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->''"If my trusted lieutenant tells me my Legion of Terror is losing a battle, I will believe him. After all, he's my trusted lieutenant."''
-->-- EvilOverlordList

It's not very leader-like to give orders yourself when you're [[TakeOverTheWorld trying to rule the world]]. Whilst you leave the hunting of the MacGuffin to your [[TheDragon champion]] and the creation of the [[DoomsdayDevice world-ending device]] to your MadScientist, who's leading your legions of terror? That's where the {{Mook}} Lieutenant comes in.

The Mook Lieutenant is the commanding officer of the evil army. He will be seen in the background to give orders, ask [[TheWatson boneheaded questions]] about the weather-controlling device and give the BigBad someone to talk to when TheDragon is a person of few words. Very rarely in ForTheEvulz, he's normally a career military man who views the heroes as [[YouRebelScum rabble]] and [[JustFollowingOrders does not question orders]]. Has a high mortality rate [[YouHaveFailedMe where failure is concerned]]. More often than not he will look exactly like any other Mook, except that whilst all the other Mooks are wearing masks, [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic the Mook lieutenant will usually opt not to wear one.]]

"Lieutenant" here refers to the position of right hand man in general, rather than a specific rank.

Compare MookCommander for the gameplay equivalent of this: Someone who gives benefits for the mooks in the battlefield while also participating on the field himself. See also MiddleManagementMook.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/WolfsRain'': Had the nameless Commander of Lord Orkham's troops that pursued the wolves for a while. He was easy to identify because he had a radically different ensemble.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': In the anime the Unova region's Team Plasma had Aldith, who all of the Plasma grunts defer to and who is the apparent [[TheDragon second-in-command]] to [[ForScience Colress]]. Her uniform is identical to that of a regular grunt, however she's different in that she's the only female grunt and it's clear that the others are taking orders from her.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/JewelOfDarkness'': After evolving sentience, [[RobotMe Ai]] ends up somewhere between this and TheDragon for [[VillainProtagonist Midnight]].
* ''Fanfic/TheImmortalGame'': [[NoNameGiven The Cadet]] is [[TheDragon General Esteem]]'s second in command and personal protege.
* ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsAura'' has The Captain, leader of [[spoiler: [[DiscOneFinalBoss Chrysalis]]']] {{Mooks}}. He ''should'' be TheDragon, but he's beaten so quickly he's more along the lines of this trope.
* ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'':
** [[TerribleTrio Runt, Mange, and Skank]] become leaders among Vulcan's Diamond Dog army.
** [[spoiler: Black Fang is the commander of the Changelings who switch loyalties to Vulcan.]]
** Vulcan gets a couple more lieutenants later -- Ironhide, for the minotaur mercenaries Vulcan hires, and Pumpkin Patch for the thestrals who flock to his service.
* ''Fanfic/BadFutureCrusaders'' has Captain Crimson Sky and Lieutenant Twitch who serve as Lightning Dust's wingponies. The [[AxCrazy batshit insane]] Merrilay is soon [[MookPromotion promoted]] to this position [[spoiler:after Twitch is killed]].
* ''[[Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters]]'':
** After Raythor is sent into the Abyss of Shadows and Lothar is promoted to take his place, he promotes Tynar to his old post as Lieutenant.
** Once Wong creates a squadron of new Shapeshifters, Miranda takes on leadership of it.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'': The Captain of the Guards.
* Zygon has one of these in ''WesternAnimation/StarchaserTheLegendOfOrin'' who runs his control room. When the RobotWar begins going against them, he attempts to advise his leader that they should leave. Zygon responds by angrily ordering him to return to his post, whereupon he promptly [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere runs out]] when Zygon isn't looking.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', the leader of Prince John's guards is a [[FallenHero disgraced former knight]] named Dickon Malbete. While Sir Guy and the Sheriff are essentially CoDragons, Dickon performs typical Mook Lieutenant duties such as commanding legions of {{Mooks}} and getting killed by the PluckyComicRelief.
%%* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Corporal Lyle Wainfleet
* ''Film/CutthroatIsland'': The British forces in Jamaica are led by Lieutenant Trotter throughout the film.
* Bane from ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' has a lieutenant named Barsad.
