* MadScientist: Megamind. Death rays, dehydration gun, robot army, need we say more?
* MadScientistLaboratory: Apparently the Tesla coils come from a shop in Romania which specializes in super villain needs.
* MagicSkirt: Roxanne's blue cocktail dress.
* {{Malaproper}}: Megamind
* {{Manchild}}: Hal. [[spoiler:Then [[AscendedFanboy he]] [[{{Deconstruction}} gets]] [[PsychopathicManchild superpowers]].]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Roxanne and Megamind. Megamind is quite flamboyant, while Roxanne seems to have a more domineering personality.
* MasterOfDisguise: Megamind, thanks to a special watch. In fact, the watch appears to alter his physical body to a certain extent; at one point, he shoves an object into an interior jacket pocket of his disguise despite "actually" wearing pyjamas.
* AMatchMadeInStockholm
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: After the death ray fails to activate in a timely fashion, Roxanne, Megamind and Minion get distracted by bickering, prompting Megamind to accept defeat and begin wrapping up the plan. Meanwhile, on the monitors, none of them notice that Metro Man is having unexpected difficulty in getting out of the observatory that Megamind has trapped him in...
* MeaningfulName: Roxanne's not the first Roxanne to be [[CyranoDeBergerac wooed by an ugly genius posing as someone else]].
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Multiple occasions.
** Roxanne is guilty of this at the museum opening:
-->[speaking of Metro Man] His heart is like an ocean, inside a bigger ocean.
** Then there's Hal:
-->Let's wrap this up and ... give it to a child on Christmas ... 'cause we're done!
** Metro Man and Megamind take battle banter to this level:
-->'''Megamind:''' Over here, old friend. In case you haven't noticed, you've fallen right into my trap.\\
'''Metro Man:''' You can't trap justice. It's an ideal... a belief!\\
'''Megamind:''' But even the most heartfelt beliefs can be corroded over time.\\
'''Metro Man:''' Justice is a non-corrosive metal!\\
'''Megamind:''' But metals can be melted by the heat of ''revanche''.\\
'''Metro Man:''' It's "revenge" and it's best served ''cold''!\\
'''Megamind:''' But it can be easily reheated in the microwave of evil!\\
'''Metro Man:''' Well, I think your warranty's about to expire!\\
'''Megamind:''' Maybe I got an extended warranty!\\
'''Metro Man:''' Warranties are invalid if you don't use the product for its intended purpose!\\
'''Roxanne:''' Ugh! Girls, girls, you're BOTH pretty! Can I go home now?
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Minion is so pleasant throughout the entire film, that it's highly likely that he went along with Megamind's evil plans less because of being evil and more because it seemed to make his master/friend happy.
** [[spoiler: Megamind has an F in evil as well. He never kills anyone. He treats his battles with Metro Man as a game. He has no intentions of enslaving the populace. He wants ''nothing'' but to engage in banter-filled battles and it's implied he only does it ''to get closer to Roxy'', which might be why he always fails - he wants to ''impress'' Roxy. When he becomes a ''good guy'', however...]]
* [[MobileSuitHuman Mobile Suit Fish]]: Megamind's sidekick is a fish-like alien creature in a large robot mecha-suit. See ShoutOut below.
* MosesInTheBullrushes: Megamind's parents (and Metro Man's parents) sent their children off in escape pods to escape their planets being pulled into a black hole.
* MotionCaptureMecha: Megamind has one.
* MyBrainIsBig: As you can see in the picture.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The spider ''[[CanisLatinicus Arachnis deathicus]]''. Which Megamind had [[BlatantLies totally planned to threaten Roxanne with]].
** It's a speee-ider.
* NecessarilyEvil: Megamind decides to become a villain after he understands that the position of TheCape has been filled by Metro Man, who needs a {{foil}}.
* NerdsAreSexy: [[{{Megane}} Bernard]] and Megamind.
* NeverTrustATrailer: From the second trailer, this looks like a comedic "wimpy villain vs JerkAss celebrity superhero" premise. This is, however, just the first act, and even that is not quite what was expected.
** Also, it looked like Metro Man was being booed by the crowd and he said he gave up publicly. [[spoiler:None of it happened.]]
** None of the ads even mention there being a romantic angle to the film either, despite it being a key element to the plot and CharacterDevelopment.
** At least one theater poster depicted Megamind, Metro Man, Minion and Titan flying together, implying that they'd all team up and fight together.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Metro Man's combination of SmugSuper and JerkJock behavior as a kid were directly responsible for Megamind's StartOfDarkness. [[spoiler: Not to mention his secretly quitting the superhero game inspires the bored Megamind to create Titan, who [[GoneHorriblyWrong Goes Horribly Wrong]].]] No one ever mentions the first part, but Roxanne [[WhatTheHellHero has some pretty choice words]] (and objects to smash over him) about the second.
* NightmareFuel (InUniverse): During Titan's TrainingMontage, Titan brutally lays into a mannequin of [=MegaMind=], melting its face with his laser vision as [=MegaMind=] (Disguised as Space Dad) watches in horror.
* NobleDemon: Megamind himself, arguably. Defeating Metro Man and taking over Metro City is one thing, but ''actual'' mayhem or oppression? That wouldn't be sporting.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Megamind's "Space Dad" impression is a parody of MarlonBrando as Jor-El. As per RuleOfFunny, he speaks with [[Film/TheGodfather Don Corleone's]] speech mannerisms.
