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  • 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.
  • Alternative 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 either a stoner, or 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".
    • 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 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.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Shortly after the Goku vs. Superman Death Battle, two new DBZ movies (Battle of Gods and Resurrection F) were released, giving Goku a substantial power boost. This resulted in the first ever Death Battle rematch. Although this is an aversion, since the rematch has far worse reception than the original, and has the lowest like/dislike ratio (59%) of all the episodes on Youtube.
    • One Minute Melee's Bowser vs. Eggman episode 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.
      • Death Battle itself would follow suit on this, as Donkey Kong manages to defeat Knuckles in their fight.
    • As listed under Broken Base, 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. For Mega Man vs. Astro Boy, after they revealed 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 the same for the reveal of Pokemon vs. Digimon at the end of Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye.
    • Many were angry at some episodes having the opposite results of the research team. Thankfully, for Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter, 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 Shadow's power level, or so people thought, as Mewtwo ended up winning by about the same margin.
  • Awesome Ego: In Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor, both characters are known for this and deliver in full.
  • 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, Toph, and Yang are four important examples of this.
  • 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 moment isn't brought up later in the fight, and the Youtube version doesn't include it.
    • 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. It's a bizarre and pointless cameo.
  • Broken BaseOhhhh boy. By the show's very nature, it's essentially impossible to definitively confirm which character would win in a fight. Therefore, quite a few fans protest the results of most fights, much like in Deadliest Warrior. Doubly so for people who don't like the "to the death" aspect of the show, considering some of the combatants' reluctance or otherwise apathy towards killing.
    • Deadpool's fourth-wall humor in the Deathstroke vs Deadpool episode. Either you thought it was hilarious and top-notch, or it was obnoxious, tried too hard and came off as 'lol randumb.' Of course, this is an element that breaks the entire Deadpool base and isn't exclusive to his appearance in Death Battle.
    • Ragna the Bloodedge vs. Sol Badguy is getting this as well. While some accept the result, others are pointing out that Wiz and Boomstick got a lot of information wrong (particularly on the Blazblue side) and that the match should have ended the other way around. On the other hand, there are just as many people on a middle ground agreeing that despite the many Blazblue research errors, almost none of them actually made Ragna any weaker.
      • Also in regards to the Ragna vs. Sol Death Battle, the fact the battle was originally removed from YouTube due to ScrewAttack using a piece of fan art from artist "Na-Insoo" without his permission. While a good part of the fanbase thinks Na-Insoo is in the wrong since the show at least didn't hide his signature or the fact the work was his (and not their own), others stand behind Na-Insoo in that artists too often are taken advantage of in the industry, and he has a right to defend the copyright of his own hard work.
    • Toph vs. Gaara is getting an even worse reaction than Ragna vs. Sol. Some people readily accept the results as is, while many others contend that Wiz and Boomstick again botched the research (especially on the Naruto side of things) and thus think the battle should have ended the other way. There is a middle ground as well, but in general, it seems to be smaller than the first two sides.
    • The Yang vs. Tifa fight has quite a few of them.
      • It’s either a loving sendoff to Monty and a celebration of both franchises being brought back into the light after being away for a long while, or it’s a gimmicky publicity stunt only meant to promote the third volume of RWBY and an insult to Monty’s swansong. At its worst fans see it as a lose-lose situation no matter the outcome, either Yang wins and it's seen as a shameless lack of integrity for kissing up to Rooster Teeth, or Tifa wins and it's seen as a lack of respect for the late Monty Oum and his final creative work.
      • Should Yang be a combatant with only two seasons under her belt? After all, the Battle aired five days before her third season would air. On one hand, this is lower than most combatants and Death Battle has previously stated they wouldn’t use characters from franchises before they were finished specifically because they wanted to avoid a character not being at their maximum potential. On the other hand, there have been characters in past death battles with similar credentials and still managed to kick their more seasoned opponent's ass. For example, consider the Starscream vs. Rainbow Dash battle - the episode aired the day before  "Return of Harmony Part 2", the second episode of the second season. Rainbow Dash only had one full season at that time and defeated Starscream, a 25-30 year concept, and Yang followed in her footsteps (or should we say "hoofprints"?).
