Why did Megamind spend his entire life in prison? Where are the social services?
- Character reactions to Megamind, whether as a baby, child, or adult, consist primarily of gaping and staring at him. Few appear to address him directly. (Even the first prisoner to speak on his arrival asks, "Can we keep it?") This seems to indicate that the characters around him don't perceive him as a person and are thus outside the realm of child protective services.
- We don't see every moment of Megamind's childhood, to be totally fair. From what we actually know, child services were involved at some point, but Megamind — being an alien child super-genius — ended up being too much for them to cope with.
How come Roxanne didn't realize "Bernard" was really Megamind? The voice, the posture, the attitude... didn't she find it odd that Bernard had changed so dramatically?
- Well, she didn't know Bernard at all. She barely even knew his name - she gets it wrong at first. To her, he was just the guy who worked at the museum - which hadn't even been open that long. Presumably, she thought that this was how Bernard was when he was not at work and opened up a bit. A little later, Megamind told her himself about being a lonely child, which would just have cemented this explanation.
Does Megamind's hologram projector watch affect the subject's voice or not? When he tricks the Warden into wearing the watch, it gives him Megamind's voice as well (not likely that he used the voice on purpose). Later, he has to do the voice of Bernard (and can even drop the voice at times). That goes against how it originally worked.
- When the Warden takes the watch, Megamind asks him for the time — obliquely asking him to hold the watch up to his face and speak - and a little 'rec.' light flashes on the watch face. He doesn't have the time to do the same to Bernard.
So Megamind crashes into a jail and is automatically a prisoner for "breaking and entering", but what kind of Kangaroo Court sentences a 6-month-old for that?
- The fact he can remember things from when he was eight days old would imply that Megamind was pretty coherent for a baby. As such, they probably deemed it appropriate to treat him as an adult.
Was Titan evil or more Chaotic Stupid? While he did turn into a Jerkass, one with powers that made him dangerous, he was a victim of circumstances- he got powers by accident, was told he could be a hero, and that it would get him the girl once he saves her a few times. He does so (wildly misunderstanding what it means, admittedly); she rejected him and dated a dork instead (from his POV) and his "mentor" turned out to be a villain who mocked him to his face about it- such stuff would drive anyone mad.
- Sadly, Titan was evil. In a way, this is his Start Of Evil story. Hal was an immature, dishonest, self-entitled, lazy guy who suddenly got superpowers. All he wanted was to be a hero in the limelight and get all the attention. Despite how much he enjoyed the adulation and limelight, Metro Man worked for his status as a hero and showed self-restraint. Recall the scene where they're doing the training with the Megamind training dummy. He melts the dummy's head into goo with a big grin on his face; Hal had none of his restraint or empathy for others. He didn't exactly have the best mentor, either, with Megamind teaching him how to be a comic-book hero and not a responsible hero.
- Hal had the right to be unhappy that Roxanne rejected him, but he clearly refused to accept it and respect that she didn't like him that way, and his immediate response to her rejecting him was to drop any pretense of being a good guy at all and offer to team up with the villain who'd taken over the city (it's telling that one of Titan's first villainous acts was using his super-powers to steal random things he wanted, and this was before he was taunted by Megamind).
- Such stuff would not drive anyone mad. When an average person gets dumped, they might feel sad, but they don't try to conquer a city. Likewise, if your mentor turns out to be a villain who mocks you. The average person would feel upset about that, and they might even punch the villain or something, but that's still far from making yourself into a dictator, messing with thousands of innocent people who never harmed you in any way. This guy is evil.
With as much exposure Megamind's dehydration gun got throughout the movie, to the point that he called his use of it an "old habit", why did he never even consider using it on Titan? He's still made of water, isn't he?
- It's highly likely — almost certain, in fact — that Megamind has tried the Dehydration Gun on Metro Man at some point in the past and for whatever reason (perhaps mentioned above, perhaps different) it didn't work. And if it didn't work on Metro Man then, it's not gonna work on Titan now.
In the aerial shot of the Death Ray firing, the beam quite obviously strikes in the locale of Cadillac, Michigan, implying that this is the location of Metro City. This doesn't make sense for various reasons: the observatory, and Metro City itself, is depicted as being coastal, yet the beam strikes several miles inland; Roxanne's station's call letters are KMCP, and stations beginning with "K" are used for the western US (Michigan and the East should start with "W"); Metro Man and Megamind landed on earth around Christmastime, yet there was no snow on the ground, which is a rarity in Michigan especially on the lakeshore.
- Considering there are superheroes and supervillains; people can survive being thrown around by someone with superstrength without even getting injured; it's possible to dehydrate someone to a tiny cube without killing them, and everyone is computer generated, don't you think this story might not take place in the real world? That explains unusual weather and call letters. You still have a point on the coastal thing though.
- Word of God says that Metro City was heavily inspired by San Francisco. Not necessarily based on it, but heavily inspired by it nonetheless. The DVD commentary, on the other hand, calls Metro City something like "The sister city of Toronto; a Great Lakes metropolis", so its Michigan depiction appears to be intentional (unfortunately, when the Death Ray is fired in Button of Doom, it's shown striking north of Saginaw Bay rather than the Lake Michigan coast, so where in Michigan is still up in the air).
Why didn't Metro Man use his superspeed to avoid being seen by Roxanne and Megamind?
- His expression was one of pure shock, so he was probably too startled to think to use it.
Would Metro Man's issues have been avoided if he'd been Clark Kenting from the beginning, rather than permanently after faking his death?
- Quite probably; it's been clearly established in the comics that at least one of the reasons Superman isn't Superman 24/7 is to essentially keep himself sane and give him some downtime from solving all the world's problems. It looks like Metro Man, however, never really had that option - unlike Clark Kent, who arrived in a fairly isolated location and was adopted by a fairly low-key couple, both of which enabled him to develop an identity outside of the public eye, Metro Man landed pretty much on the doorstep of a very wealthy and presumably very publicly exposed couple and seems to have revealed his powers early on; he's probably been well-known for having superpowers all his life.
Does Megamind believe in God? When he's provoking Titan into fighting him, he says something "Oh God, how I've missed this!" Does his planet have religions like Earth or what?
- He's been on Earth almost all his life and learned Earth concepts, including religion and/or the terms "Oh my God", etc. But regarding his utterance, plenty of atheists in Real Life also say "Oh my God". It's basically become an idiomatic expression. Still, there is a moment in which Minion assures Megamind that his parents are smiling down from "evil heaven", so perhaps?
Why didn't Megamind use what he thought was Metro Man's skeleton for DNA extraction? It should have been a more obvious choice instead of dandruff.
- This is addressed in the commentary of the DVD. They made a shot where the skeleton turns to dust, but they scrapped it after they saw it because they thought wasn't necessary.
How did Roxanne manage to arrange all those little bits of paper just like that in her apartment so they lined up the way they did? That's ridiculous for two reasons: 1) She would've had to get every single scrap of paper from Megamind's lair, which she obviously didn't, and 2) Megamind created Titan by accident. "Tighten" as a name was an afterthought, it seemed...
- Roxanne knows Megamind pretty well, so it's not out of the question that she knows his mindset well enough to set the paper up the same way. Setting it up as he had would give her a better insight into his plan. And whaddya know, it did!
As for the "accidentally creating Tighten" part, Megamind might have given the powers to Hal by accident, but it was always his plan to create a new superhero; he came up with the 'Titan' identity before he decided who he was going to give the powers to.
Regarding Metro Man faking his death: since he basically made it look like Megamind killed him, wouldn't he be guilty of framing Megamind for murder? Granted, Megamind is a super-villain with a mile-long rap sheet and nobody would realistically take his side, but you really can't prosecute him for something he didn't really do.
- Well, the people of Metro City never really got the chance to prosecute Megamind for the supposed murder of Metro Man in the first place, did they? Megamind is still "condemned" to be a hero for the rest of his life by the 88 life sentences he already had, thus the question of prosecuting him for the murder of Metro Man is rather a moot point, something the people of Metro City probably realized and thus didn't bother with either.
When flying above the city and writing his name with his laser vision, Titan takes special care to dot the second 'i' in 'Tightenville'—but the first 'i' remains undotted.
- Hal isn't exactly the smartest or most careful of men; chances are he doesn't really care. He's not even smart enough to spell Titan correctly. Although he might have been about to do the first one when Roxanne distracted him.
