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29th Apr '18 2:32:51 PM MarqFJA
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A SubTrope of TheBeastmaster, and the heroic inversion of MookMaker and EnemySummoner (and occasionally EvilOverlord). Whereas [[TheBeastmaster Beastmasters]] focus on quality of minions, often restricting themselves to one or two (or at least [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} one at a time]]), TheMinionMaster focuses on sheer, undiluted numbers. This often makes for an unusual and difficult-to-balance character build- a character whose power comes from brutally outnumbering his opponents often leaves himself as the squishiest of {{Squishy Wizard}}s, and enemies either succumb quickly to the DeathOfAThousandCuts or perform a minion version of a TotalPartyWipe with area of effect attacks. They may also possess skills to control and buff their minions. The Minion Master tends to, of course, to be the keystone in his KeystoneArmy that is [[StraightForTheCommander the prime target to finish first]].

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A SubTrope of TheBeastmaster, and the heroic inversion of MookMaker and EnemySummoner (and occasionally EvilOverlord). Whereas [[TheBeastmaster Beastmasters]] usually focus on quality of minions, often restricting themselves to one or two (or at least [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} one at a time]]), TheMinionMaster on the other hand focuses on sheer, undiluted numbers. This often makes for an unusual and difficult-to-balance character build- a character whose power comes from brutally outnumbering his opponents often leaves himself as the squishiest of {{Squishy Wizard}}s, and enemies either succumb quickly to the DeathOfAThousandCuts or perform a minion version of a TotalPartyWipe with area of effect attacks. They may also possess skills to control and buff their minions. The Minion Master tends to, of course, to be the keystone in his KeystoneArmy that is [[StraightForTheCommander the prime target to finish first]].



ZergRush often describes the most common combat method of TheMinionMaster. Because of their tactics, they often fall under AntiHero and DarkIsNotEvil characterization. Can occasionally be {{Game Breaker}}s, occasionally {{Crutch Character}}s. If the minions are copies of the master, it's a DopplegangerAttack. See also AssistCharacter and DroneDeployer. Compare MookCommander, a mook with the ability to strengthen other mooks just by their presence; TheMinionMaster may also have such ability for his own minions. Compare with TheTurretMaster, who instead of minions uses technology. Supertrope to PestController.

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ZergRush often describes the most common combat method of TheMinionMaster. Because of their tactics, they often fall under AntiHero and DarkIsNotEvil characterization. Can occasionally be {{Game Breaker}}s, occasionally {{Crutch Character}}s. If the minions are copies of the master, it's a DopplegangerAttack. See also AssistCharacter DopplegangerAttack.

A subtrope of TheBeastmaster,
and DroneDeployer. supertrope to PestController.

Compare AssistCharacter, an {{NPC}} in FightingGames that can be briefly summoned to assist the PlayerCharacter; DroneDeployer, a character that carries their minions upon their person and "deploys" them when they're to be used; EnemySummoner, a video-game enemy that summons other enemies while also directly fighting the player; MookCommander, a mook with the ability to strengthen other mooks just by their presence; TheMinionMaster MookMaker, where the producer of mooks may also have such ability for his own minions. Compare with be an inanimate device rather than an actual character; and TheTurretMaster, who instead of minions uses technology. Supertrope to PestController.
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25th Feb '18 7:46:52 AM Someoneman
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* Summoners in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'' Kill an animal, and you can make a totem out of it's corpse. Kill an {{ExplosiveBreeder}}, make a totem out of it, and the children of the summon are friendly towards you - and don't cost you. Filling entire levels with your pets is easy, but considered cheating.

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* Summoners in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'' Kill an animal, and you can make a totem out of it's its corpse. Kill an {{ExplosiveBreeder}}, make a totem out of it, and the children of the summon are friendly towards you - and don't cost you. Filling entire levels with your pets is easy, but considered cheating.
28th Nov '17 7:06:12 PM Actua11y
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** [[spoiler: When [[DeadlyUpgrade she gets her shard jailbroken]] to become [[EleventhHourSuperpower Khepri]] she trades in her range, sanity, ability to communicate and even comprehend language for the ability to control people as well. This lets her fight a strong AI and the source of all powers on roughly even terms.]]

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** [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When [[DeadlyUpgrade she gets her shard jailbroken]] to become [[EleventhHourSuperpower Khepri]] she trades in her range, sanity, ability to communicate and even comprehend language for the ability to control people as well. This lets her fight a strong AI and the source of all powers on roughly even terms.]]
23rd Aug '17 3:09:09 AM jormis29
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* Sorcerers in {{Exalted}} can do this with Demons and Elementals. The game has a sidebar that notes, since a dedicated Sorcerer could quickly amass a huge number of these demons it is better to treat them as a single large group of enemies under the games "battlegroup" rules. It should be noted that, even by [[UpToEleven Exalted Standards]], a single blood ape minion is ''terrifyingly'' powerful.

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* Sorcerers in {{Exalted}} ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' can do this with Demons and Elementals. The game has a sidebar that notes, since a dedicated Sorcerer could quickly amass a huge number of these demons it is better to treat them as a single large group of enemies under the games "battlegroup" rules. It should be noted that, even by [[UpToEleven Exalted Standards]], a single blood ape minion is ''terrifyingly'' powerful.



* A character literally named "Minion Master" appears in ''SluggyFreelance''. When introduced his only minions are Torg and crew (about four people), who are using him as a cover to fight Hereti-Corp. Later Torg recruits him a bunch of Digbots, pleasing Minion Master to no end.

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* A character literally named "Minion Master" appears in ''SluggyFreelance''.''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. When introduced his only minions are Torg and crew (about four people), who are using him as a cover to fight Hereti-Corp. Later Torg recruits him a bunch of Digbots, pleasing Minion Master to no end.
7th Aug '17 11:34:24 PM Gamermaster
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*** ''Wii U/3DS'' reduces the ammount of Pikmin to 3, but the core of the character remains the same, except for his recovery now being ''worse'' the more Pikmin he has. (In''Brawl'', his Pikmin formed a ChainOfPeople; more Pikmin equaled a longer chain, which equaled a higher chance of recovery. In ''Wii U/3DS'', Olimar summons flying Pikmin to carry him to safety; the more Pikmin he has with him, the slower and heavier he is, and the slower the flying Pikmin can fly, sometimes not even making it back to the stage easily.)

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*** ''Wii U/3DS'' reduces the ammount of Pikmin to 3, but the core of the character remains the same, except for his recovery now being ''worse'' the more Pikmin he has. (In''Brawl'', (In ''Brawl'', his Pikmin formed a ChainOfPeople; more Pikmin equaled a longer chain, which equaled a higher chance of recovery. In ''Wii U/3DS'', Olimar summons flying Pikmin to carry him to safety; the more Pikmin he has with him, the slower and heavier he is, and the slower the flying Pikmin can fly, sometimes not even making it back to the stage easily.)
24th Jul '17 12:07:20 AM jboxingfool
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* Sorcerers in {{Exalted}} can do this with Demons and Elementals. The game has a sidebar that notes, since a dedicated Sorcerer could quickly amass a huge number of these demons it is better to treat them as a single large group of enemies under the games "battlegroup" rules. It should be noted that, even by [[UpToEleven Exalted Standards]], a single blood ape minion is ''terrifyingly'' powerful.
8th Jul '17 2:03:23 PM DarkHunter
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* You play as a Minion Master in the ''{{VideoGame/Pikmin}}'' series, controling up to 100 of the aforementioned Pikmin, who help carrying objects, opening paths, and mobbing enemies [[ZergRush en masse]].

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* You play as a Minion Master in the ''{{VideoGame/Pikmin}}'' series, controling controlling up to 100 of the aforementioned Pikmin, who help carrying objects, opening paths, and mobbing enemies [[ZergRush en masse]].masse]]. Your character on their own is virtually powerless, the Pikmin are necessary to do ''anything''.
8th Jun '17 8:59:24 PM nombretomado
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* Predictably, the Summoner class from DungeonFighterOnline. Any PC might have ways to summon help - there's rare equipment for that and an entire crafting discipline. A regular female mage may also have readied a single contracted summon, and technically briefly manifests elementals to cast many spells. A Witch makes long-term contracts with elemental familiars (in questlines absent from the game's current version) and thus might also have several present at once doing things. A Summoner makes numerous summoning contracts and takes quantity over quality with elementals to raise small armies. Clever use of ElementalBaggage can raise ''multiple'' minions from a single spell, and as unimpressive as basic minions are, a Summoner is constantly raising more and using their presence to call stronger species.

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* Predictably, the Summoner class from DungeonFighterOnline.''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline''. Any PC might have ways to summon help - there's rare equipment for that and an entire crafting discipline. A regular female mage may also have readied a single contracted summon, and technically briefly manifests elementals to cast many spells. A Witch makes long-term contracts with elemental familiars (in questlines absent from the game's current version) and thus might also have several present at once doing things. A Summoner makes numerous summoning contracts and takes quantity over quality with elementals to raise small armies. Clever use of ElementalBaggage can raise ''multiple'' minions from a single spell, and as unimpressive as basic minions are, a Summoner is constantly raising more and using their presence to call stronger species.
7th May '17 9:53:09 PM Getta
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A SubTrope of TheBeastmaster, and the heroic inversion of MookMaker and EnemySummoner (and occasionally EvilOverlord). Whereas [[TheBeastmaster Beastmasters]] focus on quality of minions, often restricting themselves to one or two (or at least [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} one at a time]]), TheMinionMaster focuses on sheer, undiluted numbers. This often makes for an unusual and difficult-to-balance character build- a character whose power comes from brutally outnumbering his opponents often leaves himself as the squishiest of {{Squishy Wizard}}s, and enemies either succumb quickly to the DeathOfAThousandCuts or perform a minion version of a TotalPartyWipe with area of effect attacks. The Minion Master tends to, of course, to be the keystone in his KeystoneArmy that is [[StraightForTheCommander the prime target to finish first]].

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A SubTrope of TheBeastmaster, and the heroic inversion of MookMaker and EnemySummoner (and occasionally EvilOverlord). Whereas [[TheBeastmaster Beastmasters]] focus on quality of minions, often restricting themselves to one or two (or at least [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} one at a time]]), TheMinionMaster focuses on sheer, undiluted numbers. This often makes for an unusual and difficult-to-balance character build- a character whose power comes from brutally outnumbering his opponents often leaves himself as the squishiest of {{Squishy Wizard}}s, and enemies either succumb quickly to the DeathOfAThousandCuts or perform a minion version of a TotalPartyWipe with area of effect attacks. They may also possess skills to control and buff their minions. The Minion Master tends to, of course, to be the keystone in his KeystoneArmy that is [[StraightForTheCommander the prime target to finish first]].



ZergRush often describes the most common combat method of TheMinionMaster. Because of their tactics, they often fall under AntiHero and DarkIsNotEvil characterization. Can occasionally be {{Game Breaker}}s, occasionally {{Crutch Character}}s. If the minions are copies of the master, it's a DopplegangerAttack. See also DroneDeployer. Compare MookCommander, a mook with the ability to strengthen other mooks just by their presence; TheMinionMaster may also have such ability for his own minions. Compare with TheTurretMaster, who instead of minions uses technology. Supertrope to PestController.

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ZergRush often describes the most common combat method of TheMinionMaster. Because of their tactics, they often fall under AntiHero and DarkIsNotEvil characterization. Can occasionally be {{Game Breaker}}s, occasionally {{Crutch Character}}s. If the minions are copies of the master, it's a DopplegangerAttack. See also AssistCharacter and DroneDeployer. Compare MookCommander, a mook with the ability to strengthen other mooks just by their presence; TheMinionMaster may also have such ability for his own minions. Compare with TheTurretMaster, who instead of minions uses technology. Supertrope to PestController.
8th Apr '17 5:58:19 PM nombretomado
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* The Shifter class in ''{{Rifts}}'' is a magic user that focuses on dimensional teleportation and SummonMagic. They can contact and attempt to control supernatural beings via a battle of wills (and if this fails, they can attempt to overpower the creature by more conventional means). Unlike D&D summon spells, there is no time limit, though the book suggests forming short term contracts, as forcing a demonic being to remain under a {{Puny Earthling}}'s control for an extended period is likely to hazardous to said mortal's health.

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* The Shifter class in ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is a magic user that focuses on dimensional teleportation and SummonMagic. They can contact and attempt to control supernatural beings via a battle of wills (and if this fails, they can attempt to overpower the creature by more conventional means). Unlike D&D summon spells, there is no time limit, though the book suggests forming short term contracts, as forcing a demonic being to remain under a {{Puny Earthling}}'s control for an extended period is likely to hazardous to said mortal's health.
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