The Minions are small, yellow, melodious henchmen shaped like pill capsules who wear overalls and goggles and have one or two eyes. They mostly speak incomprehensible gibberish, which is partly derived from other languages, including Bahasa Indonesia, French, English, Italian, Spanish, and Hindi. Although seemingly nonsensical, the English-sounding dialogue is dubbed differently for every country, in order to make the sounds somewhat recognizable. They have the most ordinary of names, with Kevin, Stuart and Bob being the names of the lead trio in Minions, and Mel being the leader of the Minions in Despicable Me 3.
Minions, the 2015 animated feature film, shows that they have existed since the beginning of life on Earth, and want, above all else, to serve the most terrible of villains. In the 2010 short film "Banana", the Minions are revealed to have an uncontrollable craving for fruits, especially bananas.
Mentioned in the films and other media in the Despicable Me franchise are Stuart, Kevin, Bob, Mel, Dave, Jerry, Carl, Bryce Wong, Tom, Phil, Tim, Jorge, Paul, Donnie, Mark, Lance, Ken, Mike, John, Steve, Norbert, Tony, Chris, Eric, Henry, Larry, Josh, Darwin, Bryan, Charlie, Barry, Mandi, Eli, Izzy, and Peter.
Since the release of the Despicable Me films, the Minions' popularity has been rising. The Minions have been regularly featured in cross-promotions for other Comcast/NBCUniversal properties, including Universal theme parks, NBC primetime TV series, and even an Xfinity remote control.