Sweetie Des Arts, also known as The Dragon, was the leader of an anti-supernatural hate group known as the Obamas, on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American guest starring actress Jennifer Hasty, Sweetie makes her debut in the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love", in the series' first season. Running a group nicknamed after the masks they used to conceal their identities, Sweetie plays a recurring role through the series' fifth season. The secondary antagonist of the same season, Sweetie was last seen in the Season 5 episode "Everybody Wants to Rule the World".
Sweetie is large woman, who was married to a man who left her for a shapeshifter. This made her unhinged and she dived into a killing frenzy, dedicating a hatred obsession for all the supernatural beings. With the former sheriff, Bud Dearborne, to whom she is a mistress, she established the 'Obamas', a small group dedicated to killing vampires and supernatural creatures, based on the Ku Klux Klan. Being leader of the group she is identified as the Dragon. It is she who had messenger Royce William burn Malcolm's nest. She has killed shapeshifters like Suzanne McKittrick and Emory Broome and tried to kill Sam Merlotte, Luna, Emma Garza, Jessica Hamby, and Sookie Stackhouse.
Sweetie is first seen in the series premiere. She's having dinner with her husband at Merlotte's. Sweetie's husband thinks she's eating too many fries. This angers her because the night before she did bizarre things for him in the bedroom, which disgusted her, but she also enjoyed doing them. Her husband leaves her for a shifter sometime in the not too distant future, sparking her hatred for the supernatural. ("Strange Love")
When Sookie goes to Bud to question him about the death of her parents, she tries to read his thoughts. Sweetie knocks out Sookie, lashes her and locks her into an enclosure of pigs, near Hoyt Fortenberry, who is also a prisoner of Sweetie's because he spared Jessica. When Sookie wakes up, Sweetie appears as the Dragon of the Obamas, claiming that the telepathic and photokinetic faculties Sookie has make her a monster. She forces her to drink from a can which is spiked with Oxycontin, Bud's old cancer medication, which weakens her. As Sookie stirs Sweetie orders her group to feed her and Hoyt to the pigs. Sam intervenes in time to save Sookie. While all other members of the small group are caught by the police and put under arrest, Sweetie runs away. She is pursued by Luna Garza in the form of German shepherd. Luna catches her, resumes human shape and strikes Sweetie's face several times, shouting that it is for the evil which she put Sam, Emma and herself through. ("Everybody Wants to Rule the World")
- Despite only being a secondary antagonist of the fifth season, she was the main antagonist for Bon Temps.
|Season one appearances|
|"Strange Love"||"The First Taste"||"Mine"||"Escape from Dragon House"|
|"Sparks Fly Out"||"Cold Ground"||"Burning House of Love"||"Fourth Man in the Fire"|
|"Plaisir D'Amour"||"I Don't Wanna Know"||"To Love Is to Bury"||"You'll Be the Death of Me"|
|Season five appearances|
|"Turn! Turn! Turn!"||"Authority Always Wins"||"Whatever I Am, You Made Me"||"We’ll Meet Again"|
|"Let's Boot and Rally"||"Hopeless"||"In the Beginning"||"Somebody That I Used to Know"|
|"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"||"Gone, Gone, Gone"||"Finally"||"Save Yourself"|