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  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adored by the Network: Very much adored by Screwattack's holding company, Fullscreen, to the point of merging Screwattack's Hard News with Rooster Teeth's so Screwattack could focus on more Death Battle.
  • Approval of God:
    • Tom Taylor, writer of Superior Iron Man and writer of Lex Luthor, wholeheartedly approves of Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor.
    • Unsurprisingly, Greg Weisman, creator of Gargoyles approves of Beast vs. Goliath.
    • Likewise, Hideki Kamiya originally approved of the Death Battle between his creations Dante and Bayonetta. Ben Singer even retweeted Kamiya's response, but has since taken it down. Unfortunately, it lead to Kamiya tweeting in very strong disapproval of the battle not soon after. Allegedly, he prefers to see the two team up rather than fight. Not only that, he's frustrated at the large amount of tweets he gets from fans about who would win, despite how he isn't directly involved with either character at this point.note  The day Dante vs. Bayonetta hit YouTube, Kamiya labeled the battle as garbage.
    • Insomniac Games approves of Ratchet & Clank vs Jak & Daxter.
    • Monty Oum had enthusiastically talked with Wiz and Boomstick about the possibility of characters from RWBY showing up in the show, fully knowing that they might lose. Unfortunately, his untimely passing prevented him from seeing it come about. As it was, they did get Yang's voice actress in for the episode.
    • While more of a Flat "What" than approval, Bryan Lee O'Malley dropped a tweet about Ramona's announcement for her bout with Amy.
    • The team behind the Crysis games approves the DBX between Predator and Prophet
    • A downplayed example, but Omega Sparx, one of the people behind TJ Combo's theme song "I'm Back (To Rise)", tweeted his approval of Balrog VS T.J. Combo.
    • Maile Flanagan joked on Twitter with Johnny Yong Bosch that Naruto would obviously win between him and Ichigo.
  • Ascended Fanon: Moreso than usual. According to Ben, the large majority of matchups are suggested by fans, rather than Ben's and Chad's ideas.
    • Many community written battles note  were made before the matchup became an episode of the show.
  • Author Appeal: Seems that someone on the Screwattack team really likes the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Anarchy Reigns soundtracks, as they've shown up in quite a few fights as background music.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy:
    • Christopher Sabat reportedly did the role of Solid Snake for free solely because he's always wanted to portray the character.
    • The Yang vs. Tifa battle was done not only because Screw Attack is friends with Rooster Teeth, but also to celebrate Season 3 of RWBY
  • Casting Gag:
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • In the preview for Pikachu's analysis for the Pikachu vs Blanka episode, it's listed in the Feats section that Ash's Pikachu defeated Lance's Dragonite with help. Pikachu never even battled Lance's Dragonite, let alone defeat it. This was corrected to Drake's Dragonite when the full episode was released.
    • In the Ragna vs. Sol Badguy episode, it mentions that Sol has had centuries of fighting experience when Sol is only 170+ years old.
    • In Godzilla vs. Gamera, the hosts mention that Toho bought the rights to the 1998 American Godzilla "just so [the Japanese] Godzilla would murder it onscreen [in Final Wars]." Toho didn't buy the rights to the 1998 American Godzilla: as part of their deal with Tristar, they own Patrick Tatopoulos's creature design.
    • Nightmare vs. Guts interprets Nightmare killing Tira in Soul Calibur IV's story mode as canon, despite Soul Calibur V showing her to be alive and well.
    • Kirby vs. Majin Buu claimed that Buu has never had to combat anyone faster than light. Ben admitted this was a pretty big screwup in hindsight in his Road to 100 blog.
    • Ultron vs. Sigma incorrectly identifies the planet Duo flies from in Megaman 8 as Saturn, when the planet was actually Jupiter. Though, given that Ultron beats Duo in speed either way, it doesn't make much of a difference.
    • On the more comedic side, during Aquaman vs Namor, Aquaman controls a group of anglerfish and says 'have at him, boys'. But the ones in the animation were actually female, as males don't have lanterns and are much smaller.
    • On the Rooster Teeth version of the Mega Man Battle Royale, when they said that Mega Man Star Force's Mega Buster charges automatically, the arrow pointed at the Custom Gauge instead. This was fixed in the YouTube version.
    • In Captain Marvel vs. Shazam, Wiz refers to one of Shazam's powers as the "Strength of Atlas" at one point. Hercules is where he derives his strength while Atlas grants him his stamina. This one is likely a script error, seeing as he correctly stated Shazam's powers in the initial rundown.
    • In Weiss vs Mitsuru, several of the Persona characters get their names said incorrectly. (They pronounced Naoto as "Nay-Oh-Tow" instead of "Now-Tow", and Yukari as "You-Ker-E" instead of "You-Kar-E".)
  • Creator's Apathy: The animator for Shadow vs. Mewtwo admitted to deliberately half-assing the animation, resulting in it being shorter and more low-quality than Wiz and Boomstick had expected.
  • Creator's Favorite: Ben admitted that Donatello and the original Gundam were some of his favorites in the series. Ironically enough, they got some of the most brutal deaths, with Donny getting stabbed repeatedly by Raph and the Gundam getting hit with a blast strong enough to destroy Saturn.
  • Dear Negative Reader: It's clear Wiz and Boomstick are tired of the backlash "Goku vs. Superman" generates. On the Sidescrollers' (another show on Screwattack.com) episode "Reactionary Reaction" (starts at 15:40), Chad (Boomstick) spends 10+ minutes thoroughly disproving and counteracting commonly used arguments seen in the comments/emails/private messages, reminds them of the rules of Death Battle, explains the fight is nothing more than a dramatization of what they think would go down in the fight, not what it determines, and for "Entertainment purposes only", and how neither of them are Superman fanboys. Chad then tells them to stop taking the show so seriously.
  • Development Hell: The most requested match, "Son Goku vs. Superman", began production early in the series, according to Wiz, for 2.5 years. It was scheduled for release on December 21, 2012, then it was delayed to later in December, then the animator confirmed that it will not be released before January 2013. On January 6th, Wiz announced that the episode would be released later in the week, according to the animator. It was finally released on January 10th between 8 and 9pm EST.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The show has been hit by YouTube's infamous copyright claims a couple times, but the shining example would be the Godzilla preview, which was taken down in less than 10 minutes after it was uploaded. Fortunately, it's still safe and viewable on the Screwattack website.
      • Especially ridiculous is that the TMNT Battle Royale was taken down while the battle between Leonardo and Zits was allowed to stay up.
      • Ragna vs. Sol was removed because many pieces of fan art were used without permission. It was re-uploaded when the artists were properly credited. Prior to the video's debut, none of the artists were asked permission, contrary to what many people believe.
      • Boba Fett/Samus Aran Remastered was also hit with a copyright violation... due to the music used in the Dance Party Ending to honor Monty Oum. Very odd considering that it is music from his creation, RWBY, and that ScrewAttack and Rooster Teeth are good friends.
      • To prevent possible issues coming from music usage, the show - from Shredder vs. Silver Samurai onwards - has taken to using music from non-copyrighted or licensed sources for the character analysis sections, and brought on composers to create original songs for the fight animations - a practice once previously done on occasion for certain episodes.
      • Ultron vs. Sigma also found itself on the receiving end of a copyright claim.
    • According to Ben's Road to 100 blog posts, a large part of Season 1 was hit with this from ScrewAttack themselves, from him being told he had to keep the episodes under 10 minutes in length, he couldn't use money to hire voice actors or new animators, or even opposing the making of the Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash episode.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The occasionally used, "pull a giant radish", named after Luigi's calculated physical strength, which Ben Singer (Wiz) himself admitted was a joke and wasn't a faithful analysis, is used as derisive slang for, "forego research and mathematical calculations to get a good estimate in favor of an inaccurate, unfunny joke."
    • As for actual nickname's, you're very likely to find these on the Screwattack Forums on every DB thread, both positive and negative. Example include "Compositepool," note  "Nerfstroke," note  "Giant Radish Luigi," note  "Lobotomized Gaara," note  "Avatar State/fanfic Toph," note  and "Ganlfdorf" note 
    • Even specific episodes get one word nicknames stemming from points of interest, usually it's the controversial ones among the aforementioned forums. Examples include "Sand" Note  "Pillar" Note  "Radish" Note  "Eel" Note  and "Super-Lava" Note 
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Sort of. The hosts mention that while most of what they use are borrowed assets, sometimes Luis (CVAnimations) will make his own custom sprites if it suits the fight.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Throughout Season 2, the Death Battle crew kept making references to the Broken Base that the Goku Vs. Superman battle caused. This, coupled with the Samus vs. Boba Fett remake led fans to start speculating that there would be a rematch between Goku and Superman. This ultimately proved true.
    • Practically every JoJo fan called that Boomstick's pun at the end of Jotaro vs Kenshiro would be "Stand a chance".
  • In Memoriam: The Boba Fett VS Samus Aran Remastered was dedicated to Monty Oum, whose work inspired Death Battle.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Ragna Vs Sol, after being blocked on YouTube, has been blocked on Screwattack's website as well; only Screwattack staff can access it. It's currently now available on YouTube again.
    • Boba Fett VS Samus Aran Remastered with the song Shine from RWBY was removed by Screwattack and replace with one with the song removed. Only some videos that recorded the video with the song are on YouTube.
    • Venom vs. Bane had its fight animation shortened when it was uploaded to YouTube, due to criticism towards the length of the RoosterTeeth version, and some of its music was changed as well. Unfortunately, the RoosterTeeth version was updated to match the YouTube version, and ScrewAttack is very strict about reaction videos being uploaded before the YouTube version is released, leading to very little (if any) footage of the original fight. Clips of the original animation are shown in the post-fight analysis, however.
  • Milestone Celebration: Whenever Death Battle reaches a certain point note  they tend to do a heavily requested episode to celebrate. So far, there have been four of them:
    • Goku vs. Superman, a matchup that was apparently planned from the start, was chosen to be the season 1 finale and be Death Battle's 25th matchup.
    • For episode 50, Goku vs Superman 2 was done as the first ever rematch though Word of God is that it was meant to be a continuation of the first episode and it being advertised as a rematch was a result of Death Battle being Screwed by the Network.
    • Power Rangers vs. Voltron was chosen to be the 75th episode of Death Battle.
    • For episode 100, Mario vs. Sonic was done as the first intentional rematch of Death Battle. Though according to Word of God, the season 5 finale (Thanos vs. Darkseid) is a more heavily requested matchup and Mario vs. Sonic was chosen to show how far Death Battle has come since season 1.
  • Old Shame: Due to their lackluster quality and subsequent negative reception, the Trish vs. Jeanne, Spider-Man vs. Mikasa, Spawn vs. Alucard, and Saitama vs. Kenshiro DBX episodes have been de-listed from Youtube.
    • For the main show, Ben has stated that he considers Justin Bieber vs. Rebecca Black and Bomberman vs. Dig Dug to be episodes that he personally regrets (the former for being incredibly petty against real people, and the latter on the grounds of him feeling that the matchup felt random in hindsight, although he thought it was still a fun episode)
    • As revealed in an episode of the Death Battle Castnote , Ben doesn't feel like any of the Season 1 episodes have held up well in hindsight (aside from Goku vs. Superman, which he personally feels was the series' Growing the Beard moment). This is not due to disagreeing with the outcomes or the matchups themselves, but due to how the rundowns feel very rushed in terms of presentation (not research), owing largely to how short the episodes were back thennote .
    • During his Road to 100 Blog, Ben admitted that, in his eyes, Goku vs. Superman 2 was his personal least-favourite episode (he refrained from mentioning it alongside the aforementioned Justin Bieber vs. Rebecca Black and Bomberman vs. Dig Dug because of how easy it would be to take it out of context). The reason for this is not because of the episode's content, premise, or outcome, but rather how it was advertised— the episode was advertised as a rematch, but in his eyes it was supposed to serve as an extension of the original episode (the script for the original Goku vs. Superman was significantly trimmed down as the episode was already incredibly long) while also answering fan requests for Goku to fight Superman with his then-new Super Saiyan God form, and not a complete re-examination of both characters. As a result, he considers the episode to be "akin to an unintentional and completely unnecessary kick in the nuts to the Dragon Ball audience".
  • Preview Piggybacking: Mega Man VS Astro Boy was announced during the season finale of The Industry.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Several of the voice actors were big fans of Death Battle and the characters they got to voice.
    • Xander Mobus grew up with Thundercats; when voicing Lion-O ,he happily proclaimed that he "made his inner 7-year old giddy".
    • Kirbopher is a huge Power Rangers fan, even creating a well-known flash parody of the series. You can imagine his enjoyment at being able to voice the White Ranger himself.
    • Electricstar of Ze Pyromancers is a frequent editor of This Very Wiki pages of Death Battle and an aspiring voice actor; needless to say, he was very excited when he landed the role of Saba.
    • Stuart Schlomach, voice of Zechs Merquise, was a big fan of the show long before getting the chance to voice in it.
    • Inverted with Marissa Lenti, the voice of Noin (in addition to Pepper Potts in Iron Man vs Lex Luthor, months later), she didn't know about the show until Ben was directed to her talents scouting for auditions. After she discovered the show, she quickly became a fan and is now a real life friend (and girlfriend) of Ben Singer, according to her Twitter page.
    • The OFDBFB became official researchers for the show as of May 19th, even signing an NDA to directly communicate with the people at Screwattack.
    • Danny Shepherd of Ismahawk is a fan of Death Battle, even saying Power Rangers vs Voltron is his favorite episode so far. He would later go on to play Nightwing (reprising his role from Nightwing: The Series) for Nightwing vs Daredevil.
  • The Remake:
    • The "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash" battle was remade including new information and better effects in the battle.
    • About 24 hours after "Thor vs. Raiden" was released, Shortfactor (the animator) improved the visuals of the final phase of the battle, and was subsequently updated with the video.
    • Samus Aran vs. Boba Fett has been remastered to add more information to the fighters, and have the animation be 3D instead of sprites.
    • Venom vs. Bane was initially longer, but slower-paced and darker, which caused complaints among those with memberships who initially watched it. The episode was updated with a few cuts to the slow areas of the fight in order to improve the pacing as well as brightening the effects to increase visibility, along with different music.
  • Role Reprisal: Barring the use of voice clips, five fighters in the show's history have had their official voice actors return to reprise their roles: Barbara Dunkelman as Yang, Jen Brown as Carolina, Johnny Yong Bosch as Ichigo, Chris Tergliafera as Sigma, and Kara Eberle as Weiss.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • The "Son Goku vs. Superman" episode was scheduled for Dec 21st but was delayed when they decided the animation wasn't finished. Odd when Screwattack advertised that a prophecy would be fulfilled in the previews. It was the end of the Mayan Calendar. What had so many fools worried would happen that day, and what happened at the end of the fight?
    • In late 2014, Death Battle boasted that it would give updates every week from now on (usually two weeks of character previews followed by the Death Battle proper, or a supplemental video if there was a delay). Sadly, this would seem a bit overambitious, as Death Battle was incapable for following this schedule for even three weeks before there was a delay.
    • "Kirby vs. Majin Buu" was originally supposed to be released right after "Ryu vs. Scorpion", but its animator requested more time to work on the fight, and "Deadpool vs. Deathstroke" took its place on the episode list.
    • Something similar happened in early 2015 when Death Battle decided to move updates to Wednesdays instead of Fridays. Again, they couldn't keep this schedule for even the first Death Battle of the year (Gaara vs Toph), which had to be delayed by an additional week.
    • Originally, "Power Rangers vs. Voltron" was going to be the Season 3 finale, but had to be pushed back, with "Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie" taking its place. It was then decided that it would be the premiere episode for Season 4, but "Lara Croft vs. Nathan Drake" had to take its place as it still wasn't ready. It was eventually released as the fourth episode of Season 4 and billed as Death Battle's "75th episode".
  • Talking to Himself: Raven vs. Twilight Sparkle has both characters voiced by Kira Buckland.
  • Think of the Children!:
    • Ben has stated in a blog post that had they decided that Rainbow Dash lost, they would have scrapped the episode "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash" for this very reason. It's also why they didn't swear at all during the video or have blood/gore.
    • According to Ben, this was why Raven vs. Twilight ended why it did. Basically, he realized children would find it and be interested in both characters and didn't want to traumatize them after the Ninja Turtles Battle Royal ended the way it did, so he chose a bloodless, mostly family-friendly death (or whatever it is) that was in a way so parents could convince their kids that Twilight was merely squashed by Raven's soul self and didn't really die.
  • Throw It In!:
  • Trolling Creator: For a couple years, Ben had us believe that Solid Snake vs Sam Fisher would never happen due to it being "too difficult to figure out a way to make an interesting fight." As it turns out, Turns out he was lying.
    • At the end of Yang vs Tifa, it starts out with next time on Death Battle... only for it to be taken over by John Francin-McCullah of ScrewAttack's other web show, The Industry, promoting said show's season finale, leaving the combatants for the next episode unrevealed. During the stream of said match, Yang's voice actress Barbara Dunkelman said that something like Tifa's neck snap would never happen in RWBY. Volume 3, Episode 6 has Yang shoot a helpless Mercury, even if it was an accident and Yang was tricked into beliving she was being attacked by the villain.
    • During a Sidescrollers Podcast, the crew members would constantly say who Bayonetta would fight...while bleeping out the name and franchise. From what's been shown, there are at least two different versions of the character and their name begins with a D.note 
    • As a hint to Amy's opponent, Ben took a picture of several Scott Pilgrim comics and posted it on Twitter. Except he stacked all of them on top of each other and took a picture of the pages, making it look like a plank of wood. He also posted it right after he already posted the reveal video.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Leonardo was originally supposed to fight Tommy Oliver (as his White Ranger form), but Zitz came instead. However, Tommy later got in with a battle against Zechs.
    • Originally, Riptor was meant to win against Yoshi, if you turn the annotations on in their first Q and A video, but after more research, they decided Yoshi would win. They also went back and forth over who would win in the Turtles Battle Royale.
    • In the scene where Goku tries to read Superman's mind only to fail, they were originally going to have a brief Battle in the Center of the Mind that would've ended with Superman booting Goku out of his mind.
    • Kirby's opponent was originally Ditto before being switched out for Majin Buu. This was Ben's experience in his blog:
      I was writing the script, had the fight planned out, and everything was almost totally good to go! ...then I found a “Kirby: Right Back At Ya!” episode where the plucky pink puffball threw a giant worm all the way to the sun. Beat. Yeah, Ditto was one hundred percent screwed.
    • Harry Potter was originally meant to fight Aang, but after doing their research on Aang, they realized just how big of a Curbstomp Battle it would've been Aang's favor and opted to instead pit Harry against Luke Skywalker.
    • A number of Death Battles very nearly went with the losing combatant nearly being the winner. Two of the most notable cases of this were Link vs Cloud, which was said to have the entire crew arguing for weeks coming up with new feats and counters, and Riptor vs Yoshi, which originally was going to see Riptor winning, until Ben revisited Yoshi and realized there was a lot more to the green dinosaur than he originally had imagined.
    • Chris Rager really wanted to reprise his role of Mr. Satan for his battle, but ScrewAttack was too leery of legal repercussion.
    • Wiz and Ben had hoped for "Mewtwo vs. Shadow" to be much longer than it was, and had recorded a number of lines that ultimately had to be cut, making the episode feel incomplete - to the disappointment and confusion of fans. Part of the issue was that the animator deliberately did a mediocre job on the project as a result of not wanting to make vs. battles anymore.
    • Nathan Vetterlein stated that he was willing to reprise the role of Scout in the "Scout vs. Tracer" episode. Ben Singer lamented that it was too late to recast, but thanked him for the offer and asked if Nathan would like to be cast in future episodes. Had this pushed though, Scout would have been the third character in the show's history to have his original voice actor reprise his role for an episode.
    • ScrewAttack originally contacted Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug and asked him to voice Superman for "Goku vs. Superman". He declined due to having a heavy workload at the time.
    • In this Death Battle Cast episode, Ben and Chad mentioned that Indiana Jones was going to be one of the major contenders to go up against either Lara Croft or Nathan Drake when deciding on an Adventurer Archaeologist match-up. But ultimately, Lara VS Nathan was decided because of the overwhelming response from the community wanting to see this fight. However, Ben has brought up the possibility of Indy still making it in to face off against the victor, but only time will tell if this will happen.
    • In the post-episode Death Battle Cast for "Power Rangers vs. Voltron", it was revealed that there was supposed to be a post-fight animation segment where Lance's survival would be confirmed. Unfortunately, this scene needed to be cut due to limited production time.
    • In the Sub-Zero VS Glacius commentary, Ben revealed several possible opponents for Sub-Zero, including Elsa, Frozone and Iceman. Glacius was chosen due to them wanting to research a Killer Instinct character, as Nick is a noted fan of the series.
    • In this Death Battle Cast episode, the hosts reveal a lot of trivia regarding the show. Apparently, Smokey VS McGruff wasn't the first time Sam tried to implement a pun battle in an episode and the first time was going to be Flash VS Quicksilver, but it got cut because the episode was already confusing enough as is, trying to explain the Speed Force and Quicksilver's parentage. They also revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger VS Sylvester Stallone was also planned to be an episode, but got canned for some reason.
    • The hosts mention that Ichigo was originally going to fight Yusuke Urameshi, but they decided to pit him against Naruto due to getting more requests for Naruto.
    • In this Death Battle Cast episode, the hosts revealed that other top 2 contenders for Raven were Scarlet Witch and Jean Grey but they decided to use Twilight Sparkle because this matchup was the fairest for both characters and the one with the best connections.
    • In his Road to 100 blog, Ben revealed a few matchups for the first two seasons that were either cut, delayed, or changed opponents. Most notable was Naruto vs Luffy for Season 2, Crash Bandicoot vs. Spyro the Dragon planned to be out three seasons earlier, and Master Chief originally going up against Duke Nukem.
    • Joker’s most requested opponents, Green Goblin and Kefka were considered, but Ben realized that both would kill Joker immediately, choosing an opponent closer to him physically, Needles Kane.
    • In the Road to 100 blog, Ben revealed that Hulk was originally planned to face off against Broly, but fan demand shifted wildly in favour of Doomsday after he was revealed in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • During the post-episode Death Battle Cast for "Nightwing vs. Daredevil", it was revealed that there was supposed to be a scene where Daredevil bludgeoned Nightwing with a cinder block immediately following the scene where Nightwing was stunned after his attack at a stealth attack backfired. However, due to the props breakingnote , the scene needed to be cut.
    • Additionally, the killing blow in "Nightwing vs. Daredevil" was originally supposed to involve Nightwing dropping a car onto Daredevil. This was ultimately scrapped due to the considerable time and monetary investment that setting up such a scene would require.
    • Ben mentioned that he considered Beast Boy and Danny Phantom as opponents for Ben 10, but the former was rejected for being ridiculously outmatched and the latter just felt too awkward to base a fight around.
    • On Twitter, they mentioned they wanted to use Mitsuru's model based on her Persona 4: Arena appearance, but her coat was too awkward to work around.
    • The original death for Weiss was going to have her left in frozen chunks after Mitsuru's stab, but the team decided against it after backlash from the death in the prior episode and because neither series were heavy on gore.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things:
    • The backlash from Goku Versus Superman ended up causing the crew to swear off doing any 'Superman characters versus DBZ characters' battles period. However, a few years later in his blog, Ben stated that he was open to the idea of another round possibly happening.
    • Downplayed with requests for Saitama. Ben's clarified in his blog that he's not against him appearing outright, but the many uncertainties of his abilities means he's going to be barred from appearing until defined limits show up in the story.
  • The Wiki Rule: Here.
  • The Workaholic: Quite a few of the guys who work on the show end up spending a lot of time to edit, animate, and record lines. Most notable is Torrian, who they decided to give a break after seeing how hard he was working.
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    Trivia about the Show, Hosts and Cast 
  • Ben (Wiz) confirmed that the show was inspired by Deadliest Warrior and online debates including Goku vs Superman.
  • Wiz and Boomstick make an Easter Egg cameo in the indie videogame The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures. Chad James, the voice of Boomstick, makes another appearance as his real-life appearance along with fellow Screwattack host and owner Craig Skistimas.
  • According to Asylum 2013 Interview:
    • Death Battle will not do Street Fighter's Ryu vs Goku because they think Goku would obviously win.
    • Harry Potter was originally going to fight Aang, not Luke. But the hosts decided that Aang was too powerful for a fair fight against Harry.
    • The hosts believe that one of the most lopsided duels was Raiden vs Thor. However, they were proud that they could keep the fight entertaining despite Thor's overwhelming power against Raiden.
    • Boomstick likes Street Fighter more than Mortal Kombat.
    • Ben's favorite turtle was Donnatello, despite having the most violent death of the turtles.
    • Both hosts don't like Spider-man and do prefer Batman, but they both enjoy the Spider-man villain Carnage.
      • They considered doing Carnage vs Green Lantern since both characters can create and materialize various objects.
    • Death Battle gets the most fan-rants and flamewars from heroes dying, while the least come from villains dying. This is because most heroes are inspiring for fans while villains are much more hated. Also fans rage a lot with duels involving rival franchises or companies like DC and Marvel or Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
  • In the online series The Best/Worst EVER, Wiz mentions Sonic's franchise multiple times, implying that he hates the Sonic series or if he is a fan, he does acknowledge when the series does something bad. Wiz hates Rouge the Bat for being a sex-symbol of the series despite her weird appearance, does not like Amy and hates Silver. However in one episode Ben acknowledges the usefulness of Sonic's power rings, implying that he does play some Sonic games.
  • Boomstick cameos on Top 10 Educational Games on Screwattack, asking "Is someone talking shit about Reader Rabbit!?"
  • Boomstick is one of the newest narrators of the ScrewAttack series 'The Armory'.
  • In the Magfest 12 Panel:
    • The hosts mentioned the idea of Deadpool vs Deathstroke.
    • Their favorite episodes were Rainbow Dash/Starscream and He-Man/Lion-O because of how silly they were, especially the puns from latter.
    • Superman/Goku originally had about 30 minutes of dialog.
