Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Roxanne and Megamind. Megamind is quite flamboyant, while Roxanne seems to have a more domineering personality.
Master of Disguise: Megamind, thanks to a special watch. In fact, the watch appears to alter his physical body to a certain extent; at one point, he shoves an object into an interior jacket pocket of his disguise despite "actually" wearing pyjamas.
Meaningful Background Event: After the death ray fails to activate in a timely fashion, Roxanne, Megamind and Minion get distracted by bickering, prompting Megamind to accept defeat and begin wrapping up the plan. Meanwhile, on the monitors, none of them notice that Metro Man is having unexpected difficulty in getting out of the observatory that Megamind has trapped him in...
[speaking of Metro Man] His heart is like an ocean, inside a bigger ocean.
Then there's Hal:
Let's wrap this up and ... give it to a child on Christmas ... 'cause we're done!
Metro Man and Megamind take battle banter to this level:
Megamind: Over here, old friend. In case you haven't noticed, you've fallen right into my trap. Metro Man: You can't trap justice. It's an ideal... a belief! Megamind: But even the most heartfelt beliefs can be corroded over time. Metro Man: Justice is a non-corrosive metal! Megamind: But metals can be melted by the heat of revanche. Metro Man: It's "revenge" and it's best served cold! Megamind: But it can be easily reheated in the microwave of evil! Metro Man: Well, I think your warranty's about to expire! Megamind: Maybe I got an extended warranty! Metro Man: Warranties are invalid if you don't use the product for its intended purpose! Roxanne: Ugh! Girls, girls, you're BOTH pretty! Can I go home now?
Minion with an F in Evil: Minion is so pleasant throughout the entire film, that it's highly likely that he went along with Megamind's evil plans less because of being evil and more because it seemed to make his master/friend happy.
Megamind has an F in evil as well. He never kills anyone. He treats his battles with Metro Man as a game. He has no intentions of enslaving the populace. He wants nothing but to engage in banter-filled battles and it's implied he only does it to get closer to Roxy, which might be why he always fails - he wants to impress Roxy. When he becomes a good guy, however...
Never Trust a Trailer: From the second trailer, this looks like a comedic "wimpy villain vs Jerk Ass celebrity superhero" premise. This is, however, just the first act, and even that is not quite what was expected.
Also, it looked like Metro Man was being booed by the crowd and he said he gave up publicly. None of it happened.
None of the ads even mention there being a romantic angle to the film either, despite it being a key element to the plot and Character Development.
At least one theater poster depicted Megamind, Metro Man, Minion and Titan flying together, implying that they'd all team up and fight together.
Nightmare Fuel (In-Universe): During Titan's Training Montage, Titan brutally lays into a mannequin of MegaMind, melting its face with his laser vision as MegaMind (Disguised as Space Dad) watches in horror.
Noble Demon: Megamind himself, arguably. Defeating Metro Man and taking over Metro City is one thing, but actual mayhem or oppression? That wouldn't be sporting.
No Sell: Metroman, when Roxanne is throwing things at him and he doesn't react at all. Even as a large stereo speaker is smashed against him, he doesn't even blink or acknowledge what is happening. His hair does get a little messed up.
No Sense of Personal Space: Hal's doomed-to-fail invitation to his party, note complete with wedding photographer is made worse by him moving back into Roxanne's line of sight when she tries to move away.
The Not-Love Interest: Roxanne and Metro Man were never actually involved, despite what Megamind and most of Metro City seems to believe. Roxanne explicitedly says that despite appreciating the guy, Metro Man was too "larger than life" to really appeal to her.
Played with by Minion, who is an alien piranha in a huge titanium gorilla-fur mecha death-suit and acts as Megamind's, well, minion, but personality-wise is otherwise rather sweet, pleasant and good-natured.
Oblivious To Hints: Hal refuses to see that Roxanne isn't interested until she outright tells him (and after seeing her kiss Bernard, which was really just the icing on the cake).
