Follow TV Tropes


YMMV / Megamind

Go To

  • Adorkable:
    • Minion is a dorky, "yes-man" who loves to be melodramatic.
    • Megamind himself falls under this at times, being just as, if not more so, melodramatic as Minion, and for his Affably Evil personality.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • There are those that believe Hal's behavior is symptomatic of some kind of Ambiguous Disorder.
    • Is Metro-Man a deconstruction of the Superman paragon — who ultimately is willing to sacrifice everything for his own happiness? Or is he a true paragon of faith who knew that Megamind could rise to the challenge and that plunging the city into darkness was necessary for both of their happiness? Also, did he simply realize that since Megamind is a Poke the Poodle sort of villain, being a superhero against him was pointless? Is part of the reason he fakes his death and lets Megamind fight for his happy ending to atone for his own actions contributed to how he was ostracized and ended up as a villain?
  • Advertisement:
  • Angst? What Angst?: By any metric, Megamind had a spectacularly crappy life and upbringing — home planet destroyed, raised in jail, bullied at school, no friends except for Minion — but doesn't seem particularly bothered by most of it.
  • Awesome Music:
    • One of Hans Zimmer's best scores, notably "Giant Blue Head" and "Rejection in the Rain".
    • The music that plays during Psycho Delic’s boss battle in the video game.
    • Additionally, he also composed a new version of the Dreamworks Animation theme, and it manages to be epic without losing the whimsical feeling that this tune usually brings.
  • Broken Base: The spelling of Hal's super"hero" alter ego: Is it "Titan" or "Tighten"? Some prefer "Titan" because it isn't as ridiculous, while others prefer "Tighten", due to the symbolism attached to the character as "Tighten" is the name that Hal unintentionally gave the supervillain he turned himself into.
  • Advertisement:
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "Oh, I'm shaking in my custom baby seal leather boots!"
  • Cult Classic: After almost a decade, the film still hasn't lost its edge.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: There are a handful of people who romanticize Hal as a lovable loser who just needed a shot at love. They fail to realize that Hal is a deconstruction of that character type and showed his true nature once he had super-powers, threatening the entire city simply because he got friend-zoned. Some people even say it's not his fault because Roxanne "broke his heart". They forget that Roxanne has the right as a human being to say no to a man if she isn't attracted to him. Hal seems incapable of taking no for an answer when human, his Never My Fault attitude as a human was a very early symptom that he would be a problem (see him hurting his hand on the van and then blaming the van), and when turned into Titan, he only becomes more entitled.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Noble Demon inmates who genuinely care for baby Megamind at the beginning.
    • For the video games, Psycho Delic gets some special mention thanks to Keith David voicing him.
  • Evil Is Cool:
  • Fandom Rivalry: While some tend to like both films, Megamind fans are still bitter about Despicable Me upstaging their movie, with the omnipresence of the latter being the most common blame of the luke-warm reception that Megamind got.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • "Too bad that we didn't go to the same school..." Plenty of people like to speculate what would've happened if Megamind and Roxanne did go to the same school. It usually ends with them being each other's Only Friend, which expectedly blossoms into a Childhood Friend Romance.
    • What If? Roxanne ended up becoming a superheroine instead of Hal? It goes into both directions, some like to use it as an excuse for Foe Yay Shipping, others explore it in a Dark Fic with Roxanne planning to murder Megamind as revenge.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Like woah between Megamind and Metro Man: Megamind goes into mourning over Metro Man, bringing flowers to his statue and lamenting about all the battles they'll never have and how it's "not the same" without him.
      • Megamind is visibly relieved Metro Man isn't dead when he sees his cape flying from the explosion, a long moment before his "Oh, Crap!, he's alive and coming towards me."
      • There's also the scene where Roxanne takes Megamind to Metro Man's hideout. He's practically squeeing at all of the stuff and even puts on Metro Man's cape. Roxanne seems uncertain how to take his reaction.
    • Megamind and Roxanne have a little bit of this going on among them, right before Roxanne hugs Megamind. Albeit, Roxanne had no idea that "Bernard" was actually Megamind in disguise, but it does foreshadow Roxanne and Megamind's romance that starts at the end of the movie.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Megamind fans like Evil Con Carne because they are luke-warm cartoons featuring supervillains.
  • Genius Bonus: If you look carefully during the scene where the death ray is firing at Metro Man, you can tell that Metro City is in Michigan. Before automobiles moved in, copper mining was Michigan's biggest industry. Metro Man's weakness is copper. Weaksauce Weakness indeed (if he hadn't been making that up).
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Hal Stewart became violent over Roxanne rejecting his advances. Three years after this movie was made, the Isla Vista killings happened with the killer having an eerily similar motive.
    • The inmates who raise Megamind teach him the difference "between right (criminal) and wrong (cop)." 2020 would see public support turn against the police due to a number of high-profile cases of Police Brutality towards black people, specifically the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Titan said there are no Easter Bunnies and Tooth Fairies. Two years later, Rise of the Guardians was released and does feature an Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy.
  • Ho Yay: There's a bit going on between Megamind and Minion. Bridal Carry? Check. "Pillow" fight with bags of money? Check. Having a full-on breakup when Minion learns Megamind is seeing Roxanne? Check. Minion's first words in the entire film being "Well, hello good-looking, need a lift?" Yeah, it's not even subtle.
  • It Was His Sled: Titan choosing to become a villain after being rejected by Roxanne. Thanks to the Internet, it's no longer a twist anymore.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Hal Stewart/Titan/Tighten to an extent. While he is an entitled Psychopathic Manchild who was creepy towards Roxanne and then tried to kill her and Megamind and destroy Metro City all because she rejected him, it's hard not to feel bad for him when he sees Roxanne and Megamind disguised as Bernard on their date before slowly flying away. Hell, it's the only time you'll feel sorry for the guy because he looks absolutely crushed.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Megamind, due to his Tragic Villain nature. Fan work pairing him with all of the major characters is surprisingly easy to find. He's shipped with Minion, Roxanne, Metroman and even Hal/Titan/Tighten! Some even ship him with Bernard, despite them only having one, non-romantic interaction and him effectively replacing Bernard for most of the story.
  • Love to Hate: Hal Stewart aka Titan/Tighten is a Psychopathic Manchild who creeps on his coworker Roxanne and flat out tries to kill her once she makes clear that she isn't interested and tries to stop him. He's a popular character for being both an innovative idea for a Big Bad, his mindset becoming more and more repulsive as time goes on, and the fact that his fake adorkability actually being incredibly creepy is played 100% straight from the very beginning, something which is still not seen all that often.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "And I love YOU, Random Citizen!" is commonly quoted whenever someone does or says something awesome.
    • Megamind's speech patterns are commonly imitated.
    • The scene where Metroman accidentally reveals himself to be alive behind Megamind and Roxanne is commonly photoshopped where all three are replaced by other characters. It became memetic for Metroman's funny expression, which pretty much oozes Oh, Crap!.
    • "There is no Easter Bunny, there is no Tooth Fairy, and there is no Queen of England!"explanation 
    • penis music explanation 
    • “Music Man”, Metro Man’s revamped identity after he fakes his death is often compared to Markiplier.
    • Oh, I wouldn't say "freed". More like "under new management". explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon: Titan going on an rampage over Roxanne rejecting him is bad enough, but being willing to kill Megamind and Roxanne crossed this.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The opening notes of "Welcome to the Jungle." In-story too: just look at the expression on Roxanne's face.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The real Bernard appears in two scenes. One has him acting cold towards Roxanne and mocking Megamind's "costume" before being dehydrated, and the other has him rehydrated by Minion and getting whacked by his stick.
  • One True Pairing: The fandom is very supportive of Megamind/Roxanne, since it's a very sweet redemption story and them having very strong chemistry.
  • One True Threesome: Megamind/Roxanne/Metroman. Since they are the most important people in each other's life, and the movie having Ship Tease between all of them, yes, even Megamind and Metroman. Even Roxanne's angry rant at Metroman didn't deter the shippers, though some have Roxanne warming up to him again over time.
  • Periphery Demographic: Given how superficial the trailers made the film seem, the target audience looked to be the 6-11 year-old male demographic, but the romantic aspects (which weren't advertised at all) led to a large fanbase of women in their 20's.
  • Signature Scene:
  • Squick: "Come out you little freak! I wanna see what that BIG BRAIN LOOKS LIKE ON THE PAVEMENT!"
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Roxanne's Seen It All attitude vanishes completely after the first act. While In-Universe it was probably shattered by Metro Man's death, it's part of what leaves her as more the generic Love Interest she was initially parodying.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • As Megamind talks to Minion about who they should make into a hero, and how this hero should be "someone of noble heart and mind, who puts the welfare of others above their own", he is interrupted by his mobile ringing. It's Roxanne. She is right outside. Because she tracked him down to stop him. If he'd been given more than a few minutes to dwell the on the thought, he almost certainly would've chosen her. Many have pointed out that this would have been part of a great Deconstruction of the tropes and genre by having the damsel become the hero, the villain become the damsel, and the hero become the villain, as you could still have Hal become the villain later. Instead it goes for a more cliche "the villain becomes the hero" trope.
    • Metro Man coming back at the end to team up with Megamind against Titan would have made a pretty cool finale given what the story was building up. While Metro Man wanting to be free is understandable, if selfish, it could have been used to highlight his desire to move on by showing him do One Last Job before leaving for good so that Megamind can take over the role as the new hero. Yes Metro Man likely would have turned the fight around easily, but Titan easily could have been made as powerful, or even slightly more, to make the stakes more impactful.
  • Ugly Cute: Minion. He's an alien fish who gets around in a gorilla-like robot suit, but there's something undeniably cute about him. It's made especially clear towards the end of the film, when he's outside of his suit and it's made clear that he really is just a small fish.
  • Uncanny Valley: A very minor case, but the human characters aren't nearly as stylized as the aliens like Megamind, Metro Man and Minion. Roxanne's cheekbones are little bit too high for some people.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Sort of. The movie's release on Netflix made it a lot more accessible, thus more people started talking about it again.
  • Vindicated by History: While it received okay-to-middling reception upon release, the advent of dozens of superhero movies in the 2010's caused many to return to Megamind, praising its strong comedic and narrative writing as well as its excellent animation. Compounding this is people taking notice in the resonance in Hal's arc moving into the late 2010s, as sexual harassment, unwanted advances, and men feeling entitled to women came strongly into cultural focus.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: