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  • In Felicia vs Taokaka, Felicia throws her opponent down mid-combo and Tao lands without a hitch. Why? Cats always land on their feet.
  • I was kind of confused in the Cloud VS Link battle; when Cloud used his Omnislash, it looked like Link was easily about to die, but then Link somehow landed a hit that saved him without any explanation as to how. I didn't understand why until I watched the battle again; I previously Failed a Spot Check and didn't notice the yellow reticule around Cloud during the attack. Link was Z Targeting! This also extends into the research shown earlier, where they flat out stated Z-Targeting = Fast Reflexes. This not only explains how Link countered the Omnislash, but also how he was able to keep pace with Cloud's super-soldier speed in swordplay. It is an ability shown consistently throughout the series, which is what the weapons and abilities chosen for the fight were based on. And just because Cloud can slash like crazy doesn't mean he has Z-Targeting or Spidey-Senses- that's not how it works. Link's quick reaction time was shown as a confirmed ability.
  • It should be noted that Cloud's Limit Breaks cannot be performed multiple times in a single turn. This means after each attack, Cloud is wide open (he can still block or dodge but in gameplay he can still be hit very easily). So Cloud can perform large combos but cannot overwhelm another superhuman or magical swordsmen like Link on speed alone.
  • Link appears to be as strong or as fast as a normal human, but his magical items do give him superhuman abilities. Link with his weapons isn't much different from Mario without his powerups or Taokaka running out of Seithr. These warriors are very effective with their weapons and magic, and because of this they can stand up against naturally superhuman opponents with ease.
  • Makes sense how Starscream VS Rainbow Dash is the only battle where A) there's no blood whatsoever (aside from Cloud VS Link), and B) technically, neither fighter "dies", since Starscream is still alive in his Spark (though with Rainbow Dash having eaten him, he won't be doing anything for a while); both fighters come from kid's shows, where blood and graphic deaths are very, very rarely - if ever - shown.
  • The reason why Batman didn't win in his battle with Spider-Man, if you read the comics, is obvious—Spidey had the jump on him, and when it comes down to it, Batman's main advantage is being Crazy-Prepared. As Wiz and Boomstick pointed out, Spidey's weaknesses are impossible to utilize unless one is prepared, which the rules of Death Battle prevent.
    • While of course they could bend the rules to allow Batman time to study Spidey, it would also give the latter time to prep up as well. Considering that Spider-Man is one of the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe, the fight would have ended with the same results. However, if one thinks about it, Batman would have been trumped by Spider-Man regardless of any precautions he may make.
      • If Spider-man knew how serious and aggressive Batman is as a fighter, he probably would have been less cocky and more careful during the fight—like how he didn't realize that Batman had explosive Batarangs.
      • Spider-Sense: Any of Batman's gadgets would have no effect on this, since this is one of Spidey's innate abilities.
      • Stamina and strategy: Whilst Batman may have encountered enemies and defeated them, this was due to having some form of advantage due to his gadgets. Compare this to Spider-Man, who is known for taking a lot of punishment but not necessarily dying and defeating enemies with plans formulated on the go. This could prove effective in countering whatever scheme Bats may cook up.
    • And in canon, Batman's very aware that in a straight up fight against meta-humans with no prep time, he'd probably lose.
    • Also most of Batman's weapons are DESIGNED to be NONLETHAL. Since Death Battle is about KILLING the enemy, Batman didn't use the right tools because of his pacifist fighting style.
  • This is Fridge Brilliance in and of itself. Batman does not kill, period, outside of Final Crisis. He knows that he is a master of fighting, and that there is a chance that his mind may be subverted by some enemy (probably Poison Ivy or the Mad Hatter). Thus, he designs his equipment and techniques so that, even if his will is subverted by an outside force (like, say, whatever it is that removes a Death Battler's compunctions about killing), he won't be able to break his oath to himself not to kill. Which is to say, Batman is so crazy prepared, he outsmarted Wiz and Boomstick.
  • Sonic's victory against Mario was foreshadowed from the beginning. At the start of the fight, base Sonic's physical attacks were too quick for base Mario to counter. A similar ambush was used at the end (when the power-ups apparently ran out) before Sonic ground Mario into the ground.
  • As several observers have noted, Starscream lost his fight with Rainbow Dash because he's always doomed to lose in the G1 continuity.
  • It should be noted that Spawn's near-immortality and instant regenerative powers made him immune to almost every attack that Kratos had. If Spawn lacked his god-like defenses, the outcome would have been different. In a way, Kratos is mortal and Spawn is immortal/extremely difficult to kill.
    • But the reason why Kratos didn't decapitate Spawn is because Death Battle doesn't allow the warriors to know of each other unless they do in canon—so he didn't know Spawn could survive getting impaled by his deadliest weapon, the Blade of Olympus. Besides, Kratos doesn't use much strategy to begin with, instead just thrashing things to death wildly.
  • Despite Pikachu's enormous popularity, he is still one of the weakest Pokémon in terms of base stats (at 300 base stats, Pikachu is slightly below average for ANY pokemon). Real people use Pikachu because of his popularity, not his skill.
    • This is not 100% accurate. While it is true that Pikachus are very weak, their high speed coupled with their buffing and debuffing movesets make them good Annoyers. This, of course, means nothing against Blanka. First, many debuffs a Pikachu might use are electrically-based. Second, Ash does not use Pikachu as an Annoyer but as a powerhouse. Third, if Pikachu is confused without Ash to command it trying to be a powerhouse, strategic Annoyance is probably FAR beyond its capabilities.
  • Rogue may be one of the cheapest characters for being able to add her enemy's abilities on top of her own. Even Superman had trouble with a similar character; Parasite.
  • Some characters or abilities may not have been used because they don't have sprites or animations that the Death Battle animators can use. This may explain the lack of Sheik for the Peach VS Zelda fight. While she didn't use Sheik attacks (like the chain or needles from SSB), you may have noticed that Zelda was a lot more speedy and agile than normally depicted.
  • Many players believe that a Goomba is less dangerous than a Koopa. This is the case only because the Koopa's shell can bounce back at you, but otherwise the Goomba and Koopa can both be defeated by one jump. Even though it takes 2 to kill a Koopa, it will be immobile after the hit for so long that it doesn't really matter.
  • The odds of ANYTHING without a homing device to launch randomly miles into the air and directly hit a human head is WELL OVER a million to 1. This means Peach won by luck. What makes it Fridge Brilliance is that this in itself is an ability attributed to Peach. The sheep summoning spell appears to aim itself at the intended target.
  • One can wonder where the heck that Chaos Emerald randomly came from during the Wily VS Eggman battle, but it was explicitly stated earlier that Silver Sonic is powered by a Chaos Emerald, which is what allowed Metal Sonic to later absorb it and become a near unstoppable force even BEFORE he absorbed the Egg Fleet.
  • Sonic VS Mario ultimately ending in a Curbstomp Battle, as much as it may upset Mario fans was a given since Mario lacks any unique abilities without power-ups. While he and Sonic were evenly matched while using power-ups, without them, all he has his jumping skills and his above-average strength. Compare that to Sonic's super speed, homing attacks, and razor rapid spin, and you can see why Mario was outclassed.
    • After all, Mario's the former Trope Namer for Jack-of-All-Stats. Being perfectly average is a bad thing when your opponent has a decisive edge in a category that can be used against you.
  • It should be noted that the reason that pre-1986 Superman is not being used is because not only are his powers inconsistent throughout the series because of different authors, but some technicalities would be too cheap for the fight (i.e. destroying entire solar systems with sneezes or feeling no pain from being attacked by The Incredible Hulk).
  • As they themselves noted and hinted at the end, the victory of Superman over Goku makes perfect sense. Both of them deal with limitations; the difference is, Superman has emotional limitations (his history of mental limitations on his power, his devotion to saving lives rather than training, his dilemma of Krypton vs. Earth), and completely lacks physical limitations; Superman's story is an unending one of a Physical God dealing with the realities of life, balancing the world's needs against his own, and finding his identity. By contrast, Goku, being simpleminded and living for the fight, has no emotional limitations, but has many hard-and-fast physical limitations, with his story being an unending one of trying to overcome those limitations by unceasing training and determination. Both of them excel where the other struggles; just as the limitless Superman will always overcome the limited Goku in battle, the limitless Goku will always overcome the limited Superman at simply living, enjoying life, and coping with backstory and plot events. Unfortunately, this is a Death Battle, so Goku's quality-of-life victory is a bit hollow here.
  • The Goku VS Superman fight was originally scheduled for December 21, 2012; the day many people feared the world would end. At the end of the battle, the Earth was destroyed.
  • Some of what the two did in the fight didn't make sense, then I figured it out.
    • Why did Superman fly away after saying "I haven't even begun to play"? He was going around the earth to punch Goku in the face when he came back, it's a common enough move used by the Flash and other speedsters that he should be familiar with the concept and probably use it himself. However, Word of God is that Superman noticed the sun setting, so he traveled to Japan (Goku's DBZ arena) so he would be where it is high-noon, and the sun would be high in the sky. You can see the sun 'rising' from Superman flying around the world, that was his intention— not to punch Goku.
    • Why would Goku say "Oh no you don't!" While chasing Superman? He didn't understand that Superman got stronger. If Goku thought Superman was like the average Dragon Ball villain, the only reason to get above the ground a lot would be to fire one massive beam at it and blow it up.
  • The revelation of the new Super Saiyan God form from Battle of Gods would not have much effect on Goku's loss against Superman match. Why? Because the form requires six pure-hearted Saiyans to gather their energy, and that's five too many for a Death Battle. In fact, it actually might dig Goku's hole even deeper, since with a new canon source after DBZ proper, GT may not count as a permissible research source and Goku wouldn't have access to Super Saiyan 4, leaving his physical limitations far lower than even the inadequate stats calculated by Wiz and Boomstick for use in the battle.
    • Also, God Form has a time limit and its limits were never fully measured.
  • As Goku gets stronger throughout the fight with his Super-Saiyan forms, Superman gets stronger by getting closer to the sun. That way, both warrior's 'power levels' consistently grow throughout the match.
  • The battle between Goku and Superman is pretty much the hosts Shown Their Work of their research and responding to many fan predictions of the fight, specifically actions or situations that would have one fighter overwhelm the other IN THEORY.
    • How would Goku survive getting overwhelmed early in the fight before transforming? Senzu Beans.
      • Which Superman would destroy quickly after realizing what they do.
    • Would Goku use Kryptonite? No, Goku has too much pride and honor to defeat Superman like that.
    • Can the magical Power Pole hurt Superman? Yes, but Goku had little experience with it in DBZ and GT, so Superman could quickly disarm him. Also, a pole is not the most lethal weapon to use.
    • Would After-Image work on Superman, who has super-vision? No.
    • Would the Spirit Bomb have any use in a fight against Superman, who is pure of heart? Well, if Goku absorbed the energy of the Spirit Bomb it would be useful, but not as an actual weapon.
    • Goku had read minds in the past, wouldn't he just discover Superman's weaknesses like that? No, Superman trained himself to resist psychic attacks with his superhuman mind.
    • Would Solar Flare work against Superman, who is not only powered by the sun but has superhuman vision and has stared into the sun before? No.
    • Ice Breath is one of Superman's weaker attacks, so would it be effective against someone as powerful as Goku? Overall, no.
    • Shouldn't Superman just fly into the sun and get stronger so he can beat Goku? Well since Superman's speed and durability are virtually unlimited, Goku has little chance to slow him down if Superman decides to do that.
    • Why not teleport Superman away from the sun? Four reasons; (1) Goku wants to fight his enemies at full power. (2) Goku doesn't understand Superman's powers. (3) If Goku tried to, he would need time to concentrate, and Superman would try to fight back, so it would be risky. And (4) Goku might accidentally teleport Superman closer to a sun or to a blue sun, making the situation worse. (5) Goku would have to teleport to somewhere with a Ki signature and be breathable to him, further narrowing down his choices.
    • Why not destroy the sun? Even if the Kamehameha was powerful enough to do so the supernova explosion would kill Goku (and would suffocate in outer space if he isn't instantly incinerated) but not Superman (who survived supernova explosions).
    • Doesn't Goku have an enormous power-level? Power-levels were used as a plot-device to make the villains overconfident by underestimating the Z-Fighters. Realistically Goku is too powerful for his power level to be measured. Also, Superman's power level is never leveled by DBZ's definition of what a power-level is.
    • Isn't ki a type of magic, thus easily killing Superman? No, Dragon Ball shows an obvious difference between ki and magic.
      • Ki is relevant to how powerful someone physically is and acts more like energy.
      • Magical characters like Kami, Babidi, and Dende can be very powerful with their magic despite being physically weak. Also, their magic is not always designed to kill but to alter logic or physics. For example, Majin Buu can turn people into candy and Kami can create objects out of thin air, but Ki users like Goku cannot.
    • Aren't there several depictions of Superman showing him to be much weaker than most DBZ characters? Superman's powers are inconsistent between the writers of DC but according to Superman canon, his power is dependent on how much sunlight he has absorbed. With more sunlight, Superman gains more strength. Also Superman is able to control his strength to any level; from having trouble opening a soda can to pulling THE EARTH. Superman limits his strength so that he does not kill his enemies as he is a pacifist. Also, because his strength is determined by his solar aura, which also determines his defenses, Superman can appear vulnerable when he is not at full power. Also, Superman had to break mental blocks that limited his abilities in his youth. This is why Superman wore a spacesuit in Superman: The Animated Series.
  • Some losing combatants like Batman and Goku were given the benefit of the doubt for their fight, allowed to use every weapon they commonly use, have many opportunities to overwhelm their opponent. This was to make their defeats more acceptable.
  • Usually in Death Battle, a combatant's personality restraints about killing are removed. However, that was not the case for He-Man. He never tried to kill Lion-O, only brutally beat him down. Lion-O's death came when He-Man shattered the Eye of Thundera to protect himself. He couldn't have known that it would have killed Lion-O… And the other Thundercats…
  • Season One's second episode was a Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat match-up (Akuma vs Shang Tsung). Now, Season Two's second episode is a Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat match-up (M. Bison vs. Shao Khan).
    • Also, when you consider that Season One was originally going to end at Mario vs. Sonic and not Goku vs. Superman, if you don't count Justin Beiber vs. Rebecca Black as a real episode, then the second episode would've been Chun-Li vs. Mai Shiranui, not a SF vs. MK, but a SF character is still in the ring here.
  • Starscream surviving having his Spark eaten at the end of his match makes perfect sense even without the Word of God; Sparks are ephemeral energy, so there's nothing for Rainbow's stomach acids to actually digest, so Starscream was never in any real danger. Besides which, Starscream is intangible when in his "ghost mode", so he could just fly straight through Rainbow's flesh whenever he wanted to. He may well have popped out of her, shouted at her for being disgusting, then flown off a minute after the episode ended.
  • In "Goku VS Superman", Vegeta states that he could've defeated Superman faster than he could've defeated Shadow the Hedgehog. There's a scene during the fight where Superman gets crippled by Kryptonite and Goku destroys the Kryptonite so he could fight Superman fairly. Vegeta isn't as merciful to his foes as Goku. Unless Superman used Vegeta's "Saiyan roots" against him, there would be a chance that Vegeta would've left the Kryptonite there so Superman could die.
  • Why did Wiz and Boomstick have to change the "FIGHT" to a different voice? Probably because Shao Kahn, who did the voice in the first season is now a contestant of Death Battle, so it would be unfair to let him decide when the battle should start.
    • That didn't stop Deadpool from declaring the start of his own fight. Then again, the No Fourth Wall thing with him was in play, as always...
  • Something that might strike a viewer as odd in the Wily vs Eggman fight is the inclusion of Scratch and Grounder when the armies seem to be primarily based on the games. However, not only did they both appear in a game once, both are canonically based off/expies for Badniks from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — Grounder is lifted directly from the Grounder badnik (which itself was a slightly redesigned version of the Burrobot from Sonic the Hedgehog 1), while Scratch is a less-accurate version of the Clucker badnik (the turret gunner chicken Badniks that guard Robotnik's flying fortress).
  • Starscream's Fate Worse Than Death…when you think about what's established for the character it's not that bad. Starscream doesn't need a physical body to survive, he can exist just fine as a ghost indefinitely. It just means he can't interact with the material world in significant ways. Furthermore, Starscream is indifferent to time; what's waiting a century or two for Equestria to develop more advanced machinery to somebody who's already been alive for millions of years? Finally, among the things Starscream can do in his ghostly state? Travel from planet to planet. So, ultimately, Starscream doesn't need to be stuck in any Equestrian machine unless he wants to; he can just fly away as a ghost to some other, more advanced world and take over machinery there.
  • Both Link vs. Cloud and Ryu vs. Strider were said to be very close, and Cloud and Ryu left relatively intact bodies at their moments of death compared to other Death Battle combatants. While Ryu's body was eventually disposed of, he died when he was driven through the building by Strider. Maybe if the fights were more one-sided, the weaker defenses/stronger attacks would have left behind messier corpses.
  • Many commenters say that Starscream should have won against Rainbow Dash because he has all those weapons. However all those weapons would have been rendered ineffective for different reasons. His Null Ray is stated to be useless on anything but a machine, which Rainbow isn't, and it has been used on humans in the cartoon to no effect. The various missiles he has would also be useless because they are designed primarily to destroy other aircraft or vehicles and she is too small and fast to be hit by them. And finally his minigun which is what most people say should guarantee his victory is also ineffective. The reason being that the gun (M61 Vulcan) has a muzzle velocity note  of roughly 1050 meters per second. Rainbow can easily fly at Mach 5, which is at least 1710 meters per second. In short terms, Rainbow can fly faster than Starscream's bullets. You can also say that since Starscream regularly fails to hit targets that are on average 15-20 feet tall, he has an abysmal chance at hitting a target several times faster and 5 times smaller than him.
    • Many others claim that while G1 Starscream was incompetent, Michael Bay's Starscream or later versions would be far superior, and they are. However, even the competent versions of Starscream feature him bringing down tanks, jets, and other Transformers with ease, but he's clumsier when hunting individual humans. It's a trait shared by most Decepticons; Soundwave, Barricade, Frenzy, and Laserbeak are the only ones who can do it, which is why they're saddled with the duty, and are not the greatest fighters amongst their faction. Also, speedsters like Sonic the Hedgehog have dealt with giant, competent robots, and done so without magical powers; Dash is in the same league as Sonic, with Flying Brick powers, not to mention several magical abilities and techniques.
  • The scene of Ryu being blown up even after he was already killed is also a case of brilliance for Strider's end for the main reason that his healing ability takes awhile to activate, hinting that Ryu was faking death and Strider had his Option C blow up the corpse to make sure.
  • In the teaser for Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare, Bucky appears to be following Slippy, and calls for battle stations shortly after his entrance. This makes a lot of sense, since Bucky's nemeses are…well, look at the title of his franchise.
    • The above observation was made before the whole fight was released.
  • Why was Starscream pitted against Dashie? For the contrast! She represents the Element of Loyalty; he has a betrayal trope named after him.
    • And alternatively to troll the vocal anti-brony crowd that had populated the video comments before the episode aired. There had been many requests for a Transformer to fight, and a pony from the new generation now that people were actually researching and calculating things about it. They both wanted fair fights. The anti-bronies just wanted something huge with no conceivable chance of losing to stomp on a pony. Bloodily. And instead, they got taken for a ride.
  • Master Chief managed to block Doomguy's bullets with the energy sword, despite not having much ability with the sword and not being able to do it in the game. He knew it was possible because an Elite had done it to him.
    • It also demonstrates one of Doomguy's weaknesses: being oldschool, he only usually fired at chest level, and the Chief only needed to hold out the sword in front of him to block the shots. If Master Chief had tried that in his own games, his opponents would merely have shot his legs instead, which is why he can't usually do it.
  • While the animation is for pure dramatization in Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare one thing stuck out at me. At first it seems like Slippy getting downed by Bucky with him just sitting there taking damage seems like just an excuse to get Fox's blood boiling. However, keep in mind that the group was flying with their wings closed. Anyone whose played Star Fox knows that in order to change directions on a dime you have to be in All Range Mode and then U-turn. BOTH take a few seconds to execute. On top of that Slippy was trailing behind the rest of the team so Fox had to speed up to get there, but, of course, once the Arwing's wings are out it moves slower. Anyone who has played the "true" ending to 64 would know that too. All of this leads to one thing: Fox wanted to save Slippy the moment he got hit, but he just didn't make it in time, hence his Roaring Rampage of Revenge throughout the entire fight.
  • If Terminator was given knowledge on all weapons which would include his shotgun, he didn't know how many shots he had? Then it hit me: One thing they said was that Terminator could learn how to feel sadness, meaning it might be able to learn how to feel other emotions like, say, anger. Given how Robocop survived his Grenade Launcher, jammed his minigun, set him on fire, and destroyed both his right arm and plasma rifle, it's quite possible Terminator was incredibly angry. One of the traits that comes with being angry is the inability to realize, remember certain things, or even to think logically, meaning Terminator just wanted Robocop dead so much...he forgot he had only 9 shots. Another possibility is that, since the Terminator is less durable than Robocop, it was damaged enough that it forgot to keep track of its ammo.
  • When the fight went in Terminator's favor, the music tended to be from the original 1984 film. That was the only film, until Salvation, where the T-800 series was sent out to kill.
  • It's rather ironic that they ended the Terminator's rundown with the clip of him driving the car through the police station. Especially since he was going after a cop in this episode. And said cop being the victor in the end.
  • In the Starter Pokémon Battle Royale, the three starters are in their first evolutionary stages before being fed a bunch of rare candies in order to reach their final forms. This isn't just for humor. At the beginning of the video, it is stated that they would not be taking EV training into account for the final battle. Rare candies help bypass that problem as while they do level up the Pokémon, they also don't give them any EV values (as opposed to leveling normally).
  • Venusaur and Charizard died horrendously and painfully, even by the standards of Death Battle, but what did you expect from a fight between wild Pokemon? Nature Is Not Nice doesn't just apply to humans, after all.
  • Why did Captain America fail to defeat Batman, when Spider-Man did it? Spider-Man had the Spider-Sense, which negated Batman's stealth tactics. Cap has stronger than normal senses, but nothing like the Spider-Sense, meaning Batman's tactics could overwhelm him.
    • Someone else also noticed that one advantage Cap could have had over Batman was that he can use guns. This is important considering that Batman wouldn't be proficient with guns based off his no-guns policy. However, when did a gun ever become a part of Captain America's default arsenal? If anything, using a gun would have made the fight even worse for Captain America. Batman's fought many people who use guns and come out on top. Granted, most of them aren't as skilled as Cap, but still it counts. Plus, Batman possesses light body armor which should allow him to survive most gunshots.
    • Not to mention the environment (a dark foggy alley) played an important part in Cap's defeat. Batman, wearing all black, could blend into the shadows for a stealth advantage; whereas Cap's bright red, white, and blue suit made him a sitting duck.
    • The Death Battle format also nullifies one of the primary reasons Captain America was on the Avengers......his leadership and teamwork-oriented skills, whereas Batman is a bit of a lone wolf and a stealth expert. While both semi-normals had skills that were highly prized by their respective super teams, Cap's weren't of much use in a one-on-one no-bars-held fight to the death as Batman's stealth and explosives.
  • Why was Batman brought Back from the Dead after getting killed in Season 1? Do you know just how many times superheroes get killed and are later revived?
    • This was also addressed in a Q&A where a fan asked if a dead fighter can come back for a future episode. As Boomstick put it.
      "Sure? We have the power. To do ANYTHING~"
    • Considering Metal Sonic and Superman wiped out the planet in Season 1, this isn't that surprising. Also, both Cap and Bats have died in the past, only to return back to the land of the living.
  • Reptile's theme may seem out of place in Scorpion's recap, but it makes sense from the perspective of Reptile originally being a Palette Swap of Scorpion and Sub-Zero, combining their moves before establishing his own skill set.
  • More of Foreshadowing in any case: part of the Ryu vs. Scorpion fight used music from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which ended up being a subtle cue to the fight's winner. What is the one thing Raiden and Scorpion have in common? Funnily enough, the Rising music kicked in when the fight moved to the Netherrealm, which gave Scorpion the home-field advantage needed to take Ryu down. In addition, a remix of the Volcanic Rim theme played at the beginning of the fight. What happened to the last Ryu who had his theme play during his fight? Ask Strider Hiryu.
  • Most of Ryu vs. Scorpion ended up echoing what occurred in a previous Death Battle: Goku vs. Superman. Like Goku, Ryu aims to continue improving himself through training and fighting others. The two also possess various Super Mode transformations, as well. On the other hand, Scorpion echoed Superman (ironic, ain't it?) through Nigh-Invulnerability relating to a heat-related power source: the sun for Supes and the Netherrealm for Scorp. When this was established, it was only a matter of time before both attained their respective victories.
  • Near the end of the fight, why does Scorpion casually stroll towards Ryu, who was charging a Shinkku Hadouken enhanced by the Power of Nothingness, despite the fact that he has tried to defend himself beforehand (especially with the Raging Demon)? Scorpion had spent more than half of the battle already in the Netherrealm, which can increase his power with no clear limit. By then, he would not need to try and defend himself against anything Ryu could throw at him.
  • During Kirby vs. Majin Buu, Kirby gains his Fighter ability by eating a Knuckle Joe. Why is the Knuckle Joe still hanging around several minutes after the fight began, long after every other Mook nearby had either ran or been killed/eaten, let alone running ALONGSIDE a dazed Kirby riding a Warp Star? Simple: Kirby, having saved Dream Land from several Eldritch Abomination level fighters, was clearly the best chance the planet and its inhabitants had against Majin Buu, so if Kirby lost he was going to die anyway. The Knuckle Joe, being a skilled fighter and arguably one of the more heroic of Kirby's garden-variety enemies, stuck around in case Kirby needed help. In other words, he committed a Heroic Sacrifice, letting Kirby eat him to gain any advantage possible over the invading Buu. Some might argue that this breaks Death Battle's rules about outside help, but since Kirby could technically have drawn upon the power of any Knuckle Joe he's consumed over his adventures anyway (see: the consumed Miracle Fruit that turned the tide of the battle), this was done simply for the sake of providing Rule of Drama. Rest in peace, little guy.
  • One might question how Kirby was able to keep up with Kid Buu's Instant Transmission on foot. However, this makes sense when you remember that Teleport Spam is trademark tactic of Kirby bosses.
  • Deadpool vs. Deathstroke:
  • The outcome of the Sol vs. Ragna fight makes a lot of sense considering that Ragna is, in many ways, Sol gone horribly wrong.
    • This also explains why the beginning of the fight has Blood Pain II as its music, as it is the track in BlazBlue used for Mirror Match scenarios.
  • Why does Chuck Norris vs Segata Sanshiro end so inconclusively? Because in both of their rundowns, it was explicitly stated that neither of them are able to die, among other things. This being a battle where at least one combatant MUST die, there could've been no way either of them could kill each other, at least not before all of reality is shattered.
  • How did Guts come across Nightmare in the forest? His Brand of Sacrifice attracts demonic entities to him, and as such could have subtly forced him to encounter Nightmare.
  • Before Nightmare (now the flying Night Terror) summons his wall of flames, Guts fires a lot of arrows at him. Now, the arrows wouldn't do much to the heavily armored Night Terror and would be disintegrated by the flames, but if one watches closely, the arrows make a spark of sorts as they hit the flame wall. Guts wasn't trying to hurt or counter Night Terror, he was trying to confuse Night Terror as to where he would strike from, as seconds after Guts leaps through the flames and slices Night Terror's sword-wielding arm off.
  • Back to Kirby vs Majin Buu, what was considered a wallbanger and a headscratcher for letting Kirby use the Star Rod, which in the Death Battle analysis, was based on the Anime canon of it being purely a dream weapon. At first, people would say that this was a move to make it so that Majin Buu would not win, but let's take a step back. Death Battle is a fictional webseries pitting two or more characters in a battle to the death. They are playing our *dream* fights- the entire series is a set of dreams, thus the Star Rod makes perfect sense.
  • In Darth Vader vs Doctor Doom, during the last seconds the boss battle theme from Radiant Historia begins to play. It kind of fits considering that Radiant Historia is about time travel and in the fight they had traveled to the past.
  • After Doom kills Vader he's shown with several Storm Troopers bowing to him. This makes a lot of sense when you think about Doom compared to the Emperor and the Empire in general. The Emperor is a power hungry, xenophobic psychopath who will destroy planets without a second thought to keep his grasp on everything, while Doom, though a tyrant, is not racist in the slightest and generally at least cares for his people. Doom is a Noble Demon and the Emperor decidedly isn't. Compared to what they were already suffering from, Doom is the Lesser of Two Evils and an improvement, so of course people would go to him.
  • Notably, there is nothing in the Goku/Superman rematch which involves Supes' weakness to Kryptonite, lack of resistance to magic and even the 24-hour downtime after the Super Flare (which doesn't appear in the fight itself). This reinforces the fact that Goku is still honor-bound to using his strength alone to beat Superman, which will never be enough to take down the Man of Steel.