      • Should Tifa be Yang’s combatant? On one hand, Tifa has been around for much longer, having more material to work with, a much greater amount of feats to back herself up with, and a lot of abilities and experience under her belt. On the other hand, past Death Battles have shown this doesn’t guarantee a win and the seemingly superior opponent was beaten. It proves no different here with Tifa's loss, unfortunately.
    • Cramming the reveal of Mega Man vs. Astro Boy in the season finale of The Industry. While some enjoyed the John Woo-style fight that came afterwards, many fans were annoyed that they actually went this way just to get people interested in a show that was never all that popular to begin with. This, of course, wasn't helped that said episode of The Industry was also a Take That Audience to the fans, basically calling Death Battle watchers ungrateful and only interested in being told who wins. In fact, many responses on the Youtube posting of the video essentially tells viewers where the reveal is just so they can find out and go back to what they're doing.
    • Death Battle only revealing one combatant at first and revealing the second opponent later on their social media sites. Some found it as an interesting way to get people hyped up, others found it as a cheap way to get followers and subscribers. Luckily, they avoided this with Green Arrow vs Hawkeye, even poking fun at the fact anyone would guess anybody else.
    • In the Pokémon vs Digimon Season 2 finale:
      • Calling Pokemon slaves was either seen as completely accurate, or was very poorly received. The fact the Pokemon franchise contains evidence for both sides doesn't help at all.
      • Some fans claim Tai leaping into battle against Red to be dirty fighting and a completely Out Of Character Moment on Tai's part. Others point out Death Battle is by default no holds barred, and its not dirty just because Red assumed different rules applied and that Tai has been known to get physical before to save his friend- not to mention the fact Red had initiated the fight and tried to capture Tai's best friend Agumon unprovoked after assuming him to be a particularly rare Pokémon. Also Red wasn't blameless as it was obvious Agumon had a trainer and yet Red tried to catch him twice.
      • The fact that Red died along with Charizard has become highly contested. A good deal of people consider the death rather brutal and unnecessary, while others are to quick to point out that the premise of the show is about battles to the death, and that all combatants risk their lives, even if they were just giving instructions to the actual combatants as seen in the Solid Snake vs Sam Fisher battle. Post-commentary revealed that the death was originally going to be even more gory and heart-wrenching than it was.
    • Season 3 started off with one hell of a fracture after Dante vs. Bayonetta. We got the usual situation of detractors calling bullshit on the calculations and logic used to justify the winner's victory and supporters making a case for said calculations and logic being solid. Among the thorny issues this time are whether or not Dante's Quicksilver could really keep up with Bayonetta's Witch Time, how much damage Dante would inflict on Bayonetta's summoned demons, the lack of Bayonetta's Umbran Armor or Queen Sheba summon, and the extent of Dante's healing factor. Pretty much everyone agrees the fight was captial-G Gorgeous, though.
    • The changes to the research team in general were this to begin with, but when they started producing different outcomes, fans started raising eyebrows. Do Ben and Chad truly disagree that strongly, or does having a bigger team mean more consistent results as of season 3?
    • Quicksilver's announcement made many fans worried due to how spotty the win-loss record of DC vs Marvel episodes were. Some detractors claimed that the then-upcoming release of X Men Apocalypse would affect the outcome. On the other side of the fence, Quicksilver's announcement also caused Flash supporters to cringe greatly, who feel that this fight would likely be one of the nastiest Curb-Stomp Battle in series history in the Flash's favour (it was), and was a waste of production resources, while yet other fans feel like this will be a chance for the Flash to show what he is truly capable of against a capable opponent.
