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 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.
Auto-Tune: At first, the producers considered just having a synthesised voice, as Hawking does in real life, but they found that it was too jarring and had no sense of rhythm, so this was used as an alternative.
Badass Bookworm: Don't try to match your P-brane (pea brain) against his mind.
Berserk Button: Saying his Black Hole theory has holes in it. The disabled jokes also don't make him happy.
The Cameo: Stephen Hawking has appeared in multiple battles, including both Vader VS Hitler sequels.
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 and 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 nice shoes.
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.
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.
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.
Timey-Wimey Ball: He starts the titular monologue, but decides against it mid-rap.
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 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 deconstructs 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 'finish 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 enthusiasum contrast to Bat's usual mood.
No Nonsense Nemesis: Rather than making lighthearted comments or funny lines, Batman is dead serious. However, he's also not very adaptable, his two verses are extremely similar and repeat the same themes instead of attempting a different approach.
Non-Standard Character Design: Robin, who looks like he was pulled from the 1960's with a mask similar to an animated version in contrast to Batman in his modern film costume.
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.
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.
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.
One Steve Limit: Averted - he isn't the only Vladimir to show up in his battle. See below.
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 Dugavili got the nickname Stalin (steel) during his escapades with the Communist party in Georgia.
One-Scene Wonder: Six seconds of screen time. But possibly the most memorable part of the battle.
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.
Afro Asskicker: Even with the laid-back attitude, he's not to be messed with.
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.
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.
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.