Who better to serve the King of Evil than an Usurper King and a Demon Lord?

The Big Bad has two or more minions who report directly to them, and are regarded as equally dangerous among the other characters. They will usually have distinctive personalities, roles, or skill-sets, or may perform the same job but in different regions, but just like a single Dragon would be, they are answerable only to the Big Bad and are significant threats in their own right. Unlike the Quirky Miniboss Squad, they don't necessarily have a team dynamic- in fact, they may not interact directly at all. If they do, they'll likely be rivals.

Note - simply having multiple named Evil Minions does not qualify for this trope. This is a case of several characters being powerful, important, and/or feared enough to claim the role of second-in-command or primary executor of the Big Bad's will at one time. A character who does not serve in these capacities, or regularly takes orders from someone not the Big Bad, does not qualify as a Dragon, even if they're an important villain. Compare and contrast Big Bad Duumvirate, where two characters jointly hold the role of primary villain, rather than just primary minion. If there are enough Dragons, they might form the Standard Evil Empire Hierarchy. Also compare Those Two Bad Guys.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball you have Pilaf's co-dragons Shu and Mai.
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Frieza's immediate right-hand men are Dodoria and Zarbon. Zarbon is much stronger than Dodoria, but they seem to function as relative equals. There's also Captain Ginyu, leader of his elite forces, but Frieza doesn't send for him until Dodoria's dead - and Zarbon's gone the same way by the time Ginyu arrives.
  • In Berserk The God Hand are this to The Idea of Evil.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Dio Brando has both Vanilla Ice and Enrico Pucci. The former shows up for a several-chapter fight with the heroes near the end of Part 3, while the latter is the main antagonist of Part 6 and plays a much larger role in the story.
  • Bleach: Shortly after their public defection from the Soul Society, Kaname Tousen and Gin Ichimaru split The Dragon role for the Big Bad, Sosuke Aizen; but in an interesting variation, those two also happen to fall under Dragon with an Agenda, considering both only ever joined with Aizen so as to further their own individual goals.
  • Although there's generally only one Dragon per story arc in Sailor Moon, there are multiple cases of Co Dragons. Season two had Rubeus, Sapphire, Emerald and Prince Diamond all act (unwittingly) as Dragons for Death Phantom. Even more so, one of the major points of arc/season three had Dr. Tomoe trying to resurrect his Co-Dragon Mistress 9.
  • In Naruto, as Akatsuki members continue to fall and the ones that remain have more of their pasts revealed, it turns out that Zetsu and Kisame are both The Dragon to Tobi, Kisame lending Tobi his great fighting skill willingly while Zetsu is billed as "the magician's assistant", helping Tobi pull off his tricks. One could argue for Sasuke's inclusion in this, but Tobi seems to treat him more like The Brute. As well as Pain as Tobi's figurehead until his redemption equals death.
    • A clearer example would probably be Kimimaro and Kabuto to Orochimaru.
  • During the "Magical World" Story Arc of Mahou Sensei Negima!, Dynamis and Tsukuyomi serve directly under the Big Bad Fate Averruncus and seem roughly close in terms of fighting ability. Technically, Dynamis outranks her since he's the General of their secret society, but Tsukuyomi, being a freelance Psycho for Hire, has a lot more freedom to do whatever she wants, so it more-or-less balances out.
  • Baron Ashura, Count Brocken, Viscount Pygman and Archduke Gorgon for Doctor Hell in Mazinger Z and its remake/reimaging Shin Mazinger.
    • The Seven generals of the Mykene army for Ankoku Daishogun (who likewise was The Dragon of the Emperor of Darkness) in Great Mazinger: JuliCesar, Hadias, Angoras, Ligern, Scarabeth, Draydou and Birdler. Each one had its own personality quirks and fighting styles.
    • Lord Gandal and Minister Zurill from UFO Robo Grendizer were King Vega's Co-Dragons.
