* AcceptableTargets: Nigel hates Dutch people for no good reason. Austin himself hates carnies (carnival workers) because they have "small hands.... and smell like cabbage." His hate for the Dutch might be justified. See {{Freudian Excuse}} on the main page. He's also not fond of Belgians because "they share a border with the Dutch" (Michael Caine makes this line awesome).
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: When Dr. Evil goes to the past and mentions ideas that happen to be the same as something popular in the future, are these just coincidences, or is he actually aware of them but taking credit since his minions in the past do not know about them yet?
* AngstWhatAngst: Austin doesn't even particularly seem to care that [[spoiler:Vanessa]] was a Fembot and is now dead. [[RuleOfFunny He's a swinger!]]
** Also, he doesn't seem to care all that much when Basil admits that they suspected it all along, and then quickly changes the subject and never mentions it again.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: George S. Clinton's music for all three movies is a loving homage of the JohnBarry Bond scores, including a fantastic villainous theme for Dr Evil.
** Soul Bossa Nova.
** "Austin Powers" by the Wondermints for the first movie; sadly, very little of it gets heard while Mike Myers'... er, Ming Tea's "BBC" [[ItsAllAboutMe gets played in its entirety AND has its own music video alongside the credits]]. It can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V19Ty9hYTsk in all its glory on the soundtrack album]], and holds up a ''lot'' better years later than Ming Tea's effort.
** There's also rapper Ludacris's 2004 song ''Number One Spot'', which not only samples the series' intro theme, but also includes several references to the series.
-->"In court I never show up like Austin Powers's fah-za."
* DirectorDisplacement
* DiscreditedMeme: There has been an InternetBacklash against the meme from MemeticMutation. Using any one of them today immediately brands you a loser, even if jesting.
* EvilIsSexy: Alotta Fagina and Ivana Humpalot are supposed to be this because they are TheVamp for their movie.
* FountainOfMemes: Many: "Oh behave, baby!", "Yeah Baby, Yeah!", "One ''million'' dollars!" "Margarine of Evil." etc
* HarsherInHindsight:
** ''Man Of Mystery'' ended on a PatrickStewartSpeech about how the spirit of TheSixties was living more responsibly in TheNineties. Highly cynical TurnOfTheMillennium ideas about sex, war and egotism make even a ChivalrousPervert like Austin look like a WideEyedIdealist.
** You may never look at Random Task from ''Man of Mystery'' [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/austin-powers-actor-convicted-of-torture-for-role,61087/ the same way again.]]
*** [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/austin-powers-actor-who-received-life-sentence-for,63245/ And now]] this turns FromBadToWorse.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** One of the songs in the first movie's credits rolls off a list of BBC channels which didn't exist at the time, such as BBC Three and BBC Four.
** Dr Evil originally wants one million dollars in exchange for not trying to take over the world. Number Two tells him that one million dollars is a [[RidiculousFutureInflation relatively modest hostage demand in the 1990's]]. He then ups the bid to "one hundred... '''billion''... dollars!" His demand seems telling in light of Ireland's 90 billion euro EU bailout.
** While snooping around Alotta Fagina's penthouse in the first movie, Austin discovers a folder with some of Virtucon's evil plots listed inside. In between "Human Organ Trafficing" and "Project Vulcan" is... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "Carrot Top Movie"]]. In the following year, they made ''ChairmanOfTheBoard''.
** In the [[ShowWithinAShow movie-in-the-movie]] in ''Goldmember'', Kevin Spacey plays Dr. Evil, a bald, evil super genius. He'd later go on to play a second bald, evil super genius a few years later in [[SupermanReturns another film]].
*** Also, the movie-in-the-movie is a DarkerAndEdgier version of ''Austin Powers''. A few years later, the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise would do something similar with the Creator/DanielCraig films.
** "Who throws a shoe? Honestly!" Cue the Bush "Shoe Incident".
** Machine-gun breasts? [[Music/LadyGaga Who would ever do that again?]]
** In the second movie when Dr. Evil tells Austin "I am your father", Austin says "Really?" in a rather hopeful tone of voice. Come the third movie, and you find that his relationship with his father is traumatic enough that he might have actually ''wanted'' Dr. Evil to be his dad.
