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Chicks dig giant robots!note 

Coop: Look, red, I'm no hero. I'm just a guy from Jersey, alright? I wanna cruise around in this thing, smash stuff... maybe pick up a few chicks?
Jamie: Chicks dig giant robots.

Megas XLR is a mecha Monster of the Week cartoon created by Chris Prynoski and George Krstic, two of the minds behind MTV's Downtown, that takes mecha anime tropes and crosses them with "guy culture" and The '80s to make an affectionate spoof of both.

In the distant future, mankind finds itself losing a war against a race of aliens known as the Glorft. Only one hope remains: a stolen Glorft battle robot prototype, converted into the Mechanized Earth Guard Attack System (MEGAS). Humanity knows it can't stop the Glorft now, so it decides to send MEGAS into the past to turn the tide of the war — but a mistake accidentally sends the mecha too far into the past. MEGAS sits in a junkyard in Jersey City for seventy years — until a large, jovial gearhead and video game fanatic by the name of Coop unearths it.

Coop repairs the robot, but he also makes a few modifications — such as replacing the mecha's absent, destroyed head with a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, and operating the mech's systems with various video game controls. He dubs it XLR — "Xtra Large Robot" — but as he shows it off to his friend Jamie, Kiva Andru, a mech pilot who's traveled from the future, shows up to reclaim the robot she modified in the first place. Coop's modifications, however, have made him the only person who can pilot MEGAS, and a band of Glorft troopers, led by the tyrannical Warmaster Gorrath, followed her through time to take MEGAS back for themselves. Coop, Kiva, and — to a lesser extent — Jamie find themselves thrust into battle the Glorft, along with countless other threats to the Earth; too bad they usually do just as much damage to the Earth as the threats themselves.

The show, originally entitled Lowbrow, began life as a pilot episode that was shown in Cartoon Network's 2002 Weekend Summerfest to determine a new Cartoon Cartoon, where it ended up the most popular one. The pilot episode was also shown during Toonami's Giant Robot Week, and the show itself premiered on Toonami.

Unfortunately, Megas XLR suffered the fate of being written off by Cartoon Network, meaning that it can no longer be aired legally on Cartoon Network, [adult swim], or any of their affiliates; George Krstic said in 2014 that the show cannot be aired again without getting into legal problems. Fortunately, George Krstic, Chris Prynoski, and the Toonami crew worked to bring it back, and on February 8, 2019, Krstic stated that Warner Bros owns the rights to the show now. While it's too early to tell what it could mean for the show's future, at the very least, the show is finally in proper legal hands — it can be found on Apple iTunes and Xbox Live, and HBO Max in Latin America.

Much of Megas' production team went on to create the Disney XD series Motorcity, which features very similar spoofing of '80s culture and aesthetics.

Do not confuse this show with The Megas.

Megas XLR serves as the Trope Namer for the following tropes:

Megas XLR contains examples of the following tropes:

  • 11th-Hour Superpower:
    • Lampshaded with the Plot-Sensitive Button at least once.
    • Subverted in "Battle Royale" where, in attempt to get Jamie to climb a pillar, Kiva tells him that if he doesn't, he'll never find the Planet Of The Space Amazons. Jamie then gets a determined gaze while dramatic music swells, only to stop trying to climb and whine about how he still can't do it. They ended up on said planet by the end of the episode anyway.
  • Acrofatic: Hilariously subverted with Coop. He can move when the time calls for it but his rather large gut makes it hard.
    • A notable example would be in one episode when Coop tried jumping into the window of Megas and got stuck. Or jumping into a car Kiva was driving in "The Fat and the Furious".
    • Another would be when he launched himself off of the stage at a rock concert; no one caught him.
    • Averted in "DMV" where he needed to run to the Impound Lot to get MEGAS while Kiva and the Bounty Hunter fight. He is completely winded and exhausted when he gets to the lot despite the fact that you can still clearly see Kiva and the Bounty Hunter fighting from their location.
    • Another one where he is running away from the Glorft because the CPU is out, Coop ends up adding how he had to "run half a block" in his Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking speech later.
    • Another episode showed that the Megas could be controlled using a pair of NES Track Pads and Power Gloves with a DanceDanceRevolution style interface. He does well for a while, until he gets tired (it doesn't take long).
  • Actor Allusion:
    • He also refers to human beings, "Earthers", as they're known, as a "primitive, backwater species."
    • Also, in the episode with the planet of sentient robots, the two that get the most screen time are voiced by Peter Cullen and Frank Welker.
      • Interestingly, they both have essentially swapped melee weapons from Optimus and Megatron: the robot voiced by Peter Cullen has an orange mace and the one voiced by Frank Welker has a variety of axe-like weapons, counter to Optimus's energon axe and Megatron's energon mace.
      • Furthermore, the Cullen-bot doesn't have a human-like mouth, and heavily resembles the titular robot from Mazinger Z, while Welker-bot had the face fully visible, but with a large helmet- similar to what Optimus Prime and Megatron had in the original cartoon.
      • In the finale, Alternate!Jamie has a much deeper voice than his normal counterpart - a voice fans will recognize as Spike Spiegel or Roger Smith.
    • Jax, the unintelligible member of G-Force homage S-Force, is voiced by Alan Young, who also voiced the similarly unintelligible Keyop in Battle of the Planets. Ronnie Schell, who voiced Jason in series as well, voices "Sloane," The Lancer in S-Force.
    • Scott Innes, who for a while did the voices of Shaggy and Scooby Doo, channels Casey Kasem again to voice Argo, the S-Force leader.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Coop manages to make it through his battles in spite of being dim. He's even proud of it.
    Evil Coop: "You know you don't have a chance."
    Coop: "I don't know NUTHIN'!"
    • Also, in the second episode, Jamie managed to find the Planet of the Space Amazons, which, up until then, was thought to only exist in a comic book. Coop also found a food court there.
    • In S-Force SOS, this is used twice. First, to explain how Coop was able to punch his way out of the Infiniti-sector, a prison pocket dimension, and how the S-Force were able to survive a missile barrage launched by Coop accidentally.
    • In TV Dinner, Coop destroys a planet-sized space monster by exploding it thanks to pop-rocks and soda. The resulting explosion sends debris of the deceased alien into the Glorft mothership just as it exits null-space and destroys its brand new planet-destroying cannon before it can be fired. All this done without any of the heroes knowing anything about the Glorft's plans.
  • Action Girl: Kiva, who is A) saving the world from Coop and Jamie, B) saving the future from Coop and Jamie, C) saving Coop and Jamie from themselves and D) kicking ass along the way.
  • Aliens Love Human Food: Ehh, sort of. Kiva is a human from a future where humanity is locked in a desperate war with an alien race and Future Food Is Artificial. When she's trapped in the past, she quickly cheers up when she discovers 20th Century junk food like slushies, burgers and chips.
  • All of Them: Coop has a button that says, "Missiles", another that says, "More Missiles", and finally one that says, "All The Missiles". Thing is, it doesn't actually launch all of them since we see him use more in the same episode.
    • At the end of the second episode, Magnanimous demands EVERY ONE of their fighters be sent after Coop.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Paroided when Alt Coop and Kiva get trapped between dimensions and are faced with harmless gnome creatures. After trying to squish one, Alt Coop's mech gets thrown several hundred feet on his back and he finds out they are actually KillerRabbits.
  • Animesque: Though the art-style is distinctly Western, the genre itself is heavily associated with Japan if it didn't necessarily originate there. Also there are several episodes with very Anime-esque characters, notably the Ultra Cadets and the S-Force. It helps that Jamie and Kiva are voiced by famous dub actors.
  • Animation Bump: Especially compared to the 2002 demo episode, originally entitled Lowbrow. But the second season also gets moving mid-credits scenes rather than still images.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The series ends with Coop managing to defeat his evil counterpart, send him and Evil Kiva to some cutsey dimension with no way back. The Gloft commander calls a truce for the time being though promises he won't stop trying to capture the Megas and Coop now has a new Megas with a whole slew of heavy weaponry which he's more than giddy to test out.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Kids cheer every time a school, museum, or homework factory is destroyed.
  • And This Is for...: Whatever you messed up during the episode! And this is for whatever I messed up during the episode! And this is for the Rule of Three for Once an Episode summaries!
    Jamie: YEAH!...wait, what?!
  • Area 51: "Viva Las Megas". Although it's called Area 50.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: All of Coop's regular rants against the bad guy of the episode. One time, it was more like "Jaywalking, Littering and Playing Loud Music." Oh, and he did all three of the acts, not the bad guy. Lampshaded by Kiva and Jamie.
    • Inverted in "Terminate Her" wherein Coop actually lists the offenses in order of ascending severity, before elements of the Glorft plan utterly confuse him and he trails off.