  • Why did Goku fly out of the ground for the rematch? If you recall, the first battle ended at the Earth's core. Since Goku was revived and reconstituted along with the Earth, that meant he ressurrected at the Earth's core. That deep down, he'd probably lock onto the largest power and fly straight up. That power being Superman.
  • In Solid Snake vs Sam Fisher, the hosts don't mention Snake's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, not that he needed it. However, if you recall, Snake likes to keep his load light with a few guns and a knife beforehand. In Smash however, Snake is carrying bombs, mortars, rocket launchers, a flying drone with enough strength to lift him up, no silenced weapons and a cardboard box. It'd be out of character for him to be carrying all that in the battle. No?
  • Goku and Superman's attitudes during their rematch seem to reflect two differing viewpoints on the whole Goku vs. Superman debate. On one hand, Goku continues to push himself further to defeat Superman, representing his fanbase's unwavering belief that their man could win. Another side has Superman respectfully try to talk Goku out of fighting as nothing good could come out of it, much like the side of fans that believe in the futility of the debate. Upon his loss, Goku realizes that trying to take Superman down wouldn't be much fun, representing how fans should just accept that Goku's limits will never be enough to outlast Superman's limitlessness. In a way, the rematch serves as a meta commentary on the whole debacle, with Ben and Chad swearing in the aftermath panel that a third round as well as future Dragon Ball vs. Superman Death Battles (like a suggested fight between Vegeta and General Zod) will never come to be.
    • An additional point comes from Superman's last words before killing Goku: "I'm sorry." Probably an attempt to comfort the emotionally wrecked Dragon Ball fanbase after seeing their hero die again?
  • The use of Eren's Berserk theme during the Goku/Superman rematch climax is fitting as both characters have unleashed their true powers: Goku fires a Kamehameha as a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan while Superman no sells the attack to end the match quickly before causing more damage, truly demonstrating how he was on a whole other level than his opponent.
  • Much like hedgehogs, echidnas possess sharp spines that run down their backs. While one would think that Donkey Kong would have suffered damage from crushing Knuckles with his bare hands, much like how Mario was shredded by Sonic's quills, DK's hands have survived so much hardship over the years (punching a moon, slapping volcanic rock that's freshly emerged from lava, and hitting other spiny creatures over the course of his adventures, just to name a few) that they're probably such a callused, scarred, nerve-damaged mess that he wouldn't have even felt Knuckles' body, including the spines and his bones, shatter and explode under the pressure of his palms. Depending on how hardened they are, they might not have even drawn blood.
  • Why does Donkey Kong's sprite look so feral and unhinged? Remember that Death Battle removes any qualms a person has about killing. This is Donkey Kong when he's ready to kill, and the sprite reflects that.
  • Fridge Humor: at one point, Donkey Kong falls down a big hole and Knuckles is content to just walk away, but a homing coconut knocks him into the hole, forcing him to continue fighting DK. This means that the homing coconuts had a big part to play in Knuckles's death. Between this and the post-battle animation, you have to wonder if the coconuts are somehow chasing Knuckles in the afterlife.
  • At the start of DK vs Knuckles, Knuckles enrages Donkey Kong by eating one of the bananas from his hoard. There's a big sign right next to the giant pile of bananas labeled "Kong's Banana Hoard". Knuckles can't read, so he probably just thought it was free food.
  • For those of you wondering what Donkey Kong was doing holding Knuckles's hands at the end, look at Donkey Kong's face as Knuckles attempts to climb his way to safety. That's the face of someone who just discovered something useful - Donkey Kong may be an idiot, but he's still smarter than ordinary gorillas when it comes to tool use, he saw Knuckles's fists were capable of climbing up a ridge and digging through earth, so after quashing him between his palms, he used Knuckles's hands as tools to dig himself out! Which also explains why he discarded them after emerging from the ground.
  • Here's a slight example of a Musical Spoiler: the final few seconds of Wolverine vs. Raiden are set to Vergil's Devil May Cry 4 theme. Aside from the fight taking place in Fortuna City, the piece is thematically appropriate. In Vergil's Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ending, he uses Wolverine's Muramasa to mortally wound him via bypassing his healing factor. The Muramasa is a popular Achilles' Heel of Wolverine's, since it cuts on a molecular level... which Raiden ends up doing with his High Frequency Blade.
  • Raiden exhibits some really good swordplay, even after losing one of his arms. However, when you consider that losing limbs for him must be commonplace, it wouldn't be out of place for him to brush up on fighting with just one arm. Besides, he did end up fighting the FRO Gs on Outer Heaven without any arms at all.
  • Goku's loss over Superman is pretty sensible when you realize that in the new canon, Goku is informed that there'll always be Always Someone Better in the form of the Gods of Destruction, and Superman himself is usually written up to be a God, Christ metaphors and everything.
  • Segata Sanshiro weaponizing Saturn's rings isn't just him being a Reality Warper. He's showing his mastery over (the Sega) Saturn.
  • Why were Yang and Tifa chosen to fight against each other? This could be viewed not as RWBY vs. Final Fantasy, but RWBY vs. Dead Fantasy, which were both created by Monty Oum.
    • Furthermore, why fight in a bar? Tifa is a bartender, and Yang was first introduced looking for information at a bar and then stirring up trouble.
    • Yang winning the fight also makes a twisted form of sense when you notice a single important detail: Tifa slammed her fist down hard on Yang's biggest Berserk Button by damaging her hair, which as Junior can attest, is a surefire way to get yourself beaten to a pulp.
    • Additionally, there's a reason that the fire and ice powers of the Premium Heart and her Materia barely fazed Yang. Weiss, one of her teammates, utilizes a similar moveset with her reliance on Dust. Even if Yang couldn't have known the particulars of Tifa's fighting style with those powers, she would definitely know how to counter them when she saw them, at least in a "broad strokes" sort of way.
    • Even if Tifa hadn't used her Limit Breaks, which brought the Premium Heart back down to their base strength, it wouldn't have made any difference. In fact, the only time Yang has canonically been close to being killed in a one-on-one fight was against an opponent who Cherry Tapped her until she was weak before nearly landing a single, killing blow. In other words, Tifa's actions in the fight (hitting with relatively weak attacks until her Limit Breaks were charged) were very close to those of the opponent that almost killed Yang in her canon, giving her the best possible chance she had. Or, in other words, Tifa's loss was because her base strength was too high to cherry-tap Yang.
  • Wiz mentions in Yang's rundown that in the world of Remnant, every single weapon "is also a gun... even nunchuks". Way back in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles battle royale, he expressed a major disliking of nunchuks for being Awesome, yet Impractical and convoluted to use. He's likely pleased to see nunchuks being made useful by being part gun, hence his pleasantly surprised tone.
  • At one point, Astro Boy catches some Metal Blades that Mega Man had just tossed at him and threw them back. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this happen; one game in particular makes it possible for any other character to pull off the same trick.
  • As noted by the hosts, Astro Boy has a heart that can detect good & evil within any being, a neat explanation as to why he just let Mega Man go to get some repairs.
  • Usually there's always a setup for every battle. However, in Mega Man vs. Astro Boy, Megaman just teleports in before he starts shooting at Astro. This is somewhat odd, but recall one of Megaman's weaknesses: he can't hold more than 8 robot master weapons without going crazy. In this battle, he brings 10. No wonder Megaman starts shooting at Astro the moment he saw him. He was crazy from the get-go. This also ties in with the above point: the evil Astro detected within Megaman isn't his inherent nature, so he decided that the best course of action is to neutralize him. Him throwing Megaman's head at Rush isn't a mocking gesture, but he's telling Rush to get Megaman back to Dr. Light's lab to be fixed.
  • In Pokemon vs Digimon, Tai beats up Red to keep him from issuing orders. This is because the battles Tai saw were already a matter of life and death, while Pokemon battles are more sport than lethal confrontations. Tai probably thought Red was trying to kill Greymon instead of capture him, and took drastic actions to protect his buddy. This also serves as another reason why Team Digimon won: more experience with opponents who were out to kill them.
  • WarGreymon killing Charizard makes a bit of sense when you realize he likely thought that Charizard was a Digimon and would likely respawn.
    • Transforms into Fridge Horror, however, since it's established that Digimon who die in the real world (the likely area where the fight takes place, since Red and Charizard are in it) will remain dead, as seen with Wizardmon and Leomon's deaths. WarGreymon was knowingly killing someone he knows cannot come back.
  • The Tyrant(Unique Monster) theme from Xenoblade Chronicles X, "Uncontrollable", plays when Agumon Warp Digivolves into War Greymon and destroys Red and Charizard with Terra Force. How did the fight start? Red thought that Agumon was a unique Pokemon who could talk and wasn't in the Pokedex, so he wanted to capture him. Needless to say, he bit off more than he could chew there(Which just happens to be something that occurs a lot when dealing with Tyrants).
  • Raiden's Blade Mode deducing that Wolverine's head was his weak spot may seem odd to some people at first. But recall that one of Raiden's opponents in Revengeance was Monsoon, a powerful being that could survive as long as his head wasn't cut off.
  • Solid Snake vs Sam Fisher plays the songs "Gotta Grab The Cash" and "Laughin At U". While they may seem like odd choices, remember that Laughin At U is a song that has lyrics stating gleefully that War Is Hell and in Metal Gear, the plot revolves around the US profiting from the war economy despite knowing how much destruction there is, much like how Gotta Grab the Cash describes someone who's Only in It for the Money, despite knowing the death and lack of justice.
