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A red dragon from Dungeons & Dragons.

"I kill where I wish and none dare resist. I laid low the warriors of old and their like is not in the world today. Then I was but young and tender. Now I am old and strong, strong, strong [...] My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!"

– Smaug, The Hobbit

Dragons are mythical creatures found all around the world, possibly inspired by various sources such as giant lizards such as varanids, crocodillians and serpents, but also dinosaur bones and simple tall-tales from travelers in distant lands. Dragons are often portrayed as keepers of vast hordes of treasure, which they accumulate over their very long lifespan and guard covetously. They can often fly and breathe fire or poison. Because of their majestic, fantastic nature dragons are a staple of much fantasy fiction and games. One of the most well known dragons is Smaug, from Tolkien's The Hobbit. The vast majority of later portrayals of dragons in fiction were based on Smaug, who in turn had been inspired by the dragon Fáfnir, from the Völsunga Saga and the dragon from Beowulf.

A surprisingly common feature of dragons in fantasy is the "dragon rider," a warrior who, somehow, is usually harnessed up to a dragon, which actually has two justifications besides "Awesome": For an intelligent dragon, they offer a slight, but non-trivial edge in combat (spotting threats early, and possibly giving you a new attack if they have a lance that's effective versus other dragons, at a slight to moderate cost in extreme flight maneuvers); for unintelligent dragons, being able to field them at all in war.

Mythology[edit]

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Classical[edit]

Medieval Times[edit]

Asia[edit]

Asian Dragons are typically long, snake-like creatures, and are generally less manevolent than their European counterparts. They tend to be associated with water rather than fire. At least one Chinese creator-goddess appeared as a hybrid of woman and dragon, whilst there are Japanese stories of noble men marrying female dragons.

Elsewhere[edit]

Dungeons & Dragons[edit]

Dragons are one of the main selling points of the Dungeons & Dragons game, to the point that the 4th edition and 5th edition include a draconian race called Dragonborn, intended for players who "want to look like a dragon".

Dragon kind and Half-Dragons are basically the confirmation of the rule that dragons can mate with anything, taking their place among the races often referred to as "slut races": humans, fiends, celestials, dryads, slaadi, modrons, inevitables, formians and gribbly abominations from the Far Realm. We now permit you to take a break to use the brain oxi-clean provided to you by Billy Mays' ghost to scrub any mental images you may have of a human, dragon, angel, balor, black slaad, formian queen or-OH SWEET MERCIFUL GOD-EMPEROR THE MENTAL IMAGE!!!!

"True" dragons, meanwhile, come in all shapes and sizes, from the evil Chromatic to the good Metallic, the psionic Gem dragons, elemental dragons, plane-aligned dragons (one for each Outer Plane except Arcadia, where dragons are hated), Astral dragons, disaster dragons and even the potent and rare Time Dragons, who are amongst the most dangerous creatures in existence.

There are also 'Dragon Riders'. That's to be taken literally in the overwhelming majority of cases, just in case you didn't use enough brain bleach just 5 nanoseconds ago. They're really just pussy knights that stay safe just pointing the dragon in the right direction and let it fight for them, occasionally dismounting to deliver a finishing blow or give a pompous bullshit speech. (Except for Viking Dragon Riders, hardcore shit right there!) This said, if you read what required said brain bleach above, the other kind of ride does happen occasionally as well. Half-Dragons wouldn't exist otherwise.

Kinds of Dragons[edit]

There's a boatload of dragons in D&D, many of whom fit into the following groups:

