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Web Animation: Death Battle
IT'S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLE!!!!!

Boomstick: He's Wiz and I'm Boomstick.
Wizard: And it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win a Death Battle.

The Nerd Spin-Off of Deadliest Warrior!
Youtube commentary

Death Battle is a special hosted by Screwattack.com and is presented by "Wizard" (Ben Singer) and "Boomstick" (Chad James). Episodes 20-29 were animated by Mr Lange, aka Short Factor (Jordan Lange), with Episodes 29 onwards animated by "Mali", Torrian Crawford & Eric Marte. The point of the show is to take two similar characters and pit them against each other, analyzing their respective strengths and weaknesses to see who would win.

So far, there are 33 videos. The first 18 episodes were featured exclusively on ScrewAttack's YouTube account, and starting with episode 19 the series is now posted to the redesigned screwattack.com, with a delayed posting of past fights to their Youtube page.

The Rules (unwritten and official) of a Death Battle are:
  • 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).
  • A battle has to end with the loser dying, at least 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 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 DBZ manga). All consistent and canon sources available during the time of the episode's release will be examined by the hosts. If the warrior has different canons, the canon used will most likely be the most popular depiction (e.g. G1 Starscream, G4 Rainbow Dash, and modern-day Batman). The research will avoid biases. 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. 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. 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 the battle will allow some of their best weapons (e.g. Link and Cloud were equipped with their best armor and magic). 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).
  • 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 his is at the end of The Deathly Hallows when he learned all his skills, not while he was a young kid in The Philosopher's/Sorcerer'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 with their weapons, even if they are used to fighting with a partner (like how Pikachu wasn't allowed to have Ash command him). 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.
  • Vehicles, steeds, and the like are generally not allowed (for example, Batman was not allowed to use his Batmobile, Tails didn't have any of his mech walkers, Link didn't have his horse/boat/train/loftwing, although Harry got his broomstick and Bomberman got a Rooey).
  • 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:

    Season 1 
  1. "Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran." Samus Aran wins. Reasoning 
  2. "Akuma vs. Shang Tsung." Akuma wins. Reasoning 
  3. "Rogue vs. Wonder Woman." Rogue wins. Reasoning 
  4. "Goomba vs. Koopa." It's a draw. Reasoning 
  5. "Mike Haggar vs. Zangief." Zangief wins. Reasoning 
  6. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale." Leonardo wins. Reasoning 
  7. "The Winner of the TMNT Battle Royale vs. Zitz." Leonardo wins.Reasoning 
  8. "Yoshi vs. Riptor." Yoshi wins. Reasoning 
  9. "Felicia vs. Taokaka." Taokaka wins. Reasoning 
  10. "Kratos vs. Spawn." Spawn wins. Reasoning 
  11. "White Bomberman vs. Dig Dug." Dig Dug wins. Reasoning 
  12. "Vegeta vs. Shadow." Vegeta wins. Reasoning 
  13. "Mario vs. Sonic." Sonic wins. Reasoning 
  14. "Justin Bieber vs. Rebecca Black." It's a draw. Reasoning  note 
  15. "Luke Skywalker vs. Harry Potter." Luke Skywalker wins. Reasoning 
  16. "Chun-Li vs. Mai Shiranui." Mai Shiranui wins. Reasoning 
  17. "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash." Rainbow Dash wins. Reasoning 
  18. "Master Chief vs. Doomguy." Master Chief wins. Reasoning 
  19. "Doctor Eggman note  vs. Doctor Wily note ." Metal Sonic wins. Reasoning 
  20. "Princess Peach vs. Princess Zelda." Princess Peach wins. Reasoning 
  21. "Raiden vs. Thor." Thor wins. Reasoning 
  22. "Cloud Strife vs. Link." Link wins. Reasoning 
  23. "Batman vs. Spider-Man." Spider-Man wins. Reasoning 
  24. "Pikachu vs. Blanka." Blanka wins. Reasoning 
  25. "Son Goku vs. Superman." Superman wins. Reasoning 

    Season 2 
  1. "He-Man vs. Lion-O." He-Man wins. Reasoning 
  2. "Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison." (premiered at the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention 2013 on June 21, 2013) Shao Kahn wins. Reasoning 
  3. "Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu." Strider Hiryu wins. Reasoning 
  4. "Ivy Valentine vs. Black Orchid." Black Orchid wins. Reasoning 
  5. "Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare." (premiered on November 8th, 2013) Fox McCloud wins. Reasoning 
  6. "The Terminator vs. Robocop." (premiered on February 28th, 2014) Robocop wins. Reasoning 
  7. "Luigi vs. Tails." (premiered on March 22nd, 2014) Tails wins. Reasoning 
  8. "Venusaur vs. Charizard vs. Blastoise Pokémon Battle Royale." (Premiered April 11 2014) Blastoise wins. Reasoning 
  9. Fulgore vs. ???

     Bonus episodes 
  1. "Death Battle vs. The World note " The Death Battle T-shirt wins. Reasoning 
  2. "Vegeta vs. Mewtwo. ." The Internet wins. Reasoning 

Also with a character sheet for the combatants and hosts, as well as an in-progress episode list.

The official Twitter can be found here and the official Face Book can be found here

Death Battle provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon: Done for the sake of fairness: since all battles must end with a death, any reservations a combatant may have about killing are ignored. Also, fighters may be strengthened or weakened slightly to avoid a total Curb-Stomp Battle (though this hasn't prevented a few fights from ending up like this).
    • Rainbow Dash, however, keeps any non-canon anger or malice out of her fight, instead having elements of cheerful playfulness, as well as Deadpan Snarker. This, when mixed with Starscream's silver tongue, allows the Transformer to trick Dash into letting him off… until he fires every single missile he has at her. However, see Badass Adorable; Dash can, and has, resort to destruction against enemies whenever she or her friends are seriously threatened and the enemy has proven beyond redemption.
    • He-Man and Superman are other examples; it certainly looks as if they might have been willing to end their respective fights, but subsequent attacks forced them to cross their personal Godzilla Thresholds and resort to using their full power. Also, Goku does not take advantage of Superman's weakness to kryptonite, blowing it up before continuing to pound him.
  • 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.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Boomstick. Just look at the quote for Anything That Moves.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Animation Bump
    • Wiz and Boomstick commissioned Mr. Lange a.k.a. ShortFactor to animate the battles for episode 20, and for thirty more episodes. (The "Zelda vs. Peach" battle was a test run.)
    • "Cloud vs. Link" and "Goku vs. Superman" were both in full-on 3D. As has Terminator vs Robocop.
  • Annoying Arrows: Arrows tend to have little effect on their users' opponents:
    • In Kratos vs. Spawn, the Bow of Apollo does little to stop Spawn from rushing Kratos.
    • In Zelda vs. Peach, while the Light Arrow does penetrate Peach's chest, it hits Peach just moments after her rage mode wears off.
    • In Link vs. Cloud, all of the shots from the Hero's Bow are deflected by the Buster Sword, with the one exception (an ice arrow) only freezing Cloud for a few seconds.
    • In Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu, the arrows fired from Hayabusa's bow are all dodged by Hiryu.
  • Anticlimax
    • 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.
  • 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!
  • Apocalypse How:
    • 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.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • 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"?
    • In "Son Goku vs. Superman":
    Goku: Kaio-Ken!
    Superman: Kaio-What?
    • After the He-Man vs. Lion-O fight, we're treated to a 8-bit (16-bit?) version of He-Man with rainbows and sparkles in the background.
    • In Fox vs. Bucky, Boomstick is quick to point out that the Arwing can "do a barrel roll!"
      • Right after it, when Wiz explains that the Arwing actually performs an aileron roll, Boomstick pulls a Wolf and goes "Can't let you do that, Wizard!"
    • During Luigi's rundown section, one of his listed feats is "Won at Mario Party by doing absolutely nothing"
  • 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.
  • Attack Backfire:
    • In the climax of the battle between Thor and Raiden, Thor attempts to use the God Blast to finish Raiden, but because it's electricity-based, it only supercharges the defender of Earthrealm.
    • Many times for Luigi during his fight. Such as sucking up Tails' bombs and shooting them back up. Only for them to miss Tails barely and drop back down onto Luigi. Luigi survives, but not for long.
  • Attack Its Weak Point
    • Luke invokes this by exploiting Harry's scar as a shatterpoint.
    • Strangely absent from Link's battle (given how often this is a common theme with most of his boss fights) with Cloud, though it's understandable. Z-targeting still makes an appearance and Link uses it to block Cloud's Omnislash.
    • 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.
  • Audience Participation: Many of the battles are taken from fan requests.
  • 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 have 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.
