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    Season 1 
  • Harry Potter's scar being torn open and exploding from Luke Skywalker's Shatterpoint as he screams in agony.
  • Metal Sonic being infected by Roboenza and transforming into the Metal Overlord, then proceeding to destroy everything in sight.
    Boomstick: Well, that world's fucked. Our bad.
  • Peach's finishing move for Zelda. She kicks Zelda in the head with 160 times the power needed to decapitate her, and more than twice the amount of pressure needed to cause her head to explode.note  The move is so powerful that it outright gibs Zelda's head so hard the screen is temporarily obscured with blood and fragments of her brain and skull. Her shrill, echoing death screamwhich shouldn't be possible at that moment due to her head being gone — from Super Smash Bros. Melee doesn't help, either.
  • Raiden's death. Thor splits him in half with his hammer and throws him into the sun. The expression on his face as he burns up is unnerving.

    Season 2 
  • He-Man vs. Lion-O
    • The Eye of Thundera attacking He-Man fits here. He-Man breaks the Sword of Omens, then Lion-O, and walks off, content to allow Lion-O to live. Then the Eye just up and attacks him of its own accord. Not to mention it's shooting three other beams as well, meaning it's not able to control its own power. Plus it's just so freaking abrupt. Especially nightmarish for those not familiar with the Thundercats series, as there's hardly any prior indication that the Eye of Thundera could do this. Just a brief, easily-missed mention of the gem being sentient in the rundown, that's all. And when it does attack, dramatic orchestrated music blares out as the Eye produces some unearthly noise.
    • He-Man's reaction when the Eye attacks him. With all the hits Lion-O did land, such as getting blasted into a mountain and stabbed in the shoulder, He-Man didn't do more than yell a little and shrugged it off no problem. The Eye is what makes him scream.
  • During SGC the creators spoke about the original ending to Batman vs Spider-Man. It sounded...horrific to say the least. Originally Spidey was supposed to web Batman in place and then spray webbing down Batman's throat until he either suffocated or exploded. This death was eventually worked into the Pokemon Battle Royale, with Blastoise causing Charizard to burst with his cannons: cannons which, in the leadup, were said to have 90000 PSIs (pounds per square inch) of force. It is... messy.
  • Shao Kahn tearing M. Bison in half and then devouring his soul, gaining his Psycho Power as a result. To put that into perspective: Psycho Power turns a person into a being of pure destruction by spending energy from the soul. Shao Kahn happens to have BILLIONS of souls at his disposal instead of just one! Boomstick sums things up nicely:
  • Fox vs. Bucky
    • Bucky's bombs blow off Fox's legs, essentially leaving him Half the Man He Used to Be. If it weren't for the fact that his legs are cybernetic, he would have died horrifically right then and there.
    • The killing blow is surprisingly brutal in how primal it is: Fox throttles Bucky with his bare hands, slowly killing him with strangulation (complete with realistic choking noises) before grabbing his blaster, putting it to Bucky's head, and blowing his head apart with a point-blank charged shot. Firearm deaths aren't uncommon on Death Battle, but this one ranks among the most disturbing.
  • Terminator vs. Robocop
    • After getting sent careening into an exploding oil tank. Terminator rises up from the fire without his artificial skin, revealing his true form. Complete with glowing red eyes and noticeably more jerky movement coupled with the fire creating a hellish image.
    • Even after Robocop destroys half of Terminator's body, his other half still keeps coming at him. Then, as Robocop picks up said half-of-a-Terminator body, he warns Terminator that the fight is over. Terminator's response? Slowly turning his head 180 degrees and give a deep, low, and slow "Noooooooot. Yeeeeeeeet." The guy really is a Determinator unlike any other Death battle combatant.
  • Tails vs Luigi ends with Tails plunging a robotic hand into Luigi's chest, and he lets off a chilling death cry before expiring.
  • The Starter Pokemon Battle Royale
    • This battle adds two more entries to the Cruel and Unusual Death list. First up is Venusaur, who dies trying to escape Charizard's flames with an utterly terrified look on its face, and second is Charizard, who gets filled with water until it pops like a balloon. After this episode, you'll probably be thankful that Pokemon just get knocked out, no matter how absurd the power imbalance.
