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Pitting pop culture's deadliest characters in a duel to the death! Experts Wiz and Boomstick analyze each fighter's weapons, armor, and skills... and then the battle begins! Who will win? Who will die?
~ Tagline
DEATH BATTLE!
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Genre Action, Comedy
Creator(s) Ben Singer
Year of Creation 2010

DEATH BATTLE! is a popular web-based video show hosted by "Wizard" (Ben Singer) and "Boomstick" (Chad James) presented by ScrewAttack. The show pits two or more fictional characters from different medias such as moviescomicsmangatelevision programsliterature and video games, and create a simulated battle to the death. The characters are analyzed with their respective powers, strengths, and weaknesses, to determine a winner.

The show's first season has 25 episodes. The first 18 episodes were featured exclusively on ScrewAttack's YouTube account, and starting with episode 19 the series is now posted to the redesigned Screwattack.com, with a delayed posting of past fights to their YouTube page.

The second season of DEATH BATTLE premiered on May 31, 2013, more than four months after the first season finale. The season ended on December 15, 2015, with a total of 32 episodes for the season, bringing the total number of DEATH BATTLE episodes to 57.

Season 3 premiered on March 16, 2016 in order to focus on finding more staff to expand their series. The season ended on December 21st, 2016, with a total of 14 episodes for the season, the shortest season so far, bringing the total number of DEATH BATTLE episodes to 71.

Season 4 premiered in February 1, 2017 with the first fight revealed in January 2017.

Format Overview

The idea of the show is to pit two or more fictional characters and pit them against each other in a simulated "death battle". Before the start of the battle, an analysis of the character's powers are listed together with their other stats such as strengths, weaknesses, physicality (weight, height, age, intellect), and weapons. This is done by extensive research of each of the characters, and taking notes from various known experts, collaboration from various conventions (e.g. Comic-Con), official websites, and franchise encyclopedias. People and fans are sometimes interviewed in these conventions to know their opinions about the battle.[2] All other traits will be represented with accuracy based on the character's canon universes. If the characters has multiple versions, the most well-known and modern version will be the one chosen. After studying the characters, a conclusion is made to who is the winner and the reason he/she is triumphant. This is shown in a form of a virtual battle in either 2D sprites or 3D CGI. Many of the characters involved are voiced by many YouTube personalities such as MasakoX and ItsJustSomeRandomGuy.

Because the show is entitled "DEATH BATTLE!" and its idea is to create a virtual "fight to the death", characters in the virtual simulation kill their opponents, even though many of them are canonically indifferent to killing (such as Batman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesRebecca Black). These are made as a "What If" scenario for entertainment purposes, and does not go against the accuracy of the analysis of the respective winner. In the case of Justin Bieber versus Rebecca Black however, the battle was satirically made for comedic purpose. As of episode 51, 2D battles are animated by Mali and Zack and 3D battles are animated by Torrian Crawford.

Scheduling

ScrewAttack! typically releases a new DEATH BATTLE! three weeks after the current DEATH BATTLE!. In the first two weeks they release a teaser about each combatant, primarily about their background and in the third week the DEATH BATTLE! is released at various times. After the battle ScrewAttack! will reveal the next combatant(s) for the next match-up, and the process restarts again.

On Tuesdays, starting with Boba Fett VS Samus Aran Remastered, a special live-stream, dubbed DEATH BATTLE! Live, is ocassionally hosted on Twitch and Youtube at 8:00 pm Central Time by Ben Singer, Chad James, and Craig Skistimas. During the live-stream they answer questions about their plans for the show and the actual battle, and a live poll of the current battle is featured. The battle that usually holds the livestream typically holds some significance. So far, only four live-streams have been hosted.

Merchandise

In order to promote DEATH BATTLE!, ScrewAttack! has released merchandise, primarily T-Shirts to help spread the word about the show. Due to merging with RoosterTeeth and its family, most T-Shirts are available on the RoosterTeeth store.

  • The first one known as DEATH BATTLE! T-Shirt is a black T-Shirt with the logo in the center, with blood splatters behind the logo to illustrate the bloody motif of the show. To promote it, ScrewAttack! released a joke DEATH BATTLE! known as DEATH BATTLE! VS The World, in which the T-Shirt was analyzed and was put in a fight with all T-Shirts, but emerged victorious.
  • The second shirt known as ScrewAttack DEATH BATTLE Shirt features a grey T-Shirt with the grey logo in the centered. This shirt greatly resembles the first one, albeit the blood splatters. This shirt has frequently been worn by DEATH BATTLE! staff members at ScrewAttack!
  • The third one known as First Fallen, is so far the most graphically designed T-Shirt. Unlike the previous two, the DEATH BATTLE! logo is moved to the bottom, with the entire center of the shirt showing 60 skulls. As the name of the shirt implies, the skulls represent the first 60 DEATH BATTLE! combatants who lost (and were subsequently killed), with each skull showing some iconic trait of the character (Boba Fett with half of his helmet, Goku with his hair, and Goomba and Koopa's skulls being shaped to resemble them as opposed to standard human skulls).

