Can you believe Marcus Butler has been making YouTube videos for nine years? It seems like only yesterday that the fresh round-faced Marcus first greeted our computer screens with the cinnamon challenge and relentlessly relatable rants of what annoyed him that particular week.
Marcus has gone on to do so much more since then, including forming the iconic “Malfie” duo with friend Alfie Deyes, being a member of the YouTube Boy Band for Comic Relief and now returning to his roots with Snapchat. Marcus has certainly come a long way from his blurry 360p introduction video. That’s why it’s a great time to look back and remember our favourite Marcus Butler moments thus far!
How many Chicken McNuggets can you eat?
In Marcus’ classic video from 2011, exactly 120 nuggets were purchased for consumption! (Don’t worry, Marcus isn’t a monster – Alfie helped eat them too!) This unusual situation came from the now deceased Blog TV, where their audiences challenged the two to eat 60 nuggets each, and hilarity ensued! After a dozen or so, Alfie described the nuggets as tasting like water. (Maybe they needed more ketchup?) Later, Marcus complained about his jaw aching, and they both gave up, despite many nuggets being left untouched.
This video was filled with so many hysterical moments that we couldn’t possibly pick just one. What we do know is it certainly deserves a place on this list.
Belting One Direction in front of a mirror
Whilst also holding a toothbrush!
Admit it, we all did this in 2012! In a video where Marcus did an extensive study into different activities people do in front of the mirror, he reveals a whole array of embarrassing behaviours many of us won’t admit to doing. People apparently practice their best smiles in the mirror (remember to not show too much teeth), find the best props to make themselves look more intelligent and even practice kissing techniques!
We’re not sure whether Marcus discovered these from an actual investigation or from his own experiences, but we’ll always remember singing along to One Direction in front of the mirror with rose-tinted glasses!
Noticing things in Becoming YouTube
Have you ever noticed that, whenever you get an email from a Nigerian Prince asking for your bank information, you send it, then suddenly you have no money in your bank? Why does that always happen?
Although phishing scams aren’t among them, Marcus certainly does notice a lot of things. His appearance in a satirical sketch in Benjamin Cook’s Becoming YouTube documentary series was a hilarious parody of his usual videos, a highlight in a rather serious episode about the perception of women and sexism on YouTube.
Speaking Australian with Zoella
Australia is a distant and faraway place, full of dangerous spiders, scary drop bears and a foreign language that is apparently English, but also isn’t. Bringing a little bit of that Australian danger through the safety of YouTube, we loved Marcus’ attempt to teach friend Zoe Sugg how to speak Australian!
By the end of the video, you’ll be casually announcing, “G’day, Sheila, just popping to the dunny,” every time you need to go to the lavatory!
Hallooooooooo, Marky Butt Butt on the track
“Money, money, money, money, money, guns and hoes” is not something we usually condone here at TenEighty HQ. However, this four-minute extravaganza was absolutely the best way to celebrate reaching one million subscribers. Featuring a huge cast of our favourite YouTubers, including Louis Cole and Tyler Oakley, this parody of people’s false perceptions of YouTube fame is extremely self-aware and somehow makes Marky Butt Butt a surprisingly likeable character!
Marky Butt Butt’s surprise appearance!
There’s so much to love about the YouTube Boy Band, a creation for Comic Relief 2014 that featured Marcus, Alfie, Joe Sugg, Jim Chapman and Casper Lee. Firstly, we love McFly and thus choosing to cover their 2005 song All About You was a great start. Furthermore, they recreate the iconic One Direction That’s What Makes You Beautiful-inspired bike scene, and there’s an adorable dance number with lots of awkward 90s clicking,
Alfie’s croaky singing and Joe’s surprisingly good voice made this massive YouTube collaboration something to remember. However, the highlight was undoubtably the surprise appearance of Marky Butt Butt in the bridge. (Although, he did get unceremoniously tackled to the ground when his rap dragged on a bit long.)
Margaret’s morning routine
From the YouTube Boy Band, to Marky Butt Butt and his noticing things sketch, Marcus sure does love a parody. Our favourite one has got to be his My Morning Routine Parody with Margaret! We love her bright lipstick; copious amount of blush; cute squeaky voice; innocent, yet naughty personality; and, umm, scruffy beard? She’s quite the character and we loved what she brought to the morning routine genre.
We dearly hope to see her again in the future!
Twinning with Tom Fletcher!
From their anime hair, thick-rimmed glasses and distinctive jawline, Marcus and Tom Fletcher could honestly pass for identical twins! (Or, at least, fraternal ones?) After a series of fan-made photographs started circulating on Twitter revealing their likeness, Tom instinctively invited Marcus to a McBusted concert at the O2, so they could finally take this beautiful selfie together and confirm everyone’s suspicions!
Marcus Moans, so we don’t have to
Aww, isn’t that nice of him?
Moaning is perhaps the most prominent overarching theme throughout Marcus’ videos, from complaining about people at airports, to showing his exasperation at the weird things teenagers do for no apparent reason. So when Snapchat teamed up with him to make an original series called Marcus Moans, it was a match made in heaven. That is, unless you’re someone who stands on the left of escalators… Or an enthusiastic clapper who applauds every time your aeroplane lands safely… Or a tourist who takes “funny” photos, like propping up the leaning tower of Pisa.
A real chat on Alfie Deyes’ podcast
Marcus and Alfie’s friendship has come a long way since the Chicken Nugget Challenge. Almost a decade on, they’re no longer teenagers, but entrepreneurs finding their place in the new online media space.
Taking place in Marcus’ new office, this 45 minute-long podcast is a reflection of their maturity, making no effort to put on the persona of the people they were a decade previous. They have a rather serious conversation about the sustainability of the industry they happened to almost stumble into as teenagers, the difficulty of being in a both long distance and very public relationship, and even investing the money they made during the younger years of their YouTube careers.
It’s an interesting listen that reflects their maturity in fully accepting that they’re no longer the fun, teenage personalities who gave them their popularity in the first place and they don’t have to pretend to be that anymore. They’re moving on and finding their place in the world as adults.
So there you have it…
Those were our 10 favourite Marcus Butler moments! Naturally, there’s so much more where these came from, so in case we missed any of your favourites, let us know by by sending us a tweet to @TenEightyUK. Who knows, we might write another article about Marcus in the future!
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