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Epic Rap Battles of History
Epic Rap Battles of History Logo.png
Series logo
Genre Comedy
Battle rap
Hip hop
Created by Peter Shukoff
Lloyd Ahlquist
Written by Peter Shukoff
Lloyd Ahlquist
Directed by Dave McCary (seasons 1-2)
Jackson Adams (season 3)
Daniel M. Turcan (season 3)
Peter Shukoff (seasons 3-4)
Mike Betette (seasons 3-4)
Forrest Whaley (season 4, episode 3)
Composer(s) Peter Shukoff
Lloyd Ahlquist
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 51
Production
Executive producer(s) Michelle Maloney
Running time 1–4 minutes
Production company(s) Maker Studios
Distributor Google
Broadcast
Original channel YouTube
Original run September 26, 2010 – present
External links
Website

Epic Rap Battles of History, officially shortened to ERB or ERBoH, is a YouTube video series created by Peter Shukoff (a.k.a. Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist (a.k.a. EpicLLOYD). The series pits famous historical and pop culture figures, real and fictional, against one another in a rap battle format.[1] As of October 2014, it is the 14th most subscribed channel on YouTube with over 11 million subscribers and over 1.4 billion total views.[2]

Although early episodes of the series featured only Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD, later episodes have regularly featured guest appearances from other internet celebrities such as Lisa Donovan, Timothy DeLaGhetto, George Watsky, DeStorm Power, Jesse Wellens, Jenna Marbles, Rhett and Link and Smosh. Media celebrities like rappers Snoop Dogg and Chali 2na, parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic, and the comedian duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have also appeared in the series.

On October 29, 2013, ERB's "Darth Vader vs. Hitler" became one of its singles to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States. It also spawned two more rap battles ("Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking" and "Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney") that were certified as Gold singles by the RIAA in October 29, 2013 and July 3, 2013, respectively.[3]

History and development[edit]

The idea for historical figures rapping against each other was conceived by Ahlquist, who gave the idea to Shukoff as an improvised show, which was titled "Check OneTwo"; as the two worked on improvisation skits, along with Zach Sherwin, who has appeared on the series.[1] They were met with lots of difficulty at first and decided that it would fare much better as a YouTube series than an improv show. The first three rap battles were each shot on a $50 budget.[4] On September 26, 2010, the first rap battle was uploaded to YouTube, featuring Shukoff as John Lennon and Ahlquist as Bill O'Reilly.[5]

Before the web series even existed on YouTube, Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD recorded the very first song, which was a battle between Child's Play antagonist Chucky and actor Michael J. Fox.[6] The song was freestyle and poorly made; as a result, it was not released to the public. Instead, Shukoff and Ahlquist recorded their first official song for the first episode "John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly".

The 15th episode, called "The Final Battle", marked the end of the first season. Epic Rap Battles of History later returned on December 8, 2011, hosted on their new channel (moving from NicePeter's personal channel), ERB, with behind-the-scenes videos on their second channel, ERB2.[7] Nice Peter and Maker Studios also created the official website for the series,[8] where fans could vote on winners for each video, and read short comical first-person biographies by each character.

On September 27, 2012, following a four-month pause after the "Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates" episode, a video was released on the series' YouTube channel where EpicLLOYD (voicing to an animation of Theodore Roosevelt) announced that new episodes would be released every two weeks until the Christmas holidays,[9] starting with the 22nd episode "Frank Sinatra vs. Freddie Mercury" (aired on October 1, 2012).[10] "Moses vs. Santa Claus", aired on December 10, 2012, was the last battle before taking a break for the holidays.[11]

On February 17, 2013, Epic Rap Battles of History was nominated for five Streamy Awards, winning four of them.[12] Shukoff and Ahlquist also performed part of the "Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates" battle live.

On September 9, 2013, ERB uploaded a trailer video on their channel announcing that Epic Rap Battles of History would return on October 7, 2013 for a third season.[13][14] On October 14, ERB released a second video with EpicLLOYD voicing Theodore Roosevelt, who announced the upcoming season's schedule.[15] The third season went on hiatus after the release of "Donald Trump vs. Ebenezer Scrooge" on December 19, 2013. In March 2014, an episode of Nice Peter's weekly show The Monday Show, published on March 11, and a third announcement video of Epic Rap Battles of History News, published on March 18, confirmed that Season 3 would continue on May 5, 2014. "Weird" Al Yankovic, Smosh, and Rhett and Link were also confirmed as guest appearances.[16] The third season concluded with the release of "Artists vs. TMNT" on July 14, 2014.

On September 30, 2014, a teaser video for the fourth season of Epic Rap Battles of History, featuring the Ghostbusters and MythBusters, was released; the series returned on November 10, 2014.[17]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Peter "Nice Peter" Shukoff
Season Characters
1 John Lennon, Darth Vader, Abraham Lincoln, Lady Gaga, Hulk Hogan, Ludwig van Beethoven, Stephen Hawking, Easter Bunny, Napoleon Dynamite, Vince Offer, Albus Dumbledore, The Cat in the Hat, Mr. Rogers, Christopher Columbus, Himself
2 Darth Vader, Master Chief, Luigi, Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs, HAL 9000 (voice), Freddie Mercury, Abraham Lincoln, Tenth Doctor, Batman, Santa Claus, Nikola Tesla (voice), Lance Armstrong, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Grigori Rasputin, Vladimir Lenin, Vladimir Putin
3 Darth Vader, Blackbeard, Bob Ross, Donald Trump, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Rick Grimes, Bill Nye, George Washington, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (voices)
4 Jamie Hyneman, Romeo, Zeus (voice), Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay
Lloyd "EpicLLOYD" Ahlquist
Season Characters
1 Bill O'Reilly, Adolf Hitler, Chuck Norris, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Benjamin Franklin, Gandalf, Thing 1 and Thing 2, James T. Kirk, Himself
2 Adolf Hitler, Leonidas I (voice), Mario, Elvis Presley, Bill Gates, Frank Sinatra, Mitt Romney, Clint Eastwood, Robin, Christmas Elves, Adam, Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth, Skrillex, Joseph Stalin, Mikhail Gorbachev
3 Adolf Hitler, Al Capone, Pablo Picasso, J. P. Morgan, Walter White, Superman, William Wallace, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (voices and portrayals)
4 Adam Savage, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (voice), Clyde Barrow, Thor (voice), Hannibal Lecter, Alfred Hitchcock

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor/actress Characters
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Zach Sherwin Albert Einstein Doc Brown, Sherlock Holmes Ebenezer Scrooge, Stephen King Egon Spengler
George Watsky William Shakespeare Fourth Doctor Edgar Allan Poe
DeStorm Power Mr. T Kanye West
Rhett and Link Wilbur and Orville Wright Donatello di Niccolo and Leonardo da Vinci
Keegan-Michael Key Mahatma Gandhi Michael Jordan
Jordan Peele Martin Luther King, Jr. Muhammad Ali
Ray William Johnson Boba Fett (voice), Goku

Guest appearances[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2010–2011)[edit]

All first season videos were uploaded onto Shukoff's channel, NicePeter.

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Title Running time Original airdate Link
1 1 "John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly" 1:37 September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26) [1]
Musician, liberal activist, and former member of the Beatles, John Lennon (Nice Peter), battles against conservative FOX News reporter Bill O'Reilly (EpicLLOYD).
2 2 "Darth Vader vs. Hitler" 1:41 November 10, 2010 (2010-11-10) [2]
Star Wars antagonist Darth Vader (Nice Peter) battles against Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler (EpicLLOYD). The battle ends with Hitler imprisoned in carbonite by Darth Vader.
3 3 "Abe Lincoln vs. Chuck Norris" 2:08 December 8, 2010 (2010-12-08) [3]
The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln (Nice Peter), battles against actor and martial artist Chuck Norris (EpicLLOYD).
4 4 "Sarah Palin vs. Lady Gaga" 2:26 January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11) [4]

Republican politician Sarah Palin (Lisa Nova) battles against pop star Lady Gaga (Nice Peter).

Cameo appearances: EpicLLOYD as 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
5 5 "Hulk Hogan and Macho Man vs. Kim Jong-il" 2:39 February 2, 2011 (2011-02-02) [5]

Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (Nice Peter) battles against Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il (Tim DeLaGhetto). After the third verse, Kim Jong-il shoots Hulk Hogan with a rocket-propelled grenade disabling him from continuing; fellow professional wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage (EpicLLOYD) joins in and finishes the battle.

Note: Following Macho Man's death on May 20, 2011, Nice Peter added a special annotation for Macho Man in the video.
6 6 "Justin Bieber vs. Beethoven" 2:29 March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02) [6]

Classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven (Nice Peter) battles against pop singer Justin Bieber (Alex Farnham).

Cameo appearances: EpicLLOYD as Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
7 7 "Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking" 2:36 March 30, 2011 (2011-03-30) [7]

Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (Zach Sherwin) battles against fellow theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Nice Peter).

Cameo appearances: EpicLLOYD as astrophysicist Carl Sagan.
8 8 "Genghis Khan vs. Easter Bunny" 1:57 April 20, 2011 (2011-04-20) [8]

Mongolian Emperor Genghis Khan (EpicLLOYD) battles against the holiday mascot of Easter, the Easter Bunny (Nice Peter).

Cameo appearances: Aaron Zaragoza as Jesus Christ, Dante Cimadamore as Jesus Quintana from The Big Lebowski, Kurt as a bystander named in the credits as 'A Man Named Jesus', and Jon Na as Genghis Khan's descendants.
9 9 "Napoleon vs. Napoleon" 2:19 May 18, 2011 (2011-05-18) [9]
French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (EpicLLOYD) battles against Napoleon Dynamite (Nice Peter), the main character from the film of the same name.
10 10 "Ben Franklin vs. Billy Mays" 2:31 June 23, 2011 (2011-06-23) [10]

United States Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin (EpicLLOYD), battles against TV salesman Billy Mays (Colin J. Sweeney). After the third verse, Mays suffers a fatal heart attack (a reference to his real-life death). Fellow TV salesman Vince Offer (Nice Peter) appears and finishes the battle.

Cameo appearances: Pat McIntyre as fellow United States Founding Father and the first President of the United States, George Washington.
11 11 "Gandalf vs. Dumbledore" 2:10 July 14, 2011 (2011-07-14) [11]

The Lord of the Rings character Gandalf (EpicLLOYD) battles against Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore (Nice Peter).

Cameo appearances: Pat McIntyre as Harry Potter character Gilderoy Lockhart.
12 12 "Dr. Seuss vs. Shakespeare" 2:51 August 17, 2011 (2011-08-17) [12]

Children's book writer Dr. Seuss (Mickey Meyer) battles against playwright William Shakespeare (George Watsky).

Note: The battle is unique because Dr. Seuss does not speak at all (a reference to the fact that he had throat cancer and was publicly mute). Instead, he summons his characters to participate in the battle, in which The Cat in the Hat (Nice Peter), titular character of the book of the same name, comes in the second verse, and Thing One and Thing Two (EpicLLOYD), another two characters from the book The Cat in the Hat, finishes in the fourth verse.
13 13 "Mr. T vs. Mr. Rogers" 2:11 September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14) [13]

Actor Mr. T (DeStorm Power) battles against children's show host Mr. Rogers (Nice Peter).

Cameo appearances: EpicLLOYD as Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, as well as John "Hannibal" Smith, H. M. Murdock and Templeton "Faceman" Peck from The A-Team.
14 14 "Columbus vs. Captain Kirk" 2:28 October 10, 2011 (2011-10-10) [14]

Explorer Christopher Columbus (Nice Peter) battles against Star Trek character James T. Kirk (EpicLLOYD).

Cameo appearances: Omar Gharaibeh and Jon Na as Star Trek characters Spock and Hikaru Sulu respectively and Mary Gutfleisch as an unnamed 'Hot Alien' who is wooed by Kirk.
15 15 "The Final Battle: Nice Peter vs. EpicLLOYD" 2:50 November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16) [15]

The creators of Epic Rap Battles of History, Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD, battle against each other as fictionalized versions of their real-life personas. The battle ends with KassemG intervening, leading to the announcement of season 2.