    • When Venusaur's plant is slashed off by Charizard, and blood/tissue is visible inside the stump despite it appearing to be made of wood on the outside. A minor detail, but noticing it makes that part so much worse.
  • Godzilla Vs. Gamera
  • Batman hanging Cap with his grappling hook, breaking his neck in the process coupled with a Sickening "Crunch!" is certainly not a pleasant sight (or sound) to behold. Bats goes the extra mile and slices Cap with two with his own shield Batman stole prior. Guess there's a good reason why Batman usually doesn't kill.
  • Ryu vs. Scorpion: Ryu flaying Scorpion to the bone... AND NOT KILLING THE NINJA WRAITH, the way Skeleton!Scorpion cricks his neck up for the first time is unnerving, spooky scary skeleton indeed.
  • The promotion for the Funko Super Saiyan God Goku before the Kirby v. Majin Buu battle. What starts out as a simple lighthearted promotion suddenly turns into the climax of Toy Story, where SSG Goku begins to call out Ben Singer for the outcome of Superman v. Goku, much to Ben's horror.
  • Gaara vs. Toph: Both combatants try to kill the other in a similar manner, encasing them in sand/earth and compacting them. Only Toph succeeds. She then drops his armor off of the pillar that they were standing on, audibly shattering it. Thankfully, we're spared the sight of a horrifically crushed, bloodied, impaled, and mangled corpse that this would inevitably cause.
  • Chuck Norris & Segata Sanshiro essentially destroyed the universe (or at least the one they were residing in) as a result of their fight, and they just didn't care at all. Now it's really no surprise for Chuck to show little to no emotions toward this, however, Segata himself just caused the destruction of the company he saved from various disasters, as well as other loyal SEGA players, all for the sake of one man who refused to play his console.
  • Lex Luthor vs. Iron Man:
    • Lex's arrival; he kills two guards without even changing expression-just to steal a specific crystal over the freakin' Dragon Balls. Just a reminder the man is pure evil.
    • Tony's "Playing human" speech, with him getting up in his suit from Superior Iron Man and his brutal disposal of Luthor. The suit is based on a symbiote, probably Venom's, which are known for amplifying people's darker personality traits and the speech itself is a reference to a time when Tony has been turned evil. Combined with the brutality of his victory, it looks like to defeat Lex, Tony had to let out the very worst of him.
  • Beast vs. Goliath: Beast's death at the hands [or claws] of Goliath. Relentlessly slashed enough to make a HUGE puddle of his blood, and then Goliath digs his claws into Beast's chest and basically RIPS his upper body clean off.
  • Solid Snake vs. Sam Fisher: The killing blow is gruesome, with Snake stabbing Sam through the head with a Karambit knife. The distinctive curve of the blade also means that it went through Sam's throat, and blood slowly oozes down his face from the exit wound at the top of his head as he staggers and falls. While it killed Sam nearly instantly, meaning that he would hardly have felt it, it's a pretty horrific way to die.
  • Darth Vader vs. Doctor Doom: The post-fight animation suggests that Vader didn't die instantly after the final blow, and is slowly being cooked to death by the lava, crushed by a boulder with no hope of escape, and fully conscious the entire time.
  • Goku vs. Superman, the rematch: How does Goku die the second time around? He gets his brain completely incinerated by Superman's heat vision! It's quick, probably painless, and totally within Superman's power to do - doesn't make it the least bit less horrifying as we see it happen right before our eyes.
  • Raiden vs. Wolverine
    • Raiden goes into Ripper Mode during his spat with Wolverine, the audience is treated to this sight.
      Raiden: (Laughs sadistically) It's time for Jack the Ripper, to let er' rip!
    • There's how Raiden finishes off Wolverine. After decapitating him, he proceeds to savagely keep slashing at his head until it's just pieces and laughs sadistically after he kicks it to bits. Boomstick's reaction says it all.
  • Tifa vs. Yang: How Yang kills Tifa: by grabbing a hold of her head and firing Ember Celica, with the recoil snapping Tifa's neck! Yang's VA Barbara (who was watching the fight during the live stream) was visibly mortified and jumped back a bit.
