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Basic Trope: The Dragon acts more like the Big Bad than the actual Big Bad, and ends up as just that. The Big Bad is a Big Bad Wannabe.

  • Straight:
    • General Drake works for Emperor Evulz despite the fact that he's smarter and stronger than his master. Halfway through the story, Drake betrays Evulz and becomes the main villain.
    • Evulz is unable to control his dangerous underling who treats him like a powerless figurehead or puppet.
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    • Evulz actually is a puppet of his dangerous underling, even if he doesn't realize it.
    • Drake is the murderous Arch-Enemy of The Hero and It's Personal between them; Evulz is a pragmatic villain who prefers using non-evil methods to get what he wants. Evulz plots with The Hero against Drake to rid himself of a violent and dangerous minion.
  • Exaggerated: Drake is an Invincible Villain Sue with grandiose plans for World Domination while Evulz couldn't conquer a flower garden. Despite this, Drake still supposedly works for Evulz. He is also having an affiar with Evulz wife that is public knowledge.
  • Downplayed:
    • Evulz is a big enough threat on his own, Drake is just a bigger threat.
    • Drake with Evulz fells more like Big Bad Duumvirate
    • Though Drake is clearly the greater threat, and could overthrow Evulz, he is The Creon instead, for which Evulz is duly grateful.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Drake seems ridiculously powerful, but only because he fights more often. Evulz is actually the stronger of the two.
    • Evulz manipulates Drake's strength and intelligence to further his own plans.
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    • Evulz pulls a Devour the Dragon as part of the Final Boss fight.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Evulz constantly tries to back out of the villainy game but Drake forces him to keep at it for the sake of his own agenda.
  • Zig Zagged: Evulz and Drake are constantly trying to outplay each other. Each has their own Evil Plan that must be stopped, and at different points either could be considered the main villain.
  • Averted:
    • Evulz is the Big Bad; Drake is The Dragon. Evulz is the main threat throughout the story.
    • Drake isn't stronger or smarter than Evulz.
    • Alternatively, Drake & Evulz have a Brains and Brawn type of dynamic and are portrayed as equals who make up for each other's flaws.
    • Drake is a Dragon Wannabe, who pretends to work for Evulz, and antagonizes our heroes.
  • Enforced: The author wants to make Drake's betrayal and take over more realistic by making him smarter and more powerful and evil than Evulz.
  • Lampshaded: "Why would someone that powerful work for someone weaker than them?"
  • Invoked: Drake chose to work for Evulz specifically because Evulz is dumber and weaker than him. It is a ploy to use his resources or set him up as a patsy.
  • Exploited: To further his Evil Plan, Evulz hires Drake, a dangerous and ambitious henchman who is clearly the more evil and threatening of the two. This forces The Hero to join forces with Evulz to defeat Drake, because Evulz is the lesser of two evils, just as Evulz planned from the start.
  • Defied: Evulz murders Drake because he is too dangerous and competent an underling.
  • Discussed: "We're not here for you Evulz, we're here for Drake"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: Evulz doesn't really think his plans through and Drake has more realistic ideas and is seen as the Only Sane Man in the organization. Unlike being played straight, Drake wouldn't be the villain but his ideas would be ignored, and when they aren't Evulz takes the credit.

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