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The Big Bad's top enforcer. Some Dragons are ferocious fighters who leave the heavy thinking to the boss. Either way, defeating the Big Bad almost always requires the hero to overcome the Dragon first. A common but by no means universal theme is to have the Dragon pose a physical challenge to the hero, while the Big Bad poses a mental or moral challenge.

Good examples on the Dragon:

  • Co-Dragons - Two or more characters split the Dragon role between them.
  • Demoted to Dragon - A previous Big Bad is revealed to be, or is reduced to being, the Dragon to another villain.
  • Devour the Dragon - The Big Bad kills the Dragon in order to become stronger.
  • Dragon Ascendant - When the character takes over from the Big Bad after the latter is defeated or leaves. 
  • Dragon-in-Chief - When the character is more dangerous than the Big Bad and the main villain of the story. Not to be confused with The Heavy.
  • Dragon with an Agenda - When the character has different goals from the Big Bad. If those goals are mutually exclusive, The Starscream, Rule of Two or Dragon-in-Chief may be in play.
  • The Heavy - The active villain that drives most of the plot. This is more often the Dragon than the Big Bad. Not to be confused with Dragon-in-Chief.
  • Noble Top Enforcer - When the Dragon is an Anti-Villain that is considerably more virtuous than their master. Likely to turn on the Big Bad if their action piss them off enough.
  • Rule of Two - A standard Big Bad and Dragon dynamic where betrayal is expected, and often inevitable.
  • The Starscream - A traitorous Dragon.
  • Villainous Friendship - When a Dragon is good friends with the Big Bad.

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