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->''"Let's get it on!"''
-->--'''Mills Lane''', referee

'''''Celebrity Deathmatch''''' is a 1998 [[StopMotion claymation]] animation series broadcast on Creator/{{MTV}}.

The concept behind this show is that celebrities would fight each other to the death in the ring, claymation-style.

The show first premiered on MTV's 1997 animation show, ''Cartoon Sushi'', with Music/MarilynManson killing UsefulNotes/CharlesManson by ripping his skeleton out through his mouth. After it became a success, "Deathbowl 98" was released and shown during the [[SuperBowl Super Bowl XXXII]] halftime show. Eventually, it began running as a weekly series first on MTV from 1998 to 2002, then {{Uncanceled}} to [=MTV2=] for two more seasons in 2006 and 2007.

There was also a fighting game released for the PlayStation, {{Playstation 2}}, {{Xbox}}, and Windows [=PCs=]. It was also planned for a {{Gamecube}} release.

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* AbortedArc: The overall storyline hinted at two that were never resolved and likely abandoned due to the show's cancellations at those points: Debbie's pregnancy, and the possible return of Stacy Cornbred, which was constantly used as a taunt by Tally Wong.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: While some celebrities (such as Creator/JaneaneGarofalo) and relatives of celebrities (such as [[http://web.archive.org/web/20071013100728/http://playahata.com/hatablog/?p=2342 The Game's father]]) [[DudeNotFunny took offense at their portrayals]], others thought they were great. [[Music/MotleyCrue Tommy Lee]], for example, loved [[GagPenis the]] [[EyeScream way]] in which he defeated Ron Jeremy, as did Music/JenniferLopez regarding how she beat Music/DollyParton -- she only wondered why they gave her a different accent. Music/WeirdAlYankovic would actually frequently show a section of his fight with Al Gore during his live tours, despite ultimately losing that one. Creator/StevenSpielberg wrote to comment that he and his children loved his appearance too, despite the fact that he lost against Creator/AlfredHitchcock (although he also wanted a rematch).
* AdaptationalBadass: You'd be hard pressed to find a celebrity who ''wasn't'' given this treatment.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: After watching an old clip from the 1950s between Creator/JohnWayne and [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], Nick says, "'''V'''intage '''v'''iolence from the '''v'''aults, nothing better."
* TheAlcoholic: Music/DeanMartin was depicted as such in his bout against Creator/JerryLewis, with him being hammered and even having drink after drink instead of actually ''fighting'' Lewis.
* AnimateBodyParts: Stephen King's leg, an arm that may have been either that of Britney Spears or ChristinaAguilera, Ashlee Simpson's nose, Albert Einstein's brain and spine, Eddie Murphy's hand, Mary-Kate Olsen's stomach, and Nicky Jr's brain have all been shown to move on their own.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: From the "Bill Clinton vs. Kenneth Starr" fight: *smack* "That's for ruining my presidency." *smack* "''That's'' for ruining my marriage." *smack* "THAT'S for ruining my chances of hiring any more cute interns!"
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: One episode had UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini appearing who for some reason was wearing a pickelhaube. Why an Italian would be wearing a German helmet from the First World War is not addressed.
* AsHimself: Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, Wrestling/MickFoley ([[Wrestling/{{WWE}} seeing a pattern?]]), Music/MarilynManson, Creator/LucyLawless, Geraldo Rivera, Chris Kattan, Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, Gilbert Gottfried, boxing referee Mills Lane, and Debbie Matenopoulos have all voiced themselves on the show.
** In a related note, several celebrities shown as participants on the show have mentioned they would have actually done their own voices [[YouDidntAsk if they had been asked to do so.]]
* AssholeVictim: Many of the losers are portrayed this way, like Charles Manson, Creator/SeanPenn, and Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt.
* AssShove:
** AlGore wins his fight against Music/WeirdAlYankovic by pulling a stick out of his ass (the "executive branch") [[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke This episode was made back during the 2000 election]], when Gore was best known for being wooden, stiff and bland as opposed to an environmental crusader.[[/note]] and beating him with it. That stick? ''A very large tree''.
** [[Music/BeastieBoys The Beastie Boys]] shoved Creator/MarlonBrando up the exhaust pipe of [[Music/BackstreetBoys the Backstreet Boys']] mecha robot.
** There was also the Creator/LucyLawless/Calista Flockhart match, where this Trope was used in a way that was, for lack of a better term, bizarre. An accident in the fight has Callista wind up with her head up Lucy's butt, at which point, after a few minutes of stuggling, Lucy is able to completly "absorb" Callista into her body through that end of her. This somehow causes Callista to end up in her womb, which results in Lucy, at the end of the episode, giving birth to Callista as she would a newborn daughter. (In short, this show is not only violent, it's downright ''weird''.)
* AscendedExtra: Famous boxing promoter Don King, who was basically [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kenny]] during season 1, finally appeared as a fighter in season 2, the opponent being DonaldTrump.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: After 98 Degrees' HumongousMecha malfunctions and goes on a rampage through the city, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin tries to use his enlarging ray to turn himself into a giant in order to stop them. It malfunctions, and hits Music/JessicaSimpson instead.
** Not to mention Music/{{Blink 182}}'s mecha, against which the aforementioned boy band was fighting, and which was destroyed (with Tom, Mark and Travis still inside no less).
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Mills Lane will NOT accept any insubordination in his ring, and is more than capable of taking down troublemakers, which Series/JudgeJudy was made well aware.
* BackFromTheDead: Several celebrities show up even though they've been killed before, like John Tesh, Creator/DavidLetterman, and [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]].
** And ones that had died before the show as well, like Music/BobMarley. A fair amount of the fights involving dead celebrities [[InvokedTrope are made possible]] due to the CDM Time Machine.
** It was a running gag in the first season that Don King was frequently killed in the audience.
** Nick makes a DealWithTheDevil to bring back *Music/{{NSYNC}} and the Music/BackstreetBoys for their showdown.
* TheBadGuyWins: This happens from time to time, where a celebrity with a bad or negative reputation kills a celebrity who wouldn't deserve it, and is often downright sadistic about it. (Of course, there are plenty of times when the opposite has happened.) WordOfGod claimed that the outcomes of the matches were determined strictly with humor in mind, not on what made sense.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Done ''literally'' with John Cusack vs. John Malkovich. Of course, the whole idea is a ShoutOut to ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich''.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Whether this Trope is played straight, Averted, or outright Defied was very much DependingOnTheWriter, and it could even be different for two celebrities in the same match. Usually the winner of a match turned out no worse for wear (key word is ''usually'') while the loser was beaten to a bloody pulp. But that wasn't always the case.
* BerserkButton: Has helped combatants before, like Music/QueenLatifah against Music/LLCoolJ.
** Do not try to take over the world or Nick Diamond will pull your brain out through your eye socket.
*** Nor should you try to take his job by claiming he's dead.
** Try to hurt an animal in [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Bob Barker's]] presence, he'll rip your ovaries out. [[Series/TheWeakestLink Anne Robinson]] learned this the hard way.
** God help you if you mistake Creator/KathyGriffin for [[Series/NewsRadio Vicki Lewis]].
** Jerry Lewis knocking the martini out of Dean Martin's hands causes Martin to start kicking Jerry's ass (after a few sobering "tough love" slaps from Music/FrankSinatra).
** In all of Pam Anderson's fights her berserk button has been Tommy Lee. She challenges [=RuPaul=] to a deathmatch because of [=RuPaul=]'s attempt to flirt with Tommy who was her husband; she even wins this fight because of this trope. In Pam's second fight, her berserk button gets pushed multiple times due to her opponent, Tommy's previous wife Heather Locklear trying to kill Tommy Lee, since they were literally fighting to determine whether or not he dies. In her third fight, she's fed up with Tommy and decides to take out her anger, which leads to a major CurbStompBattle in Pam's favor.
*** And let's not forget, Locklear also had a berserk button of her own.
-->'''Heather Locklear:''' "[[IAmNotSpock DAMMIT, MY NAME IS NOT AMANDA! MY NAME IS HEATHER!]]"
** From the ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' fight on the episode "Slaughter in the City":
-->'''Kim Cattrall''' (to "SARAH JESSICA PARKER"): "Honey, I was making ''[[Film/{{Porkys}} Porky's]]'' while you were still popping zits on ''Series/SquarePegs''."
-->'''Cynthia Nixon''': You were in ''[[Film/{{Porkys}} Porky's]]?'' But that was 20 years ago. Which means you're-" (Kapow!)
** The episode "Deathcon 2001" featured a match between [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Linda Hamilton]] and Creator/SigourneyWeaver. Weaver was ahead, having ripped off both of Linda's arms. Linda walked over to where some kids in the audience were sitting and asked if she could borrow their pen, which she took with her mouth. Linda then wrote the words [[Film/{{Titanic}} "I'M THE KING OF THE WORLD!"]] in big letters on the mat, and asked Sigourney that, before she kills her, could Sigourney at least read what Linda had written.
-->'''Sigourney''' (not getting the significance): "'I'm the king of the world?'"
