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]

Name Work Author Notes
Ancalagon the Black "Legendarium" J.R.R. Tolkien The greatest dragon ever to live, created by the Dark Lord Melkor, destroyed by Eärendil during the War of Wrath.
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 Gentle An 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.
Dragon Jane and the Dragon Baynton[A 2] A very good friend of Jane, 300 years in age and an orphan.
Errol Guards! Guards! Pratchett[A 3] Small, underdeveloped dragon given to the Watch of Ankh-Morpork as a mascot by Sybil Ramkin.
Faranth Dragonriders of Pern McCaffrey[A 4] The last gold dragon hatched from the first dragon hatching on Pern, and the most influential dragon in Pernese history.
Fírnen Inheritance Paolini[A 5] A green, young, and kind dragon who has Arya as his rider.
Glaedr Brisingr Paolini[A 5] An old, golden, and wise dragon who had Oromis as his rider.
Glaurung The Silmarillion Tolkien[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.
Hasai Steel Dragon Glenn[A 6] A gun-metal blue dragon with a mane of razor sharp spines running down its neck. It possesses the ability to change size and revert to human form at will. Main protagonist of the series. Ability to summon and control storms and store and channel lightning. Never published except in a running web diary format.
Icefyre "The Tawny Man" Hobb[A 7] A black male dragon buried under ice who breaks free to mate with Tintaglia, a blue dragon, to save the dragon race.
Katla The Brothers Lionheart Lindgren[A 8] A fictional female dragon from the Swedish children's book.
Montague Bunsen-Burner Dragon Boy King-Smith[A 9] 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.
Mnementh Dragonriders of Pern McCaffrey[A 4] The bronze dragon ridden by F'lar, Weyrleader of Benden Weyr.
Moon Baby Unicorn and Baby Dragon Marzollo[A 10] 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.
Norberta Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Rowling[A 11] 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. Hagrid raises Norbert until Harry, Ron, and Hermione finally persuade Hagrid to send the dragon to Ron’s older brother Charlie. In the Deathly Hallows, Charlie Weasley reveals to Hagrid that the dragon is female and had been renamed Norberta.
Ramoth Dragonriders of Pern McCaffrey[A 4] The golden queen dragon ridden by Lessa of Benden Weyr and Ruatha Hold.
Ruth Dragonriders of Pern McCaffrey[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.
Saphira Eragon Paolini[A 5] A kind, fierce, and blue dragon who has Eragon as her rider.
Smaug The Hobbit Tolkien[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.
Temeraire Temeraire Novik[A 12] A Black Chinese Celestial whose captain is William Laurence.
Thorn Eldest Paolini[A 5] A red, immature, and vicious dragon who has Murtagh as his rider.
Tintaglia "The Liveship Traders" Hobb[A 7] A female blue dragon, believed to be the last of her kind. She ultimately mates with Icefyre and saves the dragon race.
Unnamed dragon The Paper Bag Princess Munsch[A 13] 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. ^ Michael H. Glenn
  7. ^ a b Robin Hobb
  8. ^ Astrid Lindgren
  9. ^ Dick King-Smith
  10. ^ Jean Marzollo
  11. ^ J.K. Rowling
  12. ^ Naomi Novik
  13. ^ Robert Munsch

Film[edit]

Name Film Notes
Bio Dragon Dragon Fighter With 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]
Draco Dragonheart Voiced by Sean Connery, the last remaining dragon.
Falkor The Neverending Story A 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 Dragon Beowulf Born from Grendel's mother and son of Beowulf.
Grandeeney Fairy Tail A sky dragon. Foster parent of Wendy Marvel.
Igneel Fairy Tail A red fire dragon which is the foster parent of Natsu Dragneel. The flame dragon king.
Metalicana Fairy Tail An iron dragon. Foster parent of Gajeel Redfox.
King Ghidorah Godzilla A 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).
Haku Spirited Away A 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.
Toothless How to Train Your Dragon A black, sleek-headed dragon with retractable teeth and green eyes. Became a loyal companion to Hiccup after he helped Toothless take flight again. His species is known as the "Night Fury" for its appearance and swift combat tactics. Night Furies such as Toothless have the ability to strike quickly and retreat to retaliate, but they are also adept in direct combat as well.
Stormfly How to Train Your Dragon A large, bipedal, light blue dragon with very large wings and an array of horns sprouting from its crown. Stormfly is Astrid's dragon, and her species is known as the "Deadly Nadder." She, along with the rest of her kind, has the ability to release poisonous spines from her tail. Combined with the momentum of tail-whipping motions, Nadders like stormfly make excellent marksmen (or marksdragons, rather), despite their frontal blind spot.
Vermithrax Pejorative Dragonslayer A 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 dragons Reign of Fire Various dragons feature prominently as dangerous animals throughout the film.

Television[edit]

Name Series Notes
Aithusa Merlin A young white dragon that is rescued, hatched and named by Merlin. It later save's Morgana's life by healing her wounds.
Kilgharrah Merlin An ancient dragon (voiced by John Hurt) imprisoned by Uther Pendragon below Camelot. Thought to be the last of its kind.
Pyre Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog An 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.
Scorch Scorch Scorch, 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.
Tamba Tikkabilla A small dragon puppet, who resembles Spyro the Dragon in colouration.

Comics[edit]

Name Origin Notes
Cordelia Angel
Dragon Man Fantastic Four Marvel Comics
Dragon of the Moon Defenders Marvel Comics
Dulcy Sonic the Hedgehog
Fafnir Thor #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 Foom Strange Tales #89 (Oct. 1961) A member of an entire race of alien dragons, the Kakaranatharans.
Lockheed X-Men The pet dragon of Kitty Pryde, or Shadowcat.
Porunga Dragon Ball
Shenron Dragon Ball (Shenlong)

Animation[edit]

Name Film Notes
Devon & Cornwall Quest for Camelot A 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
Dragon Shrek Dragon 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.
Elliott Pete's Dragon Charlie Callas as the voice of Elliott the dragon, the eponymous character
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty She 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.

Mushu Mulan Fa 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.
Spike My Little Pony A 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.
Tabaluga Tabaluga Tabaluga 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, defending 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 Humsin.
Tiamat Dungeons & Dragons Venger'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.
Trogdor Trogdor Trogdor the Burninator is an original character created by Strong Bad in the sbemail dragon

Games[edit]

Name Game Notes
Alduin The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim A 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 Binder Warcraft Aspect 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
Bahamut Final Fantasy Series Known by many titles, he is revered as the lord of the sky in Final Fantasy. His destructive MegaFlare can consume multiple cities in one attack.
Darby Darby the Dragon A green dragon who bears the title Dragon Prince and goes on a quest to restore his shrunken sister Sparkle.
Dracolich Dungeons & Dragons An 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.
Draigoch Lord of the Rings Online An 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.
Ender Dragon Minecraft A giant black dragon with glowing purple eyes that lives in The End Dimension.
Enywas Darkmere An evil destructive dragon who constantly slaughtered villagers until Prince Ebryn killed her for good.
Feyrbrand Legend of Dragoon A dragon that appears as you start the game that is controlled by Emperor Doel. Known as "The Green-Tusked Dragon," it chases the protagonist at the start of the game until saved by another character known as Rose.
Grigori Dragon's Dogma An 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.
Onaga Mortal Kombat: Deception Also known as The Dragon King. Revived after being killed by Shao Kahn.
Paarthurnax The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim A 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".
Ridley Metroid Throughout 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.
Necrosan Primal Rage A deathly, zombie-like dragon with no skin to cover his muscular structure. Little is known about Necrosan other than his design, given that he was going to debut in the sequal to Primal Rage, which ended up being cancelled. However, we do know that he is the God of Death, and supposedly controls massive amounts of the undead as an army rather than the typical natives that willingly worshipped the other Gods. He also supposedly hatches from the "asteroid" which causes the Catyclisms.
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.
Spyro Spyro the Dragon Throughout 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.
Synn Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara A 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.
Volvagia The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time A corrupt dragon who used to sleep inside the Fire Temple. Ganondorf, woke and unleashed it after he became 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.

Mythology and folklore[edit]

See also[edit]

Futs-lung and Shen-lung.

  • European dragon, the Western interpretation of the dragon
  • The wormhill dragon, The Knucker and The Bignor hill dragon

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.