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->''"Look, [[FieryRedhead red]], [[ImNotAHeroIm I'm no hero]]. I'm just a guy from [[{{Joisey}} Jersey]], alright?"''

Action cartoon '''''Megas XLR''''' -- created by the minds behind MTV's ''{{Downtown}}'' -- serves up an [[AffectionateParody affectionate spoof]] of "guy culture", science fiction, {{anime}}, and pretty much anything considered "cool" in TheEighties. If you consider ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' the {{Deconstruction}} of the HumongousMecha genre, then consider ''MegasXLR'' the Demolition (and, possibly, the American precursor to ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''). ''Megas'' remains one of the few mecha shows to get unanimous praise from [[ImageBoards 4chan's]] [[{{Anime}} /a/]], [[WesternAnimation /co/]], and [[HumongousMecha /m/]] boards.[[note]] For 4chan, that ''[[{{GIFT}} really]]'' says something, [[FandomRivalry especially given that those three boards tend to have very divergent tastes.]][[/note]]

In the distant future, mankind finds itself losing a war against a race of aliens known as the Glorft. Only one hope remains: a stolen Glorft battle robot prototype, converted into the Mecha Earth Guard Attack System (MEGAS). Humanity knows it can't stop the Glorft '''now''', so it decides to send MEGAS into the past to turn the tide of the war -- but a mistake accidentally sends the mecha '''too far''' into the past. MEGAS sits in a junkyard in Jersey City for seventy years -- until a large, jovial gearhead and video game fanatic by the name of Coop unearths it.

Coop repairs the robot, but he also makes a few modifications -- such as [[RuleOfCool replacing the mecha's absent, destroyed head with a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda]]. He dubs it XLR -- "[[XtremeKoolLetterz Xtra]] Large Robot" -- but as he shows it off to his friend Jamie, who should show up but soldier, [[GadgeteerGenius mechanical expert]], and all-around ActionGirl Kiva Andru, who's traveled from the future to reclaim the robot '''she''' modified in the first place. Coop's modifications, however, have made him the only person who can pilot MEGAS -- and that sucks for Kiva, because a band of Glorft troopers, led by the tyrannical Warmaster Gorrath, followed her through time to take MEGAS back for themselves. Coop, Kiva, and -- to a lesser extent -- Jamie find themselves thrust into battle the Glorft, along with countless other threats to the Earth; too bad they usually do just as much damage to the Earth as the threats themselves.

The show, originally entitled Lowbrow, began life as a pilot episode that was shown in Creator/CartoonNetwork's 2002 Summer Contest to determine a new CartoonCartoon, where it ended up the most popular one. The pilot episode was also shown during Toonami's Giant Robot Week, and the show itself premiered on {{Toonami}}. It has yet to see a DVD release, but at least you can still find it on iTunes and XboxLive.

[[http://gamepodunk.ipbhost.com/uploads/gallery/album_6/gallery_5_6_15133.png Rumours circulated for a while about a possible game/crossover headed by Valve. ]]

Unfortunately, Megas XLR suffered the fate of being written off by Cartoon Network, meaning that it can no longer be aired legally on Cartoon Network, AdultSwim, or any of their affiliates (you could essentially say that it was ScrewedByTheNetwork on a technical level) and depriving many fans of a much-desired return on the revived Toonami block. Fortunately, George Krstic, [[{{Creator/Titmouse}} Chris Prynoski]], and the Toonami crew are working to bring it back.

Much of Megas' production team went on to create the DisneyXD series [[WesternAnimation/MotorCity Motorcity]], which features very similar [[AffectionateParody spoofing]] of '80s culture and aesthetics.

Do not confuse this show with TheMegas.
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!!''MegasXLR'' serves as the Trope Namer for the following tropes:

* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding
** It also provides the image for that page.
** One episode had the Glorfft commander crash into the gunpowder, shrapnel, and ball bearing factory. Everyone survived.
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!!''MegasXLR'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* {{Acrofatic}}: Hilariously subverted with Coop. He can move when the time calls for it but his rather large gut makes it hard.
** A notable example would be in one episode when Coop tried jumping into the window of Megas and got stuck.
** Another would be when he launched himself off of the stage at a rock concert; no one caught him.
** Averted in DMV where he needed to run to the Impound Lot to get MEGAS while Kiva and the Bounty Hunter fight. He is completely winded and exhausted when he gets to the lot despite the fact that you can still clearly see Kiva and the Bounty Hunter fighting from their location. Another one where he is running away from the Gloft because the CPU is out Coop adds in his ArsonMurderAndJaywalking speech on how he had to "run half a block".
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Coop. He's even ''proud'' of it.
-->'''Coop:''' "I don't know ''NUTHIN'!''"
** Also, in the second episode, Jamie managed to find the Planet of the Space Amazons, which, up until then, was thought to only exist in a comic book. Coop also found a food court there.
** And this is how the S-Force survived from being accidentally blasted by Coop.
* ActionGirl: Kiva, who is A) saving the world from [[IdiotHero Coop and Jamie]], B) saving the ''future'' from [[IdiotHero Coop and Jamie]], C) saving [[IdiotHero Coop and Jamie from themselves]] and D) kicking ass along the way.
* AliensAndMonsters: Many, but mostly the Glorft.
* AllOfThem: Coop has a button that says, "Missiles", another that says, "More Missiles", and finally one that says, "All The Missiles". Thing is, it doesn't actually launch '''[[MacrossMissileMassacre all of them]]''' since we see him use more in the same episode.
* {{Animesque}}: Though the art-style is distinctly Western, the genre itself is purely Japanese. It helps that [[SteveBlum Jamie]] and [[WendeeLee Kiva]] are voiced by famous (to American fans of dubbed anime) actors.
* AnimationBump
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: Kids cheer every time a school, museum, or the [[RuleOfFunny homework factory]] is destroyed.
** And everyone cheers (even convicts in a prison) cheer when they see something from [[{{MTV}} POP TV]] [[TakeThat get destroyed]].
* AndThisIsFor: Whatever you messed up during the episode! [[MisBlamed And this is for]] whatever ''I'' messed up during the episode! [[RunningGag And this is for]] the RuleOfThree for OnceAnEpisode summaries!
--> '''Jamie: [[RunningGag YEAH!]]'''... wait, ''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne what?!]]''
* {{Area 51}}: "Viva Las Megas".
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: All of Coop's regular rants against the bad guy. One time, it was more like "Jaywalking, Littering and Playing Loud Music." Oh, and he did all three of the acts, not the bad guy. {{Lampshaded}} by Kiva and Jamie. (See a compilation of all the ones from Season 1 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB_446w_A0w here]])
** Inverted in "Terminate Her" wherein Coop actually listed the offenses in order of ascending severity, before the [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight elements of the Glorft plan]] utterly confuse him and he trails off.
** Kiva herself gets in on the action in "Space Booty" when she lays into [[CaptainErsatz Captain Warlock]].
--> '''Kiva''': You tried to break up our team, you almost killed Coop and Jamie, and you made me listen to your ''endless, cheesy, pick-up lines!''
--> '''Coop''': Nice.
--> '''Warlock''': Cheesy!?
--> '''Kiva''': [[NotSoAboveItAll Get him, Coop!]]
