Like pretty well any Mike Myers movie, all of the Austin Powers movies are seriously quotable. Anyone who enthusiastically exclaims “yeah, baby!” is quoting the iconic ‘60 character from the series, along with other popular lines like “one million dollars” (pinky to the edge of your mouth while you say it, of course), “fire the laser!,” or “moley, moley, moley,” mimicking that time when Austin couldn’t help but fixate on a prominent mole on a man’s face.
Lusting for life and love, always up for a good time, highly sought after 'International Man of Mystery' Powers is initially called upon after being cryogenically frozen for 30 years (yes, the plots of the movies are just as ridiculous as you imagine). Powers and his arch nemesis Dr. Evil (also played by Myers) deliver the absolute best one-liners and witty retorts through the three films. Admittedly, it’s hard to pick since there are so many great lines, comments, and retorts, but here are some of the greatest.
10 "How Do You Like To Do It? Do You Like To Wash Up First?"
“Top and tails? A whore’s bath? Personally, before I’m on the JOB, I like to give my undercarriage a bit of a ‘how’s-your-father.”
Powers doesn’t mince words, nor does he say anything in a boring fashion. He believes every woman he lusts after is lusting after him as well, and he’s often right, despite his odd sense of dress, hairy chest, and crooked teeth. That’s what makes it all the more hilarious when every overtly direct, suggestive thing he says is eaten up like candy by absolutely beautiful women. The films are meant as parodies of 1960s spy films, but we’re not even sure Bond would have been able to pull such a quote off.
9 “Well, You Might Be A Cunning Linguist, But I’m A Master Debater.”
“You speak Japanese?” [A little].
He can turn even the most mundane topic or conversation into a sexual one. When filling out a form and the person asks him for his sex (meaning, of course, his gender), his reply?” “Yes, please!” In this quote, delivered to Beyonce’s character, Powers cleverly sexualizes a conversation about language.
8 “No, This Is Me In A Nutshell: HELP! I’m In A Nutshell!”
"That’s you in a nutshell."
This quote is more hilarious when you can actually picture the scene in which it occurs. During pillow talk, Powers takes the woman’s comment that he’s just described himself in a nutshell literally, to then act out what he would actually look like if he were stuck in a nutshell. It’s the kind of goofy sense of humour that draws so many gorgeous women to the character.
7 “You’re The Diet Coke Of Evil."
“Just one calorie. Not evil enough.”
Dr. Evil is immensely disappointed that his son is a seemingly normal young man with a good head on his shoulders and no desire to be evil like his father. Here, he lays out his disappointment by comparing his son to a calorie-free Diet Coke. In other words, Scott Evil is devoid of all the good stuff (which is, in reality, the stuff that’s bad for you).
6 "They *ARE* After My Lucky Charms!”
“What? Why does everyone always laugh when I say that?"
Poor Paddy O’Brien just can’t catch a break. As Dr. Evil’s henchman, he has a signature move: every time he makes a kill, he places a charm from his charm bracelet onto the dead body. However, when he tells people that Scotland Yard are “always after my lucky charms” in a voice that’s a dead ringer to that of the leprechaun from the Lucky Charms commercials, he can’t quite understand why people find it so funny.
5 “My Father Would Womanize. He Would Drink..."
"He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark.”
Just one line in a long monologue Dr. Evil delivers about his father, the entire speech is downright funny. Dr. Evil discusses everything from his dad’s “low-grade narcolepsy” and accusations that chestnuts were lazy (what?), to his prostitute mother’s webbed feet, and springs spent as a child making meat helmets. But claiming to invent the question mark? It’s no wonder Dr. Evil is so messed up.
4 “I Don’t Kiss And Tell."
" I shag and brag, baby!”
Typical of Austin Powers, he makes his own witty sayings that take everything we'd usually expect to a whole new level. So rather than kiss and tell, for him, he gets right to the point and dials thing up to eleven. After all, when you've had as many conquests as Austin has, it's not a hobby. It's a way of life. Why not? Yeah, baby!
3 “I’m not saying it’s hot..."
"...but I’m pretty sure the thermometer reads ‘Satan’s Balls.’”
This is just one of many times Dr. Evil used his signature finger quotes to emphasize part of what he’s saying. Remember when he discussed turning the moon into what he decided to call a “Death Star?” (So original, Dr. Evil!) Nonetheless, needless to say that Dr. Evil got his point across, because really, what in the world could possibly be hotter than... that?
2 “Throw Me A Frickin' Bone Here."
"I’m the boss. I need the info.”
“Frickin’” was one of Dr. Evil’s favourite words, used to express his anger and frustration about any given situation (and with his team). This included when he felt his team wasn’t sharing every little detail with him, as he believed they should. He is the boss, after all, and needs to have all of the “info,” regardless of what that “info” is.
1 "Get In My Belly!"
“I want my baby back baby back baby back ribs."
To this day, when someone sees a piece of food that looks appealing, they might jokingly shout “get in my belly!” That line comes straight from the chubby mouth of the character Fat Bastard (also played by Myers), uttered when he sees some delicious ribs that he can’t help but get his fingers on and devour. It’s the best and most well-known line from the hilariously gross, yet oddly lovable, Shrek-like character.
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