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     Tropes about Season 1 warriors 

The Apache, fierce, scalp-taking master of death
"There's no rules to an Apache when it comes to fighting. The bottom line is if you're my enemy, I'm going to kill you."

Appeared in the first episode fighting against the Gladiator.

The Gladiator, proud, thrilling killer of Ancient Rome
"The Gladiator lived only for one thing, and that is to kill."

  • 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.


  • Badass Boast: Sword-wielding slayer of the medieval age.
  • 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

  • Badass Boast: One of America's most elite soldiers, fighting the fiercest battles.


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


  • Badass Boast: Hardline religious extremists who back their beliefs with bullets.

     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.
  • 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
  • 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)

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.

Nazi Waffen-SS

Roman Centurion

  • Badass Boast: The killer commander whose brutal assaults led Rome to conquer the world.


  • 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 holding 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 on the seas 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.




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

Vlad the Impaler

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.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Quite possibly one of the more fashionable warriors to appear on the show.
  • 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.


  • 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

Napoléon 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

  • Action Girl: At the age of 17, Joan led the entire French army to win the Hundred Years War; without her, a British victory would've been inevitable.
  • Badass Boast: The teenage French fighter whose battlefield heroics defeated England's superior army and ended the Hundred Years War.
  • Fanservice Pack: In the game, she suddenly upgrades a couple cup sizes, gets a form-fitting breastplate, and marches around in heels.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Greatly outsized by William the Conqueror.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Despite being one of the smallest warriors on the show, Joan brings a Medieval cannon: which is absolute overkill when it hits its target.
  • Stone Wall: Joan's small size, young age and lack of experience made her physically weaker than her opponent William; however her more advanced plate armor allowed her to outlast him in combat. Joan was able to stab directly through William's chaimmail, but William (despite his strength) could not do any damage to Joan's plate armor.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: In Real Life, she actually did not personally fight, but rather held on to the flag to keep herself from killing.

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 (who was Duke of Normandy) that he would be the next King of England. After Edward's death, when William found out that Harold Godwinson (one of the most powerful English barons) had claimed the throne instead, he was furious and raised an army to invade England.
  • 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."
  • Dirty Communists
  • 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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