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- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Most, if not all, dragons have humanoid form as their disguise, either it's human, elven, or even gnome like Chronormu. Few others don't even mind to disguise as human or elven child like the siblings Andormu or Nozari (well, bronze dragons are wardens of timestream, after all).
- Brought Down to Normal: Using the Dragon Soul to defeat Deathwing for good stripped the aspects of their incredible power and infinite lifespan... though as mentioned just below, it went even farther by rendering all of them, not just the aspects, sterile.
- Breath Weapon: Naturally, being based on classic western dragons, each flight has a breath weapon that does something different.
- Red Dragons breathe fire that can be made to be Friendly Fireproof, not only not hurting someone if the dragon doesn't want them hurt, but even healing them. A red dragon can heal a fatally wounded ally back to health while turning the enemy to ash in the same attack.
- Black Dragons can breathe normal fire, they've also been known to breath magma.
- Green Dragons breathe poison mist, though Ysera's been known to instead breath a mist that forces someone to fall asleep (and given the power she has in the Emerald Dream, that's not preferable to being poisoned).
- Blue Dragons breathe an icy mist, though some dragons have been known to breath pure arcane energies.
- Bronze Dragons breathe superheated sand. Infinites also breathe sand.
- Finally, Twilight Dragons breath shadowflame.
- Dying Race: After the events of Cataclysm, all dragons on Azeroth have lost the ability to lay eggs...for some reason.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Dragons from every flight are supposed to have a different physiology very similar to their aspect (Reds should have giant horns like Alexstrasza, Blues should have wings that stay connected all the way down to their tails like Kalecgos, ect. ect.), but because of the limitations of gameplay and developer time, all dragons of all flights share exactly the same model for each phase of their life, with only the aspects having unique models that represent how all members of their flight should look (and even then, that took until Cataclysm).
- I Have Many Names: All the (former) Aspects have this. Deathwing's in particular are more often than not also an example of Names to Run Away from Really Fast. In particular:
- Neltharion/Deathwing: Aspect of Death, The Betrayer, The Black, The Black Scourge, Blackwing Greatfather, Blood's Shadow, The Cataclysm, The Dark One, Daval Prestor, Death Incarnate, The Destroyer, The Earth-Warder, The Great One, Shuul'wa, The Unmaker of Worlds, The Warder of the land, The Worldbreaker, Xaxas.
- Alexstrasza: Dragon Queen, Life-Binder, Life-Giver, Former Aspect of Life, Former Queen of Life, She Who Is Life, Life of the Flame, Former Red Aspect.
- Malygos: Spellweaver, Lord of Magic, Steward of Magic, Guardian of Magic, Hand of Magic, Magic Incarnate, Blue Aspect.
- Kalecgos: Former Aspect of Magic, Steward of Magic, Former Spellweaver.
- Ysera: The Awakened, Former Aspect of Dreams, She of the Dreaming, Former Dreamer, Mistress of Dreams, Lady of Dreams, Queen of Dreams, Former Green Aspect.
- Nozdormu: The Timeless One, Former Aspect of Time, Lord of Time, Lord of the Centuries, Master of Time, Dragon of the Ages, Guardian of Time, Former Bronze Aspect, The Lord of the Infinite (as Murozond, his insane future self).
- Our Dragons Are Different: Physically, each type is based on quadrupedal western dragons from medieval folklore with various biological differences depending on type. Also, each type of dragon champions a different part of reality and the Aspects are (or rather, were) close to being Physical Gods before they sacrificed the power to kill Deathwing. They're also much more friendly than most dragons in sword and sorcery type games, with only Black dragons being outright evil (and even then, that was due to outside corruption).
- Red Is Heroic: Alexstrasza stands out among the original Dragon Aspects as the only one who is consistently good thru the story, unlike the other Aspects who become antagonists at some point in time (Neltharion becomes Deathwing pretty much from the start, Malygos goes insane and eventually decides to erradicate all users of magic (pretty much everyone), Nozdormu becomes Murozond in the future and Ysera succumbs to the Emerald Nightmare). This extends to their Dragonflights as well; the Red Dragonflight are good guys, while a good part of the Black, Green and Bronze dragons are eventually corrupted direct or indirectly by the actions of the Old Gods, and the Blue Dragonflight is almost completely exterminated.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The Red dragonflight and especially Alexstrasza tends to have a bigger role in various storylines than the others. Probably Justified given the fact that they're the only group that give a damn about mortals and actively trying to help them, while the Black dragonflights are filled with corrupted homicidal maniacs, the Blue dragonflights are dwindling in numbers and the other two are too busy with their specific duty (Green with the Emerald Realm and Bronze with Azeroth timeline).
- Was Once a Man:
- The centaur-like Dragonspawn and humanoid Drakonid were once mortals who willingly entered into the service of dragons. Over the years/generations, they either changed over time or were directly "ascended" by being given dragon essence for their service until they change, and you can see this process several times during Cataclysm (most notably in Blackrock Caverns), but every situation where the transformation is forced rapidly the dragon is already dead.
- There's also Dragonmen, which are made by directly injecting dragon DNA into a human, the end result is a limber but large Draconic Humanoid who's usually deranged because of what's implied to be a horrific, Body Horror filled transformation. These only exist because of Nefarian's Mad Science and don't seem to be naturally occurring lesser dragons like Drakonid or Dragonspawn.
The Black Dragonflight
Neltharion the Earthwarder/ Deathwing the Destroyer
"Pain... agony... my hatred burns through the cavernous deeps... The world heaves with my torment! Its wretched kingdoms quake beneath my rage! But at last, the whole of Azeroth will break. And all will burn beneath the shadow of my wings!"
Voiced by: Michael McConnohieBlack Dragon Aspect of the Earth. Neltharion was tempted by the whispers of the Old Gods as he slept beneath the surface of Azeroth. He tricked the other Aspects into donating their powers to create the Dragon Soul, which was really intended to place them all under his control. The resulting wars devastated the Dragonflights. It was not until the Demon Soul (as it was later called) was destroyed that he was finally defeated. Now known as Deathwing the Destroyer, his shattered body rested in Deepholm for years until he reemerged, changing the face of Azeroth forever.Notable offspring of Neltharion include: Nefarian, master of Blackwing Lair, who launched a plan to steal blood from the Dragonflights to create a race of hybrid draconic warriors; Onyxia, Nefarian's sister, who attempted to corrupt the King of Stormwind; Sabellian, Deathwing's younger son and lieutenant who remained in Outland after the Dark Portal closed, Neltharaku, broodfather of the abandoned Netherwing Dragonflight, and Wrathion, purified by a Titan device and thus the first non-Always Chaotic Evil black dragon in over ten thousand years.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Every single black dragon. With the possible exceptions of Sabellian (A black dragon Quest Giver) and Wrathion (the uncorrupted dragon egg in Cataclysm/young black dragon in Mists of Pandaria).
- Ascended Extra: Originally just a hero unit in Warcraft II, the books starting expanding his role to make one of the big villains in the setting.
- Ax-Crazy: To the point of being an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Bad Boss: If any mortals end up working for him he does not treat them well even if he needs them. The goblins that forged his first set of armor plates he frequently threatened to kill when they displeased him and in Day of the Dragon when he used goblins to get Rhonin to Grim Batol, he was quick to kill them when they did their job.
- Blessed with Suck: Khaz'goroth's gift gives him great strength, some control over the earth, and an awareness of every nook and cranny on Azeroth—and also feels like carrying a planet on your back. On top of that, many Old Gods were imprisoned in the deepest parts of Azeroth...
- Blood Knight: In Dawn of the Aspects, it's an understatement to say Neltharion enjoys combat.
- Book Ends: The opening cinematic for Cataclysm shows Deathwing's Elementium plates being welded to his body. The semi-final boss encounter with him involves tearing these same plates off of his body.
- Brother–Sister Incest: This seems to be very popular with black dragons, but Deathwing doesn't just want any old weak black dragon...no, he wants his sisters, Ysera and Alexstrasza, who are the Green and Red Aspects, respectively. He outright states in one of the novels that his main goal in life is to mate with his sisters. He passed this trait on to his children, who tend to mate among themselves rather than with non-related dragons.
