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20th Jul '16 6:50:19 PM Perseus
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* ''[[VideoGame/SeventhDragon 7th Dragon]]'' plays Dragons Are Dinosaurs straight, although there are some dragons based on other animals as well.

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* ''[[VideoGame/SeventhDragon 7th Dragon]]'' plays Dragons Are Dinosaurs straight, although ''VideoGame/SeventhDragon'' has various dragons that resemble dinosaurs, though to be fair there are some also dragons based on other animals as well.that look like ''other'' animals.
15th Jul '16 8:25:37 AM DaibhidC
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* ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' averts this. Dinosaurs are nothing more than animals, though they're cool enough that they aren't listed in one appendix in the ''Monster Manual'', where animals normally are, but instead under their own heading. Which makes '''D''' officially (and suitably) the most feared section of all creature books for ''D'', what with [[OurDragonsAreDifferent/TabletopGames dragons]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons, devils]], dinosaurs, and [[DarkerAndEdgier dire animals]].

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* ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' averts this. Dinosaurs are nothing more than animals, though they're cool enough that they aren't listed in one appendix in the ''Monster Manual'', where animals normally are, but instead under their own heading. Which makes '''D''' officially (and suitably) the most feared section of all creature books for ''D'', what with [[OurDragonsAreDifferent/TabletopGames dragons]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons, devils]], dinosaurs, and [[DarkerAndEdgier dire animals]].{{Dire Beast}}s.
1st Jul '16 10:55:52 AM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Dragons are dinosaurs... sort of. Rex Raptor has a dinosaur ThemeDeck. However, his two strongest monsters, Serpent Night Dragon and Red Eyes Black Dragon, are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dragons]]. (And in his second duel with Joey later, he adds Tyrant Dragon to his deck.) Possibly justified as dragons are not affected by the arbitrary dinosaur weakness, and Rex may even be exploiting the confusion here. At the time the character was created, there were far too few cards actually based on dinosaurs for a real dinosaur deck, so obviously the next best thing is dragons.

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Dragons are dinosaurs... sort of. Rex Raptor Dinosaur Ryuzaki has a dinosaur Dinosaur ThemeDeck. However, his two strongest monsters, Serpent Night Dragon and Red Eyes Red-Eyes Black Dragon, are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dragons]]. (And in his second duel with Joey Jounouchi later, he adds Tyrant Dragon to his deck.) Possibly justified as dragons are not affected by the arbitrary dinosaur weakness, and Rex Ryusaki may even be exploiting the confusion here. At the time the character was created, there were far too few cards actually based on dinosaurs for a real dinosaur Dinosaur deck, so obviously the next best thing is dragons.



** There is one card, Two-Mouth Darkruler, who was originally classified as a Dragon, but is now a Dinosaur. Hilariously, it has a counterpart known as Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon (which, aside from a {{palette swap}}, looks exactly the same) which is made from fusing two Thunder Dragons.
*** To further complicate it, in the card game, Thunder Dragon and Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon are ''Thunder'-type monsters, and as such technically neither Dinosaurs nor Dragons. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon doesn't actually even have two heads... or look even remotely like the Thunder Dragons that fuse to make it.]]
** The [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh card game]], however, distinguishes between dragons and dinosaurs by making them two entirely different types (Dragon-type and Dinosaur-type). For quite a while since the start of the game, there were very few Dinosaur-type monsters, and it was years before a particularly powerful one was released.

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** There is one card, Two-Mouth Darkruler, who was originally classified as a Dragon, Dragon-Type, but is now a Dinosaur.Dinosaur-Type. Hilariously, it has a counterpart known as Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon (which, aside from a {{palette swap}}, looks exactly the same) which is made from fusing two Thunder Dragons.
*** To further complicate it, in the card game, Thunder Dragon and Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon are ''Thunder'-type ''Thunder''-Type monsters, and as such technically neither Dinosaurs nor Dragons. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon doesn't actually even have two heads... or look even remotely like the Thunder Dragons that fuse to make it.]]
** The [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh card game]], however, distinguishes between dragons and dinosaurs by making them two entirely different types (Dragon-type (Dragon-Type and Dinosaur-type). Dinosaur-Type). For quite a while since the start of the game, there were very few Dinosaur-type Dinosaur-Type monsters, and it was years before a particularly powerful one was released.



*** The [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Evolzar Evolzars]] [[UpToEleven take this up to eleven]] because they need dinosaur-types to summon them and they're dragons!
** For some reason, almost all of the Dinosaur-type monsters in the various ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' video games are shown breathing fire for their attacks.
** Rex specifically notes that the Serpent Night Dragon and the Red Eyes Black Dragon are his special rare cards (he won the Serpent Night Dragon at a tournament), which makes them an acceptable exception to his dinosaur-themed deck. He's just showing off by having them - and ends up losing both anyway.
** Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju. A Dinosaur-type monster has never looked so much like a dragon.

