Created By: Someoneman on May 20, 2013 Last Edited By: StarSword on July 22, 2013
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Draconic Humanoid

A humanoid Dragon or a humanoid with dragon-like features

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“I believe in miracles. After all, the majesty and grandeur of the dragon imbues my blood with magic. Touch my skin, feel the pattern of my scales. Look into my eyes. Feel the magic of my being. Know that I am dragonblood.”
-- Benesvelk ux Thurirl tibur Elizar, a Dragonborn of Bahamut, Races of the Dragon

A Draconic Humanoid is a fantastic species that can pretty much be described as the offspring of Lizard Folk and Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons. Not content with simple humanoid reptiles, the writer decided to give them wings, a Breath Weapon, and/or other draconic features. Another option is to put said dragon features onto an otherwise human-like body.

Note this does not apply to actual dragons that can shapeshift into human forms. See also Human Aliens when they budget-savingly stay in human form when the camera's running.

Related to Our Dragons Are Different.

Examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • The Savage Dragon comes from an alien race of dragon-like humanoids.
  • Dragon Man from the Fantastic Four comic books is an android built in the shape of one of these.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • Game of Thrones. Although not seen, Daenerys Targaryen's stillborn son Rhaego is described as having come into the world with draconic features such as scales and wings after a blood ritual in which he was sacrificed in a sabotaged attempt to save Khal Drogo, demonstrating that the Targaryens are the real blood of the dragon.
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[[folder:Mythology and Religion]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The trope is named after the "humanoid (draconic)" creature type from Fourth Edition ("humanoid [dragonblood]" in earlier editions), which includes Half-Dragons and Dragonborns, the latter of whom gives us the page picture. 3.5E devoted an entire sourcebook to these, Races of the Dragon, giving massive amounts of detail on creatures ranging from the Dragonborn of Bahamut (not the same thing as the 4E dragonborn race) to the humble kobold. It also introduced the dragonwrought kobold, one born with more draconic features than usual (functional wings, for instance).
  • The Dragon-Ogres of Warhammer are an inversion of the usual fusion, since they're an ogre torso on a dragon's lower body, and are among the most powerful and ancient of all creatures.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
  • Battle for Wesnoth has the Drakes, one of the game's factions.
  • In Dungeon Crawl, one of the playable species is Draconians, who start out in an immature brown form, but after reaching a certain level change into a random color and gain a corresponding Breath Weapon. They also lack wings, but can gain some through mutations.
  • Maplestory has the Nova race, which resemble humans with dragon wings, horns, and tail. Two of them are playable classes: Kaiser, who can temporarily transform into the less human-like variation of a Dragon Man, and Angelic Buster, who lacks a tail.
  • World of Warcraft has several examples:
    • The Dragonspawn are said to be humans who were so devoted to the dragon flights they started to take on draconic characteristics.
    • Drakonids are humanoid dragonkin used as ground troops by the dragonflights.
    • In Blackwing Descent a creature that is actually called a dragonman is encountered, which is a human crossed with a dragonspawn.
  • The Drakels of the AdventureQuest-verse are also a Higher-Tech Species, equipped with various Magitek weapons ranging from genetically engineered warbeasts to Mecha.
  • In Rage of Bahamut, one character who debuted in the Mysteria Academy event is named Grea the Dragonborn. She has horns on her head and dragon wings, and her forearms are scaly.
  • The Dragon Quest series has the mandrake major/marshal monster line, a dragonman with a sword and shield. Several humanoid dragons show up, such as Lord Drak.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
  • Dragon City has bipedal dragons that are slightly taller than humans with a pair of wings on their shoulders, they can breathe fire but their toughened throat linings have atrophied. Erin does it once and can't speak for months afterward.
  • In Looking for Group there's the Guardians of Eight. An ancient order of dragon people connected to the origins of Kethenecia, the sword of truth, and the Archmage. Their appearances in the comic are pretty scarce, as they seem to be more active behind the scenes nudging the heroes in the direction of a brighter future.
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Indexes: Dragon Tropes, Fantastic Sapient Species Tropes, Not Quite Human, Older Than Print

Community Feedback Replies: 60
  • May 20, 2013
    DunDun
    I don't think any article should be described as "[trope] taken Up To Eleven." Your current description makes this sound like a Half-Dragon, Half Human Hybrid that has the powers of a dragon. That's admittedly wholly different from Lizard Folk. Speaking of Half Human Hybrid, this is a subtrope of that--if not the same But More Specific. I think OP ought to describe how the two--i.e., this trope and Half Human Hybrid--differ before discussing the snowclone or other issues.
  • May 20, 2013
    Tallens
    I think there's potential here, but the description does need work. I'd drop the Lizard Folk Up To Eleven thing and just have it as a comparison.

    The actual description ought to be about how they combine the features of humans and dragons, and to what degree. Are they scaled poeple with wings who breathe fire, or are they bipedal dragons?

    And for an example:

    • World Of Warcraft has several examples:
      • The Dragonspawn are said to be humans who were so devoted to the dragon flights they started to take on draconic characteristics.
      • Drakonids are humanoid dragonkin used as ground troops by the dragonflights.
      • In Blackwing Descent a creature that is actually called a dragonman is encountered, which is a human crossed with a dragonspawn.
  • May 20, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • Dragon City has bipedal dragons that are slightly taller than humans with a pair of wings on their shoulders, they can breathe fire but their toughened throat linings have atrophied. Erin does it once and can't speak for months afterward.
  • May 20, 2013
    AP
    • The Savage Dragon comes from an alien race of dragon-like humanoids.
  • May 21, 2013
    LOAD
    Half Dragons and Dragonborns from Dungeons And Dragons. Also Draconians from Dragonlance
  • May 21, 2013
    OmarKarindu
    There's also the android Dragon Man from the Fantastic Four comic books.
  • May 21, 2013
    liz99
    This also happens in an episode of Supernatural although it is not that dragons with human-y features but dragons that can choose to take the form of human beings (and thus, in disguise).
  • May 21, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^ Not An Example, then.

    I agree this could be a useful subtrope of Lizard Folk. Not exactly the "Up To Eleven" variety, but more like Lizard Folk + Instant Awesome Just Add Dragons.
  • May 21, 2013
    zarpaulus
  • May 22, 2013
    Surenity
    Video Games
    • Dragons in the Fire Emblem series can shape shift into human form, sometimes retaining their wings.

    Mythology
    • Armenian dragons (called Vishaps) were said to be able to shape shift into human form.
  • May 27, 2013
    LordGro
    Mythology
    • In Russian folklore, dragons (zmeys) can assume human form, and can even produce offspring with humans. Dragons in human form and half-dragons are often described as retaining certain draconic features.
    • A few Old Norse sagas (for example, "The Tale Of Styrbjorn") mention a monster called finngalkn, a kind of man-dragon hybrid of giant proportions.
  • May 27, 2013
    Tallens
    Just for clarification, we're not talking about dragons that can assume human form, right? This is about humanoids draconic characteristics?
  • May 27, 2013
    batgirl1
    Would the dragons from Princess Maker 2 fit? When you first meet them, they look like regular dragons, but later, they visit your house in human form. In human form, their dragony-ness still shows through.
  • May 27, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Roughly half of the current examples need context added. I'll start by expanding the Dragonlance example:

  • May 30, 2013
    Tallens
    The description still needs considerable work.
  • June 2, 2013
    TheAnswer
    Trogdor, anyone?
  • June 2, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Webcomics
    • In Looking For Group there's the Guardians of Eight. An ancient order of dragon people connected to the origins of Kethenecia, the sword of truth, and the Archmage. Their appearances in the comic are pretty scarce, as they seem to be more active behind the scenes nudging the heroes in the direction of a brighter future.

    I suggest naming this trope Dragon Folk to emphasize the difference between Dragon Lady. and because it sounds better for explaining this is about a fictional race of people.
  • June 2, 2013
    Tallens
    How about Dragon Race or Dragon People?
  • June 3, 2013
    LordGro
    But it is always an entire species? I suppose dragon-men can also be one-of-its-kind creatures.

    @TheAnswer: No clue who or what Trogdor is.
  • June 3, 2013
    Tallens
    Trogdor comes from Homestar Runner, but I'm not sure he qualifies for this.
  • July 3, 2013
    Tallens
    Bump
  • July 3, 2013
    DAN004
    Does Dovahkin from Skyrim count?
  • July 3, 2013
    MetaFour
    Trogdor is usually depicted as a normal dragon with a beefy human arm coming out his back. However, in the theme song, he's briefly shown with the upper body of a dragon, and the legs of a man. And the lyrics of the song say, Trogdor was a man! / Or maybe he was a... dragon man. / Or maybe he was just a dragon. / But still he was, / Trogdoooooooooor!
  • July 4, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Sheesh, I posted my expansion to the Dragonlance example over a month ago and it still wasn't added. I decided to just do it myself, just so you know.
  • July 4, 2013
    MrThorfan64
    The page image could be Dragon Man from Marvel.
  • July 4, 2013
    StarSword
    @DAN 004: No, because the Dragonborn is biologically human/elf/beastman. This is about humanoids that are recognizably draconic in appearance.
  • July 4, 2013
    Tallens
    Something more along the line of this.
  • July 4, 2013
    StarSword
    Possible page image.

    Dungeons & Dragons:
    • 3.5E devoted an entire sourcebook to these, Races of the Dragon, which had information on "draconic humanoids" ranging from the Dragonborn of Bahamut to kobolds. It even introduced the dragonwrought kobold, one with more draconic features than usual (for example, working wings)
  • July 8, 2013
    Tallens
    Is the OP still on this?
  • July 18, 2013
    Dawnwing
    Video Game:

    • In Rage Of Bahamut, one character who debuted in the Mysteria Academy event is named Grea the Dragonborn. She has horns on her head and dragon wings, and her forearms are scaly.
  • July 18, 2013
    Arivne
    ^^ The OP Someoneman hasn't made a post here since this proposal was added on May 20th, so I'd say that he's lost interest. It becomes officially Up For Grabs on July 20th.
  • July 19, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    On the subject of Home Star Runner's Trogdor, I don't think he really qualifies, as he's more of a parody of this trope, if anything. I mean, even his theme song lampshades this fact. Strong Bad doesn't really know what he is.
  • July 19, 2013
    Chabal2
    • The Dragon Quest series has the mandrake major/marshal monster line, a dragonman with a sword and shield. Several humanoid dragons show up, such as Lord Drak.
    • The Dragon-Ogres of Warhammer are an inversion of the usual fusion, since they're an ogre torso on a dragon's lower body, and are among the most powerful and ancient of all creatures.
  • July 19, 2013
    jayoungr
    Is there already a trope for shapeshifting dragons who can assume human form? If so, the definition should link to it. If not, maybe we need another YKTTW. Either way, it would be good to make clear in the description that this isn't about shapeshifters.
  • July 20, 2013
    IAmATropist
  • July 20, 2013
    StarSword
    @jayoungr: That's covered by Human Aliens when they budget-savingly stay in human form when the camera's running, and Voluntary Shapeshifting otherwise.

    @I Am A Tropist: I don't know. What does he look like in dragon form?

    This has now officially lapsed into Up For Grabs territory. Anybody mind if I change the trope name to Draconic Humanoid for clarity's sake (and because the D&D creature type would make a good Trope Namer)?
  • July 20, 2013
    Tallens
    I don't mind. The description needs considerable improving as well.
  • July 20, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I've made several adjustments to it so far. Suggestions?
  • July 20, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Several of these show up in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic (One of them is even a protagonist!).

    There's also Mink from Dragon Half, But I'm not sure if Little Bit Beastly examples count for this trope.
  • July 20, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Can you describe those better?
  • July 20, 2013
    Tallens
    Not really liking Lizard Folk taken Up To Eleven. I think it's more Lizard Folk mixed with Instant Awesome Just Add Dragons.
  • July 20, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I agree. Wouldn't call draconic humanoids "more lizard" than Lizard Folk.
  • July 20, 2013
    StarSword
    Agreed. Rewrote the sentence.
  • July 21, 2013
    Morgenthaler
    • Game Of Thrones. Although not seen, Daenerys Targaryen's stillborn son Rhaego is described as having come into the world with draconic features such as scales and wings after a blood ritual in which he was sacrificed in a sabotaged attempt to save Khal Drogo, demonstrating that the Targaryens are the real blood of the dragon.
  • July 21, 2013
    LordGro
    The Norse Mythology example is only Older Than Print; though it deserves saying that the finngalkn looks quite different (upper body human, lower body draconic) from a (say) World Of Warcraft Draconid.

    What about one-of-its-kind creatures (i.e. who are not part of a race)? Marvel's Dragon Man is an android built in the shape of a dragon-like humanoid, for example.
  • July 21, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I'm iffy on that one since he's actually a robot. And thanks for the Older Than X fix.
  • July 21, 2013
    KingZeal
    I prefer the old name. Dragon Man is simple and to the point.
  • July 21, 2013
    StarSword
    ^It also evidently attracts non-examples like the Dovahkiin and dragons shapeshifted into human form.
  • July 21, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Do we need a sliding scale for that as well?
  • July 21, 2013
    StarSword
    ^If we were to make one, it would be more like a sliding scale of humanoid-ness (going from probably Human Aliens to Starfish Aliens, for example) rather than just dragons. New sliding scales are discouraged at the moment, though.
  • July 21, 2013
    zarpaulus
  • July 21, 2013
    StarSword
    Thought I'd seen it before. Though it didn't have Humanoid Aliens on it so I stuck it in.
  • July 21, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Can we maybe get an image that's more clearly dragon-folk than Lizard Folk?
  • July 21, 2013
    DAN004
    "It also evidently attracts non-examples like the Dovahkiin and dragons shapeshifted into human form."

    Eh, I thought they are examples. Or at least a variation - we can split the "Lizard Folk-y" examples and "thematically draconic" ones.
  • July 21, 2013
    StarSword
    I haven't changed the definition any since taking this over, just emphasized it. They're not the same thing. As I said earlier the Dovahkiin is biologically (in my character's case) a dark elf, and shapeshifted dragons are covered under Voluntary Shapeshifting, Our Dragons Are Different, and occasionally Human Aliens.
  • July 22, 2013
    X2X
    Would Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear count? They are a Gear (the series' namesake, in fact), one of many magical, genetically-enhanced bioweapons created from multiple animal genes. The character's true form is that of a bipedal humanoid dragon with a crustacean-like exoskeleton, but having once been human, they wear a Power Limiter to retain their original human appearance.
  • July 22, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Currently leaning towards "no," but only because a brief Google Image Search didn't turn up any pictures of his dragon form (having trouble picturing it, though it may be due to my coffee not having kicked in). Got any?
  • July 22, 2013
    StarSword
    Unless anyone stops me I'm gonna go ahead and launch at about 11:30 EST.
  • July 22, 2013
    X2X
    Here. I found a picture of it. You also get a brief glimpse of the form (or rather, its outline) during a certain Overdrive while playing as Order-Sol.
  • July 22, 2013
    StarSword
    Dang, you were like two minutes too late. I'll add it to the page.

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