  • Chromatic Dragons - The original dragons, coming in a variety of colors. They are all some variety of evil and are the children of the dragon goddess Tiamat. In order of power White, Black, Green, Blue and Red are the five most common colors, but others include yellow, brown, purple and a whole rainbow of other colors.
  • Metallic Dragons - Starting out with only the gold dragon, in later editions they became linked to Bahamut, the god of good dragons. The most common ones are Brass, Copper, Bronze, Silver and Gold in order of power, with others including Iron, Steel and Adamantine.
    • Ferrous Dragons - A subgroup of the Metallic Dragons, Ferrous Dragons are made of base metals instead of the noble ones.
  • Gem Dragons - Adorned with crystal scales, the Gem Dragons have potent psionics.
  • Catastrophic Dragons - Introduced in 4e, these dragons have been infused with elemental power by the Primordials to make them look like elemental dragons.
  • Planar Dragons - Dragons linked to the various Planes of existence, frequently the Outer Planes of Planescape. All of said Outer Planes have their own kind of dragon, except for Arcadia where dragons are despised.
  • Oriental Dragons - Based on Asian dragons, the Oriental Dragons are the dragons used in such settings. They generally have close ties to nature, like forests, the skies, the seas... or carp! Notable is that the Gold Dragon, the first Metallic Dragon, was stylized as such a dragon, but was changed to a more traditional western design (although they did retain their bitchin' moustache of barbels). Also known as Lung Dragons. Pathfinder calls them Imperial Dragons.
  • Dragonets - Miniature dragons more suitable for familiars or high fantasy worlds, featured in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Linnorms - Nordic-themed dragons who possess wing-less serpentine bodies with only a set of forelimbs. Usually described as being even nastier and crueler than Chromatics.
  • Song Dragons - Originally called "Weredragons", an all-female race of dragons who use their ability to assume human form to interact with mortal races and find mortal spouses.
  • Epic Dragons - Introduced in the Epic Level Handbook. Epic dragons are much larger and more powerful than regular dragons. They are usually neutral aligned but have more variation in alignment than other kinds of dragons. There are only two kinds of Epic Dragon, Force Dragons and Prismatic Dragons. Force Dragons are immune to force effects and have a very powerful force breath and force based spell-like abilities, and also become more difficult to see as they age until they are completely invisible as Great Wyrms. Prismatic Dragons are immune to prismatic and light based spells and blindness and have a breath weapon based on the prismatic spray spell, and can use several other prismatic and light based spell-like abilities.
  • Wyverns - Dim-witted, feral, more bestial dragons who lack a breath weapon, have wings instead of forelimbs, and a poisonous stinger.
  • Undead Dragons - Various kinds of undead dragon have appeared throughout editions, from the famous Dracolich to less-famous zombie, skeletal and vampire dragons.
  • Shadow Dragons - Depending on edition, either a dragon with some elemental affinity to darkness, a planar dragon, or an undead dragon.

There's also a great medley of setting-unique dragons, such as those native to Mystara and Dragonlance.

The Dragons of Dungeons & Dragons
Arcane Dragon - Catastrophic Dragon - Chromatic Dragon - Dragonet - Epic Dragon - Faerie Dragon
Ferrous Dragon - Gem Dragon - Half-Dragon - Linnorm - Metallic Dragon
Oriental Dragon - Planar Dragon - Pseudodragon - Song Dragon

Warhammer[edit]

Dragons have appeared since the beginning in Warhammer Fantasy, but they're one of the most vaguely defined parts of the lore. They will ally themselves with the High Elves and be used as powerful (and in game terms: expensive) mounts for elven lords. Aside from being intelligent, there's not much stated about them. Some dragons have also been corrupted by Chaos and fight alongside the Warriors of Chaos. In both cases, they are made out to be among the most powerful monsters in the setting, and their stats live up to it, with only few models, including Greater Daemons, having a chance at beating them.

Storm of Magic sees the return of "Emperor dragons", huge dragons that are arguably the most powerful units in the book. Emperor dragons not allied with Chaos can also be upgraded all the way up to level four sorcerers, in addition to having nearly all 9s across their statline. This does make them extremely expensive, ruling out their use in all but the highest-point games.

Dragons also have a connection with the vampires, the reason being their blood has the power to cure their otherwise ceaseless thirst for blood. Abhorash and Zacharias The Everliving being the primary beneficiaries of this, where they defeated the beast either with straight up glorious approach or just cowardly draining their blood in their sleep. Abhorash then formed the Blood Dragons and tells his disciples if they want some of that sweet dragon ambrosia they have to go out and earn it themselves.

Speaking of dragon slaying, it is a popular hobby in the world of Warhammer, where the reason said slayers participate in such activity is to either prove themselves, die gloriously or having the glory to kill it, the aforementioned thirst for blood as well as making it serve as a pretty sweet mount in undeath, for food or just killing them for fun.

