Characters: Despicable Me

The characters of Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and Minions.

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Protagonists (villainous or otherwise)

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A family of strange, but tight-knit characters.
  • Badass Family: By the end of the sequel, Gru, the girls, and Nefario rank right up there with the Parrs. The family becomes even more awesome with the addition of Lucy into the Gru family.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each one has their own color scheme.
    • Gru — Black/Grey.
    • Margo — Green.
    • Edith — Pink.
    • Agnes — Blue.
    • Dr. Nefario — White.
    • Lucy — Turquoise.
    • Minions — Yellow.
    • Kyle — Black.
  • Unlikely Heroes: No one would expect them to save the day, especially in regards to the more villainous ones.

Voiced by: Steve Carell

The strong, smart, big, hot-tempered, yet reluctant and serious protagonist of the franchise who has a Russian accent. A supervillain whose previous schemes including stealing the Times Square Jumbotron, the Statue of Liberty (actually the Las Vegas one) and the Eiffel Tower (also Vegas). When another villain shows him up by stealing the Pyramid of Giza, he decides to top that by stealing the moon. This will require a shrink ray, and to get his hands on it, he comes up with a plan involving three little orphan girls...
  • The Ace: Gru is introduced as the number one supervillain in the world.
  • Acrofatic: Well, while he's probably more bulky than fat, he can be far more agile than one would think.
  • Action Dad: Gru eventually becomes the father of Margo, Edith, and Agnes.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Gru's response to a Minion making a mocking shadow puppet of him in the credits.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Gru's eyes were black/grey in the first movie. They change to blue in the sequel.
  • Adorkable: Despite his apparent jerkass nature, Gru is this: Using the same lingo as young people, being the "fun dad", and his attempt at asking out Lucy.
  • Affably Evil: Gru is actually quite nice to the Minions.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Judging from his flashback in the sequel, the children of Gru's elementary school didn't like to be near him. They even said that being near him would give them "Gruties".
  • Amazon Chaser: For Lucy. Initially, Gru was completely annoyed with working with her in the sequel...until she shot Shannon (his obnoxious date) with a moose tranquilizer. Cue his Love Epiphany.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He was a villain in the past, and would still be a full-fledged one if it weren't for his Pet the Dog moments with his adopted daughters. In the sequel he's turned his back completely on his villainous ways and has a legitimate business as a jelly maker.
  • Anti-Hero: After his Heel-Face Turn, Gru switches to the hero side, but still keeps his negative qualities.
  • Anti-Villain: He started off as a villain, but he was still kind to Professor Nefario, the Minions, and eventually, the girls.
  • Attention Whore: He especially wants recognition from his mother.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Lucy in the sequel; they were posed this way in one of the sequel's posters.
  • Badass: Gru is not one to take lightly.
  • Badass Adorable: Child Gru at the end of the Minions film.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: He even does it in the movies' logo....and does the arm fold with his body turned sideways.
  • Badass Biker: In the sequel, Gru is one of these.
  • Badass Boast: At the end of Minions.
    Scarlet Overkill: You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With! I'm Scarlet Overkill! The world's greatest supervillain!
    Gru: Ohohoho... were you?
  • Badass Bookworm: Smart enough to build his own rocket as a child. Strong enough to punch a shark with one arm.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears one at his wedding in the sequel.
  • Badass In Charge: Gru has the command, loyalty, and even the affection of 10,400 Minions.
  • Bad Bad Acting: When Gru and the two remaining Minions Stuart and Dave sneak into El Macho's base. "Curses! Foiled again! These guys captured me!" While striking exaggeratedly-upset poses and waving his fake handcuffs around.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Gru succeeds in stealing the moon. Subverted in that Gru puts it back into orbit after finding out that shrink ray's effects on the moon are only temporary.
  • Bald of Evil: Also Bald of Awesome
  • Battle Couple: After he and Lucy marry in the sequel, they will most likely become this.
  • Becoming the Mask: Gru as the girls' adoptive father.
  • Benevolent Boss: The Minions adore him... and the feeling is mutual. He knows each of the almost-interchangable Minions by name, they have holiday weeks and love their work. In the sequel, he was horrified to see the majority of his Minions locked in cages, and acting like a bunch of wild animals, and when he, Dave and Stuart try to infiltrate El Macho's base, he sends them up an antenna to get away from the mutated Minions that are surrounding them even though it meant there was no room for him.
  • Berserk Button: Unless you want to face a possible beat down by someone who was one of the greatest supervillains in the world and who can punch a shark with one hand, there are a couple of buttons you shouldn't push with Gru:
    • Do not kidnap his daughters! Seriously! Vector was lucky he accidentally sent himself to the moon, or Gru might've thought about giving him the same fate as he did the Carnival Barker's stand!
    • Do not kidnap Lucy Wilde. Not only was she the first woman that Gru fell madly in love with, but after 147 dates, she became his wife.
    • Do not hurt his Minions. They may be his Minions, but he considers them a part of his family and threatening them is a big mistake.
    • The same is said for his mother (Marlena), Kyle (pet "dog") and Dr. Nefario. He sometimes has friction with all of them, but don't think that means he won't hurt someone who threatens any of them.
    • Break the heart of any of his daughters and it's time to say hello to his freeze ray. Sorry Antonio...NOT.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Gru may act like the usual villain: Egotistical, rude, selfish, dreams of achieving great evil, little empathy, and an all around Jerkass......get to actually know him and your opinion might change.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has thick eyebrows.
  • A Boy and His X: A Man And His Dog Thing. Still a mystery of how Gru found Kyle.
  • Brainy Brunette: It was seen clearly in Gru's flashback in the sequel that he had black hair in his youth. Plus, at only 8 Gru was able to build a prototype rocket with some scraps he managed to find.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Gru definitely counts as a former one when he steals a crown from Scarlet, after freezing her and Herb, and not returning said crown to the Queen.
  • Break the Cutie:
  • Broken Ace: Beneath his arrogant and jerkass nature, Gru has many insecurities that stem from his emotionally neglectful mother and lonely childhood.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Brooding Boy to Lucy's Gentle Girl.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Gru has a habit of announcing his Freeze Ray, which Lucy lampshades.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: To Lucy. To the point where he gets mad at the phone and burns it with a flamethrower.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In an Establishing Character Moment, he makes a balloon animal for a sad child and then pops it. He lives in a world where card-carrying supervillains are common enough to have their own bank to finance their schemes.
  • Catch Phrase: "Light bulb..." But this only applies to the first movie.
  • Celibate Hero: It was revealed in the sequel, that due to a childhood incident, Gru feared rejection and gave up seeking a romantic relationship as a result. Then, he met Lucy Wilde. He became a subversion after they fall in love, date, and marry.
  • Character Development: Over the course of two films, he goes from a Jerk with a Hidden Heart of Gold to Heart of Gold with some jerky tendencies.
  • Child Prodigy: Gru managed to build a working prototype rocket at the age of eight.
  • Cool Bike: It's like the motorcycle version of the Grumobile.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The trailers make him out to be an exceptional villain, but in the film, he's fairly low-key and far too nice to be an effective villain. It takes Vector kidnapping the girls for his true potential to show up.
  • Cruella to Animals: Implied. The main example is the crocodile couch in his living room.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Manages to set up a surprisingly effective jam-and-jelly manufacturing plant using his old inventions, though there are some teething problems. Turns out that making a jelly out of every known kind of berry doesn't yield a particularly tasty product.
  • Dark Is Evil: Gru wears dark clothing and is evil, or more precisely 'despicable', anyone can get.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: What Gru truly is underneath his Jerkass Fašade. It was finally brought out with the adoption of his three girls.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defrosting Ice King:
    • He gradually falls in love (platonically) with the girls in the first movie.
    • He quickly develops feelings for Lucy in the second.
  • Determinator: When he wants something, he'll stop at nothing to get it.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Gru's plenty smart, and he comes up with a plan to steal the moon (although has to put it back since the shrink ray was temporary).
  • Disappeared Dad: Actually it's strongly implied that Gru's father died when he was young, as evidenced as his early flashbacks only included him and his mother.
  • Doting Parent: To all his daughters.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He's extremely aggressive and drives a massive tank of a car.
  • Elaborate Underground Base
  • Embarrassing First Name: It's Felonious. No one calls him that. Not even his daughters, or his mother (whom she refers to him as "Son"). Or wife, for that matter...
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The whole reason Gru wanted to steal the moon is to finally impress his mother.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Gru truly cares about his Minions and later begins to truly love the girls. Then, he falls head over heels with Lucy.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He was appalled that a carnie cheated Agnes out of a stuffed unicorn (that she won legitamately) on a technicality. This, and his smile shortly after are the first signs of him Becoming the Mask.
  • Evil Is Petty: Prior to his Heel-Face Turn. Gru hits the cars in front and back of his monstrosity of a vehicle repeatedly while he's parallel parking. Not out of ineptitude, mind you, he parks perfectly; he does it just because it will make two strangers' days a little worse.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Him vs. Vector.
  • Facepalm: Gru's reaction to Dr. Nefario's "Boogie Robots" and the "Fart Gun".
  • Fan Disservice: Some may consider the two separate shots of Gru in a swimsuit to be this too.
  • A Father to His Men: He treats the minions like his own children.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: In the sequel, Gru has a flashback of when he had his first crush when he was 8 or 9. He was quite nervous and tried to gain her affection with a flower he got. Sadly, the said crush was part of the Kids Are Cruel group, which was the entire school, who didn't want to be near Gru at all because of his "Gruties". It's very clear that Gru has gotten over her, but she and the children left him with some major issues over his confidence on love and dating.
  • Freeze Ray: His main weapon. He has one that he uses on several customers in a coffee shop. As well as Vector at one point.
  • Freudian Excuse: He tried to gain his mother's respect ever since he was little, but she never acknowledged his talents. His school life also wasn't great either, because the other kids treated him like he was a walking fatal disease and didn't want to be near him.
  • Friendless Background: Before he met Dr. Nefario and the Minions, Gru didn't have any friends, as seen in his flashback in the sequel.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Gru doesn't build most of things in his lab, but he was able to build a prototype rocket and hadn't hit puberty yet.
