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-> '''Axe Cop:''' We are going to need to turn Wexter into a dragon so that he can fly us to Zombie World.
-> '''Sockarang:''' But he is already [[TyrannosaurusRex a giant lizard]] that can fly.
-> '''Axe Cop:''' To get to Zombie World we need a dragon with rocket wings. Plus, dragons are awesome.
-->-- ''WebComic/AxeCop'', [[http://axecop.com/comic/episode-48/ episode 48]]

Even though OurDragonsAreDifferent, they are still awesome in whatever form. Therefore works where dragons are not important to the story will often throw in a dragon anyway, just for the hell of it.

In order to count for this trope, the story cannot be about dragons, a dragon cannot be a major, or even secondary character. That includes being a MacGuffin, the BigBad, or TheDragon (no relation). It has to be clear that a dragon isn't needed for the story, the writers just did it for RuleOfCool. Or if it's an adaptation of a work with no dragons at all, it counts no matter what role the dragons have now.

Sometimes it's justified by a FantasyKitchenSink, but it's still this trope when it otherwise fits.

Compare InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha, RentAZilla, DragonsUpTheYinYang, and EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs (especially if DinosaursAreDragons).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* From ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', we have Toshiro Hitsugaya, whose zanpakuto can manifest into an ice dragon.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' [[spoiler:Touma]]'s arm is cut off, only for a dragon's head to emerge from the stump and terrify the opponent into submission. This happens again in [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun the spinoff]], but this time ''[[UpToEleven seven dragons appear]]''.
* Some of the most powerful Franchise/{{Digimon}} belong to the "dramon" class, such as [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Imperialdramon]] and the Seadramon line. They are [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Dramon characterized]] as having traits associated with dragons, but not all of them look draconic; [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Birdramon]] looks like a big ToothyBird, but ''does'' KillItWithFire.
* ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' has the old fairy mascot Melan who can transform into a dragon. [[spoiler:She gives the Pretty Cures a HopelessBossFight.]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail''. Need something to spice up the magic world? Add a dragon sub-plot.
* In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Envy takes the form of a dragon just before crossing the gate.
* TheMovie of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has its BigBad Baron Salamander who can transform into a dragon.
* The fourth of the new main characters in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', Caro Ru Lushe is a dragon summoner. She's accompanied by her silver baby dragon Friedrich. Now the awesome parts: Caro can summon an adult version of Friedrich, that makes her awesome. But the real awesome part: She has a second dragon, Voltaire, a PhysicalGod, that makes her instantly more awesome.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has thrown in some dragons. The first one is a guardian in [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Library Island]] who apparently works as a watchman for Albireo Imma. The latter of the two dragons existed solely for [[{{Ninja}} Kaede]] to defeat [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome while blindfolded]]. There's also the significantly [[SuperWeight less-powered]] ([[ActionSurvivor only having recently graduated]] from {{muggle}} status) [[BadassBookworm Yue]] taking a [[MixAndMatchCritters Gryphon-Dragon]] down with an [[JokeWeapon ornamental dagger]] and AwesomenessByAnalysis. At about the same time [[GratuitousNinja Kaede]] brought hers down, [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Setsuna]] and [[CuteBruiser Asuna]] took another one down, as well. [[BigBad Fate]] also demonstrates an OffhandBackhand to kill one of those dragons that had been left with a NonLethalKO by the heroines. Dragons are pretty much the [[TheWorfEffect Worf]] of Negima. Though there is Vrixas Nagasha, which fought Jack Rakan to a standstill... and it, as a representative of its species in Negima, is again Worfed. In a one hit kill no less.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', the Gafran, Baqto and Danazine, as used by the UE [[spoiler: later known as [[HumanAllAlong Vagan]]]], can transform into dragon-like flight mode for long distance travelling, and the Danazine, unlike the former two, is a bi-pedal literal mecha dragon.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** You can mold any element into an elemental dragon or dragon-shaped projectile. Examples include Kakashi and Zabuza using water dragons, Sarutobi's use of an earth/mud dragon, and Raiga using his swords to create a dragon of wind and lightning. An anime only arc add the Crystal Release, complete with a Crystal Dragon.
** Sasuke has an attack in the manga that causes a small flame to travel a length of string. Apparently the anime adaptation took inspiration from this trope because the anime version of this attack ''sends a giant dragon made of fire along the length of string''. [[spoiler:Kabuto's [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] gives him draconic attributes.]]
** Night Guy. No, it's not a typo, it's Guy's final move under the Eighth Gate, [[spoiler:a dragon formed of chakra, blood, and ash with Guy at the head that moves so fast it bends space-time and, with Guy's kick, delivers a blow so powerful that it can turn the general body region of anyone he hits, even the nigh-unkillable Madara, into LudicrousGibs. And the shockwave trumps even that of a Tailed Beast Bomb]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** The leader of the Revolutionary Army, [[MysteriousParent Dragon]] is apparently only called so because it sounds cool.
** In chapter 655, [[spoiler:Luffy's crew encounters a real dragon.]]
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode 608, ''"Where No Togepi Has Gone Before,"'' [[OlympusMons Rayquaza]], a Dragon-type Pokemon, appears out of nowhere for a split second and [[BreathWeapon fires Hyper Beam]] at the rocket Ash and friends were riding on for passing its territory. The whole episode was about a [[BitchInSheepsClothing togepi]] messing with all the characters, and, after blasting them down, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Rayquaza leaves and is never mentioned again.]]
* There's no particular plot reason for Haku of ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' to be a dragon, except that ''[[RuleOfCool dragons are just so cool]]''.
* Honoka Konoe from ''Manga/UQHolder'' has a spell that creates dragons out of water. Touta stops to point out how awesome that is even though she was trying to capture him at the time.
* In ''Manga/YuGiOh'':
** Dinosaur Ryuzaki uses a [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Dinosaur]] deck, but his ace monsters are [[DinosaursAreDragons Dragon]]-type monsters.
** Rebecca switched her old deck for a dragon deck.
** Yugi, Jonouchi and Kaiba have some dragons in their deck, such as Curse of Dragon, Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Red-Eyes Black Dragon, just so their deck looks cooler. Later they get the Legendary Dragon cards, when the story shift from the Egyptian God cards to these dragons. The only one who is close to have a Dragon archetype is Kaiba.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', Yugi and his friends get dragon monsters and the fifth trial is about slaying the five evil dragons, so we have dragons versus dragons. Though two of these ten dragons [[OurDragonsAreDifferent are technically not Dragon-type monsters]].
