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Boomstick: He's Wiz and I'm Boomstick.
Wizard: And it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win a Death Battle.

DEATH BATTLE! is a web series hosted by Rooster Teeth (previously ScrewAttack until 2019), and presented by "Wizard" (Ben Singer) and "Boomstick" (Chad James). The point of the show is to take two similar characters and pit them against each other, analyzing their respective strengths and weaknesses to see who would win, similar to Deadliest Warrior.

So far, there have been 154 videos (150 regular episodes and 4 bonus episodes) since the series began airing in 2010. The first 18 episodes were featured exclusively on ScrewAttack's YouTube account, and starting with episode 19 the series was posted to the redesigned, and now,, with a subscription allowing viewers to see it before it premieres on YouTube. Episodes 20-29 were animated by Mr. Lange, aka Short Factor (Jordan Lange), with episodes 29-onwards were done by a wide variety of animators such as 3-D animator Torrian Crawford (though since Season 7 he occasionally animated 3-D episodes), sprite and hand-drawn animator Luis Cruz (currently the animation director for the show), a group of SFM animators (DevilArtemis, Daitomodachi, Doovad Hohdan), and a variety of others including some guests.


There is a character sheet for the combatants and hosts, as well as a recap page that lists the episodes.

The official Twitter can be found here and the official Facebook can be found here. Have an idea for a matchup? You can suggest it here.

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The Rules (unwritten and official) of a Death Battle are:
Click on the *'s for examples of the rules in action.