** Coop tries one, only for it to get hijacked
--> '''Coop''': ''You copied my robot, hit me when I wasn't looking, threatened my friends!''[[note]]'''Jamie''': ''And, you almost ruined my date!''[[/note]]
* [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign As Long As It Looks Foreign]]: The odds table in "Battle Royale" includes not only alien scripts, but also lines in English and jumbles of Greek characters that would be unpronounceable to someone who could read them.
* AssShove: During the episode "Bad Guy", when Coop has to bond with the Power Ranger Expy, he, ah... inserts all four limbs rather awkwardly into the, ah, hind portions of the Zorps. Many awkward facial expressions ensue.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: What's cooler than a BHBB? A ''giant robot'' BHBB.
* BasementDweller: Coop.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: The roll-up windows and retractable roof of Coop's car are able to resist the vacuum of space. And it's not like there's anything special about them, either; Coop punched one out barehanded.
* BeamOWar: In "Dude, Where's My Head?", where Coop wins by turning on the high beam headlights.
* BerserkButton:
** Coop not getting a Mega Slush or any delicious, artery-hardening food. Gorrath actually uses this to torture him at one point.
** Also, don't even think of insulting Megas in front of Coop.
** Or trying to kill Jamie and Coop in front of Kiva.
** Insulting Kiva because she's a girl always gets her airs up or at least makes her stop taking it easy. [[NotSoAboveItAll She even beat Coop in a videogame when he gave her the "girl handicap".]]
** [[LovableCoward Jamie]] will drive off a parking garage to reconnect the car to Megas for Coop, because "No one treats my friend like that-except for me".
** Do NOT try to ruin Jamie's date.
** Basically there's one in every episode, which causes Coop (or someone else if the formula is subverted) to give his angry speech of the day before whupping the bad guy.
* BiTheWay: Captain Jean-Michel Warlock. His hall of past romantic pursuits has portraits of redheaded women AND men, including one very obvious man right at the end of the pan shot that is a very obvious tip-off.
* BigBad: Warmaster Gorrath.
* BigDumbObject: Ignoring the obvious joke about Coop himself, the planet-sized menace from "TV Dinner" qualifies.
* BigEater: Coop actually has three championship crowns from the "Lord of the Large Pants" eating contest.
-->'''Coop:''' Put that down. I'm not finished yet.\\
'''Jamie:''' He doesn't get sick, he just gets less hungry.
** Even after he won, he got mad at the guy trying to take the hot dogs away because he wasn't finished and immediately after leaving he was thinking of getting something else.
* BigNo: Coop loves doing these over [[LawOfDisproportionateResponse minor things.]]
** When the signal cuts out during a wrestling show, he screams this as he quickly jumps out of his seat to check the connection.
** He also belts out another one when he realizes he accidentally backed into (and destroyed) the cheapest all-you-can-eat buffet in Las Vegas.
** "My big glug! '''NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!'''"
* BiggerOnTheInside: Megas is ''much'' bigger on the inside.
* BigFun: Coop, natch.
* BigRedButton: Which triggers the ForgottenSuperweapon of the week. One recurring button involves Coop dramatically smashing his forehead on it to push it.
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: A one-shot villain is a gigantic blob of spray cheese caused by filling Megas's fusion power core with that stuff.
* BoisterousBruiser: Coop natch.
* BrainFreeze: Kiva gets one after trying a Mega Slush for the first time.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: In episode "All I wanted was a slushie":
-->'''Coop''': Nobody. No robot, no alien, no alien-robot does that to me and gets away with it.
* BrickJoke: Occurs very, very often -- almost OnceAnEpisode. In the pilot, for example, Coop misfires a missile, which strikes a [=PoPTV=] satellite... which crashes on top of the ridiculously huge final robot right on time to save the cast.
** In the episode ''Breakout'', we heard about the Lerps, a Smurfs/Care Bears parody- and we see the game towards the end of the episode, with Grrkek the Planet Killer trapped in it. In the credits of the final episode of the series (''Rearview Mirror, Mirror: Part 2''), we see a clip from the game again, only for [[spoiler: Evil Coop and Evil Kiva, who are trapped between dimensions,]] to appear in the game.
* ButtonMashing: Coop does this a lot when piloting Megas.
* BystanderSyndrome: There are many instances of this.
-->'''Jamie:''' What about my suggestion to go home and ignore it!
* ByWallThatIsHoley: In a FlashBack, Coop knocks over a bookshelf that lands right around Jamie.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: It helps when you activate a tachyon beacon The Call can track across time.
* CallBack: The {{Kaiju}}-sized space jailer from the end of "D.M.V.: Department of Megas Violations" is seen sipping tea as Coop and gang are uncontrollably warping through different points in the universe in "Coop D'Etat"
* {{Cameo}}: Several characters from MTV's {{Downtown}} show up throughout the show. Goat is an obvious one. Alex makes an appearance in two separate episodes. The nerd Wedge appears at least once. Serena is in the pilot episode "Lowbrow". The girl Jamie gets a date with by borrowing Coop's car appears to be the same girl Fruity was flirting with on the subway.
* CaptainErsatz: So many characters. See ShoutOut.
* {{Catgirl}}: Possibly a foxgirl, in the title sequence, and the "Battle Royale" episode.
* CaughtOnTheJumbotron: In "Terminate Her", Coop first realizes that Jamie and Kiva are in trouble when Jamie appears on the Jumbotron holding hands with a girl, who happens to be Kiva's ancestor. Though his first concern is that they aren't bringing him nachos.
* {{Cephalothorax}}: Magnanimous.
* CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock: Inverted: The cockpit of Coop's HumongousMecha (which also happens to be a car) is littered with absurdly labeled buttons powered by the RuleOfFunny that trigger deadly weaponry right next to mundane functions like controlling the convertible top.
* CaptainObvious: Typically the Commander. {{Lampshaded}} in the first episode by Warmaster Gorrath.
--> '''Warmaster Gorrath:''' What have they done TO MY ROBOT?!
--> '''Commander:''' Sir, the Earthers appear to have [[CaptainObvious heavily modified it]].
--> '''Warmaster Gorrath:''' [[SarcasmMode Thank you, Commander.]] ''[[LampshadeHanging For stating]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the brutally obvious!]]''
* CerebusSyndrome: Of the "Tone doesn't get darker, but [[BlackComedy the]] [[KafkaKomedy humor]] [[BlackComedy does]]" variety.
* ChainsawGood:
** The Metal Maiden is a chainsword.
** Also [[Creator/BruceCampbell Mag Nanimous]]' Elvis mech.
* CharClone: [[spoiler: Evil Coop]].
* CharacterAsHimself: The end credits list Goat as being voiced by "Himself". Goat is the nickname of Scot Rienecker, a friend of the creators. He indeed plays himself on the show, and was a regular in ''Downtown'' before.
* CharacterDevelopment: After [[spoiler:Coop seemingly destroyed the Glorft]], Kiva didn't really have a purpose anymore, nor any means of returning to her own time, so she wound up being as much of a lazy, do-nothing slacker as Coop and Jamie. Although she would '''never''' admit it.
* ChekhovsGun: Pretty much every episode ends with some mundane thing Coop did earlier in the episode saving the day.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Parodied. Coop gets captured by the Glorft. Gorath's torture techniques? Eating a Philly Cheese Steak ''slowly'' in front of Coop. And smashing Mega Slushes. This would be considered CoolAndUnusualPunishment, but since it's [[BigEater Coop]]... Humorously, it's just as much torture for Gorath, who can barely stomach the Philly Cheese Steak.
* CombatStilettos: Kiva's boots have high heels, though admittedly rather thick compared to most.
* CombiningMecha:
** Mercilessly abused and mocked with the ''Gatchaman''-style opponents in "Bad Guy". Then horribly spoofed when Megas needs their power against a mutual foe, so it grabs one mecha and ''literally shoves a foot up its ass'' until it's on like a boot, does the same for the rest of its limbs, then grabs the leader's eagle-mecha by the neck and slams it onto the back, ''complete with each S-Force member whimpering at the violation''. The result is a humiliating abomination, that surprisingly looks perfect, which the villain approves of. Even more surprising, it actually ''works'', somehow giving Megas access to all the other mechas' weapons. And here you people thought ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]'' [[OlderThanTheyThink invented that trick.]]
*** Given Megas was a "power booster" to the S-Force this way it might be a throwback to the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' as when the Dragonzord and Titanus the Carrierzord were added, they ALL combined to form one Ultimate Battlezord.
** The Glorft have one in the first episode made up of most of their army.
* ComedicHero: Even Kiva, with her DeadpanSnarker moments, gets in on this.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Coop most of the time.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: [[{{Metaphorgotten}} But with giant robots and aliens.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Typically Coop. [[IdiotHero He usually deserves it.]]
* CoolCar: It's a car ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot mixed with a]] HumongousMecha.'' Coop is entirely aware of this, and Jamie even more so. When Coop enters Megas in a car show, he's actually worried about the competition.
-->'''Jamie:''' Competition? You have a ''giant robot from the future'', with a ''car for a head.''
** [[spoiler: Hilariously, he still loses to Kiva who wins the award for being a better engineer and repair jockey.]]
* CoolSword: The Metal Maiden.
* CowardlySidekick: Jamie.
* CreditsGag: A lot of them involving the villains coming back in some way.
* CurbStompBattle: Jax getting in a fist fight with Coop. He can't even hurt Coop through his fat. Coop just hits him over the head with a mechanical fish.
* CuteMonsterGirl: The female space yetis after they now cut their hair into FurBikini, and a few background... squirrel girls... in the second episode.
* CutawayGag: There are few that crop up in the form of {{Flashback}}s and AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering jokes. Note that this type of joke was being used during ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' 's infancy, and it would be [[HilariousInHindsight a couple years before]] Creator/CartoonNetwork considered picking the series' reruns up for its Creator/AdultSwim lineup.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The two part SeriesFinale, which was the only time the show took itself (semi-)seriously.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Kiva, but her tan gets ''lighter'' the longer she's on Earth. Possibly justified given she'd been living in space in the future.
** DarkSkinnedBlond: Coop's skin ''is'' much darker than Kiva's, even in the pilot. [[AmbiguouslyBrown Not explained]] in either case.
* DarkReprise: Nearly every song on the soundtrack has a dark reprise. It usually starts off exactly the same as the regular version, but then [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand goes off-key and slows to a stop]] when it's [[TheReveal revealed]] that whatever the music goes to has been subverted or is missing in some way. Heck, the ''AudibleGleam sound effect'' has a dark reprise.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jamie, as well as Kiva on occasion.
* DeconstructiveParody: Breaking down a whole lot of GiantRobot tropes? Check. Funny as heck? Double-check.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Kiva to a degree. At first she shows nothing but open contempt for both Coop, Jamie and 21st Century Earth in general. As time goes on, she learns to tolerate Coop for the good-hearted buffoon he is and is willing to at least try some cultural interaction.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Regis Mark 5 is unstoppable/invincible/indestructible/undestroyable/(insert synonym here).
* DesignatedGirlFight: Kiva versus Darklos in "DMV".
* DestroyTheProductPlacement: An entirely fictional example. In almost every episode, something owned by Pop TV gets destroyed. Billboards, buildings, satelites, etc. It's all one large TakeThat over the poor treatment MTV gave the creators during their [[WesternAnimation/DownTown previous show]].
* DestructiveSaviour: Coop. Although how much the "saviour" bit applies to him is in question. He even destroys the "Museum of Irreplaceable Art" in one episode.
-->'''Coop:''' NO ONE trashes Jersey City! Uh... except me.
* DetachmentCombat: The alien robot from "Viva Las Megas".
* DetonationMoon: Coop blows up part of the moon in "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Coop". And then he has to reassemble it piece by piece at the end of the episode.
* DeusExMachina:
** For once, actually pulled off well. See PlotSensitiveButton.
** Subverted in "Space Booty" -- Coop tries to use a Deus Ex Machina called The Equalizer, but it stalls. In his frustration he accidentally activates Megas' horn, which turns out to be a ChekhovsGun.
* DirtyOldMan: Goat, usually to Kiva.
* DisasterDominoes: "Buggin' The System", where Coop knocks down a series of skyscrapers on a giant space doughnut. One of his flashback cutaways in that episode has him do the same to a library.
* DoAnythingRobot: Megas seems to have a weapon for every occasion. Now, whether or not it actually ''works'' is an entirely different issue. The dashboard includes buttons like "Destroy The World," "Smite The World," "Destroy The World WORSE," and "Save The World." Guess which one was busted?
* DownerEnding: "Bad Guy" (plus the sequel episode "S Force S.O.S" from season 2), "Ultra Chicks" and "Ice Ice Megas" (All PlayedForLaughs [[KafkaKomedy of course]]).
* {{Drive-In Theater}}: "Universal Remote".
* DuctTapeForEverything: Lampshaded hilariously. "''Duck it''."
* DyingDeclarationOfHate: One Glorft mook did this to another when the Megas was about to crash into their mothership.
* EleventhHourSuperpower:
** {{Lampshaded}} with the PlotSensitiveButton at least once.
** Subverted in "Battle Royale" where, in attempt to get Jamie to climb a pillar, Kiva tells him that if he doesn't, he'll never find the [[PlanetOfHats Planet Of The Space Amazons]]. Jamie then gets a determined gaze while dramatic music swells, only to stop trying to climb and whine about how he still can't do it. They ended up on said planet [[CreditsGag by the end of the episode]] anyway.
* EmergencyImpersonation: Jamie in "Ultra Chicks".
* EnemyMine: Coop and Gorath's unlikely team-up in "Rearview Mirror, Mirror".
* EpicFail: Jamie takes Kiva to the mall to get her clothes in an attempt to make her look stupid as a petty revenge. Every outfit she tries only shows off her beauty.
* EvilIsHammy: Gorath, Magnanimous, and especially the REGIS Mark V.
--> REGIS: '''You will all beg for mercy, in vain. The debris of your planet shall litter this solar system. I will suck upon your very atoms.'''
* EvilKnockoff: In the episode eight "Dude, Where's My Head?" Gorath fights using a silver Megas knockoff, designed just to be able to defeat Megas. Makes you wonder why the hell did they want the prototype if they could just mass produce those...
* EvilLaugh: Coop does one during his fantasy sequence of destroying the DMV. As well as any viewer who has been to a DMV.
** Evil Coop in the two-part series finale.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-kYiDbG39s Let's all sing it together!]]
-->Living here in Jersey / Fighting villains from afar / You gotta find first gear / In your giant robot car...\\
'''''YOU!''' DIG! GIANT ROBOTS![=/=]'''I!''' DIG! GIANT ROBOTS![=/=]'''WE!''' DIG! GIANT ROBOTS![=/=]'''CHICKS!''' DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!''\\
Nice.
* {{Expy}}:
** The S-Force are a combo of Gatchaman, Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers and Voltron.
** Captain Warlock...kinda [[CaptainHarlock obivious,]] right?
* {{Eyedscreen}}: You can't get through the opening theme without being assaulted by this editing.
* TheFaceless: Coop's mom.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Used as a gag in "Dude, Where's My Head?". When Jamie activates the Atomic Disruption Cannon, a little eight-bit face comes up on Coop's screen and does the look.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Villainous example, and something of a variation -- a couple Glorft {{mook}}s look out the window to see Megas seconds away from crashing into the mothership, right where they stand. One turns to the other and says, "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I've always hated you.]]" [[StuffBlowingUp Cue explosion]].
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Early episodes dealt with Kiva raising hopes of fixing the time drive. This was dropped as the series continued.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Kiva at one point lands in [[BlandNameProduct what is very obviously a Dodge Viper]] and is able to drive right away.
-->'''Kiva:''' I figured I could pilot a primitive automobile if you can pilot such an advanced war machine.
** Kiva's ancestor does this in Terminate Her. Coop mentions he was glad he left the top down.
* FanService:
** Kiva trying on modern clothes at the mall in "Breakout", including a punk rocker outfit and pajamas. Jamie was actually trying to get her to try on deliberately goofy outfits to embarrass her as a bit of petty revenge, but with her figure she can't help but look good in them. There's also her outfit in the mosh pit episode, which Goat is quick to call attention to.
** The Ultra Cadets, being Sailor Moon parodies.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: In one episode Megas enters a planet-sized creature.
* FatIdiot: Sort of subverted with Coop, who's much smarter than he lets on (the man manages to get a robot from years in the future in working condition with a ''video game controller''.
* FatBastard: Subverted with Coop, who's actually pretty nice unless A) you're a jerk or B) you're a villain.
* FatAndProud: Coop. Oh so very much.
* FatAndSkinny: Coop and Jamie.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Kiva is from the year 3027. She plays it for laughs quite a few times as her DeadpanSnarker side develops. Other times she makes references that show that war time is the [[BadFuture only thing she knows about]] to the point where she asks if casual clothing is designed as armor.
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon: The Glorft [[EarthShatteringKaboom Ultimate Planet Destroyer]] is mounted under the main hull of the mother ship and is almost the size of the ''entire'' mothership.
* FlashbackTwist: Many.
* FoeYay:[[invoked]] Parodied with in the credits background of the first season finale. It shows a valentine with Coop and Gorrath in it, and the caption "Best Enemies".
* FollowTheChaos: In "Viva Las Megas"
--> '''Goat:''' I wonder where Coop is? He's gonna miss the mecha bot ultimate battle.
--> '''Random girl:''' A giant robot is wrecking the city!
--> '''Goat:''' There he is.
* FunWithAcronyms: '''M'''echa '''E'''arth '''G'''uard '''A'''ttack '''S'''ystem ('''MEGAS''') '''X'''tra '''L'''arge '''R'''obot ('''XLR''').
** '''R'''eplicant '''E'''ngineered for '''G'''alactic '''I'''nfiltration and '''S'''abotage ('''REGIS''') mk. V
** '''R'''everse '''E'''ngineered '''C'''ollective '''R'''obot ('''R.E.C.R.''')
* FutureBadass: In the alternate future where [[spoiler:Coop [[FaceHeelTurn turns evil]], and the [[LaResistance resistance force fighting him]] is being led by ''Jamie'']].
* {{Gasshole}}: Coop belches in few episodes but when he does ''he does''.
** And a flashback in "S-Force S.O.S." shows him imparting his great wisdom onto Duchess.
* GeniusDitz: Coop is a [[GadgeteerGenius mechanical genius]] (even if his modifications don't work right half the time) and a great pilot, but otherwise rather dim.
* GenreSavvy: Jamie [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the "let's hide in that nebula" tactic Kiva recommends in "Coop D'Etat".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Warlock's hall of portraits of his many past conquests -- all redheaded, of course -- include what is clearly an [[{{Bishonen}} effeminate man]].
** "So, [[TermsofEndearment Red,]] looks like we've got the backseat."
** "A sword, the Metal Maiden is a sword!?"
** Look closely when Megas is punching the planet-sized monster in "TV Dinner". They appear to have landed next to its anus.
** Also when the S-Force's [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zorbs]] are smashed onto Megas. He shoves his limbs [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything up their asses]] and they whimper and moan at the violation. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/s_Rape_Face_1782.bmp The look on Coop's face helps in no way.]]
** Goat is excited about the improvements in [[JigglePhysics the secondary motion engine]] of a [[Videogame/DeadOrAlive DOA Xtreme]] Expy because of the [[BlatantLies nice backgrounds]].
** Kiva has a cameltoe at the end of episode 7.
** The store that Jamie takes Kiva to shop at is called [=BJs=] and [=PJs=].
** In the tenth episode where they go to the junk planet, Goat gets tied up at the end when he hits on Kiva. When Coop sarcastically asks how he's doing, it sounds like Goat mumbles, "Son of a bitch" past the duct tape.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: This is how the show works. Usually because Coop accidentally summoned it.
--> '''Jamie''': What button did Coop press to cause a whole [[EvilArmy army]] to appear?!
* GilliganCut: Combined with TemptingFate when Jamie says, "It's not like the Glorft have a new death machine built specifically to take us out." Then the camera pans into space, and guess what the Glorft have just finished building.
** Used several times, actually, in this same matter.
--> '''Maganimous''': [To Kiva] Now, put the fist down, sweetheart. We both know there's no way you can fight all of us, and protect the, '''sub-form''' here.
--> '''Jamie''': ''Sub-form?!?'' Go get 'im, Kiva, I got your back.
--> ''Cut to Jamie and Kiva locked up in a cell''
--> '''Kiva''': [[DeadpanSnarker Thanks for getting my back.]]
* GodzillaThreshold: It might as well be called the Megas Threshold. Some of the threats [[DestructiveSaviour Coop]] faces cross this, but Coop is going to use maximum destruction (intentional or not) either way.
** Megas has a "second command bridge" that is made of obsolete videogame consoles. It is easily overridden by remote control of the car. He tries to use it when Jamie takes the car for a date, but he was "still working on it".
* GoodIsNotNice: Coop uses horror movie like attacks on the robot army in the eleventh episode. One of the robots literally trembles in fear as his comrades are picked off.
* GrailInTheGarbage: How Coop gets his hands on the titular mecha.
* GrandFinale: The two parter, "Rearview Mirror Mirror". The ending left it opened ended in case they got renewed but sadly that wasn't the case. For what it's worth though, the show goes out on high note.
* GratuitousJapanese: The DDR knockoff shouting "Sugoi!" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18GrhCkiS4k among other words and phrases]] in "The Fat and the Furious".
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Jamie's ultimate dream in life is scoring with one of these. Technically one of the ones he eventually lands with for about ten minutes has green ''fur''. For once, his failure wasn't his own fault.
-->'''Jamie:''' Coop, what are you doing!? I was just about to get digits from green-skinned girls. GREEN-SKINNED GIRLS!!!
* HandsomeLech: Jamie.
* HeroAntagonist: Before realizing Coop wasn't evil, the S-Force were this.
* HeroInsurance
* HeroesWantRedheads: Captain Warlock takes this to obsessive new lengths. [[spoiler:Alternate!Jamie also happened to hook up with the fiery redhead Kiva, before everything bad happened.]]
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Though he means well, Coop's Destructive Saviour nature has resulted in him destroying entire planets and dooming civilizations by accident, so much so that the S-Force assumed him to be a villain at first glance. How much he's called out on this varies per episode and crime. It's lampshaded the most in "Bad Guy".
-->'''Ender:''' I need someone as obviously evil as you.
* HotBlooded: Think of Coop as a blond, fat [[GurrenLagann Kamina]]. But even more CrazyAwesome.
* HolographicTerminal:
** Kiva's original Mech controls.
** Megas has one in the backseat for Kiva.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Played with. Coop's tone-deaf singing is used as a ''[[BrownNote weapon]]'' at one point, but it was more due to the decibel levels (cranked up thanks to Megas' speakers) than the actual tonal range, or lack thereof.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: After Megas gets severely damaged by the alternate universe Coop, we see Megas' leg land on the ground with the music suggesting he is still ready for action. The camera then widens to reveal that the leg was all that survived of Megas.]]
* HotBlooded: Coop, once he gets sufficiently angry at the MonsterOfTheWeek.
-->'''Coop:''' "This guy sicked a giant worm-thingy on me, chased my pals around with zombie-robots and made me break a perfectly good Photonic Stabilizer! I'm putting you in a hurt-locker and slamming the door, junkman!"
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: In a non romantic example with Coop and Kiva.
* HumanDoorstop: Kiva to Jamie, as Kiva rushes to fix the mech and Jamie stands around complaining: "Could you hold this wire? [[HarmlessElectrocution And this one?]]"
* HumongousMecha
* HypocriticalHumor: Oh Coop gave us this little gem:
--> Coop: I'll prove I'm a good guy even if I have to [[DestructiveSaviour destroy this entire city]] and beat you to a pulp!
* IdiotHero: Coop. Just look at HypocriticalHumor. In one episode, he [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo manages]] to open a [[NegativeSpaceWedgie matter/anti-matter rift]], which almost doomed the whole universe.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Coop learned his incredible piloting skills from playing too many video games. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because he designed the controls of the robot to simulate a video game, complete with Nintendo, Sega and Sony controller pads. As well as a [=DDR=] pad and a pair of [[TheWizard Power Gloves]] for "[[MotionCaptureMecha manual control]]" when the CPU unit isn't attached. There's also the "secondary cammand bridge" (sic) with retro Atari controllers, in case the car isn't attached.
* ILikeThoseOdds: In the first episode, a large number of Glorft surround Megas and Kiva's mech. Coop's response is to agree that the fight isn't fair... and smash Kiva's mech. "Now it's fair."
* ImagineSpot: Frequent. Funniest is Coop imagining a SugarBowl-inspired world without TV.
-->'''Coop:''' [[FelonyMisdemeanor No. I won't let that happen!]]
** There's also a rather disturbing one by Coop in "DMV: Department of Megas Violations" when he imagines destroying the DMV.
* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: Megas is a Stolen Alien Phlebotinum that Kiva finished building and then Coop tore apart and "modified" so half its gadgets don't work anymore.
* IndyPloy: ''Every'' plan eventually devolves into this.
* InventionalWisdom: Some of the labels on the buttons would only make sense in Coop's mind. The rest don't make sense at all, even to him.
-->'''Coop:''' I've seriously got to rethink my layout design.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jamie, [[ButtMonkey though they make it work pretty well.]] He does have some hidden heroic qualities in him, as shown in the finale.
* {{Joisey}}: Jersey City.
* [[TheTokyoFireball The Jersey City Fireball]]
* KeepAway: "The Fat and The Furious".
* KonamiCode: Used numerous times as part of Coop's usual arsenal of special attack input commands.
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: AU Evil Coop and AU Evil Kiva.]] "Rearview Mirror Mirror" was actually relatively comedic until they showed up, but by part 2, the comedy actually seemed downplayed.
* LandfillBeyondTheStars: "Junk In The Trunk" takes place on one of these. Local junk-man Goat [[DayInTheLimelight gets to come along to provide advice.]]
* LargeHam: Oooooh so many, let's see: Ender, Magnanimous, REGIS, Gorrath, Ender, the S-Force, Grrkek the Planet Killer, [[IdiotHero Coop, Jamie,]] T-Bot, Goat, [[WorldOfHam and the show itself]] if that's possible. ([=DUN=] [=DUN=] [=DUNDUNDUN=] [=DDDDUUUUUUUUNNNNNNN=])
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: A surprising chunk of Megas' enemies and allies are this, the most obvious being [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman The S-Force]] whose CombiningMecha looks suspiciously like Starscream from Transformers combined with Voltron, and [[CaptainHarlock Captain Warlock]] and [[SailorMoon the Ultra Cadets]].
* LeaderFormsTheHead: As expected, the show parodies this. The Glorft's UMD is a combining mecha made from other combining mecha, repeated for a couple of cycles. At its final stage, It is completed by Gorrath's personal mech docking in the center. Without Gorrath's part, it doesn't seem to be useable at all, enforced when he leaves the battlefield, and the dozens to hundreds of mechs and pilots that also made up the UMD. Gorrath having a Never My Fault mentality, all of this to be expected.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Too many to count, but a particularly good one is a button Coop presses in a fight scene labeled [[LampshadeHanging 'The exact same button Coop pressed 5 minutes ago'.]]
* LeftHanging: A lot of plot points were left like this when the show was cancelled. Among them are the intergalatic prisoners coming back as well as REGIS and the energy eating worms which is interesting because that episode ends right when the next one starts and THE WORM WAS RIGHT THERE ON THE BACK OF HIS TV. It's never seen again.
* LeeroyJenkins: Kiva gets very frustrated to Coop's heavy-handed and not well-thought-out tactics.
* LoudOfWar: Used/Invoked in the second episode ''Magnanimous'', where Coop defeats the eponymous villain by firing up Megas' super sound system and singing The Riddle Song, ''very'' badly.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Many times, and almost always useless.
* MadeOfExplodium: Loads of stuff explodes including a few things that shouldn't, like a basket of flowers.
* MakeMeWannaShout: "The Jammer".
* MagicalGirl: One entire episode is an extended ShoutOut to the genre, complete with [[CaptainErsatz suspiciously]] [[Manga/SailorMoon Sailor-ish]] characters and an [[OverlyLongGag overly long]] TransformationSequence.
* MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico: Skalgar in "Universal Remote". He's also TheNapoleon.
* MeaningfulName:
** The S-Force's archnemesis.
--->'''Ender:''' I am Ender. [[CaptainObvious I end things]].
** Captain Warlock. "Warlock" means "Oath-breaker". He breaks every promise he makes and tells nothing but lies.
* MechaMooks: Expendable Glorft robots. Though Gorrath does appear to conserve them a few times, and the commander notes that they can't always afford to lose mechs. They're probably building a lot of new ones per episode.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds:
-->'''Jamie''': When in doubt, blow up a planet.
* MonsterOfTheWeek[=/=]VillainOfTheWeek: Hilariously [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Coop.
-->'''Coop:''' Let's go see what bad guy I get to beat-up this week!
* MonumentalDamage:
** When Coop was faced with a giant robot that fed on energy, he took care of it by throwing it into the Grand Canyon, which he then ''completely filled in''. He also destroyed Hoover Dam in the same episode.
** The moon landing site.
** The huge monument to the victory [[spoiler: over Ender]] at the end of the second season episode "S-Force S.O.S" gets knocked over by Coop. Monumental Damage with a monument.
* MoodWhiplash: The pilot opens with a losing battle in SpaceOpera fashion before cutting to two guys in Jersey screwing around and never looks back until the SeriesFinale when things took a turn to dark sci-fi drama again.
* MoreDakka: "Super Destructor Mode".
** In general, this is Coop's style. If wrestling moves don't work, use more dakka.
* MoralityPet: Jamie really doesn't come off as one, but in the [[spoiler:alternate universe where Coop and Kiva are evil]], ''Jamie'' is the one who retains his morality, to the point where he [[spoiler:leads the rebellion against Coop, and seems to do a great job of it]].
* MundaneFantastic: Coop's rampages in Megas, and indeed the fact that he has a giant robot in the first place, is treated as normal by pretty much the entire town.
* MundaneUtility: Megas's greatest ability? It can ignore traffic jams. When not stuck in them for [[RuleOfFunny comedic effect]].
-->'''Coop:''' It's too hot to fly.
* {{NEET}}: Coop and Jamie exemplify this trope.
* NeverSayDie: Strangely used both straight and averted.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The almighty dashboard and its hundreds of buttons provide a good deal of these. [[TropesAreNotBad A great deal of humor]] comes from what new ultra-destructive weapon Coop will use next and how badly it will ''[[EpicFail fail]]''.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Coop is the undisputed master. It seems that nearly every single threat he faces was directly or indirectly his fault in the first place. And even when it's not his fault ''at all'', his actions to resolve the problem generally cause more devastation than letting it rampage unchecked would have done. According to WordOfGod, had the show continued it would have been revealed that this even extends to ''creating the Glorft''. This quote in the first season sums it up nicely:
-->'''Kiva:''' Now where did that come from?\\
'''Grrkek:''' I should thank you for releasing me.\\
'''Kiva:''' Of course.
* NoEndorHolocaust:
** Thoroughly abused and played with. One day, Coop fills New Jersey's air with smog to disable a solar-powered robot while triggering an artificial winter, and next thing you know, New Jersey is good as new. Later, the ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''-like heroes show up to punish Coop for being the Ultimate Destructor of the Earth. The artificial winter is explained though. The two aliens that lost the REGIS had to clean up the robot bits. They said that the pollution is just smog an dwill be cleansed from the atmosphere in a month. Worse cause scenario. A few hurricanes and month of winter and driving accidents. Nothing apocalyptic.
** Totally averted when Coop blows up a good chunk of the Moon, causing lots of natural disasters and leading to him having to reconstruct it during the credits.
** Partially averted with the planet of the space-yetis. Though none of them died, Coop's destruction of their rival planet completely screwed up their ecosystem.
* NoKillLikeOverkill:
** The main reason for the [[TheTokyoFireball New Jersey Fireball]], but none of them beat Coop's imagined destruction of the DMV. To after where he shot all of his lasers to where all traces of the DMV was gone, he fires again.
** {{Lampshaded}} in "Universal Remote".
--->*Coop locks at least fifty missiles on his target one after another*\\
'''Kiva:''' Uh, Coop, overkill?\\
'''Jamie:''' Yeah... Do more!
** When faces with a monster that responds to NoKillLikeOverkill by getting stronger, there's this timeless classic of a line.
---> '''Kiva''': To reiterate: smashing bad.\\
'''Jamie''': Normally I'm pro-smashing, and I hate to agree with future girl, but maybe smashing's not the way to go this time.\\
'''Coop''': We tried no smashing, and that didn't work! I'm sticking to my strengths, and [[TheBigGuy smashing is my strengths]]. I just need to find the right kind of smashing.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Good thing no one told the S-Force that. Or Coop.
* NonActionGuy: Jamie. Coop at least puts forth some effort.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The REGIS Mk. V has a more spindly, cartoonish, non-mech design, looking more like something out of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''.
** Warmaster Gorrath. While the rest of the Glorft that we see resemble slugs with non-visible mouths, he is almost never seen outside of bipedal power armor and his mouth (and several sharp teeth) are always visible.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Kiva is the [[OnlySaneMan only sane person]] on the show who isn't hammy or ridiculous. However, she still needs to eat, sleep, and have fun once in a while.
** One clear scene being after Coop offers to get her some beef jerky, she takes a few seconds before replying with a joyful "sure". Also despite complaining about watching a BMovie again, she is seen watching it again with the guys later.
** More to the point, in one episode we see Kiva laughing with Coop and Jamie at an {{Expy}} of Robot Wars while they pummel another monster. In another she delivers the ArsonMurderAndJaywalking speech in Coop's place.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: Among the numerous buttons on his dashboard is an entire section of WARNING labels and signs telling Coop not to push the BigRedButton in the middle that would launch a nuke at the enemy. Despite Coop's desire to push it, Kiva and Jamie protest until he decides not to. Also note that he wanted to do so ''in an enclosed underground base''.
-->'''Coop:''' What's the point of having nuclear weapons if you never get to use them?
* NumberTwo: Warmaster Gorrath's second in command, who's often used as a [[ButtMonkey punching bag by his leader.]] [[TerminatorTwosome "Terminate Her"]] is the closest he gets to ADayInTheLimelight. He also has a habit of [[CommanderContrarian calling out Gorrath's decisions]].
-->'''Gorrath:''' But for now, take us into null space, so we can effect repairs.
-->'''Second:''' Huh, don't you mean run away because we got our [[HoldYourHippogriffs jhorblochs]] handed to us by ''one'' Earther?
-->*Gorrath turns around, DeathGlare*
-->'''Second:''' *grabs his mouth* [[NotInTheFace Not the face!]]
-->'''Gorrath:''' Tread lightly, commander, or you might find yourself at the head of the next assault. ''Without a mech!''
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The DMV is full of them.
* OffModel: In the 8th episode, Jamie takes the car for a date and Coop has to fight using the second bridge command center at Megas' core. In one instance, Megas punches Gorrath, but the animation shows the car on top of the Megas when it should be in the parking garage next door.
* OminousLatinChanting: Parodied with the REGIS Mk.5. The score breaks into ominous Latin chanting as his {{Leitmotif}} (and clearly based on [[Music/CarminaBurana O Fortuna]]), then immediately cuts out as soon as the camera changes to focus on something else, only to resume whenever he's on-screen again. The fact that it does this for ''everything'' REGIS does just makes it funnier.
* OnceAnEpisode:
** Coop's rants against the MonsterOfTheWeek.
** Some [=PoP=] TV property geting destroyed.
** Almost once an episode, at the press of the PlotSensitiveButton Megas' chest will open up and some new and never seen again WaveMotionGun will pop out and blast the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* OnlyFriend: The first season finale reveals that NonActionGuy Jamie resents being taken on dangerous missions, and the main reason why he doesn't simply leave is because Coop's his only friend.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Gorrath lives and breathes this trope.
* OnlySaneMan: Poor Kiva. Also, Gorrath's commander who, unlike Gorrath, tries to perserve the lives of his troops and stays focused on what's important.
* OralFixation: Goat, who was a chain smoker in MTV's {{Downtown}}, seemed to quit smoking, and replaced cigarettes with lollipops to pass the censors.
* PyrrhicVictory:
** Coop argues with a fellow gamer over who is the bigger gaming expert. As the latter rattles off games which Coop has mastered, he finally gets one over on Coop by naming ''Love Them Lerps'', a mashup of the Care Bears and the Smurfs. Coop dismisses it as a child's game, and Jaime gets one back on the gamer by pointing out that he's just admitted to liking a child's game.