- Cain and Abel: The evil one of the Aspects, and Alexstrasza's primary enemy. Then again, he has stated that he no longer considers his fellow aspects siblings.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: One of the novels reveals that after the War of the Ancients, Deathwing tried mating with his consorts; his deformed, fiery body was so hot, he burned three of them to death and horrifically scarred the fourth. For reference, black dragons are immune to fire and regularly take baths in molten lava.
- The Chessmaster: While Ax-Crazy, he's a clever schemer.
- Colossus Climb: His true form is so huge that the first boss fight is fought on his back in mid-flight. Very unlike most bosses because you don't truly fight a boss. Rather, you fight mooks and hold on as he tries to shake you off until his vulnerable spot is exposed and you can strike and break his armor (do it three times and you win the fight, but it's easier said than done).
- Combat Tentacles: In the Spine of Deathwing battle, and in the Madness of Deathwing battle. In the latter, they range from massive limb tentacles that are your primary targets in the first phase to smaller ones that attack your group as adds.
- Cognizant Limbs: In both battles against him. Even his blood turns into adds.
- Cutscene Boss: The first few times you likely see him, such as in the Badlands, are this, and all you can really do is watch.
- Death by Sex: See Can't Have Sex, Ever, he inflicts this on anyone he attempts to mate with. Notably part of his evil plan is (or was at one time) to force Alexstrasza and Ysera to become his consorts, knowing full well that this or horrible disfigurement was the likely result.
- The Dreaded: Anybody who knows who he is is terrified of him. Even when he was allied with the orcs they were still afraid of him and feared the possibility of his betrayal.
- Do a Barrel Roll: One of his attacks in the Spine of Deathwing Encounter is this, throwing off any adds or players who are not attached to his back (i.e., the Corruption tentacles or players with the Grasping Tendrils debuff).
- The Dragon: No pun intended, but Deathwing takes this role to N'zoth in Cataclysm. Prior to that expansion pack, the Old Gods didn't really take an active role in controlling him.
- Fantastic Racism: Neltharion wants to wipe out all non-dragon life.
- Faux Affably Evil: At least in Warcraft II. Later depictions have shown he can act nice when he takes a human form, but it's all an act.
- Full Potential Upgrade: He originally needed metal plates welded to his body so he could survive the strain the Demon Soul put on it. Later, it becomes a Power Limiter so that his body can handle his own power.
- Giant Flyer: Dragons in Warcraft get to be pretty massive, though special mention goes to Deathwing, who's been described as "airliner-big." According to the artists for the Cataclysm cinematic, his wingspan is 1,200 feet from wingtip to wingtip.
- He's Back: Neltharion had been missing ever since Day of the Dragon. In Cataclysm, he returns from his lair in Deepholm, and in the most dramatic way possible.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Malygos, back when he was Neltharion.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed Off for Real by the Dragon Soul, an Artifact of Doom he created. He is hit by this in the Bad Future too when the Twilight Dragonflight he created devours him after killing everything else.
- Hot Wings: His wings turn ablaze in Cataclysm, burning everything beneath them.
- I Have Many Names: Does he ever! His true name and first title (given by the Titans) is Neltharion the Earth-Warder. He's later called Neltharion the Betrayer, Deathwing the Black, Deathwing the Destroyer, Deathwing the Worldbreaker, the Dark One, the Aspect of Death, the Cataclysm, Death Incarnate, and the Unmaker of Worlds. Night Elves call him Xaxas (used by the night elves it means "chaos", "fury" or "elemental fury" in Darnassian) orcs call him Blood's Shadow, and other Dragon Aspects call him the Black Scourge.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His final fate in the Bad Future, with the spire atop Wyrmrest Temple.
- The Juggernaut: Arguably the most powerful non-god entity in the setting. He's only been beaten when the plates on his armor were broken and when faced with the other four Aspects at the same time when they were at full strength. And that was before he returned even stronger in Cataclysm.
- Kaiju: He's absolutely massive, dwarfing even the other Dragon Aspects.
- Kick the Dog: See Would You Like to Hear How They Died?.
- Large and in Charge: Standard for the all the aspects, he's enormous even for a dragon and is one of the few bosses in WoW whose size in gameplay can be considered accurate.
- Large HamDeathwing: I am Deathwing. The Destroyer. The end of all things. Inevitable. Indomitable. I. AM. THE CATACLYSM.
- Extends to his behavior in his human form when interacting with the orcs in the novelization of Beyond the Dark Portal where he oozed his barely contained pride in any meeting with them.
- Mighty Glacier: While by far the most powerful hero in WC 2, Deathwing, like all dragon units at the time, reacts slowly to commands.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Most black dragons have it in various forms, but in his case, it's also a very good suggestion: Deathwing will sometimes show up in various zones, nuke everything beneath him, then leave. There's even an achievement for it called "Stood in the Fire." This nuking is so powerful that it instantly kills anyone in range. You won't even see damage being applied to you, the game will simply announce that you're dead.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His Barrel Roll is a good way to get rid of unwanted Hideous Amalgamations, although you have to trick him into doing it by stacking on one side.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Very few things can actually hurt him. The other four dragon aspects, who still wielded immense power in their weakened states and were still beyond the rest of the dragons, couldn't even wound him before the rest of their strength was returned, and a punch from Grull that shock the whole area didn't even phase him. Alexstrazsa outright states from personal experience that no physical assault will be enough to kill Deathwing—normally, he would have died in their duel, but he has been saturated so thoroughly with Old God energy that no flesh wounds can kill him. The solution? Use the modified Dragon Soul's unfathomable power to blast his matter out of existence entirely.
- Oh, Crap!: His eyes are wide open the moment he realizes that Thrall has the Dragon Soul and he's going to use its unfathomable power against him.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to kill all life except for his own dragon flight.
- One-Winged Angel: In the Madness of Deathwing Encounter, after losing his armor, he rises out of the Maelstrom and attacks players with tentacles from where his limbs used to be.Deathing: You have done NOTHING. I will TEAR THIS WORLD APART!
- Power Limiter: He has gigantic metal plates welded onto his body in order to prevent himself from being blown up by his own power. The first half of his boss fight involves having to break off the plates, to the point where he explosively hemorrhages during the Madness encounter.
- Rage Against the Heavens: When he and Thrall meet in Charge of the Aspects, he reveals that he serves the Old Gods because he hates the task the Titans charged him with and the Old Gods promised to free him from his burden.
- Sequential Boss: Three phases, split between two encounters.
- Unwitting Pawn: Deathwing was driven insane by the Old Gods as part of their plan to dismantle the Dragonflights. Due to his insanity, YMMV on how "unwitting" he is.
- Unstoppable Rage: One of the things that drives him is pure, psychotic fury.
- Villainous Breakdown: Literally. During the last phase of the final battle, his draconic form breaks down and he becomes a molten, shapeless entity of pure fire, rage and insanity.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Courtesy of the Old Gods.
- Would Hurt a Child: He appears at the end of the Badlands quest line, confronting Rhea, a red dragon who is trying to purify the eggs of a captured black one in an attempt to raise a generation of them free of his evil. Though she pleads for him to spare the egg she has, he refuses, killing her and destroying it (the player can't do anything to even try to stop this, and would likely be obliterated if they could try). Still, her final message shows she may have gotten the last laugh on him, as the destroyed egg wasn't the purified one - you receive that one - it was hers.
- Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Shortly before the Ultraxion encounter in Dragon Soul, he flies in and taunts Alexstrasza about how he turned many of her brood into mindless twilight drakes, and how painful a process it was. She, with forced stoicism, says that they are no longer of her clutch, and allows the raid to kill them.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ysera has a vision of Deathwing dying alongside the rest of the Dragon Aspects at the hands of the Twilight Dragonflight, implying that his Old God master will discard him once his usefulness has come to an end. More specifically, the Old Gods cannot rule Azeroth until all the Aspects are dead. They proceed to impale him upon Wyrmrest Temple.
- Pulls this himself on any mortal servants he no longer needs.
- Your Size May Vary: While it may be justified in that dragons can control their size as well as their shape, it's very noticeable here. In the Twilight Highlands, he's roughly as big as Alexstrasza, enough so that when they bite down on each other's throats and go falling out of the sky they look comparable. Then in Dragon Soul, Deathwing is larger than he was in Twilight Highlands, but still only slightly bigger than the other aspects. But then for some reason, when you start the Spine of Deathwing fight, Deathwing is suddenly much larger to accommodate the fight taking place all up his back, and this size remains during the Madness encounter (though since he's barely a creature of flesh by that point this is somewhat understandable) and makes his siblings look absolutely dwarfed by comparison.
Voiced by: Chris MetzenEldest son of Deathwing, Nefarian is a powerful black dragon who leads the black dragonflight on Azeroth. In his human guise, he is known as Lord Victor Nefarius, Lord of Blackrock. Holding the Blackrock clan and various clans of ogres under his dominion, Nefarian rules from his lair at the top of Blackrock Spire.
- Back from the Dead: Raised from the dead in Cataclysm after having died in classic.
- Brother–Sister Incest: Is heavily implied to be Onyxia's mate.
- Deadpan Snarker: Already showed hints of this in the original game, comes into his own in Cataclysm.
- Draco Lich: In Cataclysm, though he behaves exactly as when he was still alive.
- Dual Boss: With Onyxia in Blackwing Descent.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted; after Onyxia is defeated after being raised in Blackwing Descent, he is upset that players have destroyed one of his "possessions", and he also sees his ability to raise her as his finest work.
- Evil Overlord: Like father like son.
- Evil Versus Evil: Nefarian and his forces were constantly butting heads with Ragnaros the Firelord and his forces in Blackrock Mountain.
- Flaw Exploitation: He does this in his encounter, using abilities specifically tailored for certain classes, such as inflicting Shapeshifter Mode Lock on shapeshifting Druids.
- Have a Nice Death: "Worthless wretch! Your friends will join you soon enough!"
- Killed Off for Real: Put to death for real in Cataclysm.
- Large Ham: He is voiced by Chris Metzen by the way.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Many of his comments seem to be directed at the players directly.
- Mad Scientist: Nefarian seems to be a big believer in the power of science, using gene-splicing to create hybrid monsters like Chromaggus, Chimaeron, and the chromatic dragonflight. And in Blackwing Descent, Onyxia appears to have been resurrected Frankenstein-style rather than strictly through necromancy.
- Manipulative Bastard: He falls short of becoming like his father. He said "THIS CANNOT BE!" twice to begin with.
- Mind Control: In the Heroic Version of Blackwing Descent.
- Necromancer: Has shown the ability to raise his fallen minions as skeletons. He later does the same with his sister Onyxia in Blackwing Descent.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: In Blackwing Descent, on Heroic mode, he uses an attack forcing players to walk toward a portal that will kill them if they reach it. They must regain control of themselves before they do.
- Shock and Awe: Employs this in Cataclysm, severely damaging the raid every time his health passes a 10% milestone, and also uses Onyxia to electrocute the raid from her sides, eventually exploding if the players take too long to kill her and/or do too much damage to Nefarian in Phase 1.
- Shout-Out / Ascended Meme: "Death Knights, GET OVER HERE!" added when Death Knights are available.
- Troll: On a more meta level, with his trolling directed at players. See Leaning on the Fourth Wall above.
- Villainous Breakdown: So many many times, "Inconceivable!" "THIS CANNOT BE!! Rend, deal with these insects!", "Impossible!" and of course "This cannot be! I am the Master here! You mortals are nothing to my kind! DO YOU HEAR? NOTHING!" He seems to have mellowed out a little when you beat him in Blackwing Descent: "Defeat has never tasted so bitter..."
Daughter of Deathwing, she posed as Lady Katrana Prestor to keep Highlord Bolvar Fordragon and ultimately the human nation of Stormwind under her control. She even tried to duplicate King Varian to make one of his physical splits a personal puppet.
- Brother–Sister Incest: With Nefarian. Yes, her own brother is responsible for the hundreds of eggs and whelps in and around Onyxia's Lair.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her human form, the standard appearance of members of the Black Dragonflight when they assume humanoid forms.
- Hannibal Lecture: What she tried to do to Anduin when she kidnapped him.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: As Katrana Prestor she acted as one to obstruct any attempt to solve certain problems within the kingdom of Stormwind.
- Off with Her Head!: Varian cuts off her head and brings it back to Stormwind as a trophy. Deathwing later retrieves it during his rampage and Nefarian raises her as an undead dragon though.
- The Vamp: Especially towards Highlord Bolvar Fordragon and King Varian Wrynn.
One of Deathwing's sons, as well as a quest giver in Blade's Edge Mountains under the guise of Baron Sablemane. Despite being a black dragon, he's actually a fairly decent guy: He doesn't possess his father's hatred of all mortals, and in fact actually forms genuine friendships with them. Despite this, he is still kind of evil, though only openly hostile to Gruul and the other Gronn.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Never mentioned after Burning Crusade, not even in Cataclysm where the Black Dragonflight was the big bad. He's not even mentioned during the rogue legendary dagger questline, where Wrathion has the player hunt down surviving black dragons and assassinate them, though it was later confirmed that Sabellian is alive and well in Outland, with Wrathion unaware of his existence.
Deathwing's prime consort, and the mother of Nefarian and Onyxia. She prefers to be known by Sinestra, as she despises Deathwing and her children. She created the Twilight Dragonflight, and while she was thought to have been killed when Dargonax was destroyed, she returned to life and provides Deathwing with eggs to make into twilight dragons.
- Bonus Boss: After defeating all the bosses in Heroic Bastion of Twilight.
- Death by Sex: Out of Deathwing's four consorts, she's the only one to avert this, though very narrowly. See Scars Are Forever.
- Pivotal Boss: Has the same animation set as Kil'Jaeden and is set in a pool of lava.
- Scars Are Forever: Has scars from Deathwing mating with her.
- Unwitting Pawn: She thought she was rebelling against Deathwing, but she was actually doing his bidding.
- Worf Had the Flu: Begins the battle weakened from her past battles, and thus having less health and attack power, but in Phase 3, is no longer constrained this way, a case in which a boss Turns Red by having a handicap removed.
The black dragon that was born from the egg that Rheastrasza purified and died to protect, he is free of the Old Gods' corruption, but does not trust the Red Dragonflight, seeing them as trying to control him, and thus takes charge of the Ravenholdt rogues. He is heavily involved in the quest for the legendary Rogue item, Fangs of the Father, which has adventurers hunt down the remaining black dragons, including Deathwing himself.In Mists of Pandaria, he reappears in a tavern at the Veiled Stair, a small zone leading to Kun-lai Summit. Wrathion once again sends players off on quests to get their Legendary weapons, but this time he is urging everyone to unite, for he is certain the Burning Legion will return to Azeroth and they can't stand against it divided. After the Siege of Orgrimmar defeat, Wrathion is furious that the Alliance did not absorb the Horde and declares that he will leave nothing to chance "next time."Wrathion is the mastermind behind the plot of Warlords of Draenor, working with the bronze dragon Kairozdormu to free Garrosh and send him back in time.
- Complexity Addiction: He has a number of plans to help prepare Azeroth against the Burning Legion. Most of them involve plotting from behind the scenes and expecting to win on Batman Gambits that usually end in the unwitting participant not playing their role as expected. While some of his plans have helped the Horde and Alliance, many (notably his summoning of the Iron Horde) ended in doing more harm than good.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A mix of this and Dummied Out. Despite the prevention and defeat of the Burning Legion being one of his major goals, Wrathion himself doesn't appear at all in Legion. While he was intended to take part in Highmountain's quest chain he was eventually replaced with Ebyssian because Wrathion's presence there didn't make much sense, and his sub-story about using a time portal to bring uncorrupted black dragons to the present was replaced with the revelation that the Hammer of Khaz'Goroth can purify dragon eggs. That said, Blizzard has stated he may appear later. He finally appears in the Deaths of Chromie Scenario.
