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"In the not too distant future, the sinister scientist Dr. Poque creates a gaming console with the ability to tap into the human mind. He recruits young specimens Rocko and Derek, two extraordinary subjects, to become enslaved within a beta-testing camp. This is their story. This is Mega64."

Mega64 is a low-budget (though their budget has increased considerably) Sketch Comedy series created by and starring Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, and Shawn Chatfield. The series started out focusing primarily on skits involving one or more people reenacting video games in real life. Many of Mega64's skits can be watched on their YouTube channel.

The story of Mega64 centers on Dr. Poque, a Mad Scientist who creates the ultimate gaming console, the eponymous Mega64. He kidnaps Rocko Boaty and Derek Ackawzdha and forces them to beta-test the machine. They are soon joined in these tests by Sean Chatfeild, who initially was supposed to deliver e-mails. The cast is rounded out by Horatio, Dr. Poque's Mexican roommate who steals everything, and Marcus, a sexist puppet who works for Poque.

Not to be confused with Mega Man 64, the N64 version of Mega Man Legends, nor a goon going by the same name with a large number of Let's Plays.

Mega64 provides examples of:

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    Multiple Series 
  • Affectionate Parody: While sarcasm and satire is a major part of Mega64's bread and butter, most of it as a whole is run on a genuine love for video games, pop culture, and low budget movies.
  • Ascended Extra: Pretty much every Mega64 "member" beyond the original trio started out working for them as extra help behind the scenes before gradually becoming more prominent.
  • Berserk Button: They don't like being asked if they've been arrested as they consider it a dead horse topic.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Dr. Poque.
    • Raiden in the skit supplied to the pre-E3 show. Pretty much every single one of his attempted jobs (children's birthday entertainer, plumber, gourmet chef, professional dog walker, town crier, professional skateboarder, breakdancer, and artist, in that order) since his four year unemployment ended up crashing and burning. They eventually Threw the Dog a Bone to Raiden with a last-chance job of being a cybernetic private military contractor, where it is implied that he successfully got it.
    • Shawn's more passive personality causes him to be an easy target whenever the other dudes start doing a bit.
  • Call-Back:
    • There are many instances in Version 3 that call back to events, characters, or even throwaway gags from the previous two seasons.
    • In the skit supplied for the Konami Pre-E3 show, Cyborg Raiden's first attempt at a job since being unemployed for four years was being an entertainer for children's birthday parties, which went just as well as anyone would expect (when trying to cut the cake, he accidentially destroyed the entire table). At the end of the skit, Jehuty was offered the same job first, only his use of the job was even worse than Raiden's (namely, he terrorized the neighborhood by bombarding it during his "entertainer's duties")
  • Cringe Comedy:
    • Some of their public skits, especially the Catherine one.
    • Dr Poque's date in "Ode to Sue" could count as this.
  • Fake Guest Star
    • Garrett has rarely missed a podcast, is involved in nearly every single skitnote , has his own show on the podcast channel every Wednesday, and even had star billing on the podcast from 2017 on, and yet he only officially became a fulltime Mega64 member in 2019note .
    • Parodied with Shawn on the podcast, who is constantly called a "special guest star" despite being one of the founding members.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: Used constantly due to the intentionally lo-fi nature of most of their videos.
  • Overly-Long Gag:
  • Musical Episode:
    • "Mega64!"
    • The 2011 commentary for "Summer Semester" is a 31-minute improvised song; the guys falter a few times but basically make it all the way through, while supplying information the whole time.
  • Poe's Law: A huge amount of their sense of humour runs on this, especially their personal channel videos and various podcast skits, but this is the most infamous.
  • Shout-Out: Many, most of them to video games.
  • Spin-Off: A number of the Mega64 crew have their own ventures that are officially hosted on the Mega64 Archives YouTube, Twitch, and Patreon channels.
    • Poorly Played Stream: A weekly game stream/radio call-in show hosted by Garrett (and Bryan from 2017 on).
    • Heartslayers: A relationship (friendship and romance) advice show hosted by Derrick and Meg.
    • Creepy Old Crypt: A bonus podcast where Rocco and Kevin go to various parts of Disneyland and talk about their history and personal stories.
    • Friendimension: A patreon-exclusive series where the crew all play games together.
    • FutureProbe: A freeform stream hosted by Rocco on Thursday nights, where he sometimes plays games and sometimes does random stuff.
    • Rocco's personal channel in particular is full of this. Figure Update, in which he talks about new figures he's collected, Blindbox (a sort of reverse, where he lets other people show off their collections), History of Voltage Vengerz, and the above-mentioned Creepy Old Crypt.
  • Take That!:

    Main Show 
  • Ascended Meme: This image which has made the round on the internet appears several times in the series. It hits its peak when it bursts through the door into Dr. Poque's room, and is eventually revealed to have been an original test subject named Frankie.
  • Back for the Dead: Tr1gg3r S3r1ou5 reappears in Version 3, only to die moments later.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Happens multiple times in Delaware, culminating in The Sombrero Guy.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Dr. Poque has one in "The Gangs Returned To Class And Became Honor Students."
  • Came Back Wrong: Dr. Poque has a wizard bring Sue Back from the Dead, only for her to come back as a zombie who is obsessed with getting Poque to love her.
  • The Cameo:
  • Catchphrase:
    Marcus: Hey, son!
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Garret makes several background appearances- most notably in Marcus's flashback- before revealing himself to be the leader of Falz.
  • Cerebus Retcon: A few examples from Version 3:
    • Marcus's origin, which began as a throwaway gag in a deleted scene from Version 1, is fully explained in "Project Whoosh."
    • Tony, who killed Sean's girlfriend and told him to "Eat at Joe's!" in a flashback in "Poque," returns in "Delaware" to kill Sean, and is eventually revealed to be one of The Killers.
    • The bloody knife that appeared out of nowhere in "I Feel Asleep" was created by the Specter as a clue to how he died.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The season finales tend to have a more serious tone than the preceding episodes.
  • Colliding Criminal Conspiracies: Falz reveals that they have had run-ins with a mysterious group of eight nigh-unstoppable assassins known only as The Killers. As it would turn out, both Lobo Fuerte and Tony were members of The Killers.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The entire core cast qualifies, but special mention should go to Sean and Horatio, as seen in the finales to versions one and two.
  • The Danza: Rocko Boaty, Derek Ackhawzdha, and Sean Chatfeeled are played by Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, and Shawn Chatfield.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Dr. Poque's first name is eventually revealed to be Diarrhea.
  • Emergency Transformation: Marcus used to be human, but when he undertook Project Whoosh his body was vaporized by the Mega64 and his mind was trapped within a puppet.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Horatio in "Stranger," the Sombrero Guy in "Delaware."
  • Living Toy: Marcus. This is frequently acknowledged and eventually explained.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Every bad thing Marcus has done has been so he can get enough money to buy the girl he loves the Eiffel Tower.
  • Meaningful Name: The Specter's real name is Brian Specter.
  • The Plan:
    • Sean attempts one in an episode of Version One. It doesn't go over so well.
    • It turns out that the entire series and the online videos was one by Garret, the leader of Falz.
  • Painting the Medium: Rocko and Derek read The Messenger's subtitles.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Marcus dons one to impersonate Poque in an episode of Version One. Unlike most examples, the person he's trying to fool has never met Poque before.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "My name is Diarrhea."
  • Redemption Equals Death: Dr. Poque gradually turns away from Falz to protect the "family" he's created, culminating in Delaware, where he gives his life to save his friends.
  • Spin-Off: Marcus's Corner, a talkshow featuring Marcus interviewing various prominent figures from the video game industry and answering fan emails.
  • Spooky Photographs: The photo that is printed from the Mega64 that shows Rocko and Derek over Poque's grave.
  • Start of Darkness:
    • Version two's finale, "Stranger," shows how Poque became who he is today.
    • Marcus in "Project Woosh."
  • Sticky Fingers: Horatio tends to take anything that isn't nailed down. More often than not, it's stuff from Poque's room.
  • Stealth Pun: The Falz created game Down, Falz Down.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Tr1gg3r S3r1ou5 winds up helping Marcus save the rest of the Mega64 team in the Version Two finale because he wants to be the one to take Poque down.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: The non-instrumental version of "Sequence Erase" plays in the Version 1 finale when Rocko and Derek confront Poque for the first time. Later in Version 3, the portion of the song with lyrics plays when Sean escapes the facility and heads to the Falz headquarters.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sean takes one in the Version 1 finale, and another in the Version 3 finale. The Specter is directly responsible for both of them.
  • Tragic Villain: Dr. Poque becomes this as more about his past is revealed.
  • True Companions: As time goes on, the core cast of six start to forge very close bonds, despite their situation.
  • The 'Verse: Several seemingly unrelated skits are canon in the Mega64 universe, including "The Blacks," "Backyard Messiahz," and "VGA Commercial #1."
  • Villain Decay: Poque starts out as a megalomaniac Mad Scientist with world domination ambitions; he's clearly a sadist who enjoys the power trip of kidnapping people, experimenting on them and even killing them. In the later seasons, Poque is written as if he was simply a naive and misguided victim, simply following FALZ' orders. Given Poque's enormous ambitions and ego at the start of the series, the drastic change in his personality is quite noticeable.
  • Villain Song: Marcus's "I'm Gonna Be Rich" from "Mega64!"
  • "YEAH!" Shot: The end of the second episode.
  • You Killed My Father: Tr1gg3r S3r1ou5 tries to avenge his father Brian Specter, who was killed by Dr. Poque. This becomes even more tragic when it's revealed that Poque never killed Brian, but was merely tricked into believing so by FALZ in order to guilt him into joining them.
  • Wham Episode: The season finales all tend to be these, but special note goes to "Delaware".