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', practically every major character has or had a Dragon card in their deck or a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon]]-like card. Judai for example has Yubel, who has two stronger forms resembling dragons, but Judai also has, like some other random duelists, the ''Five-Headed Dragon'' for no reason! (It's not in his Extra Deck, though.)
* This is the premise of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', where the six main characters have dragons as their Signer monsters, despite none of them having Dragon decks. Even Kiryu, during and after his Dark Signer time, has two Dragon cards as ace monsters. Well, it's not like that Dragon-type cards are exclusive for Dragon archetypes.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has the Four Dimension Dragons, a series of Dragon type monsters that represent the four dimensions.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When Ron Marz took over writing ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'', his introductory arc (which was meant as a compelling jumping on point for new readers) pitted the hero against an evil cult within the Catholic Church intent on summoning a "living god" from another dimension. Given Witchblade's typical milieu -- it's far from high fantasy -- one would expect something bipedal and vaguely demonic or [[LightIsNotGood angelic]], or more rarely, a Cthuluesque eldritch abomination. Nope, not this time. Just a straight-up ''D&D''-style bat-winged dragon. Possibly an example of ShownTheirWork, since most translations of the Bible refer to {{Satan}} as "the Dragon" at certain points.
* In ''[[ComicBook/XMen The Uncanny X-Men]]'' during the early '80s, in the midst of a climactic battle between the X-Men and the Brood, Kitty Pryde's life is saved... by a [[ShoulderSizedDragon small dragon]] who flies in out of nowhere, who later becomes Kitty's companion Lockheed and a popular fixture of the X-books.
* The CoverBlurb for ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo #39'' advertised one of the stories as "Montoya fights a dragon." [[CoversAlwaysLie Montoya does not encounter a dragon in this issue. She does not confront any metaphorical or internal dragons, nor does she even fight with her Sensei: A guy named Richard Dragon.]]

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has regularly featured Dragons.
** Typically they are Red cards, almost always have Flying, and are generally Red's most powerful individual creatures. Blue occasionally has Drakes, but they're getting rarer in later editions.
** Particularly impressive in two blocks: Innistrad is a gothic horror setting... with exactly one dragon in each set, just to have them; and Ravnica's dragons are ''extinct'', because [[CityPlanet most of the plane is one single city]] and there's almost no wilderness left... except for a few dragons that aren't, such as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=89086 this one]], which isn't even legendary.
** The plane of Tarkir doubles down on Ravnica's dragon extinction by scattering Dragon skeletons around liberally, one of which is a major location in the story.
** [[http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/148172720963/khans-of-tarkir-the-set-as-opposed-to-the-block According to]] WordOfGod, this trope is ''enforced''. Every block in the game has at least one Dragon in it, even on planes like Innistrad (where they're completely out of theme), essentially because Dragons are incredibly popular.
* ''[[http://www.dragonstorm.com/ Dragon Storm]]'' is an RPG collectable card game that features dragons as one of the playable character types.
* Since the game's conception, dragons have been among the most powerful and numerous monsters in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' and many decks, even ones that don't have dragons as the primary type, feature dragons as the ace card.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' FanFic series ''Legion of Lawndale Heroes'', the Legionnaires are fighting The Alliance -- another team of young metahumans. After [[TheWorfEffect her first volley is literally brushed aside by one of the kids, who says, "I thought you were going to be impressive"]], Quinn turns to Charles "Upchuck" Ruttheimer and says, "Charles... impress them." [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They are suitably impressed when Charles moves towards them -- and turns into GODZILLA.]]
* In the Lord of the Rings fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3871735/1/Ancient_Prophecy_fullfilled Ancient Prophecy fullfilled]]'', the author's OC's are something akin to Maiar (In-Universe Angelic Beings) who can shapeshift, and prefer to walk around as dragons. Que an OhCrap moment when the father of those OC's decides to come back into the picture...
* George becomes a red dragon twice in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. The others are ''very'' impressed. The first time, it's to help fight off square miles of undead. The second time, it's just to fly everyone up to the Twisted Temple.
* In ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'', Maleficent's dragon form is her final battle form. Elliot from Pete's Dragon shows up as well.
* ''FanFic/ByBakerStreetStationISatDownAndWept'' has lots of dragons. Most of them can talk.
* ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain'': During her "[[CurbStompBattle fight]]" against Orochimaru, Hinata uses an unnamed technique that molds her chakra in to the form of giant dragons that spit fire and lightning.
* In ''Fanfic/AWandForSteven'', Voldemort rides a dragon on his assault to Hogwarts, Alexandrite being the only thing that can match against it.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* When Maleficent [[ScaledUp turns into a dragon]] at the end of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. Even if the Disney version didn't originate that, it's likely an earlier version did it for this trope.
* In another Disney animated feature, ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', the wizard's duel culminates in Mad Madam Mim [[LoopholeAbuse breaking her own rules]], one being to not turn into anything make-believe, such as pink dragons, and turning into a ''purple'' dragon.
* Mushu was added to ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' simply to give the main character a NonHumanSidekick. The original story had no dragons or other supernatural element whatsoever.
* On ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Genie briefly turns into a dragon for no reason other than to show off his {{shapeshifting}} skills.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The film ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' features a battle between the high-tech submarine, the Gotengo, and the Chinese dragon Kaiju, Manda. Manda is only there as yet another random monster to be featured in the movie and is quickly killed off at the beginning. And then there's Godzilla's final battle against [[strike:Monster X]] Keizer Ghidorah, which is also an homage to the classic "Godzilla VS King Ghidorah" battles. In addition, King Ghidorah's appearances in ''Destroy All Monsters'' and ''Godzilla VS Gigan'' count since the three-headed dragon is NOT the main focus in either film. Manda also appears in the former.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Remember the krayt dragon skeleton from ''Film/ANewHope''? Purely there to add a little awesome.
** So is Boga, the feathered lizard-mount Obi-Wan rides in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
** The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, while usually trying to stay clear of obvious references to Earth animals and myths, has various species of dragon, many of them said to be the nonsentient offspring of [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Duinuogwuin Duinuogwuin]], which are a strange people like ten-to-a-hundred meter long centipedes with wings, hands, organic cold fusion reactors, and the ability to live in deep space. They're also called Star Dragons, and although they almost never actually ''appear'', they get mentioned as {{Noodle Incident}}s with some regularity.
%%* "[[Film/StarskyAndHutch Alright guys]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I'm not gonna lie to you]]. [[PerverseSexualLust This is gonna get kinda weird]]... [[UpToEleven Two dragons.]]"
* The ''Film/HarryPotter'' film series takes the awesomeness of its source material's dragons UpToEleven. Specifically, ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', and even moreso (due to VisualEffectsOfAwesome) ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows: Part 2''.
* As the page quote shows, this is subverted and lampshaded in ''Film/The13thWarrior''. It turned out the "fire wyrm" is just [[spoiler:a cavalry with torches, and Herger said he would have preferred an actual dragon. Of course, given that the size of the fire wyrm in question meant it was comprised of literally ''hundreds'' of warriors, all mounted on horseback and moving independently, his preference for a straight-up lizard is understandable.]]
* ''{{Film/Mythica}}'': A dragon shows up in the second film. It is guarding treasure.

* Although they've been integrated to the point that the story would end up very different without them, the dedications page of ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'' says something like: "To my wife, who made me put the dragons in". So this thinking may have prompted their inclusion.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''' third book, ''Grave Peril'', an elder dragon (think "minor god-level") named Ferrovax makes an appearance. He's only shown for [[OneSceneWonder one scene]], in which he brings Harry to his knees with only half of his True Name (without even using magic, just raw willpower), receives a mysterious gift [[ChekhovsGun that will almost certainly be important in the future]], then leaves. WordOfGod has it that he'll play a part in the final apocalyptic trilogy.
* ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}''. One of [[MadScientistLaboratory Northberg's]] [[EvilutionaryBiologist scientists]] decided to make dragons, just [[ForScience because he could]].
* In the Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch novels, a battle during the Romulan War takes place on Berengaria VII. Dragons show up to eat Romulans. There's no particular reason for it, but, hey, we're on Berengaria, previously established in throwaway lines of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' as home of the dragons, so letís have them eat people. Also in the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, Elias Vaughn's childhood history on Berengaria VII probably counts; he was apparently mauled by a dragon at one point. Vaughn had previously been said to originate there; eventually, this bit of trivia made an inevitable linkage to the dragons. Since Vaughn is the sort of character with a highly adventurous background, it's no surprise he apparently had dragon bites where other children had bruised knees. See: Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' novels and associated table-top RPG, dragons are rare, but enough people found Dunkelzahn awesome to get him elected President by popular vote.
** There's also the plotline behind Night's Dawn, where Alamais the dragon is the main antagonist, but just shows up out of nowhere to be killed by laser bombardment, having previously been seen only in the prologue as part of an ambush.
** And then there's Lofwyr, the dragon in charge of a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive megacorp]] who pretty much coined the phrase "never, ''ever'' cut a deal with a dragon."
* ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'' has no real dragon in it. The dragon of the title comes from a stuffed and mounted dragon head that has peep-hole eyes. Any peep-hole would have done just as well, but it's more awesome with dragons.
** There is a real dragon! It dies in the backstory, but it was there.
* Literature/DeltoraQuest consists of three series. In Australia, they're numbered. Everywhere else, the third is titled Dragons of Deltora... and is filled with both awesome and dragons. And especially awesome ''due to'' dragons. Previously the series had been somewhat unique in its lack of the things, despite the High Fantasy Meets JRPG setting....
* Dragons are only important to one or two Literature/{{Discworld}} books, but they're mentioned quite frequently (especially in the Night Watch books, since Sam Vimes happens to be married to a dragon breeder). Of course, on Discworld, OurDragonsAreDifferent...
* ''Dragon Slippers''. Yeah, no such thing as dragons. You just keep thinking that, Creel...granted, the dragons have been in hiding for the past 300+ years.
** Plus, in book two, no one's worried about the war with[[spoiler: Citatie until they discover the army is mounted on DRAGONS.]]
* For most of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, dragons are added primarily for the awesome (they appear only as plot devices). Rowling introduces them as if she knows that her readership expects them and is rewarding them for holding out for three books.
* This is the entire premise of TheCrownColonies series: colonial New England with Dragons. And zombies. And muskets are fired by magic.
* The creature with Vlad Taltos on most of the Literature/{{Dragaera}} cover arts is ''supposed'' to be a jhereg -- a two-legged, two-winged flying reptile -- but is invariably given an extra pair of forearms and dragon-like appearance for the artwork. There ''are'' dragons in Dragaera, but they do ''not'' [[OurDragonsAreDifferent look like your average western dragon]]. So the cover art depicts an animal that doesn't actually exist in Dragaera, simply [[ExecutiveMeddling because the publishers wanted to invoke this trope]]. One supposes that "Instant Awesome, Just Add Jheregs" wouldn't have the same ring to it.
* The first book in the ''Literature/AlexVerus'' series makes a passing reference to a prophecy made by a dragon. The dragon itself makes no appearance, but it does help the prophecy stand out against [[SlidingScaleOfFateVsFreeWill the less certain, probability-based divinations]] that are the norm for the setting.
* ''Literature/ThePiratesCoveredInFur'' has a sentient, robotic dragon that the BigBad uses to aid him in his attack on Diamond City.
* Festus in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. [[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha Who also happens to be a giant magic robot]]. So, [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Dragons]] + [[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha Mecha]] = double invocation of awesome. [[spoiler: And after Festus' death, he - or his head, at least - is integrated into the ''Argo II'', a [[CoolAirship Cool Airship]]. Has [[Creator/RickRiordan Rick Riordan]] been reading this wiki?]]
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Dragons don't exist in the world, but the main character becomes known as the Dragon Reborn, and his symbol is a dragon. This is included in the story for apparently no other reason than that dragons are cool and scary.
* Scales, aka [[spoiler: Deucalion, king of all dragons]] in ''Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm'', a [[GeniusBruiser powerful magic user]] adept at pulling off BigDamnHeroes moments.
* In-universe in ''Literature/RachelGriffin'': [[MeaningfulName Sigfried]] (who is also famous for having killed a classical-type evil dragon) meets numerous requests for people to pet his ShoulderSizedDragon / CoolPet, Lucky.
* Draconus from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' can turn into a giant black dragon, although his particular [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Soletaken]] form is described as 'darkness with wings' instead of a normal draconic form. While dragons do play a role in the setting, Draconus being one is wholly superfluous.
* Both ''Literature/WayOfChoices'' and the TV adaptation, Fighters of the Destiny, open with a dragon. In the book, a golden dragon tries to eat the infant protagonist and is driven off. In the show, a black dragon attacks the Capitol, which in the book is a legend referenced in an offhand manner.
* Drag-Rides in ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle'' are PoweredArmor with a strong dragon theme. Their users are called Drag-Knights, the three basic types of Drag-Rides are named after types of dragons (Wyrm, Wyvern, Drake), the more powerful and unique Divine Drag-Rides are named for legendary dragons and serpents (Tiamat, Fafnir etc.), and their weapons are named for body parts of dragons (Breath Gun, Scale Blade, Wire Tail etc.). However, no actual dragons exist in the setting.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' have been known to throw dragons in for the hell of it. A dragon flew out of the portal created by Glory in the season 5 finale of Buffy, and Angel fights a dragon ([[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome offscreen]]) in its series finale (also its season 5 finale, interestingly enough).
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': A major part of Daenerys' basic character appeal is that she's "the one with the dragons". This applies in-universe as well, in that dragons were long believed extinct and her ability to hatch, tame and command three brand-new dragons causes many people to view her with awe, respect and fear.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Maleficent [[OneWingedAngel becomes a dragon]] in the final episode of Season 1, and later on after her grand reappearance in Season 4, just like in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty.''
** Prince Charming had to defeat one for the hand of King Midas' daughter.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', they have to deduce a dragon's name as part of a test. Vala suggests they start guessing and names it "Darrell", while Cam throws in "Smokey".
* ''Series/TicTacDough'': Literally, as part of the game show's LuckBasedMission BonusRound. The objective was for the winning contestant to find, on a 3-by-3 game board, dollar amounts adding up to at least $1,000, or the words "TIC" and "TAC" before uncovering a space with a computer-animated dragon to win the cash and a prize package; finding the dragon ended the game immediately with nothing won.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have never been shy about including dragons in whatever they're doing:
** In ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and the first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the main team pilots HumongousMecha based on StockDinosaurs. The [[TropeNamer Trope Naming]] {{Sixth Ranger}}s pilot a dragon-styled mecha. Said Sixth Rangers became [[BreakoutCharacter Breakout Characters]]. Deny the correlation as coincidence at your peril!
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' and the second season of ''Mighty Morphin''' had two dragon mecha, one belonging to the Red Ranger and one antagonist dragon which was HumongousMecha-sized ''when compared to the other HumongousMecha''.
** Averted in ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' and ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', where the Green Ranger had a draconic Starbeast/Galactabeast, but both shows insisted on calling it a kind of bird (falcon in ''Gingaman'', condor in ''Lost Galaxy'').
** Late in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' was the Dragonforce Vehicle, which could transform into a mechanical Eastern Dragon mode.
** Invoked in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', where they took a PteroSoarer mecha and named it the "Drago Zord" as a way to score extra coolness points. "Tupuxuara Zord" would have been a little ungainly.
** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' let four of the Rangers combine their mecha into a dragon, and ''Mystic Force'' added an actual dragon that the Red Ranger merged with for his SuperMode.
** In ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', the water-themed Blue Ranger was given a dragon as his mecha.
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' give a dragon theme to the Red Ranger.
** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and ''Super Megaforce'' give the Rangers powerups based on previous seasons, and one of the first ones they get is a dragon mecha based on the one from ''Magiranger''/''Mystic Force''.
** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' not only gives the Blue Ranger a dragon mecha, it can take the lead position when the mecha combine to give the result a DraconicHumanoid alternate mode.
** ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'' is based on stars and constellations. To no surprise, the (first) SixthRanger is themed after the Draco constellation.
* In ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' season 5, the appearance of a dragon was [[spoiler: the result of a glitch in the AI program in which the crew of the Astraeus was unwittingly stuck]].
* At the start of series 4 of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' the writers throw in a baby dragon for no readily apparent reason. It becomes clear that they're not entirely sure what to do with it, as it spends the rest of the series largely off-screen and ultimately becomes a case of WhatHappenedToTheMouse
* Of the many [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Wesen]] in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' a Weredragon could not be avoided; the Dämonfeuer.

* The name of the band Music/DragonForce. They have a couple songs about dragons, but their name could have been anything, as the variety of HeavyMithril bands show. And most of their songs are about glorious battles to the end. Dragons are hardly ever mentioned. But again, it's a cool name.
* Music/{{Summoning}} put a dragon on the cover of their album ''Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame''.
* The music video for "Music/ShineOnMe" by Chris Dane Owens. Along with every other fantasy stereotype or image known to man.
* I Fight Dragons
** If they do a [[CoverVersion cover]] of a song, they define this trope even more (i.e., ThePowerOfLove + InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons = [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jtbh6CRua_U this song]]).
* Jimmy Page, of Music/LedZeppelin fame, was noted for wearing what was and will always be the coolest onstage costume of all time, the Dragon Suit.
* The cover of Asia's SelfTitledAlbum.
* For no apparent reason, Chris Squire, bassist of Music/{{Yes}}, sometimes wears a robe with a dragon on at shows.
* Music/ImagineDragons. [[RuleofCool cool]] name, even though none of their songs have anything to do with dragons.

* The playfield in ''Pinball/BlackKnight'' is decorated with dragon designs and dragon heads, even though there aren't any dragons in the game itself.
* The "Dragon Showdown" table of ''VideoGame/LastGladiators'' gratuitously uses a number of dragon motifs throughout its {{Samurai}} theme.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', Elementals gain draconic forms when they breach a certain threshold of power, regardless of what their original form was. There's no real reason for this; WordOfGod says that they are emulating the ideal of the Five Elemental Dragons, who, while not elementals themselves, were the basic template that elementals were designed off of. But we all know the [[RuleOfCool real reason.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Dungeons And Dragons}}'' has this in the title, as most games will feature far more dungeons than they will dragons.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* How else do you think Figment, the main character of ''Ride/JourneyIntoImagination'', became the mascot of [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Epcot]]? Heck, his origins can actually be traced to an attraction for the shelved Disneyland concept Discovery Bay, a {{Steampunk}} land, that had an attraction hosted by a Dreamfinder-like character who, among other cool things, bred dragons as a hobby.
