Characters: Despicable Me

The characters of the original film, the sequel, and the upcoming spinoff.

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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...

  • 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.
  • 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: He falls head over heels with Badass Lucy Wilde. He gets an a look of awe when she kicks down a door. He really starts to like Lucy after she saves him from obnoxious date, Shannon, by shooting her with a moose tranquilizer.
  • 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 Arm-Fold: He even does it in the movies' logo....and does the arm fold sideways.
  • Badass Bookworm: Smart enough to build his own rocket as a child. Strong enough to punch a shark with one arm.
  • Badass Biker: In the sequel, Gru is one of these.
  • 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. Gru is a crowning example of Benevolent Boss. 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. It's also Fridge Brilliance: the word "minion" can mean either "a subordinate of a person in power" or "a favored or highly respected person" Considering Gru's true nature...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Catch Phrase: "Light bulb..."
  • Celibate Hero: It was revealed in the sequel, that due to a childhood incident, Gru feared rejection. 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 tendecies.
  • 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.
  • 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 fall in love (platonically) with the girls in the first movie. He also 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; the fact that he puts it back is beside the point.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Gru also shares many characteristics with Anton Ego from Ratatouille. Both characters are pale, brooding, wear black clothing, have long thin limbs, have long pointed noses, and are villainous characters who turn out to be good guys all along by the end of their respective films. Also Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. See Fan Nickname. Critics have pointed out similarities between Gru and The Penguin and Dr. Evil as well. He also bears a resemblance to Ernst Stavros Blofeld, the quintessential Diabolical Mastermind.
  • 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. Then again...
  • 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: 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
  • 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.
  • 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/Guns Akimbo: In the second movie's climax.
  • Happily Married / They Do: With Lucy at the end of the second film.
  • Harmless Villain
  • Heartbroken Badass: 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. Fortunately, Lucy had a Love Epiphany and decided to stay with him.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The sheer cuteness of the girls leads to his enormous change of heart.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: For Lucy in the second movie.
  • 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 also shows that Gru is a pretty good artist.
  • 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.
  • An Ice Person: In personality, plus he carries a Freeze Ray
  • 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 —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a Diabolical Mastermind who revels in his status as a Card-Carrying Villain. 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) and eventually becomes a true father to the girls he adopts as part of his plan, even going Papa Wolf for them in the end.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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/Punny Name: Gru grew. He's also a felon named Felonius. Additionally, Gru means "horror" in Danish. 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 Freudian Excuse.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: See Celibate Hero.
  • 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.
  • 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. His mother on the other hand, seemed to treat him with sheer neglect.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: See Freudian Excuse.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Though the "Unsympathetic" part is gone by the time his Heel-Face Turn came around.
  • Villainous BSOD: What happens to Gru when Dr. Nefario takes the girls away for becoming too much of a distraction. On Gru when Vector's No Kill Like Overkill missile targeting lasers fix on Gru.
  • Villain Protagonist: Initially before his 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 Girls 
Gru's three adoptive daughters that somehow boss him around and make him act more emotional, caring, & friendly.

Tropes shared by all of them

  • 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: Margo was not afraid of Gru AT ALL, Edith with her rebellious attitude & fond of destruction, and Agnes being the first of the trio not to be suspicious of Gru.
  • 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.
  • Deuteragonists: All three of them, but mostly Margo in the first movie.
  • 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.
  • Kid Heroes: Became this in the sequel.
  • Last Name Basis: With Gru in the second film. Given that nobody says Gru's given name out loud, this is about as heartwarming as First Name Basis would be.
  • Little Miss Badasses: All of them are pre-teens and are tough cookies.
  • Mad Scientist's 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. 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 Pet/Morality Chain: For Gru.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Played with since all three are nice girls. However Agnes is by far the most innocent and affectionate, Edith is a mischievous prankster, and Margo is the caring older sister but she can be cynical and snarky.
  • 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: Which led each of them to be 'raised' in Miss Hattie's orphanage.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Mildly in the original, but a lot in the sequel.
  • Town Girls: Edith (Butch), Margo (Neither), Agnes (Femme).
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughters: Well, cute daughters, but Gru isn't ugly.


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: To Edith, at least, despite them not being actually related.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Children Are Innocent: 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".
  • Expy: Agnes has been noted several times to remarkably resemble Boo.
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Heart: She's been described as being the "Heart" of the Gru 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
  • 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.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Justified since Agnes is preschool age.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Lucy with Gru the instance she meets the former.
    Agnes: (To Lucy) Are you single?
  • 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.
  • Badass
  • Badass Bookworm: See the Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's around Marlena's (Gru's mom) age.
  • Cool Uncle: To the girls in the sequel.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 planning for years), and felt he had no choice but to call up the orphanage to have Miss Hattie pick up the girls.
  • Last Name Basis: We only know his title and last name.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Not really. He's rather absent minded.
  • Nerd Action Hero
  • Only Sane Man: The only person who shows signs of being truly evil in Gru's family.
  • Science Hero
  • 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
  • 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.

    Lucy Wilde 

Lucy Wilde

Voiced by: Kristen Wiig

A rookie agent for the AVL and Gru's temporary partner. A big fan of his work, Lucy is anxious to prove her skills. Eventually the pair fall in love and marry at the film's end (after 147 dates).

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: To the girls, after she marries Gru.
  • 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.
  • Adorkable: Sweet, dorky, excitable, and appears to have the mind of a child at times.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys/Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Lucy did have a crush on Gru and admired his villain reputation. She also admired his parenting to the girls and really started to like him after he became an official good guy.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She's a big fan of Gru's and she ends up marrying him.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Gru in one of the sequel's posters.
  • Badass: Although Lucy is still a newbie in the AVL, she managed to singlehandedly capture one of the greatest villains in the world!
  • Badass Adorable: Kick some serious butt? Check. 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.
  • Blithe Spirit
  • 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.
  • Cleopatra Nose: A sandwhich-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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Lucy's last name "Wilde" is another name for an Irish restaurant or bar.
  • 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.
  • Genki Girl
  • Genre Savvy: Tells Gru that every bad guy has a booby trap. He doesn't think so. Two seconds later, he accidentally activates a booby trap.
  • Girly Bruiser: Lucy is a master of Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Aztec Warfare, and krumping!
  • Happily Married / They Do: With Gru at the end of the second film.
  • Hartman Hips: Lucy is quite thin, but has some curvy hips.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 amiguous, 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 can be quite the wild woman.
  • Ms. Fanservice: See Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose.
  • Morality Chain: Lucy probably is this. She and Gru do fall in love and marry; along with the girls, she might be one of the "chains" that make Gru into a better person.
  • Motor Mouth: Part of her dorky appeal.
  • Nerves of Steel: Invoked. Lucy tries to shrug off being strapped to a rocket, that would be sent to a volcano. But, admits that she was "kind of" 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 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.
  • Opposites Attract: The bubbly, Nice Girl, smiling Lucy fell in love with the sarcastic, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, frowning Gru.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Stoic: Tries continuously to invoke it, but fails.
  • 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.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Her Jerkass boss constantly underestimates her; but from what's seen she's a gifted spy, just perhaps a little too enthusiatic.
  • 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.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Averted wonderfully. It's quite clear that by the end that the girls have grown to love and adore their stepmother, Lucy Gru (nee Wilde).
  • Woman Child: Sometimes exhibits the mind of a child.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has a few of them spread on her face.

    The Minions 

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...

  • Adorable Evil Minions
  • Adorkable: They're 10,400 cuddable, 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" 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.
  • Badass Adorable: They're a lot tougher than you might think.
  • Badass Army: About 10,400 of them.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Sometimes their gibberish is somewhat intelligible. For example, when handing the makeshift unicorn to Agnes, "Para t˙!" which is Gratuitous Spanish/Portuguese for "For you!"
    • They also call ice cream "gelato", wich is the italian word for, well... ice cream.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Loyal, adorable... they 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 are even getting 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.
  • 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 Morons, Hidden Badasses: See Genius Ditz.
  • Cyclops: Some of the Minions only have one eye.
  • Expy: Can easily be seen as this to the Rabbids
  • 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.
  • 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 yellow and they make Illumination millions.
  • 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 the replacement lightbulb, causing it to shatter. He ends up getting plugged into the socket himself.
  • Mascot Mook: Are they ever.
  • 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.
  • Minions Can Breathe In Space
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Comparatively speaking. 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
  • 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
  • Submissive Badasses: All of them are Badass and are the workers of Gru.
  • 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: BANANAAAA! 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: With each other.
  • 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.

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.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Inverted. Kyle is small, not at all friendly, and dog is the closest species to describe him. He does become more friendly to the girls and Gru by the end of the first film though.
  • 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.
  • Gray Eyes
  • Killer Dog
  • 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 Dogs 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
  • 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.

    Scarlet Overkill 

Scarlet Overkill

An ambitious villain.
Voiced by: Sandra Bullock

    Herb Overkill 

Herb Overkill

Scarlet's husband and inventor.
Voiced by: Jon Hamm

    Other characters from the original 


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.
  • Anti-Villain
  • Attention Whore
  • Big Bad: Surprisingly combined with Butt Monkey, and it still works. He's also The Dragon to the Bigger Bad, his father Mr Perkins, who is considered to be the true villain of the film.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Catch Phrase: "Oh yeaah!"
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: "Victor was my nerd name, now I am Vector!"
  • Evil Genius
  • Expy: Strongly resembles Mandark.
  • Foil: set up to be one with Gru in the first film. Gru is old-fashioned, has mommy issues and a Jerkwitha Heartof Gold; vector is new-fashioned, has daddy issues and a Jerkwitha Heartof Jerk. They both are amazingly good with technology, comically evil (for the fun of it, and for us watching), a few personality flaws.
  • 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.
  • Laughably Evil
  • 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
  • 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 and A Sinister Clue: 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!
  • Tranquil Fury
  • 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.

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.

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 Mom: 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?"
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: No surprise, considering who she is clearly an Expy of. See below.
  • Child Hater
  • Expy: It is impossible for a Harry Potter fan to see her without wondering who put Dolores Umbridge in charge of an orphanage.
  • 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.
  • 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: Marlena is always seen in her purple coat.
  • Expy: She looks almost exactly like Granny from Hoodwinked—they even both know martial arts!
  • Husky Russkie: A female version.
  • I Want Grandkids: Implied when we see her spending time with her granddaughters.
  • Jerkass -> 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 bothe 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.

    Other Characters from the sequel 

Eduardo Perez (El Macho)

Voiced by: Benjamin Bratt

The main antagonist and Antonio's father.

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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In a more condescending way.
  • Expy: Takes many cues from Mother, leader of the Ministry of Order from the British 1960s spy drama The Avengers.
  • Fat Bastard: Not evil, but definitely a Jerkass.
  • 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, repeatedly underestimating Lucy, and after Floyd was falsely accused of stealing the serum, Silas coldly dismisses Gru and informs him of Lucy's reassignment to Australia.
  • Large and In Charge
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emo Teen: Implied. Leather jacket? Check. Suave like hair? Check. Slightly longer t-shirt? Check. Baggy blue jeans? Check.
  • Expy: Antonio has the same facial features of the Onceler; the only differences are that Antonio is a preteen and Mexican.
  • Fat and Skinny: A parent version. Antonio is the Skinny to his father's Fat.
  • Human Popsicle: His eventual fate for spurning Margo.
  • 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.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: "My dream... is to one day play video games for a living." He says in a suave tone of voice.
  • 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.
  • In-Series Nickname: Gru sometimes calls her "Jills".
  • Nosy Neighbor: In the sense of trying to dictate Gru's dating life.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Gru and... pretty much anybody. Particularly Shannon.

    Other Characters from the spinoff 

Alternative Title(s):

Despicable Me 2