Nightmare Fuel / Death Battle

This show is called Death Battle, so naturally there's going to be violence...
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  • Harry Potter's scar being torn open and exploding from Luke Skywalker's Shatterpoint as he screams in agony.
  • Neo Metal Sonic getting infected with Roboenza, absorbing the entire Egg Fleet and proceeding to transform into Metal Overlord with the sound of a Godzilla roar from Eggman VS Wily after is both this and a Moment of Awesome for it- particularly when it leads to it flat-out annihilating everything and everyone still left on the field- including both Eggman and Wily- and then single-handedly laying ruin to the World.
    Neo Metal Sonic: Kneel before your master.
  • Doomguy and Batman's corpses may be unnerving to some, despite how hilarious Master Chief teabagging Doomguy and Spider-Man's humorous quips may be.
  • Raiden's death. Thor splits him in half with his hammer and throws him into the sun. The expression on his face as he burns up is unnerving.
  • Donatello's death at the hands of Raphael.
    • Just the turtles fighting and willing to kill each other in general.
  • Superman's deep-voiced and deadpan "My turn..." before blasting Goku point-blank with laser vision is extremely scary to see for a hero normally thought of as nice and cheerful.
    • And after that, the skies darken and the landscape warps as Goku transforms into SSJ4.
  • For any Dragon Ball Z fan, seeing Goku get wiped out along with the rest of the planet as he fades into white similar to how Frieza and Cell have done so in the past can be this. And then it gets taken Up to Eleven when he and Supes wipes out the entire Earth.
  • He-Man vs. Lion-O
    • He-Man crushes the Eye of Thundera, which is the source of Lion-O's life force...and that of all other Thunderians. So yeah, He-Man basically committed genocide.
    • There's something unsettling about He-Man throwing a mountain at Lion-O. It might be because we get to see it from Lion-O's point of view, or because the mountain is, y'know, aside from being a huge object falling from the sky, rendered in three dimensions instead of two, unlike the characters.
    • The Eye of Thundera attacking He-Man fits here. He-Man breaks the Sword of Omens, then Lion-O, and walks off, content to allow Lion-O to live. Then the Eye just up and attacks him of its own accord. Not to mention it's shooting three other beams as well, meaning it's not able to control its own power. Plus it's just so freaking abrupt. Especially nightmarish for those not familiar with the Thundercats series, as there's hardly any prior indication that the Eye of Thundera could do this. Just a brief, easily-missed mention of the gem being sentient in the rundown, that's all. And when it does attack, dramatic orchestrated music blares out as the Eye produces some unearthly noise.
      • He-Man's reaction when the Eye attacks him. With all the hits Lion-O did land, such as getting blasted into a mountain and stabbed in the shoulder, He-Man didn't do more then yell a little and shrugged it off no problem. The Eye is what makes him scream.
    • Was anyone else unnerved by He-Man being so...happy, throughout the battle? He's still joyous and grinning even after brutally killing Lion-O, possibly unaware of what he's just done.
  • During SGC the creators spoke about the original ending to Batman vs Spider-Man. It sounded...horrific to say the least. Originally Spidey was supposed to web Batman in place and then spray webbing down Batman's throat until he either suffocated or exploded.
    • This death was eventually worked into the Pokemon Battle Royale, with Blastoise causing Charizard to burst with his cannons: cannons which, in the leadup, were said to have 90000 PS Is (pounds per square inch) of force. It is... messy.
  • Shao Kahn gained Psycho Powers along with flight after killing M Bison... Let's put that in perspective. Psycho Power weaponizes the soul of a person, turning him into a Personof Mass Destruction. One soul, half soul really, does at . But keep in mind that Shao Kahn has BILLIONS of souls at his disposal! Think about that for a moment! Shao Kahn ow has the equivalent destructive power the Earth's nuclear arsenal, several times over. And he's ''Shao Kahn''.
  • Peach's finishing move for Zelda. She kicks Zelda with ~160 times the power needed to decapitate her and with more than twice the amount of pressure needed to cause Zelda's head to explode.note  The move is so powerful it outright gibs Zelda so hard the screen is temporary obscured with blood and bits. Her scream (which shouldn't be possible at that moment) doesn't help.
  • When Bucky's bombs blew off Fox's legs, it was mostly thanks to Fox's cybernetic enhancements that he survived.
