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* KnightErrant: There is no explanation on what business brought St. George to the town, making St. George the TropeMaker of a travelling knight that helps out people he meets by accident along the road.

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* KnightErrant: There is no explanation on as to what business brought St. George to the town, making St. George the TropeMaker of a travelling knight that helps out people he meets by accident along the road.

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* AdaptationalBadass: The dragon slain by St. George was originally portrayed as being rather small and dealt with surprisingly easily. In most retellings, especially modern ones, it's made significantly bigger and scarier, as well as harder to fight.


* DamselInDistress: Downplayed--the princess is delivered to the dragon and saved by St. George, but she is not [[ChainedToARock physically constrained]], does not ask for help, and there is no [[RescueRomance romance between the princess and George]], nor does the king [[StandardHeroReward offer her up in marriage.]]

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* DamselInDistress: Downplayed--the Downplayed -- the princess is delivered to the dragon and saved by St. George, but she is not [[ChainedToARock physically constrained]], does not ask for help, and there is no [[RescueRomance romance between the princess and George]], nor does the king [[StandardHeroReward offer her up in marriage.]]


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* DragonsVersusKnights: Saint George is one of the most archetypal examples of this. In the original myth, George of Lydda is a wandering Cappadocian soldier, but in medieval and later retellings and depictions of the story he's invariably depicted as a high medieval armored knight, typically slaying the dragon from horseback.


The history behind the legend is murky. While it is plausible enough that a Christian called George was executed in 303, all other details depend on the source: The widely accepted versions of the legend place George's martyrdom either in Lydda, Palestine[[note]]Today Lod in UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}[[/note]], or Nicomedia in Bithynia[[note]]Modern İzmit in UsefulNotes/{{Turkey}}[[/note]], and identify Emperor Diocletian as the responsible pagan ruler; but the earliest accounts actually place it in [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} Persia]], not the UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire. To some, St. George is also known as 'St. George of Cappadocia' because he was supposedly a native of that region, but other traditions have him born and raised in Palestine.

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The history behind the legend is murky. While it is plausible enough that a Christian called George was executed in 303, all other details depend on the source: The widely accepted versions of the legend place George's martyrdom either in Lydda, Palestine[[note]]Today Lod in UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}[[/note]], or Nicomedia in Bithynia[[note]]Modern İzmit in UsefulNotes/{{Turkey}}[[/note]], and identify Emperor Diocletian as the responsible pagan ruler; but the earliest accounts actually place it in [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} Persia]], not the UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire. To some, St. George is also known as 'St. George of Cappadocia' because he was supposedly a native of that region, but other traditions have him born and raised in Palestine. \n Historians have thus questioned whether he existed because of this, though most view it as plausible (even if the details are sketchy, as seen above).


The popular legend of ''Literature/SaintGeorgeAndTheDragon'' is only as old as the 11th century, the oldest known written version coming from UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope. The tale exists in a multitude of variants, but a synoptic plot goes like this:

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The popular legend of ''Literature/SaintGeorgeAndTheDragon'' Saint George's fight with the dragon is only as old as the 11th century, the oldest known written version coming from UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope. The tale exists in a multitude of variants, but a synoptic plot goes like this:


The popular legend of "St. George and the Dragon" is only as old as the 11th century, the oldest known written version coming from UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope. The tale exists in a multitude of variants, but a synoptic plot goes like this:

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The popular legend of "St. George and the Dragon" ''Literature/SaintGeorgeAndTheDragon'' is only as old as the 11th century, the oldest known written version coming from UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope. The tale exists in a multitude of variants, but a synoptic plot goes like this:


According to UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} legend, Saint George was an officer in the Roman army who was tortured to death for his Christian faith in 303 AD. St. George has been venerated as a martyr since the 4th century especially by the Eastern Churches, but around the time of UsefulNotes/{{the Crusades}} he became even better known as the hero of a legend that depicted him as a dragonslayer. It is chiefly in his dragonslayer role that St. George was introduced to Western Europe and became the supreme {{patron saint}} of knights and soldiers, eventually making him one of the most popular saints ever.

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According to UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} legend, Saint George was an officer in the Roman army who was tortured to death for his Christian faith in 303 AD. St. George has been venerated as a martyr since the 4th century especially by the Eastern Churches, but around the time of UsefulNotes/{{the Crusades}} he became even better known as the hero of a legend that depicted him as a dragonslayer. It is chiefly in his dragonslayer role that St. George was introduced to Western Europe and became the supreme {{patron saint}} of knights and soldiers, eventually making him one of the most popular saints ever.
ever. He is also the Patron Saint of England. The Cross of St. George (the famous "Crusader Cross" of a red cross on a white field) is today used as the flag of England, and is represented on the Union Jack along with the Crosses of St. Patrick and St. Andrew.


The history behind the legend is murky. While it is plausible enough that a Christian called George was executed in 303, all other details depend on the source: The widely accepted versions of the legend place George's martyrdom either in Lydda, Palestine[[note]]Today Lod in UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}[[/note]], or Nicomedia in Bithynia[[note]]Modern İzmit in UsefulNotes/{{Turkey}}[[/note]], and identify Emperor Diocletian as the responsible pagan ruler; but the earliest accounts actually place it in [[UsefulNote/{{Iran}} Persia]], not the UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire. To some, St. George is also known as 'St. George of Cappadocia' because he was supposedly a native of that region, but other traditions have him born and raised in Palestine.

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The history behind the legend is murky. While it is plausible enough that a Christian called George was executed in 303, all other details depend on the source: The widely accepted versions of the legend place George's martyrdom either in Lydda, Palestine[[note]]Today Lod in UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}[[/note]], or Nicomedia in Bithynia[[note]]Modern İzmit in UsefulNotes/{{Turkey}}[[/note]], and identify Emperor Diocletian as the responsible pagan ruler; but the earliest accounts actually place it in [[UsefulNote/{{Iran}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} Persia]], not the UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire. To some, St. George is also known as 'St. George of Cappadocia' because he was supposedly a native of that region, but other traditions have him born and raised in Palestine.


* OurDragonsAreDifferent: St. George's dragon is an amphibious creature that lives in a lake and exudes a poisonous breath, with a healthy appetite for livestock and humans. It is often depicted as quite small, to the point that in many paintings George does little more than finish it off after his horse tramples it.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: St. George's dragon is an amphibious creature that lives in a lake and exudes a poisonous breath, with a healthy appetite for livestock and humans. It is often depicted as quite small, to the point that in many paintings (including the one at the top of this page) George does little more than finish it off after his horse tramples it.

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* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Some versions of the legend have a crocodile in place of the dragon, and the part about living in a lake certainly fits that.


The popular legend of "St. George and the Dragon" is only as old as the 11th century, the oldest known written version coming from UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}. The tale exists in a multitude of variants, but a synoptic plot goes like this:

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The popular legend of "St. George and the Dragon" is only as old as the 11th century, the oldest known written version coming from UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}.UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope. The tale exists in a multitude of variants, but a synoptic plot goes like this:

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* DragonsAreDemonic: The dragon defeated by St. George, which was terrorizing towns eating people and livestock. George claims to have defeated the creature through the power of Christ, which implies the dragon is literally of demonic origin.


* OurDragonsAreDifferent: St. George's dragon is an amphibious creature that lives in a lake and exudes a poisonous breath, with a healthy appetite for lifestock and humans.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: St. George's dragon is an amphibious creature that lives in a lake and exudes a poisonous breath, with a healthy appetite for lifestock livestock and humans.humans. It is often depicted as quite small, to the point that in many paintings George does little more than finish it off after his horse tramples it.


* DamselInDistress: Downplayed--the princess is delivered to the dragon and saved by St. George, but she is not [[ChainedToARock physically constrained]], does not ask for help, and there is no romance between the princess and George, nor does the king [[StandardHeroReward offer her up in marriage.]]

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* DamselInDistress: Downplayed--the princess is delivered to the dragon and saved by St. George, but she is not [[ChainedToARock physically constrained]], does not ask for help, and there is no [[RescueRomance romance between the princess and George, George]], nor does the king [[StandardHeroReward offer her up in marriage.]]

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* FedToTheBeast: The victims determined by lot are sent out to the dragon's lake to be eaten by the creature.

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