Minions are fictional yellow creatures that appear in the "Despicable Me" franchise, which started with "Despicable Me" (2010). They are characterized by their childlike behavior and unique language, which is largely unintelligible.

The Minions are small, yellow creatures shaped like pill capsules. They have one or two eyes, and their irises are almost always brown. They have no discernable noses but seem capable of smelling. They are also shown without ears but can hear and respond to sounds. Most minions appear either bald or with a few wispy strands of black hair on their heads. Since their coming to America in the late 1960s, their clothing consists of blue overalls emblazoned with Gru's logo, black rubber gloves, shoes, and goggles.

They have common English-language names, such as Dave, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Mel. While showed as somewhat absent-minded and have very mischievous streaks, they are shown to have exceptional engineering abilities, being able to design and construct spaceships and playthings.

"Minions", the 2015 animated feature film, shows that they have existed since the beginning of life on Earth. Minions are biologically wired to seek out and serve the most terrible of villains; when they have no "boss" to serve they become depressed and listless. In the 2010 short film "Banana", the Minions are revealed to have an almost uncontrollable craving for fruit, especially bananas.

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