The film subtly deconstructs why superheroes need a secret identity. If Superman had no Clark Kent, then he might have burned out just as Metro Man did.
Sure, the dark clouds Megamind produces when he makes his grand entrances are intimidating, but they serve a practical purpose, too: without them to block the sunlight, nobody would be able to see Megamind's projections or laser light shows.
Aside from being Crazy-Prepared, why would Megamind carry his dehydration gun even when wearing pajamas? He made it from his binky.
One might wonder why Roxanne Ritchi, as a reporter, is dressed in a sexy, formfitting red dress and high heels, especially on a heavy work day, whereas in other scenes she's dressed in practical clothes. But as most people predicted that Megamind would try to spoil the party of Metro Man Day by kidnapping Roxanne, its possible that Roxanne knew she would be captured and planned ahead so she'd look good. It also juxtaposes to the later scene when she doesn't expect to be captured, she is dressed in a t-shirt, slacks and slippers.
This Troper found it odd that in the warden disguise, Megamind's voice changed to sound like the warden, but it remained the same as his regular voice in the Bernard disguise. The reason is because the watch scanned the warden's voice, but in Megamind's hurry, he wasn't able to scan Bernard's voice in time.
It is really subtle, but look at the "warden's" eyes when Megamind has his heel face turn. They ARE THE WRONG COLOUR!
Even moreso: Metro Man has blue eyes, whereas Megamind has green. Look very closely at "Metro Man's" eyes when he "returns" and saves Roxanne from the bus.
Really, the holographic disguise watch can turn the user into anybody else flawlessly, except for one slight detail: The user's eye color remains the same! Except for "Megamind's" eyes when "Metro Man" shows up; they're green. Either the animators forgot, or they wanted to preserve the drama of him being revealed as Minion.
More Fridge Brilliance hits when you realize that the holographic disguise isn't directly covering Minion's eyes, but his fishbowl-dome. Changing the eye color would probably affect the disguised person's vision, but Minion is already seeing the world behind a crystal dome most of the time; the most this 'eye color trick' would affect him would be seeing things on a different color.
Megamind doesn't mind going to jail; it's not just because it's made of cardboard, but because he grew up there. Jail is the closest thing to a home he has! (And the Warden the closest thing to a father; yes, it's as sad as it sounds)
And towards the end, he even tells Roxanne, "I'm going home," then walks straight into the jail and turns himself in.
Let's not forget the foreshadowing done where the magazine used to show Hal as Metro City's new hero is used to show who really becomes a hero and gets Roxanne.
The Warden didn't misspeak about the "88" life sentences Megamind had; it was Minion in disguise getting the number wrong — but even better? Most of those sentences were for kidnapping Roxanne who is now in love with him, so has dropped all the charges.
But that WAS the warden...
Actually, the first time the warden mentions the life sentences is when he's reading the card that came with "Metroman's" gift. Since Minion sent the watch, he wasn't wrong and the warden confirmed it. The second time the warden was Minion in disguise and says "88". So either Megamind DID earn a few more sentences, and/or he told Minion the right number to put on the card. Or Minion did forget.
Megamind might have collected the extra life sentences for his reign of terror on the city.
Or racked them up while the watch was in the mail.
A lot of people thinks that Megamind got off easy in the end for all his crimes after he has a Heel-Face Turn, but to him, prison was just like a second home and he could break out whenever he felt like it. So in reality, him being a hero not only gives them a new hero, it saves them the trouble of sending him to jail (which did nothing to change him because he felt like it was his home) and saves money for repairing any damage his break out would cause.
Even better? Megamind saving the city from Titan and then repairing all the damage with his bots? The ultimate in community service.
In his speech to the adoring crowd, Metro Man solemnly tells them, "At the end of each day, I often ask myself: what would I be without you?" On first viewing it seems like just another faux-humble bit of patter from a Smug Super, but then it turns out he really means it. Minutes later, his identity crises comes to a head and he decides to fake his own death so he can find out what he is without them.
Plus there's his face as he's saying it. If you look carefully, in the second before someone yells "I love you Metroman!" he has this contemplative look like "No really, who would I be without you?
