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Starscream: As Megatron's first lieutenant, allow me to welcome you back to the winning team.
Megatron: And allow me to clarify the new chain of command. While Starscream will retain authority over military operations, Shockwave will be my first lieutenant in charge of all scientific endeavors.
Starscream: So, you are saying, we shall each report directly to you?
Megatron: Affirmative.

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

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



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  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the original Dragon Ball you have Pilaf's co-dragons Shu and Mai.
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Freeza's immediate right-hand men are Dodoria and Zarbon. Zarbon is much stronger than Dodoria, but they seem to function as relative equals. There's also Captain Ginyu, leader of his elite forces, but Freeza doesn't send for him until Dodoria's dead - and Zarbon's gone the same way by the time Ginyu arrives.
  • In Berserk, the God Hand are this to The Idea of Evil.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • In Part 2, Kars has Esidisi and Wammu, though the former had more authority than the Latter due to him and Kars raising and training Wammu into the warrior his is now.
    • In Part 3, Dio Brando has Enya Geil, Vanilla Ice and Enrico Pucci. Enya teaches Dio about Stands and sent the first several antagonist faced by Jotaro and company their way, Vanilla Ice serves as the final enemy Stand User excluding Dio himself and shows up for a several-chapter fight with the heroes near the end of Part 3, while the latter is the main antagonist of Part 6 and attempts to carry out the deceased Dio's plan to recrate the world in Dio's image.
  • Bleach: Shortly after their public defection from the Soul Society, Kaname Tousen and Gin Ichimaru split The Dragon role for the Big Bad, Sosuke Aizen; but in an interesting variation, Gin also happens to fall under Dragon with an Agenda, considering he only ever joined with Aizen so as to further his own individual goals.
  • Although there's generally only one Dragon per story arc in Sailor Moon, there are multiple cases of Co Dragons. Season two had Rubeus, Sapphire, Emerald and Prince Diamond all act (unwittingly) as Dragons for Death Phantom. Even more so, one of the major points of arc/season three had Dr. Tomoe trying to resurrect his Co-Dragon Mistress 9.
    • In the manga of the Infinity Arc, both Dr. Tomoe and Kaolinite served that role until Mistress 9 was awakened.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans:
    • The series features a "heroic" Inversion on Tekkadan's side, with Mikazuki Augus and Eugene Sevenstark both serving as Orga Itsuka's right-hand men. Mikazuki is Orga's longtime childhood friend and Tekkadan's best Ace Pilot as well as Orga' triggerman, while Eugene is Tekkadan's Deputy Boss and Orga' second-in-command in the administrative sense. Notably though, when Orga gets killed towards the end of the series it's Mikazuki and not Eugene who rallies Tekkadan to follow through on Orga's orders.
    • On the side of Gjallarhorn, Iok Kujan, Julieta Juris and Vidar all serve as this to Rustal Elion. Iok Kujan is Rustal's key ally among the Seven Stars of Gjallarhorn and Mook Lieutenant for part of the Arianrhod Fleet, while Julieta and Vidar are Rustal's top Ace Pilots and main enforcers.
  • Naruto: Most of the Akatsuki members continue to fall and the ones that remain have more of their pasts revealed, as it turns out that Pain and Zetsu are both The Dragon to Tobi, with Pain as Tobi’s right-hand man as well as the Akatsuki’s field leader and Zetsu is the Akatsuki’s spy as he helps Tobi pull off his tricks. When Pain is defeated by Naruto, Kisame replaces him as a new Co-Dragon, Kisame lends Tobi his great fighting skill willingly. One could argue for Sasuke's inclusion in this, but Tobi seems to treat him more like The Brute.
  • During the "Magical World" Story Arc of Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Dynamis and Tsukuyomi serve directly under the Big Bad Fate Averruncus and seem roughly close in terms of fighting ability. Technically, Dynamis outranks her since he's the General of their secret society, but Tsukuyomi, being a freelance Psycho for Hire, has a lot more freedom to do whatever she wants, so it more-or-less balances out.
  • Baron Ashura, Count Brocken, Viscount Pygman and Archduke Gorgon for Doctor Hell in Mazinger Z and its remake/reimaging Shin Mazinger.
    • The Seven generals of the Mykene army for Ankoku Daishogun (who likewise was The Dragon of the Emperor of Darkness) in Great Mazinger: JuliCesar, Hadias, Angoras, Ligern, Scarabeth, Draydou and Birdler. Each one had its own personality quirks and fighting styles.
    • Lord Gandal and Minister Zurill from UFO Robo Grendizer were King Vega's Co-Dragons.
  • In Kagerou-Nostalgia Rikimaru and Ranmaru are Gessho Kuki's bodyguards and best fighters. Rikimaru has been with him longer. Ranmaru is the more obsessively loyal. They're almost always together (functioning as villainous Heterosexual Life-Partners), have proven to be nearly unbeatable in combat, and take orders from no one but Gessho. One could also make a case for Gessho's frontman, General Kiyotaka Kuroda being another example of The Dragon, as he too takes orders from Gessho alone.
  • Invoked in Eyeshield 21 by the Hakushuu Dinosaurs, who the Devil Bats face in the Kantou Regional Finals. Marco, the team captain describes Juggernaut and Blood Knight Gaou (lineman) as his Right Hand, and In Love with Your Carnage Bishōnen pretty boy Kisiragi (cornerback) as his Left Hand. Between the two of them they more or less carry Hakushuu, with Gaou breaking the opposing line and quarterbacks, while Kisiragi shuts down the recievers and runs interception. Both have a lot of respect for Marco and one another, and are out to prove their strength to the world, no matter what methods they have to use.
  • Wagnard and Ashram in Record of Lodoss War.
  • In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Corset has co-dragons in the form of Scanty and Kneesocks.
  • Digimon Adventure 02 has Arukenimon and Mummymon to Yukio Oikawa.
  • Digimon Frontier has Dynasmon and LordKnightmon (Crusadermon) to Lucemon.
  • Digimon Data Squad has Craniamon, Dukemon, Omegamon, and the rest of the Royal Knights to Yggdrasil.
