|Starscream VS Rainbow Dash|
|Air date||September 23rd, 2011|
|Written by||Ben Singer|
|Animated by||Ben Singer|
|Episode link||Rooster Teeth|
Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui
Master Chief VS Doomguy
|“||Episode 17 - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic VS Transformers! Which of these two high-speed Hasbro toys will dominate the skies and win this epic duel? Can a tiny pony really stand up to a giant robot warrior?||„|
Starscream VS Rainbow Dash is the 17th episode of DEATH BATTLE!, featuring Starscream from the Transformers series and Rainbow Dash from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series in a battle between two of Hasbro's best flyers. Starscream was voiced by Zak Wilson and Rainbow Dash was voiced by Erica Mendez.
(*Cues: Invader - Jim Johnston*)
Wiz: Television has been used to market toys to boys and girls for generations, ranging from G.I. Joe to Barbie and Transformers to My Little Pony.
Boomstick: Are we really doing this?
Wiz: Yes, yes we are.
Boomstick: Alright. Well, Starscream from the first generation Decepticons.
Wiz: And Rainbow Dash of the G4 Pegasus Ponies.
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.
Boomstick: He has two forms, giant robot, and jet.
Wiz: His robot form is primarily meant for ground travel. Though it can fly short distances.
Wiz: He can transform into an F-15 Eagle; a twin-engine, all-weather fighter jet with top speeds reaching Mach 2.8, nearly three times the speed of sound.
Boomstick: In jet form, he can fire three different types of homing missiles, from short-ranged Sidewinders to long-ranged Slammers. And if those don't do the trick, he's equipped with an M61A1 Vulcan Gatling Gun, that fires 20-millimeter ammo at 6000 rounds per minute. Fun fact: it also works great for hunting!
Wiz: Starscream is a coward, and uses cheap tactics, often shooting his opponents in the back. However, his deadliest weapon is arguably his silver tongue. While he is not the strongest Decepticon, he is a clever and deceiving speaker, who can worm his way into favorable positions. Despite this, he is a terrible strategist. Most of his plans instantly go wrong.
Boomstick: Like when he took over the Decepticons because Megatron had a sore throat.
Megatron: *incomprehensible speech* Autobots!
Starscream: Too bad! He's blown his vocal components. I guess that makes me the new leader!
Boomstick: It was short-lived.
Wiz: And yet his persistence paid off, and he was eventually crowned leader of the Decepticon Faction.
Boomstick: Again, short-lived.
Wiz: Starscream was king for a whopping twenty seconds, a personal record. However, after his death, Starscream discovered his spark, or life-force, was somehow indestructible.
Boomstick: And a good thing too, because since then, he's been dying nearly every episode.
Wiz: His ghostly spark can possess machinery. He has taken over several other Transformers, robots, and even a cybernetic schoolgirl while she was using the bathroom.
Wiz: Unfortunately, his poor knowledge of human society led him to forget to pull up the girl's underwear, making him the laughing stock of the school.
Boomstick: Props to you, Japan. I didn't see that coming.
Megatron: You're an idiot, Starscream!
Wiz: Rainbow Dash is a Pegasus Pony from Equestria, the magical land of ponies.
Wiz: After dropping out of Flight School, Rainbow found a job in Ponyville as Weather Manager. She is a strong, agile flyer with great durability and resilience. She can smash through trees and solid rock and get right back up. She is also training to join the Wonderbolts, a superb team of flyers who are kind of like the Blue Angels.
Boomstick: Except they're PONIES.
Wiz: She is also a black belt in karate.
Boomstick: How does a pony learn karate, let alone master it?
Apple Bloom kicks a punching bag, only for her to shake a few seconds and fall to the ground.
(*Cues: MLP: FIM - Iron Pony*)
Wiz: As a Pegasus pony, Rainbow can control weather. She can use the clouds in the sky to manipulate lighting strikes and precipitation. Also, she can create and control giant tornadoes.
Boomstick: She's also got some other moves, like the Buccaneer Blaze, which is apparently so amazing it can't be shown on screen. And, somehow, it creates a huge explosion.
Wiz: Rainbow often brags that she is the fastest in the world. And you know what? She's right.
Wiz: By calculations according to this guy, Rainbow Dash can fly up to five times the speed of sound with ease. This is apparent through the Mach cone that often forms around Rainbow, which indicates that she has broken the sound barrier. And the angle of which proves she can reach up to Mach 5 speeds.
Boomstick: This is a pony, a baby horse girl toy. Why is it so awesome?
Wiz: And upon breaching Mach 5, she entered hypersonic speeds to create the Sonic Rainboom. With this, her speed doubles instantaneously to Mach 10. And somehow the resulting sonic boom completely shatters the visible light spectrum.
Boomstick: Not to mention the sonic boom itself is apparently strong enough to split solid rock and shake entire mountains.
