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"I believe in miracles. After all, the majesty and grandeur of the dragon imbues my blood with magic. Touch my skin, feel the pattern of my scales. Look into my eyes. Feel the magic of my being. Know that I am dragonblood."
Benesvelk ux Thurirl tibur Elizar, a Dragonborn of Bahamut, Races of the Dragon

A Draconic Humanoid is a fantastic species that can pretty much be described as the offspring of Lizard Folk and Our Dragons Are Different. Not content with simple humanoid reptiles, the writer decided to give them wings, a Breath Weapon, and/or other draconic features. Another option is to put said dragon features onto an otherwise human-like body.

These may be the descendants of dragons and normal humanoids, or a species of their own.

Note this does not apply to actual dragons that can shapeshift into human forms, unless they shapeshift into a form which is half human and half dragon. See also Human Aliens when they budget-savingly stay in human form when the camera's running.

If suited up in heavy armor, they might be a Dragon Knight.

Sub-trope of Our Dragons Are Different and Monstrous Humanoid. Compare Weredragon, a creature that can change between human and dragon forms. Also related to Demihuman. For kobolds, see Our Kobolds Are Different.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Digimon has multiple examples. Adventure has WarGreymon and Adventure 02 has BlackWarGreymon and ExVeemon, while Frontier has EmperorGreymon and his Evil Counterpart Dynasmon. Fusion has another villainous example in Dorbickmon, one of the Seven Death Generals that the second arc of the series is named after.
    • Digimon has a whole type called Dragon Man, which consists of the aforementioned Digimon except Emperor Greymon who is instead a Dragon Warrior type. There is also the related Ancient Dragon Man type which contains Imperialdramon's Fighter and Paladin modes and Fighter Mode's Dark Counterpart.
  • Of all the Shadow Dragons in Dragon Ball GT. Syn/Omega Shenron, Eis Shenron, Nuova Shenron and Oceanus Shenron (she mostly disguises herself as a human woman, but her true form is a gargoyle-like anthropomorphic dragon) are the most humanoid-looking of the bunch.
  • While normally absent from Fairy Tail when any of the dragon slayers use Dragon Force they morph into dragon hybrids. Also their pronounced canine teeth and sense of smell (as well as travel sickness) come from their magic which is very different from other forms of magic. They become more proper draconic humanoids as their dragonification process accelerates before eventually ending up a fully-realized dragon.
  • In High School D×D, When he is reborn using Ophis's power and Great Red's draconian flesh, Issei comes back to life as one these in Volume 12.
  • While dragons in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid are normally seen in human, Little Bit Beastly, or full dragon form, there have been one or two occasions where they appear this way, such as Fafnir's first appearance or Dragonewt when he was teaching Tohru transformation magic.
  • Monster Musume takes this trope and adds a dash of Moe Anthropomorphism to create Draconewts and their various subspecies, who possess fairly human looking bodies and faces, but heavily scaled extremities, horns, wings, and tails. Strangely, actual dragons seem to be this too: they have not been stated to have any shapeshifting ability. The difference between Dragonewts and Dragons seems to be that Dragons can fly, while Draconewts can't.
  • Though he usually looks fully human, Sebas Tian from Overlord (2012) is actually a Dragonoid.
  • Yubel of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is described in-universe as draconic, despite actually belonging to the fiend archetype. A fairly low key example visibly, with only dragon wings and scales on their left arm and leg present. (Their evolved forms do gain more draconic traits, but in a way that's more "monster" than "person".) It's implied that their present form is the result of horrific surgery where they had their skin cut off and a dragon's hide sewn on instead.

    Card Games 
  • Most dragons in Future Card Buddyfight are humanoid, wearing clothing and armor and wielding weapons. Armordragons are particularly humanoid.
  • Magic: The Gathering: While strictly speaking an actual dragon, the evil planeswalker Nicol Bolas is consistently depicted in a far more humanoid manner than any other dragon in the game. Besides being almost always shown standing bipedally like a human, close-up art shows him to have a flat, muzzle-less face, a human-like nose and visible ears, to a rather humanoid final effect.

    Comic Books 
  • The Savage Dragon comes from an alien race of dragon-like humanoids.
  • Dragon Man from the Fantastic Four comic books is an android built in the shape of one of these.
  • The main character of Fire Breather is one of these, thanks to his father being an actual 60-foot Dragon.

    Fan Works 
  • Harry Potter and the Guardian's Light: In the original Marvel comics, the Dragon Man is an android shaped like a humanoid dragon. Here, he's literally half-dragon and half-man, due to being a magical fusion of Charlie Weasley and Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback.
  • A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor presents an inverted example in the form of protagonist Arturia Pendragon. Thanks to a blood ritual performed by Merlin, Arturia is essentially the Reincarnation of the Red Dragon, meaning that she most accurately identified as a dragon that happens to look like a human.
  • Maria Campbell of the Astral Clocktower: One of the slaves that Maria rescues is a dragon-kin girl named Shio. Much ado is made over how pretty her tail is, and how the other children like to snuggle with it while sleeping.
  • Leviathan (My Hero Academia): Izuku is this when he has control of his transformation, gaining scales and fins all over his body as well as a dragon-like tail. If the transformation continues, his legs mutate to become more reptilian, akin to a raptor-like dinosaur, giving him enhanced speed and maneuverability.
  • The Loud Awakening: Lori turns into a Cute Monster Girl version, complete with blue draconic horns, scales, wings, and tail, as well as an increase in height and muscle mass.
  • No stars in sight: Cuaroc, the beast that's stalked Formora and Enduriel on Vroengard for decades, is described as looking like a walking steel sculpture of a man with the head of a snarling dragon.
  • Pound the Table: Downplayed. Noa's true, mutant form (which she normally hides behind her Glamour power) is based on the writer's Final Fantasy XIV character, who is an Au Ra: humanoids with a few draconic traits like horns, scale patches, and a tail, but who are otherwise fairly human-looking. However, dealing with a tail that she can't let anyone see is difficult, and, while she has no body hair that needs shaving, her scales do shed.
  • Teen Titans Tokyo: Nabiki Tendo ends up at the cruxpoint of this, Were Dragon and Cute Monster Girl when she is cursed with "the last coin of Fafnir's hoard". She can freely shapeshift between her old form, and a form that looks like her with various draconic physical traits, including bestial paws for feet, clawed fingers, horns, a tail, vestigial wings, and a forked tongue. She actually struggles to remain in her human form for prolonged periods, but chooses to ignore the implications of that. Also, she can breathe fire, ice and poison/acid.
  • Zero Context: Taking Out the Trash: Bahijanote . Her humanoid form sports massive clawed feet and a body of durable fur, feathers and scales that lets her ignore a wide selection of physical damage.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Aeons' Gate has Gariath the Dragonman, who follow a warrior culture.
  • Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World: Karan and her people are called the "Dragon Race": they're basically humans with horns, a tail, and scales on their hands with claws. They are well-known to be brave warriors and amongst their abilities is to breathe fire.
  • The Black Witch Chronicles: Major spoilers: The Icarals are the result of wyvern-shifters interbreeding with every other sentient species, explaining their wings and fire powers.
  • The Book of Dragons: In "The Long Walk 2020", after entering the land of the dragons, the main character encounters women with small horns and skin covered in soft scales. They're later revealed to be what dragons look like when they take on human form.
  • A Deal with a Demon: Dragons in this series are humanoid reptilian men/women with a reptile head but a human body. They are also nine feet tall and have a heavily muscled build.
  • Dragonlance: The Draconians are a race of draconic humanoid that start off Always Chaotic Evil, and usually appear as some variety of mook (either regular or improved, depending on the story) for the dragonarmies. They have five subraces, Baaz, Kapak, Aurak, Bozak, and Sivak. All the races have scales of different color. Other differences between them include whether they turn to stone, dissolve into acid or explode after death. In Dragons of Spring Dawning, Gilthanas and Silvara find out they are created by corrupting eggs of actual dragons with dark magic.
  • Dragons in Our Midst: Downplayed, with Billy being a human with fire-breathing abilities from that of his dragon father, and Bonnie resembling a regular-looking human girl... with large scaly wings, from her dragon mother.
  • The Dragon With The Girl Tattoo by ARR Roberts is a parody of the Millennium Series set in a world of humanoid dragons. The "girl" that Lizbreath Salamander has tattooed on her back is seen as a mythical creature.
  • Fengshen Yanyi: both Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Eastern Sea, and his third son Ao Bing can take humanoid form: the latter downright appears as a full human-looking warrior in armor and halberd, the former is sometimes depicted as a dragon-headed humanoid and is explicitly described as having scale-covered sides beneath his robe. Ao Guang also never appears in full dragon form in the story, always prefering a humanoid appearence.
  • Ladylord has dragon-warriors, one of whom serves as bodyguard to the protagonist. They're valued, and the job of retrieving an egg from which one can be hatched is given to the protagonist as an Impossible Task.
  • A Memoir by Lady Trent: The statues of Draconean gods are humanoid dragons. Later they're revealed to be the Draconeans themselves.
  • Paradox: In Even the Wingless the Chatcaava look like humanoid drakes in their natural forms, though most females have a second pair of arms instead of wings.
  • The Rogue King: Some of the raptereon species are classed as this.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: The Targaryen family have been known to have stillborn babies with dragon features. The Targaryens boast that they are "the blood of the dragon," and this might suggest some literal Dragon Ancestry. A conservative list of just the stillborns explicitly said to have dragon features includes:
    • Maegor and Elinor's stillborn: "a malformed and stillborn child, an eyeless boy born with rudimentary wings."
    • Rhaenyra and Daemon's stillborn daughter Visenya: "twisted and malformed, with a hole in her chest where her heart should have been and a stubby, scaled tail."
    • Dany and Drogo's stillborn son Rhaego:
      Mirri Maz Duur: Monstrous. Twisted. I pulled him out myself. He was scaled like a lizard. Blind, with leather wings, like the wings of a bat.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog in the Fourth Dimension: The first mythos (mythological creatures) Sonic comes across are Dragonkin, snake-like creatures with arms and legs.
  • Xanadu (Storyverse): In "Refamiliarization", the main character dressed as a human in the first stages of transforming into a dragon, and thus possessing small horns and a few black scales scattered around his body; when the Change happens, this is what he himself becomes. As the story goes on, he gradually develops more and more draconic traits, such as a second pair of horns, more extensive scales, claws, a muzzle, wings, and a tail; eventually, he fully transforms into a non-anthropomorphic dragon.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Farscape, Scarrans, who are one of two malevolent Empires in the series, are roughly humanoid reptilians with lizard-like faces and long muzzles. They are superhumanly strong, armoured, and have a talent called "heat projection", which is a high-temperature Agony Beam. In their first appearance, the heat projection appeared to be a dragon-style breath weapon, but more often it seems to be projected from their hands.
  • Although we only hear it second-hand from an unreliable source, in Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen's stillborn son Rhaego is described as having come into the world with draconic features such as scales and wings. This was after a blood ritual in which he was unwittingly sacrificed in an attempt to save Khal Drogo, and possibly demonstrates that the Targaryens are the real blood of the dragon. Deconstructed since, if true, rather than becoming some super strong dragon-human hybrid, it just means he didn't survive in this hybrid state.
    Mirri Maz Duur: He was scaled like a lizard, blind, with leather wings like the wings of a bat. When I touched him the skin fell from his bones. Inside he was full of graveworms.
  • Dragons in GARO are a far cry from human, but being raised by dragons can result in draconic traits, such as immortality and even successfully conceiving a child with one.
  • Grimm has the Damonfeuers; although their name sounds more like a bad translation of "fire demon," they're basically dragons. They look reptilian, they can breathe fire, and they live in zealously-guarded (and, for the more modern type, copper-lined) "lairs".
  • House of the Dragon: Barrie Gower, one of the people working as a prosthetics designer for the show, posted on their Instagram a up-close-and-personal image of the silicone baby Visenya created for the series. She is deformed and has dragon scales on her skin.
  • A bizarre example: Supernatural has actual dragons who have no draconic physical features at all. They look and act identical to humans (it's stated that they're shapeshifters, and we never see them in their full dragon forms). Their behaviour, however, is rather draconic, such as kidnapping virgins and possessing fire-based powers.
  • Shou Ronpo, the leader of the rebellion and purple ranger of Uchu Sentai Kyuranger is an alien resembling a purple humanoid eastern dragon.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Older Than Print: In The Saga of Arrow-Odd, Odd and his men battle and kill a monster called finngalkn, a gigantic creature with the head and shoulders of a man and the lower body of a dragon.
    "It had a human head and huge fangs, a long, thick tail, and talons of fantastic size with a great gleaming sword in each claw."
  • In Russian folklore, dragons (zmeys) can assume human form, and can even produce offspring with humans. Dragons in human form and half-dragons are often described as retaining certain draconic features.
  • Greek Mythology has an example of the kind that have a draconic/human origin in the Ophiogenis, who were the descendants of a drakon that mated with a human woman. It was also said that the male members of this race could cure people of snake bites by stroking the infected area.

