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  • #56: Crashing Ideas - Death Battle's Road to 100

    4 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer


    Episodes- 91 Crash VS Spyro, 92 Sora VS Pit, 93 Leon Kennedy VS Frank West

    Going into this year and committing to the most popular requests no matter what, I knew there were a few match-ups we had to do which would challenge the reception of our show. Specifically, despite the popularity of some requests, there were a couple which I wasn't sure how they would be recieved. Jotaro VS Kenshiro was one of those, but another was Crash VS Spyro.

    Don’t get me wrong, Crash VS Spyro makes so much sense! It’s a classic rivalry of mascots! There’s a good reason for it to be a popular request! Everyone wants to see that, right? Well… sort of. It turns out many people are actually requesting different versions of this match-up. Some people wanted to see Crash and Spyro go at it with everything at their disposal. Others wanted to see their arsenals shrunk down to their classic origins. For example, let’s say we only took the classic versions of the characters. Classic Spyro makes sense, as he had a very distinct timeline somewhat separated from the second trilogy and Skylanders games.


    However, Crash does not have such a split, so there really isn’t such a thing as “classic era” Crash in an official sense. What would be the cut off point? The GameBoy games? The PlayStation 1 games? If we intentionally remove part of Crash’s story to create our own version of “Classic Crash” and he loses, won’t that feel like we stacked the deck against him? How would the match have changed if we hadn’t cut out his modern games? If Crash did win, how would things have played out if Spyro had access to his arsenal and skills from the Legends and Skylanders games? And what will fans of Legends think when we completely shut out their version of the character? But if we include Legends and he’s way too powerful, will Crash fans be mad?

    IT’S A LOT.

    This goes back to that whole problem with taking characters from different parts of their timelines or sources, it creates a mess. This is why I generally don’t like making the character selection so complicated, and streamlined this one as it was. I’m absolutely positive our solutions for the episode were the best ones possible.


    Sora VS Pit was yet another long requested episode finally getting its time in the spotlight. It was also yet another chance for us to show off Nick’s hilariously good/bad Goofy voice! Similar to Jotaro VS Kenshiro, I knew that despite this being such a popular request this was one of those that came from a very vocal minority of viewers, but it didn’t matter to me. I was sticking to the goal of this season, getting those popular requests out there, and this one was easily one of the longest running popular requests we’d ever had. I’d venture to say this request’s insisting popularity out-endured even the likes of Galactus VS Unicron.

    Then there’s Leon VS Frank, one of the only two match-ups this year not from the top 10% of the most requested. Truth be told, this match-up exists purely because Torrian wanted to do it. I always like to give the team some match-ups each year that they’re passionate about. More often than not, this turns out spectacular episodes like Balrog VS TJ Combo. However, this ultimately had to be moved to Luis’ 2D team… and honestly, I think it worked out really well! Luis was able to pull off some things with the animation that I don’t think Torrian could have, and we ended up with a really cool thematic battle that’s wonderfully different from most of our episodes.


    Also, before I wrap this up, there’s another huge change to this season that I want to bring up. I already mentioned how a couple musicians have really brought our battle sequences to a whole new level, but I also want to talk about the sound design. This was the year we began fully integrating into Rooster Teeth creative process, including getting the assistance of audio engineers Chris Kokkinos and Philip Spann. There’s a saying in our field of work that holds a lot of weight; “Sound makes up 70% of what you see.” It’s absolutely true, and these guys have improved our episode quality dramatically. It’s been fascinating to watch some of our older animations and compare them to what we’re capable of producing now. The difference is staggering, and certainly worth a little bit of celebrating with our big 100th episode, right? Right!

    -Ben B. Singer

    P.S. This marks the last week of the Road To 100 blog! Do you have any questions or thoughts about Death Battle you’d like me to address in an upcoming entry?

  • Avocado trees! 6 months in the making!

    4 months ago

    kriss Community Manager

    I think most of you know about my avocado obsession. The running joke is that since I'm allergic to avocados, I should be staying away from them, but in truth, I do love them, and I'm even growing avocado trees! 

    I have four seeds currently growing in glass cups, but two of them are almost ready to pot in soil (I think). Two seeds are from small Hass Avocados and the other two seeds are from large Hass Avocados. Seems that it's highly likely they will not produce fruit which I am incredibly bummed about, but this project has been fun to watch. 

    This all started when I was given an Avoseedo as a Secret Santa present last year from my friend Kyle. It's basically a little plastic pot that has a separate "seed holder" that is meant to float when you fill the pot with water. Basically, place the seed in the holder, fill the pot with water, and refill when the water line dips too far. Change water as needed. My first seed didn't grow very well, so I decided to try again a couple months later. The second seed took its sweet time cracking and growing a root, but it now has a long stem and I'm waiting for leaves to start sprouting. I accidentally damaged the main root, so it took a while for it to recover from that. Over time, I decided to try and grow three more seeds, and they're growing beautifully!

    Here's one of them. 



    It rained a lot this past weekend, so I didn't pot them in soil. Perhaps this coming weekend, that'll be my house project. I think I should name them. What do y'all think? 

  • Screen Time

    4 months ago


    The new iOS has a comprehensive screen time analysis that tells you a ton of metrics about your phone usage. It’s fucking horrifying. I opened my phone 85 times in one day. 


  • New Player for 24-hour Channels

    4 months ago


    Hi Everyone!

    I wanted to introduce myself and share some news. I joined the Programming team a few months ago as the Scheduling Manager. Since then, I have been helping to figure out the best times and dates to launch new episodes. I will also be scheduling the 24/7 channels that you see on our site and app.

