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  • Acceptable Targets: Furries, with Jocelyn even incorrectly stating Sonic is to blame for creating them due to their weird pictures in the internet.
  • Accidental Innuendo: When Wiz is discussing Peach's "Vibe Scepter", Boomstick begins laughing uncontrollably. Not that he can be blamed.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Slippy might be hated by a large part of the Starfox fanbase, but he's still one of Fox's closest friends, and when Bucky kills him, Fox clearly takes it extremely hard.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • They believe that Taizo Hori AKA Dig Dug, is a murderous psychopath who uses one of the most horrible ways possible to kill his enemies.
    • They believe Michelangelo is a stoner/was dropped on his head as a kid.
    • Wiz believes Dr. Eggman has a unique personality disorder explaining his various "phases".
    • Boomstick insists that Link is a fairy, despite Wizard's insistence that he's not.
    • Boomstick believes Superman is a superpowered hippie due to his reliance on solar power, plus the innuendo that "he gets stronger the higher he gets".
    • Likewise, Ben and Chad seem to somehow feel that Goku is a mad berserker Blood Knight that will sacrifice whole planets and billions of innocent people if it sates his thirst for a good battle. The actual anime itself going on to somewhat validate this with the Tournament of Power hasn't helped matters anyway.
    • Boomstick claims that Gamera's "Friend to All Children" title means he's a pedophile. Wiz states otherwise.
    • Boomstick states that Captain America is a ninja thanks to his knowledge of many hand-to-hand fighting styles.
    • Kirby's introduction in the Majin Buu vs Kirby fight makes him sound like a monster, and the citizens of Dreamland caught between Buu and Kirby are equally afraid of both.
    • Boomstick is convinced that Bayonetta is a monkey, due to being covered in her own hair and being able to fire guns with her feet.
    • The hosts note that McGruff rarely, if ever, gets directly involved in preventing crime himself. Even when he's presenting a crime in progress, he doesn't even try to help the victim. The fight actually begins with Smokey getting mad that he didn't do enough to prevent a wildfire, and McGruff would probably have tried to flee from the battle if it weren't for the very premise of the show.
    • They conjecture that Master Roshi doesn't know how to fly due to the technique being created by the Crane School, the rival dojo to Kame House. This has never been said outright in any source material.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Shortly after the Goku vs. Superman Death Battle, two new DBZ movies were released, giving Goku a substantial power boost. This resulted in the first ever Death Battle rematch.
    • One of the complaints of said battle is that Superman was too passive, which caused the Earth to explode. The rematch shows what happens when Supes goes all-out and doesn't restrain his own power, and he takes down Goku with little effort.
    • The Death Battle episode itself tried to smooth things over with fans upset by the first Superman Vs. Goku episode by having both Superman and Goku show a greater deal of respect to each other during the match especially at the end when Superman apologizes for what he must do to end it, respectfully preserves Goku's body by only destroying his brain, and gently catching his body before it hits the ground so it isn't damaged. The post-battle analysis also reminds viewers why both of these characters are so well loved by what they represent and what they believe in. That Goku is a man who can break any limit and overcome any challenge with strength, determination, and his "never give up" attitude, while Superman represents wisdom, good will, restraint with power and an idealism about truth and justice that all should strive for.
    • 1 Minute Melee's Bowser vs. Eggman is this to the Mario fanbase to some extent, being the first time a Mario character beats a Sonic character, even if Mario characters, such as Yoshi, have won on the show before.
    • A lot of fans are angry about the show's habit of revealing only one combatant while withholding their opponent's identity to get more subscribers and followers for their social media sites. Ben and Chad have wisened up to this: after revealing that Green Arrow would appear next, they are about to plug their sites again... before Chad reveals the other fighter to be Hawkeye, clearly aware of their very obvious choice. They also did a full reveal of Charizard vs. Greymon after the above-mentioned fight, along with a hype-inducing video package that shows the both of them in top form, the first reveal of its type since Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor was announced.
    • Many were angry at some episodes having the opposite results of the research team. Thankfully, both the hosts and the research team agreed that Ratchet and Clank would come out on top against Jak and Daxter.
    • Vegeta vs Shadow has been widely criticized for being a massive Curb-Stomp Battle in Vegeta's favor. Shadow would later be pitted against Mewtwo, a character more or less around his power level, or so people thought, as Mewtwo ended up winning by about the same margin.
    • For what it was worth, following the controversial Meta vs. Carolina fight was a full reveal of the next fight between Cammy and Sonya with an additional preview at the animation. Also, the latter will air a week earlier than expected.
    • The show has since reverted back to revealing both combatants for the next episode, beginning with Natsu vs. Ace in Season 4.
    • While they don't necessarily focus on the fact, come the return of Marvel's Thor to Death Battle Wiz goes into detail about the actual composition of his legendary hammer, Mjolnir. In short, he explains that it is made of a magic-sensitive metal called Uru forged in a dying star, as opposed to claiming the hammer was made from a dying star, as he had mistakenly claimed in the Thor vs Raiden.
    • Ryu returns to fight Jin in Season 5, who people found more similar and close in power to him than his first opponent, Scorpion.
    • Season 6's Weiss vs. Mitsuru episode led to people fearing the former would win simply because Death Battle was under the Rooster Teeth brand, and that they didn't want to kill off a character from one of their company's webseries. Fortunately, Mitsuru's victory proved that they aren't as biased as many would believe.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • Iron Man vs Lex Luthor; both characters are known for this and deliver in full.
    • Ultron’s an insane egomaniac to the extreme and his character throughout the fight is boasting about how he deserves everything and anyone existing below him. His victory in the end with both the Ultron drones and Maverick army declaring their loyalty certainly serve to make it all the more justified.
    • Thanos and Darkseid. The only thing larger than their Power Levels are their egos, which they're more than capable of backing up.
  • Base-Breaking Character: In general, any character who wins a Death Battle will either get loved or hated by the fandom. Superman, Agumon and Tai, and Yang Xiao Long are three important examples of this.
    • The overrepresentation of Batman characters compared to other DC fighters is a rather controversial. Currently, 4 out of the 12 DC unique fighters are either Batman or his supporting cast with Batman himself appeared in a total of three episodes as a fighter, more than any other returning characternote . Fans either enjoy their presence or are sick of their constant appearances, with some accusing Batman characters of becoming a Spotlight-Stealing Squad. In all fairness to the Death Battle crew, not all Batman characters win their battles with Batman himself losing 2 out of 3 battles, so nobody can accuse Batman and his associated cast of becoming a Creator's Pet or the team letting their pro-Batman bias skew the results.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Superman vs Goku 2 features the two crashing the SGC building, and two cosplayers continue the fight before they run off and the video resumes. This isn't brought up later in the fight. The YouTube version doesn't include this.
    • When covering certain fighters, the series will frequently call attention to Big Lipped Alligator Moments from said character's source material, such as Donkey Kong's singing from the Donkey Kong Country TV show.
    • Captain America shows up at the start of Flash vs Quicksilver, complete with a dramatic flash of his name... and then he proceeds to do nothing and vanishes from the episode entirely.
    • At one point in Thanos vs. Darkseid, Darkseid throws a helicopter with Thanos' name at his opponent. While it's meant to be a reference to this moment in the comics, it doesn't really make any sense in the context of the fight itself.
  • Bizarro Episode: Episodes of DBX that pit one character against 100 of another are wildly different from anything else, either from the main show, 1 Minute Melee, or other DBX fights, serving as less of a Duel to the Death and more of an exhibition of the Conservation of Ninjutsu, with the one character effortlessly massacring the horde in hilariously over-the-top ways.
  • Canon Defilement:
    • Superman's portrayal in the series hasn't gone over well with many in the comic book community. Mostly because Death Battle claimed that Superman has no limits, which goes against DC's view on the character. In the official databook, it is noted that while Superman is extremely powerful, he does have limits. There are people out there who are stronger, faster, and smarter than him. So the reasoning that Superman is basically unstoppable is flawed on its face. Fans are also not pleased that Death Battle's Superman is a composite of New 52's Superman and Post-Crisis Superman, who are two completely different characters with different feats.
    • Because a Death Battle has to end with a death, this basically happens to every character in it who isn't already a psychotic killer. Characters in a Death Battle are not only willing to violate any Thou Shall Not Kill trait they might have in canon, but are willing to murder someone for the most trivial of reasons (For example, Yang killing a Bartender for trying to kick her out of her bar for causing trouble, Toph wanting to fight Gaara on his sacred ground when he asked her to leave, or Kenshiro challenging Jotaro to a duel to the death for no apparent reason). Characters will also show a complete disregard for collateral damage in order to have them use their full potential and avoid a "he would've won if he wasn't holding back" situation (For example: Superman destroying Earth just to kill Goku). Basically everyone is far more callous, brutal and bloodthirsty, independent of what their character is actually like in canon. This won't go well for some, while others are okay with it.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Death Battle's tendency of showing one opponent and hinting at who their opponent could be. While it does work as a surprise for some (e.g. Fulgore, Yang, Wolverine, Donkey Kong) it can also be so hilariously obvious who they'd have to fight since the two are constantly paired up as fighters. (e.g. Solid Snake, Ratchet and Clank, Flash) They even lampshaded this after Mega Man vs Astro Boy, revealing Green Arrow while hiding his opponent... before immediately revealing the obvious choice for his opponent.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Whether you're a Brony or not, seeing a bastard like Starscream get his ass handed to him by Rainbow Dash (very much poetic - if ironic justice) is certainly pleasurable.
    • In general, seeing characters one dislikes meet their demise at the hands of their opponent.
    • Having a character/character from a series you like end up winning, especially after a years-long losing streak (most notably Ryu's victory over Jin for Street Fighter fans), can be very satisfying.
    • Considering just how monstrously vile Carnage is, seeing Lucy repeatedly tear into him with her Vectors before utterly annihilating the bastard with a massive explosion is quite satisfying.
    • After all of the horrific things he did to X and Zero, especially in X3, X4, and X5, it's pretty satisfying for Mega Man X players to see Ultron slowly assimilate Sigma and erase his mind; much as the latter himself had done to countless Reploids to attain his Maverick armies.
    • Darkseid trapping Thanos forever in the Omega Sanction; though it's the more evil villain dealing the killing blow, it's still satisfying to see a typically near-unbeatable mass murderer like the Mad Titan get his comeuppance.
    • Namor's brutal death in Aquaman VS Namor could be this depending how strongly the viewer feels about Namor's Moral Event Horizon's in Avengers vs. X-Men and in Jonathan Hickman's Avengers.
    • With Widowmaker's laundry list of crimes including the assassination of Mondatta (which had massive repercussions for the world of Overwatch) and coldly mocking Tracer for failing to stop her, the sight of Black Widow garroting the life out of her before slicing her head off is quite the satisfying one.
  • Consolation Award:
    • Some fans have accused the Batman vs Captain America fight as nothing more than an attempt to appease Batman fans who were still upset over his loss to Spider-Man. This is not true however, as many small emergency episodes were planned years ago in case something happened to screw up the schedule, which is what happened regarding Ben's hard drive during Godzilla vs. Gamera, and having to rebuild Tigerzord vs. Epyon from scratch.
    • Some consider Guts killing Nightmare to be one for anime fans after Gaara and Majin Buu's defeats.
    • Defied with Goku vs Superman 2. Goku still loses, even quicker than he did the first time to boot. Ben and Chad then went on record after the match stating there would be no Round 3 nor will they use any other Superman and DBZ match-ups as a substitute. However, the fact that Ben has now gone on record to admit that he might be open to remastering the Goku vs. Superman battle, to try and improve on their logic given, is worrisome given that no matter who wins the fight, it will just result in severe flame war as bad as or worse than Goku vs. Superman 2, with DBZ fans screaming that Goku lost again, or DC fans accusing Death Battle of precisely this trope.
    • For Mario fans, Donkey Kong vs Knuckles. After Mario and Luigi lost to Sonic and Tails respectively, Donkey Kong is the first Mario character in Death Battle to triumph over a Sonic character.
    • Mega Man wins his DBX battle against Bomberman after losing against Astro Boy in his Death Battle. Although it's then defied in his second Death Battle appearance in the Mega Man Battle Royale, suffering a curbstomp even greater than his first time.
    • Defied again with Dan losing against Hercule again after losing against him in One Minute Melee.
    • Defied really hard with Charizard getting stomped by Greymon after losing by a much slimmer margin against Blastoise.
    • Inverted for Yang, seeing as after her victory against Tifa, Volume 3 of RWBY essentially sends Yang through the crapper, culminating in her right arm being cut off.
    • While it's unlikely Spin-Off material is ever decided simply to appease franchise fans, it does seem like a very interesting coincidence in the Season 3 premier of Dante vs Bayonetta in which Dante wins, immediately afterwards the pilot episode of DBX features Trish vs Jeanne with Jeanne winning, meaning the franchise wins are now even.
    • Defied with Shadow getting horrifically stomped by Mewtwo after already being on the receiving end of one of the most infamous stomps courtesy of Vegeta.
    • A straight example and inversion for Cloud and Guts respectively, the former killing the latter in their DBX. Before that, Cloud had lost against Link and Guts had killed Nightmare in their respective Death Battles.
    • After two losses, Zero finally brought in a win for the Mega Man franchise in his fight with Metal Sonic. Even more appropriately, Metal killed his creator in a previous battle.
    • Also inverted for Strider Hiryu, who's killed in his DBX by Zero after winning his Death Battle against Ryu Hayabusa.
    • Lucario taking the win in its match against Renamon, after they tied in One Minute Melee and it lost to Ryu in DBX.
    • Played straight in the Season 4 Finale in two ways. The first involves the results in One Minute Melee and the second involves the results in Death Battle itself. In OMM, Sephiroth and Vergil's first fight ended in Vergil's win while the second ended in a tie. In Death Battle, Final Fantasy was on a losing streak (with DBX as it's only consolation). Sephiroth's victory both settles his score with Vergil that had started in OMM, and gives Final Fantasy its first true victory in Death Battle itself.
    • The Ambiguous Ending of Raven vs. Twilight Sparkle is likely one of these for fans of MLP, because it can easily be interpreted as Twilight being alive at the bottom of the Impact Silhouette.
    • For some, Batman's proteges Nightwing and Terry McGinnis winning against their respective Marvel rivals could be this towards Batman fans, given the Dark Knight himself has lost a majority of his Death Battles against Marvel's superheroes.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro is an exercise in insanity and one of the most loved Death Battles. When you watch stuff like Chuck punching Segata with the third fist underneath his beard, Segata performing his exploding judo-toss on Chuck into a mountain that also explodes, and Chuck splitting the world in half by launching a giant clone of Segata through it, you watch it again because it's awesome and possibly because your mind couldn't really grasp what was going on the first time around.
    • Hercule vs. Dan Hibiki is basically a toned-down Spiritual Successor. The matchup and most of the things that happen within the fight are sheer lunacy, but it's still a highly engaging duel beyond that.
    • The Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton DBX. It's almost as if the guys at ScrewAttack decided to give the animators the instructions, "Have these two idiots fight and do whatever the hell you want with them." In the end, a bald eagle voiced by Chad reveals it's the story of how Captain America became the president of the United States forever.
    • Deadpool vs Pinkie Pie is a fight between two Cloud Cuckoolanders with Medium Awareness to whom the fourth wall might as well not exist. In fact, they're so crazy awesome the rules of Death Battle cannot contain them and they literally break out of their video and leap across several other previous battles before confronting the hosts in the real world. Wiz and Boomstick ultimately have no choice but to declare themselves the losers and just let Pinkie throw Deadpool a birthday party. According to Word of God, due to Deadpool's Healing Factor and Pinkie Pie being a living cartoon character who can fall apart and just put herself back together on a whim, this was literally the more logical outcome than them finding a way to kill each other.
    • The hosts seem to think of Pidge as such, showing him running over to the enemies while he's carrying a grenade that's about to explode. In the fight itself, he decides the best thing to do when Voltron's about to get killed by the Megazord is to punch it with the only arm they have (his) and he's the one to grab the sword by flying his head over to it.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Rooster Teeth in general and RWBY in particular.
      • As Death Battle's creators were buddy-buddy with the company before ScrewAttack joined them, many people just do not like any of their franchises getting involved with any of the episodes. This is despite that, in over 100 episodes, Rooster Teeth series have only been involved in about 3% of them and one of them is technically a Red vs. Blue episode.
      • As for RWBY, a lot of the hate stems from the fact that the episode of Death Battle and the episode of DBX that involved the series not only ended up as complete curb-stomp victories, but also served as advertisements for upcoming Volumes. To this point, many fans accuse the creators of this trope, as they feel that they just couldn't have their opponents kill any of their precious golden geese — to the point that when Weiss vs. Mitsuru was announced, many viewers automatically declared Weiss the winner without insomuch a preview video being released. Of course, some fans assume this puts the creators in a Morton's Fork — either the RWBY character wins and they're accused of shilling, or the RWBY character loses and they're accused of faking "no bias" at best, or somehow disrespecting Monty Oum at worst. Weiss loses, so make of that what you will.
    • To some detractors, any of the winners in general will come under the accusation of being a favorite of one of the hosts, reasonable or otherwise. This is despite the fact Screwattack has let characters they do genuinely love — sometimes over their opponents, as was notably the case with Goku compared to Superman — lose several times before.
  • Creepy Awesome: The Joker, Venom, The Meta, and Carnage.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Quite a few. The very nature of the show means it's going to invoke it at least once an episode, whether it be going over tragic pasts, hilarious deaths, or Boomstick's jokes.
    Boomstick: Things were looking up for Guts...and then Griffith summoned a horde of demons, transformed into a bat monster and murdered the entire Band of the Hawk. If that wasn't traumatic enough, Griffith then raped his girlfriend in a pool of his friends' blood as Guts watched, pinned down with his eye gouged out and forced to cut off his own arm.
    Wiz: Definitely not his best day!
    • Note that Boomstick cracks up around the part where he describes Casca getting raped, as if his description of the sheer amount of bullshit Guts went through is starting to turn into an Aristocrats joke.
    • Link's reveal trailer starts off with a joke that Cloud would be facing Aerith. Then it cuts to the "fight"'s death scene, which is actually Aerith's infamous Plotline Death.
    • From Amy vs Ramona, Ramona's bloody corpse with Scott in tears. Ramona explodes into coins and is shown in a spirit form with Scott still in tears kneeling at the coins.
    • Balrog vs. TJ Combo: Balrog's severed head? Horrifying and squick-y. Balrog's severed head breaking the camera, ending the broadcast, and making the announcer sick? Hilarious.
    • The very concept of some Death Battles cross the line twice by default, like Pinkie Pie vs. Deadpool and Smokey Bear vs. McGruff the Crime Dog.
    • The "TMNT Battle Royale" was, in Ben's mind, the one that went too far. It wasn't the fact that the turtles were killing each other brutally, that was to be expected, it was the people saw it as too remorselessness, they weren't acting like the TMNT they grew up with, it didn't help that in the end of the fight Leonardo is left sitting in a pool of blood filled water with a horrified look, knowing he just killed his brothers.
    • The DBX episode of Thor VS 100 Pikachu. Given his record against Raiden, it's oddly funny to see the God of Thunder turn Pikachu after Pikachu into splats of blood with as much fervor as he would any tougher opponent.
    • The DBX episode of Cuphead vs. Bendy. Bendy ripping off Cuphead’s-ahem- cup head? Brutal. Drinking out of it to kill him and ending with a Cuphead-style "Game Over"? Priceless.
    • Green Lantern killing Ben by crushing him is cruel. Doing so with a giant light boot loops around to being hilarious. Doing so by taunting him with the quip the kid told him before and doing it before he could ever say it in the first place loops around twice to being just wrong in the best way. And Hal briefly shooting the breeze with his past self and leaving him confused makes it even better, in an even worse way.
  • Discredited Meme: Long story short, saying that Death Battle or ScrewAttack is biased against anime is going to get you more snark than support.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The short little sting that plays right before the finishing blow during Luigi vs. Tails (a blend of the opening and ending of the Deadly Six theme from Sonic Lost World).
    • Boomstick's parody of Gamera's theme during his analysis in Godzilla vs. Gamera.
    • Boomstick says the original Ben 10 Theme song is 'so damn catchy'.
  • Epileptic Trees: One theory about the mysterious "Adam Park" who voices Ichigo in his fight with Naruto is that it is actually Johnny Yong Bosch under a pseudonym - in this case, his character from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. To support this:
    • The show had credited "Park" as Ichigo; had they simply re-purposed voice clips from the show or other Bleach media, it was highly likely that they would not have credited anyone at all for it. For example, Doomsday and Lucario were not given proper voice credits as they recycled voice clips from certain games, while their opponents Hulk and Renamon had voice actors who were credited.
    • Bosch himself likely could not be properly credited as Ichigo due to legal repercussions over reprising the role outside of any official Bleach-affiliated media. This was the same reason why Chris Rager could not reprise his role as Hercule despite wanting to. However, their noted interest in Nathan Vetterlein, who offered to reprise the voice of the Scout but could not because of being late to the casting process, has shown that they have at least given some thought to the idea, and finally implemented it with Bosch by hiding his identity and leaving behind an obvious hint.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending:
    • Thanks to liberal amounts of Fridge Horror, the outcome of Guts vs. Nightmare. The ending depicts the heroic Guts slaying the evil demon Inferno and tearing Soul Edge asunder forever. All well and good, until you realize that Guts is almost certainly going to die/be malfested by Soul Edge's corruption very soon and painfully thanks to his wounds and his cursed armor; Soul Edge has been reforged after being broken several times; Inferno's resurrected himself before, although it took quite some time; and all those combined could easily lead to Guts becoming the next incarnation of Nightmare, more powerful than the last. The Fridge Horror tab explores this in more detail.
    • From Dante vs Bayonetta, Dante was tasked in collecting the Left Eye which he fails to do, since he kills Bayonetta who literally is the Left Eye. In addition, if we are to take the events of DBX as canon, this also means during the end of his fight, his demon slaying partner, Trish, was being killed by Bayonetta's best friend, Jeanne. Plus, Bayonetta is doomed to an eternity of torment in Inferno as per her series' lore, although with Jeanne alive it's possible Jeanne can rescue her like Bayonetta did to her in her second game... provided a pissed-off devil slayer who is capable of killing Umbra Witches doesn't find her first.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Perhaps to be expected, considering the premise of the show, and the nature of the internet.
