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     Tropes about Season 1 warriors 


Appeared in the first episode fighting against the Gladiator.


  • Badass Boast: Crowd thrilling killer of ancient Rome.
  • Blood Sport
  • Crippling Overspecialisation: The Gladiator's lack of armour and specialized weapons mean he loses to the more versatile Apache.
  • Made of Iron: The Gladiator is trained to resist pain and damage. He even manages to pull out an arrow from his chest, which only makes him angry. However this doesn't compensate for his lack of armor, allowing the Apache to eventually kill him.
  • Power Fist: The Cestus and Scissor.
  • Suffer the Slings: One of his weapons.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Uses the trident & net as a mid-range weapon.




  • Badass Boast: The battlefield butcher from ancient Greece.
  • Elite Army: As one of the smallest armies in Greece, their military power was second only to the Athenian Navy.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: One of the most noted things about the Spartans are how well their shields stand up against attacks. the Ninja had no weapons that could destroy the shield and the massive Samurai kanabo needed multiple hits to do any damage, even then it would at most just dent the shield.
  • Shield Bash: The most effective weapon against the Ninja, as the shield is so massive that the Ninja had few options in dodging, blocking or parrying it. The Samurai could also be killed by the shield, though it wasn't as relatively effective since the Samurai's armor was so strong.



  • Badass Boast: Murderous killer of the high seas.
  • Boom, Headshot!: The pirate does this at the end of the re-enactment, removing the Knight's visor and blasting him right between the eyes with his pistol.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The first warrior (on the series, that is) to use an explosive weapon - in this case, a primitive grenade.
  • War of the Spanish Succession: Many pirates of the type and period described on the show were veterans of this war, either as naval officers/sailors or privateers.


  • Badass Boast: Sword-wielding slayer of the medieval age.
  • The Hundred Years War: Based on the info given at the beginning of the episode, the Knight would have fought here.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Averted. The pirate's more advanced technology (read: gunpowder) is cited as the reason the knight lost the matchup.

The Mafia

The Sicilian crime family who flourished in the 1920s New York. Appeared first in Episode 5 fighting against the Yakuza.


Green Beret


Shaolin Monk

Maori Warrior

William Wallace

Shaka Zulu

  • An Axe to Grind: Boasts a smaller one that actually proves to be one of Zulu's better weapons.
  • Badass Boast: The fierce African warlord who built a Zulu army that killed two million enemies and transformed a continent.
  • Blade on a Stick: The Ikwla spear, so named for the sound it made while stabbing someone and being removed.
  • Fragile Speedster: Lightly armored but quicker in comparison to William Wallace. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Historical Domain Character

Irish Republican Army



     Tropes about Season 2 warriors 


  • Badass Boast: The elite special forces of US law enforcement who take on the country's most dangerous police missions.
  • SWAT Team: Goes without saying


  • Badass Boast: The top-secret paramilitary arm of the German police known as the most lethal counter-terrorism squad in the world.
  • Badass Crew: What the GSG-9 are trained to be; they completed their first ever deployment in under 7 minutes with no civilian casualties.
  • The War on Terror: It could be argued that they were the first elite force specifically designed for it.
  • SWAT Team: The German counter-terrorist elite forces.

Attila the Hun (and his Huns)

Alexander the Great (and Macedonian Hoplites)

Jesse James (and the James-Younger Gang)

  • Badass Boast: The vicious outlaw whose bloody crime sprees made him the most famous bank robber in America.
  • Big Damn Hero: Frank James in the battle.
  • Guns Akimbo: The Colt Revolvers are always wielded one in each hand.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • The American Civil War: Took part as a guerrilla in Missouri. Half of his weapons on the show were designed for this war as well.
  • True Companions: James' gang is portrayed as this; J.W. Wiseman, one of his experts, had this to offer about them.
    "The James Gang worked as a democracy. They looked out for each other. They took care of you and you took care of them.

Al Capone (and the Chicago Outfit)

  • A-Team Firing: Having a Thompson does that.
  • Badass Boast: The ruthless gangster whose criminal empire bloodied the streets of Depression-era Chicago.
  • Bad Boss
  • Historical Domain Character
  • More Dakka
  • The Don: Of the Chicago Outfit
  • The Mafia: The best known and most famous leader of the Chicago Outfit. Sam Giancana is the only one who can come even close to making this "arguable".
  • Sinister Switchblade: His gang's close-range weapon is a "stilleto."
  • World War I: Erroneously claimed to be a veteran of this war. Also, half of his weapons on the show were specifically designed with this war in mind.

Aztec Jaguar


  • Badass Boast: Ferocious barbarian of Central Africa.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Just take a look at the design of their weapons. "It's a symbol of masculinity!"
  • Darkest Africa
  • Fragile Speedster: The Azande wore little armor and the Kube shield was one of the most frail shields on the entire show, but because of their lightweight tools and experience as hunters and fighters on the African plains they were fast runners. Even the Jaguar Warrior, who are also known for their speed, are only on par with the Azande.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Invoked and subverted. They pretended to be cannibals to terrorize their enemies, but were just faking it.

