His heart knows only virtue.
His blade defends the helpless.
His might upholds the weak.
His word speaks only truth.
His wrath undoes the wicked!"
Quaid is Bowen, a knight in 10th Century (Saxon) England who is one of the few left who adhere to the "Old Code" of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Bowen is the teacher and mentor to a young prince named Einon. During a peasant uprising, the King is killed in battle and the prince is horribly injured. Bowen takes the boy to his mother, who strikes a deal with an intelligent dragon (Sean Connery) to perform an ancient ritual, which will give the prince his life back. A few weeks later as Einon assumes his role as the new King, Bowen realizes that Einon is cruel and sadistic, more than the previous King. Disillusioned, Bowen believes that the dragonheart corrupted Einon and sets out to hunt down and kill every last dragon.
After many a year of dragonslaying, Bowen comes across the one who performed the dragonheart ritual, though he doesn't recognize him. They fight to a standstill, and decide to strike a partnership instead of killing each other. The dragon harasses towns and Bowen will pretend to kill him. The dragon doesn't have to worry about actual slayers and Bowen makes a living hustling the villagers.
Bowen eventually gives the dragon a name, Draco, after the dragon constellation. His time with Draco reminds him of how far he has gone away from the Old Code, and he realizes that Einon was always evil. Both Bowen and Draco believed their influence could change him but they were wrong. They then decide to encourage another peasant uprising to bring down Einon. With Bowen as a leader and with Draco as muscle, they believe they can succeed. What no one expected was that Draco and Einon's fates are linked together through the dragonheart.
The movie was one of the first after Jurassic Park to feature such extensive CGI, but more advanced in the aspect of CGI being used to portray a main character interacting with live actors. Draco was a living, breathing character of his own and Sean Connery's voice gave him added weight.
Critics were ho-hum about the film, but many moviegoers enjoyed it. Criticisms seemed to be more on the non-Draco production values, compared to epics like Braveheart, showing a few dozen people fighting a battle in a crowded forest didn't give quite the same spectacle (never mind the fact that armies in the dark ages tended to not be much larger than a few dozen men). Also, the humor was sometimes slapstick and at other times anachronistic, with the monk character Gilbert quoting from the 16th century King James Bible.
The head screenwriter, Charles Edward Pogue, published a novelization of the story which expanded somewhat on the characters, events, and world.
A sequel, Dragonheart: A New Beginning was released direct-to-video in 2000. Although the new dragon, Drake, was voiced by Robby Benson of Beauty and the Beast fame, it was fairly standard DTV fare geared towards a younger audience.
Toward the end of Bowen's life, he had returned to the cave where he had first met Draco - and discovered a dragon egg. The egg was put in the care of Gilbert's monastery, where it hatched into a young dragon named Drake. Drake is cared for by a friar and the novice Mansel in secret, until he is one day discovered by Mansel's friend Geoff, an orphan stableboy who dreams of being a knight. Meanwhile, a pair of travelers arrive from the East, searching for a dragon they believe has been born; a prophecy says an ancient evil will take hold of the land using a dragon's heart when a two-tailed comet blazes across the sky. The comet is just days away, and they intend to prevent the evil from happening.
A third film, titled Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse, was released direct-to-video and on Netflix in February 2015, and it serves as a prequel to the first film. Gareth, a squire aspiring to be knighted, discovers a dragon and a clutch of eggs while searching for treasure to pay off his debt. The dragon - who Gareth names Drago (voiced by Ben Kingsley) - saves Gareth's life by sharing his heart after the young man is badly wounded protecting the eggs, and the two become bonded.
Drago, however, becomes cursed by the evil sorcerer, Brude, who wants the eggs for himself: in bright light or by fire, Drago becomes ghostly, unable to fight, and on the night of the full moon - just two days away - Brude will be able to fully bend Drago to his will. Gareth and Drago, and their two new companions, must protect the eggs, figure out a way to break the curse, and stop Brude and his army.
A fourth film titled Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire was released direct-to-video and on Netflix in June 2017. It's a sequel to Dragonheart 3 and Drago is voiced by Patrick Stewart. After Gareth, king of Britannia, passes away, his twin grandchildren, Edric and Mehgan, fight each other for the throne using their inherited dragon strength and fire powers. When Vikings led by Thorgrim steal the Heartfire - Drago's source of power - and challenge the siblings' rights to the throne, Edric and Mehgan must set aside their sibling rivalry or the kingdom may fall.
These films provide examples of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Einon purposely acts as one to Kara for murdering her father.
- Achievement In Ignorance: Brother Gilbert starts a rhyme as Bowen starts his fight with a dragon and it was really good... until he realized he had no idea what he just said.Gilbert: ...That was good. What did I say? What did I say?!
- Action Girl: Kara, who began as something of a Damsel in Distress and Took a Level in Badass with Bowen's instruction.
- Actually, I Am Him: Apparently, Bowen doesn't figure out Draco is the dragon he swore to kill until they travel to Avalon together.
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Compared to the novelization, the film has many additions and omissions that create a number of plot holes:
- The reason for the animosity between Bowen and Brok is left unanswered. In the book, the reason is that a duel between them was held in the past to see which of them would be Einon's mentor and Bowen won.
- The film exposes Einon as a villain to the audience early on when he takes his father's crown and tells him to die, making Bowen look stupid for blaming Draco's heart for Einon's "corruption." It makes sense in the book since Einon doesn't tell Freyne to die and jerks away with the crown, and it's only after he's revived by Draco that Einon reveals his true nature by laying waste to the peasant village and rounding up rebels for his quarry the following day.
- The book explains that King Freyne was a dragonslayer who forced Aislinn into a loveless marriage as he only wanted her for her beauty, after which he slaughtered her dragon-worshipping people, leaving her unable to protect her son from his father's cruelty or from becoming just like him. Aislinn reveals all of this during the scene in Draco's cave and when she helps Kara escape the castle.
