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  • Sci-Fi's Beast Legends makes a dragon from a mix of real animal parts, and ends up with a creature resembling the Kaiju Varan about the size of a bull.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: One comes out of the Key Portal during Season 5 episode "The Gift".
  • The Discovery Channel Mini Series Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real is a Mockumentary all about how dragons could be scientifically possible. There are four types of dragons covered: Prehistoric dragons (wyvern-like creatures that coexisted with the dinosaurs), marine dragons (Sea Monsters), forest dragons (Chinese dragons) and mountain dragons (European dragons); prehistoric and marine dragons were sister species, the former dying out in the K-T mass extinction and the other giving rise to the forest and mountain dragons. There are also "desert dragon" shown as a third descendant of the marine dragon, but it was never elaborated upon.
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  • In the TV series version of The Dresden Files a dragon appears in one episode and it's strongly hinted that a member of the White Council is one in human disguise.
  • Farscape had Budongs. Giant space dragons which would occasionally eat passing spaceships and were a real threat to interstellar travel. Dead Budongs were inhabited by mining colonies.
  • Flight of the Conchords one-off Show Within a Show Albi the Racist Dragon features a fairly traditional-looking Western dragon with fire breath and no wings — but who cries tears that turn into jellybeans. He's also racist.
  • In Game of Thrones, as in its source material, dragons are unintelligent (though they have high animal intelligence), fire-breathing, egg-laying wyverns who don't talk, with the main peculiarity being that they are a hermaphroditic One-Gender Race. They also have a strong link to magic (though the cause-effect relationship is still unclear). Given enough food and space they grow continuously with most able to carry human riders and some large enough to "swallow a horse whole." They also possess a strong imprinting instinct and eat only cooked meat. They are the Westeros' version of nuclear weapons, as they are essentially weapons of mass destruction and one who controls the dragons can/will control the Seven Kingdoms and large swaths of Essos.
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  • The Dämonfeuer is a dragon Wesen in Grimm. Also the only Wesen that can spit fire.
  • Kamen Rider has had four dragon-featuring seasons so far:
    • Kamen Rider Agito is a Chinese dragon based humanoid and the show implies that humans will become like Agito.
    • Kamen Rider Ryuki has the twin dragons Dragredder and Dragblacker. With the help of Kamen Rider Decade, Ryuki can also transform into a leaner version of Dragredder.
    • Kamen Rider Kiva has Tatuslot as Kiva's power-up, Castle Doran and his chibi power-up, and Kiva's own Flight Style form.
    • And Kamen Rider Wizard has an evil dragon monster sealed within him, serving as the source of his powers.
  • In Knightmare there seem to be three different types of Western style dragons, based on color. The smallest and weakest are blue and are never actually seen, just mentioned. Greens are the friendliest (in the sense that they are willing to deal at all with humans). Red dragons are both the most powerful and most wildly destructive.
  • The Librarians has a long-standing rivalry between Western and Eastern dragons (the latter are called Fei Lung). The dragons are generally dormant, but can be awakened, at which point they can easily burn the world to cinders. One Western dragon appears to be slumbering under the Vatican. The Librarians manage to avert the awakening of the dragons. However, in the timeline where Cassandra is the sole Librarian, she failed to stop it, and now humanity is almost extinct. The Fei Lung are usually represented by a human lawyer, appropriate known as Mr. Drake.
  • In Lost Tapes a "Dragon" appears, but as a variant of the Real Life Komodo Dragon that was thought to be extinct: the Megalania. It eats a Survivorman wannabe.
  • Merlin (2008):
    • The (male) dragon lives under the castle in a cave, can talk and knows magic. It can only be controlled by a dragonlord, a people of which Merlin is the last. Dragons are also only born with the help of a dragonlord, who calls them from the egg by naming them.
    • The episode "Eye of the Phoenix" has wyverns. They're a lot smaller and act more like a pack of intelligent, but not sapient, animals. Gwaine mentions that they are distant cousins of the dragons, but it seems wyverns are at least closely related enough that a dragonlord may command them.
  • Spot, the equivalent of a house pet for the Monster Mash-Creepy Family The Munsters. Spot is a firebreathing dragon, though due to budgetary constrains other than his tail and face, his body is never shown.
  • Power Rangers: There are number of Zords based on dragons. The most famous would be the Dragonzord, which is aquatic and resembles Godzilla, followed by the Red Dragon Thunderzord, which is modeled after Eastern dragons. Serpentera is also an Eastern dragon. But that's just the Mighty Morphin era. There's also the Dragonforce Vehicle in Power Rangers Ninja Storm, the Mystic Dragon zord combination and Fireheart the actual dragon in Power Rangers Mystic Force, the Dragon Foldingzord in Power Rangers Samurai, and the Dragon Mechazord in Power Rangers Megaforce. Power Rangers Lost Galaxy also has a draconic Zord, though its official identification is the "Condor" Galactazord. On the flip side, Power Rangers Dino Thunder tries to pass off a Ptero Soarer as the "Drago Zord". Power Rangers Ninja Steel has a dragon Zord as well, but unusually it is the Blue Ranger's rather than belonging to the Red or Sixth Ranger.
  • In Primeval (Season 3, Episode 7), a dinosaur known as a Dracorex wanders through an anomaly into the middle ages, where it is mistaken for a dragon.
  • In Round the Twist, dragons live in caves, and hatch out of square eggs.
  • An episode of Sliders has the heroes slide into a world where magic is possible (much to Professor Arturo's chagrin). The villain in the episode is an Evil Sorcerer who had the Mallory Clan wiped out due to a prophecy that he will be killed by a Mallory. During the climax, he turns into a dragon (not much larger than a human) and starts spitting fireballs at heroes. Rembrandt tries to grab the only sword capable of slaying him/it but can't move it. The sorcerer's student explains that only a Mallory can take the sword. Cue Quinn grabbing the sword and stabbing the dragon/sorcerer.
  • Special Unit 2 references European and Asiatic dragons, and prominently features a "Native American" dragon. However, it acts like (and vaguely resembles) the stereotypical European portrayal in terms of behavior, is armored like a Tank and has a taste for gnomes.
  • On Star Trek: The Original Series, the Berengaria system is home to dragons. Spock even tells the Girl of the Week about them.
  • One Season 10 episode of Stargate SG-1 had a dragon attack the motley crew (SG-1, Ba'al, and Adria) searching for Merlin's anti-ascended being weapon. This dragon was actually a sophisticated technological illusion; beating it required Daniel yelling its creator's name at it.
  • Supernatural's budget constraints gave us dragons that could shift between human and dragon forms, and apparently they prefer to be in human form most of the time. Naturally they have heat-based powers, which they use to french fry their victims. They can only be killed by swords forged in Dragonblood, and they work for the progenitor of all monsters, Eve.
  • Super Sentai: Has all of Power Rangers's zords as mecha, and more.
  • Dragon-based kaiju feature in the Ultra Series on occasion.
    • The Zoiger of Ultraman Tiga are a species of super-fast, super-strong, dragon/pterosaur-like Eldritch Abominations that serve Gatanozoa. Like their master, they are inspired by a monster from the Cthulhu Mythos, in this case the Lloigor, who served Lovecraft's Ghatanothoa.
    • Ultraman Gaia's Mizunoenoryu is the God of Water and counterpart of Earth God Tigris in the show's universe, taking the form of a limbless Japanese dragon with a a head on the end of each of its eight tails. Like many of the Earth-dwelling monsters in the show, it's generally not malicious, but wants to be left alone by humans and the alien antagonists.
    • Also from Gaia is Zorlim, a draconic Eldritch Abomination so vast that Ultraman Gaia could fly inside its mouth. Considered to be a major Knight of Cerebus in the series, but only the monster's head and neck are seen from the giant wormhole the bad guys send it from.
    • Natsunomeryu of Ultraman Max is a Stock Ness Monster treated with respect by the locals around the lake it lives in. While a Non-Malicious Monster that bears a resemblance to Japanese dragons, it can breathe fire like a western dragon and form Hot Wings to fly.
    • Hailing in the original Ultraman is Dodongo (no relation to the recurring Legend of Zelda foes), who looks like a Chinese dragon combined with Pegasus. However, it's the guardian of a mysterious mummy discovered by the characters, summoned upon its master's death.
    • Dorako, also from the original series, is a reptilian monster with Hook Hands and insect wings that appears when a comet passes by Earth, having implied to be a hitchhiker on the comet. Its name is even derived from the Japanese pronunciation of "draco", the Greek word for "dragon".
    • Don Ron from the first Ultraman Cosmos movie is a Non-Malicious Monster taking the form of Armless Biped with traits from Okinawan shisa and associated with a medicine deity by the people of Musashi's hometown.
    • Ultraman 80 gives us Fire-Draco, a three-headed youkai who, despite his name and evil disposition, is modeled on Japanese dragons. It was defeated by a Shinto priest and had its essence sealed inside a jewel long ago, but the differently colored heads reincarnated as humans to regain their old form — a fire-eater who inherited the red head's flame breath, a strongman who inherited the blue head's strong skull, and the priest's descendant, who is the white head and Token Good Teammate.


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