Attendant: It says your name's Danger Powers.
Austin: No, no, no, no, no. Danger's my middle name.
A spy comedy 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 When they are duly thawed, thirty years later, both characters find themselves woefully outdated: Austin is a walking punchline from the swinging sixties, while Dr.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 that his Bond-Villain shenanigans track differently in this time.
The trilogy consists of:
- 1997 — Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
- 1999 — Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
- 2002 — Austin Powers in Goldmember
Directed by Jay Roach, 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 anywhere else) 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.
Austin Powers provides example of:
- Adam Westing: A recurring Mission Control character (whose name is revealed to be Johnson to fit the running gag about a phallic rocket) is played by Clint Howard, mocking his role as a NASA technician in Apollo 13.
- Affectionate Parody:
- The first is mostly 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.
- While the first one may be best-known for its spoofing of Bond films, its storyline actually owes a lot to Demolition Man as well, with the protagonist being brought out of cryogenic suspension to deal with an old enemy, and having to adapt to a major case of culture shock along the way. The way in which Austin is thawed out is also very similar to how Sylvester Stallone's character gets thawed out in that film.
- The third movie parodies Blaxploitation movies and 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.
- Dr. Evil does this while explaining one of his evil plans to his staff, using air quotes where the text shows quotes.
- All There in the Manual: The official guide book, The World of Austin Powers, fills in quite a few characters' backstories and other such things.
- Austin's cryogenic chamber is shown in a single small room in the second movie, rather than the large vault seen in the first. The World of Austin Powers explains that after Austin's mojo was successfully stolen, it was decided to move Austin's body to the celebrity vault, on the grounds that it would be more visible and thus better protected.
- Artistic License – Martial Arts: Played for comedy with Austin's "judo" skills. For the unaware, judo is a martial art almost entirely based around grappling and throws, with strikes being outright banned in official competitions and formal sparring. Naturally, this means that Austin throws out almost nothing but strikes, punctuating them with things like "Judo chop!" and "Judo kick!"
- 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.
Austin: But now I can see your nuts. [turns to face the camera] A-thank you!
- Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption:
- In the second movie, Dr. Evil's... phallic... rocket inspires a whole chain of people getting cut off just as they're about to mention it looks like a giantFemale Fan: Woody! Woody Harrelson? Can I have your autograph?
- In the third film, the strange object resembles breasts instead. The gag runs for a while and then is duly Lampshaded (by Ozzy Osbourne, no less).
- In the second movie, Dr. Evil's... phallic... rocket inspires a whole chain of people getting cut off just as they're about to mention it looks like a giant
- 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.
- Author Appeal:
- The films combine Mike Myers' love of classic spy movies, particularly those featuring James Bond and Matt Helm, with a dash of classic Doctor Who (Austin's velvet suits were inspired by Jon Pertwee's outfits).
- Mike Myers sprinkled quite a few Lenny Bruce references in all three films. Myers was a major fan of the comedian.
- Better than a Bare Bulb:
- 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 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?
- Big Bad: Dr. Evil is the evil mastermind for most of the trilogy.
- 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?"
- 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.
- The Brute: Random Task is the primary muscle and hitman (Fat Bastard takes over this role from him in the second 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Catching Up on History: After being frozen for 30 years, Austin spends some time watching TV to try and learn about what he missed, including the moon landings.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
- 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.
- It's entirely likely that, given he was taken down in Austin & Vanessa's hotel room, Random Task was simply sent to prison.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Conveniently Empty Roads: In the second movie, Austin and Felicity are chased down the countryside by one of Dr. Evil's assassins. Not only do they not pass a single other car during the chase, but no one drives by after they capture and interrogate the assassin.
- Cool Car:
- Austin's preferred mode of transport is a Jaguar convertible painted in the colors of the Union Jack (which he dubs "Shaguar" in the second movie).
- Felicity drives a Mustang convertible painted in the colors of the America flag.
- Nigel's car is a Mini Cooper, to his son's surprise.Austin: Your spy car's a Mini?
Nigel: It's not the size, mate; It's how you use it.
- Creepy Hairless Animal: Dr. Evil has a Right-Hand Cat named Mr. Bigglesworth, who loses all of his hair during a cryogenics accident. Before the accident he's played by a white Persian cat, after it he's played by a Sphinx.
- Dancing Theme: During the opening titles of each movie, Austin dances to the theme tune of the films with supposedly random bystanders.
- Dark Chick: Alotta Fagina is a beautiful hidden agent used for seducing targets, like Austin Powers.
- Her counterpart in the second film is Ivana Humpalot.
- Deconstructive Parody: The series is a parody of James Bond specifically, and the counter-culture movement of the Sixties in general. Mostly, it does this with a wink and a nod by showing the Surprisingly Realistic Outcomes of trying to be either a super-spy or a supervillain, or how Austin is a Fish out of Temporal Water.
- In the first movie, Dr. Evil wants sharks with Frickin' Laser Beams attached to their heads. Number Two informs Dr. Evil that they couldn't get any, because sharks ending up on the endangered species list meant that "it would have taken months to clear up all the red tape".
- In the second movie, Dr. Evil demands one hundred billion dollars from the United States government in 1969. The president, while laughing, informs Dr. Evil that such an amount of money doesn't even exist.
- The third movie averts You Can't Thwart Stage One by having Austin thwart Dr. Evil at Stage One, catching him in the act of announcing his Evil Plan and sending him to jail right then and there.
- 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?"
- The Dragon: Number Two is responsible for running the evil empire on Dr.Evil's behalf.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Once per movie, and Played for Laughs.
- Energy Weapon: Frickin' Laser Beams attached to the heads of sharks. They're realistic lasers with continuous beams. (This is also the former Trope Namer of Slow Laser).
- Euphemistic Names: Being an Affectionate Parody of the James Bond films, the Austin Powers films have at least one example of this in each film and it's Played for Laughs. Such examples include Number Two's companion Alotta Fagina, Austin's Love Interest in the second film Felicity Shagwell ("Shagwell by name, Shag very well by reputation"), Dr. Evil's spies Ivana Humpalot and Robin Swallows and an In-Universe film character named Dixie Normous.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Austin, Basil, Dr. Evil, and Number Two were all in Spy Academy together. Somehow.
