YMMV / Death Battle


  • 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 complete monster, and the citizens of Dreamland caught between Buu and Kirby are equally afraid of both.
  • 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.
    • As listed under Broken Base, a lot of fans are angry about the show's recent 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. However this has been skewed when it was clarified that Na-Insoo was asked for permission to use his fanart and was in fact credited at the end of the video. The reason why Na-Insoo still filed a claim? He didn't get credited in the ways that he wanted to.
    • 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 blotched 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 fact that the Sonic Boom Knuckles is used for Knuckles is divisive, and the fact that DK brings the Mario series their first victory against the Sonic series.
    • Wolverine vs Raiden divided the fans due to how Raiden's victory is explained using the logic "if two things from different series work the same, it's the same." Said logic is used to compare Raiden's blade with Misty Knight's robotic arm can do the same thing, the latter can break adamantium and thus presumed that the former can also break adamantium, which is what Wolverine's skeleton made of, meaning Raiden can kill Wolverine. It got worse due to Wolverine's Healing Factor's powers Depending on the Writer.
    • 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 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 recently-deceased creator. This was made even worse two weeks after the episode went live, when ScrewAttack became a Roosterteeth 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.
    • Goku vs Superman 2 has gotten some as well. Some found it pointless and it's verdict easy to see as the movies only showed a small jump in Goku's power so Superman's victory was easy to see coming. The complaints amped up when Super showed that Super Saiyan God power actually threatened the entire universe, so complaints have arisen that Death Battle jumped the gun.
    • 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 it 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:
      • 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 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.
    • This even extends into This Very Wiki where its Dethroning Moment page suffered from severe edit wars regarding the outcome of the battle to the point that the mods are forced lock the page. But it's still not enough as the flame wars also extends into their discussion page and even some tropers requested the mods to add their own moment into the page. In the end, the mods decide to completely blacklist Death Battle from ever having a Dethroning page, the first and only time this ever happened to a Darth wiki page.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Nor is it a good idea to speak positively or negatively about Yang vs. Tifa, as either one will result supporters on both sides going at it at rabid wolves.
  • 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 favourite character losing and being killed very poorly indeed. Dragonball Z fans after Goku vs. Superman are one of the most unabashed examples of this in the whole series.
  • 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.
    • They also have one with Rooster Teeth since they share a parent company Fullscreen. This was made all the more evident when Yang Xiao Long was announced as a combatant and with her series voice actor to boot.
  • 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • 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.
    • 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 latest 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." As of this edit, Batman is the only Death Battle loser 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!
    • 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!
    • 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. 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.
  • 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 crapton 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It Was His Sled: Superman won against Goku. Twice!
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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%).
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Wiz's proclamation of Gaara's sand being "just sand" and nothing out of the ordinary has spawned a large array of "X is just 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 alot 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Never Live It Down: 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 also not very fondly remembered on the Screwattack forums, as pretty much everyone there disagreed with the final result and found the research to be massively incomplete and easy to dismantle with basic Fridge Logic. Popularity-wise, however, it's also one of the well-loved ones, so expect some major contention whenever it's brought up.
    • Ever since the Goku vs Superman episode, people have complained that Death Battle is biased against Anime, for the lack of anime characters and their win loss record was 2-1.
    • Due to both Cloud and Tifa losing 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 has recently joined this grouping after the Pokemon vs Digimon Death Battle. True, Agumon's full line of forms easily outweighed Charizard in the end, but that just lends towards assaulting Red being entirely needless. For many, this moment utterly ruined what was an otherwise honorable match, and even would have been fine with an earned loss if not for this turn of events. Try to remember that in the Pokemon universe, the only one to ever attack a trainer outright was Ghetsis: commonly agreed to be one of the most slimy and deplorable villains the series has ever had.
  • 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.
  • 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 lipsyncing 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. 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.
    • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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. Granted, researching and animating all of Buu's fighting forms 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Badass Normal 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 just as gorgeous as the first one.
    • 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.
  • 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 entry 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.