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Running The Empire is hard work. No Dark Lord, no matter how powerful and feared, can manage everything on his own and a military-style hierarchy is usually the best of delegating tasks to the various henchmen and minions. As a result, if the heroes wind up having to topple The Empire, they'll end up going against a Standard Evil Empire Hierarchy.

Unlike a Five-Bad Band, which tends to be fought as a group, a Standard Evil Empire Hierarchy is defined by the roles they have within a larger Imperial hierarchy. Each member will be encountered individually, either with their assembled mooks or by themselves. In addition, the members rarely deal with each other unless the Emperor calls them for a joint meeting. Infighting is common as they all attempt to assert their authority and it's not unheard-of for one boss to aid the heroes, only to turn on them afterward.

One of the hallmarks of the hierarchy is that there is often no clear-cut Dragon role, as all of the bosses answer directly to the Emperor himself. The hierarchy usually consists of:

  • The Emperor: The Big Bad himself. Although he might not be an actual Emperor, he is the undisputed ruler of The Empire and the heroes won't reach him until very late in the game, if not the very end. His Imperial Majesty will very rarely do much himself, putting things in the hands of his generals and various subordinates. Is very likely to be The Chessmaster and Evil Overlord, naturally.
  • The Right Hand: Commonly the Emperor's bodyguard, the Right Hand will often exist outside of the official military and police structure. While his position makes him most likely to be a clear-cut Dragon, it's also possible for him to be dumb muscle that's sent to calm down a particularly troublesome situation. A common device is for him to face the heroes mid-way through, sometimes winning, and then pop up again right before the Emperor. If he is The Dragon, having his own agenda or plans to take over will be much more likely due to his more independent nature. When The Emperor is literally an emperor, this trope's position can be filled by the Battle Butler, or his Empress.
  • The General: Leader of the Empire's military. Most likely to be portrayed sympathetically, The General could very well be a Worthy Opponent, though a General Ripper is also common if the setting runs on Black and White Morality. A Mook Lieutenant is rare, as The General is usually portrayed as being competent, morality aside. Common for him to be The Dragon, The Brute and The Strategist rolled into one, though never an Evil Genius since his smarts come from his strategical and tactical abilities. In settings with more than one military branch (army, navy, air force) there can be more than one General.
  • The Guard: In contrast to The General, who is in command of the field armies, The Guard is in command of a high-profile prison, fortress or other stationary strong-point. They will likely contrast with The General and be portrayed far less sympathetically, sitting back in their comfy, well-protected stronghold. Expect him to be any combination of Ax-Crazy, a Dirty Coward or simply incompetent. They will usually be encountered and defeated early on, to make it clear that The Empire is evil before the heroes encounter a more sympathetic member of the hierarchy. Often serves as a Threshold Guardian, both literally (in the "gatekeeper" sense) and metaphorically.
  • The Security Officer: Is in charge of the State Sec and its Doom Troops, stamping out internal dissent and rebellion in the Empire. Often he is also in charge of spies and commandos, one of whom is likely to be the next character on this list. Often he is also The Guard or The Oddball.
  • The Evil Counterpart: Whether he's a Rival Turned Evil, Sixth Ranger Traitor, Turncoat or simply someone who happens to have similar powers and abilities, he's someone with similar powers and abilities as the heroes, often times creating a Mirror Match. Could fall under any of the other slots depending on the setting, but most commonly The Right Hand or The Oddball.
  • The Oddball: If The Right Hand or The Evil Counterpart don't fall under this, expect The Oddball to be a Dark Chick or Evil Genius, wielding powers far different from the others, either dark magic or science. They will have their own agenda and they will be unpredictable, even for their own allies. Alternatively, they could be a mercenary or other form of lowlife hired to track down the heroes, in which case they'll employ the standard weaponry but use unconventional tactics. Either way, the emphasis is that they're connected to The Empire but different.
  • The Man Behind the Man: If The Emperor really isn't the Big Bad, expect this one to be. Often times The Man Behind the Man will be allied with The Emperor, promising dark powers and victory if The Empire aids him in his quest to recover an Artifact of Doom or unlock some Sealed Evil in a Can. The Man Behind the Man is far more common if The Empire is shown to be in command of forces that would be outside what's considered mundane by the standards of the setting.

Compare and contrast with the Five-Bad Band, Standard Evil Organization Squad and Power Stable.


Examples

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    Anime 
  • Akame ga Kiru!
    • The Emperor: Emperor Makoto
    • The Right Hand / The Man Behind the Man: Prime Minister Honest
    • The General: General Esdeath
    • The Guard: Captain Ogre
    • Security Officer: Commander-in-chief Budou
    • The Oddball: The Jaegers

  • Cyborg 009: Black Ghost in the 2001 anime.
    • The Emperor: Skull.
    • The Right Hand: Van Vogt, Skull's second-in-command.
    • The General: Commander Farej.
    • The Guard: Commander Skarr, who heads a Black Ghost factory.
    • The Oddball: Dr. Gaia and Dr. Gamo Whisky, as well as the other 00 Cyborg Assassins.
    • The Man Behind the Man: The Demon Statue, initially appearing to just be one of Black Ghost's superweapons, when in reality it houses three [brains that are the true leaders of Black Ghost.

  • Dragon Ball:
    • The Red Ribbon Army
      • The Emperor: Commander Red
      • The Right Hand: Staff Officer Black
      • The General: General Blue
      • The Guard: General White
      • The Oddball: Tao Pai Pai

    • The Planet Trade Organization
      • The Emperor: Lord Frieza
      • The Right Hand: Captain Ginyu
      • The General: Zarbon
      • The Guard: Dodoria
      • The Security Officer: Sorbet
      • The Oddball: Vegeta
      • The Man Behind the Man: King Cold
    • The Machine Mutants in Dragon Ball GT

  • The D-Reaper from Digimon Tamers

  • The villains from the first half of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

  • Legend of Galactic Heroes actually subverts some of the roles, as The Empire is not all that evil

  • Britannia of Code Geass
    • The Emperor: Charles zi Britannia
    • The Right Hand: Marianne vi Britannia, later Bismarck Waldstein
    • The General: Schneizel el Britannia (Evil Counterpart to Lelouch)
    • The Guard: Clovis la Britannia
    • The Security Officer: Cornelia li Britannia
    • The Oddball: Suzaku Kururugi
    • The Man Behind the Man: V.V.

