Created By: 32_FootstepsMay 24, 2011 Last Edited By: EkuranMay 2, 2013
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Armored Dragons

They're dragons wearing crafted armor.

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(EDIT: Previously titled Dragons In Shining Armor)

Pursuant to a discussion in TRS -

Dragons that wear armor. This might seem a bit redundant, considering that dragons are already scaled and at the very least Made Of Iron because of it. However, it looks really cool.

Beyond that, it may serve a practical benefit. Perhaps the dragon has a weak spot in their scales that they'd want to cover. Perhaps the scales aren't as tough as they look. Maybe it's just a variant of heraldry for them.

More common if a Dragon Rider is involved, as the dragon is treated as a fantastic version of a cavalry animal.


Examples:

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  • Some of the rule books for Dungeons And Dragons allow for armor constructed for dragons.
  • Armed Dragon cards in the YuGiOh Card Game, which go through Evolutionary Levels. Armed Dragon LV 3 upgrades to LV 5, to LV 7 (and that can be replaced with LV 10, optionally). They're an increasingly-humanoid series of red dragons wearing dark, shiny metal armor.
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  • Both the Heterodyne dragon and the Baron's dragon in Girl Genius.
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Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • May 24, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Not related to The Dragon.
  • May 24, 2011
    Riddlewizard
    The Hobbit has Smaug the dragon, who encrusted his soft underbelly with diamonds and other gemstones. It doesn't help much when Beorn fires the Black Arrow at him though....
  • May 24, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Some of the rule books for Dungeons And Dragons allow for armor constructed for dragons.
  • May 24, 2011
    Cassis
    • Dragons in Naomi Novik's Temeraire series love anything sparkly, so they will wear "armor" that is mostly decorative. Temeraire has a platinum breastplate (a gift from his captain, Laurence) of which he is very proud.
  • May 24, 2011
    Bisected8
    @Riddlewizard: That's because he has a single uncovered patch just above his heart, which Bilbo notices and passes on (accidentally, by way of an evesdropping stork) to Bard the Bowman who is able to spot and shoot it by looking for the one patch which isn't reflected in the moonlight.
  • May 24, 2011
    sainatsukino
    In Eragon I seem to remember dragon armors
  • May 24, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Everythings Worse With Snowclones, especially when they aren't related to the trope they're cloning.

    Needs A Better Title that is disimilar too Knight In Shining Armor.
  • May 24, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    And if you need a suggestion, I recommend something that's Exactly What It Says On The Tin:

    Armored Dragon
  • May 24, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    He-Man: Granamyr, oldest and wisest of the dragons, wears an armored helmet.
  • May 24, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Dragons In Armor might work, too.
  • May 24, 2011
    hevendor717
    Damn...I was going to use the Armed Dragon Lv Whatever from Yugioh as a suggestion for the trope picture, but they don't really wear traditional armor as much as they have it growing out of their bodies.

  • May 25, 2011
    32_Footsteps
    Well, someone will inevitably pick a trope picture, although I don't know if it's all that necessary. I imagine there's a few dozen fantasy novels that'll have a cover with an appropriate image.

    Hmm... I would hesistate to use Smaug, because he's not actually wearing forged armor. We could expand this to dragons that use piecemeal armoring methods (like embedded gems and coinage), but I think we should stick with dragons wearing pieces deliberately made to be armor.

    Dragons In Armor is probably the easiest and clearest title; should this be ready to launch in two days, I'll use that one.
  • May 26, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Sould draconians even count? While technically dragon related, they are humanoid creatures closer in form and function to the Lizard Folk than what most people think of as when they hear the word "dragon".
  • May 26, 2011
    HumanaUox
  • May 26, 2011
    Stratadrake
    @Auzdarastrix: You have a point. D&D Draconians fall under Lizard Folk, and by association wear some manner of crafted clothing/armor.

    It's probably worth mentioning that dragons in armor isn't always because of a weak point; sometimes, dragon scales just don't turn out to be all that armored to begin with. Scales that merely protect one from everyday scrapes and bruises may not have the power to deflect sword strikes.
  • May 26, 2011
    32_Footsteps
    Draconians are created when evil forces corrupt the eggs of good dragons - I actually seem to recall arguments of whether they're dragons or not happening In Universe.

    There are other D&D examples, though... not to mention plenty of artwork.
  • May 26, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Drakes in Battle For Wesnoth. The lawkeepers go Up To Eleven with a full, golden armor over their scaly body.

    Ps: in the Hobbit it was Bard, Beorn was the Bear Man!
  • May 26, 2011
    Balmung
    If "Dragons In Shining Armor" is too snowclony, how about "Armored Dragon(s)"?
  • May 26, 2011
    ssfsx17
    Mahou Daisakusen series: Miyamoto the samurai dragon, who wears samurai armor.
  • May 26, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Several dragons in World Of Warcraft. The intro of Cataclysm shows Deathwing getting his armour pinned to his scales.
  • May 26, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Found the perfect page image: http://www.wizards.com/magic/images/mtgcom/wallpapers/Wallpaper_DragonMage_1280x960.jpg.

    Also, from Magic The Gathering, the card "Dragon Mage" (the page image) depicts a dragon wearing armor.
  • May 26, 2011
    Rolf
    ^ Agreed
  • May 26, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Ginseng's image is ... sorta okay, but I'd prefer one where the dragon is a clear quadruped, less bipedal or anthropomorphic.
  • May 26, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    It's too big anyway. Just crop it at the parts you want and no one will know the difference.
  • May 26, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    http://www.cruzine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/dragon.jpg

    That could work too.
  • May 26, 2011
    Dawnwing
    • In The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, you will occasionally come across different pieces of dragon armor to wear; each piece has its own special ability, and collecting a full set will give you a bonus ability with it.
  • May 26, 2011
    dalek955
    • In the Eragon books, Saphira wears heavy armor to any big battle, and apparently the old Riders used dragon armor too.
    • In the Age Of Fire books, the scaleless gray dragon AuRon got the dwarves to make him some armor.

  • May 27, 2011
    Stratadrake
    @Dawnwing: Although, in Spyro's case the armor was limited to helmets, leg bracers and back plating, which don't provide much logical protection -- it's mostly for the special effects.
  • May 28, 2011
    Dawnwing
    ^ True, I was considering mentioning that when I wrote it too. It IS still armor, though - perhaps it could be added to the description when it's added to the list.
  • May 28, 2011
    Speedball
    Armed Dragon cards in the Yu Gi Oh Card Game. They go through Evolutionary Levels. Armed Dragon LV 3 upgrades to LV 5, to LV 7 (and that can be replaced with LV 10, optionally). They're an increasingly-humanoid series of red dragons wearing dark, shiny metal armor.
  • May 29, 2011
    Ryuuma
    In the RPG Maker series of game one of the avaible monster is the "Dragon Knight", a humanoid looking dragon wearing a full armor, shield and sword.
  • February 27, 2012
    Stratadrake
    This is a nice one. Bump?
  • February 27, 2012
    pawsplay
    The eponymous Bazil Broketail from the novel.
  • February 28, 2012
    azul120
    Not to mention Dark Armed Dragon.
  • April 30, 2013
    LOAD
    bump
  • April 30, 2013
    surgoshan
    • Both the Heterodyne dragon and the Baron's dragon in Girl Genius.
  • May 1, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^^ ...Bump posts really don't contribute much....
  • May 1, 2013
    LOAD
    ^My examples have already been mentioned and I felt like bringing an old one back to life.
  • May 2, 2013
    Misskitten
    Bump posts do necro old YKTTW that could be launched.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable