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YMMV: Austin Powers
  • Acceptable Targets: Nigel hates Dutch people for no good reason. Austin himself hates carnies (carnival workers) because they have "small hands.... and smell like cabbage." His hate for the Dutch might be justified. See Freudian Excuse on the main page. He's also not fond of Belgians because "they share a border with the Dutch" (Michael Caine makes this line awesome).
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: When Dr. Evil goes to the past and mentions ideas that happen to be the same as something popular in the future, are these just coincidences, or is he actually aware of them but taking credit since his minions in the past do not know about them yet?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Austin doesn't even particularly seem to care that Vanessa was a Fembot and is now dead. He's a swinger!
    • Also, he doesn't seem to care all that much when Basil admits that they suspected it all along, and then quickly changes the subject and never mentions it again.
  • Awesome Music: George S. Clinton's music for all three movies is a loving homage of the John Barry Bond scores, including a fantastic villainous theme for Dr Evil.
    "In court I never show up like Austin Powers's fah-za."
  • Director Displacement
  • Discredited Meme: There has been an Internet Backlash against the meme from Memetic Mutation. Using any one of them today immediately brands you a loser, even if jesting.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Alotta Fagina and Ivana Humpalot are supposed to be this because they are The Vamp for their movie.
  • Fountain of Memes: Many: "Oh behave, baby!", "Yeah Baby, Yeah!", "One million dollars!" "Margarine of Evil." etc
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Man Of Mystery ended on a Patrick Stewart Speech about how the spirit of The Sixties was living more responsibly in The Nineties. Highly cynical Turn of the Millennium ideas about sex, war and egotism make even a Chivalrous Pervert like Austin look like a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
    • You may never look at Random Task from Man of Mystery the same way again.
    • Made even more horrible when you realize he'd already committed this atrocious crime seven years before the movie was released. Imagine how uncomfortable the actors must feel knowing they were on set with this monster during filming. Especially Elizabeth Hurley who had to film a scene with him while she was (supposedly) naked.
    • Dr. Evil's plan to frame Prince Charles for an affair so he would have to divorce Diana. Number Two shoots it down by revealing that actually happened, but shortly after the film's release came an even worse reason it wouldn't work, as Diana died in a car accident.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of the songs in the first movie's credits rolls off a list of BBC channels which didn't exist at the time, such as BBC Three and BBC Four.
    • Dr Evil originally wants one million dollars in exchange for not trying to take over the world. Number Two tells him that one million dollars is a relatively modest hostage demand in the 1990's. He then ups the bid to "one hundred... 'billion... dollars!" His demand seems telling in light of Ireland's 90 billion euro EU bailout.
    • While snooping around Alotta Fagina's penthouse in the first movie, Austin discovers a folder with some of Virtucon's evil plots listed inside. In between "Human Organ Trafficing" and "Project Vulcan" is... "Carrot Top Movie". In the following year, they made Chairman Of The Board.
    • In the movie-in-the-movie in Goldmember, Kevin Spacey plays Dr. Evil, a bald, evil super genius. He'd later go on to play a second bald, evil super genius a few years later in another film.
    • "Who throws a shoe? Honestly!" Cue the Bush "Shoe Incident".
    • Machine-gun breasts? Who would ever do that again?
    • In the second movie when Dr. Evil tells Austin "I am your father", Austin says "Really?" in a rather hopeful tone of voice. Come the third movie, and you find that his relationship with his father is traumatic enough that he might have actually wanted Dr. Evil to be his dad.
      • And then it turns out that they're actually brothers.
    • When Dr. Evil says "there's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster", he probably means "hipster" in the old 40s-60s sense, as that is where both he and Austin are from and the newer use was in its infancy when the movie came out in 1997. To a 2010s audience the line may seem puzzling, as most people labled with the newer term are in their 40s at most, but may become hilarious in a different way in a few decades.
    • Remember Dr. Evil's request for "sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads"? This marine biologist certainly did.
  • Ho Yay: Doctor Evil and Mini-Me.
  • Idiot Plot: In the first movie Dr Evil threatens to set off every volcano on Earth if he isn't given $100 Billion. He tells Austin that he plans to set the volcanoes off after he has been paid anyway. If every volcano on Earth erupted, entire continents- including North America, where Dr Evil and his cohorts are based- would be annihilated (by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone, for instance), the sky would be covered in black ash for thousands if not millions of years, and virtually every living thing on Earth would die, including humanity. So, firstly, Dr Evil's money would be worthless, and secondly, and a bit more annoyingly from his point of view, Dr Evil and everyone in his organization would be dead. Justified since its a spoof film plus, of course, its Dr Evil.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Yeah baby!", "Shagadelic" and "Oh, behave!"
    • "Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed. "
    • "Judo Chop!"
    • Memetic Hand Gesture: "One MILLION dollars!" *Puts little finger to mouth*
      • "One MILLION dollars" was so overplayed, even King Hussein of Jordan was doing it before he died.
    • Sharks with Frickin' Laser Beams!
    • Also "The sheer mechanics are mind-boggling!" and "You look like a baby. I eat babies. Get in my belly."
      • Though mostly just "GET IN MAH BELLEH!"
    • And "When Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset... people DIE!"
    • Each film includes a sequence of various on-lookers (and celebrity cameos) noticing something in the sky, with the camera cutting to a new shot right when they say a euphemism.
    • It is argued that the second and third films carried out variations on jokes from the first in order to force them into becoming memetic.
    • And I'm spent.
    • I, too, like to live dangerously.
    • This image of Dr. Evil and his henchmen laughing evilly.
      • And this one of him doing air quotes.
    • Dr. Evil's "How About NO" line" is a popular reaction image and video.
  • MST3K Mantra: When Austin contemplates the complexities of time travel, Basil tells him this. Austin then passes it along to the audience.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Jump Scare of Mini-Me ambushing Austin in the second film.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Nathan Lane in Goldmember.
    • And Will Ferrell as Mustafa.
  • Retroactive Recognition: in the Rent-a-Zilla scene from the third movie, there's a cameo by Masi Oka - now with all the time-travel involved, where was Hiro Nakamura when you needed him?
  • The Scrappy: Goldmember. Most fans see him as little more than a half-baked attempt to capitalise on Fat Bastard's fanbase.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: While Austin Powers wasn't the first comedy film to use an Overly Long Gag note , it was one of the first to primarily derive its humor from it. At the time it came out, it really was something new and unique. Now that the Overly Long Gag has become a staple of comedies, it's become harder to see why Austin Powers was treated as such a big deal in the 90's.
  • Sequelitis: While the first movie was very popular at the time of its release and did reasonably well critically, its two sequels were generally seen as retreads of the same jokes and were not nearly as well regarded.
  • Special Effects Failure: Done intentionally. We have obvious rear screen projection for the driving scenes, obvious stock footage for Dr Evil's lair exploding in the first film and also in the first film, when the guard gets his head bitten off by a shark an ill-tempered mutated sea bass, it is obviously a dummy. In the opening Utah scene for the third film, it is obviously a backdrop.
  • Squick: Fat Bastard is deliberately written to be Squick.
  • Tear Jerker: SEE HERE.
  • Values Dissonance: The first movie gets a number of jokes about The Sixties and The Nineties being different decades with different social mores. Austin ends up declaring that the actual acts of liberal drug use and sex of the sixties wasn't just about liberal drug use and sex for the sake of having those things, it was about freedom, and expressing and enjoying that freedom, a spirit that lives on strong in the nineties.

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