Alternate Character Interpretation: Einon. The movie makes it quite clear that he was Evil All Along, and that he never believed in Bowen's Old Code to begin with. But how did he get to be evil? Did become that way due to the bad example his father King Freyne set, and thus would have been a better person had his father been a better person, or was his cruel, sociopathic personality his default nature from the beginning, and thus would have ended up a tyrant regardless of how he was raised? The novelization reveals that Aislinn was basically Freyne's bride of conquest and trophy wife. Bearing a child from her loveless marriage, Aislinn once thought of killing Einon when he was an infant but couldn't bring herself to do so. She had no love to give her son so that left Einon to be corrupted by his tyrant father.
It's not entirely out of the question that Einon was a product of a love affair between The Queen and Bowen. Especially as Bowen showcased some rather father-like tendencies towards him.
Awesome Music: The first film's soundtrack by Randy Edelman easily qualifies. Especially the main theme which has been recycled not only through the rest of the franchise but also used in scenes and trailers in so many unrelated films that it has become a standard for good music.
Base-Breaking Character: Kara. Her only role in the film, apart from being the target of Einon's unwanted advances, is to be Bowen's Implied Love Interest. Even though a romance was written to occur between Kara and Bowen, any feelings that form between them are only hinted at. In the novel, she does fully become Bowen's love interest, but outside of those two roles, she has little importance to the plot.
Complete Monster: At the film's start, Einon seems a youth in need of guidance by his wise mentor, but it is revealed that any honor Einon has is just a front to learn swordsmanship from Sir Bowen. After Einon finds his dying father, he just tries to wrench the crown out of the man's hands, showing what he will become. When mortally wounded, Einon is saved only when a dragon shares his heart with him, linking their lives. As King, Einon taxes and works the people without mercy and orders a man's eyes put out with a hot poker before casually killing him years afterward. Einon later tries to rape that man's daughter and when his mother tries to kill the dragon to stop Einon, Einon kills her with no remorse. While Bowen initially blames the dragon for Einon's change, it turns out Einon was always a monster and the dragon shared his heart to try to change Einon's nature.
Critical Dissonance: The film got mixed reviews from critics, but has a huge fanbase who speak of the film very fondly for the characters, visual effects, and emotional moments.
Foe Yay Shipping: Despite him killing her father and attempting to rape her, Einon and Kara are a popular ship.
Jerkass Woobie: The novel version of Felton. The guy's a complete jerk, but such a ridiculous amount of bad stuff happens to him (from embarrassment to losing limbs... see Butt-Monkey on the main page for a full list) that you just feel sorry for him and want to hug him.
The franchise suffers from Sequelitis as noted below, but Helena Bonham Carter voicing a female dragon is arguably one of the only reasons people would watch Vengeance.
Moral Event Horizon: Einon crosses it either when he casually murders Kara's father For the Evulz, or when he kills his own mother when she tries to fulfill Draco's request to kill him so that Einon can be beaten.
Sequelitis: The sequels are nowhere near as good as the first one.
The first prequel got mixed reviews but is mostly seen as better than A New Beginning.
Signature Scene: The scene where Bowen on his horse is framed against the sun and Draco flies into frame over him. This image has been used for the VHS and DVD covers.
While Draco is a very well-animated/rendered CG character for its time, the lighting on him looks off in some of the scenes he's in. This wasn't unusual for 1990s digital creatures, as daytime shots, which this film uses a lot of, were especially difficult to pull off with the technology of the era.
While Draco escapes after he and Bowen trick Felton, he manages to swim quickly underwater without creating any sort of turbulent flow on the water's surface.
When flying near Bowen in the next scene, the wheat isn't affected by Draco flapping his wings.
The sequel, however, falls under this trope. Especially strange given that the company hired for it (not ILM) was also responsible for the X-Ray scene in the original Total Recall, one of the most groundbreaking moments in visual effects history.
Unintentionally Unsympathetic: In Battle For the Hearthfire, the reason that we're supposed to find Meghan sympathetic, despite her being a pretty terrible person, is because she's been the victim of sexism her whole life...except that she hasn't. Unlike her brother Edric, she was born more obviously part-dragonnote She has scales on her face and hard-to-controlfire powers, while his scales and Super Strength are easier to hide. At one point she claims that people would have reacted differently if their situations were reversed, but she disproves that with her own actions—she publicly reveals him as part-dragon after overthrowing him, just to rub salt in the wound, and what do you know, his former ally turns against, proving that their genders had nothing to do with how people treated them.