*** And then it turns out that [[spoiler:they're actually ''brothers''.]]
** When Dr. Evil says "there's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster", he probably means "hipster" in the old 40s-60s sense, as that is where both he and Austin are from and the newer use was in its infancy when the movie came out in 1997. To a 2010s audience the line may seem puzzling, as most people labled with the newer term are in their 40s at most, but may become hilarious in a different way in a few decades.
** Remember Dr. Evil's request for "sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads"? [[http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/05/wicked-lasers-shark/ This marine biologist certainly did]].
* HoYay: Doctor Evil and Mini-Me.
* IdiotPlot: In the first movie Dr Evil threatens to set off every volcano on Earth if he isn't given $100 Billion. He tells Austin that he plans to set the volcanoes off after he has been paid anyway. If every volcano on Earth erupted, entire continents- including North America, where Dr Evil and his cohorts are based- would be annihilated (by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone, for instance), the sky would be covered in black ash for thousands if not millions of years, and virtually every living thing on Earth would die, including humanity. So, firstly, Dr Evil's money would be worthless, and secondly, and a bit more annoyingly from his point of view, Dr Evil and everyone in his organization would be ''dead''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since its a spoof film plus, of course, its [[StupidEvil Dr Evil]].
* MemeticMutation: "Yeah baby!", "Shagadelic" and "Oh, behave!"
** "Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed. "
** "Judo Chop!"
** "One MILLION dollars!" *Puts little finger to mouth*
*** "One MILLION dollars" was so overplayed, even King Hussein of Jordan was doing it before he died.
** Sharks with FrickinLaserBeams!
** Also "The sheer mechanics are mind-boggling!" and "You look like a baby. I eat babies. Get in my belly."
*** Though mostly just "GET IN MAH BELLEH!"
** And "When Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset... people DIE!"
** Each film includes a sequence of various on-lookers (and celebrity cameos) noticing something in the sky, with the camera cutting to a new shot right when they say a euphemism.
** It is argued that the second and third films carried out variations on jokes from the first in order to ''[[ForcedMeme force]]'' them into becoming memetic.
** And I'm spent.
** I, too, like to live dangerously.
** [[http://www.mememaker.net/static/images/templates/38984.jpg This image]] of Dr. Evil and his henchmen laughing evilly.
*** And [[http://www.memecreator.org/static/images/templates/396756.jpg this one]] of him doing air quotes.
** Dr. Evil's "How About NO" line" is a popular reaction image and video.
* MST3KMantra: When Austin contemplates the complexities of time travel, Basil tells him this. Austin then [[BreakingTheFourthWall passes it along to the audience]].
* NightmareFuel: The JumpScare of Mini-Me ambushing Austin in the second film.
* OneSceneWonder: Nathan Lane in Goldmember.
** And Will Ferrell as Mustafa.
* RetroactiveRecognition: in the RentAZilla scene from the third movie, there's a cameo by Creator/MasiOka - now with all the time-travel involved, where was [[{{Series/Heroes}} Hiro Nakamura]] when you needed him?
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: While Austin Powers wasn't the first comedy film to use an OverlyLongGag [[note]]Before this, films would maybe have one or two.[[/note]], it was one of the first to ''primarily'' derive its humor from it. At the time it came out, it really was something new and unique. Now that the OverlyLongGag has become a staple of comedies, it's become harder to see why ''Austin Powers'' was treated as such a big deal in the 90's.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Done intentionally. We have obvious rear screen projection for the driving scenes, obvious stock footage for [[spoiler: Dr Evil's lair exploding in the first film]] and also in the first film, when the guard gets his head bitten off by [[strike: a shark]] [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot an ill-tempered mutated sea bass]], it is obviously a dummy. In the opening Utah scene for the third film, it is obviously a backdrop.
* {{Squick}}: FatBastard is deliberately written to be {{Squick}}.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/AustinPowers SEE HERE]].
* ValuesDissonance: The first movie gets a number of jokes about TheSixties and TheNineties being different decades with different social mores. Austin ends up declaring that the actual ''acts'' of liberal drug use and sex of the sixties wasn't just about liberal drug use and sex for the sake of having those things, it was about freedom, and expressing and enjoying that freedom, a spirit that lives on strong in the nineties.

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