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Dota: Dragon's Blood is a 2021 animated series produced by Netflix and Studio Mir, based on Valve's Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game Dota 2. The story follows Davion, a young but renowned Dragon Knight who crosses path with Mirana, the Princess of the Moon, as they go on a quest that would eventually involve events and powers much larger than they both expected.

Watch the the teaser and the official trailer.

Valve has announced that Book II is now in production, due for a currently unknown release date.


Dota: Dragon's Blood provides examples of the following tropes:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Dragons are animated pretty much exclusively in CGI and are rendered with Cel Shading and a reduced framerate to match 2D animation.
  • Adaptational Badass: In Dota 2, Slyrak was described as having grown weak by age by the time Davion had found him. In Dragon's Blood, he's depicted at his prime instead, strong enough to give a demonically-possessed Eldwurm a proper fight.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Invoker, normally an arrogant narcissist with a massive ego, is downright courteous in Dragon's Blood by comparison, bothering to acknowledge others and being helpful. With that said, there are still shades of his arrogance.
  • Alien Sky: The main setting has two moons. One is identical to our moon, whereas the other is a massive dark hunk of spherical rock that reflects little light, and appears to have been partially destroyed by some great cataclysm.
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  • All Myths Are True: Fynmyrn stole the lotus in the hopes of reviving the old goddess Mene and allowing the elves to return to their true homeland just like in the old tales. It's bitterly subverted when the Invoker bluntly tells her that story isn't history faded into myth. It's just a story, it won't bring back Mene and Fynmyrn stealing the lotus' has accomplished nothing.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Terrorblade, Selememe and Invoker are the villains of Dragon's Blood, being the driving forces behind the events that occur in the series.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Book 1 ends moreso on the bitter side than the sweet. The elves have effectively declared war on humanity, Terrorblade has captured 7 of the Eldywrms' souls, and Davion has been captured by the other Dragon Knights. However, Mirana has returned to her people, Fynmyrn sets off to give Davion's dragon's tooth necklace back to him, and the Invoker has completed his revenge against Selemene, leaving her in no state to continue tormenting mortalkind.
  • Deal with the Devil: Invoker uses the Shopkeeper's pendant originally used by Mirana to make a deal with Terrorblade – for the price of seven of the eight eldwyrm souls, the demon would take down the goddess Selemene, all for vengeance. Terrifyingly, he manages his part of the deal, and Terrorblade delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle beatdown to the Jerkass goddess.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: Fynmyrn is part of a "pod", a marriage involving two women and two men, who all seem to love each other equally. Their deaths hit her especially hard, as she's losing three spouses instead of one.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Selemene and Terrorblade face each other in combat, in Book 1: Episode 8.
  • Fantastic Racism: Clearly there's mistrust and downright hatred between humans and elves. And not without cause, since both human and elves do some pretty awful things to each other during the course of the series.
  • Hideous Hangover Cure: The innkeeper in episode 2 gives Davion a flagon of an "old family recipe" the morning after a night of binge drinking, it makes him gag but he finishes it anyways.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: In episode 3, Mirana enters a cave filled with zombie-like people devouring each other. The way they are eating each other comes off like a blood orgy.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: In the battle between Slyrak and Terrorblade, Davion decided to help Slyrak despite being a Dragon Knight because he knew Terrorblade was a much bigger threat.
  • Mugging the Monster: A group of thugs tried to rob Davion right after he had fused with Slyrak. Apparently, they were torn to pieces. The group of thugs that tries to avenge the first doesn't fare much better either.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: There are eight breeds of dragon, each having an associated Eldwyrm with Resurrective Immortality.
    • Elemental Embodiment: The eight Eldwyrms of The Thunder each hold and represent a piece of the Primordial Mind, which are the building blocks of creation. The four elements – water, fire, air and earth – and the four forces – Luminosity, Ionnote , Void and Chaos – are represented by Lirrak, Slyrak, Aethrak, Uldorak, Orrak, Indrak, Byssrak and Vahdrak.
  • Prequel: The events of Dragon's Blood takes place long before the war between the ancients.
  • Religion of Evil: Played with. Mirana and Marci both worship Selemene as a benevolent goddess, and Luna attacked the elves under the belief that they were planning to attack their order. However, the order also practices forced conversion making captives pledge their soul to Selemene or die, and Selemene herself is an egocentric narcissist who usurped her position from a much more benevolent goddess, tortures those who worship her. Is spiteful and vindictive to those who don't and let her own daughter die for seeing her as her mother rather than a goddess.
  • Resurrective Immortality: The Eldewurms of each breed of dragon, like Slyrak, are reborn when their bodies die. Terrorblade is trying to steal their souls as part of his plans for ultimate power, preventing them from being reborn.
  • Revenge: Nearly every character in the first book is motivated by it to one degree or another.
    • Davion and Kaden both took up roles as Dragon Knights because dragons killed the people close to them. Given Davion sets up a surviving child of a dragon victim to follow in his footsteps to Dragon Hold and become a Dragon Knight too, it seems this is a uniting motive of all Dragon Knights.
    • Mirana and Luna end up holding grudges against the Elves, to different degrees. Mirana goes into Exile for failing to stop Fymryn from stealing Selemene's lotuses, and later lashes out at the girl, claiming her victim of only her own choice to reject Selemene. Luna, in contrast, adopts the grudge of Selemene directly, hating the Elves for rejecting her, and when the Elves rebel against Luna's invasion, she turns that grudge into a bloodrage violent enough to slaughter the Elves wholesale just to make them suffer.
    • Selemene herself values vengeance against any who refuse to devote themselves to her and worship her as a goddess. However, she values achieving that slavish love for her over punishing to the point of death, as seen when she lashes out at Luna for committing the aforementioned atrocities in Selemene's name. She also outright refused to heal her daughter when Invoker offered up both his devotion and worship, but their daughter refused to worship her. She wanted her mother, not a goddess, and Selemene let her die for that.
    • Invoker himself is ultimately the greatest example of the trope, orchestrating the events of the entire book so as to facilitate revenge against Selemene for letting their child die. The final shot of the book is him delivering an Ironic Echo to her, and acknowledging his vengeance exacted.
  • Shout-Out: Episode 4 is titled "The Monster at the End of This Book"
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: As if the elves were going to let the atrocities committed against them by the Dark Moon Order go just because Selemene's lotuses were returned to her. Fynmyrn being willing to let bygones be bygones doesn't mean the rest of her people share that sentiment. Book 1 ends with the elves ready to resume their war with humanity.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The information broker in the first episode: He only escapes being killed by an angry mob in episode 1 because Davion stepped in and helped him sneak away and distracted the crowd with a round of drinks afterwards. He later returns to betray Mirana and Marci to a group of slavers, since they offered him a better reward.


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