Cameo appearances: Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD appear as various characters they have played in season one.

Season 2 (2011–2013)[edit]

From the second season onwards, the battles were moved to their own YouTube channel: ERB.

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16 1 "Hitler vs. Vader 2" 2:42 December 8, 2011 (2011-12-08) [16]

Darth Vader (Nice Peter) thaws out Adolf Hitler (EpicLLOYD) after freezing him in carbonite in season 1, before challenging him to a second battle. The battle ends with Adolf Hitler being dropped into a rancor pit.

Cameo appearances: Nice Peter as theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (another character returning from season one), Morgan Cristensen as a Stormtrooper from Star Wars and Verona Blue as Boushh the Bounty Hunter.
17 2 "Master Chief vs. Leonidas" 2:12 January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31) [17]

Halo Spartan-II protagonist Master Chief (Nice Peter) battles against Spartan King, Leonidas I (Jesse Wellens, voiced by EpicLLOYD).

Cameo appearances: Jeana as Leonidas's wife, Gorgo; EpicLLOYD as his son, Pleistarchus (credited as Six Year Old Son); and Gabe Michael and Dante Cimadamore as Spartans.
18 3 "Mario Bros. vs. Wright Bros." 1:46 February 16, 2012 (2012-02-16) [18]

Super Mario Bros. protagonists Mario (EpicLLOYD) and Luigi (Nice Peter) battle against Wilbur and Orville Wright (Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal), inventors of the first successful airplane.

Cameo appearances: Ceciley Jenkins as Super Mario character Princess Peach.
19 4 "Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley" 2:17 April 2, 2012 (2012-04-02) [19]

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson (Bentley Green as child, Nice Peter as adult), battles against the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley (EpicLLOYD).

Cameo appearances: Bentley Green as The Facts of Life character Tootie Ramsey.
20 5 "Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe" 1:46 May 7, 2012 (2012-05-07) [20]

Actress, model and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (Kimmy Gatewood) battles against the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra VII (Angela Trimbur).

Cameo appearances: KassemG as himself, EpicLLOYD as actor Marlon Brando and Nice Peter as 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.
21 6 "Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates" 2:48 June 14, 2012 (2012-06-14) [21]
The Chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates (EpicLLOYD), battles against the CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs (Nice Peter). During the battle, Steve Jobs leaves to "turn heaven a profit" (a reference to his real-life death) and HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (voiced by Nice Peter) finishes the battle as a third-party.
22 7 "Frank Sinatra vs. Freddie Mercury" 2:12 October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01) [22]

Traditional pop singer Frank Sinatra (EpicLLOYD) battles against Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (Nice Peter).

Cameo appearances: Tay Zonday as musician Sammy Davis, Jr..
23 8 "Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney" 3:30 October 15, 2012 (2012-10-15) [23]
The candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election face off in a rap battle. Republican candidate Mitt Romney (EpicLLOYD) battles against Democratic candidate and current President of the United States, Barack Obama (Iman Crosson). In the final verse, former American president Abraham Lincoln (Nice Peter) returns from episode 3, to battle both candidates.
24 9 "Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who" 2:23 October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29) [24]

Back to the Future character Doc Brown (Zach Sherwin) battles against Doctor Who protagonist The Doctor (Nice Peter as the Tenth Doctor and George Watsky as the Fourth Doctor).

Cameo appearances: EpicLLOYD as Back to the Future protagonist Marty McFly, and Dante Cimadamore as a Dalek from Doctor Who.
25 10 "Clint Eastwood vs. Bruce Lee" 1:50 November 12, 2012 (2012-11-12) [25]

Actor and martial artist Bruce Lee (Mike Diva) battles against actor and director Clint Eastwood (portrayed as his character Man with No Name from the Dollars trilogy) (EpicLLOYD).

