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Fridge Brilliance

    General / Meta / Multi-season 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Speaking of Supes, Goku vs Superman 2 showed that he used the Dragon Balls to wish the planet back after the first fight, reviving Goku in the process. This could double as an explanation for the re-introduction of other characters that previously died in Death Battle.
  • Goku's loss to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gouken and Akuma were both taught by the same martial artist, Goutetsu, in the style of a lethal martial art called Ansatsuken. Akuma sought to perfect its killing power, so he challenged his master to a fight to the death and won while embracing the dangerous Satsui No Hadou. Gouken on the other hand modified the style to a non lethal form and placed more emphasis on inner strength and discipline, which he ended up teaching to his students Ryu, Ken, and Dan (before Dan was expelled and went on to mutate that technique to create Saikyo). While Death Battle removes all comabatants' sense of morality and restraint to kill, and Ryu ended up going Evil anyway aganist Scorpion, it's still funny how Akuma won his match in a rather one sided fashion while Ryu, Ken, and Dan ended up losing.

    Season One 
  • 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. Pikachus are very weak. their high speed coupled with their buffing and debuffing movesets make them good Annoyers. This 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. In conclusion, real people use Pikachu because of his popularity, not his skill.
    • Although with the addition of the Light Ball, Pikachu DOES gain offensive prowess rivalling that of Legendaries (In particular, it becomes the second hardest-hitting user of Physical Electric STAB, beaten only by Zekrom with Fusion Bolt or Bolt Strike), but it is still a glass cannon with only decent speed. Problem being Ash's in particular doesn't have that item.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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), while Scratch is a less-accurate version of the Clucker badnik (the turret gunner chicken Badniks that guard Robotnik's flying fortress).
  • The Fate Worse Than Death of the loser of Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash... 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Season Two 
  • 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...
  • The scene of Hayabusa being blown up even after he was already killed is also a case of brilliance for Hiryu's end for the main reason that his healing ability takes awhile to activate, hinting that Hayabusa was faking death and Hiryu 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.
  • 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.
    • Spidey has Super Strength, but he's also got Super Reflexes, Spider-Sense, and Super Intelligence, and a lot of modern continuities add some degree of Healing Factor and Super Toughness on top of it. Plus, his webs are extremely versatile, allowing him to attack, defend, restrain, harass, and move as he needs to without breaking momentum. The DC universe doesn't have many characters like Spider-man for Batman to engage with. Marvel, on the other hand, has plenty of gadget-slingers, martial artists, superhero detectives, and Badass Normals in it, and Spidey's scuffled with all of them.
  • 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.
  • 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. At the very least, his experience in killing people by rapidly slashing them enough played a part in killing Wolverine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Guts vs Nightmare, many were confused as to why Nightmare's Soul Wave didn't kill Guts immediately by devouring his soul. Those who have read Berserk will know the rather terrifying reason why; Griffith, upon becoming Femto, claimed ownership of Guts' soul with the Brand of Sacrifice, so Griffith owns Guts' soul, and nobody else can take it or sacrifice it in any sort of way. Meaning that Griffith was one of the major factors in why Guts didn't die.

    Season Three 
  • Deadpool V Pinkie Pie also had no death or gore, due to the fact it's a massive nuke shaped like a middle finger heading straight for the fourth wall.
  • 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, compounded by the fact that beating him still results in Dante handily having the advantage over Nero in the following cutscene. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Notice how, throughout Tracer vs Scout, there's never any real comparison of who's faster; the closest we get is them mentioning Scout's running speed. Yet whoever was faster was a common debate between fans. This could be Death Battle's way of trying to say that speed isn't everything in a battle of speedsters, similar to how they often have to point out how raw strength and power isn't everything.
  • Also in Tracer vs Scout, it's mentioned how Bonk Atomic Punch makes Scout invulnerable, when really in Team Fortress 2 it's supposed to make him too fast to be hit. However, if you drink Bonk in the game and stand perfectly still, you still won't take damage; meaning, technically, invulnerability is at least a side effect.
  • During their fight, Tracer refers to Scout as a Yankee, which usually refers to people from New England. Scout was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. It could also play into Tracer being British.
  • At first glance, it would seem that a RED Scout trying to protect a BLU intelligence briefcase was a technical goof, but upon further reflection it makes a lot of elements of the fight make sense. Why was the battlefield not a Team Fortress map? Where's the rest of the RED team? Simple: Scout, being the usual intel carrier, was likely taking the freshly captured intel off-site for safe keeping, much like the start of Expiration Date, except this time he was on his own. The alarm went off because Tracer stole it while he was leaving. He didn't try to kill Tracer at first sight not JUST because he was trying to flirt with her, but also because Tracer's predominately yellow outfit made it clear she wasn't part of the BLU team. Speaking of Tracer, claiming that "Overwatch needs (the intel} more than you do" doesn't make a lot of sense when if it was RED's own intel, but if it was freshly stolen from BLU, it makes much more sense. Not to mention, it would explain why Tracer was sent in alone; sending in just one Overwatch agent against nine insanely dangerous mercenaries would be a suicide mission, but if Overwatch was only expecting light resistance, having Tracer pop in, grab the intel, and get out would be a valid strategy.
