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->''... it was a winged creature: if bird, then greater than all other birds, and it was naked, and neither quill nor feather did it bear, and its vast pinions were as webs of hide between horned fingers; and it stank. A creature of an older world, maybe it was...''
-->-- ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]''

Large flying creatures are a staple of [[SpeculativeFiction Fantastic Fiction]]. This trope comes in a few distinct flavors:

Most Giant Flyers are simply large aerial predators who [[DeathFromAbove swoop down on our heroes from above]]. Generally, the Flying Predator version isn't outright evil.

Some Giant Flyers are recruits of the BigBad. In ''TheToughGuideToFantasyland'', Creator/DianaWynneJones calls this variety "[[GoodWingsEvilWings Leathery Winged]] Avians" (never mind the fact that many of them are [[GoodWingsEvilWings feathery winged]]).

Giant Flyers can also be BigDamnHeroes. As mentioned in HorseOfADifferentColor, an animal that can fly ''and'' be ridden on is probably the most-desired fantasy mount. Where such Giant Flyers appear, expect there to be at least one scene where they must [[CatchAFallingStar swoop down to rescue a non-flying character]] who has fallen from a great height. Such scenes in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' earned this subtype the name "DeusExMachina Airlines" from the Harvard Lampoon parody ''BoredOfTheRings''.

Note that Giant Flyers can be either literally gigantic or just relatively large compared to the other characters. Compare OurDragonsAreDifferent, DragonRider, WingedHumanoid, SpaceWhale, FeatheredFiend, PteroSoarer, LivingGasbag and LivingShip. See also {{Giant Swimmer}}s.

In RealLife, the largest flying birds are limited by the manner in which avian flight feathers grow and historically have never been much bigger than even modern Condors (wingspan about 3.5m) with the exception of Argentavis (wingspan perhaps up to 7m). Pterosaurs evolved to be much larger, but then anything bigger than a quetzalcoatlus (wingspan about 10m) is running up against the SquareCubeLaw -- it gets ''really'' difficult to take off, since the wings become too heavy to overcome their own weight, let alone the rest of the body. The largest bird species generally spend most of their flight time gliding rather than flying, and prefer to land on a high point rather than the ground, as they tend to need a downward dive at the beginning of a flight to build up momentum. In fiction, if any effort is made at all to explain why an overly large flying creature can exist, the go-to explanations are low-gravity planets and [[AWizardDidIt magic]].

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!!Examples of Large Flying Predators

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''GreatMazinger'' -one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sequels-, one entire division of the army of {{Robeast}}s were giant birds.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' Slifer The Sky Dragon, The Winged Dragon of Ra, and many others.
* Lots and lots of these in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''. Often times it's someone's partner Digimon (such as [=ShineGreymon=]), though there are a few notable exceptions (such as Azulongmon).
* The Mass-Production [=EVAs=] from ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End Of Evangelion]]''. Picture a bone-white humanoid vulture with a ''200-foot'' wingspan, [[EyelessFace no eyes]], a permanantly-grinning mouth with incongruous red lips and bad teeth, and you may end up like [[HeroicBSOD Shinji]] or [[EatenAlive Asuka]].
* Grown up shadow dragons from NaruTaru
* Several types of insects from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.
* These exist in HunterXHunter. There a scene in both Anime and Manga where it cuts to Ging, sitting on the back of giant frog. It pans out, and it shows that giant frog is on the back of [[UpToEleven a giant dragon,]] which takes off and flies off into the distance.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', there is the Seven-Tailed Demon Beetle, a [[MixAndMatchCritters cross]] between a 6-winged dragonfly (plus tail) and an armored rhinoceros beetle.
* Flying-type Franchise/{{Pokemon}} that can evolve will usually end up being (relatively) large in their final stages.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has several, with the largest one so far being the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=121155 Marit Lage]], a SealedEvilInACan EldritchAbomination capable of killing a player in a single hit.
** Second prize is EldritchAbomination [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193452 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn]], which is known as the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" and has a habit of ending games the second it appears.
** In both cases the limitation of fliers are ignored due to both being EldritchAbomination, with the latter even being able to warp reality around itself (and destroy it in the process).
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* The Roc in ''1,001 Literature/ArabianNights'' doesn't menace the hero of the story, but she is big enough to carry off an elephant.
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[[folder:Films]]
* As mentioned [[PteroSoarer elsewhere]], large Pterosaurs fill this role in damn near every movie they appear in:
** ''Film/KingKong''
*** In Peter Jackson's version, this is filled by bat-like creatures which ''[[ItsAllThereInTheManual A Natural History Of Skull Island]]'' describes as ''rodents'' which have separately evolved wings.
** ''One-Million B.C.''
** ''Film/TheValleyOfGwangi''
** ''Film/JurassicParkIII''
** And the inevitable SciFiChannel original movie, ''Pterodactyl!''
** Parodied by [[http://amorphia-apparel.com/design/ptersfw/ this shirt]].
*** That link leads to a 404 that [[CrowningMomentOfFunny amusingly enough also features Pterosaurs.]] Link to the actual shirt [[http://amorphia-apparel.com/design/pter/ here]]
* RayHarryhausen was a big fan of this trope. (How's that for an animation challenge?) In addition to the Pterosaurs mentioned above:
** The two-headed Roc in ''Film/{{The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad}}''.
** The Harpies in ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts''.
** The one-headed Roc in ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''.
* ''Film/QTheWingedSerpent''
* ''Film/PitchBlack'' has a whole flock of nasty things.
