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EPIC RAP BATTLES...err, sorry...RAP BATTLE!!!

Freshy Kanal (Real name Dustin, born October 28, 2000) is a German YouTuber and music producer. He is well known for his rap series titled Rap Battle! in which, similar to its inspiration, two pop culture figures are put in a rap battle. Unlike ERB, however, the series is far less focused on historical figures and more often gives the spotlight to fictional characters and current pop culture icons, both well known and obscure.

His YouTube channel can be viewed in the link above. He also has a SoundCloud featuring several unreleased and in-production battles, which can be viewed here.


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Rap Battle! provides examples of the following tropes:

    A-F 
  • Accidental Pun: Similarly to ERB's battle featuring Doctor Who, the ending catchphrase "WHO WON?" takes on a new meaning.
  • Action Girl: Wonder Woman and Daenerys Targaryen who go up against each other.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • Jack Torrance mocks Norman Bates' use of peephole to masturbate, saying that his motel should have been called "Mastur-Bate's Motel".
    • Toko Fukawa alludes to Yuri using the MC's pencil to do this by telling her to "get it outside of her and write something better".
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    • From Oogie's second verse:
    Decking dicey devil dealing douches dead, that's a D6!
    • From Monika's first verse:
    Okay, everyone! Watch me roast a giggling gullible gauthy Gotham goth!
    • From Julius Pringles' first verse:
    Created to criticize capitalism!
    • From The Pied Piper's second verse:
    Converted the Celtic culture!
  • A Glass of Chianti: This, of course, gets mentioned in "Hannibal Lecter vs Leatherface" by the former.
    I'm the fine mastermind of my gruesome hobbies
    Slip through Chianti as I chew a body
  • Anthropomorphic Food:
    • Big Mac. Yes, there's a battle with that burger you can get at McDonalds.
    • The Gingerbread Man is another.
  • April Fools' Plot: The battle between Bob Ross and Bob The Builder.
  • Ascended Extra: Yuri first appeared as an Assist Character for Monika against Harley Quinn. Nearly two years later, she gets her own battle against Toko Fukawa.
  • Ass Shove:
    • Flowey says that Happy Appy is essentially The Annoying Orange with a stick up his ass.
    • Mr. Monopoly threatens to shove his Classy Cane up Julius Pringles.
  • Assist Character: Sayori, Yuri and Natsuki appear as this for Monika in her battle against Harley Quinn.
    • Lisa and Mr Burns for Homer in his battle against Peter.
    • Sans for Frisk while their opponent Chihiro has Yubaba and Lin.
    • Siren Head provides Trevor Henderson's second verse against Corpse Husband.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Flowey's second verse starts off with him transforming into Photoshop Flowey.
  • Audience Participation: The matchups come from fan suggestions.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States.
  • Auto-Tune: Used in the battle between Taylor Swift and Kanye West by the latter, who even boasts about it.
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar also has a section using this in his first verse.
  • Back from the Dead: Several historical characters and fictional ones who died come back to life to do the battles.
  • Battle Rapping: Obviously, as this is a channel for rap battles.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: The YouTube vs. Twitch battle has Twitch and TikTok unleash some nasty burns towards YouTube.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Sonic, contrasting with The Flash's Red Is Heroic.
  • Book Ends: Edgar Wright's first and last lines contain the same joke punning on Chekhov's Gun, claiming Wes Anderson "will be fired eventually".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • You couldn't have a rap battle with Monika without her doing this. In one verse, she exits Freshy Kanal's computer while Kanal is editing the video, complete with an Animation Bump to make this more shocking.
    • After seeing that YouTube gets the first verse in their battle, Twitch says "You mean people have to listen to this guy cry first? Please god, somebody comment the timestamp to my verse!"
    • Eleven tells Matilda "I'm the reason why they clicked on this battle."
  • Cast of Personifications: YouTube vs. Twitch is done this way. The two sites are represented by humanoid characters colored accordingly with their logos on their chests, plus some other apps such as Google Plus, Fiverr and TikTok.
  • Christmas Episode: The Grinch vs Ebenezer Scrooge, and The Gingerbread Man vs. The Nutcracker.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Peter Griffin vs. Homer Simpson, the Fall Guys character appears in space during Homer's second verse, after being ejected by the Among Us character in the battle.
    • In YouTube vs. Twitch, the shark Bruce from Jaws and the Loch Ness monster are seen in the background of the ocean in the beginning of YouTube's second verse. Nessie is slowly going to the bottom, seemingly dead after getting attacked by the shark at the end of their battle while Bruce is swimming away.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Discussed: both directors in Edgar Wright vs Wes Anderson take potshots at each other's thumbprints.
  • Cross-Cast Role: Samara Morgan was played by Adroitwhiz.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A rap battle between Hannibal Lecter and Leatherface should by all means end in a complete stomp for Lecter, but the normally dull hillbilly gets off some surprisingly witty burns on his better-educated counterpart.
  • Deliberately Monochrome:
    • "Mr. Bean vs. Charlie Chaplin" is in color for Mr. Bean's parts and in black-and-white for Chaplin's, referencing Chaplin's black-and-white movies.
    • Norman Bates' scenes in his battle against Jack Torrance is almost completely black-and-white as a reference to his film being black-and-white, although the blood is red unlike in the film.
  • Demoted to Extra: Mr. Burns goes from having his own battle against Donald Trump to being an Assist Character for Homer.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Norman Bates points out in-universe about how "the author of this author (Jack Torrance)" is really unhappy with the changes that Kubrick made when adapting The Shining.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first videos on the channel were not original rap battles, but recordings of live Epic Rap Battles of History performances.
  • Eaten Alive: Happens to The Gingerbread Man at the end of his battle, where the Nutcracker eats 3 of his limbs.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Kraken makes it clear that he's very disgusted with H. P. Lovecraft's racism and sexism, despite being a Card-Carrying Villain who kills humans.
  • Evil Versus Evil:
    • Billy The Puppet vs. Billy The Dummy.
    • Pennywise vs. Freddy Krueger.
    • King Dice vs. Oogie Boogie.
    • Jeff The Killer vs. Jason Dean.
    • Hannibal Lecter vs. Leatherface.
    • Ghostface vs. Samara Morgan.
    • Loki vs. Count Olaf.
    • The Kraken vs. Cthulhu.
  • Fan Hater: Both Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson take shots at the other's fanbase.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode:
    • "Angry Birds vs. Best Fiends" was the first episode to feature teams rapping against each other.
    • "Po vs. Aang" has 5 verses, with Po getting two and Aang getting three, his first one being very short.
    • Near the end of "Paranorman vs. Coco", the two start rapping line-by-line.
    • "Aladdin vs. Timmy Turner" was the first episode to feature the arrival of an unexpected third rapper, as Peter Pan shows up after Timmy accidentally wished for him.
    • "Frisk vs. Chihiro" features Assist Characters for the main rappers: Lin helps Chihiro start her verse with a setup line, then Yubaba later appears to rap against Sans, who showed up earlier to back up Frisk.
    • "Eddie Brock vs. Henry Jekyll" has the two characters rap as themselves then as their alter-egos.
    • "The Nutcracker vs. The Gingerbread Man" is the first episode to not feature the announcer, as he was removed from Part 5 onwards.
    • "Frodo Baggins vs. Ancient Egyptians" (an April Fools episode) ditches the usual format and instead tells a story of Frodo journeying through the Egypt and trying to give the Ring to Egyptians he rap-battled.
    G-L 
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Occasionally, a battle will be interrupted by the arrival of someone with no warning.
    • Peter Pan does this in Aladdin vs Timmy Turner.
    • In Sandman vs. Tooth Fairy, the announcer is about to end the battle when the boogeyman suddenly shows up.
    • In YouTube vs. Twitch, TikTok shows up after the former two finish both their verses.
    • In The Grinch vs. Ebenezer Scrooge, Krampus shows up.
  • Good Versus Good:
    • Sonic vs. The Flash.
    • Wonder Woman vs. Daenerys Targaryen.
    • Paul Blart vs. Robocop.
    • Po vs. Aang.
  • Halloween Episode: King Dice vs. Oogie Boogie.
  • Historical Domain Character: Alexander Hamilton and Donald Trump.
  • Hurricane of Puns: All of Sayori's, Yuri's and Natsuki's verses have wordplay alluding to the way they died in DDLC.
    Hang on, all your marriage attempts had loose ends. Tighten up your lines if you're gonna be a nuisance
    I hate to spill the tea but your options crushed down. Either as self harming love or getting cut out
    Put another crew together and soon you'll be gone. The audience would snap next if your movies went on
  • I Banged Your Mom:
    • Happy Appy says he's going to "Nick Toriel and make some new Juniors".
    • The Spy makes several jokes about banging Robbie Rotten's mom.
    • The cymbal chimp also boasts about banging the garden gnome's mom.
  • Implied Death Threat: Both of Mr. Bear and Freddy's ending lines:
    Freddy: The night's coming to an end, it's almost 6 am. I'll leave Mr Bear in the backroom. NEVER. TO. BE. SEEN. AGAIN.
    Mr. Bear: Your fans will never know the ending of this battle. Let me give them a hint: Mangle.
  • Interrupting Meme: Naturally gets referenced in the battle with Kanye West, who interrupts Taylor Swift's first verse to begin his second one.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Anubis accuses Frodo of constantly needing Sam to bail him out of fights. Frodo responds by asking Sam to finish the battle for him.
  • Joke Character:
    • Freshy makes a cameo As Himself in "Hot Ones vs. Binging with Babish", but only gets to say a line and a half before Sean sprays hot sauce in his eyes and the battle ends.
    • Morbius is portrayed as a Small Name, Big Ego who spends most of his rap bragging about things he never actually did.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: The connection between the Kraken and Cthulhu, both being sea monsters.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Paul Blart, of all people, battles Robocop. Not even the announcer can hold back his laughter. Surprisingly, it turns out Blart has some nasty burns.
    M-R 
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Snakebite126 (aka Benjamin) has played a lot of characters with distinct voices, including Robbie Rotten, Flowey and King Julien.
  • Metal Scream: In Jeff the Killer vs. Jason Dean, the former ends his first verse with this, complete with a sudden metal rift.
  • Mic Drop:
    • Ghostface threatens Samara Morgan with a knife near the end of the battle, then drops it.
    • Eleven does this at the end of her battle against Matilda.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Plentiful. To name a few:
    Greetings and salutations, name's Jason Dean and I'm out of patience....
    Welcome to your final test, I'm MrBeast...
    I'm Dr. Crane, and I'll be at your service...
    I'm Paddington, pardon my manners, or rather the lack of them...
    Uh, m-my name's Bean...
  • Nightmare Face: Really, this was inevitable with Flowey.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: This is shown in Frisk vs Chihiro during the former's verses, they turn into Chara for a split second.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. We have:
    • Billy the puppet versus Billy the dummy.
    • Bob Ross versus Bob The Builder.
    • Big Mac versus Little Mac.
    • Scarecrow from DC versus Scarecrow from Oz.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Norman Bates vs. Jack Torrance" is mostly swearing-free, so Jack's first two swears ("Now they sent me both cases with one goddamn person" and "Then, fucking play with me, Norman!") hit much more strongly, especially since he is relatively calm at first and starts being more direct with his insults after the second one.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Quite a few matchups have this dynamic:
    • Billy the dummy and Billy the puppet.
    • Robocop and Paul Blart.
    • Flowey and Happy Appy.
    S-Y 
  • Same Language Dub: A large chunk of the characters portrayed by live-action characters (e.g. Pyrocynical, Count Olaf, Mr Beast, Bob the Builder) are voiced by different VAs.
  • Season Finale:
    • Part 1: Eddie Brock (Venom) vs. Henry Jekyll (Mr. Hyde).
    • Part 2: Alexander Hamilton vs. Luke Skywalker.
    • Part 3: The Grinch vs. Ebenezer Scrooge vs. Krampus.
    • Part 4: Money Heist vs. The Wolf of Wall Street.
    • Part 5: Fairytale Rap Cypher.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • "So let's see you attract more fans while stuck in zero gravity!"
    • "You put your mom in a cell cuz she had none in her brain!"
    • "And now there ain't no drumming so they don't get reminded but you'll face re-percussions when you feck with the Irish."
    • "Smooth like butter and I'm flyest in the room." note 
    • "I'll treat this like chess; you're the crappiest piece! Cuz when I cross a Bishop then he will die agonally!" note 
    • "A single cannonball splits The Kraken? You can't deny it, you're that spineless." note 
    • "A sexist and racist, he put a new meaning to catcalling!" note 
    • "It's shocking that FG came back from the dead, just to be killed by Homer Simpson again."' note 
  • St. Patrick's Day Episode: Saint Patrick vs. The Pied Piper.
  • Sleeper Hit: invoked One of Fall Guys' criticisms towards Among Us is that it took two years to skyrocket in popularity.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs:
    • "Hannibal Lecter vs. Leatherface" has the Wicked Cultured Hannibal Lecter facing off against the hillybilly Leatherface, with both backgrounds reflected in their lines and used as disses.
    Hannibal Lecter: Love the suit
    Must be the best thing to come from your entire worthless town
    Leatherface: Fuckin' artsy prude
    Going on trips and shit
    Livin' high class lifestyle
    White meat privilege
    • "Edgar Wright vs. Wes Anderson": Wright is the slob to Anderson's slob, with Wright describing his writing as pseudo-intellectual and his characters as pretentious chodes, and Anderson himself considers himself above Wright's "repetitive parody cheese" output.
  • Spelling for Emphasis: From Natsuki's second verse: "We'd all be safer off, if this freaky little B-I-T-C-H was offed!"
  • Stock Ness Monster: Nessie has his battle against Bruce from Jaws.
  • Stylistic Suck: In Boris Johnson vs. The Penguin, Boris Johnson's lines are witty and clever but rapped awkwardly and offbeat, mocking his real-life speaking. The original audio still had a little clumsiness but had a better flow, but was not put into the video due to conflicts with Johnson's original voice actor.
  • Take That, Audience!: "You think Prince Charming is waiting on the other side but in reality, it's a million nerds gawking at your thighs!"
  • Take That!:
    • From King Dice vs. Oogie Boogie: So the devil himself prepared a special hell for the most washed up thing from NBC since SNL!
    • YouTube tells Twitch that they banned words like "virgin, incel and simp" when he got bought by a prick that fits the description.
    • Wonder Woman finishing her battle against Daenerys with "But even I couldn't save your wreck of a final season".
    • Homer takes a dig at the network that runs Family Guy.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Used by MrBeast in "Squid Game vs. MrBeast", possibly in an attempt to rhyme the line with the previous one.
    "For a 'critique on greed', it seems ironic
    Your show sold out like it's stock from shopmrbeast.com, bitch"
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Monika kills her Literature club members even as they help back her up against Harley Quinn.
  • Wham Line:
    • From YouTube vs. Twitch: Tick tock, tick tock! Time to get your shit rocked! Cue TikTok.
  • You Are Fat: King Dice compares Oogie Boogie to a KKK member that went on too many lunch breaks.
  • Your Mom:
    • Sonic to The Flash: "Your mommy kicked the bucket cause you're too slow!"
    • Bean to Chaplin: "You put your mom in a cell cause she had none in her brain!"
    • MrBeast to Gi-Hun: "I'm like your momma: I'm dead sick!"
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