Western Animation: Megas XLR
Chicks dig giant robots.note
Action cartoon Megas XLR
— created by the minds behind MTV's Downtown
— serves up an affectionate spoof
of "guy culture", science fiction, anime
, and pretty much anything considered "cool" in The Eighties
. If you consider Neon Genesis Evangelion
of the Humongous Mecha
genre, then consider Megas XLR
the Demolition (and, possibly, the American precursor to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
remains one of the few mecha shows to get unanimous praise from 4chan's /a/
, and /m/
In the distant future, mankind finds itself losing a war against a race of aliens known as the Glorft. Only one hope remains: a stolen Glorft battle robot prototype, converted into the Mecha Earth Guard Attack System (MEGAS). Humanity knows it can't stop the Glorft now
, so it decides to send MEGAS into the past to turn the tide of the war — but a mistake accidentally sends the mecha too far
into the past. MEGAS sits in a junkyard in Jersey City for seventy years — until a large, jovial gearhead and video game fanatic by the name of Coop unearths it.
Coop repairs the robot, but he also makes a few modifications — such as replacing the mecha's absent, destroyed head with a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda
. He dubs it XLR — "Xtra
Large Robot" — but as he shows it off to his friend Jamie, who should show up but soldier, mechanical expert
, and all-around Action Girl
Kiva Andru, who's traveled from the future to reclaim the robot she
modified in the first place. Coop's modifications, however, have made him the only person who can pilot MEGAS — and that sucks for Kiva, because a band of Glorft troopers, led by the tyrannical Warmaster Gorrath, followed her through time to take MEGAS back for themselves. Coop, Kiva, and — to a lesser extent — Jamie find themselves thrust into battle the Glorft, along with countless other threats to the Earth; too bad they usually do just as much damage to the Earth as the threats themselves.
The show, originally entitled Lowbrow, began life as a pilot episode that was shown in Cartoon Network
's 2002 Summer Contest to determine a new Cartoon Cartoon
, where it ended up the most popular one. The pilot episode was also shown during Toonami's Giant Robot Week, and the show itself premiered on Toonami
. It has yet to see a DVD release, but at least you can still find it on iTunes and Xbox Live
.Rumours circulated for a while about a possible game/crossover headed by Valve. ◊
Unfortunately, Megas XLR suffered the fate of being written off by Cartoon Network, meaning that it can no longer be aired legally on Cartoon Network, [adult swim]
, or any of their affiliates (you could essentially say that it was Screwed by the Network
on a technical level) and depriving many fans of a much-desired return on the revived Toonami block. Fortunately, George Krstic, Chris Prynoski
, and the Toonami crew are working to bring it back.
Much of Megas' production team went on to create the Disney XD
, which features very similar spoofing
of '80s culture and aesthetics.
Do not confuse this show with The Megas
Megas XLR serves as the Trope Namer for the following tropes:
- Conveniently Empty Building
- It also provides the image for that page.
- One episode had the Glorfft commander crash into the gunpowder, shrapnel, and ball bearing factory. Everyone survived.
Megas XLR contains examples of the following tropes:
- Acrofatic: Hilariously subverted with Coop. He can move when the time calls for it but his rather large gut makes it hard.
- A notable example would be in one episode when Coop tried jumping into the window of Megas and got stuck.
- Another would be when he launched himself off of the stage at a rock concert; no one caught him.
- Averted in DMV where he needed to run to the Impound Lot to get MEGAS while Kiva and the Bounty Hunter fight. He is completely winded and exhausted when he gets to the lot despite the fact that you can still clearly see Kiva and the Bounty Hunter fighting from their location. Another one where he is running away from the Gloft because the CPU is out Coop adds in his Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking speech on how he had to "run half a block".
- Achievements in Ignorance: Coop. He's even proud of it.
Coop: "I don't know NUTHIN'!"
- Also, in the second episode, Jamie managed to find the Planet of the Space Amazons, which, up until then, was thought to only exist in a comic book. Coop also found a food court there.
- In S-Force SOS, this is used twice. First, to explain how Coop was able to punch his way out of the Infiniti-sector, a prison pocket dimension, and how the S-Force were ableto survive a missile barrage launched by Coop accidentally.
- Action Girl: Kiva, who is A) saving the world from Coop and Jamie, B) saving the future from Coop and Jamie, C) saving Coop and Jamie from themselves and D) kicking ass along the way.
- Aliens and Monsters: Many, but mostly the Glorft.
- All of Them: Coop has a button that says, "Missiles", another that says, "More Missiles", and finally one that says, "All The Missiles". Thing is, it doesn't actually launch all of them since we see him use more in the same episode.
- Animesque: Though the art-style is distinctly Western, the genre itself is purely Japanese. It helps that Jamie and Kiva are voiced by famous (to American fans of dubbed anime) actors.
- Animation Bump
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Kids cheer every time a school, museum, or the homework factory is destroyed.
- And everyone cheers (even convicts in a prison) cheer when they see something from POP TV get destroyed.
- And This Is for...: Whatever you messed up during the episode! And this is for whatever I messed up during the episode! And this is for the Rule of Three for Once an Episode summaries!
- Area 51: "Viva Las Megas".
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: All of Coop's regular rants against the bad guy. One time, it was more like "Jaywalking, Littering and Playing Loud Music." Oh, and he did all three of the acts, not the bad guy. Lampshaded by Kiva and Jamie. (See a compilation of all the ones from Season 1 here)
- Inverted in "Terminate Her" wherein Coop actually lists the offenses in order of ascending severity, before elements of the Glorft plan utterly confuse him and he trails off.
- Kiva herself gets in on the action in "Space Booty" when she lays into Captain Warlock.
Kiva: You tried to break up our team, you almost killed Coop and Jamie, and you made me listen to your endless, cheesy, pick-up lines!
- Coop even has one of his hijacked once
Coop: You copied my robot, hit me when I wasn't looking, threatened my town!note
- As Long As It Looks Foreign: The odds table in "Battle Royale" includes not only alien scripts, but also lines in English and jumbles of Greek characters that would be unpronounceable to someone who could read them.
- Ass Shove: During the episode "Bad Guy", when Coop has to bond with the Power Ranger Expy, he, ah... inserts all four limbs rather awkwardly into the, ah, hind portions of the Zorps. Many awkward facial expressions ensue.
- Barehanded Blade Block: What's cooler than a BHBB? A giant robot BHBB.
- Basement-Dweller: Coop.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: The roll-up windows and retractable roof of Coop's car are able to resist the vacuum of space. And it's not like there's anything special about them, either; Coop punched one out barehanded.
- Beam-O-War: In "Dude, Where's My Head?", where Coop wins by turning on the high beam headlights.
- Berserk Button:
- Coop not getting a Mega Slush or any delicious, artery-hardening food. Gorrath actually uses this to torture him at one point.
- Also, don't even think of insulting Megas in front of Coop.
- Or trying to kill Jamie and Coop in front of Kiva.
- Insulting Kiva because she's a girl always gets her airs up or at least makes her stop taking it easy. She even beat Coop in a videogame when he gave her the "girl handicap".
- Jamie will drive off a parking garage to reconnect the car to Megas for Coop, because "No one treats my friend like that-except for me".
- Do NOT try to ruin Jamie's date.
- Basically there's one in every episode, which causes Coop (or someone else if the formula is subverted) to give his angry speech of the day before whupping the bad guy.
- Bi the Way: Captain Jean-Michel Warlock. His hall of past romantic pursuits has portraits of redheaded women AND men, including one very obvious man right at the end of the pan shot that is a very obvious tip-off.
- Big Bad: Warmaster Gorrath.
- Big Dumb Object: Ignoring the obvious joke about Coop himself, the planet-sized menace from "TV Dinner" qualifies.
- Big Eater: Coop actually has three championship crowns from the "Lord of the Large Pants" eating contest.
Coop: Put that down. I'm not finished yet.
Jamie: He doesn't get sick, he just gets less hungry.
- Even after he won, he got mad at the guy trying to take the hot dogs away because he wasn't finished and immediately after leaving he was thinking of getting something else.
- Big "NO!": Coop loves doing these over minor things.
- When the signal cuts out during a wrestling show, he screams this as he quickly jumps out of his seat to check the connection.
- He also belts out another one when he realizes he accidentally backed into (and destroyed) the cheapest all-you-can-eat buffet in Las Vegas.
- "My big glug! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
- Bigger on the Inside: Megas is much bigger on the inside.
- Big Fun: Coop, natch.
- Big Red Button: Which triggers the Forgotten Superweapon of the week. One recurring button involves Coop dramatically smashing his forehead on it to push it.
- Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: A one-shot villain is a gigantic blob of spray cheese caused by filling Megas's fusion power core with that stuff.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Coop natch.
- Brain Freeze: Kiva gets one after trying a Mega Slush for the first time.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In episode "All I wanted was a slushie":
Coop: Nobody. No robot, no alien, no alien-robot does that to me and gets away with it.
- Brick Joke: Occurs very, very often — almost Once an Episode. In the pilot, for example, Coop misfires a missile, which strikes a PoPTV satellite... which crashes on top of the ridiculously huge final robot right on time to save the cast.
- In the episode Breakout, we heard about the Lerps, a Smurfs/Care Bears parody- and we see the game towards the end of the episode, with Grrkek the Planet Killer trapped in it. In the credits of the final episode of the series (Rearview Mirror, Mirror: Part 2), we see a clip from the game again, only for Evil Coop and Evil Kiva, who are trapped between dimensions, to appear in the game.
- Button Mashing: Coop does this a lot when piloting Megas.
- Bystander Syndrome: There are many instances of this.
Jamie: What about my suggestion to go home and ignore it!
- By Wall That Is Holey: In a Flash Back, Coop knocks over a bookshelf that lands right around Jamie.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: It helps when you activate a tachyon beacon The Call can track across time.
- Call Back: The Kaiju-sized space jailer from the end of "D.M.V.: Department of Megas Violations" is seen sipping tea as Coop and gang are uncontrollably warping through different points in the universe in "Coop D'Etat"
- Cameo: Several characters from MTV's Downtown show up throughout the show. Goat is an obvious one. Alex makes an appearance in two separate episodes. The nerd Wedge appears at least once. Serena is in the pilot episode "Lowbrow". The girl Jamie gets a date with by borrowing Coop's car appears to be the same girl Fruity was flirting with on the subway.
- Captain Ersatz: So many characters. See Shout-Out.
- Catgirl: Possibly a foxgirl, in the title sequence, and the "Battle Royale" episode.
- Caught on the Jumbotron: In "Terminate Her", Coop first realizes that Jamie and Kiva are in trouble when Jamie appears on the Jumbotron holding hands with a girl, who happens to be Kiva's ancestor. Though his first concern is that they aren't bringing him nachos.
- Cephalothorax: Magnanimous.
- Caps Lock, Num Lock, Missiles Lock: Inverted: The cockpit of Coop's Humongous Mecha (which also happens to be a car) is littered with absurdly labeled buttons powered by the Rule of Funny that trigger deadly weaponry right next to mundane functions like controlling the convertible top.
- Captain Obvious: Typically the Commander. Lampshaded in the first episode by Warmaster Gorrath.
Warmaster Gorrath: What have they done TO MY ROBOT?!
- Cerebus Syndrome: Of the "Tone doesn't get darker, but the humor does" variety.
- Chainsaw Good:
- The Metal Maiden is a chainsword.
- Also Mag Nanimous' Elvis mech.
- Char Clone: Evil Coop.
- Character as Himself: The end credits list Goat as being voiced by "Himself". Goat is the nickname of Scot Rienecker, a friend of the creators. He indeed plays himself on the show, and was a regular in Downtown before.
- Character Development: After Coop seemingly destroyed the Glorft, Kiva didn't really have a purpose anymore, nor any means of returning to her own time, so she wound up being as much of a lazy, do-nothing slacker as Coop and Jamie. Although she would never admit it.
- Chekhov's Gun: Pretty much every episode ends with some mundane thing Coop did earlier in the episode saving the day.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Parodied. Coop gets captured by the Glorft. Gorath's torture techniques? Eating a Philly Cheese Steak slowly in front of Coop. And smashing Mega Slushes. This would be considered Cool and Unusual Punishment, but since it's Coop... Humorously, it's just as much torture for Gorath, who can barely stomach the Philly Cheese Steak.
- Combat Stilettos: Kiva's boots have high heels, though admittedly rather thick compared to most.
- Combining Mecha:
- Mercilessly abused and mocked with the Gatchaman-style opponents in "Bad Guy". Then horribly spoofed when Megas needs their power against a mutual foe, so it grabs one mecha and literally shoves a foot up its ass until it's on like a boot, does the same for the rest of its limbs, then grabs the leader's eagle-mecha by the neck and slams it onto the back, complete with each S-Force member whimpering at the violation. The result is a humiliating abomination, that surprisingly looks perfect, which the villain approves of. Even more surprising, it actually works, somehow giving Megas access to all the other mechas' weapons. And here you people thought Kamina invented that trick.