Some prefer to just tame them by rearing them from an egg then riding them into battle when they are big enough. Races or Factions like the Empire (Karl Franz's dragon and Elspeth von Draken's Carmine Dragon are the only example for the human, for now), the High Elves, Wood Elves, Vampire Counts(undead dragon, so is more of a summoning than taming), Warriors of Chaos, and the Dark Elves examples of this.

Like in many settings, Warhammer has a number of different types, beyond the common/Emperor Dragon split.

  • Sun Dragon - The youngest and smallest breed of High Elven dragons.
    • Moon Dragon - Older and rarer than Sun dragons.
      • Star Dragon - The largest, most powerful and eldest of all dragons.
  • Black Dragon - Dragons corrupted by Dark Elven magic. Sulekh being Malekith's second dragon (first black dragon) to replace his old one. After Sulekh's death, it was replaced by Seraphon as Malekith's third dragon (second black dragon), who Malekith instantly favored because of its ruthless action of destroy the eggs around him upon its birth.
    • Sea Dragon - Corrupted dragons which have grown so large they can no longer fly. The Dark Elves now use them to tow their massive ships.
  • Forest Dragon - Dragons that have adapted to live in the deep forests, so long that their will now linked to the Athel Loren itself, and fight whenever the forest will. In total war warhammer, It is a forest green beast with antler growing on its head, butterfly pattern on it's wing and leaves, vines growing on its body as a proof of its connection with the forest.
  • Shard Dragon - Serpentine dragons that adapted to the deep places of the world. They often encountered the Dwarves and got pissed when their miners disturbs their sleep, earns a shit tons of grudge as a result.
  • Chaos Dragon - Dragons perverted by the ruinous powers, typically Tzeentch. No two are said to be alike, but they tend to have two heads. Galrauch is said to be the first chaos dragon. Possessed by a lord of change, it wreck peoples shit while earning hundreds of Dwarven grudges on The Dammaz Kron. Egrimm van Horstmann also has a chaos dragon called Baudros.
  • Carmine Dragon - Dragons that are born tied to the amethyst winds of death magic. Elspeth von Draken being the only known to have it as a mount so far.
  • Toad Dragon - Giant lumbering reptilian horrors with insatiable appetites and a frog-like tounge.
  • Zombie Dragon - Basically dead dragon raised by Vampires to become their mount.
  • The Imperial Dragon - The Empire's only owned dragon (Elspeth's dragon does not count). It was taken from the deepest cave of the black mountain. Only Karl can rode it in battle. It sits in the imperial zoo of Altdorf whenever Karl rodes deathclaw to battle. It is also nameless. The poor dragon just can't be anymore popular than deathclaw huh?

Warcraft[edit]

Dragons are one of the oldest creatures in Azeroth granted great magical abilities by the Titans that shaped their world. In a reversal of their typical role, dragons in Warcraft were all originally benevolent, although their way of thinking and doing things didn't always line up with the short-term thinking of some of the mortal races. They were originally a species of proto-dragons that had wyvern-like wings which they used as forelimbs, two puny fore arms and two muscular rear legs and a tail. As a gift for their assistance in defeating the most powerful proto-dragon, Galakrond (Imagine a warhammer Ghorgon but as a dragon whose breath is so bad it literally wakes the dead), during the ordering of Azeroth the Titans altered them to be the larger and more intelligent four-legged dragons. They are segregated into five types called dragonflights each with different roles and abilities bestowed to them by one of the five Titans. Each dragonflight was assigned by a Titan to protect some aspect of their work on Azeroth while they went off to do Titan stuff else where in the universe. The leader of a dragonflight is called an Aspect, and some dragonflights still have their original Aspects.

