Death Battle: Brutality is Fun
People in the past have had arguments about which fictional character would win in a fight. Arguments about which character could beat-up another characters were the types of argument kids would get into if they had a favorite character. Some people, however, have had arguments about which fictional character would win in a fight to the death with another fictional character. Created in 2010, Death Battle, an online show made by the website ScrewAttack, compared and contrasted two fictional characters, made them fight to the death, and justified the outcome. Some of the fights were against characters from the same franchise, like the Goomba vs Koopa from the Super Mario franchise. Some of the fights consisted of two similar entities from different franchises, the the dinosaur Yoshi from the platform game Super Mario World and Riptor from the fighting game Killer Instinct. Some of the fights even consisted of two entirely different characters from entirely differeny works of fiction like Starscream from the 1984 incarnation of The Transformers and Rainbow Dash from the 2010 cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. All of these fights were violent, intuitive, and highly detailed about their research on the combatants, and that was one of the reasons Death Battle was fun.
Goomba vs Koopa
Sometimes fans fantasize of the villain's minions in a fight. In the case of Goomba vs Koopa, Death Battle made a video showcasing which of Bowser's minions could win in a battle to the death against each other. One aspect of that the analysis about the Goomba and Koopa was that both fighters were either idiotic or cowardly. Goomba, in a reference to all past Super Mario games, only moved in a straight line even if there was a bottomless pit at the front of it. Koopa, however, was portrayed as an extreme coward and always hid under its impenetrable shell whenever it had to fight.
While the combatants were portrayed as unfit to be actual fighters, both characters did use interesting tactics. Taking place in the Mushroom Kingdom, Goomba vs Koopa made for an interesting fight. Since there were cases of winged versions of both characters, the fighters first grew wings. Koopa had an upper-hand with its body being used like a projectile, but after being forced to fight on the ground, Goomba acquired a giant boot and proceeded to destroy Koopa's wings by stomping of it. Unfortunately, Goomba's stupidity eventually ended the battle in a draw, killing both of them. While both characters were strong in their own right, both of their less than admirable qualities prevented either of them from stopping a double knockout.
Yoshi vs Riptor
People enjoy seeing dinosaurs. Created in 1990, Yoshi from Super Mario World was equipped with interesting abilities that made it a match against Riptor, a dinosaur fighter from the 1994 fighting game Killer Instinct. Unlike Goomba vs Koopa, Yoshi vs Riptor had more competent fighters. Yoshi, sidekick of Mario in the 1990 platform game Super Mario World and the 1995 platform game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, has had experience in combat situations and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island proved that Yoshi could hold his own in battle. Riptor, being part of the 1994 fighting game Killer Instinct, was also an experienced fighter. However, while Riptor was shown to fight robots, ninja, zombies, elemental, and demons, Yoshi fought more imaginative enemies like an overgrown Bowser, magicians, and other surreal creatures.
As this video displayed, Riptor physically overpowered Yoshi. At first. Some of Yoshi's egg-based abilities were ineffective against Riptor's brute strength. However, Yoshi also had an advantage over Riptor when it came to intellect. Since games like the Mario Kart showed that Yoshi was capable of higher thinking similar to humans, Riptor was actually at a disadvantage since Riptor was created to emphasize bestial and instinctual fighting styles. So when Yoshi behan utilizing different tactics against Riptor, Riptor was incapable of adapting to Yoshi's tactics which meant that Riptor would ultimately be the loser. And Yoshi does win by causing Riptor to fall off a cliff and crash into a car. One interesting thing about Death Battle was that sometimes characters from games aimed for younger audiences would beat characters from games aimed for older audiences due to the fact that characters like Yoshi matched brains and brawn with other characters with human limitations and beyond.
Starscream vs Rainbow Dash
Sometimes characters from franchise that were complete opposites of each other would fight in Death Battle. One of these characters, Starscream from the 1984 cartoon The Transformers, and Rainbow Dash, from the 2010 cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. What made this fight interesting to watch was how a decade and some years have altered characters. In the case of Starscream, Death Battle used the original 1984 Starscreams's abilities for this fight as factors in his chances of winning against Rainbow Dash. Likewise, when Rainbow Dash was used in this fight, her 2010 abilities were used to see if she could defeat Starscream.
From this videos the fact that Rainbow Dash won makes sense when one considers that Starscream in 1984 was significantly less of a fighter that Rainbow Dash. Despite being a robot armed with missiles, lasers, and the ability to transform a ridiculously fast plane, Starscream in The Transformers was a horrible fighter who mostly schemed behind his leader's back and was a complete opportunist. Compared to Rainbow Dash who, in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has had weather control abilities, fought creatures that were almost as big as Starscream, had impressive endurance, was an experienced martial artist, and could reach speeds that could shatter rock. So when Starscream vs Rainbow Dash was animated, Rainbow Dash was able to easily outmaneuver Starscream mentally and physically, destrpy his body, and finally ate what was essentially his life-force.
Death Battle thrived on showing two fictional characters fight until one of them died. It was always interesting to see how some fictitious characters could defeat other fictitious characters in a fight. Some of those fights, like Goomba vs Koopa, made two minions from the same game fight until both of them died. Others, like Yoshi vs Riptor showed that a smart dinosaur, even one from a video game aimed at children, could outmatch a vicious dinosaur from a more mature video game. Starscream vs Rainbow Dash showed that even a cute pony could defeat a giant robot given the right conditions.