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* In ''Roleplay/ThereIsNoGATEWeDidNotFightThere'', the titular King of the Sky from the interlude *The Myth, The Legend, The King of The Sky* is an enormous Thunderbird composed of storm channels, blotting out the entire sky. Kytheus compares its size to that of the earth dragon his grandfather had slain before his birth, and whose bones have the ''main city of the Rhavenfell built into them.''
23rd Apr '17 6:10:41 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': The Lethrblaka ("lether-flapper"), monstrous, man-eating creatures resembling draconic pterosaurs with arms as well as legs and wings. The Ra'zac use them as transportation when going around doing King Galbatorix's business. ([[spoiler:They're also the adult form of the Ra'zac]]).

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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': The Lethrblaka ("lether-flapper"), ("leather-flapper" in the Ancient Language), monstrous, man-eating creatures resembling draconic pterosaurs with arms as well as legs and wings. The Ra'zac use them as transportation when going around doing King Galbatorix's business. ([[spoiler:They're also the adult form of the Ra'zac]]).
23rd Apr '17 6:09:14 PM Theriocephalus
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* Abyssgreymon from Transcendence: Digital Curse is a Super Ultimate digimon who is about the same size as a Sovereign. He is forced into servitude by the first villain of the series.

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* Abyssgreymon from Transcendence: ''Transcendence: Digital Curse Curse'' is a Super Ultimate digimon who is about the same size as a Sovereign. He is forced into servitude by the first villain of the series.



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* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'': The Horned King keeps two Gwythaints, which he sends to kidnap the prophetic pig Hen Wen. They're portrayed as a sort of my between a wyvern and a pterosaur, in a departure from the original book series where they're described as more like large birds.
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* Gyaos of the ''Franchise.{{Gamera}}'' series.
* The Fell Beasts used as mounts by the Ringwraiths in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. While they are more vaguely described in the books, here they are portrayed as large, leathery-winged and scaled, with two legs, long necks and blunt, snakelike heads. They are used by the Ringwaiths almost like reconnaissance planes while patrolling the lands around Mordor, but are taken directly into battle at Osgiliath, Mina Tirith and The Black Gate.
* Otachi from ''Film/PacificRim''.
* The Leviathans from ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.

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* Gyaos of the ''Franchise.{{Gamera}}'' ''Franchise/{{Gamera}}'' series.
* The Fell Beasts used as mounts by the Ringwraiths in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. While they are more vaguely described in the books, here they are portrayed as large, leathery-winged and scaled, with two legs, long necks and blunt, snakelike heads. They are used by the Ringwaiths almost like reconnaissance planes while patrolling the lands around Mordor, but are taken directly into battle at Osgiliath, Mina Minas Tirith and The the Black Gate.
* Otachi from ''Film/PacificRim''.
''Film/PacificRim'' resembles a giant reptilian bat capable [[spoiler:of lifting a giant robot of equivalent size]], and like all Kaiju exists for the purpose of [[spoiler:destroying human civilization so that the civilization that made it can take over the Earth]]. Its ability to fly also more or less invalidates any use the wall system can have of keeping Kaiju confined.
* The Leviathans from ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.Avengers|2012}}'' are flying, armor-plated whale monsters used by the Chitauri as a combination of siege engines and war animals in the invasion of New York.



* ''Literature/LoneWolf''

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* ''Literature/LoneWolf'' ''Literature/LoneWolf''.



* The Fell Beasts of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' parodies this by having the Black Riders fly killer pelicans.
* The original Gwythaints of ''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.]]]]

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* The Fell Beasts of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
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''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', vaguely-described creatures with vast, leathery wings used by the Ringwraiths as flying mounts.
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''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' parodies this trope, and its use in''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', by having the Black Riders fly killer pelicans.
* The original Gwythaints of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' are almost a subversion. They ''used'' to be good; they were peaceful flying creatures akin to real-life Condors.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.]]]]



* The Lethrblaka ([[spoiler:the adult form of the Ra'zac]]) from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.

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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': The Lethrblaka ([[spoiler:the ("lether-flapper"), monstrous, man-eating creatures resembling draconic pterosaurs with arms as well as legs and wings. The Ra'zac use them as transportation when going around doing King Galbatorix's business. ([[spoiler:They're also the adult form of the Ra'zac]]) from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.Ra'zac]]).



* Ridley in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', although he's not really a servant of the Mother Brain (he's the leader of the Space Pirate army who ally with the Mother Brain).

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* Ridley in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'':
** Ridley,
although he's not really a servant of the Mother Brain (he's Brain, as he's the leader of the Space Pirate army who ally with the Mother Brain).her.