  • The party in The Fallen Gods encounters draconians in the ruins of Xak Tsaroth, which were made by mutating dragon eggs using blood magic. They resemble dragons warped into a humanoid shape and have various effects when they perish, from dissolving into acid to exploding.
  • Trials & Trebuchets features several Dragonborn NPCs; most notable among them are Integrity's roommate Silvilax "Silvi" Lightsun and class Jerkass Murundeen Purebone.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Anima: Beyond Fantasy: Fallen Angel Dinah is a laboratory creation result of mixing the DNA of a dragon of C'iel (dragon of light) with the one of the Duk'zarist (dark elf) Empress. Despite that she looks like a Sylvain (light elf) who wears a dress with feather motifs. In the same game there's Legion, a dragon of Gaira (dragon of darkness) half-mixed with a human.
  • Crimestrikers is set on Creaturia, a World of Funny Animals that had a population of winged draconic humanoids in the distant past — until they were hunted to extinction. In The Present Day, DNA discovered on ancient artifacts allows a dragon to be created through Genetic Engineering, with more to possibly follow.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has plenty, and named the trope with the "Humanoid (draconic)" creature type in its Fourth Edition (it was "Humanoid [dragonblood]" earlier).
    • Half-dragons are creatures with one human parent and one dragon parent, and tend to have scales, horns, tails, wings and a breath weapon paired with a humanoid body. Draconic creatures are a generation or two removed from their dragon ancestor, but still show a strong dragon heritage thanks to scales, claws, reptilian eyes and the like.
    • Half-dragons have a particularly interesting history. They debuted in the setting Council Of Wyrms for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition and were exclusively Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrids, being the offspring of male gold, silver, copper or bronze dragons with female elves, dwarves, gnomes or halflings. Regardless of their mother's race, all half-dragons had the same form, which loosely resembled an elfin humanoid with serpentine facial features and scaly skin. An issue of Dragon subsequently expanded the race by adding it to other settings, adding a few alternative dragon parents (such as deep dragons and Oerth dragons) and allowing for half-human half-dragons. These early half-dragons also had to sacrifice their demihuman racial abilities for their draconic abilities. In Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, half-dragons could come from a much broader spectrum of demihuman/dragon couplings, it didn't matter which gender the dragon was (the Forgotten Realms canonically have a female blue dragon who keeps a literal army of her half-dragon sons), their appearance was now "non-dragon parent with random degree of draconic bits", and their draconic abilities were added to their standard racial abilities.
    • Dragonborn of Bahamut were introduced in Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition as members of other races who underwent a transformation into a tailless, wingless, humanoid dragon, gaining special powers so they could fight evil dragons in the service of Bahamut, the god of good dragons.
    • The name "dragonborn" was recycled as an entirely new race in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, the intent being to create a standardly available and fully balanced racial option for players who wanted to play as a dragon. (Other options, such as half-dragons or even true dragons themselves, require additional work to balance their powerful racial abilities.) Dragonborn are only vaguely related to actual dragons (a common version of their creation myth involves them rising from the blood of the ancient dragon god Io, making them part divine). They're also noted as not having tails (a trait of actual Half-Dragons), but a lot of players ignore that rule, and even some official artwork depicts Dragonborn with tails. Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition actually had several different lores for dragonborn, depending on their native setting. The "core" setting of Nentir Vale had dragonborn as the scattered remnants of a fallen empire that was ruled by dragon, a Proud Warrior Race forced into a nomadic life and whose culture deeply revered dragons. In contrast, the dragonborn of the Forgotten Realms were a dragon-ruled Slave Race who escaped and held out as guerilla warriors for centuries before the Spellplague magically displaced their homeland to the Realms; these dragonborn absolutely despise dragons as a result. In Eberron, the dragonborn are a barbarian race from the dragon-ruled lands of Argonessen.
    • The Races of the Dragon describes spellscales, a vivacious and magically-inclined race of humanoids covered in fine, glimmering scales with Pointy Ears. They are described as an entire race of eccentric, flamboyant, whimsical beings who tended to act on impulse and were notoriously egotistical. Their unique ability was the power to dedicate themselves to the different draconic deities on a daily basis, each of which gave them a unique bonus when using arcane magic.
    • The humble kobold takes pride in having the blood of dragons, and sometimes "dragonwrought" kobolds are hatched with wings and other signs of a draconic heritage. Since they are said to have age categories just like a red or silver dragon, you could even classify them as true dragons themselves — dragonwrought kobolds are given the Dragon type, after all.
    • There have been several monstrous humanoids who have fitted this trope over editions. Dragonkin are winged, ogre-sized brutes with a primitive, tribal society from the Forgotten Realms, while dracotaurs are reptillian centaurs that can spit flaming globs at foes.
    • Of the Spawn of Tiamat introduced late in Third Edition, several varieties are humanoid, and serve specific roles in Tiamat's forces — Whitespawn Hordelings are weak swarmers, Greenspawn Zealots are clerics and leaders, Blackspawn Raiders are tireless stalkers of good dragons, Redspawn Arcanists are destructive mages, Bluespawn Godslayers are towering shock troopers, and so forth.
    • Having been created as a setting for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, The Chronicles of Aeres features two races of draconic humanoids; kobolds and draconvir. Kobolds are a small race of humanoid dragons created by the Feathered Serpent goddess Lornifas, and divided into two subraces; the brightly colored, cheerful, and friendly Mystics, and the brusque, predatory, swamp-dwelling, Dark Is Not Evil Stygians. Draconvirs are former humans warped into a draconic shape by powerful magic as super soldiers; the Tainted were created by an evil wizard race called the Vulgraks, whilst the Argent were blessed by the Dragon of Light and crafted as Good Counterparts to the Tainted.
    • Dark Sun:
      • In the game's setting, dragons as a species don't exist... but there's a way for humans to turn into dragon-like creatures. As a result, the one Sorcerer-King who has completed the process and become the Dragon of Tyr looks a lot more humanoid than dragons in other D&D settings. The two Sorcerer-Kings who have come closest to completing the process as well, the presumed-dead Dregoth and Nibenay, likewise look like humanoid dragons.
      • Dregoth has also created an entire race of draconic humanoids, the Dray, in his own image, although the first generation is prone to various hideous deformities and a rather "patchwork" blending of human and dragon features due to him having not worked out the kinks in the creation process. They're even a valid player character race, although, as they only appeared in the adventure "City by the Silt Sea", few people remember them — they were also difficult to play, as they were extremely ignorant of the outside world, and the 2nd generation dray were also convinced of their superiority to all other races. Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition promoted them to a main race of the setting by tweaking their lore slightly; instead of being created in secret after Dregoth became undead, he created them before he was killed, though in a mad whim he exiled most of them into the wastelands before he was slain — they now exist on the fringes of Athasian society in tightly knit clans, typically acting as mercenaries, moneylenders, information brokers and slave traders.
    • Dragonlance: The draconians (or dragonmen) were created by corrupting the eggs of good metallic dragons, spawning clutches of soldiers for Takhisis' dragonarmies.
  • Godforsaken: Dragonfolk, discussed in the section on general fantasy worldbuilding, are described as reptilian humanoids who can wield magic. Possible origins for their kind include being a self-sustaining species, being willingly transformed during a magical ceremonies, or being chosen by dragons as agents or champions.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Half-dragons of humanoid ancestry usually resemble scaly, dragon-headed, tailed and clawed versions of their humanoid parent species.
    • Draxies are a type of fey that resemble tiny humanoid dragons with brilliant colorations, complete with a pixie dust-based Breath Weapon.
  • RuneQuest: Dragonewts are juvenile dragons who pass through several distinct humanoid forms as they progress towards true dragonhood. They are completely immortal, always reincarnating from their eggs if killed with all their memories intact. In fact, dying repeatedly is a part of their life cycle.
  • The Splinter: The Wyndlass. In Zu form, they have distinctly dragon-like features and, in Aurora form, they become thin, silver, drakes.
  • Warhammer: The Dragon Ogres are different from the usual fusion, since they're a centaur-like combination of an ogre torso on a dragon's lower body. They're some of the most powerful and ancient of all creatures, as well as followers of the Dark Gods, but they share full dragons' tendency to spend centuries sleeping.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Necloth Warrior Exa is a humanoid dragon. He can wield the Dragunity Spear of Destiny, which is an indication of his draconian half. He can call upon the powers of Catastor and Decisive Armor.

    Video Games 
  • The Drakels of the AdventureQuest-verse are green-skinned near-dragons against whom Dragonslayer class abilities are effective. They're also a Higher-Tech Species, equipped with various Magitek weapons ranging from genetically engineered warbeasts to Mecha.
  • After Armageddon Gaiden: The leader of the game's group of protagonists is Radune, a humanoid dragon warrior.
  • Age of Wonders: Draconians are a species of humanoid dragons created when the true dragons, facing extinction at the hands of the humans who had settled into their homelands, sacrificed their remaining eggs to create a new humanoid race to hold humanity at bay until such a time as the ancient dragon species could be brought back safely. Ironically, as both are Neutral-aligned species noted chiefly for their ambition and their desire to carve out a place for themselves in the world, humans and draconians tend to get along fairly well and are often allied with one another. They tend to be skilled in magic, due to their highly magical origins, and tend to eschew most tools in favor of their strength and natural weapons. They are physically very variable: Several draconians have vestigial wings, which in some cases are well-developed enough to allow them to fly, but many are wingless. Further, while most have typical humanoid proportions, some are hulking and heavily muscled and a few are quadrupedal like their dragon ancestors. Particularly large and developed draconian nations are sometimes capable of flattering true dragons into joining them, and the draconian army roster includes two types of true dragons as high-end monster units: the multi-headed hydras and the large, powerful red dragons.
  • Altered Beast (1988) had a Weredragon that while having human proportions had a more animal stance, something not all followed in Project Altered Beast. It also appeared in Sega Heroes, even more humanoid because it remained on the ground instead of always flying.
  • Arknights has three distinct Little Bit Beastly races based on dragons
    • Draco are based on western dragons, and have thick spiked tails and multiple or branching horns.
    • The Lung are based on eastern dragons. Ch'en has a tufted tail and branching horns, and her uncle Wei Yenwu is a full-on anthropomorphic dragon, with scales and a snout. Lee, on the other hand, looks more like a carp, which fits with many Chinese dragon designs.
    • Vouivre are based on wyverns, and have a single pair of horns, pointed ears, and a slimmer tail with a point at the end.
    • There is also the Sui: Dusk, Nian, and Ling, who also have eastern dragon characteristics, but are of an unidentified race separate from from the Lung. Specifically, they are "siblings" created when an ancient dragon god was shattered.
    • Like the Sui, there is Kjera, whose race is also listed as "undisclosed." She has a tufted tail, her hair and clothes invoke furred wings, and the "drones" she can summon have snake-like bodies of ice. Unlike the Sui, she is a full-on goddess, or at least an aspect of the god Kjergandr.
  • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny has Gray, a dragonslayer that was once a human. Due to killing so many dragons in his life, the dragon king punished him by cursing him with their shape, turning him into a dragon man.
  • Battle for Wesnoth has the Drakes, one of the game's factions. Unbeknownst to even the Drakes themselves, they actually are dragons. Similarly to the myth of goldfish only growing to the size of their tank, Drakes are kept in a juvenile form because there's not enough space left in the kingdom of Wesnoth to support dragons. They can, under the right circumstances, become "real" dragons again. This process has never been shown in any campaign.
  • Body Blows: One of the extraterrestrial fighters introduced in Body Blows Galactic, named Dragon, is a resident of a Reptile dominated planet. He has a muscular human-like frame and also a head, claws, and feet likes those of numerous portrayals of dragons.
  • Ragnir from Brawlhalla is a dragon who took a slightly humanoid form in order to compete in the Valhalla tournament.
  • In Breath of Fire III the protagonist Ryu and Teepo descend from a dragon bloodline. Typically they appear human, but can transform into dragons at will. However, some of the higher level transformations turn Ryu into a Draconic Humanoid, taking Ryu's hairstyle but adding wings, tail, and scales.
  • In Breath of Fire IV this is Ryu's and Fou-Lu's default state upon transforming. They only turn into full dragons when they access the form's special abilities.
  • Chrono Cross features the ancient Dragonian civilization, a reptilian race closely attuned with nature, who lived in the islands of El Nido and left behind powerful magical relics and wondrous ruins. Though the truth is a bit more complicated: the Dragonians are actually the evolved form of the dinosaur-descended Reptites seen in Chrono Trigger, from an alternate timeline where Lavos didn't make them extinct. But an experiment in the main timeline's future pulled the Dragonians into the past, where they fought with similarly time-displaced humans and were defeated. The survivors settled with the humans in El Nido, giving rise to various demihuman subspecies before dying out. But not before they set things into motion that could get their revenge against those pesky humans...
  • The Drake/Bahamun race from the Class of Heroes series are defined by their draconic characteristics. The Drakes from the first game had wings growing from their backs, but the Bahamun from the second game have smaller wings that sprout from their head as a second set of Unusual Ears. Both races can learn a Breath Weapon attack that scorches every enemy on the battlefield, growing in power as they level up.
  • Dark Souls:
    • In Dark Souls the Chosen Undead can become one by joining the Path of the Dragon covenant and using the Dragon Stones. By becoming a dragon, the Chosen Undead receives a pair of claws for unarmed combat, as well as the ability to breath fire and a roar that can stagger their foes. However, in order to turn back into a human, they have to die either as a phantom, which turns them back into a human, or to die in their own world, which turns them into a hollow.
    • Also in Dark Souls, Crossbreed Priscilla is implied to be half-god, half-dragon. She resembles a large, very pale human with a prominent dragon tail and some draconic elements to her facial appearance.
    • In Dark Souls II, the Dragon Remnants covenant achieves similar results. Unlike the previous installment, the dragon form resembles a suit of light armor, but you still can breath fire and roar.
    • In Dark Souls III, the Ashen One can become one as well, with the additional Twinkling Dragon Stones for summoning the illusion of dragons.
    • There's also Oceiros the Consumed King, who's the former king of Lothric turned into a draconic humanoid due to studying the secrets of the Paledrake Seath the Scaleless, and indeed looks like a humanoid version of said dragon.
