- "Dragons always attracted me as a mythological element. They seemed to be able to comprise human malice and bestiality together so extraordinarily well, and also a sort of malicious wisdom and shrewdness — terrifying creatures!"
- ― J. R. R. Tolkien
- "We men dream dreams, we work magic, we do good, we do evil. The dragons do not dream. They are dreams. They do not work magic: it is their substance, their being. They do not do; they are."
- ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
- "Dragons all possessed their own immense power, and lived freely according to their own will. Now, the fate of the world was dominated by dragons."
- ― Azazel (Highschool DxD)
- "Dragons are incarnations of power itself. They worshiped no Gods, they bow to no Kings. Dragons' purity of thought to live and die by their own will is what makes them supreme."
- ― God Serena (Fairy Tail)
The power to use the abilities of dragons. Variation of Mythical Bestiary.
- Draconic/Draconus Body/Form/Mimicry/Physiology
- Dragon Body/Form/Mimicry
- Ryū Body/Form/Mimicry/Physiology
- Vritra Body/Form/Mimicry/Physiology
- Wyrm Body/Form/Mimicry/Physiology
User with this ability either is or can transform into a Dragon; a legendary creature, typically depicted with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European Dragon, derived from European folk traditions and which is ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese Dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries.
Broadly speaking, dragons can be divided into following groups:
- Western Dragons, typically depicted as a huge fire-breathing, scaly and horned lizard-like creature, with leathery, bat-like wings, with four legs and a long muscular tail. It is sometimes shown with feathered wings, crests, fiery manes, ivory spikes running down its spine and various exotic colorations. Dragon's blood often has magical properties. The typical dragon protects a cavern or castle filled with gold and treasure and is often associated with a "great" hero who tries to slay it. Though a winged creature, the dragon is generally to be found in its underground lair, a cave that identifies it as an ancient creature of the earth.
- Asian Dragons, typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. Traditionally they symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods, and are also a symbols of power, strength, and good luck. They have also extended range of supernatural powers, changing size or form (most are able to take human shape), fly among the clouds or hide in water, form clouds, turn into water, change color as an ability to blend in with their surroundings as an effective form of camouflage or glow in the dark.
- Lesser Drakes is something of a catch-all category, including the lesser dragon-like beings, such as wyverns, worm/wyrms, lindworms, etc., which are generally smaller and more animal-like in mind and behavior.
- Atmospheric Adaptation
- Decelerated Aging or Semi-Immortality
- Dermal Armor/Scale Manifestation
- Elemental Breath
- Enhanced Condition or Supernatural Condition
- Enhanced Durability or Supernatural Durability
- Enhanced Endurance or Supernatural Endurance
- Enhanced Intelligence or Supernatural Intelligence
- Enhanced Stamina or Supernatural Stamina
- Enhanced Strength or Supernatural Strength
- Enhanced Senses or Supernatural Senses
- Enhanced Roar or Supernatural Roar
- Fear Masking/Fearlessness
- Flight, possibly by Wing Manifestation
- Magic Resistance/Magic Immunity
- Natural Weaponry
- Thermal Resistance
- Acid Generation
- Beak Protrusion
- Draconic Element Manipulation
- Draconic Energy Manipulation
- Elemental Absorption
- Elemental Energy Manipulation
- Multiple Heads
- Multiple Legs
- Poison Generation
- Power Bestowal/Power Sharing
- Regenerative Healing Factor
- Unnatural Size
Types of Dragons
- Alien Dragon Physiology
- Angelic Dragon Physiology
- Asian Dragon Physiology
- Bionic Dragon Physiology
- Balaur Physiology
- Cartoon Dragon Physiology
- Data Dragon Physiology
- Demonic Dragon Physiology
- Dimensional Dragon Physiology
- Dino-Dragon Physiology
- Dragon Lord Physiology
- Dragon Turtle Physiology
- Dragonborn Physiology
- Dragonman Physiology
- Elemental Dragon Physiology
- Fairy Dragon Physiology
- Feather Dragon Physiology
- Gestalt Dragon Physiology
- Insect Dragon Physiology
- Lesser Dragon Physiology
- Mystic Dragon Physiology
- Phoenix Dragon Physiology
- Primordial Dragon Physiology
- Psychic Dragon Physiology
- Skeleton Dragon Physiology
- Transcendent Dragon Physiology
- Undead-Dragon Physiology
- Vampiric Dragon Physiology
- Western Dragon Physiology
- Dragon Arm
- Dragon Armor
- Dragon Aura
- Dragon Embodiment
- Dragon Heart
- Dragon Soul
- Dragon Magic
- Dragon Manipulation
- Dragon Morphing
- Feline Physiology
- Fish Physiology
- Giant Monster Physiology
- Jabberwock Physiology
- Jörmungandr Physiology
- Mythical Bestiary
- Ouroboros Physiology
- Reptilian Physiology
- Sea Serpent Physiology
- Mythical Birds can reasonably be nemeses to Dragons.
- May become excessively greedy/proud.
- May not be able to transform back.
- Size could be an issue.
- In some, dealing with the issue of using energy to fly or use fire can be a problem since some who constantly breathe fire could have a problem with flying.
- User gains the fundamental weaknesses of a dragon's body.
- Eye may not as strongly protected as the rest of the body.
- May not be innately magical, for example breathe-weapon could be biological.
- May have restrictions on what kind of magic they may learn.
In some universes, there are a variety of dragons with different abilities; in Dungeons and Dragons, for example, dragons are arranged by type and corresponding element (Red dragons are fire-breathers, Bronze dragons use electricity).
Known Dragon Types
- Warcraft: These dragons are the guardians of Azeroth, they are divided into different Dragonflights which protect a different Aspect of Azeroth.
- Red: Life
- Blue: Magic
- Green: Dream
- Bronze: Time
- Black: Earth, after Corruption: Death
- Infinite: Anti-Time
- Chromatic: Biological
- Netherwing: Space
- Twilight: Twilight
- Dungeons & Dragons: The powers and personality depend on scale colors. There are two main categories of dragon: chromatic (the Evil-aligned) and metallic (the Good-aligned). Keep in mind that dragons tend to change in Dungeons and Dragons, as different editions are created and discarded. Here is a sample selection of what you might encounter:
- Black, Copper and Green dragons breathe acid. Black and Copper dragons breathe a line of acid, whereas Green breathe a cone of acidic gas.
- Brass, Gold and Red dragons breathe fire. A Red or Gold dragon's breath is a cone, whereas a Brass dragon's breath is a line. NOTE: Brass dragons can also breathe a cone of sleep.
- Silver and White dragons breathe cold. Both dragons breath cones. NOTE: Silver dragons can also breathe a cone of paralyzing gas.
- Bronze and Blue dragons breathe lightning. Both dragons breathe in lines. NOTE: Bronze dragons can also breathe a cone of repulsion.
- Metallic Dragons: Dragons that also have extra breath weapons with spell-like effects, breathed in cones.
- Copper dragons breathe slow gas.
- Brass dragons breathe sleep gas.
- Silver dragons breathe paralyzing gas.
- Bronze dragons breathe repulsion gas.
- Gold dragons breathe weakening gas.
- Spyro universe: These dragons are much inspired by the classic European, with powers of flight and a breath weapon, but are limited to the mastery of a single element. In the original series of games, there were six breaths: Fire, Water, Bubble, Electricity, Ice and Wind. Other breaths added later include Fury, Earth, Poison, Shadow and Fear.
- Purple dragons are a special and rare breed of dragon. They have the ability to harness the power of multiple elements as opposed to a single one.
- Skylanders Universe: These dragons vary in size and appearance, as well as powers. Younger dragons are highly adaptive to their surroundings, making their environment and childhood a key factor to their adulthood, powers, appearance, and personality. Their powers are mainly linked to the elements of Skylands, these dragons also possess powerful magic which also makes them immune to mind control. There are multiple species of dragons as well, which all possess their own unique abilities.
- Purple Dragons Much like the purple dragons from the Spyro series, purple dragons in Skylanders can harness the powers of all the elements.
- Fairy Tail: In this universe, there are dragons corresponding to each element, and each dragon is attuned to their element.
- American Dragon: Within the universe, dragons are shape changers who can easily shift between human and dragon form to move between the mystic & human worlds. They have the traditional set of powers, but utilize their chi to make Thinking Duplicates of themselves and as an excess supply for Mysticism and spell casting. More experienced users can utilize their chi for making Life-Force Constructs such as energy claws.
- How to Train Your Dragon: In the Book of Dragons (also known as the Dragon Manual), Vikings of the Barbaric Archipelago recorded information about dragons and classified them.
- Stoker Class: Dragons are hotheaded fire breathers, and most of them are capable of setting themselves on fire or possess their own, specialized form of using fire.
- Boulder Class: Dragons are tough and associated with the earth. They can eat rocks, and despite that their wings are smaller compared to their entire body, they are able to fly as fast and as high as most other dragons can.
- Sharp Class: Dragons are vain and prideful, and all possess sharp body parts.
- Tidal Class: Dragons live in and near the ocean, and unlike most dragons, they don't have fire breaths as their ranged attacks. These dragons are generally bigger in size than most of other classes, consisting of species classified in the large Dragons.
- Fear Class: Dragons are stealthy and often (but not always) have multiple heads. Instead of fire, they breathe gases with different effects.
- Strike Class: Dragons of this category are super fast, have pin-point accuracy, are highly intelligent and have incredible vice-like jaw strength. They are also the most difficult to train, but the most loyal once trained.
- Mystery Class: Dragons that have little known about them. The often display unique abilities and behavior, whether they can hide themselves, or construct armor consisting of dragon bones.
- Tracker Class: Dragons that have a highly acute sense of smell to track and find things.
- Dragonalt The Resonance: The dragons are mecha-like beings, that can transform into humans and return to their natural form using a process called Actualizing
- Dragon Crisis: Dragons born in human form with scales on their hands. They use a color-classification system similar to that of Dungeons and Dragons.
- Red: Fire Dragons
- Black: Darkness Dragons
- White: Ice Dragons
- Blue: Water Dragons
- Breath of Fire: Dragons of the Brood Clan can interbreed with other species due to having a human form. Such individuals can turn into a dragon via Ascension, and have the power to transform into different forms of dragons.
- A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones: These dragons are inspired by the European version, but more closely resemble the Wyvern, having wings attached to their forelimbs. Most of the members of House Targaryen (and their ancestors, the Valyrians) tamed dragons and frequently used them in warfare. Hatching the eggs is no easy task, requiring a combination of fire and a blood sacrifice. Scale color also varies.
- Path of the Dragon Stones (Dark Souls series)
- Bag of Dragonite (Earthbound)
- Dragon Fullbottle/Sclashjelly/Evolbottle (Kamen Rider Build)
- Gaster Blaster (Undertale)