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* MadScientist: Megamind. Death rays, dehydration gun, robot army, need we say more?
* MadScientistLaboratory: Megamind's lair fits the bill. Apparently much of the background "window dressing" (like the Tesla coils and blinky dials) come from a outlet shop in Romania which caters to super villain needs.
* MagicSkirt: Roxanne's blue cocktail dress.
%%* {{Malaproper}}: Megamind. - Zero Context Example
* {{Manchild}}: Hal. Then he gets superpowers with no apparent weakness and, because absolute power corrupts absolutely, he becomes a PsychopathicManchild.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Roxanne and Megamind. Megamind is quite flamboyant, while Roxanne seems to have a more domineering personality.
* MasterOfDisguise: 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.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: 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...
* MeaningfulName: Roxanne's not the first Roxanne to be [[Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac wooed by an ugly genius posing as someone else]].
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Multiple occasions.
** Roxanne is guilty of this at the museum opening:
-->[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?
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: 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.
* AMinorKidroduction: Megamind narrates about his early childhood, which included scenes of him, Metro Man, and Minion as babies and children.
* MobileSuitHuman: Megamind's sidekick is a fish-like alien creature in a large robot mecha-suit.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Megamind's parents (and Metro Man's parents) sent their children off in escape pods to escape their planets being pulled into a black hole.
* MorphicResonance: Used subtly whenever somebody uses the disguise watch, the eye-color remains the same.
* MotionCaptureMecha: Megamind has one.
* MyBrainIsBig: Megamind fits the stereotypical representation of a super intelligent alien genius complete with blue skin and a huge, hairless cranium to hold his over-sized brain.
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: As Roxanne has been unimpressed with the predictable nature of Megamind's deathtraps, he takes advantage of the spider's appearance to claim it's also part of his plans and christens it ''[[CanisLatinicus Arachnis deathicus]]''!
* NearVillainVictory: Titan has seen through Megamind's masquerade as "Metro Man" and thrown him high into the air to fall to his death. Roxanne tries to flee but ends up pinned down in a fountain with nowhere to run. Titan's eyes are starting to glow with his heat-vision to ends things once and for all... But, suddenly the dehydration gun lands in the fountain followed by a dehydrated cube. [[BigDamnHeroes Megamind emerges triumphantly to catch the infuser gun which drops into his hands]] and proceeds to de-infuse Titan robbing him of his powers and gaining the victory.
* NecessarilyEvil: Megamind decides to become a villain after he understands that the position of TheCape has been filled by Metro Man, who needs a {{foil}}.
* NerdsAreSexy: [[{{Megane}} Bernard]] and Megamind.
* NeverSayDie: Downplayed - the words "die" and "death" are mentioned multiple times in the film. The word "kill", however, is never said in a serious context, and the word "destroy" is always used to describe Megamind killing Metro Man.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** From the second trailer, this looks like a comedic "wimpy villain vs JerkAss 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 CharacterDevelopment.
** At least one theater poster depicted Megamind, Metro Man, Minion and Titan flying together, implying that they'd all team up and fight side-by-side.
** Another trailer suggests that Metro Man, upon retiring, immediately passes on his hero mantle to Megamind. While this does happen towards the end, the trailer makes it out to be that the whole movie centers around Megamind trying to take Metro Man's place as the city hero.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Metro Man's combination of SmugSuper and JerkJock behavior as a kid were directly responsible for Megamind's StartOfDarkness. Then when he secretly retired from the superhero game it inspires the bored Megamind to create Titan, who [[GoneHorriblyWrong Goes Horribly Wrong]]. Roxanne [[WhatTheHellHero has some pretty choice words]] (and objects to smash over him) about Metro Man's decision.
** If Roxanne hadn't found Megamind's lair and didn't insist on taking the infuser gun as her "weapon" (without even knowing what it does), Hal wouldn't have gained superpowers and became evil.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Played with. With Metro Man destroyed, Megamind finds himself without purpose and sets about to create a hero he can do battle with. But his creation turns out to be even [[EvilerThanThou more evil than him]], and doesn't have the same [[ThouShaltNotKill moral standards]] his previous rival had.
* NightmareFuel (InUniverse): During Titan's TrainingMontage, Titan brutally lays into a mannequin of Megamind, melting its face with his laser vision as [=MegaMind=] (disguised as Space Dad) watches in horror.
