Who doesn’t know these lovable goofballs by now? Ever since their first appearance in Despicable Me, these yellow creatures have captured the audience with their simple mindedness and comedic mishaps. It also helps that they have a love for performing and singing popular songs in their own weirdly fascinating language.

Now that their own solo movie Minions is out in Singapore cinemas, we give you 10 surprising facts that you might not know about these lovable yellow pill-shaped lifeforms.

Fact #1: All of the Minions have male names

Minions make the happiest, cross-dressing slaves. Credit: Universal Pictures

Minions make the happiest, cross-dressing slaves. Credit: Universal Pictures

Despite the fact that some of the minions love to dress like a girl, they are all in fact males. They just love cross-dressing, just as much as they love singing.

Fact #2: Minions can breathe and live even in outer space

Minion unperturbed by the lack of oxygen. Think this one is a Bob. Credit: www.pinterest.com

Minion unperturbed by the lack of oxygen. Think this one is a Stuart? Credit: www.pinterest.com

Minions almost seem almost invulnerable in the movies. They get squashed, shrunk, dropped and they still come out unscathed. One minion even survived in outer space after getting doused with an anti-gravity serum that made him float into space!

Fact #3: Purple Minions are evil because it exactly opposes the Minions in spectrum color

Evil minions are easy to spot. Credit: uncyclopedia.wikia.com

Evil minions are easy to spot. Credit: uncyclopedia.wikia.com

Just like in the movie Gremlins, it turns out that these Minions have a bad side too. They turn into these vile purple creatures that will eat anything when exposed to a special serum that makes them evil.

Fact #4: Minions are now the official mascot of Illumination Entertainment

After the success that the Despicable Me movies have brought to their company, this animation film production company has adopted the Minions as their official mascot. Isn’t that lovely?

Fact #5: Banana is the favorite fruit of the Minions, second are apple and papaya

Fight to the death over a banana. Credit: www.pinterest.com

Fight to the death over a banana. Credit: www.pinterest.com

Banana. Banana. The minions love saying that. They love banana so much that it’s the only word they can pronounce correctly. They even made a song about it!

Fact #6: Singapore audiences get to watch Minions almost one month ahead of the United States, where the movie will only be released on July 10, 2015!

The Minions movie poster Photo credit: www.gv.com.sg

The Minions movie poster
Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Fact #7: Minions don’t like to leave unanswered

If they ask you something, then you had better answer them or else they’ll just stand there all day waiting for you.

Fact #8: Minions only have 3 fingers

Count them - one, two three. Credit: www.fandango.com

Count them – one, two three. Credit: www.fandango.com

We have no idea why that is, but they only have 3 fingers. Even so, they’re still able to help Gru with building whatever contraptions he plans to make. It would be a problem though if they count to ten with their fingers, because then you’ll come short of four.

Fact #9: The population of Minions is 899 according to Pierre Coffin

Pierre Coffin can be considered an authority on the minions, yes. Credit: anim.fourmirouge.org

Pierre Coffin can be considered an authority on the minions, yes. Credit: anim.fourmirouge.org

Imagine having a family of 899 people that are all males. That must be unbearable. Luckily the Minions don’t seem to care about their numbers as they all seem to have fun in each other’s company. By the way, Pierre-Louis Padang Coffin is the French animator and director who co-directed (with Chris Renaud) the films of the Despicable Me franchise. He is also the voice of the minions.

Fact #10: There are 7 known Minion’s names – Dave, Stuart, Kevin, Jerry, Tim, Mark and Phil (Edit: There should be 9 known Minion’s names, including Bob and Norbert)

Throw a stone at this bunch and you are likely to hit a Stuart, Kevin, Mark or Bob. Credit: www.wallpaperseries.com

Throw a stone at this bunch and you are likely to hit a Stuart, Kevin, Mark, Dave, Jerry, Tim, Phil or Bob. Credit: www.wallpaperseries.com

With a population of 899, it must be hard giving names to all of them. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are minions named Dave Jr. or Dave the Third. That’s just my own theory though. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading these facts about the Minions. From the looks of the trailers, we’ll be getting a bit of backstory on how the Minions lived before they were discovered by Gru. The premise sounds fun, and we’re all excited to see how it goes. With all the action-packed blockbusters dominating the screen, we all need a bit of fun for young and old audiences alike.

This article was contributed by Cyrel P. Nicolas, a writer, information wanderer, movie addict and internet marketing specialist for almost 5 years now at CollabUX Web Solutions Co. Currently, he is the marketing director of LightsOnLocation – a premier directory of filming locations.