    This week, we switched over the streaming players on these feeds (Rooster TV Beta, AHTV Beta, and Funhaus TV Beta). Since the launch of the channels, we have been using YouTube’s player to air episodes of our content on a 24-hour basis for the whole community to enjoy.

    Because of this player, we were only able to create random playlists and could not program a schedule. On Wednesday, we began using a new player to stream these feeds. This change means that there will no longer be the ability to click-through to the playlist on YouTube from our site, but it DOES mean we will have a lot of new possibilities for scheduling the feeds. (YAY!)

    Not only will this switch give us the opportunity to eventually incorporate all live broadcasts and livestreams into the channels, but we will also be able to better curate and specifically schedule the content airing on them. Be on the lookout for marathons, theme days, and holiday content as we start to get more involved in scheduling each channel. And if there’s anything you want to see, let us know! We want to include videos and content that you want to see.

    Rooster TV, AHTV, and Funhaus TV can be found by going to the Live tab on the Rooster Teeth site and mobile app. Please take a look and leave any feedback or questions in the comments.



  • This Week at ScrewAttack - 10/05/18

    4 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    Another week another round of editor notes!

    Top 10 Nightmare Fuel in Kids Movies - Editor Notes

    #10 - Dumbo - Like any kid worth his salt, I used to rewatch my Disney VHS tapes constantly. I only ever saw Dumbo once. The elephant parade is probably why. No thanks!
    #9 - Toy Story - Still my favorite movie. I wrote "Joshua" on my VHS clam-shell. 
    #8 - Wizards - I've never seen Wizards. It looks horrifying. 
    #7 - Spirited Away - I love this movie, obviously but it still creeps me out! Also here's an actual editorial note: I originally had one ominous sounding track to play through this entry and then Chad suggested that I save that track for the pig parent reveal. The whole entry works so much better because of it. That's one of the many reasons I love collaborating at ScrewAttack. It always makes thing better. 
    #6 - Return to Oz - Never saw it. No thanks. 
    #5 - Brave Little Toaster - I've never seen this all the way through. I feel like I should. 
    #4 - All Dogs Go To Heaven - Nick talking about his Dalmatian, Disney, gets me. It's so sincere! 
    #3 - Coraline - I've never seen this either! But I had to cut this together so I kinda know every that happens now. Oh well. 
    #2 - Watership Down - Watership Down sounds like a straight up war movie. Like what??
    #1 - Willy Wonka - This is another movie from childhood that I only watched once. One and done. It's creepy! 


    Watch the episode!

    The Desk of The Desk of Death Battle - Red's Special Pokeballs - Editor 

    • So quick story: Ben watched this cut to approve it but hadn't heard anything about this script or video. So the "Pokeball" reveal really caught him off guard. It was pretty hilarious. Also this manga is WEIRD. 
    • It's SO HARD to find music right for Pokemon. I've probably already said this but it's still true.
    • As you might imagine, coming up with an appropriate title and thumbnail for this episode was an ORDEAL.
    • 02:44 - everybody poops, Jocelyn. 
    • I tried to find a clean (no music, no additional edits) clip of Emeril doing his "Bam!" thing for the line: "Let's kick it up a notch." It doesn't exist.

    Watch the episode!

  • #55: Ora Ora Ora Ora! - Death Battle's Road to 100

    4 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer


    Episodes- 89 Raven VS Twilight Sparkle, 90 Jotaro VS Kenshiro

    Before I jump into Season 5 chatter, can I just say that I am extremely proud of this year so far? I personally think it’s been our best one yet, and not just by quality alone. If you don’t think the same, maybe you will once I’ve completed the next few blogs… which will unfortunately be the end of this series. Yep, we’re almost all caught up! The Road to 100 is in its final stretch!

    I’ve already covered the first episode of this season, Black Panther VS Batman, but I’d like to express my intentions with this season. This would be the first time we could produce a season without some dramatic life-altering change happening. We wouldn’t be completely changing the guard like in Season 3, and we wouldn’t be adjusting to a new work environment like we did throughout Season 4. Season 5 was the perfect time to hone in on what we’d always strived to do; make the most requested match-ups of all time!

    Thanks to our match-up suggestion form, we noticed Black Panther VS Batman had quickly risen to sit comfortably in the top 10% of all requests. I believe all but two match-ups in this season spawned from that same category.


    The next episode was Raven VS Twilight Sparkle. Yeah, I know, another pony episode! Honestly, if you had asked me a year earlier if we’d bring My Little Pony back into the fray, I probably would have said no. Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie seemed like a pretty good wrap up to that pile of shenanigans. However, the concept of pitting Twilight against Raven had actually intrigued me since all the way back in Season 1 when I worked on Starscream VS Rainbow Dash. I had seen the match-up requested then and I continued to see it requested throughout the years. It was an extremely popular request, just shy of Raven VS Scarlet Witch and Raven VS Phoenix. Raven had been such a popular request for so long that I knew she belonged in this season of top requests. Which meant I had a very difficult choice to make between those three ideas.

    I noticed a lot of people thought we chose this match-up just because Twilight and Raven share the same voice actress, Tara Strong. That’s not the case, and I found it to be nothing more than a fun coincidence. We did include a little nod to it by casting Kira Buckland as both characters in the Death Battle! The reason this match-up was picked was because of their powers, specifically their empathy magic. In this regard, this match-up seemed so much more obvious than throwing Scarlet Witch or Phoenix at Raven just because they look similar or have bird themes going on.

    A lot of the top requests turned out to be fairly straightforward matches where one character would simply be stronger or faster than the other and that’s all they need, but I want to make sure that every Death Battle season has plenty of quirkier, more complex fights to keep things fresh.


