YMMV / Celebrity Deathmatch

  • Acceptable Targets: Although she never fought on the show, Tara Reid and her breasts were mentioned a lot by Nick and Johnny in the revival.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: James Gandolfini's dream sequence during his match with Robert De Niro. Also Crosses the Line Twice.
    • Anytime the Masked Man appeared to interrupt a fight.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • An interesting case, as this show generally averts this trope, yet there were two jarring mistakes made in the Buster Keaton vs. Charlie Chaplin match:
      • A: Fatty Arbuckle makes an appearance in the audience, and Johnny makes a comment that he will have a long, good career. However, if you know anything about Arbuckle, you'd know that in 1921 he was arrested for allegedly raping and killing a young actress at a party. Despite the fact he was innocent, the controversy effectively (among other things) ruined his career. This fight took place in 1928, long after his career had been destroyed.
      • B: Johnny makes a comment about how the train Keaton uses to win is from "[his] masterpiece, The General". The General, despite being considered a classic now, bombed when it came out in 1926, just two years before this fight.
    • One episode had Benito Mussolini appearing and for some reason wearing a pickelhaube. Why an Italian would be wearing a German helmet from the First World War is not addressed.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: See Big Lipped Alligator Moment above.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Stacy Cornbred, especially after her death, and even more so after the fan reactions to Debbie and Tally's Jerkass behaviour. It was most likely the reason behind her coming back from the dead in a Season 3 Halloween episode (and the video game.) As noted in Seasonal Rot below, many fans felt that her death was the point where the show jumped the shark.
  • Epileptic Trees: It was strongly implied that The Masked Man was Michael Jackson, as his pale skin, high-pitched voice, eccentric dance moves, and habit of seductively leering at little boys (often distracting him long enough to allow the other guy to get a hit in, causing him to flee screaming) were all dead giveaways. Despite this, nobody could ever quite figure out who he was.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment and Harsher in Hindsight: The show hasn't aged well, given what happened to the celebrities featured in Real Life. Some examples:
    • In the Penn & Teller vs. Siegfried and Roy fight, a tiger is used as a weapon at one point. Since Roy's real-life mishap with the tiger that brought their show to an end, parodies in which their tiger goes berserk just don't seem quite as funny, even if everyone knew it would one day be a reality. (That includes the one on the Simpsons episode where Springfield legalizes gambling and Mr. Burns opens his own casino.)
    • During their fight, Medusa tail-whips Steve Irwin in the chest and sends him out of the ring. Once he recovers, he reaches inside the wound, holds his heart out, and then puts it back in its place, saying "What a stinger!" Yeah, not so funny now that Irwin's death was caused by a stingray inflicting a fatal chest wound (and, not, as other shows have predicted, by being eaten by a crocodile).
    • The Game getting shot by 50 Cent became less funny when it was revealed that The Game's brother actually had been shot shortly before the fight. The Game's father even criticized MTV for airing that episode.
    • In the episode "Johnny & Debbie ... In Love?" Nick Diamond finds out that Johnny and Debbie have been engaging in a little 'harmless casual sex' ... however in an earlier episode "Robot Nicky" it was revealed that Johnny does, in fact, have a beautiful wife. This means that either Johnny is actively cheating on his wife to sleep with his co-worker, his marriage to his wife must have ended sometime before the episode, or his wife died sometime before the episode ...all three rather unhappy thoughts (of course, there is always the chance Johnny and his wife are swingers or are in an open marriage, assuming his wife is still alive).
  • Hate Sink: Tally Wong seems to be this, due to her Jerkass behaviour. Not even Debbie got the amount of hate Tally received!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Genghis Khan in his match against Mahatma Gandhi, while it was not hard to feel bad for the guy while Gandhi brutally humiliated and tortured him to death, one not only has to remember Khan was a horrible and bloodthirsty invader in his own time, but the only reason the fight went the way it did was because Genghis and Gandhi's personalities were swapped on the way through the time machine, so everything that happened to him he would have happily inflicted onto poor Gandhi if he had come through with his own mind intact.
    • Tommy Lee could also count in the latter two of his three appearances, especially his final fight against Pamela Anderson. He spent the entire fight egging his ex on so she would kick his ass only to prove the point that he has changed for the better and despite getting beat up he wouldn't hit her again. Pamela counters that although she can see Tommy Lee has changed, so had she, and she kills him to prove she's moved on with her life.
  • Moe: Stacy has her moments. Look at that smile!
  • More Popular Spin-off: This show originated from Cartoon Sushi.
  • Most Annoying Sound: In the last two seasons, any time one of the parodied celebrities repeats their "catch phrase" to the point of annoyance.
    Paris Hilton: That's hot.
    Ali G: Booyah ka sha!
    Kevin Federline: I'll put a ring on your finger.
    Mike Jones: Mike Jooones!
    • The background music (also from the same seasons) will also drive you crazy, due to it being the same tune being played over and over again with no variation on the theme.
    • However, the original seasons did have some annoying phrases repeated by celebrities.
    Al Gore: (says how he is going to attack "Weird Al" Yankovic)...IN THE YEAR 2000!
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: A pitifully short roster, career mode, create-a-celebrity, weak controls, etc. will mean you will do everything possible in the game within two hours.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Debbie Matenopoulos and Tally Wong for Stacy Cornbred.
  • Seasonal Rot: Though some feel that the show jumped the shark when Stacy Cornbred was killed off, the later episodes of the original run were still considered far superior to the revival that aired on MTV2's Sick-a-Mation lineupnote , which was so bad it's considered Fanon Discontinuity. The reason? Eric Fogel wasn't executive producer.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • When Tally Wong frowns, her lips are merely turned upside down. It's rather obvious.
    • In sort of a weird connection to the show the fighters come from, if you look closely during the "Beavis vs. Butthead" fight, specificly when Beavis's fart gets ignited, you can clearly see that Butthead is holding an invisible lighter.
  • Squick:
    • Barbara Bush taking off her panties for Gavin Rossdale.
    • Jack and Meg White going down and having sex on the ring mat, when it was still unclear whether they were exes or siblings.
    • Some of the deaths on this show could fall under this territory, especially Eminem, Jim Carrey, Colleen Haskell from Survivor, and Mary-Kate Olsen (in the revival).
  • What an Idiot: Little Richard tearing off his own nipples and bleeding to death in his fight against Lil' Kim.note 
    • Nick Lachey manages to out-idiot Jessica Simpson. She gives him a grenade with the pin still in it, but then he pulls the pin and holds it, blowing himself up.