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6th Dec '16 12:44:21 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' has two kinds of giant lizards:
** The more common wyverns are slightly smaller than a barn, two-legged and two-winged, and somewhat sentient, though most aren't terribly bright.
** The true dragons are quadrupedal, fire-breathing, capable of shapeshifting and, when in their natural form, absolutely ''enormous'', with enough wingspan to cover an entire army - not to mention immortal and gifted with enough magical power to qualify as {{Physical God}}s.
4th Dec '16 10:25:32 AM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Red Nails" Valeria and ConanTheBarbarian are treed by a dragon that's implied to be a [[DinosaursAreDragons Stegosaurus]].

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Red Nails" Valeria and ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian are treed by a dragon that's implied to be a [[DinosaursAreDragons Stegosaurus]].
29th Nov '16 10:20:17 PM PaulA
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* The dragons in Creator/DianeDuane's Middle Kingdoms setting are essentially highly intelligent immigrants from outer space, having left their dying homeworld for greener pastures long ago (and apparently under their own power rather than via ships). They also practice a form of racial immortality by letting the spirits of their departed coinhabit the bodies of the living -- which is a major plot point in ''The Door into Shadow'' when [[spoiler:a dying dragon ''and all his ancestors'' end up in the body of the main human protagonist]].

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* The dragons in Creator/DianeDuane's Middle Kingdoms setting ''Literature/TheTaleOfTheFive'' are essentially highly intelligent immigrants from outer space, having left their dying homeworld for greener pastures long ago (and apparently under their own power rather than via ships). They also practice a form of racial immortality by letting the spirits of their departed coinhabit the bodies of the living -- which is a major plot point in ''The Door into Shadow'' when [[spoiler:a dying dragon ''and all his ancestors'' end up in the body of the main human protagonist]].
26th Nov '16 5:20:58 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/CSLewis' ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' had a few Western dragons:
** Eustace sees a dragon die of age in ''The Voyage of the Dawn Treader''. He then discovers the dragon's treasure hoard, and falls asleep on it, thinking "greedy, dragonish thoughts". The next morning, he finds himself [[{{curse}} transformed into a dragon]].
** In ''The Silver Chair'', Eustace and Jill see dragons among the many creatures sleeping under the earth, waiting for [[TheEndOftheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the world]].
** When the world ends in ''The Last Battle'', these dragons and other creatures awake, eat all Narnia's trees, scorch the earth, then die.
** Notably, there's a dragon-turned-to-stone in the Witch's house in ''The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe''. When he's restored, he fights on Aslan's side against the Witch. So not all Narnian dragons are evil.

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* Creator/CSLewis' ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' had a few Western dragons:
** Eustace sees a dragon die of age in ''The Voyage of the Dawn Treader''.''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''. He then discovers the dragon's treasure hoard, and falls asleep on it, thinking "greedy, dragonish thoughts". The next morning, he finds himself [[{{curse}} transformed into a dragon]].
** In ''The Silver Chair'', ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', Eustace and Jill see dragons among the many creatures sleeping under the earth, waiting for [[TheEndOftheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the world]].
** When the world ends in ''The Last Battle'', ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', these dragons and other creatures awake, eat all Narnia's trees, scorch the earth, then die.
** Notably, there's a dragon-turned-to-stone in the Witch's house in ''The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe''.''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''. When he's restored, he fights on Aslan's side against the Witch. So not all Narnian dragons are evil.
22nd Nov '16 5:45:32 PM PaulA
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* ''The Flight Of Dragons'' by Creator/PeterDickinson is a "speculative natural history" book, explaining how dragons might have evolved, how everything about them from hoards of gold to breathing fire was based on their flight mechanism (they were essentially living dirigibles), and why there aren't any fossils (once they died, the complicated chemical processes they used to produce hydrogen dissolved their bones). This vaguely inspired elements of [[WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons the cartoon film of the same name]] (including the main character being named Peter Dickinson), although the plot drew some elements from ''[[Literature/TheDragonKnight The Dragon and the George]]'' by Creator/GordonRDickson.

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* ''The Flight Of Dragons'' by Creator/PeterDickinson is a "speculative natural history" book, explaining how dragons might have evolved, how everything about them from hoards of gold to breathing fire was based on their flight mechanism (they were essentially living dirigibles), and why there aren't any fossils (once they died, the complicated chemical processes they used to produce hydrogen dissolved their bones). This vaguely inspired elements of [[WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons the cartoon film of the same name]] (including the main character being named Peter Dickinson), although the plot drew some elements from ''[[Literature/TheDragonKnight The Dragon and the George]]'' ''Literature/TheDragonAndTheGeorge'' by Creator/GordonRDickson.
12th Nov '16 3:56:59 AM Gowan
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* In Creator/PatriciaBriggs' ''Dragon Bones'' and ''Dragon Blood'' (which make up the ''Literature/{{Hurog}} duology'', the dragons look like Western dragons. They're actually intelligent, magic-using shapeshifters and on at least one occasion have intermarried with humans. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt This ended badly.]]

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* In Creator/PatriciaBriggs' ''Dragon Bones'' and ''Dragon Blood'' (which make up the ''Literature/{{Hurog}} duology'', ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology), the dragons look like Western dragons. They're actually intelligent, magic-using shapeshifters and on at least one occasion have intermarried with humans. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt This ended badly.]]]]
* In ''Literature/TheInvisibleLibrary'' dragons are forces of order, whereas TheFairFolk are forces of chaos. This being a book about a library, order is a ''good'' thing, while chaos ... is not. Dragons can shapeshift into human form (Irene once met a dragon whose only dragon-like feature were the scales on his skin) and are hinted to operate on a kind of BlueAndOrangeMorality that is more compatible with human wellbeing than that of TheFairFolk, but does not always make sense.
5th Nov '16 12:03:48 AM DustSnitch
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** The RPG books say, basically, "don't think giant flying fire-breathing lizard. Think force of nature". That pretty much covers just how {{badass}} these creatures are and how much ''more'' badass Michael is, although he is only capable of such displays of unparalleled badassery when "on the clock," that is to say, when he's being directly led by God to do so. Otherwise, he's just as vulnerable as any human capable fighter.

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** The RPG books say, basically, "don't think giant flying fire-breathing lizard. Think force of nature". That pretty much covers just how {{badass}} badass these creatures are and how much ''more'' badass Michael is, although he is only capable of such displays of unparalleled badassery when "on the clock," that is to say, when he's being directly led by God to do so. Otherwise, he's just as vulnerable as any human capable fighter.



* The Chinese classic ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' features the typical Eastern type dragons: they are [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] overseeing the water realm (the most important ones being the kings of the four seas North, East, South, West), they can cause rain (although when and how much are decided by the Heaven Bureaucracy. A minor dragon god was beheaded because he changed the amount of rain in his territory), they can take human form as well as other animals (the steed of Xuanzang is a dragon prince, how he ends up there is a long story), they can be both good and bad guys. But in story, the dragons tend to receive short ends of the stick: the kings are closely monitored by the Heaven Bureaucracy, their territories are wrecked constantly, and even the great sea kings are bossed around by [[JerkAss Monkey King]] [[BadAss Sun Wukong]], who calls them "worms with antlers".

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* The Chinese classic ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' features the typical Eastern type dragons: they are [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] overseeing the water realm (the most important ones being the kings of the four seas North, East, South, West), they can cause rain (although when and how much are decided by the Heaven Bureaucracy. A minor dragon god was beheaded because he changed the amount of rain in his territory), they can take human form as well as other animals (the steed of Xuanzang is a dragon prince, how he ends up there is a long story), they can be both good and bad guys. But in story, the dragons tend to receive short ends of the stick: the kings are closely monitored by the Heaven Bureaucracy, their territories are wrecked constantly, and even the great sea kings are bossed around by [[JerkAss Monkey King]] [[BadAss Sun Wukong]], Wukong, who calls them "worms with antlers".
31st Oct '16 8:34:26 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/BryanDavis's ''Dragons in Our Midst'', ''Oracles of Fire'', and ''Children of the Bard'' fiction world, the dragons breath light.

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* In Creator/BryanDavis's ''Dragons in Our Midst'', ''Literature/DragonsInOurMidst'', ''Oracles of Fire'', and ''Children of the Bard'' fiction world, the dragons breath light.
26th Oct '16 8:57:39 AM Tyk5919
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* Daniel Arenson's ''Literature/DragonsOfRequiem'' has two variations:
** The Vir Requis are basically "weredragons." All of them can turn into feral Western-like dragons within seconds and still possess the ability to speak.
** The salvanae, however, are wingless Eastern-like dragons with slender bodies. Unlike the Vir Requis, they consider themselves to be "pure" dragons, and some of them breathe lightning instead of fire. They also have the ability to grow beards and moustaches.
21st Oct '16 1:32:28 PM Theriocephalus
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** Dragons can have any or none of a number of {{Breath Weapon}}s, and those that do are especially prized. The most common are poisonous spit, acid ([[PoisonIsCorrosive apparently a more concentrated form of the poison]]), and of course fire. Rarer abilities include the Divine Wind of the Celestials, a roar so loud it serves as a sonic weapon, and the ability of the Japanese Sui-Rius to swallow and violently expel large volumes of water.
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