The BEST episodes of Deadliest Warrior

Every episode of Deadliest Warrior ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Deadliest Warrior!

Each week on Deadliest Warrior, a new episode will pit two of the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against each other. Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, each episode enlists warrior-specific world-class fighters and experts to provide insight into what makes these combatants tick, analyzing every facet of their unique skills of destruction, culminating in a head-to-head final fight between two legends of the battlefield that will produce the deadliest warrior.

Last Updated: 10/10/2023Network: SpikeStatus: Ended
Aztec Jaguar vs. Zande Warrior
104 votes

#1 - Aztec Jaguar vs. Zande Warrior

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/11/2010

The Aztec Jaguar takes on the Zande Warrior in a battle that brings some of the fiercest weapons yet.

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Vampires vs. Zombies
87 votes

#2 - Vampires vs. Zombies

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/14/2011

Vampires are undead creatures that sustain their existence on the blood of living humans vs.Zombies, the living dead, deceased humans that have been given unnatural life to return from the grave.

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Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu
126 votes

#3 - Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/29/2010

The Transylvanian butcher who was the inspiration for the legendary Count Dracula faces China's deadly warlord and master strategist.

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French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas
16 votes

#4 - French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/14/2011

The French Foreign Legion, the elite army of real-life expendibles who France sends to do its dirty work vs. the Gurkhas, the fearless mountain assassins who take on the British Empire's most dangerous missions.

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Teddy Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia
15 votes

#5 - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Lawrence of Arabia

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/24/2011

Lawrence of Arabia, the fearless British Officer who brought down a mighty empire, faces off against Teddy Roosevelt, the brash and brawny U.S. Army Colonel who overthrew Spanish tyrants in Cuba...

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Somali Pirates vs. Medellin Cartel
123 votes

#6 - Somali Pirates vs. Medellin Cartel

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/8/2010

Somali Pirates, modern-day, RPG-blasting hijackers of the high seas battle the Medellin Cartel, Colombia's most notorious drug lords. In this extraordinary matchup, these two brutal crime gangs will face off with machine guns, machetes and stunningly explosive car bombs.

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Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa
14 votes

#7 - Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/7/2011

Crazy Horse, the fierce Lakota warrior of the 1870's whose brilliant battle plans and fearless offensives annihilated General Custer at Little Big Horn vs Pancho Villa, The Mexican revolutionary whose guerrilla army destroyed corrupt dictators in the early 20th century and then invaded the United States.

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Roman Centurion vs. Rajput
153 votes

#8 - Roman Centurion vs. Rajput

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/25/2010

Worlds collide when a Centurion, commander of Rome's bone-crushing army, takes on a Rajput, India's greatest fighter. In a fight to the finish, these two warriors face off using a chest-splitting javelin, a snake-like coiled sword, and a relentless battle-tank.

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Green Beret vs Spetsnaz
129 votes

#9 - Green Beret vs Spetsnaz

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/12/2009

Green Beret - America's elite special force, versus Spetsnaz - Russia's top-secret, top-notch commandos. Trained to kill anyone, any when, anywhere - these super soldiers use a devastating array of weapons and tactics. It's the best of the west against the beast from the east in a post cold war showdown.

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Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernan Cortes
17 votes

#10 - Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernan Cortes

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/31/2011

Ivan the Terrible, Russia's sadistic 16th Century tsar whose murderous, mounted death squads built Europe's largest empire of its time vs. Hernán Cortés, the brutal Spanish explorer whose conquistadors conquered the largest empire in North America of the 16th Century.

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Nazi SS vs. Viet Cong
153 votes

#11 - Nazi SS vs. Viet Cong

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/18/2010

The Nazi SS, Adolf Hitler's homicidal shock troops of WW II , battle the Viet Cong, the murderous masters of jungle warfare. Two of the most lethal foes ever faced by American GIs square off in a bloody showdown using machine guns, flesh-burning flamethrowers, and flying poison spikes.

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Attila the Hun vs. Alexander the Great
156 votes

#12 - Attila the Hun vs. Alexander the Great

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/27/2010

Attila the Hun, the barbarian horseman who terrorized Europe, battles Alexander the Great, history's greatest military tactician.

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IRA vs Taliban
102 votes

#13 - IRA vs Taliban

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/31/2009

Two groups whose disregard for civilian casualties in the pursuit of their own agendas have made them infamous. IRA - the urban guerrilla from Ireland versus the Taliban mountain fighters from Afghanistan.

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Spartan vs Ninja
145 votes

#14 - Spartan vs Ninja

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/21/2009

Spartan vs Ninja - the ultimate bronze age warrior meets the silent assassin from Japan.

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Persian Immortal vs. Celt
124 votes

#15 - Persian Immortal vs. Celt

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/15/2010

A Persian Immortal, the professional killer that drove a 6th century BC war machine, battles a Celt, the giant Iron Age European clansman. Horse-drawn chariots rush to a deadly showdown with brutal sword beat-downs, spears, clubs and battle-axes.

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Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror
46 votes

#16 - Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/27/2011

Deadliest Warrior finally has its first co-ed matchup when Joan of Arc squares off against William the Conqueror.

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Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal
46 votes

#17 - Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/10/2011

Genghis Khan, Asia's cold-blooded world conqueror, and Hannibal, the brutal annihilator of the Roman Empire, face off to the death in a battle between two warriors who wrote the book on ancient combat.

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SWAT vs. GSG-9
187 votes

#18 - SWAT vs. GSG-9

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/20/2010

An epic match-up featuring SWAT, the elite special forces of U.S. law enforcement, against Germany's GSG-9, the ultra-secretive paramilitary arm of the German Police. Utilizing sniper rifles, shot guns and paralyzing stun tools two of the world's toughest police forces will go head-to-head in an historic, never-before-seen firefight to the death.

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Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot
47 votes

#19 - Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/17/2011

Chemical assassin and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein goes head-to-head with Cambodian communist leader Pol Pot, whose Khmer Rouge troops filled Cambodia's killing fields with millions of innocent victims.

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U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Forces
55 votes

#20 - U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Forces

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/3/2011

A special live episode of Deadliest Warrior boasting the first ever “anticipatory” match, staging the battle between the U.S. Army Rangers and the North Korean Special Operations Forces along the Korean Peninsula as a “possible World War III” scenario.

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Navy Seal vs. Israeli Commando
128 votes

#21 - Navy Seal vs. Israeli Commando

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 7/27/2010

The cunning American killers of both land and sea matches their skills with Israel's covert assassins.

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Jesse James vs. Al Capone
135 votes

#22 - Jesse James vs. Al Capone

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/4/2010

Separated by 52 years and a generation of firepower technology, the Civil War-hardened Jesse James Gang is taking on the Tommy Gun-wielding "businessmen" from Chicago, Al Capone's Gang.

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Yakuza vs Mafia
166 votes

#23 - Yakuza vs Mafia

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/5/2009

Mafia - the deadly crime family that rule New York's 1920's underworld, versus Yakuza - feared gang lords that dominate the mean streets of 1940's Tokyo. Their bloody turf war to decide who is deadliest will be settled with machine guns, sawed off shotguns, pistols, bats, nunchukus and icepicks.

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William Wallace vs Shaka Zulu
125 votes

#24 - William Wallace vs Shaka Zulu

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/26/2009

Both fight for revenge. Both built an army to spill the blood of their enemies. Deadliest Warrior gets personal with a battle between two of the greatest warrior-generals that ever lived. William Wallace - claymore wielding wild man from Scotland versus Shaka Zulu whose ferocity, speed and toughness became legend.

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Shaolin Monk vs Maori
132 votes

#25 - Shaolin Monk vs Maori

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/19/2009

One fights for perfection; the other to honor his ancestors. A Shaolin Monk - the ultimate pacifist killing machine from China versus a Maori - fierce, bone-crushing warrior from New Zealand. Steel whips, metal spikes and wickedly versatile hooks versus wood, shark teeth, stingray spines and stone. The hardest weapon on the battlefield is not made of steel.

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