  • Some of the QTE prompts from Bayonetta 2 appear in her Death Battle against Dante. A nice aesthetic choice, but note that both of Dante's boss themes from Devil May Cry 4, "Blackened Angel" and "Forza del Destino", play during the fight. Putting two and two together: the fight plays out as a Bayonetta boss battle against Dante. "Blackened Angel" plays during their initial fight in the church - a Call Back to Nero's initial fight with Dante inside a similar structure, where Dante held back. After Dante's victory, his analysis is set to "Forza del Destino", the theme which plays during his second fight; an encounter which many fans consider to be That One Boss. Here he fulfills a similar role to Bayonetta, as well as being a Hopeless Boss Fight, considering she still falls behind Dante.
    • The method through which he wins plays into this too. He was simply too durable compared for her to inflict meaningful harm, and she loses once he lands enough hits, a standard-issue Hopeless Boss Fight.
  • A common complaint about Bowser vs. Ganon is that Ganon's 'curse' activated too fast. But, at the beginning of the fight, we see him apparently casting a spell. That spell could very well be the curse that took effect at the end of the fight. The only reason he engaged in hand-to-hand combat, was so Bowser's immune system would be taxed from both the damage from the 'cursed parasite' and the physical damage he was taking.
  • Ratchet brought the Liquid Nitrogen Gun into the fight with him. The Liquid Nitrogen Gun is thenote  fully upgraded version of the Lava Gun. Ratchet brought a fully-leveled arsenal into the fight. No wonder Jak lost.
  • It seems silly that Ganondorf would turn into his blue pig form from A Link to the Past rather than one of his more intimidating beast forms. However, those forms rely on Ganon using nothing but brute force and attacking like a mindless animal, while his blue pig form, while a bit goofy looking, actually uses tactics and intelligence in battle. In other words, Ganon is using an advantage that Bowser doesn't have.
  • The outcome of the Flash vs. Quicksilver fight actually has a bit of foreshadowing if you're a big comic book buff. Way back when Marvel and DC did their first Intercontinuity Crossover event, Flash and Quicksilver fought two battles, ending up tied with one victory each. Flash won in the DC Universe, because his access to the Speed Force simply made him that much faster and more powerful than Quicksilver; when the trip to the Marvel Universe stripped him of the Speed Force, his power level dropped sharply and Quicksilver kicked his ass. In the end of the episode, the basic summary for why Flash won is "the Speed Force makes him far faster and more powerful than Quicksilver"... exactly like the rationale behind their tie-draw in the comics!
  • Joker's preview title was "Joker Laughs Into Death Battle!, noted for being too ridiculous and silly sounding for a preview, despite it still showing how dangerous the Joker was; much like the Joker.
  • Joker not using the Titan Serum might seem like a waste of an epic fight, but considering that said serum was what killed him in the first place, Joker's probably thinking twice about using that.
    • What's more, the hosts declared that Joker's Joker Venom and wits alone were enough to put down Sweet Tooth, thus he wouldn't need the Serum anyhow.
  • Why did Superman see good in Goku even though he's the reason the planet is destroyed? Remember, in his analysis, Wizard explains that Superman can see into people's soul (each with varying colors), surprising even Boomstick. He saw that deep down, likely due to his pure heart, Goku is a good fellow in spite of his rashness and reckless indulgence in fighting, thus explaining why Superman was actively holding back in both of his fights until it went too far. It also explains why he says "I'm sorry" before killing Goku the second time; he's knowingly killing an innocent life.
  • A major complaint with Pokemon VS Digimon is that Mega Charizard and WarGreymon were fighting evenly beforehand, then about a minute later, WarGreymon suddenly has the total advantage over Charizard. Keep in mind that 1) Animations are built purely for entertainment, meaning that's not likely how the fight would go, and 2) WarGreymon doesn't know anything about Mega Charizard, thus would have to be cautious with what attacks he will use. After Blast Burn, Charizard's most powerful attack, failed to inflict any real damage, WarGreymon realized he had nothing to worry about, and decides to cut-loose on his weaker opponent.
  • The hosts saying that Flash's max speed is only 10x the speed of light makes sense when you realize that if they talk about his real speed, his fight with Quicksilver would've ended with an even bigger curbstomp. They've, after all, done the same with Superman, when they realize he's too strong for Goku to handle in a straight fight.
  • Joker using his Acid Flower on a guy with a mask on didn't seem very effective, until you realize his ace in the hole, the Joker Venom, wouldn't work unless Needles can inhale it. The acid was meant to create openings in the mask for his secret weapon to work.
  • A major complaint about Mewtwo vs Shadow is Mewtwo ended it too early and anti-climactically. However, consider that Mewtwo had already read Shadow's mind and figured out everything Shadow could do. He knows that he can't deal with everything in the long run, so he chose the practical method of victory.
  • Jak and Daxter started a fight with Ratchet and Clank over them accidentally destroying their house (and because Clank called Daxter a weasel). Considering all the shit they had to go through in their adventures (including being poisoned!), the last thing they need is to lose their home as well.
  • The ways Vegeta and Mewtwo beaten and killed Shadow were complete opposites of each other. Vegeta relied on his physical power, enduring the strongest of Shadow's attacks while retaliating with one of his own, and ultimately besting him through his sheer firepower and durability. Mewtwo on the other hand used his greater intellect, anticipating Shadow's moves by reading his mind, enhancing his own chances of winning by healing and using defensive tactics, and ultimately outdoing the hedgehog by attacking him mentally, leaving Shadow unsure what to do. Doubles as Rewatch Bonus/Genius Bonus, for those who watched both battles.
  • Speaking of which, Mewtwo's Call Back to Vegeta vs Shadow by saying "Sayonara" before finishing him off. The reason for this time is because he read all of Shadow's memories, including Maria's final words to him. He was pretty much mocking Shadow by saying it.
  • Shadow attacking the Zubat that was attracted to the Chaos Emerald. Zubats, being one of the most annoying wild Pokemon tend to frustrate lots of people, and Shadow was no exception.
  • A large amount of Fridge Horror below revolves around the aftermath of the battles - for example, the Mushroom Kingdom being screwed since Ganon's arrived, or Red's mother never learning her son is dead. However, bear in mind: one common fact about the show is that the fight scenes are just fun representations and don't necessarily show exactly how the fight would go. This is proven by the fight scenes sometimes contradicting canon facts, like Master Chief throwing a grenade through his drop shield, or anyone being a Composite Character (like Snake having his Metal Gear Solid 2 model but some Metal Gear Solid 4-specific weapons and abilities). Even within the universe of Death Battle, these battles are just simulations for fun designed by Wiz and Boomstick, meaning the battles have no consequence. This also explains how characters can come back from the dead for future battles or cameos.
  • Some people were confused as to why Meta got distracted when Epsilon popped up. Simple. Sigma is manipulating Meta into catching all the AIs to form a perfect AI and Church is no exception.

  • Given Elder Gods cannot die, MK Raiden is still burning on the sun to this very day and will suffer until the sun burns out. It depends if he can jack out of his destroyed human form and create another one back on Earth.
  • The destruction of the entire world at the end of Goku vs Superman is terrifying enough, but think about it from Superman's perspective. Superman, the do-gooder who had one homeworld explode on him, has killed several billion innocents and assisted in the destruction of his second home by accident. There may be some way to restore things to their previous state out there in the universe (Like the Dragon Balls), but Superman is going to have to work through a lot of anguish after what he did to Earth. A. Lot. Conversely Goku probably isn't too bummed about dying, since this is his third time and he's already got a 'life' over there, tying in well with the above Fridge Brilliance about the nature of their respective struggles. note 
    • Vegeta makes a cameo in this Death Battle, and makes a continuity nod towards his battle with Shadow. This means that all the Death Battles are set in a Shared Universe - and potentially every fictional character ever created exists here. This means that many of the characters you know and love, from Mega Man to Mai Shiranui, were blown up.
      • Even if the concept of a shared Earth in Death Battle is true, places like Equestria (which featured Rainbow Dash), Hyrule (Link, Zelda), and the Mushroom Kingdom (Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Goomba & Koopa) to only name a few all don't exist on a planet with either human life or real-world locations, so it is safe to assume they are all excluded. To an extent, Starscream, being he was trapped within Rainbow Dash at their battle's end, can also be excluded. Even if he did eventually escape from her after nature took it's course, and traveled over to the shared Death Battle 'Earth', he would've technically survived it's destruction from Goku and Superman's fight, being he is a harmless, ethereal ghost. And the Eggman vs Wily fight already seemed to have taken place on a desolate planet, and ended with a Barren Wasteland ruled by Metal Overlord, so it's unlikely this was the same shared Earth these fights normally occur on. Even then, as stated above and before by the creators, characters can always come back, either by the Earth or Namekian Dragon Balls (or whatever available method can be used to revive characters in-universe), or by Wiz and Boomstick's will.
      • Plus, one has to take note of the Season 2 combatants still being alive for their fights to take place.
      • Not to mention Batman returning after dying against Spider-Man to take down Captain America.
      • Goku vs Superman 2 reveals that, yes, the earth was restored by the Dragonballs after.
  • Goku partially fought Superman thinking that the latter, being a powerful alien, would eventually destroy Earth. Ultimately, Goku was right. Double the FH, this is equally Goku's fault and that he himself is a powerful alien.
  • Goku's Kamehameha destroying the Lex-Corp building looks cool until you ask the question, how many people were in that place when Goku blew it up?
  • All of the other Z fighters could have joined the battle and helped their friend, but just stayed home...
    • The same can be said about the Justice League. With all the ruckus going on in Metropolis and such, at least SOMEONE had to have been watching from the Watchtower. Then again, some of the League's most valuable members AND leaders were currently dead at the time of the fight.
  • The end to He-Man vs. Lion-O has this when He-Man SHATTERS the eye of Thundera, likely killing the rest of the Thundercats and rendering them extinct. Making it worse, he has no idea he's done this.
  • Shao Khan now has M. Bison's Psycho Power, which runs on the power of your soul. Shao Khan, according to their analysis, has absorbed BILLIONS of souls...
  • As mentioned in his rundown, Eggman uses innocent animals to power most of his robots. In the Sonic games, the animal always pops out alive and unharmed once the robot is destroyed. However, in the battle with Wily, none of Eggman's troops release animals when they're destroyed. So does that mean that the animals died too? Even if they ran away, those animals were probably going to die soon after anyway since Metal Overlord destroyed every last combatant on the battlefield, including some of the basic enemies that are powered by said animals, and since Metal is probably going to kill everything else as well due to the Roboenza virus
  • Tails is 8 years old, and he's being featured in a show that is nothing but violence and death. No matter what happens in his fight, it will be more brutal and disturbing than anything else on Death Battle, just because of who's involved.
    • At least many people can be grateful that the battle was bloodless and cartoonish up until the killing blow.
    • Mario vs. Sonic is also pretty scary, given Sonic is 15 years old and still has a lot to live.
    • In fact, Death Battle crossed the "juveniles fighting to the death" line way earlier than most people think. Remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale, which was even morally worse because they were family?
    • The look on Luigi's face at the start of the battle. He didn't give Tails a mean glare because he felt like being a jerk that day. Luigi no-doubt was on a quest to avenge Mario's death at the hands of Sonic. Upon hearing the news, Luigi set off on a Kill Bill style quest to kill all of Sonic's loved ones, thus depriving him of all his friends and family just as Sonic did the same to Luigi. Tails was a name on the hit list, and that is why the battle existed from a Watsonian perspective. Look at Luigi's face again and you can see that the fight clearly means something more to him than the simple "I'm just gonna attempt murder this other fictional character for no reason" circumstances of the other battles.
    • With both Mario and Luigi out of commission, who will stop Bowser? Or any worse villain from harming the Mushroom Kingdom?
      • The knowledge the Princess can kick their heads off?
  • Robocop may have defeated the Terminator, but his battery power has depleted all the way down to 1% over the course of the battle. He doesn't die when his battery runs out. He's just forced into sleep until he can be recharged. This means criminals can do things to him in the meantime.
    • 1% of a 24 hour battery gives Robocop roughly 14 minutes to find safety and/or call for reinforcements from OCP/the police force. Even with his car destroyed by the Terminator early in the fight and his abysmal speed on foot, he presumably would only need to find a populated building with people willing to help him make a simple phone call or flag down a vehicle to legally commander for himself or at least willing to give him a lift. Additionally the sheer magnitude of the destruction would have easily caught the attention of Robocop's superiors and reinforcements and/or a cleanup crew were almost certainly on route by the time the fight was over. Unless the fight ended in a PARTICULARLY bad part of town and a competent team of crooks stupid enough to charge TOWARDS the remains of a massive hydrogen explosion were able to keep Robocop at bay long enough to run out the clock, Murphy wouldn't be left hanging for long.
  • The Starter Pokemon were leveled up by rare candy instead of being already fully grown. Three kids just fought to the death.
    • To make matters worse, the losers died HORRIFICALLY AND PAINFULLY. Venusaur was clearly writhing in agony, and was absolutely terrified as it tried to escape the flames, and Charizard clearly felt its belly being filled with water until it exploded. Plus, Blastoise lost an eye...
  • Even if Bucky O' Hare had won against his battle against Fox McCloud. He'd still be a Sole Survivor of his whole crew including Child Prodigy Will. It'd have been his greatest failure and he'd be dealing with Survivor Guilt.
  • Similar to Eggman vs. Wily and Goku vs. Superman, Godzilla vs. Gamera ends with unfortunate aftermath. Godzilla's radiation can stretch across a city block. Whoever wasn't killed during the fight will probably die of radiation poisoning. Even worse is the fact that Godzilla launched one of his Nuclear Breath attacks into the water, so it might just cause people far from the battlefield to be poisoned.
  • Things may get bad for The rest of the Rangers following Epyon vs Tigerzord. Losing the upper half of the Tigerzord in that explosion means the Phoenixzord and Lionzord are destroyed just as much as Tommy is dead. Meaning the rest of the team has to fall back on the Red Ranger note  as their leader. And they are left with only the legs and inner body of the Thunder Megazord when in battle. Zedd's next monster will have it easy. Then again, Since Zechs apparently lives in the same world, it's not likely he'd allow Zedd to take over the world. After all, he has shown himself to atone for any mistakes he's made. To lighten things up further, Zechs and Epyon proved to be the better pilot/robot combo over Tommy (arguably the most skilled out of all the Rangers) and the Mega Tigerzord (the most powerful out of all the Zords) in battle. Considering the Tigerzord's track record against Zedd's forces and Epyon's power, Zechs may end up making the life of the Earth a whole lot easier.
  • It's better to not think on how many people died because of Deathstroke's stunt and the ensuing pileup. Deadpool lampshades this.
  • Kirby with the Candy Beam! Waddle Dees are as good as extinct. He'd still eat them even if they weren't candy but it certainly increases his incentive to do so.
  • The ending of Ragna vs. Sol, and not just what you see. Sure, Sol destroyed the Black Beast in one shot, but he did so by destroying one of last remaining cities of the world. Not only that, but the destruction of a second Black Beast would potentially increase the amount of seith in the world, which would make any remaining cities have hard time surviving as it is lethal in large quantities. In other words, Sol might have saved the day but it doesn't matter in the end. Terumi is probably be laughing his ass off about that.
  • Guts vs. Nightmare:
    • Dragonslayer's origins - and even its abilities - closely parallel those of Soul Edge. Furthermore, Soul Edge's power is capable of infecting objects, especially other weapons, meaning that Dragonslayer could have imbibed some of Soul Edge's power over the course of Guts's duel. Furthermore, on the off chance that Guts actually succeeded in destroyed Inferno, its power - Soul Edge's power - would be absorbed by the Dragonslayer and Beast of Darkness. Pyrrhic victory, much?
    • Guts succeeded in killing Nightmare, shattering Soul Edge, and cutting down Inferno, but had to equip his Berserker Armor to do so. Said armor will drive him to attack anything that lives in his path while slowly killing him, and the only way to get him out of it is via another person's intervention. There aren't any people in the area for miles, and if he did find somebody capable of helping him, they'd probably be hacked to bits before they can calm him down. Worse, while the Berserker armor stabilized Guts' injuries long enough to win him the fight, as was pointed out in Guts' pre-battle rundown, it doesn't actually heal his wounds, and he certainly took a lot of damage before he came out on top. Guts probably doesn't have long to find someone willing and capable of saving him before the combined damage from the fight and his armour kills him. And since Inferno and Soul Edge are part of an Eternal Recurrence scheme, they're coming back someday (albeit after a very long time). Nightmare just might end up having the last laugh.
    • Guts only cut Soul Edge in half when he slew Inferno's manifestation. However, Inferno has been "slain" before by Soul Calibur without much detriment to Soul Edge, and the Dragonslayer has injured - but failed to kill - powerful astral entities in the past. Soul Edge spent a large portion of the series as two swords - the large "male" held by Nightmare, and the smaller "female" held by Cervantes (and that's discounting all of the shards and Soul Calibur) - and both pieces were fully functional. Given the opening of the fight implies this is Soul Edge Complete (Male+Female+shards), Guts likely did far less damage than he believes, probably something closer to a Tap on the Head rather than a crippling injury. He'll wander off once he runs out of crossbow bolts, and eventually some poor schmuck will find the broken pieces, pick one up and get possessed, then recombine them. Nightmare's reborn, and Guts is likely long dead from his wounds or malfested and ripe to be hunted down. Inferno is, as mentioned, an ageless demon fighting an Eternal Recurrence war; playing the long game is what he does best. In the grand scheme, Inferno has probably already won, and Gut just slowed him down for a comparatively short time.
    • Soul Edge's power corrupts a person's mind and body based on how strong a dose they receive and twisted their soul was prior to infection, and they don't even have to be holding it or its shards for that to occur.note  Guts was slashed across the shoulder, stabbed in the chest, and blasted multiple times, meaning at the very least he would have some nasty gashes in his ethereal body - akin to the wound Slan gave him - and there's probably a hefty dose of evil energy festering in them. Since Guts has a very twisted soul due to the trauma he endured, the Brand of Sacrifice, and the curse of his armor - as evidenced by the "black room" in his psyche that contains all of his memories of misery and hatred, and the presence of the Beast of Darkness - the chances of him being malfested are exponentially increased. And that's assuming his own Berserker Armor doesn't just kill him.
  • The implications of Orchid's "Heart Attack" No Mercy as described by Wiz and Boomstick are TERRIFYING. All evidence points to it causing instant death to any male of any given species (at least, dinosaurs and whatever type of alien that Glacius is) who gazes upon her breasts. Think about this: even an accidental flash, or even accidentally showing them to any... intimate partner would kill them outright. And Ivy's are even BIGGER. How many unintentional deaths have those things caused over the years? Worse, in the wrong hands, they could be hypothetically weaponized to induce Gendercide on a possibly universal scale, indiscriminate of species.
    • Then again, death by boobs is really hard to take seriously. Such a huge loss of life would normally be tragic, but not if the victims' eyes are bulging out like the Big Bad Wolf's. There's also no telling what would happen if Orchid tried this on a homosexual male.
  • In the aftermath of Beast vs. Goliath, Goliath returns to his stone form while holding Beast's severed head, after disposing of the rest of his body in a trashcan. It won't be too hard for any of Beast's fellow X-Men to track Goliath down and smash him while he's vulnerable in retribution for their fallen comrade, meaning Manhattan will likely soon be down two of its strongest defenders in a very short time span. This also means that the X-Men will have lost one of their top medics while the Gargoyles will lose their leader. Really hard to consider anyone a winner here.
