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[-[[caption-width-right:300:''St. George Killing the Dragon'' by Bernat Martorell]]-]

->''"I don't know about you guys, but... I kinda want to slay the dragon."''
-->-- '''Series/{{Angel}}''' , ''[[GrandFinale Not Fade Away]]''

A dragon is usually a job for an entire party of adventurers. So how can The Dragonslayer do this themselves? Well, having the [[{{BFS}} Greatsword]] [[WeaponOfXSlaying of Dragonbane]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword +1]] and the strength to lift and wield it helps. But beyond incredible strength and skill, they must have knowledge. They must know various weaknesses of dragons, such as that the scales near the belly are especially thin, the space between eyes (or heck the eyes themselves), or the nape of the neck are vital points. They also have to know specific weaknesses of elemental and chromatic dragons, such as that an ice dragon cannot abide large amounts of salt.

[[Administrivia/TheSameButMoreSpecific So this is just a variant]] of TheHunter right? Well, no. TheHunter normally suffers the AchillesHeel of CripplingOverspecialization, while The Dragonslayer still has a giant sword, which unlike a stake or silver daggers, [[OneHeroHoldTheWeaksauce is very effective in battle]]. The Dragonslayer is often TheHero with a few dead dragons tacked on.

But that's assuming the truth. Dragon slayers have a reputation for being MilesGloriosus, to the point where even the real deal is viewed with skepticism. Perhaps the one rumored to be a dragon slayer isn't, and you instead need to look for his brother, or maybe [[DistaffCounterpart sister]]. Or maybe their great-grandfather was one, but nobody in the family knows how to do it anymore.

It is important to note that having killed ''one'' dragon does not necessarily make one a dragonslayer, just as having saved one person makes them a hero but not TheHero. This is basically part of their job description, meaning they generally hunt dragons, plural. The other qualification, of course, is surviving the encounter. Not the person who gets rid of TheDragon.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Franchise/DragonAge: Anime/DawnOfTheSeeker'' reveals that the family of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' character Cassandra Pentaghast has quite a reputation as dragonslayers. In the course of the film, Cassandra takes out a grand total of ''six'', five of them in the same scene.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has the Dragon Slayer magic (''metsuryuu mahou'', [[note]]literally "dragon-''destroying'' magic"[[/note]]), a special type of elemental magic taught to certain humans by Dragons, which is said to be really effective against other Dragons. It also slowly transform the user to a dragon. [[spoiler: Canonically, Acknologia was once a ''really'' bloodthirsty Dragon Slayer who massacred tons of dragons, until he was eventually turned into a giant dragon himself.]] It's not so much that Dragon Slayer magic is especially effective against Dragons; rather, it's pretty much the ''only'' thing that can even scratch them. Even then, the Dragon Slayer has to be really powerful to stand a chance against a real Dragon.
* In ''Manga/OnePieceWanted'', set in the same continuity as ''Manga/OnePiece'', the legendary swordmaster and samurai Ryuuma's greatest and best known feat was killing a huge dragon in a single hit. [[spoiler: During the Punk Hazard arc, Zoro mirrors Ryuuma by beheading a large dragon in a similar manner.]]
* Parn from ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' has over the course of the show killed at least two dragons, one in the first episode, and the other was an ancient dragon.
* Lina Inverse from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' does not qualify, even though she's killed hundreds of dragons, because her technique is seen as overkill and not involving real skill. She does however meet an actual dragon hunter, on her quest for gourmet cuisine (he's less a {{BFS}} variety, and more a specialist that uses knife skills).
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' starts off with Van fighting a dragon in a specialized dragon-fighting suit of armor. There's a folding pop-out shield that he can extend to protect him from flame breath, there's a crossbow on one arm, and if needs be he can shed the whole thing at once for added mobility. Dragonslaying is apparently a very important thing in his world, since it's how you get energist crystals for powering giant robots. It's also his rite of passage as the king of his small country.
* [[MeaningfulName Georgia]] of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is a self-proclaimed "Dragon Buster", a trainer dedicated to taking down dragon-[[ElementalRockPaperScissors type]] Pokemon. To this end, her team is mostly made up of ice-types, which were at the time the dragon-type's only weakness aside from itself.
* In the manga ''Rain'', the main character Rain gained the title of "dragon slayer" after he supposedly single-handedly fought and killed a dragon in one-on-one combat and absorbed the dragon's lifeforce and power.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Smax}}'' (the spin-off from ''ComicBook/TopTen''), Smax is revealed to have started out as a professional dragonslayer before moving across worlds to become a policeman in Neopolis.
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[[folder: Film]]
* The protagonist in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' is a professional dragonslayer, [[spoiler:seeking to kill the last dragon whose heart is making the king an immortal tyrant. He gives up the grudge after befriending said dragon and realizing that the heart only made the king immortal -- the king was always evil. In the end, he has no choice but to act as a dragonslayer one last time to put an end to the villain once and for all.]]
* In ''Film/ReignOfFire'', Van Zan (and his fellow Americans) are all specialists in slaying dragons. They have knowledge of the dragons' weaknesses and exploit these with a range of specialized equipment, including a tank and a helicopter which can drop troops onto flying dragons to force them to land.
* The aptly named Film/{{Dragonslayer}}.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Fred Saberhagen's ''The First BookOfSwords''. Nestor was already in the dragon-hunting trade when the god Hermes gave him Dragonslicer. With that Sword he found he could kill dragons easily.
* Cadderly from ''TheClericQuintet'' qualifies, even though he's a spellcaster. He managed to kill one with a explosive bandolier, and he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome managed to brainwash another into doing his bidding]].
* The main characters of the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novel trilogy ''Literature/TheYearOfRogueDragons'' are an adventuring party who specialize in taking down dragons, slaying several evil dragons per book.
* In ''The Hero and the Crown'' (the prequel to ''Literature/TheBlueSword''), Lady Aerin becomes a dragonslayer after working out a reasonably safe method for doing so. Her ownership of a powerful magical sword helps, of course.
* ''Literature/{{Dragonsbane}}'' by Creator/BarbaraHambly has a prince go in search of a dragonslayer who the legends describe as a KnightInShiningArmor who killed the dragon with his sword. He turns out to be [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller a rather bookish man]] who [[CombatPragmatist disabled the dragon with poisoned harpoons]] and finished it with a battleaxe.
* Creator/TomHolt's ''Paint Your Dragon'' plays with the trope. Saint George is an out-and-out treacherous bastard, and the dragon is closer to being a hero. The dragon just wants a fair fight.
* In Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'', Prince Charming is quite the dab hand at rescuing princesses from dragons, and has developed several specialized techniques for dragonslaying. He just wishes the princesses would be a little more demonstrative in their thanks.
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Literature/SwordOfDestiny'', where dragon slayers are depicted either as [[WindmillCrusader idealistic buffoons out of touch with reality]] or [[ProfessionalKiller thuggish, ruthless (but efficient) poachers]].
* Invoked in the final book of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', when [[HeroKiller Demandred]] proclaims himself to be the dragonslayer and a DarkMessiah. However, in his case the dragon he's come to slay is the local ChosenOne, who goes by that title, not a scaly fire-breathing best.
* Deconstructed in ''[[Literature/MediochreQSethSeries The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre]]''. Maelstrom is a dragon slayer - described as such in-universe, in fact - but since the setting is one where dragons are rarely evil and often sapient, this just makes him a massive, [[FantasticRacism speciesist]], douchebag PsychoForHire.
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[[folder: Mythology]]
* Saint George (c. 275-303 AD) is famous for slaying a dragon since the 11th century (there was no mention of George's dragon-fight prior to that). The real George was a Syrian-born Roman legionnaire who was executed for refusing to sacrifice to the Roman gods. The legend is possibly inspired by Eastern icons of George fighting a dragon in which the dragon was (in reference to the dragon of Literature/{{Revelation}}) merely a symbol of Rome and/or paganism, but eventually the scene came to be understood literal.
* Literature/{{Beowulf}} (although it killed him)
* Bellerophon, the one of the Chimera. Before slaying it he killed a dragon named Bellero.
* Sigurd/Siegfried
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In Pinball/MedievalMadness, the player must slay a dragon in order to rescue one of the princess by shooting the damsel ramp.
* Sir Tristan has this task in ''VideoGame/GoldenLogres''
* The player must do this as one of his duties in the "Dragon's Keep" table of ''VideoGame/FullTiltPinball''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The ''Council of Wyrms'' campaign setting introduced the Dragon Slayer kit. Dragon Slayers are human beings specially trained to kill dragons. They are immune to dragon-caused fear, gain bonuses when attacking dragons, and have armor and weapons that are more effective against dragons. They are dedicated to the goal of eradicating dragonkind.
** Then there are rangers who choose Dragon as their favoured enemies. Of course, said rangers are encouraged to be very, ''very'' careful when working.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. There is an organization of dragon hunters that killed many dragons during the down cycle while they hibernated, and continues to kill them today. One of them, going by the name Dragonslayer, has posted many times on Shadowland with conspiracy theories about dragons.
* {{Warhammer 40000}}: Depending on the edition, the GodEmperor of Mankind ''was'' Saint George, though insted of killing the dragon he imprisoned it on Mars. That dragon might very well be the Void Dragon, a C'tan (the C'tan are among the most powerful entities in existence, its brother the nightbringer having imposed its image into nearly all races as death incarnate, aka the GrimReaper). However, this may have bitten him in the ass, as the Void Dragon has power over machines, and it is more or less implied the Adeptus Mechanicus' worship of the Omnissiah is strengthening the Void Dragon.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Warden in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' fights and slays several dragons over the course of ''Origins'' and ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'', including the game's BigBad, a dragon-shaped EldritchAbomination.
** Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' faces the entire gambit, ranging from Drakelings to a High Dragon. In the ''Mark of the Assassin DLC'', they're invited to take part in Duke Prosper's annual Wyvern hunt, winning a prize for being the first to slay an Alpha Wyvern. [[spoiler: Near the end, Hawke gets into a fight with Duke Prosper who in addition to using a crossbow, [[HorseOfADifferentColor rides]] into battle with his trained Wyvern, [[FluffyTheTerrible Leopold]]]].
** [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Cassandra]] [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Pentaghast]], in addition to being a member of the current [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething royal family]] of Nevarra, descends from legendary Dragonslayers responsible for the near extinction of the entire species during the Steel Age.
* The Dragonborn in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is the only one who can kill dragons permanently by consuming their souls. Others can kill them, too (in fact the Empire's SecretPolice the Blades started out as dragonslayers), but this only kills their ''body'', with their Aedric soul remaining intact. Their return from (near) extinction is revealed to have not been due to repopulating their numbers, but because [[BigBad Alduin's]] return allowed him to resurrect them from the burial mounds their remains were entombed in by the Ancient Nords.
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' and its spinoff ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' have this as a class designed around killing dragons and dragonkin like the {{Magitek}}-wielding Drakels.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'':
** Slaying the red dragon [[ThatOneBoss Tholapsyx]] in the first campaign grants you the history feat "Dragonslayer". The feat doesn't have any actual effect; it's just a cool thing to have on your resume.
** In ''Storm of Zehir'' a completionist player can slay up to four dragons, and your first dragon kill grants "Dragon Slayer". This time, though, the feat adds +2 to attack and damage rolls versus dragons.
* The eponymous characters in ''VideoGame/DragonValor'' are individuals who wield magic swords which are the only thing that can kill dragons.
* ''VideoGame/KingsBounty Legends'' has the "Dragon Slayer" spell, which enhances attack against dragons and fire resistance. Plus, the Knights can deal bonus damage to Dragons.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' Dragonslaying is a proud tradition among the dwarves, who have developed lots of special weapons (axes, hammers and large crossbows) specifically meant to kill dragons. To really drive the point home, Dwarves are said to [[LanguageEqualsThought have 18 words for "killing a dragon"]].
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', Dragon Slayer Ornstein ''earned'' the first part of his title, fighting alongside Lord Gwyn against the Everlasting Dragons in the climactic battle that allowed humanity to rise and flourish. There's a collection of dragon heads mounted in the castle in Anor Londo that provides proof of his kills. The Chosen Undead also gets the chance to slay up to five different dragons over the course of the game, and six with the DLC installed. Eight, if the hydras are included.
** It should be noted, two of those dragons were rotting zombies, two were deformed and maddened over the centuries, and one was a much lesser (though still powerful) drake. The only true dragon you face is in the DLC, and it [[spoiler: needs to be crippled by a giant's arrow]] before it can even be touched.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' adds the Fairy type to its ElementalRockPaperScissors system specifically to counter the Dragon type, [[ObviousRulePatch which had been getting too overpowered]].
** Oddly, before the existence of the Fairy type, ''[[LivingPolyhedron Porygon2]]'' of all Pokemon was the main go-to for dealing with dragons, possessing the ability to [[PowerCopying copy their abilities]] as well as [[GlacierWaif withstand the amount of damage they deal]], leaving surreal images of a two-foot tall toy duck taking down a seven meter tall serpent.
* The arcade game Dragon Buster and it's long distance sequel VideoGame/DragonValor for the original Playstation.
* At one point in VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga, Gilgamesh must slay an enemy called Quox, who is essentially a dragon, even if Quox is never specifically referred to as such.
* Dirk the Daring in the first VideoGame/DragonsLair game, though not so much in the second.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* When the dragon shows up on Earth in ''VisualNovel/DraKoi'', a dragonslayer instantly shows up to fight her. It has no other purpose than slaying the dragon. [[spoiler:It's actually just a suit of armor and a weapon to be used by the real hero, who is the real dragonslayer. The person wielding it is called the dragon slayer or the hero: They have no name given.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' plays with it. The official protector of the Court is called the Dragon Slayer, but James Eglamore--the current Dragon Slayer--admits that itís [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything a rather misleading title]]. Dragons are rare enough--if not outright extinct--that they donít require much slaying these days. Nevertheless, thereís little doubt that Eglamore could take on a dragon if necessary: he defeats a Rogat Orjak ([[OurDragonsAreDifferent technically not a dragon, but very dragon-ish all the same]]) in an early chapter.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The lore of ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon'' has granted this title to AATTVVV (a.k.a. [[FanNickname All-Terrain Venomoth]]) after it [[AwesomeMoments unexpectedly managed to take out Lance's Dragonite while 30 levels weaker than it]].
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is famed in story for slaying the last dragon left in the world earning the title Dragon of the West [[spoiler: really however he lied and left the last of the dragons alive and only claimed to have killed them so they could live in peace]].
* The film ''WesternAnimation/FireAndIce'' had a man named Galador who slew a dragon. Too bad he died years ago, and his son had to do the job. His son, while not directly killing them, manages to take care of one by pitting it against another, and the second, an ice dragon by [[spoiler: bringing down salt mines on it]].
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