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Website: Dragon Cave
A land far away, where the existence of dragons is known to people. A land where wizards care for dragons for thousands of years. A land where you will be swamped with requests by new players to click their eggs.

This is the world of Dragon Cave.

Dragon Cave is a popular adoptable site created by T.J. Lipscomb, with sprite contributions made by the users. Upon registration, each user is given a scroll that they can fill up with dragons of many different kinds. The dragons' growth is made possible by the amount of views received.

This site provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: If you decide to act like this, you may end up with a neglected dragon. They are incredibly rare and difficult to get, and are therefore some of the most desired dragons in the game.
  • Actual Pacifist: Every single white dragon.
    • Unless you describe it and make it be something else.
  • Adjective Animal Alehouse: The Green Dragon, a tavern in the Halloween 2012 "Haunting in Aliset" story.
  • Aerith and Bob: Members are free to name their own dragons, and often the lists of their dragons names can end up like this, or else pass into the bizarre and the surreal.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: "The Guardians of Nature" which are the personifications of....well, guess.
  • Art Evolution: Most of the sprites haven't changed since their introduction, but since the site's creation the egg sprites have become more polished and male and female dragon sprites of the same breed now often have different poses.
    • Also, many of the original sprites were very rushed, and has restrictions on the number of colours used. Now that sprites have more time and colours available to them, they tend to be more detailed and realistic.
  • Balloon Belly: The Balloon Dragons.
  • Big Eater: Harvest dragons.
  • Blood Knight: Tri-Horn Wyverns and Seragamma Wyverns.
  • Brain Washed: Averted. Many people assume this about the Daydreams, but the creator has said many times that all it can do it distract you, not control someone's mind.
  • Breath Weapon: Some dragons are explicitly stated to use breath attacks, though others lack breath powers and others use various forms of magic.
  • Brick Joke: One of the items you could find in the 2011 Haunted House event was a rainbow chicken. In the 2012 "Haunting in Aliset" story, you find a rainbow-colored chicken roast.
  • Clucking Funny: Inexplicably, a rare chicken egg can be found in the Cave.
  • Combat Tentacles: The Dark Green or "Vine" dragons use their masses of vines to attack and eat anything around them.
  • Cool Horse: Horse and Hellhorse dragons. Though you can't ride them, and Hellhorse dragons are notoriously vicious.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Black Marrow dragons, black and red Halloween dragons with skeletons that grow through their scales and eat carrion also happen to be kind mates and doting parents.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Earth dragons.
  • Easter Egg: Quite literally. For Easter 2010-2013, there was a "Festival of Eggs" in which several very pretty eggs made by the people who sprited the dragons would randomly appear around the site. They don't hatch into anything, though.
  • Emoticon: There is an entire hidden page devoted to these, which shows a different face each time you refresh it.
  • Everything's Better With Dinosaurs: Suspiciously Yoshi-like dragon eggs appear very rarely.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Some of the dragon species run into this, especially those named after a colour. For example, the Cheese Dragon is....a dragon made of cheese.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Aside from the "legendary trio" of magma, ice, and thunder dragons, there are several more common breeds that have power over these elements.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: According to his spriter, Ghost, the site's only albino sweetling dragon, collects and wears colorful feathers in order to make up for his abnormally short, white ones.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The Flamingo Wyverns, who despite their name and pretty pink colour, are some of the most violent dragons in the cave.
  • Four Seasons: A seasonal dragon will take the appearance of whatever season its egg was laid in.
  • Fragile Speedster: The Whiptail dragons.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All
  • Hell Fire: Hellfire Wyverns, naturally. They can breed with Horse dragons to make Hellhorse hybrids.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: With a few exceptions, almost every dragon type can breed with almost every other type. This leads to some odd combinations such as Skywings (dragons with wings but no legs that spend all their time in the air) and Water/Deep-Sea dragons (basically sea serpents).
    • Now they're just encouraging it, too, with several breeds of dragons that can only be obtained by crossbreeding other breeds. Alternate colors of Striped Dragon can be obtained this way as well.
  • Hybrid Overkill Avoidance: After a slew of dragon requests which were basically just "Animal X with wings and back spines", much more strict rules about hybrid breeds were made. note 
  • Incest Is Relative: You should see some family trees.
  • "Just So" Story: The Halloween 2013 event contained a story booth that had some of these, such as how trick-or-treating began and how Pumpkin dragons began living in pumpkins.
  • Konami Code: On the Portal2 layout, if one enters in the Konami Code, the colors in the theme will change.
  • Living Shadow: The aptly named Shadow-Walkers, at least most of the time.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Daydream dragons are implied to sometimes have such an effect.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Guardian dragons have large shields at the end of their tails, and their wings are also heavily armoured.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Dark Green (or Vine) dragons.
  • The Matchmaker: Heartseeker dragons.
  • Multiple Head Case: There are a few breeds of two-headed dragons.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: They need views to hatch and grow up.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Vampire dragons were originally introduced on Halloween '09, and cannot breed but can bite eggs to turn them into vampire eggs.
  • Our Gargoyles Rock: The nocturne dragons are perfectly normal in the night, but turn rock solid in the day.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: More of the classical necromancy version, where you can raise a hatchling or adult dragon and turn it into a zombie on Halloween. Somehow this manages to completely change their skeletal structure.
