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Martian Manhunter VS Silver Surfer is the 179th episode of Death Battle, featuring Martian Manhunter from DC Comics and Silver Surfer from Marvel Comics in a battle between lone alien superheroes. Martian Manhunter was voiced by Kamran Nikhad and Silver Surfer was voiced by Paul Guyet.

Interlude

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Wiz & Boomstick
by Brandon Yates
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Wiz: Martian Manhunter, DC's space ranger.

Boomstick: The Silver Surfer, Marvel's sentinel of the spaceways.

Wiz: The depths of space holds secrets beyond our comprehension, but these sage superheroes have seen more of it than any of us could ever hope to.

We cut to Wiz and Boomstick.

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.

Martian Manhunter

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Wiz: For as long as mankind has looked upon the night sky, the stars have beckoned the brave to search the unknown and explore its endless wonders.

Boomstick: Like Doctor Saul Erdel, who's kind of a doctor in the same way Dr Pepper is a doctor. This guy's got no formal education, but that didn't stop him from messin' around with some ancient tech he stumbled upon.

Wiz: He was desperate to live out his boyhood dreams of exploring the cosmos. So with the tech's advanced capabilities, Erdel created a machine that would bring the cosmos to him.

Boomstick: He pointed the machine at Mars, pushed a button, and hoped for the best. And it worked! Erdel summoned a real-life Martian right before his very eyes. So remember kids, when in doubt, just push buttons. Never fails.

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Wiz: The mysterious and powerful alien known as J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, immediately started using his incredible powers in front of the doctor, like mind-reading and shapeshifting.

Boomstick: Which was just the tip of Erdel's discoveries. Turns out, Martians have complete control over their bodies and can transform into practically anything, like a freakin' dragon, an exact duplicate of Wonder Woman down to her central nervous system, or even a totally generic green monster that loves choco-cookies.

Wiz: They can also shoot lasers from their eyes, fire psionic blasts, turn invisible, and phase through anything, even Green Lantern constructs and force fields that Superman couldn't get through.

Boomstick: On top of all that, they've got a crazy healing factor. J'onn has regenerated back from a single limb, tiny pieces, or even a puddle of goo.

Wiz: This display of awe-inspiring power overwhelmed Dr. Erdel's poor human heart and caused him to die in the Martian's arms.

Boomstick: Damn! Well, at least he accomplished his goal before he bit the red dust, right?

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Hypnotic Space
by David O'Brien
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Boomstick: Anyway, J'onn used his shapeshifting abilities to hide amongst his new world by assuming the identity of recently deceased detective named... John Jones. God, what a crazy coincidence, comic book writer. You clever man....

Wiz: Detective "John Jones" lived a double life on Earth for many years, solving cases and helping as many people as he could from the shadows. But eventually, he stepped out, revealing himself to the world and helped found the Justice League of America.

Boomstick: And J'onn definitely holds his own in the super group. He once pulled the Earth alongside Wonder Woman and Superman, who has stated that of all the beings in the known universe, he would be afraid to fight J'onn.

Wiz: And he should be afraid. Superman wouldn't be the first Kryptonian J'onn has gone toe-to-toe with. He's manhandled Ultraman, who's basically evil Superman from another universe, and Superboy-Prime, who can shatter reality with his punches. And is... also... evil Superman from... another universe...

Boomstick: He took a blast from Asmodel, the king angel from a literal Army of Heaven. He's held his own against Darkseid, the manifestation of tyranny in the DC universe, and he's fast enough to catch up to Supergirl and Superman, who we know flies so fast he can burst the bonds of infinity! So basically, he's just as strong and just as fast as a bunch of crazy gods and demons.

Wiz: While J'onn's strength and speed are obviously very impressive, it's also no secret that his greatest asset is his mind. He's one of the most powerful telepaths in all of the DC universe.

Boomstick: He reads minds, duh, but he can also shut them down altogether. And he once made Mr. Mixel... pl

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Boomstick: Mixel... plexiglass—

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Boomstick: Blah, bah, Mr. Mixed... Pickles—

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Boomstick: F**k your name, that's whatever! Anyway, he got HIM to subconsciously say his own name backwards which God only knows 'cause I can't say it forwards, which cancelled out his powers!

Wiz: His psychic defenses were strong enough to protect the Justice League against a worldwide telepathic attack, and his ability to sense people's feelings is so strong, he can feel every sentient being in the entire galaxy.

Boomstick: And he once out-thought Perpetua from the Omniverse. "Who's that?" you ask? Oh, just the freakin' creator of the entire Multiverse! She's basically the God of everything!

Wiz: J'onn needed to connect his consciousness with everyone on Earth before Perpetua could catch up. He pulled this off by using his mental abilities within the span of Planck time, literally the smallest possible measurement of time. In the time it takes you to count to one, J'onn could count to one and fly across the universe and back over 200 sextillion times!

Boomstick: He out-thought God! He's a faster thinker than God! And it didn't end there! J'onn took a punch from her, and walked away with just a bloody nose! And when she disintegrated him into basically nothing, he regenerated back... from a hit... FROM GOD!

Wiz: Batman has said that in order to kill J'onn for good, you would have to literally destroy every single atom in his body, one by one.

Boomstick: Goddamn! Eh, if I didn't love alliteration so much, I'd say we change this guy's name to "Martian Godhunter" or somethin'. He's basically invincible, right?

Wiz: Not quite, J'onn is not without weakness. He has a very real vulnerability to fire. At times, it has completely overwhelmed him to the point where he loses control of his body.

Boomstick: And not just literal fire, either. J'onn was once tricked into just thinking he was surrounded by fire, and that was enough for him.

Wiz: Even still, J'onn has been able to overcome this weakness.

We cut to Wiz.

Wiz: He's fought enemies with fire abilities and even taken hits from fire attacks, which leads me to believe the weakness, while potent and still able to cause real physical harm, is mainly psychosomatic.

As the camera cuts to the wide shot of the Death Battle Lab as Wiz says this, Boomstick pulls out a lighter and begins burning his hand.

Wiz: What are you doing?

Boomstick: I heard what you said. Weakness to fire is just in your head.

As Wiz holds his face in annoyance, Boomstick's hand catches on fire as the fire alarm goes off.

Boomstick: I'LL BE A LIVING GOD!!

We cut back to the analysis.

Boomstick: Another win in the mind column for sure. And to think there's a whole planet of these guys out there!

Wiz: Unfortunately, that's... no longer the case. Before Dr. Erdel's strange experiment, J'onn's own brother used the Martians' telepathic connection to each other against them, and the entire planet was plagued with H'ronmeer's Curse.

Boomstick: As long as they stayed telepathically connected, every Martian was vulnerable to a mental fire that would overwhelm them and burn them from the inside out.

Wiz: Which sadly worked very well, because the fear of fire is something J'onn shares with his fellow Martians. Centuries earlier, the Guardians of the Universe, a group of immortal aliens who run the Green Lantern Corps, feared that the Martian race could become too strong, so they programmed the Martians with that genetic weakness to fire.

Boomstick: J'onn was able to survive the fiery curse by cutting off his mental connection to his people, including his family. Unfortunately, his wife M'yri'ah and their daughter couldn't live with the isolation, and he had no choice but to watch them give in and burn alive... Damn...

Wiz: Wracked with grief and survivor's guilt, J'onn was left to wander his home world all alone, his only solace being shapeshifting into his lost loved ones to convince himself they were still alive.

Boomstick: Oh my God. Jesus, J'onn... that is so sad!

Wiz: That pain has undoubtedly shaped who J'onn is. In fact, the trauma he held onto so tightly formed a literal spiritual connection with those lost souls. A telepathic connection so strong, it kept them from finding peace in an afterlife. Let me say that again: his grief and telepathy were so strong, he prevented an entire race of people from moving on to the afterlife!

Boomstick: It wasn't until years later that J'onn could return to Mars and release those souls by finally letting go, and not to forget them, but to embrace his new life and his new home, a place he would defend time and time again to make sure the Earth never suffers a fate similar to Mars.

Wiz: To experience all of that, to truly know what it feels like to be alone in the vast universe, but continue to use your wisdom and power to help those in need, is what makes the Martian Manhunter such a noble hero.

Boomstick: On a planet packed with other incredible heroes, J'onn really has set himself apart. He's risen through the ashes and emerged the heart and soul of the Justice League.

Silver Surfer

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A Blissful Journey
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Wiz: Zenn-La, a virtual utopia, free from any and all crime, poverty, and disease.

Boomstick: And home to Norrin Radd, which I've gotta say, is the sickest, most "Radd-ical" name I have ever heard in my entire life. (clears throat)

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Ethereality
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Boomstick: He was a brainy kid who was raised to live a life of reason and intellect over one of gnarly adventure.

Wiz: That is, until the technologically advanced society came under threat from the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus.

Boomstick: So, Norrin struck up a deal with the world muncher; in exchange for sparing his planet, Mr. Radd offered to leave his home behind, become Galactus' herald, and seek out new planets for him to scarf down.

Wiz: And once Galactus agreed to the deal, he imbued his new herald with the Power Cosmic, transforming him into the Silver Surfer.

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Boomstick: An equally tubular name. Two for two. Wow, you rarely see it.

Wiz: The Power Cosmic grants the Surfer near unlimited energy, as well as matter manipulation, phasing, super strength, speed, and invulnerability, just to name a few.

Boomstick: The Surfer's basically got all of Galactus' space magic, just on a smaller scale, and Galactus uses that power to fight guys like the In-Betweener, an abstract being from the Overspace.

Wiz: The Surfer used the Power Cosmic to serve Galactus diligently for nearly a hundred years. During which, he ensured that the planets consumed were devoid of sentient life.

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Boomstick: That is, until the Surfer accidentally offered up a planet with life, which drove him crazy with guilt. So, Galactus tried his best to suppress the Surfer's emotions, erase the painful memories, and make it easier for him to find planets with tasty, delicious life. Guilt-free! How nice of him.

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Wiz: And it worked for a while, until the Surfer reached Earth. Galactus' mighty mind manipulation wasn't enough to bury the Surfer's true nature for good. With the help of Alicia Masters and the Fantastic Four, the Surfer turned against his overlord and saved the Earth from being eaten.

Boomstick: But, even after all of that, Galactus just let the Surfer keep his powers. At any point, he coulda just taken 'em back.

Wiz: Being the source of the Surfer's powers, yes, he could. But Galactus has continued to let the Surfer have the Power Cosmic out of respect for his first herald.

Boomstick: Damn. See, that's the kinda respect I'm askin' from you. Anyway, ever since those mental gymnastics with Galactus, the Surfer made sure nothing like that would ever happen again.

Wiz: And he's been successful, like when Psycho-Man failed to trick the Surfer with illusions, or when he was briefly trapped in the Supreme Intelligence's mind when it was using the Mind Stone.

Boomstick: With some of those mental threats behind him, he could finally take to the space waves, kick ass, and monologue about the meaning of life in the universe.

Wiz: All of which he's quite good at, especially that last one. It's thanks to the abilities afforded to him through all that cosmic energy.

Boomstick: It's seriously crazy! He can rearrange the molecules of anything he wants into... anything he wants! He can force you to just feel pain in general, and he can even control elements. Not just earth, wind, and fire, but anything in a boogie wonderland like gravity and the weather.

Wiz: He's got enough power and energy inside him that he once created an infant star to serve as a new light source in a universe devoid of light.

Boomstick: So, just when he needed it, he was able to pop out a baby sun? That's convenient.

Wiz: That's the Power Cosmic.

Boomstick: But, we can't forget about the sick board he shreds the stars with! This thing's basically an extension of himself. He can transform it into a sweet sword or into pure cosmic energy. And, if it breaks, he can just form a new one!

Wiz: On his board, the Surfer has traveled at incalculable speeds on multiple occasions. He can fly faster than Thor and even once flew so fast he reached the future.

Boomstick: Even without his board, he once broke free from energy shackles that would zap away his power within the next nanosecond.

We cut to Boomstick, sporting a pair of sunglasses and a bad sunburn while holding a surfboard.

Boomstick: (in a surfer voice) Gnarly, brah! He once outsurfed a wave of universal destruction. He had to surf out of all of existence as it was being torn apart. Now, uh, I've seen some choice waves in my day, but if ya ask me, that's one too best for watchin' on the beach with a brew!

Wiz: You're uhhh... hitting it real hard with all this... surfing lingo. He's honestly not that kind of guy at all.

Boomstick: (in a surfer voice) Righteously disagree with you, dude. You are carving' up my brainwaves into an a-framed swell that I just can't bail. I'm waxed, man, waxed.

We cut back to the analysis.

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Wiz: The Silver Surfer is a tragic figure who is always weighing his choices through every angle of morality. Like when he set out to destroy the new host of the Starbrand, an energy source that grants its wielders virtually infinite power, capable of wiping out all life on Earth.

Boomstick: (speaking normally) The Starbrand seems to choose a new unknowing host at random. Could be a good guy, could be the most evil person to ever exist! But, despite that threat, the Surfer spared the new Starbrand once he found out she was carrying a child.

Wiz: He decided to bear the weight of any potential consequences on his own shoulders instead of squashing any and all hope that the child would use that power for good.

Boomstick: I get it! He's a righteous dude on a surfboard!

Wiz: Exactly! And in the Surfer's case, a keen sense of morality also comes with a keen sense of his... surroundings in general. He can see enemies even when they're invisible and can sense incoming threats, to the point where he can sense someone approaching even before they've left their own home!

Boomstick: He can also absorb energy his opponents throw at him. Anything from psionic energy to a freakin' star! The Surfer can even do it when he's on Death's door! Hey, Wiz, what do you think the doormat on Death's door says? Probably like, "Knock 'em dead!" right? (chuckles)

Wiz: I don't.. what are you talking...? Now, it does take a lot to get the Surfer to... Death's... door.

We briefly see a doormat saying "IF IT'S JEAN GREY PLEASE USE BACK ENTERANCE" before the analysis continues.

Wiz: He's taken a blast from the Infinity Stones, survived being smashed into pieces, crashed into the Big Bang, and played catch with a star.

Boomstick: He caught it and then threw it right back at that punk, Deadpool! Aha! I hope you like a big ball of gas in your face, ya tool!

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Wiz: Reed Richards, the smartest man alive, has said that the Surfer is probably the most powerful being in all the galaxy.

Boomstick: And even after years spent drifting through the galaxy, he's still built strong bonds, like with the Fantastic Four, the Defenders, and with people like Dawn Greenwood.

Wiz: But somehow, he always ends up alone in space, searching. Searching for answers, searching for beings that need his help, searching for something that could replace the home that he lost all those years ago.

Boomstick: Only to be weighed down by the guilt of his servitude and the pain of his sacrifice, which was ultimately done in vain. 'Cause it doesn’t seem to matter what the Surfer does; Zenn-La is destined for destruction. At this point, his home world has been destroyed four times over.

Wiz: Despite it all, this tragic hero still manages to take everything in stride, as he surfs the stars and fights tirelessly to preserve every being's right to live.

Prelude

Wiz: Alright, the combatants are set and we've run the data through all possibilities.

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

Death Battle

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Mind Over Matter
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The scene opens with two individuals conversing in a black and white film noir office. The man sitting down is telekinetically stirring a cup while musing on their situation.

Norrin Radd: In all of my journeys, I have never seen anything quite like this.

The other individual, detective John Jones, is skeptical of the other's confusion.

John Jones: I assumed your journeys would've made you rather familiar with places like this, Norrin Radd. Or, should I say... Silver Surfer?

His identity revealed, Radd drops his disguise as he shapeshifts into the Silver Surfer, prompting Jones to reveal his own identity as the Martian Manhunter.

Martian Manhunter: Now, tell me why you have summoned me here.

The Martian Manhunter raises his hand, and probes the Surfer's mind in order to discern his intentions, although Norrin resists the attempt.

Silver Surfer: Enough!

Having successfully repelled the Manhunter's mind reading, he opens the door and steps out of the office, before calling his board and riding away, revealing that the office was a mysterious room floating in the cosmos as the following appears in old movie fashion:

MARTIAN MANHUNTER
SILVER SURFER IN
MIND OVER MATTER

Martian Manhunter proceeds to give chase as the black-and-white scene fades into color. He pursues the Surfer into an asteroid field, still trying to find out what his opponent is hiding.

Martian Manhunter: (telepathically) What are you hiding?

The two race through the field, with the Manhunter trailing closely behind the Surfer. J'onn phases through an asteroid before using telekinesis to hurl other asteroids at Norrin, who responds by blasting energy rays at the incoming projectiles. He is unable to stop all of them though and ends up being crushed and restrained. The Manhunter continues to try and get his opponent to reveal the truth.

Martian Manhunter: (telepathically) Tell me your secrets.

Norrin, knowing that he cannot escape from J'onn, is left with no choice, but to fight back.

Silver Surfer: I must end this.

The Surfer escapes the clashed asteroids by phasing through and shoots cosmic blasts at J'onn, who begins to fly away himself. Flying past multiple planets, J'onn lures Norrin towards a sun, the latter of whom stops in his tracks to find multiple Martian Manhunters around him.

Silver Surfer: Huh?

The Manhunters all make mental attacks on the Surfer's mind as he frantically resists and shoots a few more cosmic beams.

Silver Surfer: There is no use... in hiding.

Kneeling down on his board, the Surfer repels the attacks once more and speeds towards the real Martian Manhunter, grabbing him by the neck.

Silver Surfer: I can feel your presence.

Martian Manhunter retaliates with a psionic blast from his forehead, knocking the Silver Surfer away off his board. J'onn takes it, and in the moment he snaps it in two, shapeshifts into a large green dragon. The sight leaves Norrin with a horrified look, and he quickly reforms a new board at his feet to avoid a slash from J'onn, which cuts a moon that was behind him into pieces.

Continuing to flee, Norrin avoids another slash-and-bite attack from the Martian Manhunter, but he fails to see his dragon tail swiping at him. This knocks him off his board again, though it quickly returns to help him recover. Seeing an opening, Silver Surfer places his hands on Martian Manhunter's body to freeze it as he roars.

Forced to shapeshift back to normal, Martian Manhunter is quickly grabbed by his foot by Norrin's right arm as they speed towards a sun. J'onn attempts to shoot another psionic blast at him, but Norrin catches it with his left hand and throws J'onn towards the star, all the while twirling to throw his psionic blast back at him.

The projectile sends the Martian Manhunter into the star, who can only hyperventilate as he resists the effects the extreme heat is causing to him. Norrin soon flies in to see that J'onn is unaffected by the sun.

Martian Manhunter: Nothing can best Martian might.

Silver Surfer: Your will is admirable, but will alone is not enough.

Both grapple hands with each other, leading to the Silver Surfer using a trump card.

Silver Surfer: Feel... the pain.

With the Power Cosmic, he forces pain onto the Manhunter, giving him the opening to shoot an intense cosmic beam onto J'onn's chest, who shapeshifts to his true form while trying to revert its effects. During this, he tries yet another mental attack on Norrin, except this time, it was not a mere mental attack, but a telepathic communication.

Martian Manhunter: (telepathically) You and I... possess the same knowledge...

Silver Surfer: (telepathically) ...that only one of us can survive, and we know not why.

Knowing he has little chance of getting out of his situation, Martian Manhunter stops his mental attacks and speaks to Norrin directly.

Martian Manhunter: I hope you can live with the uncertainty.

Hearing that the Martian Manhunter has conceded the fight to him, the Silver Surfer sheds a tear as he amplifies more cosmic energy onto J'onn, enough so to cause the sun to turn silver and grow to consume every planet in the solar system. In the midst of this, Silver Surfer thinks to himself.

Silver Surfer: (thinking) Victory comes with no certain satisfaction. I may never know why we were made to fight. If violence is ever truly justified. But perhaps, there is something... worthy in the battle.

Back in the silver sun, the Martian Manhunter's body is soon unable to handle any more cosmic energy and begins disintegrating atom by atom. As he slowly starts to succumb to his wounds, his last thoughts are of his late wife.

Martian Manhunter: M'yri'ah...

J'onn closes his eyes peacefully one last time as the sun shrinks down for an incoming implosion as the Surfer finishes his inner thoughts.

Silver Surfer: (thinking) Something beyond my understanding.

The star finally explodes in a stellar supernova. What remains in the clear void is the unharmed Silver Surfer kneeling on his board, eyes shut and mourning the death of his opponent as two words appear by him side to side...

THE END

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Boomstick: Wiz, what the hell are we doing?! Why are we forcing such beautiful souls to fight to the death?!

Wiz: Uhhh, both the Silver Surfer and the Martian Manhunter were two extraordinarily powerful beings, each with very wide power sets.

Boomstick: So, they both had counters for almost everything they could throw at each other. They could both phase through objects, rearrange molecules, and regenerate their own bodies.

