History Fridge / Megamind

14th Jul '17 1:05:23 PM TropeRoper
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* [[spoiler:Roxanne asks Metro Man how he could give up his hero life, but itís actually very simple: itís not heroism if thereís no real danger. Megamind was a flamboyant but goofy villain, his plots only serving to defeat Metro Man and failing every time. Whenever he appeared it was entertainment with no serious threat; people just stood and booed him, and even his frequent hostage Roxanne was joking along. Metro Man described it as ďgoing through the motionsĒ, which is probably what it was: any heroism thatís playing along would eventually feel staged and somewhat worthless.]]
** [[spoiler:He should probably have stepped in when Titan appeared and proved himself a legitimate threat. But then, he had put his faith in Megamind to stop him. Which he did, and thus by proving himself a hero in the face of serious adversity Metro Man knew he could retire in peace.]]
* The three superhumans have traits that resemble their colors:
** Metro Man is white: a color that represents purity and goodness, but also represents detachment from people. [[spoiler: It can represent secrecy too, as no one really knew what Metro Man was like until later on.]]
** Hal/Titan is red: a color symbolic of rage and destruction.
** Megamind is blue: this is the color of water. Itís actually emphasized in him having a fish sidekick and using aqua-styled equipment (squid bots, dehydration equipment. Itís a neutral color, which symbolizes Megamind switching between villainous and heroic roles. Also, the sea is calm and placid but once roused itís unstoppable, which fits Megamind in the film.
* Metro Man is slicked-up and stylish, a tribute to the term ďmetrosexual man.Ē [[spoiler: When he later appears he is more rugged and natural, showing he has given up his posturing for a more normal lifestyle.]]
* Megamind uses presentation as a weapon in the film, [[spoiler: using Minion as a diversion while he impersonates Metro Man to frighten Titan off. That doesnít work for too long since Titan can see through it, so he falls back on his more natural ability of making weapons and using them to secure an advantage against Titanís strength.]]

10th Jul '17 4:21:39 PM Caswin
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* Megamind and Minion's bitter parting of the ways turning into "Well good luck on your date!" "I will!" "That doesn't even make any sense!" "I ''know!''" isn't just funny, it's Megamind's driving character trait of going through the motions of a fight.
14th Jun '17 9:00:43 PM TheBarnOwl
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*** Actually, the first time the warden mentions the life sentences is when he's reading the card that came with "Metroman's" gift. Since Minion sent the watch, he wasn't wrong and the warden confirmed it. The second time the warden was Minion in disguise and says "88". So either Megamind DID earn a few more sentences, and/or he told Minion the right number to put on the card. Or Minion did forget.

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*** Actually, the first time the warden mentions the life sentences is when he's reading the card that came with "Metroman's" gift. Since Minion sent the watch, he wasn't wrong and the warden confirmed it. The second time time, the warden was [[spoiler:was Minion in disguise disguise]] and says "88". So either Megamind DID earn a few more sentences, and/or he [[spoiler: told Minion the right number to put on the card. Or Minion did forget.]]



** A lot of people thinks that Megamind got off easy in the end for all his crimes after he [[spoiler:has a HeelFaceTurn]], but to him, prison was just like a second home and he could [[CardboardPrison break out whenever he felt like it]]. So in reality, [[spoiler:him being a hero not only gives them a new hero, it saves them the trouble of sending him to jail (which did nothing to change him because he felt like it was his home) and]] saves money for repairing any damage his break out would cause.
*** Even better? Megamind saving the city from Titan and then repairing all the damage with his bots? The ultimate in community service.
* In his speech to the adoring crowd, Metro Man solemnly tells them, "At the end of each day, I often ask myself: [[SlaveToPR what would I be without you]]?" On first viewing it seems like just another faux-humble bit of patter from a SmugSuper, but then it turns out [[spoiler:he [[StepfordSmiler really means it]]. Minutes later, his identity crises comes to a head and he decides to [[FakingTheDead fake his own death]] so he can ''find out'' what he is without them.]]
** Plus there's his face as he's saying it. If you look carefully, in the second before someone yells "I love you Metroman!" he has this contemplative look like "No really, ''who would I be without you?''
** Also, look at what he does at the opening for the museum; juggles babies, walks on water, openly (if subtly) insults his audience ("... the helpless people of Metro City." "And I love ''you'', Random Citizen!") -- things that, if his audience wasn't being so fawning, they'd be genuinely and reasonably upset by. He's not just being smug; he's getting so frustrated with being the perfect hero loved by all that he's trying to provoke a rise out of his audience and shake them out of their complacency so that for once he has something ''different'' in his life.

