- Beware My Stinger Tail: Their tails are tipped with a venomous barb.
- Black Eyes of Evil: They all have black eyes with no pupils. Many of them are antagonists, but many others avert this by being heroic.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: A stereotype about them, according to Winter.
- Playing with Fire: They can breathe fire.
- Poisonous Person: They possess potent venom in stingers on their tail.
- Super Senses: Have enhanced sight and hearing.
First daughter of Queen Oasis. Oldest and strongest of the rival SandWing queens. Allied with SkyWing Queen Scarlet and MudWing Queen Moorhen. Known for her strength and brutality.
- Alliterative Family: Burn and her sisters: Blister and Blaze.
- Bad Boss: So much so that she ends up driving most of her allies to Blaze's side.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Blister's brains and Blaze's beauty.
- Berserk Button: Do not mention how Oasis was killed by a scavenger in font of her.
- Blood Knight: The Dragonets decide against supporting her since she'd probably continue the war For the Evulz.
- Cain and Abel: Is fighting a civil war with her sisters.
- The Caligula: Is one of the three sisters waging war over rulership of the SandWings, having dragged the other dragon nations in.
- Collector of the Strange: She keeps taxidermied dragons in her palace and loves obtaining abnormal specimens.
- Dark Action Girl: She loves fighting, and though she's generally more practical about her bloodlust than Scarlet she does have scars from fighting other dragons in person.
- Enemy Mine: Pulls one with Blister at the beginning of Deserter when they conspire together to kill Blaze.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her first appearance in the prologue of book 1, which the above quote is from.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Is described as having a good relationship with Queen Oasis.
- Eviler Than Thou: Tries to pull this on Blister by turning her plot against her while lecturing her on how she underestimated her as too stupid to see through her and how disgusting her plans were. Blister responds by killing her with the other snake she brought with her and doing this to her instead.
- Evil Is Bigger: She's a huge dragon, especially compared to the main characters, who aren't even fully grown.
- For the Evulz: She likes killing for the thrill of it and is actually happy when Blaze joins the war because she thinks fighting two sides will be fun. She draws the line at not even killing her enemies quickly, though.
- Frontline General: She has scars from fighting in the war, unlike Blister, who always avoids being in any position to be injured.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Though her position as queen is contested, she certainly fits the "evil" part.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: Unlike most dragons, who think hybrids are too rare to be concerned about, she thinks they shouldn't exist and keeps a stuffed alleged hybrid (SandWing/IceWing) in her castle.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: She attacks Dune because she is mad at [[spoiler:Six-claws for questioning her orders.
- Karmic Death: Tries to give Blister one by killing her with the snake she was going to kill Burn with, but there is an extra snake so she ends up getting a Karmic Death herself.
- Large and in Charge
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: In contrast to Scarlet.
- Offing the Annoyance: Why she kills Scald and Singe.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Smolder figures out that she's planning something horrible when he sees her actually working with Blister.
- Screw Destiny: She doesn't care about what the prophecy says, and wants to make a bid for the throne anyway.
- Taxidermy Terror: Her palace is full of these.
- Villainous Demotivator: Burn is not good at keeping a support base, and despite being the closest to the rightful heir and initially having the most support, it ends up being Blaze who most of the SandWings like most by the end of the war. Whenever she's talking to her competent general Six-claws, she notes how she's going to stuff him in her castle when he dies to show off his "freakish" extra claws. And then there's also what she did to I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure Dune.
Second daughter of Queen Oasis. Allied with the SeaWings and NightWings. Known for her intelligence and ruthlessness.
- Alliterative Family: Blister and her sisters: Burn and Blaze.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The brains to Burn's brawn and Blaze's beauty.
- Cain and Abel: Is fighting a civil war with her sisters
- Emotionless Girl: She seems to show no emotions ever since she was a dragonet, which creeps out her mother, Oasis.
