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  • Dance Party Ending:
    • As part of a tribute to Monty Oum, the remastered Samus vs Boba Fett battle includes one at the end, with other characters from other Monty Oum projects and previous Death Battles joining in (specifically Deadpool and Deathstroke).
    • Deadpool vs. Deathstroke ends with Deadpool doing the Macarena after decapitating Deathstroke.
    • Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie ends with the two calling off their fight, Pinkie Pie finding out its Deadpool's birthday, and throwing him a massive party in Ponyville.
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  • Darkened Building Shootout: The final confrontation between Solid Snake and Sam Fisher starts off with this after Snake shuts off all the lights in the building they were fighting in.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Wily uses his Roboenza on Metal Sonic, which sends Metal Sonic on a rampage, killing Eggman, which would normally be a win for Wily. But since Metal Sonic was Eggman's robot and kills Wily directly afterwards, Wiz and Boomstick can't decide who wins. So they just declare Metal Sonic the victor.
  • David vs. Goliath: Many battles pit a small character and a much bigger character against each other, with the smaller character usually (but not always) triumphing over the bigger one.
    • Blanka is a large and muscular wildman, while Pikachu is a small, electric rodent. Blanka eats Pikachu.
    • Starscream is a giant robot, while Rainbow Dash is a (relatively) small Pegasus pony. Rainbow Dash wins.
    • Riptor is a vicious wild Velociraptor, while Yoshi is a cute little thing that you can ride. Yoshi wins.
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    • Godzilla is nine times heavier than Gamera, and a bit taller as well. Godzilla wins.
    • At 15 stories tall and weighing 150 tons, the Tigerzord towers over the Epyon, which is only 57 feet tall and weighs less than ten tons. Epyon wins.
    • Kirby is about eight inches tall so few beings he wouldn't be David to exist, and Fat Buu is the size of a morbidly obese man. Kirby wins
    • In the final part of "Ragna vs. Sol", we have Ragna, now as the towering Black Beast, against the man-sized Sol in Dragon install form. Sol wins..
    • Guts vs. Nightmare is an extreme example where Guts is a Badass Normal swordsman mercenary while Nightmare is a demonic entity that is manifested in Soul Edge. Boomstick even admits that Nightmare wields more power than Guts. Guts wins this match.
    • Donkey Kong is easily twice the size of Knuckles and acts as the Mighty Glacier in the fight. DK wins.
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    • It goes back and forth in the battle between Charizard and Greymon. Starting off as Agumon, he is much smaller than Charizard. But once he becomes Greymon he's over three times his size. (they didn't even use Metal Greymon who's about twice that size). Even the considerably smaller War Greymon towers over Charizard. War Greymon completely vaporizes him.
    • Similar to Tigerzord vs Epyon, the Megazord vs Voltron is like this. The Megazord is noticeably bigger by an evident margin as compared to Voltron. Voltron destroys the Megazord.
    • Metal Sonic vs Zero starts out at similar size until Metal Sonic transforms into the building-sized Metal Overlord, who towers over Zero. Just like how Zero's beaten huge robots in his canon, this same fate befalls Metal Sonic.
    • Being a bear, Smokey already towers over McGruff the Crime Dog, and then the former shows off his alleged ability to grow to the size of a mountain, which McGruff can't do. Smokey Bear crushes McGruff like a bug.
    • The RX-78-2 Gundam is around 2-3 times the size of Optimus Prime (whose size varies, but is smaller than the Mobile Suit). Optimus wins, and Boomstick even note that "Size matters not" in this case.
    • Ben 10's Way Big transformation is the size of a Kaiju, and Green Lantern fights him with huge constructed energy fists. Green Lantern manages to get the upper hand, forcing Ben to transform into Alien X.
  • The Day the Music Lied: The Theme Music Powerup hasn't stopped an attack from being countered and the song to go silent when the character dies. Like the moment Blanka decides to eat Pikachu in the middle of their Lightning Cannonball and Volt Tackle.
    • When M. Bison unleashes the full extent of his Psycho Power, the music jumps to his theme from Street Fighter II. Even while fighting his foe at max potential, this stops when Shao Kahn smacks Bison into the ground with his hammer.
    • Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu includes a Single-Stroke Battle like the opening to Ninja Gaiden, complete with the Ninja Gaiden theme, but Strider takes the edge in the fight, smashing Ryu through a building with a Ragnarok.
    • "I Am...All of Me" starts playing once Shadow goes Super. It also starts playing just as Mewtwo is about to kill him.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Both Wiz and Boomstick have a fair amount of snark in them.
    • Vegeta had a couple of good ones; for example, his response after Shadow goes Super?
      Vegeta: Wow! …What a ripoff.
    • Rainbow Dash has shades of this while battling Starscream. A perfect example is at the start of the fight, when he threatens to annihilate her.
      Rainbow Dash: You talk a lot.
    • Spider-Man engages in witty banter during his fight and it's especially noticeable because Batman doesn't say a word.
    • Superman has a dry wit compared to Goku's naive outlook. Considering his voice actor, it's not surprising.
      Superman: Ultimate form, huh? About time you ran out of hairstyles.
    • Tommy Oliver and Saba show shades of this during their fight with Epyon.
      Tommy: (confronted by Epyon) Is it just me or do Zedd's goons keep getting smaller and angrier?
    • Toph throws the sass out constantly during her fight with Gaara.
      Toph: Come on, are you really that scared of a little blind girl? I'm touched.
    • Mewtwo's response to Shadow calling him a "freak":
      Mewtwo: I know not its name, but it is black, red, and very annoying.
  • Dedication: Boba Fett vs Samus Aran Remastered was dedicated to the late Monty Oum, whose work helped inspire the show.
  • Deep South: Boomstick shows quite a few signs of this. His accent and extreme love of sas are the most blatant of which.
  • Deader Than Dead: Anyone hit with Akuma or Ryu's Raging Demon technique is destroyed to their very soul. Shang Tsung eats it from the master that is Akuma, but Scorpion's agile enough to avoid being hit, especially since Ryu has very little experience using it in the first place.
    • In Strange vs. Fate, Strange attempts to invoke this by taking the fight into the helmet of Nabu so he can destroy Fate's soul. In the end it's Strange that suffers such a fate.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Usually, this tends to happen with robotic characters.
    • In Megazord vs. Voltron, Voltron slices through the Megazord and strikes a pose after it erupts into a fireball.
    • In Metal Sonic vs. Zero, this happens to Metal Overlord shortly after Zero bifurcates him.
    • In Optimus Prime vs. Gundam RX-78-2, Optimus' Matrix of Leadership causes the Gundam to blow up in a nuclear-sized explosion.
    • In a non-robotic example, Mario VS Sonic (2018) has Sonic die in a mushroom-shaped explosion after Mario throws him into the ground from freefall.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Some of the more daring combatants pull this off in order to get an advantage over their opponent.
    • Guts is known for pulling these off often in his canon to get an advantage in the fight. Against Nightmare, he lets his face get grazed so he can shoot Nightmare point-blank with his Arm Cannon, and later on leaps through a wall of flames to perform a surprise attack on Night Terror, allowing him to slice off Nightmare's sword arm.
    • Lucario runs right through Renamon's Diamond Storm, getting hit by several shards in the process. It catches Renamon off guard and allow him to finish her off.
  • Demon Slaying: About half of the warriors have fought some kind of Devil or evil god.
  • Denser and Wackier: The Chuck Norris Vs. Segata Sanshiro episode got many Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann comparisons for many reasons.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Eleven so far:
  • Destination Defenestration:
    • Zangief throws both himself and Mike Haggar out of a several-story window as the final scene of their battle. On their way up said several story building, they also throw Princess Peach, Big the Cat, and Pedobear (not to mention a globe and a sofa) out of different windows.
    • Batman kicks Spider-Man through the window of a skyscraper, and Peter later returns the favour, resulting in a Free-Fall Fight.
  • Destructive Saviour: Taken to extremes in the Goku vs. Superman fight - Goku, thinking that Supes is an alien who'll try to destroy the Earth, unintentionally blows it up when his Dragon Fist and the Infinite Mass Punch collide.
  • Detonation Moon:
    • In Thor VS Wonder Woman, Thor does this by throwing Mljonir to the moon in an attempt to kill Wonder Woman. It doesn't have much effect.
    • Mario VS Sonic 2018: Both combatants in their respective super modes end up destroying the moon in their clash.
  • Did Not See That Coming: Wiz and Boomstick are completely blindsided when Pinkie Pie and Deadpool become friends and decide 'screw this' before jumping across several videos and ultimately into the real world to confront them. Ultimately, the two are left dumbfounded and can do nothing other than admit defeat.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • Kirby, did you just bring down Majin Buu by yourself?
    • Guts defeats THE most powerful entity in the Soul Calibur universe, Night Terror. And then he also takes out Inferno and Soul Edge.
    • Dante, being the experienced Devil Hunter that he is, manages to not only match Madama Butterfly's punch but also behead her.
    • Zero successfully bifurcates Metal Overlord, the very same being who managed to destroy Wily and Eggman's armies and then the entire world in an earlier Death Battle, and whom Super Sonic needed help to defeat in canon.
    • Deadpool shoots Thanos dead.
    • Subverted in Ben 10 vs. Green Lantern. Ben uses his nigh-omnipotent Alien X form, which Green Lantern doesn't defeat, but instead goes back into the past to kill human Ben before the fight even starts.
  • Dirty Coward: Wiz's analysis of Starscream emphasizes this trait, and Starscream shows it in the actual fight.
  • Disney Villain Death: Played with in Yoshi vs. Riptor. Yoshi traps Riptor in an egg and drops him off a cliff (and into Boomstick's car), but the loser would likely have died anyway since his face was drenched in acid.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: All battles have to end in death, but the setups for many of those battles are decidedly less serious.
    • Vegeta's ideal way of reacting to Shadow calling him short is to kill him.
    • Donkey Kong has the same reaction to Knuckles getting hungry and helping himself to one of his bananas.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Boomstick is happy to notice that their girlfights involve hot chicks with big boobs.
      Wiz: When it comes to fighting, combatants come in all shapes and sizes!
      Boomstick: And I'm likin' the shapes and sizes on these two!
    • And...
      Wiz: [Mai] wears it for kunoichi, a female ninja method of sensually distracting the foe before striking.
      Boomstick: ... I'm sorry, what? I was distracted.
      Wiz: Never mind.
      Boomstick: Okay!
    • Boomstick get very enthusiastic about the girl fights...
      Boomstick: Ivy from Soul Calibur...
      Wiz: And Bla-
      Boomstick: Black Orchid from Killer Instinct! Sorry, I'm excited!
    • Inverted with their pre-battle bio on Yang Xiao Long, where Boomstick is so thoroughly distracted by her ridiculously awesome shotgun gauntlets and physical feats that he didn't make so much as a single comment about her looks. Possibly Justified to avoid potential Squick, as Yang is 17 years old and would be underage in quite a few places.
    • He's initially put off by Bayonetta's use of her hair as clothing and ability to fire guns with her feet but quickly warms up to the idea upon discovering she's still human.
    • Wiz and Boomstick speculate that Erza Scarlett's "Seduction" armor is pretty much designed to do this. Boomstick comments that it's actually quite hard to fight someone when you have a Raging Stiffie.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Right before the battle between He-Man and Lion-O begins, this exchange:
    He-Man: (trying to discourage Lion-O from fighting him) Back off, feline! You are clearly not equipped to—
    (Lion-O pulls out the Sword of Omens, which then extends to the size of a longsword)
    He-Man: Oooooooh!
    • During the Hulk's introduction in "Hulk vs. Doomsday", footage was used from a 1960s Hulk cartoon detailing Bruce Banner's origins, specifically about how the US government hired him on to test a gamma bomb. The gamma bomb itself was drawn with a rather phallic design. The upper corner of the screen specifically noted "*NOT A DICK".
  • Double Entendre: Episode 20. It starts with Vibe Scepter and goes on from there. Boomstick is... amused.
  • Doppleganger Attack:
    • Dante's Doppelganger Style.
    • Sephiroth is capable of creating fake doppelgangers via illusions, but these can actually attack. Vergil destroys every single summoned one which bought Sephiroth time for his Supernova to hit.
  • Downer Beginning: "Black Widow vs. Widowmaker" starts with Widowmaker successfully killing her target, who Black Widow was supposed to protect. Natasha gets her revenge by killing the assassin.
  • Downer Ending: Given the nature of the battles, most fights will be this to somebody.
    • "Eggman vs. Wily". Metal Sonic becomes Metal Overlord and goes on a Robenenza Virus-fueled rampage and kills everybody, and most likely, the world is doomed.
    Boomstick: Well, that world's f*cked! Our bad.
    • "Son Goku vs. Superman" ends with Superman winning the fight... at the cost of the destruction of the entire planet.
    • "Shao Khan vs M. Bison". In a case of the worse guy wins, Shao Khan eats Bison's soul, giving him the godly Psycho Powers combined with his previous skills in sorcery. If Shao Khan wasn't dangerous before, now he's virtually immortal and twice as powerful.
    Boomstick: That can't be good.
    • invokedWhile it's not outright said after the battle and more like a case of Fridge Horror, "He-Man Vs Lion-O" ends with the entire ThunderCat race being wiped out. What makes matters worse is that He-Man was one of the few fighters who actually thought about leaving his opponent alive, but the Eye of Thundera tried to kill him, forcing him to destroy it.
    • Tigerzord vs Epyon: Even though Zechs manages to kill Tommy Oliver, his girlfriend, Noin, is now dead as a doornail, leaving Zechs to cry over the remains of her Mobile Suit, while Zordon is left mourning the loss of the White Ranger.
    Boomstick: Ow... My childhood...
    • Godzilla vs Gamera: Gamera gives it his all, and even loses his life, to try and halt Godzilla's rampage. He fails, and it seems unlikely that anything else can stop him.
    • Ryu vs Scorpion: In a case of The Bad Guy Wins, Ryu gets dragged to hell with Scorpion, and ends up being incinerated by him.
    • Darth Vader vs Doctor Doom: In another case of the worse guy wins, Vader gets defeated by Doctor Doom, creating a power vacuum. Doom takes over as a general of the former Imperial Army. With this, Doom now has reign over the stormtroopers and most likely their spaceships along with his already established reign over Latveria.
    • Dante vs. Bayonetta: Bayonetta gets a particularly nasty fate for a Death Battle loser: she's dragged to Inferno for an eternity of pain after Dante finishes her off. (Still, Jeanne still lives, and given the events of her second game, you never know... unless a certain devil hunter comes calling for the death of his partner.
    • Hulk vs Doomsday: In another case of The Bad Guy Winsnote , Hulk fights with all his might, and yet Doomsday matches him blow for blow and ultimately kills him. Meaning now The Avengers just lost one of their heaviest hitters and probably their best chance to stop Doomsday's rampage.
    • Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie: Obviously Played for Laughs. Instead of either of them killing the other, they decide to invade some of the previous Death Battles, and even the Screwattack staff, where Pinkie then throws a party when she hears it's Deadpool's birthday. Dumbfounded by all of this, Wiz and Boomstick decide that they've all lost to both combatants.
    • The Shredder vs. Silver Samurai: In yet another case of the worse guy wins, the far more villainous Shredder manages to decapitate the morally-grey supervillain Silver Samurai, but it doesn't just end there. Silver Samurai then ends up in Hell where his soul is destroyed for good.
    • Sephiroth vs. Vergil: In yet another case of the worse guy wins, the far more villainous Sephiroth cleaves the Noble Demon Vergil into two after Supernova overtaxes Vergil's Healing Factor.
    • Ultron vs. Sigma: It's debatable if this is a case of the worse guy winning like above but regardless Ultron has taken over Sigma's forces and given that even with scaling Sigma is nowhere near Ultron's level of power, Zero and X's futures aren't looking too bright.
    • Mega Man Battle Royale ends with Abel City in complete ruins, and MegaMan.EXE looking none too happy about it.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Bayonetta suffers the exact fate she does in her own game's Game Over screen after Dante finishes her.
  • Dragon Rider: Averted. In the Pokémon Battle Royale, Boomstick states he wants to ride Charizard into battle; and is exceedingly put out when Wiz tells him they don't get any bigger than the average human being.
  • Dramatic Ammo Depletion: Robocop VS Terminator: Terminator starts firing at Robocop with a powerful shotgun repeatedly as he approaches. When he finally aims the killing shot at his head, he's out of shells. Robocop responds with this.
"9 shots: you're out."
  • Dream Team: Boomstick and Wiz put together some of the most notable names in the Internet to do some of their battles. The "Son Goku vs. Superman" is the biggest, with MasakoX of Team Four Star and RandomGuy of I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC doing the voices.
    • Topped by "Yang Xiao Long vs. Tifa Lockhart", with the latter being voiced by FUNimation voice actress Tia Ballard and the former being voiced by Barbara Dunkelman, marking the first time in Death Battle history that a combatant has been played by their original voice actor, rather than using voice clips ripped from the work.''.
    • Which is then topped by "Meta vs. Carolina" with the former being voiced Matt Hallum and Burnie Burns and the latter being voiced by Jen Brown. Burnie also reprises his role as Church marking the first time in Death Battle history that everyone on the battlefield is voiced by their original voice actor.
  • Driven to Suicide: Played for Laughs when Boomstick decided he couldn't go after hearing about Justin Bieber's popularity. He felt better after hearing Bieber could be rather aggressive and seeing a clip of a character of his getting shot to death.
  • Drop the Hammer:
    • Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. It rips Raiden in half, but was less effective against Wonder Woman who's more vulnerable to piercing weapons, which a hammer is not.
    • Mario has his Ultra Hammer and uses it in the fight. He mostly uses it to smash obstacles.
    • Shao Kahn uses his trademark hammer that he often uses to play golf with his opponents.
    • Kirby gets one as Hammer Kirby and flattens Buu like a pancake with it. Didn't do much though.
    • Amy and Ramona use these as their main melee weapons. It was the theme for the fight.
    • King Dedede has several different kinds of giant-sized hammers as his main weapons (including the powerful Electric Hammer), all of which he uses in his battle against Wario.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Deadpool and Deathstroke both dual wield whenever possible. Whether it is swords or submachine guns or a sword in one hand a pistol in the other, these two enjoy having both hands full. It's even pointed out with a freeze frame and alert sound when Deathstroke finds himself with one hand empty because Deadpool stole the weapon out of it and is about to turn it on its owner.
    • Dante and Bayonetta are fond of doing this with Ebony and Ivory and Love Is Blue respectively, although for Bayonetta it's more quadruple wielding as she also uses the two guns strapped to her feet to fight.
    • When using his True Shikai, Ichigo does this with both of his Zangetsus.
  • Duel to the Death: The entire point of the series is to take two characters who share something in common and pit them in a battle to the death. There has been only one subversion in the entire series: Deadpool vs Pinkie Pie ends with the two becoming friends and deciding to have a party in Ponyville instead of killing each other because their Medium Awareness allows them to break the rules of Death Battle.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • Boomstick occasionally has something profound and intelligent in the midst of his ramblings, much to Wiz's surprise.
    • Goku goes off to face Superman because he believes as a superpowered alien he will one day destroy the Earth. Given how often it's been attempted in DBZ canon (and how often Superman turns evil, is driven insane, or is mind controlled in DCU's canon...), it's not that big a leap in logic. Their battle does end up doing just that.
    • After hearing Grif and Simmons discuss wether Meta or Carolina would win, Caboose decides that a Death Battle would probably provide a more accurate answer.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Before her big fight with Zelda, Peach was thrown out of a window during Haggar vs Zangief.
    • Tommy Oliver was one of two options when voting for someone to face off against Leonardo after he killed his brothers. He lost out to Zitz, but eventually made it in and fought Epyon.
    • Scorpion was one of Shang Tsung's transformations in his fight before getting a proper one of his own. Likewise, Ryu appeared in the alternate ending of Shao Kahn vs M. Bison.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The first two Death Battles included health bars for the combatants. Boomstick's voice wasn't as distinct either (Ben would later remark that he and Wiz initially sounded like one guy doing two voices, despite them always having different voice actors) and there were a few typos. Wiz was also not clearly established as the Straight Man.
    • Also applies to Season 1 in general, at least up until Thor VS Raiden. Many Season 1 episodes have very short rundownsnote  and fight animations that are sub-par in quality at best when compared to today, making it very consistent that it was once a small low-budget web series that didn't always take itself seriously, and it shows. It also had more joke episodes than the later seasons (Goomba VS Koopa and Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black, Both of which ended in a draw.), and Eggman VS Wily is the only episode to have a major surprise twist where Metal Sonic goes rogue and kills both combatants as Metal Overlord. From here on out, Death Battle would improve with better rundowns and fight animations, and become more serious on delivering the results, and joke episodes were relegated to being a once-per-season thing at most.
    • In regards to 3D animations, Link VS Cloud for how stiff and awkward the animation looks when compared to more later animations. Goku vs Superman also counts, being the only other 3D battle made before Torrian joined the show, but its animation is a clear improvement over Link vs. Cloud.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom:
    • Really, it's Goku vs. Superman with both going all-out. There was little chance of it ending otherwise.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Chuck Norris vs Segata Sanshiro: not only does Chuck split Earth in half, but Segata slices Mars, Venus, and Mercury with the rings of Saturn, launches Chuck through the sun and blows it up, and punches Chuck's leg while he performs a roundhouse kick, destroying the universe.
  • Eating the Enemy:
    • How Blanka beats Pikachu.
    • How Rainbow Dash disposes of Starscream's Spark.
    • How Battle Cat disposes of Lion-O's corpse.
    • Blastoise eats Venusaur's flower after killing Charizard.
    • Strider's C-options dispose of Ryu's corpse in this manner. Doubly humiliating for Ryu because C-options are robotic falcons, an enemy that many a Ninja Gaiden fan will remember as a common reason for cheap deaths in the first game.
    • Subverted in "Kirby vs. Majin Buu". Kirby attempts to do this in his battle with Majin Buu but Buu uses the Vice Shout to escape. Played straight at the end of the episode when Kirby inhales Buu's shoe to obtain the chocolate beam and uses it to eat his regular enemies.
    • Bowser tries to defeat Ganon by eating him. This doesn't work.
  • Edutainment Show: In a way, not only does Death Battle educate the viewers on the combatant in question, but they also frequently discuss real world scientific calculations and feats to help determine the fighters' maximum performance.
  • Empathic Environment: This impacts the fight of Superman vs Goku. As Goku reaches Super Saiyan 4, it causes storm clouds to form. This darkness weakens Superman, who is powered by sunlight. Because of this, Superman flies over the clouds to recharge.
    • Blastoise's rain dance, while an attack, set a dark tone for the final battle against Charizard: made even more epic with Charizard's fire burning the ground.
  • Energy Weapon: The Tigerzord can fire energy balls strong enough to destroy giant monsters.
  • Enforced Plug: While the commercial breaks before most battles manage not to sound incredibly forced, this trope is taken Up to Eleven in "Death Battle vs. The World", itself a promotion for their own merchandise, when they cut to commercial to talk about the ScrewAttack store.
    Boomstick: This episode of Death battle's brought to you by... us.
    Wiz: That's right, we just promoted a promotion in a promo of the same promotion.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Through enlightenment, Ryu gains access to the Power of Nothingness, a more powerful Super Mode than the Satsoi no Hadou.
  • Evasive Fight-Thread Episode:
    • Eggman vs. Wily ended in a Dark Horse Victory, with both of the main combatants down for the count. This is the first battle (aside from the pop star duel, and Goomba vs Koopa Troopa) to not present a definitive, clear-cut victory for one of the headlining parties.
    • Chuck Norris vs Segata Sanshiro ended with nobody winning or losing since they're probably still fighting each other after their plane of existence collapsed and Death Battle's instruments were no longer able to track them.
    • Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie ended with a no-contest because both combatants' penchant for Breaking the Fourth Wall has led them to defy Death Battle's rules and call off the fight to become friends.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Fourteen battles pit two villains against one another:
  • Everybody Lives: Despite the show being called Death Battle, there are a few instances where both combatants live for better or for worse.
    • Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash is technically an example. Rainbow Dash does destroy Starscream's body but she doesn't really have any means of actually killing his immortal spark. Likewise, the technology in Ponyville is much less advanced than his body so his chances of killing her are even less.
    • Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie is the only Death Battle to end with neither combatant dying, rather befriending each other instead. This leaves a terribly confused Wiz and Boomstick to ponder that their shared ability to break the fourth wall allowed them to break the very rules of Death Battle itself.
    • Sora vs. Pit is a downplayed and implied example. Sora succeeds in killing Pit but Palutena remains unharmed and Pit has stated that he has died several times in his home series only to have Palutena revive him every time. The fact that Pit is used to being killed, was geeking out at Sora's abilities during the fight and is generally a Nice Guy means that this trope was likely the overall outcome of the episode.
    • Ultron vs. Sigma is a rather dark example. Instead of killing Sigma, Ultron completely hacks his A.I. and takes over his forces. It's implied that by doing so he has put Sigma in an And I Must Scream situation.
    • Played with for Thanos vs. Darkseid. Neither combatant directly kills the other but Darkseid traps Thanos in the Omega Sanction essentially forcing Thanos to die over and over again for all of eternity. At the same time being trapped in the Omega Sanction technically means Thanos does live... until his next death and the one after that and so on.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Wiz and Boomstick may research a variety of offbeat characters, but even they are left dumbfounded by Kirby and Majin Buu.
    • Lucario vs Renamon is a meta example. According to the commentary for this episode, the original ending was meant to have Lucario destroy Renamon's top jaw, then her bottom jaw before thrusting the bone through the gaping hole in her face. Note 
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Boomstick certainly thinks so, as the Yoshi vs. Riptor battle indicates.
    Boomstick: Who doesn't love dinosaurs? No one, 'cause they're awesome?
  • Excuse Plot: Few of the matches give any real reason why the two are fighting to the death, and the ones that do are usually pretty weak.
    • Taokaka attacks Felicia when she accidentally wakes up Tao from a nap. Taokaka hates being awoken from a catnap.
    • Vegeta and Shadow fight because their egotistical fighting nature wants them to be the strongest lifeform.
    • It is hinted that Sonic and Mario want to end their rivalry with their duel to the death.
      • From Luigi's expression when confronting Tails, it's apparent that he's doing this to avenge Mario's death.
    • Superman lampshades Goku's reason for fighting to the death. Goku thinks Superman will destroy the planet because he's an alien, despite Superman clearly being a good guy and Goku is also an alien.
    • Lion-O thought that He-Man was abusing Cringer/Battlecat and so believed that He-Man was a supervillain.
    • Bucky O'Hare kills Fox's teammate Slippy Toad, thinking that he was an evil toad from the O'Hare franchise. Fox seeks revenge.
    • Terminator is sent back in time on an unknown mission. Since Robo-Cop is a policeman, he naturally has to arrest Terminator for murdering the gunshop owner, stealing from him, and destroying his shop.
    • Godzilla attacks a city, which is not unusual at all. However Gamera is the protector of mankind (well, the children at least), and so is protecting the city against Godzilla.
    • Tommy and Saba are testing the Tigerzord's weapons in a barren planes and manages to (somehow despite all odds) fire randomly in the air and hit Noin's Mobile Suit, killing her, which provokes Zechs to jump into Epyon and attack him.
    • Deadpool and Deathstroke find wanted posters of each other and so try to collect a bounty. Deadpool is also upset that Deathstroke's bounty is $10 higher than his.
    • Buu turned some of Popstar's residents into sweets, but Kirby eats them up before Buu can. Enraged at being denied his food, Buu decides to kill him.
    • Sol Badguy sees Ragna the Bloodedge's wanted poster, then sees Ragna walking by, so he confronts him. Ragna is not at all amused.
    • Toph intrudes on a plot of land that, according to Gaara, is sacred ground. When told to leave, Toph refuses to comply, so Gaara takes to making Toph leave by force.
    • Chuck Norris was watching Delta Force in the log cabin he built before he was born and his TV was assaulted with Segata Sanshiro commercials. Chuck tries to turn the TV off only for Sanshiro to burst out of it and throw a Saturn at Chuck. Chuck crushes the Saturn into a fine dust of diamonds, naturally enraging the Saturn mascot Segata.
    • Nightmare has gathered shards of Soul Edge in the woods and attempts to absorb them to complete the blade. Guts walks up and orders him to get out of his way or else. Nightmare is infuriated and attacks. Guts is most likely hostile since he sees Nightmare as the same class of demon Guts fights on a daily basis.
    • Lex Luthor breaks into Stark Industries and tries to steal a crystal, killing two guards in the process, so Iron Man moves to stop him.
    • Solid Snake infiltrates a building to steal data from its computer, only to find that Sam Fisher got there first, put the data on a flash drive, and destroyed the computer. Snake attacks him to retrieve the flash drive. Fisher says he has to kill Snake before escaping because it is too risky to allow anyone to know he was there.
    • Doom invades Vader's space stations, even killing an officer that Vader was choking anyways. The ending reveals that Doom wanted to absorb Vader's army into his own Latverian Empire, which he successfully does.
    • Continuing where their last battle left off, shortly after the planet is restored by the Dragon Balls, Goku meets Superman and challenges him to a rematch. The reason why Superman is willing to kill this time is because he fears Goku would destroy the Earth again. While Superman does avoid killing, he has occasionally killed for the sake of saving the planet and lives (like against Zod and Doomsday), so he's still in character.
    • While exploring, Knuckles stumbles upon Donkey Kong's banana horde and eats one. An angry Donkey Kong attacks him.
    • Raiden is on a mission and battles some Gekko Bots, when Wolverine appears and destroys one. Confused, Raiden asks who he is and tells him to get out of his way, but Wolverine says he's next and attacks.
    • Dan Hibiki is Hercule Satan's next challenger in the World Martial Arts Tournament.
    • Yang breaks into a bar by beating up the front guard and enters saying she is looking for someone. Tifa, who is also a bouncer, orders her to leave, and attacks when Yang refuses to comply.
    • While wandering the wilderness, Red sees Agumon and mistakes him for a pokemon. He tries to catch him, which doesn't work. When Tai shows up, Red calls out Charizard and challenges Tai to a battle.
    • Dante is on a mission to retrieve the Left Eye of the World, thinking it is an artifact and unaware it is Bayonetta herself. He enters Bayonetta's church asking about it, prompting her to attack him.
    • Bowser's minions somehow steal the Triforce of Power and deliver it to him. Before he can celebrate, Ganon teleports in, recovers the Triforce, and vaporizes the minions. Bowser attacks him.
    • Ratchet and Clank crash land on Jak and Daxter's village, destroying a few buildings in the process. Jak is enraged and refuses to accept their apologies. Daxter is enraged when Clank mistakes him for a weasel.
    • The Avengers show up to deal with a burning building. When a girl falls off the building, Flash and Quicksilver arrive at the same time. The egotistical Quicksilver cannot stand anyone stealing his spotlight and challenges Flash for the right to save the girl. Since they are both moving at super speed, time seems to be frozen, so the girl is suspended in midair while they fight.
    • While joyriding in the Jokermobile, The Joker swipes the ice cream Sweet Tooth was about to eat. Enraged, Sweet Tooth vows to kill him.
    • Shadow explores the cave Mewtwo lives in and finds a Chaos Emerald. A Zubat flies near the crystal and an annoyed Shadow tries to blast it away. Mewtwo blocks the attack and says Shadow is trespassing. Offended at being ordered to leave, Shadow attacks.
    • Simmons and Grif are debating on whether Agent Carolina or The Meta would win in a fight. To settle it, Caboose calls Command to send in Wiz and Boomstick. After presenting their research and analysis, Wiz and Boomstick play a simulation of the fight. In the simulation itself, Carolina is training in the Mother of Invention when The Meta, having acquired all the other AI, attacks her, aiming to acquire the Epsilon AI to complete himself.
    • Cammy White breaks into a base and arrests Kano, but when she tries to take him away, Sonya Blade shows up and kills him. They argue about their organizations getting in each other's way and fight.
    • Tracer steals a briefcase from RED Team's base, so Scout attacks her to get it back. Scout also tries to hit on Tracer, which creeps her out and gives her an incentive to attack him.
    • Ken Masters is sparring with his friends in his dojo and winning easily. Bored, he asks if there are any real challengers. Terry Bogard walks in and accepts the challenge.
    • Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers are chilling out and practicing guitar in a warehouse when Sonic busts in, running from Amy as usual. His entrance knocks Scott and Ramona over and Scott out cold, and then Amy comes in and looks around in confusion and anger at losing him yet again, Ramona, likely thinking she was responsible, attacks her, prompting Amy to bring out her own hammer in defense.
    • Doomsday, encased in a meteorite, lands in a city and immediately starts killing everyone in sight. Since Hulk is a hero, he is summoned by the Avengers to save the day. Since Doomday is programmed to kill anything that lives, he attacks Hulk automatically.
    • Zoro gets lost (nothing unusual for him) looking for a shipyard. He collided with Erza and asked her directions, but Erza has a wanted poster of Zoro and requested him to go with her peacefully. When Zoro refused, Erza starts to fight.
    • Deadpool falls through a portal and lands in Ponyville, claiming that the folks behind Death Battle abducted him and forced him to participate in another battle. Pinkie Pie attempts to welcome the newcomer, but Deadpool gets annoyed and tries to leave. Offended, Pinkie says she'll make him accept her invitation to be friends and attacks.
    • Nathan climbs to the top of a temple to retrieve the Holy Grail and takes it. From right behind him Lara, who was also searching for the Grail, draws her pistols and demands Nathan give it to her.
    • Shovel Knight enters Scrooge McDuck's home after following a trail of gems. Scrooge catches him collecting his treasure and angrily attacks.
    • Bane and his minions attempt to rob a shipment of weapons. Venom shows up and slaughters his minions, then attacks him.
    • The Voltron Force investigates a canyon after hearing rumors of dinosaurs being spotted here. The Power Rangers teleport in, summon their Zords, and just start attacking. No dialogue or anything to suggest that they perceive the Voltron Force as a possible threat.
    • Ace steals food from a restaurant. Natsu shows up and demands he return the food, but Ace immediately eats it, angering him.
    • Glacius' ship crash lands in Lin Kuei territory. Sub-Zero investigates the site and attacks the being, seeing him as an invader.
    • Android 18 and Captain Marvel both find a Dragon Ball in the wasteland and fight over who gets to keep it.
    • Metal Sonic is rampaging through Central Highway. Zero is called in to deal with the supposed Maverick.
    • Renamon explores a temple and finds Lucario meditating. She asks who he is, and when he doesn't answer, gets angry and attacks.
    • TJ Combo is Heavyweight Champ Balrog's next challenger. While it is a standard boxing match at first, Balrog eventually loses his temper and takes out the referee, turning it into a fight to the death.
    • Silver Samurai is training in the woods when Foot Clan robots drill into the area and attack him. He destroys them with ease, then Shredder arrives to take him on personally.
    • McGruff walks through the woods and spots an abandoned campfire. After lecturing the audience, he tries to walk away as it spreads and sets the forest ablaze. Smokey yells at him for not putting it out and attacks.
    • Wonder Woman is training on Themyscira when Thor suddenly teleports near her. She warns him men are not allowed on the island without an invitation. He gives no explanation for why he is there but gives her a chance to stand down, which she doesn't take.
    • Ichigo stumbles upon Naruto and mistakes him for a Hollow due to sensing Kurama the Nine-Tailed Fox's energy. Naruto can't see or hear Ichigo, but Kurama can and instructs Naruto to defend himself from the spirit attacking him.
    • While Batman Beyond watches over the city while standing on a gargoyle, Spider-Man 2099 swings by and his web dislodges the gargoyle and almost makes Batman fall. Angered, Batman demands to know who he is and what he is doing in his city, but Spider-Man attacks. Based on his comments to his suit's AI Lyla, Spider-Man thinks Batman is some kind of vampire.
    • Vergil is wandering when he runs into Sephiroth, who challenges him to a fight after sensing his strength.
    • In Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle was reading a book about transdimensional teleportation. In her attempt, she brings Raven, who was playing with pony figures. Ashamed, Raven decided to eliminate the witness.
    • Jotaro Kujo and his grandfather Joseph Joestar are wandering the desert and approach a pyramid. Kenshiro drives up and almost hits them with his car. Angered, Joseph challenges him, but Jotaro says the old man doesn't stand a chance and challenges Kenshiro in his place.
    • Crash was jumping some crates when Spyro and Sparx found him. Intrigued by the bandicoot, the dragonfly tries to interact with Crash but the latter, bothered by Sparx, kills him like a bug. Of course, Spyro gets mad and attacks his brother's killer.
    • Sora competes in the Olympus Colosseum and Pit is his next opponent.
    • Frank West is looting a zombie-infested city when Leon catches him in the act. Leon says he's supposed to be out of the city and Frank attacks in response.
    • Doctor Fate attacks Doctor Strange because according to the former, there can't be two Sorcerer Supremes in the same existence.
    • Ryu is training in his dojo when Jin bursts in and disrespectfully boasts that he is the superior fighter. Ryu tells him to prove it.
    • Samurai Jack and Afro Samurai encounter each other on a rope bridge. Jack tells Afro that the latter's sword smells of blood (Jack may think that Afro is a henchman of Aku), and Afro responds that Jack's sword does too (Afro may think that Jack is one of the many contenders for the headbands).
    • Nyu is waiting for a train, and the one that arrives has just been ravaged by Carnage. As the door opens, Carnage finds Nyu waiting and attacks her, but Lucy takes over and fights back.
    • Amuro Ray in his Gundam explores the Autobot Ark, defying Sayla's orders to return to base, and runs into Optimus Prime. Amuro thinks Optimus is an enemy Mobile Suit, while Optimus thinks the Gundam is a Decepticon.
    • Daredevil breaks into a garage and pulls a case out of a car. Nightwing shows up and says Daredevil is interfering with his investigation.
    • Mario is going to spend some time in the sun on a beach, when Sonic shows up out of nowhere and takes his chair. Angry, Mario closes the chair on Sonic and kicks him, starting the fight.
    • Sigma's Mavericks are causing havoc on Central Highway when Ultron appears and destroys Vile and Volt Kraken, demanding submission from the other Mavericks. Sigma then appears and Ultron responds by summoning his army of drones, which starts the fight.
    • Master Roshi enters Jiraiya's store and checks out one of his erotic novels. He walks up to Jiraiya and complains that the book has no pictures, then throws the book down and stomps on it, enraging Jiraiya.
    • Deadpool steals Thanos' throne and tries to sell it to Darkseid. Thanos arrives and disintegrates Deadpool with the Infinity Gauntlet. He orders Darkseid to get out of his throne and kneel before his new master, which of course Darkseid takes offense to.
    • Namor is relaxing near a swimming pool when Aquaman does a cannonball and splashes him. Namor, known for his Hair-Trigger Temper, says he will pay with his life for that insult. Namor also wants to prove which of them deserves to be the true ruler of the seas.
    • Widowmaker snipes a man whom Black Widow was guarding, then tries to tie up loose ends by sniping her too.
    • Shazam is walking in the street, screwing around when he accidentally hits an ATM, letting money go loose. While trying to fix it, Captain Marvel sees him and thinks that Billy is a criminal. Shazam tries to escape but Carol catches up to him, beginning the fight.
    • Wario and King Dedede are facing each other in a steel cage match at the Dedede Arena. During the match, they have flashbacks to times they wronged each other, fueling their anger.
    • Ben, as XLR8, was running around when Hal stopped him. The Green Lantern said that the kid was carrying a galactic super-weapon, so is his duty to take it to a safe place, but when he tries it, the Omnitrix sent him flying away. Ben thought that Hal is a villain, beginning the battle.
  • Exploiting the Fourth Wall: In "Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie", Wiz has enough of Deadpool interrupting their analysis of his powers and decides to literally erase him from the episode with a giant pencil eraser. He says it's been 2 years since Deadpool last appeared, so he had time to prepare for it. During the battle proper, both Deadpool and Pinkie break the fourth wall to use a function of youtube as a weapon (Deadpool the view counter and Pinkie a pop up ad). This causes them to realize they both have Medium Awareness, resulting in them becoming friends and deciding to use it to leave the video and go Off the Rails rather than killing each other.
  • Expy:
    • The title itself is synonymous with Mortal Kombat, sans the Xtreme Kool Letterz
    • The show also has its share of similarities to Deadliest Warrior.
      • The similarity is taken an extra step with the Pokémon Kanto Starter Battle, the hosts clarify the total number of outcomes with everything considered between the three combatants is over 7000 possibilities, and 48% of battles won went to Blastoise. Just like how Deadliest Warrior concluded their fights with a several-thousand battle scenario and the fighter who has the highest percentage of victories was classified the winner.
  • Eye Pop:
    • Happens to Bomberman right before he blows himself up.
    • Also happens to Charizard right before it explodes from Blastoise overfilling it with water.
    • Again when Toph senses Gaara's Desert Wave coming right at her (despite being blind; she's always had a very expressive face).
  • Eye Scream: Deathstroke's wife shoots him in his right eye, making him unable to use it ever again. Deadpool decides to even it out by getting the second one...
  • Face Palm: In "Thor vs. Wonder Woman", Boomstick's inquiry to if Asgard is a type of protector for your ass is met with Sokka smacking his forehead in response.
  • Fade to White:
    • Done in Eggman vs. Wily after Metal Overlord blows up the two combatants.
    • In Superman vs. Goku when the Infinite Mass Punch and Dragon Fist collide.
  • Fanservice: Boomstick seems to fancy the designated girl fights of the series quite a bit; he makes several quips regarding his attraction to both combatants in Rogue vs. Wonder Woman, for example.
  • Fan Sequel: Some fans, pretending to be Wiz and Boomstick, made a parody episode of Magikarp vs Froggy The Pokémon Trainer wins.
  • Fantastic Racism: Bucky's crew kill Slippy, even though the poor guy was doing absolutely nothing that would warrant it. He's basically killed for being a toad.
  • Fartillery: Boomstick accuses the Tigerzord's tail-sword flame ability to be the result of this.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • According to Word of God, Starscream is the only character that has survived losing, even though his Spark was swallowed by Rainbow Dash. However he's a sewing machine or an arcade cabinet by now.
    • Thanos vs. Darkseid ends with Thanos trapped in the Omega Sanction effectively forcing him to have an "endless death" as Darkseid calls it. Thanos can do nothing but die over and over again with each death getting progressively worse.
  • Finishing Move:
    • Akuma using the Raging Demon to finish off Shang Tsung during his own attempt at using the Kongo Kokuretsu Zan Akuma used earlier in the fight.
    • Rogue seals Wonder Woman's fate with a kiss.
    • Taokaka bifurcating Felicia with Attack Meow Poww, albeit no Jubei to bail Felicia out as would normally happen.
    • Vegeta vaporizes Shadow with a lengthened version of the Galick Gun.
    • Sonic knocks Mario to the ground with the Axel Kick and then spin-dashes the downed plumber's back.
    • Peach obliterates Zelda's head with the Empress Peach Mega Strike.
    • Goku's Dragon Fist and Superman's Infinite Mass Punch collide, with the latter overpowering the former.
    • Shao Kahn absorbs M. Bison's soul with the Soulnado.
    • Strider Hiryu's Ragnarok defeats an already-weakened Ryu Hayabusa.
    • Black Orchid stomps on Ivy Valentine after using her magic to turn Ivy into a frog.
    • Tails tricks Luigi into lowering his defenses to attack before impaling Luigi with his Magic Hand attack.
    • Fulgore locks Sektor into a powerful combo of hits and finishes him off with a fully charged Devastation Beam.
    • Godzilla disintegrates Gamera with the Red Spiral whilst the latter is self-destructing.
    • Lucy pins down Carnage using her vectors before using them to strike him hard enough to cause a nuclear explosion that vaporizes him.
    • Mitsuru uses her Persona to trap Weiss in ice before impaling her through, shattering her. Doubles as a Mythology Gag as this was her Instant Kill from Persona 4: Arena.
    • Subverted with the Tigerzord's Phoenix Strike. It likely would have been this if not for the Epyon's system warning Zechs about it ahead of time, allowing him to dodge it and kill Tommy.
    • Subverted again with Ryu's Shinku Hadoken. Like the above example, it likely would have been this to most any other combatant. However, Scorpion, even when reduced to nothing but a skeleton, is still perfectly capable of killing his opponent, and proceeds to play it straight by burning Ryu into a pile of ash with a massive Hellfire attack.
    • Played with in Kirby Vs. Majin Buu. Majin Buu clearly meant to end the fight with his Planet Burst attack, but Kirby used Miracle Fruit to become Hypernova Kirby, who ate the attack and shot it right back at him. And while that didn't kill Buu, getting shot into the sun most certainly did.
    • Subverted and later played straight with Gaara's Sand Burial Technique. Although he was successful in entombing Toph in sand, Toph was able to encase herself in dense rock and steel from her steel rope gauntlets before the attack crushed her. Toph later returned the favor with her own variation on the Sand Burial and manipulated Gaara's sand armor to crush his body and win.
    • Subverted and played straight in Pokémon vs. Digimon. Mega Charizard X's Blast Burn was meant to be this but WarGreymon tanked it; on the other hand, WarGreymon's Terra Force not only killed Charizard, but also Red.
    • Subverted and played straight in Naruto vs. Ichigo, in a similar vein to Pokémon vs Digimon. Ichigo's Mugetsu was meant to be this, but Naruto tanked it. With Mugetsu's downside being Ichigo losing all of his powers, he was defenceless against Naruto's counter attack using the Six Paths: Ultra Big Ball Rasenshuriken and the Tailed Beast Bomb in conjunction, which promptly annihilates Ichigo.
    • Subverted with Twilight Sparkle after her spell turns Raven into a potted plant. Before she can stomp the plant into dust, Raven's soul-self divebombs her with massive force, killing (or incapacitating) her.
    • Subverted with Kenshiro's Hokuto Shinken Finger Poke of Doom that caused Jotaro to explode due to being a Time-Delayed Death and subsequently not the final move he used. This happened two-thirds through the fight, and Jotaro's fate was sealed for the last third of the fight.
  • Flat "What": Boomstick will give one to the more incredulous factoids.
    • "(Godzilla) after absorbing a giant pterodactyl's soul... ok..."
  • Flight, Strength, Heart: From Episode 21, Thor's powers are listed as being able to lift over one million tons, move at supersonic speeds, never feel exhaustion, survive the vacuum of space, and talk with frogs.
  • Flipping the Table: Boomstick really wanted to do this after the reveal of the "Son Goku vs. Superman" Death Battle.
    Boomstick: Somebody gimme a Motherfuckin' table to flip!
  • Foil: Most battles are between two characters with contrasting motives and history. Boba Fett, for example, is an amoral bounty hunter who does his work by the client's parameters, while Samus Aran is a very moral bounty hunter known to outright go against her employer's direct orders.
  • Foreshadowing: If the contestants are noted to have a weapon or skill that could negate one of the others, it usually comes into play.
    • In "Son Goku vs. Superman", when discussing Superman's weakness to magicnote , Boomstick wonders if he can harm Supes with something as pathetic as a magic stick. Fast-forward to the fight and Goku's Power Pole (basically a magic stick) manages to do some harm to Superman.
    • In the analysis rundown for Fox McCloud, we see a Bob-Omb explode while Fox's reflector is active and he's sent flying. In the actual fight Fox gets blown up by one of Bucky's grenades. Thank God the legs he lost were artificial or that could've been it for the leader of the Star Fox fleet.
    • During Venusaur's preview, that it's the Jack-of-All-Stats of the fighters is stressed that in practice and its stat spread is not optimized. Venusaur falls first and its lack of optimized moves fail to significantly harm the others.
    • The analyses of Chuck Norris and Segata Sanshiro note that they're both effectively immortal. Death is scared of Chuck Norris and Segata judo-flips the laws of physics, allowing him to do almost anything. It's no surprise this match came to a draw.
    • Near the end of Chuck Norris vs Segata Sanshiro, you can see multiple Death Battles from the past and one Death Battle rematch.
    • During the rundown for Deadpool, Wiz mentions how Deadpool being diagnosed with cancer hits him like a flaming semi-truck to the face. This actually happens to him during his battle with Deathstroke.
    • During Yang's rundown, the song "Sacrifice" played, specifically the lyric "you can't have my life". She wins.
    • Clank is noted to not only have time-slowing powers but also immunity to the effects of another's powers, such as Light Jak's own ability. He can also pass this onto other people.
    • An interesting and rather meta example with Sephiroth VS Vergil. When 1 Minute Melee was still a ScrewAttack show, this matchup was done and though Vergil won that matchup, Sephiroth still lived and was able to say "I'll see you again". This led many to speculate that this foreshadowed the two having an actual death battle. It took two years for this notion to be proven correct Note .
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: In a meta sense, many fans had taken his loss to Spider-Man as proof that without preparation, Batman is completely useless, with many saying he is less able a fighter than Mike Haggar, Zangief, or even Felicia. With his decisive win over Captain America, he reminded everyone that he is still a human being well beyond what is believed to be the limits of a human, and one of the most skilled and deadliest fighters in his world. But then his loss against Black Panther made some fans feel that he's again useless without preparation, especially when it comes to an opponent with something he can't beat without prep.
    • In another meta sense, Raiden's often treated by many fans as a girly joke before becoming a cyborg ninja. Death Battle reminds people that even before becoming a cyborg, Raiden was a lethal killing machine on the battlefield that led his own unit of soldiers at 10 years old. Then, they remind people of how Raiden managed to survive the Big Shell incident, even when he had to go up against two dozen Metal Gears (though they do make a joke about Raiden's young appearance). And then in the fight proper, he makes mince meat of Wolverine's head.
    • In Hercule Satan vs Dan Hibiki, after bumbling around for most of the fight, Hercule gives Dan one hell of a beating and claims victory. Wiz and Boomstick then remind us that, as much of a joke as he is to the main cast of DBZ, he's actually incredibly strong for a human and a good fighter, if sometimes a bit clumsy.
  • For Want of a Nail: Red likely could have avoided his and Charizard's death if he had simply called off Charizard like Tai demanded. But alas, he did not.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You:
    • During the live Superman vs. Goku rematch, there's a part where the fighters crash through the SGC convention and the animation pauses for a moment to cut to two cosplayers fighting in front of the audience.
    • Pinkie Pie and Deadpool break out of their video and confront the hosts in the real world, with Deadpool chewing them out for making him fight a Death Battle on his birthday.
  • Free-Fall Fight:
    • The final part of "Mike Hagger vs. Zangief".
    • Zelda and Peach also continue to battle when the bridge is destroyed.
    • Also done half-way into the "Batman vs. Spider-Man" fight.
    • The final part of "Darth Vader vs Dr. Doom".
    • The final part of "Mario vs Sonic (2018)".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • At one point in "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash", Derpy Hooves can be seen hidden in the clouds.
    • Starscream's Robo Cam view has some good ones, like "target: stupid pony" or...
      objectives
      destroy happiness - in progress
      defeat megatron - calculating...
    • A lot of the pre-fight and post-fight information goes by pretty quickly. One could lose an important bit of information if you're not pausing the video.
    • In a humurous example, Mike's Bong weapon has actual stats.
    • The building Superman is knocked into is the Lexcorp building. Which is why in the ruins, there's a piece of Kryptonite.
    • Also, if you look carefully, you'll see that Raiden's body is already in half just frames before Thor's hammer connects.
    • It's hard to see where the punch lands, but right as M. Bison starts the fight by attempting a scissor kick, Shao Kahn counters with a Groin Attack that even makes Bison flinch.
    • When Lion-O blinds He-Man with smoke, you can clearly see his sword is sheathed in his gauntlet when he clearly just lost the sword. It's probably a case when the animator didn't want to make two models of the gauntlet.
    • Among RobCop's Robo Cam view and analysis of the Terminator's threat level, there is the mention "Cool Sunglasses".
    • When Nightmare smashes Guts into the sky and later, as Night Terror, first blasts Guts with his Eye Beams during the battle, you can see Chuck Norris and Segata Sanshiro's constellation in the sky.
    • In Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro when Segata's fist and Chuck's roundhouse kick connect one can see scenes of previous Death Battles as the universe rips apart and, at the end, a brief few seconds of Goku in Super Saiyan God form teasing Goku vs. Superman 2.
    • In Hulk vs. Doomsday when Worldbreaker Hulk and Doomsday clash, a single frame is dedicated to showing the blast radius destroy South America and can be visible from space.
  • In the end of the Mario vs Sonic rematch, the loser disappears in a mushroom cloud (with eyes, because of course). Take a closer look: that scowl and the skull on its cap as seen in the reflection of Sonic's shades show it's a Poison Mushroom cloud. Yes, those are Sonic's shades... that Mario is wearing.
  • Freudian Slip: During the presentation of Godzilla vs. Gamera, the pre-rendered previews were destroyed when Ben's computer crashed, leading to Wiz and Boomstick improvising them; which leads to a moment in which the Fire Ejection technique is mispronounced as Fire Ejaculation.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Several of these fighters have Laser weapons or moves.
    • Terminator's futuristic gun.
    • Metal Overlord
    • Fox McCloud and Bucky O'Hare's pistols.
    • Fulgore's Devastation Beam
    • Saba can shoot laser beams, in addition to controlling the Tigerzord.
    • Boba Fett's EE-3 carbine rifle and pistol
    • Samus's Arm Cannon and Paralyzer, which can double as a Laser Blade
  • Funny Background Event: In The Joker vs. Sweet Tooth; During the part where Needles Kane lifts The Joker by his neck, a Starbucks can be seen in the background.
    • In Goku vs. Superman; when Goku declares, "Finally! Someone as strong as me!", you can barely hear Vegeta in the background shout back, "Screw you!"
  • Gag Boobs: Boomstick wastes no time in pointing out the immense size of both Ivy and Orchid's breasts, which quickly becomes a Running Gag throughout the episode.
  • Gainax Ending: Chuck Norris vs Segata Sanshiro.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Inevitable. These are fictional characters who are from completely different worlds that operate on completely different rules, and in some cases, the problem stems from the worlds they come from.
    • For example, technically, just tapping the shoulder of a bad guy for Mario or Sonic would mean instant death in gameplay, unless you're playing one of their later games and this element is never incorporated into story lines for obvious reasons.
    • In Halo, you can't throw grenades through your own bubble shield, a fact which is glossed over to Master Chief's advantage in his battle with Doomguy.
  • Geo Effects: Are taken into consideration, and the fights often change locales to both the fighter's strength's and weaknesses.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Tommy tries to crush the Epyon under the Tigerzord's foot, but Zechs manages to escape.
  • A God Am I: Lex Luthor calls Tony out on this Because of how he uses the Iron Man, before invoking this trope himself, and then destorying the Hulkbuster armor with a Kill Sat. Tony counters this by donning his Symbioite armor, and outright defying this trope.
    Tony: I don't know Lex, being a god can't be too hard. I mean, I'm the most intelligent capable person on the planet. I'm not playing god. All this time, I was playing human.
  • Good vs. Good: More than a few battles have two heroes going toe-to-toe with each other.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • When Wily uses the Roboenza virus on Metal Sonic to kill Eggman, it works its intended purpose. However, he then absorbs the entirety of the Egg Fleet, becomes Metal Overlord, and goes on an unstoppable rampage, killing the remaining members of both parties.
    • Twilight Sparkle casts the "Want It, Need It" spell on a nearby rock to get Raven to fall in love with it and stop attacking her. It does for a moment... up until the huge amount of emotions causes Raven to turn into her more powerful and monstrous Dark Raven mode. This proves to be a bad mistake after Dark Raven makes no hesitation to drain Twilight of her powers.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Happens whenToph turns Gaara's sand armor into stone. The camera looks up, there's a splatter of blood with Gaara's dying scream, and we scroll back down to see a dead Gaara.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In Deadpool vs Pinkie Pie. Deadpool actually stops to check the setting PG rating before finish cursing.
    Deadpool: What the -Beat- heck?.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: At one point in the Pokémon Battle Royale, Charizard throws Blastoise at Venusaur.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Rebecca Black gives one to Justin Bieber... it doesn't work.
    • Master Chief nails Doomguy in the extremities with a sniper rifle shot.
    • He-Man vs. Lion-O has an unorthodox example in the stinger:
      Battlecat: Raaaar, I miss my balls.
    • It's hard to notice, but Shao Kahn counters M. Bison's scissor kick with this.
    • Mario delivers one to Sonic in their rematch, complete with the ring-loss sound effect.
  • Guns Are Worthless: The few times an actual gun have been used in any fights (such as in "Master Chief vs. Doomguy", "Kratos vs. Spawn", or "Lara Croft vs Nathan Drake"), they do little to no damage. In the former, very few bullets hit their target, and even a sniper shot to the groin only momentarily stunned Doomguy, with the killing blow coming from a Plasma Grenade. Kratos simply deflected the bullets from Spawn before knocking the gun away. Neither Lara nor Nathan could hit each other with a single bullet, thanks to being trained at avoiding bullets in a firefight.
    • In Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash, Starscream's gatling gun is worthless because he has terrible aim even when shooting at other giant robots, so he stood no chance of actually hitting Rainbow Dash, a small pony.
    • Justified in Terminator vs Robocop. Both are literally Made of Iron cyborgs capable of walking through a firing line, so both of their low end weaponry only impart slightly irritating momentum. Once the heavier firepower is out, however...
    • Guns are inconsequential to Bucky and Fox's fight. Bucky can outrun Fox's aim, who in turn has the reflect shield. Grenades on the other hand...
    • Justified more in Deadpool vs Deathstroke, as bullet wounds mean very little to those with healing factors. However, Deathstroke's healing ability works best for repairing, not replacing. If you shot out his eye...
    • Justified and played with during the "Solid Snake vs. Sam Fisher" battle; justified due to the fact the latter wears a Kevlar vest that is more than a match for Snake's pistol and played with because while Snake's own Octocamo doesn't prevent him from getting shot and it's played up a bit, he still manages to go on fighting regardless. Ultimately, Snake takes the win by stabbing Fisher in the chest with his Stun Knife before finishing it with Sam's own combat knife.
    • Dante's incredible regenerative abilities, Bayonetta's split-second reaction time, and both combatants time stopping magic render each others gunfire ineffective.
    • Despite the might of the Gundam’s Beam Rifle, Optimus Prime’s far-superior speed and durability allowed him to dodge or tank all sixteen of its shots.
  • Gun Kata:
    • Solid Snake and Sam Fisher do a lot of close quarters combat and repeatedly knock each other's guns away as they fire.
    • Given how much this factors into their respective fighting styles, it's natural this would play a big part of Dante vs Bayonetta.
  • Gun Twirling: Robocop. All the time.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:
    • How Raiden is defeated by Thor.
    • Zitz and Felicia were also fatally cut in half by Leonardo and Taokaka respectively.
    • Also how Batman dies.
    • Shao Kahn does this to M. Bison. Bison's soul still remains, but Kahn finds the Soulution to that problem.
    • Both Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu are known to cut people in half. However, while Ryu needs the Dragon Sword to pull it off, the more physically adept Strider manages with his bare hands.
    • Fox McCloud gets his legs blown off by a grenade. He writhes on the ground for a few seconds, but ends up surviving because the legs were cybernetic and he still had a functioning jetpack.
    • The Terminator suffers this after getting a Level 10 charge from Robocop.
    • Not sure if this counts, but Venusaur's flower, which makes up half its size, is torn off by Charizard in the Starter Battle Royale.
    • Though he was already dead by the time his opponent did this to him, Captain America gets his body cut in half by Batman using Cap's shield.
    • The Tigerzord's upper half explodes...with Tommy and Saba still in it.
    • Kirby bisects Majin Buu as Sword Kirby. This doesn't faze Buu in the slightest.
    • This is how Beast vs. Goliath ends after the latter tears a hole through the blue X-Man's chest and finishes him off to be sure.
    • Zoro not just cuts Erza in half in their last attack but he also manages to cut the mountain behind her in half as well.
    • This is the fate of Metal Sonic after Zero's Dark Hold ends, having been cleaved in two during the final attack.
    • It's noted that Vergil has survived having this happen to him in canon, thanks to his ridiculously powerful Healing Factor reattaching himself as soon as he was cut. Sephiroth's Supernova is more than capable of overtaxing it, and the One Winged Angel finishes off a weakened Vergil with this.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: He-Man and Lion-O ham it up during their duel.
  • Healing Factor: A few characters have one, but the aspect of having one boils down to how powerful one is that it can save a character from death. This, and whether their opponent has any Anti-Regeneration abilities are determining factors in the Deadpool vs. Deathstroke, Dante vs. Bayonetta, Hulk vs. Doomsday, Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie, Kirby vs. Majin Buu, Carnage vs. Lucy, and the Mega Man Battle Royale battles. Deadpool and Doomsday had healing factors magnitudes greater than their opponents, with Doomsday overtaxing Hulk's to seal his win. Dante's healing factor allowed him to take a lot more punishment than Bayonetta and became a factor as to why Deadpool and Pinkie's fight ended in a draw thanks to Pinkie's Toon Physics. Kirby shot Buu into the sun and won. However, Vergil's healing factor while ludicrously powerful was overtaxed by Sephiroth's Supernova, allowing Sephiroth to finish him off. While Carnage could restore himself from Ludicrous Gibs, it wasn't enough against nuclear-level incineration that Lucy's vectors were capable of. Mega Man X could physically regenerate from being destroyed down to his core, but this didn't help him against Star Force Mega Man's superior hacking ability.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": In "Zelda vs Peach", Boomstick cannot stop laughing when the vibe scepter comes up. (Heehee, 'comes up'!)
    • He finds Bayonetta's Umbran Climax equally amusing.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Averted in season 1. Due to the way the fights are decided, simple tenacity in the face of defeat doesn't give anyone the win. There are exceptions in season 2.
    • Ivy vs Orchid. Calling Killer Instinct's mechanic to recover in a last ditch burst of energy at the brink of defeat, Orchid reinvigorates just before the final blow and wins the battle.
    • Bucky vs. Fox has Fox get his legs blown off by a grenade. However, Fox's legs are artificial, so he doesn't die. Instead, he amps up his jetpack, rockets right into Bucky, thereby dislodging the jetpacks of both combatants. Both land on the ground, Fox chokes Bucky and blows his head off with a fully charged shot from his blaster.
    • Goku and Superman both use the sun to power up.
    • Fulgore overcharges his reactor in his fight when he starts losing. And when he finishes, it's more than enough to completely crush Sektor.
    • Technically Sonic gets one because he is completely healed after his Super Mode wears off.
    • Kirby, with his Star Rod destroyed and Buu about to blow up Popstar, forces himself out of a Heroic BSoD and activates the Miracle Fruit he already had in his stomach dimension to become Hypernova Kirby, absorbing and firing Majin Buu's Planet Burst attack right back at him and into the sun, taking the win for himself.
    • Yang vs. Tifa. Yang is seemingly bested after Tifa unleashes all of her LimitBreaks, but the sight of some of her hair being ripped out in the process makes her get back up, unleash her full Semblance, and beat Tifa down with the strength she gained in the process before giving her a Neck Snap.
    • Pokemon vs. Digimon has this at multiple points, first with Charizard getting smashed into a lake by Greymon before Red uses Charizardite X to Mega Evolve him into Mega Charizard X, then with Tai warp-digivolving Agumon into WarGreymon after Mega Charizard X's attacks force him back to normal from Greymon form.
      • WarGreymon finds himself pinned down heavily by Mega Charizard X's attacks, horrifying and angering Tai. In turn, Tai lunges at Red beating up the Trainer and demanding he call off Charizard on his friend. This confuses Charizard and allows WarGreymon to end the fight
    • TJ Combo has his Last Breath, which upon being knocked down immediately activates his Berzerker Mode (though with a shorter lifespan than normal) in order to put him back into contention. It comes into play during his fight against Balrog, and proves to be just what he needed to win the battle.
    • In Ryu vs Jin, Ryu gets one of these with the Power of Nothingness/Mu no Ken after the Satsui no Hadou proved to not be enough against Devil Jin. Once it comes into play, Ryu wastes no time in ending Jin.
  • Hidden Depths: Boomstick possesses a surprising amount of knowledge about dinosaurs, raptors in particular. It stems from his childhood when he wanted one as a pet named Barney after learning what irony was.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Both Ryu and Strider rarely use their ninjitsu for stealth, instead charging straight into entire armies of enemies. Wiz also questions why Sektor would need missiles. Naruto takes this trope up to eleven, with his ultimate form being a '''gigantic nine-tailed fox avatar with three heads which couldn't be stealthy if it tried.**
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • White Bomberman, in the classical sense, is blown up by his own bomb.
    • Starscream blew himself up with his own missiles.
    • A two-way example. In "Eggman vs. Wily", Wily uses Roboenza on Metal Sonic. However, this leads to not only Eggman's defeat, but Wily's as well.
    • Goku never realizes that the yellow sunlight is the source of Superman's power until the end. By then, he had already boosted Superman's powers in an attempt to blind him with Solar Flare and blasted him into the sun where the Man of Steel is at his most powerful.
    • Lion-O took the eye of Thundera into battle. This may be what he always does, but by doing it this time, he caused the death of not just himself, but his entire species!
    • Yoshi defeats Riptor by spitting the raptor's own acid back into her face.
    • As M. Bison finds out using the power of your own soul to fuel your fighting style against an enemy that has devoured souls for millennia like Shao Khan isn't the best way to win a fight.
    • Kirby beats Kid Buu by shooting his Planet Burst attack right back at him, hurtling him into the sun.
    • In Gaara vs Toph, Gaara's sand armor was revealed to be a liability since Toph's ability to sense earth even in mid-air meant that she could always sense him wherever he was. She also used it for her kill-shot once she got close, bending the sand to compact and crush him.
    • Knuckles enrages Donkey Kong into slamming the ground repeatedly, then digs out the ground under him, causing DK's smashing to break the ground and drop the Kong into an abyss. Unfortunately for Knuckles, a homing coconut from earlier also knocks him in, forcing him back into the fight.
    • Scrooge finishes off Shovel Knight with the latter's own weapon.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Electric Star released a Blooper Real of his performance of Saba.
  • Homage:
    • Episode 29 of Season 2, "Yang Xiao Long vs. Tifa Lockhart", appears to be an homage to the deceased Monty Oum and his two most popular works, RWBY (where Yang is from) and Dead Fantasy (which prominently featured Tifa).
    • Episode 58, the premier episode of Season 3, seems like one to Hideki Kamiya, as it pits his two most famous gunslingers, Dante of Devil May Cry and Bayonetta against one another. The preview for the episode featured another couple of nods to the Bayonetta series in its choice of background music; "The Sound of Silence" is an old classic given a modern twist, which is similar to the choices made for the secondary theme songs of the Bayonetta franchise. In addition, the song "The Sound of Silence" was originally popularized by none other than Simon & Garfunkel, who covered the song "Scarborough Fair," which was used as inspiration for Bayonetta's signature pistols from her first game.
  • Honor Before Reason: One of Goku's noted weaknesses is that he won't exploit "unfair" advantages, preferring to defeat enemies when they're at their strongest (with a noticable example being his duel against Freeza and allowing him to transform to 100% power). This comes into play during the fight with Superman: A random chunk of Kryptonite (from the ruins of Lexcorp's skyscraper) starts killing Supes. Seeing his weakened state, Goku charges up an energy attack, aims... and destroys the Kryptonite. Earlier, after Goku eats a Senzu Bean, he also offers Superman one in the interest of fairness, but Superman declines and destroys the satchel.
    • Similarly, Charizard immediately attacks Blastoise, thinking that he would be a more powerful and challenging opponent than Venusaur. But when Blastoise was hit with Venusaurs sleep powder, Charizard started fighting Venusaur, its honor dictating that it needed to fight a strong, active opponent, not finishing off one who was sleeping. The fact that Charizard took Blastoise head on while trying to ignore Venusar's attacks made him take too much damage from two different opponents, which is bad for a Glass Cannon like Charizard.
  • How Much More Can He Take?:
    • Spider-Man survives many of Batman's nonlethal explosives, tasers and punches (even falling onto a car that explodes from Batman's bomb). Death Battle has mentioned that this is realistic to Spider-Man canon, as he has survived lethal explosions at point-blank range and has been pummeled by powerful characters like the Hulk, Juggernaut and Doctor Octopus without permanent injuries.
    • Many fights go like this. Either the character pulls out their ace and wins or the attack simply kills the enemy with an opening. A point nearly parodied when Blanka decides to just eat Pikachu.
    • A crucial factor in Vegeta's victory over Shadow — his ability to outlast Shadow's super form is the decisive factor.
    • While this applies to both Terminator and Robocop by virtue of literally being Made of Iron, Robocop proves to be much tougher.
    • Guts manages to survive a lot of painful punishment from Nightmare - a kick, followed by a lightning sword uppercut, then a Sphere of Destruction that causes him to fly and slam against a tree. After Nightmare transforms into Night Terror, Guts tanks three Eye Beams (enough to finish off any normal Soul Calibur fighter), one of which slams him against a tree, an impalement by Soul edge followed by explosion that flings him against a rock, and a wall of flames. He only resorts to using the Berserker Armor when confronted by Inferno's literal inferno.
    • Yang spends a lot of final part of the fight against Tifa getting her ass whooped once Tifa stops holding back, up to taking a full Limit Break plus a Final Heaven. She's able to turn it around by the end though.
  • Humongous Mecha: Epyon vs Tigerzord, Megazord vs. Voltron, and Optimus Prime vs. Gundam has two several story robots fighting each other.
  • Hurl It into the Sun:
    • How Thor disposes of Raiden.
    • Goku does this to Superman in their battle. Superman survives and supercharges on solar radiation.
    • How Kirby finally overcomes Majin Buu's regeneration.
    • Segata Sanshiro throws Chuck Norris into the sun using, appropriately, Saturn's rings. Chuck survives, but the sun doesn't.
    • Thanos tries to defeat Darkseid by throwing him into a star. It has no effect on Darkseid.
  • Hurricane Kick: Akuma and Ryu both have one.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The entire He-Man vs. Lion-O battle.
    Lion-O: (having just wrapped He-Man in grappling hook rope) Want to keep going? I think you're a little tied up at the moment.
    He-Man: Sorry, cat-man; but you won't string me along that easily!
    • And at the end of Gaara VS Toph:
    Boomstick:Looks like Gara couldn't sand up to Toph. I know you're floored. I really ground that one in, didn't I? What can I say? It's my earthly delight!\
    Wizard: Ugh... The winner is Toph Bei Fong.
    Boomstick: No need to gravel. Can't we just bury the hatchet? (Walking into background) I'm out!
    • Wiz and Boomstick compete to see how many bear puns they can throw into their analysis of Smokey the Bear. Boomstick manages to pull off a 7th pun and break the tie at the end of the match.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Saba controls the Tigerzord and keeps Tommy in check when he's goofing off. He also actively participates in the fight.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Robocop's gun attachment arm.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Raiden from Metal Gear, who pulls an awesome quick draw on Wolverine
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: During Goku Vs. Superman, Superman holds back his true power less and less until it gets to the point where he has to give nearly everything and destroy Goku and Earth in the process.
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy":
    Boomstick: Bucky captains the best named spaceship of all time, the Righteous Indignation, which is now the new name for my penis.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Broomstick seemed to have this attitude through the entire Rainbow Dash vs Starscream match; Wizard was a little more serious about it.
  • Idiot Ball: During the analysis of Shao Kahn, Boomstick claims the only reason Kahn could start his rise to power was because the Elder Gods, assigning him the role of advisor to the dragon king Onaga, held onto the ball with a vicegrip. invoked
    "Good job on that one, gods. Heck, why did they even think this guy needed a bodyguard!?"
  • Immune to Bullets: Both Robocop and the Terminator take their fair share of bullets in their fight.
    • Evil Ryu is shown with bullets deflecting right off of his body. and in the battle itself, Scorpion's sword shatters upon making contact with him.
    • Segata Sanshiro gets shot up by Chuck Norris's guns, to no effect.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Rainbow Dash benefits because Starscream's aim is even worse than an Imperial Stormtrooper's. He can barely hit giant robots, so a small pony is out of the question.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!:
    • Charizard is a dragon-like pokemon (though not a Dragon-Type in base form) and even gains the Dragon-type when it Mega Evolves to Mega Charizard X.
    • The Epyon has a dragon-like humanoid form.
    • Natsu was raised by a dragon and manipulates dragon fire as a primary form of combat.
    • Spyro the Dragon is, well, a dragon and a rare purple one that can command all the elements at that.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Pikachu, Rainbow Dash, Majin Buu, and Deadpool are guilty of this mid-battle.
  • I Surrender, Suckers:
    • Starscream pretends to surrender to Rainbow Dash, to stall while he arms his missiles. This backfires when she leads Starscream's own missiles back into him, blowing him to smithereens.
    • Wily to Eggman. Wily's robot is destroyed and begs his surrender to Eggman. Eggman in his giant Death Egg Robot stomps on Wily and crushes him to death and then Eggman realizes that the person he crushed was a robotic dummy. The real Wily reappears in a new robot and surprises Eggman.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • How Donatello, Raphael, Kratos, and Harry Potter die at the hands of their respective foes.
    • Kratos tries this with Spawn, but he doesn't know that he has to be killed by decapitation, so it just slows him down.
    • Miley Cyrus also gets impaled by a falling sword in the Justin Bieber vs. Rebecca Black battle; the falling sword in question was from said fight and was sent flying after Rebecca's friend's car exploded, eventually landing in Miley's head, killing her.
    • In Luigi Vs Tails, Luigi is killed when Tails sends his Magic Hand right through Luigi's chest.
    • In Deadpool Vs Deathstroke, Deathstroke runs Deadpool through with his sword before shooting him in the head for good measure. It doesn't work, and Deadpool later returns the favor, with Deathstroke's own sword no less. It also fails to take though.
    • In Ragna the Bloodedge Vs Sol Badguy, Ragna manages to grab a weakened Sol and run him through with his BFS, seemingly ending the fight. Sol then shows he wasn't quite beaten yet and returns the favor, prompting Ragna to unwillingly turn into the Black Beast.
    • In Guts Vs Nightmare, Night Terror impales Guts against a tree as part of a deadly combo. This being Guts, he still manages to survive, albeit wounded.
    • Happens to both Wolverine and Raiden in "Wolverine vs Raiden". None of them were lethal, however, thanks to Wolverine's Healing Factor and Raiden's toughness.
    • In Dante vs Bayonetta, both combatants do this to the other at the same time. However, only Dante has the Healing Factor to shrug it off. He then proceeds to impale Bayonetta even more with Lucifer, finishing her off.
    • In Lara Croft vs Nathan Drake, Lara Croft's hijacked helicopter is blown up, causing Nathan to hit the ground right before the helicopter blade lands right into and does him in after his luck finally runs out
    • In Optimus Prime vs. Gundam, this happens twice to Optimus in the fight courtesy of the Gundam's Laser Blades. He is capable of surviving both of them.
    • Widowmaker tries to defeat Black Widow by stabbing her with glass. It doesn't work.
    • In Weiss vs. Mitsuru, Weiss uses her rapier to stab Mitsuru in the chest by using time-dilation to get the jump on her. Mitsuru summons her Persona who heals that off with ease. Later in the same fight, Mitsuru gets her Persona to freeze Weiss before using her rapier to impale the huntress as a Finishing Move.
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: When Goku tries the Afterimage Technique, Superman holds his fist out and Goku runs into it.
  • Irony:
    • Goku went to face Superman because he saw a threat to the planet. Guess how the fight ends.
    • Lion-O went to fight He-Man to stop his "animal cruelty". The fight ended with the complete genocide of the ThunderCat race.
    • Briefly discussed in Yoshi vs. Riptor; Boomstick once wanted a pet raptor as a child, and planned on naming it Barney after learning about irony.
    • Bucky and the Righteous Indignation are taken down by a righteously indignant Fox.
    • Kirbopher was chosen to voice Tommy because of his work on Super Freakin Parody Rangers. A series he did not voice a ranger in.
      • The White Power Ranger was destroyed to the tone of White Reflection.
    • Guts' voice clips were that of Siegfried... who was one of Nightmare's previous hosts.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Even after Wiz tries proving otherwise, Boomstick still claims that Link is a fairy.
    • Boomstick calls Sektor's Pulse Blades lightsabers.
      Boomstick: Sweet royalty-free lightsabers...
    • And he does it again in Optimus Prime vs Gundam, with the Gundam's Beam Sabers.
      Boomstick: Because you can't have space battles without royalty-free lightsabers.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats:
    • Mario, the former Trope Namer, has balanced abilities, but no standout skills. Without a noticeable ability, he can't compete with Sonic's speed without power-ups in his first fight. In his rematch, it appears that he's a Master of All compared to Sonic with the exception of speed, but including reflexes.
    • Venusaur is this in comparison with Charizard and Blastoise. And this is a part of the reason why it died.
    • Ryu is this...until he turns into Evil Ryu.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Fox's bio specifically mention this trope as both a strength and a weakness, since he can adapt to many different scenarios, but has no clear advantage over his foes.
    • Link isn't the most skilled swordsman, but he is skilled with many types of weapons (including bombs, boomerangs, arrows and some magic powers and magical items). This helps Link significantly in any battle, including against Cloud.
  • Japanese Ranguage: Sol Badguy's move list rundown includes his signature Gun Flame with the side-note that it's "Commonly mistaken for 'Girlfiend' when called out" by Sol when he speaks in English.
  • Jaw Drop:
    • Starscream's reaction to the Sonic Rainboom.
    • Majin Buu's reaction when his own attack is blasted back at him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Boomstick points out that the villagers were justified in ostracizing Gaara as a child, since the One-Tailed Beast Shukaku was killing people outside of Gaara's control, and that a raging tummy demon isn't something 'you can just fix with Pepto-Bismol'.
  • Joke Character: Eggman's army has Scratch and Grounder, Wily's army has Sheep Man. Thanks to his electric abilities, Sheep Man beats them both. Sheep Man still dies..
    • Being one is one of Dan Habiki's notable attributes and a main reason that Hercule triumphed over him.
  • Jumping the Sharkinvoked: In-Universe, when analyzing Robocop, Wiz says his sub-sonic jetpack helps him do just that.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Akuma, Vegeta, Goku, Ryu...
  • Kill 'Em All: Three fights so far have ended in a draw.
    • Goomba Vs. Koopa Troopa: the Goomba tried to kick the withdrawn Koopa Troopa into a pit of lava. But the lava pit was too small to fit and the Koopa shell ricocheted back, taking down the Goomba and his brethren and ultimately falling into a bigger lava pit, killing the Koopa Troopa inside.
    • Justin Bieber Vs. Rebecca Black: The final death toll includes Bieber, Black, her driver friend, the Jonas Brothers (who simply walked into the scene after the first three died) and Miley Cyrus while she was about to sing the U.S. National Anthem in a baseball field.
    • The end result of Robotnik vs. Wily is implied to be the apocalypse.
      Boomstick: Well, that world's fucked. Our bad.
    • While Superman survives his fight with Goku, the planet has been blown up at the end of the fight, likely killing everyone both of them were fighting for.
    • He-Man crushed the eye of Thundera, unknowingly killing every every single ThunderCat.
    • When Ragna's Black Beast form and Sol's Gear form collide at the climax of the fight it ends up destroying Ragna completely. Unfortunately the resulting blast is so large that the entire city they were fighting in and everyone in it turns into a giant smoking crater with only Sol standing in the center.
    • When Segata Sanshiro's fist and Chuck Norris' roundhouse kick collide it ends up collapsing the entire universe.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Boomstick clearly seems to have a fondness for felines, even though he's known to have a laser-guided kitten cannnon:
    (after discussing how the space capsule Lion-O traveled to Third Earth in malfunctioned, causing him to physically age en route) Awww, we missed the cute kitty stage! ... Shut up! Kittens are adorable.
    (when seeing Black Orchid transform into a panther made of fire) Look at the kitty! I'd hug it, but... you know... the burning.
  • Kiss of Death: How Rogue finishes off Wonder Woman.
  • Kung-Fu Sonic Boom:
    • The fight between Goku and Superman releases several of these. Their last one, a collision between Goku's Dragon Fist and Superman's Infinite Mass Punch, destroys the planet.
    • Thor and Raiden set off quite the shock wave when they collide in mid-air at one point of the battle.
    • Also, Vegeta and Shadow, after they both power-up to their Super Modes and begin pummeling each other.
    • Hulk and Doomsday's colliding fists eventually level the entire city.
    • When Optimus' Energon Axe and the Gundam's Beam Sabers collide on top of the Ark, it causes quite a huge shockwave.
    • Subverted in Wario vs. King Dedede. When both of them grow large, they perform a Punch Parry with their fist and hammer respectively as the screen zooms out... and instead of this occurring, it immediately cuts to a scene of them both being tired from their attempt.
  • Lame Comeback: While Robocop is toasting the Terminator with a flamethrower;
    Robocop: Property damage, resisting arrest, assualting an officer, murder. Your hot streak ends here.
    Terminator: Fuck you, dickwad!
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Boomstick has a habit of making bad puns after the end of a fight, causing the others to react.
    Boomstick: Riptor just didn't have the stomach for this Dino-mite, dino fight.
    Wiz: ... What?
    Boomstick: I'm clever!
  • Laser Blade: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Boba Fett's Lightsabers, Sektor's Pulse Blades, one of Samus's Paralyzer's alternate forms, and Zero's Z-Saber.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the Amy Rose preview, Wiz tricked Boomstick into thinking he had an iron liver, so he could drink all the beer he wanted. A week later, in the Ramona Flowers preview, we see the consequences: Boomstick lost his lunch... all over Wiz.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Due to being so thorough in their research and presenting all the facts, key plot points about the characters sometimes come up in the rundowns.
    • He-Man vs. Lion-O spoils the outcome of Superman vs. Goku, which in turn spoils the outcome of Vegeta vs. Shadow.
  • Lava Pit: Koopa Troopa accidentally falls into one and dies right after killing several Goombas.
  • Leitmotif: Throughout each combatant's rundown, snippets of themes iconic to their character/franchise provide background music.
  • Lethal Joke Character:
    • Although considerably weaker than his robot allies, Sheep Man absolutely destroyed Scratch and Grounder during the Eggman vs. Dr. Wily fight.
    • When the teaser for Episode 20 was revealed, just about everybody expected Zelda to win her battle with Peach easily. Come the actual episode, Wiz and Boomstick remind us just what Peach is capable of. In the end, she puts up quite a fight and wins the match.
    • The same was true for the Riptor vs. Yoshi fight. Not many people, even the show's creators, expected the cute little dinosaur to beat the bio-engineered raptor.
    • Many people expected Rainbow Dash to get absolutely destroyed by Starscream, but Wiz and Boomstick show off just how superior the victor is.
    • While Hercule is a weakling in comparison to the main characters in Dragonball Z, he does in fact have genuinely impressive abilities for a normal human. Something Dan learns the hard way after completely messing up the Hatsui no Hado.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • In Sam Fisher Vs. Solid Snake, just as Snake fakes Sam out with an empty cardboard box and starts to sneak up on him, the next song in the fight starts to play with the opening phrase, "Ha ha, I'm laughing at you!"
    • In the Carolina Vs. the Meta fight, the video begins with Carolina and Epsilon arguing about what movie to watch. Epsilon's summary of why he likes action movies could be used to accurately describe Death Battle's fight scenes.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: In "Son Goku vs. Superman", Goku chooses to destroy a piece of Krytonite that was weakening Superman rather than take advantage of the opportunity, stating that there was no point in the fight if it wasn't fair.
    • Charizard does this in the Pokémon Starter Battle Royale. Its strong sense of honor dictates that it must fight a strong opponent, which makes it decide to not attack Blastoise when it was put to sleep by Venasaur's sleep powder, and attack Venasaur instead. It's also implied that it attacked Blastoise first at the beginning because it considered its type weakness to it equated to the opponent being stronger.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: Darth Vader is in the process of Force Choking a failing subordinate as we see through a holographic display, when suddenly Doom steps into view and strangles the officer, and Vader's theme, to death.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: Defied in "Batman vs. Spider-Man". While inside a building, Batman destroys all its lights with a Batarang, clearly trying to fulfill this trope. Spider-Man's Spider-Sense prevents this from succeeding.
  • Like Reality Unless Noted: If details are left vague the hosts will use physics calculations to determine things like strength, speed, and durability. However, if an event in canon (ie breathing in space) explicitly violates physics that's taken to apply instead.
  • Limited Animation: Optimus Prime vs Gundam has very spotty animation in the fight.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: How Jak & Daxter meet their ends; Ratchet freezes the both of them solid before smashing them into tiny pieces with the Omni-Wrench.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Boomstick, who's aroused by just about every female combatant on the show.
    • Deadpool demanded that his trait of being a 'raging sex machine' to be mentioned, so much so that he rewrote Wiz's script and wrote it into his analysis. Boomstick points out that Deadpool is so sex crazed that he has absurdly low standards, like having a romance with Death herself.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me:
    • One of the major deciding factors for Link's victory over Cloud was his access to the Hylian shield and the defensive capabilities it provided against Cloud's arsenal.
    • Tails' shield bot. But only temporarily.
    • Captain America's shield came in handy blocking attacks, though it lacked enough offensive capability to turn the fight around.
    • Both Ratchet and Jak can use shields in order to protect themselves, with the former using a weapon while the latter uses Light Eco. Ratchet's is far stronger in that it absorbs HP damage in place of Ratchet, while Jak's shield - despite being invincible - is fueled by his very limited Light Eco reserves.
  • Ludicrous Gibs:
    • The fight between Spider-Man and Batman ends with Spidey slingshot-kicking Bats into salsa.
    • Doomguy gets blown to bits by one of Master Chief's plasma grenades.
    • Before they start fighting, Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu rush a guard on the battlefield, both slicing through him, who then promptly explodes in a shower of gore.
    • Charizard explodes in a shower of blood after Blastoise fills it with water and inflates it like a balloon. Its tail seems to be all that remains of it... which was still burning.
    • Kirby unleashes this upon Majin Buu with the Star Rod's Wave Motion Gun. It doesn't kill him.
    • Garra is reduced to bloody chunks when Toph surprises him and compacts his sand armor to crush his body.
    • Donkey Kong uses his Shockwave Clap to completely pulverize Knuckles... except the arms. Which Donkey Kong then uses to dig out of the caverns he would've been trapped in.
    • Poor Dan. Having a full size jukebox suddenly pop out of a capsule your stomach is a perfect and likely painful way to become chunky salsa.
    • Bayonetta becomes this after Dante detonates the Lucifer blades she is impaled with.
    • Thanks to Kenshiro hitting his pressure point 2/3 through the fight, Jotaro swells up and explodes into blood after being told that You Are Already Dead.
    • Samurai Jack finishes Afro off by slicing him to chunks.
    • Lucy's usual method of killing is to use her vectors to inflict this on victims. This happens to her opponent Carnage several times, but his Healing Factor easily puts him back together. Ultimately, she had to completely vaporize him to destroy him.
  • MacGuffin:
    • Both Solid Snake and Sam Fisher are after important data during their fight. Sam got to the location first and destroyed the hard drives after downloading everything to a flash drive. The two are fighting over the flash drive through the entire conflict.
    • The crystal from Lex Luthor vs. Iron Man. We never find out just what it is and it really wasn't important to, only that Lex was willing to pass up the Dragon Balls, a Gundam and the Keyblade for it, and that he was willing to make an enemy of Tony Stark to get it.
    • Nathan Drake and Lara Croft were both searching for and end up fighting over the Holy Grail.
  • MacGuffin Guardian: One of the themes of Knuckles vs DK as both are guardians of macguffins; the Master Emerald for Knuckles and the Crystal Coconut and Banana Horde for DK.
  • Macross Missile Massacre:
    • Starscream unleashes one upon Rainbow Dash. Who promptly turns it into a Misguided Missile Massacre.
    • Link unleashes one upon Cloud, albeit with bombs. It doesn't kill him, but it gives Link the opening for the move that does.
    • Tails also is more than a little bomb happy...
    • Sektor's main weapon is missiles, which he fires constantly at Fulgore during his battle. Fulgore either reflects or destroys them all.
    • Donkey Kong's Coconut Cannon fires a flurry of homing coconuts at Knuckles. They're surprisingly effective, managing to score direct hits on Knuckles several times in the fight. And even after Knuckles is reduced to a pair of arms.
    • Mega Man's heat-seeking Dive Missiles fulfill this role as he fires easily over a dozen at Astro Boy in an attempt to shoot him down. Considering Astro Boy's Super Speed, not a single one manages to hit him.
  • Made of Iron: Pretty much every combatant takes one hell of beating before one of them eventually goes down. Noticable examples who are clearly mortal include;
    • Vegeta and Goku, who have each survived planet-destroying ki blasts; Vegeta was able to outlast Shadow because of this, but Goku could not outlast the indestructable Superman.
    • Doomguy and Master Chief, who wear heavy futuristic body armor and have unnaturally-strong bones and flesh, yet since Master Chief's armor has a regenerative shield, he could outlast Doomguy who needed powerups to recover health.
    • Kratos, who stabbed himself with his own godly Sword of Olympus and has been crushed before, but he has legitimately died before, and could not outlast the immortal Spawn.
    • Cloud Strife, who has been impaled multiple times, yet isn't enough to outlast Link, who could basically block all of Cloud's moves with his Master Shield.
    • Shao Khan and M. Bison, both of whom have survived being impaled and have outlasted similarly superhuman combatants with ease, but while Bison has a healing factor, his body actually decays during a match and can easily destroy itself if his Psycho Power's negative effects drain an already-damaged body. Shao Khan's durability doesn't deteriorate during a match.
    • Robocop and Terminator, who both survived being slammed into buildings, blown up and appear immune to gunfire. However, Robocop's armor has shown much more durability compared to Terminator's. It also puts Terminator at a huge disadvantage when Robocop has more destructive futuristic weapons while Terminator is forced to use present-day weapons.
    • Godzilla, who has only officially been 'killed' in battle by Mechagodzilla 2 who exploited his second brain. He has survived a mini-black hole, nuclear explosions at point blank (without flinching), fell into a volcano and has endured lethal beatdowns from other Kaijus including; getting lacerated by the living buzzsaw Gigan, having much of his flesh burned off by the walking toxic alien Hedorah, and being sliced up by the laser horn of the crab demon Destroyah. This allowed him to endure Gamera, who is clearly more frail in combat.
    • Deathstroke, who even without his high-tech armor can survive and regenerate from lethal injuries but could still be killed and had no way to defeat the immortal Deadpool.
    • Kirby, who can survive the destruction of planets and being completely crushed. Outside of the chocolate beam, Kirby could endure most of Buu's moves.
    • Guts has survived all manner of injuries from impalement, immolation and raw brute force, and that's not including self-mutilation when required. It's practically a requirement when going up against demons more powerful than him on a daily basis, and it proves to be his main advantage for surviving against the much stronger Nightmare, Night Terror and Inferno (with the help of the Berserker Armor) long enough to destroy Soul Edge.
    • Snake's greatest tests of durability include surviving tank blasts as well as surviving in the Outer Heaven microwave chamber. It is expected that a normal human inside a high energy microwave chamber would have their flesh burned off and die in less than a minute. Snake survived a total of 3 minutes of exposure and crawled to the other side all the while. These feats helped him seal his victory over Sam who, despite wearing heavier kevlar armor, proved to be much less durable.
    • Yang has survived being slammed through 4 feet of solid concrete by a house-sized Mini-Mecha, fallen several stories, and crashed into the ground at terminal velocity with nearly 50 tons of force, and on all occasions walked away without being seriously hurt. It's the major reason she won against Tifa, as it's calculated that the necessary force to shatter concrete of that thickness would have required at least 1400 tons of force, far more than anything Tifa can dish out against her. Add in her Semblance, and victory was only a matter of time.
    • Mega Man and Astro Boy have ridiculous levels of durability despite their young appearances, the former having survived atmospheric re-entry and entire fortresses exploding and collapsing on top of him, while the latter has endured a dip in the sun and disintegration rays without any real damage. Astro Boy's advanced polymer skin is far more durable than Mega Man's Ceratanium alloy, or at least durable enough to tank anything Rock can throw at him, while he does have what it takes to break Mega Man's armor.
    • Hawkeye has survived falls from several stories, fought battles against giant enemies while heavily injured with cracked ribs, and even survived a hail of machine gun fire from an alleyway ambush and made a full recovery a mere 6 weeks later. This eclipses any feat that Green Arrow had and helped gain him the win.
    • MetalGreymon and WarGreymon are covered in Chrome Digizord armor, a nigh-unbreakable super-metal that can only be damaged by itself or the strongest of attacks, and even Greymon has endured blows powerful enough shatter stone and metal only to stand back up. Charizard barely made Greymon flinch through direct attacks, and even as Mega Charizard X only his strongest attacks could actually do any real harm WarGreymon, and it wasn't enough against the Digimon's Dramon Destroyers.
    • Metal Sonic and Zero are shown to be ridiculously durable even by robot standards. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie shows that Metal Sonic could easily deal with an impact that dislodged a giant, city-sized stalactite. In Mega Man X5, Zero managed to survive crashing the spaceship he was in into Eurasia, causing the space colony to explode. The latter feat is proven to eclipse the former — Metal's was surviving around 200 thousand TNT tons, while Zero's was surviving around 100 trillion TNT tons, making him durable enough to tank anything Metal Sonic/Overlord could throw at him.
    • Ichigo managed to shrug off a blast which completely torched one of his arms and handle being punched through multiple city blocks at once, while Naruto is capable of surviving an attack that split the moon in two and survive a blast caused by his own siphoned off chakra which blew a hole in the very same moon. Come the actual fight, Ichigo gets up after being punched to the ground by Naruto's Kurama avatar (which caused a lot of bleeding, mind you) and counterattacks with Mugetsu. Naruto tanks this and obliterates a depowered Ichigo. In the analysis, it is stated that Naruto's base form durability is beyond Ichigo's with all his forms stacked on top of each other.
    • Surprisingly (especially for the former), both Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon have extreme feats of durability, each having survived around 2 million tons of force. This also meant that they were at a Mutual Disadvantage as each others' durability could withstand almost all of the others' attacks. Almost, because Dark Spyro's Aether Breath which disassembles stuff on the molecular level was far too much for the bandicoot to handle.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • Wizard, nicknamed Wiz. He uses rats for genetic testing, dissected a Goomba to study its anatomy, and often states scientific real world facts on the combatants' tactics/weapons and how they can effectively kill a person.
    • This trope was more or less the basis of Wily vs. Eggman.
      Boomstick: It's no secret that scientists are, well, crazy as hell. But these two take it way too far.
  • Magic Versus Technology:
    • Luke Skywalker vs. Harry Potter; the former fights with a Laser Blade and aural energy, the latter with wand blasts and magic curses. It's played with in that while Luke wins, his use of The Force is critical in his victory.
    • Starscream Vs. Rainbow Dash is this. One is a technological robot, the other is a magic little pony. As we all know, Friendship is Magic. Magic wins here.
    • Downplayed in Link vs. Cloud Strife. While both combatants have magic in their arsenals, Link's also has several magic-enchanted objects and augments to boost his attacks, while Cloud relies more on technological feats such as genetic engineering and advanced swords. Thanks in part to the enchanted Golden Gauntlets and Hylian Shield being able to withstand anything Cloud can throw at him, magic wins in this battle.
    • Ryu Hayabusa the magic-wielding ninja vs. Strider Hiryu the tech-wielding ninja. Technology wins, partially because most of Ryu's weapons weren't plasma-proof.
    • Luigi Vs Tails could be considered this considering Luigi's main attack was the thunderhand technique and he also used the Negative Zone, while Tails uses gadgets. Tails' gadgets end up giving technology the victory here.
    • Guts Vs Nightmare: Both combatants are primarily sword fighters, but Nightmare has his supernatural magic powers due to Soul Edge, while Guts has an Arm Cannon capable of firing cannonballs and arrows. Technology wins, as Guts' arrows allowed him to distract and pinpoint Nightmare behind the latter's summoned wall of flames, allowing Guts to cripple Nightmare and deal a lethal blow. Also played with in that while Guts wins, it's his supernatural Berserker Armor that helps him survive and destroy Inferno/Soul Edge.
    • Averted in Darth Vader v.s. Doctor Doom, where both combatants are skilled at using both magic/force and technology. In fact, Doom sees the two as a single harmonious whole; one half from each of his parents.
    • Hercule Satan v.s. Dan Hibiki: The former's a Badass Normal who uses a Jet Pack and Hoi-Poi Capsules, the latter is able to use Ki Attacks. Technology wins, as Dan's Ki Attacks were inept, and he is done in by swallowing a capsule containing a jukebox.
    • Yang Xiao Long vs. Tifa Lockhart. Though both ladies prefer to settle things with their fists above all else, Tifa likes casting Fire and Ice magic to augment her martial arts, while Yang prefers using the firepower that comes from the Ember Celica to bolster her boxing. Subverted in a way, as although Yang wins, the reason isn't given down to Ember Celica (which played a minimal part in the fight) but largely due to her Aura and Semblance.
    • Ratchet & Clank vs. Jak & Daxter. Ratchet and Clank have a vast array of technology at their disposal to work with including weapons, shields, nanotechnology, and even Clank himself as a robot partner, while Jak can use the power of his Eco in offensive and defensive abilities as well as activating his super mode with light and dark Jack. Thanks to Ratchet's varied weapons and abilities, Clank's advanced technology being able to counter pretty much all of Jak's Eco attacks, Jak's own pool of Eco being limited, and Daxter being a rather incompetent companion, technology wins over magic.
    • Deadpool v.s. Pinkie Pie. The former's a gun and weapon-toting merc, the latter's a pony with physics-defying powers. They both and stop their fight and become friends with each other instead.
    • Scrooge McDuck v.s. Shovel Knight: Scrooge's an old mallard with a cane and bunch of cool and interesting gadgets, Shovel Knight's a Magic Knight with a shovel and a bunch of magical relics. Technology wins, as Scrooge could survive a beatdown from Shovel Knight's various relics and seal the victory via his physics-defying Ray Guns.
    • Crash Bandicoot vs. Spyro the Dragon: Crash is a bandicoot that's a product of mad science with a Helicopter Pack, Mini-Mecha and fruit bazookas, although he also has mystical assistance in Mojo and Aku Aku. Spyro's a magic purple dragon who channels the elements like fire, ice, lightning, earth, and Aether. Magic wins here, as both combatants were mostly unable to overcome each other's durability — except for Dark Spyro's Aether breath that completely atomized Crash and Aku Aku.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Deadpool, of course.
    Deadpool: "Oh my spleen! My leg! It's cramping!" after being stabbed and shot in the back.
    • Knuckles response when Donkey Kong is about to splatter him? "Oh no!"
  • Mathematician's Answer: From "Deadpool vs. Deathstroke":
    Wiz: How many push-ups can [Deathstroke] do?!
    Boomstick: All of them.
