"I haven't laughed that hard since I was a little girl. Thank you." - Dr. Evil
Douglas Powers, more commonly known as Dr. Evil, is the main antagonist of the Austin Powers franchise. He is Austin Powers' arch-nemesis and brother, Scott's father, Number 2 and Frau Farbissina's leader and boss, and Mini-Me's former leader and boss.
"My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a 15-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet."
At the age of 12, I received my first scribe. At the age of 14, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles — there really is nothing like a shorn scrotum — it's quite breathtaking... I suggest you try it. At the age of 18, I went off to evil medical school. At the age of 25, I took up tap dancing. I wanted to be a quadruple threat. An actor, dancer.
In the second film's deleted scene on Jerry Springer, he shared the following secrets:
- dabbled (experiment once with a man and you're a poet; twice, "libertine")
- first person to use "quotation fingers" or so he "thinks"
- sat on a bus and went through a menstrual cycle
- wants you to get the f*** outta here
- slept in a horse (quite groovy), or was it the Ritz?
- wrote It's Raining Men, or so the Christmas babies told him
- named his left ball Piss and his right, Vinegar.
- made a Marzipan voodoo effigy of the Fonz after ashes at Sammy Davis, Jr.'s house
- princess of Canada, but can't back that up with paperwork
However, in the third film, it is revealed that his natural mother died in a "car accident". Later, Nigel Powers adds to this story, saying it had been a family holiday. He had stepped away from the car when it had exploded in an assassination attempt. Both Austin and Dr. Evil survived, but Nigel thought that only Austin had lived. He would have told his lost son earlier, but his adoptive parents raised him to be evil.
His real name is revealed to be Douglas Powers in the third film.
Dr. Evil is unquestionably a genius. Inventing numerous "evil" devices to further his goals which tend to shift between global domination and global destruction fairly frequently. He has, however, described himself as a "hands off" type of genius meaning he prefers others to do the manual work for him. Those others, he would like, are deaf and blind so they cannot see the good guys coming. He feels he doesn't need an adversary; he could be better off just winning. Therefore, he is his own worst enemy.
Though he has a high degree of intelligence he is prone to absent mindedness, childishness and has a tendency to do things counter productive to his plots. Such as leaving Austin in easily escapable death traps even when his son points out that he could just shoot him. He can be extremely immature, speaking over Scott when his son is trying reason with his fathers line of thinking, or bullying Number 2 when he also points out fault in Dr. Evil's plans. He lists the key elements to a good world domination plan:
1. Thermonuclear device
2. Exotic delivery system
3. Closed circuit TV to talk to the President / UN
4. Sense of self
5. There is no fifth
Due to his suspended animation, Dr. Evil is very behind the times and will often say name his plans or projects as things that exist past 1969 when he was frozen. The best example of this is when he threatened the 90's government for $1,000,000 since he was not aware that the amount of money was not as valuable as it had been 30 years ago. Similarly, he threatened the US Government for $100,000,000,000 during the 1960s, but was apparently unaware that such an amount of money did not even exist during that time.
- Nigel Powers (father)
- Mrs. Powers (mother)
- Austin Powers (fraternal brother)
- Frau Farbissina (lover)
- Scott Evil (biological son)
- Mini-Me (son / clone)
- Vanessa Kensington (sister in law)
- Belgium Man Evil (adopted father)
- Chloe Evil (adopted mother)
- Whenever Dr. Evil gets a plan he would gently put his finger to his bottom lip and do a dramatic stare.
- Despite his apparent lack of respect for his son, Scott, he seems to care for his son's well being. This is especially evident when Dr. Evil says "no one talks to his son like that" tries to comfort Scott, and then attacks a Ku Klux Klan member on the Jerry Springer show shortly after the latter made a very insulting remark towards Scott.
- In the first movie, he says the word frickin' a number of times.
- Throughout the series Dr. Evil's respect shifted from Scott to Mini-Me and then back again.
- Dr. Evil wants nothing more than to bond with Scott.
- Dr. Evil has a close relationship with Mr. Bigglesworth and Mini-Me.
- In the third film, Dr. Evil reveals he has three testicles when a meteor globe hits him in the crotch, Mike Myers did not wear protection during this scene in order to get a genuine reaction . His flinching is noticeable
- He usually comes up with the names of his project that usually already is taken (ex. Preperation H, the "Death Star", The Alan Parson Project)
- Dr. Evil's eye color changes in Goldmember. His eyes are a normal blue in the first two films, but are a very noticeable brighter blue in Goldmember. While the reason behind this decision is unknown, Mike Myers has stated that the contacts he wore in Goldmember were extremely uncomfortable.