''The King of Dragons'' is a 1991 MedievalEuropeanFantasy-themed BeatEmUp[=/=]HackAndSlash with a spice of ActionRPG from {{Capcom}}, released first in [[ArcadeGame arcades]] and later ported to the [[SuperNintendo SNES]] in 1994. The game is very similar in gameplay to ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheRound'', specially in its level-up system, but it has also weapon upgrading similar to ''MagicSword''. Each of the 5 selectable characters has their own strenghts and weakness, and they gain experience with each slain {{Mook}} and treasure picked. Added to this is a total of 8 swords and shields, found in certain treasure chests, which enhance their attack and defense even more.

The story is set in the fictional kingdom of Malus, where the evil red dragon Gildiss has woke up after years of slumber. Following his rise, hordes of monsters loyal to him start raiding Malus, spearheaded by the Dark Wizard from Castle Garenos. With even the knights of Malus and princess Mari unable to face this threat, the task lands upon a group of wandering adventurers who have just come to Malus at the right time.

The game has 5 playable characters, originally [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep only referred by their character class]], but later given official names in one of [[AllThereInTheManual Capcom's artbook compilations]].

* '''Derek''', the [[BarbarianHero Fighter]]: A 26 years old swordsman, wielding an assortment of sword (including a broadsword and scimitar). He's a [[JackOfAllStats well-rounded character]] in all stats save magic strength, which he sucks at, making him the ideal starting character.
* '''Regie''', the [[SquishyWizard Wizard]]: A 28 years old magician who fights by throwing magic blasts from his staff. He wields different types of staves, some of which grants him a two-hit ability. He's a GlassCannon, with rather low defense and speed, but compensates with great range and ([[CaptainObvious obviously enough]]) magic strength. Rather than shields, he finds different amulets to boost his defense.
* '''Reval''', the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Elf]]: A typical elven archer. He's the FragileSpeedster, having the highest speed stat but mediocre attack and lousy defense. His bows increase the speed he can fire his arrows.
* '''Aldo''', the [[TheMedic Cleric]]: A 34 years old GentleGiant who prefers maces and the like over sharp weapons. He's the MightyGlacier, with great strength (both physical and magical) and the [[StoneWall highest defense, but slow like a snail]]. He's also able to heal his allies alongside him after picking up a healing item.
* '''Vargas''', the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf]]: The [[TheNapoleon very small]] [[AnAxeToGrind axe-wielding]] dwarf. He's a [[LightningBruiser hard-hitting speedster]], with good speed and great defense stats, but has weak magic strength and lacks range. Though his small size works for him in avoiding certain attacks.
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!!This game provides examples of:

* AllThereInTheManual: As stated above, the characters' names.
* AnAxeToGrind: Vargas and the Minotaur boss.
* AnIcePerson: The Ice Wyvern and [[EvilIsDeathlyCold the Black Knight]].
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Gildiss. He's so big you don't even see his whole body.
* AutomaticCrossbow: Used by the werewolf mooks.
* BadassBeard: Vargas.
* BalefulPolymorph: The frog spell.
* BarbarianHero: Derek.
* BigBad: The Red Dragon Gildiss.
** TheDragon: The Dark Wizard.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: The only explanation for the Great Dragonian's rather random demise.
* BlackKnight: One of the bosses, even named as such.
** NinjaPirateZombieRobot: He appears to be wielding a [[SinisterScimitar scimitar]] and moves like a {{Ninja}}.
* BlobMonster: A variety of {{mook}}, it crawls along and tries to [[ShockAndAwe electrocute you]].
* BreathWeapon: Gildiss (of course), the two Wyverns and the Dragon Rider bosses.
* CarryABigStick: Aldo.
* CharacterLevel
* CreditsMontage
* {{Crossover}}: All the good guys and Gildiss appear in the crossover quiz game ''Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2''.
* DegradedBoss: The Minotaur gets demoted into a MiniBoss, while the Dragon Rider goes all the way down to GiantMook status.
* DemBones: {{Mook}} enemies.
* DistressedDamsel: Only reason Princess Mari exists at all.
* DualBoss: The Royal Knights and the second Cyclops battle.
* DragonRider: The identical-named boss and his {{Palette Swap}}ped mooks. Though the dragons in question are more like [[DinosaursAreDragons 2-legged dinosaurs]].
* DropTheHammer: Aldo gets a few of these.
* ElementalPowers: Each hero has his own magic attack CastFromHitPoints, per the norm in the genre. These attacks are also available in the form of flying spheres that, when hit, activates the magic.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Mari.
* EvilOldFolks: Dark Wizard.
* EvilSorcerer: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Dark Wizard]].
* GiantSpider: Multiple ones, at the boss fight with the exact same name.
* HyperactiveMetabolism
* InexplicableTreasureChests
** ChestMonster: Teethed chest monsters, at that.
* InTheHood: Regie and the thief {{Mooks}}.
* LizardFolk: A variety of mooks. The Great Dragonian, on the other hand, is a Dragonian Folk.
* ALoadOfBull: The Minotaur boss.
* LostWoods: Trent Wood.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Derek, Vargas and Aldo can pick up shields to increase their defense.
* MagicWand: Regie's WeaponOfChoice.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* {{Mummy}}: {{Mook}} enemies.
* PaletteSwap: The Royal Knights are a green and red swapped version of the Black Knight (albeit with new heads). There's also the grey-swapped Cyclops in the second Cyclops boss fight, and the ice-powered second Wyvern.
* PlayingWithFire: Gildiss (duh!), the Fire Wyvern, the Dragon Riders and the Dark Wizard.
* PowerFloats: The Dark Wizard.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Well, not that much. Gildiss is a typical western dragon, right up to the secret hoard of treasures he guards in a limestone cavern.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Vargas.
* OurElvesAreDifferent: Reval.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Mermen are {{Elite Mook}}s that go hopping all over the place with their sharp [[ProngsOfPoseidon tridents]].
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: [[TheGoomba Most common mook enemy]]. There's also the first boss, the Ork King.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Two {{Mook}} varieties: those wielding {{Automatic Crossbow}}s and those wielding [[BladeOnAStick spears]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Princess Mari led the knight force against Gildiss...too bad she [[SaveThePrincess creates more problems that way]].
* ShoutOut: The Great Dragonian's design bears a close resemblance to the ''Dragon Knight'' bosses in Capcom's older BeatEmUp ''Black Tiger''.
* StormingTheCastle: The focus on stages 8/9 (Malus Castle), 11 (a fort) and 12/13 (Castle Garenos).
* TeleportSpam: There's a wizard MiniBoss who just ''loves'' this tactic.
* WhipSword: The Great Dragonian has one.
* TheWorldTree: Trent.
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