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*** The [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Evolzar Evolzars]] [[UpToEleven take this up to eleven]] because they need dinosaur-types Dinosaur-Types to summon them and they're dragons!
** For some reason, almost all of the Dinosaur-type Dinosaur-Type monsters in the various ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' video games are shown breathing fire for their attacks.
** Rex Ryuzaki specifically notes that the Serpent Night Dragon and the Red Eyes Red-Eyes Black Dragon are his special rare cards (he won the Serpent Night Dragon at a tournament), which makes them an acceptable exception to his dinosaur-themed deck. He's just showing off by having them - and ends up losing both anyway.
** Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju. A Dinosaur-type Dinosaur-Type monster has never looked so much like a dragon.dragon.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': While Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and all of its forms are Dragon-Types, most of them resemble dinosaurs, due to their lack of wings and their primary way of locomotion, which is running.
10th Jun '16 6:19:05 PM Lymantria
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* Many of the old, outdated reconstructions of dinosaurs, pterosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles were made to resemble the traditional appearance of dragons. They often sported lizardlike heads with rows of spines running down their backs. Good examples include [[http://dic.academic.ru/pictures/wiki/files/72/Hylaeosaurus.jpg this (somewhat)] and [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_LOpbWIPseDg/S0d72d-wb9I/AAAAAAAAAP4/VWfSUyRNy_Q/s400/441076537_47bc319d9b_o.jpg the theropod in this picture]], who is also {{Groin|Attack}} [[BadAss Attacking]] his prey. Ironically, the more accurate later dinosaur reconstructions wound up reshaping the way dragons were envisioned, making ''them'' appear more dinosaur-like.

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* Many of the old, outdated reconstructions of dinosaurs, pterosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles were made to resemble the traditional appearance of dragons. They often sported lizardlike heads with rows of spines running down their backs. Good examples include [[http://dic.academic.ru/pictures/wiki/files/72/Hylaeosaurus.jpg this (somewhat)] (somewhat)]] and [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_LOpbWIPseDg/S0d72d-wb9I/AAAAAAAAAP4/VWfSUyRNy_Q/s400/441076537_47bc319d9b_o.jpg the theropod in this picture]], who is also {{Groin|Attack}} [[BadAss Attacking]] his prey. Ironically, the more accurate later dinosaur reconstructions wound up reshaping the way dragons were envisioned, making ''them'' appear more dinosaur-like.
10th Jun '16 6:16:32 PM Lymantria
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** Name of possible first Polish real dinosaur, ''Smok wawelski'', is just name of a monster from legend well known in Poland. ''SmokWawelski'' means "Dragon of Wawel". Wawel is castle on hill in Cracow, former capital of Poland.
** Sometimes it is applied to non-dinosaurian reptiles as well. "Bakonydraco" is a pterosaur from Hungary; [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakonydraco it doesn't look very much like a dragon though]], and the azhdarchid family of pterosaurs are named for a legendary Persian dragon. The most famous of them, ''Quetzalcoatlus'', was named for the feathered serpent God Quetzalcoatl from Myth/AztecMythology. Given its [[http://azmnh.org/Exhibits/images/skies/img6.png immense size]] and status as an apex predator, the resemblance between it and a dragon is not difficult to see.

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** Name of possible first Polish real dinosaur, ''Smok wawelski'', is just name of a monster from legend well known in Poland. ''SmokWawelski'' ''Smok wawelski'' means "Dragon of Wawel". Wawel is castle on hill in Cracow, former capital of Poland.
** Sometimes it is applied to non-dinosaurian reptiles as well. "Bakonydraco" is a pterosaur from Hungary; [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakonydraco it doesn't look very much like a dragon though]], and the azhdarchid family of pterosaurs are named for a legendary Persian dragon. The most famous of them, ''Quetzalcoatlus'', was named for the feathered serpent God Quetzalcoatl from Myth/AztecMythology. Given its [[http://azmnh.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20150908052700/http://www.azmnh.org/Exhibits/images/skies/img6.png immense size]] and status as an apex predator, the resemblance between it and a dragon is not difficult to see.



* Many of the old, outdated reconstructions of dinosaurs, pterosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles were made to resemble the traditional appearance of dragons. They often sported lizardlike heads with rows of spines running down their backs. Good examples include [[http://mysite.verizon.net/markcrowell/mix-battle.jpg the theropod in this picture]], [[http://mysite.verizon.net/markcrowell/craig-syr.jpg this]], [[http://dic.academic.ru/pictures/wiki/files/72/Hylaeosaurus.jpg this (somewhat)]], and [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_LOpbWIPseDg/S0d72d-wb9I/AAAAAAAAAP4/VWfSUyRNy_Q/s400/441076537_47bc319d9b_o.jpg the theropod in this picture]], who is also {{Groin|Attack}} [[BadAss Attacking]] his prey. Ironically, the more accurate later dinosaur reconstructions wound up reshaping the way dragons were envisioned, making ''them'' appear more dinosaur-like.

