- Abhorrent Admirer: Hal towards Roxanne, at least initially. He's inappropriate and awkward enough with his advances to make Roxanne very uncomfortable around him. And then he gets superpowers, which does not help with this.
Hal: If I were Metro Man, Megamind wouldn't be kidnapping you all the time.
Roxanne: That's sweet, Hal.
Hal: And I'd be watching you, like a dingo watches a human baby! ... Okay, that sounded a little creepy...
Roxanne: A little bit, yeah.
- It's Played for Laughs, but when taken at face value, it becomes even more creepy, especially knowing what happens later.
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: Megamind pronounces many words in a quirky way (presumably having learned them from reading as opposed to interaction with his classmates) especially "Metro City" (he pronounces it "Metrocity", which sounds like "atrocity"). This comes back to bite him.
- Ollo! - Hello
- Shool - School (although this could also be a "shul" reference in the sense of a synagogue and the education therein).
- RevAHnge - Revenge
- MelONkuhlee - Melancholy
- Spee-ider - Spider, in a fit of serendipity.
- Mooldings - mouldings
- In "The Button of Doom": Zherage - Garage; Ra BAHT - Robot
- The Ace: Metro Man.
- Action Survivor: Roxanne Ritchi. Got a death trap? She has seen it before and she is unimpressed.
- Adorable Evil Minion: Minion has the whole 'alien piranha in a gorilla-themed mecha death suit' thing going on, but is otherwise quite sweet and lovely. Also applies to the Brain Bots, which when not obeying Megamind's every whim tend to act like puppies.
- Adorkable: Megamind, whether he's in his Bernard disguise or out of it.
- Adult Fear: Metro Man juggling babies and tossing them to their parents can trigger this. Sure, they don't seem to be in distress and make it out fine, but try picturing how parents in real life would react to this happening.
- Affably Evil: Megamind and Minion.
- Affectionate Parody: Of Superman and superheroes in general.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Megamind, an alien, displays a notable fondness for Classic Rock and Pop music from Earth.
- Not surprising, as he was raised on Earth, and though he knows he isn't one, essentially thinks of himself as a human.
- Alliterative Name: Megamind. Metro Man later Music Man. Roxanne Ritchi. (Minion deserves an honorable mention for fitting the "M" theme.)
- All Robots Are Dogs: The Brain-bots act like a big group of puppies when not carrying out an evil plan—they swarm over to Megamind at the start while Minion says they missed him, play fetch with wrenches and Megamind frequently refers to himself as "Daddy" regarding them (much like most pet-owners do).
- The Spider-bot in "The Button of Doom" short whimpers like a dog when Megamind tells Minion that he can't keep it, too. Minion even calls to it exactly like one.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Part of the reason for Megamind's Start of Darkness.
- Analogy Backfire: Titan tells Roxanne that her idealism is unrealistic, and that beliefs such as goodness being found in all people are as fictional as the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Queen of England.
- Funnily enough, due to the terminology and the Act of Union in 1707, he is technically right regarding that last one.
- And Starring: Brad Pitt gets the "And" credit.
- And Then What?: The premise of the movie. Megamind never expected to be able to actually kill Metro Man, and the rest of the movie comes from Megamind trying to figure out what to do next.
- And This Is for...: Titan does when fighting Megamind.
This is for stealing my girlfriend
! This one's for Space Dad making a fool out of me! And Megamind, this one's for Space Stepmom
! You lied to her!
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Roxanne gives this at the end of her speech to Megamind:
The Megamind I knew would never have run from a fight, even one he knew he had no chance of winning. It was your best quality. You need to be that guy right now! The city needs you. I need you.
- Antagonist in Mourning: Megamind after unexpectedly killing Metro Man who was not really dead.
- Also inverted, since he's in the protagonist's role.
- Anti-Hero: Megamind, later in the movie after Titan turns into a villain.
- Arch-Enemy: To Metro Man, not that he actually dislikes him.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After Megamind killed Metro Man he terrorized the city, looted tons of money, stole expensive paintings and he claimed the pet shop for his own.
- Megamind finds Titan had been committing crimes, with stolen bank money, stolen safes... and a stolen bicycle.
- Megamind's De- ray has settings: De-hydrate (condenses objects into a small cube), De-stroy, De-ath ray, and ...De-coupage?
- "There is no easter bunny, there is no tooth fairy, and there is no queen of England!"
- Ascended Fanboy: Deconstructed, with Hal. Giving some random schlub superpowers isn't going to automatically cause them to use them for the good of society, especially if they're immature.
- Aside Glance: Megamind shoots a very exasperated look at the camera when he learns that his sun-powered death ray is 'warming up'.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: Megamind enjoys music, and accompanies his (extremely impressive) entrances with suitable classic rock. See top of page image.
- This is however slightly undermined by the revelation that he also has Minnie Riperton's "Loving You" on his playlist.
- Metro Man also does this to a lesser extent; he invokes a lot of Elvis imagery during his introductory scene. The fringe on his costume, the pompadour hairstyle, he even busts a few Elvis-like moves while a remix of "A Little Less Conversation" plays. There's also something familiar about his death.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Megamind at the conclusion. Doubles as a Take Up My Sword (see below).
- Badass Biker: Megamind, in a Lobo flying motorcycle kinda way.
- The aerodynamic styling of the bike is very similar to that of a P-47 Thunderbolt, which was renowned for its durability and firepower.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The film was based on the premise, "What if Lex Luthor defeated Superman?"
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Megamind is taught this very early on by the prisoners of the penitentiary he grows up in. Later, when he is extracting Metro Man's DNA to make another hero:
Minion: Uhh, sir, I think this is a bad idea...
Megamind: Yes! It's a very, wickedly bad idea for the greater good of bad!
Megamind: You don't know what's good for bad.
- Bad to the Bone: The Trope Namer song is used in the movie, to great effect, as well as several other badass themes (like "Welcome To The Jungle", "Highway to Hell", "Back In Black" and "Crazy Train").
