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John Wick vs John Rambo vs John McClane
John Wick vs John Rambo vs John McClane
Battle information
Release date December 18, 2021
Number 85
Views 11M
Length 4:25
Previous Jeff Bezos vs Mansa Musa
Next Lara Croft vs Indiana Jones
Beat Information
Beat(s) Battle Cry
BPM 90
Beat producer(s) 2Deep and Nice Peter
Other information
Actors Nice Peter
Zach Sherwin
Josh Best
Rappers John McClane in BattleJohn Wick in BattleJohn Rambo in Battle
Cameos Sam Trautman
Location(s) An under construction warehouse
Nakatomi Plaza
A Vietnamese jungle

John Wick vs John Rambo vs John McClane is the eighty-fifth installment of Epic Rap Battles of History, and the third episode of Season 7. It features the titular hitman protagonist of the John Wick movie series, John Wick, the titular soldier protagonist of the Rambo movie series, John Rambo, and the cop protagonist of the Die Hard movie series, John McClane, rapping against each other in the first official three way battle. It was released on December 18th, 2021.



Zach Sherwin as John Wick

Nice Peter as John Rambo

EpicLLOYD as John McClane


Josh Best as Sam Trautman


[Note: John McClane is in blue, John Wick is in purple, John Rambo is in red and Sam Trautman is in green.]


All right, I guess I'll be the one to draw First Blood.

Or maybe you could draw an audience to see any of your new movies.

Come out to the coast; we'll have a few laughs. Sounds sweet!

But no, I'm stuck here with these two jerkweeds,

About to kick their ass with bare feet! Argyle, drop the beat!

John McClane:

I'll set it off like it’s the top of Nakatomi!

Need a fire hose to swing on you; you're both so below me!

I haven't stopped killing it since Karl's brother, Tony,

And I got your detonators right here, blow me! (Oops!)

Ship your booby traps home, Rambo,

'Cause you'll never take the W without the P and O!

Does your lip hang low? Does it wobble to and fro?

Can you string that shit up on your compound bow?

And lighten up, Wick, with your brooding saga.

How about a little hakuna matata, Baba Yaga?

You got the trousers tapered and the watch, Bucherer,

But your acting falls flatter than the Hans Gruber!

Leave the underground coin game to Mario Brothers.

And John, Bubbe, what the fuck's with the chest butter?

That bandolier looks heavy as shit!

I'm like this prick's ring finger: only need one clip!

C'mon! I been sharp as shattered glass since the late '80s,

And like your late pup, I'll leave you pushing up daisies!

Less is more, boys; that's my advice!

You, less survival knife; you, more survival wife!

John Wick:


I'm gonna need a dinner reservation for two.

John Wick, I'm efficient and lean.

A proficient, professional killing machine!

Underworld overachiever looking dapper as I'm bucking.

Only one of us to go three chapters without sucking.

Between your elevator and the mine where you were trapped,

You're such wieners, I should call you both John Shaft.

I craft rhymes with pencils, then jam 'em in necks,

So I'm not vexed by vets flexing 'roid-injected pecs!

Being excommunicado wasn't more than I could handle,

So I think I can withstand an excremental ex-commando!

And this sad, broken dad-joking popo is no foe

For the hurt-you-oh-so-bad virtuoso!

Ho ho ho to quivers and bows. I'm delivering blows,

And when they land, it won't help to make fists with your toes!

Bitcoin? No. Hitcoin? Certainly.

I'll put you two in tombs, call it cryptocurrency.

Obey your superior like good cops and soldiers.

Raven, Roy, you're done. Over.

John Rambo:

Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don't turn it off!

Unless... it's one of your movies. In which case… I just turn it off! Huh!

When I rip off my shirt and start swinging my stick swords,

I'm hotter than the suicide girls on your switchboards!

My headband's red, but I've got no love for commies!

And no juice was used to produce these armies!

Your High Table rules don't apply to this conflict!

I'll finish you right in the lobby! Mission accomplished!

McClane! South is where your marriage went!

The last tight thing you slid in was an air vent!

They used to say you were a handsome crusader.

Too bad your hairline couldn't be saved by Steve Urkel's neighbor. Oh!

I slip into the jungle, disappear like a ghost,

Then ding! I pop up hot behind ya like toast!

I seek peace, but I'm packing Parabellum.

I was trained to be the very best soldier boy! Tell 'em!

I'll blast an RPG through NYPD's guts!

Simon Says you can PTSDeez nuts!

John McClane:

Jesus Christ, asshole! Whattaya doing?

This is not some Saturday morning cartoon for you to ruin!

John Rambo:

The only thing getting ruined is McClane family Christmas!

All your kids still have "decent dad" on their wishlist!

John McClane:

Whoa! Rambo's droppin' bombs in his flows!

Did your pals in the Taliban help you write those?

John Wick:

Those were mujahideen; there's a difference.

The Taliban formed in the '90s, when you fell off with a vengeance.

John McClane:

Hey! Who the fuck asked you, dog pound?

Why don't you go lock your mouth in a hole in the ground?

John Rambo:

Hole! Lock!! Arghhhhgh!!!

John Wick:

You're both a funeral suit away from presentable.

I'm thinking I'm back, and I'm thinking you're expendable!

John McClane:

You wanna Die Hard? Well, today's a good day!

Let's go, motherfuckers! Yippee-ki-yay!

Scrapped lyrics

John Rambo:

You think stepping on glass hurts, McClane?

Do a few tours in 'nam, then you can't complain!

Go home, little piggy, or get butchered by my knife!

I've already dealt with enough asshole cops in my life!

None of you could fit my shoes that is the power of Rambo!

Even Arnold failed to rip my shtick when he went Commando!

I'm Rocky and roll, best soldier you've ever seen!

My rhymes destroy you faster than an M16!



  • This is the first battle to start as a three-way battle. As such, it is the first battle to feature more than one VS screen during the intro, and it is also the first to have three title cards at the beginning.
    • It is the second battle altogether to have multiple VS screens, after Doc Brown vs Doctor Who. However, unlike that battle, this battle uses multiple VS screens to announce multiple rappers.
  • This is the third longest ERB to date, with a total rapping time of 3:39, being beaten by Harry Potter vs Luke Skywalker by 1 second, and Alexander the Great vs Ivan the Terrible by 8 seconds.
  • This is the fourth battle to have a prologue, after Hitler vs Vader 2, its sequel, and Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD 2.
    • It is the first battle to have a prologue that is not a sequel.
    • It is also the first battle to have a prologue after each rapper's title cards are introduced.
  • During the sponsor segment at the end of Jeff Bezos vs Mansa Musa, a brief preview of Zach Sherwin as John Wick was shown. A preview of John Rambo was also shown in said battle's behind the scenes.
  • This is the sixth battle based on the characters' shared names, after Napoleon vs Napoleon, Artists vs TMNT, Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters, Bruce Banner vs Bruce Jenner, and Wonder Woman vs Stevie Wonder.
  • This is the first battle since Guy Fawkes vs Che Guevara to not have an early audio release.
    • Guy Fawkes vs Che Guevara's audio released simultaneously with the video, unlike this battle's, which released a day after the video, likely to keep the triple rapper structure a surprise.
  • The beat changes depending on who is currently rapping. If McClane is rapping then the beat has added sleigh bells, if Wick is rapping the beat is slightly lower in pitch and has low synths added, and if Rambo is rapping then strings and drums are present. This is until Wick says "You're both a funeral suit away from presentable", where the beat has all instruments playing.
  • This battle is the first appearance of Zach Sherwin since Tony Hawk vs Wayne Gretzky, over 5 years earlier.


  • This battle was written in conjunction with members of the ERB Patreon. Patrons in the "Writer" and "Director" tiers on Discord were able to submit lines for the rappers, which were then incorporated into the battle.
    • This is the last battle where the lines were written under those tiers, as the Patreon would later merge all three tiers into one the same day as the battle's release.



  • John McClane's pose on the cover is a reference to a Die Hard movie poster.
  • John McClane with a lighter in a vent is a reference to him navigating through one in the first Die Hard film.
  • Behind John McClane's back near the end of the battle, he hides a pistol using Christmas-decorated tape reading "Season Greetings" as a holster, referencing the end of Die Hard where he uses this method to pull out a pistol to shoot Hans Gruber and his henchman.


  • When the announcer says "VS" for the second time, the audio clips slightly.
  • During several points in John Rambo's verse, the body prosthetic that Nice Peter is wearing can be seen wrinkling around the neck and wrist. This is especially noticeable at 2:28 and 2:43.

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