- Creepy Child: He's conniving, cunning, orchestrates the fall of the corrupt Black Dragonflight, and disguises himself as a goateed human male. And he's only a baby dragon...
- Dark Is Not Evil: Shaping up to be this. He's very shady, uses very sinister methods of acquiring new power (including blood magic, mogu magic, and EATING THE HEART OF THE THUNDER KING) has very brutal retaliation practices against those he feels have wronged him, but for now, seems his intentions are towards a noble goal, even if his methods are questionable.
- Face–Heel Turn: Played with. In War Crimes he is revealed to be behind the creation of the Iron Horde, but he is doing so to prepare Azeroth for much bigger problems down the road.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's a pretty benevolent patron and employer until things don't go his way. He goes completely nuts when the player reports that Varian decided to not assimilate the Horde (noting that there would be huge casualties and months of bloody battle), and angrily vows to make absolutely sure that things go his way "next time".
- Fatal Flaw: Wrathion loves convoluted plans but doesn't have the wisdom to utilise them properly. His ideal that Azeroth must have one and only one ruling superpower to beat the Legion leads him to ignore otherwise sound advice and make dangerous decisions. When he is told how the Horde and Alliance are strong because of each other rather than in spite of it, he refuses to accept it, and commits to creating his own indomitable army in the form of the Iron Horde. These actions not only did more harm to the Horde and Alliance and weaken their overall power for when the Legion finally came, but said actions indirectly enabled the Legion to come to Azeroth in the first place.
- Glowing Eyes
- Hypocrite: See that note in Jerk With A Heart Of Gold about mook killing? Yeah, you're heavily encouraged, to the point it's nigh impossible to complete, to kill mooks en masse in the quest that you completed right before Wrathion stated he didn't want any mooks dead.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wrathion is very willing to break a person's legs to get a point across, but when sending out players to hunt down the last Black Dragons, he doesn't want their minions killed as they are being manipulated. His methods on Pandaria also verge on Well-Intentioned Extremist, as while they may be unscrupulous, he's only doing them because he genuinely wants to protect Azeroth. Everything after that, however...
- Last of His Kind: Believes himself to be the last black dragon at the end of the legendary daggers quest chain. However Word of God confirms there are still some in Outland that are still alive that he doesn't know about. In Legion, there is also Ebyssian, an uncorrupted black dragon that was purified at birth with the Hammer of Khaz'goroth. He has spent millennia hiding amongst the Highmountain tauren in the guise of a spirit walker, which is presumably how he was able to evade Wrathion's notice.
- Meaningful Name: His name continues the Black Dragonflight tradition of being formed from sinister English words merged with one of the dragonflight's name suffixes (e.g. nefarious —> Nefarian). Notably, though, wrath can be considered the deadly sin most likely to arise from good intentions; Dante (the Italian poet, not the Devil May Cry character) even described it as "love of justice perverted to revenge and spite". Thus, it can be seen as a reflection of Wrathion's Well-Intentioned Extremist nature.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He’s largely self-centered and can be cruel, but he isn’t corrupted by the Old Gods and wishes to help the mortal races.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His helping Garrosh get to the alternate Draenor not only failed in creating and summoning the mighty army he hoped to use against the Legion, but the events on Draenor culminated in the perfect chain of events that allowed them to be summoned to Azeroth.
- Not Me This Time: In the Deaths of Chromie, Chromie assumes he is responsible for killing her. He actually isn't, and points you to the one that is.
- Not So Different: In his questline the daggers he empowers become more and more corrupt as HE empowers them, sure you got the ingredients for him from some pretty nasty things but HE wanted them and somehow knew the magic to make them.
- Only Sane Man: His role in Mists Of Pandaria, where he shares a drink with the players who have reached level 90, and discusses the future of the world. He realizes before anyone else that having the factions fighting each other will make them weaker for when the next threat rises. From his vague words, it seems like he's going to manipulate both factions until they're on the same side again. While he realises this, his methods are questionable, as his plan isn't to so much 'unite' them as much as force them to fight until there's a clear victor and the other faction is forced to assimilate or otherwise be eliminated for the sake of stability.
- Subverted in Warlords of Draenor, where his plan to summon the Iron Horde not only failed
- Put on a Bus: Has gone conspicuously missing in Legion despite being one of the few beings who was actively preparing for the invasion. note
- Playing Both Sides: In Mists of Pandaria, he pledges his allegiance to the player's faction, be it Alliance or Horde, and in Landfall, gives players PvP objectives as part of the legendary quest line. He isn't trying to destroy both of them, but he believes a greater threat is coming, and needs the Alliance-Horde war to end, preferably with one defeating the other. He eventually sides with the Alliance when Garrosh Hellscream starts alienating the other Horde leaders, sparking a civil war, making the Horde easy pray for King Varian and the Alliance to assimilate or crush whatever is left.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Tries desperately to stop the invasion of the Burning Legion... only for his cooperation with Kairozdormu to make it possible in the first place due to bring the alternate version of Gul'dan to open the portal to Azeroth.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Makes it very clear he is his own dragon, and will not be held accountable for what Deathwing did. He explicitly refers to the "sins of my father".
- Smug Snake: Not the most smug individual ever, but he's cocky, over-confident, and patronising. When his meddling between the factions in Mists of Pandaria is undone by Varian refusing to dismantle the Horde, he loses his cool and gets narky when a local waiter gives him a dressing down on why his plan didn't work.
- Suicide Mission: The battle against Deathwing is thought to be this. Whether it is depends on the rogue and the group.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets this from a waiter, of all people, which Wrathion himself lampshades. Granted, this waiter is a Pandaren.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Committing an act of genocide against his own kind to save Azeroth along with releasing Garrosh into Draenor to prepare both sides to fight the Legion probably solidified him as this.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to be on his way there with Prince Anduin in 5.2 and the War Crime novel.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Especially in Warlords of Draenor.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Dragons are conscious even in the egg, so Wrathion was hatching his own plans once he hatched. In addition, dragons are mentioned to mature a lot faster than humans. However, according to Word of God, his level of maturity is unusual even for dragons and actually due to the experiments that were performed on his egg.
- Though Yu'lon's dialogue with him implies that he has yet to learn true wisdom. This is confirmed post-Mists of Pandaria when his plans for the Horde and Alliance go awry and creates the Iron Horde to replace them both; certainly he's intelligent, but's not exactly wise.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Fahrad suggests he do this to the player, but he decides against it. Ironic, he ultimately does this to Fahrad. He was using Fahrad to help eliminate the other dragons and, once he no longer needed his help with that, has the legendary rogue kill him off. It did help that Fahrad was trying to control him, and when he was found out he tried to kill Wrathion.
- Younger Than They Look: His true form is only a whelp, as pointed out above. In Pandaria, an argument between Anduin and Wrathion reveals he's only two years old.
EbyssianA new black dragon introduced in Legion, Ebyssian was born shortly after the War of the Ancients when Huln Highmountain used the Hammer of Khaz'goroth to banish Deathwing from the Broken Isles and hatch a single egg from Deathwing's brood free of its father's corruption. Named Ebonhorn by Huln, Ebyssian swore eternal loyalty to Huln Highmountain and his descendants, and watches over the Highmountain Tribe of tauren to this day in the guise of Spiritwalker Ebonhorn, an elder shaman who keeps the tribe's ancient lore and rituals.
- A Load of Bull: Prefers his guise as the Highmountain tauren Ebonhorn, and is the only dragon to be a tauren period.
- Elderly Immortal: His guise as a shaman is elderly, and Mayla even comments that he had been like that forever.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Ebyssian sounds a lot like "abyss" and he's an adult black dragon, but Ebyssian is a nice guy and patient mentor to each generation of the Highmountain family.
- The Mentor: To each generation of the Highmountain family. Adventurers see him play this role to the current chieftain in particular.
- Meaningful Name: Ebonhorn, for his black horns and being a black dragon.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He's a genuinely kind black dragon, unconcerned with manipulation, dominance or murder and destruction. This is because the Hammer of Khaz'goroth purified his egg of the old god magic, making him a "true" black dragon instead of homicidal and corrupted like the rest of his kind. Being raised from hatching by the kind and honorable Huln Hightmountain probably also had a lot to do with his demeanor.