-->'''Megamind:''' ''(as Space Dad)'' You've been blessed with unfathmbable power.\\
'''Titan:''' What kind of power?\\
'''Megamind:''' Unfavmable. It's unf... it's without fathom.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Titan proves that all those years, Metro Man was holding back. Had Metro been a murderous AntiHero, Mega would have been dead since day one.
* NoInfantileAmnesia: Megamind still remembers (most) of the last thing his parents said to him...when he was eight days old. Of course, he ''is'' an alien...
* NoMeansYes: Hal, after Roxanne refuses his offer to come to his just-her-and-him party
-->'''Hal''': That's a soft yes on Thursday.
* NoNameGiven: Metro Man and Megamind.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]], like so much else in the movie. [[spoiler:Megamind does not actually think Metro Man is dead, but wait, [[SubvertedTrope he is]]! Until it turns out [[DoubleSubversion he is not]].]]
** It's also lampshaded.
-->'''Minion''': I don't think even he could survive that.
-->'''Megamind''': Let's not get our hopes up.
* NoSell: Metroman, when Roxanne is throwing things at him and he doesn't react at all. Even as a large stereo speaker is smashed against him, he doesn't even blink or acknowledge what is happening. His hair does get a little messed up.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Hal's doomed-to-fail invitation to his party, [[note]] complete with wedding photographer[[/note]] is made worse by him moving back into Roxanne's line of sight when she tries to move away.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Roxanne and Metro Man were never actually involved, despite what Megamind and most of Metro City seems to believe. Roxanne explicitedly says that despite appreciating the guy, Metro Man was too "larger than life" to really appeal to her.
* NotInTheFace: Titan says this to [[spoiler:Megamind disguised as]] Metro Man.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Apparently, Roxanne can survive being thrown over a building, falling to nearly street level and then being caught by the wrist or ankle.
* ObviouslyEvil: Megamind. Two words: "Black mambaaaaaaaaaaaa".
** Played with by Minion, who is an alien ''piranha'' in a huge titanium gorilla-fur mecha death-suit and acts as Megamind's, well, minion, but personality-wise is otherwise rather sweet, pleasant and good-natured.
*** And smart-ass.
* ObliviousToHints: Hal refuses to see that Roxanne isn't interested until she outright tells him (and after seeing her kiss Bernard, which was really just the icing on the cake).
* OffModel: Almost every piece of promotional art, including the DVD cover art, is missing Megamind's goatee.
* OhCrap: Megamind, when [[spoiler:Titan]] tells him he plans to [[spoiler:''kill him''.]]
** Megamind, when Roxanne discovers his hideout:
-->'''Megamind:''' HOW DID SHE FIND MY HIDEOUT -- uh, how did you find his hideout?\\
'''Roxanne:''' This is the only building in Metro City with a fake observatory on the roof!\\
'''Megamind:''' ''[OhCrap face]'' ... Oh-kay. [[TemptingFate There's no way she'll find the secret entrance]] --\\
'''Roxanne:''' ''[Excited squeal]'' There's a doormat here that says 'secret entrance'!
** [[spoiler:Titan]] gets one himself when it looks like [[spoiler:Metro Man]] has returned to kick his ass. It turns out to be [[spoiler:Megamind using his holographic disguise watch]]. [[spoiler:Titan]] returns the favor when he [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay manages to see through the deception]].
* [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous English Chanting]]: When Megamind is donning the Black Mamba(aaaaaaaaaa).
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:Titan does not want to rule Metro City - he wants to ''destroy'' it.]]
* OneDimensionalThinking: Megamind drives his hover-bike straight away from the sky scraper that has been thrown at him and Roxanne instead of turning left or right to get out of the way.
** Justified - the bike is damaged and Megamind has no control over it. He can just slide forward using already build momentum. Also, a hover bike has a distressing lack of friction to utilise for braking to make a turn.
* OnlySaneMan: Minion and Roxanne.
* OurHeroIsDead: Metro Man is killed, leaving Megamind without a {{foil}}. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he was not really killed, he just wanted to retire.]]
* OutrunTheFireball: At least once when Roxanne and 'Bernard' were escaping from Megamind's lair.
** Megamind has to outfly the fireball caused by a tanker exploding.
* OwMyBodyPart: "Ow! My giant blue head!"
* PacManFever: Titan is playing a game like this when Megamind comes to get him when he's late for their duel: it resembles some kind of a confusing hybrid of GeometryWars and {{Tetris}}.
* PaperThinDisguise: Bernard ''thinks'' Megamind is actually someone in a paper thin Megamind costume. He does not have time to find out he is mistaken before being dehydrated.
** In one scene, Megamind completely alters his appearance (and size) with a hologram... while Minion simply throws on a curly blonde wig and pink apron.
--->'''Megamind:''' You look perfect.
* PeekABooCorpse: Metro Man. [[spoiler:But it turns out it was fake.]]
* PickedLast: Megamind was always picked last in school during the brief time that he tried to fit in as a normal kid. He was even picked after [[ExaggeratedTrope the cross-eyed girl with the broken leg]].
* PimpedOutCape: Naturally, from Megamind's blue-lined black cape with the [[SpikesOfVillainy spiked]] shoulders and [[HighCollarOfDoom bat-wing collar]], to one of Metro Man's old capes with a [[PrettyInMink fur collar]] (that Megamind can't resist putting on when he finds it), all [[UpToEleven topped off]] by the Black Mamba.
* PimpedOutCar: After a fight with Megamind, we see Minion ride away on a pimped out Segway. The motorcyle that can fly and the car that can turn invisible might be considered "pimped out" as well.
* PleaseWakeUp: Subverted with [[spoiler:Minion]]. Megamind is not fooled.
-->'''Megamind:''' What a drama queen!
* PoliceAreUseless: After Megamind takes over the city, he gets free rein to do whatever he wants, and the only person who even ''tries'' to stop him is Roxanne. Specifically, the scene immediately after Metro Man's death is of the police department gathered en mass outside City Hall, preparing for a final showdown... until Megamind cheerfully tells them to "Drop 'em!", at which point ''all'' of them immediately drop their weapons and capitulate without a fight.
* PowerPerversionPotential: At one point Titan uses his X-Ray vision to look into Roxanne's apartment. PeepingTom, much?
* ProjectedMan: One of Megamind's acts. Specifically, using the brainbots to form a huge version of his head.
** Reprised in "Button of Doom".
* PsychopathicManchild: Titan.
* PunchClockHero[=/=]PunchClockVillain[=/=]NotAGame: Megamind and Metro Man's battles had their rules -- their battles are more like a game than a true fight. Megamind is upset when [[spoiler:Titan]] stands him up for a staged fight after he calls him out, and Megamind quickly learns that [[spoiler:Titan]] has no use for "rules" -- he is a murderous thug. In a nice touch, [[spoiler:Titan]] has been playing a video game instead of showing up for the fight. As Megamind chews him out, the video game ends. For the rest of the scene, GAME OVER is displayed on the TV. It's interesting to note that Megamind is visibly ''distressed'' when Metro Man is in danger, and it takes him a while to celebrate victory.
* PuppyDogEyes:
** Megamind and Roxanne manage this [[spoiler:when asking Metro Man how he survived Megamind's death ray.]]
** Megamind also has ADORABLE puppy-dog eyes [[spoiler:when Roxanne dumps him. Alone. In the rain.]]
** Minion, which is {{lampshaded}} by Megamind.
* PursueTheDreamJob:
** Metro Man gets tired of being a super hero and doing what everyone expects him to do, so he quits by faking his death and planning to go into the music business under the name Music Man. He's not very good at it.
** Megamind himself is an inversion. Being a supervillain was his dream job. [[spoiler: When that didn't work out, he became a superhero instead.]]
* RageAgainstTheMentor: ''And HOW''.
* RaisedByOrcs: Megamind was raised by prisoners at a penitentiary. Surprisingly, he seems to have had a (relatively) happy and healthy childhood. When he [[spoiler:gives up on the city]] and says that he is "going home", the next shot is Megamind turning himself in to the warden.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: When Megamind runs into Bernard at the Metro Man museum, Bernard (who is known to be an "expert" on Megamind) thinks that Megamind is just some cosplayer.
-->'''Bernard:''' Wow, that's a pretty tasteless costume, Megamind's head is '''not''' that grossly exaggerated.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Ultimately, the Warden. When Minion breaks out Megamind, he simply wishes them luck in their coming battle.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Megamind manages to provide one to Titan with ''two sentences'' near the end of the movie.
-->'''Titan:''' This'll be the last time you make a fool out of me!\\
'''Megamind:''' I made you a hero. You did the fool thing all by yourself!
* RedEyesTakeWarning: See GlowingEyesOfDoom above.
* [[IncrediblyLamePun Red and Blue Morality]] Titan is literally red, and MegaMind is literally blue
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Megamind tries cleaning up the city with the dehydrating gun, but doesn't actually pick the resulting cubes. Thus, during a sad scene, [[EmpathicEnvironment it starts raining]], so all the trash reappears.
** [[spoiler:Averted in the end, with Megamind's bots helping rebuild efficiently Metro City's destroyed real estate.]]
* [[TheSevenBasicPlots Regeneration/Redemption Plot]]: It'd be difficult to find a more exhaustive exploration of a character arc, from birth through raising through [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer rejection by the "normals"]] to the embracing of [[YouCantFightFate the role "destiny" forced him into]]; the [[LoveRedeems catalyst for change]], debate over which role to accept, "wooing" of the protagonist [[BecomingTheMask back toward the light]], unexpectedly challenging him[[note]](through a sort of justified HeelFaceDoorSlam followed by the revelation that he can't go back to the way it was - the rules have changed)[[/note]] to do more than ''play'' at normalcy, to [[TakingUpTheMantle pick up the hero's mantle]]... then a RefusalOfTheCall, but [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive it's not that easy]], and our IronWoobie[[note]]I'm not really sure which Woobie is right for him, but this one seems most likely aside from those puppy-dog eyes and "Did you ever look back?"[[/note]] protagonist has to ''[[TheDeterminator work]]'' [[EarnYourHappyEnding for his happy ending]].
* RescueRomance: Roxanne gets hit with zig-zagging flavors of this.
** Metro Man is always saving Roxanne, [[spoiler:but they never had any romantic relationship at all; he was just "not her type"]].
** Megamind is always kidnapping her and trying to impress her, but [[spoiler:dates her the old-fashioned way and ends up saving her at the end, which works]].
** [[spoiler:Hal]] tries this at Megamind's suggestion, but he's too stupid to realize that dropping Roxanne to her near-death (repeatedly) does not count as a "rescue".
* TheResenter: Megamind, to varying degrees. This was his reason [[ThenLetMeBeEvil for turning evil]] in the first place... but it was also played with [[spoiler:in his romance with Roxanne.]]
-->'''Megamind:''' I'm the bad guy! I don't save the day, I don't fly off into the sunset, and I don't [[spoiler:get the girl]]!
* ResetButton: {{Averted}} but {{lampshaded}} when Megamind [[spoiler:disguised as Bernard]] admits he looked into it, but the science was impossible.
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler:Metro Man.]]
* RightHandCat: Megamind has this trope in mind when he kidnaps Roxanne at the start of the movie. He sits in a chair with his back to her, tries to look as menacing as possible... and then whistles for one of the Brain-bots to sit in his lap so he can pet it and use it as a plasma globe.
* TheRival: Megamind has viewed Metro Man as this since they were young boys.
* RousseauWasRight: [[DoubleSubvertedTrope Double Subverted]]. [[spoiler: While it's certainly played straight with Megamind, Titan is an unrepentant {{Jerkass}} and even throws it back in Roxanne's face when she tries to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] the trope.]]
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: '''Tighten'''ville.
* RubberForeheadAlien: Megamind.
* RuleOfFunny: An infant lands from outer space into the exercise yard of a high security prison, and he is raised by the inmates as opposed to being seized by the Warden and Child Services within five minutes.
** And of course all the cartoon physics.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Metro Man dresses in white, and at one point is seen walking on water. After that, the beard also fits. Not to mention the fact that he landed under a couple's Christmas Tree as a baby.
** Then, to really drive it home, he [[spoiler:comes back from the dead]] (in a manner of speaking).
*** All of which isn't too out of place, given that he's largely based on Superman, who is rife with Christ symbolism himself.
** The film goes a long way with the symbolism of clothing:
*** Roxanne starts dressed in red, then mourns in black, switches to purple as she's warming up to Megamind and finally to blue when she's on his side.
*** Megamind symbolizes his full acceptance of his evil "destiny" with the switch to his darkest cape. More tellingly, he is instantly drawn to Metro Man's old cape as he's trying to play the hero (to the point of putting it on for a full scene), [[RefusalOfTheCall refuses the call]] by dropping it at the heroine's feet, and later receives it from her when he's proven where his heart lies.
** There's also the different disguises Megamind takes on. Being the Warden at the start (a good guy who stops/contains bad guys) might even be a type of foreshadowing. He's Bernard when he's exploring the world of normal people, the prejudice stripped away for a while[[note]]and more could be said about his battle with himself when he's trying not to expose the deception to Roxanne[[/note]]. He's the Jor-El type when he's trying to pass on what he knows about being a hero (proving that he understands ''both sides'' of the game). And it's no coincidence that when he begins his most heroic effort ever, he looks [[spoiler:''exactly'' like Metro Man]] - or that it's Roxanne who frees him from the disguises twice, first forcing him to confront what he's doing and later allowing him to claim his destiny on his own terms, rather than in the shoes of someone else.
* RunningGag: The fact that all Megamind's strongest weapons need time to warm up.
** Amongst Will Ferrell movies: the water-skiing squirrel appears.
** Code: this is getting silly.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Titan [[spoiler:refused to do this.]]
* SceneryGorn: There is some very nice detailing in several of the scenes of mass destruction.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: Played with; the story establishes a conflict around a schoolyard bully who grew up to oppose his former victim... except the victim was the one who became the supervillain and the bully became the beloved superhero.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Megamind. {{Lampshaded}} by Roxy ("Yeah, like that.")
* ScrewDestiny: The running theme of the film. Megamind never learns what his parents meant for him and spends his life trying to live up to what he ''thought'' they said. [[spoiler:Metro Man becomes tired of being a superhero just because everyone expects him to be one and quits to become a musician. Titan refuses to be a hero just because Megamind demands he be one.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: [[spoiler: Hal/Titan]] at first refuses to hold up his end of [[spoiler: the hero-villain dynamic]], it gets worse when [[spoiler: he actually starts doing petty crimes for personal gain, and then goes into full-blown supervillain territory after he gets pissed off]].
* SealedEvilInADuel: [[spoiler:The reason Metro Man decides to fake his death. To him, superheroing had become an endless cycle of the same battles with Megamind over and over.]]
* SeenItAll: Roxanne Ritchi When it comes to Megamind's dastardly plots and deathtraps.
* ShapeshifterResonance: Used subtly whenever somebody uses the disguise watch, the eye-color remains the same.
* ShapeshifterSwansong: parodied when [[spoiler:Megamind's holowatch malfunctions on his date with Roxanne.]]
* ShootingSuperman: Played with. After [[spoiler:discovering that Metro Man is still alive, Roxanne begins throwing stuff at him, larger items each time. They smash harmlessly against his head, and naturally he doesn't so much as blink.]]
* ShoutOut: Several shout outs to the [[Film/{{Superman}} 1978 Superman film]] which for obvious reasons, will not be listed here. One of the more subtle references? "[[RougeAnglesOfSatin Tightenville]]".
** "[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Are you]] [[ArmorPiercingQuestion happy now?]]"
** Megamind's "Space Dad" disguise is meant to look like MarlonBrando as Jor-El while notably using the speech mannerisms of [[Film/TheGodfather another famous Marlon Brando character]].
** Megamind asks if Metro Man had a "solitary fortress" (a reference to Franchise/{{Superman}}'s Fortress of Solitude) or a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} cave]].
** Hal's gaining Metro Man's powers from his DNA is a reference to the comic TheNail where LexLuthor does the same thing to Jimmy Olsen for different reasons but with similar results.
** A villain who loves to steal and vandalize paintings, and also throws money into the street? Henchman with a boom box? Looks a lot like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from the 1989 [[Film/{{Batman}} Batman movie]].
** Megamind's growing up in prison is actually also a reference to the Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Bane, who due to the archaic laws of the country he was born in, had to take his father's life sentence from birth.
** Megamind views himself as the [[TheKarateKid Mr. Miyagi]] to his intended new superhero.
*** This is also DevelopmentGag: An early draft of the script actually called for protagonist [[WhatCouldHaveBeen 'Master Mind']] to actually disguise himself as ''the'' Mr Miyagi after seeing a poster of TheKarateKid in Hal's apartment. (A picture of Mr. Miyagi still appears in the scene where Megamind explains his plan to Minion; presumably, they went with Marlon Brando because Will Ferrell doing a Pat Morita impression might come across as incredibly racist.)
** Megamind trains [[spoiler:Titan]] with a classic ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' level, with Minion as Donkey Kong.
*** He even jumps the barrels, when obviously he doesn't really have to.
** [[BarackObama "No, you can't!"]]
** [[MarkTwain "Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated."]]
** Hal Stewart's name is a nod to [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan and John Stewart]]. [[spoiler:All three of them received their powers from an alien. Most significantly, Hal is the one who famously turned evil because of ''yellow energy.'']]
** Look around Megamind's office after he takes over the city. Is that [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk the Ark of the Covenant]]? Yup, it is.
*** Along with an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and (at least acording to the DVD commentary) Film/TheMalteseFalcon.
*** There's also a yellow Vespa that might be [[{{FLCL}} Haruko's]].
** Megamind's lines after discovering [[spoiler:Metro Man alive and well]] are lifted wholesale from Scene 1 Act 1 of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Ham]][[{{Hamlet}} let]].
** Megamind gets a spider on him and gets walloped in the attempt to get it off, paralleling a scene from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''. And Creator/BenStiller cameos in this movie!
** Minion's furry gorilla suit with a fishtank helmet is likely a reference to ''Film/RobotMonster''.
*** The fact that Minion's a goldfish bowl with a fish inside might also be a reference to Bob the Fish from the ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' games.
*** Or to Dr. Ghoti from {{Webcomic/Supermegatopia}}.
** "My kid can't see" [[Film/AnimalHouse said to someone wearing a trenchcoat]].
** Metroman isn't the first superhero to have a museum dedicated to him. [[TheFlash The Flash Museum]] has been a staple of that series for decades.
** Metro Man is gray around the sides, much like [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] and [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]].
** Megamind's invisible car is a reference to WonderWoman's invisible airplane.
** Megamind's new costume for battling Titan looks a lot like the kind of thing Gene Simmons used to wear.
** The giant head the Brainbots create to distract Titan during the final battle does three Shout Outs one after the other. Aside from being blue rather than green, it looks a lot like the Wizard's head in TheWizardOfOz. Then when he opens his mouth and sticks out his tongue for the real Megamind to walk out, the tongue looks again like Gene Simmons doing his usual bit, but the mouth is framed so that it also looks like the RollingStones logo.
** In the "Reign of Megamind" interactive comic, one of the weapons he plans on using is an [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Energon Drill.]]
** During the final fight, [[spoiler: Tighten]] mockingly yells out "Hah-hah!" in the same way as school bully Nelson Muntz on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Bernard looks an awful lot like another [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog villainous main character]].
** Metroman is a friendly, well-liked BoisterousBruiser who [[spoiler: gives up his archetypal role to pursue a career in bad art]]. Sounds remarkably like [[ComicBook/TheSandman Destruction of the Endless]]. [[spoiler: Megamind and Roxanne try and fail to bring him back]], just like Dream and Delirium.
** Towards the end, there's a moment when it appears that [[spoiler:Megamind]] has been skewered on the spike at the top of Metro Tower, in a fashion very similar to [[spoiler:Ming's demise]] in ''Film/FlashGordon''.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: The HannibalLecture delivered by [[spoiler:Titan]] at the end:
-->'''[[spoiler:Titan]]:''' You're so naive, Roxy. You see the good in everybody even when it's not there. You're living in a fantasy! There is no Easter Bunny, there is no Tooth Fairy, [[WhatAnIdiot and there is no Queen of England]]! [[ThisIsReality This is the real world, and you need to wake up!]]
* SissyVillain: {{Averted}}. Megamind is not so much a sissy as he is a LargeHam, though he still ScreamsLikeALittleGirl. Even ''then'', [[RuleOfFunny only when the joke calls for it]].
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Titan, when using his eye beams, once when melting the Megamind mannequin, and again when he's about to do the same thing on the real Megamind.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: {{Subverted}}. It ''seems'' like Megamind thinks he is a lot more successful and imposing than he really has been, but when Metro Man is "killed" he is as shocked as everyone. He ''knows'' he is incompetent; that has been his issue since childhood. [[spoiler:He learns that he is far better ''fighting'' evil than ''being'' evil.]]
* SmugSnake: Megamind. [[spoiler:Or maybe he was never meant to be a villain]].
* SmugSuper: Metro Man begins this way as a child, with the winking and smirking and intentionally showing up young Megamind, but by the time he is grown up? He is genuinely nice and heroic, [[spoiler:even to Megamind. It even turns out he was burned out from being forced to be a superhero]]. At the end of the film, [[spoiler:he is proud that Megamind took over for him.]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The film has a single Brainbot with a pink frill and lipstick. The DVD commentary states that she was an InvokedTrope, and considered "the Smurfette of the Brainbots". There is also Roxanne Ritchie.
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: No-one seems to be alarmed by the fact that a child, even [[RubberForeheadAlien an alien one]], is growing up in a prison.
* SoftWater: Played with. [[spoiler:During the finale, Megamind is falling to his death and knows that water will not break his fall. However, he dehydrates himself into a cube, which ''does'' let him survive the fall, and rehydrates upon contact with the water.]]
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: [[spoiler:Titan realizes that Metro Man is actually a disguised Megamind when "Metro Man" says "Metrocity" instead of "Metro City".]]
** Minion too. [[spoiler:When he impersonates the Warden he forgets one of Megamind's life sentences, and when he's Megamind he tries pulling the bars around Roxanne off by hand before resorting to laser.]]
* SoProudOfYou: Roxie says this verbatim to [[spoiler:Minion, who is disguised as Megamind at the time.]]
** [[spoiler:A hidden Metro Man to Megamind, though the latter never hears it.]]
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Just about [[PublicDomainSoundtrack every song in the film]], excluding the original score, is played via one of Megamind's sound systems.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: When [[spoiler:Titan]] burns his new self-aggrandizing name for Metro City into the pavement, he spells it "[[spoiler:Tightenville]]". To drive this home, the end credits list [[spoiler:Jonah Hill]], [[spoiler:Hal]]'s voice actor, as "[[spoiler:Tighten]]" instead of "[[spoiler:Hal]]" or "[[spoiler:Titan]]."
** [[spoiler:The DVD subtitles also change their spelling of the name from that point on. It's also used in at least some, if not all, of the tie-in books related to the film.]]
*** It seems like a FunetikAksent joke at [[spoiler: Hal's]] stupidity, right? It's actually a GeniusBonus: [[spoiler: "Titan" means, as is noted in the movie, "a being of great power", which he certainly is. "Tighten", however, means "to squeeze and crush". Not only does it foreshadow Hal's FaceHeelTurn, it's a perfect way to keep his costume appropriate whilst giving himself a far more suitably villainous moniker.]]
* SpikesOfVillainy: On Megamind's outfit, as well as his lair and machinery. Including a spiked up Segway. At one point, [[spoiler:Roxie]] hugs him in such a way that she should by rights have torn her arm open.
* StalkerWithACrush: Hal, Roxie's camera-man. [[spoiler:Her rejection of him as Titan begins his StartOfDarkness. It is a bad sign that one of the first things Hal uses his new superpowers for is ''peeping''.]]
** Megamind might also count initially, since it's hinted that the only reason he kept kidnapping Roxanne is [[AbductionIsLove because he's in love with her]] (in his warped not-really-knowing-or-understanding-what-that-actually-is way) and it's his way of being close to her. Unlike Hal, however, he gets better.
* StealthPun: Minion is literally a henchman in a gorilla suit.
** During the "I'm Bad" finale, Minion is doing... The Robot.
** "The die had been cast" in Megamind's opening monologue, explaining his fate and first act of evil: [[spoiler:dyeing his classmates blue]]
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:Metro Man's revealed to be a Type A as a superhero.]]
* StringTheory: Megamind uses this as a mind-mapping technique. In order to figure out what he's doing, Roxanne replicates his setup in her apartment. It's also used as the motif for the opening titles and the matching CreativeClosingCredits.
* StrippedToTheBone: Metro Man. [[spoiler:Supposedly.]]
* SuperheroesWearCapes: Both Metro Man and Megamind have several.
* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: Implied only, Metroman and Megamind are called the "World's Greatest" hero and villain respectively, implying the existence of others, and the fact that a superhero is still necessary after [[spoiler:Titan is depowered and imprisoned]] implies the existence of other villains or at least normal criminals that the Metrocity police can't handle, but, if any other villains took advantage of Metroman's absence, or any heroes tried to pick up his slack, it happened offscreen.
* SuperpoweredDate: Hal as Titan attempts to take Roxanne on one, but comes on to strong and his antics put her off.
* SuperSpeed and SuperStrength: Metro Man (and therefore, Titan).
* SwivelChairAntics: One of Megamind's favourite hobbies.
* TakeThat: After Megamind [[spoiler:kills Metro Man]] he puts up posters in front of town hall that say "No you can't" with him posing like BarackObama in his political "Yes we can" ads. Well, technically the posters were inspired by the HOPE posters, but you get the idea.
** There's a super-stealthy Take That embodied by Hal Stewart. [[spoiler:The character is an average man granted supreme power by a blue, big-headed egomaniac. [[GreenLantern Sound familiar?]] He's even named after two of the most iconic characters in that series: '''Hal''' Jordan and John '''Stewart'''.]]
*** Actually, fitting in with the somewhat deconstructionist themes of the movie, he may just be a take on if someone with Green Lantern's origin was just a selfish loser.
