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Robert Gru
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Robert's portrait, seen in Dru's Mansion
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blonde

Legendary Supervillain


John Gru


Jeffrey Gru (brother)


Marlena Gru (ex-wife)


Felonius Gru (son)
Dru Gru (son)


Despicable Me (pictured)
Despicable Me 3 (pictured)

Robert Gru was Felonius Gru and Dru Gru's father, Marlena Gru's ex-husband as well; he was also the adopted paternal grandfather of Margo, Edith and Agnes, the father-in law of Lucy Wilde, and the son of John Gru.

During the event of the Despicable Me 3, he is revealed to be a legendary supervillain known as "the bald terror" with more success than both Gru and Dru.


Despicable Me

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Robert Gru, Gru Family Tree

Robert has only been seen in a picture on the Gru Family Tree but he never appeared in person during the first film or seen in any of Gru's flashbacks and wasn't even at his son's wedding near the end of the second film, or with him and his wife at the Villain-Con in the film Minions.

Despicable Me 3

Marlena Robert and baby Dru and Gru

Robert can be seen partially while holding baby Dru.

Marlena Gru tells Gru that she divorced with Robert after they had two sons. Robert got the custody of Dru while she got Gru's. The divorced couple decided not to meet each other again, and Marlena told Gru that Robert was dead.

Unbeknownst to Gru, Robert moved to Freedonia with his son and was a legendary supervillain, but he always disappoints at Dru in villainy while he was satisfied with Gru. Sometime before the event of the film, Robert died and then Dru's butler, Fritz, found Gru's House to tell Gru family the existence of unheard relatives.


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A DNA test of Gru family

The drawing in the family tree in Gru's House depicts Robert as an overweight and an upper-class with black hair and moustache, also has a strange-looking face and like his son, Gru and his ex-wife, Marlena a large or long pointed nose.

In another portrait of Robert in Dru's mansion, his true appearance reveals that he had an uncanny resemblance between his sons with the exception of a head of half bald blonde hair.


  • A portrait of Robert shows a sign that Gru and Dru likely inherited their looks from their father.
  • Because he was never seen outside of still pictures, it's most likely that he was deceased long before the events of Despicable Me.


Felonius GruLucy WildeMargoEdithAgnesMinions (KevinStuartBob) • Dr. Nefario
VectorEl MachoScarlet OverkillBalthazar Bratt
Other characters
KyleSilas RamsbottomMarlena GruRobert GruDru

Characters in Despicable Me
Felonius GruMargoEdithAgnesMinionsDr. Nefario
VectorMr. Perkins
Other characters
Justin (Justin's FatherJustin's Mother) • MSNBC AnchormanGertrudeFredKyleMarlena GruMiss HattiePennyCarnival BarkerRobert GruThe Social Worker
Characters in Despicable Me 2
Felonius GruLucy WildeMargoEdithAgnesMinionsDr. Nefario
El MachoEvil MinionsPollito
Other characters
Silas RamsbottomKyleJillianNatalieLisaAntonio PerezFloyd EaglesanShannonItalian WaiterGertrudeMichelleFredMarlena GruIce Cream VendorJewel ThiefMiniature UFO
Characters in Minions
Minions (KevinStuartBob) • Felonius Gru
Scarlet OverkillHerb OverkillDumo the SumoFrankie FishlipsMr. Spikey
Other characters
AmphibianThe T. RexCount DraculaNapoleon BonaparteQueen Elizabeth IIWalter NelsonMadge NelsonWalter Nelson Jr.Tina NelsonBinky NelsonYetisMarlena GruProfessor FluxDr. NefarioGlam SlammerBeefeatersBlind Tower GuardFabricePoochyKyleSecurity Guard
Characters in Despicable Me 3
Felonius GruLucy WildeMargo GruEdith GruAgnes GruDru GruMinions
Balthazar BrattClive
Other characters
Silas RamsbottomValerie Da VinciDr. NefarioKyleFritzMarlena GruVincenzo and PaoloRobert GruNikoNiko's MotherLucky