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->'''Talzo:''' It's complicated. I'd prefer to leave your Squad out of my issues, but my actions aren't all related to my issues.
->'''Caiya:''' What does that even mean?
->'''Talzo:''' It means that if I got my way, I'd have gotten my revenge on Hali for what she did to me and none of you guys would have been involved whatsoever.
-->-- ''Webcomic/KirbyAdventure''

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.

Most commonly, he and the BigBad have a mutually profitable alliance, and the BigBad just happens to be the more powerful of the two. If he's also influencing the BigBad's plans, then he's at the same time TheManInFrontOfTheMan. DragonInChief is when TheDragon is actually the more dangerous of the pair, by a significant margin. It is not unknown for him to have taken on service for his own purposes and fooled the BigBad into thinking he's subordinate -- in this case, if ever his own objectives clash with his master's, [[EnemyCivilWar things will get interesting]].

If the Dragon's goal involves overthrowing his boss and [[KlingonPromotion taking his job]], he's TheStarscream. The tropes can overlap somewhat, as many Dragons with Agendas intend to do away with the competition [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness at some point down the road]] (or are at least aware that they ''might'' have to); a true Starscream intends to do so at the first available opportunity.

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, 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. Compare EvilChancellor.



[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Archduke Gorgon from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. Theoretically, he allied himself with BigBad Dr. Hell to help him to destroy Mazinger-Z. [[ThePlan But his real goal was]] [[spoiler:watching over Hell and betraying him at the right time to get him killed (in the Gosaku Ota manga he backstabbed him) and Mazinger-Z destroyed.]] [[MagnificentBastard He succeeded on all fronts]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The reason it took so long for Gin to become a captain is because Aizen fought to hold on to Gin as his lieutenant for as long as he could. When Aizen betrays Soul Society, he states that even after Gin became a captain, he still viewed Gin as his "lieutenant". However, Aizen's villainy centres around a vendetta against the Soul King, the reason for which isn't explained. Even Gin's oldest friend, Rangiku, cannot fathom why Gin serves Aizen so faithfully. [[spoiler:Aizen stole a piece of Rangiku's soul when she was a child and Gin swore to avenge her; by becoming Aizen's right hand, he eventually learned Aizen's weakness. Unfortunately for Gin, Aizen knew Gin's motives all along and factored them into his plans.]]
* DarkMagicalGirl Lutecia from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' who cooperates with MadScientist Scaglietti not for his goals of world domination but [[spoiler:to reanimate her mother, Megane, who is in a coma.]].
* Pain in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is the most direct example.
** Kabuto, because [[spoiler:after Orochimaru was defeated by Sasuke, he ingrained some of his master's remains into his own body, and decided to help Tobi in the 4th Ninja War]].
** Pain may be this to Tobi, but Tobi himself is this to [[spoiler:Madara]]. Both Tobi and [[spoiler:Madara]] are rather annoyed with how those agendas have messed with their plans.
** It turns out that [[spoiler:Black Zetsu]] is this to [[spoiler:both Tobi and Madara]]; he's actually working for [[spoiler:Princess Kaguya]].
* Carrossea Doon from ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' is only with Enfant to [[spoiler:find and protect female lead Margaret Burton, who's been targeted by the group]], rather than for [[NietzscheWannabe Monday's]] insane plans.
* [[spoiler:Wei]] to Amber in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. [[spoiler:Wei]] serves Amber so that he can have a chance to fight Hei again.
* In the anime adaptation of ''[[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars Kirby]]'', [[StealthMentor Meta]] [[WorthyOpponent Knight]] is this.
* Nico Robin in ''Manga/OnePiece'' starts out as a Dragon, but is later on revealed to have her own plans. After Crocodile's defeat, she [[HeelFaceTurn joins Luffy's crew]].
* Saten in the anime of ''Manga/{{Needless}}'', who is introduced as one of Simeon's Elite Four, yet in a few scenes he "accidentally" helped out the good guys as they infiltrated Simeon's HQ. It turns out that [[spoiler:Saten was another survivor of the Adam Project who wanted Arclight dead so he could take over, but neither he nor his bosses counted on a revived Arclight coming back and absorbing him.]]
* Seto Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' did this to his own Kaiba Corporation when he was what, twelve?
* Invoked in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' by [[MagnificentBastard Gendo]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil Ikari]], playing The Dragon to [[BigBad Keel Lorenz]] by ensuring the destruction of the [[EldritchAbomination Angels]] to open the path to [[AssimilationPlot Insturmentality.]] Once the path is open, he will immediately take things off the rails for his own [[EternalLove reunification]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy scenario.]]
** Interestingly, the leaders of both [=NERV=] and [=SEELE=] both know from the very beginning that before the end, one will betray the other once they don't need the other groups help anymore. [[spoiler:And in ''End of Evangelion'', [=SEELE=] orders a full assault, killing almost everyone at [=NERV=].]]
* [[spoiler:Dark Zero]] from ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}''. Rather than follow the BigBad Yashahime's plan and rule the universe, he just wants to exterminate humanity.
* From ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', [[spoiler:Sird to Giovanni]]. Turns out she was TheDragon from ''another'' villainous team; she was actually working undercover as TheMole to learn more about various Pokémon from space.
* Demon of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans basically wants to wreck the world as he knows it]]. His dragon, Etemonkey, just wants to get to the human world and plans to come in peace. His other dragon, Neo Saiba, has his own plan of taking Digital World from Demon and [[InTheirOwnImage recreating it in his own image]]. [[spoiler:However, Demon knows this from the start and deliberately lets Neo to usurp him, by being assimilated by Neo's Arkadimon, so that he can assimilate it back when it gains enough power and Neo loses control of it.]]
* In the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Char Aznable split his time between earnestly supporting Zeon's cause and [[TheStarscream trying to murder his boss's entire family]] in [[RevengeByProxy revenge]] for his [[YouKilledMyFather father]].
-->'''Char:''' Blame this on the misfortune of your birth.
* Ichiki from ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' plays TheDragon to Hattori before she [[spoiler:betrays him for Fuuma]]. It appears that she'd been planning to [[spoiler:dispose of Hattori all along, and was just waiting for him to outlive his usefulness]].
* Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. It's clear from fairly early on that [[GeneralRipper Patrick]] [[PresidentEvil Zala's]] right-hand man, Rau Le Creuset, has his own agenda, though just what it is isn't made clear. Than TheReveal comes along: he's [[spoiler:an OmnicidalManiac who seeks the [[KillAllHumans annihilation of the entire human race]], and oh, by the by, is the ''real'' BigBad of the series, with Patrick as his UnwittingPawn]].
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Lucifer is initially this, clearly having his own motives other than just serving Zeus, but eventually he [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels rebels and tries to take everyone he can with him]], leading to a TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil situation.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'''s Glemmy Toto starts out as a VillainOfTheWeek, eventually graduating to a position as [[BigBad Haman Khan's]] right-hand man. While the two of them share the goal of recreating the glory of Zeon, Haman intends to do it herself. Glemmy, on the other hand, seeks to reinstate the Zabi dictatorship, as [[spoiler:represented by himself]].
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' Bask Om and his boss, Jamitov Hymem have very different agendas. Jamitov wants to rule the world. Bask, conversely, just wants to kill every colonial he can get his hands on. Since Bask's aims are rather less grandiose than Jamitov's, this doesn't really cause them too many problems.
** Scirocco fills the role a bit better than Bask, and the two are basically competing versions of this.
* Thorfinn in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' is this to Askeladd. [[spoiler:He wants to kill Askeladd for murdering his father.]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': [[spoiler:Ultear, to Lyon and Jellal. And later to Master Hades.]]
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Tokugawa Ieyasu has two dragons: Hattori Hanzo and Date Masamune. Hanzo has his own plans for capturing Isanami, and couldn't care less about the upcoming Tokugawa vs Toyotomi clash, [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream after all his team would be the one ruling from the shadows]]...or so he claims.]] Masamune also completely lacks respect for Ieyasu and his intentions. He's just in it for [[BloodKnight WAR!]]

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/GreenLantern: ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' story arc, every major baddie had a different agenda.
** The Anti-Monitor's goal is simple - [[OmnicidalManiac to wipe out every single thing in the matter multiverse.]] Nice when a villain has such a clear focus on what they want, isn't it?
** Sinestro was aiming to bring order to the multiverse by taking it over and ruling as the head of the Sinestro Corps in much the same way as he did his home planet of Korugar... or so he lets everyone think. [[spoiler:In reality, his goal was not to win the war but to do so much damage that the Guardians of the Universe would allow the Green Lantern Corps to kill. In doing so, he believes he set in motion the events that would lead to the Green Lanterns being feared.]]
** Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman, is much cleaner, as all he has ever wanted was [[DeathSeeker to die]] and be reunited with his dead wife. If the Anti-Monitor is Sinestro's [[TheDragon Dragon]], then Henshaw is the Anti-Monitor's as the Anti-Monitor promised him death. [[spoiler:It almost worked. He was destroyed during the story but, in TheStinger, was located by the Manhunters and resurrected.]]
** Superboy-Prime, meanwhile, only ever wanted to [[spoiler:kill the Anti-Monitor as retribution for Earth-Prime being destroyed.]] He actually succeeded.
* In ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis, the main members of the Secret Society of Super-Villains:
** ComicBook/LexLuthor was apparently there to brainwash the heroes, [[spoiler:but he had a secret plan to restart TheMultiverse. And he would have gotten away with it too, if not for those meddling kids]].
** Talia al Ghul was there so that when the villains [[TakeOverTheWorld took over the world]], she could betray her allies, kill the surviving villains, and create an ecologically sustainable utopia.
** Black Adam signed up to get villain help protecting his country. [[NobleDemon Even Bad Men Love Their Fatherlands]].
** Calculator and Deathstroke were in it for [[MoneyDearBoy the money, fellows]].
** Doctor Psycho was... [[OutOfFocus Uh]]... [[ForTheEvulz Ummm]]...
* ComicBook/{{Mystique}} practically ''defines'' this trope. Her betraying the boss in charge is almost expected at this point, such as when [[spoiler:she killed Mr. Sinister in a BatmanGambit to save Rogue's life.]]
* During ComicBook/DarkReign, Norman Osborn put together a cabal of the best villains to help him hold onto power. Unfortunately, he ran into this trope: Doctor Doom was only in it to get back control of Latveria after his last... foray against the Avengers, Loki was in it for as long as it amused him (and later, as part of a plan to force Asgard to leave Midgard space), ComicBook/EmmaFrost was only there because she was desperate to save the mutants, and Namor was only there because he needed the political clout to rebuild Atlantis (and support Emma, who he wanted to get back together with). Later he adds Taskmaster to the group, who's only really there for the money, and unknown to Osborn, had previously helped Deadpool mess with Norman's plans.
** In fairness, Osborn did realize that this was happening, and was starting a plan to build a new Cabal who ''wouldn't'' randomly try to kill him. [[ComicBook/{{Siege}} Unfortunately, y'know...]]
* In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:Ogilvy, Penguin's second-in-command, has decided to take over Penguin's empire, as well as name himself Emperor Penguin]].

