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YMMV: Celebrity Deathmatch
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: James Gandolfini's dream sequence during his match with Robert De Niro. Also Crosses the Line Twice.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: Tally Wong seems to be this, due to her Jerkass behaviour.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In two separate matches, Al Gore kills "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale kills George W. Bush. In the 2000 Presidental Election, Bush defeated Gore (though this is a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment if you voted for Gore and/or had no idea that George W. Bush actually would win). (Bush shows up alive in a later episode after the election.)
    • The fight between Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson is funnier when you realize that they both starred in The Departed.
      • The whole premise of that fight counts. At the time, Titanic had just come out and everyone expected Leo to be the next flash-in-the-pan pretty boy. Yeah, you see, about that...
    • In the Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera match, Britney rips Christina's hair out, leaving her bald. Kinda ironic, considering that Spears would be the one who ended up bald when she went on her infamous meltdown between 2006 and 2007.
    • In the Nicolas Cage vs. John Travolta fight (which referenced their film Face/Off by literally switching their faces), Cage slathered Travolta's face in honey and allowed bees to attack him. No points guessing why this is hilarious.
    • A decade or so ago, during the Time Travel episode, there was a fight between Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper. Today, there is a video game called Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper. Wonder if this was the inspiration...
    • During the fight between David Arquette and Paul Reiser, David's sister Rosanna calls him, demanding to be in Scream 4. David's response? "Rosanna, I told you: 'No more Scream movies!'" And in comes 2011...
    • Chuck Norris getting sliced in half with one kick by Jean-Claude Van Damme (who was supposed to fight Jackie Chan; Norris was just a guest referee) becomes hysterical in light of the Chuck Norris Facts.
    • The fight between Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is won by the "third Olsen twin", a Madwoman in the Attic who is hideously deformed and eats them both. Today, Elizabeth Olsen has easily eclipsed her older sisters in terms of her career, becoming a critically acclaimed indie actress in films like Martha Marcy May Marlene and Liberal Arts with a Hollywood Hype Machine push in front of her.
    • It's slightly funny how Gene Siskel killed Roger Ebert but ended up dying a few months later, basically saying that they got the result wrong.
  • Memetic Sex God: Sting can make love for 8 hours without resting.
  • 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.
    Ali G: Booyah ka sha!
    Kevin Federline: I'll put a ring on your finger.
  • 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 exs or siblings.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The gimmick of the match between Elizabeth Hurley and Anna Kournikova: "The Pit of Puberty". Basically, a giant pit in the middle of the ring crammed with overly horny 12 year olds, with the very strong implication that whoever gets too close is going to be raped to death. It seems to toe the line with the outstretched arms fondling Anna when she's caught in their grip.
  • What an Idiot: Little Richard tearing off his own nipples and bleeding to death in his fight against Lil' Kim.
    • 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.

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