History YMMV / AustinPowers

15th Jan '17 3:16:57 PM KoopaKid17
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** George S. Clinton's music for all three movies is a loving homage of the Music/JohnBarry Bond scores, including a fantastic villainous theme for Dr Evil.

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** George S. Clinton's music for all three movies is a loving homage of the Music/JohnBarry Bond scores, including a fantastic villainous theme for Dr Dr. Evil.



** Dr Evil originally wants one million dollars in exchange for not trying to take over the world. Number Two tells him that one million dollars is a [[RidiculousFutureInflation relatively modest hostage demand in the 1990's]]. He then ups the bid to "one hundred... '''billion''... dollars!" His demand seems telling in light of Ireland's 90 billion euro EU bailout.

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** Dr Dr. Evil originally wants one million dollars in exchange for not trying to take over the world. Number Two tells him that one million dollars is a [[RidiculousFutureInflation relatively modest hostage demand in the 1990's]]. He then ups the bid to "one hundred... '''billion''... dollars!" His demand seems telling in light of Ireland's 90 billion euro EU bailout.



* IdiotPlot: In the first movie Dr Evil threatens to set off every volcano on Earth if he isn't given $100 billion. He tells Austin that he plans to set the volcanoes off after he has been paid anyway. If every volcano on Earth erupted, entire continents- including North America, where Dr. Evil and his cohorts are based- would be annihilated (by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone, for instance), the sky would be covered in black ash for thousands if not millions of years, and virtually every living thing on Earth would die, including humanity. So, firstly, Dr. Evil's money would be worthless, and secondly, and a bit more annoyingly from his point of view, Dr. Evil and everyone in his organization would be ''dead''. {{Justified|Trope}} since its a spoof film plus, of course, it's [[StupidEvil Dr. Evil]].

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* IdiotPlot: In the first movie Dr Dr. Evil threatens to set off every volcano on Earth if he isn't given $100 billion. He tells Austin that he plans to set the volcanoes off after he has been paid anyway. If every volcano on Earth erupted, entire continents- including North America, where Dr. Evil and his cohorts are based- would be annihilated (by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone, for instance), the sky would be covered in black ash for thousands if not millions of years, and virtually every living thing on Earth would die, including humanity. So, firstly, Dr. Evil's money would be worthless, and secondly, and a bit more annoyingly from his point of view, Dr. Evil and everyone in his organization would be ''dead''. {{Justified|Trope}} since its a spoof film plus, of course, it's [[StupidEvil Dr. Evil]].



* MoralEventHorizon: Goldmember already has a somewhat misguided compass but he crosses it in response to [[spoiler: Dr Evil's HeelFaceTurn. He puts Preparation H back in motion, holds Foxxy Cleopatra hostage and shoots at Austin and Dr. Evil when they attempt to thwart him turning on the tractor beam.]]

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* MoralEventHorizon: Goldmember already has a somewhat misguided compass but he crosses it in response to [[spoiler: Dr Dr. Evil's HeelFaceTurn. He puts Preparation H back in motion, holds Foxxy Cleopatra hostage and shoots at Austin and Dr. Evil when they attempt to thwart him turning on the tractor beam.]]



* SpecialEffectsFailure: Done intentionally. We have obvious rear screen projection for the driving scenes, obvious stock footage for [[spoiler: Dr Evil's lair exploding in the first film]] and also in the first film, when the guard gets his head bitten off by [[strike: a shark]] [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot an ill-tempered mutated sea bass]], it is obviously a dummy. In the opening Utah scene for the third film, it is obviously a backdrop.

