' many women pregnant!"
* ThatRussianSquatDance: Done at the end of "Rasputin vs. Stalin", naturally.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Vader, Chuck Norris, Gandalf, Batman, Kirk, and a few others all pull this off at various points.
-->'''Chuck Norris:''' I've spilt more blood and gore than forty score of your puny Civil Wars, Bitch!
-->'''Gandalf:''' "Tom riddle me this, you bitch, how's your little wand gonna beat my staff?"
** Mr. T has a variant of this, fool!
** [[spoiler:HAL]] has probably one of the most nonchalant examples of this in history.
--> "I'm on Linux, bitch, I thought you GNU."
** Batman pulls this one on Sherlock.
-->"So bring it on, bitch, I'm Batman!"
** Another variant pops up in "Rasputin vs Stalin":
-->'''[[spoiler:UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev]]:''' "I had the balls to let Baryshnikov dance, playa!"
** Miley Cyrus is "the hottest thing since [[Music/BritneySpears Britney]], bitch!"
* TheThreeCertaintiesInLife: Benjamin Franklin (of course) claims that his victory is even ''more'' certain than the other two.
* TitleScream: ''EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!''
* TimeSkip: In the Elvis Presley VS Michael Jackson fight, both characters go through this. Michael spins into his older, whiter self, and Elvis gets fat from eating too much.
* TimeyWimeyBall: The Doctor begins explaining how space and time work, then says 'nevermind' and gives Doc Brown the nut shell.
* ToiletHumor: Elvis Presley's death on the can is inevitably brought up when he fights Michael Jackson.
-->'''Elvis:''' Well I died on the shitter, but I don't give a crap!
** Not to mention [=NicePeter=] likes to pantomime popping a squat. He's done it twice, as Donald Trump and Mozart, the latter of which was known for his scatological interests which are brought up numerous times during the battle.
* TokenWhite:
** In his second verse, Martin Luther King is accompanied by a group of people, all of whom are black except for the one white guy played by Lloyd. Similarly, in Gandhi's second verse, he's accompanied by Indians and one white reverend played by Nice Peter.
* TranquilFury:
** ChuckNorris starts off this way, nonchalantly blocking punches and arrows aimed at him, but having a bucket full of pennies dumped over his head [[BerserkButton makes him lose his cool]].
** Master Chief maintains his calmness throughout his battle, but you can tell he's pissed off.
** Mister Rogers. He doesn't raise his soft, polite voice even once, but he ''does'' go into CreepyMonotone, calls Mr T "[[FirstNameUltimatum Laurence]]" like a teacher to a naughty child, and ''[[PrecisionFStrike swears]]''.
** After [[NoIndoorVoice his first verse]], Bill Gates has this; Steve Jobs launches verses, but Bill just calmly responds to them. [[spoiler: He loses this when Steve dies, though.]]
--> '''Steve Jobs''': [[BreakingTheFourthWall I bet this beat was made on an Apple!]]
--> '''Bill Gates''': Nope, Fruity Loops. PC.
--> '''Steve Jobs''': (angry) You will never, ''ever'' catch a virus on an Apple!
--> '''Bill Gates''': But you can still afford a doctor if you buy a PC.
** Clint Eastwood throughout his rap just calmly shoots everyone and everything around him while launching insults at Bruce Lee.
** BobRoss never raises his voice above a calm whisper all throughout his battle with Picasso.
* TransformationSequence:
** Young Michael Jackson spins transforming into older Michael Jackson. And from the same video, young, handsome Elvis scarfing down sandwiches to transform into old, fat Elvis.
** The Tenth Doctor regenerates into the Fourth Doctor.
** Gandalf the White gets his 'ass knocked back' to Gandalf the Grey.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: Only with rap.
* UnfortunateNames: The Wright Brothers, according to the Mario Bros.
-->'''Luigi''': Look at these two; their lives must've been horrible!\\
'''Mario''': Two dorky dudes …\\
'''Luigi''': … named Wilbur and Orville!
* TheUnintelligible: The announcer gradually becomes this as more videos are released. Each video tries to top the last.
* TheVoiceless: Dr. Seuss lets his art do the talking for him.
* UnusualEuphemism:
** The Wright Bros. have been "playing Donkey Kong" with Princess Peach.
** Master Chief showed Leonidas' wife his "plasma cannon".
** Michael Jackson "hee-hee"-ed Elvis's daughter.
** Joe Dimaggio "took a swing in [Marilyn Monroe's] batter's box," and Cleopatra has been "tossing Caesar's salad".
** Steve Jobs makes the "GUI" [gooey] that Bill Gates's wife "uses."
** Freddie Mercury acknowledges that he "took one for both teams" when he contracted AIDS.
** Barack Obama threatens to smack Mitt Romney with his "Stimulus package."
** Robin took Sherlock's lady friend Irene Adler back to his pad "to [[WrittenSoundEffect BAM!-POW!-KERSPLAT! her".]]
** Captain Kirk wonders if Queen Isabella would like his "Captain's Log".
** Mozart's cousin "blew notes" on his "little magic flute".
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Even with a concept so simple as "take two or more historical figures/characters/celebrities", it's surprising just how many allusions to various events and traits of the characters in question can be found under the surface of the lyrics. Fittingly enough, the users of ''Rap Genius'' go [[http://rapgenius.com/albums/Nice-peter-epiclloyd/Epic-rap-battles-of-history-season-one into]] [[http://rapgenius.com/albums/Nice-peter-epiclloyd/Epic-rap-battles-of-history-season-two depth]] with these, as do members of the ''[[http://epicrapbattlesofhistory.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Rap_Meanings Epic Rap Battles Of History]]'' [[TheWikiRule Wiki]].