Off Model: Almost every piece of promotional art, including the DVD cover art, is missing Megamind's goatee.
Oh Crap: Megamind, when Titan tells him he plans to kill him.
Megamind, when Roxanne discovers his hideout:
Megamind: HOW DID SHE FIND MY HIDEOUT — uh, how did you find his hideout? Roxanne: This is the only building in Metro City with a fake observatory on the roof! Megamind:[Oh Crap face] ... Oh-kay. There's no way she'll find the secret entrance — Roxanne:[Excited squeal] There's a doormat here that says 'secret entrance'!
Titan gets one himself when it looks like Metro Man has returned to kick his ass. It turns out to be Megamind using his holographic disguise watch. Titan returns the favor when he manages to see through the deception.
Omnicidal Maniac: Titan does not want to rule Metro City - he wants to destroy it.
One-Dimensional Thinking: Megamind drives his hover-bike straight away from the sky scraper that has been thrown at him and Roxanne instead of turning left or right to get out of the way.
Justified - the bike is damaged and Megamind has no control over it. He can just slide forward using already build momentum. Also, a hover bike has a distressing lack of friction to utilise for braking to make a turn.
Police Are Useless: After Megamind takes over the city, he gets free rein to do whatever he wants, and the only person who even tries to stop him is Roxanne. Specifically, the scene immediately after Metro Man's death is of the police department gathered en mass outside City Hall, preparing for a final showdown... until Megamind cheerfully tells them to "Drop 'em!", at which point all of them immediately drop their weapons and capitulate without a fight.
Punch Clock Hero/Punch Clock Villain/Not a Game: Megamind and Metro Man's battles had their rules — their battles are more like a game than a true fight. Megamind is upset when Titan stands him up for a staged fight after he calls him out, and Megamind quickly learns that Titan has no use for "rules" — he is a murderous thug. In a nice touch, Titan has been playing a video game instead of showing up for the fight. As Megamind chews him out, the video game ends. For the rest of the scene, GAME OVER is displayed on the TV. It's interesting to note that Megamind is visibly distressed when Metro Man is in danger, and it takes him a while to celebrate victory.
Metro Man gets tired of being a super hero and doing what everyone expects him to do, so he quits by faking his death and planning to go into the music business under the name Music Man. He's not very good at it.
Megamind himself is an inversion. Being a supervillain was his dream job. When that didn't work out, he became a superhero instead.
Raised by Orcs: Megamind was raised by prisoners at a penitentiary. Surprisingly, he seems to have had a (relatively) happy and healthy childhood. When he gives up on the city and says that he is "going home", the next shot is Megamind turning himself in to the warden.
Reality Is Unrealistic: When Megamind runs into Bernard at the Metro Man museum, Bernard (who is known to be an "expert" on Megamind) thinks that Megamind is just some cosplayer.
Bernard: Wow, that's a pretty tasteless costume, Megamind's head is not that grossly exaggerated.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Ultimately, the Warden. When Minion breaks out Megamind, he simply wishes them luck in their coming battle.
Reed Richards Is Useless: Megamind tries cleaning up the city with the dehydrating gun, but doesn't actually pick the resulting cubes. Thus, during a sad scene, it starts raining, so all the trash reappears.
Averted in the end, with Megamind's bots helping rebuild efficiently Metro City's destroyed real estate.
Right-Hand Cat: Megamind has this trope in mind when he kidnaps Roxanne at the start of the movie. He sits in a chair with his back to her, tries to look as menacing as possible... and then whistles for one of the Brain-bots to sit in his lap so he can pet it and use it as a plasma globe.
The Rival: Megamind has viewed Metro Man as this since they were young boys.
Rule of Funny: An infant lands from outer space into the exercise yard of a high security prison, and he is raised by the inmates as opposed to being seized by the Warden and Child Services within five minutes.
And of course all the cartoon physics.
