Rise Of The Minions: The Most Iconic Characters Of The Century?

On 8th May, Eminem made a rare appearance on Twitter to share a picture, celebrating his entry into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

That would be a pretty normal thing to do, were it not for the fact that the aforementioned image featured a drawing of Eminem flanked by dozens of little yellow critters with their arms crossed.

And the caption provided by one of the most famous and controversial rappers ever? “Minions got my back. Shout out to Gru and them…” Perhaps he should’ve gone for “would the real Min Shady please stand up?”

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But Eminem is in good company. The Minions are arguably the most recognisable movie characters of the 21st century.

Sure, kids all over the world are fans of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange, but ask their parents to tell the myriad of spandex-clad heroes apart and they likely won’t have a clue.

Conversely, if you show anybody between the ages of eight and 80 a picture of a banana-coloured thing with bulging eyes and denim dungarees, they’ll be able to tell you they’re looking at a Minion. That’s the measure of a truly iconic character design.

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Ahead of the release of their sequel movie Minions: The Rise Of Gru, in the recent edition of our free digital magazine The Lowdown we analyse why the Minions have unexpectedly continued to endure.

Read the full feature here.

Minions: The Rise Of Gru releases in UK cinemas on 1st July.

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Tom Beasley

Tom Beasley

Contributing Writer

Tom is a freelance film and entertainment journalist. He loves horror movies, musicals and pro-wrestling... but not usually at the same time.