* NobleDemon: Megamind himself. Defeating Metro Man and taking over Metro City is one thing, but ''actual'' mayhem or oppression? That wouldn't be sporting.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Megamind's "Space Dad" impression is a parody of Creator/MarlonBrando as Jor-El. As per RuleOfFunny, he speaks with [[Film/TheGodfather Don Corleone's]] speech mannerisms.
-->'''Megamind:''' ''(as Space Dad)'' You've been blessed with unfathmbable power.\\
'''Titan:''' What kind of power?\\
'''Megamind:''' Unfavmable. It's unf... it's without fathom.
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: Megamind. The guy can't focus or be happy, unless he works against impossible odds and insurmountable obstacles. Defeating Metro Man was everything he wanted.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Titan proves that all those years, Metro Man was holding back. Had Metro been a murderous AntiHero, Mega would have been dead since day one.
* NoInfantileAmnesia: Megamind still remembers (most) of the last thing his parents said to him...when he was eight days old. Of course, he ''is'' an alien...
* NoMeansYes: Hal, after Roxanne refuses his offer to come to his just-her-and-him party.
-->'''Hal''': That's a soft yes on Thursday.
* NoNameGiven: Metro Man and Megamind.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] and {{Lampshaded}}, like so much else in the movie. Megamind does not actually think Metro Man is dead, but wait, [[SubvertedTrope he is]]! Until it turns out [[DoubleSubversion he is not]].
-->'''Minion''': I don't think even he could survive that.
-->'''Megamind''': Let's not get our hopes up.
* NoSell: Metro Man, 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 just gets a little messed up.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Hal's doomed-to-fail invitation to his party, [[note]] complete with wedding photographer[[/note]] is made worse by him moving back into Roxanne's line of sight when she tries to move away.
* NoodleImplement: Megamind tries to bluff Roxanne by using one of these in a fake struggle between himself and Bernard:
-->'''Roxanne''': Megamind! What have you done with Bernard?
-->'''Megamind''': Bernard? Oh, yes, I'm doing horrible things to that man. I don't want to get into it, but lasers, spikes --
-->'''Megamind''' [imitating Bernard]: Oh, please, no! Not the lasers and the spikes!
-->'''Megamind''': You know the drill.
-->'''Megamind''' [imitating Bernard]: Oh no! Not the drill!
* NotAGame: Megamind and Metro Man's battles had their rules and were more like a game than a true fight. When Megamind comes to chew out Titan for not coming to fight as they had planned, he finds Titan has been playing a video game instead. As Megamind proceeds to provoke Titan into fighting him, GAME OVER is displayed on the TV. Megamind then hits Titan's BerserkButton leading him to finally attack Megamind but it quickly becomes apparent that Titan is not playing by any rules and means to win without holding back.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Roxanne and Metro Man were never actually involved, despite what Megamind and most of Metro City seems to believe. Roxanne explicitly says that despite appreciating the guy, Metro Man was "not my type."
* NotInTheFace: Titan says this to Megamind disguised as Metro Man.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Apparently, Roxanne can survive being thrown over a building, falling to nearly street level and then being caught by the wrist or ankle.
* NothingIsScarier: Megamind humorously tries to invoke this when Roxanne asks him what he intends to do with the city now that he's defeated Metro Man, especially since [[AndThenWhat he doesn't have an answer]].
-->'''Megamind:''' Imagine the most horrible, terrifying, EVIL thing you can possibly think of... and multiply it by SIX! In the mean time, I want you to carry on...
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* ObliviousToHints: 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).
* OffModel: Almost every piece of promotional art, including the DVD cover art, is missing Megamind's goatee.
* OhCrap: As a comedy about a supervillain, the movie is rife with these expressions. Some of the more notable are:
** Megamind, when Titan tells him he plans to ''kill him'' and Megamind realizes that he is serious.
** 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:''' ''[OhCrap face]'' ... Oh-kay. [[TemptingFate 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 defeat him. It turns out to be Megamind using his holographic disguise watch. Titan returns the favor when he [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay manages to see through the deception]].
* OneDimensionalThinking: 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 in that the bike is damaged and Megamind has no control over it.
* OnlySaneMan: Minion and Roxanne.
* OurHeroIsDead: Metro Man is killed, leaving Megamind without a {{foil}}. Subverted in that he was not really killed, he just wanted to retire.