- In the film, Bowen's character arc of an honorable knight turned dragonslayer and going back to a knight of the Old Code is shaky and questionable at best. The book details that Draco uses the cons with Bowen as a way to pick at Bowen's conscience as he sees the peasants suffer under Einon's rule until they and Kara arrive at the reeking swamp village, where Bowen is at the end of his rope and he can no longer justify conning the king's minions; a plot point nonexistent in the film.
- When Kara stabs Einon in the shoulder, Draco's shoulder glows in response. However, when Einon falls into the cistern at the end of the film, Draco doesn't respond to it. The book rectifies this by having Draco's entire body glowing as he writhes in pain.
- In the book, the swamp village residents are not only starving but so poor that they offer Bowen bits of metal and kitchen utensils as payment for his services. By adding a bunch of pigs to the scene, the film makes the swamp people look like idiots as they already have enough meat to feed themselves. On top of that, when the con is exposed, the villagers appear to turn cannibal when they go after Bowen, Kara, and Gilbert. The book explains that the villagers go after them because of being tricked out of making a meal out of Draco.
- In the film, Gilbert's mule Merlin is last seen before Bowen and Draco's fight. In the book, Merlin is with Gilbert when he appears at the swamp village, and later accompanies the group to Avalon and Kara's village.
- Bowen appears wearing the headband of Kara's father on his arm near the end of the film without explanation, but the book shows Kara giving it to Bowen as her "lady's favor" in the cistern when they go to save Draco from Einon.
- All There in the Manual: The novelization not only gives greater detail about the world and its deterioration under Einon's rule, it has more development and provides insight for characters like Bowen, Draco, Kara, Gilbert, Einon, Queen Aislinn, Brok, and Lord Felton.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: An unusual example where the Japanese◊ poster is more action-filled than the American◊ one.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Einon decides to make Kara his bride, both because he finds her beautiful and because he knows she hates him.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Draco dies and ascends to the heavens with his brethren.
- As Long as There is Evil and As Long as There is One Man: Draco tells Bowen that there is an equalizer in this story, in that the day cannot be won until Einon is dead. And Einon can't die unless Draco dies.
- Attempted Rape: Einon to Kara, in the scene where she stabs him. In the novelization of the film, it's not an attempt - he actually DOES rape her.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Not only Einon is the evil ruler of England, but it turns out that he's a quite good swordsman and fighter. He even manages to almost kill Bowen twice.
- An Axe to Grind: Becomes Kara's Weapon of Choice toward the end.
- Badass Beard: Bowen.
- Badass Creed: See the page quote.
Inside the Table's circle,
- The novel reveals the Code in full:
Under the Sacred Sword,
A Knight must vow to follow
The Code that is unending.
Unending as the Table -
A Ring by Honour bound.A Knight is sworn to Valour.
His Heart knows only Virtue.
His Blade defends the Helpless.
His Might upholds the Weak.
His Word speaks only Truth.
His Wrath undoes the Wicked.The Right can never die
If one man still recalls.
The Words are not forgot
If one voice speaks them clear.
The Code forever shines
If one heart holds it bright.
- Badass Preacher: Brother Gilbert near the end.
- Beat Still, My Heart: The physical heart itself is removed from the dragon and shown onscreen.
- Big Bad: Einon is the main antagonist of the film.
- Bittersweet Ending: Due to the bond shared by Draco and Einon, in order for Einon to be beaten, Draco himself must die. Oh, and also he's the last dragon still alive in the entire world. But even though Draco dies, by sacrificing his life in order to stop Einon, he's redeemed himself and earned his place in the Dragons' Heaven, among his brothers again at last.
- Blood from the Mouth: Hewe has some on the corner of his mouth during the battle at the end, though it's not a fatal example.
- Bond One-Liner: Gilbert gets quite a few of these during the battle in the forest.
- Breath Weapon: Fire, naturally, considering that this is a movie about a dragon. Interestingly, Draco breathes fire from his nostrils, not from his mouth; this makes the stalemate with Bowen more plausible.
- Broken Bird: Kara, to an extent, because of her father's murder. The novelization implies that Queen Aislinn (Einon's mother) may also be one; Einon's father invaded her homeland and slaughtered many of her dragon-loving people, but kept her for his queen because of her beauty.
- Bucket Helmet: Kara wears one toward the start.
- Butt-Monkey: Felton in the novelization. He's always picked on by Einon's men (and occasionally Einon himself), partly because he is poor at hunting (to the point that once he left a dead deer out the day before, claiming to shoot it that day, but didn't realize before telling everyone to look at his "kill" that the carcass had been half eaten by a scavenger overnight). He's caught with his pants down when Draco attacks the village, his house is damaged in the attack, and Bowen steals his money by asking for it in advance and then pretending to have been eaten. He gets his hand cut off by a peasant. Later, during the battle, Gilbert shoots him in the rear with an arrow, giving a Bond One-Liner to add insult to injury. Immediately after, the girl he had been in bed with attacks him, knocks him out, and then steals some money and his jeweled cuff (which he had been wearing over his stump). In the end, he is stabbed from behind and killed by the peasants.
- Cassandra Truth: No one believes Kara when she tells the townsfolk that Bowen's "in league with the dragon!"
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: Hewe and the other rebel peasants show up just after Einon has been defeated and Draco dies.
- Cave Behind the Falls: Quite literally, Bowen finds Draco in a... well, a cave. Behind a waterfall.
- Cessation of Existence: Draco says that only certain dragons get to have an afterlife, branded by the stars. The others just... disappear when they die.
- Chekhov's Gun: During Draco's attack on the castle, a big axe is dropped when one of the dragon slayers gets killed. It is later picked up by Kara to defend herself from Brok and afterwards it's used by Bowen to kill Draco.
