Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
"Such a match-up would tear the fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the planet, meaning the United Nations would have to step in prior to the match to prevent the mass destruction."
Ah, the Intercontinuity Crossover
fight. Everyone wonders once in awhile "If X and Y met, who would win in a fight?" And whether you come up with incredibly thorough theories of your own
, argue it with others
, write a fanfic
, or just resort to name-calling
, everyone has their own opinion.
Such bouts between characters from different works will often involve one or more of the fighters being pulled into a different continuity
, the strangers fighting for no logical reason
and handicaps or caveats being introduced to make the fights more interesting
. Also usually ends with the most popular of the combatants winning
. Far more often, however, no one winning at all
in order avoid ticking off the loser's fanbase; this is typically accomplished by a common enemy appearing and thus allowing both characters to save face.
Characters commonly subjected to this include those identical
or at least the same kind
of character when compared to someone else and prominent characters in franchise or works with heavy amounts of Fandom Rivalry
The trope is named for the song and flash animation "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
" by Lemon Demon, in which many famous fictional character, pop culture icons and historical persons come together for the sole purpose of knocking the living crap out of each other. (The last one standing is Mister Rogers
Overlaps with Massive Multiplayer Crossover
when more than 2 works are involved. If the characters end up in a relationship instead of fighting, it's a Crossover Ship
. Characters discussing other characters in one of these battles is a Hypothetical Fight Debate
. Compare to Character Tiers
and Guest Fighter
. Contrast with Story-Breaker Team-Up
If you were looking for the song, go here.
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Anime and Manga
- Mai-Otome: Put the Otome against the HiME, or, more specifically, their resurrected Mai-HiME counterparts.
- Gundam Build Fighters features several models from different series, many of which are modified, fighting it out. So you have situations like the Build Strike vs. the GX Maoh. Heck, the initial episode where these two "fight" has the builders dressed up as Kira and Garrod respectively.
- Batman and Dracula: Red Rain: finally put to rest an age-old debate: The Dark Knight or the Prince of Darkness? Dracula and Batman fight over Gotham City to find out who the true master of fear and deception is. They both lose. Dracula is killed and Batman becomes an irredeemable vampire.
- Dracula vs. Superman: By hypnotizing Lois, Dracula actually gained the upper hand and succeeded in drinking Superman's blood. However, Superman is solar powered, and seconds after drinking his blood well... imagine eating a grenade.
- Superman vs. Muhammad Ali
- Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash
- Alien vs. Predator vs. Terminator
- Superman vs. Batman Batman wins... sorta. It's complicated; what are you doing here? Go read it.
- Then there's one in Superman/Batman issue 78, which handled the subject masterfully. The fight happens, but suddenly you see a narration, or rather, two narrations arguing against each other. Eventually, it is shown that two kids, one a fan of Superman and the other a fan of Batman, arguing who wins. After much Ass Pulls done with each argument, the two kids agreed that the two are friends and would not fight each other.
- Towards the end, we see Superman and Batman observing the kids. Superman wonders who would win and asks Batman on what he thinks, but Batman just flies away. Batman believes Superman will win.
- Doctor Doom vs. Magneto
- JLA/Avengers, has (as you've no doubt already guessed) the Justice League of America vs. The Avengers.
- Wizard Comics ran one issue of Goku versus Superman. And unlike in that Death Battle, Goku won, in his base form, no less.
- The Avengers: Thor vs. Iron Man, with Captain America joining in at the end, and we get to see Mjolnir vs. Captain America's shield. Thor vs. The Hulk.
- Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus: Exactly What It Says on the Tin, and Vs. R. Lee Ermey, with a cameo from Billy Mays.
- Jungle Drums: a 1953 wilderness-adventure film crew stages a fight between a tiger and a lion.
- The Forbidden Kingdom: Jet Li vs. Jackie Chan. It was a draw, though Jet Li has gone on record as saying that in a no holds barred fight, Jackie would wipe the floor with him.
- Alien vs. Predator and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
- King Kong vs. Godzilla
- Freddy vs. Jason. Two popular eighties Slasher Movie icons duke it out for the right to slaughter teens.
- Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, the very first Famous Monster vs Famous Monster movie. Universal then did two more (House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula), adding Dracula to make it a Triple Threat.
