The Adventures of Duane and BrandO was a Michigan-based nerd rock band, consisting of members Duane Zuwala and Brandon Lackey, under the not-really-pseudonyms 8BitDuane and The Amazing BrandO. Formed in 2008, they primarily released Rap Rock covers and parodies of music from video games of the 8-bit to 16-bit eras of gaming, performed with epic rock instrumentation and mind-blowingly fun rhymes, and accompanied with music videos greatly based around in-game footage.
Their style, when compared to the likes of similar nerdcore-based cover groups (such as The Megas), is much less focused on being serious and dramatic and more on being fun and comedic, with the two bouncing off each other while rapping as the various characters of whatever game they're covering. Expect lots of witty Snark-to-Snark Combat, unrelenting braggadocio, and clever franchise-rooted in-jokes in their works.
They first made their debut with the EP of Doom in 2008, followed up in 2009 with their 29-track album, the LP of Devastation. After a period of in-fighting that broke up the band in 2010, they reunited in 2012, planning to go on tour and release other future projects with a Kickstarter campaign that was successfully funded by the end of the year. They would later resume releases with the Mario 3 single and the Thanks Mom EP in 2016, along with remasterings of all their past content, which remains available on their shared Adventures of Duane and BrandO Bandcamp.
Following these releases, there was a long period of radio silence until a post on the Kickstarter page by Brandon in April of 2018. Something had happened to the majority of the money that Duane was in control of, and they had another falling-out, this one presumably permanent, with the two moving onto new ventures.
In addition to their works as a duo, both Duane and Brandon have released music as solo artists. Duane released music as Action Adventure World, which continued in a familiar vein of rap-rock video game covers, with frequent production collaboration with Chile-based nerd-metal band ThePlasmas. Brandon has several projects: The Amazing BrandO alternates between similar nerdcore cover music, as well as several original works inspired by game music. He's also the frontman of progressive/industrial rock band Exit Mind Bomb, and — following the final dissolution of Duane and BrandO — launched an Alternative Rock/Synthwave-esque project, Adventuria.
As The Adventures of Duane and BrandO
- EP of Doom! (2008)
- LP of Devastation (2009)
- EarthBound (2010)
- Thanks Mom (2016)
As Action Adventure World
As The Amazing Brando
- Castlevania 3 (2010)
- Zelda 3: The Light World (2012)
- Songs From A Video Game That Doesn't Exist: Volume 1 (2014)
- M3TROID (2014)
- Adaptation Amalgamation: While their songs are almost always ostensibly about a specific title and its plot, the duo like to make references or include Musical Nods to other entries in the franchise, especially close sequels. For example, "Mega Man 2" prominently includes Proto Man and Rush of Mega Man 3, and their rap based on Final Fantasy includes an interlude based off the "Magician's Tower" from Final Fantasy II, and the climactic battle against Chaos features a medley of Zeromus' battle theme from Final Fantasy IV and the final battle theme from Final Fantasy III.
- Are We There Yet?: Partway into the "Final Fantasy", we get the line "It's already been five minutes since we started this song! That's four Ninja Gaiden songs way too long!"
- As Himself: In "Duck Hunt", Duane and Brando rap as... Duane Zuwala and Brandon Lackey. While there are a few other instances of the two dropping their real names via fourth-wall breaks, "Duck Hunt" is directly about the two shooting down ducks as themselves.
- The Bad Guy Wins:
- "Sonic" ends with Sonic losing the final battle. Played for Laughs in that he loses by sharting.
- In "Castlevania III", Trevor Belmont loses when fighting Dracula and Brandon quits playing out of frustration. Adverted in the remake, where Trevor instead wins by whipping Dracula in the balls.
- In "Dragon Warrior", the protagonist ends up suddenly overpowered by the final battle against the Dragonlord and loses, with his final words being "As I fall to the ground, I think of the town / How in the fuck could I let all these nice people down?" Following the short Game Over jingle, we suddenly hear Studio Chatter of Duane saying (presumably to an exasperated Brando) "Naw, dude, I meant to, I thought it'd be better to end the song dramatically!"
- Battle Rapping: Given Duane and Brando frequently play multiple characters per song, often as heroes and villains, they end up directing their usual Boastful Raps against each other in a game of epic one-upmanship. A very literal showcase of this happens with "Double Dragon" in the final section, where after Jimmy reveals himself to be Evil All Along, he and Billy take it outside:Billy: Fist of rage, why you act that way?
I'm a better fucking fighter than you anyway
Just give me my girl and get your ass home
Zoey's on in five-minutes, you never miss that show! (No, no)
Jimmy: What do you know about the 101? Leave Zoey alone, Nickelodeon's fun!
Unlike me, you'd better run, think twice about where you're hiding, big cats eat mice
My Tiger Style is devastating! You know you love it brother, don't be hating
Kick, punch, it's all in the method, not mother-approved, but totally kid-tested!
- Black Comedy Rape: In episode 5 of Brando's "Zelda 3" series, after being turned into a bunny, Link goes on a rape-frenzy with the monsters of the Dark World on the receiving end. He doesn't enjoy it any more than they do.
- Boastful Rap: A hallmark of their tracks, with the player characters retelling the stories of their games in the most self-celebratory, badass ways possible.
- During the "Chaos Temple" portion of "Final Fantasy", delivered by Dune, leader of the party:Rrrrescued the princess and captured the ship
We got the Mystic Key from the Elven Prince
Defeated Lich, Kary, Kraken, and Tiamat, with a chortle
Orb of Earth, Fire, Water, Air, opened the portal
Went back 2000 years to the Temple of Fiends
Now we're four Light Warriors, hauntin' ya dreams!
You're goin' down, Chaos, you shouldn't fuck with my crew!
Or Leo, Jojo, Spud, and I are gonna show you how we do
You motherfucker! We beat you before and we'll do it again!
Every time you fuckin' rise, until this fantasy ends!
You better stay on your guard, 'cause when I strike you're gonna feel it!
You fuckin' piece of shit! You're goin' down, bitch, I mean it!
- The entirety of Brando's take on "One-Winged Angel", which has Sephiroth yammering on about how he's great and you're not.
- During the "Chaos Temple" portion of "Final Fantasy", delivered by Dune, leader of the party:
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters they're performing as very frequently acknowledge that their stories are not only parts of video games, but of songs based on them.
- Brick Joke:
- The "DEAD" Running Gag used throughout "Mega Man 2" rap would occur in several other songs, including the "Double Dragon", "Final Fantasy", and "Castlevania 2" raps.
- In both the "Zelda 2" and "Castlevania 3" raps, there's that stock image of a woman holding up the sign. In "Zelda 2", it says "4 out of 5 ladies prefer this model" and in "Castlevania 3", it says "TREVOR'S GOT BALLZ".
- During episode 4 of the "Zelda 3" series, Sahasrahla invites Link to stay and watch Matlock with him. During The Stinger, a crispy Sahasrahla (having been shot by Link and accidentally set on fire earlier in the episode) watches the show's opening theme.
- Bubble Man of "Mega Man 2", to the point of becoming a Running Gag:Bubble Man: The name's Bubble Man and I got somethin' ta say—
Mega Man: DEAD. (I'm not fuckin' with you.)
(a little later)
Air Man: Shit! I'm as useless as Bubble Man!
- During "Sonic", Tails is either left behind or totally abhorred while he's around.Tails: Tails is the name / Sonic's right hand G / You'll go no no, nono, no!
Sonic: Shut the fuck up.
- Bubble Man of "Mega Man 2", to the point of becoming a Running Gag:
- Call-Back: While any sequel songs ("Zelda"/"Mario"/"Castlevania" etc.) all contain references to their respective predecessors. Of special note is Duane's rendition of the title theme from Mega Man 6 borrows its first four measures of lyrics from Mega Man 2 by Duane & BrandO.
- "Dragon Warrior" steals the "I learned a couple of magic tricks, you can call me Houdini" line from "Sonic".
- "Zelda 3" makes a subtle reference to the last line of "Zelda 2", in which Link asks "We're brother and sister in the next game, right?"note . The "Zelda 3" version of Link is a Chivalrous Pervert who constantly hits on a reluctant Zelda, who is constantly hinted to be a relative.
- "Mario 3" reuses the lyric "hey waita minute, there's a secret in this tunnel", from the first "Mario" rap. It also transplants "rockin' this motherfucker, destroying this place" from "droppin' bombs on this motherfucker, destroying this maze" from the "Metroid" rap.
- "Ghosts 'n Goblins" has "I'm the knight that keeps these bitches in check, I'm full of ammunition so I get respect!", which is a call back to the line "I got my helmet on and my bitches in check. Packed full of ammunition so I get some respect" from "Bomberman".
- Catchphrase Interruptus: In the end of "Zelda 2", as Link invites a newly-awakened Zelda for a (hidden) kiss:
- Comically Missing the Point: The premise of Brando's "Where's My Shirt?", where Sephiroth, now only a consciousness in Cloud's mind, is wondering where his shirt went. Where did it go, anyway?
- Cluster F-Bomb: Seriously, everyone swears in these raps. They released an "edited" version of the LP of Devastation that plays sound effects over any dirty language, and there's an insert almost every other line.
- Amusingly, Bikke from Final Fantasy is an exception. You know, the pirate?
- Wood Man also has an amusing aversion to the word "fuck". He opts for "freakin'". He does say "ass", though. Roll and Dr. Wily don't swear either, and Proto Man's only swear is cut off.Proto Man: Choose carefully, you motherfu--.
Mega Man: NO.
- Bowser in "Mario 3" has to set a record for the duo's most profane verse ever:You freaking retard idiot fag
Fat motherfucking dick-licking shit in a bag
You fucking asshole, cocksucking bitch-ass ho
I'll fuck your fucking shit ass, bitch, fuck the floor!
- Critical Hit Class: Referenced in "Final Fantasy", the Fighter class is referred to as "critically acclaimed", referring to his odds of getting a critical hit.
- Dark Reprise: The Dark World segment from "Mario 3" takes its first two measures of lyrics from the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! theme.
- Darker and Edgier: "Zelda 2" is much more serious than most of the band's other songs. There are a few jokes here and there, but they're mostly at the beginning and during the middle, while the temple, final boss and especially the Great Temple segments are surprisingly poetic and sincere:Link: You know that I will save you, I'm made to, I'm breaking through
Zelda: You know that I have faith, Link, I'll wait, Link, I'll wait for you
Link: You have no choice, love
Zelda: I know that you'll rescue me, this is our destiny
Both: I hear your voice, love
Link: I've only just met you but something inside of me drives me on... So I battle, who are you?
Shadow Link: I'm your shadow.
- Domestic Abuse: Rather infamously, the duo has a handful of references to this in their songs, and they're Played for Laughs:
- "Mega Man 2" has a verse starting with "And that's how we roll!", prompting Roll to show up asking if Mega Man needs her help. The response is a resounding no.
- "The Carpet Is Lava" is an entire song built on this, first starting with Duane forcing his wife to do housework, only for his friends to show up and tell him he's doing it all wrong... by not physically abusing her enough. Eventually, one of their friends shows up and genuinely tries to put a stop to it, and he gets beat up for it as well.
- "The Great Abyss" is a bizarre joke song of quasi-religious word salad, and even then, there are allusions to this:"There is no... relationships. Only men, and others. Women will no longer be referred to as women, but "Dishes Do-ers". We will also refer to them as... Bitch! ...You are the birth giver, or the abortion haver. I shall crap in your hand and you shall run it to the toilet! ...You shall have your own special room, it will be called the storage closet."
- Double Entendre:
When I master the Master Sword, I'm goin' to town
- King Koopa claims in the "Super Mario Bros.." rap that he'll "eat the fucking Princess with cherries and whipped cream".
- Matoya of "Final Fantasy" got her some "HERB".
- From the "Zelda" rap:
on Zelda's upside-down Triforce, with one in the brown.
You can't stop me from comin', I am the Hero of Time!
You better run for your fuckin' life, I'm comin' inside!
- Dude, She's Like in a Coma: In the end of "Zelda 1", Link laments that even after rescuing Zelda, he's not going to get any action, before resigning to later since "she's in a coma in the next game." Funnily enough, the actual "Zelda 2" rap doesn't make any reference to this.
- Eat the Dog: At the end of of "Duck Hunt": "I'm gonna fire up that grill, and we're just gonna pretend that it's duck we're grillin' up instead of man's best friend."
- Epic Rocking: Their "Final Fantasy" song is just over 10 minutes long.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: How Billy defeats his evil brother in "Double Dragon".
- Exposition Break: Played for laughs in the EarthBound song "Title/Buzz Buzz":Buzz Buzz: One last thing before I finally die...
Take this thing, it’s called a Sound Stone, guy.
There are eight different melodies that you have to record
To prevent the Cosmic Destroyer from sending all to the horror of eternal darkness.
...Do you wanna hear my story again?
Buzz Buzz: Yes? Okay. One last thing before I finally die...
- Face–Heel Turn: Played for Laughs with "Double Dragon", where after the brothers beat up Abobo, Jimmy very abruptly reveals his true colors:
- Hannibal Lecture: In "Zelda 2", Dark Link attempts one as part of the final battle against Link, who then fires back with his own retort:Dark Link: No, I know all your moves, and I feel all your pain!
You're a slave to the princess, a fuckin' shame!
Hyrule could be ours, take my hand!
We could rule the kingdom, devour the land!
You'll never defeat me, you know that I'm right!
You're a servant, a pawn, and you're living a lie!
Link: Gonna live and let you die, bitch! 'Cause I don't need you!
I think I'll just crouch down over here and stab your knees, dude!
Stabby stab stab, how you like that shit?
I'm gonna call you Error 'cause you're fuckin' useless!
- Insult Backfire: Well, more like "Snappy Comment Backfire", from Episode 2 of the "Zelda 3" rap:Zelda: Lick my royal heinie!
- Lighter and Softer: The EarthBound LP is significantly cleaner and more lighthearted than most of their other songs. While it's not entirely clean, the profanity has been significantly reduced and the adult-oriented jokes have been cut down, and the change is noticeable.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Link in all of their Zelda songs, who's portrayed as being somewhat obsessed with getting into Zelda's pants... even if she's in a coma... or might be his sister.
- Machine Monotone: Metal Sonic from "Sonic" raps in this voice, which his heroic counterpart quickly mocks:
- Malaproper: Played for Laughs with "Cheetahmen II", which reads off the game's intro narration, preserving the line "Dr. Morbis plans to use the Ape-Man to destroy his failed expirement", true to the game. Later in the song, this is even used as the basis of Dr. Morbis' verse:Dr. Morbis: Cheetahmen, you are my failed expirement!
I'm so sorry, you don't meet the requirement!
You're a sign I should have gone into retirement
I'll run into you and drain your life of its entirement!
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Brando. While Duane almost always sticks to his distinct style Hot-Blooded rapping, Brando frequently plays multiple characters and has a much more diverse pool of performance styles. His usual, slightly laid-back rapping/singing voice (usually reserved for heroes and lancers) is recognizable on its own, but he also plays intense villains with monstrous voices (such as Wart of "Mario 2", Chaos of "Final Fantasy", or Agahnim of "Zelda 3"), goofy Large Hams (Dr. Morbis of "Cheetahmen" and Dracula of "Castlevania"), as well as the odd simpleton (Clyde from "Pacman" and B. H. Pirkle of "Earthbound"). He even does a Mike Tyson impression for "Punch-Out".