    • Company Captain Yorshka also has draconic traits, such as small purple scales around her eyes, a long scaled tail trailing behind her, and tentacle-like tendrils hanging down around her neck, while her legs, torso and neck are unnaturally elongated (difficult to notice as she usually remains seated) and her arms are incredibly thin, giving her a vaguely serpentine (albeit still cute) appearance. She's vaguely implied to be related to Priscilla in some way.
  • In Dragon Age people who drink dragon's blood can develop certain powers, sometimes growing scales. A race in that world, the Qunari, looks "dragony" - they're big and often have horns and strange ears - and holds dragons sacred, and there is a rumor that through magic or blood-drinking there is dragon in them somewhere. It also may not be a coincidence that the Qunari party member in Dragon Age: Inquisition became a Reaver without drinking dragon's blood.
  • The Dragon Quest series has the mandrake major/marshal monster line, a dragonman with a sword and shield. Several humanoid dragons show up, such as Lord Drak.
  • In Dungeon Crawl, one of the playable species is Draconians, who start out in an immature brown form, but after reaching a certain level change into a random color and gain a corresponding Breath Weapon. They also lack wings, but can gain some through mutations. (Exception: black draconians gain wings at level 14, and are able to remain airborne permanently.)
  • In Endless Legend, the Drakken are an Endless-uplifted species with varying degrees of anthropomorphism. Ancients and Wyverns are similar to traditional dragons, with two legs and two wing limbs, while the Drakkenlings are bipedal and have no wings whatsoever. Drakken heroes straddle the line, standing bipedal and possessing hands attached to forelimbs with vestigial wing membranes. The Drakken are the game's diplomatic faction, and their armies value high-value and high-performing units over raw numbers.
  • Midori's dragon form in Fantasy Strike is humanoid and incorporates his facial hair.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In both Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and A2, one Bangaa job, the Dragoon, allows them to have breath weapons. Ordinarily they'd be Lizard Folk, but it seems they're using their tangential relationship to dragons here. In A2, the Gria race consists of humanoids that possess horns, tails, and wings like a dragon.
    • Played With in Final Fantasy XIV with the Au Ra, a race of people that look human and have horns, scaly patches on their bodies, and a scaly tail. However, they are not dragons. This didn't stop some of the knights in Ishgard for mistaking a group of Au Ra refugees as dragons and killing them anyway since dragons are Ishgard's sworn enemies. During development for the Heavensward expansion, the devs were going to have the Au Ra be actual dragon people, but they changed their designs to look more demonic since it wouldn't make sense for a race of dragon people to be able to walk freely in a city that hates dragons.
    • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin's incarnation of Tiamat has a far more humanoid build than the original with hooves and six heads sprouting from her back and shoulders on long necks.
  • Fire Emblem: Male Manaketes in the series typically have visible draconic features such as fangs, slitted eyes, claws, and wings. Most of the females on the other hand are cute little girls who appear human aside from occasionally having Pointy Ears or wings.
  • Hybrid in Fortnite is a muscular and spiky humanoid dragon whose appearance comes in three stages of clothedness, ranging from a full bright red ninja outfit to a virtually-naked array of leather belts and a pauldron.
  • Lilac in Freedom Planet is an anthropomorphic water dragon, with their characteristic whiskers as her ultra-long, ultra-thin twintails instead. That being said, she barely resembles a dragon at all. Merga in Freedom Planet 2 is a straighter example; she has a clearly dragon-like appearance.
  • Charnok from Gigantic is a sorcerer belonging to a race of humanoid dragons who uses his natural fire breathing ability in tandem with his fire magic. He is an interesting example as he has a humanoid upper body with two arms but a centaur-esque lower body with four reptilian legs, giving him six limbs in total.
  • Drago from Golden Force is a humanoid dragon and the Token Non-Human of the titular force. During gameplay he's The Big Guy.
  • The Mars Clan from Golden Sun are near-humans with brightly-colored, scaled skin, glowing Red Eyes, Take Warning, and Pointy Ears. They are all powerful Fire Adepts, and under the right circumstances, can transform into winged European-style dragons. Since the Adept werewolves of Garoh are explained as mutation due to nearby Air's Rock, it's likely the Mars Clan mutated similarly due to Mars Lighthouse.
  • Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear is a Gear (the series' namesake, in fact), one of many magical, genetically-enhanced bioweapons created from multiple animal genes. His true form is that of a bipedal humanoid dragon with a crustacean-like exoskeleton[1], but having once been human, he wears a Power Limiter to retain his original human appearance. As of Xrd, he now assumes (a redesigned and more human-looking version of) this form when activating his Dragon Install super, as opposed to simply glowing like in the past games.
  • Guncaster's hero is Cygnis Flaynithere, a red, gun-toting, magic-casting, anthropomorphic dragon who's also ridiculously overpowered. While he has scales, horns, and wings, he lacks a tail for some reason.
  • Honkai: Star Rail has the Chinese dragon inspired Vidyadhara, a race of humanoids descended from the draconic Aeon of Permanance, Long. They are distinguished by their sharp pointed ears and long lifespans with periodic rebirthing from eggs. Their High Elders have dragon horns on their heads and have tails, as well as having the ability to transform into dragons. Dan Heng, one of the starting characters, is the current reincarnation of the last High Elder, Dan Feng, and is exiled from the race due to a grave sin Dan Feng committed.
  • Last Armageddon: One of your party members is a reptilian humanoid, referred to as a Dragonewt. He specializes in fire magic and has a resistance to fire. While not depicted with wings in cutscenes or battle, he can seemingly grow some to fly around the world map with.
  • Shyvana, the Half-Dragon from League of Legends was born from a dragon's egg stolen from the nest of her mother, Yvva, by a thieving mage, whose magic accidentally corrupted her in the shell, causing her to hatch as a golden-eyed humanoid with taloned hands and leathery purple skin. When her rage reaches its peak, she can transform into full dragon form for a short time.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask have Lizalfos (humanoid Lizard Folk) and their stronger relatives Dinolfos, who are bigger, tougher, and breath fire.
    • Twilight Princess has incarnations of Lizalfos and Dinolfos, but also Aeralfos: winged lizard-men found in the City in the Sky.
  • Maplestory has the Nova race, which resemble humans with dragon wings, horns, and tail. Two of them are playable classes: Kaiser, who can temporarily transform into the less human-like variation of a Dragon Man, and Angelic Buster, who lacks a tail.
  • Master of Magic has the Draconians, a race of dragon-people native to the magical plane of Myrror. All of their grunt units have flight, and their mounted units ride wyverns (yes, that means your dragon-riders are also dragons).
  • Mega Man X4: Magma Dragoon is a dragon-styled Reploid made in resemblance to Akuma of Street Fighter, with powerful combat moves and fire powers.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Goro is a member of the Shokan, a race of dragon-human hybrids with, fiery breath, four arms and scaly skin.
    • Mortal Kombat: Deception's Big Bad is Onaga the Dragon King who was the original ruler of Outworld before Shao Kahn poisoned him. He has green, scaly skin, wings, horns, three fingers on each hand and clawed feet.
    • During the story mode of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, it is revealed that Kano has been captured and been subject to the Red Dragon Clan's experiments to create dragon-human hybrids but is freed by new protagonist Taven before they can finish. Kano's non-canon ladder ending rejuvenates the process and transforms him into a black dragon-human hybrid.
    • As of Mortal Kombat 11, Shao Kahn himself appears to now be a Draconic Humanoid instead of... whatever he was in earlier games. He has clawed fingers and toes, yellow eyes like past dragons such as Onaga, and, when deprived of his armour, scales and spikes covering his skin. Basically, he looks like a mixture between a dragon and an orc.
  • Dragon Fang Fogel of Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen used to be a human, but he was cursed into this form after he killed the Divine Dragon Bytalth in his quest to seek more power.
  • Overlord: Minions has the Dragonkin, a race of half-human, half-dragon creatures. Only two of them appear, and they're both end-game boss fights.
  • Paladins:
    • Drogoz is a wingless humanoid dragon who compensates for his lack of wings with a jetpack. His weapon of choice is a rocket launcher and while he can't breathe fire, he can hock up big, unstable loogies that explode when fired upon. He also has a huge love for gold and hates being called a lizard.
    • The April 2020 Battle Pass features the skins "Draconic Fighter Viktor" and "Draconic Enforcer Khan" that make the characters into humanoid dragons.
  • Overwatch: The 2017 Halloween Terror event added a Dragon skin for Symmetra. This skin, while keeping her humanoid form, gives her red and purple-grey skin covered in scales and armor plates, horns, a draconic tail or crest growing from the back of her head and yellow Volcanic Veins along her chest and right arm. It also turns her skirt into a pair of dragon wings growing from the small of her back.
  • Draco Centauros from Puyo Puyo is a humanoid girl with dragon horns, wings, and a tail as well as the ability to breathe fire.
  • In Rage of Bahamut, one character who debuted in the Mysteria Academy event is named Grea the Dragonborn. She has horns on her head and dragon wings, a long tail, and her forearms are scaly. She later makes an appearance in another game made by Cygames, Granblue Fantasy with a slightly modified appearance as only one forearm is scaly.
  • Raging Blades have dragon-men enemies in the Tower of Apocalypse, who can breath fire on you from a distance.
  • In Rogue Legacy, the Dragon is an unlockable class. It resembles a human with dragon wings and the ability to breathe fire.
  • The Dragonute/Dragonewt race in various Shining Series games play this trope straight,
    • Shining Force has Elliot and his son Eric being the most notable examples.
    • Shining the Holy Ark has Basso the Dragon-man who breathe, can not only fire but also, ice.
    • You can also play as one in both of the Shining Soul games.
  • Star Fox Adventures: Drakon, the boss of Dragon Rock, is a dinosaur mutated into a form resembling a humanoid dragon, complete with wings.
  • The NES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters has Hothead, a former fireman who unwittingly unleashed an ancient Samurai dragon's spirit.
  • The Tenth Line: Dracons are look like humanoid dragons and believe themselves to be descended from true dragons with the Breath Weapon to show for it. Their scale color is tied to which of the game's Elemental Powers they are naturally attuned to, with Dracons who have particular natural talent with their element being called Dracomages. Only Black and White Dracomages can wield more than one element. Dracons can also interbreed with the setting's Lizard Folk, producing Drakelings, which are taller than either and have more rounded features while still having the Dracons' elemental magic and Breath Weapon.
  • Twisted Wonderland: There is a group of dragon-based fairies, with Malleus being one of them. They have horns, breathe fire, lay eggs, and at least in the case of Meleanor, can turn into bona fide dragons.
  • In Vagrant Story, the Lizard Folk count as "dragon" type enemies, and are therefore the only way to grind up your weapon's dragon affinity for killing the rare but powerful dragon boss monsters. Some of them do breathe fire, too.
  • WitchSpring
    • Crown, true identity Jude, reveals themselves as a dragon making their initial human form an example of this.
    • Monnet is a memeber of the Ancient Dragons who is noiticibly humanoid not unlike her father Jude, but in her case it's because her mother is human.
    • Terranord's daughter, Boule, is also one but in her case she was transformed into one by Laura to hold back her destructive nature. By the post-game, the spell began to weaken due to Laura being exhausted from pooling in her magic to bring Pieberry back to life, though the shift is only temporary.
  • Wizard101 has draconians who serve Malistare, but it's implied that they're just stringing him along until he reawakens the Dragon Titan.
  • Wizardry's Dracon race, which can breathe acid. The manual says they are the result of a mixture of human and dragon heritage.
  • World of Warcraft has several examples:
    • The Dragonspawn are said to be humans who were so devoted to the dragon flights they started to take on draconic characteristics.
    • Drakonids are humanoid dragonkin used as ground troops by the dragonflights.
    • In Blackwing Descent, a creature that is actually called a dragonman is encountered, which is a human crossed with a dragonspawn.
    • Dragonflight, the game's ninth expansion, introduces the dracthyr, an ancient and recently reawakened race created by Deathwing who can alternate between an androgynous bipedal dragon form and a male or female humanoid form that retains some draconic elements. They're the first race in the game to have access to only one class, the evoker class, which in turn is only accessible to dracthyr.

    Visual Novels 
  • Sable's Grimoire: Drakan the half-dragon spends most of her time in the form of a redheaded girl with horns, claws, wings, patches of scales and a tail. Her mother, the dragon Nidhogg, can likewise assume the form of a woman with horns, claws, scales, and a tail.

  • In the space arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space, the Dragons are a humanoid antagonistic space-faring race.
  • Ryuvians in Archipelago and City of Somnus are human in shape (with tails), scaly, horned and breathe fire. Zatachi, who is only half-Ryuvian (but can breathe fire with the best of them), embraces the dragonness in his personal dream world which even has a little hoard.
  • Every female dragon in Draconia Chronicles. The males are dragon classic, however.
  • Dragon City has bipedal dragons that are slightly taller than humans with a pair of wings on their shoulders, they can breathe fire but their toughened throat linings have atrophied. Erin does it once and can't speak for months afterward.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Ellen looks like this while briefly silhouetted here and later comes to the conclusion that she absorbed dragon powers.
  • Housepets!: One of Spirit Dragon's forms is humanoid, which she'll switch to when she doesn't feel the need to intimidate someone, or wants to be on someone's level. The details of this form vary, such as whether or not she wears clothes in it, or whether or not she has Non-Mammal Mammaries.
  • In Looking for Group there's the Guardians of Eight. An ancient order of dragon people connected to the origins of Kethenecia, the sword of truth, and the Archmage. Their appearances in the comic are pretty scarce, as they seem to be more active behind the scenes nudging the heroes in the direction of a brighter future.
  • The Order of the Stick, set in a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired universe, has a couple:
  • Most of the dragons from Ozy and Millie, including the two we see most often, Llewellyn (part of the main cast) and Isolde (a Recurring Character).
  • TwoKinds has Adrakists, Dragon Clerics blessed with ether Partial Transformation or slow shapeshifting into a dragon, along with their magic.
  • Winters In Lavelle has the "Blue Princes" (and most recently, a Blue Princess as well), half-dragon/half-human offspring of a Dragon capable of shape-shifting into a handsome man who decided to usurp the kingdom. Unfortunately for the princes, they are as less easily able to hide their heritage and from what has been seen, and implied, it's generally the rule that they look monstrous and malformed with horns, scales, and asymmetrically sized arms.

    Web Originals 
  • The Legatum series has drakos, a race of bipedal reptilian creatures that basically look like human-sized dragons. They get confused with stilios a lot, considering they're both humanoid reptiles.
  • Trogdor's backstory apparantly had him briefly assume this form when transforming from a man to being a dragon.

    Western Animation 
  • Conan and the Young Warriors: The demon Grakk is a winged, reptilian humanoid who can breathe fire.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Draego-Man is a tragic example. Created as a humanoid dragon to fight for Eternia against the evil Snakemen, he has scaly skin, giant wings capable of flight, fire breath, and even the ability to coat his combat equipment in fire, to say nothing of enhanced strength and durability. Alas, when the war ended, he found himself ostracized not only by the humans who saw him as a monster, but by the dragons who saw him as an abomination (particularly their leader Granamyr). This resulted in Draego-Man eventually being recruited by Skeletor, and even helping the villain enslave a clutch of dragon eggs, leading to Dragon Blast Skeletor.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Shendu and his son Drago take the form of wingless humanoid dragons. Shendu has two arms and two legs much like a human, but otherwise he still looks like a huge reptilian monster. Drago on the other hand is human-sized and has more anthropomorphic features. Shendu also temporarily alters Valmont's appearance to resemble one when it appeared that they would permanently have to share a body.
  • Martin Morning: In the first episode, "Mighty Dragon Martin", Martin suddenly sprouts the hands, wings, ears, and tail of a dragon right after he wakes up in the morning, but the rest of his body remains human. He also gains fire breath.


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Martin the Dragon

Martin suddenly sprouts draconic features right after he wakes up in the morning.

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