  • In Kagerou-Nostalgia Rikimaru and Ranmaru are Gessho Kuki's bodyguards and best fighters. Rikimaru has been with him longer. Ranmaru is the more obsessively loyal. They're almost always together (functioning as villainous Heterosexual Life-Partners), have proven to be nearly unbeatable in combat, and take orders from no one but Gessho. One could also make a case for Gessho's frontman, General Kiyotaka Kuroda being another example of The Dragon, as he too takes orders from Gessho alone.
  • Invoked in Eyeshield 21 by the Hakushuu Dinosaurs, who the Devil Bats face in the Kantou Regional Finals. Marco, the team captain describes Juggernaut and Blood Knight Gaou (lineman) as his Right Hand, and In Love with Your Carnage Bishōnen pretty boy Kisiragi (cornerback) as his Left Hand. Between the two of them they more or less carry Hakushuu, with Gaou breaking the opposing line and quarterbacks, while Kisiragi shuts down the recievers and runs interception. Both have a lot of respect for Marco and one another, and are out to prove their strength to the world, no matter what methods they have to use.
  • Wagnard and Ashram in Record of Lodoss War.
  • In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Corset has co-dragons in the form of Scanty and Kneesocks.
  • Digimon Adventure 02 has Arukenimon and Mummymon to Yukio Oikawa.
  • Digimon Frontier has Dynasmon and LordKnightmon (Crusadermon) to Lucemon.
  • Digimon Savers has Craniamon, Dukemon, Omegamon, and the rest of the Royal Knights to Yggdrasil.
  • In Fresh Pretty Cure!, Northa and Klein serve as Co-Dragons to Moebius. Northa is the most intelligent, the most evil and the strongest of the four cardinal agents and she creates the Sorewatase, not to mention she's the only one of the four with a One-Winged Angel form. Klein serves as Moebius direct secretary, works at the controlls and is also the strongest fighter in Labyrinth when he scales up. Both of them eventually fuse together and become Moebius' ultimate Dragon. And literally.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S, Jail Scaglietti has Uno, Tre and Quattro. Uno is the Sexy Secretary who commands the other Numbers. Tre is one of the two strongest Numbers and Fate has to defeat her first before she can face Scaglietti. Quattro is the most evil Number besides Due and she is also Scaglietti's Dragon His Feet.
  • One Piece has this a lot.
    • Buggy the Clown has Mohji and Cabaji.
    • Django, Captain Kuro's Dragon, has Siam and Butchie.
    • Don Krieg has Gin and Pearl.
    • Arlong has Kuroobi, Hachi, and Chew.
    • Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine serve as this for Mr. 3 in Little Garden.
    • Wapol has Chess and Kuromarimo.
    • Enel has Gedatsu, Satori, Shura, and Ohm.
    • Foxy has Porche and Hamburg.
    • Gekko Moria has Hogback, Absalom, and Perona.
    • Boa Hancock had her sisters, Sandersonia and Marigold, but she wasn't an antagonist for long.
    • Magellan had Hannyabal, Sadi-chan, and Saldeath until post-Time Skip, when he was Demoted to Dragon.
    • Caesar Clown had Monet and Vergo but they were both working first and foremost for Caesar's boss, and were both (ostensibly) killed at the end of that arc.
    • Donquixote Doflamingo has Trebol, Pica, and Diamante.
  • Zatch Bell! has Rodeaux and Jedun in the Faudo arc. Rodeaux is the It's Personal sort of Dragon, having dicked with the heroes previously, while Jedun is pure muscle.
  • The Colossal Titan and Armored Titan from Attack on Titan. Their master remains unseen, but each is deadly enough on its own. When both show up, there is little humanity can do to stop them. In their human identities, they double as Those Two Bad Guys and have a genuine Villainous Friendship that makes them extremely effective when working together.
  • The Swamp Witch Trio inQueen's Blade, composing of Melona, Menace, and Airi. The three do most of the fighting, and carry out the Swamp Witch's commands, Menace however is more interested in rebuilding her kingdom, and soon abandons them.

  • Darth Krayt of Star Wars: Legacy has both Darth Wyyrlok, his closest adviser and most powerful servant, and his Hands (Darths Talon, Stryfe, and Nihl) who actually execute his will. All of them serve as his top enforcers and executors, as opposed to other named Sith characters with more specialized side jobs. Talon and Nihl in particular have a rivalry over the job of Hand.
    • Shadows of the Empire introduces Prince Xizor, head of the intergalactic crime syndicate Black Sun and self-considered 3rd most powerful man in the Empire. He loathes Vader, both as a rival and for personal reasons, and the two engage in frequent games of one-upsmanship for Palpatine's favour and do everything they can to eliminate the other. Xizor has no military might, but the Black Sun apparently has the best spy network in the galaxy (aside from the Rebel-aligned Bothans), which gives him an edge as he can provide better intel than Imperial Intelligence. He advises the Emperor in various plans; it transpires that Palpatine's Evil Plan in Return of the Jedi was actually Xizor's idea, and Xizor was the one who really gave the Rebels their Death Star info (with Palp's blessing).
  • Marvel villain The Red Skull has his daughter Sin and his henchman Crossbones as his Dragons.
    • Incidentally, Sin and Crossbones are lovers.
  • In Sin City, the Colonel had both Blue Eyes and Mariah, two female assassins.
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog comics, the Grandmasters of the various Dark Egg Legion chapters (and Snively) are Dr. Eggman's Dragons; they report only to him, are equal in rank, and those not directly under his command serve as his regional commanders.
    • And Eggman recently added another dragon to his entourage when he makes the newly roboticized Sally his new chief enforcer. In fact, it should be noted that Mecha Sally, along with the rest of the Metal Series, may very well outrank the Grandmasters, as Eggman is using them to keep an eye on the latter and keep them loyal.
  • The Transformers IDW: Megatron has three main Dragons, Soundwave, most loyal, communications officer and espionage expert. Starscream, air-commander, and most active of the three. Shockwave: chief science officer. The role is mostly shared by Starscream and Soundwave, seeing as Shockwave went missing for four million years. Razorclaw was also revealed to be a co dragon as well, being a high ranked general on par with Starscream.


    Films — Live-Action 

  • In John Devil (1862) by Paul Féval we have arguably 3. Officially Henri Belcamp makes Robert Surisy the Lieutenant of his private Steam Punk navy formed to free Napoleon and destroy England. And Ned Knob manages to become Tom Brown's eye and ears in London's criminal underworld. But his true Dragon is Sarah O'Neil who is the only person from the start in on all the various layers of his compartmentalized Evil Plan.
  • Big Bad of Loyal Enemies has two: a monster hunter turned rogue and a psychopath werewolf who probably helped her feign her death. The former is calm and all business, the latter takes pleasure in taunts and rape threats.
  • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bellatrix shares this role with Severus Snape, whom she both hates and distrusts. The minor rivalry between them continues into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows until Voldemort kills Snape to get the power of the Elder Wand. Given that Snape was a Reverse Mole but not the current owner of the wand, Voldemort kept the right Dragon, but for the wrong reason.
    • In the previous book Bellatrix and Lucius could be said to share this role, in a sense—Lucius seemed to have been the leader, but Bellatrix was Voldemort's favorite. After his failure Voldemort kept Lucius and his family around mostly to watch them squirm.
  • From The Silmarillion, Morgoth had three Dragons, each with a different area of expertise—Sauron, who led various werewolves, vampires and the like; Gothmog, leader of the Balrogs; and Glaurung, father of the (literal) dragons. Sauron is noted for having been sort of a Dragon-in-Chief, however, while Morgoth sat in the fortress that Sauron guarded.
  • The Steel Inquisitors of Mistborn collectively function as The Dragon to the Lord Ruler; there are about twenty Inquisitors total, but they generally work alone and you'll rarely see more than a half-dozen in one place at one time.
    • Later on in the trilogy, the surviving Inquisitors return collectively working as The Dragon to Ruin
  • Moridin and Shaidar Haran appear to be this in The Wheel of Time- Moridin is Nae'blis, the Dark One's empowered human regend, while Shaidar Haran acts as the Dark One's mouthpiece and enforcer. However, it turns out that Shaidar was actually a vessel for the Dark One's consciousness to travel beyond its prison rather than an independent being; when said prison weakens enough for the Dark One to at least partially enter the world directly, Shaidar is discarded; when Rand arrives at Shayol Ghul to confront the Dark One and Moridin, he sees Shaidar's withered remains lying on the ground nearby.
    • From Book 4 until Moridin and Shadar Haran appear (in books 7 and 6 respectively), the Forsaken themselves are Co-Dragons.
  • In the Winds of the Forelands series, both Jastanne and Pronjed serve as Dragons to Big Bad Dusaan.
  • R.A. Salvatore's Hunter's Blade trilogy, Gerti Orelsdottr and Obould Many-Arrows are technically Co Dragons working for a group drow out to cause chaos in the area for the fun of it. They're both dragons with an agenda, to the point where Obould becomes a Dragon-in-Chief, and eventually decides to get rid of the drow all together.
  • David Eddings loves this trope. In The Belgariad, Torak has Ctuchik and Zedar as his chief disciples. In The Malloreon, Zandramas has Naradas and Demon Lord Mordja as her second-in-command and primary defence respectively; her rival, Urvon has both Mengha / Harakan as his First Disciple and representative, and Demon Lord Nahaz who protects him physically, leads the army, and is more or less in charge. One could argue that Nahaz and Mordja are also Co-Dragons to their real master, The King of Hell, acting as his agents in the real world and competing viciously for his favour. In The Elenium, Azash has Otha, and Martel; Otha rules his empire for him, while Martel serves as his main agent in the West, and has shades of Dragon-in-Chief.
  • In the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the three Ravers are always Lord Foul's Dragons. Sometimes he'll add another Dragon, too such as Elena, in The Power That Preserves and Kastenessen in the Last Chronicles, though he probably sees himself as Foul's equal partner.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe Emperor Palpatine had 3 dragons. Vader was his right hand man and Prince Xizor was his left hand. The third was Mara Jade, his personal assassin, whose existence was unknown to the galaxy at large.
    • If the EU is to be regarded as canon, Mara may not have been #3, but one of several. Grand Admiral Thrawn calls her on it when she tries to impress him with her status as the Emperor's Hand, asking if she really believed she was the only one. It's never revealed for certain if there were more; there may have been but this is Thrawn we're talking about.
    • The EU novels of Timothy Zahn depict Mara Jade and Vader as being almost co-dragons: Vader is the superior of the two, but mostly the Emperor's agent against the rebellion, whereas Jade is used primarily against internal corruption. Despite this arrangement, Vader apparently dislikes Jade, thinking (wrongly) that she intends to try and displace him as the Emperor's second in command.
  • In the Redwall book, Lord Brocktree, wildcat conqueror Ungatt Trunn has three dragons by the end in Karangool, the Grand Fragorl, and ex-searat Ripfang.
  • Diana Ladris and Drake Merwin share this role to Caine Soren in the GONE series...At least, for the first two novels.
  • In Those That Wake's sequel, Arielle Kliest has Castillo and Roarke working for her.
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain: Reviled and E-Claire are sidekicks to Villain Protagonist Bad Penny.
  • In Keys to the Kingdom, all seven Trustees have three main servants: a Dawn, a Noon and a Dusk. Grim Tuesday has seven: the Grotesques, made from the Dawn, Noon and Dusk.
  • James Bond
    • Dr. Anton Murik in Licence Renewed has Caber and Mary-Jane Mashik. Caber is The Brute and the chief of Murik's bodyguards, and Mary-Jane is Murik's close assistant, lover, and a Torture Technician.
    • In Win, Lose or Die, Bassam Baradj, the leader of the organization BAST, has three field officers with equal amounts of authority; Abou Hamarik, Ali al Adwan and Sophii Boudai.
    • Sir Max Tarn in SeaFire has Maurice Goodwin (the head of his security) and Connie Spicer (his muscle).
    • The Changs in Zero Minus Ten, who are three albino brothers working out of loyalty to Guy Thackeray. Before Bond knows anything about them, he dubs them Tom, Dick and Harry.
  • Young Bond
    • In Blood Fever, Smiler is the Count Carnifex’s head henchman and assassin, and the one in charge of stealing stuff from rich households. Haight is the Count's spy in Eton, providing him information to plan art thefts.
    • Ludwig and Wolfgang Smith in Double or Die, who are a duo of criminal brothers who work for anyone who pays them.
  • Arxinor and Gorgash from Dragons Lexicon Triumvirate, two technodragons that do Drekkenoth's dirty work and hound the protagonists.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Warren was this to Twilight with Amy and The General in Season 8.
    • Vampire Xander along with Willow.
    • Pearl and Nash to Whistler.
  • More or less a tradition in each Power Rangers season after Power Rangers in Space. Generally there's one loyal dragon, and one treacherous one.
    • Though this does predate in Space as well; Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers had Goldar and Scorpina in the first season, and the second and third seasons had Goldar and Rito Revolto.
    • in Space: Ecliptor and Darkonda, although their boss was technically the Dragon-in-Chief for Dark Spectre. Ecliptor was the Noble Demon type who mentored Astronema, while Darkonda was the scheming backstabber who stole her from her family in the first place. They couldn't stand each other.
    • Lost Galaxy: Villamax and Deviot - again, Noble Demon mentor to the main villainess / unrepentant Starscream.
    • Lightspeed Rescue: Diabolico, Loki, and Vypra at the start, all of which are loyal to Queen Bansheera. Then Diabolico, the one above the other two, is killed by the rangers and replaced with Bansheera's son Olympius. Then later, Diabolico comes back. All of them are loyal to Bansheera up until the end of the series, when she starts sacrificing them in order to complete her revival; it was ultimately her undoing when that betrayal came full circle.
    • Time Force: Ransik's daughter Nadira and the robot Frax. Turns out Frax Was Once a Man and it was Ransik's fault; he was appropriately treacherous. Nadira and Ransik were mutually loyal to each other, and she eventually led him into a Heel-Face Turn.
    • Wild Force: Jindrax and Toxica. Oddly, both of them were loyal, and then both became treacherous when the Big Bad abused that loyalty. And that happens twice.
    • Ninja Storm: Loads of them, with Vexacus taking steps to eliminate the competition later in the season.
    • Dino Thunder: Elsa and Zeltrax. Zeltrax eventually goes rogue, while Elsa is revealed to have been brainwashed from the beginning.
    • SPD: Mora/Morgana and Broodwing. The former was the loyal one, the latter was demoted from the Big Bad position he held in the original Sentai and was clearly resentful about it to the point of wanting his spot back.
    • Mystic Force: Koragg and Necrolai. Both could be loyal or treacherous, depending on the situation - Koragg started out loyal to Morticon, but when Morticon was replaced with Imperious Koragg worked against him (particularly because of Imperious' own backstabbing tendencies), and ultimately his brainwashing was broken and became a good guy again. Necrolai was more consistently loyal up until the end when she had a Heel-Face Turn.
    • Jungle Fury: A herd of them, most notably Camille and Grizakka; Grizzaka was the treacherous one, and Camille pulled a last-minute Heel-Face Turn, staying loyal to the guy the Big Bad had been possessing rather than the Big Bad himself.
    • RPM: Another ensemble, with Kilobyte, Tenaya 7, Shifter, and Crunch. Shifter eventually became treacherous, while Tenaya was brainwashed and changed sides eventually.
    • Samurai: Dayu and Serrator. Serrator was the scheming treacherous one all the way, even getting to be Dragon-in-Chief for a little while; but Dayu wasn't particularly loyal either - she never acted against the other villains, but did leave for a while when she had been abused too much. There's also Deker, though he was more of an independent Wild Card.
    • Megaforce: A rotating ensemble in the first season, complicated by Vrak's position of Dragon-in-Chief. The series started with Vrak and Creepox as Co-Dragons to Admiral Malkor, then Creepox went down and Biggs and Bluefur were brought on with Vrak as go-between between them and Malkor, and then those two made way for Vrak getting his own personal Dragon, Metal Alice.
  • The Korean drama Queen Seondeok's Lady Mishil has three, her husbands (you heard that right) Seolwon and Saejong and her younger brother Misaeng.
