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  • Acceptable Targets: Although she never fought on the show, Tara Reid and her breasts were mentioned a lot by Nick and Johnny in the revival.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: James Gandolfini's dream sequence during his match with Robert De Niro. Also Crosses the Line Twice.
    • Anytime the Masked Man appeared to interrupt a fight.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • An interesting case, as this show generally averts this trope and loves to exploit the minutiae of its combatants for comedy, yet there were two jarring mistakes made in the Buster Keaton vs. Charlie Chaplin match:
      • A: Fatty Arbuckle makes an appearance in the audience, and Johnny makes a comment that he will have a long, good career. However, if you know anything about Arbuckle, you'd know that in 1921 he was arrested for allegedly raping and killing a young actress at a party. Despite the fact that he was innocent, the controversy not only ruined his career, it and other Hollywood scandals were a major catalyst for the creation of The Hays Code in order to "clean up" the industry. This fight took place in 1928, long after his career had been destroyed.
      • B: Johnny makes a comment about how the train Keaton uses to win is from "[his] masterpiece, The General". The General, despite being considered a classic now, bombed when it came out in 1926, just two years before this fight.
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    • One episode had Benito Mussolini appearing and for some reason wearing a pickelhaube. Why an Italian would be wearing a German helmet from the First World War is not addressed.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: See Big-Lipped Alligator Moment above.
  • Do Wrong, Right: A common theme with many is calling out their opponents for trying to kill incorrectly. Some even has to show them how's it done.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Stacy Cornbred, especially after her death, and even more so after the fan reactions to Debbie and Tally's Jerkass behaviour. It was most likely the reason behind her coming back from the dead in a Season 3 Halloween episode (and the video game.)
  • Epileptic Trees: It was strongly implied that The Masked Man was Michael Jackson, as his pale skin, high-pitched voice, eccentric dance moves, and habit of seductively leering at little boys (often distracting him long enough to allow the other guy to get a hit in, causing him to flee screaming) were all dead giveaways. Despite this, nobody could ever quite figure out who he was.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment and Harsher in Hindsight: The show hasn't aged well, given what happened to the celebrities featured in Real Life. Some examples:
    • In the Penn & Teller vs. Siegfried and Roy fight, a tiger is used as a weapon at one point. Since Roy's real-life mishap with the tiger that brought their show to an end, parodies in which their tiger goes berserk just don't seem quite as funny, even if everyone knew it would one day be a reality. (That includes the one on the Simpsons episode where Springfield legalizes gambling and Mr. Burns opens his own casino.)
    • During their fight, Medusa tail-whips Steve Irwin in the chest and sends him out of the ring. Once he recovers, he reaches inside the wound, holds his heart out, and then puts it back in its place, saying "What a stinger!" Yeah, not so funny now that Irwin's death was caused by a stingray inflicting a fatal chest wound (and, not, as other shows have predicted, by being eaten by a crocodile).
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    • The Game getting shot by 50 Cent became less funny when it was revealed that The Game's brother actually had been shot shortly before the fight. The Game's father even criticized MTV for airing that episode.
    • The Artist Formerly Known as Prince dying against The Prince Formerly Known as Charles with the help of Queen Elizabeth II is this now that Prince ended up dying on the same day as the Queen's 90th birthday.
    • Brandy unintentionally killing Courtney Love was a bit painful to watch after the real-life Brandy accidentally killed someone in a car accident.
    • The appearance of Adam West had a running gag of him being dead and brought back with the Time Machine despite his insistence he's not dead. This joke isn't funny anymore since Adam passed away from leukemia.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In two separate matches, Al Gore kills "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale kills George W. Bush. In the 2000 Presidental Election, Bush defeated Gore (though this is a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment if you voted for Gore and/or had no idea that George W. Bush actually would win). (Bush shows up alive in a later episode after the election.)
    • The fight between Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson is funnier when you realize that they both starred in The Departed.
      • The whole premise of that fight counts. At the time, Titanic (1997) had just come out and everyone expected Leo to be the next flash-in-the-pan pretty boy. Yeah, you see, about that...
    • In the Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera match, Christina has her hair ripped off when she throws Britney (who was tied to her hair) out of the ring, leaving her bald. Kinda ironic, considering that Spears would be the one who ended up bald when she went on her infamous meltdown between 2006 and 2007.
    • In the Nicolas Cage vs. John Travolta fight (which referenced their film Face/Off by literally switching their faces), Cage slathered Travolta's face in honey and allowed bees to attack him. No points guessing why this is hilarious.
    • A decade or so ago, during the Time Travel episode, there was a fight between Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper. Today, there is this...
    • During the fight between David Arquette and Paul Reiser, David's sister Rosanna calls him, demanding to be in Scream 4. David's response? "Rosanna, I told you: 'No more Scream movies!'" And in comes 2011...
    • Chuck Norris getting sliced in half with one kick by Jean-Claude Van Damme (who was supposed to fight Jackie Chan; Norris was just a guest referee) becomes hysterical in light of the Chuck Norris Facts.
