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The Minions are small cute yellow pill-like men. A rambunctious bunch of simple-minded beings, The Minions are a similar size and shape, but have unique features to tell them apart, such as height, number of eyes, or roundness. They are the iconic tritagonists of the 2010 film Despicable Me and its 2013 sequel Despicable Me 2 and are the titular characters of the 2015 prequel Minions (with Kevin, Stuart and Bob as the protagonists and main minions of the movie). They communicate with gibberish noises or Minionese.

They choose to express themselves through actions, not words, their language (also known as minion gibberish indicated by K-Zone). K-Zone has indicated that some human words are in the minion gibberish language, EXAMPLE: Baboy (Filipino word) means toy in minion gibberish and Spanish words like "Para tú,". They don't speak, at least not in words humans can understand.

Their existence as made beings is noted by the final schematics in the little girls' room. It is however unknown how they came to be and who made them. Orientation Day, one of the shorts in the DVD, suggests they are made from a single strand of mutated DNA. The minions wear metal goggles accommodating to how many eyes they have, blue overalls with Gru's symbol on the front, and black gloves. Sometimes, they play with Margo, Edith and Agnes, as in the toilet paper fight scene.

At the end of Despicable Me 3, Minions switch their allegiance to Dru Gru and move in with him when Felonius Gru retires from his supervillain status.

All Minions are voiced by Pierre Coffin.

She Minions looks like actress Audrey Hepburn.

Appearance

As a rambunctious bunch of simple-minded homunculi, Minions are a similar size and shape, but have unique features to tell them apart, such as height, number of eyes, roundness or secondary features such as hair, eye/pupil size or clothing.

Minions are yellow and wear black gloves, small black boots, metal goggles accommodating their number of eyes, and blue jean overall with Gru's emblem on the fronts.

Minions possess few additional physiological characteristics; with a crack and a shake, they can double as glow sticks for activities in the dark, such as going through ventilation ducts. They additionally can survive without air, as one is seen in outer space without oxygen in Despicable Me.

Though there are several hundred minions (900 in total), there are only about 48 possible combinations of height and build (short and chubby, medium, tall and thin), hair (tall buzz-cut, short buzz-cut, sprout, combed, spread out, bald), and eyes (one, two). One-eyed minions are always almost all small, although a tall one-eyed minion appears in a promotional artwork. Tall Minions are all with Sprout-Cut Hair.

Personalities and Traits

They are fiercely loyal to Gru and Dr. Nefario, their current masters, and extremely eager to please, willingly helping with any evil plans coming from them, but at the same time they are friendly and fun-loving. Despite being relatively simple-minded, they are capable of building weapons, operating those weapons, using computers, and even driving.

Minions love bananas and apples (or "bapples", as they call them), and the mere sight of one of these fruits can result in complete chaos. They also enjoy fine arts and find anything having to do with buttocks extremely funny. There are few things these little guys do not find funny. They love trying new things and presumably they also love potatoes (they mention potatoes on occasion) They dislike being unsure of themselves, and when Gru leaves questions unanswered. Their sense of humor is somewhat childish, if not silly, laughing from the sound of bubbles in a water filter, scanning their own butt in a copy machine and when mentioned words such as "bottom".

Trivia

  • Minions are official mascots for Illumination Entertainment.
  • Minions are physically invincible and immortal. In the film Minions, when Stuart, Bob and Kevin were tortured on the rack, their bodies were able to stretch easily; throughout all three films, they've been hit by various objects on their bodies, got their head stuck in a jar, and etc., without any ill effect. For example, Bob (not the Bob appeared in Minions) was given an anti-gravity serum by Dr. Nefario, who absent-mindedly left a window open, causing poor Bob to float out of our atmosphere in Despicable Me. He was still seen alive in space at the end of the movie, but we don't know what happened to him after that.
  • The models of the Minions are redesigned in the following films.
    • The colors of their skin and dungarees are brighter.
    • In the first film, Minions have slightly crooked teeth. After the second film, they have aligned teeth.
    • New hairstyles or minions can be seen (bald, short-spiked, and half-bald).
    • Some one eyed minions buzz cut hair is now standing straight up instead of being like their two eyed counterpart.
  • Minions are shown to understand English, but they cannot speak it fluently. They can however say short sentences and phrases.
  • Minions can survive without oxygen, as one of them floated up to outer space unharmed.
  • Minions are shown to be great swimmers.
    • They can possibly breathe underwater, based on Kevin's response to Tina.

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