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TheBaroness [[XMeetsY meets]] YellowPeril. The Dragon Lady is characterized by her overt [[EvilIsSexy sexual]] and [[DarkActionGirl physical aggression]], [[DevilInPlainSight untrustworthiness]], and [[MysteriousWoman mysterious]][[InscrutableOriental ness]]. Probably [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery wears]] a {{qipao}} or {{kimono}} often with a dragon ''on it'' (even if she's not Chinese or Japanese), and knows [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial arts]]. If she carries a weapon, it's usually a concealed [[KnifeNut stabbing]] or [[CoolSword slashing]] weapon; folding metal fans are a perennial favorite. Is contractually obligated to have [[ShesGotLegs legs that would make Tina Turner jealous]], to better [[ShowSomeLeg pull off the dress]].

The Dragon Lady overlaps heavily with TheVamp, the FemmeFatale, and TheBaroness, but is set apart by her level of stereotypical Asianness. However, please note that just because a villainess is Asian (especially in non-Asian works) doesn't mean she's automatically a Dragon Lady. Nor is it the same thing for a woman of any background to simply be called "Dragon Lady" just because she's overbearing. This trope has a very specific look and feel.

[[ValuesDissonance If a Chinese person is calling you this, it's a compliment.]] Dragons are revered as fierce, powerful, wise and commonsensical beings devoted to caring for those under their charge. And they were the personal symbols of the Emperors, after all.

Also sometimes overlaps with DaddysLittleVillain.

Contrast AnimeChineseGirl, AsianAirhead.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Wang Liu Mei, the AnimeChineseGirl from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has what it takes to become one of these in the second season, since in the first one she's shown as an agent of Celestial Being who's [[WellIntentionedExtremist more for direct action than others in the group]]. And then, it becomes more apparent when she picked up the {{Yandere}} Nena Trinity, then at least was able to keep her on the leash, then it starts getting more radical that she sided with Ribbons and the Innovators, and later on with Ribbons' seemingly rogue Innovator, Regene Regetta. However, she ends up ultimately being a SmugSnake when [[spoiler:Nena eventually betrays and kills her]].
* Lanhua in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', an odd example from an Asian work; she's Chinese and part of an EvilIsSexy-based QuirkyMinibossSquad (along with a [[VillainousCrossdresser crossdressing]] [[KissOfTheVampire vampire]], a loli IdolSinger, and a [[FashionableEvil Fashionably Evil]] [[LesYay lesbian]] [[MinionShipping couple]]).
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'''s Gyokumen Koushu is a fair example of this type of villain. Always wears elegant Japanese silk kimonos and traditional headdress. Overly sexual, she is mistress to the Ox King Gyumaoh as well as occasionally sleeps around with the head scientist Nii Jenyii. She has little compassion for anyone but the Ox King and is often seen ordering her minions to kill off those who are even the tiniest of nuisances.
* [[EvilMatriarch Shinzen]] of ''SpeedGrapher'' has this kind of vibe, with her domineering attitude and taste for revealing kimono in a modern setting.
* One of these shows up in ''DarkerThanBlack'''s {{interquel}} OVA, with the added bonus of being a GravityMaster who takes down the seriously {{Badass}} hero without breaking a sweat.
* Boa Hancock, Pirate Empress of ''Manga/OnePiece'' shares many traits with archetype, though she's somewhat of a newcomer when it comes to being a vamp.
* A far more AxCrazy version is Liang Qi from ''{{Canaan}}''.
* Subverted by Yuuko in ''XxxHoLic''. She's pretty sexual, dark, [[MysteriousWaif mysterious]], wears [[PimpedOutDress fabulous Asian outfits]], is all about [[ThereAreNoCoincidences hitsuzen]], and styles her home as a Chinese opium parlor...but is a good guy.
* Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' with Chang Wufei's late wife Meiran. She aspired to be powerful and respected, both in terms of her fighting ability and her intellect (often getting into heated debates with her husband.) She [[ActionGirl kicked ass]], in order to protect her home. She wasn't particularly TheVamp, or a villainess, though. Wufei admired her strength, albeit somewhat grudgingly.
* Shenhua in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. A Taiwanese assassin who wears qipao and talks in pidgin English (or Japanese depending.) Don't underestimate her because of that if you value your life.
* Vivian Wong from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' fits this trope, and she even uses a card with this exact name.
