Episode 27 - Mortal Kombat VS Street Fighter! The ultimate showdown between final bosses! Can Shao Kahn's tenacity outmatch M. Bison's raw power?

Shao Kahn VS M. Bison is the 27th episode of Death Battle, featuring Shao Kahn from the Mortal Kombat series and M. Bison from the Street Fighter series in a battle between soul-powered fighting game dictators.


Wiz: The final boss: a nightmarish foe meant to test your skill to the fullest.

Boomstick: And sometimes they're just plain cheap, like Shao Kahn the Konqueror.

Wiz: Or Master Bison of Shadaloo.

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.

Shao Kahn

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Boomstick: Shao Kahn is the evil ruler of Outworld, konqueror of worlds, and owner of one of the most badass voices ever. Excluding yours truly, of course.

Shao Kahn: All too easy.

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Main Theme - Mortal Kombat (2011)
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Wiz: Though it did not start out that way. Oddly enough in a manner similar to Raiden's assignment to Earth, the Elder Gods personally selected Kahn to protect the rather bleak realm of Outworld.

Boomstick: Uh, turns out it didn't really need protecting.

Wiz: Shao Kahn became the chief advisor to Outworld's ancient ruler, the Dragon King Onaga. Together they began a war spanning the multiverse, conquering the other realms of existence one by one.

Boomstick: Good choice on that one, gods. And why did they even think this guy needed a bodyguard?

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Shao Kahn's Throne Room - Mortal Kombat (2011)
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Wiz: But Kahn does not like sharing power, and soon poisoned Onaga, taking the emperor's throne as his own.

Shao Kahn: Muhahahahahahahaha!

Boomstick: He now rules Outworld with an iron fist, and a giant maul: the Wrath Hammer. He can summon this monstrous sledgehammer out of thin air to finish foes in seconds, or decimate whack-a-mole records!

Wiz: He is a master of the dark arts and often uses his magic to enhance his lethal attacks or create energy constructs of weapons, just as deadly as the real thing. He has even used his sorcery to manipulate and erase the minds of others.

Boomstick: It's like magic Vegas.

Wiz: He can also access his inner beast to transform into... this... thing...

Movie Shao Kahn transforms into a very poorly CG'd multi-headed dragon.

Boomstick: Quick! Make me forget that shit!

Wiz: Right, never happened! 

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The Tower - Mortal Kombat (2011)
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Wiz: Now, despite living in a completely separate dimension, Shao Kahn is well versed in two variants of Chinese Kung Fu: Tai Tzu and Lui He, which generally focus on powerful strikes and solid defense.

Boomstick: He mixes these arts with his magic for a moveset that's all about absolutely obliterating his opponent. He rams people with Charging Spikes, and even shoots fireballs from his mouth, and laser beams from his eyes.

Wiz: And if his foe gets the upper hand, he can deflect any kind of projectiles back with his mystical Emperor's Shield. 

Boomstick: And of course he always finishes his fights with a brutal fatality and an epic one-liner.

Shao Kahn laughs, then grabs and rips Kratos in half.

Shao Kahn: Is that your best?

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The Graveyard - Mortal Kombat (2011)
by Dan Forden
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Boomstick: He's a living tank, bulldozing down anyone dumb enough to get in his way. He has taken deadly blows time and time again and keeps getting back up, more pissed off than anything else.

Wiz: But while his tenacity may be his greatest strength, his arrogance is easily his biggest weakness.

Shao Kahn: You will die—

Liu Kang kicks him in the face.

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The Temple - Mortal Kombat (2011)
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Wiz: His endurance and longevity stems from his ability to steal the souls of others. Devouring a soul grants him longer life and the inherent power attributed to the victim. He is not a perfect conqueror, as he is restricted to the rules set by the Elder Gods. In order to invade a realm, Kahn's chosen warriors must defeat the defenders ten times in a row in the form of a tournament of Mortal Kombat, held every fifty years; which he was doing pretty well, until he came to Earth.

Boomstick: But even after losing the battle for Earth, he just outsmarted the Elder Gods and eventually outlasted every other combatant to achieve the power of Armageddon...until Raiden reversed time, 'cause he's a sore loser.

Wiz: But his proudest accomplishment is his takeover of Edenia, the most powerful and respected realm of all. And as trophies for this victory, Kahn took Edenia's queen and princess, as his own wife and daughter.

Boomstick: Hehe, nice!

Shao Kahn: I am Shao Kahn! Konqueror of Worlds! You will taste no victory.

M. Bison

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M. Bison Theme (Remix) - Street Fighter II
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Wiz: Master Bison is the psychopathic founder and leader of the Shadaloo criminal regime. He is incredibly wealthy, socially powerful, and public enemy number one of the Allied Nations.

Boomstick: Oh, so the M means Master.

Wiz: Well, yes and no. In Japan, M. Bison is really named Vega. Our Vega's name is actually Balrog. And Balrog the Boxer goes by the full name of Mike Bison.

Boomstick: I get it! Like Mike Tyson! Why was that a big enough deal to change all the names to—

A popup shows that Street Fighter II was released overseas in the same year as Mike Tyson's rape scandal. 

