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Despicable Me Antagonists

    Victor "Vector" Perkins 
"Vector! That's me! Because I'm committing crimes with both direction and magnitude! Oh yeeeah!"
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Voiced by: Jason Segel

The primary antagonist of the first film, a nerdy young man who just happens to have very good technology. He stole the Pyramid of Giza, which kicks the film off. He took the shrink ray that Gru requires for his plan. Has a thing for sea life.


  • Ambiguous Situation: He is ultimately stranded on the Moon while it's in orbit, with no way to get back to Earth. His fate is unknown after this. His appearance in Minion Rush suggests he's back on Earth, but the AVL files on the Despicable Me 3 DVD says he's still on there, somehow surviving the moon's atmosphere all this time. Make of that what you will.
  • Animal Motifs: He uses piranhas for one of his weapons and has a pet shark. His father is also a business shark.
  • Attention Whore: Vector's first moment is trying to show-off to Gru about his latest scheme.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He manages to be the Big Bad and a Butt-Monkey at the same time.
  • Big Bad: Surprisingly combined with Butt-Monkey, and it still works. He's also The Dragon to the Greater-Scope Villain, his father Mr. Perkins, who is considered to be the true villain of the film.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's an immature goofball, but he's an impressive villain.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh yeaah!"
  • Color Motifs: Orange. He wears an orange tracksuit, has an orange couch, and some of the furniture in his room has the color in it.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": "Victor was my nerd name, now I am Vector!"
  • Evil Counterpart: To Gru — Gru is old-fashioned, has mommy issues and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold; Vector is new-fashioned, has daddy issues and a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk. They both are amazingly good with technology, comically evil (for the fun of it, and for us watching), a few personality flaws.
  • Evil Genius: Vector is highly intelligent but also cocky and has an extreme side of arrogance.
  • Gadgeteer's House: His house is filled with nifty gadgets and tools to keep perpetrators away.
  • Harmless Villain: Somewhat; he manages to steal the shrinking gun from Gru and prevent him from re-taking it. When it comes to being evil though, yeah not so much.
  • I Work Alone: So far, Vector is the only villain to not have any partners or henchmen in his evildoing.
  • Jerkass: Vector is a rich-spoiled brat and show-off who gets everything that he wants.
  • Laughably Evil: No one would expect someone with a pudding bowl haircut to be taken seriously.
  • Meaningful Rename: His original name was Victor before he renamed himself as a supervillain. His was the name of his nerdy loser self, while Vector represents direction with magnitude!
  • Nerd Glasses: Vector sports large, black glasses.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: By taking back the moon, he assured that Gru wouldn't suffer the effects of its re-enlarging. It's the thing that stops him after he tries to prevent Margo from reaching Gru. What's more as all of this was in the air when it happened, he wound up unwittingly returning the moon to its proper orbit.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: As mentioned in No Social Skills, Gru makes attempts at moving away from Vector due to the latter constantly being a nuisance and constantly getting near Gru's personal space.
  • No Social Skills: In an early scene of the movie, Gru intentionally ignores Vector's attempts at getting his attention, but the latter doesn’t take the hint that Gru isn’t interested in speaking with him and continues making attempts at getting Gru’s attention.
  • The Southpaw: Vector is left-handed due to using his Wiimote with his left hand, which is his dominant hand.
  • Starter Villain: The first major antagonist of the movie series, at least release-wise.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He ignores the rapidly-expanding moon rolling around his escape pod in order to stop Margo from leaving. Even after it knocks him out of the pod, he doesn't learn. He climbs back into the pod, laughs triumphantly, and is promptly steamrollered by it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cookies - with COCONUT!
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: He got this in the commercial crossover with Inazuma Eleven, when Gru toss him into the sky, Team Rocket style.
  • Villain Ball: Pretty much the only reason he refused to give the girls back to Gru for the moon. Or in preventing Margo from jumping while said enlarging moon was wrecking havoc on his ship.
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    Mr. Perkins 
"Do you have any idea of the capital that this bank has invested in you, Gru, with far too few of your sinister plots actually turning a profit?"
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Voiced by: Will Arnett

Owner of the Bank of Evil (formerly Lehman Brothers), where supervillains get loans for their schemes. Not a good person.