  1. The warriors can only know of each other if they do know each other in canon in both official universes. Otherwise, they cannot know each other's moves. Even if they do know of each other in canon, no one is allowed to prepare for the fight .
    • B. The script for the dialogue has been known to ignore this rule, with characters calling each other by name and/or referencing their internet rivalry, but per rule 8, the fight animation should be regarded as pure Spectacle, and this will thus not influence the final verdict.
    • C. To prevent fighters from exploiting weaknesses of others for a cheap victory, a character's weaknesses normally only come into play if the enemy can find a way to detect a weakness or if there is a specific reason why it cannot be exploited. Other than that, if a combatant survives a match long enough, they may discover a way to counter the fighting style of their opponent.
  2. A battle has to end with the loser(s) dying — though not necessarily at the hands of the winner—, or at least be rendered unable to continue the fight in the relevant planes of battle. . There are two major exceptions to this: the more comical No Fourth Wall "Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie" episode, and the "invokedChuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro" episode. (The latter due to the fight moving beyond mortal perceptions.)
  3. Pacifist warriors will not have their peaceful nature interrupt the fight, and both combatants will have any personality restraints from killing removed. However, if their traditional arsenal uses nonlethal weapons, they cannot change it unless they can summon it at a moment's notice per rule 6-B, and will have to fight using this nonlethal arsenal.
  4. All consistent and canon sources available during the time of the episode's release will be examined by the hosts, Non-canon sources will be allowed only insofar as they do not conflict with canon . Characters with multiple incarnations, such as Link, Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Godzilla, will be composites combining the best aspects of their various incarnations, unless said incarnation is drastically different from other incarnations. If a specific incarnation of a character is chosen, the canon used will most likely be the most popular depiction. The research will avoid biases.
    • B. If one warrior is allowed abilities from a non-canon source, the other warrior must be allowed to use their own non-canon sources as well.
    • C. Also, if a certain depiction of the warrior has them ridiculously overpowered or inconsistent, or powers that would be difficult to examine logically, then it will not be used.
    • D. Not every weapon owned by the warriors in every canon will be used. Instead, only the ones they are commonly using or their best or most iconic weapons will be used.
    • E. If a warrior originated from non-English language media, the English dub will not be used if it contradicts the original source in any way.
    • F. A piece of media that claims to be canon but clearly isn't will be avoided. Also alternate forms of media might be avoided if they are inconsistent with the main media series.
    • G. Because the warriors are examined by their prime, they cannot use abilities that they canonically lost in their past before reaching said prime.
    • H. invokedClaims made by fans will only be considered canon if the official franchise or character from an official source recognizes it as such.
  5. To get as many common abilities as possible, the warriors will be shown at their prime, and Career Ending Injuries are ignored for the battle
    • B. "Future canon" will be avoided if it unbalances the fight, because while some characters will gain more power, other characters will grow old and weak.
    • C. In the case of the sprite and 3D animation battles, a character's depiction in the end fight is limited by what sprites/models are available for them, this does not influence the final result per rule 8.
  6. Unless the battle asks for multiple characters for each side, the combatants must fight alone, even if they are used to fighting with a partner.
    • B. While fighters start out only with their standard kit, as defined by rule 4-D, if they possess a means to obtain, or summon to their side, additional equipment at a moment's notice and without outside preparatory time or aid, then it is fair game for them to use it , opponents may interfere with this if they are capable of doing so.
    • C. One exception is if the fighter uses a creature for an attack that can reasonably be replaced by a non-combatant projectile, or when the act would fall under using the environment to their advantage, but the fighter cannot be dependent on these creatures and, in cases of summoning as an attack, the creatures cannot act on their own.
    • D. Another exception is if the other ally is, or can be used as, a living or sentient weapon or suit of armor, or is otherwise a physical part of the fighter. In these situations, the ally cannot fight independently unless the nature of the battle calls for it per the main rule.
    • E. Another exception can be if summoning is integral to the character as a primary method of combat in-universe or the ally can be summoned with a device or power and no outside aid.
    • F. This rule is completely ignored in the season 3 premiere: Dante vs Bayonetta. This is to advertise the first episode of DBX: Trish vs Jeanne, and also because of Rule of Cool.
  7. The terrain chosen in the fight will either be a terrain from the fighters' franchises or would be a location that both warriors are experienced in. The area itself however doesn't matter nor play any role in determining the outcome of the battle, and even the entire battle itself is just a visual representation of the researchers' conclusions per rule 8. The environment only becomes important if a character's skills use it, like with Leonardo hiding in the shadows, Chun-Li/Mai wall-jumping, or Gaara/Toph using it as a primary means of combat. Two exceptions exist to this:
    • If the fight can't take place in neutral territory because it would render one of the combatants unable to exists in a fight-capable form there, it won't be.
    • If a fighter has the ability (usually via teleportation) to change the environment into one specifically favorable to them, they'll be able to do so normally.
  8. The animation at the end of the episode is not what determines the victor in battle. It is nothing more than a fun little dramatization showcasing the fighters' abilities, and is not necessarily an accurate representation of how the fight would go if the combatants actually met. The winners are determined before the animation through quasi-scientific analysis of their abilities, and the character who is found to have the higher probability of defeating their opponent will win.


The fights so far, in order of airing. Please consult the Recap Pages for more in-depth analysis.

    Season 1 
  1. "Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran (2010)" Result 
  2. "Akuma vs. Shang Tsung" Result 
  3. "Rogue vs. Wonder Woman" Result 
  4. "Goomba vs. Koopa" Result 
  5. "Mike Haggar vs. Zangief" Result 
  6. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale" (Blocked from YouTube due to copyright but can still be viewed on Rooster Teeth's website.) Result 
  7. "Zitz vs. Leonardo" Result 
  8. "Yoshi vs. Riptor" Result 
  9. "Felicia vs. Taokaka" Result 
  10. "Kratos vs. Spawn" Result 
  11. "White Bomberman vs. Taizo Hori" Result 
  12. "Vegeta vs. Shadow" Result 
  13. "Mario vs. Sonic (2011)" Result 
  14. "Justin Bieber vs. Rebecca Black" Result 
  15. "Luke Skywalker vs. Harry Potter" Result 
  16. "Chun-Li vs. Mai Shiranui" Result 
  17. "Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash" Result 
  18. "Master Chief vs. Doomguynote " Result 
  19. "Doctor Eggman note  vs. Doctor Wily note " Result 
  20. "Princess Zelda vs. Princess Peach " Result 
  21. "Thor vs. Raiden" Result 
  22. "Link vs. Cloud Strife (2012)" Result 
  23. "Batman vs. Spider-Man" Result 
  24. "Pikachu vs. Blanka" Result 
  25. "Son Goku vs. Superman" Result 

