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Characters: Despicable Me
aka: Despicable Me 2
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
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Gru's response to a Minion making a mocking shadow puppet of him in the credits.
  • Affably Evil
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Anti-Villain
  • Attention Whore
  • Badass
    • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Lucy in the sequel; they were posed this way in one of the sequel's posters.
    • Badass Arm-Fold: He even does it in the movies' logo....and does the arm fold sideways.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. Unknown to Gru, he becomes a subversion of this trope, as Lucy had a Love Epiphany and decided to stay with him.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Cool Bike: It's like the motorcycle version of the Grumobile.
  • 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
  • Determinator
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Man And His Dog Thing:Still a mystery of how Gru found Kyle.
  • 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 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/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.
  • 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 blue to Lucy's 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
  • 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.
  • Tsundere: A male example of a Type A.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The Ugly Guy to Lucy's Hot Wife. Although Gru really isn't ugly by a long shot.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughters
  • 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 Kyle: Kyle happens to be hugged by her, and ended up by dressed by her and Edith to look like a girl.
  • 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
  • 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!!"
  • Genki Girl
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    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
  • Cool Uncle: To the girls in the sequel.
  • 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
  • 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).

    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
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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'.
  • Dark Is Evil: What he appears to be....
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: The worst person in the movie simply goes on her way at the end.
  • Smug Snake
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist
  • Sugary Malice
  • 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.

    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
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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
  • The Charmer
  • 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
  • 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!


Voiced by: Nasim Pedrad

Gru's next-door neighbor who is constantly trying to set him up on dates.

  • Annoying Laugh
  • 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
  • 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 

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