[[caption-width-right:300:''One big, [[BigBad bad]], happy family.'']]

->''"I'm having a bad, bad day.\\
It's about time that I get my way.\\
Steamrollin' whatever I see.\\
Oh, despicable me!"''

Creator/{{Universal}}'s first in-house CGI animated feature,[[note]]they distributed [[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie two computer-animated]] [[Literature/TheTaleOfDespereaux films produced by other companies]] in 2008[[/note]] and the first animated film from Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, executive-produced by former Creator/BlueSkyStudios head Chris Meledandri. The plot revolves around a {{Supervillain}} named Gru (Creator/SteveCarell) plotting to steal the moon while he hides in his ElaborateUndergroundBase in a suburban neighborhood.

Unfortunately, a younger villain, Vector (Creator/JasonSegel), steals the shrink ray Gru was in the middle of stealing, and he needs to get it back. That's when Gru notices how willing Vector is to let orphans selling cookies into his house and ...[[CatchPhrase lightbulb]]! Gru proceeds to adopt the three orphans - Margo, Edith and Agnes (Creator/MirandaCosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher respectively) - to carry out his EvilPlan.

Can Gru [[DefrostingIceKing learn the importance of family and how to be a good dad]]?

The film was a surprisingly huge hit. It received very good reviews; it earned a 81% "Certified Fresh"/ 89% (top critic) rating from Website/RottenTomatoes with their response, "Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Creator/{{Pixar}} and Franchise/LooneyTunes, ''Despicable Me'' is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own." The film made $543.1 million worldwide with $56.4 million made in its opening weekend. This film is also Universal's 6th highest-grossing film & the 10th-highest-grossing animated feature of all-time in North America. In worldwide earnings, it is the sixth biggest film of Creator/{{Universal}} Studios, the fourth highest-grossing animated film of 2010.

A sequel, simply titled ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', was released on July 3, 2013.

The film's success convinced Universal, who for years had been reluctant to become a major challenger against Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/{{Pixar}} and Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, that the time had come for another player in feature animation, and sure enough, Creator/IlluminationEntertainment became their main animation powerhouse. The [[Film/{{Hop}} string]] [[Film/TheLorax of]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets future]] [[WesternAniation/{{Sing}} projects]] are due to the successes of these films, including a ride based on the film, called ''Ride/DespicableMeMinionMayhem'', which opened in 2012 at the Orlando Ride/UniversalStudios, followed by a duplicate being opened at the Hollywood park in 2014, and then another duplicate being opened at the Japan park in 2017.

A prequel feature film titled ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}},'' starring Gru's yellow henchmen, was released on July 10, 2015.

''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3'' was released on June 30, 2017.

''Minions 2'' is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2020.
!!This film provides examples of:


* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Gru's mother, when she shows the girls [[EmbarrassingOldPhoto Gru's old childhood photos]].
-->'''Gru:''' Mom... ''not cool''.
* AdultFear:
** Having your children kidnapped by a villain obsessed with [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods fish and squids]].
** Your kids being taken away ''period'', by someone in the foster care business.
** After you die, your children get put into a series of dangerous environments with cold, cruel guardians who exploit them for financial gain, make them eat out of dog bowls, lock them in solitary confinement, etc.
** In the non-parental AdultFear category, Gru's heartfelt, serious, and very sad explanation to his minions that he has no money left and has to let everyone go is completely and easily understood as a speech that many high and mid-level managers were forced to give to their employees during economic hard times.
* AffablyEvil[=/=]AntiVillain: Gru. It's even the movie's tagline!
* AirVentPassageway: Gru and two minions use this while stealing the shrink ray from Vector's house.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-FCEcnL8wQ "Good Times (Bad Times remix)]] by Rip Slyme is the theme song for the Japanese version.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Gru's Moon mission takes only a couple of hours from takeoff to landing, despite involving an actual orbit of the Moon, a round trip that normally takes a week at best.
* ArtisticLicenseEngineering: Vector's "plane" doesn't even have wings, and pulls in the shrink ray through its engine and the support strut that's too thin for it. Gru's plane doesn't look particularly well-engineered either.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Shrinking the moon will not decrease its mass (though it is implied the shrink ray Gru stole nullifies an objects mass; once the effects start wearing off, the object regains its original mass). The moon shrunk down would still weigh as much as the full-sized moon (7.3477 x 10^22 kilograms), so Gru could not carry it, and it being so close to the Earth would cause a variety of gravitational problems. The issues are partially addressed in-universe as the Moon begins to re-expand - Vector falls back onto its surface instead of it falling to crush him (again!), and then the rockets on his ship fire, though the Moon continues growing in size and destroys his ship in atmosphere, yet somehow regains size in space at its original orbital point and not the upper atmosphere.
* AsceticAesthetic: The general look of Vector's designs, compared to the more archetypal camp comic book villain look to Gru's designs.
* AttentionWhore:
** Gru doesn't just want to be a villain. He wants to be the number one villain. Doctor Nefario assures him he is still number one when he talks to him.
** Vector is the same as Gru, wanting to be ''numero uno''. His attempts to get attention are even more pathetic, see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Much of the technology used by Vector or Gru. Vector's marine life guns are a particularly extravagant example.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Well, children, anyway. Giving her some grandkids is the only thing Gru ever does that earns his mother's approval.
* BambooTechnology:
** Kid Gru's drawing and macaroni sculpture of a spaceship seem rather normal things a child would do with their time, until he actually ''builds a working, unmanned rocket'' "based on the macaroni prototype!" This still doesn't get a WellDoneSonGuy reaction, however.
** Also, the spaceship for the moon mission is made out of whatever they could find to build it, after the bank stopped funding them.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Vector is a nerdy villain who creates technology like a [[ImprobableWeaponUser "piranha gun" and a "squid launcher"]], and is [[ButtMonkey constantly abused by everything]]. At the same time, he's competent enough to steal the Pyramids, his fortress is guarded by a MacrossMissileMassacre, and he has no qualms about kidnapping and potentially killing young girls.
* BigBad: Victor "Vector" Perkins.
* BilingualBonus:
** If you know Spanish, even a few words, you'll know what Gru actually calls Miss Hattie when he tries to flatter her. She later buys a Spanish-English dictionary and finds out he says, basically, "Your face looks like a donkey's." Bonus in that he actually asked her if she spoke Spanish, implying that he ''knew'' what he was calling her.
*** In the Latin American dub (the one used in Mexico) what he says is that "She has the figure of a Tololoche" [[note]] A Mexican stringed instrument which is smaller than a double bass[[/note]]. She later claims to have investigated the word.
*** The Spanish dub has Gru call Miss Hattie "rucio", which is an antique word for "donkey".
** The minions' language seems to be mostly nonsense, but every time they give someone something, it sounds as if they say "para tú", which means "for you" in Portugese. There's also a scene near the beginning of the movie (the one with the water cooler) where a minion says "espera" (Wait, in Portuguese and Spanish).
* BlandNameProduct: At the end when there is a ginormous dance recital turned party in Gru's lair, a minion is shown at a DJ booth that is labeled 'Gru-Ray Disc' complete with a similar logo.
* BlatantLies: The kids have found Gru's lair. He claims that he's actually a spy.
* BookEnds: The anchor reporting on the theft of the pyramid ''and'' the return of the moon.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Whenever it airs on ABC, it gets some weird cuts...
** The NBC logo is removed on the Times Square Jumbotron, and the MSNBC logo is missing.
** The part when Gru's mom shows the girls Gru's baby photos, they show Gru's Sunday best photo instead.
** The scene when three minions are [[CheekCopy playing with the copier]] is cut completely.
** The end credits are shortened (meaning they remove the scenes when the Minions attempt to stretch themselves off the screen).
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: When Mr. Perkins rejects Gru's loan, he tells him: "Look, Gru, the point is, there are a lot of new villains out there, younger than you, hungrier than you, younger than you. Like that young fellow out there named Vector. He just stole a pyramid!
* BreakTheCutie: When the girls have fulfilled their dreams of being adopted, they start to enjoy their exciting new home - until Dr. Nefario, worried that they're too much of a distraction for Gru, [[spoiler:has them returned to the orphanage. Agnes begs Gru not to let Ms. Hattie take them back, while Margo just quietly thanks him for everything, and Edith gets really pissed with her arms folded. And even then, the three of them still hope that he'll make it to the recital...]]
* BreakoutCharacter: The minions have starred in several of their own shorts and even got their own feature film.
* BrickJoke:
** The anti-gravity minion. ''[[RuleofThree Three times]].''
** Also, the incident under Bilingual Bonus above.
** Both sealife guns.
** The stolen pyramid.
** One Minion tries ballet after watching the girls try it, only to be punched in the face in response by another Minion. At the end, the second Minion tries it out and gets the same response from the first one.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Vector as a villain: he likes to wear gaudy tracksuits and use mostly ineffective guns that shoot out some form of aquatic life to do his villainy, as well as getting help from another source. Yet he manages to steal the Pyramids of Giza!
* CallBack / HypocriticalHumor: At the start of the first film, Gru complains to his neighbour that said neighbour's dog is doing its business all over Gru's garden. At the beginning of the second film, Kyle (Gru's -- er -- dog) wants to relieve himself on Gru's plants, but Gru has him do it on the plants of the neighbour mentioned above. (They comically shrivel.)
** The Fart Gun, in the sequel
* CallingYourAttacks:
** Later, during Gru's videoscreen presentation to the bank director, the girls start clowning around. Edith and Agnes find the freeze ray, and Edith says "Freeze ray!" just before turning Gru's entire body (minus his head, arms and butt) into an ice cube.
** In the commentary, it's remarked upon how the freeze ray works best if you yell "Freeze ray!" just before you fire it.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the sequel when Gru attempts to freeze Lucy, who counters it with a heat ray and informing him that he really should yell out his attack '''after''' performing it, then promptly takes him out with a taser disguised as lipstick. She calls the attack while it takes place.
* CardCarryingVillain:
** Gru regularly does things just to be a dick. Take parking his giant car at the bank. He finds a parking spot, but pushes back the car behind him a little. Then he rams the one in front, then the one in back, then repeats until he has moved several cars out of position, both wrecking them and giving him more space than he could ever need.
** He gave a child a balloon animal ''just so he could pop it''.
** All villains in-universe. They have their own Bank of Evil ([[HistoricalInJoke Formerly Lehman Brothers]]).
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** Gru's "Light bulb..."
** "Eh..." says Gru's mother.
** Vector's "Oh yeah!"
* ChainOfPeople:
** [[spoiler:At the climax of the film, Margo starts to plummet from several hundred feet, and Gru himself falls trying to catch her. The Minions form a ChainOfPeople to save ''both'' of them.]]
** Occurs earlier in the movie on a smaller scale while Gru is stealing the shrink ray. Although it was kind of accidental here.
* CheerfulChild: Agnes is adorable and happy about everything. She takes to Gru immediately even when the others are wary.
* ChekhovsSkill: The minions' ability to form human chains rapidly.
* ChildrenRaiseYou
* ContrivedCoincidence: The girls' dance recital is on the exact day Gru needs to launch his rocket.
* CoolCar: Gru's giant smoke-spewing and road hogging airship/tank makes Hummers look inconspicuous and eco-friendly.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Even by the standards of the Bank of Evil ([[TakeThat Formerly Lehman Brothers]]), it turns out. Can there be anything more evil than someone like Mr. Perkins? And is using his position to promote his own worthless son over the solid efforts of a real villain?
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Villains ride roughshod over the planet. A rare foiled plot has newscasters declaring "Good triumphs for once!" Even the orphanages are run by monsters, and the only villain who fails his KarmaHoudini is the relatively harmless Vector.
* CreativeClosingCredits:
** The credits have the Minions come on screen and attempt to stretch themselves off the screen and into the theater, testing the limits of the 3D effects. One Minion succeeds in launching himself off the screen and into the booth where he begins making shadow puppets.
** There's also a mobile app which allows movie-goers to get a translation of just what the Minions are saying during the course of the credits. The translation provides a hilarious TakeThat:
--->'''Minion #1:''' Hey, I can hear ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' in the next theater! Team Jacob rules!\\
'''Minion #2:''' ''(not amused)'' Sir, you've made a mockery of our noble contest.
* CurseCutShort: While Vector is playing with the Shrink Ray in the bathroom.
-->'''Vector:''' Oh look, a little tiny toilet for little tiny tur-AAAAAAAAAAAAAUUGGH! CURSE YOU, TINY TOILET!!
* CuteKitten: Much to Gru's disdain.
* DancePartyEnding: In-universe, even. Interrupting an excerpt from ''Theatre/SwanLake''... with what? Something contemporary? A gratuitous rap remix? One better: ''Disco''. Which Gru turns out to be adept at. It's Music/TheBeeGees' song "You Should Be Dancing", complete with Gru mimicking Creator/JohnTravolta's moves from ''Film/SaturdayNightFever''.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of comic book-style super-villains. They're shown as people with families who need to take out loans to fund their schemes and who use their gadgets to overcome everyday annoyances like waiting in long queues.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Look, Gru, the point is, there are a lot of newer villains out there. Younger than you, hungrier than you. ''Younger. Than you.'' Like that young fellow out there."
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** [[WordOfGod The filmmakers say]] that Vector's technology was meant to look like an [=iPod=] in contrast to Gru's Cold War era aesthetic.
** Gru's "pep talk" in the third act hits a little too close to home. [[spoiler:He's basically ''firing'' the minions and telling them the "company" is shutting down. It got better, but still.]]
** Mr. Perkins, the bank boss's look. He's basically ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'s boss, shoved into a rebar-reinforced suit and given brains and malice. Well, more malice.
** Vector [[Film/AustinPowers wears a loud, ridiculous orange suit, has a dorky hairstyle and glasses, does hip-thrusts when he's excited...]]
* DontSplitUsUp: {{Averted|Trope}}; siblings in foster care are often separated. Even more of an aversion because the junior novelization says the girls "aren't technically sisters, but they spend all their time together."
* DramaticPause: Parodied. When Gru announces to his Minions that they're going to steal the moon, he mutters the words "Pause for effect" to himself during the dramatic pause.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: There is a lot of melodrama towards the climax of the film.
* EasilyForgiven: Dr. Nefario going behind Gru's back and calling Miss Hattie to collect the girls. Gru never gives him a WhatTheHellHero and the girls blame Gru over Dr. Nefario.
** Although since Nefario made the call in Gru's name, they're perfectly justified in thinking he really did make the call.
* EmbarrassingSlide: After successfully stealing the shrink ray, Gru explains his plan for stealing the moon to Mr. Perkins using slides to back up his story. In between, however, is a drawing his three adopted daughters made of him sitting on the toilet.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: We first see Gru cheerily walking down the sidewalk, when - oh no! A child's ice cream has fallen off its cone! Thinking quickly, Gru distracts the boy by whipping out a balloon, making an adorable inflated puppy from it - all the while smiling and making sure the boy is watching - and handing it to the tyke, who cuddles it. [[MoodWhiplash And then Gru]] [[ForTheEvulz pops it with a hatpin]].
** Gets another one during the montage of his morning routine where he freezes everyone at line in the coffee shop so he can cut in line and take the first customer's order -- [[EvenEvilHasStandards but he still makes sure to put a tip in the jar]].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** Gru treats his minions with respect and fatherly affection (he even remembers their names), is best friends with his mad scientist, repairs his relationship with his mother, and becomes a doting father to the girls.
** Mr. Perkins. He has a picture of himself giving a young Vector a piggyback ride and both really seem to be enjoying it. A brief, but surprisingly touching moment.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Vector keeps sharks all around his house for security (and probably the sheer awesomeness), including one in his living room floor.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "SQUID LAUNCHER!"]] It also makes a surprisingly effective grappling hook.
* EvilerThanThou: After his first run in with Gru, Vector's entire life becomes dedicated to showing that he's a better villain than him.
* EvilIsPetty: In the beginning of the film Gru makes a balloon animal for a crying kid then pops it as well as cutting the queue at a coffee shop through the use of his freeze ray. He also plots diabolical schemes!
* EvilOrphanageLady: Miss Hattie runs a miserable orphanage where the children are forced to sell cookies but she keeps all the profits. If they don't sell enough they have to sit in a "box of shame".
* EvilVersusEvil: Gru vs. Vector.