  • Red dragonflight: Led by Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, red dragons are fierce guardians of life. They were also given a degree of dominion over the other dragonflights.
  • Blue dragonflight: Originally led by Malygos, and later by Kalecgos. Their domain is the aspect of magic. The blue dragonflight is said to be the least populous flight.
  • Green dragonflight: Aspects of nature who have a strong bond to a realm called the Emerald Dream. Said to be the most populous dragonflight, though most rarely venture out of the Dream. Led by Ysera the Dreamer.
    • Nightmare dragons: Green dragons and their allies which have been twisted by a corruption in the Emerald Dream, they now embody the negative aspects of nature such as decay and rot, and serve the Old Gods.
  • Bronze dragonflight: Tasked with watching over time and making sure nobody messes with the timeline, bronze dragons are patient and reclusive. Led by Nozdormu the Timeless.
  • Black dragonflight: Originally aspects of earth, tasked with keeping watch of the deep places. Which backfired horribly, because that's where the Old Gods hang out! Originally led by Neltharion the Earth-Warder, later known as Deathwing, he fell to evil and the rest of his flight followed suit. Now they are all treacherous assholes and nobody likes them they and take every possible opportunity to kill them, thus they have been hunted nearly to extinction. There are two non-evil black dragons whose minds were freed from the malicious influence of the Old Gods before they were hatched thanks to titan artifacts: Ebyssian, also known as Ebonhorn, a Spirit-Walker of the Highmountain Tribe, and Wrathion, the supposed heir of Deathwing who has taken it upon himself to make sure Azeroth doesn't get fucked.
  • Chromatic Dragonflight: A dragonflight created by Nefarian, one of the most prominent black dragons, through gruesome experiments, combining the features and abilities of all five flights. Almost every one of these creations were unstable, deformed, infertile and/or short-lived, with a single exception: Chromatus, a five-headed dragon who could only be stopped by the combined efforts of the aspects (excluding Deathwing).
  • Twilight Dragonflight: Originally created by Sintharia/Sinestra, the twilight dragonflight suffered from similar problems to Nefarian's chromatic dragons. That is, until Deathwing came along and combined the efforts of both to perfect the twilight dragons, successfully creating a powerful breed of dragons that feed vampirically on all forms for energy. The twilight dragonflight was nearly driven to extinction following the Cataclysm.

Things turn bad for the dragonflights when the black dragon aspect Neltharion was corrupted by the Old Gods who were imprisoned by the Titans deep within Azeroth. He plotted to destroy Azeroth to release his new masters when the Burning Legion, an army of demonic invaders led by the fallen Titan Sargeras, began to attack Azeroth. With their world under siege, Neltharion tricked the other four dragons into lending their powers to the Dragon Soul, a powerful artifact of his design, only to betray them and use it against them slaying many dragons. This treachery caused the other dragons to go into hiding away from each other, and although Neltharion (who had now assumed the name Deathwing) was eventually defeated, the world was twice shattered by cataclysms and the Dragon Soul would resurface periodically throughout history to pain the dragonflights until its eventual destruction, which drained the flights of much of their powers and turned them mortal.

Additionally, there exist other dragons that didn't ascend alongside the five main flights, but still share a similar physique and level of intelligence. An example of such is the Storm Dragons of Stormheim, and the supposed existance of a violet dragonflight of proto-drakes.

Monstergirls[edit]

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Dragons are large, dangerous, majestic and exotic creatures, so of course people want to fuck them. Dragons, in their normal form or a more human form are of the scaly subgroup of Furries: furries attracted to things with scales instead of fur. They have a minor reputation of being That Guy amongst the furries because they have to be so special and fuck mythological creatures instead of dogs, cats, horses, foxes, rabbits and birds like "normal" people.

While dragons in a humanoid shape (i.e. Dragonborn) are enjoyed by quite a few people, a large number prefer dragons in their natural shapes. For them it's about the contrast between the large and powerful dragon and their small and fragile frame: the fear makes their boners strong. There's also the perverts who want to be fucked by male dragons, which is a concept that the infamous Bad Dragon company has capitalized on by selling their infamous dragon dildos, which are often used as the punchline of a joke.

One of the things that dragons in D&D are infamous for is their ability to breed with just about any creature, and not being shy about it. (Just take a look at for instance the Song Dragons.) Only Constructs and Undead can't reproduce with them, and even then it's possible to build or raise a dragon from the dead. This means that you can encounter anything from draconic unicorns and owlbears to draconic plants, slimes, aberrations and far worse (or better, depending on your perspective)).

Portraying "non-morphic" (ie: no breasts) female dragons on /tg/ in a semi-erotic light is a real act that stirs contention. On the one hand, this is a well-known part of the furry fandom. On the other hand, dragons are iconic fantasy creatures. Plus, in Dungeons & Dragons, it's canon that many dragons like to get them some non-draconic loving, with their two patron/creator gods Tiamat and Bahamut first in line to nab themselves some quality mortal ass on a regular fashion and setting the example for their progeny. And that's when said progeny hasn't evolved to breed with humanoids in the first place, see aforementioned Song Dragons. So people will fight bitterly whenever they pop up in a thread, you can guarantee.

