Number 2 is a fictional character in the Austin Powers franchise. He is played by Robert Wagner in all three movies, while his younger self is played by Rob Lowe in The Spy Who Shagged Me. He briefly appears as a teenager in a flashback in Austin Powers in Goldmember, portrayed by Evan Farmer. The character was modeled after the James Bond villain Emilio Largo who was number 2 of SPECTRE in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball.
His name is also a pun on the slang term for defecation. After one of Dr. Evil's henchmen attempts to assassinate Austin Powers in the bathroom stall, Austin Powers grunts and drowns him in a toilet and issues the exchange:
- Austin Powers: Who does Number Two work for? Who does Number Two work for?
- Cowboy in the next toilet stall (Tom Arnold): Yeah, that's right! You show that turd who's boss!
In 1969, he is seen to work for Dr. Evil, and is considerably more loyal and respectful than he is in 1999. Nevertheless, his own ambition (and far superior talent as a leader) have occasionally shown through, angering Dr. Evil. When Dr. Evil is busy arguing with Scott, Number 2 asks him if "they can set aside the family squabbles, and get down to serious business", which Dr. Evil takes as an insolent remark. When the supervillain mocks him and asks him if "he wants to wear the daddy pants", young Number 2 quickly apologizes and denies that he wants to lead the company himself.
Number 2 in the present has very little respect for Dr. Evil, sometimes rolling his eye or muttering insults behind his back. He also shows a great deal of anger over Dr. Evil's plan to take over or destroy the world; he has been overseeing Dr. Evil's empire for 30 years, and turned it into a profitable business, an enterprise that would be ruined if Dr. Evil poured all of its resources into his half-baked bids for world domination. In the first movie's final scenes, Number 2 betrays his boss, offering to build a partnership with Powers. When Dr. Evil tries to cow him back into service, he lashes out:
"I spent the last 30 years of my life turning this two-bit evil empire into a world class multi-national corporation. I was going to have a cover story with Forbes. But you, like an idiot, want to take over the world. And you don't even realize that there is no world anymore! It's only corporations!"
In response, Dr. Evil burned him alive, although he survived with relatively little scarring.
Number 2 is a savvy businessman, having invested in Starbucks (presumbly as the main shareholder and thus, owner of the company), and lowering the agent fee of Hollywood Talent Agency (another front company for Dr. Evil) to 9% rather than 10%, allowing them to sign big stars like George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Leonardo DiCaprio. He often tries to convince Dr. Evil to devote his time to lucrative legitimate enterprises rather than world domination, but is ignored. At one point, he claims that shifting resources towards Starbucks rather than plans for world conquest will increase Starbucks' profits fivefold. He is promptly told to shut up and show Dr. Evil respect. In a deleted scene from the third film (Austin Powers in Goldmember), while Scott is running the Evil Empire in lieu of his incarcerated father, Number 2 presents him with a business opportunity in alpaca farming.