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17th Oct '17 10:14:10 AM ThorfinnRowle
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* In HarryPotter, not that the Death Eaters in general aren't a force to be reckoned with, but every once in awhile we meet one who proves to be more dangerous to the heroes and takes more to defeat. Examples include Antonin Dolohov, Thorfinn Rowle, and Bellatrix Lestrange (though she's more of a MookLieutenant).


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*** The Fire Nation also had the Royal Procession, a group of elite Firebenders who accompanied Azula in order to capture Zuko and Iroh. Unfortunately for them, their only chance to prove themselves was against Iroh who took out all 12-15 of them without breaking a sweat. Furthermore Azula soon decided that this group allowed no element of surprise and instead formed a smaller more elite group with Mai and Ty Lee.
12th Oct '17 12:04:28 PM BeerBaron
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** Umaril the Unfeathered, the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleid]] sorcerer-king who ruled the Ayleid Empire during the [[SlaveRevolt Alessian Revolt]], had some. He had them armed with special weapons he "wrought" but held them back until [[EternalHero Pelinal]] [[TheBerserker Whitestrake]] charged the [[TheTower White-Gold Tower]] on his own. Armed with these weapons, his elite mooks were able to make Pelinal bleed for the first time. Despite this, Pelinal is still able to bring down Umaril, but Pelinal is slain as well. (Umaril later returns in ''Oblivion'''s ''Knights of the Nine'' expansion as the BigBad, and has the Daedric Prince Meridia's Aurorans in this role.)
29th Sep '17 11:36:35 AM Necrodomo
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* [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]] in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' who summon Wights instead of shambling zombie hordes take an Elite Mooks approach. The summoner only ever gets a few of them, but they pack a ferocious punch and bypass many of the strategies used to fight horde-based undead.
14th Sep '17 2:48:40 PM ZimFan89
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* ''[[Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters]]'' has the Shields of Torus Filney serve as this to Viscount Servantis. They are a group of heavily armed and armored knights, all highly skilled in combat beyond the abilities of the average Phobos soldier.
13th Sep '17 1:02:06 PM mkmlp
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* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' has the Elite Enemies, PaletteSwap versions of normal {{Mook}}s with higher stats, additional skills, and immunity from getting [[GrievousHarmWithABody thrown by dwarves]]. The [[BossInMookClothing Assassins]] in particular are considered by many to be harder than several of the bosses in the game. They are however, still vulnerable to status attacks bosses are immune to, such as [[OneHitKO Extinction]] and [[BewitchedAmphibians Curse]].



* TheEndTimesVermintide is conceptually similar to Left4Dead but set in the Warhammer world with the Skaven subbing in for the Infected. All of the Skaven are modeled after their table top game counterpart, and their mechanics are a PraticalAdaptation inspired by Left4Dead of the abilities Warhammer players would expect. The vast majority of skaven are Slave and Clan Rats (hordes of easily defeated enemies who mob, swarm, and flank the players), but the Stormvermin, Poison Wind Globediers, Ratling Gunners, Gutter Runners, and Packmaster varieties serve as Elite Mooks. The Rat Ogre serves as a boss.



** Back in the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} original game]], we have the Nightkin, a variant of the super mutants, that served as the elite wing of The Master's army and were trained to use stealth boys to [[StealthyMook cloak themselves and ambush their enemies]].
** The Operation Anchorage DLC introduces the Crimson Dragoons, pre-war Chinese special forces, that wear [[StealthyMook stealth armor to cloak themselves]], usually attack with swords, and have superior speed to other enemies. Some of them also serve as snipers.



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' franchise has multiple promoted units being commanders and stage bosses. Once you've reach mid-late points of the game, regular foot soldiers are eventually replaced with promoted equivalent.



* ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' has their Risky Monsters (to be exact, the ones added by the "Add Risky Monsters" and "Change Dungeon" plans from the remakes), that are simple {{Palette Swaps}} of bosses, but are actually ''harder'' than most storyline bosses.



* ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'': The Combaticons are normally simply another CombiningMecha team (literally, they were Starscream's replacement for the Constructicons). In Fall of Cybetron, however, they TookALevelInBadass and are portrayed as Decepticon Special Forces.



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' franchise has multiple promoted units being commanders and stage bosses. Once you've reach mid-late points of the game, regular foot soldiers are eventually replaced with promoted equivalent.
* ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' has their Risky Monsters (to be exact, the ones added by the "Add Risky Monsters" and "Change Dungeon" plans from the remakes), that are simple {{Palette Swaps}} of bosses, but are actually ''harder'' than most storyline bosses.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' has the Elite Enemies, PaletteSwap versions of normal {{Mook}}s with higher stats, additional skills, and immunity from getting [[GrievousHarmWithABody thrown by dwarves]]. The [[BossInMookClothing Assassins]] in particular are considered by many to be harder than several of the bosses in the game. They are however, still vulnerable to status attacks bosses are immune to, such as [[OneHitKO Extinction]] and [[BewitchedAmphibians Curse]].
* ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'': The Combaticons are normally simply another CombiningMecha team (literally, they were Starscream's replacement for the Constructicons). In Fall of Cybetron, however, they TookALevelInBadass and are portrayed as Decepticon Special Forces.
* TheEndTimesVermintide is conceptually similar to Left4Dead but set in the Warhammer world with the Skaven subbing in for the Infected. All of the Skaven are modeled after their table top game counterpart, and their mechanics are a PraticalAdaptation inspired by Left4Dead of the abilities Warhammer players would expect. The vast majority of skaven are Slave and Clan Rats (hordes of easily defeated enemies who mob, swarm, and flank the players), but the Stormvermin, Poison Wind Globediers, Ratling Gunners, Gutter Runners, and Packmaster varieties serve as Elite Mooks. The Rat Ogre serves as a boss.
7th Sep '17 10:36:17 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' had many of those. In general, the Dremora/Daedra enemies would always be these, if not an outright BossInMookClothing. There would also almost always be various EliteZombie variants, like the Headless Zombie (somehow tougher than regular one) in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has Forsworn Briarhearts and Draugr Deathlords, who can take off a good 60% of a mage's health with one melee hit. If you meet one of the latter early on and you have a follower, expect the worst.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' had many ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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of those. In general, the Dremora/Daedra enemies would always be these, if not an outright BossInMookClothing. There would also almost always be various EliteZombie variants, like series' [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] serve the Headless Zombie (somehow tougher [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] as {{Mooks}}, but the more powerful lesser Daedra fully qualify as this. Some notable examples:
*** Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], has a number of lesser Daedra who serve him in a variety of ways. They range from CannonFodder Scamps, to his LegionsOfHell Dremora, to GiantMook Daedroths. The most powerful of his servants are the Xivilai, gigantic humanoid Daedra, of whom even a single one can turn the tide of battle. Even among the Dremora, the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority higher-ranking]] individuals are much more powerful
than regular one) their lower-ranking kin [[BossInMookClothing while not being all that different in appearance]]. Each are prevalent throughout ''Oblivion''.
*** [[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]], Daedric Prince of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]], is primarily served by the Daedroths, a [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodilian]] form of lesser Daedra who themselves are {{Giant Mook}}s. His most elite servants (as seen in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'') are the Daedric Titans, which he created by corrupting [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] and replacing their [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Aedric]] souls with Daedric ones. In addition to the powerful traits they share with true dragons, they can use a "crude imitation" of the "true" [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]], possessing the ability to [[MakeMeWannaShout speak a spell]] of flaming essence-drain that can debilitate an opponent with a single word.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', deranged PhysicalGod BigBad Dagoth Ur is served by his Ash Vampires in this role. Each are the most powerful of his minions and a few have been trusted to guard the [[ArtifactOfDoom Tools of Kagrenac]].
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''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''.
Oblivion]]'', in addition to the Daedric examples above, has several powerful enemy types which qualify. The [[EliteZombie Headless Zombie]] is one of the more infamous.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has Forsworn Briarhearts and Draugr Deathlords, who can take off a good 60% of a mage's health with one melee hit. If you meet one of the latter early on and you don't have a follower, expect the worst.
1st Sep '17 9:14:18 AM SSJMagus
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' introduced the BX-series Commando Droids, the Elite Mook version of the standard Battle Droids. They had enhanced armor, nearly General Grevious-level agility, and a number of neat tricks such as magnetized feet to resist Force pushes. They were a decent threat to clones, but still no match for the Jedi (although they were at least able to put up some resistance).

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' introduced the BX-series Commando Droids, the Elite Mook version of the standard Battle Droids. They had enhanced armor, nearly General Grevious-level agility, and a number of neat tricks such as magnetized feet to resist Force pushes.pushes (at least when there's a metal floor to attach to). They were a decent threat to clones, but still no match for the Jedi (although they were at least able to put up some resistance). In addition to enabling their enhanced agility, the more compact frames and smaller heads that lack the standard B1 Battle Droid's distinctive "snout" allows BX Commando Droids to [[MuggedForDisguise wear Clone Troooper armor]] for infiltration purposes. Though this is hindered by their retaining the tendency to finish conversations with [[VerbalTic "Roger-Roger."]]
13th Aug '17 2:37:19 PM superkeijikun
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* ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' has the Hard-Boiled Heavies, five customized Eggrobos that serve as bosses in some zones.
9th Aug '17 4:38:49 PM MBG
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** Henchman 1, another Monarch follower, appears to be one; he's better-equipped and notably more skilled than the other henchmen. 21 and 24, {{Mauve Shirt}}s and savvy to this trope, immediately agree he's going to get taken down.
26th Jul '17 7:27:34 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Near the end of the "Enies Lobby" arc, Captain level Marines attack the Straw Hats at the Bridge of Hesitation. The Straw Hats has spent the rest of the arc taking out several thousand standard {{Mooks}}, as well as fighting the government's resident assassin team, [[PsychoForHire CP9]], so these Elite Mooks did pretty well against the worn out Straw Hats. Still got their butts handed to them, though. One of them scored a victory for mooks everywhere when he actually managed to destroy one of Zoro's swords. Usopp ended up sniping him down, but his actions left Zoro unable to use his strongest techniques for most of the next arc.
** The SortingAlgorithmOfEvil is justly used here, as well. The more and more "dangerous" the Straw Hats become, the more and more stronger marines they're gonna send out. When before, fighting a captain or commander could be the Big Bad of an arc, they're now just Elite Mooks for Luffy and the crew... except Smoker, who's more of a BossInMookClothing. Throughout his time as a captain and a commodore, he's still handing Luffy his butt solely from the [[MadeofAir benefits]] of his [[ElementalPowers Logia]] [[SuperSmoke powers]].
** The Pacifista Units became this after the Timeskip. Before, the one that the Straw Hats defeated was a legitimate boss, but then they were hit with [[DegradedBoss degradation]] two years later. Justified as those were outdated models and it's stated that there are actually upgraded Pacifistas now, meaning that there's now Elite ''Elite'' Mooks.


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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Near the end of the "Enies Lobby" arc, Captain level Marines attack the Straw Hats at the Bridge of Hesitation. The Straw Hats has spent the rest of the arc taking out several thousand standard {{Mooks}}, as well as fighting the government's resident assassin team, [[PsychoForHire CP9]], so these Elite Mooks did pretty well against the worn out Straw Hats. Still got their butts handed to them, though. One of them scored a victory for mooks everywhere when he actually managed to destroy one of Zoro's swords. Usopp ended up sniping him down, but his actions left Zoro unable to use his strongest techniques for most of the next arc.
** The SortingAlgorithmOfEvil is justly used here, as well. The more and more "dangerous" the Straw Hats become, the more and more stronger marines they're gonna send out. When before, fighting a captain or commander could be the Big Bad of an arc, they're now just Elite Mooks for Luffy and the crew... except Smoker, who's more of a BossInMookClothing. Throughout his time as a captain and a commodore, he's still handing Luffy his butt solely from the [[MadeofAir benefits]] of his [[ElementalPowers Logia]] [[SuperSmoke powers]].
** The Pacifista Units became this after the Timeskip. Before, the one that the Straw Hats defeated was a legitimate boss, but then they were hit with [[DegradedBoss degradation]] two years later. Justified as those were outdated models and it's stated that there are actually upgraded Pacifistas now, meaning that there's now Elite ''Elite'' Mooks.
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