Cameo appearances: Nice Peter as an unnamed 'Mustached Cowboy' who is gunned down by Clint Eastwood, and Xin Wuku as an unnamed 'Urban Ninja' who is defeated by Bruce Lee.
26 11 "Batman vs. Sherlock Holmes" 2:49 November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27) [26]
Fictional detective Sherlock Holmes (Zach Sherwin), battles against comic book hero Batman (Nice Peter). The characters' respective sidekicks, Dr. Watson (Kyle Mooney) and Robin (EpicLLOYD), also participate in the battle.
27 12 "Moses vs. Santa Claus" 2:20 December 10, 2012 (2012-12-10) [27]

Jewish prophet Moses (special guest star Snoop Dogg[19]) battles against the modern personification of Christmas, Santa Claus (Nice Peter). Christmas Elves (EpicLLOYD) join Santa Claus during his second verse.

Cameo appearances: Elena Diaz and Monica Weitzel as Moses' Honeys.
28 13 "Adam vs. Eve" 2:04 February 11, 2013 (2013-02-11) [28]

First man Adam (EpicLLOYD) battles against first woman Eve (Jenna Marbles). The battle ends abruptly when Adam accuses Eve of "acting like a colossal bitch" and the two apologize to each other.

Note: Due to the fact that EpicLLOYD and Jenna Marbles are wearing underwear made of leaves and the strong language, this video was briefly age-gated on YouTube to registered users above 18, later the age limit was removed and is currently viewable to everyone.

Cameo appearances: Nice Peter as Adam's "friend" Steve.
29 14 "Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr." 1:39 February 25, 2013 (2013-02-25) [29]

Leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jordan Peele), battles against Mahatma Gandhi (Keegan-Michael Key), leader of Indian nationalism. After the initial verses, crowds gather around them before they hug and act like they make up, only to rap while embracing each other.

Cameo appearances: Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD appear each briefly in the respective crowds, credit as 'White Preachers'.
Nikki Jenkins, Davina Friedlander, Ifechukude Nwadiwe, Rique Castilloveitia, Nic Parris, Clarence L. Gaines IV, Jose Mendoza and Donnie McMillin as members of the Civil Rights March.
Jose Molina, Dante Cimadamore, Rafael Serrano, Abisai Flores, Brian Fisher and Atul Singh as members of the Indian Rights March.
30 15 "Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison" 2:04 March 11, 2013 (2013-03-11) [30]
American inventor of the first successful lightbulb, Thomas Edison (EpicLLOYD) battles against Serbian electrical engineer Nikola Tesla (portrayed by Dante Cimadamore, voiced by Dante and Nice Peter).
31 16 "Babe Ruth vs. Lance Armstrong" 2:07 March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25) [31]
Professional baseball player Babe Ruth (EpicLLOYD) battles against former professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong (Nice Peter).
32 17 "Mozart vs. Skrillex" 2:09 April 8, 2013 (2013-04-08) [32]
18th century classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Nice Peter) battles against electronic musician Skrillex (EpicLLOYD).
33 18 "Rasputin vs. Stalin" 3:38 April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22) [33]

Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin (Nice Peter) battles against Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin (EpicLLOYD). Communist leader Vladimir Lenin (Nice Peter), Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev (EpicLLOYD), and current Russian president Vladimir Putin (Nice Peter) also participate in the battle.

Cameo appearances: Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg as Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Season 3 (2013–2014)[edit]

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34 1 "Hitler vs. Vader 3" 2:38 October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) [34]

Adolf Hitler (EpicLLOYD) escapes from the rancor pit and challenges Darth Vader (Nice Peter) for another rematch. At one point, Star Wars character Boba Fett (voiced by Ray William Johnson and played by Atul Singh and Brian Neunhoffer) joins in for Darth Vader, but is shot by Hitler. The battle ends with Hitler getting sliced in half by Darth Vader's lightsaber.[20]

Note: This episode concludes the battle trilogy between Adolf Hitler and Darth Vader. This episode was temporarily removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim from Sevastian Belooussov.

