Western Animation / Despicable Me 2


The 2013 sequel to Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me once again follows Gru (Steve Carell), along with his three adoptive girls Margo, Edith and Agnes (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher respectively), and the Minions (Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud).

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

A prequel/spinoff feature film titled Minions starring the little yellow henchmen was released on July 10, 2015. Minions 2 is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2020.

Another sequel, titled Despicable Me 3, will be released on June 30, 2017.

Despicable Me 2 provides examples of:

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  • 21-Gun Salute: Gru honors Dr. Nefario's years of service with a 21 fart gun salute (although one of the minions makes it 22).
  • 555: Averted with Lucy's business card that features a real working phone number that, when actually dialed, goes to her voicemail.
  • Accidental Pervert: Accidentally Invoked by Gru. Basically Gru causes this by accident to another man while he was looking at his and Lucy's next suspect.
  • Action Girl: Lucy.
  • Adult Fear: Given how the movie is Darker and Edgier than the previous one, there is bound to be more of this.
    • While it's not outright stated, Gru quitting villainy and having trouble with his jelly business shows he's not doing so well financially. Anyone adult who went through money troubles can sympathize.
    • Not really "fear", but no parent wants to see their child heartbroken over being dumped by someone who didn't truly like them.
    • Imagine your children being left home alone... when a stranger breaks in! Now picture that said stranger being very crazy and homicidal. Now picture that it's not a stranger at all, but one of your Brainwashed and Crazy buddies.
    • Gru's angry outburst over Nefario bringing his young daughters to an area with even more Brainwashed and Crazy Minions is understandable.
    • The girls and Minions watching in horror as Gru and Lucy are on a rocket headed towards a volcano.
    • While not stated in the film itself, it was revealed by the creators that Lucy's parents were killed by a villain when she was only a child.
  • Agents Dating: Felonious Gru and Lucy Wilde out to save the world. They do so, fall in love while doing so, and after 147 dates get married.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Lucy uses a lipstick taser on Gru, a moment showcased in the trailer. Stun guns disguised as lipstick actually exist.
  • Amusing Injuries: Gru sustains some when he tries to break into the secret lair of El Macho near the end of the film.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Auditions for "The Minion Movie" are held during the credits.
  • Animal Testing: The rabbit in the Arctic base is the test subject for the PX-41 serum. It doesn't turn out well for the scientists.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The video of the testing of the PX-41 serum feels like this, especially since it ends with the test subject attacking the scientists, then turning on the cameraman.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Lucy apologizes to Dave the Minion for roughing him up when she thought he was an enemy.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Gru is devastated over Lucy's departure, his youngest daughter Agnes snaps him out of it:
    Agnes: Is there anything I could do to help?
    Gru: Aw, I don't ... I don't think so, sweetheart.
    Agnes: Well, is there anything you could do?
  • Ascended Extra: Agnes.
  • Badass Family: By the end Gru, the girls, and Nefario rank right up there with the Parrs. The family becomes even more awesome with the addition of Lucy into the Gru family.
  • Badass in Distress: Lucy near the end of the film.
  • Bald of Awesome: In-universe, Lucy sees Gru this way.
  • Bathos: There are two scenes of characters sitting around, depressed for good reason...wearing nacho hats full of guacamole, which they are slowly eating.
  • Beak Attack: Gru and Lucy sneak into Eduardo's restaurant looking for evidence that he's master criminal El Macho. Once inside they are met with Eduardo's guard... chicken, who ferociously pecks at Gru's head.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Agnes' stuffed unicorn. She'll scream loud enough to shatter glass. This happened when an Evil Minion (Kevin) attempted to eat her stuffed unicorn right in front of her.
    • Gru's obnoxious date, Shannon, really doesn't like phonies.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Agnes compares Gru's head to an egg. Eduardo calls Gru "Cabeza de Huevo" (head-of-eggs).
    • El Pollito is "The Small Chicken."
