One broke the bat. The other ruined the spider. Now they meet in the ring and only one will leave alive!

Venom VS Bane is the 74th episode of Death Battle, featuring Venom from Marvel Comics and Bane from DC Comics in a battle between dark venomous supervillains. Venom was voiced by Adam Wennick and Bane was voiced by Christopher Guerrero.


Wiz: Every champion of justice inspires others, whether they mean to or not.

Boomstick: And sometimes, that "inspiration" creates your worst nightmare.

Wiz: Venom, the ultimate antithesis to Spider-Man.

Boomstick: And Bane, the burly genius who broke the Bat. 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.


Wiz: The word "symbiosis" refers to two organisms living in beneficial harmony, such as when two beings bond over an obsessive, psychotic desire to kill Spider-Man.

Boomstick: Eddie Brock was an up and coming journalist on the brink of national success when life decided to just shit all over him.

Wiz: One day, Eddie published an article incriminating a man he thought was a serial killer. However, that very same day, Spider-Man caught the real killer, publicly shaming Eddie. As a result, Eddie's company fired him, his father disowned him, and his wife left him. Also, he had cancer.

Boomstick: Damn, talk about a bad day. Understandably pretty upset about it, Eddie blamed Spider-Man for ruining his life.

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Boomstick: This led to his fateful meeting with a weird, black, gooey alien. Remember Gak from the '90s? It's just like that, except alive and... evil...

Venom lets out a roar, lunging towards the screen.

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Wiz: This was a symbiote from the planet Klyntar, an alien species with one goal: to grow stronger by fusing with a living host. I know that sounds intimidating and almost parasitic, but the Klyntar people are naturally a peaceful race. However, they often inherit their host's traits and personality. This symbiote, in particular, had previously bonded with a violent alien bent on genocide, and a costumed superhero everybody knows as... Deadpool!

Boomstick: That crazy lunatic?! Oh, there's no way this symbiote is sane after that!

Wiz: It wasn't. Afterward, it bonded with Spider-Man, who experienced this rage and lunacy firsthand. Horrified by this, Spider-Man eventually discarded the symbiote, unaware the alien had determined Spidey was its ideal host and became obsessed with him.

Boomstick: Much like Bar Trash Cindy that sometimes you go home with, but never really wanna see her again. So, what do you get when you combine an angry man and a black goo monster both hatefully obsessed with the same guy? Most just call him "Venom".

Wiz: Did you know? Eddie came up with the name "Venom" because he felt he was "spewing venom from the tabloids he worked at".

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Boomstick: Seriously? Ugh, I give that origin a 3 out of 10. Thank God the name's cool at least, and Venom's abilities are even cooler. He's insanely strong, ridiculously agile, and has a fast-paced healing factor. He can power through bullets with no problem at all. Plus, the symbiote carries some of the abilities of its previous owners, including Spidey. That means he can climb on walls and shoot webbing strong enough that Spidey himself can't break through.

Wiz: Technically speaking, Venom simply reproduces the webbing effects via one of his more useful powers: shapeshifting. The symbiote can act as a liquid, allowing it to increase Venom's size for intimidation, or even mimic Eddie's everyday clothing for discretion.

Boomstick: Not to mention, Venom can morph into a wingsuit to glide through the air, isolate and purge toxins from its host's body, straight up turn invisible, or even just sprout spikes for simple stabbing weapons!

Wiz: With these abilities seemingly limited only by his twisted imagination, Venom has tangled with many of his world's heavy hitters. He's defeated Spider-Man without having a host, resisted Ghost Rider's Penance Stare, and shaken off the Hulk's infamous thunderclap. That's right, he's even taken blows from the Juggernaut and the Hulk!

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Boomstick: Even if Venom does get injured, the symbiote can rapidly heal its host, from broken bones, impalement through the chest, or even blasts from an anti-tank rocket! He's also so speedy that he can catch up to bullets in mid-flight, but if he doesn't feel like it, he'll just take the shot and spit it back with deadly force.

Wiz: He's strong enough to bust down metal doors with his fist, tear apart large military trucks, or throw cars several blocks away.

Boomstick: I mean, part of that's gotta be Brock. Have you seen how much that dude can lift?

Wiz: Most impressively, Venom once held up a giant carnival ride similar to a Ferris wheel even after getting struck by one of his worst weaknesses: a sound gun.

Boomstick: A sound gun? That's pretty lame. So I can just beat him if I scream really loud?

Wiz: With enough sound or literal firepower, yes, you could force the symbiote to expose the vulnerable host underneath. Though I should note that repeated exposure has helped Venom build up some tolerance. Also, while the symbiote is highly versatile, Venom is not exactly a strategist. Unsurprising, given his apparent insanity.

Venom: I like being bad, it makes me happy.

Wiz: The symbiote also requires a diet containing the chemical phenethylamine.

Boomstick: Phene-what? Does he like, buy that at the store, or...?

Wiz: No, it's found in certain fungi, chocolate, and brain matter, which the symbiote greatly hungers for.

Boomstick: Oh great, now it eats brains! God, this guy is literally a living nightmare!

Ashley: Eddie, is that you?

Venom: There's no more Eddie! And no more symbiote! Only Venom!

Venom punches the wall down right behind him.


Wiz: In his personal mission to drive crime from Gotham CityBatman has faced dozens of foes, each more vile and cunning than the last. But none challenged his sheer willpower more than the monstrous man called Bane.

Boomstick: Bane's life was screwed from the start. He was born into prison and made to carry out his dead dad's life sentence. Talk about carrying the sins of your father. I mean, who puts a baby in jail? Couldn't it just like, crawl through the bars? Did they make a baby jail? So many questions.

Wiz: The child spent his dawning years in captivity, forced to fend for himself against the cruel and unforgiving world. Then one day, a fateful accident caused something to snap inside him.

Boomstick: I'm guessing his neck.

Wiz: No. Well, it should have. Instead, the boy slipped into a coma, where he saw a vision of his future self. A man standing above all other men.

Boomstick: Future self told him he would be second to none, so long as he could conquer the power of fear. Which is apparently shaped like a bat. Huh, would you look at that. What're the odds?

Wiz: When the child awoke, he began his journey to conquer that fear through the power of bloody murder.

Boomstick: Hell yeah! That's also when the prison warden called him a bane to everything holy.

Wiz: And that's why he's named "Bane".

Boomstick: Ugh. 2 out of 10.

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Boomstick: Anyway, it wasn't long before Bane caught wind of a certain bat ruling Gotham City by fear. But he got to work trying to become the ridiculously jacked guy he saw in his dream so he could take down Batman once and for all.

Wiz: As he grew up, Bane entered an intense daily workout regimen. Not just of his body, but his mind as well. He educated himself in 10 languages, escapology, combat tactics, and several martial arts, including a few he created himself.

Boomstick: Bane pretty much became a legend across the prison. So, to remind everybody who was in charge, the warden decided to make an example of him.

Wiz: See, this place wasn't just a prison. The army of Santa Prisca was conducting tests on human subjects with an experimental formula called "Venom".

Boomstick: Because Super Soldier formulas are all the rage!

Wiz: The procedure had killed every previous test subject, but Bane proved heartier than expected.

Boomstick: And after he had a taste, Bane wanted Venom for himself. So he faked his own death, punched a few sharks to death, and liberated the whole prison single-handed. The inmates joined his cause, and he took his new Super-Soldier serum to Gotham City.

Wiz: Using a special apparatus on his wrist, Bane can administer a dosage of Venom directly into his brain at will. Doing so dramatically increases his muscle mass, turning him into Gotham City's most ferocious physical threats.

Bane knocks Batman and Commissioner Gordon down by punching down a wall and roars.

Wiz: He's destroyed the Batmobile with his bare hands, jumped off skyscrapers without injury, and lifted loaded armored trucks which weighed tens of thousands of pounds. And then there's the feat he's most famous for...

A loud crack is heard.

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Wiz: Breaking the back of Batman. But Bane didn't just break bone, he literally put poor Batman into a coma.

Boomstick: Well, years later, Batman did get his revenge. After swapping powers with Superman, he paid Bane a visit and broke his everything.

Wiz: And somehow, THIS didn't kill him!

