The warriors can only know of each other if they do know each other in canon in both official universes (as seen with Leonardo strategizing in his match against his brothers). Otherwise, they cannot know each other's movesets. Even if they do know of each other in canon, no one is allowed to prepare for the fight (e.g. Batman and Spider-Man had to use their default weapons instead of using weapons designed to exploit each other's weaknesses, like Spider-Man's weakness to pesticides).
To prevent fighters from exploiting weaknesses of others for a cheap victory, a character's weaknesses normally only come into play if the enemy can find a way to detect a weakness (like how Superman and Terminator had x-ray vision) or if there is a specific reason why it cannot be exploited (such as Goku being too honorable to use Kryptonite on Superman). Other than that, if a combatant survives a match long enough, they may discover a way to counter the fighting style of their opponent (like how Black Orchid countering Ivy's whip, or Spider-Man knowing that Batman had explosive batarangs).
A battle has to end with the loser dying, or at least "dead" as far as physical forms are concerned (for example, being reduced to little more than a ghost, or gods and similar characters left with no working mortal avatar to continue fighting with).
Pacifist warriors will not have their peaceful nature interrupt the fight, and both combatants will have any personality restraints from killing removed. However, if their traditional arsenal uses nonlethal weapons, they cannot change it (e.g. Batman). They can only use lethal weapons if they have them as part of their regular arsenal.
All other traits will be represented with accuracy based on the warrior's canon universes (as stated with Goku, expanded universes, like GT, are only allowed to be mentioned if they do not conflict with the original canon, like the Dragon Ball manga). All consistent and canon sources available during the time of the episode's release will be examined by the hosts (for example, the old Star Wars Expanded Universe was accounted for Luke Skywalker because the Luke vs. Harry Potter fight was produced about two years before Disney banished all of it into Canon Discontinuity). If a specific incarnation of a character is chosen, the canon used will most likely be the most popular depiction (e.g. G1 Starscream, G4 Rainbow Dash, and post-Crisis Batman). The research will avoid biases.
B. If one warrior is allowed abilities from a non-canon source, the other warrior must be allowed to use their own non-canon sources as well.
C. Also, if a certain depiction of the warrior has them ridiculously overpowered or inconsistent (like Shao Khan turning into a hydra in the live-action films), or powers that would be difficult to examine logically, (e.g. pre-1986 Superman could destroy entire solar systems WITH A SNEEZE and could both "super-weave" and "super-shapeshift") then it will not be used.
D. Not every weapon owned by the warriors in every canon will be used. Instead, only the ones they are commonly using (as seen with Rogue or Batman) or their best or most iconic weapons (e.g. Link and Cloud were equipped with their best armor and magic) will be used.
E. If a warrior originated from foreign media, the American dub will not be used if it contradicts the original source in any way (i.e. Goku's abilities used the Japanese canon, not the English dubs and mistranslations — which for sake of example slowed down his Instant Transmission).
F. A piece of media that claims to be canon but clearly isn't will be avoided. For instance, the 1998 Godzilla film is not used to measure Godzilla's abilities because, as was shown in Godzilla Final Wars, the monster Zilla is clearly not Godzilla.
To get as many common abilities as possible, the warrior will be shown at their latest depictions or their oldest age as an active warrior (e.g. Harry Potter is depicted as he is at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when he learned all his skills, not while he was a young kid in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone where he only knew minor spells. Or Goku knowing Super Saiyan 4 and being 53 years old, which is his age in DBGT). However future canon will be avoided (some characters like Superman will gain more power in the future in DC One Million while some characters like Batman will grow old and weak like in The Dark Knight Returns.)
Summoning other combatants is not allowed unless the battle calls for it (like how Eggman and Wily fought with their armies). Unless the battle asks for multiple characters for each side, the combatants must fight alone, even if they are used to fighting with a partner (like how Pikachu wasn't allowed to have Ash command him).
B. The only exception is if the fighter uses a creature for an attack that can reasonably be replaced by a non-combatant projectile (like how Peach can summon a sheep that doesn't do anything but fly at the opponent and put them to sleep with contact, or the Goomba firing Mini-Goombas) or when the act would fall under using the environment to their advantage (like how Batman can summon bats from the surrounding area with his gadgets), but the fighter cannot be dependent on these creatures and, in cases of summoning as an attack, the creatures cannot act on their own (like how Link and Cloud were not allowed to use summons or fairies because the summons attack on their own once summoned and the fairies are sentient beings making a decision to help Link once he runs out of hearts).
The terrain chosen in the fight will either be a terrain from the fighters' franchises (like Superman's Metropolis or Goku's mountainous terrain) or would be a location that both warriors are experienced in (like Batman and Spider-Man fighting at night in a city). The area itself however doesn't matter nor play any role in determining the outcome of the battle, and even the entire battle itself is just a visual representation of the researchers' conclusions. The environment only becomes important if a character's skills use it, like with Leonardo hiding in the shadows or Chun-Li/Mai wall-jumping.
The fight at the end of the episode is not what determines the victor in battle. It is nothing more than a fun little dramatization showcasing most if not all of the research displayed beforehand of the combatants in action. The winners are determined before the battle through quasi-scientific analysis of their abilities, and the character with the objectively better abilities will win.
The fights so far, in order of airing are:
"Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran." Samus Aran wins.Reasoning Samus has superior weaponry and athletic skill, combined with Fetts' homing anti-vehicle rocket (his most powerful weapon) being inaccurate to human-sized targets.
"Akuma vs. Shang Tsung." Akuma wins.Reasoning Akuma is an incredibly vicious fighter, so his constant punishment and unmatched skills were more than what Shang Tsung's stamina could handle. Shang Tsung's versatility and power-stealing abilities weren't able to stop Akuma's brutal tactics.
"Rogue vs. Wonder Woman." Rogue wins.Reasoning Wonder Woman's outfit exposes a lot of skin, making it fairly easy for Rogue to steal her powers and eventually kill her with her touch.
"Mike Haggar vs. Zangief." Zangief wins.Reasoning Zangief is younger, heavier, larger, considerably stronger, and has been training all his life, whereas Haggar's training is distracted by a political career.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale." Leonardo wins.Reasoning Leonardo knows how to pick battles and knows the others inside and out, and has the deadliest of the weapons. Michelangelo suffered from a lack of discipline and overcomplicated weapons. Donatello's bo staff didn't have adequate killing power, and Raphael was weakened from fighting Donatello.
"The Winner of the TMNT Battle Royale vs. Zitz." Leonardo wins.Reasoning Zitz is a powerhouse compared to Leonardo, but Zitz's strategies always relies on overpowering foes, whereas Leonardo can rely on his ninja training to outsmart and outflank. When the fight moved to the darkness of the sewers, Leonardo was in his element, and the untrained Zitz just couldn't figure out what to do.
"Yoshi vs. Riptor." Yoshi wins.Reasoning Yoshi has been known to be able to take a beating, and his arsenal is varied thanks to his digestive system. He's also smart, being described as an incredibly intelligent species by Nintendo and possessing at least enough intelligence to drive a car.
"Felicia vs. Taokaka." Taokaka wins.Reasoning Taokaka has the superior agility, not to mention her razor-blade claws.
"Kratos vs. Spawn." Spawn wins.Reasoning The only weapon Kratos possesses that's actually capable of hurting Spawn is the Blade of Olympus, and Spawn has plenty of energy to feed on from Kratos himself, since he's covered in the ashes of his deceased family. In addition, even if Kratos pieces together only the Blade can kill Spawn, he would also need to know through unlikely odds that Spawn needs to be decapitated in order to die. And even then, Kratos would have to do so while dodging Spawn's array of superpowers that Kratos is not immune to.
"White Bomberman vs. Dig Dug." Dig Dug wins.Reasoning Dig Dug has the superior movement when below ground, and unlike White Bomberman, he has a way of controlling his opponent (stunning Bomberman with his harpoon). In addition, Bomberman's own weapons are just as much a danger to himself as they are to Dig-Dug.
"Vegeta vs. Shadow." Vegeta wins.Reasoning Base Shadow is no match for base Vegeta (let alone his Super Saiyan form) and Super Shadow has a time limit and isn't offensively powerful enough to kill Vegeta in such a short amount of time.
"Mario vs. Sonic." Sonic wins.Reasoning Outside of Power Ups, which are evenly matched, Sonic has the advantage thanks to his Super Speed. That and Sonic has a wider range of base abilities including Spin Dash, Spin Jump, and Boost while Mario's only remarkable base ability is jumping.
"Justin Bieber vs. Rebecca Black." It's a draw.Reasoning Bieber's fear of thrown objects kept him at a distance while Black's daredevil recklessness put her at just as much risk as it did her opponent.note Actual reason: Boomstick and Wizard hate popstars.
"Luke Skywalker vs. Harry Potter." Luke Skywalker wins.Reasoning Harry has an inherent weakness in his famous lightning-bolt scar that can be exploited with Shatterpoint (a Force ability). Most of his curses and spells can be blocked with Luke's lightsaber, and Luke's versatile Force powers are capable in both offense (pulling Harry's broomstick down to the ground) and defense (choking Harry to prevent him from casting spells).
"Chun-Li vs. MaiShiranui." Mai Shiranui wins.Reasoning Although outmatched in strength and hand-to-hand combat skill/experience, Mai has weapons (her metal fans) and superior energy-based attacks, and her ninja training makes her unpredictable to the formally trained Chun-Li.
"Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash." Rainbow Dash wins.Reasoning Rainbow Dash is fast and agile enough to dodge Starscream's missiles. Additionally, his Null Rays have no effect on organic life forms, and his extremely poor marksmanship negates the rest of his arsenal. Meanwhile, Starscream also has no way to counter techniques like the Sonic Rainboom and the Buccaneer Blaze. Rainbow Dash's speed is superior to Starscream (as well as to other Death Battle speedsters such as Metal Sonic and base Sonic). Even if they had considered a more competent version of Starscream, all incarnations of the Transformer are far better at fighting against larger, non-organic beings than small organic ones, such as Rainbow Dash. When one factors in how even high-tier Transformers have been beaten by humans much smaller than them, it seems likely that a minor Flying Brick with magical powers and Super Speed could triumph..
"Master Chief vs. Doomguy." Master Chief wins.Reasoning Although Doomguy is slightly faster, Chief has superior strength, agility, reflexes, and durability due to his augmentations, and is equipped with armor that can counter Doomguy's incredible offensive arsenal. Doomguy is also somewhat more dependent on power ups than Chief, and his armor isn't enough against Chief's futuristic arsenal. Lastly, Doomguy's trump card, the BFG-9000, can be negated by the Halo 3 Bubble Shield.
"Doctor Eggmannote With Hyper Metal Sonic, Silver Sonic, Mecha Sonic, Mecha Knuckles, E101 Beta MKII, Egg Robo, Scratch and Grounder, Shadow Androids, and an assortment of lower-level robo-mooks. vs. Doctor Wilynote With Bass and Treble, Metal Man, Guts Man, Pharaoh Man, Magnet Man, Slash Man, Sheep Man, Yellow Devil, and an assortment of lower-level robo-mooks.." Technically, a draw, with both Eggman and Wiley killed at the end by a Robeneza virus infected Metal Sonic at the end, declaring him the winner.Reasoning Wily's robots are used to working as a team, and solidly beat Eggman's forces... except for Metal Sonic, who is a whole different caliber. A few scans, a Chaos Emerald, and a Roboenza virus later, and the world is in ruins.
"Raiden vs. Thor." Thor wins.Reasoning Thor and Raiden are immune to each other's lightning, but while outside lightning Raiden's main power is martial arts, Thor comes equipped with million-ton hammer and the strength to wield it. Also, he has experience defeating clever foes like Raiden, given that his main enemy is his trickster god brother, Loki.
"Cloud Strife vs. Link." Link wins.Reasoning Link has the superior experience and is used to thinking on the fly, as compared to Cloud's predictable brute force style. The Hylian Shield is indestructible and combined with the Golden Gauntlets (which give him Super Strength) can block Cloud's Buster Sword, while the Master Sword weakens Cloud by purging his Jenova Cells.
"Batman vs. Spider-Man." Spider-Man wins.Reasoning Peter's Spider-Sense negates stealth and surprise, Batman's two greatest weapons. Unlike Batman, Spider-Man possesses superhuman strength, speed, and durability, having knocked out a dinosaur in a single punch, running 200 MPH in some canons, and survived grenades to the face and fights with powerful characters like Juggernaut. Batman has weapons but most are designed to be nonlethal. While Batman is an escape artist he needs time to escape from Spider-Man's webs, which have been known to restrain the Incredible Hulk. Batman's greatest feats, such as fighting the rest of the Justice League and succeeding, were only accomplished thanks to the amount of time Batman put into preparing a plan of attack (and prep time is banned in Death Battle), and even if Batman was allowed time to prepare, so would Spider-Man, who also possesses genius-level intelligence and cunning; lastly, albeit factoring in to his victory a lesser degree, Spider-Man already has some experience in fighting strategic, gadget-oriented opponents, as his main enemy is the Green Goblin, who possesses a similar style of fighting compared to Batman.
"Pikachu vs. Blanka." Blanka wins.Reasoning Blanka's survival skills, superior strength, resistance to electrical attacks, and size trump Pikachu's Glass Cannon abilities despite his lack of formal training. Pikachu's dependance on Ash for instructions and lack of techniques that can harm Blanka hinder him.
"Son Goku vs. Superman." Superman wins.Reasoning Goku's extreme tenacity and magical equipment combined with Superman's tendency to hold back only prolonged the inevitable. At the end of the day, Superman is simply stronger, faster, and tougher by many orders of magnitude. Taking into account the Super Saiyan forms, even when Goku is in Super Siayan 4, Superman is still at least 4.125 X 10^13 times stronger, 3 times faster, and 288 times tougher than Goku. In addition, Goku did not know Superman drew power from the sun, and he couldn't blow up the sun since the resulting supernova would incinerate Earth and Goku but not Superman (who has survived supernova explosions), as well as because Goku can't breath in space while Superman can. As for the argument that Goku could teleport Superman to a red star, Goku has no way of knowing that Superman is drained by red stars, and it would require concentration, which would be very hard when up against Superman. While Superman weakened by green Kryptonite would be defeated easily, Goku has shown various times that he refuses to fight weakened opponents. note While some fans have argued a rematch should be done with the new Super Saiyan God form, there are a few problems. 1. Its limits were not fully measured. 2. It requires six Saiyans to gather their energy, which is five too many for Death Battle. 3. Even if SSG did increase Goku's power to equal or surpass Superman's, that still wouldn't change the fact that SSG is a Super Mode that can't be kept up for too long while Superman's insane power simply comes from not holding back. 4. In the interest of fairness if Goku got to fight in his ultimate form then so would Superman (Superman Prime) which also presents similar complications as it essentially raises him to god-like powers as well.
"He-Man vs. Lion-O." He-Man wins.Reasoning He-Man's strength easily overpowers Lion-O's and He-Man is just as fast as Lion-O, if not faster. He-Man is more than strong enough to destroy the Sword of Omens, leaving Lion-O vulnerable, and his Power Sword can deflect all the energy blasts fired by the Sword of Omens
"Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison." (premiered at the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention 2013 on June 21, 2013) Shao Kahn wins.Reasoning Shao Kahn's battle experience of over ten thousand years in addition to the absorption of billions of souls, all of which grant him power, was enough for him to overcome for M. Bison's ruthless fighting style. In addition, Bison's soul-fueled Psycho Power isn't the best weapon against someone who eats souls for breakfast, neither is his ability to brainwash and psychically manipulate others against someone who has similar experience. Lastly, Kahn's otherworldly physiology means Bison's soul would find it much more difficult to possess if he had to.
"Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu." Strider Hiryu wins.Reasoning Hiryu's drones were able to match all of Hayabusa's ninpo arts, leaving the battle down to who has the advantage in strength, speed, and weaponry, all of which Hiryu is superior in (Hayabusa can cut someone in half with the Dragon Sword, he can dodge automatic fire, and he has a vast array of weapons at his disposal; Hiryu can cut someone in half with his bare hands, he can dodge anti-aircraft fire which is about 43% faster than rifle fire, and he has a plasma blade, Falchion, that can generate enough heat to cut through all of Ryu's weapons except for the True Dragon Sword, which, in and of itself, lacks enough impact to turn the fight around).
"Ivy Valentine vs. Black Orchid." Black Orchid wins.Reasoning Her ability to defeat the millennia-old warlord Eyedol when even the greatest warriors of the past failed highlights Orchid's superior fighting capabilities, as compared to Ivy's spotty win-loss record (3-4, to be precise, but 2 of the wins were rematches) within the Soul canon. While Ivy is able to outmatch Orchid in long-ranged fights, Orchid's ability to turn into a flaming panther and phase through attacks forced the fight into close combat, which Orchid is more skilled in. On the topic of Orchid's finishing moves, while Ivy is known for her infamously enlarged breasts, Orchid's are only a size smaller, meaning neither of them are capable of utilizing Orchid's more well-known finisher (where she flashes her breasts at an opponent, causing them to die out of sheer shock at how big they are) properly; finally, despite her experience in alchemy, Ivy would be unable to negate Orchid being able to turn her into a frog, as Soul Edge's protection does not fare well against other forms of magic.
"Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare." (premiered on November 8th, 2013) Fox McCloud wins.Reasoning Real-life food chain aside, both sides have distinct advantages, rendering the fight close. In space, the Star Fox team's Arwings outclass the Righteous Indignation in both maneuverability and defenses. On the ground, Bucky's acrobatics and Fox's reflectors both render the other's laser fire an irrelevant matter. With both having several advantages over each other (bravery vs. wits, land mobility vs. aerial mobility, etc.), the battle comes down to experience. Fox has fought in more wars than Bucky's rebellion, and single-handedly won all of them by himself, in comparison to Bucky relying on his squadmates on field missions.
"The Terminator vs. Robocop." (premiered on February 28th, 2014) Robocop wins.Reasoning While the Terminator is faster, more agile, and more "trained" (he has knowledge of combat and tactics uploaded into his AI), Robocop is stronger and tougher. He has survived bombs, lasers, falls from the tops of skyscrapers, and a 3000 psi hydraulic press and been absolutely fine afterwards; T-800/850 units have been obliterated by most of these things. Plus, Robocop still has the mind of Alex Murphy, meaning he has some human creativity that helps him outsmart machinery, and his arsenal was generally superior to that of his opponent.
"Luigi vs. Tails." (premiered on March 22nd, 2014) Tails wins.Reasoning Luigi has more combat experience, but Tails' flight and vastly superior speed allowed him to control the battlefield completely. He is also stronger (able to lift 10 tons, while Luigi can barely lift a radish the size of a car), far, far smarter (with an IQ of 300) than the plumber, and his gadgets make up for his weaknesses. In addition, the randomness of Luigi's greatest weapon, the Negative Zone, produces inconsistent results and is non-lethal in and of itself, as well as the fact that the Poltergust 5000, Luigi's other trump card, can be destroyed by Tails' bombs.
"Venusaur vs. Charizard vs. Blastoise Pokémon Battle Royale." (Premiered April 11 2014) Blastoise wins.Reasoning Blastoise has an incredible defense but isn't lacking in attack either. Charizard has an incredible offense but a weak defense, and since he can't learn Sunny Day naturally he can't counter Blastoise's Rain Dance move, which weakens him significantly. Venusaur's most powerful attack takes time to charge up, and the rest of his moveset is filled with double-edged swords and status-effect moves that merely weaken an opponent instead of killing them. Though the three Pokémon theoretically counter each other due to Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, when you mathematically break down the 7000+ ways the fight can play out, Blastoise wins 48% of the time, Charizard 35%, and Venusaur 17%
"Fulgore vs. Sektor" (premiered on May 16 2014) Fulgore wins.Reasoning Fulgore was heavily outmatched by Sektor with his speed and agility, being 250 pounds lighter and having the training of a ninja on his side, but Fulgore had the edge him in every other category by super-charging his nuclear reactor to overclock his weapons and armor and breaking Sektor's combos with pure brute strength. Fulgore also has more options than Sektor in melee, ranged, and defensive combat and has a better victory streak against his own Arch-Enemy (while Sektor has been repeatedly defeated by Sub-Zero, Fulgore barely lost against Jago only because Black Orchid stepped in.
"Godzilla vs. Gamera" (premiered at Screw Attack Gaming Convention, July 11 2014note The pre-fight analysis was lost due to Ben's hard-drive dying, but the battle wasn't. So instead of a proper episode, they used a powerpoint presentation and improvised script instead. The finalized episode was released on August 16 2014) Godzilla winsreasoning While Gamera is faster and smarter; Godzilla is 9 times heavier, much stronger, and vastly more durable, having tanked a city-busting meteor without flinching whereas Gamera barely survived a similarly destructive nuke. As Gamera's shell had been pierced by foes physically weaker than him before, there's no doubt that the much stronger Godzilla could overpower him. As for Gamera's fire absorption abilities, Godzilla's Atomic Breath is composed of pure radiation, so Gamera couldn't feed off of it. Finally, Gamera often needs two rounds of battle to defeat his opponent, the first to analyze them and the second to beat them, whereas Godzilla usually comes out on top the first time and actively prevents his enemies from running away until they're dead.
"Vegeta vs. Mewtwo. * Aired between Episodes 7 & 8 of season 2 ." The Internet wins.Reasoning The video itself was done as a playful Take That to the YouTube channel Silvermania, who recruited 30 other YouTubers to help create an odd 30-minute Death Battle parody. As such, Vegeta and Mewtwo destroyed Silvermania.
Action Girl: Almost all of the female combatants fit this trope. Also, this is the one case in history where Rebecca Black qualifies.
Actually a Doombot: Played by Dr. Wily in his battle against Dr. Eggman, using one of his classic dummies when it seems Wily has been stepped on by one of Eggman's mechas. It's noted that, if not for Metal Sonic going rogue, that level of preparation would be one of the reasons Wily would likely have taken the battle.
Adaptational Badass: Some characters are given a noticeable boost to their combat abilities to make the fights more interesting. Bieber and Black are the stand-out examples.
Advantage Ball: Because the fights are made after the research is made and are for viewing purposes only, the ball is passed around like a hockey puck. One exception is in "Rainbow Dash vs. Starscream", where Rainbow holds the Advantage Ball for the entirety of the fight. They note it's a trait of Starscream's not to hold the ball. She wins, too, in what is literally the only full Curb-Stomp Battle in the show's history.
A point in "Goku vs. Superman" is that Superman consciously keeps his strength at just enough to win the fight. As Goku powers up, Superman holds back less and less and in using the Solar Flare and blasting him to the sun, Goku handed Superman the ball a few times.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: After getting infected by Roboenza, Metal Sonic goes rogue and kills everyone in the battle between Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily.
The Alcoholic: Boomstick is implied to be one; it apparently led to his divorce...
Boomstick: (when discussing Link's hookshot) Man, that really would have helped to get that last beer all those times... probably still be married. Wizard: Doubt it.
That's not the only episode that has him mentioning beer either:
Boomstick: (about Batman's utility belt) That belt has pretty much everything. Grappling hooks, smoke bombs, beer... okay, maybe not that last one, but mine would.
Boomstick: (on the topic of Lion-O's Sword of Omens) And it even comes with a tractor beam, which is great for when you're on the couch. "Sword of Omens, bring me snacks beyond snacks! ... And a beer."
Alternate Ending: In the premium-exclusive video for Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison, rather than fight, the two form a friendship (complete with the Mortal Kombat text signifying a win by friendship), and travel the world together, destroying the heroes of their respective series in the process.
Ambiguously Gay: Wiz comments on He-Man and Lion-O having "questionable sexual orientation" in the video introduction. The pre-fight has Lion-O call He-Man a "muscular fiend" and He-Man has an bemused reaction to the size of Lion-O's sword. * The Sword of Omens, pervert.
Artificial Limbs: All members of the Star Fox team amputate their legs and replace them with cybernetic ones so as to keep their blood from rushing to their feet while flying their Arwings. These legs of Fox's get blown off during his fight with Bucky. Not that it stops him from getting close to Bucky, driving him to the ground, choking him, and delivering a point-blank charged blaster shot to his face.
Angrish: Starscream lets out an enraged "GYYYYAGH!!" during his fight with Rainbow Dash after she "tags" him.
The "Pikachu vs. Blanka" fight ends with the two combatants colliding with their Volt Tackle and Lightning Cannonball, respectively. Blanka very abruptly ends the fight by grabbing Pikachu and biting his head off.
"Goomba vs. Koopa" ends with the Koopa being knocked around back at Goomba and into a lava pit, killing everyone with little fanfare.
Also the end to "Vegeta vs. Shadow" after barely stopping Vegeta from hitting the planet with the moon, Shadow prepares his most powerful attack to finish the fight. Too bad his Super form runs out just then, making him an easy kill for Vegeta.
The "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash" fight ends with the latter demolishing the former by getting him blown up by his own missiles, so it looks as though Rainbow Dash wins. But then, out of the wrecked remains of Starscream floats his Spark, which gloats that Starscream is invincible and can never be defeated, as though the battle is going to continue. While the Spark gloats, Rainbow Dash simply eats it, thus officially winning the battle.
Anything That Moves: Boomstick has this kind of personality, to wit when discussing Felicia's... "attire"
Boomstick: What the hell? I thought we were talking about a deadly demon warrior and... is she naked? Wiz: Yes. Boomstick: But... she's a cat! Wiz: Yes. Boomstick: Hmmmmm... you'd think it'd be wrong to— Wiz: YES!
The outcome of "Dr. Eggman vs. Dr. Wily" implies a Class 6 or Class X. The same episode also suggests the death battles happen in alternate universes, given Boomstick's line of "Well, that world's fucked! Our bad."
"Goku vs. Superman" is clearly a Class X.
Apologetic Attacker: Played with by the winner of Spider-Man vs. Batman; of course, as his opponent was just turned into paste by a webbing-based human slingshot moments before, his simple "sorry 'bout that" doubles as a Bond One-Liner.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While listing Orchid's various flaws and downfalls, Wiz and Boomstick cap it off with their disgust at how she "traded her lightsabers for tonfa."
Ascended Extra: During the Haggar vs. Zangief fight, Princess Peach was launched out a window in a skyscraper the two combatants were duking it out in. Peach then fights Princess Zelda about 15 episodes later.
They're aware of the people suggesting Superman vs. Goku all the time. — it's the 25th Death Battle!
The remake of the Starscream and Rainbow Dash fight has them list Dash as being "20% cooler" than Starscream.
Aside from the Derpy Hooves cameo, at one point in the battle, when Starscream is being his usual treacherous self and trying to get Rainbow Dash to lower her guard, two really great ones pops up. First, Starscream claims "I'll join the herd!" This is quickly followed by Rainbow Dash saying how she should "Love and tolerate."
Doomguy's chainsaw is referred to as "the great communicator" which can "rip and tear through anybody".
During Wily's overview, Pharaoh Man is mentioned by Boomstick to be "known for being a little punch-happy", complete with clip.
Memetic lines in general are used once or twice in fights that contain dialogue.
Could Boomstick really have ended Batman's overview with anything but calling him "the goddamn Batman"?
Aside Glance: Rainbow Dash, after eating Starscream's Spark.
Ass Pull: Invoked. Boomstick flips out when he sees He-Man repairing a broken chain by simply touching the two halves back together. Wiz and Boomstick calls this plus the other impossible feats He-Man and Lion-O performs "80s [Lazy Writin'] Magic".
A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: The Fox vs. Bucky animation turns out to be one for Bucky O'Hare. Killing the wrong toad leads to the deaths of him and his crew members.
This works against Wonder Woman during her battle against Rogue. Wonder Woman's combat training taught her to strike the weak points of the human body, including the face, the only part of Rogue uncovered. This in turn allowed Rogue to absorb some of Wonder Woman's power and temporarily stun her, giving Rogue an opportunity to absorb even more of Wonder Woman's abilities and give Rogue enough power to defeat her.
Superman uses his super vision to find Goku's to paralyze him temporarily.
Near the end of Robocop vs. Terminator Robocop sticks a detonation charge at where the Terminator's waist hinge is.
Author Appeal: Wiz and Boomstick are huge fans of Haggar. Too bad he lost against Zangief.
It's clear that the Death Battle crew, if not the folks at Screw Attack, love Street Fighter; not only do they tie with Super Mario Bros in having the most competitors from a single series (a total of 5, with Akuma, Zangief, Chun-Li, Blanka, and M. Bison), but they tie with Marvel Comics for having the most amount of winning characters from a single series, with only Chun-Li and Bison having lost their respective Death Battles.
It's clear that both Wiz and Boomstick adore Bucky O'Hare, the inanity of the world he lives in, and his infectious theme song, and are audibly sad when Fox wins their duel.
Back-to-Back Badasses: Done briefly in Eggman vs. Wily, when Metal Man and Slash Man take on some of Eggman's henchmen with little difficulty.
Bucky O'Hare — comes close to victory, but loses in a respectably close fight.
Tails and Luigi both could qualify for Badass Adorkable.
Badass Boast: Since fighter analysis ends with an scene of the character, you sometimes get these. The most notable is the "Son Goku vs. Superman" fight, which ends with Goku's Super Saiyan transformation speech against Freeza and Superman's "World of Cardboard" Speech.
A nice one by Metal Sonic after Roboenza infects him.
Metal Sonic: Kneel before your master.
Badass Pacifist, Martial Pacifist and Technical Pacifist: All three are subverted. Many warriors who normally avoid killing their enemies can only win their fight by showing no mercy, and in Death Battle the character will not be depicted as holding back in order to make the fight fair.
Harry Potter is allowed to use the Killing Curse as someone with his high skill level with spells could in-theory use the spell.
Batman tries to kill the superhuman Spider-Man with weapons designed to be non-lethal against normal people. Spider-Man also has superhuman strength and so can easily beat a normal person to death which gives him an advantage against Batman. Many of Spider-Man's villains have superhuman durability to begin with, so the lethality of Spider-Man's punches are rarely shown as it takes longer to take down characters like Green Goblin or Rhino.
He-Man is against violence, so he tries not to beat his enemies to death. Realistically, the 'strongest man in the universe' who can push moons and fight Superman is going to be able to beat almost anyone to death (including Lion-O).
Superman is one of the best examples because while his strength constantly changes from levels of sunlight and Superman's struggle over mastering his powers: the most important reason why Superman does not beat his enemies to death is because of precise muscle control. Superman can change his strength level to defeat but not kill anyone he fights, which he does because Superman is against murder or killing. This is why Superman can punch common thugs and bank robbers without instantly killing them from the impact. However, when Superman shows no mercy, his powers skyrocket and allow him to slay foes as powerful as Darkseid.
Ryu and Strider both fire energy attacks at each other simultaneously at one point in their battle.
Venusaur and Charizard engage in one of these. It ends up turning the forest the three starters are fighting in into a wasteland.
Fulgore used both his eye and chest beams in his battle against Sektor.
Beat: As a Running Gag in the He-Man vs. Lion-O battle, whenever the former does something impressive, a chorus bellows out his name. After Lion-O blows up a mountain He-Man threw at him with the Sword of Omens, He-Man charges Lion-O and slugs him. A moment of silence passes... then, "He-Man!"
Wiz really doesn't think highly of Michelangelo, so no points for guessing who ends up dying first in the Turtles' battle royale. They acknowledged that one before the fight.
Wiz: And for some reason, in all of his infinite wisdom, the great Master Splinter gave the most complicated weapon to the retard of the group. Why? (beat) Boomstick:Mikey's not gonna win this fight, is he? Wiz: He'd better not!
Meta example: At least one viewer will have their button pressed when their preferred character dies.
Wiz got a little mad about Boomstick calling Link a fairy repeatedly, plus he was equally upset when a viewer said Boba Fett's cold-resistant armor should have given him immunity to Samus' ice beam.
This is why the hosts discounted Silver Age Superman for the Superman vs. Goku fight. Compared to Superman's appearance in other times and other media, Silver Age Superman's strength, abilities and powers range far and wide. Establishing any kind of internal logic with such an overpowered character wasn't feasible.
At the start of his battle, He-Man declares that he's going to "do something normally considered impossible" and the hosts noted in his analysis that he has accomplished such things in the past.
Link vs. Cloud is the only fight where there is little blood shown or a clearly fatal injury committed at any stage in the fight. From the looks of things, Cloud gets cut in the neck and is visibly blown up by bombs by Link, but his body remains whole even after the explosion, cut and the decisive blow right after with no visible bleeding.
The "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash" also counts as while Rainbow is organic, Starscream isn't and he failed to land any blood-letting hits on her.
Not to mention "Chun-Li vs. Mai Shiranui". Sure, Chun was burnt to a crisp, but still no blood.
Arguably, "Son Goku vs. Superman". Although if you look closely, you can see blood when Goku hits Superman with his pole…
Also averted in "Luke Skywalker vs. Harry Potter," when Harry's sectumsempra curse slashes Luke and quite a lot of blood ends up spilled.
Luigi vs Tails… until that last attack.
Averted in Godzilla versus Gamera. Gamera bleeds heavily when he loses an arm and Godzilla bleeds heavily when he tanks Gamera's Mana Beam.
Boomstick: Those other shirts were sure cotton off guard!
Boomstick: Which forced Harry to lose the battle.
Boomstick:Chun-Li's never looked hotter.
Boomstick: She (Rainbow Dash) put the "pwn" in "pony"!
Boomstick: This fight was nuts!
Boomstick:Peach sure fleeced Zelda in this fight!
Boomstick: Well, at least Raiden's finally found his place in the sun.
Boomstick:Cloud should've had his mind on more than just the Master Sword!
Boomstick: And all of Wayne's money and the commissioner's men, couldn't put Batman together again.
Boomstick: Everything was going well until Pikachu lost his head.
Boomstick:Goku just Kaio-can't keep up with the Man of Steel.
Boomstick: See, and you all thought you'd never see He-Man pound a pussy!
Boomstick:Shao Kahn sure had a final soul-ution for Bison.
Boomstick: Looks like Strider really floored Hayabusa.
Boomstick: It was a good fight, but in the end, Ivy croaked.
Boomstick: In the end, Bucky choked.
Boomstick: The Terminator almost had a victory. Until it blew up in his face.
Boomstick: Looks like Luigi was outfoxed.
Boomstick: That's the most exciting thing that's ever happened in that place.
Boomstick: Blastoise H2Owned.
Boomstick: In the end, Sektor got ro-blown up.
Boomstick: Looks like Godzilla put Gamera through living... shell.
Book Ends: "Mario vs. Sonic" and "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash" both start in one place, travel through other areas (a mountain and lake for "Mario vs. Sonic", the sky for "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash") and then end back at the same place they started.
Boom, Headshot: At the end of the fight between Fox McCloud and Bucky O'Hare, Fox manages to tackle Bucky to the ground and get him in a chokehold; with Bucky unable to fight back, Fox charges up a blaster shot and blows Bucky's head to pieces.
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: During the post-fight analysis, it's brought up how Fox will tend to go at missions on his own, often at his own request.
Boomstick: Like a real man... fox. Fox-man!
Brick Joke: When the two hosts bring up how He-Man once fixed a broken chain by touching the two ends together, Boomstick flips out over this, asking how that could be possible; Wiz replies with the simple answer of "lazy writing magic." Later on in the episode, while examining Lion-O's feats, Wiz expresses a similar amount of confusion, which is met with his own reply by Boomstick.
In the same episode, Lion-O's control over felines allows Battlecat to turn against He-Man; He-Man responds by uppercutting Battlecat into the sky. By the time the fight ends, Battlecat lands and starts eating Lion-O's corpse.
Also in the same episode, we have Wiz stating that the only thing Lion-O copied from Superman would be their origin stories (young children from dying planets send to other worlds to preserve the species); but while discussing his weaknesses, he briefly mentions thundrainium, little more than the ThunderCats version of kryptonite, and promptly apologizes for lying.
Partway through Ivy vs. Orchid, Boomstick makes a few remarks about the size of Orchid's breasts; once Wiz brings up how she can flash her foes into having a heart attack, Boomstick prods the viewers about assuming his earlier comments were just his usual perversion.
As of season two, Shao Kahn has also broken Mortal Kombat's losing streak of 2 episodes.
Brother-Sister Incest: Despite being siblings, it's pointed out that Orchid's flash finisher still works on Jago. His brief appearance in the fight has Orchid flashing him, possibly to get over Ivy having a bigger pair.
Brought Down to Badass: In a meta (and highly ironic) sense, Batman. He's been elevated to godlike capabilities with the proper amount of prep time, but he gets no time to prepare for his battle against Spider-Man. Calling him a push-over in his "de-powered" state, however, would be like saying the Green Goblin is a perfectly sane individual.
Bullet Hell: At the end of the fight between Spider-Man and Batman, Spidey unleashes a hail of webbing upon Batman, eventually trapping the Dark Knight in a web, setting him up for the killing blow.
Butt Monkey: So far, we've had two: Starscream and Michelangelo. The former suffered a Curb-Stomp Battle to Rainbow Dash. During the character breakdown for the latter, only his negative attributes were shown, to demonstrate why he sucks compared to his brothers, and how they don't want him to win the fight. Come time for the battle, he dies within the first 30 seconds.
Season 2 introduces Cringer/Battlecat, who gets forcibly transformed against his will, punched into the sky by He-Man when Lion-O attempts to use Battlecat against him, and is revealed to have been spayed and neutered in a PSA.
Slippy gets unceremoniously killed off before the Fox vs. Bucky fight even begins.
Wizard refers to Luigi as "Nintendo's whipping boy".
In He-Man's intro, he's described as having fought Superman. You know, that one guy who can lift entire planets and maybe killed your favorite person ever.
In the same episode, the two hosts bring up how Lion-O's enhanced strength and speed "make it unlikely for curiosity to kill this cat, unless he's distracted by pretty objects;" while this is being said, the screen shows Felicia and Taokaka playing with a butterfly, a scene taken directly from their Death Battle.
Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison is one huge Call Back to Akuma vs. Shang Tsung. It's the second match of its season and involves a Street Fighter antagonist fighting a Mortal Kombat antagonist, just like its predecessor. More subtly, Shang Tsung threatened to take his enemy's soul in the preview, but failed. Shao Kahn makes no promise, but succeeds where his underling failed.
In Strider Hiryu vs. Ryu Hayabusa, while Wiz describes the "security system" of the Dragon Sword, Boomstick points out that he could use some added protection for his car. He must not have gotten it fixed after Riptor fell into it.
During Goku and Superman's fight, when Goku activates his Kaio Ken, Superman says "Kaio-What?" referencing a gag from Team Four Star's Dragon Ball parody series. Masako X of Team Four Star was voicing Goku during this match.
Before this, Lanipator and Takahata101 had voiced the "Vegeta vs. Shadow" Battle, which contained a reference to the majestic Space Duck... lett.
Cat Fight: "Felicia vs. Taokaka" takes this trope to its logical extreme.
Chainsaw Good: One of Doomguy's weapons. Surprisingly, it was never used during the actual fight.
If it's mentioned during the rundown of the combatants, there's a good chance it'll be used during the fight.
A rare mid-fight example came during the "Peach vs. Zelda" battle, when a Sleepy Sheep that was deflected into the air near the beginning of the fight ends up clonking Zelda on the head much later on. It provides the opening Peach needs to use her Empress Peach Mega Strike, directly leading to Zelda's defeat.
Climactic Volcano Backdrop: Subverted in "Mario vs. Sonic"; they do eventually make it to the inside of a volcano... but said volcano is full of bob-ombs, which promptly explode and send the two fighters flying without a single punch being thrown.
Cloud Cuckoolander: Boomstick. He wonders why Spidey doesn't shoot his webs out his rear "like a real spider" and has considered the possibility of making a rifle that fires babies.
Ivy vs. Orchid has a prominent example.
