The films parody the cliché of a male super-spy who is irresistibly attractive to women, and makes no attempt to resist them. The satiric elements of this cliche result from Powers' lack of physical beauty -- his bad teeth, for example, are made fun of in several scenes (this is also a reflection of an American stereotype of British people, who are said to have poor dental hygiene).
The first film, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, was commercially successful, leading to the sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. A third, Austin Powers in Goldmember, was released in 2002.
The name Austin Powers may be inspired by the British Austin-Healey sports cars which were popular in the 1960s