Good guys, bad guys and explosions, as far as the eye can see
And only one will survive, I wonder who it will be
This is the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
"The Ultimate Showdown Of Ultimate Destiny" (sometimes shortened to simply "The Ultimate Showdown") is a song by Lemon Demon from his 2006 album Dinosaurchestra, best known for its iconic Web Animation created by Shawn Vulliez for Newgrounds a year earlier.
The song and video tell the story of dozens of (mostly 20th century) fictional characters, historical figures and celebrities duking it out. It starts with Batman trying to stop Godzilla from destroying Tokyo before both are stopped by Shaquille O'Neal, and just gets crazier from there.
The song and animation have examples of:
- Agony of the Feet: Godzilla's reaction to a Bat Grenade.
- Animated Music Video: For the Lemon Demon song.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: After being badly injured, Batman resorts to stealing Indiana Jones' gun and shooting at the other fighters.
- Bloody Hilarious: Mr. Rogers dancing around, as he bleeds to death. See Driven to Suicide down below.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Optimus Prime spends more time saving others than defending himself, which ultimately leads to his defeat.
- Cool vs. Awesome: It begins with Batman taking on Godzilla and only grows crazier from there.
- Crying Indian: Indy sheds a single tear after Chuck Norris kicks him in the groin; Mr. Rogers sheds one for the dead.
- Downer Ending: Everyone's dead by the end, with Mr. Rogers being Driven to Suicide.
- Driven to Suicide: Mr. Rogers, who commits hara-kiri at the end of the animation, presumably from guilt over being the last survivor.
- Eyedscreen: Godzilla getting mad at Optimus Prime.
- Eyes Always Shut: Indiana Jones doesn't open his eyes. He doesn't need to aim his whip.
- Forever War: Apparently, the fight rages on for a century until Mr. Rogers is the only one left.
- Last Survivor Suicide: At the end Mr. Rogers commits seppuku.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The final verse introduces at least 19 characters (and dozens more if you take "every single Power Ranger" as meaning every person who has been one), ontop of everyone else who had already arrived.
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The song name drops no fewer than 31 pop culture icons, both fictional and real, most of whom from the mid- to late-20th century. The animation features dozens more.
- Memetic Badass: Chuck Norris' status as once is acknowledged In-Universe. He arrives on the battlefield by descending from Heaven, with his entrance being accompanied by an Ethereal Choir, he manages to take out Indiana Jones and Batman by himself, and it takes a large alliance of a lot of powerful (and some not-so-powerful) characters to take him down.
- Patter Song: As is to be expected for a song rattling off Loads and Loads of Characters, Neil Cicierega manages to get an impressive number of syllables out in a few breaths.
- Rule 34: A porn parody called "The Ultimate Orgy," where the characters... ahem, "make love and not war," was created by a Newgrounds user named (appropriately enough) NotSafeForWork two years after the original.
- Shout-Out: A whole bunch during the chorus:
- Single Tear: The victor, Mr. Rogers sheds a tear for the fallen.
- Staring Kid: The little kid with the ice cream cone, looking on "in total awe."
- Stealth Pun: Aaron Carter beats up Shaquille O'Neal. That's how he beat Shaq.
- Super Reflexes: Jackie Chan's able to deflect a bullet with his fist.
- There Can Be Only One: The Ultimate Showdown goes on until only one combatant is left standing. The chorus states "only one will survive."
- Ungrateful Bastard: Indiana Jones saves Batman's life from Abe Lincoln. As thanks, Batman steals Indy's gun and tries to shoot him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the video, the DeLorean time travels away after running Santa down, and we never see it again.
- Whip It Good: Indiana Jones can trip Abraham Lincoln with his trusty whip.