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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Team Four Star alumni Takahata101 and Lanipator voiced Shadow and Vegeta, respectively, in their battle. When Shadow sends Vegeta to the moon, the Space Duck (A Ducklett wearing an astronaut's helmet) is behind him.
    • Goku has MasakoX's, another Dragon Ball Z Abridged regular, voice. Thus the episode begins with the cast watching a save of Superman's on the news and the Kaio-what? Running Gag goes on.
    • He-Man's line "let's go do something normally seen as impossible" is perfect for his voice actor Ohmadon, especially after voicing Grant and Gront.
    • Probably not a coincidence that Robocop's voice actor died on the show as Lion-O.
    • Kirbopher, creator of Super Freakin' Parody Rangers, voiced Tommy Oliver the White Ranger.
    • Takahata101, yet another Team Four Star alumni, voices Deadpool, accusing Death Battle of bias in the Superman/Goku Death Battle. In addition, he (as Deadpool) says he hates Deathstroke's dumb face. He gets another moment when he reprises his role as Deadpool in a later episode. When Pinkie Pie tried to do her Welcome song, Deadpool interrupts saying "No! None of that! Shame on you!"
    • Wolverine taunts, "Goodnight, Robocop" to Raiden. Xander Mobus voiced Robocop in his battle, as well as Wolverine here.
    • Ichigo's voice actor for his fight is credited as Adam Park, and the URL which normally links to the VA's Twitter handle instead leads to the Wikipedia article on frogs.note 
    • The fact that Raven and Twilight Sparkle both share the same original voice actress was believed to be a factor for the match-up (though Word of God says that they didn't even realize this until later into research). Fittingly enough, both of them have the same VA (albeit a different one) for their fight.
    • In “Aquaman vs. Namor”, when Namor gets irked by getting splashed, Aquaman retorts “there’s plenty of room around the pool, Spock.” Namor’s VA portrayed Spock in a continuation of the original series.
    • Queen Maeve, a participant in "The Seven Battle Royale" who is a Wonder Woman Wannabe, is voiced by Natalie Van Sistine, who also voiced Wonder Woman in two previous episodes.
    • Tyler Tackett plays as Winter Soldier, who, like Daredevil (also portrayed by Tackett), fought against a former Robin.
    • Steven Kelly voices Doctor Doom in Season 8. Two seasons before, he voiced another Evil Overlord, Castlevania's Dracula. He even gets a "But enough talk" line at one point. Ironically, Doctor Doom has met and fought Dracula in the comics.
  • 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. Due to his account being suspended, however, it's no-longer viewable.
    • 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.
    • Chuck Huber (Hiei's official English voice) commented on Sasuke vs Hiei (before it came out) saying the fight better end with Hiei winning. It did.
    • Butch Hartman commented his approval when he found out Danny Phantom would be a combatant, drew a fanart of the fight, and made a video of his own regarding the fight.
    • Austin St. John, the original actor for Jason Lee Scott (who's also a fan of Leonardo), made a reaction to Leonardo vs Jason.
  • 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.
    • Austin Lee Matthews voiced Po in "Iron Fist VS Po", who he had always wanted to voice as he was his favorite character.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Content Leak:
    • Genos vs War Machine was uploaded to VRV half a day before the official release for FIRST members. As VRV allows free trials, the fight as well as the next time, Gray vs Esdeath was leaked.
    • An anonymous poster known as "Voiceanon" on 4Chan posted spoilers around the time of Wally vs Sonic's pre-release, saying who the fight's victor was, revealing the existence of the Seven Battle Royale, Jon Talbain vs Sabrewulf, and Sanji vs Rock Lee episodes, and hinting at the Red vs Blue fight well before they were announced.
    • The day before the fight it was tied with for its reveal (Steven Universe vs. Star Butterfly) was released publicly, Link vs. Cloud (2021) was spoiled when the title and description of the original 2012 video was altered to point towards the release date of the rematch.
  • 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. Nightmare's initial preview video also got numerous details about the character wrong, though these were for the most part corrected when the full video was released.
    • 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".
    • Aang's preview incorrectly identifies Sokka and Katara as part of the Northern Water Tribe when they're from the Southern Water Tribe. This line is simply cut out entirely in the full episode.
    • The post-fight analysis of Sabrewulf VS Jon Talbain mentions that Morrigan Aensland and Demitri Maximoff are A-class Darkstalkers. While Demitri is indeed an A-class Darkstalker, Morrigan is actually an S-class Darkstalker.
  • 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.
  • Doing It for the Art: According to one of Ben's Road to 100 blog posts, he sent 2D sprites of Link and Cloud to the animator contracted to make the fight for Link vs. Cloud, only to lose contact with the animator for a few weeks. The animator finally got back in touch... and sent Ben a 3D animated fight instead of a 2D one without consulting anyone.
    • Allegedly, Christopher Sabat played Solid Snake for free because he felt it was enough of a reward to voice such an iconic character.
  • Easter Egg: Starting from Thanos vs. Darkseid, each 3D fight has a hidden reference to the previous one:
    • Thanos vs Darkseid: Optimus' truck form rolls down the street when Thanos uses the Reality Gem.
    • Black Widow vs. Widowmaker: Darkseid's omega symbol on the license plate of a taxi.
    • Weiss vs. Mitsuru: A statue of Black Widow seen when Artemisia trips up the Arma Gigas with her whip.
    • Dragonzord vs. Mechagodzilla: Mitsuru's picture in Akane's cockpit as she crashes.
    • Ganondorf vs. Dracula: Kiryu can be seen latching onto a statue after Ganondorf transforms into Ganon and takes a step.
    • All Might vs. Might Guy: Dracula's demon form briefly pops up when All Might makes Saitama's "OK" face.
    • Goro vs. Machamp: All Might and Dragonzord's heads in the background as golden trophies.
  • 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, though it would later be lifted.
      • The Youtube release of Aang vs. Edward Elric has also been hit with a copyright claim, fortunately the episode is still available to watch on the Rooster Teeth website.
      • Danny Phantom vs. Jake Long was hit with 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.
  • Fandom Nod: The Death Battle team puts in small jokes and references to the characters' orignal series:
  • 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.
    • In the script for Ghost Rider vs. Lobo, Liam wrote that Lobo’s bounty was just a purple alien. The animators decided that said purple alien would be Grimace.
  • 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.
  • In Memoriam: The Boba Fett VS Samus Aran Remastered was dedicated to Monty Oum, whose work inspired Death Battle.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash Remastered was removed from the RoosterTeeth website.
    • 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.
  • 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 five 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 match-up and Mario vs. Sonic was chosen to show how far Death Battle has come since season 1.
    • Episode 125 turned out to be Goro vs. Machamp in what is one of the most well-animated battles in the show's history (more information can be found at the the show's visual effects of awesome page).
    • Season 8 and its component episodes as a whole serve as one for Death Battle's 10 year anniversary.
  • 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 match-up 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 match-ups 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-favorite 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".
    • The creators have stated numerous times to regret how the killing blow of Ben 10 VS Green Lantern was executed.
  • Preview Piggybacking: Mega Man VS Astro Boy was announced during the season finale of The Industry.
  • Prop Recycling: The belt Red Hood uses to activate the EMP is the same one Nightwing used for the Ultrasonic Wingding.
  • 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, as well as directing the battle for Winter Soldier vs. Red Hood.
  • Release Date Change: Sabrewulf vs. Jon Talbain was originally set to release on November 2nd on YouTube (November 1st for Rooster Teeth FIRST members), but the release date was changed to be a day earlier so it could be released on Halloween.
  • 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. The original version, however, is still up on RoosterTeeth's website.
  • Role Reprise:
    • Barring the use of voice clips, fourteen fighters in the show's history have had their official voice actors return to reprise their roles: Barbara Dunkelman as Yang, Matt Hullum as the Meta and Sarge, Jen Brown as Carolina, Johnny Yong Bosch as Ichigo (unconfirmed due to going by a different name but heavily implied), Chris Tergliafera as Sigma (ditto), Kara Eberle as Weiss, Dante Basco as Zuko, Burnie Burns as both Church and Lopez, Geoff Ramsey as Grif, Gustavo Sorola as Simmons, Dan Godwin as Donut, and Jason Saldaña as Tucker.
