'''Basic Trope''': The [[BigBad Big Bad's]] right-hand man (or woman).
* '''Straight''': [[MasterSwordsman General]] [[MeaningfulName Drake]] leads Emperor Evulz's armies into battle, and is more willing to get his hands dirty than his boss.
* '''Exaggerated''': Evulz has almost no control over his minion, [[TheHeavy who is all but running the show through sheer force of badassery.]] [[DragonInChief Drake is the one TheHero needs to defeat.]]
* '''Downplayed''': MookLieutenant.
* '''Justified''':
** [[NonActionBigBad Emperor Evulz has terminal cancer]], and General Drake was simply the most capable candidate to carry out his will.
** Emperor Evulz and General Drake [[VillainousFriendship are friends]], and Drake doesn't mind doing the fighting.
** Drake is a mercenary hired just for that purpose.
** Drake believes in Evulz' cause, and volunteers for the job.
** Evulz is too busy running TheEmpire and [[RealityEnsues has to delegate these things]].
* '''Inverted''':
** TheLancer
** TheHero, if there is a BigGood to oppose the BigBad.
* '''Subverted''':
** General Drake is a member of LaResistance and trying to help the heroes overthrow Evulz.
** General Drake doesn't exist, or has been dead for some time. He is just a propaganda device used by Evulz as an image of terror.
** General Drake is a LegacyCharacter- he is killed frequently, and Evulz promotes some random {{Mook}} to take his name and his place each time.
** Drake is not the Dragon; he and Evulz are in a BigBadDuumvirate.
** Drake is not the dragon; [[TheManinFrontoftheMan he is ''the boss'']], or otherwise the actual villain. But Evulz isn't his dragon either, just a harmless flunky, or even an innocent good guy all along. Drake has been using his name as an excuse to do evil.
* '''Double Subverted:''' Ah, but General ''Wolfenstein'', on the other hand, he is the real deal.
* '''Parodied''': General Drake is frequently sent down by Emperor Evulz to hassle the FiveManBand, [[GoldFishPoopGang despite him having a zero percent success rate with the heroes.]]
* '''Zig Zagged''': General Drake may or may not be TheDragon. He could be TheManBehindTheMan, or [[ReverseMole a member of]] LaResistance, but its ambiguous and the story goes back and forth on this.
* '''Averted''': Evulz has no dragon. He either has a bunch of faceless {{Mooks}}, none of whom stand out, or he is a one-man war machine all on his own.
* '''Enforced''': "We need to stall for time before the heroes face the [[BigBad Ultimate Bad Guy]]. Let's write this guy in."
* '''Lampshaded''': "Say hello to General Drake of the Seven Swords. If you expect to meet me in combat, you must face him."
* '''Invoked''': Emperor Evulz decides to promote the toughest {{Mook}} he can find to CurbStompBattle our heroes and help him stall for time to activate his sinister scheme.
* '''Exploited''': Drake proves his skills in combat and "loyalty" to Emperor Evulz so he can get close enough [[TheStarscream to overthrow him.]]
* '''Defied''':
** General Drake's attempt to block our heroes is thwarted when he's brutally tossed off a bridge.
** Evulz considers hiring a dragon, but decides against it.
* '''Discussed''': "Wait. Our trek here was too easy. Isn't this where someone nasty comes before us?"
* '''Conversed''': "I've noticed a lot of villains have this one guy that does their dirty work."
* '''Deconstructed''':
** General Drake knows that he's number two to a sick and feeble man, and hates every minute of it. Thus, [[TheStarscream he devotes his spare time to finding a way to put his boss down]].
** General Drake knows that he is working for a sick, twisted, despicable madman and thinks TheEmpire would be better off without him, or just desires to leave his employ.
** General Drake is the top enforcer of his master and the guy who is constantly fighting the heroes, taking charge of wars and being the face of terror in TheEmpire- unsurprisingly, he is killed early on doing such dangerous work.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** Emperor Evulz brutally reminds him of the status quo whenever Drake decides to plot against him.
** Evulz kills Drake, and replaces him with a loyal new dragon.
** Drake is killed, and Evulz replaces him with a more cautious and GenreSavvy new dragon.
** When you're a OneManArmy, is there really much need for caution? Drake is perfectly capable of going up against the heroes despite being an easy target, so they decide not to mess with him.
* '''Played For Laughs''':
** Drake is Evulz's only underling, and no matter how incompetent he is, Evulz has to keep using him to fight the heroes.
** All Evulz ever makes Drake do is [[YouGetMeCoffee make his coffee for him]], despite Drake's constant complaints.
* '''Played For Drama''': Drake serves Evulz because if he doesn't, Evulz will kill him.
Back to TheDragon, my lord.
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