"Super-Hero-Bowl!" is a video created by ArtSpear Entertainment as part of their Toon Sandwich series, created using Adobe Flash and After Effects, and debuted in January 2017. The video is over 10 minutes in length, and features several cameo appearances of numerous protagonists and heroes from various movie and television franchises. Production on this video first started around June 2016, when the ArtSpear Entertainment staff began recording dialogue.
The video aims to answer one of the most commonly debated question of all: Who is the ultimate hero? In a comedic free-for-all, that's what the combatants are forced to find out as they are all pitted against each other in a battle of life and death. As of the creation of this page, the video has garnered more than 5 million views on YouTube alone.
A sequel, "Super-Villain-Bowl!", was released in April 2018. It follows the same premise as its predecessor, except this time featuring an ensemble cast of well-known villains from film and television, adding more humor and more bloodshed. Unlike the first installement, however, it also adds more of a backstory to the events being played out.
In December 2019, "Super-Showdown-Bowl!" was released, featuring the participants of the first two death matches (plus a few new faces) teaming up to take on the Oscar being forcing them to fight in the first place.
The trilogy provides examples of:
- Anyone Can Die: Well, it is supposed to be a battle to the death. Despite this, there are some who are simply incapacitated instead of being killed.
- Excited Show Title!: All three videos have an exclamation mark in the title.
- Involuntary Battle to the Death: None of the heroes or villains are brought to the arena of their own accord. Anyone who refuses to fight is killed instantly, such as Spock and Captain Kirk.
- Kill 'Em All: Of the hundreds of heroes and villains who engage in their respective fights, only Deadpool, Harley Quinn, Wolverine, James Bond, Rey, Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, Neo, Neytiri, Spider-Man, and Jean Grey survive. Later subverted in Super-Villain-Bowl, where it is revealed that the characters are brought back to life after each battle, with no knowledge of what took place.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Upon awakening, none of the combatants know where they are, how they were brought to the arena, or what they were brought there for.
- Leitmotif: For several of the characters, the main theme of their respective movies or series is used as background music, mostly during their most important moments.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: More than 100 heroes and villains appear in their respective fights.
- Naked on Arrival: It's heavily implied that the hero and villain combatants awaken without their clothes on, since the first characters introduced (Spider-Man in "Heroes", and Harley Quinn in "Villains") immediately ask where their clothes are. The third video questions the fact it seems to be inconsistent from one character to the other.Penguin: Why did some of us wake naked, and others fully clothed?
Negasonic Teenage Warhead: Nobody wants to see you naked.
Penguin: Hu... touché.
- Reference Overdosed: Seriously, hundred of characters from numerous cinema franchises, with dozens of them having speaking roles and making some kind of quip about their shows of origin... these videos are basically an orgy of geekiness. Lampshaded by Deadpool, unsurprisingly.Deadpool: Urk! Too many pop-culture references to be made! Brain overloading...
- Tractor Beam: The winner of the round is lifted upward to the sphere hovering above the arena by a blue beam. In the final video, the winners of the two previous rounds are also lowered to the arena by blue beams.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted, as while the fates of many of the heroes and villains are not depicted on-screen, it is implied that the unaccounted for heroes were killed by Dr. Manhattan and the unaccounted for villains were either killed by the Tripod, killed by Godzilla, assimilated by Agent Smith, or assimilated by Enchantress.
- World of Pun: Everyone is constantly dropping puns and at one point Loki won't attack because he can't figure out a pun based on "scepter".
- Actor Allusion: A few of Harrison Ford's characters attack one another during a comical sequence — Indiana Jones is shot by Han Solo, who is shot by Rick Deckard, who is then shot by Jack Ryan, before being grabbed from behind by President Marshall. Indiana only survives his attack by pouring water from the Holy Grail onto his wound.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Ant-Man is crushed by Johnny Rico... who is subsequently crushed by The Hulk... who is then crushed by Optimus Prime, before finally being crushed by Dr. Manhattan.
- Anti-Hero: A few of these make appearances throughout.
- As Himself:
- Almost all of the combatants are fictional characters based on TV and movie franchises. So it's just as funny to see Bruce Lee single-handedly eliminate Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Liam Neeson, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, and even Chuck Norris.
