As of 2022, the Minions have two films: Minions and Minions: The Rise of Gru. The movies are aimed at younger audiences, and fans are split on what they think of the franchise. The first film was met with heavy criticism, while the second saw fans showing up at the cinema in costume.
Both Minions movies have bits of comedic gold hidden inside that are capable of making audiences of all ages laugh. Movies are funniest when they’re self-aware and rely heavily on slapstick, sarcasm, and downright ridiculous situations.
ten “Eventually, Bob’s energy and enthusiasm, but especially the lack of other volunteers, changed Kevin’s mind.”
The Minions felt listless and sad with no villain to serve. In order to help his comrades, Kevin decided to go on a journey to find the most evil villain possible to be their new master. Kevin asked for volunteers to join him in his quest, and there was only one. Bob was happy to help, but Kevin wasn’t impressed at all.
According to the narrator of Minions: The Rise of Gru, Kevin only relented when he realized that there would be no other volunteers. This showed that most Minions were cowards, which explained why they quickly joined Kevin after accidentally killing another boss.
9 “All these bad guys and yet I still have the… bear. Teddy bear. Why am I holding a bear?”
Scarlet Overkill had earned a reputation as one of the best villains in the business. When she offered to hire a henchman, everyone wanted to get the job. All they had to do was steal a ruby from his hand. Scarlet easily fended off any villains that charged at her.
Unexpectedly, Bob, Stuart, and Kevin had the ruby since Bob swallowed it. This left Bob’s teddy bear in Scarlet’s hand. Scarlet didn’t seem thrilled when she saw who won, but she kept her word.
8 “Herb, seriously. I want to dig up this William Shakespeare so he can see what the real handwriting is.”
When Scarlet returned to her castle, her husband, Herb, was there to greet her. He presented her with a small card with a bird on it, which told her that he missed her. He then over-explained what the card meant, saying it wasn’t really from a little bird, but it was from him since the H was his initial.
Instead of gagging like most viewers did, Scarlet seemed pleased with her gesture, saying her way of stating the obvious was like poetry that would put Shakespeare’s writing to shame.
seven “Are you coming to trade my future for a pet?!”
Gru stole the Zodiac Stone from the Vicious 6 in order to prove himself to them. He planned to return it, naively thinking it would earn him a place in their group. He entrusted the stone to Otto, telling him to take it to a safe place while he distracted the Vicious 6.
Gru was furious when he realized Otto had traded him for something as useless as a Pet Stone. Otto was completely in love with a simple wide-eyed rock, and fans couldn’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of the scene.
6 “Wow, my favorite villain is also my kidnapper. This could be a great opportunity if you don’t kill me.”
When Gru was captured by Wild Knuckles, he was torn between being scared and being ecstatic. On the one hand, Gru knew his life was in terrible danger because he didn’t have the zodiac stone. On the other hand, Wild Knuckles was his favorite villain.
Gru was excited to hook up with Wild Knuckles, knowing he had the potential to learn a lot of cool villain stuff. The scene was extremely ridiculous, but it was both cute and fun to see Gru’s childlike excitement. Most fans wanted to see these two links more.
5 “If 48 hours of disco doesn’t kill you, The Blade will.”
When Wild Knuckles realized that Gru really didn’t have the Stone with him, he told Gru’s Minions to bring the Stone to his lair. He then tied Gru to a huge record player. Not only was he playing music that Gru couldn’t stand, but he was also spinning him around until he was babbling and barely conscious.
The giant record player also slowly brought Gru closer to a deadly blade, but from his state later in the film, the disco itself almost did the trick. Luckily, Wild Knuckles spared him from both the blade and the music.
4 “I couldn’t let you be eaten by crocodiles. Although it would have been cool to watch.”
Since Wild Knuckles’ henchmen abandoned him, he decided to spare Gru’s life. He planned to pass his villainous techniques to Gru. He first asked Gru to do his chores, and when Gru was bullied by the crocodiles, Wild Knuckles tried to show him how to properly clean the pool.
Wild Knuckles made a mistake during this process and nearly got eaten. Gru actually saved him, which hit Wild Knuckles. Like a typical villain, Gru admitted that he kind of wanted to see the crocodiles eat him.
3 “I can’t wait to fake my own death to avoid the authorities!”
Gru, Wild Knuckles, and the Minions defeated the Vicious 6 and turned them into rats. During the battle, Wild Knuckles was badly burned by the dragon Belle Bottom. At first, it didn’t look like Wild Knuckles was going to make it. Things looked particularly bleak when Gru was giving a speech at Wild Knuckles’ funeral.
Gru quickly discovered that Wild Knuckles was alive, feeling both thrilled and impressed. Gru was all too eager to fake his own death as well, expressing his enthusiasm to break the law even further.
2 “It is neither an evil nor a talent.”
When the Minions were at Villain Con, Bob went to talk to a Villain henchman placement specialist. When she asked to see his talents, he showed her his teddy bear, making him dance. The dry, unimpressed delivery of this quote was what made it work so well.
Bob tried to prove himself again by using paper and scissors to cut out a scary face. It didn’t impress her either. This scene was made even more hilarious because the contestant right before Bob spat fire at another specialist.
1 “Poor man. So confident. So fragile. So, so delicious.”
The Minions have served many masters. One of their first masters was a caveman. Although the narrator said the caveman was smarter than the other villains the Minions had served, that wasn’t actually true. When the caveman was about to fight a bear, the Minions gave him a tiny flyswatter.
The caveman tried it, doing absolutely no damage to the bear. He trusted the Minions too much, and in the next scene, we see him inside the bear’s stomach. At least the Minions made the bear happy.
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