Created By: MozgwsloikuNovember 18, 2010 Last Edited By: MozgwsloikuJune 19, 2011
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Minionization

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It can be hard to find servants when you are evil, especially if you have Bad Boss tendencies. Money and promises of power can only get you so far so how about some forced recruitment? Of course, there are many ways to do this. If you think simple brainwashing is too easy to undo and want to take it a step further, this trope is for you.

Minionization can be executed in several ways. If you are a Necromancer, Night Of The Living Mooks will be your first choice. If you manage to design The Virus that puts its victims under your control, your new army will practically recruit itself, though it can get a bit messy. Forcefully subjecting your prisoners to The Corruption can also work wonders. And if you are powerful enough, Baleful Polymorph can do the job, transforming the victim's body and mind to serve your purpose.

Note - this trope applies to recruiting mooks. For finding officers for your army, see: Reforged Into A Minion.


  • In the computer game Evil Genius, one of the final weapons you can launch into space is a transformation ray Kill Sat , turning the people of entire cities into your mooks, complete with uniforms.
  • The Borg in Star Trek turns out to be that once we learn that there is in fact a queen ruling the Hive Mind.
  • In Mass Effect, the victims of the Geth are impaled on spikes that saturate their bodies with nanotechnology, transforming them into zombie-like cannon fodder.
  • In American Mc Gees Alice the Hatter's base is a mix of a Bedlam House and a Clock Punk factory that produces Mecha Mooks by grafting lobotomized children into mechanical armors.
  • An episode of Transformers Generation One shows Megatron has a machine called the "Robo-Smasher" which he uses to reprogram neutral Transformers as Decepticons.
  • Dr Robotnik's main modus operandi is to transform cute critters into evil killer robots. The exact process is left unclear.
  • In Command And Conquer 2: Firestorm, the evil AI CABAL rounds up any humans he can find - whether civilians or POW's, regardless of NOD/GDI affiliation - and converts them into Cyborgs under his command. One of the few new units in the expansion is the Spiderbot, a Drider-like cyborg specifically created to capture living humans for 'conversion'.
  • At the end of War Of The Spider Queen saga, Lolth transforms a servant who had gone through Face Heel Revolving Door into a demon, sending her after her former allies.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • November 18, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    grr... could someone tell me how to properly link Evil Genius to point at the game and not the general trope?
  • November 18, 2010
    Koveras
    ^ Game/EvilGenius.
  • November 18, 2010
    DougSMachina
    The Master in Doctor Who, turning everyone on Earth into himself in "The End Of Time".

    Once Xykon has killed the inhabitants of a tower full of enemies, he resurrected them as minions.
  • November 18, 2010
    CrypticMirror
    this really isn't different enough from Reforged Into A Minion. I'm normally a Splitter, but if it gets launched I give it three months max before it has to go to the trope repair shop for merging because both pages will contain nearly the same list of examples. There is two types, reforged into important minion, and reforged into Cannon Fodder and just have the page list which type is which.
  • November 19, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    I strongly feel the two are different in spirit. But I see where you are going with this... What I think we need is a clear way to distinguish between the two... so I guess it needs a better description, especially what exactly "important" means. Marvel Ultimate Alliance should probably be our dividing point. Doom uses his Reality Warping to kill X-men and resurects them as his servants. But they are unchanged besides becoming his servants and he uses them as Elite Mooks. They are not customized in any way and so its Minionization.
  • November 19, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    I have changed the description in Reforged Into A Minion. For the curent definition, the person must be "important or plot relevant" before and "important" after. So, a hero turned into an Elite Mook counts for Minionization only while a random person made into an important servant ( like the girls from Gunslinger Girl ) doesn't count for either (I am sure there is a different trope that will cover those)
  • November 19, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    The War Of The Spider Queen is a good example - the character is important by herself. But after the transformation she is a "standard" demon - Lolth used a common template rather than "customizing" her. So this is merely Minionization, despite the power involved.
  • November 19, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    The death knights should belong here. I will edit that as soon as I am out of the office - I don't want Tv Tropes to get me fired...
  • November 19, 2010
    Glowsquid
    An episode of Transformers Generation One shows Megatron has a machine called the "Robo-Smasher" which he uses to reprogram neutral Transformers as Decepticons.
  • November 19, 2010
    mmysqueeant
    Dr Robotnik's main modus operandi is to transform cute critters into evil killer robots. The exact process is left unclear.
  • November 19, 2010
    BlackDragon
    In Command And Conquer 2: Firestorm, the evil AI CABAL rounds up any humans he can find - whether civilians or POW's, regardless of NOD/GDI affiliation - and converts them into Cyborgs under his command. One of the few new units in the expansion is the Spiderbot, a Drider-like cyborg specifically created to capture living humans for 'conversion'.
  • March 6, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    The Arkenpliers in Erfoworld have this as their most powerful ability, instantly rising fallen enemy soldiers as the user's own, complete with new uniforms.
  • June 8, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    YKTTW Bump: also not to be confused with Spawn Broodling
  • June 8, 2011
    Allronix
    In both Tron films, the Big Bad characters would capture and "convert" programs into their armies. Master Control at least offered the program a chance to join willingly and become an Elite Mook. Clu didn't bother.
  • June 9, 2011
    Bisected8
    Can overlap with Face Monster Turn.

    Characters in Beast Wars Transformers can also be reprogrammed to Predacon or Maximal, but it seems to be more along the lines of changing your uniform and it doesn't require any external machinery (when Dinobot switches his programming over as part of a temporary Face Heel Turn the other decepticons still don't trust him and note "anyone can change their programming").
  • June 19, 2011
    TBeholder
    The Undead are staple, especially in settings where they can turn others into their spawn (not necessarily vampires).

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