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Basic Trope: A type of Mook that is considerably stronger than the average one.

  • Straight: The Yellow shirt accompanying every group of five Red Shirts has twice as many hit points and a better weapon.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The yellow shirts take a hit more to go down than the Red Shirts.
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  • Justified: Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Inverted: Enemies are introduced below the basic mooks on the Sorting Algorithm of Evil.
  • Subverted: Because they spend a lot of time behind a desk, officers are actually weaker in combat than regular soldiers.
  • Double Subverted: Except that some officers are smart enough to train extra-hard to compensate.
  • Parodied: The mooks go down if you breath at them, while their squad leader can swim through molten rock.
  • Zig Zagged: The Yellow shirt appears to be more intimidating then the other mooks, but in reality fights like a red shirt, although many other yellow shirts are dangerously competent, but so are some reds since it's all a matter of individual prowess and not designation.
  • Averted: Despite differences in appearance, all mooks are about the same strength, possibly with different weapons.
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  • Enforced: "Hey, throw in a Quirky Mini Boss Squad to make the fights more interesting."
  • Lampshaded: "Having a hard time? Who said we are all incompetent goons?"
  • Invoked: Officers are required to prove themselves stronger than average before they are promoted.
  • Exploited: Since Evulz's Mooks are easy to go through, Captain Amazing focuses on taking out the leaders first.
  • Defied: Evulz requires all his underlings to be of a certain strength, and seeds stronger ones in the ranks to take the heroes by surprise.
  • Discussed: The heroes point out that certain mooks are stronger and remember to pay special attention when dealing with them.
  • Implied: The mook looks like another redshirt, but is able to stand out and give the heroes a hard time.
  • Deconstructed: The mook sticks out well with his skills and the chance of his death increases with the heroes focusing on him.
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  • Reconstructed: The Yellow shirt is able to amaze his fellow subordinates with his ability to stand a chance against the heroes, prompting all other mooks to adopt his style and improve efficiency of the army.
  • Played For Laughs: The elite mooks makes a glamorous appearance with all red shirts lining up to take his autograph.
  • Played For Drama: Things are going smoothly for the heroes, until the elite mook shows up and things become tougher. He may even invoke Darker and Edgier if he takes out a member of the crew.

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