* The giant Pteranodon in Ecco the Dolphin
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has quite a few of these. Notable examples include Yveltal, Ho-Oh and Lugia.

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* The giant Pteranodon in Ecco the Dolphin
''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has quite a few of these. Notable examples include ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Yveltal, Ho-Oh a massive bird-like Pokémon and Lugia.also a god of death. If it dies, it can rebirth itself in a dark reflection of a phoenix, sucking the life out of everything for miles around.



* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has the Bulldog Dragon. It's basically what you'd get if you combined a bulldog, a bat, and a goat while making it the size of a small car and reptilian.

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has the Bulldog Dragon.Dragon, a creature summoned at one point against the heroes. It's basically what you'd get if you combined a bulldog, a bat, and a goat while making it the size of a small car and reptilian.
23rd Apr '17 1:32:18 PM Theriocephalus
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* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** Among the many species that went extinct when Alderaan exploded were a number of massive flying creatures called thrantas, used as beasts of burden. Fortunately one species was exported to Bespin, which has an entire airborne ecosystem.
** In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Jabba's thugs keep flying reptilian Kaven whistlers in the ceiling of his townhouse, and feed delinquent debtors to them.

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* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** Among the many species that went extinct when Alderaan exploded were a number of massive flying creatures called thrantas, used as beasts of burden. Fortunately one species was exported to Bespin, which has an entire airborne ecosystem.
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In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Jabba's thugs keep flying reptilian Kaven whistlers in the ceiling of his townhouse, and feed delinquent debtors to them.



* Dragons in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. [[spoiler:Lethrblaka also serve as this to the Ra'zac.]]

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* Dragons in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. [[spoiler:Lethrblaka also serve as this to the Ra'zac.]]



* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Among the many species that went extinct when Alderaan exploded were a number of massive flying creatures called thrantas, used as beasts of burden and steeds. The largest species could carry passenger vessels the size of ships. Fortunately, before this happened, one species was exported to the gas giant Bespin, which has an entire airborne ecosystem.



* Pegasus may be the Ur-example.

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* Pegasus Pegasus, the flying horse tamed by the hero Bellerophon and that served as his steed when he vanquished the Chimera, may be the Ur-example.



** Much more amusing than Doduo is Smeargle. They aren't bird-like or winged at all (they're dogs), but that doesn't stop them from [[PowerCopying sketching]] and using Fly.
** Best of all for a Deus Ex Machina Airline? A legendary like Rayquaza, Moltres, or Ho-Oh. You are riding a friggin' phoenix, or the Ziz itself.
** This is even funnier if you have a Golurk and teach it Fly. It's a possessed golem about twice the size of the player, and many fans depict it with a [[RuleOfCool built-in jetpack]].
*** Which is now canon.

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** Much more amusing than Doduo is Smeargle. They aren't bird-like or winged at all (they're dogs), dogs with paintbrush tails), but that doesn't stop them from [[PowerCopying sketching]] and using Fly.
** Best of all for a Deus Ex Machina Airline? A legendary [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] like Rayquaza, Moltres, or Ho-Oh. You are riding a friggin' phoenix, or the Ziz itself.
** This is even funnier if you have a Golurk and teach it Fly. It's a possessed golem about twice the size of the player, and many fans depict it with a [[RuleOfCool built-in jetpack]].
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jetpack]]. Which is now canon.how the anime ended up depicting it, too.
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Sun and Moon]]'' replace Fly, along with most of the out-of-battle moves, with the Ride Pager, which allows you to call up certain Pokémon to where you are to perform those tasks. Fly's role is done by Charizard, allowing you to fly around the Alolan islands as you please on the back of a dragon.



* In the cancelled ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' game for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance, ''[[http://www.twitch.tv/wayforwardtv/b/467113071 Risky Revolution]]'', Sky's bird, Wrench, was going to be revealed as having grown really big in the period after the first game, and would have served as the GlobalAirship for Shantae.
** Played straight in ''Half-Genie Hero,'' where Wrench serves as Shantae's transport between levels.

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* In the cancelled ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' game for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance, ''[[http://www.twitch.tv/wayforwardtv/b/467113071 Risky Revolution]]'', Sky's bird, Wrench, was going to be revealed as having grown really big in the period after the first game, and would have served as the GlobalAirship for Shantae.
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Shantae. Played straight in ''Half-Genie Hero,'' where Wrench serves as Shantae's transport between levels.



* Various Pegasi in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'' series.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': "Appa, yip-yip!"
* ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'':The mother and father of the Pteronodon family seem to be in competition as to who has given their adopted son Buddy ([[TyrannosaurusRex a theropod of the non-flying persuasion]]) the most rides.

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* Various Pegasi in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'' series.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': "Appa, yip-yip!"
Appa, the flying bison who serves as the heroes' main mode of transportation.
* ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'':The ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'': The mother and father of the Pteronodon ''Pteranodon'' family seem to be in competition as to who has given their adopted son Buddy ([[TyrannosaurusRex a theropod of the non-flying persuasion]]) the most rides.
23rd Apr '17 1:19:23 PM Theriocephalus
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* George [[VoluntaryShapeshifting 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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* ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'':
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George [[VoluntaryShapeshifting does turns into a pegasus and a dragon]] in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', dragon]], 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.



* [[spoiler:Sacredgreymon]] drives Abyssgreymon from Digital City near the end of Transcendence: Digital Curse.

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* [[spoiler:Sacredgreymon]] drives Abyssgreymon from Digital City near the end of Transcendence: ''Transcendence: Digital Curse.Curse''.
23rd Apr '17 1:17:24 PM Theriocephalus
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** The Tyranid Harridan: a huge winged monstrosity with razor sharp claws, pointy teeth and acid-shooting "bio cannons". Often carries around flocks of Gargoyles, smaller flying Tyranids.
** Quite a few other varieties of Tyranid come in winged strains, and then there are most of Tzeentch's demons...
* Many ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' armies have access to giant flying monsters as mounts for characters, mostly classic mythological monsters such as Dragons, Griffons, Pegasi, Wyverns and Manticores, although there are also stranger creatures like the dragon-sized zombie bat known as a Terrorgheist. The closest to the classic Lord of the Rings type is probably the Wyvern, available to Orc warbosses and great shamans.

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** The Tyranid Harridan: Tyranids have a large number of flying monsters in their army. The Harridan is a huge winged monstrosity with razor sharp claws, pointy teeth and acid-shooting "bio cannons". Often carries around flocks of Gargoyles, smaller flying Tyranids.
** Quite
Tyranids. Harpies act as living bombers with a few screech that can rupture eardrums. Hive Crones will wrestle enemy aircraft out of the skies before strafing ground forces with their stomach acids. Sky Slashers are nothing so much as fanged maws with bat wings that attack in huge swarms. Finally, Shrikes act as synapse creatures, keeping the other varieties dying units connected to the HiveMind.
** The daemons
of Tyranid come in winged strains, Tzeentch, the Chaos God of sorcery and then there manipulation, have a distinct avian theme, and many are most capable of Tzeentch's demons...
flight.
* Many ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' armies have access to giant flying monsters as mounts for characters, mostly classic mythological monsters such as Dragons, Griffons, Pegasi, Wyverns and Manticores, although there are also stranger creatures like the dragon-sized zombie bat known as a Terrorgheist. The closest to the classic Lord ''Lord of the Rings Rings'' type is probably the Wyvern, available to Orc warbosses and great shamans.
22nd Apr '17 9:36:26 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', mention is made several times of the fact that 'noble' (ie, giant and mythical) dragons are, intrinsically, ''wrong''; nothing that big with that wingspan should ever be able to fly - Sybil even mentions the thing about how you can't just scale something up and expect it to work. The only way they can survive in the real world is by, essentially, feeding on magic. Lots of it. And that doesn't go so well.

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* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', mention is made several times of the fact that 'noble' (ie, giant and mythical) dragons are, intrinsically, ''wrong''; nothing that big with that wingspan should ever be able to fly - -- Sybil even mentions the thing about how you can't just scale something up and expect it to work. The only way they can survive in the real world is by, essentially, feeding on magic. Lots of it. And that doesn't go so well.well once thee magic starts running out.
22nd Apr '17 6:15:58 PM nombretomado
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* The Sand Bird from ''SuperMarioSunshine'' is literally a sand bird and fully capable of flight.

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* The Sand Bird from ''SuperMarioSunshine'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' is literally a sand bird and fully capable of flight.
7th Apr '17 8:35:22 PM korben600
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* RWBY has a class of Grimm known as a [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Nevermore]], which is of course, [[CreepyCrows a gigantic crow]]. These are big birds, and are pretty dangerous, usually requiring multiple hunters to take down. Or a Gatling gun.
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* In ''The Dragon Dentist'', the dragon of the title is an extremely giant flying beast slowly undulating through the sky, with a village perched like cliff-dwellings on it to house the dentists, also of the title. A predator in the sense that it can be employed in war.
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