You said it, Austin.
A movie trilogy about a temporally displaced
British Ministry of Defence agent, Austin Powers, and his archnemesis, Dr. Evil
, who is obsessed with taking over the world
and whose plans Austin consistently foils.
When Dr. Evil cryogenically freezes himself
and launches into space, Austin (believing himself the only one capable of battling this menace) has himself frozen as well to await the day that Dr. Evil returns. When they are duly unthawed, thirty years later, both characters find themselves woefully outdated: Austin is a walking punchline
from the swinging sixties, while Dr. Evil finds his evil syndicate is completely overshadowed by Starbucks
The three films are parodies
of the Spy Drama
genre, particularly Harry Palmer
and James Bond
, to the point that two of the three movie titles are direct spoofs of James Bond movie titles. As a finishing touch, Austin's florid sense of dress (perfectly at home in Las Vegas
, but hard on the eyes elsewhere) was based on Jason King
. (Word of God
has also acknowledged this, but they don't make such a big deal of it because modern audiences are more likely to have heard of James Bond.) Lampshade Hanging
is everywhere, and forget Leaning on the Fourth Wall
, Austin dances on top of it. The series was known for its Acting for Two
, as Mike Myers played four major characters: Austin, Dr. Evil, the second movie's henchman Fat Bastard
, and the third movie's co-villain Goldmember.
The series consists of:
These movies provide examples of:
- Above the Influence: In the first film, Austin, for all his womanising, turns down a kiss from Vanessa because she's drunk.
- Abusive Parents: Dr. Evil's ridiculously traumatic upbringing.
- Academy of Evil: The evil medical school Dr. Evil went to.
- Affably Evil: Dr. Evil
- Affectionate Parody: The first is mostly, as mentioned below, a parody of James Bond knockoffs and sixties culture in general. This is mostly continued in the second one, with various bits of sci-fi thrown in with all the time travel abuse. The third movie parodies Blaxploitation movies and, well, the Austin Powers franchise itself.
- An Aesop: In one of the very few moments in the series played entirely serious, Dr. Evil taunts that the values of the hipsters and swingers Austin associated with (promiscuity, partying, drug use) are now considered evil and amoral in the nineties, trying to convince Austin they're Not So Different. Austin rejects this, explaining that the sixties weren't about embracing those values, it was about rebelling against "uptight squares" like Dr. Evil — the spirit of it all was freedom.
Dr. Evil: Face it - freedom failed.
: No, man, freedom didn't fail. Right now, we got freedom and responsibility
- it's a very groovy time.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: The President comes this close to blowing up the moon rather than pay Dr. Evil's inflated ransom ("Would you miss it?"). The CIA actually considered nuking the moon from within to intimidate the Soviets.
- Anachronism Stew: Elvis Costello performed in The Spy Who Shagged Me, but the scene in question took place in 1969, which meant he would've only been fifteen years old (and looked much older than that). This is played for laughs like everything else. Burt Bacharach and Woody Harrelson also look to be as old as they were in 1999 in 1969.
- Antagonist Title: Being a spoof of the Bond movies, Goldmember is used in place of Goldfinger as the title of the third movie. Goldmember is indeed the antagonist, just not the only one.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While snooping around Alotta Fagina's penthouse in the first movie, Austin discovers a folder with some of Virtucon's Evil Plans listed inside. In between "Human Organ Trafficking" and "Project Vulcan" is... "Carrot Top Movie".
- Artistic License – Geology: A pretty minor example; Dr. Evil refers to the Earth's core as the "liquid hot magma core." The Earth's innermost core is a mass of iron and nickel, solidified by the intense pressure around it. Though Dr. Evil might be referring to the outer core, which is liquid.
- Artistic License – History: If Austin was frozen from 1967 to 1997, then he would most likely have never heard of Margaret Thatcher, whose entire Prime Ministership took place within that period.
- He did spend a night catching up on the time he missed after Vanessa yells at him. He could have learned about Thatcher that way.
- Thatcher was a member of Parliament from 1959, and served in several other postings prior to becoming Prime Minister. Austin, being a British subject, would probably be more familiar with her earlier career.
- The American President in 1969 looks nothing like Richard Nixon, and is implicitly supposed to be an entirely different guy altogether.
- Artistic License – Physics: in the first film, the Big Boy rocket begins to glow from re-entry the instant it begins to move downwards. But that glow is caused by friction, which builds up over time based on speed, and also requires something to actually generate the friction - it wouldn't happen outside of the atmosphere.
- Aside Glance: Frequently follows some of Austin's particularly painful jokes.
Austin: (upon face with Dr. Evil's bare buttocks) You know, Dr. Evil, I used to think you were crazy.
Dr. Evil: I know.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: In The Spy Who Shagged Me, two Hurricane of Euphemism Overly Long Gags cover a succession of people being distracted by Dr. Evil's rocket, and being cut off just before they can remark that it looks like a giant—
- —Johnson! What about in Goldmember when they did the same gag with the satellite that looks like a pair of big—
- —Bazookas? Which leads us to...
- A-Team Firing
- Autocannibalism: When he isn't collecting it in a box, Goldmember enjoys eating pieces of his own skin.
- Bad Boss: Dr. Evil murders his henchmen for failing to kill Austin Powers in a deliberate parody of this trope.
- Bald of Evil: Dr. Evil. In the third movie, as Scott becomes more evil, he loses his hair too.
- The Baroness: The Rosa Klebb type is spoofed with Frau Farbissina.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Mini-Me is ejected out into space unprotected in the second movie, and survives completely unharmed (though Dr. Evil thinks this warrants a flu shot).
- Beat: In Goldmember:
: Don't forget, monsieur Powers, later you have a brief oral exam. Austin
: I hope it's mostly oral and not too... (Beat
) brief, baby? You know...
- Beleaguered Assistant: Number 2, who, to add to the indignity, was happily running Virtucom as a legitimate multi-billion dollar company before Dr. Evil was unfrozen.
- Berserk Button: Apparently, despite having little care for Scott Evil for "not being evil enough", his father does not take it well whenever someone goes so far as to imply that Scott is some sort of freak, as evidenced by his behavior on the Jerry Springer show, where his reaction was apparently not faked.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Dr. Evil teams up with Goldmember in the third movie against Austin Powers.
- Big Little Man: Mini-Me's introduction in the second movie.
- Big "NO!"
- Two in International Man of Mystery. A guard while Austin is driving toward him with a steamroller (actually a "STOOOOOOOOOP"), and Austin himself before leaping to push the underground drill's abort button. The steamroller bit goes into Overly Long Gag territory because the Mook stands there for a full 15 seconds shouting "STOOOOOP!" before the steamroller slowly crushes him.
- And again in The Spy Who Shagged Me. When Dr. Evil hits the self-destruct button, then throws the bottle containing Austin's "mojo" into the air, Both Austins do this while they try to catch the jar.
- Big Red Button: Two in International Man of Mystery. One aborts the underground drill carrying the nuke, the other activates the base's Self-Destruct Mechanism.
- Bilingual Bonus: "As the French would say, it has a certain... I don't know what." The phrase je ne sais quoi, a popular French term in America to describe some indescribable aspect of something, literally translates to 'I don't know what'.
- Bland-Name Product: Nigel Powers appears on the cover of PYLABYO magazine in Goldmember.
- Bond Girl: In each film.
- Bond One-Liner: Spoofed. A lot.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Used and lampshaded, most notably in the scene where Scott asks "Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?"
- Borrowed Catchphrase: At the end of Goldmember, Dr. Evil says "Yeah baby!" Everyone stares blankly at him, and he adds: "No? Just trying it on."
- Brain Bleach: "Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day! Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!"
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Austin's "Things To Do Before I Die" checklist in the third movie:
Become International Man Of Mystery.
Save World From Certain Doom.
Find True Love.
Go To Outer Space.
Travel Through Time, Backward and Forward.
Be Cryogenically Frozen.
- Brick Joke:
- In the first film, Austin claims to hate Carnies (or "circus folk") because they "smell like cabbage". Two films later, his father is ambushed by Mini-Me. His response? "I thought I smelled cabbage."
- When the first movie begins Austin has just propositioned a pair of Japanese twins before he's called away to save the world, much to his dismay. Two movies later (again) the list above appears.
- In the first movie, Dr. Evil says to Austin that they are 'not so different' (which also doubles as a comedic Actor Allusion). In the third movie it is revealed that they are brothers.
- British Royal Guards: The Spy Who Shagged Me has a montage where Austin and Felicity goad a royal guard into participating in a Motionless Makeover.
- British Teeth: Austin's teeth. Becomes a Brick Joke later when Vanessa tells him to use the toothpaste as a weapon and he responds "Okay, I get it: I have bad teeth!" Austin is the only member of the cast so afflicted, however. Thanks to modern dental hygiene products, Austin manages to clean them up by the end of the first movie. But when he travels back to 1969, they revert back, becoming so horrible they crack his car's mirror.
- Bulletproof Human Shield: Robin Swallows, from The Spy Who Shagged Me.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
- Austin is strange, eccentric, has an awful sense of humor, and is one of the world's greatest secret agents.
- Played with The Mole in the third film. He's a polite, normal, friendly guy, who happens to have a large mole on his face, and is perfectly aware of the irony that The Mole has a mole. The pun aside though, he's an effective and professional agent.
- Butt Monkey: Mustafa, Scott Evil.
- California Doubling: Lampshaded. "Isn't it amazing how much England looks in no way like southern California?"
- Call Back: In the second film, Scott suggests that Dr. Evil just go back in time and kill Austin "while he's sitting on the crapper", a nod to Paddy O'Brien's assassination attempt on Austin in the first film.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Judo X!"
- The Cameo: Many in every movie. The first had two (Christian Slater and Rob Lowe) cut in North America but present everywhere else. The second has among others, two for the Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption (and the third has another lampshading how this joke is a repeat). The third opens with a fake Austin Powers movie filled with these.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Dr. Evil is a perfect homage to his trope.
- Carnival of Killers: Among the various killers hired by Dr Evil are an Asian man named Random Task who uses his shoe to kill people and a vaguely Middle-Eastern man who angers Dr. Evil but will just not die.
- Carpet of Virility: Austin's ridiculously hairy chest, which women improbably seem to love.
- The Casanova: Austin, and in a twist, Doctor Evil after drinking Austin's mojo. All for comedy.
- Catchphrase: "Oh, behave!"
- "Yeah, baby, yeah!"
- "Groovy, baby!"
- "Yes! Yes! Yes! No! No! No! ...And I'm spent."
- Goldmember has several, with his most prominent (for which he's also the Phrase Catcher) being "[lost his genitalia in] an unfortunate smelting accident".
- "One milllion dollars."
- Cartwright Curse: Played for laughs throughout the series in parody of James Bond's habit of hooking up with a new beautiful woman in each movie who disappears either no with little fanfare in the next. Vanessa is revealed to be a fembot to re-bachelor Austin at the beginning of the second movie with little recognition from the characters, and Felicity just disappears.
- A deleted scene mentions she ran off with Austin-from-five-minutes-in-the-past.
- Casting Gag: Harry Palmer himself, Michael Caine, appears in Goldmember as Nigel Powers.
- Censored Title: The second movie was often advertised in Britain as "The Spy Who...", leaving out the last two words. In Britain, "shag" is a much dirtier word than it is in North America. Averted or inverted (depending on whether the new title is considered more offensive than the original) in Norway, however, where the title translated as The Spy Who Spermed Me.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Swedish penis pump which belongs to no one in particular and certainly not Austin.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Felicity Shagwell in the third movie.