* FakeCrossover: Japan only, with ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' in this EyeCatch set [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZRNJ8AeO2I seen here]] and a trailer for the JP release of the movie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIfjgAKtUDc seen here]].
* FakeVideoCameraView: At the end. It's notable in that they actually used a 1920x1080 resolution marker in the bottom corner.
* FamousLastWords: Oh, poop.
* AFatherToHisMen: Gru toward the minions, in a rare villainous example. He seems to genuinely care about them, and is upset when he has to lay them off. [[spoiler: The minions reciprocate the feeling by offering to tap into their own savings to complete the Moon launch, indicating that Gru really ''was'' an above-and-beyond employer and that the minions really care about him in return. And don't forget the scene where they ''all'' want to be kissed goodnight!]]
* {{Foil}}: Vector and Gru. Gru was a smart kid, motivated by the desire to earn a [[WellDoneSonGuy word of praise]] from his indifferent mother, who became a supervillain JerkWithAHeartOfGold because of his desire to become an astronaut and go to the moon. He struggled to get where he is, is legitimately talented, and likes to make friends, with the Minions, Nefario, and (eventually) the girls functioning as a sort of [[TrueCompanions family]]. Vector, on the other hand, is a spoiled rich kid who became a supervillain because he was tired of being a nerd. He doesn't have any real goals except to enjoy himself and win at all costs, even going so far as to kidnap the girls. He has no real talent, presumably getting all the money he uses to buy his nifty toys from his dad's bank, no non-aggressive contact with anyone in the film other than his father, and no one else is ever invited into his house. Even their houses play off each other; while Gru lives in a normal (though, admittedly, slightly large and foreboding) house with a secret lair underneath, Vector's house just screams "Look at me! Look at me!"
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The first scenes show a little child who does a perilous thing trying to get the attention from his oblivious father. Later, we will see the [[FreudianExcuse real reason why Gru wants to steal the moon]].
** A subtle one, but the weapon Vector shows Gru during their first meeting is his Piranha Gun. [[spoiler:Male piranhas are known for being [[PapaWolf incredibly protective of their young]], which is exactly what Gru becomes towards the girls by the time Vector kidnaps them]].
** Upon entering Gru's house for the first time, Edith quips that she thought their adoption by a "bald, rich guy" would be like ''Annie''. [[spoiler:And aside from obvious difference, that's the plot of the story with Gru and the girls: Adopts them for his own selfish reason, starts to care about them, has to give them up for one reason or another, but managed to be a family in the end.]]
%%* ForTheEvulz
* ForYourOwnGood: Dr. Nefario's excuse for [[spoiler:having the kids taken back to the orphanage so they stop distracting Gru from his evil plan.]]
* FreezeRay: Gru's got one that he makes liberal use of.
* FreudianExcuse: Why does Gru want to steal the moon? Because his mother belittled his dream to be an astronaut when he was a child.
** It's never explored at the movie, but Vector surely would have been better in a job that involves aquatic life.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: [[spoiler:Gru, when he gives up the shrunken moon to Vector to get the girls back. Though Vector went back on his word, it's actually a good thing that Gru chose the girls over the moon.]]
* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: Several times, new villain Vector explains the origin of his name, neatly combining this trope with DontExplainTheJoke:
-->'''Vector:''' I go by Vector. It's a mathematical term, represented by an arrow with both direction and magnitude. Vector! That's me, because I commit crimes with both direction and magnitude. Oh yeah!
* FunSize: Anything hit by the shrink ray. [[spoiler:Temporarily.]]
* GeniusSweetTooth: Vector's love of cookies is exploited by Gru.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** At the beginning, when the pyramid deflates an elderly woman is shown {{Gainaxing}}.
** The scene after Gru and the minions steal the shrink ray, Gru actually runs out of the house in his underwear, points back at the door and screams, "We did it!"
** The way Vector [[PhallicWeapon acts while wielding]] the Shrink Ray seems a bit...[[CompensatingForSomething over-enthusiastic]].
** As Vector describes a vector as something with ''direction'' and ''magnitude'', he starts pelvic thrusting.
* GiganticMoon: The final shot depicts the moon as being much closer than it should be, justified by the events of the film.
* GoodFeelsGood: Gru's HeelFaceTurn begins when he experiences this at the amusement park. After a JerkAss target shooting booth attendant rips off little Agnes, who hits the target but fails to knock it over, Gru (whom the JerkAss also insults, before learning he's been BullyingADragon - or, rather, MuggingTheMonster, since the schmuck had no idea Gru was a Pistol Packing Evil Genius) growls "My turn!", whips an absolutely freaking GINORMOUS disintegrator pistol out of his HyperspaceArsenal and not only destroys the target, but also the rest of the booth and most of the Jerk Ass Attendant's hair, thus winning the prize for Agnes. ("Knocked O-VER!!!") The look on Gru's face as the girls react by showing true affection for him for the very first time is wonderful. Even Margo, the most skeptical one, pays tribute to his MomentOfAwesome. When they arrive back home after a GilliganCut, Gru is laughing along with the girls and his HeelFaceTurn is complete.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: The "boogie robots", karaoke that sounds like Copacabana by Music/BarryManilow, the DancePartyEnding with Music/TheBeeGees... there's a surprising amount of disco in this movie.
* HeelFaceTurn: Surprisingly averted in a kids' movie with a VillainProtagonist. Gru hasn't reformed so much as just accepted a handful of new people into the [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes small circle of people]] he cares about.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Downplayed. Gru's mother was more neglectful than abusive, but her constant "eh" reaction to young Gru's moon interests, even when he '''[[SerialEscalation builds an actual rocket by himself]]''', achieve the same effect as most examples of this trope.
* HostageForMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Vector kidnaps the girls near the end of the film, and demands the moon in exchange for their safe return. He gets the moon, but doesn't give the girls back.]]
* HyperspaceArsenal: Gru can store just about anything in his jacket. Freeze ray, the disintegrator ray at the theme park, [[spoiler:THE MOON.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: At the end, Gru's mom tells him he turned out to be a great parent - just like her. (Still, she does also finally tell him she's [[SoProudOfYou proud of him]].)
* IdeaBulb: Never ''shown'', but Gru tends to say "Liiiight buuuulb" when he gets an idea.
* IdiotBall: To Vector for noticing that cookie he bit was metal and sparking and [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight then NOT CARING about it]].
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: During the credits of the first film, one of the minions makes a perfect shadow puppet of Gru.
* InfantImmortality: Parodied in the scene where Edith walks into the iron maiden. It closes on her and a red liquid seeps out... But when Gru opens it...
-->'''Edith:''' It poked a hole in my juice box.

