[[caption-width-right:320:[[DragonsUpTheYinYang Okay, we get it. It's Eastern.]]]]

A subtrope of AnimalJingoism and RedOniBlueOni.

The Chinese have an interesting idiom; "the tiger and the dragon". This refers to two spirits so wildly different and yet at the same time similar, mortal enemies intricately linked together by destiny. Both the Dragon and the Tiger are Buddhist symbols, with the tiger lunging straight ahead to bulldoze through his opponents, while the dragon is revered more for patience and wisdom from which he then derives fighting power. With neither able to conquer the other, these kingly beasts represent a balance of power, "hard" and "soft" styles coming together to form a harmony between [[DragonsUpTheYinYang Yin and Yang]]. They can also be seen as the Dragon representing Spirit/Heaven, and the Tiger representing Matter/Earth. This is why you see lots of Dragon/Tiger tattoos. They're as Eastern as Yin and Yang. Bonus points if they're in the same picture as a Yin and Yang (which isn't Buddhist, per se, but Taoist).

This can be used either for [[RuleOfSymbolism depth]], [[FauxSymbolism exploitation]], or [[RuleOfCool just because]].

Whether it's just competing companies, martial arts, board games, or whatever, the dragon and the tiger will likely be used to represent these similar-but-different forces. The person representing the dragon will usually be wise, tempered, patient, humble, plucky, and/or any other traits usually seen as "laid-back". The person representing the tiger will probably be passionate, driven, enthusiastic, wild, and/or other traits seen as "HotBlooded". The dragon is often represented by the protagonist or by another good character if the tiger is represented by an antagonist. However reversals are not unknown, usually with a HotBlooded hero, and WickedCultured Villain with DissonantSerenity.

Either way, once they work together or fight against each other, there will definitely be sparks flying.

Often manifests in an AnimalBattleAura. See also RedOniBlueOni, for when the contrast is just contrast and not actually representing a Tiger/Dragon battle. See also AnimalJingoism, for when other animals contrast against each other. If it's just animal of the dragon by himself, then it's DragonsUpTheYinYang. If there's also a snake/turtle and a phoenix it's TheFourGods; bonus points if the tiger is white and the dragon is blue or green with out the additional two however, as they also boast clashing elements due to symbolizing opposing Chinese elements, being Metal and Wood, respectively.

If the person representing the dragon is actually TheDragon, then, uh, something went terribly wrong.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' [[TakeAThirdOption cut out the middle man]]: [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot A single Tiger Dragon]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': In an early season one episode, tiger and dragon images are shown behind Misawa and Juudai respectively. Which is an odd reversal of theme, because ''Misawa'' is the brainy strategist and ''Judai'' is the bulldozer in this scenario. [[spoiler: Later on, Misawa falls for Taniya, who actually ''is'' a tiger, and Juudai's past life love Yubel turns up: who was transformed into a dragon.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' had taken the aforementioned Tiger Dragon and made a baby version of it, Baby Tiragon.
** In his duel with Tron[=/=][[DubNameChange Vertix]], Yuma equipped Hope[=/=][[DubNameChange Utopia]] Ray with 2 [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Zexal Weapons]]: Lightning Blade (Tiger) and Tornado Bringer (Dragon)
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' uses this as a frequently recurring motif. The characters are even named Taiga and Ryuuji![[note]]Ryuuji = "dragon child/dragon character"[[/note]]
** In the first episode, Taiga gives Ryuuji (who is OneHeadTaller) a powerful uppercut. Is this a reference to [[Franchise/StreetFighter Sagat?]]
** The title uses the Japanese word for tiger, tora, and the Japanese romanization of dragon, dora(gon). Very early on in the anime (about episode 3) Ryuuji explicitly states that the dragon and the tiger were the only two animals that could truly be equals. Indeed, the two spend much of the series as perfectly matched rivals or relying on each other. Incidentally, Ryuuji is tall and has threatening, delinquent's eyes, but is good at cooking and domestic chores (calm disposition), whereas as [[ShanaClone Taiga]] is tiny and unintimidating ... but has a fiery temper, is rude and willing to start fights or cause injury over the smallest conflict, and has certain subtlety issues (the tiger's bluntness and hardheadedness).
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'':
** Kenshiro and Raoh are sometimes represented by a dragon and a tiger, respectively. Kenshiro is stoic and does not seek power, Raoh is more hot-blooded and ambitious.