Boomstick: Oh...

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M. Bison Theme - Street Fighter II
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Wiz: Anyway, after murdering his own parents at a young age, he was found and raised by a tribe of nomadic gypsies.

Boomstick: Wait, are we still talking about Tyson?

Wiz: The gypsy leader took Bison under her wing, and trained him in the art of Soul Power, an ancient art of utilizing the very essence of one's soul as a tool.

Boomstick: But since Bison's kind of a prick, he quickly mastered Soul Power and began developing his own, much better version.

Wiz: See, Bison realized his soul was composed of two halves: one good, one evil. He forcefully dispelled all the goodness from his soul, thus pioneering one of the most destructive energies in fictional history: Psycho Power.

M. Bison: This place shall become your grave!

Wiz: Yes, he literally weaponized his soul. And uh, weird little thing, that good part of his soul, it physically manifested into a woman named Rose. Bison quickly built his criminal empire, with the intent of taking over the world, one day at a time.

M. Bison: The day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday.

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M. Bison Theme (Remix) - Street Fighter II
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Boomstick: Hahaha, fanservice!

Wiz: But it turns out his true motives are not even close to what you would expect.

M. Bison: The governments of Earth are polluting the planet and obliterating its natural resources. Shadaloo will step them out and rule this planet!

Boomstick: ♫Master Bison, He's our hero! Gonna take pollution down to zero!

Wiz: His Psycho Power—

Boomstick:Gonna help him! Conquer the world! Are a group of guys who like to kung fu bitches!

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M. Bison Theme - Street Fighter IV
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Wiz: ...his Psycho Power is immensely powerful and adaptable. Bison can use it for flight, telekinesis, teleportation, and even psychic brainwashing, which has become quite a hobby of his.

Boomstick: With Psycho Power, he developed his own unique fighting style: Shadaloooooo-ism!

Wiz: Shadaloo-ism focuses on speed and destructive force over all else. Made possible by such moves as the Psycho Cannon, the Head Stomp, a scissor kick...

Boomstick: And that cheap-ass slide kick. Over and over and over again!

Wiz: As well as his deadliest attack, the Psycho Crusher, which at full power can kill a normal human being in one shot. M. Bison is extremely cocky, considering himself no less than a god. And for good reason! He has been impaled, electrocuted, shot point-blank, crushed underneath a building, yet could resume the fight like nothing happened.

Boomstick: The only Street Fighter who was able to pretty much put him down single-handedly was Akuma. But the Raging Demon is supposed to destroy a person's soul, yet Bison's soul survived to fight another day.

Wiz: Psycho Power only has one major flaw: Bison's human body cannot contain its full potential, and will eventually break down. Fortunately for Bison, he can transfer his soul into other compatible bodies once his current one is used up.

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Brave or Grave - Street Fighter Alpha 3
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Boomstick: But even if that fails, Bison says, "Screw caution!" and busts out one last trick. His ultimate form: Final Bison.

Wiz: The Final Bison form unleashes the Psycho Power's full potential. Sure, it completely mutilates his body, but its sheer power practically guarantees victory.

Boomstick: So who gives a shit?

Wiz: Especially since he can always possess some other helpless victim's body when he's done.

Boomstick: Told ya. He's a prick!

M. Bison: Yes, yes, I killed your father. What is it with you women anyway? I killed my father, too, and you don't hear me whining about it!


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

Boomstick: But first, I need another free GameFly trial.

Wiz and Boomstick read out an advertisement for GameFly.

Boomstick: But right now, IT'S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLE!!!

Death Battle

Shao Kahn witnesses two Tarkatan doing Mortal Kombat. Bison teleports out of nowhere and grabs one of the Tarkatan.

M. Bison: Kneel before my Psycho Power!

The Tarkatan in his hand then screams before being disintegrated by Bison's Psycho Power. Shao Kahn jumps from his throne and smashes the second Tarkatan and enters the battle, Mortal Kombat style.

Shao Kahn: Prepare to die.

M. Bison: Hehehehe.

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Bison attempts a scissor kick, but is blocked and gets punched before sent flying with a hit from the Charging Spikes.

Shao Kahn: Too easy.

Kahn tosses his Wrath Hammer, but Bison teleports behind Kahn, without him noticing. Bison charges his fist with Psycho Power and punches Kahn in the face, then knocks him to the ground with a slide kick, twice. Kahn retaliates and spits out a green fireball at Bison, but misses.

M. Bison: Psycho Crusher!

Bison's Psycho Crusher connects and he then slams Kahn onto the ground.

M. Bison: Worthless!

Bison levitates away, then attempts to brainwash Shao Kahn.

M. Bison: Just try to withstand my Psycho Power!

A purple aura surrounds Shao Kahn.

M. Bison: Are you frightened? Grovel before me! I'll scar your soul!

But Kahn is impervious to the effects and laughs.

Shao Kahn: You are nothing.