  • Red and Charizard vs. Tai and Greymon: Poor Red gets punched out by Tai, clearly having no idea what's going on. Unfortunately for Mega Charizard X, he doesn't know how to fight without Red commanding him and gets slashed and cut up by WarGreymon's claw gauntlets as a result. This is followed by Charizard and Red getting incinerated by WarGreymon's Terra Force. Red gets this particularly bad since Charizard falling on him breaks his legs, so he has no choice but to comfort the dying Charizard and wait for the inevitable. He's also 16.

    Season 3 

    Season 4 
  • Lara Croft vs. Nathan Drake
    • In Lara's rundown, Boomstick goes over her climbing axe. "Officially, it's just for scaling cliffs, but imagine what it could do to a human skull. Oh Wait!, you don't have to- watch!" And he shows footage from the 2013 reboot of Lara stabbing a man to death via climbing axe to head. It's as gruesome as you'd expect, and Boomstick doesn't help by going "Mmmm...Lovely!"
    • Lara's The Many Deaths of You montage as shown by Wiz.
    • When the Grail temple starts falling apart in the Death Battle proper, Nate successfully jumps to the other side and escapes. Lara falls short and plummets down the recently-formed pit, letting out really frightened screams. She only narrowly saves herself by doing a Blade Brake with her climbing axe.
    • The sheer abruptness of Nate's death. After successfully hijacking Lara's helicopter, he lifts off into the air and starts flying away. Lara, however, uses her Improbable Aiming Skills to nail the helicopter's tail with her thrown axe, after which the helicopter explodes and Nate plummets to the ground. For a few seconds, Nate lies there, winded but alive, but then the rotary blades fall towards him and lodge in his chest, spraying the screen with blood. And Nate only has time for a quick scream of pain before he dies. Ouch.
  • Scrooge McDuck vs. Shovel Knight
    • The killing blows. Scrooge decapitates Shovel Knight by stomping the Shovel Blade into his throat. Bad enough, but it takes THREE stomps to cut through him, and after the second you can see what appears to be the inside of his throat. One can only hope that he was killed or at least blacked out after the first strike.
    • After lopping off Shovel Knight's head, Scrooge, covered in blood (both his and his opponent's), pulls off one hell of a Death Glare at the rest of Shovel Knight's body as it sinks into the money pool. The McDuck clan's rage is the stuff of legend, but it takes a special type of fury to pull off a stare that brutal. Somehow, the Ducktales theme playing over the killing blow doesn't help at all.
    • The result screen shows that Scrooge McDuck has decided to display Shovel Knight's decapitated head outside his money bin with a sign reading "Thieves Beware". Who would have thought an elderly duck could be so ruthless?
  • Venom vs. Bane
    • Venom is a monster in the episode proper: he yanks two of Bane's minions into the darkness and eats them, constantly taunts Bane with a nightmarish voice and ends the fight by blowing Bane's head open and eating his brain. When Batman drops by after the fight, he can only look on in horror at what's left of Bane. You know you have a grisly sight when even the Dark Knight visually recoils at the sight of it.
    • After eating Bane's goons. Vemon than releases an evil laugh. A very creepy one.
  • Natsu vs. Ace: Ace completely disintegrates under Natsu's lightning-charged assault, and we get to see it in disgustingly close detail, as the page image above illustrates. It's not a quick disintegration either; it takes a few seconds for his skin to start to blister before properly burning, and his eyes boil away, as he screams all the while. It's not until he's little more than a charred skeleton about to crumble into ash that he's finally granted the mercy of death.
  • Sub-Zero vs. Glacius: Glacius melts off Sub-Zero's hand after Subby's Punch Parry goes wrong. Literally melts it off. It's not even his Ice Clone's— it's the real deal and is still spraying blood when the real Sub-Zero stands victorious.
  • Android 18 vs. Captain Marvel: How Captain Marvel dies. Before Android 18 kills her, she breaks both of her arms like she did to Vegeta — causing Carol to make horrifying loud screams that sound very agonized and realistic for the show's standards. Then after being pounded into the ground, she still tries to get up — even though both of her arms are completely shattered and useless — before 18 dives down after her, effortlessly and bloodily stomping a hole through Carol's skull as she's trying to motivate herself to continue. The fact that Captain Marvel is already left writhing in visible agony as it happens and the sheer abruptness of her death for somebody so powerful only makes it worse.
  • Lucario vs. Renamon: Lucario kills Renamon with an Impromptu Tracheotomy via its Bone Rush attack, leaving the Digimon suspended in the air by its neck until it dies. It's not a particularly quick way to go by Death Battle standards, either, as Renamon chokes on its own blood for several seconds while feebly grasping at its neck before going limp and ultimately expiring; its corpse being dropped onto the floor in a bloodied heap afterward.
  • Balrog vs. TJ Combo: Near the end, we get a nice scene of TJ beating the everloving snot out of Balrog — from Balrog's perspective!
  • Shredder vs. Silver Samurai
    • After the Silver Samurai succumbed to his wounds from his last fight, he wound up in Hell. Somehow, it got worse: he was brought before the Devil and was torn apart by the Devil's Soulcutter, a sword that leaves wounds that can't be healed. That is an astoundingly horrible fate for the Silver Samurai, who might have been an asshole, but also showed the capacity for human decency.
    • Silver Samurai's death. By far among the most brutal, and seeing the long the list above, that's really saying something. First, Super Shredder tears off Silver Samurai's left arm with a knife-hand strike to his shoulder — with High-Pressure Blood for extra measure — and punches his Tachyon Blade clean through his eye socket, leaving his right eye hanging out. He then decapitates him, catches the head, and crushes it in one hand — all drawn in horrifying detail, including Harada's other eye bulging out of his skull and his bloody scalp bursting out from between Super Shredder's fingers as it happens. Really goes to show that while his portrayal is all over the place, Shredder does not screw around.
    • The brief shot of Super Shredder ominously walking towards Silver Samurai from the latter's perspective, complete with blank white Glowing Eyes of Doom. With his sheer size and spiked armor forming a monstrous silhouette and the forest burning down around the two as well from a deflected lightning bolt— Shredder looks far less like his usual self and more like a demon marching straight out of Hell.
  • Thor vs. Wonder Woman: The sheer abruptness of the killing blow. One moment, Thor is stunned — the next, he's been stabbed through the back of the head, with Wonder Woman's sword sticking out of his mouth.
  • Naruto vs Ichigo: The look of utter pain and agony etched in Ichigo's face as he was obliterated by Naruto's Tailed Beast Bomb. Not helped by the fact that Ichigo still tries to put up a fight even in the face of Naruto's strongest attack. Damn.
  • Batman Beyond vs Spider-Man 2099: Miguel O'Hara's last moments when he realizes that three explosive Batarangs have been stuck on his chest and is unable to get them off. Unlike Doomguy and Scout, who also had bombs strapped to them in their final moments but were more shocked and annoyed respectively than scared, Miguel's clearly panicked as he screams for his Benevolent A.I. Lyla — who has been shorted out by Terry's electrified suit — just before the batarangs detonate and kill him instantly by blasting a hole through his torso.
  • Sephiroth vs. Vergil:
    • After Sephiroth gets cut by Vergil's Speed Blitz, he gets one very nasty-looking open and bloody gash on his chest that exposes a good bit of raw flesh. It sticks for most of the fight too, even on his doppelganger illusions, only disappearing once he heals himself up with Curaga.
    • Sephiroth's Supernova attack has always been intimidating, thanks to blowing up several planets before it hits Cloud and company, but in his fight with Vergil, we get to see in gruesome detail just how badly it can hurt somebody. Vergil is screaming in agony during his time in the center of Sephiroth's summoned sun, and by the time he barely escapes it, he's covered in burnt flesh and open wounds. Sephiroth's coup de grace right after would almost count as a Mercy Kill if he'd been interested in showing Vergil mercy at all.

    Season 5 
  • Raven vs. Twilight Sparkle: The ending to the fight. Just as Twilight is about to finish Raven off, Raven's Soul-Self suddenly dive-bombs right into her from the lower stratosphere — pancaking her deep into the ground. Even if there is the possibility that she survived, one would have to hope that she was at least killed or rendered unconscious instantly — if not, then she would be in one hell of a lot of pain, Toon Physics or not. Boomstick sums this up nicely:
    Boomstick: Dear Princess Celestia, today I learned that the only thing more powerful than friendship is a giant bird spirit COLLIDING INTO ME AT MACH THIRTY-SIX!
  • Jotaro vs. Kenshiro:
  • Crash Bandicoot vs. Spyro the Dragon:
    • During Spyro's analysis, when the hosts are talking about Spyro's Aether Breath, they mention that officially, it's comparable to an atom smasher. Wiz then describes the effect of such a device on a living creature by recounting the Real Life story of Anatoli Bugorski, a Russian researcher who was hit by the beam — which was less than the size of a molecule — from an atom smasher and survived, explaining in great detail how it sliced through his skull, obliterated all matter in its path, and left the half of his face that surrounded the wound swollen and peeled apart, as well as permanently paralyzed. Needless to say, not a story for the squeamish.
    • Crash and Aku Aku are both completely vaporized by the aforementioned Aether Breath. What makes it worse is that Crash didn't see it coming at all; he expected to just make it out in one piece via Aku Aku saving him, and likewise Aku Aku ends up perishing in what turns out to be a Senseless Sacrifice. It's cold comfort that they both, at least, died pretty much instantly.
  • Leon Kennedy vs Frank West: For the results screen, Frank's disembodied head is... not a pretty sight to see. Not only is it zombified (at least until Leon lands a second coup de grace with a throwing knife) and missing an eyeball, but its brain is leaking out onto the asphalt in surprisingly realistic (and gruesome) detail.
  • Doctor Strange vs. Doctor Fate:
    • Kent, Inza, and Nabu blast Strange's soul out of existence, which is perhaps the most existentially dreadful fate any combatant on the show has ever experienced. It is established through Marvel comics that when one's soul gets destroyed, they go to a type of purgatory like the Soul Gem instead of completely ceasing to exist — still very dreadful considering how he got sent there, and it still means that Strange received one of the worst fates in a Death Battle, besides maybe Bayonetta and Silver Samurai being Dragged Off to Hell, and Thanos getting trapped in the Omega Sanction.
    • The Last Note Nightmare of the fight's soundtrack is deeply unsettling, as the music slows down and distorts as Strange's corpse, a pale and lifeless husk, disintegrates to dust and collapses into itself while Doctor Fate watches without a word.
    • The end itself: Strange hoped to gain an advantage by astrally projecting himself into the helmet, but all it did was giving Fate the Home Field Advantage, allowing Kent and Inza to appear in front of him. As he begins to process what is going on Nabu himself appears right behind him with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
      Nabu: Doctor Strange. Welcome.. to our home.
  • Samurai Jack vs. Afro Samurai:
    • The climax turns the duel into one of the goriest fights in this show's history, as it ends with Jack losing one arm, while Afro has both of his hands hacked off before Jack cuts him to ribbons.
    • Lucy's part of the next episode preview shows why she's a worthy opponent to Carnage, highlighting some of the most brutal moments from her series.
  • Carnage vs Lucy:
    • The simple fact the psychopathic spawn of Venom will be fighting against the equally psychopathic Queen Diclonius guarantees that this fight won't be pretty. In fact, early on in Lucy's analysis, the hosts warn the viewers that Lucy's methods of killing aren't for the faint of heart. Indeed, her analysis has no shortage of scenes where people get bloodily sliced to bits by her vectors — while any nudity is censored, none of the gore is.
    • The end of Carnage's preview teaser alone already has a Squick moment. Boomstick tries to imitate how Carnage rips off pieces of his own body shape-shifted into weapons, so Boomstick tries to rip off one of his fingers to throw at Wiz. He dislocates it... We're just lucky we didn't get to see it... Until Boomstick said this lovely sentence.
      Boomstick: Look! I can make it spin!
    • Carnage's entrance in the fight proper is appropriately disturbing, as he racks up an impressive off-screen body count by killing the passengers of a train as it pulls into the station, complete with harrowing screams, splattering the floor and windows in large amounts of blood. He then attempts to pounce onto Lucy as soon as the door opens. Even worse, Lucy sees this in her Nyu persona. She looks absolutely terrified of him.
    • True to form, Lucy wastes no time in tearing Carnage apart, completely nonplussed. This being Carnage, it doesn't take, and he's back on his feet in seconds.