- Only Sane Man: By the standards of black dragons, Ebyssian is a reasonable, level-headed individual who has no desire to become involved in grandiose schemes or great deeds.
- Token Heroic Orc: By virtue of being uncorrupted, Ebyssian is the only truly heroic black dragon. Wrathion is too amoral too count.
- Vision Quest: Accompanies each chieftain of the Highmountain Tribe on one in order to anoint them High Chief, always accompanied by a champion. In Legion, the player character is the champion guarding Mayla Highmountain on her quest.
- Wham Line: "And so the Highmountain tribe gained its oldest ally... me."
The Red Dragonflight
Alexstrasza the Lifebinder
"The champions who fought at our side assured the survival of our world. But now, we must see it...with mortal eyes. We Dragon Aspects have fulfilled our great purpose, and our ancient power is expended. But though our day draws to an end life endures, and new generations will be born. Today's victory belongs to all who stood against the Shadow. You are Azeroth's true guardians, and the future of this world is in your hands. For the dawning of the Age of Mortals... has begun."Red Dragon Aspect of Life. Alexstrasza has been the leader of the resistance to Azeroth's corruption throughout her existence. Her Dragonflight was held in thrall to the Horde by their possession of the Dragon Soul, but once the artifact was destroyed, she aided in the destruction of Neltharion/Deathwing. She has remained friendly to mortals ever since, and has come to lead the Wyrmrest Accord in Northrend in opposition to the onslaught of Malygos.Notable offspring include: Vaelaestrasz, who fought against and was ultimately corrupted by Nefarian in Blackwing Lair, and Caelestrasz, who, until recently, was held prisoner by the Old God C'thun in Ahn'qiraj since the War of the Shifting Sands and later sacrificed himself during the battle against Sinestra in the Bastion of Twilight.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is sure the nicest of the 5 dragon aspects, but also the second strongest one. Woe to anyone who tries pushing her too far, just as Nekros Skullcrusher and Malygos learned... the hard way.
- Big Damn Hero: Her flight, presumably from her order, are the ones that came into the rescue during the Mist of Pandaria in order to stop the Forsaken from killing and raising everyone from the Plague. This is especially notable because this is the first time the Red Flight took action against someone from the main cast.
- Big Good: The primary leader of resistance against Deathwing and his minions during Cataclysm.
- Brought Down to Normal: All of the Aspects lose their powers after Deathwing's death and having prevented the Hour of Twilight.
- Characterization Marches On: Warcraft II had her offspring as green and without much in the way of intellect. The Horde's Dragons didn't become Red until Day of the Dragon.
- The Dog Bites Back: She made a number of attempts on Nekros during her captivity, which were enough to keep him on his toes but still met no success. When he lost the Demon Soul, however...
- Friend to All Living Things: Even back when she was a proto-dragon, in Dawn of the Aspects, Malygos notes that she seems to regret hunting living prey. She was even willing to pardon the orcs as a whole for their treatment of her flight during the Second War, loving them just as much as she loves everything else. Except for Nekros. She ate him.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Flaming even. The flames went away at the end of Cataclysm.
- Heartbroken Badass: After her BSOD she pulls herself together and helps the other Aspects and Thrall defeat Chromatus, after she learns that Koiralstrasz's sacrifice prevented a catastrophe.
- Heroic Blue Screen of Death: During Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- I Did What I Had to Do: After she deals the fatal blow to Malygos, she tells him "I did what I had to, brother."
- Mama Bear: Or rather, a big momma dragon. "Nekrossss...you had them ssslay my children! MY CHILDREN!!"
- Mind Rape: Or something similar. An attack she used on Deathwing that caused him to feel all the pain she endured in her captivity.
- Ms. Fanservice: In her humanoid (elven) form. See Stripperiffic below.
- Petting Zoo People: In elven form, she still has her horns and the same coloured eyes as her dragon form.
- Polyamory: Not at the moment, but she did have several husband-equivalents at once in the past.
- Stripperiffic: What better way to promote the creation of Life?
"I am your servant. Now and forever, my love."Alexstrasza's prime consort after the death of Tyranastraz. Known as Krasus in his mortal disguise (Which switches between a high elf or a muscular human depending on what he's appearing in), Korialstrasz is Alexstrasza's prime mate. As Krasus, he was a member of the ruling council of Dalaran, but it's unclear if that's still the case during World of Warcraft.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the War of the Ancients, Krasus and Korialstraz come across the Burning Legion attacking Night Elves trying to flee the capital. Despite being weakened by both of them existing in the same timeline, Korialstraz furiously attacks the demons, and manages to temporarily halt the advance of the Burning Legion, only turning away when Krasus points out the refugees have escaped.
- The Chessmaster: In Day of the Dragon. He gets better about it, though.
- Handicapped Badass: Spends most of his time during the War of the Ancients and Night of the Dragon severely weakened, yet is still able to cast powerful spells
- Heroic Sacrifice: During Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects. Unfortunately, most of the dragons, even Alexstrasza to an extent, think he betrayed them, not knowing that the eggs he destroyed were corrupted.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rhonin as of the War of the Ancients trilogy.
- Manipulative Bastard: Has resorted to using somewhat....questionable methods in the past that sometimes resulted in the people he manipulated dying. Despite having somewhat of an "ends justify the means" philosophy, he's not terriby happy about some of the things he's done, and when Rhonin essentially calls him a bad guy in day of the dragon he admits that Rhonin isn't entirely wrong.
- Only One Me Allowed Right Now: In War of the Ancients, being in the same time as his past self caused both of them to get weaker the farther apart they were.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Receives one from Kalec for constantly butting in, and for giving Anveena the illusion of life despite knowing exactly how things would end (considering that Kalec got his heart broken in the process this isn't that hard to believe).
CaelestrazAn ancient red dragon, who takes the form of a Night Elf, of Alexstraza's sons. Was imprisoned during the War of the Shifting Sands alongside Arygos and Merithra, but gets freed by the Adventurers. He later starts the quest line for the Vermillion Redoubt, and helps Alexstraza fight Deathwing. He is killed by Sintharia later in the Bastion of Twilight while helping the adventurers defeat her.
- Beam-O-War: He fights one with Sintharia in the heroic Twilight Bastion raid.
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives to help the adventurers fighting Sintharia.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Was willing to do this to by time for the Night Elves to seal of Ahn'Qiraj, and also stated he would do this if necessary to destroy C'thun. He ends up doing it when Sintharia kills him while he helps the adventurers try and defeat her.
- Killed Off for Real: He is killed by Sintharia in the Twilight Bastion raid.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Trapped in Ahn'Qiraj as C'thun's prisoner after the War of the Shifting Sands.
- Take Up My Sword: Gifts the adventurers fighting Sintharia with the last of his power, boosting their speed in-game.
- You Shall Not Pass: Pulls this off against Deathwing.
The Blue Dragonflight
Malygos the Spellweaver
"What could you hope to accomplish? To storm brazenly into my domain... to employ magic... against ME?"Blue Dragon Aspect of Magic. Malygos was driven insane and his brood nearly wiped out after the disaster of the Dragon Soul. Many years later, he emerged from hiding only to become disillusioned by the rampant use of magic among the inhabitants of Azeroth, and embarked on a plan to gather all of its energies into the Nexus for Blue Dragonflight use only; however, doing so would leave Azeroth in a terrible state due to the Arcane emanating cracks in the earth causing mass deaths and Arcane madness (as seen by what happened in Winterfin Village, Lothalor Woodlands and Indu'le Village) not to mention the Nexus being blown up by a rift into the Twisting Nether unleashing thousands of Mana Serpents upon the Blue Dragonflight killing every single last one of them. Alexstrasza led the fight against him in his sanctum in the Eye of Eternity, where he was killed. Despite Malygos's insanity and later sanity, many members of the Blue Dragonflight have assisted mortals throughout Azeroth's history.Notable offspring of Malygos include: Arygos, who until recently was held prisoner by the Old God C'thun in Ahn'qiraj since the War of the Shifting Sands and may have had his mind corrupted by C'thun as well; and Kirygosa, a friend of Kalecgos who was taken prisoner by the Twilight's Hammer and whose eggs were used to create Chromatic dragons.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Invoked. Alexstraza knows she had no choice but to stop him, but mourns his death.
- An Ice Person: Oddly, Malygos himself uses Arcane magic, but his Dragonflight in general uses mostly Frost.
- Badass Boast: His introduction speech in World of Warcraft.
- Difficulty Spike: Compared to Naxxramas and Obsidian Sanctum, the Malygos encounter is much much harder, requiring great coordination and good gear to beat his short enrage timer.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The same color as Alexstrasza.
- A God Am I: He already is a demigod but he goes into the full blown version of this trope later.Malygos: I AM THE SPELL WEAVER! My power is INFINITE!
- Have a Nice Death: He will taunt you endlessly every time he hands players their asses, a lot more than most other bosses do. Each phase has multiple lines that he uses for killing a player, and he has nine total.
- Hannibal Lecture: His intro quotes."Lesser beings, intruding here! A shame that your excess courage does not compensate for your stupidity!""None but the blue dragonflight are welcome here! Perhaps this is the work of Alexstrasza? Well then, she has sent you to your deaths.""What could you hope to accomplish, to storm brazenly into my domain? To employ MAGIC? Against ME? FWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!""I am without limits here... the rules of your cherished reality do not apply... In this realm, I am in control...""I give you one chance. Pledge fealty to me, and perhaps I won't slaughter you for your insolence!"
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After seeing his whole kind annihilated before his eyes. Lasted ten thousand years.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Neltharion, but then Deathwing happened.
- Insufferable Genius: In Dawn of the Aspects, Malygos as a proto-dragon often declares his intelligence and looks down on the more bestial proto-dragons. Not a perfect example, as he's not really "insufferable", just very prideful though after regaining his sanity after years of insanity he's become straight up arrogant to the point of not caring how many people go insane or die from ley line redirection and only modifying the plan(so that the ley lines would redirect to the Blue Dragonshrine near Wyrmrest Temple where his enemies are) once it became certain that his Dragonflight would be threatened by a rift into the Twisting Nether opening within the Nexus unleashing thousands of Arcane Elementals and Mana Serpents into his lair.
- Large Ham: Another one voiced by Cam Clarke, some may find him sounds like a blood elf. Of course he says many lines with added emphasis.
- Last of His Kind: Or what appeared to be for a long time because of Deathwing.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the Cataclysm storyline, it seems that Malygos's attempts to control all magic in Azeroth have been weakening the Council of Tirisfal to the point where they are forced to recruit Priests, Paladins, and Shamans into their number. This just as Deathwing decides to make his big comeback.
- Revenge: How Korialstrasz convinces him to go after Deathwing in Day of the Dragon, he's hoping to get some payback.
- Sequential Boss: A three-phase fight; one against him on the ground, another against some of his minions, and a third against him while mounted on red drakes.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- At least at first. Then his ambitions became increasingly insane despite "supposedly" being sane at the time.
- Though considering that the only damage he would have cared about (Arcane madness and mass deaths from Arcane cracks in the earth simply makes his victory easier so he couldn't care less about that damage since it only effected lesser beings) which was infact the only damage that he didn't see coming was the rift into the Twisting Nether opening within the Nexus occupying his army with swarms of Mana Serpents escaping into the Coldarra alongside his later redirection of the Arcane Energies into the Blue Dragonshrine it would seem he was sane enough to realize the damage he was causing and change the plan so that the worst damage would be near enemy territory (Wyrmrest Temple).
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even though he wants to ravage the world with mass Arcane corruption and Mana serpents breaking into Azeroth out from rifts into the Twisting Nether within his own lair because he doesn't like how mortals are using magic, he can count because his life sucked before he ultimately snapped. He was betrayed by his best friend, Neltharion (aka Deathwing, who had been corrupted by the Old Gods), who then went on to wipe out almost all the other blue dragons, coming close to making Malygos the Last of His Kind. He later supposedly regained his sanity (after being exposed to some volatile magical energies from another planet) which led him to become an Insufferable Genius Knight Templar.
"Brothers, sisters. Arygos speaks of our troubled past. Indeed, we have suffered greatly... But I would contend that we're at least partly to blame for the scars we bear... Let us turn from our old ways... Let us not seek to extinguish magic from the world... But to use responsibly for the benefit of Azeroth and all its inhabitants... It is true that our choice here today will affect the destiny of our flight, and likely, the destiny of the world... May the Titans guide us. May we be inspired to choose with wisdom."One of the few surviving blue dragons, Kalecgos is a servant of the great Aspect Malygos. He disguises himself as a half-elf, calling himself Kalec. Due to the blues being most in tune with magic of all the aspects, Kalec has the powers of a sorcerer and the strength of a warrior. In Cataclysm, after Malygos's death, he becomes Aspect of Magic.However, that doesn't last long. After the defeat of Deathwing, the blue dragonflight begins spreading apart and growing fewer in number until Kalecgos officially disbands their organization. Free to choose his own path in life, Kalecgos has joined Dalaran as a member of the Kirin Tor.
- Arranged Marriage: With Tyrygosa.
- The Atoner: In a sense. He did nothing wrong during the Nexus War, but becomes Aspect of Magic by believing that the Blue Dragonflight should take responsibility for its actions.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Becoming the Blue Aspect in the Dragonwrath questline and Thrall Twilightof The Aspects.
- Big "NO!": After Tarecgosa sacrifices herself to protect him. She lives on inside the legendary Dragonwrath Staff.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Sunwell Plateau, leading to a Battle in the Center of the Mind to save him.
- Brought Down to Normal: All of the Aspects lose their powers after Deathwing's death and having prevented the Hour of Twilight.
- Canon Immigrant: He is originally from Dragon Hunt comic.
- The Chains of Commanding: Uneasy about becoming the Aspect of Magic.
- Emergency Transformation: Performed by him and the player on Tarecgosa, binding her soul within the Dragonwrath staff.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Unlike most blue dragons, his eyes have purple glow.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Kind of. He's 100% dragon, but the humanoid form he takes is a half-elf.
- Heartbroken Badass: After the conclusion of Sunwell event with the loss of Anveena and his master gone crazy.
- Interspecies Romance: With Anveena and later with Jaina Proudmoore in Mists of Pandaria.
- Neutral No Longer: The Ultimate Visual Guide confirms that Kalec has joined the Alliance now that he is a member of the Kirin Tor.
- Only Sane Man: One of the only few blue dragons not to agree with Malygos's plans. Further proved when he personally showed up in Wyrmrest Temple during Quel'Delar events.
- You Are in Command Now: After Malygos's defeat.
- Became the new Aspect of Magic because Azuregos refused and his only competition, Arygos, was outed as a traitor.
- However, in Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War Kalec disbands the blue dragonflight. What few blue dragons remain have scattered across the world and he no longer leads them.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has a rather unique appearance in game for both dragon and humanoid form. This leads to some Fridge Logic, as the dragon's humanoid form is supposed to be a disguise for subterfuge, while a half-elf (which are currently uncommon) with blue hair (which is not a natural hair colour for humans or high elves) would stand out like a sore thumb in most places.
One of the oldest living blue dragons, he was tasked with guarding part of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, but grew bored and tired of the constant attacks on him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Read the conversation here. In Cataclysm, you talk to him again and learn about his love life.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: In Cataclysm, he's dating a Spirit Healer. He lampshades this.Azuregos: I know. I KNOW. We could never be, right? Dragon and Spirit Healer... two different worlds! Not to mention the physiological problems.
- Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: His job, as given to him by Malygos. He really hates the job and the fact that the player races are constantly trying to attack him for the knowledge and artifacts he's supposed to be guarding, which is why he usually just hides it somewhere and, as of Cataclysm, has quit entirely.
- Medium Awareness: He seems to realize that he functions as a boss and is not at all pleased about it.
The former consort of Malygos, she was flung to Northrend after Neltharion's genocide of the blue dragons, and died of her wounds and exhaustion trying to get to the Dragonblight to die in peace. After years had passed, the Lich King resurrected her as the guardian of Icecrown Citadel, her final thoughts of hatred towards the world turning into uncontrollable rage.
- An Ice Person: Freezing breath, the ability to freeze people solid, and even an aura of cold that persistently damages the raid.
- Draco Lich: Just like many of the frost wyrms under the Lich King's control.
- Dying as Yourself: Her last words are "Free... at last..."
- Harmless Freezing: Averted. Being frozen in her Ice Tombs does no damage at first, but victims who are not broken out quickly take damage and suffocate.
- Large Ham: Like Malygos, she's no slouch in this department. Her emphasis on "betrays" in "SUFFER, MORTALS, AS YOUR PATHETIC MAGIC BETRAAAAAAYS YOU!" is legendary.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: As she was dying in Northrend, her sanity began to deteriorate, and she slowly began blaming the Burning Leigon, Deathwing, mortal beings and even Malygos for her suffering. When she was reanimated, her final whispers of vengence were one of the most upfront things in her mind.
- Undeath Always Ends: She sighs with relief upon it happening as well.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: One of the blue dragons murdered by Deathwing, she wasn't only enraged by his betrayal, but she assumed ALL Dragons (including her mate) had betrayed her when they wouldn't answer her cries for help returning to Dragonblight. She died very emotionally damaged. Mix in some Scourge corruption when the Lich King resurrected her to be his, umm... Dragon and she's angry enough to help extinguish all life on Azeroth.
The Green Dragonflight
Ysera the Dreamer/the Awakened
"To the night elves, who have lost their hopes, I give forth the ability to Dream again. To Dream, to Imagine, for in that is the best hope of rebuilding, of recovering, of growing... And to those who follow the path of one held special by me - and mine - I grant him and the other druids to come the path into the Emerald Dream, where, even in their deepest sleep, they may cross the world, learn from it, and draw upon its own strength... the better to guide Kalimdor's health and safety throughout the future."Green Dragon Aspect of Dreams. Ysera is the guardian of the Emerald Dream, a coexistent dimension to Azeroth where all things remain in their pristine, untouched state, and where the Druids are required to slumber for many centuries at a time in exchange for their powers. All beings touch on the Dream in their sleep. Recently, the Dream has been invaded by a corruption called the Emerald Nightmare, the source of which is the Old God N'zoth, which has corrupted many members of the Green Dragonflight and for some time held Ysera captive. In Cataclysm, she's finally freed and leaves the Emerald Dream, becoming Ysera the Awakened. She guides the player on Mount Hyjal to push back Ragnaros' forces and free/revive several guardians including Cenarius.Her current consort is Eranikus. Notable offpsring of Ysera include: Ysondre, Lethon, Emeriss, and Taerar, guardians of the four portals into the Emerald Dream, and Merithra, who until recently was a prisoner of the Old God C'thun since the War of the Shifting Sands.
- Always with You: Despite her death, her spirit returns to help in the battle with Xavius to make sure he's defeated for good. Word of God has also stated that existing as a soul may not necessarily mean she's gone for good, and we can expect her to show up later.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: After her death, Elune calls Ysera's spirit up to her, where it is made into a constellation.
- Badass Boast: Normally pretty laid back, but has an awesome one when summoned in Hearthstone.Ysera: I dream... And the world trembles.
- Big Damn Heroes: Even while dead she pulls this off against Xavius and saves the player character from his corruption.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes this after her awakening. Mostly from trying to make sense of the countless prophetic visions she's experiencing.
- The Corruption: In Legion, she's ultimately corrupted by the Emerald Nightmare due to the first satyr, Xavius, and must ultimately be killed by Tyrande and the player.
- Eyes Always Shut: The entire green dragonflight. Ysera only opens hers during significant events. In Cataclysm she has her eyes open full-time.
- Forced Sleep: Her Breath Weapon is capable of putting enemies to sleep, which appropriate for her pacifistic nature.
- Littlest Cancer Patient: In Dawn of the Aspects the young proto-dragon Ysera is described as small and obviously in need of food. Alexstrasza takes care of her, offering some of her prey, though Ysera rejects the sympathy.
- Meaningful Rename: Her title changes from "The Dreamer" to "The Awakened".
- Ms. Fanservice: When disguised as night elf. She takes points from Alexstrasza in both appearance and outfit, though not to the same extent as her.
- The Not-Love Interest: Serves as this towards Thrall, moreso in Charge of the Aspects, but some in Twilight of the Aspects. Her feelings for him border on romantic, but never actually cross that line.
- Put on a Bus: Dies in Legion, but the creators said that her death doesn't mean she won't be reappearing later on.
- Stripperific: I dunno, maybe she and Alextrasza think it's cute for sisters to dress the same way.
- Your Worst Nightmare: Not just The Nightmare, but she can do this to her enemies, sometimes making them turn against each other.
"Will the nightmare ever end?! I cannot force myself awake!"Eranikus was a green wyrm of the green dragonflight, consort to Ysera and was among the greatest of the green dragons. Ysera gave him the task of guarding the Temple of Atal'Hakkar in the Swamp of Sorrows. However, Eranikus went insane not long after he entered the temple. Some time ago, a small statue called the Idol of Remulos was crafted in Eranikus's image and entrusted to the night elf druid Broll Bearmantle to use in battle. But when Eranikus became corrupted by the Emerald Nightmare, the Idol was as well. The Nightmare-corrupted Eranikus would be battled but not freed by players later on.Some time later, Eranikus was purified of the Nightmare's corruption by Tyrande Whisperwind and gave players the green shard of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands. However, the Nightmare still called out to him and he hid from the Emerald Dream and everything else in Ashenvale for many years. When Broll and Tyrande found him by complete accident looking for a way into the Emerald Dream, Eranikus aided them in order to find and save his beloved Ysera from the Nightmare. Eranikus died battling Lethon, a fellow corrupted green dragon.
- Badass Boast: While corrupted:Eranikus: Pitful predictable mortals... You know not what you have done! The master's will fulfilled. The Moonglade shall be destroyed and Malfurion along with it!
AlysraThe green dragon in charge transporting Fandral Staghelm, due to the possibility of the Twlight's Hammer cult trying to free him. She turned out to be the one freeing him for Ragnaros, who the Twlight's Hammer was aligned with. As a reward she gets turned into the firehawk Alysrazor, who is later killed in the Firelands by adventurers.
- Baleful Polymorph / Body Horror: Gets turned into a firehawk. As green dragons are built like European dragons (with four legs and wings) drastic changes to her body would have had to happen to make it avian.
- Evil All Along / The Mole: Aligned with Ragnaros.
- Large Ham: Most of her dialogue is laced with Purple Prose and she thinks very highly of herself, which becomes Evil Is Hammy after she is encountered again as Alysrazor.
- Pyromaniac: Implied, but it's taken Up to Eleven after she's revealed to be a villain.
- Wham Line: "Ahahaha! I serve a new master now, mortals!"
The Bronze Dragonflight
Nozdormu the Timeless One
"I know what you hide from her, from usss. It is my fate and curssse to know such things and be unable myssself to prevent them. Know that I now asssk for forgiveness for the wrongs I will caussse you in the future, but I mussst be what I am destined to be... as Malygos is."Bronze Dragon Aspect of Time. Nozdormu is charged with maintaining the proper flow of Azeroth's history. His Dragonflight was also the chief opponent of the Old God C'thun and its invasion of Silithus. Recently, the Timeways have been invaded by a hostile force known as the Infinite Dragonflight that seeks to alter key moments of Azeroth's history. Worse, Nozdormu has gone missing, forcing his Brood to recruit mortals to help stop the Infinite Dragonflight's mischief. It has been recently confirmed that an alternate future version of him is the leader of the Infinite Dragonflight, created through Old God corruption.Notable offspring of Nozdormu include: Anachronos, who led the struggle against C'thun and the Silithids.
- Auto-Revive: Late in the Ultraxion battle, he gives players a buff that can enable them to survive fatal attacks..
- Badass Beard: In humanoid form.
- Brought Down to Normal: All of the Aspects lose their powers after Deathwing's death and having prevented the Hour of Twilight.
- Foreseeing My Death: He knows exactly when and how he will meet his demise.
- Future Me Scares Me:
- Averted. He is relatively stoic about the prospect of eventually turning evil and being killed, and considers Azeroth's survival more important.
- Then played straight in Charge of the Aspects when his future self, Murozond kills a member of the bronze dragonflight.
- Glowing Eyes: The Cyan glow is the color of the sun according to the books which judging from Duskwood, Tirisfal Glades, Teldrassil, Ashenvale and Moonglade isn't off the mark.
- Rightful King Returns: Thrall finally locates and liberates him during the events of the novel Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects.
- Save Scumming: Since he controls time, he can practically do this. And it's been about outright stated in the lorebooks that he does it, a lot.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Many, many quests given by the Bronze Dragonflight are based on this concept. Others are more 'Stop What Went Right From Going Wrong'.
- Significant Anagram: Murozond, leader of the Infinite Dragonflight.
- Sssssnake Talk: Talks like this in the books.
- Stable Time Loop: Nozdormu hires adventurers to help him kill Murozond, the version of himself in the Bad Future. After the fight he acknowledges that eventually he will fall to madness and the loop will begin again. But he's okay with that.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Azeroth's more-or-less literal version of this is in his care. When he abandons his post (for whatever reason), all sorts of screwed up stuff happens.Nozdormu: Time is a tangled web. Try not to dwell on all the loose ends.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In his humanoid form.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Since he knows his own future, he's locked into a Stable Time Loop wherein he orders the PC to kill the future version of himself driven mad by knowledge of his own death and turned into a tool of the Old Gods. It's implied that the reason he becomes Murozond is because it would break the timeline otherwise. He seems to be okay with it, though.
The heir of Nozdormu and future leader of the Bronze Flight. One thousand years before '"World of Warcraft'', he lead the defense of Kalimdor against the forces of the Qiraji in the War of the Shifting Sands and guided adventurers during the opening of Ahn'Qiraj. Today he resides in the Caverns of Time.
- Bug War: Led the defence against the insectoid Qiraji.
- Hold the Line: He and other dragons helped hold the Qiraji back until the druids could erect a barrier.
- It Is Not Your Time: Would say this to attacking players who managed to get him down to a certain level before despawning.
- MacGuffin: Entrusted the pieces of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands to a member of each Dragonflight after it was broken. One thousand years later, he sends heroes to seek them out and reassemble the scepter.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a reference to something that is not in its proper time. Since he's part of the Bronze Flight, there's no telling if when his proper time actually is, if he has one.
- My New Gift Is Lame: The reaction he got from Fandral Staghelm when Anachronos presented the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, saying that he no longer cares what happens now that his son is dead.
- Put on a Bus: Hasn't done much since Ahn'Qiraj was opened, but plays a role as a questgiver in the Dragonwrath questline.
- Summoning Artifact: Created the Scepter of the Shifting Sands to bring down the barrier when it was time to deal with the Qiraji once and for all.
- This Means War!: Initially refused to get involved in the War of the Shifting Sands until the Qiraji attacked the Caverns of Time.
- You Are in Command Now: As Nozdormu's heir, he will eventually take command of the Bronze Flight and become the Aspect of Time when Nozdormr meets his inevitable demise.
A member of the bronze flight, Chromie seems to be charged with maintaining the timelines in Nozdormu's absence. She gives players a number of tasks that deal with preventing the disruption of the current timeline.Her preferred guise is of a female gnome.
- Alternate Self: Sends players to defend the Bronze Dragonshrine where they are assisted by...themselves, either past or future.
- Badass Adorable: She's a dragon who maintains the timelines and is also cheerful, amiable, polite and takes the form of a gnome.
- Big Good: Size jokes aside, Chromie is good-natured, entirely dedicated to Nozdormu's original Titan-given mission of time preservation, and is the most visible member of the Bronze Flight to players outside of Noz himself - moreso than her boss, in many ways!
- Gender-Blender Name: Chromie's real name has the male -ormu ending as opposed to the female -ormi. The official magazine states she's female in both forms, she just has a weird name. (It probably stems from her dragon name being conceived before a full formal Bronze naming scheme was devised for Burning Crusade.)
- Have We Met Yet?: "I'm in so many places and times right now, I sometimes have a hard time keeping track of all of it."
- Healing Hands: When partnered with Chromie, she is able to heal the Player Character, though she describes it as "undoing" our wounds.
- Magic Staff: While in Gnome form, Chromie carries a Priest's staff.
- Never Heard That One Before: It's possible to fish a coin out of the Dalaran Fountain that she had thrown into it, which indicates that she's a little sick of jokes about gnomes and time travel.
- Odango Hair: In her gnome form.
- Our Time Travel Is Different: Of the portal variety, though there seems to be some instantaneous thrown in as well.
- Time Police: After the Aspects lost much of their power in Cataclysm, Chromie and other Bronze dragons recruited mortals into their new Time Police, the Timewalkers.
- Wayback Trip: Many of the quests she gives you involve this.
"What if it were possible to shape and mold time as you would a ball of clay? What possibilities await? What new worlds could we create?"
Voiced by: Michael BellKairozdormu, also called Kairoz, is found on the Timeless Isle helping the Timewalkers investigate its strange placement in history. However, he is also investigating something darker: a supposed traitor in the Bronze Dragonflight. With the help of the player, Kairoz investigates visions of the future to discover the traitor's identity. The final vision received is of Nozdormu's mate Soridormi dying and Kairoz walking away from her corpse.In Warlords of Draenor, it is Kairoz who allows Garrosh to travel back in time thirty-five years to the planet Draenor so he can form the Iron Horde. Upon arriving in Draenor, Garrosh stabs Kairoz in the back and creates the Iron Horde on his own.His preferred guise is a high elf, but he also appears as an orc on Draenor.
- Brought Down to Normal: Like all dragons, Kairoz's powers were greatly lessened after the defeat of Deathwing. However, a special hourglass called the Vision of Time that players helped him create on the Timeless Isle boosts his power. It is the Vision of Time which allows Kairoz to create the Alternate Timeline for Warlords of Draenor.
- Early-Bird Cameo: According to author Christie Golden, Kairoz was actually created by her for the novel War Crimes. He was put onto the Timeless Isle later in development.
- Face–Heel Turn: He works with Wrathion to free Garrosh and send him back in time.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Broke Garrosh out of jail and brought him to an alternate timeline, intended to use Garrosh and the Vision of Time Shard, to create an infinite number of Orcish Hordes under his command to conquer infinite worlds (with a particular emphasis on the word "Infinite"). Killed by the very orc he intended to use as his pawn, with the very shard he intended to use as his tool.
- In the Back: Stabbed with a shard of the Vision of Time by Garrosh in the short story "Hellscream". His corpse can be found in the Time-Lost Glade in Nagrand in-game.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Was right in the middle of his evil monologue when Garrosh stabbed him in the back with the Shard of the Vision of Time. It's clear Garrosh DOES NOT believe that Talking Is a Free Action.
- Meaningful Name: Kairos is a god of time in Greek mythology. He is the incarnation of opportune moment, a moment where an event can take a different direction.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong / Make Wrong What Once Went Right: A growing faction of discontent, of which Kairoz is a member, in the Bronze Dragonflight wants to alter history for a better future now that their powers have been lessened. Kairoz sees it as the former, while Chromie sees it as the latter, saying that they don't know what a better future even is with their power to see timelines gone.
- Start of Darkness: When he discusses the possibilities of the Timeless Isle with Wrathion.
- Too Dumb to Live: His death is almost criminally stupid. Sure thing Kairoz: let's give the deranged megalomaniac who is infamous for his outbursts, and whom you just busted out of jail, a very sharp jagged shard that can easily be used as a shiv, just after you insulted him, and called him "your pawn", THEN turn your back to him while you engage in Evil Gloating and monologue about enslaving his people across multiple worlds to make your army. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Made even more stupid because after being Brought Down to Normal after Cataclysm, that shard was one out of very few artifacts that still allowed him to control time in some form.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed by Garrosh before Warlords of Draenor can really even begin in the short story Hellscream.