* AbhorrentAdmirer: Hal towards Roxanne, at least initially. He's inappropriate and awkward enough with his advances to make Roxanne very uncomfortable around him. [[spoiler:And then he gets superpowers, which does ''not'' help with this.]]
-->'''Hal:''' If I were Metro Man, Megamind wouldn't be kidnapping you all the time.\\
'''Roxanne:''' That's sweet, Hal.\\
'''Hal:''' And I'd be watching you, like a dingo watches a human baby! ... Okay, that sounded a little creepy...\\
'''Roxanne:''' A ''little'' bit, yeah.
** It's PlayedForLaughs, but when taken at face value, it becomes even more creepy, especially knowing what happens later.
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Megamind pronounces many words in a quirky way (presumably having learned them from reading as opposed to interaction with his classmates) especially "Metro City" (he pronounces it "Metrocity", which sounds like "atrocity"). [[spoiler:This comes back to bite him.]]
** Ollo! - Hello
** Shool - School (although this could also be a "shul" reference in the sense of a synagogue and the education therein).
** [=RevAHnge=] - Revenge
** [=MelONkuhlee=] - Melancholy
** Spee-ider - Spider, in a fit of serendipity.
** Mooldings - mouldings
** In "The Button of Doom": Zherage - Garage; RaBAHT - Robot
* TheAce: Metro Man.
* ActionSurvivor: Roxanne Ritchi. Got a death trap? She has [[SeenItAll seen it before]] and she is unimpressed.
* AdorableEvilMinion: Minion has the whole 'alien piranha in a gorilla-themed mecha death suit' thing going on, but is otherwise quite sweet and lovely. Also applies to the Brain Bots, which when not obeying Megamind's every whim tend to act like puppies.
* {{Adorkable}}: Megamind, whether he's in his Bernard disguise or out of it.
* AffablyEvil: Megamind and Minion.
* AffectionateParody: Of {{Superman}} and superheroes in general.
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Megamind, an alien, displays a notable fondness for Classic Rock and Pop music from Earth.
** Not surprising, as he was ''raised'' on Earth, and though he knows he isn't one, essentially thinks of himself as a human.
* AlliterativeName: Megamind. Metro Man [[spoiler:later Music Man]]. Roxanne Ritchi. (Minion deserves an honorable mention for fitting the "M" theme.)
* [[AllAnimalsAreDogs All Robots Are Dogs]]: The Brain-bots act like a big group of puppies when not carrying out an evil plan--they swarm over to Megamind at the start while Minion says they missed him, play fetch with wrenches and Megamind frequently refers to himself as "Daddy" regarding them (much like most pet-owners do).
** The Spider-bot in "The Button of Doom" short whimpers like a dog when Megamind tells Minion that he can't keep it, too. Minion even calls to it exactly like one.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Part of the reason for Megamind's StartOfDarkness.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: [[spoiler: Hal]] to Syndrome of ''TheIncredibles'', both have somewhat sympathetic reasons for their actions, both are something of a loser, and both [[spoiler: eventually end up as an AscendedFanboy in a different fashion]]. They'll also do anything to spite whoever has wronged them.
** The big difference is one is legitimately super-intelligent, and the other is an utter dolt who got lucky.
* AnalogyBackfire: Titan tells Roxanne that [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids her idealism is unrealistic]], and that beliefs such as goodness being found in all people are as fictional as the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and [[CriticalResearchFailure the Queen of England]].
** Funnily enough, due to the terminology and the Act of Union in 1707, he is technically right regarding [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of_England that last one.]]
* AndStarring: Brad Pitt gets the "And" credit.
* AndThenWhat: The premise of the movie. Megamind [[PunchClockVillain never expected to be able to actually kill Metro Man]], and the rest of the movie comes from Megamind trying to figure out what to do next.
* AndThisIsFor: Titan does when fighting Megamind.
--> '''Titan:''' This is for [[spoiler:stealing my girlfriend]]! This one's for Space Dad making a fool out of me! And Megamind, this one's for [[PaperThinDisguise Space Stepmom]]! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint You]] ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint lied]]'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint to her!]]
* AntagonistInMourning: Megamind after unexpectedly killing Metro Man [[spoiler:who was not really dead.]]
** Also inverted, since he's in the protagonist's role.
* AntiHero: [[spoiler:Megamind, later in the movie after Titan turns into a villain.]]
** ClassicalAntiHero
* ArchEnemy: To Metro Man, [[PunchClockVillain not that he actually dislikes him]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: After Megamind killed Metro Man he terrorized the city, looted tons of money, stole expensive paintings and he claimed the pet shop for his own.
** Megamind finds [[spoiler:Titan]] had been committing crimes, with stolen bank money, stolen safes... and a stolen bicycle.
** Megamind's De- ray has settings: De-hydrate (condenses objects into a small cube), De-stroy, De-ath ray, and ...De-coupage?
** "There is no easter bunny, there is no tooth fairy, and there is no queen of England!"
* AscendedFanboy: Deconstructed, with Hal. [[spoiler:Giving some random schlub superpowers isn't going to automatically cause them to use them for the good of society, especially if they're immature.]]
* AsideGlance: Megamind shoots a very exasperated look at the camera when he learns that his sun-powered death ray is 'warming up'.
* AutobotsRockOut: Megamind is a ''huge'' music fan, and [[InvokedTrope accompanies his (extremely impressive) entrances with suitable classic rock]]. See top of page image.
** This is however ''slightly'' undermined by the revelation that he also has Minnie Riperton's "Loving You" on his playlist.
** Metro Man also does this to a lesser extent; he invokes a lot of [[ElvisPresley Elvis]] imagery during his introductory scene. The fringe on his costume, the pompadour hairstyle, he even busts a few Elvis-like moves while a remix of "A Little Less Conversation" plays. There's also something familiar about [[spoiler:[[ElvisLives his death.]]]]