  • In Fresh Pretty Cure!, Northa and Klein serve as Co-Dragons to Moebius. Northa is the most intelligent, the most evil and the strongest of the four cardinal agents and she creates the Sorewatase, not to mention she's the only one of the four with a One-Winged Angel form. Klein serves as Moebius direct secretary, works at the controlls and is also the strongest fighter in Labyrinth when he scales up. Both of them eventually fuse together and become Moebius' ultimate Dragon. And literally.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • My Hero Academia had Kurogiri and Dabi to Shigaraki. The Former was second-in-command of the League of Villains, while the latter served as leader of the Vanguard action squad. When Kurogiri was arrested, Dabi becomes Shigaraki’s sole dragon.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Ultear and Bluenote are Hades’ most trusted right-hands, with the former serving as the leader of the Seven Kin of Purgatory, while the latter serves as the sub-commander of Grimoire Heart.
    • August, Irene and Invel all serve as Zeref's closest allies. August serves as the leader of the Spriggan 12 as well as the strongest member, Irene is the strongest female of the 12 who also equals August in power and Invel is Zeref’s chief-in-staff and stays at his masters side at all times.
  • One Piece has this a lot.
    • In the Buggy Pirates, Buggy the Clown has Mohji and Cabaji, his first-mate and chief of staff respectively.
    • In the Black Cat Pirates, Django, Captain Kuro's first-mate, who has Siam and Butchie.
    • In the Krieg Pirates, Don Krieg has Gin and Pearl as his combat commander and commander of the crew's second unit respectively.
    • In the Arlong Pirates, Arlong has Chew, Kuroobi and Hachi as his officers.
    • For Baroque Works, Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine serve as this for Mr. 3 in Little Garden, and the boss stationed in Alabasta, Crocodile, has Mr.1 and Miss All Sunday (Nico Robin, who ends up joining the Straw Hats).
    • Wapol has Chess and Kuromarimo.
    • Enel has Gedatsu, Satori, Shura, and Ohm as his priests.
    • In the Foxy Pirates, Foxy has Porche and Hamburg as his first-mates.
    • Gekko Moria has Hogback, Absalom, and Perona.
    • In Kuja Pirates, Boa Hancock had her sisters, Sandersonia and Marigold, but she wasn't an antagonist for long.
    • Magellan had his vice-warden Hannyabal, and chief guards Sadi-chan and Saldeath until post-Time Skip, when he is demoted vice-warden and Hannyabal promoted to chief warden.
    • Fleet Admiral Sengoku had Admirals Akainu, Aokiji, and Kizaru until Sengoku's resignation after the Summit War.
    • In the New Fishman Pirates, Hody Jones has Dosun, Zeo, Daruma and Ikaros Much as officers of the crew.
    • Caesar Clown had Monet, as his assistant, and Vergo but they were both working first and foremost for Caesar's boss, and were both (ostensibly) killed at the end of that arc.
    • In the Donquixote Pirates, Donquixote Doflamingo has Trebol, Diamante, and Pica as the elite officers of the crew.
    • The Four Emperors' top brass:
      • In the Beast Pirates, Kaido has the All-Stars as the executive officers of the crew, among them being the Three Calamities named Jack, Queen, and King.
      • In the Big Mom Pirates, Big Mom has her three of her children Cracker, Smoothie, and Katakuri as the Three Sweet Commanders, the executive officers of the crew.
      • In the Blackbeard Pirates after the time-skip, Blackbeard has the Ten Titanic Captains as top members of the crew.
    • After becoming the new Fleet Admiral, Sakazuki / Akainu has Admirals Kizaru, Fujitora, and Ryokugyu.
    • After years of appearing to be the leaders of the World Government both In-Universe and out, the Five Elder Stars are revealed to be this trope to Imu.
  • Zatch Bell! has Rodeaux and Jedun in the Faudo arc. Rodeaux is the It's Personal sort of Dragon, having dicked with the heroes previously, while Jedun is pure muscle.
  • In Attack on Titan, the Colossal and Armored Titans are this to the Beast Titan. In their human identities, they have a genuine Villainous Friendship that makes them extremely effective when working together. Each on their own is exceptionally dangerous, but working together they prove to be a horrifyingly effective team. It quite literally requires several suicidal plans to defeat them, with only eight members of the Survey Corps surviving the battle.
  • The Swamp Witch Trio in Queen's Blade, composing of Melona, Menace, and Airi. The three do most of the fighting, and carry out the Swamp Witch's commands, Menace however is more interested in rebuilding her kingdom, and soon abandons them.
  • Towards the end of the Death Note series, Villain Protagonist Light Yagami ends up with two people splitting the role of The Dragon after having Misa give up her notebook — Teru Mikami and Kiyomi Takada. The former is the most obvious right hand-man, while the latter is the voice of Kira and uses the real notebook when Mikami is given a fake. Both are fiercely loyal to Kira and work together as a team without even meeting each other.
  • Tokyo Ghoul sees Uta and Donato Porpora become lead commanders for Kichimura Washuu/Furuta after the Rushima Landing arc when the former helps the latter out of prison. They work together well and share a friendly relationship on account of them being part of the same gang years prior.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: Nasch has his twin sister Merag and his right-hand man Durbe. While they aren't necessarily the strongest Barian Emperors under Nasch, they are the closest people under him. This is also reflected by their Over-Hundred Numbers, as Durbe has Number 102 and Merag has Number 103, which numerically follow directly after Nasch's Number 101.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Zarc has four of them: the Four Heavenly Dragons, which is interesting, since unlike other characters in the franchise, his co-dragons are Monster Cards. This is also justified as Zarc becomes a monster himself and treats himself as one.
  • In the Phantom Bullet arc of Sword Art Online, it's revealed that Death Gun, or Shouichi Shinkawa has two people assisting him in his murders. They turn out to be his brother Kyouji and Johnny Black, who poison the people whose avatars have been "tagged" via Death Gun shooting them.
  • Overlord (2012): While strictly speaking all the Guardians of the Tomb of Nazarick are equal under Ainz, in practice the two most prominent are Albedo and Demiurge. The former is, as the Guardian Overseer, Ainz's right hand minion who handles running the Tomb when Ainz is busy, while Demiurge is his chief strategist who organizes and handles most of the field work.
  • Black Clover:
    • The Third Eye function as Licht's three top lieutenants in the first saga. Among them, Rhya is the most functional one, as Vetto and Fana are insane due to the Reincarnation Magic not being complete at the time they were revived.
    • The Dark Triad’s leader Dante has his siblings Zenon and Vanica in the second saga, while they are technically in a Big Bad Duumvirate Zenon and Vanica are just members, while Dante is the overall leader.

    Comic Books 
  • Darth Krayt of Legacy has both Darth Wyyrlok, his closest adviser and most powerful servant, and his Hands (Darths Talon, Stryfe, and Nihl) who actually execute his will. All of them serve as his top enforcers and executors, as opposed to other named Sith characters with more specialized side jobs. Talon and Nihl in particular have a rivalry over the job of Hand.
    • Shadows of the Empire introduces Prince Xizor, head of the intergalactic crime syndicate Black Sun and self-considered 3rd most powerful man in the Empire. He loathes Vader, both as a rival and for personal reasons, and the two engage in frequent games of one-upsmanship for Palpatine's favour and do everything they can to eliminate the other. Xizor has no military might, but the Black Sun apparently has the best spy network in the galaxy (aside from the Rebel-aligned Bothans), which gives him an edge as he can provide better intel than Imperial Intelligence. He advises the Emperor in various plans; it transpires that Palpatine's Evil Plan in Return of the Jedi was actually Xizor's idea, and Xizor was the one who really gave the Rebels their Death Star info (with Palp's blessing).
  • Marvel Universe villain The Red Skull has his daughter Sin and his henchman Crossbones as his Dragons.
    • Incidentally, Sin and Crossbones are lovers.
  • In Sin City, the Colonel had both Blue Eyes and Mariah, two female assassins. They're never depicted together, but they apparently have some sort of rivalry going on about which is the better killer.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
    • The Grandmasters of the various Dark Egg Legion chapters (and Snively) are Dr. Eggman's Dragons; they report only to him, are equal in rank, and those not directly under his command serve as his regional commanders.
    • Eggman added another dragon to his entourage when he makes the newly roboticized Sally his new chief enforcer. In fact, it should be noted that Mecha Sally, along with the rest of the Metal Series, may very well outrank the Grandmasters, as Eggman is using them to keep an eye on the latter and keep them loyal.
    • Post-Super Genesis Wave, the Grandmasters and Metal Series are replaced by the Egg Bosses, an almost entirely different lineup that serves the same role that the Grandmasters did in the old universe.
  • The Transformers (IDW): Megatron has three main Dragons, Soundwave, most loyal, communications officer and espionage expert. Starscream, air-commander, and most active of the three. Shockwave: chief science officer. The role is mostly shared by Starscream and Soundwave, seeing as Shockwave went missing for four million years. Razorclaw was also revealed to be a co dragon as well, being a high ranked general on par with Starscream.
  • Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges form an evil quartet modelled after the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but Judge Death is clearly their leader. He refers to the other three as his "lieutenants".
  • Birthright: God-King Lore has two Nevermind agents Mikey and Kallista; the former is tasked with assassinating the five mages holding the spell preventing Lore from invading Earth while the latter is charged with hunting down insurgents in Terrenos. Curiously, both of them share the same backstory as fallen heroes that originally opposed Lore until they crossed the Despair Event Horizon and agreed to serve him. Mikey is freed from Lore's influence when his Nevermind is extracted from his body safely, leaving Kallista as his sole Dragon.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Dick Tracy: Itchy and Flattop.
  • In Enter the Dragon. Bolo and O'Hara serve as Co-Dragons to Mr. Han.
  • Paine and The Brit serve as Dragons to Munroe in The Expendables. Paine is the more prominent of the two, but both are equally dangerous and seem to have equal authority within the bad guy's organization.
  • In Ghostbusters (1984), Zuul and Vinz Clortho serve as Gozer's two powerful minions with the ability to possess humans and use their bodies to summon the Destructor.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Baroness and Storm Shadow.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Firefly and President Zartan to Cobra Commander.
  • in Good Burger, Troy and Griffin are this to Kurt, the manager of Mondo Burger.
  • Highlander III: The Sorcerer: Kane is introduced with two other evil immortals who seem to work for him, but they're quickly killed off when he sends off one to fight McLeod by himself and betrays and kills the other to absorb his powers.
  • In Hudson Hawk, the Mayflowers' two main henchmen are crooked CIA man George Kaplan, who's past his prime but still very spry and supervises the schemes, and unflinchingly loyal blade-slinging Battle Butler Alfred.
  • In the earlier Sean Connery Bond movies (except Goldfinger), the main villains in Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Thunderball serve as Co-Dragons for overall Big Bad Blofeld. Interestingly, in From Russia With Love, both Rosa Klebb and Kronsteen carry out the villainous plan with Blofeld's oversight, and are clearly antagonistic with one another. Dr. No and Emilio Largo run their own respective operations for Blofeld.
    • In Spectre, Big Bad Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld has two Dragons: Mr. Hinx as the chief of operations/top enforcer for SPECTRE, and C/Max Denbigh, as the head of the recently merged MI5 and MI6.
  • In Kiss of the Dragon, the corrupt police captain has two martial artists with matching bleached-blonde crewcuts, one huge and strong, one small and quick.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Big Bad S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Alexander Pierce has two Dragons, the elite Badass Normal agent Brock Rumlow and the ruthless supersoldier "the Winter Soldier". Agent Rumlow is his "casual day" undercover ops Dragon. When things really need to get done, that's when the Winter Soldier is deployed.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch both side with Ultron at first, before they realize that he's not a savior like he claims to be.
  • In Pineapple Express, Ted has three 2nd-in-command's: Carol, who helps him with his drug deals and plans, and his top hitmen Budlofsky and Matheson.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Cutler Beckett has three Dragons- Davy Jones, Admiral James Norrington, and Mercer. Of the three, however, only Mercer is actually loyal- Jones is being coerced and Norrington is, at worst, a Noble Demon, and both eventually turn on him (though for admittedly different reasons, and Norrington does a full Heel–Face Turn with Redemption Equals Death while Jones just starts killing everyone he can get his claws on indiscriminately).
  • Pulp Fiction: Crime lord Marsellus Wallace has Paul as his Number Two, while Jules Winnfield is his lead enforcer.
  • Ready Player One (2018): Sorrento has F'Nale Zandor and i-R0k as his chief enforcers in the real world and OASIS, respectfully.