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** A lot of people thinks think that Megamind got [[spoiler:got off easy in the end for all his crimes after he [[spoiler:has has a HeelFaceTurn]], HeelFaceTurn, but to him, prison was just like a second home and he could [[CardboardPrison break out whenever he felt like it]]. it,]] making jailing him a waste of time and resources.]] So in reality, [[spoiler:him being a hero not only gives them the city a new hero, protector, but it also saves them the police the trouble of sending him to jail (which did nothing to change him because he felt like it was his home) place) and]] saves money for repairing any damage his break out breakout would cause.
*** Even better? Megamind [[spoiler:Megamind saving the city from Titan and then repairing all the damage with his bots? bots?]] The ultimate in community service.
* In his speech to the adoring crowd, Metro Man solemnly tells them, "At the end of each day, I often ask myself: [[SlaveToPR what would I be without you]]?" On first viewing it seems like just another faux-humble bit of patter from a SmugSuper, but then it turns out [[spoiler:he [[StepfordSmiler really means it]]. Minutes later, his identity crises comes to a head and he decides to [[FakingTheDead fake his own death]] so he can ''find out'' just what he is without them.]]
** Plus Plus, there's his face as he's saying it. If you look carefully, in the second before someone yells "I love you Metroman!" he has this contemplative look like "No really, ''who would I be without you?''
** Also, look at what he does at the opening for the museum; juggles babies, walks on water, openly (if subtly) insults his audience ("... the helpless people of Metro City." "And I love ''you'', Random Citizen!") -- things that, if his audience wasn't being so fawning, they'd be genuinely and reasonably upset by. He's [[spoiler:He's not just being smug; he's getting so frustrated with being the perfect hero loved by all that he's trying to provoke a rise out of his audience and shake them out of their complacency so that for once he has something ''different'' in his life.]]



* The seeds for Metro Man's emergence as "Music Man" were sown pretty early on in the film. In the backstory montage, while young Megamind dehydrates/rehydrates Minion, young Metro Man is playing ukulele in the background. The music career didn't just come out of nowhere, it had been a hobby since boyhood, pushed to the side by the superhero career. Granted, he had talent...
** For bonus points, it's something that Metro Man's not automatically superhuman (or necessarily good) at, but he has the potential to improve. Most superhero portrayals come down to what powers and skills they have and don't have; the possibility of working at something is rarely explored, and it's an experience he probably wanted.

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* The seeds for Metro [[spoiler:Metro Man's emergence as "Music Man" were sown pretty early on in the film. In the backstory montage, while young Megamind dehydrates/rehydrates Minion, young Metro Man is playing ukulele ''playing ukulele'' in the background. The music career didn't just come out of nowhere, it had been a hobby since boyhood, pushed to the side by the superhero career. ]] Granted, he had talent...
** For bonus points, it's something that Metro [[spoiler:Metro Man's not automatically superhuman (or necessarily good) at, but he has the potential to improve.improve at. Most superhero portrayals come down to what powers and skills they have and don't have; the possibility of working at something is rarely explored, and it's an experience he probably wanted.]]