    • Danny Shepherd reprised his role from Ismahawk's fanmade Nightwing web series.
    • Kira Buckland also reprised her role as Twilight Sparkle, having previously voiced her in PONY.MOV
  • 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".
    • The DBX episode "Thor vs. Vegeta" was meant to drop on June 2nd, 2020. However, when Rooster Teeth decided to halt all releases in solidarity of the protests of the death of George Floyd, this was also held back.
    • "Red vs. Blue" was meant to drop in celebration of Red vs. Blue: ZERO, but when the series was delayed in light of the Ryan Haywood scandal, this episode was delayed as well.
  • Significant Double Casting: Kerem Erdinc voices two off-screen characters in Winter Soldier Vs. Red Hood: Batman, when he's speaking to Jason before the fight starts, and the Joker, when Jason starts hallucinating his voice after being crowbarred by Bucky.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Raven vs. Twilight Sparkle has both characters voiced by Kira Buckland.
    • Red VS Blue has Church and Lopez, both voiced by Burnie Burns.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Tommy's return in Season 6 has him voiced by Nicholas Louie instead of Chris Niosi, presumably due to controversies surrounding Niosi earlier that summer.
    • Caboose in Season 7 was voiced by Michael Malconian instead of Joel Heyman due to the latter being laid off by Rooster Teeth in November 2019.
    • Hulk's return in Season 7 has him voiced by Richard Barcenas instead of Parker Bohon.
    • Shadow's return in Season 8 has him voiced by Brendan Blaber instead of Takahata101, who had voiced Shadow in Seasons 1 and 3. This was justified as wanting to capture Shadow's voice as it sounded from Sonic Generations onwards, contrasting with how previous fights depicted him closer to his appearances in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic X.
  • 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." 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 believing 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.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • During Michelangelo's run down in "TMNT Battle Royale", Wiz calls Mikey a "retard", which was a controversial insult even back in 2011 but still commonly used. Nowadays the term is considered outright offensive and probably wouldn't have made it in the script had the episode come out later.
    • Justin Bieber vs. Rebecca Black is this, as the combatants were most relevant in the late 2000s and haven't been as relevant since.
  • 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.

    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 aren't huge Spider-Man fans and prefer Batman, but they both enjoy 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 dislikes Rouge the Bat for being a sex-symbol of the series despite her weird appearance, nor does like Amy or 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 would avoid any Bleach, Naruto or One Piece crossovers since they had yet to end at the time of the panel 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. This later came to fruition as a spinoff in July 2020.
    • 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 ScrewAttack hates anime; additionally, Guts himself is a very popular character.
    • Chuck Norris was not only a popular request, but his fight with Segata 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 Vegeta vs. General Zod because of how similar it is 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 closest 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. This has, however, been proven to be false as Season 8 opens with this very matchup, with the reveal trailer even riffing on these supposed characters being banned.
    • With that said, Ben did made a tweet on Star Wars month that the ban on Yoda was just a joke and he has a chance to show up. Mickey Mouse was also later confirmed to be not banned as of the Raven vs. Twlight DEATH BATTLE Cast but he still remains to be a diffcult character to be used.
  • So far, eleven 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.
    • Other episodes of Death Battle that were originally Community Death Battles are (in order of episode number) Johnny Cage vs. Captain Falcon, Dragonzord vs. Mechagodzilla, Deadpool vs. Mask, All Might vs. Might Guy, Goro vs. Machamp, Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Kakashi, Danny Phantom vs. American Dragon Jake Long, She-Ra vs. Wonder Woman, Zuko vs. Shoto Todoroki, and Winter Soldier vs Red Hood.

    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. Both have held their own against Superman in crossovers.
    • 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 (with Luthor causing his parents' 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, sociopathic Monster Clown 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're 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 are also played by Tom Hardy on the big screen.
    • 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 (Kyōryū 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 was seemingly born with his cruel tendencies from the start, and with the Carnage symbiote, embraces them 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 Rodimus 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. Both also have access to mystical and legendary sources of power.
    • Aang and Edward Elric are both masters of their respective skills that utilize the surrounding elements to fight, transformed by dark periods of their lives involving supernatural forces and oppressive regimes.
    • Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) and Lobo are motorcycle-riding, chain-slinging hunters notable for their drive in killing people (justified or not). Both are also near unkillable (due to Lobo's regenerative ability and Ghost Rider's immunity to any damage barring holy weapons) and have battled against heaven and hell.
    • Mechagodzilla (Specifically Kiryu) and Dragonzord are both Humongous Mecha designed after Kaiju from popular tokusatsu properties. Both have also been controlled into going berserk, Kiryu due to being possessed by the spirit of the original Godzilla, and the Dragonzord when Tommy was evil and thanks to the Wizard of Deception at another point.
    • Sasuke Uchiha and Hiei are both edgy warriors with dark pasts, special eyes, and power over black flames.
    • Ganondorf and Dracula (specifically the Castlevania incarnation) are both villainous sorcerers from long-running fantasy video game franchises. Their powers are demonic in origin and they each have a more monstrous One-Winged Angel form. Both have also battled against long lines of heroes; Link's reincarnations and the Belmont Clan respectively.
    • Mob and Tatsumaki are both destructively powerful ESPers that have experienced social isolation in their pasts that result in fear at their full power. Both also come from works by ONE, who has stated in an interview that a fight between the two at their full potential would be difficult to call.
    • Deadpool and the Mask (or rather, Stanley Ipkiss, the wearer of the Mask) are both fourth wall-breaking anti-heroes originating from comic books who were once ordinary people that gained superpowers which turned them completely insane. Both are also incredibly difficult to put down with their power over Toon Physics and have a similar sense of absurd and violently bloody sense of humor within their characters and comic series. Both were popularized in movies by Canadian actors.
    • All Might and Might Guy are both hammy and somewhat goofy but well-respected Hot-Blooded shonen heroes with large eyebrows and "might" in their names that primarily fight with unarmed strikes. Both use powers that can cause harm to their user; Might Guy's Eight Gates technique hurts him more and more with each gate he opens, and opening the eighth gate will inevitably kill him, while All Might's One for All quirk can cause damage to his body if he overexerts himself. Both also mentor young people with the same abilities as them; Might Guy with Rock Lee, and All Might with Izuku Midoriya, both who started out powerless by their canon's definition. Eventually, they overuse their powers and go into semi-retirement in teaching (All Might uses up the last of One For All and continues teaching young heroes. Might Guy ends up crippled due to breaking his leg trying to defeat Madara, and teaches several new generation ninja in Boruto).
    • Miles Morales and Static are young black heroes with electrical abilities who come from alternate realities to the main canons of Marvel and DC. Both are also inspired by Spider-Man as confirmed by their creators: Brian Michael Bendis created Miles as a legacy hero for Ultimate Spider-Man following Donald Glover's campaign to play Spidey in The Amazing Spider-Man (as well as the election and re-election of Barack Obama), while Static was also intended to be an Alternate Company Equivalent to Spider-Man, according to co-creator Dwayne McDuffie.
    • Black Canary and Sindel are femme fatale figures and action-oriented brides in high-profile marriages. While they are accomplished martial artists, both are more well known for their highly-destructive screams. The two are also owned by Warner Bros., and by extension, have a history with their fighting games (Sindel being a Mortal Kombat mainstay with Black Canary making her debut in Injustice 2, where Raiden and Sub-Zero have compared her to Sindel).
    • Leonardo and Jason are leaders of popular late 80s/early 90s martial arts-themed teams whose iconic weapons are swords. Both are level-headed and tend not to jump into the fray without planning. Both are also prone to My Greatest Failure moments that heavily rattle them.
    • Genos and War Machine are both mechanical-based sidekicks to superheroes with a heavy reliance on highly destructive weaponry. Both are or have been cyborgs at one time as well.
    • Gray Fullbuster and Esdeath are both anime cryomancers with tattoos on their chests and a habit of wearing minimal clothing outside of battle. In a hilarious case, many have noted that Grey fits all 5 of Esdeath's requirements for being her boyfriend.
    • Goro and Machamp are both muscular, four-armed video game monsters with a love of fighting and a preference for pure brute strength.
    • Cable and Booster Gold are both time-traveling heroes from the future who use advanced technology and weapons. While Cable is the epitome of the '90s Anti-Hero, Booster Gold is the epitome of the Justice League's "BWA-HA-HA!" International era.
    • Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kakashi Hatake are both snarky, modest mentors of the main hero who have mastery of a pseudo-magical ability. Both have pupils who turned evil but later redeemed themselves.
    • Danny Phantom and Jake Long are both cartoon teenage heroes who are half-human and half supernatural beings from other worlds. Both also frequently tangle with beings of the realms from which their powers originate along with humans who hunt them, and have a tendency for abusing their powers in everyday life. Both of their shows aired around the same time.
    • She-Ra and Wonder Woman are both princesses and powerful warriors with magical powers and weapons. She-Ra also completed her reboot series months prior to the release of Wonder Woman's sequel to her first solo DCEU film.
    • Beerus and Sailor Galaxia are both cosmically powerful aliens who bear the titles and powers of destruction among the ranks of their group, and have easily destroyed countless worlds and star systems with their immense abilities. They are also themed after egyptian royalty and play a similar role in egotistical antagonists to the heroes of their respective anime who eventually reform.
    • Zuko and Shoto Todoroki are both fire-wielding fighters who have been figuratively and literally scarred due to strained relationships with abusive fathers, becoming loners as a result. They are also the results of intentional superpower breeding as part of powerful upper-class families, and while considering the main heroes rivals in their initial ambitions, eventually warm up to them and become friends. Zuko is The Un-Favourite in contrast to Shoto being his father's favorite son (unfortunately).
    • Wally West and Archie!Sonic the Hedgehog are two of the fastest characters in comic books to date and are well-beloved by fans. They are also quite infamous with Executive Meddling (Dan Didio tried for years to get rid of Wally in the comics while Ken Penders’ infamous lawsuits helped tank the Archie Sonic comic).
    • Winter Soldier and Red Hood were both former sidekicks to some of the most skilled and famous superheroes of their respective companies, only to be lost in battle and revived by antagonistic forces as far more powerful masked enemies. Both also prefer to use guns in contrast to their former mentors, and eventually took on more anti-heroic roles. And much like Nightwing vs. Daredevil, the matchup has been speculated between fans for a long time.
    • Venom and Crona are symbiotic, pitch-black creatures of ambiguous morality and equally ambiguous gender (Crona was never given a definitive gender and writers flip-flop on what the Venom symbiote is). They are also proficient in Combat Tentacles.
    • Sabrewulf and Jon Talbain are both werewolves from popular fighting game franchises, having been unwillingly afflicted with their conditions and unable to ever find a cure. They are also of European origins and serve as extremely popular characters in their own right, having appeared in every game of their franchises since the beginning. They also both have fire projectiles.
    • The Reds and Blues are teams of misfits who despite their moments of idiocy, often step up and beat the odds.
    • Batgirlnote  and Spider-Gwen are female counterparts to DC and Marvel's most popular superheroes. They also have fathers who are part of their respective series' police force. Also both have either been murdered or crippled in certain continuities by the primary Arch-Enemy of the hero they are a female counterpart of.
    • Sanji and Rock Lee are both skilled hand-to-hand fighters of their respective anime, with fighting styles based around kicks and having been taught by now crippled mentors. They're both powerless compared to their peers (Sanji was the only one of his siblings to be sane and lost out on their amazing abilities while Rock Lee had no chakra potential.)
    • The Hulk and Broly are both berserkers with child-like minds, Abusive Parents and incredible potential that just keeps growing. They also went through major character revamps that made them widely popular even more (The Immortal Hulk series and Broly becoming canon in Dragon Ball Super: Broly). The two of them are also associated with the color green.
    • Yoda and King Mickey are both diminutive non-human swordfighters with magical abilities, widely regarded as a Master of their respective arts in their universes. They're both on the side of light in a cosmic conflict and have acted as the mentor to their series' protagonists (Luke Skywalker and Sora, respectively). On a more meta level, both hail from franchises owned by Disney (although Mickey is obviously the face of Disney, the owner of Kingdom Hearts specifically is shared with its developer, Square Enix).
    • Shadow and Ryuko are both beings of short tempers and incredible powers notable for their black and red theming. They were also experimented on to be the Ultimate Lifeform and lost people close to them in their escape. They are also connected through a silly meme claiming Shadow is Ryuko’s totally original character do not steal. The official Sonic Twitter also had Shadow say that Kill la Kill was his favorite anime.
    • Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom are both ultra wealthy super geniuses with powered armor who are infamous for their resentment of their arch-enemies, Superman and Reed Richards respectively. Both have also, at one time or another, been the leaders of their respective nations.
    • Heihachi Mishima and Geese Howard are both villainous businessmen who hosted martial arts tournaments that begin with the word "King". They are masters of martial arts and can also utilize electricity in combat. They are also abusive fathers and have also killed a parent of the protagonist of their respective series (Kazuya's mother Kazumi, who was also Heihachi's wife, and Terry Bogard's adoptive father Jeff Bogard respectively). Both are also playable characters in Tekken 7, with Geese himself being a downloadable character.
    • Blake Belladonna and Mikasa Ackerman both stoic girls who specialize in blades and corded weapons and care about their friends deep down. Both were also trained to fight monsters and were born in nations isolated from the rest of their respective worlds, as well as being born to races who were subjected to Fantastic Racism.
    • Po and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) were once ordinary people and heirs to a family business (Mr. Ping's noodle shop and Rand Industries) before becoming martial artists who use chi. Po is called the Dragon Warrior while Danny got his powers by fighting a dragon. Both are members of hero groups; Po joined the Furious Five while Danny joined the Heroes For Hire and the Defenders.
    • Steven Universe and Star Butterfly are both childish, perpetually cheerful people who inherited vast powers that they can use in a myriad of ways and should not be underestimated.
    • Years later, Link and Cloud Strife are still among the most recognizable video game swordsmen who wield some of the most recognizable swords in gaming. In the nine years since their last battle, both of them appeared in award-winning installments in their own franchises (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Final Fantasy VII Remake respectively), with their incarnations picking up new equipment and abilities, and crossed over in two installments in the Super Smash Bros. series. Both of them also have a history of crossdressing.
  • 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 (both times) [The upper-half of the Mega Tigerzord exploded, though the legs still remained, while both he and the Fighting Mode Dragonzord turned into icy dust that scattered], 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 the first time [Iron Man's Endo-Sym Armor's Uni-Beam disintegrates Lex, then uses a Proton Cannon to destroy the remains of the powersuit], Tifa Lockhart [body faded into the Lifestream after Yang snapped her neck], 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], Sonic [blown up by Mario, leaving only one of his shoes behind], Captain Marvel the second time [blown up by Shazam, leaving only one of her boots behind], 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), Weiss Schnee (who is frozen by Artemisia and shattered by Mitsuru), Lobo (His physical body got obliterated by Zarathos' Hellfire, and his soul got eaten by Zarathos after being exposed to the Penance Stare), Mob (After barely surviving being crushed by a meteor, Tatsumaki turns the rest of his body to dust), Miles Morales (Static overcharges his body and blows him up), Leonardo (Jason slices him in half, and his body explodes, Power Rangers-style), Genos (blows himself up, leaving only his head which War Machine crushes), Cable (Booster Gold's force field crushes even his blood to nothing), Jake Long (Danny Phantom disintegrates him with Ghost Ray), Sailor Galaxia (Beerus blows her up, and her remains fall into a black hole), Archie Sonic (Wally erases him and various other versions of Sonic from existence), The Deep (A-Train completely splatters him by running through him), Venom (Crona and Ragnarok disintegrate him with Scream Resonance), Rock Lee (after Sanji cuts him in half with Anti-Manners Kick Course, Lee turns to ash due to the Eighth Gate), the Hulk the second time (turns to dust after being caught in a massive explosion), Yoda (vaporized by King Mickey's Ultima), Ryūko (vaporized by Shadow's Chaos Blast), Geese Howard (immolated by lava), Mikasa Ackerman (blown up by her own Thunder Spear), Iron Fist (disintigrated by Po's Chi Dragon) and Steven Universe (vaporized by Star Butterfly's laser).
  • Sonic, Shadow, Master Chief, Goku, Superman, Tails, Knuckles, Iron Man, and Amy 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, Mario in his rematch and Dracula have done things to their defeated enemies' bodies. Kirby may also be considered for this since he did eat Kid Buu's boot. Meanwhile, Rainbow Dash, Shao Kahn, Ghost Rider, Danny Phantom, and Crona have done things to their defeated enemies' souls.
  • Only eight battles have had the characters already in the arena at the same time: Link Vs Cloud (2012), 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, Weiss Schnee vs. Mitsuru Kirijo and Dragonzord vs Mechagodzilla, Flash vs. Sonic, and Sanji vs. Rock Lee.
  • 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, Vile, Volt Kraken, a Reploid, Deadpool, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, a Takartan kombatant, the entire population of Earth, eight members of the League of Shadows, a small village wiped out by Sabrewulf, and The Deep 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, Weiss Schnee, and Sailor Galaxia 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, Church, Tucker, Sarge, Simmons, Grif, Donut, Lopez, Ichigo Kurosaki, and Prince Zuko are the only fighters to be voiced by by their original voice actors. This is mainly due to the first eleven 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 its 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 McCleod 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 Stills 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 in his first battle is from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    • Cloud's model in his first battle 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 SemiJuggalo.
    • 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 GreenFrog
    • 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 JoshR691 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 ZVitor.
    • Hawkeye's sprites are a sprite edit by Fron. He's a recolor of Bradern666'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 ZVitor
    • 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 (in his first battle) 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 HyperJerk
    • Shovel Knight's sprites come from the video game with the same name with additions made by HyperJerk
    • 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 FXFreitas
    • 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, Trexrell44 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 CVAnimation 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 RavenousCrucifix
    • 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 ZVitor
    • 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 AsylusGoji91.
    • 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 XLR8, 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, Buyog2099, Arque and McCready.
    • Weiss Schnee's model is from RWBY. Specifically her Volume 4-5 model.
    • Mitsuru Kirijo's model is custom, made by the Screwattack team.
    • Johnny Cage's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N made by Fabry Taz.
    • Captain Falcon's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N made by chuchoryu.
    • Both Aang's and Edward Elric's sprites were from M.U.G.E.N. made by Gameinvader.
    • Both the Dragonzord and Mechagodzilla seems to be original models. Tommy's Green Ranger Model comes from Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, while Akane's model is an edit from the pilot in RWBY Volume 5.
    • Sasuke's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by gabrieldra6.
    • Hiei's sprites are from Jump Ultimate Stars.
    • Both Ganondorf and Dracula’s models come from Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
    • Mob's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by lemonstream.
    • Tatsumaki's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by Hacker93.
    • The battle between Deadpool and The Mask is done in hand-drawn animation by RoosterTeeth.
    • All Might's model is from My Hero One's Justice.
    • Might Guy's model is from Naruto: Clash of the Ninja Revolution.
    • Miles Morales's sprites are recolors of the Spiderman's Marvel vs Capcom 2 sprites.
    • Static's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by Soul Taker.
    • Black Canary's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by ZVitor and UltraRoboNinja.
    • Sindel's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by fernando678782 and Mathri.
    • Red Ranger Jason's sprites are from SNES game of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
    • The battle between Genos and War Machine is done in hand-drawn animation by RoosterTeeth.
    • Gray Fullbuster's sprites are from Fairy Tail Gekitou! Madoushi Kessen.
    • Esdeath's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N made by Kaito_Kotoro.
    • Goro's model is from Mortal Kombat: Deception.
    • Machamp's model is from Pokken Tournament.
    • Cable's sprites are from Marvel vs Capcom 2.
    • Booster Gold's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N made by eSkRo, Acey and Rena1ss4nce.
    • Obi-Wan Kenobi's model is from Star Wars Battlefront II.
    • Kakashi's model is from Jump Force.
    • Danny Phantom's and Jake Long's sprites are customs.
    • She-Ra's and Wonder Woman's (in her third battle) models are customs.
    • Beerus's sprites are from Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden
    • Sailor Galaxia's sprites are custom
    • Both Zuko's and Shoto's sprites are custom.
    • Wally West's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N made by Team Scruffy Dragon
    • Archie Sonic's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N made by Sean Altly
    • Winter Soldier is portrayed by Tyler Tackett
    • Red Hood is portrayed by Tin Neff
    • Crona's sprites are custom
    • Sabrewulf's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N made by Nexus Games and Gartanham
    • Jon Talbain's sprites are from the Darkstalkers series.
    • Both the Red and Blue teams' models are official models from Red vs. Blue, specifically using the Halo 5 engine.
    • Batgirl's model is from Batman: Arkham Knight
    • Spider-Gwen's model is from Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
    • Sanji's sprites are from One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum
    • Rock Lee's sprites are custom
    • Hulk's (in his second battle) and Broly's models are custom
    • Yoda's model is from Star Wars Battlefront II
    • King Mickey's model is from Kingdom Hearts III
    • Ryuko Matoi's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N made by X Electroman X 10
    • Lex Luthor's sprites for his second battle are from M.U.G.E.N made by GHOST RIDER
    • Heihachi Mishima's sprites are from M.U.G.E.N. made by chuchoryu
    • Geese Howard's sprites are from Capcom vs SNK 2
    • Blake Belladonna's model is from RWBY. Specifically, her Volume 7-8 model.
    • Mikasa Ackerman's model is custom
    • Iron Fist's sprites are form M.U.G.E.N. made by blade
    • Po's sprites are a modified version from Baitang's, of King of Fighters 2000
    • Steven Universe's and Star Butterfly's sprites are custom
    • For their rematch, Link's and Cloud's models come from Super Smash Bros Ultimate
    • While secondary obstacles, the landminesnote  and helicopters in the spinoff Death Race are from Half-Life 2.
  • Most of the combatants originally came from or are most recognized from video games: Of the 260 combatants so far, 112 (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, Dracula, Sindel, Goro, Machamp, Sabrewulf, Jon Talbain, King Mickey, Heihachi Mishima, Geese Howard) 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: 63 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, Ghost Rider, Lobo, The Mask, Miles Morales, Static Shock, Black Canary, War Machine, Cable, Booster Gold, Wally West, Archie!Sonic the Hedgehog, Winter Soldier, Red Hood, Batgirl, Spider-Gwen, Iron Fist), 44 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, Edward Elric, Sasuke, Hiei, Mob, Tatsumaki, All Might, Might Guy, Genos, Gray Fullbuster, Esdeath, Kakashi Hatake, Beerus, Sailor Galaxia, Shoto Todoroki, Crona, Sanji, Rock Lee, Broly, Ryuko and Mikasa Ackerman), 24 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, Aang, Danny Phantom, Jake Long, She-Ra, Zuko [cartoons], Tommy Oliver/Tigerzord, The Power Rangers/Megazord, Tommy Oliver/Dragonzord [live action], Segata Sanshiro, Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog [advertisement]), 11 from film (Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, Terminator, Robocop, Godzilla, Gamera,Darth Vader, Mechagodzilla, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Po), 7 for web original series (Yang Xiao Long, Agent Carolina, the Meta, Weiss Schnee, Team Red, Team Blue, Blake Belladona), 3 from Real Life (Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black, Chuck Norris), and 1 from literature (Harry Potter)
  • In terms of types of combatants, so far there have been:
    • 16 reptiles
      • 8 turtles and creatures based on turtles: the Koopa, the TMNT, Blastoise, Gamera, Bowser.
      • 8 dinosaurs, dragons, and creatures based on dinosaurs/dragons: Yoshi, Riptor, Venusaur, Charizard, Godzilla, Agumon/Greymon/MetalGreymon/WarGreymon, Spyro, Mechagodzilla. 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.
    • 12 mutants: Rogue, the TMNT, Deadpool, Beast, Wolverine, Quicksilver, Silver Samurai, Lucy, Cable.
    • 19 non-human mammals and creatures based on non-human mammals: Shadow, Sonic (both game Sonic and Archie 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, Po.
      • 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).
    • 5 cat-based humanoid characters: Felicia, Taokaka, Lion-O, Beerus, Blake. 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).
    • 28 mechanical warriors:
      • 20 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, Genos.
      • 11 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, Dragonzord, Mechagodzilla. Metal Overlord is a special case as its a super mode of Metal Sonic.
    • 48 swordfighters:
      • 38 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, Weiss Schnee, Mitsuru Kirijo, Sasuke, Hiei, Jason, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and She-Ra.
      • 10 who use swords as a side weapon: Kratos, Master Chief, Ryu Hayabusa, Sektor, Scorpion, Mega Man X, MegaMan.EXE, Star Force Mega Man, Ganondorf, and Red Hood.
      • 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).
    • 34 shooters and marksmen:
      • 4 archers: Zelda, Link, Green Arrow, Hawkeye.
      • 30 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, Winter Soldier, Red Hood.
  • 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 100 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. It ends the same way in the remastered version.
    • 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 lays 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 an 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.
    • Rainbow Dash redirects Starscream's missiles back to him to blow him up. His immortal Spark emerges, but Rainbow eats it. Though his Spark is immortal, he is left with no body to inhabit since technology in Equestria is not advanced enough to make a new Transformer body.
    • Master Chief hurls a sticky grenade that attaches to Doomguy's head and obliterates him.
    • 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.
    • Princess Peach kicks Princess Zelda in the head with her Mega Strike Empress Peach, reducing her head to pulp.
    • 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.
    • Blanka grabs Pikachu and bites his head off, then puts his body in a blender and drinks it.
    • 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.
    • After He-Man shatters the Sword of Omens and assumes he has won, the Eye of Thundera attacks him. Defending himself, He-Man shatters the gem. Since the Eye of Thundera is the source of life for all ThunderCats, this action kills Lion-O and his entire race.
    • M. Bison enters Shao Khan's throne room and blows up one of his guards. Khan leaps and crushes another guard with a diving stomp.
    • Shao Khan pummels M. Bison with his Wrath Hammer before ripping him in half. Bison's soul attempts to posses Khan, but Khan devours it with his Soulnado.
    • 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.
    • Black Orchid turns Ivy Valentine into a frog after a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and crushes her underfoot.
    • After the fight, Black Orchid uses her Heart Attack finisher on Jago, causing him to suffer a heart attack and fall off the stage.
    • 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.
    • The Terminator kills a gun shop owner off-screen to take his clothes and weapons, then blows up his shop.
    • The Terminator loses its limbs and one arm, leaving it helpless, but its hydrogen fuel cells are ruptured and it attempts to take Robocop with it in the explosion. Robocop manages to strap it to a jetpack and launch it into the sky so it explodes alone. Its skull is the only thing left, which Robocop crushes underfoot.
    • Tails impales Luigi with the Magic Hand.
    • Charizard incinerates Venusaur with Flame Burst.
    • Blastoise fires its Hydro Pump directly into Charizard's mouth, inflating it with water until it explodes.
    • Fulgore blows Sektor up with his Devastation Beam.
    • When Godzilla attacks the city, he stomps on the tanks that try to attack him, likely crushing the people inside.
    • With little options, Gamera attempts his self-destruct move, the Fireball Ejection Suicide, but Godzilla hurls him into the air and vaporizes him with the Red Spiral Ray.
    • Batman knocks Captain America into the air and uses a grappling hook to hang him. He then uses Captain America's own shield to slice him in half.
    • Tommy Oliver and Saba test fire the White Tigerzord and accidentally blow Noin up with a stray blast.
    • Zechs Merquise uses Gundam Epyon's Beam Saber to obliterate the White Tigerzord, taking Tommy and Saba with it.
    • Ryu reduces Scorpion to a skeleton with the Shinkuu Hadouken, but is left exhausted. Scorpion cannot be killed this way, so he rises and incinerates Ryu with a fire blast.
    • After shooting Deathstroke in the eye, Deadpool decapitates him with the Carbonadium Sword to negate his healing factor.
    • Majin Buu turns several Pop Star citizens into food, then Kirby eats them.
    • Majin Buu loses his temper and unleashes Kid Buu, who vaporizes him.
    • Kirby uses the Miracle Fruit to inhale Kid Buu's Planet Burst and spit it back at him, sending him into the sun.
    • 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.
    • Toph Beifong takes control of Gaara's Sand Armor and uses it to crush and shatter him.
    • Guts cleaves Night Terror's head with the Dragonslayer. The spirit of Soul Edge rises as Inferno to continue the battle, but after donning the Berserker Armor, Guts breaks Soul Edge in half, destroying Inferno.
    • 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.
    • Goliath rips Beast in half after a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
    • Sam Fisher killed a few guards off-screen.
    • After shocking Sam Fisher with his Stun Knife, Solid Snake steals Sam's dagger and stabs him under the chin and through his brain.
    • Otacon makes Anna Grimm's plane malfunction until it crashes into the building and explodes.
    • 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 a T. rex attacks Vader, only for Vader to slice its head in half with his lightsaber.
    • 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, causing him to laugh uncontrollably until he suffocates.
    • 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 kills a few innocent bystanders, including by grabbing a man's head and crushing his skull.
    • 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.
    • Roronoa Zoro and Erza Scarlet end their fight with a Single-Stroke Battle with Zoro in his Nine-Sword style and Erza in her Sarashi style that ends with Erza sliced in half.
    • 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 after absorbing her energy blasts. 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 Kennedy and Frank West slay a few zombies in various ways while fighting each other.
    • Leon escapes from Frank West's Ice Tornado and blows him and the Exo Suit up with his Rocket Launcher (Special). Frank's severed head zombifies, but Leon hurls a knife through it.
    • 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.
    • Carnage kills the passengers of a train off-screen and devours them.
    • 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 struck 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.
    • Jiraiya teleports Master Roshi into a toad's stomach, but Roshi fires a Kamehameha Wave that blows the toad apart.
    • 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 deaths, with the one being shown as Deadpool shooting Thanos dead while making out with Mistress Death.
    • Aquaman uses his telepathic 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.
    • Widowmaker snipes a man whom Black Widow was escorting.
    • 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.
    • After taking a severe beating from Johnny, Captain Falcon calls the Blue Falcon to hit Johnny, before using the Boost Fire to damage him further, and finishing him off with his signature Falcon Punch, blowing Johnny up.
    • Breaking free from Edward's trap, Aang uses the Avatar State to obliterate Edward with a blast with all four elements.
    • Ghost Rider lets Zarthos take control, then unleashes a massive wave of hellfire to incinerate Lobo's many clones.
    • Lobo is reduced to his soul, subjected to unimaginable pain from the Penance Stare, then eaten by Zarathos.
    • The Dragonzord impales Kiryu with its spear, but Kiryu grabs onto it and blasts the Absolute Zero Cannon point-blank, freezing the Dragonzord. Kiryu roars, the sound shattering the Dragonzord.
    • Sasuke and Hiei engage in a Single-Stroke Battle that ends with the former being sliced into pieces.
    • Ganondorf has the Triforce of Power overwhelmed by Demonic Megiddo (and thus, was forced out of the form of Ganon), and then Dracula picks him up and tears him in half.
    • Tatsumaki summons a meteor. While ???% Mob overpowers her, she manages to break his psychic barrier, crushing him under the meteor, before finishing him off by erasing his body.
    • The Mask uses dual chainsaws to hack Deadpool into pieces. He then sets off a nuke that, after a brief delay, explodes and vaporizes Deadpool, while his own mastery of Toon Physics protects him.
    • All Might attempts to intercept the Night Guy with United States of Smash, but fails, and the attack hits him head on, killing him instantly.
    • Directly following the above, Might Guy succumbs to the aftereffects of using the Eighth Gate and dies shortly after killing All Might. This also gives Might Guy the distinction of being the first character on the show to be declared the winner of a match, but still die.
    • Static neutralizes Miles' electricity abilities, before overcharging him and making him blow up.
    • Black Canary breaks free from Sindel's grip with a Canary Bomb, before launching herself up with the Canary Cry and punching Sindel's head off.
    • Leonardo and Jason enter a deadlock with the Odachi and the Power Sword. Jason overpowers Leo and shatters the Odachi and slices him in half. Leo's corpse then explodes like the classic Power Rangers villain.
    • Genos attempts to take War Machine out with him with his self-destruct feature, but it fails. War Machine then crushes what was left over; his head.
    • Gray attempts to end the fight with Lost Iced Shell, and while he's able to resist Mahapadma, Esdeath proceeds to throw her own frozen arm at Gray, which impales him in the chest and freezes him solid.
    • After ripping off all four of Goro's arms, Machamp performs a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs attack that ends in a massive dual punch, sending Goro's gibs flying into the sky.
    • Booster Gold fakes being mind-controlled by Cable in order to trap Cable in his force field, with which he then proceeds to crush the mutant into nothing, despite Cable's best efforts to resist.
    • Kakashi charges at Obi-Wan with Chidori after Kamui fails. Obi-Wan uses shatterpoint to destroy his Sharingan, so he switches to Purple Lightning. It comes down to a Single-Stroke Battle, where Obi-Wan is victorious, bisecting Kakashi.
    • Danny overshadows Jake, forces him to fly into buildings to disorient him, before exiting Jake and incinerating the dragon with a charged Ecto-blast. Jake comes back as a ghost, but Danny sucks him into the Fenton Thermos.
    • She-Ra shatters Wonder Woman's gauntlets, unleashing her limiters. Wonder Woman breaks She-Ra's weapon before decapitating her.
    • Beerus gets knocked onto a planet and the inhabitants attempt to greet him, only for Beerus to blow the planet up.
    • Beerus fires a pair of ki lasers at Sailor Galaxia that blast her into pieces, which are sucked into a black hole.
    • Zuko, trapped in place by ice, unleashes a huge breath of flames at Todoroki. Todoroki blocks it, before launching a wave of ice through the flames to impale Zuko, freezing him and shattering him.
    • Realizing that he couldn't defeat Ultra Sonic, Wally travels forwards in time to just after Sonic reverts, and strikes him with a Speed Force-empowered Infinite Mass Punch that hits so hard it erases Sonic (and multiple alternate versions of him) from existence.
    • The Deep dies as soon as the fight starts, courtesy of A-Train running into him at high speeds, dethroning Michaelangelo for the fastest death.
    • A-Train, while blinded, attempts to take Queen Maeve down, only for the latter to punch his upper body off.
    • Starlight dies when she gets crushed by a falling building.
    • Queen Maeve is blown to pieces by the laser-shooting baby.
    • Billy Butcher is unceremoniously splattered by Homelander after the fight ends.
    • Winter Soldier apparently guns down a squad of League of Assassins members off-screen.
    • Amplified by the Venom steroid, Red Hood beats Winter Soldier senseless and prepares to shoot him with his own gun. This triggers the security systems that cause the gun to self-destruct should anyone besides Bucky use it; in Jason's ensuing disorientation, Bucky grabs hold of Red Hood's cowl with his bionic arm and crushes his skull.
    • Venom is ensnared by tendrils of Black Blood, allowing Crona to unleash a full power Scream Resonance which disintegrates both Symbiote and Host. Ragnarok then eats both of their souls.
    • After getting a second wind and allowing the beast within to run wild resulting in Sabrewulf losing an arm, Jon Talbain then bites Sabrewolf and rips his head off.
    • Simmons is killed when the Warthog he and Sarge are in is blown up, leaving him mortally wounded.
    • Lopez is incapacitated when Tucker impales him with his Energy Sword, then decapitates him. He doesn't die from this, but is eliminated from the fight.
    • Grif dies by Tex kicking him in the groin, then snapping his neck.
    • Caboose gets his hands on a sniper rifle, and promptly fires, and, through a richocheting bullet, ends up killing Donut, Church, Tex, AND Tucker via headshots.
    • As Sarge and Caboose face off, the grenade that Tucker threw into the teleporter at the start of the fight appears right in front of Sarge and promptly blows him up.
    • Lee, using the Eighth Gate, manages to punch one of Sanji's legs off, but Sanji retaliates with the other, and proceeds to literally kick Lee in half. Lee's body then evaporates due to the Eighth Gate's side-effects.
    • Hulk and Broly engage in repeated headbutting that fractures reality. Broly proves to be powerful enough to completely disintegrate the Hulk, leaving him unable to regenerate.
    • King Mickey hits Yoda with the Ultima spell, vaporizing him. Yoda returns as a Force Ghost, but leaves peacefully after pranking Mickey with lightning.
    • Shadow the Hedgehog disintegrates Ryuko and Senketsu with a Chaos Blast.
    • After being overwhelmed by Lex Luthor's Everyman Project enhancements, Doctor Doom uses the Ovoid Mind Swap to turn Lex's strength against him, having Lex impale himself through the chest with his own hand. Doom then follows up with two sets of energy blasts: The first pins Lex to the LexCorp building, and the second slices him into six pieces.
    • Heihachi knocks Geese into a volcano where he is impaled on a stalagmite right before he is consumed by lava.
    • Mikasa manages to cut off Blake's arm, but when diving in for the killing blow, Blake fires a bullet of ice Dust that threw her off balance and made her accidently launch a Thunder Spear. Blake redirected the weapon right back at Mikasa, impaling her before blowing her up.
    • Iron Fist gets devoured by Po's Chi Dragon, slowly dissolving before Po finishes him off with a punch.
    • Steven Universe traps Star Butterfly, his own watermelon minions, and several of Star's summons in a forcefield and attempts to crush them, but Star unleashes lasers that destroy a random bunny, the watermelon minions, and summons before punching through the forcefield and disintegrating Steven, shattering his Gem as well.
    • After launching Fierce Deity Link into the sky with Flare, Cloud follows up with Omnislash Version 5. Link attempts to block the final blow with the Triforce of Courage, but it doesn't work and he gets cut in half for his troubles.
  • 21 fighters in the show's history have returned for at least one other episode following their initial debutnote :
    • Leonardo had the distinction of accomplishing this feat very early on, winning a battle royale against his brothers and a solo battle against Zitz in Season 1, before returning in Season 7 with a loss against Jason Lee Scott. His record: 2-1.
    • Batman traded alternating wins against three seperate Marvel characters, losing to Spider-Man in Season 1 and Black Panther in Season 5 while defeating Captain America in Season 2. His record: 1-2.note 
    • The Charizard species appeared in two Season 2 episodes under different contexts. The first was a wild Charizard that fought against its fellow Generation 1 starters, while the second was under the command of Pokemon Trainer Red against Tai and Agumon; both died in their respective battles. Its record: 0-2.
    • Shadow the Hedgehog dropped both his battles against Vegeta in Season 1, and Mewtwo in Season 3 but won against Ryūko in Season 8. His record: 1-2.
    • Deadpool holds the distinction of holding a win, loss and draw all to his name. He won against Deathstroke in Season 2, drew against Pinkie Pie in Season 3, and lost against the Mask in Season 6. His record: 1-1-1.
    • Metal Sonic emerged as the wild card victor of Eggman vs. Wily in Season 1, but lost as a solo combatant against Zero in Season 4. His record: 1-1.
    • Thor won his debut in Season 1 against Raiden, but lost a Season 4 return match against fellow combatant Wonder Woman. His record: 1-1.
    • Wonder Woman holds an aforementioned over Thor as well as a Season 7 victory over She-Ra, in addition to a Season 1 loss against Rogue. Her record: 2-1.
    • Ryu has split his battles against fellow fighting game icons Scorpion and Jin, defeating the latter in Season 5 and losing to the former in Season 2. His record: 1-1.
    • Mario split both of his matches against former rival Sonic, winning their 2018 re-examination after losing the first episode in 2011. His record: 1-1.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog battled Mario twice under different rulesets; a composited version of his character won their first encounter in Season 1, while another that focused exclusively on his video games lost in Season 5. In Season 7, a version of Sonic explicitly taken from his Archie Comics run faced Wally West and lost. His record: 1-2.
    • Mega Man lost both of his episodes, a solo outing against Astro Boy in Season 2 and a battle royal against his successors in Season 6. His record: 0-2.
    • Captain Marvel similarly lost both of her episodes, once against Android 18 in Season 4 and another time against Shazam in Season 6. Her record: 0-2.
    • Tommy Oliver entered the show twice under different personas and with different Zords at his command. In Season 2, he battled the Gundam Epyon as the Green Ranger piloting the Tigerzord, while in Season 6, he piloted the Dragonzord as the White Ranger against Mechagodzilla; both resulted in losses. His record: 0-2.
    • Ganondorf won his first battle against Bowser in Season 3, but lost his return bout against Dracula in Season 6. His record: 1-1.
    • Jason Lee Scott joined his fellow Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in a loss against Voltron in Season 4, but emerged victorious by himself against Leonardo in Season 7. His record: 1-1.
    • Venom won his first battle against Bane in Season 4, but lost in his return bout against Crona in Season 7. His record: 1-1.