    • One of the minions also continues this trend with the minions from the first film and says "Kampai" to a robotic arm while raising his glass, which is Japanese for "Cheers!" Another one also yells "No mas!" at a clamoring crowd of other minions, Spanish for "No more!" The minions also chase an ice cream truck while shouting, "Gelato!"
  • Bishie Sparkle: A non-romantic case, when Agnes first sees Lucy.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Edith is blonde, Margo and Agnes are brunettes, and Lucy is redhead.
  • Body Horror: The effects of PX-41 greatly increases the body, turns them entirely bluish-purple, and causes all hair to become long and frizzy. It also increases aggression, as the rabbit attacking the scientists demonstrated.
  • Booby Trap: Played for Laughs. Lucy tried to warn Gru that Eduardo might have one. Gru dismisses this because they're in a restaurant. Not a second later, Lucy turned out to be right — it was a simple tripwire that rang a bell. Turns out, it was to let El Pollito know there were intruders.
    • Ditto for the entrance to the lair. In order to gain access, one must take steps on a grid of tiles, each one of which plays a specific musical note; if the steps are done in the correct sequence, the result is the Mexican standard "La Cucaracha" and access to the lair. A single misstep will trigger any one of several booby traps — all of which are far deadlier than the one that summons Pollito.
  • Bookends: A subtle one. At Agnes' sixth birthday party at the start of the movie, when Gru is dressed as a fairy and a girl asks him "How come you're so fat?", he answers "Because my house is made of candy, and sometimes I eat instead of facing my problems." At the Cinco de Mayo party at the end of Act 2, Gru is seen wearing a chip hat; Eduardo states (and the directors' commentary confirms) that he was given it because he is lonely, and might need to "drown [his] sorrows in guacamole". (A little later, Margo is given one because Antonio dumped her.)
  • Brain Bleach: When Gru looks at Lucy's innards with the X-ray goggles, he regrets he won't forget it.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Minions get kidnapped by El Macho and mutated to work for him. They even get new looks which are purple, wear a different variation of their overalls with El Macho's logo on it instead of Gru's and have clown hair. Gru's reaction to seeing one of them for the first time says a thousand words.
  • Brick Joke: When Gru turns down Silas and is forced to leave the AVL lair without Lucy's sub-boat, he's forced to use a rowboat. At the end of the movie, Lucy and Gru are stuck treading water in the sea - cue the Minions passing by in the same rowboat.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Lucy tries out an Australian accent.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gru and Lucy fit this trope fairly well in the beginning.
  • Call Back: Gru stealing the moon is brought up.
    • The fart gun and the freeze ray both play important roles.
    • In the credits, the Minions stand on a plain white background doing things that utilize the 3D of the film, just like the original.
    • In the original, Gru sounds unsure when he introduces Kyle as a dog, and then says he has no idea what breed he's supposed to be. In the sequel, one of Lucy's gadgets identifies Kyle as simply "Species: Unknown."
  • Calling Your Attacks: From the trailer. This trope is deconstructed, reconstructed, inverted, parodied, lampshaded, and Played for Laughs, all at the exact same time.
  • Car Fu: Lucy hits Gru when kidnapping him by backing her car into him. Later Eduardo gets run over as well when Gru and Lucy are attempting to escape his restaurant.
  • Carpet of Virility: El Macho had a pretty impressive one, and all that was found of his body was a clump of it (but oddly, somehow the tattoo of the Mexican Flag disappears out from under it).
  • Cat Scare: Two minions are trying to play golf in the house when they hear a noise outside. They slowly walk outside and walk towards the trash cans, golf club raised and scary music in the background. Then a cat jumps out of the trash can.
  • The Cavalry: Dr. Nefario, the girls, and the unmutated Minions arrive just in time to save Gru from the Mutated!Minions about to eat him.
  • The Cameo: Gru's mother has a non-speaking cameo at the wedding.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The jelly and the lipstick tazer.
    • Oddly, this movie actually uses a few unfired Chekhov's Guns that were introduced in the first movie. Fart gun, anyone?
