Playing With / Superpowered Mooks

Basic Trope: Mooks that have the same or similar abilities as the hero.
  • Straight: The resident Action Girl knows Le Parkour and is a Master Swordsman in a world of unarmed, barely agile foes, but soon encounters Mooks that can also ninja their way around and use Implausible Fencing Powers.
  • Exaggerated: The Mooks not only have the exact same kinds of abilities as the Action Girl, but are noticeably better than her at those things too.
  • Downplayed: The Mooks are given swords and can jump from roof to roof, but nowhere near as good as the hero.
  • Justified: As lesser minions are killed off, those in charge of training decide to equip and train their recruits to beat the heroes at their own games.
  • Inverted: The Mooks have abilities the hero can't do, but eventually they win the Superpower Lottery to catch up.
  • Subverted: The hero, Alice, faces a Mook who boasts that anything she can do, he can do just as well... or better. Alice prepares for a serious fight... only for the Mook to go down like a sack of potatoes as soon as she throws one punch.
  • Double Subverted: ...Except it turns out that the Mook had the ability to absorb or learn abilities that are learned against him. The next time Alice fights him, she barely survives.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Some Mooks have abilities similar to the hero, while others either are mere Cannon Fodder or have abilities that differ greatly from the hero.
  • Averted: The Mooks' abilities are completely different from those of the hero.
  • Enforced: "We need to make a bad guy that can really challenge the heroes, or else this show is going to get pretty formulaic."
  • Lampshaded: "Since when can the Mooks do everything I do? I never saw them training."
  • Invoked: The Big Bad trains his Mooks to copy the Action Girl's moves.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The Big Bad recoils at the mere thought of giving his servants the hero's abilities; why would he ever give them to ability to overthrow him?
  • Discussed: "I wonder if the Mooks will follow my every move?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: This Mook can do everything Alice can... except since Alice is an Idiot Hero with no real powers or combat skills, the Mook is functionally useless.

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