- Chivalrous Pervert: As noted above in Above the Influence, for as much of a womanizer he is, Austin won't take advantage of a drunk woman.
- Cluster F-Bomb: The Jerry Springer scene during the second movie. All censored, of course.
- Continuity Nod: At the end of the first movie, Basil tells Austin that he will be knighted. Early on in the third film, Austin is finally knighted.
- Contractual Genre Blindness: Dr. Evil. His lines make clear that he knows all about bond villain tropes but follows them nontheless.
- Convection Schmonvection: The hollowed-out volcano from The Spy Who Shagged Me, in particular the Lava Pit Death Trap.
- Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: Goldmember parodies a very similar scene from James Bond with Austin's dad strapped to a device that moves him genitals-first towards a container pouring molten gold.
- Cosmopolitan Council: Dr. Evil's Council. Also, the United Nations.
- Crazy Memory: Dr. Evil describes his father as this.
Dr. Evil: He would make outrageous claims, like he invented the question mark.
- Culture Equals Costume: In International Man of Mystery. When Dr. Evil calls up the United Nations Secret Meeting Room to give his ultimatum, many of the occupants are dressed in costumes indicating their native countries (two Japanese are dressed as a geisha and a sumo wrestler, a British representative is wearing a Beefeater costume, a Spaniard is dressed as a matador, etc.). One of the characters (presumably an American) is dressed as a cowboy.
- When we first see Fat Bastard he's wearing a tam o'shanter and a kilt while bagpipe music plays.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Deconstructive Parody: When Dr. Evil comes out of cryogenic suspension, he immediately draws up outlandish plans to blackmail world leaders for millions of dollars. This annoys Number Two to no end, since he has spent the thirty years Dr. Evil was absent building up the front companies they established into a shady but completely law-abiding, legitimate and wildly successful corporation with an annual revenue of twenty-four billion dollars.
- Dancing Theme
- Death Trap: Parodied, of course!
- Deer in the Headlights: Parodied with the guard and the steamroller.
- Department of Redundancy Department: In the first movie: "Allow myself to introduce...... myself."
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Austin's got a problem separating his inner and outer voices.
- In the first film, the Human Popsicle process has some drawbacks.
"My God, Vanessa's got a fantastic body. I bet she shags like a minx. How do I tell her that, because of the unfreezing process, I have no Inner Monologue
? I hope I didn't say that out loud just now."
- In the second film, The Mole's facial blemishes prove irresistible.
- Didn't We Use This Joke Already?: Happens in Goldmember when they reuse the rocket-joke from the second movie.
Ozzy: These filmmakers are just [bleep] boobs!
Kelly: What do you mean, Dad?
Ozzy: Well, they're usin' the same [bleep] jokes they did in the last Austin Powers movie.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Done a lot.
- Double Entendre: Examples are scattered everywhere.
- The Dragon: In the second movie, Mini-Me hilariously fills this role, giving Austin a hell of a beating before the climactic showdown with Dr. Evil. Keep in mind that Mini-Me, played by Vern Troyer, is less than three feet tall.
- Dreamworks Face: The Dr. Evil giant submarine in Goldmember has one.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Once per movie, and Played for Laughs.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Said In-Universe by Austin in regards to his father writing off Austin's quite legitimate complaints about his parenting skills with a joke.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Dr. Evil in the first movie.
"Welcome to my UNDERGROUND LAIR!!"
- Even Evil Has Standards: The main reason why Number 2 attempted to betray Dr. Evil was because he was nearly ruining his business after he returned.
- Similarly, and quite ironically, even Dr. Evil fitted into this trope. He has no qualms with taking over the world or just outright destroying it (at least until the ending of Austin Powers in Goldmember), but when he meets Goldmember, the eponymous villain of the third movie, even he was disturbed by him and his actions. "How about no, you freaky dutch bastard..." He'se also disturbed when Scott Evil lets his evil laugh gets away with him.
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Two words — English English. The subtilter eventually gives up.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Austin, Dr. Evil and Number Two were all in Spy Academy together.
- Evil Eyebrows: Dr Evil.
- Evil Laugh: Spoofed massively. Often causes those trying to emulate Doctor Evil to fail hard.
- Evil Plan: Each movie has one naturally, but of note is an early scene in the first movie. There Dr.Evil lists in detail two possible evil plans only to have Number Two tell him they already happened. So he shrugs and says 'Let's do what we always do: hijack nuclear weapons and hold the world hostage'
- Eyepatch of Power: Number 2's eye-patch has X-Ray Vision, which he uses to cheat at blackjack.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Dr. Evil. Though he's not so evil in the end.
- Expy: The Original Mrs. Kensington is an Expy of Emma Peel from The Avengers.
- The young Mrs. Kensington as well, to the extent that Elizabeth Hurley was briefly the fan favorite to play Emma in the then-still-planned Avengers movie.
- Exty Years from Now
- Face-Heel Turn: Vanessa is a Fembot. Which is revealed at the beginning of the second movie, apropos of nothing but the Rule of Funny. ... Hey, now Austin is single again! YEAH, BABY!!!
- Faceship: Dr Evil's sub in Goldmember is modeled after him.
- Fake-Out Opening: The third movie opens with a scene from a film within the film about Austin's life.
- Fan Disservice: Naked Fat Bastard in the second movie. Send the Brain Bleach!
- Fat Bastard: Obvious.
- Fat Suit: Did you think Mike Myers was really that fat?
- Faux Paw: When Austin first sees Felicity, He licks his hand and grooms himself like a cat, in some kind of enticement ritual.
- Fetal Position Rebirth: Austin Powers
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Austin and Dr. Evil, in the first film.
- Five-Bad Band (in the first film):
- Flanderization: Especially evident in Austinpussy (the movie-within-a-movie in Goldmember).