    • Honestly, Fox himself is more terrifying than Bucky's grenades. At the end of the fight, we get to hear Bucky choke as Fox wrings his neck, and watch his head get splattered all over the dirt by Fox's blaster. "You don't fuck around with Fox McCloud," indeed.
  • Terminator vs. Robocop had some of these
    • After getting sent careening into an exploding oil tank. Terminator rises up from the fire without his artificial skin, revealing his true form. Complete with glowing red eyes and noticeably more jerky movement coupled with the fire creating a hellish image.
    • Even after Robocop destroys half of Terminator's body, his other half still keeps coming at him. But it may also count as Nightmare Retardant since he is moving very, very, very slowly and missing 3 other limbs. Along with Robocop's nonchalant picking him up with one arm.
    • Then, as Robocop picks up said half-of-a-Terminator body. He warns Terminator that the fight is over. Terminators response? Slowly turning his head 180 degrees and give a deep, low, and slow "Noooooooot. Yeeeeeeeet." The guy really is a Determinator unlike any other Death battle combatant.
  • Tails vs Luigi
    • Tails is 8 years old. Either Luigi kills a child, or a child becomes a murderer.
    • Apparently, he's 11, but it's still horrific to see him plunge a robotic hand through Luigi's chest, partially because of his age and partially because the rest of the fight is free of gore.
    • Luigi's death cry is CHILLING, due to the brutality of the death itself and the way it echoes...
  • The Starter Pokemon Battle Royale
    • This battle adds two more entries to the Cruel and Unusual Death list. First up is Venusaur, who dies trying to escape Charizard's flames with an utterly terrified look on its face, and second is Charizard, who gets filled with water until it pops like a balloon. After this episode, you'll probably be thankful that Pokemon just get knocked out, no matter how absurd the power imbalance.
    • When Venusaur's plant is slashed off by Charizard, and blood/tissue is visible inside the stump despite it appearing to be made of wood on the outside. A minor detail, but noticing it makes that part so much worse.
  • Godzilla Vs. Gamera, despite being nose-bleedingly awesome, has a good deal of Nightmare Fuel to go along with the spectacle.
    • Imagine being one of the civilians caught in the crossfire between these two,. Considering all the buildings destroyed and the radiation generated by Godzilla, the death toll is likely in the thousands.
    • The fact that the hero of this battle dies to the villain. For the first time in DB, justice is foiled, and the more vile opponent is free to continue their rampage unchecked.
    • Godzilla towering over Gamera after shrugging off his blast like it was nothing, right before exploding him into bloody chunks.
  • Batman hanging Cap with his grappling hook, breaking his neck in the process coupled with a Sickening Crunch is certainly not a pleasant sight (or sound) to behold. Bats goes the extra mile and slices Cap with two with his own shield Batman stole prior. Guess there's a good reason why Batman usually doesn't kill.
  • Ryu flaying Scorpion to the bone... AND NOT KILLING THE NINJA WRAITH, the way Skeleton!Scorpion cricks his neck up for the first time is unnerving, spooky scary skeleton indeed.
  • Scorpion in general. Without game mechanics in the way, we get a pretty good look at how terrifying an unstoppable hellfire ninja would be. Everything Ryu did only served to slow him down a bit, showing Scorpion to be a truly powerful Implacable Man.
  • The promotion for the Funko Super Saiyan God Goku before the Kirby v. Majin Buu battle. What starts out as a simple lighthearted promotion suddenly turns into the climax of Toy Story, where SSG Goku begins to call out Ben Singer for the outcome of Superman v. Goku, much to Singer's horror.
  • Majin Buu shows off just how much of a terror he is in his fight with Kirby, trouncing him so hard he breaks his spirit and looming over him threateningly while charging up his strongest attack.
  • For any Dragon Ball Abridged fan, if it's true that The ending of Kirby Vs Majin Buu was a reference to Mr. Popo, then it's just as nightmare inducing as it is funny if the hosts were trying to compare Kirby to this!
  • Anyone familiar enough with BlazBlue lore would likely consider Ragna turning into the Black Beast to be this. In this state (which is irreversible by this point in the transformation), he's reduced to little more than a mindless killing machine, only concerned with the destruction of everyone and everything around him. And what little of his consciousness that remains is no doubt aware of the horrors he would do, yet be utterly powerless to stop it. Really, you could view Sol's victory to be a Mercy Kill in the long run.
  • Gaara vs. Toph, unlike Luigi vs. Tails, is a fight where at least one kid is guaranteed to die. Sure, Gaara will probably be in his teens for this fight, but he's still awfully younger than the average combatant on this show.