* KarmaHoudini: Miss Hattie, by far the worst character in the film, is never shown to get her just desserts.
* KickTheDog:
** Gru's EstablishingCharacterMoment. No, he didn't have to stop and make a balloon animal for the kid who just dropped his ice cream, only to pop it... but it [[RuleOfFunny was funny]].
** This exchange with his neighbor:
--->'''Fred:''' Morning, Gru! How you doing?\\
'''Gru:''' Hello, Fred. FYI, your dog has been leaving little bombs all over my yard and I don't appreciate it.\\
'''Fred:''' Sorry. You know dogs. They go wherever they want to go.\\
'''Gru:''' Unless they're ''dead!''\\
''(cue awkward silence)''\\
'''Gru:''' Hahaha! [[BlatantLies I'm joking!]] Although it is true. Anyway, have a good one.\\
'''Fred:''' ''(confusingly)'' Oh, okay. Uh, yeah!
** While the carnival worker seems to do his job when he says Agnes can't have the unicorn because she doesn't technically win, he's such a ''jackass'' about it that Gru blowing up the whole game and scaring the guy into giving her the unicorn anyway is just plain awesome.
* LickedByTheDog: Sort of. When Gru shows up to adopt the girls, Edith and Margo look less than excited when they see him. Agnes, however, scampers across the room to cling to his leg.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Notice how the Franchise/JamesBond-worthy soundtrack in the initial stages of Gru's villainy turn into something out of Film/IronMan to mark his HeelFaceTurn.
** In any scene involving the girls, you can hear instrumental versions of the chorus of "Prettiest Girls".
* LiterallyPrizedPossession: One of the turning points in Gru's fondness towards the girls happens when he takes them to an amusement park and the owner of a shooting booth holds back on giving Agnes the stuffed unicorn she won on a technicality. Gru pays for another turn for himself and uses his own gun, demolishing the booth and convincing the owner to give Agnes the unicorn. Gru winning the unicorn for Agnes is significant because before, he was just trying to use the girls for his plan and get them out of his life again as soon as possible.
* LoveRedeems
* LuckyTranslation:
** The scene with the cookie robots, which actually are boogie robots, is rendered very well in the Italian dubbing of the film. They have been renamed "Bisco robots", where "bisco" is short for "biscotto" (cookie), and then revealed as disco robots, a joke that works as well as, if not better than, the original English language pun.
** The film is called "Grusomme Meg" in Norwegian and "Grusomme Mig" in Danish. In both languages, "''gru''som" happens to be a very common word for "cruel/evil".
* MacrossMissileMassacre: When Vector steals the ShrinkRay right out of Gru's aircraft, Gru responds with [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill an enormous barrage of missiles]] that would have certainly have wound up destroying the loot. [[WorfBarrage If even one had hit Vector, anyway.]]
* MadScientist: Dr. Nefario; Gru does some work too, though.
* {{Malaproper}}: Inverted by Dr. Nefario - everyone speaks clearly, but he sometimes hears what they say wrong, resulting in some...[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments odd creations]]. Such as ''boogie robots!''
-->'''Gru''' (to Nefario): "No, I said '''dart''' gun, not... Oh, never mind.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Mr. Perkins is not only helping Vector's schemes - he's his father.
* MonumentalTheft: Thefts include the Times Square Jumbotron, a Great Pyramid, the Moon, the Statue of Liberty ([[spoiler:the small one from Las Vegas]]), and the Eiffel Tower ([[spoiler:also Vegas]]).
* MostAnnoyingSound: In-universe; to Gru, that popping noise Agnes makes with her mouth.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Vector on his supervillain name and weapons, as well as how many cookies he's ordered.
-->'''Margo:''' Four boxes of Mini-Mints, two Toffee-Totes, two Caramel Clumpies, and... fifteen boxes of Coconutties.\\
'''Vector:''' Exactly! I'd like to see somebody else order that many cookies! Not likely! Name one person who ordered more cookies than me!\\
'''Margo:''' [[DarthWiki/CrowningMomentOfIndifference That'll be $52]].
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** One of the original teaser trailers showed none of the major players. Odd, for a start-up studio. It showed the opening sequence from the movie that revealed the pyramid to be stolen. It implies that it was Gru who did this. It was actually Vector.
** The first two or so trailers released told audiences ''nothing'' about what the film was about... not even the premise. Later trailers made it seem like the girls were dropped off at Gru's doorstep, when he actually adopted them as part of a scheme.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: A random {{Wolfman}} when the moon disappears.
* NewTechIsNotCheap: A huge part of the plot involved getting loans and necessary capital in order to create the evil inventions for the evil plots. They had their own ''villain bank''.
* NoCartoonFish: Averted with Vector's inventions.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Various villainous schemes are described by a LargeHam talking head on {{MSNBC}} with abrupt camera pans...[[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann wonder who that could be...]]
** Ms. Hattie bears a resemblance to and sounds like Edie [=McClurg=].
* NoConservationOfMass: Shrunken items don't seem to retain their old mass, instead weighing what you'd expect an object that size to weigh.
* NoEndorHolocaust:
** Tides would be the least of the Earth's concerns if the moon suddenly disappeared. The sudden absence (and return) of the Moon's gravitational pull would trigger earthquakes, tsunami, and volcanic eruptions. Also, having the moon gaining its entire mass, shape and size right next to the Earth's surface would definitely [[InferredHolocaust Be Very Bad]].
** Smaller example of the trope - the roller coaster Gru and the girls had ridden on goes ''right behind the game kiosk Gru blows away''. Let's hope the rails aren't damaged!
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Gru and his death blaster vs. the game stand. Bonus points because [[BuffySpeak normal-kill]] wasn't needed in the first place.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Gru's "rules" to the girls when they first come to his house.
* OffhandBackhand: Gru does this near the end of the film [[spoiler: to a shark]].
* OhCrap: The carnival worker when Gru pulls out his [[{{BFG}} ray gun]].
** Vector when Gru [[spoiler:assaults his hideout to rescue the girls, and outwits all his traps. "He punched my ''shark?!''"]]
* OneWordTitle: The ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' film follows this trope.
* OrphanageOfFear: The girls' institution is so soul destroying that it's no wonder being adopted by Gru seems like an improvement [[spoiler:and truly becomes that in the end.]]

