List of dragons

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This list of dragons is subsidiary to the list of fictional animals and is a collection of various notable draconic characters that appear in various works of fiction. It is limited to well-referenced examples of dragons in literature, film, television, comics, animation and video games.

Literature[edit]

NameWorkAuthorNotes
Chrysophylax Dives"Farmer Giles of Ham"Tolkien[A 1]A wily dragon who engages in a battle of wills with Farmer Giles and loses.
Dagurashibanipal"Grunts!"Mary GentleAn ancient dragon, whose looted horde provides a tribe of orcs with the means to rise above their cannon-fodder station in the Evil Horde of Darkness.
DragonJane and the DragonBaynton[A 2]A very good friend of Jane, 300 years in age and an orphan.
ErrolGuards! Guards!Pratchett[A 3]Small, underdeveloped dragon given to the Watch of Ankh-Morpork as a mascot by Sybil Ramkin.
FaranthDragonriders of PernMcCaffrey[A 4]The last gold dragon hatched from the first dragon hatching on Pern, and the most influential dragon in Pernese history.
FírnenInheritancePaolini[A 5]A green, young, and kind dragon who has Arya as his rider.
GlaedrBrisingrPaolini[A 5]An old, golden, and wise dragon who had Oromis as his rider.
GlaurungThe SilmarillionTolkien[A 1]The first of the Dragons, and main antagonist in the tale of The Children of Húrin. His main characteristics are the absence of wings and his ability to manipulate human minds.
Icefyre"The Tawny Man"Hobb[A 6]A black male dragon buried under ice who breaks free to mate with Tintaglia, a blue dragon, to save the dragon race.
KatlaThe Brothers LionheartLindgren[A 7]A fictional female dragon from the Swedish children's book.
nowrap|Montague Bunsen-BurnerDragon BoyKing-Smith[A 8]A dragon on a human-free diet who finds and raises an orphaned boy John. He has a wife named Albertina and gains a daughter named Lucky.
MnementhDragonriders of PernMcCaffrey[A 4]The bronze dragon ridden by F'lar, Weyrleader of Benden Weyr
MoonBaby Unicorn and Baby DragonMarzollo[A 9]A young dragon named to match the crescent mark on his head. Became a great friend of Star after the Eight-Horn Friendship Spell in the prequel The Baby Unicorn
NorbertaHarry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneRowling[A 10]Previously named Norbert, she is a Norwegian Ridgeback dragon that Hagrid had acquired as an egg from a mysterious, hooded stranger in the Hog's Head, who turned out to be Professor Quirrell. Hagrid helps the dragon hatch from the egg. Norbert becomes dangerous and much bigger in the weeks following. Norbert bit Ron’s hand, causing him to require medical treatment due to the venom in her fangs. Harry, Ron, and Hermione finally persuade Hagrid to send the dragon to Ron’s older brother Charlie, who is studying dragons in Romania. In the Deathly Hallows, Charlie Weasley reveals to Hagrid that Norbert is actually female and had been renamed Norberta. Charlie said that female Norwegian Ridgeback dragons "are more vicious...".
RamothDragonriders of PernMcCaffrey[A 4]The golden queen dragon ridden by Lessa of Benden Weyr and Ruatha Hold.
RuthDragonriders of PernMcCaffrey[A 4]The white, sport dragon ridden by Lord Jaxom of Ruatha Hold. Ruth was a throwback, retaining an unusually acute memory and a precise sense of when he was in time. Instrumental in accomplish the final end of Thread.
SaphiraEragonPaolini[A 5]A kind, fierce, and blue dragon who has Eragon as her rider.
SmaugThe HobbitTolkien[A 1]A greedy and wicked golden-red dragon who slaughtered Thrór's dwarf clan along with the town of Dale and took the dwarves' treasure. While Bilbo Baggins talked with Smaug, he found a weak spot in Smaug's impenetrable scales. Hearing this from the Thrush the archer Bard shot Smaug dead.
TemeraireTemeraireNovik[A 11]A Black Chinese Celestial whose captain is William Laurence.
ThornEldestPaolini[A 5]A red, immature, and vicious dragon who has Murtagh as his rider.
Tintaglia"The Liveship Traders"Hobb[A 6]A female blue dragon, believed to be the last of her kind. She ultimately mates with Icefyre and saves the dragon race.
Unnamed dragonThe Paper Bag PrincessMunsch[A 12]A dragon who destroys Princess Elizabeth's kingdom and kidnaps her beloved Prince Ronald. Princess Elizabeth defeats the dragon by getting him to show off his full skills, exhausting him.
Author name legend
  1. ^ a b c J. R. R. Tolkien
  2. ^ Martin Baynton
  3. ^ Terry Pratchett
  4. ^ a b c d Anne McCaffrey
  5. ^ a b c d Christopher Paolini
  6. ^ a b Robin Hobb
  7. ^ Astrid Lindgren
  8. ^ Dick King-Smith
  9. ^ Jean Marzollo
  10. ^ J.K. Rowling
  11. ^ Naomi Novik
  12. ^ Robert Munsch

Film[edit]

NameFilmNotes
Bio DragonDragon FighterWith no official name, fans of the film have referred to this dragon as Bio Dragon or Genetic Dragon. It is able to breath fire, moves in traditional theropodian way, has long dexterous arms and wings. Horned and spined like many other fictional dragons, has a stony grey-black color. According to the film, the dragon is warm-blooded.[citation needed]
DracoDragonheartVoiced by Sean Connery, the last remaining dragon.
FalkorThe Neverending StoryA Luckdragon and friend of Atreyu and Bastian. He is the only luckdragon to appear, although five others are mentioned in passing. he has an elongated, winged body and many white scales and hairs on the length of his body that can appear pink. The form of his head is described less precisely, though his eyes are mentioned as being the color of rubies. Falkor has distinctive canine features.
Golden DragonBeowulfBorn from Grendel's mother and son of Beowulf.
GrandeeneyFairy TailA sky dragon. Foster parent of Wendy Marvel.
IgneelFairy TailA red fire dragon which is the foster parent of Natsu Dragneel. The flame dragon king.
King GhidorahGodzillaA kaiju, a fictional Japanese monster featured in several of Toho Studios' Godzilla films. Ghidorah appears as an armless, three-headed dragon with large wings and two tails. (physically, a combination of a Wyvern and a Hydra).
HakuSpirited AwayA white dragon who befriends the protagonist, Sen/Chihiro, and eventually aids in her escape from Yubaba's bath house, although he is Yubaba's apprentice. He is able to turn into a human at will, as well as cast spells of unbinding, invisibility, and binding. Haku is the spirit of the Kohaku river, which a young Chihiro fell into as a child. Since then, the river has been paved over to make room for a mall. In smaller pieces of anime by the author concerning Spirited Away, it has been assumed that Chihiro's mother and father despised the river, for almost killing their daughter.
ToothlessHow to Train Your DragonA black dragon with retractable teeth and green eyes. Became a loyal companion to Hiccup after he helped Toothless take flight again.
Vermithrax PejorativeDragonslayerA flying red dragon who demands tribute from the Kingdom of Urland. Hero Galen Bradwarden learns, however, that Vermithrax is using the sacrifices to feed its young—three red dragon hatchlings.
Unnamed dragonsReign of FireVarious dragons feature prominently as dangerous animals throughout the film.

Television[edit]

NameSeriesNotes
AithusaMerlinA young white dragon that is rescued, hatched and named by Merlin. It later save's Morgana's life by healing her wounds.
KilgharrahMerlinAn ancient dragon (voiced by John Hurt) imprisoned by Uther Pendragon below Camelot. Thought to be the last of its kind.
PyreMystic Knights of Tir Na NogAn ancient Dragon associated with the Mystic Knight of Fire. At first unwilling to tolerate any human presence, he soon comes to admire Rohan, and later recognizes the Knight as Draganta, the legendary hero. Fiercely the rival of Tyrune the Hydra. Pyre wears a gemmed cuirass, through which he presumably makes contact with his rider's Dragon's Breath Dagger. His likeness is worked into the Mystic Knights armor.
ScorchScorchScorch, a 1,300-year-old puppet dragon created and controlled by Ronn Lucas, main character of a television series that aired on CBS in the early 1990s.
TambaTikkabillaA small dragon puppet, who resembles Spyro the Dragon in colouration.

Comics[edit]

NameOriginNotes
CordeliaAngel
Dragon ManFantastic FourMarvel Comics
Dragon of the MoonDefendersMarvel Comics
DulcySonic the Hedgehog
FafnirThor #134
(Nov. 1966)
Fafnir is first encountered in the guise of an old man by the warrior Volstagg, who with his companions is currently exploring the ruined realm of Nastrond, an extradimensional realm on the continent of Asgard. Fafnir explains he was the King of Nastrond, and that the King of the Norse Gods, Odin, destroyed Nastrond due to the evil nature of its people. Fafnir himself was left to die in a ruined wasteland, but survives by drinking from a pool of water with magical properties. The water, however, transforms Fafnir into a massive dragon. Knowing that Volstagg and his allies were sent by Odin, Fafnir uses the power of illusion and intends to devour the Asgardians. Odin's son Thor, however, defeats Fafnir by driving the dragon into a chasm using his lightning, after which he frees Volstagg.[1]
Fin Fang FoomStrange Tales #89 (Oct. 1961)A member of an entire race of alien dragons, the Kakaranatharans.
LockheedX-MenThe pet dragon of Kitty Pryde, or Shadowcat.
PorungaDragon Ball
ShenronDragon Ball(Shenlong)

