Tough Travelling

“Tough Traveling” is a weekly Thursday feature created by Nathan at Review Barn where participants make a new list each week based on The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. This hilarious little book cheerfully pokes fun at the most prevalent tropes in fantasy. All are welcome to take part, and there is a link up over at his site. Join in any time!

I’ve been reading these posts for a few weeks now and have been wanting to join in. I may or may not have intentionally chosen a week with an easy trope as my first…The topic this week is:

MINIONS OF THE DARK LORD are all over the place. The DARK LORD has been busy planting them for years. They can be either male or female. All will be carefully supplied with the means to slaughter Tourists appropriate to their station.

NOTE: Spoilers abound.

Furies of Calderon Proper

Fidelias – Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

It’s not entirely clear when Fidelias became a minion, as he was once loyal to Gaius, First Lord of Alera. In the ned though, this turncoat has no qualms about hunting down his protege, let alone slaughtering hundreds of innocent people in the Calderon Valley.



Touch of PowerSepp – Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Sepp is a powerful death mage and a member of the resistance against the nefarious King Tohon. But wait! In the most obvious twist ever, it turns out that Sepp has been a member of Tohon’s camp since day one. He’s even embroiled in a plot to murder the only person who can contest Tohon’s right to rule.



The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Mr. Tumnus – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Lucy meets the adorable Mr. Tumnus when she first arrives in Narnia, who turns out to be an agent of the White Witch. He’s been tasked with capturing any humans who make their way into this magical realm, but Lucy’s sweet charm – and his desire to do good – convinces him to let her return home. While Mr. Tumnus does ultimately fall on the side of our heroes, he was a minion of the White Witch for many years beforehand.


Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Draco Malfoy –  The Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

It was a tough call between the bratty blonde and Peter Pettigrew, but ultimately the boy who snarked won out. He is the quintessential kiss ass – I mean minion. Honestly, I feel kinda bad for the guy. His family’s place among Voldermort’s followers basically guaranteed his minion status from birth. That said, he may have failed in his Dumbledore assassination attempt, but he helped Death Eaters invade Hogwarts. Also he’s an arse.



    • Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    • 8 years ago

    I only looked at your last one since you warned of spoilers and thats the only one I have read 🙂 Good pick within Harry Potter though :

    1. Thanks! Draco Malfoy is kind of the ultimate wimpy minion in my books.

  1. Same here I keyed in on just the one I’ve read – Draco Malfoy was an excellent minion choice! And hey he even had little minions of his own, Crab and Goyle!

    1. Ohhh my gosh, Crab and Goyle. There’s just something about those two that makes me unreasonably sad. Maybe it’s the VD-like name choices.

      1. VD names! jeez you are right – it does sound like their names are totally VD

    2. OH NICE. A Minion with minions!

    • BiblioSanctum Blog

    • 8 years ago

    It’s kinda neat because technically all the Furies in Butcher’s Codex Alera could be considered minions of a sort! 😀

    1. That is so true! I never really thought of minions as potentially being positive, but I guess when they’re working with the good guys (like Bernard and Amara) then they are. I’ve only read book one, but I really want to continue the series soon.

    • Lynn Williams

    • 8 years ago

    Aw, poor Mr Tumnus, it’s difficult to think of him as a minion! But you’re right! Great choice from Harry Potter. I think I read all the Snyder books a while ago and I literally can’t remember Sepp! How bad is that?
    Lynn 😀

    1. I know, right? I always forget that he started out as one of the baddies. Hahaha, oh Sepp. Not the most memorable minion of all time, I’ll grant you, but something about a guy who says he’s fighting for freedom when he’s actually all about zombie hordes is just not okay! I need to get around to Taste of Darkness at some point.

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