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This article is about the natural satellite. For a power-up that appears in Despicable Me: Minion Rush, see Moon (Minion Rush).

Next, we are going to steal.......(Pause for effect)..... THE MOON!
— Felonius Gru

The Moon is Earth's natural satellite.


The first moon landing happened in 1969. Felonius Gru watched this historic moment with his mother and was inspired by the landing to go to outer space just like his idol Neil Armstrong.


Vector getting crushed by the Moon.

Despicable Me

Gru, along with Dr. Nefario, had formulated a plan to steal the Moon years before the supervillain adopts Margo, Edith, and Agnes. When Vector, a supervillain rival, steals the Pyramid of Giza, Gru reveals the devious plan that had been formulated for several years. Gru steals the Moon with the shrink ray, which comically stops tidal waves for surfers and reverts a werewolf to normal. But Gru is forced to give it to Vector in exchange for the girls who are kidnapped by him. However, Vector kept both the Moon and the girls, causing Gru to storm his lair. Vector, shocked to see Gru break through all his defenses, attempts to escape in an escape pod.

At the same time, the Moon begins to expand, but Gru manages to get Margo, Edith and Agnes out of the ship. The Moon grows rapidly, destroying Vector's escape pod and leaving Vector trapped on the moon along with Bob the minion.

Despicable Me 2

Silas Ramsbottom and El Macho recall the moon heist several times when interacting with Gru, implying they both knew about the moon heist.

Appearances in other media

Minion Rush

Main article: Moon (Minion Rush)


  • In real life, unlike in the movie, removal of the Moon would have disastrous consequences on Earth: the former would potentially destabilize the Earth's tilt, day/night cycle, and climate. However, scientists believe these effects would not be immediate, and so it can be reasoned the the moon was replaced quick enough to avoid disaster.
  • In the movie, the moon is seen being returned to space by Vector's ship right before it expands into its original size. However, in real life orbital mechanics, the full-sized moon will eventually fall right back into the Earth's surface and cause an extinction level event, as it is launched in a suborbital trajectory instead of being correctly inserted into its original orbit around the Earth.
  • The 1969 Moon landing in the film is a reference to the real life Apollo 11 mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the lunar surface.


Despicable Me
Great Pyramid of GizaGru's HouseGru's LabBank of EvilMiss Hattie's Home for GirlsTop Secret Research FacilityVector's HouseSuper Silly Fun LandMoon
Despicable Me 2
PX-LabsGru's HousePier 12Anti-Villain LeagueParadise MallGru's LabBake My DayEagle Hair ClubSalsa & SalsaMinion BeachZarelli's Italian RestaurantEl Macho's Lair
Minion Ice CaveFancy's Department StoreVillain-ConScarlet's CastleTower of LondonBuckingham PalaceWestminster AbbeyPig's Spleen
Despicable Me 3
Shaka HutGru's HouseFreedoniaDru's MansionTipsy UnicornState PrisonBratt's LairHollywood
MailroomSecret Bomb LabNational MuseumFuzzy Memories
Appearances in Other Media
Minion RushMinions Paradise