** When Kenshiro and Rei are fighting in front of King Fang when he's holding Airi hostage, they use techniques from their respective schools to attack each other, but are actually moves that make them fake death. The name of these techniques? Hokuto Ryu Geki Ko (Dragon Attacks Tiger) and Nanto Ko Ha Ryu (Tiger Destroys Dragon).
** Ryuken and Koryu were known as the Dragon and the Tiger of Hokuto.
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kenshin and his master are repeatedly given dragon motifs. Most of their fighting style's moves have the word Dragon in the name. Later on, the final BigBad Enishi shows up...and is given tiger motifs. This is particularity referenced to their sword fighting style. Enishi uses a style with emphasis on a lower stance (earthly tiger), while Kenshin fights at a relatively higher stance (heavenly dragon). Enishi's is also able to oppose Kenshin's.
* In ''Manga/AskDrRin'', two of the people who are supposed to be Meirin's guardians, [[spoiler:Tokiwa]] and [[spoiler:Asuka]], are reincarnations of [[TheFourGods Byakko the Tiger and Seiryuu the Dragon]] respectively. They are the [[spoiler:two big competitors for Meirin's affections]].
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':
** Subverted with the character of [[spoiler:Libra Dohko. He is the master of Shiryu, and the one who taught him all of his Dragon attacks, which he of course can masterfully execute himself. However, his zodiacal sign is Tiger and he bears a tattoo depicting one, the same way Shiryu does. Interestingly, the Libra Saint is usually described as the "point of equilibrium" of the Gold Saints]]. It is quite obvious by the fact that he is one of the most badass of the characters that [[spoiler:Dohko has achieved the perfect balance between Dragon and Tiger and that he draws enormous strength from it]].
** It's played straight, at least in the anime, with the other candidate to Dragon Saint, a man named Ohko who follows a tiger motif. [[spoiler:Doubling as RivalTurnedEvil, but after a DuelToTheDeath with Shiryu he manages to make peace with him and Dohko before passing away.]]
* How could anyone forget ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}''. Kogan Iwamoto and after him Gennosuke Fujiki symbolise the Tiger while Seigen Irako symbolises the Dragon.
* The Liger vs. Theropod-type rivalry in ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' is likely intended to invoke this trope.
* ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}'' gives most of its characters EasternZodiac associations. [[MeaningfulName Torako and Tatsuki]], don't get along initially and their personalities (chaotic and energetic vs. calm and dignified{ continue to be contrasted throughout the series.
* Spoofed in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', with Nagi getting the BattleAura of a dragon, and Ayumu countering with...a hamster. She never quite escapes the association with the little rodent.
* When Junichi and Yuuhi of ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka'' square off in one episode, the dragon and tiger appear above their heads.
* The World Nobles of ''Manga/OnePiece'' are known as the Celestial Dragons. One of the greatest challenges to their authority, an attack on their lands and the freeing of all their slaves, occurred at the hands of a Fishman called Fisher Tiger. A case of the tiger being the good guy while the dragon(s) being the bad.
** One could also say that Queen Otohime is the "dragon" to Fisher's "tiger". Otohime wanted that her folks could live peacefully with humans, while Tiger disagreed with her and fought the Marines because he's a pirate. He hated the humans [[spoiler:which ultimately causes his death]], but he knew that there were also kind humans and he wished that his hatred wouldn't become legacy to his folks when he died. Otohime was killed by a human, [[spoiler:who turns out to be the Fishman Hody Jones,]] but she told her children not to hate neither the killer nor the humans.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'': Takeshi Sendo, the Naniwa Tiger versus Ryuuhei Sawamura, the Owari Dragon. Both were feared street fighters that have never lost a fight and possess incredible fighting instincts. And yet, their fighting style is very different, as is their personality. They eventually wind up in some kind of VitriolicBestBuds relationship, which occasionally gives us funny scenes.
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', Sousuke's {{Animal Motif|s}} is a tiger. Gauron's Animal Motif can be seen as a dragon (derived from his name, Gauron, meaning "nine dragons" in Chinese). Their relationship fits this trope description to a "T".
* Subverted in ''Manga/LegendOfHeavenlySphereShurato'' Ryuu-Oh [[HotBlooded Ryoma]] and Ten-Oh [[TheStoic Hyuuga]] happen to be [[HoYay best friends,]] despite their armor motifs.
* Subverted in ''Anime/SDGundamSangokudenBraveBattleWarriors'' -- the Three Kingdoms along with Toutaku Zaku's forces are based on TheFourGods, and the dragon- and tiger-themed factions Shou and Gou correspond to Shu and Wu in RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms, making them allies (or at least the factions that spend the most time ''not'' at war).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Seen in ''Anime/NarutoTheMovieNinjaClashInTheLandOfSnow'', where Nadare Rouga employs the jutsu called Ice Release: Tearing Dragon Fierce Tiger (Ice Style: Dragon vs. Tiger). Kakashi Hatake subsequently counters the attack with the Water Dragon Jutsu.
** In the manga, Rock Lee and Gaara are seen as a tiger and a dragon respectively during their fight.
* ''Anime/TaiChiChasers'' features this trope prominently, from the two major rival factions (Tigeroids and Dragonoids) to tigers, dragons, and the ''taijutu'' (yin-yang symbol) being displayed heavily in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNa-dag9FKE the main opening]].
* Seen in ''Manga/SengokuYouko'' where two of the Four Beasts General are a tiger and dragon demon-human fusions, and the tiger - Douren - in this case has an ongoing rivalry with the dragon - Jinun - to the point that he believes that he would be the only one allowed to take down Jinun.
* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, Death The Kid references this as the main difference between his and Black Star's fighting styles. While Black Star prefers to simply use brute force against his opponents, Kid is more methodical and prefers using strategy.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** In the episode "Genma Takes a Walk" has Sōun and Genma falling out, and fighting a duel at the end of the episode. Their first attacks against each other being Genma's "Wild Tiger Exploding Fist" and Sōun's "Flying Dragon Kick to Oblivion".
** Otherwise averted with Lime and Herb of the Musk Dynasty. Despite having respective ancestry of a tiger and dragon through the magic of the Jusenkyō spring, Lime is Herb's underling and not a rival.
** Another interesting inversion is that Ranma himself represents BOTH Tiger and Dragon as his two strongest moves, The Hiryū Shōten Ha and the Mōkō Takabisha are patterned on the Dragon and the Tiger respectively.
* In a series where [[AnimalThemeNaming nearly everyone is named after animals]], the two main characters of ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'' are Ryuuichi (the dragon) and his toddler little brother Kotarou (the tiger). Subverted, however, since they get along very well, and their personalities don't exactly match the trope. Ryuuichi is a nice guy, FriendToAllChildren, and bordering on TeamMom for the other toddlers. Kotarou is an [[TheStoic almost expresionless]] kid who [[TheQuietOne doesn't speak much]], although later on he began showing a lot more emotions.
* In ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', Sun's dad and Lunar's dad have dragon and tiger auras respectively whenever they spar.
* [[BigGood Ichiryuu]] and [[BigBad Midora]] from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' during their battle. Their [[MeaningfulName names]] even translate as "First ''Dragon''" and "Third ''Tiger''".
* In the ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' Anime, this is PlayedForLaughs in the form of Ryuji "Bon" and Rin butting heads.
* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', reflected in their {{Meaningful Name}}s, Tatsumi Oga is the dragon and Hidetora Tojo is the tiger.
** Oga gets another tiger, Izo Aiba, another child-carrying gang leader.
* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', Takao/Tyson has the blue dragon Bit Beast ''Seiryuu/Dragoon'' while Rei/Ray has the white tiger Bit Beast ''Byakko/Driger''. It's subverted though, Takao's main rival of his team is Kai with his red phoenix Bit Beast ''Suzaku/Dranzer''. It's less than a TigerVersusDragon motif than the FourGods.
* In ''Manga/BGataHKei'', Yamada is the tiger and Kyouka Kanejou is the dragon. Interestingly, Yamada is a rare protagonist example of being the tiger.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', we have Erica Blandelli, the passionate and HotBlooded tiger, and Yuri Mariya, the calm and humble dragon.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' major antagonist Vicious is the calm methodical bastard rising to the leadership of the Red '''Dragon''' Syndicate who still uses a katana in gun fights, while main protagonist Spike is a down to earth laid back but can act [[ObfuscatingStupidity kinda]] [[BrilliantButLazy dumb]], jumps into trouble and identifies with a parable of a '''striped cat'''.