  • In Poker Night at the Inventory, Heavy talked of nightmares he had when the topic of respawning comes up, and in-game the mercs comment about coming back again and again (in revenge kills for example). In Expiration Date, the RED Team weren't highly concerned about the fact that they were possibly going to die in three days. These situations have created theories that the mercs are aware of the respawn system. That may explain Scout's unfazed final quote at the end of his fight with Tracer. Rather than scared, angry or distressed, he just said, ""Oh C'mon, give me a bre..." in a mildly annoyed tone before exploding. Scout knew that he's not going to be dead forever, nor was he concerned. After all, this wasn't the first time he got blown to pieces.
  • Ramona's match appeared to be over when her copies swarmed Amy inside the Subspace Suitcase's domain, only for Amy to overwhelm the entire lot by herself. Sounds odd at first, but in addition to Amy's physical advantage over a single Ramona, both her Modern and Boom incarnations have faced off against large numbers of robots, whether commanded by the likes of Eggman or Lyric, meaning that the numbers advantage in the Subspace Suitcase is meaningless.
  • Near the end of Amy Rose vs. Ramona Flowers, Scott kneels at Ramona's side, seemingly shocked and horrified at the condition she's in, but players of the Scott Pilgrim game will note that he assumes this pose when he's attempting to revive another player character. Unfortunately, this makes Ramona's death more tragic, knowing Scott tried to bring her back from the brink of death.
  • Death Battles in general portray violence as realistically as possible, regardless of how it's portrayed in the fighters' source works— so it doesn't make sense for Ramona to explode into a shower of coins when Amy pulverized her with an arcade machine. The explanation's simple: She didn't. Those coins spilled out of the arcade machine when it landed. Ramona's actual remains are hidden under the machine; you can see the pool of blood around it.
  • During the analysis of The Meta Vs. Carolina, Boomstick constantly demonstrates weapons on Grif. which he states is because it feels right. Considering the ending implies Sarge is (at least this version's) Boomstick's dad, it makes a lot of sense: Torturing Grif is genetic.
  • The outcome of Tracer Vs. Scout starts to make a bit more sense when you recall that Tracer already has experience dealing with shotgun-totting maniacs, if her fight with Reaper in the museum is anything to go by.
  • Deadpool Vs. Pinkie Pie uses music from The Legend of Zelda. This is a good choice of soundtrack for this battle, since Zelda is also known for having endlessly reincarnating heroes, a convoluted timeline with multiple branches, little creatures that hide Rupees in grass and only show themselves to children, and other zany elements.
  • Deadpool Vs. Pinkie Pie ending with the two getting along and calling it a draw might seem weird at first due to the fact that one of the rules of Death Battle is that contestants lose any reservations they have against killing, but keep in mind that it's established that these two do not play by the rules.
    • Early in the fight, Deadpool noticed the TV-Y7 rating and aborted a Precision F-Strike. Deadpool is an Axe-Crazy Awesome Comedic Sociopath who dispenses swears and sexual innuendos like gumballs while murdering people, easily earning his movie outings their R ratings. Internet videos such as Death Battle do not have content ratings and restrictions like movies and TV shows do, which enables them to have characters from kid-friendly properties commit acts of very kid-unfriendly violence against each other in a bloody No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the death. Deadpool is willingly choosing to adhere to a kid-friendly content rating that says he can't use deadly force against his opponent on an internet show where he's not only free, but mandated to use deadly force against his opponent, just to screw the rules of Death Battle. At least, he was before he and Pinkie realized they're Not So Different and took the fight Off the Rails.
    • When noting how much both combatants love breaking the rules, Deadpool defeating Deathstroke makes a lot more sense considering what he can do here.
    • In a way, you could say Pinkie Pie was the victor of her fight with Deadpool. In the world of Equestria, what is the Mane Six's (and especially Pinkie Pie's) preferred way of defeating any antagonizing force other than blasting them with friendship-powered rainbows? By befriending them so they become allies rather than enemies.

    Season Four 
  • The helicopter blade impaling and killing Nathan Drake sounds like a rather unlikely and unfortunate incident, but it actually isn't. It's been said by the developers of Uncharted that Nathan Drake actually doesn't get hit by lethal attacks, but narrowly dodges them due to sheer luck. The screen graying as he "takes damage" is actually a representation of his luck running out, with the bullets actually doing him in when it does run out. Thanks to having used up pretty much all his luck when surviving the crash of his vehicle followed by the exploding helicopter and the crash to the ground, he finally runs out of it leaving only misfortune behind, causing the rather unlikely and unlucky death by impalement of the helicopter rotor happening to land right on him.
  • Why was Scrooge McDuck's manor door left open with a trail of gems and money leading out from it, even though it would be very Out of Character for Scrooge to do that? Somebody else must have gone in and stolen stuff from there without getting caught, dropping a few of the valuables on the way out.
  • Even if Shovel Knight was able to avoid, counter or No-Sell almost all of Scrooge's attacks on him, he would have no way to evade the Anti-Inertia Ray and Neutra-Friction Ray. It's been shown in the comics that both weapons are instant-hit rays making it nearly-impossible to react to once fired, and Shovel Knight would have a near-zero chance to dodge them because of Scrooge's Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • A common complaint among fans is that Scrooge McDuck's opponent wasn't Eugene Krabs, since the latter is far more identical to the former in terms of character and personality than Shovel Knight is. However, the decision to avoid said matchup makes a lot more sense when one remembers that SpongeBob characters are repeatedly depicted as being the size of mice compared to humans, and that Mr. Krabs is no exception to that rule. Not only does this mean that Eugene's feats would be scaled down to reflect this, it also means that the fight would end up being a literal stomp in Scrooge's favor thanks to the difference in size between the two of them.