Rules

Note: While some rules have been officially stated, some are generally implied during DEATH BATTLE!

  • The combatants can only know of each other if they do know each other in canon in both official universes. Otherwise, they cannot know each other's move-sets. Even if they do know of each other in canon, no one is allowed to prepare for the fight. Although they are allowed to know the other combatents name. As shown in Iron Man VS Lex Luthor.
  • A Death Battle, as entitled, has to end with the loser dying (though not necessarily at the hands of the winner, as shown when Dan Hibiki accidentally ingested one of Hercule Satan's capsules), or at least "dead" as far as physical forms are concerned (for example, being reduced to little more than a ghost, or gods and similar characters left with no working mortal avatar to continue fighting with).
  • Pacifist combatants will not have their peaceful nature interrupt the fight, and both combatants will have any personality restraints from killing removed.
  • All other traits will be represented with accuracy based on the combatants' canon universes. In addition, all consistent and canon sources available during the time of the episode's release will be examined by the hosts.
  • Characters with multiple incarnations, such as Link, Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Godzilla, will be composites combining the best aspects of their various incarnations, unless said incarnation is drastically different from other incarnations. If a specific incarnation of a character is chosen, the canon used will most likely be the most popular depiction.
  • To get as many common abilities as possible, the warrior will be shown at their latest depictions or their oldest age as an active combatant. 
  • To ensure fairness, no player influences can be present during the battle. This includes player-customized move-sets (in the case of Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda) as well special combatant training from player (in the case of Pokemon).

Episodes

Season 1

Episode # Overall Episode Name Original Air Date Thumbnail Reception (YouTube)
1 1 Boba Fett VS Samus Aran December 6th, 2010
Boba Fett VS Samus Aran
87%
2 2 Akuma VS Shang Tsung December 21st, 2010
Akuma VS Shang Tsung
94%
3 3 Rogue VS Wonder Woman January 3rd, 2011
Rogue VS Wonder Woman
91%
4 4 Goomba VS Koopa January 17th, 2011
Goomba VS Koopa Official
94%
5 5 Haggar VS Zangief January 31st, 2011
Haggar VS Zangief
95%
6 6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale February 15th, 2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale
90%
7 7 Zitz VS Leonardo February 28th, 2011
Zitz VS Leonardo
95%
8 8 Yoshi VS Riptor March 14th, 2011
Yoshi VS Riptor Official
94%
9 9 Felicia VS Taokaka March 29th, 2011
Felicia VS Taokaka Official
84%
10 10 Kratos VS Spawn April 11th, 2011
Kratos VS Spawn Official
84%
11 11 Bomberman VS Dig Dug April 25th, 2011
Bomberman VS Dig Dug Official
92%
12 12 Vegeta VS Shadow May 9th, 2011
Vegeta VS Shadow Official
91%
13 13 Mario VS Sonic June 13th, 2011
Mario VS Sonic Official
83%
14 14 Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black July 12th, 2011
Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black
94%
15 15 Luke Skywalker VS Harry Potter August 12th, 2011
Luke Skywalker VS Harry Potter
89%
16 16 Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui August 30th, 2011
Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui
89%
17 17 Starscream VS Rainbow Dash September 23rd, 2011
Starscream VS Rainbow Dash
83%
18 18 Master Chief VS Doomguy October 18th, 2011
Master Chief VS Doomguy
85%
19 19 Eggman VS Wily December 25th, 2011
Eggman VS Wily Official
96%
20 20 Zelda VS Peach March 29th, 2012
Zelda VS Peach Official
73%
21 21 Thor VS Raiden May 5th, 2012
Thor VS Raiden Official
90%
22 22 Link VS Cloud July 13th, 2012
Link VS Cloud Official
85%
23 23 Batman VS Spider-Man August 10th, 2012
Batman VS Spider-Man
79%
24 24 Pikachu VS Blanka September 20th, 2012
Pikachu VS Blanka Official
76%
25 25 Goku VS Superman January 10th, 2013
Goku VS Superman
61%

