As a recent animated movie, Despicable Me gripped the hearts of youngsters across the world. The movie's lovable, and some not so lovable, characters touched all of us who watched the movie. Despicable Me did fantastically in the box office, which in turn, built the Despicable Me franchise. Since 2010, there have been various Despicable Me themed books, video games, and home media released. This family-friendly and surprisingly thoughtful film takes the viewer into the home of the supervillain, Gru. If you’re looking to name your pet with a Despicable Me inspired name, you’ve come to the right place!
Despicable Me Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
It would be remiss if we started this section without naming a dog that was named after Gru, the famous supervillain of the movie, Despicable Me. This namesake is from the Santa Rose and Camblor based nonprofit, Compassion Without Borders. This nonprofit rescues dogs from California’s Central Valley’s impoverished rural areas as well as from Mexico. Gru is an amiable and large dog that sadly had one of his ears torn off. He was used as a bait fighting dog. Compassion Without Borders also offers their low-income dog owners affordable or free spay-neuter and wellness services.
The next dog in the spotlight is Vector. Vector, a rescue dog from Puerto Rico, and his owner were rescued by one another. His owner, Christopher Dale, was a suffering from alcoholism, anxiety, and depression when he found Victor. Victor, similarly to his owner, was not doing well. He had a deep and a permanent scar in his snout, an inch long tear in his right ear, and his tail had been lopped off non-surgically. Though the cause was unknown, his owner assumed that he had either been bitten by another stray or run over by an ATV. Now, Christopher and Victor are helping each other grow and heal. In the movie, Victor is a fellow villain to Gru.
On the smaller breed side, Margo is a seven pound Chihuahua. Margo is owned by Claire and Michael Lerston who live in Liverpool, England. They also have another dog named Hugo who is a Saint Bernard and stands at about 3 feet 2 inches. This lovely canine duo shows the beauty that comes in all sizes. The next spotlight goes to Skeeball and Tilt-A-Wheel. Though not named directly after a character in the movie, these two are named after carnival rides, which can be tied in with Carnival Baker, the minor antagonist in Despicable Me. Skeeball and Tilt-A-Wheel will be taking part in the Iditarod with Anja Radano from Talkeetna, Alaska.
Though the next spotlight doesn’t go to a dog that’s actually named after a character or inspired by Despicable Me, they do favor Minions. Sammy, a Yorkie owned by Jaz and Ivan Tamayo from Highland Park, Chicago dressed up as a Minion at the Spooky Pooch Parade in October 2017. Ivan is a big fan of the Despicable Me movie, especially the Minions. When Jaz saw the Minion costume, she had to get it. According to his owners, Sammy’s personality is just like the Minions, with the right hint of goofiness.
Despicable Me Inspired Dog Name Considerations
When Despicable Me comes to mind, you mainly think of the Gru, the supervillain, or his adopted daughters, Margo, Edith, and Agnes. These characters all have such different personalities, ranging from a villain to a girl obsessed with unicorns. Gru has a mean supervillain personality that grows as the movie progresses. Margo, the oldest of the three adopted daughters, is known for her wittiness. Edith, the middle sister, is known for her rebellious attitude. Agnes, the youngest sister, is remembered for her apparent obsession with all things unicorn.
If your dog is courageous and strong, a moniker from the franchise would be just the fit. A canine with a heart of gold will suit the name as well. Our considerations for the type of breed that would wear a Despicable Me inspired name well range from the Great Dane to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Great Danes are known for their overwhelmingly large size, but even with that height, they are also one of the breeds known as gentle giants. Other breeds that have a similar sort of personality to the Great Dane and the American Pit Bull Terrier are the Bernese Mountain Dog, Bullmastiff, Newfoundland, Greyhound, English Mastiff, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Saint Bernard, Leonberger, Great Pyrenees, and the Irish Wolfhound. These breeds all look tough on the outside but are surprisingly gentle. Take these wonderful traits and match them with your favorite Despicable Me character.