* This is literally the scenario in the ''Age of Worms'' campaign where the BigBad's second in command is a [[spoiler:dracolich]].
* Various ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' games give vampires and mages the ability to create what effectively is their own Dragon. Vampires in both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' have ghouls, human slaves who are addicted to vampire blood, inherit a share of the vampire's powers, and generally acts as a vampire's bodyguard and enforcer wherever the vampire him or herself isn't required. ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' gives mages have their own version of this, called Sleepwalkers. These are humans immune to paradox, that allow mages to do all sorts of nifty, reality bending tricks without a nasty abyssal horror eating their faces off.
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' cosmology, Dagon serves as TheDragon for Demogorgon, he closest thing the Demons have to a leader. It's hinted, though, that Dagon does this [[DragonWithAnAgenda because it's a convenient cover for his own plans]], and that he gets quite a bit more out of the bargain than Demogorgon (for one, Demogorgon is on pretty much everyone else's hitlist, be they rival demon lords, archdevils, celestial paragons or even some deities and mortals. Dagon? Not so much). He may even be [[TheManBehindTheMan the Obyrith behind the Tanar'ri]].
** Also in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' cosmology, Tiamat (the evil Dragon Goddess of the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience chromatic dragons]]) has five dragons (one of each chromatic type) as her Dragons.
* The Herald from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos board game, ''TabletopGame/ArkhamHorror''. Giving the [[BigBad Ancient One]] a Herald greatly increases the [[NintendoHard difficulty]] of the game and every expansion adds a new Herald to the pool.
* Quite a few in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', as the BigBad [[GodOfEvil Fu Leng]] spends almost all of the story as SealedEvilInACan. During the Clan War, the undead Scorpion shugenja Yogo Junzo opened the first of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Black Scrolls]] that kept Fu Leng imprisoned, and led armies of Shadowlands monsters and undead to find the others. Junzo has his own dragon, [[FallenHero Moto Tsume]].
* The ''Franchise/JamesBond'' RPG refers to this character type as the "Privileged Henchman".