Episode 21 - Marvel VS Mortal Kombat! Who is the ultimate god of thunder? The mightiest Asgardian battles Earthrealm's cunning defender! Who will win? Who will die?

Thor VS Raiden is the 21st episode of Death Battle, featuring Thor Odinson from Marvel Comics and Lord Raiden from the Mortal Kombat series in a battle between gods of thunder.


Wiz: The gods of thunder may endure eternal rule, but in the ring together, they are anything but immortal.

Boomstick: The mighty Thor, prince of Asgard.

Wiz: And Lord Raiden, defender of Earthrealm.

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.

Thor Odinson

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Son of Odin
by Patrick Doyle
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Boomstick: In Norse mythology, Thor is the god of thunder, strength, healing, and... oak trees? Well regardless, he was badass enough to get his own comic book.

Wiz: Thor Odinson was conceived between the All-Father and Earth's Elder Goddess with the intent of creating the strongest man in the universe. He can lift over a million tons, move at supersonic speeds, never feel exhaustion, survive the vacuum of space, and talk with frogs.

Boomstick: He's immune to poison, burns, and electrocution, and he can survive the heat of the Sun or even a planet-bursting explosion. Well, I guess that's what happens when God bangs the Earth.

Wiz: While Thor is not invulnerable, he is augmented by his godly status and a fraction of the all-powerful Odin Force sealed within Mjolnir, his enchanted hammer.

Boomstick: That's his weapon??? That thing is way too tiny! I mean, if he was the god of mending fences or something I guess I could say—

Thor smashes the Rainbow Bridge with Mjolnir.

Boomstick: WHOA! Oh shit! Never mind!

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Wiz: Mjolnir is mystically bound to Thor, and obeys him as if it were alive. And if it were any larger, it would be too heavy to wield.

Boomstick: So it's not the size of the hammer, it's how he uses it!

Wiz: It was forged by dwarves using the core of a dying star, which went supernova and killed all the dinosaurs.

Boomstick: Yeah, forget anything that I said earlier. I´m liking the dino-slaughtering hammer. Where can I get one?

Wiz: Mjolnir can only be wielded by Thor.

Boomstick: Aww!

Wiz: Although there is a work-around. Red Hulk once carried the hammer into space because Thor was still holding onto it, which may be one of the dumbest technicalities ever.

Boomstick: But Mjolnir is not the only thing in Thor's arsenal. He wears the Belt of Strength which, surprise, doubles his already powerful might.

Wiz: And naturally, as the god of thunder, Thor can manipulate the weather. Storms, tornadoes, the wind, he can even summon deadly bolts of lightning.

Boomstick: He also has some control over the earth. He can make earthquakes that span entire continents.

Wiz: Thor has fought and defeated many of the most powerful warriors in the Marvel universe. He's mastered enough martial arts to box Captain America to a standstill and has even overpowered the Hulk. Although, in the past, he could lose his powers when separated from his hammer.

Boomstick: Which is pretty stupid, considering his main method of attack is throwing the damn thing.

Wiz: But through some convoluted magic absurdity, this is no longer a problem. In fact, he has no specific physical weaknesses, though he suffers from a superiority complex. Arrogant and eager to fight, he often ignores even the most perceptible risks.

Boomstick: I like him!

Thor hits a Frost Giant with Mjolnir, knocking him into an icy wall.

Thor: Next?

Lord Raiden

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Mortal Kombat Theme (Metal)
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Wiz: According to Japanese legend, Raiden is the god of thunder and storms who, when angered, devours the stomachs of children as they sleep.

Boomstick: Mmm, child haggis. Just like Mom used to make. Well, whenever he's had his fill of defenseless, sleeping children, I guess he decided to protect the Earth from evil.

Wiz: Raiden is the defender of Earthrealm and a key leader in shielding it from the forces of Shao Kahn's Outworld.

Boomstick: He's a master of several fighting styles, and amps them up with powerful electric attacks. He sometimes wields a wooden staff, but generally prefers his fists.

Wiz: From the mobile kicks of Tae Kwon Do to the anti-armor combat of jujitsu, Raiden's wide variety of fighting styles complement each other perfectly to take down any kind of opponent.

Boomstick: This thunder god used several lightning-charged special attacks, like the Vicinity Blast, Electric Fly, and the Shocking Touch. Not to mention, when finishing his foes, he discharges so much electricity into them that they combust. The sheer power of these lightning attacks apparently overload his brain, causing him to spout out random gibberish in mid-attack.

Raiden uses his Electric Fly on Jax.

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Eternal Life (Metal)
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Wiz: As an eternal god, Raiden is entirely composed of ethereal energy, and can morph into various forms of electrical force. With this trait, he gains teleportation, flight, and unlimited endurance.

Boomstick: And like any other thunder god, Raiden has all sorts of control over the weather and lightning.

Wiz: Raiden has so much power he can even achieve scientifically impossible things, like channeling electricity through insulated wood.

Boomstick: Haha, take that, physics!

Wiz: He is one of the most powerful characters in the Mortal Kombat universe, and has successfully defended Earth for centuries. He eventually became the all-powerful Elder God of Earthrealm, but relinquished this power in order to protect the people of Earth.

Boomstick: Wait, what? That doesn't make any sense.

Wiz: While he is an immortal, formless god, he is not indestructible and has limits. In order to fight among others, he must take a form susceptible to mortality.

Boomstick: But he still retains all of his godly powers and is tough enough to effortlessly smash through solid concrete.

Wiz: Through his numerous success in defending Earth against impossible odds, Raiden has proved his greatest attribute to be his leadership and wisdom in battle. He is a cunning and daring strategist, willing to make whatever sacrifices necessary to achieve victory.

Boomstick: Like this guy! That guy! And all of these guys! Raiden: a physical example of sacrificing others for the greater good.

Raiden: Hehehe... sorry.


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

Boomstick: But first, my free trial of Netflix ran out! Luckily, here's another one!

Wiz and Boomstick read out an advertisement for Netflix.

Boomstick: But now, it's time for a DEATH BATTLE!!!

Death Battle

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Main Menu
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Thor stands in an empty field. Then Raiden appears in a shower of electricity. Both take fighting poses.

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Acid Rain
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Raiden shoots two bolts of electricity as he moves away. Thor effortlessly blocks them, then throws Mjolnir. Raiden disappears and Thor's weapon comes back to its owner. Raiden then appears behind Thor and unleashes a combo, then uppercuts Thor in the air where he continues his assault. Raiden then teleports and attacks from multiple angles, managing to stay ahead of his opponent, before throwing Thor to the ground and knocking him away with Vicinity Blast. Thor hits the ground, then stands back up.

Thor: Have at thee!

Thor uses Mjolnir to summon lightning.

Thor: Mighty Spark!

He fires a blast of lightning at Raiden, but he manipulates it for his own and rebounds it. Thor then stops it with Mjolnir and jumps toward a tree, uprooting it, then punches it. It flies toward Raiden, who disintegrates it with a blast of electricity. Thor then slams the ground, summoning an earthquake, which causes Raiden to stumble. Afterward, Raiden jumps, then flies away. Thor accepts it as a challenge and flies toward him. They rush at each other and collide, summoning a massive discharge of electricity, but it turns out that Thor has kicked Raiden with both of his feet. Raiden then flies back-first into a mountain wall, but gets back up and starts running.

Thor throws Mjolnir again, but Raiden teleports away, causing Mjolnir to hit the mountain before returning. Raiden resumes running, then, knowing Thor is coming right towards him, turns around and fires two electric bolts while jumps. Thor knocks both aside and then kicks Raiden into the air, followed by a powerful blow with his knee. Raiden flies downward, first hitting a rock formation with his back, then lands to the ground. But Thor suddenly lands to the ground, causing Raiden to stumble. Thor then grabs onto Raiden, headbutts him, then slams him to the ground.

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Frost Giant Battle
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He jumps back into a safe distance and summons a tornado. Raiden disappears, reappearing inside the tornado. He fires a barrage of bolts, which catches Thor off-guard, who is unable to block them all. Raiden then uses a huge discharge of electricity, stunning Thor. Raiden teleports to Thor, who is still stunned, but as Thor recovers and is about to attack, Raiden uppercuts him far into the air. Raiden follows Thor and the two clash with a flurry of blows, ending with Raiden grabbing Thor and unleashing his Shocking Touch... which has no effect on Thor.

Thor: Away with you!

He slams Raiden downward, who falls to the ground.

Thor: Feel Heaven's wrath!

He summons a massive electric blast to fire at Raiden. Raiden sees it coming, and in the aftermath, has absorbed all of its electrical power. Raiden then flies upward with Electric Fly, but Thor swings Mjolnir below Raiden's stomach, destroying his lower body. Thor grabs Raiden, takes him above the clouds, and throws him upward in the air.

Thor: Farewell!

The thrown Raiden leaves the earth and flies through space until reaching the Sun. Raiden then melts away due to the temperature of the Sun, causing a tiny shockwave on the Sun's surface.

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Boomstick: That seemed a bit overkill. I liked it!

Wiz: Raiden is a clever and versatile combatant, but was completely overpowered by Thor's strength.

Boomstick: It also doesn't help that Raiden's main weapon, electricity, was completely useless. Add in Thor's hammer and game over.

Wiz: Remember, Mjolnir was forged using the core of a dying star. When a star dies, it collapses into a super-condensed neutron star. Even the smallest portion of this star can weigh 1,000,000 tons. Raiden stood little chance against a blow like that.

Boomstick: Well, at least Raiden finally found his place in the Sun.

We cut to the "Thor" winner card.

Wiz: The winner is Thor.



  • Smarter, but much weaker
  • Immune to electricity
  • More fighting experience
  • Less extreme survival experience
  • Relies on electrical attacks, which were useless


  • Stronger, tougher, and faster
  • Immune to electricity
  • Does not solely rely on electrical attacks
  • Mjolnir is ridiculously powerful
  • Arrogance only prolonged the fight
  • Consistently defeats Loki, who is clever like Raiden



  • The connections between Thor and Raiden are that they are both gods of thunder who often interact with mortal beings to work with them to stop evil, supernatural forces. Despite their power, both are subservient to older, stronger gods (Odin and the Elder Gods, respectively) but have gone against their orders in the past for the greater good and eventually inherited their powers and positions (the King of Asgard and an Elder God, respectively). Both have a history of sharing their powers with others (Thor has frequently given Mjolnir to other wielders such as Jane Foster and Beta Ray Bill, while Raiden gave Liu Kang his powers to stop Kronika) and have fought in cataclysmic events in multiple timelines (Ragnarok and Armageddon, respectively) thanks to the schemes of primordial entities (Those Who Sit Above in Shadow and Kronika, respectively) whom they eventually overcame.
  • The episode was released on May 4th, 2012, the same day The Avengers (which had Thor as one of the main characters) was released in theaters.
  • The episode's lopsided nature in Thor's favor would eventually be referenced in his analysis for Thor VS Wonder Woman.


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