** Parodied during Coop's battle with REGIS. He laments that their battle has destroyed every Mega-Slush machine in the city (going to another was completely unacceptable). Note that they also destroyed ''the city itself'', and that didn't bother Coop. Lucky for Coop, he found a working Mega-Slush machine after defeating the robot for good. Though could still be as the main reason they wanted one was because of the heat, and just after he found that Mega-Slush he created an early winter.
* {{Pilot}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3scKFOe3nCw Lowbrow]]. A lot of the animation from it was reused for the first episode of the finished series, which occasionally stood out since the pilot had significantly smoother animation as well as slightly different details in the character models, such as the eyes being only pupils with outlines.
* PlanetEater: Coop attracted a planet-'''shaped''' one to Earth when he accidentally unleashes a signal-disrupting EM pulse trying to juice up his satellite dish.
* PlotSensitiveButton: With a different label every time.
** At one point it reads "[[LampshadeHanging Exactly The Same Button Coop Just Pressed Like Five Minutes Ago]]".
** "Do Something Stupid, Coop".
** Also, Megas' fifth gear, which contains such functions as "Fight," "Save Jamie," and "SPACE."
** Another time it's marked "Drive", "Neutral", "Reverse", and "SPACE".
** "Button to Push 10 Minutes Before The Show Ends". Naturally, it's broken.
** "Five minutes until end of episode."
* PowerTrio: Of the ComicTrio variety.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Almost every song in the series is Public Domain. The opening themesong is the most noticeable exception.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: The RECR from "Viva Las Megas".
* PreciousPhoto: [[spoiler:AlternateUniverse Jamie carries one of himself and Kiva, back before Coop went power mad and Kiva followed him. Or rather, carried, and dropped it dramatically]].
* [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman Quintessential British Gentlemonster]]: A creature from "Department Of Megas Violations" speaks in a sophisticated British Accent. He returns in "Coop D'etat" appears drinking a SpotOfTea to autoharp music.
* RatedMForManly: You ''bet''.
* RecordNeedleScratch: Replaced with the sound of squealing brakes.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When the robot prisoners in "A Clockwork Megas" regain their memories.
* ReferenceOverdosed: Being an AffectionateParody of the entire mecha genre, what do you expect?
* {{Retcon}}: Megas has a ''button'' that can do this.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Warmaster Gorrath.
* ReverseThePolarity: Kiva uses the phrase in "Breakout". In a moment of GenreSavvy, when she uses it again in "Universal Remote", Jamie immediately gets her meaning and starts taunting the bad guy.
* RuleOfThree: Coop's rants before beating the big bad often fall under this category.
* RunningGag: In many episodes, a [[PlayedForLaughs conveniently placed building]] is usually destroyed, including many schools, the "Museum Of Irreplaceable Art", the "Gunpowder, Ballbearing, and Shrapnel Factory", and even a "[[strike: Homework Factory]] Cough syrup, Liver, and Homework ''Store''".
** Even a thousand years in the future, Pop TV buildings are doomed to be destroyed by giant robots, according to one BattleTech sourcebook (and reporter [[ShoutOut Kiva Cooper]]).
* SerialEscalation: People think GurrenLagann paved the [[strike: way]] countryside for this trope, and they're right. However, what they don't realise is that MegasXLR made that countryside... by ''vaporizing the mountain'' that was originally there.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Jamie, a bit. {{Lampshaded}}:
--> '''Coop:''' Jamie, quit screaming like a girl!
--> '''Jamie:''' It's not me, it's him!
--> '''Coop:''' You, quit screaming like Jamie!
* SealedEvilInACan:
** The RECR.
** Grrkek the Planet Killer and the other criminals held in the "game cartridge"/billion year old subspace prison.
** The [=REGIS=] first appears sealed away in a high security container.
* SelectiveGravity: Inside a planet eater, Megas falls down toward acid unless using its jets, yet the satellites somehow continue to float regardless.
* SeverelySpecializedStore: Coop often crashes into bizarrely (and hilariously) specialized buildings.
* ShipTease: Kiva/Jamie gets hinted at a lot. Coop finds it rather creepy. So does Kiva.
** ShipSinking: The final episode basically told us that the only way those two could end up together is in a MirrorUniverse.
* ShoutOut: ''[[ShoutOut/MegasXLR Everywhere.]]''
* SkywardScream: Done in All I Wanted Was A Slushie, when he realized the alien robot just destroyed the last Mega Slush machine in the greater Jersey area. He even pulled back Megas' convertible hood for the full effect.
* SmugSuper: The REGIS Mk.5, despite repeatedly being reduced to scrap. Justified since it will not and ''[[FromASingleCell possibly never will stay dead]]''. MichaelDorn doing the voice only further enhances the quality.
-->'''REGIS Mk.5:''' [[ThirdPersonPerson The REGIS Mk.5]] is invincible. No weapon forged by such a primitive species can defeat the REGIS, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment which is invincible]].
* SodaBomb: Coop used one to destroy a planet-sized monster.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Megas' horn can be heard in space. Not the least bit surprising considering everything else that happens in the show.
* SpacePirates: Captain Warlock and his crew.
* SpookySilentLibrary: The Ringworld in "Buggin' The System".
* StableTimeLoop:
** In one episode where the characters go to the moon, Kiva notes with some surprise that it is a bit more massive than in her time. Later on, Coop blows up a big chunk of it.
* StaringKid: This kid was a recurring character who was usually standing around, drinking a Mega Slush or something, and proclaiming "cooooooool" at all the destruction going on in the episode.
* StockFootage: Averted, mostly.
** Some of the attacks have recycled footage in them, mostly when he's jumping around or fighting the Glorft, or when Coop destroys his own garage.
** In the episode "Dude, Where's My Head?" while Coop is piloting a headless Megas from the secondary command bridge, stock footage of standard Megas with a head throwing a punch is used. You have to be paying attention to catch it though.
* StoutStrength: Coop may seem like a gluttonous fat guy (and he is) but he can punch through a TV and not flinch.
* TakeANumber: Coop, at the DMV. They were serving 12, Coop had 1271.
* TakeThat:
** OnceAnEpisode, something belonging to their MTV pastiche, [=PoPTV=], gets destroyed. Do you think the creators are still bitter about the cancellation of ''Downtown''?[[note]]In one episode, despite the expected [==PoPTV==] destruction, something with the MTV logo appears in a scene of high-octane action...and survives.[[/note]]
** One of the buildings Coop has destroyed was marked "A Dot Com (And Therefore Obviously Empty)".[[note]]The ball just bounces all around inside the building and leaves, and then, crushes to bits the building next to it. Yes, a [==PoPTV==] building.[[/note]]
** In ''Don't tell Mom the Babysitter's Coop'',Megas lands on the Moon so that Coop can amuse a bored Skippy (his pesky, overweight cousin)- and crushes the Apollo XI parked there. Coop tells Jamie how they 'always thought' they rigged the lunar landing thing- a reference to conspiracy theorists who thought NASA's moon landing was a hoax.
** In ''Thanksgiving Throwdown'', the parade has balloons for different characters, including the [[SuperMarioBros Fabio Brothers]], all of whom Coop and Jamie like. Then comes [[SonicTheHedgehog a balloon of Auggie the Adorable Aardvark]], for whom both of them voice their hatred. They don't seem to gentle with the adorable aardvark.
