YMMV: Despicable Me

  • Acceptable Targets: Apparently the shrink ray was created in (and stolen from) North Korea.
  • Base Breaker: 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 Breaker status. The most distinct difference is that the Minions are a lot calmer 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.
    • 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.
  • Fan Nickname: Doofenshmirtz: The Movie, with all the similarities the character of Gru has. The critic's nickname Wile E. Coyote Vs. Wile E. Coyote also counts.
  • "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.
  • Ho Yay: Pops up frequently between the Minions.
  • Japan loves Minions: Japan loves the Minions so much that The Japanese decided to make their own Minion cameo on Inazuma Eleven.
  • 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: "HE'S SO FLUFFY I'M GONNA DIE!"
  • Memetic Sex God: Gru.
  • 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!
  • 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.