- Clint Eastwood and John Wayne also appear as themselves.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Dr. Manhattan.
- Badass Normal:
- Indiana Jones and Lara Croft are the last two remaining heroes that don't have any special abilities or powers.Lara Croft: What's the point? They all have body armor, healing abilities, or super powers. And what do we have? Bullets and bullwhips!
- Special mention goes to Clarice Sterling, the ONLY person brave enough to attack Dr. Manhattan armed with just a revolver.
- Indiana Jones and Lara Croft are the last two remaining heroes that don't have any special abilities or powers.
- Catch and Return: Spider-Man attempts to trap Batman in a web, however Batman blocks and counters this by sending the web back. Spider-Man then finds himself trapped in his own web, eliminating him from the battle.
- Compelling Voice: Rey tries to use a Jedi Mind Trick on Batman in order to strip him of his weapon and body armor... it works, but not on the intended target.Batman: Honey, do I look weak-minded to you?
Deadpool: Done, and done! What else has to happen?
Rey: Ew! You will put your clothes back on immediately!
- Crazy Enough to Work: Deadpool wins by using his head to toss his broken sword at Rey, rendering her unconscious. Even he can't believe how effective it was.
- Deadly Dodging: Superman attempts to hit Captain America with his eye lasers, however the attack is deflected with his shield... it ends up hitting Wonder Woman instead.
- Death Wail: Superman, after he accidentally kills Wonder Woman.
- Dramatic Unmask: After eliminating both Jack Bauer and James Bond, Jason Bourne is revealed to be Ethan Hunt.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: By the time Dr. Manhattan is eliminated, almost everyone else has been killed by him. The only surviving combatants are Deadpool, Batman, Rey, Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, Neo, Neytiri, and Spider-Man.
- Eye Scream: Rey manages to eliminate Neo by blinding him with her lightsaber.
- Funny Background Event: While scenes depict various characters facing off against each other, other characters can be seen running in the background. Notable events include Spider-Man eliminating Jean Grey, Iron Man killing Beast, Neytiri killing Aragorn, and five bonus cameos from non-combatant characters (Henry Jones Sr,. The Ancient One, Yoda, Morpheus, and Galadriel).
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Batman uses one of these to eliminate Wolverine.
- Half the Man He Used to Be:
- Rey slices the Terminator in half with her lightsaber during the fight.
- She later does the same to Deadpool.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Ellen Ripley manages to save Rey, by having an alien burst out of her chest and through the Terminator's head.
- High-Voltage Death: Luke Skywalker is killed by both Thor AND Storm's lightning attacks simultaneously.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Several people. Special mention goes to William Wallace, Batman, and especially Green Lantern.
- Implied Death Threat: After both are eliminated by Batman, Lara Croft offers one to Indiana Jones.Indiana Jones: Would you like to go tomb raiding with me some time?
Lara Croft: The next tomb I raid will be yours, Jones.
- In the Back:
- There's a sequence where a string of characters are attacked and killed from behind — Human Torch is frozen by Iceman, who is killed by Jon Snow, who is killed by Katniss Everdeen, who is killed by Hawkeye, who is killed by Legolas, who is lastly killed by Neytiri.
- Neytiri also kills Aragorn in a similar fashion, however this is shown only as part of background action.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Daenerys Targaryen has one at her disposal, of course.
- Instant Death Bullet:
- John McClane attempts to shoot Neo, however his bullets are deflected by Quicksilver. They end up killing Doctor Strange, The Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, and Mystique.
- There is only one aversion to this trope: Black Widow attempts to shoot Wonder Woman, who deflects the bullets with her shield. One of them hits Bruce Banner, causing him to transform into the Hulk.
- Jedi Mind Trick: See Compelling Voice above.
- Literal-Minded: During a showdown between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.John: Draw.
Clint: You draw.
John: [draws a portrait of Clint] Well, it's not my best work...
- Literally Shattered Lives:
- Jon Snow kills Iceman in this way — see In the Back.
- The Hulk also kills The Thing by punching him with enough force to reduce him to rubble.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: The Hulk grabs Superman by the ankle and subjects him to the "puny god" routine.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya:
- The line literally spoken by the guy himself, as he prepares to duel against Jack Sparrow.
