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Tear Jerker / Megamind

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Who thought a movie about an alien supervillain with a giant blue head could make people cry?

  • Megamind has been disguising himself as Bernard so he can have a relationship with Roxanne. Then, on one of their dates, she finds out thanks to her accidentally turning off his disguise watch... the result isn't pretty, and then there's the look of hurt on Megamind's face when she completely rejects him, telling him she would never fall for him.
    • One just can't control themselves when you see his face as he stares at Roxanne. That sad and lost frown like he would be a kicked puppy whimpering in a corner, those huge green eyes that basically scream "I'm sorry" while glinting as he would burst into tears at any second. But what really makes it the most depressing moment ever is this:
      Roxanne: Wait a minute. Oh, I don't believe this. Did you really think that I would ever be with you?
      Megamind: (whispering, heartbroken) No...
    • The fact he answered, "No" could make it even sadder: Even after he was close to being in a relationship with her, he STILL couldn't believe himself as being deserving or worthy of her love.
    • There's a more subtle bit of symbolism in there, too: when Megamind jumps out of the car and Roxanne turns to walk away, he calls out, "I can explain!" Roxanne doesn't say anything, but we're still treated to her line of thought - as the camera follows her, in the background one of Megamind's propaganda posters comes into view, specifically the bottom half of it: "No, you can't."
  • The look on Megamind's face when Roxanne hugs him while he's disguised as Bernard. Certainly the first time he's ever been hugged in his life besides Minion and the inmates who looked after him as a baby.
  • The way Megamind and Roxanne react to finding out Metro Man is still alive is pretty sad. Their faces...
  • There's the time Minion leaves just before Megamind goes on his doomed date. Then, he goes on his date and you think, "Well, at least he's happy now." WRONG! And he goes back to his lair and attempts to find comfort in Minion... who isn't there. Seriously, could they have made that bit any more tearjerking?
    Megamind: Okay, Minion! You were right! I was... less right! We should stick to what we're good at... being bad.
    • During the aforementioned scene where Minion and Megamind have their fight and Minion leaves, Megamind walks miserably to a broken mirror and changes into Bernard with a heartbreaking smile on his face.
  • When Megamind is disguised as Metro Man, Roxanne holds his hand, and he just looks so nervous about changing back. You just wanna give the poor blue alien a hug.
  • The opening sequence definitely qualifies — not just his repeated attempts at acceptance from his peers, but in the voiceover, just how much he sounds like he's trying to convince himself that he enjoys what he does.
    • Let's examine the opening scene a little more closely. Two planets are sucked into a black hole. Two babies, one from each planet, are sent away. Apparently, both were heading for the mansion... but Metro Man's pod pushed Megamind's out of the way, causing the latter to land in prison. Sure, Megamind had his own loving family, and the Warden (revealed in a later scene) was almost like a father figure for him. And let's face it, Megs probably would have turned out all right... if he hadn't gone to school. Those kids never gave him a chance. Metro Man, the supposed hero, never gave him a chance, and neither did the teacher. Had these kids been nicer to Megs, the entire plot of the movie could have been avoided, and he could have lived a happier life. Realizing this... it's impossible for your heart not to break.
      Megamind: I was always the odd man out. The last one picked... the screw-up... the black sheep... the bad boy.
      • "It's too bad we didn't go to the same school." Definitely too bad. Considering Roxanne's sense of justice and insistence that you don't judge people by what they look like, had she been at that school, she could have saved him.
    • The simple fact that Megamind's parents, knowing they wouldn't be there for their son, gave him a protector and companion to accompany him to Earth. Even Superman's parents didn't think to do that.
    • When you think about the circumstances, it's hard not to shed a little tear for Metro Man, too. The reason Superman turned out so well is because, of all people, the ones to find him after he landed on Earth were two good, honest, hard-working people who gave him all the love he needed and took care to teach him right from wrong, and overall nurtured his capacity to do good and want to do good, while also allowing him to establish a semi-normal life outside of the hero identity. (Imagine how cracked he'd be if he couldn't be Clark Kent, if he just had to be the world's greatest hero all the time.) Metro Man may have had it easy in a lot of ways, but what little we see of his adoptive parents indicates that his father didn't even notice he was alive, and neither of them seem to have taken the time to teach him how to use his abilities responsibly, or how to be someone good without being "the hero." Fortunately, Metro is a decent guy on his own and not a psychopath like Tighten, but he's still a really emotionally unhealthy person—among other things, the thought of being a superhero any longer because that's what's expected of him is soul-crushing for Metro Man. It's hard not to wonder, if he'd gotten parents like Martha and Jonathan Kent, would he be so desperate for an out? At least the prisoners who raised Megamind seemed to actually give a crap about him.
    • It's a freeze-frame moment in the flashback, but after Megamind uses his dye-bomb on the school and is sent home, he glances out the back window of the bus with a huge grin, expecting to see everybody impressed with how good a bad guy he is. When Metro Man flies away with the school, his expression falls into a confused, hurt expression.
  • "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! I'm going home..."
    • The scene that follows is also pretty sad. Megamind willingly turns himself over to the Warden. The look on his face says more than words ever will. He's accepting that he will always be a villain and that he's lost all hope of being anything better (even if it means being with Roxanne). Even the guards are shocked, as they are familiar with the confident and determined Megamind who would always break out of jail without a problem, and are stunned that he's finally giving up.
  • Minion's death. Except he didn't.
  • Discovering that Metro Man was a Stepford Smiler behind his superhero persona, feeling trapped in his role of The Cape by the expectations of the world around him.
    • Also, Megamind, the guy who's constantly trying to kill Metro Man, is who he considers a friend. And when you think about it, and look at how people treat him, he's completely right. Megamind had even stopped expecting to actually kill Metro anymore, and they both clearly enjoyed the banter.
  • A small moment, but how about right before Megamind takes on the persona of Bernard. Roxanne finds someone [Megamind] there and calls out. Megamind starts to panic and worriedly looks down at his pajamas. This brief moment shows how truly insecure Megamind is to the point that he would pretend to be someone else just so his dream girl won't be reproached by him.
    • Admittedly, it could just be because here he is, at Metro Man's museum, and Roxanne is about to find him trying to blow the whole place up.
  • However, you feel about Hal/Tighten, when he sees Roxanne "having dinner and making googly-eyes at some intellectual dweeb" (his words, obviously), he sinks into a depression, and slowly flies away. In fact, Hal looks absolutely crushed while he's watching Roxanne and Bernard. While he goes way too far with his feelings with rejection later on, anyone who has seen their crush go out with someone else can sympathize with him in this moment.
    • After another rejection from Roxanne, Hal yells in frustration, "What's wrong with me?!" This is possibly one of the only moments where Hal shows genuine self-loathing and self-awareness about his behavior. Anybody with poor social skills and standing can sympathize with Hal... but he comes to the wrong conclusions.
  • Roxanne's broadcast outside the Metro Man Museum, after Metro Man's death. The look on Megamind's face when she asks her Armor-Piercing Question makes it clear that no, he isn't happy.
    Roxanne: He was always there for us. Dependable. Perhaps we took him for granted. You know, maybe, we never really know how good we have it until it's gone. We miss you, Metro Man. I miss you. And I have just one question for Megamind: Are you happy now? This is Roxanne Ritchi, reporting from a city without a hero. Coming up next, are you ready to be a slave army? What you need to know.