By Lanford Beard
Updated July 03, 2013 at 06:54 PM EDT

With Despicable Me 2 now in theaters, those highlighter-yellow, pill-shaped leetle minions — who have their own spinoff in the works — are poised to suck up all the attention. Good for them. They earned it (and were named by EW as some the 15 Biggest Animated Scene-Stealers of all time). But, credit where credit’s due, we shouldn’t let this day pass without remembering the unsung hero of the franchise: Agnes. With her unicorn obsession and spiky sprig of hair, the scrappy orphan expresses the innocent ebullience of childhood better than anyone. To wit, there’s one moment from the first film that shows how sometimes glee simply cannot be contained. Check your frown at the door, click through, and soak up the giddy goodness:

Agnes clinched her place in the Most Adorable Cartoon Kid canon with plenty of memorable moments in Despicable Me — including her very own ode to unicorns! Safe to say, she’ll deliver even more in the sequel, but we shouldn’t ever forget how special that first burst of kid-tastic wonder was. It really does get better every time.

Despicable Me

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 88 minutes
  • Chris Renaud
  • Pierre Coffin