** The game "Love them Lerps" is a less-than-affectionate mashup of the Smurfs and the Care Bears. Children's programming and games often get hit- shown as cheery, sugar-coated, heart-shaped and so sweet it's disgusting.
** This is occassionally done to cities in New Jersey.
--> Jamie: We could try Hoboken... (for a Mega Slush)\\
Coop: Yeah... but that's Hoboken!\\
Kiva: He's heading for Union City!\\
Jamie: Let him have it.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Played with. In "Viva Las Megas", Coop accidentally releases a giant robot that was being developed by the U.S. military during the ColdWar. It uses ''reel-to-reel'' tape for memory and boasts "There is no way you can defeat the superior power of my massive 56 kilobyte processor!".
* TelescopingRobot: Where the hell do Megas' weapons come from?
* TemptingFate: Coop never learns this.
** "You had to ask if he had a bigger robot, didn't you?"
** From "Battle Royal".
--->'''Magnanimous:''' (with regard to ''his own contestant'') See what you get for hiring a [[PunyHumans human]]?
** "Fort Knox[=/=]Hamburger Fort: Please Do Not Smash".
** The museum unfortunately named the "Museum of Irreplaceable Art".
** In the finale, Coop asks [[spoiler:his Evil Twin]] "You and what army?" Gorrath points to the army standing between them and replies "no doubt that one".
* TheAlcatraz: The robot prison. [[LotusEaterMachine Controlled by a satellite dish.]]
* ThemeTuneCameo: The lyrics for the show's theme are seen on a karaoke machine in "S-Force SOS".
* {{Transplant}}: Goat actually originated in ''Downtown''.
* TheresNoBInMovie: Just about anything the guys watch on TV that isn't related to wrestling.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Jamie's CatchPhrase
* TimTaylorTechnology: Satellite TV out? Juice it with jumper cables from Megas.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Philly Cheesesteaks and Strawberry Slushies for Coop. Warmaster Gorrath uses this against Coop in "The Driver's Seat" - see ColdBloodedTorture.
* TwitchyEye: Magnanimous got one after being [[strike:beaten]] thrown into a quantum singularity by Megas and coming back for revenge.
* TwoGamersOnACouch: Coop and Jamie on their off days.
* TheUnintelligible: Jax of S-Force.
* TheUnpronounceable: On Coop and Jamie's part, Magnanimus' name is impossible to pronounce.
* ThirdPersonPerson: The [[SelfDemonstratingArticle REGIS Mk. V]] speaks like this. The [[SelfDemonstratingArticle REGIS Mk. V]] refers to itself in nearly every sentence it utters. The [[SelfDemonstratingArticle REGIS Mk. V]] talks quite a bit, so it has plenty of examples of this.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: On the ever-so-rare occasion when Coop actually has a plan.
* UnusualUserInterface:
** The car's alarm is an interdimensional space-time beacon;
** The dashboard's temperature gauge measures the reactor core's temperature;
** The charged laser is fired with the high beam switch;
** The heat shield is connected to the A/C button;
** The rearview mirror has a radar;
** It flies backwards by shifting to reverse;
** And then there's the secondary control module, which turns Megas into a MotionCaptureMecha operated with an Atari joystick or a DDR pad.
** Meanwhile, [[InvertedTrope the button for "shields" puts up the roof of the convertible car.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: "Jhorblochs", although it may be an example of GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
** Also, "Zorp" in the episode "Bad Guy", which is used in said episode in everything from terms for mechas to a WTF substitute.
* UpToEleven: The car's controls were designed with this trope in mind.
** The Speedometer measures from "Slow", "Fast", "Faster", and '''"GOOD CRIPES!"''';
** The Oil Gauge reads from "Empty", "Need a little", "Almost There", "Enough", "No really, I'm fine", and '''"PLEASE STOP!"''';
** "Missiles," "More Missiles" and '''[[MacrossMissileMassacre "ALL THE MISSILES"]]''';
** Coop's Car heater settings read "Warm," "Hot," and '''"DANG!"''' The last one activates flamethrowers;
** The stereo system goes up to eleven MILLION.
** The weapons systems include buttons for "Destroy The World," "Smite The World," and "Destroy The World WORSE." There's also a "Save The World" button, but it was broken.
* UrbanLegends: In one episode, Megas actually uses pop rocks and soda to defeat an enemy.
* VerbalTicked: [[Creator/MrT T-Bot]] [[RhymesOnADime uses words that rhyme]] a lot, ("T-Bot will pounce you, trounce you, and utterly denounce you!") but near the end of the episode, he does not.
-->'''T-Bot:''' T-Bot doesn't know failure! Will, uh... Lock you... In a trailer!
* VillainousBreakdown: A pretty epic one in the second episode. It is even a parody of Film/TheProfessional example that provides the page quote.
* WeCanRuleTogether:
** Ender's offer to Coop in "The Bad Guy".
** Warlock's offer to Kiva in "Space Booty".
* WaveMotionGun: The front half of [[UchuuSenkanYamato The Battleship Yamato]] is actually crammed in the bot in the episode "Test Drive", and fires the signature weapon.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Repeated attacks on Jersey City by a variety of alien forces, aside from the Glorft, for no apparent logical reason other than Megas is there.[[labelnote:*]]Justified, because Coop accidentally sent an interdimensional distress beacon, [[UnusualUserInterface which he somehow implemented as the car alarm]].[[/labelnote]] No one is surprised about ''anything'', except [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Kiva]] and one person at the DMV.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Coop and Jamie trying out Megas' weapons in "Test Drive"
-->'''Jamie:''' *pointing at a square blue button* What's that?\\
'''Coop:''' Dunno. *Coop presses the button, which causes a massive cannon to form over one of Megas' fist. The ensuing beam from it disintegrates a house*\\
[{{Beat}}]\\
'''Coop:''' O... kay... now we know what that does.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Grrkek the Planet Killer, who gets stuffed into Love Them Lerps, a children's video game. Later on, we see [[spoiler:Evil Coop and Evil Kiva]] stuffed into the same game, but no mention of Grrkek.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
** Coop ignites a planet of sentient robots and [[EarthShatteringKaboom it explodes]]. Not before he slaughtered a couple dozen of them himself, though.
** Averted in "Clockwork Megas", where Coop frees "innocent robots" from being brainwashed in a prison. Unfortunately, said prisoners happened to be the universe's most dangerous criminals. So apparently he can respect sentient robots, but his {{Idiot Hero}}ness among other things always gets the best of him.
*** That one wasn't entirely Coop's fault. [[PeterCullen Quarrol]] (the warden) kept attacking MEGAS, had his guard machines kill seemingly innocent robots who were going to tell Coop how to get home, and generally acted like a badguy. Until the end, even the audience didn't know that the robots were criminals and that Quarrol was a goodguy. If he'd taken the time to explain the situation to heroes, instead of trying to have the ground into shavings, and given them directions back to Earth, Coop would have likely sided with him.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: While it ''is'' explained where Coop got MEGAS, where he gets the munitions, fuel, and supplies to keep it running- not to mention the ''nuclear weapons'' that Coop claims it has- is never explained.
* WorthlessYellowRocks: In space, Jamie's pocket lint, french fry, and button are more valuable than his two coins.
* XMeetsY: ''{{Clerks}}'' meets ''Downtown'' meets your typical {{Mecha}} anime.
* YouJustHadToSayIt: Kiva and Jamie frequently say this to Coop.
* YourOtherLeft: Jamie in "The Fat and The Furious".
-->'''Coop:''' We have the same left!
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