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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  • A Legit 8 - Ball
    A Legit 8 - Ballדקה לפני

    Wasn't there a theory that this was based on a German experiment where they put heavy, non removable heavy helmets on kids that looked like the minions goggles? Either I'm stupid or......

  • Perianna Terran
    Perianna Terran48 דקות לפני

    Quick note: been bleh and stressed all day, but Oliver's reaction to minions made my day so much better

  • Alexa Bolen
    Alexa Bolenשעה לפני

    I’m playing a dangerous game watching this at 9:30pm

  • David Staffen
    David Staffenשעה לפני

    The animals in the secret life of pets don't speak any human language... just thought I'd note that.

  • Maria Shelnutt
    Maria Shelnuttשעה לפני

    Prediction minions are in costumes and actually are monkeys because they eat bananas

  • Vincent Tacsagon
    Vincent Tacsagon2 שעות לפני

    Achievement Unlocked: The Scroller

  • Daye04
    Daye042 שעות לפני

    MatPat. As a person who understands maths and language, I expect you to know what millennia means. It's one millennium, several millennia

  • One U-boat Boi
    One U-boat Boi2 שעות לפני

    Hold on they serve the baddest bad guys... what about WWII... did they. OH GOD. OH GOD NO.

  • ree ree
    ree ree2 שעות לפני

    wow can't believe i learned this important info thanks so much

  • Pedro Assis
    Pedro Assis3 שעות לפני


  • Among us Minecraft
    Among us Minecraft3 שעות לפני

    Poor Mr beast one like for happiness One surbecibe for new stuff and gasoline and desele

  • LasairMack999
    LasairMack9993 שעות לפני

    “The minions in minions aren’t actually minions” well, you said that in “minions” the minions haven’t been cloned yet. So the minions in minions are minions, it’s just that most minions in despicable me aren’t minions.

  • Alani _D
    Alani _D3 שעות לפני

    Whoever said Oliver isn’t cute should burn at the stake.

  • LasairMack999
    LasairMack9993 שעות לפני

    They’re just better tardigrades.

  • tumblr sexyman
    tumblr sexyman4 שעות לפני

    Gru was always my favorite villian. He's cool and a good father.

  • V
    V4 שעות לפני

    The real problem and what angered me the most is that in the first movie there are blueprints on the wall. It proves that Gru **engineered** the minions and they never evolved since the beginning of time like the movie says. It was just a cash grab and they threw out continuity and good storytelling to be able to make another movie.

  • PoopPlug
    PoopPlug4 שעות לפני

    I wana be a minion🦧

  • Jean Vega-Medina
    Jean Vega-Medina5 שעות לפני

    The Statue of Libertybin Las Vegas. MatPat is something going on in there.

  • SGT. Torouk
    SGT. Torouk5 שעות לפני

    They are suppositories.

  • VioletOpal
    VioletOpal5 שעות לפני

    10,400. Enough to make their own dominion.

  • Lucas Trumpower
    Lucas Trumpower5 שעות לפני

    Film theory can you do next gen

  • e
    e6 שעות לפני

    Who doesn't love minions?

  • Suchwowitzmads
    Suchwowitzmads6 שעות לפני

    I hated the minions. I loved the movie (1) bc I liked that he was some douche that steals girl scouts and mugs the universe of the moon. It's funny ok. Especially the Shame Box at the orphanage >:)

  • faye
    faye6 שעות לפני

    Gru is basically Dr. Doofenshmirtz, he tries to be evil but is just not very good at it, and he's a great father.

  • Purple Guy Loves Fnaf
    Purple Guy Loves Fnaf7 שעות לפני

    NONE of this is true they are minions

  • Cameron Sharkey
    Cameron Sharkey8 שעות לפני

    Mat, you said that Gru was not going to be around for ever and that the minions where inevitably going to move on to a new master. What if that wasn't the case, as you said yourself that Gru (or at least someone he knew) would have vast knowledge in genetic science to be able to duplicate/clone the original minions. what if with his knowledge he was able to tap into the genetics that was able to make minions "Immortal" and has been able to infuse himself with that ability, or has this "elixir" tucked away as a just in case, afraid to use it at this time as he hasn't been able to test his "Theory" out... Or in a dark way he has been able to test it and that some minions are indeed humans turned into minions while he experimented on them trying to create an immortality elixir

  • Austin Bowling
    Austin Bowling8 שעות לפני

    Congrats you solve world end for now...

  • Hunter Hatake
    Hunter Hatake8 שעות לפני

    So basically ... they're Minions. 🤦‍♂️

  • YOMAX 97
    YOMAX 978 שעות לפני

    Don't ruin it 😂

  • YOMAX 97
    YOMAX 978 שעות לפני

    Don't ruin it 😂

  • Bob Seinfelt
    Bob Seinfelt8 שעות לפני

    ''The adorable little tic tac creatures'' YES, ADORABLE AND SO NOT ANNOYING AND DUMB YES.