Animation[edit]

NameFilmNotes
Devon & CornwallQuest for CamelotA conjoined two-headed dragon - the sophisticated and intelligent Devon and the boorish but loyal Cornwall. Thanks to the bullying from the rest of the dragons due to their differences and their inability to fly, they want nothing more than to be apart from one another
DragonShrekDragon is a female dragon based on most classical interpretations of European dragons: she has keeled, ruby-colored scales, leathery bat-like wings, long, crested ears, bony spikes along her jawline, a row of dorsal spines, slitted eye pupils and a long, spade-tipped, prehensile tail to aid in balance. Dragon does not speak, but does use expressive body language and noises to communicate. Like her partner Donkey, Dragon is never given a proper name in the films. Her fire can melt metal in seconds, such as Prince Charming's sword in the third film. She has a taste for knights, her favorite dish. She even has a recipe book for preparing them for dinner.
ElliottPete's DragonCharlie Callas as the voice of Elliott the dragon, the eponymous character
MaleficentSleeping BeautyShe is the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil" who, after not being invited to the baby's christening, curses the infant Princess Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday. In the final showdown between her and Prince Phillip, Maleficent takes the form of a huge, black dragon who blasts greenish flames from her mouth. The character is Disney's half-dragon adaptation of the evil fairy godmother from the original fairy tale.

Maleficent is often viewed as the most powerful and sinister of the Disney Villains, frequently acting as their leader in many crossovers, and her scenes in the climax of the film are among the darkest and most intense produced by Disney.[2] In Ultimate Disney's top 30 Disney Villains countdown, Maleficent ranked #1.[3] She also plays a major role in the Kingdom Hearts series, as a recurring villain.

MushuMulanFa Mulan's closest companion throughout the Mulan series and comic relief. He is a Chinese dragon with ears - his body is a red color and he has orange accents. He seems to be small, but hints that he is bigger in his "real size" He is voiced by Eddie Murphy in his first appearance and Mark Moseley afterward.
SpikeMy Little PonyA baby dragon who first met the ponies in Firefly's Adventure and came to live them. In the Friendship is Magic series, he is the assistant of Twilight Sparkle, who raised him from an egg, and has the task of delivering her messages to Princess Celestia.
TabalugaTabalugaTabaluga lives in the fictional place of Greenland. He is around 7 dragon-years old (700 human years). His father died when he was six. Nothing is known about his mother. After his father's death Tabaluga is the last of the dragons and the crown-prince of Greenland, a magical place inhabited by talking animals of many different species. Tabaluga must defend his home from two rival kingdoms on either side of Greenland; a frigid arctic tundra, ruled by the evil snowman Arktos and a searing desert, ruled by an evil sand-spirit named Humsin.
TiamatDungeons & DragonsVenger's arch-rival is a fearsome dragon with a screeching voice and five heads. Although Venger and the children both avoid Tiamat, the children make a deal with her in "The Dragon's Graveyard" to thwart Venger

Games[edit]

NameGameNotes
DracolichDungeons & DragonsAn undead dragon called Dragotha,[4] formerly consort to Tiamat, who was given his undead powers by the deity Kyuss. It is unknown whether other dracoliches exist in Greyhawk.
AlduinThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimA fearsome, powerful, black dragon. The people of Skyrim know him as "The World Eater" or "Nordic God of Destruction" Alduin calls himself the first born of Akatosh (the Dragon God of Time). He feels it is his birthright to dominate the world with his dragons. It is said that only a Dovahkiin (Dragonborn) can defeat the enraged god Alduin by harnessing the power of the dragon in the form of dragon shouts to ultimately destroy him in one final battle of titanic proportions, restoring peace to the land of Skyrim and Tamriel at large. He is known for his hostile and relentless personality - along with his intimidating appearance.
Alexstraza, The Life BinderWarcraftAspect of the Red Dragon Flight.The guardian of all life in the world of Azeroth. She was one of five great dragons chosen by the titans to be empowered with a portion of the Pantheon's power and rule over her flight while they watched over Azeroth and its inhabitants. The titans also appointed her queen of all dragons
DraigochLord of the Rings OnlineAn evil red dragon found in the mountains of the Enedwaith. He has Arch-Nemesis rank and approximately 9,000,000 hit points. A raid party of 12 - 24 is required. Pictures of him put him at about the same size as Smaug. He speaks, has wings and breathes fire.
EnywasDarkmereAn evil destructive dragon who constantly slaughtered villagers until Prince Ebryn killed her for good.
GrigoriDragon's DogmaAn enormous red dragon who gruesomely tears out the heart of the "chosen one" who is known as an Arisen and steals it in Dragon's Dogma. The Arisen is destined to destroy the dragon to regain his/her heart. He takes refuge in the Tainted Mountain, waiting for the current Arisen to challenge him. He and his dragon apprentices appear without warning; ferociously terrorizing villages and people of Cassardis. There isn't enough evidence to make any sort of theory about the dragons’ purpose. It's possible to think that the dragons are fulfilling some sort of role or duty.
OnagaMortal Kombat: DeceptionAlso known as The Dragon King. Revived after being killed by Shao Kahn.
RidleyMetroidThroughout the series, Ridley has made a variety of changes in his appearance. He was originally roughly the same size of protagonist Samus Aran in the original Metroid title. In Super Metroid, he is significantly larger than in the original title, sporting purple skin, a large wingspan, glowing eyes, claws, and resembling a dragon or a pterodactyl. His Prime series cyborg form is referred to as Meta Ridley, while a robotic duplicate, Ridley Robot,[5] is also shown in Zero Mission. The instruction manual for the original Metroid refers to Ridley as the last of his species, which was native to Zebes. He appears to be sentient, and is even capable of speech, as evidenced in the Metroid manga. His trophy description in Super Smash Bros. Melee confirms Ridley's gender as male. Series creator suggests that he was made the general of the Space Pirates due to how evil he is or how powerful he is. Both Ridley and Meta Ridley appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as bosses that that player has to defeat.
Seath the Scaleless"Dark Souls"An albino dragon who helped Gwyn, Nito, and the Witch of Izalith destroy the everlasting dragons. Seath was born without the everlasting scales, making him mortal and an outcast. After the fall of the everlasting dragons he founded sorcery which sparked animosity between him and Havel the Rock. He resides in the Duke's Archives and the crystal caves where he researches and protects the Primordial Crystal.
SpyroSpyro the DragonThroughout the original series, Spyro is portrayed as energetic and curious, with little regard for his own safety. He is also described as a courageous hero, despite his small size. Spyro is also known for his cocky attitude and can be stubborn at times.
SynnDungeons & Dragons: Shadow over MystaraA gigantic red wyrm dragon who takes the form of an Incantatrix and hungers to conquer the lands of Darokin. Portrayed as the final boss of the game.
VolvagiaThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeA corrupt dragon who used to sleep inside the Fire Temple. Ganondorf, the main antagonist, woke it up and let it run amok after he managed to become the evil king of Hyrule. Link, the protagonist, had to rescue the Gorons (friendly stone-eating creatures that barely resemble humans) from the Fire Temple before being eaten by Volvagia and then kill the Dragon itself.

In the Manga, it is said that Link once was friend with Volvagia (at that time being a small hatchling) and rescued him from a bazaar where it was kept in a small cage. Volvagia then saved Links life and both became good friends, but soon had to go different ways.

Vermatrix GoldenhideStonekeepA long giant golden lady dragon, imprisoned by the Throgs until Drake and his companions release her.
Ender DragonMinecraftA giant black dragon with glowing purple eyes that lives in The End Dimension.
Various Pokémon speciesPokémonMost Pokémon of the "Dragon" elemental type are dragons, but there are exceptions, such as the Peng-like Altaria. Numerous other Pokémon are also based on dragons, such as Gyarados.
PaarthurnaxThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimA wise old dragon met at the Throat of the World. Alduin's younger brother who helps the player defeat him by helping him to learn the shout, Dragonrend. It is optional in the game to kill Paarthurnax, but doing so is not recommended. He is also the master of the Greybeards and their "Way of the Voice".

Mythology and folklore[edit]

See also[edit]

Futs-lung and Shen-lung.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thor #134-135 (Nov.-Dec. 1966)
  2. ^ "...one of the most menacing villains in the Disney canon.". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  3. ^ "UltimateDisney.com's Top 30 Disney Villains Countdown". Ultimatedisney.com. 2004-10-11. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  4. ^ Schick, Lawrence. White Plume Mountain (TSR, 1979)
  5. ^ Metroid: Zero Mission Player's Guide. Nintendo of America. 2004.