This trope could be summed up in a couple quick sentences:
A mook or henchman who is usually taken for granted, treated like a background character, or otherwise is usually just there
is given special attention that humanizes them or gives them them an added layer of substance. This is often achieved by pointing out that the character has a family, people they care about, and they, too, are significant.
Mooks are usually not given a second thought; they are largely treated as nameless, faceless rank and file serial numbers. However, giving them a family, or other personal qualities or possessions, individualizes them. This can lead to another character or the audience sympathizing with them.
This is part of the reason why such characters as hit men, heroes, and villains dislike knowing personal details about their enemies: it makes them care about them. It makes them feel
for them. Thus, knowing that a mook has a family makes the audience and other characters see the mook as an actual person who is worth something.
What Measure is a Mook is describing what this trope should be. And that trope should
is said there. It should be about what a mook is and why they are that.
edited 27th May '14 9:11:48 AM by Lakija
It is what it is.