* ''Film/TheGiantClaw'', as big as a battleship!
--> "[[PhraseCatcher It's a flying battleship!]]"
* Film/{{Rodan}}, of ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' fame, is a bit of an odd duck here as he's just as likely to fit into any one of the other categories, depending on the director's mood. More often than not, he's a good monster.
** There's Film/{{Mothra}}, especially in her unspeakably horrifying "giant butterfly" form.
** Or Mothra's EvilTwin, [[Film/GodzillaAndMothraTheBattleForEarth Battra]].
** There's quite a few of these like King Ghidorah, [[Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah Destoroyah]], [[Film/GodzillaVsHedorah Hedorah]] among others.
** A more obscure example is ''[[http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/features/history/in-the-stocks/gappa-1l.jpg Gappa]]: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Triphibian]] Monster'', which was even used in a ''Series/RedDwarf'' [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVMeltdown episode]].
* Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' has two main kinds of giant flying predator: the Banshees (or ''Ikran''), which are dragon-like, four-eyed and four-winged blue creatures often mounted by the Na'vi; and the very rare Great Leonopteryx (or ''Toruk''), a similar species, only even bigger and [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]], that only the most {{badass}} Na'vi (and the odd MightyWhitey Bodysurfing in a Na'vi-human hybrid body) have ever been able to ride.
** More specifically, banshees have a wingspan of 13.9 meters while the "Leo" is at least 25 meters. The size of those creatures is deceptive because the Na'vi riding them are 3 meters tall.
* The dragons from ''Film/ReignOfFire'' qualify, especially the male.
* The Green Death from ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon''. [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever You know the one.]]
* ''Film/PacificRim'': [[spoiler:Otachi is a massive {{kaiju}} with wings that can fly. And it doesn't reveal these wings until it decides the only way to beat Gypsy would be to simply drop it from 50000 feet. Nice plan, but Gypsy had [[RetractableWeapon a sword.]]]]
* It's unclear yet exactly ''how'' big he is due to limited points of comparison, but the [[Film/TheHobbit film]] incarnation of Smaug is ''enormous''. To put it into perspective, the Fell Beasts in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' already have a wingspan as big as or bigger than a 747 jumbo jet. Smaug ''utterly dwarfs'' them.
* One of the things ''Cinderella3D'', the MockBuster of ''{{Rango}}'', takes from the film is the riding of birds, though they did change them to vultures instead of roadrunners.
* The male Muto from ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' has a pair of enormous wings in place of one set of legs.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''
** The Cliff-Ghasts.
** In the book ''The Amber Spyglass'' there's a mention of enemy soldiers riding a giant bird, later falling to their deaths due to a laser beam from the Intention Craft.
* Blood Hawks in the Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel ''Literature/GloryRoad''.
* ''Literature/{{Icebones}}'' is a novel that follows the journey of a herd of Mammoths on Mars (just follow along), and at one point their youngest member is menaced by a giant seabird.
* The Red Dragons in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'' there are the thranta of Alderaan and the aiwha of Kamino, which both look somewhat like flying whales
* Creator/MercedesLackey's Gryphons, who are fully intelligent characters on par with humans, from her ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' books.
* Wayne Barlowe's ''Expedition'', and the SpeculativeDocumentary based on it, ''Alien Planet'', feature the jet-propelled, lance-headed Skewer, which has a 60-foot wingspan. The book also mentions the Ebony Blisterwing, which is said to have a wingspan of up to 1000 feet.
* The Seanchan of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' have scouts that ride giant winged creatures called ''raken'' and even larger ''to'raken'' as mounts.To'raken even carry boxes of ten or twenty elite soldiers called Fists of Heaven, which they use for aerial assaults. If they put damane (slave mages) in the transport boxes, they can even be aerial artillery.
* Worsel the Velantian in Creator/EEDocSmith's ''[[Literature/{{Lensman}} Galactic Patrol]]''. The heroes are being dragged by savage other-wordly beasts to a cave in which they will meet their doom when Worsel, a thirty-foot-long sentient flying reptile, drops from the sky and scatters the beasts in a shower of body parts.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's fell beasts, Eagles, and Urulóki (winged) dragons. Particular mention should be made of Ancalagon the Black, the greatest of all the dragons of Middle-earth. He was so large that he could blot out the light of the sun even from a great distance, and when he was slain and thrown down ''his body utterly smashed'' the three peaks of Thangorodrim (three ''very'' large volcanoes).
* The tarns of ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' are a well thought out example. Despite having a 30 foot (9 meter) wing span they are so light that two strong men can easily lift one above their heads.
* The dragons of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' are immense. Most natural dragons have already died out by the time of the main story, but [[VoluntaryShapeshifter Eleint Soletaken]] still have the ability to transform into the massive beasts. It is noted that the Soletaken often rely on sorcery to remain airborne, especially if their wings are damaged.
* Dragons of the Literature/InheritanceCycle literally never stop growing. They're typically born from eggs roughly a foot long and within a few weeks are large enough to ride, and nothing is ever said to indicate that that remarkable growth rate declines. As of [[InheritanceCycle Brisingr]], less than two years after she hatched, Saphira was so large that jumping down from her back when she is standing up is a long enough drop to either sprain or break bones, and particularly old dragons (before they were wiped out) were said to be mistaken for hills at a distance.
* Many of Visser Three's giant morphs in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' fall into this category.
