Epic Pixel Battle, or EPB for short, is a French video series created by 123Lunatic, in which various fictional characters face each other in rap battle form.
The series format is heavily and openly inspired by Epic Rap Battles of History, although there are two major differences that help distinguish it from it. Firstly, EPB only features characters of fiction, be it from comic books, anime, video games, or any other medium. Secondly, the characters are not played by real actors, but rather represented by animated images; said images were initially official artworks, before drawings made specifically for the series started to be used from the second season onward.
The series was originally hosted on the VoxMakers channel, before moving to a separate channel when 123Lunatic left the team in November 2016. This led to the creation of EXtreme Pixel Battle, which acted as a replacement series. Currently, the EPB team is comprised of 123Lunatic (writing, directing, singing and editing), Stan Dusk (composing), Sumashu (mixing and singing), Sainte Séïa (singing and drawing), and MadStalker (singing and coloring).
The official EPB channel can be found here, with most of its videos having been subtitled in English by fans. It also hosts a sister series, Dans Ton Clash, which details the creative process and explains the lyrics' references for every battle. There's also a wiki for the series, available here.
- Mario VS Mickey
- Kirby VS Jigglypuff
- Samus VS Mega Man
- L VS Layton
- Bowser VS Ganondorf
- Elsa VS Jack Frost
- Mewtwo VS Frieza
- Rayman VS Crash Bandicoot
- GLaDOS VS X.A.N.A.
- Ash VS Yugi
- Lara Croft VS Dora the Explorer
- Saitama VS Superman
- Sonic VS Rainbow Dash
- Zorro VS Zoro
- Dr. Mario VS Wii Fit Trainer (Mini episode)
- Link VS Peter Pan
- Mettaton VS Bayonetta
- Detective Conan VS Inspector Gadget
- Powerpuff Girls VS Totally Spies
- All Might VS Koro-Sensei
- The Visitor from the Future VS The Visitors
- Yandere-Chan VS Monika
Epic Pixel Battle provides examples of:
- Ascended Meme: One of the lines in "Yandere-Chan VS Monika" states that had the team listened to popular demand, they would've replaced Monika with Sans, referencing the "Yandere-Chan VS Sans" battle that was requested so often by viewers that it became a running joke among fans.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: During "Yandere-Chan VS Monika", Monika addresses the viewer, expressing disbelief at the fact that they enjoy Epic Pixel Battle despite how crude and vulgar it is, and stating that they deserve better; she also asks them if they paused the video just to admire her as a Freeze-Frame Bonus. Right before doing so, she goes as far as to interrupt the battle by deleting Ayano herself, before taking on the members of the EPB team themselves.
- "EPIC PIXEL BATTLE! [CHARACTER #1]! VERSUS! [CHARACTER #2]! GO!"
- "WHO DESERVES VICTORY? WHO WILL BE NEXT? YOU HAVE THE POWER!"
- Christmas Episode: "Elsa VS Jack Frost" is a Christmas special EPB, Santa Claus even appears at the end.
- Creepy Monotone: The Female Wii Fit Trainer has very little emotion in her voice, which makes some of her lines ("Your patients are going to die.") sound especially eerie.
- Darker and Edgier: Most characters that are originally nice are more rude and arrogant than their canon counterpart. Dora take the cake as she went from the protagonist of a cartoon aimed at very young children to a bratty little girl giving crude insults to Lara Croft.
- Enemy Mine: Kirby and Jigglypuff end up uniting against Pac-Man after he interrupts their battle.
- Evil vs. Evil:
- "Bowser VS Ganondorf", which opposed the two most iconic Nintendo villains.
- "Mewtwo VS Frieza", oppose two villains from popular Japanese medias.
- "GLaDOS VS XANA", a duel between two murder-prone, misanthropic artificial intelligences.
- "Dio Brando VS Dracula" oppose two evil vampires.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In "Yandere-Chan VS Monika", Monika interrupts the battle by deleting Ayano, and then spends the rest of the video rapping against the members of the Epic Pixel Battle team instead.
- Flipping the Bird:
- Bayonetta does this a few time with both middle fingers in her battle against Mettaton.