    • Mega Man vs. Astro Boy sparked one with another VS debate series called Fatal Fiction as a result of both shows having the aforementioned matchup, but with different rules and different results. The Fatal Fiction came out 2 years before the Death Battle and when the latter debuted, Death Battle fans swarmed the comment section of the former telling Fatal Fiction they were wrong because Death Battle said so... Not to mention the angry Mega Man fans swarming to the Fatal Fiction episode and declaring their result as the real one.
    • This happens with every Death Battle. Some fans take their favorite character losing and being killed very poorly indeed. Dragon Ball Z fans after Goku vs. Superman are one of the most unabashed examples of this in the whole series, even though there is legitimate criticisms to the outcome and their logic given.
    • A rivalry with another series, Cartoon Fight Club is scathing between fans, with many arguing about accuracy and quality with both. Conflicting results with similar fights don't exactly help matters, and that's all that will be said on the matter.
    • There's one with crossover battle series is Super Power Beat Down. Both have different ways of determining the winner, Death Battle uses research while SPBD uses fan votes. Both series are hated for several victors being completely out of hand or not what fans like, such as Superman beating Goku twice from Death Battle and Captain America beating Master Chief from Super Power Beat Down. Needless to say, Aaron Schoenke, from Super Power Beat Down, claims he loves Death Battle and is interested in every facts they give to him and his series is not meant to insult Death Battle.
    • After years of being Friendly Fandoms with each other, Yang VS Tifa has caused a rift among ScrewAttack fans who declare the match foul and rigged in favor of a Rooster Teeth character. People have now joked that Ben and Chad will from now on allow RoosterTeeth characters to win automatically against whatever opponent they face against, which in turn caused a lot of people to hate RoosterTeeth and believe their crew are rigging some of the matches.
    • The rivalry between the Overwatch and Team Fortress 2 fandoms was noticeably heated already, but the outcome of Tracer VS Scout has managed to make the existing friction between them even worse.
    • One Piece and Fairy Tail fans have never been on ideal terms with each other initially, but after the Zoro VS Erza battle was released, things got even more heated. It stands to only get even moreso with the Ace VS Natsu battle.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • While fighting to the death is awesome enough, what would happen if said opponents team up?
    • With the copious amounts of Fridge Horror that a show like Death Battle provides, it's not hard to let one's imagination run wild. What happens when the villains of two particular works meet each other? Will a fallen fighter's friends and family attempt to hunt down the person who killed them and exact revenge, and if so, what consequences will that cause? When several of the heroes and villains of a given franchise are killed over the course of several episodes, what does that mean for their universe?
  • Fan Myopia: Because of the nearly endless amount of characters in fiction on to choose from, many people will have different ideas on who they want most to fight and will be baffled if the hosts will have never heard of their character, or are using a character they've never heard of in spite of the popularity of the character or work of fiction that character is from. This will result in confusion on the character and hoping for their character to be used some day at best and blasting the fight with complaints for how "obscure" the character or work is at worst.
  • Fetish Retardant: Discussed by Boomstick. He doesn't know if he's turned on or grossed out by Bayonetta's hair clothes, and disgusts himself by imagining Bayonetta firing the guns on her feet with weird, misplaced thumbs.
    Boomstick: Oh my god! She's covered in hair, and she uses her feet like hands! She's a monkey! Monkey witch!
  • Fridge Brilliance: Overlapping with Genius Bonus:
    • In the wild, there have been several documented cases of spiders eating bats. This makes the result of Batman vs. Spider-Man poignant.
    • In a similar fashion, it's common knowledge that hares are preyed upon by foxes, which lends some idea as to the outcome of Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Funimation, mainly because ScrewAttack crew is based in Dallas, Texas; the fact that many voice actors who worked with Funimation appeared in a few Death Battle episodes; and the fact that Chad James (the voice of Boomstick) is the co-host in Funimation's Dubble Talk.
  • Genius Bonus: While the hosts will usually explain the more technical stuff, there are some subtle jokes that would take a bit of research on your own to get. For example, in the results for Balrog vs. TJ Combo, in the boxing fighting method triangle, Little Mac is used as a swarmer-type boxer. Those who have both played Punch Out and know their fair share about boxing can say that that's actually not far from the truth. Explanation 
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The series improved when it dropped the fighting game style lifebars, making the fights less predictable, and when Wiz and Boomstick started to get their comedic quirks down.
    • The fights received a notable Animation Bump in the middle of Season 1, and they have sustained the same level of improvement ever since.
    • Death Battle has also seen an evolution of its fight animations over the years. First starting off with just sprite animations, by Link VS Cloud in Season 1, 3D animations were introduced, and for the next three seasons, it would alternate between sprite and 3D battles while further improving upon them side-by-side. Then Smokey VS McGruff in Season 4 introduced hand-drawn animations from scratch, which further expanded the potential scope of cartoon-based battles and eliminated the restrictions of pre-made assets entirely. And finally, by Season 5, Nightwing VS Daredevil introduced live-action battles with real actors. Currently, Death Battle has four different methods of animations to choose from, which goes to show how far the show has come since its debut in 2010.
    • There's also the quality of voice actors to choose from given their close ties to the Texas anime dubbing community. The likes of Chuck Huber, Christopher Sabat, Todd Haberkorn, Kira Buckland, Jeannie Tirado and more - while even getting Johnny Yong Bosch to actually reprise his role as Ichigo, the first time a character was voiced by a VA that had officially worked as them in the past - gives their voiced fights a lot of personality, and can even be a place to show off younger talent before they become more famous elsewhere, like Xander Mobus and Erica Mendez.
    • After a rough start, DBX animations became more well-received by the fans, with the first season culminating in an awesome 3D fight in Prophet vs. Predator. Since then, Season 2 has produced more of these treats: Genji vs. Raiden amazed as the (as of this writing) sole 3D battle, and the likes of Guile vs. Paul, Broly vs. Doomsday, Aigis vs. Noel and Cloud vs. Guts blowing out fights from the main show and even One Minute Melee out of the water.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the pre-battle ad in Luke Skywalker vs. Harry Potter, Wizard mentions that eventually one's computer could face disaster, and the product in the advertisement was designed to help avoid file loss. Three years later, Wiz's voice actor, who also edits the show, had a terminal hard drive failure that resulted in the loss of the non-battle segments of the Godzilla vs. Gamera battle mere days before the episode was to be revealed at the 2014 Screwattack Gaming Convention, resulting in a several week delay before the full episode was published and requiring the Tigerzord vs. Gundam Epyon battle, announced following the SGC reveal, to be pushed back until after the less intensive Batman vs. Captain America fight.
    • Crosses over into Trolling Creator: In the post-match video following the Yang vs. Tifa match, Yang's voice actress Barbara Dunkelman said that what happened at the end would never happen inRWBY. Episode 6 of Volume 3, which has Yang provoked into shooting a weakened Mercury in the leg and the implications that Pyrrha might have to take a life to save another, proves otherwise. The 12th episode would prove that no matter what happens she could have said that even with Yang's loss.
    • All the talk about Goku being able to trump Superman was finally given a canonical reason why he shouldn't in Dragon Ball Super when his reckless usage of the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan combined with the Kaioken x10 in his battle with Hit causes him to suffer from Delayed Onset Ki Syndrome, which damages his way of using Ki and too much reckless usage can make that permanent.
    • Awful as the Hulk's death was in Death Battle, at least he went down swinging. His canon death is just him getting unceremoniously getting shot by Hawkeye over a misunderstanding.
    • The end of the Lucario vs Renamon episode had Boomstick comment "Well, this version of The Fox and The Hound ended up with a not so happy ending". The original story of The Fox and the Hound had a downright Downer Ending where both main characters died.
    • Smokey Bear vs. McGruff the Crime Dog was announced on the same day as the passing of Jack Keil, the creator and original voice actor of McGruff. Also as Ben pointed out, a wildfire breakout occurred about the same time as the fight was announced.
    • For those of you disappointed with the outcome of Raven vs. Twilight Sparkle, be glad that the Ambiguous Ending gives a possibility of Twilight surviving her fight. There's a certain infamous fanfic where an Expy of Raven with the same name successfully kills Twilight not in the name of drama or to show how evil the character is (or in Death Battle's case, just to show who would win), but because the author hates Twilight and all that her show stands for. And to top it all off, the author in question is a very, VERY poor winner.
    • Jotaro vs Kenshiro aired on YouTube on March 21st...the day Jotaro DIES in part 6. Sure enough, Jotaro dies in the fight.
    • Sam Fisher's appearance in Ghost Recon Wildlands has a surprisingly sad Shout-Out to the Metal Gear franchise, where Fisher hears that an old stealth expert who wore a bandana and served in the army finally hung up his boots, a reference to Konami's recent mishandling of Splinter Cell's old rival. He remarks with a mixture of fear and sadness that it's only him now, the last of the old guard of stealth-action games. It makes his death at Snake's hands in Death Battle almost look like an outcome he'd prefer.
    • Batman's outcomes in Death Battle seems to be reversed in Avengers: Infinity War. At the end of the movie, Spider-Man and Black Panther are among half of the universe's population that were wiped out by Thanos, while Captain America survives.
    • On the topic of Infinity War, Strange's fate in his battle against Doctor Fate is eerily reminiscent of how he dies in the movie. In both cases, he's disintegrated, turned to dust, and essentially wiped from existence shortly after losing a battle against a physically more powerful foe. Given the relatively short time between the release of both works, it's unlikely that this was intentional.
    • In Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor, Boomstick misinterprets one of Wiz's statements and briefly thinks Luthor is a child molester. Kevin Spacey, who once played Luthor, would later be accused of sexually assaulting multiple underage boys.
  • HSQ: Almost every episode has several potential moment for this:
    • Eggman vs. Wily, especially after Metal Sonic decimates both of them.
    • in-universe: Boomstick Lets out a big "OH SHIT!" after seeing Mjolnir's raw power in action.
    • Superman vs. Son Goku; even the hosts can't contain themselves.
      Boomstick: HOLY FUCKING SHIT I DON'T BELIEVE IT!
      Wizard: OH MY GOD!!
      Boomstick: SOMEONE GET ME A MOTHERFUCKING TABLE TO FLIP!
    • The ending of the Goku Vs Superman fight is either this or a Tear Jerker. The planet explodes.
    • Some of He-Man's more impossible feats (such as burrowing to the center of Eternia with the point of a stalactite) get a "The fuck!?" and a "The double fuck!?" from Boomstick.
    • Fox McCloud strangling Bucky O'Hare and then blasting the latter's head off with a laser pistol.
    • Zelda getting kicked in the face with enough force to make her head splatter like a melon.
    • Blastoise ripping off Charizard's wings.
    • Godzilla Tanking Gamera's Mana Cannon. It is also said that Gamara getting his arm ripped off caused this reaction in a live audience.
    • The whole Captain America/Batman fight. Steve had a major upper hand for the entirety of the fight due to his superhuman abilities. He curb-stomps Batman for a while, not realizing that Batman is studying his opponent. Once Batman figures out the situation, he delivers quite possibly the swiftest beatdown Cap will ever receive before using his Batclaw to snap Captain America's neck!