- Way of the Dragon: Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris. Bruce wins in the movie. Norris, like Li above, says that Lee would have destroyed him had they fought for real.
- Fast Five: Vin Diesel vs. Dwayne Johnson. Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds.
- "Shark vs. Train": Parodied in the children's book which takes the more common sense approach, with hilarious results (it matters, for instance, whether the competition is under water, or involves trying to sell lemonade.)
- 1906: Arsène Lupin vs. Sherlock Holmes, by Lupin's author Maurice Leblanc, as an Affectionate Parody. Soon afterwards, Arthur Conan Doyle complained and, from the following edition onwards, the story became Arsène Lupin vs. Herlock Sholmes (or, in some versions, "Holmlock Shears").
- Animorphs: huge fanboys Jake and Marco from like to argue about whether Batman could beat Spider-Man.
- Older Than Dirt: The Iliad is this to a significant portion of Greek mythology, including the gods themselves.
- It also makes clear that Zeus would win with one arm behind the back if he decided to join the frame (so he claims, and the gods, speaking from experience, don't dare to contradict him)... And that's why he stays out of it.
- And how about David Weber's Out of The Dark and vampires versus aliens? And that's just the first part of the trilogy!
- The climax of Ready Player One becomes this due to the major players all piloting simulations of Humongous Mecha from 1980s pop culture, culminating in a showdown between the protagonist's Ultraman and the Big Bad's Mechagodzilla.
Live Action TV
- In How I Met Your Mother, Barney, Marshall and Lily go to the event "Wrestlers Vs. Robots" where Mexican-style wrestlers battle a variety of robots.
- Deadliest Warrior: A Spike TV show which explores "history's greatest killing machines", look at their historic backgrounds and the science behind their equipment and fighting styles, and pair them off in a one-on-one computer simulated fight. Showdowns include "Gladiator vs. Apache", "Ninja vs. Spartan", "Taliban vs. IRA", "Yakuza vs. Mafia", and "William Wallace vs. Shaka Zulu".
- Jurassic Fight Club: A History Channel show, similar to Deadliest Warrior in that it uses best available knowledge to establish the abilities, strengths, and weaknesses of the animals, then CGIs the actual fights. Match-ups include Allosaurus vs. Ceratosaurus; Mega-Lion vs. the Short-Faced Bear; and Megalodon vs. Brygmophyseter, the "biting sperm whale".
- Animal Planet had a short lived series Animal Face Off, which was basically Jurassic Fight Club done with living species that plausibly might confront one another in the wild.
- Harry Hill's TV Burp: "Well, I like X, but then I also like Y. But which is better?" [Costumed/made-up/bewigged representations/impersonators of X and Y crash into studio from opposite directions and make a beeline for each other] "FIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!"
- Doctor Who:
- The original series episode "The Mind Robber" eventually, through convoluted means, features a sword fight that involved Cyrano de Bergerac, D'Artagnan, Blackbeard, and Sir Lancelot.
- And "Doomsday" brings the fight people had been wanting for decades; Daleks vs Cybermen.
- The novel "All-Consuming Fire" had Sherlock Holmes and the seventh Doctor square off with the Cthulhu Mythos.
- Saturday Night Live: Spoofed in a recurring sketch in which George Wendt leads a cadre of football fans who speculate on the scores of hypothetical games pitting the Chicago Bears against other teams, with the Bears facing increasingly unlikely handicaps, such as being shrunk to the size of midgets. (Hint: Da Bears win.)
Wendt: Who would win, the Death Star or the Enterprise?
- Star Trek had an episode in which aliens set up an Ultimate Showdown: Kirk, Spock, Abraham Lincoln, and Surak versus Colonel Green, Kahless, Zora, and Genghis Khan.
- Super Sentai do this about once a year as a movie, usually by having the current Super Sentai meet up with the previous year's Super Sentai in a Let's You and Him Fight scene before teaming up to take on the Big Bad of the film.
- Kamen Rider Decade: For the Kamen Rider series. Decade can take on the form and powers of the last nine hero Riders, allowing match-ups like Kuuga vs. Kiva, Kiva vs. Knight and so on.
- Angel: In one episode, Angel and Spike argue vehemently over who would win if astronauts and cavemen got into a fight.