    • Kiva herself gets in on the action in "Space Booty" when she lays into Captain Warlock.
    Kiva: You tried to break up our team, you almost killed Coop and Jamie, and you made me listen to your endless, cheesy, pick-up lines!
    Coop: Nice.
    Warlock: Cheesy!?
    Kiva: Get him, Coop!
    • Coop even has one of his hijacked once
    Coop: You copied my robot, hit me when I wasn't looking, threatened my town!note 
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The odds table in "Battle Royale" includes not only alien scripts, but also lines in English and jumbles of Greek characters that would be unpronounceable to someone who could read them.
  • Ass Shove: During the episode "Bad Guy", when Coop has to bond with the Power Ranger Expy, he, ah... inserts all four limbs rather awkwardly into the, ah, hind portions of the Zorps. Many pained facial expressions ensue, combined with whimpering.
  • Asshole Victim: In "Coop D'etat", Coop destroys a race of sentient robots. However, earlier in the episode we see a mural that indicates that said race also wiped out a group of humanoids, and they certainly seemed appalled that Megas had "humanoid infestation".
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: The instrumental version of the song "Short Hair" plays whenever Coop finishes his fight against a given enemy.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: What's cooler than a BHBB? A giant robot BHBB.
  • Basement-Dweller: Coop apparently still lives with his mother. Most times they're in Coop's home, they're in the basement, complete with TV, couch and video game systems galore.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: The roll-up windows and retractable roof of Coop's car are able to resist the vacuum of space. And it's not like there's anything special about them, either; Coop punched one out barehanded.
  • Beam-O-War: In "Dude, Where's My Head?", where Coop wins by turning on the high beam headlights.
  • Bell-Bottom-Limbed Bots: Megas, the Glorft mechs, and pretty much all of the humanoid mechs fall under this trope.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Coop not getting a Mega Slush or any delicious, artery-hardening food. Gorrath actually uses this to torture him at one point.
    • Also, don't even think of insulting Megas in front of Coop.
    Coop: Hey, knock the fat all you want, but no one insults Megas.
    • Or trying to kill Jamie and Coop in front of Kiva.
    • Insulting Kiva because she's a girl always seems to make her more serious. She even beat Coop in a videogame when he gave her the "girl handicap".
    • Jamie will drive off a parking garage to reconnect the car to Megas for Coop, because "No one treats my friend like that-except for me".
    • Do NOT try to ruin Jamie's date.
    • Basically there's one in every episode, which causes Coop (or someone else if the formula is subverted) to give his angry speech of the day before whupping the bad guy.
  • Big Bad: Warmaster Gorrath is the series' main antagonist.
  • Big Dumb Object: Ignoring the obvious joke about Coop himself, the planet-sized menace from "TV Dinner" qualifies.
  • Big Eater: Coop actually has three championship crowns from the "Lord of the Large Pants" eating contest.
    [cleanup guy tries to clear the table]
    Coop: Put that down. I'm not finished yet.
    Jamie: He doesn't get sick, he just gets less hungry.
  • Big "NO!": Coop loves doing these over minor things.
    • When the signal cuts out during a wrestling show, he screams this as he quickly jumps out of his seat to check the connection.
    • He also belts out another one when he realizes he accidentally backed into (and destroyed) the cheapest all-you-can-eat buffet in Las Vegas.
    • "My big glug! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
  • Bigger on the Inside: Megas is much bigger on the inside.
  • Big Fun: Coop is overweight and a fun-loving guy.
  • Big Red Button: Which triggers the Forgotten Superweapon of the week. One recurring button involves Coop dramatically smashing his forehead on it to push it.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Coop (blond), Jamie (brunette) and Kiva (redhead)
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Coop is large and enjoys fighting.
  • Brain Freeze: Kiva gets one after trying a Mega Slush for the first time.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In episode "All I Ever Wanted Was A Mega-Slush:"
    Coop: Nobody. No robot, no alien, no alien-robot does that to me and gets away with it.
  • Brick Joke: Occurs very, very often — almost Once an Episode.
    • In the pilot, for example, Coop launches a missile which flies up instead of straight, striking a PoPTV satellite... to finally crash atop the ridiculously huge final robot right on time to save the cast.
    • In the second episode, Jamie asks about the planet of the Space Amazons (based on the comic he's reading) and Coop asks if it has a food court. The end-of-episode panning still shot shows them at the food court on the Space Amazon planet - Coop eating, Jamie annoying a bunch of women.
    • In the episode "Breakout", we heard about the Lerps, a Smurfs/Care Bears parody- and we see the game towards the end of the episode, with Grrkek the Planet Killer trapped in it. In the credits of the final episode of the series (Rearview Mirror, Mirror: Part 2), we see a clip from the game again, only for Evil Coop and Evil Kiva, who are trapped between dimensions, to appear in the game.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: The car's controls were designed with this trope in mind.
    • The Speedometer measures from "Slow", "Fast", "Faster", and "GOOD CRIPES!";
    • The Oil Gauge reads from "Empty", "Need a little", "Almost There", "Enough", "No really, I'm fine", and "PLEASE STOP!";
    • "Missiles," "More Missiles" and "ALL THE MISSILES";
    • Coop's Car heater settings read "Warm," "Hot," and "DANG!" The last one activates flamethrowers;
    • The stereo system goes up to eleven MILLION.
    • The weapons systems include buttons for "Destroy The World," "Smite The World," and "Destroy The World WORSE." There's also a "Save The World" button, but it was broken.
  • Button Mashing: Coop does this a lot when piloting Megas.
  • Bystander Syndrome: There are many instances of this.
    Jamie: What about my suggestion to go home and ignore it!
  • By Wall That Is Holey: In a Flash Back, Coop knocks over a bookshelf that lands right around Jamie.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: It helps when you activate a tachyon beacon The Call can track across time.
  • Call-Back: The building-sized space rhino from the end of "D.M.V.: Department of Megas Violations" is seen sipping tea as Coop and gang are uncontrollably warping through different points in the universe in "Coop D'Etat".
  • Captain Ersatz: So many characters. See Shout-Out.
  • Catgirl: Possibly a foxgirl, in the title sequence, and the "Battle Royale" episode.
  • Caught on the Jumbotron: In "Terminate Her", Coop first realizes that Jamie and Kiva are in trouble when Gorrath appears on the Jumbotron. Jamie and Ally, Kiva's ancestor are also displayed, but Goat writes it off, saying it couldn't be Jamie since he's with a girl.
  • Caps Lock, Num Lock, Missiles Lock: Inverted: The cockpit of Coop's Humongous Mecha (which also happens to be a car) is littered with absurdly labeled buttons powered by the Rule of Funny that trigger deadly weaponry right next to mundane functions like controlling the convertible top.
  • Captain Obvious: Typically the Commander. Lampshaded in the first episode by Warmaster Gorrath.
    Warmaster Gorrath: What have they done TO MY ROBOT?!
    Commander: Sir, the Earthers appear to have heavily modified it.
    Warmaster Gorrath: Thank you, Commander. For stating the brutally obvious!
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The tone doesn't get darker, but the humor does.
  • Chainsaw Good:
    • The Metal Maiden is a chainsword.
    • Also Magnanimous's second mech is armed with a chainsaw and shotgun-esque weapon.
    • Megas gets one in "A Clockwork Megas", where it's used to cut up a grinder.
  • Char Clone: Evil Coop.
  • Character as Himself: The end credits in season two list Goat as being voiced by "Himself", when the credits to the first season actually listed the name of his voice actor Scot Rienecker.
  • Character Development: After Coop seemingly destroyed the Glorft, Kiva didn't really have a purpose anymore, nor any means of returning to her own time, so she wound up being as much of a lazy, do-nothing slacker as Coop and Jamie. Although she would never admit it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Pretty much every episode ends with some mundane thing Coop did earlier in the episode saving the day.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Parodied. Coop gets captured by the Glorft. Gorath's torture techniques? Eating a Philly Cheese Steak slowly in front of Coop. And smashing Mega Slushes. This would be considered Cool and Unusual Punishment, but since it's Coop... Humorously, it's just as much torture for Gorath, who can barely stomach the Philly Cheese Steak.
  • Combining Mecha:
    • Mercilessly abused and mocked with the Gatchaman-style opponents in "Bad Guy". Then horribly spoofed when Megas needs their power against a mutual foe, so it grabs one mecha and literally shoves a foot up its ass until it's on like a boot, does the same for the rest of its limbs, then grabs the leader's eagle-mecha by the neck and slams it onto the back, complete with each S-Force member whimpering at the violation. The result is a humiliating abomination, that surprisingly looks perfect, which the villain approves of. Even more surprising, it actually works, somehow giving Megas access to all the other mechas' weapons. And here you people thought Kamina invented that trick.
      • Given Megas was a "power booster" to the S-Force this way it might be a throwback to the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as when the Dragonzord and Titanus the Carrierzord were added, they ALL combined to form one Ultimate Battlezord.
    • The Glorft have one in the first episode made up of most of their army.
  • Comedic Hero: Even Kiva, with her Deadpan Snarker moments, gets in on this.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Coop most of the time.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: Comic stories based on this show were featured in the earlier issues of Cartoon Network Action Pack.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: But with giant robots and aliens. Coop typically has no problem smashing through hordes of Glorft mechs or other like-sized enemies, except when he doesn't.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Typically Coop. He usually deserves it.
  • Cool Car: It's a car mixed with a Humongous Mecha. Coop is entirely aware of this, and Jamie even more so. When Coop enters Megas in a car show, he's actually worried about the competition.
    Jamie: Competition? You have a giant robot from the future, with a car for a head.
    • Hilariously, he still loses to Kiva who wins the award for being a better engineer and repair jockey.
    • Assuming it really is a 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda convertible with a 426 Hemi and manual transmission...Coop somehow got his hands on an absurdly rare car (as in, extant models can be counted on one hand) and turned it into the head of a giant robot. Muscle car enthusiasts would regard that as nearly as much of a travesty as Kiva.
      • Coop probably found it in Goat's junk pile. "Two bucks!"
    • In the first Season Finale, Coop revealed that the car has 10 cylinders. When cornered by the Glorft, Jamie snarkily says: "Maybe you should've put in 12 cylinders.". Turns into a Call-Back when in the first episode of Season 2, Coop lists "adding another pair of cylinders" as one of his upgrades, though whether its for the car or the mech is not specified.
  • Cool Sword: The Metal Maiden. Or the aptly-named That Cool Giant Energy Sword Thing according to a button at one point.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: Jamie.
  • Credits Gag: Every episode has a scene that plays during the credits (while Season 2 actually had moving scenes, Season 1 only had still images but still served the same purpose). The canonicity of some of these come into question (such as the fate of the REGIS and other villains) that are either ignored, Left Hanging or just Played for Laughs.
  • Crossover Cameo: Several characters from MTV's Downtown show up throughout the show. Goat is an obvious one that he becomes a transplanted recurring character. Alex makes an appearance in two separate episodes (and even appears twice in the second episode, on both sides of two teams competing against each other in a robot battle *somehow*). The nerd Wedge appears at least once. Serena is in the pilot episode "Lowbrow". The girl Jamie gets a date with by borrowing Coop's car appears to be the same girl Fruity was flirting with on the subway.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jax getting in a fist fight with Coop. He can't even hurt Coop through his fat. Coop just hits him over the head with a mechanical fish.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The female space yetis after they now cut their hair into Fur Bikini, and a few background... squirrel girls... in the second episode. Jamie got some numbers from them. Apparently.
  • Cutaway Gag: There are few that crop up in the form of Flashbacks and Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering? jokes. Note that this type of joke was being used during Family Guy 's infancy, and it would be a couple years before Cartoon Network considered picking the series' reruns up for its [adult swim] lineup.
  • Darker and Edgier: The two part Series Finale, which was the only time the show took itself (semi-)seriously.
  • Dark Reprise: Nearly every song on the soundtrack has a dark reprise. It usually starts off exactly the same as the regular version, but then goes off-key and slows to a stop when it's revealed that whatever the music goes to has been subverted or is missing in some way. Heck, the Audible Gleam sound effect has a dark reprise.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jamie, as well as Kiva on occasion.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Breaking down a whole lot of Humongous Mecha tropes? Check. Funny as heck? Double-check.
    • Affectionate Parody: The writers clearly enjoy the series they're parodying.
    • Reconstruction: Arguably, the last episodes of the the second season are this. Despite Coop often destroying planets and civilizations by accident, an alternate reality shows how the universe would be if Coop became more ambitious. AU evil Coop not only scours the Earth of all countries, he more or less conquers the Galaxy and continues his conquest in alternate universes. Despite his Destructive Savior nature, Coop is protecting the galaxy by being a lazy slob. He also dedicates himself to stop the tyrant's rampage doing more good than harm for once.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Kiva to a degree. At first she shows nothing but open contempt for both Coop, Jamie and 21st Century Earth in general. As time goes on, she learns to tolerate Coop for the good-hearted buffoon he is and is willing to at least try some cultural interaction. She even surrenders in order to ensure their safety at one point.
  • Department of Major Vexation: In the episode DMV - Department of Megas Violations, the titular Humongous Mecha gets impounded and Coop has to go to the DMV to get a new driver's license since his current one was expired.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The Regis Mark 5 is unstoppable/invincible/indestructible/undestroyable/(insert synonym here).
    R.E.G.I.S. MK V: The REGIS Mark 5 is invincible. No weapon forged by such a primitive species can defeat REGIS, which is invincible.
  • Derelict Graveyard: The beginning of First Episode showed Earth's orbit with destroyed ships from Battle Of The Last Stand with a hull plate with the Earth Coalition logo serving as Dramatic Space Drifting at the beginning of the scene.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Kiva versus Darklos in "DMV: Department of Megas Violations".
  • Destroy the Product Placement: An entirely fictional example. In almost every episode, something owned by Pop TV gets destroyed. Billboards, buildings, satelites, etc. It's all one large Take That! over the poor treatment MTV gave the creators during their previous show.
  • Destructive Saviour: How much the "saviour" bit applies to Coop is in question, but he causes considerable damage to the very city, or other worlds, he has sworn to protect. It was the reason why the S-Force initally mistakened him for a bad guy.
    • He even destroys the "Museum of Irreplaceable Art" in one episode.
    Coop: NO ONE trashes Jersey City! Uh... except me.
    • One of his biggest accomplishments was destroying a heavy portion of the dark side of the moon, causing a severe change to Earth's eco-system which in turn spawns a lot of disastrous weather patterns across the globe.
  • Detachment Combat: The alien robot from "Viva Las Megas".
  • Detonation Moon: Coop blows up part of the moon in "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Coop". And then he has to reassemble it piece by piece at the end of the episode.
  • Deus ex Machina:
    • For once, actually pulled off well. See Plot-Sensitive Button.
      • Notable in the contextual labels. Highlights include "Five Minutes Until End of Episode" or "Exactly the Same Button Coop Pressed Like Five Minutes Ago".
    • Subverted in "Space Booty" — Coop tries to use a Deus Ex Machina called The Equalizer, but it stalls. In his frustration he accidentally activates Megas' horn, which turns out to be a Chekhov's Gun.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: This is how the show works. Usually because Coop accidentally summoned it.
    Jamie: What button did Coop press to cause a whole army to appear?!
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: The lyrics for the show's theme are seen on a karaoke machine in "S-Force SOS".
  • Dirty Old Man: Goat, usually to Kiva.
  • Disaster Dominoes: "Buggin' The System", where Coop knocks down a series of towers on a giant space doughnut that also happens to be a library containing information on perhaps every species in the galaxy. One of his flashback cutaways in that episode has him do the same to a library.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Megas seems to have a weapon for every occasion. Now, whether or not it actually works is an entirely different issue. The dashboard includes buttons like "Destroy The World," "Smite The World," "Destroy The World WORSE," and "Save The World." Guess which one was busted?
  • Downer Ending: Some episodes end on an unpleasant note, such as "Breakout" (where the remaining alien prisoners freed from the containment device start terrorizing a nearby town), "Bad Guy" (where Coop's bad habits rub off on the S Force and Targon declares the team "ruined"), and "Ultra Chicks" (where Kurdock is revealed to survive falling in the volcano and prepares to attack the Ultra Cadets' now vulnerable home). These are all Played for Laughs of course.
    • Though the ending credit scene to "Ultra Chicks" shows one of the Ultra-Cadets hanging out with Goat while watching a movie. Which implies that they solved the issue of their planet being destroyed by an unstoppable monster, or like many stingers in the show, it's just supposed to be silly and not be taken seriously (if even canon).
  • Drive-In Theater: "Universal Remote". Complete with them sneaking Goat in the trunk of Megas's head, as a time-honored tradition.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Lampshaded hilariously. "Duck it." It manages to hold together Megas's photonic stabilizer, which is emphasized can't be fixed and must be replaced.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: One Glorft mook pulls this to another when Megas is about to crash into the Glorft mothership.
  • Emergency Impersonation: Jamie in "Ultra Chicks".
