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Hey, buddy. Let me explain something to you. You see that little tin spaceship? You see how it's not knocked over? Do you know what that means, professor? It means you don't get the unicorn! Oh! Uh-oh! Somebody's got a frowny face. Boo! Better luck next time!
— Carnival Barker when Agnes fails to win her stuffed unicorn
Carnival Barker
Gender Male

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Voiced by

Jack McBrayer

The Carnival Barker is a minor and antagonistic character in Despicable Me. He ran the game Space Killer at Super Silly Fun Land before it was destroyed by Gru.


He is a skinny young man with curly red hair, and a hat. He also has a red shirt with a frown emoticon on the front. 


The carnival barker is a snide, greedy and sarcastic man, who likely rigged the Space Killer game so that it was unwinnable just so his customers would keep playing the game and he'd get more money.

When Gru revealed a large ray gun and used it to win the challenge, a scared Barker gave Agnes a stuffed unicorn out of the fear that her adoptive father would use it again.


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When Agnes sees a large white unicorn Gru reluctantly asks the barker how much it costs. The barker tells Gru that it is not for sale, but can be won if the UFO prop in the back was knocked over. Gru pays the tickets for the girls to play, and their first attempt was a failure. Edith wants to try one more time and Agnes says that she “accidentally” closed her eyes. Gru reluctantly pays for them again.

Agnes successfully hits the UFO but the game stops. When Gru tells the barker that Agnes hit the UFO, the carnival barker explains that it must be knocked over to win the unicorn and rudely mocks Gru and Agnes for their failure. Disgusted at how the Barker swindled and mocked him and Agnes, Gru pays for his own turn and pulls out his Big Blaster Cannon to shoot the UFO. The Barker drops his drink and ducks down for cover as Gru fires the blaster. The explosion ends up disintegrating the spaceship as well as destroying most of the game’s booth, the Barker and the stuffed Unicorn being the only things that survived the blast. In defeat and out of fear, the Carnival Barker gives Agnes the unicorn toy and is left in tears as they leave.


  • The Carnival barker was the inspiration for the Barker costume in Minion Rush.
  • The Carnival Barker is played by Jack McBrayer, who also plays Justin's Father in the opening scene of Despicable Me.
    • Ironically, Justin's Father is overweight and friendly, while the Carnival Barker is skinny and snide.
    • Jack McBrayer would later voice Fix it Felix Jr. from Wreck it Ralph.
  • The Carnival Barker rigging Space Killer just to earn more money might be similar to claw machines, in which they are "rigged" to prevent customers from winning prizes and forcing them to start over again until the claw is able to drop it.


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