    • The Joker vs. Sweet Tooth; some people are happy that the crew is actually pitting The Joker up against someone not only thematically appropriate (another serial-murderer clown) but also against someone who will not likely just curb-stomp the clown prince of crime outright (which seemed to have been an ongoing theme in season 3 with fights like Bayonetta vs. Dante, Bowser vs. Ganon, and Flash vs. Quicksilver, all decided to be incredibly one-sided). On the other hand, many fans are upset The Joker is being put up against someone far more obscure and not in his league of popularity, and were hoping he would be set up against someone more like Green Goblin (despite everyone agreeing someone like Goblin would obliterate the Joker). On the Sweet Tooth side of things, because he's the face of the Twisted Metal series, some fans wish he had been saved for a mostly vehicular based battle rather than fighting someone who will likely spend most of the fight on foot. While the reveal of the fight animation satisfied a lot of these worries - it's a vehicular battle between Sweet Tooth and a stolen Batmobile/Jokermobile, with plenty of hand to hand combat in between - the ending of the fight was subject to another split. Either Joker is a Magnificent Bastard who utilizes a Batman Gambit in order to manipulate Needles Kane into leaving his vehicle and getting a face full of Joker gas and Needles has shown a desire to kill someone up close and personal if he hates them enough, or it's a massive Out-of-Character Moment in which Needles, who generally isn't fussy how he kills his victims, becomes Too Dumb To Live by willingly throwing away the biggest advantage he has, and a chance to instantly win the fight, just because The Joker asks if he wouldn't rather finish the job up close. While the fight animation is usually separate from the reasoning, the hosts cite The Joker's manipulative skills as a key reason he won, leaving it a matter of contested debate how much this would really matter.
    • The reveal of Shadow as Mewtwo's opponent has broken the base again. Some claim that Shadow had his chance in his fight with Vegeta, and would rather see other, unused characters for the fight, whereas some say that Shadow should have fought Mewtwo in the first place. Another group argued that Silver should have been the one to fight Mewtwo (both are psychics), while the other says that Shadow is probably closer to Mewtwo's level in power, and Shadow would be a better opponent for Mewtwo than Silver due to Shadow and Mewtwo both being created life made by humans. When more of these complaints started becoming more prevalent, Ben created a chart to explain how Shadow was more appropriate as Mewtwo's opponent when compared to Silver (His only connection to Mewtwo is that both characters are users of telekinesis.) and Frieza (Aside from similar color schemes, they have nothing in common - the large gap in power between the two tends to be a curb-stomp battle in Frieza's favor.).
    • With the results of the Death Battles involving Sonic characters, Knuckles and Shadow, many fans have brought up the lack of Sonic The Hedgehog Archie Comic's sources. One side we have fans who feel like that the Archie versions would have given Knuckles and Shadow a win and not including them is showing a bias view against all Sonic characters, even though Sonic, Tails and Metal Sonic (In its appearance in Doctor Eggman vs. Doctor Wily) all won their respective fights. On the other side, we have fans who believe that the Archie comics are not officially canon and shouldn't even be counted since it's not technically Sega making the comics to begin with and have never been acknowledged in any of the official games as canon source, plus there is also an argument saying that Archie Comics write the characters too OP with ridiculous powers never shown in any of the video games. Interestingly, Amy Rose's battle with Ramona Flowers does use the Archie comics and its pre-reboot variation to boot, but that's most likely because, while Amy was quite tough there, she wasn't a high-powered Reality Warper like Knuckles and Shadow were. To rub it in even further, Amy wins that battle by a similar margin Mewtwo did.
    • Like Yang vs. Tifa, more than a few fans found Mewtwo vs. Shadow to be something of a lose-lose situation: either the Pokémon series gains the worst record so far out of all franchises represented with no wins and three losses, or Shadow becomes the second character in the show to lose two battles after Charizard, even more considering his status as a Base-Breaking Character as opposed to his generally beloved opponent. Come the actual episode, and Sonic fans are enraged at how Shadow was brought back to be horribly stomped again following his loss to Vegeta, after gaining the impression that this fight with Mewtwo would be closer. Another debate, either among those that agreed with the outcome, is whether or not the fight itself fits the results or was a lazy and underwhelming one.
    • Carolina vs The Meta. On the one hand, many fans are happy to see Red vs. Blue come to Death Battle and also that the two will get a proper fight that they never got in the original series (although this sentiment is only shared by those who have actually been keeping up to date with Red vs. Blue), while many others (especially from the Screwattack forums) are heavily against the idea of this episode happening, especially since it will be coming out more than a month after the previous episode, and would prefer one of them fight a character from another franchise. There's another group who prefers it because it ensures there is no pro Rooster Teeth bias (which is not true since a creator can prefer one character over another). Another major point of contention is that it is being aired as part of Red Vs. Blue.
    • Solid Snake vs Sam Fisher. A lot of the contention here stems from the fact that they used the Metal Gear Solid 2 character model for Snake, whilst giving him his Metal Gear Solid 4 weapons and technology to use (the Octocamo, a knife, and the Solid Eye) which gave him a tactical advantage that he shouldn't have had. The other side points out however that whilst Snake didn't technically have this equipment, he did have access to the stealth camo and separate pairs of goggles throughout the first two games which serve similar purposes, and that we don't technically know how long after the second game Snake started to use a knife. And to add fuel to the fire, the animation and vulnerability to EMP means that whatever Snake is using is far closer in function to stealth camo than Octocamo despite the narration. The Metal Gear Solid 2 character model has also led to other arguments such as Snake having a level of CQC far closer to his Old Snake incarnation which gives him an edge in a fight that he shouldn't yet possess, whilst the other side points out that in-universe Snake was trained in these abilities by Big Boss since before the very first game on the MSX, and he himself mentions in Metal Gear Solid 4 that his body responds automatically when confronted by CQC.
    • Anytime a fight ends with a Curb Stomp Battle. Some people don't care about the outcome, and just want to enjoy the fight. Others believe the one-sidedness of any fight ruins the hype that goes with it and would prefer matches where the combatants are more or less evenly matched.
    • Tracer's announcement. Some are saying that, like Yang, it is far too early to include Overwatch character because Tracer does not have many feats yet, but others claim that, depending on her opponent, gameplay may be enough to decide the winner.
      • Then comes the actual episode, and the cries of foul roared from Scout's side; namely that Tracer was given access to her "canon" powers (how she's depicted in comics and the cinematics rather than the actual game) while also being able to charge her pulse bomb while Scout was under the effects of Bonk-Atomic Punch!, which makes him impossible to hit thanks to Super Reflexes, not invulnerable, and based his abilities off his gameplay even when certain abilities were explicitly described to operate differently, (ie Bonk). There was also the facts that Scout's feats of tanking 3 Soldier rockets and killing an adolescent brown bear using nothing but a femur were seemingly glossed over (though the hosts put particular emphasis on debunking him actually tanking the missiles by pointing out his more durable teammates getting gibbed by a direct hit from one of the same rockets in another canon video, said teammates that they were referring to were from the BLU Team, not the RED Team) while Tracer avoiding Widowmaker's shot was taken heavily into consideration despite Widowmaker slamming Tracer into a wall that same video. All of this while Scout was given only his default weapons and Bonk, and none of his other well-known gear like the Force-A-Nature, Mad Milk, Flying Guillotine, and Sandman. On the other side of things, Overwatch fans claim that both sides were given at least some fudging of powers as Scout was able to use his bat under the affects of Bonk, something impossible in-game, despite the fact that Scout already has feats in canon material that contradict his gameplay abilities (like outrunning Sentry gun fire and taking out an enemy Heavy in only 3 hits).
    • There is the refusal of Death Battle to ever do a third round of Goku vs. Superman. Most are okay with this since this pairing has already been done twice and doesn't need another round. Others say that round 2 wasn't fair to Goku since although he had his god forms, he didn't have any new feats until Dragon Ball Super, which had only just started when the episode aired (making the whole thing moot by making calls for another rematch inevitable). Superman fans say these new feats doesn't matter since Superman has unlimited power and Goku would lose anyway, which is why he's now banned from Death Battle, while comic book fans are annoyed that Death Battle thinks Superman has no limits despite several characters in DC being stronger than him.
    • The 'Board of Wizdom' is the subject of both laughs and complaints for a number of reasons. Some people call it a funny and interesting way to feature feats and facts about the characters and their world, while detractors claim there's a pretty good chance that the episode will go from an in-depth look at both combatants' skills and weapons to a simple game of 'Whoever has the craziest feat wins!' and will just get their math wrong.
    • The reveal of Amy Rose vs. Ramona Flowers. Many are relieved that Amy isn't fighting with King Dedede nor Nora Valkyrie due to the brutal ending of DBX for the former and the heavy backlash of Yang vs. Tifa for the latter. However, many are concerned that this is going to end in another brutal curb-stomp for Sonic Team, noting that Ramona has a handful more skills that puts her above Amy in combat. Turns out it was another curb-stomp... Just not one in Ramona's favor.
    • Deadpool vs. Pinkie Pie. Some think it has the potential to be one of the funniest fights in Death Battle, while others despise the very idea of Death Battle doing it. It is certainly not helped by the fact both Deadpool and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in general are pretty divisive in their own right. People in the middle zone believe that while it could be a funny joke battle, it doesn't seem like something appropriate for a season finale.
    • Zoro vs. Erza, while not as heated as most fights, many feel that the exclusion of Erza's Nakagami Armor nerfed Erza's chances, while others agree with this, others say the Nakagami Armor is more suited against Magic Users, as it's main use is to dispel Magic and "Cut through Space", something that Zoro doesn't use. Also the fact that Nakagami Armor doesn't really mentions if it actually increases Erza's Defense at all, adding the Armor would have been as if Erza was using her Sarashi Armor, but worse, so the results wouldn't really change, even some Fairy Tail fans agree that the armor wouldn't change the results.
    • Ratchet and Clank VS Jak and Daxter gets a few in that many claim that Daxter's own Dark form was excluded from the match, and that it would have been a valuable asset. Others counter this point out that given that logic, Clank would have been given his Alpha and Giant modes to counter this, which would have turned the match into an even worse Curb Stomp Battle in R&C's favor.
    • Season 4 started off even worse than Season 3, unfortunately. While Nathan Drake vs Lara Croft was very well animated, and few argued with the actual winner, the means of the victory met a point of severe contention. Nathan Drake met his end not because of Lara Croft's superior experience or skill, but because the helicopter that Nathan was fleeing with exploded... from being struck by the sides of an ice hook. Further more, the actual kill wasn't by Lara herself but from an unlucky Nathan being pierced by the helicopter's blades. Not only does this ignore Nathan's inherent luck, but gives him an Out-of-Character Moment in that Nathan wouldn't be trying to escape like this, never mind having an ice hook explode an armored helicopter. The like.dislike ratio on the video currently resides at roughly 65% as of now (the third lowest in the series), so that alone could be a visual indicator.
  • Canon Defilement: Superman's portrayal in the series have not 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 datebook, 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 an unstoppable god 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, especially after The Reveal during DC Rebirth.
    • 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, or Toph wanting to fight Gaara on his sacred ground when he asked her to leave). 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 (like 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, Amy), 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, Tracer, Hulk). They even lampshaded this in Megaman 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 pleasurable.
    • In general, seeing characters one dislikes can be entertaining in that they die gruesomely in this show.
    • On the flip side, having a character/characters from a series you like end up winning, especially after a years-long losing streak, can be very satisfying.
  • 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 Hilary 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.
  • Creator's Pet: Rooster Teeth characters are getting a bad rap among fans, which is probably the last thing the guys over at Screw Attack wanted, being generally chummy with RT. It's actually quite common among the Rooster Teeth fandom to enjoy one part of the company and yet completely and utterly bash another portion for just being there (re: the odd feud between Achievement Hunter's "Let's Play" family's fandoms) and this is no exception. Add in the fact that Yang vs. Tifa was, more or less, released to celebrate RWBY Volume 3's release and The Meta vs. Agent Carolina was released as part of Red vs. Blue Season 14 and you have a recipe for disaster.
    • To the less than mature fans, 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 genuinely loved (sometimes over their opponents) lose several times before.
  • Creepy Awesome: The Joker. Same goes for The Meta.
  • 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".
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Fan Myopia: Because of the nearly endless amount of characters in fiction 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 in RWBY. 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 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.
  • Les Yay: Rogue using her Kiss of Death on Wonder Woman.
  • Love It or Hate It: Any episode can be this, really. The Goku vs. Superman fight, depending on which side you were hoping would win. It and its sequel have by far the lowest like/dislike rating in the entire show's run (most episodes manage well over 90% likes to dislikes, where both Goku vs. Superman episodes are currently sitting at barely 60%).
  • Memetic Loser
    • Shadow, for losing twice in less than three minutes, one of which with a spoon. Not really helping that neither Vegeta nor Mewtwo had much difficulty with dealing with him. Even Charizard( see below ) had longer fights, and was legitimately able to give his opponents some trouble in each fight.
    • Charizard was also hit by this, due to him being the first combatant to lose twice outside of rematches or remasters. Much like Shadow, both losses were by fairly large margins, though his first loss was mitigated by the fact that it came as part of a Battle Royale, and was largely because of how quickly he killed the third combatant in that fight.