- Balance Between Good and Evil: Invoked by Megamind, who learns from experience that supervillains can not exist without superheroes.
- Bald of Awesome: Megamind. Do not deny it.
- Bald of Evil: Megamind is probably an Invoked example. (Compare Lex Luthor.)
- Batman Gambit: The ability to do a stylish Batman Gambit is Megamind's main superpower.
- He and Minion use one to escape from prison at the start of the movie.
- He pulls a very brief one in the final battle, when he provokes Titan into punching him across the street so that he can get closer to his invisible car.
- Another example was leading Metro Man to the death trap at the observatory, which counts on Megamind knowing that Roxanne would give away his position, and pretending to act shocked at the reveal.
- And another is Metro Man knowing that if he retired, Megamind would wind up taking his place as Metro City's defender.
- Roxanne Ritchi may have pulled one off too, depending on whether or not she knew, when she commented on the spider, that Megamind would come close enough to allow her to blow it into his face.
- Beard of Evil: Megamind himself sports a damn nice goatee.
- Be Careful What You Wish For/Wanting Is Better Than Having: Okay, Megamind, you defeated Metro Man. What now?
- Also, the people of Metro City: Yay! Titan has defeated Megamind! We finally have that new hero we've been wanting to... what's that? Titan's worse than Megamind? ... Oh, Crap.
- Becoming the Mask: Megamind in his disguise as Bernard with Roxie.
- Being Evil Sucks: The film is basically Megamind realizing this. It culminates with the following:
Megamind: I'm the bad guy! I don't save the day, I don't fly off into the sunset, and I don't get the girl!...*sigh*...I'm going home.
- Beneath the Mask: Titan is not as heroic as Megamind thought he would be.
- Berserk Button: Megamind presses a bunch of these to get Titan to attack him. Big mistake.
- Beware the Superman: Titan is probably the poster boy for this trope. The contrast between him and Metro Man is stark.
- Be Yourself: The rare non-Anvilicious version of this Aesop. Megamind learns that his constant defeat, as pointed out by Roxanne, has turned him into a determinator who is unafraid of losing.
- Big Bad: While he's still very hammy as a villain and ends up reconsidering things by the midpoint of the film, Megamind did set up the dominoes that caused a great deal of damage to Metro City, but it's Titan that ultimately decides to collide against those same dominoes for a very petty, shallow reason.
- Big Damn Heroes: Several times. Metro Man tries to do this at the beginning of the movie. Too bad Megamind tricked him into going to the wrong place.
- Happens twice at the end, once by Minion disguised as Megamind, and another time by Megamind disguised as Metro Man.
- Big Entrance: Megamind uses them every chance he gets.
- After his victory against Metro Man, Megamind walks down the streets of Metro City, heralded by his brain bots doing a light show, set to "Highway to Hell."
- The crowner is at the end, where he uses his brain bots to set up a giant holograph of his head, then walking out the tongue. It sounds weird, but it's really quite cool, and incredibly hammy.
- Bilingual Bonus: If we count flower language there is also the bouquet Megamind brings to the Metro Man Museum; the most common meaning you will find for yellow roses is "friendship" and another is "an apology". Most bouquets don't contain dynamite, however.
- Billed Above The Title/Celebrity Voice Actor: The latter is par for the course with Dreamworks, obviously, but they have been pretty good about avoiding the former after the Shark Tale backlash. Until "FERRELL VS. PITT", that is.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Wait, how the hell could the fish Minion actually smell that Megamind was wearing cologne? Fish can smell by moving water through their nares, but if Minion were an Earth fish, it would only make sense that Minion could smell the cologne if Megamind were in the water with him.
- He also starts coughing from dust in the air. Despite, you know, being sealed into a water-filled glass dome.
- If we really wanted to get nitpickey, what are the chances that both Megamind and Metro Man could live on earth?
- Book Ends: A Metro City celebration for Metro Man, then for Megamind.
- Boring Invincible Hero: Metro Man, it seems, has no weaknesses. No, not even copper.
- The interesting thing is, it's boring to nobody except him. And it makes sense. He says himself that at the part where he fakes his own death that he's just "going through the motions." Megamind tries to take over the city, Metro Man defeats him. Day in and day out, (presumably) every single day. And the city keeps expecting him to do this for goodness-knows-how-long. He wants to do something else, darn it!
- Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: At least, until Brains wins, and creates a truly evil Brawn.
- Brainy Brunette: Roxanne.
- Break Up Make Up Scenario
- Brick Joke
- When Megamind says "Ollo" to answer the phone and again just before depowering Titan.
- Also, the real Bernard getting re-hydrated during the Credits Gag.
- And the cat that Megamind accidentally dehydrates while cleaning up the city rehydrating along with the trash in the rain.
- Megamind's Kill Sat in the beginning needs time to warm up. Near the ending when Megamind grabs the Titan-depowering gun, its display says "warming up".
Megamind: Oh, you've got to be kidding me! Minion, if I live, I will kill you.
- The Brute: Minion has the size and intention, but even when he is actually committing a crime he does not have the mentality or presence of a brute.
- Bullying a Dragon: Megamind taunting Titan for a fight. And damn, does he get one.
- A lesser example could be the Warden taunting Megamind at the beginning of the movie. The guy was practically setting himself up for Megamind to pull a dirty trick on him!
- But He Sounds Handsome: While Megamind is "fighting Bernard" and switching between his illusions to maintain the disguise in front of Roxanne, fake Bernard yells stuff about how strong, handsome and tough Megamind is.
Megamind: (as Bernard) I tried my best, but he's too fantastic.
- Butt Monkey: Megamind himself. He is a comedy villain, so it is part of the job description.
- Hal, before he becomes superpowered and evil.
- Bernard, played by Ben Stiller.
- Call Back: The "Forget-Me stick" in the Credits Gag.
- Canis Latinicus: Megamind dubs the spee-ider arachnis deathicus.
- Camp Straight: Megamind.
- Can't Believe I Said That: When Hal tries to get Roxie to go to his 'off the hook' party he lists the things he's arranged, including a bouncy house and a wedding photographer - you know just in case they do anything they want to keep forever... as a memory... When Roxie passes Hal berates himself for mentioning the bouncy house, because "Girls don't like bouncy houses, they like clowns!"
Roxie, if I was Metro Man, I'd watch you like a dingo watches a human baby. Wait… (Also counts as Foreshadowing
- The Cape: Metro Man.
- Captain Ersatz: The main cast are based upon characters from the Superman comics. Megamind is a mixture of Brainiac and Lex Luthor (with Superman's origin), and by the end of Button of Doom has developed Batman-like characteristics, Metro Man is Superman himself, and Roxanne Ritchi is Lois Lane. Hal Stewart is Jimmy Olsen with the caveat that he has always hated Superman, whereas his name is a mash-up of Green Lantern's Hal Jordan and John Stewart and when he becomes Titan, he takes on aspects of Superboy-Prime.
- Cardboard Prison: Megamind is imprisoned there once in a while, serving out his 88 consecutive life sentences, only to waltz his way out and continue with his evil plans.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Megamind and Minion.
- Chair Reveal: Megamind invokes this during his kidnapping of Roxanne.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: Invoked, Metro Man apparently returns to the fight after claiming he wouldn't return to being a hero because he knew a new hero would step into his place. After scaring Titan silly with Metro Man's persona, Roxanne discovered that Metro Man was actually Megamind using his holographic disguise and gadgets to imitate superpowers. Metro Man never actually returns to save the day and Megamind has finally made the transition from villain to hero. Unfortunately, Titan figures it out as well...
- Character Title
- Chekhov's Gun: Megamind's invisible car and his dehydration gun.
- We see repeatedly that water brings back everything that was dehydrated, from getting water splashed on it, to it raining.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Hal.
- The Chew Toy: Bernard.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Megamind plays up the stereotypical "villain" body language for all it's worth. Played with at the opening of the Megamind Museum, when a boy in the crowd apes Megamind's villainous hand-clasping pose because Megamind is his hero.
- Classic Villain: Megamind combines many iconic traits of comic book villains.
- Cloudcuckoolander: When he's free from having to be the perfect superhero, Metro Man apparently has a bit of this in his character, judging from his decision to call himself 'Music Man' so that he can keep his logo. Roxanne and Megamind are understandably nonplussed.
- Completely Missing the Point: Titan only wanted to be a superhero to impress Roxie. He has no interest in being a do-gooder. Earlier, he also asked Roxie to come over to his house for a date where he had arranged for, among other things, a bouncy castle and "a wedding photographer"...just in case Roxie decided to marry him then and there. Roxie is understandably unnerved and declines. Hal slaps himself and berates himself for being as stupid as to get...the bouncy castle, because everyone knows girls love clowns.
- Also, this moment when investigating the deceased Metro Man's apparently long-abandoned stronghold:
Roxanne: Look! This glass has ice in it!
Megamind: Yes, that's what happens when water gets cold.
- Megamind, as "Space Dad", dubs Hal as Titan for his superhero name, invoking enormous deities of incredible power note . Instead, he hears it as "Tighten", as in "to squeeze". This is the name he winds up carving into Metro City during his rampage.
- And when Hal gets angry once he finds out that Space Dad is really Megamind, Hal shows what he thinks about the whole backstory "Space Dad" made up for him...
Hal: And this is for Space Mom! You lied to her!!!
- Complexity Addiction: Megamind, as with all good Card Carrying Villains, seems to prefer devising and enacting incredibly convoluted plans to achieve his goals, and likes to mind-map them by stringing up pieces of paper in complex patterns. For example, his plan for what to do with his life after defeating his arch-nemesis involves securing his arch-nemesis' dandruff, distilling all the superpowered qualities out of it, firing them into someone, disguising himself as a space-mentor, training the person to become a superhero, and then fighting him. As opposed to, say, taking up yoga.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Megamind's Brain Bots hide under a trench coat and fedora in a crowd during the opening. It is bookended in the conclusion when we see Metro Man using the same tactic.
- Contractual Genre Blindness: Megamind seems to cheerfully accept the fact that defeat is inevitable in his part of the conflict with Metro Man and operates accordingly. At the beginning, he even begins winding up his current plan under the assumption that it's failed without actually noticing that Metro Man is having a surprising amount of difficulty breaking out of his most recent trap. When Megamind actually ends up winning, he's as astonished as everyone else.
- Conveniently Empty Building: Titan and Megamind crash through one, though the roof and down through every floor.
- Titan picks up an entire skyscraper and flings it at Megamind at one point, crushing several other buildings and carelessly knocking it into another as he turned it. If it wasn't made explicit that the city had been largely evacuated by this point, thus making these all Conveniently Empty Buildings, we'd have to assume this movie's body count probably hit quadruple digits.
- Create Your Own Villain: Played with. The supervillainous Megamind tries to create his own hero because he needs someone to do battle with. But his creation turns out to be even more evil than him, and doesn't have the same moral standings his previous rival had.
- Credits Gag: Clean out your pockets, Megamind.
- Cruella to Animals: Baby Seal Leather Boots.
- Curse Cut Short: At one point, Megamind and Minion are walking to "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC, which gets cut off by another song right as they get to the first instance of 'Hell' in the song. Then it's subverted when Minion fiddles with the boombox's controls, trying to turn it off, and it switches back to the song and the word 'Hell' is almost the only word heard before switching away again.
- Damsel in Distress: Roxanne is a parody of this; she is so used to being kidnapped and rescued that she is not fazed by it anymore. However, she really ends up being in danger by the end.
Roxanne: Can one of you punch my frequent kidnappings card?
Megamind: You of all people know we discontinued that promotion.
- Dance Party Ending: With "Bad", no less.
- Darkest Hour: Tighten is rampaging throughout the city and holding Roxanne hostage, threatening to kill her. Metroman is still refusing to come back. Megamind has given up and has gone back to prison. Minion is nowhere to be found. For a little while, the situation looks truly hopeless.
- Dark Is Evil: Megamind initially.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Megamind evolves into this by the end of the film. The major theme of The Button of Doom is him deciding that Dark Is Evil and changing his style and methods to Light Is Good. It doesn't stick.
- Dating Catwoman: Megamind falls for Roxanne.
- Deadpan Snarker: Roxanne Ritchi. Helps her get through each kidnapping by the hands of Megamind until Metro Man comes to rescue her, as usual, and she can go on with the rest of her day. Also Bernard.
- Death Ray: How Megamind supposedly kills Metro Man.
- Deconstruction: The movie examines the relationship there would have to be between Hero and Villain, and that a Superhero Origin can just as easily apply to a villain. It also looks at the classic Silver Age story of Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen, getting powers. Mostly, it deconstructs The Bad Guy Wins plot, as the villain no longer has what drives him after the death of his nemesis.
- Reconstruction: The typical superhero/supervillain roles are re-established at the end.
- Department of Redundancy Department: At one point Metro Man's heart is described as "an ocean inside of a bigger ocean".
- Depower: In the end, Megamind takes away Hal's/Titan's superpowers with the same gizmo that gave them to him.
- Designated Victim: The role Roxanne has been given in the conflict between Metro Man and Megamind. She responds to this with little more than exasperation.
- Determinator: Being so fully invested in the "proper" dance between heroes and villains means that Megamind never thought his plans had a chance of succeeding anyway. So he's been losing to Metro Man repeatedly over the course of his life, 100% failure rating... yet he's never let that be an excuse to give up, but instead let it encourage him to get more creative. Near the end, Roxanne reminds him of this, saying it's his best quality - and convincing him to wade into a hopeless situation once again.
"He would win some... I would almost win others..."
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Minion. Except he's not really dying. He just likes milking the moment for all the drama he can.
- Disappeared Dad: In a weird reversal, Metro Man's parents are hinted to be very uninterested (his father doesn't even look up from his newspaper when he's flying as a baby), while Megamind's "parents" (the prison inmates) treat him warmly like family, despite teaching him Family Unfriendly Aesops.
- Disney Death: Minion. At the end of the movie, his fishbowl is broken. He gasps for air in a sequence similar to King Harold in Shrek the Third, and then "dies". However, Megamind throws him into a nearby fountain, reviving him. He apparently did it for the sake of drama.
- The Ditz: Hal strays into this territory at times. Honestly, his idea of romance is something you'd find in a kid's birthday party.
- Ditzy Genius: Megamind.
- Comes to a head when he discovers that Metro Man is still alive. His reaction: ask the ethereal shade what messages he brings from beyond, and poke his face to see if he's incorporeal.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Deconstructed with Hal, who has all the dogged determination but lacks a few of the required qualities.
- Do Not Call Me Paul/That Man Is Dead: Titan tells Roxanne never to call him Hal ever again. He is Titan from now on.
- Metro Man calls himself Music Man after faking his death, so that he doesn't have to change the M on his costume.
- Doomed Hometown: Both Megamind and Metro Man come from one. As a bonus, it turns out they are from the same star system.
- Double Subversion: A slew of superhero tropes undergo this treatment.
- Double Take: When it looks like Metro Man has survived the explosion at the observatory and is coming to rescue Roxanne, both Megamind and Minion have a moment where they sigh in relief that he's alright. Then, they remember that this means he's also coming to arrest them.
- The Dragon/The Lancer: Minion.
- Dramatic Curtain Toss: On both the giant Metro Man statue at the beginning and the "Good vs. Evil" battle picture in Megamind's lair.
- Dreadful Musician: Just because Metro Man wants to be a musician does not mean he is any good at it.
- Granted, he hasn't exactly had time to practice and improve yet. Maybe he just needs lessons.
- Dreamworks Face: Typically included in promo art. Lampshaded in The Button of Doom:
"Do you feel the taunting power of my eyebrow?"
- Drunk with Power: Titan.
- Dumb Is Good: Subverted.
- Easily Forgiven: Megamind had committed enough crimes to merit 88 life sentences, but he saves the city from Titan, and he is the new official hero, beloved by all.
- Not to mention, presumably Megamind and Roxie are the only ones that know that Metro Man isn't dead, but the people don't know that. To them Megamind killed their beloved hero for good. Oh well, guess Megamind is just that loveable.
- Could have been mended with a single scene showing a judge sentencing Megamind to lifetime community service, picking up litter and saving Metro City from utter annihilation.
- Well, the guy had just singlehandedly eliminated two superpowered beings, and the regular police and military were virtually powerless to stop him. He also pretty much rebuilt the city using the Brain Bots. It may be that the people knew that he could do whatever the hell he wanted with them anyway, so if he wanted to be their hero, best not to argue.
- Embarrassing Ringtone: This sort of happened when Megamind and Minion were suiting up to create a new superhero to replace Metro Man, the cell phone Megamind had stolen earlier went off, ruining the villainous pose scene.
- Enemy Mine: Metro Man to Megamind.
- Enfant Terrible: Subverted. He was destructive even as an infant, with a knack for creating "objects of mayhem", but he was not malicious about it.
- Entitled to Have You: A big part of what makes Hal so creepy.
- Eskimos Aren't Real: "There is no Easter bunny, there is no tooth fairy, and there is no queen of England!"
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Hilariously invoked with Titan, who's angry at Megamind for, among other things, "lying" to Space Step Mom.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Want to defeat your arch-nemesis and rule the world? Go knock yourself out. Want to destroy the city because of all your bottled-up resentment from a lifetime of rejection? Not cool. At least, Megamind knows how to take "no" for an answer.
- Before that, Megamind is utterly disgusted when he learns that Titan has been stealing things purely to satisfy his own petty whims.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Megamind and Metro Man went to the same school, though they're the only ones.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Why else is Minion in a gorilla-style Mobile-Suit Human?
- Everything's Funkier with Disco: Megamind has a Pit Trap full of alligators, a disco ball, and disco music.
- Evil Counterpart: Megamind to Metro Man. Later Titan takes Megamind's place.
- Evil Is Cool:
- Megamind decides to be a Card-Carrying Villain because he was constantly being compared to Metro Man, even in school.
- Titan decides to be a villain for this, even more so than Megamind.
- Evil Is Sexy: Megamind certainly thinks so.
- Eviler Than Thou: Megamind finds out, to his horror, that Titan turned out to be a superpowered villain who enjoys wreaking havoc out of pure spite.
- Evil Genius: Megamind, to a T.
- Evil Is Hammy: Megamind.
- Evil Is Petty: Titan. Hoo boy....
- Evil Laugh: Done with great gusto, Megamind enjoys villainous cackling.
- Evil Minion: Minion, naturally.
- Evil Power Vacuum: Inverted. Megamind "defeating" Metroman caused Megamind to make a new hero, and Music Man advises Megamind that wherever there is evil a new force for good will rise.
- Evil Versus Evil: Megamind Vs. Titan. Although it depends on whether his Heel-Face Turn can be considered complete at this point. It is villain vs. super villain.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Hal's hair only turns into Jonah Hill's signature afro when he becomes Titan.
- Eye Beams: Metro Man (and therefore, Titan) has them.
- Eye Scream: Roxy blows a spider right into Megamind's eye. Minion then punches him in the same eye.
- Face-Heel Turn: Hal/Titan, in the second half of the film. It's debatable how much of a face he ever was, but he certainly didn't start as an outright villain.
- Fake Weakness: As part of the plan to fake his death, Metro Man claims that copper, which the Observatory dome is lined with, drains his powers.
- Faking the Dead: Metro Man. Turns out, he is tired of being a superhero and wanted to be a musician instead.
- Minion later does this just for the heck of it after taking a nasty blow that breaks his water helmet. Megamind lets Minion have his fun before plopping him in the fountain right next to him.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: Megamind's dehydrator and defuser/infuser guns.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: "Do you feel the taunting power of my eyebrow?"
- Faster-Than-Light Travel: How fast is Metro Man? In the nanosecond between the concentrated solar blast and his "death", he gets a skeleton from a "nearby" nursing school, puts his cape on it, comes back to the observatory to lauch the skeleton, and then gets away.
- It's better than that. He goes into Megamind's true location, is about to stop him, has an epiphany, goes to clear his head, reads a few self-help books, concocts the plan to fake his death, and executes it. All within a nanosecond. Dude is FAST.
- Only if he had to go further than about a mile.
- He also goes to a park to fly a kite and stops by a diner for fries and milkshake.
- It's much more than a nanosecond. He's gone long enough for his absence to register as a dimming/flickering on the big screen display, so in the neighborhood of 20-30 milliseconds.
- Feud Episode: At one point, when Megamind is dating Roxanne while disguised as Bernard, he and Minion have a falling out and break off their lifelong friendship.
- Fiery Redhead: Hal, although we do not see the fiery aspect until he has powers and is destroying the city For the Evulz.
- Fist Pump: When Megamind is in disguise, trying to train Titan, he pumps his fist.
- Flying Brick: Metro Man, obviously, and Titan.
- Flynning: Megamind and Titan engage in a round of this with lamp posts; it's actually intended to be harmless Flynning on Megamind's part, but it quickly becomes clear that the feeling isn't mutual.
- Foil: As expected, Metro Man and Megamind are foils for each other, being complete opposites in level of superpowers, moral outlooks, and style, but yet Not So Different after all.
- Let's not forget Metro Man and Titan; same powers but completely different morals.
- Foreshadowing: Hal gets the Titan powers via a stray shot into his nose. Later during a fight, his head bashes through a wall and someone's chopstick goes up his left nostril. Which is where Megamind shoves the depowering gun later on.
- There was this gem early on:
"Roxie, if I was Metro Man, I'd watch you like a dingo watches a human baby. Wait…
- On the topic of Hal/Titan, in the training sequence, you see him gleefully melting the face of the Megamind mannequin. Played completely for laughs at the time, but later you see that first, it shows he's more than happy to defy the standard superhero Thou Shalt Not Kill policy, and second, that he has much more of a dark side than one would give him immediate credit for.
- As a child Megamind dehydrates and then rehydrates Minion, who 'plays dead' causing his boss to act concerned for him.
- Titan proves that he is not weakened by copper, which is our first clue that Metro Man isn't dead.
- The phrase "Game Over." First seen on Hal's shirt when he films Roxanne, then seen on a television screen when Titan goes berserk, and finally, Titan's threat to Megamind, delivered so he knows he means business.
- In the scene where Hal gains Metroman's powers he's wearing a shirt that says "Bite Me" with a vampire smiley face. What happens when you get bitten by a vampire? According to a lot of versions of the myth you gain superpowers and turn evil.
- Not long before he quits the superhero thing, Metro Man says in his speech to the people of Metro City, "and at the end of the day, I often ask myself: what would I do without you?"
- Metro Man also is playing a banjo in front of classmates when Mega is stuck in the corner. He's always wanted to be a musician, even then.
- In the scene just before Titan fights Megamind, he holds up a torn magazine with Metro Man carrying Roxanne. The top of the magazine is torn off, and he holds it up in a way that puts Megamind's head where Metro Man's originally was (with "HERO" prominent on what's left of the cover).
- Also something of an Ironic Echo, given that the roles were reversed, with the replacement idea explicit, earlier.
- For the Evulz: Subverted by Megamind; he is a Card-Carrying Villain, but sees his wrongdoings as a form of self-expression rather than an end unto itself. Played straight with Titan, who obviously enjoys causing mayhem with complete impunity.
