Why some minions have 1 eye and others have 2

The loyal servants of the reformed supervillain Gru, Minions, have few distinguishing features and their number of one or two eyes are included. The yellow pill-shaped creatures are largely identical, especially in their childlike personalities. The minions vary slightly, however, apparently for a rather simplistic reason.

The quirky, super-villain loving anime henchmen known as Minions charmed kids and adults alike when they first appeared in Despicable Me. Instinctively drawn to the service of an evil overlord, the Minions served the dinosaurs and pharaohs on their journey through history, eventually encountering the budding young criminal Gru. Dedicated to the young miscreant, the Minions remained in his employ, also going through a redemption arc after the arrival of three young orphans in need of homes. They quickly became the undeniable stars of cinema, appearing in every film in the Despicable Me franchise, including their own origin story.


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Minions have few characteristics to help tell them apart, the most important of which is the number of eyes. Many possess two eyes under their uniform goggles, while others possess only one blinded eye. In the first prequel, the single-celled organisms the Minions would evolve from include a selection of one-eyed specimens alongside their two-eyed brethren. Narratively, the Cyclops Minion has obviously existed through time and is not the result of later design or development, but of natural biology. Practically, the variation allows for a greater breadth of storytelling, with a much wider range of distinct characters to include and differentiate. Keeping in mind that all Minions have been confirmed to be male, the ability to tell them apart becomes much more necessary. Especially since Minions have become so popular, specific characters have been centered beyond auxiliary comic relief.

How many types of minions are there?

There are a few other physical characteristics that help differentiate Gru’s loyal and unhappy helpers. There are six canonical haircuts (bald, center parting, spiky, grow, short buzz, and long buzz) and three body shapes (short and plump, tall and skinny, and medium). These combinations allow for 18 different Minion variations, so by also varying the number of eyes, twice as many potential Minions are possible. With hundreds of Minions appearing throughout the franchise, the additional possibilities provide a necessary range of physical characteristics, especially given the identical uniforms and the fact that the Minions are all voiced by one person, creator Pierre Coffin.

The Minions are the undisputed fan favorite of the beloved and ever-expanding Despicable Me franchise. Through simple physical changes, a variety of distinct characters were created despite looking and behaving almost identically. The MinionsGru and the gang will return to the cinema in 2024 with Despicable Me 4.