Wesley: Ah. You've been yelling at each other for 40 minutes about this? ...do the astronauts have weapons?
(in unision): NO!
- Even better, they somehow manage to get all of the other main characters at the time to argue over this. Through the entire episode.
- One episode of Game of Thrones opens with two Lannister soldiers discussing who's the best fighter in Westeros. They've narrowed it down to Ser Jaime "Kingslayer" Lannister, Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane, and Ser Loras "The Knight of Flowers" Tyrell. Their discussion is cut short by the Stark army.
What about Loras Tyrell?
He's been stabbing Renly Baratheon for years, and Renly ain't dead!
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer had an episode called "Buffy vs. Dracula". The titular fight ends inconclusively, with Buffy killing the Count, but with him clearly able to come Back from the Dead at will. The show also had to break many of its own rules about how its vampires work * in order to pit Buffy against a recognizable version of Dracula; the whole episode relied heavily on Rule of Cool.
- Discussed in The Big Bang Theory when the guys argue over which fictional characters, mostly superheroes, would best who in a fight.
- "The Flash" had a crossover with Arrow titled The Flash vs. Arrow
- Defied in Ookla the Mok's "Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You":
- The promotional war and invasion angles can end up like this trope, in theory. In practice, they tend to be disappointments. One owner often refuses to acknowledge another organization as worth comparing to their own, and as such they usually end up being fake crossovers. The most famous flop among fans in the USA was WCW invades the WWF, an invasion angle In Name Only. Vince's kids just aligned a bunch of WWF wrestlers, some of whom happened to have gained some prior fame elsewhere. Some of whom. The prior NWA invades WWF a truer example of this trope.
- Among some of other examples truer to the spirit of this trope were WWF vs Smokey Mountain Wrestling, Ring of Honor vs Dragon Gate, ROH vs IWA (Puerto Rico), ROH vs CZW, CZW vs IWA Mid-South, New Japan Pro Wrestling vs Pro Wrestling Noah, NJPW vs ROH and NJPW vs CMLL. It should be noted the first IWA (International Wrestling Association) and second IWA (Independent Wrestling Association) are two different companies who may well put on a joint show in the future.
- This is the purpose of the World Wrestling League's Dream Match Tours. It gets together wrestlers working in different promotions and countries who may otherwise never fight or team up, or at least may not do so anywhere where the target audience can see it.
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy: The game, and 012 pit the lead characters from the first ten Final Fantasy titles (first thirteen as of 012, and the first to a lesser extent) against each of their respective arch-foes from their respective worlds with the fate of The Multiverse at stake.
- Scribblenauts: allows for a nearly infinite number of these. Bigfoot versus Longcat, God + Shotgun + Skateboard versus Cthulhu, T. Rex versus Robot Zombies... The fourth video found here takes this to absurd lengths.
- M.U.G.E.N: A custom Fighting Game system which allows characters from different fighting games to battle aginast each other. It's gotten popular on YouTube, especially Perfect Cell vs. Dio Brando, where Dio wins using his famous steam roller attack.
- Capcom vs. Whatever: The Intercontinuity Massive Multiplayer Crossover Fighting Game series where a bunch of unconnected Capcom properties and unconnected properties from another company come together to see who's the best.
- Warriors Orochi: Koei's video game crossover between their Three Kingdoms China Dynasty Warriors and their Sengoku Japan Samurai Warriors franchises. By Warriors Orochi 3, they also tossed in Guest Fighters Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa, and the Trojan War's Achilles.
- Dynasty Warriors: Gundam: And when they didn't stop with Warriors, they decided to do the same thing to Gundam. But there are few things more awesome than watching completely unrelated Gundams ripping suits by the hundreds.
- Alien vs. Predator
- Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion and its updated sequel basically answers the question, what would happen if Ben 10 and Samurai Jack met in a dark alley, Father and Aku had a little fiery feud, Blossom and Dexter teamed up to fight Vilgax and Grim in Stormalong Harbor. The game answers these questions, and more.
- A mod for Doom Source ports, Samsara allow you to play as Doomguy, Chex Warrior, Corvus, B.J. Blazkowicz, Parias, Duke, Security Officer, and Ranger. And in any game outside their own, their characters even have respective Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels depending on which one you chose. They're also balanced for class based gameplay in deathmatches, capture the flag, etc.
- Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe: The final epic battle ends in a draw with only Superman and Raiden left standing, but the storyline does feature DC characters winning more fights than MK characters, due to their side of the story being a chapter longer. Perhaps most notable is a scene where a weakened Captain Marvel is able to defeat Scorpion, Baraka, and Shang Tsung in quick succession.
- Super Smash Bros. is the Nintendo example of this trope. It pits the Nintendo characters against each other outside their respective worlds. The final boss is the Master Hand to represent this is the characters in toy form fighting in the child's imagination.
- Soul Calibur 3, 4, and 5 all have the Create-A-Soul mode, which lets you build completely original characters. The games provide armor and equipment that lets you create characters from pretty much any franchise (within reason) and pit them against each other to see who's best. Some characters can be recreated with a striking degree of accuracy. You want one of the Doctors? You can do it. Batman? Harley Quinn? The Joker? No problem. Zoidberg? WHY NOT ZOIDBERG? The Undertaker? Absolutely. Bad Box-Art Mega Man? Paunchy stomach included. Phoenix Wright? No objections here. Want to make the Power Rangers? Just pick a color. Cyclops? Jean Grey? Other mutants too. Pikachu? I CHOOSE YOU! The Missing No? Somehow... yes. Doctor Doom? Heck yeah! Austin Powers? YEAH, BABY! Chuck Norris? Do you even need to ask? Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum? MATHEMATICAL! Jamie Hyneman? Myth Busted. Queen Amidala? The Force is strong with this one. Motoko Kusanagi? 5 lets you recreate her right from the moment you first pop in the game. The characters are nearly endless, and all yours to pit against each other as you wish. Just check out this Tumbler for hundreds of recreations from 5 alone.
- Asura's Wrath: Lost Episodes 1 and 2 pits Asura against Street Fighter IV's Ryu/Evil Ryu and Akuma/Oni. The latter had to be buffed up to Asura's level to stand a chance, of course.
- Quake III: Arena: pits Doom, Quake, Quake II, Wolfenstein 3D and Original Generation characters against each other in a fight for supremacy.
- Sherlock Holmes versus Arsène Lupin: The Frogware 2007 game, known in some countries as Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis.
- The Family Guy vs. American Dad! web fighting game in promotion of the series' DVD releases; Ryu is the game's boss.
- Fate/stay night: Revolves around King Arthur, Gilgamesh, Hercules, Medea, Medusa, Cu Chulainn, Sasaki Kojirou, The Hashshashin and Angra Mainyu being summoned into modern day for a fight to death.
- Fate/Zero: Follows King Arthur, Gilgamesh, Lancelot, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne, Alexander the Great, Gilles de Rais, The Hashshashin and Angra Mainyu in a similar war.
- Fate/EXTRA: Changes it to Nero, Tamamo-no-Mae, Cu Chulainn, Lu Bu Feng Xian, Francis Drake, Gawain, Robin Hood, Li Shu Wen, Alice, Vlad III and Vairocana, along with the creators' own Arcueid Brunestud and Shiki Ryougi.
- Fate Prototype: Had King Arthur, Gilgamesh, Perseus, Cu Chulainn and The Beast in a fight to the death instead.
- Fate/Apocrypha: Takes it Up to Eleven by having Siegfried, Chiron, Vlad III, Astolfo, Avicebron/Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Frankenstein's Monster, and Jack the Ripper working together as the Servants of Black to fight the Servants of Red, consisting of Mordred, Atalanta, Karna, Achilles, William Shakespeare, Spartacus, and Semiramis. Did we mention that they're headed by Joan of Arc and Shiro Tokisada Amakusa?
- In the Half-Life mod The Specialists, most character models are from some action movie (and two from video games): Smith Agents and Morpheus, from The Matrix; Castor, from Face/Off; Agent 47, from the Hitman series; and Gordon Freeman wearing a black trench coat. This means that it is impossible to play the game without an epic battle between action icons, unless everyone is using the generic Mercenary and Seal skins.
- Project X Zone gives us Yuri (with Estelle), considered as the biggest badass protagonist of the Tales Series versus Sanger, Banpresto's biggest walking badass for one fight.
