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1* AcceptableTargets˛** Apparently the shrink ray was created in (and stolen from) North Korea.[[note]][[CriticalResearchFailure The map depicts]] '''the wrong location''', which is really West [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hokkaido Hokkaido]].[[/note]]˛** "Bank of Evil, formerly Lehman Bros."˛* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Did Mr. Perkins [[spoiler: set Vector up to steal the moon instead of Gru to help his son remain the most successful villain, just to spite Gru, or to help cover the loss of money loaned to Gru, considering how he mentions how "lucrative" stealing the moon would be, not to mention him seeming legitimately unconvinced that Gru could pull off the heist]]?˛* BaseBreakingCharacter: The minions are either the best or worst parts of the franchise, based on how much (or how little) you enjoy their brand of physical comedy. The fact that they have [[FollowTheLeader spawned many copies]] only adds fuel to the fire.˛* CrackShip: An odd case with Margo and ''Vector''. At most, Vector is 10+ years older than her in terms of age. Not mention that he kidnapped her and her sisters and planned to keep them for who knows what.˛* CrossingTheLineTwice: 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.˛* EnsembleDarkHorse: The minions. The studio saw this coming, and gave them featured roles in all the promotion. Kevin and Dave in particular.˛* EsotericHappyEnding: Barring the possibility that [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:the epilogue with Gru and the kids which serves as the happy ending]] there had to have been some legal proceedings between [[spoiler:Gru and Miss Hattie over custody of the kids]] which, for all the film's irreverent humor and GettingCrapPastTheRadar, Illumination Entertainment apparently decided weren't worth depicting.˛* FunnyAneurysmMoment: 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.˛* GeniusBonus:˛** Vector's "magnitude and direction" line makes a lot more sense (and is funnier) [[http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/vectors/u3l1d.cfm for anyone that's taken physics.]]˛** Even many of the ''adults'' in the first movie's audience didn't get the joke with "The Bank of Evil - [[TakeThat Formerly Lehman Brothers]]".˛* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:˛** Japan is obsessed with the Minions so much that they made their own Minion-themed area inside Universal Studios Japan, where the ''Ride/DespicableMeMinionMayhem'' ride often gets ''200 minute'' wait times. Japan also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IpP41RrN58 made them and Agnes]] appear in an episode of ''Anime/InazumaEleven''.˛** The Minions are also massive in the Philippines, and there are even claims that some of the gibberish they mutter is ''actually'' Tagalog.˛** The franchise is also big in South America. In the countries on that continent, whenever a new ''Despicable Me'' film comes out, it will usually top the box office for at least three weeks. The ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' spin-off is also the highest-grossing film of all time in Chile. ˛* HeartwarmingInHindsight: ˛** The minion's cheering for Gru in their first appearance is a lot nicer after seeing their struggles to finding a boss [[spoiler:and meeting Gru as a child]].˛** Having Creator/KristenWiig voice the [[{{Jerkass}} cruel]] [[Theatre/{{Annie}} Miss Hannigan]] {{expy}} Miss Hattie is this after Wiig voiced Lucy Wilde in the sequels, who [[MamaBear loves the girls]] just as much [[PapaWolf as Gru does]].˛* HilariousInHindsight: There have been some comparisons between this and ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''; showing a VillainProtagonist, his loyal minion named Minion, and then finding a love interest (which didn't happen to Gru until [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2 the sequel]]). Then in 2016, Creator/{{Universal}}, owner of Illumination and ''Despicable Me'', acquired rights to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation--the studio that made ''Megamind''.˛* HoYay: ˛** Pops up frequently between the Minions, [[OneGenderRace which are confirmed to be all males]].˛** The way Vector introduces himself to Gru is...either very socially awkward, a bad attempt at flirting or both.˛* ItsPopularNowItSucks: The Minions are a source of bile in various circles for all of the popularity and overuse they have gotten. In ''Minions'' and in ''Despicable Me 3'' they were accused of ruining the franchise and stealing the spotlight that should have gone to Gru and the girls.˛* JerkassWoobie: 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 [[spoiler: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. [[KidsAreCruel 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.˛* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: [[spoiler: It's obvious Edith survived the Iron Maiden.]]˛* LoveToHate: Vector manages to be one of the amusing factors of the film, thanks for his [[LaughablyEvil silliness]] and [[ButtMonkey clumsiness]]. ˛* MemeticMutation: ˛** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhqi6ysY_HQ "HE'S SO FLUFFY I'M GONNA DIE!"]] and "IT'S SO FLUFFY!"˛** The ''minions''. Somehow, they've mutated from a MascotMook to the symbol of "Website/{{Facebook}} wine moms" everywhere.˛** “I will stuff you all in the crust!”˛** Gru's presentation[[labelnote:Explanation]] Gru presents a slideshow to Mr. Perkins in an attempt to get funding for his scheme, with the girls messing with the third part. "I fly to the moon... I shrink the moon... I sit on the toilet... [[DoubleTake with-- what?]])". This has been snowcloned to hell and back, most commonly having someone do a double-take at a blatantly idiotic third step of their plan.[[/labelnote]]˛** Hella Gay [[labelnote:Explanation]]Commonly on Reddit and Discord, images of Gru have been used to call other users "hella gay" depending on their positions in posts. Many variations have spawned, examples including "Ultra Gru", "Infinite Gay", and {{VideoGame/Cuphead}}'s "Triple Gay" meme.[[/labelnote]]˛** [[https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/gru-girl-meme-gorls-despicable-me Gru saying "gorls".]]˛** [=VectorFlightSuit=].jpg˛** "Oh Poop"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Vector's defeat in the first movie, In March 2019 edits of him have been used for a green screen effect.[[/labelnote]]˛** "[[WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}} You take the moon, and you take]] [[BrokenRecord the moon...]]"˛** “DO YOU WANT TO EXPLODE?”˛** [++'''''No'''''++][[labelnote:Explanation]]A very exploitable [[https://i.imgflip.com/34yx3j.png image of a distorted close-up of Gru's face.]][[/labelnote]]˛%%** "CURSE YOU TINY TOILET!"˛%%** "Does this count as annoying?"˛%%** "Freeze Ray!"˛%%** "''WHAAAAAAAAT?''"˛%%** "Liiiightbulb!"˛%%** "Knocked oooooveeeeer!"˛* {{Moe}}: The girls, but especially Agnes.˛* MoralEventHorizon: Surprisingly for a kids' movie, two.˛** [[spoiler:Miss Hattie crosses it when she introduces the [[PunishmentBox "box of shame"]].]]˛** [[spoiler: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.]]˛* OneSceneWonder:˛** [[GreaterScopeVillain Mr. Perkins]] has less than ten minutes of screen time in the whole movie, but he makes a hell of an impression. Some fans were even [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter disappointed he never appeared in any of the sequels.]]˛** The obnoxious carnival barker whose game [[KickTheSonOfABitch Gru obliterates.]]˛* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The ''Despicable Me'' games for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS and UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} are fun puzzle games starring Gru's minions. ˛* RetroactiveRecognition: Hey, the carnival barker is [[Disney/WreckItRalph Fix-It Felix]]!˛* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: When the movies were first released, the Minions were reasonably well-liked, to the point of becoming the franchise's [[EnsembleDarkhorse Darkhorse Ensemble]]. However, between just how popular they are and the fact that they spawned a number of {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s in other media, (such as the Happy Meal creatures in recent [=McDonald's=] ads and the lemmings in ''WesternAnimation/NormOfTheNorth''), 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.˛* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Justin, the rambunctious kid from the movie's opening, is a decent match for Edith, given their love for destruction and mischief. However, they don't interact at all, Justin is never seen again after the opening, and they presumably live in different countries.˛* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The karaoke song about "Lola Banana" sung by one of the minions in the toy store sounds [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEqXtkDT9uM awfully familiar]].˛* TakeThatScrappy: There was a JerkAss man that ran a rigged shooting arcade game, cheating players out of their money, and not giving them their prizes just because it "wasn't knocked over" So when Mr. Gru blows up the arcade, and leaves the man in '''extreme''' pain, it's hard not to say, "he got what was coming to him."˛* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: ˛** The revelation that [[spoiler: Vector is Mr. Perkins' son]] doesn't really amount to anything aside from [[spoiler: Vector finding out that Gru stole back the shrink ray]]. This is made even more jarring by the fact that [[spoiler: Perkins]] does not appear any later in the movie. Or even in any of the sequels, either, where it would have made [[AvengingTheVillain perfect sense]] for him to return with a larger role.˛** Most "villain becomes a hero" stories have a hero to rise up against them. ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' had Fix-it Felix, and ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' had Metro Man. This movie doesn't appear to have any hero to rise up against Gru. Law enforcement is [[PoliceAreUseless mostly lacking]] in this universe, and the Anti-Villain League wasn't introduced until [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2 the sequel]], where Gru gives up villainy entirely.˛%%* TrailerJokeDecay: Unfortunately a lot of it here.˛%%* UglyCute: The Minions.˛* UncannyValley: The CGI is noticeably more rubbery here than in the [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2 seq]][[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3 uels]], causing some character designs to look plastic and kind of weird looking at times. Possibly justified given this was Illumination's first movie.˛* ViewerGenderConfusion: Due to her short hair (at least compared to Margo and Agnes), deep voice and general tomboyish behavior, it can be pretty easy to mistake Edith for a boy.˛%%* WTHCastingAgency: Creator/RussellBrand as Dr. Nefario.˛* TheWoobie:˛** Gru has his moments of this, especially with his mommy issues.˛** The girls, when they're in the orphanage.˛** The nameless boy whose ice cream is on the ground ''and'' whose balloon is popped.˛** Agnes's unicorn toy.

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