-->'''Linda''': (Snapping, screaming): "''Film/{{Titanic}}?'' In [[Creator/JamesCameron your]] case, it should have been ''Microscopic!''"
** Johnny goes mad when Nick refuses to bring on the main event in the "Backstreet Boys vs. *NSYNC" match. (Both combatants were already dead).
** DON'T call Mandy Moore a Music/BritneySpears or Music/ChristinaAguilera wannabe.
** Unless you enjoy getting eviscerated, it's best not to call Joe C a midget, or take credit for his accomplishments.
** Don't touch Christopher Walken's hair or he'll flatten your head till your eyes pop out.
** Don't make fun of [[{{Creator/AdamSandler}} Adam Sandler's]] deceased bulldog, Meatball.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** In one match, Creator/TomHanks gets beaten up by Creator/SeanPenn at first, but the tables turn when Sean Penn beats up a random photographer, angering Tom Hanks.
** '''"MY NAME IS LEANN [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] RIMES!!!"'''
** Also, MahatmaGandhi. Though that was because he had his cerebro-spinal fluid (and, essentially, his personality) swapped out with that of GenghisKhan.
** Bob Barker. Anne Robinson threatening to kill a puppy causes him to ''rip out her ovaries'', killing her.
** David Spade spends most of the match getting completely pummelled until he slings a baseball through Steven Seagal's brain.
** Don't mess with Mandy Moore-you may not live to see the consequences.
** Then there's Garth Brooks, who managed to subdue ''Marilyn Manson''. Sure, Manson got the last laugh, but it was still pretty darn impressive.
** A sort of weird example with Steve Irwin, where he does manage to kill Medusa, but it's completely by accident, and he's more interested in teaching the audience about her than actually fighting.
** JK Rowling seems harmless at first, until she summons Voldemort.
** Keith Flint found this out the hard way, although [[CelineDion the person]] dealing with had help, or was her either free will or not.
** Christopher Walken during his fight with Gary Oldman, though he has a HeroicBSOD afterwards.
** Michael Jordan is shown as the "good guy" in his fight with Dennis Rodman, but that doesn't stop him from shoving Rodman in the garbage can (which somehow kills him...)
* BloodierAndGorier: The revival tended to be this, with the bloodshed being more exaggerated.
* BloodyHilarious: Eeyup.
* BoobsOfSteel: Creator/PamelaAnderson has been in the most fights for female fighters, has one of the highest win records, she also happens to be the bustiest woman to make an appearance. Hmmm... [[SarcasmMode Is there a connection...]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "This is her at 4 months, this is her first miniskirt, and what's this? Oh, right, this is her first fight with a 10-headed serpent."
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the early seasons, there have been several nods to the show's claymation animation.
* BreastExpansion:
** In the earlier seasons, Pamela Anderson's breasts were more like the real Pamela's, but for the season 5 redesign they were turned into GagBoobs (which she uses to beat Tommy Lee to death). Though if you think about it her redesign might be more accurate considering her earlier apperances only showed her breasts as being above average, yet Dolly Parton (who Pamela should be equal to if not greater than in bust size) had a pair of jugs the size of her head! There's similar problem when Anna Nicole-Smith shows up (this was when she was... well fat to put it bluntly, but she still had a huge chest) where she doesn't look quite Dolly's size, she still looks bigger than Pamela. It was really strange that when Jenny [=McCarthy=] and Carmen Electra show up they look bigger than Pamela despite the fact that they aren't tied with Pam in bust size in real life unlike the last two.
** Dolly Parton was given special armor that enlarged her breasts on command to be used as weapons during her fight against Jennifer Lopez (who had similar armor equipped on her ass).
** Technically, this happened to Jessica Simpson during the fight between Blink 182 and 98-Degrees, where they fought in giant mech suits. After the Blink 182 mech was down and the 98-Degrees robot went haywire, Stone Cold Steve Austin intended to use a growth ray to make himself a giant to staop the robot, lest the president be forced to use a nuclear missle. Thanks to Nick's bumbling, the ray hit Jessica instead making her into a giantess. Proportionally speaking (which means if a girl with a bigger chest than Jessica, let's say Pamela Anderson, was turned into a giantess of equal size to Jessica, she'd be bigger than Jessica at that size as well) she's still got the same bust size, just on a bigger scale, but as a giantess, her breasts are bigger than a human being...each.
** Though not breasts, Creator/AngelinaJolie get her already big lips pumped up a couple sizes in her fight against Sandra Bullock.
* ByWallThatIsHoley: The match between [[Series/{{Friends}} Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow]] saw the ring decorated like a sitcom set. When it collapses (killing the combatants), referee Mills Lane survives through this method.
* ButtMonkey: After the above-named RunningGag about Don King got stale, a very unlucky popcorn vendor took his place, killed or injured on numerous occasions.
* CainAndAbel: Russel Simmons vs. [[Music/RunDMC Rev Run]], Emilio Estevez vs. Charlie Sheen, Mary Kate Olsen vs. Ashley Olsen, [[Music/{{Oasis}} Liam Gallagher vs. Noel Gallagher]].
** The latter had the completely off-the-wall ending of Creator/{{Gallagher}} the comedian running in with his [[ThingOMatic Sledge-O-Matic]] and [[DropTheHammer taking out]] both Gallagher brothers by himself.
* CallBack: At the end of the "Sex, Lugs, and Rock and Roll" episode, Nick falls off of the announcer's booth and appears to be unconscious. Johnny's reaction? "Nick! Oh no, not again!"[[note]] the last time Nick fell off of the announcer's booth was in season 1's "Celebrity Deathmatch Goes to the Movies". The impact put him into a ''3 episode long coma''.[[/note]]
* CatchPhrase: Many characters have at least one; see [[Characters/CelebrityDeathmatch the character sheet]].
* ChainedHeat: Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera get tied to each other's hair for their fight.
** Also, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert are tied to each other's thumbs.
* ChekhovsGun: Missy Elliot's lollipops are constantly being swatted away seconds after she places them in her mouth. [[spoiler: She eventually manages to use two of them to blind Gwen Stefani before decapitating her.]]
* {{Claymation}}
* ClippedWingAngel: Michael Jackson used his Moonwalker Magic to transform into an animal in a last ditch effort to defeat Madonna. He ended up as a hamster that Madonna easily kicked into the acid.
* ContestWinnerCameo: Done at least twice. The first time, the contest winner had his spleen ripped out by John Tesh after he requested it, feeling that it would be an honor. The second time, the contest winner's soul was sold to the Devil by the hosts in exchange for the souls of the Music/BackstreetBoys and *NSYNC, who fans had requested to fight each other (they had both been killed in previous matches -- the Backstreet Boys by the Music/BeastieBoys, and *NSYNC by KISS).
* CrackDefeat: Gandhi over Genghis Khan, and David Spade over Steven Seagal.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** Nick Diamond may not be the smartest tool in the shed, but try to take over the world... or try to take his job by claiming he and Johnny are dead...
** Pamela Anderson's first fight kinda went like this. She wasn't a moron, but her opponent seemed to have a major strength advantage over Pam. Then, when her opponent thought it was a good idea to flirt with Pam's husband at the time, Tommy Lee, Pam quickly brought her A-game, and proceeded to beat her enemy easily.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The loser of the fight often suffers this. Some examples include getting cut up into paper dolls, getting run over by a steamroller, and swallowing helium and then getting popped.
* CurbStompBattle:
** The Loch Ness Monster VS. Bigfoot. Nessy wins in seconds. Everyone present was expecting the longest, most epic fight in the history of ''Celebrity Deathmatch'', with Stone Cold Steve Austin calling it "a six-second suckfest".
** Same with the season 5's rematch of Shaquille O'Neal vs. Kobe Bryant. Shaq ends the fight early by lifting and choking Kobe with one hand and then tearing his head off with the other.
** Pamela Anderson's third fight can only be described as this since not only was she kicking the crap out of her opponent, he didn't really get to fight back, the only thing he really did was say things that pissed her off.
** Gandhi vs. Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan fails to get in a single hit.
** Subverted in David Spade vs. Steven Seagal. Spade only gets in one hit...the winning one.
*** A similar thing happens in Steve Irwin vs. Medusa where Steve doesn't even ''try'' to fight until he rips Medusa's head off.
** Andre Agassi vs. Tiger Woods. Tiger never gets any offense in.
** Cameron Diaz vs. Meryl Streep is originally intended to be a staged performance with Diaz pretending to kill Streep. However, Streep ends up taking her role too seriously and wipes the floor with Diaz.
** Richard Simmons vs. Billy Blanks. Simmons only gets one hit, which does no damage, and all his attempts end up backfiring on him.
* {{Cyborg}}: Shannen Doherty becomes one during her fight against Creator/HalleBerry, when a smart car engine falls on her head and fuses with her brain.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Creator/DavidSpade vs. Steven Seagal; Creator/ChrisRock versus [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]
** It's actually invoked and literalized in the case of Spade vs. Seagal. Before the match starts, Nick says, "Their names are David and Steven, but they might as well be David and Goliath." Seagal, of course, dominates the fight. He throws Spade out to the floor by his underwear, where he finds [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Chicago Bulls basketball]] star Scottie Pippen sitting in the front row. Spade borrows one of Pippen's championship rings and, using his underwear as a slingshot, launches the ring right through Seagal's head. When referee Mills Lane asks if Seagal is ok, he says, "Yeah, sure, Grandpa," and collapses face first on to the mat. This is topped off by Spade telling Seagal that the planned sequel to ''Hard to Kill'' had been cancelled.
* DeadlyGame: The entire premise.
** Also in a more specific example would be the ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' special, were various contestants were voted into the fight by the audience.
** Don't forget about the "fight" between [[Series/WheelOfFortune Pat Sajak]] and Creator/AlexTrebek, which saw the two competing against each other in a brutal game show that combined elements from both of their respective shows.
** And, of course, the [[Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire Who Wants to be a Dead Game Show Host]] game, played by Chuck Woolery and Regis Philbin.
* DeadlyRotaryFan: "Fandemonium I" features a giant killer fan wheel during the Creator/AdamSandler vs Creator/ChrisRock fight.
* [[DoNotCallMePaul Do Not Call Me Mark]]: On an episode where [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} The Undertaker]] ([[AsHimself voiced by him]]) fought a demon named Captain Doody[[note]]A parody of ''Film/TheExorcist'''s "Captain Howdy"[[/note]], Doody taunted him by calling him by his real name, Mark (Calaway).
** ''Captain'' Doody!
* DisproportionateRetribution: While this does seem to be a staple in this reality (pretty much ''any'' excuse for wanting someone dead is legitimate) one case that stands out is the HalloweenEpisode [[spoiler:where Stacy Cornbred came back from the dead leading a zombie horde, intent on killing Debbie because she "stole her job". You have to take Debbie's side with this one; that was ''not'' her fault.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Boy George obviously. In the 80s Flashback episode, he's in a match with Miami Vice star Don Johnson because he somehow didnt know that B.G is actually a man, and [[UnsettlingGenderReveal came within seconds of having sex with him]]
* EpicFail:
** Nick's attempt to [[SixDegreesOfKevinBacon connect Jesse Ventura to Kevin Bacon]] [[spoiler: resulting in a long roundabout which results in linking Ventura... [[ShapedLikeItself with Ventura]]]].
** Another EF moment by Nick, in the Sex, Lugs And Rock N Roll episode, he tries to show Johnny his skill at smashing a soda can with his head which he learned in college... Except he forgot that you're supposed to use an aluminium can, and ends up nearly cracking his head open with a glass bottle.
** Pamela Anderson's first attack against [=RuPaul=] was to kick [=RuPaul=] in the groin... only for [=RuPaul=] to NoSell it by revealing s/he was wearing steel-plated underwear. Actually, the first half of that fight was an epic fail for Pam, but when she got her second wind, Pamela went from busty damsel/wimp to busty badass.
** During the [[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]] vs Three Tenors fight, Larry Fine got the idea to de-age himself back to his prime, and ended up de-aging himself to a sperm cell because he accidentally set the year too low. Subverted in that he still somehow managed to help Curly Howard kill the two remaining Tenors by [[HeroicSacrifice slamming himself into Luciano Pavarotti eye]].
* EurekaMoment: Harrison Ford only got the idea of how to defeat Samuel L Jackson when the latter said [[ShownTheirWork Ford should've stuck with]] ''[[ShownTheirWork carpentry]]''.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In the match between [=LeAnn=] Rimes and [[Music/WuTangClan Ol' Dirty Bastard]], ODB becomes [[BerserkButton furious]] and gets a serious second wind after Rimes insults his mother, eventually beating Rimes to a bloody pulp. (Of course, the general theme of the match is to suggest that he isn't as "bad" as his reputation makes him out to be... Rimes, on the other hand...)
** On "37th Annual [[ScienceFiction [=SciFi=]]] Fight Night", [[Franchise/StarWars Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew]] made a guest appearance. The crowd called for Mayhew to talk like Chewbacca, which he tried to resist, explaining [[ShownTheirWork that Chewie's voice was the product of combining different animal sounds]]. Finally, he gives in and tries talking like Chewbacca, prompting Zatar the Alien[[note]]The episode opened with Music/CelineDion singing the National Anthem to boos, with fans holding signs reading "Sink the ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' Chick" and "Make Her Shut Up", until Music/TheProdigy's Keith Flint ran in to stop her. Dion suddenly revealed herself to be Zatar the Alien, who ate Keith Flint's head.[[/note]], who was in the crowd at the time, to say, "Hey, [[StarfishLanguage nobody talks that way about my mama!"]]
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Celebrity Deathmatch Has Standards]]:
** Johnny and Nick believe that killing should be allowed in [[DuelToTheDeath the Deathmatch Ring only!]]
** Also, while they were okay with most forms of torture or gruesome death, they felt that Music/OzzyOsbourne making Music/RobZombie give him a pedicure crossed the line. (Mills was okay with it, however.)
*** Even Mills Lane himself thought James van Der Beek had crossed the line by desecrating the flag in order to beat Saddam Hussein.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies:
** The second Halloween episode had, among other things, zombies laying siege to the arena, led by the zombified corpse of the show's first interviewer, Stacy Cornbred, looking to get her job back by any means necessary.
** Music/OzzyOsbourne turned Music/{{Rob|Zombie}} [[PunnyName Zombie]] into his zombie slave during the match.
* EvilChef: Beni Trauma, one of the Super Freaks. His opponent was another Super Freak named Potato Khan, a living potato.
** Actually, he may not have been ''completely'' evil. He was awfully nice to a kid in the audience.
* EvilerThanThou: Music/OzzyOsbourne had this attitude towards Music/RobZombie in their match, and he pretty much proved it.
** Also, Music/MarilynManson towards UsefulNotes/CharlesManson.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin:
** Said show is called "''Celebrity'' '''''Deathmatch'''''". ...[[ComicallyMissingThePoint OBVIOUSLY this is]] [[TooDumbToLive about some kind of]] [[SarcasmMode political satire]]!
** Also cropped up when Music/RageAgainstTheMachine fought the Machine... which was a killer robot. Tom Morello was quick to call this out.
* ExplosiveStupidity: Jessica Simpson attempts to kill Nick Lachey by throwing a grenade at him, but is absent-minded enough to forget to remove the pin. An enraged Lachey takes it upon himself to show her exactly how you're supposed to detonate a grenade... [[MemeticMutation And boom goes the dynami-]] er, grenade.
* EyeScream: See GagPenis below.
* FakingTheDead:
** At first, it seems like Kristin Davis was killed by Kim Cattrall's poison in the four-way "Series/SexAndTheCity" fight, only to pop up near the end to finish Cattrall off (the only one left alive), revealing she had never ingested said poison:
-->'''Davis:''' Unlike [Cattrall], ''I'' never swallow!
** Music/ArethaFranklin uses this tactic to win her fight against Music/BarbraStreisand after placing a diseased rat in a nearby bucket of water. She plays dead, tricking an exhausted Streisand into drinking from the bucket and contracting the Bubonic plague.
** Don King tries to pull this off during his match against Creator/DonaldTrump. However, Mills sees through his poorly-acted "death", and then becomes averted seconds later when Trump actually does kill him.
** A variation: Sam Donaldson claimed Nick and Johnny died in the arena explosion as a means of taking over the show in "A Celebrity Deathmatch Special Report". In reality, Johnny was being rushed to the hospital via ambulance with Nick at his side.
* {{Fanservice}}: Frequently, and often lampshaded.
** A ''lot'' from when Debbie Matenopolous was around.
** Not to mention the Naomi Campbell vs. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos fight. During the fight, Nick, Johnny, and special guest Gilbert Gotfried kept joking that it couldn't get any hotter... and then one of the girls tackles the other and ends up on top of the other and it just becomes a straight up {{Catfight}}. Then Nick and Johnny reveal they hid microphones in the Deathmatch ring to pick up all the naughty sounds Rebecca and Naomi are making. Then, Gilbert "accidentally" dropped a riding crop whip and a pair of handcuffs into the ring, which one of the girls quickly made use of.
** Carmen Electra and Jenny [=McCarthy=] fighting each other wearing bikinis in a mud ring as per fan request during the "Fandemonium" episode. Jenny was so busty, a guy had to pull with all his might to get her top tied on.
** Every fight Pamela Anderson is in. First fight includes a stripperiffic outfit and a breast bounce that keeps being replayed by Marv Albert for the rest of the episode. Second fight: she has her mouth shoved on the top of the ring post and later has her top ripped off, leading Mills Lane to say "Ooh! I'll definitely allow it!" In her third fight, she was in tiny shorts and a top that looked like a bikini, and received a breast expansion that made both of her boobs as big as a human head.
** The Elizabeth Hurley/Anna Kournikova prefight interviews include Hurley naked, with only random objects covering her naughty bits, and Anna getting rubbed down with lotion by Debbie Matenopolous.
** Also the three-war fight between Creator/TyraBanks, Kate Moss, and Claudia Schiffer. With Tyra in a bikini and Claudia in some leotard thing.
** The couples tag-team match of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore vs. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman starts with Demi deciding to strip.
** Dolly Parton vs. Jennifer Lopez. Basically, Dolly's enormous breasts vs. J. Lo's big butt. That's all you really need to know.
** Lucy Lawless vs. Calista Flockhart ends with Lucy beating Calista by bending over in her Xena dress.
** In the Martha Stewart/Sandra Bernhard fight, while Sandra might not be a traditionally pretty face, she decides to fight in a tiny purple bikini and pulls it off.
* FanDisservice: There's a lot of this too, and the show often has both {{Fanservice}} ''and'' FanDisservice ''in the same fight''.
** Supermodels Rebecca Romijn and Naomi Campbell have a match in their underwear... [[spoiler:which ends with Naomi coughing up her own stomach and spraying Rebecca with lethal stomach acid, causing her to melt down into a flesh-colored puddle of goop with only her bra and panties remaining.]]
** The [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Melissa Joan Hart]]/[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Alyssa Milano]] fight starts out as fanservice, with Johnny and Nick stating it was to see who was TV's [[HotWitch hottest witch]]. Alyssa is decked out in a revealing leather outfit and Melissa is wearing a red bikini. Then they start casting spells on each other that turn them into ugly, stereotypical {{wicked witch}}es.
* FightingSeries: Nothing but celebrities beating each other up.
* {{Flanderization}}: Nick's Clockcuckolander/loser status is played up considerably more in the revival. The celebrities as a whole are also portrayed much less sympathetically than in earlier seasons, with far more blatant {{TakeThat}}s, sometimes to the point that their faults are all that is seen on the show.
** In layman's terms, the revival is this to the original show.
* TheFool: How Sherlock Holmes is portrayed in his match with Jack the Ripper.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: In "Fandemonium 2000", Nick had to figure out a way to bring back both the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC who had died in a previous fights (against the Beastie Boys and Music/{{KISS}}, respectively). ...he completely forgets that he has access to a Time Machine that has brought lots of previously dead celebrities beforehand.
** Even better? ''This is'' '''''never''''' ''pointed out.''
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: At the very beginning of the Jamie Kennedy vs. Ali-G fight. As Ali-G tosses his script away, Mills Lane is hit in the head with it in the background and falls over the ropes. Blink, and you'll miss it.
* FunWithAcronyms:
** The MoralGuardians, the B.O.O.B. (Broadcasters Opposing Offensive Behavior).
** MTV got this treatment when it was referred to as More Television Violence in once episode.
* GadgeteerGenius: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, who, during the course of the show, has built a time machine, multiple HumongousMecha, an enlarging ray, and genetically engineered mutant fighters made from the DNA of dead celebrities.
* GagBoobs:
** The fight between Music/DollyParton and Music/JenniferLopez has the two combatants being given special armor that would enlarge Dolly's breasts and [[AssKicksYou Lopez's butt]] and allow them to be used as weapons.
** The fight between Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee has Pamela crushing Tommy's skull between her breasts.
** During the fight between Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Naomi Campbell, both of the fighters apparently kept a vast amount of items in their cleavage. For Rebecca this included a cellphone (complete with a vibrating ring tone that made her chest jiggle) and a needle, and both fighters kept water bottles in their bountiful bosoms.
** The ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' battle royale has Tina remark the she'll get a face lift and boob job. She's also gainaxing at various points, and she bashes Colby's head in with her chest.
* GagPenis: Tommy Lee vs. Ron Jeremy. That is all.
* GainaxEnding: "Willie Nelson vs. Tony Bennett" ends with Nelson taking off his bandana to reveal a third eye, which causes Bennett to disintegrate. Neither Johnny, Nick, nor Mills were sure what exactly happened.
** "Brad Pitt vs. Keanu Reeves" has Brad Pitt turn into a being of pure energy, become one with the Matrix, get inside Keanu's brain, make his head explode, then go back into the computer and blow himself up.
-->'''Mills Lane''': [[LampshadeHanging Keanu Reeves is the loser... and... uhhh... you know.]]
** "Celine Dion vs. Keith Flint" ends with Dion eating Flint's head, then tearing off her skin to reveal that she's actually being controlled by an alien, who runs off into the audience, possesses Don King, and announces his plan to take over the world.
* {{Gainaxing}}:
** Pamela Anderson's season 5 model does this.
** The ''Survivor'' battle royale had Tina doing plenty of this.
** In the Rebecca Romijn-Stamos vs. Naomi Campbell fight, Rebecca does this do to keeping her cellphone tucked in her cleavage.
* GenreBlindness: Parodied during the Jerry Seinfeld vs. Tim Allen match. After Jason Alexander, [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]], and Michael Richards have [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] on Jerry for ending the show, Johnny says, "We wrestling announcers are supposed to be so perceptive."
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Invoked by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in his "Fighter Facts" for the Hasselhoff vs. John Tesh fight, with a TakeThat as a bonus:
-->'''AUSTIN''': "Tesh does some tinky-tink piano music, and Hasselhoff is a big rock star over in [=Krautland=]. The one thing they have in common is, their music sucks! You've just heard the Fighter Facts, [[CatchPhrase and that's the bottom line, 'cause Stone Cold said so!"]]
* GilliganCut: When using the Time Machine to retrieve GenghisKhan and MahatmaGandhi, the machine malfunctions, prompting Nick & Johnny to assure the viewers that resident scientist Steve Austin will take care of everything. Cut to Austin [[PercussiveMaintenance kicking the time machine]] -- "Ah, stupid piece of crap!"
* {{Gorn}}: ''Oh, you have no idea''.
** Most prevalent during seasons 5 and 6.
* GrandTheftMe: After she beats Helen Hunt, Leelee Sobieski steals Helen's identity so she can keep her far better career, she even tears the skin off Helen's hands and wears them like gloves so she can use Helen's fingerprints for confirmation.
* GrievousHarmWithABody:
** In the Jackie Chan VS Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chan rips off Chuck Norris's arms and uses them to slice off Jean-Claude's head.
** Also happens in Spike Lee vs Quentin Tarantino, where both contestants use Woody Allen as a weapon.
** In the John Travolta vs. Nicolas Cage fight, Travolta is beaten to death with his own buttcheeks.
* GroinAttack:
** Say it with us now. "Holy mother of no children. [Bob Barker] took [Anne Robinson's] ovaries!"
** Music/MariahCarey gave Creator/JimCarrey a very brutal one.
* {{Handwave}}: An in-universe example for the "Bill Gates vs. Michael Flatley" bout, which gets labeled "Battle of the Clerical Error", since the two had no prior rivalry.
* HarsherInHindsight: InUniverse, in the "Dean Martin vs. Jerry Lewis" fight[[note]]which was being aired from the CDM Vault after [[spoiler: Creator/RogerEbert was flung into the announcer's booth, which caused Nick to fall off, putting him into a coma]][[/note]], Nick barely avoided getting hit by Jerry Lewis, who was knocked out of the ring. Nick's response?
-->'''Nick:''' We've had a lot of close calls here on "Celebrity Deathmatch", but it's going to take a lot more than a flying celebrity to take ''me'' out!"
** Another InUniverse example in "OJ Simpson vs. Joe Namath", a battle filmed in the 1970s, when OJ was still a football player, was full of moments alluding to his eventual murder trial, including describing OJ as "a man who can do no wrong", OJ wanting to fight with (boxing) gloves and finding they don't fit, Johnny mentioning that OJ knows his way with sharp objects, and Johnny saying OJ "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial is never gonna murder two innocent people and then claim he was in Chicago]]". However, this reaches the pinnacle after [[spoiler:OJ won]]: after being declaired the winner, [[spoiler:OJ begins freaking out for... some reason, adamantly stating that he wasn't the winner of the fight and vowing to find the ''real'' winner]].
** In yet another case of this trope from the "CDM Vault", there's the "[[Series/AllInTheFamily Carroll O'Connor vs. Sherman Hemsley]]" fight from the "Family Night '77" episode[[note]]Not a real episode, mind you; it's another fight from the 1970s.[[/note]], near the start, we see Nick getting into a small fight with his wife, who threatens to leave him one day. Earlier, in the actual episode proper, she tells Nick that she's divorcing him [[spoiler:so she can be with David Letterman]].
* HealItWithBooze: In one match, Creator/SylvesterStallone cauterised a wound by pouring alcohol on it and then lighting it on fire, causing the judges to reverse their opinions about him not being a badass.
* HealItWithFire: One match has Creator/SylvesterStallone blowing up a keg of gunpowder to cauterize a wound given to him by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
* HeelFaceTurn: Wrestling/TheUndertaker actually plays the hero's role the time he appears, despite his well known reputation for being evil in the WWF. (He does suggest at first that it's a case of EvilerThanThou, but his actions say otherwise.)
* HeroicSecondWind: A common theme is that one combatant will be beaten up without getting a hit in, then make a comeback at the very end of the fight.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Charlton Heston chopping down the tower to kill RussellCrowe ends up causing his own death.
** While aiming for Music/ChuckBerry's berries, Music/JamesBrown's laser shoes get deflected by Chuck's ring, causing him to get crushed my a overhead light. (Johnny quotes the exact Trope name.)
-->'''Nick Diamond''': Hoist on his own petard? Well I don't think the audience knows what "petard" means. Cause I sure don't.
** Chris Kirkpatrick was killed at the end of the "*NSYNC vs. KISS" fight when Gene Simmons crushed him thanks to Ace Frehley popping the balloons that lifted Gene to the ceiling. ''The very same balloons Chis used on him earlier in the fight''.
** Bill Gates ultimately was killed by his own Robotic Michael Flatley after he used it to kill the human version.
** David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson defeat Creator/WillSmith and Tommy Lee Jones in the ''Film/MenInBlack'' vs. ''Series/TheXFiles'' match, despite the [=MIBs=] dominating the action while David rambles on about a conspiracy, after the [=MIB=]s accidentally point their {{BFG}} the wrong way and fire.
** Michael Jackson tries to use "Moonwalker Magic" to transform into a deadly creature, but it doesn't work and instead he transforms into a hamster, making an easy kill for Madonna.
** David Copperfield tries to one-up David Blaine by levitating over a pit of piranhas, but he loses concentration and falls in.
** Steven Spielberg loses in his match with Alfred Hitchcock, despite his opponent barely even fighting, when the spirits from the Ark of the Covenant turn on him because he didn't pay them for their appearance in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (''And'' left them out of ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom The Temple of Doom]]'').
** Jack the Ripper is killed by a barely aware Sherlock Holmes when the latter zips up the former's knife-lined coat.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Fran Drescher's voice attracts the attention of the Loch Ness Monster (who considers it a mating call). He pursues her offscreen, and she returns later riding on his back and looking ''very'' satisfied.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Super Freaks. More like scientific abominations, actually, Stone Cold created these creatures out of the DNA of previous fighters using gene splicing and cloning techniques. (As far as this trope goes, they're actually rather tame, and played for laughs.)
* HumongousMecha: Used in the Music/BackstreetBoys vs. Music/BeastieBoys match, and the Music/{{Blink 182}} vs. 98 Degrees match.
* IdenticalStranger:
** Helen Hunt vs. Leelee Sobieski. After winning the fight, Leelee has no trouble convincing everyone that she's Helen Hunt, going so far as to peel off the real Helen Hunt's hands and wear them as gloves, in case someone would check her for fingerprints. Let's repeat that everyone falls for her act, despite her doing this ''in full view of absolutely everyone''. Never mind that they wore dresses of different colors (Helen was wearing black, while Leelee was wearing white).
** This was done earlier in the Music/BritneySpears vs Music/ChristinaAguilera fight (who did wear identifal outfits, not helping matters), to the point where [[spoiler: they were unable to determine who won. As the fight progressed, it became increasingly hard to tell the two apart, forcing Mills Lane to mark Britney with a rubber stamp. The fight ended with the two of them literally tearing each other apart, leaving only one moving arm. [[{{Series/ER}} Nick Wylde]] tried to prove who it was, but was proven wrong.]]
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: [[spoiler:Stacy Cornbred had been dead for all of ten seconds before Nick called "dibs" on her parking space. (In fact, whether anyone in-universe ''genuinely'' cared about what happened to her at all is questionable, which is somewhat surprising, as there had never been any outward signs of dislike for her - unlike the later case with both her predecessors, where that was obvious.)]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Man, where to start? Some of the most unlikely things have been used as weapons on this show, which is sometimes the whole point. In the second match using the Dome of Devastation, Nick and Johnny "cleaned out the garage" and put everything on the Dome for the two fighters to use, and in the third match using it they did something similar with a collection of musical instruments.
** In the Joe Pesci vs. NapoleonBonaparte fight, each fighter used a chest full of toys as weapons.
** Martha Stewart defeated Sandra Bernhard by glue-gunning her to the mat.
** Other unlikely armaments include a milking machine, live animals (including ones that seem harmless, like chickens), an extendable lead pipe, and in the Hitchcock/Spielberg fight, the Ark of the Covenant!
* InTheStyleOf:
** For the Brad Pitt vs. Keanu Reeves fight, Nick "took a page right out of ''Film/TheMatrix''" and implemented a virtual reality machine to spice things up a bit.
** The Bryant Gumbel vs. Katie Couric fight acts like a twisted episode of "[[Series/{{Today}} The Today Show]]" (set and all).
** The Creator/DavidHasselhoff vs. John Tesh match had the ring set up like a beach a la ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', with [[Series/KnightRider KITT]]'s voice and brain now in a dune buggy.
* InMediasRes: "A Celebrity Deathmatch Special Report" had a short version of it: The episode opens ''after'' the arena had blown up. We ultimately learn how thanks to Sam Donaldson playing the footage of the "Katie Holmes vs. Keri Russell" fight during which the explosion took place.
* InnocentInnuendo: The bread and butter of the four-way "Series/SexAndTheCity" fight. [[spoiler: Ultimately [[SubvertedTrope cast aside]] when ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar comically oversized vibrators]]'' are brought into the fray.]]
* IsThisThingStillOn: In "Presented by Big Bull Beer", the outcome of the main event fight between Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio and Creator/JackNicholson[[note]]the girls in the audience rioting after Jack wins[[/note]] causes the head of Big Bull Beer to end their sponsorship with ''Celebrity Deathmatch'' (Nick and Johnny had been promoting the beer throughout the show). After they ''think'' the taping is over, Johnny and Nick lament the outcome... then begin mocking how crappy the beer is. After a good laugh, Johnny notices that one camera is still taping. Cut to credits.
* KentBrockmanNews: The entire commentary team.
* KillSat: In one fight (taken from a time capsule from TheEighties), UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan tried to kill Ayatollah Khomeini with the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative satellite defense system. The first attempt failed and killed a random audience member, but the second attempt succeeded. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Ronald Reagan then proceeded to hook up with Boy George while "Born In the USA" played in the background]]
* LiteralMinded: Nick when operating the [=VR2000=] during the Keanu Reeves vs. Brad Pitt fight. (Eg. "Handgun" = "Gun that fires hands", "Magnum Gun" = "Gun with [[Series/MagnumPI Tom Selleck's]] face", "Give me a normal gun you [[UnusualEuphemism twisted fruit]]!" = "[[InsultBackfire Give the Magnum Gun fruit ammo]]", and "Chainsaw" = "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Chain]][[CaptainObvious saw]]")
* LoopholeAbuse: Believe it or not, someone was once able to win a fight to the death ''by a technicality''. In the HalloweenEpisode match between FrankensteinsMonster and [[{{Werewolf}} The Wolfman]], the Wolfman turned human again in the middle of the fight. Then he appealed to Mills, saying that because this was a fight to the death and his opponent was ''already'' dead (being made of dead body parts) he should be the winner. Possibly InsaneTrollLogic, but Mills actually agreed with this. Unfortunately for the Wolfman, he made the mistake of [[UnsportsmanlikeGloating laughing in his opponent's face]], and Frankie, who as Nick previously said, [[BerserkButton did not like teasing]], crushed his skull. (Making the fight a very weird double KO.)
* MadeOfPlasticine: Played in both trope sense and literal sense.
** MadeOfIron: While it seems to be incredibly easy to rip out someone's body parts, the celebrities seem to be very hard to actually kill. Special mention goes to Michael Jackson, who got kicked into a vat of hydrochloric acid and managed to crawl out totally unharmed, protected by plastic surgery, and Colonel Sanders, who gets ''decapitated'' and still manages to run around like a mad hen until he falls into a frying pan.
*** Sylvester Stallone gets blown into a pile of goo by Arnold Schwarzenegger and still manages to completely reform, and actually manages to win the match.
*** In the Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera fight, both combatants tear each other apart until all that's left is an arm. A ''moving'' arm. Whose arm it is is never revealed.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Nick reveals he has this after Johnny calls him out on calling Kristen Davis "sweet" and "innocent."
* MakeMeWannaShout: Horribly and hilariously played with in the Music/MariahCarey vs. Creator/JimCarrey match. [[YourHeadAsplode Guess how she won their match?]]
** Also, Jerry Stiller won his match with Music/BobDylan using a similar trick.
* MamaBear:
** Hilariously literalized on the episode "Masters of the Martial Arts," in the Brandy vs. Music/CourtneyLove match. The idea was that Courtney was mad about Brandy getting the lead role in ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128996/ Cinderella]]'' and wanted revenge, and Brandy wasn't sure why she was there and wasn't interested in fighting. Brandy offers Courtney a present. Courtney opens the box and finds a baby bear. Out of nowhere, the Mama Bear shows up and destroys Courtney Love, giving Brandy the win. Announcer Johnny Gomez takes the time to remind the viewers not to give wild animals as gifts.
** In a VERY strange example, Lucy Lawless was probably this to Calista Flockhart (it makes sense if you watch their fight) till a dingo stole her while Lucy was shooting scenes for ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Christopher Walken and Gary Oldman are portrayed as this - both speak cordially with each before their fight, and have to get into character before they can start killing each other. [[spoiler: Walken even apologizes after his wins.]]
* MediumBlending: The first half of the [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Beavis vs. Butthead]] fight has the two drawn in [=2D=].
* MissingTheGoodStuff: One ep interrupts a fight with a totally pointless report that *NSYNC isn't breaking up. We miss some woman getting curb stomped.
* MoralGuardians: For some odd reason, this is considered a "family show" in whatever reality it's located in, as Nick and Johnny say many times.
** One episode has one match (Tommy Lee vs. Ron Jeremy) being broadcast from an underground fight club in order to evade the censors. It doesn't work -- after Tommy Lee wins the match by [[EyeScream gouging Ron Jeremy's eye out]] [[GagPenis with his dick]], Johnny and Nick get a very stern warning from the [[FunWithAcronyms B.O.O.B.]] The next match (Music/AlanisMorissette vs. Music/{{Jewel}}) has Johnny and Nick finally getting arrested after Alanis celebrates her victory by stripping naked in front of the cameras[[note]]A reference to her video for "Thank You," where she walks around a town completely naked, except with [[GodivaHair her hair covering her breasts]] and a CensorBox. [[/note]].
* MsFanservice: With all the various female actresses, singers, and supermodels, this is bound to happen:
** Debbie Matenopoulus
** Music/DollyParton with her GagBoobs vs. Music/JenniferLopez with her bottom
** All of the supermodels (Creator/Tyra Banks, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
** Music/Janet Jackson and Music/FaithHill
** Carmen Electra vs. Creator/JennyMcCarthy
** Melissa Joan Hart vs. Alyssa Milano (pre-witchification)
** Music/MariahCarey
** Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman
** Creator/ParisHilton
** And last but not least: Pamela Anderson.
* MundaneMadeAwesome
* MushroomSamba: At one point, Nick Diamond, who is comatose, goes into a seizure and his son starts slamming a button he thinks is the "call nurse" button. It instead increased the amount of morphine he's given. He calms down, yes, but we are then treated to a delusion he has...of Jimi Hendrix referring a deathmatch between Jerry Garcia and Elvis Presley having just for him.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] is pitted against the Medusa from ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', and kills her ''by accident'' in mid-discourse about this marvelous reptilian creature.
** Happens during the Creator/ChristopherWalken vs. Creator/GaryOldman fight where [[spoiler: Walken [[YourHeadAsplode crushes]] Oldman's head and suffers a HeroicBSOD and AlasPoorVillain.]]
** Happens again during the [=Brandy=] vs. Music/CourtneyLove fight when Brandy didn't even want to fight [[spoiler: yet wins by accident by giving Courtney a bear cub whose mother mauls her to death.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown[=/=]CurbStompBattle: Several matches, most infamously Andre Agassi vs. Tiger Woods, Pamela Anderson vs. Tommy Lee, and Mahatmas Gandhi vs. Genghis Khan. Andre, Pamela, and Gandhi won without a scratch.
** Also [[Franchise/JamesBond Roger Moore vs. Sean Connery]]. In the end Moore crushed Connery with a boulder given to him by a cavegirl... Long story.
* NonIndicativeName: On an episode dedicated to rap and hip-hop stars, Tally Wong was disappointed to learn that Music/LilJon, Music/LilWayne, Lil' Flip, [[Music/LilKim Lil' Kim]], Lil' Romeo, and Lil' Bow Wow are not actually "little people" (she had planned to ask them hard-hitting questions about what it was like living with dwarfism).
* NoodleIncident: There are a few of these, a lot of them concerning Nick. For example, in one episode, Johnny picks up the phone, and Nick whispers to him, "If that's the ASPCA, I'm not here." (Although, in a later episode, Nick is seen using Medusa's severed head on some kittens, so maybe we can get a general idea of why they're upset at him...)
* NotQuiteDead:
** A season 3 episode reveals that Leonardo [=DiCaprio=] ''survived'' getting his face caved in by Jack Nicholson. He only had it fixed when he fought Woody Harrelson. [[spoiler: This time, he died]].
** A more interesting instance of this trope is with Courtney Love. An entire episode was structured around revealing this: Despite ''[[spoiler: being torn apart by a bear]]'', she managed to stay alive long enough to undergo enough surgery and physical therapy to be a whole person again. [[spoiler: Her fight with Dave Grohl resulted in being [[ItMAkesSenseInContext crushed by a piano]]]].
* OddCouple: The two commentators, Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond.
* OffTheRails:
** The Brad Pitt vs. Keanu Reeves bout (which occurs thanks to virtual reality technology) becomes derailed when [[spoiler: Pitt decides to [[CuttingTheKnot cut the knot]], exit the simulation, and ''beat up Reeves in the real world''.]]
** The Cameron Díaz vs. Meryl Streep also counts. It was a scripted fight for the "Celebrity Deathmatch Movie" where Streep loses. [[spoiler:But Streep, too engrossed in her role, [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales Diaz with a boom mike]].]]
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: Each show would start with a disclaimer saying that NoCelebritiesWereHarmed during the making of this show, and then adding at the end, "Anyway, it's just clay!"
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Mills Lane usually doesn't show much interest in who wins or loses, but in Sylvester Stallone vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger he shows very blatant bias towards Stallone. He also ''really'' didn't like Dennis Franz (which may or may not have had something to do with an earlier incident during Lucy Lawless' match with Calista Flockhart, where Mills had to have him kicked out).
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The John Rocker vs. Derek Jeter fight. Unsurprisingly, John Rocker doesn't get the most sympathetic of portrayals, and is electrocuted to death by the match's end.
* ProductPlacement: The MichaelJordan vs. Dennis Rodman match features Jordan throwing in plugs for different products in between the action.
* ProfessionalWrestling: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, Vince [=McMahon=], and Chyna all appeared as themselves on this show. Austin was a regular cast member, providing commentary for the matches, and served as the science and weapons advisor.
* PopularityPower: Subverted at times. Most infamously, the Music/WeirdAlYankovic vs. AlGore fight.
* PurityPersonified:
** Music/MandyMoore. Her sweetness doesn't stand up so well when it's put up against Music/{{Pink}}.
** Music/HilaryDuff was also portrayed as this in comparison to her competitor, Creator/LindsayLohan. Unlike Moore, however, she wins her fight, even using her purity as a weapon to [[DivineIntervention get God to help her out]] (He spawns a ton of alcohol to distract Lindsay with).
** Also, in the first season, Brandy Norwood is shown like this when put up against Courtney Love. Brandy, too, wins her fight after she sics a cub bear on Love. She wins accidentally because the mother of the bear cub thinks Courtney was endangering its cub and viciously assaulted her.
** Subverted with [=LeAnn=] Rimes, for which this is just a front: when her façade slips, she becomes a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking psycho, interested in torturing [[Music/WuTangClan Ol' Dirty Bastard]] in every imaginable way. In the end, she loses. (ODB turns out to be not such a "bastard" at all.)
* RagingStiffie: In the battle between the Osbourne kids and the Olsen Twins, Jack Osbourne gets a fatal one after Mary-Kate whispered in his ear that she and Ashley sometimes shower together.
* RealAfterAll: "The Prophecy". Stacy finds a prophecy foretelling the death of one of the Deathmatch staff tonight. Various lethal-looking events happen to the staff throughout the episode, but they all survive. At the end she admits she made a mistake. [[spoiler:Then she spontaneously combusts.]]
* RealPersonFic:
** With this show's premise, it's to be expected that most fanfics would feature real celebrities brutalizing each other. The show's section on FanfictionDotNet wound up getting discontinued partly for this reason.
** The show itself is arguably an example.
* RealityEnsues: After James Van Der Beek defeats Saddam Hussein (beating him to death with the American flag), Mills Lane... proceeds to slap a pair of handcuffs on Van Der Beek for flag desecration, and takes him to jail.
* RedemptionInTheRain: Parodied. Oliver Stone arranges for one of these shots after he beats Creator/MartinScorsese... only for the camera to slip off the crane and kill him.
* ReplacementScrappy: [[invoked]]
** Nick Diamond is very unhappy with new, egotistical sideline reporter Debbie Matenopoulos (formerly of ''[=The View=]'') when she replaced Stacy Cornbred, who was killed several episodes earlier. Especially Nick, who is constantly arguing with her; Johnny doesn't seem to have much of a negative opinion of Debbie.
** Played more straight with some fan reaction to Tally Wong after the show was {{Uncanceled}}. Interestingly enough, this time it's Johnny who can't stand the interviewer's guts, while Nick is more on the neutral side.
* ResetButton: Since this is a claymation cartoon, this occurs quite a bit. Perfect example: The arena was shown blown up at the start of "A Celebrity Deathmatch Special Report", and remained that way for the entire episode. The next episode, "Blink-182 vs. 98 Degrees"? ''Not a scratch''.