    • Both combatants try to kill the other in a similar manner, encasing them in sand/earth and compacting them. Only Toph succeeds. She then drops his armor off of the pillar that they were standing on, audibly shattering it. Thankfully, we're spared the sight of a horrifically crushed, bloodied, impaled, and mangled corpse that this would inevitably cause.
    • Gaara calmly telling Toph that he is about to tear her arms off with his Sand Coffin technique in his flat, baritone voice is creepy as hell.
  • Chuck Norris & Segata Sanshiro essentially destroyed the universe (or at least the one they were residing in) as a result of their fight, and they just didn't care at all. Now it's really no surprise for Chuck to show little to no emotions toward this, however Segata himself just caused the destruction of the company he saved from various disasters, as well as other loyal SEGA players, all for the sake of one man who refused to play his console.
  • Guts vs. Nightmare
    • Guts's analysis is every bit as horrible as you would imagine. Being born from the corpse of his mother, raised by a thoroughly abusive mercenary leader, and forced to watch his friends slaughtered and his girlfriend raped by demons his former best friend summoned have made him into a monster of unparalleled might at the cost of his mental well-being. His backstory is so nauseating that the hosts refused to explain a very... important event in his life: the aforementioned mercenary leader selling him as a child prostitute.
      • However, while the only thing said on the subject was Boomstick's line "Young Guts was constantly abused in many ways that I don't really want to go into.", the image shown at that time was a page of the manga concerning that.
    • Gut's ultimate fate during the battle itself. While he triumphs in killing Nightmare and shatters Soul Edge without losing his will to it, he was forced to use his Berserker Armor to do so, which will slowly kill him and can't be suppressed without outside intervention. Considering the fact that they fought in a place that is seemingly the middle of nowhere, that means Guts is essentially doomed to slowly die while losing his mind. In the end, it could be said that Nightmare got revenge for his defeat.
    • In addition, the question of Soul Edge itself. While shattered by Guts and Inferno destroyed by the Dragonslayer, it has suffered a similar fate several times by the hand of its own intended counter, Soul Calibur, and has returned every time. Who is to say that Soul Edge won't eventually reform, thus making Guts' sacrifice meaningless?
    • It might not even take that long- particularly considering all Guts really did to Soul Edge was break it in half and shoot it several times with crossbow bolts. Considering it's been established to function just fine in two or more pieces- which can reform upon mere contact- all that's needed is for Inferno to reawaken is for some other poor schmuck to pick it up. Then in all likelihood, once that happens and the two broken halves touch each other; just like that, Nightmare's back and Guts would likely be long-dead by that point.
    • While it wasn't mentioned in the episode, Soul Edge's power is highly infectious and mutagenic, effecting people based on how much darkness is in their souls and how much of its power they are exposed to. People with far less darkness in their hearts than Guts have been Malfested, and Guts received a massive dose of Soul Edge's power over the course of the fight. Soul Edge's also capable of effecting weapons, especially those that are already cursed, and the Dragonslayer imbibes the essence of demons it's slain. Thus, even if Guts didn't pick up Soul Edge itself, he very well may still end up as the next Nightmare.
      • Worse, Guts might end up becoming an entirely different demonic monstrosity. His own inner darkness is already sentient enough to actively struggle to consume him. It's entirely possible that not only could Soul Edge reform later, but the battle might have tipped Guts into giving in to his own evil completely with Soul Edge's infectious energy hastening the process. That world might be forced to contend with not just the Nightmare, but the Beast of Darkness as well.
  • Lex Luthor vs. Iron Man:
    • Lex's arrival; he kills two guards without even changing expression-just to steal a specific crystal over the freakin' Dragon Balls. Just a reminder the man is pure evil.
    • His "The Reason You Suck" Speech is also just as chilling as it is awesome, especially with the dramatic soundtrack playing in the background and Tony slowly kneeling down due to power loss.
    • Tony's "Playing human" speech, with him getting up in his suit from Superior Iron Man and his brutal disposal of Luthor. The suit is based on a symbiote, probably Venom's, which are known for amplifying people's darker personality traits and the speech itself is a reference to a time when Tony has been turned evil. Combined with brutality of his victory it looks like to defeat Lex Tony had to let out the very worst of him.
  • Beast vs. Goliath
    • Beast's death at the hands [or claws] of Goliath. Relentlessly slashed enough to make a HUGE puddle of his blood, and then Goliath digs his claws into Beast's chest and basically RIPS his upper body clean off.
