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7th Dec '17 12:15:34 AM dieseldragons
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Recently, western dragons' physical variability has created a number of named sub-species:

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Recently, western dragons' physical variability [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/01/88/b9/0188b953d9cd5afa3d28baef76425810--fire-dragon-green-dragon.jpg has created a number of named sub-species:sub-species]]:
15th Nov '17 4:46:15 PM Theriocephalus
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->''"Gronckle, Zippleback, the Skrill... Boneknapper... Whispering Death... Burns its victims, buries its victims, chokes its victims, turns its victims inside-out... Extremely dangerous, extremely dangerous... kill on sight, kill on sight, kill on sight..."''

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->''"Gronckle, Zippleback, the Skrill... Boneknapper... Whispering Death... Burns burns its victims, buries its victims, chokes its victims, turns its victims inside-out... Extremely extremely dangerous, extremely dangerous... kill on sight, kill on sight, kill on sight..."''



* The most popular variation has been the '''wyvern''', somewhat resembling a bat with the forelimbs being clawed wings and the rear limbs being two legs - this configuration generally being considered more "realistic" as something that could actually evolve. [[note]]Despite appearances, wings are actually a type of arm, and not a separate thing. Therefore a dragon with four legs and two "wings" biologically has ''six'' limbs - and six-limbed reptiles don't exist in the real world.[[/note]] In some settings, this is the only type and will simply be called "dragons." In other settings, wyverns are not considered "true" dragons at all, but a related, usually less powerful and intelligent species. Wyverns are less likely to breathe fire, and more likely to be venomous (even when dragons in the same setting are not venomous). \\

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* The most popular variation has been the '''wyvern''', somewhat resembling a bat with the forelimbs being clawed wings and the rear limbs being two legs - -- this configuration generally being considered more "realistic" as something that could actually evolve. [[note]]Despite appearances, wings are actually a type of arm, and not a separate thing. Therefore a dragon with four legs and two "wings" biologically has ''six'' limbs - -- and six-limbed reptiles don't exist in the real world.[[/note]] In some settings, this is the only type and will simply be called "dragons." In other settings, wyverns are not considered "true" dragons at all, but a related, usually less powerful and intelligent species. Wyverns are less likely to breathe fire, and more likely to be venomous (even when dragons in the same setting are not venomous). \\
10th Nov '17 8:42:09 AM Theriocephalus
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Nearly every culture has myths about something called a 'dragon', despite the fact none of them can agree on exactly ''what'' dragons are. How big are they? What do they look like? How many heads do they have? Do they breathe [[KillItWithFire fire]]? Or [[KillItWithIce ice]]? Do they fly (and if so, with or without wings)? How many legs do they have? Are they dumb as planks, or [[IntellectualAnimal superintelligent]]? Are they low scaly pests, or ultra-rare Uber-serpents [[StrongerWithAge ancient and powerful as the Earth itself]]? Are they benevolent? Malevolent or even outright [[DragonsAreDemonic demonic]]? Are they divine entities or spirits, or just really cool animals?

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Nearly every culture has myths about something called a 'dragon', "dragon", despite the fact none of them can agree on exactly ''what'' dragons are. How big are they? What do they look like? How many heads do they have? Do they breathe [[KillItWithFire fire]]? Or [[KillItWithIce ice]]? Do they fly (and if so, with or without wings)? How many legs do they have? Are they dumb as planks, or [[IntellectualAnimal superintelligent]]? Are they low scaly pests, or ultra-rare Uber-serpents [[StrongerWithAge ancient and powerful as the Earth itself]]? Are they benevolent? Malevolent or even outright [[DragonsAreDemonic demonic]]? Are they [[DragonsAreDivine divine entities or spirits, spirits]], or just really cool animals?
30th Oct '17 9:12:06 AM BoredMe
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* [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.]] Most notably in his regrettable 1991 WWF stint.
5th Oct '17 7:36:08 PM angie710
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Nearly every culture has myths about something called a 'dragon', despite the fact none of them can agree on exactly ''what'' dragons are. How big are they? What do they look like? How many heads do they have? Do they breathe [[KillItWithFire fire]]? Or [[KillItWithIce ice]]? Do they fly (and if so, with or without wings)? How many legs do they have? Are they dumb as planks, or [[IntellectualAnimal superintelligent]]? Are they low scaly pests, or ultra-rare Uber-serpents [[StrongerWithAge ancient and powerful as the Earth itself]]?

