Trivia: Mystery Men

  • Actor Allusion: Possibly unintentional. Janeane Garofalo's father's name is actually Carmine.
    • Eddie Izzard's character makes a reference to "the god of haircare". In his Stand-Up Comedy routine, he mentions that the Romans previously had crappy gods, like Simon, the God of Hairdos.
    • Captain Amazing's agent objects to Amazing's recent activities, complaining, "I'm not a magician!" The actor, Ricky Jay, is in fact a famous card magician.
    • And depending on your interpretation, there could be something significant about Michael Bay being cast as the leader of the Fratboys gang ("Can we bring the brewskies?")
  • All-Star Cast: Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Greg Kinnear, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Reubens, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, Kel Mitchell, Eddie Izzard, Tom Waits... maybe this is why the title of the song Smash Mouth made accompanying the film is "All Star".
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "All Star" by Smash Mouth was one of the most popular songs of 1999 and appeared on the Mystery Men film and soundtrack months before the release of their album Astro Lounge. Its high-concept video features all the main cast members of Mystery Men...who were then later cut out after the song far eclipsed the movie in popularity. "All Star"'s subsequent appearance in dozens of movies in the next few years only muddied the waters of its original origin.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Janeane Garofalo wasn't told that Captain Amazing's charred hand would break off when she touched it, which genuinely freaked her out.
  • Fake American: Claire Forlani (Monica) and Eddie Izzard are British.
  • Fake Nationality / Fake Brit: The Blue Raja, but it's part of his schtick.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Pee Wee Herman is The Spleen.
  • Name's the Same: Alton Brown, on an episode of Good Eats devoted to waffles, also portrayed a character called "The Waffler."
  • Throw It In: A workman on the set threw a disposable lighter into a trash can, not realizing it was a prop that would later be set on fire. The lighter exploded during a take in a sudden burst of flame behind Paul Reubens (The Spleen) who improvised the famous "Excuse me" line. This was deemed to be hilarious so they kept it in the movie.
  • Truth in Television: Shovel fighting was taught to most infantry through the end of World War II. The reasoning was that infantry were often responsible for digging their own foxholes, and their enemies were unlikely to honor a call of "Time out!" while they went to fetch their gun or bayonet.