|“||Here's my day so far: went to jail, lost the girl of my dreams and got my butt kicked pretty good. Still, things could be a lot worse. Oh, that's right... I'm falling to my death. Guess they can't. How did it all come to this? Well, my end starts at the beginning... The very beginning!||„|
|~ Megamind's opening monologue.|
|“||Oh, I'm shaking in my custom baby seal leather boots!||„|
|“||YOU DARE CHALLENGE MEGAMIND?!?!||„|
|~ Megamind, finally confronting Tighten as a hero.|
Megamind is the titular main protagonist of the Megamind franchise. He is the titular protagonist of the DreamWork's 21st full-length animated feature film of the same name, and its short video.
He starts out as a villain and has always lost to his archenemy Metro Man, but when Metro Man fakes his death, Megamind creates a new hero to battle in his place named Tighten, but Tighten turns out to be evil and kidnaps and tries to kill reporter Roxanne Ritchi (who Megamind had feelings for). Megamind, with the help of his sidekick Minion and the Brainbots, saves Roxanne and Metro City from Tighten and becomes a hero. A disguised Metro Man congratulates Megamind for what he has done.
He is voiced by Will Ferrell who also voiced Ted Shackelford and played Buddy Hobbs, and voiced President Business and played The Man Upstairs, Ron Burgundy in Anchorman and its sequel and Brennan Huff in Step Brothers. In Japanese dub from the movie, he is voiced by Kōichi Yamadera.
|“||I make bad look so good.||„|
At first, Megamind enjoyed being a supervillain, as this was what was expected of him from most of society. He's grown this way due to being rejected and tormented by his peers throughout most of his childhood, and often got in trouble whenever he tried to fend for himself. As a result, he started to believe that being bad was all he was really good at in life, and became a supervillain.
Despite his intelligence, Megamind is bumbling, egotistical, clumsy, and while making his life dependent on his villain status, had somewhat of a naive idea of what it truly means to be a villain. For example, he plays up his status as a villain as more of a game rather than as an actual battle between good and evil, and believed that actual villainy simply amounts to simple crimes like robberies or vandalizing public property. This his further shown after believing he has finally killed Metro Man, where he realized that without a hero to fight, he also had no purpose in life, and therefore created Tighten in order to have someone even out his villainy.
Even as a self-proclaimed supervillain, he still showed a strong aura of morality within himself. Despite all the damage he purposefully caused to Metro City on a daily basis, his intention was never to harm any of the civilians, not even Roxanne Ritchi, who he'd kidnap regularly, or Metro Man, who he only thought to have killed accidentally. Ironically, it has even gotten to the point where the civilians aren't genuinely afraid of him, but instead rejecting him just for what they perceive him to be. He is even disgusted when Tighten refuses to use his powers for good, instead using them for his own personal gain, and requesting Megamind to join in on his evil plans.
After seeing all of the damage Tighten is causing to Metrocity, as well as his plan to kill Roxanne, Megamind suddenly has a change of heart after Metro Man suggests to him to take his place as the city's new hero, and when he finally gives a sincere apology to the Warden, who is actually Minion in disguise.
|“||There is a benefit to losing - you learn from it.||„|
|~ Megamind before turns table on Tighten.|
The film starts with Megamind narrating his beginning and is shown falling. Then different scenes appear as Megamind tells the story of his "fairly standard childhood" His parents placed him in an escape pod at the age 8 days old, giving him his Minion and his binky. His father told him, "You are destined for greatness.", but he didn't hear the "greatness" part and the escape pod launched, leaving his home planet to be destroyed by a black hole. Soon, another escape pod left its home planet, carrying another baby inside. This, as Megamind puts it, is the day Megamind met Metro Man and their "glorious rivalry" was born. Megamind's escape pod nearly landed at a mansion when Metro Man's pod pushed it away and landed inside the mansion. Instead, Megamind's pod crash landed in prison grounds. The prisoners decided to keep Megamind and teach Megamind the differences both "right and wrong". Megamind develops a talent, while he's still a baby, of building destructive gizmos.
When the prison warden give Megamind some lessons on what's right and wrong, Megamind, as a young boy, went to school and once again met Metro Man, who already gained popularity by his powers. Megamind tried to fit in, but his gizmos were too destructive for his class and he keeps ending up at the time out corner. Megamind eventually came to believe that since he's only good at being bad, he's born to be a supervillain and Metro Man's rival. As the years passed, they battled each other more and more with Metro Man always winning and Megamind always gets thrown in jail and escapes to fight Metro Man again.
One day, Megamind escapes prison again, with Minion's help by sending a watch that can disguise anyone, and kidnaps Roxanne Ritchi (again) to prepare for the presumed last battle with Metro Man. As Metro Man flies into an abandoned observatory, it turns that Megamind had Roxanne in a fake one to lead Metro Man into a real one. Megamind ordered Minion to fire the death ray, but Minion informed him that the ray was still warming up and cannot fire yet. At this embarrassing moment, Metro Man, apparently weak, said that Megamind has paid off his gift and that the copper dome drains his powers. Megamind find it hard to believe until the death ray hits the observatory and a skeleton with Metro Man's cape landed on him. Realizing that he won, Megamind took over the city and went on a crime spree.
As time passed, Megamind felt that everything he did was pointless and hollow since there's nobody to challenge him to fight. He, in his PJs, when to the Metro Man museum to talk to the statue of his former enemy about how much he missed him and decides to blow the place up since it brings too many painful memories. When he saw Roxanne coming his way, he made a run for it, crash into Barnard, dehydrate Barnard, and disguise himself in Barnard form. While leaving the museum and talking to Roxanne, he learned that heroes can be made, giving him an idea to create a new hero to challenge him and put things back to the way it was.
Even though Minion protested against the idea, Megamind uses the DNA he found on Metro Man's cape to create a ray gun that will give a person Metro Man's powers. Just as Megamind finished his gun, Roxanne called though Bernard's phone and revealed that she find the hideout and the secret entrance. Panicking, Megamind hides Minion and the gun, disguise himself as Bernard, and tries to lead Roxanne out. But as Roxanne found his collection of photos and blueprints, he secretly orders Minion to send the BrainBots to take Roxanne, but ended up getting grabbed himself. He takes off his disguise to make the BrainBots drop him and tries to get his gun back from Roxanne, who found it after Minion gets knocked over, only to accidentally shoot it into the pipes and hit Hal's nose. Megamind, back in Bernard form, takes Roxanne outside and met Hal. Roxanne take Hal home, but not before hugging "Bernard" and said that she'll call him tomorrow.
Megamind and Minion went to Hal's apartment to get ready for his training. Minion wanted to defuse the powers from Hal, believing it was a mistake, but Megamind said that it's destiny. Disguised as Hal's "space dad" and "space stepmom", they trained the excited Hal to become a hero like Metro Man. Meanwhile, Megamind, as Bernard, and Roxanne spend some time together from going to the library to hanging out in a park. When Megamind believed that Hal is ready, he give him his own super suit with a fiery letter "T" on it for Titan, although it was mispronounced "Tighten" by Hal. He asks Hal if he had anyone special in mind, Hal said that he had a "really good-looking one" he'd got his eye on.
As Megamind and Minion gets his new suit called "the Black Mamba" ready, he realized that he's late for his date with Roxanne. When Minion realize that Megamind's in love with Roxanne, he tried to stop him from going. The argument between the two went far to where Megamind said that maybe he doesn't want to be the bad guy anymore and he doesn't need Minion to look after him. Minion sadly packed up his fish food and left Megamind to be on his own. Megamind, in Bernard form, waited patiently for Roxanne to arrived at their table in a fancy restaurant. Roxanne apologized for being late and tells him of her discovery of Megamind's plan to create a new hero while wondering why he picked Hal, the worse person for the job. Megamind changed subject and asks Roxanne if she will still like him if he's not-so-normal to which Roxanne answered that one doesn't judge the book by its cover, but by its actions. As they finish their conversation, they lean to kiss each other. Roxanne accidentally switched his watch and change Megamind back to his true form. Roxanne, shock and angry, run out of the restaurant. Megamind tried to explained to her, but she scolded him for being so evil and ask him, "Did you really think that I will ever be with you?", which he sadly answered, "No".
Deciding to stick to being bad, he prepares himself to fight with Titan, only to end up waiting for hours. He went to Hal's apartment to tell him off on keeping him waiting and how embarrassing it was. He discovers that Hal used his powers to steal things and never wants to be a hero. Hal confessed that he only wanted to "get the girl" and that "the girl" was Roxanne, who rejected him for some "intellectual dweeb". Hal offered to team up with Megamind to rule Metro City, but Megamind was angry that Hal only used his powers for personal gain. He than confessed to Hal that he's his "space dad" and the "intellectual dweeb", causing Hal to angrily attack him. When Hal pinned down, Megamind was happy that things was starting to get well for him, but when Hal was about to fry him with heat vision, he escapes and ordered the BrainBots to trap Hal in a copper ball. But Hal got out of the with his super strength, to Megamind's confusion, and nearly squash him with it.
Megamind went to Roxanne's apartment and asks for help because he thinks that she's the smartest person he knows. When he asks to her if there's any place that will give him clues to Tighten's weakness, she took him to Metro Man's hideout, Megamind's old schoolhouse, and they both discovered that Metro Man is alive. Metro Man confessed to them that he faked his death when the "charade" gets old and discovers that he has a choice to be whoever he wants to be. Megamind begs him to come back, but Metro Man, now called "Music Man", said that he's done with crime fighting and it's time for Megamind to find his true calling. As the duo left the hideout, Roxanne suggests that they fight Tighten themselves. But Megamind refuses and turns himself in jail.
As he watches TV, he was challenged by Tighten to fight him and discovered that he had Roxanne tied up on Metro Tower. Roxanne told Megamind that he can't give up and that she needs him. Megamind tells the Warden that he has to stop Tighten, but the warden won't let him go due to his 88 life sentences. Megamind apologized for his deeds and confessed them, including two where he had treated his best friend, Minion, like dirt. Opening the cell door, the warden accepted his apology and reveal himself to be Minion in disguise while the real warden is tied up on a chair. Megamind and Minion run out of prison to prepare for their battle.
Megamind (Minion in disguise) rescues Roxanne and got stabbed by the tower's tip when Tighten threw the tower at them. To both Roxanne and Tighten's surprise, Metro Man (Megamind in disguise) arrived and chase Tighten around the city. "Metro Man" grab Tighten and tells him that if he knows what's good for him, he'll stay of MetroCity and Tighten seemly fly away in fear. Roxanne revealed that Metro Man is Megamind in disguise in front of the city's citizens, who started to see Megamind in a new light. But Tighten came back upon knowing that Megamind is the only person who called the city "Metrocity". The battle continues on when Roxanne found the invisible car with the gun inside and tells Megamind to "look back". Megamind grabbed the gun, but it needs to charge. Tighten threw Megamind into the air and Megamind was falling, as shown in the beginning. Megamind narrate that normally he would call this his last glorious failure, but not today because old habits died hard. He rehydrated himself and landed in the fountain between Roxanne and Tighten, who was about to use heat vision. The water re-hydrated him and he defused Tighten's powers, commenting that bad guys always lose.
As Minion appears to be dying, Megamind and Minion realized that they're good guys now. When Minion "died", Megamind tossed him into the fountain and the water recovered him. Later, as the BrainBots, rebuild the city, the people made a new museum in honor of their new hero: Megamind. He and Roxanne become boyfriend and girlfriend.
- He is a spoof of Brainiac and Lex Luthor. However, he resembles Sinestro.
- Ironically, his origins as "the last of his kind" is similar to Superman.
- The DVD commentary of the film note that his costume and showmanship are purposely evocative of Alice Cooper.
- He might be reminiscent of Gru from Despicable Me
- Ben Stiller (who previously voiced Alex in the Madagascar franchise) and Robert Downey Jr. were both approached for the role of Megamind, but it turned down due to scheduling conflicts. However, Ben Stiller appears in the role as the curator named Bernard.
- Peter Dinklage and Jason Bateman were both considered for the role of Megamind before Will Ferrell was cast.
- Megamind on the Villains Wiki.