Epic Rap Battles of History, pitting historical figures, celebrities, and fictional characters against each other. Tropes used to describe these combatants should be within the context of the raps. Spoilers have been left unmarked.
Ambiguously Gay: The way Hitler mimes when he says he's "dope on the mic," and again when he calls Vader Palpatine's whore. An Urban Legend suggests Hitler's obsession with homosexuals was due to being Armoured Closet Gay, similarly to how his hatred of Jews was partially due to his father (and therefore, technically him) having Jewish blood.
Too Dumb to Live: Darth Vader tells him that he should have known better than to have invaded Russia, without being properly supplied and kitted out for winter warfare. Especially because Napoleon made this exact mistake a century before him.
Combat Pragmatist: Used the force to choke Hitler, then proceeded to freeze him in carbonite in the first rap battle. Later, in the second rap battle, he promptly drops Hitler into the Rancor Pit when he's on a roll. Finally, in the third rap battle, Darth Vader cuts Adolf Hitler in half with his lightsaber while he was in the middle of a verse.
He mocks Hitler's attempts to convince the world the Jews are evil. This may be less standards and more insulting him through his failures, though given how he mentions that he has a "homeboy in Israel" and generally seems to hate Hitler, it might be a case of both.
He won't use the C word, even interrupting his own rap to avoid it.
Evil Overlord: Though he's technically The Dragon for Emperor Palpatine, most of the Empire's armies report to him. They show up in his first verse and freeze Hitler in carbonite.
Fallen Hero: Once the chosen one, now a tyrannical Sith Lord.
Hitler: You got one bitch pregnant and gave into the hate!
Just Toying with Them: Vader only thawed Hitler from carbonite to have a rematch and to drop him into the Rancor pit.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: To Hitler. In their first rap battle he freezes him in carbonite. In their second, he thaws him out just to toy with him, then drops him into the Rancor pit. In their third, he tries feeding him to the Sarlaac beast, and after Hitler shoots Boba Fett he decides to cut him in half.
Nightmare Face: Without the mask, his face is seriously scarred - and it's not presented in an Ugly Cute sort of way as it was in Return Of The Jedi.
Pragmatic Villainy: While he, in part, believes that Hitler is a disgusting being, pragmatism is also a reason that he mocks Hitler. He's aware that a regime based on nationalism and racism can only persist for so long, before it eventually falls apart from the pressure of having so many enemies.
Psychic Powers: Darth Vader is force-sensitive, after all. He uses it to force choke Hitler in the first rap.
No Indoor Voice: Mainly in his second appearance where he's shouting every word.
President Action: He interrupts the rap battle between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to slap them both.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers to Obama ("Don't talk about change, just do it!") and Romney ("You're a pancake, fliptopity!") Interestingly, he seems to appreciate Obama to some degree though he's disappointed in him, while he just insults Romney.
Took a Level in Badass: He goes from doing okay in his battle against Chuck Norris, to bitch-slapping Obama and Romney.
Asskicking Equals Authority: Many of the characters on the show are presidents, kings, emperors, etc. Chuck, on the other hand, has no sort of official rank at all. He's everyone's master because he can kick all their asses. (Except Bruce Lee.)
Badass Beard: Lincoln briefly refers to it; mentioning the Chuck Norris fact that it can block bullets.
Badass Boast: Seven in a row, which comprise his second verse, all belted out at the top of his lungs as he's one hundred feet tall, glowing, and on fire.
My hands make the speed of light WISH THAT IT WAS FASTER!
Eldritch Abomination: His second verse implies that he's not human and instead a Cosmic Horror beyond human comprehension; he grows to 100 ft, glows, his voice echoes, and according to his boasts he makes the laws of physics twist into knots.
Nice Hat: Wears a cowboy hat during his first verse.
Bigger Is Better in Bed: "Ask Bach, I've got more cock than Smith & Wesson!", complete with Bach popping up on screen nodding and making an "it was this big!" gesture by holding his hands ~18 inches apart.
Classical Music: Crowds of millions want to listen to his symphonies long after his death.
Teeny Weenie: When Beethoven tells Bieber he can't even hit puberty, Bach again pops up on screen, making a sad face, and another "it was this big" gesture, holding his finger and thumb roughly an inch apart.
Berserk Button: Accusations of child molestation make him take a nasty turn.
Beware the Nice Ones: Acts friendly through much of his lines, but he also threatens to cut MR. T into pieces. At the end of his second verse, Mr. McFeely can be seen in the background, menacingly holding a baseball bat, apparently ready to use it if Mr. T doesn't leave.
Creepy Monotone: Part of his second verse is delivered this way, when he's obviously seething about being accused of child molestation.
Dissonant Serenity: He smiles fondly and nonchalantly changes his shoes while Mr. T threatens him and curses him out.
Lethal Joke Character: Note how the music changes when he's announced; it seems to be setting up for a Curb-Stomp Battle reminiscent of Genghis Khan vs. the Easter Bunny, but he proceeds to have a chilling rap of his own.
Nice Guy: He's one of the few characters who's polite to his opponent. The worst he does insult-wise is friendly teasing. Then his Berserk Button is pushed.
Nice Shoes: Mentions putting on his sneakers so he won't get blood on his penny loafers.
OOC Is Serious Business: Mister Rogers gladly accepts anyone into his neighborhood, except for people who call him a pedophile. Then shit will get real.
Tranquil Fury: Rogers is clearly pissed at Mr. T's joke about child molestation, but his only reaction is to slip into a calm, even, and creepy monotone. This is noteworthy given that he was jovial until that point.
Fat and Proud: Upon noticing his immensely gross weight gain, he looks positively enthused, and continues wolfing food down. Come his second verse, his being fat and old, against all common sense, makes him even more awe-inspiring than before.
Hot Blooded Sideburns: Double-subverted. As "Thin Elvis" he was more composed and smooth but then later he becomes more hotblooded.
Hypocrite: MJ's counter to the birds and the bees when Elvis "meet [his] own wife when she was only fourteen."
I Take Offense to That Last One: The only time Gates gets a direct reaction from Jobs is when he points out the real life tendency of Jobs to take credit for the work of others, then asks if Steve Wozniak wrote the lyrics that Jobs is rapping to.
Not Hyperbole: He does actually donate more than Steve Job's Net worth, Over 40 Billion while Steve only has a net worth of 8 billion, so it's quite possible that he's donating more than Job's net worth to AIDS research in particular.
Oh, Crap: After HAL starts speaking he is worried. In the behind the scenes video, he is told to imagine that he just walked into a cave... and then realized there was a lion already inside it.
He's clearly a product of his times, for better or for worse, including using terms like "coloreds" which wouldn't fly today.
For all his rather offensive remarks towards Mercury's camp-ness, he maintains that he has nothing against gays (or other races) and is friends with Sammy Davis Jr., and is disgusted by Mercury's own racist comments. note In real life Sinatra was prominently featured in a short film that was against racism, among other anti-racist efforts. His ridiculing of Freddie has as much to do with Mercury's promiscuity as it does with his orientation.
Pay Evil unto Evil: Since Sinatra got the ball rolling with homophobic jokes Mercury responded by dropping some racial slurs.
Rated M for Manly: Says his songs have balls compared to Sinatra's, which could serve as "the soundtrack to a vasectomy".
Really Gets Around: Lampshaded by both parties. Freddie's games of "butthole roulette" were his ultimate downfall.
The Rock Star: In contrast to Sinatra he has pyrotechnics in his background.
Technician Versus Performer: He casts the battle between himself and Frank as this, with Freddie as the performer while Frank is that more boring technician. Although he also rips the technician side of things when he says of Sinatra "You've got four notes in your whole range!"
Jerkass: Doesn't hesitate to make snide remarks about Obama's parents, allude to Obama growing up as a child of divorce that had little knowledge of his father, or insult Michelle Obama. The closest Obama comes to that level is making a joke about Mormon polygamy that was just an excuse to flip Romney off.
Special Effects Failure: In-Universe, Doc Brown says that the Doctor's special effects are terrible. As Doc Brown says that, you can see the TARDIS floating in the background and the strings holding it up and the hand holding the strings are all clearly visible.
Take Up My Sword: The 10th Doctor was killed by a Dalek and The 4th Doctor took over for the rest of the rap.
Time Machine: The TARDIS is used to reset the battle and revive the 10th Doctor.
Timey-Wimey Ball: He starts the titular monologue, but decides against it mid-rap.
