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
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  1. Luna lovewolf

    Luna lovewolf5 hours ago

    Haha his first name is Felonius?!😂

  2. Ruix

    Ruix6 hours ago

    New information : met has a child

  3. Evelyn Robinson

    Evelyn Robinson13 hours ago

    Make a fairy about Adventure Time

  4. Fire Fly YT gacha

    Fire Fly YT gacha16 hours ago

    Wait... YOU HAVE A SON?!!!

  5. ♡︎︎Jo̸nes♡︎

    ♡︎︎Jo̸nes♡︎17 hours ago

    Um I hope y’all know that minions means like a servants or something like that and not just some made up word that they made lol

  6. BraveCow

    BraveCow20 hours ago

    min ion

  7. Lee Grant

    Lee Grant22 hours ago

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

  8. The Roblox Wizard

    The Roblox Wizard23 hours ago

    he is now stolen for mrBeast hahaha

  9. Dylan Santos

    Dylan SantosDay ago

    Oliver is way too cute

  10. Pumpkin

    PumpkinDay ago

    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

  11. Airshiphead

    AirshipheadDay ago

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

  12. X'zavier Obispo

    X'zavier ObispoDay ago

    Do a theory on the Rabbids in Rabbids Invasion

  13. Madlyn Latrina

    Madlyn LatrinaDay ago

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  14. Mosept Yagami

    Mosept YagamiDay ago

    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

  15. Smocza YT

    Smocza YT2 days ago

    your son is sooo adorable

  16. Dream Track

    Dream Track2 days ago

    Matpat should receive an oscar for editing

  17. Stray Deer

    Stray Deer2 days ago

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

  18. Anya Mishra

    Anya Mishra2 days ago

    Can you do a owl house theory

  19. PixelatedToast

    PixelatedToast2 days ago

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

  20. Arwin the robloxian

    Arwin the robloxian2 days ago

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

  21. Musical Matt

    Musical Matt2 days ago

    Why do the minions sound like Morph?

  22. TheMultiVerse

    TheMultiVerse2 days ago

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

  23. SugarVampie

    SugarVampie2 days ago

    I honestly thought they reproduced asexually like ameobas.

  24. Casey Simek

    Casey Simek2 days ago

    there minions of minions

  25. Evolving Trident (bob)

    Evolving Trident (bob)2 days ago

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

  26. Iduna

    Iduna2 days ago

    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?🤔

  27. Iduna

    Iduna2 days ago

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

  28. Keely

    Keely2 days ago

    @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.

  29. Iduna

    Iduna2 days ago

    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

  30. Iduna

    Iduna2 days ago

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

  31. Iduna

    Iduna2 days ago

    @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

  32. sammy santos

    sammy santos2 days ago

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

  33. Eric Garr

    Eric Garr2 days ago

    That joke is dumb

  34. Mary Breitenbach

    Mary Breitenbach3 days ago

    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.

  35. Anthro

    Anthro3 days ago

    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

  36. Brian Is Me

    Brian Is Me3 days ago

    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.

  37. Spyglazz

    Spyglazz3 days ago

    I hate film theory he just makes kids film a nightmare

  38. Terror BillyWilly

    Terror BillyWilly3 days ago

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

  39. Kevin Mayer

    Kevin Mayer3 days ago

    Ware did Bob go the wun with the tety bare

  40. Fitri Aryani

    Fitri Aryani3 days ago

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

  41. nancy Hernandez

    nancy Hernandez3 days ago

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

  42. Nicholas Gambino

    Nicholas Gambino4 days ago

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

  43. Crybaby Circusbaby

    Crybaby Circusbaby4 days ago

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

  44. James Park

    James Park4 days ago

    have you heard of the SCB

  45. Rutwe1

    Rutwe14 days ago


  46. CANDO WE

    CANDO WE4 days ago

    4:50 isn’t it the napoleonic wars

  47. Kamran Hollie

    Kamran Hollie4 days ago

    you have a son

  48. Tornado of souls

    Tornado of souls4 days ago

    Minions are more human than human.

  49. Brandon Tyner

    Brandon Tyner4 days ago

    What about the ride at universal studios

  50. Ming Fan Zhang

    Ming Fan Zhang5 days ago


  51. Dan C

    Dan C5 days ago

    aww cute little boy

  52. Kevin Luo

    Kevin Luo5 days ago

    yellow sus

  53. Kevin Luo

    Kevin Luo5 days ago


  54. I am nightmare

    I am nightmare5 days ago

    Bro matpat's kid will be the smartes kid

  55. Poop Flinger

    Poop Flinger5 days ago

    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

  56. melame lime

    melame lime5 days ago

    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.

  57. Mr. Indiffrent

    Mr. Indiffrent5 days ago

    What happened to norbert

  58. Haley rose W

    Haley rose W5 days ago

    Of course they are really minios, they are demons

  59. -Frogchamp-

    -Frogchamp-5 days ago

    Minions are gods

  60. Soloman Posada

    Soloman Posada5 days ago

    ok off topic but ur child is so adorable

  61. The A&A Sisters

    The A&A Sisters5 days ago

    Banana anyone?🍌

  62. Munesu Chifeya

    Munesu Chifeya5 days ago

    This just ruined my childhood

  63. Vanessa Cullen

    Vanessa Cullen6 days ago

    At the start you forgot bobs different eyes

  64. Vanessa Cullen

    Vanessa Cullen6 days ago

    You are not rong

  65. Vanessa Cullen

    Vanessa Cullen6 days ago

    You are right

  66. ام عبدالمحسن

    ام عبدالمحسن6 days ago


  67. Ashlie Lutz

    Ashlie Lutz6 days ago

    1270 are facke

  68. Flex Salazar-Ramirez

    Flex Salazar-Ramirez6 days ago

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

  69. Micro 735

    Micro 7356 days ago

    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

  70. uscatia the fox

    uscatia the fox6 days ago

    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

  71. Sp Y

    Sp Y6 days ago

    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

  72. Seth Snider

    Seth Snider6 days ago

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

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    Janis Paula7 days ago

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  75. KittyCake Gaming

    KittyCake Gaming7 days ago


  76. Jarod Hunt

    Jarod Hunt7 days ago

    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.

  77. John Porteous

    John Porteous7 days ago

    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)

  78. Loretta Richards

    Loretta Richards7 days ago

    Nobody: Tall One eyed Minions:

  79. Ivyxiv

    Ivyxiv7 days ago

    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

  80. Ivyxiv

    Ivyxiv7 days ago

    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

  81. Deb Pernaski

    Deb Pernaski7 days ago

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

  82. Alivia Skinner

    Alivia Skinner8 days ago

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

  83. Nate Josiah Lara Delgra

    Nate Josiah Lara Delgra8 days ago

    he said minions 3 times in the title lol

  84. Mr fun

    Mr fun8 days ago

    What if Jimmy saw this?

  85. Larry Arnold

    Larry Arnold8 days ago

    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

  86. Brandon Foley

    Brandon Foley8 days ago

    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.

  87. Lady Opal Eye

    Lady Opal Eye8 days ago

    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.

  88. HyrannoCraft

    HyrannoCraft8 days ago

    The minions are Something that should be destroyed

  89. Valen Morado

    Valen Morado9 days ago


  90. John “You're Cool” Smith

    John “You're Cool” Smith9 days ago

    "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.


    DEDE UNLEASHED9 days ago

    Matpat: i got you some minons

  92. Eli Thooft

    Eli Thooft9 days ago

    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

  93. luna

    luna9 days ago

    There is a Theron that mimions were created by nazis

  94. Caden Martin

    Caden Martin9 days ago

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

  95. german mowery

    german mowery9 days ago

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  96. World eater

    World eater10 days ago


  97. anoymouss duckling

    anoymouss duckling10 days ago

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

  98. ItzKahrfhdghy

    ItzKahrfhdghy10 days ago

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

  99. Cryocynical

    Cryocynical10 days ago

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

  100. Adrienne crider

    Adrienne crider10 days ago

    1:34 spoken like a true parent

  101. Christina Heit

    Christina Heit10 days ago

    the minon gettng crushed in the bigging made me smile

  102. Luis Gustavo Ferreira

    Luis Gustavo Ferreira10 days ago

    Minions are tardigrades.

  103. Marvel_Playz YT

    Marvel_Playz YT10 days ago

    Or there were more somewhere else

  104. Mark “Slick” Ferrel

    Mark “Slick” Ferrel11 days ago

    Minonizer? I prefer The Minion-anator

  105. Yurrr Goat

    Yurrr Goat11 days ago

    The amount of unnecessary information that is in my brain

  106. Liam playz

    Liam playz11 days ago

    Boooo man

  107. Evan Alex

    Evan Alex11 days ago

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

  108. Lije 4life

    Lije 4life11 days ago

    Even in universal they have signs saying become a minion

  109. Ibeto Destiny

    Ibeto Destiny11 days ago

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