Viet Cong

  • Badass Boast: The ragtag guerilla force that took the U.S. military head on, and won the Vietnam War
  • Improbable Weapon User: Punji stakes, which are sharpened bamboo covered in human feces.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Despite being communist terrorists and having a history of committing warcrimes, the Viet Cong pale in comparison to their explicitly genocidal enemy; the Waffen-SS.
  • The Vietnam War

Nazi Waffen-SS

Roman Centurion

  • Badass Boast: The killer commander whose brutal assaults led Rome to conquer the world.
  • Jewish Revolts
  • Punic Wars: The Roman Centurion highlighted on the show came much later than this, though.


  • Awesome, but Impractical: The aara; which was deemed capable of grisly lacerations, but ended up getting zero kills in the sim. It was entirely ineffective against the Centurion's armour.
  • Badass Boast: India's menacing martial arts master who defeated enemies with a diabolical arsenal designed to kill.
  • BFS: The Khanda.
  • Rings of Death: The Chakrams.
  • Whip Sword: The Aara.

Somali Pirates

  • Badass Boast: Africa's deadly new breed of high seas hijackers who make millions holdings merchant ships hostage.
  • Enemy Mine: The ships fishing in the waters of Somalia were a common enemy for people who once fought each other in the Somali Civil War, from fishermen who spent their lives in the water to militiamen who knew guns.
  • More Dakka
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates

Medellin Cartel

Persian Immortal:

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Played with via the chariot scythes. They look nice, and tore through two pig carcasses, but was deemed to lack true killing power and lost the edge to the Celt's burda club. However, it still got over 100 kills.
  • Badass Boast: The precision killer in a massive war machine who forged the largest empire the Middle East has ever seen.
  • Elite Mooks
  • The Empire: Because history is written by the winners, and they were imperial troops.
  • Spiked Wheels: What the Immortals' chariots become with the scythes attached.
  • Greco-Persian Wars




  • Badass Boast: America's elite corps of espionage artists, fighting an undercover war around the globe.
  • Cold War

Vlad the Impaler

  • Ax-Crazy: Allegedly, not only did he kill babies, and forced the parents to eat the corpse, but he dunked his bread in the blood of his enemies.
  • Badass Boast: The medieval Romanian prince whose insatiable thirst for blood inspired the legend of Dracula.
  • Hand Cannon: Vlad's special weapon is literally called this.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His favorite form of execution.
  • Irony: The same Turks who beat and tortured Vlad when he was a child fell by his hand when he was an adult.
  • The Magnificent: in format, though it also doubles as a name to run away from really fast
  • The Fall of Constantinople: Lived around this time and in the region, and was famous in his lifetime for successfully fighting against the very same sultan who took the city.
    • He actually was present at the battle, although he was more interested in eliminating some contenders for his throne than anything else.

Sun Tzu

  • Badass Boast: The ruthless Chinese warmonger who revolutionary "Art of War" led to the massacre of millions.
    • Which laps into Critical Research Failure as anyone who's read the book knows that he states that war is only meant to be have as a last resort and to obtain the least amount of deaths as possible. Of course, Other Chinese commanders who weren't as humane would use his tactics and kill, literally, millions. Quick trivia quiz: What was the bloodiest(in terms of lost lives) war to occur in the first half of the 1860s? It's not what you probably think. (However, China's Tai Ping Rebellion, which started a decade prior to the US Civil War and lasted until 1864, had a death toll almost 20 times that of the American Civil War.)
  • Big Book of War: The Art of War, which has, according to the show, been called The Bible of Battle Tactics.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • The Strategist

Ming Warrior


  • Badass Boast: The king's ruthless personal guard and fierce defenders of France's borders.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: The representatives like to avert this trope and portray the Musketeers as classy gentlemen and superb soldiers. They're right.
  • State Sec: Yes, they did exist. The French Musketeers (the kind examined on the show) was divided into two branches: one worked to guard the king, the other for the cardinal.
  • Thirty Years' War


  • Badass Boast: The born-in-the-saddle killers who terrorized the 18th century American plains.
  • Horse Archer
  • Injun Country: Protecting their lands is often described as one of the reasons why they fight.



Israeli Commando

     Tropes about Season 3 warriors 

George Washington

Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Badass Boast: The bloodthirsty French emperor whose maniacal dream was to conquer the world.
  • Bait-and-Switch: His tactic that earned him the victory at the Battle of Austerlitz: fool the Prussians into thinking he and the Grande Armee were surrendering, luring them onto the hill Napoleon and his men were just on; then, obliterate the present forces when a dense fog overcame the area.
  • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Averted. Even though he lost, it was a difference of 60 battles out of 5000, the second-closest margin of defeat throughout all three seasons.
  • The Conqueror
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Grapeshot
  • The Napoleon: The experts mentioned how 5'6" was normal height for a European man of that time period but he comes off looking like this anyway because he's paired with the freakishly tall Washington and his own taller-than-average bodyguards.

