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  • Base-Breaking Character: The titular minions have cemented themselves in this status. Fans of the Despicable Me movies are either happy to see them get their own movie or annoyed by their excessive presence and for overshadowing the human characters that fans have grown to love.
  • Critical Dissonance: While the movie has been well-received by the audience and has definitely become a huge box office success, having passed the billion dollar mark outgrossing both Despicable Me films, and becoming the second highest-grossing animated film of all time, it holds a largely mediocre critical reception with a below average 54% on Rotten Tomatoes. Of all films that have passed the billion dollar mark, only Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Transformers: Age of Extinction have worse critical reception than Minions.
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  • Ear Worm: When 90% of your film's soundtrack is nothing but classic rock n' roll songs from the 1960s, you better bet it's full of this. Special mention for getting a number of notoriously expensive Beatles tunes in there.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Scarlet and Herb Overkill get a lot of love from the fans of the franchise for their chemistry, villain careers, and personalities. Another reason why Scarlet is popular is because of her orphaned past.
    • The Nelsons likewise due to the fact that, despite being a criminal family, they're nothing but supportive to the Minions through their appearances. Most fans actually wanted more scenes with them.
    • There was a lot of applause when Gru made his appearance. Heck, to most fans, that was arguably the best part of the movie.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Scarlet Overkill. In the second trailer "Foxy Lady" by Jimi Hendrix plays when she appears.
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  • Genius Bonus: While minion speak is in full effect in this movie, particularly savvy viewers will notice that the language has a bit more gratuitous European hodgepodge thrown in to reflect the mythology of how their language developed. What takes the cake is Stuart's reference to a yellow fire hydrant as Papagena, the female love interest of The Magic Flute by Mozart. Not only was Mozart famously crass like the Minions, but The Magic Flute was famously the most slapstick of Mozart's operas.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Before this film cemented the Minions' popularity in Hype Backlash, they were often praised for stealing the show from Gru's plots in the first two films. In this film, Gru returns the favor with less than two minutes of screen time.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • The freeze ray that is Gru's main weapon turns out to be created by Dr. Nefario.
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    • Gru's Benevolent Boss status towards the Minions (to the point of knowing each and every one of them by name) becomes even sweeter when you discover that he's known them since he was a kid, and they're probably the best friends he's ever had.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Through Wolverine Publicity, this film made the already popular minions even more popular (as well as turning their marketing Up to Eleven), and people who don't like them or are indifferent to them aren't too thrilled.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Prior to it's release, fans of the Despicable Me series (especially younger viewers) only wanted to watch the film to see the Minions have their own movie. YMMV on how well this paid off.
    • The film was already set to have a strong opening, but it is often believed that the post-release report that a young Gru would appear at the end brought many previously uninterested viewers into the seats.
  • Memetic Mutation: A common joke online, especially among Minion haters, is that the reason the writers had them living in the Arctic for most of the 20th century so that they wouldn't have to deal with the minions working for Adolf Hitler.
  • Moe: Bob, who plays like the baby brother of the main trio.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Scarlet crosses it when she ties up Stuart and Bob above a pile of explosives to lure Kevin out of hiding. And if that isn't evil enough, she tells Bob she's keeping his teddy bear for herself.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Scarlet Overkill's Villainous Breakdown after getting crushed by a chandelier during her coronation.
  • Signature Scene: For a film that is often said to be okay if not awful, the surprise appearance by a young Gru at the end of the film is often considered to be one of the best moments in the entire series.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general reception of the movie (especially by critics). They say that while it's not as good as either of the first two films in its franchise or the movies that competed with it in the box office, it's still a decent family film.
  • Tear Jerker: Throughout almost the whole movie, the Minions were sad about losing boss after boss to various tragic accidents—or in Scarlet's case, just plain not liking them.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Young Gru only appears at the end of the movie. As Honest Trailers put it:
    "Steve Carell is back...at the very end for, like, thirty seconds to remind you how much better this movie would have been with little Gru and some minion babies."
  • Unexpected Character: Gru unexpectedly shows up at the end to steal the crown, the minions, and the movie.

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