- Chekhov's Skill: When pretending to be hunted down by Bowen, Draco deftly catches the ballista bolts that Bowen shoots at him. During the final battle, it becomes useful when the real dragon killers use ballistas against him.
- Chess Motif: In the novelization, Queen Aislinn is forever playing chess. During Einon's childhood she played it with Bowen, who was the only one who saw any value in it; after Einon becomes King, she plays against herself.
- Coconut Superpowers: Subverted; the movie takes its time to reveal Draco, but once he is shown in full they don't cut any corners.
- Con Man: Bowen and Draco form a duo, scamming villagers out of their money by staging dragon kills.
- Constellations: The constellation Draco is also known as the Dragon's Heaven. According to dragon religion, dragons that live honorable lives are allowed to become a star in the constellation when they die.
- Covered in Mud: Kara's villagers, in addition to throwing fruits/vegetables at her, throw mud. Bowen taunts her about the mud, and she responds by smearing a smashed watermelon in his face.
- Creator Cameo: Director Rob Cohen is Draco's singing voice. He also makes an appearance in the shallow-water con scene: he is the villager that walks out and says "Meat!" first.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Brother Gilbert turns out to be one of these, once he has a bow and arrow in his hands; he even follows Bowen into situations so dangerous that the men of the village hesitate.
- Deadpan Snarker: Bowen and Draco both have their moments.
- Deceptive Disciple: Einon, to Bowen.
- Disney Death/Disney Villain Death: Einon appears to die by falling off the highest tower of the castle. This fails to kill him, due to the fact that he is bound to life as long as Draco lives.
- Disappears into Light: At the very end of the movie, as Draco dies, his body fades into light, which ascends to the stars.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Kara's father remarks to Einon that he should be grateful, for it was a stroke from his blade that made Einon a king. That crack ends up costing him dearly.
- Doesn't Trust Those Guys: Bowen claims that the word of a dragon is worthless because you can't trust them.
- A Dog Named "Dog": "Draco" is Latin (or as Bowen calls it, the "scholar's tongue") for "dragon". Justified in that he refuses to tell his real name and says humans can't pronounce it anyway. Lampshaded by Draco:"So instead of calling me dragon in your tongue, you'll call me dragon in some other tongue."
- The Dragon: Not Draco, actually - Einon's general, Brok.
- Dual Wielding: Kara prefers to fight with two axes. Bowen during the forest battle.
- Evil All Along: Einon. Bowen spends twelve years convinced it was the dragon heart that turned him dark but in a duel, Einon point blank tells him he never believed in the Code and Bowen realizes the man was always going to be a tyrant.
- The Evil Prince: Einon, who grows up to become an Evil King.
- Exact Words: "Death should be a release, not a punishment." Einon later uses this to justify killing Kara's father, since she asks the King to release him.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: While practicing with Einon in the beginning, Bowen pours himself a drink and is still able to parry all of Einon's blows without even looking.
- Fallen Hero: Bowen, a once proud and noble knight of the Old Code, turns into a disillusioned mercenary and dragonslayer. (And for a while, a Con Man with a dragon for a partner.)
- Fate Worse than Death:
Draco: Yes knight, I do long for death, but... fear it.
- Einon is a big fan of this trope. In his words, "Death should be a release, not a punishment." It was something Bowen taught him, but he twisted it. Kara throws it at him in one scene: "In your kingdom, Einon, there are fates worse than death!" "I'll think one up for you." He later decides to make her his bride, which may be the fate he intended.
- Draco considers his soul fading into nothingness - a fate that awaits him if he is unable to redeem himself - to be one.
Bowen: Why? Aside from your misery, what's to lose?
Draco: My soul.
- Forced to Watch: Right before Einon prepares to kill his mother, he gives Draco a cruel smile. Draco growls threateningly and tries to shoot some fire, but because he is chained up, he can do nothing but watch the subsequent matricide.
- Forceful Kiss: Einon does this to Kara, not just to mock her about killing her father before, but to reveal his plan to marry her.
- Funny Background Event: When Kara thinks she's defending Draco from Bowen, he starts admitting the ruse, while in the background, Draco is silently waving his hand to indicate "No, stop!", (while mouthing the word "no") and ends by quickly drawing a line across his throat in the universal sign of "Shut UP!".
- Giant Flyer: Draco is one, considering that he's a large dragon about as big as a house.
- The Gift: Parodied with Brother Gilbert, who picks up a bow and arrow pretty quickly.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Averted with Einon's mother, Queen Aislinn, whose only crime was loving her son and trying to save him. Between Einon and his father, this movie is a much stronger example of God Save Us From the Kings.
- Hands-On Approach: Bowen gives Kara instruction of how to properly use a battle hatchet.
- Here There Were Dragons: The Arthurian days are past, the Old Code is almost forgotten about, and dragons have since been nearly hunted to extinction. And at the end, they're all gone.
- Heroic BSoD: Bowen has one after realizing that he had helped wipe out an innocent species for no reason; he thought that Draco's heart had made Einon evil, when in fact Einon had always been a monster.
- Healing Hands: Kara tends to an injury Bowen receives while fighting with Einon; Bowen compliments her on having "a healer's touch."
- Heal It with Fire: After Draco performs the dragonheart ritual, he gives the wound a quick shot of flame to cauterize it.
- HeelFaith Turn: Bowen redeems himself from his Fallen Hero status thanks to King Arthur.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Bowen, to Kara. It's made more explicit in the novelization, where he actually confesses his feelings.
- Heroic Resolve: Bowen at Avalon, citing the Knight's Code in front of a statue of King Arthur.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: The idealistic Brother Gilbert points out that a proper hero should not accept payment, to which Bowen sensibly points out that honor will not put food in his belly nor shoe his horse. The dickish Lord Felton still uses it as a pretense to avoid paying Bowen for his service.