- Enemy Mine: Pulls one with Burn at the beginning of Deserter when they conspire together to kill Blaze.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her first appearance, like Burn's establishes her motivation, personality, and ruthlessness.
- Eviler Than Thou: She is constantly fighting with Burn and Blaze, eventually planning to kill them outright. After she kills Burn, and when she is about to kill Blaze, she gloats about how she has plotted the whole war and successfully bested both of her sisters. She also does this to Kestrel, with her death showing how Blister is far more threatening than her.
- Evil Gloating: After she kills Burn and challenges Blaze, she gloats about how successful her plans have been while slowly killing her remaining sister.
- The Evil Princess: She was ambitious to be queen since she was a dragonet, and engineered Oasis' death and the resulting world war because she knew she couldn't defeat Burn in a fair challenge but wanted to be queen anyway.
- Gambit Roulette: Her plan for killing Burn in The Brightest Night relies on her getting the package and somehow not realizing they are vipers, or trying to keep them alive (unlikely for Burn. Then she plans to kill Blaze in a fair challenge, despite how she is heavily guarded and how the war would have been over decades ago if such a challenge was feasible. It only works due to Burn and Blaze being personally present at the peace meeting, which had not been announced when she first made her plan. Burn gets killed by one of the vipers when she is close to the package, but only because she was trying to kill Blister with the other one (so she was standing close to her) and Glacier allows Blaze's challenge to occur because they're in the middle of a peace meeting and it is easy to just let the war end at this point..
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Noticing a pattern? Again, she isn't the official queen yet, though.
- Half-Identical Twins: She looks very similar to Smolder and they are from the same hatching.
- Karmic Death: Burn tries to kill her this way by using the snake she wanted to use to kill Blister. Blister kills her instead with the second snake, and then still gets a Karmic Death by her ambition to rule backfiring when she tries to grab the Eye of Onyx.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: Tsunami and Starflight figure out that she killed Kestrel because she mentions that her throat was slashed as well as being poisoned with a SandWing tail, which she shouldn't have known.
- Last Episode, New Character: Is introduced in the epilogue of The Dragonet Prophecy.
- Manipulative Bastard: Blister was the one who started the war in the first place by stealing the treasure and blaming the Scavengers, and succeeds in killing Burn through trickery and deception.
- Murder by Inaction: She purposefully didn't get Burn's help when Oasis fought the scavengers that killed her, because she wanted her dead. Oasis knew this was her intention, but thought that a few scavengers couldn't possibly kill her anyway.
- No Body Left Behind: At the end of the last book of Part I. She's incinerated by the Eye of Onyx.
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: She treats the dragonets as honored guests in the Sea Kingdom to convince them to join her side. Until Starflight betrays her, that is.
- Obviously Evil: She is described as having a creepy affect that makes the dragonets of destiny and others instantly not trust her and think she's planning something. That doesn't mean they necessarily know what she is planning, though.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Smolder figures out that she's planning something horrible fairly quickly when he sees her working with Burn.
- Smug Snake: Oasis sees her as one, saying she's a dragon who thinks she can use her brain to solve everything but isn't even as smart as she thinks she is. YMMV on whether she actually is one.
- Snakes Are Sinister: Is described with a snakelike face and uses snakes to try to kill Burn.
- The Unfavorite: She was Oasis' least favorite daughter, because she thought that Blister was always scheming to have her killed and didn't like her emotionlessness.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Why she kills Kestrel.
Third daughter of Queen Oasis. Youngest of the rival SandWing queens. Allied with the IceWing Queen Glacier and supported by most of the SandWings. Known for her incompetence and vanity.
- Alliterative Family: Blaze and her sisters: Blister and Burn.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Beauty to Blister's Brains and Burn's Brawn.
- Brainless Beauty: Known for being the most beautiful SandWing sister and also the least intelligent.
- Cain and Abel: Is fighting a civil war with her siblings.