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Of course, even perverts have standards, and in "Zelda 3", Link discovers the hard way that being turned into a bunny comes with certain... urges.
- Mood Whiplash:
- Mushroom Samba: Link in "Zelda 3" finds the Magic Mushroom, which in the game is supposed to be used to get the Magic Powder, but instead eats it, with predictable results.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: From "Kung Fu":So door igamo sensei llamo Tamagotchi Ali
I dunno what exactly that means I don't speak no Chinese
- No Ending: Some of their shorter songs end without much resolution. Parodied with "Cheetahmen II", which ends abruptly after the fight with Dr. Morbis, reflecting how the original game itself lacked an ending.
- Overly-Long Gag: The end of the "Saturn Valley" portion of EarthBound is the Grapefruit Falls password, which happens to be doing nothing for three full minutes.
- Punk in the Trunk: In "The Carpet is Lava", after they kill Mike Christensen with a baseball bat for standing up to their terrible domestic abuse, they decide to then drive out and drop his body in a river.
- Putting on the Reich: Bowser rallying his minions in the "Mario 3" video looks and sounds like a Nazi rally.My fellow Koopas, the time for change is upon us!
The time has come to take back what is rightfully ours
The time has come to take back the Mushroom Kingdom!
We will conquer all who oppose us!
We will never give up! We will never surrender!
We will clean our teeth on the bones of our enemies!
Can you dig it?!
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Generally, Duane is the more Hot-Blooded and energetic, most often playing The Hero of any given game, while Brando takes the role of the cooler, snarkier contrast, whether it be The Lancer or a villain. It's especially evident in live shows, where Duane cannot stop moving once the music starts, while Brando maintains an incredibly controlled poise while being just as into the hype.
- Rhyming with Itself: In the "Mario 2" song, Birdo rhymes "face" with itself a few times, and lampshades it.Birdo: I am a motherfuckin' Birdo, look at my face!
I spit eggs motherfucker, straight into your face!
I'm so hardcore, I rhyme face with face!
I rhymed face four times, now get outta my face!
- Run the Gauntlet: Many songs feature the hero facing all of a game's bosses in succession, but "Mario 3" gets a special mention, reserving an entire segment of the song for the Koopalings.
- Running Gag:
- In "Mega Man 2", the word "Dead!" is shouted after each boss is defeated.
- Duane's face appears quite often in both of the music videos for the Legend of Zelda songs.
- Trevor and other characters keep dying throughout Castlevania III, interrupting the music.
- In the "Zelda 3" videos, Link constantly saying that he has a REALLY LARGE PENIS.
- The Scrappy: Invoked: "Duck Hunt" has a few bars targeting the infamous dog that laughs at you for failing to shoot any ducks, including a final verse where in lieu of hunting down and presumably eating ducks, Duane and BrandO decide to just eat the dog instead.I wanna kill that motherfuckin' dog
but every time I try to shoot, the safety is on!
One of these days, I'll give you something to laugh about
Duck Hunt, baby — what a pain in the ass, I'm out!
- Sequel Song: They've done a few by virtue of covering games that are themselves sequels to other games they've made songs for. Even though they usually feature entirely new music aside from a few recycled leitmotifs, the duo are fond of linking them even further with lyrical Call Backs. Series include:
- "Mario", "Mario 2", and "Mario 3"
- "Zelda" and "Zelda II" were made as a duo (interestingly enough, they wrote their rap for II first), BrandO followed up with "Zelda 3" as a solo project.
- The duo worked on "Castlevania" together, while Duane covered "Castlevania II" as Action Adventure World, while BrandO later did "Castlevania III" on his own.
- As Action Adventure World, Duane followed up "Mega Man 2" with a Cover Album based on Mega Man 6.
- Subverted with "Metroid" — BrandO would do a cover album titled "M3TROID" based on Super Metroid, but it's strictly instrumental and contains no major connective tissue to the original rap.
