The Loop (TV)
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Basic Trope: The Big Bad's most trusted lieutenant.
- Straight: General Drake leads Emperor Evulz's armies into battle, and is more willing to get his hands dirty than his boss.
- Exaggerated: Dragon-in-Chief
- Justified: Emperor Evulz has terminal cancer, and General Drake was simply the most capable candidate to carry out his will.
- Or Emperor Evulz and General Drake are friends, and Drake doesn't mind doing the fighting. Or Drake is a mercenary hired just for that purpose. Or Drake believes in Evulz' cause, and volunteers for the job. Etc, etc. This is an easy one to justify, folks.
- Inverted: The Lancer
- Subverted: General Drake is hyped up to be on par with Evulz himself, but he's trounced unceremoniously by Chica of the Five-Man Band.
- Double Subverted: General Drake was faking his defeat, and he promptly sends Chica within an inch of the nearest icebox.
- Parodied: General Drake is frequently sent down by Emperor Evulz to hassle the Five-Man Band, despite him having a zero percent success rate with the heroes.
- Deconstructed: General Drake knows that he's number two to a sick and feeble man, and hates every minute of it. Thus, he devotes his spare time to finding a way to put his boss down.
- 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.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: General Drake appears to fight the hero, but he gets out of town when the heroes face him.
- Enforced: "We need to stall for time before the heroes face the 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 Curb Stomp Battle our heroes and help him stall for time to activate his sinister scheme.
- Defied: General Drake's attempt to block our heroes is thwarted when he's brutally tossed off a bridge.
- 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."
Back to The Dragon, my lord.
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