      Lucy: Die.
      Carnage: (maniacal laugh) Not yet!
    • Halfway through the fight Carnage starts singing an Ironic Nursery Tune in the vein of Venom's use of Pop Goes the Weasel in his fight against Bane:
      Carnage: It's raining, you're bleeding, Carnage is STARVING!
  • Optimus Prime VS RX-78-2 Gundam: The finishing blow, while epic, is also fairly brutal. Optimus Prime blasts the Gundam, and Amuro along with it, with the power of the Matrix of Leadership, utterly annihilating RX-78-2. The real kicker is Amuro's agonized screams and wide-eyed expression of horror as Optimus destroys him — which make it clear that Amuro definitely did not go out painlessly.
  • Mario vs Sonic: In the fight proper, Mario rips off his beach uniform, skin included, to reveal his overalls underneath. Simple, clean joke, right? Well BlindFerret sent the crew a little bonus clip where Mario ends up completely flaying all of the skin off of his entire body, revealing raw flesh and muscle, which causes the plumber to scream in absolute pain. It's funny as hell, though.
  • Ultron vs Sigma: Despite how karmic it was, Sigma's fate could very well be even worse than that of Doctor Strange's, Bayonetta's and Silver Samurai's. While his viral AI wasn't erased from existence, he essentially got assimilated by Ultron and his entire personality completely subverted and transformed to that of Ultron's. Sigma sounds genuinely panicked in his final moments, screaming in terror as he is overtaken by Ultron; left alive and fully aware of what's happened, but imprisoned forever in a body and mind no longer his.
    Ultron: Oh, please... (begins assimilating Sigma)
    Sigma: What? What's this?! No! NO! (Sigma's AI is erased and replaced with Ultron's)
    Ultron and Possessed!Sigma: Everything belongs to me.
  • Thanos vs. Darkseid: Thanos suffers possibly the most awful fate of any Death Battle combatant, getting trapped for eternity in the Omega Sanction and being doomed to suffer an endless amount of increasingly degrading and hopeless lives and deaths for daring to challenge Darkseid. And for Thanos in particular, that also involves Deadpool stealing his waifu for eternity.

    Season 6
  • Aquaman vs. Namor: While most of the fight was an exchange of witty jabs between the two kings of the seven seas, the finishing blow is surprisingly brutal. As the two enter their final clash, Aquaman uses his powers to paralyze Namor, rendering him helpless. Soon after, Arthur empowers a school of angler fish and uses them to violently tear Namor to shreds, sending blood and limbs everywhere. For the coup de grace, he then throws his trident at the mass of anglers, tearing Namor's head from what remains of his body.
  • Mega Man Battle Royale:
    • After the combined Unrealistic Black Hole explodes, the dust clears... and Geo Stelar is missing his left arm. Keep in mind that he's an organic adolescent at his age, which makes it all the more poignant.
    • In a similar manner to his nemesis in the previous season, X goes out when Star Force Mega Man takes over his body for his own use. While rather tame when compared to Classic Mega Man and Volnutt getting sucked into a black hole, or Geo in X's body getting vaporized by .EXE's Wave-Motion Gun, losing control of your body is still a pretty nasty way to die, especially since X is shown spazzing out as Geo takes over.
  • Black Widow VS Widowmaker:
  • Captain Marvel VS Shazam: Much like the previous episode, there's a point discussed in a rundown that makes Boomstick react with horror. In this case, it's the time Shazam had his body turned inside out by a Tesseract Bomb, complete with a detailed visual.
  • Wario vs King Dedede:
    • After Wario and Dedede lose their respective disguises, a Goomba and Waddle Dee experience a jaw drop out of shock. The issue? Waddle Dees don't actually have mouths, meaning that the dee rips a bloody hole in its face, with two strips of flesh connecting the top and bottom. Made worse by how comedic the episode as a whole was.
    • Despite the humor of it, Wario's death was pretty gruesome. After Dedede plugs up his ass, he gets blown up from the inside by the Waft he was charging.
