The Mooks back there listen to the Mook on the left.
"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."
It's not very leader-like to give orders yourself when you're trying to rule the world
. Whilst you leave the hunting of the MacGuffin
to your champion
and the creation of the world ending device
to your Mad Scientist
, 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 boneheaded questions
about the weather controlling device and give the Big Bad
someone to talk to when The Dragon
is a man (or woman) of few words. Very rarely in For the Evulz
, he's normally a career military man who views the heroes as rabble
and does not question orders
. Has a high mortality rate 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, 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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- Wolf's Rain: 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.
- Pokémon: In the anime the Unova region's Team Plasma had Aldith, who all of the Plasma grunts defer to and who is the apparent second-in-command to 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.
- Star Wars: 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 Grand Finale, 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 Face-Heel Turn in Revenge of the Sith.
- OOM-9 served as commander of the Droid Army in The Phantom Menace, receiving orders directly from Viceroy Gunray and personally leading the battle against the Gungans.
- James Bond
- Morzeny in From Russia with Love is in charge of training the SPECTRE mooks.
- Goldfinger. Kisch, who commands the army of mooks during the invasion of Fort Knox and performs minor minion roles before that.
- Tomorrow Never Dies has Captain Scott. Big Bad 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. He's casually gunned down with the rest of the control room during Bond's attack on the boat, however.
- In X2: X-Men United, 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.
- Pirates of the Caribbean:
- 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.
- Cutthroat Island: The British forces in Jamaica are led by Lieutenant Trotter throughout the film.
- The Lord of the Rings: With Sauron in offscreensville for most of the trilogy, 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 Uruk Hai.
- Avatar: Corporal Lyle Wainfleet
- The Indiana Jones films have a couple of examples:
- Major Gobler in Raiders of the Lost Ark, 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 chief Thuggee guard in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Seen ordering all of the other guards around and personally whipping slave children, and personally fistfights Indy.
- Spaceballs has Colonel Sandurz.
- Sin City 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 The Movie of Super Mario Bros.. 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 Jules Verne's Master of the World, Vincent Price's 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 futuristic flintlock pistol.
- Bane from The Dark Knight Rises has a lieutenant named Barsad.
- The otherwise totally anonymous soldier named Schwalberg in the Child Soldier World War II thriller Hornets' Nest. 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 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 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 The Return of Swamp Thing fills this role, doing double time as The Brute for Dr. Arcane. His assistant Ms. Poinsettia in turn leads the female mooks.
- Zygon has one of these in Starchaser: The Legend of Orin who runs his control room. When the Robot War 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 runs out when Zygon isn't looking.
- In The Adventures of Robin Hood, the leader of Prince John's guards is a disgraced former knight named Dickon Malbete. While Sir Guy and the Sheriff are essentially Co-Dragons, Dickon performs typical Mook Lieutenant duties such as commanding legions of Mooks and getting killed by the Plucky Comic Relief.
- In The Wheel of Time, the Myrddraal are part Mook Lieutenant, part Elite Mooks. Though much more physically powerful and intelligent than their 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 the Forsaken, who work directly for 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 smooth skin where eyes should be who generally wear Black Cloaks
- The Three Musketeers: Jussac is an officer in the Cardinal's guard and attempts to arrest the musketeers at the covenant. He is prominently featured in the The Three Musketeers (1973) version with a bald head.
- Principal Chapman from Animorphs is a Starter Villain 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 Oblivion.
- Though he's the Big Bad, Count Olaf is implied to hold this role for the bad side of VFD in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
- Some Death Eaters are shown giving orders to others in Harry Potter films, usually with cooperation.
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who: 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.
- Farscape: Scorpius when on his peacekeeping command vessel discusses and gives orders to Captain Miklo Braca to give to the rest of his armada.
- Power Rangers S.P.D.: There are special, speaking blue Mecha-Mooks who command the standard silver ones. In Power Rangers Mystic Force, there are a few isolated incidences of lone Styxoids (talking, staff-wielding Zombie Mooks) leading Hidiacs (babbling, hatchet-wielding standard Zombie Mooks, though their acid-spitting power was a force to be reckoned with for about one episode.) but mostly those were a separate squad of Elite Mooks.
- Revolution: Any named militia officer other than Monroe or Neville (i.e. Captain Jeremy Baker, appearing in the episodes "No Quarter", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Home", "The Longest Day"). Sergeant Will Strausser is more of an Elite Mook in that he's the lowest-ranking member of the Monroe Militia to merit a name so far, yet has highly-specialized skills that Bass relies upon to get certain dirty jobs done.
- The Rank Lieutenant from Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.
- 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.
- Mal'ganis from War Craft III
- 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 Mass Effect 1, you encountered the unnamed NPC "Krogan Commander" on Feros who is the the leader of Saren's krogan and geth forces there.
- He can certainly be a Boss In Mooks Clothing, too, especially on higher difficulties.
- Mass Effect 2 has a rather odd version of this in the form of The Collector General, who was at first thought to be the Big Bad. 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 People Puppets. 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 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 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 Deus Ex: Human Revolution. He will execute Malik if you can't save her.
- Comically used in Skies of Arcadia with Admiral Alfonso's second in command always being blamed for his failure (yet never actually getting blamed by the Big Bad) and Admiral De Loco's constantly being the Only Sane Man and withdrawing after you defeat them in battle.
- A common occurrence in Fire Emblem games, bosses are named even for smaller skirmishes and thus present plenty of lieutenants for the Big Bad or The Dragon 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.
- ReBoot: Megabyte uses 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.
- The Dreamstone: 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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: 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.
- The Legend of Korra: Amon Has the Lieutenant, who doubles as The Dragon, wearing similar armor to the mooks and leading them into battle.
- Hargon from Korgoth of Barbaria.
- Roodaka in BIONICLE 3 convinces king Sidorak to make Vakama lieutenant of his horde of Visorak. He has doubts, but when she tells him to regard Vakama as her engagement gift to him, he instantly agrees to her idea. Of course, Roodaka just wanted to put her own minion into a leadership role, so when Sidorak's out of the picture, the horde would be hers. Prior to that, a Visorak named Kollorak served as the lieutenant.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars has good guy examples, Anakin has Captain Rex, and Obi-wan has Commander Cody.