* The former ''Dueling Dragons'' coaster at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]] was about a fire and ice dragon battling one another.
* ''Ride/BuschGardens Williamsburg'' has an entire dragon-themed area, called "Land of the Dragons", though the dragons there are the cute and friendly type, since it's a play area for young children. A similar area used to exist at the Tampa park, and the Williamsburg park used to have a dragon-themed roller coaster called ''Drachenfire''.

* The Kardas Dragon, Kanohi Dragon, and Makuta Miserix in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' has Flurr, an ice-based dragon, and Slusho, a slime-based dragon with dragonfly elements.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Since so many VideoGame {{RPG}}s have dragons included as monsters for this trope, it would be easier to list exceptions.
** Played with in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI''; a dragon kidnaps a princess. Turns out that the BigBad is known to not be a dragon right off the bat, but the Dragon''lord'', who can command dragons. Rescuing the princess isn't even required.
** The ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire'' series is another exception, as the main character is ''always'' a human-dragon hybrid of some sort.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has a sidequest based on, yeah, dragons (some of which [[DinosaursAreDragons look like dinosaurs]]). There isn't any background lore on them nor are any of them directly related to the story (some of them are found in the last dungeon, but they can easily be skipped).
** The paper-thin background lore is that Crusader, the strongest of the Espers, was sealed during the ancient War of the Magi using the power of eight dragons. These "Crusader" dragons are vicious, but defeating them will get you the Crusader magicite, the only Esper that can teach Merton/Meltdown. [[AwesomeButImpractical Which really isn't much of a reward, but hey.]]
* The Bahamut summon that appears in almost every FF game.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' had THREE, one of which was cybernetic. And {{IN SPACE}}.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'':
*** The game ''features'' Bahamut because of being an Eidolon to Caius. ''And'' [[spoiler:you fight off against three Bahamuts in the FinalBoss fight]]. Also, the faeryl is a dragon that's somewhat a RealityWarper because of it's "Black Hole" power.
*** Then there are the Dragoons, lance-using warriors with a [[AnimalMotif dragon theme]] and one of the most popular jobs/classes.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has the ''Heavensward'' expansion pack dedicated to dragons, namely the Dragonsong War where a horde of dragons have been at war against a nation for a thousand years and you eventually learned how the war started. [[spoiler: Dragons and men used to live together peacefully until the King attacked a dragon by gouging her eyes out and then ''eating the eyes'' (along with his knights) to obtain great power.]] You find out that not all dragons want any part of the war and some even hope for the days of peace to return.
* ''VideoGame/AlteredBeast'' allows players to become a dragon in level 2. Also, two of the bosses are dragons.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** For a series that otherwise stays pretty well within the classic MedievalEuropeanFantasy ball park (with a few twists), it may come as a surprise that [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] were not actually present in any game in the main series prior to ''Skyrim''[[note]]"Dragonlings" appear in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', but they are unrelated to the series' actual dragons. An actual dragon is present in the game's files, but was not implemented.[[/note]], with a single dragon appearing in the ActionAdventure [[GaidenGame spin-off game]], ''Redguard''. They once existed within Tamriel, but it is stated that they were driven to extinction in a concerted effort by the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] [[CreatureHunterOrganization Dragonguard]], and later, the [[AncientOrderOfProtectors Blades]] (spawned off of the Dragonguard), centuries prior to the timeline of the main series of games. (The dragon of ''Redguard'', Nafaalilargus, was spared at the time because he was willing to aid mortals, and later came into the service of [[FounderOfTheKingdom Tiber Septim]].)
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is where the series' dragons come [[JustForPun roaring back]] into the picture. The BigBad of the game is Alduin, the [[DragonsAreDemonic draconic]] BeastOfTheApocalypse who was [[SealedEvilInACan cast out of the stream of time]] by [[LongDeadBadass ancient heroes]] using the power of an [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scroll]]. He has now returned and is using the ResurrectiveImmortality of the series' dragons to bring his fallen brethren back to life. Stopping he and his dragon minions is a major part of the game's main quest.
** The series also has two draconic [[OurGodsAreDifferent divine beings]]:
*** Crossing over with DragonsAreDivine, Akatosh is the [[TopGod chief deity]] and God of Time in the Imperial [[SaintlyChurch "Nine Divines"]] religion. Akatosh takes the form of a dragon. The First Cyrodiilic Empire was founded when he (and the other Aedra who would become the Divines) lent their aid to the races of Men under St. Alessia (the "Slave Queen") against their [[OurElvesAreBetter Ayleid (Wild Elf)]] masters (who were primarily [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedra worshipers]] to boot). Upon their victory, Akatosh [[BargainWithHeaven made a pact with mankind]], sealed by [[DivineParentage joining his blood]] with Alessia and placing her soul within the Amulet of Kings, that the Divines would give mankind their patronage in exchange for their worship. Since that day, all legitimate Cyrodiilic Emperors have been "Dragonborn," in the sense that they are (metaphysically) descended from Akatosh and Alessia and help to seal the barrier between Mundus (the mortal plane) and Oblivion (the realm of the Daedra). During the darkest hour of the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollSIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]], Mehrunes Dagon (the Daedric Price of [[OmnicidalManiac Destruction]]) successfully took form in Mundus, threatening to destroy all creation. [[spoiler:Martin Septim, the [[HiddenBackupPrince last in the line]] of these Dragonborn Emperors, shattered the Amulet of Kings and summoned Akatosh to Mundus, where he, in the form of a massive dragon, would banish Dagon]]. Standard dragons (including Alduin, though Alduin may be an ''aspect'' of Akatosh instead) are said to be the "[[DivineParentage children]]" of Akatosh. They are lesser Aedra, making them a form of divinity loosely akin to [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angelic beings]].) They have been worshiped by cultures throughout Nirn, from the ancient Atmorans ([[{{Precursors}} ancestors of the modern Nords]]), to the ancient Nords, and to the Ka Po' Tun "[[CatFolk Tiger Folk]]" of [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]]. The first two groups created the "Dragon Cults," in which the Dragon Priests held as much power as kings, ruling in the stead of the aloof dragons they worshiped. In Atmora, the priests demanded tribute and set down laws and codes of living that kept peace between dragons and men. This carried over to Skyrim, but they became much more aggressive and authoritarian in their leadership. (Eventually, the ancient Nords rebelled and, combined with a later Akaviri invasion, nearly drove the dragons to extinction.) The dragons practice a LanguageOfMagic, the "Thu'um" which allows for some small scale [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] by "[[MakeMeWannaShout shouting]]" elements into existence. The dragons themselves are TheAgeless, and while they can be slain by any capable individual, they possess ResurrectiveImmortality and can be brought back to life by another dragon unless their soul is [[YourSoulIsMine absorbed by another dragon (or Dragonborn)]]. Despite their divine origins, dragons [[DragonsAreDemonic are creatures of aggression and domination]], and it's [[AlwaysChaoticEvil in their blood to be cruel and contemptuous]]. However, they can [[HeelFaceTurn fight against their baser nature]], as best exemplified by Paarthurnax.