* The ''KnownSpace'' short story "Safe at Any Speed" features the Roc, a gigantic alien bird large enough to swallow a car.
* ''[[Literature/TheAdversaryCycle Nightworld]]''. Portals to AnotherDimension have opened sending nightmare creatures swarming across the Earth. To defeat them the protagonists must go on a FetchQuest. RepairmanJack is flying through an ash cloud over the Pacific Ocean when he suddenly thinks they're flying too close to the ground, only to see a GiantEyeOfDoom staring back at him from a titanic flying leviathan several miles in diameter. Another protagonist heading over the Atlantic has a leviathan swoop down on their jet, [[spoiler:which escapes by flying close to the water then banking hard at the last second. The creature's huge wingspan causes it to clip the water and crash as it tries to follow.]]
* A mother Roc and her chick appear in the short story "Selim, Shadows, and the Sea" by Pamela Love.
* In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfStBrendan'', St. Brendan and his shipmatess encounter both a "gryphon" and an enormous bird who fights and kills the gryphon.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has its own pet pterosaur cum watch-flyer called Myfanwy.
* Subverted by ''{{Primeval}}'', in S1 in which the Pteranodon is explicitly stated to be a fish-eater and achieves no casualties other than an accidental injury, and the MonsterOfTheWeek is actually a swarm of smaller, flying pterosaurs who prefer DeathOfAThousandCuts to carrying the food off.
** Played straight in S3 with the giant praying mantis from the future.
* The Reapers in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Father's Day" (who are also ClockRoaches).
** ''Series/DoctorWho'' had a giant (as in the size of a carthorse) wasp in the episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp".
* Skywhales and Kites in ''Blue Moon''.
* The Red Dragon Thunderzord and platform in MightyMorphinPowerRangers season two. Besides the Fire Bird Thunderzord (which, as a fairly traditional aircraft doesn't count for this trope), the rest of Thunderzords could at least hover.
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' revival episode "Tempests" the gas giant Leviathan's atmosphere harbored two giant flyers: "pteranodons," gigantic winged predators that had only been seen on "deep radar" (the characters encounter a skeleton) and "baleens," kilometer-sized jellyfish-blobs that float through the clouds and have dog-sized {{Giant Spider}}s in their guts, either as parasites or symbiotic organisms.
* The flying werepanther that Freya turned into in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''
* A whole flock of man-eating pterosaurs menaces ''TerraNova''.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* More than a few flying [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] get cast in this role; Wyverns, in particular, swoop down on many a hero in folklore.
* Griffins in general, [[OlderThanFeudalism going back]] to ClassicalMythology.
* The Thunderbirds and Piasa of some Native American myths.
* The Jewish version of the roc is known as the ziz. It's slightly less famous than the other two gigantic animals of Jewish lore, the behemoth and the leviathan.
** Luckily, Nintendo still did their research when they based the main legendary trio of Pokemon's 3d generation on these 3. Ironically, Rayquaza is probably now more well known than its inspiration.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The Banshee in ''Pinball/{{Avatar}},'' as part of the "Ride the Banshee" mode. The Limited Edition game also has one on the playfield.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Wyvern Heartless in ''KingdomHearts''.
** The Dustflier from ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' is basically an upgraded, [[ThatOneBoss really hard]] version. And it's even bigger.
** The Storm Rider in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is big enough for your whole party to stand on its back.
* The Twilit Dragon Argorok, boss of the City in the Sky, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''.
* The Suckers from ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'' are small compared to some of the entries on this page... but are still weird mosquito-things as big as a large man.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' has several, with most of them serving as ship bosses. Four of the six biological superweapons known as Gigas can fly, and you can also optionally fight a Roc, a flying kraken, a giant... flying... spider thing, and an enormous [[MetalSlime Looper]].
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' has a flying whale-dragon-god, whom the party has to visit.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' has, as it's penultimate level and also the final [[ColossusClimb Titan Battle]] a fight against an utterly enormous frickin' [[{{Dracolich}} UNDEAD DRAGON]] that you fight on top of a giant pillar of stone in the [[HellOnEarth LAND OF THE DEAD]].
* DemonsSouls features the Storm King as the boss at the Isle of the Shadowmen. A huge leathery-winged thing the size of Texas. It also comes accompanied by a fleet of Storm Beasts, smaller versions of itself that are more than twice as big as the player-character.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' contains a really nasty High Dragon that a group of people have decide is the reincarnation of [[CrystalDragonJesus the Prophetess Andraste]]. You don't ''have'' to fight it, but the cutscene upon entering the mountaintop area suggests that it falls into this category.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has another High Dragon as a BonusBoss near the end. This one just wandered into an inhabited area, no crazy dragon-worshiping cults this time around.
** The Archdemon. This presents a bit of a problem for the heroes, as the Blight can only be ended with the Archdemon's death, but it's ability to fly allows it to easily stay out of the Gray Warden's reach. Luckily, Riordan manages to sneak up on it and force it to land by slicing one of it's wings open.
* The Roc colossus in ''ShadowOfTheColossus'' falls into this category as it does actively attack you, whereas the Serpent pictured above simply flies around.
** To be fair, it only attacks you after you shoot at it with arrows. Otherwise it just watches you from its perch.
** Though the serpent pictured above simply flies around, thank goodness it doesn't attack. According to the WordOfGod in the artbook, the sucker is the longest (largest?) colossus, measuring in at about 200 meters (for non-metric folks, that's a whooping 656 ft.) The evidence is [[http://picasaweb.google.com/SotCartbook/ShadowOfTheColossusOfficialArtbook?feat=directlink#5069723636180432930 here,]] though in Japanese.
* The overlord and guardian in {{Starcraft}}.
** The campaign mode of the sequel has the Leviathan, which is somewhere between thirty to fifty times the size of a battlecruiser. Even though the game's units [[UnitsNotToScale aren't to scale]], it's clearly meant to be ''enormous''.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' has Giant Eagles, which is kind of a misnomer since there aren't any normal-sized eagle in the game. And then there are rocs, which are the third largest creatures in the game behind fully-grown dragons (which take fifty times as long to reach their full size) and giant sperm whales. A newly-hatched roc is as big as a fully-grown giant eagle.
* The Mountain Roc in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'', which is a) large enough to carry off human prey when Amiti recalls indirectly encountering it as a child, b) large enough that the nation of Morgal worships it as a god, c) large enough to force the camera to zoom out during your boss fight against the damn thing (and you still don't get the whole thing on your screen), and d) large enough that its gizzard acts as a WombLevel, albeit a short one.
* The Zu in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
** Lampshaded in VideoGame/FinalFantasyX by Tidus if he encounters on in the desert around Home.
-->How can a bird grow so big?
* The eagle in AngryBirds, which will wipe out all the pigs in a level.
* The main antagonists of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' are large, ANGRY dragons. Much of the time spent fighting them will be trying to get away from them when they're in the air raining fire down on all the things.
* A huge number of the monsters in the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' series are of this nature, the two most recognizable ones being the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Rathalos]] and [[DistaffCounterpart Rathian]]. They seldom spend much time flying at a height where you can't reach them, generally only doing it when they're moving between areas or for specific attacks. Otherwise, they're usually seen moving about on foot or with a low hover.
* World 5-SHIP: Eagle Path in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioFusionRevival''. Based on the 4th stage of Golden Axe, "The Fiends' Path", this level takes place on the back of a giant eagle. Dangers include homing feathers, large Mana Beasts, and unstable platforms.
* ''VideoGame/SkySerpents'' is based around fighting giant flying serpents, hence the name.
* The [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] of ''{{Darksiders}}'' apparently use [[OurGryphonsAreDifferent griffins]] as mounts and military animals, because at one point you [[UnexpectedShmupLevel steal one and ride on it.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'': "Ride, my [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX world-killing god whale!]] Ride into battle!"
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Lord Dragon, Glaserwyrm, and Draco, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', were all honest-to-God dragons. Glaserwyrm was simply a monster to be beaten down. Lord Dragon was a dragon who turned into a man to act like a superhero, while Draco was a man who turned into a full-blown dragon and fought crime as a superhero.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', these are a common site in [[CrapsackWorld Miseryville]]. At different points, they've snatched up Beezy, Lucius, and Samy.
* Parodied hilariously in ''KorgothOfBarbaria'', where the giant fearsome flying predators are... pigeons. Granted, they are [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever pigeons the size of a T. rex]] but still...
** A similar joke was used by a [=FedEx=] ad campaign.
* Flying [[PlantAliens plant creatures]](!) called "Swoopers" in the ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Infinite Vulcan". There are also Flyers in other episodes (such as "The Eye of the Beholder") who are said to be different species but use the same character models.
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!!Examples of Leathery Winged Avians

[[folder:Comics]]
* The "Birds of the Master" in the ''Valerian'' album named after them.
* Pterodelph (or whatever this big white thing is called) from Arzak.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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.
* The Shadow Roc in ''AGrowingAffection'', which is similar to the Tailed Beasts, allied with Orochimaru to gain control of his Jinchuriki. The Roc is described as being weaker than Shukaku, but so large all nine Beasts could ride on its back and have space between them.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Gyaos of the ''{{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 PacificRim.
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* ''Literature/LoneWolf''
** The Zlanbeasts and Kraan; ugly reptilian creatures with leathery wings serving the [[EvilOverlord Darklords]] as flying mounts from them and their various troops.
** The Grand Master series also features the Lavas, dragon-like monsters in direct service of [[BigBad the god Naar]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Flying monkeys from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. Though it should be mentioned that, in the book, the Monkeys are merely flying predators who were enslaved by the Wicked Witch of the West via a magic hat which may be used to summon the monkeys three times. [[spoiler:Dorothy gains the rights to this hat after killing the Witch, and the Monkeys aid her and her friends three times. Dorothy then handed the hat off to the Good Witch of the South, who declared she would use her three to get Dorothy's friends back home. She then gives the hat to the King of the Monkeys so no one else could use it, effectively freeing the monkeys.]]
* The ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/123 Pellucidar]]'' novels by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs just cut to the chase and make the winged Mahar the BigBad; they further feature the savage Thipdars.
* The Rooks controlled by the Dark in ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' straddle the line between this and the flying predator subtrope.
* 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.
* The Fell Beasts of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' parodies this by having the Black Riders fly killer pelicans.
* The original Gwythaints of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' 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.]]]]
* The Ak-Baba from ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' were monstrous flying servants to the BigBad. They scattered the jewels of Deltora across the land and terrorized the heroes on more than one occasion.
* In the book ''Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the titular character (and protagonist) is supposed to have a supply of Leathery Winged Avians on hand. What he actually ends up using are a flock of rather snarky intelligent geese.
* The byakhee from Creator/HPLovecraft's "The Festival", and the night-gaunts from ''The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath''.
