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->''"[[BoringButPractical A cavalry]]? I'd rather have preferred a dragon."''
-->-- '''Herger''' on the revelation of the "fire wyrm", ''The13thWarrior''

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.)
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[[folder:Anime and 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 [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja 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.[[spoiler:... and it, as a representative of its species in Negima, is again Worfed. In a one hit kill no less]]
* In ''{{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.
** 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''.
*** In fairness to the name, Dragon Flame Jutsu, when that small flame hits the target at the end of the string, they get ''[[HolyShitQuotient lit up]]''.
*** [[spoiler:Kabuto's [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] gives him draconic attributes.]]
* In OnePiece, the leader of the Revolutionary Army, [[MysteriousParent Dragon]] is apparently only called so because it sounds cool.
** [[spoiler: In chapter 655, Luffy's crew encounters a real dragon.]]
* In ''ToAruMajutsuNoIndex'' Touma has [[spoiler: his arm cut off]] and after that he ''MindRape''s his opponent into turning his [[spoiler:arm stump into a dragon's head!]]
* In the ''PokemonAnime'' 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.]]
* From ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', we have Toshiro Hitsugaya, whose zanpakuto can manifest into an ice dragon.
* In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Envy takes the form of a dragon just before crossing the gate.
* The hentai ''DragonPink'', despite the title, has no dragons in any form.
* 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.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''. Need something to spice up the magic world? Add a dragon sub-plot.
* The main character of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' is a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot human-dragon-devil hybrid.]]
* TheMovie of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has its BigBad Baron Salamander who can transform into a dragon.
* ''DokiDokiPrettyCure'' has the old fairy mascot Melan who can transform into a dragon. [[spoiler:She gives the Pretty Cures a HopelessBossFight.]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* 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/{{X-Men}} 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.]]
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* 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 recent 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.
* [[http://www.dragonstorm.com/ Dragon Storm]] is an RPG collectable card game that features dragons as one of the playable character types.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In the {{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.
** It's a CrowningMomentOfAwesome because doing so established him as just as much of a heavyweight as John and Paul.
* In ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'', Maleficent's dragon form is her final battle form. Elliot from Pete's Dragon shows up as well.
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Film -- 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 ''ANewHope''? Purely there to add a little awesome. So was Boga, the feathered lizard-mount Obi-Wan rode in ''RevengeOfTheSith''. The 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.]]"
%%* ''SuckerPunch''.
* 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 ''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.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Although they've been integrated to the point that the story would end up very different without them, the dedications page of ''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.
* ''{{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 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: 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 on most of the [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]] 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.
* Festus in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.
* The WheelOfTime - thus far, no Dragon of any sort has materialized except the "Dragon Reborn", a human male Channeler meant to fight the Dark One. His emblem is a lizardlike dragon, but no-one has any idea what it is, only that it's his emblem. The male half of the Aes Sedai symbol has become negatively associated with the Dragon Reborn, and conflated with the Dark One. There's no real reason for either of them to be in, except this trope.
* 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.
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[[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/OnceUponATime'': Maleficent [[OneWingedAngel becomes a dragon]] in the final episode of Season 1, just like in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty.''
* 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".
** [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Perhaps, Puff?]]
* ''Series/TicTacDough'': Literally, as part of the gane 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 [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkhorses]]. 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.
** ''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 ''Megaforce'' Season 2 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''.
* In ''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

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[[folder:Music]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Tabletop RPGs]]
* 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.]]
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The Kardas Dragon, Kanohi Dragon, and Makuta Miserix in ''{{Bionicle}}''.
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[[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 ''BreathOfFire'' series is another exception, as the main character is ''always'' a human-dragon hybrid of some sort.
* ''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.
** ''FinalFantasyVII'' had THREE, one of which was cybernetic. And {{IN SPACE}}.
** ''{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}'' is the game that ''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.
* AlteredBeast allows players to become a dragon in level 2. Also, two of the bosses are dragons.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the only games in which dragons of some sort appear without playing a major part in the story is ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', with the small and actually-not-dragons dragonlings (an actual dragon is in the game files, but it does not seem to have been implemented). The other three games with dragons - ''Redguard'' (the super-weapon that set-up the situation and Tiber Septim's loyal servant), ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' (an avatar of a God that shows up to rescue the day after desperate measures are taken) and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' (the BigBad) - all have them as important parts of the story, and so does not quite fit this trope. That the God of Time near-universally amongst Tamriel's peoples is a ''Dragon'' God of Time may have something to do with this trope, though...
** Maybe Akatosh, the dragon god of time, is a nudge at the ouroboros symbol of a snake -or dragon- eating it's tail, which stands for renewal, especially of the "in cycles" kind. It can also symbolize something that exists from before, or since, the beginning of everything with a force or qualities that make it eternal. (like -for instance- time.)
** Peryite, the Taskmaster, the Daedric Prince of Order and Pestilence. He can choose to appear as a dragon whenever he wants.
* In ''E.V.O.'', 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 the infamous MMORPG ''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.
* The Dragon-type in ''{{Pokemon}}'' (At least outside of the fourth and fifth generation, which feature legendary Pokemon of the type as a part of the plot). A lot of people 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.
* The ''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 ''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.
* Franchise/DragonAge, 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.]]
* You fight a slow, slothful zombie dragon at the beginning of ''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.
* Yoshi from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', contrary to popular belief, is not a dinosaur, but actually a dragon.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' sure references dragons a lot for an [[{{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 2 (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".]]
* 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 [[Franchise/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 (Which comes out of nowhere on top of that).
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' 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]]
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* Parodied in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/8/6/ this]] ''PennyArcade'' strip.
* Terezi Pyrope's lusus from ''{{Homestuck}}'' 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. Recently, he has 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/index.php/acepisodes/read/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/FreeSpirit'' 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.
* ''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.
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* There was a story arc in AvatarAdventures revolving around dragons. It was awesome.
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* ''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. [[TransformersGenerationOne G1 Hun-Grr]], [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Transmetal 2 Megatron]], [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise RID Megatron]], ''Anime/BeastWarsII'' Galvatron, ''[[TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]'' [[KillItWithFire Scourge]], and ''[[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''. Well, just Granamyr, really. [[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.
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* How else do you think Figment became the mascot of [[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.
* Speaking of theme parks, "Dueling Dragons" at Universal Studios Orlando, anyone?
* 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''?
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