Young Justice Watches Death Battle is a MST-style reaction fanfic written by Firestorm808 in which the members of the team and the Justice League (following the end of Young Justice season 1) watch and react to episodes of Death Battle.
Contrasting most reaction fics for Death Battle, the author alters and re-writes the scripts for the episodes. While this is done to correct research errors he found in the original episodes, the primary reason behind it is to avoid the copyright infringement problems that most MST fics suffer from.
Story currently has (disregarding the prologue) nineteen episodes and three interludes so far.
Young Justice Watches Death Battle provides examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: Thanks to the redone research, some characters have much better showings and feats compared to their original fights. Sonic (and later Metal Sonic by extension), have light-speed movement in their original first appearances in the show compared to their hyper-sonic speeds.
- Adaptational Expansion: The research for some fights is more detailed than it was in the series, often going into detail over nearly everything about the characters so that the team and League can learn as much as they can. The author also makes it a point to add in calculations that weren't in the original battles for feats done by the characters.
- Always Someone Better: The team and League tend to be amazed by the feats and abilities the various combatants (including their alternate counterparts) showcase and how far and away said fighters surpass them.
- A frequent occurrence is Wally bemoaning how damn near every combatant in the show that has Super Speed is much faster than him.
- Kratos is considered by the team and even the League to be stronger than Superman. Though they are referring to their version (Earth-16), who hasn't displayed levels of strength near what Kratos has shown.
- Alternate Ending: In their battle, Spawn still wins, but he takes pity on Kratos and (with some coaxing from Pandora), gives him the one thing the gods couldn't: freedom from his horrid past.
- Alternate Self:
- The mainline comics versions of the team and League are treated as alternate counterparts to them.
- Nabu and Zatara are seen interacting with an alternate version of Dr. Fate, who is a younger Kent Nelson a la the Injustice 2 version.
- Beautiful Singing Voice: To Batman's utter horror, the "Batman vs. Spiderman" episode shows his DC Animated Universe counterpart singing jazz to rescue Wonder Woman, leading everyone to decide he's no longer allowed to skip karaoke.
- Broken Pedestal: This is the reaction of Aqualad and Wonder Woman during the "Kratos vs. Spawn" episode when they learn about the various atrocities and horrors wrought by the Olympians in the God of War series. With Aqualad being a worshiper of Poseidon and Diana adhering to the Greek pantheon, learning about the dark side of the gods hits them hard.
- Composite Character: In Thor's first battle with Raiden, he's mostly based on his Earth's Mightiest Heroes version with a few elements from the comics.
- Crazy-Prepared: Ironically, despite the name of the trope, Batman has Alfred psychologically evaluate him to make sure he isn't going crazy.
- Damsel in Distress: This gets lampshaded at the start of the "Zelda vs. Peach" fight. Diana never understood why this is common in western folklore, with Clark stating that Lois doesn't really do anything to avert the stereotype.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The story starts out very much like your typical "characters react to another series" story. As it goes on, dialogue of the episodes is altered and more emphasis on research and reactions to the characters as both people and combatants takes hold.
- Fix Fic: The battles are altered with different dialogue and research. While not a whole lot changes for the most part, the author does go out of his way to make corrections to where he saw mistakes in the original series. The main rule regarding these changes is that only information available at the time of the fight is used and any new details released after the fight first aired will be ignored.
- Real Men Love Jesus: Clark is a bit conflicted on the idea that Spawn was powerful enough to defeat God since he was raised in the Methodist religion.
- She Is All Grown Up: Wally and Dick both have this reaction upon seeing the adult DCAU Zatanna in the Batman vs. Spider-Man episode.Wally: Holy crap! Look at Zatanna!
- Take Over the World: During "Eggman vs. Wily", the team and Leaguers, after hearing the two combatants goals for world domination, lamshade this trope and how every mad scientist's endgame is to rule the world in some capacity.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted with Batman. He has Alfred psychologically evaluate him and provide therapy to avoid the issues that would come with not seeing a shrink after all he's been through.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Contrasting his original rundown in the series (which was just a large "The Reason You Suck" Speech and an overall Take That! to his character), Michelangelo's rundown here is far more fair to his character and goes over the benefits of his fighting style as well as the noble aspects of his personality rather than just treat him like a Butt-Monkey stoner.
- You Remind Me of X: The team and League lampshade how the combatants outside of DC are very similar to either themselves or their enemies. Green Arrow calls Metal Sonic "Amazo 2.0" thanks to his absurd power replication abilities.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Zatanna reacts with horror when she sees Shang Tsung's ability to steal souls, as consuming souls is considered one of the most evil forms of magic there is.