  • Badass Adorable: Several of the fighters are on the cute side, and being here implies they're badass, too — although this may be subverted if they end up on the losing side of a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • Princesses Zelda and Peach — they can both be counted as badass.
    • Pikachu — Puts up a good fight but ultimately loses to Blanka.
    • Rainbow Dash — Played straight. For a pony fighting a giant armed robot warrior, she wins remarkably easily. And then she eats Starscream's Spark, to add insult to injury.
    • Yoshi — He survives a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from a velociraptor long enough to spit his own acid back into his face.
    • 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.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Charizard torches the arena invoking this.
  • Battle in the Rain: Blastoise invokes this using Rain Dance. The weakening of Charizard's fire attacks and power up to Blastoise' water attacks seals the fight for Blastoise.
  • Beam-O-War: Superman and Goku engage in this repeatedly throughout their fight.
    • 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.
  • 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!"
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: or at least the Furry Fandom is; Wiz does not approve of Boomstick mackin' on Felicia. See Anything that Moves for the exchange.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game:
    • Shang Tsung tries to beat Akuma with his own moves after taking a portion of his soul. It doesn't work.
    • Goku creates a spirit bomb using the energy from the sun to counter Superman's recharging. It heals Goku well enough, but Superman's maximum potential is still higher than Goku's.
    • When Orchid attempts her flash attack on Ivy, Ivy simply laughs it off (since her breasts are a size larger than Orchid's) and pulls one of her own, stunning Orchid long enough to counter-attack.
  • Berserk Button
    • Boomstick strongly dislikes teen pop stars, particularly Justin Beiber.
    • On that note, one Death Battle involved Bieber and Rebecca Black. Guess how it ended.
    • 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.
    Boomstick: Yeah, Wiz is a little sensitive about this one so...
    Wiz: If you were wearing a parka, which is cold resistant, and you were shot by Samus' ice beam, you would be frozen solid!
    Boomstick: Yeah, don't bring this one up again.
    • Felicia got quite upset at Taokaka for accidentally killing a butterfly they were playing with.
    • If Fox whipping out a smart bomb is any indication, then don't kill any members of his crew. Then the battle went to the ground and Fox won by choking Bucky and blowing his brains out.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • 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 feasable.
    • 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.
  • Big "NO!":
    • The last thing M. Bison gets to blurt out before being absorbed by Shao Kahn's Soulnado.
    • He-Man also has another one after the Eye of Thundera attempts to destroy him in retaliation for He-Man breaking the Sword of Omens.
    • Boomstick's reaction to Charizard's death at the hands of Blastoise. He's less upset about Venusaur...
  • Big "OMG!": Wiz (and just about everyone else) upon seeing the "next time" teaser for Pikachu vs. Blanka was for the oft-requested Superman vs. Goku.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Boomstick, after learning that they have to go back to commercial breaks for the YouTube version of "Zelda vs. Peach".
    • Also when finding out one of Starscream's more embarrassing moments (possessed Atari Hitotonari from Transformers: Kiss Players while she was using the bathroom).
  • Black Comedy: Boomstick is a notable fountain of this; no matter how the fight ends, he always has a bad pun for both the fallen and the victor.
  • Blade Spam: Cloud's Omnislash, which he uses at the end of his battle against Link. Unfortunately for Cloud, it sets up for the strike the latter needed to win the duel.
  • Blocking Stops All Damage: Used pretty liberally in the fight scenes. Also, some fights have come down to the fighters' ability to literally do so.
  • Bloodless Carnage
    • 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.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Rainbow Dash taunts Starscream with TWO of them.
  • Bond One-Liner: A few brought to us by the combatants:
    Taokaka: (after killing Felicia) Nyahaha! Nyahaha— nyao, I'm bored.

    Peach: (after killing Zelda) Did I win?

    Thor: (after killing Raiden) Farewell!

    Spider-Man: (after killing Batman) Sorry 'bout that.

    Superman: (after dropping a car on Goku) Next time, watch your blind spot.note 

    He-Man: (after killing Lion-O) Well, looks like curiosity killed this cat!

    Shao Kahn: (after burying M. Bison underneath pillars) Flawless victory. note 
    • Both Robocop and Terminator get one, but neither of them actually win the fight after saying it.
    Robocop: Checkmate.
    Terminator: You are terminated.
    • It extends to Boomstick as well in the post-match analysis, usually involving a Pun relating to the fight in question.
    Boomstick: She (Samus) sure stopped Fett cold!

    Boomstick: Looks like Tsung's all souled out. Ha-hah! Get it, Wiz?

    Boomstick: Rogue sure made out in this fight.

    Boomstick: You might say this battle really heated up in the end!

    Boomstick: 'Gief just found his window of opportunity.

    Boomstick: Looks like Leo got the point in this battle.

    Boomstick: In the end, Zitz just needed to pull himself together.

    Boomstick: Smart as he may be, Riptor just didn't have the stomach for this dino-mite, dino-fight.

    Boomstick: Felicia just took her final meow.

    Boomstick: Now, that was one hell of a fight!

    Boomstick: Bomberman sure went out with a bang.

    Boomstick: Looks like Shadow's time was up!

    Boomstick: Looks like Mario just couldn't keep up!

    Boomstick: This fight really popped!

    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: Blastoise H2Owned.

    * 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.
  • Broken Streak
    • Superman finally brings home a victory for DC Comics.
    • Chun-li however, broke Street Fighter's winning streak of 2 episodes.
    • 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.
  • Call Back: In the "Son Goku vs. Superman" fight, Vegeta shows up in the beginning, blowing off Superman and declaring he could kill him with his eyes closed before mentioning "that stupid transforming hedgehog".
    • 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.
    • Luigi vs. Tails is quite obviously a Spiritual Sequel to Mario vs. Sonic.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Done gratuitously by Goku in the fight against Superman, from his initial usage of the Kaio-Ken, to his final move in the battle, a Super Saiyan 4-boosted Dragon Fist.
    • Strider Hiryu gets a mention for calling out Ragnarok right before finishing off Ryu Hayabusa.
  • The Cameo
    • Derpy Hooves can be seen during the "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash" fight.
    • The cast of heroes from Dragon Ball Z Abridged are seen in the intro of "Son Goku vs. Superman".
    • The rest of the 64-era Star Fox team appear in the beginning of the Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare fight, flying in their Arwings before an ambush from the Righteous Indignation.
    • In several character rundowns, many past combatants make a brief appearance in the current fighter's analysis, oftentimes being beaten by whoever the two are examining.
  • Captain Ersatz: Many duels are between a character that appears to be similar to another:
    • Zits vs. Leonardo
    • Vegeta vs. Shadow (the former even points out how Super Shadow looks similar to a Super Saiyan form)
    • Master Chief vs. Doomguy
    • Eggman vs. Wily
    • Goku vs. Superman
    • Lion-O vs. He-Man (Lion-O is also a double-whammy; his back-story and weakness to a glowing rock mirrors Superman's origins)
  • Caption Humor: A witty comment or two can be spotted in almost every episodes' character rundown, and even sometimes during the final analysis.
  • Car Fu
    • Rebecca Black's friend manages to nail Beiber with his car and slam him against a brick wall, killing him... but also kills himself and Rebecca in the process.
    • Superman smashes Goku with one in their fight.
    • Robocop hurls one at the Terminator in their fight near the end.
  • Casting Gag
    • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun / Chekhov's Skill
    • 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.
  • Composite Character
  • Comically Missing the Point: Wiz might sound the saner of the two, but he has his moments of this.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death
    • Boba Fett getting his head blown off By Samus Aran.
    • Every ninja turtle that wasn't Leonardo plus Zitz.
    • Felicia getting split in half by Taokaka.
    • Doomguy getting reduced to giblets by Master Chief.
    • Zelda's obliteration via Peach's kick.
    • Raiden getting smashed in half by Thor before being hurled into the sun.
    • 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.
    • The Death Battle T-shirt sets a record for fastest kill in Death Battle history against every T-shirt in the world, leaving nothing but a barren wasteland in its wake.
    • 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 multiple supernovas; 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 Lion-O alot more than he could have. You know you've got a mismatch when one of the rules is suspended for a combatant's benefit and still has him lose.
    • "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.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: In the actual animation, though the analysis shows that it's more or less the above trope.
    • 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%.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Felicia and Taokaka get distracted by a butterfly.
  • 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.
  • David Versus Goliath:
    • The "Blanka vs. Pikachu" fight. Blanka is a large and muscular wildman, while Pikachu is a small, electric rodent.
    • Also, the "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash" fight. Starscream is a giant robot, while Rainbow Dash is a (relatively) small pegasus pony.
    • Also, "Yoshi vs. Riptor." Riptor is a vicious wild Velociraptor, while Yoshi is a cute little thing that you can ride.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • 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.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Five so far:
  • Destination Defenestration:
    • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Vegeta's ideal way of reacting to Shadow calling him short is to kill him.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    Wiz: When it comes to fighting, combatants come in all shapes and sizes!
    Boomstick: And I'm likin' the shapes and sizes on these two!
    • And...
    Wiz: [Mai] wears it for kunoichi, a female ninja method of sensually distracting the foe before striking.
    Boomstick: ...I'm sorry, what? I was distracted.
    Wiz: Never mind.
    Boomstick: Okay!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Right before the battle between He-Man and Lion-O begins, this exchange:
    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.
  • Downer Ending: Given the nature of the battles, most fights will be this to somebody.
    • "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.
  • Dream Team: Boomstick and Wiz put together some of the most notable names in the Internet to do some of their battles. The "Son Goku vs. Superman" is the biggest, with MasakoX of Team Four Star and RandomGuy of I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC doing the voices.
  • Driven to Suicide: Played for Laughs when Boomstick decided he couldn't go after hearing about Justin Bieber's popularity. He felt better after hearing Bieber could be rather aggressive and seeing a clip of a character of his getting shot to death.
  • Drop the Hammer:
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • 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. Superman lampshades Goku's reason for fighting to the death.
  • Expy:
  • 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.
  • Fan Sequel: some fans, pretending to be Wiz and Boomstick, made a parody episode of Magikarp vs Froggy The Pokemon Trainer wins.
  • Fantastic Racism: Bucky's crew kill Slippy, even though the poor guy was doing absolutely nothing that would warrant it. He's basically killed for being a toad.
  • Fate Worse than Death: According to Word of God, Starscream is the only character that has survived losing, even though his Spark was swallowed by Rainbow Dash. However he's a sewing machine or an arcade cabinet by now.
  • Finishing Move:
    • Akuma using the Raging Demon to finish off Shang Tsung during his own attempt at using the Kongo Kokuretsu Zan Akuma used earlier in the fight.
    • Rogue seals Wonder Woman's fate with a kiss.
    • Vegeta vaporizes Shadow with a lengthened version of the Galick Gun.
    • Peach obliterating Zelda's head with the Empress Peach Mega Strike.
    • Goku's Dragon Fist and Superman's Infinite Mass Punch colliding, with the latter overpowering the former.
    • Shao Kahn absorbing M. Bison's soul with the Soulnado.
    • Strider Hiryu's Ragnarok defeating an already-weakened Ryu Hayabusa.
    • Black Orchid stomping on Ivy Valentine after using her magic to turn Ivy into a frog.
    • Tails tricking Luigi into lowering his defenses to attack before impaling Luigi with his Magic Hand attack.
  • Flat "What.": Boomstick will give one to the more incredulous factoids.
  • Flight, Strength, Heart: From Episode 21, Thor's powers are listed as being able to lift over one million tons, move at supersonic speeds, never feel exhaustion, survive the vacuum of space, and talk with frogs.
  • Flipping the Table: Boomstick really wanted to do this after the reveal of the "Son Goku vs. Superman" Death Battle.
    Boomstick: Somebody gimme a Motherfuckin' table to flip!
  • 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 , 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.
  • Free-Fall Fight:
    • The final part of "Mike Hagger vs. Zangief".
    • Zelda and Peach also continue to battle when the bridge is destroyed.
    • Also done half-way into the "Batman vs. Spider-Man" fight.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Groin Attack:
    • 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…
  • Gun Twirling: Robocop. All the time.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:
    • How Raiden is defeated by Thor.
    • Zitz and Felicia were also fatally cut in half by Leonardo and Taokaka respectively.
    • Also how Batman dies.
    • Shao Kahn does this to M. Bison. Bison's soul still remains, but Kahn finds the Soulution to that problem.
    • Both Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu are known to cut people in half. However, while Ryu needs the Dragon Sword to pull it off, the more physically adept Strider manages with his bare hands.
    • Fox McCloud gets his legs blown off by a grenade. He writhes on the ground for a few seconds, but ends up surviving because the legs were cybernetic and he still had a functioning jetpack.
    • The Terminator suffers this after getting a Level 10 charge from Robocop.
    • Not sure if this counts, but Venusaur's flower, which makes up half its size, is torn off by Charizard in the Starter Battle Royale.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: He-Man and Lion-O ham it up during their duel.
  • 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • White Bomberman, in the classical sense, is blown up by his own bomb.
    • Starscream blew himself up with his own missles.
    • 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.
  • How Much More Can He Take:
    • 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.
  • Hurl It into the Sun:
    • How Thor disposes of Raiden.
    • Goku does this to Superman in their battle. Superman survives and supercharges on solar radiation.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Robocop's gun attachment arm.
  • I Call Him "Mister Happy":
    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!?"
  • I Surrender, Suckers:
    • Starscream pretends to surrender to Rainbow Dash, to stall while he arms his missiles. This backfires when she leads Starscream's own missiles back into him, blowing him to smithereens.
    • 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.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The entire He-Man vs. Lion-O battle.
    Lion-O: (having just wrapped He-Man in grappling hook rope) Want to keep going? I think you're a little tied up at the moment.
    He-Man: Sorry, cat-man; but you won't string me along that easily!
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • 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.
    • Not sure if this counts, but in Luigi Vs Tails, Luigi is killed when Tails sends his Magic Hand right through Luigi's chest.
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: When Goku tries the Afterimage Technique, Superman holds his fist out and Goku runs into it.
  • Irony:
    • Goku went to face Superman because he saw a threat to the planet. Guess how the fight ends.
    • Lion-O went to fight He-Man to stop his "animal cruelty". The fight ended with the complete genocide of the ThunderCat race.
    • Briefly discussed in Yoshi vs. Riptor; Boomstick once wanted a pet raptor as a child, and planned on naming it Barney after learning about irony.
  • Insistent Terminology: Even after Wiz tries proving otherwise, Boomstick still claims that Link is a fairy.
  • 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.
  • Joke Character: Eggman's army has Scratch and Grounder, Wily's army has Sheep Man. Thanks to his electric abilities, Sheep Man beats them both.
  • Just Eat Him:
    • How Blanka beats Pikachu.
    • How Rainbow Dash disposes of Starscream's Spark.
    • How Battle Cat disposes of Lion-O's Corpse.
    • Blastoise eats Venusaur's flower after killing Charizard.
  • Kill 'em All: Three fights so far have ended in a draw.
    • 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.
  • Kiss of Death: How Rogue finishes off Wonder Woman.
  • Kung-Fu Sonic Boom: The fight between Goku and Superman releases several of these. Their last one, a collision between Goku's Dragon Fist and Superman's Infinite Mass Punch, destroys the planet.
    • Thor and Raiden set off quite the shock wave when they collide in mid-air at one point of the battle.
    • Also, Vegeta and Shadow, after they both power-up to their Super Modes and begin pummeling each other.
  • Lame Comeback: While Robocop is toasting the Terminator with a flamethrower;
    Robocop: Property damage, resisting arrest, assualting an officer, murder. Your hot streak end here.
    Terminator: Fuck you, dickwad!
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Boomstick has a habit of making bad puns after the end of a fight, causing the others to react.
    Boomstick: Riptor just didn't have the stomach for this Dino-mite, dino fight.
    Wiz: ... What?
    Boomstick: I'm clever!
  • Late Arrival Spoiler: Due to being so thorough in their research and presenting all the facts, key plot points about the characters sometimes come up in the rundowns.
    • He-Man vs. Lion-O spoils the outcome of Superman vs. Goku, which in turn spoils the outcome of Vegeta vs. Shadow.
  • Lava Pit: Koopa Troopa accidentally falls into one and dies right after killing several Goombas.
  • Leitmotif: Throughout each combatant's rundown, snippets of themes iconic to their character/franchise provide background music.
  • Lethal Joke Character:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me:
    • One of the major deciding factors for Link's victory over Cloud was his access to the Hylian shield and the defensive capabilities it provided against Cloud's arsenal.
    • Tails' sheild bot. But only temporarily.
  • Ludicrous Gibs:
    • The fight between Spider-Man and Batman ends with Spidey slingshot-kicking Bats into salsa.
    • Doomguy gets blown to bits by one of Master Chief's plasma grenades.
    • Before they start fighting, Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu rush a guard on the battlefield, both slicing through him, who then promptly explodes in a shower of gore.
    • Charizard explodes in a shower of blood after Blastoise fills it with water and inflates it like a balloon. Its tail seems to be all that remains of it…which was still burning.
  • Macross Missile Massacre:
    • Starscream unleashes one upon Rainbow Dash. Who promptly turns it into a Misguided Missile Massacre.
    • Link unleashes one upon Cloud, albeit with bombs. It doesn't kill him, but it gives Link the opening for the move that does.
    • Tails also is more than a little bomb happy…
  • Mad Scientist:
    • 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.
  • Magic Versus Technology:
    • 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 of The 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 bve considered this considering Luigi's main attack was the thunderhand technique.
  • 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.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break:
    • 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.
  • Mighty Glacier: Robocop.
  • 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 Annoying Sound: The noise the Wily Capsule makes, according to Boomstick.
    Boomstick: Make it stop, make it stop! OOHHH!!
  • 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?!
  • Mundane Utility: How Boomstick sees the Sword of Omens' Tractor Beam.
    "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.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • 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.
    • Vegeta's Pre-Mortem One-Liner to Shadow is "Sayonara", which is uttered by Sonic in Sonic Adventure 2 after Shadow's apparent death and by Maria before hers.
      • Earlier in the fight, Vegeta asks Shadow if "a lab rat like himself experiences fear" after going Super Saiyan on him, the same question he asks Android 19 in the original series.
    • Possible one from "Kratos vs. Spawn": Kratos is once again hosed when his opponent isn't as dead as he thought it was.
    • Quite a few of the times Superman's beating on Goku, we see things from his various animated versions. These included:
    • 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'.
    • The rundown on the Terminator shows the famous clip where it stands on a skull and crushes it. At the end of the fight, Robocop does the same to what's left of the Terminator's head.
  • 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 reduced to 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 
    • 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 , nor was he given his staff .
    • 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.
    • This article offers an argument for Goku's (possible) nerfing. However, this article offers an argument that even if Goku was incredibly buffed, Superman would still dominate. You decide. However, the data that the latter gives for Superman far outweighs the data for Goku on either; there's a very good chance of Supes' underestimation in the first assessment, who seems to be considering lesser feats of Superman's to list the numbers, whilst Goku's best feats, as well as questionable power-scaling, are used. However, the numbers and feats that the second assessment gives for Supes far outweighs even the numbers and feats the first one gives for Goku… and the second assessment even chose to use great exaggerations and overestimation for Goku's feats, which still came short of Supes'.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis:
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • Boomstick, when describing Bucky O'Hare as a funky fresh rabbit, is quick to add on "yes, that is a direct quote (from his cartoon's theme song)."
    • Wiz says, "Yes, this is real." when they showed footage of RoboCop helping Sting.
  • Not so Above It All:
    • 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.
  • Not So Different:
    • 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.
  • Oh Crap:
    • 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.
    • This was Starscream's reaction when Rainbow Dash leads his own missiles straight at him.
    • Goku's reaction when blasting Superman to the sun didn't kill him, but brought him to the source of his powers.
    • Lion-O when realizing He-Man is about to throw a mountain at him.
      • As well as He-Man's reaction when the Eye of Thundera attempts to destroy him in a last-ditch effort to protect Lion-O, complete with a Big "NO!".
    • Boomstick when Shao Kahn absorbs M. Bison's soul and gains his opponent's Psycho Power.
    Boomstick: That can't be good.
    • Fox's reaction when he notices just a half-second too late that one of Bucky's grenades is right next to him. It costs him his cybernetic legs, but ultimately, not his life.
    • Right afterwards, Bucky gives an example when Fox rockets towards him with his jetpack.
    • Robocop when he notices Terminator's hydrogen fuel cells have ruptured and are about to explode. Fortunately, he straps Terminator to his flightpack and sends him out of the city in time.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • Samus Aran finishes off Boba Fett by blasting his head clean off with a fully charged shot.
    • Michelangelo also gets his head sliced off by Leonardo shortly after he sliced off his right arm.
    • Blanka bites off Pikachu's head and eats it before stuffing the rest of him in a blender and drinking it.
    • 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 
  • One-Man Army:
    • 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.
  • Only Mostly Dead: One of Ryu Hayabusa's ninpo abilities. Strider doesn't give him that chance, and sends an Option C bird to destroy Ryu's corpse.
  • Out of the Inferno: How the Terminator makes its entrance.
  • Painful Transformation: Cringer whines about his transformation into Battle Cat.
  • Parody Sue: The Death Battle T-shirt.
  • 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.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Boomstick often thinks of these things.
    Boomstick: Accio money! Accio loose women! (nothing happens) …Damn.

