|Leonardo VS Red Ranger Jason|
|Air date||February 24th, 2020|
|Written by||Genevieve Guimond|
|Animated by|| Luis Cruz|
Junior "Kill_La_Kiid" Espinal
|Episode link|| YouTube|
Black Canary VS Sindel
Genos VS War Machine
|“||These leaders break off from their respective packs to settle the score once and for all!||„|
Leonardo VS Red Ranger Jason is the 122nd episode of DEATH BATTLE!, featuring Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and the Red Ranger from the Power Rangers series in a battle between fearless teen team leaders. Leonardo was voiced by Jon Allen and Jason was reprised by Alejandro Saab.
(*Cues: Wiz & Boomstick - Brandon Yates*)
(We cut to Wiz and Boomstick, where Boomstick is watching a Kids' WB promo play on the monitor while holding a bowl of cereal.)
Boomstick: When I was a kid, there was nothin’ better than watchin’ my Saturday mornin’ toons. That’s where I learned all my badass karate moves. Hi-yah! (he does a short kick before chowing down his cereal, with cartoon sound effects playing over his movements.)
Wiz: The ’80s and ’90s certainly gave us some memorable characters and epic playground rivalries.
(Boomstick takes one big crunch, surprising and annoying Wiz.)
Boomstick: Like Leonardo, head honcho of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Wiz: And Jason Lee Scott, leader of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. For this bout, we’ll be sticking to the characters themselves.
Wiz: And it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win... a Death Battle.
Wiz: From the vastness of space to the eerie depths of the ocean, few places remain as mysterious and unknown as the New York City Sewer System.
Wiz: Four ordinary domestic terrapins transformed into humanoid superheroes by a chance encounter with a canister of mysterious mutagenic ooze. They were adopted by an equally mutated rat, skilled in martial arts, who decided to name them after renaissance artists.
Boomstick: Y’know, even by comic book standards, this origin story is pretty freakin' weird.
Wiz: Master Splinter trained them as ninja, and the group formed a daring crime-fighting team. But every team needs a leader.
Boomstick: Donatello did machines, but tactics? Nah. Raphael was tough, but way too hot-headed. And Michelangelo? Well, we all know he got dropped as a kid. So, the obvious choice was the true blue, Leonardo DiCaprio!
Wiz: Uh, yeah, close enough. Of all the turtles, Leonardo was the most studious and focused when it came to Splinter's lessons, and soon adopted the principles of Bushidō.
Boomstick: Kind of weird since that's a samurai code, and he's a ninja, but whatever.
Wiz: The modern tenants of Bushidō have evolved over the centuries, but it essentially boils down to eight virtues: righteousness, courage, compassion, respect, honesty, honor, duty, and self-control. All of which frankly describes Leonardo to a tee.
Boomstick: AKA, he's super dedicated to bein’ a goody-two-shoes. And he's a badass when it comes to fighting. He's like the Bruce Lee of reptiles! And since he's a turtle, Leo's got super speed and super strength.
Wiz: I’m not sure the science checks out on that one.
Boomstick: He's also got that super tough shell and some radical ninja weapons.
Wiz: Right, but before we go any further, we should address that there are multiple iterations of Leonardo across different media and timelines. As none of them can really be considered the main one, we're taking all standard versions into account or anything that's reasonable, consistent, or viable across his multiple histories.
Boomstick: So we're not including anything that's too out of the ordinary, like those weird double mutations, or that time he became a goddamn dragon. I mean, good on you Leo, but that's a little outta your typical wheelhouse.
Wiz: Leonardo is a master of Niten Ichi-ryū, a Japanese fighting style using twin katana. Although Leo’s swords are typically a more recent variant called Ninjaken, basically just katana without the curve.
Boomstick: Still way better than wielding tiny forks or a literal stick. Seriously, who picked out the other turtles' weapons?
Wiz: Leonardo's ninjaken are incredibly deadly, even sharp enough to slice through metal.
Boomstick: But he still finds ways to break those things all the time. Good thing he's also got kunais, smoke bombs, shuriken, climbing claws, grappling guns, hell, most of the Batman approved gear.
(We cut to Wiz and Boomstick)
Boomstick: In his latest outing, he's even got this Ōdachi. (Picks it up) Basically the Claymore of ninja swords. But it's super special.
Wiz: Right, with a swing of the blade, it can open portals that can take its wielder anywhere from across the room or all the way to Tahiti.
Boomstick: Time for a vacation!