- For Your Own Good: Minion's excuse to stop Megamind from dating Roxanne.
- Freak Out: Hal/Titan does not take well to all of his Berserk Buttons being pushed at once.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Megamind and Metroman are bantering at the beginning of the film there are one or two frames where Metroman has disappeared from the observatory and can be seen behind Megamind. This actually leads to a continuity error when you realize that during the Time Stands Still sequence later, Megamind is clearly in a different part of his speech.
- Quite appropriate for a film with Brad Pitt.
- Also, the other functions of the de-gun can be seen this way. The most notable are "demoralize", "de-ath ray" and "decoupage".
- Fresh Clue: Megamind and Roxanne go into Metroman's hideout and find a glass of water with ice in it, which is proof that someone was there recently. Sure enough, they turn around to find Metroman still living there.
- Friendless Background: If not for Minion, this would be Megamind. So much.
- Friendly Enemies: Megamind and Metro Man. When Megamind makes his reveal at the beginning that he had captured Roxanne in his latest ploy, Metro Man plays his part with the usual "You won't get away with this!" lines. Roxanne, as said before, is not as excited to be part of the show.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Megamind himself. Also, Hal to Titan.
- Funny Background Event: While investigating Metro Man's hideout, Roxanne and Megamind come across a glass of water and wonder about the fact that it still has ice cubes in it. Meanwhile, Metro Man — who they think is dead — comes in, notices them, and frantically tries to sneak out without being noticed. We find out a few seconds later he has Super Speed, making this an example of Rule of Funny. Alternately, he just panicked.
- On top of that, he is perfectly capable of defying gravity — why didn't he just quietly float out of sight again?
- Some of the signs seen in Metro City during the final battle are Funny Background items as well, such as "Fauxmatoes" and "We only need two minutes to lube you."
- After Megamind destroys the door to Hal's apartment, Minion can be seen immediately replacing it.
- At the press conference after Metroman's defeat Hal is wearing a "Game Over" t-shirt, signifying Megamind's cat-and-mouse game is at an end and later, that Hal won't be playing.
- At the beginning of the movie, when the warden is walking through a cell block unknowingly disguised as Megamind, two cops are playing poker with an inmate. When the cops get up to arrest "Megamind", the prisoner gleefully grabs the betting pot through the bars of his cell when their backs are turned.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Megamind compensates for his lack of superpowers with his ability to build insane gizmos in a matter of minutes.
- Gangsta Style:
Roxanne: I say we go back to the evil lair, grab some ray guns, hold 'em sideways and just go all gangsta on him.
- Genius Bruiser: Metro Man's flashback reveals that he is actually a pretty smart guy.
- We get a tiny bit of Foreshadowing that Metro Man is smarter than he seems merely by the fact that he went to the same "special" school for gifted children that Megamind did.
- Genre Savvy: Megamind and Metro Man are both really practiced at what their roles as Super Hero and Super Villain include. Megamind is happy to submit to being defeated each time he tries an "evil" scheme. He actually ends up so depressed at having defeated his arch-nemesis that he fakes an origin story for a new Super Hero to arise and defeat his "reign of terror".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- The leash on Megamind in Titan's 'drawing'.
- Metro Man, when on the verge of being discovered in his hideout. Although we don't hear what it is, the spoilered character appears to be mouthing a very rude word.
- Megamind's emergency escape from his Giant Mecha is pretty... anal.
- Metro Man commenting that he and Megamind were just going through the motions.
- I'm on a HIIIIIGGHHHWAY TO H.../Loving yoooooouuuu is easy/...ELL!
- The final celebration scene, when Roxanne fastens Mega's cloak around his neck, while standing in front of him. His head is bowed, possibly to express that he is in the "shyness" phase of being in love; but from his Male Gaze, he is taking advantage of the moment to stare down her cleavage.
- Giant Mecha: Megamind's favorite kind of "toy".
- Glamour Failure: Megamind's holo-watch allows him to look like anyone it scans beforehand. However, he, apparently, forgot to waterproof it. It also shuts off if he bumps it by accident.
- Also, his eyes remain unchanged no matter who he's impersonating. This appears to be the case with anyone using the holo-watch (Minion as well)... with one exception probably used to heighten drama, because the scene would've been had a different feel if you figured it out too fast.
- The Glomp: Roxanne to Megamind in the final scene.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When Titan is about to use his eye-beams — namely, when he gets really pissed off.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Making Hal the new "hero". He initially starts off as a decent candidate for the next hero, but he slowly starts to unravel. When Megamind provokes him into a fight by taunting him with his relationship with Roxanne, everything goes downhill.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: Subverted in The Button of Doom: Megamind starts out trying to fulfill his new role as Defender by replacing his black "Villain" suit with a white outfit and bulky gadgets mimicking Metro Man's powers. But after realizing that he's better off fighting threats his way, he settles with defending Metro City in his old suit.
- Roxie starts in red, but switches to purple once she has fallen for Megamind as Bernard, and dresses in blue once she supports Megamind openly.
- Megamind's eyes are green to represent his envy of Metroman.
- Good Is Not Nice: As a child, Metro Man was actually a bit of a jerk to Megamind. The only reason he ended up with the nice, cushy childhood and Megamind landed in a prison is because baby Metro Man deliberately bumped Megamind's rocket off course (complete with blowing him a raspberry as he passed!). He eventually grew out of it, but Metro Man's treatment of Megamind when they were children was practically outright bullying.
- There was no "deliberateness" in their pods' collision; the escape pods had no controls and were (presumably) on pre-programmed courses that happened to intersect. The raspberry was real, though.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When Minion disguised as Megamind is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, the screen momentarily goes black, before cutting to Roxanne's reaction.
- Graceful Loser: Megamind. He is used to getting beaten by Metro Man and is cool with that, especially if he is always jailed in a Cardboard Prison. A cardboard prison whose population he considers his family.