- Dumb Blonde: Has pale gold scales like most SandWings and is very unintelligent and incompetent.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: While not openly malicious, she's unintelligent, naive, and easily manipulated. Not good traits for one of the three unofficial queens.
- Idiot Hero: More like "Idiot Villain". She is acknowledged as the least intelligent of the three sisters when the Dragonets discuss the benefits of supporting one or another.
- Lethally Stupid: She does things like following two random dragons deep into enemy territory despite being her centerpiece of her own side in the war who would be killed on site, and walking into a huge sandstorm because a dragonet said someone hid her crown there. She nearly gets killed as a result both times.
- Puppet Queen: She's mostly juts a figurehead for her ally, Queen Glacier.
- Action Mom: She's Sunny's mother and a very powerful fighter.
- Adult Fear: She has her infant daughter (who was still in her egg) stolen from her, by someone she thought she could trust. She searches for years to find her. This all happens in a Wretched Hive, during a civil war.
- Amicable Exes: With Stonemover after The Brightest Night.
- Anger Born of Worry: When Qibli is hit by frostbreath in Darkness of Dragons, she screams at him not to faint.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Is chosen by the Eye of Onyx to become the new Queen of the SandWings.
- Big "NO!": When she learns Morrowseer is dead she becomes so angry she literally spits fire. And kills a NightWing named Preyhunter.
- Dark Horse Victory: In the War of SandWing Succession.
- Dartboard of Hate: She has wanted pictures for Morrowseer and a younger Dune used for throwing sharp things at.
- Enemies List: Has compiled a list of dragons she wants revenge on - namely Morrowseer and Dune.
- Good Is Not Soft: She's the leader of a Wretched Hive, and while it was a lot worse before she and her "Outclaws" took over, she will resort to using fear to maintain order if necessary.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She is noted to have a reputation for being an incorruptible dragon, which leads the Jade Mountain dragons to immediately determine she won't become the ally of Chameleon.
- I Never Got Any Letters: She was angry at Stonemover for never responding to her letters, but it turns out that Burn is in the business of intercepting everyone's letters.
- Just Like Robin Hood: She and her Outclaws turned a Wretched Hive into a refugee camp, taking from the rich and giving to the poor to ensure everyone has an even share.
- Offered the Crown: By Sunny, who gives her the Eye of Onyx.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Feels this way towards Morrowseer and Dune, so she is very angry when she finds out they are already dead
- Queen Of Thieves: She's the leader of the Outclaws. She later becomes an actual queen.
- Rags to Riches: Went from being the leader of a group of outlaws to the Queen of the SandWings in the space of one book.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: When Sunny is imprisoned in Burn's palace, about to be killed and stuffed, she charges in with all of her outclaws against Burn's much larger army to rescue her.
- Storming the Castle: She and her outclaws storm Burn's palace to rescue Sunny.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: She curses a lot. Well, as close as you can come to it in a kids book.
- Alliterative Family: Smolder and his brothers, Singe and Scald.
- Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes before he locks Sunny and Thorn in Burn's palace.
- Cannot Convey Sarcasm: It's hard for dragons to tell whether he's being serious or sarcastic when he talks.
- Deadpan Snarker: He spends much of his time snarking about Burn and his life, but tries to keep it very much deadpan and subtle so Burn won't pick up on it and have him executed.
- Half-Identical Twins: He looks very similar to Blister and they are from the same hatching.
- Human Pet: He has one, and is sending Vermilion letters of advice on how to keep them.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Palm.
- Trapped in Villainy: He's forced to stay as Burn's prison guard because if he disobeys her, he'll be executed like his brothers.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: She has a poisonous tail tip like all SandWings, but she has a particular tendency of brandishing it all of the time.
- Dark Action Girl: She fights a lot, including against her fellow alternate dragonets.
- Evil Counterpart: She's Sunny's replacement, and is much more aggressive and less enthusiastic about the prophecy.