Wiz: But arguably the biggest thing on the Martian Manhunter's side was his formidable telepathy. The Surfer has had his memories erased and his emotions manipulated by Galactus, so it would stand to reason that J'ohn could pose a mental threat to the Surfer.

Boomstick: But, the Surfer has resisted mental attacks many times. When Psycho-Man played on the Surfer's guilt and pretended to be his lost love, the Surfer saw right through it. And he escaped the Supreme Intelligence's mind when it was usin' the freakin' Mind Stone!

Wiz: These two could have gone toe-to-toe around the universe for a long time, but when it came down to it, the question was "Who had the power to put the other down for good?"

Boomstick: They both have some serious healing factors and have come back from basically nothing. But, if ending Martian Manhunter meant destroying his every atom one by one, the Surfer has the means to make that happen thanks to the seemingly endless well of energy that is the Power Cosmic.

Wiz: It's truly an overwhelming source of unlimited power, and outside of Galactus stripping the power away from him, the Surfer is never without it.

Boomstick: It's like a battery; even if J'onn could drain all the cosmic energy, the Surfer can just recharge it. And he's used that power to destroy planets, defeat Galactus-level threats, and can basically accomplish anything with it!

Wiz: While both of these philosophic heroes tend to hold back out of respect for life....

We cut to Wiz and Boomstick, the latter waxing his surfboard.

Wiz: ...there's obviously no holding back here, and the depth of Silver Surfer's abilities gave him the win.

Boomstick: (in a surfer voice) This Martian was harshin' his mellow, so the Surfer had to wave goodbye. Bodacious, cowabunga, hang ten, Ninja Turtles!

We cut to the "Winner" card.

Wiz: The winner is the Silver Surfer.

Comparison

Martian Manhunter

+ Likely comparable in strength & speed
- No real way to permanently kill Surfer
- Less versatile

Silver Surfer

+ Better regeneration
+ Could likely resist mental manipulation
+ Power Cosmic offers many advantages
- Certain powers, like molecular manipulation, could be resisted

Original Track

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Mind Over Matter
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Mind Over Matter Track Cover

Composition

The track for this fight is "Mind Over Matter" by Therewolf Media. It is a mysterious, yet suspenseful orchestral piece that builds up as the battle builds up into the cosmic scale, with a chorus joining in on the second half, referencing the solitary and contemplative nature of both combatants and their association with the cosmos.

Title

The title is a phrase that is used to describe a situation in which someone is able to resolve a problem by using their mind, alluding to both combatants' genius intellect and their mental and matter manipulation abilities. This phrase is also used in the title card at the beginning of the fight.

Cover Art

The cover art done by John Mitchell depicts the Silver Surfer's surfboard wearing Martian Manhunter's cape with stars surrounding the background. Earth, the combatants' respective home planets of Mars and Zenn-La, and more stars can be seen in the surfboard's reflection.

Trivia

Production

  • The connections between Martian Manhunter and Silver Surfer are that they are both pacifist, bald alien superheroes with psionic and matter-manipulating abilities who are considered to be one of the last of their kind after the complete destruction of their home planets (Mars and Zenn-La, respectively) which resulted in the loss of their soulmate of the same race (M'yri'ah J'onzz and Shalla-Bal, respectively). Both team up alongside superhero teams to protect the Earth from cosmic threats (the Justice League and the Fantastic Four, respectively) and are considered one of the strongest members of their groups thanks to their abilities (Green Martian biology and the Power Cosmic, respectively).
  • This matchup had previously been briefly mentioned by Liam Swan on the 312th episode of DEATH BATTLE Cast. There, he said it was a better alternative to Martian Manhunter VS Piccolo, who was J'onn's most requested match, as Liam thought it would be too unfair in Martian Manhunter's favor.[1]
    • Given the amount of time needed for a season's lineup to be finalized and when Death Battle seasons typically start (usually around March without the delays Season 10 went through), it's possible that they were already working on this episode by the time that Liam suggested it was the better matchup.
  • This matchup was revealed publicly on August 14th, which is the birthday of Carl Lumbly, the voice of Martian Manhunter in the DC Animated Universe and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
  • Starting with Martian Manhunter's analysis preview, the Rooster Teeth logo and tagline were changed.[2]
  • One of Death Battle's 2D animators, Susie Combs, drew art as a teaser for the episode.[3]
  • This episode makes cameo appearances in future episodes:
  • While likely a coincidence, this episode being done as the mid-season finale the same year that Galactus VS Unicron was the finale could be intentional, as it would fit Silver Surfer heralding his former master's arrival.
  • At the beginning of the season, a teaser trailer was released which included a Gravity Falls-inspired zodiac wheel with 16 symbols on it, each representing and hinting toward an episode in the season. After the release of the Season Finale, the Death Battle YouTube channel began revealing the answers to the zodiac wheel by posting the answers in pinned comments under the symbols' respective episodes. This episode was revealed to be represented by the star symbol.[4] This is simply because of the cosmic nature of the matchup and how both combatants are aliens that originated from space. It also teased the episode's kill, as Martian Manhunter died within one of the very stars used to represent this episode.