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:Megamind at the conclusion. Doubles as a TakeUpMySword (see below).]]
* BadassBiker: [[spoiler:Megamind]], in a Lobo flying motorcycle kinda way.
** The aerodynamic styling of the bike is very similar to that of a [[CoolPlane P-47 Thunderbolt]], which was renowned for its' durability and firepower.
* TheBadGuyWins: The film was based on the premise, "What if Lex Luthor defeated {{Superman}}?"
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: Megamind is taught this very early on by the prisoners of the penitentiary he grows up in. Later, when he is [[spoiler:extracting Metro Man's DNA to make another hero]]:
-->'''Minion:''' Uhh, sir, I think this is a bad idea...\\
'''Megamind:''' Yes! It's a very, ''wickedly'' bad idea for the greater good of bad!
** Later:
-->'''Megamind:''' You don't know what's good for bad.
* BadToTheBone: The TropeNamer song is used in the movie, to great effect, as well as several other {{badass}} themes (like [[Music/GunsNRoses "Welcome To The Jungle"]], [[Music/{{ACDC}} "Highway to Hell", "Back In Black"]] and [[Music/OzzyOsbourne "Crazy Train"]]).
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: {{Invoked}} by Megamind, who learns from experience that supervillains can not exist without superheroes.
* BaldOfAwesome: Megamind. Do not deny it.
* BaldOfEvil: Megamind is probably an {{Invoked}} example. (Compare LexLuthor.)
* BatmanGambit: The ability to do a stylish BatmanGambit is Megamind's main superpower.
** He and Minion uses one to escape from prison at the start of the movie.
** He pulls a very brief one in the final battle, when he provokes Titan into punching him across the street so that he can [[spoiler: get closer to his invisible car.]]
** Another example was leading Metro Man to the death trap at the observatory, which counts on [[spoiler:Megamind knowing that Roxanne would give away his position, and pretending to act shocked at the reveal]].
** And another is [[spoiler:Metro Man knowing that if he retired, Megamind would wind up taking his place as Metro City's defender]]
** Roxanne Ritchi may have pulled one off too, depending on whether or not she knew, when she commented on the spider, that Megamind would come close enough to allow her to blow it into his face.
* BeardOfEvil: Megamind himself sports a ''damn'' nice goatee.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor[=/=]WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Okay, Megamind, you defeated Metro Man. [[AndThenWhat What now?]]
** Also, the people of Metro City: [[spoiler:Yay! Titan has defeated Megamind! We finally have that new hero we've been wanting to... what's that? Titan's ''worse'' than Megamind? ... OhCrap.]]
* BecomingTheMask: Megamind in his disguise as Bernard with Roxie.
* BeingEvilSucks: The film is basically Megamind realizing this. It culminates with the following:
-->'''Megamind:''' I'm the bad guy! I don't save the day, I don't fly off into the sunset, and I ''don't get the girl!''...*sigh*...I'm going home.
* BeneathTheMask: Titan [[spoiler:is not as heroic as Megamind thought he would be.]]
* BerserkButton: Megamind presses a bunch of these [[spoiler:to get Titan to attack him]]. [[UnstoppableRage Big mistake]].
* BewareTheSuperman: [[spoiler:Titan]] is probably the poster boy for this trope. The contrast between him and [[spoiler:Metro Man]] is stark.
* BeYourself: The rare non-{{Anvilicious}} version of this Aesop. Megamind learns that his constant defeat, as pointed out by Roxanne, has turned him into a [[TheDeterminator determinator]] who is unafraid of losing.
* BigBad: While he's still ''very'' hammy as a villain and ends up reconsidering things by the midpoint of the film, Megamind ''did'' set up the dominoes that caused a great deal of damage to Metro City, but it's [[spoiler:Titan that ultimately decides to ''collide'' against those same dominoes for a very petty, shallow reason.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Several times. Metro Man [[AvertedTrope tries]] to do this at the beginning of the movie. Too bad Megamind [[spoiler:tricked him into going to the wrong place.]]
** Happens twice at the end, once by [[spoiler:Minion disguised as Megamind]], and another time by [[spoiler:Megamind disguised as Metro Man.]]
* BigEntrance: Megamind uses them every chance he gets.
** After his victory against Metro Man, Megamind walks down the streets of Metro City, heralded by his brain bots doing a light show, set to "Highway to Hell."
** The crowner is at the end, where he uses his brain bots to set up a giant holograph of his head, then walking out the tongue. It sounds weird, but it's really quite cool, and ''incredibly'' hammy.
* BilingualBonus: If we count flower language there is also the bouquet Megamind brings to the Metro Man Museum; the most common meaning you will find for yellow roses is "friendship" and another is "an apology". [[spoiler:Most bouquets don't contain dynamite, however.]]
* BilledAboveTheTitle[=/=]CelebrityVoiceActor: The latter is par for the course with Dreamworks, obviously, but they have been pretty good about avoiding the former after the ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' backlash. Until "[[Creator/WillFerrell FERRELL]] VS. [[Creator/BradPitt PITT]]", that is.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Wait, how the hell could the fish Minion actually smell that Megamind was wearing cologne? Fish can smell by moving water through their nares, but if Minion were an Earth fish, it would only make sense that Minion could smell the cologne if Megamind were in the water with him.
** He also starts coughing from dust in the air. Despite, you know, being sealed into a water-filled glass dome.
** If we really wanted to get nitpickey, what are the chances that both Megamind and Metro Man could live on earth?
* BoringInvincibleHero: Metro Man, it seems, has no weaknesses. [[spoiler:No, not even copper]].
** The interesting thing is, [[spoiler:it's boring to nobody ''except him''. And it makes sense. He says himself that at the part where he fakes his own death that he's just "going through the motions." Megamind tries to take over the city, Metro Man defeats him. Day in and day out, (presumably) every single day. And the city keeps expecting him to do this for goodness-knows-how-long. He wants to do something else, darn it!]]
