What Exactly Are Minions, Anyway ?

Here’s everything you need to know about the internet’s favorite characters.


You see them in memes, on t-shirts, toothbrushes, and more. They’re why your kid loves bananas. Minions have been everywhere since they first premiered in Despicable Me in 2010 and are breaking records in The Rise of Gru in theaters now. But... what’s their deal exactly?

Minions have existed for hundreds of millions of years.

In Minions, we see these little guys evolved naturally, leaving the primordial ocean exactly as they are today. They’ve been on Earth for at least 65 million years, since their first “boss” was a T-Rex.