- In terms of unreleased content, the two were originally planning on following up "Mega Man 2" with a song based on Mega Man 9 (first as simply "Mega Man 9", but when they broke up in 2010, BrandO considered finishing it as "Proto Man 9". When the two reunited in 2012, it was then fully teased as "Mega Proto Man 9"). BrandO also considered doing an entire cover album based on Final Fantasy VII, this time as a lyric-based rap parody, much like the duo's take on Final Fantasy.
- Self-Deprecation: Knuckles' verse in "Sonic" contains this gem (which is actually a Brick Joke considering earlier in the song, they made fun of Leo Camacho, who plays Knuckles):So I'm looking at ya Sonic, 'cause you think that you're fast
But if you go round for round, then you're never gonna last
'Cause your rhymes are old, bro, I think it's a no-go
You sound kinda shitty like Duane and BrandO!
- Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: Link in "Zelda 3" spends a little too much time at the treasure chest game, to a point where Agahnim (already positioned to take a captive Zelda away) is left wondering what's taking him so long. Link doesn't finally arrive until six and a half hours later.
- Shower of Angst: Or rather, Seventeen Boiling Hot Baths of Angst in Episode 5 of "Zelda 3" after Link is turned into a bunny and goes on a monster-raping spree.
- Shout-Out: They make a lot of references to not just the games that they're rapping about, but pop culture in general, anything from Dungeons & Dragons to Christopher Walken. A few choice cuts:
- When Wily reveals his alien transformation in "Mega Man 2", Mega Man disparagingly calls him E.T.. Wily immediately responds "Dr. Wily phone home!" before noting that he does love Reese's.
- There's also a pretty amusing reference in Metal Sonic's verse of the Sonic rap.Metal Sonic: ERROR. DOES NOT COMPUTE. SHIT MY SYSTEM FROZE, REBOOT.
SCANNING. LOADING CONVERTER, I AM SONIC, INSERT GIRDER
- All of their Mario songs interpolate "Do The Mario" for at least one verse.
- "Zelda 3" twice segues into other songs, covered by Brando: Episode 3 features the Kakariko Village theme seamlessly transitioning into "Earth Angel" as performed in Back to the Future, while Episode 4 features a Mushroom Samba scored with Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood."
- In "Mario 3" alone:
- The intro is a recreation of that from Eminem's "Lose Yourself", and later on, they also make use of the infamous "mom's spaghetti" lyric.
- The "VS" segment is introduced with "Smoke weed every day!", with Duane chiming in with "I'm Duane 'The Rock' Johnson!"
- One of the backgrounds used in the music video is a close-up of the desk from Five Nights at Freddy's.
- Bowser asks his assembled troops towards the end, "can you dig it?"
- When Mario pummels the sun, he uses Sabin's very own pummel technique.
- Also in the music video is the "WASTED" graphic from Grand Theft Auto V.
- During the "Dark Land" segment, the chunky guitar rhythms end up transitioning into a recreation of that of "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin, complete with Luigi providing the familiar metal wail.
- Mario promises to take Luigi to Suplex City.
- Special Guest:
- "Final Fantasy" includes several guest voices: Mike Christensen as Spud (the Black Belt), Leo Camacho as Leo (the Black Mage), Jordan Lackey as Jojo (the Red Mage) and Bikke, Sue Whitmore as Princess Sara, and Jesse Mardis as a guest guitarist.
- Leo Camacho gets guest verses as Knuckles in "Sonic" and Abobo in "Double Dragon".
- "The Carpet Is Lava" also features guest verses with Michael Crane, Mike Christensen, Ashleigh Zuwala, and Ashton Zuwala.
- The LP of Devastation version of "Metroid" is entirely rapped by Ally Lackey as Samus Aran, with the titular duo only limited to a single cameo line by Brando. This is especially noteworthy as the duo had previously released a demo version on their MySpace, which originally consisted of Duane rapping about Samus from third person.
