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The 2013 sequel to ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' once again follows Gru, along with his three adopted girls Margo, Edith and Agnes, and the Minions.

Gru teams up with secret agent Lucy Wilde (Kristin Wiig) to track down a villain attempting to destroy the world. Gru must get into touch with his inner villain if he has any hope of defeating this ruthless mastermind, even though all he wants to do is settle down with his kids and make jam and jelly on the side. Things get tricky as his Minions start disappearing and he has a horrible flashback to his childhood. He also starts falling for the FieryRedhead Lucy.

The film did huge at the box office with over $970 million worldwide, and got good reviews with a 74% "Certified Fresh"/79% (top critic) on Rotten Tomatoes with their response, "It may not be as inspired as its predecessor, but ''Despicable Me 2'' offers plenty of eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs."

(To see the Characters page, please click [[Characters/DespicableMe here]].)

A prequel feature film titled ''Minions'' starring the Minions has been scheduled for release on July 10th 2015.

In September 2013, [=NBCUniversal=] CEO Steve Burke announced that a ''Despicable Me 3'' film is being planned. The film is scheduled to be released on June 30th 2017.[[note]]Source: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Despicable_Me_(franchise)#Despicable_Me_3_.282017.29 The Other Wiki]][[/note]]

!!The sequel provides examples of:

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* AccidentalPervert: Accidentally {{Invoked}} by Gru. Basically Gru causes this by accident to another man while he was looking at his and Lucy's next suspect.
* ActionGirl: Lucy
* AdultFear: [[spoiler::Imagine your children being left home alone... when a stranger breaks in! Now picture that said stranger being very crazy and homicidal. Now picture that it's not a stranger at all, but one of your BrainwashedAndCrazy buddies.]]
* AgentsDating: [[DeadpanSnarker Felonious Gru]] and [[GenkiGirl Lucy Wilde]] out to save the world. [[spoiler:They do so, fall in love while doing so, and after 147 dates get married.]]
* AllStarCast: Unsurprisingly.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Lucy uses a lipstick taser on Gru, a moment showcased in the trailer. Stun guns disguised as lipstick [[http://www.defensedevices.com/lipstick-stun-gun.html actually exist]].
* AmusingInjuries: Gru sustains some when he tries to break into the secret lair [[spoiler:of El Macho]] near the end of the film.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Auditions for "The Minion Movie" are held during the credits.
* AnimalTesting: The rabbit in the Arctic base is the test subject for the PX-41 serum. [[KillerRabbit It doesn't turn out well for the scientists.]]
* ApocalypticLog: The video of the testing of the PX-41 serum feels like this, especially since it ends with [[spoiler:the test subject attacking the scientists, then turning on the cameraman.]]
* ApologeticAttacker: Lucy apologizes to Dave the Minion for roughing him up when she thought he was an enemy.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Gru is devastated over Lucy's departure, his youngest daughter Agnes snaps him out of it:
--> '''Agnes:''' Is there anything I could do to help?
--> '''Gru:''' Aw, I don't ... I don't think so, sweetheart.
--> '''Agnes:''' Well, is there anything '''you''' could do?
* AscendedExtra: Agnes.
* BadassFamily: [[spoiler:By the end [[ActionDad Gru]], [[LittleMissBadass the girls]], and [[BadassGrandpa Nefario]] rank right up there with [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles the Parrs]]. The family becomes even more awesome with the addition of [[ActionMom Lucy]] into the Gru family.]]
* BerserkButton: Agnes' stuffed unicorn. She'll scream loud enough to shatter glass. [[spoiler:This happened when an Evil Minion (Kevin) attempted to eat her stuffed unicorn right in front of her.]]
** Gru's obnoxious date, Shannon, really doesn't like phonies.
* BilingualBonus: Agnes compares Gru's head to an egg. Eduardo calls Gru "Cabeza de Huevo" (head-of-eggs). And El Pollito is "The Small Chicken." One of the minions also continues this trend with the minions from the first film and says "Kampai" to a robotic arm while raising his glass, which is Japanese for "Cheers!"
* BishieSparkle: A non-romantic case, when Agnes first sees Lucy.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Edith is blonde, Margo and Agnes are brunettes, and Lucy is redhead.
* BodyHorror: The effects of PX-41 greatly increases the body, turns them entirely bluish-purple, and causes all hair to become long and frizzy. It also increases aggression, as the rabbit attacking the scientists demonstrated.
* BoobyTrap: PlayedForLaughs. Lucy tried to warn Gru that Eduardo might have one. Gru dismisses this because they're in a restaurant. Not a second later, Lucy turned out to be right - it was a simple tripwire that rang a bell. Turns out, it was to let El Pollito know there were intruders.
** Ditto for the entrance to the lair. In order to gain access, one must take steps on a grid of tiles, each one of which plays a specific musical note; if the steps are done in the correct sequence, the result is the Mexican standard "La Cucaracha" and access to the lair. A single misstep will trigger any one of several booby traps - all of which are far deadlier than the one that summons Pollito.
* BookEnds: A subtle one. At Agnes' sixth birthday party at the start of the movie, when Gru is [[ItMakesSenseInContext dressed as a fairy]] and a girl asks him "How come you're so fat?", he answers "Because my house is made of candy, and sometimes I eat instead of facing my problems." At the Cinco de Mayo party at the end of Act 2, Gru is seen wearing a chip hat; Eduardo states (and the directors' commentary confirms) that he was given it because he is lonely, and might need to "drown [his] sorrows in guacamole". (A little later, [[spoiler:Margo is given one because Antonio dumped her.]])
* BrainBleach: When Gru looks at Lucy's innards with the X-ray goggles, he regrets he won't forget it.
** A ShoutOut to {{Film/Jaws}} reveals a skinny-dipping Minion's butt.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The Minions get kidnapped by El Macho and mutated to work for him. They even get new looks which are purple, wear a different variation of their overalls with El Macho's logo on it instead of Gru's and have clown hair. Gru's reaction to seeing one of them for the first time says a thousand words.
* BrickJoke: When Gru turns down Silas and is forced to leave the AVL lair ''without'' Lucy's sub-boat, he's forced to use a rowboat. At the end of the movie, Lucy and Gru are stuck treading water in the sea - cue the Minions passing by in the same rowboat.
* BriefAccentImitation: Lucy tries out an Australian accent.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Gru and Lucy fit this trope fairly well in the beginning.
* CallBack: Gru stealing the moon is brought up.
** The fart gun and the freeze ray both play important roles.
** In the credits, the Minions stand on a plain white background doing things that utilize the 3D of the film, just like the original.
** In the original, Gru sounds unsure when he introduces Kyle as a dog, and then says he has ''no'' idea what breed he's supposed to be. In the sequel, one of Lucy's gadgets identifies Kyle as simply "Species: Unknown."
* CallingYourAttacks: From the trailer. This trope is {{deconstructed|Trope}}, {{inverted|Trope}}, parodied, {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, and PlayedForLaughs, all at the exact same time.
** [[spoiler:Also becomes a subtle sign of CharacterDevelopment later when Gru stops doing it.]]
* CarFu: Lucy hits Gru when kidnapping him by backing her car into him. Later Eduardo gets run over as well when Gru and Lucy are attempting to escape his restaurant.
* CarpetOfVirility: El Macho had a pretty impressive one, and all that was found of his body was a clump of it (but oddly, somehow the tattoo of the Mexican Flag disappears out from under it).
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Dr. Nefario, the girls, and the unmutated Minions arrive just in time to save Gru from the Mutated!Minions about to eat him.]]
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Gru's mother has a non-speaking cameo at the wedding.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The jelly and the lipstick tazer.]]
** Oddly this movie actually uses a few unfired Chekovs guns that were introduced in the first movie. [[spoiler:Fart gun anyone?]]
* CluckingFunny: Eduardo owns a guard chicken, which constantly attacks Gru and Lucy.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Dr. Nefario complains that he misses being evil.
-->'''Dr. Nefario''': Don't you think there's more to our future than jelly?\\
'''Gru''': Well, I'm also considering a line of jams.