* OutrunTheFireball:
** When Roxanne and 'Bernard' were escaping from Megamind's lair and used dynamite to destroy the brain-bots.
** Megamind has to outfly the fireball caused by a tanker exploding.
* OwMyBodyPart: "Ow! My giant blue head!"
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* PacManFever: Titan is playing a game like this when Megamind comes to get him when he's late for their duel: it resembles some kind of a confusing hybrid of VideoGame/GeometryWars and VideoGame/{{Tetris}}.
* PaperThinDisguise: In one scene, Megamind completely alters his appearance (and size) with a hologram... while Minion simply throws on a curly blonde wig and pink apron.
--->'''Megamind:''' You look fantastic.
* PeekABooCorpse: Metro Man. But it turns out it was fake.
* PickedLast: Megamind was always picked last in school during the brief time that he tried to fit in as a normal kid. He was even picked after [[ExaggeratedTrope the cross-eyed girl with the broken leg]].
* PimpedOutCape: Naturally, from Megamind's blue-lined black cape with the [[SpikesOfVillainy spiked]] shoulders and [[HighCollarOfDoom bat-wing collar]], to one of Metro Man's old capes with a [[PrettyInMink fur collar]] (that Megamind can't resist putting on when he finds it), all [[UpToEleven topped off]] by the Black Mamba.
* PimpedOutCar: After a fight with Megamind, we see Minion ride away on a pimped out Segway. The motorcyle that can fly and the car that can turn invisible might be considered "pimped out" as well.
* PlatonicDeclarationOfLove: Played with. When Hal is nervously flirting with Roxanne before she gets kidnapped, he tries to pass off his statement of "I love you" as not being ''in'' love with her, but it's clear to everyone that he is.
* PleaseWakeUp: Subverted with Minion. Megamind is not fooled.
-->'''Megamind:''' What a drama queen!
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Metro Man.
* PoliceAreUseless: After Megamind destroys Metro Man, it becomes apparent how much the city relied on his protection to the point where they are unable to stand up for themselves. As Megamind approaches City Hall, the police are there en masse but clearly terrified at having to confront the villain directly. So much so that when Megamind cheerfully tells them to "Drop 'em!", they all all comply without a fight. In all of Metro City, Roxanne is the only person who puts forth the effort to try and stop him.
* PoliticiansKissBabies: In Metro Man's first appearance. He juggles some babies, then kisses one of them in front of a huge crowd (who already loves him).
* PowerPerversionPotential: At one point Titan uses his X-Ray vision to look into Roxanne's apartment. PeepingTom, much?
* PrisonersWork: The title character eventually lands in a prison and is set to work making license plates.
* ProjectedMan: One of Megamind's acts. Specifically, using the brainbots to form a huge version of his head. This is reprised in the followup short "Button of Doom".
* ProtagonistTitle: Played with. Although he's initially the villain, it's Megamind's story of how his HeelFaceTurn came to be.
* PsychopathicManchild: Titan. Initially he is simply a {{Manchild}}, self-absorbed and without much ambition. Then he gets superpowers with no apparent weakness and, because absolute power corrupts absolutely, he becomes this.
* PunchClockHero: The entire plot is kicked off because Metro Man has become this. After admitting to himself that he no longer enjoys being a superhero, he uses Megamind's latest evil scheme to fake his own death so he can retire from being the defender of Metro City.
* PunchClockVillain: Megamind is more a villain because that's what he feels he is expected to be and that's what he's good at. His "battles" with Metro Man are more like two acquaintances playing their roles than a life-or-death fight between a hero and his arch-nemesis.
* PuppyDogEyes:
** Megamind gets heartbreaking puppy-dog eyes when Roxanne dumps him. Alone. In the rain.
** Minion, after he revives in the fountain which is even {{lampshaded}} by Megamind.
* PursueTheDreamJob: Metro Man gets tired of being a super hero and doing what everyone expects him to do, so he retires and plans to go into making music under the name Music Man. It turns out he's not very good at it.
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* RageAgainstTheMentor: When Megamind reveals to Titan that, among other things, that he is "Space Dad", his mentor, it causes Titan to fly into a rage. One of the things he's quite upset with is that Megamind also deceived "Space Mom".
* RaisedByOrcs: 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.