(He swings it and hits something, getting the sword stuck, he struggles to free it, and manages to, nearly hitting Wiz)
Wiz: Ah! Be careful, bending the rules of space could be catastrophic.
(Boomstick gets it stuck again)
Boomstick: Relax, Wiz. I "turtally" have what it takes to pull this off.
(He pulls it free and accidentally sends the sword flying backward into something)
Boomstick: Uh...okay, maybe I'll go with the staycation instead.
Wiz: Probably for the best. Weapons aside, Leonardo has proved skilled enough to master rare ninjutsu knowledge such as the Healing Hands mantra, a meditation technique.
Boomstick: Say goodbye to that nasty migraine or pesky stab wound.
Wiz: Not quite potent enough to heal fatal wounds, but useful nonetheless.
Boomstick: Other than that, the dude's fast enough to outrun explosions and has even dodged lightning.
Wiz: This enemy in particular was specifically granted the power of a storm, implying these bolts are comparable to natural lightning. Therefore, Leonardo must be able to react to things two hundred eighty times faster than sound.
Boomstick: Ha, and you thought turtles were slow. Also, he's strong enough to push over a giant pillar to crush a cockroach monster, go toe to toe with Baron Draxum who survived this explosion, and held open the jaws of a monsterfied T-Rex.
Wiz: The tyrannosaurus is theorized to have had a bite force of twelve thousand eight hundred pounds per square inch. Six times more powerful than an alligator.
Popup: This particular creature's bite force was likely even stronger, as it was a larger, mutated version created by Baxter Stockman.
Boomstick: And best of all, even across multiple timelines, good ol' Leo is usually the one to take down the turtles' biggest villain, and least useful kitchen utensil: The Shredder. No wonder he's the leader. Leo's a boss!
Wiz: Sure, he may have a habit of questioning his own abilities and decisions, but hey, he's a teenager. Par for the course.
Boomstick: One thing’s for sure. He’s a mean, green, fighting machine who’s always up for a “shell” of a good time.
Leonardo: Taste cold steel! (He slices down a robot from above.)
Wiz: After ten thousand years, the evil interstellar witch Rita Repulsa was finally released from her long-standing prison.
Boomstick: Which, and I need to point this out, was an actual space dumpster! Gross! No wonder she was so pissed off that she decided to attack Earth on the spot.
Wiz: To combat her vile magics, the good-natured sage-in-a-tube Zordon sought out a team of heroes, and for whatever reason, specifically requested five overbearing and overemotional humans.
Alpha 5: No! Not that! Not teenagers!
Boomstick: I feel ya, Invader Zim...
Wiz: The five teens connected to the Morphin Grid, an energy field that transformed them into the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
Boomstick: Go, go, Power Rangers! (singing to the theme song) I never get tired of doin’ that. And if that wasn't cool enough, each Ranger was bonded to a giant robot dinosaur! There was the blue triceratops, the yellow sabertooth tiger, the black mastodon, the pink pterodactyl, and finally, the red tyrannosaurus!
Wiz: This would go to the Red Ranger and leader of the team, Jason Lee Scott.
Boomstick: Jason was a pretty chill and level-headed guy, and already good enough at martial arts to be teaching classes.
Boomstick: And he dabbled in Hip Hop Kido. But to get all the martial arts skill he'd ever need, all he’s gotta do is hold out that mighty Power Coin and yell...
Jason: It's morphin' time! Tyrannosaurus!
Boomstick: Haha, oh yeah. Chills, man. Every time.
Wiz: Morphing into his Red Ranger form did indeed grant Jason an unprecedented level of martial arts mastery. Even Billy, the Blue Ranger, who barely knew any martial arts at all, became a fist-fighting master after morphing.
Boomstick: The Red Ranger form also boosts Jason's speed and strength to superhuman levels, and see those sparks? That's the Morphin Grid taking hits for him, and it'll keep doin’ that until it's overloaded from too many attacks. Good guy grid over here. Where do I get one?
Wiz: Jason is a powerhouse, focusing on strong high-impact moves like his Power Punch to send foes flying across the battlefield.
Boomstick: And he can use the energy of the Grid to take a bite out of Putty with his Tyrannosaurus Charge! But when punches and kicks aren't enough, he's got a bunch of colorful weapons that definitely aren't toys, no matter how plasticky they look.
Wiz: Like his Wrist Communicator, which doubles as a teleporter.
(We cut to Wiz and Boomstick)
Boomstick: And the Blade Blaster is both a knife and a gun. A gun-knife. A "g’knife"!