    Public Game Experiments 
  • Back from the Dead: Rocco pretending to be Notch gets arrested for impersonating Notch and apparently was killed in prison. In a sequel video for Minecon, you find out he survived and escaped by tunneling out of prison....and then subverted when that's where he died.
  • Mind Screw: In the Heavy Rain skit- as in the game, the guys are looking for Jason and one of them turns out to have been Jason all along. "You have earned a trophy. Find Jason (You were Jason)".

    Todd & Aaron's Game Awards 
  • Bait-and-Switch: There is usually at least one category that should have an obvious winner that they give to something completely different such as awarding “Best Game Featuring Black Operations” to NBA Jam.
  • Once per Episode: Almost every video in the series has ended with a quick of Derrick creepily staring at the viewer, a shot that opened the very first Todd & Aaron episode.
  • Political Overcorrectness: TODD & AARON'S GAME AWARDS 2014!!!!!!!! (FAMILY FRIENDLY) is built around this down to the title, opening with a fake legal disclaimer where Todd & Aaron have been deemed "unfunny and offensive", and this new show will have no vulgarities or inflammatory statements. While this is ignored almost immediately by the duo, it still comes to ahead later in the episode, where the "Hottest Chick I Wanna Bang" category is reduced down to "Girl" because they couldn't say the original phrase anymore.
  • Running Gag: From 2012 until 2015, Todd & Aaron had a "Best Vita Game" award that had no winner, an obvious jab at the infamous lack of games the Playstation Vita had during its run. The joke ended in TODD & AARON'S GAME AWARDS 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, where Todd finally gives the award... to Dead or Alive Xtreme 3.
    Todd: I'm sorry, I came!
  • Song Parody: The end of TODD & AARON'S GAME AWARDS 2010 features a spoof of "My Favourite Things" from The Sound of Music, this about their love of the Xbox 360 and their hatred of the PS3 and Nintendo.
  • Sudden Intelligence: During their discussion of Final Fantasy XIII in TODD & AARON'S GAME AWARDS 2010, Todd drops the dudebro persona and actually gives real, constructive criticism towards the game... until Aaron pipes in.
    Todd: The character design was very unoriginal, the automatic battle system took a lot of the control away from the player, and I felt that story-wise it was a little too linear which I didn't really expect from a Nomura-produced title.
    Aaron: Plus they got dumbass hair!