* CoyGirlishFlirtPose: After Lucy gives Gru a business card, she looks to be doing this, even possibly looking at him with a flirtful eye, when she turns to leave.
* CreepyMonotone: Agnes recites her lines for the Mother's Day pageant in this method.
-->'''Gru:''' Let's try this one more time, but a teensy bit less like a zombie, okay?
* DanceBattler: Lucy claims to use a hybrid martial art partially inspired by krumping. A slight ActorAllusion to Kristin Wiig, who had several characters on SaturdayNightLive that incorporated krumping.
* DanceOfRomance: Antonio and Margo at the Cinco de Mayo Party. [[spoiler:Becomes a subversion when Antonio leaves Margo for another girl.]]
* DancePartyEnding: [[spoiler:At Gru and Lucy's wedding, several minions, dressed as the members of the Music/VillagePeople, sing a Minionese version of Y.M.C.A.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Surprisingly. NeverSayDie is averted multiple times, and [[spoiler:the villain's plans for global domination are to set the BrainwashedAndCrazy minions (who are turned into {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s as a result of the PX-41 serum) onto the major continents if the world's leaders don't hand over control to him. And he wants Gru to help him.]]
* DatePeepers: Lucy spies on Gru and his date with Shannon after she spots him in a restaurant she was getting takeout from. Fortunately for her it's going badly and Gru was looking for an excuse to get out of it.
* DemotedToExtra: Edith.
** [[spoiler:Gru's Mother gets this even worse, as she shows up as a bust and at the wedding in a non-speaking cameo.]]
** Dr. Nefario.
* DinkyDrivers: Two of Gru's minions drive Lucy's car to rescue them when their break-in goes awry.
* DodgyToupee: Gru wears one on his bad date, only for it to get knocked off. Lucy later tells him she liked him better bald.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Dr. Nefario]]
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: [[spoiler: El Macho is revealed to have one when Gru follows him at the Cinco de Mayo Party.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** [[spoiler:Dr. Nefario warns Gru about El Macho holding Lucy hostage as well as saving the girls from the evil minion El Macho let loose on them. He is otherwise perfectly fine with going along with El Macho's plan of terrorizing the planet.]]
** An inversion with the AVL; a global organization taking on global evil and they have things that are too petty for them to take care of; for instance, robbing a bank or murdering a man.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The random octopus stuck on Lucy's windshield.
* EvilMinions: Literally (after being injected with the PX-41 Serum of course).
* {{Expy}}: Lucy is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} played by Kristen Wiig, similar to the one she voiced in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''. Minus the StalkingIsLove aspect.
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[[folder:F-J]]
* FakingTheDead: Gru insists that El Macho, despite having gone down into a volcano while riding on a shark with tons of dynamite, is still alive. [[spoiler:He turns out to be right.]]
* FatAndSkinny: Gru and Lucy
* FauxShadow: At the party at the start Edith is shown on monkey bars dodging spears and spikes. One would expect this to come to fruition later in the film, possibly during a climactic scene, but no such luck.
* FiveFiveFive: Averted with Lucy's business card that features a real working phone number that, when actually dialed, goes to her voicemail.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Gru.
** TheLancer: Margo.
** TheSmartGuy: Dr. Nefario [[spoiler:(also the SixthRangerTraitor)]].
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Edith.
** TheChick: Agnes.
** {{The Sneaky Guy}}s: The Minions.
** SixthRanger: Lucy.
** TeamPet: Kyle.
* FoodAsBribe: When an ice cream truck approaches Gru's house, several of his minions rush towards it to buy some. It starts kidnapping them, but one manages to evade capture. But then the ice cream truck holds out a popsicle in front, which he licks, gets stuck to it, and is captured that way.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:After the girls meet Lucy, Agnes asks Gru "Are you gonna marry Lucy?" One guess on what happens at tht end of the film.]]
* FourthDateMarriage: Averted. [[spoiler:The epilogue specifically states that Gru and Lucy go on a total of 147 more dates before they get married.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: One of the zoom-ins on Gru's phone before he incinerates it, shows next to the emergency call number (labeled 'Mother') are two yellow buttons reading "Dave" and "Stuart".
* FreezeRay
* FrenchMaid: One of the Minions, Tom, is dressed as this.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Any time the screen pans on a lot of minions, keep a close eye out on the ones in the background.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwXbtZXjbVE second trailer]], they managed to use an ''Music/{{Eminem}}'' song for a family film.
** Though averted, the look that Gru gives Agnes when she says "I know what makes you a boy", can hit home.
** After Lucy tranquilizes Gru's bad date, she makes a sign to the baffled waiter that said date had a little too much to drink.
** The Minions sing their own version of "Another Irish Drinking Song", the lyrics of which aren't exactly appropriate for children when sung in English.
** When the Minions are having a party where they're getting [[DrunkOnMilk drunk on ice cream]], when the camera pans down at one point, you can clearly see a Minion pole dancing. In that same scene, a Minion slaps another Minion's butt...[[UnusualEuphemism playfully]].
** Just ''how'' did they get away with Gru doing a "shoot me in the head" gesture?[[note]]When Jillian starts calling for Gru, announcing she's brought a date, he makes a gun-shape with his thumb and forefinger, aims his finger at his head and imitates a gunshot while slumping backwards.[[/note]]
*** Probably one of the reasons why the film is rated PG.
** Silas' last name.
-->'''Gru:''' Good day, Mr. Sheepsbutt.
-->'''Silas''': ''Ramsbottom''.
-->'''Gru''': ''(Snickers)'' Yeah, like ''that's'' any better.
** At Agnes' birthday party, Jillian can be seen flirting with a man who's drinking a beer. She whispers something to him, and given his shocked blushing it was likely something dirty.
* GlassShatteringSound: Agnes screaming.
* GoodIsNotNice: The Anti-Villain League are pretty darn cold when it comes to the greater good. Kill a guy? Eh, too small time for them. Steal the moon? Now you have their attention.
** Gru, while a good guy, and kind to his daughters, retains a healthy amount of his villainous pragmatism.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: When Gru is looking in the wall in Floyd's store for the serum, Floyd shouts "Iri wa!" (Korean for "Come here!") to get his attention. Possibly also an example of PoirotSpeak.
* GroinAttack: [[OverprotectiveDad When Gru tried to get Antonio away from Margo]], Antonio retorted by kicking Gru's "most sensitive part".
* GuiltByCoincidence: [[spoiler:Subverted. Gru finds traces of the serum in Floyd's wig store, but is convinced Eduardo and Antonio are the culprits because his judgement is clouded by his hatred of Antonio. He's wrong about Antonio being involved, but not about Eduardo.]]
* GunFu: Gru does this briefly in the last battle. The scene even slows down to make it more melodramatic.
* HamToHamCombat: One of Gru's minions engages in this with a crazed minion. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero It blows his cover as a result.]]
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Gru and Lucy in the end.]]
* HarmlessFreezing: One of Gru's regular attacks.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Dr. Nefario joins with El Macho so he can do evil deeds once again, but when he learns that El Macho is holding Lucy hostage as well as learned of the evil minion El Macho let loose on the girls, he returns to Gru.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Or at least ex-villains want redheaded newbie spies.
* HollywoodKiss: [[spoiler:[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Adorably averted during the wedding.]] Gru and Lucy try to kiss several times but their [[CleopatraNose noses]] keep getting in the way. Eventually they figure it out.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: While Lucy is taller than Gru, he's far more built than she is.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: Lucy's car can transform into both a submarine and a jet plane.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Partner]]: [[spoiler:El Macho captures Lucy and uses her as leverage to get Gru to cooperate with him. In a subversion of the trope, it's actually Dr. Nefario who warns Gru behind El Macho's back, as opposed to El Macho gloating about it.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Reverting the Evil Minions to Minions relies entirely on Gru firing the antidote jelly ''into their mouths'' GunsAkimbo even. And in BulletTime! May be justified as the speed at which they take effect may mean that skin contact can still work.
* IndecipherableLyrics: [[spoiler:At Gru and Lucy's wedding, minions sing "I Swear" (as if they were All-4-One) and "YMCA" (dressed like the Music/VillagePeople).]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Silas Ramsbottom. In addition to the fact his whole organization embodies GoodIsNotNice, he repeatedly makes fun of Gru's business-attempts and is really callous and flippant towards both him and Lucy.
* JerkJock: Shannon is crazy about fitness.
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* KickTheDog: Unintentional, but Silas really put TheWoobie status on Gru when the former informed the latter that [[spoiler: Lucy would be reassigned to Australia after the case was supposedly solved. Then, he coldly dismisses him.]]
* KidANova: [[spoiler:Antonio turns out to be one of these, much to Margo's sadness. Luckily Gru had the freeze ray with which to release his PapaWolf.]]
* KidsAreCruel: In one of Gru's childhood flashbacks, Gru was rejected by the children of his school, even by his first crush. In fact, to them being touched or near a young Gru would put them at 'risk' of getting 'Gruties'.
* KidnappedByAnAlly: Gru is tasered and stuffed into the back AVL Agent Lucy Wilde's car and taken under sea. Why? To recruit him to help the AVL track down the criminal responsible for taking the dangerous [[SuperSerum PX-41]]. Gru points out that he ''owns a telephone:'' they could have just ''called.''
* KillerRabbit: The chicken puts up quite a fight. And there's a HairRaisingHare that's a test subject for the PX-41 serum.
* LittleNo: Gru lets one one out as [[spoiler: El Macho is about to press the button to set off the rocket and kill Lucy.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Margo for Antonio, one of the Minions for Lucy. Also Agnes for Lucy, in a parent-child sense.
* LoveEpiphany: One of the oddest and funniest ever, by Lucy.
* LoveInterests: Gru to Lucy and Margo to Antonio.
* MadeOfIron: The minions, so much that the serum makes them [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]].
* MagicPants: Averted with [[spoiler:Eduardo/El Macho's SuperMode,]] since all his clothing gets ripped off. Luckily, he gets furry enough to cover his censorable areas. Played straight with the minions, though.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Lucy is the fun-loving, enthusiastic, slapstick character that gives contrast to Gru's grumbling, cranky practical joker.
* MaskedLuchador: Eduardo's villainous identity is obviously inspired in Mexican masked wrestlers.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Eduardo/El Macho is taller in a flashback. Justified as Gru could have been imagining him as larger than life.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: [[spoiler: After her LoveEpiphany, Lucy arrives at the Cinco de Mayo party Gru and the girls were attending about ''two seconds'' after they drive off.]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: The first song the Minions are singing in the final scene ([[spoiler:Gru and Lucy's wedding]]) is actually "I Swear" by All-4-One, but has been dubbed "Underwear" by the fans thanks to how the chorus starts.
* MoreDakka: Used in the final fight of the film, where the girls and other minions fire jellied antidotes at the crazy minions to revert them back to normal.
* NeverFoundTheBody: After El Macho's death. [[spoiler: It turns out to have been faked.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: The first trailer to feature Lucy made her out to be a much more serious character than she really is.
* NiceHat: Agnes wears a sombrero to the Cinco de Mayo Party. Also at the party, the chip hat (a sombrero made out of nacho-chip material, the brim filled with guacamole) given to Gru at that party, and later to Margo. [[WordOfGod The directors' commentary]] states that these two got given chip hats because they were lonely.
* NotSoDifferent: The men at the base in the opening scene, with their yellow parkas, [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign nonsense language]] and slapstick poker game evoke the minions very much.
* NotQuiteDead: El Macho.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: There is a pretty curious case of this with the Polish version of the movie. For the first movie, they came up with the idea to translate the title as ''"Jak Ukraść Księżyc"'' ("How To Steal The Moon"), presumably because they weren't expecting a sequel to come out. But sure enough, a sequel did come out, and it seemed that they would be forced to translate it as "How To Steal The Moon 2", making it a pretty heavy case of an ArtifactTitle. What they did instead? They translated the sequel's title as ''"Minionki Rozrabiają"'' ("Minions Cause Mayhem"). It makes you wonder what are they going to do with the upcoming Minion movie.
** Apparently, calling it "How To Keep A Crazed Lucha Wrestler From Tying Your Potential Girlfriend To A Shark And Firing The Shark Into A Volcano" would have given too much away.
** Also, why didn't they just translate the first movie as "Nikczemny Ja" (a more direct translation of "Despicable Me") is anyone's guess.
* OhCrap:
** [[spoiler:Lucy when Eduardo sees her AVL ID and recognizes her as one of the two who were trying to bring him down.]]
** [[spoiler:Later, Gru when El Macho drinks the serum and transforms. Then he gets again when he tries to shoot El Macho with the antidote only to discover he's all out.]]
*** [[spoiler:Two more: When Gru thinks he is about to be devoured by the Evil Minions (but is saved by Nefario), and when he sees Lucy tied up to the shark and rocket.]]
** [[spoiler:When Gru and Lucy are at risk of being discovered by Eduardo for breaking in and searching his restaurant for the PX-41 serum (and snacking on his secret salsa in the process).]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:After the BrainwashedAndCrazy minions are reverted back to their normal selves, El Macho uses the PX-41 serum on himself against Gru, turning into a giant hairy purple monster.]]
* OverprotectiveDad: Gru has become one by this film, and is especially nervous about Margo taking an interest in dating and boys.
* OverlyLongGag: Dr. Nefario flying out of Gru's lair.
-->'''Dr. Nefario:''' Goodbye my friends... [[LampshadeHanging This may take a while...]] Go about your business... I miss you already!
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[[folder:P-T]]
* PairTheSpares: In the final scene, Silas (Lucy's boss at the AVL) is dancing with Natalie, one of the women Gru's neighbor Jillian tried to set him up with at the start of the film.
** Dr. Nefario dances with Gru's mother in much the same way.
* PaperThinDisguise: Normal Minions just need body paint to infiltrate the BigBad lair as Evil Minions. In their defense, the evil Minions' shapes are very inconsistent for a clone army.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Grucy (Gru and Lucy). Martonio (Margo and Antonio).
* PsychoSerum: The PX-41 serum.
* {{Pun}}: Several of the restaurants in the mall have titles that are this, including Gru's cover bakery of "Bake My Day", the flower shop "Mum's The Word", and Eduardo's Mexican restaurant "Salsa and Salsa".
* PuppyLove: Margo and Antonio. [[spoiler: It doesn't work out.]]
* PurpleIsPowerful: PX-41 mutants turn purple.
* RatedMForManly: El Macho is a hilarious, over-the-top example of the trope. The flashback in which he mixes rattlesnake venom into his whiskey, then eats the entire shot glass, is a good example. Or, of course, his NeverFoundTheBody moment:
--> ''He died in the most macho way possible: riding a shark loaded with dynamite into the mouth of an active volcano! It was glorious!''
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler: In a refreshing way. Gru and Lucy do fall in love and get married, but more realistically with "147 dates" in between, showing kids that even what seems like a solid coupling at first glance could still use some time to mature. 147 dates is at least half a year.]]
** [[spoiler: The TimeSkip is more realistic since Lucy and the girls could get better acquainted with each other. Gru wanted the girls to grow to love Lucy, from a friend to a mother figure. The same goes for Lucy, but as daughter figures.]]
** [[spoiler: Also many spent the entire movie wondering how the two will kiss with [[GagNose those noses]]. This is delightfully lampshaded.]]
* RecruitingTheCriminal: Happens to Gru.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Floyd, the toupee store owner.]]
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: So Gru, you want to go legit, good for you! With all this amazing gear you've developed you could make a killing in the tech industry -- oh wait, you're going to go into the jam business? Uh, okay.
** Downplayed in that he still uses his factories and minions to make the jam.
*** It's possible that he can only make gadgets to be used for villainous purposes.
* ReformedButNotTamed: Gru may have retired from villainy, but that doesn't stop him from being an occasional {{Jerkass}} verging on GoodIsNotNice. He also comes off overall as an anti-hero in certain angles.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Gru initially rejects the offer to work with the AVL, but reluctantly accepts after Nefario quits.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Gru for the major villain. Justified as he was a villain twenty years ago.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: Lucy was impressed with Gru's moon theft, as was El Macho.
* RescueRomance: A parody. Lucy "saves" Gru from an obnoxious date (Shannon), which helps Gru to realize his feelings for her.
* RetiredBadass: Gru, who's trying to go straight.
** El Macho can also count - he certainly keeps the {{Badass}} credentials with his dance moves. [[spoiler:And that's just before TheReveal]].
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Gru's insistence that El Macho is the bad guy is due more to Antonio putting the moves on Margo.
** Also, Gru's suspicion of Antonio himself. Gru would've been suspicious of ''any'' boy putting the moves on Margo; Antonio was just unlucky enough to be the first one to do it. However, while Gru didn't know this at first, there's a good reason to be suspicious of Antonio: [[spoiler: he doesn't like Margo that much and breaks her heart later on.]]
* RunningGag: Early on, one Minion gets his head stuck in a jam jar. He then makes repeat appearances throughout the film, with it still there even after being mutated, and at the wedding.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Gru and Lucy, to the hilt.
* ShipTease: [[spoiler: Two ship teases could be seen at Gru and Lucy's wedding: Silas and Natalie (one of Jillian's friends) and Fred (Gru's friendly neighbor from the first film) and Shannon. However, the latter ship couple probably sank as Shannon became interested in another guy]].
* ShoutOut: To ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', in a trailer where Gru tells the girls about his new job after Agnes asks if he's '''''really''''' gonna save the world here's what he replies:
-->'''Gru:''' Yes, yes I am!\\
** Several Minions are dressed as the Music/VillagePeople.
** The evil Minion that calls out the one disguised with purple paint does so in the exact same pose of Donald Sutherland in ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''.
** A swarm of evil Minions climbing a wall - and climbing over each other in the process - sure looks a ''lot'' like a scene from [[Film/WorldWarZ a zombie movie that came out a couple of weeks prior...]]
*** [[WordOfGod Commentary]] confirms they were inspired by the trailer.
** When Eduardo's chicken attacks Gru, it manages to get under his shirt and then [[Film/{{Alien}} bursts out through the chest.]]
** The main villain of the film is a [[spoiler:Mexican supervillain who is the [[TestosteronePoisoning manliest man ever]]]] and [[spoiler:takes a PsychoSerum to gain superpowers]]. Quite a resemblance to Bane of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fame.
** The jam-firing guns are very reminiscent of the Splurge Guns in Film/BugsyMalone.
** The wig store owner is a shout out to two famous supervillains: FuManchu (oriental clothes and moustache), and [[Film/JamesBond Blofeld]] (when Gru enters his shop he is petting a white wig that looks like a Persian cat).
** The lair of the BigBad can only be entered by [[Film/MonstersVsAliens dancing on the keypad.]]
** The [[spoiler:BigDamnGunship]] moment in the climax is awfully reminiscent of the same scene from ''StarWars Episode II: AttackOfTheClones'', camera angles and everything.
** The scene where Gru's unconscious date Shannon is tied to the roof of Lucy's car, in a scene that is vaguely similar to NationalLampoonsVacation.
** The brief scene of [[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=media&img=43346&id=despicableme2.htm a row of Minions in Gru's lab sitting on a girder eating lunch]] is a direct spoof of the photo [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunch_atop_a_Skyscraper "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper."]]
** Two of Gru's photos - the stereotypical nerdy photo and hip-hop photo - that the girls find are based off real famous photographs (the latter being a pastiche of the Beastie Boys "greatest hits" album cover).
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Agent Lucy Wilde.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Shannon goes through a ''lot'' of abuse. It starts with Lucy knocking her out with a moose tranquilizer and just keeps getting worse/better from there.
* SoftWater: [[spoiler:Gru and Lucy fall from a rocket into the ocean with no injuries whatsoever.]]
** [[spoiler:Slightly averted by the volcanic explosion slowing their fall before they reached terminal velocity.]]
* SongsInTheKeyOfLock: To gain entrance to El Macho's lair, you must play the opening notes of "La Cucaracha" on an electronic dance floor.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Despite Lucy being an ActionGirl who easily incapacitated Gru and his minions earlier, [[spoiler:Eduardo]] has only to grab her upper-arm to turn her into a DamselInDistress. Probably justified by him still having some of his CharlesAtlasSuperpower from younger days, so his grip might be quite strong; plus they were in the middle of a party, with several civilians (mostly children) around, so Lucy, being a trained secret agent, probably wanted to avoid collateral damage from fighting back.
* StockScream: There's a Wilhelm scream when the base is stolen.
* StrappedToARocket: El Macho straps Lucy to a rocket which is also laden with explosives ([[ItMakesSenseInContext and a shark]]) which he plans to fire into a volcano.
* TestosteronePoisoning: El Macho is described as "the manliest man ever", [[GargleBlaster drinking alcohol that's labeled as poison after also forcing a snake to spit venom into it]] and robbing armored trucks with his bare hands. He died in the most macho way possible: riding a shark strapped with two hundred pounds of dynamite into an active volcano. They NeverFoundTheBody, just a pile of singed chest hair. [[spoiler: He isn't quite as physically dangerous 20 years later, but still.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: El Macho's [[spoiler:faked]] death had him jump out of a plane on a shark strapped with dynamite and flying into a volcano.
** Pops up again later when he [[spoiler:prepares to kill Lucy in the same way.]]
* ThereWasADoor
* ThreateningShark: Subverted; a shark swims up to Lucy's car, but she veers away and it passes by without harming them. Other sharks in the area don't pay them any attention. Also, the shark strapped to the dynamite-rigged rocket aimed for the volcano twitches around a little, but does no harm. [[spoiler:The one on Lucy's rocket falls off of it and lands in a sushi shop, to the delight of its customers.]]
* TimeSkip: The ending takes place [[spoiler:147 dates later.]]
* ToiletHumour: The Fart Guns make a return.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: One of the minions is trapped when he licks a Popsicle dangled in front of him and his tongue gets stuck. He wakes up on the tropical island with his tongue still stuck to it.
* TwentyOneGunSalute: Gru honors Dr. Nefario's years of service with a [[http://youtu.be/KO9E9oC0Nx0 21 fart gun salute]] (although one of the minions makes it 22).
* TwiceShy: Implied to be this with Gru and Lucy's relationship. [[spoiler: Thankfully, the pair do admit their feelings and after 147 dates they marry.]]
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* UnderwaterBase: The AVL Base that Gru is recruited for and where Lucy works is underwater.
* UnfortunateNames: Ramsbottom.
-->'''Gru:''' Good day, Mr. Sheepsbutt.\\
'''Ramsbottom:''' Ramsbottom.\\
'''Gru:''' Yeah, like that's any better!
* WaifFu
* WeCanRuleTogether: Non-romantic version; El Macho says this to Gru near the end.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never see what happens to [[spoiler:El Macho after he is shot by Dr. Nefario.]]
** Nor do you find out the fate of the wig store owner after he is arrested [[spoiler:under false accusation, nor is it made explicit how trace amounts of the serum made it to his store (presumably planted by El Macho).]]
** Antonio. He [[FreezeRay got frozen]] at the party, but his dad [[spoiler:is the villain and has been defeated]] and we never see his mom. So, what happens to him after he defrosts? [[spoiler:He still has a lot to pay for, after breaking Margo's heart.]]
* WithCatlikeTread: Lucy's idea of stealth is to kick down a door screaming.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Eduardo has no problem siccing a BrainwashedAndCrazy Minion onto the girls when they're home... ''alone''!]]
* XRayVision: Gru and Lucy use them in one of their operations. Gru looks at Lucy with them, and [[BrainBleach sees her internal organs]].
* {{Zeerust}}: Another one of Gru's inventions: A motorcycle version of the Grumobile.
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