Wiz: And for tougher fights, he carri--
(Boomstick shows several knives and axes duct-taped to his gun leg)
Boomstick: All right Wiz, uh, what's the over-under on my modification here workin'?
Wiz: Uh... A-Are you sure about this? We already have enough holes in the floor.
Boomstick: Oh please, Wiz, I know what I'm...
(We hear a gunshot, he falls, causing the knives to fly into the air, Wiz yells and covers his head, we then hear a thud)
Boomstick: I'm okay!
(One of the knives lands on him)
Boomstick: I'm not okay!
Wiz: (sighs) Ahem, for tougher fights, Jason can also summon the Power Sword, a unique blade that can slice through even the most powerful of monsters. It's also a key component to the Power Blaster.
Boomstick: Which is, uh, lemme guess here... powerful.
Wiz: Um... Yes. The Power Blaster can destroy creatures even the Dinozords have trouble with.
Popup: The Power Blaster is even capable of destroying the Dinozords themselves.
Boomstick: Though Power Ranger rules keep them from bustin' out the big guns right away.
Wiz: Right, they technically cannot escalate a fight, so unless the more powerful weapons are deemed necessary, they are generally considered off-limits.
Boomstick: So dumb.
Wiz: Regardless, the Red Ranger is incredibly impressive, even without his weapons.
Boomstick: He's strong enough to lift boulders way bigger than him.
Wiz: Scaling this boulder to Jason's own height, we can estimate it weighs a little over sixty-nine tons.
Popup: The mainline Power Rangers comics are similar to the original show, just as a modern take, much like how TMNT has been recreated as similar variations across multiple media throughout the decades.
Boomstick: Heh heh, nice.
Wiz: And the Yellow Ranger, who has the same basic powers as Jason, pushed around a much larger boulder that, when using the same scaling method, appears to weigh over eleven thousand tons.
Boomstick: These two can run so fast, they kick up huge clouds of dust behind 'em. And in a later series: POWER RANGERS IN SPACE, the Rangers could keep pace with the supercar Storm Blaster.
Wiz: Technically, every Ranger draws from the same source of power, the Morphin' Grid. So it's fair to at least compare Jason to other Ranger teams. Like when the SPD Green Ranger chucked a car through the air.
Popup: In the Boom Comics, the Yellow Ranger performs a similar feat as SPD Green by throwing a vehicle at a monster
Boomstick: Red is quick enough to dodge lightning, at least for a bit, and tough enough to survive the Power Ranger Command Center exploding while he was inside! That's not even the first time the place blew up! Man, that building's seriously been through the wringer.
Wiz: To be fair, it's important to remember that the Ranger powers are not permanent. And his connection to the Morphin' Grid has limits. If he takes enough damage and loses his morph, Jason goes back to being a normal human being, albeit one who's a talented fighter in his own right.
Boomstick: But with the glorious red spandex and Robo T-Rex at his back, the power lies on his si-i-i-ide~!
Jason: You want a fight? You got it!
(He shouts as he proceeds to cut down Terror Toad.)
In the middle of a city at night, Jason Lee Scott in his civilian attire is seen running on the street in a hurry to get somewhere. Meanwhile, Leonardo is seen outside of a pizzeria ready to chow down a slice of pepperoni pizza. Jason accidentally bumps into the turtle and causes him to drop his pizza slice to the floor.
As both come to, Leo notices his snack splattered across the ground and leaps back on his feet.
Just as Jason was about to apologize, he sees what he was talking to and enters a defensive pose.
Jason: Sorry, I'm late for...(gasps) One of Rita's monsters!
Leonardo appears confused by the remark.
Jason then punches Leo in the face. But the man-sized turtle shrugs it off, blocking and dodging his attacker's punch and high kick.
Leonardo: Give me a break. You're the monster for ruining my pizza!
Leo lands a punch on Jason's face, stunning him before grappling him in a Judo hold and tossing him across the street into nearby trash cans.
Leonardo: Time to take out the trash!
Out came his twin swords, ready for battle. No sooner did Jason got to his feet, he took out his Power Morpher and transforms.
Jason: It's morphin' time! Don't count me out yet!
Leaping down in front to face the ninja turtle was now the mighty Red Power Ranger. Leonardo spins his blades in a tornado-like fashion as Jason leaps over him. Leo tries striking the Red Ranger with his twin swords multiple times, but Jason successfully dodges and counters the blades.
Jason leaps back and lands a powerful punch on Leonardo, sending the ninja turtle flying back. Leo slides on his shell before jumping off a nearby lamp post to successfully land a somersault slash on the Power Ranger.
Leonardo: That's turtle power!
Leonardo twirls his blades as he jumps forward. Feeling cornered, Jason summons the Power Sword.
Jason: Power Sword!
The Red Ranger clashes his sword with the ninja turtle's ninjaken.
Jason: Don't blade me for not being impressed.
Leonardo: Really, dude?
Leo dodges Jason's swords as the two clash their blades while flipping forward. He lands next to a trash can and kicks one near his opponent. The Red Ranger narrowly avoids the trash can before charging up his Power Sword to unleash a devastating charge the touches both of Leonardo's twirling blades as he dashes forward.
As Leonardo lands, Jason turns his head around confidently as his helmet shines. The reptile is shocked to see both of his blades shatter into pieces. The aura of a red tyrannosaurus rex's head surrounds Jason as he charges forward.
The ninja turtle leader uses his bare hands to hold back the dinosaur's jaw as the Red Ranger stabs him in the right shoulder. Landing near an uncovered sewer, Leo kicks up a nearby manhole and tosses it at his opponent, striking Jason in the head. Jason is sent careening back as Leonardo jumps into the sewer.
Jason: Cheap shot!
Leonardo begins chanting the Healing Hands mantra as the sewer entrance begins glowing with mystical light.
Leonardo: Rin - pyo - to - sha - kai - jin - retsu - zai - zen!
After the chant, the light disappears and Jason hears a peculiar sound. He approaches the sewer and looks down.
Jason: Yo! What are you doing down there?
A portal appears above a nearby lamp post. Leonardo emerges from the portal and lands on the light, now wielding his mystic ōdachi blade.
Leonardo: Sorry, tights! I'm all healed up! Behold the immortal turtle!
Jason: That's bogus!
Jason takes out his Blade Blaster and tries firing at his opponent, but Leo overwhelms him by using his sword to teleport all over the street.
Leonardo: I love being a turtle!
Leonardo combos Jason into the air and sends him back into the sidewalk before teleporting again. When a portal appears in front of Jason, the Red Ranger fires his Blade Blaster only to end up hitting Leonardo's shell, which deflects the projectile as the turtle leader sends the superhero backward. Leo jumps into one more portal that appears high in the air to unleash a devastating strike.
Jason quickly teleports high into the sky past Leonardo and begins charging up his Power Sword. As he dives down, Leo tries throwing some shurikens one misses completely the second one bounces off Jason's chest and the third one is deflected by the Red Ranger's helmet in Slow-Mo. The two teen leaders clash their swords one final time, which ends when Jason let out a war cry as he cut through the ōdachi the force of the slash sending Leonardo crashing into the ground Shell first cracking it Jason then catches up stabbing the Mutant in the gut before splitting apart the ninja turtle with his Power Sword.
In typical Power Ranger fashion, Leonardo's body explodes after his defeat. Jason returns to his civilian attire, exhausted from the battle.
Jason: Phew. That was bonkers.
The Red Ranger continues his run forward as Leonardo's blood begins to seep into the sewers.
(We cut to Wiz and Boomstick)
Boomstick: Looks like Leo "turtally" didn't see that comin’.
Wiz: Are you gonna keep reusing that one, or should I expect something new?
Boomstick: Oh, I'm sorry, do you want me to "shell" out some more puns?
Wiz: Fine, fine, Leonardo certainly had more martial arts experience than Jason, and he was likely a bit faster, as we've seen him dodge lightning more reliably. If it were just up to these two factors, the ninja turtle may have won.
Boomstick: But you know there's more to it. Sure, Leo has some super tough defense on his side, but Jason had the "oomph" to crack that shell.
Wiz: First of all, Leonardo's superior training was a moot point, as Jason's morph granted him a broad mastery of martial arts talent automatically.
Boomstick: Kinda cheap if you ask me but, eh, that's Power Rangers for ya.
Wiz: But let's talk numbers. Giving Leonardo the benefit of a doubt, we scaled his level of toughness to his recurring villain, Baron Draxum.
Boomstick: Who's fought Leo a bunch of times. Remember how Draxum survived his lab exploding? That's definitely the best durability feat Leo could possibly match.
Wiz: By scaling the lab to the height of the characters, then deducing the size of the explosion itself, its explosive yield must equal about twelve tons of TNT.
Boomstick: Pretty impressive, but then we used the same method on the control center exploding while Jason was inside, and it came out to five hundred fifty tons of TNT.
