YMMV / Death Battle

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  • Accidental Innuendo: When Wiz is discussing Peach's "Vibe Scepter", Boomstick begins laughing uncontrollably. Not that he can be blamed.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Slippy might be hated by a large part of the Starfox fanbase, but he's still one of Fox's closest friends, and when Bucky kills him, Fox clearly takes it extremely hard.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • They believe that Taizo Hori AKA Dig Dug, is a murderous psychopath who uses one of the most horrible ways possible to kill his enemies.
    • They believe Michelangelo is a stoner/was dropped on his head as a kid.
    • Wiz believes Dr. Eggman has a unique personality disorder explaining his various "phases".
    • Boomstick insists that Link is a fairy, despite Wizard's insistence that he's not.
    • Boomstick believes Superman is a superpowered hippie due to his reliance on solar power, plus the innuendo that "he gets stronger the higher he gets".
    • Boomstick claims that Gamera's "Friend to All Children" title means he's a pedophile. Wiz states otherwise.
    • Boomstick states that Captain America is a ninja thanks to his knowledge of many hand-to-hand fighting styles.
    • Kirby's introduction in the Buu vs Kirby fight makes him sound like a monster, and the citizens of Dreamland caught between Buu and Kirby are equally afraid of both.
    • Boomstick is convinced that Bayonetta is a monkey, due to being covered in her own hair and being able to fire guns with her feet.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Shortly after the Goku vs. Superman Death Battle, two new DBZ movies were released, giving Goku a substantial power boost. This resulted in the first ever Death Battle rematch.
    • One of the complaints of said battle is that Superman was too passive, which caused the Earth to explode. The rematch shows what happens when Supes goes all-out and doesn't restrain his own power, and he takes down Goku with little effort.
    • The Death Battle episode itself tried to smooth things over with fans upset by the first Superman Vs. Goku episode by having both Superman and Goku show a greater deal of respect to each other during the match especially at the end when Superman apologizes for what he must do to end it, respectfully preserves Goku's body by only destroying his brain, and gently catching his body before it hits the ground so it isn't damaged. The post-battle analysis also reminds viewers why both of these characters are so well loved by what they represent and what they believe in. That Goku is a man who can break any limit and overcome any challenge with strength, determination, and his "never give up" attitude, while Superman represents wisdom, good will, restraint with power and an idealism about truth and justice that all should strive for.
    • One Minute Melee's Bowser vs. Eggman is this to the Mario fanbase to some extent, being the first time a Mario character beats a Sonic character, even if Mario characters, such as Yoshi, have won on the show before.
      • Death Battle itself would follow suit on this, as Donkey Kong manages to defeat Knuckles.
    • As listed under Broken Base, a lot of fans are angry about the show's habit of revealing only one combatant while withholding their opponent's identity to get more subscribers and followers for their social media sites. Ben and Chad have wisened up to this: after revealing that Green Arrow would appear next, they are about to plug their sites again... before Chad reveals the other fighter to be Hawkeye, clearly aware of their very obvious choice.
      • They also did a full reveal of Charizard vs. Greymon after the above-mentioned fight, along with a hype-inducing video package that shows the both of them in top form, the first reveal of its type since Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor was announced.
    • Many were angry at some episodes having the opposite results of the research team. Thankfully, both the hosts and the research team agreed that Ratchet and Clank would come out on top against Jak and Daxter.
    • Vegeta vs Shadow has been widely criticized for being a massive Curb-Stomp Battle in Vegeta's favor. Shadow would later be pitted against Mewtwo, a character more or less around Shadow's power level, or so people thought, as Mewtwo ended up winning by about the same margin.
    • For what it was worth, following the controversial Meta vs. Carolina fight was a full reveal of the next fight between Cammy and Sonya with an additional preview at the animation. Also, the latter will air a week earlier than expected.
  • Awesome Ego: Iron Man vs Lex Luthor, both characters are known for this and deliver in full.
  • Base-Breaking Character: In general, any character who wins a Death Battle will either get loved or hated by the fandom. Superman, Agumon and Tai, and Yang Xiao Long are three important examples of this.
    • Due to the base-breaking nature of the show in question as far as the internet is concerned, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie generated a lot of flame wars in the comments section of their videos as they built up to their fights.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Superman vs Goku 2 features the two crashing the SGC building, and two cosplayers continue the fight before they run off and the video resumes. This isn't brought up later in the fight. The Youtube version doesn't include this.
    • When covering certain fighters, the series will frequently call attention to Big Lipped Alligator Moments from said character's source material, such as Donkey Kong's singing from the Donkey Kong Country TV show.
    • Captain America shows up at the start of Flash vs Quicksilver, complete with a dramatic flash of his name... and then he proceeds to do nothing and vanishes from the episode entirely. It's a bizarre and pointless cameo.
  • Broken Base: By the show's very nature, it's essentially impossible to definitively confirm which character would win in a fight. Therefore, at least some fans protest the results of most fights, much like in Deadliest Warrior. Doubly so for people who don't like the "to the death" aspect of the show, considering some of the combatants' reluctance or otherwise apathy towards killing.
    • Deadpool's fourth-wall humor in the Deathstroke vs Deadpool episode. Either you thought it was hilarious and top-notch, or it was obnoxious, tried too hard and came off as 'lol randumb.' Of course, this is an element that breaks the entire Deadpool base and isn't exclusive to his appearance in Death Battle.
    • Ragna the Bloodedge vs. Sol Badguy is getting this as well. While some accept the result, others are pointing out that Wiz and Boomstick got a lot of information wrong (particularly on the Blazblue side) and that the match should have ended the other way around. On the other hand, there are just as many people on a middle ground agreeing that despite the many Blazblue research errors, almost none of them actually made Ragna any weaker.
      • Also in regards to the Ragna vs. Sol Death Battle, the fact the battle was originally removed from YouTube due to ScrewAttack using a piece of fan art from artist "Na-Insoo" without his permission. While a good part of the fanbase thinks Na-Insoo is in the wrong since the show at least didn't hide his signature or the fact the work was his (and not their own), others stand behind Na-Insoo in that artists too often are taken advantage of in the industry, and he has a right to defend the copyright of his own hard work.
    • Toph vs. Gaara is getting a very similar reaction as Ragna vs. Sol. Some people readily accept the results as is, while many others contend that Wiz and Boomstick again botched the research (especially on the Naruto side of things) and thus think the battle should have ended the other way. There is a middle ground as well, but in general, it seems to be smaller than the first two sides.
    • The reveal of a "remastered" Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran fight split the base in half. One half is perfectly fine with the very first episode, which has not held up very well (especially in regards to episodes released in the season that the remake came out in), getting a total 3D overhaul worthy of its combatants, while the other half takes issue with the idea of spending production time on a remake that would otherwise have been spent on an entirely new fight. The execution of the fight this time has also left people divided.
    • The Yang vs. Tifa fight has a few of them.
      • It’s either a loving sendoff to Monty and a celebration of both franchises being brought back into the light after being away for a long while, or it’s a publicity stunt only meant to promote the third volume of RWBY and an insult to Monty’s swansong. At its worst fans see it as a lose-lose situation no matter the outcome, either Yang wins and it's seen as a shameless lack of integrity for kissing up to Rooster Teeth, or Tifa wins and it's seen as a lack of respect for the late Monty Oum and his final creative work.
      • Should Yang be a combatant with only two seasons under her belt? After all, the Battle aired five days before her third season would air. On one hand, this is lower than most combatants and Death Battle has previously stated they wouldn’t use characters from franchises before they were finished specifically because they wanted to avoid a character not being at their maximum potential. On the other hand, there have been characters in past death battles with similar credentials and still managed to kick their more seasoned opponent's ass. For example, consider the Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash battle - the episode aired the day before "The Return of Harmony Part 2", the second episode of the second season. Rainbow Dash only had one full season at that time and defeated Starscream, a 25-30 year concept, and Yang followed in her footsteps (or should we say "hoofprints"?).
      • Should Tifa be Yang’s combatant? On one hand, Tifa has been around for much longer, having more material to work with and a lot of abilities and experience under her belt. On the other hand, past Death Battles have shown this doesn’t guarantee a win and the seemingly superior opponent was beaten. It proves no different here with Tifa's loss.
      • With the airing of the episode, while the like/dislike ratio on its Youtube video is very positive (~90%, approximately along standard like/dislike ratios for the series), opinions are divided on the winner: Yang. There's a question as to whether she won "clean," or whether she won to shill the new season of her show and her then-recently-deceased creator. This was made even worse two weeks after the episode went live, when ScrewAttack became a Rooster Teeth brand. The timing makes it nearly impossible that the Death Battle team wasn't aware of the acquisition during production, which detractors claim may have led to bias.
    • Cramming the reveal of Mega Man vs. Astro Boy in the season finale of The Industry. While some enjoyed the John Woo-style fight that came afterwards, many fans were annoyed that they actually went this way just to get people interested in this show. This, of course, wasn't helped that said episode of The Industry was also a Take That, Audience! to the fans, basically calling Death Battle watchers ungrateful and only interested in being told who wins. In fact, many responses on the Youtube posting of the video essentially tells viewers where the reveal is just so they can find out and go back to what they're doing.
    • Death Battle only revealing one combatant at first and revealing the second opponent later on their social media sites. Some found it as an interesting way to get people hyped up, others found it as a cheap way to get followers and subscribers. Luckily, they avoided this with Green Arrow vs Hawkeye, even poking fun at the fact anyone would guess anybody else.
    • In the Pokémon vs Digimon Season 2 finale:
      • Calling Pokemon slaves was either seen as completely accurate, or was very poorly received. The fact the Pokemon franchise contains evidence for both sides doesn't help at all.
      • Some fans claim Tai leaping into battle against Red to be dirty fighting and a completely Out-of-Character Moment on Tai's part. Others point out Death Battle is by default no holds barred, and its not dirty just because Red assumed different rules applied and that Tai has been known to get physical before to save his friend- not to mention the fact Red had initiated the fight and tried to capture Tai's best friend Agumon unprovoked after assuming him to be a particularly rare Pokémon. Also Red wasn't blameless as it was obvious Agumon had a trainer and yet Red tried to catch him twice.
      • The fact that Red died along with Charizard has become highly contested. A good deal of people consider the death rather brutal and unnecessary, while others are to quick to point out that the premise of the show is about battles to the death, and that all combatants risk their lives, even if they were just giving instructions to the actual combatants as seen in the Solid Snake vs Sam Fisher battle. Post-commentary revealed that the death was originally going to be even more gory and heart-wrenching than it was.
    • Season 3 started off with one hell of a fracture after Dante vs. Bayonetta. We got the usual situation of detractors calling bullshit on the calculations and logic used to justify the winner's victory and supporters making a case for said calculations and logic being solid. Among the thorny issues this time are whether or not Dante's Quicksilver could really keep up with Bayonetta's Witch Time, how much damage Dante would inflict on Bayonetta's summoned demons, the lack of Bayonetta's Umbran Armor or Queen Sheba summon, and the extent of Dante's healing factor.]] Pretty much everyone agrees the fight was captial-G Gorgeous, though.
    • The changes to the research team in general were this to begin with, but when they started producing different outcomes, fans started raising eyebrows. Do Ben and Chad truly disagree that strongly, or does having a bigger team mean more consistent results as of season 3?
    • Quicksilver's announcement made many fans worried due to how spotty the win-loss record of DC vs Marvel episodes were. Some detractors claimed that the then-upcoming release of X-Men: Apocalypse would affect the outcome. On the other side of the fence, Quicksilver's announcement also caused heavily cringing by Flash supporters, who felt that this fight would likely be the nastiest Curbstomp Battle in series history in the Flash's favour ( it was), and was a waste of production resources, while yet other fans feel like this will be a chance for the Flash to show what he is truly capable of against a capable opponent.