Cameo appearances: Nice Peter as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Hawking, and KassemG as Star Wars character Lando Calrissian.
35 2 "Blackbeard vs. Al Capone" 2:39 October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) [35]

English pirate Blackbeard (Nice Peter) battles against American gangster Al Capone (EpicLLOYD).[21]

Note: This episode is sponsored by the video game franchise Assassin's Creed to promote its game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

Cameo appearances: Xin Wuku as Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag protagonist Edward Kenway. Bryce Wissel, Shaun Lewin and Donnie Davis as pirates. Shaun Lewin, Yev Belilovskiy and Dante Cimadamore as gangsters.
36 3 "Miley Cyrus vs. Joan of Arc" 2:25 November 4, 2013 (2013-11-04) [36]

Singer and actress Miley Cyrus (Michelle Glavan) battles against French folk heroine Joan of Arc (Jessi Smiles).[5]

Cameo appearances: Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD as Hannah Montana characters Miley Stewart and Lilly Truscott, respectively.
37 4 "Bob Ross vs. Pablo Picasso" 2:06 November 18, 2013 (2013-11-18) [37]
American painter Bob Ross (Nice Peter), the host of The Joy of Painting, battles against Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (EpicLLOYD), known for painting Guernica.[22]
38 5 "Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali" 2:36 December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03) [38]

Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali (Jordan Peele) battles against former NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (Keegan-Michael Key).[23]

Note: This is the first episode in which neither Nice Peter nor EpicLLOYD make an appearance of any kind. This episode released one day later than originally scheduled on December 2, due to technical difficulties.
39 6 "Donald Trump vs. Ebenezer Scrooge" 3:26 December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19) [39]

American business magnate Donald Trump (Nice Peter) battles against Ebenezer Scrooge (Zach Sherwin), the main character of Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol. After Trump leaves, the Ghost of Christmas Past in the form of banker J. P. Morgan (EpicLLOYD), the Ghost of Christmas Present in the form of rapper Kanye West (DeStorm Power) and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in his original form (Nice Peter) each appear and face off with Scrooge.

Note: This episode was originally scheduled on December 16.[24]

Cameo appearances: Kai and Naya Berman as Ignorance and Want (credited as Children Ghosts) from A Christmas Carol.
40 7 "Rick Grimes vs. Walter White" 2:17 May 5, 2014 (May 5, 2014) [40]

Breaking Bad protagonist Walter White (EpicLLOYD) battles against The Walking Dead protagonist Rick Grimes (Nice Peter).[25][26]

Cameo appearances: Amy Bury, Neil Blan, Ray Timmons and Tom Walsh as Zombies.
41 8 "Goku vs. Superman" 1:48 May 19, 2014 (May 19, 2014) [41]

Comic book superhero Superman (EpicLLOYD) battles against Dragon Ball protagonist Goku (Ray William Johnson).[27]

Cameo appearances: Nice Peter as Superman character Jimmy Olsen and Dragon Ball character Krillin.
42 9 "Stephen King vs. Edgar Allan Poe" 2:27 June 2, 2014 (June 2, 2014) [42]
19th century poet and horror author Edgar Allan Poe (George Watsky) battles against author Stephen King (Zach Sherwin).[28]
43 10 "Sir Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye" 2:47 June 16, 2014 (June 16, 2014) [43]

American scientist Bill Nye (Nice Peter) battles against English physicist Sir Isaac Newton ("Weird Al" Yankovic). After Newton finishes his second verse, American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (Chali 2na) steps in and performs the last verse.[29]

Cameo appearances: EpicLLOYD as Carl Sagan, who previously appeared in season 1.
44 11 "George Washington vs. William Wallace" 2:32 June 30, 2014 (June 30, 2014) [44]

Scottish revolutionary William Wallace (EpicLLOYD) battles against the first President of the United States, George Washington (Nice Peter).[30]

Cameo appearances: Jack Zullo, Mike Elder and Jeff MacKinnon as Americans; Reynaldo Garnica, Seth Brown and Joey Greer as Scotsmen.
45 12 "Artists vs. TMNT" 2:14 July 14, 2014 (July 14, 2014) [45]

Renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci (Link Neal), Donatello di Niccolo (Rhett McLaughlin), Michelangelo Buonarroti (Ian Hecox) and Raphael Sanzio da Urbino (Anthony Padilla) battle against Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles protagonists Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo (voiced by Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD, all portrayed by EpicLLOYD).[31]

Cameo appearances: Xin Wuku as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' stunt doubles.

Season 4 (2014–present)[edit]

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46 1 "Ghostbusters vs. Mythbusters" 2:27 November 10, 2014 (2014-11-10) [46]

MythBusters hosts Jamie Hyneman (Nice Peter) and Adam Savage (EpicLLOYD) battle against Ghostbusters characters Peter Venkman (Chris Gorbos), Ray Stantz (Mark Douglas), Egon Spengler (Zach Sherwin) and Winston Zeddemore (Walter Downing). The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters (voiced by EpicLLOYD; portrayed by Taylor Cu) and the former MythBusters "Build Team", consisting of Tory Belleci (Chris Alvarado), Kari Byron (Mary Gutfleisch) and Grant Imahara (KRNFX), also join the battle.[32]

Cameo appearances: Brooke "Dodger" Leigh Lawson as Ghostbusters character Janine Melnitz.
47 2 "Romeo and Juliet vs. Bonnie and Clyde" 3:06 November 17, 2014 (2014-11-17) [47]
The titular characters of William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet (Nice Peter and Grace Helbig) battle against American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow (Hannah Hart and EpicLLOYD).[33]
48 3 "Zeus vs. Thor" 3:01 November 24, 2014 (2014-11-24) [48]

The god of thunder and King of the Gods in Greek mythology, Zeus (voiced by Nice Peter), battles against the Norse god of thunder Thor (voiced by EpicLLOYD).[34][35]

Note: The video was filmed using stop motion animation with Lego minifigures by Forrest Whaley, Sean Willets and Zach Macias.
49 4 "Jack the Ripper vs. Hannibal Lecter" 3:05 December 1, 2014 (2014-12-01) [49]

Fictional serial killer and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter (EpicLLOYD) battles against the unidentified Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper (Dan Bull).[36][37]

Cameo appearances: David Thornhill Jr. as Hannibal Lecter character Barney Matthews.
50 5 "Oprah vs. Ellen" 2:48 December 8, 2014 (2014-12-08) [50]

Talk show host, actress, and media proprietor Oprah Winfrey (November Christine) battles against fellow talk show host, actress, and comedian Ellen DeGeneres (Lauren Flans).[38][39]

Cameo appearances: Atul Singh as businessman and Oprah Winfrey's partner Stedman Graham and EpicLLOYD as television host Dr. Phil.
51 6 "Steven Spielberg vs. Alfred Hitchcock" 3:59 December 15, 2014 (2014-12-15) [51]
Contemporary film director Steven Spielberg (Nice Peter) battles against classical film director Alfred Hitchcock (EpicLLOYD). The two are later joined by film directors Quentin Tarantino (Wax), Stanley Kubrick (Ruggles Outbound, credited as "The Ghost of Stanley Kubrick"[18]), and Michael Bay (Nice Peter).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for Epic Rap Battles of History
Year Award Show Category Result Recipient(s)
2013 3rd Streamy Awards Best Writing: Comedy Nominated Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist
Best Online Musician Won Peter Shukoff
Best Original Song Won Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist ("Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates")
Best Music Series Won Epic Rap Battles of History
Best Use of Fashion & Design Won Mary Gutfleisch
1st YouTube Music Awards Video of the Year[40] Nominated "Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney"
Artist of the Year[40] Nominated Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist
2014 4th Streamy Awards Best Writing Won Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist, Zach Sherwin, Dante Cimadamore, Mike Betette
Music Video Won "Goku vs. Superman"
Costume Design Won Sulai Lopez
Editing Nominated Andrew Sherman, Ryan Moulton, Daniel Turcan, Peter Shukoff
Collaboration Nominated Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist, Snoop Dogg ("Moses vs. Santa Claus")

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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