Wiz: Forty-five times greater than Leonardo.
Boomstick: So, clearly Jason was much tougher, but we still had to find their overall strength. To do that, we compared Leo's bug-crushing pillar to the Rangers bowling with boulders.
Wiz: Using granite as an average potential density and scaling the pillar to Leonardo's height, it appears to weigh about two hundred forty metric tons.
Popup: Jason's succesor, Rocky, used the same powers as him as he could contend with Rito Revolto, who was strong enough to destroy the Thunder Megazord and White Tigerzord, as well as survive an explosion many times larger than the Command Center one.
Boomstick: Still impressive, but way less than the eleven thousand ton boulder. The Red Ranger couldn't just crack that shell, he could make turtle soup out of it.
(We cut to Wiz and Boomstick)
Wiz: Leonardo held some advantages in speed and skill, making this fight far from one-sided. However, Jason’s superior strength, arsenal, and powers quickly turned the tide.
Boomstick: His “range-r” of abilities does what “Leonar-don’t”.
Wiz: The winner is Jason, the Red Ranger.
The track for this fight is "Teenage Morphin' Ninja Power" by Werewolf Therewolf. It's a chiptune rock piece meant to capture the feel of the '90s as 8-bit video games and rock were both popular alongside the Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers. Snippets of the theme songs of the Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers can also be heard.
The title references the series both combatants originate from (the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers").
The track cover shows Jason's Power Sword stabbing Leonardo's bandana and a pizza with a slice missing. Light is also coming out of the Power Sword.
- The connections between Leonardo and Jason are that they are both teenage leaders of popular hero teams (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers, respectively). Both are also skilled sword-wielders and are highly dedicated martial artists. In addition, both are known for being the most level-headed members of their teams and tend not to jump into the fray without planning.
- Both of their respective series have crossed over before twice, once in a live-action television series and again in an IDW crossover comic. Leonardo briefly clashed with Jason in the crossover comic. Both also fought Batman.
- This is the first episode to feature a Power Ranger combatant which doesn't involve Zords.
- This is the 18th episode to feature a returning combatant, after Zitz VS Leonardo, Batman VS Captain America, Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered), Goku VS Superman 2, Pokémon VS Digimon, Mewtwo VS Shadow, Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie, Metal Sonic VS Zero, Thor VS Wonder Woman, Black Panther VS Batman, Ryu VS Jin, Mario VS Sonic (2018), Mega Man Battle Royale, Captain Marvel VS Shazam, Dragonzord VS Mechagodzilla, Ganondorf VS Dracula and Deadpool VS Mask, and with the next two being She-Ra VS Wonder Woman and Venom VS Crona.
- This is the tenth episode to feature a returning winner, after Zitz VS Leonardo, Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered), Goku VS Superman 2, Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie, Metal Sonic VS Zero, Thor VS Wonder Woman, Black Panther VS Batman, Mario VS Sonic (2018) and Ganondorf VS Dracula, and with the next two being She-Ra VS Wonder Woman and Venom VS Crona.
- This is the 13th episode to feature a returning loser, after Batman VS Captain America, Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered), Goku VS Superman 2, Pokémon VS Digimon, Mewtwo VS Shadow, Thor VS Wonder Woman, Black Panther VS Batman, Ryu VS Jin, Mario VS Sonic (2018), Mega Man Battle Royale, Captain Marvel VS Shazam and Dragonzord VS Mechagodzilla, and with the next one being She-Ra VS Wonder Woman.
- This is also the seventh episode to feature a returning winner lose, after Metal Sonic VS Zero, Thor VS Wonder Woman, Black Panther VS Batman, Mario VS Sonic (2018), Ganondorf VS Dracula and Deadpool VS Mask.
- This is also the fifth episode to feature a returning loser win, after Batman VS Captain America, Thor VS Wonder Woman, Ryu VS Jin and Mario VS Sonic (2018).
- This is the third episode to feature a double returner, after Black Panther VS Batman and Deadpool VS Mask, and with the next one being She-Ra VS Wonder Woman.
- This is the fifth episode to feature two returning combatants, after Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered), Goku VS Superman 2, Thor VS Wonder Woman and Mario VS Sonic (2018).
- This is the second episode that isn't a redo of a previous episode, after Thor VS Wonder Woman. Coincidentally, both episodes feature both a returning winner and a returning loser.
- This is the first Death Battle where a Power Rangers character won and a TMNT character lost (to a character not from TMNT).