  • During Solid Snake vs. Sam Fisher, Sam used an EMP to eliminate Snake's ability to use his stealth suit's Octocamo. A smart move in of itself, however keep in mind that the entire reason these two are fighting each other happens to be a USB stick filled with sensitive data - a USB stick that happened to be in Snake's possession during Sam's EMP attack. Considering it happened to fry Snake's Octocamo, it's highly unlikely that the data survived the attack. Two highly capable government agents fought to the death over what essentially became a useless piece of plastic and fried silicon, a fight resulting in Sam and Grim losing their lives.
    • An EMP (at least in fiction) generally only damages electronics that are currently powered on and active. The USB stick was disconnected from any power source, so there is a chance that it's intact.
      • They're spies. They probably have a special flash drive that is resistant to EMP waves.
  • In the aftermath of Donkey Kong vs. Knuckles, Knuckles' death means that the Echidna Tribe is now extinct. While a sad thing in and of itself, it also means that the Master Emerald is now completely unprotected. Knuckles might not have been the most capable guardian, but he always managed to somehow recover the powerful jewel. Donkey Kong does not know this, and while the task of protecting it could, in theory, be left to Sonic, Tails, or any of Knuckles' other living allies, they have no way to know that he's not coming home, meaning that it could be a LONG time before someone takes up the late Echidna's role.
    • And when they do find out, will Donkey Kong and his friends be able to stop them if they want revenge?
    • Also means that the next time Eggman decides to go after it, he'll likely be able to keep it for good, or at least much longer than normal, possibly long enough to build tech around it for one of his schemes.
  • No matter what the results are in the end, Dan is NOT going to live after his fight with Hercule. Going under the assumption that previous combatants are revived via some sort of magic after death, guess who Dan's gonna have to deal with if he does win? That's right, he'll have to try to fend off a vengeful Majin Buu. Not that it mattered, considering that a capsule containing a jukebox activated in his stomach, giving Hercule the win.
    • Actually, Majin Buu is dead. What he WOULD have to worry about is Videl. Even if he can beat her, he'd then have to deal with Gohan. No matter how it goes, Dan will die.
  • Dan's death may have been hilarious at first glance...But just imagine how PAINFUL it would be to have a jukebox around the same height as you slowly open in your body and cause you to EXPLODE.
  • It's sad enough for US to lose our beloved characters to Death Battle... But some of the battles could have VERY tragic aftermaths:
    • How will the Justice League feel about losing Wonder Woman, Batman, and Green Arrow?
      • Now that they have Batman back, they have handed a similar question to the Avengers with the loss of Captain America and Quicksilver (though, seeing as how Cap is alive and well, then it's just Quicksilver).
    • How horrifying must it have been for Master Splinter to find out all of his sons murdered one another, and then the survivor went on to gruesomely slaughter another warrior? What is going through Leonardo's mind when he murdered his own brothers and Zitz?
    • Who is going to take care of Felicia's orphans?
    • Now that Mario and Luigi are dead, how is the Mushroom Kingdom going to protect itself when a vengeful Link undoubtedly leads an army to wage war, to avenge the death of Zelda?
    • How about Harry's friends? Plus, now that he's dead, his children won't even exist.
    • Chun-Li had children she took care of.
    • Doomguy's death means that, if the forces of Hell ever manage to invade his world again, nothing can stop them.
    • Metal Sonic basically destroyed an entire world.
    • Ash may NEVER find out what happened to Pikachu, all he'll ever know is that he never found his best friend. Blanka's mother would likely be horrified her son has eaten and killed a child's best friend, if she ever finds out.
    • Superman and Goku, between the two of them, destroyed the Earth. The pent-up guilt and anguish of destroying the planet they fight so hard to protect over a petty brawl must be unbearable.
      • What's more, how will their loved ones think when they realize their most famous idols just killed the planet, along with everyone they ever cared about, over a petty fight? What was going in their lives when the Earth exploded?
    • He-Man unknowingly committed genocide by destroying the Eye of Thundera.
    • Shao Kahn has Bison's soul power, meaning he's now stronger than ever, quite possibly too much for even the Elder Gods to handle.
    • Fox has lost his best friend, and he also killed Bucky, and his entire crew, which included a child, Willy. Willy's parents will never know what happened to him, all they'll know is that one day their little boy didn't come home.
    • Godzilla is still on a rampage, the one entity that had a chance of stopping him now dead and gone.
    • Zechs lost the love of his life to Tommy, and has to live with that on top of everything else he's suffered not to mention destroying most of the thunderzords leaving the Power Rangers emotionally and physically ruined.
    • Now that he has Majin Buu's chocolate beam, Kirby is going to go on an unstoppable eating spree, as his incentive to eat his enemies is vastly increased.
    • Sol Badguy basically destroyed an ENTIRE VILLAGE to stop the Black Beast.
    • Since she killed Gaara, the leader of the Sand Village, Toph has (given how Naruto's world works) unwittingly instigated a war between the sand ninjas and the Earth Kingdom. Plus, since Gaara was Naruto's friend, the Hidden Leaf Village may get in on it too.
    • Chuck Norris and Segata Sanshiro destroyed the ENTIRE UNIVERSE over a petty squabble of Chuck not wanting to play the Saturn.
    • Guts is doomed to be trapped within the Berserker Armour after killing Nightmare.
    • Goliath and Raiden are both going to become targets of vengeful members of the X-Men, and are either going to kill more of them, or be killed themselves.
    • With Knuckles dead, the Master Emerald is left wide open for anyone who wants it.
    • Dan Hibiki is going through serious mental anguish after the humiliation conga he suffered in his fight with Hercule.
    • Thanks to Link and Yang, Avalanche is missing its two strongest members.
    • How will Red's family and friends react to his and Charizard's deaths? And how will the Digidestined think of Tai and Agumon when they find out they killed a human being and his partner?
    • Dante and Jeanne both lost valuable allies, and would likely go after each other for payback (which would result in either or both of them dying).
    • As described in detail below, the Mushroom Kingdom is FUCKED now that Ganon has moved in.
    • As the fight took place in Sandover Village, Jak and Daxter's friends have to deal with the near destruction of their home and not only that, but they cannot deal with Ratchet and Clank (who fought in self-defense) considering they are hopelessly outgunned.
    • Quicksilver's family and friends (including the likes of Magneto, Scarlet Witch, and the Avengers) will no doubt go after Flash in revenge for killing him.
      • Which will probably lead to the rest of the Justice League having to come to Flash's aid. Forgetting the fact that Green Arrow, Wonder Woman and Batman won't be around to helpnote , the resulting war will only lead to more deaths on both sides.
    • The Joker and Needles Kane probably injured a few people during their fight with each other. And Batman couldn't stop Joker from taking another life in the process (granted, Needles was a ruthless psychopath, but still).
      • And as mentioned in detail below, the death of Needles Kane will result in a backlash that could leave most of Gotham City dead and in ruin.
    • Mewtwo has attained all 7 Chaos Emeralds, with the knowledge he got from Shadow to use them, meaning nobody on Earth has the power to stop him should he decide to usurp humanity once again.
    • With all this in mind, Death Battle suddenly becomes less awesome. Beloved characters are dying and their loved ones are mourning their deaths, or trying to avenge them. Death Battle is a VERY tragic show in hindsight.
    • Averted in the Megaman vs. Astro Boy fight, however-Megaman's head, and with it his personality chip, is intact, and Astro gives it to Rush. Dr. Light, at least, does not have to suffer the death of his creation and surrogate son.
  • Yang vs. Tifa
    • It should be noted that Yang is only a Huntress IN TRAINING. That is, she is nowhere near the level of her mentors. On Remnant, Yang is relatively WEAK. Tifa is one of the STRONGEST fighters in her world and couldn't beat her. Given that Cinder and her followers have Ozpin and co worried, how could Avalanche hope to stand up against them?
  • In Pokémon vs Digimon, Red and Charizard are completely vaporized by WarGreymon's Terra Force, meaning not only are the two of them dead, but the 5 other Pokémon Red likely had on him (since Trainers carry up to 6) were also killed in the blast, trapped inside their PokéBalls.
    • While most combatants, whether they win or lose, are only implied to have family, Red is known to have a mother. His father is gone, whether alive or dead, meaning Red was the only one she had left. And now he's gone, and worst of all because he was incinerated it could be a long time before she knows what happened to her son, if she ever finds out at all.
  • In the Wily vs. Eggman fight, Bass is actually not Wily's greatest creation. That would be Zero, who was absent from the battle presumably because Wily never actually used Zero at any point during his lifetime. Let's suppose, though, that Zero was unleashed at the end of the fight after Metal Sonic supposedly won. What would happen? Well, first of all Metal Sonic would instantly lose any of the powers he gained from Roboenza (since the Maverick virus is an improved form of it, and there's no way the Maverick virus would benefit Metal Sonic over Zero, its intended host). If Metal Sonic was completely subverted by the virus, the fight would end right there, but even if it didn't, he'd still have to deal with still-Maverick Zero, who is basically Omega without the Mother Elf. Metal Sonic's powers come from the Chaos Emerald(s), while Zero's powers come from... Zero himself. All Zero would have to do is somehow separate the Chaos Emerald from Metal Sonic (which has been done before), and he falls apart from there. And there's nothing to say that Zero can't use the Chaos Emeralds, himself — he's based on X, who in turn was based on the original Mega Man. And Mega Man has, semi-canonically, used Chaos energy before. As bad as Metal Overlord might be for the world, Super Maverick Zero would be even worse.
  • At the beginning of Pokemon VS Digimon, Red's initial attempt to catch Aguman could be simply just an honest mistake, not only by believing that Agumon's a Pokemon, but that he's wild. However, once Agumon digivolves into Greymon, Red attempts to capture him a second time. While this is played for laughs, remember that in the Pokemon games, throwing a poke all at another person's Pokemon is forbidden, as it's basically stealing. By the time Agumon digivolved into Greymon, Red should have easily figured out that Tai was his partner, and yet he attempts to steal Greymon away from him anyway. Red is a dirty thief! It makes him a whole lot less sympathetic when he gets incinerated by Wargreymon.
