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Evil Minions
Evil Minions at work.

A class of Stock Character that allows a Big Bad to operate on a large scale. Evil cousins to the Red Shirt and yet "Technical Pacifist" brothers to normal Mooks.

Evil Minions are the non combat version of Mooks. They tend to the villain's science labs, clean up the corpses from the shark pools, give The Dragon stress relief via being choked or other dog kickery, and generally run around like headless chickens when the hero pushes the Big Red Button.

Usually drawn (if animated) or dressed (if live action) alike in overalls, Space Clothes, or other utilitarian "science" or "engineer" garb depending on their job. This is so the audience can easily pick them out as nameless and expendable. On the bright side they're rarely completely faceless like other Security Guard Mooks, affording them at least some protection from amoral heroic rampages, though they're still "evil" Innocent Bystanders to the heroes' wrath. If they have lines, expect them to complain about work conditions, desperate need for better insurance, their pay and their bosses' idea of "incentives".

Other types of evil minions:

Examples

Film
  • One of the more classic examples are the white helmeted technicians alongside the Imperial Stormtroopers of the Star Wars movies, as well as the Trade Federation droid bridge crews from the prequel series.
  • The bad guy scientist in Resident Evil: Extinction gleefully leaves two fawning lab assistants to be killed by his enhanced zombie when it goes on a rampage. True, one was dead meat, but the other he could have saved.
  • Many classic James Bond villains have bunches of these guys to man the Supervillain Lair and control the orbital death rays or ICBM-hijacking equipment or what have you.

Literature
  • Subverted somewhat in the Whateley Universe. At the Super Hero School Whateley Academy, there is a clique of rich kids who happen to also be mutants. At one meeting, a number of them get into a discussion of the problems with hiring minions and maintaining an effective corps of dangerous minions. They all think of this as if they were hiring middle managers or highly competitive salesmen or grouchy programmers. Of course, the school handbook has an entire section on rules to follow if you hire other students as your minions...
  • The novel Death Star which is all about the evil and not-so-evil minions on the titular space station.
  • Dave Barry Slept Here has "a group of high-level Nixon administration aides, all of them named Klaus," who in their testimony before the Watergate committee "projected all the warmth and personal integrity of eels."

Live-Action TV
  • Gilina on Farscape was an Evil Minion to the Peacekeepers, serving as a technician in her debut episode "Peace Keeper Tech Girl". Her romantic feelings for John got her upgraded to Mauve Shirt, and later she did a Mook-Face Turn out of that love.
  • Harmony... has... ''minions'' ?
    • The First Evil's Bringers.
  • The white-coated silent attendants on Top Gear who deliver the gold challenge envelopes, assist with the challenges, and (ostensibly) work for the (also ostensibly) evil "producers."

Tabletop Games
  • The Staff merit in Vampire: The Requiem allows your character to have certain kinds of employees, such as gardeners, lawyers, chauffeurs and etc.

Video Games
  • The game Evil Genius has an entire tree of combat Mooks and non-combat Evil Minions, all descended from the basic Worker. They're distinct from "Henchmen" who are more powerful, named, controllable by the player and have to be hired. The game is interesting in that it gives each Minion a name and mini biography, has loyalty traits, and can be killed on a whim by the evil genius to inspire fear and loyalty in nearby minions. While the low ranking ones are eminently expendable, ones higher up on the job tree can get to be as or more valuable than Henchmen if a raid reduces their numbers.
  • The Imps in Dungeon Keeper, who excavate and expand your dungeons as well as the Trolls, who are your mechanics who build traps and such.
  • The Minions in Overlord are a literal example of this, though they're all your combat Mooks save for the NPC ones like Gnarl or Quaver.
    • Giblet, the Foregemaster, or the women you kidnap from Spree maybe be examples.

Webcomics
  • In Sluggy Freelance, when Aylee (actually her clone) started her own web design business in league with Hereti Corp, there were a number of regular web designers working there. These minions served a twofold purpose: 1) keep the legitimate stream of revenue flowing, and 2) be a handy source of human snacks for Aylee.
    • Later on, Hereti Corp blurred the line between Mook and Minion when they opened their own chain of pizza places, but still staffed the restuarants with their black ops mercenaries (or at least gave the staff the same all-black uniforms).
  • Henchman For Hire seems to play this in a comedic way in addition to playing various other super villain and minion tropes
  • What's New? with Phil and Dixie shows us the basics of minioning, doubling as a test drive for Krosp.

Web Original
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog has the Henchmans' Union, populated by lesser villains who seem to work either on their own or for the supervillains.
  • In the Whateley Universe, when Dr. Diabolik has his forces attack Cincinnati, his minions are operating his hidden dropship and performing 'command and control' for him. In violation of stock Evil Minion protocols, some of them make helpful suggestions, and he treats them well.

Western Animation
  • The villains in Batman's and Superman's animated series were constantly hiring minions, usually ones that reflected that villain's particular motif.
    • It became something of a plot point that the Joker had trouble finding Minions both because Batman kept kicking his ass, and also because he's a Bad Boss.
    • Also turns up in the comics, and sometimes gets parodied / lampshaded with the mooks talking about times they were working for other villains.
  • Parodied in the show WordGirl. Doctor Two-Brains (who has the brain of a super-intelligent lab rat stuck on his head) has two (dumb as dirt) minions. (They normally start out conversations with saying "Hey, Boss?" and Two-Brains responding "Yes, minions?") They normally wear jump-suits with a rat logo on them, but in one episode when they complained about their outfits, Two-Brains decided to put them in mascot outfits made to look like mice.
    • One of them, the taller of the two, never speaks, the other speaks, and wears a hat (forgot it's name) Under that had is a ridiculous, seventies-ish style haircut he is proud of. Dr. Twobrains turned it into CREAM CHEESE!! Just to show them how his raygun works!
  • In Despicable Me 2, the minions literally become evil minions after being injected with a Psycho Serum.

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