    • When asked about new abilities that happened after the episode aired, the hosts said that they would not remake any episodes because currently there is no new outcomes that would occur. The hosts agreed that Super Saiyan God Goku would lose against Superman even if it was allowed (as it requires assistance from other Saiyans, which is violating a major rule of Death Battle). Also they mention Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rain-Nuke.
    • The hosts are avoiding any Bleach, Naruto or One Piece crossovers since they have yet to end and their characters continue to evolve in power and abilities.
      • Sure enough, two months after the Naruto manga ended and one month after its movie finale was released, they announced their first fight featuring a Naruto character: Gaara vs Toph Bei Fong.
      • However, they have gone back on this statement with the inclusion of two One Piece characters: Roronoa Zoro and Portgas D. Ace. Incidentally, Zoro and Ace fought Erza and Natsu respectively, both characters from another manga that hasn't ended at the time of their battles. In addition, the protagonists of Naruto and Bleach fought each other.
    • The hosts do not know how they could make an entertaining or fair duel against assassin or stealth characters like Solid Snake or Sam Fisher and thus will avoid them.
      • However, they have gone back on this, as episode 48 features the two.
      • Moreso, it's recently been revealed on Ben's Ask.fm account that he and chad were lying.
    • Boomstick thought that the Rainbow Dash research was the weirdest. Wiz mentions how weird Batman's pirate story was.
    • The hosts mentioned the popular suggestions of Dumbledore vs Gandalf and Hawkeye vs Green Arrow.
      • Hawkeye and Green Arrow are so similar that the hosts want to avoid having identical characters duel.
      • But after the premiere of Mega Man vs. Astro Boy, it's revealed that they are going to do Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye after all.
      • The hosts don't have a lot of information regarding Gandalf's abilities and don't know if summoning the Giant Eagles should be addressed or not.
    • The hosts have considered The Avengers vs Justice League but mentioned that researching multiple characters takes a lot more time than a normal episode.
    • Ganondorf is a very commonly suggested character by fans.
    • The hosts have done some work on Voltron vs Power Rangers, but had troubles with an animator who has yet to finish the episode.
    • They made the Link vs Cloud fight 3D since neither character had good 2D sprites. Most 2D Link games have a bird's-eye-view of him, which would be weird for a Death Battle.
    • The hosts have considered Kirby as a fighter.
      • A while later, and Kirby goes up against Majin Buu.
    • They actually began working with multiple animators at once to keep Ben from going insane in animating the fights.
  • The show has a few instances of the Colbert Bump.
    • More obscure titles and characters often get more notice when they are announced. One YouTube clip of Bucky's cartoon intro has a commentator stating Death Battle brought him here the day the fight was announced.
    • The Let's Player Ris Grestar who does reaction videos under the title Let's Watch Death Battle was given a bump by the creators themselves. He did a 1000 subscription video 3 days before Death Battle linked one of his videos on Twitter; 4 days later he hit 2000.
  • In Magfest 13:
    • Broly vs Hulk was mentioned.
    • Deadpool's dance was scripted: but the 4th wall break where an audience appears, and the DPooly outfit change were unscripted but added by the animator.
    • If the previous combatants all fought each other, they fear it would be determined by who would attack who would first (eg Spawn is vulnerable to Doomguy's Unmaker), but they are not against the idea.
    • The hosts would like a Power Rangers vs. Voltron Force matchup, but they do have a difficulty finding good sprites for the latter. They ended up doing 3D models in Season 4.
    • They confirmed Galactus vs Unicron.
    • Boomstick hated Chun-Li's loss.
    • Batman originally was going to be choked to death by the web shooters or filled with webbing until he burst when the creators overestimated Batman's armor; the latter is what inspired Charizard's death.
    • Darkwing Duck was considered.
    • The creators considered 'Death Race', a race among multiple fictional fast cars or characters.
    • For the episode Robotnik vs Wily, Ben passed out one day during production.
    • McGruff the Crime Dog vs Smokey Bear is confirmed to be a joke episode, probably similar to Justin Bieber vs Rebecca Black. After being initially announced as part of season three, it would appear later as the twelfth episode of season four.
    • Much of the results of a battle are not about feats but about if it's possible for a character to counter the enemy's abilities and if they can't counter it, will it be frequently put into a fight. Also a character's maximum potential will always be examined as a huge factor (except for powers they lost like Spawn's divinity).
    • Considered Kirby vs Ditto before realizing Kirby's full power.
    • According to DC, Flash is slightly faster than Superman only so that Flash would stand out. Otherwise he would feel too similar to Superman.
    • Zero was not used in Eggman vs. Wily because Wily rarely even used Zero.
    • They joked about Burger Time Hotdog winning against a Goomba with his ability to climb ladders.
    • Rainbow Dash's episode began as a joke among other Screwattack employees before actually be taken seriously as an episode.
    • Chuck Norris vs Segata Sanshiro was confirmed, making this the second episode to include a real life human (even though it's a fictional depiction of them). Wiz and Boomstick also confirmed that there could be more 'real life' warriors in the future.
    • Death Battle is willing to use live action if for some reason it would be difficult or awkward to animate a match normally.
  • In the Boba Fett / Samus Remastered Q&A;
    • This show is open to any form of animation including comicbook and anime, but prefers Sprite and 3d animation since they do have animators for it.
    • An episode takes longer if a character has a larger franchise: for example Ragna and Sol Badguy had too many inconsistencies in their canons.
    • [Nervous] Nick is one of the behind-the-scene workers of the show.
    • Hosts expected He-Man and Lion-O would be more popular.
    • Most favorite episodes to work on were; Deadpool vs Deathstroke, Starscream vs Rainbow Dash, He-Man vs Lion-O and Pokémon Battle Royale. They also mentioned that the Pokémon Battle Royale is the most accurate battle as it can be proven though actual game physics.
    • Monty Oum's Haloid directly led to the creation of Death Battle, since after watching it, Wiz looked up who would actually win between Master Chief and Samus, which brought him to the forums where people discuss things like Goku vs Superman.
    • In homage to Monty Oum, the episode ends with a reenactment of one of Oum’s dances. Samus and Boba Fett along with other Torrian animated characters including; Deadpool, Deathstroke, Godzilla, and Gamera.
    • It was confirmed that Deadpool vs Deathstroke, Godzilla vs Gamera, and Robocop vs Terminator was all fought on the same CGI set.
    • Chuck Norris vs Segata Sanshiro was the 3rd match they ever considered making after Boba Fett vs Samus and Goku vs Superman.
    • Boomstick’s outrage at the end of the episode Gaara vs Toph was based on his actual real-world reaction to the fight.
    • Torrian wanted Deathstroke to win.
    • The hosts claimed that Dig Dug and Bucky O’Hare were very unpopular characters.
  • As of May 2015 the top 3 least popular episodes (according to YouTube's like-dislike ratio) are; Superman vs Goku (61.6%), Peach vs Zelda (73%) and Gaara vs Toph (75.2%). The most popular are; Chuck vs Segata (97%), Fox vs Bucky (97.1%), and Guts vs Nightmare (97.5%).
    • Goku, Gaara and Guts are all anime characters.
    • Superman's inconsistencies has made many people underestimate Superman beforehand, especially when many animated Superman depictions look underwhelming compared to the DBZ anime. With the introduction of God Goku, many fans demand a rematch.
    • Many of the rules in analyzing the match were, according to some fans, unfair or self contradictory. Princess Peach is very unpopular due to how annoying it is for her to get kidnapped on a regular basis. Zelda also lacks many combat appearances and with the release of Hyrule Warriors many fans are demanding a rematch.
    • Many Naruto fans claimed that Gaara was underpowered in the match and that his endurance and intelligence were also nerfed. Also it's difficult to say if Earth Bending can effect Sand Jutsu since there's little evidence to support either argument and Toph doesn't have alot of combat appearances to begin with.
    • Guts' victory over Nightmare helps disprove that Screw Attack hates anime; additionally, Guts himself is a very popular character.
    • Chuck Norris was not only a popular request but this is one of the few draws in Death Battle.
    • Bucky O'Hare is significantly less popular than Fox, as the O'Hare franchise was very short lived.
  • In the SGC Goku vs Superman Rematch Panel;
    • When asked about their person favorite Death Battles, Ben mentioned that his is the original Goku vs Superman while Chad's is He-Man vs. Lion-O.
    • The hosts jokingly asked 'who's here rooting for Deadpool?'
    • The hosts mentioned that Ragna vs Sol took longer to research than initially expected, they had to trim down research since the visual novels had too much lore to examine.
    • They hinted that an upcoming joke episode (similar to Chuck/Segata) will air in the near future.
    • Starscream vs Rainbow Dash was originally meant to be a gag battle, just like Rebecca Black vs Justin Bieber. They ended up being so impressed by Rainbow Dash's powerset that they took it seriously.
    • Wiz recommends watching Rainbow Dash vs Starscream as the first episode to watch to confirm if you like the Death Battle series.
    • Link vs Cloud was one of closest match ups ever, claimed it was virtually even and arguments about who would win were heated among the screwattack staff. The conclusion went back and forth as research continued. Sometimes the researchers would text each other during the night whenever new game-changing evidence appeared.
    • Most of the scripts for the fights follow the research and the settings of the duel, especially when the characters change locations, but much of the fight and movement is dictated by the animator.
    • Chris Sabat always wanted to play as Solid Snake, so it was easy to hire him for the episode of Snake/Sam. They claimed to have hired him for free.
    • DB hosts claim to have a long list of possible episodes that they go to when planning for the next one.
    • DB confirmed that they won't use polls to decide a match.
    • He-Man's tornado feat and Rainbow Dash's feats were the most shocking.
    • Fox vs Bucky is the best example of a match not created from fan requests.
    • The director Nick planned for Snake to overwhelm Sam and slowly break all his bones. Then, Otacon kills Grimm.
    • Galactus vs Unicron is most requested episode not yet made.
    • The animation for a 2d fight takes 2-4 weeks to make while 3d matches are 4-6 weeks to make.
    • Samus vs Boba Fett was inspired by the popular Samus vs Master Chief made by Oum.
    • The hosts will avoid Zod vs Vegeta since it is too similar to Goku vs Superman.
    • Batman was used twice so that Nick, a relatively new staff member, could test out an episode with half of the research already done.
    • Superman can survive magical attacks by regenerating despite having few defenses against it, a trait confirmed by Superman/Shazam! the Return of Black Adam.
    • The hosts have no other rematches planned in the near future. They want to avoid it since episodes in general take up so much time to do.
    • The hosts want to avoid Final Fantasy and videogame characters with player influences, especially Role Playing Games. However they might still attempt a Final Fantasy character episode.
    • They joked about Bitey the squirrel, Boomstick's cockfighting squirrel who died while dressed as goku.
    • They implied want to do an episode with Mickey Mouse.
    • They wanted to make a musical episode involving Disney Princesses, but feared being sued by Disney.
    • They actually don't run on "seasons"; matches are planned out ten at a time, and why "Season One" ended with "Superman vs. Goku" was due to some technical difficulties.
  • In the Wolverine vs Raiden Q&A...
    • Batman is still a popular request even after having two episodes.
    • Wolverine vs Shredder, Baraka, Freddy Krueger, Vega (from street fighter) were suggested heavily by fans. The hosts believe Wolverine would dominate these combatants with Freddy being the closer due to his dream powers.
    • Ben admits to be a Wolverine fan and is also a metalgear fan. Tori is a metal gear fan and both he and Boomstick likes Raiden.
    • Many times non-deathbattle members of screwattack get involved in the debates when making an episode.
    • the craziest things they discovered about Wolverine and Raiden is;
      • How Spock ko'd Wolverine (mentioned in the actual analysis)
      • The twisted relationship of Rose and Raiden
      • Ultimate Wolverine gets ripped in half by the Hulk and is forced to crawl back to his lower body. He also was able to breathe through his pores to survive decapitated. According to an interview, the author claims that Wolverine survived decaptiation because 'small chains of adamatium still connected Wolverine's organs together'. The hosts claim that Ultimate Wolverine is not canon.
    • DK vs Knuckles had alot of back-and-forth discussion and the conclusion changed at the last minute. This back-and-forth debate was not as extreme as Cloud vs Link for the hosts.
    • Macho Man vs Koolaid Man is something Boomstick wants to do as a joke, as both fighters say OH YEAH! They even tried researching the biology of the Koolaid Man, determining that the glass body is his body while the drink is irrelevant to his survival as it can be switched out or emptied with no negative side-effects.
    • The hosts considered horror monsters like King Kong, Frankenstein and Dracula but would prefer modern depictions for the sake of action.
    • The hosts claim that the easiest thing in making or deciding an episode is to determine if two combatants are 'in the same league' and if they even have a chance to win by examining their greatest feats. but it also is about the concept and layout of the characters themselves.
    • The Q&A also show a behind-the-scenes view of making the 3d animation.
  • According to the season 2 finale Pokémon vs Digimon;
    • Boomstick wanted Guts to be a combatant since the show began.
    • The hosts joked about Hermione Granger vs The Juggernaut.
    • Red was going to be more mutilated than what was already depicted; they even considered having Ash attack Red or Red hugging Charizard as they both die.
    • The hosts confirmed that Tai does have a history of assaulting other humans while Red does not, which might explain their direct confrontation.
    • Boomstick thinks it's impossible to do universe vs universe (DC vs Marvel) especially since they can't decide who to choose for the match and would be too costly in time and budget.
    • Season 3 will include an expanded crew, mainly of researchers.
    • Galactus vs Unicron & Smokey Bear vs McGruff the Crime-Dog were reconfirmed for Season 3.
    • Bayonetta was confirmed for Season 3, coinciding with her reveal as the final DLC character for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Her opponent was later confirmed to be Dante.
  • Ben posted a fake list of upcoming fights on his Twitter page on April 1st, 2016. The list included:
    3. Ratchet & Clank vs Big the Cat and Froggynote 
    4. Ronald McDonald vs Colonel Sandersnote 
    6. Kermit the Frog vs Incredible Hulknote 
    7. Hermione Granger vs The Juggernautnote 
    8. Goku vs Ryu
    9. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Battle Royalnote 
    14. New Coke vs Crystal Pepsi
    15. Mario Mario vs Squeegie Hornio
    16. Man vs Womannote 
  • As of September 2016 (A week before Ken vs. Terry), the top 5 least popular episodes (according to YouTube's like-dislike ratio) are; Superman vs Goku 2 (59%), Superman vs. Goku (61.2%), Pokémon vs Digimon (72.3%), Zelda vs. Peach (73.1%), and Tracer vs. Scout (74.2%).
  • In the Banned From DEATH BATTLE episode of DEATH BATTLE CAST;
    • The sometimes requested King Mickey vs. Yoda will most likely never happen due to them not wanting to use either character. Mickey Mouse will not be used since Disney is notorious for suing people for the use of Mickey Mouse even when it should be covered by fair use. Yoda will not be used since Ben Singer hates the fighting style Yoda was given in the prequels and would not be able to deal with focusing on it to make an episode for a month.
  • So far, two episodes of Death Battle were originally match-ups from the "Community Death Battle" segment of the Death Battle Cast:
    • Black Panther vs. Batman was a Community Death Battle on the September 7, 2017 podcast, just over 4 months before the official episode was released. The outcome of the Community Death Battle was a draw (with Torrian and Ben voting for Black Panther, while Chad and Sam voted for Batman), while the official episode ended with Black Panther winning.
    • Ultron vs. Sigma was a Community Death Battle on the May 3, 2017 podcast, just over 18 months before the official episode was released. The outcome of the Community Death Battle was a draw (with Torrian and Sam voting for Ultron, while Nick and Ben voted for Sigma), while the official episode ended with Ultron winning.

    Recurring Trends & Fan Speculations 
  • Of the 103 fights so far, 54 of them have been won by the character whose name is first in the title. This is a trend because the other 49 includes 5 ties (Goomba vs. Koopa, Justin Bieber vs. Rebecca Black, Eggman vs. Wily, Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro, and Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie), the TMNT Battle Royale, Pokémon Battle Royale and Mega Man Battle Royale, which list no combatants in the title or have a Legacy Character in the title, and a remastered version of Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran, thus bringing down the "First character wins" to "last character wins" down to 54-42.
  • Usually, if any of the fighters attacks the other before the battle begins (before "FIGHT!!" appears), the one who does the preemptive attack loses; 11-9. Examples are Boba Fett (his ship attacking Samus Aran's), Shang Tsung (attempted one on Akuma, who dodged the attack), Wonder Woman (doing a flying kick on Rogue), Felicia (accidentally pouncing a napping Taokaka), Quicksilver (decking The Flash in the face without warning) Ramona Flowers (attempted one on Amy, who dodged the attack), Goku vs. Superman (Goku shot a ki blast at Superman, who admittedly did retaliate before the FIGHT signal appeared), Fox vs Bucky O’Hare (Bucky O'Hare's crew vaporizing Slippy, and then Fox's retaliation via Smart Bomb), Tigerzord vs Gundam Epyon (Tommy accidentally killing Noin, which made Zechs very upset), Dante vs Bayonetta (Bayonetta attempting to shoot Dante to instigate the fight) and Ben 10 (his Omnitrix blasting Green Lantern for trying to remove it). The exceptions are Justin Bieber (spraying Rebecca Black), Ryu vs. Scorpion (Scorpion attacking Ryu with his Rope Kunai), Ragna vs. Sol Badguy (Sol attacked Ragna in an attempt to collect the bounty on his head), and Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro (Sanshiro attempted to force a Sega Saturn on Norris), Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor (Iron Man blasts a crystal out of Lex's hand), Scrooge McDuck vs. Shovel Knight (Scrooge whacks Shovel Knight out of Scrooge's treasure box that the latter was looting), Raven vs Twilight Sparkle [Raven launches dark energy to Twilight when the former was found transported to Ponyville), Optimus Prime vs. Gundam (Optimus charges at RX-78-2 and knocks it out of the ship), and Mario vs Sonic 2018 (Mario folds Sonic in the beach chair and kicks him airborne).
    • Also, even after the "FIGHT!" signal appears, the one who throws the first punch also usually dies; 23. Examples are Shang Tsung (tried to hit Akuma with a fireball, who dodged yet again), Wonder Woman (hurls her Tiara at Rogue), Zitz (headbutts Leonardo against a chain-link fence), Riptor (combos Yoshi), Kratos (tries to hit Spawn with his blades but Leetha blocks them), Shadow (tries to kick Vegeta, who blocks his attack), Harry Potter (tries to use Avada Kedavra on Luke twice but fails), Chun-Li (tries to use Kikoken on Mai, who dodges), Mortal Kombat!Raiden (hurls bolts of lightning at Thor, who blocks them), Cloud (charges at Link, who blocks the attack), Lion-O (fires a beam at He-Man, who deflects the beam), M. Bison (Attempts an aerial kick on Shao Kahn, who blocks and punches him between the legs), Ryu Hayabusa (throws shurikens at Strider Hiryu, who dodges), Terminator (first to fire his gun), Charizard (first to attack one of the other Pokémon in the arena), Sektor (fired a missle at Fulgore, who deflected it), Gamera (Hurls a large chunk of an office building at Godzilla, who tanks it}, Captain America (hurls his shield at Batman, who deflects it.), Mega Man (repeatedly shoots at Astro with his Mega Buster, who blocks it), Bayonetta (who started the fight to begin with, yet Dante was able to dodge her shots and even caught one of her bullets with his teeth), Shadow again (attempted a physical combo against Mewtwo, who blocks it), Metal Sonic (immediately tackles into Zero as soon as the "FIGHT!" starts) and Frank West (throws a bottle at Leon).
    • On the other hand, whoever wins the first struggle and lands the first clean blow usually wins. Exceptions are Boba Fett, Wonder Woman, Zitz, Cloud, Riptor, Buu, Beast, Knuckles, Mega Man, Jak and Daxter, Quicksilver, Shovel Knight, McGruff the Crime Dog, Jotaro Kujo, Crash Bandicoot, Frank West, Jin Kazama, Afro Samurai, Sonic (rematch only) and Weiss Schnee.
    • However, Ben Singer (Wizard) confirmed that the previous trends are not deliberate; they debate on who would be the one to throw the first punch for the fight, and it comes down who they believe is more fitting to do so.
    • One character that has subverted BOTH trends: Scorpion.
  • If a character who comes from a series that has yet to be represented before them goes up against a character who has come from a series with a previous representative, the character who comes from the new series tends to lose. 12-11. Examples are Mike Haggar (first Final Fight representative going up against the second Street Fighter rep: Zangief), Zitz (first Battletoads rep: going up against one of the first TMNT reps: Leonardo), Riptor (first Killer Instinct rep going up against the third Mario rep: Yoshi), Harry Potter (first Harry Potter rep going up against the second Star Wars rep: Luke Skywalker), Zelda (first Legend of Zelda rep going up against the fifth Mario rep: Peach), Cloud Strife (first Final Fantasy rep going up against the second Legend of Zelda rep: Link), Pikachu (first Pokémon rep going up against the fourth Street Fighter rep: Blanka), Ivy Valentine (first Soul Calibur rep going up against the second Killer Instinct rep: Black Orchid), Needles Kane (first Twisted Metal rep going up against the eight DC rep: the Joker), Ramona Flowers, (first Scott Pilgrim rep going up against the sixth Sonic rep: Amy Rose) Ichigo Kurosaki (first Bleach rep going up against the second Naruto Rep: Naruto) and Jin Kazama (first Tekken rep going up against the 11th Street Fighter rep: Ryu). Exceptions are Mai Shiranui (first King of Fighters rep going up against the third Street Fighter rep: Chun-Li), Dr. Wily (first Mega Man rep going up against the third Sonic rep: Dr. Eggman and tied with him), Kirby (first Kirby rep going against the third Dragon Ball rep: Majin Buu), Sol Badguy (first Guilty Gear rep going against the second BlazBlue rep: Ragna), Guts (first Berserk rep going against the second Soul Calibur rep: Nightmare), Goliath (first Gargoyles rep going against the second X-Men rep: Beast), Yang (first RWBY rep going up against the second Final Fantasy rep: Tifa), Tai and Agumon (first Digimon rep going up against the third Pokémon rep: Red and Charizard), Voltron (first Voltron rep going up against the second Power Rangers rep: Megazord), Lucy (first Elfen Lied rep going up against the fourth Spider-Man rep: Carnage) and Mitsuru Kirijo (first Shin Megami Tensei: Persona rep against the second RWBY rep: Weiss Schnee).
  • If a character tries to use social tricks/mind control/brainwashing during the fight, it will invariably fail or backfire and possibly leave that character open to attack. 5-4. Examples are Luke Skywalker, Starscream, M. Bison, Twilight Sparkle and Sigma. Joker, Mewtwo, Ultron and Star Force Mega Man are exceptions.
  • If a character is given vehicles, steeds, or other similar things, that character will lose. The hosts will often give a character the benefit of the doubt by giving them such things, making the fight more decisive by proving that even if a character had their vehicle or steed, they would still lose. 4-1. Examples include Harry with his broomstick, Bomberman with his Rooey, McGruff the Crime Dog with his monster truck, Crash Bandicoot with his mech and Helicopter Pack, and Frank West with his Exo-suit. The Exception is Kirby and the Warp Star. Aversions are The Joker and Needles Kane, since both of them start their fight against each other in their respective vehicles.
  • If a character has traits or abilities that could be used in the battle glossed over and disregarded for any reason, that character will win regardless. 8-0. Examples include the complete disregarding of Silver Age Superman as a factor, Shao Kahns inner Beast and Emperor's Sword, ignoring the RoboCop (2014) reboot (which would have hugely upped Robocops speed and maneuverability), not giving Vegeta his Super Saiyan 4 form, not giving Tails access to any of his vehicles or mecha (or his Chaos Emerald powered Super Mode), not giving Kirby some of the copy abilities from his games, only giving Iron Man 3 of his suits, and leaving out most of Ratchet and Clank's arsenal. Partial Exceptions are matches where the losers gain new abilities (this happens all the time).
  • If a character uses (as opposed to merely being able to do so but not doing it) teleportation during the fight and their opponent doesn't, they usually lose. 9-5 Examples include Shang Tsung, Harry Potter, M. Bison, Zelda, Goku, Mortal Kombat!Raiden, Buu, Sigma and Thanos. Spawn, Scorpion, Deadpool, Dante, and Roshi are the exceptions.
  • Magic users tends to lose in their respective Death Battles. 10-5 Examples are Harry Potter, Ryu Hayabusa, Shang Tsung, Kratos, Ivy Valentine, Zelda, Buu, Nightmare, Erza, and Shovel Knight. Very partial example with Goku, whose ki was not considered magic by the show but did have a magic weapon (the Power Pole) and rode the Nimbus Cloud to the battle. Exceptions include Link, Mai Shiranui, Shao Kahn, Natsu Dragneel and Sephiroth. Subverted with Tommy and the Tigerzord, as the Tigerzord was created with a mix of Technology and Magic, Guts, who used his supernatural Berserker Armor to win the fight, and Doctor Doom, who uses both a mix of magic and technology. Averted with Megazord and Voltron where both were a mix of magic and technology and they fought each other with Voltron winning, averted with Raven and Twilight Sparkle where both of whom are proficient mages and fought each other, averted with Doctor Strange and Doctor Fate where both are also proficient mages pitted against each other, and averted with Weiss Schnee vs. Mitsuru Kirijo who both have magic or magic-like abilities. Also an aversion with Crash and Spyro, who both use magic in some form, but Crash also uses technology, and the two fought each other.
  • In a Magic Versus Science battle, the science/technology user tends to win. 7-3. Examples are Luke Skywalker, Strider Hiryu, Tails, Guts, Hercule Satan, Ratchet & Clank, and Scrooge McDuck. Exceptions are Rainbow Dash, Spyro the Dragon, and Shazam.
  • A character who uses any form of Time Stop loses, 8-2-1. Examples include Mega Man (both times), Shadow, Bayonetta, Jak, Metal Sonic against Zero, Scruff McGruff, Jotaro Kujo and Mega Man X. Partial exceptions include Dante and Zeronote . The only complete exception so far is Sora. An aversion in Mario vs Sonic (2018), where neither combatant used any time stop despite having them in their analysis.