    • The Joker vs Sweet Tooth, some people are happy that the crew is actually pitting The Joker up against someone not only thematically appropriate (another serial-murderer clown) but also against someone who will not likely just curb-stomp the clown prince of crime outright (which seemed to have been an ongoing theme in season 3 with fights like Bayonetta vs Dante, Ganondorf vs Bowser, and Flash vs Quicksilver, all decided to be incredibly one-sided). On the other hand, many fans are upset The Joker is being put up against someone more obscure and not in his league of popularity, and were hoping he would be set up against someone more like Green Goblin (despite everyone agreeing someone like Goblin would obliterate the Joker). On the Sweet Tooth side of things, because he's the face of the Twisted Metal series, some fans wish he had been saved for a mostly vehicular based battle rather than fighting someone who will likely spend most of the fight on foot. While the reveal of the fight animation satisfied a lot of these worries - it's a vehicular battle between Sweet Tooth and a stolen Batmobile/Jokermobile, with plenty of hand to hand combat in between - the ending of the fight was subject to another split. Either Joker is a Magnificent Bastard who utilizes a Batman Gambit in order to manipulate Needles Kane into leaving his vehicle and getting a face full of Joker gas and Needles has shown a desire to kill someone up close and personal if he hates them enough, or it's a massive Out-of-Character Moment in which Needles, who generally isn't fussy how he kills his victims, becomes Too Dumb to Live by willingly throwing away the biggest advantage he has, and a chance to instantly win the fight, just because The Joker asks if he wouldn't rather finish the job up close. While the fight animation is usually separate from the reasoning, the hosts cite The Joker's manipulative skills as a key reason he won, leaving it a matter of contested debate how much this would really matter.
    • The reveal of Shadow as Mewtwo's opponent has broken the base again. Some claim that Shadow had his chance in his fight with Vegeta, and would rather see other, unused characters for the fight, whereas some say that Shadow should have fought Mewtwo in the first place. Another group argued that Silver should have been the one to fight Mewtwo (both are psychics), while the other says that Shadow is probably closer to Mewtwo's level in power, and Shadow would be a better opponent for Mewtwo than Silver due to Shadow and Mewtwo both being created life made by humans. When more of these complaints started becoming more prevalent, Ben created a chart to explain how Shadow was more appropriate as Mewtwo's opponent when compared to Silver note  and Friezanote 
    • With the results of the Death Battles involving Sonic characters, Knuckles and Shadow, many fans have brought up the lack of Archie Comic's sources. One side we have fans who feel like that the Archie versions would have given Knuckles and Shadow a win and not including them is showing a bias view against all Sonic characters, even though Sonic, Tails, Metal Sonic, (in its appearance in Doctor Eggman VS. Doctor Wily) and later Amy all won their respective fights. On the other side, we have fans who believe that the Archie comics are not officially canon and shouldn't even be counted since it's not technically Sega making the comics to begin with and have never been acknowledged in any of the official games as canon source, plus there is also an argument saying that Archie Comics write the characters too OP with ridiculous powers never shown in any of the video games. Interestingly, Amy Rose's battle with Ramona Flowers does use the Archie comics and its pre-reboot variation to boot, but that's most likely because, while Amy was quite tough there, she wasn't a high-powered Reality Warper like Knuckles and Shadow were. To rub it in even further, Amy wins that battle by a similar margin Mewtwo did.
    • More than a few fans found Mewtwo vs. Shadow to be something of a lose-lose situation: either the Pokémon series gains the worst record so far out of all franchises represented with no wins and three losses, or Shadow becomes the second character in the show to lose two battles after Charizard, even more considering his status as a Base-Breaking Character as opposed to his generally beloved opponent. Come the actual episode, and Sonic fans are incensed at how Shadow was brought back to be horribly stomped again following his loss to Vegeta, after gaining the impression that this fight with Mewtwo would be closer. Another debate, either among those that agreed with the outcome, is whether or not the fight itself fits the results or was a lazy and underwhelming one.
    • Carolina vs The Meta. On the one hand, many fans are happy to see Red vs. Blue come to Death Battle and also that the two will get a proper fight that they never got in the original series, while many others (especially from the Screwattack forums) are heavily against the idea of this episode happening, and would prefer one of them fight a character from another franchise. There's another group who prefers it because it ensures there is no pro Rooster Teeth bias. Another major point of contention is that it is being aired as part of Red Vs. Blue. The ending of the actual episode is incredibly divisive for reasons similar to those of Joker vs. Sweettooth's ending.
    • This even extends into This Very Wiki where its Dethroning Moment page suffered from so many severe edit wars regarding the outcomes of the battles to the point that the mods were forced lock the page. But still wasn't enough as the flame wars extended into the discussion page and some tropers even requested the mods to add their own moment into the page. In the end, the mods decided to completely blacklist Death Battle from ever having a Dethroning page, the first and only time this ever happened to a Dethroning Moment page.
      • And now another record's been set, with DB causing the first closure and blacklist of a Head Scratchers page.
    • Solid Snake vs Sam Fisher. A lot of the contention here stems from the fact that they used the Metal Gear Solid 2 character model for Snake, whilst giving him his Metal Gear Solid 4 weapons and technology to use (the Octocamo, a knife, and the Solid Eye) which gave him a tactical advantage that he shouldn't have had. The other side points out however that whilst Snake didn't technically have this equipment, he did have access to the stealth camo and separate pairs of goggles throughout the first two games which serve similar purposes, and that we don't technically know how long after the second game Snake started to use a knife. And to add fuel to the fire, the animation and vulnerability to EMP means that whatever Snake is using is far closer in function to stealth camo than Octocamo despite the narration. The Metal Gear Solid 2 character model has also led to other arguments such as Snake having a level of CQC far closer to his Old Snake incarnation which gives him an edge in a fight that he shouldn't yet possess, whilst the other side points out that in-universe Snake was trained in these abilities by Big Boss since before the very first game on the MSX, and he himself mentions in Metal Gear Solid 4 that his body responds automatically when confronted by CQC.
    • Anytime a fight ends with a Curb-Stomp Battle. Some people don't care about the outcome, and just want to enjoy the fight. Others believe the one-sidedness of any fight ruins the hype that goes with it and would prefer matches where the combatants are more or less evenly matched.
    • Tracer's announcement. Some are saying that, like Yang, it is far too early to include Overwatch character because Tracer does not have many feats yet, but others claim that, depending on her opponent, gameplay may be enough to decide the winner.
      • Then comes the actual episode and the cries of foul from Scout's side; namely that Tracer was given access to her "canon" powers (how she's depicted in comics and the cinematics rather than the actual game) while also being able to charge her pulse bomb while Scout was under the effects of Bonk, which makes him impossible to hit thanks to Super Reflexes, not invulnerable, and based his abilities off his gameplay even when certain abilities were explicitly described to operate differently, (ie Bonk). There was also the facts that Scout's feats of tanking 3 Soldier rockets and killing an adolescent brown bear using nothing but a femur were seemingly glossed over (though the hosts put particular emphasis on debunking him actually tanking the missiles by pointing out his more durable teammates get gibbed by a direct hit from one of the same rockets in another canon video) while Tracer avoiding Widowmaker's shot was taken heavily into consideration despite Widowmaker slamming Tracer into a wall that same video. All of this while Scout was given only 2 of his guns and his baseball bat. On the other side of things Overwatch fans say both sides were given at least some fudging of powers as Scout was able to use his bat under the affects of Bonk, something impossible in-game.
    • The refusal of Death Battle to ever do a third round of Goku vs. Superman. Most are okay with this since this pairing has already been done twice and doesn't need another round. Others say that round 2 wasn't fair to Goku since although he had his god forms, he didn't have any new feats until Dragon Ball Super, which had only just started when the episode aired (potentially making the whole thing moot by making calls for another rematch inevitable). Superman fans say these new feats doesn't matter since Superman has unlimited power and Goku would lose anyway, which is why he's now banned from Death Battle, while comicbook fans are annoyed that Death Battle actually thinks Superman has no limits despite several characters in DC being stronger than him.
    • The 'Board of Wizdom' is the subject of both laughs and complaints for a number of reasons. Some people call it a funny and interesting way to feature feats and facts about the characters and their world, while detractors claim there's a good chance that the episode will go from an in-depth look at both combatants' skills and weapons to a simple game of 'Whoever has the craziest feat wins!' and will just get their math wrong.
    • The reveal of Amy Rose vs. Ramona Flowers. Many are relieved that Amy isn't fighting with King Dedede nor Nora Valkyrie due to the brutal ending of DBX for the former and the backlash of Yang vs. Tifa for the latter. However, many are concerned that this is going to end in another brutal Curb-Stomp Battle for Sonic Team, noting that Ramona has a handful more skills that puts her above Amy in combat. Turned out Amy could handle herself just fine, with a victory on par with Mewtwo's.
    • Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie. Some think it has the potential to be one of the funniest fights in Death Battle, while others despise the very idea of Death Battle doing it. It is certainly not helped by the fact both Deadpool and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic in general are pretty divisive in their own right. People in the middle zone believe that while it could be a funny joke battle, it doesn't seem like something appropriate for a season finale. However in the last case, Ben revealed that Deadpool vs Pinkie Pie wasn't the originally planned season finale but they changed it to help Torrian´s workload
    • Zoro vs. Erza, while not as heated as most fights, many feel that the exclusion of Erza's Nakagami Armor (along with some of her other armors) Nerfed Erza's chances, while others agree with this, others say the Nakagami Armor is more suited against Magic Users, as it's main use is to dispel Magic and "Cut through Space", something that Zoro doesn't use. Also the fact that Nakagami Armor doesn't really mentions if it actually increases Erza's Defense at all, adding the Armor would have been as if Erza was using her Sarashi Armor, but worse, so the results wouldn't really change, even some Fairy Tail fans agree that the armor wouldn't change the results.
  • Canon Defilement: Superman's portrayal in the series have not gone over well with many in the comic book community. Mostly because Death Battle claimed that Superman has no limits, which goes against DC's view on the character. In the official datebook, it is noted that while Superman is extremely powerful, he does have limits. There are people out there who are stronger, faster, and smarter than him. So the reasoning that Superman is basically an unstoppable god is flawed on its face. Fans are also not pleased that Death Battle's Superman is a composite of New 52's Superman and Post-Crisis Superman, who are two completely different characters with different feats, especially after The Reveal during DC Rebirth.
    • Because a Death Battle has to end with a death, this basically happens to every character in it who isn't already a psychotic killer. Characters in a Death Battle are not only willing to violate any Thou Shall Not Kill trait they might have in canon, but are willing to murder someone for the most trivial of reasons (For example, Yang killing a Bartender for trying to kick her out of her bar for causing trouble, or Toph wanting to fight Gaara on his sacred ground when he asked her to leave). Characters will also show a complete disregard for collateral damage in order to have them use their full potential and avoid a "he would've won if he wasn't holding back" situation (For example: Superman destroying Earth just to kill Goku). Basically everyone is far more callous, brutal and bloodthirsty, independent of what their character is actually like in canon. This won't go well for some, while others are okay with it.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Death Battle's tendency of showing one opponent and hinting at who their opponent could be. While it does work as a surprise for some (e.g. Fulgore, Yang, Wolverine) it can also be so hilariously obvious who they'd have to fight since the two are constantly paired up as fighters. (e.g. Solid Snake, Ratchet and Clank, Flash) They even lampshaded this in Megaman vs Astro Boy, revealing Green Arrow while hiding his opponent...before immediately revealing the obvious choice for his opponent.
  • Catharsis Factor: Whether you're a Brony or not, seeing a bastard like Starscream get his ass handed to him by Rainbow Dash (very much poetic - if ironic justice) is pleasurable.