- Immediately afterwards, a second version of this is carried out between James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Jack Bauer.James Bond: These initials aren't big enough for the three of us!
- When Iron Man attacks the Terminator with a blast of energy shot at point-blank range, it has little to no effect... it does not end well for Iron Man.
- Clarice Sterling shoots a giant Dr. Manhattan with her revolver, but it does nothing to stop him from killing almost everyone.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Professor X uses his telepathic powers to convince Dr. Manhattan to finish himself.
- Sequel Hook: The ending indicates that a second tournament will take place featuring numerous villains, which would eventually be released a year later.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: A frantic Sarah Connor threatens the Terminator with one after he kills RoboCop and Judge Dredd.
- Showdown at High Noon: Between Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, no less.
- Taking You with Me: Ellen Ripley does a Suicide Attack against the Terminator in order to save Rey.
- Victory Pose: Deadpool celebrates victory by performing a just-invented dance move, "The Torso".
- What the Hell, Hero?: After Quicksilver inadvertently eliminates her, Mystique calls him out on his stupidity before dropping down dead, much to the embarrassment of Scarlet Witch.
- Whip It Good: Weapon of choice for Indiana Jones, no less.Batman: Funny, the last person to whip me, also wore leather.
- Would Hurt a Child: Gandalf eliminates Harry Potter pretty early on in the battle.
- Agony Beam: After the battle, when Harley Quinn asks the game master what motivation they could have to keep fighting for his entertainment if they're doomed to just be killed and resurrected again and again, he explains that it at least allows them to avoid "this" — and two of his floating balls zap her and Deadpool with painful lightning discharges.
- All of Them: The final words of the video. Professor X requests Nightcrawler to teleport everybody to the same room. When Kurt asks whether this concern only the heroes, Xavier retorts "No. Everyone." Meaning both heroes and villains.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Tony Montana reveals his "little friend" to be a Gremlin — it is hastily snatched up and decapitated by Toad, who is knocked out by Killer Croc, who is subsequently knocked out by The Lizard, who is devoured by a T. rex, who is then devoured by Smaug, who is then beheaded by Godzilla's atomic breath.
- Anti-Villain: Like in the previous video, a handful of these also participate.
- The Assimilator: Both Agent Smith and the Enchantress are this; by the time the fight is coming to a close there are only six unique survivors, while everyone else is either an Agent Smith clone, or a deformed soldier in the Enchantress's army.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Godzilla, King Kong, and a Tripod.
- Badass Normal: A few of them appear in this tournament, such as Nurse Ratched, and Annie Wilkes.
- Batter Up!: A baseball bat it the weapon of choice for Harley Quinn, of course.
- Beam-O-War: The final confrontation is between Thanos (with the Infinity Gauntlet) and Jean Grey (as Dark Phoenix), with beams of power that negate each other. When Thanos concludes she's matching him for sheer power, he cuts the knot by using the Time Stone on Jean, youthening her to when she was less of a threat.
- Beam Spam: Godzilla's atomic breath, and also the Tripod's laser. The latter's attacks kill almost everyone it hits, the only exception is when it hits Cersei Lannister, which is when it turns into an unintentional nudifier.
- Censor Shadow: Since all combatants awaken unclothed, Harley Quinn is less than impressed when she discovers she is undressed. As she stands up, her lower half is hidden by a shadow.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Averted. After all, when you realize who exactly she was up against, even in context, there is no possible way that Harley Quinn would ever win ordinarily.
- Death by Irony: Magneto manages to kill Godzilla by merging every robotic/metallic fighter and/or weapon into a giant ball, and launching it into Godzilla's mouth as he is firing his atomic breath, causing his head to explode. Alas, Magneto is then immediately crushed by Godzilla's body as it collapses on top of him.
- Eldritch Abomination: When Agent Smith attempts to assimilate the Joker, the latter reveals that he is actually The Thing and promptly transforms.
- Eye Scream: Elle Driver's eye is plucked out by Gazelle's bladed legs.
- Fridge Logic: In-universe, Harley Quinn ponders how, if Godzilla had won, it would have fit through the six-foot-wide hole where the winner is brought to by a Tractor Beam.
