Interestingly, they both have different melee weapons: the Peter Cullen Robot has a glowing orange mace, while the Frank Welker one has blades. In the G1 Transformers cartoon they're most known for, Peter Cullen had a glowing orange axe (a bladed weapon), while Frank Welker was the one wielding the mace.
Furthermore, the Cullen-bot had a face mask with no mouth, while Welker-bot had the face fully visible, but with a large helmet- similar to what Optimus Prime and Megatron had in the original cartoon.
Jax, the unintelligible member of G-Force homage S-Force, is voiced by Alan Young, who also voiced the similarly unintelligible Keyop in Battle of the Planets. Ronnie Schell, who voiced Jason in series as well, voices "Sloane," The Lancer in S-Force.
Scott Innes, who for a while did the voices of Shaggy and Scooby Doo, channels Casey Kasem again to voice Argo, the S-Force leader.
All of Them: Coop has a button that says, "Missiles", another that says, "More Missiles", and finally one that says, "All The Missiles". Thing is, it doesn't actually launch all of them since we see him use more in the same episode.
Animesque: Though the art-style is distinctly Western, the genre itself is purely Japanese. It helps that Jamie and Kiva are voiced by famous (to American fans of dubbed anime) actors.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: All of Coop's regular rants against the bad guy. One time, it was more like "Jaywalking, Littering and Playing Loud Music." Oh, and he did all three of the acts, not the bad guy. Lampshaded by Kiva and Jamie.
Inverted in "Terminate Her" wherein Coop actually listed the offenses in order of ascending severity, before the elements of the Glorft plan utterly confuse him and he trails off.
Kiva herself gets in on the action in "Space Booty" when she lays into Captain Warlock.
Kiva:You tried to break up our team, you almost killed Coop and Jamie, and you made me listen to your endless, cheesy pick-up lines!
As Long As It Looks Foreign: The odds table in "Battle Royale" includes not only alien scripts, but also lines in English and jumbles of Greek characters that would be unpronounceable to someone who could read them.
Batman Can Breathe in Space: The roll-up windows and retractable roof of Coop's car are able to resist the vacuum of space. And it's not like there's anything special about them, either; Coop punched one out barehanded.
Beam-O-War: In "Dude, Where's My Head?", where Coop wins by turning on the high beam headlights.
Coop: Nobody. No robot, no alien, no alien-robot does that to me and gets away with it.
Brick Joke: Occurs very, very often — almost Once an Episode. In the pilot, for example, Coop misfires a missile, which strikes a PoPTV satellite... which crashes on top of the ridiculously huge final robot right on time to save the cast.
In the episode Breakout, we heard about the Lerps, a Smurfs/Care Bears parody- and we see the game towards the end of the episode, with Grrkek the Planet Killer trapped in it. In the credits of the final episode of the series (Rearview Mirror, Mirror: Part 2), we see a clip from the game again, only for Evil Coop and Evil Kiva, who are trapped between dimensions, to appear in the game.
Call Back: The Kaiju-sized space jailer from the end of "D.M.V.: Department of Megas Violations" is seen sipping tea as Coop and gang are uncontrollably warping through different points in the universe in "Coop D'Etat"
Cameo: Several characters from MTV's Downtown show up throughout the show. Goat is an obvious one. Alex makes an appearance in two separate episodes. The nerd Wedge appears at least once. Serena is in the pilot episode "Lowbrow". The girl Jamie gets a date with by borrowing Coop's car appears to be the same girl Fruity was flirting with on the subway.
Catgirl: Possibly a foxgirl, in the title sequence, and the "Battle Royale" episode.
Caught on the Jumbotron: In "Terminate Her", Coop first realizes that Jamie and Kiva are in trouble when Jamie appears on the Jumbotron holding hands with a girl, who happens to be Kiva's ancestor. Though his first concern is that they aren't bringing him nachos.
Character as Himself: The end credits list Goat as being voiced by "Himself". Goat is the nickname of Scot Rienecker, a friend of the creators. He indeed plays himself on the show, and was a regular in Downtown before.
Chekhov's Gun: Pretty much every episode ends with some mundane thing Coop did earlier in the episode saving the day.
Cold-Blooded Torture: Parodied. Coop gets captured by the Glorft. Gorath's torture techniques? Eating a Philly Cheese Steak slowly in front of Coop. And smashing Mega Slushes. This would be considered Cool and Unusual Punishment, but since it's Coop... Humorously, it's just as much torture for Gorath, who can barely stomach the Philly Cheese Steak.