Also, look at what he does at the opening for the museum; juggles babies, walks on water, openly (if subtly) insults his audience ("... the helpless people of Metro City." "And I love you, Random Citizen!") — things that, if his audience wasn't being so fawning, they'd be genuinely and reasonably upset by. He's not just being smug; he's getting so frustrated with being the perfect hero loved by all that he's trying to provoke a rise out of his audience and shake them out of their complacency so that for once he has something different in his life.
But the thing of it is: the citizens let him juggle the babies because they know he'd never hurt one. And the citizens of Metro City know that they are really helpless in comparison to Metro Man. So they might've been too subtle as insults to really upset the citizens.
The seeds for Metro Man's emergence as "Music Man" were sown pretty early on in the film. In the backstory montage, while young Megamind dehydrates/rehydrates Minion, young Metro Man is playing ukulele in the background. The music career didn't just come out of nowhere, it had been a hobby since boyhood, pushed to the side by the superhero career. Granted, he had talent...
For bonus points, it's something that Metro Man's not automatically superhuman (or necessarily good) at, but he has the potential to improve. Most superhero portrayals come down to what powers and skills they have and don't have; the possibility of working at something is rarely explored, and it's an experience he probably wanted.
This same scene also foreshadows the fact that Minion isn't dead at the end; he tricks Megamind by floating upside down after being dehydrated, only to pull a 'gotcha!' when Young Megamind nervously taps his tank.
On that point, you might note that during Metro Man Day, Metro Man strums air guitar and generally acts like a rock star... because that's his fantasy. That's the happiest you ever see him in the film.
To add another note, Metro Man's costume does resemble something music stars would wear. Specifically, Elvis.
When "Bernard" points to a door in Megamind's lair and says "This way looks exciting." and Roxanne replies "No, it says exit." "Bernard" comes up with the lame excuse "...which is the abbreviation for exciting right?" He's not making it up. He really thinks Exit is short for exciting, which would also explain why a door marked exit has an alligator dance party behind it.
And he wants Roxanne to see it because it's new and unexpected, when earlier she insulted him by being unsurprised by all his traps.
Might be the Captain Obvious here but it occured to me when reading the above fridge: Megamind thinking "Exit" meaning "Exciting" is not because he's socially inept, but because he grew up in a prison. Think about it: the most exciting thing for any prisoner is to step out the Exit Door.
Megamind's strangely purplish ears are easily explained by the high concentration of his blood vessels through that area. His blood is red.
Notice how the colour of the dresses Roxanne wears change throughout the movie. The first one is red, the second purple, the final one blue. Red for when she's an enemy of Megamind, purple when she's — thanks to her interactions with 'Bernard' (and the effect she's having on him) — a bit more ambivalent towards him, and blue when he's finally managed to win her over.
It's extremely foggy on the day that Space-Dad takes Titan out for flying lessons. It's easy to miss because they're flying above it. This is, of course, so that nobody gets a preview of the new hero before he's ready.
Shortly after Megamind creates the infuser gun, he begins a monologue about how now all he has left to do is find someone with sufficiently heroic qualities. Then his (stolen) cellphone goes off.
In light of this monologue and who it describes (someone of noble heart and mind, who puts the welfare of others before their own), consider also who's calling him — no one said the perfect candidate had to be a man...
Man, I was fooled by that too—I predicted that the hero would be Roxanne; She would be perfect! but I was disappointed to find out it was Hal that got the abilities. She would have been the right choice, though, and that's why she didn't get the powers: choosing her would have ended the story right then and there.
If Megamind's repeated kidnappings of Roxanne are a type of subconscious courtship ritual, then she's the last person he'd want to have the powers. Not only would it have recast her in the role of adversary, it would have made her impossible to kidnap.
When Titan is terrorizing the city, why doesn't Metro Man stop him? At the very end, we see that he turns up to Megamind's first public appearance as a bona fide hero and whispers "Good for you, little Buddy. I knew you could do it!" He was fully expecting Megamind to rise to the occasion.
It is also quite likely that when Metro Man went underground, he blocked out all incoming communication and cut himself off from what was happening in Metro City. In this troper's mind, he probably didn't even know that Titan existed until Megamind and Roxanne showed up and told him.
Agreed. He only turned on the TV after they came and called him out.
This in itself is Fridge Brilliance: this is the first time he's had to himself in years, where he didn't have to fly to the rescue and save everyone. Of course he cut off communications to the outside world; he's enjoying the freedom of just being able to sit around the house and do nothing for what's probably the first time in his adult life.