  • Scrooge and Shovel Knight fighting in the former's mansion may supposedly give Scrooge a home-field advantage, but Shovel Knight has experience in fighting enemies on their own turf, as seen with the various boss fights from his home game.
  • Much of the Power Rangers' battle against Voltron becomes darkly funny when you remember that they lost to a superior opponent in a David vs. Goliath match-up where their Zords are the Goliath, much like Tommy, Saba and the Tigerzord when they also fought and lost to a smaller but more physically capable opponent in the Gundam Epyon.
  • In Zero's analysis, it is mentioned that Dr. Wily was so determined to have the last laugh in his rivalry with Dr. Light that he was willing to do so from beyond his grave. Considering how his battle with Eggman sort of ended in a draw thanks to Metal Sonic, Zero's decisive victory technically vindicated Wily and proved that his own magnum opus was superior to Eggman's.
  • Zero facing Metal Sonic is pretty much like the times he and the Maverick Hunters faced other evil animal robots. And like said other times, he retires his evil animal robot enemy.
  • How could Zero manage to cut Metal Overlord in half just like that in one move? From the attack animation (Stab the Sky with his Z-Saber massively enlarged/extended), the attack he used was most likely Genmurei/Genmu Zero. As this move in Mega Man X5 could One-Hit Kill Mega Man X, who would have an extremely high level of durability similar to Zero (calculated to be way tougher than Metal Overlord), it could certainly one-shot Metal Overlord.
    • It's also worth noting that Metal shares X's affinity for copying the weapons of defeated enemies, and since X and Zero fought each other already, it was just icing on the cake for Zero's win over Metal thanks to experience.
  • The effects of Lucario's moves do tie in to the Pokemon games' attacks. Bone Rush allows Lucario to get a string of hits in, and in the games it hits multiple times. The one time Lucario uses Aura Sphere, it hits Renamon successfully, being an Always Accurate Attack in the games. Extremespeed pretty much allowed it to attack before Renamon could do so, being a high-priority move in the games.
  • Why did Lucario charge right into Renamon's Diamond Storm to perform his attack? Earlier on, the Digimon used that move against it and it was easily deflected by a Bone Rush bone. From the ease of deflection, Lucario found out that the force behind the attack was nothing to fear (especially due to being a Steel-type, which the presumably Grass-typed attack would be less effective against), and could afford to take a few hits. The other reason could be the Inner Focus ability to prevent himself from flinching from the attack.
  • Even if one considers Sonic's statement in Sonic Colors about being faster than light not to be hyperbole (or the preceding statement from Omega that implied he at least had the potential for it), both of which were shown in the rundown, it wouldn't mean much for Metal Sonic since he was built during the Classic era with only a younger Sonic in mind.
  • Balrog vs. TJ Combo has a throwaway reference to Punch-Out!! during the post-fight analysis, suggesting that Little Mac is a "Swarmer"-style boxer, and would complete the Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors triangle with the two combatants, having an advantage against "Outboxers" like TJ and being at a disadvantage against a "Slugger" like Balrog. At first glance, this seems out of place, as nearly all of Mac's opponents, all of whom he canonically beat, were Slugger-style boxers. But upon further reflection, this was possibly an intentional design choice by Nintendo tracing back almost thirty years before this episode aired— Little Mac is supposed to be the ultimate underdog, with his size and strength being dwarfed by his opponents, yet coming out on top by force of will, speed, and raw talent despite the odds being against him. Him being at a tactical disadvantage in most of his fights makes perfect thematic sense, further cementing his underdog status.
  • Balrog taking the fight into death battle territory and getting away with it isn't just convenient pacing for the sake of the series's title. Look at who the sponsors are in the lead in. Blue Apron doesn't count, but this is also clearly an Ultratech/Shadaloo set up bout. Neither of which have too much respect for conventional boxing and would probably welcome the kill of TJ especially.
  • McGruff has the ability to appear at a crime scene before the actual crime takes place. In the battle itself, he appears before a crime does happen — said crime being Smokey murdering him.
  • Likewise, Smokey could easily pull a sudden appearance when McGruff tried to run away from the fire caused by his inaction. Not only is Smokey known to be able to sneak up on people in the forest, the analysis also mentioned that he has omniscience concerning wildfires which allowed him to know when and where the fire started and whose negligence or inaction caused it.
  • Why is McGruff's Circle of Respect so easily shattered by Smokey? It's only effective against bullies. Bullies, by definition, are those who pick on and and antagonize those who are weaker than them, whether for fun and/or for exploitation. Smokey was feeling pure righteous fury during the fight with McGruff due to the latter's negligence, thus the Circle of Respect was not effective at all.
  • When McGruff stops time to try to avoid a mauling from Smokey, he's unsure of what to do and unable to stop it. While this is an obvious jab as to how he can't interact with his surroundings during his time stop, it's also because the analysis mentioned he has omniscience concerning crime — but a bear mauling (or any other animal attack for the matter) isn't a "crime" by the animal itself. Also a reason why he's unsure of what to do and just faces death with dignity once the giant Smokey is about to crush him and his monster truck with his paw.
  • Wonder Woman's DCEU movie goes a long way towards explaining why she won. She was conceived and trained explicitly as a "god-killer". Then she goes off and kills the Greek god of war, who happens to use Shock and Awe, just like Thor. This battle is basically a repeat of that. Although the hosts do not mention this, they use a lot of footage from the movie and so this information is added to the pot of feats. It is easy to imagine this tipping the scales in her favor.
  • How is it that Naruto's attack was able to interrupt Chuck and Segata's fight when their fight destroyed the universe? Easy, at the end of that episode Wiz mentioned that their might still be fighting on a different plane of existence. In this episode a point is made on how Naruto was able to sense and fight beings who were in a completely different dimension to him so of course one of his strongest attacks would be able to affect those on a similar plane.
    • This also explains why Chuck and Segata haven't appeared since episode 44. Most of the combatants thus far have not had the ability to affect beings on a separate plane of existence yet both Naruto and Ichigo can; allowing them to actually reach Chuck and Segata where most others can't.
  • Naruto using his Sexy No Jutsu on Ichigo may just seem like a doofy gag pulled out for Rule of Funny, but remember that he used a similar tactic when he fought Kaguya. And it worked.
    • On that note, why did it not work on Ichigo? Other than the fact that he is Happily Married, he's seen a naked woman up close before, Yoruichi, and he regularly hangs out with either his current wife, Orihime, or Rangiku, both of which have, uhhh, larger assets than even Naruto's Sexy Jutsu form.
  • Vergil barely surviving the Supernova right before Sephiroth finishes him off by slicing him in two may not make sense at first, but if you look deeper into it, there is a basis: In the international versions of Final Fantasy VII, Safer Sephiroth's Supernova will never kill the target, and instead will always deal 93% of the target's current HP, as well as the possibility of inflicting Confuse, Silence and Slow. In this case, Supernova was adhering to its effect in Final Fantasy VII: leaving the target on the brink of death. All Sephiroth had to do was follow up and finish Vergil off.
  • Why didn't Sephiroth just cut the knot by using Heartless Angel then striking Vergil once? After striking Vergil a few times, he knew that the half-demon had an excellent healing factor that would regenerate very quickly from a single hit point, and would need something to overtax it (indeed, despite the attacks Vergil took earlier, his health was at 9999/9999 right before Supernova hit). That, and he'd have to get a good hit in on Vergil, which Vergil's super speed would complicate. Supernova, which also leaves the target on the brink of death in addition to inflicting Slow and therefore suppressing said speed and regeneration was thus a far more ideal choice.

    Season Five 
  • The hosts mention that Batman had the resources to possibly get past Black Panther's Vibranium Habit, but brilliance kicks in beyond Batman's dislike for firearms - especially considering that he has used non-lethal variants and actively killed criminals in other canons. To find a way for Bruce to get past it would necessitate that he get prep time and possibly knowledge on T'Challa, Wakanda and Vibranium to do so. However, remember Batman vs. Spider-Man; Wiz and Boomstick acknowledge that not only would that be against their rules to ensure a fair fight, but Spider-Man's own smarts meant that he would have the opportunity to prepare as well; the same goes for this fight too. If Batman had time to prepare here, so would Black Panther, whose own smarts, resources and status as the king of his universe's most technologically-advanced nation as opposed to the former being the C.E.O. of a privately owned world-wide company could compare, if not surpass entirely.
  • Unlike the other original tracks made for the fight animations, "Battle in the Zoo" is very straight-forward and has no unique naming convention. Given the types of people Batman and Black Panther are, it makes sense to have a very straight-forward title.
  • Batman's "attempt" to defeat Black Panther would have been clever and one heck of a way to get rid of his opposition, if it weren't for the fact that everything Batman, and even the zoo itself, has thrown at T'Challa has done zero significant damage to him, all Batman could have done was delayed the inevitable. If an orca somehow swallowed Black Panther whole, that suit of his will still protect him and he would have clawed his way out of the animal and fought Batman again, which just goes to show Batman could not win in any method he's shown onscreen.
  • When Twilight's final spell turns Raven into a potted plant, Raven's soul self releases Twilight from its grasp. It initially appears that the control was lost due to Raven getting incapacitated, but as it's shown to still be functional, this is more likely due to sensing that Raven was in danger due to Transflormation, and thus it didn't try to magically/emotionally damage Twilight further, instead going into the air for a quick divebomb kill.
  • Why couldn't/didn't Twilight copy Raven's spells, after it's known that she's capable of learning and copying other spells by just watching them? Most of Raven's abilities and especially her soul self stem from her heritage as half-demon, thus it would take far more than simple watching for it to work. That, and since most of the spells that Raven used were oddly similar to Twilight's spells, such as teleportation, telekinesis, and energy blasts, Twilight did't have much need to copy them. She also couldn't copy the Soul-Self's emotion/magic draining ability, since it well, drained her of her powers when used.