- Hit Me, Dammit!: Draco tries to convince Bowen to kill him in order to beat Einon.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Bowen sorely wanted to believe that Einon was better than his father. He's also irrationally suspicious of his future ally Draco at first, believing that the only reason Einon became evil was because Draco's heart made him that way.
- I Want Them Alive: When Einon realises that he is immortal as long as Draco lives, he orders off the dragonslayers his mother hired, even using the exact words, "I want it alive!"
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Brok is killed by Kara. His final words are, "A girl?"
- Ink-Suit Actor: The FX artists made Draco talk and act with Sean Connery's mannerisms.
- Is That the Best You Can Do?: Draco says this when Bowen first attacks him.
- Kick the Dog:
- We know Brok is a bad guy because he insults Bowen early on for no reason, calling him a nursemaid. The novelization explains that Brok's animosity towards Bowen stems from a duel the two had that decided which of them would be Einon's mentor. King Freyne wanted Brok to mentor Einon while Aislinn chose Bowen, and Bowen emerged the victor.
- Einon also gets a lot of moments when it counts, including shooting Kara's father for sport. In the novelization, he later rapes Kara after she tries to kill him.
- Knight In Sour Armor:
- Bowen, who literally is a knight.
- And, ironically enough, Draco. The dragon has every reason to hate humanity for how they've hunted his kind down to near-extinction and is a pretty world-weary Death Seeker all around, but he still aims to do his part to help the very people that fear him and undo his mistakes that led to Einon's rise to power.
- Large Ham:
- Last of His Kind: Literally for Draco; for Bowen, he was the only one who kept to the Old Code.
- Left Stuck After Attack: During their first fight, Draco uses his bladed tail against Bowen, which slices through a standing tree with ease; but when he brings it down on a fallen log, it has just enough give that it doesn't cut through, and his tail gets stuck.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to the Darker and Edgier novelization based on the original screenplay, the film was made to gear towards families. Executive Meddling and Creative Differences caused the moments of somewhat graphic violence in the book to be lessened or removed completely, and more wisecracks and moments of slapstick to be added.
- Light Is Not Good/Dark Is Not Evil: In a complete reversal of the standard, Einon's wardrobe is almost entirely white, and Bowen's is almost entirely black.
- Literal Change of Heart: Draco gives away half his heart, hoping to redeem the prince.
- The Magic Goes Away: At the end of the film, with Draco's death, dragons are gone.
- Martial Pacifist: What Brother Gilbert turns into when he proves to be a quick study with the bow - rather than aim to kill, he tries to incapacitate his targets. His only exception, complete with quoting Thou Shalt Not Kill while lining up the shot in a moment of conflict, is loosing an arrow at King Einon, though he remains this due to Einon's immortality clause kicking in.
- Matricide: During the final battle, after the tyrannical King Einon's mother tries to kill the dragon who provides Einon with immortality as long as their hearts are shared, he murders her without remorse to cement how evil he is.
- The Medic: The novelization gives Queen Aislinn this role. It's noted that Einon is annoyed by her frequent forays out into the villages to dispense healing herbs and minister to the sick, but as it doesn't really inconvenience him, he lets her do as she pleases.
- Mexican Standoff: Probably the only way they could do it between a man and a dragon. Draco tried to chew Bowen in self-defense, so Bowen grabbed his sword and embedded it in the roof of Draco's mouth. If either tried to make the finishing blow it would be suicide.
- The Middle Ages: The setting of this movie.
- Monster Façade: Draco pretends to menace a farming village so that Bowen can charge them a fee to slay the monster. Played for Laughs when the felled dragon cannot sink into a lake deep enough to preclude being mobbed and discovered to be unharmed. "This is as deep as the stupid lake gets," he snarls to Bowen in a Stage Whisper.
- Monster Protection Racket: Draco attacks villages and pretends to be killed by Bowen.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Draco's sacrifice heralds the arrival of a golden age for the kingdom.
- Named by the Adaptation: The dragonslayers: in the novelization, they're Uhlrich, Tavis, Trahern, Cavan and Ivor.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- The film's story wouldn't have happened if the heroes hadn't all collectively broken it. Bowen and Queen Aislinn take the mortally-wounded Einon to Draco to see if the dragon can save his life, and Draco himself gives half his heart to Einon despite sensing evil in the boy. Saving the prince only paves the way for a regime that's even more tyrannical than the last.
- Bowen doesn't want to kill Draco because he's the last of his kind. But whose fault is that, dragonslayer? Not to mention he was only killing dragons in the first place to kill Draco, thinking that it was his heart transplant that made Einon evil. Turns out Einon was a massive prick to begin with and parroted the teachings of the Old Code just to satisfy Bowen and be taught how to fight.
- Gilbert's well-aimed arrow to Einon's heart not only incapacitates Draco long enough for him to be captured, but makes Einon realize that if Draco dies, he dies, and causes him to race back to the castle to stop the dragon slayers before they can finish the job.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Kara has difficulty wielding a huge poleaxe against Brok until he mockingly cuts the shaft in half, making it easier for her to use to kill him.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Dennis Quaid (Bowen) and Dina Meyer (Kara) retain their American accents despite playing European characters. Averted with David Thewlis (Einon), who according to Patrick Read Johnson had to mimic the Northern English accent used by young Einon (Lee Oakes) since his scenes were shot first.
- Obviously Evil: So obvious with Einon that it's baffling how everyone saw it but Bowen.
- Offered the Crown: In both the ending narration and the novelization of the film, it's heavily implied that Bowen and Kara are named King and Queen after Einon's death.
- Offing the Offspring: Well, Queen Aislinn tries... that's the reason she hires the dragonslayers. She realizes that Einon will die if Draco does. Unfortunately for her, Einon figures it out too.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Bowen the instructor vs. Einon the evil monarch.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Dennis Quaid's accent varies between regular American and something approaching Irish with mild undertones of Pirate. All the other American actors don't try.
- Our Dragons Are Different: They're intelligent, can talk, seem capable of some magic, and though they're commonly hunted by humans, they're still expected to help them in order to ascend to their version of "Heaven." Also, they have tails that act like giant scissors, and they can only breathe fire through their nose (said fire tends to have explosive effects.)
- Palate Propping: Leads to a standoff with Bowen literally inside Draco's mouth.
- Playing Possum:
- In the novelization, Bowen does this in the training scene at the start, after falling off a wall.
- In the film, Einon does this briefly after falling down a flight of stairs.
- Plot Hole: A number of scenes were cut from the film that help the story flow more naturally, contain character development, and help explain their motivations.
- Produce Pelting: Kara's villagers do this to her when she tries to convince them to fight Einon.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Kara in the novelization.
- Reality Ensues: Bowen saves Kara's father from being blinded early in the movie... only for Einon to recapture him later and finish the job anyway. Because really, why wouldn't he?
- One man can easily tell that Draco is the same Dragon from Owen's old trick.
- Recycled Trailer Music: Randy Edelman's main theme for the film has been recycled countless times in other movie trailers. If you don't recognize it right away, go to about 2:28 on that video. If you still don't recognize it, you probably haven't been to a movie theatre since 1996. It is frequently used for montages at the Academy Awards, possibly because the score was not even nominated the year the movie came out. In fact, Edelman's theme is also featured in the film's sequel and later prequels.
- Redemption Equals Death: According to Draco, a dragon must earn his place in the Dragons' Heaven. If they don't, then in Draco's own words, "our spirit disappears, as if we never were." By sharing his heart with Einon, he loses his place in the Heavens. But by sacrificing his life to stop Einon, he earns his place back, and becomes the brightest star in the Dragons' Heaven.
- Redemption in the Rain: Bowen renews his knightly vows in the pouring rain, kneeling before King Arthur himself.
- Redhead In Green: Kara often wears green.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: Our first hint of Einon's true nature is when he steals the crown from his dying father, who tries to hold onto it.
- Reverse Grip: Bowen holds his sword like this a few times.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Bowen believes that the dragonheart corrupted Einon, so he intends to kill every last one.
- Rousing Speech: Bowen gives one to the villagers.
- Same-Sex Triplets: Identical girls in Kara's home village.
- Scenery Porn: The landscape and castle are beautiful.
- Sleep Cute: Draco is made of this trope.
- The Sociopath: Einon. At the beginning, he comes across as a naive and boisterous but still well-meaning kid who loves his (albeit tyrannical) father and needs some guidance from a wise mentor to be an even better king. However, cracks begin to form when his reaction to seeing his dying father is to try and seize the crown. And once he becomes king, it becomes clear the whole naive kid thing was an act he put on for Bowen to learn swordsmanship, which he readily drops and begins a reign of terror, abusing his power to pursue his often sadistic whims without expressing an ounce of remorse or empathy for others.
- Stargazing Scene: As Sir Bowen and the dragon prepare for a night's rest al fresco, Bowen points out the constellation Draco in the night sky, and suggests calling the dragon by that name. The dragon replies that he'd feel honored to be named after that array of stars.
- Starring Special Effects: Draco.
- Stars Are Souls: Good dragons who die become a star in the Draco constellation. This happens to Draco when he dies.Draco: To the stars, Bowen. To the stars.
- The Stoic/Stoic Woobie: Queen Aislinn, in the novelization. She seems to have developed this personality as a result of her forced marriage to a ruffian and the equally brutal kingship of her only child.
- Soul Jar: Draco. As long as he lives, so does Einon.
- Synchronization: Draco and Einon can feel each other's pain. Einon also lives as long as Draco does.
- Talking Animal: Draco.
- Thanks for the Mammary: Brother Gilbert to Kara when he jumps on Bowen's horse.
- That Man Is Dead: Kara speaks of a great knight she saw once. Bowen, the knight in question, responds that "that knight died of his wounds long ago."
- This Is My Name on Foreign: Kinda. Draco even replies that Bowen is just calling him "Dragon" in a different tongue instead of his own, but accepts the name because he finds an honor to be named after the constellation.
- Training the Peaceful Villagers: Bowen, Draco, and Kara raise a peasant army. One that is better trained and better organized to face Einon's army.
- The Un-Reveal: Draco's real name, which supposedly can't be pronounced by humans anyway. He's about to say it but it devolves into a loud series of roars and him falling onto his back due to Kara stabbing Einon in the shoulder back at his castle.
- Unwanted Rescue: Queen Aislinn helps Kara escape from the castle rather than be forced to marry Einon. Kara initially doesn't want this rescue - not because she doesn't want to escape, but because she doesn't want to accept help from the woman who gave birth to the monster. Aislinn wins her compliance by saying, "I won't let you suffer the same fate as me."
- Virgin Sacrifice: When the people of Kara's village don't want to pay money to Bowen to drive Draco away, he suggests they offer one of these instead. Of course they pick the loudmouthed redhead who keeps trying to stir up rebellion.
- We Can Rule Together: Einon offers to make Kara his queen. Because she has no interest in marrying or bedding with her father's murderer, she refuses.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Gilbert's mule Merlin and the remains of Sir Eglamore. In the film, Merlin and what's left of Sir Eglamore are never seen or mentioned again after the scene where Draco and Bowen fight to a stalemate. In the novelization, after the fight, Gilbert wakes up the next morning and finds the arm. He mistakes it for belonging to Bowen and when Gilbert reappears at the swamp village, he tells Bowen about burying the arm in the glade beneath a cross with Bowen's name on it. Merlin is with Gilbert at the swamp village, taken to Avalon with him, Bowen, and Kara, and then Kara's village afterwards.
- You Killed My Father: Einon slaughters Kara's father right in front of her, inciting her endless hatred. But years earlier, Kara's father killed Einon's father.
- Action Girl: Lian's Waif-Fu skills enable her to take out several opponents on her own.
- Award-Bait Song: "My Heart Goes With You", sung by Rona Figueroa, the actress who plays Lian.
- Breath Weapon: Fire and ice this time.
- Chekhov's Skill: Drake tries to learn the forgotten Dragon art of breathing ice, but fails. Naturally, he manages to pull it off at the climax.
- Chemically-Induced Insanity: The king's apparent senility proves to be caused by drugs administered by the Big Bad.
- Color Me Black: This was attempted on the Big Bad prior to the events of the movie. It utterly failed, the dragon in human form is still bent on genocide.
- Conspicuous CG: Some of the worst spots are Drake's first flight, and the final battle, with the dragons being especially shiny and the way they're moving when compared with the rest of the movie.
- Covered in Mud: At one point, The Rival Roland trips and gets a face full of stable mud.
- A Dog Named "Dog": "Drake" is a term meaning "(small) dragon", or certain (small) types of dragon.
- Dual Wielding: Both Roland and Osric fight with a sword in each hand at some point.
- Fan Disservice: Seeing a monk - even a supposedly teenage one - run around in nothing but diaper-like underwear.
- Farts on Fire: While learning to breathe fire, Drake starts to lose control of it and turns away from the nearby village to avoid damaging anything. Unfortunately, it comes out the wrong end, and he destroys a building.
- Idiot Ball: Lian and Kwan are knowingly carrying around the heart of an extremely evil dragon. How did it not occur to them until Osric regained his true form that his heart, rather than Drake's, might possibly be the one in the prophecy?
- Intergenerational Friendship: Lian refers to Kwan as her loyal servant, her wise teacher, and her closest friend.
- Last of His Kind: Drake. Kinda.
- Leitmotif: The credits song, My Heart Goes With You, serves as Lian's. She even hums it at one point.
- Literally Shattered Lives: During the final battle, Drake kills Griffin by breathing ice on him instead of fire. Griffin falls to the ground and shatters. Unfortunately, one of the pieces impales Geoff.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Poor Kwan...
- Old Master: Kwan
- One-Winged Angel: Osric transforms into a dragon at the film's climax.
- Parasol of Pain: Master Kwan's weapon.
- Playing Possum: Done by Osric and his men in battle. Osric was pretending that he was dying and needed Drake's heart, but when Geoff realized that Osric wasn't wounded, then some of Osric's "dead" men jumped up and attacked.
- Renowned Selective Mentor: Geoff is trained by the king's advisor Osric. Osric claims it is because he's a natural and deserves special attention, but his real motive was to make Geoff eager for battle and to trust him in order to convince Drake to give up half his heart.
- The Rival: Roland is to Geoff, somewhat.
- Samus Is a Girl: The first time Lian is seen, she is believed to be a boy; it is only a little while later that she is revealed to be a girl.
- Secret Test of Character: Kwan and Lian want to test Drake to see if it will be his heart that will cause the evil. Kwan claims that there's a way to learn all of the ancient dragon secrets instantly; Drake passes by refusing and deciding to learn naturally, year by year, from Kwan.
- Sequel: Takes place years after the first film.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Used as a bit of a Running Gag.Geoff: Come on, don't say it like that, take some pride in being special!
Mansel: All right, I am special!
Geoff: It's not like Pride is one of those Seven Deadly Sins or anything.
Mansel (stops walking and frowns): ...Actually, it is.
(Mansel is holding a whole armload of food)
- And then later:
Geoff: Hey, you have fun. 'Cause it's not like Gluttony is on that seven deadly sin list too.
(Mansel quickly sets down all the food and walks away)
- Surrounded by Idiots: "YOU are all INCOMPETENTS!"
- Taking the Bullet:
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works:
- Osric does this in battle.
- Geoff throwing his sword at Griffin in the climax.
- Waif-Fu: Lian uses this a couple times.
- We Can Rule Together: Once Osric becomes a dragon again, he calls Drake "brother" and invites him to destroy humanity together.
- You Have Failed Me: Stefan has served Osric loyally for years. One mistake, and he gets a dagger in his chest.
- Action Girl: Rhonu. When he suggests that she not accompany him and insists that it's for her protection, she just ignores him.Rhonu: Do I look like I've lived a life of comfort?
- And This Is for...: When Rhonu kills Brude, she says, "For my mother!"
- Annoying Arrows: Gareth takes an arrow to the gut and still keeps running and fighting for a good minute before even slowing down. Somewhat subverted since, once the fight ends and the adrenaline rush is gone, Gareth would have died had Drago not intervened.
- The Archer: Rhonu uses a bow most of the time.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Rhonu and Gareth.Drago: I do think she likes you. Notice how she sneers at you.
- Big Bad: Brude, the evil sorcerer leading the Picts.
- Blood from the Mouth: Sir Horsa when Gareth kills him.
- Breath Weapon: Drago, as a dragon, can breathe fire, although he only does it two or three times in the film.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Lorne. He fails at his spells multiple times, and also accidentally drops a dragon egg, ending the life inside and causing an explosion that reveals to the Picts where they are.
- Chekhov's Skill:
- Drago attempts to teach Gareth how to "shadowjump" - to use shadows like doors. He is unsuccessful during their training sessions, but is able to pull it off during a fight.
- At the beginning of the movie, Brude uses a spell to swap places with one of the Druid mages, putting the mage in the path of a deadly spell. Lorne uses this spell in the final battle to swap places with Gareth, so that Gareth can get free and join the fight.
- The Chosen One: Gareth is referred to as this a couple times due to him finding the eggs and Drago sharing his heart with him.
- Covered in Mud: Sir Horsa tells Roland to kneel, and then then keeps telling him to get lower until his face is in the mud, and tells him that that's the stench of the common people and asks if wants to go back to that.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Rhonu has a fairly prickly nature and takes a while to warm up to Gareth.
- Distracted by the Sexy: When Drago tries teaching Gareth to shadowjump, he comments that maybe Gareth can't concentrate because his mind is too distracted by thinking of Rhonu (and he can tell Gareth likes her because of their connection through the dragonheart).
- A Dog Named "Dog": "Drago" is Italian for "dragon", and Gareth picked the name simply because it's part of the word "dragon".
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Brude puts a spell on Drago early on that makes him ghost-like when light shines on him, thereby nullifying his Story-Breaker Power for much of the film (this of course, has the added bonus saving the film money by not having to animate Drago realistically in all scenes)
- Dual Wielding: When not using her bow, Rhonu uses a sword in one hand and a dagger in the other.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first time we get the idea that Gareth's a good guy is when a shopkeeper can't pay the tax. Gareth keeps Sir Horsa's attention away from the man: he "teaches him a lesson" by breaking a cheap, easily-replaceable vase instead of the ornate dragon one the shopkeeper loved.
- Evil Sorcerer: Brude.
- Facial Markings: Rhonu has markings across her forehead and cheeks.
- Fiery Redhead: Rhonu is a redhead with a bit of a temper.
- Groin Attack: Gareth does this to himself in an attempt to make Drago feel the same thing through their Synchronization. It doesn't work on the dragon.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Gareth tries to flirt with Rhonu almost immediately, and their feelings for each other become clear throughout the movie.
- Heroic Resolve: Gareth realizing that he needs to live by the Old Code.
- I Want Them Alive: Brude wants Drago kept alive so that he can use him, and, because Gareth's death would mean Drago's death, he needs Gareth alive too.
- Infant Immortality: Assuming it also counts for viable eggs, averted, thanks to Lorne.
- Literal Change of Heart: Drago shares half his heart with Gareth. At one point, he remarks that Gareth's greed can affect the heart and that the curse has quickened.
- Made of Explodium: The eggs explode when they fall on the ground.
- Mind Control: Brude intends to use this on Drago.
- Mythology Gag: The first film had Draco stating that Bowen could not possibly pronounce his real name. This prequel shows just how difficult to pronounce a dragon's name is.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Lorne tries to use a spell to free some slaves by breaking the ropes binding them. It works - but also snaps Rhonu's bowstring as she's firing at the guards.
- Our Dragons Are Different: This one came to Earth inside an asteroid.
- Overly Long Name: Drago's real name is Hissyoxyillammochogannatoss; Gareth asks if he can call him a different name due to its difficulty.
- Prequel: Takes place before the first one.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Drago, when being controlled by Brude.
- Rhymes on a Dime: The spells. For instance: "By sun and moon, switching stance, two as one, Druids Dance!"
- The Rival: Kalin is one to Gareth; they both want to be knighted.
- The Stinger: The potter that Gareth spoke to at the start of the film sells his dragon mugs, which are now popular.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Rhonu to Kara (a Fiery Redhead whose parent had been killed by the villain) and Lorne to Gilbert (clumsy comic relief).
- Synchronization: Drago and Gareth feel each other's pain and emotions. Used hilariously in a scene where they hurt themselves (e.g. stomping on their own foot) just to bother the other one, culminating in Gareth hitting himself in the groin and Drago laughing because he's armored there and didn't feel it.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: The dragon eggs are explosive if broken. Gareth uses this intentionally once.
- Title Drop: Used once.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Gareth, for a scene or two.
- You No Take Candle: Gareth tries to communicate with Drago this way before the dragon reveals that he can talk properly.Drago: I shared my heart with the village idiot.
- You Killed My Father: Brude killed Rhonu's mother and taunts her about it.
- Accidental Murder: Edric explains to Drago that Mehgan's flames got out of control and set the house ablaze when she was mad at her father, and he died in the fire. Later, Mehgan reveals that she set the house on fire only to hide the fact that Edric accidentally killed their father, when he pushed him onto a sharp spike without realizing it during an argument and stormed out of the house.
- Action Girl: Mehgan. In her very first in-person appearance, she led an army of Vikings into battle.
- All There in the Manual: The official Facebook page revealed the names of the dragons Drago raised, as they appear on the castle murals: Draco, Siveth, Kinabalux, Basilor, Tatsu, and Vipero.
- Arranged Marriage: Mehgan "un-arranges" one for a young woman.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Drago dies and becomes a star in the Draco constellation.
- Badass Boast:Mehgan: Just remember that when we set sail, I needed an army - and that now, I am one.
- Big Damn Heroes: Drago shows up right at the perfect moment to save Edric, and later both of the twins, and then later on the women that Mehgan trained to fight show up to save her.
- Bittersweet Ending: Even though Drago has the chance to save himself with the Heartfire, he sacrifices himself so that Edric can use the Heartfire to save Mehgan, thus keeping their family together, earning himself a place in the Dragons' Heaven.
- Blood from the Mouth: Edric spits blood out of his mouth almost casually in his first appearance.
- Broken Bird: Mehgan, to an extent. Having to grow up wearing up hood to hide the dragon scales on her face, and having the ability to control fire, Mehgan was constantly accused as being an evil witch, and put down by her father.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The actor who appeals an issue to Edric in court later turns up to sneak him and Drago back into the castle.
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: After being rescued by Drago from a Norse slaver's ship, Edric ponders the idea that things could have been different if he had trusted Drago in the beginning, especially since his sister and his supposed "friend", Earl Robert, were responsible for his predicament.