Boomstick: He's one tough son of a bitch, and if he needs it, Bane can crank up his Venom for more strength and faster healing. But when he first tried this, it came at a cost.

Wiz: Turns out an overdose of Venom can temporarily deteriorate one's mind, turning Bane into a mindless, muscle-bound beast.

Bane screams in agony.

Boomstick: And it's also surprisingly addictive. So eventually, Bane swore off the stuff for some time.

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Wiz: But this let Bane prove he's just as dangerous even without the performance-enhancing drug. He's been pelted by dozens of bricks at once and taken countless stabbings and bullets without even reacting. He once cauterized his own wound with a blow torch, and even got thrown hundreds of yards by Elasti-Woman and got right back up ready to fight.

Boomstick: Still off the juice, Bane is strong enough to tear down a stone prison wall, casually rip off an armored guy's limbs, and take out dozens of members of the League of Assassins, solo! But if he really needs to, he can just fall off the wagon and get back on the Venom.

Wiz: Bane's absurd power is only matched by his intelligent mind. He possesses a photographic memory, rivals Ra's Al Ghul in chess, and deduced the identity of Batman in one year when nobody else could figure it out.

Boomstick: Yeah, Bane's pretty ridiculous, but it's no secret he's at his best when he's got that Venom juice pumping through his veins. Luckily for him, he eventually developed a form of Venom that didn't turn his brain into mush. And then he soon got addicted to that stuff all over again.

Wiz: Still, Bane has proven over and over again, that with or without Venom, anyone who crosses him will beg for mercy, and receive none.

Bane is seen beating up Bruce Wayne at his parents' empty graves.

Bane: When we fought before, I broke the Bat. Today, I break the man.

He then kicks Bruce out.


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

Boomstick: But all this strength talk has reminded me I gotta bulk up and the best way to do it is with a delicious home-cooked meal!

Wiz and Boomstick read out an advertisement for Blue Apron.

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

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


(The transcript below is exclusive to the YouTube version of the episode.)

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

Boomstick: But all this strength talk has reminded me I gotta bulk up and the best way to do it is with a delicious home-cooked meal!

Wiz and Boomstick read out an advertisement for Blue Apron.

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

(The transcript below is exclusive to the Rooster Teeth version of the episode.)

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


Death Battle

In an abandoned weaponry warehouse at night, two thugs start lifting the boxes down together.

Bane: Step aside, niños.

Their boss, Bane, activates his Venom and speeds up the process by lifting some of the boxes down himself. They hear a growl and a dark figure speed past them and one of the light fixtures.

Thug: It's the Bat!

Bane: No... it's something... else...

Two large black webbings emerge from the shadows and grab two of the thugs. The two criminals are dragged into the darkness screaming as the mysterious figure mauls them and starts laughing maniacally. Bane looks for his opponent while the figure keeps circling him and laughing. A pair of white eyes come from the dark as Bane finally notices the psychotic symbiote-wielding Venom in the corner.

Venom: You're mine!

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Venom leaps forward to attack, but Bane grabs his leg and tosses him backward. He then picks up an AK-47 from the crate and shoots it at the creature, but Venom absorbs all of them with ease.

Venom: Mmm, yummy!

Eddie flexes his body which deflects the bullets back to Bane, who hardly feels the attack as he charges forward. Venom shoots webbing at the luchador to bring him closer, but Bane uses the opportunity to charge at Eddie with his shoulder. Venom grabs the wall of one of the barge containers to regain his footing before leaping back at his opponent.

The two counter blow for blow before Venom gets the upper hand with his shapeshifting abilities. Bane manages to get a few punches in before Venom slashes his throat and causes him to bleed.

Venom: Oh your blood's spicy! Delicious...

Venom webs Bane towards him and uses his shapeshifting to get some heavy blows and knock Bane on the ground. He tries webbing the ground to pounce on the villain, but Bane manages to evade it in time. Bane uses the opening to his advantage and combos Venom into a heavy punch, which knocks Eddie back into one of the larger crates.

Venom: Ooh, big daddy can punch!

Bane grabs Venom and charges him through most of the large crates before smashing the symbiote's head into one. He tries jumping on Eddie's head, but Venom evades the luchador just in time and hides in the shadows while laughing.

