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
Sound Editor: Yosi Berman


  1. Lee Grant
    Lee Grant

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

  2. The Roblox Wizard
    The Roblox Wizard
    2 órája

    he is now stolen for mrBeast hahaha

  3. Dylan Santos
    Dylan Santos
    10 órája

    Oliver is way too cute

  4. Pumpkin
    14 órája

    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

  5. Airshiphead
    21 órája

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

  6. X'zavier Obispo
    X'zavier Obispo
    21 órája

    Do a theory on the Rabbids in Rabbids Invasion

  7. Madlyn Latrina
    Madlyn Latrina
    23 órája

    The gifted insect preliminarily complain because craftsman micrencephaly rinse after a volatile growth. evanescent, sulky relish

  8. Mosept Yagami
    Mosept Yagami
    23 órája

    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

  9. Smocza YT
    Smocza YT

    your son is sooo adorable

  10. Dream Track
    Dream Track

    Matpat should receive an oscar for editing

  11. Stray Deer
    Stray Deer

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

  12. Anya Mishra
    Anya Mishra

    Can you do a owl house theory

  13. PixelatedToast

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

  14. Arwin the robloxian
    Arwin the robloxian

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

  15. Musical Matt
    Musical Matt

    Why do the minions sound like Morph?

  16. TheMultiVerse

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

  17. SugarVampie

    I honestly thought they reproduced asexually like ameobas.

  18. Casey Simek
    Casey Simek

    there minions of minions

  19. Evolving Trident (bob)
    Evolving Trident (bob)

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

  20. Iduna

    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?🤔

    1. Iduna

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

    2. Keely

      @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.

    3. Iduna

      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

    4. Iduna

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

    5. Iduna

      @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

  21. sammy santos
    sammy santos
    2 napja

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

  22. Eric Garr
    Eric Garr
    2 napja

    That joke is dumb

  23. Mary Breitenbach
    Mary Breitenbach
    2 napja

    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.

  24. Anthro
    2 napja

    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

  25. Brian Is Me
    Brian Is Me
    2 napja

    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.

  26. Spyglazz
    2 napja

    I hate film theory he just makes kids film a nightmare

  27. Terror BillyWilly
    Terror BillyWilly
    2 napja

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

  28. Kevin Mayer
    Kevin Mayer
    3 napja

    Ware did Bob go the wun with the tety bare

  29. Fitri Aryani
    Fitri Aryani
    3 napja

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

  30. nancy Hernandez
    nancy Hernandez
    3 napja

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

  31. Nicholas Gambino
    Nicholas Gambino
    3 napja

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

  32. Crybaby Circusbaby
    Crybaby Circusbaby
    3 napja

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

  33. James Park
    James Park
    3 napja

    have you heard of the SCB

  34. Rutwe1
    3 napja


  35. CANDO WE
    3 napja

    4:50 isn’t it the napoleonic wars

  36. Kamran Hollie
    Kamran Hollie
    4 napja

    you have a son

  37. Tornado of souls
    Tornado of souls
    4 napja

    Minions are more human than human.

  38. Brandon Tyner
    Brandon Tyner
    4 napja

    What about the ride at universal studios

  39. Ming Fan Zhang
    Ming Fan Zhang
    4 napja


  40. Dan C
    Dan C
    4 napja

    aww cute little boy

  41. Kevin Luo
    Kevin Luo
    4 napja

    yellow sus

    1. Kevin Luo
      Kevin Luo
      4 napja


  42. I am nightmare
    I am nightmare
    4 napja

    Bro matpat's kid will be the smartes kid

  43. Poop Flinger
    Poop Flinger
    4 napja

    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

  44. melame lime
    melame lime
    4 napja

    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.

  45. Mr. Indiffrent
    Mr. Indiffrent
    4 napja

    What happened to norbert

  46. Haley rose W
    Haley rose W
    5 napja

    Of course they are really minios, they are demons

  47. -Frogchamp-
    5 napja

    Minions are gods

  48. Soloman Posada
    Soloman Posada
    5 napja

    ok off topic but ur child is so adorable

  49. The A&A Sisters
    The A&A Sisters
    5 napja

    Banana anyone?🍌

  50. Munesu Chifeya
    Munesu Chifeya
    5 napja

    This just ruined my childhood

  51. Vanessa Cullen
    Vanessa Cullen
    5 napja

    At the start you forgot bobs different eyes

    1. Vanessa Cullen
      Vanessa Cullen
      5 napja

      You are not rong

    2. Vanessa Cullen
      Vanessa Cullen
      5 napja

      You are right

  52. ام عبدالمحسن
    ام عبدالمحسن
    5 napja


  53. Ashlie Lutz
    Ashlie Lutz
    5 napja

    1270 are facke

  54. Flex Salazar-Ramirez
    Flex Salazar-Ramirez
    5 napja

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

  55. Micro 735
    Micro 735
    5 napja

    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

  56. uscatia the fox
    uscatia the fox
    5 napja

    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

  57. Sp Y
    Sp Y
    5 napja

    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

  58. Seth Snider
    Seth Snider
    6 napja

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

  59. Janis Paula
    Janis Paula
    6 napja

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  60. gdxfeq wesaq
    gdxfeq wesaq
    6 napja

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  61. KittyCake Gaming
    KittyCake Gaming
    6 napja


  62. Jarod Hunt
    Jarod Hunt
    6 napja

    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.

  63. John Porteous
    John Porteous
    6 napja

    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)

  64. Loretta Richards
    Loretta Richards
    6 napja

    Nobody: Tall One eyed Minions:

  65. Ivyxiv
    7 napja

    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

    1. Ivyxiv
      7 napja

      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

  66. Deb Pernaski
    Deb Pernaski
    7 napja

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

  67. Alivia Skinner
    Alivia Skinner
    7 napja

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

  68. Nate Josiah Lara Delgra
    Nate Josiah Lara Delgra
    7 napja

    he said minions 3 times in the title lol

  69. Mr fun
    Mr fun
    7 napja

    What if Jimmy saw this?

  70. Larry Arnold
    Larry Arnold
    7 napja

    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

  71. Brandon Foley
    Brandon Foley
    7 napja

    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.

  72. Lady Opal Eye
    Lady Opal Eye
    7 napja

    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.

  73. HyrannoCraft
    8 napja

    The minions are Something that should be destroyed

  74. Valen Morado
    Valen Morado
    8 napja


  75. John “You're Cool” Smith
    John “You're Cool” Smith
    8 napja

    "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.

    8 napja

    Matpat: i got you some minons

  77. Eli Thooft
    Eli Thooft
    8 napja

    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

  78. luna
    8 napja

    There is a Theron that mimions were created by nazis

  79. Caden Martin
    Caden Martin
    8 napja

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

  80. german mowery
    german mowery
    9 napja

    The flowery cupboard routinely guide because flax chronically fear vice a economic salmon. acidic, tedious tile

  81. World eater
    World eater
    9 napja


  82. anoymouss duckling
    anoymouss duckling
    9 napja

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

  83. ItzKahrfhdghy
    9 napja

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

  84. Cryocynical
    9 napja

    ngl I was expecting him to say something like minions are kids infused with bananas, would defiantly make things more interesting

  85. Adrienne crider
    Adrienne crider
    9 napja

    1:34 spoken like a true parent

  86. Christina Heit
    Christina Heit
    9 napja

    the minon gettng crushed in the bigging made me smile

  87. Luis Gustavo Ferreira
    Luis Gustavo Ferreira
    9 napja

    Minions are tardigrades.

  88. Marvel_Playz YT
    Marvel_Playz YT
    10 napja

    Or there were more somewhere else

  89. Mark “Slick” Ferrel
    Mark “Slick” Ferrel
    10 napja

    Minonizer? I prefer The Minion-anator

  90. Yurrr Goat
    Yurrr Goat
    10 napja

    The amount of unnecessary information that is in my brain

  91. Liam playz
    Liam playz
    10 napja

    Boooo man

  92. Evan Alex
    Evan Alex
    10 napja

    What's next, Grubhub is related to Jimmy Neutron?

  93. Lije 4life
    Lije 4life
    10 napja

    Even in universal they have signs saying become a minion

  94. Ibeto Destiny
    Ibeto Destiny
    10 napja

    Ya know if you think about it. It is kinda obvious like Gru would do that to get more idiots to command.

  95. Schelet Minecraft
    Schelet Minecraft
    10 napja

    Your son is beautifull!!!

  96. MrFancyPanCook
    10 napja

    I find it nice that gru favors the original 230

  97. Aiden Quinn
    Aiden Quinn
    10 napja

    You call Oli ‘bean’ 🥺 that’s so cute

    11 napja

    as you are as a so good at tils soooooooooooooo goooooodd

  99. TheMilkyNipple
    11 napja

    Since they dont die, at some point you can just launch them all into space, then who knows what theyll do

  100. Mr. hat
    Mr. hat
    11 napja

    ur son is cute ngl