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20 Fun Facts About the Minions

It's hard to believe that the Despicable Me minions have only been around for five years. It seems like everywhere you turn there's a minion or minion reference. If you're thinking to yourself "what is a minion?" then you probably don't have kids and will be thankful for all the minions facts on this list. These little buggers took the world by storm in 2010's Despicable Me and haven't stopped since. 

Despicable Me was an expected smash hit and its sequel 2013 Despicable Me 2 was an even bigger success making nearly a billion dollars at the box office (and that's before home video sales). With summer 2015's Minions breaking the records set by Despicable Me 2 the minion phenomenon doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon.

There's clearly something special about these these small, Twinkie-shaped, minion-ese speaking, banana-loving henchmen, that the whole world adores.

So we decided to take a look at the franchise and dig up some fun facts about minions - the little yellow guys and the series itself that you may not know. These are the best fun facts about minions, Despicable Me, and more! Don't forget to also check out our list of other fun shows and movies like Minions!

  • Gru Has More Minions Than You Might Think

    Felonious Gru has somewhere around 10,400 minions.

    Source: Obsessive Mommy
  • We See That Gru Had, Appropriately, Stolen Many Pieces of Fine Art to Hang in His Home

    At the end of Despicable Me, after the girls' bedroom has transformed into a more comforting place, the camera moves allowing the audience to see some famous paintings that Gru has stolen. Leonardo Da Vinci''s "Mona Lisa" hangs on the wall, as well as Van Gogh's "Starry Night," which can be seen leaning up against the wall on the floor.

    Source: IMDb

  • Chiquita Had a Huge Marketing Tie-in with Despicable Me 2

    After the overwhelming success of the first film, Chiquita Bananas printed more than one billion stickers for their bananas to promote Despicable Me 2.

    Source: OMG Facts

  • The Minions Were Always Created to Serve Gru, Even in the Script Phase as a Plot Point

    The directors of Despicable Me said the minions were added to the script, in an attempt to make Gru more likable. The easiest way to make him look better? Surround him with incompetence.

    They even got progressively cuter to achieve this. They went from humans to large, orc-like creatures, and throughout further development got smaller and more adorable until the iconic appearance that made it into the films.

    Source: Buzzfeed