Joan of Arc

William the Conqueror

  • Badass Boast: The daring and deadly French duke who crushed his English enemies and crowned himself king.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Edward the Confessor promised William that he would be the next Duke of Normandy. After Edward's death, when William found out that the new duke became the son of Edward's advisor, William felt that he was betrayed and started a campaign against Harold.
  • Eye Scream: How William used his crossbow to kill Harold.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • I Have Many Names: Also known as Duke William of Normandy, and William the Bastard before earning the one above in becoming King William I of England.
  • Large and in Charge
  • The Magnificent: He actually gets this treatment twice (see I Have Many Names above) and one of them just so happens to be The Conqueror, which he is also.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Averted. William loses to Joan of Arc because his equipment is no match for a teenage girl equipped with weapons and armour literally centuries ahead of him. He puts up a good fight though.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He is momentarily surprised to find himself fighting a teenage girl, but it doesn't stop him.

U.S. Army Rangers

North Korean Special Operations Force

  • Badass Boast: "Extremist super-commandos poised to launch a communist invasion of South Korea."
  • Cold War
  • Dirty Communists
  • The Korean War: Technically, the situation described on the show would go here.
  • Seppuku: Ok, they're Korean, not Japanese, and it is with guns by someone else, but the crucial elements of being Asian and making a big deal about submitting to their own deaths for honour are there.
  • The Spartan Way: The only "modern" army in the show that made a point of using this trope. Many KPA's were drafted in their early teens.
  • Yellow Peril: The show clearly doesn't want to be racist, but it can't exactly afford to make them out as the good guys either.


Genghis Khan

Saddam Hussein

Pol Pot

Theodore Roosevelt

Lawrence of Arabia

Ivan the Terrible

Hernán Cortés

  • Badass Boast: The brutal Spanish explorer, whose conquistadors conquered the largest empire in North America of the sixteenth century.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: His methods are simple compared to the others, but effective
  • The Conquistador
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He looked positively disgusted when he saw Ivan torturing and killing a random peasant.
  • Gold Fever: At the end of his match against Ivan, Cortes helps himself to the Tsar's purse after killing him.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Only in It for the Money: His stated motive.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: This is played straight in Hernan Cortes VS Ivan the Terrible, and is one of the biggest reasons why Cortes won the fight.
  • The Sociopath: He was stated by the experts to display signs of psychopathy.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Alabarda has a pike on top for thrusting, a hook on the back for dismounting mounted opponents/pulling invaders off ladders, and an axe head for cutting.

Crazy Horse

Pancho Villa

French Foreign Legion




  • Genre Blindness: What's the first thing to do in a zombie attack? Split up! There is no way this can possibly go wrong.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Nobody was expecting a fantasy creature to appear in Deadliest Warrior.
  • Last Stand: Sort of. The final vampire can't escape because the sun is rising, and thus has to fight back against the remaining horde of Zombies. Does it end well? Yes.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If those 189 zombies were the extent of the zombie outbreak then the three vampires may have saved the world a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Oh, Crap!: Cited as an actual X-Factor. As powerful as they are, they are still capable of feeling human emotions, like fear. Sure enough, the vampires freeze up, stare, and then retreat upon seeing a comrade get torn to pieces and then eaten.
  • One-Man Army: A fair fight was considered near 200 zombies vs. 3 vampires because one on one the vampires would win every time thanks to being able to One-Hit Kill zombies thanks to their superior strength. The vampires win.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The 30 Days of Night version.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Technically won the fight, but then infection starts to set. Though the experts couldn't decide on rather becoming a Zombie Vampire was this trope or Cursed with Awesome.
    • Probably the first. The resulting zombie-vampire would still have the vampire's weakness to sunlight but not the brains to avoid it, so would last until it tried to chase something in the dawning day. Final score: double KO. Which is probably for the best from mankind's perspective.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Three vampires rise up from their coffins as soon as the fight begins.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Followed it in regards to the female vampire.

     The hosts 

Geoff Desmoulin

  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His middle name is Thor.
  • Genius Bruiser: Obviously well-built former soldier, knows his way around a gun, karate black belt... also has a degree in biomedical engineering.
  • Large Ham
  • The McCoy: He's absolutely ecstatic when the weapons start tearing up mannequins, and the way he describes setting up and using his data collection tools is "playing with my toys".
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Canadian forces veteran, EMT, biomedical engineer, black belt, and Ph.D.

Max Geiger

  • Cool Shades: A pretty enviable pair of aviators, often seen whenever the group ventures outside.
  • Teen Genius: Implied to have been this, given his young age (23 at Season One's start) and obvious aptitude and experience with computers.

Doctor Armand Dorian

  • Captain Obvious: Often when one of the experts goes to town on one of their test targets with a weapon.
  • The Medic: When he wasn't at the show, he was usually at the Los Angeles emergency room saving lives.
  • Nice Guy
  • The Spock: He's definitely the most stoic of the trio, and his measure of a weapon basically boils down to "which one would I rather not be hit with, and which one is less taxing were I to use it for myself?"

Richard "Mack" Machowicz

  • Bald of Awesome
  • The Kirk: While he doesn't get quite as worked up as Geoff, he's definitely more animated than Armand. On top of that, his main role on the judges panel is to bring a more grounded, hands-on perspective to the weapons that the engineer and medic simply aren't as trained for.

Robert Daly


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