* Poison knife-wielding Qinglin Cui from ''Main/NightRaid1931'' is one that runs an illegal prostitution ring by kidnapping aspiring actresses.
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[[folder:Board Games]]
* Miss Scarlet in the US version of ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' was [[RaceLift portrayed as Asian]] on the cards between 1972 and 1996. While the "characters" don't have personalities as such, this is almost certainly the trope they were going for, just as the Caucasian version is clearly intended to be a FemmeFatale.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''Munchkin-Fu'', the martial arts movie spinoff of the ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' card game series, actually has a card called "The Dragon Lady." She is level 20, the most powerful enemy in the game, criminal mastermind behind all the other monsters and thugs, and any male who fights her and loses takes a -5 fear-induced penalty if she happens to appear in any later battles.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* DCComics ''loves'' this trope:
** The most famous DCU example is probably Comicbook/LadyShiva, a morally-ambiguous martial artist whose life mostly revolves around being the best unarmed combatant in the world.
** [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]], Lady Shiva's daughter and the third ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, temporarily became a Dragon Lady during her FaceHeelTurn.
** Cheshire, [[PsychoForHire hired mercenary and general psychopath]].
** Shado, a character best known for [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale raping the Green Arrow]].
** Shiv, the teenage granddaughter of a Japanese [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] supervillain. Her Asian heritage isn't particularly pronounced though, and some artists don't seem to realize she's Asian at all.
** The villainess Roulette isn't Asian, but is the sort of person who wishes she were. She does wear a qipao, has Chinese tattoos (including one of a dragon), wears chopsticks in her hair etc. When it came time for her to appear in an episode of Smallville, she was indeed played by an actress of Asian heritage. Lois even refers to her as a dragon lady! Her outfit she refers to as a 'bigger RedScare than ColdWar Russia.'
** Sometimes Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}} foe Miss Fear (who also appeared in the ''Guns Of The Dragon'' mini-series) fits this trope.
** Superboy faced an opponent called- wait for it- Lady Dragon, the leader of the Silicon Dragons, who seems to fit in this trope. Like Roulette, the untrustworthiness is somewhat reduced by her obsession with fair play, or as Lady Dragon calls it, "equal measure."
** The Robin foe Lynx. Her successor also pretends to be an over-the-top Dragon Lady villainess, but is in actuality an undercover cop from Hong Kong.
* In the MarvelUniverse:
** Sasha Hammer, daughter of The Mandarin. She seduces ComicBook/IronMan and has sex with him while he's driving a fast car. Then she tries to kill him. Hammer is notable in that she is the daughter of a white woman and a half-Asian man so she is only one quarter Asian.
** Ms. Locke, sidekick to the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' supervillain Arcade. She is pretty much called one to her face at one point, and [[InsultBackfire takes it as a compliment]].
** Orson Randall faces off against dozens of them in ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Annual #1''.
** Tyger Tiger from the ''{{Wolverine}}'' comics.
** Jade Claw from ''ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas''.
** Lady Lotus from ''ComicBook/TheInvaders''.
** Spider-Ham, Marvel's [[AnimalSuperheroes Funny Animal Superhero]], once faced a ''canine'' DragonLady. She was, [[HurricaneOfPuns of course]], called "The Dragon Lassie".
* Miss Ylang-Ylang from ''WesternAnimation/BobMorane''. Asian, seductive, and the leader of her own criminal organization.
* The title character of ''ExecutiveAssistantIris''.
* Lady Serpent, foe of the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero the Black Terror.
* Shamelessly parodied as the "Lizard Lady" in ''TheTroubleWithGirls''.
* The title character of Chaos! Comics' ''{{Jade}}'' is this.
* ''ArchiesSonicTheHedgehog'' comics have the Iron Queen, though current writer Ian Flynn made her a Technomage and less a traditional spellcaster.
* ''ComicBook/DangerGirl: The Chase'' has Anastasia Kilbourne, a master of edged weaponry who Sonya describes as "a tattooed ninja assassin". She even has a tattoo of an oriental dragon running all the way up the right side of her body.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* ''FanFic/OnePieceParallelWorks'' has the up-and-coming Warlord of the Sea Shenhua Jiang. Not only does she run a brothel, she almost forces [[spoiler: Daisuke]] into prostitution, [[spoiler: murdered Enlai's father and kidnapped his [[IllGirl sick little sister]],]] and she is implied to be allied with TheTriadsAndTheTongs. To add to that, her Wanted poster nickname is "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dragon Lady]]".
* When ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'''s Heather appears in a fanfic by Tropers/{{Gideoncrawle}}, this trope is certain to be invoked. Heather will be described as a "dragon lady" or some variant thereof in reference to both the ethnicity and [[AlphaBitch personality]] of her canon counterpart.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The [[CatsAreMean Siamese cats]] in {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' exhibit most of these stereotypes during their VillainSong and following WoundedGazelleGambit.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* General Fang, from the JackieChan version of ''Film/AroundTheWorldIn80Days''.
* Hu Li, from ''RushHour 2''.
* Myca in ''Film/TheCrow'' played by Bai Ling. The boss villain's Asian half-sister, tattooed, sexually depraved, and has a thing about [[EyeScream young girls' eyes]].
* Miss East in the ''Film/WildWildWest'' film.
* Mai, TheDragon of ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard''.
* Madame Rose, the villainess/villain of the Thai film ''Tom Yum Goong'', retitled ''TheProtector'' in the US.
* Miss Yang, who hires and later betrays Terry Tsurugi in ''Film/TheStreetFighter''.
* Referenced in ''GranTorino'', where Clint Eastwood's racist war veteran demands that "dragon lady" (a neighbouring Hmong teenager who has befriended him) get him a beer.
* Many of the characters played by Anna May Wong, for example the title character in ''[[FuManchu Daughter of the Dragon]]''. This was a source of considerable annoyance to her, especially since she was lucky to even get ''those'' roles, because most went to white actresses in {{yellowface}} makeup.
* The pirate lord Mistress Ching, based on the real-life pirate Ching Shih, in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* Cantana in ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''.
* At the end of the movie ''{{Bowfinger}}'', Bobby Bowfinger(Steve Martin) and Jiff Ramsey(Eddie Murphy) star in a kung fu movie called "Fake Purse Ninjas" where Christine Baranski plays a Dragonlady type ordering a horde of ninjas to attack them.
* The Hong Kong action picture ''LegendaryAssassin'' casts a Japanese woman in this role, and to better play up her ethnicity, gives her a katana as a weapon. Her ability to lead and kick ass is largely [[InformedAbility informed]], however, as she spends most of the movie taunting the hero over the phone, threatens his captive LoveInterest for two minutes at the end of the movie, then gets beaten in one hit by said love interest once the girl is set free.
* Creator/LucyLiu frequently plays aggressive and domineering characters, but O-Ren Ishii in ''KillBill'' is the only one that features her running around in a kimono while wielding a katana (thus fulfilling the overt Asianness of this trope).
* The 2005 comedy film ''MonarchOfTheMoon'' plays this character to the hilt in the form of Dragonfly. She's an assassin, she speaks in stereotypical engrish, wears a skintight robe, utilizes bulletproof fans, and even has the word Dragon in her name. And like many dragonladies of the time period said film is meant to invoke, she's played a white actress (Kimberly Page).
* Creator/JoanChen was [[TypeCasting typecast]] as the DragonLady in several 1980s-1990s films, prompting her to return home to China for a few years and try her hand at directing instead.
* Xifeng in ''Pirates XXX 2''.
* Majorly defied in ''TheExpendables 2'' with Maggie Chan, with only ''one'' subversion. She's Oriental, but she's wholly good, capable of kicking and shooting bad guys' asses to kingdom come instead of being a DistressedDamsel, witty, not cynical at all... and has no problem using either JackBauerInterrogationTechnique or ColdBloodedTorture to extort informations... out of thugs and bad guys (It's off screen, no worries).
* Depressingly subverted in ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'' with Sévérine, the lover of the BigBad who looks like an Asian version of TheBaroness (to the point where her actress drew inspiration from Xenia Onatopp), but is actually a terrified non-combatant former SexSlave who tries to HeelFaceTurn to get away from Silva and [[spoiler: ends up with a bullet hole in the face for her trouble]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Fah Lo Suee, the daughter of FuManchu.
* One of the main characters in ''The Periodic Table of Science Fiction'' is known as 'The Dragon Lady'.
** Miss Adrienne Wong-Heppworth, found in the chapter "[[http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/periodictable.html Lutetium]]".
* Ancient Mai, one of the heads of the White Council from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', sometimes comes across this way (albeit without the overt sexuality - as her name might suggest, she's too old). In the TV series she's younger and hotter, but Harry suggests she could be ''an honest-to-God dragon'' in human guise.
* In ChristopherMoore's book ''[[Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff Lamb: The Gospel According To Jesus' Childhood Friend Biff]]'', a character named Joy (short for Tiny Feet of the Divine Dance of Joyous Orgasm) fits this trope to a tee. She's actually a prostitute who just happens to be a total badass at the same time.
* Missee Lee, in the ''SwallowsAndAmazons'' sequel of the same name, is a subversion; she's [[spoiler: a Cambridge academic who doesn't actually ''like'' being a pirate, and teaches the kids Latin when they're captured]].
* [[{{Temeraire}} Lung Tien Lien]] has the personality down pat. She also happens to be a ''literal'' dragon.
* ''I am a genius of unspeakable evil and I want to be your Class President'': Tatiana, someone who even the titular evil overlord-type considers cruel, invokes this trope with a kimono embroidered with pink dragons.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Princess Koji, villainess of the short lived ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey''.
* The bizarre Saturday morning chimpanzee-acted parody of spy parody ''Series/GetSmart'', ''Series/LancelotLinkSecretChimp'', featured the "[[LampshadeHanging Dragon Woman]]," a female Oriental spy (voiced by Joan Gerber), who was (as the ThemeSong assured us) "lovely, but she's wicked all the same."
* This trope is arguably developed and perhaps averted in ''{{Lost}}''. Sun, a Korean female, was initially portrayed as an innocent victim of her culture's patriarchy, despite (or because of) their wealth. Over time, it was revealed that she knew all about her father's criminal industrial complex, and eventually came to take it over. On the other hand, Sun does not fit the "dark outfit" stereotype, for the most part. [[spoiler: In the end, she used her father's resources and contacts to get in touch with Charles Widmore to find a way back to the Island.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Music/BlueOysterCult did a song about this trope, quoted at the top of the page.
* Progressive metal band Crimson Glory also has a song of the same title, complete with a nice EvilLaugh at the beginning.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The TropeNamer is The Dragon Lady, also known as Madam Deal, introduced in 1934 in Milton Caniff's comic strip ''TerryAndThePirates''. According to Trina Robbin's "Tender Mercies: Women Who Kill", the character was based on the (real) pirate real Lai Choi San, who was a rather successful pirate active in the China seas in the 1920's and 1930's on whom Milton Caniff based his character.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Interestingly, despite the relative ease of trying to apply this trope to pro-wrestling, this is one of a select few stereotypes that the WWE hasn't chewed up and spit out (and considering they were planning to do an Unfrozen Nazi angle at one point, that's surprising.) They came very close with Gail Kim. Although they never played up her Asian heritage (she's Korean-Canadian), she was promoted as a very dangerous and mysterious competitor. She also debuted during the peak of ''The Matrix's'' fame, so this all combined into what might be called a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb7mpOAAL5c cyberpunk Dragon Lady.]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* A PlayedForLaughs version appears in ''TheNavyLark'' with the recurring villain by the name of TheMistress.
* Sumuru, created by Sax Rohmer as a DistaffCounterpart for FuManchu.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In the stage play of ''Series/GetSmart'' the Wong Sisters. A dumb blonde character goes so far to say "What happened to the three dragon ladies?"
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Ming Xiao, leader of the Asian vampires in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has Maggie Chow, a FemmeFatale Chinese actress with a Qipao and a sword. Seeing as she's an actress, [[JustifiedTrope she might be embodying the trope on purpose.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' features [[spoiler:Zhao Yun Run]] as the Dragon Lady of the game. Tong even refers to her as such.
* [[DaddysLittleVillain Mai Hem]] from ''PerfectDark Zero''.
* Ai Ling, a minor character in the early stages of ''JadeEmpire'', and the much more significant Silk Fox both could count.
* Rinrin, the boss of Asian Town in ''MadWorld''. Considering the entire game is a satirical play on sex, violence and crude humor in video games, it comes off as less offensive and more humorous.
** In the pseudo-sequel ''AnarchyReigns'', Rinrin returns with her sisters Airin and Feirin.
* In the original ''DeadToRights'', Slate has to fight an entire massage parlor of dragon ladies
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast MayDay]] from ''Videogame/{{Aquanox}} 2'' is playing the trope as straight as possible.
* [[{{Tekken}} Anna Williams]] has the dress, the legs, the vampiness, and the killer instinct native to the trope. On the flip side, she does not lord over a league of gangsters and is [[{{Oireland}} Irish]].
** But then again she does seem to be the G-Corporation Kazuya's right-hand woman as of ''Tekken 6''.
* Litchi Faye-Ling of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' plays around this trope. Although heavily Chinese-oriented and occasionally aggressive when drunk, she is overall a good, modest, kind hearted lady. Then in the end ''Continuum Shift'', it would seem that she ends up joining NOL, making her look like the trope, double subverting the trope. However, it turns out that she is in fact ForcedIntoEvil, didn't act like a typical [[TheVamp vamp]] or seductress, her kind heart didn't get replaced by aggressiveness on obsession and it is shown clearly that she regrets what she had to do, but has no other choice, thereby triple-subverting the trope.
* Li Mei from ''MortalKombat'' has elements of this.
** Interestingly, in her Deception ending, she marries the BigBad, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Onaga]], and becomes TheDragon.
*** Although subverted, because Li Mei is a good person and her ending isn't canon.
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney:''
** While she's not as combative as other examples, Morgan Fey carries several traits, including a subtle iron fist on her daughter and a quite disturbing DeathGlare. It's doesn't stay "subtle" for long though, since she's [[spoiler:one of the two culprits of the case where you first meet her, and her daughter is pretty central to her motivation for committing the crime]].
** Morgan's niece Mia occasionally seems like a benevolent version of this trope: She's frighteningly competent for someone who's dead, is a harsh if encouraging mistress to her old pupil Phoenix, and [[MsFanservice is quite attractive]]..
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Yu Han-Sung from ''TowerOfGod'' appears to be this and is quite the scheming {{Chessmaster}}. She is heavily Korean-themed, however she is not presented as sexy, because ''TowerOfGod'' just isn't that type of manhwa. [[spoiler: And fifty chapters in you discover that [[DudeLooksLikeALady she… is a he]]]].
* Mavra Chan (marginally) qualifies in ''{{Terinu}}''. Though she tends to wear stompy boots and an armoured corset rather than a kimono, she's certainly mysterious, sadistic, evil and perfectly willing to sell out the human race to make a fast buck. Unfortunately she's also the only human character in the main cast to show any ethnicity at all (the rest are white Australians).
* The Handmaid from ''{{Homestuck}}'', who has a distinct Asian theme (despite being an alien from another universe) and is also the unwilling servant of an EldritchAbomination whose purpose is to end universes.
** [[spoiler: Her past self Damara Megido]] is a over-exaggeration of this trope, [[spoiler: speaking in Japanese in an otherwise English-language comic, making lewd sexual advances, and described as excessively violent.]]
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Silver Serpent, of the WhateleyUniverse, whose father Iron Dragon sent her to [[SuperheroSChool Whateley Academy]] to... find out stuff we haven't discovered yet. Except we know she's supposed to track down the Handmaid of the Tao, who's one of the protagonists.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''China Jones'' featuring DaffyDuck as a detective who is interrogating an Asian woman known as "The Dragon Lady." When the terminally [[GenreBlindness genre-blind]] Daffy asks her why she is called that, she breathes fire on him. ([[YouNoTakeCandle "Is answer question?"]])
* Princess Azula of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a less ethnically offensive version of this trope. She has a lot in common with traditional Dragon Ladies, being a cruel, [[AxeCrazy aggressive]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]] of the [[BigBad Fire Lord]]. But pretty much everyone in the series is a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantasy Asian or Inuit]], so the stereotype is balanced by plenty of counter-examples. She's not so much a Dragon Lady as just an EvilIsSexy villainess in a world where practically everyone happens to be Asian.
* On ''JonnyQuest'', "Jezebel" Jade is an exceptionally rare ''Good'' variant, combined with mild ActionGirl -- mysterious, sexy, aggressive, untrustworthy, vaguely Asiatic, and ''qipao''-wearing in the episode "Terror Island."
* ''MaxSteel'' has a female villain called Dragonelle.
* The eponymous gangster in the ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone'' episode "Lair of the Jade Scorpion".
* Lady Fang from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' episode "Firecracker", who engages in WarForFunAndProfit.
* A dragon lady lures Paul to her ghost ship in ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' episode "Anna."
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