  • When one of the fighters is waiting for the other, the 'waiter' usually wins; 19-12. Examples are Yoshi, Dig Dug, Vegeta, Sonic (in the first fight), Luke Skywalker, Mai Shiranui, Thor, Superman, He-Man, Shao Kahn, Fulgore, Batman against Captain America, Mewtwo, Lucario, Wonder Woman in her second fight, Naruto, Lucy, Optimus Prime, and Mario (rematch). Exceptions are Justin Bieber (again), Dr. Wily (which were both draws), Ivy Valentine, Ryu, Gaara, Nightmare, Sam Fisher, Darth Vader, Bayonetta, Captain Marvel, Twilight Sparkle and Mega Man Volnutt.
  • When both fighters are entering the arena in where they'll fight, as opposed to one waiting for the other or both being there already, it's usually the first one who arrives who loses. 12-11. Examples are the Koopa, Zitz, Kratos, Starscream, Doomguy, Tommy, Buu, Lex Luthor, Metal Sonic, Vergil and Crash Bandicoot. The Mega Man Battle Royale has the characters who arrived in order die off in that order. Exceptions are Akuma, Justin Bieber, Princess Peach, Spider-Man, Fox, Tails, Godzilla, Goliath, Metal Gear!Raiden, Dante and Samurai Jack.
  • Between fights against a male and female, the female usually wins. 8-5. Examples are Samus Aran, Rainbow Dash, Toph, Carolina, Tracer, Lara Croft, Wonder Woman in her second fight, and Lucy. Partial exception is Rebecca Black (again). Complete exceptions are Riptornote , Bayonetta, Erza Scarlet, Renamonnote , and Captain Marvel. A rather unique exception is Otacon killing Anna Grim.
  • Also, whenever a hero goes against a villain, the villain loses. 10-5-1. Examples are Boba Fett, Starscream, Terminator, Deathstroke, Buu, Nightmare, Lex Luthor, Metal Sonic, Balrog and Widowmaker. Two ambiguous situations where the Anti-Hero defeated their more heroic opponent, such as when Godzilla note  killed the heroic Gameranote , and when Scorpionnote  killed the more traditionally heroic Ryu. A third and fourth ambiguous situations are where the full-blown villains Shredder and Sephiroth killed the morally-grey villains Silver Samurai and Vergil. A fifth ambiguous situation happens when the generally more heroic but sometimes antagonistic King Dedede killed the generally more villainous Wario. Complete exception by Doomsday, who manages to kill The Hulk.
  • If one fighter seems almost obviously stronger than the other, the seemingly weaker character tends to win. 5-5. Examples are Yoshi, Rainbow Dash, Peach, Kirby and Dante. Exceptions are Michelangelo, Pikachu, Gamera, McGruff the Crime Dog and Afro Samurai. You can expect, in the post-fight analysis, for Wiz to say "While [loser] had the advantage in brute strength..." almost word-for-word.
    • And a CLEAR exception is Superman, though his obvious strength isn't explained until AFTER the battle.
  • If a character is stated to have a move, technique, or weapon that just screams "this will easily kill the opponent when used", it will fail and that character will lose. 21-18. Examples are Boba Fett (his homing missile), Chun-Li (her Kikosho), Kratos (his Blade of Olympus), Goku (Super Saiyan 4 and the Spirit Bomb), Bomberman (his Mega Bomb), Harry Potter (Avada Kedavra), Doomguy (his BFG 9000), Cloud Strife (his Omnislash), Pikachu (Volt Tackle), M. Bison (Final Bison Mode), Luigi (both his Super Jump Punch and Negative Zone), Sektor (the Compactor), Tommy (the Mega Tigerzord's Phoenix Strike), Ryu in his first fight (his Raging Demon and Power of Nothingness), Buu (Chocolate Beam), Ragna (The Black Beast), Lex (his Kill Sat attack), Dan (his Raging Demon), Jak (his Supernova), Jotaro Kujo (stopping an opponent's heart via Star Platinum), Thanos (Anything with the Infinity gauntlet) and Ben 10 (Alien X erasing opponent from reality with a single thought). Exceptions are Vegeta (his Super Saiyan form, though in fairness Shadow had almost the exact same ability, as well as his Galick Gun), Akuma (his Raging Demon), Peach (her Mega Strike technique, though its lethality wasn't expressly mentioned until after the battle), Blastoise (his Hydro Pump), Superman (the Infinite Mass Punch), Rainbow Dash (her Buccanneer Blaze), Fulgore (the Devistation Beam), Kirby (Hypernova Kirby), The Joker (his Joker Venom), Mewtwo (his mind wipenote ), Scrooge McDuck (his Anti-Inertia Ray and Neutra-Friction Raynote ), Smokey Bear (turning gigantic to crush his opponent), Sephiroth (the Supernova), Kenshiro (Hokuto Shinken's lethal techniques), Spyro the Dragon (his Aether Breath in Dark Spyro form), Leon S. Kennedy (his Rocket Launcher Special), Ryu in his second fight (his Power of Nothingness), Optimus Prime (his Matrix of Leadership) and Mitsuru Kirijo (her Megidolaon).
    • It seems Wiz and Boomstick learned from their mistake with Peach and explained Superman's Infinite Mass Punch during his bio (which is again another exception).
    • On another note, if a character has a "will kill an enemy very easily" move and it doesn't fail, it is often the finishing move (or the clincher that's followed up by the finishing move). Almost all of the exceptions to the above observation were when the "this will easily kill the opponent when used" move was the last move or was followed up by the last move. The exception was with Kenshiro, who managed to hit Jotaro with a Time-Delayed Death and wasn't the final move he used (the battle had been decided by then, regardless).
    • Averted with Raven vs. Twilight Sparkle: the hosts noted that both of them had about the same number of "this will easily kill the opponent when used" spells, and as such the fight was decided more on stats.
  • If the clip at the end of the characters rundown but before the Death Battle shows them at a point of incompetence and/or vulnerability, they tend to lose. Examples being Donatello, Raphael, Starscream, Cloud, Harry Potter, Felicia, Lion-O, Luigi, Captain America, Wolverine, Dan and Bowser. Exception is Hercule, who is the one who killed Dan.
  • If a character involved in a battle has blonde hair, they usually win. 14-2. Examples are Samus, Luke Skywalker, Taokaka, Link, Peach, He-Man, Robocop (Murphy was blonde), Zechs, Tails (yellow fur), Yang, Venom (Eddie Brock is blonde), Zero, Naruto, and Doctor Fate. The exceptions are Cloud, who lost to another blond character, Captain America, who is often depicted with blonde hair, and Renamon (blonde fur). Thor is both a straight example and an exception.
  • Characters that Boomstick has an obvious preference to tend to lose. Examples are Haggar, Doomguynote , Charizardnote , and Deathstroke.note  The exception is Guts.
  • If consecutive episodes feature combatants from the same franchise, said combatants will usually have wins and losses between them. Examples include Sonic the Hedgehog (the titular character won against Mario, while Shadow lost to Vegeta the previous episode) and Marvel Comics (Iron Man was triumphant against Lex Luthor, before Beast lost to Goliath the next episode; Black Widow won against Widowmaker, but Captain Marvel lost to Shazam in the next episode). The exceptions are DC Comics (The Flash and the Joker brought DC two wins back-to-back; Darkseid and Aquaman would later do the same thing) and Marvel Comics again (Thanos and Namor lost to the aforementioned Darkseid and Aquaman in consecutive episodes).
  • The Master Chief vs. Doomguy battle received some complaints due to the animation contradicting the research. First and foremost, Master Chief can't throw grenades inside his bubble shield. More to the point, however, Doomguy is treated as a slow, plodding Implacable Man in the animation despite his greatest advantage being his speed, with an average jogging speed of over 30 miles per hour and a full speed (due to an engine exploit) being nearly twice as fast.
  • Similar to the above, the Peach vs. Zelda battle has received complaints regarding not just the animation contradicting the research, but also the research itself:
    • Peach won because of the convenience of her sheep note 
    • The light arrow was only stopped by Peach's Rage note 
      • But it's still an arrow in her chest note 
    • The Mega Strike should be inadmissible for only being seen in a sports game note 
    • Peach can only use the Vibe Scepter powers on Vibe Island note 
  • If the description questions whether a certain fighter can take on another, the questions would be answered a "Yes." Examples are Rainbow Dash, Link, Shao Kahn, Sol Badguy and Solid Snake. Exceptions are Pikachu and Nightmare (preview).
  • Whenever a character clearly instigates the fight, they're usually the one who loses; 26-7. Examples include Boba Fett [shot Samus's ship out of space], Wonder Woman [attacked Rogue while she was flying, knocking her out of the sky], Riptor [viciously attacks a terrified Yoshi], Shadow [challenges Vegeta to a fight because he senses his powerful energy], Starscream [threatened and mocked Rainbow Dash], Goku [challenged Superman, thinking he was going to try to destroy Earth, and continued despite Superman trying to convince him to stop], Lion-O [attacked He-Man thinking he was using Battlecat as a slave], M. Bison [attacked Shao Kahn's men], Bucky O'Hare, [killed Slippy thinking he was an enemy, enraging Fox], Terminator [Killed the gun store owner, then resisted when Robocop tried to arrest him], Tommy [fired a shot that accidentally killed Noin right in front of Zechs' eyes], Lex Luthor [Infiltrates one of Stark's buildings to steal the artifacts inside], Knuckles [ate a banana from DK's hoard, which got DK pissed] Red and Charizard [Red attempted to capture Agumon, thinking him a rare Pokémon], Bayonetta [attacked Dante when he revealed that he was hired to find the Left Eye of the World, unaware that she is the Left Eye], Shovel Knight [caught looting Scrooge McDuck's treasure] the Power Rangers and Megazord [mistook Hunk and the Yellow Lion for an enemy and immediately summoned the Zords to attack], Ace [stole food from a tavern and ate it in front of Natsu instead of handing it back], Metal Sonic [destroying cars on the highway prompting the Maverick Hunter Zero to respond], Renamon [told Lucario to leave in a threatening manner when he was minding his business], Ichigo [Attacked Naruto who was minding his business sleeping under a waterfall], Spider Man 2099 [web-slung on a gargoyle that Batman Beyond was relaxing on, causing it to break and forcing Terry into action], Crash Bandicoot [crushed Spyro's adoptive brother Sparx in front of him], Frank West [initiated the fight instead of standing down despite Leon's warning], Carnage [lunged at Lucy immediately after murdering civilians aboard a train], Sonic [stole Mario's beach chair and refused to give it back, causing Mario to attack him] and Widowmaker [shot and assassinated a SHIELD operative, before shooting at Black Widow]. Exceptions are Scorpion [Attempted to grab Ryu with his Spear before the fight officially began], Sol Badguy [Saw the bounty for Ragna and almost immediately attacked him once he walked past], Segata Sanshiro [forcing a Sega Saturn on Chuck Norris for not playing it], Goliath [saw Beast upon turning from stone and lunged at him], Yang [attacked Tifa's co-worker, and threw a punch at the same time Tifa threw a kick], Joker [he stole Sweet Tooth's ice cream cone] and The Shredder [sicced his Foot Clan ninjas on Silver Samurai who was minding his own business training].
  • When describing combatant abilities, the traits that are viewed the longest normally have more importance to the outcome of the fight, like Spidey's Spider-Sense.
  • If a fighter gets their Final Smash from Super Smash Bros. they usually lose. 8-3. Direct examples are Mario (in his first battle), Zelda, Luigi, Pikachu, Charizard, Bayonetta, and Sonic (in his rematch against Mario). Indirect, as in they use a Final Smash move but are not a fighter themselves in Smash Bros., examples are Shadow and Venusaur. Also an indirect example, in that his Final Smash was used in a Death Battle that came before his Smash appearance, is Cloud. The exceptions are Sonic (in his first battle), who fought Mario, Blastoise, who fought Venusaur and Charizard, and Lucario. Another indirect example is Mega Man (both times), whose Black Hole Bomb used as part of his Final Smash. A possible exception is Ganondorf, his transformation was into his pig man form Ganon rather then his dark beast Ganon Final Smash.
  • Characters with superior defense tend to win their battles; 36-8. Examples are Vegeta (he could easily tank Super Shadow's blows), Master Chief (had significantly better armor, regenerating energy shields, and the impenetrable bubble shield), Blastoise (had moves that could bolster his already high defensive stats), Spawn (only the Blade of Olympus could even hurt him, he had a Healing Factor, and he can only be killed by decapitation) Spider-Man (had superhuman durability compared to Batman being just a man), Link (his shield was indestructible), Robocop (he has been completely unphased by things that have obliterated Terminators), Superman (he was hundreds of times more durable than Goku), Godzilla (who has taken hits from a small black hole, a kaiju sized meteor and nuclear explosions) Epyon (the Gundams are made of Gundanium which is much stronger than any metal on earth, and especially the metal in the Thunderzord), Scorpion (Scorpion is unable to be killed by physical attacks), Guts (suffered HUGE amounts of punishmentnote  without the Berserker Armor), Goliath (shrugged off anti-aircraft fire), Doctor Doom (his armor can take hits from the Infinity Gauntlet and has protections against a large variety of attacks), Donkey Kong (while both he and Knuckles could survive re-entry, only DK has survived an explosion strong enough to launch him into orbit in the first place), Yang (Able to withstand falling from terminal velocity and a blow that knocked her through a solid 4-foot wide pillar of concrete), Astro Boy (Was only partially melted but still functional after riding a missile strong enough to stop a solar flare into the sun), Hawkeye (Wears chain mail whereas Green Arrow only has minimal armor) Tai and Agumon (Agumon, as Metal Greymon, had the powerful Chrome Digizoid and Wargreymon had the powerful Brave Shield), Dante (his ability to survive all kinds of mortal wounds), Mewtwo (compared to Shadow's base form, he had multiple barrier moves as well as a powerful healing move), Doomsday (having an Adaptive Ability that allowed him to shrug off attacks from the likes of various powerful DC heroes and villains), Voltron (could survive the planet-crushing gravitational forces of the Omega Comet while an upgraded Megazord couldn't even survive Serpentera), Zero (survived crashing into Eurasia and blowing it up, the explosive force being around 100 trillion TNT tons, as strong as the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs), Lucario (had defensive options as compared to the strictly Glass Cannon Renamon), Smokey Bear (a bear is obviously sturdier than a human-sized bloodhound), Naruto (tanked an attack that blew a hole through the moon while in his base form), Black Panther (His Vibranium Panther Habit made many attacks nigh-useless, and Batman had nothing that could deal with it), Raven (could survive a nuke that was far greater than what Twilight with the other princesses' powers could survive), Kenshiro (survived a building collapsing on him and even tore through it by walking, No Selled a tank shell and lava, and while Star Platinum was invulnerable to Kenshiro's attacks, Jotaro was not), Ryu (survived the island-busting Akuma who could output 415 TNT tons, while Jin scaled to his father Kazuya could only take 100), Optimus Prime (survived a refinery explosion that left a gash in Cybertron and could be seen from space), MegaMan.EXE (had a shield that could survive the destruction of the cyber world, a universal-level destruction) and Green Lantern (While Ben's Alien X form could survive universal destruction, Green Lantern Rings allowed users to survive multiversal-level events). Exceptions include Starscream (he has taken missiles and lasers, while Rainbow Dash clearly wasn't avoiding his bullets because they would tickle), Wolverine (had a very powerful Healing Factor and a Made of Indestructium skeleton, but Raiden could cut through it and lop off his head to prevent the healing), Ace (fought the Shichibukai Jinbei for five days straight and emerged victorious, but the source of his defense was nullified by Natsu's ability to eat fire), Balrog (both he and TJ survived a high drop, but Balrog's was about 100 feet higher), Silver Samurai (his armor was deemed stronger than regular Shredder's, but had exposed parts that Shredder could hit at), Thor (he survived a planet-busting explosive, but Wonder Woman has performed feats of far greater strength), and Carnage (he possessed a powerful Healing Factor that allowed him to regenerate from dismemberment and the Gene bomb, but the symbiote’s weakness to extreme heat and Lucy’s greater power could bypass it). Borderline or debatable cases include Deadpool vs Deathstroke (Deadpool could regenerate from practically anything but had no armor; Deathstroke had armor partially composed of Nth Metal and Promethium but had a weaker Healing Factor that eventually got nullified), Kirby vs Buu (Kirby could tank a planet-sized explosion without a scratch but had no Healing Factor; Buu could quickly come back From a Single Cell but even ordinary bullets could visibly damage his body) and Sephiroth vs Vergil (Sephiroth had powerful healing magic limited only by his available energy pool (which was moot since his connection to the Lifestream gave him an unlimited pool) and the time to cast the spells and let them take effect; Vergil had a powerful and consistent Healing Factor, but it could be overtaxed with sufficient force). Straight-up averted with Crash and Spyro, whose durability and defensive measures were dead-on even, leaving the fight decided via other means. Played with in the two Mario and Sonic battles, as while Mario has the superior defense (survived an explosion that engulfed an entire tennis stadium), Sonic won the original due to being too fast in both mobility and reflexes for Mario to catch and wearing down his defense for the kill, whereas Mario won in the second due to now possessing reflex feats comparable to Sonic to let him reliably hit and defeat his opponent before that point could be reach.
  • Characters who are dead in their original canon tend to lose their fights; 4-1. Examples include Portgas D. Ace, Silver Samurai, Sigma, and Jiraiya. An exception is Optimus Prime. Played With cases include Sephiroth vs. Vergil, where both characters are technically dead in their original canon.
  • A character's track record against other fighters is generally not taken seriously when considering the result. Wiz noted in the TMNT battle royale that the results of fights within a character's own universe are often plot constructive (and not based on who is objectively better) and therefore the results are questionable. In addition, since fighting ability is not a straight number or ranking, some fighters may be good against some combatants but not others and therefore even the seemingly rock solid logic of "A beat B, who is obviously more powerful than C. That means A would beat C" is moot. To put it another way, imagine someone arguing that since rock beats scissors and scissors beats paper, then rock would beat paper.
    • The exceptions to the above rule are when a fighter has experience with fighting and winning against foes similar to the other combatant (Spider-Man was able to counter Batman as Spider-Man fights the Green Goblin, who is also a strategic, gadget-oriented fighter), when the defeat of a character is analyzed as a feat of strength, ability, or skill (such as how Orchid defeated Eyedol even when no one else could, which establishes her as very capable), when the character has defeated foes superior than the foe who managed to defeat his opponent (How Zechs and Epyon is considered stronger than Tommy and the Tigerzord is because he managed to defeat Barge, who is clearly stronger than Rito Revolto, the monster who defeated Tigerzord), or when a fighter has constant experience with similar surroundings against his foe (like Guts defeating Nightmare despite being less powerful than him due to defeating stronger demons multiple times a day on a daily basis).
    • With that said, matchups that do have official fights made beforehand have ended with the winner of said fights winning, without factoring those fights in. Examples include Robocop beating the Terminator, and Aquaman beating Namor, both getting the same results in the match as they did in their comics.
  • The Official DEATH BATTLE Fan Blog was incredibly good in their predictions of who will win. They predicted every fight between Batman vs. Spider-Man and Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter, and a majority of the official bloggers concluded on the eventual winner in most Death Battles. The blog became defunct when the forecasters became closer to the official research team, but ended their run with a record of 23-9-4 (a bit under 64% success). Exceptions included five cases where the researchers unanimously predicted the combatants that died (Ivy vs. Orchid, Batman vs. Captain America, Ryu vs. Scorpion, and Dante vs. Bayonetta, and Bowser vs. Ganon), four with the majority picking that character (Gaara vs. Toph, Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor, Beast vs. Goliath, Yang vs. Tifa), two prediction ties (Deadpool vs. Deathstrokenote , Kirby vs. Majin Buu), one battle whose result is inconclusive (Chuck Norris vs. Segata San Shiro), and one battle where there was no verdict or it was lost upon the blog becoming defunct: Sam Fisher vs. Solid Snake. For those still into the style of their analysis and predictions, an unofficial fan blog has taken their place: http://g1dbteamblogs.blogspot.com/.
  • The Official Death Battle Blog also made a top 10 list of the most necessary Death Battles note :
  • The Official Fan Blog would later make a second list of Death Battles they want to see.
  • Gaara vs Toph, Yang vs Tifa and Dante vs Bayonetta are widely hated amongst the Death Battle writing community on DeviantArt.
    • Meanwhile, Gaara vs. Toph is the most loathed amongst G1s on the Screwattack forums, with Kirby vs. Buu, Deadpool vs. Deathstroke and Yang vs Tifa following behind.
  • Some of the most requested fights and the most intense rivalries are also the most one-sided battles:
    • Superman was several orders of magnitude stronger, tougher, and faster than Goku.
    • Only one of Kratos's weapons could even have a chance of killing Spawn, and even then Spawn has a Healing Factor and a host of other superpowers that Kratos had difficulty matching and countering.
    • Blastoise won 48% of all simulated scenarios in a three way battle.
    • Zangief had more training and was far stronger than Haggar.
    • Raiden was severely outclassed in strength and his most powerful attacks were ineffective against Thor.
    • Shao Kahn curb-stomped Bison even in his final form.
    • Godzilla is much bigger, heavier, stronger, and more durable than Gamera, on top of having far more powerful attacks.
    • The only real move Ryu could use to kill Scorpion is The Raging Demon, and Scorpion is able to dodge that very easily. Not to mention Scorpion could teleport Ryu into a pool of lava in the Netherrealm if he wanted to.
    • Pretty much all of Lex Luthor's powersuit's abilities could be countered by Tony Stark's Endo-Sym armor's Energy Absorption and high-powered attacks.
    • While Vader was able to destroy a Doombot, Doctor Doom's abilities and suit completely outclassed him, No Selling almost everything the Sith Lord could throw at it.
    • Mega Man and his huge arsenal of weapons were outclassed by Astro Boy's superior strength, speed, maneuverability and durability.
    • The potency of Charizard's attacks were eclipsed by those of Greymon's and later digivolutions, and is also outperformed in durability.
    • Venom and Bane may be fitting counterparts to each other, but in terms of speed, power, invulnerability and versatility, Venom vastly outmatched Bane.
    • The Megazord was vastly outclassed in strength, speed, durability and ranged combat by Voltron. The only advantage it had was better melee combat skills.
    • Metal Sonic was completely outclassed by Zero in strength, speed and durability, by orders of magnitude no less. Even his Chaos Control ability paled in comparison to Zero's Dark Hold.
    • McGruff the Crime Dog was severely outclassed by Smokey Bear in durability, strength, and abilities, and his only advantages were better speed and agility.
    • While Ichigo was deemed faster than Naruto, Naruto had him massively beat in power and durability, and that's even after Ichigo's Super Modes' power multipliers were overestimated in ways the original series never did.
    • Samurai Jack straight-up outclassed Afro Samurai physically, and his many years of experience and training, plus awareness of dirty fighting styles meant that Afro's Combat Pragmatist tendencies didn't phase Jack in the slightest.
    • Optimus Prime practically outclassed the RX-78-2 Gundam and Amuro in everything. He was deemed to be faster, stronger, tougher, had the better weaponry, and millions of years of experience compared to Amuro's 14. The only advantage Amuro held was his Newtype powers but even Optimus' weapons were too fast for that and his experience and tactical capability more than made up for it.
    • In the Mega Man Battle Royale, MegaMan.EXE outclassed the four other Mega Men by orders of magnitude thanks to being a universe buster with his top speed being at novemdecillion times the speed of light. Even second place Geo Stelar was only a solar system-buster, third place X a planet buster at best, and the other two much lower.
    • Nine exceptions are Link vs. Cloud, Ryu vs. Strider, Deadpool vs. Deathstroke, Yang vs. Tifa, Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye, The Hulk vs. Doomsday, Lucario vs Renamon, Balrog vs. TJ Combo, and Nightwing vs. Daredevil; all these fights were described as very close and it was stated that, if it wasn't a Death Battle, Yang and Tifa would have tied.
  • Any attempt to use self-destructive means to invoke a draw will fail. Examples are Terminator using its fuel cells and Gamera's ejection suicide move.
  • Despite rules stating all characters have any possible restraints against killing removed, character who shows willingess to spare the opponent's life will win. Examples include Superman (who tried to stop his fight with Goku twice before it escalated out of control), He-Man (who tried to walk away after giving Lion-O a serious beating), Rainbow Dash (who was willing to spare Starscream despite Wiz specifingly stating later that even without the rule she should have no restraint about destroying a machine anyway), and Hercule (who was only going for a knockout blow throughout the fight in contrast to Dan who gave in to the Satsui no Hadou). An exception is Red and Charizard (who, based on Red's reaction when Tai attacked him, was treating their fight like a friendly Pokémon battle). Possible exception include Shadow (it's unclear if he throught teleporting Vegeta underwater and to the Moon will actually kill him or just tried to move him somewhere where he won't harm anyone).
  • If a fighter has a Super Mode and the other doesn't, the one with it tends to lose. 13-9. Examples are Goku, M Bison, Tigerzord, Ryu (against Scorpion), Dan, Mega Man, Jak, Sweet Tooth, Scout, Hulk, Captain Marvel, Pit and Frank West. Exceptions are Fulgore, Yang, Natsu, TJ Combo, Shredder, Smokey Bear, Kenshiro, Spyro the Dragon and Doctor Fate. An inversion would be Mega Man Volnutt, who lacked a Super Mode compared to the other four Mega Men and was the first to die.
    • If both fighters have Super Modes or forms, the one who uses their strongest Super Mode first tends to lose. 14-5. Examples are Majin Buu, Ragna, Nightmare, Wolverine, Charizard (against Greymon), Shadow (against Mewtwo), Metal Sonic (against Zero), Thor (against Wonder Woman), Ichigo, Twilight Sparkle, Jin Kazama, Sonic (in his rematch against Mario), Sigma, and Classic!Mega Man (in the battle royale). Exceptions are Sonic (in his first battle), Vegeta, Dante, Sephiroth, and Roshi.