He also probably knew full well that when it was Megamind in charge, ultimately the city didn't really have anything that serious to worry about; he no doubt knows by now that Megamind is mostly bark without bite and seems pretty confident that Megamind is about to do a Heel-Face Turn in their last conversation, so he's probably assumed that once Megamind gets his rampage out of his system he'll eventually get bored and turn good.
For all we know, Metro Man was saving people during Titan's rampage. Using Super Speed makes him undetectable, remember? MM could've been zipping around in the background, deflecting rubble from bystanders or moving them out of danger, without giving away the fact he was still alive. If the driver of that tossed gas truck suddenly finds himself lying in the road near the blazing wreck of his vehicle, with no memory of how he got out, he's going to assume he was "miraculously flung clear" and knocked out, not rescued by a dead superhero. Metro Man wouldn't want civilians to die so he could retire; he just didn't want the pressure of being the city's only recourse in times of trouble, anymore.
The whole Titan/Tighten name issue makes more sense when you remember that Hal is a bit of an idiot. When Roxanne sucessfully figures out Megamind's plan, we see it's spelt 'Titan', which was (probably) Megamind's intent of how it should be spelt, but when Titan/Tighten is rampaging through the city, he himself spells it 'Tighten', not probably knowing about it's homophone, seeing as he was only told it verbally. Thus to most ctizens it's Titan, but to Hal himself, it's Tighten.
Which leads to another piece of fridge logic: When we think of him, we think "Titan", as in, a being of god-like power, and thus, no one questions it when Hal insists on calling himself that. However, he, himself, doesn't know that. He thinks that his new name is Tighten, which is far less impressive. Even so, he is so desperate to be anyone other than nerdy Hal Stewart that he still blindly clings to the name that set him apart, no matter what it is.
Bernard actually has a good reason to think that Megamind's costume needs work. If you look at the Megamind masks and dummy in the film the heads are way smaller than his as it just wouldn't be practical for a mask or dummy's head to be that size. So it's a case of in-universe Reality Is Unrealistic.
He also has good reason to think that Megamind's costume needs work because Megamind isn't wearing one of his usual supervillain outfits — he's wearing his pajamas.
Some were bugged (this writer included) about some of the licensed songs in the film, but there is a reason for it: It's Megamind! The guy uses these songs to pepper up his entrances.
And I have no doubt he pays no licensing fees, the cad.
At first, Metro Man's skeleton flying directly to Megamind and Roxanne in the beginning can be easily chalked up to Rule of Funny, but when we learn that Metro Man faked his death, it becomes obvious that Metro Man threw the skeleton to them in order to give incontrovertible "proof" that he was dead.
This was explicitly shown in the film...
Minion is shown preparing a lot of Megamind's look and style - the Black Mamba cape, the Tesla coils in the lab, etc - and what is it that Minion-as-Megamind says separates a villain from a supervillain - "Presentation!"
Roxanne and Megamind comment that Metro Man was really good at 'last minute escapes'. Given that neither of them seem to be aware of his superspeed at this time - Megamind doesn't train Titan to use it, Roxanne never brings it up - maybe that is how he has been escaping the majority of Megamind's traps all these years.
When Metro Man is having his revelation-flashback, a beam of light illuminates him as he has the idea to fake his death. This seems just like a expository effect, contrary to the Megamind-made clouds above Metro Man at that time ... until you remember that the Death Ray has just begun charging in orbit, possibly causing a glare to break through clouds. The 'lightbulb' effect for Metro Man's idea was literally produced by the Death Ray he'd use to fake his death.
If you look closely, when Hal is on his bed, unconscious courtesy of the Forget-Me-Stick schtick,there is a book titled: The Best Villains Ever.
Over the course of the film, Roxanne, Metro Man and the Warden are shown to start to believe in Megamind. Their eye colour? Blue, of course. Roxanne's clothing plays this theme straight - Red, Black of mourning, Purple, and finally Blue for Megamind, though the mayor inverts it for some reason - he spends most appearances wearing a blue suit, only to go brown when Megamind is the city's hero.
In the opening flashback, when young Megamind is being carted off to prison again for setting off the blue bomb, he clearly looks excited. Then young Metro Man picks up the School House and flies it away - putting the prison outside of its catchment area, probably. The moment before this cuts away, you can see young Megamind's heart break looking at it. He clearly thought he was going to get to 'play' with Metro Man again. A headline of this cuts directly to a headline of their first fight, somewhere in their twenties. This sets up a couple of things: (a) Megamind had no formal education past a certain point, explaining certain speech and object-recognition quirks and (b) When Megamind goes too far, Metro Man runs away with, later to, the School House.
