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Five Dragon Aspects were created by the Titans to stand guard over Azeroth and prevent the Old Gods from breaking free of their prisons and continuing the corruption of the planet. They created their own broods of lesser dragons and were content to sleep for thousands of years as their offspring kept watch over Azeroth and its many inhabitants. However, the seeping influence of the Old Gods eventually drove them into conflict with each other and with the Alliance and Horde. They are now weakened and must rely on mortals to assist them.
Most full dragons have the ability to shapeshift and often assume the guises of humans, elves, and other races when dealing with mortals. There are several draconic subraces, including Dragonspawn and Drakonids. These generally display less intelligence than their stronger brethren and act as servants and guardians of their places of power.
- Brought Down to Normal: Using the Dragon Soul to defeat Deathwing for good stripped the aspects of their incredible power and infinite lifespan... though as mentioned just below, it went even farther by rendering all of them, not just the aspects, sterile.
- Breath Weapon: Naturally, being based on classic western dragons, each flight has a breath weapon that does something different.
- Red Dragons breathe fire that can be made to act as a Friendly Fireproof Healing Shiv, not only not hurting someone if the dragon doesn't want them hurt, but even healing them. A red dragon can heal a fatally wounded ally back to health while turning the enemy to ash in the same attack.
- Black Dragons can breathe normal fire, they've also been known to breathe magma.
- Green Dragons breathe poison mist, though Ysera's been known to instead breath a mist that forces someone to fall asleep (and given the power she has in the Emerald Dream, that's not preferable to being poisoned).
- Blue Dragons breathe an icy mist, though some dragons have been known to breathe pure arcane energies.
- Bronze Dragons breathe superheated sand. Infinite Dragons also breathe sand.
- Finally, Twilight Dragons breath shadowflame.
- Draconic Humanoid: Several of them have shown up over the game's lifespan. Several of them were mortal once, while others were "created".
- In the now-defunct and no longer canon Tabletop, the centaur-like Dragonspawn and humanoid Drakonid were once mortals who willingly entered into the service of dragons. Over the years/generations, they either changed over time or were directly "ascended" by being given dragon essence for their service until they change, and you can see this process several times during Cataclysm (most notably in Blackrock Caverns), but every situation where the transformation is forced rapidly the dragon is already dead. Dragonflight seems to retcon away from "mortals" in general and imply that they were specifically Refti, Sethrak-like stone beings who were exposed to draconic magic while the curse of flesh was making them mortal, but either way both subtypes seem to be a stable subspecies that can reproduce normally.
- There's also Dragonmen, which are made by directly injecting dragon DNA into a human, the end result is a limber but large Draconic Humanoid who's usually deranged because of what's implied to be a horrific, Body Horror filled transformation. These only exist because of Nefarian's Mad Science and don't seem to be naturally occurring lesser dragons like Drakonid or Dragonspawn.
- The playable Dracthyr introduced in Dragonflight were made by Neltharion before his descent into madness as personal supersoldiers for the Dragonflights. Unlike the other types of humanoid dragon they were never "normal" people who were changed, instead having been created by mixing dragon essence with the essence of the mortal races available at the time (tauren, trolls, night elves, ect.) into newborn life to create an entirely new race that was somewhere in the middle, but still tellingly draconic. Dracthyr are unique in not being limited in power by what flight their scales reflect the colors of, and can use all five Flight's magic, and as such they're not restricted to just the five chromatic colors either and can dip into shades of purple, pink, and white as well. Also, leaning into the trope even more Dracthyr have a unique mortal form that isn't even attempting to hide themselves, appearing as a male elf or female human covered in scales and horns.
- Dying Race: After the events of Cataclysm, all dragons on Azeroth have lost the ability to lay eggs for reasons still unknown. Black Dragons in particular are down to just Wrathion, Ebyssian, and Sabellian, all egg-laying black dragon females (even if their species-wide sterility would make it moot now) were killed back in Cataclysm. Dragonflight seems to ignore this however, though many of the flights are few in number and recovering, newly laid eggs can be seen at the Ruby Life Pools to help them be nurtured and grow, any mention of the sterility subplot is completely absent, suggesting it was either quietly retconned or fixed offscreen.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Most, if not all, dragons use humanoid forms as their primary disguises, such as humans, elves, or even gnomes like Chronormu. Some others don't seem to mind disguising themselves as human or elven children either, like the siblings Andormu or Nozari (well, bronze dragons are wardens of the timestream, after all).
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Dragons from every flight are supposed to have a different physiology very similar to their aspect (Reds should have giant horns like Alexstrasza, Blues should have wings that stay connected all the way down to their tails like Kalecgos, ect. ect.), but because of the limitations of gameplay and developer time, all dragons of all flights share exactly the same model for each phase of their life, with only the aspects having unique models that represent how all members of their flight should look (and even then, that took until Cataclysm). It is only with the advent of Dragonflight that the differences have become more pronounced.
- I Have Many Names: All the (former) Aspects have this. Deathwing's in particular are more often than not also an example of Names to Run Away from Really Fast. In particular:
- Neltharion/Deathwing: Aspect of Death, The Betrayer, The Black, The Black Scourge, Blackwing Greatfather, Blood's Shadow, The Cataclysm, The Dark One, Daval Prestor, Death Incarnate, The Destroyer, The Earth-Warder, The Great One, Shuul'wa, The Unmaker of Worlds, The Warder of the land, The Worldbreaker, Xaxas.
- Alexstrasza: Dragon Queen, Life-Binder, Life-Giver, Former Aspect of Life, Former Queen of Life, She Who Is Life, Life of the Flame, Former Red Aspect.
- Malygos: Spellweaver, Lord of Magic, Steward of Magic, Guardian of Magic, Hand of Magic, Magic Incarnate, Blue Aspect.
- Kalecgos: Former Aspect of Magic, Steward of Magic, Former Spellweaver.
- Ysera: The Awakened, Former Aspect of Dreams, She of the Dreaming, Former Dreamer, Mistress of Dreams, Lady of Dreams, Queen of Dreams, Former Green Aspect.
- Nozdormu: The Timeless One, Former Aspect of Time, Lord of Time, Lord of the Centuries, Master of Time, Dragon of the Ages, Guardian of Time, Former Bronze Aspect, The Lord of the Infinite (as Murozond, his insane future self).
- Our Dragons Are Different:
- Physically, each type is based on quadrupedal western dragons from medieval folklore with various biological differences depending on type. Also, each type of dragon champions a different part of reality and the Aspects are (or rather, were) close to being Physical Gods before they sacrificed the power to kill Deathwing. They're also much more friendly than most dragons in sword and sorcery type games, with only Black dragons being outright evil (and even then, that was due to outside corruption).
- Proto-Dragons are the ancestors to modern dragons, they look like a traditional fantasy Wyvern with more dinosaur-like aspects such as tiny T-rex-like arms and broader, sharper heads, and use their more flexible wings to walk and fight. While they're said to be equally as intelligent as full dragons, they never became truly "civilized" and thus for the most part remain hostile, hunting anything smaller as prey and protecting their territories.
- Red Is Heroic: Alexstrasza stands out among the original Dragon Aspects as the only one who is consistently good throughout the story, unlike the other Aspects who become antagonists at some point in time (Neltharion becomes Deathwing pretty much from the start, Malygos eventually decides to eradicate all mortals capable of magic, Nozdormu becomes Murozond in the future and Ysera succumbs to the Emerald Nightmare). This extends to their Dragonflights as well; the Red Dragonflight are good guys, while a good part of the Black, Green and Bronze dragons are eventually corrupted directly or indirectly by the actions of the Old Gods, and the Blue Dragonflight is almost completely exterminated.
- Touched by Vorlons: The five original Dragon Aspects were at first five proto-drakes, that after defeating their evil progenitor, the massive dragon Galakrond, were uplifted and vastly empowered by the Titans, and charged with protecting Azeroth from the Old Gods, before the Titans departed to seed other worlds with life.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: All dragons as soon as days from hatching learn magics that allow them to take on a "Visage" form to disguise themselves as other creatures. Historically, this has been used for manipulation, whether for good (as many benevolent questgivers have been dragons in disguise) or for ill (as Onyxia's time as Katrina Prestor shows) as mortals are often wary of dragons and their plans and machinations. It's also very common for a dragon's visage to not hide their nature by having some Morphic Resonance like slit-pupiled eyes or horns - in this case their visage forms are likely just less intimidating than talking to massive carnivorous reptiles or so they can fit inside manmade structures since adult dragons can be rather massive. Folk and Fairy Tales of Azeroth also briefly discusses "Visage Day", a ceremonial holiday where young dragons are taught to control this magic and often end up finding the mortal disguise they'll be content to stick with for the rest of their life, unless duty requires them to imitate a specific race.
The Red Dragonflight
The fire-breathing red dragons, led by Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, were tasked by the Titans to serve as protectors of all life on Azeroth, holding the power both to heal the land or purge the darkness with their flames.
- Fire Purifies: It's a general rule of thumb that Red Dragon Fire Keeps It Dead, as it purifies whatever unnatural parts was within the thing being breathed.
- Friendly Fireproof: Red Dragon flames only harms targets the dragon intends it to harm, and this goes to even microscopic degrees, allowing it to function as Healing Shiv.
- Good Is Not Soft: Make no mistake, they are guardians and protectors of life, and they will absolutely end yours should you prove a threat to that. And if you're a species that's Always Chaotic Evil? They might not like it, but they will commit genocide to protect everyone else from you.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The Red Dragonflight and especially Alexstrasza tends to have a bigger role in various storylines than the others. Probably Justified given the fact that they're the only group that give a damn about mortals and actively trying to help them while the Black Dragonflight is filled with corrupted homicidal maniacs, the Blue Dragonflight is dwindling in numbers and the other two are too busy with their specific duty (Green with protecting the Emerald Dream and Bronze with keeping Azeroth's timeline stable).
- To Be Lawful or Good: Red dragons tend to lean more towards the 'good' than the 'lawful', but if push comes to shove they are not beyond commiting genocides to uphold their charge of protecting life.
Alexstrasza, the Life-Binder
Voiced by: Wendee Lee (English), Olga Kuznetsova (Russian)
Notable offspring include: Vaelaestrasz, who fought against and was ultimately corrupted by Nefarian in Blackwing Lair, and Caelestrasz, who, until recently, was held prisoner by the Old God C'thun in Ahn'qiraj since the War of the Shifting Sands and later sacrificed himself during the battle against Sinestra in the Bastion of Twilight.
- All-Loving Hero: She is the aspect of Life and even forgives the orcs for imprisoning her and enslaving her Dragonflight (as they were all Brainwashed and Crazy at the time), and also feels bad about having to help kill Deathwing despite his horrific evil.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is sure the nicest of the 5 dragon aspects, but also the second strongest one. Woe to anyone who tries pushing her too far, just as Nekros Skullcrusher and Malygos learned... the hard way.
- Big Damn Hero: Her flight, presumably from her order, are the ones that came into the rescue during the Mists of Pandaria in order to stop the Forsaken from killing and raising everyone from the Plague. This is especially notable because this is the first time the Red Flight took action against someone from the main cast.
- Big Good: The primary leader of resistance against Deathwing and his minions during Cataclysm and against the Primalists in Dragonflight.
- Brought Down to Normal: All of the Aspects lose their powers after Deathwing's death and having prevented the Hour of Twilight.
- Characterization Marches On: Warcraft II had her offspring as green and without much in the way of intellect. The Horde's Dragons didn't become Red until Day of the Dragon.
- Chainmail Bikini: Her outfit is the most striking example in the entire franchise, with a serious case of Bare Your Midriff. However it's downplayed since only the top can be considered a 'bikini', and wears a rather regular pair of pants. Her redesign in Dragonflight does away with the exposed belly and bra-like chestplates for a more modest outfit that still exposes cleavage.
- The Dog Bites Back: She made a number of attempts on Nekros during her captivity, which were enough to keep him on his toes but still met no success. When he lost the Demon Soul, however...
- Fanservice Pack: By Dragonflight, 14 years of advancement in graphics (since her first WoW appearance in Wrath of the Lich King) did wonders for her humanoid form, with a prettier and less generic face and an added cleavage.
- Friend to All Living Things:
- Even back when she was a proto-dragon, in Dawn of the Aspects, Malygos notes that she seems to regret hunting living prey. She was even willing to pardon the orcs as a whole for their treatment of her flight during the Second War, loving them just as much as she loves everything else. Except for Nekros. She ate him.
- Though as of Legion, "Living" ends up being a word of note; much like the rest of the Red Dragonflight, she's particularly seething at the Deathlord for raiding the Ruby Sanctum as part of the Death Knight Class Order campaign, killing anywhere from a few guards to the entire sanctum, whelps included, to raise a member of their Flight who died a hero as a dracolich note . While she's warm and comforting to others, she's curt and cold to the Deathlord, looking ready to kill them and accusing them of coming to take more from her Dragonflight and telling them to leave once they have what they need. Safe to say she won't be forgiving them for that any time soon.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Flaming even. The flames went away at the end of Cataclysm.
- Heartbroken Badass: After her BSOD she pulls herself together and helps the other Aspects and Thrall defeat Chromatus, after she learns that Koiralstrasz's sacrifice prevented a catastrophe.
- Heroic BSoD: During Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- Little Bit Beastly: In elven form, she still has her horns and the same coloured eyes as her dragon form.
- I Did What I Had to Do: After she deals the fatal blow to Malygos, she tells him "I did what I had to, brother."