  • One Piece:
    • The World Government:
      • The Emperor: The Five Elder Stars, the leaders of the World Government. Five old rulers who have mysterious reasons for wiping out those who would discover the secrets of the Void Century, which led to the foundation of the World Government.
      • The Right Hand: Commander-in-Chief Kong, a former Fleet Admiral who serves directly under the Five Elder Stars, as head of all World Government forces, including the ones shown below.
      • The General: Fleet Admiral Sengoku, and later Sakazuki. The Fleet Admiral of the Marines is the head of the World Government's naval forces. Notable forces includes the Three Admirals, one of the two Superpowers of the World Government, and Vice Admirals, who engage in island destroying bombardments known as Buster Calls.
      • The Guard: Chief Warden Magellan, the warden of an inescapable government prison known as Impel Down. Later replaced by Hannyabal, his vice warden.
      • The Security Officers: Cipher Pol, a secret intelligence agency of the World Government, whose various branches handle different tasks, such as espionage, assassinations, and catering to the World Nobles. Notable members include Spandine and Spandam, the directors of their branches, and Rob Lucci, Spandam's strongest assassin of his branch.
      • The Oddball: The Seven Warlords of the Sea, a group of seven government protected pirates that serves as one of the two Superpowers of the World Government to combat an enemy superpower: the Four Emperors. Also, a mysterious scientist known as Vegapunk, who has made various creations for the World Government.
      • The Evil Counterpart (or rather, Lawful Counterpart): Various Marines and the Seven Warlords; Commodore Smoker and Tashigi, and Coby and Helmeppo to Luffy and Zoro (A Fruit-user and a swordswoman, and a Haki-user and a Kukri-wielder to a Haki- and Fruit-user and a swordsman). Mihawk to Zoro.
      • The Man Behind the Man: The Celestial Dragons, also known as the World Nobles. They are descendants of 20 Kingdoms who founded the World Government, and because of this, they see themselves as gods over humanity, and has gotten away with murder, torture, and slavery, among other things. They hold complete power and influence over the Admirals and the Five Elder Stars.
    • The Big Mom Pirates:
      • The Emperor: Charlotte Linlin, aka Big Mom. The Queen of Totto Land, and one of the Four Emperors, with over 80 offspring acting as crewmembers, and legions of subordinates.
      • The Right Hands: Napoleon, Zeus, and Prometheus. Three sentient soul fragments of Big Mom (called homies), who inhabit a Bicorne Hat, a Cloud, and a Miniature Sun. Unlike her offspring, she trusts them completely, and they serve and guard her 24/7; acting as her personal firepower and weapons.
      • The General: Charlotte Perospero. The eldest sibling that is among the most powerful fighters, and a strategist that is privy to Big Mom's personal plans, ensuring that they are carried out. When Big Mom is overcome by her eating disorder, he organizes their battle forces in the climax, guiding Big Mom towards her enemies, and is seen giving orders to some of the Sweet Commanders.
      • The Security Officers: The Sweet Commanders. Big Mom's most powerful and dangerous offspring, who ensure that no outsider enters Big Mom's territory. Charlotte Katakuri, Charlotte Smoothie, and Charlotte Cracker are the three Sweet Commanders. Charlotte Snack was demoted for his failure, showing that Big Mom does not trust them as much as her homies.
      • The Guard: "Scribe" Charlotte Mont-D'Or. A family member who uses his power over books to entrap creatures for Big Mom's collection, as well as jailing any intruders. He also acts as a strategist among the crew, and organizes counter-offensives and family meetings to discuss events.
      • The Oddballs: Pekoms, Tamago, Bobbin, Capone Bege, four non-family members who are prominent and important combatants among the crew.
      • The Evil Counterpart: Charlotte Katakuri, the strongest of the Sweet Commanders, who's skillset is very similar to that of Luffy, with seemingly contrasting demeanors.
      • The Man Behind the Man: Head Chef Streusen. Linlin's surrogate father, and Co-founder of the Big Mom pirates.

  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Principality of Zeon
    • The Emperor: Degwin Zabi, Sovereign of Zeon, though he leaves the running of the war effort to his eldest son, Gihren
    • The Right-Hand /Gihren Zabi, Commander-In-Chief of the military and de facto ruler of Zeon
    • The General: Kycilia Zabi, one of Zeon's best admirals
    • The Guard: Dozle Zabi, commander of Solomon Base
    • The Oddball: M'Quve, Kycilia's right-hand
    • Char Aznable, Zeon's ace pilot with an agenda of his own

  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: The Titans, despite being State Sec for the Earth Federation, fit this pretty well
    • The Emperor: Jamitov Hymem, an Earth Federation Admiral and leader of the Titans
    • The Right Hand: Jerid Messa, Jamitov's bodyguard and enforcer
    • The General: Bask Om, Jamitov's second-in-command and field leader of the Titans
    • The Guard: Jamaican Deringhan
    • The Oddball: Paptimus Scirocco, a technician recruited by Jamitov to reinforce the Titans. Eventually takes command of the Titans after killing off Jamitov.
    • The Man Behind the Man: The Earth Federation, whom the Titans are sub-faction of.

