YMMV / Despicable Me

  • Acceptable Targets: Apparently the shrink ray was created in (and stolen from) North Korea.
  • Base-Breaking Character: The minions, to a degree. They're either the series's ensemble darkhorses or scrappies, based on how much (or how little) you enjoy their brand of physical comedy.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Unsurprisingly, the Minions have been compared to the Rabbids. Both species are aggressive, mean-spirited, prone to Slapstick, speak gibberish, there are many of them with some of them being unique (like the Butt Monkey Professor from the Rabbids and Kevin from the Minions) and huge Base-Breaking Character status. The most distinct difference is that the Minions are a lot calmer, friendlier, and smarter. The Minions have also been compared to the Worms for similar reasons (and that they both love using weapons).
  • Crossing the Line Twice: Most of the visual gags qualify as a child-friendly version of the trope. A rocket landing on a playground? Not funny. A rocket landing on the spinner thing causing it to spin incredibly fast while the children cheer? Hilarious.
  • Ear Worm: BOOGIE FEVER!!!!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The minions. The studio saw this coming, and gave them featured roles in all the promotion. Kevin and Dave in particular.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Barring the possibility that Miss Hattie was simply too pissed off with Gru over his insulting her in Spanish to bother with any formalities, let alone verify who called to return the kids, between the climax and the epilogue with Gru and the kids which serves as the happy ending there had to have been some legal proceedings between Gru and Miss Hattie over custody of the kids which, for all the film's irreverent humor and Getting Crap Past the Radar, Illumination Entertainment apparently decided weren't worth depicting.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The film has a bank that invests in supervillany. Two years after the movie's release, it was revealed that HSBC had been knowingly laundering money for terrorists, drug smugglers, and tinpot dictators the world over.
  • Genius Bonus: Vector's "magnitude and direction" line makes a lot more sense (and is funnier) for anyone that's taken physics.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Japan loves the Minions so much that The Japanese decided to make their own Minion cameo on Inazuma Eleven.
  • Hate Sink: Miss Hattie, who is emotionally abusive and openly nasty to anybody she speaks to, for no real reason, artistic or otherwise.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The minion's cheering for Gru in their first appearance is a lot nicer after seeing their struggles to finding a boss and meeting Gru as a child.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Pops up frequently between the Minions... assuming they're sexually dimorphic.
    • The way Vector introduces himself to Gru is...either very socially awkward, a bad attempt at flirting or both.
  • Hype Backlash: Considering all of its unprecedented success, an "it's not good enough to be this popular" attitude about it was bound to crop up with some viewers.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Gru himself qualifies as this. Sure, he's a mean guy, but look at all his flashbacks to him as a kid with his mom dismissing his claims that he'll go to the moon (and not being encouraging overall to begin with) and the utterly crushed looks on his little face. Not to mention his reaction to his adopted girls been taken away to keep it from being a distraction to him.
    • The sequel also revealed that Gru was a social outcast in school. The other kids completely avoided him and feared that if he touches them, they will get "Gruties." Seeing his heartbroken expression from this is just agonizing.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: It's obvious Edith survived the Iron Maiden.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: The girls, but especially Agnes.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Surprisingly for a kids' movie, two.
    • Miss Hattie crosses it when she introduces the "box of shame".
    • Just so we don't feel too sorry for nerdy and seemingly wimpy villain Vector when he gets trapped on the Moon, he tries to keep Gru from rescuing Margo from the about-to-explode spaceship.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The Despicable Me games for the Nintendo DS and Wii are fun puzzle games starring Gru's minions.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Miss Hattie and Mr. Perkins only appears in three scenes for the entire movie.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Hey, the carnival barker is Fix-It Felix!
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: When the movies were first released, the Minions were reasonably well-liked, to the point of becoming the franchise's Darkhorse Ensemble. However, between just how popular they are and the fact that they spawned a number of Suspiciously Similar Substitutes in other media, (such as the Happy Meal creatures in recent McDonald's ads and the lemmings in Norm of the North), nowadays many people find it hard to see what made them so popular in the first place. You can even see this in the aforementioned Inazuma Eleven crossovers (which were made shortly after the release of the first movie); the more recent the comments in the uploaded video get, the response to the crossover's existence gets gradually more negative.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The karaoke song about "Lola Banana" sung by one of the minions in the toy store sounds awfully familiar.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: Unfortunately a lot of it here.
  • Ugly Cute: The Minions.
  • WTH Casting: Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario.
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