    • In general, seeing characters one dislikes can be entertaining in that they die gruesomely in this show.
    • On the flip side, having a character/character from a series you like end up winning, especially after a years-long losing streak, can be very satisfying.
  • Consolation Award:
    • Some fans have accused the Batman vs Captain America fight as nothing more than an attempt to appease Batman fans who were still upset over his loss to Spider-Man. This is not true however, as many small emergency episodes were planned years ago in case something happened to screw up the schedule, which is what happened regarding Ben's hard drive during Godzilla vs. Gamera, and having to rebuild Tigerzord vs. Epyon from scratch.
    • Some consider Guts killing Nightmare to be one for anime fans after Gaara and Majin Buu's defeats.
    • Defied with Goku vs Superman 2. Goku still loses, even quicker than he did the first time to boot. Ben and Chad then went on record after the match stating there would be no Round 3 nor will they use any other Superman and DBZ match-ups as a substitute.
    • For Mario fans, Donkey Kong vs Knuckles. After Mario and Luigi lost to Sonic and Tails respectively, Donkey Kong is the first Mario character in Death Battle to triumph over a Sonic character.
    • Defied again with Dan losing against Hercule again after losing against him in One Minute Melee.
    • Defied really hard with Charizard getting stomped by Greymon after losing by a much slimmer margin against Blastoise.
    • Inverted for Yang, seeing as after her victory against Tifa, Volume 3 of RWBY essentially sends Yang through the crapper, culminating in her right arm being cut off.
    • While it's unlikely Spin-Off material is ever decided simply to appease franchise fans, it does seem like a very interesting coincidence in the Season 3 premier of Dante vs Bayonetta in which Dante wins, immediately afterwards the pilot episode of DBX features Trish vs Jeanne with Jeanne winning, meaning the franchise wins are now even.
    • Utterly defied with Shadow getting horrifically stomped by Mewtwo after already being on the receiving end of one of the most infamous stomps courtesy of Vegeta.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro is an exercise in insanity and one of the most loved Death Battles. When you watch stuff like Chuck punching Segata with the third fist underneath his beard, Segata performing his exploding judo-toss on Chuck into a mountain that also explodes, and Chuck splitting the world in half by launching a giant clone of Segata through it, you watch it again because it's awesome and possibly because your mind couldn't really grasp what was going on the first time around.
    • Hercule vs. Dan Hibiki is basically a toned-down Spiritual Successor. The matchup and most of the things that happen within the fight are sheer lunacy, but it's still a highly engaging duel beyond that.
    • The Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton DBX. It's almost as if the guys at Screwattack decided to give the animators the instructions, "Have these two idiots fight and do whatever the hell you want with them." In the end, a bald eagle voiced by Chad reveals it's the story of how Captain America became the president of the United States forever.
  • Creator's Pet: Rooster Teeth characters are getting a bad rap among fans, which is probably the last thing the guys over at ScrewAttack wanted, being generally chummy with RT. It's actually quite common among the Rooster Teeth fandom to enjoy one part of the company and yet completely and utterly bash another portion for just being there (re: the odd feud between Achievement Hunter's "Let's Play" family's fandoms) and this is no exception. Add in the fact that Yang vs. Tifa was, more or less, released to celebrate RWBY Volume 3's release and The Meta vs. Agent Carolina was released as part of Red vs. Blue Season 14 and you have a recipe for disaster.
    • To the less than mature fans, any of the winners in general will come under the accusation of being a favorite of one of the hosts, reasonable or otherwise. This is despite the fact Screwattack has let characters they genuinely loved (sometimes over their opponents) lose several times before.
  • Creepy Awesome: The Joker. Same goes for The Meta.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Quite a few. The very nature of the show means it's going to invoke it at least once an episode, whether it be going over tragic pasts, hilarious deaths, or Boomstick's jokes.
    Boomstick: Things were looking up for Guts...and then Griffith summoned a horde of demons, transformed into a bat monster and murdered the entire Band of the Hawk. If that wasn't traumatic enough, Griffith then raped his girlfriend in a pool of his friends' blood as Guts watched, pinned down with his eye gouged out and forced to cut off his own arm.
    Wiz: Definitely not his best day!
    • Note that Boomstick cracks up around the part where he describes Casca getting raped, as if his description of the sheer amount of bullshit Guts went through is starting to turn into an Aristocrats joke.
    • Link's reveal trailer starts off with a joke that Cloud would be facing Aerith. Then it cuts to the "fight"'s death scene, which is actually Aerith's infamous Plotline Death.
    • From Amy vs Ramona, Ramona's bloody corpse with Scott in tears. Half the audience feels sad. Ramona explodes into coins and is shown in a spirit form with Scott still in tears kneeling at the coins. Half the audience laughs.
  • Discredited Meme: Long story short, saying that Death Battle or Screwattack is biased against Anime is going to get you more snark than support.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: For all that fans complain about Tai physically assaulting Red during the Pokémon vs Digimon battle, they tend to ignore the fact that Red tried to forcefully capture Agumon and than forced him to fight Charizard even after seeing that he already had a "Pokémon master", without asking Tai for permission to have Charizard battle Agumon. That is the behavior that Team Rocket tends to display, not the heroes.
  • Ear Worm: The short little sting that plays right before the finishing blow during "Luigi vs. Tails".
  • Esoteric Happy Ending:
    • Thanks to liberal amounts of Fridge Horror, the outcome of Guts vs. Nightmare. The ending depicts the heroic Guts slaying the evil demon Inferno and tearing Soul Edge asunder forever. All well and good, until you realize that Guts is almost certainly going to die/be malfested by Soul Edge's corruption very soon and painfully thanks to his wounds and his cursed armor; Soul Edge has been reforged after being broken several times; Inferno's resurrected himself before, although it took quite some time; and all those combined could easily lead to Guts becoming the next incarnation of Nightmare, more powerful than the last. The Fridge Horror tab explores this in more detail.
    • From Dante vs Bayonetta, Dante was tasked in collecting the Left Eye which he actually fails to do, since he kills Bayonetta who literally is the Left Eye. In addition, if we are to take the events of DBX as canon, this also means during the end of his fight, his demon slaying partner, Trish, was being killed by Bayonetta's best friend, Jeanne. Plus, Bayonetta is doomed to an eternity of torment in Inferno as per her series' lore, although with Jeanne alive it's possible Jeanne can rescue her like Bayonetta did to her in her second game... provided a pissed-off devil slayer who is capable of killing Umbra Witches doesn't find her first.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: It's a really bad idea to speak positively about Gaara vs. Toph on the official ScrewAttack forums unless you wanna get blasted. Same goes for Yang vs Tifa.
    • A Downplayed example, but calling Death Battle bias towards or against someone or something will, at best, get you blank looks from others.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Mega Man vs. Astro Boy sparked one with another VS debate series called Fatal Fiction as a result of both shows having the aforementioned matchup, but with different rules and different results. The Fatal Fiction came out 2 years before the Death Battle and when the latter debuted, Death Battle fans swarmed the comment section of the former telling Fatal Fiction they were wrong because Death Battle said so... Not to mention the angry Mega Man fans swarming to the Fatal Fiction episode and declaring their result as the real one.
    • This happens with every Death Battle. Some fans take their favorite character losing and being killed very poorly indeed. Dragon Ball Z fans after Goku vs. Superman are one of the most unabashed examples of this in the whole series.
    • Also with another debate series called Cartoon Fight Club, thanks to it being newer (yet having far more episodes), having lower budget animation, and the creator putting in every annotation something along the lines of "Not Screwattack or Death Battle. Tee hee" Luckily, this died down with the creator of CFC revealing to people that plenty of his subscribers love both shows, plus stopping the annotation jokes about not being Death Battle.
    • The best debating with another crossover battle series is Super Power Beat Down. Both do different ways of determining the winner, Death Battle uses research while SPBD uses fan votes. Both series are hated for several victors being completely out of hand or not what fans like, such as Superman beating Goku twice from Death Battle and Captain America beating Master Chief from Super Power Beat Down. Needless to say, Aaron Schoenke, from Super Power Beat Down, claims he loves Death Battle and is interested in every facts they give to him and his series is not meant to insult Death Battle.
    • After years of being Friendly Fandoms with each other, Yang VS Tifa has caused a riff among Screwattack fans who declare the match foul and rigged in favor of a Rooster Teeth character. People have now joked that Ben and Chad will from now on allow Rooster Teeth characters to win automatically against whatever opponent they face against, which in turn caused a lot of people to hate Rooster Teeth and believe their crew are rigging some of the matches.
    • The rivalry between the Overwatch and Team Fortress 2 fandoms was noticeably heated already, but the outcome of Tracer VS Scout has managed to make the existing friction between them even worse.
    • One Piece and Fairy Tail fans have never been on ideal terms with each other initially, but after the Zoro VS Erza battle was released, things got even more heated.
  • Fan Hater: While there are detractors who simply disagree with Screwattack's results and will show why they disagree (Even if a bit harsh), some absolutely loathe Death Battle and all who work on it and will call people who agree with the result ignorant idiots. Thankfully, this does not represent most of them.
    • As a result of Yang vs. Tifa, many DB fans have started to act hostile towards RWBY fans. Carolina vs the Meta extended this hate to Red vs. Blue.
    • There's also the fact Death Battles with poor reception among fans have often caused people to act hostile towards the winning side's fanbase.
      • On the flip side, there are those who despise the loser's fanbase because of their generally poor attitudes.
  • Fan Myopia: Because of the nearly endless amount of characters in fiction to choose from, many people will have different ideas on who they want most to fight and will be baffled if the hosts will have never heard of their character, or are using a character they've never heard of in spite of the popularity of the character or work of fiction that character is from. This will result in confusion on the character and hoping for their character to be used some day at best and blasting the fight with complaints for how "obscure" the character or work is at worst.
  • Fetish Retardant: Discussed by Boomstick. He doesn't know if he's turned on or grossed out by Bayonetta's hair clothes, and disgusts himself by imagining Bayonetta firing the guns on her feet with weird, misplaced thumbs.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Overlapping with Genius Bonus: In the wild, there have been several documented cases of spiders eating bats. This makes the result of Batman vs. Spider-Man poignant.
    • In a similar fashion, it's common knowledge that hares are preyed upon by foxes, which lends some idea as to the outcome of Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Funimation, mainly because ScrewAttack crew is based in Dallas, Texas; the fact that many voice actors who worked with Funimation appeared in a few Death Battle episodes; and the fact that Chad James (the voice of Boomstick) is the co-host in Funimation's Dubble Talk.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The series improved when it dropped the fighting game style lifebars, making the fights less predictable, and when Wiz and Boomstick started to get their comedic quirks down.
    • The fights received a notable Animation Bump in the middle of Season 1, and they have sustained the same level of improvement ever since.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the pre-battle ad in Luke Skywalker vs. Harry Potter, Wizard mentions that eventually one's computer could face disaster, and the product in the advertisement was designed to help avoid file loss. Three years later, Wiz's voice actor, who also edits the show, had a terminal hard drive failure that resulted in the loss of the non-battle segments of the Godzilla vs. Gamera battle mere days before the episode was to be revealed at the 2014 Screwattack Gaming Convention, resulting in a several week delay before the full episode was published and requiring the Tigerzord vs. Gundam Epyon battle, announced following the SGC reveal, until after the less intensive Batman vs. Captain America fight.
    • Crosses over into Trolling Creator: In the post-match video following the Yang vs. Tifa match, Yang's voice actress Barbara Dunkelman said that what happened at the end would never happen inRWBY. Episode 6 of Volume 3, which has Yang provoked into shooting a weakened Mercury in the leg and the implications that Pyrrha might have to take a life to save another, proves otherwise. The 12th episode would prove that no matter what happens she could have said that even with Yang's loss.
    • All the talk about Goku being able to trump Superman was finally given a canonical reason why he shouldn't in Dragon Ball Super when his reckless usage of the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan combined with the Kaioken x10 causes him to suffer from Delayed Onset Ki Syndrome, which damages his way of using Ki and too much reckless usage can make that permanent.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Epic Rap Battles of History has pitted Darth Vader against an European dictator Adolf Hitler three times, each with him defeating Hitler. After that, Death Battle pits him against another European dictator Dr. Doom. From the looks of it, Adolf Hitler will be very happy of Doom by now.
    • Eggman vs. Wily, ever since it's been revealed the two will be crossing over.
    • The music that accompanied Rainbow Dash's introduction to her Death Battle preview against Starscream posted in September 2011 was "Danger Zone". Just over a year later... The battle itself becomes quite funny with this comic cover.
    • Death Battle previews for the He-Man and Lion-O fight seemed to imply that Lion-O's ability to control cats would be used on Battle Cat, which had some fans complaining that Death Battle was essentially breaking its own rules to give Lion-O an advantage in their fight. Needless to say, the actual battle made quick work of that little issue.
    • Pikachu and Blanka never once paralyzed each other, either through electrical discharge or through Pikachu's Static ability. The match was made before Gen VI, where Electric-type Pokemon became immune to paralysis.
    • When discussing Superman's strengths and weaknesses, it's stated that "even the buildings in Metropolis are more valuable to him than his own life". One of the main complaints of Man of Steel was the amount of damage to the city... which, in turn, became a major plot point in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • In the episode that pits Fox McCloud against Bucky O'Hare, Wiz describes the latter's nemeses of Toad Empire, "as amphibian Nazis... if Hitler was Skynet." The episode that comes after? The Terminator vs. Robocop.
    • Ivy vs. Orchid only a few days before Double Helix revealed a sneak peak that Orchid would be in Killer Instinct for Xbox One.
    • Mario vs. Sonic came before dedicated animators started animating. As a result, Luigi and Tails' fight is far more visually spectacular.
    • On May 19 2014, Goku and Superman had a rematch in rap form before the actual rematch transpired.
    • After the Goku vs. Superman fight, Boomstick happily exclaims "It's over! It's finally over! We never have to hear about it again!" Cue the Internet Backdraft, meaning the episode ultimately did little to even slow down this debate.
      • And now, it's become a running gag in the show itself, with Deadpool insulting the hosts about it in Deadpool vs. Deathstroke and Ben Singer, the voice of Wizard, getting visited by a living Goku toy in the ad break in Kirby vs. Majin Buu, in addition to this spin-off video.
      • With the reveal that there will be a rematch, no, it's not over.
      • To win the Beam-O-War between his Kamehameha and Superman's Heat Vision, Goku combines the Kaio-ken with his Super Saiyan 4. Cue Dragon Ball Super where Goku actually does just that with his Super Saiyan Blue.
    • One of the most common complaints about the Peach vs. Zelda fight was that Zelda never transformed into Sheik during the fight. Come Super Smash Bros. 4, nearly two years later, Sheik has been her own character slot instead of being part of Zelda's moveset, meaning that Zelda literally CAN'T turn into Sheik mid-fight. Of course, whether this is Hilarious in Hindsight or Harsher in Hindsight depends on whether you are fond of the announcement or not. However, this is mitigated somewhat due to the revelation that the 3DS hardware limitations is what caused this decision to be made, not as a result of wanting to diverge Zelda's character a bit.
    • Though "hilarious" might not be the right word for either episode, Blanka biting Pikachu's head off was later attempted by Charizard to Blastoise. Chariard's attempt failed, and loses his wings (and life) as a result.
    • On the day the May 16th death battle, which is Fulgore vs. Sektor happened, immediately after it, Godzilla was announced as the next fighter in the next death battle. This becomes even more amusing that not only did the death battle come out the same day as the 2014 film, but in said film, Godzilla kills the bigger Muto in a way that would fit right in Mortal Kombat itself.
    • After the fight between Batman and Spider-Man, Boomstick comments "And all of Wayne's money, and the commissioner's men, couldn't put Batman together again." Batman is one of the very few Death Battle losers to come back for another match.
    • Around the same time the show started, The Spoony One made his own Deadliest Warrior-type show known as Deadliest Character, which was only one episode due to the fact that Death Battle was more popularnote . The only episode was Mecha Godzilla vs. The Megazord with James Rolfe even helping with the Mecha Godzilla section. At SGC's Death Battle Panel and Godzilla vs. Gamera premiere, not only did they state that James Rolfe helped them with this fight, but one of the characters they previewed to be later in another fight was Tommy Oliver from Power Rangers, with his own Zord. Ironically, in the Deadliest Character, Mecha Godzilla lost to the Power Rangers; in Death Battle, Godzilla won his match while Tommy, piloting the Tigerzord and eventually the Mega Tigerzord, lost his.
    • One complaint from the Cloud Strife vs. Link Death Battle was how Link was able to throw several bombs at once, when previous incarnations have shown him capable of only using one at a time. Come Hyrule Warriors, now Link can spam his bombs well after Death Battle depicted him doing so! (Despite the fact that Eiji Aonuma stated that the game is non-canon).
    • During Magfest, the hosts outright stated that Naruto would be as a series that wouldn't be featured in Death Battle until it ended. Shortly afterwards, the Grand Finale to the series came out, and soon after that, Gaara vs. Toph was confirmed to be an episode in the making.
    • In Vegeta vs Shadow when Shadow goes Super Vegeta remarks "Wow. What a ripoff." In the Dragon Ball Z movie "Resurrection 'F'", Freiza returns with a new Super Mode that turns him gold. Prophetic no?
    • We saw Vegeta take on Shadow (and win) in the first season. Now in the second season, we have Vegeta's voice actor Christopher Sabat participating in a Death Battle... as Solid Snake... who also wins.
    • Kirby channeling Ryu during his battle against Buu is even funnier now that Ryu is a playable character in Smash Bros. 4.
    • The memetic "Bending Options" statement spawned from Gaara vs. Toph has become this after the release of Gaara Hiden: a Sandstorm Mirage. In which Gaara now canonically has the '"Magnet Release Kekki Genkai"' which, to make a long story short, basically makes Gaara a metalbender, airbender, and advanced firebender (lightning) as well now.
    • It can be said the Death Battle team including Gaara at all, since they said specifically they were waiting to use any character from the Naruto franchise until the series was put to bed. Barely any time had passed after the battle and new work featuring Gaara is being released, contradicting their research and justifying what they were afraid would happen in the first place.
    • At one point, Ben joked that a Death Battle with Solid Snake would be easy to animate with only a few gunshots in a dark room. In the actual Death Battle, not so much.
    • In the Yang vs. Tifa battle, when Wiz mentions that Yang's team, Team RWBY is lead by her sister Ruby, Boomstick sarcastically replies "Yeah, like that isn't confusing". In Volume 3, Episode 1, Ruby says the same exact thing when conversing at her mother's grave.
    • There is another similar series called Fatal Fiction which does the same thing. In one episode, they did Mega Man vs Astro Boy and conclude with Mega Man winning. Now we have Death Battle going to decide the winner. They decide that Astro Boy wins instead, only because they use a composite Astro Boy rather than simply using one balanced incarnation like Fatal Fiction did.
      • A later episode has an episode of Pikachu vs Agumon, concluding Pikachu wins because he has resisted flame attacks before, unlike Agumon with electric attacks, and is faster. Another part of the conclusion states that Greymon, and its further digivolutions, will be more than enough to stomp Pikachu. Considering what Wargreymon did to Mega Charizard X there, it's definitely proven to be correct.
    • Here's one that came out of nowhere: Whether or not you agreed with the outcome of the battle between Cloud and Link, you can now Settle it in SMASH! For an extra bit of hilarity, based on Smash 4 tier-lists Cloud beats Link, the opposite result of their clash in Death Battle.
    • The Nostalgia Critic would later review Segata Sanshiro's commercials, and he even made a comparison between him and Chuck Norris.
    • On December 15th, 2015 Death Battle announced that the premier episode of Season 3 would involve Bayonetta fighting an unknown opponent (later revealed to be Dante). This was announced on the exact same day that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U had announced that Bayonetta would be featured as their very last Guest Fighter. As Death Battles have to be planned weeks, if not months, in advance, there was absolutely no possible way the creators could have known about Bayonetta's Smash reveal before making the announcement.
    • Episode 58, "Dante vs Bayonetta", was almost the second time the characters would have met. After Bayonetta's announcement for a Death Battle but before her opponent was revealed, Hideki Kamiya revealed he has been approached about Bayonetta appearing in Project X Zone 2, alongside Dante.
    • Batman vs Spider-Man becomes this with the recent announcement that Michael Keaton is being considered for the villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
    • Wiz's annoyance with all the various fictional universes having metals stronger and lighter than titanium is hilarious thanks to creation of a "High-Entropy Alloy" that is both stronger than titanium and lighter than aluminum.
    • During the info dump on the Barry Allen Flash, both Wiz and Boomstick rag on Barry for causing The New 52. Two days later, it's revealed that it wasn't Barry, but Dr. Manhattan who caused it.
    • Haloid had Samus fight Nicole, the Dead or Alive Guest Fighter who is a Spartan similar to Master Chief. The pilot episode had Samus battle Boba Fett, while Master Chief's return in DBX will have him go up against Boba's father Jango.
    • The Take That video against Silvermania had Mewtwo facing Vegeta. Now Mewtwo will be facing Vegeta's opponent, Shadow, in an actual Death Battle.
      • Even funnier, the result of the latter fight means that Mewtwo and Vegeta both stomped same opponent in less than three minutes individually. This has led a small subset of people to imagine Mewtwo and Vegeta celebrating over their both of them killing Shadow and wiping out Silvermania.
    • In a similiar vein to Epic Rap Battles, JT Machimina let both Mario and Sonic and Doomguy and Master Chief have a rematch.
      • They also did a Tracer vs Scout video before Death Battle did.note 
    • DBX's Saitama vs. Kenshiro came out the same week as Toonami's airing of The Lone Cyborg. One of the villains Genos and Saitama fight in the episode is Armored Gorilla, voiced by Kaiji Tang. Genos actually shows up to fight Ken on Saitama's behalf in DBX, and Armored Gorilla is the only villain he beats by himself in the OPM episode.
    • Another Goku vs. Superman example — when doing the rematch, they use data from The New 52 era, making Superman here a Composite Character. DC Rebirth reveals that the New 52 Superman and the pre-Flashpoint Superman were two separate characters.
    • Nearly three years after the Pokemon Battle Royale, Pokémon Sun and Moon, the first all-new generation after that Death Battle, added a Battle Royale feature for the first time in series history.
  • HSQ: Almost every episode has several potential moment for this, the most notable are:
    • Eggman vs. Wily, especially after Metal Sonic decimates both of them.
    • in-universe: Boomstick Lets out a big "OH SHIT!" after seeing Mjolnir's raw power in action.
    • Superman vs. Son Goku; even the hosts can't contain themselves.
      Boomstick: HOLY FUCKING SHIT I DON'T BELIEVE IT!
      Wizard: OH MY GOD!!
      Boomstick: SOMEONE GET ME A MOTHERFUCKING TABLE TO FLIP!
    • The ending of the Goku Vs Superman fight is either this or a Tear Jerker. The planet explodes.
    • Some of He-Man's more impossible feats (such as burrowing to the center of Eternia with the point of a stalactite) get a "The fuck!?" and a "The double fuck!?" from Boomstick.
    • Fox McCloud strangling Bucky O'Hare and then blasting the latter's head off with a laser pistol.
    • Zelda getting kicked in the face with enough force to make her head splatter like a melon.
    • Blastoise ripping off Charizard's wings.
    • Godzilla Tanking Gamera's Mana Cannon. It is also said that Gamara getting his arm ripped off caused this reaction in a live audience.
    • The whole Captain America/Batman fight. Steve had a major upper hand for the entirety of the fight due to his superhuman abilities. He curb-stomps Batman for a while, not realizing that Batman is studying his opponent. Once Batman figures out the situation, he delivers quite possibly the swiftest beatdown Cap will ever receive before using his Batclaw to snap Captain America's neck!
    • Link using Z-Targetting to block Cloud's Omnislash then slashing him mid-air during the final move. Anyone watching that for the first can very easily miss what's going on there. It happens so incredibly fast which is canon to what both of them can do.
    • The Terminator/Robocop: a run and gun battle through the city that wouldn't feel out of place from a climax in either of their movies. And since they're both KillerRobots, they all continue to walk off increasing levels of damage from bullets to lasers to explosions. And at the end of the battle, Robocop straps what's left of The Terminator to his jetpack, and launches him into the sky to explode - but The Terminator still gets one last one-liner by yelling "I'll be back!!"
    • Deadpool vs. Deathstroke was a long requested battle, and the final product lives up to expectations. Two insanely talented assassins with a metric crap-ton of weaponry each, a mutual Healing Factor, and an entire city as their playground. It only gets better when the battlefield shifts to the roofs of cars in rush-hour traffic, and even more so after Deathstroke shoots out the tires of one of the buses, causing a wicked nasty traffic accident that both fighters utilize to their advantage, even while some of the cars are still flying through the air. The result is something that would fit in wonderfully as an action-movie climax.
    • Kirby inhales a blast powerful enough to annihilate planets without a scratch and shooting it back at Kid Buu, launching him into the sun for the kill.
    • Ragna, now the Black Beast, and Sol, now using his limiter-free Dragon Install, charging at each other for the climax of their fight. In an explosion that takes out the entire city they were fighting in, Sol one-shots the Black Beast, a world-destroying beast of destruction, and it's implied he was still holding himself back despite all that.
    • Raiden slicing off Wolverine's head, dicing it up, and kicking it into a gory mess.
    • Yang Xiao Long shrugging off Final Heaven, shattering Premium Heart with one punch, and violently breaking Tifa's neck.
    • Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro escalated from showcasing their badassery on Earth, to the Earth getting cleaved in two alongside several planets, to Chuck Norris destroying the Sun, causing a massive black hole. The fight ends in the two colliding in the middle of it, destroying the space-time continuum in the process.
    • WarGreymon and Mega Charizard X going at each other with seemingly equal strength, which escalates to WarGreymon stabbing Charizard to death with his Dramon Destroyers and incinerating him, along with his trainer, with Terra Force.
    • Hulk vs Doomsday is a blast of pure rage and violence from start to finish. The climax stands out as the two beating up each other with undying rage until something finally dies, which eventually results in Doomsday ripping off Hulk's head after stabbing him enough to leave him in a pool of radioactive blood.
  • Hype Backlash: How some people felt about Goku vs Superman 2, and not for obvious reasons. Some felt it lacked the sense of scale and escalation present in the first fight.
    • The show itself can be this to certain fans who, because of the title and premise of the show, expect and all-out, no holds barred battles of epic proportions, instead met with somewhat boring and restrictive analysis on the character's skills and abilities.
    • Many found Mewtwo vs Shadow to be rather underwhelming, as neither side really showed too many powers or abilities. Not helping that the battle was extremely short, by current Death Battle standards and especially when compared to the last five Death Battles. Although this has to do with the animator for the episode, Domination, quitting before they could finish it they way they intended it to.
    • Tracer VS Scout was highly anticipated as the rivalry between characters was at a peak, and Torrian's amazing 3D animation is responsible for some of the show's best episodes. When it came out, it had a shorter animation and less fighting than any previous 3D fight.Scout's very first offensive move is to immediately use his most powerful ability, land one good hit, and then lose. Even those who agreed with the outcome thought that the fight could've been much longer, better choreographed, and showed off more of Scout's arsenal and abilities.
    • Downplayed with Hulk vs Doomsday. While many agreed it could've gone beyond earth or the city, it was still an overall well-received fight for its emphasis on brute force and rage.
  • Hypocritical Fandom: While not representing all of (or even the majority of)detractors, there are sides that accuse the team or the other side of not doing any sort of research or being biased, even if they haven't done any research for who they're against and just like the character better.
    • There's also the fact they dislike matches because they involved No-Limits Fallacy, when they themselves have willingly used it on characters they want in Death Battle. note 
    • There are quite a few fans who will complain when their preferred character loses, usually then trying to find inaccuracies in the information or accusing the creators of bias due to belief their preferred character would win. Then, in a battle where their preferred character wins, they defend the show against other people who do the same thing.
    • A majority of fans complained about Red, a teenage boy, getting killed in his and Charizard's Death Battle against Tai and Agumon. Nobody seems to remember that children have died in Death Battle before (Yoshi's newborn which was killed by Riptor comes to mind), or how nobody minds that Luigi VS Tails had a half chance of an 11-YEAR OLD BOY being killed by a grown man for no good reason— aside from the visible implications that Luigi is attacking Tails out of sheer grief-induced madness over his brother's death at Sonic's hands. Then again, there was no indication that there was a chance that Red (or Tai, for that matter) would die in the fight, so this trope may not be in effect for this example.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Sweet Tooth is not the name of the serial killer with the flaming head. The man is called Needles Kane and Sweet Tooth is the name of his truck. However, Needles has been referred to as Sweet Tooth in his home series before. The hosts even call Needles his name and call his truck Sweet Tooth, meaning they at least do know which is named what.
  • Internet Backdraft: For a series dedicated to being a fun "What If?" take on comparing the strengths and weaknesses of two characters, many of the outcomes of the battles are Serious Business on the internet. While many complaints are founded in terms of doing research that the team behind the show missed (subtle or obvious), other complaints are not, and tend to revolve around people liking Contestant X more than Contestant Y regardless of each character's actual abilities. Season 3 and a few... DBX episodes aren't making anything better.
  • Iron Woobie: Ben and Chad. No matter how much hate the versus community will give them,(which has reached absolutely insane levels at times) they never seem visibly affected or insult anyone with a different opinion.
  • It Was His Sled: Superman won against Goku. Twice!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Lex Luthor. Granted, he's a megalomanic scoundrel of a man, but when he was kid, his parents abused and neglected him his whole life. His father even went as far as to threaten to kill him should he ever speak up. Even after freeing himself of his parents and raising a powerful company, he still remains within the shadow of Superman, whom he desperately wants to be but won't admit it. What's more, he's not far off when he says humanity will become a weaker race due to their reliance on Superman, yet nobody believes because they love the Man of Steel too much. For all of his flaws, Lex, in his own way, truly does believe mankind can stand up for themselves.
    • Shadow may be a cocky dick, but the poor guy cannot seem to win a single Death Battle, and suffered the most humiliating defeats in the hands of both Vegeta and Mewtwo.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Some viewers don't even care about the research or who wins. They just want to see two similar characters Duel to the Death.
    • This is also a big selling point of the One Minute Melee spin-off; fast-paced action without studying the lore and stats of the characters themselves.
    • It should be mentioned that the animation proceeding the research is completely scripted and written well after a winner has been decided based on feats and statistics, basically the animation is just for fun and does not have any impact whatsoever on who actually comes out victorious. Despite this though, the animation will often be the first thing detractors will use as evidence if they disagree with the overall outcome, pointing out flaws or out of character moments to make their point.
      • The first season finale episode of The Industry actually gives a Take That, Audience! to these very fans, claiming all that Death Battle watchers care about is being told who wins and who's fighting next, and are completely thankless to all the actual hard work and research involved in making an episode.
    • Now taken literally with the battle featuring the Big G himself.
    • In a more Meta way, the vast majority of traffic to ScrewAttack's Youtube page is for Death Battle. All non-Death Battle videos (the majority of ScrewAttack content) get bombarded with people posting suggestions for Battles, asking where the next episode is or DEMANDING the next episode, threatening to unsubscribe if it's not posted, etc.
      • This was taken to its logical extreme when it was revealed that the next battle after Yang vs. Tifa would be announced during the season finale of The Industry. Many commenters took to spoiling the announcement under the video and proclaiming that it was unnecessary to watch from there. Though, that being said, the Take That, Audience! mentioned above likely played a factor in how the fans reacted.
  • Les Yay: Rogue using her Kiss of Death on Cammy and Wonder Woman.
  • Love It or Hate It: Any episode can be this, really. The Goku Vs Superman fight, depending on which side you were hoping would win. It's by far the most controversial fight in the series (most episodes manage well over 90% likes to dislikes, where Goku v Superman is currently sitting at barely 60%).
  • Magnificent Bastard: Joker, as per usual, manages to win his fight, not with brute force, but by manipulating Needles into his hands and stealing his kill.
  • Memetic Badass: Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro pits two of the biggest ones in history against each other and the result is nothing short of spectacular.
    • Rainbow Dash dismantled Starscream, becoming far more popular.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Shadow, for losing twice in less than three minutes, one of which with a spoon. Not really helping that neither Vegeta nor Mewtwo had much difficulty with dealing with him. Even Charizard( see below ) had longer fights, and was legitimately able to give his opponents some trouble in each fight.
    • Charizard was also hit by this, due to him being the first combatant to lose twice outside of rematches or remasters. Much like Shadow, both losses were by fairly large margins, though his first loss was mitigated by the fact that it came as part of a Battle Royale, and was largely because of how quickly he killed the third combatant in that fight.
    • With the result of Ken VS Terry, the Street Fighter universe as a whole has managed to gain this reputation, due to said franchise having the highest number of losses in the show, being on the longest losing streak of any franchise in the show, and only having a total of three victories to its name.note  Not helping this in any way is the fact that all three of the Street Fighter universe's victories were achieved back in Season 1, which has caused a number of fans to forget they happened.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Wiz's proclamation of Gaara's sand being "still sand" and nothing out of the ordinary has spawned a large array of "X is still X" jokes on the Screwattack forums... mostly taking the piss out of the meme's origin.
      • Ditto for "Bending Options!" which has become a tongue-in-cheek response to anything a something-kinetic can do, regardless if it's true or not.
    • "Hoo boy, here comes the rage from the "X" fanboys!" said by Boomstick in Kratos vs. Spawn has since then become a widely used statement across both youtube comments and the Screwattack forums.
    • For some reason, Tifa's death just seemed to get a lot more attention, with many people taking fanart of her death and pasting on a Boomstick-style pun.
    • The reasoning for Superman's victories, "No Limits", is almost always brought up during a debate of him and his opponent.
    • "Pillars" has become an inside joke of mockery, pillar related feats are strangely used for a lot characters who, by the Versus Community majority and research team, should not have won, examples being Link, Yang, and Ganondorf. This has lead to the joke that pillars are god-tier feats.
      • A sub-meme from the pillar feats is "You tanked a/an X? Yeah well I TANKED A PILLAR!"
    • "Super Lava" from Bowser vs. Ganondorf has quickly become a great mockery-related meme, as the de facto example for downplaying and contradiction in Death Battle.note 
    • Death Battle is biased against X! Both used genuinely by fans of franchises with a bad track record and sarcastically by those who make fun of people who say Death Battle just prefers whoever wins their fight.
    • "SOUL CRUSHING RESEARCH" has become one after viewers began to take note of the Ben's constant use of this phrase... though as with most memes listed here, it's typically used to snark at the show.
    • Despite the controversy of the scene, Tai punching and then kicking Red is also a minor meme. Unbiased or non-raging fans even declare the scene to be absolutely funny.
    • Mewtwo vs Shadow has generated many spoon related memes. Explanation 
    • "The point of impact is never directly shown" flared up very quickly after Tracer vs. Scout as a sarcastic response to any character surviving an explosion, no matter how blatant the displayed feat is.
    • "Watch the episode better" or some variation is often used by Ben Singer as his retort to those questioning/countering his verdict, first appearing in his (now defunct) ask.fm account. As to be expected, the community picked up on this quickly. And even more to be expected, it's yet another mockery meme.
    • "If you had an X that could beat Y, would you even want him?" from King Kai at the end of Goku vs. Superman 2. Usually in response to stomp battles or battles that are jokingly labeled as a stomp. The most common retort to this common post is either a continuation of the quote from the episode, a bastardization of said continued quote, or a Blunt "Yes".
  • Misblamed: The negative reactions (disappointment at best and anger at worst) to Mewtwo vs Shadow's short length became this when it was revealed that the fight ended up being short and underwhelming was not because the writers were lazy, but ended up being mediocre due to Donimation not wanting to make Vs animations anymore, as Chad and Ben had recorded many unused lines and planned to show more powers as the fight progressed.
  • My Real Daddy: To many viewers, the research team will always be the ones to get the right result, and will usually refer back to the research team if they think an episode is wrong. Unfortunately, this means if the hosts draw a different result than the majority, it must mean Ben and Chad ignored their research intentionally because they wanted their preferred character to win. It got so bad that one of the researchers (ultraguy) had to speak up saying how the research team does not always agree on who would win and that while Death Battle may reached some incorrect results, so have they.
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  • Narm:
    • Some of the voice acted episodes can come off as a bit awkward. Zechs in particular is quite nasal in his delivery of his lines.
    • Sam telling Anna that he lost the data during his fight sounds surprisingly whiny.
    • Scorpion as a skeleton. The way it happens at the climax of the fight doesn't do it any favors. The Evil Laugh makes it worse.
    • In Pokémon VS Digimon, Tai beats up Red. It's supposed to show how Digimon tamers are more accustomed to jumping into fights themselves than Pokémon trainers, but in the animation, Tai is only 11 years old, while Red is 16. Not to mention Tai's line sounds less like a impassioned plea and more like a little boy throwing a tantrum.
    • Ganondorf turning into Ganon. It should be cool in theory, but since they use Ganon's sprites from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, it looks just looks silly to some people. The fact he gets smaller doesn't help.
    • Just before the climax of Flash vs. Quicksilver, after Quicksilver boasts that he's stronger and smarter than his opponent, Flash tells him to prove it. Less than four seconds (and exactly two attacks) later, Flash announces (in a tone that makes him sound bored) that "this is getting dumb" and runs off in a burst of speed. There's nothing wrong with the voiceover work for those lines, and the scene where Flash starts treating the fight with some level of seriousness is a highlight of the fight animation, but the pacing makes it a bit hard to take seriously.
    • A lot of the voice acting in Shadow vs. Mewtwo is truly, truly laughable:
      Shadow: Maria... Wait, where am I!? OH MY GOD I'M GLOWING! WHY AM I GLOWING!?
      Mewtwo: Sayanora.
      Shadow: Screw yoooooouuuuuu...!
  • Narm Charm: The closeups used in Cammy vs Sonya. Sure, they look absolutely ridiculous, but it only helps give the fight a feeling of a classic fighting game.
  • Never Live It Down: Lots. Death Battle has had more than a few hiccups over the years, and while many can be quite jarring, there are still examples that are exaggerated more than what actually happened.
    • The Son Goku VS Superman match, in spite of having the most extensive research of any Death Battle ever, is often attacked by loser's side as being a Bias Steamroller. Granted, while some details are technically off, the results of many extensive fan analyses of details that the Death Battle crew missed almost always come to the consensus that Superman would easily win by a landslide - and yet people still call the creators biased. The rematch played out the same way. To put it simply, Superman has no limits to overcome while Goku breaks though limits, but only if there are limits to break.
    • Gaara vs. Toph is well on it's way to becoming this as well, if the sheer number of mockery-related memes this episode has created, especially on the Screwattack forums, are of any indication. Even This Very Wiki isn't above making snide remarks at that episode's expense. Every Death battle thread on the Screwattack forums will inevitably house at least one Take That to this episode at some point.
    • Yang vs. Tifa is not fondly remembered on the Screwattack forums. Surprisingly enough, it's not because pretty much everyone there disagreed with Yang winning the fight or believed the research to be massively incomplete, but because the Death Battle was released while Screwattack and Rooster Teeth were merging companies with one another. As a result, Yang vs Tifa has since gained a reputation as that one fight where Ben let Yang win for business purposes. This can be further muddled according to THIS tweet, which shows that Ben was at least aware of Yang getting her arm chopped off by Adam near the end of Season 3 at the time of the video, which starts the debate of whether or not Adam is more powerful than Tifa.
    • Ever since the Goku vs Superman and Gaara vs Toph episode, people have complained that Death Battle is biased against Anime, for the lack of anime characters and their win loss record is currently 2-1. Even during Gaara vs Toph, out of the 5 anime characters that appeared on the show, 2 had won their battles (Vegeta and Zechs). Heck, some people forget that the first anime character that appeared on the show won his fight.
    • Due to both Cloud and Tifa losing, along with Sephiroth in One Minute Melee, many think Screwattack dislike RPG games and consider them underpowered. Virtually anytime a character from their franchise gets brought up, the forums have a post that they are going to lose without argument.
    • As a result of the aforementioned reputations, many Japanese are offended whenever the series is mentioned, since anime and RPG genres are popular niches in Japan, and since the aforementioned events are considered an attack to those genres, many Japanese find these an Audience-Alienating Premise.
    • Any time Ben goes against the majority/unanimous consensus of his own research team, regardless of how reasonable his explanations for doing so might be, will always be remembered as the time Ben intentionally ignored their research to let his prefered character win.
    • Due to the fact that feats involving pillars have only been used in the more controversial fights (meaning a decent portion of the fandom strongly disagrees with the result), if a character profile so much as mentions a feat involving pillars, even if it's only brought up offhandedly amid other more impressive feats and isn't even considered the main reason why one combatant would beat another, a decent portion of fans will still mock Death Battle for allowing the character who "only (lifted a pillar, tanked a pillar, etc.)" to win. (Keep in mind that you could count the number of pillar feats used on one hand)
    • Any time Death Battle has a commemoration fight for any recent releases and the character whose franchise is being commemorated wins. No matter what sort of reasoning the hosts use and how much research they did on both characters, it will be inevitably seen as the time Ben and Chad purposely made sure to let that character win for publicity by a decent portion of watchers.
    • The Justin Bieber vs Rebecca Black fight for being done just to have both characters die just because they hate them. Made even worse when Miley Cyrus and the Jonas brothers end up being killed in the crossfire just for petty cruelty. Such blatant disrespect for real life people left a lot of viewers angry.
    • For many Death Battle fans, Bowser VS Ganon and Tracer VS Scout are infamously remembered to the point that they consider them to be the worst episodes of the entire show. The former was because of Ganondorf's "Holy Weapons" fallacy, and the latter was because of how unfairly Scout was being portrayed, making it seem like a Bias Steamroller in favor of Tracer.
  • Older Than They Think: Many have complained that Inferno's sprite in Guts vs. Nightmare looks nothing like Inferno does in the Soul series. While this might be true for newer models, the sprite used for Inferno is actually quite similar to his appearance in SoulCalibur.
    • A somewhat forgivable example in Joker vs Sweet Tooth. Many have complained Needles has never shown any pickiness in how he kills his victims and would not have stepped out of Sweet Tooth. While Needles doesn't usually do so, Twisted Metal (2012) has shown him killing an entire hospital with his machete because he found it more satisfying and wanted to watch Sophie die by his own machete because of his strong hatred for her. As the entire match Joker had pretty much been a pain in Needle's ass, it makes sense he could have been swayed to give Joker the same treatment.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Even the hosts claim RoboCop's jetpack gave him the power to jump the shark, but its inclusion in the actual battle took away all the silliness from it and made it awesome as well as practical.
    • Godzilla's... unique style of flight. He uses it to throw Gamera off balance a little while Gamera pushes him into orbit, uses it again to slow his decent into the water after escaping Gamera's Suplex Finisher, and helps determine the sheer force of the atomic breath, almost a trillion tons of force.
    • After Red's loss while representing the Pokémon franchise against Digimon, some fans have used this as evidence that Ash Ketchum from the Pokémon Anime is much better than fans first believed despite his flaws. This is due to Red's loss being attributed to him treating Charizard as a pet/slave, while Ash has gone out of his way to show he treats his Pokémon as friends and tries to keep them out of their Pokéballs as much as possible, and how Red is a complete wuss when it comes to actual fighting when he's the receiver of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Tai, while Ash actually has jumped into a fight and thrown a punch if the need arises, making him seem surprisingly more competent. Also, there's the fact that Ash's Pokemon are well capable of thinking and reacting for themselves during a battle.
      • Of course this all depends on what version of Red you're talking about.
    • Superman, believe or not, in Superman VS Goku 2 where the hosts, despite all their dislike towards his character, point out his, and Goku's, good aspects and why people love them so much. Not to mention, even Dragon Ball fans were beginning to accept many of Superman's feats and how strong he is (regardless how unrealistic they seem), thus, while still a controversial character in the fanbase, downgraded a lot of hatred towards him.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Rainbow Dash has the same voice as Aladdin, Ryuko Matoi, and Gon Freecss.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Superman after Goku vs Superman. He's treated as a monster by some because his battle with Goku caused the Earth's destruction, ignoring the fact that Goku both instigated the fight and escalated it; Superman was minding his own business and tried to talk Goku out of fighting twice. However this was largely averted in the rematch. While many fans were still upset at the outcome, they were glad that Superman treated Goku with more respect and focused more on limiting collateral damage, while also giving Goku a quick and painless death.
    • Tai gets a lot of crap from the Death Battle fanbase for assaulting Red during the Pokemon vs. Digimon match, with many considering it dishonorable and uncalled for. Many seem to forget that Red was the one who started the fight by trying to capture Agumon and that Red was the one who kept escalating the fight even though there were plently of times Red could've backed down, either through realizing he was outmatched or that Agumon already had a partner. Not to mention that Tai has canonically attacked people many times before for intentionally trying to hurt his friends and that it isn't uncommon for the heroes of the Pokemon franchise to attack the human villainous trainers (How many times has Ash ordered Pikachu to thundershock Team Rocket?).
    • A meta example. Yang's portrayal was not well received for her trigger happiness, love of fighting, and relaxed disposition being cranked up several notches to the point of sociopathy. While many will point out she'd never act like this in canon, some actually consider it an accurate representation for how she is on RWBY. Despite Barb saying this isn't something she would do in canon. .
  • Rooting for the Empire: Lampshaded by Wiz and Boomstick during their liveshow at the convention they showed "Godzilla vs Gamera", where most of the viewers in the audience were rooting for Godzilla even though the fight clearly showed him in a villainous role where he was rampaging through a city.
    • In-Universe; in the Meta vs Carolina episode, Grif was rooting for the Meta to win for the whole episode.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Their portrayal of Yang seems to have earned the ire of quite a few fans who feel they didn't get her in character. Her casual disregard for the well-being of others, her willingness to commit property damage when she doesn't get her way, and her borderline sociopathic nonchalance towards the fact that she viciously murdered someone in cold blood over something that was her own fault makes it VERY hard to find this incarnation of the character likable. The fact that just moments before Tifa had tried and nearly killed her tends to be ignored.
    • Toph, for many of the same reasons as Yang stated above.
