Characters / Epic Rap Battles of History


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.


Bonus Battles

Deadpool

  • Batter Up: Clocks a Mook in the face with a bat.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Deadpool's usual schtick.
    • He begins by diverting his attention from Boba to walk right up to the screen and directly address the audience:
    Deadpool: (facing into the camera) "Do you honestly think I would screw this feud up,"
    • All of his verses are loaded with Star Wars trivia, and his third verse has him reading his lines straight from comicbook panels.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's got two other voices in his head: a nutty one and a voice of reason.
  • Elvis Impersonator: Imitates Elvis at one point.
  • Expy: Boba points out that he was basically an Alternate Company Equivalent of Deathstroke, and accuses him of ripping off other superheroes.
  • Fourth Wall Observer: At one point, he addresses the people watching the video, asking if they think he'd lose to Boba Fett.
  • Healing Factor: It doesn't impress Boba: he just tells him to go home and heal from what he dished out.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Presenting the most overrated character anyone's ever saw" Funny how it's Deadpool, who is considered by even his fans as the most overhyped/overrated Marvel character, saying this.
  • Insult Backfire: He touts himself as being, "one-of-a-kind" and calls Boba Fett a Xerox of his father. Boba retaliates by pointing out Deadpool's a rip-off of Deathstroke, then adds a list of other powers and features he borrowed from other characters such as Spiderman, Snake Eyes, and Wolverine - and finishes by calling Deadpool "sloppy seconds".
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Boasts about his skills with his katanas.
  • Mood-Swinger: His mannerism is all over the place, ranging from calm and comical one moment, to Suddenly Shouting the next.
  • Offhand Backhand: Catches a bat swung at him without looking back. Another one has him shooting a Mook in the head without looking.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Deadpool's spazzy behavior and theactrics contrasts sharply with Boba's reserved mannerism.
  • Suddenly Shouting:
    • The first time he does it is during his second verse, as a jab at Boba's lack of screentime:
    Deadpool: (with hat and cane) "Introducing the most overrated character anyone ever saw:"
    "with only FIVE lines in The Triology and one of 'em was, "AAAAHH!!" (flails arms wildly)
    • Also, being called schizophrenic seems to strike a nerve, though not enough to make him stop dancing.


The Announcer

Voiced by: Peter Shukoff

  • Animorphism: Whenever ERB News needs The Announcer to appear onscreen, a talking animal is used. These have included a monkey, a cat, and a bear. In the battles themselves, The Announcer is He Who Must Not Be Seen.
  • Catchphrase: He opens and closes every rap battle the same way.
    EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY! [Character 1] vs. [Character 2]! BEGIN!
    WHO WON? WHO'S NEXT? YOU DECIDE! EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY!
  • Flanderization: He originally had a clear and deep voice. Progressively, it becomes more and more high-pitched and less coherent.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Gets bitten and turned into a zombie at the end of "Rick Grimes vs. Walter White".
  • Large Ham Announcer: He shouts the introduction and conclusion, although he turned down the volume quite a bit in Season 4.
  • The Unintelligible: Getting progressively worse with each battle.
  • The Voice: That's all he is: a voice.

Theodore Roosevelt

Voiced by: Lloyd Ahlquist

  • Badass: Threatened to carve his own chin out of Mount Rushmore and beat Lloyd and Peter with it if they didn't get back to work.
  • Badass Mustache: Roosevelt is well known for his iconic mustache and for being a general Badass.
  • Catch Phrase: "What's up, bitches?!"
  • Large Ham Announcer: Much like the Announcer, he is loud and boisterous.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Teddy's too epic for the rap battles, and the only figure represented who hasn't picked sides, much less participated in a battle.

     Recurring Guest Stars 

George Watsky

Zach Sherwin

Ray William Johnson

Key & Peele

DeStorm Powers

Rhett & Link

  • Badass Baritone: Rhett has a strong deep voice.
  • Badass Beard: Rhett, in all three of his appearances as Donatello (the artist), and Wilbur Wright and William Clark sports a solid goatee.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: To the extent that a row of Scully Boxes were needed to film "Renaissance Artists vs TMNT".
  • Wicked Cultured: Downplayed and not symptomatic of ERB as a whole, but all of their appearances pit them directly against Lloyd and Peter, portraying well-spoken and highly intelligent historical pioneers while the regulars play casual-speaking fictional pop culture heroes.