  • The stakes are incredibly high for Bayonetta going into her fight with Dante. If she dies, she will be condemned to suffer eternal torment in Inferno due to her contract with Madama Butterfly. Other contests may have gotten messy or undignified deaths, but so far Bayonetta is the only combatant who is explicitly, canonically confirmed to be damned to an eternity in hell if she dies.
    • As it turns out, this is exactly what's going to happen. Even the post-battle animation shows it. This makes Bayonetta's death by far the worst of any contestant on the show, since she's now going to suffer eternal torment until the end of time in Inferno.
    • We can take this even further. Dante kills Madama Butterfly, Bayonetta's contact partner, who shows signs in the second game of genuinely liking her, never betrays her, and is noted as being aggressive even to her own kind. Bayonetta has lost the only demon who might have been inclined to actually protect her in Inferno, and whose bad blood with other demons means Bayonetta will likely become a Revenge by Proxy victim on top of the standard eternal torment.
    • Granted, this is offset slightly by the fact that it is known that Baldur killed Gomorrah in the first Bayonetta game by snapping the demon's neck, but he came back in time for 2. It's possible that Madama Butterfly could recover as well, especially since Yamato isn't a dedicated anti-demon weapon.
  • We all know the endings to both the main Dante Vs. Bayonetta Death Battle, and it's DBX companion video (namely, Dante kills Bayonetta, and Jeanne kills Trish). The Fridge Horror comes if you remember a novel set before DMC2, which justifies Dante's cold, stoic, almost emotionless personality as him becoming more serious after seeing an Alternate Universe version of Trish die, and not wanting his Trish to suffer the same fate. That said, when he finds out that Mainline!Trish is dead, who knows what that'll do to his psyche? At least Jeanne can invade Purgatorio and rescue Bayonetta, repaying the favor after Bayo spent the lion's share of her second game rescuing Jeanne's soul.
    • ... provided she doesn't run into Dante before that happens. Considering that he would not be in the mood to mess around because of Trish's death and he is capable of killing an Umbra Witch, who's to say Dante won't perpetuate another cycle of vengeance by finally rendering the Witches extinct and condemning the two friends to eternal damnation in Inferno?
    • From another point of view, if you consider DBX as a possibility of what would happen (since no research goes into the fights) and not the same end result as a regular Death Battle, Dante could conceivably run into Jeanne and Trish before the latter loses. With the results in mind, Dante and Trish could get away relatively scot-free... well, besides the fact that Dante's defeat of Bayonetta made him accidentally destroy the Left Eye of the World. At the very least, they lost out on a huge payday.
    • Actually, it doesn't seem like Jeanne will be able to save Bayonetta, at least not fully. Bayonetta was able to bring Jeanne back by binding her soul to her Umbran Watch, then bringing the watch back to her body. When Dante was done with Bayonetta, all that remained of her was a bloody mess.
  • Since Bayonetta still seems to possess the Left Eye of the World during the battle, it could be inferred that it takes place shortly before the beginning of Bayonetta 2 (which ended with both Eyes being destroyed). Without Bayonetta's intervention, there probably won't be anything to stop Loptr from fulfilling his plans...although he may be hindered by the apparent destruction of one of his Eyes.
    • Furthermore, since the ending of Bayonetta 2 actually caused the events of the first game by sending Balder back in time, the fact that Bayonetta won't be able to do that now risks causing a paradox in which the events of the Bayonetta games never happened, or occurred very differently.
  • Despite Bowser's unapologetically villainous status, he's never been shown treating Jr. with anything but caring paternal love. If he's killed by Ganondorf during their fight which he is, his son will be completely orphaned.
    • Another thing to consider is that Ganondorf is far, far more evil than Bowser is. If he defeats Bowser, then not only will Jr. be orphaned, but he will also be completely helpless if Ganondorf decides to take it a step further. On top of that, Mario and Luigi are both dead, so unless they come back, the Mushroom Kingdom is completely vulnerable to a threat far greater than Bowser ever was. And worst of all, the fight takes place in Bowser's Castle, meaning Ganon's literally RIGHT THERE with one of the only remote threats to his rule dead at his feet. Bowser's forces, and the entire Mushroom Kingdom, are SCREWED.
      • It gets worse. With Zelda dead at Peach's hands, Ganondorf could potentially tempt Link into a very nasty Enemy Mine. And even if Bowser wins, he and Peach will still need to deal with Link, who will at this point possess all three pieces of the Triforce.
      • Alternatively, with Zelda dead and Ganon alive, when Link and Ganon next have their big showdown, Link's on his own. Link's defeated Ganon on his own before, true, but more often than not Zelda's been there to support him with Light Arrow fire or similar assistance. Unless Zelda reincarnates before the next clash, Link's got an uphill battle on his hands.
      • But, who's to say Ganon would simply kill Bowser's forces? After all, the Koopa Troop has access to all sorts of weapons such as tanks, airships, magic wands that can cast all sorts of spells, a magic brush which can warp reality and all sorts of weapons and armor Bowser's accumulated over the years, not to mention all the different species and monsters that work for Bowser. All he needs is to force the Troop to work for him (which, considering he just finished killing Bowser, would be child's play) to replace his more mindless minions and, with his intellect, Ganon could easily threaten the universe much less Hyrule.
  • Ratchet is one of the only two Lombaxes in his home dimension alongside Angela. If he loses his Death Battle the Lombaxes go from 'Highly Endangered' to 'Extinct' instantly. Unlike Bayonetta, he still won, but the thought was bad enough...
  • Regardless of who won Flash vs. Quicksilver, the winner would have made some VERY powerful enemies. If Quicksilver lost which he did, Flash would draw the ire of super powerful opponents like his sister, the Scarlet Witch, and Magneto. If the Flash lost which he didn't, Quicksilver would have gotten some less than favourable attention from the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman. And while the Flash should be able to handle himself against any possible retribution from Quicksilver's family and allies, many of them, especially the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, would NOT be opposed to collateral damage in order to draw him out.
  • Superman can hear extremely well, to the point where he can hear in the vacuum of space. This means that he probably heard EVERYONE on Earth screaming in agony and horror as the planet blows up from his and Goku's first fight. Suddenly makes Superman killing Goku a lot more catharsis and more meaningful, he's avenged all those fallen people.
  • Goku being resurrected along with the Earth in Goku vs Superman 2 is great and all...but that also means that all of the other Death Battle losers (including villains like Lex Luthor and M. Bison) are alive as well, and will try to find and get revenge on the ones who killed them.
  • Yang vs Tifa Lockhart, Yang may have beaten Tifa, but she will be in deep shit afterwards. Keep in mind, the fight started when Yang punched a bouncer through a door, with the terrified customers having to witness the event. At least a few of them will likely spread the word of what happened and call the police on Yang. What's more, Yang killed Tifa and trashed the whole bar, giving more evidence of what happened, and if anyone sees Yang walk out of the bar...she's doomed to go to court.
  • The Joker VS Sweet Tooth
    • Needles Kane is dead, but the Sweet Bot is still intact...Meaning it's still sitting there, completely unattended in a crime-infested city. If that isn't bad enough, The Joker may or may not have survived long enough to receive medical attention. (thanks to his unnaturally high pain tolerance) If he's still alive, there's a good chance he'll end up in possession of the Sweet Bot.note 
      • Worse still, the Jokermobile was simply a repainted Batmobile in this episode, and it was destroyed in the fight. This leaves Batman at a severe disadvantage against whoever gains control of the Sweet Tooth ice cream truck, since the main vehicle Bats had that was on-par with it is now lying in a heap. Then again, this might be mitigated by the fact that Batman has been shown to have multiple Batmobiles and could easily take another one out of the Batcave.
      • And to cap it all off, Needles Kane's death will no doubt lead his gang of followers to construct a weaponized fortress on wheels in his honor, similar to the one they built in the Twisted Metal reboot. And since The Joker was the one who killed their leader, they'll set their sights on him and the city he lives in, likely igniting a war with Joker's gang. Between this and the other repercussions mentioned above, Gotham City is going to see more carnage and destruction than it ever has before, and there's no telling how many innocent lives will be lost.
      • Well... considering that this fight is tied in to the larger DC universe as a whole, who's to stop Batman from summoning the Justice League to stop the Carnival of Chaos?
      • The Justice League currently being at war with The Avengers for the death of Quicksilver by Flash's hands?
      • Further worsening the above is the fact that the Justice League is now short two members, as both Wonder Woman and Green Arrow lost their respective Death Battles.
  • The outcome of Mewtwo VS Shadow could be VERY dire. Mewtwo is last seen with all seven Chaos Emeralds, and having read Shadow's memories, he could very likely use them to bolster his own abilities (Sonic was able to learn Chaos Control just from WATCHING Shadow, now imagine having watched him AND having access to all the times he had used it before he died). Mewtwo's already absurdly powerful, but adding in the Emeralds will only amplify his power MORE (imagine his world encompassing psychic storm with THAT much extra kick). It'll be especially bad if the fight took place before Mewtwo had his Heel–Face Turn, as he'll easily have the ability to wipe out EVERYTHING if he so desires.
  • Regardless of who wins Scout vs. Tracer, things are going to get VERY ugly for the winning party. With how tight-knit (and, for the most part, trigger happy) the Team Fortress mercenaries are, with their world-wide connections, they would almost certainly go after Overwatch to avenge their fallen comrade if Scout dies— especially if the Spy (who may or may not be his biological father) steps in. If Tracer dies, the mercs would have to contend with the likes of Winston, Reinhardt, and likely at least half of Overwatch's roster, who are a formidable worldwide task force, even after their decline. Regardless of who tries to avenge who, the result would be a very ugly feud that would almost certainly result in one side being wiped off the face of the earth and the other taking crippling losses. No matter who wins, both organizations LOSE.
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