The design of novel chromophores showing specific photophysical traits is nowadays crucial for the development of new dyes and optical devices. Azobenzene derivatives comprise the largest fraction of the industrial dyes and remain one of the main functions to be employed in the design of general-purpose photoactivated switches. In this context, we have investigated the optical and photoisomerization properties of two push-push azo derivatives, from a purely theoretical perspective, to outline a mechanistic landscape that can contribute to setting the grounds for the future goal of formulating dyes with particular photophysical properties. Both derivatives show downhill excited-state potential energy surfaces, hinting at fast photoactivated isomerization. In addition, both the trans and cis forms show nearly complementary absorption spectra leading to discriminatory color and differential excitation possibilities. Additionally, the reverse cis to trans ground state thermal isomerization reactions show higher energy barriers than the parent azobenzene molecule, supporting their potential use in different technological applications.