First Appearance: LIAB 95
Count Downer was the Warlord tasked with leading the assault on the Courtyard and protecting the Slately-ditto until it could get to the throne and change the Capital.
Despite the wishes of Slately to redeem himself in battle in a suitably dramatic fashion, Downer insists that the King stay in the back, from as much attack as possible.
"They will [croak] if we do this right, Your Highness. They will. Then I will. Then you will."
Strengths: Leadership, Telling It Like It Is, Pragmatism
Weaknesses: Inspiring Speeches, Cynicism, Dodging
Real World References
Count Downer's name is is a reference to the Saturday Night Live character "Debbie Downer", played by Rachel Dratch from the 2003 to 2006 seasons. The character would make unusually depressing or grim statements in response to conversations with other characters, usually ending in a "wah-wah" sound effect and a tight close-up of Dratch's facial expression. More than once, "Debbie Downer" sketches have resulted in the SNL cast members cracking up during the sketch, including her first appearance which was listed #99 on TV Land's "Top 100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History".
A Countdown involves counting backwards as a way of measuring time before an event occurs.