Wiz: Rainbow is brash, athletic, and extremely competitive. But while she's steadfast and loyal, she sometimes cheats to get her way.
Boomstick: Well... let's make it fight a giant robot.
Rainbow Dash: Yeeeeaaaaahh!
The F-15 Eagle Jet Fire flies in to reveal itself to be bumbling Starscream coming in for a landing in his humanoid robot form.
Starscream: Who dares challenge the mighty Starscream?
(*Cues: MLP:FIM - Rarity's Fashion Show*)
Out of the blinding sun, a Pegasus pony named Rainbow Dash flies down in a landing seeing Starscream.
Rainbow Dash: Hi there!
Starscream: *mockingly laughs* A pony? I'll crush you in an instant. Prepare to be annihilated.
Rainbow Dash: You talk a lot.
Rainbow flies around Starscream in many different directions, bucks him in the heel with no effect on him, Starscream backhands Rainbow out of anger.
Starscream: That. Is. it. I am going to kill you!
Rainbow Dash: Tag, you're it!
Starscream shouts in anger as he turns back into the F-15 Eagle Jet Fire and chases Rainbow Dash in the sky. He proceeds to fire his Gatling gun, which Rainbow Dash easily evades. He then fires missiles, which also fail to hit their mark. In Starscream's POV, we see him preparing to lock onto Rainbow Dash.
Starscream: Alright. Don't move.
Just as Starscream successfully locks on, Rainbow Dash flies off, immediately undoing it, causing his monitor to say "TARGET LOSS".
Starscream: Blast it!
After he says this, Rainbow Dash appears face-to-face with him, making multiple funny faces at him.
Starscream: Hey! What are you doing? Stop that!
This whole time, Rainbow Dash was standing on Starscream, who didn't even notice.
Rainbow Dash: You're not very good at this game, are you?
She leaps off of him, which Starscream clearly flees and then he proceeds to follow Rainbow Dash upward into the clouds.
Starscream then transforms back into his robot form and hovers.
Starscream: Where are you? Show yourself!
Rainbow Dash quickly flies in with a rain cloud and places it over Starscream.
Rainbow Dash repeatedly kicks the rain cloud, causing Starscream to be hit repeatedly with lightning, eventually causing him to fall to the ground. Rainbow Dash walks on the ground up to her downed opponent, but she is suddenly struck by the Null Ray, knocking her back and momentarily dazing her. Starscream laughs, but then Rainbow Dash recovers.
Rainbow Dash: Alright! It... is... on!
Rainbow Dash flies around Starscream multiple times, eventually creating a tornado, which he is trapped in. He attempts to escape by turning back into his jet form, only for one of his wings to break off, causing him to fall to the ground once again. Rainbow Dash lands and prepares to charge at him.
Starscream: Wait! Wait! I'm sorry! Please don't hurt me! Please!
Hearing this, Rainbow Dash slows and eventually stops in her tracks.
Starscream: I'll... I'll join the herd. I'll be a good Decepticon from now on.
As he is saying this, Starscream is preparing to lock onto the idle Rainbow Dash.
Starscream: Please, just let me go.
Rainbow Dash: Well, I don't know. I mean, I know should love and tolerate, but...
Starscream successfully locks onto Rainbow Dash, preparing to fire everything.
Rainbow Dash: Wait... what's that?
Starscream's chest reveals his homing missiles.
He fires the homing missiles, which head toward Rainbow Dash.
Rainbow Dash: Oh my gosh!
Rainbow Dash flies into the sky and up into the clouds as the missiles follow. Starscream stands, waiting with his arms crossed in his "Any minute now" pose.
(*Cues: MLP: FIM - Sonic Rainboom*)
Rainbow Dash then flies downward with the missiles still following her, flying so fast that she has broken the sound barrier. She then unleashes the Sonic Rainboom. Starscream is stunned as Rainbow Dash flies right past him, leaving him too late to dodge the homing missiles. They strike, destroying his lower body, as Rainbow Dash smashes into Starscream and then uses her Buccaneer Blaze, which tears Starscream apart off-screen. Rainbow Dash then flies towards Starscream's torso.
Rainbow Dash: Aw yeah! That was awesome!
(*Cues: Transformers (2008) - Decepticons*)
Then Starscream's Spark emerges from his torso, floating in the air.
Starscream: You haven't won! I'm invincible! My Spark lives! You can never defeat Star-
He is cut off by Rainbow Dash, who eats and swallows his Spark.
(*Cues: Rainbow Rhapsody - Makkon*)
Boomstick: Forget all doubt, that pony is a monster!
Wiz: Rainbow's speed and agility were more than a match for the clumsy Starscream, and it doesn't help that his aim is even worse than a Stormtrooper's. Not to mention the Null Ray is designed to destroy electronics, not living ponies.
Boomstick: She just ate a Transformer!
Wiz: Yes, and while Rainbow might experience some mild indigestion, Starscream's not going anywhere anytime soon.