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: Done intentionally. We have obvious rear screen projection for the driving scenes, obvious stock footage for [[spoiler: Dr Dr. Evil's lair exploding in the first film]] and also in the first film, when the guard gets his head bitten off by [[strike: a shark]] [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot an ill-tempered mutated sea bass]], it is obviously a dummy. In the opening Utah scene for the third film, it is obviously a backdrop.
15th Jan '17 11:34:11 AM KoopaKid17
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* MoralEventHorizon: Goldmember already has a somewhat misguided compass but he crosses it in response to [[spoiler: Dr Evil's HeelFaceTurn. He puts Preparation H back in motion, holds Foxxy Cleopatra hostage and shoots at Austin and Dr. Evil when they attempt to thwart him turning on the tractor beam.]]
14th Jan '17 3:21:24 PM KoopaKid17
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* {{Sequelitis}}: While the first movie was very popular at the time of its release and did reasonably well critically, its two sequels were generally seen as retreads of the same jokes and were not nearly as well regarded. Though, check out the [[Funny/AustinPowers Funny Moments]] page to see that this reaction isn't universal.

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* {{Sequelitis}}: While the The first movie was very popular at the time of its release and did reasonably well critically, critically. Depending on who you ask, its two sequels were generally either seen as retreads of the same jokes and were not nearly or just as well regarded. Though, check out the [[Funny/AustinPowers Funny Moments]] page to see that this reaction isn't universal.regarded for its handling of said jokes..



* {{Squick}}: FatBastard is deliberately written to be {{Squick}}.

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* {{Squick}}: Enforced with FatBastard who is deliberately written to be {{Squick}}.this.
12th Dec '16 9:00:14 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The movie-in-the-movie in ''Goldmember'' is a DarkerAndEdgier version of ''Austin Powers''. A few years later, the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise would do something similar with the Creator/DanielCraig films.

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** The movie-in-the-movie [[ShowWithinAShow movie-in-the-movie]] in ''Goldmember'' is a DarkerAndEdgier version of ''Austin Powers''. A few years later, the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise would do something similar with the Creator/DanielCraig films.
8th Dec '16 10:26:48 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AcceptableTargets: Nigel hates Dutch people for no good reason. Austin himself hates carnies (carnival workers) because they have "small hands.... and smell like cabbage." His hate for the Dutch might be justified. See FreudianExcuse on the main page. He's also not fond of Belgians because "they share a border with the Dutch" (Michael Caine makes this line awesome).

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* AcceptableTargets: Nigel hates Dutch people for no good reason. Austin himself hates carnies (carnival workers) because they have "small hands.... and smell like cabbage." His hate for the Dutch might be justified. See FreudianExcuse on the main page. He's also not fond of Belgians because "they share a border with the Dutch" (Michael Caine (Creator/MichaelCaine makes this line awesome).



** George S. Clinton's music for all three movies is a loving homage of the JohnBarry Bond scores, including a fantastic villainous theme for Dr Evil.

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** George S. Clinton's music for all three movies is a loving homage of the JohnBarry Music/JohnBarry Bond scores, including a fantastic villainous theme for Dr Evil.



** Don't forget Madonna's darkly mesmorizing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD5phTXGN_0/ "Beautiful Stranger"]], which served as the unofficial theme to the second movie. Oddly ironic considering that her contribution to [[Film/DieAnotherDay a real Bond movie]] was... not as well-received.
* DirectorDisplacement: ''Austin Powers'' is better known as the work of Mike Myers, who wrote and starred in the films, than Jay Roach, who directed.

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** Don't forget Madonna's Music/{{Madonna}}'s darkly mesmorizing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD5phTXGN_0/ "Beautiful Stranger"]], which served as the unofficial theme to the second movie. Oddly ironic considering that her contribution to [[Film/DieAnotherDay a real Bond movie]] was... not as well-received.
* DirectorDisplacement: ''Austin Powers'' is better known as the work of Mike Myers, Creator/MikeMyers, who wrote and starred in the films, than Jay Roach, who directed.



** Will Ferrell as Mustafa.
** Nathan Lane in ''Goldmember''.

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** Will Ferrell Creator/WillFerrell as Mustafa.
** Nathan Lane Creator/NathanLane in ''Goldmember''.



