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[[caption-width-right:350:[[CelebrityEndorsement "Hi, I'm Michael Bay]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXRCf9LbLM0 and I demand things to be awesome!]] [[GrillingPyrotechnics Awesome barbecue!]] '''[[StuffBlowingUp *BOOM!*]]''' [[UpToEleven Awesome pool!]] '''*BOOM!*'''"]]

->''"Michael Bay Presents: Explosions!!!"''
-->-- [[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Michael_Bay_Presents:_Explosions! A sketch from]] ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''

Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American movie director. He's known for an incredibly energetic direction style that some claim is impossible to follow, while a lot of other filmgoers don't seem to mind.

Bay got interested in action films when [[EstablishingCharacterMoment he set firecrackers on a train set, filmed it with his mom's camera, and got grounded]] -- an approach which seems to have continued into many of his higher budget movies even today. As a teenager he was a clerk for Lucasfilm in the early '80s, and worked on ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''. [[ItWillNeverCatchOn He thought it would suck]], but ate his words when he saw the final product. That got him interested in directing.

He started out directing commercials and music videos (most notably the very first [[AdvertisingCampaigns "Got Milk?"]] ad, and "I Would Do Anything For Love" by Music/{{Meat Loaf}}), then Don Simpson and Creator/JerryBruckheimer hired him to direct ''Film/BadBoys''. The film was a modest hit and kicked off Bay's film career. When ''Film/TheRock'' (one of his more well-liked movies) came out it solidified him as someone capable of making energetic, entertaining and profitable action films.

Around the time ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' rolled around he gained a very vocal {{hatedom}}, it seems for mostly the same reasons. The fact that every film has been a substantial hit (although ''Film/TheIsland'' earned significantly less than expected) seems to have made the hatedom angrier. If you look over his interviews, especially for ''Transformers'', you'll see that he is more than aware of it, and even makes [[SelfDeprecation fun of]] [[AdamWesting the fact]].

He's well known for being a tough General on set, because he shoots and moves at a very fast pace. The movies he makes also probably would have cost 30% more and taken another year to film in the hands of another director (which, when you consider the amount of stuff that's demolished, smashed and blown up in his movies, is a damn impressive thing). Despite a belief that everyone in Hollywood hates him, his ability to work within a budget and demanding a strong work ethic from his crew and actors has earned him a great deal of supporters just for turning film-making into an actual work experience. He is ranked up among the most elite directors in Hollywood today, with strong relationships with friends Creator/JamesCameron and Creator/StevenSpielberg.

But his [[PrimaDonnaDirector aggressive directing style]] and occasional {{jerkass}} behavior has earned him some enemies. People like Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/MeganFox (who [[GodwinsLaw compared him]] to [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] and UsefulNotes/{{Napoleon|Bonaparte}} in an interview) and Kate Beckinsale (who claimed that Bay made her feel "ugly" on the set of ''Film/PearlHarbor'') have spoken out against Bay and refuse to work with him again.

In 2008, possibly to hype ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'', [[SmallNameBigEgo Uwe Boll]] called out Bay (among others) for his supposed lack of talent (at least from Boll's point-of-view) while insisting he's "the only real genius in the whole fucking business." Bay's [[http://www.shootfortheedit.com/forum/showpost.php?p=27387&postcount=2 response]] qualifies as his own personal SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

While he may be hated by many critics and film buffs, you should always remember one thing: [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries You mess with Michael Bay and you mess with America!]]