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: At least, until [[spoiler: Brains wins, and creates a truly evil Brawn]].
* BrainyBrunette: Roxanne.
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario
* BrickJoke
** When Megamind says "Ollo" to answer the phone and again [[spoiler:just before depowering Titan.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:the real Bernard getting re-hydrated during the CreditsGag.]]
** And the [[ThatPoorCat cat]] that Megamind accidentally dehydrates while cleaning up the city rehydrating along with the trash in the rain.
** Megamind's KillSat in the beginning needs time to warm up. Near the ending when Megamind grabs the [[spoiler: Titan-depowering]] gun, its display says "warming up".
-->'''Megamind''': Oh, you've got to be kidding me! Minion, if I live, I will kill you.
* TheBrute: Minion has the size and intention, but even when he is actually ''committing a crime'' he does not have the mentality or presence of a brute.
* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler:Megamind taunting Titan for a fight. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor And damn, does he get one.]]]]
** A lesser example could be the Warden taunting Megamind at the beginning of the movie. The guy was practically setting himself up for Megamind to pull a dirty trick on him!
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: While Megamind is "fighting Bernard" and switching between his illusions to maintain the disguise in front of Roxanne, fake Bernard yells stuff about how strong, handsome and tough Megamind is.
-->'''Megamind:''' (as Bernard) I tried my best, but he's too ''fantastic''.
* ButtMonkey: Megamind himself. He is a comedy villain, so it is part of the job description.
** Hal, [[spoiler:before he becomes superpowered and evil.]]
** Bernard, played by Creator/BenStiller.
* CallBack: The "Forget-Me stick" in the CreditsGag.
* CampStraight: Megamind.
* CantBelieveISaidThat: When Hal tries to get Roxie to go to his 'off the hook' party he lists the things he's arranged, including a bouncy house and a wedding photographer - you know just in case they do anything they want to keep forever... as a memory... When Roxie passes Hal berates himself for mentioning the bouncy house, because "Girls don't like bouncy houses, they like clowns!"
-->'''Hal:''' Roxie, if I was Metro Man, I'd watch you like a dingo watches a human baby. Wait… (Also counts as {{Foreshadowing}}.)
* TheCape: Metro Man.
* CaptainErsatz: The main cast are based upon characters from the Comicbook/{{Superman}} comics. Megamind is a [[CompositeCharacter mixture]] of Brainiac and Lex Luthor (with Superman's origin), [[spoiler:and by the end of Button of Doom has developed Batman-like characteristics]], Metro Man is Superman himself, and Roxanne Ritchi is Lois Lane. Hal Stewart is Jimmy Olsen with the caveat that he has always hated Superman, whereas his name is a mash-up of GreenLantern's Hal Jordan and John Stewart [[spoiler:and when he becomes Titan, he takes on aspects of Superboy-Prime.]]
* CardboardPrison: Megamind is imprisoned there once in a while, serving out his 88 consecutive life sentences, only to waltz his way out and continue with his evil plans.
* CardCarryingVillain: Megamind and Minion.
* ChairReveal: Megamind invokes this during his kidnapping of Roxanne.
* ChangedMyMindKid: Invoked, [[spoiler:Metro Man apparently returns to the fight after claiming he wouldn't return to being a hero because he knew a new hero would step into his place. After scaring Titan silly with Metro Man's persona, Roxanne discovered that Metro Man was actually Megamind using his holographic disguise and gadgets to imitate superpowers. Metro Man never actually returns to save the day and Megamind has finally made the transition from villain to hero. Unfortunately, Titan figures it out as well....]]
* CharacterTitle
* ChekhovsGun: Megamind's invisible car and his dehydration gun.
** We see repeatedly that water brings back everything that was dehydrated, from getting water splashed on it, to it raining.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Hal.]]
* TheChewToy: Bernard.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: Megamind plays up the stereotypical "villain" body language for all it's worth. Played with at [[spoiler: the opening of the Megamind Museum, when a boy in the crowd apes Megamind's villainous hand-clasping pose ''because Megamind is his hero''.]]
* ClassicVillain: Megamind combines many iconic traits of comic book villains.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: [[spoiler: When he's free from having to be the perfect superhero, Metro Man apparently has a bit of this in his character, judging from his decision to call himself 'Music Man' so that he can keep his logo. Roxanne and Megamind are understandably nonplussed.]]
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: [[spoiler:Titan only wanted to be a superhero to impress Roxie. He has no interest in being a do-gooder]]. Earlier, he also asked Roxie to come over to his house for a date where he had arranged for, among other things, a bouncy castle and "a wedding photographer"...''just in case'' Roxie decided to marry him then and there. Roxie is understandably unnerved and declines. Hal slaps himself and berates himself for being as stupid as to get...the bouncy castle, because everyone knows girls love clowns.
** Also, this moment when investigating [[spoiler:the deceased Metro Man's apparently long-abandoned stronghold:]]
-->'''Roxanne:''' Look! This glass has ice in it!\\
'''Megamind:''' Yes, that's what happens when water gets cold.
** Megamind, as [[{{Superman}} "Space Dad"]], dubs [[spoiler: Hal]] as Titan for his superhero name, invoking enormous deities of incredible power [[note]]and showing him his spandex costume[[/note]]. Instead, he hears it as "Tighten", as in "to squeeze". This is the name he winds up carving into Metro City during his rampage.
** And when [[spoiler:Hal gets angry once he finds out that Space Dad is really Megamind (while Space Mom is actually Minion), Hal shows what he thinks about the whole backstory "Space Dad" made up for him....]]
-->'''Hal:''' [[spoiler:And this is for Space Mom! You lied to her!!!]]