  • Season 3 of Degrassi The Next Generation gave us this with the Candy Bandits. The Big Bad is Jay, and with Sean's Face-Heel Turn, he and Alex become Co-Dragons.
  • In the 10th (and final) season of Smallville: Granny Goodness, Desaad and Gordon Godfrey are sharing the role of Dragon to Big Bad Darkseid as they prepare the world for his coming.
    • And in the episode "Dominion", Darkseid is shown to have another Dragon in previous Big Bad Zod, who rules over the Phantom Zone in Darkseid's name. Interestingly, Zod is himself a pair of Dragons in one body - Darkseid fused the Phantom of the original General Zod with his clone Major Zod.
  • On Dark Oracle, Creepy Twins Blaze & Violet were the primary antagonists for most of Season 2, and appeared to be a Big Bad Duumvirate. In reality they were Co-Dragons to Doyle's Evil Counterpart the Puppet-Master, who was the one really giving the orders.
  • Chris and Snoop under kingpin Marlo Stanfield on The Wire.
  • Boardwalk Empire likes this trope.
  • Morgana from Merlin had Helios and Agravaine as her Co-Dragons at the end of series 4. They didn't like each other much.
  • In the final season of Lost, Claire and Sayid seem to be this for The Man in Black. They're just brainwashed though, and both betray him by the end.
  • Azazel and Lilith seem to have been this for Lucifer in Supernatural, though Lilith is said to have outranked Azazel.
    • Azazel's children, Meg and Tom, were this to him in Season One.
    • In a way Alastair and Crowley could be considered this for Lilith, though Crowley was an Unseen Character until season 5 (after Lilith's death). Ruby could also be included, though her rank seems to be only slightly higher than mook.
    • Michael had Zachariah and Raphael under his command.
  • In Married... with Children, Al's comedic Five-Bad Band features Jefferson and Griff acting as Al's prominent commanders in NO MA'AM. They both also act as the Only Sane Man in the organization.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic's Nicol Bolas, an actual dragon, prefers to recruit other (weaker) Planewalkers as his dragons, though given his disposition he rules through fear and intimidation rather than loyalty. Right now he has three co-Dragons; Tezzeret, who owes a debt to the dragon and might be being controlled by a psychic implant, Liliana Vess; who seeks Bolas' power to help free her from a blood pact with several archdemons, and Sarkhan Vol; who comes from a world where dragons are revered as the pinnacle of life, arguably the only one loyal to Bolas.

    Video Games 
  • AdventureQuest Worlds Xing and Xang become this to Drakath After Drakath replaced the good Xang with her very evil 'counterpart' from the Mirror Realm.
  • BlazBlue has Hazama/Terumi Yuuki and Relius Clover appear this way at first. Bonus points for the Red Oni, Blue Oni thing they have going on. Then it turns out they're the ones behind everything, and their boss is a puppet. And then Chronophantasma reveals that Saya is possessed by Izanami, the real Big Bad, and she disposes of both of them near the end, leaving Relius suffering from a case of humility and irony and Terumi with a sudden case of death (though jury's still out on Hazama).
  • Archimonde and Kil'Jaeden are Dragons to Sargeras in the Warcraft universe.
    • And Tichondrius and Mannoroth (who also served as the Evil Genius and The Brute respectively) were Dragons to Archimonde in Warcraft III. Later, Mannoroth is killed by Grom Hellscream, leaving Tichondrius as his only Dragon. Then Tichondrius is killed by Illidan, and apparently Anetheron became Archimonde's new Dragon.
      • And then Archimonde himself was killed, leaving Kil'Jaeden as the sole Dragon and acting leader of the Burning Legion.
  • Rise of the Kasai, the Big Bad Meibisi's top servants are a pair of beautiful twin priestess who keep his evil army in line by brainwashing them, and, like another of his top minions, can turn into literal dragons. It's an odd example as unlike other bosses in the game, they have no dialogue, and don't feature in the story at all until the cutscene right before their bossfight (which is exactly like every other boss in the game except the big bad). They count as his dragons mainly because of their role of enslaving his army, and that they are his most dangerous servants, even briefly managing to mind control the hero.