*** Peryite is the Daedric Prince of [[{{Plaguemaster}} Pestilence]] and Tasks, and throughout the series, most commonly takes the form of a four-legged green dragon. He obviously isn't a real dragon and simply likes [[VoluntaryShapeshifter manifesting as one]], which is said to be a "primordial and curious jest" toward Akatosh.
* In ''VideoGame/EVOSearchForEden'', if you eat a red crystal you temporarily get a powerful form depending on your current animal type. Naturally, if you're a bird, that temporary form is a Dragon.
** The red crystal forms are fixed, you just have to be a bird to reach the dragon one (and the gargoyle one). Temporarily turning into one via green crystal works too, since the effect doesn't wear off inside the cloud maze for some reason.
* In ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', there's a 3rd job class that is pretty much dedicated to this trope. The Dragon Knight. Said class's skills ALL INVOLVE DRAGONS in some way or another. Dragon Crusher, Dragon Fury, Dragon Roar, Dragon Blood, etc.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The Dragon-type exists purely to be awesome (at least outside of the fourth and fifth generation, which feature legendary Pokemon of the type as a part of the plot). They were an InfinityPlusOneElement consisting of only one family in the first generation, and a lot of people still think they are the handiest Pokemon to own since they resist [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[MakingASplash Water]], [[GreenThumb Grass]], and [[ShockAndAwe Electric]] attacks, which are common in almost every party. Not only that, but they have some high base stats as well. Also, Dragon type trainers are known for being very badass. [[LittleMissBadass Iris]], [[JerkAss Clair]], [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Lance]], [[BadassGrandpa Drake, Drayden]], etc. They are so powerful that in the Generation VI games Nintendo created the ridiculously-overpowered Fairy-type with the main intent of giving Garchomp and his mates something to be afraid of.
** Charizard is by far the most popular of the original Starter Three, and one of the most publicised Pokemon in media and advertising, rivalling Pikachu and Mewtwo in this regard. The fact it looks like a big badass dragon with a flaming tail may have had something to do with it. It's the only 'mon besides Mewtwo to get ''two'' Mega Evolutions, one of which finally makes it an actual part-Dragon type. It also got into ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' as its own character as opposed to part of a three man... [[JustForPun Uh, 'mon]] team.
** And in ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', [[OneWingedAngel the true form of]] [[spoiler:Necrozma]] is a dragon.
* The ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series routinely has all sorts of dragons among the most powerful (and expensive) creatures available. The 5th entry even turned all gods (including the evil one) into dragons, with the units being the offspring of the gods. And not to forget the Dragon Utopia, a [[DragonHoard treasure hoard]] guarded by, yes, dragons. The spinoff ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic'' features a powerful dragon named Thalin Thraxxus as a boss in the [=PS2=] version.
* Ridley in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''. While he is a major character in the series, Fusion is one of the few games in the series that doesn't involve the SpacePirates in plot-related role, so he seems a little out of place.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' features Valoo, an ancient sky spirit/dragon. One of the game's first dungeons is all about figuring out what's wrong with him, the first boss you fight is torturing him, and farther into the game he repays the favor by roasting Ganon in his own tower, which is a memorable moment for him. Other examples in the series include Volvagia and Argorok in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', respectively.
%%* One Word: [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness FLONNEZILLA!]]
* The ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'' is chock-full of dragons, playable or otherwise, and they're almost always among the strongest characters.
** ''VideoGame/ShiningSoul'' introduced an entire new species, Dragonutes, to the canon.
** ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII'' features many Dragon enemies but if you avoided killing the baby in Scenario 1 you could recruit one in a later Scenario...not that anybody outside [[NoExportForYou Japan could]], not that people are still bitter about that or anything.
** Basso from ''VideoGame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' is [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Dragon, Half Human]] but 100% pure badass.
* ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'' has the Dragon Gun (and its cousin, the Wyrm Gun), which is dragon-shaped. If that wasn't enough, it shoots dragon-shaped bullets.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', despite the name, has only one true adult dragon, as an ''optional'' fight. The only other Dragonkin in the game are very young and small, or [[spoiler:a shapeshifted witch, and an Archdemon.]]
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' continued this trend, with only one high dragon to fight. ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[SequelEscalation on the other hand]], has ''10'' enormous dragons for the player to hunt down as {{Bonus Boss}}es. They dwarf the dragons in the previous two games and require extensive party management. Don't even think about trying to hunt them down until your level is in the double digits.
** This trope is what basically happened to the multiplayer feature of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. The multiplayer is a very nice extra to the full game as a whole, but when Bioware released an update that finally allowed players to fight dragons similar to those found in single player, the multiplayer became awesome instantly.
* You fight a slow, slothful zombie dragon at the beginning of ''VideoGame/DemonsCrest'' on the SNES, a dragon figures into the backstory, and Firebrand's Demon Fire has a dragon-shaped appearance.
* ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}''. The extremely rare "Bag of Dragonite" item allows you to actually ''turn into a dragon'' and deal massive amounts of damage to enemies. [[TooAwesomeToUse Too bad there's only five in the entire game.]]
* In VideoGame/{{Touhou}}, the God of Gensokyo is simply referred to as The Dragon. Theory goes that Hong Meiling is a Chinese dragon in girl form; she's one of the very few {{youkai}} whose exact species isn't identified by [[WordOfGod ZUN]], and thematically she references Chinese dragons in a number of ways.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' had [[PlayingWithFire Magma Dragoon]], a Maverick Hunter-turned-traitor who destroyed an entire city and got an entire army organization blamed...just so that he could fight the heroes. For extra coolness, his moveset was based off [[StreetFighter Akuma]], complete with {{Shoryuken}} and [[KamehameHadouken Hadouken]] attacks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' had the titular character's ride, a dragon-fly. As in, a dragonfly with a dragon's head and fire breath! Unfortunately, you only got to use said dragon-fly in the [[PassThroughTheRings ring]] BonusLevel. The sequel, ''Bug Too!'' has its first boss be a fire-breathing dragon-fly (this one resembled a dragon with dragonfly wings) in an otherwise horror castle-themed world.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'':
** Yoshi, contrary to popular belief, is not a dinosaur, but actually a dragon.
** The [[spoiler:Lord of Lightning]] in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere comes out of nowhere]], and is never properly explained beyond his boss fight and implications that he's responsible for [[spoiler:the Ruined Kingdom being ruined]]. Especially memorable for [[spoiler:his photorealistic NonstandardCharacterDesign; he and his level look like they came out of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'']].
* The ''Xtended'' mods for the ''Videogame/{{X}}-Universe'' series adds the "Shivan Dragon", a large (it's about 100 meters in wingspan) black dragons that flies around in [[SpaceWhale space]], shoots lasers from its mouth, and attacks everything in sight. The dragons have no real impact on the player or the rest of the universe except for chance encounters in border sectors, or if the player owns stations in Unknown Sectors, where the dragons set up nests.
* The ending of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' has [[spoiler:[[BloodKnight Levi]]]] describing Eltria as a planet like something straight out of [[VideoGame/WildArms an RPG series]], with dungeons to crawl and monsters to fight. For the monster part of the description, a classic fire-breathing red dragon is shown, which [[spoiler:Levi]] later gets to beat up during the opening narration of the PlayableEpilogue.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has a grand total of one dragon in the entire series, and you won't even know who it is unless you've paid attention to the series' lore. [[spoiler:It's the main character himself, Sol Badguy. It's the form he takes when he transforms into a Gear, hence the name of his SuperMode: Dragon Install.]]
* Dragons are the rarest type of enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', with only three of them existing in the game and only one of them even being a mandatory fight. The second one appears during the Colony 6 reconstruction sidequest, and the last one is the game's highest-level superboss.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' there are the huge Chinese(?)dragons on the paper screens when you leave the pagoda after the fight with Morpheus.
* ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'': There are lizardmen which are classed as dragons by the game's bestiary as mooks, but there are several Dragons and Wyrvens who you fight as bosses, and are by extention one of a kind. You fight a few more in NewGamePlus.
* ''Videogame/MonsterHunter'': while most dragons in the series have plot relevant appearances, the Fatalis is this in 4 Ultimate, as it only appears in the Caravan after an unrelated FetchQuest.
* One of [[Characters/ClashOfClans the troops you can train]] in ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans'' is the Dragon, which is considered to be one of the strongest flying units you can produce thanks to its high hitpoints and damage. If done properly, a Mass Dragon raid composing of 9-11 Dragons will reduce an entire village into rubble.
* Supercell, the developer of ''Clash of Clans'', has a Baby Dragon in the ''Clash of Clans'' SpinOff game ''VideoGame/ClashRoyale''. The creature became a CanonImmigrant in May 2016 when Supercell added it to ''Clash of Clans''. In ''[=CoC=]'', the Baby Dragon has about half the health and damage of its bigger cousin, but when it doesn't have any other air troops around, it increases in speed and its damage approaches that of the full-sized Dragon.
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'': PlayedWith a bit: dragons are very rare in the game, and the one [=NPC=] who looks like a dragon tells you she isn't a dragon at all. However, after five chapters of fighting humanoid enemies and the odd [[ScaryScorpions Giant Scorpion]], there are finally a few fights against baby dragons.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', the Shimada brothers Genji and Hanzo both have dragon-based abilities. Genji's [[LimitBreak Ultimate]] ability causes a pair of dragons to surround him while he goes into a SuperMode that gives him powerful sword attacks, while Hanzo's Ultimate summons a pair of massive dragons that charge forward and continously damage enemies that get in their way, going through walls in the process.
--> '''Genji:''' ''[when activating his Ultimate]'' The dragon becomes me!\\
'''Hanzo:''' ''[when activatting his]'' Let the dragon consume you!
* Sega's War Pirates or Sen No Kaizoku is about a group of heroic pirates trying to beat back an army of evil pirates from taking over the world's ocean. But since War Pirates is a FantasyKitchenSink world haunted by monsters, your pirates will have to fight the occasional dragon. The pirates of this world even get to pilot howdah-mounted dragons as a ship class later on.
* VideoGame/{{Stellaris}} is a gleefully {{troperiffic}} SpaceOpera Grand Strategy Game, so naturally one of the eponymous Leviathans of the ''Leviathans'' DLC is a Space Dragon. The Curators say it's the last remnant of a previous universe, and advise you on how to put the thing out of its misery to attain its hoard -- an incredibly mineral and energy rich planet.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' sure references dragons a lot for an [[{{Franchise/Nasuverse}} expansive continuity]] that continues absolutely 0 actual dragons in any story. Dragon killing swords, dragon slayers, ranks of phantasmal beasts, the difficulty in summoning dragons, inability to ride them, dragon tooth soldiers, Caster's Golden Fleece that she can't use and has absolutely 0 use in the story. And apparently awhile back a bored dragon sat around the temple and taught the monks stuff. There are none in the sequel either and the current projects they're working on are Tsukihime Rebirth (vampires) and a completely new visual novel about demons. Still no dragons. [[spoiler:The dragon is also symbolic of the house of [[KingArthur Pendragon]] -- the background mentions that Arturia would be weak against "anti-dragon" weapons, as Pendragon means "child of the dragon".]]
** It ultimately took up to ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'' to finally see an actual dragon [[spoiler:in the form of Sieg turning into one.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** The show didn't have a dragon until someone asked Strong Bad if he could draw one. Thus, Trogdor was born.
** And the "S Is for Sucks" Dragon.
** In ''The King of Town's Very Own Quite Popular Cartoon Show'' The Knight tries to use a dragon as one of many methods to deodorize [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/kotpopshow.html the Poopsmith]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/8/6/ this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Terezi Pyrope's lusus is a dragon. This has absolutely nothing to do with the story, but is awesome none the less. Apart from when it's used to blind her in a flashback. But other than that, nothing to do with the story.
** Terezi occasionally also {{Role Play}}s as a dragon. This, too, has nothing to do with the story.
* Dan of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' likes dragons (especially bunny dragons) so he [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2004-03-07 has]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2004-07-18 posted]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2005-09-22 filler]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2006-03-17 strips]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2007-02-18 involving]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-07-13 dragons]] quite a few times. He was later involved a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon like creature]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-04-18 in the main story]] as well.
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', [[http://axecop.com/comic/episode-48/ episode 48]]:
--> "We are going to need to turn Wexter into a dragon so that he can fly us to Zombie World."
--> "But he is already a giant lizard that can fly."
--> "To get to Zombie World we need a dragon with rocket wings. Plus, dragons are awesome."
* Bot from ''Webcomic/FairyDust'' has a pet dragon hatchling. Aside from breathing small puffs of flame when frightened, the thing looks exactly like a regular lizard, and albeit tame, behaves much like one. There are mentions of more dragon-like species, with wings, and spikes but none is actually seen.
* A ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit2014'' comic has a scene in which Winnie blatantly hints that she might give Gene a dragon for his birthday. He becomes excited, but Jessie tries to warn Winnie that it might prove too dangerous. Another comic has a scene in which Winnie sculpts a sand dragon, then brings it to life, but shoots it before it can eat anyone.
* ''Webcomic/CorgiQuest'' features a dragon that is said to be guarding a [[MacGuffin magic sword]] somewhere within the dungeon. Puffington and any other faerie dragons that may appear would fall more under OurDragonsAreDifferent instead.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* There was a story arc in ''Roleplay/AvatarAdventures'' revolving around dragons. It was awesome.
* ''WebVideo/PlayStationAccess:'' In "[[https://youtu.be/6mTqyHPyZ7M Games that would be better with magic]]", Rob declares that ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' would be better with dragons. He isn't too sure what they would ''do'', but he wants them anyway.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''. It's basically InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: TheSeries!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Timmy had to fight a dragon to save his parents when they TimeTravel to the MiddleAges.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Dragons are the original fire benders, and the ones who taught firebending to humans. Although most of them have been hunted down by the fire nation, two of the ones left end up teaching Aang and Zuko the true nature of fire bending. Also in the Avatar's last previous life, Roku, had a pet dragon.
** And in one of Zuko's dreams, Azula and Iroh both take on the forms of dragons.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Both [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Dora]] and [[EvilPrince Aragon]] transform into dragons.
* There are more than a few {{Transformers}} with dragon altmodes. [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1 Hun-Grr]], [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Transmetal 2 Megatron]], [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise RID Megatron]], ''Anime/BeastWarsII'' Galvatron, ''[[Anime/TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]'' [[KillItWithFire Scourge]], and ''[[ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass]]'' Hun-Grr, to name the most prominent ones.
** The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' version of the Predacons is an entire ''faction'' of dragon-bots. Only one has appeared on the show as of early season 3, but there's still time for that to change.
* Dulcy in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Spellbound", villain [[MailerDaemon Malchior]] could have easily been a human EvilSorcerer whose spirit was [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in one of Raven's spellbooks]] without substantially altering the plot- but he turns out to have been a dragon, just for that special dose of awesome. (What makes Malchior unique is that, unlike most dragons, he's ''very'' subtle, using deception and seduction to coerce Raven into trusting him. The ''most'' awesome part? This was a rare time when the character that would normally be the DistressedDamsel was the one who ''defeated'' him.)
* Spike, a baby dragon, has been in the ''MyLittlePony'' cartoons, in their various incarnations.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "The Bashful Buzzard" featured a dragon near the end. Since there is no other fantasy element to the cartoon - it wasn't set in a StandardFantasySetting - there is no excuse for its appearance other than the director wanted to have a dragon on the picture.
* Granamyr from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. [[WordOfGod Larry DiTillio]], who designed the character, stated that Granamyr was created to present a foe that even He-Man could not defeat physically, and that he considered "The Dragon's Gift", the episode where the character first appeared, the best episode written. And yeah, as any fan of the show will tell you, Granamyr is downright awesome. He was ''so'' awesome, in fact, that he was planned to appear in one episode of [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 the updated version of the cartoon]], specifically in the episode "Separation". however, [[ExiledFromContinuity copyrighting reasons]] prevented use of the character, so it was changed to the mother dragon He-Man had met in the previous episode, "Dragon's Brood".
* In ''WesternAnimation/HenrysWorld'', one of Henry's friends is a dragon named Doris, even though this show isn't set in a fantasy setting.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This trope is probably why many species of lizard have a common name with "dragon" in it, especially those that are popular pets. What sounds more awesome, a bearded ''lizard'' or a bearded ''dragon''?
** In fact, the lizard family of ''Agamidae'', which comprises popular pets like bearded dragon, sailfin dragon, water dragon, frilled dragon etc, ends up being unofficially known as ''dragon lizards'' due to this prevalence.
** Ironically, monitor lizards/''Varanidae'', despite being the lizard family which contains the biggest lizards in the world, only has one member called a dragon: The komodo dragon. The rest of them have to settle with being called mere monitors. (Here's an example: Water dragon is an Agamid lizard about 1-meter (3+ foot) long weighing a bit over 1 kg (2+ pounds), whereas water monitor can be on average twice as long and a lot heavier).
** Discover a lizard with NotQuiteFlight? Well, what else would you call it but ''Draco volans'', the Flying Dragon? Their name is cool, as is their gliding ability, but they're very small (can fit in the average person's hand). Oh, and fun fact: ''Draco volans'' is also an agamid lizard, just to further drive home the previous point.
* There are murals and art all over San Francisco, but [[https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/weekly-photo-challenge-wall-or-the-wentworth-dragon/ Chinatown]] [[https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/the-dragon-lamp/ is especially decorated]] [[https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/the-dragon-with-beautiful-things/ with dragons]].