'''The films he's directed to date:'''
* ''Film/BadBoys'' (1995)
* ''Film/TheRock'' (1996)
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' (1998)
* ''Film/PearlHarbor'' (2001)
* ''Film/BadBoysII'' (2003)
* ''Film/TheIsland'' (2005)
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' (2007)
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' (2009)
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' (2011) Ė his first 3-D film.
* ''Film/PainAndGain'' (2013)
* ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' (2014)
* ''Film/ThirteenHoursTheSecretSoldiersOfBenghazi'' (2016)
* ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' (2017)

!!Tropes about him or his works:
* AdamWesting: When he plays himself, he will play a satire.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: He uses this a lot--as noted below, he likes the US Military, and they like him because they always look good in his movies. One exception is ''Film/TheRock'' which was a major aversion--Sean Connery Saves The Day instead. A much bigger aversion also occurs in ''[[Film/ThirteenHoursTheSecretSoldiersOfBenghazi 13 Hours]]'' where American reinforcements are far too little and too late, which was true according to the real-life attack on Benghazi.
* ArtisticLicense: A few of Bay's films take certain liberties with things like history or astronomy in the name of telling a story.
** NASA managers are, as part of the training, required to view ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' and record any inaccuracies they find; to date, 168 have been caught.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Bay's friends and family describe his behavior when growing up as a kid with ADHD, and that sometimes when they talk to him even now he seems to mentally wander off.
* AuthorAppeal: Bay likes to make the US Military look good, but he's less charitable toward the faceless bureaucracies that give them marching orders. A great deal of his films have heroic military members screwed over by the government, and it sets off the whole plot of ''The Rock''.
* ChaseScene:
** At least in three movies, always involved a truck/semi, usually with stuff flying off. Simply dodging traffic at high speeds just isn't enough.
** He did ''Transformers'' partially because he felt that he had done plenty of chase scenes, but none that had giant robots transforming at 80 mph.
* ClusterFBomb:
** Apparently they're so thick his assistants have to translate for the special effects people.
** For the movies themselves, both ''Film/BadBoys'' films.
* ConceptVideo: His video for "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", by Music/MeatLoaf, features Loaf and Dana Patrick as a motorcycle-riding ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* CreatorCameo: He's a NASA scientist in ''Armageddon'', has his car nearly {{Flashed Badge Hijack}}ed in ''Bad Boys II'', is the poor bastard flicked by Megatron in ''Tranformers'' and is in the airplane carrying Optimus Prime in ''Revenge of the Fallen''. Additionally, a ''really strange'' example of this is also in ''Transformers'': Blackout's tail number is the same as his private jet's (as revealed by him in the [[DVDCommentary Director's Commentary]])
* CreatorThumbprint: Helicopters or planes flying into the sunset are very commonly found.
* CueTheSun:
** All of the Big Damn Dramatic Scenes in his movies are set at sunset. Sometimes, if the scene is dramatic enough, then it will magically become sunset ''at the same time all over the world''.
** At the [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]], one of the film's errors: "[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers_%282007%29#Errors Sunset occurs roughly every fifteen minutes.]]"
* DeathByCameo:
** That random bystander who Megatron flicked like an insect with his finger in the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}''? Yep, that was Mr. Bay himself.
** In ''Film/MysteryMen'', he plays the leader of The Frat Boys (his line: "Dude, can we bring the brewskis?"), who are all killed by the movie's BigBad at the climax, ForTheEvulz.
* EverybodySmokes: Averted. Bay ''hates'' smoking and you'll rarely see anyone smoking in his films. ''Film/PearlHarbor'', set during a time when smoking was much more common, doesn't show anyone smoking. If you do see someone smoking in one of his films, chances are they're a JerkAss, CorruptCorporateExecutive, ObstructiveBureaucrat, or all three.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Despite his reputation of inserting MsFanservice characters, he does seem to draw the line at R-Rated nudity. He reportedly turned down Scarlett Johansson's request to go topless for ''Film/TheIsland'' (mostly to preserve the PG-13 rating), and he walked out of the premiere for ''Film/FridayThe13th2009'' because he felt the sex scenes were too excessive.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: He has a 360 Steadicam® shot in almost all his films, including when Optimus Prime transforms in the climax of ''Transformers''.
