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  • Naturally the Power Rangers SNES game has the putties.
    • But they didn't code their signature weakness, hitting them in the belt.
  • First introduced in Dragon Quest, Slimes are some of the most famous! Let's see... first enemy you face, starting monster in the Mons spin-offs, give 1 EXP and 1 Gold, come in many different variants including Metal Slime and King Mook, only have about 10HP ever...
  • Super Mario Bros. give us Goombas, as well as Koopa Troopas, Spinies, Lakitus, Hammer Bros., Magikoopas, and the rest of the Koopa Troop.
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog series has Badniks and various other Mecha-Mooks.
  • The Pokémon games absolutely love the latter category of mook. Almost without exception throughout the series, the actual leaders of any criminal organization are a genuine threat... but the legions upon legions of grunt-level members are a bunch of nameless goofballs who are played almost entirely for laughs and are minor obstacles at best.
    • It helps that they seem to just blindly recruit people off the streets. The Mooks of Team Galactic don't even know what they're being terrorists over. In fact, the Trope is lampshaded a bit after you defeat a Team Galactic Grunt when he seems to taunt you with the standard Evil Gloating, saying, "You cannot begin to comprehend the goals of Team Galactic!" Then he pauses, and adds, "Of course... They really don't tell Grunts like me much about them either..."
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    • To make things worse, since Generation II, all trainers are named. However, those organizations' grunts are never named. The sole exception to this are the Cipher Peons; it'd be almost impossible to distinguish one from another otherwise.
    • In fact, the games expect you to defeat every single grunt because they give good EXP. The bosses at the end are at the level where you'd need to train so you can beat them. (And they tend to be Dirty Cowards who often spill their guts and give you information if you beat them, even though the protagonist is just a kid, necessary because looking through computer files or journals for that sort of thing isn't the point of this game.) This is especially true in the first few games and their remakes.
    • The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series games have the Sableyes to Dusknoir, and Aggron, Arbok, Magcargo, Magmortar, Mismagius, and Rhyperior to Darkrai.
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    • One scene in Pokémon X and Y really Deconstructs the whole concept of Mooks being Faceless Goons, in a scene where the Team Flare Admin does something really dumb, but the Grunt actually has brains:
      Team Flare Admin: I'm afraid we're going to have to ask you to turn back. The Legendary Pokémon IS at the end of this chamber, after all.
      Team Flare Grunt: Why did you tell them that?! Who would even do something like that?!
  • Evil Genius takes the further step of explicitly telling you that Construction Workers are expendable and can be used as cannon fodder; they're still necessary, though, as they're the only ones who can build new rooms.
  • EarthBound features a minor enemy species actually named Mook found in large quantities in certain dungeons.
    • Senior Mooks, on the other hand, have powerful PSI that can drop Paula in one hit.
    • Not as conveniently named, but Foppy and Fobby are perhaps the embodiment of this trope: they are nondescript little blobs with feet, they are completely ineffectual in battle, they give massive experience compared to other enemies in the same areas, and it's unusual to face them any less than three at a time.
      • But if they were left alone for several turns, they could concentrate again and start casting powerful PSI powers, which might make them Elite Mooks, or even a lethal Underground Monkey.
      • Foppies and Fobbies aren't the only ones like this. Others include the Slugs and Mr. Molecules.
    • Sadly, Mother 3 has no alien Mooks. Instead it has Pigmasks, most of which are laughably dumb or cowardly.
  • Like EarthBound, Chrono Trigger features "Hench" and "Goon" monsters.
  • The Waddle Dees from the Kirby games are not only completely ineffectual, they barely even have faces. Although they are adorable little guys.
  • Mooks are the primary resource in most games in the Dynasty Warriors series. They're technically capable of hurting or even killing your character, and they can get between you and the more important foes you're trying to take out, but their primary purpose is to die by the hundreds and provide a bountiful harvest of experience points, arcade-style power ups, morale and, above all, entertainment.
    • The beat 'em up genre, consisting of titles such as Final Fight, Streets of Rage, and Golden Axe, could be seen as the forerunner to more recent series like Dynasty Warriors. The threat posed by even the most lowly mook in 16-bit era beat 'em ups is more significant, but not by much.
  • Ace Attorney Investigations has "good" mooks, in the 99 policemen who follow Shi-Long Lang around. They tend to block your path or drag Gumshoe away when he's trying to be helpful to Edgeworth, but they're on the side of the angels and at the end of the game one of them even pulls off a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Used in City of Villains, where one of the early enemy types you encounter are a branch of the local mafia called "The Mooks." Like almost all enemy types in the game, they're an endless supply of easy beatings and experience points, with only the named bosses being particularly dangerous.
    • Any "Minion" class enemy in City of Heroes or City of Villains is this.
  • The identical nature of mooks was lampshaded in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, where Sam asks of one, "Didn't I kick your ass two rooms back?"
  • Deus Ex pits the player largely against humans wielding the exact same weapons the player can use. They also use the same model as the player for taking damage and dying.
    • Until the mid game, these mooks pose a serious threat as individuals, and more than three at a time is reason enough to look for a maintenance tunnel or sniper's nest.
    • The mook status is lampshaded in one mission where a mother begs you not to shoot at her son, who is one of the mooks outside. Her description is composed of elements hidden by the uniform, and chances are good you had to take him out just to get in and talk to the woman.
      • Deus Ex goes beyond lampshading and into bona fide deconstruction. Many of the game's faceless mooks have multiple lines of unique dialogue, and mooks constantly have conversations which Anviliciously drive home the point that they are real human beings who probably don't deserve to be gunned down en masse just because you don't feel up to sneaking past them or incapacitating them non-lethally.
      • Except that they are trained soldiers and police with, for the most part, orders to kill you on sight.
      • Except that apart from MJ12 goons they were misinformed that you are a terrorist.
  • Most of the challenge in Prince of Persia that wasn't about avoiding the ubiquitous instant-death traps was engaging in sword fights with guards. Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame had sword-wielding, bird-masked Mooks in the temple levels.
  • The Replicas and ATC Security guards in First Encounter Assault Recon are actually surprisingly competent and very dangerous if underestimated.
    • And then you go into bullet time and devastate them with the repeating cannon or whatever ungodly powerful weapon you happen to be carrying. Mooks, mooks, mooks.
  • Gwent: The Witcher Card Game: The Monster factions features many of these from the Witcher series, such as Foglets and Nekkers. Many Monster decks use tactics based around these mooks, creating as many copies of them as they can before overwhelming the opponent with sheer numbers.
  • The Fighting Polygons, Wireframes, and Alloys in the Super Smash Bros. series (they were all originally called Fighting Zakos, to top it off, zako translating to "lackey").
  • Due to the nature of the series, each Metal Gear title has their own set of mooks, whether it be the Genome Soldiers in the original Metal Gear Solid, the Gurlukovich Mercenaries in Metal Gear Solid 2 and the PMCs in Metal Gear Solid 4.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, there's a game mode called "Zako Survival."
    • In Metal Gear Solid 3, the enemy soldiers (GRU or KGB or Spetsnaz, or some combination thereof) are so disposable (at least on the lower difficulty settings), at one point a bunch of them die to killer bees, while their leader (a plot-important character) simply kills all the bees that come near him. With his guns. By twirling them in the air. Snake, meanwhile, has to jump to probable death, to avoid certain death. Needless to say, he survives as well.
  • Metal Arms: Glitch in the System absolutely delights in its mooks, the "Mils" giving the player myriad ways of delighting in their dismemberment, forced-heel-face turns and immolation, all to the sound of their high-pitched screaming. After the first few levels, they essentially become Video Game Cruelty Potential popcorn. To their credit, though they are persistent, and will continue fighting on (ineffectually) even with only one leg and a half-attached arm to their name. Even if it means dropping a grenade at their own feet and blowing themselves up with it by mistake. Yeah, they're not too bright either.
    "Not me, not me! Shoot the droid!"
  • The TimeSplitters series has evil henchmen in employment of the evil Khallos...EVIL, however, he does provide them with communal dressing rooms and rubber miniskirts for female members.
  • The short Vietcong campaign in Vietcong 2 is something of a subversion of this. You spend a few levels playing as a young Vietcong soldier, then the campaign's ending shows your character as one of the countless nameless mooks your American character mowed down in the main American campaign.
  • The running enemy grunts in the original Contra for the NES. As a reward, the quantity of these grunts increases each time you complete the game.
  • Overlord has a unique look on this for a video game, in that you have and command mooks to do your evil whim. And since it's a game where you play the Evil Overlord, you use a lot of them.
  • Jagged Alliance 2 has two grades of these in the Big Bad's military: constabulary 'admins' and Army 'regulars'. Both wear fatigue pants; the admins wear yellow shirts (and are unseen after only a few engagements), while the regulars 'enjoy' red-orange tops. Towards the end of the game, these two forces give way to the "Elite Guard."
  • One of the biggest and most egregious abusers is the Grand Theft Auto series from III onward, especially San Andreas and IV. Most of these time these mooks just magically appear after a cutscene with no real explanation why they're there other than an out-of-hand implication that they're working for an antagonist that was in said cutscene. There are even entire missions where the whole point of the mission is to kill a specific collection of mooks.
  • Most levels in Banjo-Tooie have their own variant of the basic enemy that runs after you swinging its fists or some sort of blunt instrument: Ugger in Isle o' Hags (and a few other areas); Moggie in Mayahem Temple; Billy Bob in Glitter Gulch Mine; Jippo Jim in Witchyworld; Keelhaul in Jolly Roger's Lagoon; Guvnor in Grunty Industries; Biggyfoot in the icy side of Hailfire Peaks; Flatso in Cloud Cuckooland.
  • A large part of Batman: Arkham Asylum is spent either beating Joker's mooks into pulp, or slowly and silently taking them out from behind.
  • Every Ratchet & Clank game typically has one group of reoccurring organic mooks (the Blarg, Thugs-4-Less, Tyhrranoids, Drophyds, Agorians) and robotic ones (Drek's robots, Megacorp security, ninja bots, DZ Strikers, space pirates, Nefarious Troopers).
  • World of Warcraft (and typically any MMORPG): "Greetings, Darkvarriorz. We need your help; go kill 15 [Mooks with a sword], 12 [Mooks with a bow] and 25 [Mooks with an axe] from the Defias Brotherhood and come back to see me".
    • The Bilgewater Goblins, introduced in Cataclysm, have a race of ogre-sized labourers... named Mooks.
  • Guilty Gear Isuka's GG Boost Mode features the Zako-Dan ("Lackey Gang"): Hundreds of generic guys with Only Six Faces, occasionally using Palette Swap to look more varied. Three of them can be unlocked but besides walking jumping, throwing some punched and kicks and sometimes a special attack or two (and sometimes not even that), they are next to useless. And you can't even assign them to the A.I.
  • In Fur Fighters the mooks come in a couple of different shapes and sizes but it's generally three different types of Bear, a Peacock, an alligator, an armadillo, a Guns Akimbo Dingo, and a cow with different clothes depending on the level you're in, with polar bears standing in for the Elite Mooks.
  • In MadWorld, every enemy EVER ENCOUNTERED (aside from bosses and the big mooks you get once or twice per level, like Big Bull and Yee Fung) is a mook.
  • Any non-Boss Heartless in Kingdom Hearts. After you find the Keyhole in Traverse Town, the Heartless in Traverse Town serve two purposes; acquiring munny and Level Grinding.
  • HECU marines in Half-Life 1, Combine Overwatch units in Half-Life 2.
  • Averted in Dishonored. There are many city guards called "The Watch", and they are after protagonists. But its because he was framed and they have no idea he is innocent. They are definitely not faceless, and they have many quotes indicating they are normal people just like everyone else. Game also rewards player for not killing them.
  • Valkyria Chronicles puts a lot of effort into giving Mooks a bit of dignity; the enemy soldiers all look the same, but some of them have specific names and are notably more badass than average and are worth remembering, your militia squad is colorful and full of personality, and there's a scene in one chapter devoted to the death of a single faceless enemy Mook who dies in the protagonists' arms, forcing them to realize that the enemy is human too. This doesn't extend to all the ally Mooks, who get slaughtered en masse and no one gives half a damn.
  • Every single soldier on the battlefield (around 600) except you and the one or two bosses in Sengoku Basara exist only for you to cut down in style with your flashy skills. 99% of them don't even try to either attack you or defend themselves. However they do provide some quite amusing background dialogue.
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game (as well as in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time), almost every enemy grunt is a Foot Soldier who are easily dispatched (but can be dangerous in groups). However, they carry various weapons, and are colored accordingly so that the player can quickly identify what weapon they're going to use.
  • Oddly, the Wizardry series of role-playing games had "Mooks" as a playable race. They were pretty tough.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Zelda can be a little unclear about which enemies are Mooks. It's typically accepted that Moblins, Bokoblins (the ones featured on this page image), and any permutations thereof work for Ganon/Ganondorf, and Stalfos are a safe bet, but it's anyone's guess as to whether Octoroks or Keese do or they're just mindless animals attacking Link.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the soldiers are relatively weak enemies in the Light World, although they are a bit sharper than most mooks (investigating noises Link makes, taking cheap shots at him from under a bush, etc.)
  • The Shadow Hearts games are not strangers to this trope.
    • The original game featured the hapless Japanese soldiers under Lieutenant Colonel Kawashima's command.
    • Covenant introduced Sapientes Gladio's Steel Claws and Paladins, the thugs hired by the mayor of Le Havre and the Iron Soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army.
    • From the New World had the belligerent bums that attacked Johnny at the very beginning of the game and the countless mafia goons during the gang wars in Chicago.
  • Among the thousands of mooks in Two Worlds II, there is a mook who's actually named "Mook" — a deliberate wink, especially considering the amount of other in-jokes in the game, and the fact that Mook-with-a-capital-M has two partners named "Lenny" and "Charlie", and the faces of the three look somewhat similar to those of a certain other trio who happened to have the same "MLC" initials.
  • Left 4 Dead featured thousands of mooks in the form of the common infected - useless enemies who died in one shot.
  • Halo features a wide assortment of mooks in the Covenant. Usually, the Grunts and Jackals fill the role of the most common mooks, while the Elites and Brutes fill the Elite Mook role. Games from Halo 4 onward add Promethean Mecha-Mooks.
  • Sock puppet-like ghosts called Bakebake serve as the main unambiguous mook in Touhou, both within the earlier PC-98 games and many fan spin-offs. Notable for the fact that they don't physically fire bullets at lower difficulties, they're by far the least threatening opponent, trumped by even the Red Shirt fairies.
    • Fairies themselves have been described as perfect mooks, combining colossal stupidity, laughable weakness, and Resurrective Immortality into one suicidally confident package, though the fact that they're cutesy female nature spirits in appearance and the heroines themselves are often nominal heroes can make it easy to sympathize with them (excepting that that ''one'' fairy), and more often than not they're not actually serving anyone in particular when attacking.
  • Vector Thrust places an interesting spin on the Mook concept with recent updates- every pilot is classified into a Grunt or Ace difficulty level, with each category having sliders to fine-tune their competence in battle. So now players can tweak their enemy's skill level from Mooks to Elite Mooks to Bosses in Mook Clothing.
  • In Goemon's Great Adventure, this category is provided for by Bismaru's haniwa army.
  • Dragon Age: Origins has Hurlock and Genlock Grunts towards the end of the game. While normal Hurlocks and Genlocks are fairly mookish, the Grunts have so little HP that everyone gets to just mow them down, dying even to one shot from a mage's staff.
  • NiGHTS into Dreams... and NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams have the Nightmarens. One notable type of Nightmaren is the Goodle, a giant bird ridden by an imp-like Nightmaren.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • The imperial soldiers/guards in Final Fantasy VI.
    • The Shinra guards in Final Fantasy VII. This includes Cloud Strife, as exemplified by his pitiful stats in the flashback to Nibelheim, despite being presented as a SOLDIER; they reflect his true nature as a mere foot soldier.
    • Galbadian soldiers and Esthar soldiers in Final Fantasy VIII.
    • Alexandria soldiers in Final Fantasy IX. Unique on the fact they're all female due to Alexandria being a matriarchy.
    • Yevon's Warrior Monks and Seymour's Guado Guards in Final Fantasy X.
    • The Magitek Soldiers in Final Fantasy XV. They are actually very integral to the game's plot, being essentially daemon essence confined in a humanoid armor. The fact that they fade away in roughly the same manner as the daemons foreshadows this fact to the observant player.
  • Sunless Sea has unnamed zee-beasts and pirates by the boatload that regenerate when you dock at London.
  • Mass Effect 3 lampshades it in the Citadel DLC, when the Big Bad orders some guards to "Slow [Shepard] down!" The guards then have this conversation:
    First Guard: Why'd he say "Slow him down"? We're allowed to kill Shepard, right?
    Second Guard: He said that because he thinks we're Cannon Fodder!
    First Guard: Oh, well... shit.
  • Sunrider has the aptly-named PACT Mooks and their Pirate Grunt equivalents. They are the weakest enemy units in the game, with little health, no armour, no shields, little flak and only a weak laser and submachinegun for weapons. Sunrider Liberation Day beefs them up slightly, but even then they’re cannon fodder.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • While the series offers a wide variety of enemy types who fill a multitude of roles and niches, the humble Goblin race most frequently fills this role. While there are some historical aversions, Goblins are typically Always Chaotic Evil semi-intelligent humanoids who live in primitive tribal groups and are frequently aggressive and violent toward other races/species. In every main series' game to date (except for Skyrim, where the Morlock-like Falmer fill this role), Goblins can be found as low-to-mid-level Mook enemies in countless areas throughout the games.note  Historically, in the series' lore, there also existed 8-foot tall Goblins as Giant Mooks while the standard Goblins have been used by the Altmer (High Elves) and Tsaesci of Akavir as Cannon Fodder Slave Mooks. Some Goblins in-game can be found having cobbled together (or salvaged) heavier armors, making them into more threatening Heavily Armored Mooks.
    • Many of the species of lesser Daedra are aligned to serve one or several of the Daedric Princes, and they all may be summoned to Mundus in the service of mortal conjurers. For example, the Dremora serve Mehrunes Dagon as his Legions of Hell. The more powerful lesser Daedra may approach Elite Mook status.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance features a huge variety of mooks to fight tied to the area and supervillain you are fighting with: Dr. Doom has his Doombots, Ultron has his Sentries, Loki has his Trolls, Ice Giants and Dark Elves allies, demons for Mephisto, A.I.M. for MODOK and so forth.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a wide variety of mooks. Bandits can be found all over the countryside, and depending on player level and the difficulty can be taken down with one hit. Monsters aren't safe either, with common monsters like Drowners and Ghouls going down easily.
  • Every faction in Total War: Warhammer naturally possesses these. The (in)effectiveness of the poor rank-and-file depends a lot on your faction: Dwarfs have it best as they nearly all have heavy armour and finely-crafted weaponry, plus every single Dwarf from the lowliest coal miner or goat cheese merchant to the High King himself is a trained warrior; Chaos Marauders are also quite strong as they are effectively daemon-worshipping, seven feet tall vikings (and they are lowest on the Chaos badassery totem pole); the Empire possesses one of the most disciplined and well-equipped armies of the setting; Orc Boyz and Goblins come in good numbers but lack the armour and leadership to really form a reliable battle line; the Vampire Counts rely on zombies and skeletons, quite inferior in terms of combat stats but at least they are cheap and never break ranks or retreat, plus they are scary so they can be good for breaking the enemy; and Bretonnian peasants can't even claim that, they are pathetic in combat and aware of just how expendable and outmatched they are so they'll run if given so much as a mean look.
  • In Warframe, The Grineer and Corpus fit into this category. The Grineer are a militant faction with billions of clones to expend, and the Corpus are a profit-mad scavenger conglomerate which don't stop at anything for cash.
  • Every organization in Bravely Default has their own armies that fight the heroes during the adventure.
    • The Eternia Sky Knights have the Sky Archer, Sky Duelers and Sky Pikemen.
    • The Khamer & Profiteur Merchantry has the Merchantry Blades, Merchantry Mages and Merchantry Thugs.
    • The Bloodrose Legion has Legion Archers, Legion Impalers and Legion Mages.
    • The Black Blades organization have the Black Blades, Black Axefighters and Black Pikemen.
    • The Council of Six from the duchy of Eternia has the Duchy Guardsmen, Duchy Mage Guards and Duchy Pike Guards.
  • In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, every faction has their own basic mooks; an army of ashigaru patrol the Ashina Clan's stronghold, Senpou Temple is swarming with Bare-Fisted Monks and dwarf assassins, etc.
  • Fighting Force Is all about this based on the men that work for the evil and chaotic Zeng.
  • Octopath Traveler has 'em by the truckload. Mercenaries, sellswords, lackeys, associates, bodyguards, you name it. They are one of the most common type of enemies fought in the game.
  • Gift: Dogs and Cosmonauts.


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