  • Gag Nose: He has a distinctly big pointed nose. During his wedding at the end of the sequel, he and Lucy (who also has a large nose) try to kiss, but they both touch, so they tilt their heads to kiss.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's smart enough to build workable rockets out of whatever scrap he can find (or even macaroni when he was a kid), and is strong enough to punch out a shark.
  • Good Parents: Gru eventually becomes a caring and devoted father to his three girls.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Gru wears underpants with smileys, as seen in their escape from Vector's fortress.
  • Groin Attack: Twice from a robotic arm when breaking into Vector's lair, once later on, and a fourth one at the end. In the sequel, Eduardo's son does this to Gru at the Cinco de Mayo party.
  • Gun Fu: Shows incredible skill for this the sequel's climax.
  • Guns Akimbo: In the second movie's climax, Gru wield two guns with the serum's antidote.
  • Harmless Villain: He doesn't really do anything overly dastardly, at least in the animated film's universe (in Real Life, the consequences of stealing the Moon would be much more horriffic). Yes, Gru freezes a few people, but the freezing is implied to be harmless.
  • Heartbroken Badass:
    • In the first movie, when the girls are taken away by Miss Hattie because Nefario called her. He doesn't clear up the misunderstanding and becomes depressed over his inaction.
    • In the sequel, Gru began to develop romantic feelings for Lucy after after she saved him from a very bad date. The next day? He was practically beaming with joy! Then, the whole case they were working on ends and Silas informs Gru that Lucy will be reassigned to Australia. Despite how he doesn't want her to leave, Gru wishes her all the best; and they say their sad goodbyes. Needless to say, Gru immediately became depressed and heartbroken over the strong possibility of never seeing Lucy again; his conversation with Agnes only made it worse.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The sheer cuteness of the girls leads to his enormous change of heart.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Zig-Zagged. Gru is initially terrified of Kyle, his pet "dog" (to be honest Gru isn't entirely sure of Kyle's species). Gru also started off as a villain before his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Falls for redhead Lucy in the second movie.
  • Heroic Build: Zig zagged. Gru does have a broad build, but he starts off as a Card-Carrying Villain in the first movie before an official Heel-Face Turn.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dr. Nefario.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Gru spends most of the first film relying on technology to do his dirty work; in almost every case, it doesn't work properly, doesn't work well enough, or isn't what he needed or wanted in the first place. And then he takes on heat seeking missiles, followed by a shark. Bare handed. And doesn't break a sweat.
    • Him making pancakes in different shapes for the girls and a near-identical macaroni design of a rocket (as a child) shows that Gru is a pretty good artist.
    • He's a pretty good dancer.
  • High-Speed Missile Dodge: He pulls this off very impressively. Not only are the missiles in question heat-seeking, but he jumps over them and even runs on top of one.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Lucy's Tiny Girl. To be noted explicit, Lucy is taller than Gru because she wears high heels (without her heels she might still be taller than him or just about his height). Gru is still more muscular and bulky than Lucy.
  • Husky Russkie: Gru is a big guy with a thick, Russian-like accent.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: His Attention Whore attitude stems from the lack of his mother's emotional support.
  • Imagine Spot: Twice, only in the first film.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Towards Lucy. Justified because of a traumatic experience he had dealing with his first crush.
  • Jerkass: At first. His first on-screen time is committing a number of Kick the Dog moments; he's a Diabolical Mastermind who revels in his status as a Card-Carrying Villain. He adopts three orphaned girls for selfish reasons and initially treats them quite poorly but...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He eventually has a Heel-Face Turn and becomes a true father to the girls he adopts as part of his plan, even going Papa Wolf for them in the end. He's also a Benevolent Boss who treats his minions as individuals rather than Faceless Mooks (though they are used as guinea pigs for experiments).
  • Karma Houdini: Gru goes unpunished for all of his crimes he committed before and during the first movie. Silas comments in the sequel that had Gru kept on with his villainy, he would've been the AVL's next target.
  • Last Name Basis: Though his first name is revealed briefly in two places—the family tree, and his false information when pretending to be a dentist. It's Felonious, in case you were wondering.
  • Laughably Evil: Introduced as an exceptional villain and Diabolical Mastermind. Some of his worst schemes include successfully stealing the miniature Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower from Las Vegas.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: In the first film's climax when he raids Vector's base to rescue the girls.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's pretty agile for a guy drawn so top-heavy. Of course, this really only comes into play when he breaks into Vector's compound to rescue the girls.
  • Looks Like Orlok: He is bald, has a hooked nose, a hunched back, and a trenchcoat.
  • Love at First Punch: More like love at first lipstick teaser zap! Courtesy of AVL Agent, Lucy Wilde. It might have been a more subconscious desire for Lucy, but it began there.
  • Love Redeems: His love for the girls causes him to pull Heel-Face Turn.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Gru's Villainmobile can do this.
  • Made of Iron: While trying to get into Vector's base, Gru gets repeatedly hit with stuff, bitten, and missiled... but suffers no visible damage other than comically blackened skin. The same thing happens when he breaks into El Macho's base in the sequel, with darts being substituted for missiles.
  • Mad Scientist: Downplayed. He lets Dr.Nefario do most of the scientific/mechanical work but he is seen helping him from time to time (Gru was able to build a real rocket when he was a child).
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: In the second movie, he meets Lucy who would soon become his wife when she stuns him with her lipstick taser and kidnaps him.
  • May-December Romance: Lucy's age is left ambiguous, but she doesn't look any than older than 20-30. Word of God confirmed Gru to be in his fifties, and they end up marrying each other, so it counts.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Gru grew.
    • He's also a felon named Felonius.
    • GRU is also the acronym for Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye, the Soviet (and later Russian) military intelligence directorate. Early drafts played the Cold War elements more heavily than the final script, so it may be an Artifact Title.
  • Mommy Issues: See Gru's Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas, Freudian Excuse, and "Well Done, Son!" Guy sections for a better explanation.
  • Nerd Glasses: In the sequel. When the girls are signing up Gru for online dating, they see a picture of him, in his 20s, wearing glasses.
  • Nerves of Steel: Combined with Tranquil Fury, and only achieved if someone hurts his loved ones.
  • Noble Demon: He is the supervillain who goes out of his way to support a trio of orphans who seem to have become attached to him. And before that, his treatment of his minions.
  • Offhand Backhand: Gru does a shark!
  • Older Than He Looks: Although his age isn't specifically known, ay first glance Gru may look like he's around his early 40s or mid 30s. Gru is actually in his early 50s; the sequel makes this clear by having another kid mention the Apollo 11 moon landing in Gru's flashback.
  • Opposites Attract: The sarcastic, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, frowning Gru fell in love with the bubbly, Nice Girl, smiling Lucy.
  • Overprotective Dad: Become this in the sequel as he's against Margo having a relationship with a boy.
  • Papa Wolf: Holy shit, do not mess with Agnes, Edith, or Margo unless you want to suffer.
  • Parental Neglect: Although he is more of a "ridiculously clueless parent" at that point. He gets better.
  • Pet the Dog: Gru might be a villain, but he is a boss who knows the names to all of his employees.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In the first film, Gru wears a pink astronaut suit by the time he gets to the moon to shrink it. Of course, the reason it's pink is because he washed it in the same load as the girls' pink tutus, but hey, he still wears it! He also attends his daughters' ballet recitals after some resistance that had more to do with being busy than with not wanting to be seen at a ballet class. In the sequel he dresses up in a pink fairy costume when the woman he hired to come to Agnes' birthday party cancels at the last minute.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The deadpan, blunt blue to Lucy's excitable, Hot-Blooded red.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: He may be retired from being a villain, but his villainous tendencies still show occasionally. He can still be an outright Jerkass on a few occasions and is very much still a Badass.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Lucy's Energetic Girl.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Gru wears a gray and black striped one.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Well, he used to wear them in his 20s, as seen in the sequel in an old picture.
  • Stout Strength: Downplayed. Gru is on the large side (Lucy even called him "fat man"), but it's more broad muscle.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Gru once took down a shark in one hit but struggles a lot against a small chicken.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: If you look closely at his family tree, he's the spitting image of his father, Robert Gru, just with no hair on his head or chin.
  • They Do: He marries Lucy at the end of the second film.
  • Title Character: The "Me" part in Despicable Me refers to Gru.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He goes from Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain to Papa Wolf with a Bald of Awesome who punches out a shark and dodges a Macross Missile Massacre.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His character development has him developing a real bond with the girls.
  • Tranquil Fury: Gru does lose his temper and can yell, but only for comedic purposes. If someone truly enrages him, he won't even raise his voice.
  • Tsundere: A male example of a Type A.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The Ugly Guy to Lucy's Hot Wife. A downplayed example: Lucy is pretty average herself, but she's still more attractive than Gru who is bald, big-nosed and weird looking.
  • Unflinching Walk: At the first film's near end, Gru does this while raiding Vector's base to rescue the girls.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Though the "Unsympathetic" part is gone by the time his Heel-Face Turn came around.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: See Freudian Excuse.
  • Villainous BSOD: What happens to Gru when Dr. Nefario convinces Gru to give the girls away for becoming too much of a distraction. Or Gru when Vector's No Kill Like Overkill missile targeting lasers fix on Gru.
  • Villain Protagonist: A literal example, he's the protagonist and proud to be a supervillain. He later has a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: All his life, Gru fantasized about stealing the moon. This goal ends up clashing with his commitments to the girls. The final shot of the film suggests that Gru has been rewarded with both: the family is silhouetted against the moon, now returned to its place in the sky.
  • Weapon of Choice: Since the first film, Gru always carries his Freeze Ray.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To his mother.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: A funny one, clearly.
  • You! Exclamation: Gru said this when he discovers Vector stealing the shrink ray from him.

    The Three Girls 

Gru's three adoptive daughters that somehow boss him around and make him act more emotional, caring, & friendly.
  • Action Girls: All of them become this at the sequel's climax. See Girls with Guns.
  • Adorably Precocious Children: All of them, obviously.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats, or more precisely, kittens.
  • Badass Adorable: Emphasis on "Adorable".
  • Badass Arm-Fold: All of them did this in the first movie when Gru initially refused to take them to ballet practice.
  • Ballet: A recital of Swan Lake featuring them is a major plot point of the first film.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Agnes, Margo and Edith. Although all three of them are very lovely, intelligent, and act like tough girls.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Edith, Margo, and Agnes (although she has black hair and a red headband). Later, Edith is the blonde to Lucy's redhead; Margo and Agnes are the brunettes to Lucy's redhead in the sequel.
  • Bratty Half Pints: Averted. All three of them have their quirks, but are quite behaved.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • When Gru gives the girls back to Miss Hattie, thanks to Nefario. Agnes clinging to Gru's leg, begging him to not send them back; Edith is too angry to even speak and doesn't give Gru one last look before leaving; and Margo is obviously heartbroken, but still thanks Gru in a sad voice.
    • In the sequel, Margo's first heartbreak, thanks to Antonio; and Agnes immediately stops smiling after Gru tells her that Lucy is being relocated to Australia.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Margo (green), Edith (pink), and Agnes (blue). It was even lampshaded by Gru at the end of the first movie.
  • The Cuties: All three of them, full freaking stop, but mostly Agnes. Heck, they're cute enough to propel Gru into a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Daddys Girls: All of them are fond of Gru.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All three of them were abandoned by their biological parents at one point. And were raised in an Orphanage of Fear by Miss Hattie, their emotionally abusive caretaker who would make them sell cookies (and clean her things) so she could get the money. And should the trio not meet their quota or annoy her, she would put them in the "Box of Shame".
  • Deuteragonists: All three of them, but mostly Margo in the first movie.
  • Free-Range Children: Deconstructed. The girls go off on their own to sell cookies to earn money for their abusive caretaker.
  • Freudian Trio: Margo (Superego), Agnes (Ego), and Edith (Id)
  • Girls with Guns: The girls help Gru, Dr. Nefario, and the Minions free and unmutate the Minions that Eduardo and (initially) Dr. Nefario captured to help take over the world. They used guns filled with jellies Gru and the Minions manufactured that was combined with the antidote Dr. Nefario created.
  • Happily Adopted: They get it in the end of the first film, naturally.
  • Heartwarming Orphans: They are quirky, cute orphans.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The girls are always seen together and value one another's company.
  • Hidden Depths: They each have something more to them then meets the eye.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The first movie has the trio, especially Agnes, wanting to be adopted by a loving family.
  • Kid Heroes: Became this in the sequel.
  • Little Miss Badasses: All of them are pre-teens and are tough cookies.
  • Mad Scientists Beautiful Daughters: The three adorable daughters of evil genius, Gru.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Margo's name is Greek for "pearl" (and the Greek word for pearl is "margarites"), which could allude to the type of glasses she wears are pearl. Added to that, Margo is the eldest of the trio, she acts (or at least tries to) as their leader and guide through the unpleasant life they live until they find their happy home with Gru. Now how are pearls made? By taking something irritating and covering it with a stop measure (Margo's sarcasm and biting wit qualify for this) until it turns into something both beautiful and valuable.
    • Edith's name is from Old English and means "war" which hints her fondness for destruction and love of Gru's weapons.
    • Agnes' name is of Greek descent and translates to "pure", which is perfect given her innocent and childlike nature.
  • Morality Chain: In Despicable Me 2, Gru mentions that he's given up his villain lifestyle in order to be a better father to them.
  • Morality Pet:
    • For Gru, who gradually warms up to them over the course of the first film and becomes fiercely protective of them by the end.
    • They bring out the softer side of their grandmother, Marlena, who is far nicer to them than she is to her own son.
    • Kyle becomes a nicer "dog" thanks to their influence, especially Agnes'.
  • Mysterious Past: It was never revealed when Margo, Edith, and Agnes arrived at the orphanage.
  • Nice, Mean and In-Between: It's downplayed in that they're all varying degrees of nice but Agnes is by far the most innocent and affectionate, Edith is a mischievous prankster, and Margo is the caring but also cynical and snarky older sibling.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Word of God stated that the girls aren't "technically" related, but they're always together; they do consider each other sisters.
  • Out of Focus: After being the main characters along with Gru in the first film, in the sequel they essentially serve as living props in favor of giving the Minions more sequences.
  • Parental Abandonment: Which led each of them to be 'raised' in Miss Hattie's orphanage.
  • Parent with New Paramour: When Lucy was first introduced to the girls, Agnes was the first one to ship her with her adoptive father Gru. Later on, when Gru married Lucy, all the girls were certainly happy to have a new mother.
  • Pint Sized Kids: Margo is the oldest and a pre-teen, but only reaches around Gru's waistline. Edith is around Gru's knees or a little lower on his waistline. Agnes, being the youngest, automatically reaches to the lower portion of his legs.
  • Plucky Comic Reliefs: Oh, god, up to the level as the Minions.
  • Spoiled Sweet: The trio are doted on by Gru and they still are nice girls.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Mildly in the original. While they do act as damsels in distress, they have a calmer attitude when Vector kidnaps them instead of a horrified one like their earlier reaction to Vector pointing a gun at them.
    • In the sequel, they join in the action of returning the Minions to normal.
  • Town Girls: Edith (Butch), Margo (Neither), Agnes (Femme).

Voiced by: Miranda Cosgrove

Oldest, cynical, somewhat bossy, yet coolest of the three girls Gru adopts. She acts as a guardian to her younger sisters, and as such is slow to trust anyone. She was the most suspicious of Gru when encountering him for the first time, so she took a liking to everything of Gru's possessions the least.

Voiced by: Dana Gaier

Middle, sarcastic, curious, and the tomboy of the three girls Gru adopts. Somewhat disagreeable, though she was the first to take a liking to Gru's weapons, Minions and talent as both father and villain. She likes to scare her siblings, but is easily irritated when Agnes sings.

Voiced by: Elsie Fisher

Youngest, tender, and joyful of the three girls Gru adopts. She's an oddball who loves unicorns and anything that's fluffy, a lot. Also, the first to take a liking to Gru and Kyle, his "pet dog", the most, rather than seeing them with suspicion.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Her stuffed unicorn.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Somewhat Justified because of her innocent personality of a typical child. And all she wants is to be loved and love her family.
  • And Call Him George: Kyle happens to be hugged by her, and ended up by dressed by her and Edith to look like a girl.
  • Animal Motifs: Unicorns, given her love for them, and later the stuffed unicorn she carries around.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Downplayed. To Edith, at least, despite them not being actually related. The "annoying" part doesn't come up as much and they get along great.
  • The Baby Of The Bunch: The youngest of the girls, as well as the youngest member of the Gru family.
  • Badass Biker: Proved to be this in her spotlight short Training Wheels.
  • Berserk Button: Remember that stuffed unicorn she won from the first movie? "IT'S SO FLUFFY!" Well in the sequel, Evil Kevin tries to eat her stuffed unicorn, only for her to let out an extended, nails-on-chalkboard shriek which breaks Evil Kevin's goggles, buying Margo and Agnes some time to escape to the underground laboratory.
  • Big Eater: Lampshaded by Gru, "Agnes, easy on the churros!"
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her signature blue overalls and being the nicest of the Grus.
  • Brown Eyes: To represent her kind-hearted character.
  • Cheerful Child: The most joyful, happy-go-lucky and innocent of the girls. Justified, as she's the youngest.
  • The Chick: Also doubles as The Heart. Agnes always encourages optimism and hope.
  • Children Are Innocent: The most innocent and naive of her sisters. Which is why Margo is so protective of her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: And it is cute.
  • The Cutie: All three are gorgeous, but Agnes is widely considered the cutest one.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Stars in her own Minion short, "Training Wheels".
  • Fluffy Tamer: "It's so fluffy, I'm gonna DIE!!" She manages to "tame" Kyle so that, while still ill-tempered, he no longer violently attacks Gru and is willing to let Agnes and Edith dress him up like a girl, complete with make-up.
  • Genki Girl: The first time Gru meets the girls, Agnes is the one only excited and she starts happily hugging his leg.
  • A Girl And Her X: A Girl And Her Dog Thing. Agnes is shown to be the closest to the girls' pet "dog".
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Especially if they happen to be unicorns.
  • The Heart: She's been described as being the "Heart" of the Gru family.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Out of her sisters, Agnes is the closest to Kyle, their pet "dog".
  • Hidden Depths: "Training Wheels" shows Agnes handling a motorcycle fairly well.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: How does Agnes's ponytail manage to stand straight up?
  • The Ingenue: The most innocent, nice, and naive of her sisters (and family).
  • The Kirk: Not as cynical as Margo, but not as rambunctious as Edith.
  • Love at First Sight: A parent version in the sequel. Agnes instantly has a connection with Lucy Wilde and ask Gru if he's going to marry Lucy. He denies it, but after coming to realize his feelings for her and after 147 dates, he does marry Lucy.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: When Evil Kevin tried to eat her stuffed unicorn, she screams loud enough to not only break his goggles, but several picture frames and a small stone bust of Gru's mother.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted in the most adorable way possible. "It's so fluffy, I'm gonna DIE!!"
  • Nice Girl: Her sisters aren't mean by a long shot, but with Margo being a Deadpan Snarker and Edith having the role of the The Prankster, Agnes is the least sarcastic and only plays pranks because of Edith's influence.
  • Oblivious Younger Sibling: Didn't suspect or question Gru's adoption of the girls in the first film.
  • Plucky Girl: Goes hand-and-hand with being The Pollyanna. Agnes is full of optimism.
  • The Pollyanna: She always looks on the brighter side of things.
  • Princess Phase: In the sequel, at her birthday party, Agnes was wearing a princess costume that had a unicorn "steed" sewn to her dress.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Relatively pale skin and black hair.
  • Red Is Heroic: Agnes's red hairband.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Justified since Agnes is of preschool age.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Lucy with Gru the instance she meets the former.
    Agnes: (To Lucy) Are you single?
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Downplayed since Agnes is a central character of the franchise, but she is the main reason Gru begins to change his ways; her unconditional adoration of him regardless of how he treats her makes him realize what life is really about. She unwittingly sets his change in motion after Gru defends her at the Space Killer blaster game at the amusement park after the attendant mocks her for not winning the game which upsets her, and him.
  • Sweet Tooth: In the first film, Agnes dug into a doggy bowl to eat the candy inside.

    Dr. Nefario 
Voiced by: Russell Brand

Gru's hearing-impaired gadget man and Mad Scientist friend, builder of the devices he uses in his schemes.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: He's very old, which makes him quite hearing impaired.
  • Anti-Hero: Dr. Nefario can be seen as this in the sequel, showing he's loyal to Gru and his family.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dr. Nefario lampshades this quite a few times.
  • December-December Romance: Implied to be this with Marlena, Gru's mother.
  • The Dragon: Gru's right hand man in villainy.
  • Easily Forgiven: Seriously, he's responsible for everything going wrong in the third acts of both films; even if he's immediately repentant, we never see him get called out for any of it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Building an army for El Macho and attempting to take over the world? Not a problem. Hurting Gru and the rest of his "family"? All bets are off.
  • Expy: Doctor Nefario resembles another animated elderly Mad Scientist: Professor Farnsworth in Futurama.
  • For Your Own Good: His excuse for having the kids taken back to the orphanage so they stop distracting Gru from his evil plan. Though then again, the least he could've done was tell Gru about it.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Built most of the inventions that Gru uses and was able to create PX-47, the antidote for the Minions that were mutated by PX-41.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: It's a mystery of what his real eyes look like.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Goes through this during the second movie. He quits working for Gru, and goes to work for Eduardo, injecting Gru's Minions with a serum that makes them go nuts (more nuts than normal) but later comes back to Gru's side and saves Edith from a Minion.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gru.
  • Honorary Uncle: To the girls in the sequel.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He believes that Gru's affection for the girls is holding back from the moon theft (which they've been working towards for years) and felt he had no choice but to call up the orphanage to have Miss Hattie pick up the girls.
  • Karma Houdini: He called up Miss Hattie to take back the girls without informing Gru? The protagonist just agrees with Nefario's reasoning. Kidnapped the Minions to turn them into Brainwashed and Crazy monsters for El Macho to rule the world? The only comeuppance he gets is a very mild call out from Gru...who later forgives him, along with the Minions, and the girls.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dr. Nefario is Gru's closest and most loyal friend coming to his rescue when Gru fell off Vectors ship and helping him rescue Agnes, Edith, and Margo even though he didn't seem to like them much and sent them back to Miss Hattie when he felt that Gru is not putting enough effort into their plot to steal the moon. In time, he came to accept the girls being a prominent facet of Gru's life.
  • Last Name Basis: We only know his title and last name.
  • Mad Scientist: Nefario is a scientific genius and invented "the Nefario principle" when he explained that the larger an object or person's mass is, the quicker the effects of the Shrink Ray that they stole wear off.
  • Meaningful Name: Dr. Nefario loves to do evil deeds.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: The most amoral and truly villainous one in Gru's family. In the sequel he explicitly says that he enjoys being evil and he misses their old villainous days.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Not really. He's rather absent minded.
  • Only Sane Man: The only person who notices that the girls' continued presence is causing Gru to neglect his career and lifelong dream.
  • Papa Wolf: Becomes one in the sequel. When El Macho tries to take over the world with an army of Brainwashed and Crazy Minions, the good doctor, who helped him with the plan, develops an antidote when the villain decides to attack Margo, Edith, and Agnes. A quote after the fact sums up this trope:
    Dr. Nefario I mean, I'm happy with creating an evil army to destroy the world...but nobody messes with my family.
  • Science Hero: "Hero" is debatable, but Dr. Nefario is a genius when it comes to science and inventing.
  • Ship Tease: He was dancing in a flirtatious manner with Gru's mother, Marlena, in both of the endings of the original and sequel. Other than that, the audience hardly sees them interact at all.
  • The Smart Guy: Dr. Nefario is Gru's gadgeteer residing in his underground lair and laboratories, who builds and designs most of Gru's machines.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In the sequel he helps with El Macho's plan for world conquest by kidnapping the Minions and brainwashed them. But, he does help Gru in the end and makes an antidote...yet, he still wants a life in evil. So, Nefario probably qualifies.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Dr. Nefario didn't seem to like the girls in the first movie because he saw them as a distraction to Gru. Although, he does help in saving them from Vector. Come the sequel, he considers them as part of his family.

    Lucy Wilde 
Voiced by: Kristen Wiig

Lucy Wilde is a cunning secret agent who has teamed up with Gru in Despicable Me 2 to hunt down an extremely dangerous super-villain. She loves one-upping Gru with her quirky gadgets and has perfected her own form of martial arts by combining jujitsu, krav maga, Aztec warfare and krumping.
  • Action Girl: She knows Jiu-jitsu, Krav Maga, and Aztec Warfare.
  • Action Mom: Not only can Lucy kick some serious ass, but she and Gru marry, becoming the butt-kicking mother of the couple's three adorable girls.
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: To the girls, after she marries Gru.
  • Adorkable: Sweet, dorky, excitable, and appears to have the mind of a child at times.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She's a big fan of Gru's and she ends up marrying him.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Having a last name like Wilde is pretty cool.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Gru in one of the sequel's posters.
  • Badass Adorable: Kick some serious butt? Check. Still be awkward and say the sweetest and funniest things? Double check.
  • Badass Longcoat: A matching turquoise long coat.
  • Battle Couple: After marrying Gru at the end of the sequel, she and Gru likely become this.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: After Eduardo pulled a Red Herring on Floyd, Silas ordered Lucy to go to the AVL Branch in Australia. While on the plane, she realizes she is in love with Gru and returns.
  • Blithe Spirit: To Gru in the romantic sense.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her outfit and overall color theme is turquoises (bluish-green).
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to Edith's blonde; the redhead to Margo and Agnes' brunettes.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Gru's Brooding Boy.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Lucy can be overly talkative and sometimes she borders on being a little crazy, but when it comes to doing her spy job? She's the first person you know you can count on.
  • Calling Your Attacks: After she's fired them. Not before.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: In the Adorkable kind of way.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: For some reason, Lucy isn't seen in any of the Despicable Me 2 shorts. This could possibly be because the shorts take place before the movie.
  • Cleopatra Nose: A sandwich-shaped nose and she's quite attractive.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She has some shades of this when she spies Gru's date with Shannon.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Shades of this.
  • Color Motifs: Always seen in turquoise.
  • Combat Stilettos: Lucy's heels are about 6 inches high, but that doesn't stop from getting the job done!
  • Cool Car: It can convert to underwater and flight mode.
  • Cool Shades: Briefly wearing them when she first meets Gru. They are the same color of turquoise like her outfit.
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: After Lucy gives Gru a business card, she appears to be doing this at him, including possibly looking at him with a flirtful eye, when she turns to leave.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Silly and talkative, but alert and skilled. However, her skilled parts are shown earlier and the silly parts are rather visible later.
  • Damsel in Distress: Becomes this in the climax, when El Macho kidnaps her.
  • Dance Battler: Lucy claims that her combat style involves elements of krumping.
  • Deuteragonist: In the sequel.
  • Dork Knight: A spy of the AVL...and a complete dorky basket-case.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Somewhat justified since both times she drove crazy, her car had the equipment to handle both.
  • Dude Magnet: She gets the immediate love from Minions Dave, Stuart, and Jerry. Eduardo also seems to appreciate her good looks.
  • Fiery Redhead: Not in the aggressive sense, though.
  • Fighting Irish: Implied. Lucy's last name "Wilde" is another name for an Irish restaurant or bar, so she may be of Irish ancestry.
  • Friend to All Children: It's heavily implied during her first meeting with the girls. Even more so when Agnes said, "My new mom Lucy is beyond compare." The girls and Lucy must have done some real bonding for Agnes to say that.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Implied during her first scene with El Polito (Eduardo's pet chicken).
  • Gadget Watches: Her watch can release a liquid that temporarily blinds or freezes someone. It also can shoot darts that have a mild dose of moose tranquilizer.
  • Gag Nose: During her wedding at the end, she and Gru (who has a nice honker to begin with) try to kiss, but they both touch, so they tilt their heads to kiss.
  • Genius Ditz: Lucy is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander with mild Woman Child tendencies, but she knows how villains think and is an impressive spy in her field.
  • Genki Girl: Lucy, although initially introduced as a serious and stoic woman, is generally very happy, enthusiastic, cheerful, and perky, shown when she exclaims, "Yay!" after telling Gru she is his new partner.
  • Genre Savvy: Lucy offers a number of them in Despicable Me 2:
    • When she first meets Gru, Lucy points out that she should call out his attacks after he fires them, otherwise others can counter it, like Lucy did.
    • Tells Gru that every bad guy has a booby trap. He doesn't think so. Two seconds later, he accidentally activates a booby trap.
    • As she and Gru are hurtling towards the volcano, she informs Gru that he should cut the red wire, since it's usually the red wire that you have to cut.
  • Girly Bruiser: Lucy is a master of Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Aztec Warfare, and krumping! She also wears a knee-length cyan dress with heels.
  • Good Counterpart: To Miss Hattie. Both are voiced by the same actress and have some relation to Gru and the girls — Miss Hattie was an abusive parental figure to the girls and was only wooed by Gru to get what he wanted; Lucy is a positive mother figure to the girls and Gru developed strong, romantic feelings for her, for real. Also, Miss Hattie is a fat jerk, only uses the girls in her care to make money and doesn't really care for any of them, and appears to be quite lazy; Lucy is a quite thin and an extremely nice person, she's heavily implied to be a Friend to All Children upon being introduced to the girls, and is very pro-active in her work.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Lucy may be an odd one, but she has a lot of Genre Savvy.
  • Hartman Hips: Lucy is quite thin, but has some curvy hips.
  • Hello, Nurse!: In some points, Lucy is portrayed as attractive and a beautiful person, catching the eyes of Minions including Dave, Stuart and Tom. When Agnes first meets Lucy, it is clear that she notices her beauty and then asks her "Are you single?".
  • Hidden Depths: Word of God reveals that Lucy's parents were killed by a villain when she was a child. Despite that, she isn't antagonistic towards Gru when they first meet even though he is a villain (technically, ex-villain).
  • Hot-Blooded: Always excited for a mission.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Gru's Huge Guy. To be more precise, Lucy is taller than Gru because of her heels; without them she might be around his height or still a little taller than him. Gru, on the other hand, is more bulky and muscular than Lucy.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Wears a long, cyan dress when on missions.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Downplayed. With Lucy, Gru was able to find a woman that not only returned his feelings, but could be a Badass just as much as he is one.
  • May-December Romance: Lucy's age is left ambiguous, but she doesn't look any than older than 20-30. Word of God confirmed Gru to be in his fifties, and they end up marrying each other, so it counts.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Lucy" is an English and French feminine given name derived from Latin masculine given name Lucius with the meaning as of light (born at dawn or daylight, shiny, or of light complexion)— reflecting either her cheerful, bright personality or skin complexion.
    • Lucy can also be quite the wild(e) woman.
  • Motor Mouth: Part of her dorky appeal.
  • Mysterious Past: Her background into her family life or why she became an AVL agent is left a mystery.
  • Nerves of Steel: Lucy is very good at keeping cool in dangerous situations, shown when she hijacked Gru, is attacked by Gru whom is using his Freeze Ray. She also remained somewhat cheerful and calm when she is strapped to Eduardo's rocket, although in reality she is freaking out.
  • Nice Girl: Lucy is friendly, bubbly, polite, reliable, honest, and hardworking; she's rarely sarcastic or angry..... even with being the subordinate of someone like Silas Ramsbottom or a partner and and later wife of Gru.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently she had to use her lipstick taser for a couple of bad dates.
  • Noodle People: She's quite thin.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She often gets into Gru's personal space, much to his chagrin and likely because she has a crush on him. After the climax, Gru doesn't mind her in his space. Maybe it has to do with the fact if him realizing his feelings for her and not wanting Lucy to leave him again.
  • Only Friend: Lucy is the only one in the AVL who will work with Gru.
  • Opposites Attract: The bubbly, Nice Girl, smiling Lucy fell in love with the sarcastic, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, frowning Gru.
  • Parental Abandonment: Word of Saint Paul revealed that Lucy's parents were killed by a villain when Lucy was very young. That's the reason why she joined AVL.
  • Playing with Fire: When Gru attempted to use his Freeze Ray on Lucy, she reacted by using her small flame thrower.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Don't let her goofy behavior fool you.
  • Plucky Girl: She never gives up.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Averted. Lucy sports a bun and is quite tomboyish.
  • Quirky Curls: Her bun contains curls rolled up in it.
  • Red-Headed Heroine: A redheaded spy for an organization that fights super villains.
  • Red-Headed Stepchild: Inverted. She's the red-headed stepmother to the girls in sequel' s ending and is loved by the girls and the Minions.
  • Red Is Heroic: Both of her fingernails and toenails are painted red and she is an agent of the Anti-Villain League (AVL), a global organization dedicated to fighting crime on a global scale. She also wears red lipstick.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The excitable, Hot-Blooded red to Gru's deadpan, blunt blue.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Gru's Savvy Guy.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a white scarf with pink polka dots.
  • Second Love: To Gru, as Lucy was the first woman he developed strong feelings for after his disastrous first crush as a child.
  • She-Fu: Shades of possessing this skill.
  • Shoe Phone: "You know, you really should announce your weapons after you fire them, Mr. Gru. For example...(shocks Gru) Lipstick Taser!"
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: To signify her as Gru's Love Interest and eventual wife.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite admiring Gru for his villain reputation, Lucy admired him more for his good parenting to the girls and really started to like him after he became an official good guy.
  • The Stoic: Tries continuously to invoke it, but fails.
  • They Do: She marries Gru at the end of the second film.
  • True Blue Femininity: Downplayed. Lucy wears turquoise clothing and is very sweet, but not entirely feminine.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The Hot Wife to Gru's Ugly Guy. A downplayed example: Lucy is pretty average herself, but she's still more attractive than Gru who is bald, big-nosed and weird looking.
  • Villainous Crush: Inverted. She has the crush on the villain, or ex-villain. Eventually, Gru does grow feelings for Lucy.
  • Waif-Fu: A relatively small woman with skills that can send larger enemies flying.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Her Lipstick Taser. She later gives it to Gru to remember her by when she has to go to Australia. But after having a Love Epiphany, she stays, but is captured by El Macho. Gru comes to rescue her and uses the taser to knock out the One-Winged Angel El Macho.
    • A close second is her flamethrower.
  • Woman Child: Sometimes exhibits the mind of a child.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has a few of them spread on her face.

    The Minions 
Voiced by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Jemaine Clement

A small army of yellow, cute, loyal, and childish begoggled humanoids in overalls who do the grunt work for Gru. When meeting the girls for the first time, they immediately form a big-hearted relationship with them. They're often classified as the scene-stealers of the film because of their remarkable humor. They adore their boss, who surprisingly enough returns the affection. This doesn't mean they're all that effective sometimes...
  • Adaptational Villainy: Through being retconnedWord of God explained their origin by being genetically engineered corn kernels. However, in their own spin-off/prequel movie, their main goal is to find and serve under an evil boss.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: Gru's adorable minion thingies.
  • Adorkable: They're 10,400 cuddly, accident-prone minions that you want to hug all day.
  • Advertised Extra: As far as specific named Minions go, Dave only really shows up once, maybe twice. Yet he's the go-to Minion for merchandise. He gets more to do in the sequel.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Called "munchkins" by Lucy.
  • Ambiguous Gender: While they are referred to using the pronoun "he", and the named ones only have male names (Jerry, Norbert, Bob, Dave, etc.), it's still not clear if they really are all boys or if they're just called that to make it easier for the characters.
  • Amusing Injuries: At least in this trailer.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: They seem to frequently succumb to this.
  • Badass Adorable: They're a lot tougher than you might think.
  • Badass Army: 10,400 strong. Their own film, however, only focuses on three of them.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: At the end of the first movie, it's revealed that minions can do this.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Minions shows that they've been around even longer than humans, and have served (and accidentally killed) many of history's most notorious evil masterminds. Their previous masters include a T. rex, Genghis Khan, and Dracula. The downfall of all three can be directly attributed to the Minions' incompetence.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Sometimes their gibberish is somewhat intelligible.
    • When a minion hands the makeshift unicorn to Agnes he says, "Para t˙!" which is Spanish/Portuguese for "For you!"
    • They also call ice cream "gelato", wich is the italian word for, well... ice cream.
    • In the sequel, two minions say "Kampai!" (the Japanese equivalent of "Cheers!") while clinking their drinking glasses together.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Loyal, adorable, and can be shaken and used as a glowstick, or plugged headfirst into a socket for a makeshift lightbulb. They can also breathe in space and survive being hit on the head with a hammer.
  • Breakout Characters: They have starred in several of their own shorts and even got their own feature film.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: What happens after they are injected with the PX-41.
  • Brown Eyes: Every single one of them.
  • Butt Monkey: They are the go-to test subjects for new weapons and serums.
  • Catch Phrase: One word that frequently pops up in their vocabulary is, "Pooka!"
  • Chain of People: One of their basic skills.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The aforementioned skill is what helps them save Gru and Margo during the climax of the first film.
  • Cloning Blues: Averted. They all have names - and Gru knows every single one. He could even tell that the first mutated Minion he saw was Kevin.
  • Creator Cameo: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud voice almost all the minions.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: See Genius Ditz.
  • Cyclops: Some of the Minions only have one eye.
  • Dope Slap: They do this to each other a lot.
  • Extreme Omnivore: A result of their mutations in the sequel.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: One scene involves three of them fighting over a banana. None of them get it.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: They build all of Gru's gadgets, ships and weapons, and they all work perfectly. This reaches ridiculous levels in "Training Wheels", when they build Agnes a rocket bike, and a bike that can break apart and form into a Powered Armor.
  • Genius Ditz: For starters, how about hacking into government records to alter Gru's credentials while Miss Hattie was still reading them?
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Both one- and two-eyed Minions wear pairs of goggles at all times. The prequel even shows them emerging from the sea wearing primitive goggles made from leaves.
  • Hammerspace: Comes standard for the Minions, who all have one huge weapon and possibly a crude disguise each.
  • Heh Heh, You Said X: They laughed at Mr. Ramsbottom's name in the second movie.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: In the Vitriolic Best Buds sense.
  • Impossible Shadow Puppets: During the credits of the first film, one of the Minions makes a perfect shadow puppet of Gru.
    "Hello! I am Gru! Back to work! Back to work!"
  • Iron Butt Monkey: They take a lot of abuse, which is always Played for Laughs. The Minions themselves will often laugh at the other's misfortunes, and most of them will usually suffer it shortly afterwards as well.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Of the Clown variety. They're annoying, they're hilarious, they're yellow and they make Illumination millions.
  • Lethally Stupid: Before they came under Gru's service, they had dozens of other masters, all of whom they accidentally killed.
  • The Load: In the "Stars are Brighter!" short, one Minion continually laughs at the others as they try to change a fizzled lightbulb, and then accidentally drops and breaks the replacement lightbulb. He ends up getting plugged into the socket himself.
  • Mascot Mook: Not just for their own movie, but for Illumination Entertainment as a whole. And boy, does it show. They're on cereal boxes, balloons, toys, school supplies, books, shirts, and pretty much everything else that can be merchandised, up to and including their own film.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: They enjoy firing the missiles, and it seems that they're not the sharpest knives in the drawer. They also happily adapt to pretty much any situation. One of the DVD mini-movies features some new Minions watching an introductory video to working at Gru's "company" which proclaims, among other things, great opportunities for evil. The picture on the screen shows several Minions arguing with and slapping each other.
  • Mooks: Totally defied. Despite their barely-variable appearances, and their inborn desire to serve the cruelest master in the land, they are treated as neither interchangeable nor expendable.
  • Morality Pets: The first sign that showed Gru wasn't an evil guy was him being a Benevolent Boss to the Minions.
  • Not So Above It All: In one early commercial for the first film, one Minion non-verbally scolds another for playing with a mooing cow can, then walks offscreen to play with it himself.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are at least two Minions named Jerry and another two are both named Kevin (though Minions reveals that the taller one is technically Sir Kevin).
  • Only Sane Man: In the second movie, the minion dressed as Lucy calmly extinguishes Gru's flaming telephone while the others are running around with axes and fire hoses and screaming, "BEE-DO BEE-DO BEE-DO..."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Whenever out amongst people, they generally wear a wig (beard optional), clothes (may or may not include a hat of some kind), and nothing else to hide the fact they're tiny yellow three-fingered creatures, or that some of them clearly have only one eye in the center of their "face".
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Punch Clock Villain: Serving the most powerful villains is their sole purpose in life.
  • Silent Snarker: A few of them fit The Unintelligible variation.
  • Speaking Simlish: But with a little Bilingual Bonus thrown in. Also, they get a few English lines, like "banana", "Despicable Me", "oh poop", "boss", "stuffed crust", "fight", and "July 2010". A bit of Russian thrown in, like "da" (yes). And some Japanese at least once; two minions say "kampai" (cheers) and then toast (with bananas, of course). They also count in Korean. And in the credits, one speaks intelligibly while mimicking Gru as a shadow puppet.
  • Sycophantic Servants: They all adore their villain boss Gru. Their movie shows they will worship any bad guy they encounter, but they tend to bring their bosses more troubles than anything due to their incompetence.
  • Time Abyss: The Minions have been around since the beginnings of life itself, though they only reached their present form in the Cretaceous Period.
  • Those Two Guys: Jerry and Stuart, the Minions who are tasked with watching over the girls, thus have the most screentime. Both appear in the sequel, but eventually Dave takes Jerry's place.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • In the sequel, coming in a strong second: GELATOOO! (Italian for "ice cream").
  • True Companions: To each other, Gru, and his family.
  • Undying Loyalty: Faithful to Gru no matter what.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They argue, hit, punch, kick and slap each other all the time, but when working together they're unstoppable.
  • Weapon of Choice: In the first film, when Gru is about to announce what they're going to steal, several minions in the crowd pull out various weapons including an axe, a missile launcher (Dave), a sword, a meat cleaver, a spiked mace, a scythe, and an eggbeater.