  • Palette Swap: A few dragons, such as dorsals and coppers, have alternate colors while their sprites remain the same. There are also spriter's alts, which are alternate colored dragons that only the spriters of each dragon own.
  • Retcon: The formerly all-female Pink dragons "traditionally being thought as female" due to their color, along with a sprite change.
    • Another formerly all-female breed, the Purples, now have males as well.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Quite a few, but the Pillow dragons stand out as being literal balls of fluff who love to cuddle.
  • Running Gag: Rainbow chickens. There was a rainbow chicken in the Halloween 2011 story, in the Halloween 2012 story there was a rainbow chicken roast, and in the Christmas 2012 Gingerbread House decorating, there was a rainbow chicken decoration.
  • Schmuck Bait: The "Make All My Eggs Gold" page, which, when you go to it, really says nothing but "Yeah right." Did you really think that it would work?
  • Serious Business: People are killing pixel dragons? The murderers!
    • Breeding. The forums have threads that have been active for years to complain about "messy" (which doesn't necessarily mean inbred, either) lineages.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A couple to Pokémon:
      • Pokémon Night itself, when many of the dragons' sprites were replaced with those of Pokémon for a joke.
      • The Legendary Trio - the codes of three of his were abbreviated versions of Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos' names (Arco, Mlts, Zpds). The Guardian of Nature dragon's description and the fact that a player must obtain all three of the Legendary Trio in order to summon it are references to Pokémon 2000.
      • Shallow Water dragons' Breed-Specific Action is Splash. Like in the Gameboy games, when you use this, it will say "DRAGON used SPLASH! But nothing happened!" After roughly 100 times using this action, you will gain a Magikarp badge on the top of your scroll.
    • And a couple to Portal:
      • One of the treats in the 2010 Halloween trick-or-treat scavenger hunt is a cake. If you look closely, you will see the word "LIE" written on the side of the slice.
      • In addition to the default scroll skin and a St. Patrick's Day skin, there is also a Portal-themed skin you can use for viewing the site.
      • The Desert Sands release was the Sunstone and Moonstone dragons, which are orange and blue. The release's image said "The Blue and Orange conspiracy theory continues." Members immediately thought of Portal, but in reply TJ linked to a site pointing out Orange/Blue Contrast.
    • TJ's fake egg "<3", which can be seen here. One member had commented how the new dragons from a certain release matched up with the elements on Captain Planet and joked how the release was missing "the element of heart", so TJ added the heart egg.
    • Saurian, a language invented for the game Star Fox Adventures, is used a lot on this site:
      • TJ used to post all the announcement threads in Saurian, requiring users to translate the message.
      • All of TJ's dragons are named in Saurian (thus, dragons descended from his are known as "Thuwed" dragons, as "thuwed" is Saurian for "dragon" and appears in the names he gives his dragons - for example, "Wahc Fadb Thuwed", which is literally "Girl Pink Dragon").
      • In the Halloween 2011 Haunted Mansion event, there were "spells" that were really just words in Saurian.
      • One of the 2012 Valentine's Day valentine messages was "Xuff0 Lucokado'j Tu0" - "Happy Valentine's Day" in Saurian.
    • TJ has apparently stated that the chickens are a reference to the Harvest Moon games.
    • The Leetle Stack of Pancakes has the code IHOP, which is a reference to the International House of Pancakes.
    • For the 2011 Christmas Dress Up, the Green/Pebble dragons were given ham, and a veeery familiar cape and pair of orange shades...
    • The ever-quotable "Arrow in the knee" meme from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was part of one of the 2012 Valentine messages.
    • As a shout-out to Homestuck in the 2012 Valentine messages you could send: "I desire you for my flushed quadrant."
    • All of the Holiday Stories are dragon-themed parodies of actual stories and songs, such as The Twelve Days of Christmas and A Christmas Carol.
    • The item you collect at the end of the "Haunting in Aliset" story is a sandwich; when someone asked if this is a reference to Heavy Weapons Guy from Team Fortress 2, TJ responded, "Sandvich does not need Heavy Weapons Guy. Sandvich can be star all by itself."
    • Both Easter 2012 and Trick or Treat 2012 have 'Lilo and Stitch" themed items- namely, an easter egg with Stitch-like patterns, and Lilo's doll as one of the Trick or Treat items.
    • There're a few references in the item toolbox during the 2013 Christmas event:
  • Simple Staff: White dragons have staves.
  • Single Gender Race:
    • Always male: Sweetlings, Heartseekers, Winter Magi, Yulebucks, and Wrapping-Wings
    • Always female: Chickens, Snow Angels, Bright Pinks, Ribbon Dancers, Rosebuds, '09 Valentines, and Arsani
    • Formerly single-gender: Purples (formerly all-female), Pinks (the all-female ones became known as Bright Pinks when the current either-gender Pinks appeared), and Hollies (formerly all-male).
  • Stock Ness Monster: Sea serpents, like water dragons.
  • Telepathy: All dragons use telepathy to communicate, though they can make the usual squeaks and growls.
    • Averted with the Drake species, who can only breed among themselves and have an animal-level intelligence.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Magi dragons have the "Teleport" Breed Specific Action which allows for safe trading and gifting of eggs and hatchlings.
  • Up to Eleven: On the forum, users are marked with a number of eggs to represent the number of posts they have, up to ten eggs. TJ's account has eleven eggs.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Formerly, if a member killed too many of their dragons, their scroll would automatically be erased. As it is now, members can only kill a certain number of dragons before having to wait.
  • Weakened by the Light: Vampires and Cavern Lurkers avoid venturing into sunlight.
  • Whip It Good: The Whiptail dragons.
  • You Bastard: Kill a dragon? You'll have to read a sad account of your dragon's last minutes, which will probably make you feel guilty the rest of the day.

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