* ComplexityAddiction: Megamind, as with all good {{Card Carrying Villain}}s, seems to prefer devising and enacting incredibly convoluted plans to achieve his goals, and likes to mind-map them by stringing up pieces of paper in complex patterns. For example, his plan for what to do with his life after defeating his arch-nemesis involves securing his arch-nemesis' dandruff, distilling all the superpowered qualities out of it, firing them into someone, disguising himself as a space-mentor, training the person to become a superhero, and then fighting him. As opposed to, say, taking up yoga.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Megamind's Brain Bots hide under a trench coat and fedora in a crowd during the opening. It is bookended in the conclusion when we see [[spoiler:Metro Man]] using the same tactic.
* ContractualGenreBlindness: Megamind seems to cheerfully accept the fact that defeat is inevitable in his part of the conflict with Metro Man and operates accordingly. At the beginning, he even begins winding up his current plan under the assumption that it's failed without actually noticing that Metro Man is having a surprising amount of difficulty breaking out of his most recent trap. When Megamind actually ends up ''winning'', he's as astonished as everyone else.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: [[spoiler:Titan and Megamind crash through one, though the roof and down through every floor.]]
** [[spoiler:Titan picks up an entire skyscraper and flings it at Megamind at one point, crushing several other buildings and carelessly knocking it into another as he turned it]]. If it wasn't made explicit that the city had been largely evacuated by this point, thus making these ''all'' {{Conveniently Empty Building}}s, we'd have to assume this movie's body count probably hit quadruple digits.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Played with. The supervillainous Megamind tries to create his own ''hero'' because he needs someone to do battle with. But his creation turns out to be even [[EvilerThanThou more evil than him]], and doesn't have the same [[ThouShaltNotKill moral standings]] his previous rival had.
* CreditsGag: Clean out your pockets, Megamind.
* CruellaToAnimals: [[KickTheDog Baby Seal]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice Leather Boots]].
** Might be a ProductPlacement or ShoutOut, since there is a clothing company for women called "Wet Seal".
* CurseCutShort: At one point, Megamind and Minion are walking to "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC, which gets cut off by another song right as they get to the first instance of 'Hell' in the song. Then it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when Minion fiddles with the boombox's controls, trying to turn it off, and it switches back to the song and the word 'Hell' is almost the ''only'' word heard before switching away again.
* DamselInDistress: Roxanne is a parody of this; she is so used to being kidnapped and rescued that she is not fazed by it anymore. [[spoiler:However, she really ends up being in danger by the end.]]
-->'''Roxanne:''' Can one of you punch my frequent kidnappings card?\\
'''Megamind:''' You of all people know we discontinued that promotion.
* DancePartyEnding: With [[MichaelJackson "Bad"]], no less.
* DarkIsEvil: Megamind [[spoiler:initially]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler:Megamind]] evolves into this by the end of the film. The major theme of The Button of Doom is him deciding that DarkIsEvil and changing his style and methods to LightIsGood. [[spoiler:It doesn't stick]].
* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler:Megamind falls for Roxanne.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Roxanne Ritchi. Helps her get through each kidnapping by the hands of Megamind until Metro Man comes to rescue her, [[MundaneFantastic as usual]], and she can go on with the rest of her day.
* DeathRay: How Megamind [[spoiler:supposedly]] kills Metro Man.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The movie examines the relationship there would have to be between Hero and Villain, and that a SuperheroOrigin can just as easily apply to a villain. It also looks at the classic Silver Age story of {{Superman}}'s Pal, Jimmy Olsen, getting powers. Mostly, it deconstructs TheBadGuyWins plot, as the villain no longer has what drives him after the death of his nemesis.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: At one point Metro Man's heart is described as "an ocean inside of a bigger ocean".
** "Metro City City Hall".
* {{Depower}}: [[spoiler:In the end, Megamind takes away Hal's/Titan's superpowers with the same gizmo that gave them to him.]]
* DesignatedVictim: The role Roxanne has been given in the conflict between Metro Man and Megamind. She responds to this with [[DeadpanSnarker little more than exasperation]].
* {{Determinator}}: Being so fully invested in the "proper" dance between heroes and villains means that Megamind never thought his plans had a chance of succeeding anyway. So he's been losing to Metro Man repeatedly over the course of his life, 100% failure rating... yet he's never let that be an excuse to give up, but instead let it encourage him to get more creative. Near the end, Roxanne reminds him of this, saying it's his best quality - and convincing him to wade into a hopeless situation once again.
-->''"He would win some... I would '''almost''' win others...."''
** Lampshaded when [[spoiler: Tighten]] mockingly points out that no matter whether Megamind fights for good or evil, he still always loses:
--->'''Megamind:''' There's a benefit to losing. You get to learn from your mistakes.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Minion. Except he's not really dying. He just likes milking the moment for all the drama he can.]]
* DisappearedDad: In a weird reversal, Metro Man's parents are hinted to be very uninterested (his father doesn't even look up from his newspaper when he's ''flying'' as a baby), while Megamind's "parents" (the prison inmates) treat him warmly like family, despite teaching him {{Family Unfriendly Aesop}}s.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Minion. At the end of the movie, his fishbowl is broken. He gasps for air in a sequence similar to King Harold in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the Third'', and then "dies"]]. However, [[spoiler:Megamind throws him into a nearby fountain, reviving him]]. He apparently [[LargeHam did it for the sake of drama]].
* TheDitz: Hal strays into this territory at times. Honestly, his idea of romance is something you'd find in a kid's birthday party.
* DitzyGenius: Megamind.
** Comes to a head when he discovers that [[spoiler: Metro Man is still alive. His reaction: ask the ethereal shade what messages he brings from beyond, and ''poke his face'' to see if he's incorporeal.]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Deconstructed with Hal, who has all the dogged determination but lacks a few of the required qualities.
* DoNotCallMePaul[=/=]ThatManIsDead:[[spoiler:Titan tells Roxanne never to call him Hal ever again. He is Titan from now on.]]
** [[spoiler:Metro Man calls himself Music Man after faking his death, so that he doesn't have to change the M on his costume.]]
* DoomedHometown: Both Megamind and Metro Man come from one. As a bonus, it turns out they are from the same star system.
* DoubleSubversion: A slew of superhero tropes undergo this treatment.
* DoubleTake: When it looks like Metro Man has survived the explosion at the observatory and is coming to rescue Roxanne, both Megamind and Minion have a moment where they sigh in relief that he's alright. Then, they remember that this means he's also coming to ''arrest them''.
* TheDragon[=/=]TheLancer: Minion.
* DramaticCurtainToss: On both the giant Metro Man statue at the beginning and the "Good vs. Evil" battle picture in Megamind's lair.
* DreadfulMusician: Just because [[spoiler:Metro Man]] wants to be a musician does not mean he is any ''good'' at it.
** Granted, he hasn't exactly had time to practice and improve yet. Maybe he just needs lessons.
* DreamworksFace: Typically included in promo art. Lampshaded in ''The Button of Doom'':
-->''"Do you feel the taunting power of my eyebrow?"''
* DrunkWithPower: [[spoiler:Titan.]]
* DumbIsGood: [[spoiler:Subverted.]]
* 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.
* EnemyMine: Metro Man to Megamind.
* EnfantTerrible: Subverted. He was destructive even as an infant, with a knack for creating "objects of mayhem", but he [[ChildrenAreInnocent was not malicious]] [[UsedToBeASweetKid about it]].
* EntitledToHaveYou: A big part of what makes Hal so creepy.
* EskimosArentReal: "There is no Easter bunny, there is no tooth fairy, and there is no queen of England!"
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Hilariously invoked with [[spoiler:Titan]], who's angry at Megamind for, among other things, "lying" to [[PaperThinDisguise Space Step Mom]].
* 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.
** Before that, Megamind is utterly disgusted when he learns that [[spoiler: Titan]] has been stealing things purely to satisfy his own petty whims.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Megamind and Metro Man went to the same school, though they're the only ones.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Why else is Minion in a gorilla-style MobileSuitHuman?
** It's a reference to the B-movie RobotMonster.
* EverythingsFunkierWithDisco: Megamind has a PitTrap full of alligators, a disco ball, and disco music.
* EvilCounterpart: Megamind to Metro Man [[spoiler:Later Titan takes Megamind's place]]
* EvilIsCool:
** Megamind [[InvokedTrope decides to be a]] CardCarryingVillain because he was constantly being compared to Metro Man, even in school.
** [[spoiler: Titan decides to be a villain for this, even more so than Megamind.]]
* EvilIsSexy: [[InvokedTrope Megamind certainly thinks so]].
* EvilerThanThou: [[spoiler:Megamind finds out, to his horror, that Titan turned out to be a superpowered villain who enjoys wreaking havoc [[ForTheEvulz out of pure spite]].]]
* EvilGenius: Megamind, to a T.
* EvilIsHammy: Megamind.
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler:Titan. Hoo boy...]]
* EvilLaugh: Done with great gusto, Megamind enjoys villainous cackling.
* {{Evil Minion|s}}: Minion, naturally.
* EvilPowerVacuum: Inverted. Megamind "defeating" Metroman caused Megamind to make a new hero, and Music Man advises Megamind that wherever there is evil a new force for good will rise.
* EvilVersusEvil: [[spoiler:Megamind Vs. Titan. Although it depends on whether his HeelFaceTurn can be considered complete at this point]]. It is [[EvilIsPetty villain]] vs. ''super'' villain.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler:Hal's hair only turns into Jonah Hill's signature afro when he becomes Titan.]]
* EyeBeams: Metro Man (and therefore, Titan) has them.
* EyeScream: Roxy blows a spider ''right into Megamind's eye'', and then Minion then punches him in that eye.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Hal/Titan]], in the second half of the film. It's debatable how much of a face he ''ever'' was, but he certainly didn't start as an outright villain.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Metro Man. Turns out, he is tired of being a superhero and wanted to be a musician instead.]]
** [[spoiler:Minion later does this just for the heck of it after taking a nasty blow that breaks his water helmet. Megamind lets Minion have his fun before plopping him in the fountain right next to him.]]
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Megamind's dehydrator and defuser/infuser guns.
* FascinatingEyebrow: "Do you feel the taunting power of my eyebrow?"
* FasterThanLightTravel: How fast is Metro Man? [[spoiler: In the ''nanosecond'' between the concentrated solar blast and his "death", he gets a skeleton from a "nearby" nursing school, puts his cape on it, comes back to the observatory to lauch the skeleton, and then gets away]].
** [[spoiler: It's better than that. He goes into Megamind's true location, is about to stop him, has an epiphany, goes to clear his head, reads a few self-help books, concocts the plan to fake his death, and executes it. All within a nanosecond.]] Dude is FAST.
** Only if he had to go further than about a mile.
** He also goes to a park to fly a kite and stops by a diner for fries and milkshake.
** It's much more than a nanosecond. He's gone long enough for his absence to register as a dimming/flickering on the big screen display, so in the neighborhood of 20-30 milliseconds.
* FeudEpisode: At one point, when Megamind is [[spoiler:dating Roxanne while disguised as Bernard]], he and Minion have a falling out and break off their lifelong friendship.
* FieryRedhead: Hal, although [[spoiler:we do not see the fiery aspect until he has powers and is destroying the city ForTheEvulz.]]
* FistPump: When Megamind is in disguise, trying to train Titan, he pumps his fist.
* FlyingBrick: Metro Man, obviously, and Titan.
* {{Flynning}}: Megamind and [[spoiler:Titan]] engage in a round of this with lamp posts; it's actually intended to be harmless {{Flynning}} on Megamind's part, but it quickly becomes clear that the feeling isn't mutual.
* {{Foil}}: As expected, Metro Man and Megamind are foils for each other, being complete opposites in level of superpowers, moral outlooks, and style, but yet NotSoDifferent after all.
** Let's not forget Metro Man and Titan; same powers but completely different morals.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Hal]] gets the Titan powers via a stray shot into his nose. Later during a fight, his head bashes through a wall and someone's chopstick goes up his left nostril. [[spoiler:Which is where Megamind shoves the depowering gun later on.]]
** 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.]]
** As a child Megamind dehydrates and then rehydrates Minion, who [[spoiler:'plays dead']] causing his boss to act concerned for him.
** Titan proves that he [[spoiler:is not weakened by copper, which is our first clue that Metro Man isn't dead]].
** The phrase "Game Over." First seen on Hal's shirt when he films Roxanne, then seen on a television screen when [[spoiler:Titan goes berserk]], and finally, [[spoiler:Titan's threat to Megamind, delivered so he knows he means business.]]
** 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.]]
** 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?"
*** Metro Man also is playing a banjo in front of classmates when Mega is stuck in the corner. [[spoiler: He's always wanted to be a musician, even then.]]
** 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.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Subverted by Megamind; he ''is'' a CardCarryingVillain, but sees his wrongdoings as a form of self-expression rather than an end unto itself. [[spoiler:Played straight with Titan, who obviously enjoys causing mayhem with complete impunity.]]
* ForYourOwnGood: Minion's excuse to stop Megamind from [[spoiler:dating Roxanne.]]
* FreakOut: [[spoiler:Hal/Titan]] does ''not'' take well to all of his {{Berserk Button}}s being pushed at once.
* 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".
* FriendlessBackground: If not for Minion, this would be Megamind. ''So much''.
* FriendlyEnemies: Megamind and Metro Man. When Megamind makes his reveal at the beginning that he had captured Roxanne in his latest ploy, Metro Man plays his part with the usual "You won't get away with this!" lines. Roxanne, as said before, is not as excited to be part of the show.
* FridgeHorror: The Brain Bots. They are really cute and fun and... hang on... Where did all the brains come from again??!
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Megamind himself. Also, [[spoiler:Hal to Titan.]]
* 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?]]]]
** Some of the signs seen in Metro City during the final battle are Funny Background items as well, such as "Fauxmatoes" and "We only need two minutes to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar lube you]]."
* GadgeteerGenius: Megamind compensates for his lack of superpowers with his ability to build insane gizmos in a matter of minutes.
* GangstaStyle:
-->'''Roxanne:''' I say we go back to the evil lair, grab some ray guns, hold 'em sideways and just go all ''gangsta'' on him.
* GeniusBruiser: [[spoiler:Metro Man's flashback reveals that he is actually a pretty smart guy.]]
** 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.
* GenreSavvy: Megamind and Metro Man are both really practiced at what their roles as SuperHero and SuperVillain include. Megamind is happy to submit to being defeated each time he tries an "evil" scheme. He actually ends up so depressed at having defeated his arch-nemesis that he fakes an origin story for a new SuperHero to arise and defeat his "reign of terror".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** The leash on Megamind in Titan's 'drawing'.
** [[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.
** Megamind's emergency escape from his GiantMecha is [[IncrediblyLamePun pretty... anal]].
** Metro Man commenting that he and Megamind were just going through the motions.
** [[CurseCutShort I'm on a HIIIIIGGHHHWAY TO H.../Loving yoooooouuuu is easy/...ELL!]]
** 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''.
* GiantMecha: Megamind's favorite kind of "toy".
* GlamourFailure: Megamind's holo-watch allows him to look like anyone it scans beforehand. However, he, apparently, forgot to waterproof it. It also shuts off if he bumps it by accident.
** Also, his eyes remain unchanged no matter who he's impersonating. This appears to be the case with anyone using the holo-watch (Minion as well)... with one exception probably used to heighten drama, because the scene would've been had a different feel if you figured it out too fast.
* TheGlomp: [[spoiler:Roxanne to Megamind in the final scene.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: When Titan is about to use his eye-beams -- namely, when he gets ''really pissed off''.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: [[spoiler:Making Hal the new "hero". He initially starts off as a decent candidate for the next hero, but he slowly starts to unravel. When Megamind provokes him into a fight by taunting him with his relationship with Roxanne, everything goes downhill.]]
* 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]].]]
** Roxie starts in red, but switches to purple once she has fallen for Megamind as Bernard, and dresses in blue once she supports Megamind openly.
** Megamind's eyes are [[GreenEyedMonster green]] to represent his envy of Metroman.
* GoodIsNotNice: As a child, Metro Man was actually a bit of a jerk to Megamind. The only reason he ended up with the nice, cushy childhood and Megamind landed in a prison is because baby Metro Man ''deliberately'' crowded Megamind's rocket off course (complete with blowing him a raspberry as he passed!). He eventually grew out of it, but Metro Man's treatment of Megamind when they were children was practically outright bullying.
* GoryDiscretionShot: When [[spoiler:Minion disguised as Megamind]] is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, the screen momentarily goes black, before cutting to Roxanne's reaction.
* GracefulLoser: Megamind. He is used to getting beaten by Metro Man and is cool with that, especially if he is always jailed in a CardboardPrison. A cardboard prison whose population he considers his ''family.''
* GreenEyes: Megamind has them. Huge, sweet, green eyes. Whenever he uses his watch to disguise himself as someone else, his eyes are always unchanged.
* HamToHamCombat[=/=]YouFightLikeACow: Fights between Megamind and Metro Man involve a lot of this. When duking it out with [[spoiler:Titan]] for the first time, Megamind tries it on his new enemy, but realizes he is too bull-headed and spiteful for this kind of duel.
-->'''Megamind:''' Now it's time for some witty back-and-forth banter! You go first!\\
'''[[spoiler:Titan]]:''' [[{{Angrish}} RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHH]]!\\
'''Megamind:''' Okay, look, I don't really know where to go with that!
* HartmanHips: Roxanne.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Megamind himself]] in the second half of the film.
* HeldGaze: Twice, once between Megamind [[spoiler:disguised as Bernard]] and Roxanne after Bernard has "rescued" her from Megamind, and again with Megamind and [[spoiler:Metro Man when Roxanne and Megamind discover him alive.]]
* HellBentForLeather: Megamind is this in spades, he even claims that he wears "Custom made, baby seal leather boots".
* AHellOfATime
-->'''Megamind:''' If only my parents could see me now.\\
'''Minion:''' I'm sure they're smiling down from [[{{Hell}} Evil Heaven!]].
* HelloNurse: Roxanne.
* HeroInsurance: Acknowledged. After all of the destruction caused by Titan, Megamind's Brainbots are repairing all of the damage.
* 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.
* HeroicFatigue: [[spoiler:Metro Man gets so tired of being a hero all the time he fakes his death.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Megamind and Minion, since infanthood.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Megamind just loves 'em. He even has one on his pajamas.
-->'''Minion:''' I call it [[MundaneMadeAwesome the Black]] ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome MambaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAaaaaAAAAaaaa]]''.
** Even his supposedly standard issue prison uniform has a high collar.
** Megamind's parents too, so it doubles as villainous and a piece of his culture.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Minion.
* HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation: Megamind has a disguise hologram that makes him look like a normal human. At one point he's in a situation where he has to pretend to be both simultaneously. There's a "fight sequence" between the two, where Megamind ends up repeatedly switching back and forth between his normal appearance and the hologram, all the while opening and closing a door over and over to give the appearance that that two are fighting each other. Naturally, Megamind has "Bernard" giving healthy dollops of ButHeSoundsHandsome.
* HoldingOutForAHero: The people of Metro City, to the point where it's practically a deconstruction; they're so used to relying on a hero that when the hero's no longer there, not one of them is brave enough to stand up to the villain. And then the villain gets bored with the fact that no one's standing up to him. And when someone finally kicks the villain's ass, they all flock to accept this newcomer as their 'hero' without actually stopping to consider whether he actually ''is'' a hero, and not a ''worse'' villain. [[spoiler:And of course, the whole mess started in the first place because the hero was so sick of everyone expecting him to solve all their problems that he just gave up.]]
* HolographicDisguise: The holo-watch Megamind first uses to make the prison warden look like him so the guards will open his cell, then make himself look like the warden to escape, and later impersonate Bernard to date Roxy and pose as Titan's "space-dad".
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Metro Man swooping in to save Roxanne. It is just a caped skeleton propelled by the explosion.]]
** For the civilians, [[spoiler:Titan defeats Megamind, but then he says that they aren't ''free'', just "under new management"]].
** And another one for the climax, [[spoiler: after Megamind, posing as Metro Man, scares Titan off to never return to [[ExactWords "Metrocity"]]. There's a brief moment that Megamind exposes himself, everyone is slightly relieved... and Titan returns pointing out [[OutOfCharacterAlert that Metro Man would never mispronounce "Metro City" like Megamind would]].]]
* HotScoop: Roxanne Ritchi, no surprise as she is [[TruthInTelevision a TV reporter]]. She is also obviously [[HotReporter easy on the eyes]], as both Titan and Megamind can attest.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Titan's powers, like his heat vision, at least initially.
* HowWeGotHere: The movie begins with Megamind falling out of the sky, then goes into a flashback as Megamind remembers his life. The time in between the beginning and ending points of the flashback must've been only a few seconds to Megamind.
* HugeHolographicHead: Made of thousands of appropriately colored glowing brain bots.
** And in "Button of Doom", a more straight example generated from the titular button.
* HumanAlien: Metro Man.
* HumongousMecha: Megamind's huge robot suit he uses [[spoiler:in his first fight with Titan.]]
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Megamind:''' He took the name: Metro Man, defender of Metro City. I decided to pick something a little more humble: Megamind, incredibly handsome criminal genius and master of all villainy!
* IdiotHero: Titan, big time. [[spoiler:Until he turns evil, that is.]]
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:Titan's reaction to Roxanne rejecting him.]]
* 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.]]
** Also implied with Megamind, especially after he [[spoiler:falls in love with Roxanne.]]
-->'''Megamind [disguised as Bernard]:''' Say I wasn't so normal...
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Minion disguised as Megamind]] on the skyscraper's anntena when [[spoiler:Titan]] throws it like a javelin.
* ImposterForgotOneDetail: [[spoiler:Titan realizes that Metro Man is actually a disguised Megamind when he pronounces "Metro City" as "Metrocity".]]
* IncomingHam: Megamind's arrival for the final showdown happens at the top of a large skyscraper, amid a laser-light show with smoke effects, with thousands of flying robot minions forming the [[HugeHolographicHead illusion of Megamind's head]], accompanied by the opening strains of Music/GunsNRoses' "Welcome to the Jungle".
--> '''Megamind''': You dare challenge Megamind?
--> [[spoiler:'''Titan''':]] This town isn't big enough for ''two'' supervillains!
--> '''Megamind''': Oh, you're a ''villain'' alright. Just not a ''super'' one.
--> [[spoiler:'''Titan''':]] Yeah? What's the difference?
--> ''[The giant head's mouth opens, and the actual Megamind walks out on the tongue.]''
--> '''Megamind''': '' ''' PRESENTATION! ''' ''
* IndyPloy: Megamind often resorts to these, as exemplified by the following quote:
--> '''Roxanne:''' What's the plan?