* VisualPun: Billy Mays with his "lightning rod cock".
* WalkingSpoiler: It's hard to discuss [[spoiler:Lenin, Gorbachev, and Putin's]] role in the season 2 finale without lessening the impact of [[spoiler:their]] arrival.
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: Many of the Epic Rap Battles will feature at least one American character. The exceptions so far are Vader vs. Hitler, Genghis Khan vs. the Easter Bunny, Gandalf vs. Dumbledore, Beethoven vs. Bieber, Einstein vs. Hawking, Master Chief vs. Leonidas, Moses vs. Santa Claus, Adam vs. Eve, and Rasputin vs. Stalin.
* WhamLine: The introduction of a third side is usually this.
** "I'm sorry Bill, I'm afraid I can't do that." [[spoiler:HAL's intro.]]
** "CAW!" [[spoiler:The eagle introducing Abraham Lincoln in the Obama/Romney battle, the first time a rapper returned outside of the Hitler/Vader rematch]]
** There are several in the season 2 finale:
*** "I have no pride for you who ruined everything my revolution was doing to stop the bourgeoisie!" [[spoiler:Lenin's introduction.]]
*** "Did somebody say 'birthmarks'?" [[spoiler:Gorbachev's intro, the first time we got a ''fourth'' side.]]
*** Followed by "Did somebody say 'real power'?" [[spoiler:Putin's intro, forming a ''fifth'' side.]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Frank Sinatra makes fun of Freddie Mercury's fashion sense, but Freddie responds by [[InsultBackfire exclaiming he's more powerful than Frank is even while while wearing women's pants]].
* AWildRapperAppears: {{Defied}} by Adolf Hitler in Round 3 against Darth Vader. Vader tries to send in Boba Fett as a backup rapper, but Hitler would be having none of it, and shoots him.
-->"Oh sieg '''''hell no!''''' You're not going to cheat me, Mister Sunglasses All The Time!"
** Similarly, Robin invites himself into the Batman/Sherlock Holmes showdown, providing a [[MotorMouth rapid-fire bridge]] before Batman reasserts the original pace and style.
* WorldOfBadass: Almost everyone here is a warrior, a general, or otherwise a tough guy.
* WorldOfHam: Everyone here is a rapper.
* WouldHitAGirl: Captain Kirk strikes Queen Isabella multiple times.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Beethoven claims this is why [[TakeThat he can't assault Bieber.]]
* WriterOnBoard: While most battles have all participants nail a few key blows against their opponents, or have a weak start with a killer WhamLine finish, others are so lop-sided (or have a special guest who acts as a mouthpiece) that it's clear the writers heavily favor one side. While nobody's going to dispute who should win in [[CurbStompBattle Genghis Khan vs. the Easter Bunny]], the slant in other episodes has led to some InternetBackdraft against fans who take exception.
* XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack: Creator/MrT says this to [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]]:
-->'''Creator/MrT''': Hello? It's for you! Creator/BillCosby wants his sweater!
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Played with by Shakespeare, featuring such things as "Ye Hoebag".
-->"I'll put a slug between your shoulder blades / Then ask what light through yonder poser breaks."
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: ''Donald Trump vs Ebeneezer Scrooge'', with the former as Marley, and [[spoiler: JP Morgan and Kanye West as Ghosts of the Past and Present.]]
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: PabloPicasso points out that BobRoss probably has no idea what {{cubism}} means.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Or rather, J.P. Morgan says Ebenezer Scrooge ''should'' have gotten laid:
-->'''Morgan:''' You should have made like [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Sebastian and kissed de girl!]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The Wright Brothers spend their first few lines saying this to the Mario Brothers. "Your princess is in ''our'' castle now!"
* YourMom:
** Vader to Hitler: "So many dudes been with your mom, who even knows if [[LukeIAmYourFather I'm your father]]?"
** Hawking to Einstein: "There are ten million million million million million million million million million particles in the universe that we can observe/ Your mama took the ugly ones and put them into one nerd".
** Inverted by Obama, who compliments Romney's father as a TakeThat to Romney:
--->"They say your father was a great man, you must be what's left."
** Bruce Lee: "I beat the Good, and the Bad. You must be the ugly. I would mess up your face, but your mama did it for me!"

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