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: Devastator, the most complex of the ''Transformers'' in the films, caused probably the closest as you'll get to this trope in real life. According to some of the crew, Devastator had so many moving parts and was so complex and detailed to animate that his animation model ended up ''frying one of the animation computers' motherboards''!
* GenreSavvy: He ''knows'' that no matter what he does or how hated his movies are going to be, they'll be commercial successes anyways. In other words, he ''knows'' that people LoveToHate him. The exception to this is ''The Island'' which was less than successful to say the least. In fact, Creator/RogerEbert (not usually Bay's biggest fan, repeatedly saying that he is disappointed that Bay stopped making "real movies") said in his review that the main problem with ''The Island'' was that Bay seemed to be PlayingAgainstType trying to make a more cerebral movie and that the movie reflects Bay as not really enjoying it. He essentially admitted that while he might not always like Bay's movies, they at least usually conveyed Bay's own sense of sincerity, fun, and belief in the RuleOfCool.
* GodwinsLaw: Creator/MeganFox compared him to [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] in an interview, although in the dictator sense than anything else.
* HiddenDepths: Bay is a lot more intelligent and observant than people give him credit for. He normally doesn't care much about the critical hatred he gets, but he did once make a poignant observation that movie critics have their own quasi-fandom and thus will often say things that would make them popular controversial, and hating Michael Bay is pretty popular.
* {{Irony}}: Bay is a man disliked by critics of films, but is respected by makers of film. Odd thing ain't it?
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In regarding his use of [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie 3-D]] in Transformers 3, he stated outright that people may hate his movies, bashing the characters, storyline and {{plot hole}}s, but you cannot fault the technical side of things. The special effects, camera work and sound design are all "technically precise."
* IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam: Initially turned down ''Transformers'' due to this, until Hasbro made him a fan.
* ItsAlwaysSunnyInMiami: And it is also always sunset. With big clouds of steam (or something else) coming out of the manholes.
* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: [[invoked]] Their quality aside, the man knows the type of films he wants to make and is well-aware that they are not going to get him awards anytime soon.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: While working on storyboards for ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', he didn't think it would be any good. When he saw the finished product, he not only ate his words, it made him want to direct films himself.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** He has a reputation as an absolutely ''tyrannical'' director, but when he's not actually doing anything regarding movies he's reportedly quite nice, and he's shown himself to have quite a sense of humor on a number of occasions.
** He may just be prickly with actors. The crews who've worked on his films are full of praise for him. [[Creator/BobChipman Moviebob]] [[https://twitter.com/the_moviebob/status/394061294178795520 says that they speak]] [[https://twitter.com/the_moviebob/status/394061524089577472 of him]] like UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, a general who would rather fight on the frontline with his men.
* JitterCam: Has used it a few times in his movies, but uses it sparingly when he has the budget to do fights more elaborately.
* JustForTheHeliOfIt: In an ad within an ad, we see Michael Bay is spoofing his Signature Style, including having seven helicopters. The people to whom he's pitching the ad have no idea why the copters are there.
* MadBomber: Not in any of his films... the man himself. He's a nutcase pyromaniac. When you consider that his films are probably 80% practical effects at minimum, and that most of those explosions are '''real'''? So if you see a Decepticon blowing up a car with a missile, the Transformer is CGI, but the explosion from the car is real.
* MadeOfExplodium: A ''big'' fan of StuffBlowingUp.
** He even parodies this.
--->"Awesome barbecue!" '''*BOOM!*''' "Awesome pool!" '''*BOOM!'''
** [[http://www.transformersclub.com/tfrof-intv09.cfm "What is your favorite thing to blow up or demolish?" "Well, I donít have a favorite, as I like to blow up a lot of things."]]
** This is a prevalent opinion as evidenced by the ''Michael Bay Presents: '''EXPLOSIONS!!!''''' ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit.
** Notably, during the making of the second Transformers film, one of the computers melted while trying to animate [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devastator]]. [[http://www.allspark.com/content/view/5201/28/ See here.]] Also they needed like, 4 terabytes of memory to store the data for Devastator. AwesomenessIsVolatile indeed.
* MeanBoss: If Creator/BruceWillis is to be believed, he's hard to work for.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: If it's not awesome already, Bay will likely make it so.
* NecessarilyEvil: His reputation as being an overly-controlling director might be an act, according to some of his film crew. After he shouts at some people on the phone, he then hangs up and comments that should get something done.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Has a habit of making sequels with elaborate names [[ClicheStorm filled with overused words]]. ''Film/BadBoysII'' was an aversion.
* OminousMultipleScreens: Multiple screens showing same thing. Best example is when Bruce Willis is talking to his daughter and every screen in NASA shows his face.
* TheOneThingIDontHateAboutYou: Even Ebert acknowledged that Bay's work represents some of the most visually stunning and technically polished cinematography in modern film. Ebert gave, and many critics continue to give, a strange impression of YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: That is, they wouldn't be so bothered by Bay if he actually were a bad director. It's the fact that a talented one willfully chooses to create unapologetic popcorn movies that drives them nuts.
* PatrioticFervor: Due to his heavy use of AmericaSavesTheDay trope, he takes heavy liberties on throwing in American flags and seals in his works.
* PetTheDog: Bay is an animal-lover, owning two mastiffs (who can occasionally be seen in his films), and [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1308458/Michael-Bay-offers-50k-track-girl-filmed-throwing-puppies-river.html offered a $50,000 reward for anyone who had information leading to "the arrest and successful prosecution" of a woman tossing puppies into a fast-moving river]]. He also donated his Bar Mitzvah money to an animal shelter when he was a teenager.
* PrecisionFStrike: When demonstrating Devastator he got the normally reserved Creator/StevenSpielberg to use one. He considered it a high honor.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: Infamous for his maniacal style of direction, with many stories of actors collapsing from exhaustion and Bay throwing temper tantrums.
* RageQuit: A very calm example of this with his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4rMy1iA268 CES 2014 speech]], which started strongly but was abruptly cut short after Bay started having teleprompter issues, which led to him trying to improvise and ultimately giving up and leaving the stage.
* RatedMForManly
* RuleOfCool: In Bay's universe, '''this rule is law'''. This is why helicopters are everywhere, sunsets occur more often than once a day, and explosions look as impressive as possible.
* SelfDeprecation: He's known to poke fun at himself, and contrary to popular belief, his response to Megan Fox comparing him to Hitler was positive, admitting that it was just part of her quirky charm. He even parodies his tendency to blow things up, like in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXRCf9LbLM0 this ad]], and also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTG0_jEvOnA this one]]. [[JustForTheHeliOfIt He used seven helicopters!]]
* SignatureStyle: Popcorn movies that involve StuffBlowingUp, Military porn, slapstick and broad-appeal humor (though he occasionally forsakes this), polished technical cinematography, (heterosexual male) sex appeal, and large scope, high energy action sequences SmashCut with [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene easy to overlook quiet drama scenes]].
* SignatureShot: He has several. Spinning Steadicam shots, low angle closeups with a zoomed in telephoto lens, layered deep focus shots contrasting foreground and background (see page image), panoramic aerial shots (preferably involving sunsets), and slow motion destruction shots employing the VertigoEffect are all part of his signature look.
* SixDegreesOfKevinBacon: A deal of coincidences, his cousin Susan Bay is married to the late Creator/LeonardNimoy and it was their influence (due to being frequent donors) that got them to film at the Observatory in the first film. This led to Nimoy being cast as Sentinel Prime in the third movie as well.
* StuffBlowingUp: Part of his SignatureStyle is having ''awesome'' explosions in ''awesome'' scenes.
* SummerBlockbuster: Most of his filmography (barring ''Pain and Gain'', which was more a quirky comedy), negative reviews be damned.
* TechnologyPorn: You can tell he enjoyed working on ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' because of all the shots of intricate transformations.
* ThisExplainsSoMuch: Many people's reactions to finding out he has ADHD and once filmed firecrackers blowing up a train set.
* UncleTomfoolery: The ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies had some of this but WordOfGod (from Bay and the voice actors) says that Skids and Mudflap were meant to be wannabe gangsters, not this trope.
''[[MundaneMadeAwesome Awesome]] [[TheStinger STINGER!]]'' '''[[MadeOfExplodium *BOOM!*]]'''