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1----²* ''Series/TwelveMonkeys'':²** The Pallid Man serves as this to Olivia, who in turn is this to [[BigBad the Witness]], with her [[DragonInChief running things]] while they're [[HiddenVillain in the shadows]]. Though when she's waylaid midway through Season 2 by severe injuries, he happily [[DragonAscendant usurps her spot]] as the Witness' right hand.²** In Season 3, Malick serves as this to [[spoiler: Olivia]], helping carry out the [[StableTimeLoop events]] that let them become the Witness. Come Season 4, however, he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlives his usefulness]] and is replaced with a nameless Advisor.²* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Provides numerous examples:²** In season 1, Ira Gaines is TheDragon to the Drazens.²** In season 2, Peter Kingsley is TheDragon to Max, Trepkos and several oilmen.²** In Season 3, Hector Salazar served as Dragon for his brother Ramon. Marcus Alvers was Stephen Saunders' own Dragon.²** In Season 4, Navi Araz and several others serve as Dragons to borderline KarmaHoudini Habib Marwan²** In season 5, Christopher Henderson is TheDragon to [[spoiler:Charles Logan]].²** In season 7, Ike Dubaku is TheDragon to Benjamin Juma. Greg Seaton and Stokes were Hodges' Dragons, with Seaton serving as his right hand and advisor and Stokes as leader of the {{Mooks}}. Cara Bowden and Tony were Wilson CoDragons, though Tony was actually a DragonWithAnAgenda²** In Season 8, a Dragon Roost [[spoiler: Lugo Elson was Vladimir Laitanan's Dragon. Tarin Faroush was the Dragon for Samir, who in turn was also TheDragon for Farhad Hassan and a number of Kamistani Generals, though he turned on Farhad. Jason Pillar was Logan's Dragon, until [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he outlived his usefulness and became a liability]]. Pavel Tokarev was Dragon for Minister Mikhail Novakovich who in turn was the Dragon for President Suvarov.]]²** In Season 9, Ian Al-Harazi is TheDragon to his mother Margot. [[spoiler:Cheng Zhi is nominally TheDragon to Anatol Stolnavich.]]²** In Season 10, Kusuma is TheDragon to Jadalla Bin-Khalid. [[spoiler:Asim Naseri is TheDragon to [[FakingTheDead Ibrahim Bin-Khalid]].]]²* In Season 1 of ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Tristan serves as TheDragon for the Commander (who won't appear in person until Season 2).²* ''Series/SixHundredSixtySixParkAvenue'': Tony seems to act as Gavin's muscle on occasion. Though now it seems he's going to hire [[PsychoForHire Kandinsky]] to do his dirty work for him.²* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': ²** In ''Buffy'''s spin-off series, in Season 2 The Groosalugg served as the Dragon for the [[CorruptChurch Covenant of Trombli]].²** In Season 3 the incorporeal demon Sahjhan tried to use Holtz as his Dragon, but he turned out to be a DragonWithAnAgenda different enough that it led to him accomplishing the exact opposite of what Sahjhan wanted him to do.²** The Beast was the Dragon for Jasmine [[ItMakesSenseInContext before she was born.]] However, because his and her ultimate motives massively diverged ([[ChaoticEvil wanton destruction]] vs. UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans) she arranged for him to be killed by Angelus, who refused to cooperate with her. She had Connor serving this role until she was born, when Angel briefly took it up before Connor resumed the position.²** In the final season [[Creator/AdamBaldwin Marcus Hamilton]] served as TheDragon for The Senior Partners, who are never faced directly by Angel or his friends.²** The Circle of the Black Thorn is also the dragon to the Senior Partners, sharing this role with Hamilton (though the Circle has more power, since Hamilton is just the liaison). Well, they probably have more influence on this plain of existence, but in terms of personal power they all die easily enough (Save Cyrus Vail). Hamilton by comparison is the most physically formidable threat in the show, barring possibly the Beast or Jasmine.²* ''Series/{{Banshee}}'':²** Clay Burton is Kai Proctor's right hand man and main enforcer. Proctor seems to be grooming [[spoiler:Rebecca]] to be his representative in official settings since Burton is "limited" in these types of situations.²** Oleg serves as Mr. Rabbit's main enforcer.²** Cpt. Richard Murphy, a PMC, is Col. Stowe's right hand man. They served together before he left the USMC.²* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica 2003}}'': The Centurions (hard-to-kill robots with miniguns in their arms) are collectively the Dragons to the humanoid Cylons who, despite possessing superior strength to humans, are otherwise relatively easy to kill.²* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'': In series two, Professor Jaggat is introduced secretly as the scientific mastermind behind the purging of the werewolves, with Kemp as her public face - her dragon. [[spoiler:However, towards the end, we find out Jaggat is just the one Kemp goes to when he needs to find a method of killing a werewolf or vampire, and she is in fact the dragon to him, and is [[DragonTheirFeet dragging her feet]] and is on the verge of [[HeelFaceTurn turning heel face]]. Occasionally, she [[TheStarscream screams stars, too]] Quite a mixed bag of nuts.]]²* ''Series/BreakingBad'': Mike to Gus.²* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Most of the examples that seem likely Dragons end up generally being rather weaker than the BigBad, putting them more into the category of MiniBoss, but removing the section here would just have someone recreate it anyway. Here's the potential list anyway:²** In Season 1, TheMaster was trapped in a church, forcing him to use other vampires for his tasks. Luke was initially TheDragon for the Master, though he didn't last very long. After that Darla took up the role, before she died too. He ended up with The Anointed One, whose draconic potential was rather limited by being physically a child. ²** In Season 2, the vampire preacher Absalom could be considered the A.O.'s Dragon and then it looked as if Spike was going to be TheDragon for the Anointed... but instead, as it turned out, Drusilla was TheDragon for [[spoiler:Angelus]] with [[spoiler:Spike as TheStarscream]]. ²** In Season 3, Mr. Trick begrudgingly serves as a Dragon-in-Chief to Kakistos before getting fed up and leaving him to the Slayers. After this, Mr. Trick went solo, and then he and later [[DarkActionGirl Faith]] was TheDragon for the Mayor.²** In Season 4 Adam, who was intended to be Professor Walsh's Dragon murders her upon awakening. In the final episode, he gains Forrest Gates as his own Dragon.²** In Season 6, Jonathan and Andrew act as joint Dragons to Warren Mears. In theory, all three are the joint BigBad, but it's obvious that Warren is really the leader.²** In Season 7, [[SinisterMinister Caleb]] was DragonInChief and TheHeavy for The First Evil, which lacked a body of its own.²** Severin was the dragon to Simone. ²** Amilyn was the dragon to Lothos.²** Roden to Genevieve.²* ''Series/ChouSeiShinSeries''²** ''Series/ChouseishinGransazer'': Belzeus at first has [[AssInAmbassador Brighton]], who acts TheHeavy for Belzeus and is the one working to hunt down the [[ChosenOne Communicator]], though he mostly leaves the dirty work to [[TheBrute Algol]]. After both of them are dealt with, Belzeus sends in his own enforcer Gorgion, who is a much more physical threat than [[NonActionGuy Brighton]]. Belzeus also may have a third [[TheDragon Dragon]] in [[{{Kaiju}} Cabyron]], who literally ''is'' a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], but he is more of a mindless beast that Belzeus uses to cover his plans.²** ''Series/GenseishinJustirisers'': Kaiser Hades has General Bachuss, his second-in-command. [[spoiler:His brother, [[GreaterScopeVillain Majin Daruga]], has [[AgentPeacock Commander Adorocs]], whom Daruga tasks with preparing Earth for his arrival.]]²** ''Series/ChouseiKantaiSazerX'': The [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Three Dragons]] are [[CoDragons collectively]] TheDragon to Captain Barder in the first third. Later on, when the [[SpacePirates Neo Descal fleet]] [[TimeTravel arrive]] from TheFuture, [[MadScientist Grouza]] fills this role to Garade. [[spoiler:When King Neo Descal shows up, he brings along his second-in-command Barreda.]]²* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Chang to the Dean in the episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]]. He even has his own El Tigre tiger striped paintball gun. And dual gold handguns. [[spoiler:And room-painting suicide bomb.]]²* ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'': This show had two. Evil millionaire prospector George Hearst is always accompanied by Captain Turner, an old mountain of a man who serves as his bodyguard and enforcer. He apparently has a long history of killing Hearst's enemies in public streetfights. On the other side, small-time kingpin Al Swearengen has Dan Dority as his strong right hand. Al is an able combatant himself, but will generally send Dan to do the wetwork. In one notable episode, the two rival Dragons fight a duel as their masters watch from the balconies.²* ''Series/DoctorWho'':²** The Galactic Council, including Mavic Chen, could be seen as this to the Daleks in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Daleks' Master Plan"]]. They claim to be equal partners, but Mavic Chen points out some are more equal then others.²** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]]: The Editor serves as this for the Mighty Jagrafess, as they both work to control the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire through its news media. He says he represents a consortium of banks. [[spoiler:When the Jagrafess is about to explode due to the cooling systems that keep it alive being shut off, the Editor [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere attempts to flee]], but is prevented by the body of one of the Jagrafess' past victims, so he dies in the explosion.]]²** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], the Supreme Dalek appears to be the Dragon to Davros. However, it is arguable that Davros is himself the Dragon of the insane Dalek Caan. Similarly, Davros' questionable status in this episode could make him a Dragon for the Supreme Dalek itself.²** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]] has an interesting twist. The legend about the being imprisoned inside the Pandorica speaks of an unstoppable being that causes death and destruction for countless races. It turns out [[spoiler:that being is actually the Doctor, from the point of view of the countless villains he's fought over the centuries. So from the villains' perspectives, the Doctor's Companions are in fact HIS Dragons.]]²* ''{{Series/Fargo}}'': ²** In season 2, Mike Milligan serves as Joe's Dragon, being the top enforcer and Joe's second in command. Mike does the dirty jobs with the Kitchen Brothers, Gale and Wayne being the muscle. The villainous hierarchy undergoes a shift with episode 5 however and Mike becomes a DragonAscendant with Gale moving into the position of Dragon.²** Also in season 2, Hanzee serves as the Dragon to Dodd and the Gerhardt's at large being their top enforcer and the go to gang member when they need someone to die. Hanzee's the clearest example of DragonWithAnAgenda though and the characters, audience, and even the narrator all are left speculating what his goals and ambitions are.²** In season 3, Yuri and Meemo serve as CoDragons to V.M. Varga, being the villainous pair for this season. When Yuri disappears after episode 8, Meemo fills in the role as Varga's top enforcer. Meemo's the one leading Varga's minions, chauffeuring him around, and carrying out all the important hits.²* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Crow was TheDragon to major villain Adelai Niska, before [[spoiler:Mal kicked him through one of ''Serenity's'' engine.]]²* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':²** Joffrey and Cersei use Sandor Clegane and Meryn Trant to do much of their dirty work. This is perhaps most obvious during the climax of "You Win Or You Die" when the Hound draws his sword to punctuate Cersei's reminder that she is not unsupported, and in "The Pointy End" when Trant arrives to take Arya. Although Trant's lack of skill makes him quality more as TheBrute. ²** Lord Tywin wants his favourite son, Jaime Lannister to be his Dragon, and entrusts Jaime with half the Lannister forces and Jaime attains some glory in the field but after Jaime's capture he settles for Gregor Clegane within his army while sending Tyrion to act as his Dragon and EvilGenius in King's Landing. A Played With example in that unlike Jaime, Gregor's missions are not especially tactically difficult but require an innate ''nastiness' and too much squick for soldiers who have standards. In Season 3, Tywin takes over King's Landing himself and serves as DragonInChief to his nephew King Joffrey.²** Bronn usually stays close to his boss Tyrion as a protector, but is occasionally dispatched on other jobs like commanding the City Watch and igniting the wildfire. Jaime retains his services in Season 5.²** Ser Vardis Egen guards the Vale for Lysa Tully and stands as her champion in Season 1.²** Viserys considers Khal Drogo to be his Dragon (although he considers himself "the Dragon" in a very different sense). Drogo doesn't care what Viserys thinks.²** Ser Jorah Mormont for Daenerys. He has sworn fealty to her and helps her adapt to life as a Khaleesi of the Dothraki.²** Dagmer to Theon, whose House he has a lot of loyalty to.²** The wildling chieftains Tormund Giantsbane and Styr of Thenn act as CoDragons to Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, carrying out his orders to raid south of the Wall.²** Locke serves as Roose Bolton's Dragon on campaign in the Riverlands while his bastard son Ramsay fulfills this role back in the North.²** Janos Slynt has made himself the second to Alliser Thorne, though Slynt is the schemer and Alliser is the fighter.²** Literal examples are Daenerys' dragons, especially Drogon with his BigDamnHeroes moment. Rhaegal and Viserion to lesser extent.²** Davos is Stannis' right han....er, ''left''-hand man who also doubles as TheConsigliere, as Stannis values his output more than anyone else's.²** Harald Karstark to Ramsay Bolton. After Roose is murdered by his son, he switches allegiance to him straight away and he chastises Maester Wolkan for not referring to Ramsay as Lord.²** Jaime tries to be this for Cersei in Seasons 5 and 6 when aiming to rescue Myrcella, taking on the High Sparrow and then sorting out the Riverlands. After Cersei becomes Queen, Jaime and Euron become her CoDragons, in terms of military, with Euron leading the navy and Jaime the armies of the crown.²** Gregor is Cersei's attack dog and Co Dragon to Jaime after he's inducted into the Kingsguard Season 6 onwards.²** Prince Daemon Targaryen was Rhaenyra's most capable commander.²* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Butch is the dragon to Fish Mooney and later [[spoiler:Oswald Copplepot]] Victor Zsasz is the dragon to Carmine Falcone. Tabitha Galavan is the dragon to her brother Theo Galavan. Notably all three, have been genuinely loyal to their bosses and weren't interested in taking over.²* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': As of halfway through Season Two, Quinn and Santana have both been replaced as Sue Sylvester's Dragons by Becky Jackson, a short, BadassAdorable Cheerio with a mean line in admin and ruthless glares. And Down's Syndrome. ''Nobody'' at [=McKinley=] High is fool enough to think this means she's a MoralityPet rather than a Dragon.²* ''Series/HappyDays'': In one episode, a gangster tries to take over ''Arnold's''. He has a henchman with a metal claw for an arm called "The Claw" that Fonzie fights.²* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Makes quite effective use of this trope:²** In Volume 1, Thompson and Candice take turns acting as Linderman's Dragon.²** Since HRG was originally assumed by many fans to be the BigBad, one could place The Haitian as his Dragon.²** In Volume 2, [[PsychoElectro Elle Bishop]] can be seen as a Dragon to her father Bob. [[spoiler:Adam/Kensei also served temporarily as Whitebeard's Dragon]], and Peter was an unwitting one to Adam.²** Volume 3 had Tracy and Nathan as co-Dragon's to Arthur, after [[spoiler:Maury is killed off.]]²** When [[spoiler:Nathan]] became the new BigBad in Volume 4, Danko served as his Dragon. After Danko took over as Big Bad, [[BadassNormal Bennet]] became an unwilling Dragon.²** Danko eventually [[spoiler:loses Bennet and instead goes with [[AxCrazy Sylar]] as a Dragon, even 'feeding' him [[ComboPlatterPowers new abilities]]. [[EvilIsNotAToy This could have gone better for him]].]]