Combat Stilettos: Kiva's boots have high heels, though admittedly rather thick compared to most.
Mercilessly abused and mocked with the Gatchaman-style opponents in "Bad Guy". Then horribly spoofed when Megas needs their power against a mutual foe, so it grabs one mecha and literally shoves a foot up its ass until it's on like a boot, does the same for the rest of its limbs, then grabs the leader's eagle-mecha by the neck and slams it onto the back, complete with each S-Force member whimpering at the violation. The result is a humiliating abomination, that surprisingly looks perfect, which the villain approves of. Even more surprising, it actually works, somehow giving Megas access to all the other mechas' weapons. And here you people thought Kaminainvented that trick.
Given Megas was a "power booster" to the S-Force this way it might be a throwback to the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as when the Dragonzord and Titanus the Carrierzord were added, they ALL combined to form one Ultimate Battlezord.
The Glorft have one in the first episode made up of most of their army.
Dark Reprise: Nearly every song on the soundtrack has a dark reprise. It usually starts off exactly the same as the regular version, but then goes off-key and slows to a stopnote Think "tape player running out of battery" when it's revealed that whatever the music goes to has been subverted or is missing in some way. Heck, the Audible Gleam sound effect has a dark reprise.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Kiva to a degree. At first she shows nothing but open contempt for both Coop, Jamie and 21st Century Earth in general. As time goes on, she learns to tolerate Coop for the good-hearted buffoon he is and is willing to at least try some cultural interaction.
Disaster Dominoes: "Buggin' The System", where Coop knocks down a series of skyscrapers on a giant space doughnut. One of his flashback cutaways in that episode has him do the same to a library.
Do-Anything Robot: Megas seems to have a weapon for every occasion. Now, whether or not it actually works is an entirely different issue. The dashboard includes buttons like "Destroy The World," "Smite The World," "Destroy The World WORSE," and "Save The World." Guess which one was busted?
Subverted in "Battle Royale" where, in attempt to get Jamie to climb a pillar, Kiva tells him that if he doesn't, he'll never find the Planet Of The Space Amazons. Jamie then gets a determined gaze while dramatic music swells, only to stop trying to climb and whine about how he still can't do it. They ended up on said planet by the end of the episode anyway.
Living here in Jersey / Fighting villains from afar / You gotta find first gear / In your giant robot car... YOU! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!/I! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!/WE! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!/CHICKS! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS! Nice.
Kiva trying on modern clothes at the mall in "Breakout", including a punk rocker outfit and pajamas. Jamie was actually trying to get her to try on deliberately goofy outfits to embarrass her as a bit of petty revenge, but with her figure she can't help but look good in them. There's also her outfit in the mosh pit episode, which Goat is quick to call attention to.
The store that Jamie takes Kiva to shop at is called BJs and PJs.
In the tenth episode where they go to the junk planet, Goat gets tied up at the end when he hits on Kiva. When Coop sarcastically asks how he's doing, it sounds like Goat mumbles, "Son of a bitch" past the duct tape.
Gilligan Cut: Combined with Tempting Fate when Jamie says, "It's not like the Glorft have a new death machine built specifically to take us out." Then the camera pans into space, and guess what the Glorft have just finished building.
Used several times, actually, in this same matter.
Maganimous: [To Kiva] Now, put the fist down, sweetheart. We both know there's no way you can fight all of us, and protect the, sub-form here.
Jamie: Sub-form?!? Go get 'im, Kiva, I got your back.
Godzilla Threshold: It might as well be called the Megas Threshold. Some of the threats Coop faces cross this, but Coop is going to use maximum destruction (intentional or not) either way.
Megas has a "second command bridge" that is made of obsolute videogame consoles. It is easily overridden by remote control of the car. He tries to use it when Jamie takes the car for a date, but he was "still working on it".
Good Is Not Nice: Coop uses horror movie like attacks on the robot army in the eleventh episode. One of the robots literally trembles in fear as his comrades are picked off.
Grand Finale: The two parter, "Rearview Mirror Mirror". The ending left it opened ended in case they got renewed but sadly that wasn't the case. For what it's worth though, the show goes out on high note.
Green-Skinned Space Babe: Jamie's ultimate dream in life is scoring with one of these. Technically one of the ones he eventually lands with for about ten minutes has green fur. For once, his failure wasn't his own fault.
Jamie: Coop, what are you doing!? I was just about to get digits from green-skinned girls. GREEN-SKINNED GIRLS!!!
Heroes Want Redheads: Captain Warlock takes this to obsessive new lengths. Alternate!Jamie also happened to hook up with the fiery redhead Kiva, before everything bad happened.
Hero with an F in Good: Though he means well, Coop's Destructive Savior nature has resulted in him destroying entire planets and dooming civilizations by accident, so much so that the S-Force assumed him to be a villain at first glance. How much he's called out on this varies per episode and crime. It's lampshaded the most in "Bad Guy".
Hollywood Tone Deaf: Played with. Coop's tone-deaf singing is used as a weapon at one point, but it was more due to the decibel levels (cranked up thanks to Megas' speakers) than the actual tonal range, or lack thereof.
Idiot Hero: Coop. Just look at Hypocritical Humor. He opens a matter/anti-matter rift in one episode. Judging from the name, it produces anti-matters and acts like a black hole. As it pulls matter in, it destroys it with the anti-matter. He almost doomed the universe. He even spreads it to S-Force.
Imagine Spot: A rather disturbing one by Coop in DMV: Department of Megas Violations when he imagines destroying the DMV.
I Know Mortal Kombat: Coop learned his incredible piloting skills from playing too many video games. Justified because he designed the controls of the robot to simulate a video game, complete with Nintendo, Sega and Sony controller pads. As well as a DDR pad and a pair of Power Gloves for "manual control" when the CPU unit isn't attached. There's also the "secondary cammand bridge" (sic) with retro Atari controllers, in case the car isn't attached.
I Like Those Odds: In the first episode, a large number of Glorft surround Megas and Kiva's mech. Coop's response is to agree that the fight isn't fair... and smash Kiva's mech. "Now it's fair."
Large Ham: Oooooh so many, let's see: Ender, Magnanimous, REGIS, Gorrath, Ender, the S-Force, Grrkek the Planet Killer, Coop, Jamie, T-Bot, Goat, and the show itself if that's possible. (DUN DUN DUNDUNDUN DDDDUUUUUUUUNNNNNNN)
Leader Forms The Head: As expected, the show parodies this. The Glorft's UMD is a combining mecha made from other combining mecha, repeated for a couple of cycles. At its final stage, It is completed by Gorrath's personal mech docking in the center. Without Gorrath's part, it doesn't seem to be useable at all, enforced when he leaves the battlefield, and the dozens to hundreds of mechs and pilots that also made up the UMD. Gorrath having a Never My Fault mentality, all of this to be expected.
Left Hanging: A lot of plot points were left like this when the show was cancelled. Among them are the intergalatic prisoners coming back as well as REGIS and the energy eating worms which is interesting because that episode ends right when the next one starts and THE WORM WAS RIGHT THERE ON THE BACK OF HIS TV. It's never seen again.
Leeroy Jenkins: Kiva gets very frustrated to Coop's heavy-handed and not well-thought-out tactics.
Loud of War: Used/Invoked in the second episode Magnanimous, where Coop defeats the eponymous villain by firing up Megas' super sound system and singing The Riddle Song, very badly.
Captain Warlock. "Warlock" means "Oath-breaker". He breaks every promise he makes and tells nothing but lies.
Mecha-Mooks: Expendable Glorft robots. Though Gorrath does appear to conserve them a few times, and the commander notes that they can't always afford to lose mechs. They're probably building a lot of new ones per episode.
When Coop was faced with a giant robot that fed on energy, he took care of it by throwing it into the Grand Canyon, which he then completely filled in. He also destroyed Hoover Dam in the same episode.
The moon landing site.
The huge monument to the victory over Ender at the end of the second season episode "S-Force S.O.S" gets knocked over by Coop. Monumental Damage with a monument.
Mood Whiplash: The pilot opens with a losing battle in Space Opera fashion before cutting to two guys in Jersey screwing around and never looks back until the Series Finale when things took a turn to dark sci-fi drama again.
In general, this is Coop's style. If wrestling moves don't work, use more dakka.
Morality Pet: Jamie really doesn't come off as one, but in the alternate universe where Coop and Kiva are evil, Jamie is the one who retains his morality, to the point where he leads the rebellion against Coop, and seems to do a great job of it.