- Mutual Kill: Poisons Flame before he throws her into the volcano during their fight. Subverted because Starflight and Fatespeaker manage to get Flame a bright sting cactus through the tunnel before he can die from the poison.
- Dragon Hoard: She presided over the SandWing treasure, which was once the largest treasure in Pyrrhia.
- Intro-Only Point of View: In The Brightest Night.
- Posthumous Character: She died 20 years before the start of the series.
- Sound-Only Death: In Deserter, Six-claws doesn't actually witness her death but just hears a lot of horrific roaring coming from the palace area.
- Tempting Fate: Her thoughts in the prologue of The Brightest Night show her wondering what a few scavengers could possibly do to her.
- A Day in the Limelight: In Deserter.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dune.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Burn. It's why the NightWings want to get rid of him. Downplayed in that when Burn decides to try to force the MudWings to her side against Six-Claws' orders it actually works, and she's shown to be utterly cruel and more than a bit rash but not the complete idiot Blaze is.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Why he initially works for Burn. Even he eventually becomes too disillusioned with the war and her cruelty to continue any longer, though.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Deserts Burn's army for the Outclaws along with Dune due to Deathbringer's influence and what Burn did to Dune.
Ostrich (Six-Claws' daughter)
- Dead Guy Junior: Presumably named after Ostrich, her paternal grandmother.
- The Mole: He is an outlaw who's really working for Burn.
- Killed Offscreen: Dies along with Quicksand due to a sickness during a Time Skip in Deserter.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He mentions being Blaze's father after she is whining to him that he's not her boss. Everyone in-story knows it, but it counts as this for the readers.
- Minor Major Character: He's Burn, Blister, and Blaze's father and the king of the SandWings, but his importance in Oasis' court varies depends on what Oasis feels about him at the moment and he dies fairly early into Deserter.
Ostrich (Six-Claws' mother):
- Action Mom: She's Six-Claws' mother and also one of Oasis' most respected royal guards who is a very competent fighter.
- Good Parents: It is noted that thanks to her and Quicksand, Six-Claws is one of the rare dragons who has a happy childhood.
- Killed Offscreen: Is killed in battle after a Time Skip in Deserter.
- Good Parents: It is noted that thanks to him and Ostrich, Six-Claws is one of the rare dragons who has a happy childhood.
- Killed Offscreen: Dies of a sickness along with Char after a Time Skip in Deserter.
- Non-Action Guy: Unlike Ostrich, he doesn't have a role as a guard but is instead the royal chef.
- Alliterative Family: Singe and his brothers, Scald and Smolder.
- Red Shirt: His only purpose is to be killed to show how powerful Peril is.
- Abusive Parents: His mother would hit him, apparently to make him 'strong.' One of the reasons he loves Thorn so much is because she saved him from her.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He is unaware of it (Pyrrhia not having advanced medicine), but he bears marks of psychological trauma. His irrationally low self-esteem, urges to placate Cobra, and self-acknowledged delusions of affection on her part are common in abuse victims, and much of Darkness of Dragons revolves around him overcoming his desire for Cobra's approval so he can bring her to justice.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He's extremely observant and analytical, though he downplays it on the surface.
- Badass Normal: He notes hat he's the only member of the main cast of the second arc not to be royal or have any special powers; all he has is his mind. That doesn't stop him from making use of it.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: He's suspicious of Moon, but considers her "too pretty to be evil."
- Broken Messiah: He often worries about his darkest thoughts, hating himself for them, while dragons who know him consider him a perfectly noble dragon who shouldn't have to worry about such things.
- The Consigliere: Darkstalker wants him to become this for him, reasoning that his cleverness and ability to Take a Third Option will allow him to point out when Darkstalker is going too far in dealing with a threat or falsely convincing himself that his course of action is necessary. Qibli refuses on the ground that a dragon who needs someone else to point out that genocide isn't necessary when you have omnipotent power shouldn't be allowed to have that power in the first place.
- Deadpan Snarker: He tends to make sarcastic quips about other dragons, particularly Winter.
- Desperately Craves Affection: Qibli is desperate to be loved by his mother, and this carries out to everyone he interacts with in his life, to the point of wanting to use a spell to make them like him if he was an animus dragon.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Got a minor role in The Brightest Night before returning in the second series as a main character.
- Enemy Mine: Why he asks for Moon's help even after she reveals her powers; he doesn't trust her, but finding out who set the bomb is more important than that."And I think that's the most important thing, and you're the dragon who has the best chance of figuring it out, so I'm here to help you, is what I wanted to say."
- Foil: To Winter. The two are roommates, and Qibli actively tries to help other students deal with him. Given Qibli's calmness and talent for diplomacy, he restrains Winter's bad temper quite well.
- Guile Hero: Despite not having powers (well, more than the typical dragon and not being particularly strong, he manages to succeed thanks to his intelligence, eye for detail and understanding of how other dragons' minds work.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Upon learning that Moon has been reading his thoughts, his first reaction is fear that she will hate him for them.Moon: But I don't understand. He never thought anything more terrible than any other dragon. [...]Darkstalker: He doesn't know that. [...] It's often the most brilliant dragons who are the most insecure.
- Hyper-Awareness: He notices just about everything about every dragon.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Constantly wonders how to act to make others like him.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: When Turtle calls him one a heroic dragon, he is quick to point out that he's not as perfect and incorruptible as he seems and it's only because of Thorn that he doesn't act on some of his worst thoughts.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Being raised among the outclaws, his first reaction to seeing a rich dragon with a lot of treasure is to think of how selfish that dragon is and how much more useful the treasure would be if stolen and given to the poor. Being as self-deprecating as he is, though, he hates himself for even having those thoughts.
- Motor Mouth: A mental example. He's no sooner broached the idea of negotiating with Moon than his mind is flooded with ideas about how they could do so.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Accidentally provoked Winter's fight with Moon by letting Bandit out of his cage.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends to be dumber than he is to fit in with the other dragonets.
- Recruited from the Gutter: Thorn rescued him from his abusive family and life where ehe was forced to steal to survive and made him her advisor. It's part of why he's so loyal to her.
- The Social Expert: He analyzes any and all social situations and is very good at figuring out what other dragons' thoughts and intentions are.
- Street Smart: Is very practical and observant.
- Tuckerization: He's named after Tui's son, and has a personality somewhat based on him - though Tui says that another, younger dragonet (presumably Cliff) is more like him.
- Tyke Bomb: He was raised be his parents to be an assassin, and mostly didn't end up a villain because of Thorn.
- Undying Loyalty: The whole reason he's attending Jade Academy is so he can serve Thorn better.
- White Sheep: Is the only member of his family who didn't end up a ruthless career criminal.
- Psychic Block Defense: Like Turtle, she is completely unreadable by NightWing psychics because of her skyfire.
- Rightful King Returns: Subverted. She thinks that her royal blood gives her the right to usurp Thorn and jail whoever she wants, but in reality everyone recognizes her as an arrogant, ignorant brat who has no business being anywhere near power.
- Mr. Exposition: He introduces the main characters to Possibility and explains things about the town.
CobraThe abusive mother of Qibli, Rattlesnake and Sirocco; an accomplished assassin.
- Blatant Lies: As the Outclaws are locking her away, she does her utmost to act like a caring mother who Qibli is betraying- the fact that she sold him be damned.
- Character Tics: She always eats roasted seeds before undertaking a job.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Having no appreciation of real love, she cannot fake it well enough to deceive Qibli.
Rattlesnake and Sirocco
- Small Role, Big Impact: In their short appearance, they manage to set off a chain of events that leads to Foeslayer flying away, Winter nearly being killed and the rest of Jade Winglet and Peril finding out that Turtle is an animus.