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Throughout Death Battle we've seen all manner of weapons and abilities but these two combatants command the very earth around them GAARA OF THE DESERT And Toph Beifong, The Blind Bandit HE'S WIZ, AND I'M BOOMSTICK And it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills To find out who would win a Death Battle Gaara of the desert is a short, skinny, pale, stick of a kid But he's also one of the deadliest Shinobi in the world HE LOOKS LIKE A MEMBER OF GREENDAY Gaara is the son of the 4th Kazekage, leader of the of The Village Hidden In The Sand Born prematurely at the cost of his mother's life, Gaara was destined for a childhood of depression and loneliness from the get-go NOT EVEN A MINUTE OLD AND ALREADY HAS A KILL UNDER HIS BELT THOUGH...TECHNICALLY HE HAD A LITTLE HELP, BECAUSE, YA SEE... AS HE WAS BEING BORN, HIS FATHER WAS LIKE "HEY! YOU KNOW WHAT'D BE AWESOME?" "USING NINJA MAGIC TO SEAL A HORRIBLE MONSTER IN MY SON'S BELLY... TO TURN HIM INTO AN ULTIMATE WEAPON" The process was successful, and Gaara became a jinchūriki i: Human beaings who have powerful tailed beasts trapped within them Gaara's beast was Shukaku: A giant Tanuki with power over sand AWW I WANT A TANUKI AS A PET. THEY'RE SO FLUFFY AND ADORABLE YOU JUST WANNA HU- OH GOD, HOLY SHIT! WHAT IS THAT!? Shukaku loathed humanity, and at first Gaara had difficulty controlling the monster's rage, accidentally hurting others As such he was shunned by his own people, forced to live a secluded life WELL, YEAH. I MEAN, HE'S GOT A GOD DAMNED TUMMY MONSTER IT'S NOT LIKE PEPTO BISMOL IS SOLVING OF THAT Convinced his only option was to fight and care for only himself, Gaara became a ruthless killing machine BUT IT'S NOT ALL BAD HAVING A DIGESTIVE DESERT DEMON GIVES HIM CONTROL OVER ALL THINGS SAND HE CAN WIELD IT AS A WEAPON, USING HIS MIND TO TRAP AND CRUSH HIS FOES OH, AND HE CAN ALSO USE IT TO FRICKIN' FLY HOW THE HELL DOES THAT WORK? He can mentally adjust the density of his sand Whether it needs to be lighter than air, or stronger than steel He can even use it to stop bombs powerful enough to wipe out an entire village He can control any sand in his vicinity using his Chakra A spiritual energy Shinobi access for superhuman abilities such as walking up a tree THIS GUY IS LIKE THE ULTIMATE EMO KID BUT I'M NOT GONNA GIVE HIM TOO MUCH CRAP, BECAUSE HE CAN USE EXISTING SAND TO CRUSH THE GROUND AROUND HIM FOR EVEN MORE SAND SO, HE'S NEVER WITHOUT EASY ACCESS TO AMMO DESPITE THIS, HE STILL CARRIES A GIGANTIC GOURD OF SAND ON HIS BACK It's huge! You'd that'd be hard on his spine Interestingly enough, it's unique shape and size is a reference to how in Japanese folklore Tanuki's were considered to be so well-endowed They'd have to sling their testicles over their shoulders AWESOME But the thing is, Gaara's gourd isn't carrying around any ordinary testicles I mean sand! Gaara has infused his own chakra into the gourd sand THIS DIRECTLY LINKS IT TO GAARA, MAKING IT MUCH EASIER FOR HIM TO CONTROL HE'S SO SKILLED WITH IT, HE CAN EVEN FORGE WEAPONS FROM IT, BURY PEOPLE UNDERROUND, OR SEND IT INTO SOMEONE'S BLOODSTREAM AND CONTROL THEM LIKE SOME SORT OF PUPPET TALK ABOUT AN ITCH YOU'RE NOT GONNA SCRATH Also, Gaara eventually battled and defeated his own father Who happened to be a zombie at the time His father used a magnetic release ability To control gold dust, much like Gaara does sand EVEN THOUGH HE CAN'T DO THE ZOMBIE-DAD MAGNET THING, GAARA ADDED GOLD DUST TO HIS GOURD SAND ANYWAY GIVING HIM MORE CONTROL OVER ITS WEIGHT But wait, there's more: With her dying breath, Gaara's mother somehow imparted her own power into this sand It became living sand, an extension of her will determined to follow and protect Gaara It will spring from the gourd to defend him from any danger Regardless of risk and without command THIS ABSOLUTE DEFENSIVE TECHNIQUE IS CALLED... THE ABSOLUTE DEFENSE PRETTY GOOD NAME, REALLY GAARA'S SAND IS SO DENSE AND FAST, ONLY SOMEONE WHO CAN MOVE NEARLY THE SPEED OF SOUND CAN PASS IT Gaara can also use everyday sand to create defenses Such as his sand armor Which encases him in a shell to soften blows Unlike his automatic Absolute Defense, the sand armor is self-created And requires a large amount of his Chakra to maintain GAARA'S SKILL WITH SAND IS ONLY LIMITED BY HOW MUCH CHAKRA HE'S GOT LEFT IN HIS SYSTEM AFTER RUNNING LOW, HE COULD TAG OUT AND GIVE SHUKAKU A TURN FIGHTING UNTIL A GROUP OF CRAZY PEOPLE LITERALLY PULLED THE SAND MONSTER FROM HIS BODY FOR GOOD THAT MUST HAVE HURT IT'S GOTTA BE, LIKE, TWICE AS BAD AS THE NIGHT AFTER CHIPOTLE He...died OH THE SAME, THEN Turns out, losing Shukaku was actually a blessing in disguise After being resurrected Gaara spent some time reevaluating his emotional rollercoaster of a life Inspired by Naruto Uzomaki, he began to truly understand compassion His attitude changed, his people began supporting him He even commanded the allied Shinobi forces during The 4th Great Shinobi War And, like his late father, Gaara also became- A ZOMBIE!? Kazekage DAMN! WELL, EVEN NON-ZOMBIE AND MISSING SHUKAKU GAARA STILL RETAINED HIS POWERFUL CHAKRA AND SKILL OVER SAND In their fight, Gaara was so powerful his father mistook him for Shukaku itself Despite the sand monster being long gone GAARA IS STRONGER AND SMARTER THAN EVER ALL THANKS TO HIS MOTHER'S LOVE I MISS MOMMA BOOMSTICK Few can withstand the overwhelming power of this sand Shinobi Or momma Boomstick's cooking HEY! YOU'RE UNINVITED TO THANKSGIVING *Laughing* I never was! EXACTLY *Screaming* *footsteps* As the only child of the wealthy Beifong family Toph was kept a secret from the rest of the world Hidden away, she was pampered and guarded like a fragile child He parents were hopeful she could someday become a noble, respected member of Earth Kingdom's society BUT THEIR HOPES WERE PRETTY MUCH DASHED FROM THE MOMENT SHE POPPED OUT SEE THOSE FADED WHITES? YEAH, TOPH'S COMPLETELY BLIND "My daughter is blind! She is blind, and tiny, and helpless, and fragile" STILL, FRAGILE IS THE LAST WORD THAT I WOULD WANNA USE TO DESCRIBE THIS CHICK Frustrated by her parent's stubborn coddling, Toph ran away from home at the age of six and ended up losing her way in a cave Until she was rescued by some giant badger-moles Yes They're badgers...and they are moles IMAGINE ONE OF THOSE THINGS BURROWING INTO YOUR HOME WHAT KIND OF PEST CONTROL DO YOU EVEN CALL FOR THAT? OH WAIT, I KNOW FIRE Like Toph, badger-moles are blind so the took a liking to her WELL HOW THE HELL WOULD THEY KNOW? And as the original artists of the craft, The badger-moles began teaching her in the art of earth bending THESE GIANT VARMINTS TAUGHT TOPH HOW TO MANIPULATE ROCK AND STONE USING MOVEMENT SIMILAR TO THE CHU GAR PRAYING MANTIS MARTIAL ART TOPH CAN TELEKINETICALLY THROW, GROW, SHRINK, AND ALTER EARTH IN ANY CONCEIVABLE WAY MAKING FOR SOME PRETTY DOWN TO EARTH ATTACKS AND DEFENSES The badger-moles also taught Toph how to see WAIT! THESE RIDICULOUS CREATURES ARE ALSO MASTERS OF LASEK SURGERY? No, Toph does not use her eyes to see Of course her other senses are extremely accurate And as a master bender, Toph can sense the location of earth