  • Mega Neko: The Tigerzord's base form resembles a giant tiger.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe, the entire point of Chuck Norris vs Segata Sanshiro. Its episode description even calls it "the clash of the modern tall tale legends".
  • Mercy Kill:
    • Yoshi's victory against Riptor can be seen as this. Boomstick acknowledged that even if Yoshi hadn't dropped Riptor off that cliff, the acid Yoshi sent back at her would've eventually melted her face.
    • Sol's victory over Ragna could also be seen as this, given that Ragna had just unwillingly transformed into an Eldritch Abomination that would destroy the world and whatever was left of him could only watch on helplessly from within. The quick and destructive kill would seem like a blessing to someone in a state like that.
    • The post-match scene of Leon S. Kennedy vs. Frank West could be seen as this when Leon throws a knife into Frank's disembodied, but still-moving zombified head to end its life.
  • Me's a Crowd: Segata Sanshiro went at Chuck Norris with a small army of himself (including one giant him) in a reference to the commercial of Dragon Force II.
  • Messianic Archetype: Tony Stark's parents somehow met an alien while they were trying for a kid. The alien helped them conceive, and Howard requested that the kid be intelligent enough to lead humanity to a new age of technology. That kid was Arno Stark, Tony's perpetually ill brother. Tony was adopted shortly after Arno's birth.
  • Metafictional Device: During their match, Deadpool seizes the YouTube view counter and start using it like a lightsaber. In response, Pinkie Pie grabs an ad pop-up and uses it as a shield. This makes them both realize they have a similar ability to ignore the fourth wall.
  • Meta Mecha: The way Ironman uses the Hulkbuster; Tony pilots it while wearing his regular armor.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break:
    • Felicia and Taokaka play with a butterfly for a bit before Taokaka kills it by accident.
    • Sonic and Mario's fight is briefly halted when Mario uses his Tanooki Suit statue mode.
    • "Son Goku vs. Superman" has some lulls in the beginning before it starts getting climactic.
  • Minecart Madness: Present in the final part of the fight in Donkey Kong v.s. Knuckles.
  • Mirror Boss: Shang Tsung, having absorbed a good deal of Akuma's soul, transforms into him in the last stretch of their fight. He loses in the end.
  • Mistaken Identity:
    • Red mistakes Agumon(a Digimon) for a Pokémon and tries to catch him before Tai arrives.
    • The Optimus vs. Gundam fight was also a case of this: Amuro thought that Optimus was an enemy Mobile Suit while Optimus thought that the Gundam was a Decepticon.
  • Mondegreen: Brought to us by Boomstick during the Goku vs. Superman episode:
    Wiz: Superman has also studied two Kryptonian martial arts; Torquasm Rao and Torquasm Vo.
    Boomstick: Orgasm what now?
  • Mood Whiplash: Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison has an example that manages to go from comedic to tragic back to comedic.
    Boomstick: (after Wiz explains the swapping of names between M. Bison and his henchmen) So the boxer's Mike Bison, like Mike Tyson, I get it! But why was that a big enough change to—
    (screen shows that Street Fighter II's international release and Mike Tyson's rape trial happened on the same year)
    Boomstick: ... Oh.
    Wizard: Anyway, after murdering his parents at a young age, he was raised by a tribe of nomadic gypsies.
    Boomstick: Wait, are we still talkin' about Tyson?
  • Moment Killer: A very literal example in Tigerzord vs Epyon. Poor Noin...
  • More Dakka: Doomguy's strategy against Master Chief. It fails.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: While they're rare (most battles are either between two guys or between two girls), men do not have a good track record in fights against women. For a long time the only male combatant to ever defeat a female one was Yoshi of all creatures (and even that doesn't technically count because Wiz and Boomstick do not consider Yoshi to be male but genderless), but as of Solid Snake vs Sam Fisher, Otacon has joined that number with his successful hack of Grim's system and forced crash of her plane. A while later, Dante had the honor of being the first official combatant to break this, managing to defeat Bayonetta. After that Roronoa Zoro, Lucario, and Shazam joined him by defeating Erza Scarlet, Renamon, and Captain Marvel respectively. The record stands at Males: 5 and Females: 9. While it has more to do with the individual character than the gender of them, the women have also committed arguably more brutal kills to their opponents than the average fight between male characters, and there are more male characters that normally have an aversion to fightingnote  than there are femalesnote .
  • Most Annoying Sound: The noise the Wily Capsule makes, according to Boomstick.
    Boomstick: Make it stop, make it stop! OOHHH!!
    • He also seems to think the sound Dig Dug makes when he moves drove him insane.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound of the Falchion, Strider Hiryu's plasma cipher blade, being swung, again, according to Boomstick. invoked
    Boomstick: (after Wiz describes some of the characteristics of the Falchion) And it does it all with an incredibly satisfying "ching" sound. (cut to Strider swinging the Falchion rapidly, with each swing going "ching") That's the one!
    • The sound of Yang's shotgun gauntlets, according to Boomstick.
    Boomstick: With just a punch, the Ember Celica fires off a flash of kinetic energy, blasting a foe with an explosion of force and a beautiful sound.
  • Motion Capture Mecha: The Tigerzord has a mode where it mimics Tommy's movements in battle.
  • MST3K Mantra: Invoked. In the "TMNT Battle Royale" about whether or not Raphael could defeat Leo, the hosts brought up Raphael's victory in the 2007 TMNT movie. Wiz discussed that when Leonardo decided to fight back, he effortlessly intimidated Raph with a sword to the shoulder. "Tilt the blade, slide left, BAM, no more Raph.", as noted by Boomstick. After lifting other reasons why the battle between the turtles was irrelevant to the royale, Wiz concluded that "the whole movie doesn't make much sense to begin with. Why should this?"
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Goomba vs. Koopa battle was way more epic than it had any right to be, even in spite of the hilariously anti-climactic ending. Lampshaded by Boomstick:
    Boomstick: Aw man. I thought this was gonna suck! That was awesome! Who knew those little fuckers could fight like that?!
  • Mundane Utility: How Boomstick sees the Sword of Omens' Tractor Beam.
    "Sword of Omens, bring me snacks beyond snacks... and a beer!"
    • He also jokingly speculates that Shao Kahn uses the Wrath Hammer to "decimate whack-a-mole records!"
    • Wizard joins in on the fun in Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu, stating that Ryu's ninpo arts would also work as amazing magic tricks at parties.
  • Musical Spoiler: "Balrog vs. TJ Combo" has TJ's Leitmotif playing throughout the entire fight. Sure enough, he decapitates Balrog in the end.
  • Mutual Disadvantage:
    • Natsu vs Ace has both combatants pretty much immune to each other's fire-based attacks, the former being able to eat fire, the latter being able to turn into (and back from) it at will. Natsu also had lightning magic up his sleeve, which Ace wasn't immune to.
    • Both Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon had similar levels of toughness, far above each other's offensive capabilities for the most part. As such, neither could even harm the other that much. "For the most part", because Spyro's atomizing Aether breath was capable of vaporizing the bandicoot.
  • Mutual Kill: Mike Haggar vs. Zangief and the Ninja Turtles Battle Royale, but subverted when Zangief stands up and raises him arms in triumph and Leonardo, Raphael's sai having missed his vital organs, realizes he's killed his brothers. Bieber vs. Black is a straight example, as Black stands up in the car that runs over Bieber, getting herself splattered on a wall as well.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Spider-Man's spider sense plays a crucial role in his victory over Batman.
    • Ryu can sense a person's chi, which he uses to sense Scorpion's teleporting a few times.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Wiz states that Master Chief's knack for finding weapons just about anywhere is attributed to "incredible luck". Dr. Halsey (the creator of the Spartans) stated in Halo: The Fall of Reach to Cortana that what made the Chief different from other Spartans was "He is the luckiest". Cortana later said the same in Halo 3.
    • In the Master Chief vs. Doomguy episode, when it's Doomguy's turn for a pre-fight analysis, we get brief glimpses of a bit of fanart that takes the classic Doom cover art and replaces the generic-looking demons with monsters from Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil.
    • During "Link vs. Cloud Strife", Link gets the Master Sword knocked away from him and forces him to temporarily duel without it, which also happened in Ocarina of Time. He gets it back by using his Clawshot on it while Cloud is disoriented from his Boomerang.
    • Vegeta's Pre-Mortem One-Liner to Shadow is "Sayonara", which is uttered by Sonic in Sonic Adventure 2 after Shadow's apparent death and by Maria before hers.
      • The same happens in Shadow's fight against Mewtwo.
      • Earlier in the fight, Vegeta asks Shadow if "a lab rat like himself experiences fear" after going Super Saiyan on him, the same question he asks Android 19 in the original series.
    • Possible one from "Kratos vs. Spawn": Kratos is once again hosed when his opponent isn't as dead as he thought it was.
    • Quite a few of the times Superman's beating on Goku, we see things from his various animated versions. These included:
    • Goku's Punch Catch resembles the times he did it to Lord Slug and Broly.
    • One not precisely to either fighter's home series, but one to a reference Boomstick made. In Guts Vs. Nightmare, Boomstick compares Soul Edge to the One Ring. Guts winds up stopping Nightmare the exact same way Sauron was stopped in the backstory: by cutting off the body part holding their corresponding all powerful artifact (in this case, Nightmare's sword arm).
    • Both Thor vs. Raiden and Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison featured a character teleporting to avoid a thrown hammer; a move familiar to anyone who knows the final battle of Mortal Kombat 9.
    • Ryu Hayabusa seems to take great pleasure in destroying Strider's robotic birds, given how much trouble birds have caused him in his home games. And even here, avians still mock the Dragon Ninja, as after his defeat, Strider's remaining birds dispose of Ryu's body (though it has been argued that that was actually an act of respect on Strider's part for a fellow ninja).
      • Also from that Death Battle, there's the allusion to the opening of Ninja Gaiden; two ninjas running towards each other with their blades drawn, then leaping into the air and having a Single-Stroke Battle, with the fallen ninja revealed to have faked his death later on. Ryu matched all these points, except for that very last one.
    • Terminator vs Robocop has several to both of their film series'.
    • After Venusaur's death Charizard and Blastoise lock eyes. A scene-transition plays with Pokeballs rolling across the screen, blacking it out. This is similar to certain transition to trainer battles in the Pokemon series.
    • In the TMNT Battle Royal, Leo gets his sword stuck in a pile of boxes while trying to attack Donnie. Don proceeds to hit him over the head with his staff. This is a reference to a trick from the Ninja Turtles NES game. When fighting against the second boss, Rocksteady, an easy way to defeat him was to stand on the boxes at the right side of the screen and repeatedly use his downward thrust attack. He couldn't hit you, and he'd die in a few hits.
    • The butterfly in Felicia vs Taokaka seems to be a reference to the butterflies that appear in Felicia's official artwork.
    • Rainbow Dash says "Ohmigosh!" and "It. Is. On!" The first was said by her. The latter was said by her friend, Rarity.
    • Master Chief teabags Doomguy at the end of the fight.
    • The arena in Ivy vs Orchid is based on the stages in the early Soul Calibur games.
    • Ryu vs Scorpion has Scorpion dizzying Ryu and making Scorps on the receiving end of an X-Ray Attack.
    • Kirby finishes off Buu with the latter's own Planet Burst, a massive energy ball similar to the Spirit Bomb that kills Buu at the end of Dragon Ball Z.
    • In the analysis, one of Ragna's traits is a 'frequent dine-and-dasher'. This references how many times he ends up bringing someone hungry to a restaurant (Taokaka, Platinum) and how they eat massive amounts of food, then leave him to pay the bill because they don't have the money to do so themselves. Obviously, he doesn't do so and runs out as quick as he can.
    • Sol uses a Dustloop on Ragna at the beginning of his fight. The "Dustloop" is a Fan Nickname for a combo performed by Sol.
    • Two of Superman's attacks against Goku in their rematch are familiar, one being an attack Goku used against Buu in the opening cinematic of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, the other the same as how he hammered Zod through the sky in Man of Steel.
    • In Yang vs. Tifa, after Yang tanks Tifa's Limit Break attacks, she confusingly asks "Did I just explode?" Her sister Ruby asked the same question after accidentally setting off some of Weiss' Dust during their first meeting.
    • Also in Yang vs. Tifa, the scene where Yang gets knocked onto the main dance floor by Tifa and gets up bleeding from the right side of her head before getting serious directly mirrors a similar scene with Weiss and the Giant Knight in her "White" trailer, the only difference being Weiss is bleeding from the left side.
    • The entire setup sequence for the Yang vs. Tifa fight is basically a reenactment of the Yellow Trailer in which Yang made her debut as it starts with her heading into a bar, starting a ruckus, saying she's "looking for someone" and ordering a strawberry sunrise.
    • Megaman vs. Astro-Boy starts out with a view of a building that rises up to show Astro-Boy on the roof.
    • In Dante vs. Bayonetta, Bayonetta leaps up and wraps her legs around Dante in a similar way that Nero did in Devil May Cry 4. The final part of the fight takes place on a giant falling clock, like in an iconic scene in Bayonetta.
    • Ratchet and Clank VS Jak and Daxter has the fight begin with Ratchet's ship crashing into the village. This is the third time Ratchet has crashed his ship while he and Clank were flying it (one from the first game/remake and another from Tools), four if you include with Qwark from A Crack in Time.
    • In Tracer Vs Scout, when Scout loses, a dove flies away from where his body was blown up, which has a rare chance of happening in his own game.
    • Jotaro Kujo Vs Kenshiro pays homage to both series with the finishing blow. Kenshiro says "You Are Already Dead", and Jotaro responds with "NANI?!" before exploding. The same fashion that Kenshiro usually defeats his opponents, as well as "NANI?!" being the Phrase Catcher, alongside something commonly said in Jotaro's series.
    • Optimus uses a axe-handle on Amuro in Optimus Prime vs Gundam, referencing his final strike against Megatron in the original series movie.
      • In the same episode, Amuro tries to defeat Optimus by grabbing his head. It doesn't work.
    • Ben 10 vs Green Lantern has tons of references to Alien X's minimal appearances in Ben 10 series. The finger flick is reflecting how Atomic-X (A fusion of Alien X and Atomix, two of Ben's most powerful aliens) defeated Vilgax, and the multiple clones are reminiscent on how he defeated the Galactic Gladiator, and he reverses time the same way he did in Alien X's first appearance.
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