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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 man (or woman) 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 not.]]

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

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[[folder: Anime]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''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.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''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 has his bickering officers Motti and Tagge. Along with his personal Adjutant, Chief Bast.
** Commander Cody serves Palpatine after his FaceHeelTurn in ''Revenge of the Sith''.
* ''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/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.
* ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Lieutenant Gillette is Norrington's second in command in the first film. Later, he appears alongside Groves in the fourth one.
** In the last film of the trilogy, Lord Beckett promotes Norrington to Admiral to lead the forces of the East India Company; after his heel face turn, however he gives orders to Lieutenant Groves.
* ''Film/CutthroatIsland'': The British forces in Jamaica are led by Lieutenant Trotter throughout the film.
* ''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 Ugl˙k to lead his army of [[EliteMooks Uruk Hai]].
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Corporal Lyle Wainfleet
* 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''. Seen ordering all of the other guards around and personally whipping slave children, and personally fistfights Indy.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' has [[PunnyName Colonel Sandurz]].
* ''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.
* 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 the film version of Creator/JulesVerne's ''Master of the World'', 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]].
* Bane from ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' has a lieutenant named Barsad.
* The otherwise totally anonymous soldier named Schwalberg in the ChildSoldier 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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 Cardinals 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.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the episode "The Sontaran Stratagem", 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/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.
* The Rank Lieutenant from ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation''.
* ''Series/Supernatural'': Castiel seemed 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.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Mal'ganis from ''VideoGame/WarCraftIII''
** Morbent Fell and Rass for Ballnazar.
** The Blademasters for Magtheridon.
** Rage Winterchill for Archimonde.
** Captain Thornby for Admiral Proudmoore.
** The Naga sea witchs for Illidan.
** The Captain for Arthas, and later necromancers when becomes a Death Night.
* 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.
* {{Halo 4}} has Parg Vol in Spartan Ops.
* A recurring (provided you choose to spare him) Belltower commander Narhari Kahn in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''. He will execute Malik if you can't save her.
* 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 ''VideoGame/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.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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.
* ''TheDreamstone'': Sergeant Blob is the commanding officer of the Urpneys. Promoted in the very first episode after the previous one, Captain Crigg, failed Zordrak.
* ''{{Shrek}}'': The Captain of the Guards.
* General Traag, commander of Krang's Rock Soldiers from the 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}''
* WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender: There was Lieutenant Jee, the captain of Zuko's ship who was the only named officer, and was loyal to Iroh while disliking Zuko up until "The Storm." Seasons 2 and 3 had an unnamed leader of the Dai Li, who acted as the lieutenant to Long Feng and later Azula, fighting the Gaang when the eclipse occurred.
* WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra: Amon Has the Lieutenant, who doubles as TheDragon, wearing similar armor to the mooks and leading them into battle.
* Hargon from ''KorgothOfBarbaria''.
* Roodaka in ''Franchise/{{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/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has good guy examples, Anakin has Captain Rex, and Obi-wan has Commander Cody.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Prime Minister Jirix from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
* Bruce Moriatos from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''
* Crowbar leads the Felt in {{Webcomic/Homestuck}}
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