“I believe in miracles. After all, the majesty and grandeur of the dragon imbues my blood with magic. Touch my skin, feel the pattern of my scales. Look into my eyes. Feel the magic of my being. Know that I am dragonblood.”A Draconic Humanoid is a fantastic species that can pretty much be described as the offspring of Lizard Folk and Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons. Not content with simple humanoid reptiles, the writer decided to give them wings, a Breath Weapon, and/or other draconic features. Another option is to put said dragon features onto an otherwise human-like body. These may be the descendants of dragons and normal humanoids, or a species of their own. Note this does not apply to actual dragons that can shapeshift into human forms, unless they shapeshift into a form which is half human and half dragon. See also Human Aliens when they budget-savingly stay in human form when the camera's running. Subtrope of Monstrous Humanoid. Related to Our Dragons Are Different and Demihuman.
— Benesvelk ux Thurirl tibur Elizar, a Dragonborn of Bahamut, Races of the Dragon
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Anime and Manga
- While normally absent from Fairy Tail when any of the dragon slayers use Dragon Force they morph into dragon hybrids. Also their pronounced canine teeth and sense of smell (as well as travel sickness) come from their magic which is very different from other forms of magic
- Digimon has multiple examples. Adventure has WarGreymon and Adventure 02 has BlackWarGreymon, while Frontier has EmperorGreymon and his Evil Counterpart Dynasmon.
- In High School D×D, When he is reborn using ophis's power and Great Red's draconian flesh, Issei comes back to life as one these in Volume 12.
- Beowulf (2007): Grendel's mother may look like a golden Angelina Jolie to observers, but whenever she is seen in reflection, it becomes clear her true form is that of a dragon-like humanoid with golden scales, and what appears to be a prehensile plait is actually a reptilian tail.
- Monster X from Godzilla Final Wars is pretty humanoid for a Kaiju, least until he busts out the big guns...
- In M.C.A. Hogarth's novel Even the Wingless the Chatcaava look like humanoid drakes in their natural forms, though most females have a second pair of arms instead of wings.
- Dragonlance has Draconians, of which there are five subraces, Baaz, Kapak, Aurak, Bozak and Sivak. All the races have scales of different color. Other differences between them include whether they turn to stone, dissolve into acid or explode after death. All the Draconians are however created by corrupting eggs of actual dragons with dark magic.
- Ladylord has dragon-warriors, one of whom serves as bodyguard to the protagonist. They're valued, and the job of retrieving an egg from which one can be hatched is given to the protagonist as an Impossible Task.
- The first mythos (mythological creatures) Sonic comes across in Sonic the Hedgehog in the Fourth Dimension are Dragonkin; snake-like creatures with arms and legs.
- In The Rogue King, some of the raptereon species are classed as this.
- Although we don't see it in Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen's stillborn son Rhaego is described as having come into the world with draconic features such as scales and wings after a blood ritual in which he was sacrificed in a sabotaged attempt to save Khal Drogo, demonstrating that the Targaryens are the real blood of the dragon.
- A bizarre example: Supernatural has actual dragons who have no draconic physical features at all. They look and act identical to humans. Their behaviour, however, is rather draconic.
- Grimm has the Damonfeuers; although their name sounds more like a bad translation of "fire demon," they're basically dragons. They look reptilian, they can breathe fire, and they live in zealously-guarded (and, for the more modern type, copper-lined) "lairs".
Mythology and Religion
- Older Than Print: In The Saga of Arrow-Odd, Odd and his men battle and kill a monster called finngalkn, a gigantic creature with the head and shoulders of a man and the lower body of a dragon.
It had a human head and huge fangs, a long, thick tail, and talons of fantastic size with a great gleaming sword in each claw.
- In Russian folklore, dragons (zmeys) can assume human form, and can even produce offspring with humans. Dragons in human form and half-dragons are often described as retaining certain draconic features.
- Greek Mythology has an example of the kind that have a draconic/human origin in the Ophegenees, who were the descendants of a drakon that mated with a human woman. It was also said that the male members of this race could cure people of snake bites by stroking the infected area.
- Dungeons & Dragons has plenty, and named the trope with the "Humanoid (draconic)" creature type in its 4th edition (it was "Humanoid [dragonblood]" earlier).
- Half-Dragons are creatures with one human parent, and tend to have scales, horns, tails, wings, and a breath weapon. Draconic creatures are a generation or two removed from their dragon ancestor, but still show a strong dragon heritage thanks to scales and the like.
- Dragonborn of Bahamut were introduced in 3.5th edition as members of other races who underwent a transformation, gaining draconic characteristics and powers so they could fight evil dragons in the service of Bahamut, the god of good dragons. The concept was expanded on in 4th edition's dragonborn race, which was a full species of bipedal dragonfolk.
- The Races of the Dragon sourcebook also introduced spellscales, a vivacious and magically-inclined race of humanoids covered in fine, glimmering scales.
- The humble kobold takes pride in having the blood of dragons, and sometimes "dragonwrought" kobolds are hatched with wings and other signs of a draconic heritage. Since they are said to have age categories just like a red or silver dragon, you could even classify them as true dragons themselves - dragonwrought kobolds are given the Dragon type, after all.
- The Dragon-Ogres of Warhammer are a different from the usual fusion, since they're a centaur-like combination of an ogre torso on a dragon's lower body. They're some of the most powerful and ancient of all creatures, as well as followers of the Dark Gods, but they share full dragons' tendency to spend centuries sleeping.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Necloth Warrior Exa is a humanoid dragon. He can wield the Dragunity Spear of Destiny, which is an indication of his draconian half. He can call upon the powers of Catastor and Decisive Armor.
- The Wyndlass of The Splinter. In Zu form, they have distinctly dragon-like features and, in Aurora form, they become thin, silver, drakes.
- Fallen Angel Dinah in Anima Beyond Fantasy is a laboratory creation result of mixing the DNA of a dragon of C'iel (dragon of light) with the one of the Duk'zarist (dark elf) Empress. Despite that she looks like a Sylvain (light elf) who wears a dress with feather motifs. In the same game there's Legion, a dragon of Gaira (dragon of darkness) half-mixed with a human.
- Battle for Wesnoth has the Drakes, one of the game's factions.
- In Dungeon Crawl, one of the playable species is Draconians, who start out in an immature brown form, but after reaching a certain level change into a random color and gain a corresponding Breath Weapon. They also lack wings, but can gain some through mutations.
- Maplestory has the Nova race, which resemble humans with dragon wings, horns, and tail. Two of them are playable classes: Kaiser, who can temporarily transform into the less human-like variation of a Dragon Man, and Angelic Buster, who lacks a tail.
- World of Warcraft has several examples:
- The Dragonspawn are said to be humans who were so devoted to the dragon flights they started to take on draconic characteristics.
- Drakonids are humanoid dragonkin used as ground troops by the dragonflights.
- In Blackwing Descent a creature that is actually called a dragonman is encountered, which is a human crossed with a dragonspawn.
- The Drakels of the AdventureQuest-verse are green-skinned near-dragons against whom Dragonslayer class abilities are effective. They're also a Higher-Tech Species, equipped with various Magitek weapons ranging from genetically engineered warbeasts to Mecha.
- In Rage of Bahamut, one character who debuted in the Mysteria Academy event is named Grea the Dragonborn. She has horns on her head and dragon wings, and her forearms are scaly.
- The Dragon Quest series has the mandrake major/marshal monster line, a dragonman with a sword and shield. Several humanoid dragons show up, such as Lord Drak.
- Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear is a Gear (the series' namesake, in fact), one of many magical, genetically-enhanced bioweapons created from multiple animal genes. The character's true form is that of a bipedal humanoid dragon with a crustacean-like exoskeleton, but having once been human, they wear a Power Limiter to retain their original human appearance. Concept art of his dragon form.◊
- As of Xrd, they now assume (a redesigned and more human-looking version of) this form when activating their Dragon Install super, as opposed to simply glowing like in the past games.
- In Vagrant Story, the Lizard Folk count as "dragon" type enemies, and are therefore the only way to grind up your weapon's dragon affinity for killing the rare but powerful dragon boss monsters. Some of them do breathe fire, too.
- In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and A2, one bangaa class, the dragoon, allows them to have breath weapons. Ordinarily they'd be Lizard Folk, but it seems they're using their tangential relationship to dragons here.
- A2 provides a straigher example with the Gria, who look mostly human, but possess draconic wings, horns, and a tail.
- In Breath of Fire III the protagonist Ryu and Teepo descend from a dragon bloodline. Typically they appear human, but can transform into dragons at will. However, some of the higher level transformations turn Ryu into a Draconic Humanoid, taking Ryu's hairstyle but adding wings, tail, and scales.
- Wizardry's Dracon race, which can breathe acid. The manual says they are the result of a mixture of human and dragon heritage.
- The Dragonute/Dragonewt race in various Shining Series games play this trope straight,
- Fire Emblem: Male Manaketes in the series typically have visible draconic features such as fangs, slitted eyes◊, claws◊, and wings◊. Most of the females on the other hand are cute little girls who appear human aside from occasionally having Pointy Ears or wings.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- In Dark Souls, the Chosen Undead can become one by joining the Path of the Dragon covenant. In Dark Souls II, the Dragon Remnants covenant achieves similar results.
- Dragon Fang Fogel of Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen used to be a human, but he was cursed into this form after he killed the Divine Dragon Bytalth in his quest to seek more power.
- The Drake/Bahamun race from the Class Of Heroes series are defined by their draconic characteristics. The Drakes from the first game had wings growing from their backs, but the Bahamun from the second game have smaller wings that sprout from their head as a second set of Unusual Ears. Both races can learn a Breath Weapon attack that scorches every enemy on the battlefield, growing in power as they level up.
- Mega Man X4: Magma Dragoon is a dragon-styled Reploid made in resemblance to Akuma of Street Fighter, with powerful combat moves and fire powers.
- In Rogue Legacy, the Dragon is an unlockable class. It resembles a human with dragon wings and the ability to breathe fire.
- In Dragon Age people who drink dragon's blood can develop certain powers, sometimes growing scales. A race in that world, the Qunari, looks "dragony" - they're big and often have horns and strange ears - and holds dragons sacred, and there is a rumor that through magic or blood-drinking there is dragon in them somewhere. It also may not be a coincidence that the Qunari party member in Dragon Age: Inquisition became a Reaver without drinking dragon's blood.
- The Au Ra in Final Fantasy XIV are friendly dragon folk from the overseas providence of Othard on the Garlean continent, though they play this as looking more Little Bit Beastly with a more overall elven (for male) or human (for female) look with dragon parts added than they do anthropomorphic dragons. However, despite the extreme similarities, Word of God says they have zero relation to the actual dragon race, their racial motif instead being demons.
- Chrono Cross features the ancient Dragonian civilization, a reptilian race closely attuned with nature, who lived in the islands of El Nido and left behind powerful magical relics and wondrous ruins. Though the truth is a bit more complicated: the Dragonians are actually the evolved form of the dinosaur-descended Reptites seen in Chrono Trigger, from an alternate timeline where Lavos didn't make them extinct. But an experiment in the main timeline's future pulled the Dragonians into the past, where they fought with similarly time-displaced humans and were defeated. The survivors settled with the humans in El Nido, giving rise to various demihuman subspecies before dying out. But not before they set things into motion that could get their revenge against those pesky humans...
- Dragon City has bipedal dragons that are slightly taller than humans with a pair of wings on their shoulders, they can breathe fire but their toughened throat linings have atrophied. Erin does it once and can't speak for months afterward.
- In Looking for Group there's the Guardians of Eight. An ancient order of dragon people connected to the origins of Kethenecia, the sword of truth, and the Archmage. Their appearances in the comic are pretty scarce, as they seem to be more active behind the scenes nudging the heroes in the direction of a brighter future.
- The Order of the Stick, set in a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired universe, has a couple:
- The Bounty Hunter Enor, a half-dragon half-ogre (one set of his grandparents were an ogre and a human and the other were blue dragons), has a mostly draconic appearance, including wings on which he can fly as well as lightning breath.
- The Precursor Hero Girard Draketooth, was a quarter dragon (his grandmother was human and his grandfather was a black dragon) and doesn't fit the trope himself, being completely human looking. However, an illustrated family tree indicates that one of his parents and his aunt and uncle did look the part, having varying mixtures of human and draconic features.
- Winters In Lavelle has the "Blue Princes" (and most recently, a Blue Princess as well), half-dragon/half-human offspring of a Dragon capable of shape-shifting into a handsome man who decided to usurp the kingdom. Unfortunately for the princes, they are as less easily able to hide their heritage and from what has been seen, and implied, it's generally the rule that they look monstrous and malformed with horns, scales, and asymmetrically sized arms.