* Fanfic/PastSins has an interesting twist on the concept; the BigBad is an extremely ReluctantMonster forced into the role, where TheDragon expects an OmnicidalManiac.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho''[=/=]''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' crossover fancomic ''[[RichsComixBlog Outrage]]'' reveals that Eric Raymond's toady Techrat was actually one of these.
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', the Raleka have a completely different agenda than [[spoiler:Brox and Co.]], but they have to work together to take the Vasyn pieces from the four.
* In ''Fanfic/TheImmortalGame'', Nihilus serves King Titan with the intention of betraying him the moment she secures the Elements of Harmony. [[BigGood Princess]] [[TheChessmaster Celestia]] anticipated this from the start, and actually helped to ''encourage'' it.
* ''FanFic/NightsFavoredChild'': The Inquisitor is implied to be this to Nightmare Moon, though like [[EnigmaticMinion pretty much everything else about him]], nothing about this agenda is clear.
* ''FanFic/BurningBlack'': Crocker's only working for Remy to [[spoiler: keep his mother safe]] and after realizing that fairies are returning to Dimmsdale and there's a new Timmy in town, decides to use part of Remy's resources to create a device that will [[spoiler: resurrect Timmy Turner]] and make things the way they '''should''' be.
* ''FanFic/BloodSilkAndSteel'': Sokka is this to both Azula and Ozai.
* ''Fanfic/{{Necrophobia}}'': [[MagmaMan Samerina Volcuzas]] is one as she secretly seeks to take control over the titular dark guild from its leader, [[MadScientist Dieter Mengele]]. Dieter however, knows that his [[TheDragon number two]] is fully capable of this [[TheStarscream trope]] which is why he has implanted a [[ExplosiveLeash bomb]] within her skull to prevent her from doing any kind of mischief from behind his back.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Shenzi from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has an agenda. As the Matriarch of the hyena clan, who the BigBad Scar used to keep the Pride Lands under control, she seemed to just want freedom, power, and food for her clan.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/ConAir'', Cameron Poe asks black supremacist Diamond Dog why he's content to be second in command to white Big Bad Cyrus Grissom. Dog replies that while his long term agenda is vastly different from that of Cyrus, he needs to escape before he can get back to it -- going along with Cyrus is "a means to an end".
* In ''Film/DieHard'', Hans' top henchman Karl's brother -- another of Hans' henchmen -- is killed by [=McClane=]. Karl wants revenge against [=McClane=], losing interest in the main mission for the rest of the movie.
* The ''{{Twilight}}: Eclipse'' movie seems to do this to Jane, implying that she will allow the Cullens' deaths without Aro's knowledge. This makes more sense than in the book, where Aro wants Edward and Alice to join his side but nevertheless is willing to let Victoria's army kill them.
* Bennett from ''Film/{{Commando}}'' only aims to kill Matrix; little else.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** In both ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', ComicBook/TheJoker and Bane start out as Dragons to someone else (TheMafia for the former, a CorruptCorporateExecutive for the latter), but they're only using their nominal "bosses" for their resources and quickly [[DragonAscendant kill them and take over their operations]] once they've [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]].
** In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Scarecrow provides an unusual example. He does the same thing The Joker does to the Mafia, but his agenda is just that of a different villain to whom he is a more loyal dragon.
* Richter from ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' nearly screws up his boss Cohaagen's plans several times, because Cohaagen wants Quaid alive for whatever his plans are, and Richter is constantly trying to kill him to avenge his wife Lori, whom Quaid killed (and the fact that Lori was Quaid's 'wife' for a while and was constantly in bed with him can't have helped either)
* Colonel Hans Landa from ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. He happens to be PiggybackingOnHitler, but he's also TheDragon.
* TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Film/PatriotGames'' has Sean Miller fulfilling this role to his [[BigBad boss]] Kevin O'Donnell. After Ryan kills his brother and prevents a terrorist attack on the Royal Family, he cares less about O'Donnell and his plans and focuses more on getting revenge on Ryan and his family. [[spoiler: He also goes as far as to [[TheStarscream shoot and kill O'Donnell and Annette]] in the final battle when they force him to turn the boat around.]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' series, Lieutenant Hoffman appeared to be this for Jigsaw. Or so he tried.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'': (Former) Agent Smith is under almost constant control by his Machine masters and tasked with maintaining order in the Matrix. However, even in the original film he reveals that he has ulterior motives. When he briefly removes his earpiece, he admits to Morpheus that he completely despises the "zoo" he considers himself trapped in and is revolted by even the taste of humanity. In the sequels, he goes on a full-scale rebellion to destroy everything.
* The Asset from ''Film/JasonBourne'' wants to kill Bourne personally because of his leak of Blackbriar.
* ''{{Film/She|1965}}'': She's second in command, Billali, hopes to be granted immortality as a reward for his service, and rebels when she decides to give it to the hero instead.

* Galadan Wolflord in ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry''. Rakoth, the BigBad, is a pretty standard dark god/EvilOverlord who is out for world domination, but Galadan wants to destroy the world because he was [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds driven mad by the death of his love]], and he views Rakoth as a convenient weapon to help accomplish this. Obviously these goals are mutually exclusive, but it's implied that Rakoth knows all about Galadan's plans and does nothing simply because he knows the Wolflord isn't powerful enough to be a threat to him.
* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Per WordOfGod, [[MagnificentBastard Sauron]] only worked with [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]] to advance his own ends -- namely, to create perfect order by turning the world into a giant totalitarian state. As Morgoth's goals were, essentially, to take over the world so he could say "mine" before [[OmnicidalManiac blowing it up]], it's very likely that an EnemyCivilWar would have broken out had the bad guys ''won''. Fortunately for Sauron, Morgoth went down first, allowing him to graduate to BigBad in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Saruman ''thinks'' he's part of a BigBadDuumvirate with Sauron, but he's actually far lesser in power, and wants to get the Ring himself to stab Mordor in the back.
* [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn and Jedi Master Joruus C'baoth]]. C'baoth took Thrawn's orders with more and more reluctance as time went on, and he wanted very different things. Towards the end, they weren't really on the same side anymore. [[spoiler:Thrawn was fully aware of this, and at the time of his death was planning to solve the problem by [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness eliminating C'baoth]] and [[SendInTheClones making a replacement C'baoth]]. His own death, nearly simultaneous to C'baoth's, derailed his plan.]]
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', [[LadyMacbeth Lady Invidia Aquitaine]] serves as her husband Lord Aquitaine's Dragon so that she can get her hans on the Realm's reins of power (and married him primarily for this purpose), while he [[spoiler:wants to topple a First Lord he sees as corrupt, but has no real desire to hold power himself]]. After breaking with him, Lady Aquitaine winds up in a similar relationship with [[spoiler:the Vord Queen]], serving [[spoiler:her]] only because [[spoiler:she is able to keep Invidia alive despite her crippling injuries]].
* In 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]].
* On the good guy side, in Literature/{{Discworld}} we get Vimes playing this role to Vetinari, maybe. Most of the time Vimes appears to be just a good little dragon, but he does sometimes have a different agenda, or at least a different motivation. Depending on how you look at it; technically, they both want what's best for Ankh-Morpork, but they ''do'' often differ on what exactly that means.
** Vetinari frequently "solves" problems he's not allowed to solve himself by pointing Vimes at them and giving him a Clue. Carrot would make a straighter example of a Dragon, though usually he's serving by proxy as he technically answers to Commander Vimes, not the Patrician.
** Lord Hong from ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' is this to the emperor, and only just fails being TheStarscream by way of not really being bothered about having his old boss's land.
* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''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.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's 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.
* Drake from ''Literature/{{Gone}}''. A psychopath, he serves as BigBad [[TheSociopath Caine's]] top enforcer, but it's apparent from his interior monologues that he's just helping Caine in hopes that Caine and Sam will kill each other. Although he probably would've turned on Caine as soon as they no longer had mutual goals, [[spoiler:Caine tried to kill him after Drake gave [[DarkChick Diana]] near-fatal injuries, which caused Drake to switch over to [[BiggerBad The Gaiaphage.]]]]
* Interestingly, in ''Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre'', Sapphire's [[TheDragon Dragon]] [[SmugSnake Mr Antler]] ''doesn't'' have any ulterior motives that [[BigBad Sapphire]] doesn't know about. However, TheBrute [[BarbarianHero Maelstrom]] secretly intends to [[FantasticRacism murder the dragon]] (of the winged, scaly sort) which the Sapphire Smuggling Syndicate are keeping alive as a back-up plan, while TheEvilGenius "[[MagnificentBastard the tempomancer]]" is a HiddenAgendaVillain and member of a NebulousEvilOrganisation who are using Sapphire's plans to further their own.
* In ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'', Obliteration is this to Regalia. Strangely, she knows very well that he is an OmnicidalManiac planning to kill her and everyone else eventually, but is using him in the meantime anyway.
* 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': In the seventh season, [[spoiler: [[ManBehindTheMan Alan]] [[BiggerBad Wilson]]]] is at the head of the season's terrorism plot. [[spoiler: [[FallenHero Tony]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Almeida]]]], however, has their own motives and is undoubtedly the primary antagonist.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': The incorporeal demon Sahjhan tried to use Holtz as his dragon by offering him vengeance against Darla and Angel. However, Sahjhan's true goal was actually to either prevent the birth of Connor, Angel and Darla's unborn son, or kill him as a child. Sahjhan quickly grew frustrated with Holtz's focus on punishing the vampires instead of simply killing them as quickly as possible i.e. before Darla gave birth. And then Holtz decided that ''stealing'' Angel's son and raising him as his own would be a more fitting punishment, at which point Sahjhan lost control of his ally.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': We learn in the episode "Deathstroke" that [[spoiler:Isabel Rochev is this to Slade. She insists that she's working ''with'' him instead of ''for'' him as she is trying to exact her own revenge on the Queen family, and it's just that their goals are mutually beneficial.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Security Chief, who is [[TheDragon Dragon]] to the War Chief's BigBad in the serial "The War Games".
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'': Alex becomes this for Oversight during season 2.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Captain Hook's desire to kill Rumpelstiltskin [[YouKilledMyFather for killing his love]] ends up getting in the way of Cora's desire for his power, so she cuts her ties with him. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Big mistake]] considering how he strikes out on his own [[spoiler:and poisons Rumpelstiltskin so hard that healing him requires the sacrifice of another. Unfortunately for Cora, a couple of {{Manipulative Bastard}}s make sure that she's that said another]].
* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'': Zeltrax's desire to get rid of Tommy often causes him to go against Mesogog's wishes.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Major Tom Neville is the closest thing to TheDragon that BigBad Monroe has. But Neville is becoming this as of [[Recap/RevolutionS1E8TiesThatBind episode 8]], because Monroe is suffering SanitySlippage, while Neville is trying to keep his family safe.
* ''Series/{{V 2009}}'': In the S1 finale, we find out that [[spoiler:Marcus definitely seems to have an agenda different from Anna]]'s.
* ''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}}'': 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.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': Each member under Takatora's employ each have their own agenda to fulfill. Ryoma and Sid want to be [[AGodAmI gods]] [[ForScience for different]] [[TheDogBitesBack reasons]], Yoko wishes to be the [[KingmakerScenario kingmaker]] and support anyone she thinks is worthy to be said god, Mitsuzane wants to protect his friends from Helheim and eventually tries to kill [[TheHero Kouta]] because [[HopeIsScary he believes his idealism is hurting the people he loves]], Kaito is merely using Yggdrasil to gain more power and eventually topple them, and Oren? [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He cares more about his restaurant than any schemes he's involved in]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez in SHINE Wrestling's Valkyrie. Rain, Allysin Kay, Taylor Made and April Hunter all had vendettas against the promotion in general, Vélez wanted to prove she was the best in the world. You'd be surprised how well that ended up ''not'' working out.
* Out of WWE's Authority Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon wanted what was "best for business", and they thought Wrestling/RandyOrton being WWE Champion and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] not was just that. Wrestling/{{Kane}} thought ruining people's lives was best for business but Triple H and co were good at that so he threw his lot in with them. Wrestling/TheShield wanted "justice". They sided with the Authority because they thought it was an injustice that their career paths were decided on the whims of the "WWE Universe" instead of their bosses and so attacked [[{{face}} fan favorite wrestlers]] to ensure the WWE Universe [[KickTheDog did not get what it wanted]]. But after their stablemates decided to attack Wrestling/JerryLawler, they came to the conclusion [[HeelFaceTurn the Authority was the biggest injustice in WWE]].
* Ron Mathis, one of Wrestling/{{CZW}}'s Forgotten Ones. Drew Blood and Rory Mondo both had personal vendettas against a member of the Nation of Intoxication, Matt Tremont was out for revenge against all three of them. Ron Mathis just wanted to get booked on shows.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Ebon Dragon of ''''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'''' serves as this to Malfeas. While he may advise Malfeas or defer to his authority, he constantly seeks to manipulate the Demon King to his own purposes, and endemically betrays him. One of the biggest exmples would have been back when they were the Dragon's Shadow and the Holy Tyrant respectively, and he manipulated him into creating the Unconquered Sun (a deity who could serve as something for the Shadow to oppose, even while he would also subvert the authority of the Tyrant).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', if you are a Dark Elf or a Skaven, chances are you're this or have one or more of these under your comand. Warriors of Chaos and Orcs also might fit under this.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** All Dark Eldar assume this of their subordinates, as backstabbing is the only way to gain a promotion. This is part of the reason why Incubi are valued as bodyguards over the Archon's own cabalites; Incubi loyalty is tied to their coffers, not your competency.
** Sorcerers of Chaos (especially the Tzeentchian ones) tend to be this to Chaos Lords (itis generally assumed that if your advisor openly worships the god of backstabbers but you don't take precautions against his inevitable betrayal, you ''deserve'' what you get). The best-known example would be Sindri Myr of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', who uses Lord Bale as a loud distraction ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2ujVI5CPjk throwing him to the Blood Ravens when convenient]]) to get to his true prize: finding the Maledictum and ascending to daemonhood.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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.
* [[Franchise/MetalGear Revolver Ocelot]]. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', Ocelot has been seemingly working for the BigBad, but working behind their backs, and usually the backs of the people he's supposedly really working for. The portrayal of him in Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound even named the trope ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. The only MGS game he ISN'T this trope is the one where he's [[spoiler: not actually]] the BigBad himself, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', where his agenda comes to fruition.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', it is revealed that Darth Vader has been Palpatine's Dragon with an Agenda much earlier than the "I am Your Father" Scene in Episode V mentioned under Film. Vader tries pulling off a similar speech to the young Starkiller, but proves unable to sway him.
** In the "Dark Side" DLC available for some versions of the game, Starkiller actually becomes a Dragon with an Agenda appealing to Luke Skywalker.
* [[TheBrute Astaroth]] in the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', [[AllThereInTheManual according to the backstory]].
* Just nearly ''every'' dragon in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' has their [[TheStarscream own hidden agenda]] or suffer from ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'', you eventually learn [[spoiler:[[TheChessmaster Albert Silverberg]] orchestrated everything just to prove his skill as a strategist. He then casually derails it and walks away, likely leaving many players [[KarmaHoudini aching for a chance to settle the score]]. Or at least wipe that not-quite-smile off his face.]]
* From the VideoGame/PaperMario series, we have [[spoiler:you guessed it; Dimentio]]. In this case, TheDragon is even ''more'' evil; an outright OmnicidalManiac instead of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
** The player was clued into the fact that [[spoiler:Dimentio]]'s trying to work behind Count Bleck's back pretty early on. However, it isn't until the end of the game that we learn that he's really higher up on the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil, instead of just being a ReverseMole.
** Before that, we had the Thousand Year Door, where power hungry [[BigBad Sir Grodus]] tried to unearth an ancient power. [[spoiler:Too bad said ancient power was a [[SealedEvilInACan demoness whom Beldam served]], and wanted to spring free. Grodus ends up living as a talking head afterwards.]]
* Kefka from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' kills the emperor at the end of the DiscOneFinalDungeon and spends the next year [[OmnicidalManiac killing whatever he pleases.]] He fits for this trope, [[ForTheEvulz assuming he had an agenda in the first place.]]
** He did outright state his intentions of reviving the Warring Triad when spied upon in the Magitek Factory, but it's questionable whether his method was planned or at a whim.
* All of Chaos' Warriors in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' have priorities other than serving him. Some of them, like Exdeath and the Cloud of Darkness, are just {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s. Others, like Sephiroth and Kuja, are more interested in going back to their own worlds, regaining their memories, and screwing with the Warriors of Cosmos. And then there's Golbez, whose role in the story [[AntiVillain can hardly be called antagonistic]].
* [[spoiler:Cabadath, the Tall Man]] from the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos''. The central conflict of the series, in fact, is him resisting [[spoiler:replacement by [[BigBad Chzo]]. He fails in the last game, and the PlayerCharacter Theo becomes TheDragon.]]