* There's also meet night-gaunts in NeilGaiman's ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'', and they're actually [[DarkIsNotEvil pretty nice]].
* The Lethrblaka ([[spoiler:the adult form of the Ra'zac]]) from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.
* Many of Visser Three's giant morphs in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' fall into this category.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse states that among the many species that went extinct when Alderaan exploded were a number of massive flying creatures called thrantas, they were used as beasts of burden. Fortunately one species was exported to Bespin, which has an entire airborne ecosystem.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' once faced a dragon, in their final season. Vala named it Darryl.
* The series finale of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had Angel going to fight a large dragon once the city goes to hell. By the beginning of After the Fall he has become Angel's ally.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Tyranid Harridan in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. 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.
* In the ''IronKingdoms'' world, any of the spawn of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Ever blight]] that happen to have wings. They all have chitinous plates where their eyes should be, but make up for it by having an prodigious number of sharp teeth, as well as a variety of other natural weapons such as claws and blight-breath. The Angelius has itself no less than six wings. And then they are further topped by Archangels.
* In TabletopGame/DragonDice, all races have access to the eponymous dragons by summoning them through magic. Most races have some form of flying cavalry or monster in addition to having access to dragons.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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).
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' also features the giant moth Chykka.
* The giant Pteranodon in Ecco the Dolphin
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''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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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''CodeLyoko'', the Frelions and flying Mantas are XANA's aerial fight force. The Frelions are GoddamnedBats of the swarm kind, and the Mantas are occasionally used as steeds (most notably William's Black Manta).
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!!Examples of Deus Ex Machina Airlines

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Birdramon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' was ridiculously large compared to the rest of the cast; large enough that several of the chosen could ride ''on her feet''. Other Giant Flyers include Zhuqiaomon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', Qinglongmon from ''Anime/DigimonAventure02'', and Imperialdramon. Imperialdramon, furthermore, had two different forms: one was [[AnthropomorphicShift humanoid]] and used mainly for combat (called "Fighter Mode"), while the other was a quadruped with a domed glass-like shield on its back which it could carry passengers in.
* Many (if not all) of the dragonets that appear in the manga and anime of ''Manga/NaruTaru'' can fly and carry their owners with (or even ''inside'') them.
* One application of [[YaoiFangirl Haruna's]] ability in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' involves her [[ArtInitiatesLife sketching]] different kinds of giant flyers to be used for quick transport.
* ''[[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Yes! Pretty Cure 5GoGo!]]'''s Syrup, when he isn't busy being a cute little boy or cuter [[NonHumanSidekick penguin]], can also become what's been described as a "birdplane."
* Kohaku in ''Anime/SpiritedAway''.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The giant hawks flown by the Chosen Eight in ''ElfQuest''.
* Several comic book characters ride flying horses; Valkyrie, Black Knight, Dreadknight, Shining Knight, basically a lot of knights.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* George 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.
* [[spoiler:Sacredgreymon]] drives Abyssgreymon from Digital City near the end of Transcendence: Digital Curse.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Pegasus in ''Clash of the Titans''.
* Marahute in ''TheRescuers Down Under''.
* Once again, more than a few dragons:
** Falkor in ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
** Draco in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}''.
** Dragon in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.
* ''TheLandBeforeTime'' [[FranchiseZombie VII]] features a Giant Flyer (really as that's what Pterosaurs are called in this verse) who was able to transport ''all of the characters'' off the top of a volcano just before it erupts. Certainly, there were some impressive Pterosaurs in real life. Not so sure if one would give a young sauropod a ride.
* ''Film/MirrorMask'': "Bob! [[PlanetOfSteves Bob!]] [[MixAndMatchCritters Malcolm!"]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones'' features the [[SpaceWhale giant winged cetaceans]] called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Aiwha Aiwha]], used by the Kaminoans as transport.
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* The Itikars, giant birds used as steeds by the Vassagonians in the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series. Lone Wolf also "borrows" a Zlanbeast on a few occasions to travel through enemy territory.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Nac Mac Feegle in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', who have two things going for them: (i), they can tame any bird species and use it for steered flight; and (ii), they have the secret of the "crawstep", an ability to instantaneously translocate between locations and dimensions. In ''Snuff'', this is used to bypass the inconvenient truth that normal travel between Ankh-Morpork and Howondaland would take ''weeks''. A Feegle can fly there in mere hours using the crawstep.
* Gwaihir and the other Eagles in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Gwahno in ''BoredOfTheRings'' is the Sub-TropeNamer.
* The Skybax in ''{{Dinotopia}}'' are a rare example of friendly large Pterosaurs.
%% Zero-context example: * It's easier to list the winged creatures in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' who don't get to give people rides at some point. (Hedwig, for one.)
* Of course, the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern''.
* The Gars in ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth The Sword of Truth]]'' series. They're only about man-sized, and can only seem to carry skinny teenage girls, or wizards using magic to make themselves lighter.
* Another Garth Nix example: in ''Literature/ShadesChildren'', "Wingers" are leather-winged flying beasts. Technically, that would put them in the category directly above, but as Shade notes, the normal laws physics makes it impossible for them to fly, but the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Change Reactors]] make it possible.
* The Dirigible Behemothaurs from [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]'s ''Look to Windward'' are giant flyers of a sort, though very large (large enough to provide living space for dozens of human-shaped creatures in their various nooks and crannies) and rather slow and inscrutable. You generally wouldn't chat to them, certainly.