- Evil Genius: Frau Farbissina is responsible for things like the Fembots and the clones. Dr. Evil himself also counts while being combined with the Big Bad.
- 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'.
- Exty Years from Publication: 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.
- Fan Disservice: Fat Bastard whenever he tries and fails to come across as sexy and seductive.
- Formally-Named Pet: Mr. Bigglesworth.
- 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 gold...er, member.
- The phallic-looking rocket in the second movie, inspiring an Overly-Long Gag of bystanders reacting to 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: Played With. 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. Virtucons' legitimate businesses might not qualify as "good", but they are much more morally neutral than what Dr Evil wants.
- 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.
- Also in the third film, he accidentally sends a model meteor right into Dr. Evil's testicles. Way to go, A-hole!
- 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!
- In the third film, Fat Bastard invokes this during his sumo wrestling match.Fat Bastard: You know what my favorite Helen Hunt movie is? Twister!
- Groupie Brigade: Austin appearing in public usually tends to attract a screaming whorde.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Spoofed and lampshaded without mercy.
- Heel–Face Turn: Mini-Me, Dr. Evil, and Fat Bastard, as well. And maybe Frau and Number 2.
- Highly-Conspicuous Uniform: The silver suits worn by Dr. Evil and his henchmen.
- 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.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Being a James Bond parody, of course the henchmen are horrible shots.
- 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.
- 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.
- Licensed Pinball Table: Released in 2001, and based on the first two films. Click here for more.
- "London, England" Syndrome: The Trope Namer was referring to this film series.
- 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: Mustafa, in the first two films (surviving being tipped into a furnace in the first film, only escaping with a broken leg after his car goes over a cliff in the second), and Robin Spitz-Swallows, also in the second film.
- 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.
- Meeting-the-Parents Sequel: Austin’s Father is introduced. Kind of odd that his dad is still alive, given how Austin is from the 60s, though the movie doesn’t even bother to explain it.
- "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: Austin's full name is "Austin Danger Powers". When he was thawed in the first film, his effects were listed under his middle name.
- Mini-Me: The character Mini-Me introduced in the second film is the Trope Namer, as he's a clone of Dr. Evil in "every way" except 1/8th his size.
- Mood Whiplash:
- In the opening of the first movie, Dr. Evil eliminates his minions who have failed 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.
- Next Stall Shenanigans: Austin's visit to the can is interrupted by an assassin, who he eventually overpowers and drowns in the toilet. While this is going on, the guy in the next stall is keeping a running commentary on what he's hearing.*Austin puts the assassin head-first into the toilet*
Austin: Who does Number Two work for?!
Other guy: That's right, buddy, you show that turd who's boss!
[the assassin starts noisily drowning]
Other guy: Hey, uh, that sounds pretty nasty. How about a courtesy flush over there?
- The '90s: The first two movies. The third one takes place in 2002.
- 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 to 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.
- 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.
- 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!"
- 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!"
- 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.
- Preemptive "Shut Up": Every time Scott points out the flaws in Dr. Evil's plans, Dr. Evil will throw a "Shh!" at him.
- 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.
- 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?
- Regional Bonus: A few countries had a cut with deleted scenes, including Christian Slater's cameo and the death of mooks being mourned (which includes a cameo by Rob Lowe).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- Shown Their Work: Austin's wardrobe was meticulously researched and accurate for the Swinging Sixties period he originally comes from, down to the use of couch and curtain fabric for his suit jackets.
- 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.
- The '60s: The setting of the opening of the first and most of the second.
- Something Else Also Rises:
- During the ending of the first movie, Austin reminisces about the moment he and Vanessa met. As he recalls how beautiful and sexy he thought she was, Vanessa gradually blows up a pink, tubular balloon. Austin then asks if Vanessa felt the same way, but Vanessa replies that she actually couldn't stop staring at his teeth. Both Austin and the balloon promptly deflate.
- In the second movie, Austin is asked to put some lotion on Felicity Shagwell's back, and squeezes the bottle a little too hard...
- Spies Are Lecherous: Austin is an extremely promiscuous super-spy who is in his prime during the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and really lives by it. Despite being a homely man with Nerd Glasses and British Teeth, he's extremely popular with the ladies. In his second movie, his "mojo" gets stolen, making him temporarily lose his sexual prowess.
- Spiritual Successor: The films follow in the footsteps of the James Bond spoofs of the 1960s, particularly Our Man Flint and Casino Royale (1967).
- 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.
- 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.
- From the second film:
- 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 feels this way.Dr. Evil: Why must I be constantly surrounded by frickin' idiots?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Unguided Lab Tour: In International Man of Mystery, this is part of how Austin and Vanessa are able to get into a compound.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: 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.
- Video Phone: Austin has one in his car. Very helpful for Basil Exposition to talk to him.
- Villain Exclusivity Clause: Dr. Evil appears in every movie as the Big Bad.
- "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.
- Where Did We Go Wrong?: Dr. Evil asks where he went wrong out loud in response to Scott Evil not living up to his father's expectations in the first two movies.
- Above the Influence: Austin, for all his womanizing, turns down a kiss (and probably more) from Vanessa because she's drunk.
- Academy of Evil: The evil medical school Dr. Evil went to.
- Actor Allusion:
- Austin's line about "controlling the VOLUME OF [HIS] VOICE" in the first film originated in a SNL sketch a few years prior, in which Myers played a British film-show host.
- Clint Howard plays a flight controller in all movies, like he did in Apollo 13.
- 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've got freedom and responsibility - it's a very groovy time.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While snooping around Alotta Fagina's penthouse, 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 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.
- Even if Austin hadn't been able to stop the bomb from going off, it would not have happened anyway since the heat in the outer core, which can reach almost 10'000 degrees Fahrenheit, would have long-since melted the detonation devices into useless clumps of slag and the warhead would have just melted, provided the extreme temperatures didn't cause the drill itself to melt.
- Artistic License – Physics: The Big Boy rocket begins to glow from re-entry the instant it begins to move downwards. But that glow is caused by compression heating which increases with the density of the atmosphere you're falling through at extreme altitudes it would still have a small effect and outside the atmosphere it does not occur at all.
- Author Appeal: Mike Myers said that the reason Divinyls was chosen for the music during the scene with the Fembots was because he was a fan of the song and convinced the studio it was the perfect choice for that moment.
- Bathroom Brawl: Austin fights the assassin Patty O'Brian when the latter ambushes him in the restroom. A man outside the stalls overhears Austin grunting "Who does Number Two work for?" and assumes he's just constipated.
- Big "NO!": 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.
- Big Red Button: Two of them. One aborts the underground drill carrying the nuke, the other activates the base's Self-Destruct Mechanism.
- Blind People Wear Sunglasses: When Austin enters a casino bathroom, the bathroom attendant is wearing dark glasses. When Austin sees this, he concludes that the man is blind.
- Bowdlerise: Some TV edits omit any use of "horny". So Austin's infamous "Do I make you horny, baby?" sounds like this instead:Austin: Do I make you randy? Randy? Do I make you randy, baby?
- Brain Bleach: "Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day! Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!"
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: One blue crushed velvet suit, one lacey cravat, one medallion with male symbol, one pair of Italian boots, one vinyl record, "Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits", one Swedish-made penis enlarger pump...
- Chekhov's Gun: The Swedish penis pump which belongs to no one in particular and certainly not Austin.
- While Austin is being shown gadgets, Vanessa also shows him toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash- the gag is that none of them are disguised weapons, she just was trying to politely get him to improve his dental hygiene. However, the floss and toothpaste actually do come in handy to escape a death trap later on.
- Collapsing Lair: Played with, of course, when Dr. Evil's lair explodes; the actual explosion is shown through grainy old Stock Footage.
- Complexity Addiction: Dr Evil is fond of elaborate methods, but it turns out his business took it a step up when it came to feeding his captives to aquatic predators. Trying to get sharks proved too difficult once they were listed as endangered species, so instead of just getting piranhas or crocodiles, they went with "genetically modifying an otherwise non-threatening fish".
- 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*
- Countrystan: Played for laughs. Dr. Evil steals a nuclear warhead from a breakaway Russian republic called Kreplachistan. Kreplach are a type of dumpling.
- 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: 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.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Played for laughs. 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.
- Death Trap: Parodied, of course.Dr. Evil: No Scott, I have a better idea. I'm going to place him in an easily escapable situation involving an overly elaborate and exotic death... [Beat] ...what?
- Deer in the Headlights: Parodied with the guard and the steamroller.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: The movie gets a number of jokes about The '60s and The '90s 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.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Austin's got a problem separating his inner and outer voices. 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 them that, because of the unfreezing process, I have no Inner Monologue? I hope I didn't say that out loud just now.
- Disguised in Drag: One of Dr. Evil's assassins disguises himself as a waitress at the club that Austin and Mrs. Kensington go to. Austin sees right through it.Mrs. Kensington: Austin, why on Earth did you punch that woman?
Austin: That's not a woman. It's a man, man. [pulls off the hat and wig]
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Dr. Evil's warhead.Austin: Does that make you horny?
Vanessa: Not now, Austin!
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Despite all of the goofy comedy, the film is more straightforward as a parody of 60's Bond films. It even features some suprisingly-poignant personality growth for Austin himself, who, being confronted with the realities of the world he wakes up in and his fledgling relationship with Vanessa, slowly changes into a more mature version of himself. Nearly all of this is ejected for the sequels, which choose instead to focus on a more Denser and Wackier approach, fourth wall breaking, and LOTS of self-deprecation and toilet humor.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Dr. Evil has one.Dr. Evil: Welcome to my UNDERGROUND LAIR!!
- Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: A few scenes (which were cut from the American release, but included in most international ones) are cutaways about the friends and loved ones of guards Austin kills being informed: one with friends at his bachelor party wondering why he's late, and the other his girlfriend and her son (who considers the guard a substitute father figure).
- The Faceless: Dr. Evil's face is never seen in the beginning of the film. It is finally seen after he burns Mustafa alive and says, "Let this be a lesson to you all that this organization will not tolerate failure," revealing that the villain of the movie is also played by Mike Myers.
- Failed Future Forecast: In-universe Austin, after being frozen in 1967 and unfrozen in 1997, is shocked at the presence of a Russian intelligence officer. When he is told that the Cold War ended, he initially assumes that the Communists won.
- Fetal Position Rebirth: Austin Powers adopts this position when he's unfrozen.
- Fiendish Fish: Played for Laughs. Dr. Evil asked his henchmen for a Shark Pool with Frickin' Laser Beams attached to their heads, but they had to settle for "ill-tempered mutant seabass". He gets his wish in later movies, however.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Austin and Dr. Evil have to face the changes arisen from being frozen 30 years. Which includes:
- Two plots Dr. Evil cooked up in the 60's have already happened in the 90's. He's too late to the punch to damage the ozone layer and his Royal Family sex scandal plot won't work because there already was a Royal Family sex scandal.
- Austin's swinging lifestyle and velvet suits are no longer in fashion in the 90's and he now comes off as weird instead of hip.
- Both of them being deeply confused by modern technology and culture.
- Grossout Fakeout: Several variants of this trope were used in the trilogy; most notably Austin's fight in a toilet stall with O'Brien in the first film (the man in the stall next to him thinks Austin is constipated), and the two "silhouette gags" in the latter two movies (a scene with Austin and Felicity in a tent in the second film makes it look like Felicity is preforming a series of Ass Shoves, while in the third film Austin and Mini-Me are behind a privacy screen and make it look like Austin has a Gag Penis).
- Gross-Up Close-Up: One of the scene transitions ends with a close-up of Austin's bad teeth for no reason.
- The fact that Ms. Kensington had brought it up immediately before the transition isn't a reason?
- Hazmat Suit: The radiation suit Dr. Evil wears is a parody of the one worn by the title character in Dr. No.
- Hook Hand: Don Luigi, one of the assassins who Dr. Evil executes for failing to kill Austin Powers, has one of these. He uses it to smoke cigars.
- Human Popsicle: Austin and Dr. Evil.
- I Have Your Wife: Though Austin hadn't married Vanessa yet at this point, Alotta Fagina takes Vanessa hostage when Austin is on the verge of bringing Dr. Evil to justice. This gives Dr. Evil a chance to escape, despite the failed insurrection by Number Two and Vanessa knocking Alotta out and escaping with Austin.
- 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.
- Inflation Negation: One meeeeeeeee-llion dollar ransom. Memetic Mutation as well. This was so ubiquitous, even King Hussein of Jordan joked around with it.
- Instantly Proven Wrong: 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.
- 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).
- Ironic Echo: See Instantly Proven Wrong above.
- It's Been Done: When he's unfrozen, Dr. Evil suggests evil plans that are moot because they've already happened (ruining Prince Charles's marriage, punching a hole in the ozone layer).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!
- Just a Gangster: When Dr. Evil is unfrozen, 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. 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.
- Kavorka Man: Despite his lecherous behavior, yellow, crooked teeth, and general lack of game, woman still seem ridiculously attracted to him. Lampshaded by Mrs. Kensington telling Vanessa more about Austin.Mrs. Kensington:In the sixties, you could be a sex symbol and still have bad teeth. It didn't matter!
- Kirk Summation: Austin's response to Dr. Evil's "Not So Different" Remark attempt.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 caused more pain and suffering in the world than any plan I ever dreamed of. Face it, freedom failed.
Austin: No, man, freedom didn't fail. Right now, we've got freedom and responsibility.
- Lame Rhyme Dodge: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.
- 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 during Dr. Evil's time being frozen, he concludes the list with a factory that makes miniature models... of factories.
- Low-Speed Chase: 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.
- Mission Creep: Parodied. 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!"
- Mugged for Disguise: Subverted and parodied. When Austin and Vanessa are infiltrating Virtucon, they notice an extremely heavyset female scientist and a thin, lanky scientist almost seven feet tall go into the restrooms; they follow them, and emerge wearing a pair of perfectly-fitting uniforms. They also do this right in front of the tour guide, who alerts the guards, making the whole charade pointless.
- Naked People Are Funny: There's two Overly Long Gags in which Austin and latter Vanessa make full use of Scenery Censor.
- Neck Lift: When Random Task attacks Austin Powers near the end, he grabs him by the neck, lifts him up and presses him against a wall.
- Newspaper-Thin Disguise: Austin attempts to disguise himself with a magazine... with his own face on the cover.
- No Indoor Voice: "I'm finding it hard to control THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE!"
- 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" Remark: Parodied. Dr. Evil tries this, but as he lectures he realizes that he and Austin are nothing alike.
- Outfit-Rip Sex Check:
- Early in the film Powers grabs a pretty mod girl and declares "it's a man, man!" and pulls her wig off, revealing a male spy.
- Later in the film Powers meets Basil Exposition's mother and he thinks it's another male spy in a little old lady disguise, but it turns out this one really is a little old lady.
- 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."NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! NOOOOOOOAAAAAHHHHH-" [steamroller runs him over]
- People Jars: There is a cryogenic storage facility with frozen celebrities in pods. Amongst them Vanilla Ice◊.
- Planetary Core Manipulation: Dr. Evil's nefarious plot is to use a "big underground drill" to penetrate the Earth's crust and plant a 50 kiloton nuclear warhead deep in the core of the planet. When the bomb detonates, every volcano on Earth will erupt simultaneously.
- Post-Climax Confrontation: At the end 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.
- 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: According to the DVD Commentary, the Sphynx cat playing Mr. Bigglesworth was called Ted Nude-Gent.
- Put Their Heads Together: As Austin and Vanessa are infiltrating Virtucon, Random Task comes up behind them and cracks their heads together, knocking them out.
- Pyrrhic Victory: 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.
- Rip Van Tinkle: Austin's epic urination after being awakened from cryo-sleep.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The freezing of Dr. Evil.
- Sealed Good in a Can: The freezing of Austin.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Dr. Evil's underground base in the first film and moon base in the second one has them. Which can causes the bases to, well, self-destruct.
- Sexophone: When Austin first encounters the Fembots, saxophone music plays.
- Sexy Silhouette: Alotta Fagina undresses behind a semi-transparent wall, causing Austin's libido to go crazy more than usual.
- Shoe Slap: Random Task throws his shoe, as a parody of Oddjob's doing the same with his hat.
- Shout-Out: The "Really, there's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster" line is a reference to Lenny Bruce saying "There's nothing sadder than an aging hipster."
- Show Some Leg: Used by Vanessa to distract guards.
- Shut Up, Kirk!:Dr. Evil: Really, there's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster.
- Skirts and Ladders: Austin can't help but stare when Vanessa climbs up a ladder ahead of him.
- Suddenly Obvious Fakery: Played for laughs. Austin is in a nightclub when he suddenly screams that an attractive woman is a man. When we cut back to "her", she's suddenly and very obviously a burly, unshaven stunt artist in drag, who attacks Austin.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: The idea that A Million is a Statistic, and the concept of the Red Shirt, are given the Deconstructive Parody treatment. A couple of times when the good guys kill a Mook, said Mook's loved ones are shown having the news broken to them, and we're shown the beginning of them coping with their losses.
- When Random Task succesfully throws his shoe at Austin at the end, it just mildly hurts him because it's a shoe with Austin himself lampshading how ridiclous a weapon it is.
- Swirlie: How Austin does away with Patty O'Brien.
- Take That!: "Carrot Top Movie" is among the Evil Corp's evil plans. note
- 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 Attached to Their Frickin' Heads. (But they're actually ill-tempered mutant sea bass. Red tape, y'see.)
- Twinkle Smile: At the end while he's in bed with Vanessa Kensington Austin does this to show he's embraced dental hygiene.
- Two-Person Pool Party: Austin and Alotta Fagina share a pool, spoofing a similar scene from A View to a Kill.
- Uranus Is Showing: Austin makes this joke at the end of the movie.
- Weather-Control Machine: 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."
- What Are Records?: Inverted, with Austin trying to play a CD on a turntable.
- 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.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Scott asks this almost verbatim: "why don't you just kill him?", in a scene parodying this kind of thing. (Dr.Evil instead lowers Austin and Vanessa into a pool of mutated sea bass.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 – History: Dr. Evil's demand for 100 billion dollars is treated as absurd by the government because "that amount of money doesn't even exist" in 1969. In reality, that amount of money did exist in 1969. The federal budget for spending alone was nearly double that at $182.8 billion.
- Artistic License – Military: Fat Bastard's OIC is wearing a lance sergeant's forage cap rather than one appropriate to his actual rank of colonel.
- Bait-and-Switch: While in his pad at 1969, Austin stands beside a woman, and suddenly says "Get your hands off my Heinie, baby!" The womand moves her hand into shot, revealing that she's holding a Heineken beer.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: Invoked by Felicity.
- Felicity: Well, Austin, I think this time you may have finally met your match.
Austin: Oh no, baby. I've beaten Dr. Evil before, and I'll beat him again.
Felicity: (smirks) I was talking about me.
- Bait-and-Switch Silhouette: Guards see what seems to be Felicity Shagwell removing various different objects out of Austin's ass. It's actually a bag on a table next to Austin, who's hunched over a map.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Mini-Me is ejected out into space unprotected, and survives completely unharmed though Dr. Evil thinks this warrants a flu shot).
- Big Little Man: Mini-Me's introduction. Upon the announcement that Dr. Evil has been cloned, a regular-sized silhouette of him is outside the door. The door open revealing that said clone is tiny.
- Big "NO!": 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.
- 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'.
- Binocular Shot: Two in this movie:
- The first is seen when Felicity observes Austin meeting Robin Swallows.
- The second occurs when Austin scopes out Dr. Evil's headquarters.
- The Body Parts That Must Not Be Named: Parodied. When Dr. Evil flies his phallic rocket, everyone says something along the lines of "It looks like a big..." but is cut off by the next person, saying a synonym for penis in an unrelated concept.
- British Royal Guards: Has a montage where Austin and Felicity goad a royal guard into participating in a Motionless Makeover.
- Bulletproof Human Shield: Robin Swallows can protect Austin from machine gun fire and a bazooka rocket.Austin: Why Won't You Die?!
- Call-Back: 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.
- Captain Obvious: Fat Bastard, after cutting one: "Sorry. I farted."
- Censored Title: The 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.
- Cluster F-Bomb: The Jerry Springer scene. All censored, of course.
- Convection, Schmonvection: The hollowed-out volcano from The Spy Who Shagged Me, in particular the Lava Pit Death Trap.
- Culture Equals Costume: When we first see Fat Bastard he's wearing a tam o'shanter and a kilt while bagpipe music plays.
- Delayed Ripple Effect: While Fat Bastard steals Austin's mojo in 1969, Austin only realizes he's lost it in 1999.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Dr. Evil's rockets.
- Epic Fail: The first time Dr. Evil tries to time travel and just runs into the time machine without remembering to turn it on. Also when Austin gets ready to drive a time-travelling VW Bug into the future...but forgets that it's in reverse.
- Establishing Character Music: Felicity makes her presence known to Austin by dancing provocatively to "American Woman" by The Guess Who.
- Fan Disservice: Naked Fat Bastard. Send the Brain Bleach! Dr. Evil even lampshades this in-universe.
- Faux Paw: When Austin first sees Felicity, He licks his hand and grooms himself like a cat, in some kind of enticement ritual.
- Flipping the Bird: Mini-Me gives Austin the finger twice (though the first time, he didn't see it).
- Flirting Under Fire: In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin and Felicity have a tender moment... while standing in a laughably pathetic Death Trap.
- Foreshadowing: Immediately after Frau tells Dr. Evil that she's late, Scott comes through the time portal and joins them. In The Stinger, we learn that he's not a test tube baby, but Dr. Evil and Frau's love child.
- A Glass in the Hand: Vanessa in the beginning smashes a champagne bottle in her hand.
- GPS Evidence: 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.
- Hand Signals: Felicity Shagwell uses them to tell her agents to interfere with Robin Spitz Swallows.
- Hypocritical Humor: After Austin escapes two assassination attempts in a row, Dr. Evil voices his disappointment, claiming that he is "the man who will maintain the dignity of this evil organization"... while driving around in a scooter (with Mini-Me repeatedly honking the horn).
- I Ate WHAT?!: 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'm Mr. [Future Pop Culture Reference]: Dr. Evil uses footage from the film Independence Day to frighten the president and others into thinking the White House is being attacked. But tells him that's what's gonna happen. He calls his moon laser the Death Star and the task of assembling it The Alan Parsons Project. Having gone back to 1969, however, only Scott realizes the idiocy.
- Implacable Man: Played for laughs with assassin Robin Spitz-Swallows: she survives a knife in the back, a dozen bullets in the back, a shot from a bazooka in the face, and a ridiculously high fall out of a window with Austin landing on top of her. A spot of Lampshade Hanging occurs when Austin cries "Why won't you die?!" A deleted scene shows that he keeps her in the trunk of his car to deflect gunfire.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Towards the end, Austin fires fewer shots from his handgun than the number of henchmen he hits.
- Inflation Negation: Inverted. Dr. Evil's 1969 ransom of one hundred billion dollars doesn't even exist yet.
- Intangible Theft: 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.
- Island Base: One of Doctor Evil's Evil Lairs.
- It's Personal: Both Dr. Evil and Austin say this this in reference to how Dr. Evil's stolen Austin's mojo.
- Lava Is Boiling Kool-Aid: Though Convection, Schmonvection is played straight, 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".
- Literalist Snarking:
Austin: Those are skintight. How do you get into those pants, baby?
- Vanessa asks Austin if he smokes after sex. Austin's response? "I don't know, baby. I never look!"
- Another example is from Austin and Felicity's first meeting.
Felicity: You can start by buying me a drink.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: 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.
- 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...
- MST3K Mantra: Invoked and lampshaded, when Austin has some issues with temporal causality. 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: The opening credits 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: Vanessa does this with Austin in the opening scene.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: Averted, 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 made it seem like Robin Swallows had a larger role then she actually did.
- Not Actually the Ultimate Question: When Austin asks Felicity how she could sleep with Fat Bastard, she tells him she was only doing her job. Austin replies that he meant that literally, as Fat Bastard is so fat that the idea of him even being able to have sex seems physically impossible.Austin: The man's so fat, the sheer mechanics of it are mind-boggling.
- Not So Above It All: Jerry Springer gets into a fight with Dr Evil on his show.Dr. Evil: "He's biting me! He's biting me!"
- 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.
- Once More, with Volume!: A variation occurs:Austin: [giving Felicity a massage] How does that feel, baby?
Felicity: Mmm, lower!
Austin: [deeper voice] How does that feel, baby?
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Felicity dies, Austin chases Dr. Evil down with the intent to kill him. As in, not with the purpose of arresting a dangerous felon as within his duty as an international man of mystery, but hunting down Dr. Evil for the express purpose of murdering him. Dr. Evil only saves himself by mentioning that Austin could undo Felicity's death by using time travel.
- Parody Product Placement: Starbucks features quite heavily in the 90s-set portion of the movie... where it's revealed to be owned by Dr. Evil, courtesy of Number Two's prudent investing. Indeed, his new Supervillain Lair is a (fictional) Starbucks atop the Space Needle. Two even tries to persuade Evil to focus his business more on coffee than evil empires, on the grounds that they'll make a lot more money that way, but Evil is having none of it.
- Perspective Reversal: In the first film, Austin upsets Vanessa by sleeping with Alotta as part of the job; in this movie, Felicity upsets Austin by sleeping with Fat Bastard as part of the job.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Justified via Dr. Evil's frequent usage of references in his ransom video to the president; they were from media which doesn't even exist yet at the time. Funnily enough, this works in his favor when he "demonstrates" the laser's power by playing footage of the White House blowing up ripped straight from Independence Day, which initially scares everyone in the room into thinking that it was real.
- Post-Climax Confrontation: Done with Fat Bastard but he gets defeated with a Groin Attack.
- Prove I Am Not Bluffing: 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!"
- Robotic Reveal: When Austin rips off the Fembot's synthetic skin faceplate in the opening scene.
- Rule of Three: Spoofed, 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.
- Sadistic Choice:Dr. Evil: Save the world... or save your girlfriend.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: When Dr.Evil threatens the President from his moon base, the General asks for permission to launch the U.S's nuclear arsenal to destroy the moon. In reality, the entire U.S nuclear arsenal going off at once would "only" make a crater about 10 km across, which wouldn't even be big enough to see with the naked eye from Earth, let alone destroy the entire thing.
- Sequel Reset: "Wait a tick. That means I'm single again! Oh, behave!"
- Sexy Surfacing Shot: In a parody of Honey Ryder's iconic scene in Dr. No, Felicity gracefully emerges on the beach in a white bikini...only to be followed by Austin doing the same, to both his and Felicity's confusion.
- Shaking the Rump: Felicity does this in front of Austin in her first scene, while wearing skin-tight shorts, no less.
- 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! (absentmindedly walks towards her and falls into the Lava Pit)
- Sigil Spam: Dr. Evil's embossed logo can be found on nearly anything — makeup cases, motorized scooters, record turntables, even the doors of Dr. Evil's secret moon rocket.
- Silence, You Fool!: "SILENCE! I will not tolerate your insolence!"
- Smoking Hot Sex:
- Parodied at the beginning:Vanessa: Do you smoke after sex?
Austin: I don't know, baby, I've never looked.
- Felicity lights up after having sex with Fat Bastard.
- Number Two and Number Two—which, technically, isn't cheating.
- Parodied at the beginning:
- Snake Versus Mongoose: Dr. Evil says, "Austin Powers... he's the snake to my mongoose, or the mongoose to my snake. Either way it's bad. I don't know animals."
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Dr. Evil and Mini Me attempt to perform "What If God Was One Of Us" for their assosciates. Dr Evil can only remember the lyrics to the first two lines and resorts to singing "bloo-bloo-bloo" to fill in the rest.
- Squirrels in My Pants: During Austin's fight with Mini-Me on the moonbase, Mini-Me rips a hole in the crotch part of Austin's space suit and proceeds to climb inside. Austin initially panics when Mini-Me begins to crawl around inside his suit, but then begins to fidget around and giggle saying that it tickles. He then traps Mini-Me and then proceeds to eject him out the rear end of his suit through a nearby space toilet.
- Straight Gay: The Beefeater 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.
- Summon Backup Dancers: Felicity does this by pressing a button on Austin's wall. The flat is immediately swarmed by hippies ready for a party.
- Talk Show Appearance: Dr. Evil and Scott go on Jerry Springer as a subject of dysfunctional fathers. He eventually incites a riot by getting into a fight with a Klansman and removes his hood.
- Talk to the Hand: Dr. Evil does this, much to the U.S. President of 1969's confusion, as Dr. Evil's using '90s-era pop culture lines... in 1969.Dr. Evil: Talk to the hand, 'cause the face don't wanna hear it anymore.
The President: What hand? Talk to your hand?
- Testes Test: After the Fembot blows up in his face at the beginning of the movie, Austin moves his hands to his crotch, then faces the camera and announces, "Oh, thank God."
- 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.
- Trailer Spoof: Had one related to The Phantom Menace.
- Trip to the Moon Plot: The movie's third act is about Dr. Evil installing a giant "laser" on the Moon and Austin following him there to stop him.
- Twisted Echo Cut: Two Hurricane of Euphemism Overly Long Gags cover a succession of people being distracted by Dr. Evil's rocket, and being cut off just before they can remark that it looks like a giant— Johnson!
- 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.
- 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.)
- Vocal Dissonance: At one point during the "Just The Two Of Us" musical number, the 2'8" Mini-Me sings a line in a very low baritone voice.
- Wave-Motion Gun: The "Death Star". (Ripoff!)
- White Flag: Austin waves one when under fire by the Fembot in the opening scene.
- Why Won't You Die?: Austin asks this verbatim of Robin Swallows, who shrugs off a lot of lethal attacks.
- Writers Cannot Do Math: Mini-Me is described as being "one-eighth" Dr. Evil's size. But he's clearly closer to a third of the doctor's size.
- You Put the "X" in "XY": Invked by Austin himself.Robin Swallows: Tell me, Mr. Powers: Do you swing?
Austin: Are you kidding, baby? I put the "Grr" in "Swinger", baby!"
- Actor Allusion:
- When Dr. Evil drops Mini-Me and he hops back up, Dr. Evil exclaims "And he's okay!" just like Myers did about Stacey as Wayne.
- Nigel Powers drives a modified Mini Cooper for his spy car, a vehicle strongly associated with Michael Caine's The Italian Job (1969).
- And the Adventure Continues: Scotty becomes the new Dr. Evil, and is apparently slightly more crazy, meaning the Powers family will have many more adventures to come.
- Antagonist Title: Being a spoof of the Bond movies, Goldmember is used in place of Goldfinger as the title. Goldmember is indeed the antagonist, just not the only one.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Fook Yu, Fook Mi, and Mr. Roboto are not authentic Japanese names.
- Bait-and-Switch Silhouette: 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.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Dr. Evil teams up with Goldmember against Austin Powers.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: At the end, 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: Nudity was censored, and Dr. Evil's curse words were edited, radio edit-style.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Austin's "Things to Do Before I Die" checklist: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.
Threesome with Japanese Twins.
Earn Daddy's Respect.
- Breast Attack: Austin subjects Fat Bastard to a double purple nurple during their brief fight.
- Cameo Cluster: The opening is full of famous people playing themselves on the set of an In-Universe Austin Powers movie, which is being directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, and Danny DeVito, with Quincy Jones and Britney Spears (or a fembot thereof) doing the music.
- Captain Obvious: Goldmember 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."
- Casting Gag: Harry Palmer himself, Michael Caine, appears as Nigel Powers.
- Chekhov's Gag: An example that doubles as a proper Chekhov's Gun. When Dr. Evil is smacked in the nuts during a demonstration of his evil plan, he counts three testicles in order to ensure that everything was alright. A few minutes later, Mini-Me escorts Nigel Powers to his prison cell and Nigel asks to see Mini-Me's genitals, seemingly out of morbid curiosity. Nigel calls Mini-Me a “tripod” and uses this information to confirm his suspicions that Dr. Evil is really his son.
- Compressed Hair: After swimming to Dr. Evil's submarine Foxxy removes her swimcap to reveal short-looking hair. She shakes her head and it explodes, via a cut to Austin, into her usual enormous afro.
- 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 this film, Austin is finally knighted.
- Conveyor Belt o' Doom: 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!
- Daddy Didn't Show: Nigel Powers had a tendency for this, to the point Austin starts singing "Daddy Wasn't There", quoted atop that article.
- Daddy Issues: 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!"
- Dead Partner: Foxxy Cleopatra had a partner who was killed by Goldmember, and is determined to bring the villain to justice for it.
- Denser and Wackier: Goldmember relies less on parodies of the spy genre and more on broad humour, celebrity cameos and pop culture references that were trending in 2002.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Austin's got a problem separating his inner and outer voices. The Mole's facial blemishes prove just irresistible.Austin: MOLE!
- Didn't We Use This Joke Already?: 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.
- Dreamworks Face: The Dr. Evil giant submarine has one. Of course it's based on Dr. Evil's quirk of doing the same thing.
- 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.
- Dull Surprise: The street-market shopper who appears in the third section of the montage ("Are they nice and firm?") has this reaction to the satellite's coming into view.
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: When Austin reunites with his father, in order to prevent the two American women who were keeping tabs on them from knowing what they are talking about, they opt to discus the details in English English, and communicate entirely in Cockney slang. The subtitler eventually gives up. (Although that might be because Austin and his father are both talking at the same time, rendering what each of them is saying unintelligible).
- Evil Diva: Britney Spears in the opening sequence, whom confidently rivals Austin in a dance battle, and reveals herself to be a Fembot assassin.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Not actually plot-driven, but Foxxy Cleopatra's hairstyle changes in virtually every new scene she's in.
- Faceship: Dr. Evil's sub is modeled after him.
- Fake-Out Opening: The movie opens with a scene from a film within the film about Austin's life.
- 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 only to give him the finger and kick Austin in the face.
- Flipping the Bird: Twice. Once to Austin in the fake intro and later to Dr. Evil.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: The email Austin gets reads "Dear Customer: You are being sent a new credit card by FedEx because your old one was hacked while you were browsing iPods on eBay. Sincerely, Your Bank."
- Freudian Slip: 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!
- Fun with Subtitles: Mr. Roboto, when talking to Austin Powers and Foxxy Cleopatra, speaks in subtitles. With the series's usual No Fourth Wall comedy, the white objects in Mr. Roboto's room obscure some of his subtitles which are mistaken for much dirtier phrases until they are clarified. This is promptly Lampshaded by Austin Powers after Mr. Roboto reveals he can speak English the entire time.
- 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 to camera]
- Great Escape: Dr. Evil's escape from normal prison involves starting a Prison Riot to cover the escape. He was able to manipulate the prison's populace after demonstrating how, you know, evil he is.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Whenever Number Three appears, there is always a zoom-in on his gigantic mole. He even twitches it a little...
- Hair Reboot: Foxxy Cleopatra's hair goes from a fairly flat style from being wet to her full-out Funny Afro after she shakes her head.
- 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.
- Hypocritical Humor: There's two things Nigel Powers can't stand: "people who are intolerant of other people's cultures...and the Dutch!"
- 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.
- Knighting: Austin gets knighted after catching Dr. Evil. Goes from being a cool moment to a sad one when his father doesn't show up.
- Lame Pun Reaction: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?
- Medium Awareness: Austin uses the subtitles to understand Japanese. What makes it funny is that the white subtitles are sometimes placed in front of white items, resulting in the subtitles looking entirely lewd.Mr. Roboto: Why don't I just, uh, speak in English?
Austin: 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]
- 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: Scott Evil performs a moonwalk just before the end credits.
- 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]
- Noodle Incident: After leaving Mr. Roboto's office, Austin comments that Mr. Roboto knows more than he was telling. Foxy replies "Tell me something I don't know", to which Austin says "I open-mouth kissed a horse once." Foxy replies "What?", and Austin says "That's something you don't know."
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Tom Cruise uses his British accent while playing Austin in the In-Universe movie based on Austin's adventures.
- "Not So Different" Remark: Tried again by Dr. Evil and it fails again. 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: Lampshaded with two Japanese men running from a monster statue that vaguely resembles Godzilla during the car chase in Japan:Japanese Man 1: RUUUUN!!! IT'S Godzilla!
Japanese Man 2: It looks like Gojira, but due to international copyright laws, it's not.
Japanese Man 1: STILL, WE SHOULD RUN LIKE IT IS GODZILLA!
Japanese Man 2: [glances at the camera] Though it isn't.
- Overt Rendezvous: Austin and Foxxy Cleopatra meet on a public bench, but with a man sitting in between them, who moves his lips without speaking while Foxxy is the one actually talking. This way, to any outsider, it looks like Austin and the man are the only ones having a conversation.
- Pixellation: Used on a woman's bare breasts in the "Hard Knock Life" music video.
- 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."
- 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" is all about parodying this. From the high and squeaky singing voice to the abrupt costume change, it is mockery.
- Random Events Plot: The first half of the film. There's no reason given why Dr. Evil wants Nigel Powers abducted (while there are several plausible, justifiable reasons, he's never shown an interest in Austin's father before), why Nigel was taken to Goldmember's club in 1975 instead of just held somewhere in the present, or how Dr. Evil arranged his abduction from prison.note It is also unclear why Dr. Evil would reveal this to Austin when he could have sent him on a wild goose chase to somewhere else. The trope could be considered justified given the franchise is primarily a comedy, and Dr. Evil isn't known for his well thought-out plans, but it's still quite disjointed compared to the first two films. Once the action moves to Japan, things settle down into a more coherent plot structure.
- Red Right Hand: Goldmember's calling card is covering his victims' genitals in gold paint.Goldmember: Dr. Evil, can I paint his [Nigel Powers'] yoo-hoo gold? It's kind of my thing, you know.
Dr. Evil: (pilots his mechanical chair up close to Goldmember) How about "No", you crazy Dutch bastard?!
- Rent-a-Zilla: In a film series that parodies mostly James Bond films, a Notzilla appears.
- Request for Privacy: Parodied. When Dr. Evil's son starts becoming evil himself, Dr. Evil shouts how it's getting a little crowded in the submarine deck they're all in and orders everyone to leave. Everyone starts getting up, but Dr. Evil then starts saying "Not you" followed by various people. By the time he's saying who doesn't have to leave, only Mini-Me hasn't been ordered to stay, making it apparent who Dr. Evil wants out of the room.
- Reverse Polarity: Trying to stop the MIDAS asteroid from crashing into Earth and flooding it.
- Self-Deprecation:Ozzy Osbourne: Boobs! These writers are a bunch of boobs!
- Separated-at-Birth Casting: The actors for Young Austin, Basil, Dr Evil and Number 2 are note perfect in the roles, particularly Young Austin.
- Separated by a Common Language: 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.)
- Shout-Out: Mr. Roboto is a reference to "Mr. Roboto" by Styx.
- Show Within a Show: Austinpussy, originally the intended title of this installment (a parody of Octopussy), which they couldn't get past the censors. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Cruise as Austin, Gwyneth Paltrow as the Bond Girl, Kevin Spacey as Dr. Evil, Danny DeVito as Mini-Me, and John Travolta as Goldmember.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: In a parody of late '90s/early 00s rap, one of the verses in Dr. Evil's "Hard Knock Life" rap is nearly completely censored from the amount of swearing.
- Skirts and Ladders: Austin 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").
- Sound-Effect Bleep: Utilized during the cutaway to the Osbournes.
- Space Base: Another one of Dr. Evil's supervillain lairs. He seems to have every variation of this trope covered.
- Sparing the Final Mook: When taken before Dr. Evil and Goldmember, Nigel effortlessly knocks out two mooks, then notices a third and final mook, who is obviously scared of him. Nigel decides to take it easy on the third guy, telling him to just act like Nigel knocked him out too and nobody will hold it against him. The mook quickly goes along with it.
- Spell My Name with an S: A rather infamous error on the setting titles renders Japan's largest city as "Toyko". Yeah.
- Stealth Pun: The movie-within-a-movie has Mini-Me firing off an M-249 machine gun, also known as the "Minimi".
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In the Climax, Foxxy throws Goldmember's key into a shark tank so he won't be able to use it to activate the weapon. Instead, Goldmember just pulls out a backup key and proceeds with the plan.
- Swapped Roles: In the previous movie, Dr. Evil showed blatant favoritism to Mini-Me over Scott. In this movie, Dr. Evil and Scott's relationship has greatly improved and Mini-Me finds himself being phased out of Dr. Evil's inner circle, resulting in him turning on the villainous doctor and siding with the good guys.
- Tough Room: Nobody laughs at Dr. Evil's "long and hard and full of seamen" joke, prompting him to say, "Tough sub."
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: Austin and the Japanese girls.
- Twisted Echo Cut: A similar gag as done in the second movie. This time with the satellite that looks like a pair of big— Bazookas? And so on.
- 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.
- Wham Line: Near the end when Nigel prevents Austin from shooting Dr. Evil:Austin: Dr. Evil's not your son! I am!
Nigel: You both are.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- Mr. Bigglesworth isn't seen at all.
- Austin's Bond Girl from Shagged, Felicity Shagwell, is no where to be seen, nor is any explanation given for her absence. Looks like Basil was right when he said it wasn't meant to be.
- Wire Fu: Parodied. Fat Bastard tries to use a Wire Fu attack on Austin (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.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: 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.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Austin gets Dr. Evil arrested in the very beginning, making it clear that something will inevitably go wrong. Dr. Evil even does a musical number pointing this out ("Austin caught me in the first act/it's all backwards, what's with that"?).