* In ''Hordes of the Underdark'', Mephistopheles spends the first two chapters manipulating events so that he can be freed of the Valsharess' control; culminating in the final battle of the second chapter in which he removes all obstacles between you and the Drow queen so that you can take his revenge for him.
* The Ancient Minister and Ganondorf, as well as possibly Bowser, ''all'' take this role in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'''s Subspace Emissary.
* Hawke in the ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' series. especially noticeable in ''Dual Strike'' as he actively chafes against Von Bolt taking control of Black Hole [[spoiler:and eventually ends up leaving him for the heroes.]]
* Samir Duran could be considered a Dragon With An Agenda compared to the BigBad Infested Kerrigan in ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' when we [[spoiler:discover some of his agenda in ''Dark Origin'']]. He could also be viewed as an EnigmaticMinion [[spoiler:and TheMole (against two different factions!)]]
* Colonel Autumn from ''{{Videogame/Fallout 3}}'' counts, as both he and the President have different aims for Project Purity. He wants to use it as leverage to [[spoiler:control]] all the free humans in the Capitol Wastelands, and President Eden wants to use it to [[spoiler:exterminate]] everything in the Capitol Wastelands. It's also why [[DragonTheirFeet he takes the opportunity to split as soon as the Lone Wanderer hits the Enclave base.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' (as well as some non-OG games, to an extent), Shu Shirakawa acts as this to Bian Zoldark. Bian is well aware that Shu is both more powerful and more interested in pursuing his own goals, and he actually ''requests'' for Shu to [[DragonTheirFeet merely observe during his final battle]].
%%* [[spoiler:Cyril]] in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts: 358 Days Over 2'' reveals that [[spoiler:Saix and Axel were planning on overthrowing Xemnas together, and Axel had actually been following Saix's plan throughout Chain of Memories. Neither of them got as far as becoming TheStarscream, however - Axel's friendship with Roxas and Xion led him away from the plan, and Saix apparently ended up dropping the idea and BecomingTheMask.]]
** [[spoiler:Xigbar]] also seems to have shades of this, looking back after ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', as he knows more about the backstory and mechanics of everything than the BigBad, and is almost certainly manipulating his boss to an extent. He is confirmed to be this in the 2.5 Remix of Re:coded, when he outright says that he has his own plans.
** Vanitas displays hints of this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', by nearly killing a key member of his master's EvilPlan before they've done their job, and allowing another person to live as a "plan b" in his own words suggests he has plans of his own, but in a subversion winds up following his master's plan exactly anyway.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Mastema]] in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''. He outright states he hates the [[CouncilOfAngels Three Wise Men]] and is just doing the job for the chance to ascend to a superior form.
** Interestingly, he returns in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', playing the role for Tayama... allowing the Samurai entrance into Reverse Hills and sealing three of the four Archangels in Kagome Tower, with the caveat that his final objective is ''[[HeelFaceTurn saving]]'' as many people as he can and preserving humanity's free will.
* Recurring villain Wild Dog in the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series. In the first two games he seems to be very loyal and close to the retrospective {{Big Bad}}'s, but after they both die and he loses his arm in his first fight with a VSSE agent back in the first game {Then getting it replaced with a robotic arm}, he shows up in the later games not caring about the plans of the {{Big Bad}}'s of the 3rd and 4th games: He just wants to cause as much trouble for the VSSE for as he can, regardless of what his current boss wants to do.
* It is revealed midway through ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' that Cesare, Rodrigo Borgia's [[TheDragon Dragon]] (and son) has a very different idea of how the Templars should conquer all of Italy, and eventually Europe. Cesare plans to conquer it openly with military might, while Rodrigo would rather work behind the scenes as, while he wants Templar world domination, he doesn't want to be ''seen'' doing it.
* In ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VII'', Kastore initially serves as an advisor to King Archibald of Deyja (along with the three other Terrans that followed his lead, but Kastore is the dominant one). Once you've made your choice between Light and Dark, however, it becomes increasingly clear that Kastore is building a power-base of his own (apparently going for a more traditional military-focused necromantic regime, but it turns out it is [[LostTechnology a bit more complex than that]]), culminating in Archibald evacuating his closest followers to a laboratory off the coast of [=AvLee=] and Kastore assuming the throne of Deyja.
* The BlackKnight in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' aided TheChessmaster in [[spoiler:unleashing Ashera and her judgement]] and fought on their side in the game's climax, but didn't seem to have much interest in which side won in the end. His only personal goal was to [[spoiler:surpass his teacher, Greil, as a swordsman. After Greil was killed, he figured his son Ike would make a suitable substitute, and siding with Ashera gave him the chance to face Ike in combat.]] This goal also existed when he was serving Ashnard in ''Path of Radiance'', but the player didn't know about it then.
* [[spoiler:Konishi]] from VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou. It's hinted at, but eventually [[spoiler:she outright betrays the Conductor by making a deal with Minamimoto, wanting to be the new Conductor when he becomes Composer.]]
* Alex from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' fits this trope very well.
* [[spoiler:Yuga]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' appears to be the BigBad of the game, until it's revealed that he was actually the Dragon to [[spoiler:Hilda]]. However, he turns out to be this when he makes it clear that [[spoiler:he doesn't care about Lorule or Hyrule, and only wishes to attain the Triforce to remake Lorule in his own image]].
* [[TheDragon Craft]] in [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Mega Man Zero 4]] is one of these and makes this apparent [[NearVillainVictory when his boss]] [[BigBad Dr. Weil]] [[NearVillainVictory is about to destroy Area Zero and the Resistance with it]]. Craft fires the KillSat that Dr. Weil was planning to use on Area Zero at Neo Arcadia, destroying the city. Unfortunately, Weil survives this. Interestingly, Craft betrays Weil to protect Neige.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': Sindri Myr to Lord Bale. The Chaos army is under the nominal control of Lord Bale, but Sindri is pulling the strings, arranging as much carnage and betrayal as he can to find the Maledictum and use it to attain daemonhood. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2ujVI5CPjk Ever since, it has become traditional in 40K to bellow the name of your Dragon With An Agenda when he betrays you.]]