- Super Robot Wars Z has one battle where half of the cast filled with famous Humongous Mecha anime fight with another half the cast filled with famous Humongous Mecha anime. Who wins? The side you control has to win, so you can progress through the game.
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale: it's right there in the title.
- In-universe example in Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30: Allen and Garnett start two missions by having an argument regarding who would win a fight between Batman and Superman.
- Star Wars Battlefront II has this as a mode on one map. In normal gameplay, a lucky player can become a Hero Unit such as Obi-Wan or Darth Vader. Mos Eisley offers an Assault mode, which is usually only seen in Space battles. This version has every single Hero Unit duking it out on one map. Every. Single. One. Yoda, General Grievous, Ki-Adi Mundi, Boba Fett, if he or she appeared on another map, he or she'll appear here.
- Anachronism: A card game that lets you pit various historical (or somewhat historical, like Robin Hood) characters against each other. For more fun, trade the character's goodies around — give Achilles Beowulf's chain mail and Miyamoto's katana.
- Who Would Win?: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Two players each get a random character, and then an event. Argue why your character would win. Santa Claus vs. Genghis Khan in synchronized swimming? Babar vs. Einstein in ping pong?
- Superfight! is another card game in this vein, where each player plays a character card and two power/problem cards (one on their own character, another on an opponent's character), then debates over which creation would beat the character of that round's judge in a fight, resulting in match-ups like Mr. T with an assault rifle and riding a unicorn vs. 3 Stephen Hawkings with the Force.
- The Annoying Orange: In one episode, Liam the Leprechaun forces the orange to see if he was more annoying than Fred. It appears to end in a stalemate, only for Fred to get the last laugh.
- Will It Blend?: Anything, at all, versus a Blend-Tec blender.
- The now-defunct WWWF Grudge Match though the archives are still there, listing the more than 200 fights the site has run. The fights are formatted in that there is a proposed scenario and a very tongue-in-cheek debate, after which there will be a vote. When the loser has fallen, often hilarious comments on the result would be posted.
- The Comic Book Universe Battles, which started in 1997 as a sub-section of a Xena: Warrior Princess fan's Callisto fansite and eventually grew into something all its own. Seen as a friendly rival by the above Grudge match it later stopped proposing scenarios and let users submit, debate and vote on them. Currently user voting is down indefinitely but some of the scores are still in the database.
- In the late 2000's (around 2008 or 2009) the site was revamped to include 2 vs. 2 and 3-way battles as well as reintroducing the ability to submit characters to the database, however unfortunately at the end of 2013, the site's creator and owner stated that the CBUB (and its sister site the Fantasy Powers League) would be shutting down permanently.
- The Spoony Experiment: had Deadliest Character, a direct take-off of the aforementioned Deadliest Warrior, featuring the Megazord vs. MechaGodzilla. Megazord wins by summoning The Sixth Ranger and tearing MechaGodzilla apart.
- TGWTG Year One Brawl brought together dozens of gamers and reviewers from That Guy with the Glasses for an epic throwndown. The winner: It's a huge draw as a truce is declared when they raelize that they are all on the same team at the end of the day.
- Tales from the Pit exposes "Who Would Win" as a favorite conversational topic of the Magic: The Gathering R&D team. Pairings include Robocop vs. The Terminator and My Little Pony vs. the Transformers.
- The Screamsheet has done weekly fights between a variety of characters since 2000. The fights have a loose continuity and several running jokes, such as Superman always losing and the Earth being destroyed multiple times.
- The Lonely Winds forum has three sub-forums dedicated to various USoUDs in eight different leagues of various power level and compositions.
- Numerous websites dedicated solely to what faction from Star Wars and Star Trek would lay the ultimate smackdown upon all the others. Star Destroyer Dot Net is a particularly (in)famous one, and Spacebattles.com caters to all kinds of sci-fi matchups but is invariably dominated by Trek vs. Wars as well as the occasional just-for-fun curbstomp (the Orcs from The Lord of the Rings vs. modern machine guns, carpet bombing from B-52s, an orbiting Imperial Star Destroyer, and finally, the real kicker, doze udda Orkz). Both of these websites more or less grew out of the Usenet newsgroup alt.startrek.vs.starwars.
- "Dream Tournament", a popular series of vote-driven fanfics on the Usenet group rec.games.video.arcade from the mid-'90s, pitted Fighting Game characters from different games against each other. The Tournament gave rise to several spinoffs, as well as many Fanon personality traits for the characters.
- There was an old fanfiction Dream Tournament called the Ultimate Video Rumble, where some truly memorable fights happened both within and without the arena. Highlights include Haohmaru and Genjuro of Samurai Shodown fame clashing swords furiously, while everyone who attempts to break their battle gets tossed aside, and dysfunctional organizers and security staff who make Eddy Gordo of Tekken fame suffer after he got eliminated from the ring.
- The UVR was a deliberate spiritual successor to the first three Dream Tournaments, continuing many of the fanon events and characterizations from the DT.
- Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne organized a Round Robin tournament featuring characters from all over anime (and sometimes, beyond) called Magical Troubleshooting Crossover Fighting Federation ULTRA. The various writers used and abused pretty much the entire Professional Wrestling trope list, with backstage plots ranging from mere personal power grabs and Mind Control to Third Impact and wresting Godhood from Kasumi Tendo Herself.
- The golden rule staving off the inevitable Fan Boy flame wars was understood to read, "Anyone, under the right circumstances, can defeat anyone else in a fight." The only systemic exceptions to this idea were made to account for anime-style "weight restrictions."
- It's worth noting that the story of how Kasumi became God and several other plot points such as Dark Sakura originated from MTCFF Beta which was a single-elimination tournament decided by votes rather than by individual authors, with such oddities as Fusion character "Nario" resulting from Naru of Battle Arena Toshinden and Mario of Super Mario Bros. tying in votes.
- "Hitler continued laughing, then finally said 'Goku! You came here expecting to find a madman, but instead, you found a GOD!' Hitler had become a Super Saiyan." How's that for a Crack Fic-style showdown? See it right here in all its Not Safe For Sanity glory. By the way, it also ships Goku x Anne Frank.
- Ultimate Showdown tournaments are a common occurrence on Game FA Qs' "Board 8", allowing users to debate to the most extremely geekish limits possible about who'd win. The arguing can lead to some, hmmmm, very curious victories (Apparently, The Mask can just barely beat Broly with cartoon physics, the most powerful Darkstalkers can win left and right merely based on their vague backstories alone, Voldemort can upset Nanoha's constant nuking of areas and people and the Doctor can defeat The Flash with, uhhh, timey wimey stuff. Or prep time. Or whatever).
- History nerds are somewhat fond of debating Alexander the Great vs Genghis Khan. This battle actually happens in Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter's collabaorative novel, Time's Eye.
- The RPG Duelling League is a site dedicating to deciding which Video Game RPG characters would win in a fight. The site is organized into 6 week long elimination tournaments (refered to as seasons) with four different Character Tiers (Light, Middle, Heavy, and Godlike). The voters who decide who wins are also strongly encouraged NOT to vote according to popularity or plot powers, but rather comparative in-battle capabilities and performance.
- Whosthebitch.com was the HQ for a fun and easy game; simply match any two given personalities (or even inanimate objects) and answer the question, "Who's the bitch?" Basically pick which one would be the 'bottom' in a relationship between the two, and justify your answer with an explanation.
- Dead Fantasy shows what happens when a bunch of girls from the Final Fantasy series go up against a bunch of girls from the Dead or Alive series. In case you didn't figure it out by yourself, it's fanservice.
- Sites like Comic Book Resources and Hero Chat have their own (Comic Book Rumbles and It's Clobberin' Time!, respectively), among many, many other websites. They often don't like each other. Most infamous incident was a flame war and board raid between Rumbles and Star Destroyer, after Rumbles determined Borg Cubes can destroy the Death Star. Cue Fan Wank and board raid.
- The Galactic Watercooler podcast has a recurring feature called Fantasy Sci-Fi League in which participants choose teams based on specific roles (warrior, pilot, reconnaissance, etc) and place them in a scenario such as the rescue of one of the podcasters from a Klingon prison planet, and give them some basic equipment (such as Carl Sagan's Starship of the Imagination). The winner is chosen based on the most entertaining way of completing a mission.
- Epic Rap Battles of History does this, but with rapping.
- The Brave and the Bold: The Lost Issues often sets Batman or The Thing against various characters.