  • In a strange meta sort of way, Twilight's loss, in spite of being on the same tier as her fellow ponies to show up in Death Battle, if not higher up, kind of makes sense. Both Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie seemed to benefit from Achievements in Ignorance, the former in that her actual "fighting" amounted to Deadly Dodging, causing Starscream to blow himself up without her doing anything actually malicious or really even acknowledging she was in a fight for her life at all, while Pinkie Pie... well, was Pinkie Pie. Twilight, however, was taking the fight seriously, and thus didn't benefit from the same sort of cartoon logic as her fellow ponies... in other words, she was trying too hard.
    • Twilight's loss is almost obvious in hindsight when you realize she's the princess of friendship. With few exceptions Death Battle is about 1-on-1 fights, and the very core of her character (indeed, the whole premise of her show) is about working together to solve problems and using empathy and communication instead of violence, so of course her greatest feats would have only been accomplished with outside help. While she is insanely powerful on paper, she is not a true fighting character the way Raven is.
  • During the scene where Crash is being chased by Spyro and trying to dodge his flames, the camera is positioned right in front of Crash in such a way that it emulates the chase sequence levels that are prominently featured in many of Crash's games.
  • When Crash's Fruit Bazooka fires a Wumpa Fruit that misses Spyro and hits a cliff face, the splat it makes is both purple and orange-yellow. Wumpa Fruits in the Crash Bandicoot series have been depicted as having either purple or orange-yellow juice depending on the game, and this instance takes both of them as canon.
  • For Spyro to tap into his Dark Spyro form, he needs to have strong negative emotions such as rage and hatred. This was a very easy task here considering that Crash had squashed his adoptive brother and companion Sparx like a bug earlier on.


Fridge Horror

    Battle Consequences (intro, seasons 1-3) 
It's sad enough for us to lose our beloved characters to Death Battle... But some of the battles could have VERY tragic aftermaths. In fact, with so many wars going on and so much power being thrown around, it's very likely that the world of Death Battle will end soon. That's right, Wiz and Boomstick may have accidentally caused The End of the World as We Know It. To follow is a list of particularly horrible consequences of Death Battles:

  • 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).
      • Too bad Batman died again at the hands of Black Panther.
  • 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... actually, they're dead too thanks to the Voltron Lion Force. Angel Grove is left defenseless following the loss of the Power Rangers.
  • 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. Not only that, but Soul Edge has reformed in spite of being destroyed by similar astral weapons. It may be just a matter of time until the Azure Knight resurfaces and continues his reign of terror. To elaborate on these and other points:
    • 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, which is itself a huge shard reforged into a different weapon) - and both pieces were fully functional. Given the opening of the fight implies this is Soul Edge Complete (Male+Female+Calibur+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, or else Tira will creep out of hiding and do it herself. 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 Guts 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.
      • Actually, worth noting that Soul Edge can't corrupt Guts. Nor would it choose to. As noted above, the Brand of Sacrifice that Guts bears would prevent it. Griffith owns Guts' soul. One doubts Soul Edge would want to come into any kind of conflict with the likes of the God Hand simply for a host, even one as powerful as Guts. With that said, however, there are some among the God Hand who might prove an ideal cooperative, willing host, much like was attempted with Pyrrha. Griffith armed with Soul Edge and having Inferno as a battle partner would be something capable of truly horrifying feats.
  • 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.
    • To elaborate on the former: 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.
  • With Knuckles dead, the Master Emerald is left wide open for anyone who wants it.
    • To elaborate: 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.
  • 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.
    • That's not the only unpleasant consequence of Yang vs. Tifa. 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.
  • 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?
    • To elaborate partially: 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.
  • 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 - considering Dante has killed an Umbra Witch he has an edge here).
    • To elaborate: 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.
    • To elaborate on another angle: 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.
    • Another thing: 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.
      • This doesn't even take into account what would happen if Dante were to have lost to Bayonetta, as the Devil May Cry agency would've been down to just Lady, the least capable of the three, and Nero would be the only of Sparda's bloodline left.
  • The Mushroom Kingdom is FUCKED now that Ganon has moved in. Oh, and Bowser Jr. is an orphan now.
    • To elaborate: 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.
      • But then you look at Super Paper Mario and learn something very interesting: the Mario Brothers and Bowser have been to their universe's afterlife, and the Powers That Be saw fit to give them a pass because the Chaos Heart was a very clear Godzilla Threshold moment. Ganon on his best day, and in control of the Mushroom World's most powerful military force, is exactly the same sort of apocalyptic threat that would necessitate giving those three yet another pass on dying. Round up the other Star Children, maybe call in a favor from Rosalina, the Star Spirits, and the Cap Kingdom, and then cue The War Sequence, as the Mushroom World fights for its life against the Demon King of Evil. Given what Cappy's people and the Star Rod are capable of, Ganon would probably lose... but then Link would inevitably show up to attack Peach and get slaughtered by a very weary, very pissed off Mario Brothers and/or Bowser. No matter what, a hero will die as a result of this war. But perhaps it's best to end the speculations there— we've generated quite enough Fanfic Fuel already!
  • 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.
    • At least it didn't go the other way— Ratchet is one of the only two Lombaxes in his home dimension alongside Angela. If he'd lost his Death Battle the Lombaxes would've gone from 'Highly Endangered' to 'Extinct' instantly.
  • 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 and Wonder Woman won't be around to help note , the resulting war will only lead to more deaths on both sides.
    • To elaborate: 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.
  • 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).
    • On top of that: 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 Carnage?
      • 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 of its main members, as both Wonder Woman and Green Arrow lost their respective Death Battles. They won't have the numbers to spare if Batman calls for their help.
      • Speaking of, it might very well be the case that Batman won't be around to save Gotham. There is a very real chance he'll be too busy assisting his Justice League comrades in the above-mentioned war, as said conflict is a far larger-scale threat than the crisis in Gotham. If that ends up being the case, the rest of the Bat Family (who are already hopelessly outnumbered in this situation to begin with) will be alone in trying to stop Joker Gang and The Clowns from utterly destroying the city.
  • 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.
    • To elaborate: 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.
  • Scout's death at the hands of Tracer will likely lead to a lengthy and bloody feud between Overwatch and the RED Team... not that the consequences of Scout killing Tracer would've been much different.
    • To elaborate (seeing a pattern here?): 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.
  • Both Ryu and Ken, the Street Fighter universe's two most skilled heroes, are now dead. Meanwhile Akuma, one of the Street Fighter universe's most dangerous villains, is still alive. With Ryu - the man he has pegged to be his ultimate rival should he have succumbed to the Satsui no Hadou - dead, he'll look to find another unlucky soul to fill his stead.
    • To elaborate on one of the above: Ken vs Terry is yet another battle with equally horrible outcomes. If Ken had won, then Terry would have suffered the same fate as his father, leaving Andy with no family left, costing Mary yet another close friend, and depriving young Rock of the closest thing he has to a parental figure. With Terry winning, then Ken's wife and son are be left to grieve, and Gouken having lost both of his students. No matter who had taken victory, a lot of people lost someone very close to them.
      • Worse than that, Akuma won his battle. With both Ryu and Ken dead, the only hero left in the Street Fighter universe with any chance of stopping him is Gouken.
  • Scott Pilgrim's true love lost her life right before his eyes, all because Sonic ran through the wrong place at the wrong time while trying to escape from Amy Rose. One must wonder if Scott will go under a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Amy, Sonic, and the others?
  • Doomsday decimated one of The Avengers' strongest and most vital members, and is now continuing his rampage throughout what's left of the city.
  • Once the Fairy Tail guild finds out who killed Erza, they will be out for blood.
    • To elaborate: the aftermath of Zoro vs Erza is yet another that will lead to something bad. Zoro's victory over Erza will most likely cause Team Natsu (if not the whole Fairy Tail guild) to take up arms against the Strawhats. Much like in the aftermath of Tracer VS Scout, two groups who see each other as family will clash, and the battle will leave several members on both sides dead.
      • Scarier still is what will likely happen to the vengeful party in this scenario. Without Gildarts, it is likely that Fairy Tail would be marching to their deaths since, on top of the Strawhats already being a Badass Crew by themselves, there's still the matter of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet, whose sheer numbers and power would turn the fight between the two groups into a complete bloodbath, especially taking into account that one of the guild's members (Juvia) wields powers that are more likely get someone on her side killed in the One Piece world than anything else.
      • It gets worse. With Ace's death by Natsu's hands, Fairy Tail will also have to deal with the Whitebeard Pirates, who will be out for blood. And given that Ace was Sabo's sworn brother, the Revolutionary Army is likely join in as well.
      • However, that's only IF they manage to find out what even HAPPENED to Ace. Keep in mind, Natsu completely disintegrated him without a trace aside from his necklace, which may have been burned up in the resulting fires anyway. So as far as they'll be concerned, Ace just disappeared, with no true way of knowing just what happened to him.

    Battle Consequences (seasons 4-5) 
  • Elena Drake lost her husband and the father of their daughter, and Lara Croft is now stuck in a desert with no immediate means of escaping.
  • Thanks to Shovel Knight's death, Shield Knight lost her lover, while Donald, Huey, Louie and Dewey are going to have to live with the fact that their Uncle / Great-Uncle Scrooge is a murderer.
  • Venom vs Bane shows that Venom is lurking around Gotham City and is hunting for brains. He beat Bane so what chance does Batman have? Combine this with the potential aftermath of the aforementioned Joker vs Sweet Tooth and it seems Gotham City is quickly becoming much more of a hellhole than it already is.
    • Considering Venom is an anti-hero and only goes after criminals, Gotham City might actually become less of a hellhole but originally Eddie did not willingly eat a person's brains to keep the symbiote healthy and instead ate chocolate. What happened to this version of Eddie to make him become a cannibal? While there's the possibility that he did it because Bane is a criminal, it's still disturbing.
  • With Ace's death, the Whitebeard Pirates will be out for blood. And with Ace being Luffy and Sabo's brother, the Straw Hat Pirates and Revolutionary Army respectively would join in as well.
  • Glacius' defeat may cause other marshals from his race to investigate their fallen comrade, possibly bringing them into conflict with the Lin Kuei and Earthrealm's other defenders.
  • The aftermath of Android 18 vs Carol Danvers will drag the Avengers into yet another battle they probably cannot win. Any attempt to attack 18 will provoke Krillin, which will bring in his best friend Goku... and the rest of the Z Warriors, many of whom are Physical God-level fighters and two of whom are latent gods in the making (Goku and Vegeta). And heaven help them all if Goku ever gets the idea to call Beerus and Whis or Zen'o over.
    • Considering Goku was killed by Superman, the Z Warriors may already be in their own little war against the Justice League, meaning that should the Avengers attack Android 18, the Z Warriors will be facing two very powerful teams from two different sides; one of which has Superman. Granted, that still doesn't account for Beerus, who can literally delete people from existence, or Zen'o, would can do that on a multiversal scale and would be phenomenally pissed at Supes for killing his Only Friend.
  • TJ Combo's reputation might be in ruins yet again after he killed Balrog on live television.
    • To elaborate: a preview picture of Balrog vs. TJ Combo showed both men fighting in what appeared to be a big pay-per-view style event. Seems like flashy presentation, right? Not until you realize that the rules of Death Battle dictate that this isn't going to end like an actual boxing match. Considering Balrog's penchant for illegal moves, TJ's repertoire including moves that aren't sanctioned like throws and kicks, and the fact that one of these two are going to die on a global broadcast, the repercussions of said fight for the winner may make their victory very hollow.
      • When you look at it from that perspective, the deck is stacked against TJ. Balrog is no stranger to crippling injuries and killed one unlucky opponent by accident even before he joined up with Shadaloo, but TJ is genuinely repentant for his past misdeeds and wants to turn his life around. The criminal underworld likely has a place for Balrog in case of a career-ending scandal, but there's no way Ultratech would be so accepting of TJ after he refused to take the fall for them.
      • On the other hand, Balrog is a known international criminal and was the one who turned the fight into life or death when he punched the ref out when annoyed (which there's some implication killed said ref). TJ Combo has a pretty good self-defense plea going, especially given Balrog has a history for killing opponents in the ring.
  • Shredder VS Silver Samurai: The fight ends with Shredder killing the Silver Samurai. Now this may not have any negative consequences considering Harada is already canonically dead. The fridge horror comes in when you realize that 76 episodes ago, Leonardo killed his brothers in a battle royale and Shredder a man who has consistently been able to take on all four turtles is in his Super Form and will likely be gunning for the turtles and Splinter next. With three of the four turtles down, things don't look good for Leo.
  • Whoever wins in Smokey Bear vs. McGruff the Crime Dog, we all lose a PSA mascot, meaning that either forest fires will increase again from Smokey's death or crime will increase in the future thanks to McGruff no longer able to teach kids.
    • And now that the Smokey vs. McGruff death battle has happened, it's the latter outcome, crime increasing, that's more likely, as McGruff lost.
  • While the continuity between Thor and Wonder Woman's previous fights along with their match against each other is shaky, Wonder Woman killing the son of Odin would absolutely invite a retaliatory attack on Themyscira; even if Mjölnir wasn't a bladed implement, Asgard has no shortage of those and even more warriors capable of using them.
    • They probably won't even get the chance, thanks to Thor destroying the Moon during the fight. Simply shattering it would have been bad enough for all life on Earth, but since Thor destroyed it with enough force to cause pieces to fall to Earth during the fight, it's safe to assume that most life on the world is screwed... including, most likely, Themyscira, whether from the meteor impacts that will result from the debris or the mass extinction that will inevitably follow (and it's too late for Diana to do anything about it, since large chunks of the Moon already hit Earth while she was finishing him off). Nice job breaking it, Thor!
    • It gets worse. If Odin leads an army to attack Themyscira, then Asgard will be left defenseless next time Ragnarok comes around.
    • And may the Gods have mercy on them if Ares gets involved.
  • No matter how you slice it, Naruto vs Ichigo was going to have at least one family torn apart by the death of a loved one, given how both combatants are Happily Married at the end of their respective series. If Naruto lost, which he didn't, then Hinata would lose the love of her life and, since Shippuden Naruto was used, Boruto and Himawari would've never been born. If Ichigo lost, which he did, then Orihime would lose the love of her life, and it's ambiguous as to whether Kazui had yet been born at that point in time, so there's the risk of Kazui never being born, too.
  • Sephiroth VS Vergil: Much like Shredder VS Silver Samurai, the consequences may not seem apparent right away since Vergil is canonically dead. The Fridge Horror comes when you realize that due to previous episodes, two people instrumental in Sephiroth's defeat (Cloud and Tifa) are dead while Sephiroth is now free to finish his plan to destroy the world Granted, Dante is still very much around to try and possibly avenge his brother, but his odds of going against someone who had roughly killed his equal do not benefit him much. But considering the fact that Vergil and Dante were equal during Devil May Cry 3 (canonically the first game), Dante might have a better chance then his brother did.
  • If Black Panther had lost his fight against Batman which he didn't, Wakanda would have been left without a ruler for a good while. On the other hand, if Batman had lost which he did... well, he's lost his fair share of Death Battles already, so just scroll up.
  • By killing (or at least beating the tar out of) Princess Celestia's star pupil, Raven has most likely both stranded herself in Equestria with no way back... and made some powerful enemies there. And if Twilight Sparkle is, indeed, dead, how will Equestria fare against whatever threatens it next?