* On that point, you might note that during Metro Man Day, Metro Man strums air guitar and generally acts like a rock star... because that's his ''fantasy''. That's the ''happiest'' you ever see him in the film.
** To add another note, Metro Man's costume does resemble something music stars would wear. Specifically, Elvis.
*** Keep in mind the song that's playing during that scene: "A Little Less Conversation" ... sung by Elvis.
*** And another layer to that- who inspired Elvis's later wardrobe? [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} DC's Captain Marvel]].
*** This one just struck me - Metroman greeting a citizen while in a PaperThinDisguise near the end - that's his way of starting "ElvisLives" rumors.
* When "Bernard" points to a door in Megamind's lair and says "This way looks exciting." and Roxanne replies "No, it says exit." "Bernard" comes up with the lame excuse "...which is the abbreviation for ''exciting'' right?" ''He's not making it up.'' He really thinks Exit is short for exciting, which would also explain why a door marked exit has an alligator dance party behind it.

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* On that point, you might note that during Metro Man Day, Metro Man strums [[spoiler:strums air guitar and generally acts like a rock star... because that's his ''fantasy''. ]] That's the ''happiest'' you ever see him in the film.
** To add another note, Metro Man's costume does resemble something music stars [[spoiler:music stars]] would wear. Specifically, Elvis.
[[spoiler:Elvis.]]
*** Keep in mind the song that's playing during that scene: "A Little Less Conversation" ... Conversation" [[spoiler:... sung by Elvis.
Elvis.]]
*** And another layer to that- who inspired Elvis's [[spoiler:Elvis's]] later wardrobe? [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} DC's Captain Marvel]].
*** This one just struck me - Metroman greeting [[spoiler:greeting a citizen while in a PaperThinDisguise near the end - that's his way of starting "ElvisLives" rumors.
rumors.]]
* When "Bernard" points to a door in Megamind's lair and says "This way looks exciting." exciting," and Roxanne replies "No, it says exit." "Bernard" comes up with the lame excuse "...which is the abbreviation for ''exciting'' right?" ''He's not making it up.'' He really thinks Exit "exit" is short for exciting, "exciting," which would also explain why a door marked exit "exit" has an alligator dance party behind it.



** Might be the CaptainObvious here but it occured to me when reading the above fridge: Megamind thinking "Exit" meaning "Exciting" is not because he's socially inept, but because he grew up in a ''prison''. Think about it: the most exciting thing for any prisoner is to step out ''the Exit Door''.

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** Might be the CaptainObvious here but it occured to me when reading the above fridge: Megamind thinking "Exit" "exit" meaning "Exciting" "exciting" is not because he's socially inept, but because he grew up in a ''prison''. Think about it: the most exciting thing for any prisoner is to step out ''the Exit Door''.



* Notice how the colour of the dresses Roxanne wears change throughout the movie. The first one is red, the second purple, the final one blue. Red for when she's an enemy of Megamind, purple when she's -- thanks to her interactions with 'Bernard' (and the effect she's having on him) -- a bit more ambivalent towards him, and blue when he's finally managed to win her over.

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* Notice how the colour of the dresses Roxanne wears change throughout the movie. The first one is red, the second purple, the final one blue. Red for when she's an enemy of Megamind, purple when she's -- thanks to her interactions with 'Bernard' (and the effect she's having on him) -- a bit more ambivalent towards him, and blue when [[spoiler:when he's finally managed to win her over.]]



** Man, I was fooled by that too--I predicted that the hero would be Roxanne; She would be perfect! but I was disappointed to find out it was [[spoiler: Hal]] that got the abilities. She would have been the right choice, though, [[spoiler: and that's why she didn't get the powers: choosing her would have ended the story right then and there.]]

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** Man, I was fooled by that too--I predicted that the hero would be Roxanne; She she would be perfect! but But I was disappointed to find out it was [[spoiler: Hal]] that got the abilities. She would have been the right choice, though, [[spoiler: and that's why she didn't get the powers: choosing her would have ended the story right then and there.]]
3rd Jun '17 10:33:24 PM Caswin
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* The role filled by Megamind's invented "Space Dad" mentor, traditionally, is to contribute at least some of the young hero's moral framework and sense of justice. However, even if he's really kind of weak on being a villain, Megamind doesn't really ''know'' much about morality, justice, or what it really means to be a hero. Most of the training is focused simply on using his new powers, with the surface elements he remembers of his battles with Metro Man... and so, we get a powerful, vengeful Hal who hasn't learned anything.