** Also, the bigger sequels relied heavily on broad slapstick, body humor, DontExplainTheJoke and celebrity cameos, aspects not all that present in the original, which is a direct spoof of 60s spy movies in the same way a movie like ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory'' is a music biopic spoof. As a result, the more you know about James Bond tropes and films of that ilk, the funnier ''International Man of Mystery'' is, as it's quite clear through the production notes and commentary that Myers and his crew are vastly knowledgable about that culture and root much of the film's humor in it.

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** Also, the bigger sequels relied heavily on broad slapstick, body humor, DontExplainTheJoke and celebrity cameos, aspects not all that present in the original, which is a direct spoof of 60s spy movies in the same way a movie like ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory'' is a music biopic spoof. As a result, the more you know about James Bond tropes and films of that ilk, the funnier ''International Man of Mystery'' is, as it's quite clear through the production notes and commentary that Myers and his crew are vastly knowledgable knowledgeable about that culture and root much of the film's humor in it.
26th Nov '16 7:41:39 AM Dreadjaws
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** Far more evidently in FatBastard's "Ultimate wire-frame maneuver".
13th Sep '16 3:09:18 PM JamesAustin
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** While snooping around Alotta Fagina's penthouse in the first movie, Austin discovers a folder with some of Virtucon's evil plots listed inside. In between "Human Organ Trafficing" and "Project Vulcan" is... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "Carrot Top Movie"]]. In the following year, they made ''ChairmanOfTheBoard''.
** In the [[ShowWithinAShow movie-in-the-movie]] in ''Goldmember'', Kevin Spacey plays Dr. Evil, a bald, evil super genius. He'd later go on to play a second bald, evil super genius a few years later in [[SupermanReturns another film]].

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** While snooping around Alotta Fagina's penthouse in the first movie, Austin discovers a folder with some of Virtucon's evil plots listed inside. In between "Human Organ Trafficing" and "Project Vulcan" is... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "Carrot Top Movie"]]. In the following year, they made ''ChairmanOfTheBoard''.
''Film/ChairmanOfTheBoard''.
** In the [[ShowWithinAShow movie-in-the-movie]] in ''Goldmember'', Kevin Spacey plays Dr. Evil, a bald, evil super genius. He'd later go on to play a second bald, evil super genius a few years later in [[SupermanReturns [[Film/SupermanReturns another film]].
13th Sep '16 2:56:47 PM JamesAustin
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* AcceptableTargets: Nigel hates Dutch people for no good reason. Austin himself hates carnies (carnival workers) because they have "small hands.... and smell like cabbage." His hate for the Dutch might be justified. See {{Freudian Excuse}} on the main page. He's also not fond of Belgians because "they share a border with the Dutch" (Michael Caine makes this line awesome).
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: When Dr. Evil goes to the past and mentions ideas that happen to be the same as something popular in the future, are these just coincidences, or is he actually aware of them but taking credit since his minions in the past do not know about them yet?
** Austin saw Vanessa as a {{Replacement Love Interest}} for her mother, his former partner Mrs. Kensington. There seemed to be some [[UnresolvedSexualTension Unresolved Sexual Tension]] when Vanessa asked both of them how they felt about each other.
* AngstWhatAngst: Austin doesn't even particularly seem to care that [[spoiler:Vanessa]] was a Fembot and is now dead. [[RuleOfFunny He's a swinger!]]
** Also, he doesn't seem to care all that much when Basil admits that they suspected it all along, and then [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome quickly changes the subject and never mentions it again]].
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: George S. Clinton's music for all three movies is a loving homage of the JohnBarry Bond scores, including a fantastic villainous theme for Dr Evil.
** Soul Bossa Nova.
** "Austin Powers" by the Wondermints for the first movie; sadly, very little of it gets heard while Mike Myers'... er, Ming Tea's "BBC" [[ItsAllAboutMe gets played in its entirety AND has its own music video alongside the credits]]. It can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V19Ty9hYTsk in all its glory on the soundtrack album]], and holds up a ''lot'' better years later than Ming Tea's effort.
** There's also rapper Ludacris's 2004 song ''Number One Spot'', which not only samples the series' intro theme, but also includes several references to the series. The music video puts Luda directly into all of Myers's roles and co-stars Verne Troyer as Mini-Me, with a cameo by Quincy Jones in the beginning requesting Ludacris put a new spin on ''Soul Bossa Nova''
-->"In court I never show up like Austin Powers's fah-za/Father, father and hey I love gooooold"
** Don't forget Madonna's darkly mesmorizing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD5phTXGN_0/ ''Beautiful Stranger'']], which served as the unofficial theme to the second movie.
* DirectorDisplacement

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* AcceptableTargets: Nigel hates Dutch people for no good reason. Austin himself hates carnies (carnival workers) because they have "small hands.... and smell like cabbage." His hate for the Dutch might be justified. See {{Freudian Excuse}} FreudianExcuse on the main page. He's also not fond of Belgians because "they share a border with the Dutch" (Michael Caine makes this line awesome).
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
**
When Dr. Evil goes to the past and mentions ideas that happen to be the same as something popular in the future, are these just coincidences, or is he actually aware of them but taking credit since his minions in the past do not know about them yet?
** Did Austin saw see Vanessa as a {{Replacement Love Interest}} ReplacementLoveInterest for her mother, his former partner Mrs. Kensington. Kensington? There seemed to be some [[UnresolvedSexualTension Unresolved Sexual Tension]] UnresolvedSexualTension when Vanessa asked both of them how they felt about each other.
* AngstWhatAngst: Austin doesn't even particularly seem to care that [[spoiler:Vanessa]] was a Fembot and is now dead. [[RuleOfFunny He's a swinger!]]
** Also, he
swinger!]] He doesn't seem to care all that much when Basil admits that they suspected it all along, and then [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome quickly changes the subject and never mentions it again]].
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
**
George S. Clinton's music for all three movies is a loving homage of the JohnBarry Bond scores, including a fantastic villainous theme for Dr Evil.
** Soul "Soul Bossa Nova.
Nova."
** "Austin Powers" by the Wondermints for the first movie; sadly, very little of it gets heard while Mike Myers'... er, Ming Tea's "BBC" [[ItsAllAboutMe gets played in its entirety AND has its own music video alongside the credits]].heard. It can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V19Ty9hYTsk in all its glory on the soundtrack album]], and holds up a ''lot'' better really well years later than Ming Tea's effort.
later.
** There's also rapper Ludacris's 2004 song ''Number "Number One Spot'', Spot", which not only samples the series' intro theme, but also includes several references to the series. The music video puts Luda directly into all of Myers's roles and co-stars Verne Troyer as Mini-Me, with a cameo by Quincy Jones in the beginning requesting Ludacris put a new spin on ''Soul "Soul Bossa Nova''
-->"In
Nova."
--->"In
court I never show up like Austin Powers's fah-za/Father, father and hey I love gooooold"
** Don't forget Madonna's darkly mesmorizing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD5phTXGN_0/ ''Beautiful Stranger'']], "Beautiful Stranger"]], which served as the unofficial theme to the second movie.
movie. Oddly ironic considering that her contribution to [[Film/DieAnotherDay a real Bond movie]] was... not as well-received.
* DirectorDisplacementDirectorDisplacement: ''Austin Powers'' is better known as the work of Mike Myers, who wrote and starred in the films, than Jay Roach, who directed.



* EvilIsSexy: Alotta Fagina and Ivana Humpalot are supposed to be this because they are TheVamp for their movie.

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* EvilIsSexy: Alotta Fagina and Ivana Humpalot are (or in the case of Ivana Humpalot, are supposed to be be) this because they are TheVamp for their movie.



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: At the end of Goldmember, Fat Bastard loses weight "like Jared" on the Subway diet and has so much excess skin, he says his neck looks like a vagina. Considering Jared Fogle got in trouble in 2015 for sex with underage girls and possession of child porn, hearing Jared and vagina in the same sentence is kind of jarring.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: At the end of Goldmember, ''Goldmember'', Fat Bastard loses weight "like Jared" on the Subway diet and has so much excess skin, he says his neck looks like a vagina. Considering Jared Fogle got in trouble in 2015 for sex with underage girls and possession of child porn, hearing Jared and vagina in the same sentence is kind of jarring.



** ''Man Of Mystery'' ended on a PatrickStewartSpeech about how the spirit of TheSixties was living more responsibly in TheNineties. Highly cynical TurnOfTheMillennium ideas about sex, war and egotism make even a ChivalrousPervert like Austin look like a WideEyedIdealist.
** You may never look at Random Task from ''Man of Mystery'' [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/austin-powers-actor-convicted-of-torture-for-role,61087/ the same]] [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/austin-powers-actor-who-received-life-sentence-for,63245/ way again.]]
*** Made even more horrible when you realize he'd already committed this atrocious crime seven years before the movie was released. Imagine how uncomfortable the actors must feel knowing they were on set with this monster during filming. Especially Elizabeth Hurley who had to film a scene with him while she was (supposedly) naked.

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** ''Man Of of Mystery'' ended on a PatrickStewartSpeech about how the spirit of TheSixties was living more responsibly in TheNineties. Highly cynical TurnOfTheMillennium ideas about sex, war and egotism make even a ChivalrousPervert like Austin look like a WideEyedIdealist.
** You may never look at Random Task from ''Man of Mystery'' [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/austin-powers-actor-convicted-of-torture-for-role,61087/ the same]] [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/austin-powers-actor-who-received-life-sentence-for,63245/ way again.]]
***
]] Made even more horrible when you realize he'd already committed this atrocious crime seven years before the movie was released. Imagine how uncomfortable the actors must feel knowing they were on set with this monster during filming. Especially Elizabeth Hurley who had to film a scene with him while she was (supposedly) naked.



*** Also, the movie-in-the-movie is a DarkerAndEdgier version of ''Austin Powers''. A few years later, the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise would do something similar with the Creator/DanielCraig films.

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*** Also, the ** The movie-in-the-movie in ''Goldmember'' is a DarkerAndEdgier version of ''Austin Powers''. A few years later, the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise would do something similar with the Creator/DanielCraig films.



* IdiotPlot: In the first movie Dr Evil threatens to set off every volcano on Earth if he isn't given $100 Billion. He tells Austin that he plans to set the volcanoes off after he has been paid anyway. If every volcano on Earth erupted, entire continents- including North America, where Dr Evil and his cohorts are based- would be annihilated (by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone, for instance), the sky would be covered in black ash for thousands if not millions of years, and virtually every living thing on Earth would die, including humanity. So, firstly, Dr Evil's money would be worthless, and secondly, and a bit more annoyingly from his point of view, Dr Evil and everyone in his organization would be ''dead''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since its a spoof film plus, of course, its [[StupidEvil Dr Evil]].
* MemeticMutation: "Yeah baby!", "Shagadelic" and "Oh, behave!"
** "Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed. "

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* IdiotPlot: In the first movie Dr Evil threatens to set off every volcano on Earth if he isn't given $100 Billion.billion. He tells Austin that he plans to set the volcanoes off after he has been paid anyway. If every volcano on Earth erupted, entire continents- including North America, where Dr Dr. Evil and his cohorts are based- would be annihilated (by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone, for instance), the sky would be covered in black ash for thousands if not millions of years, and virtually every living thing on Earth would die, including humanity. So, firstly, Dr Dr. Evil's money would be worthless, and secondly, and a bit more annoyingly from his point of view, Dr Dr. Evil and everyone in his organization would be ''dead''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} since its a spoof film plus, of course, its it's [[StupidEvil Dr Dr. Evil]].
* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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"Yeah baby!", "Shagadelic" and baby!"
** "Shagadelic!"
**
"Oh, behave!"
** "Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed. "



** MemeticHandGesture: "One MILLION dollars!" *Puts little finger to mouth*
*** "One MILLION dollars" was so overplayed, even King Hussein of Jordan was doing it before he died.
** Sharks with FrickinLaserBeams!