    • Good news: The post-fight animation seems to suggest that Raven found her own way back. The bad news? If Twilight was able to find a spell that allowed for interdimensional teleportation, it's safe to assume that the other Alicorns would eventually find out about it too. Ignoring the possibility of them accidentally summoning foes capable of killing them (or the other residents of their home dimension, for that matter) like Twilight did, if they ever figure out how to summon Raven back, it likely means that more Pony blood will be spilled. The worst possible outcome, however, will be if the other Alicorns figure out how to teleport themselves (to say nothing of their reformed enemies) to the DC Universe and start looking for vengeance. The DC Universe would almost certainly win eventually, but the potential for collateral damage is massive.
    • Speaking of other universes, Deadpool and the Ponies became friends after Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie. Once Deadpool hears about one of his new friends being attacked and possibly killed, the Merc With A Mouth is likely going to be doing some pro bono work. And if he happens to call in some friends from the Marvel Universe, things could escalate very quickly.
    • And speaking of Pinkie Pie, in Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie she was capable of hopping into other videos and dimensions (as well as being able to bring Deadpool along for the ride), just for fun. Now, picture her reaction when she finds out that one of her friends was attacked and/or killed. Raven may have just caught the attention of a Reality Warper, and there's no shortage of ways that it could end very poorly.
  • Just like so many "Hero Vs Hero" battles before it, the Kenshiro vs Jotaro fight was bound to end in tragedy no matter who won: If Kenshiro died (which he didn't), the Crapsack World of his universe would go further into chaos as the villains he would have killed wouldn't have anyone there to stop them. If Jotaro died (which he did), the surviving members of the Joestar family and the people who knew him would be left to grieve: Joseph would lose his grandson, Holly would lose her only son, Josuke would lose his biological nephew and mentor figure, and Jolyne would either never truly meet her father (If Part 4!Jotaro is the one to die) or she would never be born (Part 3!Jotaro).
  • Similar to Guts vs. Nightmare, Crash vs. Spyro ends with Spyro emerging victorious, at the cost of having fully succumbed to Dark Aether. Spyro's recovered from this before with the help of Sparx and Cynder, but now that Sparx is dead, it's entirely possible that Spyro might be forever trapped in his Dark Aether form (and Malefor is basically exactly that). And given that, in Dark Spyro form, Spyro is consumed with rage, things could get ugly REAL fast. Let's hope that Cynder can find him fast. This of course doesn't take into account that Crash and maybe Aku Aku are dead, meaning that Coco, Crunch and Crash's other friends, none of whom are Immune to Mind Control like Crash was, are going to be having a very uphill battle against Neo Cortex and Uka Uka.

    Other 
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • It's difficult to say what the exact effect a weaponized EMP would have in real life, but it's generally believed that the effects would be systemic (phone network knocked out) instead of individual (phones still work). It is also known that turning off a device or disconnecting it provides protection (this is the method via which power grids are protected from Coronal Mass Ejections in real life, which have a similar effect). It is thus very likely the USB actually did survive.
      • They're spies. They probably have a special flash drive that is resistant to EMP waves.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 — most certainly after Zero put Metal Sonic on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • At the beginning of Pokemon VS Digimon, Red's initial attempt to catch Agumon 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.
    • Another thing, what would have happen with Tai if the ball had worked and his best friend was essentially kidnapped by a random kid who would not only probably box him, but has the law of the pokemon world on his side?
  • 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.
  • Hulk vs. Doomsday. Hulk had to already be en route to Doomsday's impact location. This means the Avengers knew Doomsday's threat level and had determined dispatching Hulk—even to a population center with potential for massive loss of life and collateral damage—was the best course of action.
    • Worse still, with Hulk dead, the Avengers have only a handful of other options with which to deal with Doomsday, one being the Ultimate Nullifier. It's the one thing that might actually stick, but if it doesn't... well, Doomsday might actually gain Complete Immortality from his subsequent adaptation.
  • There's some horrifying implications with The Worf Effect in... er... effect. So, Yang killed Tifa and was able to shrug off her Limit Break no problem, then lost her arm to Adam's own Limit Break in her series proper. If Adam was ever in Midgard, he'd probably not only give AVALANCHE a run for their money, but also Sephiroth, and considering that this is Adam we're talking about, we're lucky he's just running around in Remnant.
    • But when taking into account Sephiroth's death battle, Adam would make little to no progress at all. Sephiroth winning against a Son of Sparda would account for that, as the RWBY and Devil May Cry fanbase accept that Adam would be COMPLETELY obliterated by Vergil. And if Sephiroth was able to take out Vergil with no problems, Adam wouldn't really be able to take an exploding sun to the face.
  • The corpse of the loser of Black Panther vs. Batman was ultimately disposed of by being Swallowed Whole, suit and all, by a Killer Whale living in the aquarium tank that the fight's climax took place above. Unfortunately, this likely means that the whale in question is not long for this world— if not because of a newfound taste for human flesh or the zookeepers finding human bones in the whale's bodily waste resulting in the whale being euthanized, then because Batman's utility belt was also eaten in the process, which contains no shortage of razor-sharp, poisonous, or simply indigestible gadgets that will almost certainly kill the whale in a slow, gruesome fashion. Even if the outcome had been reversed and the winner had ended up in the belly of the beast, it wouldn't have mattered, because Black Panther's Vibranium suit, especially with those Antarctic Vibranium claws, would have had the exact same effect on the whale's digestive tract.

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