Film Theory: The Minions in Minions AREN'T MINIONS!

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What IS a Minion? That was the question I started with when working on this theory. I wanted to REALLY understand these little guys, so I started searching the movies for information. Well Theorists, I found more that I expected buried in the Minions and Despicable Me movies. A LOT more. So much that I can definitely say that the Minions in the movies are NOT Minions. You'll have to watch to find out WHY!

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Writers: Matthew Patrick and Mark Hofmeyer
Editors: Danial "BanditRants" Keristoufi, Forrest Lee, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
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  • John Glasser
    John Glasser55 minutes ago

    He has too much time it is a cartoon it doesn’t need to make sense in the real world.

  • NegaNazGamez
    NegaNazGamezHour ago

    Tbh this reminds me of the nomes from little nightmares because they are kids that have been turned into nomes

  • sheriff Bacon
    sheriff Bacon2 hours ago

    Whatever if it gets my baby cousin to shut I love it.

  • Sonia Meliou
    Sonia Meliou5 hours ago

    ´Minions are NOT minions´ ah yes i see, the floor here is NOT made out of floor yes i saw a similar comment after i wrote this though

  • Takis
    Takis6 hours ago

    Isn’t minion just a modern word for slave?

  • Eren Yeager √
    Eren Yeager √19 hours ago


  • scarydonuts
    scarydonuts19 hours ago

    At the universal minion mayhem gru said they where humans that turned into humans but I don't know if it's Cannon

  • John Prachar
    John PracharDay ago

    Fun fact: napoleon was average height for the time, the French length units were bigger so he was mistaken for a midget man but he was on eye level with most people

  • þiccnesse
    þiccnesseDay ago

    To everyone, ILY

  • Jennifer Handschuh
    Jennifer HandschuhDay ago

    Couldn't there have been yellow cell things somewhere else, and Gru grouped them all together?

  • Andrew Leon
    Andrew LeonDay ago

    ACTUALLY mat pat could be wrong they could reproduce asexually meaning to mate without a female partner, BUT... probably not (prove e wrong if so.)

  • Luna lovewolf
    Luna lovewolf2 days ago

    Haha his first name is Felonius?!😂

  • Ruix
    Ruix2 days ago

    New information : met has a child

  • Evelyn Robinson
    Evelyn Robinson2 days ago

    Make a fairy about Adventure Time

  • Fire Fly YT gacha
    Fire Fly YT gacha2 days ago

    Wait... YOU HAVE A SON?!!!

  • ♡︎︎Jones♡︎
    ♡︎︎Jones♡︎2 days ago

    Um I hope y’all know that minions means like a servants or something like that and not just some made up word that they made lol

  • BraveCow
    BraveCow2 days ago

    min ion

  • Lee Grant
    Lee Grant3 days ago

    Bet watt want in the mother 1 Grow was a kid so how did he crayt the ninyons

  • The Roblox Wizard
    The Roblox Wizard3 days ago

    he is now stolen for mrBeast hahaha

  • Dylan Santos
    Dylan Santos3 days ago

    Oliver is way too cute

  • Pumpkin
    Pumpkin3 days ago

    Fun fact:the minions are based off kids in a certain country that are forced to do child labor and have some sort of contraption on their head to prevent them from talking. P.S:I found this from Tiktok and unfortunately,it is very much real

  • Airshiphead
    Airshiphead3 days ago

    Keeps doing these bespoke intros to mask the fact he hasn't made a new intro since the beginning of Film Theorists

  • X'zavier Obispo
    X'zavier Obispo3 days ago

    Do a theory on the Rabbids in Rabbids Invasion

  • Madlyn Latrina
    Madlyn Latrina3 days ago

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  • Mosept Yagami
    Mosept Yagami3 days ago

    His son is the cutest thing ever Also he says “minions are so dumb they couldn’t be girls-“ I can’t tell if he’s saying girls are dumb or girls are smart

  • Smocza YT
    Smocza YT4 days ago

    your son is sooo adorable

  • Dream Track
    Dream Track4 days ago

    Matpat should receive an oscar for editing

  • Stray Deer
    Stray Deer4 days ago

    I just realize how big your son has gotten- I feel like it’s only been yesterday he was a baby.

  • Anya Mishra
    Anya Mishra4 days ago

    Can you do a owl house theory

  • PixelatedToast
    PixelatedToast4 days ago

    seems sus they were coincidently gone during the 30s - 50s 👀

  • Arwin the robloxian
    Arwin the robloxian4 days ago

    Disliked all of his vid bc hes ruining all of your child hood

  • Musical Matt
    Musical Matt4 days ago

    Why do the minions sound like Morph?

  • TheMultiVerse
    TheMultiVerse4 days ago

    Next: Game Theory: The Pokemon in Pokemon AREN'T POKEMON!

  • SugarVampie
    SugarVampie4 days ago

    I honestly thought they reproduced asexually like ameobas.

  • Casey Simek
    Casey Simek4 days ago

    there minions of minions

  • Evolving Trident
    Evolving Trident4 days ago

    The 4d dispicibal me ride is about gru transforming people into minions. Cool

  • Iduna
    Iduna4 days ago

    Couldn’t it also be that they might be huge cells (most likely prokaryotes since one clip showed nucleoid dna) replicating themselves by binary fission?🤔

  • Iduna


    4 days ago

    @Keely oh that’s a relief! I was worried that I had unintentionally offended you😂😭😅

  • Keely


    4 days ago

    @Iduna I'm so sorry! I should have added an indicator that I was making a little joke. I'm not offended at all, but apologize for causing you stress when I intended to make you chuckle a bit.

  • Iduna


    4 days ago

    I’m sorry if you view anything as me being immature. I never intended anything to be a joke. If anything, I have not much humour, so forgive me if I have offended you in any way. It wasn’t my intention

  • Iduna


    4 days ago

    @Keely why would they be a joke to me? Of course they aren’t a joke.

  • Iduna


    4 days ago

    @Keely I’m just a gcse student. Just using my education to suggest a theory. I’m not be as aware of any other concepts of binary fission since I’m only at a gcse level, but that’s what we were taught

  • sammy santos
    sammy santos5 days ago

    Wait he stole from beast? Was this got on video? bc now I wanna watch

  • Eric Garr
    Eric Garr5 days ago

    That joke is dumb

  • Mary Breitenbach
    Mary Breitenbach5 days ago

    Y'ALL: TIME TRAVEL. My kid begged me to share this (she's the real fan, I get sucked in). The more I talked it out the more sense it made. Minions didn't evolve from the past. Gru & Dru's FATHER put them in the past by travelling in time. Papa Hu was more than just a rolling stone. In a plan to clone the most evil person on earth--himself but more indestructible and an army. Like most great discoveries, he first failed, creating twins, Gru and Dru. Though Papa Hu preened over their twisted genius and...durability... and both were proud parents. However, they soon saw the need to separate the boys after realizing what it means when naughty clones think alike: they're competitive and destructive. Before they could walk, they had already destroyed two homes and a Piggly Wiggly. At this rate, the parents realized the twins could destroy the entire planet (solar system?) if they stayed in contact and equally yoked. One twin would need an army of minions, COMPLETELY loyal to one master until death, immortal, and too stupid to ever switch masters. So Papa Hu and Dru moved. Papa Hu secretly developed minions. As he developed more minions, he couldn't make them indestructible unless they were exposed to a vast variety of times and environments. With the help of minions, Papa Gru invented a time machine. Conveniently, minions were test subjects. Each time they returned, he improved the time travel technique and the minion's DNA encoded new survival. This accounts for the slight changes in minions, even the anatomical variants. It was time to take all the minions to the very earliest point in history and leave them. The minions recognized Gru when they saw him as a child. They knew he was one of their creator's son's and this was their ultimate master. Many minion couldn't have successfully returned in the time machine. Papa Hu could have just told the minions to find and pick up their brothers as they live over the centuries. He could have even created some kind of biological homing device so they would be drawn to each other. But that's just a theory.

  • Anthro
    Anthro5 days ago

    i feel so old now i used to watch TONS of matpat's theory's and now he has a kid it's just...wonderful

  • Brian Is Me
    Brian Is Me5 days ago

    Why would this mean the clones are not minions because their clones. That’s like saying dolly the sheep isn’t a sheep because it’s a clone.

  • Spyglazz
    Spyglazz5 days ago

    I hate film theory he just makes kids film a nightmare

  • Terror BillyWilly
    Terror BillyWilly5 days ago

    You know what, I hate minions, but seeing Oliver so excited about that stolen minion, it brings a tear to the eye it does

  • Kevin Mayer
    Kevin Mayer6 days ago

    Ware did Bob go the wun with the tety bare

  • Fitri Aryani
    Fitri Aryani6 days ago

    For simple they are B E A N S with goggle 1 or 2 eyes

  • nancy Hernandez
    nancy Hernandez6 days ago

    Actually the minions are from the nazi's the people are wearing the helmet.

  • Nicholas Gambino
    Nicholas Gambino6 days ago

    MatPat: i tole a minion from a mr beast Christmas video MrBeast: so thats where that went

  • Crybaby Circusbaby
    Crybaby Circusbaby6 days ago

    Idk why but as soon as he said he had a son it ruined the vibe 😑

  • James Park
    James Park6 days ago

    have you heard of the SCB

  • Rutwe1
    Rutwe16 days ago


    CANDO WE6 days ago

    4:50 isn’t it the napoleonic wars

  • Kamran Hollie
    Kamran Hollie6 days ago

    you have a son

  • Tornado of souls
    Tornado of souls7 days ago

    Minions are more human than human.

  • Brandon Tyner
    Brandon Tyner7 days ago

    What about the ride at universal studios

  • Ming Fan Zhang
    Ming Fan Zhang7 days ago


  • Dan C
    Dan C7 days ago

    aww cute little boy

  • Kevin Luo
    Kevin Luo7 days ago

    yellow sus

  • Kevin Luo

    Kevin Luo

    7 days ago


  • I am nightmare
    I am nightmare7 days ago

    Bro matpat's kid will be the smartes kid

  • Poop Flinger
    Poop Flinger7 days ago

    Theory: this is confirmed by natural selection because they stayed near evil people in hope that they could make more of them and/or protect them

  • melame lime
    melame lime7 days ago

    in the 2nd movie in order to turn the minions back from the purple minion form dr Nifario says to turn them back he mixes the minion formula with the nasty jam to turn them back. this is to say they do make new minions just in a different way. Noy saying that your wrong just wanted to see if you would use it and kinda was dissapointed.

  • Mr. Indiffrent
    Mr. Indiffrent7 days ago

    What happened to norbert

  • Haley rose W
    Haley rose W7 days ago

    Of course they are really minios, they are demons

  • -Frogchamp-
    -Frogchamp-7 days ago

    Minions are gods

  • Soloman Posada
    Soloman Posada8 days ago

    ok off topic but ur child is so adorable

  • The A&A Sisters
    The A&A Sisters8 days ago

    Banana anyone?🍌

  • Munesu Chifeya
    Munesu Chifeya8 days ago

    This just ruined my childhood

  • Vanessa Cullen
    Vanessa Cullen8 days ago

    At the start you forgot bobs different eyes

  • Vanessa Cullen

    Vanessa Cullen

    8 days ago

    You are not rong

  • Vanessa Cullen

    Vanessa Cullen

    8 days ago

    You are right

  • ام عبدالمحسن
    ام عبدالمحسن8 days ago


  • Ashlie Lutz
    Ashlie Lutz8 days ago

    1270 are facke

  • Flex Salazar-Ramirez
    Flex Salazar-Ramirez8 days ago

    Gru + gelato matter =imortal gru Imortal gru + minions = chaos

  • Micro 735
    Micro 7358 days ago

    I have a question for you, if GRU had ‘em in 1968, was GRU hiding then from his mum? when we see him watch the moon landing which happened the next year, the minions aren’t in that seen but his mum is not shocked at all when she sees them when the movie takes place

  • uscatia the fox
    uscatia the fox8 days ago

    What if minions just split in half and then each half grows into another and then it just repeats Edit: just re wach for like 2 seconds at 9:13

  • Sp Y
    Sp Y8 days ago

    the minions are based on the kids prisoners of Jews from ww 2 by hitlers crazy scientist, the reason the kids look like minions is because a crazy scientist locked their heads by a metal helmet by not looking or not talking so that’s why the minions don’t talk normal language

  • Seth Snider
    Seth Snider9 days ago

    Did anybody lose count over how many times MatPat said “minions”?🤣

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    Janis Paula9 days ago

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    KittyCake Gaming9 days ago


  • Jarod Hunt
    Jarod Hunt9 days ago

    So uuhhh, sorry to burst your bubble mat, but they're genetic clones lol, the shorts attached to either the first or second movie literally spelled out to the audience that each of the minions are genetic clones of each other, made by each other in Gru's lab. Bruh moment.

  • John Porteous
    John Porteous9 days ago

    There are three things that are infinite: the universe, human stupidity, and Minions' lifespan. And I'm not sure about the universe or human stupidity (Albert Einstein in this universe)

  • Loretta Richards
    Loretta Richards9 days ago

    Nobody: Tall One eyed Minions:

  • Ivyxiv
    Ivyxiv10 days ago

    idk if this is true but when i watched all 3 movies as a kid I don't know if this is true but I remembered that Gru has a minion making machine not a robot one their just minions nothing special

  • Ivyxiv


    10 days ago

    yeah ok he said their clones yes their kinda clones but they arent ripoffs or imposters if their clones then why would they be a imposter EDIT: THEIR CLONES OF THE ORIGINAL NOT GRU MADE SOME RIPOFF THEY CLONED THE ORIGNAL MINIONS SO THEIR STILL ORIGINAL

  • Deb Pernaski
    Deb Pernaski10 days ago

    The minions are actually Jewish kids the were taken and tested in a lab by scientists

  • Alivia Skinner
    Alivia Skinner10 days ago

    So Pierre Coffin says minions are so dumb that they can't be girls. That feels like a insult to girls.

  • Nate Josiah Lara Delgra
    Nate Josiah Lara Delgra10 days ago

    he said minions 3 times in the title lol

  • Mr fun
    Mr fun10 days ago

    What if Jimmy saw this?

  • Larry Arnold
    Larry Arnold10 days ago

    Look Matt Pat I’m not sure how big of a sports fan you are but I really want you to make a sports theory channel do it for me please I’m a big sports fan

  • Brandon Foley
    Brandon Foley10 days ago

    Isn’t a clone still it? I mean, if it’s super off no, but these are spot on, so can’t they effectively be called Minions? They are largely indistinguishable from the originals.

  • Lady Opal Eye
    Lady Opal Eye10 days ago

    So if the minions could have been people, then you have a case for the characters in Among Us being minions. Various colors of spacesuits explain the colors, the single bubble visor is just a uniform way to accommodate for the goggles, and the imposter had the serum from the second movie. The general size and shape match, and we know minions have knowledge of space flight because they worked on Gru’s rocket.

  • HyrannoCraft
    HyrannoCraft11 days ago

    The minions are Something that should be destroyed

  • Valen Morado
    Valen Morado11 days ago


  • John Smith
    John Smith11 days ago

    "Minions are so dumb, they couldn't be girls." Can someone please explain this? I'm not sure if it's a joke or just mean-spirited self-deprecation.

    DEDE UNLEASHED11 days ago

    Matpat: i got you some minons

  • Eli Thooft
    Eli Thooft11 days ago

    In secret life of pets the animals can communicate to each other but not humans as seen in the beginning of the first movie just want to point that out

  • luna
    luna11 days ago

    There is a Theron that mimions were created by nazis

  • Caden Martin
    Caden Martin11 days ago

    So what you don’t realize is that they probably where Nazis at one point

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  • World eater
    World eater12 days ago


  • anoymouss duckling
    anoymouss duckling12 days ago

    Oh yeah, you were one of the judges in that mr beast video!

  • ItzKahrfhdghy
    ItzKahrfhdghy12 days ago

    fun fact: theres somebody making gru and the movie turn into a meme