At first, you kinda wonder if Megamind had a chance at behaving in school, given that he was, you know, raised in a prison. But then you remember that Megamind has an apparently throwaway line about getting to go to school due to 'good behaviour'. He actually was trying to improve himself before getting sent back to prison.
Metro Man has a line "ever since I can remember, I've had to do what is best for the city". It explains the strain and wear he must have been under, but it also implies, if taken literally, that he has a human-level memory, and remembers nothing about bashing Megamind's ship into the prison as a baby, and has only fuzzy memories of early childhood.
Letting an alien newborn be raised in a prison is sort of ridiculous ... in the real world. In a comic-book universe however, if we take the characters to be in their mid-twenties now, then the ship crashed in the mid-eighties - somewhere in the Bronze Age, even more probably, the Dark Age of Comic books. A comic book universe going through a Dark Age would easily lock up a baby in a prison - that was Bane's origin in the early nineties, after all. Metro Man's early characterisation also fits - superhuman jerk fawned over from birth? Dark Age. Small mercy that Megamind seems to have either been educated by Silver Age villains in his prison or had a Modern Age Reconstruction by the time he began his career, turning him into an ineffectual villain.
A lot of the story is a Silver Age throwback - the ridiculous hero-centric villain Megamind, Metro Man faking his death for a new life, referring to Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow , the deliberate good bye to the Silver Age character. Then we have Nineties Hero Titan, becoming Nineties Villain Tighten - gifted with unbelievable powers from a vague cosmic entity seems very Miracleman, particularly when it all turns out to be an illusion. And then a Noughties-style character reconstruction, complimented by an Antihero Heel Face Turn.
A minor one: Roxanne and Megamind-as-Bernard comment that they've inspired each other a lot. Later, Megamind-as-Space-Dad comments that romance is very inspiring.
Of courseMinion-as-Megamind's plan mostly involves not dying. His job is just to get Roxanne to safety and distract Titan while Megamind gets into position!
Plus, when breaking Megamind out of prison, Minion doesn't exactly react well to Megamind's claim that they're going to die fighting Titan.
Megamind is a thinly-veiled Michael Jackson conspiracy theory. The whole idea of a hero staging his own death, making a fake corpse and choosing to do all this to reinvent himself and live a different life may be enough. But also note when Metro Man is seen in his disguise of a coat and a white fedora: many who believe in the conspiracy theory that The King of Pop is still alive will point out the video footage of his memorial: in the third row is an old man dressed the same way, and apparently nobody can explain who he is or what he is doing at the service-some believe he is Michael Jackson in prosthetic makeup, watching his own funeral. Jedd-the-Jedi
He also asks the Warden if the gift he's been sent is a puppy.
Why doesn't the disguise watch cover the eyes? Because you need to see through that "hole" in the disguise! (Well, it's at least a semi-plausible theory.)
Usually the disguise watch also changes the wearer's voice, but Megamind sounds the same as Bernard. This is because he didn't have time to capture Bernard's voice. It also explains why Megamind asks the warden for the time; to record his voice for future use.
The kite Metroman was flying had Metroman on it.
Megamind's prison jumpsuit has a collar that turns up, like his supervillain capes do. When Hal goes to prison, his orange outfit doesn't even have a collar, because he's not a supervillain and doesn't rate one.
Virtually the entire movie is a flashback, ostensibly experienced by Megamind as he's plummeting to his death. An actual fall from such a height would've taken seconds; the flashback takes roughly an hour and a half. Sounds like artistic license, until you consider that Megamind's name is intended to be taken literally: the amount of recollection he fits into those several seconds isn't figurative, it's how fast that giant brain of his works in a pinch!
Relating to the above, Megamind is also stated to be falling to this death. Even in near-death experiences, most people claim that their lives flash before their eyes. From that point, we literally see Megamind's first few significant memories: his home planet being blown up, his arrival at the prison, his childhood, and his attempts at Metroman, and finally the events portrayed in the film.
"Your weakness is copper?! You're kidding, right?!" Actually yes, as it turns out he was. Subtle Foreshadowing.
Of course Metro Man has no Kryptonite Factor. His planet now resides inside a black hole. He didn't bring any with him.
This troper always found it weird that "Metro Man," when he saved Roxanne from being crushed by a bus, entered with his fist pointed towards where the bus was, when his heat vision clearly cut it in two. Of course, since it's Megamind replace "heat vision" with "wrist-mounted laser" and it makes perfect sense why he'd be in that pose.
There no mention of or allusions to Megamind ever moving his lair, yet the kidnapping at the start of the film is apparently the first time he's brought Roxanne there? Just seems unlikely.
It's more likely he built the fake observatory (on top of his existing laboratory) for that specific plan.
Megamind tells Roxanne he can't use the same infuser/defuser gun that created Titan the new super powered villain because he left it in the back of the invisible car when she dumped him, and (he was so distraught over being dumped) that he walked away and forgot where he parked it. Why didn't Megamind just build another infuser/defuser gun? Because he was also so distraught over losing Roxanne that it simply didn't occur to him. And then, he was so eager to salve his wounded pride that he went and picked a fight, which backfired in his face, and that's what drove him to go find Roxanne to seek out Metro Man's hideout.
Possibly it takes longer to build a new infuser/defuser gun than either of them expect they can afford to let Tighten rampage, unchecked. It may also require materials he can't easily replace, now that Tighten's booted Megamind out of City Hall and he no longer has the entire city's resources to draw upon.
Why doesn't Megamind try shooting Titan with his dehydration gun? He has it with him all the time in the last battle (and presumably all the previous battles, as he even carries it when wearing pajamas), and it sure is not nearly as hard to do as trapping Titan with a copper sphere.
I'd be willing to bet somewhere in the collection of superpowers Metro Man has is one that makes him (or someone else with his powers) immune to being completely dehydrated. Maybe aliens from his planet look vaguely human but have some kind of amorphous solid putty (or gas) in place of blood. I mean it'd be pretty stupid if Megmind hadn't used his signature weapon against his signature foe in all of their various different show downs... Granted, they could have slipped in a scene showing how Metro Man is immune to being dehydrated back when they were both in school, and maybe there already is a deleted scene to that effect, but either way, that's my two cents...
Megamind's had the Dehydrate Gun since childhood. Presumably in one of his many (many many) battles with Metro Man since then, he's tried it out and long-since learnt it didn't work. And since it didn't work with Metro Man, it's not going to work with Titan now.
When Megamind and Minion go into their Space Dad/Space Step-Mom disguises, Minion has a Paper-Thin Disguise, presumably because he doesn't have Megamind's hologram watch. But later he is disguised as Megamind while Megamind is disguised as Metroman. So why didn't Minion have a better Space Step-Mom disguise?
His current Space Step-Mom disguise worked and he liked it or was used to it.
Or maybe Megamind realized that such disguises may not fool all the citizens of Metro City and created another hologram watch for Minion to use before the battle.
The opening of the Metro Man Museum was PACKED - the entire area around the lake was wall-to-wall people. Easily well over a hundred thousand. However when Metro Man takes his break to do a little soul searching (during which all those people were watching the events on the big screen), there are plenty of people at the park, the library, and the cafe. I guess there were a few folks who really didn't care much themselves.
Maybe they just didn't think that there was much point in going there in person to join the back of a multi-million person crowd to see a speck in the distance.
Same reason that even, say, an incredibly popular rock band doesn't get everyone in any given city at their gigs; not everyone could safely fit into the space provided, lots of people probably had other stuff to do at the time, and of course, some people probably just weren't interested anyway.
Over several dates, why does Roxanne not wonder why "Bernard" never changes his clothes? The closest we get is her wondering why he was power walking in a suit...
He looks like — and acts, and Megamind probably insists that — he's the type of guy who buys multiple versions of the same clothes.
How did Megamind dehydrate Carlos? By that point he'd sacrificed his gun holster for thigh-high boots.
He probably had an alternate holster made somewhere else on the costume.
Where? The outfit gets progressively stripped down to the point that he's in nothing but the jumpsuit by the end, and there is still no gun visible anywhere on him.
Perhaps he took a quick trip back to his lair to get the gun before looking for Roxanne.
For that matter, Megamind says a few minutes later that he lost the gun in the invisible car, doesn't he?
There are two guns, the multipurpose one which he likes to use for dehydration and the single purpose one that is only used to empower/depower Tighten. The first one was with him, the second one was left in the car.
Why did Megamind use Metro Man's dandruff to get DNA to create Titan rather than the actually skeleton, which would clued him into the fact that Metro Man had faked his death?
On the DVD commentary the creators mention this point, saying they were originally going to have the skeleton turn to dust, but couldn't show it and just had to leave it.
This troper is willing to bet that Megamind, being an antagonist in mourning, tastefully placed the bones somewhere he'd never have to look at that again so as not to be reminded of the actual act of killing him. Using dandruff, was likely a bit to exploit and revel the weakness of a man who he described very early on as having "great hair".
Megamind freaks out when the skeleton lands on him, and his style as a supervillain was never slanted towards a skull-and-bones motif. He probably claimed the cape as a trophy and left the bones (which creeped him out) for Metro Man's admirers to give a proper burial.
No one wonders why there even is a skeleton after that explosion, why the bones don't look charred at all, or why the cape survived? Megamind clearly knows his biology, and is a general genius, so how did he miss this?
He was hit with a death ray powered by THE SUN. Never heard of bleach dried bones? Multiply that by a weaponized scale.
Megamind is a rather... waif-ish man. Minion on the other hand has a bulky, gorilla-shaped body. How the hell did Roxanne not realise that it wasn't Megs by virtue of the fact that his body was bigger?
Because the watch somehow alters the physical properties of the user, as demonstrated by the fact that MM could shove cube-Bernard into a coat-pocket despite wearing buttoned pyjamas.
So Minion is fitting Megamind in a basic frame for the Black Mambaaaaaaaaaa right before they have their big falling out. Minion leaves, Megamind goes on his date, gets dumped, comes back... and the cape is now finished. What?
What in the world makes everyone think the cape is finished? It... Looks no different - at least to my eyes - and actually it looks as though the collar needs finishing off with more material over the base structure. Honestly, I think Megamind donning the unfinished cape, despite his adhererence to 'preparation' is supposed to be what tells us that he means business.
No, it's finished. When Minion is talking about altering it, you can see a wire frame that reaches up behind Megamind's head, and when Megamind puts it on to fight Titan, the frame is covered by a dramatic sort of cobra-hood-esque piece of cloth. Maybe the Brain Bots finished it.
Titans Weakness? His stupidity! (well that and his self centered ego), he wasn't nearly as stupid before becoming Titan, it would be logical to assume that Metro Man, if depowered, would be less bored with a monotonous life. In other words the Metro Man power set weakness? It makes the orginal Fatal Flaw greater.
Metro Man claiming Copper as his Kryptonite Factor is all well and good... until one remembers that copper is one of the most widely used metals in modern technology, almost equal to steel (put it like this; every single electrical appliance you have around you at this moment? They all contain copper). It's possible Metro Man didn't pay attention in science class, but how did Megamind, whose Super PowerisSuper Intelligence, not remember that fact and so find it suspicious that it could actually lead to Metro Man's death?
This fact doesn't entirely escape Megamind because he actually asks Metro Man "You're kidding right?" about copper as a weakness. If he had taken a little more thought to it, he might've realized something was off, but the death ray fired and well... events from there probably took his mind off to other matters.
Presumably it would take a lot of copper to drain Metro Man's powers enough to actually render him helpless, if in fact he did have that weakness. The rather small amounts present in electronic gadgets might reduce his strength slightly, but when you're strong enough to toss skyscrapers around, "slightly" isn't going to be much of a factor.
The Brain-bot with the biting problem is covered in red splotches, probably blood. But if that wasn't bad enough, consider the fact that Megamind probably has blue blood given his coloration and Minion's body is robotic. So who does that blood belong to...?
Actually, since Megamind is shown to have pinkish/purplish ears and cheeks - as well as a red/pink mouth - it might still be his blood. However, we never see Megamind bleed so there is no confirmation and Fridge Horror might still apply.
It's lipstick. Concept art has there be one female brainbot. It has lipstick.
The splotches look more pink than red. This Troper assumed that Megamind had marked that particular Brain-Bot so he could tell it apart from the others.
The biting bot is NOT the one marked with the red lipstick.
At the beginning Megamind is serving 88 life sentences. Looks like folks actually died during some of the conflicts...
Although in a less horrific interpretation, in certain American jurisdictions kidnapping can receive up to a life sentence depending on the severity of the crime and whether federal authorities get involved; we certainly know that he's kidnapped Roxanne a lot (maybe eighty-eight times?). It's also probable that Megamind has long-since fallen foul of any three-strikes laws in operation in Metro City (essentially; someone who commits three serious offenses receives an automatic life-sentence on the third offence). Kidnapping and bank robbery amongst others would probably count here.
Don't forget the attempted murder charges: The only way to defeat Metro Man was to kill him, so Megamind's been trying to kill him. Also, typically a repeat offender - especially one that is unrepentant - will get a stronger punishment. (Ironically, this line of logic leads the conclusion that Megamind can't have killed anyone: The worst they can do to him is keep piling on life sentences, so he's never done anything that could justify an execution. Actually killing someone would count, so those 88 life sentences actually reinforce how harmless he is as a villain.)
But Megamind did (as far as everyone knew) commit first-degree murder in the movie itself. Though he received no immediate punishment for it due to his overthrow of the city, he did turn himself in of his own free will later. Did he go back with full realization that he now faced the death penalty? It was Minion, not the Warden, who mentioned his sentencing later (to which Megamind seemed a little confused), so it's quite possible he was now on death row.
And there is another crime he keep committing: breaking out of prison. Given how many times he seems to have been captured...
The orbital shots (and Word of God, partially) indicate Metro City is in Michigan; we haven't had the death penalty for over a century and a half, thank you.
Does nobody else wonder what happened to the original Bernard that Megamind dehydrated to then use his identity? He's never seen in the rest of the movie.
He shows up during the credits. Megamind forgets to empty his pockets and Bernard is re-hydrated in the washing machine, then Minion whacks him with the Forget-Me-Stick.
Remember when Megamind says, "Imagine the most horrible, terrifying, evil thing you can possibly think of and multiply it...by six!" The most horrible, terrifying, evil thing I can think of is child abuse. So Megamind is bringing child abuse times 6? Aw...crap.
I wouldn't go that far. Megamind's idea of 'evil', even before his Heel-Face Turn, is clearly more along the lines of the melodramatic Card-Carrying Villain who twirls his evil moustache and laughs his Evil Laugh as he uses his evil rope to tie the Distressed Damsel to the evil train-tracks, all of which conveniently takes long enough for the good guy to swoop in and save the day — the sort of villain who makes a lot of noise about being a villain but once you look beyond the surface is actually more-or-less harmless. He's clearly bluffing because he's got no idea what he's doing and has never imagined a day where he'd ever have to think this far ahead.
I always saw it as Nothing Is Scarier. He hadn't thought of a method of villainous torment for the city folk because, well, he never really thought he'd have to. So he tells them to think of something horrible because nothing he could say would match the power of human imagination. It made sense, since the citizens didn't appear too fazed by Megamind's presence later in the film, such as when he's wearing his new mecha suit and they're all just standing around awkwardly. They only became truly frightened when a real villain showed up.
Honestly, if child abuse is the worst thing you can imagine, then you have no imagination. Just reading a bit of history can show far worse things. Yes, child abuse is bad, but there are worse things.
Consider Hal for a moment. Prior to receiving powers he was described as ordinary with no criminal record, and then he becomes completely corrupted when he gets his powers. Showing that anyone unassuming and crime free could/would be corrupted by getting those powers. This includes someone like the viewer.
"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
It's not so much that Hal was an ordinary guy who was corrupted by absolute power, it's that he was a self-centered jerk with entitlement issues who was further corrupted by absolute power. From the beginning of the film, we're given hints that Hal is not a very good person, from his creepy stalker vibes with Roxie, to his temper tantrum after she gently turns down his party invitation, to his treatment of Bernard when he views him as "muscling in" on his "partner". Hal was always a jerk, but a lazy jerk with no motivation. Once he’s given the means to, he essentially just becomes a super-powered bully.
Better hope no one was in that building that Tighten threw at Megamind. Or the buildings that got hit by that building...
There was a scene very shortly before that establishing that there's been a mass exodus of people from the city in conjunction with controlled evacuation efforts. Given that Downtown is the only specifically mentioned no-go area and there's already been 'hundreds of thousands' of people leave the city, it's reasonable to assume that they've prioritised that area and it's virtually empty now.