Absentee Actor: Lloyd has pretty frequently been absent as a rapper, though any time this is the case, he'll still pop up in the background playing a non-participant such as Carl Sagan or John McCain. Peter, meanwhile, had taken part in every battle without fail all the way up until Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe, where both Lloyd and Peter played cameo roles. (The fact that this is the first time Peter didn't rap is especially notable when you consider that this wasn't even the first woman vs. woman battle...)
Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr. is the second time neither Lloyd nor Peter played any of the participants. Like in the case of Monroe vs. Cleopatra, this likely happened because they weren't exactly suited for the roles.
Bruce Lee vs. Clint Eastwood is notably the first battle where Lloyd rapped but Peter didn't. Since then, we've also had Adam vs. Eve.
Tesla vs. Edison is a weird example in that it's the only battle where Peter is visually completely absent but still does the vocals for Tesla.
Michael Jordan VS Muhammad Ali is the first battle ever where neither Peter nor Lloyd appear at all - not for vocals, not for a cameo, nothing.
Actual Pacifist: Both Gandhi and MLK Jr. qualify. The whole rap between them is how much more of a pacifist each one is than the other, and the battle really heats up as the two come closer and closer to not getting violent with each other.
The Cat in the Hat wears sunglasses identical to Nice Peter's signature look. His voice is also the same.
May or may not have been intentional, but the Wright Bros., who launched their first plane in North Carolina, are played by Rhett & Link who were both born in said state.
NicePeter plays Albus Dumbledore in the eleventh battle, where he finishes his last verse with "Imma fly like it's Quidditch". This was the chorus of one of NicePeter's own non-rap battle songs.
The 10th Doctor calls Doc Brown "the wannabe Einstein minus the 'stache". MC Mr Napkins played both Einstein and Brown.
Bruce Lee tells Clint Eastwood that he "fucked up Chuck Norris". Both Eastwood and Norris were played by EpicLLOYD.
Moses is seen with smoke coming from his mouth, and even directly references some of Snoop Dogg's earlier lyrics in his verses.
Performers reprising characters played in their earlier works is not without precedent: Lisa Nova as Sarah Palin, NicePeter as Santa Claus (accompanied by an EpicLloyd elf), Dante Cimadamore as Nikola Tesla, and numerous videos of Alphacat as Barack Obama all predate their portrayal in the Epic Rap Battles.
Nice Peter: "Master Chief: Has guns, repeated acts of violence. Moses: Killed an Egyptian dude, buried him in sand. Mozart: TOO DANG LOUD." (Mister Rogers is also on the list, with the subtitle "Creepy, racist?".)
Also, Joseph Stalin in the finale.
Stalin: "You got off easy when they pickled that moose cock! I'd leave your neck in a noose in a trench and shot! Your whole family! Shot! All your wizard friends! Shot! Anyone who sold you pierogi! Shot!"
Ascended Extra: Of a sorts. The outro ERB logo from Thomas Edison Vs. Nicola Tesla in Season 2 is used in the extended outro for all battles in Season 3.
Chuck Norris, who claims to be "everyone's master".
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the US, got fed up with the lack of ERB over the summer, and told Epic Lloyd and Nice Peter to get off their asses and get back to work with a structured release schedule. If they didn't, he threatened to carve his own chin out of Mount Rushmore and beat them with his own stoney mustache.
Badass Mustache: Ghengis Khan's Fu Manchu, Albert Einstein, Hitler's toothbrush mustache (or Dirty Sanchez, according to Vader), the Mario Brothers, Orville Wright, Freddie Mercury, Nikola Tesla and Josef Stalin.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment:invokedDefied in Bill Gates VS Steve Jobs. HAL 9000's appearance at the end of the rap superficially seems to have nothing to do with either of the two businessmen. Once you look into it, however, it turns out that HAL 9000 was actually used in a famous Macintosh ad campaign.
"Adam vs. Eve" is sort of a BLAM for the whole rap battle series. Unlike every rap battle before and after it, the duel used very few references to the characters themselves, but just hung the Biblical names on a clash between Stereotypical Man and Stereotypical Woman.
Justified. While one of the comments that inspired the video said "Adam vs. Eve", the other said "man vs. woman". In addition, there wasn't much information to work with. Them being the first human beings, Eve being made from Adam's rib, Eve eating the forbidden fruit, and the fig leaves they used as clothes are close to the extent of what is revealed about them in The Bible.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Given the medium of the series, it almost goes without saying that the participants would be "aware" of it. Nonetheless, they only actually make direct references to it a couple of times.
In Steve Jobs VS Bill Gates, Steve says he bets "this beat" was made on one of his Apple products, referring to the rap beat playing in the background. Nope. Fruity Loops. PC. And then there's the intro to the battle:
Narrator:BILL GATES! VERSUS—
Steve Jobs: (pops up) Let me just step right in./I've got things to invent! (shoves away the "Epic Rap Titles of History" title card)
Marilyn Monroe quips that Cleopatra's nose matches Kassem G's, one of Nice Peter's associates. Also when she whispers " Tossing Caesar's Salad."
After the beat abruptly stops in the rematch between Hitler and Vader, Hitler's visibly confused and asks "where is the DJ?"
The entire Nice Peter vs. Epic Lloyd battle inherently falls under this.
Breather Episode: Cleopatra vs Marilyn Monroe, which came between the epic Michael Jackson vs Elvis Presley and Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates.
Brick Joke: The first quote at the end of the first season finale says "If Season 2 does not have a Russian character, I will kill this NicePeter with my bare hands" and is credited to Vladimir Putin. No Russians appear in Season 2... until the finale, where four Russians (and a Georgian) battle each other (the first five-way battle), including Putin... who is played by NicePeter.
Butt Monkey: Adolf Hitler. Gets frozen in carbonite, thawed out to battle again, then dropped into the Rancor pit, then avoids the Sarlaac pit only to get sliced in half by Vader's lightsaber.
Call Back: The battle between the creators themselves featured cameos from nearly all the characters they've played as before.
The rematch with Vader and Hitler begins with Hitler frozen in carbonite, just as he was at the end of their original battle.
During Rasputin Vs Stalin, Lenin's arrival and verse is similar to Lincoln's during Obama Vs Romney. He stands between both rappers and criticizes them one after the other, even repeating some movements and shots.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Nikola Tesla's largest issue with Thomas Edison is how Tesla wanted to give electricity to the world for free, but Edison strongarmed him with politics and business practices to turn a profit with it.
Nice Peter is a reverend amongst the Indian crowd in Gandhi Vs Martin Luther King Jr. while EpicLloyd is the one white guy in a crowd of African Americans following Martin Luther King. The Behind The Scenes show Lloyd slowly creeping his head up in the back of the crowd just so that he can be there, hoping nobody will notice.
Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd both appear as girls behind Miley Cyrus in Miley Cyrus Vs. Joan of Arc.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Justin Bieber VS. Beethoven. Given Bieber's reputation on YouTube, you can probably imagine how this goes.
The Easter Bunny vs. Genghis Khan. The Easter Bunny spends his second verse panicking.
In their rematch, Hitler's "the reason you suck" song leaves Vader completely out of words, so much that he couldn't think of any comeback lines, and made him turn his back in shame. Or he was just acting that way to lure Hitler into standing over the Rancor pit. In their second rematch, Vader's rapid-fire onslaught reduces Hitler to barely-coherent, non-rhyming screeched imprecations ...right before he gets bisected by Vader's lightsaber.
If we're talking about popularity, Mr. T, Bill O'Reilly, and Frank Sinatra are getting curb-stomped harder than the Easter Bunny on the official site. In fact, Mr. T is the second-least popular battler, just above Justin Bieber. You'll need to log in through Facebook in order to see the stats.
Thomas Edison gets completely vilified by Nikola Tesla's claims of how Edison made sure he could make money off of the concept of electricity. The fans agree: Edison only has ~15% of the vote. And given Edison's recent reputation as an absolute JERKASS to Nikola Tesla, and a greedy idea stealer, it's not surprising that he's losing to Tesla.
Babe Ruth annihilates Lance Armstrong in his second verse. Lance is visibly shocked.
Doctor Who vs Doc Brown. Doc Brown gets a one up after his first verse by killing the Doctor, cue the Doctor regenerating and proceeding to deliver an epic Motor Mouth verbal beatdown that puts Busta Rhymes to shame.
Don't Try This at Home: In the behind-the-scenes video for Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe, Lloyd shows off a Vader vs Hitler shirt and tells viewers not to wear it at school because it might get them expelled.
"Easy, Jaws of Life! I can't stand a racist; I love the colored and the queers - just ask Sammy Davis!"
Dyeing for Your Art: NicePeter had his barber take in his hairline so he could play Steve Jobs. Since his barber wasn't happy with doing it, he was generous, so NicePeter went back and made him do it worse.
Dynamic Entry: Abraham Lincoln flies in on a bald eagle, free falls between Romney and Obama (calling them 'shiny turds') and bitch slaps them both. They never saw it coming.
The first rap battle (Lennon vs. O'Reilly) lacks the subtitles that later versions have, not to mention being originally censored (an uncensored version was later uploaded). The announcer also had a different voice for the first few battles.
Kim Jong-il vs the Mega Powers is the only match where a person who comes in during the middle is announced by the announcer.
It also, for some reason, uses a different font for the subtitles than all the other battles.
Most of the early rap battles put characters against each other who seem very randomly picked. In later episodes they have more in common with each other and thus seem more fit to oppose one another: they have the same profession (Babe Ruth and Lance Armstrong, Dr. Seuss and William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking,...), are similar icons (both Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra are famous symbols of feminine beauty, Bruce Lee and Clint Eastwood are symbols of coolness, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi are icons of pacifism, both Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are international best selling pop stars of equal iconic stature), have similar sounding names (The Wright Brothers vs. the Mario Brothers, Dr. Who vs. Dr. Brown,...) were real life rivals (Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney,...) or similar characters from a different franchise (Dumbledore and Gandalf).
E = MC Hammer: In Shakespeare vs. Doctor Seuss, during the Cat in the Hat's line about "you leave a classroom looking like the end of MacBeth", the blackboard in the background has the equation "1 + 2 = SO MUCH BLOOD".
Epic Fail: Hitler claims that Vader's entire life is one big this. Vader doesn't have any comeback other than laughing as Hitler steps over the Rancor pit before dropping him in.
Evasive Fight Thread Episode: It is nearly impossible to come to a consensus over who "wins" each rap battle. Everyone's rap style and lyrics are determined by their popular image, so each side will also sound wildly different and some matchups will feel more equal then others. In addition, the raps are accompanied by dramatic elements and special effects that are either indicating the current rapper's superiority, or are just for fun, and this further confuses the issue. The episodes themselves leave the winner up to the viewers, but the YouTube commentators don't even bother, typically just suggesting ideas for the next battle.
Finally averted when ERB allowed viewers to vote on Facebook and on their official site, leading to an official winner.
Lady Gaga flips off Sarah Palin a split second before the battle begins.
John McCain flips off the whole world at the end.
Master Chief gives a long one to Leonidas at the end of his rap.
Barack Obama stealthfully does this to Mitt Romney. While commenting on how it would be awkward to have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Lady, he counts off with his middle finger, pinky, and ring finger, in that order.
Foreshadowing: The teaser at the end of Season One included a supposed ultimatum by Vladimir Putin that if Season Two doesn't feature a Russian he will kill Nice Peter with his bare hands. There aren't any until the Season Finale, which features a match between Russians (four of them and a Georgian, to be exact).
Ben Franklin makes several death threats to Billy Mays, promising to "craft a lyrical coffin", telling him to "join or die", and referencing "Death of a Salesman". At first, this just seems like the usual hip-hop trash talk, but then Billy dies.
Stephen Hawking's silhouette is visible right at the start of the Vader vs. Hitler rematch.
Shakespeare vs. Doctor Seuss: During Seuss's first verse, a blackboard in the background alludes to Things 1 and 2 showing up later.
Santa Claus has Mozart on his naughty list for being "TOO DANG LOUD", in his own words. A few videos later, Mozart squares off against Skrillex, who's also been accused of being too dang loud.
Picasso refers to Muhammad Ali in his opening verse - who is one of the featured character of the very next battle.
Behind the Wright Brothers, you can see biplanes flying, and at one point one crashing into the ground.
Obama with his head down and looking like he'd just been scolded by his mother while Lincoln moves on to chewing out Romney.
While the Fourth Doctor is rapping, look at the computer screen behind him on the TARDIS control panel. It's Minecraft! Specifically, it's video footage from the Yogscast Minecraft Series.
In Columbus vs. Captain Kirk, after Kirk says "Have fun canoeing" he can be seen behind Columbus doing a rowing motion.
One of the ninjas that Bruce Lee beats collapses onto the borderline between Lee's and Eastwood's screens, and the part of him that falls into Eastwood's screen changes into a cowboy. Apparently they have one-size-fits-all Mooks that dynamically change to fit the scene.
Stalin can be seen looking down at his hand after Lenin points out how it shriveled up.
In Al Capone's last verse, Edward Kenway is briefly seen standing with the gangsters behind him, and then starts assassinating Blackbeard's crew towards the end.
Additionally, during Blackbeard's second verse, you can see Blackbeard's pirates stealing from Capone. "Steal all your rum and sell it for a profit" indeed.
Joan of Arc says "je suis la fille en feu (I am the girl on fire) just call me Katnis Everdeen" in her first verse.
Gratuitous Russian: Vladimir Putin calls Rasputin, Stalin, Lenin, and Gorbachev "bitch" in Russian.
Groin Attack: In round three, Hitler vows to kick Vader's balls (and face). Stalin also references the historical removal of Rasputin's "moose cock." Batman threatens to crush Sherlock Holmes's "British nuts until they're bangers and mash."
In-battle, Pablo gets one during Bob Ross Vs Pablo Bicasso, while the camera is framing only his head and shoulders.
Picasso: I could make better art with my wiener... (camera zooms out to reveal him holding a wiener dog) Lump!
Informed Ability: Elvis claims to have 1 rap for Michael Jackson's monkey, 2 for his clothes, 3 for his family, and 4 for his nose. Besides some cracks about his abusive father and his relationship to his wife, he ends up making fun of some completely different traits of his instead.
The Christmas elves are quite surprised that Moses' religion forbids bacon.
Jerk Ass: Thomas Edison is a greedy, idea-stealing, and Tesla-smearing jerkass. He's an absolute jerkass in fact.
Joke Character: Even the narrator sighs when he introduces the Easter Bunny.
Just Here for Godzilla: In-universe, during their Rap battle, Epic Lloyd invokes this as the reason people visit Nice Peter's youtube channel.
Kiai: Bruce Lee doesn't need words to fight Clint Eastwood, when he can just say "waaataaaw" instead.
Kids Rock: Young Michael Jackson, played by 10-year-old Bentley Green.
Killed Mid-Sentence: Darth Vader barely gives Adolf Hitler a chance to say his name, nevermind finishing his second verse in round 3. He sliced him in half with his lightsaber. Hitler never saw it coming. Then again, Boba Fett wasn't expecting to be shot dead in the middle of his verse either.
Kissing Cousins: Skrillex claims that Mozart and his cousin Maria Anna Thekla engaged in more than kissing.
Kubrick Stare: Dr. Seuss has a frightening one. Given that he never says a word …
Mitt Romney also does this…though it fails at being intimidating.
Lampshade Hanging: Shakespeare's first verse is in iambic pentameter. This does not go unnoticed.
"I hath been iambic on that ass, ye bastard."
Large Ham: Hitler, Genghis Khan, Mr. T, Leonidas, Luigi, Freddie Mercury, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Also, Lincoln. Especially so in Romney vs. Obama.
Of the people! By the people!For the people!EAGLE!!!
Chuck Norris, Beethoven, Mozart, Skrillex, Columbus, Lance Armstrong, Darth Vader, O'Reilly, and Tesla too.
Dont forget Vladimir Lenin and Teddy Roosevelt. Oh god, Teddy Roosevelt. Almost everything he says in the ERB News he hosts comes out hammy.
They're just the worst. Almost everyone to appear in these vids is hamming it up, though HAL 9000 is a notable exception.
As is Vladimir Putin, who doesn't seem all too excited.
Evil Is Hammy: Hitler, Stalin, Vader, Genghis Khan, and Columbus.
The Mafia: Freddie Mercury says it's no secret that Frank Sinatra is connected to them.
A Man Is Not a Virgin: Napoleon Bonaparte spends two entire lines ragging on Napoleon Dynamite's apparent virginity, even finishing the battle with it, implying his younger adversary is going to lose because of it. Thomas Edison also points out that Tesla "never had sex". Subverted when Justin Bieber, not know for being widely perceived as a manly man, claims to have "Kim Kardashian in [his] bed backstage."
Marilyn Maneuver: The lady herself shows us how it's done (well, in universe it's her, anyway).
Meaningful Background Event: Look at Freddie Mercury's background as his verses go on. It starts out as a black sky with some almost invisible clouds, but as he continues and gets louder and hammier, we see flashes of light and the clouds become more visible. Compared to the usual consistent backgrounds, this is a neat touch.
Not entirely relevant, but Edward Kenway appears in the background all through Capone's last verse, and is busy dispatching Blackbeard's crew when his name is dropped.
Elvis: I stole from black culture! Why are you offended?
N-Word Privileges: Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr. is the first rap battle to even use the N word. Spoken by MLK himself, of course..
Offhand Backhand: Bruce Lee and Clint Eastwood pull off a lot of these, Bruce with ninjas and Clint with cowboys. They do so while rapping. Chuck Norris does this with some goons as well, not even paying attention to them.
Frank Sinatra vs Freddie Mercury, which is heavily influenced by Queen's Genre-Busting style, specifically the operatic and hard rock.
Mozart vs Skrillex, which emulates both artists' styles very well.
Overly-Long Name: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso takes up much of one of his verses just saying out his name.
Perception Filter: By the time you get around to Hitler Vs. Vader 3, you're probably so used to seeing suggestions for the battle you just saw during the closing line, that unrelated comments such as "is that pewdiepie" and "BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH :(" pass without notice.
Lincoln: *To Obama* You! I wanna like you! Don't talk about change, just do it! I fought for what was on my brain until a bullet went through iiiiit! *To Romney* And you! Moneybags! You're a pancake, you're flip-floppity! It's a country, not a company, you can play like Monopoly!
Babe Ruth also gives Lance Armstrong one of these with both barrels, in the rapid-fire style of a radio sports announcer. He takes four long sentences to nail Armstrong for forgetting "what real sportsmanship was!" before finally pausing for breath.
Babe Ruth: It's the bottom of the ninth against the Texan in a bathing suit, filled with more artificial ingredients than a Baby Ruth And it may be way too soon, but I'm calling my shot, and I'm not talking about those Italian syringes you brought The Sultan of Swat'll knock you right outta the park and round the bases to the sound of uproaring applause While you hang your head in shame and disgrace because you got lost and forgot what real sportsmanship was!
Lenin delivers an awesome one to Josef Stalin about how communism was about bringing down social classes and benefit the proletariat, yet he used it to hop himself to power, and stopped a great revolution.
Reflective Eyes: EpicLloyd pulls off an impressive quick change backflip in the reflection of NicePeter's sunglasses.
Reset Button: The Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who video is stuck in a time loop. The "EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY" logo itself is used the exact same way at both the beginning and end of the video, at which point the video resets to give the Tenth Doctor another chance … but he just turns off the video with his sonic screwdriver.
Retraux: Various people from history are presented through the lens(es) of their respective time periods:
Pretty much anyone famous from the 1920s through the 1960s—including Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King Jr. and more—will be Deliberately Monochrome. note Though strangely, figures older than this are usually in color. In Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe and Gandhi vs. MLK Jr., the former is in color while the latter is in B&W.
Hitler's verses until Vader uses the Force to bring him into his own screen. May double as Anachronism Stew when you notice that Vader claims that he came before Hitler, and all of his screentime is shot in color. Then again, he does hail from a galaxy far, far away.
Martin Luther King Jr. stays in monochrome even when he crosses over into Gandhi's colored setting.
The Wright Brothers have a grainy sepia tone and their audio is processed to sound like it was recorded on a phonograph.
Aside from the fact that young Elvis is shot in monochrome, both old Elvis and young Michael are shown as if on 1970's television. Old Michael even has a special filter on him that makes him appear as in the '90s video clips.
Bruce Lee Vs Clint Eastwood have a retro colour filter for both contestants.
A meta example in NicePeter vs. EpicLloyd; when Peter turns into John Lennon, the image quality of him is much poorer, as a reference to the poor image quality of the John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly video, as it was their first video and had only a $50 budget.
Lenin is shown in red and white, making him appear as if he stepped out of a Russian Revolution-era propaganda poster.
The Reveal: The Narrator is a bear, apparently… That is, until he was next revealed to be a hippopotamus. Or a Giraffe. Or a snake.
Schedule Slip: ERB typically releases a battle once a month, but during the Summer 2012, there was a three month hiatus. Teddy Roosevelt calls them out on it and threatens to whoop some ass. To make up for lost time, new battles premiered every other Monday right up until the week of Christmas, and then picked up again in February.
Serial Escalation: The season two finale. Rasputin gives his verse. Then Stalin gives his. Then Vladimir Lenin drops in and starts trashing both of them. Okay, he's probably just the Russian equivalent of Abraham Lincoln... Then, knock knock, and it's Mikhail Gorbachev, pulling a Who's on First? with his 'birthmarks'. Then it's Vladimir Putin. "And for god's sake, we need a Russian!" indeed.
"Don't talk about change, just do it! I fought for what was on my brain until a bullet went through it!"
Shown Their Work: The series revolves around the injokes made with this. For example, Halo's Master Chief was correctly identified as a Petty Officernote Full title; "Master Chief Petty Officer John-117" by his foe Leonidas, which most players are unaware of.
Freddie Mercury vs. Frank Sinatra referenced Frank's mob ties, the fact that he didn't get in the military during WW 2, and the fact that his most famous song "My Way" was actually written by someone else.
Skrillex claims that Mozart is "into powdered wigs and poop". Sounds out of place, doesn't it? Actually...
Most people know very little about Stalin's family, especially the fact that he left one of his sons to die in a German prison instead of trading him for a German Field Marshall.
Likewise for his shriveled right hand, which he was highly self-conscious about throughout his life.
Doesn't actually happen, but Mario tells the Wright Brothers to "just get back in [their] biplane and make out with each other".
Decidedly does happen with Cleopatra and her brothers.
The Singularity: What HAL's rap in Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs seems to be all about.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: Subverted. After Adam realizes that he may have gone too far with calling Eve a colossal bitch, he apologizes, and she apologizes for everything she said as well. Adam wants to give her a hug to make up, but she'll be having none of it.
Shakespeare's second verse. Turns out he can rapreallyfast. This was to be expected, as he was played by George Watsky, one of the fastest rappers on YouTube.
Steve Jobs vs Gates: instead of sticking to the formulaic two verses per rapper (2 vs 1 battles notwithstanding), Jobs and Gates end up switching back and forth every line for a while:
Jobs: Ooh, everybody knows Windows bit off Apple.
Gates: I tripled the profits on a PC.
Jobs: All the people with the power to create use an Apple!
Gates: And people with jobs use PC.
Jobs: You know, I bet they made this beat on an Apple!
Gates: Nope, FruityLoops, PC.
Jobs: You will never ever catch a virus on an Apple!
Gates: Well, you can still afford a doctor if you bought a PC.
Then, of course, there was HAL.
It's getting more common. Marilyn Monroe vs. Cleopatra was 3 to 2 verses respectively, while Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama had one big verse for each and smaller verses as the song goes on, similar to the above.
Then, of course, there was Abraham Lincoln.
"Adam vs. Eve". Instead of raps actually relating to the story of Adam and Eve, it's mostly just a generic married couple bickering set to music.
Somewhat expected since some of the comment suggestions that went with it were "Man vs. Woman"
"Stalin vs. Rasputin" is possibly the strangest example yet, with 5 rappers each getting one verse.
"Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali" gave both rappers three verses instead of the usual two.
"What's up, bitches? My name is Sir Isaac Newton. I am a philosopher, a mathematician and I invented so much sweet shit you wouldn't believe.
Special Effects Failure: Invoked. Doc Brown makes fun of how lame the special effects are in the Doctor Who series.
Spell My Name with an S: Hitler's first name is spelt 'Adolph' on his title card at the beginning, but is spelled in the more conventional way, 'Adolf', in the subtitles where he introduces himself. Both spellings are valid. In the rematch, however, Hitler's title card actually uses the spelling 'Adolf'.
Spin-Off: 9 The Official Fanzine type that shows the behind the scenes and extra info.
Epic Rap Battles of History—Behind the Scenes
Epic Drawings of History with Marydoodles
Epic Makeup with Ceciley
Epic Dance Battles of History
The following follow along the lines of the Re-imagining type of Spin-Off:
Epic Cartoon Rap Battles Of History by The Infinite Source.
Stylistic Suck: Everyone is basically this, due to the whole premise being a rap battle.
Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney takes the cake, really. Both of them have incredibly stilted speech that you'd expect from career politicians, and the battle eventually dissolves into childish bickering. Then Abraham Lincoln shows up…
Superior Successor: Sometimes claimed by the newer battler, sometimes denied by the older.
In his second verse, Martin Luther King is accompanied by a group of people, all of whom are black except for the one white guy played by Lloyd. Similarly, in Gandhi's second verse, he's accompanied by Indians and one white reverend played by Nice Peter.
Captain Kirk wonders if Queen Isabella would like his "Captain's Log".
Mozart's cousin "blew notes" on his "little magic flute".
Viewers Are Geniuses: Even with a concept so simple as "take two or more historical figures/characters/celebrities", it's surprising just how many allusions to various events and traits of the characters in question can be found under the surface of the lyrics. Fittingly enough, the users of Rap Genius go intodepth with these, as do members of the Epic Rap Battles Of HistoryWiki.
Visual Pun: Billy Mays with his "lightning rod cock".
Walking Spoiler: It's hard to discuss Lenin, Gorbachev, and Putin's role in the season 2 finale without lessening the impact of their arrival.
We All Live in America: Many of the Epic Rap Battles will feature at least one American character. The exceptions so far are Vader vs. Hitler, Genghis Khan vs. the Easter Bunny, Gandalf vs. Dumbledore, Beethoven vs. Bieber, Einstein vs. Hawking, Master Chief vs. Leonidas, Moses vs. Santa Claus, Adam vs. Eve, and Rasputin vs. Stalin.
Wham Line: The introduction of a third side is usually this.
"I'm sorry Bill, I'm afraid I can't do that." HAL's intro.
"CAW!" The eagle introducing Abraham Lincoln in the Obama/Romney battle, the first time a rapper returned outside of the Hitler/Vader rematch
There are several in the season 2 finale:
"I have no pride for you who ruined everything my revolution was doing to stop the bourgeoisie!" Lenin's introduction.
"Did somebody say 'birthmarks'?" Gorbachev's intro, the first time we got a fourth side.
Followed by "Did somebody say 'real power'?" Putin's intro, forming a fifth side.
Vader to Hitler: "So many dudes been with your mom, who even knows if I'm your father?"
Hawking to Einstein: "There are ten million million million million million million million million million particles in the universe that we can observe/ Your mama took the ugly ones and put them into one nerd".
Inverted by Obama, who compliments Romney's father as a Take That to Romney:
"They say your father was a great man, you must be what's left."
Bruce Lee: "I beat the Good, and the Bad. You must be the ugly. I would mess up your face, but your mama did it for me!"