He then attacks Bison, sending him flying then uses the Charging Spikes in mid-air until Bison teleports away. Kahn throws an ethereal spear, which Bison dematerializes through then reforms and does a Head Stomp, which gets blocked. Bison does a Skull Crusher Dive but is knocked away by the Wrath Hammer. However, Bison quickly returns to the fight and does two scissors kicks followed by his enhanced Psycho Crusher, Nightmare Booster.

M. Bison: Nightmare Booster!

In the process, M. Bison smashes Shao Kahn through the walls of the fortress, then ascends upward. He then teleports, preparing the final phase of his super.

M. Bison: This place shall become your grave!

M. Bison falls downward, stomping Shao Kahn into the ground, then jumps further away.

M. Bison: Utter scum!

Shao Kahn gets up.

Shao Kahn: Is that your best?

Bison, in anger, sends a volley of Psycho Cannons at Kahn, but are reflected by the latter's Emperor's Shield. The entire volley hits M. Bison and send him crashing into a pillar. Kahn jumps forward, impales Bison with an energy spear, then proceeds to beat him up with incredibly powerful punches.

Shao Kahn: Feel the wrath of Shao Kahn!

Kahn kicks Bison straight through the pillar, which sends him flying into another that falls and crushes Bison underneath.

Shao Kahn: Flawless Victory!

M. Bison: My Psycho Power knows no limits!

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M. Bison Theme - Street Fighter II
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Bison bursts out of the rubble in his Final Bison form, in the violet flames that is his Psycho Power aura.

M. Bison: Death awaits!

Bison does a powered-up version of Psycho Crusher and smashes Shao Kahn to the ground. As he gets up, Bison does a series of teleporting attacks until Shao Kahn throws a perfect punch and hits Bison and sends him flying. Shao Kahn then throws a barrage of Charging Spikes at Bison, eventually bringing him to the ground. Shao Kahn summons his hammer and smashes Bison over the head four times before he reverts back to normal Bison. Shao Kahn then picks up M. Bison and rips him in half.

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Fatality - Mortal Kombat (2011)
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Shao Kahn: Fatality!

Bison's soul then materializes, floating upward.

M. Bison: Bah! Puny garbage.

Shao Kahn then unleashes his Soulnado, which M. Bison's soul is slowly absorbed into.


Shao Kahn: Mwahahahaha!

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Shao Kahn begins testing his new-found Psycho Power, floating up into the air, then firing multiple Psycho Cannons to his left and right, the last of which he fires at M. Bison's corpse, vaporizing it.


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Boomstick: ...That can't be good.

Wiz: While Bison is one of the deadliest Street Fighters, and surviving the Raging Demon proves he can protect his soul, Shao Kahn's thousands of years of combat experiences combined with his brutal tenacity ultimately triumphed. Also, Kahn's otherworldly makeup means it's extremely unlikely Bison's soul could possess him if given the chance.

Boomstick: And Kahn is no stranger to brainwashing. Hell, he used it on his own wife and daughter for years! Not to mention Bison's soul-fueled Psycho Power isn't the best weapon against somebody who eats souls for breakfast.

Wiz: Shao Kahn has gained power from every soul he's devoured. By the rules of Mortal Kombat and assuming the possibility of losses, Kahn has consumed at least 60 billion souls over 10,000 years.

Boomstick: Looks like Kahn had a final "soul-lution" for Bison.

We cut to the "Shao Kahn" winner card.

Wiz: The winner is Shao Kahn.

Alternate Ending

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It's A Sunshine Day
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Instead of Shao Kahn killing M. Bison, the battle ends in a Friendship and the two leave the battlefield. After that, various vacation photos are shown on-screen that show Shao Kahn and Bison hanging out at various places, namely a cruise ship, Paris, a sports game, the Statue of Liberty, Disneyland (where Shao Kahn is shown to have beheaded an employee in a Mickey Mouse costume, much to Bison's horror), a roller coaster, and Las Vegas (where the two are shown to have removed the second large S of the city's famous sign, making it say "LAS VEGA" instead). The last picture shows them at a beach setting with Liu Kang in a flying kick position shown impaled on a spike of a straw umbrella and Ryu buried in the sand with his lower legs sticking out, possibly killed by the two teaming up.



  • The connections between Shao Kahn and M. Bison are that they are both the main antagonists of fighting games who are power-hungry dictators who prey on souls, rule over evil organizations (Outworld and Shadaloo, respectively), and were introduced in their series' second game. Both were responsible for the death of a blue-clad heroine's father (Kitana's father Jerrod and Chun-Li's father Dorai, respectively) and have also killed a mentor of theirs in their pasts (Onaga and Bison's master who taught him Psycho Power, respectively).
  • This is the first (and currently only) episode to feature an official alternate ending.
  • Bison living on as a spirit after his body is killed would end up resembling his Phantom Bison form, which first appeared three years later in Street Fighter V.


  • "Final Bison" is actually officially known as Shin-Bison, which is listed as an alternate name in the episode.
    • The form's appearance in the fight seems to be based on the black-and-yellow-clad Bison II (though it is represented by Bison's alternate black and grey from Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams) instead of Shin-Bison, who is dressed in white.


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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
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