- Given Megas was a "power booster" to the S-Force this way it might be a throwback to the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as when the Dragonzord and Titanus the Carrierzord were added, they ALL combined to form one Ultimate Battlezord.
- The Glorft have one in the first episode made up of most of their army.
- Comedic Hero: Even Kiva, with her Deadpan Snarker moments, gets in on this.
- Comically Missing the Point: Coop most of the time.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: But with giant robots and aliens.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Typically Coop. He usually deserves it.
- Cool Car: It's a car mixed with a Humongous Mecha. Coop is entirely aware of this, and Jamie even more so. When Coop enters Megas in a car show, he's actually worried about the competition.
Jamie: Competition? You have a giant robot from the future, with a car for a head.
- Hilariously, he still loses to Kiva who wins the award for being a better engineer and repair jockey.
- Cool Sword: The Metal Maiden.
- Cowardly Sidekick: Jamie.
- Credits Gag: A lot of them involving the villains coming back in some way.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Jax getting in a fist fight with Coop. He can't even hurt Coop through his fat. Coop just hits him over the head with a mechanical fish.
- Cute Monster Girl: The female space yetis after they now cut their hair into Fur Bikini, and a few background... squirrel girls... in the second episode.
- Cutaway Gag: There are few that crop up in the form of Flashbacks and Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering? jokes. Note that this type of joke was being used during Family Guy 's infancy, and it would be a couple years before Cartoon Network considered picking the series' reruns up for its [adult swim] lineup.
- Darker and Edgier: The two part Series Finale, which was the only time the show took itself (semi-)seriously.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Kiva, but her tan gets lighter the longer she's on Earth. Possibly justified given she'd been living in space in the future.
- Dark Reprise: Nearly every song on the soundtrack has a dark reprise. It usually starts off exactly the same as the regular version, but then goes off-key and slows to a stop when it's revealed that whatever the music goes to has been subverted or is missing in some way. Heck, the Audible Gleam sound effect has a dark reprise.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jamie, as well as Kiva on occasion.
- Deconstructive Parody: Breaking down a whole lot of Giant Robot tropes? Check. Funny as heck? Double-check.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Kiva to a degree. At first she shows nothing but open contempt for both Coop, Jamie and 21st Century Earth in general. As time goes on, she learns to tolerate Coop for the good-hearted buffoon he is and is willing to at least try some cultural interaction.
- Department of Redundancy Department: The Regis Mark 5 is unstoppable/invincible/indestructible/undestroyable/(insert synonym here).
- Designated Girl Fight: Kiva versus Darklos in "DMV".
- Destroy The Product Placement: An entirely fictional example. In almost every episode, something owned by Pop TV gets destroyed. Billboards, buildings, satelites, etc. It's all one large Take That over the poor treatment MTV gave the creators during their previous show.
- Destructive Saviour: Coop. Although how much the "saviour" bit applies to him is in question. He even destroys the "Museum of Irreplaceable Art" in one episode.
Coop: NO ONE trashes Jersey City! Uh... except me.
- Detachment Combat: The alien robot from "Viva Las Megas".
- Detonation Moon: Coop blows up part of the moon in "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Coop". And then he has to reassemble it piece by piece at the end of the episode.
- Deus ex Machina:
- For once, actually pulled off well. See Plot-Sensitive Button.
- Subverted in "Space Booty" — Coop tries to use a Deus Ex Machina called The Equalizer, but it stalls. In his frustration he accidentally activates Megas' horn, which turns out to be a Chekhov's Gun.
- Dirty Old Man: Goat, usually to Kiva.
- Disaster Dominoes: "Buggin' The System", where Coop knocks down a series of skyscrapers on a giant space doughnut. One of his flashback cutaways in that episode has him do the same to a library.
- Do-Anything Robot: Megas seems to have a weapon for every occasion. Now, whether or not it actually works is an entirely different issue. The dashboard includes buttons like "Destroy The World," "Smite The World," "Destroy The World WORSE," and "Save The World." Guess which one was busted?
- Downer Ending: "Bad Guy" (plus the sequel episode "S Force S.O.S" from season 2), "Ultra Chicks" and "Ice Ice Megas" (All Played for Laughs of course).
- Though the ending credit scene to "Ultra Chicks" shows one of the Ultra-Cadets hanging out with Goat while watching a movie. Which implies that they solved the issue of their planet being destroyed by an unstoppable monster or she escaped to earth to save herself, or like many stingers in the show, it's just supposed to be silly and not be taken seriously (if even canon)
- Drive-In Theater: "Universal Remote".
- Duct Tape for Everything: Lampshaded hilariously. "Duck it."
- Dying Declaration Of Hate: One Glorft mook did this to another when the Megas was about to crash into their mothership.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower:
- Lampshaded with the Plot-Sensitive Button at least once.
- Subverted in "Battle Royale" where, in attempt to get Jamie to climb a pillar, Kiva tells him that if he doesn't, he'll never find the Planet Of The Space Amazons. Jamie then gets a determined gaze while dramatic music swells, only to stop trying to climb and whine about how he still can't do it. They ended up on said planet by the end of the episode anyway.
- Emergency Impersonation: Jamie in "Ultra Chicks".
- Empathic Weapon: Megas is implied to be this. While it's not actually sentient, Coop treats it as if it was a person. And Megas DOES seem to communicate with all those changing button labels that Lamp Shade the current situation.
- Enemy Mine: Coop and Gorath's unlikely team-up in "Rearview Mirror, Mirror".
- Epic Fail: Jamie takes Kiva to the mall to get her clothes in an attempt to make her look stupid as a petty revenge. Every outfit she tries only shows off her beauty.
- Evil Is Hammy: Gorath, Magnanimous, and especially the REGIS Mark V.
REGIS: You will all beg for mercy, in vain. The debris of your planet shall litter this solar system. I will suck upon your very atoms.
- Evil Knockoff: In the episode eight "Dude, Where's My Head?" Gorath fights using a silver Megas knockoff, designed just to be able to defeat Megas. Makes you wonder why the hell did they want the prototype if they could just mass produce those...
- It wasn't the robot itself they needed, it was the timedrive unit inside it, which was a product of Earth science. The Glorft have only theoretical knowledge of time travel, they've never created a working device.
- Evil Laugh: Coop does one during his fantasy sequence of destroying the DMV. As well as any viewer who has been to a DMV.
- Evil Coop in the two-part series finale.
- Expository Theme Tune: Let's all sing it together!
Living here in Jersey / Fighting villains from afar / You gotta find first gear / In your giant robot car...
YOU! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!/I! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!/WE! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!/CHICKS! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!
- Eyedscreen: You can't get through the opening theme without being assaulted by this editing.
- The Faceless: Coop's mom.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Used as a gag in "Dude, Where's My Head?". When Jamie activates the Atomic Disruption Cannon, a little eight-bit face comes up on Coop's screen and does the look.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Villainous example, and something of a variation — a couple Glorft mooks look out the window to see Megas seconds away from crashing into the mothership, right where they stand. One turns to the other and says, "I've always hated you." Cue explosion.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Early episodes dealt with Kiva raising hopes of fixing the time drive. This was dropped as the series continued.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Kiva at one point lands in what is very obviously a Dodge Viper and is able to drive right away.
Kiva: I figured I could pilot a primitive automobile if you can pilot such an advanced war machine.
- Kiva's ancestor does this in Terminate Her. Coop mentions he was glad he left the top down.
- Kiva trying on modern clothes at the mall in "Breakout", including a punk rocker outfit and pajamas. Jamie was actually trying to get her to try on deliberately goofy outfits to embarrass her as a bit of petty revenge, but with her figure she can't help but look good in them. There's also her outfit in the mosh pit episode, which Goat is quick to call attention to.
- The Ultra Cadets, being Sailor Moon parodies.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In one episode Megas enters a planet-sized creature.
- Fat Idiot: Sort of subverted with Coop, who's much smarter than he lets on (the man manages to get a robot from years in the future in working condition with a video game controller.
- Fat Bastard: Subverted with Coop, who's actually pretty nice unless A) you're a jerk or B) you're a villain.
- Inverted with Coop's alternate future Evil Counterpart. He got skinnier when he turned evil.
- Fat and Proud: Coop. Oh so very much.
- Fat and Skinny: Coop and Jamie.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Kiva is from the year 3027. She plays it for laughs quite a few times as her Deadpan Snarker side develops. Other times she makes references that show that war time is the only thing she knows about to the point where she asks if casual clothing is designed as armor.
- Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon: The Glorft Ultimate Planet Destroyer is mounted under the main hull of the mother ship and is almost the size of the entire mothership.
- Flashback Twist: Many.
- Foe Yay: Parodied with in the credits background of the first season finale. It shows a valentine with Coop and Gorrath in it, and the caption "Best Enemies".
- Follow the Chaos: In "Viva Las Megas"
Goat: I wonder where Coop is? He's gonna miss the mecha bot ultimate battle.
Random girl: A giant robot is wrecking the city!
Goat: There he is.
- Forgot to Pay the Bill: Practically the entire events of "TV Dinner" are a result of this.
- Fun with Acronyms: Mecha Earth Guard Attack System (MEGAS) Xtra Large Robot (XLR).
- Replicant Engineered for Galactic Infiltration and Sabotage (REGIS) mk. V
- Reverse Engineered Collective Robot (R.E.C.R.)
- Future Badass: In the alternate future where Coop turns evil, and the resistance force fighting him is being led by Jamie.
- Gasshole: Coop belches in few episodes but when he does he does.
- And a flashback in "S-Force S.O.S." shows him imparting his great wisdom onto Duchess.
- Genius Ditz: Coop is a mechanical genius (even if his modifications don't work right half the time) and a great pilot, but otherwise rather dim.
- Genre Savvy: Jamie lampshades the "let's hide in that nebula" tactic Kiva recommends in "Coop D'Etat".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- Warlock's hall of portraits of his many past conquests — all redheaded, of course — include what is clearly an effeminate man.
- "So, Red, looks like we've got the backseat."
- "A sword, the Metal Maiden is a sword!?"
- Look closely when Megas is punching the planet-sized monster in "TV Dinner". They appear to have landed next to its anus.
- Also when the S-Force's Zorps are smashed onto Megas. He shoves his limbs up their asses and they whimper and moan at the violation. The look on Coop's face helps in no way.◊
- Goat is excited about the improvements in the secondary motion engine of a DOA Xtreme Expy because of the nice backgrounds.
- Kiva has a cameltoe at the end of episode 7.
- The store that Jamie takes Kiva to shop at is called BJs and PJs.
- In the tenth episode where they go to the junk planet, Goat gets tied up at the end when he hits on Kiva. When Coop sarcastically asks how he's doing, it sounds like Goat mumbles, "Son of a bitch" past the duct tape.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: This is how the show works. Usually because Coop accidentally summoned it.
: What button did Coop press to cause a whole army
- Gilligan Cut: Combined with Tempting Fate when Jamie says, "It's not like the Glorft have a new death machine built specifically to take us out." Then the camera pans into space, and guess what the Glorft have just finished building.
- Used several times, actually, in this same matter.
Maganimous: [To Kiva] Now, put the fist down, sweetheart. We both know there's no way you can fight all of us, and protect the, sub-form here.
Jamie: Sub-form?!? Go get 'im, Kiva, I got your back.
Cut to Jamie and Kiva locked up in a cell
- Godzilla Threshold: It might as well be called the Megas Threshold. Some of the threats Coop faces cross this, but Coop is going to use maximum destruction (intentional or not) either way.
- Good Is Not Nice: Coop uses horror movie like attacks on the robot army in the eleventh episode. One of the robots literally trembles in fear as his comrades are picked off.
- Grail in the Garbage: How Coop gets his hands on the titular mecha.
- Grand Finale: The two parter, "Rearview Mirror Mirror". The ending left it opened ended in case they got renewed but sadly that wasn't the case. For what it's worth though, the show goes out on high note.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The DDR knockoff shouting "Sugoi!" among other words and phrases in "The Fat and the Furious".
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Jamie's ultimate dream in life is scoring with one of these. Technically one of the ones he eventually lands with for about ten minutes has green fur. For once, his failure wasn't his own fault.
Jamie: Coop, what are you doing!? I was just about to get digits from green-skinned girls. GREEN-SKINNED GIRLS!!!
- Handsome Lech: Jamie.
- Hero Antagonist: Before realizing Coop wasn't evil, the S-Force were this.
- Hero Insurance
- Heroes Want Redheads: Captain Warlock takes this to obsessive new lengths. Alternate!Jamie also happened to hook up with the fiery redhead Kiva, before everything bad happened.
- Hero with an F in Good: Though he means well, Coop's Destructive Saviour nature has resulted in him destroying entire planets and dooming civilizations by accident, so much so that the S-Force assumed him to be a villain at first glance. How much he's called out on this varies per episode and crime. It's lampshaded the most in "Bad Guy".
Ender: I need someone as obviously evil as you.
- Holographic Terminal:
- Kiva's original Mech controls.
- Megas has one in the backseat for Kiva.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Played with. Coop's tone-deaf singing is used as a weapon at one point, but it was more due to the decibel levels (cranked up thanks to Megas' speakers) than the actual tonal range, or lack thereof.
- Hope Spot: After Megas gets severely damaged by the alternate universe Coop, we see Megas' leg land on the ground with the music suggesting he is still ready for action. The camera then widens to reveal that the leg was all that survived of Megas.
- Hot-Blooded: Think of Coop as a blond, fat Kamina. But even more Crazy Awesome. Especially once he gets sufficiently angry at the Monster of the Week.
Coop: "This guy sicked a giant worm-thingy on me, chased my pals around with zombie-robots and made me break a perfectly good Photonic Stabilizer! I'm putting you in a hurt-locker and slamming the door, junkman!"
- Hot Paint Job: On Megas, of course.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: In a non romantic example with Coop and Kiva.
- Human Doorstop: Kiva to Jamie, as Kiva rushes to fix the mech and Jamie stands around complaining: "Could you hold this wire? And this one?"
- Humongous Mecha
- Hypocritical Humor: Oh Coop gave us this little gem:
- Idiot Hero: Coop. Just look at Hypocritical Humor. In one episode, he manages to open a matter/anti-matter rift, which almost doomed the whole universe.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Coop learned his incredible piloting skills from playing too many video games. Justified because he designed the controls of the robot to simulate a video game, complete with Nintendo, Sega and Sony controller pads. As well as a DDR pad and a pair of Power Gloves for "manual control" when the CPU unit isn't attached. There's also the "secondary cammand bridge" (sic) with retro Atari controllers, in case the car isn't attached.
- I Like Those Odds: In the first episode, a large number of Glorft surround Megas and Kiva's mech. Coop's response is to agree that the fight isn't fair... and smash Kiva's mech. "Now it's fair."
- Imagine Spot: Frequent. Funniest is Coop imagining a Sugar Bowl-inspired world without TV.
- There's also a rather disturbing one by Coop in "DMV: Department of Megas Violations" when he imagines destroying the DMV.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: Megas is a Stolen Alien Phlebotinum that Kiva finished building and then Coop tore apart and "modified" so half its gadgets don't work anymore.
- Indy Ploy: Every plan eventually devolves into this.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Bruce Campbell as Magnanimous—facially, at least. Possibly the proportionally largest depiction of Campbell's famous chin in media.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: While the series itself is not an example as it is actually about mecha, this is invoked in the theme song:
"YOU! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!! I! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!! CHICKS! DIG! GIANT ROBOTS!!"
- Inventional Wisdom: Some of the labels on the buttons would only make sense in Coop's mind. The rest don't make sense at all, even to him.
Coop: I've seriously got to rethink my layout design.
- Jerkass: Jamie, though they make it work pretty well. He does have some hidden heroic qualities in him, as shown in the finale.
- Joisey: Jersey City.
- The Jersey City Fireball
- Keep Away: "The Fat and The Furious".
- Konami Code: Used numerous times as part of Coop's usual arsenal of special attack input commands.
- Knight of Cerebus: AU Evil Coop and AU Evil Kiva. "Rearview Mirror Mirror" was actually relatively comedic until they showed up, but by part 2, the comedy actually seemed downplayed.
- Landfill Beyond the Stars: "Junk In The Trunk" takes place on one of these. Local junk-man Goat gets to come along to provide advice.
- Large Ham: Oooooh so many, let's see: Ender, Magnanimous, REGIS, Gorrath, Ender, the S-Force, Grrkek the Planet Killer, Coop, Jamie, T-Bot, Goat, and the show itself if that's possible. (DUN DUN DUNDUNDUN DDDDUUUUUUUUNNNNNNN)
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A surprising chunk of Megas' enemies and allies are this, the most obvious being The S-Force whose Combining Mecha looks suspiciously like Starscream from Transformers combined with Voltron, and Captain Warlock and the Ultra Cadets.
- Leader Forms The Head: As expected, the show parodies this. The Glorft's UMD is a combining mecha made from other combining mecha, repeated for a couple of cycles. At its final stage, It is completed by Gorrath's personal mech docking in the center. Without Gorrath's part, it doesn't seem to be useable at all, enforced when he leaves the battlefield, and the dozens to hundreds of mechs and pilots that also made up the UMD. Gorrath having a Never My Fault mentality, all of this to be expected.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Too many to count, but a particularly good one is a button Coop presses in a fight scene labeled 'The exact same button Coop pressed 5 minutes ago'.
- Left Hanging: A lot of plot points were left like this when the show was cancelled. Among them are the intergalatic prisoners coming back as well as REGIS and the energy eating worms which is interesting because that episode ends right when the next one starts and THE WORM WAS RIGHT THERE ON THE BACK OF HIS TV. It's never seen again.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Kiva gets very frustrated to Coop's heavy-handed and not well-thought-out tactics.
- Loud of War: Used/Invoked in the second episode Magnanimous, where Coop defeats the eponymous villain by firing up Megas' super sound system and singing The Riddle Song, very badly.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Many times, and almost always useless.
- Made of Explodium: Loads of stuff explodes including a few things that shouldn't, like a basket of flowers.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: "The Jammer".
- Magical Girl: One entire episode is an extended Shout-Out to the genre, complete with suspiciously Sailor-ish characters and an overly long Transformation Sequence.
- Magnificent Moustaches of Mexico: Skalgar in "Universal Remote". He's also The Napoleon.
- Meaningful Name:
- The S-Force's archnemesis.
- Captain Warlock. "Warlock" means "Oath-breaker". He breaks every promise he makes and tells nothing but lies.
- Mecha-Mooks: Expendable Glorft robots. Though Gorrath does appear to conserve them a few times, and the commander notes that they can't always afford to lose mechs. They're probably building a lot of new ones per episode.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds:
Jamie: When in doubt, blow up a planet.
- Monster of the Week/Villain of the Week: Hilariously Lampshaded by Coop.
Coop: Let's go see what bad guy I get to beat-up this week!
- Monumental Damage:
- When Coop was faced with a giant robot that fed on energy, he took care of it by throwing it into the Grand Canyon, which he then completely filled in. He also destroyed Hoover Dam in the same episode.
- The moon landing site.
- The huge monument to the victory over Ender at the end of the second season episode "S-Force S.O.S" gets knocked over by Coop. Monumental Damage with a monument.
- Mood Whiplash: The pilot opens with a losing battle in Space Opera fashion before cutting to two guys in Jersey screwing around and never looks back until the Series Finale when things took a turn to dark sci-fi drama again.
- Moon Landing Hoax: In the episode "Don't Tell Mom the Baby Sitter is Coop", Coop flys Megas to the moon in an attempt to show off to his cousin, once there they land next to one of the Apollo sites knocking over the lander. Coop comments about it before he kicks some dust over the lander.
Coop: See I told you they didn't fake that.
- More Dakka: "Super Destructor Mode".
- In general, this is Coop's style. If wrestling moves don't work, use more dakka.
- Morality Pet: Jamie really doesn't come off as one, but in the alternate universe where Coop and Kiva are evil, Jamie is the one who retains his morality, to the point where he leads the rebellion against Coop, and seems to do a great job of it.
- Mundane Fantastic: Coop's rampages in Megas, and indeed the fact that he has a giant robot in the first place, is treated as normal by pretty much the entire town.
- Mundane Utility: Megas's greatest ability? It can ignore traffic jams. When not stuck in them for comedic effect.
Coop: It's too hot to fly.
- NEET: Coop and Jamie exemplify this trope.
- Never Say "Die": Strangely used both straight and averted.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: The almighty dashboard and its hundreds of buttons provide a good deal of these. A great deal of humor comes from what new ultra-destructive weapon Coop will use next and how badly it will fail.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Coop is the undisputed master. It seems that nearly every single threat he faces was directly or indirectly his fault in the first place. And even when it's not his fault at all, his actions to resolve the problem generally cause more devastation than letting it rampage unchecked would have done. According to Word of God, had the show continued it would have been revealed that this even extends to creating the Glorft. This quote in the first season sums it up nicely:
Kiva: Now where did that come from?
Grrkek: I should thank you for releasing me.
Kiva: Of course.
- No Endor Holocaust:
- Thoroughly abused and played with. One day, Coop fills New Jersey's air with smog to disable a solar-powered robot while triggering an artificial winter, and next thing you know, New Jersey is good as new. Later, the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman-like heroes show up to punish Coop for being the Ultimate Destructor of the Earth. The artificial winter is explained though. The two aliens that lost the REGIS had to clean up the robot bits. They said that the pollution is just smog an dwill be cleansed from the atmosphere in a month. Worse cause scenario. A few hurricanes and month of winter and driving accidents. Nothing apocalyptic.
- Totally averted when Coop blows up a good chunk of the Moon, causing lots of natural disasters and leading to him having to reconstruct it during the credits.
- Partially averted with the planet of the space-yetis. Though none of them died, Coop's destruction of their rival planet completely screwed up their ecosystem.
- No Kill Like Overkill:
- No One Could Survive That: Good thing no one told the S-Force that. Or Coop.
- Non-Action Guy: Jamie. Coop at least puts forth some effort.
- Non-Standard Character Design: The REGIS Mk. V has a more spindly, cartoonish, non-mech design, looking more like something out of Invader Zim.
- Warmaster Gorrath. While the rest of the Glorft that we see resemble slugs with non-visible mouths, he is almost never seen outside of bipedal power armor and his mouth (and several sharp teeth) are always visible.
- Not So Above It All: Kiva is the only sane person on the show who isn't hammy or ridiculous. However, she still needs to eat, sleep, and have fun once in a while.
- One clear scene being after Coop offers to get her some beef jerky, she takes a few seconds before replying with a joyful "sure". Also despite complaining about watching a B-Movie again, she is seen watching it again with the guys later.
- More to the point, in one episode we see Kiva laughing with Coop and Jamie at an Expy of Robot Wars while they pummel another monster. In another she delivers the Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking speech in Coop's place.
- Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Among the numerous buttons on his dashboard is an entire section of WARNING labels and signs telling Coop not to push the Big Red Button in the middle that would launch a nuke at the enemy. Despite Coop's desire to push it, Kiva and Jamie protest until he decides not to. Also note that he wanted to do so in an enclosed underground base.
Coop: What's the point of having nuclear weapons if you never get to use them?
- Number Two: Warmaster Gorrath's second in command, who's often used as a punching bag by his leader. "Terminate Her" is the closest he gets to A Day in the Limelight. He also has a habit of calling out Gorrath's decisions.
Gorrath: But for now, take us into null space, so we can effect repairs.
Huh, don't you mean run away because we got our jhorblochs
handed to us by one
Gorrath: Tread lightly, commander, or you might find yourself at the head of the next assault. Without a mech!
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: The DMV is full of them.
- Off Model: In the 8th episode, Jamie takes the car for a date and Coop has to fight using the second bridge command center at Megas' core. In one instance, Megas punches Gorrath, but the animation shows the car on top of the Megas when it should be in the parking garage next door.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Parodied with the REGIS Mk.5. The score breaks into ominous Latin chanting as his Leitmotif (and clearly based on O Fortuna), then immediately cuts out as soon as the camera changes to focus on something else, only to resume whenever he's on-screen again. The fact that it does this for everything REGIS does just makes it funnier.
- Once an Episode:
- Only Friend: The first season finale reveals that Non-Action Guy Jamie resents being taken on dangerous missions, and the main reason why he doesn't simply leave is because Coop's his only friend.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Gorrath lives and breathes this trope.
- Only Sane Man: Poor Kiva. Also, Gorrath's commander who, unlike Gorrath, tries to perserve the lives of his troops and stays focused on what's important.
- Oral Fixation: Goat, who was a chain smoker in MTV's Downtown, seemed to quit smoking, and replaced cigarettes with lollipops to pass the censors.
- Pyrrhic Victory:
- Coop argues with a fellow gamer over who is the bigger gaming expert. As the latter rattles off games which Coop has mastered, he finally gets one over on Coop by naming Love Them Lerps, a mashup of the Care Bears and the Smurfs. Coop dismisses it as a child's game, and Jaime gets one back on the gamer by pointing out that he's just admitted to liking a child's game.
- Parodied during Coop's battle with REGIS. He laments that their battle has destroyed every Mega-Slush machine in the city (going to another was completely unacceptable). Note that they also destroyed the city itself, and that didn't bother Coop. Lucky for Coop, he found a working Mega-Slush machine after defeating the robot for good. Though could still be as the main reason they wanted one was because of the heat, and just after he found that Mega-Slush he created an early winter.
- Pilot: Lowbrow. A lot of the animation from it was reused for the first episode of the finished series, which occasionally stood out since the pilot had significantly smoother animation as well as slightly different details in the character models, such as the eyes being only pupils with outlines.
- Planet Eater: Coop attracted a planet-shaped one to Earth when he accidentally unleashes a signal-disrupting EM pulse trying to juice up his satellite dish.
- Plot-Sensitive Button: With a different label every time.
- At one point it reads "Exactly The Same Button Coop Just Pressed Like Five Minutes Ago".
- "Do Something Stupid, Coop".
- Also, Megas' fifth gear, which contains such functions as "Fight," "Save Jamie," and "SPACE."
- Another time it's marked "Drive", "Neutral", "Reverse", and "SPACE".
- "Button to Push 10 Minutes Before The Show Ends". Naturally, it's broken.
- "Five minutes until end of episode."
- Power Trio: Of the Comic Trio variety.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Almost every song in the series is Public Domain. The opening themesong is the most noticeable exception.
- Pulling Themselves Together: The RECR from "Viva Las Megas".
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: The theme song. "You! Dig! Giant Robots!"
- Precious Photo: Alternate Universe Jamie carries one of himself and Kiva, back before Coop went power mad and Kiva followed him. Or rather, carried, and dropped it dramatically.
- Quintessential British Gentlemonster: A creature from "Department Of Megas Violations" speaks in a sophisticated British Accent. He returns in "Coop D'etat" appears drinking a Spot of Tea to autoharp music.
- Rated M for Manly: You bet.
- Record Needle Scratch: Replaced with the sound of squealing brakes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When the robot prisoners in "A Clockwork Megas" regain their memories.
- Reference Overdosed: Being an Affectionate Parody of the entire mecha genre, what do you expect?
- Retcon: Megas has a button that can do this.
- Revenge Before Reason: Warmaster Gorrath.
- Reverse the Polarity: Kiva uses the phrase in "Breakout". In a moment of Genre Savvy, when she uses it again in "Universal Remote", Jamie immediately gets her meaning and starts taunting the bad guy.
- Rule of Cool: Every other thing in this series is subject to this.
- The main character is a slacker from Jersey who pilots a mecha from the future by using various video game controllers.
- The mecha in question has a muscle car for a head, a hot-rod paint job, and several weapons that shouldn't exist if not for the Rule of Cool.
- Rule of Funny: With all of the running gags, brick jokes, Once an Episode gimmicks and the generally satirical nature, you'd be hard-pressed to find something in this show that DOESN'T fall into this trope in some way or form.
- How else do you explain the "Homework Factory"?
- Rule of Three: Coop's rants before beating the big bad often fall under this category.
- Running Gag: In many episodes, a conveniently placed building is usually destroyed, including many schools, the "Museum Of Irreplaceable Art", the "Gunpowder, Ballbearing, and Shrapnel Factory", and even a "
Homework Factory Cough syrup, Liver, and Homework Store".
- Even a thousand years in the future, Pop TV buildings are doomed to be destroyed by giant robots, according to one BattleTech sourcebook (and reporter Kiva Cooper).
- Serial Escalation: People think Gurren Lagann paved the
way countryside for this trope, and they're right. However, what they don't realise is that Megas XLR made that countryside... by vaporizing the mountain that was originally there.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Jamie, a bit. Lampshaded:
Coop: Jamie, quit screaming like a girl!
Jamie: It's not me, it's him!
Coop: You, quit screaming like Jamie!
- Sealed Evil in a Can:
- The RECR.
- Grrkek the Planet Killer and the other criminals held in the "game cartridge"/billion year old subspace prison.
- The REGIS first appears sealed away in a high security container.
- Seeker White Blood Cells: In the "TV Dinner" episode, Coop and company enter a planet-sized monster's body, where the titular Humongous Mecha is bacterial-sized by comparison. They get attacked by the extra-terrestrial equivalent of white blood cells.
- Selective Gravity: Inside a planet eater, Megas falls down toward acid unless using its jets, yet the satellites somehow continue to float regardless.
- Severely Specialized Store: Coop often crashes into bizarrely (and hilariously) specialized buildings.
- Ship Tease: Kiva/Jamie gets hinted at a lot. Coop finds it rather creepy. So does Kiva.
- Shout-Out: Everywhere.
- Skyward Scream: Done in All I Wanted Was A Slushie, when he realized the alien robot just destroyed the last Mega Slush machine in the greater Jersey area. He even pulled back Megas' convertible hood for the full effect.
- Smug Super: The REGIS Mk.5, despite repeatedly being reduced to scrap. Justified since it will not and possibly never will stay dead. Michael Dorn doing the voice only further enhances the quality.
- Space Is Noisy: Megas' horn can be heard in space. Not the least bit surprising considering everything else that happens in the show.
- Space Pirates: Captain Warlock and his crew.
- Spooky Silent Library: The Ringworld in "Buggin' The System".
- Stable Time Loop:
- In one episode where the characters go to the moon, Kiva notes with some surprise that it is a bit more massive than in her time. Later on, Coop blows up a big chunk of it.
- Staring Kid: This kid was a recurring character who was usually standing around, drinking a Mega Slush or something, and proclaiming "cooooooool" at all the destruction going on in the episode.
- Stock Footage: Averted, mostly.
- Some of the attacks have recycled footage in them, mostly when he's jumping around or fighting the Glorft, or when Coop destroys his own garage.
- In the episode "Dude, Where's My Head?" while Coop is piloting a headless Megas from the secondary command bridge, stock footage of standard Megas with a head throwing a punch is used. You have to be paying attention to catch it though.
- Stout Strength: Coop may seem like a gluttonous fat guy (and he is) but he can punch through a TV and not flinch.
- Take a Number: Coop, at the DMV. They were serving 12, Coop had 1271.
- Take That:
- Once an Episode, something belonging to their MTV pastiche, PoPTV, gets destroyed. Do you think the creators are still bitter about the cancellation of Downtown?note
- One of the buildings Coop has destroyed was marked "A Dot Com (And Therefore Obviously Empty)".note
- In "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Coop", Megas lands on the Moon so that Coop can amuse a bored Skippy (his pesky, overweight cousin)—and crushes the Apollo XI parked there. Coop tells Jamie how they 'always thought' they rigged the lunar landing thing, a reference to conspiracy theorists who thought NASA's moon landing was a hoax.
- In "Thanksgiving Throwdown", the parade has balloons for different characters, including the Fabio Brothers, all of whom Coop and Jamie like. Then comes a balloon of Auggie the Adorable Aardvark, for whom both of them voice their hatred. They don't seem too gentle with the adorable aardvark.
- The game "Love them Lerps" is a less-than-affectionate mashup of the Smurfs and the Care Bears. Children's programming and games often get hit- shown as cheery, sugar-coated, heart-shaped and so sweet it's disgusting.
- This is occassionally done to cities in New Jersey.
Jamie: We could try Hoboken... (for a Mega Slush)
Coop: Yeah... but that's Hoboken!
Kiva: He's heading for Union City!
Jamie: Let him have it.
- Technology Marches On: Played with. In "Viva Las Megas", Coop accidentally releases a giant robot that was being developed by the U.S. military during the Cold War. It uses reel-to-reel tape for memory and boasts "There is no way you can defeat the superior power of my massive 56 kilobyte processor!".
- Telescoping Robot: Where the hell do Megas' weapons come from?
- Tempting Fate: Coop never learns this.
- "You had to ask if he had a bigger robot, didn't you?"
- From "Battle Royal".
(with regard to his own contestant
) See what you get for hiring a human
- "Fort Knox/Hamburger Fort: Please Do Not Smash".
- The museum unfortunately named the "Museum of Irreplaceable Art".
- In the finale, Coop asks his Evil Twin "You and what army?" Gorrath points to the army standing between them and replies "no doubt that one".
- The Alcatraz: The robot prison. Controlled by a satellite dish.
- Theme Tune Cameo: The lyrics for the show's theme are seen on a karaoke machine in "S-Force SOS".
- Transplant: Goat actually originated in Downtown.
- There's No "B" in Movie: Just about anything the guys watch on TV that isn't related to wrestling.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Jamie's Catch Phrase
- Tim Taylor Technology: Satellite TV out? Juice it with jumper cables from Megas.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Philly Cheesesteaks and Strawberry Slushies for Coop. Warmaster Gorrath uses this against Coop in "The Driver's Seat" - see Cold-Blooded Torture.
- Twitchy Eye: Magnanimous got one after being
beaten thrown into a quantum singularity by Megas and coming back for revenge.
- Two Gamers on a Couch: Coop and Jamie on their off days.
- The Unintelligible: Jax of S-Force.
- The Unpronounceable: On Coop and Jamie's part, Magnanimus' name is impossible to pronounce.
- Third-Person Person: The REGIS Mk. V speaks like this. The REGIS Mk. V refers to itself in nearly every sentence it utters. The REGIS Mk. V talks quite a bit, so it has plenty of examples of this.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: On the ever-so-rare occasion when Coop actually has a plan.
- Unusual User Interface:
- The car's alarm is an interdimensional space-time beacon;
- The dashboard's temperature gauge measures the reactor core's temperature;
- The charged laser is fired with the high beam switch;
- The heat shield is connected to the A/C button;
- The rearview mirror has a radar;
- It flies backwards by shifting to reverse;
- And then there's the secondary control module, which turns Megas into a Motion Capture Mecha operated with an Atari joystick or a DDR pad.
- Meanwhile, the button for "shields" puts up the roof of the convertible car.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Jhorblochs", although it may be an example of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Also, "Zorp" in the episode "Bad Guy", which is used in said episode in everything from terms for mechas to a WTF substitute.
- Up to Eleven: The car's controls were designed with this trope in mind.
- The Speedometer measures from "Slow", "Fast", "Faster", and "GOOD CRIPES!";
- The Oil Gauge reads from "Empty", "Need a little", "Almost There", "Enough", "No really, I'm fine", and "PLEASE STOP!";
- "Missiles," "More Missiles" and "ALL THE MISSILES";
- Coop's Car heater settings read "Warm," "Hot," and "DANG!" The last one activates flamethrowers;
- The stereo system goes up to eleven MILLION.
- The weapons systems include buttons for "Destroy The World," "Smite The World," and "Destroy The World WORSE." There's also a "Save The World" button, but it was broken.
- Urban Legends: In one episode, Megas actually uses pop rocks and soda to defeat an enemy.
- Verbal Ticked: T-Bot uses words that rhyme a lot, ("T-Bot will pounce you, trounce you, and utterly denounce you!") but near the end of the episode, he does not.
T-Bot: T-Bot doesn't know failure! Will, uh... Lock you... In a trailer!
- Villainous Breakdown: A pretty epic one in the second episode. It is even a parody of The Professional example that provides the page quote.
- Villainous Rescue: Gorrath actually saves Coop once in Rearview Mirror Mirror Part 2. To quote Gorrath himself "As much as I hated doing that, I need you alive".
- We Can Rule Together:
- Ender's offer to Coop in "The Bad Guy".
- Warlock's offer to Kiva in "Space Booty".
- Wave Motion Gun: The front half of The Battleship Yamato is actually crammed in the bot in the episode "Test Drive", and fires the signature weapon.
- Weirdness Magnet: Repeated attacks on Jersey City by a variety of alien forces, aside from the Glorft, for no apparent logical reason other than Megas is there.* No one is surprised about anything, except Kiva and one person at the DMV.
- What Does This Button Do?: Coop and Jamie trying out Megas' weapons in "Test Drive"
*pointing at a square blue button* What's that? Coop:
Dunno. *Coop presses the button, which causes a massive cannon to form over one of Megas' fist. The ensuing beam from it disintegrates a house*
O... kay... now we know what that does.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
- Coop ignites a planet of sentient robots and it explodes. Not before he slaughtered a couple dozen of them himself, though.
- Averted in "Clockwork Megas", where Coop frees "innocent robots" from being brainwashed in a prison. Unfortunately, said prisoners happened to be the universe's most dangerous criminals. So apparently he can respect sentient robots, but his Idiot Heroness among other things always gets the best of him.
- That one wasn't entirely Coop's fault. Quarrol (the warden) kept attacking MEGAS, had his guard machines kill seemingly innocent robots who were going to tell Coop how to get home, and generally acted like a badguy. Until the end, even the audience didn't know that the robots were criminals and that Quarrol was a goodguy. If he'd taken the time to explain the situation to heroes, instead of trying to have the ground into shavings, and given them directions back to Earth, Coop would have likely sided with him.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: While it is explained where Coop got MEGAS, where he gets the munitions, fuel, and supplies to keep it running- not to mention the nuclear weapons that Coop claims it has- is never explained.
- Worthless Yellow Rocks: In space, Jamie's pocket lint, french fry, and button are more valuable than his two coins.
- X Meets Y: Clerks meets Downtown meets your typical Mecha anime.
- You Just Had to Say It: Kiva and Jamie frequently say this to Coop.
- Your Other Left: Jamie in "The Fat and The Furious".
Coop: We have the same left!