Combat Pragmatist: He roundhouse kicks a chair thrown at him first to knock it back at Clint.
Composite Character: His own verses included many references to his movies ("defeated..... mother fuckers with claws" deals with Enter The Dragon' and the Chuck Norris defeat is "Return of the Dragon") while Clint talks about the actor.
Composite Character: He's Clint Eastwood alright, and many jokes are made about the actual person, but he also seems to be an amalgamation of Eastwood, The Man With No Name (whom his appearance and mannerisms are based on), Dirty Harry (quoting him a few times), and Walt Kowalski (sharing his grumpy old man tendencies and racism).
Cowboy: The outfit and attitude are classic cowboy.
Holmes successfully deduces Batman's identity through a couple of minor similarities. He also puzzles out the event that inspired him to become a crime-fighter.
Also in slow motion, he analyzes Batman and plans his way through the next line in his rap. Similar to the famous bare-knuckle boxing scene from the 2009 film.
Holmes: "This mustn't register on an emotional level. First, exploit childhood tragedy, then gesture with pipe. Watson finishes punchline. Next, acknowledge compliment. Conclude with killer Catchphrase."
Badass Bookworms: Sherlock's a famous detective and a boxer while his sidekick is a war veteran.
Breaking Speech: His second verse is clearly meant to be this: "This mustn't register on an emotional level..."
Catchphrase: Invoked by Holmes with 'conclude with killer catchphrase'.
Composite Character: Sherlock Holmes's look is clearly based on that of Basil Rathbone (based on the happy accident that MC Mr. Napkins actually looks a lot like him), but he carries elements of the 2009 film portrayal.
Guttural Growler: Batman, as usual. It sounds mostly like Christian Bale's version of the character.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Batman isn't exactly a warm and fuzzy person (and he all but dismisses his sidekick), he shows much more concern for the lives of the people that he's fighting to protect. He even calls Holmes out for willingly putting people in danger to solve a mystery, which is something he would never do.
Keet: Robin's enthusiasm contrast to Bat's usual mood.
Big Fun/Fat Bastard: Gandhi seems him as the latter, due to all the food puns towards him.
Friendly Enemy: He seems to think that he and Gandhi have this sort of relationship, given how he mentions that he admires Gandhi's work and how he's going to "forgive [Gandhi] so hard right now." They're dancing together at the end.
Good Shepherd: A religious leader and 'king of civil rights'. Gandhi says the 'good' part is incorrect.
Large Ham: King's raps are as bold as his speeches.
The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Inverted, as the first rapper. He's the only one of the five who's not a direct politician or leader, and becomes mostly irrelevant once the tone shifts to Russia's political history (Hence spending the rest of the episode dancing to the beat, aside from receiving a few potshots regarding being The Pigpen).
Fate Worse than Death/And Your Little Dog Too: He claims that the trope namer for Rasputinian Deathgot off easy, (we'll just assume that the writers are using the fictional account of Rasputin's death rather than the boring fact that he died immediately after being shot) and threatens to inflict a fate worse than death before moving on to killing anyone Rasputin every knew or loved.
Freudian Excuse: As Rasputin put it, "Your daddy beat you like a dog and now you're evil".
Jerkass: He raps in a way that would indicate that his atrocities are something to be proud of.
Stalin: You think I give a fuck about my wife? My own son got locked up in prison and I didn't save his life!
Knight of Cerebus: He's still played for laughs, but his humour is much darker than Rasputin's and a lot of it can become terrifying about how casually he's saying it. Compared to previous historical villains like Hitler and Genghis Khan who were Laughably Evil, Stalin is portrayed in a much darker and more sinister light.
Lack of Empathy: He just doesn't care how many people died because of him. Even his family wasn't safe.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: He is very pissed about how the Russian Revolution was ruined by Stalin. In fact, his first line is to debunk Stalin's "pride of Lenin" remark.
One Steve Limit: Averted - he isn't the only Vladimir to show up in his battle. See below.
Speak of the Devil: He pops in after Stalin claims to be "The pride of Lenin" to refute that remark. It also sets a precedent for Gorbachev and Putin to find an excuse so they can get in on the action as well.
Nice Guy: Comparitively speaking, he's the contestant with the least skeletons in his closet. Most of his rhymes are good-natured and focused on his accomplishments instead of putting the other guys down.
