Despicable Me characters
In the modern dog-eat-dog world of supervillains, it's all about staying one step ahead of the competition. And one of the world's most successful, and despicable, is Gru*. Not that he showed any signs of it in his youth. All he ever wanted to do as a boy was to be an astronaut, and go to the moon. But with a mother like his, and an apparently absent father, poor little boy Gru's dreams were repeatedly crushed, setting the stage for a life of villainy. Gru and his mother clearly are not native to the United States (where they live), and their broken English accent would seem to indicate that they originated from somewhere in central to southeastern Europe.
(* Gru is actually his last name. Officially, Gru's first name is "Felonius", as seen on the computer screen during the background check Miss Hattie conducts on him. His birth date is also given there, in the background information, as September 28, 1960. Which would make him eight years old when the minions first arrive in America, and nine years old during the moon mission which he became so obsessed with as a boy.)
In his life, Gru has made quite a success of being a most despicable supervillain, setting his sights on really, really big capers designed to generate fear and respect. Of course, he had to start somewhere...and that somewhere was in London, in the United Kingdom in 1968. There, at the tender age of eight, he pulled off a daring caper by snatching the royal British crown out from the clutches of the greatest super villain of the time, Scarlet Overkill, who herself was attempting to steal it for her own nefarious purposes (and he did so with the help of the freeze ray he and his mother had purchased earlier from Dr. Nefario at Villain-Con). In later years, he set his sites gradually higher: Las Vegas, for example, where he managed to steal the miniature versions of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. In time, he moved onto bigger targets, and this brought him more noteworthy successes--such as the Times Square Jumbotron! Gru also loves all of the high-tech vehicles, gadgets and weapons which he uses in his trade, most of which have been either provided and/or invented by Dr. Nefario.
Above: Eight-year-old Gru, in an audacious and daring move, swipes the British royal crown from the clutches of super villain Scarlet Overkill, after some very creative use of Dr. Nefario's freeze ray. Thus he began a very successful career as a super villain in his own right.
But just as in other facets of life, young up-and-coming go-getters will rock the boat...and one day one particular fellow really rocked Gru's boat. The super-smart, but rather nerdy young supervillain calling himself "Vector" stole the Great Pyramid of Giza, which made all other villainous acts pale by comparison. Not to be deterred, Gru revived an old plot of his which would cast the pyramid theft under it's shadow forever...to steal the moon! With his faithful and inventive assistant Dr. Nefario, and his army of little yellow minions, he set his plan in motion...
...just as three little girls came knocking on his door, looking to sell him some cookies. And those three little girls (Margo, Edith and Agnes) changed his life forever...stirring in him some latent goodness. Gru, you see, was never truly evil, even if he was rather despicable. The girls brought out the good in him, and it wasn't long before Gru was not only adopting them as their new father, but falling in love with a lady spy whom the girls saw to it that he'd happily marry.
Voice actor : Steve Carell
Lucy Wilde is a junior agent with the Anti-Villain League (or "AVL"), an organization "devoted to fighting crime on a global scale". She has been tasked by her boss, AVL Director Silas Ramsbottom, to make contact with Gru and recruit him into the AVL for a special mission: to recover the stolen PX-41 serum, a very dangerous mutagenic compound. In their initial meeting, Lucy gets the drop on Gru very quickly with her lipstick taser, which she later admits to having thoroughly enjoyed. She then abducts him in her special car (which doubles not only as a miniature submarine, but also as a jet plane with just the press of a button or two!) to take Gru back to the AVL's mobile submarine headquarters.
However, in spite of initial abrasive difficulties (brought on by Gru's dislike of working with others who are his equal, and able to get the drop on him), a romantic relationship soon develops between Lucy and Gru, leading eventually to marriage after he nearly loses her during the course of their adventures together. Gru saves Lucy's life after El Macho tries to repeat the same epic ending he faked for himself years before, by tying Lucy to a live shark strapped with dynamite, and then to a large rocket, aimed at an active volcano.
In spite of her junior agent status, Lucy shows herself to be every bit of Gru's and even El Macho's equal...she's resourceful, she's clever, and she's brave. And she has a great sense of humor, remaining almost flippantly upbeat even under terrible pressure!
Voice actor : Kristen Wiig
Margo is the oldest of three little girls, sisters in fact, who have lived for most of their lives in Miss Hattie's dismal orphanage, forced to sell cookies for her...and without seeing any benefit from the profits. Margo is a very smart and sophisticated young lady, and takes it upon herself to protect her younger sisters and be their leader. She's also quite outspoken, and not afraid to take a stand when she feels it necessary.
Voice actor : Miranda Cosgrove
Edith is the classic middle child...rebellious, mischievous and moody. She is fond of disobeying and arguing with her older sister Margo, and teasing her younger sister Agnes. Like Margo and Agnes, she has spent most of her life in Miss Hattie's depressing orphanage.
Edith is also something of a tomboy, preferring to stomp her way through rain puddles and imagine herself more as a fearsome ninja than a graceful princess or ballerina (even though she and her sisters regularly attend dance classes and recitals). And yet, when the time comes to really train as a little ninja, after being adopted by Gru, she proves quite adept at it. Edith loves getting into things, regardless of the probable consequences...and then blaming others when things go wrong. She also loves wearing her favorite knit chulo cap (with its long tassels), and a matching sweater.
Voice actor : Dana Gaier
Agnes is the youngest and sweetest of three sisters who have spent most of their lives at Miss Hattie's miserable orphanage. Agnes has an endearing innocence, and an overpowering love of unicorns. She often finds herself the target of teasing by her older sister Edith, while she is also closely protected by her oldest sister Margo. However, she can be a tough and brave little girl when the situation calls for it, and she has a scream that can stop a monster dead in its tracks!
Voice actor : Elsie Fisher
Gru's mom* is a gruff and abrasive woman...tough as nails and old-world in her mannerisms and style. She raised Gru pretty much on her own. But don't be fooled...nurturing was neither her strong suit nor her preference. Every time young Gru would attempt to gain his mother's approval or affirmation, she would shoot him down with some snide or disdainful remark. She's not a very nice lady, or a very good mother, except when she's comparing others to herself. But she loves Margo, Edith and Agnes very much, and that's something in her favor.
(* On the imdb.com page for Dispicable Me, in the trivia section, it says "in the Gru family tree, you can see Gru's mother's name is Marlina, and his father's name is Robert." Of course, other than seeing Robert and other ancestors in Gru's family tree, we never actually get to see any members of his family, during the movie, except his mother.)
Gru and his mother clearly are not native to the United States (where they live), and their broken English accent would seem to indicate that they originated from somewhere in central to southeastern Europe.
Of course, she's also an accomplished martial artist...
Voice actor : Julie Andrews
Silas Ramsbottom is the director of the Anti-Villain League (or "AVL"), an agency "devoted to fighting crime on a global scale". Silas orders junior AVL agent Lucy Wilde to recruit Gru to help find out which supervillain stole the very dangerous mutagenic PX-41 serum, and assist in his capture and the serum's safe return.
Silas is a bit of a stuffed shirt, however (and somewhat overweight as well)...a classy British gentleman who has little patience or tolerance for active or former supervillains (including Gru), and who will stop at nothing to see the AVL bring its every mission to a successful conclusion, regardless of the cost or consequences. Even regardless of how accurate and reliable their methods happen to be. And typical of a British gentleman, he prefers tweed suits and afternoon tea, even having his own butler to attend to his needs.
However, like all super spies, and in spite of his obvious physical limitation, Silas is not to be underestimated, and likely has a wealth of discreet weapons at his immediate disposal.
Voice actor : Steve Coogan