    • With the result of Ken vs. Terry, the Street Fighter universe as a whole has managed to gain this reputation, due to said franchise having the highest number of losses in the show (at six, as of the end of Season 3), being on the longest losing streak of any franchise in the show (five losses and counting as of the end of S3), and only having a total of three victories to its name (Akuma vs. Shang Tsung, Zangief vs. Mike Haggar, and Pikachu vs. Blanka, although much of the fanbase doesn't even consider the last one to be valid.) Not helping this in any way is the fact that all three of the Street Fighter universe's victories were achieved back in Season 1, which has caused a number of fans to forget they happened. Making things worse, almost all of their losses have been against characters from rival fighting game series, with Street Fighter (as of the end of S3) being on a three match losing streak against Mortal Kombat (with both the validity of the latest two matches being put highly into question, and, to the embarrassment of Street Fighter fans, being the only series that Mortal Kombat has won against) and losing both rounds against King of Fighters. And for one last kick in the teeth, most of their losses haven't been close, either, with the only remotely close loss being Chun-Li vs. Mai Shiranui, which, again, was all the way back in 2011. Street Fighter fans just can't seem to catch a break.
  • 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: To many viewers, the research team will always be the ones to get the right result, and will usually refer back to the research team if they think an episode is wrong. Unfortunately, this means if the hosts draw a different result than the majority, it must mean Ben and Chad ignored their research intentionally because they wanted their preferred character to win. It got so bad that of the researchers (ultraguy) had to speak up saying how the research team does not always agree on who would win and that while Death Battle may reached some incorrect results, so have they.
  • 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.
    • 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 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 voice-over 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:

Shadow: Maria... Wait, where am I!? OH MY GOD I'M GLOWING! WHY AM I GLOWING!?

Mewtwo: Sayanora.

Shadow: Screw yoooooouuuuuu...!

  • 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.
  • Never Live It DownLots. Death Battle has had more than a few hiccups over the years, and while many can be quite jarring, there are still examples that are exaggerated more than what actually happened.
    • Goku vs. Superman, in spite of having the most extensive research of any Death Battle ever, is often attacked by loser's side as being a Bias Steamroller. Granted, while some details are technically off, the results of many extensive fan analyses of details that the Death Battle crew missed almost always come to the consensus that Superman would easily win by a landslide - and yet people still call the creators biased. The rematch played out the same way. To put it simply, Superman has no limits to overcome while Goku breaks though limits, but only if there are limits to break. This only served to make Goku supporters (and even some Superman supporters who claim that the Man of Steel does indeed have his limits) even more angry.
    • Gaara vs. Toph has become this as well, due to the sheer number of mockery-related memes that this episode has created, especially on the ScrewAttack forums. Even TV Tropes isn't above making snide remarks at that episode's expense. Every Death Battle thread on the Screwattack forums will inevitably house at least one Take That to this episode at some point.
    • Yang vs. Tifa is not fondly remembered on the Screwattack forums. Surprisingly enough, it's not just because pretty much everyone there disagreed with Yang winning the fight or believed the research to be massively incomplete, but because the Death Battle was released while Screwattack and Rooster Teeth were merging companies with one another. As a result, Yang vs. Tifa has since gained a reputation as that one fight where Ben let Yang win for business purposes. This can be further muddled according to THIS [1], which shows that Ben was at least aware of Yang getting her arm chopped off by Adam near the end of Season 3 at the time of the video.
    • Due to both Cloud and Tifa losing, along with Sephiroth in One Minute Melee, many think ScrewAttack dislike the Final Fantasy games and consider them underpowered. Virtually anytime a character from their franchise gets brought up, the forums have a post that they are going to lose without argument.
    • As a result of the aforementioned reputations, many Japanese are offended whenever the series is mentioned, since anime and RPG genres are popular niches in Japan, and since the aforementioned events are considered an attack to those genres, many Japanese find these an Audience-Alienating Premise.
    • Any time Ben goes against the majority/unanimous consensus of his own research team, regardless of how reasonable his explanations for doing so might be, will always be remembered as the time Ben intentionally ignored their research to let his preferred character win.
