|“||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. Henry Perkins is the overarching antagonist of Illumination's 1st feature film Despicable Me and a relatively minor antagonist in Illumination's 5th feature film Minions.
He is the father of Vector and the President of the Bank of Evil, where he supplies loans to villains on their schemes, including his son. He is at first an ally of Felonious Gru, but turns on him due to his constant inefficacy.
He was voiced by Will Arnett, who also played Vlad Vladikoff in 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky's Horton Hears a Who!, The Lone Gunslinger in Ice Age: The Meltdown and Slade in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
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 does not 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 is incapable 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 does not 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. Mr. Perkins sends Vector to steal the moon. After Vector was defeated by being stranded on the moon's surface, Mr. Perkins was arrested for his crimes.
Mr. Perkins is seen briefly in the crowd during the 1968 Villain Con watching Scarlet Overkill.
Mr. Perkins is very selfish, greedy, arrogant, pudgy, morose and argumentative. He is a vain, pompous and egotistical man who shows a dislike for Gru and stated that he preferred to use younger villains, such as his son. He also compared Gru to an apple and crushed two apples when speaking to him on different occasions. Mr. Perkins is also shown to be extremely angry and vituperative with his son for losing the Shrink Ray, but it is implied that he once cared about his son because of a picture of himself giving a young Vector a piggyback ride.
- Harry Shearer, Mandy Patinkin, John Lithgow, Steve Buscemi, James Woods, James Caan, Jeffrey Tambor, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Gary Oldman, J.K. Simmons, Chris O'Dowd, Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Paul Giamatti, Robby Benson, and Rupert Everett were all considered for the role of Mr. Perkins before Will Arnett was selected.
- According to the film, the Bank of Evil used to be the Lehman Brothers, referencing the financial crisis of 2007-2008.
- He has a strong resemblance to the Pointy-Haired Boss from the comic strip Dilbert.
- Though Vector is the main antagonist of the film, Mr. Perkins is far more dangerous than his son as he was behind Vector's plan to obtain the moon.
- A younger version of Mr. Perkins appears during the Villain Con presentation of Scarlet Overkill in Minions.
- It is completely unknown if he will become the main antagonist in Despicable Me 4.
- His pointy hair sort of make him resemble Lucifer.
- Some fans of Despicable Me are disappointed that Mr. Perkins did not reappear in any of the sequels (barring his cameo in the Minions spin-off).