²** Finally, in the now-running Volume 5, Edgar filled this role for new Big Bad Samuel Sullivan [[spoiler:until Samuel used Edgar as a scapegoat for Joseph's murder, at which point Eli appears to have stepped in.]]²* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'' (and ''[[Series/HouseOfCardsUS US]]'': Tim/Doug Stamper to VillainProtagonist Francis Urquhart/Frank Underwood. Lampshaded by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFk0T3ifF48 this]] Series/GameOfThrones crossover video in which Frank has a literal dragon called Stamper.²* ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}'': Has a rare example of a protagonist with a Dragon: Bob, an ex-Special Forces vet who works as Jimmy Reardon's bodyguard and occasional assassin.²* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': ²** Season 1: Career criminal Johnny Crowder and sex offender Hestler Jones were CoDragons to Johnny's uncle, Harlan County gang boss Bo Crowder.²** Season 2: Corrupt chief of police Doyle Bennett plays this role to his mother, marijuana kingpin Mags, in Season 2, enforcing her rule over Bennett township. Boyd Crowder hires Neo-Nazi henchman Derek "Devil" Lennox to act as his Dragon.²** Season 3: Dixie Mafia bagman Wynn Duffy is hired to act as TheDragon to Detroit mobster Robert Quarles, helping him deal with the local criminals--though in a twist, [[AxeCrazy Quarles]] is ''far'' more physically dangerous than Duffy (himself a bloodthirsty psycho).²** Season 4: Boyd gets a new [[TheDragon Dragon]] in the form of ex-soldier, Colton Rhodes, who is a major character for the rest of the season. We meet Detroit gangster Nicky Augustine, who acts as MouthOfSauron to Theo Tonin, and has his own Dragon in Mr. Picker.²** Season 5: With Devil and Colt both gone, Jimmy and Carl step up as Boyd's CoDragons. We meet Theo Tonin's most trusted killer, Elias Marcos. We are introduced to Daryl Crowe Jr., who has his psychopathic younger brother Danny as his Dragon.²* ''Franchise/KamenRider''²** The [[BigBad Great Leader of Shocker]] goes through four Dragons in the [[Series/KamenRider original series]], Colonel Zol, Dr. Shinigami, Ambassador Hell and General Black. Each of them was in charge of sending out [[MonsterOfTheWeek Kaijin]] to menace our hero.²** The Great Leader of Destron in ''Series/KamenRiderV3'' also has four successive Dragons, each with their own army of Kaijin.²** Apollo Geist is the top enforcer of the leader of G.O.D. in ''Series/KamenRiderX'', and is in charge of executing any rogue G.O.D. members.²** Averted in ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'', as Ten Faced Demon Gorgos didn't appear to have a specific Dragon among his army. However, [[spoiler: the BigBad of the second half of the series, Great Emperor Zero, is actually a body double for the real Zero, so he could technically be considered TheDragon.]]²** ''Series/KamenRiderStronger'' has Mr. Titan as TheDragon to the Great Leader of Black Satan. However, he gets killed off by Stronger and is replaced by General Shadow. Then Titan gets revived and he Shadow [[CoDragons share]] the Dragon role until Titan dies again and Shadow goes rogue and gets replaced by Dead Lion. After the defeat of Black Satan, Shadow founds his own organization and [[DragonAscendant becomes the]] BigBad, gaining Snake Woman as his Dragon, as she is the only member of his organization who isn't trying to overthrow him. [[spoiler:Marshal Machine is later revealed to have apparently been TheDragon to the Great Leader of Delza.]]²** ''Series/KamenRiderSkyrider'': General Monster is TheDragon to the Great Leader of Neo-Shocker at first, but he gets killed off and replaced by Admiral Majin about a quarter into the series.²** ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'': High Priest Darom, the leader of the three High Priests of Gorgom, becomes TheDragon to Shadow Moon once the latter wakes up. Shadow Moon himself is also later revealed to be TheDragon to the Creation King.²** In the sequel series, ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'', General Jark had both Bosgun and Gatezone as TheDragon to him, though he himself was TheDragon to the GreaterScopeVillain Emperor Crisis.²** Ra-Baruba-De, the "judge" of the Gurongi game, is the closest thing [[BigBad N-Daguva-Zeba]] has to one in ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''.²** ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'': The [[GodIsEvil OverLord of Darkness]] has the El Lords as his [[CoDragons three]] Dragons.²** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'': Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja is this to Shiro Kanzaki in an odd way. In exchange for freeing him from jail and giving him the opportunity to fight, Ouja carries out missions for Kanzaki.²** ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' has Kitazaki, being the strongest of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Lucky Clover]] and (appropriately), the Dragon Orphnoch.²** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' has both Albinoleo Imagin and the Death Imagin as the top enforcers of Kai, though the latter is more like a DragonInChief, being the keystone of Kai's KeystoneArmy of Imagin.²** ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'': Bishop, aka the Swallowtail Fangire, is King's right-hand man.²** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'': Saeko Sonozaki is the right hand of her father, Ryubee, though her husband, Kirihiko Sudo is the one who battles the Riders most often. Jun Kazu is also the top enforcer of Neon Ulsland.²** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze: Scorpion, Libra and Virgo all serve as TheDragon to Mitsuaki Gamou, though Virgo appears to be closest out of all of them.²** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' at first has Medusa and Phoenix as the [[CoDragons top two enforcers]] of Wiseman. Later on, they're joined by Gremlin.²** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has Sid taking the role of enforcer among the Yggdrasill Corporation's riders. There's also Yoko Minato, who is the right hand of Ryoma Sengoku. [[spoiler:She later becomes TheDragon to Kaito Kumon.]]²** In ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', Mashin Chaser acts as an enforcer for the Roidmude Commanders. Roidmude 004 is also later revealed to be the right-hand of [[spoiler:Tenjuro Banno]].²** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'': Alain has Jabel, who was sent in by his father to assist him. His brother Adel also has one in Igor.²** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': The Graphite Bugster is the right hand of Pallad. ²** ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' introduces [[HiddenAgendaVillain Blood Stalk]] as being this to Night Rogue, though he isn't very loyal to his supposed boss and is more concerned with his own agenda [[spoiler:and eventually turns out to be [[TheManInFrontOfTheMan the true]] BigBad]]. Later on, [[spoiler:Night Rogue [[DemotedToDragon becomes this]] to [[ArmsDealer Juzaburo Namba]] as Kamen Rider Rogue in order to stay in the power game. Stalk also winds up getting Nariaki Utsumi as a Dragon after the latter undergoes SanitySlippage and defects to his side, [[FakeDefector but it turns out to have been an act]].]]²* ''Series/KingdomAdventure'': Pitts was put in his position as magistrate by Zordock, and ultimately has to take Zordock's orders, no matter how frightening or [[EvenEvilHasStandards repulsive]] he finds them.²* ''Series/{{Kings}}'': Had Thomasina as TheDragon to King Silas, and damned if she wasn't an efficient one.²* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has several.²** The second season has Captain Hook as the Dragon to the BigBad of the first half, though [[DragonWithAnAgenda he's more obsessed in]] [[{{Revenge}} killing Rumpelstiltskin]]. ²** The second half has Greg and Tamara, who, while being a BigBadEnsemble, end up being ones to Season Three's first BigBad.²** The third season has a straighter example in the form of Felix, who is ''very'' loyal to the BigBad.²** The latter half of Season 3 had Rumpelstiltskin [[spoiler:though it's a case of him being an unwilling Dragon]]. [[spoiler: Arguably this happens again in the second half of Season 4 as well, but this case could just as easily be interpreted as a VillainTeamUp.]]²* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': [[spoiler: Suzanne]] becomes this for [[spoiler: Vee]] in Season Two.²* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Goldar fills this role to a T. The {{Big Bad}}s of later seasons would also usually have a Dragon in their employ, but Goldar is probably the most iconic.²** Part of what made ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' so popular was the inclusion of the morally ambiguous Ecliptor. It also had some twists concerning the enemies, Astronema was the BigBad in the general sense, while she was more or less TheDragon for the rarely seen Dark Spector.²** Other ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' Dragons (later seasons would often have CoDragons) include:²*** ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'': All three bads had their own Dragon: Scorpius had Furio and Treacheron, Trakeena had Villamax, and Captain Mutiny had Barbarax. TheStarscream Deviot also served all three.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'': [[NobleDemon Diabolico]] and then [[MommasBoy Olympius]] to Queen Bansheera.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'': Nadira and Frax to Ransik.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'': Jindrax and Toxica to Master Org (and Mandilok when he briefly usurped Master Org's position) [[spoiler:until they made {{Heel Face Turn}}s at the end.]]²*** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'': Lothor had several generals, but Zurgane fits the role best as the most loyal and competent.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'': [[CoDragons Zeltrax and Elsa]] to Mesogog. Zeltrax eventually goes rogue, while Elsa [[spoiler:is revealed to have been brainwashed from the beginning.]]²*** ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'': Emperor Gruumm didn't have one at first, but once he [[PlotRelevantAgeUp aged up]] his child monster-maker Mora she took the role as the adult Morgana.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'': Despite the rotating Big Bads that served TheMaster, the Dragons remained constant: BlackKnight Koragg and vampire queen Necrolai.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'': Of the multiple Big Bads, only one kept a Dragon: Miratrix to Kamdor.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'': Camille to Dai Shi.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': [[DarkActionGirl Tenaya 7]] and then [[ManipulativeBastard Kilobyte]] to Venjix. Generals Crunch and Shifter also fit as well.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'': Serrator to Master Xandred, though he didn't show up and swear loyalty ([[TheStarscream *cough*]]) to Xandred until the second half of the season.