    • Link using Z-Targetting to block Cloud's Omnislash then slashing him mid-air during the final move. Anyone watching that for the first can very easily miss what's going on there. It happens so incredibly fast which is canon to what both of them can do.
    • The Terminator/Robocop: a run and gun battle through the city that wouldn't feel out of place from a climax in either of their movies. Since they're both Killer Robots, they all continue to walk off increasing levels of damage from bullets to lasers to explosions. At the end of the battle, Robocop straps what's left of The Terminator to his jetpack, and launches him into the sky to explode - but The Terminator still gets one last one-liner by yelling "I'll be back!!"
    • Deadpool vs. Deathstroke was a long requested battle, and the final product lives up to expectations. Two insanely talented assassins with a metric crap-ton of weaponry each, a mutual Healing Factor, and an entire city as their playground. It only gets better when the battlefield shifts to the roofs of cars in rush-hour traffic, and even more so after Deathstroke shoots out the tires of one of the buses, causing a wicked nasty traffic accident that both fighters utilize to their advantage, even while some of the cars are still flying through the air. The result is something that would fit in wonderfully as the climax of an action movie.
    • Kirby inhales a blast powerful enough to annihilate planets without a scratch and shooting it back at Kid Buu, launching him into the sun for the kill.
    • Ragna, now the Black Beast, and Sol, now using his limiter-free Dragon Install, charging at each other for the climax of their fight. In an explosion that takes out the entire city they were fighting in, Sol one-shots the Black Beast, a world-destroying beast of destruction, and it's implied he was still holding himself back despite all that.
    • Raiden slicing off Wolverine's head, dicing it up, and kicking it into a gory mess.
    • Yang Xiao Long shrugging off Final Heaven, shattering Premium Heart with one punch, and violently breaking Tifa's neck.
    • Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro escalated from showcasing their badassery on Earth, to the Earth getting cleaved in two alongside several planets, to Chuck Norris destroying the Sun, causing a massive black hole. The fight ends in the two colliding in the middle of it, destroying the space-time continuum in the process.
    • WarGreymon and Mega Charizard X going at each other with seemingly equal strength, which escalates to WarGreymon stabbing Charizard to death with his Dramon Destroyers and incinerating him, along with his trainer, with Terra Force.
    • Hulk vs Doomsday is a blast of pure rage and violence from start to finish. The climax stands out as the two beating up each other with undying rage until something finally dies, which eventually results in Doomsday ripping off Hulk's head after stabbing him enough to leave him in a pool of radioactive blood.
    • Zoro and Erza showing off just how overpowered they are by first destroying the town they're fighting in, then destroying a mountain at the climax.
    • Deadpool and Pinkie Pie destroy the rules of Death Battle - intervening in past matches and eventual confront the hosts of the Death Battle Cast before calling it a draw and having a party.
    • Megazord vs Voltron was a long time coming, and they made sure to pull out all the stops, apparent with just a few words in the climax.
      Keith: (As Pidge's lion head flies over to grab the Blazing Sword after the Red Lion's fallen off) Give [Pidge] cover fire!
      Allura: With what?!
    • Sub-Zero vs Glacius features Glacius melting off Sub-Zero's hand and then consuming/melting him. Only for it to be revealed it was an Ice Klone, letting Sub-Zero rip Glacius' spine out.
    • Sephiroth unleashing the Supernova on Vergil, burning him up with an exploding sun to the face. Vergil manages to escape and survive...for about 10 seconds before being impaled from behind and split in two.
    • In Raven vs Twilight Sparkle, Twilight manages to turn Raven into a flower pot and escape from Raven's soul self. At this point, it looks like it might be another Yoshi vs Riptor scenario. Then, right as she's about to smash the flowerpot, Raven's Soul Self slams into her at Mach 36, leaving an Impact Silhouette. Game over.
    • Thanos vs. Darkseid makes sure not to undersell the full power both combatants possess, with levels not seen since the likes of Goku vs. Superman or even Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro when near the climax, the two cause a second Big Bang.
    • The climax of Johnny Cage vs. Captain Falcon has Cage land a wicked high-speed combo on Falcon courtesy of the boost pads on the racetrack, before a clearly badly injured Falcon calls in the Blue Falcon and rams the actor at speeds likely greater than 1500 KM/Hnote . Johnny manages to not only survive the impact, but get a few good punches in on the windshield... only for Captain Falcon to activate Boost Fire, horrifically shredding Johnny Cage with the friction against the race track and the centrifugal force of the Boost Fire's spin, before blasting him to giblets with a Falcon Punch in a homage to the famous Falcon Punch that killed Black Shadow in the anime.
  • Hypocritical Fandom:
    • While not representing all of (or even the majority of) negative critics, there are sides that accuse the team or the other side of not doing any sort of research or being biased, even if they haven't done any research for who they're against and just like the character better.
    • There's the fact they dislike matches because they involved No-Limits Fallacy, when they themselves have willingly used it on characters they want in Death Battle. note 
    • Some people will call out the hosts for arrogance and not respecting other people's opinions or evidence... and then claim their result and research is the right one and call the hosts idiots for choosing their verdict. This was clear in the aftermath of Android 18 vs Captain Marvel where the Screwattack team forget to include the Gravity Formula when calculating the speed of Android 18 (by their own admission after the fight came out, undershooting her top speed by a massive margin) and miss a panel in the manga where Trunks says that Android 17 and 18 don't absorb energy (the analysis and fight animation assumed she could due to her having the ability in Dragon Ball Xenoverse; addressed by showrunner Ben Singer on his Twitter account a week after the episode went live). In the end, even if the mistakes were accounted for, the outcome of the fight would have been the same due to 18's massive physical advantages, which would have been more lopsided in her favour if the former error was corrected, but the response from the Vocal Minority when they addressed the errors was scathing, even from those who agreed with the result, to the point where they would have gotten less heat from not correcting themselves at all!
    • A case specific to the Meta Vs. Carolina episode, in which the biggest complaint of the episode was the fact that the show used was "too obscure". The show in question, Red vs. Blue, had been running for 14 years at the time and still counting, making it simulationously both the the second longest running web series and the second longest running sci-fi series, and is shown on Netflix, being only one of two web series to be popular enough to do so (the other being RWBY, Rooster Teeth's other famous web series). Not to mention the obvious similarities between the two shows, like both being dialogue based humor, the host's relationship being very similar to the Blood Gulch Crew's and the fact that Sarge was Boomstick's inspiration. Meanwhile, Death Battle has two fictional characters fighting to the death...that's it. And in a case of Irony, Red Vs. Blue fans called Death Battle obscure as well.
    • Many fans complained about Red, a teenage boy, getting killed in his and Charizard's Death Battle against Tai and Agumon. Nobody seems to remember that children have died in Death Battle before (Yoshi's newborn which was killed by Riptor comes to mind), or how nobody minds that Luigi VS Tails had a half chance of an 11-year old boy being killed by a grown man for no good reason — aside from the visible implications that Luigi is attacking Tails out of sheer grief-induced madness over his brother's death at Sonic's hands. Then again, there was no indication that there was a chance that Red (or Tai, for that matter) would die in the fight, so this trope may not be in effect for this example.
    • Weiss vs. Mitsuru was instantly lambasted for being "an obvious Weiss shilling" the moment it was announced, and many people immediately pegged Weiss as the winner. Come the fight proper and Weiss loses... but people complained anyway saying that Death Battle is still being biased by not having Weiss meet a gory onscreen death.note  Others still have argued due to how one-sided the fight actually ended up being, that the whole episode was planned as an invoked Author's Saving Throw to dispel fan belief that the show is biased towards their IPs. It's all enough to make you wonder if they'll ever use RWBY characters in the show ever again.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Sweet Tooth isn't the name of the serial killer with the flaming head. The man is called Needles Kane and Sweet Tooth is the name of his truck. However, Needles has been referred to as Sweet Tooth in his home series before, and goes by that moniker in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale. The hosts even call Needles by his name and call his truck Sweet Tooth, meaning they at least do know which is named what.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Here's a fun drinking game if you're binge watching; take a shot for every time a battle has or will result in the death of innocent people due to the actions of the combatants. Unless you have some kind of immunity that rivals gods, you will die.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Superman won against Goku. Twice!
    • Rainbow Dash stomped Starscream.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Lex Luthor. Granted, he's a megalomaniacal scoundrel of a man, but when he was a boy, his parents abused and neglected him throughout his childhood. His father even went so far as to threaten him with death should he ever speak up. Even after freeing himself from his parents' hold and founding a powerful company, he still remains within the shadow of Superman, whom he desperately wants to be, but won't admit it. What's more, he's not far off when he claims that humanity will become a weaker race due to their reliance on Superman, yet nobody believes him because they adore the Man of Steel. For all of his flaws, Luthor, in his own way, truly does believe that mankind can stand up for themselves.
    • Shadow may be a cocky dick, but the poor guy cannot seem to win a single Death Battle, having suffered two humiliating defeats at the hands of both Vegeta and Mewtwo.
    • Ragna the Bloodedge and Guts. Period.
    • To quote Boomstick, life just decided to shit all over Eddie Brock. Not only did he spend his life trying to earn the approval of a father who hated him, but when he came across his one big break in the form of a chance to expose the identity of a serial killer for the Daily Bugle, it turned out he was wrong and Spider-Man exposed the real killer. This resulted in him being publicly humiliated and fired. Then his father disowned him, his wife divorced him, he found out that he had cancer, and he wound up being bonded with a murderous symbiote who just so happens to hate Spidey as much as he does. All this happened in one day.
    • Brock's opponent, Bane, didn't have a much better life— to quote Boomstick again, "Bane's life was screwed from the start." He was born and raised in a hellhole of a prison, and the catalyst that resulted in him becoming the nightmare he is today was a fall from several floors up that nearly killed him when he just a boy. The experiment that introduced him to Venom (the drug) was supposed to kill him on the operating table, and he wound up addicted to the drug. It's hard not to feel a little bad for him... but he also became a mass-murdering gang lord after he broke out of prison, so he's not exactly a sympathetic figure.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Some viewers don't even care about the research or who wins. They just want to see two similar characters Duel to the Death...or just watch the fireworks in the comment sections as the fans of the loser and winner get into shouting matches.
    • This is also a big selling point of the 1 Minute Melee spin-off; fast-paced action without studying the lore and stats of the characters themselves.
    • It should be mentioned that the animation proceeding the research is completely scripted and written well after a winner has been decided based on feats and statistics, basically the animation is just for fun and does not have any impact whatsoever on who actually comes out victorious. Despite this though, the animation will often be the first thing detractors will use as evidence if they disagree with the overall outcome, pointing out flaws or out of character moments to make their point.
    • The first season finale episode of The Industry actually gives a Take That, Audience! to these very fans, claiming all that Death Battle watchers care about is being told who wins and who's fighting next, and are completely thankless to all the actual hard work and research involved in making an episode.
    • Now taken literally with the battle featuring the Big G himself.
    • In a more Meta way, the vast majority of traffic to ScrewAttack's YouTube page is for Death Battle. All non-Death Battle videos (the majority of ScrewAttack content) get bombarded with people posting suggestions for Battles, asking where the next episode is or demanding the next episode, threatening to unsubscribe if it's not posted, etc.
