|“||Do you have any idea of the capital that this bank has invested in you, Gru? With far too few of your sinister plots actually turning a profit. How can I put it, let's say this apple is you: if we don't start getting our money back...... (crushes the apple) ...... get the picture?||„|
|~ Mr. Perkins warning Gru by crushing an apple.|
Mr. Perkins is the secondary antagonist of the 2010 animated film, Despicable Me and a very minor character in it's 2015 prequel Minions. He is the President of the Bank of Evil, where he supplies loans to villains on their schemes, including his son Vector.
He was voiced by Will Arnett.
Mr. Perkins first appears in his office when Felonious Gru (the protagonist of the film) arrives to apply for a new loan to support his next plan to steal the Moon by shrinking it and giving it to the Bank. Mr. Perkins is impressed by the plan, but states that he will provide the money only if Gru can obtain a shrink ray first. He also warns Gru that the latter will be facing severe consequences if he doesn't pay back for the previous loans he used for his past schemes; and to prove his point, he crushes an apple with his fist, much to Gru's shock.
However, in secret, Mr. Perkins believes that because his son Vector is now the world's #1 villain after capturing the Great Pyramid of Giza, Gru isn't capable of capturing the moon. Even when Gru successfully shows his plan to steal the moon by revealing that he has stolen a shrink ray from an East Asian facility, Mr. Perkins doesn't tag along and instead closes Gru's accounts, as he still believes that Vector should be the one to get the job done. After calling in Vector to his office, Mr. Perkins tells him about Gru's possession of the shrink ray and encourages him to take action so that they can claim the moon for themselves.
It is unknown what happened to him after Vector was defeated by being stranded on the moon's surface, but it can be possible that he gets bankrupt following his son's defeat, or he simply keeps on running the Bank of Evil.
Mr. Perkins is seen briefly in the crowd during the 1968 Villain Con watching Scarlet Overkill.
- He also has a similarity to King Malbert from Igor.
- He is also similar to Bill Sykes from Disney's Oliver & Company, as they are evil bankers who are very wealthy and large, and have limited screen time. However, unlike Sykes (who has a bigger role as the primary villain), Mr. Perkins had a small role in his only appearance.
- According to the film, the Bank of Evil used to be the Lehman Brothers, referencing to the financial crisis of 2007-08.
- Though his son Vector is the main antagonist of the film, Mr. Perkins is the Bigger Bad because he was behind Vector's plan to obtain the moon. In fact, he may well be the Bigger Bad of the entire franchise; given that he runs the Bank of Evil, he virtually has the entire criminal underworld in his pocket, and as such, is potentially the biggest threat of the whole franchise.