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Nearly every culture has myths about something called a 'dragon', despite the fact none of them can agree on exactly ''what'' dragons are. How big are they? What do they look like? How many heads do they have? Do they breathe [[KillItWithFire fire]]? Or [[KillItWithIce ice]]? Do they fly (and if so, with or without wings)? How many legs do they have? Are they dumb as planks, or [[IntellectualAnimal superintelligent]]? Are they low scaly pests, or ultra-rare Uber-serpents [[StrongerWithAge ancient and powerful as the Earth itself]]?
itself]]? Are they benevolent? Malevolent or even outright [[DragonsAreDemonic demonic]]? Are they divine entities or spirits, or just really cool animals?
22nd Sep '17 7:34:39 PM Theriocephalus
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** In addition, ''Fanfic/BesidesTheWillOfEvil'' also introduces various dragon-like creatures among the monsters created by [[BigBad Reiziger]] during the Deer War, which become part of his forces again when he returns:
*** Wyverns resemble cobras with dragon wings and blue fire burning in their mouths, eyes, and a slit along their backs.
*** [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Fell beasts]] are bigger, almost the size of a small dragon. They have only four limbs -- wings and taloned legs -- and their long necks and tails give them an almost wormlike appearance. [[BrownNote Their shrieks cause supernatural terror]].
13th Sep '17 3:56:08 PM Vi47
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||Either [[GiantFlyer fly with bat-like wings]], or they lack wings and don't fly.||Can fly via magic even if they lack wings, which they usually do. When they do have wings, they are often birdlike.||

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||Either [[GiantFlyer fly with bat-like or very rarely bird-like wings]], or they lack wings and don't fly.||Can fly via magic even if they lack wings, which they usually do. When they do have wings, they are often birdlike.||
13th Aug '17 3:57:23 AM LegitimateIdiot
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** In the ''Ninjago'' theme, the ninjas use a number of dragons as transport and to assist in combat. They have wildly varying appearances, wyverns, quadrupedal dragons and drakes, and Chinese Lung dragons. Unlike ''Castle'', the dragons are fully brick-built (like a vehicle), and are very posable thanks to ball-and-socket joints. In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGONinjagoMovie'', Llyod Garmadon uses a bright green dragon mech based on the Chinese lung dragons

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** In the ''Ninjago'' theme, the ninjas occasionally use a number of dragons as transport and to assist in combat. They have wildly varying appearances, wyverns, quadrupedal dragons and drakes, and Chinese Lung dragons. Unlike ''Castle'', the dragons are fully brick-built (like a vehicle), and are very posable thanks to ball-and-socket joints. In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGONinjagoMovie'', Llyod Garmadon uses a bright green dragon mech based on the Chinese lung dragonsdragons.
12th Aug '17 8:02:47 AM SAMAS
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Further, it's also become fairly common for dragons to come in different flavors of ElementalPowers, especially in settings where ElementalRockPaperScissors are enforced. This may simply manifest in their BreathWeapon, or it may affect all properties of the dragon. Elemental rainbows of dragons are most common in video games and tabletop games where diversity of creatures and gameplay balance are considerations. One-off dragon variants are most likely to be ice elemental, poisonous, or maybe [[{{Dracolich}} zombified]].

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Further, it's also become fairly common for dragons to come in different flavors of ElementalPowers, especially in settings where ElementalRockPaperScissors are enforced. This may simply manifest in their BreathWeapon, or it may affect all properties of the dragon. Elemental rainbows [[UndergroundMonkey rainbows]] of dragons are most common in video games and tabletop games where diversity of creatures and gameplay balance are considerations. One-off dragon variants are most likely to be ice elemental, poisonous, or maybe [[{{Dracolich}} zombified]].
22nd Jul '17 9:12:48 AM Theriocephalus
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** The komagas, large reptilian creatures that rampage across Gildedale for a month every year, destroying anything in their way (they only do this in one direction and return the next year from the same way as before; no one knows where they go the rest of the time), were, ccording to Gildedale tradition, dragons who long ago committed some unknown sin and were punished by their gods with the loss of their wings and fire and being cursed to eternally roam the earth, and who over the aeons have degraded into mindless beasts.

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** The komagas, large reptilian creatures that rampage across Gildedale for a month every year, destroying anything in their way (they only do this in one direction and return the next year from the same way as before; no one knows where they go the rest of the time), were, ccording according to Gildedale tradition, dragons who long ago committed some unknown sin and were punished by their gods with the loss of their wings and fire and being cursed to eternally roam the earth, and who over the aeons have degraded into mindless beasts.
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