YMMV / Megamind

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • Angst? What Angst?: By any metric, Megamind had a spectacularly crappy life and upbringing- home planet destroyed, raised in jail, bullied at school, no friends except for Minion- but doesn't seem particularly bothered by most of it.
  • Broken Base: While Megamind is generally well received, it differs between those who find it to be a hilarious masterpiece while others thinks that, while it is good, it could have been a lot funnier and didn't quite reach its potential.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: One of Hans Zimmer's best scores, notably "Giant Blue Head" and "Rejection in the Rain".
  • Draco in Leather Pants: There are a handful of people who romanticize Hal as a loveable loser who just needed a shot at love. They fail to realise that Hal is a deconstruction of that character type and in truth is an entitled man-child who ended up threatening the entire city, simply because he got friend-zoned.
    • Fans treat even Megamind this way. He may be an Anti-Villain who has had a rough deal in life and all he wants is recognition and love, but he's caused enough destruction and suffering to warrant 88 life sentences, and he still cheers and gloats over Metro Man's apparent death. No one, not even Roxanne, treats this seriously enough.
  • Ear Worm: ♪ I have eyes. That can see. Right through leeeeeeead. ♪
  • Evil Is Cool: Even after his Heel–Face Turn, the film actually embraces this trope in spite of Megamind's goofiness. This is helped when music of the calibre of AC/DC and Guns N' Roses plays whenever he does something badass.
  • Foe Yay: Like woah between Megamind and Metro Man: Megamind goes into mourning over Metro Man, bringing flowers to his statue and lamenting about all the battles they'll now never have and how it's "not the same" without him.
    • Megamind is visibly relieved Metro Man isn't dead when he sees his cape flying from the explosion, a long moment before his "Oh, Crap!, he's alive and coming towards me."
    • Megamind and Roxanne have a little bit of this going on among them, right before Roxanne hugs Megamind.
    • There's also the scene where Roxanne takes Megamind to Metro Man's hideout. He's practically squeeing at all of the stuff and even puts on Metro Man's cape. Roxanne seems uncertain how to take his reaction.
  • Genius Bonus: If you look carefully during the scene where the death ray is firing at Metro Man, you can tell that Metro City is in Michigan. Before automobiles moved in, copper mining was Michigan's biggest industry. Metro Man's weakness is copper. Weaksauce Weakness indeed (if he hadn't been making that up). Probably just a neat little coincidence, but cool if it was intentional.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Tighten's goes on a rampage, threatening Metro City and tries to kill Megamind and Roxanne simply because she rejected him. Four years later, the Isla Vista killings happened for similar reasons.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Tighten's remarks on how the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy don't exist, in light of Rise of the Guardians.
    • Megamind, holding the power infuser and dehydrator at the same time, rolls the dehydrator cylinder on his arm.
    • Hal Stewart having a composite name of two different Green Lanterns, being voiced by Jonah Hill and acting clingy towards a Lois Lane expy became this when The LEGO Movie came out, which had a Green Lantern (most likely Hal Jordan) voiced by Jonah Hill acting clingy towards Lego Superman.
      • Speaking of The Lego Movie, all of the "artifacts" (such as "the po-leesh remover of na-eel) sound as if Megamind named them. Which he did... from a certain point of view.
    • Take a closer look at both Megamind's and Metroman's color schemes. Now what does that remind you?
    • When this film debuted, people were comparing it to Despicable Me, based on the similar premises. Six years later, both this film and one of the biggest Cash Cow Franchises of the past few years would end up being owned by the same studio.
  • Ho Yay: There's a bit going on between Megamind and Minion. Bridal Carry? Check. "Pillow" fight with bags of money? Check. Having a full-on breakup when Minion learns Megamind is seeing Roxanne? Check. Minion's first words in the entire film being "Well, hello good-looking, need a lift?" Yeah, it's not even subtle.
  • It Was His Sled: Tighten choosing to become a villain after being rejected by Roxanne. Thanks to the internet, it's no longer a twist anymore.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Megamind himself before his Heel–Face Turn. His villainy is closer to the Poke the Poodle variety, but he still regularly kidnaps someone, threatens them with bodily harm, and (unsuccessfully) tries to kill his nemesis. On the other hand, his planet was destroyed, had a potential family stolen from him by a coincidence, grew up in a prison and was ostracized as a child for (arguably) doing the exact same things Metroman did.
    • Bernard. How would you feel if you woke up in a washing machine after God knows how long, only to get immediately knocked out again by a mechanical fish-ape? Poor guy.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Tighten going on an rampage over Roxanne rejecting him is bad enough but willing to kill Megamind and Roxanne crossed this.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The opening notes of "Welcome to the Jungle." In-story too: just look at the expression on Roxanne's face.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    Mayor: Tighten has freed us!
    Tighten: Oh, I wouldn't say "freed". More like "under new management".
  • One-Scene Wonder: The real Bernard appears in two scenes. One has him acting cold towards Roxanne and mocking Megamind's "costume" before being dehydrated, and the other has him rehydrated by Minion and getting whacked by his stick.
  • Periphery Demographic: Given how superficial the trailers made the film seem, the target audience looked to be the 6-11 year-old male demographic, but the romantic aspects (which weren't advertised at all) led to a large fanbase of women in their 20's.
  • Squick: "Come out you little freak! I wanna see what that BIG BRAIN LOOKS LIKE ON THE PAVEMENT!"
  • They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste: As Megamind talks to Minion about who they should make into a hero, and how this hero should be "someone of noble heart and mind, who puts the welfare of others above their own", he is interrupted by his mobile ringing. It's Roxanne. She is right outside. Because she tracked him down to stop him.
  • Ugly Cute: Minion.