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', Dr. Eggman seems to have a talent for attracting these:
** Eggman outright ''designed'' Metal Sonic to be a DragonWithAnAgenda, programming him to have the sole purpose of destroying Sonic. This came back to bite Eggman in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', where Metal Sonic's drive to beat Sonic overrode his loyalty to Eggman, and apparently Eggman has reprogrammed him to be less disobedient in Metal Sonic's later appearances.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', the water god Chaos initially submitted to Eggman's control, but only because Eggman was feeding him the energy needed to pursue his vengeance against the whole world. When Chaos absorbs all of the Chaos Emeralds, he immediately kicks Eggman aside.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', Shadow initially swears loyalty to Eggman, but it's later revealed that Shadow has his own plans for destroying the world out of revenge for the death of his surrogate sister Maria and creator Gerald Robotnik. Unlike most examples, Shadow never tries to get rid of Eggman directly when his plans come to fruition, but he does refuse to obey him afterwards.
* In ''VideoGame/TrailsInTheSky'', [[spoiler::Fourth lieutenant Lorence seems to be the most capable man in Colonel Richard's intelligence division, but it's later revealed he's from another organization, with different objectives, and already knew that Richard's coup d'etat, which he aided, would fail. His real agenda revolved around breaking a seal in the ruins underneath the Royal Castle]].
* From ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'' [[spoiler:Loptr pulled Father Balder (the BigBad from the [[{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}} first game]]) [[TimeTravel through time]] to serve him. Loptr wants to claim the 'Eyes of the World' for his own and Loki, the good half of his soul, stands in his way. Balder, meanwhile, only wants to kill Loki because he thinks Loki killed his wife, Rosa (it was actually Loptr from 500 years ago), and has no interest in any of Loptr's goals otherwise.]]
* Bleden Mark from ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'' is TheDragon to Tunon, Archon of Justice and the oldest and most trusted of [[BiggerBad Kyros']] archons, but spends most of his time in Tunon's court acting as an EnigmaticMinion. [[spoiler:His true agenda is really quite simple -- he's ''bored''. If the Fatebinder gets his interest by [[StartMyOwn completely screwing over everyone and throwing the Tiers into chaos]] he'll happily help you along to make things more interesting. In the other paths, he'll try to kill you in the endgame because murdering you will be fun -- regardless of what Tunon has to say on the matter.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', Mannimarco is an EvilAllAlong agent of BigBad Molag Bal. However, Mannimarco plans to [[TheStarscream usurp Bal's godhood]] if all goes to plan...

* In ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'', Angelson has at least one {{plan}} going on under his boss's nose, we just don't know what.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Xykon and Redcloak have a mutually beneficial alliance. Redcloak only serves Xykon in order to open the Gates and get a fairer deal for the goblin race. There's actually a fair bit more to it than that, as seen in ''StartOfDarkness.'' Whether or not he'll [[TheStarscream turn Starscream]] eventually, or be forced to confront Xykon if their plans diverge, remains to be seen.
*** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0830.html As it turns out]], [[spoiler:Redcloak's plan doesn't help Xykon's own goals ''at all'', and Xykon is ultimately just Redcloak's UnwittingPawn. Though some of Xykon's dialogue (e.g Don't confuse not caring with not knowing") hints that even if he does know that Redcloak doesn't ''really'' serve him he wont bother to let on until Redcloak actually acts against him.]]
** Also, Sabine is Nale's Dragon. However, she's also covertly working for [[spoiler:The Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission]]. Luckily for Nale, her agenda involved helping him advance his agenda. [[spoiler:Also, it's implied in the Western Continent arc that her loyalty to Nale is actually greater than her loyalty to the IFCC, though she still works for them.]] And getting [[UnholyMatrimony lots of hot hot sex from him.]] Though, considering [[HornyDevils what she is]], that last part goes without saying.
** Malack was helping Tarquin's conspiracy to conquer the Western Continent [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for peace]], but was aware that [[spoiler: as a vampire]] he will long outlive Tarquin and the other conspirators, allowing him to take over and dedicate the whole continent to worship of Nergal [[spoiler: and turn it into a HumanSacrifice farm, including very [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi-esque]] slaughter methods[[note]]although Word of God is that the Nazi parallel was unintentional[[/note]]]]. Notably, Tarquin was apparently very aware of this, and doesn't mind, since he's happy that his legacy will live on ([[{{Narcissist}} and Malack promised him a bigger statue]]).
** Tarquin himself is a ''professional'' Dragon With An Agenda. His agenda is to stand behind the [[PuppetKing Puppet Empress]] of the Empire of Blood, while his other party members take the same role for the Empires of Sweat and Tears, thereby ensuring that his crowd are the ''real'' rulers of the supposedly-divided continent. If the puppet ever starts to realize what's going on or tries taking their own initiative, Tarquin arranges for a convenient assassination and starts pulling the replacement's strings instead. Luckily for the Empress of Blood, [[TheDitz she's not likely to provoke that fate anytime soon]].
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt:'' Ysengrin wants to KillAllHumans, and his boss Coyote apparently doesn't. It's [[WildMassGuessing possible]] that Ysengrin is trying to pull strings behind Coyote's back, and that Y killed Red and Blue because [[HeKnowsTooMuch they saw too much]].
* Wanda from ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'' seemingly serves Stanley the Tool willingly, but it turns out she convinced him to attack her kingdom of Faq because she expected him to get slaughtered, and when he emerged victorious, she only joined him in his quest for the legendary Arkentools because she was hoping she'd get to wield one herself. [[spoiler:She does]].
** When asked [[spoiler:why she's still with him after that]], her answer is somewhere between BecauseDestinySaysSo and YouCantFightFate.
* Torg from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' did this professionally for a while. First with the Minion Master, and then with Crushestro [[spoiler:ever since he thought that the Minion Master's sister betrayed him to Hereti-Corp]].
* Ian and Anita in ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' fit this trope pretty well, with the added little twist that it isn't clear which one is the BigBad and which one is TheDragon.
* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'''s [[spoiler:[[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Condesce]] works for [[BigBad Lord English]], but also seems to be looking to backstab him...[[HiddenAgendaVillain somehow]].]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[spoiler:Ronove]] becomes the closest lieutenant of [[FourStarBadass Duke Malphas]] after the siege of Vanna but has his own, secret agenda for working with the demonic duke.
* In the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses world, The Other Guy is the real puppet-master behind the site. The one who everyone thinks is the ineffectual BadBoss, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, is just like that because he's desperate for attention and praise.
* Linksano and Mecha-Kara are ultimately this during the Lord Vyce arc of WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall. In fact, [[spoiler:Linksano defects to the side of the good guys to take Vyce down, while Mecha-Kara was a former BigBad who only went along to take out Linkara.]]
** Mechakara is also this in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' acting as TheMole for Turrell and Zodd. He cares nothing about their plans and is only helping because Turrell promised that he would reveal to him the secrets of Malachite's Hand. [[spoiler:When he finds out that Turrell knows as much about it as he does, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on a terrified Turrell and Zodd.]]
* In ''Series/{{Noob}}'', Ash is the go-to character for RealMoneyTrade and Tenshirock is a [[TheCracker hacker]] who want to get people off MMORPG. Tenshirock lets Ash exist due to his customers sometimes getting banned by Game Masters and never coming back, but refuses to help him get better merchandise to keep the game from becoming even more fun for those that do not get caught. Their dialog sometimes gives the impression that they would be opponents if they weren't old friends.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Destro in some iterations of ''GIJoe''. He's in it for the money and TheBaroness.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Slade (formerly a BigBad himself) only serves as [[{{Satan}} Trigon's]] Dragon so [[spoiler:he can get his mortal body back]]. Interestingly, he starts out this plotline very subservient to Trigon, and gradually starts acting less as a servant and more like a partner when he gets closer to getting what he wants. [[spoiler:When it becomes apparent that Trigon has no intention of honoring their agreement, Slade [[EnemyMine teams up with the Titans]] to take him down]].
* Raythar from ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' serves this role during the first part of the second season -- BigBad Nerissa has [[HiddenAgendaVillain her own agenda]], but Raythar just wants to avenge the previous BigBad, [[EvilOverlord Phobos]]. When a chance arises to put Phobos back on the throne, he ditches Nerissa and transfers his loyalty back to his original boss. Nerissa, meanwhile, replaces him with Shagon, who is her creation and therefore completely loyal.
* The Fright Knight in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' subtly expresses his absolute distaste working for Pariah Dark and it hints he wants to go a different route. It ultimately proves true when he works against Pariah during the final battle. It's hinted he went to serve Vlad, but the original writer left the show before [[WhatCouldHaveBeen possible stories]] of this could have been told in Season Three.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}},'' [[TheFairFolk the Weird Sisters]] serve this role for the Archmage -- he wants revenge on Goliath, while they want revenge on the Magus and the rest of the Avalon Clan. They couldn't really get on the island themselves, however, since Oberon had forbidden it; the reason they willingly put themselves under the Archmage's service was because they knew ''he'' would order them to go there, exploiting a loophole in Avalon's laws.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', [[spoiler:Snively]] in the final minutes of the series finale was revealed to be this.
* In the original ''MyLittlePony'', Porcina's Raptorian minions encourage her to go to the extreme of turning Ponyland and all the Little Ponies into glass because they want to take the place for themselves.
* The ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' version of Mystique. In the first season, she's working for Magneto, but they have a slight falling out and she works independently for the rest of the series. This causes some tension when both tried to take command of the Brotherhood, with varied results depending on the episode and the Brother.
* In a [[BadFuture dark future]] episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Grim is ultimately this to dark overlord Mandy. [[spoiler:She was aware of this and set things up to capture the rebels and make Grim pay.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', Sleet and Dingo once plotted to steal tax money meant for Robotnik and frame [[StickyFingers Manic]] for it.
* [[TheDreaded Bill Cipher]] of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' was summoned by Lil' Gideon to attack Stan, but this exchange suggests that he's less a MonsterOfTheWeek and more of a BiggerBad;
-->'''Gideon:''' Listen to me, demon! I have a job for you. I need you to enter the mind of Stanford Pines and steal the code to his safe!\\
'''Bill:''' Haha- Wait. Stan...Pines... ''(Images of Stan and Stan's tattoo flash by on his face)'' You know what, kid? You've convinced me. I'm sold! I'll help you with this and in return you can help me with something I've been working on. We'll work out the details later.
** As of Season 2 he's officially the BigBad of the series.
* Toffee from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Originally hired by Ludo to help manage his incompetent monsters, it's clear Toffee has some ulterior motives. Sure enough, he soon [[spoiler:manipulates Ludo into firing Buff Frog and then convinces the monsters to throw Ludo out of his own castle, effectively taking control of his army.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegendQuest'', Literature/BabaYaga is the Dragon to Quetzacoatl, but only because he's enslaved her. While he intends to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, she has a plan to instead remake the world so witches are in power. [[spoiler: Too bad that's all part of his BatmanGambit]].