    • The fight between Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is won by the "third Olsen twin", a hideously deformed Madwoman in the Attic who eats them both. Today, Elizabeth Olsen has easily eclipsed her older sisters in terms of her career, becoming a critically acclaimed actress in indie films like Martha Marcy May Marlene and Liberal Arts with a Hollywood Hype Machine push in front of her, playing Wanda Maximoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • During the fight between Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny at one point calls Winona a "little pepper pot". Pretty ironic, considering how Gwyneth was the one who went on to play Pepper Potts in the Iron Man films.
    • It's either this or "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, but in the "Deathbowl '98" pilot episode that features RuPaul vs. Pamela Anderson, RuPaul asks, "Are there any time-outs in case one of us has to use the ladies' room?", and Pamela responds, "Don't you mean the men's room?!" Nearly 20 years later, when transgender rights entered the mainstream discussion, and bathroom laws are becoming widespread in North Carolina, Mississippi, and other states, the fights over which genders should use which bathrooms are turning into clashes and wars, with one side (the LGBT community and LGBT rights groups) claiming that not allowing transpeople to use bathrooms based on gender identity is discrimination and a violation of privacy, and the other side (the religious right groups and Moral Guardians) claiming that allowing transpeople into bathrooms based on gender identity violates religious freedom and would empower crossdressing rapists. The "bathroom wars" are still escalating as of 2016.
    • Mills Lane fighting Judge Judy became this after Lane later went on to host his own courtroom TV series.
    • One episode has J. K. Rowling fighting Stephen King, with Rowling being derided for having no idea how to kill someone because she's only a children's author. This was before the Harry Potter series became notorious for the body count that accumulated in the later books.
    • "Censorship Problems" (Season 2, Episode 22, original airdate July 15, 1999), featured Alanis Morissette defeating Jewel in a ladder match for charity. After the match, Alanis celebrated by randomly stripping naked (a Parody of her then-current "Thank U" video), though with Godiva Hair and Hand-or-Object Underwear. Seven months later, on December 12, 1999 at WWF Armageddon, Miss Kitty defeated WWE Women's Champion Ivory, Jacqueline and B.B. in a Four-Way Evening Gown in a Pool Match for the title. After the match, she celebrated by stripping off her gown and jumping into the pool. She then removed her bra and flashed her breasts, marking the first example of intentional nudity on a PPV.note 
  • Ho Yay: Nick Diamond and his extensive knowledge regarding "back massagers"note  during the Sex in the City deathmatch. Apparently Nick just has a really, really bad back.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Genghis Khan in his match against Mahatma Gandhi, while it was not hard to feel bad for the guy while Gandhi brutally humiliated and tortured him to death, one not only has to remember Khan was a horrible and bloodthirsty invader in his own time, but the only reason the fight went the way it did was because Genghis and Gandhi's personalities were swapped on the way through the time machine, so everything that happened to him he would have happily inflicted onto poor Gandhi if he had come through with his own mind intact.
    • Tommy Lee could also count in the latter two of his three appearances, especially his final fight against Pamela Anderson. He spent the entire fight egging his ex on so she would kick his ass only to prove the point that he has changed for the better and despite getting beat up he wouldn't hit her again. Pamela counters that although she can see Tommy Lee has changed, so had she, and she kills him to prove she's moved on with her life.
  • Moe: Stacy has her moments. Look at that smile!
  • More Popular Spinoff: This show originated from Cartoon Sushi.
  • Most Annoying Sound: In the last two seasons, any time one of the parodied celebrities repeats their "catch phrase" to the point of annoyance.
    Paris Hilton: That's hot.
    Ali G: Booyah ka sha!
    Kevin Federline: I'll put a ring on your finger.
    Mike Jones: Mike Jooones!
    Carlos Mencia: Take a joke, America!
    • The background music (also from the same seasons) will also drive you crazy, due to it being the same tune being played over and over again with no variation on the theme.
    • However, the original seasons did have some annoying phrases repeated by celebrities.
    Al Gore: (says how he is going to attack "Weird Al" Yankovic)...IN THE YEAR 2000!
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: A pitifully short roster, career mode, create-a-celebrity, weak controls, etc. will mean you will do everything possible in the game within two hours.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Debbie Matenopoulos and Tally Wong for Stacy Cornbred.
  • Seasonal Rot: Though some feel that the show jumped the shark when Stacy Cornbred was killed off, the later episodes of the original run were still considered far superior to the revival that aired on MTV2's Sick-a-Mation lineupnote , which was so bad it's considered Fanon Discontinuity. The reason? Eric Fogel wasn't executive producer.
  • Special Effect Failure: When Tally Wong frowns, her lips are merely turned upside down. It's rather obvious.
  • Squick:
    • Barbara Bush taking off her panties for Gavin Rossdale.
    • Jack and Meg White going down and having sex on the ring mat, when it was still unclear whether they were exes or siblings.
    • Some of the deaths on this show could fall under this territory, especially Eminem, Jim Carrey, Keri Russell, Colleen Haskell from Survivor, and Mary-Kate Olsen (in the revival).
  • What an Idiot!: Little Richard tearing off his own nipples and bleeding to death in his fight against Lil' Kim.note 
    • Nick Lachey manages to out-idiot Jessica Simpson. She gives him a grenade with the pin still in it, but then he pulls the pin and holds it, blowing himself up.


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