    Another battle that wasn’t quite so straightforward was Jotaro VS Kenshiro! We’ve been getting requests to bring a JoJo character into Death Battle for ages, but we’ve always been a bit hesitant about it because JoJo related content on our channel hadn’t been as popular as other content. Personally, I was a little concerned that I was merely hearing from a vocal minority that could lead to a dud of an episode release. It’s not that bad, but Jotaro VS Kenshiro is one of our least viewed episode this season, despite being awesome as all hell! Still, this year was the year of requests, and vocal minority or not, Jotaro VS Kenshiro was one of the absolute top. So screw it all, we did it anyway! See kids? Your vote really does matter!

    One of the many, many reasons I think this has been our best season yet is the music. Therewolf Werewolf killed it with their track for Jotaro VS Kenshiro! It’s still one of my favorites, though each new soundtrack keeps challenging the top spot for me. A great start to the year!

    -Ben B. Singer

    P.S. When we announced that this season would be the year we cover a bunch of top requests, what particular match-up did you expect to see, and have we covered it yet?

  • Assassins Creed Odyssey

    4 months ago


    Went to buy new AC this weekend and holy shit there’s like ten versions of this game. Is it worth $120 for the Deluxe Edition? WTF are Helix credits? This is too confusing. Is this game worth it?

  • Wedding Weekend

    4 months ago

    GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Events Coordinator

    This past weekend can only be described as a beautiful, emotional, hilarious train wreck.

    It was the best wedding I've ever been to.

    My closest friend, Tony, got married to the love of his life. I was the best man, but due to health concerns, the pastor couldn't make it. Now, about 9 years ago I got ordained as a joke and in the time since then I completely forgot about it. Tony and Amy (the bride) did not.

    The thing about officiating your best friend's wedding is you are already emotionally invested so anytime someone starts crying you can't help but cry. And I cried a lot.

    Like a whole lot.

    I was standing there and I heard sniffling to my left; Tony was teary mess and when he made eye contact with me it was like a faucet opened. I'm pretty sure we cried more than anyone else at the wedding.

    All this is to say, I saw my brother get married this weekend. I got to be a part of it and I'm ecstatic to add another chunk of people to my family.

    TLDR; I'm not crying, you're crying!!!

  • Extra Life Recruitment Stream!

    4 months ago

    jack I Like Lego

    Aloha folks! It's my favorite time of year, Extra Life Season! We've got a ton of Extra Life stuff coming up, starting on October 4th! That's right, this year's recruitment stream begins at 6pm CST on Thursday, October 4th.  We're looking to build up Team Rooster Teeth for Extra Life and we're looking for amazing folks such as yourself to join.

    Oh hey, did you know, this year is Extra Life's 10th anniversary? It's incredible to think that our first stream was just Geoff and I back in 2010, hanging out in the AH office, and even then, that was two years into the life of Extra Life!  This year will mark our 6th "big" stream for Extra Life, and we can't be more excited.

    Extra Life's official Game Day is November 3rd, but if you are playing along, you aren't beholden to that specific day.  On November 3rd, Rooster Teeth will host our third Community Stream where we point our stream at different Rooster Teeth Community teams across the planet, all raising money for Extra Life!  You can sign up for Extra Life (and join the Rooster Teeth Super Team) by going HERE.  Don't forget, the way Extra Life works is that all donations that go to you will actually direct towards a local Children's Miracle Network of your choosing! 

    Since 2008, the Extra Life community has raised over $40 MILLION dollars in funds directly helping kids in Children's Miracle Network hospitals all over the United States and Canada.  So much of that is from you, our amazing community.

    So, the long and short of it: 

    Our Extra Life Rooster Teeth Recruitment Stream is October 4th at 6pm CST until 10pm CST! 

    The Rooster Teeth Community Extra Life Stream is November 3rd from 8am until November 4th at 8am.

    The Rooster Teeth Extra Life Stream will be November 10th from 8am until November 11th at 8am.

    We will be showing off some badass stuff we have planned (including exclusive items) during our recruitment stream, so please, join us! We love you guys!

  • #54: Grudge Match (Kinda) - Death Battle's Road to 100

    4 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer


    Episodes- 86 Batman Beyond VS Spider-Man 2099, 87 Sephiroth VS Vergil

    Let’s finish Season 4!

    Batman Beyond VS Spider-Man 2099 is a unique episode among Death Battle. It’s essentially an alternate take on an older episode (Batman VS Spider-Man) using their inspired characters. It was very interesting seeing how this match-up differed from the classic!

    There was actually some internal debate over cancelling this episode. As it was entering the early stages of production, we completed planning out the schedule for the following year’s season. Lo and behold, the very first episode of Season 5, and only two episodes following this one, would be Black Panther VS Batman. The Black Panther movie was coming out in early 2018, and Batman was by far his most requested opponent, so doing that match-up at that time seemed like the natural choice. 

    There was some legitimate concern that having two episodes so close together which feature a Batman might create some annoyance among viewers. Considering Batman Beyond is quite different from the classic Bruce Wayne take, we stuck to our guns and went forward with the plan.


    Good thing too, as I was really looking forward to this one! We’ve often discussed the idea of “grudge match” episodes where we return to an old match-up but, as the great Shyamalan insists, with a twist!. What would happen if the Power Rangers and Voltron pilots fought without their machines, or if Natsu and Ace fought in a rainstorm heavy enough to douse their fire? We’ve refrained because it would be hard to create such a scenario that doesn’t appear to favor one combatant over the other, and overall the idea didn’t seem worth it. However, this was sort of akin to that idea in a fundamental way, presenting some entirely new mechanics and dynamics into the Batman versus Spider-Man debate. Like having old man Bruce and a holographic Marilyn Monroe get in on the fight! Who saw that coming?

