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"Dragons always attracted me as a mythological element. They seemed to be able to comprise human malice and bestiality together so extraordinarily well, and also a sort of malicious wisdom and shrewdness — terrifying creatures!"
― J. R. R. Tolkien
"We men dream dreams, we work magic, we do good, we do evil. The dragons do not dream. They are dreams. They do not work magic: it is their substance, their being. They do not do; they are."
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

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

Also Called

  • Draconic Mimicry/Physiology
  • Dragon Mimicry
  • Ryū Mimicry/Physiology
  • Vritra Mimicry/Physiology
  • Wyrm Physiology/Mimicry


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, changing 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.



Types of Dragons



  • 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). Keep in mind that dragons tend to change in Dungeons and Dragons, as different editions are created and discarded. Here is a sample selection of what you might encounter:
    • 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.
  • Skylanders Universe: These dragons vary in size and appearance, as well as powers. Younger dragons are highly adaptive to their surroundings, making their environment and childhood a key factor to their adulthood, powers, appearance, and personality. Their powers are mainly linked to the elements of Skylands, these dragons also possess powerful magic which also makes them immune to mind control. There are multiple species of dragons as well, which all possess their own unique abilities.
    • Purple Dragons Much like the purple dragons from the Spyro series, purple dragons in Skylanders can harness the powers of all the elements.
  • 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 Archipelago recorded information about dragons and classified them.
  • 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: Dragons born in human form with scales on their hands. They use a color-classification system similar to that of Dungeons and Dragons.
    • Red: Fire Dragons
    • Black: Darkness Dragons
    • White: Ice Dragons
    • Blue: Water Dragons
  • Breath of Fire: Dragons of the Brood Clan can interbreed with other species due to having a human form. Such individuals can turn into a dragon via Ascension, and have the power to transform into different forms of dragons.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones: These dragons are inspired by the European version, but more closely resemble the Wyvern, having wings attached to their forelimbs. Most of the members of House Targaryen (and their ancestors, the Valyrians) tamed dragons and frequently used them in warfare. Hatching the eggs is no easy task, requiring a combination of fire and a blood sacrifice. Scale color also varies.

Known Users

See Also: Dragon Tropes, especially Our Dragons Are Different.

Video Games

  • Dragon Knight (Dota 2)
  • Dragons (Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  • Dovahkin/Dragonborn (Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  • Dragonborn (Fourth Edition Dungeons and Dragons)
  • Ryu (Breath of Fire franchise)
  • Valerie (Breath of Fire II)
  • Yua/Patty (Breath of Fire II)
  • The Dragoons (The Legend of Dragoon); via Dragoon Spirit
  • Acid spitting mini dragon (Level Up)
  • Dragon Aspects (Warcraft)
  • Makuta Miserix (Bionicle)
  • Dragons (Skylanders)
  • Dragons (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Dragons (Dragon Age)
  • Shyvana (League of Legends)
  • Aurelion Sol (League of Legends)
  • Fou-Lu (Breath of Fire IV)
  • Draco (Dragonheart)
  • Drake (Dragonheart: A new Beginning)
  • Griffon (Dragonheart: A new Beginning)
  • Dragons (Warcraft)
  • Reis Duelar (Final Fantasy)
  • Dragons (Spyro the Dragon)
    • Spyro
    • Cynder
    • Ember
    • Flame
  • Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden); through Art of the True Inferno
  • Manaketes (Fire Emblem)
  • Sash Lilac (Freedom Planet)
  • Robin (Fire Emblem: Awakening); though joining with Grima
  • Cynder (The Legend of Spyro)
  • Dragon (The Legend of Spyro)
  • Magma Dragoon (Mega Man X4)
  • Mecha Dragon (Mega Man Classic series)
  • Mirmulnir (Elder Scrolls: Skyrim)
  • Amphis And Baena (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Dragon Princess (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Azure Dragon (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Red Dragon (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Huang Long (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • White Dragon (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Black Dragon (Valkyire Crusade)
  • Sol Badguy (Guilty Gear)
  • Corrin/Kamui (Fire Emblem Fates)
  • Volga (Hyrule Warriors)
  • Liu Kang (Mortal Kombat)
  • Drogoz (Paladins)


  • Dai (Dai's Great Adventure)
  • Baran (Dai's Great Adventure)
  • Dragon Knights (Dai's Great Adventure)
  • Issei Hyoudou (High School DxD)
  • Dragons (Fairy Tail)
  • Acnologia (Fairy Tail)
  • Dragons (Seikoku no Dragonar)
  • Echo (Seikoku no Dragonar)
  • Dragon-type Pokémon (Pokémon)
  • Pokémon that learn Dragon-type moves (Pokémon)
  • Shenron (Dragon Ball)
  • Porunga (Dragon Ball)
  • Shadow Dragons (Dragon Ball)
  • Guardian ÄRM, V (Fünf) - Dead Dragon (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Drago (Bakugan)
  • Apollonir (Bakugan)
  • Helios (Bakugan)
  • Dharak (Bakugan)
  • Hyōrinmaru (Bleach)
  • Bago (Zatch Bell!)
  • Ashuron (Zatch Bell!)
  • Elzador (Zatch Bell!)
  • Dragons (Dragonaut The Resonance)
  • Paccalachi/Drago (Eto Rangers)
  • Momonosuke (One Piece); via Devil Fruit
  • Lugyao (One Piece:Mugiwara Theatre)
  • Shōryūki (Ghost Sweeper Mikami)
  • Yui Hongo (Fushigi Yûgi)
  • Seiryuu (Fushigi Yûgi)
  • Dracomon (Digimon)
  • Coredramon (Digimon)
  • Wingdramon (Digimon)
  • Slayerdramon (Digimon)
  • Examon (Digimon)
  • Imperialdramon Dragon Mode (Digimon)
  • Magnadramon (Digimon)
  • Majiramon (Digimon)
  • Mafuga (Doraemon)
  • Dragon Race (Rave Master)
    • Let
    • Julia
  • Sigmund (Unbreakable Machine-Doll)
  • Dragons (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon)


  • Neddy (Adventure Time)
  • Flame Princess (Adventure Time); via Elemental Purification spell
  • Prince Aragon (Danny Phantom); via Amulet of Aragon
  • Princess Dorathea (Danny Phantom); via Amulet of Aragon
  • Dragons (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
  • Duncan Rosenblatt (Image Comics)
  • Drago (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Shendu (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Dragon Man (Marvel Comics)
  • Fin Fang Foom (Marvel Comics)
  • Dragons (American Dragon: Jake Long)
    • Jake Long
    • Haley Long
    • Sun Park
    • Gregory Long
    • Fred Nerk
    • Councilor Chang
    • Councilor Andam
    • Councilor Kulde
    • Councilor Kukulkhan
    • Councilor Omina
    • The Dark Dragon
  • Dragonwing (Marvel Comics)
  • Alien Dragons (Ben 10: Alien Force)
  • Trogdor the Burninator (Homestar Runner)
  • Mobian dragons (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog/Sonic SATAM)
    • Dulcy The Dragon
  • Dragons (Dragon Tales)
  • Malchior (Teen Titans)
  • Ninja Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series)
  • Ninja Tribunal (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series)
  • Oroku Saki (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series)
  • Dragonlord (Dragon Warrior)
  • Dragons (The 7D)
  • Dragons (Tara Duncan)
    • Master Chem
  • Dragons (Sofia the First)
    • Crackle
    • Dragons of Enchancia
  • Princess Kyra (Reversal of the Heart); via dragon heart
  • Fang (Miraculous Ladybug)


  • Nidhogg (Norse Mythology)
  • Kiyohime (Japanese Mythology)


  • Ragonas (Ang Panday 2 - Film)
  • Kilgarrah, Dragons and Wyverns (Merlin)
  • Sarah Daniels (Dragon Wars - Film)
  • Maleficent (Once Upon A Time)
  • Dragonna (Komiks Presents: Dragonna)
  • Tagon (Komiks Presents: Dragonna)
  • Dragons (Reign of Fire)
  • Dragon (Shrek)
  • Dragons (Game of Thrones)
  • Maleficent (Disney's Sleeping Beauty)
  • Elliot (Pete's Dragon)
  • Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon)
  • Taro (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad)
  • Dragons (Barbie as Rapunzel)
    • Penelope
    • Hugo


  • The Blood Family (Dragon DelaSange)
  • 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)
  • Dragons (Inheritance Cycle)
  • Smaug (The Hobbit)
  • Ancalagon (The Silmarillion)
  • Perry Gomez (Shadow Falls)
  • Steve (Shadow Falls)
  • Temperaire (Temperaire/In His Majesty's Service)
  • Dragons (Discworld)
  • Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Sigmund (Unbreakable Machine-Doll)
  • Jim Eckert/Gorbash (The Dragon and the George)


  • Mimring, Charos, Braxas, Nelfhim, and Zelrig (Heroscape)
  • Ugin (Magic: the Gathering)


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