History Megamind / TropesAToL

16th Sep '17 12:23:21 PM nighttrainfm
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** Not long before [[spoiler:he quits the superhero thing]], Metro Man says in his speech to the people of Metro City, "and at the end of the day, I often ask myself: what would I do without you?"

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** Not long before [[spoiler:he quits the superhero thing]], Metro Man says in his speech to the people of Metro City, "and at the end of the day, I often ask myself: what who would I do be without you?"
13th Sep '17 2:22:39 PM Rodangizzardcrusher3
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** Also, the humorous position that Titan/Tighten is shown in the cover makes him look like he's some sort of PluckyComicRelief. You probably wouldn't have thought he was [[spoiler: the film's BigBad]].
11th Aug '17 3:42:36 PM N8han11
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** Granted, he hasn't exactly had time to practice and improve yet. Maybe he just needs lessons.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Want to defeat your arch-nemesis and rule the world? Go knock yourself out. [[spoiler:Want to ''destroy'' the city because of [[WhosLaughingNow all your bottled-up resentment from a lifetime of rejection]]?]] Not cool. At least, Megamind knows how to take "no" for an answer.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Want to defeat your arch-nemesis and rule the world? Go knock yourself out. [[spoiler:Want to ''destroy'' the city because of [[WhosLaughingNow all your bottled-up resentment from a lifetime of rejection]]?]] Not cool. At least, Megamind knows how to take "no" for an answer.



*** [[spoiler: On the topic of Hal/Titan, in the training sequence, you see him gleefully melting the face of the Megamind mannequin. Played completely for laughs at the time, but later you see that first, it shows he's more than happy to defy the standard superhero ThouShaltNotKill policy, and second, that he has much more of a dark side than one would give him immediate credit for.]]
*** In the scene where [[spoiler:Hal gains Metroman's powers]] he's wearing a shirt that says "Bite Me" with a vampire smiley face. What happens when you get bitten by a vampire? According to a lot of versions of the myth [[spoiler:you gain superpowers and turn evil.]]

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*** [[spoiler: On the topic of Hal/Titan, in In the training sequence, you see him gleefully melting the face of the Megamind mannequin. Played completely for laughs at the time, but later you see that first, it shows he's more than happy to defy the standard superhero ThouShaltNotKill policy, and second, that he has much more of a dark side than one would give him immediate credit for.]]
*** In the scene where [[spoiler:Hal gains Metroman's powers]] he's wearing a shirt that says "Bite Me" with a vampire smiley face. What happens when you get bitten by a vampire? According to a lot of versions of the myth myth, [[spoiler:you gain superpowers and turn evil.]]



** In the scene just before Titan fights Megamind, he holds up a torn magazine with Metro Man carrying Roxanne. [[spoiler:The top of the magazine is torn off, and he holds it up in a way that puts Megamind's head where Metro Man's originally was (with "HERO" prominent on what's left of the cover).]]
*** Also something of an IronicEcho, given that [[spoiler:the roles were reversed, with the replacement idea explicit, earlier.]]

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** In the scene just before Titan fights Megamind, he holds up a torn magazine with Metro Man carrying Roxanne. [[spoiler:The top of the magazine is torn off, and he holds it up in a way that puts Megamind's head where Metro Man's originally was (with "HERO" prominent on what's left of the cover).]]
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]] It's also an IronicEcho, given that [[spoiler:the roles were reversed, with the replacement idea explicit, earlier.]]



* FreezeFrameBonus: When Megamind and Metroman are bantering at the beginning of the film there are one or two frames where [[spoiler:Metroman has disappeared from the observatory and can be seen behind Megamind.]] This actually leads to a continuity error when you realize [[spoiler:that during the TimeStandsStill sequence later, Megamind is clearly in a different part of his speech.]]
** Quite appropriate for a film with [[Film/FightClub Brad Pitt]].
** Also, the other functions of the de-gun can be seen this way. The most notable are "demoralize", "de-ath ray" and "decoupage".

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* FreezeFrameBonus: FreezeFrameBonus:
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When Megamind and Metroman are bantering at the beginning of the film there are one or two frames where [[spoiler:Metroman has disappeared from the observatory and can be seen behind Megamind.]] This actually leads to a continuity error when you realize [[spoiler:that during the TimeStandsStill sequence later, Megamind is clearly in a different part of his speech.]]
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Quite appropriate for a film with [[Film/FightClub Brad Pitt]].
** Also, the The other functions of the de-gun can be seen this way. The most notable are "demoralize", "de-ath ray" and "decoupage".



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: While investigating Metro Man's hideout, Roxanne and Megamind come across a glass of water and wonder about the fact that it still has ice cubes in it. [[spoiler:Meanwhile, Metro Man -- who they think is ''dead'' -- comes in, notices them, and frantically tries to sneak out without being noticed. We find out a few seconds later he has SuperSpeed, making this an example of RuleOfFunny. Alternately, he just panicked.]]
** [[spoiler:On top of that, he is perfectly capable of defying gravity -- [[FridgeLogic why didn't he just quietly float out of sight again?]]]]

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: FunnyBackgroundEvent:
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While investigating Metro Man's hideout, Roxanne and Megamind come across a glass of water and wonder about the fact that it still has ice cubes in it. [[spoiler:Meanwhile, Metro Man -- who they think is ''dead'' -- comes in, notices them, and frantically tries to sneak out without being noticed. We find out a few seconds later he has SuperSpeed, making this an example of RuleOfFunny. Alternately, he just panicked.]]
** [[spoiler:On top of that, he is perfectly capable of defying gravity -- [[FridgeLogic why didn't he just quietly float out of sight again?]]]]
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** We get a tiny bit of {{Foreshadowing}} that Metro Man is smarter than he seems merely by the fact that he went to the same "special" school for gifted children that Megamind did.



** [[spoiler:Metro Man, when on the verge of being discovered in his hideout]]. Although we don't hear what it is, the spoilered character appears to be mouthing a very rude word.

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** [[spoiler:Metro Man, when on the verge of being discovered in his hideout]]. Although we don't hear what it is, the spoilered character he appears to be mouthing a very rude word.



** The final celebration scene, when Roxanne fastens Mega's cloak around his neck, while standing in front of him. His head is bowed, possibly to express that he is in the "shyness" phase of being in love; but from his MaleGaze, ''he is taking advantage of the moment to stare down her cleavage''.

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** The [[spoiler:The final celebration scene, when Roxanne fastens Mega's cloak around his neck, while standing in front of him. His head is bowed, possibly to express that he is in the "shyness" phase of being in love; but from his MaleGaze, ''he is taking advantage of the moment to stare down her cleavage''.]]



* GoodColorsEvilColors: Subverted in The Button of Doom: [[spoiler:Megamind starts out trying to fulfill his new role as Defender by replacing his black "Villain" suit with a white outfit and bulky gadgets mimicking Metro Man's powers. But after realizing that he's better off fighting threats ''[[BeYourself his]]'' [[BeYourself way]], he settles with [[DarkIsNotEvil defending Metro City in his old suit]]]].

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Subverted in The Button of Doom: [[spoiler:Megamind starts out trying to fulfill his new role as Defender by replacing his black "Villain" suit with a white outfit and bulky gadgets mimicking Metro Man's powers. But after realizing that he's better off fighting threats ''[[BeYourself his]]'' [[BeYourself way]], he settles with [[DarkIsNotEvil defending Metro City in his old suit]]]].



* HeroicBuild: Both Metro Man and Titan are absurdly well-built and muscular. Since Titan becomes this way after gaining his power, it can probably be justified as part and parcel of their superpowers.

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* HeroicBuild: Both Metro Man and Titan are absurdly well-built and muscular. Since Titan becomes this way after gaining his power, it can probably be justified as part and parcel of their superpowers.



* HighCollarOfDoom: Megamind just loves 'em. He even has one on his pajamas.

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* HighCollarOfDoom: HighCollarOfDoom:
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Megamind just loves 'em. He even has one on his pajamas. Even his supposedly standard issue prison uniform has a high collar.



** Even his supposedly standard issue prison uniform has a high collar.



* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Metro Man swooping in to save Roxanne. It is just a caped skeleton propelled by the explosion]].

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* HopeSpot: HopeSpot:
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[[spoiler:Metro Man swooping in to save Roxanne. It is just a caped skeleton propelled by the explosion]].



* HugeHolographicHead: Made of thousands of appropriately colored glowing brain bots.

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* HugeHolographicHead: HugeHolographicHead:
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Made of thousands of appropriately colored glowing brain bots.



* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:Metro Man's tired of being the DesignatedHero [[BecauseDestinySaysSo just because it is expected of him]], so he [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]] and [[HesJustHiding goes into hiding]] so he can be left alone to do his own thing.]]

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: IJustWantToBeNormal:
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[[spoiler:Metro Man's tired of being the DesignatedHero [[BecauseDestinySaysSo just because it is expected of him]], so he [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]] and [[HesJustHiding goes into hiding]] so he can be left alone to do his own thing.]]



* IneffectualSympatheticVillain[=/=]NotSoHarmlessVillain: Megamind [[ZigZaggingTrope oscillates between these tropes]]. At first, he seems more like a sympathetic villainous GracefulLoser whose crimes are of the PokeThePoodle variety - [[spoiler:and then he apparently kills Metro Man]]. Then he vandalizes the city, but never does anything THAT evil. [[spoiler:Then he creates Titan. Oops. And finally he atones for his misdeeds, removing him from villain territory altogether]].
* InkSuitActor: Jonah Hill as Hal.

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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain[=/=]NotSoHarmlessVillain: IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Megamind [[ZigZaggingTrope oscillates between these tropes]].this]] and NotSoHarmlessVillain. At first, he seems more like a sympathetic villainous GracefulLoser whose crimes are of the PokeThePoodle variety - [[spoiler:and then he apparently kills Metro Man]]. Then he vandalizes the city, but never does anything THAT evil. [[spoiler:Then he creates Titan. Oops. And finally he atones for his misdeeds, removing him from villain territory altogether]].
* InkSuitActor: InkSuitActor:
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Jonah Hill as Hal.



** [[spoiler:Perhaps boredom?]]
* KubrickStare

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** [[spoiler:Perhaps boredom?]]
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%%* KubrickStare



* LargeHam: Megamind, though Metro Man is not far behind him in the pork rating, and they both provide great HamToHamCombat. {{Averted}} with [[spoiler:Titan]]. He is not much for posturing.

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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Megamind, though Metro Man is not far behind him in the pork rating, and they both provide great HamToHamCombat. {{Averted}} with [[spoiler:Titan]]. He is [[spoiler:Titan]], who's not much for posturing.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The Forget-me Stick. Megamind also mentions an "Illiteracy Beam" when he visits Metro Man's monument.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: LaserGuidedAmnesia:
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The Forget-me Forget-Me Stick. Megamind also mentions an "Illiteracy Beam" when he visits Metro Man's monument.



* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Titan is only motivated to be a "hero" to get to Roxanne; when he realizes that she does not like him, all hell breaks loose]].

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: LoveMakesYouEvil:
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[[spoiler:Titan is only motivated to be a "hero" to get to Roxanne; when he realizes that she does not like him, all hell breaks loose]].
11th Aug '17 3:33:52 PM N8han11
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** It's a reference to the B-movie Film/RobotMonster.
11th Aug '17 3:33:18 PM N8han11
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* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Megamind had committed enough crimes to merit 88 life sentences, but he saves the city from Titan, and he is the new official hero, beloved by all]].
** Not to mention, [[spoiler:presumably Megamind and Roxie are the only ones that know that Metro Man isn't dead, but the people don't know that. To them Megamind killed their beloved hero for good. Oh well, guess Megamind is just that loveable]].
** Could have been mended with a single scene showing a judge sentencing Megamind to ''lifetime community service,'' picking up litter and saving Metro City from utter annihilation.
*** Well, the guy had just singlehandedly eliminated two superpowered beings, and the regular police and military were virtually powerless to stop him. He also pretty much rebuilt the city using the Brain Bots. It may be that the people knew that he could do whatever the hell he wanted with them anyway, so if he wanted to be their hero, best not to argue.
*** There's also the fact that Megamind's crimes were FamilyFriendly mayhem and {{InformedAttribute}}s. We don't see the majority of his crimes. We see Metro Man defeat him and take him back to jail. The Warden is also shown as being somewhat sympathetic to the fact that Megamind considers the prison "home."
6th Aug '17 1:10:32 PM creader
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6th Aug '17 1:09:21 PM creader
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** There was this gem early on:
--->'''Hal:''' "Roxie, if I was Metro Man, I'd watch you like a dingo watches a human baby. [[CantBelieveISaidThat Wait…]]"
** [[spoiler: On the topic of Hal/Titan, in the training sequence, you see him gleefully melting the face of the Megamind mannequin. Played completely for laughs at the time, but later you see that first, it shows he's more than happy to defy the standard superhero ThouShaltNotKill policy, and second, that he has much more of a dark side than one would give him immediate credit for.]]

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** There were many hints that showed Hal wasn't as heroic as Megamind assumed he was:
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There was this gem early on:
--->'''Hal:''' ---->'''Hal:''' "Roxie, if I was Metro Man, I'd watch you like a dingo watches a human baby. [[CantBelieveISaidThat Wait…]]"
** *** [[spoiler: On the topic of Hal/Titan, in the training sequence, you see him gleefully melting the face of the Megamind mannequin. Played completely for laughs at the time, but later you see that first, it shows he's more than happy to defy the standard superhero ThouShaltNotKill policy, and second, that he has much more of a dark side than one would give him immediate credit for.]]
*** In the scene where [[spoiler:Hal gains Metroman's powers]] he's wearing a shirt that says "Bite Me" with a vampire smiley face. What happens when you get bitten by a vampire? According to a lot of versions of the myth [[spoiler:you gain superpowers and turn evil.]]
*** Minion initially wants to take back Metro Man's powers from Hal, citing it was a terrible idea. Later on, Minion states that Hal doesn't look like a hero. [[spoiler:On both accounts, he's right.]]
*** When Hal is surprised at seeing Megamind and Minion in his home, the first thing he said is that they rob his neighbor, an ''old lady''. It's subtle, but [[spoiler:it's another hint that Hal is not a true hero.]]
*** [[spoiler:One of the things Tighten does after getting confident in his super-powers? Using his XRayVision to spy on Roxanne; another indication of his status as a StalkerWithACrush and a villain in the making.
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** In the scene where [[spoiler:Hal gains Metroman's powers]] he's wearing a shirt that says "Bite Me" with a vampire smiley face. What happens when you get bitten by a vampire? According to a lot of versions of the myth [[spoiler:you gain superpowers and turn evil.]]



** Minion initially wants to take back Metro Man's powers from Hal, citing it was a terrible idea. Later on, Minion states that Hal doesn't look like a hero. [[spoiler:On both accounts, he's right.]]
** When Hal is surprised at seeing Megamind and Minion in his home, the first thing he said is that they rob his neighbor, an ''old lady''. It's subtle, but [[spoiler:it's another hint that Hal is not a true hero.]]
13th Jul '17 5:21:07 AM StFan
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* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}} Megamind pronounces a lot of words oddly. Sometimes it is intentional in order to sound more evilish, other times it is just mispronunciation. For example, he says "Ollo" instead of "Hello", "Shul" instead of "School" (See also BilingualBonus above) and "Metrocity" (rhymes with "atrocity") instead of "Metro City". It becomes SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay later in the film.

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* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}} ItIsPronouncedTroPAY:
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Megamind pronounces a lot of words oddly. Sometimes it is intentional in order to sound more evilish, other times it is just mispronunciation. For example, he says "Ollo" instead of "Hello", "Shul" instead of "School" (See also BilingualBonus above) and "Metrocity" (rhymes with "atrocity") instead of "Metro City". It becomes SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay later in the film.



** Megamind isn't oblivious to this. When disguised as Bernard, Megamind begins to say "shool", but quickly says "school" properly.
** In fact, he wasn't oblivious to the "spider" thing either. Before he said "spee-ider" he asked "Spider?" Perhaps in "Button of Doom," he's simply decided that's how he wants to pronounce it.

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** Megamind isn't oblivious to this. When disguised as Bernard, Megamind begins to say "shool", but quickly says "school" properly.
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properly. In fact, he wasn't oblivious to the "spider" thing either. Before he said "spee-ider" he asked "Spider?" Perhaps in "Button of Doom," he's simply decided that's how he wants to pronounce it.
7th Jun '17 10:53:55 AM creader
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** When Hal is surprised at seeing Megamind and Minion in his home, the first thing he said is that they rob his neighbor, an ''old lady''. It's subtle, but [[spoiler:it's another hint that Hal is not a true hero.]]
29th May '17 1:34:54 PM Skylite
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*** There's also the fact that Megamind's crimes were FamilyFriendly mayhem and {InformedAttribute}s. We don't see the majority of his crimes. We see Metro Man defeat him and take him back to jail. The Warden is also shown as being somewhat sympathetic to the fact that Megamind considers the prison "home."

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*** **** There's also the fact that Megamind's crimes were FamilyFriendly mayhem and {InformedAttribute}s. {{InformedAttribute}}s. We don't see the majority of his crimes. We see Metro Man defeat him and take him back to jail. The Warden is also shown as being somewhat sympathetic to the fact that Megamind considers the prison "home."
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