    (There’s even a vehicle related easter egg hidden in the fight. Did you spot it?)


    I’m very proud of how Torrian handled his Sephiroth VS Vergil animation. It was one we’ve wanted to do for a long time, but our animation timeline fell a little behind during Thor VS Wonder Woman production. There was a lot going on in that one, and it pushed the render farm to its limit. So we were actually pretty concerned that the animation for Sephiroth VS Vergil would suffer from this. That Torrian wouldn’t have enough time to reasonably accomplish this. Luckily, we formed a plan with an entirely new scheduling process.

    And to be perfectly honest, I think this one’s animation is one of his absolute best of all time.

    This wraps up Season 4! I’ll be jumping into the current year this Friday, and I’m excited to finally talk all about what I believe is Death Battle’s best season of them all.

    -Ben B. Singer

    P.S. What was your favorite episode from Season 4?

  • Be proud of me, internet!

    4 months ago

    kriss Community Manager

    I helped make lasagna for the first time ever last night! Was a huge success. Next time, we will make our own pasta =D 


  • #53: Balancing Act - Death Battle's Road to 100

    4 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer


    Episodes- 84 Thor VS Wonder Woman, 85 Naruto VS Ichigo

    With both Wonder Woman and Thor coming to theaters in 2017, it seemed only natural that we’d put them together in a Death Battle episode. I’d actually planned on us doing this match-up for a long time, even before Gal Gadot and Chris Hemsworth tweeted about it! I probably would have included in in Season 3 if those two movies hadn’t been announced as releasing the following year.

    I think there are very few characters who will ever get the chance at more than one Death Battle, but Thor and Wonder Woman are perfect as combatants for the show! They have impressive and measurable powers, unique and interesting arsenals, are capable of jumping into any fight at nearly full potential with no prep-time, (Sorry, Batman!) and are frankly just really fun to talk about!


    And then we get to easily the most complicated match-up of the year; Naruto VS Ichigo.

    This was another match I always knew we’d bring into the show. It was always a question of timing. Specifically, the question was: “Do we wait for both Bleach and Naruto series to end?” In this case, we were able to do just that. Unfortunately, it's not always a reliable option.

    I often get questions about this from viewers. Some people are adamant that we should wait until a series is over before bringing related characters into a Death Battle. That way we can examine them at the maximum potential. This makes total sense on paper, sure… but oftentimes it isn't very practical. If we were to always wait until the end of a series, then we’d have to ignore a vast majority of top requested episodes for so long that their demand may plummet dramatically before we do them. People want to see what’s hot at the moment, after all. Even then, there are some series that simply have no hope of ending anytime soon, and will likely still be in circulation even after Death Battle has ended, whenever that may be. Is it really fair to ourselves, let alone the audience’s wishes, to indefinitely put off episodes for who knows how long?

    I usually see this conversation in regards to manga/anime characters, but look and Wonder Woman and Thor! They both have ongoing comic series with no end in sight. Thor in particular was going through a powerful life changing and character molding arc at the same time we made Thor VS Wonder Woman. Yet it would be a ridiculous notion to wait until their comics end. Perhaps waiting on a manga story is more reasonable, as they typically only have one author and usually build up to a planned conclusion. But then look at things like Boruto and Dragon Ball Super. If fans want to see more, they’ll usually get it, and those types of show are often the subject of the most frequent Death Battle requests. There’s no way for us to predict and accommodate such things. For example, One Piece is potentially going to continue for another whole decade, if not more! Is it really worth it to wait 10 more years before bringing Luffy into Death Battle? If not, when would be a good time to do such a thing?  This makes an excellent case for "milestone-specific" character interpretation. Like using Teen Gohan but removing anything related to or past Adult Gohan.


    Most of the time, I just view our match-ups as they are at the time they air. If Bleach gets a sequel series and Ichigo gets a massive upgrade, perhaps that would warrant a rematch episode. Who knows? There’s no grand plan, but I certainly strive to strike a balance. We try to include characters who have had enough information to present them at a reasonable level. For example, Saitama from One-Punch Man was in high demand when that series first began, but I refused to put him in an episode until more OPM content had been published. Same goes for Ruby VS Maka, the match-up Monty Oum himself requested. I’d rather wait until RWBY has publicly explored her powers which have only been hinted at so far, as it would be unfair to pit Ruby against a character from a complete series while we still known so little about what she is capable of. Yet at the same time, I’m not sure it would be feasible to wait until either One-Punch Man or RWBY are 100% complete before including those characters. It’s all a balancing act of figuring the right time and place. I prefer to take Death Battle one episode at a time, and focus on what’s available at said time.

    And in the case for Naruto VS Ichigo, there was a lot to focus on.

    After a miscalculation that unfortunately slipped into the Android 18 VS Captain Marvel episode, we took new steps to ensure our analyses and mathematics were correct. We certainly put more eyes on every piece of information from then on. Given the complexity of this massive episode, this additional support was put to the test, and became incredibly useful when a mistaken calculation occurred.

    You know how we used Ulquiorra’s ability to destroy Las Noches to help determine Ichigo’s maximum power output? These was a lot that went into this calculation. Hell, it takes nearly 2 whole minutes to explain it all in the episode! Anyway, one part required calculating the square mileage of Las Noches to determine Ulquiorra’s power output. Because Las Noches’ size isn’t very clearly defined, this became a challenge in and of itself. In a very early draft of the script, it was believed that Las Noches was circular in shape. However, as the script passed through the process, this was noted as a mistake, as a few particular screenshots show that Las Noches is, in fact, square. Obviously this changes the dimensions of the city a lot, and in fact a square city meant Ulquiorra’s power was much greater than if it were circular, so it was incredibly important to catch such a specific, otherwise arbitrary detail. But our team has gotten really good about catching stuff like that and acting on it!


    This animation was really special, too. Many of Ichigo’s more powerful forms have had very rare appearances in media. By using custom artwork, our Death Battle became one of the first fight videos in existence to show Ichigo’s final form in actual combat! I know some people were confused about the Mugetsu move being used as Ichigo’s last resort, since theoretically his merged Hollow form could be more powerful. Including Mugetsu as the final attack was actually inspired by our research into fan discussions. Here’s the thing; these characters’ upper limits were extremely difficult to determine. Their upgrades and alternate modes don’t scale linearly like the Super Saiyan forms. As such, the Bleach fandom is pretty divided on Ichigo’s power levels throughout the series. 

    To top it off, the Mugetsu move saps Ichigo of his powers. We knew that the only place it could fit would be the end of the fight. We also knew that if we didn’t include it, there’d be a whole section of Bleach fans arguing that we didn’t use his most powerful form. Regardless on where you stand on that debate, it seemed most logical to pit both “top tier” forms against Naruto’s giant fox mode. Judging by the overall positive response this episode got, I think we made the right call!

    -Ben B. Singer

    P.S. What’s your opinion on saving characters until a series is over? If you prefer waiting, what are your thoughts on characters who are a part of ongoing series with no reasonable end in sight like One Piece and comic books?

  • #52: Boxing Day - Death Battle's Road to 100

    4 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer


    Episodes- 81 Balrog VS TJ Combo, 82 Shredder VS Silver Samurai, 83 Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog

    Now here’s a group of episodes that are extremely special to me!

    Let’s start with Balrog VS TJ Combo, currently the latest Death Battle appearance of a Killer Instinct character. This match-up was specifically requested by Nick and Torrian for this season, and quickly became their pet project.

    As far as the fight goes, Nick and Torrian were on the same page from day one. Obviously it had take place in a boxing ring, but the real question was whether or not we should apply boxing rules to the animation. The original script had them battling through many timed rounds, with it all coming to a head in the final one. My concern was that it might create confusion among some viewers about whether or not these sporting rules were taken into account when choosing the victor. Particularly if one of these rounds ended in a “saved by the bell” moment where it appears either character could have won if the fight took place outside a sporting event. The last thing I wanted was to see a fleet of comments demanding that we redo the episode without the ring rules. While I think Nick and Torrian were a little disappointed I was basically having to tear their idea apart, we eventually came to the compromise you see in the episode itself. Personally, I think the final result is the best possible direction we could’ve had. Just thinking about this episode excites me!


    One of my favorite things to do with Death Battle combatant is compare their fighting styles to those in real life. Oftentimes, especially with fighting game characters, their styles are specifically labelled, giving us a starting point to really dive into their potential in depth. Part of this sort of research also involves how the two combatants’ fighting styles would play off each other. Some styles can be natural counters to others. This was our first episode featuring a duel between two boxers, giving us a unique opportunity to study a sport we hadn’t covered yet. It was fascinating comparing Balrog and TJ to the boxing triangle theory, as well as boxers like George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. I love it when good research just clicks together like that!

    Shredder VS Silver Samurai was a fairly unique episode. Similar to Carnage VS Lucy from our current season, it was a match-up that wasn’t heavilly requested, yet not totally unheard of. We chose it not necessarily for any potential view count and popular success, but simply because we thought it would be an interesting bout. I think it turned out to be a complete success! Examining how the characters related to the histories of ninja and samurai was well worth the time, and Luis pulled off yet another gorgeous animation alongside sprite artist Chris Bastin aka Jerky! Jerky is the one responsible for a lot of the custom sprite work you’ve seen in Death Battle seasons 4 and 5, including some of the most grotesque deaths like Ace’s burning face and Super Shredder incredibly over-the-top finishing move here.


    Shredder VS Silver Samurai also marked a turning point for a section of Death Battle production that hadn’t changed much since the beginning; the music! Starting with this episode, all Death Battle animations would feature a completely original battle score! This first one, Shredding Silver, was composed and performed by our good friend Brandon Yates, who would be helping with many, many future episodes since then. Soon after this, we teamed up with Werewolf Therewolf to alternate episodes with Brandon. Every time these guys send in a track for an episode is the highlight of my day, even if it’s just an early mix that’s going to be changed before the final cut. Bringing in original music actually changed the way I looked at our battle sequences. We could do so much more now, and really make these battles something of our own. I think the recent tracks for Carnage VS Lucy and Optimus Prime VS Gundam are excellent examples of that.

    Then there’s Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog! The battle of the PSA mascots. Seriously, what the hell is this episode? RIght???

    This was an gag episode long in the making. Three years, in fact. Despite having two separate teams for different Death Battles at this point, this one actually started as my project in 2015, then became Nick’s project in 2016, and finally Sam’s project in 2017. Every Death Battle project lead at the time got their hands on this one! It was really fun exploring the history of these characters. Most of the ScrewAttack staff is in our mid 20’s to mid 30’s, so not all of us were familiar with the original outings of these mascots. For example, I had no idea it used to be common practice for some grade schools to actually sing the Smokey Bear song in class every week. The more you know!


    This idea was originally pitched to us at a convention and we agreed to do it. Not sure why we made such a rash promise like that on the spot, but hey, never let it be said I don’t keep my promises! Even if it takes… you know… three whole years to do them…

    But there’s a good reason, I swear! If we were going to do this episode, we were going to do it right. I would accept no other notion outside of a completely hand-drawn animation. As you may recall, ScrewAttack’s budget planning didn’t allow for much show growth until Craig left. We could finally pull together episode we wanted, all thanks to the Blind Ferret animation studio! We loved working with them so much we asked them to animate our 100th episode… which, surprise, is coming up in just a few weeks!

    -Ben B. Singer

    P.S. Of the original battle music Death Battle has featured so far, which ones are your favorite? You can click Brandon Yates and Therewolf Media to check out their music on iTunes.

  • RT Box - Season 3 Update (Teaser Below!)

    4 months ago

    Eric_Duncan VP, Marketing

    Hey all -

    The next RT Box is going to be available starting October 1 and will run until the end of the year or until we're out of inventory, whichever one comes first. 


    So, if you're already an RT Box member and you haven't skipped the box or cancelled your auto-renew, you're good to go to receive the super special holiday edition!

    If you aren't an RT Box member yet, but really want this super cool box - you can sign up for it starting OCTOBER 1! (That's just in a few days.)

    Thanks for being awesome. Can't wait to see y'alls reaction to the cool stuff we've made this time around. 

  • #51: A Marvelous Move - Death Battle's Road to 100

    4 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer


    Episode- 78 Android 18 VS Captain Marvel, 79 Metal Sonic VS Zero, 80 Lucario VS Renamon

    Out of all the Season 4 episodes, these three were potentially the toughest projects. (Except for maybe Naruto VS Ichigo, but I’ll save that for later!) They were difficult to make not necessarily because of amount of research required or some debating debacle. This was the summer ScrewAttack moved to Austin to join Rooster Teeth proper.

    Death Battle is already a very complicated production affair with a lot of moving parts and connecting pieces, so uprooting the lives of the entire staff across the span of two months certainly put some strain on our schedules. Some of the writing may have suffered a bit from our divided attentions, but overall I don’t think the controlled chaos was very noticeable thanks to the team’s skill.


    Fortunately, the battle sequences didn’t falter! Animators Zack and Aquilla returned after a long hiatus to work on 18 VS Marvel and Lucario VS Renamon respectively, while Luis took on Metal Sonic VS Zero. This was around the time when Luis joined Torrian in the office to become our main 2D animator. Ironically enough, his Metal Sonic VS Zero was also the first Death Battle to incorporate both 2D and 3D animation! Given what I’d seen him do before, I really wasn’t sure how he’d pull off something as crazy as Metal Sonic’s Metal Overlord. Luis told me not to worry, he had a plan, but I still wasn’t expecting Overlord to have very much screen time. Then lo and behold he shows off this awesome battle sequence!

    Before we could get started on Lucario VS Renamon, we had a long discussion about whether or not evolution should be included. I didn’t want it to be a repeat of Pokemon VS Digimon, so trainers/tamers were out the window. However, there was some evidence to suggest Renamon could digivolve on her own, and Lucario technically Mega Evolves on his own in Smash Bros.

    Both instances required very specific circumstances, but existed nonetheless. Ultimately, it was my desire to keep this match-up different from Pokemon VS Digimon which led to evolutions being banned regardless, making this a very straight-forward one-on-one fight.  I believed it would be a closer fight this way, and given the Digimon’s huge advantage last time, avoiding the possibility of such a power difference would likely encourage viewers to enjoy it more.


    Also, while returning characters are far infrequent in Death Battle… I actually think it would be worthwhile to give Captain Marvel another chance at the arena. She continues to be a highly requested character with all sorts of match-up ideas. Who knows? Maybe one day...

    Well, now that we were settled into our new space, it was time for Nick and Torrian to get started on a pet project they’d been talking about all year long. No blog tomorrow, but on Friday I’ll talk about Balrog VS TJ Combo!

    -Ben B. Singer

    P.S. Of these 3 episodes, which was your favorite and why? Which was your least favorite?

  • Red Dead

    4 months ago


     I know I’ve been posting a lot of video game related things on here lately, but I am really excited for red dead redemption two.  I feel like that title is going to be an absolute game changer. I hope I’m not hyping myself up too much for it 

  • Help. Productivity has plummeted

    4 months ago

    Chelsea RT Community Manager

    Chai fell asleep in my lap.

    I can barely reach my mouse or my keyboard. 

    This is a good problem. Sorry boss. 


  • #50: Fire and Ice - Death Battle's Road to 100

    4 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer


    Episodes- 76 Natsu VS Ace, 77 Sub-Zero VS Glacius

    While the episodes themselves weren’t really built to play off each other, their timing next to each other seemed too convenient. How could I not refer to these episode as the Fire and Ice episodes?

    Natsu VS Ace was one of the earliest planned episodes for Season 4. In fact, remember the long and arduous research process for Zoro VS Erza episode from Season 3? We spent many, many months going through One Piece and Fairy Tail for that episode, but there was a secret motive behind it; Sam and Jessica were actually researching two episodes at once! Essentially, since we already knew we’d be doing Ace VS Natsu the following year, they took notes on Zoro, Erza, Ace, and Natsu all at the same time. The hardcore analysis for Natsu VS Ace took place later so they could focus on Zoro VS Erza, but when it was time to get to work on this episode, they already had a great head start. It worked out well!


    This season presented a lot of match-ups which required extremely complicated discussions. As Natsu can eat fire, one such discussion was whether or not he could actually eat Ace, who can transform into fire. On paper, it sounds pretty simple. Why couldn’t he eat him? Except since Ace can activate and deactivate his fire form at will, we realized that he could not only resist being eating, but also Natsu might not have a way to hurt him at all, despite being much more powerful. We had a hard time determining a reliable way for either character to win, making this one of the closest match-ups in Death Battle history. Also, personal opinion here, but I can’t wait until we bring Luffy into a Death Battle! One Piece is such a joy to watch, even if it’s so incredibly long it’ll cost half your lifespan to get through.

