From the description of Minions:

Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who exist only to serve history's most despicable masters.

Yet, by the end of Despicable Me, Gru has left his villainous, despicable ways behind and even becomes a hero for the AVL in Despicable Me 2 and 3.

However, the Minions never show anything but unwavering loyalty for Gru and never seek out another master after Gru becomes a good guy.

Why do the Minions remain loyal to Gru after is no longer despicable?

The simplest explanation might be that Gru treated them better than their other masters, nor did they ever accidently kill Gru. Is that supported by any supplementary materials or is there a better explanation?

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    "unwavering loyalty for Gru" - There you go
    – Valorum
    Mar 23, 2022 at 16:22
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    There's action and fun, I think that's all they ever really needed to be honest.
    – Mintvbz
    Mar 23, 2022 at 17:30
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    Scariest movie franchise evar. I mean... GIANT. ANIMATED. TWINKIES. Mar 23, 2022 at 17:47
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    Although their origin was retconned, the minions were originally conceived as genetically modified corn that Gru had (presumably) created.
    – Buzz
    Mar 23, 2022 at 18:38
  • This strikes me as a false premise. Minions seem to be attracted to who has power not who is despicable - though those may be highly correlated. Mar 24, 2022 at 4:14

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Per the Despicable Me 2: The Official Minion Manual, the Minions love Gru not because he's a villain, but because he's nice to them and treats them with care and respect, in turn engendering their undying loyalty.

The Minions are Gru’s henchmen. They do whatever Gru needs them to do. Gru is their hero. When Gru is happy, the Minions are happy. When Gru is sad, the Minions are sad. Gru used to be a super villain, but now he’s a dad. That means the Minions used to make explosives, but now they make jelly. They used to help steal famous landmarks. Now they babysit.

Q. Whom do the Minions respect above everyone else?
A. Gru

  • Perfect. Nice find.
    – Tronman
    Mar 24, 2022 at 14:17

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