- The Wii Fit Trainer does some subtle ones sometime when she's in her lotus pose.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Monika deleting Ayano in "Yander-Chan VS Monika" causes the subtitles to get distorted, making the messages "Just EPB" and "Oh! Did you press pause to admire me? :)" appear on screen for a split second each.
- Gratuitous Japanese:
- Zoro uses a few Japanese words during his rap, namely "nani" ("what") and "nakama"("best friend").
- All Might says that Koro Sensei is "already dead in our kokoros." Kokoros means hearts.
- Hack Your Enemy: In "GLaDOS VS XANA", XANA takes control of GLaDOS' body by hacking into it. Doing so actually allows it to participate in the battle, as it has no physical form or voice of its own to speak of.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "Mettaton VS Bayonetta", Bayonetta mentions how "it's Sans that the viewers wanted to see", acknowledging the very numerous comments asking for Sans to be featured in an EPB.
- Little Miss Badass: If you expected Dora the Explorer to be a mostly harmless opponent, think again. During her clash against Lara, she's scornful, full of herself, and arguably delivers some of the most brutal lines of the battle.Dora: Look at me I'm an angel... of darkness! Your resume has as many slips and squares as a board of chess! When you got my age in boarding school you were transferred.
Boots: Hey Dora, why is she mad?
Dora: Because her parents didn't love her!
- Mind-Control Eyes: XANA's symbol appears in GLaDOS' eye as it takes control of her, the same way it appeared in the eyes of xanafied people in the original show.
- Motor Mouth: Both contestants in "Sonic VS Rainbow Dash" are singing their lines really fast, which makes sense considering that those two characters are known for their speed.
- To a lesser extent: Mewtwo speak rather fast in some moments.
- NOT!: In "Rayman VS Crash Bandicoot", Crash states that he "can't wait for Rayman 4... not!".
- Precision F-Strike: There is a surprisingly small amount of cursing in the series, giving the few occurrences of it even more impact :
- "Rayman VS Crash Bandicoot":Crash: You fly around with helicopter hair? You got no merit. You're just frustrated you can't do the helicopter d***!
- "Ash VS Yugi":Yami Yugi: That's just a dog, and that's just a duck! Not just a lame duck, you're also a poaching fuck!
- "Yandere-Chan VS Monika":123Lunatic: "Monique" is a real name, "Monika" is a slut!
- "Rayman VS Crash Bandicoot":
- The Remake: "Mario VS Mickey" and "Kirby VS Jigglypuff" were both remade after the first season, with better singing and editing. The new "Kirby VS Jigglypuff" is part of the Season 3 playlist, whereas the new "Mario VS Mickey" has effectively replaced the older version.
- Ret-Gone: The Visitor from the Future threatens to erase Godefroy de Montmirail from history by "paying a visit to his mother".
- Suddenly SHOUTING!:
Saitama: You wanna protect the planet? Just go back on yours! You're not human, but people like you, I CAN NAME HUNDREDS!
- L start calm but shout for most of his last verse.
- Saitaman goes from bored and stoic to angry and shouting at several points during "Saitama VS Superman".
- Samus Is a Girl: Mega Man only finds out that Samus is a woman when she removes her armor for her second verse.
- Santa Claus: He makes an appearence At the end of "Jack Frost VS Elsa" to calm down the two contestants and in the same time show them who's the boss.
- Sarcastic Clapping: During her battle against XANA, GLaDOS does the same sarcastic clap that she did in Portal 2.
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- Title Scream: "EPIC PIXEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL BATTLE!"
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Some of Godefroy and Jacquouille lines in "The Visitor from the Future VS The Visitors" reek of this, due to them coming from medieval times. Just like in the Les Visiteurs movies, it's far from historically accurate.Godefroy: I openedeth my ears so as to listen to thy words. Do you make sense of this dialect Jacquouille?
Jacquouille: Yes sire, but it stinketh!
- Your Mom: The Visitor, to Godefroy:The Visitor: By visiting your mom I can cancel your existence. [...] Chill out, I'm just ruffling your feathers. I mean going by your mug, there's no way I'm touching her!