* PapaWolf: [[spoiler:Gru, during the climax.]]
** A minor example occurs during the carnival game sequence, when the barker nearly makes Agnes cry.
* PaperThinDisguise: [[UpToEleven ON]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments THE]] [[RunningGag PYRAMID]].
* ParallelParking: Gru can't parallel park without demolishing ''all'' the cars on either side -- well, he ''could'', but that wouldn't be ''despicable''.
** There's even a line referencing this in the movie's song.
--->"Why parallel when I can just park?"
* ParentalBonus:
** One can only hope that the kids in the audience didn't get the ''[[Film/TheGodfather Godfather]]'' reference.
** And they surely didn't get the "Lehman Brothers" joke, either. Heck, neither did many of the adults.
** In a somewhat stranger case, they probably also didn't get the whole "magnitude and direction" thing.
** A villain called Gru posing as a Cold War era spy? See PunnyName below.
* PinkySwear: "Oh, yes, my pinky promises."
* PlantMooks: Though it's never stated in the movies themselves, Gru's minions were originally supposed to be genetically modified kernels of corn. They've later been retconned into a preexisting race of yellow corn-like things.
* ProductPlacement:
** Vector has a UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}. It's not clear if it's product placement or not, since it happens to go perfectly with [[AsceticAesthetic the design scheme of Vector's house]].
** There's also Agnes' "caterpillar" that never finished its butterfly metamorphosis; it's distinctly referred to as a Cheeto.
** Also, in the scene when Vector goes through his fanny-pack to pay the girls for the cookies, he can ''clearly'' be heard saying "Ooh, Tic-Tacs!"
** The stolen Times Square screen has the NBC logo on it (although that is TruthInTelevision). [[SarcasmMode We're sure it's just a coincidence]] that NBC, like Universal, who distributed this film, are divisions of NBC Universal. Less coincidental is the use of {{MSNBC}}.
* ProductionForeshadowing: Margo wears a [[WesternAnimation/TheLorax Lorax]] shirt through much of the film.
* PunishmentBox: The Box of Shame.
* PunnyName: Gru speaks with a 'Russian' accent. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GRU The GRU]] is also one of Russia's intelligence agencies. When the girls find out about Gru's underground hideout he "admits" he's not a dentist, but instead a secret agent.
* RaygunGothic: Gru's style is very atomicpunk, especially his car and flying machines.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:After stealing the moon, Gru races to the girls' ballet recital. He arrives late. Completely late. "The janitors have almost finished putting away the chairs" late.]]
* RedHerring:
** [[spoiler:The {{freeze ray}}. When Gru is facing heat-seeking missiles, you'd expect it to make a reappearance. Expecting Gru to simply {{bullet time}} his way through the missiles, not so much. Even the shrink ray would have worked against both the missiles and the shark.]]
** Also subverted with the ''fart'' gun. [[spoiler:Dr. Nefario did wonder "under what circumstances we could use such a thing" when it proves readily capable of stunning a minion. Yet aside from the demonstration, it's not seen for the rest of the movie. Though [[ChekhovsGun it does appear at the end of the second film]].]]
** The Boogie Robots don't appear during the DancePartyEnding, either.
** So many, many things were introduced and then subsequently forgotten in this movie, like Gru's mother's kung-fu skills and the anti-gravity serum. There are dropped Chekhov's Guns littered throughout.
*** The anti-gravity serum does provide several {{Brick Joke}}s.
* RoadRunnerVsCoyote: Subverted. One [[http://www.geekweek.com/2010/06/lyt-at-laff-some-of-the-best-for-last.html review]] called this "Wile E. Coyote vs. Wile E. Coyote".
* RoaringRampageOfRescue
* RunningGag: Gru popping children's balloons, Gru freezing anything that happens to annoy him, and Vector's sea life themed weaponry.
* SceneryPorn:
** Especially in scenes in space, and ''especially'' the scene of Earth from the Moon, [[spoiler:before Vector comes into shot after being stranded there.]]
** And the very last scene, again, involving the moon.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: [[spoiler:By the end of the film Vector ends up trapped on the moon, as he was caught near it as it was returning to its normal size and orbit.]]
* SequelHook:
** Yes, the setting is a CrapsaccharineWorld with many a KarmaHoudini, but imagine the possibilities now that Gru and his daughters have [[spoiler:cut off all ties to the criminal world and now can spend their time in the sequels taking the other villains down.]]
** Alternately, consider the even cooler possibility of Gru [[spoiler:apprenticing the girls in the way of supervillainy and pulling off even more epic crimes.]]
** There are tons and tons of dropped [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]] in the movie.
* ShamelessSelfPromoter: According to Gru, the children's book he reads to the girls at the end is the best book ever written. So who wrote it? Oh yeah! Gru himself!
* SharkPool: In Vector's lair.
* ShoutOut:
** Margo wears a shirt with [[Creator/DrSeuss The Lorax]] on it, which was a very EarlyBirdCameo for Illumination Entertainment's next [[WesternAnimation/TheLorax fully-animated film]] (though, at that point, they hadn't even figured out what [[TheFaceless the rest of the Once-ler]] would look like). [[note]]Creator/IlluminationEntertainment also worked on the animation for the 2011 film ''Film/{{Hop}}'', which was mainly live action with some CGI characters.[[/note]]
** And this.
--->'''Edith:''' When we got adopted by a bald guy, I thought this would be more like ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''.
** There's also the scene [[spoiler:after the girls are taken away]] wherein Gru wakes up to find several toys (including a [[Film/TheGodfather disembodied head]]) in his bed and screams.
** Gru's EstablishingCharacterMoment with the balloon in the beginning is a reference to a very similar moment in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sjPgt5UNUc Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train]].
*** One of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hocFEDWUe7Q teaser trailers]] ended with [[Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents Gru's silhouette walking into his own outline]].
** Vector's supervillain name plus his real name (Victor) refer to ''Film/{{Airplane}}''.
** Gru's logo looks suspiciously like the ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' logo. This coupled with the fact that the cookie bots' hats look like the security guards' hats makes it look like more than a coincidence.
** The shot of Gru [[spoiler:falling off Vector's escape pod]] looks suspiciously similar to Luke Skywalker's escape from Bespin.
** The scene in which Gru wins the stuffed toy unicorn for Agnes at the amusement park is a reference to ''Film/{{Darkman}}'' and the pink elephant.
** The cheering control room scene matches the ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' version, albeit with minions.
** The scene where the minions go "Ooooooooooo!" as they watch [[spoiler:Gru shrink the moon]] brings to mind the squeeze toy aliens from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
** The shrinking energy sweeping over the moon reminded this troper ''very'' strongly of the briefing video for "Genesis" in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan.''
** Gru's kissing the minions goodnight is similar to [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White kissing the dwarves]] farewell.
* ShownTheirWork: While Gru is listing the rules, instead of lifting three fingers for the third one, he lifts two and the thumb--[[BilingualBonus that's the way of counting in Russia, Germany and the American Sign Language]]. Counting is designed to be just like finger-spelling so that you can count to ten using just one hand, touching your thumb to your pinky and raising the three fingers in the middle is actually the hand signal for ''six''; deaf people in the audience will doubtless appreciate his courtesy in getting their signal for ''three'' right.
* ShrinkRay: Both Gru and Vector are pursuing the only existent prototype of one as part of their schemes.
* ShrugTake: Vector bites into one of Gru's cookie robots, which starts sparking. He stares at it for a few seconds, but just shrugs.
* SigilSpam: Vector's and Gru's logos are everywhere on their houses and equipment. Incidentally, [[http://www.vsmileshop.com/ take a look at the V-smile logo]].
* SinisterSchnoz: A subversion, that while Gru ''is'' a [[VillainProtagonist villain]], he's actually a [[AffablyEvil good]] [[AntiVillain person]].
* SilentSnarker:
** Kyle, Gru's [[BuffySpeak dog-thing]] being TheSpeechless variation of this trope, while a few of the minions fit TheUnintelligible variation.
** One of Vector's squids even gets in on the action, with a well-placed eye-roll.
* SinkOrSwimFatherhood: Self inflicted. Gru intends to only temporarily adopt the girls and then ditch them as soon as their part in his heist is over. He thinks that all they need is candy, a water bowl, and some paper to go to the bathroom on. Before he can dump them though, they start to grow on him.
* {{Slapstick}}: More than the standard CG film.
* SmoochOfVictory: One of the minions gets this from Agnes after getting a new unicorn toy.
* SoProudOfYou: At the end Gru's mother finally says she's proud of him for turning out to be such a wonderful parent. [[HypocriticalHumor "Just like me.]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Maybe even better."]]
* SpeakingSimlish: The Minions.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In Gru's profile on Miss Hattie's computer, Gru's first name is spelled as "Felonious," and in the Gru Family Tree, it's spelled as "Felonius."
* StageMom: [[spoiler:Mr. Perkins, shown when he tips off his son Vector that Gru stole the shrink ray from him.]]
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: Pulled off by Gru, [[spoiler:on a [[MacrossMissileMassacre bunch of heat-seeking missiles]].]] In BulletTime.
* StockScream: The Wilhelm Scream is uttered by Gru's mother's karate teacher.
* TakeThat: Bank of Evil (formerly Lehman Brothers).
* TaxidermyTerror: Gru's home is full of furniture made from stuffed animals. As the girls walk down the hall, they see a stuffed lion's head. In its mouth is a stuffed dog, with a stuffed cat in its mouth, which has a stuffed mouse in its mouth.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The barker at the game in the carnival where Gru takes the girls. They have to knock over a flying saucer that's nearly impossible to hit and a direct hit can't knock down. [[PapaWolf Gru takes this personally]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** How Vector deals with Gru's attempt to break into his lair.
** And how Gru deals with the obnoxious shooting gallery barker at the carnival. "Knocked ''ooooover!''"
* ToiletHumour:
** "I said ''dart'' gun!"
** Also a VisualPun during Gru's presentation. "I sit on the toilet bowl."
** The scene with the minions [[CheekCopy photocopying their buttocks]] and yelping "butt!"
** "A lit-tle ti-ny toi-let..." (pipe under toilet squirts in his face) "GAH! CURSE YOU, TINY TOILET!"
** Gru shows the girls their spaces in the kitchen with signs designating: "Bed", "Food" and "Pee-Pee and Poo-Poo."
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Edith is a naughty and loudmouth kid who has a taste for weapons, although she likes to wear pink all the time, but acts pretty apathetic. Margo is an overprotective older sister of the other two girls who is also quite bitter, but she could qualify for being a girly girl, as could Agnes.
-->'''Edith:''' Yes! Mine is shaped like a dead guy!
* TooDumbToLive: The little kid in the opening sequence, who slips his leash and promptly runs up a high piece of scaffolding, avoiding the security guards who are trying to save his life and falls off the edge, towards the pyramid itself. Good thing the pyramid was replaced with an inflatable replica after Vector stole the original.
* ToTheBatPole: The entrance to Gru's underground lair.
* TranquilFury: Combined with UnstoppableRage.
-->'''Vector:''' [[spoiler:He punched my shark?!]]

* UnstoppableRage: When Gru realizes that he gave up the moon and Vector still isn't going to give the girls back, he breaks into the formerly 'impregnable' fortress with his bare hands. Even flying off in his escape pod doesn't help Vector.
* VileVillainLaughableLackey: The cute and hilarious minions are laughable lackeys for their VillainProtagonist boss, Gru.
* VillainSong: The title theme, as appropriate for a movie with a VillainProtagonist (at least, he starts out that way).
* WalkIntoCameraObstruction: In the mini movie "Banana", at the end where a swarm of minions is chasing one who was eating an apple.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Gru was/is this for his mother, and to a lesser extent, [[spoiler:Vector for his father.]]
* WeirdMoon: As depicted in [[http://image3.examiner.com/images/blog/replicate/EXID15166/images/despicable_me_movie_poster_02-550x874.jpg this poster]], the moon is unnaturally large compared to its size in real life.
** Though the biggest moon in the movie was only seen [[spoiler:after it had been shrunk, moved, and put back in the sky - [[FridgeBrilliance maybe it's not as far away as it used to be?]]]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Miss Hattie and Mr. Perkins remain unpunished. Likewise, we are never told if Vector was brought back from the moon, or if he was left there to die a painful, oxygen-less death.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Surprisingly subverted. Despite being a very nasty villain (at least until the girls enter his life), Gru was actually very patient with his minions. He never once yelled at them or insulted them for their antics. He was even surprisingly calm when he explained to them that the bank didn't give him the money for his latest scheme. Even when he was forced to refuse them raises, he did so in a polite manner.
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: [[spoiler:Vector kidnaps the girls, holding them hostage in exchange for the moon. When Gru makes good on it and gives it to him, Vector casually says he won't be giving the girls back after all.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Vector]]:''' [[LampshadeHanging Un - pre - dictable!~]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: A downplayed example, Gru ''did'' plan to leave the girls at the carnival, but he had so much fun at the carnival with them, that he changed his mind.
* {{Zeerust}}: Invoked with many of Gru's gadgets and vehicles, in order to emphasize how behind the times he is. His car, for instance, looks like a [[TechnologyMarchesOn "futuristic"]] tank taken straight out of sci-fi from TheFifties. In contrast, Vector's tech is much more up-to-date for 2010 standards.