- "Pacman" features Danielle Curavo filling in as Pinky and Michael Crane as Blinky and Inky (Brando playing Clyde).
- Brando's "Castlevania III" features "Dac" (of YouTube channel "gaftunes") as Grant DaNasty and Danielle Curavo again as Sypha.
- In addition to the above roles, Curavo is the duo's go-to for Zelda, playing the part in "Zelda 2" and Brando's "Zelda 3" series.
- Brentalfloss appears for a guest verse as Toad in "Mario 3", to date receiving the first and only proper "featured artist" credit to a Duane and Brando song.
- The incomplete "Mega Proto Man 9" was originally to have Brentalfloss return for an opening verse (which he contributed to a live performance) and Mega Ran for the "Galaxy Man" segment (which exists online as a separate demo clip).
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: From Duane's "Ice Climber":Dodge the icicles falling up high,
If they hit me then I'll probably get mad or something!
- Trauma Button: Played for laughs in the music video for "Mario 3", where after Mario calls Iggy "a nerd with a fat head!", the music fades out with a dramatic zoom-in on Iggy's face as the word "TRIGGERED" stamps above him.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Sonic in "Sonic the Hedgehog" keeps getting Tails to help him with rings and flight, but then turns around to insult him, tell him to "go the fuck away" and say how he doesn't need a sidekick.
- Vampire Bites Suck: "Castlevania" features the final battle between Simon Belmont and Dracula, and at one point, Dracula takes what sounds like a nasty chomp out of him. In the LP of Devastation version of the song, Duane's scream makes it sound really painful.
- Verbal Tic: When they have to pad out the meter, they often say "ha-ha!" Or, if all else fails, "bitch!"
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Tails is abused in their Sonic the Hedgehog song, with the unseen player taking advantage of his infinite respawns to kill him over and over and over again.Tails:Hey Sonic, tell Player 2 to stop jumpin' in spikes
That shit hurts, even with these infinite lives!
- Viewer Pronunciation Confusion: Invoked in "Final Fantasy", which has the character Bikke, but while the subtitles read out his name, the actual sound of him introducing himself is replaced with a cough. In a YouTube comment, Brando claimed that none among them could agree on how to pronounce it.note
- Villain Song: Chaos gets his own segment in the "Final Fantasy" song using a tune that wasn't actually in the first game, but rather the following one.Those fools are on their way, they'll rue the day they came this way
I'm CHAOS! ...in the flesh.
The Fiends compare to fleas compared to me, it's great to be
pure CHAOS! ...I laid Erdrick to rest
And one by one you'll die by my hand! Oh look what I've become!
This fantasy is far from final... The worst is yet to come...
- Visual Pun:
- An understated one during the "Final Fantasy" music video, where during Chaos' Villainous Lament, several Mega Man characters playing as a band, and Bass is playing... bass.
- Twofold during the "Mario 3" rap: a king-transformed-into-a-dog is seen sitting in front of a Warp Pipe with smoke coming out of it; the lyrics played during this shot are "Smoke weed everyday", a meme associated with Snoop Dogg.
- Voice of the Legion: Chaos during his own segment in "Final Fantasy", alternating between one deep demonic voice, one higher-pitched normal voice.
- We Can Rule Together:
- Dark Link offers to have Link join him in the climax of "Zelda 2" to take over and ruin Hyrule. Link promptly rejects it with a serious A.I. Breaker.
- In "Double Dragon", during the fight between Billy and Jimmy:Jimmy Lee: Join us! Don't be so stupid!
Teach all of my warriors Sousetsuken!
If ya don't, I'll put you in a headlock, G!
By the way, I think yer girl really likes me...
- With Lyrics: Almost the entirety of their discography, though they do have a few original songs. Being mostly rappers, however, often times the instrumental is used as a backdrop, with the duo usually opting out of singing the original song melodies of their various tunes.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Invoked in "Mario 2", where BrandO makes a jab at John Leguizamo being cast as Luigi for the live-action movie: