Dragon Ball Z VS Sonic the Hedgehog's rival! Which super-powered anti-hero will dominate the battlefield? Featuring the voices of Nick "Lanipator" Landis and Curtis "Takahata101" Arnott from Team Four Star, the group behind the acclaimed Dragon Ball Z Abridged series.

Vegeta VS Shadow is the 12th episode of Death Battle, featuring Vegeta from the Dragon Ball series and Shadow the Hedgehog from the Sonic the Hedgehog series in a battle between aggressively arrogant anti-heroes. Vegeta was voiced by Nick Landis and Shadow was voiced by Curtis Arnott.


Wiz: Anti-heroes, walking a mysterious gray line between good and evil.

Boomstick: They do what they want, however they want, when they want.

Wiz: Vegeta, Prince of the Saiyans and rival to Goku.

Boomstick: And Shadow, the Ultimate Life Form and rival to Sonic.

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


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Vegeta's Theme
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Wiz: Born a prince to the warrior-like Saiyan race, Vegeta's people were slaughtered by an evil tyrant named Frieza, who molded Vegeta into a deadly, ruthless killer. Over time, however, Frieza's iron grip over him led Vegeta to rebel, ushering Frieza's final defeat with the help of fellow Saiyan Goku. After struggling with adapting to life on Earth, Vegeta eventually became one of the planet's strongest defenders.

Boomstick: He even got hitched to Bulma, breaking poor Master Roshi's heart. Vegeta can move and fly at hypersonic speed. He can survive underwater and in far outer atmospheres for long periods of time. He even has the endurance to survive a nuclear freakin' blast.

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Vegeta Powers Up
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Wiz: Vegeta can use a natural inner energy called ki to create devastating attacks.

Boomstick: His trademark attack is a purple laser called the Galick Gun.

Wiz: His Big Bang Attack unleashes a huge explosion of energy covering a vast distance, and can be narrowed to a beam for concentrated accuracy.

Boomstick: He can launch a volley of energy bullets, pounding his foe with dozens of deadly blasts, but his most devastating move is his Final Flash attack, a huge golden beam that can destroy whole planets.

Wiz: Vegeta's ki is quite versatile and not limited to these four attacks. He is never without a weapon.

Boomstick: But wait, there's more!

Wiz: That's right! Vegeta can reach to the legendary status of Super Saiyan, a near indestructible form which increases his power output by 500%.

Boomstick: And he can take this form to the next level for yet another 500% increase. That's a lot of power in math.

Wiz: The Super Saiyan form is sustained through Vegeta's remaining energy. Also, despite reaching the level of Super Saiyan 4, he was only able to do so with Bulma's Blutz Wave Machine, and cannot do so naturally.

Boomstick: And in Death Battle, we don't allow help from spouses.

Wiz: Vegeta is cocky, arrogant, and proud. He seeks to be the best and is willing to fight the best to do so, even allowing his opponents to reach power levels much greater than his own.

Boomstick: While this has led to him dying twice so far, he's still around somehow kicking ass and being a dick.

Vegeta: I am a Super Saiyan!

The screen flashes as Vegeta prepares an attack.

Vegeta: And you can burn in hell!

Shadow the Hedgehog

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Throw It All Away
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Wiz: Built by Prof. Gerald Robotnik with alien DNA, Shadow the Hedgehog was created to be the Ultimate Life Form. Despite being a powerful, living weapon, Shadow's initial purpose was to provide genes capable of curing the deathly ill, specifically, Gerald's granddaughter, Maria.  But before Shadow could be shared with the world, tragedy struck.

Boomstick: Then Shadow went crazy and tried to destroy the Earth for revenge, but he ended up saving the day instead. Though people are still getting sick on Earth, so uhh, guess he kinda forgot about that whole living cure thing, huh?

Wiz: Shadow can move at hypersonic speeds and survive underwater and in space.

Boomstick: He's even tough enough to survive a fall to the Earth from the Moon, and that's one long ass fall.

Wiz: Well, it wasn't exactly the Moon, but Shadow survived a fall of about 200,000 miles. By the time he hit the ground, he was falling at a rate of over 6,000,000 feet per second.

Boomstick: I feel sorry for whatever was around when he landed. Some guy just walking along and... (indistinctly) OH MY GOD!

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Wiz: Right. Shadow possesses a natural link to the Chaos Force, a never-ending pool of unbelievable energy.

Boomstick: He can fire several different energy based projectiles like Chaos Spears and Beams. But his most powerful attack is Chaos Blast, a huge explosion which annihilates everything around him in seconds.

Wiz: He can also manipulate time and space with Chaos Control, though depending on the situation, using this technique to its fullest takes time and is impractical in combat. Also, Shadow wears two Inhibitor Rings, which restrict his access to the Chaos Force to maintain control. Should he remove them, his power increases immensely, but is somewhat uncontrollable and quickly tires him out.

Boomstick: His Chaos power also increases depending on the number of Chaos Emeralds he has, and when he gets seven of them, ha, he goes super.

Wiz: Super Shadow is the pinnacle of his powers, receiving a 1,000% increase.

Boomstick: He can fly, move near the speed of light, and is totally invincible.

Wiz: Despite this, Shadow's super form can only last a few minutes.

Boomstick: But, considering his super speed, a short time to him is a long time to his opponents.

Shadow: That's not all, I'm full of surprises.


Wiz: Alright, the combatants are set. Let's end this debate once and for all! Oh wait, let me get a new book first.

Boomstick: An audiobook?

Wiz: From

Boomstick: For people who are too lazy to read or are blind! Well, that's why I get 'em.

Wiz and Boomstick read out an advertisement for Audible.

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

Death Battle

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Androids Steal Truck
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Shadow is skating from his hover shoes in a green field. He then stops in front of Vegeta, whose back is turned.

Shadow: There you are! I knew I sensed an extraordinary power around here.

Vegeta: Well that certainly sounds like me. Ummm... who and what are you?

Shadow: I am Shadow the Hedgehog. The Ultimate Life Form!

Vegeta: Ultimate Life Form? A weird looking rat, is an Ultimate Life Form? HAHAHAHA! That's a laugh. Word of advice, freak: you're a little on the short side to try to be threatening.

Shadow: Funny, I was going to say the same thing about you.

Vegeta: You've just sealed your fate, fool.

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Hyperbolic Time Chamber
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Shadow launches a kick at Vegeta, but the latter catches the former's feet, kicks him off. Vegeta then charges a blast of purple Ki energy in his hands before blasting it at Shadow.


After being hit by a strong attack, Shadow's still standing from the blast, exhaustingly.

Vegeta: Pathetic. Before you die, let me show you a TRUE Ultimate Life Form!

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Super Saiyan Vegeta
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Vegeta powers up immensely, aura surrounding him, and his dark, gravity deifying hair now glowing blonde, becoming the legendary status of Super Saiyan.

Vegeta: Hahaha! Tell me, hedgehog, does a lab rat like yourself experience fear?

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Mephiles' Whisper
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Shadow: You have... no idea... WHO YOU'RE DEALING WITH!

Shadow leaps up in mid-air and surrounds himself with all seven Chaos Emeralds.

Vegeta: What's this?

After he taps into the power of the seven Emeralds, he turns from a black to a yellow lime colored hedgehog with a bright glow and aura with invincible godlike powers, becoming Super Shadow.

Shadow: Behold the true power I possess!

Vegeta: Wow... what a rip-off— GAH!!!

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Vegeta gets attacked by Shadow, blocking from a melee receiving from the bio-engineered hedgehog. Afterwards, Shadow side kicks Vegeta, leaving projectiles of Chaos energy after hitting Vegeta seven times, and from hitting by the energy left by Shadow, Vegeta then land crashes at the ground. Shadow then launches a barrage of his Chaos Spear at Vegeta, but Vegeta jumps up and knees Shadow to the abdomen, kicked him, and then launches a volley of Energy Bullets. But when the smoke clears, Shadow is gone.

Vegeta: Wha-Where did he go?

Shadow: Right behind you.

Vegeta charges a blast of energy at concentrated accuracy, but before he can blast it at Shadow, the latter snaps his finger, teleports the former underwater. Swimming around him are two Cheep Cheeps and a Jawz.

Vegeta: ...The hell? How did I get here?

Shadow: Hmph. That was easier than I thought. I guess I'm better than-

Vegeta suddenly jumps out of the water, his body full of energy.

Vegeta: Graaah!!!

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Shadow: SHIT!

Vegeta: Cheap trick, teleporting me underwater, coward! Cut the act and give up already! You're nothing compared to me!

Shadow snaps his finger again, this time teleports Vegeta to the Earth's Moon. In one of the craters was a Water Bird Pokémon, Ducklett, in a space helmet.

Vegeta: Goddammit.

Shadow watches from a distance.

Shadow: Hmph.

Vegeta: Playtime's over, runt!

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Vegeta punches the surface of the Moon, pushing it closer to Earth.

Shadow: No! Is he insane!?

Shadow takes off his inhibitor rings and glows bright red.


He teleports the Moon back to its place.

Shadow: Yes. I did it!

Vegeta: Congrats, furball.

Shadow: It's time to end this!

Shadow then begins to glow bright red, charging Chaos Blast.

Shadow: Chaos... BLAS-

However, Super Shadow wears off just before the attack can finish.

Shadow: Uh-oh.

Vegeta: Sayonara.

Vegeta fires the Final Flash at Shadow, vaporizing the latter into smoke.

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Heroic Trunks
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Boomstick: Oh, somebody call PETA, we're down a hedgehog!

Wiz: With Super Shadow's godly power and invulnerability, the question wasn't if Vegeta could kill Shadow, it was if Vegeta could survive Super Shadow.

Boomstick: But Vegeta's proven time after time he can take one hell of a beating and lasted long enough for Shadow to turn back to normal, giving Vegeta the opening he needed.

Wiz: His loud mouth certainly helped him in his past, too.

Boomstick: Looks like Shadow's time was up.

We cut to the "Vegeta" winner card.

Wiz: The winner is Vegeta.



Easter Eggs

  • Vegeta's line, "Tell me, hedgehog, does a lab rat like yourself experience fear?" is a callback to what he asked Android 19 before turning Super Saiyan.
  • After Shadow transforms into Super Shadow, Vegeta dismisses the transformation as a rip-off before being attacked. This is a reference to the fact that the Super transformations from the Sonic the Hedgehog games are viewed as a rip-off of/homage to the Super Saiyan transformation from Dragon Ball.
  • When Shadow teleports Vegeta to the Moon, a Ducklett with a space helmet can be seen on its surface, being a reference to TeamFourStar's Space Duck gag.
  • Vegeta saying "Sayonara" to Shadow before finishing him off is a reference to Maria's last words to Shadow before her death in Sonic Adventure 2: "Sayonara, Shadow the Hedgehog". Sonic later repeats the line during the game's end credits.


  • In Goku VS Superman 1, the power multiplier from Goku's Super Saiyan was 50x, which would be 5000%. However, in this episode, Vegeta's Super Saiyan multiplier is stated to be 500%, which would only be a 5x increase, not 50x. Ben Singer even admitted that he was wrong about the numbers.


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