  • Empathic Weapon: Megas is implied to be this. While it's not actually sentient, Coop treats it as if it was a person. And Megas DOES seem to communicate with all those changing button labels that Lamp Shade the current situation. It also mimics some of Coop's actions, like dusting off its hands after trashing enemies or cracking its knuckles.
  • Enemy Mine: Coop and Gorath's unlikely team-up in "Rearview Mirror, Mirror".
  • Epic Fail: Jamie takes Kiva to the mall to get her clothes in an attempt to make her look stupid as a petty revenge. Every outfit she tries only shows off her beauty.
    • It even gets one guy in trouble with his girlfriend for commenting on her figure when she's trying on pajamas.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: When Coop points out that he would never abandoned Megas like his evil Alt self. Alt Jamie and Gorath have this reaction, as that means there is another working Megas in this dimension.
    Gorath: (After both he and Alt Jamie have a look of realization and turn to Coop) Abandoned?
  • Evil Is Hammy: Gorath, Magnanimous, and especially the REGIS Mark V.
    REGIS: You will all beg for mercy, in vain. The debris of your planet shall litter this solar system. I will sup upon your very atoms.
  • Evil Knockoff: In the episode eight "Dude, Where's My Head?" Gorath fights using a silver Megas knockoff, designed just to be able to defeat Megas.
  • Evil Laugh: Coop does one during his fantasy sequence of destroying the DMV. As well as any viewer who has been to a DMV.
    • Evil Coop in the two-part series finale, which underscores that he is... well... evil.
  • Expository Theme Tune: Let's all sing it together!
    Living here in Jersey / Fighting villains from afar / You gotta find first gear / In your giant robot car...
  • Expy:
    • The S-Force are a combo of Gatchaman, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Voltron.
    • Captain Warlock... kinda obvious, right?
    • Magnanimous greatly resembles Marvel Comics super-villain M.O.D.O.K., including the Humongous Mecha proportioned to giant-sized humanoid that he plugs his Cephalothorax body into.
    • "Coop D'Etat" is filled to the brim with these, the two key warriors from the robot planet are obviously based on Mazinger Z (distinctive head and leg designs, it's entertainingly blatant and gets even worse when he gets his hands on the chainsword) and Mazinkaiser (trademark wings, blade gauntlets and body design, just in a different colour scheme), with the occasional bystander looking like Voltes V, Raideen or a Space Marine (complete with an omega on the chestplate).
    • The Ultra Cadets are pretty obviously based off Sailor Moon.
    • Evil Coop's mech in the series finale is basically the Sazabi with a black and red flame paintjob. Fitting, given the character's status as a Char Clone.
  • Eyedscreen: You can't get through the opening theme without being assaulted by this editing.
  • The Faceless: Coop's mom.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Used as a gag in "Dude, Where's My Head?". When Jamie activates the Atomic Disruption Cannon, a little eight-bit face comes up on Coop's screen and does the look.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Villainous example, and something of a variation — a couple Glorft mooks see Megas seconds away from crashing into the mothership, right where they stand through a viewscreen. One turns to the other and says, "I've always hated you." Cue explosion.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Early episodes dealt with Kiva raising hopes of fixing the time drive. This was dropped as the series continued.
  • Fake Identity Baggage: In "Ultra Chicks", Jamie pretends to be Coop to impress a squadron of alien girls. This bites him in the ass when the girls recruit him to help them fight a monster terrorizing their planet.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Kiva at one point lands in what is very obviously a Dodge Viper and is able to drive right away.
    Kiva: I figured I could pilot a primitive automobile if you can pilot such an advanced war machine.
    • Kiva's ancestor does this in Terminate Her. Coop mentions he was glad he left the top down.
  • Fanservice:
    • Kiva trying on modern clothes at the mall in "Breakout", including a punk rocker outfit and pajamas. Jamie was actually trying to get her to try on deliberately goofy outfits to embarrass her as a bit of petty revenge, but with her figure she can't help but look good in them. There's also her outfit in the mosh pit episode, which Goat is quick to call attention to.
    • The Ultra Cadets, being Sailor Moon parodies.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In one episode Megas enters a planet-sized creature.
  • Fat Idiot: Sort of subverted with Coop, who's much smarter than he lets on (the man manages to return a 31st-century robot to working condition with video game controllers — after seventy years of neglect in a junkyard).
  • Fat Bastard:
    • Subverted with Coop, who's actually pretty nice unless A) you're a jerk or B) you're a villain.
    • Inverted with Coop's alternate future Evil Counterpart. He got skinnier when he turned evil.
  • Fat Flex: One episode involves a detonator being teleported inside Coop's car. The detonator initially lands safely on Coop's big gut, but the moment he exhales in relief, a roll of fat presses the button.
  • Fat and Proud: Coop. Oh so very much. He actually got offended when his evil alternate counterpart became buff.
  • Fat and Skinny: Coop and Jamie.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Kiva is from the year 3027. She plays it for laughs quite a few times as her Deadpan Snarker side develops. Other times she makes references that show that war time is the only thing she knows about to the point where she asks if casual clothing is designed as armor.
  • Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon: The Glorft Ultimate Planet Destroyer is mounted under the main hull of the mother ship and is almost the size of the entire mothership.
  • Flashback Twist: Many.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Parodied with in the credits background of the first season finale. It shows a valentine with Coop and Gorrath in it, and the caption "Best Enemies".
  • Follow the Chaos: In "Viva Las Megas"
    Goat: I wonder where Coop is? He's gonna miss the mecha bot ultimate battle.
    Random girl: A giant robot is wrecking the city!
    Goat: There he is.
  • Forgot to Pay the Bill: Practically the entire events of "TV Dinner" are a result of this.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Mechanized Earth Guard Attack System (MEGAS) Xtra Large Robot (XLR).
    • Replicant Engineered for Galactic Infiltration and Sabotage (REGIS) mk. V
    • Reverse Engineered Collective Robot (R.E.C.R.)
  • Future Badass: In the alternate future where Coop turns evil, and the resistance force fighting him is being led by Jamie.
  • Gasshole: Coop belches in few episodes but when he does he does.
    • And a flashback in "S-Force S.O.S." shows him imparting his great wisdom onto Duchess.
  • Genius Ditz: Coop is a mechanical genius (even if his modifications don't work right half the time) and a great pilot, but otherwise rather dim.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • Combined with Tempting Fate when Jamie says, "It's not like the Glorft have a new death machine built specifically to take us out." Then the camera pans into space, and guess what the Glorft have just finished building.
    • Used several times, actually, in this same matter.
    Maganimous: [To Kiva] Now, put the fist down, sweetheart. We both know there's no way you can fight all of us, and protect the, sub-form here.
    Jamie: Sub-form?!? Go get 'im, Kiva, I got your back.
    Cut to Jamie and Kiva locked up in a cell
    Kiva: Thanks for getting my back.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • It might as well be called the Megas Threshold. Some of the threats Coop faces cross this, but Coop is going to use maximum destruction (intentional or not) either way.
    • Alt Coop and his army is such a threat, the Glorft fight alongside Megas to defeat them.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Coop uses horror movie like attacks on the robot army in the twelfth episode. One of the robots literally trembles in fear as his comrades are picked off.
  • Graceful Landing, Clumsy Landing:
    • "The Fat And The Furious": Coop and Kiva are being chased in a car by the Glorft. They manage to get airborne and leap out of the car, with Kiva landing on her feet while Coop lands on his stomach.
    • "Rearview Mirror, Mirror (Part 2)": When Coop knocks over the Core Destroyer, Kiva and Jamie leap out of the way. Jamie lands on his butt while Kiva pulls off a Three-Point Landing.
  • Grail in the Garbage: Coop gets his hands on the titular mecha after finding it at a junkyard.
  • Grand Finale: The two parter, "Rearview Mirror Mirror". The ending left it open ended in case they got renewed but sadly that wasn't the case. For what it's worth though, the show goes out on a high note.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: The DDR knockoff shouting "Sugoi!" among other words and phrases in "The Fat and the Furious".
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Jamie's ultimate dream in life is scoring with one of these. Technically one of the ones he eventually lands with for about ten minutes has green fur. For once, his failure wasn't his own fault.
    Jamie: Coop, what are you doing!? I was just about to get digits from green-skinned girls. GREEN-SKINNED GIRLS!!!
  • Has a Type: Every single one of Captain Warlock's past conquests (and there are quite a few) had red hair
  • Handsome Lech: Jamie.
  • Hero Antagonist: Before realizing Coop wasn't evil, the S-Force were this.
  • Hero Insurance
  • Hero with an F in Good: Though he means well, Coop's Destructive Saviour nature has resulted in him destroying entire planets and dooming civilizations by accident, so much so that the S-Force assumed him to be a villain at first glance. How much he's called out on this varies per episode and crime. It's lampshaded the most in "Bad Guy".
    Ender: I need someone as obviously evil as you.
  • Holographic Disguise: The episode "Terminate Her" has the Glorft disguise themselves as humans using holograms.
  • Holographic Terminal:
    • Kiva's original Mech controls.
    • Megas has one in the backseat for Kiva.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Played with. Coop's tone-deaf singing is used as a weapon at one point, but it was more due to the decibel levels (cranked up thanks to Megas' speakers) than the actual tonal range, or lack thereof.
  • Hopeless War: What the war is faring for humanity against Glorft in Kiva's timeline, which entire story began when Kiva and the remnants of Earth Coalition stole Megas to turned the tide of Battle of Last Stand via time travel.
  • Hope Spot: After Megas gets severely damaged by the alternate universe Coop, we see Megas' leg land on the ground with the music suggesting he is still ready for action. The camera then widens to reveal that the leg was all that survived of Megas.
  • Hot-Blooded: Think of Coop as a blond, fat Kamina. Especially once he gets sufficiently angry at the Monster of the Week.
    Coop: "This guy sicked a giant worm-thingy on me, chased my pals around with zombie-robots and made me break a perfectly good Photonic Stabilizer! I'm putting you in a hurt-locker and slamming the door, junkman!"
  • Hot Paint Job: On Megas, of course.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: In a non romantic example with Coop and Kiva.
  • Human Doorstop: Kiva to Jamie, as Kiva rushes to fix the mech and Jamie stands around complaining: "Could you hold this wire? And this one?"
  • Humongous Mecha: Megas refers to a giant mecha Coop pilots.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Oh Coop gave us this little gem:
    Coop: I'll prove I'm a good guy even if I have to destroy this entire city and beat you to a pulp!
  • Idiot Hero: Coop. Just look at Hypocritical Humor. In one episode, he manages to open a matter/anti-matter rift, which almost doomed the whole universe.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Coop learned his incredible piloting skills from playing too many video games. Justified because he designed the controls of the robot to simulate a video game, complete with Nintendo, Sega and Sony controller pads. As well as a DDR pad and a pair of Power Gloves for "manual control" when the CPU unit isn't attached. There's also the "secondary cammand bridge" (sic) with retro Atari controllers, in case the car isn't attached.
  • I Like Those Odds: In the first episode, a large number of Glorft surround Megas and Kiva's mech. Coop's response is to agree that the fight isn't fair... and smash Kiva's mech. "Now it's fair."
  • Imagine Spot: Frequent. Funniest is Coop imagining a Sugar Bowl-inspired world without TV.
    • There's also a rather disturbing one by Coop in "DMV: Department of Megas Violations" when he imagines destroying the DMV.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: Megas is a Stolen Alien Phlebotinum that Kiva finished building and then Coop tore apart and "modified" so half its gadgets don't work anymore.
  • Indy Ploy: Plans are for the weak.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Bruce Campbell as Magnanimous—facially, at least. Possibly the proportionally largest depiction of Campbell's famous chin in media.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: While the series itself is not an example as it is actually about mecha, this is invoked in the theme song:
  • Inventional Wisdom: Some of the labels on the buttons would only make sense in Coop's mind. The rest don't make sense at all, even to him.
    Coop: I've seriously got to rethink my layout design.
  • Jerkass: Jamie, though they make it work pretty well. He does have some hidden heroic qualities in him, as shown in the finale.
  • Jokers Love Junk Food: Coop's preference for food might best be described as "Yes, please." Coop is also the Big Fun of the series. He spends all of one episode desperately searching for a mega slush, even as he battles a self-repairing and replicating robot, has been known to win hot dog-eating contests, and still been hungry for cake afterwards, which was interrupted by a group of sentai-styled heroes who think he's the "Bad Guy" ("Coop doesn't get full he just gets less hungry") enjoys wrapping bacon around Philly cheesesteaks and eats ham wrapped in pizza. In fact, his Arch Nemesis, Gorath, consumes a Philly cheesesteak in front of him to torture him, though given Gorath's expression, it was just as torturous for him to consume it as it is for Coop to watch.
  • Konami Code: Used numerous times as part of Coop's usual arsenal of special attack input commands.
  • Knight of Cerebus: AU Evil Coop and AU Evil Kiva. "Rearview Mirror Mirror" was actually relatively comedic until they showed up, but by part 2, the comedy actually seemed downplayed.
  • Landfill Beyond the Stars: "Junk In The Trunk" takes place on one of these. Local junk-man Goat gets to come along to provide advice.
  • Large Ham: Oooooh so many, let's see: Ender, Magnanimous, REGIS, Gorrath, Ender, the S-Force, Grrkek the Planet Killer, Coop, Jamie, T-Bot, Goat, and the show itself if that's possible. (DUN DUN DUNDUNDUN DDDDUUUUUUUUNNNNNNN)
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A surprising chunk of Megas' enemies and allies are pastiches of copyrighted characters, the most obvious being The S-Force whose Combining Mecha looks suspiciously like Starscream from Transformers combined with Voltron, and Captain Warlock and the Ultra Cadets.
  • Leader Forms the Head: As expected, the show parodies this. The Glorft's UMD is a combining mecha made from other combining mecha, repeated for a couple of cycles. At its final stage, It is completed by Gorrath's personal mech docking in the center. Without Gorrath's part, it doesn't seem to be useable at all, enforced when he leaves the battlefield, and the dozens to hundreds of mechs and pilots that also made up the UMD. Gorrath having a Never My Fault mentality, all of this to be expected.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Too many to count, but a particularly good one is a button Coop presses in a fight scene labeled 'The exact same button Coop pressed 5 minutes ago'.
  • Left Hanging: A lot of plot points were left like this when the show was cancelled. Among them are the intergalatic prisoners coming back as well as REGIS and the energy eating worms which is interesting because that episode ends right when the next one starts and THE WORM WAS RIGHT THERE ON THE BACK OF HIS TV. It's never seen again.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Kiva gets very frustrated to Coop's heavy-handed and not well-thought-out tactics.
  • Lint Value: Parodied. Coop is invited to a robot Fighting arena. His pal Jamie tries to get in on the betting, dumping two coins, two buttons, an old french fry, and some pocket lint as his opening bet. Being that they're in space, the bookie flicks the coins away as worthless, but accepts the trash. (And because Coop was the underdog, Jamie ends up making a lot of money.
  • Loud of War: Used/Invoked in the second episode Magnanimous, where Coop defeats the eponymous villain by firing up Megas' super sound system and singing The Riddle Song, very badly.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Many times, and almost always useless.
  • Made of Explodium: Loads of stuff explodes including a few things that shouldn't, like a basket of flowers.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: "The Jammer" allows Coop to use his karaoke skills (or lack thereof) to fire a devestating sonic wave at whoever he aims at. Jamie believes not even the most evil of villains deserve falling victim to this.
  • Magical Girl: One entire episode is an extended Shout-Out to the genre, complete with suspiciously Sailor-ish characters and an overly long Transformation Sequence.
  • Magnificent Moustaches of Mexico: Skalgar in "Universal Remote". He's also The Napoleon.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The S-Force's archnemesis.
      Ender: I am Ender. I end things.
    • Captain Warlock. "Warlock" means "Oath-breaker". He breaks every promise he makes and tells nothing but lies.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Expendable Glorft robots. Though Gorrath does appear to conserve them a few times, and the commander notes that they can't always afford to lose mechs. They're probably building a lot of new ones per episode.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: The stinger of the first part of "Rearview Mirror Mirror" seems to be this; the Gloft's Core Destroyer has halted, Kiva and Jamie are unsure where Coop has vanished to and the Gloft soldiers are unsure what to do next since Gorrath vanised with him.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds:
    Jamie: When in doubt, blow up a planet.
  • Monster of the Week/Villain of the Week: Hilariously Lampshaded by Coop.
    Coop: Let's go see what bad guy I get to beat-up this week!
  • Monumental Damage:
    • When Coop was faced with a giant robot that fed on energy, he took care of it by throwing it into the Grand Canyon, which he then completely filled in. He also destroyed Hoover Dam in the same episode.
    • The moon landing site.
    • The huge monument to the victory over Ender at the end of the second season episode "S-Force S.O.S" gets knocked over by Coop. Monumental Damage with a monument.
  • Mood Whiplash: The pilot opens with a losing battle in Space Opera fashion before cutting to two guys in Jersey screwing around and never looks back until the Series Finale when things took a turn to dark sci-fi drama again.
    • All over the place in "DMV: Department of Megas Violations", as Kiva's intense fight against Darklos repeatedly cuts to Coop trudging through the DMV.
  • Moon-Landing Hoax: In the episode "Don't Tell Mom the Baby Sitter is Coop", Coop flys Megas to the moon in an attempt to show off to his cousin, once there they land next to one of the Apollo sites knocking over the lander. Coop comments about it before he kicks some dust over the lander.
    Coop: See I told you they didn't fake that.
  • More Dakka: "Super Destructor Mode".
    • In general, this is Coop's style. If wrestling moves don't work, use more dakka.
  • Morality Pet: Jamie really doesn't come off as one, but in the alternate universe where Coop and Kiva are evil, Jamie is the one who retains his morality, to the point where he leads the rebellion against Coop, and seems to do a great job of it.
  • Mundane Fantastic: Coop's rampages in Megas, and indeed the fact that he has a giant robot in the first place, is treated as normal by pretty much the entire town.
  • Mundane Luxury: Junk food for Kiva, due to coming from a future where all food takes the form of bland nutrient cubes.
  • Mundane Utility: Megas's greatest ability? It can ignore traffic jams. When not stuck in them for comedic effect.
    Coop: It's too hot to fly.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: Magnanimous introduces himself to the heroes as "Nanimous, Magnanimous" in his debut episode.
  • NEET: Coop and Jamie exemplify the trope of being perpetually unemployed.
  • Negatives as a Positive: Coop's Achievements in Ignorance are well documented. But in the series finale, he expressed stubborn pride in his ignorance while fighting an evil version of himself.
    Evil Coop: You know you don't stand a chance.
    Coop: I don't know NOTHIN'!
  • Never Say "Die": Strangely used both straight and averted.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The almighty dashboard and its hundreds of buttons provide a good deal of these. A great deal of humor comes from what new ultra-destructive weapon Coop will use next and how badly it will fail.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Coop is the undisputed master. It seems that nearly every single threat he faces was directly or indirectly his fault in the first place. And even when it's not his fault at all, his actions to resolve the problem generally cause more devastation than letting it rampage unchecked would have done. According to Word of God, had the show continued it would have been revealed that this even extends to creating the Glorft. This quote in the first season sums it up nicely:
    Kiva: Now where did that come from?
    Grrkek: I should thank you for releasing me.
    Kiva: Of course.
  • No Endor Holocaust:
    • Thoroughly abused and played with. One day, Coop fills New Jersey's air with smog to disable a solar-powered robot while triggering an artificial winter, and next thing you know, New Jersey is good as new. Later, the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman-like heroes show up to punish Coop for being the Ultimate Destructor of the Earth. The artificial winter is explained though. The two aliens that lost the REGIS had to clean up the robot bits. They said that the pollution is just smog and will be cleansed from the atmosphere in a month. Worse cause scenario: a few hurricanes and month of winter and driving accidents. Nothing apocalyptic.
    • Totally averted when Coop blows up a good chunk of the Moon, causing lots of natural disasters and leading to him having to reconstruct it during the credits.
    • Partially averted with the planet of the space-yetis. Though none of them died, Coop's destruction of their rival planet completely screwed up their ecosystem.
  • No Kill like Overkill:
    • The main reason for the New Jersey Fireball, but none of them beat Coop's imagined destruction of the DMV. To after where he shot all of his lasers to where all traces of the DMV was gone, he fires again.
    • Lampshaded in "Universal Remote".
      *Coop locks at least fifty missiles on his target one after another*
      Kiva: Uh, Coop, overkill?
      Jamie: Yeah... Do more!
    • When faces with a monster that responds to No Kill like Overkill by getting stronger, there's this timeless classic of a line.
      Kiva: To reiterate: smashing bad.
      Jamie: Normally I'm pro-smashing, and I hate to agree with future girl, but maybe smashing's not the way to go this time.
      Coop: We tried no smashing, and that didn't work! I'm sticking to my strengths, and smashing is my strength. I just need to find the right way to smash 'em.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Good thing no one told the S-Force that. Or Coop.
  • Non-Action Guy: Jamie. Coop at least puts forth some effort.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • The REGIS Mk. V has a more spindly, cartoonish, non-mech design, looking more like something out of Invader Zim.
    • Warmaster Gorrath. While the rest of the Glorft that we see resemble slugs with non-visible mouths, he is almost never seen outside of bipedal power armor and his mouth (and several sharp teeth) are always visible. When he is seen without it in "Rearview Mirror, Mirror", he's not only more humanoid, he's also more muscular.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Kiva is the only sane person on the show who isn't hammy or ridiculous. However, she still needs to eat, sleep, and have fun once in a while.
    • One clear scene being after Coop offers to get her some beef jerky, she takes a few seconds before replying with a joyful "sure". Also despite complaining about watching a B-Movie again, she is seen watching it again with the guys later.
    • More to the point, in one episode we see Kiva laughing with Coop and Jamie at an Expy of Robot Wars while they pummel another monster. In another she delivers the Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking speech in Coop's place.
    • At the ending credits of "The Fat and the Furious", Kiva can be seen dancing with the manual control for Megas which uses a fictional ripoff of DDR.
  • Not Zilla: Many of the alien monsters
  • Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Among the numerous buttons on his dashboard is an entire section of WARNING labels and signs telling Coop not to push the Big Red Button in the middle that would launch a nuke at the enemy. Despite Coop's desire to push it, Kiva and Jamie protest until he decides not to. Also note that he wanted to do so in an enclosed underground base.
    Coop: What's the point of having nuclear weapons if you never get to use them?
  • Number Two: Warmaster Gorrath's second in command, who's often used as a punching bag by his leader. "Terminate Her" is the closest he gets to A Day in the Limelight. He also has a habit of calling out Gorrath's decisions.
    Gorrath: But for now, take us into null space, so we can effect repairs.
    Second: Huh, don't you mean run away because we got our jhorblochs handed to us by one Earther?
    * Gorrath turns around, Death Glare*
    Second: *grabs his mouth* Not the face!
    Gorrath: Tread lightly, commander, or you might find yourself at the head of the next assault. Without a mech!
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The DMV is full of them.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Parodied with the REGIS Mk.5. The score breaks into ominous Latin chanting as his Leitmotif (and clearly based on O Fortuna), then immediately cuts out as soon as the camera changes to focus on something else, only to resume whenever he's on-screen again. The fact that it does this for everything REGIS does just makes it funnier.
  • Once an Episode:
  • One-Person Birthday Party: Exaggerated for comedy. Jamie, trying to get a favour, insists that he's always been there for Coop. Cue to Coop recalling all the times Jamie has left him hanging, including Coop waiting alone in front of a movie theater, at the amusement park, this trope as Coop sits alone at a table for his birthday party, and then Coop sitting alone at a table for Jamie's birthday party.
  • Only Electric Sheep Are Cheap: As stated in "All I Wanted Was a Slushie", the most basic form of sweet beverage is chemically enhanced water. Possibly owing to being in a time of desperate survival against Glorft.
    Coop: Apparently you never had a slushie. What do you use to cool off in the future.
    Kiva: *frowns and looks slightly confused* A ration packet of balanced electrolytic rehydrating fluid.
    Coop: *Beat* That is one bleak future you come from.
  • Only Friend: The first season finale reveals that Non-Action Guy Jamie resents being taken on dangerous missions, and the main reason why he doesn't simply leave is because Coop's his only friend.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Gorrath lives and breathes this trope. Lampshaded in the second-season finale:
    Evil Kiva: "Why are you helping this pale imitation? I thought you'd be happy to see Earth enslaved."
    Gorrath: "If anyone is going to enslave this world, it's ME!"
  • Only Sane Man: Poor Kiva. Also, Gorrath's commander who, unlike Gorrath, tries to perserve the lives of his troops and stays focused on what's important.
  • Oral Fixation: Goat, who was a chain smoker in MTV's Downtown, seems to have replaced cigarettes with lollipops to pass the censors.
  • Outlandish Device Setting: Any switch or button that isn't a Plot-Sensitive Button tends to have an Outlandish Device Setting:
    • Coop's Car heater settings read "Warm," "Hot," and "DANG!" The last one activates flamethrowers.
    • The stereo system goes up to eleven...MILLION. Naturally, Coop weaponizes it.
  • Pilot: Lowbrow. A lot of the animation from it was reused for the first episode of the finished series, which occasionally stood out since the pilot had significantly smoother animation as well as slightly different details in the character models, such as the eyes being only pupils with outlines.
  • Place Worse Than Death:
    • "There's always Hoboken". "Yeah... but that's Hoboken!"
    • Literally the case with Jersey City. It gets destroyed Once an Episode, and most of its population is treated as apathetic and/or stupid, including Coop and Jamie.
  • Planet Eater: Coop attracted a planet-shaped one to Earth when he accidentally unleashes a signal-disrupting EM pulse trying to juice up his satellite dish.
  • Plot-Sensitive Button: With a different label every time.
    • At one point it reads "Exactly The Same Button Coop Just Pressed Like Five Minutes Ago".
    • "Do Something Stupid, Coop".
    • Also, Megas' fifth gear, which contains such functions as "Fight," "Save Jamie," and "SPACE."
    • Another time it's marked "Drive", "Neutral", "Reverse", and "SPACE".
    • "Button to Push 10 Minutes Before The Show Ends". Naturally, it's broken.
    • "Five minutes until end of episode."
  • Power Trio: Of the Comic Trio variety.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Thanks to his Determinator tendencies, Coop throws these out almost Once an Episode.
    Coop: I'm putting you in a hurt-locker and slamming the door, junkman!
  • Precious Photo: Alternate Universe Jamie carries one of himself and Kiva, back before Coop went power mad and Kiva followed him. Or rather, carried, and dropped it dramatically.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Almost every song in the series is Public Domain. The opening themesong is the most noticeable exception.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: The RECR from "Viva Las Megas".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: The theme song. "You! Dig! Giant Robots!"
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • Coop argues with a fellow gamer over who is the bigger gaming expert. As the latter rattles off games which Coop has mastered, he finally gets one over on Coop by naming Love Them Lerps, a mashup of the Care Bears and the Smurfs. Jaime gets one back on the gamer by pointing out that he's just admitted to liking a child's game.
    • Parodied during Coop's battle with REGIS. He laments that their battle has destroyed every Mega-Slush machine in the city (going to Hoboken was completely unacceptable), when getting a Mega-Slush was his goal for the entire episode. Note that they also destroyed the city itself, and that didn't bother Coop. (Lucky for Coop, he found a working Mega-Slush machine in a pile of debris after defeating the robot for good.)
  • Quintessential British Gentlemonster: A creature from "Department Of Megas Violations" speaks in a sophisticated British Accent. He returns in "Coop D'etat" appears drinking tea to autoharp music.
  • Record Needle Scratch: Replaced with the sound of squealing brakes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When the robot prisoners in "A Clockwork Megas" regain their memories.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over:
    • Evil Coop pilots a black and red mech.
    • Evil Kiva has red hair like her good version and wears a black uniform.
    • Ender, the S-Force's archenemy is a black and red alien. He seek to conquer and destroy. Or destroy and conquer. Or just destroy.
  • Reference Overdosed: Being an Affectionate Parody of the entire mecha genre, what do you expect?
  • Retcon: Megas has a button that can do this.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Warmaster Gorrath.
  • Reverse the Polarity: Kiva uses the phrase in "Breakout". When she uses it again in "Universal Remote", Jamie immediately gets her meaning and starts taunting the bad guy.
  • Rule of Cool: Every other thing in this series is subject to this.
    • The main character is a slacker from Jersey who pilots a 31st-century mech by using various video game controllers.
    • The mecha in question has a muscle car for a head, a hot-rod paint job, and several weapons that shouldn't exist if not for the Rule of Cool.
  • Rule of Funny: With all of the running gags, brick jokes, Once an Episode gimmicks and the generally satirical nature, you'd be hard-pressed to find something in this show that DOESN'T fall into this trope in some way or form.
    • How else do you explain the "Homework Factory"?
  • Rule of Three: Coop's rants before beating the big bad often fall under this category.
    "I'm sick of this thing. It's trying to eat my planet, it messed up my paint job with acid bugs and it made me miss my show! I'M taking this TV eating sucka to the mat!"
  • Running Gag: In many episodes, a conveniently placed building is usually destroyed, including many schools, the "Museum Of Irreplaceable Art", the "Gunpowder, Ballbearing, and Shrapnel Factory", and even a " Homework Factory Cough syrup, Liver, and Homework Store".
    • Even a thousand years in the future, Pop TV buildings are doomed to be destroyed by giant robots, according to one BattleTech sourcebook (and reporter Kiva Cooper).
  • Satiating Sandwich: Coop loves Philly cheesesteaks, and used them to fuel the Megas in one episode.
  • Save Sat: When Megas faces off against a colossal Gloft mecha, a satellite taken down by a wayward missile Coop had fired earlier crashes into the Glorft machine and deactivates it.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Jamie, a bit. Lampshaded:
    Coop: Jamie, quit screaming like a girl!
    Jamie: It's not me, it's him!
    Coop: You, quit screaming like Jamie!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • The RECR.
    • Grrkek the Planet Killer and the other criminals held in the "game cartridge"/billion year old subspace prison.
    • The REGIS first appears sealed away in a high security container.
  • Seeker White Blood Cells: In the "TV Dinner" episode, Coop and company enter a planet-sized monster's body, where the titular Humongous Mecha is bacterial-sized by comparison. They get attacked by the extra-terrestrial equivalent of white blood cells.
  • Selective Gravity: Inside a planet eater, Megas falls down toward acid unless using its jets, yet the satellites somehow continue to float regardless.
  • Serial Escalation: People think Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann paved the countryside for this trope, and they're right. However, what they don't realise is that Megas XLR made that countryside... by vaporizing the mountain that was originally there.
  • Severely Specialized Store: Coop often crashes into bizarrely (and hilariously) specialized buildings.
  • Ship Tease: Kiva/Jamie gets hinted at a lot. Coop finds it rather creepy. So does Kiva.
  • Shout-Out: Everywhere.
  • Skyward Scream: Done in All I Wanted Was A Slushie, when he realized the alien robot just destroyed the last Mega Slush machine in the greater Jersey area. He even pulled back Megas' convertible hood for the full effect.
  • Smug Super: The REGIS Mk.5, despite repeatedly being reduced to scrap. Justified since it will not and possibly never will stay dead. Michael Dorn doing the voice only further enhances the quality.
    REGIS Mk.5: The REGIS Mk.5 is invincible. No weapon forged by such a primitive species can defeat the REGIS, which is invincible.
  • Soda-Candy 'Splosion: In "TV Dinner", Coop and Jamie debate the legend that consuming Pop Rocks and soda will make your stomach explode, after the former considers using it to win a burping contest. He's ultimately cut off before he can consume the soda, however. The myth is later proven true when the combination is (unintentionally) used to destroy a planet-sized space monster.
  • Space Is Noisy: Megas' horn can be heard in space. Not the least bit surprising considering everything else that happens in the show.
  • Space Pirates: Captain Warlock and his crew.
  • Spooky Silent Library: The Ringworld in "Buggin' The System".
  • Stable Time Loop:
    • In one episode where the characters go to the moon, Kiva notes with some surprise that it is a bit more massive than in her time. Later on, Coop blows up a big chunk of it.
  • Staring Kid: Little Tommy was a recurring character who was usually standing around, drinking a Mega Slush or something, and proclaiming "cooooooool" at all the destruction going on in the episode.
  • Stock Footage: Averted, mostly.
    • Some of the attacks have recycled footage in them, mostly when he's jumping around or fighting the Glorft, or when Coop destroys his own garage.
    • In the episode "Dude, Where's My Head?" while Coop is piloting a headless Megas from the secondary command bridge, stock footage of standard Megas with a head throwing a punch is used. You have to be paying attention to catch it though.
  • Stout Strength: Coop may seem like a gluttonous fat guy (and he is) but he can punch through a TV and not flinch.
  • Super Robot: a rare western example.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • In "Battle Royale", Jamie is holding on for his life over a quantum singularity, with Kiva hanging by his legs. Naturally, Jamie's a wimp. When Kiva tells him he won't find the planet of the Space Amazons if he drops her, he seems to suddenly have the strength to pull her up, only to wimp out shortly after. Kiva simply climbs him afterward and pulls him up.
    • In "The Bad Guy", Coop's Destructive Savior habits get him the attention of a group of alien heroes, who think he is a villain endangering Earth. When your heroics leave a lot of destruction in its wake, not everyone's going to see you as the good guy.
    • Subverted in the same episode, when Coop tries to give some extra power to Megas by combining with the S-Force's Zorps. While Coop's plan does work (to Kiva's surprise), the S-Force's machines were not designed to combine with Megas, which translates to Coop violently shoving Megas's limbs into the Zorps' rears like gloves and boots. This also results in the Zorps getting completely wrecked, their pilots humiliated, and adding so much extra weight that it initially causes Megas to fall over.
    • In "The Fat And The Furious", Coop is forced to operate Megas via manual controls (inspired by an Expy of DDR) to fight off the Glorft while Kiva repairs Megas's computer core. While Coop is pretty strong for a man with his build, he's spent most of his life eating food and playing video games in his mother's basement, meaning that his stamina is rather lacking due to a lack of physical training. As a result, he soon tires himself out within minutes.