John Travolta as Goldmember
: Hey guys, do I have time for one last smoke and pancake or what!?
- Flirting Under Fire: In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin and Felicity have a tender moment... while standing in a laughably pathetic Death Trap.
- Formally Named Pet: Mr. Bigglesworth.
- Freudian Excuse: Supposedly, one of the mains reasons Dr. Evil became, well, evil was that he was raised in Belgium.
Nigel: Of course, they share a border with the Dutch.
- Freudian Slip: In Goldmember, Austin repeatedly saying "dad" or "father" instead of other words.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Trope Namer. They're attached to the heads of sharks. Though unlike the Ray Gun from most examples of that trope, they're realistic lasers with continuous beams.
- Funny Foreigner: Goldmember
Goldmember: I'm from Holland! Isn't zat veird!?
- Gag Penis: Aside from everything Nigel says about Mini-Me's endowments, there's the fact that when Mini-Me lowers his pants, there is an audible thump.
- Goldmember has a gold...er, member.
- The phallic-looking rocket in the second movie, inspiring an Overly Long Gag of bystanders reacting to it.
- Genre Savvy: Scott Evil, who loves mocking his father's unoriginal plans in the first two movies. In the third, he just gives up altogether and pretends to support his father's plan (even though he's still making fun of it).
- And later, Austin's father.
"Look at you. You haven't even got a name tag
! You've got no chance
. Why don't you just fall down?"
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: After a passionate night with Dr. Evil, Frau tells him that she's "late". Just then, Scott arrives through the time machine and we later find out that that was the night Dr. Evil and Frau conceived him.
- Girl of the Week: Every trope that applies to a Bond Girl applies to Austin's women.
- Go-Go Enslavement: The goofy futuristic clothes Dr. Evil forces on Austin and Vanessa.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Austin's Union Jack underpants. Yeah.
- GPS Evidence
- Great Escape: Dr. Evil in the third movie.
- The Great Politics Mess-Up: Spoofed.
- Groin Attack: Mini-Me first kicks, then bites Austin in the junk in the second film, during their fight on the moonbase.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Whenever Number Three appears, there is always a zoom-in on his gigantic mole. He even twitches it a little...
- Groupie Brigade: Austin appearing in public usually tends to attract a screaming whorde..
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Spoofed and lampshaded without mercy.
- Hair Reboot
- Hand Signals: In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Felicity Shagwell uses them to tell her agents to interfere with Robin Spitz Swallows.
- Hazmat Suit: The radiation suit Dr. Evil wears in International Man of Mystery as a parody of the one worn by the title character in Dr. No.
- Hear Me The Money: During Austin Powers's final confrontation with Dr. Evil in the first film, in a deleted scene, Number 2 attempts to bribe Austin with $1 billion in a Fendi briefcase. When Austin grabs just one stack of $100 bills, he notes that the money is short of a billion, to which Number 2 mentions the Fendi briefcase being part of it. They continue to argue until Dr. Evil presses the button to eliminate Number 2. Austin could have told that the money is short of a billion by the simple fact that you can't fit ten million $100 bills in a single briefcase.
- Heel-Face Turn: In Goldmember—Mini-Me and Dr. Evil. Fat Bastard, as well. And maybe Frau and Number 2.
- Help Mistaken for Attack: Austin returns to his hotel room to find Mini-Me grinning at him while holding up a letter opener. The audience knows that Mini-Me is here because he defected from Dr. Evil (the "help") and that he was just using the letter opener to open some mail, but Austin immediately reads it as an ambush (the "attack").
- High Heel-Face Turn: The second film's sexy evil foreigner with a highly suggestive name, Ivana Humpalot, was sent to kill Austin Powers but instead finds him so attractive that she ends up confessing to her agenda and just asks him to make love to her. Apparently she was so attracted to him that she made no move to kill him even after he lost his mojo in the middle of sex.
- Highly Conspicuous Uniform
- Human Popsicle: Austin and Dr. Evil.
- Hurricane of Puns: Once a movie, Austin will make one about a mook's death, and promptly told to shut up when he takes up minutes of screentime annoying his partner with the horrendous puns.
- Hypocritical Humor: There's two things Nigel Powers can't stand: "people who are intolerant of other people's cultures...and the Dutch!"
- I Drank What?: In the second movie, Austin drinks Fat Bastard's stool sample, thinking it is coffee.
Austin: "This coffee smells like shit."
Basil: "It is shit, Austin."
Austin: "Oh, good, then it's not just me. (drinks more) It's a bit nutty."
- I Have Your Wife: In the first movie, though Austin hadn't married Vanessa yet at this point, Alotta Fagina takes Vanessa hostage while Austin almost gets a chance to bring Dr. Evil to justice, who was resigned to capture but undaunted because he believes Austin would be forced to deal with how the 1960's ethos is outdone by the 1990's ethos and that freedom has failed anyway. This gives Dr. Evil a chance to escape despite the failed intervention by Number Two and that Vanessa managed to knock Alotta out and escape with Austin, not to mention Alotta most likely didn't wake up on time to escape.
- Ignore The Disability: Number Three's mole. Around it, everyone feels inclined to unintentionally make stupid puns.
- "Why, thank yo— MOLE!!!"
- "Moley, moley, moley, moley, moley!"
- I'm a Humanitarian: Fat Bastard once ate a baby. And then he tries to eat Mini-Me.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
- Implacable Man
- Implausible Deniability: Austin's increasingly desperate insistence that "Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger Pump" weren't his bag, baby, as the evidence continued to mount against him.
- Impossible Shadow Puppets: Subverted. In Goldmember, a mook believes he is seeing an impossible silhouette of a man with a small arm for a penis, who shakes hands with it and bites it before giving birth. It turns out to be Austin, Mini-Me, some tubing and an apple.
