Test Your Mojo: The Austin Powers Quiz

Jake C
Written By Jake C

Jake's favorite movie list is full of "based on a true story" classics like Cinderella Man. He has a simple taste in movies and often wonders in disbelief at how anyone actually enjoys some "critically acclaimed" movies.

The world of cinema has been gifted with many a spy parody, but few have managed to strike the delicate balance between homage and satire quite like the Austin Powers series. Created by the ingenious comedian Mike Myers, who not only wrote but also starred as the titular character and his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil, Austin Powers sashayed into the zeitgeist with a frilly cravat and a toothy grin. The result was cinematic gold that ricocheted through late ’90s pop culture with the force of a judo-chop.

The Austin Powers series comprises three groovy installments: “International Man of Mystery” (1997), “The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999), and “Goldmember” (2002), all directed by Jay Roach. The films are a cornucopian tapestry of 1960s Swinging London, a time capsule of free love, psychedelic fashion, and an indomitable spirit of cheekiness. The character of Powers, with his colorful attire and even more colorful personality, is an unapologetic celebration of this era.

Beyond the shagadelic exterior, the Austin Powers series is an intricate layer cake of cultural references. It draws from the suave allure of James Bond and parody targets from “Carry On” to “The Beatles” films. Yet at its core, the series is a heartfelt tribute to Myers’ own father, who introduced him to the swinging icons that would go on to shape the Austin Powers universe. In a sense, the films were as much about bringing down Dr. Evil as they were about raising a toast to the influences that shaped a generation.

While the films enjoyed considerable box office success, their impact didn’t stop there. They introduced phrases to the lexicon that would become catchphrases, such as “Do I make you horny, baby?” They turned Myers into a household name and Austin Powers into an icon of nostalgic comedy.

Now, it’s your turn to prove your Austin Powers prowess. Whether you’re as sharp as the International Man of Mystery himself or as nefarious as Dr. Evil, our quiz is designed to test your recall of the shag-tastic world that Myers created. The following quiz will delve into the grooviest, most “Yeah, baby!” inducing corners of this beloved franchise, without giving away any of its most memorable gags, of course.

So, if you fancy yourself a true fan—or just feel like taking a trip in your very own time-traveling Shaguar—read on and put your knowledge to the test. It’s time to see if you’re the ultimate Austin Powers aficionado, or if you’ll just end up looking like a square. Groove on!