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* The role filled by Megamind's invented "Space Dad" mentor, traditionally, is to contribute at least some of the young hero's moral framework and sense of justice. However, even if he's really kind of weak on being a villain, Megamind doesn't really actually ''know'' much about morality, justice, or what it really means to be a hero. Most of the training is focused simply on using his new powers, with the surface elements he remembers of his battles with Metro Man... and so, we get a powerful, vengeful Hal who hasn't learned anything.
doesn't know spit about being a hero (besides violence, and, maybe, ''something'' about getting the girl after rescuing her).
3rd Jun '17 10:26:04 PM Caswin
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* The role filled by Megamind's invented "Space Dad" mentor, traditionally, is to contribute at least some of the young hero's moral framework and sense of justice. However, even if he's really kind of weak on being a villain, Megamind doesn't really ''know'' much about morality, justice, or what it really means to be a hero. Most of the training is focused simply on using his new powers, with the surface elements he remembers of his battles with Metro Man... and so, we get a powerful, vengeful Hal who hasn't learned anything.
3rd Jun '17 5:00:45 AM Sharlee
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** Megamind was raised ''from infancy, inside a prison''. Prison inmates, as a subculture, '''loathe''' other inmates who've committed crimes against children. It's unlikely that the ones who raised him would've ever even let him ''hear the words'' "child abuse", let alone meet someone convicted for such an act, so he may not even realize that such a crime exists.
21st May '17 10:02:00 AM nombretomado
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* Megamind's sense of style and taste in music would seem an odd fit... until you consider when he landed in that prison. If you say Megamind is in his late 20's and the film is set in 2010, that makes him an 80's baby. Being raised by cons in an 80's prison, any radios would likely have been tuned to hard rock stations (AC/DC, Guns 'n' Roses, George Thorogood & the Destroyers.) Plus, since we see that his cell had a TV in it, he was likely exposed to MTV and VH1, and very likely would have gotten his sense of presentation from the likes of Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and Michael Jackson. Now, the Minnie Ripperton still doesn't fit... until you remember that Minion was controlling the boom box. That was likely his taste in music peeking through, which means when Megamind plays it after Tighten stands him up for the fight, he was wishing Minion was still around.

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* Megamind's sense of style and taste in music would seem an odd fit... until you consider when he landed in that prison. If you say Megamind is in his late 20's and the film is set in 2010, that makes him an 80's baby. Being raised by cons in an 80's prison, any radios would likely have been tuned to hard rock stations (AC/DC, Guns 'n' Roses, George Thorogood & the Destroyers.) Plus, since we see that his cell had a TV in it, he was likely exposed to MTV and VH1, [=VH1=], and very likely would have gotten his sense of presentation from the likes of Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and Michael Jackson. Now, the Minnie Ripperton still doesn't fit... until you remember that Minion was controlling the boom box. That was likely his taste in music peeking through, which means when Megamind plays it after Tighten stands him up for the fight, he was wishing Minion was still around.
18th May '17 12:43:31 PM lightsidesoul
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* here's a thought, what did Megamind do with Metromans powers after he took them back from Titan?
15th Apr '17 2:32:29 PM LarryMullen
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***Let's hope the same thing happened to Carlos.
20th Feb '17 3:15:54 PM MegaSolipsist
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** [[spoiler:Megamind's and Minion's eyes are in different places, so when Minion is disguised as Megamind, there is no need to leave the eyes free, which is why they stay the same colour. Also, Minion has fish eyes, which may be different enough to be able to see through the inside of the hologram, removing the need to not cover the eyes.

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** [[spoiler:Megamind's and Minion's eyes are in different places, so when Minion is disguised as Megamind, there is no need to leave the eyes free, which is why they stay the same colour. Also, Minion has fish eyes, which may be different enough to be able to see through the inside of the hologram, removing the need to not cover the eyes.]]
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