    Comic Books 
  • Amulet: The Elves
    • The Emperor: The Elf King. As his title suggests, he's the leader of the elves.
    • The Right Hand: Gabilan, a bounty hunter employed by the king to carry out various missions for him. Also has his own agenda to take over.
    • The General: Max Griffin
    • The Guard: Luger
    • The Oddball: Logi, the Elf King's personal servant. Not really all that evil. Could also swap positions with Gabilan.
    • The Man Behind the Man: The Voice, who is influencing both the Elf King and Max Griffin to achieve its own mysterious goals.

  • New Gods : Apokolips
    • The Emperor: Darkseid
    • The Right Hand: Desaad
    • The General: Steppenwolf
    • The Guard: Granny Goodness
    • The Oddball: Kanto
    • The Evil Counterpart: Kalibak

  • Transformers: Generation 2: The Cybertronian Empire
    • The Emperor: Liege Maximo, the very first Decepticon
    • The Right Hand: Rook
    • The General: Jhiaxus
    • The Guard: Mindset
    • The Oddball: Starscream

  • V for Vendetta: The Norsefire Government

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    Literature 
  • Lord of the Rings:
    • The Emperor: Sauron
    • The Right Hand: The Mouth of Sauron
    • The General: The Witch-King
    • The Guard: Saruman (though he thinks himself Sauron's equal and seeks to overthrow him)
    • The Oddball: Shelob

  • The Silmarillion:
    • The Emperor: Morgoth, also Evil Counterpart to Manwë
    • The Right Hand: Glaurung, a literal Dragon
    • The General: Gothmog, leader of the Balrogs
    • The Guard: Sauron, Saruman being the same position for Sauron later is intentional
    • The Oddball: Ungoliant, ancestor of Shelob
    • Evil Counterpart: Carcharoth to Haun (But one could argue all Tolkien villains are evil Counterparts to someone)

  • Masks Of Aygrima:
    • The Emperor: The Autarch
    • The Right Hand: Shrela, the Mistress of magic, the Autarch's most powerful magic using subject.
    • The Guard: The Warden of the Magic Mine.
    • The General: Stank The Guardian of Security, who is in charge of all watchers.
    • The Oddball: The Palace Healer, The Master Masker, and the Master Maskmaker.

  • Animorphs
    • The Emperor: The Yeerk Emperor
    • The Right Hand: The Council of Thirteen.
    • The General: The Vissers in general, but especially Visser One, though Visser Three is the one who directly opposes our heroes, and later gets formally promoted to Visser One.
    • The Guard: Visser Four
    • The Evil Counterpart: David, briefly.
    • The Oddball: Taylor, in two books at least.
    • The Man Behind the Man: Crayak

  • Belisarius Series
    • The Emperor: Skandagupta
    • The Right Hand: Venandakatra the Vile
    • The Guard: Possibly Nanda Lal
    • The General: Damodara and Rana Sanga
    • The Man Behind the Man: Link
    • The Oddball: Narses

  • The Elenium
    • The Emperor: Azash
    • The Right Hand: Emperor Otha
    • The Guard: Primate Annias
    • The General / The Evil Counterpart: Martel
    • The Odball: Princess Arissa and Prince Lycheas

  • The Belgariad: Angarak Kingdoms

  • John Devil (1862) by Paul Féval. Henri Belcamp intends to create an Empire

  • The Wheel Oftime: The Shadow as of the Last Battle
    • The Emperor: The Dark One
    • The Right Hand: Moridin
    • The General: Demandred
    • The Guard: Mazrim Taim
    • Evil Counterpart: Slayer for Perrin. All of the above characters also pull double-duty as someone's Evil Counterpart: the Dark One for the Creator, Moridin for Rand, Demandred for Mat, and Taim for Egwene and Logain.
    • The Oddball: Shaidar Haran and Lanfear, albeit for vastly different reasons note 
    • Of course, considering how vast WOT's cast is, even for just one faction, there are lots of other minions of the Shadow who don't fit into this configuration due to either being less important or simply focusing more on undermining the Dark One's enemies than leading the Shadow's forces.

  • New Jedi Order: The Yuuzhan Vong, circa The Unifying Force
    • The Emperor: Oniminote 
    • The Right Hand: Shimrra note 
    • The General: Nas Choka
    • The Guard: High Prefect Drathul and High Priest Jakan
    • The Oddball: Nom Anor
    • The Evil Counterpart: The Slayers collectively, to the Jedi.

  • The Sundering
    • The Emperor: Satoris
    • General: Tanaros Caveros
    • Guard: Vorax
    • Oddball: Ushahin

  • A Song of Ice and Fire

    • Joffrey's regime in A Clash of Kings:
      • The Emperor: Joffrey Baratheon
      • The Right Hand: Sandor "the Hound" Clegane
      • The General: Tyrion Lannister
      • The Guard: Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane at Harrenhall
      • The Security Officer: Varys
      • The Oddball: Vargo Hoat
      • The Man Behind the Man: Tywin Lannister

  • Harry Potter
    • Voldemort's Inner Circle Death Eaters
      • The Emperor: Lord Voldemort. The Dark Wizard who wants to take over Britain, gain more power and immortality, and kill Harry Potter once and for all.
      • The Right Hand: Bellatrix Lestrange. Chief enforcer of the Death Eaters, whom Voldemort does value over the others for her devotion, cruelty, and power, even entrusting her with his Horcrux. Before Bellatrix's release, there was Voldemort's most competent and faithful Death Eater, Barty Crouch Jr., who was instrumental in the success of Voldemort's rebirth.
      • The General: Severus Snape. Voldemort's official second in command, even over his favorite Bellatrix. Snape is entrusted to lead missions Voldemort wouldn't trust to anyone else, and after orchestrating Dumbledore's death, he makes Snape headmaster of Hogwarts, in order to supply a new generation of followers in Voldemort's army. Although he was on Dumbledore's side all along
      • The Guard: Lucius Malfoy. The first Death Eater that gives Harry Potter trouble throughout the stories, and was initially Voldemort's number two before a disgraceful defeat. His only role after that is to provide a hideout for Voldemort, and keep watch over prisoners.
      • The Security Officer: Corban Yaxley. A Death Eater who helped Voldemort overthrow the Ministry Of Magic, and controls a puppet Minister to impose Voldemort's new regime. Yaxley's role was using the Ministry to purge the wizarding population of muggleborns, and hunt down Voldemort's enemies.
      • The Oddball: Fenrir Greyback. A vicious werewolf who acts as a mercenary to Voldemort's Death Eaters, and leads a gang of mercs. Wormtail is a cowardly turncoat who, despite also being responsible for Voldemort's return, is given very menial tasks, and is treated like garbage by everyone.
      • The Evil Counterpart: Draco Malfoy, towards Harry Potter. A Slytherin student who was made a Death Eater, but ultimately nowhere near as evil as his older comrades.

  • The Radiant Dawn: The worshipers of Tyadrig:
    • The Emperor: Aaron Murphy, the warrior "king" of the undead armies.
    • The Right Hand: Stacie Murphy, wife of Aaron and the leading spellcaster.
    • The General: Olaf Falkenskold, commander of northern forces. He also leads the expedition to recover Ondesverd.
    • The Security Officer: Roger Wellington, the death knight in command of the Australian detachment. They are tasked with eradicating all the plants and and animals to ensure the holdouts starve to death.
    • The Oddball: Kgosi, the African warlord turned death knight commander.
    • The Man Behind the Man: Tyadrig, the demon lord that all the evil leaders worship.

  • Timeline-191: The Confederate States of America after the Freedom Party takes control.
    • The Emperor: Jake Featherston.
    • The Right Hand: Don Partridge.
    • The General: George S. Patton.
    • The Guard: Jefferson Pinkard, who runs the Camp Dependable death camp
    • Security Officer: Ferdinand Koenig, Attorney General of the CSA and the one in charge of it's State Sec.
    • The Oddball: Clarence Potter, head of Confederate Intelligence.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Gorma Tribe in Gosei Sentai Dairanger.
    • The Emperor: Gorma Emperor XV
    • The Right Hand: The Four Deva Kings
    • The General: The Gorma Triumvirate
    • The Guard: Archbishop Saw
    • The Security Officer: General Tenpou
    • The Evil Counterpart: Akomaru
    • The Oddball: The Three Gorma Stooges
    • The Man Behind the Man: Lieutenant Colonel Shadam

  • The Gaiark in Engine Sentai Go-onger
    • The Emperor: Crime Minister Yogoshimacritein. While not the true leader of the Gaiark, he's the highest ranked and most powerful member seen in the TV series.
    • The Right Hand: Chirakasonne, Yogoshimacritein's right hand man
    • The General: Cleaning Minister Kireizky
    • The Guard: Earth Pollution Minister Yogostein, Water Pollution Minister Kegalesia and Air Pollution Minister Kitaneidas, the three Gaiark ministers heading the invasion of Earth. Unlike most examples, they are actually rather sympathetic.
    • The Oddball: Hiramechimedes, Yogostein's right hand who acts as The Strategist for the three ministers.
    • The Man Behind the Man: Pollution President Batcheed, the actual leader of the Gaiark, though he's absent for the TV series, only being mentioned in the final episode before appearing in The Movie.

  • The Zangyack Space Empire invasion force in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
    • The Emperor: Warz Gill at first; he's eventually replaced by his dad, the actual Emperor.
    • The Right Hand: Barizorg, who has no agenda of his own due to being a good guy reforged into a cyborg minion.
    • The General: Damaras, The Dragon and Warz's bodyguard / babysitter.
    • The Oddball: Insarn
    • The Evil Counterpart: Basco, the Red Ranger's former comrade turned enemy, who is only nominally allied with Zangyack and mostly harasses the Gokaiger for his own ends.

  • Space Shogunate Jark Matter, while their hierarchy has yet to be fully shown, appear to fill this pretty well in Uchu Sentai Kyuranger
    • The Emperor: Don Armage, the ruler of the entire Shogunate.
    • The Right Hand: Scorpio, Jark Matter's top assassin who appears to answer only to Armage
    • The Guard: Eridoron, the Karo in charge of the Sagittarius System
    • The Oddball: Ikagen and Madako, two assassins with the rank of Karo sent to eliminate the Kyurangers

  • Dai-Shocker in Kamen Rider Decade
    • The Emperor: The Great Leader of Dai-Shocker aka Tsukasa Kadoya. Later Shadow Moon when he usurps control in All Riders Vs Dai-Shocker.
    • The Right Hand: Shadow Moon/Nobuhiko Tsukikage in All Riders Vs Dai-Shocker. Sayo Kadoya / High Priestess Bishium fills this role when Shadow Moon takes command of the organization.
    • The General/Security Officer: Apollo Geist
    • The Guard: Ten Faced Demon Llumu Qhimil
    • The Oddball: Schwarian

  • The Overlord Inves in Kamen Rider Gaim
    • The Emperor: Rosyuo, the Man of the Beginning and ruler of the Overlord Inves
    • The Right Hand: DJ Sagara, acting as something of an adviser to Rosyuo
    • The General: Redyue, the Overlord in charge of the invasion of Earth
    • The Guard: Demushu, who leads the initial incursion on Zawame City
    • The Oddball: Mitsuzane Kureshima, by virtue of being a human allied with the Overlords.
    • The Man Behind the Man: Helheim Forest

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  • The White Fang in RWBY
    • The Emperor: High Leader Sienna Khan. Later Adam Taurus after he usurps her.
    • The Right Hand: Fennec and Corsac Albain, who act as messengers and advisors for the White Fang's leadership.
    • The General: Adam Taurus, a high-ranking member of the organization who heads its sect in Vale.
    • The Guard: The unnamed White Fang Lieutenant, who appears early on and heads a White Fang compound with Roman Torchwick.
    • The Oddball: Roman Torchwick, a human criminal allied with the group.
    • The Man Behind the Man: Cinder Fall, another human allied with the group who appears to be using them for her own ends. And, by extension, Cinder's master Salem as well.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 

  • The Antagonists in To Boldly Flee
    • The Emperor/ The Man Behind the Man: The Executor
    • The Right Hand: Darth Snob
    • The General: General Zodd and General Ferdinand von Turrell
    • The Guard: Lame R. Prick
    • The Evil Counterpart: Most of them counts: Turrell (to The Nostalgia Critic), The Executor (to Oancitizen), Darth Snob (to Luke Mochrie), Mechakara (to Linkara), Seven-of-Eleven (to Obscurus Lupa), and Ma-Ti (to Film Brain)
    • The Oddball: Mechakara

    Western Animation 
  • The Fire Nation in Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • The Emperor: Fire Lord Ozai
    • The Right Hand: Princess Azula
    • The General: Zhao
    • The Guard: Boiling Rock's warden
    • The Evil Counterpart: Prince Zuko
    • The Oddball: Mai and Ty Lee

  • Darth Maul's Shadow Collective, though an underworld empire, fits this better than Five-Bad Band.

  • The Irken Empire in Invader Zim
    • The Emperor: The Almighty Tallests, the rulers of the empire whose position was given to them because they were the tallest
    • The Right Hand: The Control Brains, who handle judiciary matters, as well as evaluate who gets to be Invaders. Their decisions even have to be accepted by the Tallests, making them the true rulers of the empire.
    • The General: The Tallests again, as they appear to be in charge of the empire's military and are the ones who send Invaders to conquer planets
    • The Guard: Sizz-Lorr, who runs a restaurant on the planet Foodcourtia
    • The Oddball: The titular Invader Zim

  • The Toad Empire in Bucky O Hare And The Toad Wars

  • The Neosapien Commonwealth in Exosquad:
    • The Emperor: Phaeton, being an obvious Hitler expy
    • The Right Hand: Livia, Phaeton's most trusted general and advisor always at his side, almost bordering on Girl Friday and Unholy Matrimonynote 
    • The General: Shiva, the most brilliant and loyal Neosapien general, who is also the only top-rank presented as a Worthy Opponent to the Terrans
    • The Guards: Draconis and Typhonus, governor-generals of the Neosapien-occupied Venus and Mars, respectively, noted for their cruelty and repeated treachery attempts
    • The Security Officer: Livanus, the One-Episode Wonder chief of security on the Neosapien-occupied Earth who uses his telepathy to track La Résistance members
    • The Evil Counterparts: Thrax, a Neosapien Ace Pilot frequently pitted against Able Squad's own hotshot ace, Kaz Takagi; also, Amanda Connor, a Terran collaborationist in charge of Neosapien propaganda and the Rebel Leader Sean Napier's ex-wife
    • The Oddballs: Xenobius and Praetorius, the Neosapien Mad Scientists, the latter of which additionally genetically engineered the Evil Genius race of Neo Megas, who also serve as Oddballs within Phaeton's regime

  • COBRA in G.I. Joe
    • The Emperor: Cobra Commander
    • The Right Hand: Storm Shadow, a ninja who specializes in assassinations and Cobra Commander's bodyguard, and Destro, COBRA's weapons dealer who also acts as The Dragon to Cobra Commander
    • The General: Major Bludd, head of COBRA's Infantry Deployment
    • Security Officer: The Baroness, head of COBRA's intelligence and espionage
    • The Oddball: Dr. Mindbender, COBRA's top scientist, Tomax and Xamot, head of COBRA's economic affairs and the Crimson Guard, Zartan, a shapeshifter who leads the Dreadnoks and Firefly, who is contracted by Cobra Commander to perform sabotage missions.
    • The Man Behind the Man: Golobulos and the Cobra-La, at least in the movie

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