Nightmare Fuel: Death Battle

Well, this show IS called Death Battle.

  • Harry Potter's scar being torn open and exploding as he screams in agony might be either this or Narm.
  • Metal Overlord destroying everything and everyone from Eggman VS Wily might be either this or a Moment Of Awesome.
  • 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.
  • 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 PSIs (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 living WMD. But keep in mind that Shao Kahn has BILLIONS of souls at his disposal! Think about that for a moment!
  • 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 Lugi
    • 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.
  • 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. Were this not a fight that HAS to end in death, one could be forgiven for considering it as him crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
  • 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?
  • 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.