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You said it, Austin.

Austin: Actually, my name is Austin Powers.
Attendant: It says your name's Danger Powers.
Austin: No no no no no. Danger's my middle name.

A movie trilogy about a temporally displaced British Ministry of Defence agent, Austin Powers, and his archnemesis, Dr. Evil, who is obsessed with taking over the world and whose plans Austin consistently foils.

When Dr. Evil cryogenically freezes himself and launches into space, Austin (believing himself the only one capable of battling this menace) has himself frozen as well to await the day that Dr. Evil returns. When they are duly thawed, thirty years later, both characters find themselves woefully outdated: Austin is a walking punchline from the swinging sixties, while Dr. Evil finds his evil syndicate is completely overshadowed by Starbucks.

The three films are parodies of the Spy Drama genre, particularly Harry Palmer and James Bond, to the point that the second and third movie titles are direct spoofs of James Bond movie titles and the first is literally just a common description of James Bond himself. As a finishing touch, Austin's florid sense of dress (perfectly at home in Las Vegas, but hard on the eyes elsewhere) was based on Jason King. (Word of God has also acknowledged this, but they don't make such a big deal of it because modern audiences are more likely to have heard of James Bond.) Lampshade Hanging is everywhere, and forget Leaning on the Fourth Wall, Austin dances on top of it. The series was known for its Acting for Two, as Mike Myers played four major characters: Austin; Dr. Evil; the second movie's henchman, a Fat Bastard aptly named "Fat Bastard"; and the third movie's co-villain Goldmember.


The series consists of:

  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

These swingin' movies provide shagadelic examples of:

  • The '60s: Setting of the opening of the first and most of the second.
  • The '90s: The first two movies. The third one takes place in 2002.
  • Above the Influence: In the first film, Austin, for all his womanizing, turns down a kiss from Vanessa because she's drunk.
  • Abusive Parents: Dr. Evil's ridiculously traumatic upbringing.
  • Academy of Evil: The evil medical school Dr. Evil went to.
  • The Ace: Austin Powers is described as "the ultimate gentleman spy. Irresistable to woman, deadly to his enemies, a legend in his own time."
  • Aerith and Bob: With several bizarrely-named people around him, Scott plays the Bob role.
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  • Affably Evil: Dr. Evil is rather eccentric for being a supposed evil mastermind, frequently going off on long tangents or doing things that make no sense within the context of a conversation.
  • Affectionate Parody: The first is mostly, as mentioned below, a parody of James Bond knockoffs and sixties culture in general. This is mostly continued in the second one, with various bits of sci-fi thrown in with all the time travel abuse. The third movie parodies Blaxploitation movies and, well, the Austin Powers franchise itself.
  • Air Quotes:
    • Dr. Evil does this while explaining one of his evil plans to his staff, using air quotes where the text shows quotes.
      Dr. Evil: Back in the '60s I developed a weather changing machine which was in essence a sophisticated heat beam which we called a "laser". Using these "lasers", we punch a hole in the protective layer around the world, which we call the "ozone layer".
    • The fact that Dr. Evil seems unable to say the word "laser" without using this trope becomes a Running Gag.
      Dr. Evil: In exactly six hours, the moon will move in its orbit around the Earth, bringing Washington D.C. within range of my giant "laser". Begin "laser" ignition sequence!
    • In a deleted scene available on DVD, Dr. Evil claims that he invented finger quotes.
  • An Aesop: Dr. Evil taunts Austin that the values of the hippies and swingers Austin associated with in the sixties, and the lifestyle they embraced (promiscuity, partying, drug use), are now considered evil and amoral in the nineties, trying to convince Austin they're Not So Different. Austin disagrees.
    Austin: No, man, what we swingers were rebelling against were uptight squares like you, whose bag was money and world domination. We were innocent, man! If we'd known the consequences of our sexual liberation, we would have done things differently, but the spirit would have remained the same. It's freedom, baby, yeah.
    Dr. Evil: Face it: Freedom failed.
    Austin: No, man, freedom didn't fail. Right now, we got freedom and responsibility - it's a very groovy time.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The President comes this close to blowing up the moon rather than pay Dr. Evil's inflated ransom ("Would you miss it?"). The United States Air Force actually considered nuking the moon to intimidate the Soviets.
  • Anachronism Stew: Elvis Costello performed in The Spy Who Shagged Me, but the scene in question took place in 1969, which meant he would've only been fifteen years old (and looked much older than that). This is played for laughs like everything else. Burt Bacharach and Woody Harrelson also look to be as old as they were in 1999 in 1969.
  • Antagonist Title: Being a spoof of the Bond movies, Goldmember is used in place of Goldfinger as the title of the third movie. Goldmember is indeed the antagonist, just not the only one.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Upon being asked if he's happy, Fat Bastard breaks down in tears when he admits he's not. Unusually for this series, it's played relatively straight until he lets out a fart.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While snooping around Alotta Fagina's penthouse in the first movie, Austin discovers a folder with some of Virtucon's Evil Plans listed inside. In between "Human Organ Trafficking" and "Project Vulcan" is... "Carrot Top Movie".
  • Artistic Licence: To British viewers at least, the "newspaper" Austin reads in the space station is clearly a mockup designed by somebody who has never seen the real paper:
    • Although the paper is nicknamed "the London Times", to distinguish it from similarly-named papers such as the New York Times, its official name (the one on the masthead) is "The Times".
    • The masthead design is totally wrong.
    • In particular, the masthead (like the rest of the paper) is in Times New Roman, not the Fraktur typeface used. (Many British papers have moved away from the Fraktur tradition.)
  • Artistic License – Geology: A pretty minor example: Dr. Evil refers to the Earth's core as the "liquid hot magma core". The Earth's innermost core is a mass of iron and nickel, solidified by the intense pressure around it. Though Dr. Evil might be referring to the outer core, which is liquid.
  • Artistic License – Physics: in the first film, the Big Boy rocket begins to glow from re-entry the instant it begins to move downwards. But that glow is caused by friction, which builds up over time based on speed, and also requires something to actually generate the friction - it wouldn't happen outside of the atmosphere.
  • Aside Glance: Frequently follows some of Austin's particularly painful jokes.
    Austin: (upon face with Dr. Evil's bare buttocks) You know, Dr. Evil, I used to think you were crazy.
    Dr. Evil: I know.
  • A-Team Firing: Zigzagged. Austin himself is rather guilty of it, firing in completely random directions and somehow managing to hit almost nothing. Other times, Austin's so accurate that it's a wonder anyone ever gets near him.
  • Autocannibalism: When he isn't collecting it in a box, Goldmember enjoys eating pieces of his own skin.
  • Bad Boss: Dr. Evil murders his henchmen for failing to kill Austin Powers in a deliberate parody of this trope.
  • Bald of Evil: Dr. Evil. In the third movie, as Scott becomes more evil, he loses his hair too.
  • The Baroness: The Rosa Klebb type is spoofed with Frau Farbissina.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Mini-Me is ejected out into space unprotected in the second movie, and survives completely unharmed (though Dr. Evil thinks this warrants a flu shot).
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Number Two, who, to add to the indignity, was happily running Virtucom as a legitimate multi-billion dollar company before Dr. Evil was unfrozen.
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, despite having little care for Scott Evil for "not being evil enough", his father does not take it well whenever someone goes so far as to imply that Scott is some sort of freak, as evidenced by his behavior on The Jerry Springer Show, where his reaction was apparently not faked.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Dr. Evil teams up with Goldmember in the third movie against Austin Powers.
  • Big Little Man: Mini-Me's introduction in the second movie.
  • Big "NO!"
    • Two in International Man of Mystery. A guard while Austin is driving toward him with a steamroller (actually a "STOOOOOOOOOP"), and Austin himself before leaping to push the underground drill's abort button. The steamroller bit goes into Overly Long Gag territory because the Mook stands there for a full 15 seconds shouting "STOOOOOP!" before the steamroller slowly crushes him.
    • And again in The Spy Who Shagged Me. When Dr. Evil hits the self-destruct button, then throws the bottle containing Austin's "mojo" into the air, both Austins do this while they try to catch the jar.
  • Big Red Button: Two in International Man of Mystery. One aborts the underground drill carrying the nuke, the other activates the base's Self-Destruct Mechanism.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "As the French would say, it has a certain... I don't know what." The phrase je ne sais quoi, a popular term borrowed from French to describe some indescribable aspect of something, literally translates to 'I don't know what'.
  • Bond One-Liner: Spoofed. A lot.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Used and lampshaded, most notably in the scene where Scott asks "Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?"
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: At the end of Goldmember, Dr. Evil says "Yeah baby!" Everyone stares blankly at him, and he adds: "No? Just trying it on."
  • Bowdlerize: In-universe, this was the case for Dr. Evil's "It's a Hard Knock Life" music video in Goldmember: Nudity was censored, and Dr. Evil's curse words were edited, radio edit-style.
  • Brain Bleach: "Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day! Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!"
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Austin's "Things To Do Before I Die" checklist in the third movie:
    Become International Man Of Mystery.
    Save World From Certain Doom.
    Find True Love.
    Go To Outer Space.
    Travel Through Time, Backward and Forward.
    Be Cryogenically Frozen.
    Catch Dr. Evil in the First Act.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In the first film, Austin claims to hate Carnies (or "circus folk") because they "smell like cabbage". Two films later, his father is ambushed by Mini-Me. His response? "I thought I smelled cabbage."
    • When the first movie begins Austin has just propositioned a pair of Japanese twins before he's called away to save the world, much to his dismay. Two movies later (again) the list above appears.
    • In the first movie, Dr. Evil says to Austin that they are 'not so different' (which also doubles as a comedic Actor Allusion), and in the second Dr. Evil pulls a Luke, I Am Your Father moment to Austin seemingly just to mess with him. In the third movie it is revealed that they are brothers.
  • British Royal Guards: The Spy Who Shagged Me has a montage where Austin and Felicity goad a royal guard into participating in a Motionless Makeover.
  • British Teeth: Austin's teeth. Becomes a Brick Joke later when Vanessa tells him to use the toothpaste as a weapon and he responds "Okay, I get it: I have bad teeth!" Austin is the only member of the cast so afflicted, however. Thanks to modern dental hygiene products, Austin manages to clean them up by the end of the first movie. But when he travels back to 1969, they revert back, becoming so horrible they crack his car's mirror.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: Robin Swallows, from The Spy Who Shagged Me, can protect Austin from machine gun fire.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    • Austin is strange, eccentric, has an awful sense of humor, and is one of the world's greatest secret agents.
    • Played with The Mole in the third film. He's a polite, normal, friendly guy, who happens to have a large mole on his face, and is perfectly aware of the irony that The Mole has a mole. The pun aside though, he's an effective and professional agent.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mustafa and, to a much lesser extent, Scott.
  • Call-Back: In the second film, Scott suggests that Dr. Evil just go back in time and kill Austin "while he's sitting on the crapper", a nod to Paddy O'Brien's assassination attempt on Austin in the first film.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Judo X!" and Foxxy's "Shazam!"
  • The Cameo: Many in every movie. The first had two (Christian Slater and Rob Lowe) cut in North America but present everywhere else. The second has among others, two for the Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption (and the third has another lampshading how this joke is a repeat). The third opens with a fake Austin Powers movie filled with these.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Fat Bastard, after cutting one: "Sorry. I farted."
    • Goldmember from the third film states the obvious when Dr. Evil starts giving Scott preferential treatment: "It's a power struggle." and "The tiny one can't take the hint."
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Dr. Evil is a perfect homage to his trope, hence the name.
  • Carnival of Killers: Among the various killers hired by Dr. Evil are an Asian man named Random Task who uses his shoe to kill people, an Irishman who strangles people with a bracelet with lucky charms on it, and a vaguely Middle-Eastern man who angers Dr. Evil but will just not die.
  • Carpet of Virility: Austin's ridiculously hairy chest, which women improbably seem to love.
  • The Casanova:
    • Austin, and in a twist, Dr. Evil after drinking Austin's mojo. All for comedy.
    • Nigel Powers.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Austin has "Oh, behave!", "Yeah, baby, yeah!", "Groovy, baby!", and "Yes! Yes! Yes! No! No! No! ...And I'm spent."
    • Dr. Evil has "One milllion dollars." and "Rrrrrrrriiiight..."
    • Goldmember has several, with his most prominent (for which he's also the Phrase-Catcher) being "[lost his genitalia in] an unfortunate smelting accident".
  • Cartwright Curse: Played for laughs throughout the series in parody of James Bond's habit of hooking up with a new beautiful woman in each movie who disappears with little to no fanfare in the next. Vanessa is revealed to be a fembot to re-bachelor Austin at the beginning of the second movie with little recognition from the characters, and Felicity just disappears. (A deleted scene mentions she ran off with Austin-from-five-minutes-in-the-past.)
  • Censored Title: The second movie was often advertised in Britain as "The Spy Who...", leaving out the last two words. In Britain, "shag" is a much dirtier word than it is in North America. Averted or inverted (depending on whether the new title is considered more offensive than the original) in Norway, however, where the title translated as The Spy Who Spermed Me.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Swedish penis pump which belongs to no one in particular and certainly not Austin.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • Felicity Shagwell in the third movie.
    • Dr. Evil's minions, Alotta Fagina and Random Task aren't mentioned after the first movie. The former could have been killed in the lair explosion but so should have Frau and Scott.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: As noted above in Above the Influence, for as much of a womanizer he is, Austin won't take advantage of a drunk woman.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The Jerry Springer scene during the second movie. All censored, of course.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: After Austin learns that his father, Nigel, has been kidnapped and the only clue is that the crew of his yacht have had their genitalia painted gold, Austin visits Dr. Evil, who is being held in captivity in a cell much like Hannibal Lecter's, to find out who is responsible. Dr. Evil reveals to Austin that Goldmember is behind the abduction.
  • Continuity Nod: At the end of the first movie, Basil tells Austin that he will be knighted. Early on in the third film, Austin is finally knighted.
  • Continuity Snarl: Frau and Scott appear in the second movie despite supposedly being caught in Dr. Evil's lair exploding. Number Two appears as well despite being incinerated near the end by Dr. Evil himself (an alternate ending that is mostly full of continuity errors states that he escaped the fire pit alive.)
  • Contractual Genre Blindness: Dr. Evil. His lines make clear that he knows all about Bond villain tropes but follows them nontheless.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The hollowed-out volcano from The Spy Who Shagged Me, in particular the Lava Pit Death Trap.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: Goldmember parodies a very similar scene from Goldfinger with Austin's dad strapped to a device that moves him genitals-first towards a container pouring molten gold.
    Goldmember: Your fajah is about to have an unfortunate smelting accident!"
  • Cosmopolitan Council: Dr. Evil's Council and also, the United Nations have a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities present.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: *Cough* Ripoff! *Cough*
  • Crazy Memory: Dr. Evil describes his father as this.
    Dr. Evil: He would make outrageous claims, like he invented the question mark.
  • Culture Equals Costume:
    • In International Man of Mystery, when Dr. Evil calls up the United Nations Secret Meeting Room to give his ultimatum, many of the occupants are dressed in costumes indicating their native countries (two Japanese are dressed as a geisha and a sumo wrestler, a British representative is wearing a Beefeater costume, a Spaniard is dressed as a matador, etc.). One of the characters (presumably an American) is dressed as a cowboy.
    • When we first see Fat Bastard he's wearing a tam o'shanter and a kilt while bagpipe music plays.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Deconstructive Parody: When Dr. Evil comes out of cryogenic suspension, he immediately draws up outlandish plans to blackmail world leaders for one million dollars. This annoys Number Two to no end, since he has spent the thirty years Dr. Evil was absent building up the front companies they established into a shady but completely law-abiding, legitimate and wildly successful corporation with an annual revenue of nine billion dollars.
  • Daddy Issues: In Goldmember, Austin responds to accusations of having "Daddy Issues" with this:
    Austin: "Nothing could be My Father from the truth. For me this is a Dad issue....Dead! Dad! Deadbeat dad! Daddy didn't love me!"
  • Dancing Theme: During the opening titles of each movie, Austin dances to the theme tune of the films with supposedly random bystanders.
  • Dead Partner: Foxxy Cleopatra had a partner who was killed by Goldmember, and is determined to bring the villain to justice for it.
  • Death Trap: Parodied, of course.
^Deleted Scene: in Spy Who shagged Me when meeting Robin Swallows Austin shakes her hand causing *Gainaxing: and Austin “ finishes” with *The Grunting Orgasm
  • Deer in the Headlights: Parodied with the guard and the steamroller.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • In the first movie: "Allow myself to introduce...... myself."
    • In the second: "You're a very groovy baby..... baby."
    • And in the third: "What do you know about my father's where..... about..... s?"
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Austin's got a problem separating his inner and outer voices.
    • In the first film, the Human Popsicle process has some drawbacks.
      Austin: My God, Vanessa's got a fantastic body. I bet she shags like a minx. How do I tell her that, because of the unfreezing process, I have no Inner Monologue? I hope I didn't say that out loud just now.
    • In the third film, The Mole's facial blemishes prove irresistible.
      Austin: MOLE!
  • Didn't We Use This Joke Already?: Happens in Goldmember when they reuse the rocket-joke from the second movie.
    Ozzy: These filmmakers are just [bleep] boobs!
    Kelly: What do you mean, Dad?
    Ozzy: Well, they're usin' the same [bleep] jokes they did in the last Austin Powers movie.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Dr. Evil's warhead in International Man of Mystery.
      Austin: Does that make you horny?
      Vanessa: Not now, Austin!
    • Dr. Evil's rockets in The Spy Who Shagged Me and Goldmember.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Done a lot.
  • Double Entendre: Examples are scattered everywhere.
  • The Dragon: In the second movie, Mini-Me hilariously fills this role, giving Austin a hell of a beating before the climactic showdown with Dr. Evil. Keep in mind that Mini-Me, played by Verne Troyer, is less than three feet tall.
  • Dreamworks Face: The Dr. Evil giant submarine in Goldmember has one. Of course it's based on Dr. Evil's quirk of doing the same thing.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Once per movie, and Played for Laughs.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Said In-Universe by Austin in regards to his father writing off Austin's quite legitimate complaints about his parenting skills with a joke.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Dr. Evil in the first movie.
    Dr. Evil: Welcome to my UNDERGROUND LAIR!!
  • Epic Fail: The first time Dr. Evil tries to time travel in the second film, and just runs into the time machine without remembering to turn it on. Also in the same film, when Austin gets ready to drive a time-travelling VW Bug into the future...but forgets that it's in reverse.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • The main reason why Number Two attempted to betray Dr. Evil was because he was nearly ruining his business after he returned.
    • Similarly, and quite ironically, even Dr. Evil fit into this trope. He has no qualms with taking over the world or just outright destroying it (at least until the ending of Austin Powers in Goldmember), but when he meets Goldmember, the eponymous villain of the third movie, even he was disturbed by him and his actions. "How about no, you crazy Dutch bastard..." He's also disturbed when Scott Evil lets his evil laugh get away with him.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Two words — English English. The subtitler eventually gives up.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Austin is a shameless womanizer who will sleep with most any woman he comes across, but he refuses Vanessa when she comes onto him while she's drunk. He also never went beyond harmless flirting with Vanessa's mother despite being highly attracted to her, because she was already married.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Austin, Basil, Dr. Evil, and Number Two were all in Spy Academy together. Somehow.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Dr. Evil.
  • Evil Laugh: Spoofed massively. Often causes those trying to emulate Doctor Evil to fail hard. Overlaps with Leave the Camera Running in the first film. Dr. Evil and his minions share a bout of maniacal laughter... and then instead of cutting away at its peak, the camera keeps rolling as it slowly and awkwardly peters out.
  • Evil Plan: Each movie has one naturally, but of note is an early scene in the first movie. There Dr. Evil lists in detail two possible evil plans only to have Number Two tell him they already happened. So he shrugs and says 'Let's do what we always do: hijack nuclear weapons and hold the world hostage'
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Not actually plot-driven, but Foxxy Cleopatra's hairstyle changes in virtually every new scene she's in.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Number 2's eye-patch has X-Ray Vision, which he uses to cheat at blackjack.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
  • Expy: The Original Mrs. Kensington is an Expy of Emma Peel from The Avengers. The young Mrs. Kensington as well, to the extent that Elizabeth Hurley was briefly the fan favorite to play Emma in the then-still-planned Avengers movie.
  • Exty Years from Now: International Man of Mystery starts in 1967, then moves forward to 1997. Reversed in The Spy Who Shagged Me, which starts in 1999 before heading toward 1969.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Vanessa is a Fembot. Which is revealed at the beginning of the second movie, apropos of nothing but the Rule of Funny. ... Hey, now Austin is single again! YEAH, BABY!!!
  • Faceship: Dr. Evil's sub in Goldmember is modeled after him.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The third movie opens with a scene from a film within the film about Austin's life.
  • Fan Disservice: Naked Fat Bastard in the second movie. Send the Brain Bleach! Dr. Evil even lampshades this in-universe.
  • Fat Bastard: Obviously.
  • Fat Suit: Did you think Mike Myers was really that fat?
  • Faux Paw: When Austin first sees Felicity, He licks his hand and grooms himself like a cat, in some kind of enticement ritual.
  • Fetal Position Rebirth: Austin Powers adopts this position when he's unfrozen.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Austin and Dr. Evil, in the first film, have to face the changes arisen from being frozen 30 years.
  • Five-Bad Band (in the first film):
    • The Big Bad: Dr. Evil is the evil mastermind.
    • The Dragon: Number Two is responsible for running the evil empire on Dr.Evil's behalf
    • The Brute: Random Task is the primary muscle and hitman (Fat Bastard takes over this role from him in the second film).
    • Evil Genius: Frau Farbissina is responsible for things like the fembots and the clones.
    • Dark Chick: Alotta Fagina is a seductive hidden agent for seducing targets, like Austin Powers.
  • Flanderization: Especially evident in Austinpussy (the movie-within-a-movie in Goldmember).
    John Travolta as Goldmember: Hey guys, do I have time for one last smoke and pancake or what!?
  • Flashback Cut: Austin has one when Mini-Me (who defected to the good guys) flashes the "peace" symbol. He did this in the second movie, only to give him the finger and kick Austin in the face.
  • Flipping the Bird: Mini-Me gave Austin the finger twice in The Spy Who Shagged Me (though the first time, he didn't see it), and twice in Goldmember: Once to Austin in the fake intro and later to Dr. Evil.
  • Flirting Under Fire: In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin and Felicity have a tender moment... while standing in a laughably pathetic Death Trap.
  • Formally Named Pet: Mr. Bigglesworth.
  • For the Evulz: Dr. Evil's motivation for his schemes. He technically is blackmailing nations for money, but he continues to do the same type of scheme in the 90's, when his company has long been legit and is raking in mountains of completely legal money.
  • Freudian Excuse: Supposedly, one of the mains reasons Dr. Evil became, well, evil was that he was raised in Belgium.
    Nigel: Of course, they share a border with the Dutch.
  • Freudian Slip: In Goldmember, Austin repeatedly saying "dad" or "father" instead of other words.
    Dr. Evil: Uh oh! Somebody's got some daddy issues!
    Austin: Nothing could be my father from the truth.
    Dr. Evil: Oop... you said "my father."
    Austin: No I dadn't!
    Dr. Evil: HOW!
    Austin: Didn't! Did not!
    Dr. Evil: Shappah!
    Austin: For me, this is a dad issue.
    Dr. Evil: Oop.
    Austin: Dead issue! Dead... dead dad! Deadbeat dad! Daddy didn't love me!
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Trope Namer. They're attached to the heads of sharks. Though unlike the Ray Gun from most examples of that trope, they're realistic lasers with continuous beams.
  • Funny Foreigner: Goldmember, very Dutch and very weird.
    Goldmember: I'm from Holland! Isn't zat veird!?
  • Gag Penis:
    • Aside from everything Nigel says about Mini-Me's endowments, there's the fact that when Mini-Me lowers his pants, there is an audible thump.
    • Goldmember has a, member.
    • The phallic-looking rocket in the second movie, inspiring an Overly Long Gag of bystanders reacting to it.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: After a passionate night with Dr. Evil, Frau tells him that she's "late". Just then, Scott arrives through the time machine and we later find out that that was the night Dr. Evil and Frau conceived him.
    • The Japanese twins in Goldmember. One goes to get Austin a drink and the other almost immediately returns with a drink for him.
      Austin: Fook Mi, that was quick!
      Fook Yu: [correcting Austin's mistake] Fook Yu!
      Austin: Oh, you're heading the right way for a smacked bottom, and I don't care who knows it!
  • Girl of the Week: Every trope that applies to a Bond Girl applies to Austin's women.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: The goofy futuristic clothes Dr. Evil forces on Austin and Vanessa.
  • Good Pays Better: In every movie, Number Two will tell Doctor Evil that they're making a lot more money with legitimate business operations than evil plans. In response, Dr. Evil says "SILENCE, NUMBER TWO!" and then does the Evil Plan anyway.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Austin's Union Jack underpants. Yeah.
  • GPS Evidence: In the second movie, the heroes are able to find the location of Dr. Evil's volcano lair by analyzing Fat Bastard's stool sample, discovering traces of a rare vegetable that only grows on one island in the entire world.
  • Great Escape: Dr. Evil in the third movie.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Whoever rigged Nigel Powers' car to explode in an attempt to assassinate him— the car's explosion killed Mrs. Powers, and resulted in Dougie being adopted by a Belgian baker, leading to him becoming Dr. Evil and the events of the first three films.
  • The Great Politics Mess-Up: Spoofed.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Downplayed near the end of the first film. Austin leaps into his Jaguar, only to land with his groin hitting the stick shift. Once Vanessa gets into the car, she moves the shifter and accidentally hits Austin in the same tender area.
    • Mini-Me first kicks, then bites Austin in the junk in the second film, during their fight on the moon base. He kicks him there again during their brief fight in the third film.
    • Felicity pulls it off on Fat Bastard when she kicks him in the "mommy-daddy button" near the end of the second film, causing Austin to lecture her:
      Austin Powers: I don't care if he is evil, you don't give a man a shot in the pills. It's just not cricket, baby!
    • And in the third film, he accidentally sends a model meteor right into Dr. Evil's testicles. Way to go, A-hole!
  • Gross-Up Close-Up:
    • In the first film, one of the scene transitions ends with a close-up of Austin's bad teeth for no reason.
    • Whenever Number Three appears, there is always a zoom-in on his gigantic mole. He even twitches it a little...
  • Groupie Brigade: Austin appearing in public usually tends to attract a screaming whorde.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Spoofed and lampshaded without mercy.
  • Hand Signals: In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Felicity Shagwell uses them to tell her agents to interfere with Robin Spitz Swallows.
  • Hazmat Suit: The radiation suit Dr. Evil wears in International Man of Mystery as a parody of the one worn by the title character in Dr. No.
  • Hear Me the Money: During Austin Powers's final confrontation with Dr. Evil in the first film, in a deleted scene, Number 2 attempts to bribe Austin with $1 billion in a Fendi briefcase. When Austin grabs just one stack of $100 bills, he notes that the money is short of a billion, to which Number 2 mentions the Fendi briefcase being part of it. They continue to argue until Dr. Evil presses the button to eliminate Number 2. Austin could have told that the money is short of a billion by the simple fact that you can't fit ten million $100 bills in a single briefcase.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Goldmember, Mini-Me, Dr. Evil, and Fat Bastard, as well. And maybe Frau and Number 2.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: Austin returns to his hotel room to find Mini-Me grinning at him while holding up a letter opener. The audience knows that Mini-Me is here because he defected from Dr. Evil (the "help") and that he was just using the letter opener to open some mail, but Austin immediately reads it as an ambush (the "attack") and gives him a sound thrashing.
  • Heroic Seductress: Felicity gets Fat Bastard into bed with her so she can place a tracking device on him.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: The second film's sexy evil foreigner with a highly suggestive name, Ivana Humpalot, was sent to kill Austin Powers but instead finds him so attractive that she ends up confessing to her agenda and just asks him to make love to her. Apparently she was so attracted to him that she made no move to kill him even after he lost his mojo in the middle of sex.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: The silver suits worn by Dr. Evil and his henchmen.
  • Human Popsicle: Austin and Dr. Evil.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Once a movie, Austin will make one about a mook's death, and promptly told to shut up when he takes up minutes of screentime annoying his partner with the horrendous puns.
  • Hypocritical Humor: There's two things Nigel Powers can't stand: "people who are intolerant of other people's cultures...and the Dutch!"
  • I Ate WHAT?!: In the second movie, Austin drinks Fat Bastard's stool sample, thinking it is coffee.
    Austin: This coffee smells like shit.
    Basil: It is shit, Austin.
    Austin: Oh, good, then it's not just me. (drinks more) It's a bit nutty.
  • I Have Your Wife: In the first movie, though Austin hadn't married Vanessa yet at this point, Alotta Fagina takes Vanessa hostage while Austin almost gets a chance to bring Dr. Evil to justice, who was resigned to capture but undaunted because he believes Austin would be forced to deal with how the 1960's ethos is outdone by the 1990's ethos and that freedom has failed anyway. This gives Dr. Evil a chance to escape despite the failed intervention by Number Two and that Vanessa managed to knock Alotta out and escape with Austin, not to mention Alotta most likely didn't wake up on time to escape.
  • Ignore the Disability: Number Three's mole. Around it, everyone feels inclined to unintentionally make stupid puns. "Why, thank yo— MOLE!!!" "Moley, moley, moley, moley, moley!"
    • Later defied when Number Three tells Austin to just get it out of his system. Austin gladly obliges.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Fat Bastard once ate a baby. And then he tries to eat Mini-Me.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Being a James Bond parody, of course the henchmen are horrible shots.
  • Implausible Deniability: Austin's increasingly desperate insistence that "Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger Pump" wasn't his bag, baby, as the evidence continued to mount against him.
  • Impossible Shadow Puppets:
    • Subverted. In Goldmember, a mook believes he is seeing an impossible silhouette of a man with a small arm for a penis, who shakes hands with it and bites it before giving birth. It turns out to be Austin, Mini-Me, some tubing and an apple.
    • Done to a lesser extent in the previous movie, where Dr. Evil's guards witness Felicity's silhouette appearing to pull several objects (And a gerbil) out of Austin's backside (Actually a bag).
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Towards the end of Shagged, Austin fires fewer shots from his handgun than the number of henchmen he hits.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Random Task throws shoes. Not killer shows mind you just shoes. He attempts to kill Austin in the epilogue and all he does is throw a shoe at his head.
    Austin: Who throws a shoe?!? Honestly?
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Scott, who is "replaced" by Mini Me.
  • Inflation Negation:
    • One meeeeeeeee-llion dollar ransom. Memetic Mutation as well. This was so ubiquitous, even King Hussein of Jordan joked around with it.
    • Inverted in the second film: Dr. Evil's 1969 ransom of one hundred billion dollars doesn't even exist yet.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: In International Man of Mystery Austin is repeatedly called out for his ownership of a Swedish penis-enlarger pump while he's picking up his belongings after the unfreezing process. This embarrasses him in front of Vanessa Kensington and causes him to resort to Implausible Deniability.
    Clerk: One Swedish-made penis enlarger pump...
    Austin: That's not mine.
    Clerk: One credit card receipt for Swedish-made penis enlarger, signed by...Austin Powers.
    Austin: [To Vanessa] I'm telling you, baby, that's not mine.
    Clerk: One warranty card for Swedish-made penis enlarger pump, filled out by...Austin Powers.
    Austin: I don't even know what this is. This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby.
    Clerk: One book: "Swedish-made Penis Enlarger Pumps And Me: (This sort of thing is my bag, baby)", by...Austin Powers.
    Austin: Ah.
  • Intangible Theft: In Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Fat Bastard steals Austin Powers' "mojo" (his libido and sexual prowess) for his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil. It's visualized as a red liquid with little male symbols floating in it.
  • Intimate Artistry: Austin was flirting with Vanessa from the very instant that he awoke from his cryogenic freezing, but he only seemed to progress from purely-physical attraction to an emotional connection when she briefly posed for photographs for him when they were on a surveillance mission. After saying how beautiful she was he took her out for a night on the town, where she first began to return his affections.
  • Inventor of the Mundane: During a group therapy session Dr. Evil mentions that his father claimed to have invented the question mark (among many other, equally strange declarations).
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Mustafa, who can withstand quite a bit of punishment before finally dying.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: Without an actual cut.
    Quartermaster: One Swedish-made penis enlarger pump.
    Austin: That's not mine.
    Quartermaster: One credit card receipt for Swedish-made penis enlarger... singed by Austin Powers.
    Austin: I'm telling you, baby, that's not mine!
    Quartermaster: One warranty card for Swedish-made penis enlarger pump... filled out by Austin Powers.
    Austin: I don't even know what this is! This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby!
    Quartermaster: One book: Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger Pumps and Me: (This Sort of Thing is My Bag, Baby)... by Austin Powers.
  • Island Base: One of Doctor Evil's Evil Lairs.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In Goldmember, Austin pronounces Basil Exposition's name as "Baysil" in one scene.
  • It's Been Done: When he's unfrozen in the first movie, Dr. Evil suggests evil plans that are moot because they've already happened (ruining Prince Charles' marriage, punching a hole in the ozone lair).
    Dr. Evil: Right, people, you have to tell me these things, okay? I've been frozen for thirty years, okay? Throw me a frickin' bone here!
  • It's Personal: Both Dr. Evil and Austin say this this in the second movie, in reference to how Dr. Evil's stolen Austin's mojo.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nigel Powers.
  • Joke Exhaustion: Whenever Austin offs a mook, he'll rattle off a list of incredibly lame Bond one liners about the nature of said mook's death. He generally has to be stopped by someone else before he'll move on. There is also a bunch of sexual euphemisms at the end.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: Austin can be seen shaking his arms and blinking uncontrollably whenever he fires his gun. Mike Myers notes in the commentary that it was done only half-intentionally, as Mike himself had never fired a gun before.
  • Just a Gangster: When Dr. Evil is unfrozen in the first movie, he insists on bringing his organization back to its old ways despite the fact that it has become much more successful and lucrative as a legitimate business.
  • Just in Time: Played for laughs in the first film. Austin has well over ten seconds to stop Dr. Evil's drill from reaching the Earth's core, but deliberately waits until there's just a second to spare, so that his Big "NO!" will look more dramatic.
  • Kirk Summation: Austin's response to Dr. Evil's Not So Different attempt in the first film.
    Austin: I've got you, Dr. Evil!
    Dr. Evil: Well done, Mr. Powers. We're Not So Different, you and I. It's true, you're British, and I'm Belgian. You have a full head of hair, mine is slightly receding. You're thin, I'm about forty pounds overweight. OK, we are different, I'm not making a very good point. However, isn't it ironic, Mr. Powers, that the very things you stand for: swinging, free love, parties, distrust of authority- are all now, in The '90s, considered to be... evil? Maybe we have more in common than you care to admit.
    Austin: No, man, what we swingers were rebelling against were uptight squares like you, whose bag was money and world domination. We were innocent, man. If we'd known the consequences of our sexual liberation, we would have done things differently, but the spirit would have remained the same. It's freedom, man.
    Dr. Evil: Your freedom has cause more pain and suffering in the world than any plan I ever dreamed of. Face it, freedom failed.
    Austin: That's why right now is a very groovy time, man. We still have freedom, but we also have responsibility.
    • Shut Up, Kirk!:
      Dr. Evil: Really, there's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster.
  • Knighting: Austin gets knighted in Goldmember after catching Dr. Evil. Goes from a Moment of Awesome to a Tear Jerker when his father doesn't show up.
  • Knuckle Cracking: Random Task does a neck-crack twice in International Man of Mystery: after throwing his shoe and breaking the head off of a statue and just before throwing his shoe at Austin Powers near the end.
  • Kukris Are Kool: Mustafa wields one.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Austin thinks Basil's mom is actually a enemy agent in disguise because according to him, she looks too "mannish" to actually be a woman.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: From Goldmember:
    Dr. Evil: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my submarine lair. It's long, hard and full of seamen! (nobody laughs) Nothing? Not even a titter?
  • Lame Rhyme Dodge:
    • In the first film:
      Dr. Evil: Son, wouldn't you like to see what daddy does for a living?
      Scott Evil: Blow me.
      Dr. Evil: What?
      Scott Evil: Show me.
    • The TV edited version works just as well:
      Dr. Evil: Son, wouldn't you like to see what daddy does for a living?
      Scott Evil: Bite me.
      Dr. Evil: What?
      Scott Evil: Might be... fun.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • Every Bond trope from Death Trap to Bond Girl is ubiquitously pointed out and made fun of.
    • By Goldmember, they frequent hang a lampshade on their own jokes, old and new. Goldmember implies that his weird accent automatically makes him funny and makes sure everyone notices his "subtle" references to music lyrics. Austin and the Mr. Roboto point out that they could just speak English to avoid confusion, and Ozzy's dialogue under Didn't We Use This Joke Already?
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: When Number Two shows a map of the United States with miniature models of businesses he acquired in the first movie during Dr. Evil's time being frozen, he concludes the list with a factory that makes miniature models... of factories.
  • Laughably Evil: Dr. Evil and his minions.
  • Laugh with Me!: Dr. Evil doesn't like to make an Evil Laugh by himself. Parodied in the last scene of the third movie where Scott laughs alone and desperately turns in every direction for someone to join in.
  • Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: Though Convection Schmonvection is played straight in the second film, this trope is surprisingly averted. Objects (and people) which fall into the lava do not sink to the bottom, and at no point does the lava "flow".
  • Licensed Pinball Table: Released in 2001, and based on the first two films. Click here for more.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: In the second movie, Austin, while in the middle of sex with Dr. Evil's spy Ivana Humpalot, suddenly loses his erection in 1999 when his mojo (libido/sex drive/virility) is stolen from his cryogenically frozen body in 1969. He then travels back to the Swingin' Sixties to reclaim his mojo and cure his erectile dysfunction. His desire to get his groove back is only heightened when the sexy spy/hippie Felicity Shagwell comes his way. With both wanting to shag each other, Felicity increases the swinger's desire to cure his impotency and get his mojo back from Dr. Evil so Austin and Felicity can finally do the horizontal tango.
  • London England Syndrome: The Trope Namer was referring to this film.
  • Loves Only Gold: Johan van der Smut, better known as Goldmember, is fascinated with gold and lost his genitals in a smelting accident. Goldmember teams up with Doctor Evil to conquer the world. They plan to use the tractor beam which Goldmember had created to drag a gold asteroid onto the polar ice field and cause a flood.
  • Low-Speed Chase: In International Man of Mystery, Austin and Vanessa try to escape pursuing guards in a steamroller that moves so slowly that the guards should be able to easily catch up to them.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father:
    • Gender-swapped in the second film, when Frau Farbissina admits she is Scott's mother.
    • Spoofed in the second with Dr. Evil and Austin.
    • Played straight in the third film, when it's revealed Austin and Dr. Evil are brothers.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Robin Swallows, who survives a knife to the back, a barrage of bullets, a bazooka, and falling out of a tall building, all while mocking Austin while he uses her as a human shield. Austin lampshades this.
    Austin: Why won't you die!?
    • Number Two survived the fire pit and the underground lair exploding with nothing but a single burn on his cheek in the sequel.
  • Male Gaze:
    • In IMoM, our first view of Vanessa Kensington via a slow pan up her entire body.
    • Felicity Shagwell is introduced in a similar way to the above.
    • In a deleted scene from the second film, Austin shakes Robin Swallows by the hand really hard just to watch her cleavage bounce up and down.
    • During the chess scene, the camera pans down to Ivana Humpalot's chest as she squeezes her breasts together.
    • The guy Felicity dances with in her first scene openly stares at her chest.
  • Mama Bear: Don't try to harm Scott in front of Frau. Both Mini Me and Doctor Evil find this out the hard way. Later it turns out she really is Scott's mom.
  • Marshmallow Hell: While scoping out Dr. Evil's headquarters, Austin is accidentally pulled down into Felicity's breasts.
    Austin: Hello, mummy. Mummy, can I have some chocolates? I want some Mars bars! Don't smack my bottom, mummy...
  • Medium Awareness: Austin uses the subtitles to understand Japanese in the third movie. What makes it funny is that the white subtitles are sometimes placed in front of white items, resulting in the subtitles looking entirely lewd.
    "Why don't I just, uh, speak in English?"
    "Yes, that would be helpful! Then we wouldn't continue to misread your subtitles, making it seem that you're saying things that are dirty!" *cracks smile just before camera cuts away*
  • Meta Guy: Scott is the only one who seems to see through Dr. Evil's ridiculous plans and is well-aware they won't work.
  • Mission Creep: Parodied in International Man of Mystery. The defrosted Dr. Evil returning from The '60s to The '90s tries to launch into an old-fashioned spy supervillain plot only to be reminded that his organization in his absence had to Cut Lex Luthor a Check and branch into legitimate corporate enterprise so as to better serve evil of course.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: "That's not your mother, it's a MAN, Baby!....WHY! WON'T this WIG! come OFF!"
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • In the opening of the first movie, Dr. Evil kills off his minions who have deceived him... cue Austin dancing to Soul Bossa Nova.
    • In the extended version of the first film, every time Austin kills a Mook, the film immediately clips to about 30 seconds worth of the mook's mourning friends and family.
    • Given the silliness of the first film, Austin's speech to Dr. Evil about "if we'd known the consequences of our actions we'd have done things differently" referring to the Free Love era is actually straightforward and serious (and reflects real-world opinions of those who lived through the era).
    • In the second film, Austin mourns over Vanessa being a Fembot... until he realizes this means he's single again. OH BEHAVE! [cue Soul Boss Nova again!]
    • In the second and third films, Fat Bastard gives a heartfelt speech about his weight... then farts.
  • Mook Chivalry: "Look, here's how it goes, you attack me one at a time and I knock you out with one punch, okay? Go."
  • Moonwalk Dance: In Goldmember, Scott Evil performs a moonwalk just before the end credits.
  • Morton's Fork: In The Spy Who Shagged Me:
    Dr. Evil: Save the world... or save your girlfriend.
  • Mr. Exposition: Basil, whose last name IS Exposition.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Alotta Fagina from the first movie is a pretty straight example. Her only real role (besides acting as a plot device to drive a temporary wedge between Austin and Vanessa) was to look hot.
    • Vanessa (especially her nude scene at the end), Felicity and Foxxy.
    • And let's not forget Mimi Rogers in a catsuit.
  • MST3K Mantra: Invoked and lampshaded, when Austin has some issues with temporal causality in The Spy Who Shagged Me, Basil Exposition tells him to just relax and try to enjoy it, then looks directly at the camera and tells the audience to do the same.
  • Naked People Are Funny:
    • In the first movie, there's two Overly Long Gags in which Austin and latter Vanessa make full use of Scenery Censor.
    • The opening credits of The Spy who Shagged Me play over a scene wherein Austin decides to celebrate his newfound singleness by taking a stroll through the hotel in the buff, his naughty parts concealed by various objects.
  • Neck Lift: International Man of Mystery. When Random Task attacks Austin Powers near the end, he grabs him by the neck, lifts him up and presses him against a wall.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Averted in The Spy Who Shagged Me, when Austin not only interacts with a ten-minute-younger version of himself, but the two of them apparently wind up engaging in a three-way with Felicity Shagwell.
    Austin Powers: Technically it's not cheating, baby!"
  • Never Trust a Trailer: An early trailer for The Spy Who Shagged Me made it seem like Robin Swallows had a larger role then she actually did.
  • Newspaper-Thin Disguise: Austin attempts to disguise himself with a magazine... with his own face on the cover.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: During the car chase in Japan:
    Japanese Man 1: RUN! IT'S GODZILLA!
    Japanese Man 2: It looks like Godzilla, but due to international copyright laws, it's not.
    Japanese Man 2: Though it isn't. [winks at camera]
  • No Fourth Wall:
    • In the second film, Basil and Austin advise the audience not to think too hard about the time travel aspect of the story. Austin also introduces Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones and Elvis Costello to the viewers.
    • In the third film, an obvious example is when Austin and Fat Bastard are fighting and Fat Bastard does "the ultimate wire-fighting maneuver", only for one of his wires to break.
    • Not to mention the numerous times when Austin looks directly at the camera when saying something. One example is during the Mr. Roboto scene. Austin, after misreading several subtitles for Mr. Roboto's dialogue, is pretty weirded out. Mr. Roboto says "Why don't I just speak English?" This leads to:
      Austin: Yeah, why don't you? That way I wouldn't misread the subtitles making it seem like you are saying things which are dirty. [looks at camera]
    • Another camera look occurs when Austin is shot at on the ladder near the end and falls, pulling down Dr. Evil's pants to stop his fall. He says:
      Austin: You know, Dr. Evil, I used to think you were crazy.
      Dr. Evil: I know.
      Austin: But now I can see you're nuts. [looks at camera] Ah, thank you.
  • No Indoor Voice:
    • "I'm finding it hard to control THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE!"
    • Frau Farbissina's schtick.
      Frau: LOWER THE GLOBE!
  • Nominal Importance: Nigel Powers talks one of Dr. Evil's minions out of attacking him by pointing this out.
    Nigel Powers: Have you any idea how many anonymous henchmen I've killed? Look at you! You don't even have a name tag! You've got no chance. Why don't you just fall down?
    [the henchman falls down]
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Lampshaded and spoofed.
    Scott: What, you're feeding him? Why don't you just kill him?
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Scott Evil is outraged by his daddy Dr. Evil's dogged insistence on Bond Villain Stupidity by having dinner with his arch-enemy Austin Powers and deciding to place him in an easily escapable Death Trap. Scott offers to just shoot the super-spy and be done with it, but Dr. Evil simply ignores him.
    Dr. Evil: Scott.. you just don't get it.
  • Not So Different: Parodied in the first movie. Dr. Evil tries this, but as he lectures he realizes that he and Austin are nothing alike. Tried again in Goldmember... which also fails. Although this instance seems to be a subtle foreshadowing of them finding out that they do have something in common - a father - at the end of the movie.
  • Notzilla: It lampshades this with two Japanese men running from a monster statue that vaguely resembles Godzilla.
    "It looks like Godzilla, but due to copyright laws, it's not!"
  • Number Two: Number Two.
  • Obviously Evil: Dr. Evil. It's right there in the name!
  • Offscreen Teleportation: When Dr. Evil and Mini Me board the rocket to the moon they are saluted by his minions who then somehow appear on the moon when they get there.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Each movie begins with Number Two revealing a wildly successful business venture that he embarked on in Dr. Evil's absence. The funding for Dr. Evil's projects most likely comes from there.
  • Only Sane Man: Scott Evil, to an extent. Number Two is as equally aware of Dr. Evil's Contractual Genre Blindness, but unlike Scott, he doesn't bother trying to stop him.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Felicity dies in the second movie, Austin chases down with the intention to kill him. As in, not protect himself as a international man of mystery, but hunt down Dr. Evil with the intention to murder him. Dr. Evil only saves himself by mentioning that Austin could undo Felicity's death by using time travel.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
    • There's a point during the Overly Long Gag of the evil laughing scene in the first film where Mike Myers reverts to his normal voice.
    • In the second film, when Austin asks Mustafa "Where is Dr. Evil hiding?", you can clearly hear Mike Myers' own voice. While portraying Fat Bastard, Myers occasionally slips into his Austin Powers accent, notably when Fat Bastard wants to eat Mini Me ("wait a minute, he kinda looks like a baby").
    • Meyers notes in the commentary that Dr. Evil sounds pretty Canadian a few times in Goldmember, most of all with the line "I was adopted by frickin' Belgians, eh!"
  • Opening Scroll: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
  • Out of Focus: Number Two was a fairly big part of the first movie, but he took backstage to Scott, Frau, and Fat Bastard in the second movie, and in the third movie he has only a handful of lines.
  • Overlord Jr.: Scott Evil and Mini-Me, with a severe case of sibli- er, uncle/neph-... biological son/midget clone rivalry.
  • Overly Long Gag: The series lampshades, spoofs, and plays it straight as one of their overlong running gags is interrupted by a cameo from The Osbournes... who then turn out to be the part of it that brings it full circle.
    • Case in point, Austin's "evacuation" from the first movie.
    • The near deaths of Mustafa and his crying out for help.
    • "Shh." "Zip it." "SCOTTY DON'T!"
  • Overly Long Scream: Parodied. A Mook lets off a few loud Big "NO!" screams, one after another, as a steamroller is about to crush him. This is despite the fact that he's several yards away from the steamroller, which is going so slowly that the mook could just walk to escape it.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Let's just say that Dr. Evil did not react well at all to a Klansman calling Scott Evil a freak on Jerry Springer.
    • Nigel Powers is also this when he stops Austin from shooting his other son, Dr. Evil.
  • People Jars: In International Man of Mystery there is a cryogenic storage facility with frozen celebrities in pods. Amongst them Vanilla Ice.
  • Perspective Reversal: In the first movie, Austin upsets Vanessa by sleeping with Alotta as part of the job; in the second movie, Felicity upsets Austin by sleeping with Fat Bastard as part of the job.
  • Pixellation: Used on a woman's bare breasts in the "Hard Knock Life" music video in Goldmember.
  • Playing with a Trope: The entire purposes of the series, as it parodies, spins, exaggerates, lampshades, and puts an odd twist on everything from random dance scenes to celebrity cameos to under-the-credits scenes.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation:
    • At the end of International Man of Mystery, during Austin and Vanessa's honeymoon, Random Task shows up again to kill them... and is defeated with the help of the penis enlargement pump.
    • Fat Bastard does the same thing in the sequel. He gets defeated in a similar way.
  • Precision F-Strike: Dr. Evil's response to being caught in the first act, before even getting started on his Evil Plan, is simply "... shit."
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": Every time Scott points out the flaws in Dr. Evil's plans, Dr. Evil will throw a "Shh!" at him.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Dr. Evil and Mini-Me performing a music video to the tune of "It's A Hard Knock Life" in Goldmember is all about parodying this. From the high and squeaky singing voice to the abrupt costume change, it is mockery.
  • Pretty in Mink: The models in the second movie, and Austin wearing a pimp coat in the third.
  • Product Placement
    • International Man of Mystery. While Austin is catching up on events of the last thirty years (while he was a Human Popsicle), there are many empty cans of the Tab soft drink sitting on the table in front of him.
    • The minibar in Austin's Japanese hotel room has cans of Pepsi Twist.
    • In Goldmember, Austin uses a prominently placed MacBook. Also, contrasting his Jaguar that was renamed "Shaguar" from the beginning, his new VW Beetle sports its actual VW logo on the grill, and the camera lingers on it for a while when the car is introduced.
  • Prove I Am Not Bluffing: In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Dr. Evil blows up the White House to demonstrate his giant moon based laser... except it was just footage from Independence Day. Dr. Evil defends the real laser effect would be very similar.
  • Pun: "I have more chins than a Chinese phone book!"
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "DO! YOU! WORK! FOR! NUMBER! TWO!??" (original release version. The current releases use the clip of Austin shouting "Who... does... Number Two... work for?!")
  • Punny Name: A lot of them, usually mocking James Bond characters. Let's see, there's Alotta Fagina, Ivana Humpalot, Fook Mi and Fook Yu (the Japanese twins), Dixie Normous, Felicity Shagwell ("Shagwell by name, shag very well by reputation."), Robin Swallows (maiden name Spitz)... anyone else?
  • Put Their Heads Together: In International Man of Mystery, as Austin and Vanessa are infiltrating Virtucon, Random Task comes up behind them and cracks their heads together, knocking them out.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: In the first movie, when Austin catches Dr. Evil attempting to escape after Austin stopped the nuclear warhead, Dr. Evil attempts to impose this on Austin. He argues that free love and anything Austin stood up for in the 1960's is considered "evil", but Austin argues that they aren't and he's come to understand how much the world changed but can be similar motives adapted for the 1990's, saying "It's freedom, baby, Yeah!" Dr. Evil is still smug that even though Austin has caught him, Dr. Evil says "Freedom failed" and Austin would be forced to live with all that, and not in a good way. Luckily for Dr. Evil, Alotta Fagina arrives holding Vanessa hostage. This gives Dr. Evil a chance to escape after a failed intervention by Number Two.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Soul Bossa Nova" by Quincy Jones. Mike Myers had remembered the song from an old Canadian game show called Definition.
  • Rent-a-Zilla: In a film series that parodies mostly James Bond films, a Notzilla appears in Goldmember.
  • Reverse Mole: Number Three. Try not to think about it too much.
  • Reverse Polarity: Trying to stop the MIDAS asteroid from crashing into Earth and flooding it.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Mr. Bigglesworth, and his clone, Mini-Mr. Bigglesworth.
  • Rip Van Tinkle: Austin's epic urination after being awakened from cryo-sleep.
  • Rule of Funny: Honestly, the series has a time-traveling car that travels not by accelerating to 88 miles per hour, but by bouncing really hard on its seventies-style tricked out suspension. If you can swallow that but not Vanessa being a fembot, you need to recite the mantra.
  • Rule of Three: Spoofed in the second film, where Mustafa, one of Dr. Evil's assassins, always answers a question truthfully the third time it's asked, because he can't stand being asked the same question three times. However, Mustafa will only answer if the same question is asked three consecutive times.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Foxxy Cleopatra.
  • Scenery Censor: Spoofed multiple times.
  • Screens Are Cameras: Dr. Evil tends to do this a lot. He has typical villain ultimatums with various world leaders through closed circuit televisions, yet there are no cameras that would allow him to see anything.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The freezing of Dr. Evil.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: The freezing of Austin.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    Ozzy Osbourne: Boobs! These writers are a bunch of boobs!
  • Separated by a Common Language: In Goldmember, there's a scene where Nigel Powers is talking about his sexual exploits and Austin requests that they speak in "English" English in front of the Americans. The proceeding conversation has subtitles.(But not all of it.)
  • Sequel Reset: "Wait a tick. That means I'm single again! Oh, behave!"
  • Sexy Silhouette: Alotta Fagina undresses behind a semi-transparent wall in International Man of Mystery.
  • Shaking the Rump: Felicity does this in front of Austin in her first scene, while wearing skin-tight shorts, no less.
  • Shark Pool:
    • Attempted in the first movie, but they couldn't get sharks due to environmental regulations. They had to make do with (mutant, ill-tempered) sea bass instead.
    • They finally get one in the third movie.
  • Shoe Phone: Spoofed with the ridiculous items Austin gets from Basil, including a toothpaste tube containing plastic explosive (Or so Austin thinks).
  • Shoe Slap: Random Task throws his shoe, as a parody of Oddjob's doing the same with his hat.
  • Shout-Out: Now has its own page.
  • Show Some Leg
    • Felicity Shagwell bares her breasts to the one inept guard outside her and Austin's cell.
      Felicity: What do you think of these, my man?
      Guard: ...Mommy!
    • Also used by Vanessa to distract guards.
  • Signature Style: If you've seen the Wayne's World movies, the way Austin Powers gleefully plays with every trope possible and half the time ignores the fourth wall won't be new to you.
  • Silence, You Fool!: "SILENCE! I will not tolerate your insolence!"
  • Skirts and Ladders:
    • Austin can't help but stare when Vanessa climbs up a ladder ahead of him.
    • Austin also can't help but stare when Dr. Evil climbs up a ladder ahead of him (so that he can use a pun with "your nuts" and "you're nuts").
  • Slasher Smile: Fat Bastard while stealing Austin Powers' mojo.
  • Smoking Hot Sex:
    • Parodied at the beginning of The Spy Who Shagged Me:
    Vanessa: Do you smoke after sex?
    Austin: I don't know, baby, I've never looked.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Austin, putting lotion on Felicity Shagwell's back, squeezes the bottle a little too hard...
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Utilized during the cutaway to the Osbournes in Goldmember.
  • Space Base: Another one of Dr. Evil's supervillain lairs. He seems to have every variation of this trope covered.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": A rather infamous error on the setting titles renders Japan's largest city as "Toyko". Yeah.
  • Spontaneous Choreography: During the opening titles of each movie, Austin engages in this with supposedly random bystanders.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Scott Evil keeps goading his father to just shoot Austin.
  • Stealth Pun: The movie-within-a-movie in Goldmember has Mini-Me firing off an M-249 machine gun, also known as the "Minimi".
  • Straight Gay: The Beefeater in The Spy Who Shagged Me remains still when Felicity kisses him on one of his cheeks. When Austin does the same to the other cheek, the guard turns toward Austin and cheekily smiles.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That:
    • From the second film:
      Austin: Basil! It turns out Vanessa [the female sidekick from the previous film and Austin's wife] was a Fembot!
      Basil: Yes, we knew all along, sadly.
    • Austin and Dr. Evil not only went to Spy academy together, but shared a dorm room. Oh and also, Austin has a father, Nigel Powers, who is England's most famous spy. None of these things are ever mentioned before the third film and then are simply taken as read by all concerned.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!:
    • Austin has difficulty controlling the volume of his voice after being unfrozen.
      Basil Exposition: The shouting is a temporary side effect of the unfreezing.
      Austin Powers: Yes... I'm having difficulty controlling THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE!
    • Frau Farbissina's schtick.
      Frau: LOWER THE GLOBE!
  • Supervillain Lair: Dr. Evil has them to spare. Brought to its ultimate when Dr. Evil travels back in time and starts getting all the stuff he's used to having as a sixties supervillain:
    Young Number Two: Dr. Evil! Welcome to your secret island lair!
    Dr. Evil: Is it a hollowed-out volcano with my face on it as requested?
    Young Number Two: Of course.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Dr. Evil used to provide the page quote:
    Dr. Evil: Why must I be constantly surrounded by frickin' idiots?
  • Swirlie: How Austin does away with Patty O'Brien in International Man of Mystery.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Generally used, but the second movie is the most blatant about it. Austin time-travels ten minutes back in time to just when Felicity's chamber was being flooded with poison gas... and pauses to have a chat with himself that lasts longer than it originally took the chamber to flood with gas. Time apparently just halts for this, and doesn't start up again until past-Austin shoots some mooks.
  • Talk to the Hand: Dr. Evil does this, much to the U.S. President of 1969's confusion, as Dr. Evil's using 90's-era pop culture lines... in 1969.
  • Tap on the Head: Austin's judo chops are a straight example.
  • Terminator Twosome: Inverted, as Austin and Dr. Evil both travel to the future in the first movie, and played straight, as they travel to the past in the second.
  • Teeny Weenie: Austin is implied to have a less-then-normal sized member, due to his ownership of a "Swedish-made Penis Enlarger Pump" (A deleted scene from the second film even had him claiming to Felicity that his frozen self was not an "accurate representation" of his normal size).
  • Think Unsexy Thoughts: "Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day! Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!"
  • Threatening Shark: Frickin' Threatening Sharks with Frickin' Laser Beams Attatched to Their Frickin' Heads
  • Time Machine: Dr. Evil has one that just looks like a spinning portal. The British secret service has both a Beetle with a garish paint job in the second film, and a "Pimpmobile" Cadillac Eldorado in the third.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: By virtue of time-travel.
    Austin: Wait a tick. Basil, if I travel back to 1969 and I was frozen in 1967, presumably, I could go back and visit my frozen self. But, if I'm still frozen in 1967, how could I have been unthawed in the '90s and traveled back to- (Goes cross-eyed in confusion) Oh, no, I've gone cross-eyed.
    Basil: I suggest you don't worry about those things and just enjoy yourself. (To the camera) That goes for you all, too.
  • Time Travel: The second and third films use time travel to bring Austin and Dr. Evil back to the '60s (in the second) and '70s (in the third).
  • Torpedo Tits: The basic weapon of the fembots.
  • Tough Room: Nobody laughs at Dr. Evil's "long and hard and full of seamen" joke in Goldmember, prompting him to say, "Tough sub."
  • Trailer Spoof: The Spy Who Shagged Me had one related to The Phantom Menace.
  • Tuckerization: Given Mike Myers is a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan, there are two characters named after hockey players, Commander Gilmour (Doug Gilmour - whose first name is also Dr. Evil's real one), and General Borschevsky (Nikolai Borschevsky).
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Austin and the Japanese girls from the third film.
  • Twinkle Smile: At the end of International Man Of Mystery, while he's in bed with Vanessa Kensington Austin does this to show he's embraced dental hygiene.
  • Twisted Echo Cut:
  • Two-Person Pool Party: Austin and Alotta Fagina share a pool in International Man Of Mystery, spoofing a similar scene from A View to a Kill.
  • Uranus Is Showing: At the end of the first movie, Austin makes this joke.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Dr. Evil, after a Klansmen called Scott Evil a "freak", ends up going ballistic. He ends up fighting even when being restrained by Steve Wilkos and the other members of security, and after seemingly calming down, he then rushes to attack him again (something that never happens on the Jerry Springer show). And then instigates a full-out brawl on the set. Eventually, he seems calmed down... until Jerry Springer tells security to get Dr. Evil out of the premises ("get this jerk out of here"), upon which his rage was reawakened, and starts fighting with the host, eventually managing to smash a globe in the ensuing stage riot.
  • Unusual Euphemism: In a deleted scene from Goldmember, Fat Bastard tells Foxy how he'd love to do a "Scottish bobsled" with her.
  • Vader Breath: Mocked when Dr. Evil's spacesuit is damaged, giving him a deeper voice and interrupted breathing. Naturally, he takes this moment to tell Austin he is his father. (He isn't really.)
  • Video Phone: Austin has one in his car. Very helpful for Basil Exposition to talk to him.
  • Villain Ball: Dr. Evil doesn't hold the Villain Ball so much as have it surgically implanted where his brain should be. This irrates both the profit minded Number Two and the far more rational Scott.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Fat Bastard gets one.
  • Villain Exclusivity Clause: Dr. Evil appears in every movie as the Big Bad.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Subverted in the Studio 69 scene, when Foxxy uses a man like a ventriloquist's dummy to speak to Austin covertly. At first glance, it seems like the guy is speaking with a sexy black woman's voice.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In a deleted scene from Goldmember, Dr. Evil, Scott, Number Two, Frau, and two sailors projectile vomit, after watching Mr. Roboto get eaten by sharks.
  • The Watson: Scott.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The "Death Star". (Ripoff!)
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Mustafa's above-mentioned compulsion to answer any question posed to him three times.
  • Weather-Control Machine: In International Man of Mystery, Dr. Evil mentions that in the 1960's, he had a "weather changing machine that was, in essence, a sophisticated heat beam, which we called a laser."
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • Austin just wants his father's approval.
    • Inverted with Scott, who wants nothing to do with Dr. Evil, despite his father's attempts at bonding, then finally wins his dad's respect. Too bad his dad becomes Good.
  • Wham Line: Near the end of Goldmember when Nigel prevents Austin from shooting Dr. Evil:
    Austin: Dr. Evil's not your son! I am!
    Nigel: You both are.
  • What Are Records?: Inverted, with Austin trying to play a CD on a turntable.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Mr. Bigglesworth isn't seen at all during Goldmember.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Mocked in the extended version of International Man of Mystery. We see the family of the dead guard that Austin smashes with the steamroller learning of his death; later, "John Smith", the guard who gets decapitated, by the "ill tempered mutated sea bass," is shown to have been a day away from marriage, and was late for his bachelor party, because he was working late. In both cases, the families and friends are fully aware, that the mook is a henchman of Dr. Evil, and act like it's just a normal job.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Whatever it is that Goldmember claims his accent to be, it certainly isn't Dutch.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Dr. Evil asks this question about Scott.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Felicity wears a pair of skin tight shorts for her first few scenes.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Austin ask this verbatim about Robin Swallows in The Spy Who Shagged Me, who shrugs off a lot of lethal attacks.
  • Wire Fu: Parodied. Fat Bastard tries to use a Wire Fu attack on Austin in Goldmember (to the point of visibly held up by wires and calling attention to the people in the background holding him up.) One of the wires breaks halfway through, though, and he's just left dangling in the air.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Fat Bastard ate a baby, and has no qualms with doing the same to Mini-Me, since he resembles one.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In Goldmember, Austin is bummed that his dad didn't attend his knighting ceremony. Later, Basil exposition informs Austin that his father was kidnapped:
    Austin: Heavy, man. [perks up] OH! So that's why he wasn't at my knighting ceremony!
    Basil: No, actually, he was kidnapped after you were knighted.
    Austin: Ah.
  • You Have Failed Me: Dr. Evil punishes his minions by dumping them through a trapdoor to be burned alive. After being thawed, Dr. Evil is angry that Mr. Bigglesworth is now devoid of fur, blaming this on Mustafa. As punishment, Mustafa gets dumped into the furnace below; he survives, but he's "very badly burned". Shortly thereafter, he's shot by another mook whose first shot registers a non-lethal hit, but gets the kill with the second. His botched execution is Played for Laughs.
  • You Just Told Me: Subverted. Austin tricks Alotta Fagina, into admitting her boss is into "big underground drills," but he knew already, and did this to look suave. Counts as a spoof as well, since he is the one who brought up the drills, so he obviously already knew.
  • Your Head Asplode: This happens to one of the Fembots during Austin's striptease in the first film.
  • Zoom: On Number Three's mole in Goldmember.

Alternative Title(s): Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers International Man Of Mystery, Austin Powers In Goldmember