- Gratuitous Japanese: When Godzilla kills Smaug, O-Ren Ishii exclaims "Gojira!" in shock, followed by Katana, then by Pennywise (disguised as a sushi cook).Pennywise: [transforming back into his clown form] Wait, what am I doing?
- Grey and Gray Morality: Psylocke asks Jean Grey why she has been summoned to this fight, to which she responds by lampshading this trope. In Jean's defense, her appearance here is based on her Phoenix persona, whereas her appearance in the previous video was not.
- Groin Attack: How Catwoman manages to incapacitate the Riddler.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: After Harley Quinn and Deadpool are brought before the mastermind behind these tournaments, they learn during the ensuing conversation that these tournaments have been on-going for quite some time now.
- Hand-or-Object Underwear: Cersei Lannister, after having her clothes evaporated by the Tripod's laser, is seen covering her breasts and groin with her hands, some high heels, and a handbag.Hela: Ah, walk of shame. We've all been there, girlfriend!
- Humanoid Abomination: Anyone who is transformed by the Enchantress.
- An Ice Person: Most notably Jadis the White Witch and Mr. Freeze.
- Half-Human Hybrid: This is what happens when you cross Darth Vader with an Alien Facehugger. Fans in the comments section have dubbed the new creature "Darth Xeno".
- Idiot Ball: After using the Time Stone to revert Jean Grey to her hero form, Thanos gloats that one shouldn't need to develop their powers when it can be taken... giving Jean Grey the idea to telekinetically snatch the Infinity Gauntlet and use it against him.
- I'm Melting!: Well, when you have combatants like the T-1000 and the Wicked Witch of the West, you just know that this is going to happen to them.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Happens to the likes of Dracula, Lex Luthor, Kylo Ren, and Archangel.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Naturally, the Stormtrooper cannot hit anything, even with a target 10 feet away. Phasma just blasts him.Phasma: Training has greatly improved since your time.
- In the Back: Like in the previous video, there is again a sequence where several villains kill each other from behind — as Ghostface taunts Hans Gruber, he is stabbed in the back by Michael Myers, who is then slashed by Leatherface, who gets stabbed by Norman Bates, who is stabbed by Patrick Bateman, who is struck by Jack Torrence, who is stabbed by Jason Vorhees, who is impaled by Freddy Krueger , who is stabbed by Pamela Vorhees, who gets stabbed by a second Ghostface, who is finally stabbed by Chucky.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Smaug appears as one of the combatants and eats the T. rex.Smaug: Mmmmh... Jurassic pork.
- Invisibility Cloak: Darth Vader manages to disarm Sauron of the One Ring. Gollum grabs it, but Harley Quinn steals it from him. She uses its invisibility to her advantage and ends up winning.
- Irony: Green Goblin being webbed up by Shelob.
- Last Stand: It's clearly shown during the final scene that Jean Grey overhears the entire conversation between Harley Quinn, Deadpool, and the mastermind, and manages to forewarn the heroes before their scheduled awakening that they are caught in an endless loop. Professor X, Dr. Manhattan, Vision, and Nightcrawler begin summoning every hero and villain together to unite against the mastermind.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Anyone who hasn't seen the first video would be confused as to why or how Deadpool appears during one of the final scenes.
- Literally Shattered Lives: When Hela launches her knives, one of them hits a frozen T-1000, causing him to shatter into several pieces. He gets better, though...
- Losing Your Head: Even after Darth Vader is beheaded by his Alien chestbuster, his rolling head still manages to say "He's a Skywalker all right..."
- Mooning: After Cersei Lannister's clothes are destroyed, Captain Barbossa, who witnesses this from behind, reverts to his undead form after seeing her buttocks. Seconds later, Lawrence Talbot transforms into the Wolfman.
- Moonwalk Dance: Thanos doesn't waste time to perform it.
- Mutual Kill: Magneto manages to defeat Godzilla by creating a big ball of metal and stuffing his throat with it, causing his atomic breath to backfire. However, the mutant is then crushed by the giant corpse falling on him.
- Off with His Head!:
- Frankenstein's Monster is eliminated by his head falling off from the metal pin holding his head flying away, when Magneto uses his powers to create a giant metallic ball to defeat Godzilla.
- The Queen of Hearts meets her end whilst saying this catchphrase, when Hela throws her swords across the arena at the Green Goblin.
- Smaug's head falls off after Godzilla shoots his atomic breath down the dragon's throat.
- Darth Vader takes the cake when it comes to decapitations, doing this to the drone alien, a warrior alien, an alien newborn and the Predator.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: That's what Bobba Fett says when his jetpack is hit by one of Hela's swords, sending him flying into the Sarlaac... again.
- One Size Fits All: Harley Quinn is quite impressed by the One Ring's ability to change size to fit the wearer, and calls it the "best bling ever".
- The Other Darrin: The Joker appears in three different incarnations, where he is portrayed by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto.
- Percussive Maintenance: Kylo Ren taps his lightsaber when only the two lateral prongs flare up.
- Perverse Puppet: Some of the combatants include Chucky and Tiffany, Annabelle, and Jigsaw.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Loki gives a seminar to a group of villains on how to be more than a one-time Marvel villain; it basically consists of him telling them that they all lack sex appeal.
- Sequel Hook: The ending suggests that the heroes and villains will unite against the forces that have brought them together in the first place.
- Shark Fin of Doom: Cersei Lannister is killed by the shark from Jaws, who is lurking menacingly in the ground.
- Spanner in the Works: Toward the end of the big brawl, Thanos's move of youthening Jean Grey to her pre-Dark Phoenix time has the effect of unintentionally bringing a hero in the villains' fray. Afterward, she uses her telepathy to learn of the overreaching plot by linking to Harley's mind while everything is explained to her by the one behind it all, and then contacts a just-resurrected Professor X (and other heroes) before her own demise, giving a chance to both heroes and villains to turn the tide.
- Stealth Pun:
- When the Sandman (from Spider-Man) is first shown onscreen, the background music is... "Mister Sandman".
- When Jared is stabbed by one of Hela's knives:Jared: A Bowie knife. ~I see what you did there.~ [collapses]
Green Goblin: My king!
- As Deadpool notes, the fact that the alien mastermind, who looks like an Oscar award, lives inside a Golden Globe.
- Stripped to the Bone: A Martian from Mars Attacks! is amongst the combatants, and his laser strips to the bones Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Diablo, and Maleficent.
- Taken for Granite:
- Captain Davy Jones's attempts to flirt with Medusa backfire, resulting in this.Davy Jones: Oh, she's making me hard.
- Also happens to King Kong, when he grabs Jadis the White Witch, she retaliates by turning him to stone.
- And again with Queen Ravenna, when she implies that Jadis's ugliness is what killed King Kong. Jadis manages to stone her just as she is dispersing into a conspiracy of ravens.
- Captain Davy Jones's attempts to flirt with Medusa backfire, resulting in this.
- Time Travel: Dr. Evil somehow manages to travel back in time to steal Psylocke's mojo. Jean Grey promptly steals it and uses it against Psylocke.
- Toplessness from the Back: All that's visible of Harley Quinn with her upper half in the opening shot.
- Visual Innuendo: When Toad attempts to lash Catwoman with his tongue... even Catwoman comments about how it's an ideal set up. Depending on how you interpret this, it could also be a Lampshaded Double Entendre...Catwoman: There's a pun crying out to be made here, but I'm blanking on it.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Two of the villains end up not being what they look like:
- First, the Joker about to be "smithed" by Agent Smith happens to be The Thing instead, and eats off his hand.
- Then, when Enchantress tries to make Harley Queen her minion, she points out "I'm not from DC... I'm from T2 and reveals herself to actually be the T-1000. (Meanwhile, the real Harley is invisible thanks to the One Ring).
- Weakened by the Light: As soon as Count Orlock steps out into the arena, he dies instantly due to the sunlight.
- Wicked Witch: Several witches appear, but the most iconic one of all especially makes an appearance.
- You Have Failed Me: The Enchantress destroys her army after they all decide they would rather be an Agent Smith clone.
- Your Head Asplode: The Mars Attacks! alien suffers this from intense fear after witnessing the Tripod show up.
- Achilles' Heel: The Oscar being is vulnerable to gold. A lot of characters have items they can use against him and when he is forced to ingest gold, he is killed.
- Actor Allusion: After revealing Oscar's weakness to the rest of the group, Doctor Strange (in an allusion to Benedict Cumberbatch portraying Sherlock) attempts to congratulate Hermione (portrayed by Emma Watson), but is promptly shut down.Doctor Strange: Elementary, my dear Wa—
Hermione Granger: Shut it.
- All Your Powers Combined: Oscar is a rare villainous invocation of this trope, having taken all of the heroes and villains' powers for his own use as part of the process he used to create them.
- Are We There Yet?: Subverted by Dr. Evil when the group of time-travelers finaly reaches the correct period.Dr. Evil: Are we then yet?
- Arrow Catch: Oscar manages to catch Neytiri's arrow despite being restrained by making an arm grow out of his torso (likely copying the T-1000's power). He didn't count on Ant-Man saving the day, however.
- Ascended Extra: A few characters who were killed off quickly in the first two bowls or only make appearances in the background become key players in the plot.
- The Assimilator: Agent Smith falls victim to his own attack and is assimilated into being a minion to the Oscar. Much of the rest of the battle features him and his clones running around the background, assimilating and fighting other characters.Agent Smith: It's an honor to be nominated.
- Attack Backfire: Thanos's attempt at killing Oscar with the Infinity Gauntlet results in the beams being reflected back at the heroes and villains. The result turns Vision's mind into a chicken's, gives the Xenomorph Queen a soul, drains Iron Man's Arc Reactor, creates a mustache on Superman, turns Darth Vader into his 9-year-old self, and teleports Crane/Scarecrow to Oz. Lampshaded by Thanos.Thanos: That... infinitely backfired.
- Bait-and-Switch: In The Stinger, after being introduced to several other "bowls" involving video-game, anime or cartoon characters, seeing the "Super-Cereal-Bowl" title card naturally makes you expect another showdown between the many existing cereal mascots... (it wouldn't be the first time). Instead, we get actual frosted cereals in a milk bowl.
- Bowel-Breaking Bricks: In the battle against Oscar, Godzilla poops an egg after getting shrunk by Oscar using a Pym particle disc.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Besides Deadpool doing this as per usual, Maleficent complains that Oscar relied too much on live-action heroes and villains.
- Brig Ball Bouncing: After speaking to Dr. Manhattan early on, Thanos is shown in his cell bouncing a basketball into a hoop that he created with the Reality Stone.
- Bring My Brown Pants: When Oscar reveals his true power level, Batman asks if anyone "guanoed (them)self". Cue Darth Vader pushing a button that leads to a toilet-flushing sound.
- Tony Stark, hands-down. Getting his arc reactor accidentally shut down early in battle, needing Spider-Man to drag him out of danger from nearly getting crushed by Optimus Prime's severed arm, having a violin dropped on his head and finally getting dusted...Tony Stark: Can't get any lower than this...
[cue a random Porg landing on Tony and pushing him a few inches lower]
- Lex Luthor (the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice version) too. He's picked absolute last by Dr. Manhattan to be freed of his cell (even after Zorro, despite the list being otherwise alphabetical) and suffers from chronic Teleportation Sickness.
- Tony Stark, hands-down. Getting his arc reactor accidentally shut down early in battle, needing Spider-Man to drag him out of danger from nearly getting crushed by Optimus Prime's severed arm, having a violin dropped on his head and finally getting dusted...
- Cerebus Syndrome: While still being overall very much comedic, this installment has far more serious moments compared to the first two.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Death by Irony: Oscar takes down several characters with attacks and weapons identical to the ones they use regularly; notably Black Panther with claws, the Ancient One with a portal ring, a Xenomorph with a deadly tongue, Batman with a batarang, and three katana-wielders with katana-shaped blade. He also takes down two Quicksilvers and the Flash with Super Speed and cuts off Ash's chainsaw hand with one of his own.
- Demoted to Extra: A number of characters who were among the longest-lasting combatants in the first two bowls end up getting mere seconds of screen time or are reduced to background appearances.
- Double Entendre: This line as Luke is flying his X-wing to attack Oscar's sphere:Luke Skywalker: Leave it to me guys, I have experience blowing large balls. Just got to find a large crack with a hole at the end I could shoot into.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The Oscar is killed, a surviving regeneration device allows for all the casualties of the battle against him to be resurrected and characters who were previously enemies have become Fire-Forged Friends through their fight against Oscar and agree to work together to build a new society.
- Elephant in the Living Room: Parodied; Korg would like to address the "Godzilla in the room". And King Kong, and Optimus Prime... who somehow all fit in the tiny cell room. Thankfully, the Tenth Doctor is here too to explain with some Techno Babble.Korg: That puts a ton of concrete into that plot hole...
- Enemy Mine: The main plot of this bowl is the heroes and villains involved in the first two bowls being forced to work together to take on the Oscar and earn their freedom. This applies to both combatants against each other in the other two bowls and to enemies from within the same works (for instance, Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort) being forced to work together.
- Eye Beams: The opening attack of Oscar is two golden beams shooting from his eyes, hitting the Batman Forever version of Batman straight in the bat-nipples.
- Glass Cannon: The drone spheres are very deadly, firing Disintegrator Rays that can take out about any combattant, but they don't share the Nigh-Invulnerability of their master, and can be blasted out even by the Badass Normals with ordinary firearms. And sure enough, most of them are taken out by John Wick.
- Grammar Nazi: Spoofed with Hans Landa, who's holding a script of Inglourious Basterds with a red strike over the first "u" and the "e" corrected to "a". Might even be a reference to the CollegeHumor skit "Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France".
- HeelFace Turn: The villains basically pull one of these en masse, initially because they have to in order to regain their freedoms, but it actually lasts after the Oscar is defeated, with the ending featuring a montage of heroes and villains bonding with each other.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- During the time-travel segment, The Terminator sacrifices himself by luring Thor into shooting lightning at him to power up the DeLorean's flux capacitor for the final return trip.
- And at the very end of the fight, Ant-Man grabs the One Ring from Neytiri's arrow and plunge with it in Oscar's mouth, destroying the villain at the price of his own life.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Oscar ultimately loses because he snaps many of his enemies into ashes by copying the power of the Infinity Gauntlet. This includes Gollum, who was hiding invisible thanks to the One Ring; without this, the heroes and villains would have had a hard time locating the ring, which is the weapon that finally brings Oscar's downfall.
- Invisibility Cloak:
- The One Ring, as in the previous video, is used by Harley Quinn and later claimed back by Gollum to become invisible.
- Hermione borrowed Harry Potter's Cloak of Invisibility and uses it alongside Doctor Strange after time-traveling to sneak close to Oscar and discover his weak spot.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone realizes This Is Gonna Suck when Oscar reveals he has all of their powers available for his use.
- Meaningful Background Event:
- In one shot, Ant-Man is shown shrinking down with Neytiri letting him climb on her arrow. This becomes critical to Oscar's defeat later on.
- After John Wick shoots down most of the drone spheres, claiming to have "killed them all," the one survivor passes behind him unnoticed and doesn't attack. This drone ultimately makes it possible to bring back the fallen heroes and villains after Oscar is defeated.
- Official Couple: Harley Quinn and Deadpool are kissing by the end.
- Oscar Bait: Invoked and parodied. To lure Oscar into the arena, multiple characters quote lines from their award-winning movies. The quotes are to an extent butchered, however, with Hans Landa pointing out they are characters, not actors.
- Remember the New Guy?: A number of characters in this bowl made no appearance in the first two. Though a few had an Early-Bird Cameo in the ending of the Super-Villain-Bowl.
- Reveal Shot: At the start of The Stinger, the sky view of the arena zooms out to reveal several other identical arenas around it.
- See the Invisible: The Predator uses his infrared vision to locate Harley Quinn hiding with the One Ring, and directs his laser sights toward her so that she's shot by the Joker.
- Sequel Hook: The Stinger shows scenes of several other arenas featuring popular video-game, cartoon, anime and board-game characters being put through the same situation.
- Series Continuity Error: Dr. Manhattan states that a forcefield generated by Oscar prevents any teleportation out of the arena. However, in the Super-Villain Bowl, the power of the Space Stone transported "Darth Xeno" to outer space, and at the start of this one, Scarecrow is sent to Oz by the same Infinity Stone.
- Shockwave Clap: Used in the background fights against the golden Agent Smiths, both by the Hulk and Wonder Woman.
- Takes Ten to Hold: In the climax of the fight, it takes no less than five very heavy hitters to hold the super-powered Oscar being still: Wonder Woman (with her lasso), the Hulk, Colossus, Superman and Captain Marvel. It does restrain him, but he cheats by calling on his disintegrating spheres.
- Team Hand-Stack: Parodied through Exaggerated Trope; toward the middle of the fight, the heroes and villains reaffirm that they can win against Oscar if they work as a team, and they start putting their hands (and other appendages) on top of each other... until a good thirty are doing so. Then Black Widow complains...Black Widow: Guys, cool as this looks, my hand is on the bottom and it's now unbelievably heavy...
- Teleportation Sickness: Lex Luthor doesn't handle well being teleported by Dr. Manhattan, and ends up throwing up every time.
- Teleport Interdiction: At the beginning, Dr. Manhattan establishes that the arena is surrounded by a forcefield preventing even the heroes and villains gifted with teleportation powers to escape. The field is generated by the Oscar being himself, leaving them no choice but to fight.
- Three-Point Landing: Instead of using the Tractor Beam, Oscar just jumps down from the sphere and naturally does a typical superhero landing.
- Time Travel: Plays a pivotal theme in this round. In order to work out what Oscar's weakness is, and despite Oscar's efforts to thwart their plan, Marty McFly and Doc arrive in their DeLorean and take the T-800, Doctor Strange, the Tenth Doctor, Bill & Ted, Dr. Evil and Hermione Granger back into the past.
- Torso with a View:
- The Flash and both Quicksilvers suffers this fate, having a hole in their torso carved by Oscar, too fast for even the speedsters to realize.
- So does Shadowcat, as she attempts to send Wolverine's consciousness into the past, resulting in baby-Wolverine's consciousness being trapped in adult-Wolverine's body.
- Also, Giant-Man receives this from Thor in one of the previous Super-Hero-Bowl battles, as witnessed by the group of time-travelers.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Despite being inspired by many characters from Earth movies, all the heroes and villains were still created by the Oscar being for entertaining the mass. Which mean that when they collectively revolt, they're turning against their creator. Of course, considering that he was having them killed repeatedly in a never-ending cycle, and he was enforcing obedience through torture, they can hardly be blamed. When Oscar reminds them they will no longer respawn if he is killed, Diana spells it out:Wonder Woman: We would rather die free than live forever as your puppets!
- Visual Pun: In The Stinger, the "Super-Cereal-Bowl" isn't a showdown between cereal mascots, but actual frosted cereals... in a milk bowl.
- Whole Plot Reference:
- A massive crossover featuring a bunch of different characters teaming up to take on a major threat? That threat being extremely powerful being who shrugs off most attacks with ease? The plan to defeat this being necessitating Time Travel? Yeah, this installment is basically Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame with even more characters involved. There's even a scene where Oscar turns half the combatants into dust by snapping his fingers. Ironically Thanos and the Avengers are on the same side this time.
- Deadpool and Harley Quinn agreeing not to fight each other while claiming to be in love seems reminiscent of The Hunger Games.
- Who's on First?: Between two doctors...Doctor Strange: Who are you?
The Doctor: I'm Who. Who are you?
Doctor Strange: I'm Strange. Who's asking?
The Doctor: Yes I am. And what's your name?
- The Worf Effect: Oscar takes down a number of powerhouses, including Yoda, Superman, and Thanos, with relative ease.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: When Oscar is defeated, Thanos points out that given all the movies he watched, he should know the villains always lose. Oscar despondently responds that he thought he was the hero.
- You Are Already Dead: Invoked by Oscar in this scene:X-Men Quicksilver: He's strong but he's not as fast as us.
The Flash: What's the plan?
X-Men Quicksilver: Well, I...
[Oscar is then shown sleeping right next to them]
Oscar: Pardon me — I dozed off whilst you were talking about how fast you are. I also killed you.
[camera zooms out to reveal that both X-Men Quicksilver and The Flash have holes in their abdomens]
MCU Quicksilver: I didn't see that coming. [also revealed to have a hole but through his chest]
- Zorro Mark: Zorro himself actually tries to scratch a "Z" over the Oscar's buttocks, but to no avail. He retaliates by carving an "O" into the hero's chest, yet another Ironic Death.