Odd Name Out: He's the only contestant in the battle that doesn't have an "in" attached to the end of his name. note Technically, neither "Lenin" nor "Stalin" is a real name. Ulyanov called himself Lenin to avoid prosecution for his anti-Tsarist propaganda, while Dï¿½ugaï¿½vili got the nickname Stalin (steel) during his escapades with the Communist party in Georgia.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Invoked; he claims that he steals the show as part of his job description. Subverted in the end: he dies before he can finish his verse. To make things worse, he's the only replacement rapper to die at all so far.
Meaningful Background Event: His background is black at first, just like the set of his show. However, during his first verse, he paints one of his famous landscapes onto the background (using the same "brushing" special effect his show would sometimes open with), and that becomes his background for the rest of the battle.
Mood-Swinger: Given how he's always calm and pleasant, it's a downplayed example.
While he acts one hundred percent cheerful in his own verses, he's shown with some combination of smugness and Tranquil Fury during Pablo's. Notice his derivative smirk when Pablo calls himself "the modern art Muhammad Ali" and his faltering smile when Pablo says he taught people how to suck at painting.
At the start of his second verse, he proudly declares that he served in the military for his first two lines, and he stops smiling in favour of having a neutral yet proud expression while saluting and posing. When his third line starts, he suddenly starts smiling again and does a goofy dance.
Nice Guy: It's difficult to tell if he's really trying to put down Picasso, or if he sees this as a friendly competition.
Patriotic Fervor: Proudly declares that he served 20 years in the United States Air Force.
Perpetual Smiler: Falters a little when talking about his Air Force service (understandable, given he gave up life in the Air Force because he didn't enjoy being a Drill Sergeant Nasty), but the rest of the song? Grinning like crazy.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni; He's famous for his calm, soft-spoken manner. It also applies to the backing track - his is distinctly calmer and less bombastic than Picasso's.
Overly Long Name: His full name - Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso - takes up much of his second verse, and he doesn't even go through all of itnote He skips over the "Martyr Patricio Clito" part.
Pet the Dog: Noticeably happier when he mentions his weiner dog, Lump.
Pretender Diss: Scoffs at Bob's lack of classical training and berates him for using the term "Cubist," claiming he doesn't even know the meaning of the word.
Fate Worse than Death: Implied when he walks off chained to a briefcase, which becomes much more clear when you realize he fills the role originally played by Jacob Marley, who was also subjected to such a thing and tried to warn Scrooge to keep him from enduring the same fate.
Jerkass: Only in the context of this particular battle; he's the only one who disses Scrooge rather than telling him to change his ways.
Jacob Marley Apparel: While not in the same way as the character he's based on, at the end he shows his chains attached to his brief case.
Butt Monkey: He first gets startled awake by Trump, then yelled at by three rappers - the last of whom is Nightmare Fuel to him - until he nearly starts crying before changing his ways. This was bound to happen since the battle is an abridged version (with new characters) of A Christmas Carol.
A Wild Rapper Appears: A unique example to this series in that he is the first character who is known for rapping to appear in the series (not counting the Epic Peter vs. Nice Lloyd battle, where they obviously play as themselves).
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: If you are in the crowd who sees the real Kanye West as an Insufferable Genius, then he falls into this category in this battle, due to calling Scrooge out on his selfishness and suggesting he share his money with the homeless.
The Power of Friendship: He states that there is more to life than money and that Scrooge should have asked for friends.
Scary Black Man: Scary enough to finally make Scrooge take his hauntings seriously.
Death, The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come
Played by: Peter Shukoff
Brutal Honesty: He doesn't mince words when telling Scrooge about what's to come.
Don't Fear The Reaper: Downplayed. While he looks scary and talks about Scrooge's imminent death, he comes across as more 'punisher of the wicked' than 'evil spirit'. If Scrooge weren't a selfish man, they wouldn't be having this conversation.
Knight of Cerebus: He has no humourous quirks and serves as the figure that ultimately puts Scrooge on the right path. he introduces himself by appearing behind Scrooge and saying "boo" but that's as funny as he got.
Large Ham: For lacking lungs, he has a big presence.
"I don't know what you think I've done, but if we were to battle, I've already won: ask Gus!"
Badass Pacifist: He's a Downplayed case. He deals with a zombie by distracting it with some crystal meth but he also threatens to kill Rick three times, twice in his first verse. First he threatens to stuff him in a barrel until he liquefies. Then he threatens to run him over. Lastly he makes the more vague threat to "bury" him.
Car Fu: Threatens to run over Rick with his Aztec.
Race Lift: Technically averted. Goku has the physical traits of an Asian persion, and he's played by a part-Asian actor (Indian, to be specific), but said actor is Ambiguously Brown. However, given that Goku is an alien, race isn't crucial to the character's appearance.
Berserk Button: Downplayed. He smiles through the entire battle against Goku and only frowns when the Saiyan brings up that he lost to Batman, and only then does Superman turn around to engage Goku in Air Jousting.
Catch Phrase: A variant on "This looks like a job for Superman!" appears in the battle.
Eye Beams: He uses them in an (unsuccessful) attempt to stop Goku reaching Super Saiyan.
Insufferable Genius: He insults the Saiyans as being intellectually primitive while alluding to the super-intelligence common to Kryptonians.
Panty Fighter: Goku mocks his superhero outfit as such, and says that he can see Superman's camel toe.
Pungeon Master: Both his verses are riddled with DBZ references, puns, and in-jokes. From telling Goku he'd make his nose bleed like Roshi sniffing panties, to sneaking in a Title Drop while pointing at his crotch when he tells Goku:
Smug Super: He seems to be channeling Super Dickery Superman. The guy even stops to pose for a quick photograph mid-battle and just check the smirk on his face during both verses. Especially the part where he mentions what he'd do to Goku's wife, Chichi!
Sir Isaac Newton: (verse two) "I accelerated the mind of mankind to a higher plain of understanding and, I can calculate the weight, or the size and the shape of the shadow of the mind YOU'RE STANDING IN!!"
Eye Scream: He once pushed a needle around his eyeball to prod at its back side as part of an experiment to research how color is perceived, which Nye indirectly references.
Butt Monkey: It's no secret he's a bit outclassed, even though he had some good lines. Even his own teammate is somewhat condescending towards him.
Tyson: Why don't you pick on a brain your own size?
Old Shame: invoked Newton thinks he's a joke because he was on a silly children show and Nye insists that he's doing other stuff now.
The Power of Friendship: Seems to be a running theme with him and Tyson. Tyson jumps in to help him out and both target Newton's lack of friends and his mistreatment of the few he had. Plus, Carl Sagan, Tyson's mentor, cameos during Nye's segments.
Insult Backfire: Washington comments on his hanging, drawing and quartering, but he says he could still rap circles around Washington even if he was.
Man in a Kilt: A Dummied Out scene that only appeared on a Youtube commercial that aired in theaters showed Wallace lifting up his kilt and flashing George Washington, showing that he's wearing nothing underneath.
"The wisdom of our master (SPLINTER!) - Taught us not to rush to violence - But our master (MASTER SPLINTER!) - AIN'T HERE, DUDE!"
Martial Pacifist: Their master (SPLINTER!) taught them not to rush to violence and also taught them to use their weapons.
Mythology Gag: When Michaelangelo says "Ain't here Dudes!" we see the other turtles behind him, all of them with red bandanas. The original TMNT mirage comic had all the turtles sporting identical red bandanas.
Nintendo Hard: Their first NES game, which Michaelangelo di Simoni references.
Obfuscating Stupidity: All the turtles make references to the accomplishments of their artist counterparts: Donatello claims to not know a lot about the Artists while referencing Donatello di Bardi's sculpture of Gattamelata, Leo mentions Leonardo's helicopter, Mike uses the word "Sistine" which is a reference to Michelangelo painting the Sistine chapel, and Raph says he'll put the artist back in school, a reference to Raphael's fresco "The School of Athens".
Slobs Versus Snobs: The Turtles live in a sewer and become intelligent after coming into contact with radioactive ooze, while the Artists brushed shoulders with the Italian upper class.
Weapon of Choice: Every Turtle except Donatello makes reference to their weapon.
The Cast Showoff: Gets one verse to show off his Motor Mouth each time. Also, two of his three characters have been poets, letting him show his ability to write in their style at the very beginning of their songs.
Motor Mouth: He's very well known for being able to rap at amazing speeds.