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Marlena Gru
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Information
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color White (formerly Brown And Black)
Occupation

Unknown

Allies

Felonius Gru
Dru Gru
The Minions
Robert Gru(Before they divorced)
Lucy Wilde
Vincenzo and Paolo
Margo Gru
Edith Gru
Agnes Gru

Enemies

Robert Gru(After divorced)

Spouse

Robert Gru (ex-husband)

Children

Felonius Gru (son)
Dru Gru (son)

Appearances

Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
Minions
Despicable Me 3

Voiced by

Julie Andrews

Good luck with that.
 
— Marlena

Marlena Gru is Felonius Gru and Dru Gru's mother, Lucy Wilde's mother-in law, Robert Gru's ex-wife, and the adoptive paternal grandmother of Margo, Edith and Agnes. She is a minor character in Despicable Me, and has made two non-speaking cameos in Despicable Me 2 and Minions. She is voiced by Julie Andrews.

Appearance

She has a prominent chin and a tall beehive-like hairstyle. Despite her size, she is very strong and skilled in karate, and is capable of kicking a punching bag with so much force that it knocked her karate instructor across a room. She has a long nose that is typically seen throughout the Gru bloodline.

Plot

Early Life

Marlena Robert and baby Dru and Gru

Marlena with one of her baby twin sons, Gru, in 1960s

Shortly after the birth of her twin sons Dru and Felonius, Marlena divorced her husband Robert and became Gru's guardian while Robert became Dru's guardian. But she didn't seem to do a particularly good job at looking after him. She ignored him when he showed her a picture of him on the moon, a macaroni prototype rocket, and an actual working rocket. Her ignorance and neglect of her son is one of the most prominent reasons why Gru became a supervillain.

Despicable Me

When Gru phoned her as he was driving to the Bank of Evil, he told her that he was planning something very big and that when she heard about it, she would be very proud, to which she cynically responded, "Well, good luck with that." Later, as Gru was building his rocket (and having a fun time with the girls), she came to his house and showed the girls several embarrassing pictures of Gru's childhood, much to his annoyance.

She later attended the girls' ballet dance, where she finally told her son that she was proud of him and that he "turned out to be a great parent, just like her. Maybe even better." At first, Gru was still a little cold towards her because of her previous neglect, but smiled when she stated that he was even better than her. When the music changed to You Should be Dancing, she, along with everyone else, rushed onstage to dance and ended up dancing together with Dr. Nefario.

Despicable Me 2 and Minions

She also makes a non-speaking cameo appearance near the end of the second film where she is seen attending the wedding of her son. She also appears in the film Minions; she and her son attended Villain-Con and looked at Dr. Nefario's new invention, the Freeze Ray. In the film's credits, it's shown that she has a portrait that resembles Mona Lisa but it's later vandalized by Minions and her son, which makes her considerably upset.

Despicable Me 3

DM3 - Robe Marlena and Gru

Marlena, after finishing the diving course, with her son.

Marlena is seen practicing diving with other young trainers named Vincenzo and Paolo in a fancy pool. When Gru comes to her, asking his mother about his twin Dru, Marlena is first surprised and then admits that he does have an extended family, and she tells him the story, noting that she had "second pick", Gru.

Personality

Marlena Gru is rather neglectful of her son and has a tendency to be rather nasty to him. She ignored him in his childhood, though she did seem mildly impressed by the rocket he built. She is unimpressed by most of Gru's accomplishments, but eventually grew proud of him when he showed her what a great parent he was. She is also ignorant of her own lack of skill at parenting, thinking that she was a great parent, though she did admit to Gru that he might be slightly better than her, which somewhat touched him. Despite her neglect towards her own son, Marlena took a liking to his adopted daughters and showed them pictures of Gru as a child.

Quotes

  • Margo: "He looks like a girl!"
    Marlena: "Yes, he does. An ugly girl."
  • "Eh." - Young Marlena Gru, responding to Gru's drawing, macaroni model, and prototype of a rocket indifferently
  • Young Gru: "Mom! One day I am going to land on the moon!"
    Marlena: ​"I'm afraid you are too late, son. NASA isn't sending the monkeys anymore."
  • Marlena: "Its important to be active in golden years."

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

Characters in Despicable Me
Protagonists
Felonius GruMargoEdithAgnesMinionsDr. Nefario
Antagonists
VectorMr. Perkins
Other characters
Justin (Justin's FatherJustin's Mother) • MSNBC AnchormanGertrudeFredKyleMarlena GruMiss HattiePennyCarnival BarkerRobert GruThe Social Worker
Characters in Despicable Me 2
Protagonists
Felonius GruLucy WildeMargoEdithAgnesMinionsDr. Nefario
Antagonists
El MachoEvil MinionsPollito
Other characters
Silas RamsbottomKyleJillianNatalieLisaAntonio PerezFloyd EaglesanShannonItalian WaiterGertrudeMichelleFredMarlena GruIce Cream VendorJewel ThiefMiniature UFO
Characters in Minions
Protagonists
Minions (KevinStuartBob) • Felonius Gru
Antagonists
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
Protagonists
Felonius GruLucy WildeMargo GruEdith GruAgnes GruDru GruMinions
Antagonists
Balthazar BrattClive
Other characters
Silas RamsbottomValerie Da VinciDr. NefarioKyleFritzMarlena GruVincenzo and PaoloRobert GruNikoNiko's MotherLucky

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