** Averted in 4 cases:
*** 1. Nick, after falling off of the announcer's booth in "Celebrity Deathmatch Goes to the Movies" ends up in a coma until he [[spoiler: ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome forces himself awake]]'']] in "Nick's Return", ''two episodes later''.
*** 2. At the end of "The Prophecy", [[spoiler: Stacy Cornbred]] spontaneously explodes. [[spoiler: She]] remains dead for the rest of the series.[[note]] Except for "Halloween Episode II", where she came back as a zombie... only to be killed by Debbie Matenopoulos.[[/note]]
*** 3. In "Family Night II", Nick is divorced by his wife [[spoiler:so she can marry David Letterman]]. This too remains permanent.
*** 4. In two different matches, The Backstreet Boys got killed by the Beastie Boys and *NSYNC got killed by KISS. In the Backstreet Boys vs. *NSYNC fight, the commentators had to find a way to bring them back.
** Pretty much any celebrity that's died on the show that isn't shown to be revived, makes it seem like their deaths never happened in the first place. Examples:
*** 1. Don King is shown being killed by various things early on, but seems to keep coming back just to get killed. Averted after his fight with Donald Trump, who kills him and he's never seen again.
*** 2. Shaq died in his first fight with Kobe Bryant, but is magically alive for their rematch.
*** 3. The Olsen Twins were both torn to shreds by Betty-Sue Olsen[[note]] (a Deathmatch original character)[[/note]] during their fight, yet are magically alive for their fight with Jack and Kelly Osbourne.
*** 4. Marilyn Manson crushes Hanson under the light rigging in Hanson vs. The Spice Girls, but Hanson is still alive enough to attempt to pull the same trick on Marilyn in Marilyn Manson vs Garth Brooks.
*** 5. Ricky Martin got killed by Marilyn Manson, but got killed again by William Hung in a later episode.
** [[FridgeBrilliance They have a time machine, they can bring anyone they want back for a rematch]].
*** [[VoodooShark However, in at least one case (The Olsen Twins), they were stated to have aged since their last fight, meaning they weren't brought back just for the fight. "Backstreet Boys vs. N'Sync" also shows that celebrities who die in the ring aren't brought back except for a rematch]].
* UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan: Makes an appearance in a flashback to 1985, refereeing (and later participating in) the fight between Boy George and Don Johnson. Its apparent by his introductory speech that his dementia has begun to set in.
* RoboticReveal:
** Aptly enough, before the first commercial break in "Robot Nicky", the Nick Diamond we saw in the announcer's booth was outed as a robot when Johnny accidentally rips off his face. (Although, him being magnetic was a dead giveaway). As we learn prior to the second fight, Nick skipped work in lieu of taking the vacation to Jamaica the the higher ups vetoed and used a robot to cover for himself.
** The Hugh Grant vs. All Comers bout ends with [[spoiler: Andy Dick ''attempting'' an AndShowItToYou... only to rip out some robotic components, causing "Grant" to fall over dead. As it turns out, Grant liked Nick's idea and joined him.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In the "Kevin Bacon vs. All Comers" fight, upon being told by Nick that he was tricked into coming on the show [[note]] Nick said he and his band, "The Bacon Brothers" could perform a song for the audience. [[/note]], Kevin goes ''nuts'' on Wrestling/JesseVentura (who was previously kicking his ass) by delivering the Fist of Chaos (punching through his chest, and then punching him in the face), climbing through said hole and, after a few more punches, ''tears Ventura apart''.
** He even wants to continue fighting [[note]] "Who's next?! Christina Ricci? Tom Cruise?!" [[/note]] ... even though a CDM All Comers match has three challengers, and Ventura was the last one.
** Pam Anderson's whole reason for fighting [=RuPaul=] is to get back at [=RuPaul=] for making a pass at Pam's then husband Tommy Lee, and Pam actually wins the fight because [=RuPaul=] made the mistake to do it AGAIN, RIGHT IN FRONT OF PAM.
* SanitySlippage: After winning the "TLC vs. Dixie Chicks" fight, Left-Eye Lopes goes mad with her own ego, randomly starts talking about herself in third-person, claims to be the queen of the Earth "the snake from whence all creation came", and proclaims that from now on, both eyes will be left.
* SelfDeprecation: Sort-of. You know the "Creator/BillMurray vs. Chris Kattan" fight, which kept bashing Kattan? [[spoiler:[[AsHimself ...care to guess who they got to voice him?]]]]
** This played a part in Rodney Dangerfield's BatmanGambit against Don Rickles, as it forced Don to make better jokes against Rodney than Rodney made about himself (and burn out his material faster). Became VictorybyEndurance when Don couldn't make good jokes and Rodney lays a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown (Johnny even said Rodney did "rope-a-dope" on Don).
* SchizoTech: The Celebrity Deathmatch Time Machine was made using an old refrigerator.
* ShownTheirWork: Crops up here and there, mostly during the fights through Johnny and Nick's commentary.
* ShoutOut: There have many times the episodes where there are references to the RealLife counterparts
** Durning the match with Music/BobMarley and Shaggy, Shaggy brings up ZiggyMarley and claims him as a copycat. [[PapaWolf Bob didn't like the fact Shaggy was talking smack about his son]] and taunts about the [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo how Shaggy got that name]].
* SignatureMove:
** Most WWF stars that appeared on the show used whatever one their real-life counterpart had. Steve Austin used the Stone Cold Stunner quite a few times (even using it on a moose once) while the Undertaker still had his Tombstone Piledriver.
** Music/MarilynManson had one called the Tahitian Skeleton Pull of Death, although it failed to work the second time he tried it (in that case, Music/RickyMartin just bit his hand off). He won anyway, although [[ItMakesSenseInContext only his hand was declared the winner.]]
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: "Good fight, good night."
* SixDegreesOfKevinBacon: There was a fight based off of this. Literally; it had Creator/KevinBacon taking on all comers, and two out of the three who took him on were pissed about his game.
** The other was Martin Lawrence, but since he was too crazy and dehydrated to fight, [[spoiler: Mills forced Kevin to mercy kill him]].
** The game itself played a part in the fight. The requirement for this was that Kevin Bacon's co-stars could challenge him; the game was used on said two out of three to justify them being there (since [[spoiler: Meg Ryan and Jesse Ventura didn't actually work with Bacon directly]]).
* SouthernFriedGenius: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory come to mind, in the sense that two celebrities are also battling each other, be it verbally rather than physically, and pop culture references to both their lives and works are made.
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: In one episode it appears that referee Mills Lane is about to suffer from this, but it turns out it's just gas. Later, [[spoiler: interviewer Stacy Cornbred]] starts showing signs of it, and Nick Diamond and Johnny Gomez think it's just gas... until she suddenly explodes.
* SquashMatch:
** The Loch Ness Monster kills Bigfoot in ''six'' seconds, before the bell rang. The audience were angry at this, and Austin called that match a "six-second suckfest".
** The {{Uncanceled}} first season has one with the Kobe Bryant vs. Shaq rematch.
** Pam literally did some squashing to beat Tommmy Lee.
* StageMom:
** The Creator/LindsayLohan vs. Music/HilaryDuff fight featured Dina Lohan in full-on Stage Mom mode, constantly making excuses for her daughter's troubling behavior.
** A male example is Mathew Knowles, who is revealed to have implanted a microchip in [[Music/{{Beyonce}} his daughter's]] brain to control her every move. When Missy Elliott finds out, she grabs the remote control from him and uses it to make Beyonce humiliate herself.
* StalkerWithACrush: In the Creator/LindsayLohan vs. Music/HilaryDuff fight, it is strongly implied (and eventually revealed) that Nick Diamond is stalking Lindsay. After Lindsay loses, Nick brings her back to life using the time machine.
* StopMotion
* StylisticSuck: One episode features the discovery of a time capsule with a cheaply done, TotallyRadical faux-version of the show from TheEighties where Boy George fights Don Johnson (with UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan as the guest referee). It's possibly the show's finest moment.
* TakeThat: Combatants will often insult each other between blows, and the commentators' dialogue is also full of {{Take That}}s.
** The James Van Der Beek vs. Saddam Hussein fight ''definitely'' counts, if only for the conclusion.
** In fact, it seems to be such vital theme of the show that it would be easier to list the celebrities that it ''doesn't'' happen to. Even the ones that star [[AsHimself As Themselves]] aren't immune.
** The Creator/HarrisonFord vs. Creator/SamuelLJackson fight has Ford talking about how [[Franchise/StarWars the original trilogy was better than the prequels]]:
-->'''Harrison Ford''': Give it up, punk! Everyone loves the ''old'' Star Wars better! We had Stormtroopers, the Death Star, and ''oh yeah'', '''[[TakeThat a plot]]'''!
-->'''Samuel L. Jackson''': That crap's old-school, chump! We've got the pod race, an underwater sequence, [[MoneyDearBoy and better merchandising deals]]!
** An in-universe [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]: near the end of "High Tech Fighting", Nick brings up how Johnny told him that insurance was "like legalized gambling" (after revealing he never got the [=VR2000=] insured [[spoiler: ''after it got blown up'']])... only for Johnny to point out that ''he was drunk at the time''.