    • This was taken to its logical extreme when it was revealed that the next battle after Yang vs. Tifa would be announced during the season finale of The Industry. Many commenters took to spoiling the announcement under the video and proclaiming that it was unnecessary to watch from there. Though, that being said, the Take That, Audience! mentioned above likely played a factor in how the fans reacted.
  • Les Yay: Rogue using her Kiss of Death on Cammy and Wonder Woman.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Joker, as per usual, manages to win his fight not with brute force, but by manipulating Needles into his hands and stealing his kill.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Chuck Norris vs. Segata Sanshiro pits two of the biggest ones in history against each other and the result is nothing short of spectacular.
    • Rainbow Dash, the only combatant whose fight was shown as a complete Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • The other two ponies have been getting this reputation as of late, due to Pinkie Pie befriending Deadpool and them breaking the rules together, and Twilight Sparkle putting up a good fight against Raven despite it being a losing battle, and also having been implied to have survived her fight.
    • Kirby, for managing to beat Majin Buu, one of Dragon Ball's most powerful villains. This would even lead fans to either jokingly or genuinely suggest he fight characters like Doomsday or Thanos.
    • The hosts consider Archie Comics Sonic to be one, and for good reason. Not least of which include him outrunning time, blowing up black holes by running around them, surviving the destruction of a universe, and canonically defeating fellow Memetic Badass Segata Sanshiro.
    • While he still most likely dies in the end and the fight itself received incredible flack due to its lackluster appearance, Kenshiro managing to kill Saitama in his DBX fight with him undoubtedly earns him a spot as this — especially considering neither Superman nor Goku even came close to doing so in their respective fights with him.
    • Even as controversial as the franchise is to Death Battle fans,out of the top 5 most used franchise in Death Battle, DC Universe have the best win-loss ratio out of all of them with an impressive 68% of winning, Nintendo being close behind with a 66%note .
  • Mis-blamed: The negative reactions (disappointment at best and anger at worst) to Mewtwo vs Shadow's short length became this when it was revealed that the fight ended up being short and underwhelming was not because the writers were lazy, but ended up being mediocre due to Donimation not wanting to make Vs animations anymore, as Chad and Ben had recorded many unused lines and planned to show more powers as the fight progressed.
  • My Real Daddy: The research team is often seen as the ones who decide the truly correct results of fights, and people often take umbrage when the fight's results aren't the same as the research team's. The people who work on the team have had to clarify that they're not perfect either, and just as prone to error as the hosts.
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  • Narm:
    • Some of the voice acted episodes can come off as a bit awkward. Zechs in particular is quite nasal in his delivery of his lines. His scream of "For Nooooooin!" moments before finishing off Tommy and the Tigerzord sounds a lot like the voice actor was trying to not raise his voice too high.
    • Sam telling Anna that he lost the data during his fight sounds surprisingly whiny.
    • Scorpion as a skeleton. The way it happens at the climax of the fight doesn't do it any favors. The Evil Laugh makes it worse.
    • In Pokémon VS Digimon, Tai beats up Red. It's supposed to show how Digimon tamers are more accustomed to jumping into fights themselves than Pokémon trainers, but in the animation, Tai is only 11 years old, while Red is 16. Not to mention Tai's line (no offense to Todd Haberkorn) sounds less like a impassioned plea and more like a little boy throwing a tantrum.
    • Ganondorf turning into Ganon. It should be cool in theory, but since they use Ganon's sprites from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, it looks just looks silly to some people. The fact he gets smaller doesn't help.
    • Just before the climax of Flash vs. Quicksilver, after Quicksilver boasts that he's stronger and smarter than his opponent, Flash tells him to prove it. Less than four seconds (and exactly two attacks) later, Flash announces (in a tone that makes him sound bored) that "this is getting dumb" and runs off in a burst of speed. There's nothing wrong with the voiceover work for those lines, and the scene where Flash starts treating the fight with some level of seriousness is a highlight of the fight animation, but the pacing makes it a bit hard to take seriously.
    • A lot of the voice acting in Shadow vs. Mewtwo is truly, truly laughable. It was later revealed that this was intentionally done as a homage to Shadow's less-than-stellar voice acting in Sonic Adventure 2.
      Shadow: Maria... Wait, where am I!? OH MY GOD I'M GLOWING! WHY AM I GLOWING!?
      Mewtwo: Sayonara.
      Shadow: Screw yoooooouuuuuu...!
    • Thor going into his Warrior's Madness is very threatening, but the line "I'll kill you! I'll kill you dead!" makes things a little silly. Especially because that quote was originally made by Superboy-Prime.
    • Doctor Fate's sprite has an unfortunate design flaw— certain angles make the Golden Helmet of Fate looks like a giant banana with eyes, made all the more worse by Fate's yellow cape and gloves.
    • The ending of Carnage vs. Lucy has Carnage, pinned down by Lucy's vectors and about to get vaporized in nuclear fire, looking up with an expression that looks more like annoyance than terror while whining "...I hate you..." like an angry teenage girl. The attempt at comedy feels unfitting with the dark, gory, and serious fight.
    • The killing blow in Nightwing vs. Daredevil has a really great buildup, but unfortunately the execution of the attack itself leaves a lot to be desired. After leaving Daredevil helpless via sensory overload with his ultrasonic Wingdings, Nightwing activates the shock function on his gauntlets and... simply punches Daredevil once across the face while sporting an over-the-top Slasher Smile, which kills him instantly.
    • The final blows of Aquaman vs. Namor are preceded by a quick conversation which is cool in concept (Namor requesting to test his strength against Aquaman, to which Aquaman agrees to), but marred by an awkwardly long Beat.
    • Ben's voice actor tried to make his performance sound similar to Yuri Lowenthal's for Ben 10 vs. Green Lantern. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but Ben's sprite in the episode is based on his 10-year old appearance, who's voiced by Tara Strong, resulting in an odd case of Vocal Dissonance.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The closeups used in Cammy vs Sonya. Sure, they look absolutely ridiculous, but it only helps give the fight a feeling of a classic fighting game.
    • Venom is so over-the-top psychotic in Venom vs. Bane that he becomes simultaneously hilarious and horrifying to watch.
    • Darkseid holding his arms behind his back while Thanos throws everything at him and everything explodes with a completely nonplussed expression is a silly, but effective way of showing just how powerful he is and a hint of how little of a chance Thanos is going to stand.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Many have complained that Inferno's sprite in Guts vs. Nightmare looks nothing like Inferno does in the Soul series (A given, since it belongs to Cinder). While this might be true for newer models, the sprite used for Inferno is actually quite similar to his appearance in SoulCalibur.
    • A somewhat forgivable example in Joker vs Sweet Tooth. Many have complained that Needles has never shown any pickiness in how he kills his victims and wouldn't have stepped out of Sweet Tooth. While Needles doesn't usually do so, Twisted Metal (2012) has shown him killing everyone in a hospital with his machete because he found it more satisfying and wanting to watch Sophie die by his own machete because of his strong hatred for her. Since the Joker had pretty much been a thorn in Needle's side through the fight, it makes sense that he could've been goaded into giving the Clown Prince of Crime the same treatment.
    • Some people thought Venom in Venom vs Bane acted a little too Ax-Crazy and Laughing Mad during the fight animation, comparing him more to Carnage than the actual Venom. What some of them might not have realized was that early in his run before his popularity skyrocketed Venom was just as insane, if not more so, than Carnage, and his shift to the Lethal Protector most know him as today was directly influenced by his growing popularity (as was Carnage's creation).
    • Many found that the new format of episodes per season to be too short compared to the first two. True, but Ben later revealed this was always meant to be how it went, they just didn't expect the series to blow up so much.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Even the hosts claim RoboCop's jetpack gave him the power to jump the shark, but its inclusion in the actual battle took away all the silliness from it and made it awesome as well as practical.
    • Godzilla's... unique style of flight. He uses it to throw Gamera off balance a little while Gamera pushes him into orbit, uses it again to slow his decent into the water after escaping Gamera's Suplex Finisher, and helps determine the sheer force of the atomic breath, almost a trillion tons of force.
    • After Red's loss while representing the Pokémon franchise against Digimon, some fans have used this as evidence that Ash Ketchum from the Pokémon Anime is much better than fans first believed despite his flaws. This is due to Red's loss being attributed to him treating Charizard as a pet/slave, while Ash has gone out of his way to show he treats his Pokémon as friends and tries to keep them out of their Pokéballs as much as possible, and how Red is a complete wuss when it comes to actual fighting when he's the receiver of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Tai, while Ash actually has jumped into a fight and thrown a punch if the need arises, making him seem surprisingly more competent. Also, there's the fact that Ash's Pokemon are well capable of thinking and reacting for themselves during a battle.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Superman after Goku vs Superman. He's treated as a monster by some because his battle with Goku caused the Earth's destruction, ignoring the fact that Goku both instigated the fight and escalated it; Superman was minding his own business and tried to talk Goku out of fighting twice.
    • Tai gets a lot of crap from the Death Battle fanbase for assaulting Red during the Pokemon vs. Digimon match, with many considering it dishonorable and uncalled for. Many seem to forget that Red was the one who started the fight by trying to capture Agumon and that Red was the one who kept escalating the fight even though there were plently of times Red could've backed down, either through realizing he was outmatched or that Agumon already had a partner. Not to mention that Tai has canonically attacked people many times before for intentionally trying to hurt his friends and that it isn't uncommon for the heroes of the Pokemon franchise to attack the human villainous trainers (How many times has Ash ordered Pikachu to thundershock Team Rocket?).
    • A meta example. Yang's portrayal was not well received for her trigger happiness, love of fighting, and relaxed disposition being cranked up several notches to the point of sociopathy. While many will point out she'd never act like this in canon, some actually consider it an accurate representation for how she is on RWBY. Despite Barb saying this isn't something she would do in canon. .
  • Rooting for the Empire: Lampshaded by Wiz and Boomstick during their liveshow at the convention they showed "Godzilla vs Gamera", where most of the viewers in the audience were rooting for Godzilla even though the fight clearly showed him in a villainous role where he was rampaging through a city.
    • In-Universe; in the Meta vs Carolina episode, Grif was rooting for the Meta to win for the whole episode.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 3 is so far considered the weakest season the show has, even by hardcore fans. While the fight animations are still well done, and the show has been subject to controversy ever since it began, Season 3 to many started off weak, with Dante vs Bayonetta and Bowser vs Ganon having controversial outcomes, and many of the season's battles (especially Flash vs. Quicksilver being criticized for being massive Curbstomp Battlesnote  (ironically, Season 5 would eventually have an even higher number of curbstomps, but generally avoided most of the panning that Season 3 received due to most of the matchups being heavily requested). Several episodes were also controversial even by Death Battle standardsnote  Some theorize that ScrewAttack's joint venture with Rooster Teeth played a heavy hand in the season's decline in quality (with Carolina vs. the Meta being pointed as an example, especially with what Ben had to say in response to the fandom's general disinterest for the episode's release), but that's an entire other can of worms. However, the later episodes (Ken vs Terry, Amy vs Ramona, Hulk vs Doomsday and Zoro vs Erza) as well as the relatively early Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter were much more well-received by the fans, especially in the forums and the wikis. Other people, however, think that the jump in the season's quality came too late to absolve the season's rocky start.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Back then, Link vs Cloud blew everyone away with Death Battle using 3D Animation. Nowadays, well... let's just say it's used to show how much Death Battle has improved with 3D animation since then.
  • Snark Bait: Death Battle has a poor reputation in the eyes of most Serious Business "Versus" communities, usually stemming from differences in research methodology. And that's all we'll say about that.
  • Spiritual Licensee:
    • In 2010, Channel Awesome tried out a pilot for "Deadliest Character" (a Deadliest Warrior knockoff pitting fictional characters against each other, with the first being the Power Rangers piloting the Dino Megazord Vs. Mecha-Godzilla). Later that year, Screw Attack created Death Battle (a Deadliest Warrior knockoff pitting fictional characters against each other, with the first being Samus Aran Vs. Boba Fett). Note that according to Noah Antwiler, Deadliest Character was never really meant to be the start of an ongoing series; it was just a one-off parody of Deadliest Warrior. It's also very different from Death Battle in that wasn't at all meant to be taken seriously and none of the "research" presented actually factored into the decision at all, with the end of the fight being the result of an out of no-where interference specifically to parody the unlikely victories and faulty research of Deadliest Warrior; Noah states plainly in his commentary of the video that he thinks the fight definitely would have gone the other way and ended the way it did just for the joke.
    • Now that 1 Minute Melee is no longer a part of Screw Attack, DBX is looking to take its place as another show that pits fighters against each other without research.
  • Spoiled by the Format: A general rule known to fans is, whoever uses their strongest power or weapon first in the fight is going to lose. Because the purpose of the fight is to showcase all of both fighters' abilities and weapons, the first fighter to make use of their "X-factor" has essentially cleared out their own list of moves to show off, and leaves the floor open for their opponent to use their own "X-factor" for a comeback victory. "Wario vs. King Dedede" averts by having both combatants go all out in the beginning, then get stripped to their bare essentials later on.
  • Squick:
    • Boomstick himself doesn't know whether to be turned on or grossed out by Bayonetta's hair clothes, and disgusts himself by imagining her firing the guns on her feet with weird, misplaced thumbs.
    • Early on in Roshi vs Jiraiya, Jiraiya transports himself and Roshi inside a toad. Roshi's feet get stuck to the squishy, red, fleshy floor of the toad's throat, which stretch upward as he tries to pull himself out. The squishy noises don't help.
    • Wario lets out a WAFT when his ass is stuck in King Dedede's mouth. That definitely would not taste good at all, and after the explosion Dedede is seen coughing out some of the gas.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The first few notes of “Kings of the Sea” sound strikingly similar to the first few notes of All Star by Smash Mouth. This was apparently intentional.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Link vs Cloud's animation is... choppy, to say the least. Goku vs Superman is a definite improvement in terms of animation.
    • Season 2 is considered this compared to Season 1, having much better graphics and effects for the fights.
    • After Mewtwo VS Shadow and Tracer VS Scout got a lot of hate because of their disappointing action, Cammy VS Sonya Blade and Ken VS Terry are considered much better by comparison.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Slippy Toad, a character infamous for his tendency to be in need of rescue, is quickly killed by Bucky O'Hare (who mistakes Slippy for a soldier of the Toad Empire). Boomstick comments on this, stating how much he loves his job after getting to "croak the worst toad of all time."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Some old-school fans are not happy to see Death Battle's opening theme (Invader) changed into a newer opening theme as of Season 5, since they see the original theme as an iconic piece of the show that has been around for seven years, and demand ScrewAttack to change it back for the sake of the show's image.
    • Similarly, Death Battle's use of original music instead of iconic tracks from each combatants' franchises starting from Season 4 onward did not go well with some fans, as they felt the charm the show originally had is now lost.
    • Some felt that removing the “FIGHT” before matches Season 6 onward removed some of the fun, especially in some cases where it could easily be inserted without interruption.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In Eggman vs. Wily.
      • Mecha Knuckles gets even less done than Scratch and Grounder, getting barely two seconds of screen time before he's destroyed by Guts Man.
      • Mecha Sonic never gets to use his Golden Super Mode.
      • Bass' Super Mode is only used in a futile attempt to stop Metal Sonic from going One-Winged Angel, when he was the only Robot Master strong enough to take him on.
    • In Shadow vs. Vegeta.
      • Super Shadow spent most of his time teleporting Super Saiyan Vegeta around via Chaos Control, which ultimately led to his undoing.
      • Shadow never gets to use Chaos Blast, only a failed attempt at using it just before his energy runs out.
    • Paralysis is brought up when listing Pikachu's moves and abilities, but it never makes an appearance in the actual fight. In an odd inversion of We're Still Relevant, Dammit!, electrical types (Like what Bianca would qualify as) have been immune to paralysis since Pokemon generation Six, which debuted after the episode.
    • Luigi's Negative Zone had loads of potential, but its "unreliability" (of the eight possible effects, between zero and three effects are distributed at random) lead to none of the seriously debilitating effects making an appearance and affecting Tails; the random effects appeared to be "uncontrollable tripping" and "timeslow from the Stopwatch item", the former of which is negated entirely by jumping/flying, Tails' forte.
    • When fighting Kirby, Buu directly turns into Kid Buu while skipping Super Buu form, who is without a doubt the smartest of the Buus. Conversely, Kirby's ability to create Helpers and many of his Copy Abilities like Rock, Ultra Sword, and Crash aren't used at all. Granted, researching and animating all of Buu's fighting forms and Kirby's abilities would've taken too much time as the episode was already delayed.
    • During the rundown of Tommy Oliver's and the Tigerzord, it was determined that Tommy could call on the Zords of the other rangers (as they had done so before on the show) which he uses to form the MegaTigerzord. However, since he could call any of the other rangers' Zords, there was nothing stopping him from calling the Red Dragon Zord or the Tor Carrier Zord to form the ThunderUltrazord. Granted ... while Tor alone could tank a melee attack from Serpentara, the ThunderUltrazord was notoriously slow, and it's final attack (flying up and landing on the enemy) would have been near impossible to land on the very quick Epyon, so it likely would have made little to no difference anyway.
    • Hawkeye Vs. Green Arrow: While we get to see Hawkeye's 25 megaton arrow and the massive destruction that it brings, we don't get to see Green Arrow's warhead arrow.
    • Charizard vs. Greymon: SkullGreymon and MetalGreymon are mentioned in the character summations, but don't make an appearance in the battle itself, although Agumon didn't need those forms to win the battle.
    • In Dante vs Bayonetta, both Trish and Jeanne step in to assist their partners. At one point Dante and Trish attack together, however Bayonetta and Jeanne don't get the same opportunity, even though combined they have been able to summon a Physical God to fight on their behalf. Whether or not Queen Sheba may have any sort of impact on the battle is unknown, but it does seem odd with the two together there was not even an attempt at a combined summoning. Although considering that Trish and Jeanne's inclusions would count as outside help, it most likely that Queen Sheba's use wouldn't be allowed anyway.
    • Bowser wasn't given a whole lot; Giga Bowser, Meowser, the magic staves/wands, the Double Cherry, and the Safety Ring in particular were not considered. The community consensus agrees that those last three would be a viable counter for Ganon's killing magic and could possibly circumvent his holy weapons no-limits fallacy.
    • On the other hand, Ganondorf's weapons and extensive magical abilities are mentioned but all-but completely ignored sans his trident (and only in Ganon form) and light balls, which sort of rounds out with Bowser's single hammer and tennis racket. He largely fights using hand-to-hand while only using his magical blasts occassionally, which can leave a sour taste in those who dislike his portrayal in Super Smash Bros. who almost exclusively fights bare-handed.
    • Neither Clank nor Daxter were given their Super Mode (Giant/Alpha Clank and Dark Daxter) and Ratchet wasn't given any of his higher-tier armor or gadget boots.
    • Similar to Shadow vs. Vegeta, Shadow and Mewtwo hardly demonstrated much of their abilities during their Death Battle, mostly due to Mewtwo not screwing around and getting right to the point by mind-wiping Shadow. Unlike the first time though, Shadow does get to use Chaos Blast.
    • One of the many complaints of Tracer vs Scout is that Scout was not given his full arsenal, or at the very least, not given more of his iconic weapons like the Mad Milk, the Sandman, and the Flying Guillotine. And while the Force-A-Nature and the Soda Popper where mentioned in the analysis, they were never actually used in the fight. On top of that, Scout's double jump ability and running speed were never put to good use. In addition, some people also complained that Scout should've gained access to his Mann vs Machine upgrades like the canteens and the magic spells from Halloween mode.
    • During Amy Rose vs Ramona Flowers, Ramona pulls Amy into her subspace bag to fight her emotional clones. What could have been one of the most interesting and fast paced sequences of the season is quickly thrown out the window and Amy defeats them all within five seconds off-screen.
    • A minor one with Natsu VS Ace but prior to the episode's release, Ben revealed a teaser for the episode, showing the setting to be almost exactly the same as the previous Fairy Tail VS One Piece fight; Zoro VS Erza. This lead many people to assume that the fight would start due to Natsu going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for Erza's death. Instead Erza doesn't get so much as a mention and the fight starts because Ace stole food.
    • A minor one with DBX's Vegeta vs. Zod fight — while they loved the fight, after hearing Lanipator's angry roars as Vegeta pummels Zod over kidnapping Trunks, many fans wished that they used Bulma instead, just so they could hear Lani's take on Vegeta's famous "THAT'S MY BULMA!" line.
    • The fight music for Jotaro VS Kenshiro was called 'Bizarre Stars'. While the music was overall well received, a majority of fans were disappointed that the song was not called 'Fist of the Joestar'.
    • Many were disappointed that Crash didn't say "WOAH!" at any point during his bout with Spyro. Not even in death.
    • Likewise, it's a bit disappointing not to have Pit say "I'M FINISHED!" upon death. Fans of Kid Icarus Uprising were also disappointed that Pit didn't get to break the fourth wall during the fight.
    • A minor complaint, but some fans are disappointed that Leon Kennedy VS Frank West wasn't saved for October for an appropriate Halloween-themed Death Battle, since both combatants have experience in fighting the undead. There's even a segment mid-way through the fight where both combatants fight hordes of zombies in-between, making the episode an ironic twist of wasted opportunity for such an occasion. From the same fight, we sadly don't get to see more of Frank's ability to dress up as other Capcom characters and imitate their weapons and powers beyond a single Mega Buster shot, which is especially unfortunate as one of them is based on one of Leon's fellow Resident Evil characters, Jill Valentine.
    • Jin Kazama has his voice lines from his Street Fighter X Tekken voice actor Brad Swaile. Brad did do a decent job, but due to the main Tekken games having characters speak their native languages, most would have preferred that Screwattack re-used voice lines from his Japanese Seiyuu, Isshin Chiba.
    • Ben 10 appearing as a character meant this was inevitable, but some felt a few select aliens would have been interesting for Hal to engage. In particular were Feedback and Chromostone due to their Energy Absorption powers and Upgrade possibly hacking into the Power Ring. Other popular choices were fan favorites that could have made the fight more entertaining, namely Rath. In fact, all the aliens used were from the Original Series (XLR 8, Four Arms, Heatblast, Grey Matter and Way Big) with the exception of Alien X.
    • A lot of fans wanted Mitsuru to use the infamous Marin Karin during the fight, because of how absolutely hilarious it could have been to see Weiss charmed by Mitsuru.note  Unfortunately, Marin Karin was never even mentioned by name, and was only part of Mitsuru's background screen... though it is said how much she uses it.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Being the most requested, longest, most extensive and most viewed video of the series to date, it's pretty obvious that the first Goku VS Superman casts a heavy shadow over Death Battle in terms of production and scale. Not so much that the rest is not enjoyable, but just Overshadowed by Awesome. As of Season 5, that status seems to have been shifted to Thanos VS Darkseid.
    • Many felt that the Season 2 finale, Pokemon vs Digimon, failed to live up to the hype that comes with a season finale. Not helped by the fact that Goku vs Superman 2 was treated as a regular episode earlier in the season.
    • The Season 3 premier episode featured a gorgeous 3D animation of Bayonetta vs Dante (arguably one of the best ever so far). Immediately after that Death Battle, the pilot episode of the new Spin-Off called DBX premiered with Dante and Bayonetta's partners Trish and Jeanne fighting, with a completely different animator. The shift is downright jarring, especially since Jeanne and Trish were also fighting in the actual Death Battle only for their match to resolved in a much lower quality.
    • Season 3 in general is considered the worst season overall for the amount of controversy behind them, and coming right after Season 2 (which many consider had the most consistent results and fight scenes), and even before that, Season 1 (to the more nostalgic fans).
    • DBX was not well-received in comparison to One Minute Melee when it first began in 2016. A common complaint leveled at the show in its first season was that many of the fights felt slow and stiff in comparison to OMM (largely owing to using less experienced animators), though individual episodes like Ryu vs. Lucario, Bruce Lee vs The World, Jotaro vs Yu and Predator vs. Prophet, were generally well-liked, and even "joke" episodes like Ronald McDonald vs Colonel Sanders and Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton were well-received. Overall, it's generally agreed that the show improved significantly during its second season, with most fights gaining much more praise.
    • With Torrian stepping down as lead 3D animator, concerns have been voiced about the quality of future battles without him at the helm. If the positive reception to the new team's first animation (Optimus Prime vs. Gundam) is any indication, it can at least be said that they are going off on a good start.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Donkey Kong's sprites may be this for some. His body is disturbingly realistic, what with the overly muscly build and Popeye-tier arms that seem too long for the body, and his head looks like it could pop off from it at any second. Borders onto Nightmare Fuel thanks to some of DK's deranged expressions, which makes him look less like a cartoonish and friendly gorilla and more like a feral and rabid creature.
    • The character models for the Voltron Paladins stick out as being rather uncomfortable to look at compared to just about everything else in their fight.
  • Unexpected Character: According to Ben, they often invoke this every few episodes so that they get to look into a variety of other franchises and surprise viewers with more bizarre ideas.
    • Sektor, who's a secondary villain in the Mortal Kombat mythos and not as popular as the other cyborgs. Even Boomstick thinks Cyrax should've fought Fulgore.
    • While One Piece characters were commonly requested for Death Battle over the years, the fact that the manga has yet to be finished had almost everyone dismissing them for a long while to come. Then came Roronoa Zoro's announcement, which caught a lot of people by surprise. Almost nobody expected him (or any One Piece character for the matter) to appear this early. The same could also be said for Erza Scarlet to a lesser extent, because like One Piece, the Fairy Tail manga was still ongoing at the time of release, albeit in its final arc.
    • When Scrooge McDuck was announced, nearly everyone expected his opponent to be either Wario or Mr. Krabs, given that both of these characters share similar traits to Scrooge like greed, obsession with wealth, and treasure hunting. Almost nobody expected Shovel Knight. Similarly, Scrooge himself was an unexpected choice to appear in Death Battle as a combatant, because nearly everyone thought he was either unfit, too obscure, or just unlikely.
    • When Carnage was announced for a Death Battle, no one could have possibly called his opponent: Lucy from Elfen Lied. Though they're both incredibly similar in abilities and personality, Elfen Lied is a Cult Classic, with Lucy not having nearly the amount of requests or popularity as Carnage would.
    • Though Ultron was requested to appear in the series, most fans expected him to be pitted against Brainiac rather than Sigma. It's also Hilarious in Hindsight after the two joined forces as a Big Bad Duumvirate and merged in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - in fact, Ultron-Sigma's existence itself was cited as a reason why Ultron vs. Sigma grew in popularity over time.
    • While thematic, Black Widow and Widowmaker had their fair share of alternate requested opponents before their match-up was announced. The latter in particular was expected to continue the Overwatch/Team Fortress 2 rivalry against the Sniper, or even just fight another sniper like Deadshot. The former, meanwhile, was expected to face off against someone like Batgirl.
    • Ben 10 vs. Green Lantern caught many offguard. While both have been requested, it was more common to pit Ben against someone like Danny Phantom and Green Lantern against Nova. The former is from a youth-oriented action animated series, the latter is from a cosmic comic book series with a wide mythos aimed primarily at adults. While thematically they make sense, it was a matchup few would even think of, let alone request.
    • Weiss vs. Mitsuru is a downplayed example. While many have been asking for a Shin Megami Tensei: Persona character to appear for a while, many expected either Joker, Yu, or Aigis over a supporting party member like Mitsuru. Downplayed, though, since given Death Battle's general hesitance to include RPG characters (citing the genre's emphasis on player-influence and choice introducing too many variables to really get a sense of what the character is canonically capable of accomplishing), it makes more sense for them to include a character like Mitsuru, who has a more concrete powerset as well as a greater focus in spinoff games like Persona 4: Arena, making her a better fit than one of the more customizable Wild Card characters.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: Not only do we get a generous handful of math, science, and history lessons throughout the series; but many viewers also gain an interest on the more obscure combatants and their series. Oftentimes, the more obscure combatant of the battle typically draws more interest by fans who go on to learn about them, Bucky O'Hare and Gamera being big examples.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Possibly part of the massive backlash from Goku Vs. Superman. Superman is portrayed as rather arrogant and somewhat disrespectful of Goku as well as being cocky and angered by Goku's challenge. These are all traits shared by DBZ villains, thus subconsciously side with Goku. What isn't considered here is the fact that Superman is usually a pretty chill and reasonable person outside of the Death Battle and his attitude here is probably because he doesn't like to fight and Goku is forcing him to.
    • This actually gets brought up Scrooge McDuck vs Shovel Knight. One panel of Scrooge's comic has him stating that he was taught how to knife fight "Injun" style. Wiz uses this opportunity to explain that Scrooge is an old character, and that times have changed. Boomstick simply calls it racism.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Several of the Death Battles can apply, but of note is Thor vs. Raiden. Every subsequent battle ended up like this, due to their animator, Jordan Lange, who started animating the series as of Zelda vs. Peach.
    • Goku vs. Superman. It's fully 3D, less polygonal than Link vs. Cloud, and the attack animations are amazing.
    • Robocop vs. Terminator. Besides the lack of lipsyncing, the animation is EXQUISITE.
    • Godzilla vs Gamera tops the other ones, provided it's not in the water.
    • For a sprite battle not really based in 3D, Ryu vs. Scorpion looks awesome, including one moment about half-way through the battle that looks like it was hand drawn by both Capcom and Neatherrealm Studios just for this sort of occasion.
    • Deadpool vs. Deathstroke continues the trend of spectacular 3D battles. There's a lot going on at any given time, and it looks almost flawless throughout.
    • Kirby vs Majin Buu shows how highpace a fight can be even without needing two Dragon Ball characters. Kirby was able to keep up with the lightning fast action making it feel like a true Dragon Battle fight scene.
    • The remastered Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran fight is the best looking death battles at the point of making.
    • Guts vs Nightmare is almost like seeing a Berserk episode in sprite mode. Gut's brutal fighting style, mix with Nightmare's overwhelming power it's truly a clash as big as their giant swords.
    • Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor is yet another gorgeous 3D battle. Even the little things like Iron Man's HUD have an incredible amount of detail to them.
    • The premier spy battle: Solid Snake vs. Sam Fisher. For one the fight is a much more suspenseful affair, befitting Snake and Sam's natures. When both of them are not trying to find each other, they engage in three well-animated fistfights, with their pistols and knives added in later.
    • Goku vs Superman 2 is arguably even more gorgeous than the first one, with some jaw-dropping back-and-forth action.
    • Donkey Kong vs Knuckles is also worth seeing, despite DK's weirdly shape sprite it still manages to entertain adding loony-tunes like comedy between the knuckleheads, a mine cart section like in the Donkey Kong Return games, and a good showcase of the abilities of the two combatants; Knuckle's gliding and digging prowess, and DK's strength and coconut gun.
    • Wolverine vs. Raiden was also quite spectacular and awesome, with the effects escalating with the battle itself.
    • Hercule vs. Dan Hibiki has very fluid animation for a sprite-based battle, and pulls off several levels of zoom without looking cheap.
    • Yang Xiao Long vs. Tifa Lockheart is proud to continue upholding the 3D battle tradition even if at times Tifa looks a little off, with special mention going to the climax.
    • Mega Man vs. Astro Boy displays gorgeous animation all-round- from the different projectiles and weapons Mega Man uses to Astro Boy's flight and laser animations, it's often considered one of the best-animated 2D battles so far.
    • Pokemon vs. Digimon has some pretty good animation for the combatants, specially the climax between Mega Charizard and Wargreymon.
    • Dante vs. Bayonetta has been rightfully praised for its visual flair, doing the Hot-Blooded action of both combatants' series justice. Even those who disagreed with the results praised Torrian's skill as an animator.
    • Ratchet and Clank vs Jak and Daxter has colorful and amazing visuals with hilarious gags to complement the fast-paced action in the style of both games.
    • Joker vs Sweet Tooth has fluid animation with an intense vehicular battle at the start and the combatants looking well-animated with nearly every little action they do.
    • Regardless of feelings on whether the fight should have happened in the first place, The Meta vs. Agent Carolina has stunning animation throughout, particularly when the two start using their various armor enhancements.
    • Cammy vs Sonya's dynamic camera angles and special effects (with the exception of the close-ups on the sprite animations) have caused many viewers to declare it one of the best animated 2D fights of the series.
    • Ken vs Terry has fast pacing where you can feel every punch the fighter throws, cinematics integrated smoothly with the animation and awesome visual effects. Many have declared it a huge improvement with respects the other sprite death battles this season, and some says that this was one the best 2D death battles ever.
    • Amy vs Ramona is a wacky visual experience, with a fast-paced fight complimented with a beautiful background. This episode along with the last one restore fans faith in the 2D battles.
    • Hulk vs Doomsday does both characters justice in a awesome way. No fancies choreographies, no hiding, no backflips, only a powerful brawl with plenty of collateral destruction. No wonder why the team have problems with the render farms. These two fighters are just too strong that they break everything.
    • Zoro vs Erza is regarded by many as the best 2D fight in the season. The battle shows in a glorious way all the abilities the fighters are famous for, including Erza's magic armors and Zoro's abilities with his swords.
    • Season 4 begins with a bang. The animation of Lara vs Nathan is spectacular. It has everything: gun shooting, melee fighting, an awesome background, vehicles race. It feels like you're seeing a movie that makes justice both characters and franchises.
    • Scrooge McDuck vs Shovel Knight proves that you don't need some fancy 3D models or detailed sprites to make a very entertaining battle. With only 8bit sprites (and a good animator), you can make an awesome (and gory) show.
    • Venom vs Bane adds tension and cinematography along with a fitting dark environment has made this battle one worth seeing not for flashiness, but well-built setups and memorable dissonance. Doesn't hurt to also see both Bane and Venom's villanous persona coming out.
    • The long-waited Megazord vs Voltron is a huge milestone in the series. Torrian manages to put a fantastic fight with a beautiful choreography, more impressive if you take in account that neither character (including the individual Zords or humans) had detailed 3D models. They had to create them from scratch. And yet, it's been cited as one of the best animated fights in the entire series.
    • Natsu vs Ace was also a very well-done battle. Mixing together the sprite and anime style of the fight, along with the heated atmosphere between the two fire-wielders it's one where it'll keep you on the edge of your seat. The death should also be worth mentioning for how graphic and detailed it was.
    • The return of Zack to Screwattack was impressive. Android 18 vs Captain Marvel was a quick and splendid display of all the powers of both characters. It's feel like the fight was ripped from Dragon Ball Z (appropriate for one of the combatants)
    • Metal Sonic vs Zero is a high-speed battle with several impressive visual effects, and even incorporates both 2D and rendered 3D models of both combatants, the latter of which are animated every bit as fluid as the 2D effects.
    • After a series of fights with lasers, guns, swords, magic, and city-breaking hits, Balrog vs. TJ Combo gives us a good ol' boxing match that replaces all of that with tight choreography, intense impact, and close camera angles to make it feel real.
    • Shredder vs Silver Samurai isn't just fluid, but also uses comic book-style cinematics that look awesome and do justice to the origins of both characters.
    • Smokey vs McGruff was the first hand-drawn episode and it was praised for its originality and quality of the animation, with some people calling it like something straight out of the best times of Cartoon Network.
    • Thor vs Wonder Woman is an awesome fight with an beautiful animation, intense choreography and nice changes in the background. It has perfect equilibrium between the destructive power of the Asgardian prince and the graceful in close combat of the Amazonian princess.
    • In a battle between two of Shonen Jump's most famous protagonists, Naruto vs. Ichigo delivers with fantastic usage of both combatants and their arsenal in a fast-paced fight that gives it a look and feel to the fights of both anime.
    • Perfect to close the season 4, which is generally well liked in the fanbase, we have Sephiroth vs Vergil. We have fast-paced action, an intense choreography and an awesome representation of the skills and power of these powerful villains.
    • Raven vs Twilight Sparkle shows all the magical power these two characters have. Props to the animator for all the additional edits needed for the battle that have to be added manually, like Twilight's wings and Raven's Soul-Self. Even these don't affect the fluidity of the animation.
    • When you think that the clash between the ORAORAORA vs ATATATATA was enough, you receive an dedicated team with original animation for the characters and the display of all the crazy powers of Kenshiro and Jotaro's stand, Star Platinum, in a fluid and quick display of manliness.
    • Crash vs Spyro was the first CG fight of Season 5, and does a great job of showing Crash's bouncy insanity, as well as Spyro's elemental attacks.
    • Sora vs Pit ended up being a high-octane battle, starting on the ground and quickly taking to the skies, complete with fluid animation and sprite work. Bonus points for when Sora uses Stopaga.
    • Leon Kennedy vs. Frank West mixes smooth melee combat with fast-paced action by integrating zombies into the fight, and has been overall received by many in the fanbase to be the best looking fight of Season 5 thus far.
    • Doctor Strange vs. Doctor Fate has very slick animation, made even better by how the early stages of the fight take the combatants to a wide variety of backgrounds without looking out of place in any of them. Extra credit to the water effects during the underwater segment.
    • Ryu vs. Jin complements its strong choreography with a mix of 2D effects and massively destructive attacks from both opponents to bring one of the best 3D fights in the series.
    • Samurai Jack vs. Afro Samurai is one of the series' few hand-drawn fights, and creates a great fight with fluid and fast-paced choreography with switches between camera angles that make it cinematic, intense, and even surprising between the two samurai.
    • Carnage vs Lucy is a fight that looks like it belongs in a Marvel movie. The choreography and pacing manage to up the atmosphere and the spectacular voice acting and hand drawn animations manage to make this a fight worth watching.
    • The new 3D animating team really did a great job on the Unreal Engine with Optimus Prime vs. Gundam. They create a great fight, changing between space and land, showing both combatant's expertise in long range and close combat, and including elements like hand-drawing for Amuro and Optimus's truck form. Many have called it the best fight of the season until now.
    • Mario vs Sonic 2018 was animated by the same people who did Smokey vs Mcgruff, and the quality certainly shows. It has already received praise for its stellar animation as well as being a fast paced yet impactful fight , yet at the same time showing due respect to each combatants's showcased abilities and Power-ups throughout the years. Many agree that it is of even superior quality compared to Smokey vs Mcgruff.
    • Thanos vs. Darkseid is simply beautiful. The episode does both of these godly supervillains justice, starting their titanic showdown in New York before it eventually reaches universal levels. Not to mention the work that went into the effects for both the Infinity Gauntlet and the Omega Force.
    • Black Widow vs. Widowmaker features a beautifully cinematic fight, giving each characters' arsenal plenty of tricks across a city chase, and climaxing with a tightly choreographed hand to hand fight.
    • Ben 10 vs. Green Lantern is an excellently fast-paced fight, even featuring fluid traditional animation for Ben's transformations and Hal's constructs.
    • Weiss vs. Mitsuru is an impressive, fast-paced 3D fight incorporating beautiful effects and fluid motion from both combatants and their summons/Persona. RWBY fans though still perhaps disappointed at Weiss' loss have said the quality of the fight scene bodes well for Volume 7.
  • Vocal Minority: There may be episodes with their fair share of detractors, some more extreme than others, but for every person who hates the fight or thinks it's wrong, there's probably five more who don't care, agree, or just want to see another one.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • For many, Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter saved Season 3 after the previous two battles went down in infamy for multiple reasons.
    • When The Meta vs. Agent Carolina was announced, many expressed disappointment at the fact it was two characters from the same series and being a collab with RoosterTeeth. When the actual fight came, some of those people were brought around both through the unique nature of the fight (with the Reds and Blues taking part in the analysis with all the Hilarity Ensues that implies) and the quality of the animation, plus the humor. Not everyone, especially those who already hated Yang vs Tifa (see Fan Hater above), but many.
    • Ken VS Terry is shaping up to be the most well-received 2D fight of Season 3 thus far, and is considered by quite a few to be a return to form for the series as a whole. Most definitely helping this; it came right after Tracer VS Scout, one of the most poorly-received episodes of the season, if not the whole show.
    • It seems Season 4 as a whole is doing this, what with the fights being much closer and the winners being much less controversial than the previous season. (Not to mention featuring Power Rangers vs Voltron, one of the most requested fights in the show's history). Although, it is still receiving some flak for its more "lopsided" match-ups (Scrooge McDuck vs Shovel Knight, Venom vs Bane, and Android 18 vs Captain Marvel comes to mind).
    • Like Season 4, Season 2 of DBX is agreed to be much better than the previous one. The jump in quality is so big that some fans says that DBX has surpassed his direct competitor, One Minute Melee. This is due to the less experimentation, the experience the new animators have been gaining, and the internal problems Hyun Dojo have to retain their animators, who returned to Screwattack.
    • To a lesser extent, the announcement of Balrog vs. TJ Combo received derision from fans of the series, many of whom thought it was a decision that no one asked for. Pre-episode announcements like the fight being animated by Torrian and being presented as an actual boxing match quelled some of the matchup's critics, and when the episode was finally released, it received critical acclaim, considered by many to be the best fight of Season 4, if not the entire show.
    • After Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie was considered anticlimactic as a finale for the third season, the fourth season finale Vergil vs. Sephiroth was praised as more fitting and epic upon announcement.
  • The Woobie:
    • Luigi and Tails are probably the two most pitiable combatants in Death Battle to date. Luigi is in a perpetual state of fear and never has his accomplishments recognized, while Tails had his parents killed mere minutes after his birth. Putting the two of them in a fight to the death feels horribly wrong. In particular, Luigi's last scream is chilling, and there's a Wild Mass Guess that he's doing this out of grief-induced madness over his brother's death. Not only that, but Tails must now live with the fact that he had to kill a man at such a young age in order to survive.
    • Zechs Merquise could count as well after the events of Epyon vs Tigerzord. Ocular Gushers or not, it's still sad to see him pitifully crying over his dead girlfriend among the ruins of her Gundam.
    • Guts has had more shit heaped on him than the previous three characters combined. He started out as an infant birthed from a corpse and things somehow went downhill for him from there. And considering the entries on the Esoteric Happy Ending, Fridge Horror and Nightmare Fuel sections, he's not going to have a good fate even after destroying Nightmare and Soul Edge.
    • Hank McCoy, AKA The Beast, was rejected by his hometown and even his own parents when it became apparent he was a mutant. He was so distraught that he tried to use his scientific knowledge to "cure" his mutation, but ended up looking even more inhuman than before.
    • Goliath, his opponent, is no slouch in the sadness department. He lost most of his clan to a bunch of ungrateful bastards they were supposed to protect, and the remnants of this family were cursed to never awaken again until the castle they slept on flew above the clouds. By a stroke of luck, it did, but Goliath and the last of his clan were now confronted with the challenge of adjusting to a land they knew nothing about.
    • It's hard not to feel sorry for Dan Hibiki. Nothing the guy tries ever goes his way, he's a natural klutz who always botches his chances at looking awesome and upon making it to the afterlife, his father shuns him in disappointment. His opponent in contrast, actually manages to score an actual victory.
    • He's only a Woobie in the actual Death Battle, but Red really got it bad. Sure, he tried to capture Agumon, but getting the crap kicked out of him by Tai, having his legs broken by Charizard being thrown at him, and being burned alive along with his Pokemon by Wargreymon's Terra Force ranks among one of the most disturbing fates a Death Battle combatant has suffered, especially since he's only 16 years old.
    • Red also stands out as unique among combatants in that he never seemed to realize, at any point during the fight, that it was a fight to the death.
    • If you're at all familiar with Friendship is Magic, then you'd know Twilight Sparkle's had a lot of Break the Cutie moments, and the poor thing can become a Nervous Wreck whose actions sometimes end up making a situation worse. The fight proper ends up with her having to fight for her life against a royally pissed off Raven due to an accident, end up inadvertently making the situation worse with the Want It Need It spell, have all her emotions drained by her Soul-Self, and then get rammed into the ground by said Soul-Self at Mach 36. At the very least, it's ambiguous as to whether she perished from the impact, but then that leaves a Morton's Fork: are you okay with her being dead and watching as all of Equestria is forced to move on without their beloved princess, or do you want her to survive and see a disillusioned Raven?
    • Spyro ends up becoming this, even more than in The Legend of Spyro trilogy: despite the fact that he won, he watched his adoptive brother get squished by Crash before the battle began and is now stuck as Dark Spyro due to Cynder being nowhere in sight.
    • Poor Volnutt was given no mercy. Being outclassed by all the other Mega Men in the fight, Volnutt was quickly determined to have no chance of winning, as his own power, while impressive, was nothing compared to even Mega Man Classic's. In the end, he was ignored like a nuisance by all the other Mega Men and went down with little fanfare.
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