- Done to a lesser extent in the previous movie, where Dr. Evil's guards witness Felicity's silhouette appearing to pull several objects (And a gerbil) out of Austin's backside (Actually a bag).
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Towards the end of Shagged, Austin fires fewer shots from his handgun than the number of henchmen he hits.
- Improbable Weapon User: "Who throws a shoe?!? Honestly?"
- Inadequate Inheritor: Scott, who is "replaced" by Mini Me.
- Inflation Negation: One meeeeeeeee-llion dollar ransom. Memetic Mutation as well.
- This was so ubiquitous, even King Hussein of Jordan joked around with it.
- Inventor of the Mundane: During a group therapy session Dr. Evil mentions that his father claimed to have invented the question mark (among many other, equally strange declarations).
- Iron Butt Monkey: Mustafa, who can withstand quite a bit of punishment before finally dying.
- Ironic Echo Cut: Without an actual cut.
- Island Base: One of Doctor Evil's Supervillain Lair s.
- It's Personal: Both Dr. Evil and Austin say this this in the second movie, in reference to how Dr. Evil's stolen Austin's mojo.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nigel Powers.
- Juggling Loaded Guns: Austin can be seen shaking his arms and blinking uncontrollably whenever he fires his gun. Mike Myers notes in the commentary that it was done only half-intentionally, as Mike himself had never fired a gun before.
- Just in Time: Played for laughs in the first film. Austin has well over ten seconds to stop Dr. Evil's drill from reaching the Earth's core, but deliberately waits until there's just a second to spare, so that his Big "NO!" will look more dramatic.
- Kukris Are Kool: Mustafa wields one.
- Lame Pun Reaction: From Goldmember:
Dr. Evil: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my submarine lair. It's long, hard and full of seamen! (nobody laughs) Nothing? Not even a titter?
- Lame Rhyme Dodge: In the first film:
Dr. Evil: Son, wouldn't you like to see what daddy does for a living?
Scott Evil: Blow me.
Dr. Evil: What?
Scott Evil: Show me.
- The TV edited version works just as well:
Dr. Evil: Son, wouldn't you like to see what daddy does for a living?
Scott Evil: Bite me.
Dr. Evil: What?
Scott Evil: Might be - fun.
- Lampshade Hanging: Ubiquitous; every Bond Trope from Death Trap to Bond Girl is pointed out and made fun of.
- By Goldmember, they frequent hang a lampshade on their own jokes, old and new. Goldmember implies that his weird accent automatically makes him funny and makes sure everyone notices his "subtle" references to music lyrics, Austin and the Japanese chairman point out that they could just speak English to avoid confusion, and Ozzy's dialogue under Didn't We Use This Joke Already?.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: When Number Two shows a map of the United States with miniature models of businesses he acquired in the first movie during Dr. Evil's time being frozen, he concludes the list with a factory that makes miniature models... of factories.
- Laughably Evil: Dr. Evil and his minions.
- Laugh with Me: Dr. Evil doesn't like to make an Evil Laugh by himself. Parodied in the last scene of the third movie where Scott laughs alone and desperately turns in every direction for someone to join in.
- Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: Though Convection Schmonvection is played straight in the second film, this trope is surprisingly averted. Objects (and people) which fall into the lava do not sink to the bottom, and at no point does the lava "flow".
- Licensed Pinball Table: Released in 2001, and based on the first two films. Click here for more.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: In the second movie, Austin, while in the middle of sex with Dr. Evil's spy Ivana Humpalot, suddenly loses his erection in 1999 when his mojo (libido/sex drive/virility) is stolen from his cryogenically frozen body in 1969. He then travels back to the Swingin' Sixties to reclaim his mojo and cure his erectile dysfunction. His desire to get his groove back is only heightened when the sexy spy/hippie Felicity Shagwell comes his way. With both wanting to shag each other, Felicity increases the swinger's desire to cure his impotency and get his mojo back from Dr. Evil so Austin and Felicity can finally do the horizontal tango.
- London England Syndrome: The Trope Namer was referring to this film.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Spoofed in the first film.
- Gender-swapped in the second film, when Frau Farbissina admits she is Scott's mother.
- Spoofed in the second with Dr. Evil and Austin.
- Played straight in the third film, when it's revealed Austin and Dr. Evil are brothers.
- Made of Iron: Robin Swallows, who survives a knife to the back, a barrage of bullets, a bazooka, and falling out of a tall building, all while mocking Austin while he uses her as a human shield.
- Number Two survived the fire pit and the underground lair exploding with nothing but a single burn on his cheek in the sequel.
- Male Gaze: In IMoM, our first view of Vanessa Kensington via a slow pan up her entire body. Felicity Shagwell is introduced in a similar way.
- In a deleted scene from the second film, Austin shakes Robin Swallows by the hand really hard just to watch her cleavage bounce up and down.
- During the chess scene, the camera pans down to Ivana Humpalot's chest as she squeezes her breasts together.
- The guy Felicity dances with in her first scene openly stares at her chest.
- Mama Bear: Don't try to harm Scott in front of Frau, both Mini Me and Doctor Evil found that out the hard way. Later it turns out she really is Scott's mom.
- Marshmallow Hell: While scoping out Dr. Evil's headquarters, Austin is accidentally pulled down into Felicity's breasts.
Austin: Hello, mummy. Mummy, can I have some chocolates? I want some Mars bars! Don't smack my bottom, mummy...
- Medium Awareness: Austin uses the subtitles to understand Japanese in the third movie. What makes it funny is that the white subtitles are sometimes placed in front of white items, resulting in the subtitles looking entirely lewd.
"Why don't I just-a speak in English?"
"Yes, that would be helpful! Then we wouldn't continue to misread your subtitles, making it seem that you're saying things that are dirty!" *cracks smile just before camera cuts away*
- Meta Guy: Scott is the only one who seems to see through Dr. Evil's ridiculous plans and is well-aware they won't work.
- Mood Whiplash: In the extended version of the first film, every time Austin kills a Mook, the film immediately clips to about 30 seconds worth of the mook's mourning friends and family.
- The opening of the first movie may count, too. Dr. Evil kills off his minions who have deceived him... cue Austin dancing to Soul Bossa Nova!
- In the second and third films, Fat Bastard gives a heartfelt speech about his weight... then farts.
- Mook Chivalry: "Look, here's how it goes, you attack me one at a time and I knock you out with one punch, okay? Go."
- Moonwalk Dance: In Austin Powers III: Goldmember Scott Evil performs a moonwalk just before the end credits.
- Morton's Fork: In The Spy Who Shagged Me:
Dr. Evil: Save the world... or save your girlfriend.
- Mr. Exposition: Basil, whose last name IS Exposition.
- Ms. Fanservice: Alotta Fagina from the first movie is a pretty straight example. Her only real role (besides acting as a plot device to drive a temporary wedge between Austin and Vanessa) was to look hot.
- Vanessa (especially her nude scene at the end), Felicity and Foxxy.
- And let's not forget Mimi Rogers in a catsuit.
- MST3K Mantra: Invoked and lampshaded, when Austin has some issues with temporal causality in The Spy Who Shagged Me, Basil Exposition tells him to just relax and try to enjoy it, then looks directly at the camera and tells the audience to do the same.
- Naked People Are Funny: The opening credits of The Spy who Shagged Me play over a scene wherein Austin decides to celebrate his newfound singleness by taking a stroll through the hotel in the buff, his naughty parts concealed by various objects.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: Averted in The Spy Who Shagged Me, when Austin not only interacts with a ten-minute-younger version of himself, but the two of them apparently wind up engaging in a three-way with Felicity Shagwell.
"Technically it's not cheating, baby!"
- Never Trust a Trailer: An early trailer for The Spy Who Shagged Me made it seem like Robin Swallows had a larger role then she actually did.
- Newspaper Thin Disguise: Austin attempts to disguise himself with a magazine... with his own face on the cover.
- The Nineties: The first two movies. The third one takes place in 2002.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: During the car chase in Japan:
Japanese Man 2:
"It looks like Godzilla, but due to international copyright laws, it's not."
Japanese Man 1: "STILL! WE SHOULD RUN LIKE IT IS GODZILLA!"
Japanese Man 2: "Though it isn't." *winks at camera*
- No Fourth Wall: The third film. An obvious example is when Austin and Fat Bastard are fighting and Fat Bastard does "the ultimate wire-fighting maneuver", only for one of his wires to break.
- No Indoor Voice: "I'm finding it hard to control THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE!"
Frau: LOWER THE GLOBE!
- Nominal Importance: Nigel Powers talks one of Dr. Evil's minions out of attacking him by pointing this out.
Nigel Powers: Have you any idea how many anonymous henchmen I've killed? Look at you! You don't even have a name tag! You've got no chance. Why don't you just fall down?
(The henchman falls down.)
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Lampshaded and spoofed.
Scott: "What, you're feeding him? Why don't you just kill him?"
- Not So Different: Parodied in the first movie- Dr. Evil tries this, but as he lectures he realizes that he and Austin are nothing alike.
- Tried again in Goldmember... which also fails. Although this instance seems to be a subtle foreshadowing of them finding out that they do have something in common - a father - at the end of the movie.
- Notzilla: It lampshades this with two Japanese men running from a monster statue that vaguely resembles Godzilla.
- Number Two: Number Two.
- Obviously Evil: Dr. Evil.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Each movie begins with Number 2 revealing a wildly successful business venture that he embarked on in Dr. Evil's absence. The funding for Dr. Evil's projects most likely comes from there.
- Only Sane Man: Scott Evil, to an extent.
- Number Two is as equally aware of Dr. Evil's Genre Blindness, but unlike Scott, he doesn't bother trying to stop him.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: There's a point during the overly long evil laughing scene in the first film where Mike Myers reverts to his normal voice.
- In the second film, when Austin asks Mustafa "Where is Dr Evil hiding?", you can clearly hear Mike Myers' own voice.
- Opening Scroll: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
- Overlord Jr.: Scott Evil and Mini-Me, with a severe case of sibli- er, uncle/neph-... biological son/midget clone rivalry.
- Overly Long Gag: The series even lampshades, spoofs, and plays it straight as one of their overlong running gags is interrupted by a cameo from The Osbournes... who then turn out to be the part of it that brings it full circle.
- Case in point, Austin's "evacuation" from the first movie.
- The near deaths of Mustafa and his crying out for help.
- "Shh". "Zippit". "SCOTTY DON'T!".
- Overly-Long Scream:
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! NOOOOOOOAAAAAHHHHH-" *Steam Roller runs him over.*
- Papa Wolf:
- Let's just say that Dr. Evil did not react well at all to a Klansman calling Scott Evil a freak on Jerry Springer.
- Nigel Powers is also this when he stops Austin from shooting his other son, Dr. Evil.
- People Jars: In International Man of Mystery there is a cryogenic storage facility with frozen celebrities in pods. Amongst them Vanilla Ice◊.
- Perspective Reversal: In the first movie, Austin upsets Vanessa by sleeping with Alotta as part of the job; in the second movie, Felicity upsets Austin by sleeping with Fat Bastard as part of the job.
- Pixellation: Used on a woman's bare breasts in the "Hard Knock Life" music video in Goldmember.
- Playing with a Trope: Arguably one of the entire purposes of the series, as it parodies, spins, exaggerates, lampshades, and puts an odd twist on everything from random dance scenes to celebrity cameos to under-the-credits scenes.
- Post-Climax Confrontation: At the end of International Man of Mystery, during Austin and Vanessa's honeymoon, Random Task shows up again to kill them... and is defeated with the help of the penis enlargement pump.
- Fat Bastard does the same thing in the sequel. He gets defeated in a similar way.
- Precision F-Strike: Dr. Evil's response to being caught in the first act, before even getting started on his Evil Plan, is simply "... shit."
- Preemptive Shh
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Dr. Evil and Mini-Me performing a music video to the tune of It's A Hard Knock Life in Goldmember is all this.
- Pretty in Mink: The models in the second movie, and Austin wearing a pimp coat in the third.
- Prove I Am Not Bluffing: In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Dr Evil blows up the White House to demonstrate his giant moon based laser... except it was just footage from Independence Day. Dr Evil defends the actual laser effect would be very similar.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "DO! YOU! WORK! FOR! NUMBER! TWO!??" (original release version).
- Punny Name: A lot of them, usually mocking James Bond characters.
- Let's see, there's Alotta Fagina, Ivana Humpalot, Fook Mi and Fook Yu (the Japanese twins), Dixie Normas... anyone else?
- Felicity Shagwell. "Shagwell by name, shag very well by reputation"
- Put Their Heads Together: International Man of Mystery. As Austin and Vanessa are infiltrating Virtucon, Random Task comes up behind them and cracks their heads together, knocking them out.
- Pyrrhic Victory: In the first movie, when Austin catches Dr. Evil attempting to escape after Austin stopped the nuclear warhead, Dr. Evil attempts to impose this on Austin. He argues that free love and anything Austin stood up for in the 1960's is considered "evil," but Austin argues that they aren't and he's come to understand how much the world changed but can be similar motives adapted for the 1990's, saying "It's freedom, baby, Yeah!" Dr. Evil still is still smug that even though Austin has caught him, Dr. Evil says "Freedom failed" and Austin would be forced to live with all that, and not in a good way. Luckily for Dr. Evil, Alotta Fagina arrives holding Vanessa hostage. This gives Dr. Evil a change to escape after a failed intervention by Number Two.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Soul Bossa Nova" by Quincy Jones. Mike Myers had remembered the song from an old Canadian game show called Definition.
- Reverse Mole: Number Three. Try not to think about it too much.
- Reverse Polarity: Trying to stop the MIDAS asteroid from crashing into Earth and flooding it.
- Right-Hand Cat: Mr. Bigglesworth, and his clone, Mini-Mr. Bigglesworth.
- Rip Van Tinkle: Austin's epic urination after being awakened from cryo-sleep.
- Rule of Funny: Honestly, the series has a time-traveling car that travels not by accelerating to 88 miles per hour, but by bouncing really hard on its seventies-style tricked out suspension. If you can swallow that but not Vanessa being a fembot, you need to recite the mantra.
- Rule of Three: Spoofed in the second film, where one of Dr. Evil's assassins always answers a question truthfully the third time it's asked, because he can't stand being asked the same question three times.
- Salaryman: Two of them. Hint: "Run! It's Godzilla!"
- Sassy Black Woman: Foxxy Cleopatra.
- Scenery Censor: Spoofed multiple times.
- Screens Are Cameras: Dr. Evil tends to do this a lot. He has typical villain ultimatums with various world leaders through closed circuit televisions, yet there are no cameras that would allow him to see anything.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The freezing of Dr. Evil.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Ditto for Austin.
- Self-Deprecation: "Boobs! These writers are a bunch of boobs!" - Ozzy
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Dr. Evil's underground base in International Man of Mystery has one.
- Separated by a Common Language: In Goldmember there's a scene where Nigel Powers is talking about his sexual exploits and Austin requests that they speak in "English" English in front of the Americans. The proceeding conversation has subtitles.(But not all of it.)
- Sequel Reset: "I'm single again! Yeah!"
- The Seventies and The Eighties: "You're not missing anything. There was a gas shortage, and A Flock Of Seagulls."
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Felicity Shagwell.
- Shaking the Rump: Felicity does this in front of Austin in her first scene, while wearing skin-tight shorts, no less.
- Shark Pool: The third movie.
- Attempted in the first movie, but they couldn't get sharks due to environmental regulations. They had to make do with (mutant, ill-tempered) sea bass instead.
- Shoe Phone: Spoofed with the ridiculous items Austin gets from Basil, including a toothpaste tube containing plastic explosive (Or so Austin thinks).
- Shoe Slap: Random Task throws his shoe, as a parody of Oddjob's doing the same with his hat.
- Shout-Out: Now has its own page.
- Show Some Leg
- Felicity Shagwell bares her breasts to the one inept guard outside her and Austin's cell.
- Also used by Vanessa to distract guards.
- Show Stopper: Parodied.
- Show Within a Show: Austinpussy, originally the intended title of the third film (a parody of Octopussy)), which they couldn't get past the censors. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Cruise as Austin, Gwyneth Paltrow as the Bond Girl, Kevin Spacey as Dr. Evil, Danny DeVito as Mini-me, and John Travolta as Goldmember.
- Sigil Spam
- Signature Style: If you've seen the Wayne's World movies, the way Austin Powers gleefully plays with every trope possible and half the time ignores the fourth wall won't be new to you.
- Silence, You Fool!: "SILENCE! I will not tolerate your insolence!"
- The Sixties
- Skirts and Ladders: Austin can't help but stare when Vanessa climbs up a ladder ahead of him.
- Austin also can't help but stare when Dr. Evil climbs up a ladder ahead of him (so that he can use a pun with "your nuts" and "you're nuts").
- Smoking Hot Sex: Number 2 and Number 2.
- Something Else Also Rises: Austin, putting lotion on Felicity Shagwell's back, squeezes the bottle a little too hard...
- Sound Effect Bleep: Utilized during the cutaway to the Osbournes in Goldmember.
- Space Base: Another one of Doctor Evil's supervillain lairs. He seems to have every variation of this trope covered.
- Spell My Name with an "S": A rather infamous error on the setting titles renders Japan's largest city as "Toyko". Yeah.
- Spontaneous Choreography: During the opening titles of International Man of Mystery Austin is chased through the streets of London in 1967. At one point he and his pursuers start dancing to the music.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Scott Evil keeps goading his father to just shoot Austin.
- Suddenly Shouting:
Basil Exposition: The shouting is a temporary side effect of the unfreezing.
Austin Powers: Yes... I'm having difficulty controlling THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE.
- Supervillain Lair: "Welcome to my underground lair!!"
- Surrounded by Idiots: Dr. Evil used to provide the page quote:
Dr. Evil: Why must I be constantly surrounded by frickin' idiots?
- Talking Is a Free Action: Generally used, but the second movie is the most blatant about it. Austin time-travels ten minutes back in time to just when Felicity's chamber was being flooded with poison gas... and pauses to have a chat with himself that lasts longer than it originally took the chamber to flood with gas. Time apparently just halts for this, and doesn't start up again until past-Austin shoots some mooks.
- Talk to the Hand: Dr. Evil does this, much to the pop culture lacking president's confusion.
- Not so much lacking in pop culture as Dr. Evil's using 90's-era pop culture lines... in 1969.
- Tap on the Head
- Terminator Twosome: Inverted, as Austin and Dr. Evil both travel to the future in the first movie, and played straight, as they travel to the past in the second.
- Teeny Weenie: Austin is implied to have a less-then-normal sized member, due to his ownership of a "Swedish-made Penis Enlarger Pump" (A deleted scene from the second film even had him claiming to Felicity that his frozen self was not an "accurate representation" of his normal size).
- Thigh-High Boots: Part of Felicity's first outfit.
- Think Unsexy Thoughts: "Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day! Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!"
- Frickin' Threatening Sharks with Frickin' Laser Beams Attatched to Their Frickin' Heads
- Time Travel
- Token Romance: Foxy Cleopatra in Goldmember.
- Torpedo Tits: The basic weapon of the fembots.
- Trailer Spoof: The Spy Who Shagged Me had one related to The Phantom Menace.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: Austin and the Japanese girls from the third film.
- Twisted Echo Cut: Used multiple times in the famous 'Johnson' joke montage.
- Undisclosed Funds
- Uranus Is Showing: At the end of the first movie, Austin makes this joke.
- Unstoppable Rage: Dr. Evil, after a Klansmen called Scott Evil a "freak", ends up going ballistic: He ends up fighting even when being restrained by Steve Wilkos and the other members of security, and after seemingly calming down, he then rushes to attack him again (something that never happens on the Jerry Springer show). And then instigates a full-out brawl on the set. Eventually, he seems calmed down... until Jerry Springer tells security to get Dr. Evil out of the premises ("get this jerk out of here"), upon which his rage was reawakened, and starts fighting with the host, eventually managing to smash a globe in the ensuing stage riot.
- Vader Breath: Mocked when Dr. Evil's spacesuit is damaged, giving him a deeper voice and interrupted breathing. Naturally, he takes this moment to tell Austin he is his father. (He isn't really.)
- Video Phone: Austin has one in his car. Very helpful for Basil Exposition to talk to him.
- Villain Ball: Dr. Evil doesn't hold the Villain Ball so much as have it surgically implanted where his brain should be.
- Vocal Dissonance: Subverted in the Studio 69 scene, when Foxxy uses a man like a ventriloquist's dummy to speak to Austin covertly. At first glance, it seems like the guy is speaking with a sexy black woman's voice.
- Vomit Chain Reaction: See below.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In a deleted scene from the third film, Dr Evil, Scott, Number Two, Frau and two sailors projectile vomit after watching Mr Roboto get eaten by sharks.
- The Watson: Scott.
- Wave Motion Gun: The "Death Star". (Ripoff!).
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Austin just wants his father's approval.
- Inverted with Scott, who wants nothing to do with Dr. Evil despite his father's attempts at bonding, then finally wins his dad's respect. Too bad his dad becomes Good.
- What Are Records?: Inverted, with Austin trying to play a CD on a turntable.
- What Happened to the Cat?: Mr. Bigglesworth disappears from Goldmember.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Mocked in deleted scenes from IMoM. We see the family of the dead guard that Austin smashes with the steamroller learning of his death; later, "John Smith", the guard who gets decapitated by the "ill-tempered mutated sea bass", is shown to have been a day away from marriage and was late for his bachelor party because he was working late. In both cases, the family / friends are fully aware that the mook is a henchman of Dr Evil and act like its just a normal job. The British and Australian cuts included these scenes.
- Where Did I Go Wrong?: Dr. Evil asks this question about Scott.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Felicity wears a pair of skin-tight shorts for her first few scenes.
- Why Won't You Die?: In The Spy Who Shagged Me.
- Wire Fu: Parodied. Fat Bastard tries to use a Wire Fu attack on Austin in the third movie (to the point of visibly held up by wires and calling attention to the people in the background holding him up.) One of the wires breaks halfway through, though, and he's just left dangling in the air.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In "Goldmember", Austin is bummed that his dad didn't attend his knighting ceremony. Later, Basil Exposition informs Austin that his father was kidnapped.
Austin: Heavy, man. (perks up) OH! So that's why he wasn't at my knighting ceremony!
Basil: No, actually, he was kidnapped after you were knighted.
- You Have Failed Me: Dr. Evil punishes his minions by dumping them through a trapdoor to be burned alive. When he tries it again in the '90s, the unfortunate Mook is left alive but "very badly burned" and is finally dispatched by another Mook with poor aim. His botched execution is Played for Laughs.
- You Just Told Me: Subverted. Austin tricks Alotta Fagina into admitting her boss is into "big underground drills", but he knew already and did this to look suave. Counts as a spoof as well since he is the one who brought up the drills so he obviously already knew.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle