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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Hal towards Roxanne, at least initially. He's inappropriate and awkward enough with his advances to make Roxanne very uncomfortable around him. And then he gets superpowers, which does not help with this.
    Hal: If I were Metro Man, Megamind wouldn't be kidnapping you all the time.
    Roxanne: That's sweet, Hal.
    Hal: And I'd be watching you, like a dingo watches a human baby! ... Okay, that sounded... Okay, that sounded a little weird...
    Roxanne: A little bit, yeah.
  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Megamind pronounces many words in a quirky way (presumably having learned them from reading as opposed to interaction with his classmates), especially "Metro City" (he pronounces it in a way as to rhyme with "atrocity"). This comes back to bite him.
    • "Ollo!" - Hello
    • "Shool" - School
    • "RevAHnge" - Revenge
    • "MelONkuhlee" - Melancholy
    • "Spee-ider" - Spider, in a fit of serendipity.
    • "Mooldings" - mouldings
    • In "The Button of Doom": "Zherage" - Garage; "RaBAHT: - Robot
  • The Ace: Metro Man.
  • Action Survivor: Roxanne Ritchi. Got a death trap? She has seen it before and she is unimpressed.
  • Adorable Evil Minion: Minion has the whole 'alien piranha in a gorilla-themed mecha death suit' thing going on, but is otherwise quite sweet and lovely. Also applies to the Brainbots, which when not obeying Megamind's every whim tend to act like puppies.
  • Adorkable: Megamind, whether he's in his Bernard disguise or out of it.
  • Affably Evil: Megamind and Minion.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Superman and the superhero genre in general.
  • Alliterative Name: Megamind, Metro Man, Roxanne Ritchi. Music Man, also fitting the "M" theme.
  • All Animals Are Dogs:
    • The Brainbots act like a big group of puppies when not carrying out an evil plan. They swarm over to Megamind at the start while Minion says they missed him, play fetch with wrenches, and Megamind frequently refers to himself as their "Daddy" (as many pet owners do).
    • The Spider Bot in "The Button of Doom" short whimpers like a dog when Megamind tells Minion that he can't keep it. Minion even calls to it like one.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Part of the reason for Megamind's Start of Darkness.
  • Analogy Backfire: Titan tells Roxanne that her idealism is unrealistic, and that beliefs such as goodness being found in all people are as fictional as the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Queen of England.
  • And Starring: Brad Pitt gets the "and" credit.
  • And Then What?: The premise of the movie. Megamind never expected to be able to actually kill Metro Man, and so the rest of the movie comes from Megamind trying to figure out what to make of his new situation- and resulting ennui.
  • And This Is for...: Titan employs this trope when fighting Megamind.
    Titan: This is for stealing my girlfriend! This one's for Space Dad making a fool out of me! And Megamind, this one's for Space Stepmom! You lied to her!
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Roxanne gives this at the end of her speech to Megamind:
    The Megamind I knew would never have run from a fight, even one he knew he had no chance of winning. It was your best quality. You need to be that guy right now! The city needs you. I need you.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Megamind, after years of being Metro Man's primary antagonist, feels a complete loss of purpose after successfully but unexpectedly destroying Metro Man.
  • Anti-Hero: Megamind later in the movie, after Titan turns into a villain.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Metro Man, not that he actually hates him or anything.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • After Megamind kills Metro Man, he celebrates by terrorizing Metro City, now completely unopposed. He steals tons of money from the city's banks, takes expensive paintings for his own furnishings and claims the city pet shop as his own.
    • Megamind finds Titan had been committing crimes, with stolen bank money, stolen safes... and a stolen bicycle.
    • Megamind's De- ray has settings: De-hydrate (condenses objects into a small cube), De-stroy, De-ath ray, and... De-coupage?
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Some of Megamind's more important inventions, like the Satellite Death Ray or the Infuser Gun, take too long to charge up.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Megamind enjoys music, and accompanies his (extremely impressive) entrances with suitable classic rock.

  • Badass Biker: Megamind in a awesome, flying motorcycle kinda way.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The film was based on the premise, "What if Lex Luthor defeated Superman?"
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Megamind is taught this very early on by the prisoners of the penitentiary he grows up in. Later, when he is extracting Metro Man's DNA to make another hero:
    Minion: Uhh, sir, I think this is a bad idea...
    Megamind: Yes! It's a very, wickedly bad idea for the greater good of bad!
    • Later:
    Megamind: You don't know what's good for bad.
  • Bad to the Bone: The Trope Namer song is used in the movie to great effect, as well as several other badass themes (like "Welcome To The Jungle", "Highway to Hell", "Back In Black" and "Crazy Train").
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Invoked by Megamind, who learns from experience that supervillains cannot exist without superheroes.
  • Bald of Awesome: As Megamind undergoes his Character Development and learns to become the protector of the city, his appearance shifts from Bald of Evil to this.
  • Bald of Evil: As the nemesis of Metro Man, Megamind's bald head brings to mind both evil supervillians like Lex Luthor or Dr. Sivana and evil, super-intelligent aliens.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Megamind's strongest skill is pulling off very stylish gambits like this throughout the film. At the beginning, he and Minion use one to escape from prison. He lures Metro Man into the observatory death trap by knowing Roxanne would deduce the location of his hideout and reveal it. During the end battle, Megamind provokes Titan to punch him across the street which actually propels him close to his invisible car.
    • Metro Man pulls a subtle one when he realizes that if he removed himself from the picture, Megamind would wind up taking his place as Metro City's defender, allowing Metro Man to retire.
  • Beard of Evil: Megamind himself sports a damn nice goatee.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Megamind never expected to be able to kill Metro Man. When he actually succeeds, there's a short time of him celebrating but he quickly realizes that he's now without a purpose in life and struggles to figure out what to make of his new situation.
    • The people of Metro City were calling out for someone to save them from Megamind. Titan comes in and does just that. However it turns out that he didn't actually liberate the city only put it under new management which is so much worse under his "protection".
  • Becoming the Mask: Megamind in his disguise as Bernard with Roxie.
  • Being Good Sucks: Hal quickly gives up being a superhero because having superpowers didn't allow him to automatically get the girl and requires him to be decent, noble person and think of others before himself.
  • Being Evil Sucks: The film is basically Megamind realizing this. It culminates with the following:
    Megamind: I'm the bad guy! I don't save the day, I don't fly off into the sunset, and I don't get the girl!...*sigh*...I'm going home.
  • Beneath the Mask: Titan is not as heroic as Megamind thought he would be.
  • Berserk Button: Megamind presses a bunch of these to get Titan to attack him. Big mistake.
  • Beware the Superman: Titan is strong example of this trope. The contrast between him and Metro Man is quite extreme.
  • Be Yourself: The rare non-Anvilicious version of this Aesop. Megamind learns that his constant defeat, as pointed out by Roxanne, has turned him into a determinator who is unafraid of losing.
    • The point is driven home in The Button of Doom where Megamind tries to hard to copy Metro Man's powers that he ends up almost destroying the city again, and the only way he can defeat the evil invention he built is by being himself.
  • Big Bad: While he's still very hammy as a villain and ends up reconsidering things by the midpoint of the film, Megamind did set up the dominoes that caused a great deal of damage to Metro City, but it's Titan that ultimately decides to collide against those same dominoes for a very petty, shallow reason.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In a fun aversion, Metro Man tries to do this at the beginning of the movie. Too bad Megamind tricked him into going to the wrong place.
    • When Titan has Roxanne tied to the tower, Megamind who is actually Minion in disguise appears amid lasers, smoke, and flashy pyrotechnics to save her.
    • When about to be hit by a bus, Metro Man who is actually Megamind in disguise appears in time to cut the bus in half, complete with superhero landing.
  • Big Entrance: Megamind uses them every chance he gets.
    • After his victory against Metro Man, Megamind walks down the streets of Metro City, heralded by his Brainbots performing a light show, set to "Highway to Hell."
    • The crowner is at the end, where he uses his Brainbots to set up a giant holographic image of his head, then walks out on the tongue. It sounds weird, but it's really quite cool, and incredibly hammy.
    Megamind: Oh, you're a villain, alright- just not a super one.
    Titan: Oh yeah? What's the difference?
    Megamind: PRESENTATION!
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Somehow, Minion, the aquatic alien enclosed in a water-filled dome atop a mecha-gorilla powersuit, is able to smell that Megamind is wearing cologne prior to his "date" with Roxanne.
  • Book-Ends: A Metro City celebration for Metro Man, then for Megamind.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Metro Man has no weaknesses and always wins his battles with Megamind. Despite the adoration he receives from Metro City, he has begun to find this life boring and lately has just been "going through the motions". He desires a change but feels trapped by the city's expectations of him. Therefore, when Megamind enacts his solar-powered deathtrap, Metro Man sees an opportunity to finally retire as the city's defender.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: This is the dynamic between Megamind and Metro Man. At least, until Brains wins, becomes bored and then creates a truly evil Brawn.
  • Brainy Brunette: Roxanne is shown to be clever, resourceful and attentive.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The real Bernard getting re-hydrated during the Credits Gag.
    • The cat that Megamind accidentally dehydrated while cleaning up the city streets rehydrating (along with a whole lot of trash) in the rain.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Megamind taunting Titan for a fight. And damn, does he get one.
    • A lesser example is Megamind being taunted by the Warden at the beginning of the movie. His patronizing attitude practically set himself up for Megamind to pull a dirty trick on him and escape!
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: While Megamind is "fighting Bernard" and switching between his illusions to maintain the disguise in front of Roxanne, Bernard!Megamind yells stuff about how strong, handsome and tough Megamind is.
    Megamind: (as Bernard) I tried my best, but he's too fantastic.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Megamind himself. He is a comedy villain, so it's part of the job description.
    • Hal, before he becomes superpowered and evil, and arguably even after.
    • Bernard, played by Ben Stiller.

  • Call-Back: The "Forget-Me Stick" in the Credits Gag.
  • Canis Latinicus: Megamind dubs the "spee-ider" arachnis deathicus.
  • Can't Believe I Said That: When Hal tries to get Roxie to go to his 'off the hook' party, he lists the things he's arranged, including a bouncy house and a wedding photographer - you know, just in case they do anything they want to keep forever... as a memory. When Roxie passes, Hal berates himself for mentioning the bouncy house, because "girls don't like bouncy houses, they like clowns!"
    Hal: And I'd watch you like a dingo watches a human baby. ...OK, that sounded a little weird.
  • Captain Ersatz: The main cast are inspired by characters from the Superman comics. Megamind is a mixture of Brainiac and Lex Luthor, Metro Man is Superman himself, and Roxanne Ritchi is Lois Lane.
  • Cardboard Prison: Megamind is imprisoned there once in a while, serving out his 88 consecutive life sentences, only to waltz his way out and continue with his evil plans.
  • Chair Reveal: Megamind deliberately invokes this during his kidnapping of Roxanne. He arranges himself in his high-backed chair, touches up his face, and summons one of his brainbots as a substitute for a Right-Hand Cat. Then he has the hood removed from Roxanne's head. Cue chair spin...
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Played with. Metro Man returns to the fight after saying he wanted to retire as the defender of Metro City. It turns out it is actually Megamind in disguise in an attempt to intimidate Titan in leaving the city for good.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Megamind's invisible car and his dehydration gun.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Megamind plays up the stereotypical "villain" body language for all it's worth.
  • Classic Villain: Megamind manifests many iconic traits of comic book villains. It's ultimately Subverted because we see that he acts as a villain because that's what he feels he is expected to be and it's what he's good at. Underneath it all he is more of a Punch-Clock Villain.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Metro Man apparently has a bit of this in his character. Once he's free from having to be the perfect superhero, he decides to pursue a hobby in music and decides to call himself 'Music Man' so that he can keep his logo. Roxanne and Megamind are understandably nonplussed.
  • Cliché Storm: In-Universe, Roxanne is completely unfazed by all of Megamind's evil devices because they are so overused. She also implies that his plans never work because they are too predictable.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When Hal asks Roxie to come over to his house for a date, he points out that he arranged for a bouncy castle. After displaying some weird and disturbing behavior, Roxanne is understandably unnerved and declines. Hal berates himself for being so stupid... in getting a bouncy castle, because everyone knows girls love clowns.
    • When investigating the deceased Metro Man's apparently long-abandoned stronghold:
    Roxanne: Look! This glass has ice cubes in it!
    Megamind: Yes, that's what happens when water gets cold.
    • Megamind, as "Space Dad", gives Hal the superhero name "Titan", after the ancient deities of incredible power. Instead, he hears it as "Tighten", as in "to squeeze" and has no problem with that.
    • When Titan finds out that "Space Dad" is really Megamind, he gets angry because he feels Megamind lied and deceived "Space Step-Mom".
  • Complexity Addiction: Megamind, as with most super-intelligent villains, prefers devising and enacting incredibly convoluted plans to achieve his goals, and likes to map them out by stringing up pieces of paper in complex patterns.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Megamind's Brain Bots hide under a trench coat and fedora in a crowd during the opening. It is bookended in the conclusion when we see Metro Man using the same tactic.
  • Contractual Genre Blindness: Megamind seems to cheerfully accept the fact that defeat is inevitable in his part of the conflict with Metro Man and operates accordingly. At the beginning, he even begins winding up his current plan under the assumption that it's failed without actually noticing that Metro Man is having a surprising amount of difficulty breaking out of his most recent trap. When Megamind actually ends up winning, he's as astonished as everyone else.
  • Conveniently Empty Building: During their first fight, Titan and Megamind crash through one, starting at the roof and down through every floor, pausing for split second to show each one is a completely open floorplan devoid of any occupants.
  • Covers Always Lie:
    • On the DVD and Blu-Ray covers of Megamind, the titular character himself is portrayed as clean-shaven, while in the film he has a goatee. This conflicts with the back cover which includes still-images from the film of him with his goatee.
    • Depending on the cover, the humorous or heroic postures that Titan is shown in makes him look like he's some sort of Plucky Comic Relief or heroic Side Kick completely hiding his actual role as the film's true villain.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Had Metro Man not been such a jerk (along with the other kids and teacher) to Megamind in their childhood, the latter wouldn't have decided he was "supposed to be the bad guy".
  • Creator Cameo: Co-producer Ben Stiller gave his voice to Bernard.
  • Credits Gag: We are shown that the real Bernard finally gets re-hydrated after Minion has washed Megamind's clothes.
    Minion: Sir, you really need to empty your pockets more often.
  • Cruella to Animals: When Megamind engages in his villainous banter with Metro Man who says that it will end with him behind bars, Megamind flaunts his evilness by saying that he's shaking in his "custom baby seal leather boots" while displaying them prominently on-screen.
  • Curse Cut Short: After destroying Metro Man, Megamind triumphantly approaches city hall with "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC playing on the boombox Minion is carrying. Just as the song starts its chorus Megamind reaches the top step and signals for the song to end which cuts off right before the word "Hell". Minion ends up struggling with the controls hilariously causing the boombox to switch between AC/DC and "Lovin' You" but it still never quite manages to get out the word "Hell".

  • Damsel in Distress: When Megamind and Metro Man clash, Roxanne is a parody of this; she is so used to being kidnapped and rescued that she is not fazed by it anymore. Once Titan enters the picture, it's played straight.
    Roxanne: Can one of you punch my frequent kidnappings card?
    Megamind: You of all people know we discontinued that promotion.
  • Dance Party Ending: With "Bad", no less.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Megamind's parents and entire species died when his home planet was swallowed by a black hole, his only companion being Minion. He was raised in a prison (although, the inmates were nice to him). Then, he entered into school, were he was bullied by everyone, even the teacher. And it was because of their bullying that he thought that the only thing he was good at was being bad and thus decided to be the best at being bad.
  • Darkest Hour: Tighten is rampaging throughout the city and holding Roxanne hostage, threatening to kill her. Metro Man is still refusing to come back. Megamind has given up and has gone back to prison. Minion is nowhere to be found. For a little while, the situation looks truly hopeless.
  • Dark Is Evil: Megamind initially.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Megamind evolves into this by the end of the film. The major theme of The Button of Doom is him deciding that Dark Is Evil and changing his style and methods to Light Is Good. It doesn't stick.
  • Dating Catwoman: Megamind falls for Roxanne.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Roxanne Ritchi. Helps her get through each kidnapping by the hands of Megamind until Metro Man comes to rescue her, as usual, and she can go on with the rest of her day. Also Bernard.
  • Death Ray: Megamind unleashes an immense, solar-powered, satellite-based death ray upon Metro Man.
  • Deconstruction:
    • The movie examines an established and relatively cordial relationship that exists between a Hero and Villain and deconstructs The Bad Guy Wins plot. It shows how the villain no longer has a purpose to drive him after the death of his nemesis and the steps he takes to re-establish that relationship.
    • The movie examines what might happen if a Superman-like hero never seems to cultivate a secret civilian identity once they embark on their superhero career. He still has the drive to do good and is idolized by everyone, but has no real friends, feels detached from humanity, and has no identity in which to pursue his personal dreams because of the demands of being a full-time hero. It ends up with him thinking that the villain who keeps trying to kill him is his best friend, and he's right because it's the only individual with whom he has an honest, long-term relationship.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: At one point Metro Man's heart is described as "an ocean inside of a bigger ocean".
  • Depower: In the end, Megamind takes away Hal's/Titan's superpowers with the same gizmo that gave them to him.
  • Designated Victim: The role Roxanne has been given in the conflict between Metro Man and Megamind. She responds to this with little more than exasperation.
  • Determinator: Being so fully invested in his traditional dance with Metro Man meant that Megamind never thought his plans ever had a chance of succeeding. So he's been losing repeatedly over the course of his life... yet he's never let that be an excuse to give up, but instead let it encourage him to get more creative. Near the end, Roxanne reminds him of this...
    Roxanne: The Megamind I knew would never have run from a fight, even when he knew he had absolutely no chance of winning. It was your best quality. You need to be that guy right now. The city needs you. I need you.
  • Discretion Shot: When Megamind (actually Minion in disguise) is about to be Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, the screen momentarily goes black during the impact, then cuts to Roxanne's shocked reaction followed by a wide angle view of Megamind's impaled body complete with piece of building debris blocking the gory details.
  • Disney Death: In the final battle with Titan, Minion's helmet is smashed leaving him exposed to the air and mortally wounded. After a sad farewell to Megamind, he dies. Ultimately it turns out he's not really dead, he was just milking the moment for all the drama he can and quickly recovers when Megamind tosses him into a fountain.
  • The Ditz: Hal strays into this territory at times. Honestly, his idea of romance is something you'd find in a kid's birthday party.
  • Ditzy Genius: Megamind. Comes to a head when he discovers that Metro Man is still alive. His reaction: ask the ethereal shade what messages he brings from beyond, and poke his face to see if he's incorporeal.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Deconstructed with Hal, who has all the dogged determination but lacks a few of the required qualities.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Titan tells Roxanne never to call him Hal ever again. He is Titan from now on.
  • Doomed Hometown: Both Megamind and Metro Man come from one. As a bonus, it turns out they are from the same star system.
  • Double Take: When it looks like Metro Man has survived the explosion at the observatory and is coming to rescue Roxanne, both Megamind and Minion have a moment where they sigh in relief that he's alright. Then, they remember that this means he's also coming to arrest them.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Titan becomes a hero because wants to impress Roxie, not because he wants to defeat evil.
  • Dramatic Curtain Toss: On both the giant Metro Man statue at the beginning and the "Good vs. Evil" battle picture in Megamind's lair.
  • Dreadful Musician: Just because Metro Man wants to be a musician does not mean he is any good at it.
  • Drunk with Power: Once Titan handily defeats Megamind, he realizes that he's now unstoppable and proclaims that Metro City hasn't been freed but is under new management.
  • Dull Surprise: Bernard barely reacts when he runs into Megamind at the museum. Justified in that Bernard thought that Megamind was a normal person wearing a bad costume.


  • Face–Heel Turn: Hal/Titan, in the second half of the film. It's debatable how much of a face he ever was, but he certainly didn't start as an outright villain.
  • Fake Weakness: Metro Man claims that copper, which the Observatory dome is lined with, drains his powers leaving him helpless. This deception is part of the plan to fake his death.
  • Faking the Dead: Metro Man. Turns out, he is tired of his responsibilities to the city and wants to be a musician instead.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Megamind's dehydrator and defuser/infuser guns.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: A common facial expression used by Megamind.
  • Feud Episode: At one point, when Megamind is dating Roxanne while disguised as Bernard, he and Minion have a falling out and break off their lifelong friendship.
  • Fiery Redhead: Hal, although we do not see the fiery aspect until he has powers and is destroying the city For the Evulz.
  • Fist Pump: When Megamind is in disguise, trying to train Titan, he pumps his fist.
  • Flower Motifs: The bouquet Megamind brings to the Metro Man Museum contains yellow roses. In floral symbolism, it is commonly agreed that yellow roses represent an apology.
  • Flying Brick: Metro Man, obviously, and Titan.
  • Flynning: Megamind and Titan engage in a round of this with lamp posts; it's actually intended to be harmless Flynning on Megamind's part, but it quickly becomes clear that the feeling isn't mutual.
  • Foil:
    • As expected, Metro Man and Megamind are foils for each other, being complete opposites in level of superpowers, moral outlooks, and style, but yet Not So Different after all.
    • Let's not forget Metro Man and Titan; same powers but completely different morals.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • There were many hints that show Hal isn't as heroic as Megamind assumed he was:
      • In the training sequence, you see him gleefully ripping Megamind mannequin apart and melting it's face with his heat vision. While played for laughs at the time, it shows he has a dark side that is willing to ignore the Thou Shalt Not Kill superhero standard.
      • After hitting him with the forget-me stick, Minion states that Hal doesn't look like a hero and we see that Hal is reading the book "Best Comic Book Villains Ever".
      • When Hal is surprised at seeing Megamind and Minion in his home and suspecting a robbery, he tries to deflect them into robbing his neighbor instead.
      • One of the things Titan does with his X-Ray Vision is to spy on Roxanne.
    • Titan proves that he is not weakened by copper, which is our first clue that Metro Man isn't dead.
    • Metro Man blips out of the frame before his supposed defeat, foreshadowing that he took the time to think everything over instead of simply defeating Megamind.
    • Not long before he quits the superhero thing, Metro Man says in his speech to the people of Metro City, "and at the end of the day, I often ask myself: who would I be without you?" Earlier we were shown Metro Man as a child playing a banjo in front of classmates indicating a long-standing interest in music.
    • In the scene just before Titan fights Megamind, he holds up a torn magazine with Metro Man carrying Roxanne. The top of the magazine is torn off, and he holds it up in a way that puts Megamind's head where Metro Man's originally was (with "HERO" prominent on what's left of the cover). It's also an Ironic Echo, given that the roles were reversed, with the replacement idea explicit, earlier.
  • For the Evulz: Subverted by Megamind. His villainous monologues are filled with rhetoric that imply he's a dastardly evil villain, but his actual follow-through is more of a Punch-Clock Villain who sees his wrongdoings as a form of artistic expression expected from the villain, rather than an end unto itself. However, it's played straight with Titan, who obviously enjoys causing mayhem with complete impunity.
  • For Your Own Good:
    • Said word for word when Minion is trying to convince Megamind to stop dating Roxanne because he knows it will end badly when she finds out Megamind has been lying to her.
    • Less overt, but one of the reasons Metro Man refuses to come back is so that Megamind can grow out of being the villain and become the hero he'd rather be.
  • Freak Out: Hal/Titan does not take well to all of his Berserk Buttons being pushed at once.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • When Megamind and Metro Man are bantering at the beginning of the film, there are one or two frames where Metro Man has disappeared from the observatory and can be seen behind Megamind. This is actually the moment at which Metro Man takes his super-speed walk and figures out what he wants to do with his life, as seen in flashback later on. Also slightly reminiscent of another Brad Pitt film.
    • The other functions of the de-gun can be seen this way. The most notable are "demoralize", "de-ath ray" and "decoupage".
    • When Hal is knocked out by the Forget-Me-Stick, there's a book on his bed: Best Comic Book Villains Ever
    • When Roxanne attempts to leave Megamind's evil lair through the exit door, it opens onto a pit of crocodiles illuminated with a disco ball and disco music playing in the background. In looking at the crocodiles on the pit floor one can see they have a beach ball, a skeleton pillow and crocodile squeeze-toy to play with.
  • Fresh Clue: Megamind and Roxanne go into Metro Man's hideout and find a glass of water with ice in it, which is proof that someone was there recently. Sure enough, they turn around to find Metro Man still living there.
  • Friendly Enemies: Megamind and Metro Man. When Megamind makes his reveal at the beginning that he had captured Roxanne in his latest ploy, Metro Man plays his part with the usual "You won't get away with this!" lines. Roxanne, as said before, is not as excited to be part of the show.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Megamind himself. Also, Hal to Titan.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • While investigating Metro Man's hideout, Roxanne and Megamind come across a glass of water and wonder about the fact that it still has ice cubes in it. Meanwhile, Metro Man — who they think is dead — comes in, notices them, and frantically tries to sneak out without being noticed. We find out a few seconds later he has Super Speed, making this an example of Rule of Funny. Alternately, he just panicked.
    • Some of the signs seen in Metro City during the final battle are Funny Background items as well, such as "Fauxmatoes" and "We only need two minutes to lube you."
    • After Megamind destroys the door to Hal's apartment, Minion can be seen immediately replacing it.
    • At the press conference after Metro Man's defeat Hal is wearing a "Game Over" t-shirt, signifying Megamind's cat-and-mouse game is at an end and later, that Hal won't be playing.
    • At the beginning of the movie, when the warden has the Megamind illusion projected on him and is walking through a cell block, two cops are playing poker with an inmate. When the cops spring up to arrest "Megamind", the prisoner gleefully grabs the betting pot through the bars of his cell when their backs are turned.

  • Gadgeteer Genius: Megamind superpower is his amazing intellect and his ability to build insane gizmos in a matter of minutes.
  • Gangsta Style: Directly Lampshaded by Roxanne when she makes her suggestion for dealing with Titan.
    Roxanne: I say we go back to the evil lair, grab some ray guns, hold 'em sideways and just go all gangsta on him.
  • Genius Bruiser: Metro Man's flashback reveals that he is actually a pretty smart guy.
  • Genius Thriller: Becomes this in the third act when Titan relentlessly tries to kill Megamind. Megamind has to use his devices in creative ways to keep one step ahead of Titan, as he knows he doesn't stand a chance against Titan in a fair fight.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The leash on Megamind in Titan's 'drawing'.
    • Megamind's emergency escape from his Giant Mecha is pretty... anal.
    • When Roxanne fastens Mega's cloak around his neck, while standing in front of him. His head is bowed, possibly to express "shyness"; but from the angle of his eyes when the camera circles around, you can see that he is also taking advantage of the moment to stare at her cleavage.
  • Giant Mecha: Megamind's favorite kind of "toy".
  • Glamour Failure: Megamind's holo-watch projects an illusion around the person wearing it allowing them to appear as someone else. However, the wearer's eye color remains unchanged no matter who they're impersonating.note  Also, the watch cannot hide itself.
  • The Glomp: Roxanne gives one to Megamind in the final scene.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever Titan is about to use his eye-beams especially when he's really angry.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Megamind's decision to make a new hero for him to fight. When Hal accidentally gets infused with Metro Man's DNA, Megamind hopes he will be a decent hero candidate. However, this starts to unravel as Hal's un-heroic qualities are revealed. It culminates when Megamind provokes him into a fight by taunting him with his relationship with Roxanne. Hal/Titan snaps and is ready to fight Megamind to his destruction not just his defeat.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors:
    • Subverted in The Button of Doom: Megamind starts out trying to fulfill his new role as Defender by replacing his black "Villain" suit with a white outfit and bulky gadgets mimicking Metro Man's powers. But after realizing that he's better off fighting threats his way, he settles with defending Metro City in his old suit.
    • Roxie starts in red, but switches to purple once she has fallen for Megamind as Bernard, and dresses in blue once she supports Megamind openly.
    • Megamind's eyes are green to represent his envy of Metro Man.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As a child, Metro Man was actually a bit of a jerk to Megamind. In fact, Metro Man's treatment of Megamind when they were children was practically outright bullying.
  • Graceful Loser: Megamind. He is used to getting beaten by Metro Man and is cool with that, especially since he is jailed in a Cardboard Prison and considers the inmate population his family.
  • Gratuitous Disco Sequence: Megamind has a Pit Trap full of alligators, a disco ball, and disco music.

  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Fights between Megamind and Metro Man involve a lot of this. When duking it out with Titan for the first time, Megamind tries it on his new enemy, but realizes he is too bull-headed and spiteful for this kind of duel.
    Megamind: Now it's time for some witty back-and-forth banter! You go first!
    Megamind: Okay, look, I don't really know where to go with that!
  • Heel–Face Turn: Megamind himself in the second half of the film.
  • Held Gaze: Twice, once between Megamind disguised as Bernard and Roxanne after Bernard has "rescued" her from Megamind, and again with Megamind and Metro Man when Roxanne and Megamind discover him alive.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Megamind is this in spades, he even claims that he wears "Custom made, baby seal leather boots". During his first fight with Titan, he wears two layers of leather.
  • A Hell of a Time
    Megamind: If only my parents could see me now.
    Minion: I'm sure they're smiling down from Evil Heaven!.
  • Hero Insurance: Acknowledged. After all of the destruction caused by Titan, Megamind's Brainbots are repairing all of the damage.
  • Heroic Build: Both Metro Man and Titan are absurdly well-built and muscular, although Titan wasn't like that before gaining superpowers.
  • Heroic Fatigue: Metro Man gets so tired of being a hero all the time he fakes his death.
  • The Hero's Journey: Megamind tries to start this process with Hal, becoming his mentor. He doesn't embrace the role and becomes the villain.
  • He's Back: Metro Man saves Roxanne and Megamind from a rampaging Titan. Except that it turns out it's just Megamind disguised as Metro Man, and Minion was disguised as Megamind.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Megamind and Minion, since infanthood.
  • High Collar of Doom:
    • Megamind just loves 'em. He even has one on his pajamas. Even his supposedly standard issue prison uniform has a high collar.
    Minion: I call it: the Black MambaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAaaaaAAAAaaaa.
    • Megamind's parents too, so it doubles as villainous and a piece of his culture.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Minion.
  • Holding Both Sides of the Conversation: When Roxanne gains access to Megamind's lair, he puts on his Bernard disguise to try and escort her out quickly. At one point he's in a situation where he has to pretend to be both simultaneously in a "fight sequence" between the two. Megamind ends up repeatedly switching back and forth between his normal appearance and "Bernard", while providing both sides of the dialog. Naturally, Megamind has "Bernard" giving healthy dollops of ...But He Sounds Handsome.
  • Holding Out for a Hero: Played straight with the people of Metro City. They're so used to relying on Metro Man that when he's no longer there, no one is brave enough to stand up to the villain. When Titan shows up and defeats Megamind, the people are quite eager to accept this new hero and are shocked to discover he's even worse than the villain. It's implied that Metro Man became tired of the city's dependence on him which is what lead to his decision to retire.
  • Holographic Disguise: Megamind's holo-watch projects an hologram around him which allows him to appear as someone else. During the course of the film, Megamind uses it to impersonate the warden, Bernard, and Titan's "Space Dad". It's also used by Minion to impersonate the warden to help Megamind escape.
  • Hope Spot:
    • After the death ray destroys the observatory, it appears that Metro Man emerges from the explosion and is swooping in to save Roxanne. Turns out it is just a caped skeleton propelled by the explosion.
    • For the civilians, Titan defeats Megamind, but then he says that they aren't free, just "under new management".
    • After Metro Man returns and scares Titan away never return to "Metrocity", it's revealed that it was Megamind, posing as Metro Man, and everyone is relieved... except Titan returns pointing out that Metro Man would never mispronounce "Metro City" like Megamind did.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Titan's powers, like his heat vision, at least initially.
  • How We Got Here: The movie begins with Megamind falling out of the sky, then goes into a flashback as Megamind remembers his life. The time in between the beginning and ending points of the flashback must've been only a few seconds to Megamind.
  • Huge Holographic Head:
    • Made of thousands of appropriately colored glowing brain bots.
    • And in "Button of Doom", a more straight example generated from the titular button.
  • Human Alien: Metro Man.
  • Humongous Mecha: Megamind's huge robot suit he uses in his first fight with Titan.
  • Hypocritical Humor: On display as Megamind relates how the hero and villain chose their names.
    Megamind: He took the name: Metro Man, defender of Metro City. I decided to pick something a little more humble: Megamind, incredibly handsome criminal genius and master of all villainy!

  • Idiot Hero: Titan, big time. Until he turns evil, that is.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Titan's reaction to Roxanne rejecting him.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Metro Man has grown weary of being the Designated Hero just because it is expected of him, so he fakes his death and goes into hiding so he can be left alone to do his own thing.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Minion disguised as Megamind on the skyscraper's antenna when Titan throws it like a javelin.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: Titan realizes that Metro Man is actually a disguised Megamind when he pronounces "Metro City" as "Metrocity".
  • Incoming Ham: Megamind's arrival for the final showdown happens at the top of a large skyscraper, amid a laser-light show with smoke effects, with thousands of flying robot minions forming the illusion of Megamind's head, accompanied by the opening strains of Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle".
    Megamind: You dare challenge Megamind?
    Titan: This town isn't big enough for two supervillains!
    Megamind: Oh, you're a villain alright. Just not a super one.
    Titan: Yeah? What's the difference?
    [The giant head's mouth opens, and the actual Megamind walks out on the tongue.]
    Megamind: PRESENTATION!
  • Indy Ploy: Megamind often resorts to these, as exemplified by the following quote:
    Roxanne: What's the plan?
    Megamind: Well, it mostly involves NOT DYING!
    Roxanne: I like that plan!
    • There's also the fact that the brilliant stunt he pulls off at the end, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, is only possible because he happened to be falling directly towards a fountain.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Megamind oscillates between this and Not-So-Harmless Villain. At first, he seems more like a sympathetic villainous Graceful Loser whose crimes are of the Poke the Poodle variety - and then he apparently kills Metro Man. Then he vandalizes the city, but never does anything THAT evil. Then he creates Titan. Oops. And finally he atones for his misdeeds, removing him from villain territory altogether.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Jonah Hill as Hal.
  • In Medias Res: The beginning of the film picks up in the final battle with Megamind falling to his apparent death. Cue Megamind offering a mid-fall explanation of How We Got Here.
  • Insistent Terminology: Megamind gleefully points out that, while Titan might be a Villain, he doesn't have any skill at presentation to be a Super Villain!
  • Instant People: Just Add Water!: Although not limited to just people, Mastermind's dehydration gun reduces a person to a small cube that instantly reverts to normal when water is added.
  • Institutional Apparel: Until he gets his supervillain costume, Megamind, from babyhood on up, has nothing to wear but a prison issue orange jumpsuit (like all the other prisoners).
  • Interspecies Romance: Roxie is widely believed to have a romance with Metro Man, who, despite looking human, is an alien. Later, it is revealed that this no more than a rumor: Metro Man is just "not her type". And then, she falls for Megamind.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Roxanne. She locates and then infiltrates Megamind's secret lair on her own. Later she is totally willing to take on Titan with just the advanced weaponry Megamind has created.
  • Invisibility: Megamind's car.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY":
    • Megamind pronounces a lot of words oddly. Sometimes it is intentional in order to sound more evilish, other times it is just mispronunciation. For example, he says "Ollo" instead of "Hello", "Shul" instead of "School" and "Metrocity" (rhymes with "atrocity") instead of "Metro City". It becomes Something Only They Would Say later in the film. He's not oblivious to this but does have to make a concentrated effort to make the proper pronunciation.
    • After being kidnapped and held in Megamind's "deathtrap", Roxanne points out the spider. Although Megamind originally pronounces it correctly when he asks "Spider?"note , he quickly tries to pretend it's part of the deathtrap and pronounces it "spee-ider", as an attempt to make it sound more evil and exotic. However, the "Button of Doom" short has him referring to the "Spee-ider-bot", so apparently that's how he likes to say it.
  • It's All About Me: Even when everyone thought that Metro Man was dead, Hal Stewart seems to think it is an appropriate time to invite Roxanne Ritchi to his party. His selfishness is made worse by gaining superpowers.

  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Hal points out that Roxanne knows nothing about him, he's got a point. They were just work buddies; she never tried to get to know him as a friend.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even as an infant, Metro Man is a bit of jerk and growing up in a rich, entitled family did not help this attitude. Although he grows into a hero that honors doing the right thing, there are still aspects of his adult personality that are still a bit jerkish.
  • Just Eat Him: Played with. Megamind's giant head made of thousands of brain bots does swallow Titan, but it's just for show and serves mainly as a distraction to give Megamind time to rescue Roxanne.


  • Karma Houdini: Although Titan ends up in jail, Megamind, who terrorized the city, "killed" Metro Man, created Titan, caused him to go crazy by abusing his evil technology, and committed enough previous evil acts to earn 88 life sentences, is revered as a town hero when all the good things he did was to stop his own creation. Of course, he makes up for it after the events of the movie.
  • Kill Sat: The Evil Plan that Megamind uses to finally win lured Metro Man into range of a satellite death ray powered by the sun.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Metro Man is vulnerable to copper. Or so he claimed. Turns out he was lying, and his real weakness, if any, remains a mystery.

  • The Lancer: Minion. The foil, partner, voice of reason, and best friend to Megamind.
  • Large Ham:
    • Megamind, though Metro Man is not far behind him in the pork rating, and they both provide great Ham-to-Ham Combat. Averted with Titan, who's not much for posturing.
    • Also Minion, in his fake death scene.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • The Forget-Me Stick. Megamind also mentions an "Illiteracy Beam" when he visits Metro Man's monument.
    • In The Button Of Doom short sequel, Minion mentions an "amnesia bomb" among Megamind's old schemes. Megamind doesn't remember that one.
  • Last of His Kind: Apparently, both Megamind and Metro Man. Assuming Minion is/was actually part of a species and not just created in a lab, he might be this as well.
  • Lean and Mean: Subverted. Megamind is a skinny little guy, but honestly he is more mischievous than genuinely evil, and even that is not a solid condition for him.
  • Leitmotif: The riff from George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" is frequently used to represent Megamind, presented in different styles depending on the situation.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Megamind isn't quite as incompetent as initially believed, it's just that he has a problem with not beta-testing his evil plans to iron out the kinks and he is generally outmatched by Metro Man. But normally, whomever utters the quote "You dare challenge me?" won't actually accomplish much, rather using it as a statement of overconfidence to brag about how supposedly unstoppable they are. But when you hear the phrase "You dare challenge Megamind?!", shit just got real!
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Invoked by Hal, who mistakes Roxie's frightened terror for a lover's argument.
  • Lonely at the Top: Megamind experiences this after going on a crime spree with no Metro Man to stop him; Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally" plays in the background to emphasize this:
    Minion: Is... is something wrong, sir?
    Megamind [dejectedly]: Just think about it: We have it all; yet we have nothing. It's just too easy now.
    Minion: I'm sorry, you've lost me, sir.
    Megamind: I mean... we did it, right?
    Minion: Uh, well... you did it, sir. Yes, you've made that perfectly clear.
    Megamind: Then why do I feel so "melun-choly"?
    Minion: "Melun-choly"?
    Megamind: Unhappy.
    Minion: Oh, uh... what if tomorrow, we could go kidnap Roxanne Ritchi? That always seems to lift your spirits!
    Megamind: Good idea, Minion; but without him, what's the point?
    Minion: Him, sir?
    Megamind: Nothing.
  • Longer-Than-Life Sentence: Megamind was sentenced to 88 consecutive life sentences for his crimes against humanity and Metro City. Largely meaningless, since he's able to waltz out the front door of his Cardboard Prison, and back into his functional laboratory lair.
  • Love Hurts: "Did you really think I'd ever be with you?" "...No."
  • Love Makes You Evil: Non-romantic. Megamind only became a villain because he thought it was a way to gain the love and respect of Metro Man, his classmates, and later Roxie.
  • Love Redeems: Megamind's reason to do a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Roxanne unknowingly falls for Megamind masquerading as Bernard.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Minion.

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