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Episode 32 - Nintendo VS Sega! The trusty sidekicks of Mario and Sonic raise their dukes to see who is the deadliest Player 2!
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Luigi VS Tails is the 32nd episode of Death Battle, featuring Luigi from the Super Mario series and Tails from the Sonic the Hedgehog series in a battle between iconic video game sidekicks.

Interlude

Wiz: With the dragon slain and the princess rescued, the hero revels in gold, glory, and cake.

Boomstick: But they couldn't have done it without a little help.

Wiz: The sidekick. The people's champion would be lost without his player two. Such as Luigi, Mario's younger brother.

Boomstick: And Tails the Fox, Sonic's deformed flying stalker.

Wiz: Now we have already proven that standard Mario and Sonic series power-ups perfectly counter each other, so, to not waste time, we're giving these second strings only what is unique to them.

Boomstick: He's Wiz and I'm Boomstick.

Wiz: And it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win... a Death Battle.

Luigi

Wiz: After clobbering Koopas, besting Bowser, and saving the princess, who gets all the credit?

Boomstick: Mario, of course, leaving his lanky brother with rejected sloppy seconds.

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Wiz: No doubt, Luigi has it rough. Despite being born as one of the seven Star Children destined for greatness, it's not easy being second fiddle to the most popular character in video game history, yet he doesn't seem to mind. Like a good sidekick, Luigi exists only to help Mario, never asking for his own slice of the cake.

Boomstick: So he's pretty much a slave.

Wiz: In a way, but this devotion makes him the perfect teammate, helping to save the Mushroom Kingdom time and time again.

Boomstick: What did Mario do to him to make him so obedient? He's gotta have some serious dirt from their childhood.

Wiz: Luigi may take subordination to an extreme, but he's no pushover. In fact, he's not only taller than Mario, but also faster and more athletic. He can jump over six feet higher, plus after studying Yoshi's superb jumping ability, Luigi developed his own variant of the dinosaur's floating technique, the Scuttle Jump.

Boomstick: His abilities don't end with the mid-air hustle. Luigi has plenty of powerful attacks, each of which, if pulled off perfectly, increase their damage for quick KOs. The spinning Luigi Cyclone, the rocketing Green Missile, and the Super Jump Punch, which can send his foe up into the air so high, they never come back down.


The music fades as Luigi sneaks up on Jigglypuff from behind and uses the Super Jump Punch, knocking Jigglypuff into the background.

Jigglypuff: JIGGLYPUFF!!!


Wiz: In addition, he has numerous power-ups at his disposal, including his trusty hammer and the Vanish Power Flower, which makes him invisible and intangible, Luigi could be next to you... watching you... right now.

Boomstick: Aahhh, stop that! He was trained by the Thunder God himself in the powerful Thunderhand technique. With this, he can shoot lightning at his foes or at deadly soccer balls.

Wiz: And after spending so much time in Mario's shadow, Luigi has somehow gained the ability to manipulate some sort of negative energy.


Luigi dances, creating the Negative Zone.


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Boomstick: Remember when Mario Bros. was about running around and jumping on turtles? Anyway, you were saying something about physics-breaking time energy or whatever?

Wiz: Luigi's Negative Zone can devastate a nearby opponent. Its effects are random, but unavoidable, ranging from sudden dizziness to uncontrollable tripping over absolutely nothing.

Boomstick: But when Luigi wants real firepower, he busts out the Poltergust 5000, a handy vacuum cleaner which can somehow kill ghosts! It can KILL that which is already DEAD.

Wiz: He ain't afraid of no ghosts!


A ghost appears behind Luigi, frightening him.


Wiz: Scratch that, he's afraid of all ghosts, bugs, water, flowers, the Sun. Luigi is a coward and doesn't even try to hide it. Granted, his fears are usually justified,... usually.

Boomstick: He's also pretty clumsy, which you'd think would make a terrible combination. But like the Chinese Drunken Master style, Luigi harnesses awkwardness to make himself even more vicious. He's more powerful than he seems, murdering Goombas and Koopas by the hundreds every day.


