Despicable Me – How Tall is Gru?

By: Belu Di Lorenzo

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Did you enjoy watching the super-amazing family comedy film Despicable Me and you too have a very common question that every person has in mind, that is, how tall is Gru from Despicable Me? Is he the same height as the minions? And, What is the height of Gru’s wife? Well, this article is surely going to provide you with the answers to all your existing questions. 

What is Despicable Me?

Despicable Me is an animated comedy film that was released in 2010 and ever since it has gathered immense love from people across the world. The movie was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and produced by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures. The movie unfolds in series and all of them are worth watching.

In Australia and New Zealand, Despicable Me was released on July 9, 2010, and then the film got released on July 23 in North America. Further, the movie made its way to the theaters in Singapore and Kenya on August 5 and September 24 respectively. Despicable Me was then brought to South Africa on October 1 and on November 12 in Mexico. Then further sequels such as Despicable Me 2 and Despicable 3 were released in 2013 and 2017.

Who is Gru?

In Despicable Me, the role of Gru is played by Steve Carell and he acts as a supervillain who adopts three girls from an orphanage. Gru is the protagonist of the movie. He intended to exploit the three girls that he had adopted from an orphanage. He wanted to steal a shrink ray and then use it on the Moon. Thus, exploiting the girls came out to be a part of the plan. 

However, soon Gru develops feelings for the girls. Gru planned for the stealing as a response to his rival Vector, who earlier stole the Great Pyramid of Giza and then put a replica in its place. But, after spending time with the girls that Gru had adopted, his plan went sideways as he began enjoying time with the girls. 

As his bond becomes stronger, Gru changes his personality and becomes an adorable father figure to the girls. Slowly, he started working for the good. Initially, Gru’s character is displayed as annoyed and frustrated. But, that is just for the outer appearance. In general, Gru is a loving and caring person. 

He is protective and smart as well. Moreover, Gru was the kind of person who would have done anything for the people who are close to him. He also craves attention and validation from his family members. Hence, Gru grew from being a Dracula figure to a genuinely caring person later on.

How Tall is Gru From Despicable Me?

Incorrect measurements, it is believed that Gru is nearly 14 feet (426.72 cm) tall. The height as huge as this creates a disproportion in normal society, but then everything is funny and comedy in Despicable me. As per the creators of the movie, Gru is as high as 4 minions. 

Now that one minion is 2 to 2.5 feet tall, the height of Gru is 8 feet (2.4 meters) in actual measurements as per the creators. However, his height is still unbelievably tall as per human standards, but nonetheless, he is at least not 14 feet tall.

Other Facts About Gru From Despicable Me

Keeping aside the strangely tall height of Gru, there are other fun facts about him that you might not want to miss out on!

•Even though Gru had a known advantage of his height, he always treated the minions and other companions with love and compassion.

•Gru always seeks attention and validation from his friends and family members and is because of the reason that he was bullied in school.

•When Gru was a child, one of his biggest dreams was to visit the Moon.

•Gru is pretty sharp at making quick strategies. He can lay out effective plans quite easily and then execute them effortlessly too.

•Gru can outrun fast missiles and he can run faster than the speed of sound.

•Although Gru’s hair was black when he was young, he turned bald as he grew older. 

•Whenever Gru says “Lightbulb”, it means he has got an amazing idea!

•Although the initial parts of Despicable Me portrayed Gru as Dracula, eventually it turned out that he is a soft-hearted person who bonds well with the girls and his family.

•Gru is athletic and strong. Gru speaks an Eastern European accent and his name has been specifically chosen to be Gru as it means “spy” in Russian. 

•Since Gru comes from a long line of villains, he believes that it is his legacy to be evil and villainous. 

How Tall are the Minions in Despicable Me?

The minions in Despicable Me are 3 feet and 7 inches tall. Nearly 4 minions equal the height of Gru. They play a significant role in the movie and surprisingly they hardly get to meet Gru in the entire movie. It is only once that Gru met the minions in the entire film. 

How Tall is Gru’s Wife in Despicable Me?

Apparently, it comes as a surprise that Gru’s wife is taller than Gru in Despicable Me. While it is believed that Gru’s height is 14 feet, his wife Lucy is expected to be 15 feet tall in the comedy movie Despicable Me. The height of Lacy is purposely chosen to be 15 feet as it creates a perfect relationship between her and Gru. When they both talk to each other, the height difference does not seem to bother them much and they can conveniently have a normal conversation. 


The height and names of all the characters in Despicable Me are chosen strategically. While Gru is believed to be 14 feet tall, his wife is kept a foot taller than 15 feet. This shows that his wife is a strong and independent lady. Their respective heights also signify the beauty of their relationship. They have created a perfect bond and they can easily talk to each other effortlessly.

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