Voiced by: N/A

Gru's pet that looks like... nothing at all, actually.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: "Dog" is the closest thing to a species Gru can come up with.
  • And Call Him George: Agnes has this attitude the moment she sees him.
  • Beware Of Vicious Dog: A savage snarling beast that attacks even Gru... at first.
  • Character Development: By the sequel, Kyle has changed a lot. While he's still sarcastic, he has become more tamed and willing not to attack others.
  • Cool Pet: Kyle is a pretty unique 'dog'.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's scared of Agnes.
  • Dark Is Evil: What he appears to be....
  • Dark Is Not Evil: What Kyle really is deep down.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Kyle was rather vicious toward Gru, even going so far as to bite his arm! Then he met the girls and became a much more gentler, but still ill tempered dog.
  • Killer Rabbit: A dog variant.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: A possibility since Gru doesn't what kind of dog he is. It's strongly implied again in the sequel, in which one of Lucy's gadgets couldn't figure out what kind of species Kyle was.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: At one point in the film, the girls put him in pink shoes, make him wear a pink bow, and color him pink.
  • Silent Snarker: Kyle makes a lot of irritated huffs and eye rolls to show his annoyance.
  • Team Pet: He is the 'pet dog' of the Gru family.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the first film, Kyle acts like an ordinary dog, wagging his tail, and sleeping on Agnes's bed.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: He's basically like his owner, Gru. From the open hostility to other, initial dislike of the girls, and so on.


Voiced by: Jason Segel

The primary antagonist of the film, a nerdy young man who just happens to have very good technology. He stole the Pyramid of Giza, which kicks the film off. He took the shrink ray that Gru requires for his plan. Has a thing for sea life.
  • Animal Motifs: He uses piranhas for one of his weapons and has a pet shark. His father is also a business shark.
  • Attention Whore: Vector's first moment is trying to show-off to Gru about his latest scheme.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He manages to be the Big Bad and a Butt Monkey at the same time.
  • Big Bad: Surprisingly combined with Butt Monkey, and it still works. He's also The Dragon to the Greater Scope Villain, his father Mr. Perkins, who is considered to be the true villain of the film.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's an immature goofball, but he's an impressive villain.
  • Catch Phrase: "Oh yeaah!"
  • Color Motifs: Orange. He wears an orange tracksuit, has an orange couch, and some of the furniture in his room has the color in it
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: "Victor was my nerd name, now I am Vector!"
  • Evil Counterpart: Set up to be one with Gru in the first film. Gru is old-fashioned, has mommy issues and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold; Vector is new-fashioned, has daddy issues and a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk. They both are amazingly good with technology, comically evil (for the fun of it, and for us watching), a few personality flaws.
  • Evil Genius: Vector is highly intelligent but also cocky and has an extreme side of arrogance.
  • Genre Savvy
  • Harmless Villain: Somewhat; he manages to steal the shrinking gun from Gru and prevent him from re-taking it. When it comes to being evil though, yeah not so much.
  • Jerkass: Full stop. Vector is a rich-spoiled brat and show-off who gets everything that he wants.
  • Laughably Evil: No one would expect someone with a pudding bowl haircut to be taken seriously.
  • Man Child
  • Meaningful Rename: His original name was Victor before he renamed himself as a supervillain. His was the name of his nerdy loser self, while Vector represents direction with magnitude!
  • Nerd Glasses: Vector sports large, black glasses.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: By taking back the moon, he assured that Gru wouldn't suffer the effects of its re-enlarging. It's the thing that stops him after he tries to prevent Margo from reaching Gru. What's more as all of this was in the air when it happened, he wound up unwittingly returning the moon to its proper orbit.
  • Smug Snake: A classic example.
  • The Southpaw: Vector is left-handed due to using his Wiimote with his left hand, which is his dominant hand.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He ignores the rapidly-expanding moon rolling around his escape pod in order to stop Margo from leaving. Even after it knocks him out of the pod, he doesn't learn. He climbs back into the pod, laughs triumphantly, and is promptly steamrollered by it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cookies - with COCONUT!
  • Villain Ball: Pretty much the only reason he refused to give the girls back to Gru for the moon. Or in preventing Margo from jumping while said enlarging moon was wrecking havoc on his ship.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To his father, Mr. Perkins.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Vector showed no qualms over aiming one of his weapons at Margo, Edith, and Agnes. He would've shot at them too, had they not mentioned his Trademark Favorite Food.

    Mr. Perkins 

Voiced by: Will Arnett

Owner of the Bank of Evil (formerly Lehman Brothers), where supervillains get loans for their schemes. Not a good person.

    Eduardo Perez (El Macho) 
Voiced by: Benjamin Bratt

The main antagonist of the sequel and Antonio's father.
  • Acrofatic: He's quite fat, but Eduardo sure knows how to salsa!
  • Action Dad: The evil version.
  • Affably Evil: Actually a very fun, cheerful and nice guy, Planning the utter destruction of the modern world nonwithstanding.
  • Badass: Oh where to begin with this guy! Gru even calls him "one of the greats"!
  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep, masculine voice to match how macho he is!
  • Badass Beard: A manly one.
  • Badass Bookworm: Able to fake his own death with little to no evidence? Check. Build a huge, magnetic machine and plane to get the PX-41? Check. With said PX-41, he was able to not leave any clues that he had it in his store. Check. Manage to pull a Red Herring on Floyd with no suggestions of foul play? Check. This man is a macho planner.
  • Badass Cape: What he wore as El Macho in his younger years and in the climax.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe. Gru initially describes him as a truly unstoppable powerhouse of a man. When we finally see him in action, he never does anything so impressive and takes the transformation serum to take on Gru. While justified by his old age, this is oddly never commented on.
  • Bad Boss: To the Mutated!Minions. Thankfully, it was only temporary.
  • Bald of Evil: Well, he's technically half bald, but it counts.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Big Bad: Of the sequel.
  • Big Bad Friend: He is quite an admirer of Gru's.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Eduardo charms some ladies in his restaurant.
  • A Boy and His X: A Man and His Chicken. Eduardo deeply loves and trusts El Polito.
  • Brainy Brunette: See Badass Bookworm and you'll know why.
  • Brown Eyes: Symbolizing his friendly nature.
  • Carpet of Virility: Has a pretty impressive one; only a clump of chest hair was left behind as "proof" of his death.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In his younger days he had the ability to heist armored trucks with his bare hands, which included stopping them in their tracks by simply standing there, and lifting them with ease.
  • The Charmer: Which helps him win over a lot of people.
  • Chick Magnet: During his dance sequence, Eduardo managed to successfully woo at least three women.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: When Eduardo consoled Gru over his depression with Lucy leaving for Australia, he admits that he knows the look of heartbreak. How? Because Eduardo, also like Gru, tried to forget his sadness with guacamole.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Well it's a faked death moment of awesome, but it was still in the manliest way possible!
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In the climax, Eduardo injects the Super Serum into himself; considering his Charles Atlas Superpower he already had, Super Serum! Eduardo is practically unstoppable.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He deeply cares about his pet chicken, El Polito. It's strongly implied he loves his son dearly too.
  • Fat and Skinny: A parent version. Eduardo is the Fat to his son's Skinny.
  • Fat Bastard
  • Fan Disservice: Eduardo ripping his shirt open to display his prominent chest and gut...which jiggles.
  • Genius Bruiser: A competent mastermind and one hell of a brawler.
  • Kubrick Stare: Played for Badass in his introduction montage.
  • Large and in Charge: He owns his own restaurant, "Salsa y Salsa".
  • Latin Lover: Evokes this image, but isn't that much of a ladykiller.
  • Masked Luchador: His mask is why no one recognizes his older self at first.
  • Never Found the Body: After his death, which turns out to have been faked.
  • One-Winged Angel: After drinking the Psycho Serum.
  • Pec Flex: Eduardo does this the first time he meets Gru and Lucy.
  • Pet the Dog: Done by his attempt to genuinely console Gru as mentioned above.
  • Rated M For Macho: "He was ruthless! He was dangerous! And as the name implies...very macho!"
  • Red Baron: Eduardo was known as "El Macho" in his younger villain days.
  • Stout Strength: Eduardo may have became fatter, but he hasn't lost his great strength.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Especially in his introduction sequence, where he does everything in the most ridiculously aggressive ways possible.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate is unknown after Nefario knocked him out with the gun.

    Scarlet Overkill 
Voiced by: Sandra Bullock

An ambitious villain.
  • The Ace: One of the greatest supervillains of her time.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was bullied as a child.
  • Animal Motifs: In her "fairytale" to the Minions, she's shown as the wolf. Makes perfect sense, since she and wolves are associated with the following list: intelligence, endurance/ambition, and ruthlessness.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Having a name like Scarlet Overkill just implies being a badass.
  • Bad Boss: In a vast contrast to Gru. Her bedtime story to the minions spells out exactly what she'll have done to them should they fail her.
  • Battle Ballgown: Her coronation dress has armor underneath, which not only helps her survive a Falling Chandelier of Doom, but also a giant lava bomb. And the worst that happens is the skirt gets shredded.
  • Big Bad: Of the Minions film, being the Minions' leader and eventual enemy.
  • Broken Ace: Many of her flaws stem from her life as orphan and never receiving a lot of love then.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She's even featured in a magazine for villains.
  • Cleopatra Nose: She has a really big nose and looks quite attractive.
  • Color Motifs: Red, given her signature dress and to represent her passion for being the number #1 villain.
  • Cultured Badass: A lover of England and its entire culture (i.e. clothing, food, etc).
  • Dark Action Girl: Big Bad? Check. Skilled fighter? Double check.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She and Herb genuinely love each other.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Or rather eviler counterpart to Gru. They're both driven by ambition to be the number one supervillain, but Scarlet is more cruel to her underlings.
    • Also an evil counterpart to Margo, Edith and Agnes. They were all orphans, desperate to find a family to love them. Except Scarlet was never adopted and turned to villainy.
    • To Lucy Wilde. Both are slim, action girls who married gadgeteer geniuses. Also both Lucy and Scarlet have big noses, something that their husbands have as well. However, Lucy works on the side of good, is a definite nice girl, and loves the Minions (even giving them a Affectionate Nickname "Munchkins"); Scarlet is a supervillain with no sign of any form of kindness (outside of Herb) and only associates with the Minions because they prove of some use and doesn't actually care about them.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "One day, the pigs did something very stupid. So the wolf huffed, and puffed, and she BLEW THEM OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH! The end."
  • Faux Affably Evil: Scarlet adopts a Affably Evil attitude in the beginning, but when the Minions apparently rob her of the throne, she drops it quick.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses. A lot of them can be found on her coronation dress.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her ambition is fueled by low self-esteem brought on by growing up in an orphanage and never being adopted.
  • Gag Nose: Has a similar huge nose shape like Lucy's.
  • Happily Married: She and Herb are in a unabashedly loving marriage.
  • High Class Gloves: Her royalty aspirations show in the long, black gloves in her main outfit. Her would-be coronation dress also includes long gloves.
  • High Collar of Doom: Her coronation dress has a classical renaissance era collar, which Herb remarks still adds to her villainous aura.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: It's heavily implied that Scarlet turning to villainy was because of her orphaned childhood and being bullied by her peers.
  • Improbable Age: A darker example. She started her own criminal organization by the time she was 13.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Wears a stylish red dress while going on dangerous missions.
  • Lean and Mean: Skinny and set up to be a Bad Boss.
  • Made of Iron: This very slim woman managed to survive an iron made chandelier falling on top of her.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Herb. Scarlet is The Face of their criminal organization and is the most experienced in fighting.
  • Meaningful Name: "Scarlet" is another term for red.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her main outfit is a knee-length scarlet dress. She takes on most of the baddies at Villain-Con while wearing it, and barely brakes a sweat.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Scarlet is a slim woman who was able to toss a grown man, who is more bulkier, across a room like a ragdoll.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Scarlet Overkill.
  • Noodle People: Scarlet has a trim build.
  • One Woman Army: Scarlet can take on 20 men without breaking a sweat.
  • Opera Gloves: A pair of black ones. Wears a pair of red ones to her coronation.
  • Opposites Attract: Scarlet (passionate and a Dark Action Girl) married Herb (laid-back and doesn't do a lot of fighting).
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She likes dresses where the skirts transform, usually into rockets. In a more traditional form of this trope, her coronation dress has frills, small puff sleeves, embroidery, and still has a transforming skirt.
  • Princess Phase: She not only didn't get over hers as a child, she wants to overthrow the English monarchy.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The coronation outfit she always wanted as a child has a red bodice and a black skirt with red roses speckled all over it. Black boots and Opera Gloves accent her regular dress as well.
  • Scarlet Fever: Scarlet is a good name for an evil and passionate Dark Action Girl in a red dress.
  • Throw It In: In-Universe. When she gives her speech about conquering England, Stuart adds BANANA to her speech. She decides to roll with it.
  • Tragic Villain: All Scarlet wanted was to be loved and appreciated, which stems from growing up as an orphan, never adopted, and bullied by other kids.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Even after Bob gives her England, Scarlet still can't get over the Minions' initial, accidental "betrayal" and has them locked in a dungeon to be tortured.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Scarlet is married to Herb, a criminal like her.
  • Waif-Fu: Scarlet is quite slim and agile.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What became of her and Herb after a young Gru freezes them is left unclear.

    Herb Overkill 
Voiced by: Jon Hamm

Scarlet's husband and inventor.
  • Affably Evil: Herb is quite the laid-back, friendly villain.
  • Badass Bookworm: Cemented because of his brilliant inventions.
  • Berserk Button: The only time he shows any actual malice is when someone tries to hurt Scarlet.
  • Brainy Brunette: Black hair? Check. The inventor behind all of Scarlet's amazing weapons? Double check.
  • Color Motifs: Green. Representing he's more calmer when compared with his wife.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For all his ditzyness, Herb is an absolute genius when it comes to invention.
  • Ditzy Genius: A genius when it comes to inventing, but not so much when it comes to anything else.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He and Scarlet genuinely love each other.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Herb invents all of Scarlet's gadgets.
  • Gag Nose: Her has a huge honker of a nose. Just see it on the page image.
  • Green And Mean: Zig-Zagged. Herb wears a green pinstripe suit, but is surprisngly a nice guy, only shows malice when it's justified (see Berserk Button) and has no moral qualms over following Scarlet's lead. Plus, even before he and Scarlet met, Herb was still a villain.
  • Happily Married: He and Scarlet are in an unabashedly loving marriage.
  • Lean and Mean: Zig-Zagged. Herb is a skinny fella, but he's one of the most affably evil guys in Western Animation. However, he shows no hesitation over following Scarlet wherever she wants.
  • Man Child: Gets over-excited over storytime and is quite the ditz.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Scarlet. Herb isn't exactly "feminine", but he's more calm and polite (for a villain) to the Minions.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is linked to his Color Motif: it's a word that is used specifically to describe the leafy green parts of a plant.
  • Mellow Fellow: Besides being nice, Herb is one of the most laid-back and easygoing.
  • Messy Hair: Look at his character image! The man needs a comb.
  • Morality Pet: Herb is the sole being that Scarlet cares for.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being a villain, Herb is one of the most affable guys to meet.
  • The Nicknamer: He gave nicknames to Kevin, Stuart and Bob while giving them gear for their mission in stealing the crown of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Noodle People: Like Scarlet, Herb has a very trim figure.
  • One Head Taller: Than Scarlet; her forehead reaches to his shoulders.
  • Only Friend: The only one that Scarlet fully trusts.
  • Opposites Attract: Herb (laid-back and doesn't do a lot of fighting) married Scarlet (passionate and a Dark Action Girl).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He stole a painting because it captured his love of soup.
  • Undying Loyalty: Herb will follow Scarlet anywhere.
  • Unholy Matrimony: He's married to famous super-villainous Scarlet Overkill.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What became of him and Scarlet after a young Gru freezes them is left unclear.

Other characters

    Miss Hattie 
Voiced by: Kristen Wiig

Owner of Miss Hattie's Home for Little Girls... which she runs as something of a sweatshop cookie-sales outfit. Under the sweet surface is a cold, ruthless woman who has no affection whatsoever for the girls in her care.
  • Abusive Parents: Technically, Miss Hattie isn't the girls' mother,but she is an abusive mother figure to not only Margo, Agnes, and Edith, but to the other girls who were in her care and are in her care.
  • American Accents: A vague Southern, though it can be hard to hear. It's most evident in the line, "Do ah look like ah speak Spanish?"
  • Child Hater: She does not care for the kids in her care.
  • Fat Bitch: To a certain degree.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Her motherly nature is see through in her first scene.
  • Jerkass: An abusive mother figure to orphans.
  • Karma Houdini: The worst person in the movie simply goes on her way at the end.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • After Edith give her a mud-pie (out of kindness), Miss Hattie looks at it in disgust, before throwing it away and saying Edith will never get adopted.
    • Gets another one when she puts the girls in the "Box of Shame" after Gru sends them back to her.
  • Smug Snake: Especially when it comes to the girls and giving them "tough love".
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Speaks in an even tone, but a pure-hearted jerk.
  • Sugary Malice: Come hand-in-hand with Soft-Spoken Sadist.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After taking the girls back following Dr. Nefario's call to the orphanage, which he did to get the girls out of the way so he and Gru could complete their plan to steal the moon, she simply disappears and presumably continues her job, receiving no comeuppance whatsoever.

    Marlena Gru 
Voiced by: Julie Andrews

Gru's mother and the main reason why he decided to steal the moon, so he can finally impress her.
  • Action Mom: Gru's mom doesn't have any action scenes, but she knows karate! And knows how to use it!
  • Badass: Now it's understood why Gru is such a Badass as well.
  • Beehive Hairdo: Her hair was kept in this style since Gru's childhood.
  • Cool Old Lady: To her granddaughters.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Another trait Gru inherited.
  • December-December Romance: Implied to be this with Dr. Nefario.
  • Demoted to Extra: She only has one silent appearance with Dr. Nefario at the end of the second film.
  • Doting Grandparent: Implied to be this when she visits her granddaughters.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: In the first movie Marlena is always seen in her purple coat.
  • Husky Russkie: A female version.
  • I Want Grandkids: Implied when we see her spending time with her granddaughters.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like mother, like son.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: She's still at the same height as she was in Gru's childhood.
  • My Beloved Smother: Extinguished her only child's dream of wanting to go on the moon, along with his other achievements.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Becomes this to the girls before Gru adopts the girls officially. This trope comes from her knowing karate so well that she was able to not only knock out the bag, but her instructor too!
  • Parental Neglect: She was quite neglectful of her son when it came to being emotionally supportive.
  • Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Judging from her relationship with Gru, Marlena might be this trope.
  • Ship Tease: Marlena can be seen dancing with Dr. Nefario in a very flirtatious manner in both the endings of the original and sequel. Other than that, we don't see them interact much.
  • Widow Woman: It's strongly implied that her husband, Gru's father, died when their son was young.

    Fred McDade 
Voiced by: Danny McBride

Gru's friendly next-door neighbor.
  • Adorkable: Shown in full in the sequel, when he shows off his dancing at Gru and Lucy's wedding and tries to woo Shannon.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: When it looks like that he and Shannon are having a good time, she ditches him after seeing his dancing.
  • Nice Guy: Fred appears to be a seemingly normal and cheerful man. He also appears to like to joke around with Gru, though Gru doesn't like it.
  • Ship Tease: Fred can be seen dancing with Shannon at Gru and Lucy's wedding.

    Silas Ramsbottom 
Voiced by: Steve Coogan

The head of the Anti-Villain League.
  • Big Good: Technically speaking, being head of the Anti-Villain League.
  • British Stuffiness: What makes him a Funny Foreigner.
  • Brown Eyes: Showcasing his intelligence.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Matching brown hair (which is started to graying) and brown eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In a more condescending way.
  • Fat Bastard: Not evil, but definitely a Jerkass.
  • Good Counterpart: To Mr. Perkins. Both are heavyset men who run a top-secret organization and for some reason have a dislike of Gru. However while Perkins is the owner of the Bank of Evil, Silas is the Head of the AVL. In regards to Gru, Perkins continues being a jerk to him, to the point he was planning to steal Gru's moon plan so his son, Vector, could get glory for it; Silas is implied to be on better terms with Gru, as he attended his and Lucy's wedding.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Really, his only redeeming trait is that he's fighting for the good of humanity, other than that, he's a full-on Jerkass.
  • Jerkass: Making fun of Gru's jam and jellies business and after Floyd was falsely accused of stealing the serum, Silas coldly dismisses Gru and informs him of Lucy's reassignment to Australia.
  • Kick the Dog: Unintentional, but Silas telling Gru about Lucy's reassignment, only added to Gru's emotional pain.
  • Large and in Charge: Very hefty and the leader of the AVL.
  • Pet the Dog: Even with his condescending nature towards Gru, Silas never showed any actual antagonism towards Lucy and didn't underestimate her skills, implying that while he may have a disliking to Gru, he's reasonably respectful to his spies.
  • Ship Tease: When the Minions started to sing their own version of "YMCA" at Gru and Lucy's wedding, Silas was seen dancing with Natalie. Don't remember? Natalie was first seen at Agnes's birthday party and the first onscreen, single woman that Jillian tried matchmake with Gru. It seems like they might date.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It was heavily implied that the reason behind Silas's dislike and jerkass nature of Gru is because he was a former supervillain. However, his attendance at Gru and Lucy's wedding heavily implies that Silas's opinion of the ex-villain has changed.
  • Unfortunate Names: Gru and two of his minions make fun of his last name, with the former calls him "Sheepsbutt".

    Antonio Perez 
Voiced by: Moises Arias

Eduardo's son and Margo's first crush.
  • Brown Eyes: To show his (relatively) down-to-earth character.
  • The Charmer: Easily charms the normally sane Margo.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like Margo, he is sarcastic and sassy towards Gru when he tries to protect Margo from Antonio.
  • Emo Teen: Implied. Leather jacket? Check. Suave like hair? Check. Slightly longer t-shirt? Check. Baggy blue jeans? Check.
  • Fat and Skinny: A parent version. Antonio is the Skinny to his father's Fat.
  • Human Popsicle: His eventual fate for spurning Margo.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Implied. He wants to be free without rules seen when he told Gru: "There are no rules se˝or, it's Cinco De Mayo!"
  • Kid A Nova: Margo is not amused upon finding out he's a womanizer. Neither is Gru, who punishes him with the Freeze Ray.
  • Latin Lover: He's of Latin-American descent and is a Kid A Nova.
  • Love Interest: To Margo.
  • Missing Mom: His mother is never seen nor mentioned.
  • Most Gamers Are Male: Antonio tells Margo that his dream is to play video games for a living.
  • Pretty Boy: He even has his own small fans of girls out-of-universe.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A rare male example.
  • Shout-Out: During the Cinco de Mayo Party, when he was dancing with Margo, Antonio does a moon walk.... a signature dance move of Michael Jackson.
  • The Slacker: Implied. He did tell Margo about his dream to play video games for a living.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: He shows signs of becoming one.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Not really, but in the eyes Margo, well...
    Margo: (in a lovestruck voice) You're so complicated!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After he's frozen by Gru and his father is arrested, it's unknown what became of him.

Voiced by: Nasim Pedrad

Gru's next-door neighbor who is constantly trying to set him up on dates.
  • Annoying Laugh: It's really grating. Just ask Gru.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Averted. Jillian may be annoying and she may willingly interfere with Gru's life on occasion, but she's a far cry from being evil or even a Jerkass. Gru is exasperated by her, but he doesn't appear to particularly dislike her, given that she gets invited to his wedding.
  • Brown Eyes: Upon closer inspection, her eyes are more hazel.
  • Genki Girl: Can't be seen without being bubbly.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: The ends of Jillian's hair manage to stay curved up somehow.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Jillian was going to set up Gru with a friend whose husband just died.
  • In-Series Nickname: Gru sometimes calls her "Jills".
  • Nice Girl: In spite of her nosiness, it isn't out of malice and she's also friendly towards Gru's daughters.
  • Nosy Neighbor: In the sense of trying to dictate Gru's dating life.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Gru and... pretty much anybody. Particularly Shannon.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Had Jillian not forced Gru on a date with Shannon, he would've never realized his feelings for Lucy.

Voiced by: Kristen Schaal

One of Jillian's friends.
  • Berserk Button: Shannon hates phonies.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Shannon seems to not have a problem doing an intense workout. In a dress. At a crowded restaurant.
  • Hartman Hips: She is very skinny, with a rather large behind.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While her getting into Gru's personal space was crossing the line, she was right in calling Gru a phony since he did hide the fact he was bald by using a wig.
  • Jerk Jock: Shannon is a rude person and loves to workout.
  • Kick the Dog: At Gru and Lucy's wedding, Shannon ditches Fred after seeing his less than stellar dancing.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Shannon has waist-length hair.
  • Ship Tease: Shannon can be seen dancing with Fred at Gru and Lucy's wedding.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Shannon wants to find a guy who isn't a phony.

Voiced by N/A

One of Jillian's friends.
  • Beauty Mark: Natalie has one on the lower, right side of her cheek.
  • Flat Character: She has no character other than being used for comic relief.
  • Ship Tease: :When the Minions started to sing their own version of "YMCA" at Gru and Lucy's wedding, Silas was seen dancing with Natalie. It seems like they might date.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: According to Jillian, looks aren't important to Natalie.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After being put through some intense Butt Monkey moments, Natalie gets her own happiness at Gru and Lucy's wedding, when she's seen happily dancing with Silas.
  • The Voiceless: Natalie doesn't have any lines in Despicable Me 2.

    The Nelsons 
Voiced by: Micheal Keaton (Walter), Allison Janney (Madge), Michael Beattie (Walter Jr.), and Katy Mixon (Tina)

A family of five with a pet cat who go around robbing banks.
  • Affably Evil: A typical family you might expect to see in a Fifties sitcom, except they're villains.
  • Big Eater: Walter Jr. stared at a sliced apple with such intense passion before gobbling it up.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Aside from each other, they also care about the Minions. When Scarlet orders the capture of the Minions, they're the only villains that don't go after them. The dad even tells the Minions to run for it.
  • The Family That Slays Together: They rob banks together.
  • Fangirl: Tina is a fan of several supervillains, but especially Scarlet Overkill.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Tina, the only daughter, has them.
  • Good Parents: Zig-Zagged. They involve their children in bank robbing, something that no reasonable parent would ever do. But, they truly care about their kids as seen when they comfort Tina for accidentally tripping the alarm that got the police chasing them.
  • Standard '50s Father: Walter, aside from being a villain.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Joe, the baby of the family, knows how to set a grenade.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Walter and Madge are in a happy marriage of three children...and they rob banks.

    Queen Elizabeth 
Voiced by: Jennifer Saunders

The Queen of England who appears in the prequel movie.

Alternative Title(s):

Despicable Me 2, Minions