Season 2

Episode # Overall Episode Name Original Air  Date Thumbnail Reception (YouTube)
1 26 He-Man VS Lion-O May 31th, 2013
He-Man VS Lion-O
95%
2 27 Shao Kahn VS M. Bison June 27th, 2013
Shao Kahn VS M. Bison
95%
3 28 Ryu Hayabusa VS Strider Hiryu August 2nd, 2013
Ryu Hayabusa VS Strider Hiryu
89%
4 29 Ivy VS Orchid September 13th, 2013
Ivy VS Orchid Official
94%
5 30 Fox VS Bucky O'Hare November 8th, 2013
Fox VS Bucky Official
97%
6 31 Terminator VS RoboCop Febuary 28th, 2014
Terminator VS RoboCop
82%
7 32 Luigi VS Tails March 22nd, 2014
Luigi VS Tails Official
84%
8 33 Pokémon Battle Royale April 12th, 2014
Pokémon Battle Royale
87%
9 34 Fulgore VS Sektor May 17th, 2014
Fulgore VS Sektor Official
95%
10 35 Godzilla VS Gamera August 17th, 2014
Godzilla VS Gamera
95%
11 36 Batman VS Captain America September 7th, 2014
Batman VS Captain America
89%
12 37 Tigerzord VS Gundam Epyon October 5th, 2014
Tigerzord VS Gundam Epyon
94%
13 38 Ryu VS Scorpion October 31st, 2014
Ryu VS Scorpion
93%
14 39 Deadpool VS Deathstroke December 12th, 2014
Deadpool VS Deathstroke Official
95%
15 40 Kirby VS Majin Buu December 19th, 2014
Kirby VS Majin Buu
77%
16 41 Ragna VS Sol Badguy January 9th, 2015
Ragna VS Sol Badguy Official
96%
17 42 Gaara VS Toph Feburary 7th, 2015
Gaara VS Toph Official
75%
18 43 Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered) February 26th, 2015
Boba Fett VS Samus Aran Remastered
91%
19 44 Chuck Norris VS Segata Sanshiro March 18th, 2015
Chuck Norris VS Segata Sanshiro
97%
20 45 Guts VS Nightmare April 8th, 2015
Guts VS Nightmare Official
97%
21 46 Iron Man VS Lex Luthor April 29th, 2015
Iron Man VS Lex Luthor Official
97%
22 47 Beast VS Goliath May 20th, 2015
Beast VS Goliath
94%
23 48 Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher June 2nd, 2015
Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher Official
95%
24 49 Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom July 1st, 2015
Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom Official
86%
25 50 Goku VS Superman 2 July 18th, 2015
Goku VS Superman 2
59%
26 51 Donkey Kong VS Knuckles August 12th, 2015
Donkey Kong VS Knuckles
83%
27 52 Wolverine VS Raiden September 8th, 2015
Wolverine VS Raiden Official
87%
28 53 Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki September 30th, 2015
Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki Official
95%
29 54 Yang VS Tifa October 21, 2015
Yang VS Tifa
91%
30 55 Mega Man VS Astro Boy November 11, 2015
Mega Man VS Astro Boy
85%
31 56 Green Arrow VS Hawkeye December 2, 2015
Green Arrow VS Hawkeye Official
86%
32 57 Pokémon VS Digimon December 15th, 2015
Pokémon VS Digimon
72%

Season 3

Episode # Overall Episode Name Original Air  Date Thumbnail Reception (YouTube)
1 58 Dante VS Bayonetta March 16th, 2016
Dante VS Bayonetta
95%
2 59 Bowser VS Ganon April 6th, 2016
Bowser VS Ganon
92%
3 60 Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter April 27th, 2016
Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter
91%
4 61 Flash VS Quicksilver May 18th, 2016
Flash VS Quicksilver Official
94%
5 62 Joker VS Sweet Tooth June 8th, 2016
Joker VS Sweet Tooth Official
96%
6 63 Mewtwo VS Shadow July 1st, 2016
Mewtwo VS Shadow Official
88%
7 64 Meta VS Carolina August 3rd, 2016
Meta VS Carolina
89%
8 65 Cammy VS Sonya August 17, 2016
Cammy VS Sonya Official
88%
9 66 Tracer VS Scout September 7, 2016
Tracer VS Scout
72%
10 67 Ken VS Terry September 28, 2016
Ken VS Terry Official
93%
11 68 Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers October 19th, 2016
Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers Official
88%
12 69 Hulk VS Doomsday November 9th, 2016
Hulk VS Doomsday Official
83%
13 70 Zoro VS Erza November 30th, 2016
Zoro VS Erza Official
91%
14 71 Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie December 21st, 2016
Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie
90%