* TakeUpMySword: Implied by [[spoiler:Metro Man]] at the end.
* TakingTheBullet: Metro Man does this with a dodgeball for the teacher in Megamind's flashbacks.
* TantrumThrowing: Roxie hurling things at Metro Man; since he's MadeOfDiamond he doesn't even blink as the stuff she throws keeps shattering against his face.
* TeamRocketWins: The entire premise of the movie is Megamind, the inept villain, finally winning.
* TemptingFate: Roxie calling Bernard!Megamind "the only normal man in her life".
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler: Hal screams at Roxie that there is no Hal anymore, just Titan.]]
* ThatPoorCat: Heard when Titan discards the flower cart after failing to impress Roxanne. Also, Megamind accidentally gets a cat while dehydrating all the garbage on the streets. ItGetsBetter.
** [[ThatPoorCat That Poor Brainbot]]: At the end of The Button of Doom, Minion tosses a remote to the side. A brainbot's "bowg" is heard offscreen.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Megamind's origin story. No matter how hard he tried to be liked, it only ever resulted in him being pushed away even further, so eventually he decided to give up and just have fun with the reputation being forced upon him.
* ThereWasADoor: [[spoiler:Titan]] to Megamind after the latter crashes through his wall. Though to be fair, there also was already a gaping hole in the wall; he just made it slightly bigger. And [[spoiler:Titan]] himself [[HypocriticalHumor was originally responsible for said hole]].
** Zigzagged earlier in the movie when Megamind enters through the door... by blowing it up... and then Minion installs a new door.
* ThermalDissonance
* ThouShaltNotKill: Megamind ''constantly'' tries to kill Metro Man in the past, but he never actually expected to succeed. [[spoiler:Hal/Titan]], however, is a thug and will, or at least tries to, kill anyone who gets in his way.
* TimeStandsStill: Metro Man reveals that during a fit of superspeed, he was able to infiltrate Megamind's lair, reconsider apprehending him, go to the library and read dozens of self-help books, pick up some fries and a drink at a restaurant, and relax in the park before [[spoiler:deciding to fake his death.]] All in the space of an instant. If you watch closely, you can even see his image dim for a frame.
* TooSoon: [invoked] Bernard is insulted by Megamind's "costume" in part because he just ''killed'' Metro Man. It's kind of in bad taste considering he's running around in a tribute to Metro Man, calling it "tasteless".
* TookALevelInBadass[=/=]LetsGetDangerous: Megamind in the final act.
** [[spoiler:Hal. As Hal, he is, well, Jonah Hill. As Titan, he is a muscular stud.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler:Titan.]]
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers made ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' out to be a lot zanier with a lot less angst and totally dumps the romance factor. It forgets that WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}} spends a good chunk of the film as Bernard. As well as this, it makes Metro Man out to be more of a glory-hound jerk than he really is - and a lot more important too. While Metro Man IS important, it's his absence that drives the plot, not his presence.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Probably had one of the worst offending example of the Trope, in which [[spoiler: it revealed that Metro Man was ''not'' dead and had simply given up superheroing.]] The entire film revolved around the fact that [[spoiler: Megamind was trying to cope with having killed Metro Man.]]
* TrialBalloonQuestion: Subverted by Roxanne. [[spoiler:She would not mind if he was an alien species... but it is actions that determine a person.]]
-->'''Megamind:''' Well, that seems kind of petty.
* {{Troperiffic}}: The whole point of the movie is to {{double subver|sion}}t as many superhero genre conventions as possible. And many of the double subversions are also ''inversions''.
* TryNotToDie / IndyPloy: Megamind's strategy for [[spoiler:defeating Titan.]]
-->'''Roxanne:''' What's the plan?\\
'''Megamind:''' It mostly involves not dying.\\
'''Roxanne:''' That's a good plan. I like that plan.
** Inverted earlier when Megamind gets out of prison to face [[spoiler: Titan]].
-->'''Warden:''' ''(tied up)'' Good luck!\\
'''Megamind:''' ''(happily giggling)'' We're gonna die!\\
'''Minion:''' ''(laughs, then...)'' [[BigWhat Wait, what?!]]
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Megamind, disguised as Bernard, spends some time on the elevator with Roxanne as the Metro Man Museum is about to blow up.
* TheUnfettered: [[spoiler:Titan. Which makes him much more dangerous than Metro Man.]]
* UnflinchingWalk: Averted when Megamind blows up the Metro Man museum.
-->''Megamind:'' Aaah! I'm too close! I'm genuinely scared right now! I hope no one can see this! Aaah!
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Roxanne, who changes outfits for each new day and occasion.
* UnreliableNarrator: Megamind in the introduction. He calls evacuating his exploding home planet "a career change."
* UnstoppableRage[=/=]RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Titan.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: Metro Man lets a whole string of these out while trapped in the copper-lined observatory.
-->'''Megamind:''' ''What'' did he say?\\
'''Minion:''' ...crab nuggets?
* VictoryIsBoring: The main motif of the movie.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: [[spoiler:Basically, Titan's rampage is the movie version of this as he uses his powers (especially the laser vision) to act out the fantasies of a thousand children playing free-roaming super-hero games.]]
* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler:Megamind after Roxanne dumps him.]]
* VillainousCrush: Implied at the beginning, where some of Megamind's behavior towards a kidnapped Roxanne comes off as downright flirtatious. [[spoiler:Later, it's a central part of the story, but he's less villainous at that point.]]
* VillainousRescue: "YOU ''DARE'' CHALLENGE '''MEGAMIND'''?!"
* VillainProtagonist
* VisibleInvisibility: Megamind's car is said to be invisible, but the audience can see the outlines of it.
** Actually, severely averted - you can't see the outlines of it but the sun's glare reflecting off it. And characters can see this too, it's even turned into a point when [[spoiler:the car, which Megamind had lost, is found again during a critical point in the final battle when Roxanne sees the glare - Megamind's most important plot-related weapon was still in the car.]]
** When Roxanne says Megamind "should look back too", he manages to spot it. Either he's reminded that it's there, or the refraction is just enough to see when you know what to look for.
* WeaksauceWeakness:
-->'''Metro Man:''' Copper... drains... my powers!\\
'''Megamind:''' Your weakness is copper? ''[[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe You're kidding, right]]''?
** [[spoiler: SubvertedTrope. Metro Man isn't vulnerable to copper, he just pretends he is.]]
* WeatherControlMachine: Megamind has one he uses to make dramatic entrances.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:Titan]] tells Megamind that with [[BrainsAndBrawn his power and Megamind's "big-headed-ness"]] they could rule the world. [[spoiler:Megamind refuses.]]
* WeHaveForgottenThePhlebotinum: [[spoiler:Megamind left the {{depower}} gun in his invisible car. Which he then lost. Because it is invisible.]]
* WeWillNotUseStageMakeUpInTheFuture: Megamind's shapeshifter wristwatch allows him to shapeshift into other people using the power of hard light holograms.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Robert Downey Jr. was originally supposed to star. They wound up with Creator/WillFerrell instead.
** The "Art of" book includes some of the things that never made it to the final cut, including a supervillain group, a giant lava monster, and concepts for Minion where his gorilla body was made from a real gorilla.
** The film was originally scripted as a live-action, R-rated, adult comedy. Megamind would have been called Master Mind, and Metro Man: Uberman, and Minion replaced three clones of famous historical figures. The studio did nothing with it, so it was brought over to DreamworksAnimation as a children's film instead.
** Played with in-universe during Megamind's flashback. His pod is initially on course for a palatial mansion, but is knocked aside by Metro Man's, sending him to a rather different destination.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: {{Averted}} with Bernard, who appears in the CreditsGag.
* WhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Megamind damns himself for creating Titan, who turns out to be a unstoppable engine of wanton destruction.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Megamind to [[spoiler:Titan]], twice in the same scene. First, upset that [[spoiler:Titan]] did not bother to show up to save the city from him, then when he sees [[spoiler:Titan decided to rob banks - and a bicycle.]]
** Megamind and Roxanne Ritchi's response to [[spoiler:Metro Man faking his death to pursue a career as a musician, turning his back on the Titan situation.]]
-->'''Roxanne:''' [[spoiler:... and you gave control of the city to ''him!'' ''(indicates Megamind)'' ''({{beat}})'' No offense.]]\\
'''Megamind:''' [[spoiler:No, no, I'm with you.]]
** He might not count as a hero yet, but this is Roxanne's reaction to Megamind when she finds out that he gave [[spoiler:Hal]] super powers.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Apparently, there are supervillain supply stores.
* [[WhoDares Who Dares Challenge Megamind?]]
* WideEyedIdealist: According to Titan, Roxie believes that there is at least some good in everyone, [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in spite of her generally sarcastic attitude]]. Possibly justified, in that she's used to seeing Megamind's brand of villainy, which isn't all that harmful.
** StrawmanHasAPoint: To be fair, Titan is fairly accurate when he views Roxie's attempts to appeal to his better nature as a desperate ploy.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: One explanation for [[spoiler:Titan's descent to evil.]]
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Megamind's stunning green eyes.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Megamind himself ''claims'' to be this. But he's actually quite lacking in the ''woobie'' part and [[spoiler:even more so in the ''destroyer of worlds'' part.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Metro Man and Megamind view each other this way.
* WrongGenreSavvy: A socially-awkward kid with an unattainable crush [[spoiler:gains superpowers]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Hal Stewart must have seen the movie Film/SpiderMan one too many times]] and does not realize [[RealityEnsues what is really going to happen]] [[spoiler:until Roxie spells it out for him]].
* XanatosGambit: Megamind's entire campaign against Metro Man. He explicitly says in the comic prequel that he considers every lost battle as simply an opportunity to study his potential weaknesses. He explicitly states when fighting Titan that every defeat is an opportunity to learn and do better next time.
* XMeetsY: ''TheIncredibles'' meets ''[[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]]'', with just a hint of ''SaturdayNightLive'' thrown into the mix.
** Alternately, it's ''Superman'' meets ''[[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]]'' with the same ''SaturdayNightLive'' splash mix.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Titan to Roxanne]].
* YouFightLikeACow: Megamind tries to encourage [[spoiler:Titan]] to engage in this, but he only charges forward while shouting "aaaaaaaaggghhh!"
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: As Megamind flees the Metro Man museum, [[spoiler:which he is trying to blow up]], he runs into Bernard, who starts deriding him for his "tasteless costume" complete with "cheap replica of his dehydration gun".
** Well, he's in his ''pyjamas''.
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