Mundane Fantastic: Coop's rampages in Megas, and indeed the fact that he has a giant robot in the first place, is treated as normal by pretty much the entire town.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Coop is the undisputed master. It seems that nearly every single threat he faces was directly or indirectly his fault in the first place. And even when it's not his fault at all, his actions to resolve the problem generally cause more devastation than letting it rampage unchecked would have done. According to Word Of God, had the show continued it would have been revealed that this even extends to creating the Glorft. This quote in the first season sums it up nicely:
Kiva: Now where did that come from? Grrkek: I should thank you for releasing me. Kiva: Of course.
Thoroughly abused and played with. One day, Coop fills New Jersey's air with smog to disable a solar-powered robot while triggering an artificial winter, and next thing you know, New Jersey is good as new. Later, the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman-like heroes show up to punish Coop for being the Ultimate Destructor of the Earth. The artificial winter is explained though. The two aliens that lost the REGIS had to clean up the robot bits. They said that the pollution is just smog an dwill be cleansed from the atmosphere in a month. Worse cause scenario. A few hurricanes and month of winter and driving accidents. Nothing apocalyptic.
Totally averted when Coop blows up a good chunk of the Moon, causing lots of natural disasters and leading to him having to reconstruct it during the credits.
Partially averted with the planet of the space-yetis. Though none of them died, Coop's destruction of their rival planet completely screwed up their ecosystem.
*Coop locks at least fifty missiles on his target one after another* Kiva: Uh, Coop, overkill? Jamie: Yeah... Do more!
When faces with a monster that responds to No Kill Like Overkill by getting stronger, there's this timeless classic of a line.
Kiva: To reiterate: smashing bad. Jamie: Normally I'm pro-smashing, and I hate to agree with future girl, but maybe smashing's not the way to go this time. Coop: We tried no smashing, and that didn't work! I'm sticking to my strengths, and smashing is my strengths. I just need to find the right kind of smashing.
Warmaster Gorrath. While the rest of the Glorft that we see resemble slugs with non-visible mouths, he is almost never seen outside of bipedal power armor and his mouth (and several sharp teeth) are always visible.
Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Among the numerous buttons on his dashboard is an entire section of WARNING labels and signs telling Coop not to push the Big Red Button in the middle that would launch a nuke at the enemy. Despite Coop's desire to push it, Kiva and Jamie protest until he decides not to. Also note that he wanted to do so in an enclosed underground base.
Coop: What's the point of having nuclear weapons if you never get to use them?
Off Model: In the 8th episode, Jamie takes the car for a date and Coop has to fight using the second bridge command center at Megas' core. In one instance, Megas punches Gorrath, but the animation shows the car on top of the Megas when it should be in the parking garage next door.
Ominous Latin Chanting: Parodied with the REGIS Mk.5. The score breaks into ominous Latin chanting as his Leitmotif (and clearly based on O Fortuna), then immediately cuts out as soon as the camera changes to focus on something else, only to resume whenever he's on-screen again. The fact that it does this for everything REGIS does just makes it funnier.
Coop argues with a fellow gamer over who is the bigger gaming expert. As the latter rattles off games which Coop has mastered, he finally gets one over on Coop by naming Love Them Lerps, a mashup of the Care Bears and the Smurfs. Coop dismisses it as a child's game, and Jaime gets one back on the gamer by pointing out that he's just admitted to liking a child's game.
Parodied during Coop's battle with REGIS. He laments that their battle has destroyed every Mega-Slush machine in the city (going to another was completely unacceptable). Note that they also destroyed the city itself, and that didn't bother Coop. Lucky for Coop, he found a working Mega-Slush machine after defeating the robot for good.
Pilot: Lowbrow. A lot of the animation from it was reused for the first episode of the finished series, which occasionally stood out since the pilot had significantly smoother animation as well as slightly different details in the character models, such as the eyes being only pupils with outlines.
Planet Eater: Coop attracted a planet-shaped one to Earth when he accidentally unleashes a signal-disrupting EM pulse trying to juice up his satellite dish.
Reverse The Polarity: Kiva uses the phrase in "Breakout". In a moment of Genre Savvy, when she uses it again in "Universal Remote", Jamie immediately gets her meaning and starts taunting the bad guy.
Rule of Three: Coop's rants before beating the big bad often fall under this category.
Running Gag: In many episodes, a conveniently placed building is usually destroyed, including many schools, the "Museum Of Irreplaceable Art", the "Gunpowder, Ballbearing, and Shrapnel Factory", and even a "[[Strike: Homework Factory]] Cough syrup, Liver, and Homework Store".
Even a thousand years in the future, Pop TV buildings are doomed to be destroyed by giant robots, according to one BattleTech sourcebook (and reporter Kiva Cooper).
Serial Escalation: People think Gurren Lagann paved the way countryside for this trope, and they're right. However, what they don't realise is that Megas XLR made that countryside... by vaporizing the mountain that was originally there.
Skyward Scream: Done in All I Wanted Was A Slushie, when he realized the alien robot just destroyed the last Mega Slush machine in the greater Jersey area. He even pulled back Megas' convertible hood for the full effect.
Some of the attacks have recycled footage in them, mostly when he's jumping around or fighting the Glorft, or when Coop destroys his own garage.
In the episode "Dude, Where's My Head?" while Coop is piloting a headless Megas from the secondary command bridge, stock footage of standard Megas with a head throwing a punch is used. You have to be paying attention to catch it though.
Stout Strength: Coop may seem like a gluttonous fat guy (and he is) but he can punch through a TV and not flinch.
Once an Episode, something belonging to their MTV pastiche, PoPTV, gets destroyed. Do you think the creators are still bitter about the cancellation of Downtown?note In one episode, despite the expected =PoPTV= destruction, something with the MTV logo appears in a scene of high-octane action...and survives.
One of the buildings Coop has destroyed was marked "A Dot Com (And Therefore Obviously Empty)".note The ball just bounces all around inside the building and leaves, and then, crushes to bits the building next to it. Yes, a =PoPTV= building.
In Don't tell Mom the Babysitter's Coop,Megas lands on the Moon so that Coop can amuse a bored Skippy (his pesky, overweight cousin)- and crushes the Apollo XI parked there. Coop mentions that he always thought they rigged the lunar landing thing- a reference to conspiracy theorists who thought NASA's moon landing was a hoax.
In Thanksgiving Throwdown, the parade has balloons for different characters, including the Fabio Brothers, all of whom Coop and Jamie like. Then comes a balloon of Auggie the Adorable Aardvark, for whom both of them voice their hatred. They don't seem to gentle with the adorable aardvark.
The game "Love them Lerps" is a less-than-affectionate mashup of the Smurfs and the Care Bears. Children's programming and games often get hit- shown as cheery, sugar-coated, heart-shaped and so sweet it's disgusting.
This is occassionally done to cities in New Jersey.
Jamie: We could try Hoboken... (for a Mega Slush) Coop: Yeah... but that's Hoboken! Kiva: He's heading for Union City! Jamie: Let him have it.
Technology Marches On: Played with. In "Viva Las Megas", Coop accidentally releases a giant robot that was being developed by the U.S. military during the Cold War. It uses reel-to-reel tape for memory and boasts "There is no way you can defeat the superior power of my massive 56 kilobyte processor!".
Weirdness Magnet: Repeated attacks on Jersey City by a variety of alien forces, aside from the Glorft, for no apparent logical reason other than Megas is there.* Justified, because Coop accidentally sent an interdimensional distress beacon, which he somehow implemented as the car alarm. No one is surprised about anything, except Kiva and one person at the DMV.
Jamie: *pointing at a square blue button* What's that? Coop: Dunno. *Coop presses the button, which causes a massive cannon to form over one of Megas' fist. The ensuing beam from it disintegrates a house* [Beat] Coop: O... kay... now we know what that does.
Coop ignites a planet of sentient robots and it explodes. Not before he slaughtered a couple dozen of them himself, though.
Averted in "Clockwork Megas", where Coop frees "innocent robots" from being brainwashed in a prison. Unfortunately, said prisoners happened to be the universe's most dangerous criminals. So apparently he can respect sentient robots, but his Idiot Heroness among other things always gets the best of him.
That one wasn't entirely Coop's fault. Quarrol (the warden) kept attacking MEGAS, had his guard machines kill seemingly innocent robots who were going to tell Coop how to get home, and generally acted like a badguy. Until the end, even the audience didn't know that the robots were criminals and that Quarrol was a goodguy. If he'd taken the time to explain the situation to heroes, instead of trying to have the ground into shavings, and given them directions back to Earth, Coop would have likely sided with him.
Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: While it is explained where Coop got MEGAS, where he gets the munitions, fuel, and supplies to keep it running- not to mention the nuclear weapons that Coop claims it has- is never explained.
Worthless Yellow Rocks: In space, Jamie's pocket lint, french fry, and button are more valuable than his two coins.