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  • In Fantasia 2000, a dragon can be seen among the various mythical creatures (the others being a unicorn and a gryphon) that were mocking the animals that were boarding Noah's Ark, and is presumably drowned in the flood.
  • In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Kadaj manages to use Yuffie's Materia to summon a Bahamut, Bahanut SIN. A wicked, twisted looking Western dragon with ram's horns on its head and the ability to blast blue fire/plasma bolts.
  • The Flight of Dragons is a generic fantasy stored Inspired by... the art book The Flight of Dragons by Peter Dickinson (described on the Literature page). The dragons are able to fly despite their large size because they generate hydrogen gas within their bodies, and then steer with their wings, and breathe fire when they exhale said gas. An explanation is also given for them having a Dragon Hoard: gold is comfortable to sleep on, and won't catch on fire. Most of the dragons pictured are Western-style and have extremely varied coloration and horn combinations, although one Eastern-style dragon does appear.
  • How to Train Your Dragon is founded on this trope, and even its own dragons are often very different from one another. Almost all dragons possess a Breath Weapon: fire is the most common, but others include corrosive slime, sonic roars, boiling water and lightining. Limb configuration varies — some dragons have the classic six-limbed arrangement, some are wyvern-like bipeds, others are still four-limbed but move on all fours like bats, some are entirely wingless and still others have no limbs but their wings — and a number of species are polycephalic. Almost all of these are trainable and at least semisentient. They aren't bright enough to have a "side", though, which makes Stoick's accusation that "you've thrown your lot in with them!" seem kinda silly.
    • Dragons are divided into a number of classes in the franchise's internal mythos: Strike (fast and powerful Lightning Bruisers), Stoker (particularly focused on the use of fire), Boulder (themed around rocks and the earth; many Boulder-class dragons are either adept diggers, rock-eaters or both), Tracker (distinguished by keen senses, such as smell or eyesight), Sharp (possessing a variety of bladed or piercing Natural Weapons), Tidal (marine dragons of various sorts) and Mystery (dragons that don't fit anywhere else).
    • The original movie introduces a relatively limited roster of dragons as part of the flock that raids Berk: the Night Fury pictured here (a frighteningly fast Strike-class dragon with a Breath Weapon like a turbolaser), the Monstrous Nightmare (a four-limbed, bat-like Stoker that can emit flame from its entire skin), the Gronkle (a Boulder-class that looks like a huge, armored bumblebee), the Zippleback (a two-headed Mystery dragon; one head breathes gas, the other head lights it), the Nadder (a wyvern-like Tracker that can shoot spikes out of its tail), the Terrible Terror (a diminutive Stoker that's pretty dangerous despite its small size) and the Red Death (which is big enough to chew up a longboat, has club tail, six eyes and enough firepower to blow away the entire grounded fleet with one burn, and kept all the other dragons in thrall). Several more species re given a passing mention in the Dragon Manual (a dragonslayers' textbook of sorts), all of which are given more attention in the sequel films and the animated series.
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    • How to Train Your Dragon 2 adds several new species, the most notable of these being the absolutely gigantic (bigger than anything we've seen before) ice-breathing sea dragons called "Bewilderbeasts" and the Stormcutter, a slightly owl-like dragon with four wings that form an X shape when it flies when viewed from the front.
  • Mushu in Mulan is an Eastern dragon reduced to being a Plucky Comic Relief Empathy Pet. His lack of powers may be due to his being demoted after failing as a family guardian. He claims that his small stature is intentional ("I'm travel-sized for your convenience"), but is most likely a bluff. He can breathe fire (a little) and fly (with help), which comes in handy later on.
  • The huge dragon from Shrek at first appears to be an old-fashioned monstrous Western Dragon, but is soon revealed to be surprisingly intelligent. And female. Although she isn't capable of human speech per se, she's capable of grunts, growls, and other sounds that work as a language well enough for Donkey, at least, to understand. Hilarity, and squick if you recall the end of the second movie, ensue. Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action ensues, is more like it.
  • Dragon Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty.
  • The dragons in Son of the White Horse are shape-shifters, for one. To further elaborate...
    • The Three-Headed Dragon is a rock caveman that can retract two of his heads. He's the personification of the male side of lust and fertility, with prominent balls, though he lacks a penis.
    • The Seven-Headed Dragon looks like a tank bristling with cannons, representing 20th century warfare and domestic abuse with a massive tank-turret phallos.
    • The Twelve-Headed Dragon is a fluid, crawling city that can spawn limbs at will, has reflective, electronic faces, and wears smog as a robe. No visible genitalia on this one, and he doesn't mind if one of his "heads" (read: skyscrapers) gets blown off.
  • In The Sword in the Stone, Merlin objects to Madame Mim's turning into a dragon. Mim retorts that she didn't say anything about purple dragons, only pink ones.
  • Dragons in Quest For Camelot are fairly standard fire-breathing, vaguely crocodilian hexapods that attack humans on sight. Except the one that joins the main characters as comic relief, which is bipedal, anthropomorphic, and has two heads with opposite personalities. They claim to be a result of inbreeding, which would mean the other dragons are intelligent but don't talk to humans. Their breath weapon appears to be anachronistic references.
  • In Bartok The Magnificent the villain steals and drinks a potion that is supposed to "bring out the inner self", which turns her into a cartoony anthropomorphic dragon. Ends up as a rare unintentional case of Scaled Up.


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