  • The Cameo: A younger version of him can be seen cheering on Scarlet Overkill in Minions. This suggests that she was a huge inspiration for his career.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: While he doesn't actually do villainy himself, he's the power behind other villains. He's clearly aware of what side of the alignment charts they're on, given that he calls the bank he runs the Bank of Evil.
  • The Chessmaster: As he runs the Bank of Evil, he pretty much has the entire criminal underworld in his pocket. When they want to get some money for a scheme, they go to him. He can choose who gets the money, and who doesn't. The longer you think about it, the scarier it becomes when you realise that he possibly was responsible for funding every single villainous scheme in the franchise.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Conducts his business on a solid gold laptop, of course.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Of an entire corrupt corporation, though, so it doesn't stand out much.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After Gru loses focus due to the girls' distractions.
    Gru: Now, where were we?
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's actually Vector's father, which explains why he's so hellbent on ruining Gru's plan. Heck he actually steals Gru's plan so that Vector could carry it out instead. And he's a good father to Vector, as a photo shows the two happily playing when Vector was a child.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he's voiced by Will Arnett using what would later become his Batman voice.
  • Fat Bastard: A fat man who runs the Bank of Evil.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Considered to be the true villain of the first film, and also the entire franchise, because he virtually has the entire criminal underworld in his pocket, and he is potentially the biggest threat of the whole franchise.
  • Hidden Depths: The family photo of him and Vector in the office implies that he does indeed love his family, and seems somewhat uncomfortable, in not annoyed, with his son changing his name.
  • Large and in Charge: He is a tall and plump man who runs the Bank of Evil.
  • Jerkass: Mr. Perkins is a selfish and short-tempered man.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Mr. Perkins refuses to give Gru any money because he doesn't have the shrink ray he's applying the loan for. Not to mention how almost none of his evil plots in the past turned a profit. CinemaSins puts it best:
    "Gotta side with the asshole bank guy here. Why the hell wouldn't Gru steal the shrink ray before applying for the loan?"
  • Karma Houdini: Not quite as glaring, but he is the closest thing the movie has to a Big Bad - and then he's never mentioned again after his involvement in Vector's schemes is revealed. One assumes he just kept on running the Bank of Evil.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: It's even called the Bank of Evil.
  • Obviously Evil: Even in a world of Card Carrying Villains, this guy still stands out. The shape of his head, the fact that his hair seem to form horns, his small, sunken eyes, and his eyebrows give him a near demonic appearance. His appearance resembles an exaggeration of that of the Pointy-Haired Boss from Dilbert, which was done for similar effect.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He's an out-and-out Expy of the trope namer, only even more villainous.
  • So Proud of You: Downplayed, but when he says "he (Vector) just stole a pyramid!", it's clear he was very impressed with how well his son did for his first heist.

    Miss Hattie 
"You're never gonna get adopted, Edith. You know that, don't you?"
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Voiced by: Kristen Wiig

Owner of Miss Hattie's Home for Little Girls... which she runs as something of a sweatshop cookie-sales outfit. Under the sweet surface is a cold, ruthless woman who has no affection whatsoever for the girls in her care.


  • Abusive Parent: Technically, Miss Hattie isn't the girls' mother. She is, however, a mother figure and she is abusive to not only Margo, Agnes, and Edith, but to the other girls who were in her care and are in her care.
  • All Take and No Give: Keeps all the children's rightfully-deserved money for herself.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts the part of a kindly maternal figure, but in reality, she's anything but.
  • Child Hater: She does not care for the kids in her care.
  • Corrupt Hick: She speaks in a vague Southern accent, though it can be hard to hear. It's most evident in the line, "Do ah look like ah speak Spanish?"
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Aside from the children in her care and (unsurprisingly) the audience, nobody ever figures out how much of an unpleasant woman she truly is. This is actually what results in her being a Karma Houdini.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Miss Hattie firmly establishes herself as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing when she cheerily greets the girls. But as soon as Agnes ask if anyone has come to adopt them, she brutally tells them "Hmm, let me think ... NO!"
  • Evil Orphanage Lady: She runs an orphanage for girls, emotionally abuses them, and forces them to sell cookies so she can make a profit. Provides the page image.
  • Expy: Clearly based on Miss Hannigan. Hattie, however, manages to be even meaner, in the most chillingly-realistic way possible (at least Hannigan's villainy was rather cartoonish and she was such a Large Ham that she was very enjoyable to watch). Edith kind of lampshades her adoption situation with Annie.
  • Fat Bitch: She's notably overweight, and she has a rude, unpleasant personality.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Her motherly nature is seen through in her first scene.
  • Hate Sink: Ms. Hattie has no redeeming qualities, whatsoever. She's not only antagonistic towards Margo, Edith and Agnes, but to the other girls in her orphanage. So it's obvious that the writers want the viewers to hate her.
  • Jerkass: An abusive and mean-spirited mother figure to orphans.
  • Karma Houdini: Ms. Hattie doesn't receive any comeuppance for her actions towards the girls under her orphanage.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • After Edith give her a mud-pie (out of kindness), Miss Hattie looks at it in disgust, before throwing it away and saying Edith will never get adopted.
    • Gets another one when she puts the girls in the "Box of Shame" after Gru sends them back to her.
  • Smug Snake: Especially when it comes to the girls and giving them "tough love".
  • Sugary Malice: Her tone of voice and how she speaks harshly to the girls come off as this.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After taking the girls back following Dr. Nefario's call to the orphanage, which he did to get the girls out of the way so he and Gru could complete their plan to steal the moon, she simply disappears and presumably continues her job, receiving no comeuppance whatsoever.

Despicable Me 2 Antagonists

    Eduardo Perez (El Macho) 
"You have not lost your touch, my friend."
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Voiced by: Benjamin Bratt

The main antagonist of the sequel and Antonio's father.


  • Acrofatic: He's quite fat, but Eduardo sure knows how to salsa!
  • Action Dad: The evil version — an action-y supervillain and the father of Antonio.
  • Affably Evil: Actually a very fun, cheerful and nice guy, Planning the utter destruction of the modern world nonwithstanding.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep, masculine voice to match how macho he is!
  • Badass Beard: A manly one.
  • Badass Bookworm: Able to fake his own death with little to no evidence? Check. Build a huge, magnetic machine and plane to get the PX-41? Check. With said PX-41, he was able to not leave any clues that he had it in his store. Check. Manage to pull a Red Herring on Floyd with no suggestions of foul play? Check. This man is a macho planner.
  • Badass Cape: What he wore as El Macho in his younger years and in the climax.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe. Gru initially describes him as a truly unstoppable powerhouse of a man. When we finally see him in action, he never does anything so impressive and takes the transformation serum to take on Gru. While justified by his old age, this is oddly never commented on.
  • Bad Boss: To the Mutated!Minions. Thankfully, it was only temporary.
  • Bald of Evil: Well, he's technically half bald, but it counts.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a nice-looking beard and is the Big Bad for Despicable Me 2.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of Despicable Me 2.
  • Big Bad Friend: He is quite an admirer of Gru's.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Eduardo is a heavyset man and charms some ladies in his restaurant.
  • Brainy Brunette: See Badass Bookworm and you'll know why.
  • The Cameo: He made a brief appearance in Minions.
  • Carpet of Virility: Has a pretty impressive one; only a clump of chest hair was left behind as "proof" of his death.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In his younger days he had the ability to heist armored trucks with his bare hands, which included stopping them in their tracks by simply standing there, and lifting them with ease.
  • The Charmer: Which helps him win over a lot of people.
  • Chick Magnet: During his dance sequence, Eduardo managed to successfully woo at least three women.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He is different from Vector in many ways. For starters, Vector had been trying to one-up Gru in his schemes, but Eduardo was inspired by him. Secondly, Vector's juvenile and childish behavior clashes with Eduardo's charisma. Most importantly, though, Eduardo is focused on ruling the world, whereas Vector seems more concerned to show off that he's the greatest villain—a path that Gru almost went down in the first movie.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: When Eduardo consoled Gru over his depression with Lucy leaving for Australia, he admits that he knows the look of heartbreak. How? Because Eduardo, also like Gru, tried to forget his sadness with guacamole.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Well it's a faked death moment of awesome, but it was still in the manliest way possible!
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In the climax, Eduardo injects the Super Serum into himself; considering his Charles Atlas Superpower he already had, Super Serum! Eduardo is practically unstoppable.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He deeply cares about his pet chicken, El Polito. It's strongly implied he loves his son dearly too.
  • Fan Disservice: Eduardo ripping his shirt open to display his prominent chest and gut...which jiggles.
  • Fat and Skinny: A parent version. Eduardo is the Fat to his son's Skinny.
  • Fat Bastard: Heavyset and plans to take over the world.
  • Fat Flex: Super Serum! Eduardo initially appears top heavy, but soon regains his body fat, briefly embarrassing him.
  • Formerly Fit: He was quite muscular in his youth, but now is a very overweight.
  • Genius Bruiser: A competent mastermind and one hell of a brawler.
  • Kubrick Stare: Played for badass in his introduction montage.
  • Large and in Charge: He owns his own restaurant, "Salsa y Salsa".
  • Latin Lover: Evokes this image, but isn't that much of a ladykiller.
  • Living Legend: Oh where to begin with this guy! Gru even calls him "one of the greats"!
  • Masked Luchador: His mask is why no one recognizes his older self at first.
  • Never Found the Body: After his death, which turns out to have been faked.
  • One-Winged Angel: After drinking the Psycho Serum.
  • Pec Flex: Eduardo does this the first time he meets Gru and Lucy.
  • Pet the Dog: Done by his attempt to genuinely console Gru as mentioned above.
  • Rated M for Manly: "He was ruthless! He was dangerous! And as the name implies...very macho!"
  • Red Baron: Eduardo was known as "El Macho" in his younger villain days.
  • Red Is Violent: He wears red both on his normal attire and his El Macho persona, in addition to his lair having red all over.
  • Shipper on Deck: He even states that Margo and Antonio are "young and in love".
  • Stout Strength: Eduardo may have became fatter, but he hasn't lost his great strength.
  • Tattooed Crook: Has a tattoo on his chest and is a professional villain.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Especially in his introduction sequence, where he does everything in the most ridiculously aggressive ways possible.
  • We Can Rule Together: Makes this offer to Gru when he reveals his plan.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate is unknown after Nefario knocked him out with the gun.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He did tie up Lucy to a rocket, intending to send her into a volcano.

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Minions Antagonists

    Scarlet Overkill 
"Good luck getting that crown tomorrow, little piggies. I know you won't disappoint me."
Voiced by: Sandra Bullock
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An ambitious villain.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was bullied as a child.
  • Animal Motifs: In her "fairytale" to the Minions, she's shown as the wolf. Makes perfect sense, since she and wolves are associated with the following list: intelligence, endurance/ambition, and ruthlessness.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Having a name like Scarlet Overkill just implies being a badass.
  • Bad Boss: In a vast contrast to Gru. Her bedtime story to the minions spells out exactly what she'll have done to them should they fail her.
  • Battle Ballgown: Her coronation dress has armor underneath, which not only helps her survive a Falling Chandelier of Doom, but also a giant lava bomb. And the worst that happens is the skirt gets shredded.
  • Benevolent Boss: While she DOES have very strong Bad Boss qualities, there's a couple moments that indicate that, like Gru, she isn't exactly as heartless as it seems.
    • When she first poses the Jewel challenge and the minions complete it, she takes them on as recruits with zero hesitation.
    • She helps Bob when he's climbing down from the rocket, even complimenting his bear in earnest.
    • She has no problem with them ogling her spoils and riches and even showcases a few in particular (notably the soup painting).
    • She compliments them after seeing them in Herb's gear.
    • The bedroom gives them to rest up in before the heist is pretty plush with a sweet bed.
    • And one huge in particular... when she DOES sentence the minions to imprisonment, notice that when she's berating them, she never says it's because of how they look, but because they, in her eyes, "usurped her dream." This heavily implies that, had the heist for the crown gone as planned and the Minions succeeded, it's likely that Scarlet would have kept them on in the same lavish conditions as at the start.
  • Big Bad: Of the Minions film, being the Minions' leader and eventual enemy.
  • Broken Ace: One of the greatest supervillains of her time. But has a plethora of flaws, many of which stem from her life as orphan and never receiving a lot of love then.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She's even featured in a magazine for villains.
  • Color Motifs: Red, given her signature dress and to represent her passion for being the number #1 villain.
  • Cultured Badass: A lover of England and its entire culture (i.e. clothing, food, etc).
  • Dark Action Girl: Big Bad? Check. Skilled fighter? Double check.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Word of St. Paul revealed Scarlet grew up in the streets then a horrible orphanage where she was bullied. Then, she somehow ended up in villainy.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She and Herb genuinely love each other.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Or rather eviler counterpart to Gru. They're both driven by ambition to be the number one supervillain, but Scarlet is more cruel to her underlings.
    • Also an evil counterpart to Margo, Edith and Agnes. They were all orphans, desperate to find a family to love them. Except Scarlet was never adopted and turned to villainy.
    • To Lucy Wilde. Both are slim, action girls who married gadgeteer geniuses. Also both Lucy and Scarlet have big noses, something that their husbands have as well. However, Lucy works on the side of good, is a definite nice girl, and loves the Minions (even giving them a Affectionate Nickname "Munchkins"); Scarlet is a supervillain with no sign of any form of kindness (outside of Herb) and only associates with the Minions because they prove of some use and doesn't actually care about them.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "One day, the pigs did something very stupid. So the wolf huffed, and puffed, and she BLEW THEM OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH! The end."
  • Faux Affably Evil: Scarlet adopts a Affably Evil attitude in the beginning, but when the Minions apparently rob her of the throne, she drops it quick.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses. A lot of them can be found on her coronation dress.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her ambition is fueled by low self-esteem brought on by growing up in an orphanage and never being adopted.
  • Gag Nose: Has a similar huge nose shape like Lucy's.
  • Happily Married: She and Herb are in a unabashedly loving marriage.
  • High Class Gloves: Her royalty aspirations show in the long, black gloves in her main outfit. Her would-be coronation dress also includes long gloves.
  • High Collar of Doom: Her coronation dress has a classical renaissance era collar, which Herb remarks still adds to her villainous aura.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: It's heavily implied that Scarlet turning to villainy was because of her orphaned childhood and being bullied by her peers.
  • Improbable Age: A darker example. She started her own criminal organization by the time she was 13.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Wears a stylish red dress while going on dangerous missions.
  • Kill It with Fire: She has a real liking for lava-based weapons, such as the lava blaster loaned to Kevin and the dual cannons she uses at the climax.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: If she had just treated the Minions fairly, she would have won it all.
  • Lean and Mean: Skinny and set up to be a Bad Boss.
  • Made of Iron: This very slim woman managed to survive an iron made chandelier falling on top of her.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: It was Herb who took her last name when they married.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Herb. Scarlet is The Face of their criminal organization and is the most experienced in fighting.
  • Meaningful Name: "Scarlet" is another term for red.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her main outfit is a knee-length scarlet dress. She takes on most of the baddies at Villain-Con while wearing it, and barely brakes a sweat.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Everyone wants Scarlet."Foxy Lady" plays when she appears in the second trailer.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Scarlet is a slim woman who was able to toss a grown man, who is more bulkier, across a room like a ragdoll.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Scarlet Overkill.
  • Noodle People: Scarlet has a trim build.
  • One-Woman Army: Scarlet can take on 20 men without breaking a sweat.
  • Opposites Attract: Scarlet (passionate and a Dark Action Girl) married Herb (laid-back and doesn't do a lot of fighting).
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She likes dresses where the skirts transform, usually into rockets. In a more traditional form of this trope, her coronation dress has frills, small puff sleeves, embroidery, and still has a transforming skirt.
  • Princess Phase: She not only didn't get over hers as a child, she wants to overthrow the English monarchy.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The coronation outfit she always wanted as a child has a red bodice and a black skirt with red roses speckled all over it. Black boots and long, black gloves accent her regular dress as well.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Has a fairly big nose and is bent on being the top supervillain of her time.
  • Starter Villain: Of the Prequel variety.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Scarlet is proficient in Waif-Fu, can take on dozens of foes at once, and has a penchant for armored dresses armed with missiles. Her husband, the evil, but chill, Herb is a prolific inventor, makes all of Scarlet's gear and seems to find her megalomania incredibly attractive.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Scarlet built a criminal empire by the time she was 13.
  • Throw It In!: In-Universe. When she gives her speech about conquering England, Stuart adds BANANA to her speech. She decides to roll with it.
  • Tragic Villain: All Scarlet wanted was to be loved and appreciated, which stems from growing up as an orphan, never adopted, and bullied by other kids.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Even after Bob gives her England, Scarlet still can't get over the Minions' initial, accidental "betrayal" and has them locked in a dungeon to be tortured.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Scarlet is married to Herb, a criminal like her.
  • Waif-Fu: Scarlet is quite slim and agile.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What became of her and Herb after a young Gru freezes them is left unclear; Word of God reveals that she and Herb spent a year in jail, ruled it utterly, and escaped. It's also said that she has no ill will towards the Minions, genuinely touched by the gift of the tiny crown.

    Herb Overkill 
"So you're here for gear."
Voiced by: Jon Hamm
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Scarlet's husband and inventor.


  • Affably Evil: Herb is quite the laid-back, friendly villain.
  • Amazon Chaser: He finds Scarlet's megalomania attitude attractive.
  • Badass Bookworm: Cemented because of his brilliant inventions.
  • Brainy Brunette: Black hair? Check. The inventor behind all of Scarlet's amazing weapons? Double check.
  • Color Motifs: Green. Representing his more calm demeanor, especially when in comparison with his wife.
  • The Dragon: Scarlet's husband and number one supporter.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He and Scarlet genuinely love each other.
  • Evil Genius: Herb is the genius behind of all of Scarlet's impressive weapons.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Herb invents all of Scarlet's gadgets.
  • Gag Nose: Herb has a huge honker of a nose.
  • Genius Ditz: A genius when it comes to inventing, but not so much when it comes to anything else.
  • Green and Mean: Zig-Zagged. Herb wears a green pinstripe suit, but is surprisingly a nice guy, only shows malice when it's justified (see Violently Protective Girlfriend) and has no moral qualms over following Scarlet's lead. Plus, even before he and Scarlet met, Herb was still a villain.
  • Happily Married: He and Scarlet are in an unabashedly loving marriage.
  • Lean and Mean: Zig-Zagged. Herb is a skinny fella, but he's one of the most affably evil guys in Western Animation. However, he shows no hesitation over following Scarlet wherever she wants.
  • Manchild: Gets over-excited over storytime and is quite the ditz.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Scarlet. Herb isn't exactly "feminine", but he's more calm and polite (for a villain) to the Minions.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is linked to his Color Motif: it's a word that is used specifically to describe the leafy green parts of a plant.
  • Mellow Fellow: Besides being nice, Herb is one of the most laid-back and easygoing.
  • Messy Hair: Look at his character image! The man needs a comb.
  • Morality Pet: Herb is the sole being that Scarlet cares for.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being a villain, Herb is one of the most affable guys to meet.
  • The Nicknamer: He gave nicknames to Kevin, Stuart and Bob while giving them gear for their mission in stealing the crown of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Noodle People: Like Scarlet, Herb has a very trim figure.
  • One Head Taller: Than Scarlet; her forehead reaches to his shoulders.
  • Only Friend: The only one that Scarlet fully trusts.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When it looks like Scarlet has been killed under the iron chandelier, Herb loses his cool and desperately tries to get her out.
  • Opposites Attract: Herb (laid-back and doesn't do a lot of fighting) married Scarlet (passionate and a Dark Action Girl).
  • Sinister Schnoz: A larger nose than his wife and dabbles in his own criminal activities besides supporting his wife in her evil goals.
  • Smarter Than You Look: For all his ditziness, Herb is an absolute genius when it comes to invention.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Herb's wife, Scarlet is proficient in Waif-Fu, can take on dozens of foes at once, and has a penchant for armored dresses armed with missiles. Herb, on the other hand, is a prolific inventor, makes all of Scarlet's gear and seems to find her megalomania incredibly attractive.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Discussed. He stole a painting because it captured his love of soup.
  • Undying Loyalty: Herb will follow Scarlet anywhere.
  • Unholy Matrimony: He's married to famous super-villainous Scarlet Overkill.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped and a husband variant. The only time he shows any actual malice is when someone tries to hurt Scarlet.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What became of him and Scarlet after a young Gru freezes them is left unclear; Word of God reveals that she and Herb spent a year in jail, ruled it utterly, and escaped.

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Despicable Me 3 Antagonists

    Balthazar Bratt 
"You know what, Clive? Playing a villain on TV was fun, but being one in real life is even better!"
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Voiced by: Trey Parker

Former child star, he played a child villain in a very popular 80s show called "Evil Bratt." When he hit puberty, fans stopped tuning in to the show and it was abruptly cancelled, resulting in his fame withering. To get revenge, Bratt becomes a supervillain and attempts to take over the world.


  • '80s Hair: His hairstyle is a combination of a high top and a mullet, with a thick bushy mustache as well.
  • Alliterative Name: Balthazar Bratt.
  • Archenemy: Implied to have played this role to Gru in the past. The two are well familiar with each other during the movie,having apparently had multiple encounters and a serious enmity before its events - Gru constantly standing in the way of Bratt's plans, but Bratt always getting away.
  • Bald of Evil: Downplayed; while he does have '80s Hair, Bratt also has a bald spot.
  • Becoming the Mask: He decides to become an actual supervillain after his show fails.
  • Benevolent Boss: He gets along well enough with his robot sidekick Clive.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: While he looks and acts insanely goofy with his 80s vibe, his arsenal of weaponry is insanely dangerous.
  • Big Bad: He is the main antagonist in Despicable Me 3.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: At the end, despite having Gru dead to rights at Instrument of Murder-point, he accepts Gru's challenge to a dance battle, and it costs him dearly.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being a Psychopathic Manchild with a severe case of Peter Pan Syndrome and an unhealthy obsession with The '80s, he was able to infiltrate an incredibly secure bunker housing the world's largest diamond all on his own and evade capture from the AVL multiple times, even being referred to as their most wanted. Not only that, but he is a Master of Disguise, is a talented Dance Battler and was able to create various super-weapons, robots and a volatile, ever-expanding chewing gum powerful enough to lift a large metal ship and cover all of Hollywood.
  • Catchphrase: "I've been a baaaad boy" was his back when he was a child star, and he maintains it in the present day.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Whereas El Macho was as manly as can be, Bratt is childish and can't stop living in the past. In a twist, this makes him more similar to the first film's antagonist, Vector, as they are both far more juvenile than El Macho.
  • Dance Battler: Bratt uses a variety of dances during his heists. Though he tends to focus more on the "dance" side of trope and not enough on the "battle".
  • The Danza: In-Universe. He had the same last name as his childhood character.
  • Disco Dan: For this guy, the eighties never ended, which is not only reflected in the way he dresses, but also his gadgets (such a rubiks cube grenade or a keytar that shoots sonic blasts). Furthermore, these were the things he used in his role as a spy back when he was a child star.
  • Driven to Villainy: Turned to crime after losing his celebrity status.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: In-Universe.
    "There's only one supervillain whose fashion sense is quite dead dated: Balthazar Bratt."
  • Fingerless Gloves: Bratt has a black pair.
  • Former Child Star: Played a child spy in the 80s, hence the gadget motif. His fame withered once he hit puberty.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a washed-up child star to a pretty capable supervillain.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Kept the same high top mullet from his actor days. Justified given Bratt wants to emulate his glory days.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Gru defeats him with his own keyboard blaster.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Among his arsenal is expanding bubblegum, a Rubik's Cube bomb, and a sonic wave keytar. Apparently, they were all the sort of gadgets he used back as a child star.
  • Instrument of Murder: Has a keytar that fires sonic blasts.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He ultimately is defeated by Gru the same way he escaped from him at the beginning of the movie— blasted by his keyboard, left naked, and stuck inside his own expanding bubblegum.
  • Master of Disguise: Uses his acting ability and very lifelike costumes, first disguising himself as a jeweler to steal the diamond, and second as Lucy, to fool Gru and kidnap the girls.
  • Meaningful Name: He was a bratty child star and hasn't grown out of his old persona.
  • Never My Fault: Blames his declining fame on the fact that his show was cancelled rather than the fact that he couldn't accept that shows end (especially ones whose very premise depends on the youth of the lead actor) and that he needed to get a new one instead of trying to cash in on the dwindling fame of his first role forever.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Bratt indirectly ensures his own defeat by kidnapping the girls right after Dru and Gru have just had a major argument, as the girls being in danger causes the brothers to quickly resolve their issues with each other in a single plane ride so they can concentrate on rescuing the girls and not on their argument.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His career trajectory paints him as one to Michael Jackson. Unfortunately, Bratt never got better after puberty subsided and he descended into cartoonish supervillainy.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He captures Lucy, who was repeatedly shown to be a badass martial artist Action Girl, who was also strong enough to lift a portly woman off the ground with little effort, offscreen.
  • Outdated Outfit: He wears shoulder pads under a purple outfit reminiscent of Michael Jackson's Thriller outfit.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He refuses to grow up from his days as a child star.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wears a purple suit and is a formidable opponent against Gru.
  • Russian Reversal: Bratt's plan hinges on his desire to do this: Hollywood canceled his show? Well now "I'm canceling you!" Cue evil laughter.
  • Take Over the World: Along with revenge for the cancellation of his show, this is what Bratt hopes to achieve as a supervillain.
  • Two Decades Behind: Well, more like three decades behind since the film was released in 2010s and he's stuck in the 80s.
  • Villain Protagonist: In his show.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: When disguised as Lucy, he also includes her dress.
  • Would Hit a Girl: An off-screen example. He somehow manages to get the drop on Lucy so he can tie her up and take her place.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not only does he kidnap the girls (and Lucky the goat) and trap them inside his giant robot, but he "releases" them by casually placing them on the edge of a skyscraper, not concerned at all that they could potentially fall to their deaths.

    Clive 
"What's today's plan, boss?"
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Voiced by: Andy Nyman

Balthazar Bratt's robot sidekick.


  • Flat Character: We don't know much about him other than the fact that he follows Bratt's evil bidding.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is a white robot and follows along with Bratt's evil plans.
  • Morality Pet: The only living creature Bratt shows any semblance of compassion towards.
  • Robot Buddy: Clive is a robot who assists Bratt in his diabolical schemes.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't know for sure whether or not he survived Bratt's giant robotic self-replica collapsing.
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