Boomstick: Well, she put the pwn in pony.
Wiz: The winner is Rainbow Dash.
- The connections between Starscream and Rainbow is that they both are iconic flyers in franchises created by Hasbro, and are known for having fairly large egos. The characters also contrast each other, as while Starscream is a deceitful backstabber, Rainbow Dash represents the Element of Loyalty itself.
- Their series would crossover in 2020.
- This is the fourth Male VS Female themed episode, after Boba Fett VS Samus Aran, Yoshi VS Riptor and Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black, and with the next 17 being Gaara VS Toph, Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered), Dante VS Bayonetta, Meta VS Carolina, Tracer VS Scout, Zoro VS Erza, Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie, Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake, Lucario VS Renamon, Thor VS Wonder Woman, Carnage VS Lucy, Captain Marvel VS Shazam, Dragonzord VS Mechagodzilla, Mob VS Tatsumaki, Gray VS Esdeath, Beerus VS Sailor Galaxia and The Seven Battle Royale.
- This is the second time that the female wins, after Boba Fett VS Samus Aran, and with the next eight being Gaara VS Toph, Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered), Meta VS Carolina, Tracer VS Scout, Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake, Thor VS Wonder Woman, Carnage VS Lucy, Dragonzord VS Mechagodzilla and Gray VS Esdeath.
- This is the fourth Company themed episode, after Goomba VS Koopa, Haggar VS Zangief and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale, and with the next 21 being Master Chief VS Doomguy, Zelda VS Peach, Pokémon Battle Royale, Ragna VS Sol Badguy, Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom, Beast VS Goliath, Bowser VS Ganon, Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter, Meta VS Carolina, Naruto VS Ichigo, Jotaro VS Kenshiro, Crash VS Spyro, Leon Kennedy VS Frank West, Roshi VS Jiraiya, Mega Man Battle Royale, Wario VS King Dedede, Sasuke VS Hiei, All Might VS Might Guy, Black Canary VS Sindel, The Seven Battle Royale and Red VS Blue.
- This is the first remastered episode of DEATH BATTLE!, the second being Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered).
- This is the first episode of DEATH BATTLE! in which the loser technically doesn't die.
- Derpy Hooves makes a cameo as Rainbow Dash and Starscream disappear into the dark clouds.
- This is the first Death Battle where the loser was still in the land of the living after losing, as Starscream's spark was still around before it was eaten by Rainbow Dash. The next four being Shao Kahn VS M. Bison, Ghost Rider VS Lobo, Danny Phantom VS American Dragon Jake Long, and Venom VS Crona.
- When asked in their second Q&A, "As Starscream didn't technically die, did Rainbow Dash really win?", Wizard replied that once Starscream's Spark gets out of Rainbow Dash, the only piece of machinery in Equestria for him to possess is a sewing machine, to which Boomstick added, "We like to think that's a fate worse than death."
- Famous internet personality Jim Sterling provides the voice of Starscream's Spark.
- This is the third Protagonist VS Antagonist themed episode, after Boba Fett VS Samus Aran and Yoshi VS Riptor, and with the next 16 being Deadpool VS Deathstroke, Kirby VS Majin Buu, Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered), Guts VS Nightmare, Iron Man VS Lex Luthor, Joker VS Sweet Tooth, Meta VS Carolina, Hulk VS Doomsday, Metal Sonic VS Zero, Balrog VS TJ Combo, Carnage VS Lucy, Black Widow VS Widowmaker, Black Canary VS Sindel, Gray VS Esdeath, Goro VS Machamp, Beerus VS Sailor Galaxia, The Seven Battle Royale and Venom VS Crona.
- Originally this was supposed to be Starscream vs Twilight Sparkle based on a panel Q&A regarding the Death Battle itself to fit with the Science vs Magic, but it was changed once Ben and Chad saw Rainbow Dash's feats and abilities.
- It should be noted a bulk of Starscream and Rainbow Dash's feats and characteristics came from their cartoon series, not the comic books or any other media. It's unknown how the Death Battle would go had ScrewAttack taken that into account.
- During a lunch break in 2011, former ScrewAttack employee Jared Knabenbauer A.K.A. ProJared suggested this matchup as a joke. Afterward, Ben and Chad looked up Rainbow Dash's page on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Wiki and both were immediately floored by her absurd power. Thus, they greenlit this episode soon afterward.
- Watchmojo.com listed this episode as an honorable mention on their "Top 10 Screw Attack: Death Battle Episodes" list alongside Vegeta VS Shadow, Terminator VS RoboCop, Chuck Norris VS Segata Sanshiro, and Wolverine VS Raiden.
- This is the third Joke Battle, after Goomba VS Koopa and Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black, and with the next three being Chuck Norris VS Segata Sanshiro, Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie and Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog.
- This is the first joke battle to have a conclusive result as opposed to a tie, with the next one being Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog.