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Dragons are one of the oldest and most-ubiquitous mythological creatures, being featured in cultures around the world and generally being portrayed as enormous reptilian monsters and even as gods. On their own, dragons — particularly in Western folklore — are already unnatural and horrific: no natural vertebrate possesses six (if not more) limbs, and that's leaving out the ability to fly, breathe fire, and venomous breath and blood — though in some cases exposure to a dragon's blood bestows invulnerability and other mystical powers.

Some depictions, however, cross over into Cosmic Horror Story and Lovecraft Lite territory and portray dragons as being not just a generic (albeit powerful) type of monster able to be slain by mortal adventurers and the like, but as calamitous and otherworldly abominations — or on the flip-side depict calamitous otherworldly abominations that appear draconic.

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This trope has its roots in "Chaoskampf" myths from cultures from around the world — particularly Indo-European — where primordial chaos is generally deified as reptilian abominations that terrified even the gods.

A subtrope of Eldritch Abomination and Our Dragons Are Different. May overlap with Dragons Are Demonic and Dragons Are Divine, though the former is for dragons that are evil and/or infernal and the latter is for deific dragons. This is for dragons that are otherworldly horrors with features that "normal" dragons don't possess — i.e. multiple eyes, multiple mouths, multiple heads, multiple wings, multiple tails, tentacles, regenerative abilities that make them virtually or completely immortal, etc — and otherworldly horrors that appear as dragons because that's the closest our puny brains can come to perceiving them.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk has Grunbeld, an Apostle who takes on the form of a giant quadrupedal dragon encrusted with corundum crystal scales that make him nearly invulnerable to conventional weaponry. True dragons in the Berserk universe have been shown to be spiritual creatures that normally exist in the deeper layers of the Astral World that were previously inaccessible to humans, which would make Grunbeld less of an actual dragon and more of a demonic imitation of a dragon crafted by the God Hand.
  • BURN THE WITCH: In this one-shot spin-off of Bleach set in the United Kingdom, "Dragons" are supernatural entities that range from the classic to the cute to the downright nightmarish. The Hollows from Bleach are also seen as a type of Dragon by the Western Branch of Soul Society.
  • Chaosic Rune: Most of the more-powerful Dragon-type entities only vaguely resemble dragons and often possess nightmarish physics-breaking abilities, but Death Rex stands out as a literally all-devouring abomination that was so powerful that when it was sealed its body was split into five parts — head, arms, body, wings, and tail. Each part has a mind of its own, is capable of harnessing the powers of any monster it devours, and seeks to become the dominant part of their recombined form. Furthermore, if a part of Death Rex is summoned by someone with insufficient willpower, it will assimilate them and go on a rampage.
  • Digimon:
    • Millenniummon is a digital abomination formed of a fusion between Machindramon and Kimeramon, and is the Greater-Scope Villain behind the Digimon multiverse — jumping from continuity to continuity. Its sealed form and revived form, Moon=Millenniummon and ZeedMillenniummon, resemble a spectral two-headed dragon made of darkness; and it seeks to destroy everything it comes across, up to and including the multiverse itself.
    • Megidramon is a Mega-level Digimon in the shape of a colossal crimson dragon with two mouths, and is so malevolent and powerful that its very existence destabilizes and threatens to destroy the Digital World.
  • Ga-Rei: The Nine-Tailed Fox — ostensibly a powerful and malevolent kitsune that served the evil onmyoji Tamamo-no-Mae — is actually a skyscraper-dwarfing supernatural monster that is composed of tens of thousands of years' worth of spiritual corruption, and has only the vaguest resemblance to a fox. It's covered in scales and screaming faces rather than fur, and its tails are more akin to Combat Tentacles — with six coming out of its back. It's so powerful and metaphysically wrong that it can be seen by people without True Sight and vaporizes almost everything it comes into contact with, laying waste to much of Tokyo before being defeated. In the finale, the Nine-Tailed Fox is reborn with three heads and six arms on top of the above when Kirin — a scaley black wolf-monster manifested from the remnants of its miasma — assimilates the Asura, a god of destruction summoned to take part in the annihilation of humanity.
  • Godzilla: The Planet Eater: The film's iteration of King Ghidorah, known as "Otaru Ghidorah", is an interdimensional planet-eating energy being in the shape of a 20 kilometer-long three-headed dragon. He actually warps time and space around him and is invincible as a result, but since he is from another universe he can't normally sustain himself in other dimensions. He needs a vessel to summon and control him, and without one he becomes vulnerable and weak, making this his sole major weakness.
  • InuYasha: The ancient composite yokai whose soul formed the dark half of the Shikon Jewel was primarily draconic in shape, but sported sporting numerous spider-legs, Extra Eyes, a Lamprey Mouth, a scythe-armed oni's head and torso sticking out of its chest, and Combat Tentacles.
  • Naruto: In the "Power" filler arc, Kabuto infects Naruto with miniature snakes capable of merging into a clone of a person's appearance by draining their chakra. These snakes merge into a copy of Naruto with scales and a serpentine tail; but as a result of also absorbing Kurama the Nine-Tailed Demon-Fox's chakra, the "Nine-Tails Naruto Clone" spends most of its screentime in a darker version of Naruto's four-tailed Version Two form. When it falls into the Ama no Hoko superweapon and absorbs its power, the "Nine-Tails Naruto Clone" mutates a colossal, grotesque reptilian fox-monster with eight tails tipped by draconic heads; and it's only put down after Naruto taps into Kurama's Nine-Tails Chakra Mode.
  • Rage of Bahamut: Genesis: The titular Bahamut is a mountainous dragon so powerful and destructive that it forced the gods and demons into an Enemy Mine to seal it away. It's also impossible to kill, as its existence transcends time and space.
  • Shadow Star: The "dragons" in this superficially cutesy series are actually eldritch horrors — baby "planets" that bond to a host and bring calamity and misfortune to those that encounter them.

    Card Games 
  • Colossal Kaiju Combat: Prior to its cancellation, CKC had a Collectible Card Game spin-off that was used to vote in "Progenitor" monsters that could appear in prospective future games. One of these monsters, Asura, was a bloodthirsty Eldritch Abomination resembling a wingless dragon with six arms, six eyes, and a black Gigeresque exoskeleton. It appeared in the SPN-5 card set, got a Light Is Not Good EVO form in the SPN-6 card set, and was voted into the fifth round of Progenitor monsters, but never got an official art collaboration as the game's cancellation followed shortly after.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • The Moltensteel Dragon card depicts a black dragon with a glowing red throat, wings, and claws; its flavor text calls it an "apocalypse in dragon form".
    • The Volcanic Dragon card depicts a dragon seemingly made of lava and obsidian, its head engulfed in flames.
    • The Worldgorger Dragon isn't typed as Nightmare Dragon for nothing, being a spindly creature with creepily elongated claws, an oddly-shaped head, and a long, thin tail with a Lamprey Mouth on the end. Added to that, when you play this card all other permanentsnote  you own go into (temporary) exile, meaning that nothing can exist alongside it as long as it is there.
    • And then there's the Ur-Dragon, the Progenitor of Fire. It's a truly massive dragon avatar that wanders the Blind Eternities, home to other Abominations like the Eldrazi Titans, and appears in planes to spawn dragons. Which it does by raining down stones from its wings which hatch into dragons. It's described as a huge and blind shadow that exists everywhere and nowhere at once. Every other dragon, including the ones mentioned above? This thing is their progenitor.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Several of the more-powerful dragon-type monsters are eldritch in appearance:
    • The Amorphage card set depicts animals in the process of being infected by a virus and mutating into draconic horrors — the ones in the early stages of the infection are chimeric mixes of their previous selves and dragon anatomy, typically resembling dragons with the heads of other animals tacked on, while others like Amorphage Goliath have fully transformed into dragons.
    • Armiryle the Starguide Dragon is depicted as a dragon with branched tentacle-like wings tipped with red claws.
    • Hundred Eyes Dragon is covered in a hundred grotesque purple eyes.
    • Slifer the Sky Dragon is a divine beast embodying the power of Osiris, and appears as a crimson dragon with two mouths, one on top of the other, capable of spitting bolts of lightning.
    • The Galaxy-Eyes Dark Matter Dragon is a spectral dragon made of living darkness.

    Comic Books 
  • Bone: Mim, the Queen of the Dragons, was a massive dragon who benevolently ruled over the physical world and the Dreaming until she was possessed by an ancient malevolent entity called the Lord of the Locusts.
  • Hellboy: The Ogdru Jahad are seven primordial monsters collectively called the Dragon of Revelation, destined to bring about the end of the world; and are primordial god-monsters possessing combined draconic, cephalopod, and crustacean traits.
  • Venom: The Grendel and its ilk are gestalt symbiotes in the shape of massive wyverns, and were manifested by the primordial dark god Knull from the Living Abyss. They are capable of interstellar flight, are powerful enough to devour most gods, and if defeated disperse into countless symbiotes that then seek out hosts.

    Fan Works 
  • Ah! Archfall!:
    • Lind's true form (at least the visible bits) resembles a huge, white, thousand-headed dragon covered in eyes and spines.
    • Gandamak is vaguely based a Western dragon but is nearly one hundred feet long, has four fifty-foot wings, ten legs, tusks and a single eye on the end of a stalk. Further, if you chop off one head two will grow from the stump.
  • In We Are All Pokémon Trainers, Dialga and Palkia's true forms as glimpsed in their home dimensions are a vaguely draconic shaped mass covered in diamonds and a swarm of bubbles in the vague shape of a dragon respectively.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Godzilla:
    • King Ghidorah was inspired by the Orochi, Zmey, and Hydra; and his various incarnations are usually depicted as being three-headed alien dragons that can spit bolts of golden lightning, survive and fly freely in space, occasionally being able to manipulate gravity and the weather, and sometimes being capable of draining their opponents' life force. The Showa, Mothra Leo trilogy, and MonsterVerse versions in particular are established as being civilization-destroying calamitous entities completely outside the natural order, their very existences causing chaos and destruction to Earth.
    • Godzilla himself qualifies, with a kaiju-sized helping of Dinosaurs Are Dragons and Nuclear Nasty thrown in for added flavor. In some of the films, most notably the original film and Legendary's MonsterVerse continuity (which contains a number of shout-outs to the Cthulhu Mythos), Godzilla is worshipped as an ancient storm-god by island civilizations — in the latter even living in an active volcano adjacent to a sunken Cyclopean city, with a deceased member of his species being the inspiration for Dagon. In Shin Godzilla, Godzilla is a marine reptile transformed into a constantly-mutating living nuclear reactor, and is capable of rapidly adapting to anything that opposes him in ways that the team of scientists studying him struggle to comprehend and admit are biologically impossible.

    Literature 
  • Cthulhu Mythos:
    • While more commonly associated with cephalopods, Cthulhu himself is described as being a vaguely anthropomorphic dragon with an octopoid head, though it's actually a godlike extraterrestrial — and possibly extradimensional — entity whose existence tends to warp reality and break people's minds.
    • The Mappo no Ryujin from Secrets of Japan is stated to be the mother of the serpentine Great Old One Yig, and resembles a dragon more than anything else.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible:
    • The Leviathan is an enormous sea-dragon so powerful that even the mightiest of mortal warriors are driven to despair by the sight of it, and only God Himself can slay it.
    • Satan in the Book of Revelation takes the form of a seven-headed dragon who throws down one-third of the stars to Earth with a swipe of his tail.
    • Seraphim are typically described as dragon-like (see for example the description of chalkydri in the Second Book of Enoch), though in the Bible proper their description is very vague aside from having six (and in some cases twelve) wings (though given the fact that "seraph" is also used for snakes and seraph imagery is likely based on the goddess Wadjet it seems reasonable to assume they're supposed to be snake-like to some degree). Like all angels, they are immensely alien beings who inspire terror in mortals and can set you on fire just for seeing them.
  • Dragons in medieval European art were often hideous and monstrous things, as they were typically interpreted as living manifestations of Hell and the Devil's influence, with no place in the natural order ordained by God. They typically melded traits of every animal considered wrong or evil in the Middle Ages, such as rodents or snakes, and some examples — such as Hendrick Goltzius's three-headed avatar of hunger, or a horde of two-headed dragons absolutely covered in eyes — were horrors by any metric.
  • Classical Mythology:
    • Typhon is the offspring of Gaia and Tartarus, sired to avenge the Titans — and sometimes the Giants as well — by killing the Olympians. He is often described as a mountainous monster with wings, serpentine coils for legs, and anywhere from a hundred to a thousand draconic heads constantly spewing volcanic flames and calamitous noise. In some versions, Typhon was so powerful and horrifying that the gods themselves fled in terror to Egypt, and he was able to subdue and mutilate Zeus by ripping out his sinews. However, Typhon was ultimately defeated by Zeus and either vaporized by his thunderbolts, cast into Tartarus, and/or crushed underneath Mt. Etna — depending on the version.
    • The Lernaean Hydra, an offspring of Typhon and the drakaina Echidna, is a serpentine or draconic water-monster with virulently poisonous blood and breath, and most-famously the ability to grow back at least one head — most often two — each time it's decapitated. While it was ultimately slain by Herakles/Hercules, one of its heads was immortal and had to be buried alive.
    • Scylla, variously said to be a cursed nymph, a child of the primordial sea-god Phorcus, or an offspring of Typhon and Echidna, is a sea-monster described as having four eyes, six serpentine necks with shark-like teeth, six canid heads ringing her waist, twelve tentacles, and a cat-like tail.
  • Egyptian Mythology: While usually depicted as a monstrous snake, some iterations of Apep — a primordial god of chaos, evil, and destruction who seeks to devour Ra — depict him as a dragon, and one of his epithets is the "Evil Dragon". He also possesses Resurrective Immortality, being slain each day but reviving to try again the next night.
  • Japanese Mythology: The Yamata-no-Orochi was a malevolent mountain-sized dragon-god with eight heads and eight tails, and was so powerful that it terrified the lesser earth-bound kami into subservience. The (exiled) celestial kami Susanoo had to get it drunk on eight (one for each head) vats of divine sake in order to kill it, and discovered a mystical sword in one of its tails that became one of the three divine treasures of Japan.
  • Mesopotamian Mythology: Tiamat, the primordial goddess of chaos and the abyssal ocean of creation, is often depicted as a serpentine dragon. The progenitor of both the first generation of gods and monsters, she was slain by her divine children and her corpse was used to create the Earth.
  • Norse Mythology:
    • Jomungandr, the World Serpent, is a child of Loki and the jotunn Angrboda. Unlike his humanoid parents and sister Hel, or his lupine brother Fenrir, Jormungandr took the form of a sea-dragon and grew so utterly massive he encircled the Earth. He developed an enmity with the storm-god Thor, and the two were fated to kill each other during Ragnarok.
    • Nidhoggr is a massive dragon of unknown origin that gnaws on the roots of Yggdrasill and ravages the corpses of oathbreakers, murderers, adulterers, and other criminals damned to the afterlife of Nastrond. It is also one of the few beings that will survive Ragnarok.
  • Russian Mythology and Tales: The Zmey Gorynych is a shapeshifting draconic beast with iron claws and anywhere from three to twelve heads — which it can regrow if severed. One specimen — Chudo-Yudo — is sometimes said to the brother of Koschei the Deathless and the son of Baba Yaga, who in some legends is a Humanoid Abomination herself. Another example, Tugarin Zmeyevich, is described as being a personification of malice and gluttony, is covered in flaming snakes, and sometimes has wings made of paper.
  • Zoroastrianism: Zahhak — also known as Azhi Dahaka — is a malevolent three-headed dragon-god spawned by the dark spirit Angra Mainyu/Ahriman, though in some versions he was originally a human corrupted by Ahriman.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The malevolent dragon-goddess Tiamat appears as a massive five-headed dragon — with each head being a different type of chromatic dragon — and a long tail tipped with a venomous stinger; contrasting her brother Bahamut, who just looks like a generic dragon. Tiamat possesses all of the powers of the different types of chromatic dragons, as well as her own otherworldly divine abilities, and is worshiped by both chromatic dragons and various cults seeking to facilitate her conquest of the world. Even when she's temporarily stripped of her divinity, which brings her down to three heads, she's still an otherworldly entity in dragon form.
    • Squamous Things, a type of monster from the 4th Edition Draconomicon, are the result of dragon eggs hatching in areas tainted by the Far Realm. The resulting creatures are essentially draconic Shoggoths (or to use D&D's parlance, Gibbering Mouthers), emerging from their eggs as chaotic, gibbering masses of scales, claws, wings, eyes, fangs, and draconic flesh; any trace of their kind's splendor lost to the Far Realm's insane influence.
    • The Third Edition Epic Level Handbook has the Force Dragon, which is essentially living kinetic energy that takes the form of an invisible dragon the size of a jumbo jet.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Void Dragon Mag'ladroth is the most powerful of the C'tan, primordial star-eating eldritch entities that manifested physical forms using the organic metal technology of the Necrontyr, with Mag'ladroth taking the shape of a biomechanical dragon-like entity. What became of it following the Necrons' rebellion is unknown, but a shard of it is believed to have battled the Emperor of Mankind and been sealed away on Mars, where it is worshiped as the Machine God or Omnissiah by the Cult of the Dragon sect of the Adeptus Mechanicus.

    Video Games 
  • Asura's Wrath: The Gohma Vlitra — based on the draconic asura from Hindu mythology — appears as a planet-sized eight-headed lava-dragon.
  • Bayonetta:
    • Gomorrah, Devourer of the Divine, crosses this with Dragons Are Demonic. It is an Infernal Demon that takes the form of a massive purple-and-black wingless dragon with a crown of spikes on its head, two small arms, four legs, and eyes lining its sides. Its profile notes that it devours everything it comes across, and in the first game it's used by Bayonetta to dispose of large angels.
    • Fortitudo, the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude, crosses this with Angelic Abomination. He is a powerful angel that resembles an upside-down marble head with avian wings, armored talons, a segmented tail, and a pair of draconic heads. He's capable of breathing divine flames from all three of his mouths, and played a major role in instigating the Witch Hunts that cost Bayonetta her memories.
  • Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter: The game's hidden lore establishes that the surface world was devastated and rendered uninhabitable by draconic monsters of unknown origin, which the Genic bioweapons called D-Constructs were created in emulation of. The D-Constructs themselves are draconic monsters so powerful they are invulnerable to anything except other D-Constructs, can bond with a human host to give them a Draconic Humanoid super-form at the cost of Possession Burnout-induced Power Degeneration, and even if their physical body is slain they can reconstitute themselves by taking over their host's body.
  • Dark Souls:
    • Dark Souls I:
      • Unlike the other Archdragons — who had stone scales and four wings — Seath the Scaleless has no eyes, pale slimy-looking skin, tentacles instead of legs, eight flexible dragonfly-like wings, and rather than breathing fire he fires beams of energy that create cursed crystals. Obsessed with immortality, Seath obtained a piece of Gwyn's Lord Soul and a mystical crystal that made him into a unique undead. Even after death, his soul persisted to the time of Dark Souls II, with Sweet Shalquoir indicating that he was reincarnated as the arachnid Animalistic Abomination Freja (which his soul is obtained from) and Manscorpion Tark commenting that his master cannot truly be killed and will simply be reborn so he can "seethe" for all eternity. By the time of Dark Souls III a secret cult worshipping Seath had formed in Lothric's Grand Archives, with King Oceiros going so far as to mutate himself into a Draconic Humanoid strongly resembling the Old Paledrake himself.
      • The Gaping Dragon was originally a normal Archdragon before its ravenous gluttony and the emergence of life corrupted it into a horrendous acid-spewing abomination with a massive, grotesque Belly Mouth running from the base of its throat to its pelvis.
      • The Black Dragon Kalameet is indicated by its black flame-breath and proximity to the lost city of Oolacile to have been corrupted by the Abyss. Unlike all the other dragons shown in the game, he only has two wings, and has a single glowing red eye he can use to cast curses.
    • Dark Souls III: Darkeater Midir was originally an Archdragon raised by the gods, but millennia of being fed monsters of the Abyss (hence the name) led to him being corrupted. He can conjure a Magic Missile Storm of Dark projectiles, and can focus his Dark-tinged flame-breath into a purple beam of Dark energy.
  • Dawn of the Dragons:
    • The Draconic Dreams raid boss starts off as a white dragon with a fang-mouthed tumorous mass on its neck and a twisted arm; and mutates into a three-headed monstrosity with each head and limb being completely different, four wings, and a body comprised of bloated tumorous masses. Its victory Flavor Text describes it as a constantly mutating literally-living nightmare formed from the all-consuming hatred of dragons slain by your ancestor the Dragon Rider.
    • Recurring Boss Erebus the Black keeps coming back in more horrific and warped forms, often through a Merger of Souls with other spectral or corrupted drakes through sheer hate of the Dragon Rider. Fittingly he makes up part of the Draconic Dreams boss.
    • The Grotesque Hybrid and Makeshift Drake are an Artificial Hybrid and Flesh Golem respectively, and are shambling abominations that need to be slain.
  • Dragalia Lost: One of the recruitable Shadow Dragons is a grotesque eyeless black, purple, and gold beast named after the Outer God Nyarlathotep, who reaps the souls of those he corrupts as sacrifices for a dark god.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: The Archdemon looks like some kind of rotten, twisted, almost undead take on a dragon, but the truth is it's something else entirely. It holds supreme dominion over all Darkspawn, capable of controlling them en masse with a single thought. Worse, should it ever be killed, it will merely Body Surf to the closest Darkspawn, who will then take its shape. Most tellingly, runes that do more damage to Darkspawn or Dragons have no effect on the Archdemon.
  • Dragon: Marked for Death: The Astral Dragon Atruum only vaguely resembles a dragon, being a continent-sized Eldritch Abomination with Combat Tentacles tipped by heads and lined with Extra Eyes. He is the patron god of the Dragonblood Clan, whose ancestors formed a pact with him after he was not-quite killed by his nemesis, the monkey-god Primatus; and his flesh and blood have mutated many of the planet's native plants and animals into predatory monsters.
  • In Dragon Project, the Dark Oracle Spear Behemoth is Vile Mezarenda, a winged serpentine dragon with an eye at the end of its tail and a massive sinister eye where its face is supposed to be. This "thing", along with the Light Burst Greatsword Behemoth, Ruthless Illugion, serve as guardians for an abandoned dragon sanctuary that doubles as an archive. Its mere appearance was unnerving enough, but it has some Lovecraftian Superpowers up its sleeve, such as summoning shadowy spikes that trap unlucky Hunters to their demise or breaking its own FUCKING EYE OFF to buff itself, leaving behind an empty eye-socket with glowing Tron Lines. The nightmare doesn't stop there, as the empty eye-socket occasionally drips dark black puddles of blood that deal damage when stepped on. The worst part? One of the snake dragon's lovely attacks is to summon the aforementioned spikes, turn its eye into a makeshift black hole, and crawl around the battlefield in frightening speeds while sucking up any unfortunate Hunter within its eye-socket before slamming its head against the ground, strong enough to border on a One-Hit KO. It doesn't help that a bug will turn the unfortunate Hunter into an invisible yet frail spectre that cannot deal any damage yet can receive damage until their demise.note 
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Peryite is one of the Daedric Princes, Jerkass Gods who are often judged to be demonic, but in truth have goals and ideals completely beyond mortal comprehension. Peryite is said to enjoy taking the form of a dragon, in a mockery of Akatosh, the primordial Aedric Dragon-God of Time.
    • Alduin the World-Eater is a primordial draconic entity worshipped as a god of death and destruction by the ancient Nords, with the priests of the Dragon Cult still serving him even in undeath. While he appears as a large, spiny jet-black dragon, he is distinctly more powerful and otherworldly than the other dragons, being the self-proclaimed "Firstborn of Akatosh".note  He is said to predate the existence of the world itself and to have destroyed its previous incarnation; to have fought the creator-god Lorkhan/Shor at the beginning of time and come out no worse for wear; and to be able to eat literally anything, in one myth devouring the lifespan of the entire Nord population down to age six. He's prophesied to devour the world at the end of time — though he seeks to conquer it instead. He can pop in and out of the afterlife of Sovngarde to devour souls and replenish his power; and unlike other dragons he can only be injured if the Dragonrend Shout is used on him. Even after Alduin's physical form is slain his soul cannot be absorbed by the Dragonborn, with it being speculated that he'll eventually reconstitute himself. Furthermore, his title of "the World-Eater" is implied to not be a hyperbole — which indicates that the full extent of his power and/or his true form have never been revealed.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem Awakening: Grima the Fell Dragon is a colossal draconic abomination that is worshipped as a god of destruction by the nation of Plegia, and is responsible for the Bad Future that Lucina seeks to avert. In Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia it's revealed that Grima was created by the mad alchemist Forneus using — among various ingredients — human flesh, special herbs, nectar, and the blood of a Divine Dragon; but quickly grew too powerful and malevolent for even his creator to control.
    • Fire Emblem Fates: Anankos was once a benevolent dragon-god of water, light, and dark — among countless other powers; but excised his soul and the last of his sanity, succumbed to madness, and devolved into an omnicidal colossal eyeless beast holding a terrifying eye-covered orb in its jaws.
  • Monster Hunter: Several Elder Dragons look...wrong. Note that in the Monster Hunter series a monster don't technically have to be a dragon to be categorized as an Elder Dragon, although a good chunk of them are. It's more of an umbrella term for beings that seem to defy nature and are incredibly mysterious.
    • Special mention should go to the Fatalis. While looking like a fairly standard western dragon — unlike the more exotic Elder Dragons that were introduced later in the series — in lore it's stated that it single-handedly destroyed an entire kingdom by itself, and even other Elder Dragons are afraid of it. The White Fatalis, also called Old Fatalis due to its implied Time Abyss age and the "beard" that grows under its chin, is even worse, replacing the fire breath of the regular Fatalis with blue lightning and having a constant eclipse covering the arena as you fight it.
    • The Xeno'jiiva introduced in Monster Hunter: World is a bizarre otherworldly Elder Dragon whose true origins are a mystery, but which feeds off the life energy of dying Elder Dragons, is disrupting the natural ecosystem of the world to obtain more of it, and is indicated to possesses Resurrective Immortality.
  • Pokémon:
    • Giratina, introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, is a Ghost/Dragon-type Legendary Pokemon that was so violent and destructive that it was banished to the Distortion World. It appears as a cross between a skeletal dragon and a centipede with shadowy wings in its Altered Forme, and in its Origin Forme it loses its legs and its wings become Combat Tentacles.
    • Guzzlord is a Dark/Dragon-type Ultra Beast that is constantly ravenous, has a massive Belly Mouth, two pincer-tipped tongues, and a conveyer belt inside its throat, and is capable of eating anything without needing to defecate.
    • Necrozma is a black crystalline Ultra Beast that absorbs light — devastating entire dimensions — in order to restore itself; with the Sparkling Stones harnessed to perform Alola's Z-Moves being theorized to be shards of Necrozma's incomplete body. In its complete Ultra Necrozma form, it becomes a Psychic/Dragon-type entity composed of radiant golden (silver in its Shiny form) light, and it is only surpassed in terms of power by Mega Rayquaza.

    Western Animation 
  • Beast Machines: Megatron tries to remove his dragon beast mode from Beast Wars by splitting himself in two. One of the halves was a fully organic transformer alternating between a werewolf and a mindless, aggressive draconic beast with an Eyeless Face.

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