Ash Ketchum vs Charles Darwin is the sixty-sixth installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the eighth episode of Season 5. It features the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime and aspiring Pokémon Master, Ash Ketchum, and the discoverer of natural selection and other mechanisms of biological evolution, Charles Darwin. It was released on November 14th, 2016.
'Cause you said it: the measurement of worth is a friendship,
And my Pokédex has more entries than your friends list!
I'm a trainer, a battler, a capturer, a master!
The physical appearance of our fitness doesn't matter!
It's the bonds we share that build the strength we can bear,
And you have about as much as your head has hair!
So I don't need to evolve; my team is strong the way we are!
Every single diss you throw at me, I'm gonna catch 'em all!
Pika, use a sick bar as your finishing move!
Missed! I didn't even flinch!
Tell me how imaginary creatures are stronger than my finch!
Electric's super effective! You know we won't be losing
To a dude who watched a monkey poop and called it evolution!
You claim to conquer monsters, but your heart is so delicate!
Your mom asked me to revoke your gym membership!
Your heart fainted! You can't revive it to attack us!
You could use a gym; this 'aint survival of the fattest!
What's a life of learning to a boy who's never grown?
Like the first movie, you're forever froze in an Everstone!
You forgot something in the mortal words of your journal!
The world of my journey and dreams is eternal!
I've been catching critters before you were a Squirtle in your daddy's Poké Balls!
I'm sailing the championship that you never won,
You little grunt! You're soft like a Jigglypuff!
You got no Game, Boy, so you better choose quick!
Your glorified dogfights just make my heart sick!
I'd say you're an even worse trainer than Michael Vick!
My six balls are a lady's dream team!
Yo, ummm, just in case you didn't know,
This dude spent five years with seamen, studying homos!
You're bugging; it's the old man glitch disease!
This is the first battle to feature moving subtitles, as the lyrics "doesn't seem like a fight" are translated down the screen as the camera moves around Ash Ketchum.
The special guest writers, Mat4yo and Cam Greely, have previously been involved in fanmade versions of this battle, including Greely's own Professor Oak vs. Charles Darwin in his VideoGameRapBattles series.
This is the fifth battle to include animated characters.
This is also the first one to include hand-drawn animated characters.
The instrumental, especially during the intro, bears a similarity to the original theme song of the Pokémon anime.
In Ash Ketchum's title card, the way he raises his head is similar to the intro of the Pokémon anime.
In Charles Darwin's title card, he uses a pair of forceps to pick meat out of a turtle's shell and taste it. This is a reference to Darwin's habit of eating the animals he used for examination.
During the lines, "Got the highest speed stat, drop raps lightning fast, open my pockets and go (Charizard!) on your ass!", Ketchum performs the same moves that he occasionally does when he uses a Poké Ball in the anime series.
During the line, "In this ecosystem, I'm the dominant species!", Ketchum raises his arms in a way that could mirror the standard stance of Mankey, a Pokémon that is based on a monkey.
Darwin greeting Ketchum to a new world as well as his stance during the line, "Hello there. Welcome to a world called Earth," mirrors Professor Oak's introduction speech to the player at the very beginning of the first Pokémon games.
During Darwin's lines, "I'm a masterful naturalist! What I've glimpsed will outclass all the crap on your laughable list!", he is surrounded by dark gray flames which are similar to the Mega Evolution flames in some of the newer Pokémon video games.
During Darwin's line, "You measure your worth by the sales of your merch!", a tone of the Pokémon Trainer battle soundtrack from both the game and the anime could be heard.
During the line, "You think I'm impressed by your boat trip? Please!", the background is reminiscent of how an intro to a Gym Leader fight in Pokémon is.
The end of the video plays chiptune, or 8-bit music, to reference the original Pokémon video games.
This is not included in the iTunes version of the battle.
This tune is the hook of Wale's "90210", which is a chiptune sample of Lupe Fiasco's "Hip-Hop Saved My Life".
During the line, "You got candy raps: Reese's Pieces!", Ketchum can be seen throwing what appears to be a Great Ball, but as soon as it leaves his hand, it turns into a regular Poké Ball.