Epic Rap Battles of History, pitting historical figures, celebrities, and fictional characters against each other. Tropes used to describe these combatants should be within the context of the raps. Spoilers have been left unmarked.
- Season 1 - (September 26, 2010 - November 16, 2011)
- Season 2 - (December 8, 2011 - April 22, 2013)
- Season 3 - (October 7, 2013 - July 14, 2014)
- Season 4 - (November 10, 2014 - August 3, 2015)
- Season 5 - (May 2, 2016 - January 9, 2017)
- Season 6 - (April 20, 2019 - December 5, 2020)
- Season 7 - (June 15, 2021 - present)
- Flash in the Pan Hip Hop Conflicts of Nowadays - (December 16, 2018 - January 26, 2019)
- Ascended Extra:
- Before getting his own battle, he had a cameo in Vader vs Hitler Round 3.
- He's this in the Star Wars franchise too, as Deadpool points out.
- Back from the Dead: Killed in Hitler vs Vader 3, but fights Deadpool on his own, alive and well, in a later battle.
- Badass Cape: The cover for his jetpack is here and flapping.
- Bounty Hunter: His role according to Vader; "My bounty hunters ride for me." Also, apparently he was paid to kill Deadpool.
- The Cameo: He only has eight seconds of screentime in Vader vs Hitler Round 3.
- Cool Helmet: Not if you ask Deadpool. He thinks it looks like a mailbox.
- Dance Battler: Done literally throughout his rap battle with Deadpool, especially during Boba's third and fourth verses when he segues from pop-locking to full-on breakdancing during his rhymes.
- The Dragon: To Darth Vader.Vader: Yo homeboy, finish this rap for me.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: During his first appearance, Hitler deals with him before he can finish his verse.
- Guttural Growler: One of his selling points, according to Lloyd,is that low growing tone of his.
- Hashtag Rap: "I'll beat your ass with one eye closed — Boba Fetty Wap!" note
- Killed Mid-Sentence: During his first appearance, he is shot by Hitler while talking about how he steals the show.
- Pretender Diss: He downplays Deadpool's merc skills by referring to himself as being the real thing:
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: A lot more coolheaded when compared to Deadpool.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Invoked during his first appearance,; he claims that he steals the show as part of his job description but subverted in the end. He dies before he can finish his verse. To make things worse, he was the only replacement rapper to die at all until "Alexander the Great vs Ivan the Terrible".
- The Stoic: His voice is much more subdued in his battle against Deadpool.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Has a missile in his backpack. Deadpool thinks it's stupid, but it serves him pretty well when the rebels show up.
- Villainous Friendship: He's Darth Vader's "homeboy", and when Hitler shoots him, Vader gives up rapping and just cuts the guy in half.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Start to finish, he's there for six seconds before Hitler kills him. Then this is subverted when he got his own rap battle.
- Batter Up!: Clocks a Mook in the face with a bat.
- Berserk Button: He gets angry when Boba Fett calls him schizophrenic.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Deadpool's usual schtick.
Deadpool: (facing into the camera) "Do you honestly think I would screw this feud up,""and lose to the dude a huge toothie coochie chewed up?"
- He begins by diverting his attention from Boba to walk right up to the screen and directly address the audience:
- All of his verses are loaded with Star Wars trivia, and his third verse has him reading his lines straight from comicbook panels.
- And just to prove that even ERB isn't safe, he makes fun of Fett for being played by two different people. Whether he's referring to appearances on ERB, or the fact that in this battle Fett is being acted by one person and voiced by another, Darth Vader-style, is left up to the viewer. It could possibly also refer to the original Star Wars trilogy itself, as Boba was voiced by one actor originally but was redubbed in the post-prequels re-releases.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's got two other voices in his head: a nutty one and a voice of reason, and they read of the comic panels in his second verse.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's a trash-talking Troll who's fond of spouting wisecracks especially when he mocks Boba Fett's missile backpack.
- Elvis Impersonator: Imitates Elvis at one point, and he does this while accusing Fett of being a Xerox of his father.
- Expy: Boba points out that he was basically an Alternate Company Equivalent of Deathstroke, and accuses him of ripping off other superheroes like Spiderman.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: At one point, he addresses the people watching the video, asking if they think he'd lose to Boba Fett.
- Healing Factor: It doesn't impress Boba, who tells him to go home and heal from what he dished out.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- "Presenting the most overrated character anyone's ever saw"; Funny how it's Deadpool, who is considered by even his fans as the most overhyped/overrated Marvel character, saying this.
- He also mocks Boba for being a clone, leading Boba to point out he's not exactly the most original character himself.
- I Resemble That Remark!: After Boba calls him schizophrenic, Deadpool gets angry and responds in a comicbook panel with each line delivered in a slightly different voice.
- Insult Backfire: He touts himself as being "one-of-a-kind" and calls Boba Fett a Xerox of his father. Boba retaliates by pointing out Deadpool's a rip-off of Deathstroke, then adds a list of other powers and features he borrowed from other characters such as Spiderman, Snake Eyes, and Wolverine - and finishes by calling Deadpool "sloppy seconds".
- Katanas Are Just Better: Boasts about his skills with his katanas.
- Large Ham: He certainly knows how to put on a show.
- Mood-Swinger: His mannerism is all over the place, ranging from calm and comical one moment, to Suddenly Shouting the next.
- Offhand Backhand: Catches a bat swung at him without looking back. Another one has him shooting a Mook in the head without looking.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Deadpool's spazzy behavior and theactrics contrasts sharply with Boba's reserved mannerism.
- Reluctant Psycho: If his Berserk Button is any indication, he doesn't like it when people point out his mental deficiencies.
- Suddenly Shouting:
Deadpool: (with hat and cane) "Introducing the most overrated character anyone ever saw:""with only FIVE lines in The Trilogy and one of 'em was, "AAAAHH!!" (flails arms wildly)
- The first time he does it is during his second verse, as a jab at Boba's lack of screentime:
Deadpool: "WHO YOU CALLING SCHIZOPHRENIC?!"
- Also, being called schizophrenic seems to strike a nerve, though not enough to make him stop dancing.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks!: In-Universe, Boba Fett calls him derivative:
- What The Hell, Casting Agency?: In-Universe, Boba Fett thinks casting "the prick from Van Wilder" as Deadpool is a mistake.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Zuckerberg mocks Musk's fear of robot overlords.
- Amoral Afrikaner: Zuckerberg brings up Musk's sketchy family history regarding Apartheid. Note Zuckerberg: I've been looking up your family; it gets dark — my God!
Couldn't clean your daddy's laundry with Apar-Tide Pods!
- Assist Character: Captain Picard and Senator Diane Feinstein show up to finish a couple of his rhymes.
- Attention Whore: Zuckerberg dismisses Musk as "nothing but an attention-seeking outcast" due to his grandstanding and bombastic public image.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Exaggerated; in one part of his second verse, he flies from Earth to Mars with no problem being able to continue rapping in space (even dodging a satellite).
- Boring Insult: Belittles Zuckerburg's cornering of social media by comparing it to his own feats of astronomic engineering.When I'm conquering "MySpace" it's actual space, man!
- Erudite Stoner: Zuckerburg makes references his smoking weed while being interviewed by Joe Rogan, but he's also one of the most famous engineers in the world.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: He carries along his trademark "Not-A-Flamethrower" during his raps.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Zuckerberg thinks that Musk is an attention-seeking outcast.
- Master of None: Zuckerberg points out that Musk is the founder/owner of multiple companies, none of which are as successful as Facebook.Zuckerberg: You've got all these companies, but they're incomplete!
I got one and I fold money; income pleat!
- Ninja Prop: At one point he picks up part of his rap subtitles like it's some rope.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He absolutely kills it with pop culture in his verses, making well-placed references to Star Trek: The Next Generation, Iron Man, James Bond, Fortnite, and The Social Network.
- Real Person Cameo: The real Elon Musk's Twitter feed can be seen during Zuckerberg's second verse.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Zuckerberg's Blue. Musk is brash and bombastic, while Zuckerberg is cold and impersonal.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Musk firmly plants himself and his accomplishments on the idealistic end of the scale, in contrast to Zuckerberg, who's done many ethically dodgy things throughout his career and whose most famous accomplishment, in Musk's eyes, has caused far more harm than good. That Musk brags about his technological advancements helping guide humanity into a new era while Zuckerberg brags about how much money he has only solidifies this.Elon Musk: I'm making brilliant innovations in a race against the dark ages! You provide a place to discover your aunt's kinda racist!
- The Stoner: Zuckerberg brings up the time Musk got high on a podcast. Musk couldn't care less.Mark Zuckerberg: And your star is faded... like you... on a podcast.
Elon Musk: Dope-smoking with Joe Rogan don't slow-motion my pace, man!
- Tricked-Out Shoes: He uses rocket boots to fly from Earth to Mars.
- Workaholic: Deconstructed; Zuckerberg notes that Musk tends to overwork himself to the point of sleep deprivation, and the resulting exhaustion has caused his performance and reputation to suffer.Mark Zuckerberg: You need to start sleeping; we can all see you're tired
You're about to be C.E-[checks phone] Oh shit! He got fired!
- X Called; They Want Their Y Back: He mocks Zuckerberg's robotic mannerisms with this.Elon Musk: You acted so robotic, Star Trek's like...
Jean-Luc Picard: We need Lieutenant Data back!
- X Meets Y: Describes himself as "Tony Stark with a James Bond sprinkle tossed in."
- Ambiguously Human: Zuckerberg talks in an oddly fractured manner and he never blinks at any point during the battle (as he points out), so he gives off an unsettlingly inhuman vibe. Musk lampshades this by comparing him to the android Data (a comparison Zuckerberg doesn't even try to refute), calling him an "elf", and explicitly differentiating him from the human race as a whole:Musk: I'm taking mankind to Mars, but for your kind, man, I ain't got room!
- Big Brother Is Watching:Mark Zuckerberg: I'm the CEO of KNOWING WHAT YOU THINK, INC.
- Boring, but Practical: While Elon's businesses and endeavors are both all over the place and in some cases wildly impractical, (Going to Mars? Bootleg flamethrowers??) Zuckerburg has largely focused on one social media website- But that website has made him filthy rich.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His body language and behavior imply that he's not all there, whether he's derailing a serious discussion to talk about Star Trek or bragging about "eating toast from Robot Morgan Freeman."
- The Comically Serious: Serves as a parody of Zuckerberg being a socially awkward and robotic stick-in-the-mud who's main topic is to build up his social media business.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Elon Musk accuses Zuckerberg of being this, from his betrayal of the Winklevoss twins to his part in the Russian hacking scandal.
- Dull Surprise: He remains completely calm and emotionless for 90% of the battle, only raising his voice during certain moments toward the end of his verses.
- Everyone Has Standards: The only thing that visibly shakes Mark is the Musk family's alleged connections to apartheid.
- Hashtag Rap: Zuckerberg does this four times in a row:Zuckerberg: Watch me: Oculus, Instagram, WhatsApp — Post!
I'm cleaning up like a wet nap — Boast!
I drive around in a Hatchback — Beep-beep!
I'll end your story like Snapchat — Ghost!
- Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: An infamous case; he starts out the battle at a podium in the US Senate building, and Elon Musk brings up that Zuckerberg was forced to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his part in the Russian troll scandal.Elon Musk: Got called to Senate!
Diane Feinstein: [Bangs Gavel] Data hack!
- Ignored Enemy: Zuckerberg uses a Snapchat analogy to signify that he could beat Musk simply by ignoring him.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: Even though Musk brings up Zuckerberg's betrayal of his associates, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and Facebook's common usage as a platform for prejudiced beliefs, the only part that offends Zuckerberg enough for him to rebut was Musk's misidentifying Data as a Lieutenant instead of a Lieutenant Commander.
- Knowledge Broker: The way Facebook has reportedly gathered and sold information from its users is brought up several times, both as a boast and as an insult.
- Kubrick Stare: Several times throughout the battle, he gives a dead-eyed stare directly into the camera. See The Unblinking.
- Lack of Empathy: At no point does he respond to (or even acknowledge) Musk's calling out of his role in the Data Hack scandal, implying that he just doesn't care.
- No Social Skills: He seems absentminded, cares nothing for the harm his actions have caused, and only seems interested in his financial status and the power it gives him. Musk points out that this isn't exactly the kind of person you'd want to run a social networking site and trust with confidential information.Musk: Who put the elf with no friends in charge of human connection?
- Only in It for the Money: Every time Musk brings some kind of ethical problem with his work, Zuckerberg just counters with how much money he's making.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Not to Musk's level in either regard, but he still felt the need to correct Musk on Data's rank.
- The Quisling: Musk accuses Zuckerberg of selling out the USA to Russia for cash.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Musk's Red. Musk is brash and bombastic, while Zuckerberg is cold and impersonal.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He starts out wearing a gray business suit, but then immediately ditches it for a t-shirt and jeans.
- Sinister Surveillance: The amount of data Facebook (and by extension Zuckerberg) has access to is mentioned several times, most obivously with the "I'm the CEO of knowing what you think, INC!" line and Zuckeberg bringing up Musk's family history.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: As he himself points out, he never blinks.
- The Unblinking: He never blinks at any point in the battle.Zuckerberg: You can't sneak up on Zuck — I don't even fucking blink!
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: He speaks in a voice vaguely reminiscent of Kermit the Frog - what's more, he speaks in a Creepy Monotone and tends to spastically state his verses with awkward pauses thrown in.
- Animorphism: Whenever ERB News needs The Announcer to appear onscreen, a talking animal is used. These have included a monkey, a cat, and a bear. In the battles themselves, The Announcer is He Who Must Not Be Seen.
- Catchphrase: He opens and closes every rap battle the same way.EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY! [Character 1] vs. [Character 2]! BEGIN!WHO WON? WHO'S NEXT? YOU DECIDE! EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY!
- Flanderization: He originally had a clear and deep voice. Progressively, it becomes more and more high-pitched and less coherent.
- Incoming Ham: Comes with being a Large Ham Announcer. His announcements mostly "bursts out".
- Killed Mid-Sentence:
- Large Ham Announcer: He shouts the introduction and conclusion, although he turned down the volume quite a bit in Season 4.
- The Unintelligible: Getting progressively worse with each battle.
- The Voice: That's all he is: a voice.
- Large Ham: Anytime Watsky plays any famous poets, his rapping is very theatrical.
- Motor Mouth: His specialty. He's very well known for being able to rap at amazing speeds. He ranks among the top ten fastest Choppers in the entire rap industry.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He's white and can rap with incredible skill.
- Signature Style: Two out of his three roles are historical poets going up against famous modern-day authors, with a first verse incorporating the respective poet's trademark meter and the second being delivered in Motor Mouth. He only gets one verse in his third role (the Fourth Doctor), but he retains his signature rapid-fire delivery.
- The More You Know: Takes a little time to explain iambic pentameter and trochee in the BTS for "Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe". For context, he did the first three lines for Shakespeare in iambic pentameter and the first two for Poe in trochee octameter.
- And Starring: The season 4 finale credits all the guest stars by episode, but Zach goes here instead.
- Brainy Brunette: Has dark hair, and is known for the wordplay in the lyrics he writes.
- Large Ham: Ebenezer Scrooge is a standout example. Also Walt Disney, who is so intense he crosses over into scary territory.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: He plays Ebenezer Scrooge, Voltaire, Walt Disney and Alexander the Great with his natural voice, but he gives distinct voices to all his other characters.
- Motor Mouth: Not to Watsky's level but still above average.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Was credited as MC Mr Napkins for a while.
- Sixth Ranger: He's put in enough appearances and writing to count as one for Peter and Lloyd. He's also co-written all the episodes of Season 4 and most of Season 3.
- Slasher Smile: Pulls off an astounding one as Walt Disney whilst shouting in a Voice of the Legion.
- Asian and Nerdy: Being Asian, he's used for whenever one is needed for a battle such as Sun Tzu.
- Hot-Blooded: Both of his appearances have him act very emotional in his line delivery.
- Cold Ham: While not loud like the others, his characters' rapping is still very theatrical.
- Same Language Dub: So far, NicePeter and EpicLloyd provided the voice for his characters.
- Ambiguously Brown: Moreso with that Super Saiyan makeup. Still, a lot of fans feel he's a better casting choice than Justin Chatwin anyways.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His Boba Fett counts as one. Not even the suit acting, just the voice.
- Homage: His rap style owes a lot to Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine.
- Large Ham: The main reason the voice-only above stood out. Goku also has these moments.
- Heroic Build: Packs just enough muscle to pull off Goku.
- Motor Mouth: During a warmup exercise in one BTS.
- Asian and Nerdy: Raps as Grant Imahara and Lao Tzu in each of his appearances.
- Badass Baritone: Key's idea of Michael Jordan.
- Bald of Awesome: Keegan-Michael Key, which fits in perfectly with both of his characters thus far.
- But Not Too Black: Key, which helps him with pulling off Gandhi, but as Michael Jordan they noticeably darken him further.
- Large Ham: Both of them! Special mention goes to Key's Circling Monologue for "Michael Jordan vs Muhammad Ali".
- Special Guest: Twice as of the fourth season.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Key as Gandhi and Peele as Muhammad Ali, balancing it out.
- Awesome McCoolname: His name really is DeStorm Power. What need to be said ?
- Large Ham: Look no further than his Mr T. His Shaka Zulu also has No Indoor Voice.
- Scary Black Man: Mr. T and Kanye West were meant to invoke this, but turn out more like Large Ham instead. Shaka Zulu plays this completely straight however.
- Badass Baritone: Rhett has a strong deep voice.
- Badass Beard: Rhett, in all three of his appearances as Donatello (the artist), and Wilbur Wright and William Clark sports a solid goatee.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Rhett is way taller than Link, so that a row of Scully Boxes were needed to film "Renaissance Artists vs TMNT".
- Wicked Cultured: Downplayed and not symptomatic of ERB as a whole, but all of their appearances pit them directly against Lloyd and Peter, portraying well-spoken and highly intelligent historical pioneers while the regulars play casual-speaking fictional pop culture heroes.