    Season 2 
  1. "He-Man vs. Lion-O" Result 
  2. "Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison" Result 
  3. "Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu" Result 
  4. "Ivy Valentine vs. Black Orchid" Result 
  5. "Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare" Result 
  6. "Terminator vs. RoboCop" Result 
  7. "Luigi vs. Tails" Result 
  8. "Venusaur vs. Charizard vs. Blastoise Pokémon Battle Royale" Result 
  9. "Fulgore vs. Sektor" Result 
  10. "Godzilla vs. Gamera" Result 
  11. "Batman vs. Captain America" Result 
  12. "Tigerzord note  vs. Gundam Epyon note " Result 
  13. "Ryu vs. Scorpion" Result 
  14. "Deadpool vs. Deathstroke" Result 
  15. "Kirby vs. Majin Buu" Result 
  16. "Ragna the Bloodedge vs. Sol Badguy" Result 
  17. "Gaara vs. Toph Beifong" Result 
  18. "Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran" Result 
  19. "Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro" Result 
  20. "Guts vs. Nightmare" Result 
  21. "Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor" Result 
  22. "Beast vs. Goliath" Result 
  23. "Solid Snake vs. Sam Fisher" Result 
  24. "Darth Vader vs. Doctor Doom"Result 
  25. "Goku vs. Superman 2" Result 
  26. "Donkey Kong vs. Knuckles" Result 
  27. "Wolverine vs. Raiden" Result 
  28. "Hercule Satan vs. Dan Hibiki" Result 
  29. "Yang Xiao Long vs. Tifa Lockhart" Result 
  30. "Mega Man vs. Astro Boy" Result 
  31. "Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye" Result 
  32. "Red and Charizard vs. Tai and Agumon" Result 

    Season 3 
  1. "Dante vs. Bayonetta" Result 
  2. "Bowser vs. Ganon" Result 
  3. "Ratchet & Clank vs. Jak and Daxter" Result 
  4. "Barry Allen vs. Quicksilver" Result 
  5. "The Joker vs. Sweet Tooth (Needles Kane)" Result 
  6. "Mewtwo vs. Shadow" Result 
  7. "The Meta vs. Agent Carolina" Result 
  8. "Cammy White vs. Sonya Blade" Result 
  9. "Tracer vs. Scout" Result 
  10. "Ken Masters vs. Terry Bogard" Result 
  11. "Amy Rose vs. Ramona Flowers" Result 
  12. "The Incredible Hulk vs. Doomsday" Result 
  13. "Roronoa Zoro vs. Erza Scarlet" Result 
  14. "Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie" Result 

    Season 4 
  1. "Lara Croft vs. Nathan Drake" Result 
  2. "Scrooge McDuck vs. Shovel Knight" Result 
  3. "Venom vs. Bane" Result 
  4. "Megazord vs. Voltron" Result 
  5. "Natsu Dragneel vs. Portgas D. Ace" Result 
  6. "Sub-Zero vs. Glacius" Result 
  7. "Android 18 vs. Captain Marvel" Result 
  8. "Metal Sonic vs. Zero" Result 
  9. "Lucario vs. Renamon" Result 
  10. "Balrog vs. TJ Combo" Result 
  11. "The Shredder vs. Silver Samurai" Result 
  12. "Smokey Bear vs. McGruff the Crime Dog" Result 
  13. "Thor vs. Wonder Woman" Result 
  14. "Naruto Uzumaki vs. Ichigo Kurosaki" Result 
  15. "Batman Beyond vs. Spider-Man 2099" Result 
  16. "Sephiroth vs. Vergil" Result 

    Season 5 
  1. "Black Panther vs. Batman" Result 
  2. "Raven vs. Twilight Sparkle" Result 
  3. "Jotaro Kujo vs. Kenshiro" Result 
  4. "Crash Bandicoot vs. Spyro the Dragon" Result 
  5. "Sora vs. Pit" Result 
  6. "Leon S. Kennedy vs. Frank West" Result 
  7. "Doctor Strange vs. Doctor Fate" Result 
  8. "Ryu vs. Jin Kazama" Result 
  9. "Samurai Jack vs. Afro Samurai" Result 
  10. "Carnage vs. Lucy" Result 
  11. "Optimus Prime vs. RX-78-2 Gundam" Result 
  12. "Nightwing vs. Daredevil" Result 
  13. "Mario vs. Sonic" Result 
  14. "Ultron vs. Sigma" Result 
  15. "Master Roshi vs. Jiraiya" Result 
  16. "Thanos vs. Darkseid" Result 

    Season 6 
  1. "Aquaman vs. Namor" Result 
  2. "Mega Man Battle Royale List of fighters " Result 
  3. "Black Widow vs. Widowmaker" Result 
  4. "Captain Marvel vs. Shazam!" Result 
  5. "Wario vs. King Dedede" Result 
  6. "Ben Tennyson vs. Green Lantern" Result 
  7. "Weiss Schnee vs. Mitsuru Kirijo" Result 
  8. "Johnny Cage vs. Captain Falcon" Result 
  9. "Aang vs. Edward Elric" Result 
  10. "Ghost Rider vs. Lobo" Result 
  11. "Dragonzordnote  vs. Mechagodzillanote " Result 
  12. "Sasuke Uchiha vs. Hiei" Result 
  13. "Ganondorf vs. Dracula" Result 
  14. "Mob vs. Tatsumaki" Result 
  15. "Deadpool vs. The Mask"Result 
  16. "All Might vs. Might Guy"Result 

    Season 7 
  1. "Miles Morales vs. Static" Result 
  2. "Black Canary vs. Sindel" Result 
  3. "Leonardo vs. Red Ranger (Jason Lee Scott)" Result 
  4. "Genos vs. War Machine" Result 
  5. "Gray Fullbuster vs. Esdeath" Result 
  6. "Goro vs. Machamp" Result 
  7. "Cable vs. Booster Gold" Result 
  8. "Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Kakashi Hatake" Result 
  9. "Danny Phantom vs. Jake Long" Result 
  10. "She-Ra vs. Wonder Woman" Result 
  11. "Beerus vs. Sailor Galaxia" Result 
  12. "Prince Zuko vs. Shoto Todoroki" Result 
  13. "Wally West vs. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics)" Result 
  14. "Winter Soldier vs. Red Hood" Result 
  15. "Venom vs. Crona" Result 
  16. Sabrewulf vs. Jon Talbain" Result 
  17. "Red vs. Blue"note Result 
  18. Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) vs. Spider-Gwen" Result 
  19. "Vinsmoke Sanji vs. Rock Lee" Result 
  20. "The Incredible Hulk vs. Broly (Dragon Ball Super)" Result 

    Season 8 
  1. "Yoda vs. King Mickey" Result 
  2. "Shadow the Hedgehog vs. Ryūko Matoi" Result 
  3. "Lex Luthor vs. Doctor Doom" Result 
  4. "Heihachi Mishima vs. Geese Howard" Result 
  5. "Blake Belladonna vs. Mikasa Ackerman" Result 
  6. "Iron Fist vs. Po" Result 
  7. "Steven Universe vs. Star Butterfly" Result 
  8. "Link vs. Cloud Strife" Result 
  9. "Batman vs. Iron Man" Result 
  10. "Goku Black vs. Reverse-Flash" Result 
  11. "Randy Savage vs. The Kool-Aid Man" Result 
  12. "Dio Brando vs. Alucard" Result 
  13. "Akuma vs. Shao Kahn" Result 
  14. "Korra vs. Storm" Result 
  15. "Madara Uchiha vs. Sosuke Aizen" Result 
  16. "Saitama vs. Popeye" Result 

    Season 9 
  1. "Harley Quinn vs. Jinx" Result 
  2. "Scarlet Witch vs. Zatanna" Result 
  3. "Tanjiro Kamado vs. Jonathan Joestar" Result 
  4. "Thor vs. Vegeta" Result 
  5. "Omni-Man vs. Homelander"

    Bonus episodes 
  1. "Death Battle vs. The World" Result 
  2. "Vegeta vs. Mewtwo" Result 
  3. "ScrewAttack Steam Sale vs. Your Wallet" Result 
  4. "The Seven Battle Royale"List of fighters " Result 


The show has several spin-offs. The first one was 1 Minute Melee, envisioned as just the fight animations with no research (thus the winner decided purely through Author Appeal). Due to "undisclosed mismanagement", One Minute Melee has split off to its own publisher (Hyun's Dojo); as such Screwattack revived the concept under the title DBX (short for "Death Battle Exhibitions"), which aired a pilot alongside Death Battle's season 3 premiere. The Desk of Death Battle, on the other hand, doesn't involve two characters engaged in battle, but covers bits of trivia about characters discovered by the Death Battle researchers that wasn't presented in their episode.

In Season 4 of DBX, the spinoff was revamped. It introduced Ringmaster, who would host the fights by announcing the fighters and providing quick info on them. The fights themselves were each given two different endings that had each fighter victorious. The week before each fight, the viewers can vote on which fighter they would like to win. The fighter who has the highest percentage of votes has their ending released on Rooster Teeth and YouTube. The fighter with the least votes has their ending exclusive to Rooster Teeth.

    DBX Season 1 
  1. "Trish vs. Jeanne" Result 
  2. "Jango Fett vs. Master Chief" Result 
  3. "Ronald McDonald vs. Colonel Sanders" Result 
  4. "Amy Rose vs. King Dedede" Result 
  5. "Saitama vs. Kenshiro" Result 
  6. "Sakura Haruno vs. Rin Tohsaka" Result 
  7. "Trunks vs. Silver the Hedgehog" Result 
  8. "Ryu vs. Lucario" Result 
  9. "Sasuke Uchiha vs. Hiei" Result 
  10. "Bruce Lee vs. The WorldCharacters " Result 
  11. "Spider-Man vs. Mikasa Ackerman" Result 
  12. "Jotaro Kujo vs. Yu Narukami" Result 
  13. "Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton" Result  note 
  14. "Terry Bogard vs. Jon Talbain" Result 
  15. "Spawn vs. Alucard" Result 
  16. "Predator vs. Prophet" Result 

    DBX Season 2 
  1. "Iron Man vs. Mega Man X" Result 
  2. "Kenshin Himura vs. Roronoa Zoro" Result 
  3. "Greninja vs. Espio the Chameleon" Result 
  4. "Link vs. Meta Knight" Result 
  5. "Genji Shimada vs. Raiden" Result 
  6. "Guile vs. Paul Phoenix" Result 
  7. "Raphael vs. Wolverine" Result 
  8. "Broly vs. Doomsday" Result 
  9. "Aigis vs. Noel Vermillion" Result 
  10. "Cloud Strife vs. Guts" Result 
  11. "Sasuke Uchiha vs. Killua Zoldyck" Result 
  12. "Mega Man vs. Bomberman" Result 
  13. "Mario vs. Luigi" Result 
  14. "Zero vs. Strider Hiryu" Result 
  15. "Iron Fist vs. Akuma" Result 
  16. "Ken Masters vs. Blaziken" Result 
  17. "Samus Aran vs. Master Chief" Result 
  18. "Wii Fit Trainer vs. Dhalsim" Result 
  19. "Magneto vs. Darth Vader" Result 
  20. "Vegeta vs. General Zod" Result 
  21. "Demitri Maximoff vs. Alucard" Result 
  22. "Noctis Lucis Caelum vs. 2B" Result 
  23. "Kratos vs. Dante" Result 
  24. "Captain Falcon vs. Viewtiful Joe" Result 
  25. "Goku Black vs. Black Adam" Result 

