First seen in Despicable Me, what, aside from binocular vision, eye count, and goggle style, are the differences between 1 eyed and 2 eyed minions? Minions Image courtesy of http://ihdwallpapers.com/

  • Why would you expect there to be other differences?
    – OrangeDog
    Jul 25, 2015 at 15:25

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There is no official information on it, but I do have a theory: identification

As per the Despicable Me Wikia page on Minions (emphasis mine):

Minions are a similar size and shape, but have unique features to tell them apart, such as height, number of eyes, roundness or secondary features such as hair, eye/pupil size or clothing.

From this, it seems that there is no difference between single-eye and two-eye minions. The number of eyes is simply one of the varying features of the minions used to differentiate them, you know, so you can tell if it's Steve:


or Dave


who, to me at least, seem identical in all other respects!

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    Why the downvote? I cite sources to back up my argument. If somebody can find evidence that disproves what I have said, please present it. Otherwise your downvote is unfounded! Jul 25, 2015 at 6:43
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    The down vote isn't mine, but are you seriously using a wikia site as a source?
    – SQB
    Jul 25, 2015 at 6:54
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    @SQB Considering it is a wikia devoted to the franchise, and other wikia's are classified as completely reputable sources, amongst other Memory Alpha and Wookieepedia, yes I am seriously using a wikia as a credible source Jul 25, 2015 at 6:56
  • @TheDoc, in all fairness, see this. You really shouldn't rely on wikia for unverifiable facts. That notwithstanding, your claim (it seems that there is not difference...) doesn't follow from the quote anyhow. Oct 30, 2015 at 3:20
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    @ThePopMachine At the time I made the above comment, MA was considered to be a great source and the Meta post you've linked to didn't exist. Nevertheless, I don't see how you can say my argument doesn't follow from the quote. As part of the means of distinguishing individual minions, the number of eyes is a trait used to differentiate them. Even if the quote is unsupported, it's quite a reasonable argument when you consider it; how else do you think characters can determine which minion they are talking to? Oct 30, 2015 at 3:23

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