- Factpile mostly runs on this trope. It has branched out to include other topics, but is still mostly battles between fictional characters. It has also determined the outcome of the page image Superman easily wins.
- Make Your Move: applies this to Super Smash Bros. with movesets for everything from King K. Rool to Socrates.
- ScrewAttack's Death Battle: sets characters up against each other as well, from Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran to Mike Haggar vs. Zangief to Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash. Notably not decided by votes, but by a look at each side's actual capabilities and extrapolating based on that.
- Dark Horse Comics asked who would win; Dr McNinja, or Saxton Hale? At the time of this edit, votes are still being accepted. Each character asked fans to vote for them on their respective websites.
- Votes are already done. Winner: Saxton Hale.
- Deadliest Fiction Wiki: using the formula from Deadliest Warrior, but for warriors of any media and franchise, with the warriors chosen by logical debates from the members of the site. It's essentially The Wiki Rule for Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.
- Tor.com: Tor Books' website holds yearly "cage matches" pitting various fantasy characters against each other in a single-elimination tournament, with the characters' creators invited to write how they think each of their characters' battles would go.
- "Valve World", showing Team Fortress 2 Then Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, Half-Life 2, Deathmatch Classic, Day Of Defeat, Alien Swarm, Portal and then ending on Half-Life.
- The Outskirts Battledome exists for people to speculate who would win in a fight between two fictional characters or real-world people.
- The Alterverse War:Kristofer Straub, the author of Starslip Crisis, put togheter Fuseli vs. the Touch and Go the Fuseli won, but only due to some clever maneuvering.
- Video Game Championship Wrestling is an ongoing web series that uses recreations of both famous and relatively obscure video game characters (as well as some from non-game-based franchises and even a few people from real life) in the ever-glitchy WWE Video Games in AI versus AI matches. It maintains a regular roster of wrestlers, so rematches where a previous winner lost and a previous loser won have happened before, such as Charles Barkley versus Vegeta, and Nappa versus Gabe Newell.
- While this is still upcoming, When Heroes Meet Champions is hyped to be an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny featuring characters from the two Multiplayer Online Battle Arena juggernauts, as the title suggested: Dota 2 and League of Legends. Already in the teaser we've seen possible battles of Axe vs Darius, Juggernaut vs Master Yi, Legion Commander vs Katarina, Treant Protector vs Maokai and Tusk vs Vi.
- Machinima.com has Fallout: New Vegas Wasteland Battles, pitting characters and enemies from Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas against each other, and with the help of mods, even characters like Darth Vader. Not that it matters, because Liberty Prime beats everything.
- batinthesun has Super Power Beat Down, which pits fictional characters against each other in live action with great special effects. Victories are decided by fan votes.
- This image◊, called War of the Worlds (Война миров), painted by the Russian contemporary artist Nikolai Kopeikin depicts an epic but gruesome battle between cartoon characters of mostly Western Animation and Russian Animation. Not only this picture is an example of the trope but it also stresses the rivalry between domestic and foreign animation in Russia.
- Don Bradman and Babe Ruth, widely recognised as the greatest ever players in cricket and baseball, respectively, met each other in 1932. While they didn't play against each other, certainly not in any formal capacity, Bradman offered Ruth the chance to try his hand at cricket. Ruth started by trying to bat cricket-style, and struggling to lay bat on ball, before switching to his baseball stance and hitting the Australian bowlers around the park. Ruth also took Bradman to watch a Yankees game, where Bradman surprised his host by spotting a double-play.
- Yalta, 1942. Winston "Brandy for Breakfast" Churchill and Josef "Steel Liver" Stalin have what is, in effect, a drinking contest. They go at it until three o'clock in the morning, but by one o'clock Churchill, suffering a "slight headache", has switched to wine. At which point Stalin presumably called him a pussy, fist-bumped Molotov, and cracked another bottle of vodka.
- The Final Battle of Dino Attack RPG gives us Dino Attack Team, Alpha Team, Agents, Ogel Drones, Chinese soldiers, Rogue Knights, and Brickster-Bots battling the Maelstrom, Mutant Dinos, Inferno agents, and Fright Knights, with XERRD switching sides midway through.
- Historical matchups such an Genghis Kahn vs. Alexander the Great have been discussed among scholars.