    DBX Season 3 
  1. "Gambit vs. Taskmaster" Result 
  2. "Lara Croft vs. Jill Valentine" Result 
  3. "Krillin vs. Tien Shinhan vs. Yamcha" Result 
  4. "Chun-Li vs. Tifa Lockhart" Result 
  5. "Thor vs. 100 Pikachu" Result 
  6. "The Incredible Hulk vs. Juggernaut" Result 
  7. "Blade vs. Hellboy" Result 
  8. "Monkey D. Luffy vs. Mr. Fantastic" Result 
  9. "Daredevil vs. Kenshi Takahashi" Result 
  10. "Harley Quinn vs. Domino" Result 
  11. "Akame vs. Killua Zoldyck" Result 
  12. "Yoshi vs. Pac-Man" Result 
  13. "Natsu Dragneel vs. Iceman" Result 
  14. "Sakura Haruno vs. Amy Rose" Result 
  15. "Juri Han vs. Mileena" Result 
  16. "Vergil vs. Hakumen" Result 
  17. "Chie Satonaka vs. Karin Kanzuki" Result 
  18. "Burning Gundam vs. Thunder Megazord" Result 
  19. "Batman vs. Scorpion" Result 
  20. "Sasuke Uchiha vs. Ichigo Kurosaki" Result 
  21. "Wolverine vs. 100 Baraka" Result 
  22. "Alucard vs. DIO" Result 
  23. "Catwoman vs. Black Cat" Result 
  24. "Ruby Rose vs Ragna the Bloodedge" Result 
  25. "Ryu vs Liu Kang" Result 
  26. "Bendy vs Cuphead" Result 

    DBX Season 4 
  1. "Gohan vs. Superboy" Result 
  2. "D.Va vs. Tron Bonne" Result 
  3. "Metal Sonic vs. Mega Man" Result 
  4. "Boa Hancock vs. Rider Medusa" Result 
  5. "Venom vs. Spawn" Result 
  6. "Link vs. Trunks" Result 
  7. "Ezio Auditore vs. The Prince of Persia" Result 
  8. "Blake Belladonna vs. Inuyasha" Result 
  9. "Frieza vs. Mewtwo" Result 
  10. "Batman vs. Iron Man" Result 

    DBX Season 5 
  1. "Thor vs. Vegeta" Result 
  2. "Mulan vs. Lucina" Result 
  3. "Shantae vs. Shovel Knight" Result 
  4. "Lucario vs. Blaziken" Result 
  5. "Kid Goku vs. Gon Freecss" Result 
  6. "Ben Tennyson vs. Danny Phantom" Result 
  7. "Trafalgar Law vs. Himura Kenshin" Result 
  8. "Yang Xiao Long vs. Katsuki Bakugo" Result 
  9. "X-Wing vs. Arwing" Result 
  10. "Superman vs. Saitama" Result 

    DBX Season 6 
  1. Gogeta vs. VegitoResult 
  2. "Ness vs Sans" Result 
  3. "Naruto Uzumaki vs. Ryu Hayabusa" Result 
  4. "Apocalypse vs. Black Adam" Result 
  5. "Donald Duck vs. Daffy Duck" Result 
  6. "Roy Mustang vs. Prince Zuko" Result 
  7. "Sailor Mercury vs. The Blue Ranger" Result 
  8. "Emperor Palpatine vs. Master Xehanort" Result 
  9. "Goomba vs. Koopa - Round 2" Result 

There's also another spin-off, Death Race, that started during the break between episodes 10 and 11 of Season 7. Animated by Devil Artemis, the show is similar to DBX, where the racers try to get to the finish line by any means necessary. The rundown is done by DBX's Ringmaster, with commentary from Wiz and Boomstick.

    Death Race Season 1 
  1. Batmobile Battle! List of Racers  Result 
  2. Optimus Prime VS Thomas the Tank Engine? List of Racers  Result 
  3. BATTLE CARS! List of Racers  Result 
  4. Sonic vs. Mario vs. Star Wars vs. Initial D List of Racers  Result 

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Why Aren't You Dead?

Goku Black and Reverse-Flash both travel back in time to kill their past selves, only to find out that it doesn't affect them in the present.

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