-->'''Johnny:''' Jesus, Nick, you know better than to listen to me while I'm drunk!
** Also, the Creator/DavidLetterman vs. Jay Leno fight opens with the ref saying "I taught you everything you know. Despite that, both your shows are almost unwatchable."
** The Spice Girls vs. Hanson fight can only be described as this, since the two compete for the title of "Most Annoying Band In The World." [[spoiler: There's no actual finish, as Marilyn Manson chainsaws off part of the rigging, causing it to crush both bands. He then is interviewed about it where he goes on about being "the most evil man in America."]]
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: In the first few episodes, Don King would routinely get killed. Eventually, he would enter a Deathmatch of his own (against Donald Trump), where he would be [[KilledOffForReal killed off for good]].
* TimeTravel: The Celebrity Deathmatch Time Machine is used to bring back historical figures to fight each other, as well as celebrities who have been killed in past fights. In one episode, the machine accidentally sucks Debbie Matenopoulos back in time, causing Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond to use the time machine to go back in time to ancient Rome (where Nick fights a satyr in the Coliseum), Victorian London (where Franchise/SherlockHolmes fights Jack the Ripper), and the age of the dinosaurs.
** It also gives us Music/BustaRhymes vs. Creator/WilliamShakespeare, which Shakespeare wins when Busta runs into the time machine, sending him back to the Bard's time.
** [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] gets to defeat Creator/ErnestHemingway.
** A running gag in the [[{{Uncancelled}} Season 5]] match AdamWest vs. Creator/ChristianBale was everyone believing that AdamWest was dead and came back through this, no matter how much he tried to convince them otherwise. He eventually gets fed up with this and storms off after he wins.
*** This joke had also been used before, in the Season 4 (then-series) finale, where Nick insisted that [[Music/TheRollingStones Keith Richards]] was dead and that Steve Austin (who had actually seen him in a Stones' gig the week before) bring him back with the time machine to fight Music/{{Dave Matthews|Band}}. Naturally, Keith Richards shows up alive and well, proving Nick wrong just as his previous week's self comes out of the time machine. TimeTravelTenseTrouble ensued, and the past Keith in the present was erased from existence.
* TitleScream: Each episode would start with quick rundown on upcoming matches, ending with "tonight on: Celebrity Deathmatch!", which is accompanied by the title logo.
* ThereAreNoRules: The Trope is subverted ''most'' of the time. A few episodes claim that it applies as much as any DeadlyGame, but other episodes say they have a few rules (the fight between SteveAustin and VinceMcMahn says there's a rule prohibiting "ozone-depleting aerosols", which Vince breaks, but is not penalized for), and in others, it seems that Nick and Johnny can add whatever rules to a fight they want. In one episode, Nick does say that the "number one rule of Deathmatch" is, "Don't piss off Mills". And indeed, in most cases, whatever Mills Lane says goes.
* TooDumbToLive: Several cases.
** The Paul Reubens vs. George Michael fight. Before the fight, Reubens (in character as [[Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure Pee Wee Herman]]) said that the secret word for the fight would be "sucker", and that when he shouted it, the crowd was to start screaming wildly. Later in the fight, Reubens tricked Michael into [[SchmuckBait taming a tiger and making it go to sleep]]... only for Reubens to shout "Sucker!" Yeah, George kinda deserved that one.
** [=RuPaul=] got challenged to a deathmatch by Pamela Anderson for trying to flirt with Pam's husband at the time, and she decides the best thing to do is to try it again... needless to say, Pam let [=RuPaul=] have it.
** Brandy accepted Courtney Love's challenge to a Deathmatch despite not wanting to hurt anyone, because she didn't know what a "Deathmatch" was. Subverted in that Brandy does end up winning, albeit by accident.
* {{Trope 2000}}: The name of the '''third''' Fandemonium episode is "Fandemonium 2000".
** [[JustifiedTrope Although it DID first air in the year 2000.]]
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: One of the best examples of this trope. From promoting AnnaKournikova and ElizabethHurley as the internet's top two pinups, to billing the long-separated Creator/BruceWillis[=/=]Creator/DemiMoore and Creator/TomCruise[=/=]Creator/NicoleKidman as two of Hollywood's biggest power couples, to featuring a fight between UsefulNotes/BillClinton and Kenneth Starr to finally settle the Lewinsky scandal, it is impossible for ''Celebrity Deathmatch'' to escape the turn-of-the-New-Millennium time period in which it aired. The show's pop culture reference-based humor is extremely dated and many of the celebrities featured are now far past their fame. To Millennials who don't have a decent understanding of late-1990s pop culture, this show is a hard watch.
** The relaunch that aired on [=MTV2=] likewise dates itself to the mid '00s, and will likely see the same fate as the original series. The first episode alone is built entirely around parodies of the long-canceled and largely forgotten shows ''The Simple Life'' and ''Series/VivaLaBam'', while other fights are about such TurnOfTheMillennium ephemera as ''Series/TheOsbournes'', ''Series/PimpMyRide'', [[Series/DaAliGShow Ali G]], crunk rap, Music/BritneySpears' public meltdown, and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Major League Baseball]] steroid scandal. One fight did reflect how the aforementioned Bruce Willis and Demi Moore had broken up... with the fight being between Willis and [[Series/{{Punkd}} Ashton Kutcher]], Demi's new lover (a relationship that ended in 2013).
* VengefulVendingMachine: The "Prom Night Special" episode has Johnny Gomez announce that there will be two hours detention after the evenings matches for anyone caught tipping over vending machines in the arena lounge, [[KarmicDeath with a cutaway to two teenagers doing exactly that, with one getting crushed to death for his troubles]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment:
** Fittingly, in a fight between two Victoria's Secret models, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Naomi Campbell, they both used this in their fight to pull water bottles, a cellphone, and a big needle.
** Jessica used this in her second fight by pulling out a grenade to kill her opponent.
* VictoryByEndurance: Rodney Dangerfield [[http://liquidtelevision.com/video/celebrity-deathmatch-rodney-dangerfield-vs-don-rickles/ won his "Roast Match"]] against Don Rickles by getting Don to run out of [[TheRoast material,]] when Rodney went on a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that began with "Okay, Cueball, now it's time to teach YOU some Respect!" Each [[PunctuatedforEmphasis blow was then delivered]] with a letter of "Respect," the final one an uppercut that turned Don into pieces of meat for the grill in the ring.
* WholePlotReference: Well, more or less a ''sub''plot, but the episode "In The Head of Nicky Jr." basically involved the aforementioned Nicky Jr. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin having people end up in his head]] ala ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich''. (Ironically, John Cusack and John Malkovich fought in this episode over that very movie.)
** Even more ironically, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess where said fight took place?]]
* WildlifeCommentarySpoof: [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] spends his time in the ring doing a running naturalists' commentary on the Medusa he was ''supposed'' to be fighting. He has a HeroicBSOD when he accidentally kills her.
* WimpFight: Jerry Seinfeld vs. Tim Allen. Ended with the cast of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' storming the ring to beat up Jerry for canceling the show, which the audience found far more entertaining.
** JK Rowling vs Stephen King, until Rowling summons Voldemort. [[spoiler:This leads to Rowling's death by King's [[ItMakesSenseInContext now-animated robotic leg]]]].
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Occurred during the fight between Tobey Maguire and [[PoorMansSubstitute Jake Gyllenhaal]], when the hosts had to avoid making explicit reference to [[Film/SpiderMan Doc Ock]], who Jake had brought in to attack Tobey. Instead, they referred to him as "a certain eight-armed villain from a certain hit superhero film" (paraphrasing from memory; that's probably not what they actually said).
* {{Yarling}}:
** The reason why they pit [[Music/PearlJam Eddie Vedder]] against [[Music/{{Creed}} Scott Stapp]].
-->'''Eddie Vedder:''' ''(while kicking Stapp three times)'' Give me back my vooo-ooo-oice!
-->'''Scott Stapp:''' ''(retributing the "favor" to Vedder)'' It's my voice too-ooo-ooo!
** Vedder eventually wins by [[spoiler:scraping Stapp's throat with a piece of barbed wire]], which gives him [[spoiler: a gravelly Music/TomWaits-like voice.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Waits himself is in the crowd, and he promptly gets down to the ring and beats Stapp to a pulp.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: Some deathmatches end this way.
** In one of the first episodes, Mariah Carey, during her fight with Jim Carrey, sings a ''VERY'' high note [[IncrediblyLongNote for an extended period of time]], much to the displeasure of everyone in the arena. The intensity of the note cracks the InUniverse cameras and proves to be too much for Jim, whose head expands like a balloon before exploding.
** Happens again in Jack Black vs. Jack White, where Jack White puts a button-up shirt with a slightly small collar on Jack Black, causing his head to explode. Some of the fights can have silly endings, but even by Deathmatch standards, it's pretty ridiculous.
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-->"So, for all of us at TV Tropes, I'm Johnny Gomez."
-->"And I'm Nick Diamond."
-->"Good fight, good night."
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