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Character page for the dragons in the Dragonheart franchise.

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Some or all of these tropes apply to the dragons in the films.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: For the most part, they're very friendly when you get to know them, but they won't hold back with the Brutal Honesty when the occasion calls for it or someone tests their patience, and it's your funeral if you dare threaten or hurt their friends.
  • Bond Creatures: A dragon can share half of its heart with a human, bonding them together physically and emotionally, for better or worse.
  • Breath Weapon: The dragons breathe fire, ice, or both in rare cases.
  • Can't Live Without You: If the dragon dies, so does the human with whom they're bonded.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A dragon can have moments of sarcastic wit like the humans.
  • Excellent Judge of Character: Most dragons recognize untrustworthy people almost immediately, while the humans have blinders on to the fact until much later. The dragons can also discern the good in certain people and try to help them not surrender to their dark impulses.
  • Guardian Angel: Dragons are honor-bound to be this to humanity if they want to secure their place in heaven.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The humans are primarily responsible for the problems in the series due to their poor choices and sense of judgment, though the dragons are sometimes equally responsible and guilty of the same mistakes, mainly out of good intentions.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: They're intelligent, can talk, and seem capable of some magic. Although humans commonly hunt them, the dragons still try to help them so the dragons can ascend to their version of "Heaven."
  • Shapeshifter: In Dragonheart 5, Siveth reveals that male dragons can transform into rocks or water, while the females can turn into other animals.note 
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With humans.
  • Synchronization: When a dragon and a human share a heart, the connection enables them to share each other's power and can grant said human supernatural abilities. However, the heartbond comes with the side effect of sharing every instance of physical and emotional pain the other feels.
  • To Serve Man: Played With but ultimately Averted. Bowen might have found an arm in Draco's mouth, but dragons often express disgust at the idea of eating humans.
    Bowen: Just get rid of her.
    Draco: How?
    Bowen: Eat her!
    Draco: Oh, please! Yech!
  • Tough Love: They sometimes dish it out on their human companions, especially when it's something the humans don't want to hear.
  • Voice of Reason: They are often this to the humans, giving them much-needed words of wisdom.

Introduced in Dragonheart

"All dragons know that story! What was to be their hope became their doom! A spoiled, ungrateful child was given a great gift and destroyed it!"

Voiced by: Sean Connery (English), Philippe Noiret (European French)

Draco is one of the dragons raised by Drago and Gareth. He's a noble dragon who develops an unorthodox friendship with an embittered knight.

  • The Charmer: Draco charms the hell out of Kara as they become acquainted, singing to her, talking to her in a smooth voice, and even giving her the eye.
    Kara: You have a beautiful voice.
    Draco: Oh, thank you. We dragons love to sing when we're happy.
    Kara: Well, you're not like a dragon at all.
    Draco: Well, how many dragons do you know?
  • Death Seeker: During his time, men hunt dragons to make names for themselves; plus, Draco shared his heart with a boy-king who grew into a tyrant, so Draco feels he has very little to live for, if anything. He outright tells Bowen that he longs for death but fears it out of concern for his soul.
  • Disappears into Light: He fades into a celestial mist after death.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": "Draco" is Latin for "dragon". Justified as it's only a nickname (we never learn his real one), and lampshaded by Draco himself.
    Draco: So instead of calling me "Dragon" in your tongue, you'll call me "Dragon" in some other tongue?
  • Giant Flyer: He's the largest dragon in the series.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Draco sacrifices himself to rid the land of Einon's evil and free the people from his tyranny, redeeming his soul and earning his place in the Dragons' Heaven, the constellation Bowen named him after.
  • Last of His Kind: As a result of Bowen's 12-year dragon-slaying rampage.
  • Mighty Roar: In one scene, his roar is strong enough to make the rebel army stop their practice fighting, and it scares Brok's horse.
  • Monster Façade: Draco pretends to menace villages so Bowen can charge the villagers a fee to slay the monster.
  • No Name Given: Just before Draco can tell Bowen his real name, he is suddenly interrupted when he collapses from pain because of the shared heart. Instead, Bowen nicknames him after the Draco constellation, which Draco happily accepts.
  • Playing Dumb: Draco does this with Bowen until late in the film.
  • Redemption Equals Death: According to Draco, a dragon must earn its place in the Dragons' Heaven. If they don't—in Draco's words—"our spirit disappears, as if we never were." By sharing his heart with Einon, Draco believes he lost his place in the Heavens. By sacrificing his life to stop Einon, he earns his spot back and becomes the Draco constellation's brightest star.

Introduced in Dragonheart: A New Beginning

"I'm not going anywhere. I'm staying right here. I like it here."

Voiced by: Robby Benson

A young dragon secretly raised by humans and Draco's son.

  • A Dog Named "Dog": "Drake" is a term meaning "(small) dragon," or certain (small) types of dragon, justified as humans who don’t know the dragon language raised Drake.
  • Delightful Dragon: Drake is very childlike, friendly, kind, and protective of his friends.
  • Farts on Fire: While learning to breathe fire, Drake starts to lose control of it and turns away from the nearby village to avoid damaging anything. Unfortunately, it comes out the wrong end, and he destroys a building.
  • Grew a Spine: Spending time with Geoff, going outside, and making new friends build Drake's confidence.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Ultimately proclaims Geoff to be his true brother even before he shares his heart with him.
  • Last of His Kind: After the death of Draco many years earlier, the title of the last dragon has passed onto Drake. He truly becomes this after killing Griffin.
  • No Social Skills
  • Raised by Humans: After Bowen found Drake’s egg and entrusted it to Gilbert's monastery, Drake hatched, and the monks raised him.
  • Shrinking Violet: Since monks raised him from birth, hidden away in a dungeon for 20 years, Drake grew up sheltered and slightly inexperienced in the world's ways with no other friends. He's also very soft-spoken and overly polite.
  • The Shut-In: Friar Peter made him promise never to go outside.
  • Verbal Tic: Drake tends to stutter a lot whenever he's nervous, but he grows out of it.

"Little brother, we must teach mankind their place as our servants. Come with me, and we'll fulfill the comet's prophecy together."

Voiced by: Harry Van Gorkum

A renegade dragon that betrayed the dragons' oath to protect humanity.

  • Bad Boss: As soon as his most loyal servant, Stefan, makes a mistake, Osric kills him.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: Exhibited when Osric transforms back into a dragon and reveals himself to be Griffin, an evil dragon turned into a human as punishment for killing humans, and now that he’s a dragon again, he wants to enslave humanity.
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Griffin has a design that is a mix of Western/Eastern dragons.
  • Fantastic Racism: Griffin really hates humans, and he outright admits that this is why the noble dragons cursed him to live as a human, as humans are what he hates most.
  • False Friend: To Geoff.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's this to Geoff and Drake, trying as hard as he can to manipulate them for his selfish ends.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: His plan to enslave humankind might seem like some extremist form of justice for his species' near genocide. However, after audiences (and Drake) recall that while in human form, he tried to trick Drake into sharing his heart (which would've cost him his soul), it becomes clear he is indifferent to screwing over his fellow dragons for his ends.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: In Dragon form Griffin/Osric has blue eyes, an indication of his evil nature.
  • The Right of a Superior Species: He believes humans are subservient to dragons.

Introduced in Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse

"When you only take something, you build a wall between yourself and those who care about you."

Voiced by: Ben Kingsley | Patrick Stewart

Appears in: Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse | Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire

A dragon tasked with raising the next generation of dragons as friends to humans.

  • Depower: Happens to Drago twice. Brude's curse makes Drago ghostly and powerless whenever near bright light or fire. Years later, Mehgan steals Drago's Heartfire, rendering him unable to breathe fire, and without it, he slowly grows weaker and is dying.
  • Disappears into Light: At the end of Battle for the Heartfire, Drago dissolves into balls of starlight upon death.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": "Drago" is Italian for "dragon," and Gareth picked the name simply because it's part of the word "dragon."
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!: He considers committing suicide more than becoming anyone's slave, but Rhonu talks him out of it since Drago killing himself would also kill Gareth.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Drago gives up his Heartfire, knowing that he'll die without it so that Edric can save Mehgan's life, earning his place in the stars.
  • Made a Slave: Drago becomes Brude's temporary slave due to Brude casting the Sorcerer's Curse on him.
  • Older and Wiser: In Dragonheart 4.
  • Overly Long Name: Drago's real name is Hissyoxyillammochogannatoss.
  • Parental Substitute: To Edric and Mehgan.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Brude controls him.
  • Selfless Wish: Drago blames himself for King Gareth's fractured family and fears he won't be allowed entry into the Dragons' Heaven as a result. When Walter's children, Edric and Mehgan, are discovered, Drago takes it upon himself to heal the rift in their family. This act earns him a place in the Dragons' Heaven.
  • Struggling Single Father: While he is not the actual father, Draco still applies due to his status as the sole guardian to the eggs and being tasked with protecting and raising them as allies to mankind.

Introduced in Dragonheart: Vengeance

"What we remember or forget matters not. What you do with your life is the most important thing. Look around you. Life is for living. Live for life, not death."

Voiced by: Helena Bonham Carter

Siveth is one of the next-generation dragons raised by Drago and Gareth, and she now resides in Wallachia.

  • Animal Eye Spy: Between Siveth and Darius.
  • The Exile: Twenty or thirty years before the film's events, Siveth refused to share her heart with the wounded King Razvan. For her act of "betrayal," Siveth was labeled a traitor and forced to become a hermit. From then on, the people stopped using her name and only spoke of her in whispers.
  • Hidden Depths: Her and Darius.
  • Life of the Party: She admits being a big fan of parties, especially since she hasn't been to one in years. In the end, Siveth excitedly asks her human friends if they'll have another the next day.
  • Martial Pacifist: Given her views on vengeance, Siveth prefers trying to talk things out with those willing to listen, only using violence as a last resort.
  • Only Sane Man: In this case, dragon. To Lukas and Darius.
    Siveth: I know you're in pain, but vengeance can darken even the noblest heart.
  • Parental Substitute: To Lukas.
  • Playing Cyrano: While hiding in the shadows, Siveth tells Lukas what to say to Oana, a girl he fancies, to impress her.
  • Rage-Breaking Point: According to Word of God, seeing a gravely-injured Lukas surrounded by blood is Siveth's, which is why she then brutally kills The Snake.
  • Signature Roar: Her roar has a distinctive echoing shriek.
  • Tail Slap: Siveth uses this attack tactic often.
  • Talking to Themself: After spending decades in exile with no one else to talk to, it's expected. Doubles as Siveth Thinking Out Loud.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Siveth admits to swearing off meat a long time ago.