The theatrical release of Minions: The Rise of Gru will prompt most Minions fans to have a family trip to the cinema, but for others, the debate regarding their servitude to Hitler is still ongoing.

The meme Did the Minions serve Hitler in 1933-1945 has surfaced once again with the release of Minions 2 and we waste no time in explaining the meme to confused movie buffs.

Directed by Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, and Jonathan del Val, Minions: The Rise of Gru serves as the sequel to 2015’s Minions and exists as the fifth entry in the Despicable Me franchise starring the return of Gru actor Steve Carell.

Minions: The Rise of Gru | Official Trailer

Minions: The Rise of Gru | Official Trailer

Did the Minions serve Hitler in 1933-1945 meme explained

The Did the Minions serve Hitler in 1933-1945 meme refers to the Minions’ penchant to serve the most despicable villain of the current time, prompting fans to ask if the henchmen served Hitler.

The debate states that the Minions would have likely served in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945, even though KnowYourMeme states that this is canonically incorrect as the Minions lived in a cave between 1812 and 1968 and didn’t serve anyone during this time.

The prequel film Minions showed the creatures serving an assortment of masters throughout time, including a T-rex, Vlad Dracula, and Napolean Bonaparte.

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Minions fans debate the meme online

Although it might be a ridiculous meme to some, the Minions fandom partakes in a genuine debate about who the yellow creatures served in history.

One user asked if the Minions served Hitler or Stalin during the time period, or suggested that they might have split up and served both:

Another theorist was adamant that the creatures did not serve Hitler during this time because they were stuck in an icy cave during WWII:

Despicable Me franchise timeline

The primary plot of 2015’s Minions centers around the henchmen and stars Kevin, Bob, and Stuart in their prequel movie taking place in 1968.

Young Gru meets the Minions at the end of the prequel and The Rise of Gru picks up when Gru is 12 years old, 40 years before the adoption of Margo, Edith, and Agnes in Despicable Me.

Below we have listed the five Minions films and the years they take place and how to watch them in chronological order:

  • 1968: Minions (2015)
  • 1972: Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)
  • 2012: Despicable Me (2010)
  • 2013: Despicable Me 2 (2013)
  • 2014: Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Despicable Me 4 is also scheduled to release in 2024, which is thought to follow the events of Despicable Me 3.

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