  • Take a Number: Coop, at the DMV. They were serving 12, Coop had 1271.
    Coop: I really hate the DMV!
  • Take That!:
    • Once an Episode, something belonging to their MTV pastiche, PoPTV, gets destroyed. Do you think the creators are still bitter about the cancellation of Downtown?note 
    • One of the buildings Coop has destroyed was marked "A Dot Com (And Therefore Obviously Empty)".note 
    • The B-story of "DMV: Department of Megas Violations" is, as you can probably guess, an extended one at the expense of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
    Coop: I hate the DMV.
    • In "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Coop", Megas lands on the Moon so that Coop can amuse a bored Skippy (his pesky, overweight cousin)—and crushes the Apollo XI parked there. Coop tells Jamie how they 'always thought' they rigged the lunar landing thing, a reference to conspiracy theorists who thought NASA's moon landing was a hoax.
    • In "Thanksgiving Throwdown", the parade has balloons for different characters, including the Fabio Brothers, all of whom Coop and Jamie like. Then comes a balloon of Auggie the Adorable Aardvark, for whom both of them voice their hatred. They don't seem too gentle with the adorable aardvark.
    • The game Love them Lerps from "Breakout" is a less-than-affectionate mashup of the Smurfs and the Care Bears. Children's programming and games often get hit- shown as cheery, sugar-coated, heart-shaped and so sweet it's disgusting.
    • This is occassionally done to cities in New Jersey, such as in "All I Wanted was a Slushie...".
    Jamie: We could try Hoboken... (for a Mega Slush)
    Coop: Yeah... but that's Hoboken!
    • "The Return" has Coop dread that losing his membership to Vid Hunt means he'll have to rent videos at Mega Blockers, a not-so-subtle jab at the Megaflicks and Blockbuster video rental chains. Coop's Imagine Spot of having to rent a video there also shows a video titled Cuddly Bearz, which depicts three bears colored green, pink, and blue on the cover, an obvious dig at The Powerpuff Girls.
  • Technology Marches On: Played with. In "Viva Las Megas", Coop accidentally releases a giant robot that was being developed by the U.S. military during the Cold War. It uses reel-to-reel tape for memory and boasts "There is no way you can defeat the superior power of my massive 56 kilobyte processor!".
  • Telescoping Robot: Where the hell do Megas' weapons come from?
  • Tempting Fate: Coop never learns this.
    • "You had to ask if he had a bigger robot, didn't you?"
    • From "Battle Royal".
      Magnanimous: (with regard to his own contestant) See what you get for hiring a human?
    • "Fort Knox/Hamburger Fort: Please Do Not Smash".
    • The museum unfortunately named the "Museum of Irreplaceable Art".
    • In the finale, Coop asks his Evil Twin "You and What Army??" Gorrath points to the rather large army standing between them and replies "no doubt that one".
  • The Alcatraz: The robot prison. Controlled by a satellite dish.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: The theme song shows clips of Coop, Kiva, and Jamie with their names appearing on-screen.
  • Third-Person Person: The REGIS Mk. V refers to itself in nearly every sentence it utters. The REGIS Mk. V talks quite a bit, so it has plenty of examples of this.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Jamie's Catchphrase
  • Tim Taylor Technology: Satellite TV out? Juice it with jumper cables from Megas.
  • Transplant: Goat actually originated in Downtown.
  • Trash the Set: Coop ends up detstroying a favorite place, town, city, or even a planet at the end of each episode. Most of them he was striving to protect.
  • Twitchy Eye: Magnanimous got one after being beaten thrown into a quantum singularity by Megas and coming back for revenge.
  • Two Gamers on a Couch: Coop and Jamie on their off days.
  • Two Words: I Can't Count: Used in "A Clockwork Megas".
    Coop: I got one word for ya, pal: GAME OVER!
    Kiva and Jamie: Two words.
    Coop: Whatever.
  • Unabashed B-Movie Fan: Just about anything the guys watch on TV that isn't related to wrestling are B-movies.
  • The Unintelligible: Jax of S-Force speaks in complete gibberish.
  • The Unpronounceable: On Coop and Jamie's part, Magnanimus' name is impossible to pronounce.
  • Universal Remote Control: In the episode "Universal Remote", Coop builds the eponymous item, which is simply a normal TV remote control, but the villain of the week hears about it and mistakenly thinks the object has destructive power and wants to take it for himself.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: On the ever-so-rare occasion when Coop actually has a plan.
  • Unusual User Interface:
    • The car's alarm is an interdimensional space-time beacon;
    • The dashboard's temperature gauge measures the reactor core's temperature;
    • The charged laser is fired with the high beam switch;
    • The heat shield is connected to the A/C button;
    • The rearview mirror has a radar;
    • It flies backwards by shifting to reverse;
    • There's the secondary control module, which turns Megas into a Motion-Capture Mecha operated with an Atari joystick or a DDR pad.
    • The Trans-Warp Spatial Drive is the change holder.
    • The button for "shields" puts up the roof of the convertible car.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • "Jhorblochs"
    • "Zorp" in the episode "Bad Guy", which is used in said episode in everything from terms for mechas to a WTF substitute.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Most of New Jersey's population doesn't seem to mind the giant robot (or the myriad of gigantic aliens and monsters it fought daily for that matter) that regularly walks around their city, or at least they don't react with the appropriate shock. This is further parodied by Little Tommy.
    Tommy (sees MEGAS or the Monster of the Week destroying something while sipping a slushie): Cool...
  • Urban Legends: In one episode, Megas actually uses pop rocks and soda to defeat an enemy.
  • V8 Engine Noises: Megas makes these. Justified as it has a car for a head. According to Coop in a CN bumper the engine is actually "V8000".
  • Verbal Ticked: T-Bot uses words that rhyme a lot, ("T-Bot will pounce you, trounce you, and utterly denounce you!") but near the end of the episode, he does not.
    T-Bot: T-Bot doesn't know failure! Will, uh... Lock you... In a trailer!
  • Villainous Breakdown: A pretty epic one in the second episode. It is even a parody of The Professional example that provides the page quote.
  • Villainous Rescue: Gorrath actually saves Coop once in Rearview Mirror Mirror Part 2. To quote Gorrath himself "As much as I hated doing that, I still need you alive".
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: When Jamie and his date hurl in unison at the end of "Dude, Where's my Head?"
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • Ender's offer to Coop in "The Bad Guy".
    • Warlock's offer to Kiva in "Space Booty".
  • Wave-Motion Gun: The front half of The Battleship Yamato is actually crammed in the bot in the episode "Test Drive", and fires the signature weapon.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Repeated attacks on Jersey City by a variety of alien forces, aside from the Glorft, for no apparent logical reason other than Megas is there. No one is surprised about anything, except Kiva and one person at the DMV.
  • Wham Line: Near the end of "Rearview Mirror Mirror" when Coop tries to convince the Evil Overlord Jamie that it's better being the good guy.
    AU Jamie: I AM a good guy.
  • What Does This Button Do?: Coop and Jamie trying out Megas' weapons in "Test Drive"
    Jamie: *pointing at a square blue button* What's that?
    Coop: Dunno. *Coop presses the button, which causes a massive cannon to form over one of Megas' fist. The ensuing beam from it disintegrates a house*
    Coop: O... kay... now we know what that does.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
    • Coop ignites a planet of sentient robots and it explodes. Not before he slaughtered a couple dozen of them himself, though.
    • Averted in "Clockwork Megas", where Coop frees "innocent robots" from being brainwashed in a prison. Unfortunately, said prisoners happened to be the universe's most dangerous criminals. So apparently he can respect sentient robots, but his Idiot Heroness among other things always gets the best of him.
      • That one wasn't entirely Coop's fault. Quarrol (the warden) kept attacking MEGAS, had his guard machines kill seemingly innocent robots who were going to tell Coop how to get home, and generally acted like a bad guy. Until the end, even the audience didn't know that the robots were criminals and that Quarrol was a good guy. If he'd taken the time to explain the situation to heroes, instead of trying to have them ground into shavings, and given them directions back to Earth, Coop would have likely sided with him.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: While it is explained where Coop got MEGAS, where he gets the munitions, fuel, and supplies to keep it running- not to mention the nuclear weapons that Coop claims it has- is never explained.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: In space, Jamie's pocket lint, french fry, and button are more valuable than his two coins.
  • You and What Army?: Asked by Coop in the final episode. I guess he just forgot that his evil twin had an army, like, right there.
  • You Just Had to Say It: Kiva and Jamie frequently say this to Coop.
  • Your Other Left: Jamie in "The Fat and The Furious".
    Coop: We have the same left!



Thanksgiving Throwdown

Coop and Jamie explain Thanksgiving tradition to Kiva.

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