Naturally, the idea of dragons as sexy quickly was taken up by the monstergirls crowd - in fact, one of the earliest Ecchi OVAs to make it into America was "Dragon Half", in which the main character was the Half-Dragon daughter of a female dragon and a male human, her father being sent to slay the dragon and forgetting the "s" while underway. Pink appeared as a cute girl with dinky little dragon wings, cute horns, a tail and the ability to breathe fire. In fact, Pink has actually come to be the defining archetype for the dragongirl in MG fandoms; a human girl with horns, wings, a tail and, optionally, scales on the limbs - sometimes with paw-like feet, digitigrade legs, or even paw-like hands. It helps that this tends to be pretty accurate to D&D's own depiction of half-dragon humanoids (up to the social maladjustment of having such weird parents, played for laughs in the manga). As with any "beastgirl", dragon-girls with full-body scales or weirdly-colored skin are contentious because, no matter how human their face, they may look too furry for some purists to accept.

Dragon-girls are very popular in Japanese fantasy media, especially videogames. Final Fantasy even has a race, the Gria, who are an entire species of cute dragon-girls native to Ivalice.

Strangely, despite the existence of more "player friendly" dragon races like Dragonborn, Dray and Spellscales - the latter of whom are even supposed to have evolved from Half-Dragon sorcerers - the idea of reskinning these races to present them as dragon-girls never really gets mentioned. This likely has something to do with the fact that these races are less powerful than the half-dragon, and the standard "I want to be a dragon-girl!" player/DM also wants to have all of the draconic powers - Breath Weapon, Damage Reduction, and Flight.

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Monster Girl Encyclopedia[edit]

Naturally, the Monster Girl Encyclopedia has its share of dragon-themed monstergirls.

The actual "Dragon" fits the same kind of style first seen on the setting's Lizardgirl; scaly limbs, paw-like hands and feet, a tail, fin-like ears, horns and wings. They are characterized by their extreme pride; whilst not quite tsunderes, they're determined to give themselves only to the best possible man.

In a terrible irony, if a Dragon fails to find a husband before she dies, the dark energies permeating the world will reanimate her as a Dragon Zombie, a corpse-colored (blue-gray skin, dark mold-green wings, white hair) dragon with bony scales. In this state, her mind has degenerated, leaving her a horny bimbo obsessed with finding a man and taking him for her mate. These dragon-girls are quite dangerous, because they possess a "rotten breath" attack that can convert human women into undead monstergirls.

The Wyvern is a dragon-girl with a more harpy-like body structure, having wings instead of arms. These are far more friendly and easy-going than the standard dragons and readily team up with human adventurers to train them as "dragoons".

The Wurm is a linnorm-style dragon-girl, essentially a massively strong lamia with paw-like hands, with an extremely lustful, aggressive personality that sees them going out and chasing after a man.

The Jabberwock is a lewd, lascivious, depraved dragon-girl from the "Wonderland" region. It can be distinguished by its dark red colors and the presence of two tentacles, each of which bears a slavering maw and lecherous tongue used to pleasure victims and guzzle semen.

Finally, there are the two dragons of Zipangu. The Ryu is another lamia-like dragon, a gentle-natured and benevolent mamono with powers to control the weather. The Otohime is an aquatic dragon-girl who resembles a mermaid with the body of a seahorse (long story; seahorses are believed by the Japanese to be connected to dragons) and clawed hands, who seduces men to join her in her life of eternal partying in her palace under the sea. Have no fear from her seahorse appearance, though; the MGE is far too vanilla to allow even pegging into its setting, never mind male pregnancy.

Life with Monstergirls[edit]

Meanwhile, Life with Monstergirls has the Dragonewts. They have wings and tails like dragons, as well as some scales on their faces and clawed hands. In the series we meet a Dragonewt named Draco, who tries to steal Miia away from her darling. While initially appearing to be male she's later revealed to be a flat-chested woman who develops an obsession with Miia, and it takes a couple of bullets to her wings from Manako and a reprimanding from Suu to cool her off. Other variants of the Dragonewt is the Chinese Ryu-jin who has horns and has no wings, and the aggressive but dim-witted Wyvern.

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