    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.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    Samus Aran: (to Boba Fett) You're mine.

    Rogue: (to Wonder Woman) Goodnight, sugar!

    Spawn: (to Kratos) DIE!!!

    Vegeta: (to Shadow) Playtime's over, runt!note 

    Shadow: (to Vegeta) It's time to end this. Chaos... BLAST! note 

    Vegeta: (to Shadow) Sayonara.

    Metal Sonic: (to everyone) Kneel before your master!

    Thor: (to Raiden) Feel heaven's wrath!note 

    Spider-Man: (to Batman) It's all or nothing! Loser!!!

    Shao Kahn: (to M. Bison) Feel the wrath of Shao Kahn!note 

    Strider Hiryu: (to Ryu Hayabusa) Time to end this! RAGNAROK!

    Ivy Valentine: (to Black Orchid) Is that it? note 
    The crew of the Righteous Indignation: (to Slippy Toad) Let's croak toads!
    Terminator: (to Robocop) Hasta la vista, baby! note 
    Robocop: (to Terminator) Checkmate. note 
    Terminator: (to Robocop) YOU. ARE. TERMINATED! note 
  • 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.
  • Pummel Duel:
    • Akuma and Shang Tsung engage in one when Shang morphs into his image.
    • This inevitably happens during "Son Goku vs. Superman".
  • Punch Parry: Superman and Goku's Pummel Duel is occasionally interrupted by one of these, with both fighters pausing.
    • Zangief's and Haggar's fight also had these. Showed how similar and matched their movesets are.
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • 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.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs:
    • Raiden utilizes a string of martial arts strikes a few times during his showdown with Thor.
    • Obviously happens a few times in Goku vs. Superman from both sides.
    • Shortly after the fight begins, Fox and Bucky exchange a fast-paced series of melee attacks.
  • Rasputinian Death: In order to finish his foe off, Shao Kahn has to crush Bison under pillars, rip him in half, and absorb his soul.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The analysis of Michelangelo is full of Take Thats over why they think Mikey is the worst turtle.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Boomstick serves as the red to Wizard's blue.
    • 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 . Respectively, the winners of each fight are blue, red, blue, blue, red, red, red, blue.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: 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.
  • Running Gag:
    • Boomstick constantly brings up his horrifying ex-wife.
    • Characters voiced by Takahata101 meet hilariously violent deaths.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!. Wily tries to bail when Metal Sonic goes on a rampage. Keyword "tries".
  • 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.
  • Shock and Awe:
    • The entire battle between Thor and Raiden.
    • Batman's suit's taser function.
    • Pikachu vs. Blanka.
    • 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 actually 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.
  • 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.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: While there's plenty of fighting before it happens, a homage to the trope occurs during the Strider and Ryu battle, in a deliberate throwback to the opening of Ninja Gaiden. Although it's Strider who takes the glory.
  • The Stinger: It happens in season 2:
    • 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.
  • The Strategist:
    • One of the deciding factors in the "Link vs. Cloud" fight was Link being more strategically-minded than Cloud.
    • Also 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.
    • Not as extreme as them, but 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.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Chun-Li, courtesy Mai Shiranui burning her alive.
    Boomstick: Chun-Li's never looked hotter!
  • 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.
  • Strong Flesh, Weak Steel:
    • Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash is an aversion. Rainbow's kicks are completely ineffective. so she uses her weather powers to deal damage. Ultimately, it's Starscream's own missles that do him in.
    • When Bucky gets hit by a bomb, he escapes with little to no damage, but when Fox gets hit, his robotic legs are blown clean off. Fox still wins.
  • Summon Magic: Harry's Accio magic, which allows him to summon anything he needs; in the Death Battle against Luke Skywalker, he uses it to call his Firebolt broom to him.
  • Super Mode:
    • Mario's Super Star invincibility mode.
    • Sonic's and Shadow's Super forms
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take That:
    • During "Goku vs. Superman", at one point, Wiz and Boomstick bring up the fact that Superman isn't completely invincible... and while saying such, footage of Superman 64 was shown.
    • The Justin Bieber versus Rebecca Black fight wasn't about who would win in a fight as much as it was about seeing those two horribly injured.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tempting Fate: This exchange before Fox and Bucky duke it out:
    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.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Cringer's reaction to being forcibly transformed into Battlecat during the He-Man vs. Lion-O battle.
    • Boomstick has a more deadpan version once Shao Kahn absorbs M. Bison's soul and gains all his powers as a result.
    • He again had another moment, this one more snarky than deadpan.
    Boomstick: Oh, man! Here comes the rage from the God of War fanboys!
  • Throwing Your Weapon Always Works: Played With and deconstructed multiple times.
    • 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.
    • Subverted, 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.
  • Title Drop: As the quote at the top shows, Wiz will always open each episode with one.
  • 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."
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The Web series. Boomstick was estatic to finish "Son Goku vs. Superman". Now people will finally stop asking them to do it.
  • 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'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.
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object:
    • The "Haggar vs. Zangief" fight was described in the commercial break as "the unstoppable force meets the immovable mayor". The unstoppable Zangief overrode the immovable Haggar.
    • In "Mario vs. Sonic", some of Mario's powerups (Metal Cap, Starman and Mega Mushroom) are used consecutively to counter Super Sonic (which Boomstick called unstoppable during the final analysis).
  • Variable Mix: During the battles, the music tends to change based on which side currently has the advantage.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment:
    • Boomstick jokes that this is where Mai stores her weapons. To his surprise, this is true.
    • He jokes that Ivy is storing her age inside her breasts because they get bigger with each passing game.
  • Villain Team-Up/Surprisingly Happy Ending /Win Win Ending:
    • In an alternate joke ending, Kahn and Bison befriend each other, go on a world vacation and kill Ryu and Liu Kang.
    • A fan rematch made for Goku and Superman had the two heroes becoming friends.
  • Walking Armory:
    • 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.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Fox gets his legs blown off by Bucky and still wins the fight.
    • The Terminator tries to continue terminating Robocop, but unlike the above example, he doesn't win.
  • World of Badass: It's a show that pits some of the greatest warriors in fictional history in fights to the death, so all the characters are badass to some extent or another.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Three examples. All of which end up dying themselves.
  • Wrecked Weapon:
    • 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 Boomstick as "like Hitler 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.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Spider-Man's staple returns in "Spider-Man vs. Batman" and starts off with Spidey mocking Batman's extensive martial art knowledge.
    "You've got a black belt in stupid if you think you're gonna beat me."
  • Your Head A Splode:
    • Peach ruptures Zelda's skull with her Mega Strike: Empress Peach.
    • 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 Soul Is Mine:
    • 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.
  • You're Insane!:
    • 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.


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