    Misc. Sketches 
  • Aerith and Bob: The protagonists of the "E3 Predictions" series are Iqbath Bosconovitch Yelchin and Phil Hartman Jr.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Shawn when he impersonates Tetsuya Nomura repeatedly says "jim jao doko daka" which sounds Japanese but is actually complete gibberish.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In TODD & AARON'S GAME AWARDS 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, the titular characters give the "Most F***d Up Move By A Game Company Releasing A Game And Then Erasing The Creator's Name From The Package" award to... Mad Max (2015) for erasing George Miller's name.note 
    • Aside from them playing the game at the beginning, "METAL GEAR SOLID V SPOOF" has nothing to do with Metal Gear Solid V. They later had to clarify that the parallel between having two Jared Fogles in their video and two Big Bosses in the actual game was completely unintentional, since they had no idea of the game's twist when they made the video.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Shawn's response to Derrick calling Rusty Hearts "Rusty Farts".
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • "God of Games" explains the origin behind the names seen on arcade high score screens as a King of Kong parody starring gamers Alexander Arby Allen, Dr. Ass, and Frederick Alan Grier.
    • Derrick killing Shawn's dog.
  • Gilligan Cut: À la Family Guy, the skit shown at the Pre-E3 show had Raiden, after being suggested several job opportunities to get out of his four year unemployment, shows him bombing his assigned job in various ways. One was also shown of Jehuty in the ending of the skit, to which Jehuty accepts the job proposal, only for it to cut to him... Well, let's just say that there's a good reason why Jehuty should not be let anywhere near neighborhoods with children celebrating birthday parties.
  • Groin Attack: In Genital Mutilation Prank (a skit mocking notorious prankster Sam Pepper), Shawn gets "kidnapped" and is threatened to have his penis cut off. It was just a hot dog taped to his pants...
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!invoked: Parodied in "Modern Game Journalism The Movie", where a once-respected game journalist becomes a pariah because he dares to give Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception an 8.5 out of 10.
  • Impostor-Exposing Test: Rocco's plan to determine the real Jared Fogle at the end of "METAL GEAR SOLID V SPOOF": Go into Subway dressed as a kid and scream for "Uncle Jared".
    Shawn: If Jared Fogle is capable of murder, he's capable of anything.
  • Pac Man Fever: In their Nintendo 3DS video, Shawn is clearly playing Rhythm Heaven on an original DS, but mashing buttons (the game exclusively uses the touch screen), and the action they describe is nothing like the game. Justified since the 3DS wasn't actually out at the time the video was made. note 
  • Praising Shows You Don't Watchinvoked: "Modern Game Journalism The Movie" has a guy tell the journalist who gave an 8.5 to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception that he "hasn't played the game before" but somehow knows the review was "full of sh*t".
  • Stylistic Suck: A common trope that appears in most of the skits due to the cast and crew's love of schlocky films. Done somewhat unintentionally during their early days in Version 1 and 2.
    • Gamer Warz and Gamer Warz 2 are badly acted, horribly edited, annoyingly shot, the audio goes out of sync, and the second one goes on for 12 minutes. It's also hilarious.
    • "THE DEADPOOL MOVIE!!" is about a cheap Make-a-Wish parody hiring amateur filmmakers to fulfill a child's dying wish to see the Deadpool movie. The movie, naturally, ends up being everyone's worst nightmare of how the real movie could have gone.

    Other (Mega64 Podcast, Panels, etc.) 
  • Brick Joke:
    • Near the beginning of this panel Derrick jokingly tells someone to get a cup of coffee. Near the end he comes back with one.
    • The premise of THE SIX YEAR PRANK video was an example of this.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Shawn gets pretty bad if he drinks on the podcast.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Garrett is extremely eccentric and it's why everybody loves him. "Living with Garrett" is the perfect summary, with Eric and Kevin absolutely baffled more and more by everything Garrett does and says, but Garrett insisting that it all makes perfect sense exclusively to him.
    • Genius Ditz: Garrett is a highly skilled electrical engineer and VFX artist. Most famously, he was responsible for the orc costumes and makeup in their Shadow of Mordor video, which were lauded as seeming highly professional. He just also happens to pronounce "Bahamas" as "baja más".
  • Defeat by Modesty: Derrick jokingly suggested that someone shut up a drunk rambling guy at SGC by pantsing him. It backfired.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Parodied with the MLKcast, which takes place every January during Martin Luther King Week. The MLKcast lasts for a week, hijacks Mega64 TV, and usually consists of random visuals and videos. The real highlight of the MLKcast though is that it becomes a venue for the Mega64 crew to casually pop in at random and interact with or put on some kind of show for the fanbase, turning it into almost a festival of sorts.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Rocco's infamous defence of him watching Fuller House.
    Rocco: I didn't LIKE Fuller House, but I liked WATCHING it!
  • Gross-Out Show: The last podcast of every year is called the "Christmascast", in which the main cast and many of their friends and special guests gorge themselves on disgusting food. The 2016 show was the absolute climax because Kevin brought in surstromming, a HIGHLY pungent fish that smelled so foul they legitimately could not go on. The smell apparently stuck in the studio for weeks. After that they switched the format to more of a competition style, still based on eating (and puking) as much as possible.
  • Only Sane Man: A ton of the energy in the podcast comes from Eric's awareness of how absurd many of the others' situations, conversations, and calls are, and egging everyone else on and yelling things from offscreen in response.
  • Overly-Long Gag / So Unfunny, It's Funny: "What if Trump liked to fuck?"
  • Running Gag: The podcast has several recurring segments and bumpers. Eric became infamous for grilling the cast by playing "Is It Racist?" at the slightest provocation.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Jared Leto, Ben Affleck, and All of them have their own podcast segments whenever they're in the news where the Mega64 crew absolutely rip them.