  • Young Money Child Support
    Young Money Child Support9 שעות לפני

    Since when does Mat have a child

  • oWcHi アーティスト
    oWcHi アーティスト9 שעות לפני

    My god, Ollie is adorable!

  • Haruki Kibe
    Haruki Kibe9 שעות לפני

    So 230 minions are real and 10,170 minions are fake or a clone

  • bofooit gojo
    bofooit gojo10 שעות לפני

    Can't wait for an episode about Looney Tunes. I'm sure Mat Pat could think of something to ruin the last bit of childhood I have left

  • Large Boy
    Large Boy10 שעות לפני

    matpat do you actually call your child bean

  • Fish Paul
    Fish Paul10 שעות לפני

    Caption be like: ????????

  • MattyGeneric
    MattyGeneric11 שעות לפני

    But didn't the minions found Gru when he was young?. And even they are centuries old because they have been with some bad guys before him through time...🤔. Edit: Ignore, Forget it. I caught it now. He cloned the originals👍🏻☣. 👁👅👁

  • bofooit gojo

    bofooit gojo

    10 שעות לפני

    The SCP Foundation will take care of them

  • Isac Gamer99
    Isac Gamer9911 שעות לפני

    I Will never watch the minions

  • GAM1NG D3V1L
    GAM1NG D3V1L11 שעות לפני

    I have little theory with no evidence but it makes sense in my head what if they increase their population through mitosis? Just a thought

  • Dani
    Dani11 שעות לפני

    I'm currently watching an ad but im gonna assume mat pat's gonna say that the Minions are the traped souls of dead children and Grew some how semi brought them back to life. (edit): So im kinda right wow.

  • Diana Zloteanu
    Diana Zloteanu11 שעות לפני

    minion cells reproduce on them, and evolve into future minions

  • Rian Antony
    Rian Antony11 שעות לפני

    Imagine some random evil dude does a body horror on ya and turns your brain into a peanut and now you're a meme couldn't be me

  • 1ts2EZ
    1ts2EZ12 שעות לפני

    You could’ve said “it shows them being cloned in a short film” and ended it there

  • Moore Cooking
    Moore Cooking12 שעות לפני


  • simongoldshark
    simongoldshark12 שעות לפני

    honestly great theory that might honestly be true i mean its not like illumination was going to explain it to kids but this sounds kind of intentional

  • pheonix 816
    pheonix 81613 שעות לפני

    There infected quicker then the halo flood xD toy go quicker

  • Joejoejoe Thy wilt
    Joejoejoe Thy wilt13 שעות לפני

    Minions was metaphor of race, yellow race 🐼

  • Mariam Keita
    Mariam Keita13 שעות לפני


  • Declan McKenney
    Declan McKenney14 שעות לפני

    bro when me and my brother saw the hammer part we restarted that part like 13 times

  • NotKaleLmao
    NotKaleLmao14 שעות לפני

    The intro makes me feel like im seeing how good a pokemon was actually

  • RonnieRabbitKinq
    RonnieRabbitKinq14 שעות לפני

    News flash: The aliens in Alien aren’t aliens.

  • beni
    beni14 שעות לפני

    The SCP Foundation will take care of them

  • Omar Eddaoudi
    Omar Eddaoudi14 שעות לפני

    But in the beginning of minions they were only 3

  • Rakki
    Rakki14 שעות לפני

    I personally liked the main story of the girls and the villain warming up to each other and their dynamics and only realised some people liked the filler creatures as soon as they got an own movie and more screentime

  • Sergio Leonardo Cornejo

    Sergio Leonardo Cornejo

    שעה לפני

    They do awaken something primal in me. Primal hatred.

  • Heidi Cleary
    Heidi Cleary15 שעות לפני

    I loved that show

  • Heidi Cleary
    Heidi Cleary15 שעות לפני

    You just ruined my life

  • Reyvhen Manansala
    Reyvhen Manansala15 שעות לפני

    i was born in 2012 march 7

  • Flylowjay 530

    Flylowjay 530

    3 שעות לפני


  • Flylowjay 530

    Flylowjay 530

    3 שעות לפני

    No one

  • caigo22
    caigo2215 שעות לפני

    Minions worked for the nazis :)

  • Schmittvark Von Funklewikins
    Schmittvark Von Funklewikins16 שעות לפני

    the minions are still single celled organisms that can split apart to multiply

  • Ciruttai
    Ciruttai17 שעות לפני

    what if minions are actually good and all of the evil masters that they served, from the amoeba, to dracula, every single one. they misled to their deaths on purpose, and the only reason gru doesnt die is because he has a redemption arc?

  • Shreyashi Adhikari
    Shreyashi Adhikari17 שעות לפני

    ruining my childhood

  • PorkY
    PorkY18 שעות לפני

    The beggining looks like the typical mobile game add

  • Youssif Abdelmaksoud
    Youssif Abdelmaksoud18 שעות לפני

    This theory is false as there was a scene in despicable me where gru injects a banana that turns into a minion 🍌

  • Niko Niko
    Niko Niko18 שעות לפני

    Mats son is sooo cute 🥰

  • You_guy
    You_guy18 שעות לפני

    Minions are an example of cosmic horror

  • Mr. kenney
    Mr. kenney19 שעות לפני

    How do you know the minions that the stuff happened to were not the originals

  • Takla Chamoun
    Takla Chamoun19 שעות לפני

    When I was little I watched them and I was counting how many but I didn't get to count all I get to count 5

  • Liam Morgan
    Liam Morgan19 שעות לפני

    Mmmmm, thought I accidentally clicked on a False Swipe Gaming vid for a moment there.

  • Takla Chamoun
    Takla Chamoun19 שעות לפני

    My school bag is called despicable and it has minions

  • Takla Chamoun

    Takla Chamoun

    19 שעות לפני

    Minions photo

  • Takla Chamoun
    Takla Chamoun19 שעות לפני


  • Carver
    Carver20 שעות לפני

    That intro was bad

  • Big R
    Big R20 שעות לפני

    What if they just cloned themselves

  • Song the beatz!
    Song the beatz!20 שעות לפני

    They are alien maybe?

  • if3wasanumber
    if3wasanumber20 שעות לפני

    day 25 of asking matpat to say matticuspatticus

  • Dr. xavier or stealth killer
    Dr. xavier or stealth killer20 שעות לפני

    Mat please do a theory on thomas the tank engine

  • Slime Games development
    Slime Games development20 שעות לפני

    Then why did you call them minions

  • Ichi.


    17 שעות לפני

    because they are still Grus minions

  • Super Fire 64 Gaming
    Super Fire 64 Gaming20 שעות לפני

    I did *not* watch despicable me for the minions

  • Chuthex Gaming
    Chuthex Gaming21 שעה לפני

    Your son Is so adorable take good care of him my dude, he has a good heart ❤️

  • Saud rrr
    Saud rrr21 שעה לפני

    1:57 oh noo he got brainwashed

  • Nicole Nicole
    Nicole Nicole21 שעה לפני


  • bodoti qwiu
    bodoti qwiu21 שעה לפני

    “The minions in Minions aren’t actually minions!” Thats a tongue twister if I’ve ever heard one.

  • Jonah E
    Jonah E21 שעה לפני

    im convinced minions can beat goku

  • Equinox
    Equinox21 שעה לפני

    Megamind is better...I'm saying this because of the intro

  • Toy007
    Toy00722 שעות לפני

    OR there was just more minions all over the world

  • Sarcastific
    Sarcastific22 שעות לפני

    i remember i didn't know how to pronounce the name of the movie

  • bodoti qwiu

    bodoti qwiu

    21 שעה לפני

    The truths not hiding they literally say they clone them in the short film

  • Papayasaur
    Papayasaur22 שעות לפני

    I have not finished this yet, I'm guessing its mitosis or asexual reproduction

  • Jake Xavier
    Jake Xavier22 שעות לפני

    “Minions are so dumb that they couldn’t be girls” If “girls” was replaced with “boys” then the entire franchise would be cancelled. Prob just said that so they wouldn’t be cancelled for not having girl minions. Goddamn our generation is fucked😭😭😭

  • DCdanger
    DCdanger22 שעות לפני

    By your own rules minions helped the nazis, Stalin, America in some situations and literally any other dictator or generally evil person you could think of

  • Alium 61
    Alium 6122 שעות לפני

    I always knew they were clones. I had a version of Despicable Me that came with the three shorts, including Orientation Day. Although originally, I thought all the minions were genetically fabricated.

  • Junelle Gallon
    Junelle Gallon23 שעות לפני

    1:16 High School Parties in a nutshell

  • Junelle Gallon
    Junelle Gallon23 שעות לפני

    When you see 3 words repeat itself... *Thats when you know*

  • Trevor Eklof
    Trevor Eklof23 שעות לפני

    8:40 SUS 😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨

  • Phylis Maddox
    Phylis Maddox23 שעות לפני

    Well, now we know what the minion floating formula is for.

  • Nehuen del Cerro
    Nehuen del Cerroיום לפני

    0:49 in Latin America is named "Mi villano favorito" or "My favorite villain"

  • Soduh
    Soduhיום לפני

    new channel... dad theory

  • Quinn Watt
    Quinn Wattיום לפני

    waiiiitttt a second ik uur the odd ones out i love all ur vids james ^_^

  • kitchen gun
    kitchen gunיום לפני

    i actually have some more proof for your "minions are humans theory", so i forget witch one but in one of the movies there is a scene of gru as a child at school with all of his other classmates running away from him and then in THE SAME FILM there is a scene that takes place in the present where gru is an adult and the minions get scared and run away so maybe gru used some sort of 'invention' to turn humans into minions

  • JackieWorld XOX
    JackieWorld XOXיום לפני

    Title: The Minions From Minions Aren't Actually MINIONS! me: *W* *H* *A* *T*

  • Dylan thomas
    Dylan thomasיום לפני

    The truths not hiding they literally say they clone them in the short film