--> '''Megamind:''' Well, it mostly involves NOT DYING!
--> '''Roxanne:''' I like that plan!
** There's also the fact that the brilliant stunt he pulls off at the end, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, is only possible because he happened to [[spoiler: be falling directly towards a fountain.]]
* 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.
** Metro Man doesn't really look like Brad Pitt, except around the eyes. It's kind of eerie.
* InMediasRes[=/=]HowWeGotHere: The beginning of the film is a {{Book End|s}} to the final battle with Megamind falling to his apparent death, with the rest of the film being a flashback.
* InsistentTerminology: Megamind's greatest insult is pointing out that, while Titan might be a Villain, he's not got enough ''style'' to be a ''SuperVillain!''
* InstantPeopleJustAddWater
* InstitutionalApparel: Until he gets his supervillain costume, Megamind, from babyhood on up, has nothing to wear but a prison issue orange jumpsuit (like all the other prisoners).
* InterspeciesRomance: Roxie is widely believed to have a romance with Metro Man, who, despite [[HumanAlien looking human]], is an alien. [[spoiler:Later, it is revealed that this no more than a rumor: [[SubvertedTrope Metro Man is just "not her type"]]. And then, [[DoubleSubverted she falls for Megamind]].]]
* IntrepidReporter: Roxanne.
* {{Invisibility}}: Megamind's car.
* IronicEcho: "Ollo."
** "Hey, my kid can't see!"
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}[=/=]{{Malaproper}}: 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.
** After being kidnapped and held in Megamind's "deathtrap", Roxanne notices the spider (and pronounces it properly, of course). When Megamind tries to pretend it's part of the deathtrap, he pronounces it "spee-ider", which seems to be an attempt to make it sound more evil and exotic. However, the "Button of Doom" short has him referring to the "Spee-ider-bot", so apparently that's just how he says it.
** Megamind isn't oblivious to this. When disguised as Bernard, Megamind begins to say "shool", but quickly says "school" properly.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Even [[spoiler:when everyone thought that Metro Man was dead]], Hal Stewart seems to think it is an appropriate time to invite Roxanne Ritchi to his party. His selfishness is made worse by [[spoiler:gaining superpowers.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: [[spoiler:Titan.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Metro Man did seem at the beginning to be something of a jerk - starting off as a kid, growing up he became a hero and everybody loved him. It's easy to think that he's going to turn out to be the villain, [[spoiler:not the loser Hal.]]
* JustEatHim: [[spoiler:Sorta. Megamind's giant head made of thousands of brain bots ''does'' chew and chomp Titan, but it seems to be for show.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Although Titan ends up in jail, Megamind, who terrorized the city, "killed" Metro Man, created Titan, caused him to go crazy by abusing his evil technology, ''and'' committed enough previous evil acts to earn 88 life sentences, is revered as a town hero when all the good things he did was to stop his own creation. Of course, he makes up for it after the events of the movie.]]
* KryptoniteFactor: Metro Man is vulnerable to copper. [[spoiler:Or so he claimed. Turns out he was lying, and his real weakness, if any, remains a mystery.]]
** [[spoiler:Perhaps boredom?]]
* 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.
** Also Minion, in his [[spoiler:fake death scene.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The Forget-me Stick. Megamind also mentions an "Illiteracy Beam" when he visits Metro Man's monument.
** In ''The Button Of Doom'' short sequel, Minion mentions an "amnesia bomb" among Megamind's old schemes. Megamind doesn't remember that one.
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Titan. [[spoiler:Megamind wanted a superhero to fight. Unfortunately, the bullet hit the ''wrong'' candidate.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Apparently, both Megamind ''and'' Metro Man. Assuming Minion is/was actually part of a species and not just created in a lab, he might be this as well.
* LeanAndMean: Subverted. Megamind is a skinny little guy, but honestly he is more mischievous than genuinely evil, and even that is not a solid condition for him.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The riff from George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" is frequently used to represent Megamind, presented in different styles depending on the situation.
* LetsGetDangerous: Megamind isn't quite as incompetent as initially believed, it's just that he has a problem with not beta-testing his evil plans to iron out the kinks and he is generally [[OvershadowedByAwesome outmatched by Metro Man]]. But normally, whomever utters the quote "You [[WhoDares dare]] challenge me?" won't actually accomplish much, rather using it as a statement of overconfidence to brag about how supposedly unstoppable they are. But when you hear the phrase "You '''''dare''''' challenge Megamind?!", shit just got ''real!''
* {{Licensed Game}}s: Not only was it cross platform, it was also touted as a ''sequel'' to the movie. Also, apparently Dreamworks has decided to use the supervillain group idea mentioned in the ''What Could Have Been'' entry below, in the games.
* LightIsGood: Metroman
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Invoked by Hal, who mistakes Roxie's frightened terror for a lover's argument.
* LongerThanLifeSentence: Megamind was sentenced to 88 consecutive life sentences for his crimes against humanity and Metro City. Largely meaningless, since he's able to waltz out the front door of his CardboardPrison, and back into his functional laboratory ''cum'' lair.
* LooksLikeJesus: Metro Man dresses in white, performs good deeds wherever he goes, walks on water and has people kissing his feet as he passes. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he's only doing it because he thinks he has to.]]
* LoveHurts: [[spoiler:"Did you really think I'd ''ever'' be with ''you?''" "[[TearJerker ...No.]]"]]
* 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.]]
** [[spoiler:Also in a way with Megamind. He basically considered giving up being a villain while he was with Roxanne. But as soon as she dumped him, he went straight back to his old ways.]]
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:Megamind's reason to do a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* LovesMyAlterEgo: [[spoiler:Roxanne unknowingly falls for Megamind masquerading as Bernard.]]
* LoyalAnimalCompanion[=/=]NonHumanSidekick: Minion.