  • If a fighter has something that allows them to foresee or sense their opponent's attacks in advance and their opponent doesn't, they will usually win. 11-3. Examples include Rogue's seventh sense, Luke's connection to the Force, Spider-Man's Spider Sense, Epyon's ZERO System, Toph's ability to sense earth anywhere, Iron Man's suit's prediction ability, Mewtwo's mind-reading, Lucario's Aura sensing, Naruto's Six Paths Sage Mode's increased senses along with Kurama's emotion reading, Roshi's mind reading, and Mitsuru through Artemisia's analytical clairvoyance. Exceptions are Vader's precognition through the Force, Amuro's Newtype abilities, and Captain Marvel's hyper-awareness.
  • If a fighter is still alive after losing a part of their body or more in the fight, they tend to lose. Examples are Raiden (Mortal Kombat), Terminator, Venusaur, Charizard (twice), Gamera, Nightmare, Silver Samurai, Vergil, Star Force Mega Man and Ben 10. Exceptions are Fox McCloud, Scorpion, Raiden (Metal Gear), Astro Boy, and Sub-Zero. A unique scenario is Samurai Jack vs. Afro Samurai — while Jack loses an arm, Afro loses both, and unable to wield his weapon, the latter is killed shortly.
  • In voice-acted Death Battles, if one of the characters has a professional voice actor, they win. Examples include Iron Man, Solid Snake, Agumon/Tai, and Lucy. Tifa vs. Yang both had "professional" voice actresses, while Smokey Bear vs. McGruff the Crime Dog both had "professional" voice actors. Exceptions are Bayonetta, Ichigo, and Spider-Man 2099
  • If, within the battle itself, one character is particularly snarky compared to the other, they tend to win. Examples include Vegeta, Spider-Man, Superman, Deadpool, Iron Man, the Joker, and Mewtwo. Exceptions include Wolverine, Daxter (teamed with Jak), and Sonic (in his rematch against Mario). Partial examples include Sonic (who may not count as Mario didn't speak) and Dante (who was snarkier than Bayonetta but she was no slouch in that department).
  • Characters with English accents tend to lose. Examples include Harry Potter, Ivy, Bayonetta and Cammy. Tracer is the first to break this trend, followed by Lara Croft.

    Trivia about the Fighters 
  • Every fight has some sort of link between the fighters:note 
    • Boba Fett and Samus Aran are both space Bounty Hunters with futuristic body armor.
    • Akuma and Shang Tsung are bosses and villains of their fighting games, both using dark powers.
    • Rogue and Wonder Woman are popular female superheroines of their universes (with oversexualized outfits).
    • Goomba and Koopa being both soldiers of Bowser's army and appear together in almost every game.
    • Mike Haggar's Final Fight series has merged into Zangief's Street Fighter series (as they are both owned by Capcom) and so fighters from both series can fight each other in the crossovers. However, Zangief and Haggar have never been in the same game, mainly because they're both the heavyweight grappler characters of each series, not to mention that they share identical movesets. As mentioned on the show, this has led many fans to believe that the two might be rivals.
    • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with their obvious family bond.
    • Zitz and the Battletoads are described to be an imitator of the TMNT, having similar appearances and enemies.
    • Yoshi and Riptor are dinosaur-based game characters both published by Nintendo.
    • Felicia and Taokaka are catgirls from fighting games.
    • Kratos and Spawn are anti-heroes who were once mortal warriors before being gifted hellish powers from evil deities. Despite pledging loyalty to the deities, they betray their leader after he tricks the anti-hero by losing his family. In their vengeance they have bested deities above them in terms of powers, both bringing an end to their own worlds. Also, their signature weapons involve chains.
    • White Bomberman and Dig Dug are from late 1980s puzzle-action games.
    • Vegeta and Shadow are hardcore, super-powerful antiheroes and the rivals of the main characters (Goku and Sonic). Vegeta also notes that Super Shadow looks similar to Super Saiyans.
    • Mario and Sonic have a rivalry based on the 1990s Sega vs. Nintendo rivalry. They are both two of the most popular characters in video game history and have appeared in the Olympic game crossover series.
    • Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black are recent pop stars that are pretty much universally hated among the Death Battle audience. Black actually idolizes Bieber.
    • Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter are protagonists of two of the most successful sci-fi and fantasy franchises in cinema history. They're both young men who excel at dueling and the mystical arts. They were also both raised by their aunt and uncle, who hid their true nature until they were much older.
    • Chun-Li and Mai Shiranui are considered to be the most powerful female fighters of their franchises. Their titles are also similar: “Strongest Woman in the World” and “Queen of Fighters”. Additionally, they were officially pitted together as rivals in the SNK vs. Capcom series. note 
    • Starscream and Rainbow Dash are from hit Hasbro toy and TV franchises. They're also masters of flight and have large fanbases compared to most other characters in their franchises. There's also the matter of Rainbow Dash being a magical horse as opposed to Starscream being an alien robot. They're also on opposite ends of the loyalty spectrum, with Rainbow Dash bearing the Element of Loyalty and Starscream being... well, you know...
    • Master Chief and Doomguy are superhuman space marines that took down entire otherworldly armies with their weapons, armor, and skills. The Doom series popularized early First-Person Shooter games and Halo is considered to be the best of the genre.
    • Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily are both mad scientists who use flying UFOs and giant robots to fight. They also both command large armies of robots (most of them with cartoonish designs). Not to mention they are villains of two of the most popular 3rd party video game characters: Mega Man and Sonic.
      • Also, Bass and Metal Sonic are evil twins of the main characters Mega Man and Sonic, not to mention both of them have transformations, copying powers, and have betrayed their creators before.
    • Peach and Zelda are Nintendo princesses who dress in pink, infamous for being kidnapped constantly by the main villain (which becomes the main story and conflict for their heroes). Despite this, they both appear in the Super Smash Bros. series (and they actually work together in The Subspace Emissary).
    • Raiden and Thor are thunder gods, based off of real thunder gods of the same names (Thor from Norse and Raiden from Japanese mythology). Their martial arts and electrical godly powers make them some of the most powerful heroes of their franchises.
    • Cloud and Link are adventure/fantasy swordsmen who wield iconic indestructible swords and magical weapons that have saved their worlds many times.
    • Spider-Man and Batman are both city heroes who fight in the night, also considered to be one of the most popular heroes of their franchises (DC and Marvel). They both recently appeared in multiple successful film trilogies, are gadget fighters, and fight common street thugs using their wits and martial arts.
    • Pikachu and Blanka are electrically-charged fighters originating from video games. Additionally, both have had a trainer with a reputation for incompetence.
    • Superman and Goku is the most requested match as both warriors are superhuman in unbelievable and impossible levels. They are also both aliens of a nearly extinct superhuman race of aliens who look exactly like humans, so as babies they were sent away from their doomed planet to Earth where they became the planet's greatest protector.
    • He-Man and Lion-O star in '80s cartoons marketed to boys. Both are associated with cats (He-Man has a tiger for a pet and Lion-O should be obvious) and carry Cool Swords.
    • M. Bison and Shao Kahn, similar to Akuma and Shang Tsung, are the prime threats in two of the most recognizable fighting game series, and desire to conquer Earth. Both of them also have a tendency of being really cheap when they're the final boss.
    • Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu are blatantly unhidden reconnaissance agents who proved themselves as youngsters. However, Ryu uses more magic, while Strider uses more technology. Both of them also come from games which are notoriously difficult.
    • Ivy Valentine and Black Orchid are sensually dressed beauties with dark, parent-related histories, floral-themed names, and exotic weaponry.
    • Fox McCloud and Bucky O'Hare are animal-like space pilots who fight in teams against a warlike, planet-spanning regime. Foxes and rabbits co-occur very often in the real world. Coincidentally, both also have Celtic-sounding last names.
    • The Terminator and Robocop are human-robot hybrids from 80's and 90's film franchises that revolve around dystopian societies. However, while Robocop works to keep the city of Detroit under control, the Terminator seeks to kill the humans that stop the robot uprising in its future.
    • Luigi and Tails are the younger (and more easily frightened) sidekicks to the big mascots of the 90s console war. Fittingly enough, the verdict given is similar as their counterparts.
    • Venusaur, Blastoise, and Charizard are the three fully evolved candidates for the player's first Pokémon in the Gen 1 games.
    • Fulgore and Sektor are villainous cyborgs from super violent fighting games.
    • Godzilla and Gamera are aquatic, reptilian Kaiju with Breath Weapons who star in a series of Japanese Dueling Movies that go back to The '60s where they find themselves fighting against other Kaiju.
    • Many fans have wondered what would happen in a fight between Captain America and Batman. Both are considered physical and mental pinnacles of humanity without superpowers, but Captain America got his physique through a serum, while Batman had to build himself up from childhood.
    • Zechs and Tommy are both mid-nineties operators of Giant robots of which they are the sixth member of their show (Zechs name means six and Tommy is the Trope Namer for The Sixth Ranger just to further the point). Both have an odd tendency not to hold a job for very long.
      • The Epyon and Tigerzord are both Humongous Mecha patterned after mythological beasts that transform with unique controls. The Epyon and the Tigerzord are also not the first robot they piloted. Ironically the Tallgeese was white and the Dragonzord as well.
    • Ryu and Scorpion are both the Poster Boys of their fighting game franchises, each with a word/line associated with them and, by extention, the franchise ("Hadouken!" for Ryu and Street Fighter and "Get over here!" for Scorpion and Mortal Kombat).
    • Kirby and Majin Buu are both pink, elastic, round/pudgy, hyper-voracious fighters who like to eat their foes. Kirby inhales his enemies, while Buu zaps his opponents and turns them into chocolate. Despite their non-threatening appearances and childlike mentalities, both Kirby and Buu are ridiculously powerful beings capable of destroying planets and obtaining the abilities of whoever they consume.
    • Deadpool and Deathstroke are both versatile, superhuman masked mercenaries, and like Batman vs. Captain America, is an oft-debated "Marvel vs. DC" conflict. In addition, Deadpool is also at least inspired in part by Deathstroke and can be considered as a parody of him.
    • Ragna the Bloodedge and Sol Badguy are both red-wearing, BFS-wielding heroes created by Arc System Works. In fact, Ragna was designed as an Expy of Sol.
    • Gaara and Toph are both young masters of Dishing Out Dirt who grew up in upper-class households. However, Toph's parents coddled her too much, while Gaara's father and uncle...didn't.
    • Chuck Norris and Segata Sanshiro are Memetic Badass martial artists whose popularity and statuses have reached legendary proportions on the internet.
    • Nightmare and Guts both carry soul-cutting Big Effing Swords and are One Man Armies that wear demonic armor. Guts has slain many hideous monsters and Nightmare is a Humanoid Abomination. Furthermore, Guts is one of many whose lives were ruined by evil forces, while Nightmare is an evil force that ruined many lives.
    • Iron Man and Lex Luthor are two of the richest, most intelligent characters in their respective universes, and both use various forms of Powered Armor that allow them to rival beings of godlike strength. Incidentally, both were orphaned when their parents died in a car accident.
    • Beast and Goliath are both intelligent fighters that fight hand-to-hand who are shunned and feared by the very society they protect due to their monstrous appearances. They also share an interest in reading literature (particularly Shakespeare) during their off times.
    • Solid Snake and Sam Fisher are both protagonists from stealth-themed video games, fighting neverending quests for peace with an array of combat skills earned from years of experience. On a somewhat humorous side note, Snake is younger than he looks, while Sam is older than he looks.
      • Otacon and Anna Grim are both world-class hackers that serve as Mission Control for stealth-based protagonists.
    • Darth Vader and Doctor Doom are Lawful Evil tyrants (or in Vader's case, Emperor Palpatine's most trusted general and apprentice) who bring fear to those who oppose them. They were also once friends to their heroic mentors as well (Obi-Wan for Vader's case, and Reed Richard for Doom's case). They are also both horribly scarred men that wear masks and capes and use a combination of technology and mystic powers.
    • Knuckles and Donkey Kong are the Dumb Muscle Friendly Rivals of Sonic and Mario respectively, the two gaming mascots whose rivalry reached its peak in the nineties. Both of them also live on tropical islands (Angel Island and Donkey Kong Island) where they guard their respective treasures, and both are named after their respective ancestors. Finally, both are able to create explosions with their fists, have punched a moon at some point, and have rather memetic rap theme songs.
    • Wolverine and Raiden are technologically enhanced soldiers who, despite having troubled origins, are among some of their universes' most prolific killers, with both having hidden state of minds that turn them even more vicious (Berserker Rage and Jack the Ripper); they also prefer bladed weapons in combat (Wolverine's adamantium claws and Raiden's high-frequency blade). In addition, both of them are amnesiacs raised by secret organizations. Both of them also have had a Love Interest named Rose at some point in their life.
    • Hercule and Dan are superhuman by our standards, but they're positively wimpy compared to other characters in their own universes. This means they get relegated to Plucky Comic Relief, but in different ways: DBZ Earth is under the mistaken impression that Hercule is the toughest dude on the planet, while almost everyone knows Dan can talk the talk, but can't walk the walk.
    • Yang Xiao Long and Tifa Lockhart are Girly Bruisers Action Girls that incorporate Power Fist and kicking as part of their combat. It should also be noted that most of Yang's combat abilities are loosely based out of Tifa as well. On top of that, they're both cast members of Monty Oum creations (RWBY and Dead Fantasy respectively). And at the expense of sounding crass, they both feature prominent Boobs of Steel.
    • Mega Man and Astro Boy are both young-looking, robotic Friend to All Living Things who absolutely hate the idea of raising arms against anyone, human or robot, but will do so reluctantly to help protect the fragile peace of the world. Mega Man even got his start because of Astro Boy - Capcom had the licence to make a Tetsuwan Atom video game but lost it during production. Keiji Inafune would help create the robot who would replace Astro and create a popular franchise in the process.
    • Green Arrow and Hawkeye are the signature archers of their respective comic book universes, have served in their universe's respective superhero teams, and are equipped with arrows for nearly any occasion; for these reasons, the pair are often compared to one another, as both Captain America and Batman, as well as Deadpool and Deathstroke were before them. Incidentally, due to the events of JLA/Avengers, Hawkeye is an official member of both the Avengers and the Justice League.
    • Pokémon and Digimon are well-known franchise rivals of the late 90s, both originating from video games (Pokémon Red and Blue and the Digital Monsters spin-offs of Tamagotchi); while Pokémon has had continuous runs through both video games and anime, Digimon seems to have spurts of popularity from time to time. Red and Tai are both Hot-Blooded young heroes who made names for themselves by protecting the world from evil. They are also the inspirations for similar heroes throughout their franchises. Charizard and Agumon are fire-breathing lizards who serve as the main partners for our heroes. While Charizard is the end result of the Charmander evolution, Agumon is a basic state with three other evolutions ahead of him.
      • WarGreymon and Mega Charizard X are draconic, final forms of Greymon and Charizard, achieved only through a strong bonding with their human partners. WarGreymon becomes more humanoid in both shape and size compared to the beastly Greymon, while Mega Charizard X emphasizes Charizard's already existing reptilian traits. Curiously, both are designed to be strong and fast melee fighters, yet their Finishing Moves are ranged attacks (Terra Force and Blast Burn).
    • Dante and Bayonetta are both Anti-Hero demon hunters with demonic powers known for their blunt and sarcastic personalities who have to deal with villainous forces of heaven and hell. They both use pistols in combat (and in Bayonetta's case, four pistols where two of them are attached to her high heels) as well as a variety of other weapons and both series are created by Hideki Kamiya with strong appeal to western audiences, and look really cool while doing it. Notably, Bayonetta has a contract with demons as per her being an Umbra Witch whereas Dante is a demon hunter by trade.
      • Trish and Jeanne are acquaintances of both Dante and Bayonetta who occasionally help them from time to time. Despite starting off rough around the edges, the pair eventually grow more close to each other. Notably, both Trish and Jeanne contain strong connections with both Dante and Bayonetta's pasts (Trish resembles Dante's dead mother, while Jeanne was Cereza's closest friend before the latter lost her memories as an Umbra Witch).
    • Bowser and Ganonnote  are two of Nintendo's most iconic villains, and arch enemies of the famous heroes; Mario and Link. Both of them have kidnapped their enemies' Princesses (Peach and Zelda) and have conquered their respective lands, the Mushroom Kingdom and Hyrule, on multiple occasions. In addition, both are physical powerhouses, have knowledge of magic and sorcery, have One-Winged Angel forms, and are very hard to killnote .
    • Ratchet and Clank and Jak and Daxter are both action duos originating from Playstation 2 platformer-shooter hybrid series. Both are known for possessing vast amounts of firepower (Jak carries the Morph Gun, which can change form based off whatever type of eco is needed; Ratchet regularly acquires numerous firearms during his adventures) and their respective companions, while used to letting the heroes handle a majority of problems, are no strangers to action themselves (Daxter and Clank both having had solo spin-off titles, and Clank specifically is regularly outfitted with various accessories to aid Ratchet in the main series). The series have a friendly rivalry and have appeared in crossover games in the past; the latter game even made both duos rivals to each other in Arcade Mode.
    • The Flash and Quicksilver are both comic book speedster superheroes who are well-known members of their respective universes' premiere teams and gained their trademark power of superhuman speed from applied phlebotinum (various incarnations of the Flash have acquired their super speed from an energy known as the speed force; Quicksilver, long thought to have super speed as a mutant power, was eventually revealed to have been experimented on by the High Evolutionary); being characters from DC and Marvel Comics with similar skills, the pair are compared to each other and the outcome of a battle between them is regularly discussed, as is the case with prior Marvel vs. DC fights the series has done.
    • Joker and Needles Kane/Sweet Tooth are both irredeemable Monster Clown sociopaths driven mad by their pasts and now use seemingly harmless objects which house deadly weaponry to cause destruction purely for the pleasure it brings them. They are also extremely silly and flamboyant, but can and will kill anyone they want to with no remorse.
    • Mewtwo (more accurately its first movie incarnation) and Shadow are both artificial Ultimate Life Forms of their species who turned against humanity after losing a young girl they loved, and initially wrought havoc that nearly doomed the planet until seeing the error of their ways. They are also arrogant with their incredible power over space and time and are extremely popular among their fandoms.
    • Both the Meta and Agent Carolina are former agents of Project Freelancer who were famous for being the strongest fighters on the team. It should also be noted that while Carolina was able to let go of her ambition to become the best, the Meta only managed to go deeper in his quest for power.
    • Cammy and Sonya are both blonde special force agents in green of rival fighting game franchises (Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat respectively) with a preference for kicks and neck snapping.
    • Tracer and Scout are both fast-moving gunners of rival FPS games designed with offensive hit-and-run strategies in mind. They also have dangerous creations that can speed them up even further and are somewhat infamous for their heavily accented voices. Both characters also has a very high-skill cap and aren't easy to play as, but rewarding for more skilled players.
    • Ken and Terry are both blonde excitable fighters from America of rival fighting games who wear lots of red and use fighting styles based around Karate mixed with other martial arts and serve as foils to a more stoic friendly rival.. Additionally and like Chun-Li and Mai Shiranui, they were officially pitted together as rivals in the SNK vs. Capcom series
    • Amy Rose and Ramona Flowers are both rollerblade-wearing hammer-wielding Action Girl fighters associated with the color pink and serve as a sort of parody to the "love interest" trope as a whole. Also, like Black Orchid vs. Ivy Valentine, they both have floral-themed names
    • Hulk and Doomsday are both incredibly strong, dangerously angry comic book characters from rival franchises who were created using science and went on a rampage causing massive collateral damage to everything around them afterwards. Both are notable for fighting Superman, the former defeated by the hero and the latter killing him in a heroic Last Stand. As well, like Goku vs. Superman and Batman vs. Captain America, Hulk vs. Doomsday has been a battle debated for the longest time between fans since the latter first appeared.
    • Zoro and Erza are both anime sword-wielding honor-bound memetic badasses who have been acknowledged as some of the strongest warriors within their shows, but still far from the strongest. Also, while both are usually the more level-headed of their groups, they've had some moments of goofiness and idiocy.
    • Deadpool and Pinkie Pie are notorious smashers of the fourth wall, both in canon and within their respective fandoms. Despite being off-the-wall crazy and causing more than their fair share of trouble, they do have friends they care about and will fiercely defend them (even if they drive said friends nuts with their antics).
    • Lara Croft and Nathan Drake are both Cultured Badass treasure hunters known for getting through the most life threatening situations unscathed. Both were introduced in archaeology by their lost parents and are good with firearms, but sometimes they use other weapons like bows or crossbows and both are well-known to make a lot of sarcastic comments even when under danger.
    • Both Scrooge and Shovel Knight are cartoon treasure hunters with a clear sense of fair play in doing their job, while using rather improbable weapons that allow them to bounce off of enemies with dive attacks.
    • Venomnote  and Bane are both comic book characters with poison-themed names who straddle the line between villain and anti-villain and actually managed to defeat the heroes they were first created to fight (Venom knocked out Spider-Man during their first encounter; in Bane's debut appearance, he infamously broke Batman's back over his knee). Both also gain their powers through substances that corrupt the user, and in Venom's case, is the substance itself; incidentally, the drug that gave Bane his strength was also named Venom. Venom and Bane are also Evil Counterparts to previous Death Battle combatants Spider-Man and Batman, respectively, who also fought each other.
    • Both the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Voltron Lion Force teams of galactic superheroes who are experienced in hand-to-hand combat and being pilots of their own mechas that form into a humongous Combining Mecha. More importantly, the Voltron giant mecha serves as an inspiration for many of the Zords featured in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Both series are quite notable due to being uninspiring in their home of creation Japan (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger had followed the more popular Choujin Sentai Jetman while GoLion just wasn't that popular) but became super popular in America. (World Events Productions had wanted to bring Mirai Robo Daltanious to America, but Toei got their signals mixed while neither Saban Brands nor Fox expecting MMPR to take off after the appearance of Tommy Oliver)
    • Ace and Natsu are fire-wielding adventurers and leaders of their respective groups who are part of even bigger groups: Ace is the Captain of the Second Division of the Whitebeard Pirates and Natsu leads his sub-team in the Fairy Tail guild. They are also both related to people who are considered The Dreaded of their respective universes: Natsu is the younger brother of the immortal Black Wizard Zeref, while Ace is the only son of the deceased Pirate King Gol D. Roger.
    • Sub-Zero and Glacius are both heroic, cryokinetic fighters from their respective fighting games. Both are also cases of Legacy Characters: there have been different fighters in both Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct to bear those names.
    • Android 18 and the Carol Danvers Captain Marvel are blonde-haired Action Girls notable for having powerful energy blasts, flight, and very short tempers. Both also gained their powers through experiments upon after being kidnapped and had their powers absorbed by villains to make them stronger (Android 18 was absorbed by Cell to become Perfect Cell, while Danvers had her powers absorbed by a then-evil Rogue). Also, coincidentally, both their franchises have fighting games that happen to be Dueling Works.
    • Metal Sonic and Zero are machines designed by evil scientists with the express purpose of destroying their rivals, and they are considered the pinnacle of their makers' respective work as the ultimate killing machines capable of copying the powers of others. Both have also rebelled against their creators for their own reasons (though Metal Sonic wasn't as successful as Zero was).
    • Lucario and Renamon are anthropomorphic dog-like warriors based on mythological figures (the jackal of Anubis from Egypt and the kitsune fox from Japan, respectively) from rival monster franchises. Both of them also specialize in combining martial arts and mystical powers, and both have Mega forms of evolution as well.
    • Balrog and TJ Combo are boxers from fighting games that are based on Mike Tyson. Both were also known for using underhanded tactics, Balrog was banned from boxing for using dirty tactics, while Combo had cybernetic implants to increase his strength. Combo, however, regrets this and is trying to prove his strength to the world. Taking care of Ed aside, Balrog only cares about his next paycheck.
    • Shredder and Silver Samurai are comic book villains based on Japanese warriors that serve as main antagonists in their respective series. Silver Samurai always follows a code of honor (and in some portrayals have him as a hero or pull a Heel–Face Turn), while Shredder is always portrayed as a total psychopath. They are both Japanese men that have strong connections to the Yakuza and various international criminal organizations, and both often fights mutants (Silver Samurai being one himself). Both also have connections to the Marvel hero Daredevil: the TMNT franchise started as an Affectionate Parody of the Daredevil comics, while Silver Samurai debuted in the Daredevil comics and has fought the hero on numerous occasions.
    • Smokey the Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog are anthropomorphic Public Service Announcement animal characters, whose goals are to provide important moral messages regarding forest preservation and crime prevention respectively for the sake of justice and responsibility. Both also have a particular Catchphrase that happens to be their slogans; "Only you can prevent forest fires!" for Smokey, and "Take a bite out of crime!" for McGruff.
    • Thor and Wonder Woman are some of Marvel and DC's strongest and most popular superheroes. Both are based on European mythologies (Norse for Thor, Greek for Wonder Woman) and are the children of their respective top gods (though some continuities instead say Wonder Woman was formed from clay), are well known for carrying a few signature and highly-destructive weapons, and face similar foes inspired by or taken directly from their associated pantheons that likewise match their strength; next to Superman, Wonder Woman is even the most regularly considered opponent to fight Thor. Also, 2017 saw them both receive highly-publicized film adaptations.
    • Naruto Uzumaki and Ichigo Kurosaki are the protagonists of two of the most iconic shonen manga franchises; along with One Piece, they comprise what is known as the Big Three, the three most successful modern-day manga series (they are also known as the Holy Shonen Trinity, the three most often discussed series in vs. debates). Both characters are reimagined versions of Japanese warriors (Ninja vs. Samurai, an oft-seen matchup in fiction due to their perceived rivalry) who have unnaturally large amounts of their respective universe's Life Energy (chakra and reishi) and fight using a combination of close-quarters combat and quasi-mystical powers influenced by Japanese folklore (the kitsune and the shinigami). They also have multiple increasingly stronger super modes, a reliance on The Power of Friendship, and a history of charging into battle without forethought. Additionally, while One Piece is still many years away from ending, Naruto and Bleach both concluded within less than two years of each other, at very similar numbers of manga volumes.
    • Batman of the Future/Batman Beyond (Terry McGinnis) and Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) are both legacy characters of Marvel and DC's most popular superheroes, whose stories are specifically set sometime in the near future of the contemporary stories. They both live in technologically advanced but morally bankrupt times rampant with abuse of genetic engineering, both on a corporate level and street crime, even with them — Terry's father's DNA was changed to match Bruce Wayne's while Miguel was forced to do this to purge a highly-addictive drug and it went wrong. Notably, Batman (Bruce Wayne) vs. Spider-Man (Peter Parker) was a past Death Battle episode, making this a new twist on an old matchup without it being a remake or a full on rematch. And like Fox vs. Bucky, they both coincidentally have Celtic-sounding last names. As well, both men are polar opposites of the heroes whose mantles they've taken up — Terry has been shown to be such a snarker that he actually made the Joker angry and Miguel rarely, if ever, cracks a joke.
    • Sephiroth and Vergil are silver/white-haired swordsmen clothed in longcoats who serve as the main antagonists and Final Bosses of their respective home games. Both are children of a being of great power (Jenova and Sparda), use a katana as their primary weapon, have an integral connection to their games' protagonists (Sephiroth was initially assumed to be Cloud's old partner and is responsible for the destruction of Nibelheim, Vergil is Dante's twin brother) and desire to attain power at any cost. Sephiroth also has an angel motif to him, often referred to as the One-Winged Angel by fans, while Vergil is half-demon, creating an Angel/Devil contrast between the two.
    • Batman and Black Panther are both men of wealth and power (a multi-billionaire who runs multiple companies and the king of the fictional country of Wakanda, respectively) who took up dark-colored costumes as a result of the loss of their parents (Bruce Wayne through the death of his parents at the hands of Joe Chill, T'Challa by the death of his father T'Chaka at the hands of Ulysses Klaw — or Helmut Zemo if you're going with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) Both men are members of their respective companies' super hero teams (the Justice League and the Avengers) and are usually one of the few, if not the only, non-powered heroes on the team, relying on gizmos and equipment they've made to keep up with the other heroes. While Batman trusts very few people and tries to put up a barrier of I Work Alone, Black Panther is well-regarded throughout the world.
    • Raven and Twilight Sparkle are purple-haired magic users who were or are known for their initial lone wolf status — Raven due to her fear of her father, the Terrible Trigon, and Twilight Sparkle due to devoting her entire time to studies. Both girls eventually overcame these problems and became stalwart members of their respective groups, the Teen Titans and the Mane 6. Both have ascended in their potential at times and hold a major love for books. They've also had/are having big screen feature films (My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies). Their biggest connection, though, is that they are both voiced by popular voice actress Tara Strong. To that end, they share the same voice actress (albeit a different one) in this fight as well. Also, at least according to Teen Titans Go, Raven is a big fan of Pretty Pretty Pegasus, which happens to be a parody of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Unlike Death Battle, even if Raven met Twilight Sparkle, Raven would go all fangirly mode whenever she manages to meet her.
    • Jotaro and Kenshiro are badass, towering, muscular anime strongmen who use supernatural abilities to enhance their strength and take down enemies. Both are also based off of American action film stars (Clint Eastwood for Jotaro and Sylvester Stallone for Kenshiro), utilize Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs in battle with memetic Kiai cries as they do so (Jotaro's ORAORAORA and Kenshiro's Funny Bruce Lee Noises), and beneath their tough exteriors, have kind hearts that seek to protect the innocent. What's more, Araki was inspired by Fist of the North Star to create JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and many have compared the first 3 Joestars to Kenshiro in physical appearance. And their manga are also published in Shonen Jump
    • Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon are video game mascots originally created for the original PlayStation, and are considered to be the unofficial mascots for Sony's video game platform. Both are Totally Radical characters designed around the same thematic ideas that brought about Sonic the Hedgehog, and are usually accompanied by a helpful ally that acts as an extra hit point for the character (the tiki mask spirit Aku Aku and Sparx the Dragonfly). Both have also made an appearance in the Skylanders series in some form (Spyro as the first, Crash as the last), and both saw HD remasters of their original trilogies being released on the PlayStation 4. Additionally, their original creators, Naughty Dog and Insomniac Games, are something of sister companies and friendly rivals, and their successors as the company's mascots (Jak & Daxter for Crash and Ratchet & Clank for Spyro) have already fought in Death Battle. They have also crossed over with each other a few times before.
    • Sora and Pit are both brown, spiky-haired video game protagonists who wield unique weapons (a giant wielder-specific key called a Keyblade for Sora and a weapon that changes shape between a melee and a ranged weapon for Pit) with similarly cheery but occasionally snarky personalities. They are both the literal chosen heroes of light who defend their universe from the forces of darkness with a combination of melee and magical skills. Both of them even release vaguely-defined 'hearts' from their enemies (though Sora has no choice in the matter while Pit collects them as a form of currency-trading). They also both have dark versions of themselves, with Anti Form (and to a certain extent, Roxas) for Sora and Pittoo for Pit. As a meta aside, this matchup extends a well-known rivalry between Square Enix and Nintendo on Death Battle, with Cloud and Link having fought on the show before.
    • Leon S. Kennedy and Frank West are protagonists of Capcom's two main Survival Horror titles. Once normal people, both became survivors of a viral outbreak which turns nearly the entire population of Midwestern American towns into zombies, and have since used their knowledge and skills from those incidents to become very well-versed in fighting the undead.
    • Doctor Strange and Doctor Fate are DC and Marvel's premiere sorcerers, armed with powerful artifacts that increase their already amazing magical potential to reality-bending levels, in particular a flight-granting cape and a powerful amulet that rests on said cape. Both men have also starred in popular crossover events set in their respective companies, Avengers: Infinity War and Injustice 2.
    • Ryu and Jin Kazama are the "stars" of their respective fandoms, Street Fighter and Tekken. Both are talented martial artists who are haunted by the demonic power that lies within them, the "Satsu no Hadou" and the demon blood of Jin's family. Both fighters have fought each other in Street Fighter X Tekken and fought alongside each other in Namco × Capcom and its Spiritual Successor Project X Zone.
    • Samurai Jack and Afro Samurai are both deadly, stylized Samurai, Only Known by Their Nickname and living in technologically advanced time periods on a quest to defeat a great evil ruler of ultimate power. Most notable however, is the massive difference between their personalities and methods in combat; Jack is an honor-bound warrior who will almost never resort to dirty tactics and aids all he encounters in his journey to defeat Aku, while Afro is a dirty Combat Pragmatist who will do anything to defeat Justice and cut down anyone in his way if it gets him closer to revenge.
    • Carnage and Lucy are both psychotic murderers from scientific origins that have killed even as children, along with their powers resulting in split-personalities. However, while Lucy had a tragic past that resulted in her homicidal personality emerging that she constantly struggles against, Cletus had seemingly been born with his cruel tendencies from the start, and with the Carnage symbiote, embraces it with glee. Both also had dog abuse in their backstories — in Lucy's case it was the orphanage children who killed her dog, while in Carnage's case he was the dog-abuser. Both also have a power that manifests in several deadly Combat Tentacles.
    • Optimus Prime and the RX-78-2 Gundam are both legendary Humongous Mecha from long-running franchises on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Both machines are legendary symbols of their respective alliances (the Autobots and the Earth Federation) and inspire a series of Legacy Characters (those like Rodiums Prime and Optimus Primal for Prime and machines like the Gundam Mk-II and the Nu Gundam). The biggest difference, however, is that Optimus is a sentient machine while the Gundam is piloted by Amuro Ray.
    • Nightwing and Daredevil are both the resident Badass Normals of their respective comic book companies who use martial arts with dual-stick weaponry in combat to take on criminals in the streets. The two of them are noted to be incredibly talented acrobats and they are also notorious ladies' men. Both are also viewed as beings of fear within the night, having gone through so much trauma as children losing their loved ones that they're no longer affected by fear, and have been long-debated as a matchup within comic fandoms.
    • Years later, Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog are still the legendary video game mascots for their respective video game companies. In the seven years since their last battle, both franchises had their ups and downs and seeing major resurgences (Mario with Super Mario Odyssey, Sonic with Sonic Mania). Both heroes have brand new moves and skills since that battle and technology has greatly improved.
    • Ultron and Sigma are robot supremacists who, driven by an intense loathing for humanity, seek to wipe it out entirely. Both possess technological capabilities that enable them to corrupt other forms of machinery and regularly upload their consciousnesses into several physical forms. In a certain alternate universe, the two even merged together.
    • Roshi and Jiraiya are both elderly martial arts mentors to the protagonists of their respective anime, with fighting styles based on animals famous in Japanese folklore (turtle and toad respectively), and similar perverted tendencies that hide an immense amount of power. Both also die after fighting against a being of great evil, but while Roshi is revived and lives to Super, Jiraiya is long dead after his fight with Pain.
    • Thanos and Darkseid are some of the most powerful villains in their respective comic universes, having been widely speculated between fans due to the near immeasurable limits to their powers. Both are megalomaniacal intergalactic conquerers born from cosmic races with a desire to have dominance over all life by pursuing weapons of universal levels of destruction (the Infinity Gauntlet and Anti-Life Equation), invoking fear throughout the heroes of their realms.
    • Aquaman and Namor are the kings of their respective comic universes' iterations of Atlantis and some of said universe's first created heroes. Both were the products of interbreeding between humans and Atlanteans and have similar skill sets, chief among them the ability to telepathically communicate with marine life. While both regularly keep in contact with the primary superhero teams of their worlds, Aquaman is portrayed as being more amicable towards the surface-dwellers, whereas Namor has on occasion demonstrated hostility against terrestrial life.
    • The five Mega Men are effectively a collection of Legacy Characters connected in some way. Rock, X and Volnutt are all part of one continuity while Hub and Geo are part of another. The first three are Ridiculously Human Robots who seek to protect something, no matter if it's the world's peace or people caught in the middle of oddball villains while the latter two utilize The Internet and related technology to protect their world. All five of them appear in Rock's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. 4.
    • Black Widow and Widowmaker are Professional Killers themed after spiders, specifically the black widow. Both were noted ballet dancers forcibly conscripted into a life of espionage, and had their marriages ruined in some manner to remove the last of their emotional attachments. The one defining difference between them lies with their moral alignments; Black Widow is a more heroic figure thanks to her alignments with the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., whereas Widowmaker serves as her villainous foil with her connections to Talon.
    • Carol Danvers and Billy Batson started out as ordinary humans who were granted extraordinary powers, though Carol got her powers through science and Billy got his powers through magic. They are considered among the most powerful superheroes of their respective comic book universes and have both used Captain Marvel as a code name.
    • Wario and Dedede are both greedy, gluttonous rivals to two of Nintendo’s mascots, initially the villains of their debut games before taking a more anti-heroic role in later games. They are mostly portrayed as a good deal stronger, if slower, than their rivals and as bosses who are too lazy to actually do their job.
    • Ben 10 and Green Lantern (Specifically Hal Jordan) were both regular humans who discovered alien technology that Came from the Sky, becoming bound to them and causing them to become superheroes as part of intergalactic police forces (The Green Lantern Corps for Hal and the Plumbers for Ben). Both are also heavily associated with the color green and have powers that grant them a near-infinite amount of abilities, Ben's thanks to the Omnitrix's set of 1,000,000+ aliens and Green Lantern thanks to the Power Ring letting him create whatever he can possibly imagine.
    • Weiss Schnee and Mitsuru Kirijo are both wealthy heiresses with serious Daddy Issues who fight against dark beings made of negative emotions, with a cold and strict edge that hides a caring nature. Both wield rapiers in combat, have an affinity for ice attacks (while still possessing various other magic powers), are part of specialized teams, and can summon fighting spirits to fight alongside them, Weiss due to her Glyph abilities and Mitsuru with her Personas.
    • Johnny Cage and Captain Falcon are both Large Ham celebrities who wear Cool Shades and have powerful punches.
  • Wonder Woman, Sephiroth and Kenshiro are the only combatants whose character flaws and/or weaknesses were never mentioned, while the analyses for everyone else brings up at least one weakness. This didn't help Wonder Woman though. This only applies to Wonder Woman's first fight, however; in her second fight Wiz and Boomstick brought up her weakness to piercing weapons.
  • The only losers in Death Battle to not leave behind a body or anything remotely representing one are Goomba [killed in the same way a Goomba dies via turtle shell in the actual Mario games], Koopa [presumably totally dissolved by the lava], Bomberman [Blown to ashes by his own bomb], Shadow [Blown to ashes by Vegeta's energy wave], Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black [presumably destroyed in the explosion], everyone but Metal Overlord in Eggman vs Wily [Totally obliterated by Metal Overlord], Raiden [Thrown into the sun by Thor], Pikachu [Eaten by Blanka], Goku [blown to dust along with the rest of a planet, though somehow one of his boots survived,] [ M. Bison [body obliterated by Shao Kahn after the battle], Ryu Hayabusa [Body destroyed by Strider Hiryu after the battle], Venusaur [Most of its body was destroyed by Charizard's flames, and its flower, all that remained, was eaten by Blastoise], Sektor [Body parts were blown to smithereens by Fulgore], Gamera [totally destroyed by Godzilla's Red Spiral while self-destructing.], Tommy [The upper-half of the Mega Tigerzord exploded, though the legs still remained], Ryu [the killing blow reduced him to ashes, which were then blown up by Scorpion as a penguin.], Buu [had his attack blasted back at him by Hypernova Kirby which hurled him into the sun and then a boot from his Kid Buu form was eaten by Kirby], Ragna [Sol's Dragon Install attack is so powerful, the only things that remained from the fight were Sol and a small piece of ground he was standing on], Gaara [Toph earthbends his sand armor into rock, crushing him in it before tossing the rock armor away, shattering it in the process], Lex Luthor [Iron Man's Endo-Sym Armor's Uni-Beam disintegrates Lex, then uses a Proton Cannon to destroy the remains of the powersuit], Red and Charizard [WarGreymon's Tera Force attack incinerates the pair], Bayonetta [body was blown up by Dante's Lucifer], Jak and Daxter [frozen by Ratchet's Liquid Nitrogen Gun and shattered to pieces], Ace [completely disintegrated into nothing via Natsu's Lightning Fire Dragon's Roar], McGruff the Crime Dog [a massive Smokey squishes him completely flat], Ichigo Kurosaki [Totally obliterated by Naruto's Ultra Big Ball Rasenshuriken and Tailed Beast Bomb after losing his powers], Jotaro Kujo [Exploded due to Kenshiro striking a pressure point], Crash Bandicoot [Vaporized by Dark Spyro's Aether Breath along with Aku Aku], Carnage [Vaporized by nuclear-level explosion courtesy of Lucy's vectors at full power], Mega Man Volnutt, Classic!Mega Man the second time, [Both Classic!Mega Man and Mega Man Volnutt were sucked into an exploding black hole and vaporized], Mega Man X, Star Force Mega Man (Both Mega Man X and Star Force Mega Man were vaporized at the same time by MegaMan.EXE's final attack using Hub Style), Wario (Who is obliterated, courtesy of his own Planet-busting Waft exploding from within him after Dedede smashed a Gordo into his butt) and Weiss Schnee (who is frozen by Artemisia and shattered by Mitsuru).
  • Sonic, Shadow, Master Chief, Goku, and Superman survived falling from outer space, though Shadow was seriously injured. Lion-O is also capable of surviving in outer space. Gamera and Batman were also able to survive being in outer space, though Batman was only in there for 24 seconds whereas Gamera can fly around without having to worry about oxygen for too long. Vegeta, Buu and Star Force Mega Man are capable of living in outer space and Kirby is able to fly around in space on the Warp Star. Crash Bandicoot survived the space station he was on crashing.
  • Thus far, only Blanka, Master Chief, Thor (possibly, in his first fight), Shao Kahn, Hiryu (though indirectly) Robocop, Blastoise, Fulgore, Batman (in his second Death Battle), Scorpion, Deadpool, Guts, Iron Man, Donkey Kong, Ganondorf, Scrooge McDuck, the Shredder, Smokey Bear, and Mario in his rematch have done things to their defeated enemies' bodies. Kirby may also be considered for this since he did eat Kid Buu's boot.
  • Only five battles have had the characters already in the arena at the same time: Cloud Vs Link, Strider Vs Ryu, (both battles were considered to be very close), Venusaur Vs Blastoise Vs Charizard (which also seems tough at first given that they have a Rock, Paper, Scissors relationship with each other, Wario vs. King Dedede and Weiss Schnee vs. Mitsuru Kirijo.
  • There are two episodes where one host introduces both combatants of a Death Battle. The first is Wizard introducing Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black. The second is Boomstick introducing Ivy Valentine and Black Orchid, though he did have to interrupt Wiz to do so.
  • Slippy, Shao Kahn's men, that guard Strider and Hayabusa killed, the army sent to intercept Godzilla, that gun shop owner Terminator robs, Noin, several Kirby enemies turned into food by Buu's Chocolate Beam, two guards at Stark Industries, a Gekko, two of Bane's henchmen, five Foot Clan ninjas, Sparx the dragonfly, a train full of innocents slaughtered by Carnage and a Reploid are the only ones who have died before the "death battle" begins.
  • Mike Haggar, Raphael, Felicia, Bomberman, Mario, Harry Potter, Doomguy, Zelda, Pikachu, Goku, Bison, Luigi, Venusaur, Tommy, Lex Luthor, Darth Vader, Cammy, Bane, Ace, McGruff the Crime Dog, Ichigo Kurosaki and Weiss Schnee are the only losing combatants to let out a death cry. An interesting example would be Crash Bandicoot, where it's Aku Aku who lets out a death cry as he's vaporized along with Crash.
  • Yang Xiao Long, Weiss Schnee, The Meta, Agent Carolina and Ichigo Kurosaki are the only fighters to be voiced by by their original voice actors. This is mainly due to the first four being from Rooster Teeth who bought ScrewAttack who makes Death Battle. Sigma on the other hand, had his most recent voice actor from Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
  • The combatants have a variety of different sprite and model sources:
    • Samus' sprites are from Super Metroid‎.
    • Boba Fett's sprites are from Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Akuma's sprites are from Street Fighter III: Third Strike.
    • Shang Tsung's sprites are from Mortal Kombat 3.
    • Rogue's sprites are from the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
    • Wonder Woman's sprites are from Justice League Task Force.
    • Goomba's sprites are from the Super-Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros 3.
    • In the trailer for Goomba vs Koopa, Koopa's sprites were also from Super Mario All-Stars, however, in the final version they were changed to it's sprites from Yoshi's Island. This also goes for the sprites in that were used for a Koopa in Yoshi vs Riptor.
    • Haggar's sprites are edited versions of The Hulk's sprites and Zangief's sprites from the Marvel vs Capcom series. They were created by Jelly Fish for Acey Infinity's M.U.G.E.N character.
    • Zangief's sprites are from the Street Fighter Alpha 2.
    • All four TMNT had their sprites from the SNES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters.
    • Zitz's sprites come from the arcade version of Battletoads.
    • Yoshi's sprites are from Yoshi's Island
    • Ritpor's sprites are from the first Killer Instinct.
    • Felicia's sprites are from the Darkstalkers series
    • Taokaka's sprites are from the Blazblue series.
    • Kratos' sprites are from the mobile phone game God Of War: Betrayal
    • Spawn's sprites are from the SNES version of Spawn
    • Bomberman's sprites are from Super Bomberman 4.
    • Dig Dug's sprites are from the arcade version of Dig Dug.
    • Vegeta's sprites are from Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2.
    • Shadow's sprites are from Sonic Battle, with Super Shadow's sprites being slightly edited versions of it.
    • Mario's sprites are modified from his Super Mario World sprites by Greg Mc Cleod for the early versions of Super Smash Flash 2
    • Sonic's sprites are custom, with a mix from various different sources, with Sonic Battle being the main source.
    • The body of Justin Bieber's sprites come from Stephen Sills from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
    • The body of Rebecca Black's sprites come from Kim Pine from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
    • Luke Skywalker's sprites are from Super Star Wars - Return of the Jedi
    • Harry Potter's sprites are from the Game Boy Advance version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
    • Chun-Li's sprites are from Street Fighter III: Third Strike.
    • Mai's sprites are from The King of Fighters '98.
    • Starscream's sprites are custom M.U.G.E.N. sprites made by Omega Supreme.
    • Rainbow Dash's sprites are from the canceled fan-game My Little Pony Online, created by urimas.
    • Master Chief's are from the online game Halo Zero
    • Doomguy's sprites are from the original Doom.
    • Dr. Eggman's Sprites are custom sprites created by D. Burraki.
    • Dr. Wily's Sprites are from Mega Man 7 and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters
    • Zelda's sprites are actually her model from Super Smash Bros Brawl, put into sprite from.
    • Peach's sprites are from an early version of Super Smash Flash 2, which are edited versions of her sprites from Mario Party Advance.
    • Thor's sprites are custom M.U.G.E.N. sprites by Loganir
    • Raiden's sprites are from Mortal Kombat II.
    • Link's model is from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    • Cloud's model is from Dissidia Final Fantasy.
    • Batman's sprites are custom M.U.G.E.N sprites made by Magnus and Alucard
    • Spiderman's sprites are from Marvel vs. Capcom.
    • Pikachu's sprites are custom made by Semi Juggalo.
    • Blanka's sprites are from Street Fighter Alpha 3.
    • All of Goku's models come from Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3.
    • Superman's model comes from Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe.
    • He-Man's sprites are custom M.U.G.E.N sprites made by Kain The Supreme.
    • Lion-O's sprites are M.U.G.E.N sprites made by Erradicator and Hystalin that are edited from Guile's sprites from Street Fighter Alpha 3.
    • Shao Kahn's sprites are a mixture of his sprites from Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat III
    • M. Bison's sprites are taken from Street Fighter Alpha 3.
    • Ryu Hayabusa's sprites are made by G.M.Spectre for Chuchoryu's M.U.G.E.N character. They are edited versions of Saizo's sprites from Power Instinct Matrimelee.
    • Hiryu's sprites are taken from the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
    • Orchid's sprites are taken from Killer Instinct 2/Gold.
    • Ivy's sprites are custom M.U.G.E.N sprites made by Gill and Green Frog
    • Fox's sprites are from Super Smash Flash 2
    • Bucky's sprites are from the Bucky O'Hare arcade game.
    • Terminator's model was created by Faraz moblin, while his "Skinless" model was made by Darren Wallace
    • RoboCop's model was made by Will Yanney
    • Luigi's sprites are taken out of Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.
    • Tails' sprites are from the Sonic Advance games and Sonic Battle.
    • Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur's sprites are a mix of their sprites from Pokémon Black and White 2, and custom sprites made by Josh R 691 and Adamant Ditto.
    • Fulgore's sprites are from Killer Instinct 2.
    • Sektor's sprites are taken from Mortal Kombat III.
    • Godzilla and Gamera's models were made by Darren Wallace.
    • Captain America's sprites are taken from Marvel Vs. Capcom.
    • The sprites of the Mega Tigerzords and the zords that form it (with the exception of the Tigerzord itself) are taken from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers - Fighting Edition. The Tigerzord sprite came from the Sega Genesis version of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie while the White Ranger sprite was from the Super Nintendo version. The Epyon sprite came from New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Duel, which was derived from MMPR: Fighting Edition.
    • Ryu's sprites are a mixture of his sprites from Street Fighter III as well as his original and Evil sprites from the SNK vs. Capcom series.
    • Scorpion's sprites are custom-made for M.U.G.E.N by Sean Altly.
    • Deadpool's model is taken from his own self-titled video game.
    • Deathstroke's model is from Batman: Arkham Origins, while his sword is taken from Injustice: Gods Among Us.
    • Kirby's sprites are from Kirby and the Amazing Mirror.
    • Fat Buu's sprites are from Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butoden.
    • Kid Buu's sprites are from Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension.
    • Ragna's sprites are from Blazblue: Calamity Trigger.
    • Sol's sprites are from Guilty Gear X
    • Gaara's sprites come from Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Council 4.
    • Toph's sprites are custom made for Death Battle. They are edited versions of Sakura and Itachi's sprites from Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Council 4.
    • Chuck Norris's sprites were taken from a M.U.G.E.N cheap character based off of him, being edited from Joseph Joestar's sprites in the Capcom game.
    • Segata Sanshiro's sprites are edited versions of Takuma's sprites from The King of Fighters 98.
    • For the remaster, Boba Fett's model is from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and Samus Aran's model is from Metroid: Other M
    • Guts' sprites were made by Oggy for his M.U.G.E.N character.
    • Nightmare's sprites are from Soul Calibur Mobile. His "Night Terror" sprites are recolored versions of said sprites. His "Inferno" sprites are actually Cinder from the first Killer Instinct.
    • Iron Man seems to have an original model.
    • Lex Luthor's model was from Injustice: Gods Among Us.
    • Beast's sprites are made by Acey for his M.U.G.E.N. character
    • Goliath's sprites are from the Gargoyles game for Genesis.
    • Snake's model is from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, albeit with his Solid Eye attached.
    • Sam and Anna's models are from Splinter Cell: Blacklist
    • Darth Vader's sprites are made by Dan Hollandsworth for M.U.G.E.N.
    • Doctor Doom's sprites are from the Marvel vs. Capcom series
    • For the rematch, all of Goku's models are from Dragon Ball Xenoverse and Superman's model is from Injustice: Gods Among Us, with the New 52 costume
    • Donkey Kong's sprites were taken from AxKing's version of him in M.U.G.E.N. which are edited versions of Sonson's Monkey King Hyper Move from Marvel vs Capcom 2.
    • Knuckles' sprites are from Sonic Battle
    • Wolverine's model is from the 2013 Deadpool video game.
    • Raiden's model is from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
    • Dan Hibiki's sprites are from Capcom vs SNK
    • Hercule's sprites are from Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle.
    • Yang Xiao Long's model is her official model from RWBY.
    • Tifa Lockhart's model is from Dissidia Duodecim, based on her appearance in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
    • Mega Man's sprites are from Mega Man 7
    • Astro Boy's sprites are from Astro Boy: Omega Factor
    • Green Arrow's sprites were made for M.U.G.E.N. by Z Vitor.
    • Hawkeye's sprites are a sprite edit by Fron. He's a recolor of Bradern 666's Speedy.
    • Black Canary's sprites were made by L@nce Upercut.
    • Red's model came from Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Charizard's model along with his Mega Evolution comes from Pokémon X & Y.
    • Agumon and Tai's models come from Digimon Adventure.
    • Dante and Trish's models come from Devil May Cry 4.
    • Bayonetta and Jeanne's models come from Bayonetta 2.
    • Bowser's sprites are from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
    • Ganondorf's sprites were made by gregarlink10. Ganon's sprites are from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
    • Ratchet and Clank's models come from Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault
    • Jak and Daxter's models come from Jak III
    • Flash's sprites were made by Alexziq
    • Quicksilver's sprites were made by Z Vitor
    • Joker's model comes from Batman: Arkham Asylum, while the Jokermobile is from Batman: Arkham Knight.
    • Needles Kane's model comes from Play Station All-Stars Battle Royale, while the Sweet Tooth truck and the Sweet Bot are from Twisted Metal (2012).
    • The Meta and Carolina’s models are the officials from Red vs. Blue
    • Cammy’s sprites comes from Super Street Fighter II
    • Sonya’s sprites comes from Mortal Kombat 3
    • Tracer's model is from Overwatch
    • Scout's model is his Source Engine model used in Team Fortress 2.
    • Ken's sprites are from Street Fighter III
    • Terry's sprites are from Capcom vs SNK: Millenium Fight 2000
    • Amy Rose's sprites are a mixture of those from Sonic Battle and the Sonic Advance Trilogy
    • Ramona Flower's sprites comes from Scott Pilgrim
    • Hulk's model is from Marvel vs Capcom 3
    • Doomsday's model is from Injustice: Gods Among Us
    • Zoro's sprites comes from One Piece! Gigant Battle 2: New World
    • Erza's sprites were made for M.U.G.E.N by Fernandinho
    • Deadpool's sprites were made for M.U.G.E.N by Infinite
    • Pinkie Pie's sprites are from the Screwed by the Lawyers fangame My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic.
    • Lara Croft's model is from Lara Croft and The Temple of Osiris, albeit she has her bow and pickaxe from the reboot of Tomb Raider
    • Nathan Drake's model is from Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
    • Scrooge McDuck's sprites come from the NES game of Ducktales with additions made by Hyper Jerk
    • Shovel Knight's sprites come from the video game with the same name with additions made by Hyper Jerk
    • Venom's sprites come from Marvel vs Capcom.
    • Bane's sprites were made for M.U.G.E.N. by Jmaxximus and ALEXZIQ
    • The Power Rangers's, the Zords's, the Megazord's, the Paladins's, the Lions's and Voltron's models were custom, created by the team of reidnoodles, Torrian Crawford and Jerome Rodgers-Blake
    • Natsu's sprites are from Fairy Tail: Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou
    • Ace's srites are from One Piece: Gigant Battle!
    • Sub-Zero's sprites are from Mortal Kombat III
    • Glacius's sprites are from Killer Instinct
    • Android 18's sprites are from Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden
    • Captain Marvel's sprites were made for M.U.G.E.N.
    • All of Metal Sonic's sprites are custom made by various authors
    • Zero's sprites are from Mega Man X4, with Black Zero being a modification of base and Absolute Zero's were made by FX Freitas
    • Lucario's sprites are custom made by Ralord
    • Renamon's sprites are from Digimon Battle Spirit
    • Balrog's model is from Street Fighter V
    • TJ Combo's model is from Killer Instinct (2013)
    • Shredder's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N by dcat, which was edited from his sprites in the arcade and SNES versions of Turtles in Time
    • Silver Samurai's sprites are from X-Men: Children of the Atom
    • The battle between Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog is done entirely in hand-drawn animation by Blind Ferret
    • For their second battle, Thor's model is from Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Wonder Woman's is from Injustice: Gods Among Us
    • Both Ichigo's and Naruto's sprites are edited versions of sprites from Jump Ultimate Stars.
    • Batman Beyond's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N by Wild Ram.
    • Spider-Man 2099's sprites are a edit of M.U.G.E.N. Spider-Man made by Alupaer.
    • Sephiroth's model is from Dissidia Duodecim.
    • Vergil's model is from Devil May Cry 4.
    • Black Panther's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N by Arkady.
    • Raven's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N by chuchoryu.
    • Twilight Sparkle's sprites are from the fangame My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic with some edits by Luis Cruz.
    • Jotaro's sprites are from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage For The Future.
    • Kenshiro's sprites are from ARC System Works' 2005 Fist of the North Star fighting game.
    • Crash's model is from Crash Twinsanity.
    • Spyro's model is from Spyro: A Hero's Tail.
    • Both Sora's and Pit's sprites are from Super Smash Flash 2
    • Leon S. Kennedy's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by wou
    • Frank West's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by Kamekaze
    • Doctor Strange's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by Angelus Silverhead, Arkady and Volzzilla.
    • Doctor Fate's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by Mon-el, Trexrell 44 and O Ilusionista
    • Ryu's model for his second battle is from Street Fighter V
    • Jin's model is from Tekken Tag Tournament 2
    • The battle between Samurai Jack and Afro Samurai is done entirely in hand-drawn animation by CV Animation and Hyper Jerk
    • Carnage's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by T.O.P.S. and theFuTuR3
    • Lucy's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by Ravenous Crucifix
    • Optimus Prime's model is from Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
    • RX-78-2 Gundam's model is from Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, while Amuro himself is drawn by Hyper Jerk.
    • Nightwing is portrayed by Danny Shepherd
    • Daredevil is portrayed by Tyler Tackett
    • The rematch for Mario and Sonic is done entirely in hand-drawn animation by Blind Ferret.
    • Ultron's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by chuchoryu
    • Sigma's sprites are from Mega Man X5
    • Master Roshi's sprites are from Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butouden
    • Jiraiya's sprites are from Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble
    • Thanos's model is from Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
    • Darkseid's model is from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
    • Both Aquaman's and Namor's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by Z Vitor
    • Mega Man's sprites in the second battle are from Mega Man 7.
    • Mega Man X's sprites originate from Mega Man X1, Mega Man X2 and Mega Man X3.When he dons the Ultimate Armor, his sprite changes to that from X4 and X5.
    • Mega Man Volnutt's sprites are from Namco x Capcom.
    • MegaMan.EXE's sprites are from the Mega Man Battle Network games.
    • Star Force Mega Man's sprites are from a mixture of the Mega Man Star Force games and Mega Man Battle Network: Operate Shooting Star.
    • Black Widow's model is from Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.
    • Widowmaker's model is from Overwatch.
    • Shazam's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N made by TEAM CVG
    • Wario's sprites are from the fan made series Super Mario Bros: Heroes of the Stars and made by Asylus Goji 91.
    • King Dedede's sprites are from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
    • Ben 10's sprites come from various sources. His human form's sprites are from a bootleg game that ripped it from a mobile game. His XLR 8, Four Arms and Grey Matter sprites are from Ben 10: Battle Ready. Heatblast and Alien X's sprites seem to be original. Way Big was completely hand-drawn.
    • Green Lantern's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by Enzo, Buyog 2099, Arque and Mc Cready.
    • Weiss Schnee's model is from RWBY. Specifically her Volume 4-5 model.
    • Mitsuru Kirijo's model is custom, made by the Screwattack team.
  • Most of the combatants originally came from or are most recognized from video games: Of the 196 combatants so far, 100 (Samus Aran, Akuma, Shang Tsung, Goomba, Koopa, Mike Haggar, Zangief, Zitz, Yoshi, Riptor, Felicia, Taokaka, Kratos, White Bomberman, Dig Dug, Mario, Sonic, Chun-Li, Mai Shiranui, Master Chief, Doomguy, Doctor Eggman, Doctor Wily, Princess Peach, Princess Zelda, Both Raidens, Cloud Strife, Link, Pikachu, Blanka, Shao Kahn, M. Bison, Ryu Hayabusa, Strider Hiryu, Ivy Valentine, Black Orchid, Fox McCloud, Luigi, Tails, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Fulgore, Sektor, Scorpion, Ryu, Kirby, Ragna the Bloodedge, Sol Badguy, Nightmare, Solid Snake, Sam Fisher, Mega Man, Agumon, Dante, Bayonetta, Bowser, Ganon, Ratchet, Clank, Jak, Daxter, Sweet Tooth, Mewtwo, Cammy White, Sonya Blade, Tracer, Scout, Ken Masters, Terry Bogard, Amy Rose, Lara Croft, Nathan Drake, Shovel Knight, Sub-Zero, Glacius, Metal Sonic, Zero, Lucario, Renamon, Balrog, TJ Combo, Sephiroth, Vergil, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Sora, Pit, Leon S. Kennedy, Frank West, Jin Kazama, Sigma, Mega Man X, Mega Man Volnutt, MegaMan.EXE, Star Force Mega Man, Widowmaker, Wario, King Dedede, Mitsuru Kirijo, Captain Falcon, Johnny Cage) have originated or have had their most iconic appearances in video games. The rest of the combatants are a mixed bunch as far as their origins. In order of descent: 40 from comic books (Rogue, Wonder Woman, Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Spawn, Thor, Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Deadpool, Deathstroke, Iron Man, Lex Luthor, Beast, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Doctor Doom, the Flash, Quicksilver, the Joker, Ramona Flowers, the Hulk, Doomsday, Scrooge McDuck, Venom, Bane, Captain Marvel, Shredder, Silver Samurai, Spider-Man 2099, Black Panther, Raven, Doctor Strange, Doctor Fate, Carnage, Nightwing, Daredevil, Ultron, Thanos, Darkseid, Aquaman, Namor, Black Widow, Shazam, Green Lantern), 17 from television (Starscream, Rainbow Dash, He-Man, Lion-O, Bucky O'Hare, Toph, Goliath, Pinkie Pie, Batman Beyond, Twilight Sparkle, Samurai Jack, Optimus Prime, Ben 10 [cartoons], Tommy Oliver/Tigerzord, The Power Rangers/Megazord [live action], Segata Sanshiro, Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog [advertisement]), 6 from film (Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, Terminator, Robocop, Godzilla, Gamera, and Darth Vader), 23 from anime and manga (Vegeta, Goku, Zechs/Epyon, Majin Buu, Gaara, Guts, Hercule, Astro Boy, Roronoa Zoro, Erza Scarlet, Voltron, Portgas D. Ace, Natsu Dragneel, Android 18, Naruto Uzumaki, Ichigo Kurosaki, Jotaro Kujo, Kenshiro, Afro Samurai, Lucy, RX-78-2 Gundam, Master Roshi, Jiraiya), 3 from Real Life (Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black, Chuck Norris), 4 for web original series (Yang Xiao Long, Agent Carolina, the Meta and Weiss Schnee) and 1 for literature (Harry Potter)
  • In terms of types of combatants, so far there have been:
    • 15 reptiles
      • 8 turtles and creatures based on turtles: the Koopa, the TMNT, Blastoise, Gamera, Bowser.
      • 7 dinosaurs, dragons, and creatures based on dinosaurs/dragons: Yoshi, Riptor, Venusaur, Charizard, Godzilla, Agumon/Greymon/MetalGreymon/WarGreymon, Spyro. Natsu is a special case as he uses a form of magic which grants him draconic abilities, such as breathing fire and durable scales over his skin.
    • 11 mutants: Rogue, the TMNT, Deadpool, Beast, Wolverine, Quicksilver, Silver Samurai, Lucy.
    • 18 non-human mammals and creatures based on non-human mammals: Shadow, Sonic, Rainbow Dash, Pikachu, Fox McCloud, Bucky O'Hare, Tails, Knuckles, Donkey Kong, Ratchet, Amy Rose, Pinkie Pie, Lucario, Renamon, Smokey, McGruff, Twilight Sparkle, Crash.
      • Other combatants that could arguably qualify include: Beast (a mutant who transformed to an ape-like creature), Ganon (his pig-demon form), Daxter (a human turned into an otter-weasel hybrid), Naruto (who has fox-like features on occasion).
    • 17 stealth combatants:
      • 13 ninjas: the TMNT, Mai Shiranui, Ryu Hayabusa, Strider Hiryu, Sektor, Scorpion, Gaara, Metal Gear!Raiden, Shredder, Naruto. Other combatants that could arguably qualify include: Captain America (via Alternative Character Interpretation offered by Boomstick) and Kirby (via his Ninja copy ability, though it was neither mentioned nor featured in his Death Battle).
      • 4 non-ninjas (Bruce!Batman, Solid Snake, Sam Fisher, Terry!Batman.
    • 3 cat-based humanoid characters: Felicia, Taokaka, Lion-O. Other combatants that could arguably qualify include: Mewtwo (a human-shape Pokémon with distinctly feline characteristics). The Tigerzord and Voltron are special cases, as they are giant humanoid mechs based on or formed from big cat mechs (five in Voltron's case).
    • 26 mechanical warriors:
      • 19 robots, cyborgs, and androids: Bomberman, Luke Skywalker, Fox McCloud, The Terminator, RoboCop, Fulgore, Sektor, Darth Vader, Metal Gear!Raiden, Mega Man, Astro Boy, Clank, Android 18, Metal Sonic, Zero, Ultron, Sigma, Mega Man X, Mega Man Volnutt.
      • 9 giant robots: Starscream, Eggman's Death Egg Robot, Wily's Machine No. 8, Gundam Epyon, White Tigerzord, The Megazord, Voltron, Optimus Prime, RX-78-2 Gundam. Metal Overlord is a special case as its a super mode of Metal Sonic.
    • 40 swordfighters:
      • 32 who use swords as a main weapon: Leonardo, Luke Skywalker, Cloud Strife, Link, He-Man, Lion-O, Strider Hiryu, Epyon, Tommy/Tigerzord, Deadpool, Deathstroke, Ragna, Sol, Nightmare, Guts, Darth Vader, Metal Gear!Raiden, Dante, Zoro, Erza, The Megazord, Voltron, Zero, Silver Samurai, Wonder Woman, Ichigo, Sephiroth, Vergil, Sora, Samurai Jack, Afro Samurai.
      • 8 who use swords as a side weapon: Kratos, Master Chief, Ryu Hayabusa, Sektor, Scorpion, Mega Man X, MegaMan.EXE and Star Force Mega Man.
      • Other combatants that could arguably qualify include: Sonic the Hedgehog (In Sonic and the Black Knight, he wields a sword, though this was neither mentioned nor featured in either of his Death Battles), Ivy Valentine (her weapon is a Whip Sword, but she uses it more as a whip than a sword, even in her Death Battle), and Kirby (via his Sword copy ability).
    • 32 shooters and marksmen:
      • 4 archers: Zelda, Link, Green Arrow, Hawkeye.
      • 28 gunfighters: Boba Fett, Samus Aran, Starscream, Master Chief, Doomguy, Eggman's Death Egg Robot, Wily's Machine No. 8, Fox McCloud, Bucky O'Hare, the Terminator, Robocop, Sam Fisher, Donkey Kong, Yang Xiao Long, Mega Man, Bayonetta, Ratchet, Jak, Lara Croft, Nathan Drake, Leon S. Kennedy, Frank West, Mega Man X, Mega Man Volnutt, MegaMan.EXE, Star Force Mega Man, Black Widow, Widowmaker.
  • Ignoring popularity, many episodes that are unpopular or have high dislikes (despite being accurate to canons and results) are sometimes disliked because the losing character appears significantly stronger than the winner. Yet still they lost because (as seen with Goku vs Superman, Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash or Yang Xiao Long vs. Tifa Lockhart) having visually more appealing action scenes and powers than their opponent doesn't mean the character is actually stronger. Another reason is if the opponent is able to avoid being hit or can counter, making their enemy's power pointless or at least not as relevant to the outcome (as seen with Toph vs Gaara or Link vs Cloud). But when a strong character defeats an obviously weaker opponent, the episode is more liked (like Thor vs Raiden, Godzilla vs. Gamera, or Vegeta vs Shadow) as the audience is more willing to accept this: especially since many people have the idea that fights are about power alone.
  • Death Battle certainly lives up to its name with over 90 deaths (Counting background characters)
    • Boba Fett gets frozen by Samus's Ice Beam. She then lets off a fully charged Charge Shot to his face.
    • Shang Tsung gets grabbed by Akuma while he's in Akuma's form using the Shun Goku Satsu, an attack that turns the victim's sins against them and completely destroys their soul.
    • When Wonder Woman leaps towards Rogue, Rogue finds an opening in her attack. She grabs Wonder Woman and kisses her. This prolonged contact with Rogue's skin resulted in Wonder Woman's death.
    • While Goomba and Koopa take to the air, Bullet Bills chase after them. Goomba drops some Micro-Goombas to destroy them.
    • Goomba tries to kick Koopa's shell into a lava pit, but the gap was too small. The shell ricocheted off a block and knocked Goomba into the lava
    • Koopa hid into his shell when Goomba landed on him. Even though his shell was too big for the block mentioned above, he slides across the floor into a much bigger pool of lava, reducing him to a skeleton.
    • A group of Red Goombas encouraged the Goomba to knock Koopa into the lava, but it came back to bite them when Koopa's shell knocked them all into the lava.
    • Haggar rushes up to Zangief and grabs him, before falling out the window. As they fall, both meatheads try to hold to other down headfirst. In the end, Zangief is victorious and smashes Haggar's head against the sidewalk.
    • Michelangelo gets decapitated by Leonardo with ease.
    • When Donatello uses his staff to move Raphael out of the way, Raph snaps. He tackles Donnie and stabs him multiple times.
    • In the final clash, Leonardo and Raphael lock swords. Raph manages to use his sai to break Leo's ninjakin and stabs him. At the same time, Leo jams his broken blade into Raph's throat, killing him.
    • Leonardo uses his ninja stealth abilities to hide in the sewers. After sneaking in a surprise attack, Zitz gets ticked off and tries to bring the whole sewer down. Leo jumps out of the water while the Battletoad is in a rage and kills him with a clean cut.
    • When Yoshi throws a giant egg at Riptor, it hatches out a Baby Yoshi. Riptor promptly attacks and eats it.
    • Riptor uses her Acid Spit attack on Yoshi, who swallows it, turns it into an egg, and throws it back at her. Blinded by her own acid, Riptor attacks Yoshi blindly. Yoshi turns her into an egg and laws her off a cliff. Riptor falls to her doom onto a car.
    • Felicia gets knocked into the air by Taokaka, before Tao unsheathes her blades and slices Felicia in two.
    • Dig Dug kills Rooey the old fashioned way- pumping it full of air three times, causing it to explode.
    • Bomberman throws a fully charged Super Bomb, destroying a large part of the area and causing a fleeing Dig Dug to drop right in front of him. As Bomberman charges another Super Bomb, Dig Dug harpoons him, pumps him twice, and flees. Bomberman notices his dropped Super Bomb and screams before it explodes.
    • Kratos brings out the Sword of Olympus to attack Spawn. He breaks through Spawn's chains and stabs him in the chest. However, since Spawn can only be killed if he is beheaded by a holy weapon, he is unfazed. He teleports behind Kratos, grabs him by his head, and drives a blade through his skull.
    • Shadow attempts to kill Vegeta with the Chaos Blast, but this drains him of his energy instead. In his weakened state, Shadow is disintegrated by Vegeta using a Galick Gun.
    • After Mario's Mega Mushroom wears off, Sonic sees and opening. He uses his speed advantage to knock Mario off his feet and Spin Dash into his back, acting like a buzz-saw.
    • The Death Battle T-Shirt shoots a laser from the logo in its center. This not only disintegrates every other T-Shirt its fighting against, but it also makes the city the battle takes place in a wasteland.
    • Justin Bieber was hit by the car driven by Rebecca's friend. He was crushed when the car crashed into a wall.
    • Rebecca Black was neither kickin' in the front seat nor sittin' in the back seat when her friend drove the car into Bieber. She stood in the back of the car. When it crashes, the force flings her off of it into a wall.
    • The 13 Year-Old Driver died on impact when he crashed his car.
    • The Jonas Brothers appeared after the car accident. The car exploded, killing them in the fire.
    • The car explosion propels a sword Bieber was holding into the air. It lands in Miley Cyrus's skull, who was going to sing the U.S. National Anthem at a nearby baseball field.
    • Luke Skywalker rips open Harry Potter's scar with Shatterpoint. He then uses the Force to stab his Shoto Saber in Harry's heart.
    • Mai avoids Chun-Li's Kikosho attack and knocks her into a tree. Mai uses a spinning attack to bring them bother to the ground. As Chun-Li gets up, a small fire is in front of her. Mai manipulates it to completely engulf Chun-Li, leaving nothing behind but her skeleton.
    • Three Mets shoot lasers at three Buzzbombers, destroying them.
    • A Paozo rolls a ball into three Moto Bugs, bowling them over.
    • Two Sniper Joes shoot at a group of Egg Pawn, destroying the majority of them. One Egg Pawn is accidentally destroyed by another in a case of friendly fire.
    • Four SWAT Bots try to back the remaining Egg Pawn up, but the Sniper Joes destroy them, leaving only one surviving SWAT Bot.
    • Eggman summons E-101 Beta Mk. II, who shoots laser beams, destroying the aforementioned members of Wily's infantry. Two Mets guard themselves before the beams hit, protecting themselves.
    • Scratch and Grounder try to team up to defeat Sheep Man, creating a Big Ball of Violence. Sheep Man somehow escapes, causing the robots to argue. Sheep Man destroys them both with a bolt of lightning.
    • Wily releases a vial full of Roboenza on Metal Sonic, causing him to go rogue and absorb Eggman's fleet and some of the Robot Master's special weapons into himself, becoming Metal Overlord; he then destroys the armies of both combatants and their arena.
    • Imbued with lightning from the God Blast, Raiden charges at Thor, but is promptly ripped in half when Thor strikes him with Mjölnir; Thor then throws Raiden's remains into the sun.
    • Using his Z-targeting, Link blocks the entirety of Cloud's Omnislash and catches him off-guard with a volley of bombs, before driving the Master Sword straight through Cloud.
    • Spider-Man traps Batman in a series of webbing shots before using a pair of streetlights to turn himself into a human slingshot, landing a dropkick on Batman with enough force to tear him in half.
    • When Goku's Dragon Fist and Superman's Infinite Mass Punch collide, the sheer energy from both attacks destroys the planet, taking Goku along with it.
    • In the rematch, Superman walks through Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku's Kamehameha, before lifting him off the ground and disintegrating his brain with heat vision for a swift and painless death.
    • Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu infiltrate an oil rig and simultaneously slice through the lone guard, said guard then bursting into gore.
    • On the rig's rooftop, Hiryu uses the varja to warp numerous times across Ryu before slamming him into the ground. For good measure, he then sends an Option C drone to blow up Ryu's corpse.
    • The Righteous Indignation, mistaking Slippy for one of Komplex's henchmen, bombards his ship with blasts until it blows up mid-flight.
    • After Slippy's death, Fox returns fire with a Smart Bomb, killing everyone onboard except Bucky.
    • The ensuing fight takes to the ground where, after a lengthy battle, Fox uses a g-diffuser to rush at Bucky before strangling him and blowing his brains out with a charged blaster shot.
    • Ragna becomes the Black Beast, which Sol meets by triggering his Dragon Install; the ensuing clash destroys Ragna, the city they were fighting in, and a Blazblue script.
    • Iron Man calls the Endo-Sym armor to him, allowing him to absorb all of Lex Luthor's attacks before atomizing him with a Unibeam.
    • Darth Vader is busy using force choke on a failed officer when Doctor Doom interrupts and kills the officer himself.
    • Using the Force to sense Doom, Vader crushes him with a TIE fighter, when it's revealed his opponent was actually a Doombot.
    • Doom uses his sorcery to warp himself and Vader into the distant past, where their fight took them to a volcano; using his molecular expander, Doom increases the size of a pebble to trap Vader and crush him in the volcano's lava.
    • While free-falling in a cavern, Donkey Kong smashes Knuckles into a red paste before using his arms to dig a way out.
    • Wolverine and Raiden trade blows, with the former sustaining injuries afterwards; Raiden uses this opportunity to activate Blade Mode to behead Wolverine, thus nullifying his healing factor.
    • After delivering a beating to Dan, Hercule showboats to the audience watching the battle, unaware that one of the capsules he smuggled into the fight has just been swallowed by Dan. Said capsule releases a jukebox that blows Dan to pieces.
    • Yang pushes her Semblance to its limit after losing her hair, destroying Tifa's Premium Heart gauntlets before punching and blasting her, leading to Yang catching Tifa and snapping her neck.
    • After being able to evade being Hoist by His Own Petard, Mega Man and Astro Boy slug it out in the sky. After losing his Rush Adapter armor, Mega Man uses a last-ditch dual Mega Buster attack, blowing both robots to pieces, only for Astro Boy to reattach himself.
    • The battle between Hawkeye and Green Arrow comes down to adamantium-tipped arrow vs. diamond-tipped arrow. The adamantium-tipped arrow wins out, piercing and splitting the arrow and piercing Green Arrow, killing him.
    • Mega Charizard X starts overpowering WarGreymon, prompting an upset and angry Tai to attack Red, leaving the Pokémon Trainer absolutely confused. This leaves Charizard confused and allows WarGreymon to recover and tear apart Charizard before throwing him towards Red, the impact breaking his legs. WarGreymon finishes the fight with Terra Force, disintegrating the two.
    • Dante manages to kill two of Bayonetta's Infernal Demons, Gomorrah and Madama Butterfly, before blowing her up with Lucifer. In the companion DBX episode, Jeanne kills Trish after both fighters fought alongside their allies in the proper fight.
    • Bowser, in his giant form, eats Ganon, but the demon king curses the king of the Koopas, transforming him into Dry Bowser. Then, Ganon makes Bowser explode, sending his bones everywhere.
