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16th May '16 8:52:23 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword", Ascalante. He was summoned to help the conspirators, and in his first appearance, comments on how his tools think he is their tool.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword", Ascalante. He was summoned to help the conspirators, and in his first appearance, comments on how his tools think he is their tool.
6th May '16 10:25:47 PM Doug86
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* In AntiheroForHire, Angelson has at least one {{plan}} going on under his boss's nose, we just don't know what.

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* In AntiheroForHire, ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'', Angelson has at least one {{plan}} going on under his boss's nose, we just don't know what.
2nd May '16 12:36:32 PM eroock
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A Dragon With An Agenda is a character serving as TheDragon to the BigBad, but having different goals from him. For example, if this character [[DragonTheirFeet encounters the heroes immediately after the death or defeat of his boss]], he/she won't try to complete Big Bad's EvilPlan, but will instead go on to pursue their own plans. On the contrary, if the Big Bad actually has some admirable or honorable traits, then the Dragon in this case will be the more sadistic one, more likely to pursue actually killing the heroes rather than simply dispatching them.

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A Dragon With An with an Agenda is a character serving as TheDragon to the BigBad, but having different goals from him. For example, if this character [[DragonTheirFeet encounters the heroes immediately after the death or defeat of his boss]], he/she won't try to complete Big Bad's EvilPlan, but will instead go on to pursue their own plans. On the contrary, if the Big Bad actually has some admirable or honorable traits, then the Dragon in this case will be the more sadistic one, more likely to pursue actually killing the heroes rather than simply dispatching them.
2nd May '16 12:28:46 PM eroock
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Rather than a straight evil character, he tends to be an AntiVillain or an EnigmaticMinion. Contrast with BattleButler and PsychoSupporter, who are often TheDragon but have the same goal as their master. Unlike TheStarscream or the ReliableTraitor, they are usually at least nominally loyal, and their main agenda doesn't outright conflict with that of their boss. If TheDragon and the BigBad are equal or nearly so, you have a BigBadDuumvirate. If they outlive the original BigBad, this type of [[TheDragon Dragon]] may go on to pursue their own motivations and become a DragonAscendant. Compare/contrast with the similar trope PiggybackingOnHitler. The equivalent among the hero's allies is WhoNeedsEnemies.

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Rather than a straight evil character, he tends to be an AntiVillain or an EnigmaticMinion. Contrast with BattleButler and PsychoSupporter, who are often TheDragon but have the same goal as their master. Unlike TheStarscream or the ReliableTraitor, they are usually at least nominally loyal, and their main agenda doesn't outright conflict with that of their boss. If TheDragon and the BigBad are equal or nearly so, you have a BigBadDuumvirate. If they outlive the original BigBad, this type of [[TheDragon Dragon]] may go on to pursue their own motivations and become a DragonAscendant. Compare/contrast with the similar trope PiggybackingOnHitler. The equivalent among the hero's allies is WhoNeedsEnemies.
WhoNeedsEnemies. Compare EvilChancellor.
16th Apr '16 11:38:10 AM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'', the demon king Kerlamion takes a shot at world domination using a strategy devised by one of his underlings. Said underling has his own objective, and once he's got what he wants from Kerlamion he cheerfully goes his own way and lets Kerlamion's world domination attempt crash and burn.
6th Mar '16 10:08:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/DavidEddings' [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Malloreon]], the [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils Demon Lords Mordja and Nahaz]] work for [[BigBad Zandramas]] and [[AGodAmI Urvon]] solely so that they can seize the [[ArtifactOfDoom Sardion]] from them in their moment of triumph and then drag them into hell. Urvon's other Dragon, [[EvilSorceror Harakan]] / [[DarkMessiah Mengha]], is also a DragonWithAnAgenda; he conspires with Nahaz to drive Urvon mad and take his place, so that the two of them can rule the world. Since Nahaz is out to betray ''both'' of them, and both of them believe that their magic is enough to keep him under control, he succeeds in being DragonWithAnAgenda ''and'' DragonInChief to two separate characters.

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* In Creator/DavidEddings' [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Malloreon]], ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', the [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils Demon Lords Mordja and Nahaz]] work for [[BigBad Zandramas]] and [[AGodAmI Urvon]] solely so that they can seize the [[ArtifactOfDoom Sardion]] from them in their moment of triumph and then drag them into hell. Urvon's other Dragon, [[EvilSorceror Harakan]] / [[DarkMessiah Mengha]], is also a DragonWithAnAgenda; he conspires with Nahaz to drive Urvon mad and take his place, so that the two of them can rule the world. Since Nahaz is out to betray ''both'' of them, and both of them believe that their magic is enough to keep him under control, he succeeds in being DragonWithAnAgenda ''and'' DragonInChief to two separate characters.



* ''TheWire'': It becomes apparent that [[TheDragon Stringer Bell]] has very different goals from [[BigBad Avon]], wanting to use the money from their drug operation to escape the ghetto and become a legitimate businessman. Avon, meanwhile wants to protect his reputation and power as a gangster, and will even sacrifice smart business decisions to make war on the streets. [[spoiler:This causes tremendous strain between them that builds until they both betray each other -- Avon betraying Stinger to [[ProfessionalKiller Brother Mouzone]], and Stringer informing on Avon to the police. This leads to the downfall of the Barksdale organization]].
* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': The inner dynamics of the coven are quite a complex matter. Mary seems to be their quasi-leader, but everyone from the elders to Tituba and Hale are beginning to doubt her effectiveness after John Alden returns to Salem. And Mary herself, their [[TheDragon Dragon]], has her own ideas about how things should be run.

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* ''TheWire'': ''Series/TheWire'': It becomes apparent that [[TheDragon Stringer Bell]] has very different goals from [[BigBad Avon]], wanting to use the money from their drug operation to escape the ghetto and become a legitimate businessman. Avon, meanwhile wants to protect his reputation and power as a gangster, and will even sacrifice smart business decisions to make war on the streets. [[spoiler:This causes tremendous strain between them that builds until they both betray each other -- Avon betraying Stinger to [[ProfessionalKiller Brother Mouzone]], and Stringer informing on Avon to the police. This leads to the downfall of the Barksdale organization]].
* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': ''Series/{{Salem}}'': The inner dynamics of the coven are quite a complex matter. Mary seems to be their quasi-leader, but everyone from the elders to Tituba and Hale are beginning to doubt her effectiveness after John Alden returns to Salem. And Mary herself, their [[TheDragon Dragon]], has her own ideas about how things should be run.
25th Feb '16 3:14:50 PM syndromekad345
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* VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}: All of [[spoiler: Izanami's]] direct subordinates have the same goal as their boss but have their own reasons for working for her, none of which seem to coincide with her own goals of "creating a world of death". Terumi wants ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil because he [[ForTheEvulz finds misery interesting.]] Relius wants to be [[AGodAmI the god of a perfect world]] to satiate [[ForScience his scientific curiosity.]] And Phantom/[[spoiler: Nine]] wants revenge against the first two for using her for their plans in the first place.

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* VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}: All of [[spoiler: Izanami's]] direct subordinates have the same goal as their boss but have their own reasons for working for her, none of which seem to coincide with her own goals of "creating a world of death". Terumi wants ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil because he [[ForTheEvulz finds misery interesting.]] Hazama, [[spoiler: now separated from Terumi, are different and still unknown.]] Relius wants to be [[AGodAmI the god of a perfect world]] to satiate [[ForScience his scientific curiosity.]] And Phantom/[[spoiler: Nine]] wants revenge against the first two for using her for their plans in the first place.
20th Feb '16 9:30:49 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Just near ''every'' dragon in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' has their own agenda or suffer from ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
15th Feb '16 4:08:37 PM SkyHavenPath13
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* VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}: All of [[spoiler: Izanami's]] direct subordinates have the same goal as their boss but have their own reasons for working for her, none of which seem to coincide with her own goals of "creating a world of death". Terumi wants ToCreateAPlaygroundOfEvil because he [[ForTheEvulz finds misery interesting.]] Relius wants to be [[AGodAmI the god of a perfect world]] to satiate [[ForScience his scientific curiosity.]] And Phantom/[[spoiler: Nine]] wants revenge against the first two for using her for their plans in the first place.

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* VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}: All of [[spoiler: Izanami's]] direct subordinates have the same goal as their boss but have their own reasons for working for her, none of which seem to coincide with her own goals of "creating a world of death". Terumi wants ToCreateAPlaygroundOfEvil ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil because he [[ForTheEvulz finds misery interesting.]] Relius wants to be [[AGodAmI the god of a perfect world]] to satiate [[ForScience his scientific curiosity.]] And Phantom/[[spoiler: Nine]] wants revenge against the first two for using her for their plans in the first place.
31st Jan '16 7:13:30 PM GrammarNavi
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* In TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', John Dread is this to CorruptCorporateExecutive Felix Jongleur. Jongleur's EvilPlan is focused on [[ImmortalitySeeker living forever]], and he's trained the AxCrazy SerialKiller Dread as a PsychoForHire to go after his physical opponents. Dread is far, far more ambitions than Jongleur realizes, however, and is simply biding his time, waiting for a moment of weakness to take over. And he does indeed, deposing Jongleur as master of Otherland and embarking on a [[AGodAmI godlike orgy]] of [[SugarApocalypse virtual destruction]].

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* In TadWilliams' Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', John Dread is this to CorruptCorporateExecutive Felix Jongleur. Jongleur's EvilPlan is focused on [[ImmortalitySeeker living forever]], and he's trained the AxCrazy SerialKiller Dread as a PsychoForHire to go after his physical opponents. Dread is far, far more ambitions than Jongleur realizes, however, and is simply biding his time, waiting for a moment of weakness to take over. And he does indeed, deposing Jongleur as master of Otherland and embarking on a [[AGodAmI godlike orgy]] of [[SugarApocalypse virtual destruction]].
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