- Death by Childbirth: Edric and Mehgan's mother at the beginning of the film.
- Depower: Happens twice: to Drago when Mehgan steals his Heartfire, and to both Mehgan and Edric at the end of the film.
- Disappears into Light: At the end of the film, as Drago dies, his body fades into balls of starlight, and ascends to the heavens.
- Doesn't Trust Those Guys: Edric and Mehgan were raised by their father to never trust dragons. Both siblings would eventually learn to trust Drago over the course of the film's story.
- Draconic Humanoid: Edric and Mehgan, due to their inherited dragonheart: they both have patches of scales on their bodies, and one has Super Strength while the other has power over fire.
- Heir Club for Men: Mehgan assumes that Edric refuses to give up the throne to her because she's a woman.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Drago gives up his Heartfire, knowing that he'll die without it, so that Edric can save Mehgan's life. This earns him his place in the stars.
- Hidden Backup Prince: Edric and Mehgan.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Mehgan, when growing up.
- Interquel: Takes place around 70 years after The Sorcerer's Curse and many years before the first film.
- Karma Houdini: By the film's end, Earl Robert and Sable remain unpunished for betraying Edric and Mehgan respectively. However, it's likely the Earl will have his lands and property confiscated by Edric for his betrayal while Sable would have to live with the fact that betraying Mehgan for Thorgrim has left her with nothing in the end.
- King Incognito: After Prince Walter runs away from home after his mother's death, he goes on to live as a commoner.
- King on His Deathbed: The situation at the start of the movie and the cause of the main conflict: King Gareth is dying.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Edric and Mehgan are royalty through their father, Prince Walter.
- MacGuffin Melee: The fight for the amulet containing the Heartfire.
- Might Makes Right: Mehgan fights with Edric over the throne because she is the firstborn twin and the rightful heir.
- Missing Mom: When her son Walter was a child, Queen Rhonu died tragically when the dragon she became bonded with at the end of The Sorcerer's Curse was struck by lightning and killed.
- My Greatest Failure: Drago claims word-for-word that the rift in Gareth's family is his.
- Mythology Gag: The campfire scene between Drago and Edric acts as a nice throwback to the same scene between Draco and Bowen in the original film, as well as the moment in the woods where Drago pins down the twins and shouts at them, similar to how Draco talks to a pinned Bowen after their fight. At the end, Drago ascending to the stars acts as a lovely callback to Draco's death: as "To the Stars" plays, Drago's body turns into light and rises into the air, an "explosion" gets reflected in the main characters' eyes, and Drago's new star twinkles in the sky.
- Never Learned to Read: Edric."I can't read.""But you can sign!"
- Older and Wiser: Drago.
- Parental Neglect: King Gareth unintentionally never spent much time with Walter as he ruled the kingdom and helped Drago raise the next generation of dragons.
- Parental Substitute: Drago to Edric and Mehgan.
- Playing with Fire: Mehgan was born with the ability to control fire.
- Put Their Heads Together: Drago does this at one point to Edric and Mehgan to end their bickering.
- Rags to Royalty: Edric and Mehgan.
- Really Royalty Reveal: Edric and Mehgan were raised as villagers before eventually learning of their royal heritage.
- Refusal of the Call: Blaming dragons for his father's neglect and his mother's death, Prince Walter abandons his royal heritage and chooses to live the life of a simple woodsman with his children Edric and Mehgan, to whom Walter passed on his contempt for dragons. When both children manifested scales and dragon-related abilities (super strength for Edric, fire magic for Mehgan), Walter only saw such as a curse, resulting in him pressing his children, especially Mehgan, even harder to be normal humans. Walter's life choices would bring much hardship to Edric, Mehgan and the kingdom of Brittania.
- Screaming Birth: The film starts with one as Edric and Mehgan are born.
- Selfless Wish: Drago blames himself for King Gareth's family being fractured and Drago fears he will be refused entry into the Dragons' Heaven as the result. When Walter's children Edric and Mehgan are discovered, Drago takes it upon himself to heal the rift between them and their family. This act is what earns him a place in the stars.
- Series Continuity Error: Assuming that the Draco in the mural is the one in the original Dragonheart movie, he shouldn't have his name yet, since it was Bowen who gave it to him.
- Sibling Rivalry: Between Edric and Mehgan, as they engage in combat over which one of them should have the throne.
- Spontaneous Human Combustion: During the film's final battle, Thorgrim foolishly attempts to gain the Heartfire's power by swallowing it. He is killed seconds later as the Heartfire immolates him from within.
- The Starscream: Thorgrim, Mehgan's lieutenant, is more interested in plundering Brittania for all its worth and moving on. Frustrated with Mehgan's decision to become queen, he has Sable steal the Heartfire and takes over the leadership of the Norse invaders, effectively becoming the film's Big Bad.
- Succession Crisis: After King Gareth's death and the disappearance of his son, his twin grandchildren fight for the throne.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Edric and Mehgan have respectively inherited enhanced strength and the pyrokinesis from their grandparents, King Gareth and Queen Rhonu.
- Super Strength: Edric's special ability from the dragonheart.
- Synchronization: This occurs due to the dragonheart, but in an unusual way since it's inherited and split by twins: Drago is bonded to Edric emotionally and to Mehgan physically.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Mehgan is angry, rather than thankful, when Edric saves her from being killed by Sable in her sleep.
- Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Edric and Mehgan.
- Wardrobe Wound: When Mehgan sends fire at him, Edric doesn't seem to notice his burn wounds, only looking down and saying "My shirt!"
- With My Hands Tied: Edric challenges Thorgrim to a fight this way, tying one hand behind his own back.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Edric, at least until now.Edric: Do you know what, I've never said this, but I really wish you had been a brother.Mehgan: Why's that, Eddy?Edric: Because I would have done this much sooner. (punches her)