Do We Have This One? Needs More Examples
There's only one way to describe this heroic character: by metaphor. This guy is the scythe, and the enemy goons attacking him en masse are the crops ready to be harvested.
This character is strong, strong enough to face the lowlies and sometimes even the Elite Mook
or even the King Mook
and the Mook Lieutenant
, but he or she won't be able to put on a fight against a member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad
or the Five-Bad Band
that well, leaving them to the actual heroes. Nodding to the above-mentioned analogy, said scythe wouldn't work against stones or wood stumps.
Alternatively, the Mook Mower's role is played by an actual member of the Five-Man Band
or another strong ally who was, for plot reason, separeted from the rest of the group and forced to take care of the small prizes while his friends do the rest of the job. This case however can also be paired with another trope, Can't Catch Up
or Overshadowed by Awesome
, when a member of the cast is left behind in terms of power and, unable to take on stronger enemies, is forced to take care of lesser enemies.
Subtrope of One-Man Army
- In Toriko during the Gourmet Fest arc Mansam, Rin and all the chefs play this role against the Bishokukai army of monsters and G.T. Robots.
- In Gamaran, Kamedenbo Oizumi and Gensai Kizaki ends up being those against the Muhou Ryuu goons. Zenmaru Ichinose did this occasionally.
- In One Piece during the Drum Island Arc Zoro is kept out of any major battle and fights King Wapol's army instead.
- Yasutora Sado from Bleach play this role during the Soul Society arc.
- In Fairy Tail, Erza does this in the Lullaby Arc and Galuna Arc. All Fairy Tail (except for Natsu, Gray, Erza and Elfman) play this role during the Phantom Lord Arc.
- In InuYasha, Sango and Miroku, who're overshadowed by Inu Yasha, Kouga and Sesshomaru's powers, ends up taking care of the low-level demons by default.
- Arguably, Summons in Titan Quest tend to fall into this category, as they can fare pretty good against mooks (if they don't get outnumbered and are properly levelled) but aren't much useful against bosses.
- In a way, certain Myth units in Age of Mythology are this: they get bonus damage against normal units, but are weak against heroic units.
- In Onimusha (first three games), most of the side characters that will help you in your quest can take care of Genma monsters with ease, but they never battle bosses, leaving this job to the hero instead.