  • Solid Snake vs. Sam Fisher
    • Grim's apparent death at the end of the battle. While she could have survived, Otacon basically destroyed the plane from inside-out not leaving much chance for survival or escape. Otacon's face appearing in static before it blows up makes it scarier, along with the fact that he's so nonchalant about it.
    • Both members were under the employ of the United States, though Snake was probably rogue by this point. But there's still Fridge Horror in why they ended up fighting each other.
    • The killing blow is gruesome, with Snake stabbing Sam through the head with a Karambit knife. The distinctive curve of the blade also means that it went through Sam's throat, and blood slowly oozes down his face from the exit wound at the top of his head as he staggers and falls. While it killed Sam nearly instantly, meaning that he would hardly have felt it, it's a pretty horrific way to die.
  • Goku vs. Superman, the rematch:
    • How does Goku die the second time around? He gets his brain completely incinerated by Superman's heat vision! It's quick, probably painless, and totally within Superman's power to do - doesn't make it the least bit less horrifying as we see it happen right before our eyes.
  • Continuing the 'Mario character VS Sonic character' trend, the Donkey Kong VS Knuckles battle is lighthearted and free of gore until the finishing blow, though one might consider it to be Bloody Hilarious, with Donkey Kong abruptly smashing Knuckles between his hands, causing Knuckles to be splattered.
    • Being based on a modified version of Sonson's Gorilla Hyper from Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Donkey Kong has most likely the most intimidating sprite out of any Death Battle character- with his sheer bulk, creepily long arms, the way he towers over Knuckles, and the unkempt patches of fur sticking up on his arms and body. And that's not even getting into some of the savage, enraged facial expressions he makes, particularly when he catches Knuckles eating one of his bananas.
  • Raiden vs. Wolverine
    • Raiden goes into Ripper Mode during his spat with Wolverine, the audience is treated to this sight.
    Raiden: (Laughs sadistically) It's time for Jack the Ripper, to let er' rip!
    • There's how Raiden finishes off Wolverine. After decapitating him, he proceeds to savagely keep slashing at his head until it's just pieces and laughs sadistically after he kicks it to bits. Boomstick's reaction says it all.
  • Hercule vs. Dan Hibiki
    • It might have been a hilarious way to go for us at home, but Dan exploding after accidentally ingesting one of Hercule's tablets and having a jukebox explode out of him is also not particularly pleasant. Even worse, he's well aware that SOMETHING is happening for several agonizing seconds before he dies, but he no idea exactly WHAT is about to kill him until it does.
  • Tifa vs. Yang.
    • How Yang kills Tifa: by grabbing a hold of her head and firing Ember Celica, with the recoil snapping Tifa's neck! Yang's VA Barbara (who was watching the fight during the live stream) was visibly mortified and jumped back a bit.
    • RWBY fans collectively cringed when they saw one of Yang's hairs floating freely - the last human to damage Yang's hair was beaten to a pulp for punching that Berserk Button. At this point, Yang powers up with a crimson Death Glare, and trashes Tifa so hard that she shatters the Premium Heart gauntlets, all while taunting Tifa with a venomous tone devoid of her previous mirth, then finishes the bout with the Neck Snap, and abruptly switches back to mirthful with coy one-liner. The sheer abruptness with which Yang switches from playful to vicious and back can be chilling to those who don't know the character well.
    • The fact that if Tifa won, she just killed the equivalent of a high school girl and would have taken away the only remaining member of her sister's Ruby's family who wasn't gone. And if Yang won, which she did Denzel is an orphan (again) and Marlene loses her caretaker, and Avalanche is down a leader, two leaders if you remember Cloud's defeat.
  • Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye
    • What happens to the loser. Hawkeye shoots a Pym arrow into Green Arrow's knee, shrinking him down. The corpse is then carried away by ants. Considering what ants do to dead bodies of animals they find, it's going to be ugly.
  • Red and Charizard vs. Tai and Greymon
    • Poor Red gets punched out by Tai, clearly having no idea what's going on. Unfortunately for Mega Charizard X, he doesn't know how to fight without Red commanding him, and gets slashed and cut up by WarGreymon's claw gauntlets as a result. This is followed by Charizard and Red getting incinerated by WarGreymon's Terra Force. Red gets this particularly bad, since Charizard falling on him breaks his legs, so he has no choice but to comfort the dying Charizard and wait for the inevitable. He's also 16.
    • The Digimon franchise has always used the Bloodless Carnage and Death Is Cheap tropes when their creatures tear each other apart, gut each other, and slice each other into pieces. This battle shows what happens when you pit that sort of destructive firepower against something made of flesh and blood where when it dies, it's dead for good.
  • Dante vs. Bayonetta
  • Bowser vs. Ganon
    • The moment when Ganon stabs Giant Bowser in the eye with his trident- complete with fitting sound effects and blood as one would expect- is not pleasant to watch, especially if you're a big fan of Bowser and/or sensitive to Eye Scream.
    • The death of Bowser is nothing to scoff at either. Bowser attempts to swallow Ganon whole and believes he did so for a brief moment... until he's surrounded by purple aura and begins shrinking and losing his color, which is actually Ganon decaying his body with a death curse, much like how he killed the Great Deku Tree. Eventually, this leaves behind only his skeletal Dry Bowser form, which Ganon then explodes immediately afterwards with a burst of dark magic as he finishes with a distorted Evil Laugh.
      • And then, just to rub insult to injury, the post-fight animation has Ganon telekinetically manipulating the late Koopa King's arm and leg bones and spinal cord to make a gruesome marionette.
  • Flash vs. Quicksilver
    • The Fact that neither combatant was actively trying to kill each other makes for Quicksilver's death, especially due to the fact that this was a race just to see who should deserve to save a falling girl.
    • Joker's reveal. Unlike most, it's not showing off how Badass or hilarious he is, it's showing how psychotic Joker is and how he can easily invoke fear by his actions alone.
  • The Joker vs. Sweet Tooth
    Joker: Killing someone from inside a tin can? That's no fun! The cold of their skin... The blankness of their eyes... The reveal, of who they really are... So much better when you savor all the little emotions...
  • Mewtwo vs. Shadow
    • How Mega Mewtwo Y finishes off Super Shadow. After the two turn into their respective super forms and fly off into the sky, Mega Mewtwo Y uses its mind-altering abilities to Mind Rape Super Shadow, wiping his memory clean and leaving him completely motionless in shock...just long enough for his Super Shadow form to run out of energy. Then as Shadow begins to fall, Mega Mewtwo Y summons its giant telekinetic spoon once more, launches it at him, and impales him all the way through with the blunt end.
      • It's not even certain if this immediately kills Shadow, as he's then seen falling into the ocean afterward with the spoon still through his chest. Drowning and impalement in one brutal swoop is just grim to think about.
      • He also fell into an ocean full of Carvanha. Imagine what could happen next.
    • Imagine being in Amnesiac!Shadow's shoes. You suddenly appear out of nowhere, not knowing where you are, and even why you are glowing gold. Then suddenly, the only person you see in front of you just straight up murders you. Dick move, Mewtwo. Dick move.
    • This battle is a reminder why fighting a telepath- especially one of Mewtwo's caliber- without any way to protect your mind, is a truly terrifying prospect. They can scan your brain for all of your attacks, weaknesses, and strategies in the time it takes them to think, and with a second thought can make you forget not just who you're fighting, but who you even are. This battle was a little under two minutes, but you get the feeling that the only reason it wasn't shorter was because Mewtwo didn't think that the little black, red, and annoying creature was worth the effort until it learned Shadow could stop time.
  • Meta vs. Carolina
    • The Meta is as terrifying as ever. His blank helm and eerie deathrattle-like breathing are creepy enough, add to that his status as an Implacable Man and you have one terrifying mass murderer. At one point Carolina staggers him by unloading an entire clip from her magnum into him, he just gets back up, throws his brute shot with enough force to open a gash on her chest and leave the weapon embedded in the wall and then starts beating the shit out of Carolina.
  • The vicious, painful way Cammy is killed, and the sheer amount of things she suffered before her death came.
    • After being introduced to heroic characters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Goku, Red, Tai, Ratchet, Yang Xiao Long, Astroboy and Mega Man, etc. The way Sonya fights is a bit more unnerving to those unfamiliar to Mortal Kombat. She uses hi-tech weapons to mutilate people, throws a dead body that she just killed, and throws stun grenades so that Cammy will be get filled with lead by her drone. And when everything is settled, Sonya breaks several of Cammy's bones and then rips her in half with her legs. And then just mocks her by blowing a kiss when the fight ended. Death Battle gives other characters the excuse of "no morals will get in the way of the match", but the things Sonya did in her battle would not seem out of the ordinary of what she would do in her home series..

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