anywhere Even more impressive, though The badger-moles navigate their tunnels using an eath bending technique known as the seismic sense And Toph quickly picked up on this talent It's kind of like sonar, detecting the exact location and movement of a person or object Through their interaction with the ground "I feel the vibrations in the Earth" "And I can see where everything is" "You...that tree. Even those ants" She feels every movement, every footstep, Every heartbeat So precisely she can even tell if a person's lying A WOMAN WHO CAN ALWAYS TELL WHEN I'M LYING? NOOO THANK YOU TOPH IS SO GOOD AT THIS THAT EVEN HER CLOSEST FRIENDS SOMETIMES FORGET SHE'S BLIND "Ow!" "Sorry" BUT DON'T WORRY THEY'RE REMINDED IN ONLY 6 YEARS TOPH HAD COMPLETELY MASTERED EARTH BENDING SHE EVEN WON THE EARTH RUMBLE FOUR TOURNAMENT MULTIPLE TIMES UNDER HER STAGE NAME THE BLIND BANDIT But Toph didn't stop her training with just earth bending At first, sorter earth proved difficult for her seismic sense "I feel the vibrations in the ground with my feet" "But this sand is so loose and shifty. It makes everything look fuzzy" But she has since demonstrated her mastery in both sand bending and mud bending She can also change the density of earth from sand to stone and back And before you start making any density or hardening innuendos She's 12 I...OH, OKAY BUT HER GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IS THE DISCOVERY OF AN ALL NEW BENDING ART ONE THOUGHT TO BE IMPOSSIBLE METAL BENDING By manipulating the earthy composition within, Toph can bend nearly any type of metal just as well as stone The exception being highly purified metals such as platinum TOPH QUICKLY MASTERED METAL BENDING AND WENT ON TO TEACH IT TO OTHERS She eventually even founded and led a metal bending police force AND THAT'S AFTER CONQUERING EARTH RUMBLE 4, HOLDING UP A BUILDING THE SIZE OF A CASTLE, DEFEATING AN ENTIRE ARMY ALMOST SINGLE HANDEDLY, AND DUELING KING BOOMY TO A STANDSTILL AND THAT GUY HAS CONQUERED AN ENTIRE HOSTILE CITY BY HIMSELF Even in her old age, Toph was capable of going one on one with the new Avatar And her seismic sense could locate people Across the world SHE KNOWS WHEN I'VE LIED AND WHERE I'VE BEEN? WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE THESE POWERS "I am the greatest earth bender in the world" "Don't you two dunder heads ever forget it" All right, the combatants are set Let's end this debate once and for all IT'S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLE!!! Eagh. Talk about a rough ride. You do not belong here; This is sacred ground. Leave! pfft. Oh yeah, tough guy? Make me. Interesting. She commands stone as fluently as I control sand. Toph: By the way, I can tell you're using your sand to smash up the ground underneath us for more ammo. Pretty smart for a sand-man. Too bad I'm gonna kick your butt before you can use any of it! *grunts* I can't underestimate her. I need time. Huh? Whoa! *gasps* Sorry grumpy! I'm not ready to be a shishkebab just yet! Come on! Are you really that scared of a little blind girl? I'm touched. *Gaara grunts* Your eyes. Yours are not the eyes of loneliness, like mine. *face is heard cracking* They are... Blank. Impressive insight, Gloomsville. I'm digging the whole 'wearing sand' thing, though. That's new. Hey! No fair! You need your arms to control the earth. I will remove them. Dream on, creep! It'll take a lot more sand than that to take me down! That's the plan. Oh crud. Sand Coffin! Sand Burial! It is done. *metal shattering* Geez, I almost felt that. That's impossible! Are you kidding? Pay attention, sandy.