Wizard: (discussing Valentine, Ivy's Whip Sword) The blade is also sentient, as Ivy used her alchemy with the hand of Nightmare, who then breathed life into it. Boomstick: Wait, so the hand breathed life? How is THAT possible!? Wizard: (beat) Of all the things I've said, that's what you question?
Colony Drop: Vegeta does his best Donkey Kong impression during his fight with Shadow by punching the moon towards Earth, forcing Shadow to use up his remaining energy to restore it with Chaos Control.
Goku is a combination of original manga, filler, movies and GT.
Eggman is considered the same character in the games as the one in thecartoons, all chalked up to a unique personality disorder.
The Terminator has the weaponry and equipment of all four terminators of the films and oddly the Terminator 3: The Redemption game. Likewise, Robocop is based off of all three films, his live action series', and the cartoon series, but not the 2014 reboot.
Fulgore is a combination of all his forms from his previous games.
Godzilla and Gamera have completely different personalities throughout their own franchises but their abilities are relatively consistent throughout.
Tails is a mix of the games, SATAM, and the pre-reboot comic. Although in the comic, Tails' parents are still alive.◊
Wiz: Yoshi has a large arsenal of eggs to use as lightweight projectiles and can even create a giant egg-shell to use as an all-encompassing shield. Boomstick: What is it with creatures from the Mario universe usin' their babies as weapons? Is it that effective? I'm gonna have to test this out, maybe some sort of baby-launcher… Wiz: Boomstick! That's a terrible idea! Any time you'd want to reload, you'd have to wait nine months!
Cool Pet: played straight when Cringer transforms into Battlecat, who possesses as much strength as He-Man. Summed up in this exchange:
Wiz: Battlecat is so powerful, it's said if he doesn't turn back to Cringer, he could go on an unstoppable rampage. After all, he is half-tiger, half-dragon.
Boomstick:Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme!
Cool Sword: They crop up on occasion; examples include Link's Master Sword that works stronger against evil forces; Kratos' Blade of Olympus, the only weapon in his arsenal that can kill Spawn; and Lion-O's Sword of Omens, which grants him power beyond power and has a whole lot of beams at its disposal.
Cool vs. Awesome: The premise is super heroes / super villains, space mercenaries, robots, and gods duking it out.
Crack Fic: On occasion, the matches can wind up like this in a big way.
Such as "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash". Though there's a logical explanation for Starscream and Rainbow Dash to be paired up, due to their most prominent and defining attributes being polar opposites — Starscream being a chronic backstabber, while Rainbow Dash is the very Element of Loyalty. Also, Hasbro's two most famous animated franchises are My Little Pony and Transformers, both characters are the The Lancer to their respective teams, and Rainbow Dash is the #1 flyer in Equestria while Starscream is (nominally, at least) the Air Commander of the Decepticons.
Wiz: Television has been used to market toys to boys and girls for generations. Ranging from G.I. Joe to Barbie, and Transformers to My Little Pony. Boomstick: Are we really doin' this? Wiz: Yes. Yes we are.
The "Link vs. Cloud" fight had some leftover models... used for... something.
Crazy-Prepared: Link and Batman lack superhuman abilities and Tails has few abilities outside of using his tails. However these combatants brought literally dozens of weapons to their fights, and with their intelligence and strategy can adapt to most situations, even when fighting enemies that would normally overpower them.
Link and Tails won their battles because of this. Their adaptation and strategy was able to counter their foes' superhuman powers and exploit any weaknesses. However Batman did not win because while he clearly has an unlimited supply of weapons and gadgets, he never brings lethal weapons to a fight and does his best not to kill his opponent. Since Death Battles require a combatant to murder their enemy, Batman was vulnerable despite his tools, especially when fighting someone with superhuman durability like Spider-Man. Also while many of his feats are amazing, Batman normally wins battles against superhuman opponents by exploiting their weaknesses by preparing his arsenal before-hand. Spider-Man has a history of being Crazy-Prepared as well, so if Batman was allowed to exploit Spider-Man's weaknesses (like his weakness to pesticides) then Spider-Man would be allowed to exploit Batman's weaknesses, which would lead to too many random assumptions.
Crippling Overspecialization: The de facto decider of battles when strength and experience are more or less matched is that the fighter with the bigger bag of tricks has the edge.
Wonder Woman and Chun-Li are formally trained fighters, making them poor match-ups for their respective opponents, as Wonder Woman would eventually hit Rogue's uncovered face, causing a power absorption, and Mai's ninja training made her too unpredictable.
While Kratos wasn't held back by his training, his weaponry was forged by Olympians, which the video noted wasn't a different plane of existence like Heaven, and wouldn't necessarily be able to kill Spawn.
Zelda is extremely powerful and experienced, but it's specifically noted that her power and experience are almost entirely in areas unrelated to combat, leading to her defeat by the less magically potent but more athletic Peach.
Boomstick noted that Raiden's main method of attack, electricity, is useless against Thor.
Cloud has a much more predictable and forward fighting style compared to Link, who collectively has over 15 years of dungeon-crawling inventory and technique to work with.
While Batman technically has greater skills, Spider-Man's spider-sense negates his biggest advantages.
Blanka could resist Pikachu's Electric-type attacks and Iron Tail is ineffective against electricity. Much like in Thor vs. Raiden, it all came down to brute strength and endurance, which Blanka had the edge in.
Riptor is considerably stronger in a fist fight, but tooth and claw could only get him so far against Yoshi, who's weaker in that category, but contains a much more diverse arsenal; especially his ability to eat Riptor's acid and redirect it into his face.
Also shows up with the Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash fight. Starscream's Null Ray is specifically designed to work on machines; Rainbow Dash is organic, and thus it had little effect on her.
Batman having his torso slingshotted off by Spidey.
Blanka eating Pikachu.
Shao Khan ripping M. Bison in half and consuming his soul.
Ivy Valentine getting turned into a frog by Black Orchid, then being squashed flat.
Luigi being punched directly through the chest... BY AN EXTENDO-GLOVE!
Venusaur getting its plant violently torn right off, then burned alive while writhing in agony, clearly terrified, and Charizard getting its wings torn off and then having water sprayed down its throat to the point where it explodes like a balloon.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: Goku thinks that, since Superman is an alien, he came to destroy the earth. This is exactly what happens when Superman uses the Infinite Mass Punch to kill him.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Some Death Battles end up more one-sided than others. Even in some fights where the combatants are evenly matched, the post-battle analysis sometimes shows that the gap between the combatants is actually a lot bigger.
"Rainbow Dash Vs. Starscream". Poor Starscream never had a chance thanks to a combination of his ineptitude and Rainbow Dash's speed.
Metal Sonic is a match for every one of Wily's Robot Masters combined. A Power-Up or two is all he needs to kill most of them. Then Wily uses his Roboenza virus to defeat him, which turns robots into violent traitorous killing machines. Metal Sonic destroys and absorbs Eggman's entire Egg Fleet, transforms into Metal Overlord, and kills everybody left on the field — Bass, Eggman, Wily; everyone — along with the entire city.
Another case was in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one, where Leonardo attacks Michelangelo and kills him in seconds. It was noted in the aftermath that Leo went after Mikey because he was the easiest target.
"Vegeta vs. Shadow", it becomes clear immediately that Shadow is no match for Vegeta outside his super form, and even while in it, the best his attacks could do was make Vegeta angry.
Every time Superman matched and countered Goku's strength, he handed him his ass. During the post-match analysis, Goku and Superman's limits are shown. Goku never stood a chance. And this was in a fight that even counted filler and GT. Supes would've — non-fatally — had this in the bag if they didn't count the telekinesis from DBZ filler used to eat the senzu bean after Superman paralyzed Goku early in the fight.
To elaborate- Superman outclasses Goku toughness, strength and speed by several orders of magnitude; he can survive multiplesupernovas; he can move 6.6 quintillion tons (his maximum potential strength from absorbing solar energy is actually limitless- cut to a scene where he lifts 200 quintillion tons); and he can fly at 17 'billion km an hour. Goku can "only" survive up to a 34.7 sextillion megaton explosion (roughly equivalent to an exploding superstar- ie. one large supernova could kill him), "only" lift 160,000 tons; and can "only" fly 2 1/2 billion km an hour. Although Goku could feasibly win with knowledge (eg. teleport Supes to a red sun, or otherwise try and kill Supes when he was weak) that would require Goku both acting dishonourably (ie. out-of-character) and would require giving Superman knowledge of Goku to make it fair (meaning Supes would know to take Goku out early- bare in mind that the Genius Bruiser Supes also greatly outclasses the Idiot Hero Goku in brains). The only thing Goku is better than Supes at is fighting ability, and even then Superman is a trained and experienced fighter in his own right so the gap is not huge.
It should be noted that despite all of that Goku is nonetheless one of the most powerful characters in the entire series thus far by a significant margin. This is not to underplay Goku's strength- he is ridiculously powerful and rivals or surpasses pretty much every other fighter; with a handful of exceptions, he could defeat them all easily and at the same time. Superman is just that much better. If you made Goku a thousand times stronger (literally), Superman would still be better. Superman is the strongest character in the series at time of writing, and Goku gave him a lengthy battle.
Leonardo vs Zitz was this for Leonardo in the first half of the fight and for Zitz the last half of the fight. In a straight brawl early in the match, Zitz completely overpowered Leo and only got a couple hits. In Leo's home sewer toward the end, Leo completely outmaneuvered Zitz and didn't take a hit.
He-Man curb-stomped Lion-O so hard, the animation had him kill Lion-O by accident, despite the fact that he was consciously avoiding killing his opponent and toying around with him a lot more than he should have. You know you've got a mismatch when one of the rules is suspended for a combatant's benefit and he still loses.
"Spawn Vs Kratos" was this according to the post-match analysis. Only one of Kratos' many weapons weapons could actually harm Spawn, but with Kratos' mere presence fueling Leetha and Spawn's powers and regeneration, even that became moot. And that's without even counting Spawn's veritable Superpower Lottery that Kratos is not immune to.
The post-match analysis shows how much things were in Shao Kahn's favor. Having consumed what the hosts presume (incorrectly - they presume a constant population despite all populations increasing exponentially as time passes) to be over 60 billion souls, literally millenia of experience, and enough usage of brainwashing to become resistant to it are enough for Kahn to overwhelm Bison and his Psycho Power; not to mention that they add that a soul-based fighting style is really inefficient against someone who devours them all the time.
And the match itself showed just how utterly one-sided it was. There is no point in the match where Shao Kahn felt truly overwhelmed by Bison's attacks. Even after eating a combo into Nightmare Booster and facing Final Bison, which probably would have destroyed any other combatant, Shao Kahn just gets right back up and pummels Bison to death. Heck, when he quips, "Is that your best?", you can hear the disappointment in his voice that Bison isn't a worthy opponent.
Inverted altogether in Link vs. Cloud Strife and Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu; both of which were called incredibly close matchups (the former being considered the closest in the first season).
This is what happens when you pit the Arwing against the Righteous Indignation. The Righteous Indignation is significantly outclassed in shielding, maneuverability, and weaponry.
Fulgore vs. Sektor was also one of the shorter battles with Fulgore dominating Sektor in mere seconds once his nuclear reactor was fully charged.
Averting this trope is the reason why Harry Potter fought Luke Skywalker (the host originally planned on pitting him against Aang, but they decided against it; stating Harry stood no chance).
Curb Stomp Cushion: Though the analysis may show that some fights are more or less the above trope, the actual battle animation will let the loser show off everything they can do, and they always get their licks in.
The Spiritual Successor to Mario vs. Sonic, "Luigi vs. Tails", plays out much the same way as its predecessor. Luigi is just as outclassed, suffering from the same weaknesses that Mario had while Tails shared most of Sonic's strengths, and Tails' gadgets are more than a match for just about anything Luigi could throw at him. However, Luigi died after putting up a good fight and got in some really good hits.
Also Batman is given alot more chances to attack than Spider-Man does. This appears realistic because of Batman's experience and mastery of ambushes, but still wasn't enough against someone as superhuman as Spider-Man.
The hosts mentioned in their Asylum 2013 Interview that they were proud about how they were able to make the Raiden and Thor match 'fair', long and epic despite Raiden being obviously outmatched by Thor's power.
Despite outmatching Terminator in most ways, Robocop ends the fight down most of his weapons, two limbs and with his power level at 1%.
Cutting the Knot: Pikachu is on the receiving end of this: He might be able to absorb electricity from Blanka, so Blanka just bites his head off instead.
Dark Horse Victory: Wily uses his Roboenza on Metal Sonic, which sends Metal Sonic on a rampage, killing Eggman, which would normally be a win for Wily. But since Metal Sonic was Eggman's robot and kills Wily directly afterwards, Wiz and Boomstick can't decide who wins. So they just declare Metal Sonic the victor.
Both Wiz and Boomstick have a fair amount of snark in them.
Vegeta had a couple of good ones; for example, his response after Shadow goes Super?
Vegeta: Wow... what a ripoff.
Spider-Man engages in witty banter during his fight and it's especially noticable because Batman doesn't say a word.
Superman has a dry wit compared to Goku's naive outlook. Considering his voice actor, it's not surprising.
Superman: Ultimate form, huh? About time you ran out of hairstyles.
The Day The Music Lied: The Theme Music Powerup hasn't stopped an attack from being countered and the song to go silent when the character dies. Like the moment Blanka decides to eat Pikachu in the middle of their Lightning Cannonball and Volt Tackle.
When M. Bison unleashes the full extent of his Psycho Power, the music jumps to his theme from Street Fighter II. Even while fighting his foe at max potential, this stops when Shao Kahn smacks Bison into the ground with his hammer.
Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu includes a Single-Stroke Battle like the opening to Ninja Gaiden, complete with the Ninja Gaiden theme, but Strider takes the edge in the fight, smashing Ryu through a building with a Ragnarok.
Dear Negative Watcher: It's clear Wiz and Boomstick are tired of the Fan Dumb and Internet Backlash "Goku vs. Superman" generates. On the Sidescrollers' (another show on Screwattack.com) episode "Reactionary Reaction" (starts at 15:40), Chad (Boomstick) spends 10+ minutes thoroughly disproving and counteracting commonly used arguments seen in the comments/emails/private messages, reminds them of the rules of Death Battle, explains the fight is nothing more than a dramatization of what they think would go down in the fight, not what it determines. and for, "Entertainment purposes only", and how neither of them are Superman fanboys. Chad then tells them to stop taking the show so seriously.
Deep South: Boomstick shows quite a few signs of this. His accent and extreme love of guns are the most blatant of which.
Demon Slaying: About half of the warriors have fought some kind of Devil or evil god.
By comparison there have only been three mixed-gender matches: Samus Aran vs Boba Fett, Rebecca Black vs Justin Bieber, and Rainbow Dash vs Starscream. Possibly the Pokemon three-way fight; hard to tell.
Zangief throws both himself and Mike Haggar out of a several-story window as the final scene of their battle. On their way up said several story building, they also throw Princess Peach, Big the Cat, and Pedobear (not to mention a globe and a sofa) out of different windows.
Batman kicks Spider-Man through the window of a skyscraper, and Peter later returns the favour, resulting in a Free-Fall Fight.
Destructive Saviour: Taken to extremes in the Goku vs. Superman fight - Goku, thinking that Supes is an alien who'll try to destroy the Earth, unintentionally blows it up when his Dragon Fist and the Infinite Mass Punch collide.
Disney Villain Death: Played with in Yoshi vs. Riptor. Yoshi traps Riptor in an egg and drops him off a cliff (and into Boomstick's car), but Riptor would likely have died anyway since his face was drenched in acid.
He-Man: (trying to discourage Lion-O from fighting him) Back off, feline! You are clearly not equipped to— (Lion-O pulls out the Sword of Omens, which then extends to the size of a longsword) He-Man:Oooooooh!
Double Entendre: Episode 20. It starts with Vibe Scepter and goes on from there. Boomstick is... amused.
"Eggman vs. Wily". Metal Sonic destroys the world.
"Son Goku vs. Superman" ends with the destruction of the entire planet.
"Shao Khan vs M. Bison". Shao Khan eats Bison's soul, giving him the godly Psycho Powers combined with his previous skills in sorcery. If Shao Khan wasn't dangerous before, now he's virtually immortal and twice as powerful.
invokedWhile it's not outright said after the battle and more like a case of Fridge Horror, "He-Man Vs Lion-O" ends with the entire ThunderCat race being wiped out. What makes matters worse is that He-Man was one of the few fighters who actually thought about leaving his opponent alive, but the Eye of Thundera tried to kill him, forcing him to destroy it.
Dragon Rider: Averted. In the Pokemon Battle Royale, Boomstick states he wants to ride Charizard into battle; and is exceedingly put out when Wiz tells him they don't get any bigger than the average human being.
Boomstick occasionally has something profound and intelligent in the midst of his ramblings, much to Wiz's surprise.
Goku goes off to face Superman because he believes as a superpowered alien he will one day destroy the Earth. Given how often it's been attempted in DBZ canon, it's not that big a leap in logic. Their battle does end up doing just that.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The first two Death Battles included health bars for the combatants. Boomstick's voice wasn't as distinct either and there were a few typos. Wiz was also not clearly established as the Straight Man.
Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Really, it's Goku vs. Superman with both going all-out. There was little chance of it ending otherwise.
Edutainment Show: In a way, not only does Death Battle educate the viewers on the combatant in question, but they also frequently discuss real world scientific calculations and feats to help determine the fighters' maximum performance.
Empathic Environment: This impacts the fight of Superman vs Goku. As Goku reaches Super Saiyan 4, it causes storm clouds to form. This darkness weakens Superman, who is powered by sunlight. Because of this, Superman flies over the clouds to recharge.
Enforced Plug: While the commercial breaks before most battles manage not to sound incredibly forced, this trope is taken Up to Eleven in "Death Battle vs. The World", itself a promotion for their own merchandise, when they cut to commercial to talk about the ScrewAttack store.
Boomstick: This episode of Death battle's brought to you by... us. Wiz: That's right, we just promoted a promotion in a promo of the same promotion.
Excuse Plot: Few of the matches give any real reason why the two are fighting to the death, and the ones that do are usually pretty weak.
Taokaka attacks Felicia when she accidentally wakes up Tao from a nap. Taokaka hates being awoken from a catnap.
Vegeta and Shadow fight because their egotistical fighting nature wants them to be the strongest lifeform.
It is hinted that Sonic and Mario want to end their rivalry with their duel to the death.
Superman lampshades Goku's reason for fighting to the death. Goku thinks Superman will destroy the planet because he's an alien, despite Superman clearly being a good guy and Goku is also an alien.
Lion-O thought that He-Man was abusing Kringer/Battlecat and so believed that He-Man was a supervillain.
Bucky-o-Hare kills Fox's teammate Slippy Toad, thinking that he was an evil toad from the o-Hare franchise.
Terminator is sent back in time, probably to assassinate Robo-Cop. Since Robo-Cop is a policeman he naturally has to arrest Terminator for murdering the gunshop owner, stealing from him and destroying his shop.
Godzilla attacks a city, which is not unusual at all. However Gamera is the protector of mankind, and so is protecting the city against Godzilla.
The show also has its share of similarities to Deadliest Warrior; heck, just look at the page quote.
The similarity is taken an extra step with the Pokemon Kanto Starter Battle, the hosts clarify the total number of outcomes with everything considered between the three combatants is over 7000 possibilities, and 48% of battles won went to Blastoise. Just like how Deadliest Warrior concluded their fights with a several-thousand battle scenario and the fighter who has the highest percentage of victories was classified the winner.
Evasive Fight Thread Episode: Eggman vs. Wily ended in a Dark Horse Victory, with both of the main combatants down for the count. This is the only battle so far (aside from the pop star duel) to not present a definitive, clear-cut victory for one of the headlining parties.
Evil vs. Evil: A few of the battles pit two villains against one another.
Eye Pop: Happens to Bomberman right before he blows himself up.
Also happens to Charizard right before it explodes from Blastoise overfilling it with water.
Fade to White: Done in Eggman vs. Wily after Metal Overlord blows up the two combatants.
Fanservice: Boomstick seems to fancy the designated girl fights of the series quite a bit; he makes several quips regarding his attraction to both combatants in Rogue vs. Wonder Woman, for example.
Foil: Most battles are between two characters with contrasting motives and history. Boba Fett, for example, is an amoral bounty hunter who does his work by the client's parameters, while Samus Aran is a very moral bounty hunter known to outright go against her employer's direct orders.
Foreshadowing: If the contestants are noted to have a weapon or skill that could negate one of the others, it usually comes into play.
In "Son Goku vs. Superman", when discussing Superman's weakness to magicnote In the individual analysis video, unfortunately, which has been removed, Boomstick wonders if he can harm Supes with something as pathetic as a magic stick. Fast-forward to the fight and Goku's Power Pole (basically a magic stick) manages to do some harm to Superman.
In the analysis rundown for Fox McCloud, we see a Bob-Omb explode while Fox's reflector is active and he's sent flying. In the actual fight Fox gets blown up by one of Bucky's grenades. Thank God the legs he lost were artificial or that could've been it for the leader of the Star Fox fleet.
During Venasaur's preview that its the Jack of All Stats of the fighters is stressed thats in practice and its stat spread is not optimized. Venasaur falls first and its lack of optimized moves fail to significantly harm the others.
At one point in "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash", Derpy Hooves can be seen hidden in the clouds.
Alot of the pre-fight and post-fight information goes by pretty quickly. One could lose an important bit of information if you're not pausing the video.
In a humurous example, Mike's Bong weapon has actual stats.
The building Superman is knocked into is the Lexcorp building. Which is why in the ruins, there's a piece of kryptonite.
Also, if you look carefully, you'll see that Raiden's body is already in half just frames before Thor's hammer connects.
It's hard to see where the punch lands, but right as M. Bison starts the fight by attempting a scissor kick, Shao Kahn counters with a Groin Attack that even makes Bison flinch.
When Lion-O blinds He-Man with smoke, you can clearly see his sword is sheathed in his gauntlet when he clearly just lost the sword. It's probably a case when the animator didn't want to make two models of the gauntlet.
Freudian Slip: During the presentation of Godzilla vs. Gamera, the pre-rendered previews were destroyed when Ben's computer crashed, leading to Wiz and Boomstick improvising them; which leads to a moment in which the Fire Ejection technique is mispronounced as Fire Ejaculation.
Gag Boobs: Boomstick wastes no time in pointing out the immense size of both Ivy and Orchid's breasts, which quickly becomes a Running Gag throughout the episode.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: Inevitable. These are fictional characters who are from completely different worlds that operate on completely different rules, and in some cases, the problem stems from the worlds they come from.
For example, technically, just tapping the shoulder of a bad guy for Mario or Sonic would mean instant death in gameplay, unless you're playing one of their later games and this element is never incorporated into story lines for obvious reasons.
In Halo, you can't throw grenades through your own bubble shield, a fact which is glossed over to Master Chief's advantage in his battle with Doomguy.
Geo Effects: Are taken into consideration, and the fights often change locales to both the fighter's strength's and weaknesses.
Good Versus Good: More than a few battles have two heroes going toe-to-toe with each other.
Gone Horribly Right: When Wily uses the Roboenza virus on Metal Sonic to kill Eggman, it works its intended purpose. However, he then absorbs the entirety of the Egg Fleet, becomes Metal Overlord, and goes on an unstoppable rampage, killing the remaining members of both parties.
Rebecca Black gives one to Justin Beiber... it doesn't work.
Master Chief nails Doomguy in the extremities with a sniper rifle shot.
He-Man vs. Lion-O has an unorthodox example in the stinger:
Battlecat: Raaaar, I miss my balls.
It's hard to notice, but Shao Kahn counters M. Bison's scissor kick with this.
Guns Are Worthless: The few times an actual gun have been used in any fights (such as in "Master Chief vs. Doomguy", or "Kratos vs. Spawn"), they do little to no damage. In the former, very few bullets hit their target, and even a sniper shot to the groin only momentarily stunned Doomguy, with the killing blow coming from a Plasma Grenade. Kratos simply deflected the bullets from Spawn before knocking the gun away.
Justified in Terminator vs Robocop. Both are literally Made of Iron cyborgs capable of walking through a firing line, so both or their low end weaponry only impart slightly irritating momentum. Once the heavier firepower is out, however…
Heh Heh, You Said X: In "Zelda vs Peach", Boomstick cannot stop laughing when the vibe scepter comes up. (Heehee, 'comes up'!)
Heroic Second Wind: Averted in season 1. Due to the way the fights are decided, simple tenacity in the face of defeat doesn't give anyone the win. There are exceptions in season 2.
Ivy vs Orchid. Calling Killer Instinct's mechanic to recover in a last ditch burst of energy at the brink of defeat, Orchid reinvigorates just before the final blow and wins the battle.
Bucky vs. Fox has Fox get his legs blown off by a grenade. However, Fox's legs are artificial, so he doesn't die. Instead, he amps up his jetpack, rockets right into Bucky, thereby dislodging the jetpacks of both combatants. Both land on the ground, Fox chokes Bucky and blows his head off with a fully charged shot from his blaster.
Hidden Depths: Boomstick possesses a surprising amount of knowledge about dinosaurs, raptors in particular. It stems from his childhood when he wanted one as a pet named Barney after learning what irony was.
Highly-Visible Ninja: Both Ryu and Strider rarely use their ninjitsu for stealth, instead charging straight into entire armies of enemies. Wiz also questions why Sektor would need missiles.
White Bomberman, in the classical sense, is blown up by his own bomb.
Starscream blew himself up with his own missiles.
A two-way example. In "Eggman vs. Wily", Wily uses Roboenza on Metal Sonic. However, this leads to not only Eggman's defeat, but Wily's as well.
Goku never realizes that the yellow sunlight is the source of Superman's power until the end. By then, he had already boosted Superman's powers in an attempt to blind him with Solar Flare and blasted him into the sun where the Man of Steel is at his most powerful.
Lion-O took the eye of Thundera into battle. This may be what he always does, but by doing it this time, he caused the death of not just himself, but his entire species!
Yoshi defeats Riptor by spitting the raptor's own acid back into his face.
Honor Before Reason: One of Goku's noted weaknesses is that he won't exploit "unfair" advantages, preferring to defeat enemies when they're at their strongest. This comes into play during the fight with Superman: A random chunk of Kryptonite (from the ruins of Lexcorp's skyscraper) starts killing Supes. Seeing his weakened state, Goku charges up an energy attack, aims... and destroys the Kryptonite. Earlier, after Goku eats a Senzu Bean, he also offers Superman one in the interest of fairness, but Superman declines and destroys the satchel.
Similarly, when Blastoise was hit with Venusaurs sleep powder, Charizard started fighting Venusaur, its honor dictating that it needed to fight a strong, active opponent, not one who was sleeping.
Spider-Man survives many of Batman's nonlethal explosives, tasers and punches (even falling onto a car that explodes from Batman's bomb). Death Battle has mentioned that this is realistic to Spider-Man canon, as he has survived lethal explosions at point-blank range and has been pummeled by powerful characters like the Hulk, Juggernaut and Doctor Octopus without permanent injuries.
Many fights go like this. Either the character pulls out their ace and wins or the attack simply kills the enemy with an opening. A point nearly parodied when Blanka decides to just eat Pikachu.
A crucial factor in Vegeta's victory over Shadow — his ability to outlast Shadow's super form is the decisive factor.
While this applies to both Terminator and Robocop by virtue of literally being Made of Iron, Robocop proves to be much tougher.
Boomstick: Bucky captains the best named spaceship of all time, the Righteous Indignation, which is now the new name for my penis.
Idiot Ball: During the analysis of Shao Kahn, Boomstick claims the only reason Kahn could start his rise to power was because the Elder Gods, assigning him the role of advisor to the dragon king Onaga, held onto the ball with a vicegrip. invoked
"Good job on that one, gods. Heck, why did they even think this guy◊ needed a bodyguard!?"
Wily to Eggman. Wily's robot is destroyed and begs his surrender to Eggman. Eggman in his giant Death Egg Robot stomps on Wily and crushes him to death and then Eggman realizes that the person he crushed was a robotic dummy. The real Wily reappears in a new robot and surprises Eggman.
How Donatello, Raphael, Kratos, and Harry Potter die at the hands of their respective foes.
Kratos tries this with Spawn, but he doesn't know that he has to be killed by decapitation, so it just slows him down.
Miley Cyrus also gets impaled by a falling sword in the Justin Beiber vs. Rebecca Black battle; the falling sword in question was from said fight and was sent flying after Rebecca's friend's car exploded, eventually landing in Miley's head, killing her.
In Luigi Vs Tails, Luigi is killed when Tails sends his Magic Hand right through Luigi's chest.
Jack of All Stats: Mario, the former Trope Namer, has balanced abilities, but no standout skills. Without a noticeable ability, he can't compete with Sonic's speed without power-ups.
Venusaur is this in comparison with Charizard and Blastoise. And this is a part of the reason why it died.
Jack-of-All-Trades: Fox's bio specifically mention this trope as both a strength and a weakness, since he can adapt to many different scenarios, but has no clear advantage over his foes.
Link isn't the most skilled swordsman, but he is skilled with many types of weapons (including bombs, boomerangs, arrows and some magic powers and magical items). This helps Link significantly in any battle, including against Cloud.
Jaw Drop: Starscream's reaction to the Sonic Rainboom.
Goomba Vs. Koopa Troopa: the Goomba tried to kick the withdrawn Koopa Troopa into a pit of lava. But the lava pit was too small to fit and the Koopa shell ricocheted back, taking down the Goomba and his brethren and ultimately falling into a bigger lava pit, killing the Koopa Troopa inside.
Justin Bieber Vs. Rebecca Black: The final death toll includes Bieber, Black, her driver friend, the Jonas Brothers (who simply walked into the scene after the first three died) and Miley Cyrus while she was about to sing the U.S. National Anthem in a baseball field.
The end result of Robotnik vs. Wily is implied to be the apocalypse.
Boomstick:Well, that world's fucked. Our bad.
While Superman survives his fight with Goku, the planet has been blown up at the end of the fight, likely killing everyone both of them were fighting for.
He-Man crushed the eye of Thundera, unknowingly killing every every single ThunderCat.
Kindhearted Cat Lover: Boomstick clearly seems to have a fondness for felines, even though he's known to have a laser-guided kitten cannnon:
(after discussing how the space capsule Lion-O traveled to Third Earth in malfunctioned, causing him to physically age en route) Awww, we missed the cute kitty stage! ... Shut up! Kittens are adorable. (when seeing Black Orchid transform into a panther made of fire) Look at the kitty! I'd hug it, but... you know... the burning.
When the teaser for Episode 20 was revealed, just about everybody expected Zelda to win her battle with Peach easily. Come the actual episode, Wiz and Boomstick remind us just what Peach is capable of. In the end, she puts up quite a fight and wins the match.
The same was true for the Riptor vs. Yoshi fight. Not many people, even the show's creators, expected the cute little dinosaur to beat the bio-engineered raptor.
Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: In "Son Goku vs. Superman", Goku chooses to destroy a piece of Krytonite that was weakening Superman rather than take advantage of the opportunity, stating that there was no point in the fight if it wasn't fair.
Charizard does this in the Pokemon Starter Battle Royale. It's strong sense of honor dictates that it must fight a strong opponent which makes it decide to not attack Blastoise when it was put to sleep by Venasaur's sleep powder and attack Venasaur instead.
Lights Off, Somebody Dies: Defied in "Batman vs. Spider-Man". While inside a building, Batman destroys all its lights with a Batarang, clearly trying to fulfill this trope. Spider-Man's Spider Sense prevents this from succeeding.
Like Reality Unless Noted: If details are left vague the hosts will use physics calculations to determine things like strength, speed, and durability. However, if an event in canon (ie breathing in space) explicitly violates physics that's taken to apply instead.
Lovable Sex Maniac: Boomstick, who's aroused by just about every female combatant on the show.
Wizard, nicknamed Wiz. He uses rats for genetic testing, dissected a Goomba to study its anatomy, and often states scientific real world facts on the combatants' tactics/weapons and how they can effectively kill a person.
This trope was more or less the basis of Wily vs. Eggman.
Boomstick: It's no secret that scientists are, well, crazy as hell. But these two take it way too far.
Starscream Vs. Rainbow Dash is this. One is a technological robot, the other is a little pony with friends. And as we all know, Friendship is Magic. Magic wins here.
Ryu Hayabusa the magic-wield ninja vs. Strider Hiryu the tech-wielding ninja. Technology wins, partially because most of Ryu's weapons weren't plasma-proof.
Luke Skywalker vs. Harry Potter; the former fights with a Laser Blade and aural energy, the latter with wand blasts and magic curses. It's played with in that while Luke wins, his use ofThe Force is critical in his victory.
Downplayed in Link vs. Cloud Strife. While both combatants have magic in their arsenals, Link's also has several magic-enchanted objects and augments to boost his attacks, while Cloud relies more on technological feats such as genetic engineering and advanced swords. Thanks in part to the enchanted Golden Gauntlets and Hylian Shield being able to withstand anything Cloud can throw at him, magic wins in this battle.
Luigi Vs Tails could be considered this considering Luigi's main attack was the thunderhand technique and he also used the Negative Zone, while Tails uses gadgets. Tails' gadgets end up giving technology the victory here.
Mercy Kill: Yoshi's victory against Riptor can be seen as this. Boomstick awknowledged that even if Yoshi hadn't dropped Riptor off that cliff, the acid Yoshi sent back at him would've eventually melted his face.
Felicia and Taokaka play with a butterfly for a bit before Taokaka kills it by accident.
Sonic and Mario's fight is briefly halted when Mario uses his Tanooki Suit statue mode.
"Son Goku vs. Superman" has some lulls in the beginning before it starts getting climactic.
Mirror Boss: Shang Tsung, having absorbed a good deal of Akuma's soul, transforms into him in the last stretch of their fight. He loses in the end.
Mondegreen: Brought to us by Boomstick during the Goku vs. Superman episode:
Wiz: Superman has also studied two Kryptonian martial arts; Torquasm Rao and Torquasm Vo.
Boomstick: Orgasm what now?
Mood Whiplash: Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison has an example that manages to go from comedic to tragic back to comedic.
Boomstick: (after Wiz explains the swapping of names between M. Bison and his henchmen) So the boxer's Mike Bison, like Mike Tyson, I get it! But why was that a big enough change to— (screen shows that Street Fighter II's international release and Mike Tyson's rape trial happened on the same year) Boomstick: ... Oh. Wizard: Anyway, after murdering his parents at a young age, he was raised by a tribe of nomadic gypsies. Boomstick: Wait, are we still talkin' about Tyson?
More Dakka: Doomguy's strategy against Master Chief. It fails.
Most Wonderful Sound: The sound of the Falchion, Strider Hiryu's plasma cipher blade, being swung, again, according to Boomstick. invoked
Boomstick: (after Wiz describes some of the characteristics of the Falchion) And it does it all with an incredibly satisfying "ching" sound. (cut to Strider swinging the Falchion rapidly, with each swing going "ching") That's the one!
Mundane Made Awesome: The Goomba vs. Koopa battle was way more epic than it had any right to be, even in spite of the hilariously anti-climactic ending. Lampshaded by Boomstick:
Boomstick: Aw man. I thought this was gonna suck! That was awesome! Who knew those little fuckers could fight like that?!
"Sword of Omens, bring me snacks beyond snacks… and a beer!"
He also jokingly speculates that Shao Kahn uses the Wrath Hammer to "decimate whack-a-mole records!"
Wizard joins in on the fun in Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu, stating that Ryu's ninpo arts would also work as amazing magic tricks at parties.
MST3K Mantra: Invoked. In the "TMNT Battle Royale" about whether or not Raphael could defeat Leo, the hosts brought up Raphael's victory in the 2007 TMNT movie. Wiz discussed that when Leonardo decided to fight back, he effortlessly intimidated Raph with a sword to the shoulder. "Tilt the blade, slide left, BAM, no more Raph.", as noted by Boomstick. After lifting other reasons why the battle between the turtles was irrelevant to the royale, Wiz concluded that "the whole movie doesn't make much sense to begin with.Why should this?"
Mutual Kill: Mike Hagger vs. Zangief and the Ninja Turtles Battle Royale, but subverted when Zangief stands up and raises him arms in triumph and Leonardo, Raphael's sai having missed his vital organs, realizes he's killed his brothers.
Wiz states that Master Chief's knack for finding weapons just about anywhere is attributed to "incredible luck". Dr. Halsey (the creator of the Spartans) stated in Halo: The Fall of Reach to Cortana that what made the Chief different from other Spartans was "He is the luckiest". Cortana later said the same in Halo 3.
In the Master Chief vs. Doomguy episode, when it's Doomguy's turn for a pre-fight analysis, we get brief glimpses of a bit of fanart that takes the classic Doom cover art and replaces the generic-looking demons with monsters from Doom3 and Resurrection of Evil.
During "Link vs. Cloud Strife", Link gets the Master Sword knocked away from him and forces him to temporarily duel without it, which also happened in Ocarina of Time. He gets it back by using his Clawshot on it while Cloud is disoriented from his Boomerang.
Goku also swung Superman around and threw him to the horizon, who comes back with a Meteor Move very much like the one in Justice League.
Goku's Punch Catch resembles the times he did it to Lord Slug and Broly.
Both Thor vs. Raiden and Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison featured a character teleporting to avoid a thrown hammer; a move familiar to anyone who knows the final battle of Mortal Kombat 9.
Ryu Hayabusa seems to take great pleasure in destroying Strider's robotic birds, given how much trouble birds have caused him in his home games. And even here, avians still mock the Dragon Ninja, as after his defeat, Strider's remaining birds dispose of Ryu's body.
Also from that Death Battle, there's the allusion to the opening of Ninja Gaiden; two ninjas running towards each other with their blades drawn, then leaping into the air and having a Single-Stroke Battle, with the fallen ninja revealed to have faked his death later on. Ryu matched all these points, except for that very last one.
Terminator vs Robocop has several to both of their film series'.
Neck Snap: At one point in the Death Battle, Ivy wraps her whip sword around Orchid, strangling her and clearly trying to break Orchid's vertebrae, but Orchid shapeshifts into a feline and manages to escape.
Nerf/Buff: The very rules of Death Battle hit many fighters with the nerf bat, and the animation gives them the buff bat to make fights look fair.
In general, any time a character isn't allowed to have their partner/sidekick/any kind of assistance with him/her.
Doomguy's Plasma-resistant armor didn't stop him dying to a plasma grenade, and his incredible speed was reduced to lumbering. In addition, his strategy was taken from his comics use of simplistic "rip, tear, repeat", when his Quake III bot file reveals that he's actually incredibly alert and skillful, swapping between fighting styles at a moment's notice.
Master Chief was able to throw a plasma grenade while inside a bubble shield, which is impossible in-game.note Chief knows that the energy sword can block bullets. A Red Elitedid it to him once
Zeldas' Sheik form was explained that said Sheik form is just an alternate appearance for Zelda, anything Sheik can do, so can she. Nonetheless, none of her Sheik moves/abilities are present in the fight.
Raiden wasn't allowed his own hammer * from Mortal Kombat 4, nor was he given his staff * from 4, Deadly Alliance, Deception, and Armageddon.
Both Cloud Strife and Link were only allowed to use their most famous weapons, armor, and items. They also weren't allowed to use summons.
Neither Batman nor Spider-Man were allowed to do pre-battle research on each other.
Pikachu wasn't allowed to have Ash command him, nor was his ability to paralyze showcased in the fight.
Metal Overlord is given the ability to fire lasers capable of annihilating the entire rest of the respective armies in seconds. Metal Overlord does not exhibit the ability to shoot that sort of laser in-game, so either he copied it from someone else, or it was for dramatic effect to give the battle a faster and more decisive end
The Pokémon cannot have outside influences, which meant no Mega-evolutions, no EV/IV training, and no moves requiring TMs, HMs, or tutor moves. Since both Charizard and Venusaur cannot learn Sunny Day through leveling, they cannot counter Rain Dance that Blastoise can learn through leveling, Nor can they use moves that will be super effective through a secondary type (using ice on grass).
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Mentioned as part of the reason that they used the modern (I.E. post Crisis) Superman in the fight against Goku was because the Silver Age Superman invented entirely new powers every other issue.
No Body Left Behind: As if ripping his body in half and absorbing his soul wasn't enough, Shao Kahn tries out his new Psycho Power by obliterating what remains of M. Bison's corpse.
Raiden suffers a similar fate; the lower half of his body is obliterated by a single strike from Mjolnir, and his upper half is thrown into the sun by Thor and incinerated.
After Goku and Superman release their most powerful punches, the combined force of the impact explodes the Earth, taking everyone on it with the blast, and also disintegrates Goku, leaving only his boot surviving the destruction.
The end of the battle has between Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu has Strider sending an Option C drone to drop bombs on Ryu, destroying his corpse.
At the end of the Pokémon Battle Royale, Blastoise starts eating Venusaur's flower. The rest of its body presumably destroyed by Charizard's fire
After blowing Sektor up, Fulgore transforms his body to make machine guns blow up the remains of his body.
Godzilla vs Gamera ends with Gamera self destructing while Godzilla blows a hole in him with his Red Spiral breath.
No Flow in CGI: The series does what it can to avoid this but some obvious lack of flow exist in the 3d battles.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: With her fast, powerful strikes with dual tonfas, Black Orchid is an expert in delivering devastating melee combos. The same kind she lets Ivy have when the fight moves in to close-range.
Also how the fight between Akuma and Shang Tsung ends; Akuma catches the transformed Tsung mid-move to finish him off with the Raging Demon.
Vegeta vs. Shadow features this between the two fighters' superpowered modes; but as pointed out in the post-match analysis, it's actually a subversion, as the volley of attacks Shadow launches at Vegeta barely leaves a dent.
No Kill Like Overkill: Many episodes, though mentioned in the finale of "Thor vs. Raiden", as Lampshaded by Boomstick.
Boomstick: ...Thaaaat seemed a bit overkill......I liked it!
He does it again in the finale of Batman vs. Spider-Man:
Boomstick: Daaaamn, that was brutal! Show it again!
In the battle royale against the Ninja Turtles, Raphael kills Donatello by stabbing him with his sai not once, not twice, but twenty-five times.
No Sell: Sometimes a character has an ability or item that grants them immunity from certain things. Superman, for example, is immune to having his mind read thanks to his proficiency in Torquasm Rao, while Cloud's ribbon protects him from status effects.
In Kratos vs. Spawn, this plays a big role in deciding the victor; Spawn can only be killed by weapons forged entirely in another plane of existence, and out of his entire arsenal, only Kratos' Blade of Olympus would qualify.
Ivy vs. Orchid has Orchid using her flashing No Mercy on Ivy, who, having a larger cup size, laughs it off. However, Ivy quickly learns that it works both ways.
Non-Lethal Warfare: Some characters have been shown to use non-lethal weapons if they practice Thou Shalt Not Kill. This is why Batman had so much trouble killing Spider-Man; only some of Batman's explosives could do any serious damage. Batman's other gadgets couldn't kill a normal person, which is a disadvantage in a Death Battle because the rules demand the loser die, while Batman captures villains alive. If he can hit Spider-Man to begin with, the best he could do is knock Spidey out. What's worse for Batman is that even though Spider-Man lacks body armor, his superhuman body had allowed him to survive lethal attacks — meaning nonlethal weapons would have even less impact.
"Eggman vs. Wily". Neo Metal Sonic destroys Wily's first machine, popping Wily out of its remains. Wily begs for his life and Dr. Eggman denies his request by stomping on him with the Death Egg Robot's foot... only to realize it's a dummy. The real Wily was right behind him in a new machine.
While Wizard is the Straight Man to Boomstick, he's not totally sane himself. For example, he's mentioned buying more rats for genetic testing, dissected a "voluntary" Goomba, and only discounts Boomstick's "baby launcher" idea on the grounds of acquiring ammunition.
Also, Batman, despite being highly intelligent, is mentioned to have his mental stability barely in-check. Boomstick confirms that since he witnessed his parents' deaths as a child, uses millions of dollars to dress up as a bat, and employs young children to fight (Robin and Batgirl), he's clearly not all there.
Superman initially appears to be the straight man to Goku. As the fight progresses his dialogue gets progressively more snarky.
In more ways than one — Batman's fighting style is mentioned to be almost identical to the Green Goblin, one of Spider-Man's top foes. Since Spidey is used to fighting this gadget-wielding villain who uses lethal force, the webslinger could handle the Dark Knight, who uses mostly nonlethal weapons.
Also, Raiden's strategic fighting style is similar to Loki's cleverness. In both situations, Thor's overwhelming power defeated both opponents, as he's used to fighting intelligent foes.
In the "Master Chief vs. Doomguy" fight, when Doomguy realizes too late that he has a Plasma Grenade stuck on him.
Also, in "Bomberman vs. Dig Dug" after Bomberman realizes that he dropped a bomb in front of himself after Dig Dug temporarily inflated him.
And in "Mario vs. Sonic", Mario is spooked when he realizes that they're inside a mountain with a large amount of Bob-ombs that are about to explode while Sonic wonders what the things are. However, both Mario and Sonic survive the experience thanks to Power Ups.
Mario had this reaction again when his Mega Mario power up ran out. Sonic gets it twice before that: Once when he first sees Mega Mario and seconds later when the Super Sonic power up wears off.
There was also "Vegeta vs. Shadow", when Shadow came back to normal.
He also has this reaction when Vegeta punches the moon at him.
This was everyone's reaction when Metal Sonic went rogue and became Metal Overlord in Eggman vs. Wily.
Fox obliterates Bucky's head with a charged blaster shot.
It's noted that decapitating him with a holy weapon is the only way Spawn can truly be killed, but Kratos never finds this out.
On the Next: Nearly every episode will end with a teaser showing the two combatants preparing to face each other in the next battle. Exceptions Chun-Li vs. Mai Shiranui didn't give a teaser showing Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash, Dr. Eggman vs. Dr. Wily onwards didn't preview their next battles either except Pikachu vs. Blanka, which previewed Goku vs. Superman. That episode in turn did not preview He-Man vs. Lion-O, which didn't preview Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison either.
Metal Sonic/Overlord definitely qualifies. He not only took out every remaining member of both of their robotic armies, but also Eggman and Wily themselves, an entire city and presumably the whole planet.
The Death Battle T-shirt killed every other T-shirt in the world in record time and left nothing but a barren wasteland in its wake. Though this was to be expected given that the Death Battle shirt is an obvious Parody Sue, and Wiz & Boomstick never went over any of the other T-shirts' skills.
Post-match analysis this is said to be one of the reasons why Fox wins against Bucky.
Robocop is described as this in his preview and analysis.
One-Winged Angel: Metal Sonic absorbs the Egg Fleet and turns into Metal Overlord... then proceeds to obliterate Eggman, Dr. Wily, all the remaining fighters on both sides, the city they're fighting in, and possibly the world.
Popularity Power: The makers have made it explicit that they don't allow the one with the most popularity to win (unless their research shows that the character in question would win). Even if it's the one popular with themselves as "Mike Haggar vs. Zangief" shows.
The Power of the Sun: Both Goku and Superman utilize this in different ways in the final moments of their battle. Goku draws on the sun's energy to create and absorb the resulting Spirit Bomb, while Superman sits in the sun and supercharges himself.
Power-Up: Used interestingly in the judgment of the fights. In one battle, they had White Bomberman, who collected all kinds of power-ups, go against Dig Dug, who had just about all of his abilities from the start. In another battle, while Master Chief also collects power-ups, Doomguy depends on them more. And in a third, while both have a diverse array of powerups, Mario easily has more than Sonic. In each of these battles, the character who relies on power-ups more ends up the loser.
Boomstick: Like the mind trick thingy! Ohhh man, the terrible things I would do with that.
Power Creep, Power Seep: Interestingly done, the animation often shows the combatants doing things much greater than they did in their own stories. The research itself doesn't. however, so often the character with the most creep loses.
Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Usually if the combatants have banter between each other (or at the very least one of them talks), it's not too unreasonable to assume these follow.
Vegeta: (to Shadow) You've just sealed your fate, fool. Spider-Man: (to Batman) You've got a black belt in stupid if you think you're gonna beat me! Superman: (to Goku) Game? You think this is a game? I haven't even begun to play. M. Bison: (to Shao Kahn) Kneel before my Psycho Power! Shao Kahn: (to M. Bison) Prepare to die. M. Bison: (to Shao Kahn after activating the full extent of his Psycho Power) My Psycho Power knows no limits! M. Bison: (to Shao Kahn after the above) Death awaits... Ivy Valentine: (to Black Orchid) Get lost! Robocop: (to The Terminator) Come quietly or there will be…(draws his Auto-9 pistol)…trouble! Robocop: (to The Terminator) Good news, scum. You're no longer under arrest. Robocop: (to The Terminator) You have the right to remain silent. I suggest you exercise it.
Vegeta: (to Shadow) Playtime's over, runt!note Subverted in that while Vegeta punches the moon at Shadow, Shadow uses Chaos Control to warp it back to its normal location.
Shadow: (to Vegeta) It's time to end this. Chaos... BLAST!note Another subversion, as Shadow reverts back to normal right before performing the finishing move; the real one-liner is below.
Vegeta: (to Shadow) Sayonara.
Metal Sonic: (to everyone) Kneel before your master!
Thor: (to Raiden) Feel heaven's wrath!note The blow doesn't do Raiden in (in fact, it boosts him), but the next one does.
Spider-Man: (to Batman) It's all or nothing! Loser!!!
Shao Kahn: (to M. Bison) Feel the wrath of Shao Kahn!note Subverted thanks to M. Bison unleashing all of his Psycho Power afterwards.
Strider Hiryu: (to Ryu Hayabusa) Time to end this! RAGNAROK!
Ivy Valentine: (to Black Orchid) Is that it? note Subverted, since Orchid recovers enough energy to avoid the killing blow. The crew of the Righteous Indignation: (to Slippy Toad) Let's croak toads! Terminator: (to Robocop) Hasta la vista, baby! note Subverted, since Robocop survives getting his police car blown up. Robocop: (to Terminator) Checkmate. note Subverted, since the Tactical Ordinance Grenade only blows off the Terminator's legs. Terminator: (to Robocop) YOU. ARE. TERMINATED! note Subverted, since Robocop straps the Terminator to his jetpack and sends him out of the city before he can explode.
Precision F-Strike: After the confirmation of Goku vs. Superman, Boomstick demands someone get him "a motherfuckin' table to flip."
During the battle between Vegeta and Shadow, Shadow keeps teleporting Vegeta to different locales; by the time he lands on the moon, all Vegeta can utter is a simple "goddamnit."
After summarizing the many feats and legacy of Star Fox's commander, Boomstick points out they all mean one thing:
"You don't fuck around with Fox McCloud."
Product Placement: The "Death Battle vs. the World" episode is really just Wizard and Boomstick Gushing over the Death Battle T-shirt.
In a more straightforward example, the fights preceding nearly every episode on the YouTube versions of uploads have a brief message stating the company sponsoring that particular episode, with an advertisement before the battle itself.
The Superman vs.Goku fight. Supes came out on top, but destroyed the world in the process.
Fox managed to kill Bucky, but at the loss of his closest childhood friend, Slippy Toad, who was the one who modified the tools that Fox used to obtain the win.
Robocop won, but has less than 1% battery power left, probably not enough to get back home and recharge.
Quip to Screen Wipe: Most fighter's analyses are capped off by the combatant in question delivering a one-liner or otherwise performing a particular feat of badassery before moving on to the next fighter.
Red Herring: It happens on occasion, but the hosts will bring up something during the fighters' analyses that ends up having little impact on either the end-of-episode clash or the rundown afterwards.
In He-Man vs. Lion-O, Wiz and Boomstick spend a good amount of time bringing up He-Man's pet tiger Cringer who can transform into the tiger-dragon hybrid Battlecat, and they briefly cover Lion-O's weakness to thundrainium, a red rock akin to kryptonite. Neither of these have any impact on the fight.
In Zelda vs. Peach, the two explain that anything Zelda can do with her alter egos (Sheik, Tetra, etc.), she can do in her normal persona, but said abilities are forgotten shortly afterwards.
In Ivy vs. Orchid, Ivy's weapon was noted to have a life of its own and will defend her independent of her thoughts. Despite this, it doesn't help when she finds herself on the ropes.
In Robocop vs. Terminator, Both Robocop's Data Spike and Terminator's vulnerability to hacking are talked about, but neither are used in the fight itself.
Godzilla Vs. Gamera has one during the final battle itself, when Gamera uses his mana beam on Godzilla. For several seconds it appears Gamera has won, only for Godzilla to rise from the water behind Gamera. At the SGC Death Battle panel this was shown, Ben and Chad talk about how they enjoyed watching the crowd be faked out by that particular scene.
Several matchups follow the same format, with Michelangelo vs. Leonardo, Raphael vs. Donatello, Raphael vs. Leonardo, Zitz vs. Leonardo, Vegeta vs. Shadow , Sonic vs. Mario, Spider-Man vs. Batman, and Goku and Superman all qualifyingnote the first listed combatant between the two as the red, the second as the blue. Respectively, the winners of each fight are blue, red, blue, blue, red, red, red, blue.
In Felicia vs. Taokaka, Tao accidentally kills a butterfly the two were briefly playing with beforehand, Felicia was clearly upset over this. At first glance, it would appear this trope would be played straight, but it soon ends up as a subversion as Felicia still dies.
The beginning of the duel between Fox McCloud and Bucky O'Hare has the Star Fox team patrolling space, when the Righteous Indignation appears and vaporizes Slippy's Arwing. Fox, in retaliation, blasts the ship onto a planet and lands, ready to fight the team and avenge his fallen wingmate. Being played straight, Fox puts an end to Bucky.
While not explicitly stated or shown, Luigi looked EXTREMELY pissed at the start of Luigi vs Tails. Most likely due to Mario getting killed by Sonic in a previous episode. Subverted. Luigi loses..
Robo Cam: Both the Terminator and Robocop have vision in these. They show weapon, armor analysis' and weakpoints on each other.
Rule of Cool: In the second Q&A, Wizard specifically states the fights aren't representative of who wins the Death Battle; the winner is decided well beforehand through research into the combatants. The fights are purely for entertainment purposes.
Rule of Funny: Presumably the reason Vegeta thinks Shadow is weird considering the Earth in Dragon Ball is full of talking animals, not to mention that Shadow looks normal compared to DB villains like Majin Buu.
Series Continuity Error: Goku's physical strength peaks at 160,000 tons at SSJ4. However Vegeta at SSJ2 was shown moving the moon with a single punch. Since Goku and Vegeta are both saiyans, it is impossible for SSJ2 Vegeta to be strong enough to do this. Luckily moving the moon didn't impact his duel with Shadow much.
Series Fauxnale: The Superman vs. Goku fight it ended with the world getting destroyed. Wiz and Boomstick actually had to make a separate video to assure the viewers that it was really just a Season Finale, not the end of the series.
Apparently, when he gets a cold, Robocop can sneeze lightning. This is not utilized at all in the battle.
Luigi's thunder hand is EVERYWHERE. The dude is called Green Thunder for a reason!
Shown Their Work: Before every fight, Wizard and Boomstick look through the history, abilities, arsenal, and weaknesses as presented in the canon of each fighters in great detail to determine who would win. Regardless of what one thinks of the results, they can't be accused of not doing their homework. Likewise, they both show research in trying to quantify powers from video game characters in real world terms (estimating that the weight of the presumed granite pillars that Link needs the Golden Gauntlets to lift to be over 1000 tons), and knew the origins for all the types of weapons the Ninja Turtles used.
Interesting bit with Haggar vs. Zangief, where Zangief's bio about him training with grizzly bears is incorrect as grizzly bears don't live in Russia and that he would really be training with Ussuri brown bears, which are considerably larger than grizzlies.
Noting that Pikachu hasn't been particularly EV trained in any stat, due to having had a wide variety of opponents, but still giving a fairly logical estimate of his EV spread.
Metal Man's weakness to his own weapons is noted in the pre-fight stats, and Metal Sonic kills him with it after copying his power.
Boomstick also gives quite a devoted lesson about velociraptors while discussing Riptor, even surprising Wizard with his knowledge of dinosaurs.
In the epilogue following the Pokemon Battle Royale, it's revealed that after factoring in status problems, possible movesets, and accuracy rolls, there's over 7000 ways a battle between the combatants could play out using Pokemon's game mechanics. What really qualifies it for this trope is that they determined the percentage of those 7000+ battles that each of the three combatants would win, and set the order that the two losing Pokemon were eliminated accordingly: Venusaur wins less than 20% of them, meaning he gets killed off first, and Blastoise wins nearly half of them, cementing his victory over Charizard.
Shows Damage: In some battles, most noticeably Robocop vs Terminator (especially with the Terminator's artificial skin having no resistance to any of Robocop's attacks).
Something Else Also Rises: Parodied with He-Man's suggestive "Oh~!" when he sees Lion-O's Sword Of Omens extend to its combat form.
Spider-Sense: How Spider-Man manages to hold his own against Batman.
He-Man vs. Lion-O ends with He-Man giving a PSA about the importance of spaying and neutering pets, with Battlecat as a testimonial.
Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison has Boomstick singing the full-length version of the Master Bison theme, as a Brick Joke from earlier in the episode.
Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream makes an appearance at the beginning of the fight between Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu, when both ninjas slice through a guard keeping watch over the battlefield and screams right as he explodes in blood.
One of the deciding factors in the "Link vs. Cloud" fight was Link being more strategically-minded than Cloud.
A factor in the "Spider-Man vs. Batman" fight. Both of them are clever strategists.
Leonardo. It's the reason he won both of his fights, after all.
Superman is noted to both fight smart and efficiently. He tries to disable Goku first chance he got, destroys the Senzu Beans immediately, tossed Goku's magical extending pole when it proved it could hurt him (as it was magical), and went to the sun when his power first started to wane.
Brought up in Bucky vs. Fox, as Bucky is more of a strategist than Fox. Despite this, Fox won due to having more combat experience.
Strong as They Need to Be: Summed up as the reason why Superman wins against Goku; he only brings as much power to bear as necessary in any given fight and, as long as he's not cut off from a yellow or blue star, has no known upper limit.
Metal Sonic uses a Chaos Emerald to become Neo Metal Sonic, then assimilates the Egg Fleet to become Metal Overlord.
Goku uses Kaio-ken and all four levels of Super Saiyan, whereas Vegeta only uses Super Saiyan Level 1.
Super Strength: While many combatants seem to have some degree of enhanced physical strength, Boomstick seems to be stronger than your average denizen of the deep south.
Boomstick: (on Lion-O's gauntlet) ... which, in his first outing, he used to punch down a tree. Hey, that's just like how I catch squirrels for supper!
In terms of strength, He-Man, Thor and Superman are normally depicted as having unlimited strength and are all strong enough to move planets. Despite Thor's ability to lift over 1 million tons, he was physically overpowered by Godzilla.
Sword Fight: When both combatants have bladed weapons, expect the two to trade blows with them; examples include Link vs. Cloud and He-Man vs. Lion-O.
There a couple of scathing Take That's aimed at the people upset over Goku being defeated by Superman in the He-Man vs. Lion-O Death Battle.
It seems that both Wiz and Boomstick have a good bit of disdain towards some alternative Mortal Kombat works; all they mention about the Sword of Shao Kahn was that it appeared in "that crappy TV show," and they start to cover Kahn's ability to transform into a giant serpent (which comes from the Annihilation film), only for both to agree on purging it from their minds and moving on.
Vegeta Vs Mewtwo is a lighter one at Silvermania. The fight itself still ends with the two of them working together to blow up their headquarters, though.
Wiz made several digs toward fans who argued over the outcome of the first ever Death Battle episode by bringing up Boba Fett's armor being cold resistant. He launches a mini-tirade about how irrelevant that one fact is to the outcome of the fight.
Take That, Scrappy!: Slippy Toad, a character infamous for his tendency to be in need of rescue, is quickly killed by Bucky O'Hare (who mistakens Slippy for a soldier of the Toad Empire). Boomstick comments on this, stating how much he loves his job after getting to "croak the worst toad of all time." invoked
Taking You with Me: The Terminator attempts this on Robocop with his generator reaching critical and most of his body gone. However, Robocop manages to strap him to his jetpack and take him out of range.
Teleport Spam: If a combatant has teleportation as an ability, expect this in the fight.
Falco: (to Slippy, who is far behind the Star Fox team as they travel through space) Slippy, what are you doing!? Hurry up! Slippy: Don't worry. (cue the Righteous Indignation) Bucky: (spotting Slippy and mistaking him for one of Komplex's toad henchmen) Attention all hands, battle stations!
Theme Music Powerup: The music usually shifts to a song from the character's soundtracks when they get the upper hand.
Whenever He-Man takes the lead, "He-Man!" very audibly bellows out in triumph.
Thor misses Raiden every single time he tries this, thanks to the throwing distance and the latter's teleportation. Thor notably has more success ripping Raiden in half with his hammer while he's still holding onto it. In addition, it was also pointed out in the pre-battle analysis that Thor used to lose his powers when separated from Mjolnir. Boomstick points out how problematic this is, considering his main method of attack is throwing the hammer.
Averted, played straight and deconstructed with Luke force throwing his lightsabers. The first one gets destroyed, but his less used shoto-saber goes into Harry's chest. However, it should be noted that the second attempt only worked because Luke first used shatterpoint to rip open Harry's scar, disabling him long enough to deliver the killing blow.
He-Man throws the Power Sword at Lion-O like a boomerang; the end result is that he gets the sword stuck in the ground.
Shao Khan does this with the Wrath Hammer as well, though justified in his case, as he can summon it out of thin air.
Tiger Versus Dragon: The Tigerzord vs Epyon battle plays of this but their fighting styles are inverted.
Title Drop: As the quote at the top shows, Wiz will always open each episode with one.
Boomstick typically does a Title Drop right before the fight begins as well.
Boomstick: It's time for a Death Battle!
Title Scream: Not at the beginning of the episode, but before each titular battle begins, Boomstick will always proudly declare that "it's time for a death battle!"
Total Party Kill: Implied to have happened in Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare when the Righteous Indignation was hit by a Smart Bomb from Fox's Arwing; Bucky was the only survivor when his ship crashed into a random planet. The keyword here being "was."
Undercrank: The end of episode battles will occasionally slow down during the heat of the action, such as in Thor vs. Raiden, just moments before Raiden is smashed in half by Mjolnir.
Used to good effect in Goku vs. Superman, moments before the Dragon Fist and Infinite Mass Punch collide.
Ivy vs. Orchid has Ivy preparing to finish off Orchid by thrusting her blade into the ground for it to impale Orchid, but the fight slows down as Orchid turns into the fire cat and phases through Ivy's sword, speeding back up for her comeback.
Unrealistic Black Hole: A feat that is normally demonstrated is the ability to escape or survive a black hole, as was the case for Fox and Lion-O's Sword of Omens.
One of Superman's feats was that he was able to contain a black hole in his hands to stop it from destroying everything around it. Thankfully, Superman is indestructible and was able to remove the black hole threat.
Kratos is a solid example, possessing the Blades of Exile, Bow of Apollo, Claws of Hades, Nemean Cestus, and the Blade of Olympus. Summed up by Boomstick:
"Holy crap, that's a lot of weapons. I like this guy!"
Season 2 gives us Ryu Hayabusa, who in addition to the Dragon Sword, possesses a bow and arrow, scythe, kusariagama, and several boomerang shuriken.
The Terminator is packing a hardballer handgun, a shotgun, a grenade launcher, a rocket launcher and a minigun all on its back at the same time.
Waxing Lyrical: The beginning of the analysis on Black Orchid goes as follows:
Wizard: While little is known about the top-secret operative codenamed Black Orchid, what we do know is: she's a killer. ("killer, killer! Ooooooh, she's a killer...")
Where's the Kaboom?: Near the battle's end, Starscream shot out an armoury's worth of missiles towards Rainbow Dash who flew into the clouds out of sight. He then stands there waiting for an explosion for a few seconds only for Rainbow to lead his missiles straight to him.
Harry destroys Luke's main lightsaber when Luke thought he had him with a force choke.
He-Man destroys both the Sword of Omens and the Eye of Thundera.
Thanks to his plasma cipher being able to generate enough heat to cut through steel, Strider breaks the entirety of Ryu's arsenal except the Dragon Sword.
X Meets Y: Bucky's Big Bad Komplex is described by Wizard as "if Hitler was Skynet."
Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: During the Thor and Raiden fight, Raiden had the blue lightning, Thor had the yellow lightning. Note that when Raiden had one of his blue lightning bolts sent back at him, it became yellow.
Downplayed in the fight against Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter; while it doesn't bust his head open, the lightning bolt scar on Harry's forehead is vulnerable to Luke's shatterpoint ability, allowing him to rip it open and injure Harry greatly.
Fox is on the giving end of this trope, blowing Bucky brains out with a charged blaster shot at the end of their battle.
Your Mom: When listing Tails's arsenal of bombs, Boomstick lists that he has "bombs shaped like magic rings, bombs shaped like mice, and bombs shaped like your mother."
After getting blown up by his own missiles led by Rainbow Dash's "Sonic Rainboom", then getting further destroyed offscreen by her "Buccaneer Blaze", Starscream's Spark comes out of the remnants of his torso and brags about his immortality. Rainbow then eats it to shut him up.
This line was also said in the preview of Episode 2 at the end of Episode 1. Shang Tsung fails to deliver.
Unlike Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn succeeds in doing this to to M. Bison.
Superman to Goku when the latter wants to fight for the sake of fighting.
Shadow calls Vegeta out on his sanity or lack thereof in the fight. Justified, considering that Vegeta decided to drop the moon on him, despite the fact it would likely destroy the Earth.
Zerg Rush: Stider Hiryu sends out a barrage of his option B and option C support drones to swarm Ryu Hayabusa. Ryu responds by using his ninpo arts to cut them all into scrap metal before they can even touch him.
Not during a battle itself, but while discussing Justin Bieber's fans, the Beliebers, Wizard explains that they are so crazy that they will trample and injure one another in "rabid zerg rushes." They are also described as trying to hurt Bieber, throwing objects at him during his concerts. Which, incidentally, is one thing that Rebecca Black, a Belieber herself, does to him when they engage in battle.