* The night-gaunts in Creator/BrianLumley's ''Hero of Dreams'' series. Yep, they've switched sides since Lovecraft's day (see above).
* The Caterbird from Literature/TheEdgeChronicles always shows up at the exact right time. In fact, it promises to do so as soon as it's introduced.
* Falkor the luckdragon in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory''.
* Dragons in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. [[spoiler:Lethrblaka also serve as this to the Ra'zac.]]
* Tobias has been this in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' when the others are in insect morph. Other times they just morph birds themselves.
* The Roving Reptilian Rescuers in The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, including the aptly named Deus X (Mac) Machina.
* John Varley's ''Titan'' series features sentient blimps. A species of symbiotes lives inside their "stomachs" and helps them out by bringing in vegetable matter for the blimps to digest. Blimps are pretty laid-back and it's possible to convince one to give you a ride, as long as you're not carrying fire or any means of making fire, which they're scared to death of for good reason... they get around the square-cube law by internally producing hydrogen so they're lighter than air (but also rather explosively flammable).

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Kilgharrah in the series 2 finale of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' carries Merlin back to Camelot.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Pegasus may be the Ur-example.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Flammie, from the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series, a giant... [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragony-thing]] the heroes used as [[GlobalAirship transportation]].
* Parodied in ''TheHalfbloodChronicles''. One of the heroic Dragons gives a ride to a character who has just joined with the heroes. They both come away from the experience saying that it had to be the most uncomfortable way to travel imaginable.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has an amusing application of this trope in the form of the teachable move "Fly". Any Pokémon who can learn it effectively becomes your Deus Ex Machina Airline. (In practice, this means you are able to revisit important locations within the game.) The list of characters who can carry you while flying includes everything from creatures who fit the Giant Flyer trope, like the big, BadAss dragon Salamence. But it also hilariously includes tiny little [[GoddamnBats Zubat]] and (possibly the most amusing) [[http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/8254/comic188.png Doduo]], a two-headed flightless bird thing ''without wings''. Generally the entire evolutionary lines of common bird Pokémon (Pidgey, Hoothoot, etc.) can learn Fly even in their small initial forms (for one thing, Pidgey's Pokédex entry calls it a Tiny Bird Pokémon). Natu stands out as a rare example of a common bird Pokémon that ''can't'' (like Pidgey, it is also described as a Tiny Bird Pokémon), though its evolved form, Xatu, can.
** 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.
* Many an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' has the characters flying on airplanes mounted on giant pterodactyls, as well as planes with smaller pterodactyls as engines.
* The dragon/pterodactyl at the end of ''[[VideoGame/AnotherWorld Out of this World]]''.
* RuneFactoryFrontier has a whale shaped island that you can use a beanstalk to climb onto. This island is intelligent and needs your help to defeat the infestation of monsters inhabiting the very large dungeon inside of itself.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Link and his Red Loftwing pull the CatchAFallingStar gambit as a matter of ''routine''. He comes from a FloatingContinent, where leaping to your doom and whistling for a nearby bird to rescue you is just how people get around.
* The giant Pteranodon in ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin''.
* Fluzzard from ''VideoGames/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', which is a giant parrot in which Mario must ride on in the "Wild Glide" and "Fleet Glide Galaxies" to obtain their Power Stars, and later on he must use him to race a team of hummingbirds.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' has [[SpaceWhale the Master of the Clouds]], who is used to travel from the Shepherd Republic to [[spoiler:Earth]].
* Ba'ul from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' becomes the party's GlobalAirship once he evolves into [[SpaceWhale a more mature form]], being able to easily carry their boat around once they tie it to him.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Wardner}}'', a certain enemy in Stage 3 will drop an ocarina that summons a giant phoenix that can carry the player over most of the stage.
* In the cancelled ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' game for the 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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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The giant birds in ''[[http://www.alpha-shade.com/ Alpha Shade]]''.
* One of Aylee's many forms in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is a fifty-foot tall flying dragon.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
* Sky Lynx on ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' qualifies as this (on top of being a BigDamnHero).

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!!Examples of Normal-Sized Flyers (that appear giant due to the scale of the other characters)

[[folder:Films]]
* The bird from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'': ALL birds from Leafman perspective, but in particular the hummingbirds and crows which are actually used as mounts.
* The hawk from ''{{Rango}}''.
* Orville and Wilbur in ''Disney/TheRescuers''.
* Jeremy in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Constable Buggy Swires of the City Watch; a gnome who maintains a squad of (semi)trained pigeons -and a turkey vulture in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''.
** Predating Buggy Swires is The Death of Rats riding Quoth the Raven and the (semi)trained pigeons (see ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' which happens two years before ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'').
** One of the Nac Mac Feegle in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' has a trained Sparrowhawk whom he rides around on. This is probably a direct parody of...
* ... the titular characters in ''The Minnipins''. They're tiny gnomes who ride upon birds. Of course, they happen to know a huge Mute Swan who can carry their new human friend.
* Long before he wrote it into Discworld, Pratchett gave geese to the Floridian Nomes in ''Literature/{{Wings}}'', the last part of the ''Literature/NomesTrilogy''.
* Gnomes in the ''Gnomes'' and ''Secrets of the Gnomes'' illustrated books hopped a lift on large birds quite often. One slightly {{Narm}}y illustration shows a pair of gnome newlyweds being carried off to their honeymoon by a swan.
* ''The Fledgling'' [[JustifiedTrope justifies]] this by hinting that there's [[WaifProphet something up with the heroine]] that allows her to ride upon the Goose Prince [[spoiler:and that allows her to fly on her own]].
