In Despicable Me, Gru has an army of minions who do everything from looking after the girls to assist him in his attempts to become a super villain.

But what are they? Are they aliens? Are they modeled on some sort of creatures?

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    TWINKIES! TWINKIES OF DOOM! – Tablemaker Jun 21 '13 at 14:48
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    Kind of a silly question... They're fictional, what kind of answer could you possibly expect? Nonetheless, great answer by Ankit though. – paddotk Jun 24 '13 at 17:40
  • @poepje Superman is fictional but we know what species he is! – Liath Jun 25 '13 at 8:36
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    @poepje well that's kind of the question isn't it? As Ankit said - they're not named. That doesn't mean that it's a silly question, it just means that there isn't an answer (yet)! – Liath Jun 26 '13 at 13:14
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It may be explored in Minions (film) which would act as a prequel or spin off to the Despicable Me franchise coming in 2014. The movie description in Wikipedia it states -

Minions are yellow henchmen who have existed since the beginning of time, serving history's most ambitious villains.

But for now they are just servants/followers etc etc. If they are alien, humanoid, or some different species any guess is still just speculation.

Update: As per then Minions (film)

Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who exist only to serve history's most despicable masters.

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