Easter Eggs

Errors

  • The thumbnail for the episode has transparent edges due to the background not filling out the entire space within the thumbnail.
  • In Silver Surfer's analysis, during Boomstick's joke of what the doormat on Death's door would say, a stock image of a doormat saying "If It's Jean Grey, Please Use Back Entrance." is shown. However, "Entrance" is misspelt as "Enterance".
  • A gas giant is seen exploding into planetary chunks before it gets pulled into the expanding star. This makes no logical sense, as gas giants are composed purely of gases, lacking any solid surfaces whatsoever.
  • Efrencortes and liquidcamo360 are not credited for the original Martian Manhunter and Silver Surfer sprites, respectively, in the ending credits.

Other

References

DEATH BATTLE Episodes
Season 1 1 Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (2010)2 Akuma VS Shang Tsung3 Rogue VS Wonder Woman4 Goomba VS Koopa5 Haggar VS Zangief6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale7 Zitz VS Leonardo8 Yoshi VS Riptor9 Felicia VS Taokaka10 Kratos VS Spawn11 Bomberman VS Dig Dug12 Vegeta VS Shadow13 Mario VS Sonic (2011)14 Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black14.5 DEATH BATTLE! vs The World15 Luke Skywalker VS Harry Potter16 Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui17 Starscream VS Rainbow Dash18 Master Chief VS Doomguy19 Eggman VS Wily20 Zelda VS Peach21 Thor VS Raiden22 Link VS Cloud (2012)23 Batman VS Spider-Man24 Pikachu VS Blanka25 Goku VS Superman 1
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
Season 8 140 Yoda VS King Mickey141 Shadow VS Ryuko142 Lex Luthor VS Doctor Doom143 Heihachi Mishima VS Geese Howard144 Blake VS Mikasa145 Iron Fist VS Po146 Steven Universe VS Star Butterfly147 Link VS Cloud (2021)148 Batman VS Iron Man149 Goku Black VS Reverse-Flash150 Macho Man VS Kool-Aid Man151 DIO VS Alucard152 Akuma VS Shao Kahn153 Korra VS Storm154 Madara VS Aizen155 Saitama VS Popeye
Season 9 156 Harley Quinn VS Jinx157 Scarlet Witch VS Zatanna158 Tanjiro VS Jonathan Joestar159 Thor VS Vegeta160 Omni-Man VS Homelander161 Magneto VS Tetsuo162 Hercules VS Sun Wukong163 Boba Fett VS Predator163.5 Excalibur VS Raiden164 James Bond VS John Wick165 Black Adam VS Apocalypse166 Trunks VS Silver167 SpongeBob VS Aquaman168 Jason Voorhees VS Michael Myers169 Sauron VS Lich King170 Deku VS Asta171 Gogeta VS Vegito
Season 10 172 Ant-Man VS Atom173 Skyrim VS Dark Souls174 Killua VS Misaka175 Stitch VS Rocket Raccoon176 Darth Vader VS Obito Uchiha177 Phoenix VS Raven178 Guts VS Dimitri179 Martian Manhunter VS Silver Surfer180 Bill Cipher VS Discord181 Cole MacGrath VS Alex Mercer182 Frieza VS Megatron183 Gojo VS Makima184 Scooby-Doo VS Courage the Cowardly Dog185 Rick Sanchez VS The Doctor186 Goku VS Superman (2023)187 Galactus VS Unicron
Season 11 ??? Wile E. Coyote VS Tom Cat*
Unknown ??? Ruby VS Maka*
*Currently unreleased
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