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26th Dec '15 11:56:53 AM HighCrate
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Replacing semi-colon'd sentence with two separate sentences for clarity.
A person or monster TheHero has to get past to get at the BigBad. The BigBad's top enforcer, much of the time, but not necessarily; he, she or it embodies a narrative trope: the penultimate challenge that the hero must face before confronting the Big Bad. This challenge will test their worthiness in some fundamental way.
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A person or monster TheHero has to get past to get at the BigBad. The BigBad's top enforcer, much Much of the time, but not necessarily; he, necessarily, the BigBad's top enforcer. He, she or it embodies a narrative trope: the penultimate challenge that the hero must face before confronting the Big Bad. This challenge will test their worthiness in some fundamental way.
30th Nov '15 1:45:47 PM ANTMuddle
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TheChampion may be The Dragon if they follow the BigBad, or may play a similar role to a straight Dragon for a nonvillainous character. See also: TheManBehindTheMan, HypercompetentSidekick, PsychoForHire, TheConsigliere. Other {{Good Counterpart}}s are NumberTwo, or TheHero in a BigGood vs Big Bad scenario.
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TheChampion may be The Dragon if they follow the BigBad, or may play a similar role to a straight Dragon for a nonvillainous character. See also: TheManBehindTheMan, HypercompetentSidekick, PsychoForHire, TheConsigliere. Other {{Good Counterpart}}s are NumberTwo, or TheHero in a BigGood vs Big Bad scenario. scenario. In the FiveBadBand, they compare to TheLancer.
27th Nov '15 5:34:28 PM nombretomado
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For literal dragons and their permutations, see OurDragonsAreDifferent. Not to be confused with DragonLady, who is more likely to be a Big Bad than the Dragon, or ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'', which was a magazine. Definitely not to be confused with TheSavageDragon.
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For literal dragons and their permutations, see OurDragonsAreDifferent. Not to be confused with DragonLady, who is more likely to be a Big Bad than the Dragon, or ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'', which was a magazine. Definitely not to be confused with TheSavageDragon. ComicBook/TheSavageDragon.
28th Oct '15 11:26:09 AM Fighteer
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A person or monster TheHero has to get past to get at the BigBad. The BigBad's top enforcer, alot of the time, but not necessarily; he, she or it embodies a narrative trope: the penultimate challenge that the hero must face before confronting the Big Bad. This challenge will test their worthiness in some fundamental way.
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A person or monster TheHero has to get past to get at the BigBad. The BigBad's top enforcer, alot much of the time, but not necessarily; he, she or it embodies a narrative trope: the penultimate challenge that the hero must face before confronting the Big Bad. This challenge will test their worthiness in some fundamental way.
24th Oct '15 5:10:32 PM eyebones
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Stealing nice bit of wording from Fighteer
A person or monster TheHero has to get past to get at the BigBad. The BigBad's top enforcer, usually, but not necessarily.
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A person or monster TheHero has to get past to get at the BigBad. The BigBad's top enforcer, usually, alot of the time, but not necessarily. necessarily; he, she or it embodies a narrative trope: the penultimate challenge that the hero must face before confronting the Big Bad. This challenge will test their worthiness in some fundamental way.
24th Oct '15 2:02:06 PM eyebones
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superfluous word
The term ''dragon'' for this role originates from analysis of folklore in which the hero fights dragons. These monsters are serve as obstacles to be overcome in order to fulfill the hero's quest. The dragon's role is described as such in "Literature/TheHeroWithAThousandFaces", a non-fiction comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell.
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The term ''dragon'' for this role originates from analysis of folklore in which the hero fights dragons. These monsters are serve as obstacles to be overcome in order to fulfill the hero's quest. The dragon's role is described as such in "Literature/TheHeroWithAThousandFaces", a non-fiction comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell.
24th Oct '15 2:01:14 PM eyebones
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Zapped some Word Cruft and some digressions.
The BigBad's top enforcer, usually, but most importantly a person or monster TheHero has to get past to get at the BigBad.
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\nThe BigBad's top enforcer, usually, but most importantly a A person or monster TheHero has to get past to get at the BigBad. BigBad. The BigBad's top enforcer, usually, but not necessarily.

The Dragon is an integral part of the FiveBadBand dynamic. If there's a QuirkyMinibossSquad, the Dragon is often the [[TheLeader unofficial leader.]] And he is almost always physically stronger than TheBrute. Please note that effectively being the Big Bad's secretary, or constantly hanging around them is not enough to be a Dragon. This role is somebody the Big Bad can rely on ([[TheStarscream or thinks they can rely on]]) in a time of trouble to step up and beat the living heck out of TheHero, or [[NumberTwo maybe just take charge for a while, should the Big Bad not be around to do the job.]] The term "dragon" originates from analysis of folklore in which the hero fights dragons. These monsters are obstacles to be overcome in order to fulfill the hero's quest. The dragon's role is described as such in "Literature/TheHeroWithAThousandFaces", a non-fiction comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell.
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The Dragon is an integral part of the FiveBadBand dynamic. If there's a QuirkyMinibossSquad, the Dragon is often the [[TheLeader unofficial leader.]] And he is almost always physically stronger than TheBrute. Please note that effectively being the Big Bad's secretary, or constantly hanging around them is not enough to be a Dragon. This role is somebody the Big Bad can rely on ([[TheStarscream or thinks they can rely on]]) in a time of trouble to step up and beat the living heck out of TheHero, or [[NumberTwo maybe just take charge charge]] for a while, should the Big Bad not be around to do the job.]] job. The term "dragon" ''dragon'' for this role originates from analysis of folklore in which the hero fights dragons. These monsters are serve as obstacles to be overcome in order to fulfill the hero's quest. The dragon's role is described as such in "Literature/TheHeroWithAThousandFaces", a non-fiction comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell.
24th Oct '15 1:54:14 PM eyebones
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Related-tropes list splitting up the definition was not a good play.
The term "dragon" originates from analysis of folklore in which the hero fights dragons. These monsters are obstacles to be overcome in order to fulfill the hero's quest. The dragon's role is described as such in "Literature/TheHeroWithAThousandFaces", a non-fiction comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell. For literal dragons and their permutations, see OurDragonsAreDifferent. Not to be confused with DragonLady, who is more likely to be a Big Bad than the Dragon, or ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'', which was a magazine. Definitely not to be confused with TheSavageDragon. TheChampion may be The Dragon if they follow the BigBad, or may play a similar role to a straight Dragon for a nonvillainous character. See also: TheManBehindTheMan, HypercompetentSidekick, PsychoForHire, TheConsigliere. Other {{Good Counterpart}}s are NumberTwo, or TheHero in a BigGood vs Big Bad scenario.


The term "dragon" originates from folklore where the hero fights dragons. The dragon's role is described as such in "Literature/TheHeroWithAThousandFaces", a non-fiction comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell. These monsters are obstacles to be overcome in order to fulfill the hero's quest. For literal dragons and their permutations, see OurDragonsAreDifferent. Not to be confused with DragonLady, who is more likely to be a Big Bad than the Dragon, or ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'', which was a magazine. Definitely not to be confused with TheSavageDragon. Other {{Good Counterpart}}s are NumberTwo, or TheHero in a BigGood vs Big Bad scenario. TheChampion may be The Dragon if they follow the BigBad, or may play a similar role to a straight Dragon for a nonvillainous character. See also: TheManBehindTheMan, HypercompetentSidekick, PsychoForHire, TheConsigliere.
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The term "dragon" originates from folklore where the hero fights dragons. The dragon's role is described as such in "Literature/TheHeroWithAThousandFaces", a non-fiction comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell. These monsters are obstacles to be overcome in order to fulfill the hero's quest. For literal dragons and their permutations, see OurDragonsAreDifferent. Not to be confused with DragonLady, who is more likely to be a Big Bad than the Dragon, or ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'', which was a magazine. Definitely not to be confused with TheSavageDragon. Other {{Good Counterpart}}s are NumberTwo, or TheHero in a BigGood vs Big Bad scenario. TheChampion may be The Dragon if they follow the BigBad, or may play a similar role to a straight Dragon for a nonvillainous character. See also: TheManBehindTheMan, HypercompetentSidekick, PsychoForHire, TheConsigliere.
24th Oct '15 1:55:33 AM eyebones
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Removed misleading quote opening for this definition. Also moved important material up to lede and zapped some distracting digression.
->''"Lanius is savage. Savagely loyal, too, but only to me - he has no love for the Legion. But this has its uses. He has no attachment to his men, no compunction about battlefield losses. All he cares about is destroying the enemy. When another Legatus or Centurion fails to achieve results, I send Lanius to make things right. His first step is to beat the failed commander to death in front of his assembled troops."'' -->-- '''Caesar''' on his second-in-command Legate Lanius, ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' The BigBad's top enforcer, or the EvilCounterpart of TheLancer in the FiveBadBand. Some Dragons are ferocious fighters who leave [[EvilPlan the heavy thinking]] to the boss. Others are smart, detail-oriented administrators who oversee the day-to-day running of the evil organization. Either way, defeating the Big Bad almost always requires TheHero to overcome the Dragon first. A common but by no means universal theme is to have the Dragon pose a physical challenge to the hero, while the Big Bad poses a mental or moral challenge. The Dragon will occasionally commit a HeelFaceTurn when confronted by the heroes. If he does so, chances are very good that he will end up [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork killing the Big Bad]] when the heroes [[ThouShaltNotKill cannot bring themselves to do so]]; often by [[TakingYouWithMe joining the villain in death]] as a [[RedemptionEqualsDeath final act of redemption]]. If, instead, his HeelFaceTurn comes earlier in the series, he may redeem himself and join TheTeam.
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->''"Lanius is savage. Savagely loyal, too, but only to me - he has no love for the Legion. But this has its uses. He has no attachment to his men, no compunction about battlefield losses. All he cares about is destroying the enemy. When another Legatus or Centurion fails to achieve results, I send Lanius to make things right. His first step is to beat the failed commander to death in front of his assembled troops."'' -->-- '''Caesar''' on his second-in-command Legate Lanius, ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' The BigBad's top enforcer, usually, but most importantly a person or monster TheHero has to get past to get at the EvilCounterpart of TheLancer in the FiveBadBand. BigBad. Some Dragons are ferocious fighters who leave [[EvilPlan the heavy thinking]] to the boss. Others are smart, detail-oriented administrators who oversee the day-to-day running of the evil organization. Either way, defeating the Big Bad almost always requires TheHero to overcome the Dragon first. A common but by no means universal theme is to have the Dragon pose a physical challenge to the hero, while the Big Bad poses a mental or moral challenge. The Dragon will occasionally commit a HeelFaceTurn when confronted by the heroes. If he does so, chances are very good that he will end up [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork killing the Big Bad]] when the heroes [[ThouShaltNotKill cannot bring themselves to do so]]; often by [[TakingYouWithMe joining the villain in death]] as a [[RedemptionEqualsDeath final act of redemption]]. If, instead, his HeelFaceTurn comes earlier in the series, he may redeem himself and join TheTeam. challenge.

{{Trope}}s related to Dragons:
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{{Trope}}s related to Dragons:The Dragon:

The term "dragon" originates from folklore where the hero fights dragons or more often other kinds of monsters, described as such in "Literature/TheHeroWithAThousandFaces", a non-fiction comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell. These monsters are obstacles to be overcome in order to fulfill the hero's quest. Note, however, that in folklore they are not necessarily (and hardly ever are) in the service of the true villain, whereas in accordance with this trope, they necessarily are.
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The term "dragon" originates from folklore where the hero fights dragons or more often other kinds of monsters, dragons. The dragon's role is described as such in "Literature/TheHeroWithAThousandFaces", a non-fiction comparison of various fantasy heroes written by Joseph Campbell. These monsters are obstacles to be overcome in order to fulfill the hero's quest. Note, however, that in folklore they are not necessarily (and hardly ever are) in the service of the true villain, whereas in accordance with this trope, they necessarily are.\n
11th Aug '15 6:11:57 PM ANTMuddle
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The Dragon is an integral part of the FiveBadBand dynamic. If there's a QuirkyMinibossSquad, the Dragon is often the [[TheLeader unofficial leader.]] And he tends to be physically stronger than TheBrute.
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The Dragon is an integral part of the FiveBadBand dynamic. If there's a QuirkyMinibossSquad, the Dragon is often the [[TheLeader unofficial leader.]] ]] And he tends to be is almost always physically stronger than TheBrute.
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