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What happens when you take historical figures, popular media personalities, and a handful of fictional characters, and have them pair off and compete against each rap contests?

You get, well, Epic Rap Battles of History. While the "epic" part may be disputed, otherwise it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin - a pair of comedians (Nice Peter and EpicLloyd) and guest YouTube performers portraying these people rapping off against each other in online videos.

The matchups so far have been the following:[1]

Season 1

  1. John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly
  2. Darth Vader vs. Adolf Hitler
  3. Abraham Lincoln vs. Chuck Norris
  4. Sarah Palin vs. Lady Gaga *
  5. Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage vs. Kim Jong-Il *
  6. Justin Bieber vs. Ludwig Van Beethoven *
  7. Albert Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking *
  8. Genghis Khan vs. The Easter Bunny
  9. Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Napoleon Dynamite
  10. Billy Mays and Vince Offer vs. Benjamin Franklin *
  11. Gandalf vs. Dumbledore
  12. Dr. Seuss vs. William Shakespeare *
  13. Mr. T vs. Mr. Rogers *
  14. Christopher Columbus vs. Captain Kirk
  15. Nicepeter vs. EpicLloyd

Season 2

  1. Darth Vader vs. Adolf Hitler (rematch)
  2. Master Chief vs. Leonidas *
  3. The Wright Brothers vs. The Mario Brothers *
  4. Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley *
  5. Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe *

You can find the first season on Nice Peter's YouTube channel, here, and the second season on its own channel here.

These raps provide examples of


 Napoleon Bonaparte: "I'm going to shove your moon boots straight up your poop chute!"

Columbus: "I'll stick a flag in your ass and claim you for Spain!"

Master Chief: "Cortana says you're Greek, so why don't you stick these lyrics up your ass?"


 Mr. Rogers: I'll say this once Laurence, I hope it's understood. Get right back in your van and get the fuck outta my neighborhood.

  • Foreshadowing: Ben Franklin makes several death threats to Billy Mays, promising to "craft a lyrical coffin", telling him to "join or die", and referencing "Death of a Salesman". At first, this just seems like the usual hip-hop trash talk, but then...
  • Follow the Leader: A handful of people have done copycat videos based off the concept, usually low-budget single person productions.
  • For the Evulz: The reason Hitler gives for ruining the Star Wars prequels.
    • Darth only thawed Hitler out for their rematch, and to drop him into the Rancor Pit.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: There's often so much going on the screen that some of the humor can be missed. For instance, Kim Jong-Il's missile launcher fires his own head!
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Most of the battles have the characters doing ridiculous dances and/or poses in the background.
    • Stephen Hawking is seen playing Angry Birds.
    • Behind the Wright Brothers, you can see biplanes flying, and at one point one crashing into the ground.
  • Fun with Subtitles:
    • In Kirk Vs Columbus, the word Klingon is written in Klingon.
    • When Luigi's profanity is censored by the sound of collected coins, the subtitles also use the image of coins from the Mario Bros games as a form of censorship.
  • Global Ignorance: Hulk Hogan apparently thought Beijing was in Korea, not China. Kim Jong-Il does not let that one slide.

 Kim Jong Il: Beijing is in China, you blond asshole!

  • Gratuitous French: Napoleon Bonaparte breaks into this partway through his rap. Naturally, it translates to another Take That.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: The entire premise.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Behind the scenes, Nicepeter (as Columbus) accidentally smacks Omar Gharaibeh (as Spock) in the face while delivering a neck chop.
  • Historical In-Joke: So many, with them almost all very well researched.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: While not part of one of the rap battles themselves, Charles Darwin hosts ERB News, and spits out two of them.
    • As the rap battles continue to evolve...
    • Thank you for choosing It is, after all, a natural selection.
    • There are some cases of puns in the rap battles though, such as Albert E=MC squared.
  • Jaw Drop: In the aftermath of Shakespeare's Motor Mouth segment. Even the beat stops.
    • Nicepeter's jaw drops when Epic Lloyd stripped out of his leotard.
  • Joke Character: Even the narrator sighs when he introduces the Easter Bunny.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: In-universe, during their Rap battle, Epic Lloyd invokes this as the reason people visit Nice Peter's youtube channel.

  Epic Lloyd: Nice Peter, who's that? No-one gives two shits! Everyone knows your page is just the place where the Rap Battles live!

  • Kids Rock: Young Michael Jackson, played by 10-year-old Bentley Green.
  • Kubrick Stare: Dr. Seuss has a frightening one. Given that he never says a word...
  • Lampshade Hanging: Shakespeare's first verse is in iambic pentameter. This does not go unnoticed.

 "I hath been iambic on that ass, ye bastard."

  • Large Ham: Hitler, Genghis Kahn, Mr. T, Leonidas, and the Mario Brothers.
    • They're just the worst. Everyone to appear in these vids is hamming it up.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Note the tinny music that plays when Mr. Rogers is introduced...which then turns into the regular rap music as Mr. Rogers lets out a chilling rap against Mr. T.
  • Let's Get Dangerous:
    • Beethoven after chucking over his piano.

  Beethoven: I'm committing verbal murder in the major third degree! My name is Beethoven, motherfucker, maybe you heard of me!

    • Marilyn Monroe taking off her earrings in her second verse.
  • Marionette Master: Dr. Seuss "raps" through his characters, The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 & Thing 2.
  • Marilyn Manoeuvre: The lady herself shows us how it's done (well, in universe it's her, anyway).
  • Meaningful Background Event: As Ebenezer Scrooge raps at the departing Donald Trump, insisting he doesn't believe in ghosts (or "that hair"), the clock on the mantelpiece swings around to midnight, heralding the arrival of the ghost of JP Morgan.
  • Midword Rhyme:

 Mario Bros.: Like POW!

How ya like me now?

Spit flames out our mouths like our name was Bow


  • Monochrome Past: Hitler's verses are shot in monochrome. Until Vader Force Chokes him into the present, that is.
    • Also young Elvis.
    • So is Marylin Monroe.
  • Motor Mouth: The Bard himself pulls this one off at impressive speed, even for typical Motor Mouth standards.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Most obviously and unquestionably Cleopatra.
  • News Parody: The first battle has a parody news ticker that shows up twice.
  • No Indoor Voice:
    • Billy Mays, as usual.
    • Luigi.
    • Hiter in the rematch.
  • No Swastikas: Adolf Hitler's arm band sports a rock 'n' roll horns shaped symbol.
  • Paedo Hunt: Courtesy of Mr. T:

 Mr. T: So before you come to battle with your PBS crap, how 'bout I call up CPS about them kids on your lap, fool!


 Elvis: 'Cause all you wanna do is teach kids the birds and the bees



Lady Gaga: You are the sum of everything I despise, with the most dysfunctional family since the Jackson fucking Five!

Beethoven: My name is Beethoven mother fucker, maybe you've heard of me!

Kirk: You spaghetti-eating fuck!

Nicepeter: You've got as much music talent as Chuck Fucking Norris!

Adolf Hitler (in the rematch): Now stand at attention and Sieg fucking Heil!

Mr Rogers: I'll say this once Laurence, I hope it's understood, get right back in you van and get the fuck out of my neighborhood

    • Cluster F-Bomb: John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly, while maybe not exactly fitting here, is much more frequent in swearing than the other battles.
  • Rage Quit: In EpicLlyod vs.NicePeter

 Lloyd: "I'm gonna knock you right out of your little Superman socks! You were nothing before you rode up on KessemG's jock'!

Peter: "Man, you don't even need to say that kind of shit. Fuck the rap battles and you, I quit."

  • Rated "M" for Manly:
    • Hitler vs Vader (both battles)
    • Lincoln vs Chuck Norris
    • Kim Jong-Il vs Hulk and Macho Man
    • Leonidas vs Master Chief, so very much!
  • Refuge in Audacity: Many of the videos run with this, although the Vader vs. Hitler one is the most blatant about it.
  • Retraux:
    • The Wright Brothers have a grainy sepia tone and their audio is processed to sound like it was recorded on a phonograph.
    • Aside from the fact that young Elvis is shot in monochrome, both old Elvis and young Michael are shown as if recorded from a VHS around their time. Old Michael even has a special filter on him that makes him appear as in the '90s video clips.
  • Running Gag:
    • In the behind the scenes videos, there's a running theme of Lloyd jokingly asking other people if they want to buy some heroin.
    • Lloyd also sometimes dresses up in part of the costume and imitates the announcer.

  Lloyd (with Gandalf's beard) "The Oakridge Boys VS ZZ top!"

    • There also seems to be one in the second season's behind the scenes videos of people not recognizing who one of the rappers is supposed to be, such as one man not realizing Lloyd was dressed as Mario.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • Subverted in the Columbus/Kirk battle, where Christopher Columbus seemingly walked out after his opening line.
    • Dr. Seuss did a subtle straight version. He got the hell out of dodge before the Cat in the Hat let Thing 1 and Thing 2 free.
    • "Later, weirdo, Elvis is leaving the building."
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Quite a few of the matchups are like this:
    • Justin Bieber (sensitive) and Beethoven (manly, emphasized by Badass Baritone)
    • Easter Bunny (sensitive) and Genghis Khan (manly)
    • Mr. Rogers (sensitive) and Mr. T (manly)
  • Sequel Escalation: The rematch between Hitler and Vader. Considering this is the first battle of season 2, this is expected.
  • Shout-Out: Ubiquitous.
  • Sibling Incest: Doesn't actually happen, but Mario tells the Wright Brothers to "just get back in [their] biplane and make out with each other".
    • Decidedly does happen with Cleopatra and her brothers.
  • Sophisticated As Hell: Shakespeare does this quite a lot.

 Shakespeare: What light through yonder poser breaks?'

Shakespeare: I hath been iambic on that ass, ye bastard.

Shakespeare: Ye hoebag!

  • Spell My Name with an "S": Hitler's first name is spelt 'Adolph' on his title card at the beginning, but is spelt in the more conventional way, 'Adolf', in the subtitles where he introduces himself. Both spellings are valid. In the rematch, however, Hitler's title card actually uses the spelling 'Adolf'.
  • Spin-Off: 9, The Official Fanzine type that shows the behind the scenes and extra info.
    • Epic Rap Battles of History - Behind the Scenes
    • Epic Drawings of History with Marydoodles
    • Epic Makeup with Ceciley
  • Stealth Pun: Several.
    • "...ten thousand dollar shoes I use to stomp out a beatle."
    • "I'll "school" you anywhere - MIT to Oxford"
    • "...when you try to put your little p-brane against this kind of mind..."
    • "Sorry, Wright Brothers, this time you chose wrong."
    • "You might fly like a hawk, but you fight like a kitty."
    • "You've been upstaged Bill. Man you just got played" is especially stealthy.
    • "I've seen every record you set, man I beat it."
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Hitler apparently traveled through time and messed with the Star Wars prequels.
  • Stylistic Suck: Everyone is basically this, due to the whole premise being a rap Battle Royale With Cheese.
  • Super Mode:
    • In the first Vader/Hitler battle, Vader begins to use The Force in his second verse to choke Hitler and then freeze him in carbonite.
    • Chuck Norris in his second verse, resulting in bursts of fire and Attack of the 50 Foot Whatever.
    • The Mario Brothers grow larger in their second verse, complete with the appropriate sound from the game.
  • Take That: They really like to poke fun at John McCain.

 Lincoln: I got my face on the side of a mountain; you voted for John McCain!

Gaga: History will regret you like J-J-J-John McCain!

    • Twilight Books. Even Dr. Seuss couldn't tolerate being accused of that.
  • Take Up My Sword:
    • Hulk Hogan gets shot down via bazooka by Kim Jong-Il, so Macho Man tags in to fight back in place of the injured Hogan.
    • After Billy Mays dies mid-battle against Ben Franklin, the Shamwow guy dramatically emerges to finish the battle.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch: Vader, Chuck Norris, Gandalf and Kirk all pull this.

  Gandalf: "Tom riddle me this you bitch, how's your puny little wand gonna beat my staff?"


 Luigi: Look at these two; their lives must've been horrible!

Mario: Two dorky dudes...

Luigi: ...named Wilbur and Orville!


 Mr. T: Hello? It's for you! Bill Cosby wants his sweater!


 "I'll put a slug between your shoulder blades / Then ask what light through yonder poser breaks."

  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Master Chief's rap opens up with this, right after Leonidas kicks him down the well.
    • The Wright Brothers spend their first few lines saying this to the Mario Brothers.
  • Your Mom:
    • Vader to Hitler: "So many dudes been with your mom, who even knows if I'm your father?"
    • Hawking to Einstein: "There are ten million million million million million million million million million particles in the universe that we can observe/ Your mama took the ugly ones and put them into one nerd".

  1. Battles marked with an asterisk (*) feature people other than Nice Peter and Epic Llyod
  2. "T'as une tête a faire sauter les plaques d'egouts" = "You've got a face that could blow off a manhole cover"
  3. Including those of Seuss and the Cat in the Hat.