* AcceptableTargets: 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 FreudianExcuse 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).
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** 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?
** Did Austin see Vanessa as a ReplacementLoveInterest for her mother, his former partner Mrs. Kensington? There seemed to be some UnresolvedSexualTension when Vanessa asked both of them how they felt about each other.
* AngstWhatAngst: Austin doesn't even particularly seem to care that [[spoiler:Vanessa]] was a Fembot and is now dead. [[RuleOfFunny He's a swinger!]] He doesn't seem to care all that much when Basil admits that they suspected it all along, and then [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome quickly changes the subject and never mentions it again]].
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** George S. Clinton's music for all three movies is a loving homage of the JohnBarry Bond scores, including a fantastic villainous theme for Dr Evil.
** "Soul Bossa Nova."
** "Austin Powers" by the Wondermints for the first movie; sadly, very little of it gets heard. It can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V19Ty9hYTsk in all its glory on the soundtrack album]], and holds up really well years later.
** There's also rapper Ludacris's 2004 song "Number One Spot", which not only samples the series' intro theme, but also includes several references to the series. The music video puts Luda directly into all of Myers's roles and co-stars Verne Troyer as Mini-Me, with a cameo by Quincy Jones in the beginning requesting Ludacris put a new spin on "Soul Bossa Nova."
--->"In court I never show up like Austin Powers's fah-za/Father, father and hey I love gooooold"
** Don't forget Madonna's darkly mesmorizing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD5phTXGN_0/ "Beautiful Stranger"]], which served as the unofficial theme to the second movie. Oddly ironic considering that her contribution to [[Film/DieAnotherDay a real Bond movie]] was... not as well-received.
* DirectorDisplacement: ''Austin Powers'' is better known as the work of Mike Myers, who wrote and starred in the films, than Jay Roach, who directed.
* DiscreditedMeme: There has been a backlash against a lot of the memes from MemeticMutation. All of Austin's catch-phrases and Dr. Evil's "one million dollars" in particular. Using any one of them today immediately brands you a loser, even if jesting.
* EvilIsSexy: Alotta Fagina and Ivana Humpalot are (or in the case of Ivana Humpalot, are supposed to be) this because they are TheVamp for their movie.
* FountainOfMemes: Many: "Oh behave, baby!", "Yeah Baby, Yeah!", "One ''million'' dollars!" "Margarine of Evil." etc
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: At the end of ''Goldmember'', Fat Bastard loses weight "like Jared" on the Subway diet and has so much excess skin, he says his neck looks like a vagina. Considering Jared Fogle got in trouble in 2015 for sex with underage girls and possession of child porn, hearing Jared and vagina in the same sentence is kind of jarring.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** ''Man of Mystery'' ended on a PatrickStewartSpeech about how the spirit of TheSixties was living more responsibly in TheNineties. Highly cynical TurnOfTheMillennium ideas about sex, war and egotism make even a ChivalrousPervert like Austin look like a WideEyedIdealist.
** You may never look at Random Task from ''Man of Mystery'' [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/austin-powers-actor-convicted-of-torture-for-role,61087/ the same]] [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/austin-powers-actor-who-received-life-sentence-for,63245/ 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.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** 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 [[RidiculousFutureInflation 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.
** Dr. Evil's sentiment about a "shorn scrotum" is quite funny in light of how popular "Manscaping" has become.
** 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... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "Carrot Top Movie"]]. In the following year, they made ''Film/ChairmanOfTheBoard''.
** In the [[ShowWithinAShow 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 [[Film/SupermanReturns another film]].
** The movie-in-the-movie in ''Goldmember'' is a DarkerAndEdgier version of ''Austin Powers''. A few years later, the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise would do something similar with the Creator/DanielCraig films.
** "Who throws a shoe? Honestly!" Cue the Bush "Shoe Incident".
** Machine-gun breasts? [[Music/LadyGaga 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.
** 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"? [[http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/05/wicked-lasers-shark/ This marine biologist certainly did]].
** At the time, Dr. Evil trying to show Scott he was hip by doing the Macarena was supposed to be funny just for how awkward he was at it. With the dance becoming DeaderThanDisco shortly afterwards, it now looks even more pathetic.
** Austin telling Felicity that the 70s weren't that exciting became this once ''Goldmember'' was released, as Austin only spends a few minutes in the 70s before going back to the present.
** In the third movie it's revealed that Austin Powers and Dr. Evil [[spoiler: are [[LongLostRelative actually brothers]]]]. This reveal would be used in earnest in the 2015 Bond film ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', where [[spoiler:James Bond and Ernst Stavro Blofeld are revealed to be stepbrothers.]]
** If Dr. Evil were actually a doctor, he'd probably be a [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil resident]] at some point.
** In the second film Austin suggests that the 70s and 80s aren't worth bothering with, and are disposable decades. Ironically, this is now a popular sentiment for the 90s, with many people considering the entire period from the Fall of Communism to 9/11 to be quite unmemorable.
* HoYay: Doctor Evil and Mini-Me.
* IdiotPlot: 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|Trope}} since its a spoof film plus, of course, it's [[StupidEvil Dr. Evil]].
* MemeticMutation:
** "Yeah baby!"
** "Shagadelic!"
** "Oh, behave!"
** "Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed."
** "Judo Chop!"
** "One MILLION dollars!" *[[MemeticHandGesture Puts little finger to mouth]]* It was so overplayed, even King Hussein of Jordan was doing it before he died.
** Sharks with FrickinLaserBeams attached to their heads!
** "That's not my bag, baby."
** Also "The sheer mechanics are mind-boggling!" and "You look like a baby. I eat babies. 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 (especially) third films carried out variations on jokes from the first in order to ''{{force|dMeme}}'' them into becoming memetic.
** And I'm spent.
** I, too, like to live dangerously.
** [[http://www.mememaker.net/static/images/templates/38984.jpg This image]] of Dr. Evil and his henchmen laughing evilly.
** [[http://www.memecreator.org/static/images/templates/396756.jpg This image]] of Dr. Evil doing air quotes.
** Dr. Evil's "How about NO" line is a popular reaction image and video.
** There's an occasionally-used meme... "is it an evil meme?" No, it's just this dumb joke... "is it an evil dumb joke?" You always do this!
** ''Riiiiiiiiiight''
** "I shall call him 'Mini-Me'." is a popular phrase associated with pictures of people, animals, or objects accompanied with a smaller doppelganger. Examples include dogs next to puppies, smart phones next to tablets, model cars next to real cars, etc.
** "I love goooooold."
** "Who throws a shoe? Honestly!", especially after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_shoeing_incident this incident]].
* MST3KMantra: When Austin contemplates the complexities of time travel, Basil tells him this. He and Austin then [[BreakingTheFourthWall pass it along to the audience]].
* NightmareFuel: The JumpScare of Mini-Me ambushing Austin in the second film.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The disco remix of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in ''Goldmember'' was not created for the film as some younger viewers initially thought. It was actually a song from the era, "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy. The song has since gotten a second life, thanks to this movie and being featured in ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* OneSceneWonder:
** Will Ferrell as Mustafa.
** Nathan Lane in ''Goldmember''.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** In the RentAZilla scene from the third movie, there's a cameo by Creator/MasiOka - now with all the time-travel involved, where was [[Series/{{Heroes}} Hiro Nakamura]] when you needed him?
** Creator/KevinDurand of ''Series/{{LOST}}'' and ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' as Robin Swallow's henchman in the second movie.
* TheScrappy: Goldmember. Most fans see him as little more than a half-baked attempt to capitalise on Fat Bastard's fanbase.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny:
** While Austin Powers wasn't the first comedy film to use an OverlyLongGag [[note]]Before this, films would maybe have one or two.[[/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 OverlyLongGag 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.
** Also, the bigger sequels relied heavily on broad slapstick, body humor, DontExplainTheJoke and celebrity cameos, aspects not all that present in the original, which is a direct spoof of 60s spy movies in the same way a movie like ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory'' is a music biopic spoof. As a result, the more you know about James Bond tropes and films of that ilk, the funnier ''International Man of Mystery'' is, as it's quite clear through the production notes and commentary that Myers and his crew are vastly knowledgable about that culture and root much of the film's humor in it.
* {{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. Though, check out the [[Funny/AustinPowers Funny Moments]] page to see that this reaction isn't universal.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Done intentionally. We have obvious rear screen projection for the driving scenes, obvious stock footage for [[spoiler: Dr Evil's lair exploding in the first film]] and also in the first film, when the guard gets his head bitten off by [[strike: a shark]] [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot 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}}: FatBastard is deliberately written to be {{Squick}}.
* ValuesDissonance: Invoked, sort of. The first movie gets a number of jokes about TheSixties and TheNineties 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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