    • Light Jak freezes time and prepares his final attack, but Clank unfreezes Ratchet, giving him the opportunity to shield and counterattack with his nitrogen gun. With Jak and Daxter frozen solid, Ratchet destroys them with his Omni-Wrench.
    • Flash gets tired of holding back, pulls Quicksilver into the Speed Force and pummels him before launching him back out, getting him impaled by a statue's katana.
    • Needles destroys the Jokermobile and pulverizes the Joker, but the clown convinces him to step out of Sweet Tooth to finish him personally. When Needles gets up close, he's hit with Joker Venom, killing him.
    • Super Shadow prepares to use Chaos Control to stop Mega Mewtwo Y, only for the Pokémon to hit him with his powers to erase his memory, causing him to freak out. Mewtwo puts him out of his misery by impaling him with his gigantic spoon and causing him to drown in the lake below.
    • While The Meta is distracted by Church, Agent Carolina takes his Brute Shot and shoots him in the head with it, blowing his head clean off.
    • After being shot up by Sonya's Drone, Cammy is then hit with an X-Ray attack before being torn apart by Sonya's Scissor Split Fatality.
    • After having recovered from Scout's attempt to kill her using Recall, Tracer then denies Scout his Bonk! Atomic Cola, before attaching a Pulse Bomb to his back, which kills Scout instantly upon detonating.
    • During the fight between Terry and Ken, the Dojo is damaged and debris starts falling from the ceiling. While Blanka and Sakura manage to escape, Dan Hibiki, however, does not, and is crushed by a falling piece of debris, while yelling 'My leg!', once again dying.
    • Later in the same fight, after being hit by a Power Geyser, Ken is hit by Terry with a Star Dunk Volcano, which clean takes Ken's head off, killing him.
    • Amy Rose is drawn into Ramona's subspace purse, but is able to destroy it and escape. She creates a powerful Pink Tornado, drawing in Ramona and a bunch of arcade machines. Amy hops in and delivers one last powerful blow, knocking Ramona out of the tornado and an arcade machine lands on top of her in front of a horrified Scott Pilgrim.
    • Doomsday is able to stagger the Worldbreaker Hulk by stabbing him with bone claws, then proceeding to impale him with more broken off claws and pummel his head senseless before ripping his head off.
    • While Deadpool vs Pinkie Pie ends in a draw, Deadpool slices up some sentient Pinkie clones earlier in the fight.
    • Nathan tries to escape in Lara's helicopter. She throws a pickax at the vehicle, causing it to blow up. After Nathan breaks his back from falling, the propeller stabs him in the chest.
    • Scrooge uses his Neutra-Friction and Anti-Inertia guns on Shovel Knight, which causes the latter to drop his shovel. Scrooge then takes the opportunity to use Shovel Knight's main weapon to decapitate him.
    • After seeing a shadow run past, Bane's henchmen are shortly ensnared by Venom's webbing before being pulled away and killed offscreen, presumably eaten alive.
    • Venom severs Bane's Venom Feed, pins Bane to a wall via webbing, and inserts the symbiote through Bane's mouth to explode his head and eat his brain.
    • Voltron retrieves its Blazing Sword as it wails on the Megazord with all its firepower, before performing a slash that destroys the Megazord and causing it to explode along with the Power Rangers.
    • Natsu's Lightning Fire Dragon's Roar bypasses Ace's Logia intangibility and melts his face, eyeballs and all, before the rest of Ace's body is turned into ash.
    • Glacius stands triumphantly after melting Sub-Zero's Ice Clone, right before the real Sub-Zero comes in from behind and punches through Glacius' icy shell to rip his spine.
    • Android 18 breaks both of Captain Marvel's arms and knocks her to the ground. As Captain Marvel struggles to get back up, Android 18 stomps on her head, pulverizing it to mush.
    • Metal Sonic's attempt to stop Zero's finishing strike with Chaos Control is countered by Dark Hold. Zero continues on with his finishing move, slicing Metal Overlord in two and causing him to explode.
    • Lucario charges right through Renamon's Diamond Storm, taking damage but allowing him to surprise her with a Bone Rush attack, ending with him stabbing his aura bone through her neck.
    • TJ Combo gets a second wind by berserk mode and delivers a brutal beatdown, finishing with a Vortex Punch so powerful that it decapitates Balrog.
    • Shredder absorbs a vial of mutagen and transforms into Super Shredder, ripping Silver Samurai's arm off and goring him through the head with his own blade. Shredder then follows up with a decapitation, and crushes Silver Samurai's head with his bare hand. When Silver Samurai arrives in hell, his soul is then destroyed by Marduk Kurios' Soulcutter sword.
    • After being dragged by McGruff's monster car, Smokey grows to a gigantic size and squashes the Crime Dog.
    • Wonder Woman ensnares Thor's arm with the Lasso of Truth and yanks it back so he hits himself in the head with Mjölnir, distracting Thor long enough for her to run her sword through the back of his head.
    • Ichigo loses his powers after using Mugetsu, leading up to Naruto obliterating him with his Ultra-Big Ball Rasenshuriken, Tailed Beast Bomb Rasenshuriken and Tailed Beast Bomb.
    • After Miguel is blinded by a flashbang, Terry gives him a beatdown ending with sticking three explosive Batarangs on his chest. When Miguel finally recovers, he's far too late to get them off before they blow a hole clean through his chest.
    • Sephiroth torches Vergil with the Supernova. Vergil manages to survive by cutting his way out of the dimension Supernova takes place in, but is then stabbed by Sephiroth and cleaved in two.
    • Black Panther catches Batman in a surprise comeback attack, followed by a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown ending with T'Challa decapitating Bruce before kicking Batman's body into the enclosure where an orca swallows it.
    • Twilight Sparkle, in her last resort after Raven's Soul-Self drained her power, transformed the Teen Titan into a plant. Twilight moved to crush her, but she ignored the Soul-Self, which acted on its own, and rammed the pony at full speed, killing her (or probably not).
    • Jotaro attempts to crush Kenshiro's heart with Star Platinum during The World's time stop, but ends up missing by Kenshiro using Musou Tensei. Kenshiro tells Jotaro "You Are Already Dead". And Jotaro soon explodes as Kenshiro had struck a pressure point earlier in the fight.
    • Sparx the Dragonfly flies from Spyro to Crash in order to greet the bandicoot. Crash assumes him to be just another annoying insect, and crushes the dragonfly between his hands.
    • Following from directly above, Spyro turns into Dark Spyro and ends the fight with his Aether breath, which vaporizes Crash, as well as Aku Aku, who had jumped in to protect Crash.
    • Sora and Pit clash with a beam from the Keyblade and an Arrow of Light respectively. Sora's attack wins out and promptly pierces straight through Pit's head.
    • Leon escapes from Frank West's Ice Tornado and blows him and the Exo Suit up with his Rocket Launcher (Special).
    • Nabu, Kent and Inza ambush Dr. Strange's projection inside the Helmet of Fate and obliterate his soul.
    • Ryu counters Jin's Devil Beam by using the Power of Nothingness, before firing a supercharged Shinku Hadoken, which blows a hole through Jin's chest, killing him instantly.
    • In the last clash of swords between Samurai Jack and Afro Samurai, Afro manages to take one of Jack's arms off, but loses both of his own arms, leaving him helpless before Jack, who promptly makes mincemeat out of him.
    • Lucy pins Carnage down with her vectors, before vibrating them at their highest frequency to blow Carnage up, completely disintegrating him in a nuclear explosion.
    • Amuro Ray died when Optimus Prime unleashed a giant blast from the Matrix of Leadership and striked the chest of the Gundam the former was piloting.
    • Nightwing uses his Supersonic Wing-Dings to stun Daredevil by overloading his senses. He then breaks Daredevil's neck with an electrically charged punch.
    • While in freefall, Sonic attempts to grind Mario up with a spindash. Mario grabs Sonic and holds him before throwing the hedgehog into the ocean with great force, causing a nuclear explosion that blows up Sonic.
    • Ultron and Sigma get into a Beam-O-War that destroys the latter's current physical form. The Maverick then attempts to corrupt Ultron with the Sigma Virus, but is countered with the more powerful Ultron AI that assimilates him into the robot's hivemind.
    • Roshi flies towards Jiraiya with an outstretched fist when Jiraiya incapacitates him with the Toad Confrontation Chant genjutsu. However, despite his mind being disabled, Roshi's body continues traveling, punching Jiraiya with enough force to tear him in half.
    • Thanos attempts to use the Infinity Gauntlet to erase Darkseid from existence but only succeeds in wiping out his avatars. Darkseid then goads him into traveling to his dimension where his true form is and where the Infinity Gauntlet is rendered useless, and then overpowers Thanos' final attack with his Omega Beams to trap Thanos in the Omega Sanction where he will suffer endless numbers of lives and death, with the one being shown as Deadpool shooting Thanos dead while making out with Mistress Death.
    • Aquaman uses his telekinetic abilities to paralyze Namor, and orders a swarm of anglerfish to devour him.
    • Mega Man Volnutt gets knocked into a black hole made by the four other Mega Men and gets destroyed.
    • Mega Man Classic tries to drag Mega Man X into the same Black Hole. He successfully does, but X's regenerative abilities let him continue the fight, while Classic gets destroyed.
    • Mega Man X's AI is destroyed when Star Force Mega Man's superior hacking abilities overwrite his data.
    • Star Force Mega Man in X's body attempts to defeat MegaMan.EXE with Red Gaia Eraser, but MegaMan.EXE transforms into his Hub form and uses an energy blast to obliterate Mega Man X's body along with Star Force Mega Man, at the same time.
    • Black Widow uses a hurricanrana spin to wrap a garrote wire around Widowmaker's throat. Widow then backflips off Widowmaker's prone body while still holding the garrote, and the force is enough to behead Widowmaker.
    • Shazam tosses Captain Marvel through a series of asteroids and into an especially large one, before punching her with enough force to destroy the asteroid and Marvel with it.
    • A Goomba and a Waddle Dee have a literal mind-blowing revelation when they figure out that Wario-Man and Masked Dedede really are Wario and Dedede in disguise.
    • With both fighters giant, Wario attempts to obliterate Dedede with his Waft, but Dedede counters by hitting a Gordo at him, which gets stuck in Wario's butt. The Waft then builds up and explodes from within Wario, obliterating him.
    • Green Lantern gets the idea to travel back in time from Ben as Alien X, and then proceeds to cut of Ben's arm (therefore not triggering the failsafe) with a scissor construct. He then crushes him with a huge boot construct.
    • With her Aura broken, Weiss tries one last attack at Mitsuru, but Mitsuru uses Artemesia to freeze Weiss and then shatter her.
  • Batman, Charizard, Shadow, Wonder Woman, Ryu, Mario and Mega Man (Classic) have the distinct notability to be brought Back from the Dead for a second match (Batman returned for a fight with Captain America, Charizard returned for a fight with Greymon, Shadow returned for a fight with Mewtwo, Wonder Woman returned for a fight with Thor, Ryu returned for a fight with Jin Kazama, Mario returned to fight Sonic once again, and Mega Man Classic returned to fight in a battle royale against Mega Man X, Mega Man Volnutt, MegaMan.EXE and Star Force Mega Man). Batman won his return fight against Captain America while Charizard lost his return fight against Agumon (Granted, Charizard are a species of Pokémon, so it isn't the exact same one who participated in both fights.), Shadow lost his fight with Mewtwo, Wonder Woman won her match against Thor and Ryu won his fight against Jin. Mario won his second match against Sonic. Mega Man Classic was second to die among the Mega Men.
  • On the flipside, Leonardo, Deadpool, Metal Sonic, Thor, Batman and Sonic are the only victors to return for a second match. Leonardo won his matches against his brothers and Zitz, Deadpool defeated Deathstroke and ended up no-contesting his fight with Pinkie Pie, Metal Sonic destroyed both Wily and Eggman but lost his match against Zero, Thor destroyed Raiden but lost to Wonder Woman, Batman won against Captain America but lost to Black Panther. Sonic won his first match against Mario, but in the second match, he lost.
  • Contestant Deaths:
    • Boba Fett, Michelangelo, Zelda, Pikachu, Bucky, Deathstroke, Wolverine, the Meta, Ken, Hulk, Shovel Knight, Bane, Glacius, Captain Marvel, Balrog, Batman and Widowmaker have all died from losing their heads in some shape, way or form.
    • Shang Tsung and Doctor Strange have died by having their souls destroyed.
    • Wonder Woman and Bowser have both died by being reduced to a withered husk.
    • Goomba and Riptor have both been killed from a fall.
    • Haggar is so far the only combatant to die from a crushed skull.
    • Donatello, Raphael, Kratos, Sam Fisher, Silver Samurai, and Thor have all died from getting stabbed.
    • Zitz, Felicia, Mario, M. Bison, Nightmare, Beast, Cammy, Erza, Metal Sonic, Vergil and Jiraiya have all died from getting torn in half.
    • Bomberman, Shadow, Doomguy, Eggman, Wily, Goku, Terminator, Sektor, Gamera, Tommy, Ragna, Lex Luthor, Dan Hibiki, Mega Man Classic (twice), Red and Charizard, Bayonetta, the Scout, the Power Rangers with their Megazord, Ace, Ichigo Kurosaki, Jotaro Kujo, Crash Bandicoot, Frank West, Carnage, RX-78-2 Gundam, Sonic, Mega Man Volnutt, Star Force Mega Man, Captain Marvel and Wario have all been killed by being blown up or vaporized.
    • Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black are so far the only combatants to die in a car crash.
    • Harry Potter, Luigi, Quicksilver, Shadow, Nathan Drake and Renamon have all died from impalement.
    • Koopa, Chun-Li, Lord Raiden, Venusaur, Ryu, Majin Buu, Darth Vader and Ace have all died from being burned alive.
    • Starscream, Pikachu and Namor have been killed from being eaten.
    • Cloud and Ryu Hayabusa have both been killed from sword slashes that left them with critical wounds.
    • Batman is so far the only combatant to die from having his torso separated from his limbs.
    • Lion-O is the only combatant so far to die from having an important artifact destroyed.
    • Ivy, Gaara, Knuckles, Ramona, McGruff, Twilight Sparkle and Ben 10 have all been crushed.
    • Charizard is so far the only character to be killed by water.
    • Captain America, Tifa and Daredevil have all died from neck snaps.
    • Goku is so far the only combatant to die via lobotomy.
    • Jak and Daxter and Weiss have died from being frozen and shattered.
    • Sweet Tooth is so far the only combatant to die via suffocation.
    • Spider-Man 2099 and Jin Kazama have died from getting a hole blown through their torso.
    • Green Arrow and Pit have died via being shot in the head.
    • Afro Samurai is so far the only combatant to die via being cut into pieces.
    • Sigma and Mega Man X have died from being assimilated or overwritten by their opponent.
    • Thanos is so far the only combatant to die from a bullet wound. However, that was only his first death, as he's now permanently trapped in the Omega Sanction, doomed to continuously live and die, each death more painful and degrading the last.
  • A few characters have shown some overlap between the main Death Battle show, the DBX spin-off and the formerly affiliated One Minute Melee: Zoro, Link, Ryu, Terry, Iron Man, Guts, Raiden, Mega Man, Ken, Zero, Lucario, Akuma, Luigi, Samus, Vegeta, Dante, Thor, Hulk, Jotaro, Kenshiro, Wolverine, Natsu, Spider-Man, Vergil, Cloud, Batman, Scorpion, Ichigo, Ragna and King Dedede. In terms of how each character fared:
    • Zoro won his main show fight against Erza, and both of his spin-off victories were against Kenshin Himura.
    • Link defeated Cloud on the main show, and once again on OMM. He lost to Meta Knight on DBX and Sora on OMM.
    • Ryu lost to Scorpion on the main show, defeated Lucario and Liu Kang on DBX and drew against Jin Kazama on OMM before winning against him in the main show. He, along with Ken, lost to Terry Bogard and Rock Howard in a tag team battle in OMM.
    • Terry won against Ken on the main show, then lost against Jon Talbain on DBX and Burai Yamamoto on OMM. Along with Rock Howard, he won against Ryu and Ken in a tag team battle in OMM.
    • Iron Man defeated Lex Luthor on the main show, then lost to Mega Man X on DBX and Batman on OMM.
    • Guts defeated Nightmare on the main show, as well Kirito on OMM, then lost to Cloud in DBX
    • Raiden has a clean sweep: defeating Wolverine on the main show, Genji on DBX and Genos on OMM.
    • Classic!Mega Man lost to Astro Boy on the main show as well as well as being the second Mega Man to die in the battle royale, beating Mega Man Volnutt but losing to Mega Man X, Star Force Mega Man and MegaMan.EXE. He defeated Bomberman on DBX and Samus Aran (or rather, the SA-X masquerading as her) on OMM.
    • Ken won against Paul Phoenix in OMM and lost to Terry in the main show and Blaziken in DBX. He, along with Ryu, lost to Terry Bogard and Rock Howard in a tag team battle in OMM.
    • Zero also boasts a win in all three for his victories over Metal Sonic on the main show, Meta Knight on OMM and Strider Hiryu on DBX. However, he lost to Noctis in OMM.
    • Lucario battled Renamon twice with a win on the main show and a draw in OMM, and as mentioned above suffered a loss to Ryu on DBX.
    • Akuma has a clean sweep of five victories, defeating Shang Tsung on the main show, Kenpachi Zaraki on OMM thrice, and Iron Fist on DBX.
    • Luigi lost to Tails on both the main show and on OMM, and drew against Mario on DBX.
    • Samus won against Boba Fett on the main show and Master Chief on DBX, but she (or rather the SA-X masquerading as her) lost to Mega Man on OMM.
    • Mario fought Sonic three times, twice on Death Battle, losing the first fight and winning the second, won in OMM, and drew against Luigi in DBX.
    • Vegeta has a clean sweep. Defeating Shadow on the main show, defeating Shadow AGAIN alongside Thor in OMM, and General Zod in DBX.
    • Dante won against Bayonetta on the main show as well as Kratos on DBX, and lost to Ragna the Bloodedge in OMM.
    • Thor won against Raiden on the main show, as well as 100 Pikachu in DBX, while he lost to Wonder Woman in his second appearance on the main show, and then Vegeta in OMM.
    • Hulk lost to Doomsday on the main show, Broly in OMM, while he won against Juggernaut in DBX.
    • Jotaro won against Kenshiro on OMM, before losing to him in the main show. He also defeated Yu Narukami in DBX.
    • Kenshiro lost to Jotaro in OMM, before winning against him in the main show. He drew against Saitama in DBX.
    • Wolverine lost to Raiden(Metal Gear) in the main show and Black Panther in OMM. He won against Raphael in DBX, as well as slaughtering 100 Barakas.
    • Natsu lost to Ace in OMM, before winning against him in the main show. He lost to Iceman in DBX.
    • Spider-Man won against Batman in the main show, and Ruby Rose in OMM. He lost to Mikasa Ackerman in DBX.
    • Vergil won against Sephiroth in OMM, before drawing against him in their rematch, and then losing in the main show. He then lost to Hakumen in DBX.
    • Cloud lost to Link on the main show and OMM, and won against Guts in DBX.
    • Batman lost to Spider-Man and Black Panther wile he won against Captain America in the main show. He lost to Albert Wesker and won against Iron Man in OMM. He lost to Scorpion in DBX.
    • Scorpion won against Ryu in the main show and Batman in DBX. He lost to Ghost Rider in OMM.
    • Ichigo lost to Naruto in the main show. He won against Sasuke Uchiha in OMM before losing to him in DBX.
    • Ragna lost to Sol Badguy in the main show and Ruby Rose in DBX. He won against Dante in OMM.
    • King Dedede won against Amy Rose in DBX, lost to Bowser in One Minute Melee, and then won against Wario on the main show.
  • There have been a few instances of Name's the Same on the show:
  • Out of the 100+ episodes made over Death Battle's history, some of the character match-ups have actually occurred over official crossovers; this is of course barring same-series fights:
    • Five match-ups have been contested between characters who have appeared in Super Smash Bros.: Mario vs. Sonic, Zelda vs. Peach, Link vs. Cloud, Bowser vs. Ganon and Wario vs. King Dedede.
    • Two fights - Chun-Li vs. Mai and Ken vs. Terry - occurred nearly a decade earlier in Capcom Vs SNK.
    • With the abundance of Marvel vs. DC fights, we have Thor vs. Wonder Woman and Batman vs. Captain America thanks to JLA/Avengers. Batman also has an earlier crossover with his first opponent, Spider-Man: Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds.
    • There was also the self-titled crossover between the Terminator and Robocop.
    • Ryu and Jin had crossed over in Namco × Capcom, the Project X Zone series and Street Fighter X Tekken before their episode aired.
    • Naruto and Ichigo had appeared in Jump Superstars, J Stars Victory VS and Jump Force together. Jotaro and Kenshiro also showed up in the first one as well.
    • Doctors Eggman and Wily teamed up to defeat their rivals in two comic crossovers. Funny enough, despite their ultimate creations (Metal Sonic and Zero) fighting each other on the show, neither appeared in the same story together.
    • Ultron and Sigma fused themselves together to become the joint main antagonists of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite before their episode aired.
    • Despite being from different sub-series in the Mega Man series, MegaMan.EXE and Star Force Mega Man have also fought each other before in the DS Remake of Mega Man Battle Network 1. This fight is mentioned in the rundown.
    • Weiss and Mitsuru are both in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle as playable fighters, though Weiss is in the base game and Mitsuru is DLC.

    Matchup Observations 
  • Before animating for Death Battle, one of Mr. Lange's big claims to fame was a very well-made animation called Cannon Something, in which Peach suffers a horrible death at Mario's hands as a result of his frustrated attempt to demolish a castle. Come fights 13 and 20, Mario is the one who suffers the horrible death, while Peach avoids such a fate. Fight 20 was also the very first one Mr. Lange animated.
  • The following fights were bloody ONLY in the killing blow; Episodes 1, 5, 13, 20, 21, 23, 24, 83, 86 and 90.
  • Only Leonardo (in his second fight), Spider-Man, Link, Yang, Zoro, Android 18, Zero, The Shredder, Raven, Kenshiro and Spyro left the battlefield after finishing off their opponents.
  • Two fights so far have had both fighters who have electricity as their main method of attack: Raiden VS Thor, and Pikachu VS Blanka.
  • The longest sprite Death Battle (recorded from the start of the animation until the end) is the Wily VS Eggman battle at 5 minutes and 8 seconds. However, for those who wish to invalidate that record since it wasn't one-on-one, Mario VS Sonic is the longest battle at 3 minutes and 9 seconds. The shortest Death Battle was Chun-li VS Mai Shiranui at a mere 51 seconds.
    • The longest battle with Mr. Lange as the animator is also the longest Death Battle with no recorded dialogue that can't be found on the character's sound board (i.e Spidey's quips in his battle with Batman) is the Thor Vs Raiden battle at 2 minutes 36 seconds. With all the anticipation for the Goku Vs Superman battle, one can only hope it'll be pretty lengthy and this is a testament to show that that's possible.
    • And it IS possible and PROVEN! The ENTIRE FIGHT 9 minutes and 10 seconds if you count Lange's animation ONLY. The Entire fight as a whole including the Excuse Plot clocks in at about 10 minutes and 28 seconds. It was worth every second of waiting.
  • Death Battles 2 through 9, 18, 55 and 68 are the only Death Battle where neither combatant says a word.
  • Superman, Goku, Spawn, Metal Overlord, Zero, and Voltron Lion Force have some of the highest defenses shown. Spawn, being a ghost from Hell, can only be killed by Holy or Unholy weapons, and even then he needs to be decapitated. This helped him survive Kratos's overwhelming offensive abilities. Metal Overlord in Sonic Heroes was immune to any damage except for Team Super Sonic's team attack, which required time to charge it. Since SUPER SONIC needed HELP to defeat Metal Overlord, Super Bass couldn't do enough damage to stop his transformation. Despite this, Zero was able to easily put on a great amount of damage and eventually cut him in two, and Zero himself survived an impact as strong as the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs. Voltron survived the Omega Comet's 13 sextillion Newtons of gravitational force, making them capable of taking anything the Power Rangers could throw at them. Goku can survive nuclear explosions and Superman can survive supernova explosions. Also Mega Mario, Starman Mario, Metal Mario, Super Sonic, Hyper Sonic, and Super Shadow are immune to damage, yet can't stay in these forms for long.
  • Dig Dug is the only warrior with only one method of attack: his Pump. (Though he can have rocks fall on his enemies, that wasn't talked about and it is more of Dig Dug manipulating the environment instead of having rocks as a weapon.)
  • Batman (thanks to his Utility Belt), Link (thanks to his large inventory) Spawn (thanks to his hellish powers), Goku (from the versatility of Ki) and Superman (from his Kryptonian DNA) have more weapons than any other warrior. (Yet most of Batman's weapons are non-lethal except maybe for The Bat-Car Bomb.)
    • The weapons used by Batman include Batarangs (normal and explosive), the Grapple Gun, combat armor, a cape used to glide, a taser in his suit, smoke bombs, non-lethal explosives, Kryptonite (not used against Spider-Man's fight), lethal plastic explosives, stealth, skill at martial arts, is very strong and intelligent for a human, gadgets that can summon swarms of bats, and the bat-lasso or bolas.
    • Link has the Master Sword (which can fire Skyward Strikes or lasers and use Medallions), the Hylian Shield, a Boomerang, Bombs, Hero's Bow (with various elemental arrows), Hookshot, Red Ring, Chainmail Shirt, Golden Gauntlets, Boots (hover boots, pegasus boots, and iron boots), the Triforce of Courage, Z-Targeting, and the skills of all previous Links.
    • Spawn has superhuman speed, superhuman strength, pseudo-immortality except from holy or unholy weapons (and even then he needs to be decapitated), quick regeneration, the ability to absorb evil energies or sins, is a skilled assassin, uses dozens of guns AT ONCE, Leetha of the 7th House of K (which has a mind of its own, can shapeshift into anything, normally acts like a shape-shifting cape, spikes or chains, and can also feed on evil as well), can alter matter, communicate with animals, fly, teleport, fire necroplasm, control elements (including fire and water), raise the dead, heal sickness, create explosions, transform, turn invisible, read minds, and open portals to Heaven or Hell.
    • Superman has no clear limit in his strength, durability or flying speed under normal conditions because of his body's solar aura, and can enhance these abilities or heal with energy from sunlight (becoming god-like when inside the sun). His senses are almost unlimited in terms of distance, precision, clarity, and are occasionally impossible (like hearing through the vacuum of space). Superman has Super Breath (which can freeze enemies in ice as Arctic Breath), Heat Vision (powerful enough to destroy planets or precise enough to perform surgery or lobotomy to others), can phase through attacks or turn invisible, can perform the Infinite Mass Punch (striking with the force of a supernova), can calculate information like a super-computer, knows pressure-point combat, boxing, Amazonian martial arts, developed psychic barriers, can control his muscles to various levels of strength, has learned the martial arts of Torquasm-Rao and Torquasm-Vo, can survive without oxygen or food, and repair holes in reality with static electricity.
    • Goku at SSJ4 can fly faster than light speed, lift at least 100,000 tons and survive explosions of several quadrillion megatons. From a lifetime of divine training he knows the After-Image, Dragonthrow, Mimicry, Janken, Fist Shockwave, Hasshu-Ken, Kamehameha, Kaioken (from levels 1-20), Super Saiyan 1 to 4, Dragon Fist, Teleport with Instant Transmission, can read minds and use Telepathy, create barriers of ki, fire ki blasts, Destructo Disk, Solar Flare, Kiai Cannon, Spirit Bomb (either as an attack or energy source), telekinesis, Ki Sensing, wields Senzu Beans, Power Pole, and the Flying Nimbus.
  • Vegeta has one of the highest offensive abilities in the game, able to punch the MOON into the Earth and his Galick Gun or Final Flash can destroy THE PLANET. Goku, Thor, and Superman has similar offensive abilities as well.
  • As mentioned at the end of the Spawn VS Kratos episode, the hosts are not afraid of allowing the more popular character to be defeated, even if their popularity is shown in online ScrewAttack polls.
  • Vegeta, Goku, Zangief, Master Chief, Akuma, and Batman have some of the longest, deadliest and most skilled training methods of the warriors seen in Death Battle. Mike Haggar also trained constantly until his role in politics forced him to train less. Other warriors who train include Mai, Chun-Li, Luke Skywalker, the TMNT, Wonder Woman, Ash's Pikachu, and Samus Aran. Blanka fought jaguars and crocodiles in the jungle, though his training teacher is Dan Hibiki (who is a Joke Character, meaning Blanka could become a weaker fighter if he followed him). Rainbow Dash also trains, but focuses more on flying than combat skills.
  • Yoshis can be one of the youngest warriors, as they can fight shortly after being hatched from an egg. Riptor is second at only 4 years old. Harry Potter is the youngest human warrior, fighting against Death Eaters during his teenage years (though Rebecca Black is technically younger, she isn't much of a warrior to begin with). Thor and Raiden are the oldest warriors, as they are ancient thunder gods.
  • The Flash appears to be the fastest character in the series, easily traveling several times the speed of light with no confirmed limit to his speed. Superman is probably second with equally high speed levels, though perhaps not quite as quick in reaction time or top speed. Quicksilver, Super Sonic, Hyper Sonic, Super Shadow, Jotaro's Stand Star Platinum, Astro Boy, Darkseid, Geo Stelar and MegaMan.EXE are capable of moving at light speed or extremely high relativistic speeds. Metal Sonic, Goku, Zero, and Rainbow Dash are some of the fastest warriors, easily traveling faster than the speed of sound. Vegeta, Optimus Prime, Starscream, Wonder Woman, and Thor (at Mach 32) can fly at mach speeds as well. Mortal Kombat!Raiden, Zero, Shadow, and Goku are capable of teleportation.
  • Eggman, Wily, and the Egg Robo are the only warriors using only vehicles to fight, and never using their own physical bodies in combat.
  • Derpy Hooves makes a cameo in the Rainbow Dash/Starscream fight (her cameo appearances are a running gag in her show).
    • Big the Cat, Princess Peach, and Pedobear also cameo in the Haggar/Zangief battle.
  • Starscream (in his Spark form) is the only warrior that is immortal (a trait not allowed for the other warriors). However he was still defeated (as Rainbow ate him). Fans asked if Rainbow can truly win if Starscream isn't technically dead, but the hosts confirmed that Rainbow officially won the match (despite Starscream now living in a sewing machine).
    • Thor and Raiden both can live forever but are still able to die in battle.
  • Batman, Spider-Man, Eggman, Dr. Wily, Donatello, Superman and Zelda (wielder of the Triforce of Wisdom) have very high IQ and intelligence (at the same time, Batman, Wily, and especially Eggman suffer from obvious mental instability).
    • Mortal Kombat!Raiden, Kratos, Master Chief, Dig Dug, Leonardo, Bucky O'Hare, Shang Tsung, Samus and Boba Fett are skilled strategists.
    • Goku, Peach, Zangief, Michelangelo, Taokaka, Goomba, Riptor, Blanka, Pikachu, Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black, Knuckles, and Donkey Kong are known for being stupid or unintelligent.
    • Doomguy, Raphael, Zitz, Starscream, and Thor are poor strategists (though Starscream is deceptive).
    • Vegeta, Raphael, Doomguy, Cloud and Kratos are known for a tendency to be blinded by extreme rage.
    • Spawn is a skilled assassin but is haunted by demons and the impact of his death, making him violent and unstable. The Violator/The Clown (Spawn's main enemy) haunts his dreams and summons insane criminals and demons to fight Spawn multiple times, stressing him out even more.
  • Michelangelo is the only warrior denounced by BOTH hosts (Boomstick jokes about his mentality, even accusing him of smoking pot. Wizard openly admitted that he didn't want Mike to win due to his lack of training and terrible nunchuck weapons). However, in the Death Battle Q&A the annotations show that in real life, at least one of them preferred him. <Rebecca and Justin don't deserve to be called warriors.>
    • In another Q&A accessible only to Advantage Program subscribers, Chad (voice of Boomstick) was shown to like him.
    • Haggar is one of the most beloved warriors of both hosts.
  • Often, when both combatants share the same weakness or flaw, those faults don't get factored into the final verdict. Good examples include Luigi and Tails both being cowardly, both Knuckles and Donkey Kong being Dumb Muscle and Dante and Bayonetta being punished for their cockiness in battle.
  • Michelangelo's 'THE BONG' and the Goomba's 'Telephathy Powerz? OMG' are the only weapons jokingly and obviously not used by the warrior.
  • Red Goombas, the Piranha Plant, the Thwomp, and Bullet Bills interrupted the Koopa/Goomba fight. Bob-ombs interrupted the Mario/Sonic fight.
  • Kratos and Spawn cameo in the intro of Vegeta VS Shadow.
  • The TMNT are mentioned in the Koopa/Goomba episode as the Koopa Bros. are based on the TMNT.
  • Shang Tsung, Kratos, Spawn, Leonardo, Sonic, Doomguy, Mortal Kombat!Raiden, Thor, Goku, Link, Guts, Samurai Jack and Mitsuru Kirijo have all fought against devils or an evil god. Akuma is sometimes considered to be a devil. Darkseid is the ruler and god of Apokolips, the DC's version of hell, so Superman technically fights the DC's version of the devil. Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle have fought evil gods via the Elements of Harmony (though with the conjunction of the rest of her friends). Optimus Prime has fought against Unicron, who is essentially a robotic evil god. Dante, Vergil and Raven are half-demons on their fathers' side. Bayonetta (despite being fully human) has a pact with demons as a Umbra Witch.
  • Thor, Spider-Man, and Superman have defeated The Incredible Hulk, an accomplishment worth mentioning on Death Battle by the hosts.
    • Both Thor and Spider-Man are noted to have the martial arts skills capable of fighting Captain America hand-to-hand.
  • Due to Mario having more games than any other warrior, he is considered to have fought a larger variety of bosses than anyone else.
  • Superman, being created in 1932 and debuting in 1938, is the oldest character in terms of franchise ages. Obviously this makes DC Comics the oldest franchise. Taokaka and her game BlazBlue had a 2008 debut, making her the youngest franchise debut. Rainbow Dash's Friendship is Magic generation of My Little Pony debuted in 2010, makes her the youngest character debut in terms of franchise generations (though many other characters don't have a specific generation that the hosts focused on) — unless you count Rebecca Black, whose rise to fame wasn't until 2011 (she was born in 1997). Yang then takes the place as the youngest debut as RWBY debuted in 2013, and then Tracer took it as Overwatch debuted in 2016, only months before she was called on to be a combatant.
  • The Justin Bieber vs. Rebecca Black fight used character sprites from the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World XBLA/PSN game.
    • To be specific, Justin Bieber uses the sprite for Stephen Stiles, Rebecca Black uses the sprite for Kim, the kid in the car may be a random background character but it is probably it's Lucas Lee in a sports car, The Jonas Brothers all use the sprite of Gideon Graves and Miley Cyrus uses Envy Adam's sprite.
  • According to YouTube, the most widely accepted match by fans is the TMNT fight with a 20:1 like/dislike ratio (possibly because Leonardo has obviously superior skill, weapons and tactics compared to his brothers).
  • One of the most despised match-up according to YouTube's like-dislike ratio is Zelda vs. Peach (for the illogical plausibility of the ending, ignoring Zelda's transformations and using non-canon sources to predict the character's effectiveness in battle among other things) (with about 50% of viewers liking or disliking the video). The second is Goku vs. Superman, the third is Mario vs. Sonic, fourth is Master Chief vs. Doomguy (due to the animation contradicting the research), fifth is Batman vs. Spider-Man, and sixth is Kratos vs. Spawn (especially the somewhat anti-climatic finishing move and Spawn's immortality effecting the outcome). Mostly, these other fights are hated because the more popular character lost, yet the hosts (as mentioned in the ending of Kratos vs Spawn) do admit to allowing the less popular character win because they test the warrior's skills and not their fanbases. The hosts have mentioned that characters who are more affiliated with good video games are going to receive more praise on a video game website like Screwattack.
  • According to the YouTube Q&A annotations, Riptor and possibly Raphael were originally chosen to win but they changed their minds after further research. Boba Fett, Kratos, Felicia, Bomberman and Michelangelo were also loved by at least one of the hosts but lost the fight.
  • Spider-Man and Spawn are both from New York City and both protect it, normally at night. Batman used to live in NY city before Gotham City was created for the comics. Also, artist Todd McFarlane worked on the comics the three were based on.
    • They also are popular because of how (somewhat) relate-able they are to the audience, Batman because of his lack of superpowers, and Spider-Man due to him dealing with real life conflicts similar to the teenage and college-aged audience (like being overworked or stressed).
    • Some of Batman's abilities and tools are similar to Spider-Man. They both 'soar' through their cities but cannot fly (Batman glides with his cape and Spider-Man web-swings). Batman's grapple gun allows him to reach high places like Spider-Man, but isn't as flexible and isn't for long distance travel like web-swinging. Batman's quick reactions and reading of muscle movements allow him to counter enemies similar to the Spider-Sense (this is more obvious in both Batman and Spider-Man videogames.) However, it is nowhere near as advanced.
    • Batman has had crossovers with Spider-Man and Spawn.
  • Thor, Spawn and Mortal Kombat!Raiden became supreme beings but intentionally gave up their powers, returning to their original forms. In some possible futures, Superman absorbs so much energy from the Sun that he becomes a god.
  • Thor, Superman, and Astro Boy can survive being on the sun. In fact, Superman is more powerful on the sun. SSJ4 Goku once commented that "even the sun cannot hurt me now", though in the past he was at risk of being killed in it. However, Cooler was able to (just barely) survive being sent to the sun, and since Goku is more powerful today, it is possible but not confirmed.
  • Cloud has survived being impaled multiple times, yet was still able to fight. Kratos impaled himself with the Sword of Olympus but survived. Spawn and Dante have been impaled several times before and survived without permanent damage. Spawn, Kratos, Superman, Goku, Batman, and Vegeta have all come back to life after dying (Vegeta and Goku have died multiple times, depending on the canon). Sonic was killed in Sonic '06, but due to time travel paradoxes, his murder was erased from history.
  • The top 5 ScrewAttack videos on YouTube (as of 2012) are also the top 5 Death Battle videos. In terms of YouTube views they are; Sonic vs Mario, Goomba vs Koopa, Vegeta vs Shadow, Kratos vs Spawn, and Starscream vs Rainbow Dash.
    • As of August 2015, the top 5 most popular Death Battle videos in terms of views are Goku vs Superman, Mario vs Sonic, Batman vs Spider-Man, Deadpool vs Deathstroke, and Vegeta vs Shadow.
  • As mentioned on the website formspring.me, Wiz claims that the Goku vs Superman episode took 2.5 years to make.
  • Felicia, Blanka, Sonic, Hyper Metal Sonic, Silver Sonic, Mecha Sonic, Mecha Knuckles, Tails, Shadow, Knuckles and Amy can all do a Spin-Dash while the Koopa has sometimes shown to attack with his shell in a similar manner.
  • Death Battle milestones:
    • Boba Fett vs Samus Aran: The very first episode of Death Battle, which by extension makes it the first battle:
      • where both warriors use mostly ranged weapons
      • between a male and a female combatant
      • to feature a video game character, and the first platformer character and Metroidvanian character
      • to feature a live-action film character
      • to have a female combatant defeating the male combatant
      • to have a hero fighting a villain, and have the hero defeating the villain
    • Akuma vs Shang Tsung: First battle to feature two male warriors and the first battle to feature fighting game characters. Also the first battle to feature two villains.
    • Rogue vs Wonder Woman: First battle without health bars, the first in which both warriors are female, and first battle to feature comic book characters. Also the first battle to feature two heroes (though Rogue was initially villainous before pulling a Heel–Face Turn).
    • Goomba vs Koopa: First battle to end in a draw, also the first battle in which both combatants are from the same series. And the first "joke" Death Battle. And the first between two non-humanoid characters.
    • Mike Haggar vs Zangief: Possibly the first fan requested Death Battle. The first battle that had a future combatant (Peach) appear in the fight. And the first battle to feature a combatant from a Beat 'em Up game.
    • TMNT Battle Royale: First Death Battle to be a Battle Royale, and the first battle to feature comic book characters who aren't from Marvel or DC.
    • Zitz vs Leonardo: First to feature a returning champion, the first to have a returning champion win a second battle, and the first to have a comic book character go up against a non-comic book character.
    • Yoshi vs Riptor: First battle to feature animals without any human-like traits.
    • Kratos vs Spawn: First Death Battle to ignite severe amounts of fanboy rage (though all the previous Death Battles still get their fair share of complaints). First battle to feature a combatant from a Hack and Slash game.
    • Bomberman vs Dig Dug: First battle to feature combatants from a Puzzle Game. First battle in which the losing character was killed by their own weapon.
    • Vegeta vs Shadow: First battle to feature a manga/anime character, as well as the first battle in which both warriors are constantly speaking.
    • Mario vs Sonic: Currently the most popular/viewed Death Battle as well as the most legendary rivalry (after Goku vs Superman of course).
    • Justin Bieber vs Rebecca Black: First battle in which the combatants (as well as the background characters) are based on real people. The only battle that was specifically designed as a Take That! to both combatants (unless you count the DBX Trump/Clinton battle).
    • Luke Skywalker vs Harry Potter: First to have a combatant from written literature.
    • Chun-Li vs Mai Shiranui: Shortest Death Battle recorded, and thus the quickest kill.
    • Starscream vs Rainbow Dash: First battle in which the combatants are almost completely different and only have one thing in common (flight). Also only one in which the loser doesn't die. Also the first battle to feature combatants primarily from Western animated series.
    • Master Chief vs. Doomguy: First battle to feature combatants from FPS games.
    • Eggman vs Wily: First battle to feature armies fighting to the death and the first to have a third party claim victory.
    • Zelda vs Peach: First Death Battle to be animated by Mr. Lange. Also has the highest dislike-like ratio on YouTube.
    • Link vs Cloud: First Death battle to be animated completely in 3D. Also first battle to feature a JRPG combatant.
    • Pikachu vs Blanka: First non-joke battle that has a killing blow that can be considered a "joke" (Blanka suddenly eating Pikachu's head, pulling a blender out of nowhere, and turning his body into juice to drink).
    • Goku vs Superman: Longest battle ever, as well as the most requested, longest to produce, and most disliked on YouTube.
    • Terminator VS RoboCop: First episode to be animated by Torrian, who would go on to become the show's 3D animator.
    • Luigi vs. Tails: First battle to have both combatants be the sidekicks of other previous combatants (who also faced each other). Also, Tails sets the record for youngest organic (the Terminators are sent on their missions fresh off the production line) fighter in season 2, with an age of about 11 years.
    • Captain America vs. Batman: First battle to have a returning loser come back. Also the first battle to have a returning loser win their second battle.
    • Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran REMASTERED: First episode to be a remake of a previous episode.
    • Deadpool vs Deathstroke: First episode to feature a DC villain, as well as the only one to feature a third host (Deadpool).
    • Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro: First episode to feature a character originally created for advertising. Also the first battle to end without an official result, not even a tie.
    • Darth Vader vs. Doctor Doom: First battle to feature a Marvel villain, and the first to have the Marvel villain win.
    • Goku vs. Superman 2: First episode to be a direct sequel to a previous Death Battle. Also the 50th episode. Additionally, the first episode where a returning winner wins again, and a returning loser loses again.
    • Hercule Satan vs. Dan Hibiki: First episode with a matchup to be first seen in 1 Minute Melee.
    • Yang Xiao Long vs. Tifa Lockhart: First episode to involve a combatant from a web-original series. It's also the first episode that the actual voice actor for one of the characters will reprise their roles (Yang in this case).
    • Pokémon vs. Digimon: First battle to feature two duos going against each other. Also the first battle to feature a returning loser lose their second battle (Charizard in this case, though it's a different Charizard from the Pokémon Battle Royale). Arguably the first matchup between two manga/anime characters (while Red and Charizard are composited, they also take heavily from Pokémon Origins).
    • Dante vs Bayonetta: The first episode to feature a direct spinoff fight in the DBX series (Jeanne VS Trish). Also the first one where a male combatant defeats a female one.
    • The Joker vs Sweet Tooth: First episode to pit a DC villain against a non-Marvel character. It also features the first DC villain to win his fight.
    • Agent Carolina vs The Meta: First collaboration episode, with Screw Attack and Rooster Teeth working together as both a Death Battle and a Red vs Blue Episode.
    • Tracer vs. Scout: Currently holds the record for youngest franchise to appear on Death Battle (Overwatch was released in May 2016, just four months before this episode).
    • Hulk vs Doomsday: First episode where a definitive villainnote  manages to kill the hero.
    • Deadpool vs Pinkie Pie: First episode to end in a no-contest because both characters' penchant for Breaking the Fourth Wall has lead to them breaking Death Battle's rules and calling off the fight.
    • Megazord vs Voltron: The first episode where the victorious character(s) suffers a possible casualty. Also the most expensive battle to be produced so far, and the episode with the most voice actors, at 10 (not counting Wiz and Boomstick).
    • Metal Sonic vs Zero: The first episode to have a returning combatant who was initially a supporting character for one of the main combatants (Metal Sonic for Dr. Eggman). Also the first episode to have a returning winner lose.
    • Balrog vs TJ Combo: The first episode featuring fighting game characters to be done in 3D.
    • Shredder vs. Silver Samurai: First episode with an original score for the battle.
    • Smokey Bear vs. McGruff the Crime Dog: First episode to be entirely done in hand-drawn animation, with no preexisting and/or modified sprites and models used at all. First battle to be based on PDA.
    • Naruto vs. Ichigo: First episode with a voice actor not from Roosterteeth reprising their role.
    • Thor vs. Wonder Woman: First episode to have its combatants be two returning characters who did not face each other before.
    • Black Panther vs. Batman: First episode to have a returning character that was a main combatant in two other fights before (Batman).
    • Raven vs. Twilight Sparkle: First episode to have two characters who share a voice actor in real life.
    • Jotaro vs. Kenshiro: First episode to end in a One-Hit Kill.
    • Optimus Prime vs. Gundam: First episode to be animated in the Unreal Engine.
    • Nightwing vs. Daredevil: First fight to be entirely live-action.
    • Mario vs. Sonic 2: First episode to feature Wiz and Boomstick to physically appear in the episode as a 100th episode Milestone Celebration.
    • Mega Man Battle Royale: First episode to feature five separate combatants fighting against each other.
    • Ben 10 VS Green Lantern: First episode to make use of Time Travel as well as the first to end with the winner killing the loser by going back in time and killing their past self Technically... 
  • Wiz seems to be a firm believer that plot convenience and plot construction do not go hand-in-hand with logic and accuracy. This is one of the reasons given as to why Leonardo defeated Raphael. The fact Raphael won in a battle against Leonardo in the TMNT movie was specifically plot constructive and it was what the story of the film called for. And Rogue's victory against Wonder Woman despite "getting her ass kicked a lot" which is only for plot convenience and does not hinder chances of winning.
    • This also helps to somewhat justify Peach's and Spider-Man's victories against Zelda and Batman. One could debate that the only real reason why Peach is kidnapped constantly is simply to serve as an initiation for the plot and main conflict for Mario, and has nothing to do with her actual skills. Thus even though Peach is kidnapped slightly more often, she's still more physically capable than Zelda. One could as well debate the fact that Batman is able to defeat the entire Justice League and super-powered villains is only because it's how the story is supposed to go. But even if that is not the case, Spider-Man is still much stronger, much faster, more mentally stable, and just as intelligent as Batman.
  • According to the hosts, Link vs Cloud was one of the closest matchups yet, the same can be said for Hulk vs Doomsday and Nightwing vs Daredevil.
  • According to Boomstick (in both the episode and in his responses to the episode) the battle between Goku and Superman was the most lopsided fight even when giving Goku the benefit of the doubt for every attribute he had and measuring Superman by his consistent limitations.
  • Of all the Death Battle victors, Luke Skywalker suffered the least amount of deliberate hits (Only one in the form of Harry Potter's Sectumsempra. The Firebolt was just incidental). Running in second is Rainbow Dash (Once smacked by Starcream's hand, and once hit by the Null Ray).
  • Of all the Death Battle losers, Jotaro Kujo suffered the least amount of deliberate hits (Only once in a pressure point by Kenshiro, and thus Jotaro was already dead once it happened).
  • Hercule vs Dan, Ace vs Natsu, Lucario vs Renamon, Vergil vs Sephiroth and Jotaro Kujo vs Kenshiro are the only 1 Minute Melee episodes to be rematched in Death Battle. Out of those matches, only Hercule vs. Dan had the same verdict reached between both shows.
  • In terms of the themes of matchups, so far there have been:
    • 2 battles between combatants who fight with electricity and/or lightning: Thor vs. Raiden, Pikachu vs. Blanka.
      • Other battles that could arguably qualify include: Thor vs. Wonder Woman (WW can summon and attack using Zeus's lightning, but this is not part of her standard battle tactics and was only mentioned in passing in her analysis of the episode).
    • 2 battles between combatants who use fire as a prominent attacking method: Pokémon vs. Digimon, Ace vs. Natsu.
      • Other battles that could arguably qualify include: Godzilla vs. Gamera (they both sort of breathe fire, but their battle was thematically more about dueling kaiju than firebreathing monsters like in Pokémon vs. Digimon), Ken vs. Terry (both fighters specialize in fiery punches, which are the Shoryuken/Shinryuken and the Burn Knuckle, respectively).
    • 1 battle between combatants who fight with the powers of the earth: Toph vs. Gaara.
    • 2 battles between combatants who use cryokinetic powers: Sub-Zero vs. Glacius, Weiss vs. Mitsuru.
    • 10 battles between mechanical combatants:
      • 6 battles between robots, cyborgs, and androids: Terminator vs. RoboCop, Fulgore vs. Sektor, Mega Man vs. Astro Boy, Metal Sonic vs. Zero, Ultron vs. Sigma, the Mega Man Battle Royale.
      • 3 battles between giant robots: The Tigerzord vs. Gundam Epyon, The Megazord vs. Voltron, Optimus Prime vs. RX-78-2 Gundam.
      • 1 battle between robotic armies: Wily vs. Eggman
    • 12 battles between swordfighters: Link vs. Cloud, He-Man vs. Lion-O, Strider Hiryu vs. Ryu Hayabusa, The Tigerzord vs. Gundam Epyon, Deadpool vs. Deathstroke, Ragna the Bloodedge vs. Sol Badguy, Nightmare vs. Guts, Megazord vs. Voltron, Roronoa Zoro vs. Erza Scarlet, Sephiroth vs Vergil, Samurai Jack vs Afro Samurai, Weiss Schnee vs. Mitsuru Kirijo.
    • 3 battles between stealth combatants: The TMNT Battle Royale, Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu, Solid Snake vs. Sam Fisher.
    • 2 battles between duos/partners (Pokémon (Red and Charizard) vs. Digimon (Taichi and Agumon), Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter).
      • Other battles that could arguably qualify include: Solid Snake vs. Sam Fisher (both combatants had tech support in the forms of Otacon and Anna Grímsdóttir, respectively), Dante vs. Bayonetta (both combatants had support in their fight in the forms of Trish and Jeanne respectively, but they weren't taken into consideration in determining the winner of the actual battle).
    • 2 battles between a ninja and a samurai: Shredder vs. Silver Samurai, Naruto vs. Ichigo.
    • 2 battles between characters renowned for their speed: The Flash vs. Quicksilver, Tracer vs. Scout.
    • 3 battles between science and magic: Strider Hiryu vs. Ryu Hayabusa, Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter, Crash Bandicoot vs. Spyro the Dragon. Darth Vader vs. Doctor Doom is a special case as both combatants utilize science as well as magic in combat.
    • 5 battles between royalty/nobility: Princess Peach vs. Princess Zelda, He-Man vs. Lion-O, Thor vs. Wonder Woman, Aquaman vs. Namor, Weiss vs. Mitsuru.

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