Minions Served Hitler in 1933-1945 meme.

Minions Served Hitler in 1933-1945

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Minions Served Hitler in 1933-1945 refers to a humorous conjecture that implies that Minions from Despicable Me movies, who always choose to serve the evilest villains, likely served Nazi Germany's leader Adolf Hitler between 1933 and 1945. The implication, despite being canonically incorrect, has been a subject of memes, which have often been formulated as the question Whom Did the Minions Serve Between 1933 and 1945?


On July 10th, 2015, the animated comedy film Minions, a spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise, premiered.[1] In the opening sequence of the film, minions serve various masters such as T-rex, Vlad Dracula and Napoleon Bonaparte. The film reveals that between 1812 and 1968, Minions lived in an icy cave and didn't serve anyone (scene shown below).[2]

They felt empty inside. Without a master, they had no purpose.

On July 3rd, 2015, an anonymous 4chan[3] user launched a /tv/ thread about Minions serving Adolf Hitler. In early July, the user shared the post in multiple threads about Minions on the /tv/ board (screenshot shown below).[4][5][6]

265KiB, 612x612, 9208137611_1e26347112_z.jpg View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace ↓ [1/1] Anonymous Fri 03 Jul 2015 20:48:19 No.58390201 View Reply Original Report So they served Hitler at one point right? Imagine those little yellow f------ in SS Eisatzgruppen unit. Every Jewish men, women and children in the town are ordered to line up and dig a ditch. Then those yellow, cylindrical, creatures with black SS uniforms open fire upon these unarmed Jewish civilians in from of the pit. "BEE DO BEE DO BEE DO! POPAYE!" After the deed is done, they give high-fives to each other while giggling hysterically. "KANPAI!"


On July 20th, 2015, Redditor demonatarms shared a screenshot of a /tv/ post in the /r/MinionHate[7] subreddit. Later on the same day, an unknown user made a post titled, "Who did the Minions serve between 1939-1945?" in the /r/Showerthoughts[8] subreddit, where it gained over 20 upvotes. On July 25th, Redditor[9] npurpura27 made a post on the subject in the /r/FanTheories subreddit, where it gained over 450 upvotes (shown below).

Posted by u/npurpura27 7 years ago S [Minions] At one point the minions were Nazis So in the movie it is explained that the minions work for who ever is the evililist at the time (Egyptians Napolean etc) this would mean that at one point the minions would have come under the employment of Adolf Hitler. Since he would have been the evilist guy at the time. 98 Comments + Award Share

On March 12th, 2021, an unknown Redditor made a post about Minions serving Adolf Hitler during World War II that got over 2,300 upvotes in the /r/movies[10] subreddit.

The joke didn't see use in memes until September 2021, when a Never Ask a Woman Her Age meme based on it went viral. The earliest found post of the meme was made by Instagram[11] user hunderbiden on September 4th, 2021, and gained over 300 likes in nine months (shown below).

Never Ask A Woman Her Age A Man, His Salary The minions what they were doing between 1933 and 1945

In September 2021, the image and its remade versions were widely circulated online. For example, a September 18th repost by Instagram[12] user the_maymays_reloaded gained over 12,700 likes in nine months. A remade version posted by Redditor[13] BoTamBloCiemno to /r/shitposting on September 26th received over 42,400 upvotes in that period.

On November 2nd, 2021, TikTok[14] user @simptvwastaken made a video caption meme based on the joke that received over 1.2 million views and 201,000 likes in seven months (shown below).

On February 8th and 25th, YouTubers[15][16] shitbod420 and Peternity both posted memes based on the joke which accumulated over 430,000 views and 1.4 million views in three months, respectively.

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I know what y'all did in 1933-1945 POV: you asked the minions what they were doing between 1933-1945 'd be careful where I was sticking my nose if I were you

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I would say that none of the writers of the movie must have thought of that but apparently, they were actually stuck in an ice cave or something like that (I dunno, I never actually saw the movie directly, just a review from some YouTuber).

That said, even with a canonical answer about their lack of absence during the World Wars and the Cold War, it still seems like a dumb premise that leads itself to the humorous comparison. I never saw the first Despicable Me, but I just assumed they were bio-androids created by Gru or whatever his name is.

TLDR: They were stuck in an ice cave but it's funnier (in a pitch-black comedy way) to assume they served the Nazis during WWII and then the Commies during the Cold War.


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