* The otherwise totally anonymous soldier named Schwalberg in the ChildSoldier UsefulNotes/WorldWarII thriller ''Film/HornetsNest''. Often seen at his superior Captain von Hecht's side or leading squads of Nazi {{Mooks}}, he's one of the more effective examples of this trope.
* The ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films have a couple of examples:
** Major Gobler in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', to Colonel Dietrich. He carries out a variety of menial duties and later shows some hands-on initiative by driving the escort car during the truck chase himself, rather than being chauffeured like Dietrich and Belloq.
** The [[GiantMook chief Thuggee guard]] in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. He's seen ordering all of the other guards around and personally whipping slave children, and personally fistfights Indy.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Morzeny in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' is in charge of training the SPECTRE mooks.
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. Kisch, who commands the army of {{mooks}} during the invasion of Fort Knox and performs minor minion roles before that.
** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' has Captain Scott. BigBad Elliot Carver spends the film around the world, but has as his base of operations a Stealth Boat in the South China Sea. Scott runs the boat on Carver's behalf, and is responsible for delegating orders when missions are run directly from the boat. [[spoiler:He's casually gunned down with the rest of the control room during Bond's attack on the boat, however.]]
* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', the [=InGen=] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenaries]] summoned by Vic Hoskins are led by an unnamed fellow the credits simply call "[=InGen=] Contractor".
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** With Sauron in offscreensville for most of the trilogy, [[TheDragon the Witch-King of Angmar]] relies on Gothmog, Lieutenant of Minas Morgul, to lead his army at the battle of Pelennor Fields.
** Earlier, Saruman uses Lurtz and Uglúk to lead his army of [[EliteMooks Uruk Hai]].
* In the film version of Creator/JulesVerne's ''Film/MasterOfTheWorld'', Creator/VincentPrice's [[WellIntentionedExtremist Robur]] has Turner. He's distinguishable from the rest of the Albatross' crew by his jacket (the other crewmen only wear shirts) and the fact he carries a [[{{Steampunk}} futuristic flintlock pistol]].
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Lieutenant Gillette is Norrington's second in command in the first film, ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl''. Later, he appears alongside Groves in the fourth one, ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]]''.
** In the third film, ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'', Lord Beckett promotes Norrington to Admiral to lead the forces of the East India Company; after his HeelFaceTurn, however, he gives orders to Lieutenant Groves.
* Gunn in ''Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing'' fills this role, doing double time as TheBrute for Dr. Arcane. His assistant Ms. Poinsettia in turn leads the female mooks.
* ''Film/SinCity'' gives us a nameless leader in charge of the squad of cops who try to kill Marv and his parole officer. He is the only one with lines and is identified by the large eagle tattoo over his face.
%%* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' has [[PunnyName Colonel Sandurz]].
* Joachim is this for Khan in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', and Khan, in true villain fashion, continually ignores his pleas to just leave Kirk alone and head off with the ship they stole.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The original trilogy has ''many'' lieutenants for Darth Vader, from Captain Needa and General Veers to Admiral Piett and Admiral Ozzel. Most are killed by Vader himself. Piett is the one guy that remains throughout, even into the GrandFinale, so he qualifies the most as Vader's lieutenant.
** Grand Moff Tarkin in ''Film/ANewHope'' has his bickering officers Motti and Tagge, along with his personal Adjutant, Chief Bast.
** OOM-9 served as commander of the Droid Army in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', receiving orders directly from Viceroy Gunray and personally leading the battle against the Gungans.
** All Clone (and later, Stormtrooper) Commanders serve Palpatine after Order 66 is executed in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
*** Commander Cody leads the 212th and immediately turns on Obi-Wan when Order 66 is given.
*** Commander Appo leads the 501st Legion, following Anakin Skywalker directly, and it is he who prevents Bail Organa from entering the Jedi Temple during the sacking.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', there's Captain Phasma, notable for being six foot three and clad in chrome Stormtrooper armor.
* Sergeant Simon in TheMovie of ''Film/SuperMarioBros''. First appears as just a booking officer at the police station, but later serves more proper Mook Lieutenant functions like being Koopa's flamethrower-toting bodyguard and reminding him that humans evolved from apes, not mice.
* In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Staff Sergeant Lyman leads the special forces detachment on behalf of Colonel William Stryker who is clearly more focused on the capture and experimenting on mutants.

* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the Myrddraal are part Mook Lieutenant, part EliteMooks. Though much more physically powerful and intelligent than their [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Trolloc]] cousins, you'll generally find them commanding Trollocs (in general, you get one Myrddraal and a hundred Trollocs, a grouping which is called a "Fist") rather than fighting by themselves. Myrddraal in turn take ''their'' orders from [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Forsaken]], who work directly for [[GodOfEvil the Dark One]]. Somewhat unusually for this trope, the two look nothing alike- Trollocs are hulking beast men, while Myrddraal look like palllid humans with [[EyelessFace smooth skin where eyes should be]] who generally wear {{Black Cloak}}s
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'': Jussac is an officer in the Cardinal's guard and attempts to arrest the musketeers at the covenant. He is prominently featured in the ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973'' version with a bald head.
* Principal Chapman from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is a StarterVillain and the first named Human-Controller encountered. Despite an ostensibly inglorious assignment as the assistant principal of a middle school, Chapman becomes a fairly recurring number two. This threatens the suspension of disbelief in ''The Deception'', when Chapman is being passed off as a ''Navy admiral''.
* Commander Strake and Field Marshall Akkad in ''[[Literature/ThePowerOfFive Oblivion]]''.
* Though he's the BigBad, Count Olaf is implied to hold this role for the bad side of VFD in ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.
* Some Death Eaters are shown giving orders to others in ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' films, usually with cooperation.
%%* Cray from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]], General Staal has his army on the ground led by Commander Skorr. Who promptly removes his helmet when he arrives.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Scorpius, when on his peacekeeping command vessel, discusses and gives orders to Captain Miklo Braca to give to the rest of his armada.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Master Torturer is seemingly in charge of the Dreadfort, or at least holding a position of authority there.
** Lorch certainly has authority over the other Lannister men, as he leads the group of Lannister soldiers that attack the party of Night's Watch recruits headed by Yoren.
** Reinforced with Gregor Clegane in Season 2, where he drops his trademark black armor and black & yellow colors for the usual red Lannister soldier garb.
* The Rank Lieutenant from ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation''.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'': There are special, speaking blue MechaMooks who command the standard silver ones. In ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce,'' there are a few isolated incidences of lone Styxoids (talking, staff-wielding ZombieMooks) leading Hidiacs (babbling, hatchet-wielding standard ZombieMooks, though their acid-spitting power was a force to be reckoned with for about one episode.) but mostly those were a separate squad of EliteMooks.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Any named militia officer other than Monroe or Neville (i.e. Captain Jeremy Baker, appearing in the episodes "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]", "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine Nobody's Fault But Mine]]", "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E15Home Home]]", "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E17TheLongestDay The Longest Day]]"). Sergeant Will Strausser is more of an EliteMook in that he's the lowest-ranking member of the Monroe Militia to merit a name so far, yet has [[TortureTechnician highly-specialized skills]] that Bass relies upon to get certain dirty jobs done.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Castiel seems to have this role among the angels in seasons 4 and 5.
** Likewise Meg seemed to be this to the demons. Oftentimes if there is a group of low level demons, there will be one who acts as their leader and speaks to the Winchesters.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Mal'Ganis from ''[[VideoGame/WarCraft WarCraft III]]''
** Morbent Fell and Rass for Balnazzar.
** The Blademasters for Magtheridon.
** Rage Winterchill for Archimonde.
** Captain Thornby for Admiral Proudmoore.
** The Naga sea witchs and royal guards for Illidan.
** The Captain for Arthas, and later necromancers when he becomes a death knight.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', you encountered the unnamed NPC "Krogan Commander" on Feros who is the the leader of [[BigBad Saren]]'s krogan and geth forces there.
** He can certainly be a BossInMooksClothing, too, especially on higher difficulties.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a rather odd version of this in the form of [[spoiler: The Collector General, who was at first thought to be the BigBad. Like Saren before him, it was shown that the General was actually being controlled by the Reaper Harbinger the whole time. However, the General didn't command the mooks personally; rather, he acted as a conduit and mouthpiece for Harbinger to do the commanding, including possessing Collector infantry and turning them into PeoplePuppets. True to the spirit of this trope, Harbinger ends up leaving the General to die in the exploding Collector Base after the General failed him.]]
** It also had a more traditional use of this trope; most of the Blue Suns and Eclipse mercenary groups you encounter fight you in waves, and large waves will usually contain an officer (a [[EliteMook Legionnaire or Centurion]] for Blue Suns, usually an Engineer or Vanguard for Eclipse) who directs the other troopers and affects their tactics. Also used by the Blood Pack, in the form of [[LargeAndInCharge krogan]] leading teams of vorcha.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' has Parg Vol in ''Spartan Ops''.
* Narhari Kahn, a recurring [[note]]provided you choose to spare him, of course[[/note]] field commander for the Belltower PMC in Hengsha in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''. [[spoiler:He personally executes Malik if you can't save her from the ambush]].
* Comically used in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' with Admiral Alfonso's second in command always being blamed for his failure (yet never actually getting blamed by the BigBad) and Admiral De Loco's constantly being the OnlySaneMan and withdrawing after you defeat them in battle.
* A common occurrence in ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games, bosses are named even for smaller skirmishes and thus present plenty of lieutenants for the BigBad or TheDragon to explain his plan to, as well as for them to stand in as a minor component of that plan that the team of heroes can foil to turn the momentum around.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' Nod Militas have an upgrade which adds a Confessor in their unit which increases their combat abilities. The Black Hand sub-faction has Confessor sqauds in place of Militias.
* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'': President Kombayn Nikoladze never sends a single tactical order to his {{mooks}}. The entire military branch of his operation is commanded by [[TheDragon the mercenary Grinko]].

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has the Lieutenant of [[WesternTerrorist White Fang]], who can often be seen near their high ranking members and is once seen helping host a rally for the organization, despite being dressed in the standard White Fang uniform. He also doubles as a GiantMook and is one of the few members that can handle a named character on his own.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' Jirix is the hobgoblin that [[DragonWithAnAgenda Redcloak]] trusts as his lieutenant, and he becomes Prime Minister of their new country when Redcloak departs with [[BigBad Xykon]].
* Bruce Moriatos from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''
* Crowbar leads the Felt in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** There is Lieutenant Jee, the captain of Zuko's ship who is the only named officer, and is loyal to Iroh while disliking Zuko up until "The Storm".
** Seasons 2 and 3 have an unnamed leader of the Dai Li, who acts as the lieutenant to Long Feng and later Azula, fighting the Gaang when the eclipse occurs.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Amon has the Lieutenant, who doubles as TheDragon, wearing similar armor to the mooks and leading them into battle.
* Roodaka in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}} 3'' convinces king Sidorak to make Vakama lieutenant of his horde of [[GiantSpiders Visorak]]. He has doubts, but when [[UnholyMatrimony she tells him to regard Vakama as her engagement gift to him]], he instantly agrees to her idea. Of course, [[TheStarscream Roodaka just wanted to put her own minion into a leadership role]], so when Sidorak's out of the picture, [[MookCarryover the horde would be hers]]. Prior to that, a Visorak named Kollorak served as the lieutenant.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'': Sergeant Blob is the commanding officer of the Urpneys. Promoted in the very first episode after the previous one, Captain Crigg, failed Zordrak.
%%* Hargon from ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Megabyte uses [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Hack and Slash]] to chase down Bob most of the time, and Herr Dockter for his evil creations. Lieutenant Chauncy is in command of his Army of infected Bionomes. He differs in looks from the other infected Biomes by the wearing of an Officer's cap.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': For some good guy examples, Anakin has Captain Rex and Obi-Wan has Commander Cody. There are also other, less frequently seen clone officers assigned to other Jedi, such as Commander Wolffe for Plo Koon.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[StateSec ISB]] Agent Kallus was explicitly described by the showrunners as representing the mid-level Imperial officers who run the Empire on a day-to-day basis.
** There's also Lieutenant Lyste, who's in charge of a lot of the normal activities of the Imperial military on the planet Lothal.
* General Traag, commander of Krang's Rock Soldiers from the 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', the Vehicon Generals each lead different sets of drones.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has the main Decepticons serving as commanders of the generic [[{{Mook}} Vehicon]] troopers.