Luigi uses a cannon on the Koopas in the Ice Capades.


Boomstick: Ha ha. Before we go any further, I'd like to point out that the unmaking cannon belongs to a bunch of children. "IS IT BEDTIME NOW MOM?!" Goush! No more parents!

Wiz: Even without it, Luigi has defeated Dimentio, discovered the Grand Final Galaxy, raised a ravenous man-eating dinosaur, and even rescued Mario from certain doom on three separate occasions. The Green Thunder can pretty much do it all.

Boomstick: Luigi is one mean, green, fighting machine.


Luigi: (puts on the Poltergust) Yeah. (speaking into the nozzle) I do it. Ho-ho!

Luigi dances, before accidentally bumping into a car, which then causes a shelf to fall down.

Luigi: Oh...


Tails


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Tails: All systems go... full speed ahead!


Wiz: Born the very same day Doctor Eggman began his robot-powered takeover of the world, Miles Prower—

Boomstick: Haha! I get it! Miles Per Hour! Creativity like that is why Sega is still making consoles...

Wiz: Ahem, Miles was awkwardly born with two tails. Mere minutes after being welcomed into the world, Eggman's deadly forces made Miles Prower an orphan.

Boomstick: Whoa, that's... that's pretty fucked up.

Wiz: Eight years later, and after some much-needed counseling, Miles stumbled upon a broken-down biplane and happily repaired the whole vehicle on his own.

Boomstick: Well, of course. Just like all walking, talking, adolescent, two-tailed foxes can. Anyway, it turns out the airplane happened to belong to Miles' personal idol, Sonic the Hedgehog.


Sonic: What're you doing?


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Boomstick: Why Sonic needed a plane in the first place is beyond me, but whatever.

Wiz: It was Sonic who first suggested that Miles' birth defects could be used to fly by spinning like helicopter blades. Which is obviously impossible as they could never create lift and they would just tangle together—


Tails promptly flies upwards using his tails.


Wiz: WHAT?!

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Boomstick: And so, Sonic gave his rotary ass the oh-so-obvious nickname he deserved: "Tails".

Wiz: Well, that's stupid. That's like if you were named "Boomstick" because you just like shotguns.

Boomstick: Don't be fucking ridiculous, Wizard. Anyway, aside from flight, Tails' copter butt blades are strong enough to bust metal, and he can use them like the turbine of an engine to keep up with Sonic's super-fast speeds. He can almost reach the speed of sound.

Wiz: Tails pledged himself to Sonic's freedom fighting cause against Dr. Eggman, and the two quickly became friends, almost like brothers. They also shared a sort of teacher-student relationship, though it wasn't always clear who was the student.

Boomstick: It was Tails who invented the famous Spin Dash. Not the speedy hedgehog.

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Wiz: Tails is a genius and a master mechanic.

Boomstick: He's so much smarter than Sonic, that he actually learned how to swim.

Wiz: He has built several planes and combat mechs and has numerous gadgets on hand. Like the Projectile Ring, which can pull or latch onto objects, almost like a grappling hook.

Boomstick: But despite being a super geek, he really likes to blow shit up. He carries a huge supply of bombs. Big bombs, napalm bombs, remote bombs, flash-bang grenades, bombs shaped like magic rings, bombs shaped like mice, bombs shaped like your mother. You name it, he's got a bomb like it.

Wiz: He also wields the Magic Hand, a long-range comical punching weapon, and the Energy Ball arm cannon.

Boomstick: Which is ripped straight out of Mega Man! He built all this HIMSELF, but never a device to breathe underwater. Kinda dropped the ball there, sidekick.


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Tails swims underwater as the timer goes down to zero, causing him to drown.


Wiz: Unlike Sonic's speed-blitzing battle style, Tails relies on logic and tactics in a fight. His Shield Bot fortifies his defenses, and his Medibot heals wounds over time.

Boomstick: But he's a total wimp. He can't fly forever, and if Sonic's not around to hold his hand, he's scared of pretty much everything. After a good thunderclap, you'll find him shivering his spiny ass off in the bathtub.


Sonic: Right, we should hurry.

Thunder goes off in the background, scaring Tails, who jumps and grabs onto Sonic.

Tails: GAAHH!! I'm afraid of lightning!!


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Wiz: Well, he is only 11 years old, and the feats he's accomplished at his age are beyond impressive. Like being able to run 100 miles per hour without his tails, stopping a nuclear missile, and saving the MULTIVERSE by transforming into... Uh...

The music fades as Titan Tails is shown on-screen.

Boomstick: Don't do steroids, kids.


Sonic: We good to go or what, Tails?

Tails: I've built a TV out of paperclips...

Sonic: Yeah...

Tails: ...and reprogrammed a supercomputer using dishwashing detergent and a toothpick...

Sonic: I know...

Tails: ...So look, fixing a propeller on a bi-plane? That's about as difficult as taking a nap. [spins propeller]

As Tails spins the propeller, the plane starts its engine after it was fixed.

Sonic: 'Kay, I didn't need your whole life story. A simple "good to go" would have been cool.

Tails: Alright. Good to go!

Sonic: Cool!


Prelude

Wiz: Alright, the combatants are set. Let's end this debate once and for all!

Boomstick: IT'S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLEEEEEeeeeeEEEEE!!!

Death Battle

Tails flies down onto a pipe and begins scouting the area, but Luigi pops out of the pipe, making Tails jump down. The plumber jumps out of the pipe angrily to face Tails.

Luigi: Let's-a go!

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Tails uses his energy cannon, but Luigi powers through with a Green Missile, but his attack misses as Tails jumps away and hits Luigi down to the ground with his tails. Luigi jumps back up as Tails uses the Spin Dash to charge at his opponent, but Luigi counters with the Hammer, hitting Miles up into the air. Luigi follows him upwards with his Scuttle Jump and they go blow-for-blow, with it being Tails Swipes VS Luigi Cyclones. The two eventually knock each other away, Tails into the air and Luigi onto the ground. Luigi walks around as Tails closes in on him and the plumber tries to jump up and hit Tails with his Hammer again, but Tails counters it with his tails again, knocking Luigi back.

Tails lands on the ground and tries out another Spin Dash, but this time Luigi launches Tails up with his Super Jump Punch. Tails manages to recover though and begins flying around the place from his high altitude. He then goes back down to the ground, picks up Luigi and begins to fly back up, but Luigi uses his Vanish Flower to confuse Tails, and knocks the fox away with his hammer to break free.

The Hammer and Tails' gadgets go blow-for-blow first with the Magic Hand and Hammer colliding, Tails taking out his arm cannon again but Luigi simply hits him, Tails using the Magic Hand from the ground now but doing nothing to his intangible adversary and finally, as Tails charges up his arm cannon once more, Luigi nails him in the face and sends him downwards a bit.

As Tails recovers from the blow and starts flying again Luigi uses the Scuttle Jump again to land safely as the invisibility wears off. But soon after Luigi lands...

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Tails drops multiple bombs surrounding the plumber and leaving him to run around in panic. Luigi then gets the idea to suck up the bombs with his Poltergust 5000, and fires all the bombs at Tails. However, they are launched just barely too low to hit Tails, and it backfires on him as they land before he can run and blow him sky-high.

After being launched up, Luigi notices a pipe and dives into it, then shooting out with his Lightning powers fully activated, completely surrounded in lightning. He hits Tails with his Super Jump Punch, followed by a Green Missile and then slams into him multiple times with Luigi Cyclones, before hitting him with his Hammer and transferring all of the electricity into his hands, sending Tails away with an extremely powerful Thunder Hand.

In the distance, Tails gets back on his feet and uses his Medi Bot to heal, but Luigi somehow clears all that distance and uses his Poltergust to bring it close to him and the Hammer to destroy it. Luigi then tries to suck Tails in and finish the fight, and almost succeeds, until Tails throws his Projectile Ring at a nearby pipe to keep himself steady, and throws out a Flash Bang, which Luigi's Poltergust sucks up and escapes into a pipe.

Luigi: Hello?

The Flash Bang blows up, and while Luigi is dizzy, Tails comes out of the pipe and rigs a bomb onto the Poltergust and tries stalling him with his Shield Bot, but Luigi quickly destroys the bot with his hammer again. Tails jumps away from his broken machinery as Luigi pulls out and breaks a Smash Ball. Tails begins to walk towards Luigi but the plumber unleashes Negative Zone.

Tails trips up and is almost hit with Luigi's hammer but he flies up to just barely escape it. He is almost sucked up by the Poltergust and finished, but Luigi is forced to stop when he notices the bomb and tries to throw it away. Unfortunately, while Tails fails to escape the blast due to the Negative Zone slowing down gravity, Luigi does not escape either and is sent hurtling through the air until he slides up to the front of a pipe as the Negative Zone gets destroyed.

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Tails quickly runs up to Luigi (with his tails on fire for a brief moment, presumably due to the explosion) and has him backed up against the pipe. With the two being face-to-face, Luigi readies his Hammer to squash Tails and end the fight, but isn't fast enough as the Magic Hand quickly rockets forwards, impaling Luigi through the abdomen and damaging the Warp Pipe.

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Tails goes to heal himself with another Medi Bot as blood still pours out of Luigi's impaled body.

Results

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Boomstick: Well, there goes the Year of Luigi.

Wiz: While Luigi technically has more combat experience and has survived being Nintendo's whipping boy, Tails' skills and arsenal were more than the green-capped plumber can handle.

Boomstick: His training with Sonic makes him faster, and his superior mobility gave him complete control over the battlefield.

Wiz: Also, he has an outrageous I.Q. of 300, which is about as much as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking combined.

Boomstick: Hell, Tails is stronger, too. He can move 10 tons, while Luigi struggles to lift a large radish.

Wiz: And Tails' gadgets more than make up for any of his weaknesses.

Boomstick: Looks like Luigi was outfoxed.

We cut to the "Winner" card.

Wiz: The winner is Miles "Tails" Prower.

Trivia

Production

  • The connections between Luigi and Tails are that they are both video game heroes who are younger and more easily frightened sidekicks to iconic, rivaling video game protagonists (Mario and Sonic, respectively). Both also tend to use gadgets throughout their adventures, in contrast to their partner's more physical fighting style. Both also have confidence issues throughout their adventures but have stepped up to be the hero in their own game(s) (the Luigi's Mansion series and Tails Adventure, respectively).
  • This episode was likely done to commemorate the Year of Luigi.
  • This is the first episode to use a 16:9 format thumbnail rather than the original 4:3 thumbnail format of prior episodes, whose thumbnails would all be replaced to match it shortly thereafter.
  • In Tails' section, the clip where Sonic says "What are you doing?" is made using audio from a different scene in the episode than the one presented, edited to sync with the line.

Easter Eggs

  • After Boomstick talks about the Poltergust 5000 in Luigi's analysis, Wiz says "He ain't afraid of no ghosts!", referencing the Ghostbusters theme song.
  • The last thing listed in Luigi's "Feats" slide is "Won Mario Party by doing absolutely nothing". This is a reference to a meme where people post videos of Luigi competing in various Mario Party minigames by doing nothing and winning in spite of it.

Errors

  • Luigi's analysis preview stated that he was "faster, stronger, and more athletic" than Mario. This was corrected to just "faster and more athletic" in the final episode, seeing that Luigi was seen as weaker than Mario at the time.
  • Boomstick claims that the Poltergust 5000 can kill ghosts in Luigi's analysis. This is incorrect, as the Poltergust vacuums simply capture ghosts after they get sucked into them until Luigi deposits them to Professor E. Gadd.

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Season 2 26 He-Man VS Lion-O27 Shao Kahn VS M. Bison28 Ryu Hayabusa VS Strider Hiryu29 Ivy VS Orchid30 Fox McCloud VS Bucky O'Hare31 Terminator VS RoboCop32 Luigi VS Tails32.5 Vegeta VS Mewtwo?33 Pokémon Battle Royale34 Fulgore VS Sektor35 Godzilla VS Gamera36 Batman VS Captain America37 Tigerzord VS Gundam Epyon38 Ryu VS Scorpion39 Deadpool VS Deathstroke40 Kirby VS Majin Buu41 Ragna VS Sol Badguy42 Gaara VS Toph43 Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (2015)44 Chuck Norris VS Segata Sanshiro45 Guts VS Nightmare46 Iron Man VS Lex Luthor47 Beast VS Goliath48 Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher49 Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom50 Goku VS Superman 251 Donkey Kong VS Knuckles52 Wolverine VS Raiden53 Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki54 Yang VS Tifa55 Mega Man VS Astro Boy56 Green Arrow VS Hawkeye57 Pokémon VS Digimon
Season 3 58 Dante VS Bayonetta59 Bowser VS Ganon60 Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter61 Flash VS Quicksilver62 Joker VS Sweet Tooth63 Mewtwo VS Shadow64 Meta VS Carolina65 Cammy VS Sonya66 Tracer VS Scout67 Ken VS Terry68 Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers69 Hulk VS Doomsday70 Zoro VS Erza71 Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie
Season 4 72 Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake73 Scrooge McDuck VS Shovel Knight74 Venom VS Bane75 Power Rangers VS Voltron76 Natsu VS Ace77 Sub-Zero VS Glacius78 Android 18 VS Captain Marvel79 Metal Sonic VS Zero80 Lucario VS Renamon81 Balrog VS TJ Combo82 Shredder VS Silver Samurai83 Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog84 Thor VS Wonder Woman85 Naruto VS Ichigo86 Batman Beyond VS Spider-Man 209987 Sephiroth VS Vergil
Season 5 88 Black Panther VS Batman89 Raven VS Twilight Sparkle90 Jotaro VS Kenshiro91 Crash VS Spyro92 Sora VS Pit93 Leon Kennedy VS Frank West94 Doctor Strange VS Doctor Fate95 Ryu VS Jin96 Samurai Jack VS Afro Samurai97 Carnage VS Lucy98 Optimus Prime VS Gundam99 Nightwing VS Daredevil100 Mario VS Sonic (2018)101 Ultron VS Sigma102 Roshi VS Jiraiya103 Thanos VS Darkseid
Season 6 104 Aquaman VS Namor105 Mega Man Battle Royale106 Black Widow VS Widowmaker107 Captain Marvel VS Shazam108 Wario VS King Dedede109 Ben 10 VS Green Lantern110 Weiss VS Mitsuru111 Johnny Cage VS Captain Falcon112 Aang VS Edward Elric113 Ghost Rider VS Lobo114 Dragonzord VS Mechagodzilla115 Sasuke VS Hiei116 Ganondorf VS Dracula117 Mob VS Tatsumaki118 Deadpool VS Mask119 All Might VS Might Guy
Season 7 120 Miles Morales VS Static121 Black Canary VS Sindel122 Leonardo VS Red Ranger Jason123 Genos VS War Machine124 Gray VS Esdeath125 Goro VS Machamp126 Cable VS Booster Gold127 Obi-Wan Kenobi VS Kakashi128 Danny Phantom VS American Dragon Jake Long129 She-Ra VS Wonder Woman130 Beerus VS Sailor Galaxia131 Zuko VS Shoto Todoroki132 Flash VS Sonic132.5 The Seven Battle Royale133 Winter Soldier VS Red Hood134 Venom VS Crona135 Sabrewulf VS Jon Talbain136 Red VS Blue137 Batgirl VS Spider-Gwen138 Sanji VS Rock Lee139 Hulk VS Broly
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Season 11 ??? Wile E. Coyote VS Tom Cat*
Unknown ??? Ruby VS Maka*
*Currently unreleased
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