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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 10:14 AM
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What is the difference between: a henchman, a lackey and minions?
Our morning coffee discussion of the Evil Doers Handbook revealed some varied definitions of each role.


What say you?

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charlie and algernon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 10:20 AM
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1. Minions and Lackey
Minions


Lackey


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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 10:37 AM
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2. ahh....THAT clears things up.
:rofl:
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 11:17 AM
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3. Though all are, to varying degrees, antiquated terms...
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... I think "henchmen" were more capable of individual action and decisions
and usually associated with the "common" criminal element (or a political
leader's inner security force), whereas "lackeys" and "minions" (and you
omitted MY personal favorite -- "toadies") were more often relatively
mindless and uber-controlled followers of political, social or religious
leaders.
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Militia members may very well be "henchmen" who, though seriously misguided,
at least have come to some or many of their conclusions through reading and
or observation/experience... while "toadies" are exemplified by teabaggers who
regurgitate the swill that they're fed and call it "awareness of the Truth".
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 01:16 PM
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5. " toadies"...we had not yet gotten to toadies before we were sidetracked
by henchman.

I would think the employment picture would be brighter these days for henchmen, since we have more villains,
and as we all know,
villains NEED their henchmen and lackeys.

( Y'all DO realize I am referencing a tongue in cheek morning discussion, yes?)
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 12:49 PM
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4. Dick Cheney: henchman. John Boner: lackey.
Teabaggers: minions.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 06:09 PM
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12. Uhmm. Henchman: Scooter Libby; Ringleader: Dick Cheney.
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Throd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 01:26 PM
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6. I have to pay my henchmen.
My lackeys do my bidding in a pathetic attempt to curry my favor.

My minions actually believe the bullshit I spout.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 02:09 PM
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7. The henchman was a crazy organist made famous in "The henchman of Notre Dame."
Minions are a common cooking ingredient, often used with garlic

"Lackey" is a word gramma used when trying to feed folk her strychnine-laced cookies: "Tryee! You lackey!"
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 03:05 PM
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8. Now THERE'S a definition appropriate for around these parts.
:evilgrin: :evilgrin:
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 03:06 PM
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9. Henchmen are more trustworthy
lower level, but capable of individual actions. Lackeys suck up and cringe, devoted-to-your-every-whim kind of thing. Minions are cannon fodder.
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 03:54 PM
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10. Great definitions! But where do flunkeys fit into the hierarchy? n/t
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 04:00 PM
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11. Oh noes!!! We forgot about the flunkeys!!
Do they fall above lackeys, but below toadies?

and another thing for morning coffee:

why do the evil doers have " assistants" ( a lot of them)
but the good guy has ONE sidekick?
( who seems to be recently promoted from toady)
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haele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 06:12 PM
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13. Flunkeys are messengers or bag-men. They get stuck carrying things.
Edited on Tue Nov-23-10 06:12 PM by haele
They don't actually "do" anything, they deliver things and run errands.
Toadies are suck-ups who are not directly associated to the supreme evil-doer, they are usually fellow travellers or wanna-bes who have not learned the secret password but are trying really, really hard to be allowed to join the club.

Scooter Libby was a flunky. Steve Doucy is a Toady.

That's my take.

Haele
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 07:47 PM
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14. Works for me. n/t
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