Playing With: Faceless Goons
Basic Trope: Evil Minions who all wear matching uniforms and helmets.
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- Straight: The bulk of Emperor Evulz' forces wear a standardized uniform, complete with face-concealing helmet.
- The only members of his army who don't wear the face-hiding helmet are his four most powerful commanders.
- The goons panic if their masks come off, because they are no longer anonymous.
- The goons have their faces removed when they sign up.
- The goons wear seventeen masks at a time.
- Downplayed: The goons wear matching uniforms and helmets, but can easily be told apart when not just seen as a large unit. e.g. soldiers in an army.
- Inverted: The Hero and his friends wear matching outfits that make them all look the same; The Empire's uniforms are more varied and unique.
- Subverted: The goons wear masks that are similar, but have subtle differences upon closer inspection.
- Double Subverted: Under these masks, the mooks all have the exact same face.
- Zig Zagged: Some of the enemy forces are wearing masks, whether for intimidation, protection (armored helmets or gas masks), or both. The regular grunts don't, to humanize the forces a bit. In a video game, this is done to denote who's elite and who's going to die from two bullets.
- Averted: Every minion's face is clearly visible.
- Lampshaded: "They all look like guys from a bad video game..."
- The goons are still regular people and are bound to hide their faces to conceal their identity as criminals/bad guys.
- The villain is attempting to dehumanize his goons, to smear the hero for killing them.
- Exploited: Dressing as the Enemy
- Defied: "What do you think I am, some type of cartoon villain?"
- Discussed: "Maybe they really don't want us to see their faces."
- Conversed: "Why do so many villain groups have Faceless Goons?"
- The young hero Albert kills several of Emperor Evulz' forces while under the impression that they're just faceless, mindless monsters. However, when he comes across a wounded soldier who removed his mask, he realizes the truth and has a Heroic BSOD.
- The mooks complain about the masks being unwieldy, stifling, and hard to see through.
- The unmasked solider, Vincent, turns out to a family member of Albert, who after a while recovers his memories and tells Albert that Evulz Brainwashed Vincent into a Faceless Goon, so that Albert would have a Heroic BSOD.
- ... But the mooks survive several shotgun rounds to the face thanks to their armored masks.
- Albert decides that just because they're people, doesn't mean they aren't evil, and that he can't still beat the crap out of them, provided they live.
- Played For Laughs: Not even the soldiers can tell each other apart when they're suited up.
- Played For Drama:
- General Ripper uses it to intimidate enemy forces. It works.
- The enemy goons slowly forget their own identities.
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