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'': Primarily Vrak to Admiral Malkor. There were others; but Creepox died early, Bigs and Bluefur were outranked by Vrak, and Metal Alice is ''Vrak's'' Dragon.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersSuperMegaforce'': Damaras to Prince Vekar.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'': Fury, Wrench, Poisandra, and Curio to Sledge.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoSuperCharge'': Singe to Lord Archanon.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'': Ripcon to Galvanax.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersSuperNinjaSteel'': Badonna to Madame Odius.²*** ''Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers'': Blaze and Roxy to Evox.²* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'': Jadeite is this to Queen Beryl. He stays at her side [[spoiler: until they die in the collapse of her castle]] even though she freed him.²* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': Nolan Ross, and later Aiden Mathis, is this to Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke, if you go by AlternateCharacterInterpretation.²** The Graysons have Frank [[spoiler: until "Amanda"/the real Emily Thorne kills him]].²* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Captain (later Major) Tom Neville. While not Monroe's actual second in command, he appears to be part of Monroe's inner circle, and is the most recognizable villain after the General himself.²* ''Series/RobinHood'': In most versions of the legend, The Sheriff of Nottingham is TheDragon to Prince John but in the current [[Series/RobinHood BBC Series]], The Sheriff is the BigBad, and Sir Guy is his Dragon.²* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': After Mercy frees herself from Mary's control, she decides to join the witches. She later assumes this role to Mary.²** The Starscream: By the season finale, Mercy now plans to take Mary down.²* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' 2032: Lampshaded (kind of) in the first episode, 3rd season. The BigBad is Alexander Born, his general uses the callsign "Dragon" when calling in the attack.²* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':²** Season 4: [[MommasBoy Jason]] [[BrokenAce Teague]] is TheDragon to his [[EvilMatriarch mother]], [[RichBitch Genevieve]].²** Season 5: [[SealedEvilInACan General Zod]] has [[RoboticPsychopath Brainiac]], the Season's BigBad, as his DragonInChief.²** Season 7: In the BadFuture of the "Apocalypse" AlternateUniverse [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] is TheDragon to PresidentEvil ComicBook/LexLuthor in a world where [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]] never arrived on Earth. She quickly {{Heel Face Turn}}s after meeting our world's Clark, only to [[spoiler:be shot and arrested by [[BigBad Lex]], who's toting a pistol loaded with [[KryptoniteFactor Green K]] bullets]].²** Season 8: In the episode "Requiem", a [[EvilCripple badly injured]] [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard Lex]]]] uses PsychopathicManchild [[MadBomber Winslow Schott]], alias [[HappyFunBall The Toyman]] as his own DragonInChief. While not a physical threat CorruptCorporateExecutive, [[SmugSnake Regan Matthews]] might also count, as he's Lex's NumberTwo from the end of Season 7 onwards, manages Project: Prometheus for him, and is characterised by his UndyingLoyalty to his boss. Tess mercer lampshades Doomsday as "The Proverbial Dragon" in the episode "Injustice" as well, and he technically counts as Zod and his wife's Dragon.²** Season 9: Major Zod has Basqat as his NumberTwo, although, thanks to the Major's own love of getting his hands dirty, he doesn't get to do much traditional Dragoning.²** As of Season 10, "[[AxeCrazy Mad]]" [[FemmeFatalons Harriet]] of the [[AmazonBrigade Female]] [[DarkActionGirl Furies]] has been shown as TheDragon to [[EvilOldFolks Granny]] [[OrphanageOfFear Goodness]], herself one of [[GodOfEvil Darkseid]]'s CoDragons, alongside [[NightmareFetishist Desaad]] and [[CompellingVoice Gordon Godfrey]].²* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Sebastian Moran was most likely this to Moriarty in Series 1. Most likely if he tries to end Sherlock's life-[[TheLancer John]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes would most likely be PISSED]] since [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Sherlock is John's best (and possibly only) real good friend.]]²* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'': Season 2 had AJ Weston (Henry Rollins) fill this role for Ethan Zobelle (Adam Arkin).²* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': [[spoiler:Seska]] straddled the line between this and BigBad. She acted in Culluh's employ, doing a great deal of his dirty work, but also consistently showed herself to be a far more cunning and dangerous planner, perhaps making her the DragonInChief.²* Every [[AGodAmI Goa'uld]] in ''Series/StargateSG1'' has a First Prime, who is his most trusted servant. A number of First Primes are aware that their masters are not gods, but they know they cannot change the way of things, so they merely attempt to "temper [their] sword". Both Teal'c and Bra'tac used to be [[BigBad Apophis]]'s First Primes (Bra'tac before Teal'c). Teal'c father was the First Prime of Cronus, before he lost an unwinnable battle and was painfully executed by Cronus. Another notable First Prime is Oshu (a clone of Creator/SunTzu), who faithfully serves his master Lord Yu and covers for his developing mental illness.²* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': [[BigBad Astra's]] Dragon is her husband Non, but after [[spoiler: [[DiscOneFinalBoss her death]]]], he [[DragonAscendant takes command of their forces]], after which he gains his own Dragon in the form of Indigo.²* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':²** Meg is the Dragon for her father Azazel in Season 1. She later serves this role to Lucifer in season 5.²** [[spoiler:Zachariah to Michael]] in Season 5.²** Edgar to Dick Roman in Season 7.²** [[spoiler:Ruby]] to Lilith, though [[EvilAllAlong it's only revealed at the end of Season 4.]]²** Rowena ends up being this this to [[spoiler:''[[VillainProtagonist Sam Winchester]]'']] of all people in Season 10. Later, she becomes this to [[spoiler:Lucifer after [[TheBusCameBack he returns]]]] in Season 11, [[spoiler:but it only lasts one episode before he kills her.]]²** Gadreel to [[spoiler:Metatron]] in Season 9.²* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'': The parent series of ''Franchise/PowerRangers''' parent series generally had one a season. They come in all shapes and sizes, but certain commonalities exist. They tend to be swordsmen, and to have a grudge against one specific Ranger, usually Red. Said Ranger usually destroys The Dragon in single combat during the finale.²** ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' had Field Marshal Goldenmask, who was actually the fourth to ascend to the position of second-in-command after the DirtyCoward, TheBrute, and the EvilGenius all fail.²** ''Series/JAKQDengekiTai'' had Iron Claw, the guy we thought was the main villain at first. Despite playing the DiabolicalMastermind quite well, he's a Dragon through and through.²** ''Series/BattleFeverJ'' gave us Commander Hedda, who was really more of a mystic than anything. [[spoiler:He did have a OneWingedAngel form.]]²** ''Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman'' had General Hedorer, essentially your standard yes-man field commander.²** ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' revives Queen Hedrian, the previous BigBad, into this role. ²** ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'' had General Deathgiller, who was essentially this trope personified. Notably, however, he was actually ranked lower than the EvilGenius, Deathmark.²** ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'' had Prince Megiddo, son of the BigBad, who was eventually kicked out for being useless and replaced with DarkActionGirl General Zenobia. [[spoiler:After he come back as the Dark Knight and killed Zenobia(indirectly) and Aton, [[DarkChick Chimera]] filled this role in the finale.]]²** ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'' had a very well-stratified villain hierarchy including a Dragon, Mason.²** ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'' had General Guiluke, who actually supervised most of the day-to-day villainy. Later, Guiluke is forced to step down and he is replaced with Queen Ahames. [[spoiler:But later regained his position after he become Super Guiluke.]]²** ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'', though, again, the EvilGenius was ranked higher, featured the envious zebra person Ley Wandar in this role.²** ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'' ties between Imperial Ninja Oyobur and [[spoiler:Princess]] Igam.²** ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' has Guardnoid Gash, the BigBad's robot bodyguard.²** ''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger'' has ties between the zombie {{Samurai}} [[TheBrute Zimba]] and dark wizard [[EvilGenius Lehda]]. However, once Yamimaru steps in and the main trio of bad guys' are dispatched, he takes the position.²** ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'' first had Captain Galois, though he also has shades of goofiness time by time. Once he failed too many times, Chevalier gets promoted into TheDragon. And later, Galois regained the position, making the Zone to have TWO Dragons near the end of the series.²** ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' is kind of unique that there's no such thing as who gets the higher position (they're all competing for the BigBad position). The closest you may get is probably Radiguet, who was the second most powerful one after their missing Empress Juza. He's also TheStarscream through and through (against Juza and later Tranza), thus eventually elevating his position from TheDragon to BigBad.²** ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' has Griffozar, who became the aforementioned Goldar once the series was adapted.²** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' had Emperor Gorma XV bring Colonel Shadam along for the ride. [[spoiler: [[ManBehindTheMan Or so we think]].]]²** ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' has Gashadokuro, the son of BigBad Daimaou.²** ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' features another father-son BigBad-Dragon relationship with Prince Buldont, who's short and dumpy at first, but gains a much more Dragony body later on. By the time he gets his upgrade his father is gone and he is the new BigBad. Buldont's Dragon consists of a brainwashed Bomber the Great for two episodes and then his wife Multiwa, although Buldont's a hands on kind of guy so he might also technically be his own Dragon.²** ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' has two. While Zelmodor seems to fulfill this role at first, he later gets co-opted by Ritchhiker.²** ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' has Yugande, who became the aforementioned Ecliptor.²** ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' follows ''Goranger'' in having four seconds-in-command in quick succession. First Mate [[TheBrute Battobas]] fits best, although Shelinda might also fit as well.²** ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive'' has a near-literal example in Prince Salamandes. He is, yet again, son to the BigBad, though she's his ''mom'' this time.²** ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' has Lila and Gien, apart from their role(as DarkChick and EvilGenius respectively), also serve as CoDragons to Don Dolenero.²** ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' features Duke Org Yabaiba, though he's a bit goofier than most.²** ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' has ''seven'' Dragons, each named [[ThemeNaming for a day of the week]]. Sundar, the last to appear, fits the definition best.²** ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' has an odd example in Lije, a small girl who doesn't really fight. She's really only the Dragon by default due to all the other roles being filled. [[spoiler:This is played more straight after her transformation in to Lijewel.]]²** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' has Victory General Branken, who's actually the boss when the show begins. He is replaced by Dark Magic Priest Meemy following his defeat, and when Meemy falls, [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad the Infershia Pantheon]] steps in, led by Dagon.²** ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'' features the extremely literal Creator King Ryuuwong.²** ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', Long plays it well, and it helps that he actually '''is''' a Dragon, [[spoiler:but he's actually TheManBehindTheMan [[MagnificentBastard that Rio never knew was behind him]] who eventually takes Big Badhood for himself.]]²** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' doesn't have one at first, though Yogostein later gains one in Hiramechimedes. [[spoiler:Yogostein himself is actually reporting to his dad, who has a Dragon of his own]].²** ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' has Sujigara no Akumaro, who commands his own band of Gedoushuu and won't let even the BigBad Doukokuu [[TheStarscream bar his own personal ambition]].²** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' has Dereputa for the Warstar, Kinggon for the Yuumajuu and Metal Alice for the Matrintis. The ultimate BigBad, [[spoiler:Brajira of the Messiah]], brainwashes [[SixthRanger Gosei Knight]] into this role late into the series.²** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' has Chief of Staff Damaras, CommanderContrarian to the GeneralFailure that was the Zangyack Emperor's son, Warz Gill. [[spoiler:Damaras gets booted from his position by Emperor Ackdos Gill for [[YouHaveFailedMe failing to protect Warz]] and is replaced by Dyrandoh.]]²** ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'': Enter, except here he's the BigBad's only sapient underling. Later after the first defeat of Messiah, Escape(unwillingly) fall into this position for Enter.²** ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' has Delu-Knight.²** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': While Many Faced High Priest Chaos is the second in command, his boss was unable to come and do anything until the finale, making Chaos the Big Bad and putting Raging Knight Dogold as The Dragon. Later, however, Knight of Hatred Endolf was created, and he started competing with Dogold for Dragon status. [[spoiler:After it seemed Dogold won by possessing Endolf, it's revealed that Endolf was biding his time to get his revenge and make Dogold his own Dragon. In the end, Dogold teamed up with the Sixth Ranger to take down Endolf before allowing himself to die, but by this point, the actual Big Bad was revived and Chaos had become The Dragon.]]²** ''Series/ResshaSentaiToQger'' has Baron Nero, being the one most loyal to the [[BigBad Emperor of Darkness]].²* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': While his boss was more of an Anti Hero than a full on villain, Jamie [=McDonald=] functions as a rather competent Dragon for main character [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]]. That said, he did have [[TheStarscream some ambitions of his own]], [[spoiler: which may account for his absence in the third series.]]²* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':²** The Governor has Merle, and then Martinez [[spoiler: after Merle's HeelFaceTurn]].²** Simon to Negan.²** Beta to Alpha.²* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': [[MadeOfIron Marcus Diamond]] serves as this to Season 3 BigBad [[EvilCripple Walter Sykes]].²* ''Series/TheWire'': Stringer Bell fills this role for Avon Barksdale during the first half of the series, and Chris Partlow fills it for Marlo Stanfield during the second half.²** This seems to be the role of Slim Charles, no matter who he works for. He starts out working for Avon, and moves up to the point where he almost supplants Stringer, then works as #2 for Prop Joe. [[spoiler: He tells Marlo that he "ain't cut out to be no CEO" when Marlo tries to give him half of Joe's old territory, and is seen alongside another drug lord in the finale montage]].²** Spiros Vondas is this to The Greek.²* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': The Berserker to [[WickedWitch Alti]]. Xena was also this to Alti during her dark days.²----

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