  • Clucking Funny: Eduardo owns a guard chicken, which constantly attacks Gru and Lucy.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Dr. Nefario complains that he misses being evil.
    Dr. Nefario: Don't you think there's more to our future than jelly?
    Gru: Well, I'm also considering a line of jams.
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: After Lucy gives Gru a business card, she looks to be doing this, even possibly looking at him with a flirtful eye, when she turns to leave.
  • Creepy Monotone: Agnes recites her lines for the Mother's Day pageant in this method.
    Gru: Let's try this one more time, but a teensy bit less like a zombie, okay?
  • Dance Battler: Lucy claims to use a hybrid martial art partially inspired by krumping. A slight Actor Allusion to Kristin Wiig, who had several characters on Saturday Night Live that incorporated krumping.
  • Dance of Romance: Antonio and Margo at the Cinco de Mayo Party. Becomes a subversion when Antonio leaves Margo for another girl.
  • Dance Party Ending: At Gru and Lucy's wedding, several minions, dressed as the members of the Village People, sing a Minionese version of Y.M.C.A.
  • Dancing Mook Credits: The Minions do this twice at the end, once to a Minionese version of "I Swear" by All 4 One, and then again to "Y.M.C.A." Complete with Kevin and several other Minions dressed in costume, and Stuart rocking a "Gru-Ray" DJ board and monitors.
  • Darker and Edgier: Surprisingly. Never Say "Die" is averted multiple times, and the villain's plans for global domination are to set the Brainwashed and Crazy minions (who are turned into Omnicidal Maniacs as a result of the PX-41 serum) onto the major continents if the world's leaders don't hand over control to him. And he wants Gru to help him.
  • Date Peepers: Lucy spies on Gru and his date with Shannon after she spots him in a restaurant she was getting takeout from. Fortunately for her it's going badly and Gru was looking for an excuse to get out of it.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Edith.
    • Gru's Mother gets this even worse, as she shows up as a bust and at the wedding in a non-speaking cameo.
    • Dr. Nefario.
  • Dinky Drivers: Two of Gru's minions drive Lucy's car to rescue them when their break-in goes awry.
  • Distress Ball: Despite Lucy's well established status as an Action Girl, she gets captured by El Macho almost effortlessly.
  • Dodgy Toupee: Gru wears one on his bad date, only for it to get knocked off. Lucy later tells him she liked him better bald.
  • Easily Forgiven: Dr. Nefario
  • Elaborate Underground Base: El Macho is revealed to have one when Gru follows him at the Cinco de Mayo Party.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Dr. Nefario warns Gru about El Macho holding Lucy hostage as well as saving the girls from the evil minion El Macho let loose on them. He is otherwise perfectly fine with going along with El Macho's plan of terrorizing the planet.
    • An inversion with the AVL; a global organization taking on global evil and they have things that are too petty for them to take care of; for instance, robbing a bank or murdering a man.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: The random octopus stuck on Lucy's windshield.
  • Evil Minions: Literally (after being injected with the PX-41 Serum of course).

  • Faking the Dead: Gru insists that El Macho, despite having gone down into a volcano while riding on a shark with tons of dynamite, is still alive. He turns out to be right.
  • Fat and Skinny: Gru and Lucy
  • Faux Shadow: At the party at the start Edith is shown on monkey bars dodging spears and spikes. One would expect this to come to fruition later in the film, possibly during a climactic scene, but no such luck.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Food as Bribe: When an ice cream truck approaches Gru's house, several of his minions rush towards it to buy some. It starts kidnapping them, but one manages to evade capture. But then the ice cream truck holds out a popsicle in front, which he licks, gets stuck to it, and is captured that way.
  • Foreshadowing: After the girls meet Lucy, Agnes asks Gru "Are you gonna marry Lucy?" One guess on what happens at the end of the film.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Averted. The epilogue specifically states that Gru and Lucy go on a total of 147 more dates before they get married.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: One of the zoom-ins on Gru's phone before he incinerates it, shows next to the emergency call number (labeled 'Mother') are two yellow buttons reading "Dave" and "Stuart".
  • Freeze Ray
  • French Maid: One of the Minions, Tom, is dressed as this.
  • Funny Background Event: Any time the screen pans on a lot of minions, keep a close eye out on the ones in the background.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Has its own page.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Agnes screaming.
  • The Goggles Do Nothing: Bob's blowing bubbles gets in Kevin's eyes despite him wearing the usual minion goggles.
  • Good Is Not Nice:
    • The Anti-Villain League are pretty darn cold when it comes to the greater good. Kill a guy? Eh, too small time for them. Steal the moon? Now you have their attention. Might be justified, as "Villains" in this setting are so common that they have their own bank (from the first film), and need an entire agency dedicated specifically and solely to countering them.
    • Gru, while a good guy, and kind to his daughters and those he cares for, retains a healthy amount of his villainous pragmatism.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: When Gru is looking in the wall in Floyd's store for the serum, Floyd shouts "Iri wa!" (Korean for "Come here!") to get his attention. Possibly also an example of Poirot Speak.
  • Groin Attack: When Gru tried to get Antonio away from Margo, Antonio retorted by kicking Gru's "most sensitive part".
  • Guilt by Coincidence: Subverted. Gru finds traces of the serum in Floyd's wig store, but is convinced Eduardo and Antonio are the culprits because his judgement is clouded by his hatred of Antonio. He's wrong about Antonio being involved, but not about Eduardo.
  • Gun Fu: Gru does this briefly in the last battle. The scene even slows down to make it more melodramatic.
  • Gunship Rescue: Towards the end of the movie, Gru and two minions are rescued from a bunch of evil minions from a rooftop by plane armed with jelly-miniguns.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: One of Gru's minions engages in this with a crazed minion. It blows his cover as a result.
  • Happily Married: Gru and Lucy in the end.
  • Harmless Freezing: One of Gru's regular attacks.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Dr. Nefario joins with El Macho so he can do evil deeds once again, but when he learns that El Macho is holding Lucy hostage as well as learned of the evil minion El Macho let loose on the girls, he returns to Gru.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Or at least ex-villains want redheaded newbie spies.
  • Hollywood Kiss: Adorably averted during the wedding. Gru and Lucy try to kiss several times but their noses keep getting in the way. Eventually they figure it out. Involves a certain amount of Fridge Logic - did they really not figure out kissing during those 147 dates?
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: While Lucy is taller than Gru, he's far more built than she is.
  • If It Swims, It Flies: Lucy's car can transform into both a submarine and a jet plane.
  • I Have Your Wife: A variant. El Macho captures Lucy and uses her as leverage to get Gru to cooperate with him. In a subversion of the trope, it's actually Dr. Nefario who warns Gru behind El Macho's back, as opposed to El Macho gloating about it.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Right after Gru says that they can't prove that he tried to steal the moon, he adds that he put it back immediately.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Reverting the Evil Minions to Minions relies entirely on Gru firing the antidote jelly into their mouths Guns Akimbo even. And in Bullet Time! May be justified as the speed at which they take effect may mean that skin contact can still work.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: At Gru and Lucy's wedding, minions sing "I Swear" (as if they were All-4-One) and "YMCA" (dressed like the Village People).
  • Instant Sedation: During the meal, Shannon notices Gru's wig and is about to humiliate him when Lucy, visiting the restaurant herself, renders Shannon instantly unconscious with a Tranquillizer Dart.
  • Jerkass: Silas Ramsbottom. In addition to the fact his whole organization embodies Good Is Not Nice, he repeatedly makes fun of Gru's business-attempts and is really callous and flippant towards him.
  • Jerk Jock: Shannon is crazy about fitness, but is not a jerk.

  • Kick the Dog:
    • Unintentional, but Silas really put The Woobie status on Gru when the former informed the latter that Lucy would be reassigned to Australia after the case was supposedly solved. Then, he coldly dismisses him.
    • Thanks to the above, Gru performs a number of them to the some of the same strangers he gave a Pet the Dog moment to earlier.
  • Kid-anova: Antonio turns out to be one of these (he even provides the page image), much to Margo's sadness. Luckily Gru had the freeze ray with which to release his Papa Wolf.
  • Kids Are Cruel: In one of Gru's childhood flashbacks, a young Gru was rejected by the children of his school, even by his first crush. In fact, to them being touched or near Gru would put them at 'risk' of getting 'Gruties'.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: Gru is tasered and stuffed into the back AVL Agent Lucy Wilde's car and taken under sea. Why? To recruit him to help the AVL track down the criminal responsible for taking the dangerous PX-41. Gru points out that he owns a telephone: they could have just called.
  • Killer Rabbit: The chicken puts up quite a fight. And there's a Hair-Raising Hare that's a test subject for the PX-41 serum.
  • Laugh of Love:
    • In an Imagine Spot, Dave imagines having a love life with Lucy, and one of the scenes in said Imagine Spot involves them running along a beach while laughing.
    • Margo giggles nervously when Antonio sweeps her off her feet on their first meeting.
    • At their wedding, Gru and Lucy are laughing while dancing together.
  • Little "No": Gru lets one one out as El Macho is about to press the button to set off the rocket and kill Lucy.
  • Love at First Sight: Margo for Antonio, one of the Minions for Lucy. Also Agnes for Lucy, in a parent-child sense.
  • Love Epiphany: One of the oddest and funniest ever, by Lucy.
  • Love Interests: Gru to Lucy and Margo to Antonio.
  • Made of Iron: The minions, so much that the serum makes them Nigh Invulnerable.
  • Magic Pants: Averted with Eduardo/El Macho's Super Mode, since all his clothing gets ripped off. Luckily, he gets furry enough to cover his censorable areas. Played straight with the minions, though. On the other hand, the serum doesn't make them grow more than marginally bigger.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Lucy is the fun-loving, enthusiastic, slapstick character that gives contrast to Gru's grumbling, cranky practical joker.
  • Masked Luchador: Eduardo's villainous identity is obviously inspired in Mexican masked wrestlers.
  • Miming the Cues: Gru tries to get out of a date he doesn't want by trying to get Agnes to pretend he isn't there.
    Jillian: Agnes, where's Gru?
    Agnes: He's... (Gru tries to make her stop talking by zipping his lips) putting on lipstick! (waves his hands) He's... swatting flies! (gestures across his neck) He's... chopping a head off! (clenches his fists in frustration) He's.... pooping?
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Eduardo/El Macho is taller in a flashback. Justified as Gru could have been imagining him as larger than life.
  • Missed Him by That Much: After her Love Epiphany, Lucy arrives at the Cinco de Mayo party Gru and the girls were attending about two seconds after they drive off.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Some minions move around at the mall hidden inside trash bins.
  • Mondegreen: The first song the Minions are singing in the final scene (Gru and Lucy's wedding) is actually "I Swear" by All-4-One, but has been dubbed "Underwear" by the fans thanks to how the chorus starts.
  • More Dakka: Used in the final fight of the film, where the girls and other minions fire jellied antidotes at the crazy minions to revert them back to normal.
  • Never Found the Body: After El Macho's death. It turns out to have been faked.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The first trailer to feature Lucy made her out to be a much more serious character than she really is.
    • Also, Al Pacino being advertised as a cast member in the film, even though he dropped out in post-production.
  • Nice Hat: Agnes wears a sombrero to the Cinco de Mayo Party. Also at the party, the chip hat (a sombrero made out of nacho-chip material, the brim filled with guacamole) given to Gru at that party, and later to Margo. The directors' commentary states that these two got given chip hats because they were lonely.
  • Not So Different: The men at the base in the opening scene, with their yellow parkas, nonsense language and slapstick poker game evoke the minions very much.
  • Not Quite Dead: El Macho.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: There is a pretty curious case of this with the Polish version of the movie. For the first movie, they came up with the idea to translate the title as "Jak Ukraść Księżyc" ("How To Steal The Moon"), presumably because they weren't expecting a sequel to come out. But sure enough, a sequel did come out, and it seemed that they would be forced to translate it as "How To Steal The Moon 2", making it a pretty heavy case of an Artifact Title. What they did instead? They translated the sequel's title as "Minionki Rozrabiają" ("Minions Cause Mayhem"). It makes you wonder what are they going to do with the upcoming Minion movie.
    • Apparently, calling it "How To Keep A Crazed Lucha Wrestler From Tying Your Potential Girlfriend To A Shark And Firing The Shark Into A Volcano" would have given too much away.
    • Also, why didn't they just translate the first movie as "Nikczemny Ja" (a more direct translation of "Despicable Me") is anyone's guess.
    • Might be a Shout-Out to a Polish movie "O dwóch takich, co ukradli Księżyc" (Those Two Guys Who Stole The Moon). And "Ja, nikczemnik" would sound better anyway.
  • Off Model: Bob's noticably different looking in the end credits sequence than he appears in the Minions movie.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Lucy when Eduardo sees her AVL ID and recognizes her as one of the two who were trying to bring him down.
    • Later, Gru when El Macho drinks the serum and transforms. Then he gets again when he tries to shoot El Macho with the antidote only to discover he's all out.
      • Two more: When Gru thinks he is about to be devoured by the Evil Minions (but is saved by Nefario), and when he sees Lucy tied up to the shark and rocket.
    • When Gru and Lucy are at risk of being discovered by Eduardo for breaking in and searching his restaurant for the PX-41 serum (and snacking on his secret salsa in the process).
  • One-Handed Shotgun Pump: Gru does two during the climax with Guns Akimbo.
  • One-Winged Angel: After the Brainwashed and Crazy minions are reverted back to their normal selves, El Macho uses the PX-41 serum on himself against Gru, turning into a giant hairy purple monster.
  • Overprotective Dad: Gru has become one by this film, and is especially nervous about Margo taking an interest in dating and boys.
  • Overly Long Gag: Dr. Nefario flying out of Gru's lair.
    Dr. Nefario: Goodbye my friends... This may take a while... Go about your business... I miss you already!

  • Pair the Spares:
    • In the final scene, Silas (Lucy's boss at the AVL) is dancing with Natalie, one of the women Gru's neighbor Jillian tried to set him up with at the start of the film.
    • Dr. Nefario dances with Gru's mother in much the same way.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Normal Minions just need body paint to infiltrate the Big Bad lair as Evil Minions. In their defense, the evil Minions' shapes are very inconsistent for a clone army, and with or without the Psycho Serum, the Minions are not the brightest guys out there.
  • Pet the Dog: Gru does a number of nice things to strangers after realizing he's in love with Lucy.
  • Psycho Serum: The PX-41 serum.
  • Pun: Several of the restaurants in the mall have titles that are this, including Gru's cover bakery of "Bake My Day", the flower shop "Mum's The Word", and Eduardo's Mexican restaurant "Salsa and Salsa".
  • Puppy Love: Margo and Antonio. It doesn't work out.
  • Purple is Powerful: PX-41 mutants turn purple.
  • Rated M for Manly: El Macho is a hilarious, over-the-top example of the trope. The flashback in which he mixes rattlesnake venom into his whiskey, then eats the entire shot glass, is a good example. Or, of course, his Never Found the Body moment:
    He died in the most macho way possible: riding a shark loaded with dynamite into the mouth of an active volcano! It was glorious!
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Gru has quit villainy to become a jelly businessman. However, becoming a successfully jelly businessman doesn't happen overnight and the first batch he creates is terrible.
    • Gru is recruited by the AVL to help them catch a villain, however no one in the AVL (sans Lucy) wants to work with him because of his "checkered past". An understandable reaction since someone with a criminal history often can't be trusted.
    • Gru's suspicions over Eduardo (while right, albeit for the wrong reasons) was not warranted for two reasons — One, there was no evidence to suspect him. Two, Gru and Lucy found strands of the serum in Floyd's store.
    • In a refreshing way. Gru and Lucy do fall in love and get married, but more realistically with "147 dates" in between, showing kids that even what seems like a solid coupling at first glance could still use some time to mature; 147 dates is at least half a year. Plus, Lucy could become better acquainted with the girls, Minions, and Marlena.
    • Many spent the entire movie wondering how the two will kiss with those noses. This is delightfully lampshaded.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Happens to Gru.
  • Red Herring: Floyd, the toupee store owner.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: So Gru, you want to go legit, good for you! With all this amazing gear you've developed you could make a killing in the tech industry — oh wait, you're going to go into the jam business? Uh, okay. Downplayed in that he still uses his factories and minions to make the jam. It's possible that he can only make gadgets to be used for villainous purposes.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Gru may have retired from villainy, but that doesn't stop him from being an occasional Jerkass verging on Good Is Not Nice. He also comes off overall as an anti-hero in certain angles.
  • Refusal of the Call: Gru initially rejects the offer to work with the AVL, but reluctantly accepts after Nefario quits.
  • Remember the New Guy: Gru for the major villain. Justified as he was a villain twenty years ago.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Lucy was impressed with Gru's moon theft, as was El Macho.
  • Rescue Romance:
    • A parody. Lucy "saves" Gru from an obnoxious date (Shannon), which helps Gru to realize his feelings for her.
    • Also Gru finally works up the courage to ask Lucy out on a date after he rescues her from El Macho
  • Retired Badass:
    • Gru, who's trying to go straight.
    • El Macho can also count - he certainly keeps his awesome credentials with his dance moves. And that's just before The Reveal.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • Gru's insistence that El Macho is the bad guy is due more to Antonio putting the moves on Margo.
    • Also, Gru's suspicion of Antonio himself. Gru would've been suspicious of any boy putting the moves on Margo; Antonio was just unlucky enough to be the first one to do it. However, while Gru didn't know this at first, there's a good reason to be suspicious of Antonio: he doesn't like Margo that much and breaks her heart later on.
  • Running Gag: Early on, one Minion gets his head stuck in a jam jar. He then makes repeat appearances throughout the film, with it still there even after being mutated, and at the wedding.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Gru and Lucy, to the hilt.
  • Ship Tease: Two ship teases could be seen at Gru and Lucy's wedding: Silas and Natalie (one of Jillian's friends) and Fred (Gru's friendly neighbor from the first film) and Shannon. However, the latter ship couple probably sank as Shannon became interested in another guy.
  • Shoe Phone: Lucy uses gadgets like her lipstick taser.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Phineas and Ferb, in a trailer where Gru tells the girls about his new job after Agnes asks if he's really gonna save the world. Here's what he replies with:
    Gru: Yes, yes I am!
  • Sigh of Love: Margo sighs happily when she first sees Antonio.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Agent Lucy Wilde.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Shannon goes through a lot of abuse. It starts with Lucy knocking her out with a moose tranquilizer and just keeps getting worse/better from there.
  • Soft Water: Gru and Lucy fall from a rocket into the ocean with no injuries whatsoever. Slightly averted by the volcanic explosion slowing their fall before they reached terminal velocity.
  • Songs in the Key of Lock: To gain entrance to El Macho's lair, you must play the opening notes of "La Cucaracha" on an electronic dance floor.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: Despite Lucy being an Action Girl who easily incapacitated Gru and his minions earlier, Eduardo has only to grab her upper-arm to turn her into a Damsel in Distress. Probably justified by him still having some of his Charles Atlas Superpower from younger days, so his grip might be quite strong; plus they were in the middle of a party, with several civilians (mostly children) around, so Lucy, being a trained secret agent, probably wanted to avoid collateral damage from fighting back.
  • Stock Scream: There's a Wilhelm scream when the base is stolen.
  • Strapped to a Rocket: El Macho straps Lucy to a rocket which is also laden with explosives (and a shark) which he plans to fire into a volcano.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: El Macho is described as "the manliest man ever", drinking alcohol that's labeled as poison after also forcing a snake to spit venom into it and robbing armored trucks with his bare hands. He died in the most macho way possible: riding a shark strapped with two hundred pounds of dynamite into an active volcano. They Never Found the Body, just a pile of singed chest hair. He isn't quite as physically dangerous 20 years later, but still.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: El Macho's faked death had him jump out of a plane on a shark strapped with dynamite and flying into a volcano.
    • Pops up again later when he prepares to kill Lucy in the same way.
  • There Was a Door
  • This Banana is Armed: Lucy has her "lipstick taser."
    Lucy: You know you really should announce your weapons after you fire them, Mr. Gru. For example— lipstick taser! Oh, it works so good.
  • Threatening Shark: Subverted; a shark swims up to Lucy's car, but she veers away and it passes by without harming them. Other sharks in the area don't pay them any attention. Also, the shark strapped to the dynamite-rigged rocket aimed for the volcano twitches around a little, but does no harm. The one on Lucy's rocket falls off of it and lands in a sushi shop, to the delight of its customers.
  • Time Skip: The ending takes place 147 dates later.
  • Toilet Humour: The Fart Guns make a return.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: One of the minions is trapped when he licks a Popsicle dangled in front of him and his tongue gets stuck. He wakes up on the tropical island with his tongue still stuck to it.
  • Trojan Prisoner: In order to get into El Macho's lair to rescue Lucy, Gru has two of his remaining minions disguise themselves as the Brainwashed and Crazy purple minions that El Macho kidnapped earlier, and make them pretend they captured him. They manage to get in, but their cover is blown before they can reach Lucy.
  • Twice Shy: Implied to be this with Gru and Lucy's relationship. Thankfully, the pair do admit their feelings and after 147 dates they marry.

  • Underwater Base: The AVL Base that Gru is recruited for and where Lucy works is underwater.
  • Unfortunate Names: Ramsbottom.
    Gru: Good day, Mr. Sheepsbutt.
    Ramsbottom: Ramsbottom.
    Gru: Yeah, like that's any better!
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even though Gru helped the AVL find the serum, Silas coldly thanks Gru...for being completely useless.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Gru complains to Ramsbottom that instead of electrocuting and kidnapping people, he and the AVL should've contacted him another, less painful method if they wanted help (i.e., an email). However, Lucy only did those two things after Gru tried to use his freeze ray on her.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Gru and Lucy. Special bonus, since her last name is "Wilde".
  • Waif-Fu: Lucy proves to have great reflexes despite being very thin.
  • Walking Disaster Area: That one chick Gru's neighbor was going to set him up with trashes the birthday party far more than all the other shenanigans put together.
  • We Can Rule Together: Non-romantic version; El Macho says this to Gru near the end.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • We never see what happens to El Macho after he is shot by Dr. Nefario.
    • Nor do you find out the fate of the wig store owner after he is arrested under false accusation, nor is it made explicit how trace amounts of the serum made it to his store (presumably planted by El Macho).
    • Antonio. He got frozen at the party, but his dad is the villain and has been defeated and we never see his mom. So, what happens to him after he defrosts? He still has a lot to pay for, after breaking Margo's heart.
  • Wimp Fight: After the Cat Scare by the trash can one minion starts mocking the other one, and they start a slap fight... then a light from the sky picks them up.
  • With Catlike Tread: Lucy's idea of stealth is to kick down a door screaming.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Eduardo has no problem siccing a Brainwashed and Crazy Minion onto the girls when they're home... alone!
  • X-Ray Vision: Gru and Lucy use them in one of their operations. Gru looks at Lucy with them, and sees her internal organs.
  • Zeerust: Another one of Gru's inventions: A motorcycle version of the Grumobile.