Despicable Me's Minions

With Despicable Me and its Minions topping this weekend’s box office, it seemed like a good time to step back and survey the history of yellow people in film and television. No, not asians. I’m talking about characters who share the same color scheme as a lemon.

But funny that your mind went there.

10. Yellow Bastard

Sin City (2005)

Roark Junior, more commonly known as Yellow Bastard, uses his unusually tinted pigment to stand out in a mostly-black-and-white film. Unfortunately, this makes him an easier target for Det. Hartigan (Bruce Willis) to shoot at, and consequently results in the loss of

1x Yellow Ear

1x Yellow Hand

2x Yellow Testicles

It’s enough to put you off mustard for a while.

9. Trini, The Yellow Power Ranger

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (1993)

Yes, we all appreciate the irony that the Yellow Ranger was asian. And that the Black Ranger was black. Hmm was the Red Ranger Native American? Anyone remember?

To give you a sense of how awesome the yellow ranger was, here are a sampling of some of her greatest personal victories, taken from her wikipedia page.

  • Bones: He was destroyed by Trini after having his head thrown down a pit full of lava.
  • Mr. Ticklesneezer: Trini made him realize the difficulty he had caused everyone, leading to him returning everything he collected; turns out, however, that it was just a dream.
  • Evil Yellow Duplicate Ranger: She defeated her by throwing her Power Daggers.

God I miss that show.

8. Air Bud / Shadow / Dug

Air Bud (1997), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993), Up (2009)

At #8 we have a three way tie. We know that Golden Retrievers aren’t yellow per se, but they’re close enough to land these three canine companions a spot on our list. Whether they’re finding their way home, dunking a basketball, or even speaking perfect english, Golden Retrievers have always been there to push the limits of what dog characters are capable of, and it’s about time they got the respect they deserve.

Also, they’re yellow.

7. The Yellow Sumbarine

Yellow Submarine (1968)

So what if it’s not really a character? It’s probably the most famous icon of yellow that ever sailed the sea of green. But mostly it’s on here because you can’t have a list of yellow things and not include a submarine.

6. The Yellow Brick Road

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Again, not really a character. But it is both great and yellow. And since nobody will ever make a list of atypically colored infrastructure, we figured it was alright to overlook the specifics and give this street a spot on our list.

After all, it had just as many lines as Toto.

5. Spongebob Squarepants

Spongebob Squarepants (1999)

On May 1, 1999 the world was introduced to a character that it would never forget. In fact, by 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants was the #1 show in the world starring a sponge. It’s eponymous protagonist is #5 on our list because we feel he exemplifies everything a yellow character should be. He’s perpetually optimistic, whimsically exuberant, and porous.

4. Homer Simpson

The Simpsons (1989)

On the other end of the spectrum we find Homer, as much the opposite of SpongeBob as his mustard complexion will allow. However, as The Simpsons prepares to begin its twenty-second season, it’s clear that people have yet to bore of this two-haired family man and his escapades.

3. C3PO

Star Wars (1977)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… An iconic bronze protocol droid with a big (if immobile) mouth paired up with a team of rebel misfits to save the galaxy from imperial tyranny. C3PO is one of cinema’s most iconic yellow characters, and we are honored to include him on our list, even though Crayola considers him ‘burnt orange’. In our hearts, C3PO is as yellow as the Star Wars logo itself.

2. Big Bird

Sesame Street (1969)

Having just finished its 40th season, Sesame Street is one of the longest running shows in TV history. And since 1969, this endearing road has been home to the second greatest yellow character of all time. Big Bird is one of children’s television’s most enduring icons, and his yellow, feathery exterior allows him a gentle warmth that Cookie Monster will never quite be able to match.

Big Bird is loved by millions, despite his appearance being almost entirely disparate from any known species of bird. And it’s this uniqueness that makes him so damn loveable.

1. Jackie Chan

AP Photo

Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

Any ones we missed? Post honorable mentions in the ‘Comments’ section!