- Made a Slave: Thanks to the Demon Soul, the Dragonmaw Clan of orcs were able to enslave Alexstraza and use her young as their war beasts in the Second War.
- Mama Bear: Or rather, a big momma dragon. "Nekrossss...you had them ssslay my children! MY CHILDREN!!"
- Mind Rape: Or something similar. An attack she used on Deathwing that caused him to feel all the pain she endured in her captivity.
- Ms. Fanservice: In her humanoid (elven) form. See Stripperiffic below.
- Polyamory: Not at the moment, but she did have several husband-equivalents at once in the past. As the Aspect of Life, she loves everyone. Even her romantic feelings extended to all of her consorts equally.
- Stripperiffic: What better way to promote the creation of Life? Defied in the War Crimes novel, where she wore a much more conservative outfit out of respect for the Pandaren's sense of modesty when she was called to take the stand in Garrosh's trial.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the War of the Ancients, Krasus and Korialstraz come across the Burning Legion attacking Night Elves trying to flee the capital. Despite being weakened by both of them existing in the same timeline, Korialstraz furiously attacks the demons, and manages to temporarily halt the advance of the Burning Legion, only turning away when Krasus points out the refugees have escaped.
- The Chessmaster: In Day of the Dragon. He gets better about it, though.
- Due to the Dead: To ensure Broxigar was honored for his sacrifice in the War of the Ancients, Korialstrasz disguised himself as an orc shaman to deliver Brox's Axe of Cenarius and the tale of Brox's honorable deeds and death to Thrall and the Horde.
- Handicapped Badass: Spends most of his time during the War of the Ancients and Night of the Dragon severely weakened, yet is still able to cast powerful spells
- Heroic Sacrifice: During Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects. Unfortunately, most of the dragons, even Alexstrasza to an extent, think he betrayed them, not knowing that the eggs he destroyed were corrupted.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rhonin as of the War of the Ancients trilogy.
- Killed Off for Real: He met his end during Twilight of the Aspects, sacrificing himself to save the Ruby Sanctum from the Twilight's Hammer.
- Manipulative Bastard: Has resorted to using somewhat... questionable methods in the past that sometimes resulted in the people he manipulated dying. Despite having somewhat of an "ends justify the means" philosophy, he's not terribly happy about some of the things he's done, and when Rhonin essentially calls him a bad guy in Day of the Dragon he admits that Rhonin isn't entirely wrong.
- Only One Me Allowed Right Now: In War of the Ancients, being in the same time period as his past self caused both of them to get weaker the farther apart they were from each other.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Receives one from Kalec for constantly butting in, and for giving Anveena the illusion of life despite knowing exactly how things would end (considering that Kalec got his heart broken in the process this isn't that hard to believe).
Voiced by: Sam Riegel (English)
An ancient red dragon, who takes the form of a Night Elf, of Alexstraza's sons. Was imprisoned during the War of the Shifting Sands alongside Arygos and Merithra, but gets freed by the Adventurers. He later starts the quest line for the Vermillion Redoubt, and helps Alexstraza fight Deathwing. He is killed by Sintharia later in the Bastion of Twilight while helping the adventurers defeat her.
- Beam-O-War: He fights one with Sintharia in the heroic Twilight Bastion raid.
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives to help the adventurers fighting Sintharia.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Was willing to do this to by time for the Night Elves to seal of Ahn'Qiraj, and also stated he would do this if necessary to destroy C'thun. He ends up doing it when Sintharia kills him while he helps the adventurers try and defeat her.
- Killed Off for Real: He is killed by Sintharia in the Twilight Bastion raid.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Trapped in Ahn'Qiraj as C'thun's prisoner after the War of the Shifting Sands.
- Take Up My Sword: Gifts the adventurers fighting Sintharia with the last of his power, boosting their speed in-game.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Pulls this off against Deathwing.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: The smooth to Lethanak's rough; comes with Selistra overseeing the day-to-day while Lethanak is more concerned with the external threats to the dragonflight - Selistra is also Lethanak's direct superior.
- Good Counterpart: Every majordomo we've seen in game have come from Ragnaros - and they weren't exactly good people. Selistra is the first majordomo that hasn't tried to kill us on the spot, and who's giving an insight as to what "Majordomo" is beyond a title.
- Number Two : Selistra is Alexstrasza's majordomo - someone who makes sure the flight is capable of undertaking whatever she decrees or needs it to do.
- A Father to His Men: Lethanak is shown to care deeply for the people under his command, to the point where he refuses to rest or put down his sword until they are all safe - he's a fixed point that all others look up to.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: The rough to Selistra's smooth. Make no mistake though; his orders and commands may be blunt and direct, but he cares deeply for those he charges with them.
The Blue Dragonflight
The frost-breathing blue dragons, led by Malygos the Spellweaver, would be tasked by the Titans to serve as guardians of all magic and ensure that the races of Azeroth would not abuse them to their own benefit. Malygos would eventually instigate the Nexus War against the rest of the world, leading to his death and to Kalecgos to succeed him as Aspect of Magic.
- The Archmage: A blue dragon's power comes from their unrivaled control over arcane magic - if arcane magic can do it, a blue dragon will learn to do it as they grow up.
- Dying Race: The blues have been on the verge of extinction ever since Deathwing slaughtered them during the Sundering. they are on the mend, but one of the reasons Kalecgos reaches out to Khadgar at the start of Dragonflight is that he's well aware they just need one bad day before their viability as a race of dragons is rendered null - they need all the help they can get.
- The Fellowship Has Ended: Following the Cataclysm, it's decided that the blues should scatter around the world to prevent their extinction - the Nexus, their home in Northrend, is abandoned, and families thus form their own 'flights'. When the Dragon Isles reawakens, Kalecgos realizes, with a bit of aid from Sindragosa, that this just leaves them vulnerable to being picked off - and he thus sends out a signal using the Azure Oathstone to call all survivors to the Dragon Isles - they'll make their stand and recover there, or die trying.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Adult blue dragons are practically immune to all kinds of arcane magic, owing to them being a species-wide case of The Archmage; something that even Malygos notes in the Hannibal Lecture before his fight - for the sake of gameplay however, this isn't a factor.
Malygos, the Spellweaver
Voiced by: Cam Clarke (English), Andrey Barkhudarov (Russian)
Notable offspring of Malygos include: Arygos, who until recently was held prisoner by the Old God C'thun in Ahn'Qiraj since the War of the Shifting Sands and may have had his mind corrupted by C'thun as well; and Kirygosa, a friend of Kalecgos who was taken prisoner by the Twilight's Hammer and whose eggs were used to create Chromatic dragons.
- A God Am I: He already is a demigod but he goes into the full blown version of this trope later.Malygos: I AM THE SPELL WEAVER! My power is INFINITE!
- Alas, Poor Villain: Invoked. Alexstraza knows she had no choice but to stop him, but mourns his death.
- An Ice Person: Oddly, Malygos himself uses Arcane magic, but his Dragonflight in general uses mostly Frost.
- Badass Boast: His introduction speech in World of Warcraft.
- Fallen Hero: Formerly one of the Dragon Aspects, Malygos eventually turned his back on the world, concluding that destroying all races of Azeroth was preferable than allowing them to continuing their abuse of magic.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The same color as Alexstrasza.
- Have a Nice Death: He will taunt you endlessly every time he hands players their asses, a lot more than most other bosses do. Each phase has multiple lines that he uses for killing a player, and he has nine total.
- Hannibal Lecture: His intro quotes."Lesser beings, intruding here! A shame that your excess courage does not compensate for your stupidity!""None but the blue dragonflight are welcome here! Perhaps this is the work of Alexstrasza? Well then, she has sent you to your deaths.""What could you hope to accomplish, to storm brazenly into my domain? To employ MAGIC? Against ME? FWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!""I am without limits here... the rules of your cherished reality do not apply... In this realm, I am in control...""I give you one chance. Pledge fealty to me, and perhaps I won't slaughter you for your insolence!"
- Heroic BSoD: After seeing his whole kind annihilated before his eyes. Lasted ten thousand years.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Neltharion, but then Deathwing happened.
- Insufferable Genius: In Dawn of the Aspects, Malygos as a proto-dragon often declares his intelligence and looks down on the more bestial proto-dragons. Not a perfect example, as he's not really "insufferable", just very prideful though after regaining his sanity after years of insanity he's become straight up arrogant to the point of not caring how many people go insane or die from ley line redirection and only modifying the plan(so that the ley lines would redirect to the Blue Dragonshrine near Wyrmrest Temple where his enemies are) once it became certain that his Dragonflight would be threatened by a rift into the Twisting Nether opening within the Nexus unleashing thousands of Arcane Elementals and Mana Serpents into his lair.
- Killed Off for Real: Meets his end in the Eye of Eternity raid, where Alextrasza and a group of adventurers put him down to end the Nexus War.
- Knight Templar: About magic. His conclusion that the mortal races of the world were abusing it eventually led to him instigating an entire war, and even threatening to destroy the whole world.
- Large Ham: Another one voiced by Cam Clarke, some may find him sounds like a blood elf. Of course he says many lines with added emphasis.
- Last of His Kind: Or what appeared to be for a long time because of Deathwing.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the Cataclysm storyline, it seems that Malygos's attempts to control all magic in Azeroth have been weakening the Council of Tirisfal to the point where they are forced to recruit Priests, Paladins, and Shamans into their number. This just as Deathwing decides to make his big comeback.
- Revenge: How Korialstrasz convinces him to go after Deathwing in Day of the Dragon, he's hoping to get some payback.
- Sequential Boss: A three-phase fight; one against him on the ground, another against some of his minions, and a third against him while mounted on red drakes.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist At least at first. Then his ambitions became increasingly insane despite "supposedly" being sane at the time. Though considering that the only damage he would have cared about (Arcane madness and mass deaths from Arcane cracks in the earth simply makes his victory easier so he couldn't care less about that damage since it only effected lesser beings) which was in fact the only damage that he didn't see coming was the rift into the Twisting Nether opening within the Nexus occupying his army with swarms of Mana Serpents escaping into the Coldarra alongside his later redirection of the Arcane Energies into the Blue Dragonshrine it would seem he was sane enough to realize the damage he was causing and change the plan so that the worst damage would be near enemy territory (Wyrmrest Temple).
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even though he wants to ravage the world with mass Arcane corruption and Mana serpents breaking into Azeroth out from rifts into the Twisting Nether within his own lair because he doesn't like how mortals are using magic, he can count because his life sucked before he ultimately snapped. He was betrayed by his best friend, Neltharion (aka Deathwing, who had been corrupted by the Old Gods), who then went on to wipe out almost all the other blue dragons, coming close to making Malygos the Last of His Kind. He later supposedly regained his sanity (after being exposed to some volatile magical energies from another planet) which led him to become an Insufferable Genius Knight Templar.
Voiced by: Carlos Larkin (English), Sergey Chikhachev (Russian)
However, that doesn't last long. After the defeat of Deathwing, the blue dragonflight begins spreading apart and growing fewer in number until Kalecgos officially disbands their organization. Free to choose his own path in life, Kalecgos has joined Dalaran as a member of the Kirin Tor.
- Arranged Marriage: With Tyrygosa.
- The Atoner: In a sense. He did nothing wrong during the Nexus War, but becomes Aspect of Magic by believing that the Blue Dragonflight should take responsibility for its actions.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Becoming the Blue Aspect in the Dragonwrath questline and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects.
- Big "NO!": After Tarecgosa sacrifices herself to protect him. She lives on inside the legendary Dragonwrath Staff.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Sunwell Plateau, leading to a Battle in the Center of the Mind to save him.
- Brought Down to Normal: All of the Aspects lose their powers after Deathwing's death and having prevented the Hour of Twilight.
- Canon Immigrant: He is originally from Dragon Hunt comic.
- The Chains of Commanding: Uneasy about becoming the Aspect of Magic.
- Emergency Transformation: Performed by him and the player on Tarecgosa, binding her soul within the Dragonwrath staff.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Unlike most blue dragons, his eyes have purple glow.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Kind of. He's 100% dragon, but the humanoid form he takes is a half-elf.
- Heartbroken Badass: After the conclusion of Sunwell event with the loss of Anveena and his master gone crazy.
- Interspecies Romance: With Anveena and later with Jaina Proudmoore in Mists of Pandaria.
- Neutral No Longer: The Ultimate Visual Guide confirms that Kalec has joined the Alliance now that he is a member of the Kirin Tor.
- Only Sane Man: One of the only few blue dragons not to agree with Malygos's plans. Further proved when he personally showed up in Wyrmrest Temple during Quel'Delar events.
- You Are in Command Now: After Malygos's defeat, he became the new Aspect of Magic because Azuregos refused and his only competition, Arygos, was outed as a traitor. However, in Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War Kalec disbands the blue dragonflight. What few blue dragons remain have scattered across the world and he no longer leads them.
One of the oldest living blue dragons, he was tasked with guarding part of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, but grew bored and tired of the constant attacks on him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Read the conversation here. In Cataclysm, you talk to him again and learn about his love life.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: In Cataclysm, he's dating a Spirit Healer. He lampshades this.Azuregos: I know. I KNOW. We could never be, right? Dragon and Spirit Healer... two different worlds! Not to mention the physiological problems.
- Interspecies Romance: He fell in love with a Spirit Healer named Anara, though their union would be temporary as Azuregos was brought back to the world of the living.
- Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: His job, as given to him by Malygos. He really hates the job and the fact that the player races are constantly trying to attack him for the knowledge and artifacts he's supposed to be guarding, which is why he usually just hides it somewhere and, as of Cataclysm, has quit entirely.
- Medium Awareness: He seems to realize that he functions as a boss and is not at all pleased about it.
Sindragosa plays another role during the events of Dragonflight: While her physical body is long dead, undead, and gone by the time of Dragonflight, she left behind a magical simulacrum of her personality in the Azure Span on the Dragon Isles before she left to fight in the War of the Ancients, a true copy of herself offering a glimpse into her personality before she was slain. These are the tropes that will be covered here.
- Androids Are People, Too: Though the simulacrum she left behind on the Dragon Isles is a duplicate Made of Magic, no one treats the simulacrum as anything less than a valued mentor once they get over the fact that it isn't the Frost Wyrm they knew was slain somehow Back from the Dead, actively calling her by name and avoiding "It" Is Dehumanizing. The simulacrum also feels emotions, including motherly love, despite not being the 'true' mother of anything, and considers the blue Dragonflight "her" flight still.
- Closed Circle: Sindragosa's simulacrum is powered by the ley-line that also powers the Azure Archives, she's never been shown to be capable of leaving the Archives, not even with outside help. Not that she seems bothered by it.
- Dead Man Writing: In a display of just what blue dragons are capable of, Sindragosa left behind a simulacrum of herself on the Dragon Isles - this simulacrum is — aside from the fact that it's made of magic — a true copy of her personality and appearance from before she went to war during the sundering, capable of moving about, and interacting with people around her.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: It's not clear what happened during the 10,000 Years the dragon isles slumbered, but evidently Sindragosa's simulacrum was inactive during the time it did. Now that the isles are awakening, so is she, and she is quick to realize "A great deal of time" has passed since her real self left with the other dragons, and is quite eager to catch up with the world and provide the aid necessary to help Kalecgos restore the Blue Flight from the losses they have suffered since they left.
- Made of Magic: Sindragosa's simulacrum is entirely magical; this does not make her incorporeal, nor does it limit her ability to use magic of her own.
- Winter Royal Lady: Zig-Zagged and Subverted: For all intents and purposes, Sindragosa was the Queen of the blue dragonflight, being the consort of Malygos himself. She carries herself with regality much like Alexstrasza, wears a crown, is an Ice Person, the Azure Span is quite cold in the upper altitudes where the blue dragons made their home, and she even incorprates crystals and finery into her garb which looks like a more martial version of the Winter Queen's outfit- though these crystals are made of crystallized magic, not ice.
- See The Scourge.
SenegosAn elder member of the Blue Flight, reportedly the oldest non-Aspect dragon living, Senegos leads and looks after the Azurewing brood in Azsuna. Though advanced in years, even for one of his kind, he is still magically powerful, and not to be underestimated.
- Astral Projection: Since he's too weak to move from his ley pool, he projects an image of himself wherever you're currently questing.Senegos: It doesn't take much energy to throw a projection of myself here and there. I may be old and dying, but I AM still a blue dragon.
- Cool Old Guy: A millennia-old dragon, still willing to get his claws dirty when he needs to and has some biting wit to match.
- The Cavalry: When Kalecgos calls for aid during Dragonflight, Senegos is the one who gathers what blue dragons remains, showing up just in the nick of time.
- Elderly Immortal: It's kind of hard to make a dragon look old but they somehow manage it with Senegos' white mane. Even his visage is that of an old troll.
- Fantastic Racism: Distrusts Nightfallen on prociple, which Runas admits is entirely justified; they've proven to be a dire threat to the Azurewing hatchlings.
- The Patriarch: Appears to take this role with the Azurewing, especially given that one of the last clutches of hatchlings is located there.
- Stronger with Age: Senegos is just about to hit the point where this doesn't hold true any longer for dragonkind - and while that means physical exertion is taxing him, he's still an ancient magic-using dragon; it's very likely that his magic is second only to the Aspect of his flight.
StellagosaSenegos' granddaughter, Stellagosa lives to aid her ailing grandfather, whether looking after Azurewing hatchlings or defending their home from invaders.
- Badass in Distress: At least to hear Kor'vas tell it; she's capable of decimating Legion forces, but our first task is freeing her from her demonic captors.
- Affectionate Nickname: Senegos calls her "Starlight". Stella is Latin for "star".
- Hot-Blooded: Dedicated to protecting her grandfather and home, up to being willing to charge headlong into a fight into a fight, which tends to get her into trouble.
- Ignored Expert: Valtrois might want to consider listening to her about ley lines since she is a Blue Dragon and can literally see them.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Her dialogue with Valtrois while redirecting the ley lines.
- Take Our Word for It: We are introduced to Stella through the Demon Hunter Kor'vas Bloodthorn, who witnessed her attack the Legion, killing a score of them before being subdued. We never actually see her in action, the first time we see her she's chained up in demonic chains, later we see her recovering from a fight she had with the Nightfallen Runas, and during the attack on Azurewing Repose, she stays back in case Senegos needs help.
The Green Dragonflight
The emerald-scaled green dragons, led by Ysera the Dreamer, were tasked by the Titans with the protection of nature and, most important, safekeeping the Emerald Dream. Because of this, many of their kind spends their time in slumber, in order to watch over the Dream.
- The Corruptible: The Green Dragons have great power over life through the Emerald Dream, but the Emerald Dream likewise holds great power over them; if it's corrupted, they have a really hard time not suffering the same effects.
- Fisher Kingdom: If the Emerald Dream is in trouble, mortals tend to notice it when it starts affecting the Green Dragons.
- Heavy Sleeper: One of the easiest ways to enter the Emerald Dream spiritually is to be unconscious in the waking world - it's called the Emerald Dream for a reason. It's not uncommon to see Green Dragons looking like they are sleeping, when in actuality their spirits are busy in the Emerald Dream.
- Nature Spirit: If the Red Flight is charged with the physical life, the Greens are charged with everything metaphysical about life; through their connection to the Emerald Dream, they are in charge of all things nature spirit-y, to the point where they are practically nature spirits themselves. To look at it in another way: A red dragon is charged with ensuring seeds and the like grow. A Green dragon is charged with ensuring a seed can grow at all. It's also why Ysera can no longer serve as the Aspect come the events of Dragonflight; though she has returned to life, she did so by the Winter Queen's personal intervention, making her no longer a purely-alive being; for someone charged with ensuring the metaphysical continuation of life, that sort of Yin-Yang Bomb just won't do.
- Mordor: If a place looks like this, it's safe to say the Green Dragons, for one reason or another, are no longer upholding their duties here.
- Resurrective Immortality: Those Green Dragons who are most closely attuned to the Emerald Dream end up with the same kind of Resurrective Immortality that other nature spirits have: If slain outside it, they return to the Emerald Dream where their spirits reconstitute. If slain within the Emerald Dream or if their spirits are somehow corrupted enough to be unable to return, they pass into the Shadowlands where the Arbiter, disregarding everything else, sends them to Ardenweald with the intent that they will return to life once their souls have recovered from their ordeal.
Ysera, the Dreamer
Voiced by: Tara Platt (English), Elena Solovyova (Russian)
Her current consort is Eranikus. Notable offpsring of Ysera include: Ysondre, Lethon, Emeriss, and Taerar, guardians of the four portals into the Emerald Dream, and Merithra, who until recently was a prisoner of the Old God C'thun since the War of the Shifting Sands.
- Always with You: Despite her death, her spirit returns to help in the battle with Xavius to make sure he's defeated for good before she arrives in Ardenweald as a wildseed.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: After her death, Elune calls Ysera's body up to her, where it is made into a constellation. Applies to her spirit as well, which is reborn in Ardenweald under the player's care in Shadowlands.
- Badass Boast: Normally pretty laid back, but has an awesome one when summoned in Hearthstone.Ysera: I dream... And the world trembles.
- Big Damn Heroes: Even while dead she pulls this off against Xavius and saves the player character from his corruption.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes this after her awakening. Mostly from trying to make sense of the countless prophetic visions she's experiencing.
- The Corruption: In Legion, she's ultimately corrupted by the Emerald Nightmare due to the first satyr, Xavius, and must ultimately be killed by Tyrande and the player.
- Dream Land: Defender of one, the Emerald Dream.
- Dream Weaver: Her primary epithet.
- Dying as Yourself: After being corrupted by the Nightmare, Xavius sets her loose upon the Temple of Elune. After being defeated by Tyrande and the other forces present (including the player), Elune herself reaches down and restores Ysera's soul to its former self, placing a new constellation in the sky to mark the event.
- Eyes Always Shut: The entire green dragonflight. Ysera only opens hers during significant events. In Cataclysm she has her eyes open full-time.
- Forced Sleep: Her Breath Weapon is capable of putting enemies to sleep, which appropriate for her pacifistic nature.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: After the Winter Queen uses her personal anima to save Ysera's life, the bond formed between the two of them gave Ysera the same glowing blue eyes as the Winter Queen.
- Littlest Cancer Patient: In Dawn of the Aspects the young proto-dragon Ysera is described as small and obviously in need of food. Alexstrasza takes care of her, offering some of her prey, though Ysera rejects the sympathy.
- Meaningful Rename: Her title changes from "The Dreamer" to "The Awakened".
- Ms. Fanservice: When disguised as night elf. She takes points from Alexstrasza in both appearance and outfit, though not to the same extent as her.
- The Not-Love Interest: Serves as this towards Thrall, moreso in Charge of the Aspects, but some in Twilight of the Aspects. Her feelings for him border on romantic, but never actually cross that line.
- Parental Substitute: As the master of the Emerald Dream, druids and Wild Gods defer to her in greater matters. Among them, she came to love Cenarius as a son.
- Put on a Bus: Dies in Legion and is reborn in Ardenweald during the events of Shadowlands.
- Stellification: Upon her Death in Legion, Elune herself reaches down and makes a constellation of Ysera. this constellation is seen in Ardenweald just as the Winter Queen resurrects her.
- Stripperiffic: She doesn't have the excuse of being the Lifebinder like Alexstrasza — nonetheless she shares this trope in common with her.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Having been personally resurrected by the Winter Queen sacrificing some of her own anima, Ysera is, according to both herself and the Winter Queen, permanently bound to Ardenweald and unable to be resurrected as she should have been able to (her connection to the dream giving her a similar reincarnation cycle to Wild Gods). However, in the 9.2.5 epilogue, Ysera mentions it might not be impossible for her to return to Azeroth one day, but implies it would be "at great cost" and refuses to speak on it any further when Tyrande expresses immediate interest in doing such. She eventually is resurrected by trading places with Malfurion, but the touch of Death means she can never resume her role as the Dreamer.
- Your Worst Nightmare: Not just The Nightmare, but she can do this to her enemies, sometimes making them turn against each other.
Some time later, Eranikus was purified of the Nightmare's corruption by Tyrande Whisperwind and gave players the green shard of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands. However, the Nightmare still called out to him and he hid from the Emerald Dream and everything else in Ashenvale for many years. When Broll and Tyrande found him by complete accident looking for a way into the Emerald Dream, Eranikus aided them in order to find and save his beloved Ysera from the Nightmare. Eranikus died battling Lethon, a fellow corrupted green dragon.
- Badass Boast: While corrupted:Eranikus: Pitful predictable mortals... You know not what you have done! The master's will fulfilled. The Moonglade shall be destroyed and Malfurion along with it!
- My Greatest Failure: His time as a corrupted agent of the Nightmare weighs heavily on him. He's in a constant state of self loathing and frequently bemoans his failure and treason to Ysera because of it.
- Sealed Evil in a Can / Sealed Good in a Can: The Chained Essence of Eranikus which drops from his boss fight in the Sunken Temple. However, the questline related to it ended abruptly before it was ultimately removed and no further appearances from Eranikus have made mention of it.
- Taking You with Me: Eranikus drags the corrupted Lethon to a focal point where the Emerald Nightmare tried to merge with Azeroth, the chaotic energies tearing Lethon apart, releasing enough power to obliterate Eranikus in turn.
Alysra (Alysrazor)The green dragon in charge of transporting Fandral Staghelm, due to the possibility of the Twilight's Hammer cult trying to free him. She turned out to be the one freeing him for Ragnaros, who the Twilight's Hammer was aligned with. As a reward she gets turned into the firehawk Alysrazor, who is later killed in the Firelands by adventurers.
- Forced Transformation: Gets turned into a firehawk. As green dragons are built like European dragons (with four legs and wings), drastic changes to her body would have had to happen to make it avian.
- Large Ham: Most of her dialogue is laced with Purple Prose and she thinks very highly of herself, which becomes Evil Is Hammy after she is encountered again as Alysrazor.
- Wham Line: "Ahahaha! I serve a new master now, mortals!"
MerithraYsera's last/only known surviving daughter, Merithra was made leader of the Green Dragonflight after her mother's passing in Legion. The player character seeks her out to aid the Green Dragonflight and get the Green Essence for their Heart of Azeroth.
- The Bus Came Back: The last time players met Merithra was when they freed her from C'Thun's imprisonment in Ahn'Qiraj. Battle for Azeroth sees her seek out the players' aid when the Emerald Dream, now under her care, comes under assault again.
- Horned Humanoid: Her Night Elf form is otherwise unremarkable except for the pair of horns sprouting from her head.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Ysera assures Merithra that despite her fears she is more than capable of taking on the role of the Dreamer.
- You Are in Command Now: As Ysera's only known daughter command of the flight and the title of Aspect were both passed down to her. Similar to Kalecgos, Merithra is rather lost on what it means to lead her kind, and is often uncertain and wary of her decisions and actions.
The Bronze Dragonflight
The sand-breathing bronze dragons, led by Nozdormu the Timeless One, were tasked by the Titans to watch over the timelines and ensure no one would interfere with either the past or the future for their own gain.
- It Is Not Your Time: Inverted, Bronze dragons know when it is their time to die; if you try to slay them before then, they'll realize something is wrong and freeze time to get the heck out of dodge.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Owing to their ability to control time and acting as Warcraft's Time Police, bronze dragons have shown to be capable of rewriting accounts of temporal anomalies - this is the reason Thrall never realized he had help fleeing from the internment camps; that help came from the future.
- Time Police: The Bronze dragonflight is charged with ensuring time stays consistent; what has happened must always come to happen, no matter how nice it would be to make sure that, for instance, Arthas never purged Stratholme.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: If they can't prevent changes to the timeline, they must ensure those changes don't stick.
- You Can't Fight Fate: When a bronze dragon is born, it instinctively knows when it is its time to die. Bronze dragons trying to avert this is what caused the Infinite Dragonflight
Nozdormu, the Timeless One
Notable offspring of Nozdormu include: Anachronos, who led the struggle against C'thun and the Silithids.
- Auto-Revive: Late in the Ultraxion battle, he gives players a buff that can enable them to survive fatal attacks.
- Brought Down to Normal: All of the Aspects lose their powers after Deathwing's death and having prevented the Hour of Twilight.
- Foreseeing My Death: He knows exactly when and how he will meet his demise.
- Future Me Scares Me:
- Averted. He is relatively stoic about the prospect of eventually turning evil and being killed, and considers Azeroth's survival more important.
- Then played straight in Charge of the Aspects when his future self, Murozond kills a member of the bronze dragonflight.
- Glowing Eyes: The Cyan glow is the color of the sun according to the books which judging from Duskwood, Tirisfal Glades, Teldrassil, Ashenvale and Moonglade isn't off the mark.
- Rightful King Returns: Thrall finally locates and liberates him during the events of the novel Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects.
- Save Scumming: Since he controls time, he can practically do this. And it's been about outright stated in the lorebooks that he does it, a lot.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Many, many quests given by the Bronze Dragonflight are based on this concept. Others are more 'Stop What Went Right From Going Wrong'.
- Significant Anagram: Murozond, leader of the Infinite Dragonflight.
- Sssssnake Talk: Talks like this in the books.
- Stable Time Loop: Nozdormu hires adventurers to help him kill Murozond, the version of himself in the Bad Future. After the fight he acknowledges that eventually he will fall to madness and the loop will begin again. But he's okay with that.
- Time Master: As master of the bronze dragonflight, he has power over time, which he uses to safeguard it.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Azeroth's more-or-less literal version of this is in his care. When he abandons his post (for whatever reason), all sorts of screwed up stuff happens.Nozdormu: Time is a tangled web. Try not to dwell on all the loose ends.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In his humanoid form.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Since he knows his own future, he's locked into a Stable Time Loop wherein he orders the PC to kill the future version of himself driven mad by knowledge of his own death and turned into a tool of the Old Gods. It's implied that the reason he becomes Murozond is because it would break the timeline otherwise. He seems to be okay with it, though.
The heir of Nozdormu and future leader of the Bronze Flight. One thousand years before '"World of Warcraft'', he lead the defense of Kalimdor against the forces of the Qiraji in the War of the Shifting Sands and guided adventurers during the opening of Ahn'Qiraj. Today he resides in the Caverns of Time.
- Bug War: Led the defence against the insectoid Qiraji.
- Hold the Line: He and other dragons helped hold the Qiraji back until the druids could erect a barrier.
- It Is Not Your Time: Would say this to attacking players who managed to get him down to a certain level before despawning.
- MacGuffin: Entrusted the pieces of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands to a member of each Dragonflight after it was broken. One thousand years later, he sends heroes to seek them out and reassemble the scepter.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a reference to something that is not in its proper time. Since he's part of the Bronze Flight, there's no telling if when his proper time actually is, if he has one.
- My New Gift Is Lame: The reaction he got from Fandral Staghelm when Anachronos presented the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, saying that he no longer cares what happens now that his son is dead.
- Put on a Bus: Hasn't done much since Ahn'Qiraj was opened, but plays a role as a questgiver in the Dragonwrath questline.
- Summoning Artifact: Created the Scepter of the Shifting Sands to bring down the barrier when it was time to deal with the Qiraji once and for all.
- This Means War!: Initially refused to get involved in the War of the Shifting Sands until the Qiraji attacked the Caverns of Time.
- You Are in Command Now: As Nozdormu's heir, he will eventually take command of the Bronze Flight and become the Aspect of Time when Nozdormr meets his inevitable demise.
Voiced by: Karen Strassman (English), Yevgenia Igumnova (Russian)
A member of the bronze flight, Chromie seems to be charged with maintaining the timelines in Nozdormu's absence. She gives players a number of tasks that deal with preventing the disruption of the current timeline.
Her preferred guise is of a female gnome.
- Alternate Self: Sends players to defend the Bronze Dragonshrine where they are assisted by...themselves, either past or future.
- Badass Adorable: She's a dragon who maintains the timelines and is also cheerful, amiable, polite and takes the form of a cute female gnome.
- Big Good: Size jokes aside, Chromie is good-natured, entirely dedicated to Nozdormu's original Titan-given mission of time preservation, and is the most visible member of the Bronze Flight to players outside of Noz himself — moreso than her boss, in many ways!
- Casual Time Travel: As the bronze dragon who most often interacts with players, she is also the one who sends them to other periods of time the most, which she does very casually.
- Gender-Blender Name: Chromie's real name has the male -ormu ending as opposed to the female -ormi. The official magazine states she's female in both forms, she just has a weird name. (It probably stems from her dragon name being conceived before a full formal Bronze naming scheme was devised for Burning Crusade.) Folk and Fairy Tales of Azeroth reveals that Chromie was born a male Dragon, but is in fact trans as she purposefully adopts a female form as she feels it more closely fits who she really is. Word of God from the author confirms that prior to Visage Day ceremony, Chromie was male in Dragon form, but now is female in both Gnome and Dragon form.
- Have We Met Yet?: "I'm in so many places and times right now, I sometimes have a hard time keeping track of all of it."
- Healing Hands: When partnered with Chromie, she is able to heal the Player Character, though she describes it as "undoing" our wounds.
- Magic Staff: While in Gnome form, Chromie carries a Priest's staff.
- Never Heard That One Before: It's possible to fish a coin out of the Dalaran Fountain that she had thrown into it, which indicates that she's a little sick of jokes about gnomes and time travel.
- Our Time Travel Is Different: Of the portal variety, though there seems to be some instantaneous thrown in as well.
- Retcon: She was originally introduced as a cis female, but with a male name due being created before the naming conventions of the bronze dragons were established. Folk and Fairy Tales of Azeroth would retcon her to be male-to-female transgender.
- Screw Destiny: Chromie hopes to change fate. While Nozdormu is resigned to his future of corruption and death as Murozond, Chromie has vowed to find a way to alter history and save her Aspect.
- Supernaturally-Validated Trans Person: Folk and Fairy Tales of Azeroth and the official Warcraft magazine together state that after Chromie, born male, chose a female form as her Visage form of choice, even her true, dragon self biologically transitioned to female. Whether this is a potential for all dragons or something specific to the Bronze in general (Maybe she merged with an alternate timeline version of herself that was born female?) or Chromie in particular as an oddity isn't clear.
- Time Police: After the Aspects lost much of their power in Cataclysm, Chromie and other Bronze dragons recruited mortals into their new Time Police, the Timewalkers.
- Wayback Trip: Many of the quests she gives you involve this.
Voiced by: Michael Bell (English), Dmitry Polyanovsky (Russian)
In Warlords of Draenor, it is Kairoz who allows Garrosh to travel back in time thirty-five years to the planet Draenor so he can form the Iron Horde. Upon arriving in Draenor, Garrosh stabs Kairoz in the back and creates the Iron Horde on his own.
His preferred guise is a high elf, but he also appears as an orc on Draenor.
- Brought Down to Normal: Like all dragons, Kairoz's powers were greatly lessened after the defeat of Deathwing. However, a special hourglass called the Vision of Time that players helped him create on the Timeless Isle boosts his power. It is the Vision of Time which allows Kairoz to create the Alternate Timeline for Warlords of Draenor.
- Early-Bird Cameo: According to author Christie Golden, Kairoz was actually created by her for the novel War Crimes. He was put onto the Timeless Isle later in development.
- FaceHeel Turn: He works with Wrathion to free Garrosh and send him back in time.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Broke Garrosh out of jail and brought him to an alternate timeline, intended to use Garrosh and the Vision of Time Shard, to create an infinite number of Orcish Hordes under his command to conquer infinite worlds (with a particular emphasis on the word "Infinite"). Killed by the very orc he intended to use as his pawn, with the very shard he intended to use as his tool.
- In the Back: Stabbed with a shard of the Vision of Time by Garrosh in the short story "Hellscream". His corpse can be found in the Time-Lost Glade in Nagrand in-game.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Was right in the middle of his evil monologue when Garrosh stabbed him in the back with the Shard of the Vision of Time. It's clear Garrosh DOES NOT believe that Talking Is a Free Action.
- Meaningful Name: Kairos is a god of time in Greek mythology. He is the incarnation of opportune moment, a moment where an event can take a different direction.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong / Make Wrong What Once Went Right: A growing faction of discontent, of which Kairoz is a member, in the Bronze Dragonflight wants to alter history for a better future now that their powers have been lessened. Kairoz sees it as the former, while Chromie sees it as the latter, saying that they don't know what a better future even is with their power to see timelines gone.
- Start of Darkness: When he discusses the possibilities of the Timeless Isle with Wrathion.
- Too Dumb to Live: His death is almost criminally stupid. Sure thing Kairoz: let's give the deranged megalomaniac who is infamous for his outbursts, and whom you just busted out of jail, a very sharp jagged shard that can easily be used as a shiv, just after you insulted him, and called him "your pawn", THEN turn your back to him while you engage in Evil Gloating and monologue about enslaving his people across multiple worlds to make your army. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Made even more stupid because after being Brought Down to Normal after Cataclysm, that shard was one out of very few artifacts that still allowed him to control time in some form.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed by Garrosh before Warlords of Draenor can really even begin in the short story Hellscream.
The Black Dragonflight
The black dragons, led by Neltharion the Earthwarder, were tasked by the Titans to serve as protectors of the earth. However, by doing so, they became susceptible to the corruption of the Old Gods imprisoned deep underground. This led to Neltharion being corrupted into Deathwing the Destroyer, and to the black dragonflight forsaking their ancient duty in favor of enacting the Old Gods' will.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Initially, every single black dragon. Exceptions would come later with Sabellian (a black dragon Quest Giver), Wrathion (the uncorrupted dragon egg in Cataclysm/young black dragon in Mists of Pandaria), and Ebyssian (a mentor to the Highmountain family disguised as a Tauren).
- The Corruptible: Because of their connection to the ground, they wield great power over it and are attuned to it.. Sadly, the deep below the ground is also where The Old Gods are imprisoned, so they are far more susceptible to their whispers.
- Dying Race: Intended to be so by the Red Dragonflight, who decided to subject them to a Final Solution by targeting every female black dragon and every egg on Azeroth. Keywords there being: "on Azeroth"; their Final Solution never reached Outland, allowing Sabellian and his family to escape the genocide; like the blues, they are now on the mend, though they have only a few females and so far only one clutch of purified eggs.
- Final Solution: Suffered one during the Cataclysm, with the Red Dragonflight specifically targeting every female to ensure the Always Chaotic Evil Black Dragons were dealt with. So far, the survivors have revealed to be:
- Wration, who was spared because his egg was purified by a splinter faction within the Red Dragonflight hoping to preserve the species.
- Ebyssian, escaped because he was purified by Huln Highmountain long before the present day and had no connection to his flight beyond his species; he remained in his Highmountain Tauren visage at all times, leaving it dubious if the reds even knew of his existence.
- Sabellian, charged with Deathwing to ensure the flight's continuation in Outland. The Red Dragonflight had no knowledge of him, and while there, away from the Old Gods, he figured out a way to rid himself and his family of their corruption between The Burning Crusade and Dragonflight.
- The Man Behind the Man: Black Dragons are known for infiltrating mortal kingdoms to guide them. Some with benign intentions; most... less so.
Deathwing, the Destroyer (Neltharion, the Earth-Warder)
Voiced by: Michael McConnohie (English), George Martirosyan (Russian)
Notable offspring of Neltharion include: Nefarian, master of Blackwing Lair, who launched a plan to steal blood from the Dragonflights to create a race of hybrid draconic warriors; Onyxia, Nefarian's sister, who attempted to corrupt the King of Stormwind; Sabellian, Deathwing's younger son and lieutenant who remained in Outland after the Dark Portal closed, Neltharaku, broodfather of the abandoned Netherwing Dragonflight, and Wrathion, purified by a Titan device and thus the first non-Always Chaotic Evil black dragon in over ten thousand years.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: In the orc campaign of Beyond the Dark Portal, Deathwing is only usable in the final mission but has higher stats than any other unit in the whole game.
- Ascended Extra: Originally just a hero unit in Warcraft II, the books starting expanding his role to make one of the big villains in the setting.
- Ax-Crazy: To the point of being an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Badass Boast: See above for an example. It's something he did often.
- Bad Boss: If any mortals end up working for him he does not treat them well even if he needs them. The goblins that forged his first set of armor plates he frequently threatened to kill when they displeased him and in Day of the Dragon when he used goblins to get Rhonin to Grim Batol, he was quick to kill them when they did their job.
- Big Bad: Of Cataclysm. His escape from Deepholm leads to the titular event happening in the first place, and much of the expansion is spent stopping him from causing The End of the World as We Know It.
- Blessed with Suck: Khaz'goroth's gift gives him great strength, some control over the earth, and an awareness of every nook and cranny on Azeroth — and also feels like carrying a planet on your back. On top of that, many Old Gods were imprisoned in the deepest parts of Azeroth...
- Blood Knight: In Dawn of the Aspects, it's an understatement to say Neltharion enjoys combat.
- Book Ends: The opening cinematic for Cataclysm shows Deathwing's Elementium plates being welded to his body. The semi-final boss encounter with him involves tearing these same plates off of his body.
- Boss Battle: In a game without any other bosses, Deathwing was this in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. His stats are incredibly absurd in all areas such as having 7 times the normal HP and far surpass all other heroes in the game. In mission 7 of the human campaign of Beyond the Dark Portal, Khadgar, Alleria, Kurdan and an entire army of Alliance soldiers have to work together to take him down. Suffice to say, it is no easy task. Notably Khadgar lacks his polymorph spell (a One-Hit Kill in Warcraft II) during this mission.
- Body Horror: As the armor that served as his Power Limiter is torn away and hes further damaged, his physical form slowly begins to come apart. By the end of the fight, the combination of his unchecked power and sustained injuries result in him degenerating into a semi-amorphous, tentacled monstrosity barely held together by sheer hatred and fury alone.
- Cain and Abel: The evil one of the Aspects, and Alexstrasza's primary enemy. Then again, he has stated that he no longer considers his fellow aspects siblings.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: One of the novels reveals that after the War of the Ancients, Deathwing tried mating with his consorts; his deformed, fiery body was so hot, he burned three of them to death and horrifically scarred the fourth. For reference, black dragons are immune to fire and regularly take baths in molten lava.
- The Chessmaster: While Ax-Crazy, he's a clever schemer.
- Colossus Climb: His true form is so huge that the first boss fight is fought on his back in mid-flight. Very unlike most bosses because you don't truly fight a boss. Rather, you fight mooks and hold on as he tries to shake you off until his vulnerable spot is exposed and you can strike and break his armor (do it three times and you win the fight, but it's easier said than done).
- Combat Tentacles: In the Spine of Deathwing battle, and in the Madness of Deathwing battle. In the latter, they range from massive limb tentacles that are your primary targets in the first phase to smaller ones that attack your group as adds.
- Cognizant Limbs: In both battles against him. Even his blood turns into adds.
- Cutscene Boss: The first few times you likely see him, such as in the Badlands, are this, and all you can really do is watch.
- Draconic Abomination: Deathwing already qualifies, being given immense power by the Old Gods, but special mention goes to his final form. Madness of Deathwing has a central core that still looks like him, but since youve ripped apart the armor that was literally holding him together, his limbs have degenerated into tendrils and his body is losing substance. Its rather telling that Madness of Deathwing is no longer a Dragonkin; hes an Elemental.
- The Dreaded: Anybody who knows who he is is terrified of him. Even when he was allied with the orcs they were still afraid of him and feared the possibility of his betrayal.
- Do a Barrel Roll: One of his attacks in the Spine of Deathwing Encounter is this, throwing off any adds or players who are not attached to his back (i.e., the Corruption tentacles or players with the Grasping Tendrils debuff).
- The Dragon: No pun intended, but Deathwing takes this role to N'zoth in Cataclysm. Prior to that expansion pack, the Old Gods didn't really take an active role in controlling him.
- Dragons Are Demonic: Currently serves as the page image for this trope, and its not hard to see why.
- Evil Overlord: Of the black draognflight in their efforts to destroy the world in the name of the Old Gods.
- Fantastic Racism: Neltharion wants to wipe out all non-dragon life.
- FaceHeel Turn: Originally the most noble of all Dragon Aspects, he was corrupted into a world-destroying menace by the influence of the Old Hods.
- Fallen Hero: From one of the noble Aspects that protected Azeroth, to an Omnicidal Maniac monster.
- Faux Affably Evil: At least in Warcraft II. Later depictions have shown he can act nice when he takes a human form, but it's all an act.
- Final Boss: Of Cataclysm, fought in two phases in the skies above Azeroth then at the heart of the Maelstrom.
- Full-Potential Upgrade: He originally needed metal plates welded to his body so he could survive the strain the Demon Soul put on it. Later, it becomes a Power Limiter so that his body can handle his own power.
- Giant Flyer: Dragons in Warcraft get to be pretty massive, though special mention goes to Deathwing, who's been described as "airliner-big." According to the artists for the Cataclysm cinematic, his wingspan is 1,200 feet from wingtip to wingtip.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: He has glowing red eyes like magma.
- He's Back!: Neltharion had been missing ever since Day of the Dragon. In Cataclysm, he returns from his lair in Deepholm, and in the most dramatic way possible.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Malygos, back when he was Neltharion.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed Off for Real by the Dragon Soul, an Artifact of Doom he created. He is hit by this in the Bad Future too when the Twilight Dragonflight he created devours him after killing everything else.
- Hot Wings: His wings turn ablaze in Cataclysm, burning everything beneath them.
- I Have Many Names: Does he ever! His true name and first title (given by the Titans) is Neltharion the Earth-Warder. He's later called Neltharion the Betrayer, Deathwing the Black, Deathwing the Destroyer, Deathwing the Worldbreaker, the Dark One, the Aspect of Death, the Cataclysm, Death Incarnate, and the Unmaker of Worlds. Night Elves call him Xaxas (used by the night elves it means "chaos", "fury" or "elemental fury" in Darnassian) orcs call him Blood's Shadow, and other Dragon Aspects call him the Black Scourge.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His final fate in the Bad Future, with the spire atop Wyrmrest Temple.
- Implacable Man: On the rare occasions that Deathwing is physically set back, it's short-lived. As of Cataclysm, he literally cannot be killed by flesh wounds — Alexstrasza inflicted damage on him that should have been fatal, but a few moments later he just got back up.
- The Juggernaut: Deathwing is a terrifying force of nature that is near impossible to stop. It takes another Aspect at full power to actually put up some resistance, and his own Fantastic Nuke with its power doubled to pose a serious threat.
- Kick the Dog: See Would You Like to Hear How They Died?.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of Cataclysm. But he isn't just killed — in the process, Nozdormu converges all timelines onto the climax of the final battle and binds them forever, meaning averting his defeat with time travel is basically impossible. And what with there being No Body Left Behind... Neltharion ain't coming back.
- Large and in Charge: Standard for the all the aspects, he's enormous even for a dragon and is one of the few bosses in WoW whose size in gameplay can be considered accurate.
- Large HamDeathwing: I am Deathwing. The Destroyer. The end of all things. Inevitable. Indomitable. I. AM. THE CATACLYSM.
- Extends to his behavior in his human form when interacting with the orcs in the novelization of Beyond the Dark Portal where he oozed his barely contained pride in any meeting with them.
- Mighty Glacier: While by far the most powerful hero in WCII, Deathwing, like all dragon units at the time, reacts slowly to commands, however once he reacted, Deathwing moved fast playing with this trope.
- Moment of Weakness: Razageth and her primalist faction had him and his Dracthyr armies on the run, and shattered the titan gauntlet that he used to control the Dracthyr; with his army no longer united and falling back, Neltharion finally gave in to the whispers of the Old Gods, giving him the power to seal Razageth away... but giving the old gods a foothold in his mind, which they would use to slowly drive him mad.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Most black dragons have it in various forms, but in his case, it's also a very good suggestion: Deathwing will sometimes show up in various zones, nuke everything beneath him, then leave. There's even an achievement for it called "Stood in the Fire." This nuking is so powerful that it instantly kills anyone in range. You won't even see damage being applied to you, the game will simply announce that you're dead.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His Barrel Roll is a good way to get rid of unwanted Hideous Amalgamations, although you have to trick him into doing it by stacking on one side.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Very few things can actually hurt him. The other four dragon aspects, who still wielded immense power in their weakened states and were still beyond the rest of the dragons, couldn't even wound him before the rest of their strength was returned, and a punch from Gruul that shook the whole area didn't even phase him. Alexstrazsa outright states from personal experience that no physical assault will be enough to kill Deathwing — normally, he would have died in their duel, but he has been saturated so thoroughly with Old God energy that no flesh wounds can kill him. The solution? Use the modified Dragon Soul's unfathomable power to blast his matter out of existence entirely.
- No-Sell: As his essence is not within it, he can ignore the Demon Soul's power over dragons. Part of the Dragon Soul raid involves modifying it to work on him.
- Obviously Evil: His design doesn't exactly scream "good guy".
- Oh, Crap!: His eyes are wide open the moment he realizes that Thrall has the Dragon Soul and he's going to use its unfathomable power against him.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to kill all life except for his own dragon flight.
- One-Winged Angel: In the Madness of Deathwing Encounter, after losing his armor, he rises out of the Maelstrom and attacks players with tentacles from where his limbs used to be.Deathing: You have done NOTHING. I will TEAR THIS WORLD APART!
- Out with a Bang: He kills anyone he attempts to mate with. Notably part of his evil plan is (or was at one time) to force Alexstrasza and Ysera to become his consorts, knowing full well that this or horrible disfigurement was the likely result.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Deathwing is capable of terrifying feats of destruction that have only been rivaled by Ragnaros the Firelord and titans. His famous World-Wrecking Wave that kicks off Cataclysm was indirectly caused by him breaking a Cosmic Keystone, but he's still done things like take out an entire district of Stormwind and decapitate mountains in the Badlands, leaving only molten remains in his wake. The Madness of Deathwing has the destructive power to render Azeroth's surface lifeless, at least.
- Physical God: At his weakest he was still one of the most powerful beings on Azeroth. Towards the end, he was probably the most powerful non-cosmic being in the entire setting. Deathwing is the single strongest being to ever be fought by the players, at least until Legion.
- Purposely Overpowered: In Beyond the Dark Portal, Deathwing is 7 times as powerful than any other unit in the game, however he is a Boss Battle in the human campaign and the 11th-Hour Ranger of the orc campaign.
- Power Limiter: He has gigantic metal plates welded onto his body in order to prevent himself from being blown up by his own power. The first half of his boss fight involves having to break off the plates, to the point where he explosively hemorrhages during the Madness encounter.
- Rage Against the Heavens: When he and Thrall meet in Charge of the Aspects, he reveals that he serves the Old Gods because he hates the task the Titans charged him with and the Old Gods promised to free him from his burden.
- Sanity Slippage: Neltharion slowly lost his mind due to the influence of the Old Gods seeping into it, which eventually caused him to snap and become Deathwing.
- Sequential Boss: Three phases, split between two encounters.
- Superpower Meltdown: During the last phase of the final battle, his draconic form breaks down and he becomes a molten, shapeless entity of pure fire, rage and insanity.Kalecgos: Is he coming apart?
- Unwitting Pawn: Deathwing was driven insane by the Old Gods as part of their plan to dismantle the Dragonflights. Due to his insanity, YMMV on how "unwitting" he is.
- Unstoppable Rage: One of the things that drives him is pure, psychotic fury.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Courtesy of the Old Gods.
- Would Hurt a Child: He appears at the end of the Badlands quest line, confronting Rhea, a red dragon who is trying to purify the eggs of a captured black one in an attempt to raise a generation of them free of his evil. Though she pleads for him to spare the egg she has, he refuses, killing her and destroying it (the player can't do anything to even try to stop this, and would likely be obliterated if they could try). Still, her final message shows she may have gotten the last laugh on him, as the destroyed egg wasn't the purified one — you receive that one — it was hers.
- Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Shortly before the Ultraxion encounter in Dragon Soul, he flies in and taunts Alexstrasza about how he turned many of her brood into mindless twilight drakes, and how painful a process it was. She, with forced stoicism, says that they are no longer of her clutch, and allows the raid to kill them.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ysera has a vision of Deathwing dying alongside the rest of the Dragon Aspects at the hands of the Twilight Dragonflight, implying that his Old God master will discard him once his usefulness has come to an end. More specifically, the Old Gods cannot rule Azeroth until all the Aspects are dead. They proceed to impale him upon Wyrmrest Temple.
- Pulls this himself on any mortal servants he no longer needs.
- Your Size May Vary: While it may be justified in that dragons can control their size as well as their shape, it's very noticeable here. In the Twilight Highlands, he's roughly as big as Alexstrasza, enough so that when they bite down on each other's throats and go falling out of the sky they look comparable. Then in Dragon Soul, Deathwing is larger than he was in Twilight Highlands, but still only slightly bigger than the other aspects. But then for some reason, when you start the Spine of Deathwing fight, Deathwing is suddenly much larger to accommodate the fight taking place all up his back, and this size remains during the Madness encounter (though since he's barely a creature of flesh by that point this is somewhat understandable) and makes his siblings look absolutely dwarfed by comparison.
Voiced by: Chris Metzen (English), Alexander Gruzdev (Russian)
Eldest son of Deathwing, Nefarian is a powerful black dragon who leads the black dragonflight on Azeroth. In his human guise, he is known as Lord Victor Nefarius, Lord of Blackrock. Holding the Blackrock clan and various clans of ogres under his dominion, Nefarian rules from his lair at the top of Blackrock Spire.
- Back from the Dead: Raised from the dead in Cataclysm after having died in classic.
- BrotherSister Incest: Is heavily implied to be Onyxia's mate.
- Deadpan Snarker: Already showed hints of this in the original game, comes into his own in Cataclysm.
- Draco Lich: In Cataclysm, though he behaves exactly as when he was still alive.
- Dual Boss: With Onyxia in Blackwing Descent.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted; after Onyxia is defeated after being raised in Blackwing Descent, he is upset that players have destroyed one of his "possessions", and he also sees his ability to raise her as his finest work.
- Evil Overlord: Like father like son.
- Evil Versus Evil: Nefarian and his forces were constantly butting heads with Ragnaros the Firelord and his forces in Blackrock Mountain.
- Flaw Exploitation: He does this in his encounter, using abilities specifically tailored for certain classes, such as inflicting Shapeshifter Mode Lock on shapeshifting Druids.
- Have a Nice Death: "Worthless wretch! Your friends will join you soon enough!"
- I Shall Taunt You: Should you take too long to engage him while reasembling the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, he'll instead drop a letter mocking you about taking too long and gloating about him crushing the Red Scepter Shard, and amongst other insults wishes that the raid enjoys the Nemesis and Stormrage armaments they may find in his treasure trovenote ."While you have slain me, you have done so in such a slow and disorderly fashion that I have had time enough to write this letter AFTER I destroyed your only hope of saving this world."
- Killed Off for Real: Put to death for real in Cataclysm. His remains are destroyed in Battle for Azeroth for good measure.
- Large Ham: He is voiced by Chris Metzen by the way.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Many of his comments seem to be directed at the players directly.
- Mad Scientist: Nefarian seems to be a big believer in the power of science, using gene-splicing to create hybrid monsters like Chromaggus, Chimaeron, and the chromatic dragonflight. And in Blackwing Descent, Onyxia appears to have been resurrected Frankenstein-style rather than strictly through necromancy.
- Manipulative Bastard: He falls short of becoming like his father. He said "THIS CANNOT BE!" twice to begin with.
- Mind Control: In the Heroic Version of Blackwing Descent.
- Necromancer: Has shown the ability to raise his fallen minions as skeletons. He later does the same with his sister Onyxia in Blackwing Descent.
- Odd Name Out: Both his father and his sister have used the name "Prestor" when disguised as human nobles. Nefarian instead chooses to go by "Lord Victor Nefarius".
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: In Blackwing Descent, on Heroic mode, he uses an attack forcing players to walk toward a portal that will kill them if they reach it. They must regain control of themselves before they do.
- Shock and Awe: Employs this in Cataclysm, severely damaging the raid every time his health passes a 10% milestone, and also uses Onyxia to electrocute the raid from her sides, eventually exploding if the players take too long to kill her and/or do too much damage to Nefarian in Phase 1.
- Shout-Out / Ascended Meme: "Death Knights, GET OVER HERE!" added when Death Knights are available.
- Troll: On a more meta level, with his trolling directed at players. See Leaning on the Fourth Wall above.
- Villainous Breakdown: So many many times, "Inconceivable!" "THIS CANNOT BE!! Rend, deal with these insects!", "Impossible!" and of course "This cannot be! I am the Master here! You mortals are nothing to my kind! DO YOU HEAR? NOTHING!" He seems to have mellowed out a little when you beat him in Blackwing Descent: "Defeat has never tasted so bitter..."
Daughter of Deathwing, she posed as Lady Katrana Prestor to keep Highlord Bolvar Fordragon and ultimately the human nation of Stormwind under her control. She even tried to duplicate King Varian to make one of his physical splits a personal puppet.
- Arch-Enemy: To Varian and Anduin Wrynn as she was responsible for many of the problems of Stormwind such as the discontent with the Stonemasons' Guild that led to the riots that caused Tiffin Wrynn's death and the rise of the Defias Brotherhood, had manipulated Varian, separated him in two, tried to kill him and abducted Anduin to her lair after her cover was blowed up.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: As Lady Katrana Prestor, she comes off as a snobby, classist and arrogant noble who downplays the severity of the internal threats to the kingdom as delusions from the common folk that are distracting them from Stormwind's "real enemies", allowing for the kingdom to be ran into the ground.
- BrotherSister Incest: With Nefarian. Yes, her own brother is responsible for the hundreds of eggs and whelps in and around Onyxia's Lair.
- Draco Lich: In Cataclysm. It also stands out because it's not magical necromancy, but purely scientific necromancy Ala Frankenstein, which is practically unheard of in Warcraft (Thaddius was powered by forsaken souls, which was mostly magical even if he was powered by electricity).
- Dual Boss: With Nefarian in Blackwing Descent.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her human form, the standard appearance of members of the Black Dragonflight when they assume humanoid forms.
- Evil Chancellor: She served as a toxic advisor to Anduin and mind controlled Bolvar to keep him subservient, a lot of problems that the humans suffered from can be tracked back to her intentionally running the kingdom into the ground and creating problems so her brother's false horde could eventually walk right over the city in her father's name.
- Hannibal Lecture: What she tried to do to Anduin when she kidnapped him.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: The mastermind behind the troubles plaguing Stormwind is standing... right in the middle of Stormwind Keep next to King Anduin and Highlord Bolvar in plain sight.
- Hidden Villain: In Classic. The player directly interacts with Lady Katrana Prestor a grand total of twice: once to receive a reward for putting a stop to Edwin VanCleef's plans and putting down the Stockade Riots, and the second time when Bolvar asks the player to seek her advice about the dragonkin threat to Lakeshire, which she downplays as the delusions of a "paranoid magistrate and an encampment of riff-raff that are probably suffering from heat stroke". A third, indirect interaction was added in The Burning Crusade upon the completion of the extension of the Missing Diplomat quest chain in which Jaina has the player inform Bolvar of the Defias' actions in Dustwallow and their involvement in Varian's kidnapping, upon which Bolvar decides to renew the offensive against the Defias only for Lady Prestor to insist that they are just a petty band of thugs and that Stormwind's military should be focusing on its "real enemies". Although it is well-known early on that something is not right in Stormwind and the House of Nobles, Onyxia's part in it was only finally revealed when Marshal Reginald Windsor marches into Stormwind Keep and reveals her true form.
- I Have Your Wife: Kidnaps Anduin.
- Killed Off for Real: Varian kills her for good in the comic where he's formally introduced. Notable because it was the first time an NPC was given the canonical kill on a raid boss and had the story written around it. While she's later resurrected (in a sense) by Nefarian, she was put down by players again. And after the Old Gods' servants try to resurrect her a second time, the player and Wrathion destroy her remains to stop her from returning.
- Manipulative Bastard: Infiltrated and manipulated the kingdom of Stormwind for years, using her political skills and magic to influence people and cause conflicts to weaken the kingdom from the inside such as the conflict between the House of Nobles and stonemasons which led to riots and the Defias Brotherhood, and managed to put Varian under her thrall for a time first by using his grief over Tiffin's death and then by splitting him in two with her only taking the weaker part of him back to Stormwind until Lo'Gosh's return.
- Mole in Charge: With Varian having disappeared, Anduin crowned as a child king and his regent Bolvar under her thrall, she was effectively the true power in Stormwind.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Her dividing Varian in two and her attempts to get rid of Lo'Gosh allow Varian to discover her true nature and to come back to Stormwind with the intent of eliminating her. Also during the final battle in her lair she uses a spell in order to destroy his two halves but which instead causes them to fuse back together and allow the new whole Varian to behead her.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: As Katrana Prestor she acted as one to obstruct any attempt to solve certain problems within the kingdom of Stormwind.
- Off with Her Head!: Varian cuts off her head and brings it back to Stormwind as a trophy. Deathwing later retrieves it during his rampage and Nefarian raises her as an undead dragon though.
- Post-Climax Confrontation: The grand climax of the Defias Brotherhood/Great Masquerade plotline takes place when "Lady Katrana Prestor" is unmasked as Onyxia in Stormwind Keep by Reginald Windsor, freeing the Highlord from her control and removing her influence from the kingdom. Bolvar then tasking adventurers with tracking her to her lair in Dustwallow Marsh and putting her down is simply taking care of loose ends.
- Sequential Boss: Her boss fight has three phases.
- Smug Snake: Onyxia is a very powerful dragon and has a good amount of magic and manipulation skills but she is also very arrogant and her increasingly visible role into Stormwind's politics and actions to keep the kingdom running into the ground allow people to suspect her true nature. Her arrogance backfires badly on her when she greatly underestimates Varian and Anduin who come to realize her great and nefast influence over the nobles and kingdom of Stormwind and eventually to discover her true nature as a Black Dragon, with the former eventually blowing her charade over and killing her.
- The Vamp: Especially towards Highlord Bolvar Fordragon and King Varian Wrynn.
- Violation of Common Sense: Several of her decisions as Lady Prestor, such as outright ignoring the plights of the citizens of the realm, pulling the entire army out of the outlying regions of the kingdom and then downplaying the numerous threats to the kingdom that have resulted from that decision. Of course, as her goal is to run Stormwind into the ground, this is fully intended on her part.
One of Deathwing's sons, as well as a quest giver in Blade's Edge Mountains under the guise of Baron Sablemane. Despite being a black dragon, he's actually a fairly decent guy: He doesn't possess his father's hatred of all mortals, and in fact actually forms genuine friendships with them. Despite this, he is still kind of evil, though only openly hostile to Gruul and the other Gronn.
- Affably Evil: Sabellian worked for Deathwing and helped him in his plans to conquer other worlds. Yet he maintains a genuine polite demeanor.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Downplayed, whilst Baron Sablemane is still technically part of the villainous Black Dragonflight, he is cordial and friendly to the player, seemingly only wanting to avenge his children
- The Bus Came Back: He was not mentioned again for a long time after The Burning Crusade, not even in Cataclysm where the Black Dragonflight was the big bad. He's not even mentioned during the rogue legendary dagger questline, where Wrathion has the player hunt down surviving black dragons and assassinate them, though it was later confirmed that Sabellian is alive and well in Outland, with Wrathion unaware of his existence. He was finally brought back in Dragonflight, where he jockeys with Wrathion over leadership of the Black Dragonflight.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a black dragon and formerly one of Deathwing's lieutenants, he's revealed to have worked on a way to remove the corruption of his flight while stuck on Outland away from the influence of the Old Gods.
- Enemy Mine: Don't let his demeanor fool you, he's a corrupted black dragon as just as evil and his father and brothers. However, his grudge against the Gronn trumps any hatred he may still be holding onto for mortals, which is why he works together with the players to take revenge, as he and his remaining children are rather powerless.
- Friendly Enemy: Despite being a black dragon who once followed Deathwing, he is cordial to the player and makes no effort to antagonize them. At the same time, nothing indicates that he has turned good.
- Long Bus Trip: Sabellian was first seen in outland back in 2007, and was never mentioned against following his zone-specific quest chain. Only with the release of Dragonflight 15 years later, by the end of 2022, did he make his return. He even does a bit of Leaning on the Fourth Wall in one of his greetings, referencings this.Sabellian: I've been too long away.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: One of the few black dragons who isn't pure evil.
- Papa Wolf: Wants revenge against Gruul for all the black dragons he and his fellow Gronn killed.
- Villainous Friend Ship: Despite being technically Villainous, Sablemane is considered to be a friend by the Hero, Rexxar, and this friendship is reciprocated by Sablemane.
- Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: His opinion of Wrathion - despite all that Wrathion that accomplished, he's still Just a Kid in the far older Sabellian's eyes.
Deathwing's prime consort, and the mother of Nefarian and Onyxia. She prefers to be known by Sinestra, as she despises Deathwing and her children. She created the Twilight Dragonflight, and while she was thought to have been killed when Dargonax was destroyed, she returned to life and provides Deathwing with eggs to make into twilight dragons.
- Back from the Dead: Despite being killed by Dargonax in Day of the Dragon, she reappears as the final boss of the Bastion of Twilight raid, described as a "ravaged husk reanimated by insidious magic".
- Beam-O-War: With Caelen, which ends with her winning and killing him.
- Bonus Boss: After defeating all the bosses in Heroic Bastion of Twilight.
- Flunky Boss: In Phase 2, a horde of twilight whelps come to her aid.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: She sports glowing golden eyes.
- Not Quite Dead: Even discounting her first death by Dargonax, she is seemingly Killed Off for Real in the Bastion of Twilight. However, during Legion, one of her twilight drake creations claims to hear her voice guiding her from beyond the grave, implying she may still be around in some capacity.
- Pivotal Boss: Has the same animation set as Kil'Jaeden and is set in a pool of lava.
- Scars are Forever: Has scars from Deathwing mating with her.
- Unwitting Pawn: She thought she was rebelling against Deathwing, but she was actually doing his bidding.
- Worf Had the Flu: Begins the battle weakened from her past battles, and thus having less health and attack power, but in Phase 3, is no longer constrained this way, a case in which a boss Turns Red by having a handicap removed.
Voiced by: Aaron Philips (English), Daniel Sheblanov (Russian)
The black dragon that was born from the egg that Rheastrasza purified and died to protect, he is free of the Old Gods' corruption, but does not trust the Red Dragonflight, seeing them as trying to control him, and thus takes charge of the Ravenholdt rogues. He is heavily involved in the quest for the legendary Rogue item, Fangs of the Father, which has adventurers hunt down the remaining black dragons, including Deathwing himself.
In Mists of Pandaria, he reappears in a tavern at the Veiled Stair, a small zone leading to Kun-lai Summit. Wrathion once again sends players off on quests to get their Legendary weapons, but this time he is urging everyone to unite, for he is certain the Burning Legion will return to Azeroth and they can't stand against it divided. After the Siege of Orgrimmar defeat, Wrathion is furious that the Alliance did not absorb the Horde and declares that he will leave nothing to chance "next time."
Wrathion is the mastermind behind the plot of Warlords of Draenor, working with the bronze dragon Kairozdormu to free Garrosh and send him back in time - though this plan would backfire and spiral out of his control, and his subsequent appearances show that he's been re-evalutating his scheming ways, as both Battle For Azeroth and Dragonflight has him — while still from a point of self-centeredness — work openly with mortals.
- Body Horror: As mentioned above, he is the whelp that hatched from the purified black dragon egg produced during the Badlands storyline. However, said purified egg was made by using a titan device to purge a dead black dragon whelp and two eggs of the Old God's corruption, then compiling what's left into one viable subject. That's what Wrathion is.
- Complexity Addiction: He has a number of plans to help prepare Azeroth against the Burning Legion. Most of them involve plotting from behind the scenes and expecting to win on Batman Gambits that usually end in the unwitting participant not playing their role as expected. While some of his plans have helped the Horde and Alliance, many (notably his summoning of the Iron Horde) ended in doing more harm than good.
- Character Development: He's much more composed and mature when he finally reappears in Battle for Azeroth, having learned the hard way what trying to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders while also puppeteering events from the shadow could bring. He's nothing but straight with everyone he's working with, doesn't make any grand schemes behind the cast's backs, and when confronted by the Twilight's Hammer he makes it explicitly clear that he will never, through corruption or otherwise, let himself become the kind of monster his immediate family in particular and his dragonflight as a whole became.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A mix of this and Dummied Out. Despite the prevention and defeat of the Burning Legion being one of his major goals, Wrathion himself doesn't appear at all in Legion. While he was intended to take part in Highmountain's quest chain he was eventually replaced with Ebyssian because Wrathion's presence there didn't make much sense, and his sub-story about using a time portal to bring uncorrupted black dragons to the present was replaced with the revelation that the Hammer of Khaz'Goroth can purify dragon eggs. That said, Blizzard has stated he may appear later. He finally appears in the Deaths of Chromie Scenario and has a major role in Visions of N'Zoth.
- Creepy Child: He's conniving, cunning, orchestrates the fall of the corrupt Black Dragonflight, and disguises himself as a goateed human male. And he's only a baby dragon...
- The Corruptible: Subverted and Inverted. Wrathion hails from the Black Dragonflight who hasn't had the greatest track record with corruption, but whether from his origins as a purified black dragon, or simply because of his constant vigilance and studies of how such forces of corruption operate, Wrathion has shown himself far more difficult to corrupt himself.
- Also subverted in his Ny'alotha boss fight. Players have to face Wrathion, the Black Emperor, who is supposedly a version of Wrathion that had given in to the old gods' corruption... but after defeating him they discover that it was actually a faceless one in disguise rather than the Black Prince himself. Wrathion, while glad the player is willing to "do what they must" including killing him if it came to that, seems a little hurt that they had no hesitance to use lethal force on him when he seemed lost.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Shaping up to be this. He's very shady, uses very sinister methods of acquiring new power (including blood magic, mogu magic, and EATING THE HEART OF THE THUNDER KING) has very brutal retaliation practices against those he feels have wronged him, but for now, seems his intentions are towards a noble goal, even if his methods are questionable.
- Enfant Terrible: Despite being only a whelp in dragon terms, he is already extremely powerful, and proves to be very dangerous to his enemies, even going toe-to-toe against N'Zoth himself.
- FaceHeel Turn: Played with. In War Crimes he is revealed to be behind the creation of the Iron Horde, but he is doing so to prepare Azeroth for much bigger problems down the road.
- Fantastic Racism: Despite claiming to be above this, Wrathion has shown this at times. Notably in the Legendary questline, Wrathion goes out of his way to condemn the Orc, Warlord Bloodhilt to Alliance players, but uses neutral or positive terms to describe the Dwarf High Marshall Twinbraid to Horde players, despite Twinbraids actions being far more heinous.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's a pretty benevolent patron and employer until things don't go his way. He goes completely nuts when the player reports that Varian decided to not assimilate the Horde (noting that there would be huge casualties and months of bloody battle), and angrily vows to make absolutely sure that things go his way "next time".
- Fatal Flaw: Wrathion loves convoluted plans but doesn't have the wisdom to utilise them properly. His ideal that Azeroth must have one and only one ruling superpower to beat the Legion leads him to ignore otherwise sound advice and make dangerous decisions. When he is told how the Horde and Alliance are strong because of each other rather than in spite of it, he refuses to accept it, and commits to creating his own indomitable army in the form of the Iron Horde. These actions not only did more harm to the Horde and Alliance and weaken their overall power for when the Legion finally came, but said actions indirectly enabled the Legion to come to Azeroth in the first place.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: When trying to recruit you to support him in claiming the throne of Aspect in Dragonflight, he calls you an old friend that have fought together for 'many years'...even if you're a freshly made character who has never met Wrathion before, or a Dracthyr that only recently has been awakened.
- Glowing Eyes: Has a distinctive pair of burning red eyes.
- Hypocrite: See that note in Jerk With A Heart Of Gold about mook killing? Yeah, you're heavily encouraged, to the point it's nigh impossible to complete, to kill mooks en masse in the quest that you completed right before Wrathion stated he didn't want any mooks dead.
- I Am Not My Father: Makes it very clear he is his own dragon, and will not be held accountable for what Deathwing did. He explicitly refers to that as the "sins of my father".
- Infinity +1 Sword: Of all the characters in Warcraft, it's often Wrathion who often deals in these — if you want the absolutely best gear at the time, and Wrathion is around, he's probably instrumental in acquiring them — and he has more than once exploited the Player's willingness to go to great lengths for great rewards to further his own goals.
- During Cataclysm, he sent rogues to kill every single living black dragon of Deathwing's corrupt brood, up to and including Deathwing himself and leaving him the Last of His Kind, making the players do his bidding in return for some incredibly powerful daggers.
- During Mists Of Pandaria, he sent people out to do his bidding in return for incredibly powerful cloaks, culminating in him tasking them with killing Garrosh, and secretly banking on the Alliance to annex the Horde afterwards. When that didn't work out as planned, he Rage Quit and decided to be less overt about his actions.
- He returned in Battle For Azeroth, and, for once, seemed to be on the up-and-up; N'Zoth was free, and stopping him from Taking Over The World was enough of a goal for him — something everyone could agree on. Once again, he gifts players with a powerful cloak.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wrathion is very willing to break a person's legs to get a point across, but when sending out players to hunt down the last Black Dragons, he doesn't want their minions killed as they are being manipulated. His methods on Pandaria also verge on Well-Intentioned Extremist, as while they may be unscrupulous, he's only doing them because he genuinely wants to protect Azeroth. Everything after that, however...
- Last of His Kind: Believes himself to be the last black dragon at the end of the legendary daggers quest chain. However Word of God confirms there are still some in Outland that are still alive that he doesn't know about. In Legion, there is also Ebyssian, an uncorrupted black dragon that was purified at birth with the Hammer of Khaz'goroth. He has spent millennia hiding amongst the Highmountain tauren in the guise of a spirit walker, which is presumably how he was able to evade Wrathion's notice. Wrathion later did find out about him, and had him guarded by an agent, since Ebonhorn is his only brother.
- Meaningful Name: His name continues the Black Dragonflight tradition of being formed from sinister English words merged with one of the dragonflight's name suffixes (e.g. nefarious —> Nefarian). Notably, though, wrath can be considered the deadly sin most likely to arise from good intentions; Dante Alighieri even described it as "love of justice perverted to revenge and spite". Thus, it can be seen as a reflection of Wrathion's Well-Intentioned Extremist nature.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Hes largely self-centered and can be cruel, but he isnt corrupted by the Old Gods and wishes to help the mortal races.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His helping Garrosh get to the alternate Draenor not only failed in creating and summoning the mighty army he hoped to use against the Legion, but the events on Draenor culminated in the perfect chain of events that allowed them to be summoned to Azeroth.
- Not Me This Time: In the Deaths of Chromie, Chromie assumes he is responsible for killing her. He actually isn't, and points you to the one that is.
- Odd Friendship:
Wrathion: "No, hero; not the Keep. That is one vision I would rather not see."
- He and Anduin were on amicable terms during Mists of Pandaria, bonding as two young people out to make a name for themselves in the world — and although their reunion in Battle For Azeroth starts out... rocky... it's clear that Wrathion doesn't hold it against Anduin; even admitting that he probably deserved to be smacked around for all the consequences his shortsighted plans have caused. In the horrific vision of Stormwind, he outright refuses to let the adventurers explore the keep, and subsequently Anduin's fate.
- With the Player Character as well. They can be anything from a Fel-using Warlock to a Knight in Shining Armor Paladin to anything in-between, yet struggling through the various threats to Azeroth and to the universe has built up quite a rapport with him. He'll happily refer to the player character as both a friend and a trusted ally, and the latter especially shows his approval since he's so naturally cautious and distrusting.
- Pet the Dog: In Visions of Nzoth, when he and Ebonhorn meet, he admits he had one of his spies keeping a watch over him to make sure he wasn't affected by Nzoth, since Ebonhorn is his only brother.
- Progressively Prettier: In Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria his humanoid form was that of a short human with a questionable wardrobe choice. Upon his return years later in Battle for Azeroth, he received a unique — and strikingly handsome — new model sporting a much more stylish outfit.
- Put on a Bus: Has gone conspicuously missing in Legion despite being one of the few beings who was actively preparing for the invasion. note Returns during Battle for Azeroth to help the players in their fight against N'Zoth.
- Playing Both Sides: In Mists of Pandaria, he pledges his allegiance to the player's faction, be it Alliance or Horde, and in Landfall, gives players PvP objectives as part of the legendary quest line. He isn't trying to destroy both of them, but he believes a greater threat is coming, and needs the Alliance-Horde war to end, preferably with one defeating the other. He eventually sides with the Alliance when Garrosh Hellscream starts alienating the other Horde leaders, sparking a civil war, making the Horde easy prey for King Varian and the Alliance to assimilate or crush whatever is left.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted; his eyes in both his draconic and visage forms are a bright glowing red, he doesn't ever attempt to hide that fact, but while he's very manipulative and amoral (at first), he's firmly on the side of good and seeks to protect the world from existential threats.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Tries desperately to stop the invasion of the Burning Legion... only for his cooperation with Kairozdormu to make it possible in the first place due to bringing the alternate version of Gul'dan to open the portal to Azeroth.
- Smug Snake: Not the most smug individual ever, but he's cocky, over-confident, and patronising. When his meddling between the factions in Mists of Pandaria is undone by Varian refusing to dismantle the Horde, he loses his cool and gets snarky when a local waiter gives him a dressing down on why his plan didn't work.
- Suicide Mission: The battle against Deathwing is thought to be this. Whether it is depends on the rogue and the group.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: As many players were quick to notice, his Battle for Azeroth model is definitely this.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets this from a waiter, of all people, which Wrathion himself lampshades. Granted, this waiter is a Pandaren.
- They Died Because of You: He finds himself on the receiving end of this when he arrives at Stormwind Keep and Anduin accuses him of causing the death of his father. Given that he indirectly caused the third invasion of the Legion, thus bringing about the tragic events of the Battle of the Broken Shore, he's not wrong.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Committing an act of genocide against his own kind to save Azeroth along with releasing Garrosh into Draenor to prepare both sides to fight the Legion probably solidified him as this.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to be on his way there with Prince Anduin in 5.2 and the War Crimes novel. By the time he shows up in Battle for Azeroth, Anduin's first reaction is to punch him square in the jaw - hard enough to take a chunk out of his face — he takes it in stride as the wound rapidly heals itself, saying that he probably deserved it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Especially in Warlords of Draenor.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Dragons are conscious even in the egg, so Wrathion was hatching his own plans once he hatched. In addition, dragons are mentioned to mature a lot faster than humans. However, according to Word of God, his level of maturity is unusual even for dragons and actually due to the experiments that were performed on his egg.
- Though Yu'lon's dialogue with him implies that he has yet to learn true wisdom. This is confirmed post-Mists of Pandaria when his plans for the Horde and Alliance go awry and creates the Iron Horde to replace them both; certainly he's intelligent, but's not exactly wise.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Fahrad suggests he do this to the player, but he decides against it. Ironically, he ultimately does this to Fahrad. He was using Fahrad to help eliminate the other dragons and, once he no longer needed his help with that, has the legendary rogue kill him off. It did help that Fahrad was trying to control him, and when he was found out he tried to kill Wrathion.
- Younger than They Look: His true form is only a whelp, as pointed out above. In Pandaria, an argument between Anduin and Wrathion reveals he's only two-years-old. But, as mentioned above, dragons mature faster than humans, so by Battle for Azeroth he is a drake (young adult in dragon years) and his humanoid form is a young man with curly black hair and a short beard.
One of few uncorrupted Black Dragons still alive who aren't part of Sabellion's flight, Ebyssian was born when Huln Highmountain used the Hammer of Khaz'goroth, a massively powerful titan relic, to purge his egg of the Old God's corruption. Growing up pure and raised by the kind and honorable Huln has made Ebyssian a kind individual who looks after the Highmountain and serves as adviser to their chieftains.
Ebyssian considers himself a member of the Highmountain clan first and a dragon second so his tropes can be found on the Highmountain Tauren character page.
Other dragonflightsMinor dragonflights, which were not elevated by the Titans, have come to exist through the ages. They usually still retain some connection to one of the main five.
The Chromatic Dragonflight
The chromatic dragons are an an attempt by the black dragon Nefarian to create dragons able to harness the power of all five main dragonflights. These experiments would later evolve into the creation of the Twilight Dragonflight, as few chromatic dragons lasted long enough to evolve past the form of drakes, with most of them dying before they even hatched.
Chromatus was the only successfully created adult chromatic dragon, an abomination meant to harness the combined powers of all of the dragonflights. Created by Nefarian and granted life by the Twilight's Hammer cult, the five-headed Chromatus was created for the purpose of slaying the other Aspects in Deathwing's name.
- All Your Powers Combined: The goal of the chromatic dragons was to create a dragon capable of using all of the powers of other dragons. Chromatus was the only successful creation.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The power of a perfected chromatic dragon was truly a force to be reckoned with. The problem was, Nefarian had no means powerful enough to actually make the damn thing go, and died twice never having seen his magnum opus brought to life.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: In one of Ysera's visions of the Hour of Twilight, the four Dragon Aspects were murdered by Chromatus with the power associated with that dragonflight. Alextrasza was burned to death, Ysera was strangled to death by vines, Kalecgos was frozen in ice, and Nozdormu was permanently stuck in time.
- Body Horror: Even as a 'perfected' experiment, Chromatus was not physically perfect. The flesh of his body was caught in various stages of decay and each of his heads were malformed from normal dragon features.
- Dracolich: As Thrall notes, Chromatus is caught in a perpetual state between life and death, not even truly undead as he would classify it. Chromatus' body is described as being rotted and decayed in odd patches along his flesh.
- Expy: He's basically Warcraft's answer to Dungeons & Dragons's Tiamat.
- Multiple Head Case: Chromatus has five heads, one for each of the five dragonflights.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: Even in defeating him, the united Aspects were only able to render him lifeless. For all their power, they were unable to truly destroy his body, and settled for hiding his corpse away in an arcane prison until they had a way to do so.
- Purple Is Powerful: The one unifying trait among Chromatus' heads is that they all have glowing purple eyes. Chromatus is powerful enough that he was meant to slay the Aspects, and when calling on his full power, breathes a purple energy that was on par with the unified power of the Aspects.
- Rent-a-Zilla: Chromatus is nearly as large as the father of dragons, described as dwarfing the Aspects who are the largest among dragons.
- Resurrection Sickness: Chromatus doesn't quite have the hang of moving and flying when first animated by the Twilight's Hammer. Not that that stops him from sending the blue dragonflight packing, mind.
- Voice of the Legion: Each of Chromatus' heads had voice unique to it and would often take turns speaking. This effect is achieved whenever the heads speak in unison.
The Netherwing Dragonflight
When Deathwing fled to Outland in the Second War, he left behind various eggs which were exposed to the raw energies of the Twisting Nether. These eggs eventually hatched into a new breed of dragon altogether, known as nether dragons, who resemble draconic sharks during their infancy and translucent dragons in adulthood. Unconnected to the Black Dragonflight beyond their origins, they are content to finding their own way among the blasted ruins of Outland.
- Minor Major Character: Despite being the first of all nether dragons, his only involvement in the Netherwing storyline is at the last quest, where he lets you pick one nether drake color as a free mount. We don't even get to see him in dragon form.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the finale of the Netherwing plot, when the player is found out by Illidan and Mor'ghor, Yarzill comes to the rescue and takes them safely back to Barthamus.
- Big Good: Takes the role after the player reaches the Netherwing Ledge part of the Netherwing storyline.
- The Mole: A nether dragon infiltrating the Dragonmaw Clan, taking the guise of a goblin merc.
The Twilight Dragonflight
An artificial breed of dragon created by Sintharia and later perfected by Deathwing, the twilight dragons have the ability to vampirically drain sources of magic to gain power. They served as Deathwing's servants during the Cataclysm, and while they were believed to have been wiped out then, they would later re-emerge during the Fourth War, still serving the whims of the Old Gods.
- Antagonistic Offspring: After being empowered, he sought to overthrow Sintharia. She was only able to control him by using the broken shards of the Demon Soul.
- Big Bad: Of Night of the Dragon.
- Make My Monster Grow: After being fed nether dragon energies, he grew into a dragon rivaling the Aspects in size.
- Taking Over The World: He wants to do it. Thankfully, he never gets the chance.
- Taking You with Me: Seemingly kills Sintharia as he dies. She would later show up as a raid boss, however.
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- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Noted for his extreme arrogance, due to being the only twilight dragon Deathwing ever praised.
- Enfant Terrible: He's described as having "spent his short life absorbing the essence of captured nether dragons", implying he's very young despite his size.
- Evil Laugh: One of his possible lines for killing a player is just him laughing at you.
- Rent-a-Zilla: He's enormous, to the point he is too large to land on the top of Wyrmrest Temple.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: His boss fight is his sole appearance.
The Infinite DragonflightA splinter of the Bronze Dragonflight, corrupted by the Old Gods. Easily told by their black color and white Volcanic Veins, they antagonize the timelines in an attempt to bring about the Hour of Twilight, where the Old Gods would be freed from their prisons and rule Azeroth once again.
Murozond, the Infinite
- Ambiguous Situation: Murozond's entire existence became this as the story progressed; he is described as having been corrupted by the Old Gods, though by the time of Battle for Azeroth, all the Old Gods in Azeroth are either destroyed or at least defeated, and the Hour of Twilight was firmly averted when Deathwing died, leaving nobody left to corrupt Nozdormu as of the end of that expansion (though he might as well come from an Alternate Timeline at this point). The lore also zig-zags on whether Nozdormu becoming Murozond is an inevitability or something that could be possibly averted through outside interference. In Dragonflight, Nozdormu himself thinks it's an inevitability, though Chromie tries to convince him of otherwise.
- Driven to Madness: When Nozdormu gained his powers from the Titans, they showed him a vision of his own death. Murozond was driven insane in his attempts to stop it from happening.
- FaceHeel Turn: He is Nozdormu, turned mad and evil by the Old Gods.
- Fate Worse than Death: He seems to consider the "true End Time" this, as he considers the Hour of Twilight to be preferable to whatever the former may be.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: He has vibrant glowing blue eyes.
- Significant Anagram: "Murozond" is an anagram of "Nozdormu".
- Time Master: Inherited from the fact he is Nozdormu. He is said to have shattered the timeways and to live outside of time.
- Unseen No More: He was hinted at since The Burning Crusade, with the infinite dragons described as following the orders of a mysterious "Master". He finally made his appearance in Cataclysm.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Murozond became what he is due to his attempts at subverting his own fate. Nozdormu describes Murozond's death as the closing of the loop, showing things happened as they were expected to.
The primitive ancestors of modern dragons, who still exist in large numbers in Northrend and the Dragon Isles.
Galakrond was once a normal proto-dragon who consumed water tainted by the blood of Yogg'Saron. He began devouring other proto-dragons, his body mutating and swelling to an impossibly large size. The titanic watcher Tyr attempted to help five proto-dragon to combat the threat; their first assault was a failure ending with Tyrs hand being bitten off and forced the titan-forged to retreat. Luckily, the five proto-dragons managed to trick Galakrond into swallowing a big rock, causing him to choke to death. For their bravery, Tyr awarded them by convincing the Titans into turning the five into the Dragon Aspects. Even with Galakrond long dead, his name still strikes fear in the hearts of the dragons.
During the war with the Lich King, the Scourge attempted to raise him from the dead, though their efforts were thwarted. Meanwhile, the Primalists of the Dragon Isles still worship him as a god.
- Big Bad: In Dawn of the Aspects, which details his battle with the future Aspects.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: There is very little to no exclamation of what turned Galakrond into a humongous monster besides eating a lot. He lacks much personality despite being intelligent, seems to only exist to cause suffering, and to be the threat that gave birth to the Dragonflights.
- Kaiju: As shown by his skeleton in Dragonblight, he was absolutely enormous.
- Karmic Death: A gluttonous monster who eats anything or anyone in his way dies from choking caused by the creatures he terrorized.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: One of his many victims was a group of proto-dragons who attempted to betray their kind to him.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He devoured anything, including other proto-dragons.
- Monster Progenitor: Subverted through in-universe lies; the Aspects propagate rumors that the Titans created dragonkind from Galakrond, to keep his true nature a secret in order to prevent others from following in his path.
- Mysterious Past: How did Galakrond mutate into his gigantic form? Is he a minion of the Burning Legion? Did the Old Gods make him? Did something from the Shadowlands make him? Was it something the Titanforged created by accident which Tyr hints at in Dawn of the Aspects? It was more than a decade before it was revealed that the cause was Galakrond unknowingly consuming the blood of Yogg'Saron.
- Necromancer: After devouring proto-dragons, he regurgitated them back out as mindless zombies under his control, known as the "not-living". The zombies relied on Galakrond's guidance, because without him they frilled out uncontrollably, mostly attacking each other and eventually dying. This was notably the first case of undeath ever recorded on Azeroth.
- Posthumous Character: He died over 10,000 years before the events of World of Warcraft.
- Seeks Another's Resurrection: In Wrath of the Lich King, the Scourge attempts to resurrect Galakrond. The player stops them before they get too far along with that plan.
The PrimalistsA group of Proto-Dragons that rejected the Titans and their Order and condemned the rest of dragonkind as betrayers, leading to a civil war between the two factions. They are headed by the Primal Incarnates, a quartet of especially powerful proto-dragon siblings that took in the power of a primordial element.
In more recent times, some of the mortal races would align themselves with the Primalists, seeking to realize their ideal of a world free from the influence of the Titans.
They act as the major antagonistic force in the Dragonflight expansion.
- Elemental Powers: The faction's hat. While it goes without saying that the dragons themselves possess control of the elements, it wouldn't be an exaggeration that nearly every mortal aligned with the primalists is a Shaman of some kind.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Though their concerns are with dragonkind first and foremost, they seem to not discriminate between the mortals who become their lackeys - as long as they serve their cause. Their faction contains damn near every single playable race in the game, from Humans, all types of Elves, Orcs, Vulpera, Trolls, Undead, Tauren, etc.
- They want to remove the Titans' lingering influence on the world and retake Azeroth for themselves and be wild and free of Order - despite the fact that Azeroth itself IS a Titan.
- They believe that the Dragonflight whelplings are brainwashed from the egg by Order to serve the Titans. They respond by infusing eggs with elemental powers to brainwash them to support the Primalists.
- Join or Die: the Primalists are willing to extend an invitation to other races across Azeroth to join them, receive the power of the elements, and help them tear down Titan influence from the world. Those who refuse their offer are either killed or turned into mindless monsters to be used as weapons against their enemies.
- Knight Templar: They seem to genuienly think that the Titans meddling with Azeroth has only been negative, and removing their influence would make the world better.
Raszageth, the Stormeater
- Big Bad: As the leader of the Primalists that is trying to awaken her kindred, Raszageth is the major threat of the initial launch of Dragonflight.
- Blow You Away: In addition to her powers over storms and lightning, she can generate hurricane strength winds to blow her foes away. She uses this in her raid boss encounter.
- Cruel Mercy: During the Waking Shore storyline she defeats Alextrasza in a fight and decides to spare her...so that she can see the Primalists tear down the world in front of the eyes, and THEN die.
- Evil Is Hammy: There's hardly a line that she doesn't scream in pure, seething rage or contempt.
- Principles Zealot: She absolutely abhors Titans, their Order, and the Arcane magic associated to them due to being 'unnatural'.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: She and the other Incarnates was sealed in vaults by the Dragonflights to prevent them from rampaging across the world. The Evoker starter zone shows Primalists freeing her.
- Shock and Awe: She's the Primal Incarnate of Lightning. On top of manipulating the element, a constant storm surrounds her when she appears.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her assault on the Dracthyr and Neltharion, and her breaking the Titan artifact that kept the Dracthyr under his thumb, resulted in Neltharion accepting the help of the Old Gods to imprison her - starting Neltharion's fall into Deathwing.
- Villain World: The Primalist Future briefly entered in the Dragonflight Campaign shows what would happen if she and the Primalists win: A Thaldraszus completely ravaged by the elements in which the proto-drakes and their Primalist cultists hunt down any resistance to their rule.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Though she is killed as the final boss of the Vault of the Incarnates raid, she manages to weaken the prisons of her siblings enough for them to awaken on their own, advancing the plot of the Primalists at the cost of her life.
Iridikron, the Stonescaled
- Dishing Out Dirt: Has mastery over the earth itself, and almost seems like he's composed of nothing but stone and earth.
- The Dreaded: More so than any of the other Incarnates, the Aspects fear Iridikron the most, due his insatiable hunger, mastery over earth and stone, and him being the most devoted to the Primalist ideal.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His booming voice is as ancient as the very earth he controls.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He and the other Incarnates were imprisoned by the Aspects over 20,000 years ago. He is eventually freed by Raszageth in the ending cinematic of the Vault of the Incarnates raid.
- Villain Team-Up: During the rebellion, Iridikron struck several secret deals with other forces for aid against the Aspects. One of these deals is the Magma Pact, an alliance of convenience between the Primalists and Djaradin.