  • Ben 10 vs Green Lantern:
    • Combined with Tear Jerker, after Wiz said Alien X recreated the universe when it was destroyed, Boomstick points this out:
      Boomstick: Since he just made a copy universe, that technically means that all those characters we watched through the whole show are still dead. Damn dude, throw somebody a bone or something.
    • Alien X is Ben's most powerful alien for a reason. He was erasing Hal from existence. If it wasn't for his insane willpower, Hal would have been done for.
    • Hal cuts off Ben's arm with the Omnitrix and then crushes him. Keep in mind that the sprite they used for Ben portrays him in the original series, hence where he's still a kid.
  • Weiss vs Mitsuru:
    • In Mitsuru's rundown, Wiz talks about the Evoker guns that the members of S.E.E.S. use. It involves using the gun to shoot themselves in the head and thus invoke a traumatic event to summon their Persona, a fact that people (including Wiz and Boomstick) would find disturbing due to obvious Driven to Suicide imagery.
      Wiz: And so came the Evoker. Which, might be a little disturbing to some people... so fair warning.
      Boomstick: Yeah, looks just like a gun and that's kinda the point. The idea is to use the gun to create an extremely traumatic experience similar to how Mitsuru first evoked her own Persona.
      Wiz: Specifically, this is accomplished by aiming the thing at your face and pulling the trigger.
      Boomstick: Yeah, that's definitely not how guns are supposed to work.
    • The aftermath commentary of the episode revealed that the animators originally planned a more gory ending where Weiss's body is completely obliterated and Myrtenaster lying broken amidst a puddle of frozen gibs. Like poor Ben, Weiss is basically a high-schooler.
  • Johnny Cage vs. Captain Falcon:
  • Edward Elric vs Aang: Given that Aang still looks like a 12-year-old, despite being 112, and Edward Elric had no way of knowing that, it appears that Edwards height is SUCH a berserk button for him, that he was fully willing and eager to murder a small child and destroy and entire small town, as well as potentially anyone else in it, simply because of a misunderstanding and thinking someone made a short joke about him. This comes off as flat out villainous behavior, as who knows what kind of damage or bloodshed this Edward would have spread had Aang not been there and someone ELSE called Ed short. This actually justifies Avatar Aang using his full power to easily vaporize Ed into nothing, as Ed, by that point, completely deserved it for his actions.
  • Ghost Rider vs Lobo: Lobo's death is probably one of the worse fates to be had in Death Battle, up there with Bayonetta's and Doctor Strange's demises. He's on the receiving end of a Penance Stare from Zarathos, which is a grisly fate in and of itself, but it's made worse as Zarathos then proceeds to eat Lobo's soul, effectively erasing the Main Man from existence once and for all. The fact that Lobo, a character normally cavalier about being ripped apart, torn to shreds, and blown up, is legitimately terrified doesn't help matters at all.
    Lobo: (as every single one of his sins is reflected back onto him) NONONONONONONONONO NOOOOOOOOOOOO! (Zarathos' jaws close around Lobo as he's dragged into the void)
  • Dragonzord vs Mechagodzilla: Akane gets shot down during the fight and begs Kiryu to keep fighting before impact. Kiryu goes berserk, complete with glowing red eyes and Godzilla's roar. It's made even worse with how the crash is seen from her first-person perspective.
  • Ganondorf vs Dracula:
    • Ganondorf disposes of Dracula's humanoid body by decapitating him with the Sword of Sages. Pretty scary, but the real nightmare fuel comes when Drac's demon form bursts out of its head socket, accompanied by a geyser of blood.
    • How the fight ends is pretty brutal. Never before has Ganondorf been seen with such fear in his eyes. With Dracula ready to end the fight, hoisting Ganondorf in the air with a Facepalm Of Doom, it looks like Ganondorf is about to shoot out one more surprise with the Triforce of Power, but it fails to work. Dracula throws Ganondorf into the air, impales him on one claw, and tears him in half before throwing his lower body to the ground and enjoying drinking his blood spewing from his upper torso while (fittingly enough) standing in front of a massive full moon.
      Dracula: You're right. You're not a man. You're a pig. Let me hear you squeal.
  • Mob VS Tatsumaki:
  • Deadpool VS The Mask: Near the climax of the fight, both Deadpool and The Mask are set to show down. Deadpool pulls out his Continuity Stone... only for The Mask to do the same. To Deadpool's shock, The Mask gleefully gloats about his Reality Warper powers as Deranged Animation kicks in, The Mask's face swelling to massive proportions as he gleefully cackles in front of The Merc With A Mouth.
    Deadpool What?! Where did you get that?!
    The Mask: Ohohoho, Jack! I'm already WEARING IT!

    Season 7 
  • Black Canary VS Sindel:
    • Sindel nearly kills Dinah in a particularly sadistic manner by taking her above cloud level and strangling her with her hair in a way that resembles a botched hangingnote . Black Canary's face turns purple from the lack of oxygen before she breaks free, and even that almost kills her as she blacks out immediately after, barely waking up in time to save herself from becoming a splat on the ground.
    • Dinah soon returns the favour with a nasty Fatality of her own, however, and hers is successful; she punches Sindel in the mouth hard enough to put her fist through the back of her skull and take the rest of her head clear off.
  • Goro VS Machamp:
  • Cable vs. Booster Gold: Cable's death is... unpleasant, to say the least. After trapping the mutant in his force field, Booster proceeds to crush Cable within it. However, it takes a fair bit longer, likely due to Cable trying in vain to push back the shields. However, it's not enough, as Cable is then gruesomely crushed into a gumball, before being outright reduced to nothing as he lets out one last agonized scream.
  • Obi-Wan vs Kakashi: When Obi-Wan finds himself trapped in a genjutsu, who should appear but Darth Vader himself - wreathed in shadows and with glowing red eyes.
  • Danny Phantom vs Jake Long: Jake loses complete control over his body after Danny overshadows him. His struggle to resist the possession is futile as his eyes change to that of Danny's and is forced to fly into buildings against his will. Unlike Sigma and Mega Man X whose overrides were fatal, Jake doesn't die from this but he's too dazed to regain his own composure before getting vaporized by an ecto-blast.
  • She-Ra vs Wonder Woman: While most of the fight is a fairly jovial match thanks to She-Ra's boastful quipping and Diana's annoyance, the fight takes a turn for the scarier when She-Ra breaks Diana's bracelets of submission. Her eyes suddenly glow, and she wordlessly ends the fight within seconds by slicing Adora's sword, the trees around her, and She-Ra herself with two strokes, while She-Ra is simply powerless to do anything about it.
  • Beerus vs. Sailor Galaxia
    • Sailor Galaxia's Rasputinian Death. After resisting Sailor Galaxia's mind control and nullifying the power of her Sapphire Crystal, Beerus uses a ki beam to force her towards a nearby black hole and leave her unable to move from having to block and avoid being pulled in. He then punches the beam to first tear off Galaxia's arms — complete with a loud agonised shriek from the galactic conqueror — before completely gibbing her when she can no longer protect herself. Even if that didn't kill her, Galaxia's bloodied remains being absorbed into the black hole behind her certainly finished the job.
    • On the whole, Sailor Galaxia comes off just as genocidal and Ax-Crazy here as she does in her own series; smiling gleefully as she destroys most of the Solar System, and taunting Beerus in a flat-out deranged tone of voice as she tries to kill and eventually possess him.
    Sailor Galaxia: You're trash! YOU'LL DIE LIKE DIRT! (laughs maniacally as she begins using her Sapphire Crystal on Beerus) YOU'RE ALL MINE!


Death Battle Exhibition

Death Race

  • Optimus Prime vs Thomas the Tank Engine: One of the contestants is the Flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter... with the twelve year old Harry and Ron trapped inside, essentially forced to race to the death. Ringmaster openly mocks their fear after going over their rundown (even making a crack about Harry's dead parents). Typically in Death Battle and all its side shows, all combatants involved remain valiant, never showing any real fear except in the face of death. Harry and Ron, however, are terrified and screaming for help the entire time, at one point even sounding like Ron is sobbing that he wants out. The fact that two children are fearing for their very lives in a race they clearly know will likely end in their death is unsettling compared to the confidence and determination Optimus Prime, Lightning McQueen, and Thomas show... and they don't survive the race, suffering the grisly fate of being burned to death by Thomas' fire breath, screaming the entire time...


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