Rule of Symbolism: Metro Man dresses in white, and at one point is seen walking on water. After that, the beard also fits. Not to mention the fact that he landed under a couple's Christmas Tree as a baby.
Then, to really drive it home, he comes back from the dead (in a manner of speaking).
All of which isn't too out of place, given that he's largely based on Superman, who is rife with Christ symbolism himself.
The film goes a long way with the symbolism of clothing:
Roxanne starts dressed in red, then mourns in black, switches to purple as she's warming up to Megamind and finally to blue when she's on his side.
Megamind symbolizes his full acceptance of his evil "destiny" with the switch to his darkest cape. More tellingly, he is instantly drawn to Metro Man's old cape as he's trying to play the hero (to the point of putting it on for a full scene), refuses the call by dropping it at the heroine's feet, and later receives it from her when he's proven where his heart lies.
There's also the different disguises Megamind takes on. Being the Warden at the start (a good guy who stops/contains bad guys) might even be a type of foreshadowing. He's Bernard when he's exploring the world of normal people, the prejudice stripped away for a whilenote and more could be said about his battle with himself when he's trying not to expose the deception to Roxanne. He's the Jor-El type when he's trying to pass on what he knows about being a hero (proving that he understands both sides of the game). And it's no coincidence that when he begins his most heroic effort ever, he looks exactly like Metro Man - or that it's Roxanne who frees him from the disguises twice, first forcing him to confront what he's doing and later allowing him to claim his destiny on his own terms, rather than in the shoes of someone else.
Running Gag: The fact that all Megamind's strongest weapons need time to warm up.
Amongst Will Ferrell movies: the water-skiing squirrel appears.
Scenery Gorn: There is some very nice detailing in several of the scenes of mass destruction.
Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Played with; the story establishes a conflict around a schoolyard bully who grew up to oppose his former victim... except the victim was the one who became the supervillain and the bully became the beloved superhero.
Screw Destiny: The running theme of the film. Megamind never learns what his parents meant for him and spends his life trying to live up to what he thought they said. Metro Man becomes tired of being a superhero just because everyone expects him to be one and quits to become a musician. Titan refuses to be a hero just because Megamind demands he be one.
Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Hal/Titan at first refuses to hold up his end of the hero-villain dynamic, it gets worse when he actually starts doing petty crimes for personal gain, and then goes into full-blown supervillain territory after he gets pissed off.
Sealed Evil in a Duel: The reason Metro Man decides to fake his death. To him, superheroing had become an endless cycle of the same battles with Megamind over and over.
Seen It All: Roxanne Ritchi When it comes to Megamind's dastardly plots and deathtraps.
Shapeshifter Resonance: Used subtly whenever somebody uses the disguise watch, the eye-color remains the same.
Shooting Superman: Played with. After discovering that Metro Man is still alive, Roxanne begins throwing stuff at him, larger items each time. They smash harmlessly against his head, and naturally he doesn't so much as blink.
Megamind asks if Metro Man had a "solitary fortress" (a reference to Superman's Fortress of Solitude) or a cave.
Hal's gaining Metro Man's powers from his DNA is a reference to the comic The Nail where Lex Luthor does the same thing to Jimmy Olsen for different reasons but with similar results.
A villain who loves to steal and vandalize paintings, and also throws money into the street? Henchman with a boom box? Looks a lot like The Joker from the 1989 Batman movie.
Megamind's growing up in prison is actually also a reference to the Batman villain Bane, who due to the archaic laws of the country he was born in, had to take his father's life sentence from birth.
Megamind views himself as the Mr. Miyagi to his intended new superhero.
This is also Development Gag: An early draft of the script actually called for protagonist 'Master Mind' to actually disguise himself as the Mr Miyagi after seeing a poster of The Karate Kid in Hal's apartment. (A picture of Mr. Miyagi still appears in the scene where Megamind explains his plan to Minion; presumably, they went with Marlon Brando because Will Ferrell doing a Pat Morita impression might come across as incredibly racist.)
Megamind trains Titan with a classic Donkey Kong level, with Minion as Donkey Kong.
He even jumps the barrels, when obviously he doesn't really have to.
Megamind's invisible car is a reference to Wonder Woman's invisible airplane.
Megamind's new costume for battling Titan looks a lot like the kind of thing Gene Simmons used to wear.
The giant head the Brainbots create to distract Titan during the final battle does three Shout Outs one after the other. Aside from being blue rather than green, it looks a lot like the Wizard's head in The Wizard of Oz. Then when he opens his mouth and sticks out his tongue for the real Megamind to walk out, the tongue looks again like Gene Simmons doing his usual bit, but the mouth is framed so that it also looks like the Rolling Stones logo.
In the "Reign of Megamind" interactive comic, one of the weapons he plans on using is an Energon Drill.
During the final fight, Tighten mockingly yells out "Hah-hah!" in the same way as school bully Nelson Muntz on The Simpsons.
Metroman is a friendly, well-liked Boisterous Bruiser who gives up his archetypal role to pursue a career in bad art. Sounds remarkably like Destruction of the Endless. Megamind and Roxanne try and fail to bring him back, just like Dream and Delirium.
Towards the end, there's a moment when it appears that Megamind has been skewered on the spike at the top of Metro Tower, in a fashion very similar to Ming's demise in Flash Gordon.
Slasher Smile: Titan, when using his eye beams, once when melting the Megamind mannequin, and again when he's about to do the same thing on the real Megamind.
Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted. It seems like Megamind thinks he is a lot more successful and imposing than he really has been, but when Metro Man is "killed" he is as shocked as everyone. He knows he is incompetent; that has been his issue since childhood. He learns that he is far better fighting evil than being evil.
Smug Snake: Megamind. Or maybe he was never meant to be a villain.
Smug Super: Metro Man begins this way as a child, with the winking and smirking and intentionally showing up young Megamind, but by the time he is grown up? He is genuinely nice and heroic, even to Megamind. It even turns out he was burned out from being forced to be a superhero. At the end of the film, he is proud that Megamind took over for him.
The Smurfette Principle: The film has a single Brainbot with a pink frill and lipstick. The DVD commentary states that she was an Invoked Trope, and considered "the Smurfette of the Brainbots". There is also Roxanne Ritchie.
Soft Water: Played with. During the finale, Megamind is falling to his death and knows that water will not break his fall. However, he dehydrates himself into a cube, which does let him survive the fall, and rehydrates upon contact with the water.
Something Only They Would Say: Titan realizes that Metro Man is actually a disguised Megamind when "Metro Man" says "Metrocity" instead of "Metro City".
Minion too. When he impersonates the Warden he forgets one of Megamind's life sentences, and when he's Megamind he tries pulling the bars around Roxanne off by hand before resorting to laser.
So Proud of You: Roxie says this verbatim to Minion, who is disguised as Megamind at the time.
A hidden Metro Man to Megamind, though the latter never hears it.
Spell My Name with an S: When Titan burns his new self-aggrandizing name for Metro City into the pavement, he spells it "Tightenville". To drive this home, the end credits list Jonah Hill, Hal's voice actor, as "Tighten" instead of "Hal" or "Titan."
The DVD subtitles also change their spelling of the name from that point on. It's also used in at least some, if not all, of the tie-in books related to the film.
It seems like a Funetik Aksent joke at Hal's stupidity, right? It's actually a Genius Bonus: "Titan" means, as is noted in the movie, "a being of great power", which he certainly is. "Tighten", however, means "to squeeze and crush". Not only does it foreshadow Hal's Face-Heel Turn, it's a perfect way to keep his costume appropriate whilst giving himself a far more suitably villainous moniker.
Spikes of Villainy: On Megamind's outfit, as well as his lair and machinery. Including a spiked up Segway. At one point, Roxie hugs him in such a way that she should by rights have torn her arm open.
Stalker with a Crush: Hal, Roxie's camera-man. Her rejection of him as Titan begins his Start of Darkness. It is a bad sign that one of the first things Hal uses his new superpowers for is peeping.
Megamind might also count initially, since it's hinted that the only reason he kept kidnapping Roxanne is because he's in love with her (in his warped not-really-knowing-or-understanding-what-that-actually-is way) and it's his way of being close to her. Unlike Hal, however, he gets better.
Stealth Pun: Minion is literally a henchman in a gorilla suit.
During the "I'm Bad" finale, Minion is doing... The Robot.
"The die had been cast" in Megamind's opening monologue, explaining his fate and first act of evil: dyeing his classmates blue
String Theory: Megamind uses this as a mind-mapping technique. In order to figure out what he's doing, Roxanne replicates his setup in her apartment. It's also used as the motif for the opening titles and the matching Creative Closing Credits.
Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Implied only, Metroman and Megamind are called the "World's Greatest" hero and villain respectively, implying the existence of others, and the fact that a superhero is still necessary after Titan is depowered and imprisoned implies the existence of other villains or at least normal criminals that the Metrocity police can't handle, but, if any other villains took advantage of Metroman's absence, or any heroes tried to pick up his slack, it happened offscreen.
Superpowered Date: Hal as Titan attempts to take Roxanne on one, but comes on to strong and his antics put her off.
Take That: After Megamind kills Metro Man he puts up posters in front of town hall that say "No you can't" with him posing like Barack Obama in his political "Yes we can" ads. Well, technically the posters were inspired by the HOPE posters, but you get the idea.
There's a super-stealthy Take That embodied by Hal Stewart. The character is an average man granted supreme power by a blue, big-headed egomaniac. Sound familiar? He's even named after two of the most iconic characters in that series: Hal Jordan and John Stewart.
Actually, fitting in with the somewhat deconstructionist themes of the movie, he may just be a take on if someone with Green Lantern's origin was just a selfish loser.
Taking the Bullet: Metro Man does this with a dodgeball for the teacher in Megamind's flashbacks.
Tantrum Throwing: Roxie hurling things at Metro Man; since he's Made Of Diamond he doesn't even blink as the stuff she throws keeps shattering against his face.
Team Rocket Wins: The entire premise of the movie is Megamind, the inept villain, finally winning.
Tempting Fate: Roxie calling Bernard!Megamind "the only normal man in her life".
That Man Is Dead: Hal screams at Roxie that there is no Hal anymore, just Titan.
That Poor Cat: Heard when Titan discards the flower cart after failing to impress Roxanne. Also, Megamind accidentally gets a cat while dehydrating all the garbage on the streets. It Gets Better.
That Poor Brainbot: At the end of The Button of Doom, Minion tosses a remote to the side. A brainbot's "bowg" is heard offscreen.
Then Let Me Be Evil: Megamind's origin story. No matter how hard he tried to be liked, it only ever resulted in him being pushed away even further, so eventually he decided to give up and just have fun with the reputation being forced upon him.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Megamind constantly tries to kill Metro Man in the past, but he never actually expected to succeed. Hal/Titan, however, is a thug and will, or at least tries to, kill anyone who gets in his way.
Throw It In: When handed the tiny (stretchable) Titan outfit, Hal asks "Space Dad" if this is his way of saying he has a son. This line was improvised by Jonah Hill.
According to the DVD commentary, Roxanne's line, "Girls, girls, you're BOTH pretty! Can I go home now?" was improvised by Tina Fey.
According to the DVD special feature, "Meet the Cast of Megamind", Megamind's habit of mispronouncing words (such as "Metrocity instead of "Metro City") was improvised by Will Ferrell.
Time Stands Still: Metro Man reveals that during a fit of superspeed, he was able to infiltrate Megamind's lair, reconsider apprehending him, go to the library and read dozens of self-help books, pick up some fries and a drink at a restaurant, and relax in the park before deciding to fake his death. All in the space of an instant. If you watch closely, you can even see his image dim for a frame.
Too Soon: Bernard is insulted by Megamind's "costume" in part because he just killed Metro Man. It's kind of in bad taste considering he's running around in a tribute to Metro Man, calling it "tasteless".
Trailers Always Lie: The trailers made Megamind out to be a lot zanier with a lot less angst and totally dumps the romance factor. It forgets that Megamind spends a good chunk of the film as Bernard. As well as this, it makes Metro Man out to be more of a glory-hound jerk than he really is - and a lot more important too. While Metro Man IS important, it's his absence that drives the plot, not his presence.
What Could Have Been: The trailer that seems to indicate Metro Man merely retiring, and Megamind going straight from villain to savior of the city (without any intervening angst), lays out an equally interesting scenario. You could take about half of the existing movie, reframe it and build it up from that basis, and have a pretty neat story.
Trailers Always Spoil: Probably had one of the worst offending example of the Trope, in which it revealed that Metro Man was not dead and had simply given up superheroing. The entire film revolved around the fact that Megamind was trying to cope with having killed Metro Man.
Trial Balloon Question: Subverted by Roxanne. She would not mind if he was an alien species... but it is actions that determine a person.
Megamind: Well, that seems kind of petty.
Troperiffic: The whole point of the movie is to double subvert as many superhero genre conventions as possible. And many of the double subversions are also inversions.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: Basically, Titan's rampage is the movie version of this as he uses his powers (especially the laser vision) to act out the fantasies of a thousand children playing free-roaming super-hero games.
Villainous Crush: Implied at the beginning, where some of Megamind's behavior towards a kidnapped Roxanne comes off as downright flirtatious. Later, it's a central part of the story, but he's less villainous at that point.
Visible Invisibility: Megamind's car is said to be invisible, but the audience can see the outlines of it.
Actually, severely averted - you can't see the outlines of it but the sun's glare reflecting off it. And characters can see this too, it's even turned into a point when the car, which Megamind had lost, is found again during a critical point in the final battle when Roxanne sees the glare - Megamind's most important plot-related weapon was still in the car.
When Roxanne says Megamind "should look back too", he manages to spot it. Either he's reminded that it's there, or the refraction is just enough to see when you know what to look for.
The "Art of" book includes some of the things that never made it to the final cut, including a supervillain group, a giant lava monster, and concepts for Minion where his gorilla body was made from a real gorilla.
The film was originally scripted as a live-action, R-rated, adult comedy. Megamind would have been called Master Mind, and Metro Man: Uberman, and Minion replaced three clones of famous historical figures. The studio did nothing with it, so it was brought over to Dreamworks Animation as a children's film instead.
Played with in-universe during Megamind's flashback. His pod is initially on course for a palatial mansion, but is knocked aside by Metro Man's, sending him to a rather different destination.
What Have I Done: Megamind damns himself for creating Titan, who turns out to be a unstoppable engine of wanton destruction.
What the Hell, Hero?: Megamind to Titan, twice in the same scene. First, upset that Titan did not bother to show up to save the city from him, then when he sees Titan decided to rob banks - and a bicycle.
Megamind and Roxanne Ritchi's response to Metro Man faking his death to pursue a career as a musician, turning his back on the Titan situation.
Roxanne:... and you gave control of the city to him!(indicates Megamind)(beat) No offense. Megamind:No, no, I'm with you.
He might not count as a hero yet, but this is Roxanne's reaction to Megamind when she finds out that he gave Hal super powers.
Xanatos Gambit: Megamind's entire campaign against Metro Man. He explicitly says in the comic prequel that he considers every lost battle as simply an opportunity to study his potential weaknesses. He explicitly states when fighting Titan that every defeat is an opportunity to learn and do better next time.