  • Star Wars:
    • A New Hope has this dynamic between Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin; while Vader is the Emperor's top enforcer, Tarkin governs the entire Outer Rim and is in charge of the Death Star. In fact, Tarkin is perhaps the only Imperial officer on good enough terms with Vader to give him orders.
    • The Force Awakens has Kylo Ren and General Hux serving Supreme Leader Snoke. The former is the most obvious threat, being his closest right-hand man and his apprentice in The Dark Side of the Force, while the latter commands the troops and operates the Starkiller Base. In many ways, they're younger versions of Vader and Tarkin, even if their relationship is far less cordial.
  • Van Helsing: Dracula's vampire brides are Aleera, Marishka, and Verona. Though Verona is the senior and occasionally gives orders to her sisters, Aleera and Marishka tend to do what they want anyways. The only person they obey without question is their lord and husband.
  • X-Men Film Series:
  • Yojimbo: Ushitora has his two younger brothers Unosuke and Inokichi. Unosuke is a conniving schemer and marksman, Inokichi is a good fighter but is dumb as a box of rocks (he can't even count on his fingers).

  • In John Devil (1862) by Paul Féval we have arguably 3. Officially Henri Belcamp makes Robert Surisy the Lieutenant of his private Steampunk navy formed to free Napoleon and destroy England. And Ned Knob manages to become Tom Brown's eye and ears in London's criminal underworld. But his true Dragon is Sarah O'Neil who is the only person from the start in on all the various layers of his compartmentalized Evil Plan.
  • Forever and a Death: Former pot smuggler Morgan Pillager, Curtis's former construction foreman turned lackey Colin Bennett and Hong Kong racketeer Jackie Tian are all Curtis henchmen with a fair amount of promincen and authority, although not at all the same time.
  • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bellatrix shares this role with Severus Snape, whom she both hates and distrusts. The minor rivalry between them continues into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows until Voldemort kills Snape to get the power of the Elder Wand. Given that Snape was a The Mole but not the current owner of the wand, Voldemort kept the right Dragon, but for the wrong reason.
    • In the previous book Bellatrix and Lucius could be said to share this role, in a sense—Lucius seemed to have been the leader, but Bellatrix was Voldemort's favorite. After his failure Voldemort kept Lucius and his family around mostly to watch them squirm. Bellatrix also lost some points and was severely punished, but her unquestioning devotion and assertive nature helped her retain significance. Yaxley was also one of the highest ranking minions, more or less controlling the Ministry, and he was also ambitious enough to see Snape as competition and determined to earn Voldemort's favour. Barty Crouch Jr. would have certainly been one, had he not been destroyed at the end of fourth book, considering the fact that the Dark Lord called him his best servant to his other followers.
    • Crabbe and Goyle are this to Draco Malfoy. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, he admits that he always envied Harry, Ron, and Hermione for having a genuine friendship.
  • From The Silmarillion, Morgoth had three Dragons, each with a different area of expertise — Sauron, who led various werewolves, vampires and the like; Gothmog, leader of the Balrogs and Field Marshall for Morgoth's armies; and Glaurung, father of the (literal) dragons. Sauron is noted for having been sort of a Dragon-in-Chief, however, while Morgoth sat in the fortress that Sauron guarded. Each of Morgoth's dragons would serve a role as The Heavy for one of Tolkien's Great Tales: Sauron for Beren and Luthien, Glaurung for The Children of Húrin, and Gothmog for The Fall of Gondolin. If you were to make them into a traditional (evil) Five-Man Band, Sauron would be The Dragon, Gothmog would be The Brute and Glaurung would be The Evil Genius. Glaurung was very intelligent, so he qualifies for that regardless.
  • The Steel Inquisitors of Mistborn collectively function as The Dragon to the Lord Ruler; there are about twenty Inquisitors total, but they generally work alone and you'll rarely see more than a half-dozen in one place at one time.
    • Later on in the trilogy, the surviving Inquisitors return collectively working as The Dragon to Ruin
  • Moridin and Shaidar Haran appear to be this in The Wheel of Time- Moridin is Nae'blis, the Dark One's empowered human regend, while Shaidar Haran acts as the Dark One's mouthpiece and enforcer. However, it turns out that Shaidar was actually a vessel for the Dark One's consciousness to travel beyond its prison rather than an independent being; when said prison weakens enough for the Dark One to at least partially enter the world directly, Shaidar is discarded; when Rand arrives at Shayol Ghul to confront the Dark One and Moridin, he sees Shaidar's withered remains lying on the ground nearby.
    • From Book 4 until Moridin and Shadar Haran appear (in books 7 and 6 respectively), the Forsaken themselves are Co-Dragons.
  • In the Winds of the Forelands series, both Jastanne and Pronjed serve as Dragons to Big Bad Dusaan.
  • R.A. Salvatore's Hunter's Blade trilogy, Gerti Orelsdottr and Obould Many-Arrows are technically Co Dragons working for a group of drow out to cause chaos in the area for the fun of it. They're both dragons with an agenda, to the point where Obould becomes a Dragon-in-Chief, and eventually decides to get rid of the drow altogether.
  • David Eddings loves this trope.
  • In the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the three Ravers are always Lord Foul's Dragons. Sometimes he'll add another Dragon, too such as Elena, in The Power That Preserves and Kastenessen in the Last Chronicles, though he probably sees himself as Foul's equal partner.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Emperor Palpatine had 3 dragons. Vader was his right-hand man and Prince Xizor was his left hand. The third was Mara Jade, his personal assassin, whose existence was unknown to the galaxy at large.
    • That said, Mara may been only one of several vying for the position of #3. Grand Admiral Thrawn calls her on it when she tries to impress him with her status as the Emperor's Hand, asking if she really believed she was the only one. It's never revealed for certain if there were more; there may have been but this is Thrawn we're talking about.
    • The novels of Timothy Zahn depict Mara Jade and Vader as being almost co-dragons: Vader is the superior of the two, but mostly the Emperor's agent against the rebellion, whereas Jade is used primarily against internal corruption. Despite this arrangement, Vader apparently dislikes Jade, thinking (wrongly) that she intends to try and displace him as the Emperor's second in command. (Or possibly her presence reminds him she's fulfilling the role he once wanted but no longer feels fit for.)
  • In the Redwall book, Lord Brocktree, wildcat conqueror Ungatt Trunn has three dragons by the end in Karangool, the Grand Fragorl, and ex-searat Ripfang.
  • Diana Ladris and Drake Merwin share this role to Caine Soren in the GONE series...At least, for the first two novels.
  • In Those That Wake's sequel, Arielle Kliest has Castillo and Roarke working for her.
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain: Reviled and E-Claire are sidekicks to Villain Protagonist Bad Penny.
  • In Keys to the Kingdom, all seven Trustees have three main servants: a Dawn, a Noon and a Dusk. Grim Tuesday has seven: the Grotesques, made from the Dawn, Noon and Dusk.
  • James Bond
    • Dr. Anton Murik in Licence Renewed has Caber and Mary-Jane Mashik. Caber is The Brute and the chief of Murik's bodyguards, and Mary-Jane is Murik's close assistant, lover, and a Torture Technician.
    • In Win, Lose or Die, Bassam Baradj, the leader of the organization BAST, has three field officers with equal amounts of authority; Abou Hamarik, Ali al Adwan and Sophii Boudai.
    • Sir Max Tarn in SeaFire has Maurice Goodwin (the head of his security) and Connie Spicer (his muscle).
    • The Changs in Zero Minus Ten, who are three albino brothers working out of loyalty to Guy Thackeray. Before Bond knows anything about them, he dubs them Tom, Dick and Harry.
  • Young Bond
    • In Blood Fever, Smiler is the Count Carnifex’s head henchman and assassin, and the one in charge of stealing stuff from rich households. Haight is the Count's spy in Eton, providing him information to plan art thefts.
    • Ludwig and Wolfgang Smith in Double or Die, who are a duo of criminal brothers who work for anyone who pays them.
  • Arxinor and Gorgash from Dragons: Lexicon Triumvirate, two technodragons that do Drekkenoth's dirty work and hound the protagonists.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Warren was this to Twilight with Amy and The General in Season 8.
    • Vampire Xander along with Willow.
    • Pearl and Nash to Whistler.
  • Game of Thrones: Euron with Jaime for Cersei, in terms of military. He leads the navy, Jaime the army.
  • More or less a tradition in each Power Rangers season after Power Rangers in Space. Generally there's one loyal dragon, and one treacherous one.
    • Though this does predate in Space as well; Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers had Goldar and Scorpina in the first season, and the second and third seasons had Goldar and Rito Revolto.
    • in Space: Ecliptor and Darkonda, although their boss was technically the Dragon-in-Chief for Dark Spectre. Ecliptor was the Noble Demon type who mentored Astronema, while Darkonda was the scheming backstabber who stole her from her family in the first place. They couldn't stand each other.
    • Lost Galaxy: Villamax and Deviot - again, Noble Demon mentor to the main villainess / unrepentant Starscream.
    • Lightspeed Rescue: Diabolico, Loki, and Vypra at the start, all of which are loyal to Queen Bansheera. Then Diabolico, the one above the other two, is killed by the rangers and replaced with Bansheera's son Olympius. Then later, Diabolico comes back. All of them are loyal to Bansheera up until the end of the series, when she starts sacrificing them in order to complete her revival; it was ultimately her undoing when that betrayal came full circle.
    • Time Force: Ransik's daughter Nadira and the robot Frax. Turns out Frax Was Once a Man and it was Ransik's fault; he was appropriately treacherous. Nadira and Ransik were mutually loyal to each other, and she eventually led him into a Heel–Face Turn.
    • Wild Force: Jindrax and Toxica. Oddly, both of them were loyal, and then both became treacherous when the Big Bad abused that loyalty. And that happens twice.
    • Ninja Storm: Loads of them, with Vexacus taking steps to eliminate the competition later in the season.
    • Dino Thunder: Elsa and Zeltrax. Zeltrax eventually goes rogue, while Elsa is revealed to have been brainwashed from the beginning.
    • SPD: Mora/Morgana and Broodwing. The former was the loyal one, the latter was demoted from the Big Bad position he held in the original Sentai and was clearly resentful about it to the point of wanting his spot back.
    • Mystic Force: Koragg and Necrolai. Both could be loyal or treacherous, depending on the situation - Koragg started out loyal to Morticon, but when Morticon was replaced with Imperious Koragg worked against him (particularly because of Imperious' own backstabbing tendencies), and ultimately his brainwashing was broken and became a good guy again. Necrolai was more consistently loyal up until the end when she had a Heel–Face Turn.
    • Jungle Fury: A herd of them, most notably Camille and Grizakka; Grizzaka was the treacherous one, and Camille pulled a last-minute Heel–Face Turn, staying loyal to the guy the Big Bad had been possessing rather than the Big Bad himself.
    • RPM: Another ensemble, with Kilobyte, Tenaya 7, Shifter, and Crunch. Shifter eventually became treacherous, while Tenaya was brainwashed and changed sides eventually.
    • Samurai: Dayu and Serrator. Serrator was the scheming treacherous one all the way, even getting to be Dragon-in-Chief for a little while; but Dayu wasn't particularly loyal either - she never acted against the other villains, but did leave for a while when she had been abused too much. There's also Deker, though he was more of an independent Wild Card.
    • Megaforce: A rotating ensemble in the first season, complicated by Vrak's position of Dragon-in-Chief. The series started with Vrak and Creepox as Co-Dragons to Admiral Malkor, then Creepox went down and Biggs and Bluefur were brought on with Vrak as go-between between them and Malkor, and then those two made way for Vrak getting his own personal Dragon, Metal Alice.
  • The Korean drama Queen Seondeok's Lady Mishil has three, her husbands (you heard that right) Seolwon and Saejong and her younger brother Misaeng.
  • Season 3 of Degrassi: The Next Generation gave us this with the Candy Bandits. The Big Bad is Jay, and with Sean's Face–Heel Turn, he and Alex become Co-Dragons.
  • In the 10th (and final) season of Smallville: Granny Goodness, Desaad and Gordon Godfrey are sharing the role of Dragon to Big Bad Darkseid as they prepare the world for his coming.
    • And in the episode "Dominion", Darkseid is shown to have another Dragon in previous Big Bad Zod, who rules over the Phantom Zone in Darkseid's name. Interestingly, Zod is himself a pair of Dragons in one body - Darkseid fused the Phantom of the original General Zod with his clone Major Zod.
  • On Dark Oracle, Creepy Twins Blaze & Violet were the primary antagonists for most of Season 2, and appeared to be a Big Bad Duumvirate. In reality they were Co-Dragons to Doyle's Evil Counterpart the Puppet-Master, who was the one really giving the orders.
  • Chris and Snoop under kingpin Marlo Stanfield on The Wire.
  • Boardwalk Empire likes this trope.
  • Morgana from Merlin had Helios and Agravaine as her Co-Dragons at the end of series 4. They didn't like each other much.
  • In The Borgias, Pope Alexander planned for his sons to be this, with Ceasre responsible for church matters, and Juan responsible for the military and statecraft. However, in practice Juan largely functioned as The Brute, and proved fairly ineffective even at that.
    • In season 3, Cesare and Cardinal Sforza serve as this, with Sforza as Alexander's primary Vatican official and enforcer in the church, and Cesare as his right hand man on secular matters.
  • In the final season of Lost, Claire and Sayid seem to be this for The Man in Black. They're just brainwashed though, and both betray him by the end.
  • Azazel and Lilith seem to have been this for Lucifer in Supernatural, though Lilith is said to have outranked Azazel.
    • Azazel's children, Meg and Tom, were this to him in Season One.
    • In a way Alastair and Crowley could be considered this for Lilith, though Crowley was an Unseen Character until season 5 (after Lilith's death). Ruby could also be included, though her rank seems to be only slightly higher than mook.
    • Michael had Zachariah and Raphael under his command.
  • In Married... with Children, Al's NO MA'M group features Jefferson and Griff acting as Al's prominent commanders. They both also act as the Only Sane Man in the organization.
  • Narcos: Pablo Escobar appoints "Kiko" Moncada and Fernando Galeano to be his front bosses while he's in "jail". Though he kills them both in a fit of paranoia one episode later.
  • The Walking Dead: In the seasons featuring Negan and the Saviors, it's shown that both Dwight and Simon have the same influence and power within the social structure of the Sanctuary, with both answering directly to Negan himself.
  • Several major antagonists in Resurrection Ertugrul tend to have two right-hand men with them.
    • Titus and Marcus to Petruchio in season 1.
    • Also in the first season, Baybora and Alpargu to Kurdoglu.
    • Tankut and Ulubilge to Noyan in season 2.
    • Philip and Petrus to Simon in the third season. Petrus becomes a co-dragon to Vasilius alongside his general after Simon’s death.
    • Eynece and Mergen to Alangoya toward the end of season 4.
    • Lais and Tara to Dragos in season 5, the former being replaced with Uranos after getting publicly executed in Sogut town square.

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

    Theme Parks 
  • In the 20th year of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, the event's "Icons" (Jack the Clown, The Caretaker, The Director, The Storyteller, and The Usher) were demoted from Big Bads to this role, serving as the minions for "Fear", the Eldritch Abomination personification of fear itself, who was revealed to have been the Greater-Scope Villain behind the event's entire history. This partially occurred again in 2015, when Jack the Clown once again became the main "Icon" and had the others serving as his henchmen.

    Video Games 
  • AdventureQuest Worlds Xing and Xang become this to Drakath After Drakath replaced the good Xang with her very evil 'counterpart' from the Mirror Realm.
  • BlazBlue has Hazama/Yuuki Terumi and Relius Clover appear this way at first. Bonus points for the Red Oni, Blue Oni thing they have going on. Then it turns out they're the ones behind everything, and their boss is a puppet. And then Chronophantasma reveals that Saya is possessed by Izanami, the real Big Bad, and she disposes of both of them near the end, leaving Relius suffering from a case of humility and irony and Terumi with a case of (almost) death, while Hazama ends up breaking off and doing his whole own thing.
  • Archimonde and Kil'Jaeden are Dragons to Sargeras in the Warcraft universe. Unusually for this trope, they are not rivals. They genuinely cooperate, mostly due to their telepathic connection. Kil'Jaeden is The Chessmaster while Archimonde is The Enforcer. Aggramar may or may not also have been this to Sargeras, it's hard to say given that we know very little about what the Legion did on planets other than Azeroth and Draenor.
    • And Tichondrius and Mannoroth (who also served as the Evil Genius and The Brute respectively) were Dragons to Archimonde in Warcraft III. Later, Mannoroth is killed by Grom Hellscream, leaving Tichondrius as his only Dragon. Then Tichondrius is killed by Illidan, apparently Anetheron became Archimonde's new Dragon.
      • And then Archimonde himself was killed, leaving Kil'Jaeden as the sole Dragon and acting leader of the Burning Legion.
    • Lady Vashj and Kael'thas Sunstrider when they betray Illidan become this to Kil'Jaeden as well (Tichondrius and Mannoroth are both temporarily dead at this point in the story). Though they wouldn't consider themselves equals (Kael'thas is Vashj's social inferior due to his relative youth, and elf gender roles), they do both report directly to Kil'Jaeden.
    • Deathwing and Queen Azhara to N'Zoth. Although they aren't really equal in terms of power level, Queen Azhara is merely a powerful mage whereas Deathwing has godlike powers granted to him by the Titans. N'Zoth considers them equally useful though. Points for Deathwing being a literal dragon.
    • The Twin Emperors of the A'qir to C'Thun. The A'qir are insect people. Like with Archimonde and Kil'Jaeden above, they cooperate. In fact, when you fight them they share their hit points. You have to kill them both within a few seconds of each other, or the surviving one will wipe the raid.
  • In Rise of the Kasai, the Big Bad Meibisi's top servants are a pair of beautiful twin priestess who keep his evil army in line by brainwashing them, and, like another of his top minions, can turn into literal dragons. It's an odd example as unlike other bosses in the game, they have no dialogue, and don't feature in the story at all until the cutscene right before their bossfight (which is exactly like every other boss in the game except the big bad). They count as his dragons mainly because of their role of enslaving his army, and that they are his most dangerous servants, even briefly managing to mind control the hero.
  • Lord Recluse of City of Villains has Ghost Widow, Sirocco, Mako, and Black Scorpion as his dragons.
    • And as you progress through the story arc for any of them it is implied that you are on your way to becoming a new dragon yourself.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • In games involving the Organization, it's pretty clear that Saix and Xigbar share The Dragon position to Xemnas. Saix was The Starscream who became the mask, and who handles the day-to-day giving of orders to the rest of the organization and is the final battle before Xemnas, whereas Xigbar is the only one who actually knows what's going on because he was the first member to make an alliance with Master Xehanort, Xemnas's true identity, ten years ago. They may cross partially with Dragon with an Agenda and/or The Man Behind the Man depending on how much Xemnas knew and/or remembered.
    • In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, “Ansem” and Xemnas are the Dragons to their original self, Master Xehanort. Time travel was involved.
    • In Kingdom Hearts III , the position is shared by “Ansem”, Xemnas, and Young Xehanort. “Ansem” goes on a quest for the mysterious Subject X, Xemnas maintains some of the day-to-day groundwork being laid by the lesser members since he already has experience being their leader, and Young Xehanort researches the bonds between toys and their owners to help engineer the collection of the last Seeker of Darkness needed. During the climactic Keyblade War, the former two serve as Master Xehanort’s main generals in the field, overseeing and occasionally providing support to the lesser members during their fights against the Guardians of Light. The penultimate boss fight, fittingly, is against these three all at once. It's also interesting to note that while Xemnas and Ansem are Rank III and II respectively in the Real Organization XIII, Young Xehanort is actually the second-lowest ranking member at Rank XII.
      • In Re:Mind before “Ansem”, Xemnas, and Young Xehanort return, the position of Co-Dragons fall to Xigbar and Saix, this time to Master Xehanort, When “Ansem”, Xemnas, and Young Xehanort return in replica bodies to maintain their presence, Xigbar and Saix are demoted to lesser members of the Thirteen Seekers of Darkness.
  • Tekken 6:
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has Koume and Kotake Twinrova, Ganondorf’s surrogate mothers who serve as the penultimate boss.
    • Though only revealed at the conclusion of a linked game, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games feature Veran and Onox as Co-Dragons for the returning Twinrova... who are themselves Co-Dragons for Ganon, who is the Greater-Scope Villain in this game.
    • As pictured above, Ganondorf in Hyrule Warriors gets two returning characters, Zant and Ghirahim, as his Co-Dragons when he finally makes an appearance. The original character Cia, meanwhile, has two more original characters, Volga and Wizzro, as her Co-Dragons.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, Loghain's two top lieutenants are Ser Cauthrien, his chief enforcer and the leader of his personal bodyguard, and Arl Rendon Howe, an able if ruthless administrator who assumes responsibility for most of the actions that would ordinarily give Loghain bad P.R.
    • In a more minor example, the Archdemon attacks Denerim with two powerful Darkspawn Generals.
    • Downplayed in Dragon Age: Inquisition. The Elder One has two lieutenants, Calpernia and Samson, that share equal power. However, one of them will take the bulk of the screentime per playthrough and spend that time acting like they're the only second-in-command.note  You might not notice the Elder One has multiple Dragons unless you pay very close attention or run multiple playthroughs.
    • Inverted with Leliana and Cassandra who were the Left and Right Hand of the Divine, Thedas' religious leader. After forming the Inquisition they become your Co-Dragons, stepping down from a quasi leadership role to grooming you to lead.
  • While Bowser is the Big Bad of the Super Mario Bros. series games, either Bowser Jr. or Kamek serves as the series' Dragon. Occasionally, both Bowser Jr. and Kamek can be seen working together, like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance this trope is subverted, and then played straight. Initially, the Four Riders of Daein are held up as Co-Dragons to the King of Daein, being the nation's four top generals and warriors. It quickly becomes apparent, however, that Petrine and Bertram are both taking orders from The Black Knight, and that only the latter has Mad King Ashnard's ear. As the last few chapters approach, however, we are introduced to Bryce, the last surviving member of the original Riders, who serves as Ashnard's bodyguard, believes My Country, Right or Wrong, and takes no crap from anyone, including the Black Knight. In the sequel Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, the Goddess Ashera has Prime Minister Sephiran and Dhenginsea as Dragons.
  • Juni and Juli in Street Fighter Alpha 3 are this to Shadoloo leader M. Bison.
    • Balrog, Vega and Sagat (before his Heel–Face Turn) also fit this role back in Street Fighter II.
    • Crimson Viper and Juri to Seth. Notable in that both betray him, although for very different reasons.
  • Selvan and Dias are this to Queen Protea in Radiant Historia. Dias heads the army, while Selvan is something like a prime minister.
  • In Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, Calisto Yew/Shih-Na and Manny Coachen are Dragons in different ways. The former is more important to the story than the latter and, barring the Big Bad Quercus Alba, is the most important criminal in the game, but the latter is the second in command of the smuggling ring.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic:
    • By the end of their class quests, the only authority the Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor report to is The Emperor himself, though the Inquisitor simply ends up as a member of the Dark Council while the Warrior holds the title of Emperor's Wrath.
    • Depending on your point of view and character alignment at the end of Knights of the Eternal Throne, Lana Beniko and Theron Shan are these to the Outlander.
  • Khalid Al-Asad and Victor Zakhaev both serve as Imran Zakhaev's dragons in the first Modern Warfare game. Until they die, of course. Then it turns out that all three of them are dragons to another terrorist, Vladimir Makarov.
  • In Saints Row 2, you have four Dragons who aid you in taking over Stilwater: Johnny Gat and Pierce Washington, who handle the Ronin; Shaundi, who aids you in taking on the Sons of Samedi; and Carlos, your man for taking care of Brotherhood.
  • Kiki and Viola DeWynter are set up to be Phillipe Loren's Co-Dragons in Saints Row: The Third, but Loren is quickly killed off at the beginning, and Kiki is killed by new Big Bad Killbane. Viola then does a Heel–Face Turn and joins the Saints.
  • Red Dead Redemption has Captain Espinoza and Vicente de Santa in the Nuevo Paraiso portion of the game. They serve Colonel Agustin Allende though are often at each other's throats as each sees themselves as the more loyal servant.
  • Dead or Alive 5's story has Christie and Rig as Victor Donovan's dragons. The former is a cold-blooded assassin and has been a long-time ally of Donovan, the latter is Donovan's son who pretended to have lost his memories and served as an oil worker, while in reality, him and Donovan plotted out everything that happened in the story.
  • River City Ransom has quite literal version of this: Randy and Andy, known as the Dragon Twins, are Co Dragons for the Big Bad of the game, Slick. The player must face both of them at the same time before fighting Slick.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: In the Injustice universe ruled by High Councilor Superman, his Co-Dragons are Wonder Woman and Yellow Lantern. The former is a Manipulative Bitch who intends to replace Lois in his life, while commanding the Amazon Brigade to serve the Regime. The latter is a loyal enforcer, while commanding the other Regime members, but is doing so out of a misguided sense of justice and out of fear.
  • Fallout: New Vegas features Caesar's two lieutenants. Vulpes Inculta is the leader of the Frumentarii, who are scouts, infiltrators and saboteurs; he is responsible for most of the trouble the Legion is causing in the Mojave. Legate Lanius is the leader of Caesar's armies. It's heavily implied that after Caesar's death the two of them will fight for leadership, leading to the eventual collapse of the Legion as neither have what the other does.
  • Hideyoshi from Sengoku Basara has Mitsunari and Hanbe. In turn, Mitsunari has Otani Yoshitsugu and Shima Sakon. Nobunaga generally has Nohime and Ranmaru as his co-dragons, though in the fourth game Mitsuhide and Katsuie play this role.
  • YHVH in Shin Megami Tensei has the Metatron, the Four Archangels, and Satan. Yeah, he ain't a nice guy. Lucifer, meanwhile, has Beelzebub, Lilith, Lucifuge, and Asura, though Beelzebub is the most prominent. For a one-game example, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has Odin and Maitreya as the right hands of Krishna in the Divine Powers.
  • Prometheus and Pandora from Mega Man ZX serve this role to both Master Albert and briefly to Serpent under his orders. Crosses over with The Starscream in the second game when they reveal they intend to kill Albert and do just that due to the suffering and abuse they went through because of him. Shame that it wasn't the one they expected, and that Albert planned their betrayal from the start.
  • Skullgirls has Valentine and Double acting as Dragons to the Skullgirl. Except Valentine is a Dragon with an Agenda, and Double is more a Dragon on loan from their masters, the Mysterious Trinity.
  • Ridley and Kraid in Metroid and Super Metroid are both literal dragons to Mother Brain.
  • Robo-Manus and Big Blag of Battletoads are the chief enforcers of the Dark Queen.
  • In Mother 3, Yokuba/Fassad and the Masked Man both act as dragons to King Porky/Pokey Minch and command their own divisions of the Pigmask Army.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Lord Crump and Beldam are this to Sir Grodus, though strangely they are never shown interacting with each other. Beldam is a Dragon with an Agenda who's using Grodus and his X-Nauts to revive her original mistress, the demonic Shadow Queen.
  • Lord Palethorn in MediEvil 2 has two chief henchmen who work closely with each other; Dogman, a working-class thug who serves as The Brute, and Mander, a smarmy aristocrat who does most of the thinking.
  • Might and Magic VII starts out with King Archibald Ironfist of Deyja having a group of four mysterious advisers as his main servants, though it quickly becomes apparent that Kastore effectively leads the group. Once Kastore usurps the throne, however, it can return to this trope — the remaining three advisers ( eventually two on the good path) serve equal scientific and leadership roles, and on the evil path your group of four adventurers provides the primary muscle as well as strategic alliances and territory.
  • Mortal Kombat:
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM, Devack and Roman serve as Marik's top lieutenants.
  • Injustice 2 has Gorilla Grodd leading The Society, and all of his top brass could be considered a Dragon in their own right: Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Cheetah, Captain Cold, Deadshot, Bane, Reverse-Flash, and Catwoman. An interesting variation however, as all of them qualify as being a Dragon with an Agenda, seeing as how none of them are especially loyal to Grodd and only joined for personal reasons. Turns out Catwoman was The Mole for Batman, as she joined the Society to find out what Grodd has planned.
  • Twisted Wonderland has Jade and Floyd Leech acting as the intelligent muscle backing up Azul's shady dealings. Justified as the trio are based on Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: After Zanza is revealed to be the actual Big Bad of the game, it's revealed one by one that he has three disciples called The Trinity, which acts as this to him: Dickson, Lorithia and Alvis, though it's clear the first one is really the closest one to Zanza.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest II: Atlas, Pazuzu and Belial are Hargon's Unholy Trinity. They guard his fortress and must be fought before reaching Hargon.
    • Dragon Quest X: Antero and his brother, Principal Nadia are Patriarch Orstov's lieutenants sent to lead more monsters into Astoila and get the Hero to come to Nagaland by kidnapping Anlucia and several royals.
    • Dragon Quest XI has Mordegon's generals Jasper and Alizarin. Jasper is technically the leader of the Spectral Sentinels, but remains an Orcus on His Throne until you fight him; Alizarin is the guy making the strongest push against the heroes in the overworld.

    Web Animation 
  • The Chorus arc of Red vs. Blue gives us Locus and Felix, two mercenaries who carry out Control AKA the Chairman's plan to wipe out the people of Chorus. All of Control's other grunts answer to them, they are the only ones who have any sort of contact with their boss, and are by far the biggest threat of the arc, even giving Wash and Carolina a challenge.


    Web Original 
  • Arby 'n' the Chief:
    • Trent Donnovich has two sets of two Dragons: his sisters Victoria and Brittany, and Cameron and Cody, two MLG players Trent hired to be his bodyguards.
    • Eugene Black has two people serving as moderators in his trolling clan: Tyler King and Colin Hunt.
  • Survival of the Fittest has the 'Big Four', consisting of Steven Wilson, Melvin Carter, Jim Greynolds and Sonia Nguyen, all of whom appear to have an equal standing whilst being clear superiors to the remainder of the terrorists. Danya certainly seems to give them equal roles in his organisation.
  • In To Boldly Flee, Terl gets demoted to this when Zod gets forced into his army of minions trying to catch The Nostalgia Critic.

    Western Animation 


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Lock, Shock and Barrel are a mischievous trio of trick-or-treaters from Halloween Town that served as Oogie Boogie's henchmen and were responsible for kidnapping Santa Claus.

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