    • Due to the fact that feats involving pillars have only been used in the more controversial fights (meaning a decent portion of the fandom strongly disagrees with the result), if a character profile so much as mentions a feat involving pillars, even if it's only brought up offhandedly amid other more impressive feats and isn't even considered the main reason why one combatant would beat another, a decent portion of fans will still mock Death Battle for allowing the character who "only (lifted a pillar, tanked a pillar, etc.)" to win. (Keep in mind that you could count the number of pillar feats used on one hand)
    • Any time Death Battle has a commemoration fight for any recent releases and the character whose franchise is being commemorated wins. No matter what sort of reasoning the hosts use and how much research they did on both characters, it will be inevitably seen as the time Ben and Chad purposely made sure to let that character win for publicity by a decent portion of watchers.
    • The Justin Bieber vs Rebecca Black fight for being done just to have both characters die just because they hate them. Made even worse when Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers end up being killed in the crossfire just for petty cruelty. Such blatant disrespect for real life people left a lot of viewers angry.
    • For many Death Battle fans, Bowser vs. Ganon, Cammy vs. Sonya, and Tracer vs. Scout are infamously remembered to the point that they consider them to be the worst episodes of the entire show. The former was because of Ganondorf's "Holy Weapons" fallacy and Bowser lacking many of his power-ups in the fight, the middle for leaving out many of Cammy's comic feats, the "Test Your Might" fallacy, and for being the third time an MK character defeated a Street Fighter character, and the latter was because of how Scout was being portrayed unfairly and inaccurately, making it seem like a Bias Steamroller in favor of Tracer.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Rainbow Dash has the same voice actress (Erica Mendez) as Aladdin, Ryuko Matoi, and Gon Freecss.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Their portrayal of Yang seems to have earned the ire of many fans who feel they demonized her character. Her casual disregard for the well-being of others, her willingness to commit property damage when she doesn't get her way, and her borderline sociopathic nonchalance towards the fact that she viciously murdered someone in cold blood over something that was her own fault makes it VERY hard to find this incarnation of the character likable. Toph also gets this reputation for the same reasons.
    • Virtually any character with a "No-Limits Fallacy" (In Versus community terms, that means any character whose power/powers haven't been shown to have clear limits, and are therefore assumed to be unlimited) will become universally hated overnight. Examples include but are not limited to Superman, Scorpion, Sol, Yang, Dante, Ganondorf, and Doomsday. (To be more specific: Superman's power increases for as long as he is exposed to sunlight, Scorpion's power rises whilst in the Netherrealm, Sol's headband limiting his true Gear form, Yang's Semblence increasing her strength while she takes damage, Dante surviving all sorts of fatal attacks, Ganondorf is unable to be killed by anything except holy weapons, and Doomsday is able to become invulnerable to any form of injury as long as it doesn't go beyond his ability to recover).
    • Superman is definitely this after his flat-out victory against Goku. The hosts completely pointing out his incredible, and somewhat unrealistic, feats and the Desk of Death Battle episode involving who can defeat him has increased a lot of hatred against him.
    • While this isn't meant to be taken too seriously, based on some Youtube comments, it seems "male vs. female"  fights as a whole are slowly, but surely getting this reputation. This is stemmed mainly from the fact that a bulk of these matches, no matter how many people say otherwise, end with the female winning, with only a handful of exceptions (only Yoshi, Dante, and Zoro (Otacon may also count as well) defy this status quo, and even then, the accuracy of Dante's victory is heavily debated). The controversy of Meta vs. Carolina, Tracer vs. Scout, and Lara Croft vs. Nathan Drake (the former and latter for the illogical conclusions of both fights, and the middle for the hosts being accused of downplaying Scout heavily, and the latter for) have only added more fuel to the fire.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 3 is so far considered the worst 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 Flash vs. Quicksilver being criticized for being a predictably massive Curb-Stomp Battle. Joker vs. Sweet Tooth was criticized for the logic surrounding the fight's end, Mewtwo vs. Shadow was blasted for its lacking animation, the aforementioned controversy surrounding The Meta vs. Carolina, along with criticism directed towards its ending; Cammy vs. Sonya is criticized for leaving out many of Cammy's other feats from the UDON comics, and for using the Test Your Might mini-game to gauge Sonya's strength (this also being the first time they've done this with an MK character), which is widely criticized as being incredibly illogical, and Tracer vs. Scout was bashed for its mediocre fight scene, and for how unfairly Scout was represented in said fight. While Ratchet & Clank vs. Jak & Daxter, Ken vs. Terry, Amy vs. Ramona (to a somewhat lesser extent), Hulk vs. Doomsday, and Zoro vs. Erza were received much more positively by the fans than the other episodes of the season thus far, it doesn't absolve neither the season's rough start or the jump in quality coming too late (four episodes before the season finale). Some theorize that Screwattack's joint venture with Rooster Teeth plays a heavy hand in the show's decline in quality (with The Meta vs. Carolina being pointed as an example, especially with Ben's response to the fandom's general disinterest for the episode's release), but that's an entire other can of worms.
    • One of the larger complaints about Season 3 is the sheer number of Curb-Stomp Battles. Of Season 3's 14-episode run, only four have been widely deemed to have been close fights, and one of them was between characters of the same series. Many of these fights drew groans upon being announced because of how poorly balanced the match-ups were with even a cursory glace at each fighter's abilities, which many fans feels sucked a lot of hype out of the speculation between episodes. There were, thankfully, some exceptions, with the hosts stating the Hulk and Doomsday battle in particular was one of their closest yet.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Back then, Link vs. Cloud and Goku vs. Superman blew everyone away with Death Battle using 3D Animation. Nowadays, well....let's just say they're used to show how much Death Battle has improved with 3D animation since then.
  • 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 One-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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Most of the reception of Season 4's new aesthetic is this trope. The most common criticisms towards it is that the neon look not only is heavily reminiscent of the Suicide Squad movie's posters (which is far from the most popular movie out there), but it's also looks very garish and unfitting for a show about characters fighting each other to the death, especially since they keep the metal-esque background music from the previous seasons, which clashes with the new visuals. It's also seen as a very sudden and unnecessary change, since there was nothing wrong with the show's previous aesthetic to begin with, and the reason for why they changed the visuals to what they are now is unknown.
    • The two new thumbnail designs have also received criticism of their own. The YouTube version is criticized for looking bland in comparison to the previous design, while the Rooster Teeth version is derided as being very amateurish and even downright lazy.
  • 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 Vegeta vs. Shadow...
      • 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.
    • 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 Mega Tigerzord. 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 Thunder Ultrazord. Granted, while Tor alone could tank a melee attack from Serpentara, the Thunder Ultrazord 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 Vegeta vs. Shadow, 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Being the most requested, longest, most extensive and most viewed video of the death battles to date, it's pretty obvious that Goku vs. Superman casts a heavy shadow over Death Battle in terms of production and scale. Not so much that the rest are not enjoyable (well, some aren't), but just because they're Overshadowed by Awesome.
    • 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 Dante vs. Bayonetta (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 much lower quality animation.
    • Season 3 in general is widely considered the worst season overall for the amount of controversy behind it, and for 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 has not been too well-received in comparison to One Minute Melee. A common complaint leveled at the show is that it feels slow and stiff in comparison to OMM (especially the 3D fights), though individual episodes like Ryu vs. Lucario, Ronald McDonald vs. Colonel Sanders, Bruce Lee vs. The World, Jotaro vs. Yu and Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton have been met with praise. It's still in its first season and Ben said that the show is a platform for new animators to learn, so time will tell if it improves with following seasons.
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Toph is portrayed as the more heroic contestant of her battle, yet Gaara makes it clear that she's standing on ground that is sacred to him, and that he wants to be left alone. So of course, Toph desecrates the area just because she wants a challenge.
    • Likewise, a several viewers have also noticed that despite her being depicted as the more heroic of the two, Yang basically assaulted a bouncer for merely doing his job, trashed the bar's front door by slamming the poor schmuck through it, and then murdered the bar's owner for trying to evict the violent individual from her property, albeit only after said bar owner escalated the fight to that level.
    • Many viewers viewed Tai's physical assault on Red to be dishonorable and dirty. It didn't help matters that Tai's actions weren't too different from the cheating tactics used by villains in the Pokemon universe.
  • The Untwist: We were supposed to believe that Quicksilver stood a chance against The Flash, right?
  • 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 too.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Several of the Death Battles can apply, but the most recent example for this was Thor vs Raiden.
    • And of course every coming battle will indeed be this, due to their new animator, Jordan Lange, who started animating the series as of Zelda vs Peach.
  • 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.

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