    As for Sub-Zero VS Glacius, it was easily one of our top gaming related viewer requests. Given Nick’s history with Killer Instinct, it seemed like a natural fit! Sub-Zero is actually one character I’m surprised we didn’t bring into the Death Battle arena back in the old sprite-only days.


    I do remember us talking about a bunch of other possible match-ups for Sub-Zero. Street Fighter’s Ryu was fairly requested, of course, and so was Iceman from the X-Men. But the most surprising request that kept showing up was Elsa. You know, the ice-queen from Frozen?

    Yeah. The concept of Sub-Zero VS Elsa came past my desk more than just a few times while planning 2017’s lineup. It’s a funny idea, but after putting it through the Death Battle machine, I’m not so sure the people asking for it would like what it would be. Well, unless you like the idea of Elsa being skewered by a dozen ice swords and having her spine ripped out… I guess…

    -Ben B. Singer

    P.S. Luffy will likely appear in Death Battle at some point, and I’ve seen a lot of good match-up requests; Naruto, Ichigo, Mr. Fantastic, Saitama, Toriko, Popeye, and so on. I can’t decide which one we should do! Who would you like to see Luffy fight in a future Death Battle?

  • I'm sick =[

    4 months ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Taking the day and night medicine as needed, grabbed some orange juice and soup, staying burrito-ed in a blanket on the couch, and trying to sweat it all out. 

    Aside from eating a lot of ginger candies, this is usually my go to method for fighting the plague.

    I suppose it's not a completely horrible experience. I'm at home and watching the girls. Chloe has been slowing down quite a bit, and she's not eating, so I boiled some chicken and made rice for her. Mix that up with her dry food and she at least eats half her bowl. 

    So as my mountain of mucus covered tissues pile up as the day progresses, tell me about yours. What's been happening lately? How y'all doing? 

  • #49: Robot Wars - Death Battle's Road to 100

    4 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer


    Episode- 75 Power Rangers VS Voltron

    Season 4 was an incredibly important year for Death Battle, possibly rivaling the importance of Season 3’s massive production restructuring. For one thing, this was the year we moved to Rooster Teeth’s headquarters… though I’ll get to the challenges and opportunities that presented when I cover the summer episodes. The other change was that Craig had officially moved on from ScrewAttack, leaving the company in the hands of Sean Hinz and Chad James. While ScrewAttack may have looked just the same as always on the surface, things were very different behind the scenes. In a very good way!

    ScrewAttack had been stretched a bit too far across its small staff, so in 2017, Death Battle became a much greater initiative for ScrewAttack, with further staff and support put behind related shows DBX and Desk of Death Battle along with a new Death Battle podcast. For the cherry on top, Death Battle got a long overdue new look!


    The original look for Death Battle was very much inspired by Mortal Kombat and… yeah, that’s about it. Oh, also the slamming metal doors from a classic UK show called Robot Wars which I’d watched as a kid in the mid-90’s, but I didn’t even realize I was subconsciously drawing from that until years later. As far as the themes went though, Death Battle was originally produced with video game audiences in mind, as ScrewAttack was primarily a gaming website back in 2010. Since then, the audience had grown, and attention had shifted. It’s no secret that our most viewed episodes are typically those with comic book or shonen anime characters. It was past time to change Death Battle’s look to reflect that, while still keeping a little of the good ol’ fashioned look.

    Can I take a moment to just gush about how incredible the graphics artists are at Rooster Teeth? I absolutely adore the new logo and assets for Death Battle’s fourth season. When that aired for Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake, it really felt like a whole new Death Battle had hit the scene. For me, Season 3 had been exactly that; a complete rebirth of the show. Season 3 had plenty of growing pains, but I think we wound up with a show that’s far superior to what it was before.

    And this hit me smack in the face with Power Rangers VS Voltron. Like… a good smack.


    This is without a doubt one of the most ambitious animations we’d ever done. Five lions, five dinozords, 10 characters, 2 giant robots, tons of weapons… almost all of which had to be custom made from scratch! Not to mention 10 voice actors for each unique character, and a script with enough going on to give each character a moment to shine and two whole transformation scenes! Listen, if you don’t know squat about animation, that probably doesn’t mean much to you. How hard could animating all this be, right?

    Just so you know, it was hard as balls.

    This is an episode we’d been trying to get a foothold on for years. I was already working on a potential battle script as far back as 2012, before we even tried 3D animation in the first place! Back then, I figured the available budget would never allow for 3D animation. Without the growth that was being denied, I figured Power Rangers VS Voltron would have to be 2D and started looking for someone to make custom sprite work for it. That didn’t end up working out, but I think that’s for the best. It was worth the wait!

    There are a lot of standout moments I remember from working on this one. Nick was the writer and project lead for this episode, and he’d never watched Power Rangers before. About halfway through the research weeks, there was a memorable moment at lunch when Nick started lamenting at how he was really bummed that he hadn’t watched it as a kid!


    Some of the models used in the animation, including the Megazord itself, were built by Reid Fagerquist. Because she was building it from scratch, Chad actually brought in an old Megazord toy he still had from his childhood to be used as a reference model!

    As a kid, I always wondered what each of the Power Rangers did while they were in the Megazord cockpit. Only Jason held a control stick, but the other Rangers were busy looking at screens or… something. Right? Even though it really didn’t matter in regards to the fight itself, I made it part of my mission during our research to discover what each one of them was actually doing when the zords all came together. I paid attention to every piece of throw away dialogue and specific conversations held in the cockpit, like how Zack was usually the one who checked the status of their weapons, or how Kimberly was the one who would establish contact with Zordon and Alpha 5. You can see all the roles listed on each character’s info slate in the episode! That was fun to figure out.