- Green Eyes: Megamind has them. Huge, sweet, green eyes. Whenever he uses his watch to disguise himself as someone else, his eyes are always unchanged.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat/You Fight Like a Cow: Fights between Megamind and Metro Man involve a lot of this. When duking it out with Titan for the first time, Megamind tries it on his new enemy, but realizes he is too bull-headed and spiteful for this kind of duel.
Now it's time for some witty back-and-forth banter! You go first! Titan: RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHH
Okay, look, I don't really know where to go with that!
- Hartman Hips: Roxanne.
- Heel-Face Turn: Megamind himself in the second half of the film.
- Held Gaze: Twice, once between Megamind disguised as Bernard and Roxanne after Bernard has "rescued" her from Megamind, and again with Megamind and Metro Man when Roxanne and Megamind discover him alive.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Megamind is this in spades, he even claims that he wears "Custom made, baby seal leather boots".
- He wears two layers of leather during his first fight with Titan.
- A Hell of a Time
If only my parents could see me now. Minion:
I'm sure they're smiling down from Evil Heaven!
- Hello, Nurse!: Roxanne.
- Hero Insurance: Acknowledged. After all of the destruction caused by Titan, Megamind's Brainbots are repairing all of the damage.
- Heroic Build: Both Metro Man and Titan are absurdly well-built and muscular. Since Titan becomes this way after gaining his power, it can probably be justified as part and parcel of their superpowers.
- Heroic Fatigue: Metro Man gets so tired of being a hero all the time he fakes his death.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Megamind and Minion, since infanthood.
- High Collar of Doom: Megamind just loves 'em. He even has one on his pajamas.
- Even his supposedly standard issue prison uniform has a high collar.
- Megamind's parents too, so it doubles as villainous and a piece of his culture.
- His Name Really Is Barkeep: Minion.
- Holding Both Sides of the Conversation: Megamind has a disguise hologram that makes him look like a normal human. At one point he's in a situation where he has to pretend to be both simultaneously. There's a "fight sequence" between the two, where Megamind ends up repeatedly switching back and forth between his normal appearance and the hologram, all the while opening and closing a door over and over to give the appearance that that two are fighting each other. Naturally, Megamind has "Bernard" giving healthy dollops of But He Sounds Handsome.
- Holding Out for a Hero: The people of Metro City, to the point where it's practically a deconstruction; they're so used to relying on a hero that when the hero's no longer there, not one of them is brave enough to stand up to the villain. And then the villain gets bored with the fact that no one's standing up to him. And when someone finally kicks the villain's ass, they all flock to accept this newcomer as their 'hero' without actually stopping to consider whether he actually is a hero, and not a worse villain. And of course, the whole mess started in the first place because the hero was so sick of everyone expecting him to solve all their problems that he just gave up.
- Holographic Disguise: The holo-watch Megamind first uses to make the prison warden look like him so the guards will open his cell, then make himself look like the warden to escape, and later impersonate Bernard to date Roxy and pose as Titan's "space-dad".
- Hope Spot: Metro Man swooping in to save Roxanne. It is just a caped skeleton propelled by the explosion.
- For the civilians, Titan defeats Megamind, but then he says that they aren't free, just "under new management".
- And another one for the climax, after Megamind, posing as Metro Man, scares Titan off to never return to "Metrocity". There's a brief moment that Megamind exposes himself, everyone is slightly relieved... and Titan returns pointing out that Metro Man would never mispronounce "Metro City" like Megamind would.
- Hot Scoop: Roxanne Ritchi, no surprise as she is a TV reporter. She is also obviously easy on the eyes, as both Titan and Megamind can attest.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Titan's powers, like his heat vision, at least initially.
- How We Got Here: The movie begins with Megamind falling out of the sky, then goes into a flashback as Megamind remembers his life. The time in between the beginning and ending points of the flashback must've been only a few seconds to Megamind.
- Huge Holographic Head: Made of thousands of appropriately colored glowing brain bots.
- And in "Button of Doom", a more straight example generated from the titular button.
- Human Alien: Metro Man.
- Humongous Mecha: Megamind's huge robot suit he uses in his first fight with Titan.
- Hypocritical Humor:
Megamind: He took the name: Metro Man, defender of Metro City. I decided to pick something a little more humble: Megamind, incredibly handsome criminal genius and master of all villainy!
- Idiot Hero: Titan, big time. Until he turns evil, that is.
- If I Can't Have You: Titan's reaction to Roxanne rejecting him.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Metro Man's tired of being the Designated Hero just because it is expected of him, so he fakes his death and goes into hiding so he can be left alone to do his own thing.
- Also implied with Megamind, especially after he falls in love with Roxanne.
Megamind [disguised as Bernard]: Say I wasn't so normal...
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Minion disguised as Megamind on the skyscraper's antenna when Titan throws it like a javelin.
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: Titan realizes that Metro Man is actually a disguised Megamind when he pronounces "Metro City" as "Metrocity".
- Incoming Ham: Megamind's arrival for the final showdown happens at the top of a large skyscraper, amid a laser-light show with smoke effects, with thousands of flying robot minions forming the illusion of Megamind's head, accompanied by the opening strains of Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle".
Megamind: You dare challenge Megamind?
Titan: This town isn't big enough for two supervillains!
Megamind: Oh, you're a villain alright. Just not a super one.
Titan: Yeah? What's the difference?
[The giant head's mouth opens, and the actual Megamind walks out on the tongue.]
- Indy Ploy: Megamind often resorts to these, as exemplified by the following quote:
Roxanne: What's the plan?
Megamind: Well, it mostly involves NOT DYING!
Roxanne: I like that plan!
- There's also the fact that the brilliant stunt he pulls off at the end, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, is only possible because he happened to be falling directly towards a fountain.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain/Not-So-Harmless Villain: Megamind oscillates between these tropes. At first, he seems more like a sympathetic villainous Graceful Loser whose crimes are of the Poke the Poodle variety - and then he apparently kills Metro Man. Then he vandalizes the city, but never does anything THAT evil. Then he creates Titan. Oops. And finally he atones for his misdeeds, removing him from villain territory altogether.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Jonah Hill as Hal.
- Metro Man doesn't really look like Brad Pitt, except around the eyes. It's kind of eerie.
- In Medias Res/How We Got Here: The beginning of the film is a Book End to the final battle with Megamind falling to his apparent death, with the rest of the film being a flashback.
- Insistent Terminology: Megamind's greatest insult is pointing out that, while Titan might be a Villain, he's not got enough style to be a Super Villain!
- Instant People, Just Add Water
- Institutional Apparel: Until he gets his supervillain costume, Megamind, from babyhood on up, has nothing to wear but a prison issue orange jumpsuit (like all the other prisoners).
- Interspecies Romance: Roxie is widely believed to have a romance with Metro Man, who, despite looking human, is an alien. Later, it is revealed that this no more than a rumor: Metro Man is just "not her type". And then, she falls for Megamind.
- Intrepid Reporter: Roxanne.
- Invisibility: Megamind's car.
- Ironic Echo: "Ollo."
- It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY/Malaproper: Megamind pronounces a lot of words oddly. Sometimes it is intentional in order to sound more evilish, other times it is just mispronunciation. For example, he says "Ollo" instead of "Hello", "Shul" instead of "School" (See also Bilingual Bonus above) and "Metrocity" (rhymes with "atrocity") instead of "Metro City". It becomes Something Only They Would Say later in the film.
- After being kidnapped and held in Megamind's "deathtrap", Roxanne notices the spider (and pronounces it properly, of course). When Megamind tries to pretend it's part of the deathtrap, he pronounces it "spee-ider", which seems to be an attempt to make it sound more evil and exotic. However, the "Button of Doom" short has him referring to the "Spee-ider-bot", so apparently that's just how he says it.
- Megamind isn't oblivious to this. When disguised as Bernard, Megamind begins to say "shool", but quickly says "school" properly.
- In fact, he wasn't oblivious to the "spider" thing either. Before he said "spee-ider" he asked "Spider?" Perhaps in "Button of Doom," he's simply decided that's how he wants to pronounce it.
- It's All About Me: Even when everyone thought that Metro Man was dead, Hal Stewart seems to think it is an appropriate time to invite Roxanne Ritchi to his party. His selfishness is made worse by gaining superpowers.
- Jerkass: Titan.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Metro Man did seem at the beginning to be something of a jerk - starting off as a kid, growing up he became a hero and everybody loved him. It's easy to think that he's going to turn out to be the villain, not the loser Hal.
- Just Eat Him: Sorta. Megamind's giant head made of thousands of brain bots does chew and chomp Titan, but it seems to be for show.
- Karma Houdini: Although Titan ends up in jail, Megamind, who terrorized the city, "killed" Metro Man, created Titan, caused him to go crazy by abusing his evil technology, and committed enough previous evil acts to earn 88 life sentences, is revered as a town hero when all the good things he did was to stop his own creation. Of course, he makes up for it after the events of the movie.
- Kryptonite Factor: Metro Man is vulnerable to copper. Or so he claimed. Turns out he was lying, and his real weakness, if any, remains a mystery.
- Kubrick Stare
- Large Ham: Megamind, though Metro Man is not far behind him in the pork rating, and they both provide great Ham-to-Ham Combat. Averted with Titan. He is not much for posturing.
- Also Minion, in his fake death scene.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Forget-me Stick. Megamind also mentions an "Illiteracy Beam" when he visits Metro Man's monument.
- In The Button Of Doom short sequel, Minion mentions an "amnesia bomb" among Megamind's old schemes. Megamind doesn't remember that one.
- Laser-Guided Tykebomb: Titan. Megamind wanted a superhero to fight. Unfortunately, the bullet hit the wrong candidate.
- Last of His Kind: Apparently, both Megamind and Metro Man. Assuming Minion is/was actually part of a species and not just created in a lab, he might be this as well.
- Lean and Mean: Subverted. Megamind is a skinny little guy, but honestly he is more mischievous than genuinely evil, and even that is not a solid condition for him.
- Leitmotif: The riff from George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" is frequently used to represent Megamind, presented in different styles depending on the situation.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Megamind isn't quite as incompetent as initially believed, it's just that he has a problem with not beta-testing his evil plans to iron out the kinks and he is generally outmatched by Metro Man. But normally, whomever utters the quote "You dare challenge me?" won't actually accomplish much, rather using it as a statement of overconfidence to brag about how supposedly unstoppable they are. But when you hear the phrase "You dare challenge Megamind?!", shit just got real!
- Licensed Games: Not only was it cross platform, it was also touted as a sequel to the movie. Also, apparently Dreamworks has decided to use the supervillain group idea mentioned in the What Could Have Been entry below, in the games.
- Light Is Good: Metroman
- Like an Old Married Couple: Invoked by Hal, who mistakes Roxie's frightened terror for a lover's argument.
- Longer-Than-Life Sentence: Megamind was sentenced to 88 consecutive life sentences for his crimes against humanity and Metro City. Largely meaningless, since he's able to waltz out the front door of his Cardboard Prison, and back into his functional laboratory lair.
- Looks Like Jesus: Metro Man dresses in white, performs good deeds wherever he goes, walks on water and has people kissing his feet as he passes. Subverted in that he's only doing it because he thinks he has to.
- Love Hurts: "Did you really think I'd ever be with you?" "...No."
- Love Makes You Evil: Titan is only motivated to be a "hero" to get to Roxanne; when he realizes that she does not like him, all hell breaks loose.
- Also in a way with Megamind. He basically considered giving up being a villain while he was with Roxanne. But as soon as she dumped him, he went straight back to his old ways.
- Love Redeems: Megamind's reason to do a Heel-Face Turn.
- Loves My Alter Ego: Roxanne unknowingly falls for Megamind masquerading as Bernard.
- Loyal Animal Companion/Non-Human Sidekick: Minion.