    • Virtually any character with a "No-Limits Fallacy" note  will become universally hated overnight. Examples include but are not limited to Superman, Scorpion, Sol, Yang, Dante, and Ganondorf.note 
    • Superman is definitely this after his flat-out victory against Goku. The hosts completely pointing out his incredible, and somewhat unrealistic, feats and the Desk of Death Battle episode involving who can defeat him has increased a lot of hatred against him.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 3 is so far considered the weakest season the show has, even by hardcore fans. While the fight animations are still well done, and the show has been subject to controversy ever since it began, Season 3 to many started off weak, with Dante vs Bayonetta and Bowser vs Ganon having controversial outcomes, and Flash vs. Quicksilver being criticized for being a massive Curb-Stomp Battle. Joker vs. Sweet Tooth was criticized for the logic surrounding the fight's end, Mewtwo vs. Shadow was blasted for its lacking animation, the aforementioned controversy surrounding The Meta vs Carolina (along with minor criticism directed towards the ending of the fight); and then there's Tracer vs. Scout, which was bashed for its mediocre fight scene, and for how unfairly Scout was represented in said fight. While Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter and Cammy vs. Sonya to a lesser extent note  were praised as great episodes and are held as the best of the season unanimously by some fans on the forums, it doesn't absolve the rocky start the season has had thus far at all. Some theorize that Screwattack's joint venture with Rooster Teeth plays a heavy hand in the show's decline in quality (with Carolina vs. the Meta being pointed as an example, especially with what Ben had to say in response to the fandom's general disinterest for the episode's release), but that's an entire other can of worms. However, the later episodes (Ken vs Terry, Amy vs Ramona, Hulk vs Doomsday and Zoro vs Erza) were received in an incredibly more positive way by the fans, specially in the forums and the wikis, then the previous episodes. Other people, however, think that the jump in the season's quality came too late (four episodes before the season finale).
    • One of the larger complaints about Season 3 is the sheer number of Curbstomp Battles. Of the first nine episodes of Season 3, only two have been widely deemed to have been close fights, and one of them was between characters of the same series. Many of these fights (with Flash vs. Quicksilver being the most infamous example) have drawn groans upon being announced because of how poorly balanced the matchups are with even a cursory glace at each fighter's abilities, which many fans feels sucks a lot of hype out of the speculation between episodes. Thankfully some of the more recent fights have had a much more even playing field, with the hosts stating the Hulk and Doomsday battle was one of their closest yet.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Back then, Link vs Cloud blew everyone away with Death Battle using 3D Animation. Nowadays, well....let's just say it's used to show how much Death Battle has improved with 3D animation since then.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The sprites of Fox McCloud were clearly not vectorized properly in Eric Marte's animation software, resulting in ugly streaks of grey either at the edges of his limbs and face, or surrounding the entire sprite. Thankfully, the choreography is just as strong as ever.
    • Some of the things on Robocop are occasionally Off Model. Parts of his model were highlighted poorly in some shots (like when he and Terminator are on the rooftop) and any level of proper lip-syncing was either cut for time or just ignored. His usually small and pointy finger also looks a little Uncanny Valley-esque and ridiculous as well, not to mention his posture when holding his handgun has his elbow bent slightly backwards. Still very well done fight overall.
    • During the Battle Amongst the Flames that occurs during the Pokemon Battle Royale, the wall of flame is clearly made out of separate pieces, causing unevenness in the heights of the fire. A good example can be seen right before Blastoise starts pumping water into Charizard's mouth.
    • Godzilla vs Gamera looks amazing. The water effects during the battle...not so much. Godzilla's atomic breath and dorsal spines also look a little off.
    • When Deadpool throws away Deathstroke's head, it can clearly be seen fading quickly as it rolls away.
      • Similarly, in Hercule vs. Dan Hibiki, some of Dan's limbs vanish mid-flight after he explodes.
    • While Guts vs. Nightmare had awesome effects, Inferno's sprites were that of Cinder's, who looks noticeably different from Inferno.
    • The lip flaps in Iron Man VS Lex Luthor look...off. Thankfully, we don't get too many close ups of them talking, but when we do, it's...pretty bad.
      • In addition, there's a single frame after the Batmobile gets destroyed where we go into Tony's suit. Just before we see the animation, there's a really low quality shot of Tony's head in the suit that looks like it was for the basis of the animation.
      • The end shot shows Tony destroying Luthor's Warsuit, using the Proton Cannon... although it creates a weird contrast as the Cannon uses its old 2D sprites on top of Iron Man's 3D model. Granted, this was probably done for a reason.
    • On the initial upload of Beast vs. Goliath, not only does part of the analysis section for Goliath not contain words when it should, but the "FIGHT!" animation and sound clip do not appear to start the battle between the two.
    • In Solid Snake Vs Sam Fisher, when Snake begins to use his Octocamo to turn himself invisible the 3D model vanishes in an odd way causing his eyes to be visible if you happen to be looking there. It's quite disturbing.
      • Additionally, although Fisher shoots and visibly destroys the computer holding the data early in his fight with Snake, it uses the undamaged model when he forces Snake to retreat with SMG fire.
      • When Sam says "Gotcha" after he retrieves the data for the last time, the background music quiets down to borderline silence. This is especially notable since the rest of the fight doesn't have such audio problems.
      • In addition, the blood on Snake's hand when he gets shot by Sam in the bathroom looks too bright and colorful for actual blood.
      • Grim's clothes and hair have a visible sheen, making both look a bit plasticky.
      • The sunset in the opening doesn't look like an actual sunset.
    • Darth Vader's sprite for the Vader vs Doom battle looks incredibly shoddy and cheap, particularly when compared to Doom's more detailed Marvel vs Capcom sprites.
      • Beast vs Goliath suffers a similar problem, except that Goliath uses Genesis-era sprites.
      • There's also a part where there's an exit sign that is clearly inverted.
    • During some points in Goku vs Superman 2, Superman's S logo is clearly shown inverted.
    • The Cloud Vs. Link Death Battle didn't age well, to say the least.
    • The crowd in Hercule vs. Dan Hibiki is comprised out of random pixiliated shapes.
    • Some people wondered if the new Death Battle Spin-Off DBX was actually meant to be a hoax by the creators, since the drop in quality for the pilot was quite jarring, especially considering it immediately proceeded the Death Battle Season 3 premier featuring some of the best 3D rendering to date. Though considering its implied that Boomstick made this animation himself, this was probably intentional.
      • On that note, while the Dante vs Bayonetta fight is fluid in many regards, Bayonetta's ruffles and Jean's hair are... less so.
    • The sprite used for Ganon in the Bowser vs. Ganondorf episode comes from A Link to the Past, clashing with the aesthetic of the rest of the episode.
    • The Flash's sprite in Flash vs. Quicksilver often switches between having blue eyes and green eyes.
    • While Joker vs Sweet Tooth is extremely well-animated and fluid in nearly every regard, Needles' flames look more like paper than fire.
      • Blink-and-you'll-miss-it example; The metal bar impaling Joker in the stomach is no longer visible (not even in the background) when Needles lifts him by his neck.
    • The arms for Carolina's model look really off. They hang incredibly low and her shoulders are so sunken into her torso that they look almost non-existent.
  • Spiritual Licensee:
    • In 2010, Channel Awesome tried out a pilot for "Deadliest Character" (a Deadliest Warrior knockoff pitting fictional characters against each other, with the first being the Power Rangers piloting the Dino Megazord Vs. Mecha-Godzilla). Later that year, Screw Attack created Death Battle (a Deadliest Warrior knockoff pitting fictional characters against each other, with the first being Samus Aran Vs. Boba Fett).
      • Note that according to Noah Antwiler, Deadliest Character was never really meant to be the start of an ongoing series; it was just a one-off parody of Deadliest Warrior. It's also very different from Death Battle in that wasn't at all meant to be taken seriously and none of the "research" presented actually factored into the decision at all, with the end of the fight being the result of an out of no-where interference specifically to parody the unlikely victories and faulty research of Deadliest Warrior; Noah states plainly in his commentary of the video that he thinks the fight definitely would have gone the other way and ended the way it did just for the joke.
    • Now that One Minute Melee is no longer a part of Screw Attack, DBX is looking to take its place as another show that pits fighters against each other without research.
  • Squick: Boomstick himself doesn't know whether to be turned on or grossed out by Bayonetta's hair clothes, and disgusts himself by imagining her firing the guns on her feet with weird, misplaced thumbs.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Link vs Cloud's animation is... choppy, to say the least. Goku vs Superman is a definite improvement in terms of animation.
    • Season 2 is considered this compared to Season 1, having much better graphics and effects for the fights.
    • After Mewtwo VS Shadow and Tracer VS Scout got a lot of hate because of their disappointing action, Cammy VS Sonya Blade and Ken VS Terry are considered much better by comparison.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In Eggman vs. Wily.
      • Mecha Knuckles gets even less done than Scratch and Grounder, getting barely two seconds of screen time before he's destroyed by Guts Man.
      • Mecha Sonic never gets to use his Golden Super Mode.
      • Bass' Super Mode is only used in a futile attempt to stop Metal Sonic from going One-Winged Angel, when he was the only Robot Master strong enough to take him on.
    • In Shadow vs. Vegeta.
      • Super Shadow spent most of his time teleporting Super Saiyan Vegeta around via Chaos Control, which ultimately led to his undoing.
      • Shadow never gets to use Chaos Blast, only a failed attempt at using it just before his energy runs out.
    • Paralysis is brought up when listing Pikachu's moves and abilities, but it never makes an appearance in the actual fight.
    • Luigi's Negative Zone had loads of potential, but its "unreliability" (of the eight possible effects, between zero and three effects are distributed at random) lead to none of the seriously debilitating effects making an appearance and affecting Tails; the random effects appeared to be "uncontrollable tripping" and "timeslow from the Stopwatch item", the former of which is negated entirely by jumping/flying, Tails' forte.
    • When fighting Kirby, Buu directly turns into Kid Buu while skipping Super Buu form, who is without a doubt the smartest of the Buus. Conversely, Kirby's ability to create Helpers and many of his Copy Abilities like Rock, Ultra Sword, and Crash aren't used at all. Granted, researching and animating all of Buu's fighting forms and Kirby's abilities would've taken too much time as the episode was already delayed.
    • During the rundown of Tommy Oliver's and the Tigerzord, it was determined that Tommy could call on the Zords of the other rangers (as they had done so before on the show) which he uses to form the MegaTigerzord. However, since he could call any of the other rangers' Zords, there was nothing stopping him from calling the Red Dragon Zord or the Tor Carrier Zord to form the ThunderUltrazord. Granted ... while Tor alone could tank a melee attack from Serpentara, the ThunderUltrazord was notoriously slow, and it's final attack (flying up and landing on the enemy) would have been near impossible to land on the very quick Epyon, so it likely would have made little to no difference anyway.
    • Hawkeye Vs. Green Arrow: While we get to see Hawkeye's 25 megaton arrow and the massive destruction that it brings, we don't get to see Green Arrow's warhead arrow.
    • Charizard vs. Greymon: SkullGreymon and MetalGreymon are mentioned in the character summations, but don't make an appearance in the battle itself, although Agumon didn't need those forms to win the battle.
    • In Dante vs Bayonetta, both Trish and Jeanne step in to assist their partners. At one point Dante and Trish attack together, however Bayonetta and Jeanne don't get the same opportunity, even though combined they have been able to summon a Physical God to fight on their behalf. Whether or not Queen Sheba may have any sort of impact on the battle is unknown, but it does seem odd with the two together there was not even an attempt at a combined summoning. Although considering that Trish and Jeanne's inclusions would count as outside help, it most likely that Queen Sheba's use wouldn't be allowed anyway.
    • Bowser wasn't given a whole lot; Giga Bowser, Meowser, the magic staves/wands, the Double Cherry, and the Safety Ring in particular were not considered. The community consensus agrees that those last three would be a viable counter for Ganon's killing magic and could possibly circumvent his holy weapons no-limits fallacy.
    • On the other hand, Ganondorf's weapons and extensive magical abilities are mentioned but all-but completely ignored sans his trident (and only in Ganon form) and light balls, which sort of rounds out with Bowser's single hammer and tennis racket. He largely fights using hand-to-hand while only using his magical blasts occassionally, which can leave a sour taste in those who dislike his portrayal in Super Smash Bros. who almost exclusively fights bare-handed.
    • Neither Clank nor Daxter were given their Super Mode (Giant/Alpha Clank and Dark Daxter) and Ratchet wasn't given any of his higher-tier armor or gadget boots.
    • Similar to Shadow vs. Vegeta, Shadow and Mewtwo hardly demonstrated much of their abilities during their Death Battle, mostly due to Mewtwo not screwing around and getting right to the point by mind-wiping Shadow. Unlike the first time though, Shadow does get to use Chaos Blast.
    • One of the many complaints of Tracer vs Scout is that Scout was not given his full arsenal, or at the very least, not given more of his iconic weapons like the Mad Milk, the Sandman, and the Flying Guillotine. And while the Force-A-Nature and the Soda Popper where mentioned in the analysis, they were never actually used in the fight. On top of that, Scout's double jump ability and running speed were never put to good use. In addition, some people also complained that Scout should've gained access to his Mann vs Machine upgrades like the canteens and the magic spells from Halloween mode.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Being the most requested, longest, most extensive and most viewed video of the death battles to date, it's pretty obvious that Goku VS Superman casts a heavy shadow over Death Battle in terms of production and scale. No so much that the rest is not enjoyable, but just Overshadowed by Awesome.
    • Many felt that the Season 2 finale, Pokemon vs Digimon, failed to live up to the hype that comes with a season finale. Not helped by the fact that Goku vs Superman 2 was treated as a regular episode earlier in the season.
    • The Season 3 premier episode featured a gorgeous 3D animation of Bayonetta vs Dante (arguably one of the best ever so far). Immediately after that Death Battle, the pilot episode of the new Spin-Off called DBX premiered with Dante and Bayonetta's partners Trish and Jeanne fighting, with a completely different animator. The shift is downright jarring, especially since Jeanne and Trish were also fighting in the actual Death Battle only for their match to resolved in a much lower quality.
    • Season 3 in general is considered the worst season overall for the amount of controversy behind them, and coming right after Season 2 (which many consider had the most consistent results and fight scenes), and even before that, Season 1 (to the more nostalgic fans).
    • DBX has not been too well-received in comparison to One Minute Melee. A common complaint leveled at the show is that it feels slow and stiff in comparison to OMM, though individual episodes like Ryu vs. Lucario, Ronald McDonald vs Colonel Sanders, Bruce Lee vs The World, Jotaro vs Yu and Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton have been met with praise. It's still in its first season and Ben said that the show is a platform for new animators to learn, so time will tell if it improves with following seasons, specially now when recent episodes are having more positive reviews from fans.
  • Uncanny Valley: Donkey Kong's sprites may be this for some. His body is disturbingly realistic, what with the overly muscly build and Popeye-tier arms that seem too long for the body, and his head looks like it could pop off from it at any second. Borders onto Nightmare Fuel thanks to some of DK's deranged expressions, which makes him look less like a cartoonish and friendly gorilla and more like a feral and rabid creature.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: Not only do we get a generous handful of math, science, and history lessons throughout the series; but many viewers also gain an interest on the more obscure combatants and their series. Oftentimes, the more obscure loser of the battle typically draws more interest by fans who go on to learn about them, Bucky O'Hare and Gamera being big examples.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Toph is portrayed as the more heroic contestant of her battle, yet Gaara makes it clear he is standing on ground that is sacred to him, and that he wants to be left alone. So of course, Toph desecrates the area just because she wants a challenge.
    • Likewise, a few viewers have also noticed that despite her being depicted as the more heroic of the two, Yang basically assaulted a bouncer for merely doing his job, trashed the bar's front door by slamming the poor schmuck through it, and then murdered the bar's owner for trying to evict the violent individual from her property, albeit only after said bar owner escalated the fight to that level.
    • Many viewers viewed Tai's physical assault on Red to be dishonorable and dirty. It didn't help matters that Tai's actions weren't too different from the cheating tactics used by villains in the Pokemon universe.
  • The Untwist / Captain Obvious Reveal: We were supposed to believe Quicksilver stood a chance, right?
  • Values Dissonance: Possibly part of the massive backlash from Goku Vs. Superman. Superman is portrayed as rather arrogant and somewhat disrespectful of Goku as well as being cocky and angered by Goku's challenge. These are all traits shared by DBZ villains, thus subconsciously side with Goku. What isn't considered here is the fact that Superman is usually a pretty chill and reasonable person outside of the Death Battle and his attitude here is probably because he doesn't like to fight and Goku is forcing him too.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Several of the Death Battles can apply, but of note is Thor vs. Raiden. Every subsequent battle ended up like this, due to their animator, Jordan Lange, who started animating the series as of Zelda vs. Peach.
    • Goku vs. Superman. It's fully 3D, less polygonal than Link vs. Cloud, and the attack animations are amazing.
    • Robocop vs. Terminator. Besides the lack of lipsyncing, the animation is EXQUISITE.
    • Godzilla vs Gamera tops the other ones, provided it's not in the water.
    • For a sprite battle not really based in 3D, Ryu vs. Scorpion looks awesome, including one moment about half-way through the battle that looks like it was hand drawn by both Capcom and Neatherrealm Studios just for this sort of occasion.
    • Deadpool vs. Deathstroke continues the trend of spectacular 3D battles. There's a lot going on at any given time, and it looks almost flawless throughout.
    • The remastered Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran fight is the best looking death battles at the point of making.
    • Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor is yet another gorgeous 3D battle. Even the little things like Iron Man's HUD have an incredible amount of detail to them.
    • The premier spy battle: Solid Snake vs. Sam Fisher. For one the fight is a much more suspenseful affair, befitting Snake and Sam's natures. When both of them are not trying to find each other, they engage in three well-animated fistfights, with their pistols and knives added in later.
    • Goku vs Superman 2 is arguably even more gorgeous than the first one, with some jawdropping back-and-forth action.
    • Wolverine vs. Raiden was also quite spectacular and awesome, with the effects escalating with the battle itself.
    • Hercule vs. Dan Hibiki has very fluid animation for a sprite based battle, and pulls off several levels of zoom without looking cheap.
    • Yang Xiao Long vs. Tifa Lockheart is proud to continue upholding the 3D battle tradition even if at times Tifa looks a little off, with special mention going to the climax.
    • Mega Man vs. Astro Boy displays gorgeous animation all-round- from the different projectiles and weapons Mega Man uses to Astro Boy's flight and laser animations, it's often considered one of the best-animated 2D battles so far.
    • Pokemon vs. Digimon has some pretty good animation for the combatants, specially the climax between Mega Charizard and Wargreymon.
    • Dante vs. Bayonetta has been rightfully praised for its visual flair, doing the Hot-Blooded action of both combatants' series justice. Even those who disagreed with the results praised Torrian's skill as an animator.
    • Ratchet and Clank vs Jak and Daxter has colorful and amazing visuals with hilarious gags to compliment the fast-paced action in the style of both games.
    • Just like its two combatants, Flash vs Quicksilver is extremely fast paced and smooth from the very beginning and does not slow down until it's all done.
    • Joker vs Sweet Tooth has fluid animation with an intense vehicular battle at the start and the combatants looking well-animated with nearly every little action they do.
    • Cammy vs Sonya's dynamic camera angles and special effects (with the exception of the closeups on the sprite animations) have caused many viewers to declare it one of the best animated 2D fights of the series.
    • Ken vs Terry has fast pacing where you can feel every punch the fighter throws, cinematics integrated smoothly with the animation and awesome visual effects. Many have declared it a huge improvement with respects the other sprite death battles this season, and some says that this was one the best 2D death battles ever.
    • Amy vs Ramona is a wacky visual experience, with a fast-paced fight complimented with a beautiful background. This episode along with the last one restore fans faith in the 2D battles.
    • Hulk vs Doomsday does both characters justice in a awesome way. No fancies choreographies, no hiding, no backflips,only a powerful brawl with plenty of collateral destruction. No wonder why the team have problems with the render farms. These two fighters are just too strong that they break everything.
    • Zoro vs Erza is regarded by many as the best 2D fight in the season. The battle shows in a glorious way all the abilities the fighters are famous for, including Erza's magic armors and Zoro's abilities with his swords.
    • Regardless of feelings on whether the fight should have happened in the first place, The Meta vs. Agent Carolina has stunning animation throughout, particularly when the two start using their various armor enhancements.
  • Vocal Minority: There may be episodes with their fair share of detractors, some more extreme than others, but for every person who hates the fight or thinks it's wrong, there's probably five more who don't care, agree, or just want to see another one.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • For many, Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter saved Season 3 after the previous two battles went down in infamy for multiple reasons.
    • When The Meta vs. Agent Carolina was announced, many expressed disappointment at the fact it was two characters from the same series and being a collab with RoosterTeeth. When the actual fight came, some of those people were brought around both through the unique nature of the fight (with the Reds and Blues taking part in the analysis with all the Hilarity Ensues that implies) and the quality of the animation, plus the humor. Not everyone, especially those who already hated Yang vs Tifa (see Fan Hater above), but many.
    • Ken VS Terry is shaping up to be the most well-received 2D fight of Season 3 thus far, and is considered by quite a few to be a return to form for the series as a whole. Most definitely helping this; it came right after Tracer VS Scout, one of the most poorly-received episodes of the season. (if not the whole show)
  • The Woobie:
    • Luigi and Tails are probably the two most pitiable combatants in Death Battle to date. Luigi is in a perpetual state of fear and never has his accomplishments recognized, while Tails had his parents killed mere minutes after his birth. Putting the two of them in a fight to the death feels horribly wrong. In particular, Luigi's last scream is chilling, and there's a Wild Mass Guess that he's doing this out of grief-induced madness over his brother's death. Not only that, but Tails must now live with the fact that he had to kill a man at such a young age in order to survive.
    • Zechs Merquise could count as well after the events of Epyon vs Tigerzord. Ocular Gushers or not, it's still sad to see him pitifully crying over his dead girlfriend among the ruins of her Gundam.
    • Guts has had more shit heaped on him than the previous three characters combined. He started out as an infant birthed from a corpse and things somehow went downhill for him from there. And considering the entries on the Esoteric Happy Ending, Fridge Horror and Nightmare Fuel sections, he's not going to have a good fate even after destroying Nightmare and Soul Edge.
    • Hank McCoy, AKA The Beast, was rejected by his hometown and even his own parents when it became apparent he was a mutant. He was so distraught that he tried to use his scientific knowledge to "cure" his mutation, but ended up looking even more inhuman than before.
    • Goliath, his opponent, is no slouch in the sadness department. He lost most of his clan to a bunch of ungrateful bastards they were supposed to protect, and the remnants of this family were cursed to never awaken again until the castle they slept on flew above the clouds. By a stroke of luck, it did, but Goliath and the last of his clan were now confronted with the challenge of adjusting to a land they knew nothing about.
    • It's hard not to feel sorry for Dan Hibiki. Nothing the guy tries ever goes his way, he's a natural klutz who always botches his chances at looking awesome and upon making it to the afterlife, his father shuns him in disappointment. His opponent in contrast, actually manages to score an actual victory.
    • He's only a Woobie in the actual Death Battle, but Red really got it bad. Sure, he tried to capture Agumon, but getting the crap kicked out of him by Tai, having his legs broken by Charizard being thrown at him, and being burned alive along with his Pokemon by Wargreymon's Terra Force ranks among one of the most disturbing fates a Death Battle combatant has suffered, especially since he's only 16 years old.

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