Nightmare Fuel / Death Battle

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     Season 1 
  • 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.
  • Peach's finishing move for Zelda. She kicks Zelda in the head with 160 times the power needed to decapitate her, and more than twice the amount of pressure needed to cause her head to explode.note  The move is so powerful that it outright gibs Zelda's head so hard the screen is temporary obscured with blood and fragments of of her brain and skull. Her shrill, echoing death screamwhich shouldn't be possible at that moment due to her head being gone — from Super Smash Bros. Melee doesn't help, either.
  • 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.
  • 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.
     Season 2 
  • 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.
  • 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 ends with Tails plunging a robotic hand into Luigi's chest, and he lets off a chilling death cry before expiring.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • Basically, it could be said that Nightmare would ultimately win regardless of what happened. Considering Guts' final fate, it makes a victory for Nightmare in the fight itself (had he been proven to beat Guts properly) look like a Mercy Kill in comparison. Of course, this obviously means that he would still be free to slaughter more people and take their souls, but at least Guts would have had a more quiet and dignified straight-forward death had things gone differently.
      • It gets worse. If the Beast of Darkness actually does take control of Guts, and Nightmare later faces him again, this could easily mean his soul will give Inferno all the more power for simply letting it fester. Suddenly this Pyrrhic Victory turns into an extended Xanatos Gambit that Nightmare may have thrown on purpose after testing Guts' strength!
  • 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.
    • 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 a 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.
  • 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.
     Season 3 
  • 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.
    • 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 magazine 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..
  • Amy Rose vs. Ramona Flowers. At the start, Scott Pilgrim was serenading with Ramona. Moments later, Ramona's beaten body lands in front of Scott before an arcade machine from Amy's tornado attack crushes Ramona and turns her into coins.
  • Hulk vs. Doomsday. Even if the former defeats the latter, Doomsday can be resurrected, and his Adaptive Ability means that the method used to kill him will not work again.
    • Doomsday's origin story, simply put. Even the hosts sound horrified.
    • Doomsday, in general, is portrayed rather creepily. In his post analysis video, instead of an awesome moment or witty one liner like most characters get, it's just him beating the shit out of Superman in total silence. And then once the battle itself starts, he's introduced by murdering a bunch of random civilians, including one poor sap who gets his head crushed with one hand.
    • After Hulk activates Worldbreaker, he and Doomsday perform a Punch Parry, creating an explosion that was visible from space and destroying every building in their vicinity.
    • We have a straight up hero versus full-blown villain battle and the hero lostnote  (although admittedly Hulk definitely falls into Anti-Hero territory).
    • The brutal death of The Hulk. Doomsday impales him several times with bone claws, overtaxing his Healing Factor and leaving him visibly helpless and exhausted, punches him in the face until the screen is covered in radioactive blood, and finally rips his head clean off.
  • This quote from Deadpool to Pinkie Pie.
    Deadpool: (pulls out a pair of handguns) Well, I'm gonna turn ya into glue!
  • Deadpool confronting the cast in the real world and seeming royally ticked off at them. While also funny, one wonders just what someone like Deadpool would've done to them if Pinkie hadn't dragged him away at the time.

     Season 4 
  • Scrooge McDuck vs. Shovel Knight
    • Sure, Scrooge is way stronger than he looks...But that doesn't change the fact that Shovel Knight essentially broke into a little old man's home and tried to kill him so he could rob him of all his treasure.
    • The killing blows. Scrooge decapitates Shovel Knight by stomping the Shovel Blade into his throat. Bad enough, but it takes THREE stomps to cut through him, and after the second you can see what appears to be the inside of his throat. One can only hope that he was killed or at least knocked out after the first strike.
    • After lopping off Shovel Knight's head, Scrooge, covered in blood (both his and his opponent's), pulls off one hell of a Death Glare at the rest of Shovel Knight's body as it sinks into the money pool. The McDuck clan's rage is the stuff of legend, but it takes a special type of fury to pull off a stare that brutal.
    • The result screen shows that Scrooge McDuck has decided to display Shovel Knight's decapitated head outside his money bin with a sign reading "Thieves Beware". Who would have thought an elderly duck could be so sadistic?
  • Venom vs. Bane
    • Venom's preview, much like Joker, isn't something set to awesome music, cool action scenes, or funny clips of various moments from fiction. It's moments of the symbiote taking over, putting Spider-Man in situations where he's almost killed, and other terrifying clips set to the end of his theme from Spider-Man 3.
    • During Bane's rundown, we see what happens when he decides to overload on Venom. It looks...very unpleasant.
    • Venom continues being a monster in the episode proper: he yanks two of Bane's minions into the darkness and eats them, constantly taunts Bane with a nightmarish voice and ends the fight by blowing Bane's head open and eating his brain. When Batman drops by after the fight, he can only look on in horror at what's left of Bane. You know you have a grisly sight when even the Dark Knight visually recoils at the sight of it.
  • Natsu vs. Ace
    • Ace completely disintegrates under Natsu's lightning-charged assault, and we get to see it in disgustingly close detail, as the page image above illustrates. It's not a quick disintegration either; it takes a few seconds for his skin to start to blister before properly burning, and his eyes boil away, as he screams all the while. It's not until he's little more than a charred skeleton about to crumble into ash that he's finally granted the mercy of death.
  • Sub-Zero vs. Glacius
    • Glacius melts off Sub-Zero's hand after Subby's Punch Parry goes wrong. Literally melts it off. It's not even his Ice Clone's— it's the real deal, and is still spraying blood when the real Sub-Zero stands victorious.
    • Sub-Zero pulls out Glacius' spine. Par for the course for him, sure, but unlike his home series, there's very little buildup. Glacius is standing triumphantly, two seconds later, Sub-Zero has cracked his shell like an egg and is standing over his shattered body, showing Glacius's spinal column to the world.
  • Android 18 vs. Captain Marvel
  • Metal Sonic vs. Zero
    • For those who had watched Eggman vs Wily, Metal Sonic's transformation into Metal Overlord can give an Oh, Crap! moment seeing as how he could effortlessly lay waste to both Eggman and Wily's armies, and then the entire world. Even though Zero manages to put him down, it's still chilling for those who have watched the spiritual prequel to the episode.
  • Lucario vs. Renamon
    • Lucario kills Renamon with an Impromptu Tracheotomy via its Bone Rush attack, leaving the Digimon suspended in the air by its neck until it dies. It's not a particularly quick way to go by Death Battle standards, either, as Renamon chokes on its own blood for several seconds while feebly grasping at its neck before going limp and ultimately expiring; its corpse being dropped onto the floor in a bloodied heap afterward.
      • According to the commentary, Renamon's death was going to be much more gruesome, with Lucario using Bone Rush to smash off its top jaw, then its bottom jaw, before finally killing the Digimon by ramming the bone down its throat, until it either choked to death or was impaled all the way through.
  • Balrog vs. TJ Combo
    • More squicky than nightmarish, but after TJ Combo activates Glory Days, he punches Balrog's arm so hard that it breaks and ends up flopping uselessly off his elbow.
    • In-Universe, the announcer says he's going to hurl after TJ uppercuts Balrog so hard his head gets launched into the air and crashes into the camera. It's honestly one of the more cartoony and humorous deaths on the show, but you get where he's coming from.
    • Also the part where Balrog shows just how ruthless he is by attacking the referee. And if a tweet hinting at the matchup by Torrian, where it shows two fighters and what he describes as a dead body lying on the ground, is anything to go by, the referee is DEAD.
    • Near the end, we get a nice scene of TJ beating the everloving snot out of Balrog - From Balrog's perspective!
  • Shredder vs. Silver Samurai
    • After the Silver Samurai succumbed to his wounds from his last fight, he wound up in Hell. Somehow, it got worse: he was brought before the Devil and was torn apart by the Devil's Soulcutter, a sword that leaves wounds that can't be healed. That is an astoundingly horrible fate for the Silver Samurai, who might have been an asshole, but also showed the capacity for human decency.
    • Silver Samurai's death. By far among the most brutal, and seeing the long the list above, that's really saying something. First, Super Shredder tears off Silver Samurai's left arm with a knifehand strike to his shoulder— with High-Pressure Blood for extra measure— and punches his Tachyon Blade clean through his eye socket, leaving his right eye hanging out. He then decapitates him, catches the head, and crushes it in one hand— all drawn in horrifying detail, including Harada's other eye bulging out of his skull and his bloody scalp bursting out from between Super Shredder's fingers as it happens. Really goes to show that while his portrayal is all over the place, Shredder does not fuck around.
      • And then just to rub salt into the wound, the KO screen shows Silver Samurai in Hell, getting smashed to pieces again by the aforementioned Soulcutter. Poor Ken Harada has probably gotten the absolute worst fate out of any Death Battle loser, besides maybe Bayonetta.
    • Depending on how you view Silver Samurai's morality, this fight is another case of the villain prevailing over the hero— or at least, a morally-gray mutant.
    • The brief shot of Super Shredder ominously walking towards Silver Samurai from the latter's perspective, complete with blank white Glowing Eyes of Doom. With his sheer size and spiked armor forming a monstrous silhouette and the forest burning down around the two as well from a deflected lightning bolt— Shredder looks far less like his usual self and more like a demon marching straight out of Hell.
  • Smokey growing to the size of a mountain and squashing McGruff's monster truck with him still inside, turning the dog into a bloody puddle. Up until then, the fight was Bloodless Carnage, and the Soundtrack Dissonance played during the final blow doesn't help matters.
  • The sheer abruptness of the killing blow in Thor vs Wonder Woman. One moment, Thor is stunned — the next, he's been stabbed through the back of the head, with Wonder Woman's sword sticking out of his mouth.
    • Thor when he enters Berserker Mode is pretty unsettling for such a heroic character. His body glows red and he smashes Wonder Woman into the ground with Mjolnir over and over. While his one-liner is mostly cheesy, this is a practically unstoppable Demigod who will stop at nothing to kill his opponent as brutally as possible.
    Thor: I'll kill you! I'll kill you dead!

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