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Dragon Physiology
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Emperor Han (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) in his terrifying three headed dragon form.

Power/Ability to:

Use the traits of Dragon

Ability to use the abilities of Dragons. Variation of Mythical Bestiary and Reptilian Physiology.

Also Called

  • Draconic Mimicry
  • Dragon Mimicry
  • Dragonoid Physiology
  • Ryū Mimicry
  • Vritra Mimicry

Capabilities

User with this ability either is or can transform into Dragon: a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and which is ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries.

Broadly speaking, dragons can be divided into following groups:

Western Dragons typically depicted as a huge fire-breathing, scaly and horned lizard-like creature, with leathery, bat-like wings, with four legs and a long muscular tail. It is sometimes shown with feathered wings, crests, fiery manes, ivory spikes running down its spine and various exotic colorations. Dragon's blood often has magical properties. The typical dragon protects a cavern or castle filled with gold and treasure and is often associated with a great hero who tries to slay it. Though a winged creature, the dragon is generally to be found in its underground lair, a cave that identifies it as an ancient creature of earth.

Asian Dragons typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. Traditionally they symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods, and are also a symbols of power, strength, and good luck. They have also extended range of supernatural powers, chancing size or form (most are able to take human shape), fly among the clouds or hide in water, form clouds, turn into water, change color as an ability to blend in with their surroundings as an effective form of camouflage or glow in the dark.

Lesser Drakes is something of a catch-all category, including the lesser dragon-like beings, such as wyvern, worm/wyrm, lindworm, etc., which are generally smaller and more animal-like in mind and behavior.

Applications

Variations

Types of Dragons

Associations

Limitations

  • May not be able to transform back.
  • Size could be an issue.
  • In some, dealing with the issue of using energy to fly or use fire can be a problem since some who constantly breathe fire could have a problem with flying.
  • User gains the fundamental weaknesses of a dragon's body.

Universal differences

In some universes, there are a variety of dragons with different abilities; in Dungeons and Dragons, for example, dragons are arranged by type and corresponding element (Red dragons are fire-breathers, Bronze dragons use electricity).

Known Dragon Types

  • Warcraft: These dragons are the guardians of Azeroth, they are divided into different Dragonflights which protect a different Aspect of Azeroth.
    • Red: Life
    • Blue: Magic
    • Green: Dream
    • Bronze: Time
    • Black: Earth, after Corruption: Death
    • Infinite: Anti-Time
    • Chromatic: Biological
    • Netherwing: Space
    • Twilight: Twilight
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The powers and personality depend on scale colors. There are two main categories of dragon: chromatic (the Evil-aligned) and metallic (the Good-aligned).
    • Black, Copper and Green dragons breathe acid. Black and Copper dragons breathe a line of acid, whereas Green breathe a cone of acidic gas.
    • Brass, Gold and Red dragons breathe fire. A Red or Gold dragon's breath is a cone, whereas a Brass dragon's breath is a line. NOTE: Brass dragons can also breathe a cone of sleep.
    • Silver and White dragons breathe cold. Both dragons breath cones. NOTE: Silver dragons can also breathe a cone of paralyzing gas.
    • Bronze and Blue dragons breathe lightning. Both dragons breathe in lines. NOTE: Bronze dragons can also breathe a cone of repulsion.
  • Metallic Dragons: Dragons that also have extra breath weapons with spell-like effects, breathed in cones.
    • Copper dragons breathe slow gas.
    • Brass dragons breathe sleep gas.
    • Silver dragons breathe paralyzing gas.
    • Bronze dragons breathe repulsion gas.
    • Gold dragons breathe weakening gas.
  • Spyro universe: These dragons are much inspired by the classic European, with powers of flight and a breath weapon, but are limited to the mastery of a single element. In the original series of games, there were six breaths: Fire, Water, Bubble, Electricity, Ice and Wind. Other breaths added later include Fury, Earth, Poison, Shadow and Fear.
    • Purple dragons are a special and rare breed of dragon. They have the ability to harness the power of multiple elements as opposed to a single one.
  • Fairy Tail: In this universe, there are dragons corresponding to each element, and each dragon is attuned to their element.
  • American Dragon: Within the universe, dragons are shape changers who can easily shift between human and dragon form to move between the mystic & human worlds. They have the traditional set of powers, but utilize their chi to make Thinking Duplicates of themselves and as an excess supply for Mysticism and spell casting. More experienced users can utilize their chi for making Life-Force Constructs such as energy claws.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: In the Book of Dragons (also known as the Dragon Manual), Vikings of the Barbaric Archapeligo recorded information about dragons and classified them
    • Stoker Class dragons are hotheaded fire breathers, and most of them are capable of setting themselves on fire or possess their own, specialized form of using fire. 
    • Boulder Class dragons are tough and associated with the earth. They can eat rocks, and despite that their wings are smaller compared to their entire body, they are able to fly as fast and as high as most other dragons can. 
    • Sharp Class dragons are vain and prideful, and they all possess sharp body parts. Examples include the Deadly Nadder, the Timberjack and the Speed Stinger. Stormfly represents this class in the Dragon Academy.
    • Tidal Class dragons live in and near the ocean, and unlike most dragons, they don't have fire breaths as their ranged attacks. These dragons are generally bigger in size than most of other classes, consisting of species classified in the large Dragons. 
    • Fear Class dragons are stealthy, sneaky, and often (but not always) have multiple heads. Instead of fire, they breathe gases with different effects. 
    • Strike Class dragons are most powerful, super fast, have pin-point accuracy, highly intelligent and have incredible vice-like jaw strength. They are also the most difficult to train, but the most loyal once trained. 
    • Mystery Class dragons have little known about them. The often display unique abilities and behavior, whether they can camouflage like the Changewing or construct an armor of dragon bones like the Boneknapper.
  • Dragonalt The Resonance: The dragons are mecha-like beings, that can transform into humans and return to their natural form using a process called Actualizing
  • Dragon Crisis: The dragons born in human form, haves scales on they hands and haves a color system like D&D
    • Red: Fire dragons
    • Black: Darkness dragons
    • White: Ice dragons
    • Blue: Water dragons
  • Breath of fire: Is more unique than others, in this universe the dragons or the brood clan can interbreed whit other species because they human appearance, and can turn into a dragon via a skill called ascension, and haves the power to becomes different forms of dragons

Known Users

  • Smaug (The Hobbit)
  • Fou-Lu (Breath of Fire IV)
  • Ryu (Breath of Fire)
  • Issei Hyoudou (High School DxD)
  • Dragons (Seikoku no Dragonar)
  • Echo (Seikoku no Dragonar)
  • Shendu (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Draco (Dragonheart)
  • Drake (Dragonheart: A new Beginning)
  • Griffon (Dragonheart: A new Beginning)
  • Drago (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Dragons (Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  • Nidhogg (Norse Mythology)
  • Dragons (Warcraft)
  • Dragon-type Pokémon (Pokémon)
  • Pokémon that learn Dragon-type moves (Pokémon)
  • Drago (Bakugan)
  • Apollonir (Bakugan)
  • Helios (Bakugan)
  • Dharak (Bakugan)
  • Peter DelaSange (Dragon DelaSange)
  • Don Henri DelaSange (Dragon DelaSange)
  • Chloe Blood/DelaSange (Dragon DelaSange)
  • Henri DelaSange (Dragon DelaSange)
  • Lizzie DelaSange (Dragon DelaSange)
  • Elizabeth Blood/DelaSange (Dragon DelaSange)
  • Acid spittin mini dragon (Level Up)
  • The Blood Family (Dragon DelaSange)
  • Temperaire (Temperaire/In His Majesty's Service)
  • Shyvana (League of Legends)
  • Dragons (Fairy Tail)
  • Dragon Slayers (Fairy Tail)
  • Acnologia (Fairy Tail)
  • Dragon Race (Rave Master)
    • Let (Rave Master)
    • Julia (Rave Master)
  • Princess Dorathea (Danny Phantom)
  • Duncan Rosenblatt (Image Comics)
  • Spyro (Spyro the Dragon)
  • Cynder (The Legend of Spyro)
  • Dragon (The Legend of Spyro)
  • Dragons (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Spud and Trixie (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Dragon Man (Marvel Comics)
  • Fin Fang Foom (Marvel Comics)
  • Dragonwing (Marvel Comics)
  • Alien Dragons (Ben 10: Alien Force)
  • Magma Dragoon (Mega Man X4)
  • Dulcy the Dragon (Sonic the Hedgehog/Archie Comics)
  • Mecha Dragon (Mega Man Classic series)
  • Sunburn (Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure)
  • Malchior (Teen Titans)
  • Dragon Aspects (Warcraft)
  • Makuta Miserix (Bionicle)
  • Dovahkiin (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  • Hyōrinmaru (Bleach)
  • Bago (Zatch Bell)
  • Momonosuke (One Piece) via Devil Fruit
  • Dragonborn (Fourth Edition Dungeons and Dragons)
  • Ryu (Breath of Fire franchise)
  • Dragonlord (Dragon Warrior)
  • The Dragoons via Dragoon Spirit (The Legend of Dragoon)
  • Ninja Turtles & Ninja Tribunal (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003)
  • Yui Hongo (Fushigi Yûgi)
  • Seiryuu (Fushigi Yûgi)
  • Ragonas (Ang Panday 2 - Film)
  • Dragons (Dragonalt The Resonance)
  • Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden through Art of the True Inferno)
  • Spike (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Paccalachi/Drago (Eto Rangers)
  • Majiramon (Digimon Tamers)
  • Sarah Daniels (Dragon Wars -  Film)
  • Trogdor the burninator (homestar runner)
  • Kilgarrah, Dragons and Wyverns (Merlin)
  • Manaketes (Fire Emblem)
  • Shōryūki (Ghost Sweeper Mikami)
  • Dai (Dai's Great Adventure)
  • Baran (Dai's Great Adventure)
  • Mimring, Charos, Braxas, Nelfhim and Zelrig (Heroscape)
  • Dragon Knights (Dai's Great Adventure)
  • Shenron (Dragon Ball)
  • Porunga (Dragon Ball)
  • Shadow Dragons (Dragon Ball)

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