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* ''FanFic/AhArchfall'': Two dragons appear, and both seem to be some sort of DraconicAbomination.

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* ''FanFic/AhArchfall'': ''Fanfic/AhArchfall'': Two dragons appear, and both seem to be some sort of DraconicAbomination.



* ''FanFic/DragonsUnite'': There's a couple hundred million of them living in the alternate Earth the story's set in, who are as intelligent as people, have opposable thumbs, stand about two meters tall and four long, live for hundreds of years, have wings (except for the Asian variety) and [[ElementalMagic magical elements]] (again, except for the Asian variety), a varying amount of non-elemental magic, and make up the bulk of the character count in the average story.

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* ''FanFic/DragonsUnite'': ''Fanfic/DragonsUnite'': There's a couple hundred million of them living in the alternate Earth the story's set in, who are as intelligent as people, have opposable thumbs, stand about two meters tall and four long, live for hundreds of years, have wings (except for the Asian variety) and [[ElementalMagic magical elements]] (again, except for the Asian variety), a varying amount of non-elemental magic, and make up the bulk of the character count in the average story.



* ''Fanfic/HalfPastAdventure'': The disturbances in TheLostWoods are revealed to be due to the Grass Dragon, a creature resembling a large clump of vegetation in draconic shape and possessing an {{acid|Attack}} BreathWeapon capable of destroying plants.



* ''FanFic/ItsADangerousBusinessGoingOutYourDoor'':

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* ''FanFic/TheLastDraconequus'':

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* ''FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn'': Unlike canon, Spike looks hardly any different from an ordinary iguana, save for his coloring (which annoys him). He's too young to speak yet, and can only communicate with Twilight telepathically.
* ''FanFic/ThePalaververse'': The dragons used to rule most of the world in the past, but their power began to slip as civilization grew, and was lost in a series of disastrous wars against the Diamond Dogs, the Capric Empire and Equestria, forcing most of them out of Ungula and to the archipelago of the Burning Mountains. They also have their own unique but poorly understood form of magic, hoard treasure as both a way to store food and as a mating display of sorts, and though mostly loners they have a loose society, ruled by the Fire Queen through Dragon Lords acting as intermediaries and viceroys.

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* ''FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn'': ''Fanfic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn'': Unlike canon, Spike looks hardly any different from an ordinary iguana, save for his coloring (which annoys him). He's too young to speak yet, and can only communicate with Twilight telepathically.
* ''FanFic/ThePalaververse'': ''Fanfic/ThePalaververse'': The dragons used to rule most of the world in the past, but their power began to slip as civilization grew, and was lost in a series of disastrous wars against the Diamond Dogs, the Capric Empire and Equestria, forcing most of them out of Ungula and to the archipelago of the Burning Mountains. They also have their own unique but poorly understood form of magic, hoard treasure as both a way to store food and as a mating display of sorts, and though mostly loners they have a loose society, ruled by the Fire Queen through Dragon Lords acting as intermediaries and viceroys.



* ''FanFic/StillWatersSeries'': Dragons are separated into two main types: Common Dragons and True Dragons. Common Dragons (further subdivided into Greater and Lesser Dragons) are the sort found everywhere in Mundus Magicus and are not sapient, while True Dragons are extremely rare, highly intelligent, and capable of great magic. The ancient dragon riders are thought to have ridden True Dragons, although the modern ones ride purpose-bred dragons that are a pale imitation of the real things.

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* ''FanFic/StillWatersSeries'': ''Fanfic/StillWatersSeries'': Dragons are separated into two main types: Common Dragons and True Dragons. Common Dragons (further subdivided into Greater and Lesser Dragons) are the sort found everywhere in Mundus Magicus and are not sapient, while True Dragons are extremely rare, highly intelligent, and capable of great magic. The ancient dragon riders are thought to have ridden True Dragons, although the modern ones ride purpose-bred dragons that are a pale imitation of the real things.


** A couple play off of the traditional enmity of knights and dragons, usually skewed in the dragons' favor: one strip, for instance, features a dragon handling the scalding hot armor of a freshly roasted knight and calling for his wife to hurry up with the hot pads; another features an irritated dragoness scolding her husband for eating in bed and leaving leftovers (i.e., knights' armor) all over the sheets.

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** A couple play off of [[DragonsVersusKnights the traditional enmity of between knights and dragons, dragons]], usually skewed in the dragons' favor: one strip, for instance, features a dragon handling the scalding hot armor of a freshly roasted knight and calling for his wife to hurry up with the hot pads; another features an irritated dragoness scolding her husband for eating in bed and leaving leftovers (i.e., knights' armor) all over the sheets.


* ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'': According to [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King]], despite resembling them, gwythaints such as the two he kept aren't dragons. He did once encounter a true dragon, which was built like a gwythaint but had four legs and bronze-colored scales, and was as large as two peasant houses put together. It didn't breathe fire (but he has heard tales from people who have actually seen firebreathers), but spat lava instead, something some dragon types can do by eating rocks and digesting them into a lava-like substance.

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* ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'': According to [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron [[WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King]], despite resembling them, gwythaints such as the two he kept aren't dragons. He did once encounter a true dragon, which was built like a gwythaint but had four legs and bronze-colored scales, and was as large as two peasant houses put together. It didn't breathe fire (but he has heard tales from people who have actually seen firebreathers), but spat lava instead, something some dragon types can do by eating rocks and digesting them into a lava-like substance.


Western dragons or European dragons are derived from Greek and Roman mythology and may have been influenced by the cultures of the Ancient Near East. Eastern dragons or more specifically Chinese dragons, derive from ancient Chinese mythology dating back [[OlderThanDirt 7000 years ago]] and these depictions spread throughout Eastern Asia. There are many other dragons in the East such as Makara deriving from Indian mythology but the Chinese dragon and its variants spreading from Japan to Bhutan is by far the most well-known.

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Western dragons or European dragons are derived from Greek and Roman mythology and may have been influenced by the cultures of the Ancient Near East. Eastern dragons or more specifically Chinese dragons, derive from ancient Chinese mythology dating back [[OlderThanDirt 7000 years ago]] and these depictions spread throughout Eastern Asia. The reason for [[DragonsAreDivine Chinese dragon worship]] is likely because the region of Northern China where Chinese civilization first began was filled with dinosaur fossils which led to the development of dragon myths. Northern China is still considered a huge "dinosaur hot spot" in palaeontology today. There are many other dragons in the East such as Makara deriving from Indian mythology but the Chinese dragon and its variants spreading from Japan to Bhutan is by far the most well-known.

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* ''Fanfic/{{SAPR}}'': Just like in canon ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' the Wyvern makes an appearance during the Vytal Festival. Unlike in canon this gigantic Grimm is never called by its name and is just called a dragon, and [[spoiler:is able to shoot a powerful energy beam from its mouth along with producing [[SupernaturalFearInducer a fear response]] whenever it roars]].


* The most popular variation has been the '''[[OurWyvernsAreDifferent wyvern]]''', which resembles a bat, with clawed wings as forelimbs and two legs for hind limbs, this configuration generally being considered more "realistic" as something that could actually exist.[[note]]Despite appearances, wings are a type of arm. Therefore a dragon with four legs and two wings has ''six'' limbs, and six-limbed reptiles do not exist in the real world. (Nor does any type of land vertebrates. The few six-finned fish that existed having gone extinct over 350 million years ago). While a six-limbed vertebrate is biologically possible, it would be far removed from any existing animal and certainly would not just be a large winged reptile. Given that additional limbs expend more energy, a hypothetical six-limbed "dragon" would almost certainly be small. It would also likely not be intelligent, since controlling six limbs requires a greater expenditure of the animal's brain power to be devoted to locomotion. On the other hand, [[AWizardDidIt magic]].[[/note]] It's also easier to animate with most methods.[[note]]Partially this is because, as mentioned before, there are living animals with roughly this sort of body type to use as a reference. The other advantage is that wing arms tend to be longer (to allow flight) than dedicated front legs/arms which can make for easier and more interesting articulation.[[/note]] In some settings, this is the only type and will simply be called "dragons". In other settings, wyverns are not considered "true" dragons, but are a related and usually less powerful or intelligent species. Wyverns are less likely to breathe fire, and more likely to be venomous (even when dragons in the same setting are not venomous.)\\

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* The most popular variation has been the '''[[OurWyvernsAreDifferent wyvern]]''', which resembles a bat, with clawed wings as forelimbs and two legs for hind limbs, this configuration generally being considered more "realistic" as something that could actually exist.exist in a world similar to ours.[[note]]Despite appearances, wings are a type of arm. Therefore a dragon with four legs and two wings has ''six'' limbs, and six-limbed reptiles do not exist in the real world. (Nor does any type of land vertebrates. The few six-finned fish that existed having gone extinct over 350 million years ago). While a six-limbed vertebrate is biologically possible, it would be far removed from any existing animal and certainly would not just be a large winged reptile. Given that additional limbs expend more energy, a hypothetical six-limbed "dragon" would almost certainly be small. It would also likely not be intelligent, since controlling six limbs requires a greater expenditure of the animal's brain power to be devoted to locomotion. On the other hand, [[AWizardDidIt magic]].[[/note]] It's also easier to animate with most methods.[[note]]Partially this is because, as mentioned before, there are living animals with roughly this sort of body type to use as a reference. The other advantage is that wing arms tend to be longer (to allow flight) than dedicated front legs/arms which can make for easier and more interesting articulation.[[/note]] In some settings, this is the only type and will simply be called "dragons". In other settings, wyverns are not considered "true" dragons, but are a related and usually less powerful or intelligent species. Wyverns are less likely to breathe fire, and more likely to be venomous (even when dragons in the same setting are not venomous.)\\


* The most popular variation has been the '''[[OurWyvernsAreDifferent wyvern]]''', which resembles a bat, with clawed wings as forelimbs and two legs for hind limbs, this configuration generally being considered more "realistic" as something that could actually exist.[[note]]Despite appearances, wings are a type of arm. Therefore a dragon with four legs and two wings has ''six'' limbs, and six-limbed reptiles do not exist in the real world. (Nor does any type of land vertebrates. The few six-finned fish that existed having gone extinct over 350 million years ago). While a six-limbed vertebrate is biologically possible, it would be far removed from any existing animal and certainly would not just be a large winged reptile. Given that additional limbs expend more energy, a hypothetical six-limbed "dragon" would almost certainly be small. It would also likely not be intelligent, since controlling six limbs requires a greater expenditure of the animal's brain power to be devoted to locomotion. On the other hand, [[AWizardDidIt magic]].[[/note]] It's also easier to animate with most methods.[[note]]Partially this is because, as mentioned in the previous note, there are living animals with roughly this sort of body type to use as a reference. The other advantage is that wing arms tend to be longer (to allow flight) than dedicated front legs/arms which can make for easier and more interesting articulation.[[/note]] In some settings, this is the only type and will simply be called "dragons". In other settings, wyverns are not considered "true" dragons, but are a related and usually less powerful or intelligent species. Wyverns are less likely to breathe fire, and more likely to be venomous (even when dragons in the same setting are not venomous.)\\

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* The most popular variation has been the '''[[OurWyvernsAreDifferent wyvern]]''', which resembles a bat, with clawed wings as forelimbs and two legs for hind limbs, this configuration generally being considered more "realistic" as something that could actually exist.[[note]]Despite appearances, wings are a type of arm. Therefore a dragon with four legs and two wings has ''six'' limbs, and six-limbed reptiles do not exist in the real world. (Nor does any type of land vertebrates. The few six-finned fish that existed having gone extinct over 350 million years ago). While a six-limbed vertebrate is biologically possible, it would be far removed from any existing animal and certainly would not just be a large winged reptile. Given that additional limbs expend more energy, a hypothetical six-limbed "dragon" would almost certainly be small. It would also likely not be intelligent, since controlling six limbs requires a greater expenditure of the animal's brain power to be devoted to locomotion. On the other hand, [[AWizardDidIt magic]].[[/note]] It's also easier to animate with most methods.[[note]]Partially this is because, as mentioned in the previous note, before, there are living animals with roughly this sort of body type to use as a reference. The other advantage is that wing arms tend to be longer (to allow flight) than dedicated front legs/arms which can make for easier and more interesting articulation.[[/note]] In some settings, this is the only type and will simply be called "dragons". In other settings, wyverns are not considered "true" dragons, but are a related and usually less powerful or intelligent species. Wyverns are less likely to breathe fire, and more likely to be venomous (even when dragons in the same setting are not venomous.)\\


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** Another variant from heraldry is the '''lindworm''', a two legged dragon with no other limbs. Variants include dragons that are an ArmlessBiped or are basically snakes with arms.

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** Another variant from heraldry is the '''lindworm''', a two legged two-legged dragon with no other limbs. Variants include dragons that are an ArmlessBiped {{Armless Biped}}s or are basically snakes with arms.


** Another variant from heraldry is the '''Lindwyrm''', a two legged dragon with no other limbs. Variants include dragons that are an ArmlessBiped or are basically snakes with arms.

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** Another variant from heraldry is the '''Lindwyrm''', '''lindworm''', a two legged dragon with no other limbs. Variants include dragons that are an ArmlessBiped or are basically snakes with arms.


** Another variant from heraldry is the '''Lindwyrm''', a [[ArmlessBiped bipedal dragon]] with not other limbs.

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** Another variant from heraldry is the '''Lindwyrm''', a [[ArmlessBiped bipedal dragon]] two legged dragon with not no other limbs.
limbs. Variants include dragons that are an ArmlessBiped or are basically snakes with arms.


** Another variant from heraldry is the '''LindWyrm''', a [[ArmlessBiped bipedal dragon]] with not other limbs.

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** Another variant from heraldry is the '''LindWyrm''', '''Lindwyrm''', a [[ArmlessBiped bipedal dragon]] with not other limbs.



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** Another variant from heraldry is the '''LindWyrm''', a [[ArmlessBiped bipedal dragon]] with not other limbs.


||Are around the same size range as houses if not more, at least when fully grown.||Can be as small as a grasshopper or large enough to fill the space between heaven and earth.||

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||Are around the same size range as houses if not more, larger, at least when fully grown.||Can be as small as a grasshopper or large enough to fill the space between heaven and earth.||


||Are around the same size range as houses, at least when fully grown.||Can be as small as a grasshopper or large enough to fill the space between heaven and earth.||

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||Are around the same size range as houses, houses if not more, at least when fully grown.||Can be as small as a grasshopper or large enough to fill the space between heaven and earth.||

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