* In a strange case, Rio Wesley from ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' has both, dragons ''and'' tiger motives. Rio's shooting spells and bombardment spells are usually dragon-shaped, while most of her close-ranged spells are named after a tiger theme.
* Minor example in ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'': protagonist Nakajima Atsushi, who can turn into a white tiger, and his Port Mafia rival/counterpart, Akutagawa ''Ryuu''nosuke. Minor because Akutagawa doesn't actually have a dragon motif, but the connection is still present.
* In ''Anime/CardfightVanguard G'', Chrono's ace unit is Chronojet Dragon. The Stride Gate arc establishes it as part of a set of 12 Gear Chronicle units based off of the eastern zodiac. The only other grade 3 of the set, both the BigBad's ace and TheManBehindTheMan, is Chronofang Tiger.
* While dragons are [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons a major part]] of ''Anime/FutureCardBuddyfight'', Gao is more associated with straight-up dragons than most other fighters. One of his biggest rivals is Noboru, who is associated with tigers by the symbol on his shirt. [[BerserkButton (It's not a kitten.)]]
* ''Onmyō Taisenki'' has two characters, Asuka Yūma and Ōgami Masaomi, whose Shikigami are a tiger (Byakko no Rangetsu) and a dragon (Seiryū no Kibachiyo) respectively. Though they don't battle each other often, it's usually a very fierce fight when they do. Bonus points for Yūma being from the Earth-style clan and Masaomi being from the Heaven-style clan [[spoiler:though Masaomi, whose real name is Gashin, is actually from the Jin-style clan]].
** Later, Seiryū no Kibachiyo battles against Byakko no Kogenta, the main character's Shikigami. Then Rangetsu joins the battle, making it a dragon versus two tigers.
** Though the biggest rival pair in the series, Tachibana Riku and Asuka Yūma, actually avert this, since they ''both'' use tigers (Byakko no Kogenta and Byakko no Rangetsu, respectively), though in terms of personality, Riku is the "dragon" and Yūma is the "tiger".
* Volume 8 on ''Manga/AnoKoNiKissToShirayuriWo'' focuses on two girls named [[MeaningfulName Torayama and Tatsumi]], who compete to be StudentCouncilPresident. '''Tora'''yama (the "tiger") is abrasive, passionate and slightly irritable, while '''Tatsu'''mi (the "dragon") has a cool and nonchalant demeanor. They're equally gifted and hate each other with a passion [[FoeRomanceSubtext (yet like each other much more than they want to admit.)]]
* ''[[Manga/GakuenBabysitters School Babysitters]]'' has a lighthearted take on this with close-knit brothers Ryuuichi (representing the dragon) and Kotaro (representing the tiger). Chairwoman Morinomiya lampshades this when she takes the two in.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/PlanetOfTheCats'' it's a motif commonly used symbolically between the two sides (Humans being Dragons and Catians being Tigers, of course).

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' series' ShipTease with Master Po the Dragon Warrior and Master Tigress feels even more appropriate with this Chinese symbology in mind. There's also Po, at the end the calm, collected Dragon Warrior, against Tai Lung, the brutal, aggressive Snow Leopard. Neither of them are EXACTLY Dragon or Tiger, but they're both close enough.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Fighting Dragon VS Deadly Tiger'', also known as ''Call Me Dragon''.
* ''Tiger VS Dragon'', also known as ''Kung Fu, the Invisible Fist''.
* In ''Dragon Tiger Gate'', Dragon Wong and Tiger Wong are brothers loyal to a fault, but they do end up getting into spats every now and then.
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'': WordOfGod suggests that the title is intended to refer to the obvious threat of Jade Fox (the "crouching tiger") and the secret but far more significant threat of [[spoiler:Jen]] (the "hidden dragon"). Mentioned during the Oscars by Steve Martin: he was wondering why there weren't any tigers and dragons. Then he understood it's because they're ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin crouching'' and ''hidden]]''.
* In ''Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger'', [[TheDeadRiseToAdvertise the spirit of]] Creator/BruceLee points to the [[BruceLeeClone Brucesploitation actor Bruce Li]] as his "successor", calling him the "Tiger" to Lee's "Dragon".
* In ''Film/RockyIV'', Rocky, previously represented by the song "Eye of the '''Tiger'''", faces Ivan '''Drago'''. What's even stranger is that those roles are reversed in their fighting styles: Drago is hailed for his raw power and Rocky for his toughness.

* Creator/JohnBrunner's ''Literature/{{Telepathist}}'' has Howson, the therapeutic telepath, entering the absurdly detailed Oriental fantasy dream-state of a catatonic patient. After a series of events, he brings the patient out of the fugue by naming Tiger City as the tiger, and his sword, which had slain a dragon, as the dragon. Both objects then turn into their respective animals and fight. Howson wins because "the tiger is the second strongest animal", and the other man wakes up. [[spoiler:Subverted, as the patient was also a telepath -- he'd put such blatant [[WeaksauceWeakness weaknesses]] in it because he'd created the fantasy as a sort of ''holiday'', and wanted to be brought out of it easily. In at least one version of the book, printed under the title ''The Whole Man'', the catatonic telepath is caught completely by surprise. He'd set up [[MagicAIsMagicA the laws of magic]] in his fantasy so that the above fight was possible with minimal ''Film/{{Inception}}''-style "cheating" on Howson's part, but he'd expected the people on the outside to send a less experienced therapeutic telepath, who would screw up and get noticed, at which point the catatonic guy would wake up on his own.]]
* In David Brin's novel ''Earth'', the on-screen representations of two software packages that end up fighting each other with the fate of the world at stake happen to be a tiger and a dragon.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' is a [[NaiveNewcomer well-meaning and friendly guy]] who [[ReluctantWarrior wants to protect everyone]]. Kamen Rider Tiger is a [[AxCrazy sociopath]] who [[ShootTheDog believes in killing the one]] [[HeroicWannabe to save the many]]. [[TheyFightCrime They fight each other!]] ...Admittedly, they didn't have many confrontations, but still.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' likes to use this when it fits into the motifs. ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' has the Red and Sixth Rangers being based on the Dragon and Tiger respectively, with the appropriately contrasting personalities. ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' has the Tiger as the Red Ranger and the Dragon as the BigBad.
* And of course this comes up when both of the above franchises have a crossover. In ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperheroTaisen'', [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]] and [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokai Red]] use PowerCopying to turn into Ryuki and [=GekiRed=] during their fight.
* While likely not intentional due to the cut and paste nature of adapting different ''Super Sentai'' seasons, ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' has Tommy Oliver start off as the Green Dragon Ranger with the Dragonzord, then later he becomes the White Tiger Ranger with the Tigerzord. Perhaps inevitably, a three-parter has the villains create an evil clone of Tommy that gets back the Green Ranger powers, leading not only to a fight between the two Rangers, but later their respective Zords. The Dragonzord wins, though it's implied to be because Tommy's energy is being drained and thus the Tigerzord is likewise weakened.
* The {{Mockumentary}} ''Film/DragonsAFantasyMadeReal'' has a realistic scenario of a fight between a tiger and a dragon. [[spoiler: It doesn't end well for the tiger.]]
* ''Series/KungFu:'' As part of their final graduation exercise Shaolin monks get a tiger and a dragon branded onto their forearms, by having to lift a heavy, red hot, urn to get to the exit of the testing facility.

* 8bitduane's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfvwJztJtLo rap rendition]] of the ''VideoGame/BadDudes'' video game says that the eponymous Bad Dudes are ''"...the tiger you cannot tame"''. The enemies are the '''Dragon''' Ninja.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', dragons' main enemies are the Lords of Dust, a group of demons consisting mostly of tiger-headed rakshasas.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', Sagat's endless arsenal of Tiger-themed attacks ultimately fall against the Dragon Punch from Ryu. A massive rivalry ensues from then on.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' has lots of explicit Tiger association with Travis Touchdown--which only further accentuates the duel between him and Ryuji. Spelling "Travis" in katakana gets you '''Tora'''bisu, after all.
* In ''[[VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!]]'', there is a level (set to Thrill) where you act as cheerleaders for the [[DodgeBallIsHell dodgeball]] battle between a dragon-themed bully kid named Ryuji(meaning Dragon) and a tiger-themed kid named Torao(meaning Tiger). Torao is the one you're cheering for, and both invoke [[AnimalBattleAura attacks with Auras of their namesake.]]
* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Phoenix Wright finds himself at particular odds with Furio Tigre, who is Mr. Wright's CriminalDoppelganger. This becomes far more relevant in the Japanese version, where Phoenix Wright and his Japanese name ("Ryuuichi Naruhodo") represent the dragon rather than a phoenix. If you look closely, you'll notice Tigre's shirt features a tiger chomping on a dragon's neck.
* Surprisingly rare in ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon.''
** In ''Double Dragon III'', Chin Seimei, master of a Tiger Based martial art clashes with the dragons to avenge his brother, DefeatMeansFriendShip, the dragons are [[EasilyForgiven forgiven]], and Seimei [[DefeatMeansPlayable joins them.]]
** ''Double Dragon'' for Neo Geo. Duke, [[TheDragon Right hand assassin]] of TheBigBad, uses a martial with a Tiger, and Shadow theme. Duke is stoic compared to the Dragon's Hotblooded.
** ''Double Dragon Advance'' has the Dragons face the Twin Tigers in [[FriendlyLocalChinatown Chinatown]], but they aren't a worthy challenge. From advice of the tigers, the Dragons face Raymond, called the Tiger Emperor in the Japanese version. True to this trope, Raymond is their WorthyOpponent. Like Duke, Raymond is stoic compared to the excitable Dragons.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' Mitsuki Konishi's noise form is a tiger, Megumi Kitaniji's is a dragon. [[spoiler:Konishi plans to usurp Kitaniji as Conductor, or Composer, even.]] Also, the brands Tigre Punks and Dragon Couture. The former is all about grunge and grittiness while the latter is more stylized, lofty and Eastern.
* ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' has a rivalry between its two main protagonists: Ryo Sakazaki (the tiger) and Robert Garcia (the dragon). In fact, the Japanese name of the series is ''Ryuuko no Ken'', or "Fist of the Dragon/Tiger". Their stances occasionally reflect their animal motifs, and they share a super move, the Ryuuko Ranbu ("Dragon and Tiger's Rebellious Dance"), that refers to the rivalry in its name. Ironically, Ryo is called the "Invincible Dragon" while Robert is called the "Raging Tiger" and some of their desperation moves summon a tiger for Robert and a dragon for Ryo. This is lampshaded in ''Videogame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'', in the Team Fatal Fury's ending where Joe talks about the tiger and dragon themes of the characters[[note]]For context, he's trying to find an animal theme for Andy, since Terry has the wolf and Joe has the tiger himself[[/note]]. The "team tiger" is Robert, Ramon and himself, while the "team dragon" is Ryo, Kensou and Mui Mui.
* ''VideoGame/BlackTiger'' involves a hero possibly of the same name fighting the Blue Dragon, the Red Dragon and finally the Black Dragon.
* In ''VideoGame/TigerRoad'', the HotBlooded monk hero can learn to shoot tiger shaped fireballs, the BigBad, TheEmperor shoots Dragon shaped fireballs.
* ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden 3'' makes an interesting take on the tiger versus dragon theme through Eiji and his evil foil Leon; where their birthdays are Dragon and Tiger signs, and where Eiji comes from Japan, while Leon comes from the US, this is used instead to highlight a greater theme of Tiger Versus Lion and a more intense East Versus West theming, as Eiji wields the Byakko Katana and is a Dragon Sign, and where Leon's name does literally mean lion.
* Played for laughs in ''[[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Kagetsu Tohya]]'' with Akiha and Ciel during a minor confrontation, where they verbally spar before turning on Shiki to force him to choose between the lunches they have made. And saying he can't choose between them is not acceptable.
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', Lord Lao's furnace has two buttons to activate the configurations, the tiger button and the dragon button, as well as respective configurations (stat increase recipes). The configuration of the tiger grants an increase to focus, while the configuration of the dragon grants an increase to body.
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII'', when Master Gabrial asks you to name the three heroes, he compares them to animals. Synbios is compared to the Tiger, Medion is compared to the Dragon [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Julian is compared to a Wolf.]] Synbios, the Tiger is a Knight of the Republic and Medion, the Dragon is a Prince of the Empire. Both are played against each other at one point by the Emperor.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', eternal rivals Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura are known as the One-Eyed Dragon and the Young Tiger respectively. The [[AnimeOfTheGame anime]] makes this even more poignant by having them accompanied by apparitions of their animals during the FinalBattle.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV'' the FinalBoss battle is a ShapeshifterShowdown where Mordack at one point transforms into a insectoid dragon. Guess which animal form counters him?
* The ''Ryu Oh Ki'' and ''Ko Oh Ki'' in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' series are the only two surviving examples of a series of ancient god-mechs patterned after TheFourGods. Rather than a rivalry, however, they are depicted as opposite sides of the coin, capable of forming a CombiningMecha that can [[TransformingMecha transform between two forms]]: The Tiger-themed [=KoRyuOh=] is a physical fighter, using blades, nunchaku, and {{Rocket Punch}}es to attack the enemy directly, while the Dragon-themed [=RyuKoOh=] uses magic, flames, and [[ColonyDrop dropping mountains on the enemy]] to fight from a distance.
* In ''VideoGame/{{DJ MAX Technika}}'', the music selection ''Dual Strikers'' is a reference to tiger and dragon, with the characters for them emphasized in opposite corners of the [[http://www.cyphergate.net/wiki/index.php?title=File:Dual_Strikers_Technika2Eyecatch.jpg eyecatch image]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'':
** The protagonist of the series is Kazuma Kiryu, a former [[{{Yakuza}} Japanese gangster]] known as "The Dragon of the Dojima family" who also has a [[TattooedCrook large tattoo]] of a silver dragon on his back. One of the first game's antagonists and [[RecurringBoss Recurring Bosses]] is Futoshi Shimano, a yakuza boss who has a large tattoo of a tiger on his back and wants revenge against Kiryu for [[FallGuy supposedly]] killing the head of the Dojima family. Kiryu beats him twice.
** The trope is in greater effect in the [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza 4}} fourth game]] when [[MeaningfulName Taiga]] Saejima is introduced, another protagonist who happens to have a large [[TattooedCrook tattoo]] of a tiger on his back. While Kiryu at this point has been characterized by his sage wisdom as well as his strength, Saejima is a full-blown powerhouse with monstrous strength. Naturally, they end up fighting shortly after they first meet, and their duel ends in a draw. [[spoiler: They later work together to defeat the BigBad alongside two others without any [[AnimalMotif motifs]] or even tattoos.]] In the [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza 5}} fifth game]], [[spoiler: they end up fighting again to lure out the game's BigBad, which ends in a draw once more]].
** And special mention goes to the [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza2}} second game]], where Kiryu fights and defeats two ''actual'' tigers. ''With his fists''.
** While Kiryu's main rival Goro Majima's primary AnimalMotifs are dogs and snakes, he gets referred to as "tiger" a couple of times.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'': In ''Chronophantasma'' the Colosseum stage has two gates for competitors, one marked with a tiger and one marked with a dragon. Overlaps with RedOniBlueOni, considering the former is coloured red and the latter is blue.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' has a Nepalese variation of the trope in the form of Tiger vs. Elephant. The spirit of the comparison is the same, however, with the Tiger representing aggression and ruthlessness while the Elephant represents resilience and wisdom. Within the context of the Golden Path leadership conflict, Sabal is the Elephant, usually trying to do the moral thing even if it brings about a disadvantage, focusing on the little picture and preserving tradition, while Amita is the Tiger, doing whatever it takes to get a military advantage, focusing on the big picture, and pursuing progress. Within the context of the skill tree, the Tiger is where you unlock all your shooting skills and stealth takedowns, while the Elephant has all your defensive, healing and crafting skills.
* ''VideoGame/TaiFuWrathOfTheTiger'' takes this trope literally, as the titular main character is a tiger and Kung Fu warrior who opposes the cruel reign of the Dragon Master, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a powerful Lung dragon.]]
* The main characters of the ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'' games, Gunvolt and Copen, are called as such in the loading screens and descriptions. Gunvolt is the "Azure Dragon", an extremely powerful Adept who believes that humans and Adepts can live in harmony, and Copen is the "White Tiger", an extremely skilled and intelligent {{Muggle}} with a fierce hatred for Adepts.
* The Shokan (Goro's race) from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' seem divided into two lineages: the Draco and the Tigrar (those in the latter have definite tiger stripes; those in the former aren't ''very'' draconic but do have some reptilian features). There's a definite class distinction but, in a subversion, they don't appear to be that antagonistic towards each other (at least, not moreso than they are to [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy everyone else]]).

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' episode between the [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Tigerzord]] and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Epyon]] evokes this trope, with the HotBlooded teenager Tommy piloting the Tigerzord and the experienced war veteran Zechs piloting the draconic Gundam Epyon. [[spoiler:The dragon wins this round]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheMeek'', [[spoiler: Angora's grandfather is a giant olm, or cave salamander, and Luca's associate is a giant, ghostly tiger]].
* In the ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' setting backstory, the Sharen, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=13 who use dragons as mounts]], faught the Sullisinrune, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=151 who used tigers]]. Now the Sarghress, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=147 who use wolves,]] have risen to challenge the Sharen.
* In ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', TheDragon is an OfficerAndAGentleman dealing with a PsychopathicManchild superior and HotBlooded subordinates, making for a very sympathetic [[TheStarscream Starscream]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheBeastLegion'', that is what it all boils down to. The Hero's Beast form is a white [=WereTiger=] while the bad guy is a Sapphire Dragon.
* ''Webcomic/DraconiaChronicles'' is about warring nations of Tiger and Dragon people whose populations are dominantly female.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}''. Max imagines a massive tiger and dragon behind two enemy players... only for it to turn out that they're [[InvisibleToNormals spirits]], and all the other spirits are pissed that they're getting in the way.
-->'''Old Spirit:''' GET OFF THE COURT, NIMRODS! I'm watchin' the game!\\
'''Dragon:''' Ugh, my step-dad...

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': The rival martial arts cliques at Whateley are the Tigers (whose members are all black) and the Dragons (whose members are mostly Asian, though they seem to accept other races more openly.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': Very subtle, but appears in a "Chicken Boo" sketch. Chicken Boo is in a karate tournament. He is [[PaperThinDisguise disguised]] as "Moo Goo Gai Boo" from the ''Dragon'' Dojo, up against Gwai Yan Kee from the ''Tiger'' Dojo. The sensei even references the mythology: "The boastful tiger will yield to the serene whisper of the dragon". "Moo Goo Gai" is a Cantonese dish with chicken, so it ends up meaning [[MeaningfulName "Chicken Boo"]] in Cantonese. "Gwai Yan Kee" [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign means nothing]]. It just means "white yankee" (technically, "ghost yankee") in Cantonese, which could be a statement about "black belt" mills frequently being run by white guys with no real training. This is also strange because Cantonese don't fight with karate (Karate is Japanese); they fight with a style of kung fu called ''hakka kuen'' (which is where all those "Dragon style", "Mantis style", "Crane style", et al come from). Then again, it ''is'' Animaniacs we're talking about, [[RuleOfFunny so it's not like we should be expecting total accuracy]].
* The episode "Other Victories" is ''Franchise/{{Transformers}} WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' features a battle between Megatron in his dragon form and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tigerhawk]]. At one point, [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/6/6a/OtherVictories_clash.jpg a flash of lightning illuminates them black on a white background]], a possible reference to this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheDragon'' (first season), the Tiger Warrior Bengial is the ActionGirl [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]] to the Dragon Warrior Ang's MartialPacifist [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]. She's also [[DesignatedGirlFight more likely to fight]] Yang's EvilTwin sister, the Shadow Dragon Warrior.
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spider-Man's team includes ComicBook/WhiteTiger and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]], who has a dragon motif. White Tiger is a SpicyLatina ByTheBookCop, a total {{Tsundere}} who often stresses over following the rules and gets easily aggravated. Iron Fist is a [[TheStoic Stoic]] NiceGuy who never loses his cool and always just goes with the flow. However, they are both by far the most disciplined and responsible members of their team. It's never stated in the show, but in the comics, White Tiger's tiger amulet that gives her her powers is actually from K'un-L'un, where Iron Fist trained and gained his abilities.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Famous samurai UsefulNotes/UesugiKenshin was called the Dragon of Echigo (Echigo was the province he ruled, now Niigata). His rival, UsefulNotes/TakedaShingen, was called the Tiger of Kai (what is now Yamanashi). And yes, this was on purpose.
* Symbolism with tigers and dragons are common in Asian martial arts, and one Shaolin myth has it that to prove themselves worthy of a black belt-equivalent rank, students would have to fight their way through 100 wooden enemies and lift a 500 pound vase blocking the exit of the testing room. The vase was imprinted with a tiger and a dragon, and was hot enough that it would brand the symbols into the chest or shoulders of the student as proof of success.
* A Dragon is commonly used to symbolise China. A Tiger is commonly used to symbolise India. Guess which two large Asian nations have rapidly developing economies and are seen as rivals for the post of "next superpower".