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** MemeticHandGesture: "One MILLION dollars!" *Puts *[[MemeticHandGesture Puts little finger to mouth*
*** "One MILLION dollars"
mouth]]* It was so overplayed, even King Hussein of Jordan was doing it before he died.
** Sharks with FrickinLaserBeams!FrickinLaserBeams attached to their heads!



** Also "The sheer mechanics are mind-boggling!" and "You look like a baby. I eat babies. Get in my belly."
*** Though mostly just "GET IN MAH BELLEH!"

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** Also "The sheer mechanics are mind-boggling!" and "You look like a baby. I eat babies. Get in my belly."
*** Though mostly just "GET
GET IN MAH BELLEH!"



** It is argued that the second and (especially) third films carried out variations on jokes from the first in order to ''[[ForcedMeme force]]'' them into becoming memetic.

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** It is argued that the second and (especially) third films carried out variations on jokes from the first in order to ''[[ForcedMeme force]]'' ''{{force|dMeme}}'' them into becoming memetic.



*** And [[http://www.memecreator.org/static/images/templates/396756.jpg this one]] of him doing air quotes.
** Dr. Evil's "How About NO" line" is a popular reaction image and video.

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*** And ** [[http://www.memecreator.org/static/images/templates/396756.jpg this one]] This image]] of him Dr. Evil doing air quotes.
** Dr. Evil's "How About about NO" line" line is a popular reaction image and video.



* OneSceneWonder: Nathan Lane in Goldmember.
** And Will Ferrell as Mustafa.
* RetroactiveRecognition: in the RentAZilla scene from the third movie, there's a cameo by Creator/MasiOka - now with all the time-travel involved, where was [[{{Series/Heroes}} Hiro Nakamura]] when you needed him?

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* OneSceneWonder: Nathan Lane in Goldmember.
OneSceneWonder:
** And Will Ferrell as Mustafa.
* RetroactiveRecognition: ** Nathan Lane in ''Goldmember''.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** In
the RentAZilla scene from the third movie, there's a cameo by Creator/MasiOka - now with all the time-travel involved, where was [[{{Series/Heroes}} [[Series/{{Heroes}} Hiro Nakamura]] when you needed him?



* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: While Austin Powers wasn't the first comedy film to use an OverlyLongGag [[note]]Before this, films would maybe have one or two.[[/note]], it was one of the first to ''primarily'' derive its humor from it. At the time it came out, it really was something new and unique. Now that the OverlyLongGag has become a staple of comedies, it's become harder to see why ''Austin Powers'' was treated as such a big deal in the 90's.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: SeinfeldIsUnfunny:
**
While Austin Powers wasn't the first comedy film to use an OverlyLongGag [[note]]Before this, films would maybe have one or two.[[/note]], it was one of the first to ''primarily'' derive its humor from it. At the time it came out, it really was something new and unique. Now that the OverlyLongGag has become a staple of comedies, it's become harder to see why ''Austin Powers'' was treated as such a big deal in the 90's.



* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/AustinPowers See here]].
10th Jul '16 11:11:06 PM UrthWyrm
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** "Who throws a shoe? Honestly!"

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** "Who throws a shoe? Honestly!" Honestly!", especially after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_shoeing_incident this incident]].
23rd Jun '16 5:08:10 PM backpack
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** In the second film Austin suggests that the 70s and 80s aren't worth bothering with, and are disposable decades. Ironically, this is now a popular sentiment for the 90s, with many people considering the entire period from the Fall of Communism to 9/11 to be quite unmemorable.
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