  • Lord Recluse of City of Villains has Ghost Widow, Sirocco, Mako, and Black Scorpion as his dragons.
    • And as you progress through the story arc for any of them it is implied that you are on your way to becoming a new dragon yourself.
  • In Kingdom Hearts, its pretty clear that Saix and Xigbar share The Dragon position to Xemnas. Saix was The Starscream who became the mask, and who handles the day-to-day giving of orders to the rest of the organization and is the final battle before Xemnas, whereas Xigbar is the only one who actually knows what's going on because he was the first member to make an alliance with Master Xehanort, Xemnas's true identity, ten years ago. May cross partially with Dragon with an Agenda and/or The Man Behind the Man depending on how much Xemnas knew and/or remembered.
  • Though only revealed at the conclusion of a linked game, The Legend of Zelda Oracle games feature Veran and Onox as Co-Dragons for Twinrova.
    • ... who are themselves Co-Dragons for Ganon, unless one considers Ganon the Bigger Bad.
  • Loghain's two top lieutenants in Dragon Age: Origins are Ser Cauthrien, his chief enforcer and the leader of his personal bodyguard, and Arl Rendon Howe, an able if ruthless administrator who assumes responsibility for most of the actions that would ordinarily give Loghain bad P.R.
    • In a more minor example, the Archdemon attacks Denerim with two powerful Darkspawn Generals.
  • While Bowser is the Big Bad of the Super Mario Bros. series games, either Bowser Jr. or Kamek serves as the series' Dragon. Occasionally, both Bowser Jr. and Kamek can be seen working together, like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • In Fire Emblem Tellius this trope is subverted, and then played straight. Initially, the Four Riders of Daien are held up as Co-Dragons to the King of Daien, being the nation's four top generals and warriors. It quickly becomes apparent, however, that Petrine and Bertram are both taking orders from The Black Knight, and that only the latter has Mad King Ashnard's ear. As the last few chapters approach, however, we are introduced to Bryce, the last surviving member of the original Riders, who serves as Ashnard's bodyguard, believes My Country, Right or Wrong, and takes no crap from anyone, including the Black Knight. In the second game, the Goddess Ashera has Sephiran and Dhenginsea as her Dragons.
  • Juni and Juli in Street Fighter Alpha 3 are this to Shadoloo leader M. Bison.
    • Probably, Balrog, Vega and Sagat (before his Heel-Face Turn) also fit this role back in Street Fighter II.
    • Crimson Viper and Juri to Seth. Notable in that both betray him, although for very different reasons.
  • Selvan and Dias are this to Queen Protea in Radiant Historia. Dias heads the army, while Selvan is something like a prime minister.
  • In Ace Attorney Investigations, Calisto Yew/Shih-Na and Manny Coachen are Dragons in different ways. The former is more important to the story than the latter and, barring the Big Bad, is the most important criminal in the game, but the latter is the second in command of the smuggling ring.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: By the end of their class quests, the only authority the Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor report to is The Emperor himself, though the Inquisitor simply ends up as a member of the Dark Council while the Warrior holds the title of Emperor's Wrath.
  • Al-Asad and Victor Zakhaev both serve as Imran Zakhaev's dragons in the first Modern Warfare game. Until they die, of course.
  • Kiki and Viola DeWynter are set up to be Phillipe Loren's Co-Dragons in Saints Row: The Third, but Loren is quickly killed off at the beginning, and Kiki is killed by new Big Bad Killbane. Viola then does a Heel-Face Turn and joins the Saints.
  • Dead or Alive 5's story has Christie and Rig as Victor Donovan's dragons. The former is a cold-blooded assassin and has been a long-time ally of Donovan, the latter is Donovan's son who pretended to have lost his memories and served as an oil worker, while in reality, him and Donovan plotted out everything that happened in the story.
  • River City Ransom has quite literal version of this: Randy and Andy, known as the Dragon Twins, are Co Dragons for the Big Bad of the game, Slick. The player must face both of them at the same time before fighting Slick.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us has Regime Wonder Woman and Yellow Lantern to High Councilor Superman, but with an interesting variation: both double as Dragons with Agendas, each with their own ideals and plans separate from Superman.