    • The Hulk lost to Doomsday in Season 3, then returned to fight Broly in the Season 7 finale... and lost again. His record: 0-2.
    • Doctor Doom won against Darth Vader in Season 2, then returned in Season 8 to fight Lex Luthor, which he also won. His record: 2-0.
    • Lex Luthor lost against Iron Man in Season 2, and then returned in Season 8 to fight Doctor Doom... where he took the L again. His record: 0-2.
    • Link faced Cloud again after their first encounter back in Season 1, where he was victorious. It didn't go so well for him the second time. His record: 1-1.
    • Cloud Strife got a second shot against Link after losing the first matchup. In the second match, he came out victorious. His record: 1-1.
  • Contestant Deaths:
    • Boba Fett, Michelangelo, Zelda, Pikachu, Bucky, Deathstroke, Nightmare (Night Terror), Wolverine, the Meta, Ken, Hulk (the first time), Shovel Knight, Bane, Glacius, Captain Marvel (the first time), Balrog, Batman (the second time), Widowmaker, Sindel, She-Ra, Sabrewulf, and Lopez have all died from losing their heads in some shape, way, or form.
    • Shang Tsung, Doctor Strange, and Lobo 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 and Red Hood have both died from getting their skulls crushed.
    • Donatello, Raphael, Kratos, Sam Fisher, Silver Samurai, Thor, and Gray Fullbuster have all died from getting stabbed.
    • Zitz, Felicia, Mario, Starscream (his physical body), M. Bison, Nightmare (Soul Edge and Inferno), Beast, Cammy, Erza, Metal Sonic, Vergil, Jiraiya, Ganondorf, Leonardo, Kakashi, A-Train, Queen Maeve, Rock Lee and Link have all died from getting torn in half.
    • Bomberman, Shadow (the first time), Starscream (his physical body), Doomguy, Eggman, Wily, Goku (the first time), Terminator, Sektor, Gamera, Tommy (in the Tigerzord), Ragna, Nightmare (Soul Edge and Inferno), Lex Luthor (the first time), Dan Hibiki, Mega Man Classic (twice), Red, Charizard (twice), Bayonetta, the Scout, the Power Rangers with their Megazord, Ace, Metal Sonic, Ichigo Kurosaki, Jotaro Kujo, Crash Bandicoot, Frank West, Afro Samurai, Carnage, RX-78-2 Gundam, Sonic, Mega Man Volnutt, Mega Man X (his physical body), Star Force Mega Man, Captain Marvel (the second time), Wario, Johnny Cage, Edward Elric, Mob, Deadpool, Miles Morales, Leonardo, Goro, Jake Long, Sailor Galaxia, Archie Sonic, The Deep, Billy Butcher, Venom (against Crona), Simmons, Sheila, Sarge, the Hulk (the second time), Yoda, Ryuko, Mikasa, Iron Fist, and Steven Universe 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 (the second time), Nathan Drake, and Renamon have all died from impalement.
    • Koopa, Chun-Li, Lord Raiden, Venusaur, Ryu, Majin Buu, Darth Vader, Ace and Geese Howard have all died from being burned alive.
    • Starscream (his Spark), Pikachu, Namor, and Lobo have been killed from being eaten.
    • Cloud and Ryu Hayabusa have both been killed from sword slashes that left them with critical wounds.
    • Batman (the first time) 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, Ben 10, Genos, Cable, and Starlight have all been crushed.
    • Charizard (the first time) is so far the only character to be killed by water.
    • Captain America, Tifa, Daredevil, and Grif have all died from neck snaps.
    • Goku (the second time) is so far the only combatant to die via lobotomy.
    • Jak and Daxter, Weiss, Tommy (in the Dragonzord) and Zuko 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, Pit, Donut, Church, Tex, and Tucker have died via being shot in the head.
    • Afro Samurai, Sasuke Uchiha and Lex Luthor (the second time) died via being cut into pieces.
    • Sigma and Mega Man X (his AI) have died from being assimilated or overwritten by their opponent.
    • Thanos, Church, Donut, Tex, and Tucker have all died from bullet wounds. However, in the case of Thanos, 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.
    • All Might is so far the only combatant to have died from extreme physical trauma.
    • Might Guy is so far the only combatant to have died from over-usage of his powers. (The Eighth Gate)
    • Gray Fullbuster is so far the only combatant to have died from being frozen solid.
    • Archie Sonic is so far the only combatant to have been erased from existence entirely.
    • Batgirl is so far the only combatant to have died from a slashed throat.
  • 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, King Dedede, Captain Falcon, Metal Sonic, Mewtwo, Sasuke, Hiei, Genos, Rock Lee and Yang Xiao Long. 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 and Trunks on DBX and Sora on OMM. Years later, he fought Cloud again on the main show and lost.
    • 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, though he beat him in DBX.
    • 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 Alongside Metal Sonic 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 won against Shadow on the main show, won against Shadow AGAIN alongside Thor in OMM, and General Zod in DBX. He later lost to Thor 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 and Vegeta 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, and then years later, came back to face Link again on the main show and won.
    • 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 and Iron Man 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.
    • Captain Falcon won against Captain Commando in One Minute Melee, and against Johnny Cage in the main show, while tying with Viewtiful Joe in DBX.
    • Metal Sonic won against Bass, Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman in the Main Show. he lost to Bowser Junior (or rather, SMBZ's Mecha Sonic) in OMM, Classic!Mega Man in DBX, and Zero in The Main Show.
    • Mewtwo won against Shadow in the Main Show. It lost to Frieza in both of One Minute Melee, and then Again in DBX.
    • Sasuke won against Riku in OMM and Ichigo in DBX. He tied against Hiei in DBX. He lost to Hiei in the main show, Ichigo in OMM, and Killua Zoldyck in DBX.
    • Hiei tied against Sasuke in DBX, won against him in the main show, and won against Killua Zoldyck in OMM.
    • Genos has a clean streak of four losses, though one was a match he was not a named fighter in: He got brushed aside by Kenshiro (who wanted to fight Saitama) in DBX, he lost to Raiden and Cyborg in OMM and War Machine in the main show.
    • Rock Lee was one of the group of people who were defeated by Bruce Lee in DBX. He then fought Sanji in OMM and won, before losing to him in the main show.
    • Yang won against Tifa on the main show and Katsuki Bakugo in One Minute Melee before losing to Bakugo in DBX.
  • There have been a few instances of Name's the Same on the show:
    • Ryu (Hayabusa) and Ryu (Only One Name). The former is commonly referred to by his last name, while the latter doesn't have one.
    • Raiden and Raiden. Their pronunciations are different, though: the former is pronounced "RAY-den" and the latter is "RYE-den". Also worth noting is that 'Raiden' is the actual name of the former, but a codename for the latter.
    • This trope even applies to weapons: there's the Power Sword and the Power Sword.
    • And of course, the Mega Man Battle Royale, which has no less than five characters that have been referred to as Mega Man.
    • Other partial examples include:
      • Sonic and Metal Sonic, which is a given since the latter was intentionally made to be a superior copy of the former.
      • Bruce (Wayne) and Bruce (Banner), but they're mostly referred to on the show as Batman and The Hulk, respectively.
      • Mike Haggar and Michelangelo. Michelangelo is often referred to as 'Mikey', while Mike Haggar is referred to by his last name.
      • Terry (Bogard) and Terry (McGinnis), though the latter is called 'Batman' in the episode title whereas the former is called by his name.
      • Jason Lee Scott and Jason Todd, who are coincidently both masked Red Superheroes (the Mighty Morphin' Red Ranger and Red Hood, respectively).
  • 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:
    • Six match-ups have been contested between characters who are playable in Super Smash Bros.: Mario vs. Sonic, Zelda vs. Peach, Link vs. Cloud, Bowser vs. Ganon, Ken vs Terry and Wario vs. King Dedede. If this were expanded to include characters who have only appeared as non-playable bosses, there would be one more match-up, Ganondorf vs. Dracula.
    • Two fights - Chun-Li vs. Mai and Ken vs. Terry - occurred nearly a decade earlier in SNK vs. Capcom.
    • 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 Super Stars, 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.
    • Leonardo and Jason have appeared together in a crossover between the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW) comics.
    • Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter appeared in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale years before the season three episode.
    • As shown in the trailer, both Heihachi and Geese are in Tekken 7, with Heihachi in the base game and Geese being DLC. This was especially highlighted in Geese's DLC trailer, which pitted him directly against Heihachi.

    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.
  • In terms of fight lengths:
    • The longest battle in the series overall (as well as the longest 3D fight) is Goku VS Superman, which clocks in at 9 minutes and 10 seconds (10 minutes and 28 seconds if one counts the Excuse Plot). And for many fans, the wait was worth every second of waiting.
    • The longest fight animated by Torrian and the second longest overall was Terminator VS Robocop, lasting for 7 minutes and 36 seconds.
    • The longest sprite-based fight was Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki, lasting for 6 minutes and 37 seconds.
    • The shortest battle in the series overall (as well as the shortest sprite-based fight) was Yoshi VS Riptor, which lasted for a mere 55 seconds.
    • The shortest 3D fight also happened to be the first one to be animated in 3D, which was Link VS Cloud, clocking in at 1 minute and 47 seconds.
    • The shortest season finale was Sephiroth VS Vergil, which lasted for 2 minutes and 57 seconds.
  • Death Battles 2 through 9, 18, 55, 68, and 105 are the only Death Battle where neither combatant says a word.
  • Thor, Superman, Goku, Spawn, Metal Overlord, Kirby, Zero, Voltron Lion Force, Darkseid, MegaMan.EXE, King Dedede, Shazam, Beerus, Wally West, and Broly 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. Thor has survived a planet-busting explosive. Darkseid's avatars alone can shrug off Post-Crisis Superman firing on all cylinders and a bomb designed to rip apart reality. MegaMan.EXE had a shield that could survive the destruction of the cyber world, a universal-level destruction. Both Kirby and King Dedede have survived both Magolor's black hole and Queen Sectonia's planet-sized death explosion. Shazam is stated to be as strong as the aforementioned Superman, and was only dazed when hit by a Tesseract Bomb that warped space to teleport him inside out. Beerus' battle with Super Saiyan God Goku put him at the epicenter of shockwaves threatening to destroy Universe 7, which is several times larger than the observable real world universe. Wally West survived in the depths of a black hole and could both regenerate from being turned into gas and resist existence erasure. Broly has tanked blows from Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta. Also Mega Mario, Starman Mario, Metal Mario, Super Sonic, Hyper Sonic, Ultra 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), Superman (from his Kryptonian DNA), Kirby (from copying powers), Mega Man Classic (from copying powers), Mega Man X (from both his Buster upgrades and copying powers), Geo Stelar (from his battle card system), and MegaMan.EXE (from his Battle Chip system) 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.
    • Archie Sonic and Wally West have both shown to have completely incalculable speeds, putting them a fair margin above everybody else in that regard.
  • 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 Stills, 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, Amy, and Archie Sonic 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 (2011): 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 non-Battle Royale 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.
    • 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 (being at least 9 minutes in length), 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.
    • Batman VS Captain America: 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. Also, this is the first battle to feature an original track done by Brandon Yates.
    • Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki: First episode with a matchup to be first seen in 1 Minute Melee. Also, the first time the loser's death isn't at the winner's hands (Dan accidentally swallowed a capsule containing a jukebox).
    • 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.
    • Meta VS Carolina: 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 PSAs.
    • Thor VS Wonder Woman: First episode to have its combatants be two returning characters who did not face each other before. Also the first episode to have an original track done by Werewolf Therewolf.
    • Naruto VS Ichigo: First episode with a voice actor not from Roosterteeth reprising their role.
    • 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. Also the first episode involving a My Little Pony character that isn't a joke episode.
    • 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 (2018): First episode to feature Wiz and Boomstick to physically appear in the episode as a 100th episode Milestone Celebration. Also the first episode to be a reexamination of a previous matchup rather than being either a remake or a sequel, as this one uses the modern Death Battle rules.
    • 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... 
    • Ganondorf VS Dracula: The first Halloween episode. Also the first episode to be animated in Source Filmmaker.
    • All Might VS Might Guy: First episode to end in a mutual kill that isn't a draw, as Guy was the last man standing after delivering the killing blow to All Might but keeled over from his use of the 8th Gate.
    • Miles VS Static: First episode to have an original track that wasn't done by Brandon Yates or Therewolf Media but instead done by JT Music.
    • Gray VS Esdeath: First episode where the actor for one of the combatants voiced a combatant in the episode prior, specifically, Mark Allen Jr. voiced Gray after voicing War Machine in the previous episode.
    • Cable VS Booster Gold: First episode where the character Boomstick had no respect for (Booster Gold) wins the battle.
    • Danny Phantom VS Jake Long: First episode where a combatant voiced by Nicholas Andrew Louie wins the battle.
    • She-Ra VS Wonder Woman: First episode with a triple returner (Wonder Woman) where said triple returner won.
    • Beerus VS Galaxia: First episode to have a Dragon Ball character that originated from Dragon Ball Super as a combatant. This is also the first episode to introduce DUMMI. To cap off the firsts from the episode this is also the first episode of which its battle music was used for its preview.
    • Wally West VS Archie Sonic: First episode to feature an alternate continuity version of a previous combatant. This is also the first episode where multiple versions of the combatant were killed simultaneously.
    • The Seven Battle Royale: First bonus episode released and not treated as a joke battle. It's also the first Battle Royale with voice acting. And it has the quickest kill in the show's history: A-Train splattering The Deep in the opening seconds of the fight.
    • Sabrewulf VS Jon Talbain: First episode to be pushed forward for a particular date (Originally was to be released on November 1st for First members and November 2nd for YouTube but was pushed forward to Halloween for First members and November 1st for YouTube.)
    • Batgirl VS Spider-Gwen: First episode to be directed by Joshua Kazemi.
    • Hulk VS Broly: First episode which an alternate version with directors commentary was released.
    • Po VS Iron Fist: First episode to feature a character from an animated film.
    • Link VS Cloud (2021): First 3D episode to be animated in Blender.
    • Batman VS Iron Man: First episode with a quadruple returner.
  • 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, Nightwing vs Daredevil, and Flash vs. Archie Sonic.
  • 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:
    • 3 battles between combatants who fight with electricity and/or lightning: Thor vs. Raiden, Pikachu vs. Blanka, Miles Morales vs. Static.
      • 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).
    • 3 battles between combatants who use fire as a prominent attacking method: Pokémon vs. Digimon, Ace vs. Natsu, Zuko vs. Todoroki.
      • 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) and Sabrewulf vs. Jon Talbain (both can summon fire bats and a fire dragon respectively, but the battle was thematically about werewolves)
    • 1 battle between combatants who fight with the powers of the earth: Toph vs. Gaara.
    • 3 battles between combatants who use cryokinetic powers: Sub-Zero vs. Glacius, Weiss vs. Mitsuru, Gray vs. Esdeath.
    • 11 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.
      • 4 battles between giant robots: The Tigerzord vs. Gundam Epyon, The Megazord vs. Voltron, Optimus Prime vs. RX-78-2 Gundam, Dragonzord vs. Mechagodzilla.
      • 1 battle between robotic armies: Wily vs. Eggman
    • 14 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, Leondardo vs. Jason, She-Ra vs. Wonder Woman.
    • 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), and Batman Beyond vs. Spider-Man 2099 (both combatants had tech support in the forms of Bruce Wayne and Lyla respectively).
    • 2 battles between a ninja and a samurai: Shredder vs. Silver Samurai, Naruto vs. Ichigo.
    • 3 battles between characters renowned for their speed: The Flash vs. Quicksilver, Tracer vs. Scout, Wally West vs. Archie Sonic.
    • 4 battles between science and magic: Strider Hiryu vs. Ryu Hayabusa, Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter, Crash Bandicoot vs. Spyro the Dragon, Danny Phantom vs. Jake Long. Darth Vader vs. Doctor Doom is a special case as both combatants utilize science as well as magic in combat.
    • 8 battles between royalty/nobility: Princess Peach vs. Princess Zelda, He-Man vs. Lion-O, Thor vs. Wonder Woman, Aquaman vs. Namor, Weiss vs. Mitsuru, She-Ra vs. Wonder Woman, Sabrewulf vs. Jon Talbain, Steven Universe vs. Star Butterfly.

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