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* Many of the old, outdated reconstructions of dinosaurs, pterosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles were made to resemble the traditional appearance of dragons. They often sported lizardlike heads with rows of spines running down their backs. Good examples include [[http://mysite.verizon.net/markcrowell/mix-battle.jpg the theropod in this picture]], [[http://mysite.verizon.net/markcrowell/craig-syr.jpg this]], [[http://dic.academic.ru/pictures/wiki/files/72/Hylaeosaurus.jpg this (somewhat)]], (somewhat)] and [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_LOpbWIPseDg/S0d72d-wb9I/AAAAAAAAAP4/VWfSUyRNy_Q/s400/441076537_47bc319d9b_o.jpg the theropod in this picture]], who is also {{Groin|Attack}} [[BadAss Attacking]] his prey. Ironically, the more accurate later dinosaur reconstructions wound up reshaping the way dragons were envisioned, making ''them'' appear more dinosaur-like.
24th May '16 11:46:22 PM PaulA
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* One character in the ''Drenai'' books by Creator/DavidGemmell remembers "dragon" skeletons that he saw in a museum, while thinking that it was ''impossible'' for such animals to breathe fire without burning their own long throats. Given that we're dealing with quite low LowFantasy here, it is implied that he saw just a mundane dinosaur fossil.

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* One character in the ''Drenai'' ''Literature/{{Drenai}}'' books by Creator/DavidGemmell remembers "dragon" skeletons that he saw in a museum, while thinking that it was ''impossible'' for such animals to breathe fire without burning their own long throats. Given that we're dealing with quite low LowFantasy here, it is implied that he saw just a mundane dinosaur fossil.
11th May '16 10:05:55 AM NoSpoilerz
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* Played with in one online list of the most likely creatures for dragons to be based on. While the highest-listed creatures on the list were pterosaurs, the rest were living reptiles (or, in one case, a living fish, and in another, an [[ItMakesSenseInContext inanimate object]]).

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* Played with in one online list of the most likely creatures for dragons to be based on. While the highest-listed creatures on the list were pterosaurs, the rest were living reptiles (or, in one case, a living fish, and in another, an [[ItMakesSenseInContext inanimate object]]). See it here[[http://www.livescience.com/11320-top-10-beasts-dragons-reality-myth.html]]
28th Apr '16 4:00:51 PM nombretomado
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* {{Conan|TheBarbarian}} encounters what he calls a dragon (clearly an - unaccountably predatory - ''Stegosaurus'' from the description) in the Creator/RobertEHoward story ''Literature/RedNails''. It is later revealed to have been reanimated from fossils by magic.

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* {{Conan|TheBarbarian}} Franchise/{{Conan|TheBarbarian}} encounters what he calls a dragon (clearly an - unaccountably predatory - ''Stegosaurus'' from the description) in the Creator/RobertEHoward story ''Literature/RedNails''. It is later revealed to have been reanimated from fossils by magic.
8th Apr '16 9:10:20 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''[[http://www.theguardian.com/science/lost-worlds/2015/apr/29/bird-yi-qi-the-dinosaur-evolution-flight-feather-nature Yi qi]]'', a recently discovered scansoriopterygid (a group of arboreal theropods closely related to birds with long fingers) dinosaur, which had membranes of skin stretched across its hands, and so likely resembled a tiny feathered wyvern. It was probably not capable of flying, and used its bat-like wings for gliding.

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* ''[[http://www.theguardian.com/science/lost-worlds/2015/apr/29/bird-yi-qi-the-dinosaur-evolution-flight-feather-nature Yi qi]]'', a recently discovered scansoriopterygid (a group of long-fingered arboreal theropods closely related to birds with long fingers) birds) dinosaur, which had membranes of skin stretched across its hands, and so likely resembled a tiny feathered wyvern. It was probably not capable of flying, and used its bat-like wings for gliding.
8th Apr '16 9:00:28 AM Theriocephalus
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* Wexter, the T-Rex pet of ''WebComic/AxeCop'' breathes fire, though this may be justified by the sheer number of super-powers invented on the spot for anything and everything.

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* Wexter, the T-Rex pet of ''WebComic/AxeCop'' ''WebComic/AxeCop'', breathes fire, though this may be justified by the sheer number of super-powers invented on the spot for anything and everything.
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