Thanos vs J. Robert Oppenheimer is the eightieth installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the ninth episode of Season 6. It features Marvel Comics supervillain and interplanetary conqueror, Thanos, rapping against the Father of the Atomic Bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer. It was released on December 18th, 2019.
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 battle was also long teased on the Patreon Discord, with the final matchup coming from a Patron's suggestion. Other matchups for Thanos that were considered include the Buddha, Mother Teresa, and Kratos.
An official early release of the audio was released on the ERB2 Channel on December 13th.
This is also the first battle to feature a suggestion taken directly from the Patreon's Discord, with Wiki user Dragonsblood23 featured at the end of the video.
This battle reached #1 on YouTube's Trending tab in America the day it was released.
This was the last battle to be released in the 2010s.
A demo of the battle can be accessed on the ERB Patreon.
In Thanos' title card and during the line "Man, I burned the Avengers down to embers, sent half your planet to be slaughtered", Thanos enters the scene through a portal. The effects are a reference to his arrival on Titan in Avengers: Infinity War.
In Oppenheimer's first few lines in his first verse, he looks down in despair. This is a reference to that same look in the "I am become Death" speech.
During the line, "You talk so slow, Drax thinks you're invisible", Oppenheimer can be seen standing still while putting something in his mouth, a reference to the scene in Avengers: Infinity War that the line is referencing.
During the line, "You just got no answer, for Fortnite's dopest dancer!", Thanos can be seen doing the "Jubilation" dance from Fortnite in the background, as well as an awkward version of the "Best Mates" dance.
In the end credits, Thanos does the original "Dance Moves" emote (also known as the "Default Dance") from the game.
After the announcer says "Epic!" in the outro, a snap can be heard, followed by a defeated "Aw, man..." from the announcer, who does not finish with the traditional "Rap Battles of History!" outro. This is a reference to the end of Avengers: Infinity War, in which Thanos defeats the heroes, snapping the Infinity Gauntlet to remove half of all life from existence. One of the "snapped" heroes, Star-Lord, says "Aw, man..." as he disintegrates.
This makes it the first battle outside of a season finale to lack a complete outro.
Due to his head and torso being from separate shots, Oppenheimer's collar appears glitched in the cover art.
This was fixed in the thumbnail for the video.
The title for the YouTube video, "Thanos vs J Robert Oppenheimer", is inconsistent with the title of the audio release on the ERB2 channel, "Thanos vs J. Robert Oppenheimer", which has a period after the J.
Thanos' name in his title card doesn't have a shadow.
Thanos' first lines have him speaking the word "conscious", rather than "conscience".
At 1:10, the subtitles for Thanos' last line appear for the first few frames of Oppenheimer's first verse, before Oppenheimer's own lyrics appear.
Thanos vs J Robert Oppenheimer. ERB Behind the Scenes
**OFFICIAL AUDIO** Thanos vs J. Robert Oppenheimer. Epic Rap Battles of History