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18th Jan '17 4:52:23 PM ZelmanClock
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* One episode of ''FlyingWitch'' features a magical flying whale large enough to have ''ruins'', including a large temple, on it's back. Apparently people lived on it's back many years ago, but have long since abandoned it.

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* One episode episode/chapter of ''FlyingWitch'' features a magical flying whale large enough to have ''trees'' and ''ruins'', including a large temple, on it's back. Apparently people lived on it's back many years ago, but have long since abandoned it.
18th Jan '17 4:48:26 PM ZelmanClock
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* One episode of ''FlyingWitch'' features a magical flying whale large enough to have ''ruins'', including a large temple, on it's back. Apparently people lived on it's back many years ago, but have long since abandoned it.
15th Jan '17 11:25:48 AM nombretomado
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* In the skies of the ShadowWorld of ''AgeOfWonders: Shadow Magic'' swim whale-like Skwahl. They aren't present (at least in the official ruleset), but the description of floating [[http://aow2.heavengames.com/aowsm/gameinfo/units/syrons.shtml#forceship Forceship]] unit says Syron make them from hollowed carcasses of old Skwahl.

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* In the skies of the ShadowWorld of ''AgeOfWonders: ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders: Shadow Magic'' swim whale-like Skwahl. They aren't present (at least in the official ruleset), but the description of floating [[http://aow2.heavengames.com/aowsm/gameinfo/units/syrons.shtml#forceship Forceship]] unit says Syron make them from hollowed carcasses of old Skwahl.
10th Jan '17 2:36:08 PM MiddleEighth
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* George does a pegasus and a dragon in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', always acting as a Deus Ex Machina Airline for Ringo and, usually, someone else (As'taris and the Hunter). Of course, he becomes many smaller kinds of flyers as well.

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* George [[VoluntaryShapeshifting does a pegasus and a dragon dragon]] in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', always acting as a Deus Ex Machina Airline for Ringo and, usually, someone else (As'taris and the Hunter). Of course, he becomes many smaller kinds of flyers as well.well.
**He continues this trend in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', though he's too prudent to fly as a dragon where anyone might see him (and take a shot at him). Twice he becomes a giant eagle to carry one of the others when riding isn't an option; Ringo ''hates'' this, since it makes him feel like George's dinner!
21st Dec '16 11:38:26 AM Xtifr
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* The original Gwythaints of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' are almost a subversion. They ''used'' to be good; they were peaceful flying creatures akin to real-life Condors. Somehow, they were corrupted by [[BigBad Arawn]] -- [[spoiler:but there is still good in them. Taran rescues a young Gwythaint who later [[AndroclesLion goes on to rescue him.]]]]

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* The original Gwythaints of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' are almost a subversion. They ''used'' to be good; they were peaceful flying creatures akin to real-life Condors. Somehow, they were corrupted by [[BigBad Arawn]] -- [[spoiler:but there is still good in them. Taran rescues a young Gwythaint who later [[AndroclesLion goes on to rescue him.]]]]
9th Dec '16 7:55:42 PM CJCroen1393
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* Rounding out the extinct animals, we have ''Meganeura'' and its relatives from the Carboniferous period. A wingspan of 65 centimeters (25 inches), it sounds puny compared to most of the animals listed here until you find out that it was a ''[[BigCreepyCrawlies dragonfly]]''.
9th Dec '16 7:50:04 PM CJCroen1393
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* The Thunderbirds and Piasa of some Native American myths.

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* The Thunderbirds and Piasa of some Native American myths. Although the Piasa wasn't always this.
5th Dec '16 2:53:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has an amusing application of this trope in the form of the teachable move "Fly". Any Pokémon who can learn it effectively becomes your Deus Ex Machina Airline. (In practice, this means you are able to revisit important locations within the game.) The list of characters who can carry you while flying includes everything from creatures who fit the Giant Flyer trope, like the big, BadAss dragon Salamence. But it also hilariously includes tiny little [[GoddamnBats Zubat]] and (possibly the most amusing) [[http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/8254/comic188.png Doduo]], a two-headed flightless bird thing ''without wings''. Generally the entire evolutionary lines of common bird Pokémon (Pidgey, Hoothoot, etc.) can learn Fly even in their small initial forms (for one thing, Pidgey's Pokédex entry calls it a Tiny Bird Pokémon). Natu stands out as a rare example of a common bird Pokémon that ''can't'' (like Pidgey, it is also described as a Tiny Bird Pokémon), though its evolved form, Xatu, can.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has an amusing application of this trope in the form of the teachable move "Fly". Any Pokémon who can learn it effectively becomes your Deus Ex Machina Airline. (In practice, this means you are able to revisit important locations within the game.) The list of characters who can carry you while flying includes everything from creatures who fit the Giant Flyer trope, like the big, BadAss badass dragon Salamence. But it also hilariously includes tiny little [[GoddamnBats Zubat]] and (possibly the most amusing) [[http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/8254/comic188.png Doduo]], a two-headed flightless bird thing ''without wings''. Generally the entire evolutionary lines of common bird Pokémon (Pidgey, Hoothoot, etc.) can learn Fly even in their small initial forms (for one thing, Pidgey's Pokédex entry calls it a Tiny Bird Pokémon). Natu stands out as a rare example of a common bird Pokémon that ''can't'' (like Pidgey, it is also described as a Tiny Bird Pokémon), though its evolved form, Xatu, can.
25th Nov '16 1:57:32 PM CJCroen1393
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* The [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpies]] of Myth/ClassicalMythology could be seen as the trope makers for the Leathery Winged Avian variant.
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* [[FeatheredSerpent Quetzalcoatl]] from Myth/AztecMythology was such a giant flyer that he became the namesake for a real life one, the below mentioned ''Quetzalcoatlus''. There is some debate on whether or not he actually had wings (he's frequently depicted as a feathered snake in every sense of the word, including being limbless), but almost every version of his feathered serpent form is a huge flying creature.
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24th Nov '16 1:10:34 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': Planet Mira has a lot of extremely large giant flying creatures, with the man-sized jellyfish things being the ''smallest'' examples by far. The largest fliers could probably make a nest out of a football field. Interestingly, most of them won't attack you: you're way too small to be considered a meal or a threat, so unless you attack them, they'll ignore you. Until you get your HumongousMecha. ''Then'' they'll take notice.
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