|“||Vector! That's me, cause I'm committing crimes with both direction and magnitude! OH YEAH!!!||”|
Vector (born Victor Perkins) is the son of bank president Mr. Perkins and an aspiring supervillain. He appears in Illumination's first feature film Despicable Me and the 2014 mobile game Minion Rush. He is voiced by Jason Segal.
Vector is always shown wearing an orange and white tracksuit which can convert into a flight suit enabling the owner to fly and a fully-functional spacesuit. His apparel is often mistaken for pajamas by Agnes, much to Vector's annoyance.
He has a pudding-bowl haircut, brown eyes and a sharp nose. He also wears large black glasses.
Vector is highly intelligent, but also overly confident and exceedingly arrogant. Similar to Gru, Vector's armory consists of bizarre items beyond imagination, of which he often boasts about.
Vector has a rather excessive fondness for cookies. As such, he eagerly admits Agnes, Edith and Margo into his fortress when they arrived to sell them. Vector also seems to have an affiliation for aquatic life (both marine and freshwater animals), as he keeps an adult great white shark in a large aquarium in his fortress and uses advanced, aquatic-themed weapons such as the squid launcher and the piranha gun. It is even seen that he watches marine life documentaries on his television in his home. Unlike Gru, Vector has no qualms about kidnapping children and taking them as hostages. Even after Gru gives him the moon, he refuses to release Agnes, Edith, and Margo, inciting an angry Gru to enter the fortress and attempt to attack him.
His relationship with his father is that of a neglected child. Like many rich families, his father thinks that giving in to all his child's desires more than makes up for his lack of support and true parental responsibilities. The lack of attention by the parent could help support Vector's psychopathic tendencies. Despite this, it is unclear whether or not Vector is willing to commit murder. Furthermore, Vector's father is shown to be cold towards him whenever he shows incompetence: he angrily points out that Gru has reclaimed the shrink ray and scolds Vector for not even knowing about this. Though Vector may appear to be a spoiled and wrongful villain, it is probable that he is simply trying his hardest to impress his father by carrying on the family legacy of being villainous.
Vector was born under the name of Victor and seemed to be particularly close to his father Mr. Perkins, as the latter was shown carrying him on his shoulders as Victor flew a toy great white shark, indicating to the viewer that his adoration for aquatic animals probably began during his childhood.
By the time of the first film, Vector is already a known super villain with unknown felonies. One of his acts was the theft of the Pyramid of Giza in an unspecified period. He replaced the structure with an inflated copy and the real counterpart was relocated behind his fortress, camouflaged by paint. Upon viewing the revelation of the theft, Felonius Gru is enraged and plans on stealing the Moon to beat the unknown assailant.
When Gru heads to the Bank of Evil to obtain a loan, Vector appears and introduces himself as well as his Piranha Gun, which malfunctions and its Selectable Light Attack Munitions targeted him instead. Gru shows no interest and continues reading his paper. After meeting with Mr. Perkins, who denied Gru's loan attempt, he angrily leaves and, having learned the culprit of the Pyramid Heist, attacks Vector's head with the Freeze Ray, immobilizing him. Vector's Piranhas continue to attack him and he is presumed to have thawed out afterwards.
Mr. Perkins leaks to his son that Gru is planning to steal a shrink ray in East Asia. Vector follows Gru to the facility with his airship. As Gru and his Minions take their coveted prize, Vector cuts a hole in Gru's vehicle and uses countermeasures to neutralize Gru's rockets as well as dodging his bullets. Gru was defeated by Vector with the Shrink Ray, and was forced to return home with a miniature vehicle.
Vector deposits the new weapon in his Fortress and shrinks several items to amuse himself. However, the toilet experiment goes horribly awry and instead the shrunken apparatus breaks off, causing a stream of clean water to strike right at his face, who responds with curses. When Gru attempts to steal back the shrink ray from his rival, Vector uses the security systems to neutralize Gru's attempts. He then allows Margo, Edith, and Agnes in his lair after they offered to sell him cookies. Gru witnesses this and orders his researcher, Dr. Nefario, to create cookie robots. The robots manage to sneak into the fortress undetected and although he observes sparks after eating one of the bots, he fails to notice them as counterfeits. The robots managed to crack open Vector's vault, allowing Gru and two minions to steal it, though the exit was sealed. They eventually manage to sneak out of Vector's fortress, causing Vector's shark to react aggressively. Disturbed, Vector fails to notice the intruders and berates the shark with several warnings.
Later on, Mr. Perkins informs Vector that the Shrink Ray was stolen back by Gru again and the cookie vendors were under Gru's employ. Vector confidently reassures his father that he can defeat Gru and demonstrates his squid launcher, though it quickly drops and hits another visitor instead.
As Gru's rocket is about to launch, Vector attempts to hijack it with the squid launcher. He gives the weapon to a confused Fred and is dragged to the rocket. He threatens Gru with the Piranha Gun, to which Gru responds by electrifying his vehicle, zapping Vector. After losing his grip, Vector activates his flight suit but was electrocuted again upon contact with another Transmission Tower by high-voltage power, and is heard screaming as he falls to the ground.
Vector later kidnaps the girls from their dance recital and leaves Gru a note, blackmailing him into surrender the Moon. When he refuses to release the girls, Gru, though unarmed, angrily threatens him. Vector taunts him, but was shocked when Gru punched his camera, shattering it and causing a crack to be transmitted to his screen. Vector fires seven missiles in an attempt to kill Gru, but Gru manages to bypass them. All of the missiles are instead redirected to the outskirts of the fortress, partially destroying the ramparts and allowing Gru to pass. The shark appears again and attacks, but Gru effortlessly knocks it into the water. Fearing for his life, Vector activates his Rescue Airship and escapes. Gru gives chase and grapples to it after climbing the Pyramid. Vector attempts to maneuver the ship and almost kills Gru, who is saved by Dr. Nefario. Vector then resumes piloting his ship normally.
Thanks to the Nefario Principle, the moon begins to grow and rolls around Vector's pod. Its expansion breaks his mug and eventually a table, disrupting the vehicle's balance and freeing the girls after shattering the glass sphere. Gru manages to rescue Edith and Agnes after forcing the ship's door open. Vector grabs Margo as she is about to jump and attempts to attack Gru with his Piranha Gun, but the moon instead crashes into him, with Margo subsequently rescued by Gru and the minions. The moon begins rolling everywhere with a helpless Vector stuck to it. The sphere hits a switch and triggers the rocket engine of the vehicle, causing it to levitate straight up, before eventually shattering with Vector stuck to the Moon surface. Shortly afterwards, he activates an oxygen bubble and complains about his defeat briefly.
At the end of the movie, Vector is seen on the moon dancing to the music heard in the ending scene along with the floating minion.
Appearances in Other Media
In Minion Rush, Vector somehow ended up in Gru's Lab and appears as a boss there. The player is tasked by Gru to defeat him. After Vector appears, the player's Minion must dodge his big drones, and tap on the smaller drones to hurl them back at him. Vector will be defeated after taking several drone strikes or if he fails to defeat the minion for some time. In the original game design, Vector rarely appears while running in Gru's Lab, much like with any other bosses in the game. After the July 2014 updates, Vector now appears in certain levels exclusively.
- "VECTOR!! That's me. 'Cause I'm committing crimes with both direction and magnitude. OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!" - As he introduces himself to Gru in the bank.
- "Hahahahaha! Vector! That's me." - When he appears in Minion Rush.
- "AHHH!" - When he gets blasted by robots and when he is defeated.
- "Not so fast! Hahaha!" - While blasting robots at you in Minion Rush, and when he grabs Margo in Despicable Me.
- "Un-pre-dictable!" - When your minion gets defeated in Minion Rush, and after he refuses to give Gru his daughters back in Despicable Me.
- "THEY ARE NOT PAJAMAS!!!" - After Agnes asks Vector if he uses his warm-up suit for sleeping.
- "Oh poop." - After realizing he is stranded on the Moon.
- "Aw, look at you, a little tiny toilet, for a little tiny baby to... (Water sprays at him) AAH! CURSE YOU TINY TOILET!!!" - When he shrinks his toilet with the Shrink ray, and he touched it, causing it to fly off due to extreme water pressure caused by the unaffected water supply tube.
- "Hahahahahahahahahahaha! Now maybe you'll think twice before you freeze someone's head! So long, Gru!" - When he steals the Shrink Ray from Gru.
- "You done been shrunk!" - When he shrinks his sink after playing with the shrink ray.
- "Yes I did, Victor." "I am not Victor any more. Victor was my nerd name; now I'm Vector!" (Despicable Me)