* RealityEnsues:
** Megamind tells him a woman he saves would be his, but when Hal finds out that women don't work that way, he does not take it well. Also, being the self-absorbed person he is, just because he's given superpowers doesn't mean he'll use his powers for altruistic reasons. After Roxanne's rejection of Hal, Megamind learned it the hard way.
** After finding out Megamind is Bernard, Roxanne quickly dumps him because he has been lying to her and she feels that he is simply playing with her. She can't believe Megamind has developed genuine feelings for her.
** Megamind's instinctual reaction to pull out guns despite the Metro City citizens coming in to ''thank'' him isn't that weird. He spent most of his life being terrified by them, so it would make sense he be on edge. Roxanne even points this out.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: 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.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Ultimately, the Warden. When Minion breaks out Megamind, he simply wishes them luck in their coming battle.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Whenever Titan is about to use his eye-beams especially when he's really angry.
* ReplacementGoldfish: When Megamind succeeds at destroying Metro Man, he realizes the void that's now present in his life. So he decides to make a new hero, Titan, to give his life purpose again. Unfortunately it didn't turn out like he hoped, because Titan is horribly selfish and immature.
* RescueRomance: Roxanne gets hit with zig-zagging flavors of this.
** Metro Man is always saving Roxanne, but they never had any romantic relationship at all; he was just "not her type".
** Megamind is always kidnapping her and trying to impress her, but dates her the old-fashioned way, the two fall in love, and ''then'' he ends up saving her at the end.
** Titan tries this at Megamind's suggestion, but he's too clueless to realize that dropping Roxanne to her near-death (repeatedly) does not count as a "rescue".
* TheResenter: Megamind, to varying degrees. This was his reason [[ThenLetMeBeEvil for turning evil]] in the first place... but it was also played with in his romance with Roxanne.
-->'''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!
* ResetButton: {{Discussed}} when Megamind admits he looked into it, but the science was impossible.
%%* RewatchBonus: After {{the reveal}} that Metro Man was burned out from hero life during the whole museum opening and Hal is a PsychopathicManchild who only wanted to use his powers for his own gain--first to woo Roxanne, then to become an evil overlord, it's interesting to watche the film from the start, to see the little hints and {{foreshadowing}}.
* RightHandCat: 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 pulls one of the Brain-bots in his lap so he can pet it and use it as a plasma globe.
* TheRival: Megamind has viewed Metro Man as this since they were young boys.
* RottenRockAndRoll: Megamind underscores his appearances with heavy metal songs like "Highway to Hell" by Music/{{ACDC}}, "Crazy Train" by Music/OzzyOsbourne and "Welcome to the Jungle" by Music/GunsNRoses.
* RousseauWasRight: While it's certainly played straight with Megamind, it's subverted with Titan as he reveals that he is an unrepentant {{Jerkass}} and even throws it back in Roxanne's face when she tries to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] the trope.
* RuleOfFunny: 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.
* RuleOfSymbolism:
** Since Metro Man is largely based on Superman, he shares many of his Christ symbolism.
** Roxanne starts dressed in red, then mourns in black, switches to purple (red + blue) 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. However, 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), [[RefusalOfTheCall 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. He's Bernard when he's exploring the world of normal people, with the prejudice stripped away for a while. 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.
* RunningGag:
** All Megamind's strongest weapons need time to warm up.
** Code: this is getting silly.
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* SamaritanSyndrome: Metro Man decides to retire because he's grown weary of the constant responsibility of being the defender the city.
* SceneryGorn: There is some very nice detailing in several of the scenes of mass destruction.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: 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.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Megamind. {{Lampshaded}} by Roxy. ("Yeah, like that.")
* ScrewDestiny: 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.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: 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.
* SeenItAll: Roxanne Ritchi When it comes to Megamind's dastardly plots and deathtraps.
* SharkPool: Megamind has an alligator pool.
-->'''Megamind''': Predictable? ''Predictable''? Oh, you call ''this'' predictable?
-->'''Roxanne''': Your alligators, yes! Yeah, I was thinking about it on the way over.
* ShootingSuperman: 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.
* ShoutOut: Several shout outs to the [[Film/{{Superman}} 1978 Superman film]] which for obvious reasons, will not be listed here.
** Megamind's "Space Dad" disguise is meant to look like Creator/MarlonBrando as Jor-El while notably using the speech mannerisms of [[Film/TheGodfather another famous Marlon Brando character]].
** Megamind asks if Metro Man had a "solitary fortress" (a reference to Franchise/{{Superman}}'s Fortress of Solitude).
** 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 SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from the 1989 [[Film/{{Batman}} Batman movie]].
** Megamind views himself as the [[Film/TheKarateKid Mr. Miyagi]] to his intended new superhero. This doubles as a DevelopmentGag because an early draft of the script actually called for protagonist [[WhatCouldHaveBeen 'Master Mind']] to actually disguise himself as ''the'' Mr Miyagi after seeing a poster of Film/TheKarateKid in Hal's apartment.
** Megamind trains Titan with a classic ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' level, with Minion as Donkey Kong.
** After Megamind "kills" Metro Man and takes over the city, posters meant to parody [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Barack Obama's]] "Hope" posters, only with Megamind's face with the phrase "No You Can't" printed below it.
** Hal Stewart's name is a nod to [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan and John Stewart.]]
** Megamind's office after he takes over the city is a collection of notable items such as [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk the Ark of the Covenant]], an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and (according to the DVD commentary) Film/TheMalteseFalcon.
** Megamind gets a spider on him and gets walloped in the attempt to get it off, paralleling a scene from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''. And Creator/BenStiller cameos in this movie!
** Minion's furry gorilla suit with a fishtank helmet is likely a reference to ''Film/RobotMonster''.
** In the "Reign of Megamind" interactive comic, one of the weapons he plans on using is an [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Energon Drill.]]
** Megamind gives the [[Series/RedDwarf official Space Corps salute]] to the gate guard as he walks out of prison.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: The HannibalLecture delivered by Titan at the end:
-->'''Titan:''' You're so naive, Roxy. You see the good in everybody even when it's not there. You're living in a fantasy! There is no Easter Bunny, there is no Tooth Fairy, [[MurderArsonAndJaywalking and there is no Queen of England]]! [[ThisIsReality This is the real world, and you need to wake up!]]
* SlasherSmile: 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.
* SmallNameBigEgo: {{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.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: The real Bernard only appears in one scene for a few minutes but it allows Megamind to steal his identity and enables him to build a relationship with Roxanne.
* SmugSuper: Metro Man begins this way as a child, with the winking and smirking and intentionally showing up young Megamind, and his public persona as a grown-up superhero still comes off as a bit smug and self-satisfied. It's all an act, however, and deep down he's become a genuinely nice guy who's lost purpose and focus in his life and is burned out by the demands of being a superhero. He's even proud that Megamind took over for him.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The film has a single Brainbot with a pink frill and lipstick. The DVD commentary states that she was an InvokedTrope, and considered "the Smurfette of the Brainbots". There is also Roxanne Ritchie.
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: No-one seems to be alarmed by the fact that an alien child is growing up in a prison.
* SoftWater: Played with. During the finale, Megamind is falling to his death and knows that the shallow water in the fountain will not break his fall. However, he dehydrates himself into a cube, which ''does'' let him survive the fall, and rehydrates him upon contact with the water.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Titan realizes that Metro Man is actually a disguised Megamind when "Metro Man" says "Metrocity" instead of "Metro City".
* SoProudOfYou:
** 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.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Megamind uses spikes everywhere. On his costume, in his lair, on his car, on his Segway. Even his new nameplate "Megamind Evil Overlord" has spikes running along the top.
* StalkerWithACrush: Hal, Roxie's camera-man. Her rejection of him as Titan begins his StartOfDarkness. It is a bad sign that one of the first things Hal uses his new superpowers for is ''peeping'' into Roxanne's apartment.
* StealthPun:
** During the "I'm Bad" finale, Minion while in the giant mecha is doing... The Robot.
** "The die had been cast" in Megamind's opening monologue, explaining his fate and first intentional act of evil... dyeing his classmates blue.
* StepfordSmiler: Metro Man is revealed to be a "depressed" type smiler.
* StringTheory: 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 CreativeClosingCredits.
* StrippedToTheBone: Metro Man after Megamind's death ray hits the observatory. Supposedly.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: Both Metro Man and Megamind have several.
* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: Implied. Metro Man and Megamind are called the "World's Greatest" hero and villain respectively suggesting there are others in this universe. However, if any other villains took advantage of Metro Man's absence, or any other heroes tried to pick up his slack, it happened off-screen.
* SuperpoweredDate: Hal as Titan attempts to take Roxanne on one, but comes on too strong and his antics put her off.
* SuperSpeed and SuperStrength: Metro Man (and therefore, Titan).
* SwivelChairAntics: One of Megamind's favourite hobbies.
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* TakeOverTheCity: Megamind's nominal, outwardly stated goal is to rule Metro City, which apparently translates to something like "have the run of the place", with what turns out to be genuinely vague ideas about remaking it in his image or creating an army of slaves or what. Tighten suggests something similar, but ''without'' Megamind's relative restraint, he ends up on his way to destroying "Tightenville". The movie does keep coming back to what this means for the citizens living there.
* TakeThat: After Megamind kills Metro Man he puts up posters in front of town hall that say "No you can't" with him posing like UsefulNotes/BarackObama in his political "Yes we can" ads. Technically the posters were inspired by the HOPE posters, but you get the idea.
* TakeUpMySword: Implied by Metro Man at the end.
* TakingTheBullet: Metro Man does this with a dodgeball for the teacher in Megamind's flashbacks.
* TantrumThrowing: Roxie hurling things at Metro Man; since he's MadeOfDiamond he doesn't even blink as the stuff she throws keeps shattering against his face.
* TeamRocketWins: The entire premise of the movie is Megamind, the inept villain, finally winning.
* TemptingFate: Roxie calling Bernard!Megamind "the only normal man in her life".
* ThatManIsDead: Hal screams at Roxie that there is no Hal anymore, just Titan.
* ThatPoorCat:
** 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.
** At the end of The Button of Doom, Minion tosses a remote to the side. A brainbot's "bowg" is heard offscreen.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: 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. This is even [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Megamind during his childhood narrative:
-->'''Megamind''': The bad boy... Was this my destiny? Wait, maybe it was! Being bad is the one thing I'm good at! Then it hit me: If I was the bad boy, ''then I was going to be the baddest boy of them all!''
* ThereWasADoor:
** Titan to Megamind after the latter crashes through his wall. Though to be fair, there also was already a gaping hole in the wall; he just made it slightly bigger. And Titan himself [[HypocriticalHumor was originally responsible for said hole]].
** Played with in the scene where Megamind enters through the door... by blowing it up... and then Minion installs a new door.
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* ThouShaltNotKill: 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.
* TimeStandsStill: 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, [[RewatchBonus you can even see his image dim for a frame]].
* TooSoon: Invoked. 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."
* TookALevelInBadass: Megamind in the final act.
** Hal. As Hal, he is, well, Jonah Hill. As Titan, he is a muscular stud.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Titan.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers made ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' out to be a lot zanier with a lot less angst and totally dumps the romance factor. It forgets that WesternAnimation/{{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.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: 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 superheroics. The entire film revolved around the fact that Megamind was trying to cope with having killed Metro Man. This was most likely done to reassure parents and kids that Metro Man was not really going die so that they would actually go see it.
* TrialBalloonQuestion: 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 subvert, invert and otherwise play with as many superhero genre conventions as possible.
* TryNotToDie: Megamind's strategy for defeating Titan.
-->'''Roxanne:''' What's the plan?\\
'''Megamind:''' It mostly involves not dying.\\
'''Roxanne:''' That's a good plan. I like that plan.
** Inverted earlier when Megamind gets out of prison to face Titan.
-->'''Warden:''' ''(tied up)'' Good luck!\\
'''Megamind:''' ''(happily giggling)'' We're gonna die!\\
'''Minion:''' ''(laughs, then...)'' [[BigWhat Wait, what?!]]
* TwoPersonLoveTriangle: Roxanne falls in love with "Bernard", [[LovesMyAlterEgo Megamind's alterego]].
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* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Megamind, disguised as Bernard, spends some time on the elevator with Roxanne as the Metro Man Museum is about to blow up.
* TheUnfavorite: Even though Megamind and Metro Man are unrelated and both come from different worlds, Megamind's rivalry with Metro Man starts even when they're both heading towards Earth:
-->'''Megamind''': I set out to find my destiny. Turns out a kid from the Glaupunkt quadrant had the exact same idea. [Metro Man's baby shuttle bumps into Megamind, causing Megamind's craft to ricochet off the asteroids]
-->'''Megamind''': That was the day I met Mr. Goody Two Shoes... [Baby Metro Man gives Megamind a raspberry]
-->'''Megamind''': And our glorious rivalry was born! Could this be what I was destined for? A dream life filled with luxury? [Metro Man's baby shuttle bumps Megamind away from the mansion]
-->'''Megamind''': Apparently not! [[LampshadeHanging Even fate picks its favorites.]] No big deal, a much different fate awaited me. [Megamind's baby shuttle lands in the yard of Metro City Prison for the Criminally Gifted]
* TheUnfettered: Titan. Which makes him much more dangerous than Metro Man.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Roxanne, who changes outfits for each new day and occasion.
* UnusualEuphemism: Metro Man says "Dag. Crab Nuggets" and "Fackled Fish Cracker" while trapped in the copper-lined observatory.
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* VictoryIsBoring: What Megamind feels after killing Metro Man, and these feelings of boredom are what kickstarts the rest of the movie's plot.
* VillainousBSOD: Megamind after Roxanne dumps him.
* VillainousCrush: 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. Confirmed by [[WordOfGod the filmmakers' commentary]].
* VillainProtagonist: A deconstructive parody of such.
* VisibleInvisibility: 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.
* VirtueIsWeakness: Hal scoffs at Roxanne's attempts to reason with him by saying that there's good in everyone.
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* WeCanRuleTogether: Titan tells Megamind that with [[BrainsAndBrawn his power and Megamind's "big-headed-ness"]] they could rule the world. Megamind refuses.
* WeHaveForgottenThePhlebotinum: Megamind left the {{depower}} gun in his invisible car. Which he then lost. Because it is invisible.
* WeWillNotUseStageMakeUpInTheFuture: Megamind's shapeshifter wristwatch allows him to shapeshift into other people using the power of hard light holograms.
* WeaksauceWeakness:
-->'''Metro Man:''' Copper... drains... my powers!\\
'''Megamind:''' Your weakness is copper? ''[[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe You're kidding, right]]''?
** SubvertedTrope. Metro Man isn't vulnerable to copper, he just pretends he is.
* WeatherControlMachine: Megamind has one he uses to make dramatic entrances.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Megamind's stunning green eyes.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: {{Subverted}} with Bernard, whose fate was left unresolved by the end of the movie, but is revealed in the CreditsGag.
* WhatHaveIDone: Megamind damns himself for creating Titan, who turns out to be a unstoppable engine of wanton destruction.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Megamind to Titan, twice in the same scene. First, upset Titan did not bother to show up to save the city from Megamind, then when he sees Titan decided to rob banks - and a bicycle.
** Megamind and Roxanne'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.
** Although still technically the villain at this point, but this is Roxanne's reaction to Megamind when she finds out that he gave Hal super powers.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Apparently, there are supervillain outlet stores in Romania.
* WhoDares: ''Who Dares Challenge Megamind?''
* WideEyedIdealist: According to Titan, Roxie believes that there is at least some good in everyone, [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in spite of her generally sarcastic attitude]]. Possibly justified, in that she's used to seeing Megamind's brand of villainy, which isn't all that harmful.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Megamind himself ''claims'' to be this. But he's actually quite lacking in the ''woobie'' part and even more so in the ''destroyer of worlds'' part.
* WorthyOpponent: Metro Man and Megamind view each other this way.
* WrongGenreSavvy: A socially-awkward kid with an unattainable crush gains superpowers. Unfortunately, Hal Stewart must have seen the movie ''Film/SpiderMan1'' one too many times and does not realize [[RealityEnsues what is really going to happen]] until Roxie spells it out for him.
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* XanatosGambit: 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.
* XanatosSpeedChess: While falling to his death, Megamind is able to work out a new strategy for overcoming Titan.
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[[folder:Y]]
* {{Yandere}}: Titan to Roxanne.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Roxanne gives one to Megamind. It gets him back in the fight:
-->Megamind, I don't know if you're even listening, but if you are, you can't give up! The Megamind I knew would never have run from a fight, even one he knew he had absolutely no chance of winning. It was your best quality. You need to be that guy right now! The city needs you. I need you.
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: Megamind is outraged when he learns that Titan uses his superpowers to commit petty crimes and [[HypocriticalHumor promptly calls him out on it]].
* YouFightLikeACow: Megamind tries to encourage Titan to engage in this, but he only charges forward while shouting "aaaaaaaaggghhh!"
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: As Megamind flees the Metro Man museum, which he is trying to blow up, he runs into Bernard, who starts deriding him for his "tasteless costume" complete with "cheap replica of his dehydration gun".
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