Season 4

Episode # Overall Episode Name Original Air  Date Thumbnail Reception (YouTube)
1 72 Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake February 1st, 2017
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65%
2 73 Scrooge McDuck VS Shovel Knight March 1st, 2017
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83%
3 74 Venom VS Bane March 22nd, 2017
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93%
4 75 Power Rangers VS Voltron April 12th, 2017
Megazord VS Voltron (Official)
85%
5 76 Natsu VS Ace May 3rd, 2017
Natsu VS Ace (Official)
86%
6 77 Sub-Zero VS Glacius May 24th, 2017
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93%
7 78 Android 18 VS Captain Marvel June 14th, 2017
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91%
8 79 Metal Sonic VS Zero July 5th, 2017
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93%
9 80 Lucario VS Renamon July 26th, 2017
Lucario VS Renamon Official
92%
10 81 Balrog VS TJ Combo August 16th, 2017
Balrog VS TJ Combo (Official)
96%
11 82 Shredder VS Silver Samurai September 6th, 2017
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96%
12 83 Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog September 27th, 2017
Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog (Official)
91%
13 84 Thor VS Wonder Woman October 18th, 2017
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N/A

Animators

Ben Singer- Boba Fett VS Samus Aran, Akuma VS Shang Tsung, Rouge VS Wonder Woman, Goomba VS Koopa, Haggar VS Zangief, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale, Zitz VS Leonardo, Yoshi VS Riptor, Felicia VS Taokaka, Kratos VS Spawn, Bomberman VS Dig Dug, Vegeta VS Shadow, Mario VS Sonic, Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black, Luke Skywalker VS Harry Potter, Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui, Starscream VS Rainbow Dash, Master Chief VS Doomguy, Eggman VS Wily

Mr. Lange- Zelda VS Peach, Thor VS Raiden, Link VS Cloud, Batman VS Spider-Man, Pikachu VS Blanka, Goku VS Superman, He-Man VS Lion-O, Shao Khan VS M. Bison, Ryu Hayabusa VS Strider Hiryu, Ivy VS Orchid

Mali- Fox VS Bucky O'Hare, Pokémon Battle Royale, Tigerzord VS Gundam Epyon, Kirby VS Majin Buu, Gaara VS Toph, Beast VS Goliath, Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom

Torrian- Terminator VS Robocop, Godzilla VS Gamera, Deadpool VS Deathstroke, Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered), Iron Man VS Lex Luthor, Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher, Goku VS Superman 2, Wolverine VS Raiden, Yang VS Tifa, Pokémon VS Digimon, Dante VS Bayonetta, Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter, Joker VS Sweet Tooth, Meta VS Carolina, Tracer VS Scout, Hulk VS Doomsday, Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake, Power Rangers VS Voltron, Balrog VS TJ Combo, Thor VS Wonder Woman

Eric- Luigi VS Tails

Jaws- Fulgore VS Sektor

Zack- Batman VS Captain America, Ryu VS Scorpion, Ragna VS Sol Badguy, Chuck Norris VS Segata Sanshiro, Guts VS Nightmare, Donkey Kong VS Knuckles, Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki, Green Arrow VS Hawkeye, Android 18 VS Captain Marvel

Aquila- Mega Man VS Astro Boy, Lucario VS Renamon

Da Vaughn "Deejay" Henderson Jr.- Dante VS Bayonetta, Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter

Domination- Bowser VS Ganon, Mewtwo VS Shadow

Kixx6- Flash VS Quicksilver

The Psycho Dino- Flash VS Quicksilver

Jetz- Cammy VS Sonya, Ken VS Terry, Zoro VS Erza, Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie, Scrooge McDuck VS Shovel Knight, Natsu VS Ace, Metal Sonic VS Zero, Shredder VS Silver Samurai, Naruto VS Ichigo

Kayas- Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers, Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie, Venom VS Bane

JRAnimated- Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake, Power Rangers VS Voltron, Balrog VS TJ Combo, Thor VS Wonder Woman

Kiid- Sub-Zero VS Glacius

BlindFerret- Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog

Gallery

Trivia

  • It's been stated that the series had been inspired by the VS. Battle Series
    • However, as the show actually didn't pit fighters against each other, Ben Singer decided to do an actual series with actual fighting.
  • The original series' name was going to be Who Would Win?, and the original first episode (done completely by Ben Singer) even used that title.
    • However, it was later changed to the current name along with Chad James joining the show.
  • Season 3 is (so far) the only Season that doesn't feature a Battle Royale.

Start a Discussion Discussions about DEATH BATTLE!

  • Yang Xiao Long vs Guts

    7 messages
    • I would really like Yang to win, but it's difficult to say. In the speed and mobility catagory, yes, she wins. Endurance, on the other ha...
    • Guts wins, how is this even a debate?
  • Death Battles you disagree on?

    240 messages
    • Js250476 wrote:No they weren't not until early 2016 Actually they were. SA even admitted this that they had teamed up with RT to make Y...
    • Point s they didn't officially came together til March of 2016

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