"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
First Appearance: LIAB 95
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.
Real World References
A сountdown involves counting backwards as a way of measuring time before an event occurs.
Count Downer is also 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.
One fan has started a tumblr under Downer's name, where he can be asked questions about anything and everything: Count Downer's Guide for New Units
As of this writing anonymous questions are permitted, so an account isn't necessary.