* Woe betide the person who says it's cute how the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Gallivespians]] of ''His Dark Materials'' ride around on dragonflies... Though, no matter how small the Gallivespians are, it was mentioned (or at least implied) that the dragonflies were bigger than modern-day ones, perhaps at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meganeura Meganeura]] size.
* ''Nils Holgerson''. A boy gets shrunken and ends up traveling with a flock of geese by riding on one's back.
* Normal-sized owls, crows, hawks -- and Kehaar the gull -- in ''WatershipDown'', since the heroes are rabbits.
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!!Other Examples

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Fly Card of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', which took the form of a giant bird before Sakura sealed it in the first episode.
* ''EndOfEvangelion'' shows us what happen if you give the resident ApocalypseMaiden the power of two godlike creatures: even the resident HumongousMecha are TINY when compared to [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Rei's]] [[PowerGlows final]] [[WingedHumanoid form]] who has '''a wingspan of several THOUSAND kilometres'''. True, she's not really flying but still.
* The flying whales and White Steel Eels from ''TowerOfGod''.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Jiraiyo, the giant flying beetles that Lutecia [[SummonMagic summons]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''.
** You also catch a glimpse of a giant bird [[MonsterOfTheWeek Jewel Seed monster]] in the [[Anime/MagialGirlLyricalNanoha first season]], during the period where the [[TheFederation Time-Space Administration Bureau]] was already helping Nanoha.
* The adult dragons from ''Manga/NaruTaru''. They can also be as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent bizarre]] as the flying colossus in the example picture above.
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[[folder:Films]]
* The Flying Whales in ''WesternAnimation/BattleForTerra''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The titular creature in ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' fits the other trope name: AirWhale.
* Creator/TamoraPierce can go here because hers are varied and hard to categorize. She has traditional dragons and griffins; kudarung, which are traditional winged horses except that they come in widely varied sizes, making some of them Pocket-sized Flyers; hurroks, clawed, predatory "horse-hawks" with batlike wings; and Stormwings, which are [[WingedHumanoid half human, half giant sharp-metal-feathered bird]], and aren't evil but do take natural pleasure in human suffering. They're all immortal unless killed (except possibly the kudarung, which aren't specifically identified as immortals and might not be, since they didn't enter the human world under the same circumstances as the immortals the readers know).
* In Stephen Baxter's book ''Literature/{{Evolution}}'', he invents a species of pterosaur dubbed the "air whale" with wings a hundred metres across. Living off tiny creatures in the stratosphere, it had paper thin hollow bones. They mated on the highest mountain peaks and it is suggested there are very few of them due to the lack of food. Able to circumnavigate the globe with the aid of wind currents, it need never touch the ground.
* Various species of alien fauna from Wayne Barlowe's classic SpeculativeDocumentary sci-fi book ''Expedition'', including the fierce "[[http://www.waynebarlowe.com/expedition_pages/exped_skewer.htm Skewer]]" (essentially a ''Killer'' [[SpaceWhale Air Whale]]) and the bizarre "[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2e/Expedition_cover.jpg Rugose Floater]]" (seen on the cover).
* In the medieval Irish romance ''Literature/TheVoyageOfMaelDuin'', Máel Dúin and his crew encounter a bird so large they initially think it is a cloud, and which carries in its beak a twig as large as an oak tree. It turns out to be completely harmless.
* ''LightNovel/DaybreakOnHyperion'' has sky whales. Tame ones are used as a mass transportation or shock troops in battle. Pods of wild ones are a major danger for large herds of animals, both wild and domesticated.
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[[folder:TableTop Games]]
* In the AD&D Dark Sun setting, "Cloud Rays" akin to enourmos flying manta rays appear as an extremely dangerous monster.
* A design mechanic in MagicTheGathering gives all colours an iconic species as a large, dramatic, expensive creature, and all except Green[[note]]Who gets Hydras[[/note]] have flying. White gets Angels, Blue gets Sphinxes[[note]]Although this role is sometimes filled by the usually non-flying Leviathans[[/note]], Black gets Demons (or sometimes just large Vampires), and Red gets Dragons.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Gukko and Nivawk in ''{{Bionicle}}''. (Both giant cyborg birds used as transport.)
** Plus the Nui-Rama, giant cyborg insects.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The flying Colossi from ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus''.
* All of the above are very, very possible in ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', due to the existence of Epic Creatures. Flying epic creatures in particular are somewhat more deadly than regular ones, especially ones with higher levels of flight, because they can move much more silently and quickly than normal ones.
* In the skies of the ShadowWorld of ''AgeOfWonders: Shadow Magic'' swim whale-like Skwahl. They aren't present (at least in the official ruleset), but the description of floating [[http://aow2.heavengames.com/aowsm/gameinfo/units/syrons.shtml#forceship Forceship]] unit says Syron make them from hollowed carcasses of old Skwahl.
* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' get to be pretty massive, though special mention goes to [[BigBad Deathwing,]] who's been described as "airliner-big." [[WordOfGod According to the artists for the Cataclysm cinematic]] his wingspan is ''1,200 feet'' from wingtip to wingtip.
* The Wind Fish in TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening. Made sillier by its absurdly tiny wings.
** ''TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has Levias, a giant [[SpaceWhale whale]] who flies around in the Thunderhead [[spoiler:and is intially possessed by [[BodyHorror Bilocyte]]]].
* ''VideoGame/QuakeII'' has the Hornet (aka Flying Guardian), a hovering insectoid cyborg thing.
* Half-Life has huge manta ray-like alien fliers who at some points in the game drop alien grunts. In ''Opposing Force'', they appear right at the beginning when they start shooting down Osprey troop carriers with their lightning rays.
* DevilSurvivor2 gives us an EldritchAbomination Alioth's warship, which is so big that it is the only EldritchAbomination in the game which can be seen in a satellite photo. It pretty much levels Sapporo when it's shot down.
* The Sand Bird from ''SuperMarioSunshine'' is literally a sand bird and fully capable of flight.
* Another giant bird, this time from ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': the [[CoolPlane Hre]][[NorseMythology sve]][[BlowYouAway lgr]] summon.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GeorgeTheDragon'' features a large green dragon who has the habit of swooping down from the sky to humiliate humans in sadistic games of tag.
* Hibachi the [[DinosaursAreDragons Dragon]] in the webcomic ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''.
* Perca (Priscila S. Piccin) uses large flying creatures in multiple of her comics including a giant space whale in [[http://perca.deviantart.com/art/KOM-round-3-76895404 Killer of Monsters]], a flying Whale in the [[http://perca.deviantart.com/art/OCBZ-Highway-Round-1-116834645 OCBZ Highway]] with a man riding it called pedro, and a similar whale (plus pedro) in [[http://boobtrap.smackjeeves.com/comics/483268/chapter-1-pg-4/ Boobtrap]].
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0754.html #754]]. When the large-bellied, small-winged dragon ruler of The Empire of Blood decides to ''fly'' to a royal parade, a dumbstruck Vaarsuvius remarkes that he should avoid casting magic for the rest of the day, "if only to give the laws of physics time to cry alone in the corner."
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121130 Add the Heterodynes' Franz]] to the list. He admits to cheating a bit.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The alien [[http://davesrightmind.deviantart.com/art/Cloud-Grazer-157715056 Cloud Grazers]].
* Also, [[http://abiogenisis.deviantart.com/art/The-Shadow-of-the-Sun-58459821?q=&qo= these creatures]] from another alien planet with microgravity.
* ''Argentavis'' is #5 on ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18445_7-thankfully-extinct-giant-versions-modern-animals.html 7 (Thankfully) Extinct Giant Versions of Modern Animals]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''TheHerculoids''. Zok the dragon, who can fire [[FrickinLaserBeams laser beams]] [[EyeBeams from its eyes]] and tail.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ''Skywhales'' features skywhales]]. [[CallASmeerpARabbit Though they look more like long-necked manta rays.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVmKhNG6S3o Youtube]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The genus of pterosaur known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatlus_northropi Quetzalcoatlus]] (where "quetzalcoatl" is Aztec for "feathered snake" and was the name of a major god) had a wingspan of 10-11 metres and was [[http://www.dailyfailcenter.com/55529 as tall as a giraffe]].
** Some early estimates of Quetzalcoatlus, based on incomplete skeletons and extrapolations from better-known pterosaur species, was even larger as it ranged up to 16-21m. Better understanding of the azhdarchid (the family of pterosaurs to which Quetzalocoatlus belonged) anatomy brought the estimates down as ScienceMarchesOn.
* The most commonly depicted pterosaur in popular culture: Pteranodon, was pretty large as well, with an average wingspan of 4-6 metres (not quite as big as Quetzalcoatlus but still).
* Another extinct animal: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Teratorn Giant Teratorn]] (''Argentavis'') had a smaller wingspan of up to 8 metres, but was the largest flying bird of all time.
** Similarly, there were the little-known pseudotooth birds, seabirds on steroids that had '''''bony teeth''''' on their beaks. The largest, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteodontornis Osteodontornis]]'', capped at a 20ft wingspan. Scientists speculate that it behaved like a modern-day frigatebird (basically the meanest bird on the open seas) and had a throat pouch like a pelican (basically the meanest bird on the beach). Now imagine a beach full of those things. Happy picnicking!
* For a more recently extinct animal, one that humans probably did interact with, there's always the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haast%27s_Eagle Haast's Eagle]] of New Zealand, at about 3 meters. They hunted moa, which ranged up to 15 times their weight (and are also ''bigger than humans''), and lived up until a few hundred years ago.
** It has been noted that, based on puncture marks found on moa pelvises, the Haast's Eagle was probably a fairly specialized hunter of the same. Moa were big, feathered bipeds. The earliest Maori colonists were most likely wearing feather cloaks same as they do now. This might have caused... issues.
* The still living [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wandering_albatross Wandering Albatross]] has to settle for a mere 3.7 metres (12 feet) at the most.
** Which is pretty big, and the Albatross has to launch itself off cliffs to get into the air because it's too heavy to take off.
* Some flying foxes can grow to have wingspans of 1.7 meters.
* Still speculative but have been theorized that in planets with more gravity than Earth the flying creatures would be bigger, that's because a thicker atmosphere would have more oxygen and provide more lift with less area. In the other case planets with less gravity than Earth would have a thinner atmosphere and be less prone to big flying creatures.
** Thinner atmosphere might result in a creature with a proportionally higher wing surface area in relation to body size, e.g. a robin with albatross wings.
** Gravity does not have to be linked directly to atmosphere. Venus for instance has a much thicker atmosphere than the Earth, while being a tad smaller and having 90% of Earth's gravity. A higher gravity in itself would probably cause flying animals to become smaller.
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