    • Yellow Lantern is the more morally ambiguous of the two. While serving as a loyal enforcer commanding the other Regime members with the same desire to end the Insurgency, he's shown to be an Anti-Villain legitimately regretting his actions. He believes that he's truly fighting for justice, and is always trying to "do the right thing" no matter what. Which he ultimately does in the end by relinquishing his Yellow Lantern Power Ring when good Superman shows up.
    • Regime Wonder Woman is by far the more devious one. While serving as his enforcer by leading an entire Amazon Brigade to serve the Regime, she's also a Manipulative Bitch with every intention to replace the late Lois Lane in Superman's life and become a legitimate Battle Couple with Superman. This ultimately doesn't pan out however, as her Good Counterpart defeats her and turns the Amazons against the Regime.
  • Fallout: New Vegas features Caesar's two lieutenants. Vulpes Inculta is the leader of the Frumentarii, who are scouts, infiltrators and saboteurs; he is responsible for most of the trouble the Legion is causing in the Mojave. Legate Lanius is the leader of Caesar's armies. It's heavily implied that after Caesar's death the two of them will fight for leadership.
  • Hideyoshi from Sengoku Basara has Mitsunari and Hanbe. In turn, Mitsunari has Otani Yoshitsugu and Shima Sakon. Nobunaga generally has Nohime and Ranmaru as his co-dragons, though in the fourth game Mitsuhide and Katsuie play this role.
  • YHVH in Shin Megami Tensei has the Metatron, the Four Archangels and Satan. Yeah, he ain't a nice guy.
  • Prometheus and Pandora from Mega Man ZX serve this role to both Master Albert and briefly to Serpent under his orders. Crosses over with The Starscream in the second game when they reveal they intend to kill Albert and do just that due to the suffering and abuse they went through because of him. Shame that it wasn't the one they expected, and that Albert planned their betrayal from the start.
  • Skull Girls has Valentine and Double acting as Dragons to the Skullgirl. Except Valentine is a Dragon with an Agenda, and Double is more a Dragon on loan from their masters, the Mysterious Trinity.
  • Ridley and Kraid in Super Metroid are both literal dragons to Mother Brain.
  • In Mother 3, Yokuba/Fassad and the Masked Man both act as dragons to King Porky/Pokey Minch and command their own divisions of the Pigmask Army.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Lord Crump and Beldam are this to Sir Grodus, though strangely they are never shown interacting with each other.
  • Lord Palethorn in MediEvil 2 has two chief henchmen who work closely with each other; Dogman, a working-class thug who serves as The Brute, and Mander, a smarmy aristocrat who does most of the thinking.
  • Might and Magic VII starts out with King Archibald Ironfist of Deyja having a group of four mysterious advisers as his main servants, though it quickly becomes apparent that Kastore effectively leads the group. Once Kastore usurps the throne, however, it can return to this trope — the remaining three advisers ( eventually two on the good path) serve equal scientific and leadership roles, and on the evil path your group of four adventurers provides the primary muscle as well as strategic alliances and territory.
  • In Yu Gi Oh BAM, Devack and Roman serve as Marik's top lieutenants.
  • Hyrule Warriors has two sets of Co-Dragons, one for the Big Bad Cia, and one for the Bigger Bad Ganondorf. Cia has Volga and Wizzro (bonus points for Volga actually being a dragon), while Ganondorf pulls his minions through time and space itself, taking on Usurper King, Zant and Demon Lord, Ghirahim as his Co-Dragons.


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  • Survival of the Fittest has the 'Big Four', consisting of Steven Wilson, Melvin Carter, Jim Greynolds and Sonia Nguyen, all of whom appear to have an equal standing whilst being clear superiors to the remainder of the terrorists. Danya certainly seems to give them equal roles in his organisation.
  • In To Boldly Flee, Terl gets demoted to this when Zod gets forced into his army of minions trying to catch The Nostalgia Critic.

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