Bane: So, you fall back on cheap magic tricks, trying to disappear. Yet you don't know how to be truly invisible.

Bane catches Venom about to sneak up on him and tosses the Spider-Man rogue forward.

Bane: Now, I give you permission to die.

Venom lands onto a truck and dents it. Bane takes a rocket launcher out of a nearby crate and launches it at the injured Eddie. He increases his own dosage of Venom to enlarge his size and strength before grabbing the crippled Venom by the head.

Bane: You're just like all the others... broken!

Bane lifts Venom in the air and attempts to break Eddie's body over his knee. However, he ends up injuring his own knee in the process as a tendril extended out of Venom into Bane's leg.

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Venom: We're... unbreakable!

The symbiote goes further into Bane's body and pierces him through his arms, legs, and chest while also puncturing his Venom tube and leaving him in intense pain.

Bane: No! What's happening!?

Venom leaps up and punches Bane into one of the flaming crates. He then shoots multiple web balls at the villain to trap him in place.

Venom: Now for what we came for!

Eddie grabs Bane's head and pumps most of the symbiote into it, causing it to explode and putting the luchador down for good.

Venom: Pop goes the weasel!

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Venom leaves and takes the deceased Bane's brain with him, while Batman arrives on the scene and recoils in horror at the sight of Bane's headless corpse.


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Boomstick: Ewww... That can't taste good.

Wiz: Both fighters were intense physical threats, but only one wielded the superior Venom.

Boomstick: Venom had many advantages over Bane: speed, durability, versatility, and even strength.

Wiz: Bane's peak strength was at most just enough to lift a 27-ton car. Meanwhile, Venom was strong enough to stop a falling carnival ride and hold it up by himself, even while in a weakened state. Comparing it to similar carnival rides, my very conservative estimate would place this thing weighing around 200 tons.

Boomstick: Way more impressive than anything Bane ever lifted!

Wiz: Of course, Bane was smarter. However, even if he had deduced Venom's key weaknesses to fire and sound, he wasn't really equipped to take advantage of them.

Boomstick: As for speed, Venom could catch bullets. Even better, he could CATCH UP to bullets, in mid-air! He had to move over 1,500 miles per hour to do that.

Wiz: Ironically enough, almost twice the speed of sound.

Boomstick: Surprisingly, their durability levels were pretty even. Both have taken hits from Superman-level beings and lived to fight another day.

Wiz: The big difference being Venom's healing factor was far superior. He could fight on par with Juggernaut, who can make 4.8 magnitude earthquakes with his bare hands!

Boomstick: But it's not like Batman ever needed super strength to knock Bane out cold.

Wiz: In time, Venom's superior strength, speed, durability, and versatility simply overwhelmed Bane.

Boomstick: Looks like Venom was the real Bane of this fight.

We cut to the "Winner" card.

Wiz: The winner is Venom.



  • The connections between Venom and Bane are that they are both comic book supervillains who are one of the greatest adversaries of a superhero (Spider-Man and Batman, respectively), being a dark reflection of them and having mentally and physically overcome them. Both are also powered by a substance called "Venom" (the Venom Symbiote and the Venom Serum, respectively), have a large physical build, and are traditionally designed with dark color schemes.
  • The entire fight animation was completed in a single night.
    • Due to criticisms about the fight animation, the fight was edited to be cut differently and slightly brightened so the sprites could be more visible. The animator, Kayas, claims that the YouTube version is the definitive version and thanked the crew for the edits.
      • The original version of the fight can be viewed on the RT Archive.
  • The Batman VS Scorpion DBX takes place after this fight, following on from this episode's post-fight animation of Batman discovering Bane's corpse. However, his sprite in the DBX is different from the one in the post-fight animation.
  • This is the first episode to recieve a commentary track.

Easter Eggs


  • Various renders throughout the episode (such as the one in the episode's interlude, the shopping aisles gag, the credits on the Rooster Teeth version, etc.) feature Mac Gargan as Venom, despite Eddie Brock being the actual focus of the episode.
    • Additionally, Venom's analysis preview uses a render of Harry Osborn as Venom from the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, as Eddie never appeared in said show.


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