Why does Megamind not know what a window is?
- Megamind indeed is familiar with windows. After a lifetime spent in prison or breaking into banks and other secure facilities, however, windows without bars may be a strange idea for him to wrap his head around. He does compare the window to the monitors in his lair, so he might have simply found its size and the fact that it's installed in a room meant to be an HQ odd.
When Roxanne meets Megamind in his Bernard disguise after infiltrating his lair, he directs her toward a door marked 'Exit.' Later on, in the same scene, we learn that this door actually leads to a sheer drop above a pit full of alligators. So why on Earth did he tell her to go there? Did he forget?
- He probably just wanted to scare her out of his lair.
- He knew she was on the hunt for some kind of "scheme" and hoped that the stuff behind the Exit door would lead her off the track of what he was really doing.
Why in the world would the city want Megamind to defeat Titan? Sure, Titan's evil, but they haven't seen Megamind's FaceHeel Turn; there is absolutely nothing to cheer about when Megamind defeats Titan. All they know is they're just back under the thumb of a far more intelligent tyrant.
- From everything we can gather, while Megamind robbed banks, kidnapped a journalist every so often, and apparently killed the city's previous hero, Titan was going to destroy the entire city, something which Megamind had shown no desire or interest in doing. Put simply, the former was definitely being a dick, but the latter was worse by far (ref. the first news report on Titan, "the city has never seen this level of destruction").
- When Megamind takes over the city, what does he say? He makes a big theatrical display, proclaims his future reign of informed evil, and then tells everyone to "carry on with the dreary, normal things, normal people do." When Titan takes over the city, what does he do? "Oh, I wouldn't say free. More like under new management." Then he flicks the mayor across the road. When Megamind is in control, the city carries on with a little bit more paint and some money floating around the downtown corridor; when Titan is in control, the city evacuates; all those people fleeing the city at the end of the film are people who didn't bother to go anywhere when it was just Megamind they had to worry about, because Megamind just makes a show about being evil, whereas Titan actually is.
Post-movie, isn't the whole broken eternal rivalry just going to repeat itself, but in reverse now that Megamind is a superhero but has no supervillain to battle against? There are always bank robbers and such, but no major arch-nemesis that we know of.
- The problem wasn't so much that he didn't have a superhero to fight, but that he didn't have anyone to challenge him since everyone other than Roxanne pretty much just folded once Metro Man was out of the picture. As a hero, however, there's always going to be crime to fight, and he could continue cleaning up the city and improving it.
So what does Roxanne mean by "his heart is an ocean inside a bigger ocean" in her Metro Man speech anyway?
- It's supposed to convey the idea of vastness and infinity; essentially saying Metro Man's kindness and goodness is limitless.
Did Hal really deserve to be put in Megamind's supermax prison cell after he was defeated? The guy doesn't even have a life, and he's very much harmless without Metro Man's powers. The least they could have done was give him some community service, right?
- Given how much of the city he destroyed the police probably wouldn't trust him back on the streets even in his current state.
- It might also be for Hal's own protection. After all, he very publicly called out Megamind, did his absolute best to kill him, failed, and got locked up in prison. The same prison Megamind was raised in. Where he's considered family by the inmates. And now Hal's stuck there. Alone. With no powers.
Where did the infuser/defuser gun go after Megamind used it to remove Titan's powers? Megamind holds it in his right hand immediately after using it. His hands are not visible while talking to Minion, but then he uses both hands to flip Minion into the pool. There is a wide shot after that, and the gun is neither strapped to Megamind nor anywhere he could have put it down nearby (the depowered Hal is also oddly not there).
- Possibly Megamind dropped it in the fountain to short out its mechanism and render it inoperable because he'd realized that giving anybody Metro Man's powers was a bad idea.
Why did the prison allow Megamind access to a television and remote control, given his proven facility with technology?
- Because a bored Megamind is probably worse than one lulled into complacency by channel surfing?
For being socially awkward, Megamind sure is a good kisser. Is it because of his species? Or did he learn on his own?
- Pillows. That is all that will be said.
Megamind was serving multiple life sentences. He's an escaped fugitive. He booted out the duly-elected government of Metro City to impose his own reign. He created the very Titan problem he eventually had to solve. So why, when the dust settled at the end, were the citizens of Metro City so quick to lionize him as a hero and let him go unpunished?
- What are they going to do? Megamind has pretty much proven that, except for Metro Man, no one else can do anything against him. Even going to jail is more of a voluntary thing ("I'm going home") than a real punishment (Not to mention he can get out any time he wants). The citizens cheering for him right after Titan is defeated is likely more happiness that, well, Titan is defeated rather than it being for Megamind in particular.
- We don't know how much time has passed between Megamind saving the day and his museum opening at the end; it could have been long enough for him to prove himself more than he had just at the end.
- Consider also, Megamind had expected to die when he confronted Titan and was willing to do so. For all Metro Man's popularity, he was never actually in danger when performing his past feats of heroism; realizing that the guy who'd made a career out of getting his butt kicked was still willing to stand up to a genuinely-lethal opponent may have made a lot of folks reassess their opinion of him.
Titan is pretty dumb, but shouldn't he have recognized his Space-Stepmom? Hal had to know who/what Minion was - after all Minion marched on up to City Hall and fumbled with a boombox in front of everyone as Megamind took over the city. Hal was on hand filming this. It seems to me that a wig and an apron wouldn't be enough to hide a fish driving a robotic gorilla suit - even from Hal.
- Maybe he assumed that Minion's species was common throughout the universe, as Human Aliens seem to be.
- Minion is, well, a minion. While he does play a large part in Megamind's schemes and accompanies him almost everywhere, in the grand narrative of the conflict between Metro Man and Megamind, he's framed as just a background character. Except for those who get a frequent and extensive view behind the scenes of their clashes like Roxanne, most people, including Hal, only see Minion as a "generic villain mook" and don't pay much attention to him.
Why did Megamind discontinue the frequent kidnapping card? What would be the reward for filling out a card?
- It was just their own version of witty banter. She was just being sarcastic, but Megamind really likes that sort of thing and just went along with it.
- I like to think that Megamind actually did create a frequent kidnapping card, but then discontinued it when he suddenly realized he had no idea what the reward would be.
- Alternately, the reward was a get-out-of-kidnapping card, entitling her to cancel one kidnapping and go home without needing to be rescued. And then Megamind decided that was a dumb idea.
- In a promotion like that, accumulating enough points to get the reward is supposed to be a rare event that takes some effort to achieve. The fact that Megamind had to discontinue it goes to show how hilariously often he kidnaps her.
Why was Hal uninjured when he fell over the spikes on the invisible car? You can see the spikes on the hood in the beginning when Megamind first arrives at his lair, yet later Hal rolls directly where these spikes are shown to be when the car is visible.
- Those spikes are probably made of some soft, lightweight material to avoid injuries like that and to keep the car from being weighed down. Either that or they're retractable.
Is there any reason the jail gave Megamind a sentence of several thousand years? It is unlikely that Megamind will even be able to live out the entirety of his prison sentence. Heck, the prison would likely crumble to dust long before the several thousand years were up, along with possibly the civilization and government that handed out the sentence.
- There are real-life cases of people getting as many as 300 life sentences. The purpose of this is so that if they get their sentence reduced, they'll still spend their entire life in jail. It's just a measurement of how abhorrent society views the crime and to give the victims closure.
Where is the American Government in this whole debacle? Don't they feel worried that Megamind just took over a prosperous city and might do the same to another? Do they think that he is just such an ineffectual villain that he won't present any problems to national security? Did Megamind make a deal with the government? This bugged me a little bit.
- Odds are the government was rather cautious about attacking a diabolical mastermind who'd just defeated the greatest hero in the world.
- Perhaps the government has kept tabs on the Metro Man / Megamind dynamic and realized that Megamind himself was ineffectual and more focused on the spectacle than the actual crime. If there was any escalation, they probably would step in, but Megamind's plans did not change much, and eventually got bored and turned to spruce up the town instead (Roxie's suggestion, but still).
- Did they actually establish that Metro City is part of America? It might be its own city-state for all we know.
Related to the above, Megamind is obviously bored without any opposition. How about just declaring war on someone like all of America? Hopefully, their military response could keep him entertained. It worked for Doctor Doom.
- Nothing we see of Megamind indicates he has any interest in actually harming anyone, or that he'd declare "war" on anyone. What he wants is to fight a hero.
- He's more interested in the dramatics than the actual fighting. He wants a single strong opponent that he can exchange witty banter with while fighting. Fighting the US Military would be boring for him since there's no opportunity for that sort of thing.
In the part where Minion says that Hal has no records he remarks, "Apparently, this man hasn't accomplished anything." True, he's a cameraman. But in this day and age, even a cameraman for a TV network requires going to college, especially if the network in question is a major TV news broadcast.
- Minion is not speaking entirely literally. Unfortunately, in this day and age going to college is genuinely not an achievement anymore - it's like boasting you completed high school. Given what we know about him, it can be safely assumed that he most likely got below-average to average grades at school and college, isn't that great at his job, and most likely hasn't excelled in any significant way or done anything of any particular note with his life. Generally, landing a decent job and gaining sufficient qualifications to enable you to do so isn't really considered to be exceptional, since that's pretty much the minimum that society expects of a functional member of society. And while a job in the media isn't exactly something to sniff at, who really pays attention to the camera person?
So if the Megamind on the hoverbike was Minion, how did the dehydrator gun (used to free Roxanne) get back to Megamind (used to save himself from his fall)? It's made from his binky, so it seems doubtful he has a second one.
- He has more than one dehydrator, specifically during the scene where he and Minion are "cleaning up the streets", Megamind has a walker-mounted dehydrator. So if he built another one for that machine, he probably does have a backup dehydrator gun that Minion used.
Why are there two punch holes in the invisible car's door?
- Titan used both hands while ripping off the door.
When did Megamind have time to scan & record Metro Man for his watch?
- It's possible he recorded Metro Man at some point during the innumerable battles they've had before.
In the scene where Metro Man dies (well, fakes his death, but details) and Megamind sees his skeleton for the first time, Roxanne is in the background tied to a chair. Later on, that night when Megamind is rampaging the city and making his big speech, she is in the audience, completely free. When and how did she get free from Megamind's grasp if no one was there to save her?
- Minion probably freed her. Minion was about to release her when they thought Metro Man was going to escape, so he probably did after Metro Man was blown up. There's also a good chance that Megamind himself dropped her off; he didn't really have any plans for her beyond using her to lure Metro Man into another trap/battle.
So, why did Hal suddenly gain an extremely curly afro when he got souped up on Metro Man's DNA?
- A result of the burst of power when he exploded into his new form. Y'know, like static electricity.
What's up with the apology scene toward the end? Megamind's apologizing to who he thinks is the warden for all the bad he's done and that he wants to make it right, and then Minion disables the hologram and goes "apology accepted" as if that apology might as well have been directed at Minion himself. The thing is, Megamind's apology is simply a more extreme version of the position he had before, the one that caused Minion to abandon him in the first place. The entire reason they fought and "broke up" was because Megamind briefly thought he didn't want to be a supervillain anymore, and Minion was utterly devastated. So what on earth caused Minion to decide that, yes, being a good guy was a good idea, and that, somehow, it had been his position the entire time?
- Minion wasn't against the idea of Megamind ceasing to be evil, not entirely; he was just upset because Megamind yelled in the heat of the moment he didn't need him. Note how, in the end, Minion is perfectly content to join the party and bask in not being a bad guy anymore. Megamind's apology wasn't about renouncing his decision to abandon supervillainy, it was about acknowledging that he'd treated Minion like crap in the process and apologizing for that.
If the watch can copy a person's likeness and powers, why didn't Megamind use it against Metro Man years ago?
- Because it can't copy powers, just appearance. When Megamind impersonated Metro Man, he was using a jetpack and a bunch of gadgets (such as lasers and a hand-mounted buzzsaw) to imitate his powers.
Is it possible to be both a genius and a bumbling idiot? In some scenes, Megamind is played off as a buffoon, other times he is shown to be super smart.
Was Hal really a bad guy before gaining superpowers? Before he became Titan, he seemed to be a bumbling idiot who just wanted a girl's affection. A lot of guys who try way too hard to impress girls, but they aren't psychopaths or nutcases. Sure they unintentionally come off creepy just like Hal, but they are still nice guys, they're just lousy at picking up women. Also, why doesn't Roxanne take the blame for him turning evil? Sure she doesn't love him, but it was stated she treated him like a nobody. Heck, she gave the real Bernard, the one who was summarily dehydrated, more attention. She doesn't feel guilty at all?
- He wasn't a bad guy in the sense of being an evil psychopath, but this is the whole point. The problem with so-called "nice guys" like Hal is that, while they're hardly evil, they're too often not actually as nice as they like to think they are. Scratch the surface, Hal is pretty clearly a little bit of a jerk at least. His attentions towards Roxanne clearly make her uncomfortable, he is frequently inappropriate (exhibit A: the "private party" he invites her to, complete with wedding photographer), and doesn't take 'no' for an answer when she tries to refuse him ("Soft yes on Thursday?"). He is very quick to get jealous when 'Bernard' appears on the scene and treats Roxanne in a very condescending fashion ("She doesn't know what she's saying, she's been through a traumatic experience..."). Yes, some of this can be put down to bumbling social ineptitude, but that's not actually much of an excuse — if you're not good at navigating social situations, then it is at least partially your responsibility to learn how to do so, it's not necessarily everyone's job to bend themselves around you. And no, none of this makes Hal evil, at least initially, but it's his reactions later in the movie which crosses the line.
- As for why Roxanne has little-to-no responsibility for Hal's FaceHeel Turn, that's because Hal is a grown man and is responsible for his own actions. He's not the first man to be rejected by the woman he has feelings for, but he decides to go on what is basically the superpowered equivalent of a temper tantrum because of it. Furthermore, "she treated him like a nobody" is a hugely unfair distortion of Roxanne's actions (note how the only person who actually claims this is Hal himself, who is far from unbiased or reliable in this particular matter). Watch how she treats him throughout the movie. Even though she's clearly discomforted by him at times, she nevertheless clearly makes an effort to be polite and kind to him, and to let him down gently. And even if she didn't — even if she did treat the original Bernard with more interest — well, frankly, that's her choice. Roxanne has the right to choose whomever she's dating, regardless of whether that particular someone is nice to her or not.
- Hal might not have been an out-and-out psychopath (though he's definitely psychopathic), but he was basically a selfish brat who pretended to be a nicer person than he was, which is why when he gets superpowers the first thing he does is start robbing stuff. Like Syndrome, his idea of what a hero is revolves around having amazing powers and getting to do whatever you want, and he thinks that they only save people because they love the adulation that comes with it; unlike Syndrome, Hal doesn't give a damn about the adulation (except from Roxanne), so he has even less reason to pretend to be a hero.
- In scenes that include Hal, following Metro Man's assumed destruction, the audience is shown more aspects of Hal's personality (in addition to his predominant "No" Means "Yes" interactions with Roxanne)—through subtle behaviors that don't compliment his character. To answer the question, "was Hal really a bad guy before gaining superpowers?", here are some examples:
- During Megamind's Q&A session in front of City Hall, Hal openly chews gum - occasionally revealing a large (though likely unintentional) smile - while he's filming life, whether it's Roxanne or Megamind who he points the camera at. Hal's characteristics on display here are primarily carelessness and in second place irreverence.
- In the same scene, Hal is shown to have changed out of his "Error 404 Request Not Found" shirt (worn earlier the same day) into his "Game Over" shirt—which was a deliberate choice, even if it happened off-screen because it contrasts Roxanne's appearance entirely (she went immediately from her role as a hostage into her role as a news reporter without so much as wiping off the Death Ray explosion's ash from her face). Hal's action conveys his previously indicated passive-aggressive contempt for Metro Man or perhaps mocks the reaction of the people around him (as he, by contrast, appears ambivalent).
- After Roxanne's dismal evening report in front of the nearly-empty Metro Man Museum, Hal is openly cheery. His behavior demonstrates that he's not even Roxanne's friend: he's about to invite her to his apartment, and he either ignores how she's feeling or else he somehow can't perceive it.
- While filming in front of Megamind's Evil Lair, even though Hal has the camera pointed at Roxanne the entire time, he doesn't see her disappear through a wall—and doesn't notice her absence immediately, either. (There is enough time, before Hal notices: for Megamind and Minion's witty banter, for Minion with infuser gun in hand to be hidden in a tall metal cabinet, for Megamind to draw a long curtain in front of his create-a-hero plans and to answer Roxanne's confusion over the phone.) In this way, Hal shows that he isn't looking (paying attention) even when he is looking—no exceptions for Roxanne.
- Yet, when Hal opposes Roxanne's word later in the same scene, to tell Bernard, "She doesn't know what she's saying, she's been through a traumatic experience," it unravels the aforementioned possibility that Hal somehow can't perceive Roxanne's unhappiness. His conversation with Bernard proves that he's selective (rather than unknowing) when it comes to what he sees—and that for the most part, he wants to view Roxanne (and his other surroundings) after a manner of his own making, not as they actually are.
- Hal was always a bad guy, it's just that getting his new powers brought his already bad traits up to eleven. Rewatching his earlier scenes, there's never really a point where Hal extends genuine sympathy or kindness to anyone, he has a huge ego despite being entirely regular and quite dumb, and even his moments with Roxanne are clearly ploys to get into her pants with no concern for her feelings beyond his goals of dating her. When he suffers from rejection, he always attributes it to something shallow rather than his own pushiness, as, even when he breaks a finger punching the news van in frustration, his first instinct is to blame the van. The only time Hal is sympathetic to someone else is when he thinks Megamind lied to "Space-Stepmom", which is more of an example of his stupidity than anything else.
How was Metro Man planning to pursue his dream if he is believed to be dead? Does he have a Clark Kent identity in this universe? What makes Metro Man think Megamind wouldn't conquer the entire planet if he was planning to move to another state to become a musician? It would be kinda difficult to do this if your planet is under the control of an evil genius.
- He's going to create a new identity for himself; in essence, he's going to create a Clark Kent-style identity for himself. And the reason he assumes Megamind won't conquer the entire planet or anything like that is that he knows Megamind. The two have essentially been each other's closest frenemy since childhood. Metro Man knows that there's no major risk on the "potential planetary destruction or domination" front from Megamind because by this point he's familiar with Megamind and knows that ultimately Megamind's not really interested in that. It's quite arguable that not only did he know that Megamind wasn't going to take over the world, but that he foresaw Megamind becoming the new Good to fill the vacuum he left, therefore fulfilling both of their dreams (Metro Man is now free from his social burden, and Megamind gets the opportunity to be a good guy that was denied to him as a child).
Regarding Megamind, yes, he's a sympathetic Villain Protagonist, but isn't there a bit of Protagonist-Centered Morality along with it? He is treated throughout the entire movie as a misunderstood loner who isn't capable of doing genuinely evil things, except that, he murders a guy (Metro Man) and cheers about it, only regretting it afterward because he felt bored and unfulfilled, not because he felt actual remorse. Then consider that you don't get 88 life sentences for nothing; you gotta have done some pretty heinous shit to get that much.
- Megamind didn't really intend to murder Metro Man; he expected Metro Man to escape and send him back to prison as usual. His state of mind is more like recklessness, playing a deadly game with Metro Man that he should know could result in lethal consequences. Once he has killed Metro Man, he is still too immature to really appreciate the depth of his wrongdoing, he is just running off a script of what a supervillain is supposed to do when he wins.
As for the 88 life sentences, repeated kidnapping and breaking out of jail is likely what makes up the bulk of his "crimes" (in quotes because again, he didn't have proper ill intent).
Just how did Megamind's HeelFace Turn affect his foster family? By becoming a superhero, he basically betrayed them in favor of getting the affection of the people who ostracized him and made him want to be a villain in the first place. As a child, the inmates were the only people who genuinely cared for him and accepted him for who he was, and now he's making a living out of pursuing bad guys like them. One'd imagine Megamind's next few visits to Metro City Prison to be incredibly awkward.
- During the opening montage, where Megamind in infancy zaps down a prison wall (using his binky on the homemade tricycle), background animations, voices, and sounds showed that Megamind's fellow prisoners escaped for themselves. It's hard to know if any inmates from Megamind's arrival stayed on through his adulthood, but we do see that none of his inmates tried to bring him out of prison with them. So it seems that all his inmate brethren saw him as just a pet of some sort (see the headscratcher on the lack of child protective services).
Were Metro Man's adoptive parents aware of his fake death? It seems pretty cruel not to let them know he is alive and well.
- This assumes that they're alive, to begin with; they could have passed away well before the story's events, making the issue academic.
- Based on the little we get to see about them, the folks who raised Metro Man/Music Man to appear to be quite hands-off parents. They regarded the super-baby who dropped into their lives like something more akin to a somewhat amazing pet than an orphan who needs to be sheltered and nurtured. It may be that Metro Man understood deep down inside that while the news of his demise will be received by them with conventional tears and weeds, it will not be long before they will eventually resume their normal richly fulfilling, and busy social lives at some pleasant retirement community.
- Who's to say he didn't tell them he's alive, then swears them to secrecy? Hands-off parents or not, it's unlikely that they'd want their adoptive son to be miserable, and force him to continue in a superhero's life he'd long since gotten sick and tired of leading.
We don't even know the morality of his birth parents and species. Were they violent world conquerors, or a peaceful race?
- We don't know, but based on the film's morals and lessons "people can turn good, people can turn evil, people can change", chances are they weren't violent.
Why didn't Megamind just copy Metro Man's powers again and use them on himself? He could have just made another one in the lab.
- Doing that backfired spectacularly the first time. And Titan is still invincible. At best you'd have a stalemate.
- When first making Titan, Megamind says "We only have one shot at this". So apparently he'd already used up all the DNA he had available (or he ran out of some other resource).
So as kids, Megamind and Metro Man clearly did not get along. As adults, they might not have hated each other, but they were clearly antagonistic toward each other. Why then, does Metro Man call Megamind "Little Buddy" when he and Roxanne find him in his secluded enclave after having faked his death? Nothing about their relationship has ever hinted that Megamind and Metro Man were ever pals.
- For all the villainy and battles and plots, ultimately they were were pals, even if they never fully realized it. They shared a similar background, being aliens whose home planets were destroyed; their sparring is more akin to two wrestlers on opposite sides of the Heel-Face divide. Even more than Metro Man being a pivotal figure in Megamind's life, Megamind seems to be the only figure in Metro Man's. The latter didn't consider Roxanne as anything more than a recurring rescuee-slash-TV interviewer, the regular citizens were just groupies he'd gotten tired of babysitting, and even his foster parents were distant at best. Who else did he have a lasting relationship with, if not the little blue geek from his old school? Metro Man's never been scared of Megamind or felt the need to take his "evil-doing" seriously; it's always been like a game to him, with no anger in it. Why wouldn't he think of Megamind as more like a buddy - albeit one whose butt he loves kicking at their mutual favorite sport - than an enemy?
- Megamind likewise seems to approach the relationship the same way. He also loves the banter, the games, etc. involved in their relationship. And if anything, both of them are powerful enough to have stopped each other numerous times - they just fell into a predictable routine that was comforting but not challenging. For Megamind's side, he says it himself as well; he never really had a reason to win because, as he's implying, he always saw his role as The Loser.
How does Roxanne get off the tower that Titan abandons her on? It doesn't seem to have a ladder or any means for a human to climb down.
- There actually is a ladder; it can be seen in front of Roxanne when Titan first sets her down on the tower. It's a bit blink-and-you-miss-it and can't be seen in subsequent shots due to character movement and camera angles, but it's there.
If he has super-speed, why didn't Metro Man use it to put Megamind on a metaphorical bus?
- How would that help? Even ignoring the sci-fi aspects of the world this film takes place in, there are such things as trains, planes, cars, buses, and various other forms of transport enabling him to get back. It doesn't solve the problem, it just temporarily inconveniences him.
Why is the Lil' Gifted School For Lil' Gifted Kids one block away from the Metro City Prison for the Criminally Gifted? Even if Megamind had never caused a mess there, this could have endangered the students if a convict escaped from prison and attacked the school!
- Considering they were kind enough to take in Megamind the minute he crashed in there, they (at least the general population) seem like they have at least Wouldn't Hurt a Child.
- Megamind intended it to be Titan and is written as such when Roxanne is trying to put together Megamind's plans. Hal is an idiot who doesn't know what a titan is, and mistakes it for the homophone. Since that's what he calls himself, that's what we call him.