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  • Mad Scientist: Megamind. Death rays, dehydration gun, robot army, need we say more?
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: Megamind's lair fits the bill. Apparently much of the background "window dressing" (like the Tesla coils and blinky dials) come from a outlet shop in Romania which caters to super villain needs.
  • Magic Skirt: Roxanne's blue cocktail dress.
  • Manchild: Hal. Then he gets superpowers with no apparent weakness and, because absolute power corrupts absolutely, he becomes a Psychopathic Manchild.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Roxanne and Megamind. Megamind is quite flamboyant, while Roxanne seems to have a more domineering personality.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone in the restaurant when "Bernard" is revealed to be Megamind in disguise.
  • Master of Disguise: Megamind, thanks to a special watch. In fact, the watch appears to alter his physical body to a certain extent; at one point, he shoves an object into an interior jacket pocket of his disguise despite "actually" wearing pyjamas.
  • Meaningful Background Event: After the death ray fails to activate in a timely fashion, Roxanne, Megamind and Minion get distracted by bickering, prompting Megamind to accept defeat and begin wrapping up the plan. Meanwhile, on the monitors, none of them notice that Metro Man is having unexpected difficulty in getting out of the observatory that Megamind has trapped him in...
  • Meaningful Name: Roxanne's not the first Roxanne to be wooed by an ugly genius posing as someone else.
  • Meet the New Boss: Tighten comes close to name dropping this trope when he takes over Metro City:
    Mayor: Thank you! Titan has freed us!
    Tighten: Oh, I wouldn't say "freed". More like "under new management".
  • Metaphorgotten: Multiple occasions.
    • Roxanne is guilty of this at the museum opening:
      [speaking of Metro Man] His heart is like an ocean, inside a bigger ocean.
    • Then there's Hal:
      Aaaaand... wrap that up and give it to a child on Christmas, 'cause we're done!
    • Metro Man and Megamind take battle banter to this level:
      Megamind: Over here, old friend. In case you haven't noticed, you've fallen right into my trap.
      Metro Man: You can't trap justice. It's an idea... a belief!
      Megamind: But even the most heartfelt beliefs can be corroded over time.
      Metro Man: Justice is a non-corrosive metal!
      Megamind: But metals can be melted by the heat of revange.
      Metro Man: It's "revenge" and it's best served cold!
      Megamind: But it can be easily reheated in the microwave of evil!
      Metro Man: Well, I think your warranty's about to expire!
      Megamind: Maybe I got an extended warranty!
      Metro Man: Warranties are invalid if you don't use the product for its intended purpose!
      Roxanne: Ugh! Girls, girls, you're BOTH pretty! Can I go home now?note 
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Minion is so pleasant throughout the entire film, that it's highly likely that he went along with Megamind's evil plans less because of being evil and more because it seemed to make his master/friend happy.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: Megamind narrates about his early childhood, which included scenes of him, Metro Man, and Minion as babies and children.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: Megamind's sidekick is a fish-like alien creature in a large robot mecha-suit.
  • Moses in the Bulrushes: Megamind's parents (and Metro Man's parents) sent their children off in escape pods to escape their planets being pulled into a black hole.
  • Morphic Resonance: Used subtly whenever somebody uses the disguise watch, the eye-color remains the same.
  • Motion Capture Mecha: Megamind has one.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Tighten decides to kill Megamind upon realizing he was dating Roxanne.
  • My Brain Is Big: Megamind fits the stereotypical representation of a super intelligent alien genius complete with blue skin and a huge, hairless cranium to hold his over-sized brain.

  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As Roxanne has been unimpressed with the predictable nature of Megamind's deathtraps, he takes advantage of the spider's appearance to claim it's also part of his plans and christens it Arachnis deathicus!
  • Naughty Birdwatching: In the "Training/Falling-in-Love Montage" scene. Done with telescopic vision rather than a telescope, and since it's a kids movie the spied-upon woman is just doing her daily chores rather than anything risque, but the effect is clearly intended.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Tighten has seen through Megamind's masquerade as "Metro Man" and thrown him high into the air to fall to his death. Roxanne tries to flee but ends up pinned down in a fountain with nowhere to run. Tighten's eyes are starting to glow with his heat-vision to ends things once and for all... But, suddenly the dehydration gun lands in the fountain followed by a dehydrated cube. Megamind emerges triumphantly to catch the infuser gun which drops into his hands and proceeds to de-infuse Tighten robbing him of his powers and gaining the victory.
  • Necessarily Evil: Megamind decides to become a villain after he understands that the position of The Cape has been filled by Metro Man, who needs a foil.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Bernard and Megamind.
  • Never Say "Die": Downplayed - the words "die" and "death" are mentioned multiple times in the film. The word "kill", however, is never said in a serious context, and the word "destroy" is always used to describe Megamind killing Metro Man.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • From the second trailer, this looks like a comedic "wimpy villain vs Jerkass celebrity superhero" premise. This is, however, just the first act, and even that is not quite what was expected.
    • Also, it looked like Metro Man was being booed by the crowd and he said he gave up publicly. None of it happened.
    • None of the ads even mention there being a romantic angle to the film either, despite it being a key element to the plot and Character Development.
    • At least one theater poster depicted Megamind, Metro Man, Minion and Tighten flying together, implying that they'd all team up and fight side-by-side.
    • Another trailer suggests that Metro Man, upon retiring, immediately passes on his hero mantle to Megamind. While this does happen towards the end, the trailer makes it out to be that the whole movie centers around Megamind trying to take Metro Man's place as the city hero.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Metro Man's combination of Smug Super and Jerk Jock behavior as a kid were directly responsible for Megamind's Start of Darkness. Then when he secretly retired from the superhero game it inspires the bored Megamind to create Tighten, who Goes Horribly Wrong. Roxanne has some pretty choice words (and objects to smash over him) about Metro Man's decision.
    • If Roxanne hadn't found Megamind's lair and didn't insist on taking the infuser gun as her "weapon" (without even knowing what it does), Hal wouldn't have gained superpowers and became evil.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Played with. With Metro Man destroyed, Megamind finds himself without purpose and sets about to create a hero he can do battle with. But his creation turns out to be even more evil than him, and doesn't have the same moral standards his previous rival had.
  • Noble Demon: Megamind himself. Defeating Metro Man and taking over Metro City is one thing, but actual mayhem or oppression? That wouldn't be sporting.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Megamind's "Space Dad" impression is a parody of Marlon Brando as Jor-El. As per Rule of Funny, he speaks with Don Corleone's speech mannerisms.
    Megamind: (as Space Dad) You've been blessed with unfathmbable power.
    Tighten: What kind of power?
    Megamind: Unfavmable. It's unf... it's without fathom.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Megamind. The guy can't focus or be happy, unless he works against impossible odds and insurmountable obstacles. Defeating Metro Man was everything he wanted.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Tighten proves that all those years, Metro Man was holding back. Had Metro been a murderous Anti-Hero, Mega would have been dead since day one.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: Megamind still remembers (most) of the last thing his parents said to him... when he was eight days old. Of course, he is an alien.
  • "No" Means "Yes": Hal, after Roxanne refuses his offer to come to his just-her-and-him party.
    Hal: That's a soft yes on Thursday.
  • No Name Given: Metro Man and Megamind.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Zig-zagged and Lampshaded, like so much else in the movie. Megamind does not actually think Metro Man is dead, but wait, he is! Until it turns out he is not.
    Minion: I don't think even he could survive that.
    Megamind: Let's not get our hopes up just yet.
  • No-Sell: Metro Man, when Roxanne is throwing things at him and he doesn't react at all. Even as a large stereo speaker is smashed against him, he doesn't even blink or acknowledge what is happening. His hair just gets a little messed up.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Hal's doomed-to-fail invitation to his party, note  is made worse by him moving back into Roxanne's line of sight when she tries to move away.
  • Noodle Implement:
    • Megamind tries to bluff Roxanne by using one of these in a fake struggle between himself and Bernard:
      Roxanne: Megamind! What have you done with Bernard?
      Megamind: Bernard? Oh, yes, I'm doing horrible things to that man. I don't want to get into it, but lasers, spikes — [imitating Bernard] Oh, please, no! Not the lasers and the spikes! [normal voice] You know the drill. [imitating Bernard] Oh no! Not the drill!
    • Megamind's plans he never got around to include "typhoon cheese," "the illiteracy beam" and "robo-sheep"
  • Not a Game: Megamind and Metro Man's battles had their rules and were more like a game than a true fight. When Megamind comes to chew out Tighten for not coming to fight as they had planned, he finds Tighten has been playing a video game instead. As Megamind proceeds to provoke Tighten into fighting him, GAME OVER is displayed on the TV. Megamind then hits Tighten's Berserk Button leading him to finally attack Megamind but it quickly becomes apparent that Tighten is not playing by any rules and means to win without holding back.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Roxanne and Metro Man were never actually involved, despite what Megamind and most of Metro City seems to believe. Roxanne explicitly says that despite appreciating the guy, Metro Man was "not my type."
  • Not in the Face!: Tighten says this to Megamind disguised as Metro Man.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Apparently, Roxanne can survive being thrown over a building, falling to nearly street level and then being caught by the wrist or ankle.
  • "Nothing" is Scarier: Megamind humorously tries to invoke this when Roxanne asks him what he intends to do with the city now that he's defeated Metro Man, especially since he doesn't have an answer.
    Megamind: Imagine the most horrible, terrifying, EVIL thing you can possibly think of... and multiply it by SIX! In the mean time, I want you to carry on...
  • Nothing Personal: Megamind says such when he finishes his heartfelt eulogy for Metro Man by activating the countdown on a bomb meant to blow up the Metro Man Museum.
    Megamind: (tearfully to the Metro Man statue) So it's good we have this time now. You know, before I destroy the place. (activates bomb with remote) Nothing personal. It's just... It brings back too many painful memories.

  • Oblivious to Hints: Hal refuses to see that Roxanne isn't interested until she outright tells him (and after seeing her kiss Bernard, which was really just the icing on the cake).
  • Off-Model: Almost every piece of promotional art, including the DVD cover art, is missing Megamind's goatee.
  • Oh, Crap!: As a comedy about a supervillain, the movie is rife with these expressions. Some of the more notable are:
    • Megamind, when Tighten tells him he plans to kill him and Megamind realizes that he is serious.
    • Megamind, when Roxanne discovers his hideout:
    Megamind: HOW DID SHE FIND MY HIDEOUT — uh, how did you find his hideout?
    Roxanne: This is the only building in Metro City with a fake observatory on the roof!
    Megamind: [Oh, Crap! face] ... Oh-kay. There's no way she'll find the secret entrance
    Roxanne: [Excited squeal] There's a doormat here that says 'secret entrance'!
    • Tighten gets one himself when it looks like Metro Man has returned to defeat him. It turns out to be Megamind using his holographic disguise watch. Tighten returns the favor when he manages to see through the deception.
    • Metro Man also gets one when he walks in and sees Megamind and Roxanne in his underground hideout.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: In the movies prologue, it is mentioned that both Metro Man and Megamind are self-chosen super hero/villain monikers. It is unknown what either of their civilian names are.
  • Only Sane Man: Minion and Roxanne.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Metro Man is killed, leaving Megamind without a foil. Subverted in that he was not really killed, he just wanted to retire.
  • Outrun the Fireball:
    • When Roxanne and 'Bernard' were escaping from Megamind's lair and used dynamite to destroy the brain-bots.
    • Megamind has to outfly the fireball caused by a tanker exploding.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: "Ow! My giant blue head!"

  • Pac Man Fever: Tighten is playing a game like this when Megamind comes to get him when he's late for their duel: it resembles some kind of a confusing hybrid of Geometry Wars and Tetris.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: The Evil Genius Megamind openly states that the Brainy Brunette Roxanne is the "smartest person he knows" when he asks for her help. They end up becoming the Official Couple.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In one scene, Megamind completely alters his appearance (and size) with a hologram... while Minion simply throws on a curly blonde wig and pink apron.
    Megamind: You look fantastic.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Metro Man. But it turns out it was fake.
  • Picked Last: Megamind was always picked last in school during the brief time that he tried to fit in as a normal kid. He was even picked after the cross-eyed girl with the broken leg.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Naturally, from Megamind's blue-lined black cape with the spiked shoulders and bat-wing collar, to one of Metro Man's old capes with a fur collar (that Megamind can't resist putting on when he finds it), all topped off by the Black Mamba.
  • Pimped-Out Car: After a fight with Megamind, we see Minion ride away on a pimped out Segway. The motorcycle that can fly and the car that can turn invisible might be considered "pimped out" as well.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: Played with. When Hal is nervously flirting with Roxanne before she gets kidnapped, he tries to pass off his statement of "I love you" as not being in love with her, but it's clear to everyone that he is.
  • Please Wake Up: Subverted with Minion. Megamind is not fooled.
    Megamind: What a drama queen!
  • Police Are Useless: After Megamind destroys Metro Man, it becomes apparent how much the city relied on his protection to the point where they are unable to stand up for themselves. As Megamind approaches City Hall, the police are there en masse but clearly terrified at having to confront the villain directly. So much so that when Megamind cheerfully tells them to "Drop 'em!", they all comply without a fight. In all of Metro City, Roxanne is the only person who puts forth the effort to try and stop him.
  • Politicians Kiss Babies: In Metro Man's first appearance. He juggles some babies, then kisses one of them in front of a huge crowd (who already loves him).
  • Power Crystal: The binky Megamind receives as a parting gift from his biological parents is apparently this. Not only does it work as its namesake, but it is also used as a night light and features prominently in his inventions such as a wall-destroying weapon, a laser meant for making popcorn, and a projectile deflector so he can get an edge at dodgeball. It ultimately remains as a key component of the De-gun.
  • Power Perversion Potential: At one point Tighten uses his X-Ray vision to look into Roxanne's apartment. The Peeping Tom, much?
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "'Ollo."
  • Prisoner's Work: The title character eventually lands in a prison and is set to work making license plates.
  • Projected Man: One of Megamind's acts. Specifically, using the brainbots to form a huge version of his head. This is reprised in the followup short "Button of Doom".
  • Protagonist Title: It's Megamind's story of how his Heel–Face Turn came to be.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Tighten. Initially, he is simply a Manchild, self-absorbed and without much ambition. Then he gets superpowers with no apparent weakness and, because absolute power corrupts absolutely, he becomes this.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: The entire plot is kicked off because Metro Man has become this. After admitting to himself that he no longer enjoys being a superhero, he uses Megamind's latest evil scheme to fake his own death so he can retire from being the defender of Metro City.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Megamind is more a villain because that's what he feels he is expected to be and that's what he's good at. His "battles" with Metro Man are more like two acquaintances playing their roles than a life-or-death fight between a hero and his arch-nemesis.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes:
    • Megamind gets heartbreaking puppy-dog eyes when Roxanne dumps him. Alone. In the rain.
    • Minion, after he revives in the fountain which is even lampshaded by Megamind.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: Metro Man gets tired of being a super hero and doing what everyone expects him to do, so he retires and plans to go into making music under the name Music Man. It turns out he's not very good at it.

  • Rage Against the Mentor: When Megamind reveals to Tighten that, among other things, that he is "Space Dad", his mentor, it causes Tighten to fly into a rage. One of the things he's quite upset with is that Megamind also deceived "Space Step-Mom".
  • Raised by Orcs: Megamind was raised by prisoners at a penitentiary. Surprisingly, he seems to have had a (relatively) happy and healthy childhood. When he gives up on the city and says that he is "going home", the next shot is Megamind turning himself in to the warden.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Ultimately, the Warden. When Minion breaks out Megamind, he simply wishes them luck in their coming battle.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever Tighten is about to use his eye-beams especially when he's really angry.
  • Relationship Chart: Roxanne has one in her apartment. When she steps back from it, she sees the word "Titan" spelled out, giving her an important clue.
  • Replacement Goldfish: When Megamind succeeds at destroying Metro Man, he realizes the void that's now present in his life. So he decides to make a new hero to give his life purpose again. Unfortunately it didn't turn out like he hoped, because Tighten is horribly selfish and immature.
  • Rescue Romance: Roxanne gets hit with zig-zagging flavors of this.
    • Metro Man is always saving Roxanne, but they never had any romantic relationship at all; he was just "not her type".
    • Megamind is always kidnapping her and trying to impress her, but dates her the old-fashioned way, the two fall in love, and then he ends up saving her at the end.
    • Tighten tries this at Megamind's suggestion, but he's too clueless to realize that dropping Roxanne to her near-death (repeatedly) does not count as a "rescue". Of course, Megamind's advice to invoke the trope was pretty clueless in the first place.
  • The Resenter: Megamind, to varying degrees. This was his reason for turning evil in the first place... but it was also played with in his romance with Roxanne.
    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!
  • Reset Button: Discussed when Megamind admits he looked into it, but the science was impossible.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: The De-Gun is stylised like one, with the rotating chamber setting what the gun does.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Several, but the most cleverly hidden "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" example is during Megamind and Metro Man's televised speech at the beginning. The projection displaying Metro Man appears to blip for a split second while a blurred object passes behind Megamind on the opposite projection. This is Metro Man using his super speed to escape and plot his own faked death, which is all shown in full much later in the film via a flashback from Metro Man's perspective.
    • Metro Man's oddly hammy reactions when he says copper drains his power on a rewatch is revealed to be Bad "Bad Acting" on his part.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: At least implied when Tighten nastily informs Roxanne as part of his Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids! speech that there is "no Queen of England". He's technically rightnote  but given that he's saying this in context of listing imaginary fairy-tale creatures such as the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny (and, well, his general level of intelligence throughout the film), it's likely that he's not aware of the distinction and thinks that the British Royal Family is also imaginary.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Megamind has this trope in mind when he kidnaps Roxanne at the start of the movie. He sits in a chair with his back to her, tries to look as menacing as possible... and then pulls one of the Brain-bots in his lap so he can pet it and use it as a plasma globe.
  • The Rival: Megamind has viewed Metro Man as this since they were young boys.
  • Rotten Rock & Roll: Megamind underscores his appearances with heavy metal songs like "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC, "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne and "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses.
  • Rousseau Was Right: While it's certainly played straight with Megamind, it's subverted with Tighten as he reveals that he is an unrepentant Jerkass and even throws it back in Roxanne's face when she tries to invoke the trope. Megamind tries to invoke this trope as well, shocked that Hal, given all the powers of a god, wouldn't instinctively use them for altruistic purposes.
  • Rule of Funny: An infant lands from outer space into the exercise yard of a high security prison, and he is raised by the inmates as opposed to being seized by the Warden and Child Services within five minutes.
    • And of course all the cartoon physics.
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • Since Metro Man is largely based on Superman, he shares many of his Christ symbolism.
    • Roxanne starts dressed in red, then mourns in black, switches to purple (red + blue) as she's warming up to Megamind and finally to blue when she's on his side.
    • Megamind symbolizes his full acceptance of his evil "destiny" with the switch to his darkest cape. However, he is instantly drawn to Metro Man's old cape as he's trying to play the hero (to the point of putting it on for a full scene), refuses the call by dropping it at the heroine's feet, and later receives it from her when he's proven where his heart lies.
    • There's also the different disguises Megamind takes on. He's Bernard when he's exploring the world of normal people, with the prejudice stripped away for a while. He's the Jor-El type when he's trying to pass on what he knows about being a hero (proving that he understands both sides of the game). And it's no coincidence that when he begins his most heroic effort ever, he looks exactly like Metro Man - or that it's Roxanne who frees him from the disguises twice, first forcing him to confront what he's doing and later allowing him to claim his destiny on his own terms, rather than in the shoes of someone else.
  • Running Gag:
    • All Megamind's strongest weapons need time to warm up.
    • Code: this is getting silly.

  • Samaritan Syndrome: Metro Man decides to retire because he's grown weary of the constant responsibility of being the defender of the city.
  • Scenery Gorn: There is some very nice detailing in several of the scenes of mass destruction.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Played with; the story establishes a conflict around a schoolyard bully who grew up to oppose his former victim... except the victim was the one who became the supervillain and the bully became the beloved superhero.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Megamind. Lampshaded by Roxy. ("Yeah, like that.")
  • Screw Destiny: The running theme of the film. Megamind never learns what his parents meant for him and spends his life trying to live up to what he thought they said. Metro Man becomes tired of being a superhero just because everyone expects him to be one and quits to become a musician. Tighten refuses to be a hero just because Megamind demands he be one.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Hal/Tighten at first refuses to hold up his end of the hero-villain dynamic, it gets worse when he actually starts doing petty crimes for personal gain, and then goes into full-blown supervillain territory after he gets pissed off.
  • Seen It All: Roxanne Ritchi When it comes to Megamind's dastardly plots and deathtraps.
  • Shark Pool: Megamind has an alligator pool.
    Megamind: Predictable? Predictable? Oh, you call this predictable?
    Roxanne Your alligators, yes! Yeah, I was thinking about it on the way over.
  • Shooting Superman: Played with. After discovering that Metro Man is still alive, Roxanne begins throwing stuff at him, larger items each time. They smash harmlessly against his head, and naturally he doesn't so much as blink.
  • Shout-Out: Several shout outs to the 1978 Superman film which for obvious reasons, will not be listed here.
    • Megamind's "Space Dad" disguise is meant to look like Marlon Brando as Jor-El while notably using the speech mannerisms of another famous Marlon Brando character.
    • Megamind asks if Metro Man had a "solitary fortress" (a reference to Superman's Fortress of Solitude).
    • A villain who loves to steal and vandalize paintings, and also throws money into the street? Henchman with a boom box? Looks a lot like The Joker from the 1989 Batman movie.
    • Megamind views himself as the Mr. Miyagi to his intended new superhero. This doubles as a Development Gag because an early draft of the script actually called for protagonist Master Mind to actually disguise himself as the Mr. Miyagi after seeing a poster of The Karate Kid in Hal's apartment.
    • Megamind trains Tighten with a classic Donkey Kong level, with Minion as Donkey Kong.
    • After Megamind "kills" Metro Man and takes over the city, posters meant to parody Barack Obama's "Hope" posters, only with Megamind's face with the phrase "No You Can't" printed below it.
    • Hal Stewart's name is a nod to Hal Jordan and John Stewart.
    • Megamind's office after he takes over the city is a collection of notable items such as the Ark of the Covenant, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and (according to the DVD commentary) The Maltese Falcon.
    • Megamind gets a spider on him and gets walloped in the attempt to get it off, paralleling a scene from Madagascar. And Ben Stiller cameos in this movie!
    • Minion's furry gorilla suit with a fishtank helmet is likely a reference to Robot Monster.
    • In the "Reign of Megamind" interactive comic, one of the weapons he plans on using is an Energon Drill.
    • In the climatic battle, Tighten impaling Megamind/Minion with a radio antenna mirrors Ming the Merciless' death impaled on a spaceship nose.
    • Megamind gives the official Space Corps salute to the gate guard as he walks out of prison.
    • Minion's weird gorilla-robot fusion look seems to be inspired by the title character of Robot Monster.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: The Hannibal Lecture delivered by Tighten at the end:
    Tighten: You're so naive, Roxy. You see the good in everybody even when it's not there. You're living in a fantasy! There is no Easter Bunny, there is no Tooth Fairy, and there is no Queen of England! This is the real world, and you need to wake up!
  • Slasher Smile: Tighten, when using his eye beams, once when melting the Megamind mannequin, and again when he's about to do the same thing on the real Megamind.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted. It seems like Megamind thinks he is a lot more successful and imposing than he really has been, but when Metro Man is "killed" he is as shocked as everyone. He knows he is incompetent; that has been his issue since childhood. He learns that he is far better fighting evil than being evil.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The real Bernard only appears in one scene for a few minutes but it allows Megamind to steal his identity and enables him to build a relationship with Roxanne.
  • Smug Super: Metro Man begins this way as a child, with the winking and smirking and intentionally showing up young Megamind, and his public persona as a grown-up superhero still comes off as a bit smug and self-satisfied. It's all an act, however, and deep down he's become a genuinely nice guy who's lost purpose and focus in his life and is burned out by the demands of being a superhero. He's even proud that Megamind took over for him.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The film has a single Brainbot with a pink frill and lipstick. The DVD commentary states that she was an Invoked Trope, and considered "the Smurfette of the Brainbots". There is also Roxanne Ritchie.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: No-one seems to be alarmed by the fact that an alien child is growing up in a prison.
  • Soft Water: Played with. During the finale, Megamind is falling to his death and knows that the shallow water in the fountain will not break his fall. However, he dehydrates himself into a cube, which does let him survive the fall, and rehydrates him upon contact with the water.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Tighten realizes that Metro Man is actually a disguised Megamind when "Metro Man" says "Metrocity" instead of "Metro City".
  • So Proud of You:
    • Roxie says this verbatim to Minion, who is disguised as Megamind at the time.
    • A hidden Metro Man to Megamind, though the latter never hears it.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Megamind uses spikes everywhere. On his costume, in his lair, on his car, on his Segway. Even his new nameplate "Megamind Evil Overlord" has spikes running along the top.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Hal, Roxie's camera-man. Her rejection of him as Tighten begins his Start of Darkness. It is a bad sign that one of the first things Hal uses his new superpowers for is peeping into Roxanne's apartment.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • During the "I'm Bad" finale, Minion while in the giant mecha is doing... The Robot.
    • "The die had been cast" in Megamind's opening monologue, explaining his fate and first intentional act of evil... dyeing his classmates blue.
  • Stepford Smiler: Metro Man is revealed to be a "depressed" type smiler.
  • String Theory: Megamind uses this as a mind-mapping technique. In order to figure out what he's doing, Roxanne replicates his setup in her apartment. It's also used as the motif for the opening titles and the matching Creative Closing Credits.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Metro Man after Megamind's death ray hits the observatory. Supposedly.
  • Stupid Evil: Hal defeats Megamind and the people of Metro City are ready to accept him as their hero. Rather than accept the praise he decides to happily take all of his anger out on the city.
  • Super Speed and Super Strength: Metro Man (and therefore, Tighten).
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: Both Metro Man and Megamind have several.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Implied. Metro Man and Megamind are called the "World's Greatest" hero and villain respectively suggesting there are others in this universe. However, if any other villains took advantage of Metro Man's absence, or any other heroes tried to pick up his slack, it happened off-screen.
  • Superpowered Date: Hal as Tighten attempts to take Roxanne on one, but comes on too strong and his antics put her off.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Unlike Superman, Metro Man never had an alternate identity or true self where he would be him and not pretend to be someone else. One of the reasons why Superman is grounded and mentally healthy in spite of seeing horrors and tragedy that the human mind has no conception of, is that he's not "on" all the time. Being Clark helps Superman deal with the stresses of being a god among men while making decisions that can literally affect the fate of the world. Without a true identity and the fact that he was on call 24/7, Metroman began to get worn down from the hero lifestyle and constantly being the world's babysitter without being able to truly live his life. More than that, Metroman, while being a good guy overall, was just a hero out of obligation and not out of a true sense of duty or desire to help people because Good Feels Good. All of this led to him eventually quitting being a hero all together.
    • Megamind tells him a woman he saves would be his, but when Hal finds out that women don't work that way, he does not take it well. Also, being the self-absorbed person he is, just because he's given superpowers doesn't mean he'll use his powers for altruistic reasons. After Roxanne's rejection of Hal, Megamind learned it the hard way.
      • After Hal gets his powers, he flies to Roxanne and offers to take her on a flight around the city. In a Superman story, this would kickstart their romance. Here, Roxanne is terrified the entire time and begging him to put her down (especially because Hal is clearly enjoying the fantasy while completely ignoring her denials) and his stupidity and inability to properly control his powers means he almost kills her several times.
      • Simply letting Hal keep his powers. Megamind assumed that anybody with powers would use them for good. When superpowers go to a random person, it runs the risk of someone getting them who will use them for evil.
    • After finding out Megamind is Bernard, Roxanne quickly dumps him because he has been lying to her and she feels that he is simply playing with her. She can't believe Megamind has developed genuine feelings for her.
    • Megamind's instinctual reaction to pull out guns despite the Metro City citizens coming in to thank him isn't that weird. He spent most of his life being terrified by them, so it would make sense he be on edge. Roxanne even points this out.
  • Suspiciously Clean Criminal Record: Hal Stewart's lack of criminal records and notable achievements, a Blank Slate so to speak, were used to hammer the point that he is, in fact, The Every Man.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: The Falling-in-Love Montage with a disguised Megamind and Roxanne is "Mr. Blue Sky".
    Hey there Mr. Blue
    We're so pleased to be with you
    Look around see what you do
    Everybody smiles at you
  • Swivel-Chair Antics: One of Megamind's favourite hobbies.

  • Take Over the City: Megamind's nominal, outwardly stated goal is to rule Metro City, which apparently translates to something like "have the run of the place", with what turns out to be genuinely vague ideas about remaking it in his image or creating an army of slaves or what. Tighten suggests something similar, but without Megamind's relative restraint, he ends up on his way to destroying "Tightenville". The movie does keep coming back to what this means for the citizens living there.
  • Take That!: After Megamind kills Metro Man he puts up posters in front of town hall that say "No you can't" with him posing like Barack Obama in his political "Yes we can" ads. Technically the posters were inspired by the HOPE posters, but you get the idea.
  • Take Up My Sword: Implied by Metro Man at the end.
  • Taking the Bullet: Metro Man does this with a dodgeball for the teacher in Megamind's flashbacks.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Roxie hurling things at Metro Man; since he's Made of Diamond he doesn't even blink as the stuff she throws keeps shattering against his face.
  • Team Rocket Wins: The entire premise of the movie is Megamind, the inept villain, finally winning.
  • Tempting Fate: Roxie calling Bernard!Megamind "the only normal thing in her crazy, upside-down world".
  • Terms of Endangerment: When Hal turns evil, he still calls Roxanne “Roxie”, especially when he’s trying to kill her.
  • That Man Is Dead: Hal screams at Roxie that there is no Hal anymore, just Tighten.
    • This is also implied to be what Megamind was initially going for on his finale date with Roxanne. He's shown to be more invested in his relationship with her than his evil plans, finally admits to Minion that if it means he can't have her, than he'll just quite villainy, and finally, he somberly looks at his own reflection in a broken mirror, initiates his Bernard disguise, and slowly and warmly smiles at his new reflection.
  • That Poor Cat:
    • Heard when Tighten discards the flower cart after failing to impress Roxanne. Also, Megamind accidentally gets a cat while dehydrating all the garbage on the streets. It gets rehydrated later.
    • At the end of The Button of Doom, Minion tosses a remote to the side. A brainbot's "bowg" is heard offscreen.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Megamind's origin story. No matter how hard he tried to be liked, it only ever resulted in him being pushed away even further, so eventually he decided to give up and just have fun with the reputation being forced upon him. This is even Lampshaded by Megamind during his childhood narrative:
    Megamind: The bad boy... Was this my destiny? Wait, maybe it was! Being bad is the one thing I'm good at! Then it hit me: If I was the bad boy, then I was going to be the baddest boy of them all!
  • There Was a Door:
    • Played with in the scene where Megamind enters through the door... by blowing it up... and then Minion installs a new door.
    • Tighten to Megamind after the latter crashes through his wall. Though to be fair, there also was already a gaping hole in the wall; he just made it slightly bigger. And Tighten himself was originally responsible for said hole.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Megamind constantly tries to kill Metro Man in the past, but he never actually expected to succeed. Hal/Tighten, however, is a thug and will, or at least tries to, kill anyone who gets in his way.
  • Time Stands Still: Metro Man reveals that during a fit of superspeed, he was able to infiltrate Megamind's lair, reconsider apprehending him, go to the library and read dozens of self-help books, pick up some fries and a drink at a restaurant, and relax in the park before deciding to fake his death. All in the space of an instant. If you watch closely, you can even see his image dim for a frame.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Megamind in the final act.
    • Hal. As Hal, he is, well, Jonah Hill. As Tighten, he is a muscular stud.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Tighten.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailers made Megamind out to be a lot zanier with a lot less angst and totally dumps the romance factor. It forgets that Megamind spends a good chunk of the film as Bernard. As well as this, it makes Metro Man out to be more of a glory-hound jerk than he really is - and a lot more important too. While Metro Man IS important, it's his absence that drives the plot, not his presence.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Probably had one of the worst offending example of the Trope, in which it revealed that Metro Man was not dead and had simply given up superheroics. The entire film revolved around the fact that Megamind was trying to cope with having killed Metro Man. This was most likely done to reassure parents and kids that Metro Man was not really going die so that they would actually go see it.
  • Trial Balloon Question: Subverted by Roxanne. She would not mind if he was an alien species... but it is actions that determine a person.
    Megamind: Well, that seems kind of petty.
  • Troperiffic: The whole point of the movie is to subvert, invert and otherwise play with as many superhero genre conventions as possible.
  • Try Not to Die: Megamind's strategy for defeating Tighten.
    Roxanne: What's the plan?
    Megamind: Well, it mostly involves not dying!
    Roxanne: I like that plan!
    • Inverted earlier when Megamind gets out of prison to face Tighten.
    Warden: (tied up) Good luck, fellas!
    Megamind: (happily giggling) We're gonna die!
    Minion: (laughs, then...) Wait, what?!
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: Roxanne falls in love with "Bernard", Megamind's alterego.

  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Megamind, disguised as Bernard, spends some time on the elevator with Roxanne as the Metro Man Museum is about to blow up.
  • The Unfavorite: Even though Megamind and Metro Man are unrelated and both come from different worlds, Megamind's rivalry with Metro Man starts even when they're both heading towards Earth:
    Megamind: I set out to find my destiny. Turns out a kid from the Glaupunkt quadrant had the exact same idea.
    [Metro Man's baby shuttle bumps into Megamind's, causing Megamind's craft to ricochet off the asteroids]
    Megamind: That was the day I met Mr. Goody Two Shoes... [Baby Metro Man gives Megamind a raspberry]
    Megamind: And our glorious rivalry was born!
    [Megamind's spaceship heads towards a luxurious mansion]
    Megamind: Could this be what I was destined for? A dream life filled with luxury?
    [Metro Man's baby shuttle bumps Megamind away from the mansion]
    Megamind: Apparently not! Even fate picks its favorites. No big deal, a much different fate awaited me.
    [Megamind's baby shuttle lands in the yard of Metro City Prison for the Criminally Gifted]
  • The Unfettered: Tighten. Which makes him much more dangerous than Metro Man.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe:
    • Roxanne, who changes outfits for each new day and occasion.
    • Hal wears different shirts/outfits too, until he becomes Tighten.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Metro Man says "Dag. Crab Nuggets" and "Fackled Fish Cracker" while trapped in the copper-lined observatory.

  • Victory Is Boring: What Megamind feels after killing Metro Man, and these feelings of boredom are what kickstarts the rest of the movie's plot.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Tighten. The first two-thirds of the film are a fairly lighthearted Affectionate Parody of super heroes that focuses on a villain discovering himself. Then Tighten turns evil and everything goes to hell, with him attacking the city and the titular villain literally fighting for the life of him and his lover.
  • Villainous BSoD: Megamind after Roxanne dumps him.
  • Villainous Crush: Implied at the beginning, where some of Megamind's behavior towards a kidnapped Roxanne comes off as downright flirtatious. Later, it's a central part of the story, but he's less villainous at that point. Confirmed by the filmmakers' commentary.
  • Villain Protagonist: A deconstructive parody of such.
  • Villain Team-Up: Defied Trope here. Tighten, once he decides to become a villain, asks Megamind to team up with him so that they can rule the city together. Instead, Megamind is utterly disgusted at the former's petty actions, and decides to instigate a fight instead by revealing that he tricked Tighten as Space-Dad and was the "intellectual dweeb" dating Roxanne.
  • Visible Invisibility: Megamind's car is supposed to be invisible, but audiences can see the outline via a camo effect (mostly due to the sun reflecting off it). Roxanne manages to notice the car only because Tighten had laser-cut a building and debris had fallen onto it.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Hal scoffs at Roxanne's attempts to reason with him by saying that there's good in everyone.

  • We Can Rule Together: Tighten tells Megamind that with his power and Megamind's "big-headed-ness" they could rule the world. Megamind refuses.
  • We Have Forgotten the Phlebotinum: Megamind left the depower gun in his invisible car. Which he then lost. Because it is invisible.
  • We Will Not Use Stage Make-Up in the Future: Megamind's shapeshifter wristwatch allows him to shapeshift into other people using the power of hard light holograms.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    Metro Man: Copper... drains... my powers!
    Megamind: Your weakness is copper? You're kidding, right?
    • Subverted Trope. Metro Man isn't vulnerable to copper, he just pretends he is.
  • Weather-Control Machine: Megamind has one he uses to make dramatic entrances.
  • Wham Line: When Tighten reveals his true intentions to Megamind after their first "fight".
    Megamind: You can take me to jail now.
    Tighten: Oh, no, no, no. I was thinking more like the morgue. You're dead!
  • Wham Shot:
    • First off, when Metro Man has seemingly survived and crashed right into Megamind, Megamind lifts Metro Man's cape, revealing nothing but Metro Man's skeleton.
    • Megamind noticing the various items (including arcade machines and massive amounts of money) Tighten stole the previous night.
    • The reveal that Metro Man is not quite dead, walking in to find Megamind and Roxanne in his lair, clearly not expecting company.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Megamind's stunning green eyes.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Subverted with Bernard, whose fate was left unresolved by the end of the movie, but is revealed in the Credits Gag.
  • What Have I Done: Megamind damns himself for creating Tighten, who turns out to be a unstoppable engine of wanton destruction.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Megamind to Tighten, twice in the same scene. First, upset Tighten did not bother to show up to save the city from him, then when he sees Tighten decided to rob banks - and a bicycle.
    • Megamind and Roxanne's response to Metro Man faking his death to pursue a career as a musician, turning his back on the Tighten situation.
    Roxanne: How could you do this?! The people of the city relied on you and you deserted them! You left us in the hands of... of him! (indicates Megamind) (beat) No offense.
    Megamind: No, no, I'm with you.
    • Although still technically the villain at this point, but this is Roxanne's reaction to Megamind when she finds out that he gave Hal super powers.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Apparently, there are supervillain outlet stores in Romania.
  • Who Dares?: Who Dares Challenge Megamind?
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: According to Tighten, Roxie believes that there is at least some good in everyone, in spite of her generally sarcastic attitude. Possibly justified, in that she's used to seeing Megamind's brand of villainy, which isn't all that harmful.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Megamind himself claims to be this. But he's actually quite lacking in the woobie part and even more so in the destroyer of worlds part.
  • Worthy Opponent: Metro Man and Megamind view each other this way.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: In-Universe. Megamind picks the name Tighten (not Tighten) for Hal because he can trademark it.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: A socially-awkward kid with an unattainable crush gains superpowers. Unfortunately, Hal Stewart must have seen the movie Spider-Man one too many times and does not realize what is really going to happen until Roxie spells it out for him.

  • Xanatos Gambit: Megamind's entire campaign against Metro Man. He explicitly says in the comic prequel that he considers every lost battle as simply an opportunity to study his potential weaknesses. He explicitly states when fighting Tighten that every defeat is an opportunity to learn and do better next time.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: While falling to his death, Megamind is able to work out a new strategy for overcoming Tighten.

  • Yandere: Tighten to Roxanne.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: Roxanne gives one to Megamind. It gets him back in the fight:
    Megamind, I don't know if you're even listening, but if you are, you can't give up! The Megamind I knew would never have run from a fight, even one 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.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: Megamind is outraged when he learns that Tighten uses his superpowers to commit petty crimes and promptly calls him out on it.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Megamind tries to encourage Tighten to engage in this, but he only charges forward while shouting "aaaaaaaaggghhh!"
    Megamind: Okay, I'm not sure where to go with that!
  • Your Costume Needs Work: When Megamind runs into Bernard at the Metro Man museum which he is trying to blow up, Bernard (who is known to be an "expert" on Megamind) thinks that Megamind is just some cosplayer complete with "cheap replica of his dehydration gun".


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