    Even back in 2012, I’d always imagined the Rangers and Voltron pilots would be voiced by fellow YouTube stars I’d met over the years. When it finally came time to make that happen, our casting director Marissa totally agreed. Matthew Patrick, Austin Hargrave, Amanda Lee, Jeff Fabre, Andre Meadows, Melonie Mac, Scott Frerichs, Nick Landis, Morgan Berry, and Alejandro Saab all lent their voices to this crazy thing, and I’m so thankful they were all so on board with it despite how busy the script was, how most of them would record remotely, and they all had incredibly busy schedules. And for the icing on the cake, musician Brandon Yates returned to create an awesome original soundtrack for the battle. In the end, it all came together beautifully!

    I’m immensely proud of everyone who worked so hard for so long to put this amazing episode together!

    -Ben B. Singer

    P.S. What did you think of the new Death Battle logo and re-branding when it first showed up? What do you think of it now?

  • When Something Has To Give

    4 months ago

    LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

    Taking care of your mental health is a lot easier said than done. You can recognize something needs to change, even recognize exactly what that is and how to do it, and still struggle to address it. I've been having that internal fight for a while now and I finally have a bit of a plan for how to maybe start addressing...

    *gestures to entire being*


    So here's that whole brain dump for ya. Take care of yourselves  purple_heart

  • Generation Gap

    4 months ago


    I was at lunch with Teddy and Ashley at a cafe in France when I got a small but shocking indication of how much the world has changed during my life. 

    Teddy held up something from the table and said “what’s this?”

    I replied “haha. You know what that is, put it down.”

    He swore to me he had never seen one before. And then I realized that he might really never have. 

    It was an ashtray.

  • This Week At ScrewAttack - 9/21/18

    4 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    Another week, another round of random thoughts disguised as insightful editing notes. Here we go!

    The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE - Powerpuff Girls meets Dragon Ball Z  -  Editor Notes 

    • I was really happy to start this edit. I've been waiting to do a Desk of on this show. (Powerpuff Girls Z)
    • The nostalgia was strong with those Toonami commercial I used in the intro. 
    • Originally I had something different planned to show PPG fusing with DBZ but then after the 2nd or 3rd time listening to the V.O. I realized it had to be a blender. (Also at this point I honestly can't remember what my original idea was)
    • Death Battle should probably do a PPG fight huh?
    • It is SO HARD to find a song that sounds like the PPG theme song. I would find something with that distinct beat but then the feel of the melody would be off and vice versa. I think the song I ended up with works but obviously you can't beat the original song. 
    • No offense to Phineas and Ferb fans, it just started in 2007 and that's why I used it. 
    • All things considered the Black Mirror clip I used right after feels extra dark. 
    • Here's hoping "Z rays" is stylized as "ZrayZ" 
    • We didn't include it in the actual episode so make sure to check out Lisa singing the PPG theme song in this promo clip. 

    Watch the episode!

  • #48: Scrooging Venom - Death Battle's Road to 100

    4 months ago

    BenBSinger Ben B. Singer


    Episode- 73 Scrooge McDuck VS Shovel Knight, 74 Venom VS Bane

    Let’s talk about Scrooge McDuck VS Shovel Knight!

    Some of you are probably wondering why this match-up exists. It is certainly an unexpected one, I’ll give you that. This is a match-up that exists more so because of the characters themselves rather than the match-up idea. Let me explain… we had wanted to bring both Scrooge and Shovel Knight into Death Battle for a long time.

    Many of us at ScrewAttack are huge fans of Shovel Knight, and Scrooge is such a wacky character with an extraordinary history that we were really interested in diving into that vault of gold to dig up his dirty secrets. After discussing numerous possibilities, this match-up seemed like the best combination!


    I believe bringing Scrooge into a Death Battle was Sam’s idea. While most of each season’s list of episodes are based on popular request, we love doing something unexpected every once in awhile. So when we sat down to plan out the episodes for 2017, I asked the rest of the team what sorts of episodes they’d like to work on. Sam brought up Scrooge, and the rest of us looked at him like he was a crazy person. We had no idea what Sam had discovered while working on a recent Desk of Death Battle episode… Scrooge has some absolutely ridiculous feats of physical might!

    Can I just say that I absolutely adore this episode’s animated battle? Luis tackled this one, and I believe this is the only Death Battle which truly embraces an 8-bit style, complete with appropriate sound effects and music. Overall, I like to think this is a very charming gag episode.

    In contrast, Venom VS Bane is dark and serious as shit.


    We get a lot of requests from viewers every day, and some people will spam the same requests over and over. (Please don’t do that.) I thought it was strange when I saw that Venom VS Bane was one of our most requested match-ups ever. “It must be someone spamming it, right?” I though. “What’s the connection for this match-up? Why would people want to see Venom and Bane fight? Surely it can’t be just because Bane’s super-steroid just so happens to be called venom…”

    Spoiler alert; it was.

    Buuuuut sometimes the off-kilter requests can actually turn out to be really interesting. It was pretty fascinating exploring Bane’s history in particular, a character who everyone recognizes, but not many actually know much about. 

    And props to Kayas for a really stellar animation. Watching it now, it’s cool to see just how far we’d come from the animations of just a few years prior. Also, fun fact, the killing blow at the end of this one is a reference to Chad’s suggestion for how Batman VS Spider-Man should’ve end. (He wanted Spidey to shoot webbing down Batman’s throat, choking him to death. Euagh…)

    -Ben B. Singer

    P.S. Are there any unexpected match-ups we’ve done that you weren’t sure about at first, but came around to it when the episode aired?