Like many of my Top 10 lists I am coupling this with the release of the next movie in theatres. I was lucky enough to catch the premiere of Pete’s Dragon, you can read my review here. The whole time I was watching I was thinking ‘I have to do Top 10 Dragons’, it just has to be done. As fun as thinking up all the great beasts of pop culture has been, this must be one of the hardest lists to narrow down. Well lets get into it then…
10. The Jabberwock
One of many of Lewis Carroll’s ridiculous poems, Jabberwocky first appeared in Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. The nonsense poem about slaying this viscous dragon took on a life of its own, becoming a major part of the 2010 Alice in Wonderland motion picture.
9. Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion
The inclusion of these three dragons is one of the small elements that pulled George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire into the fantasy genre, as opposed to being historical fiction. Disappointing in the first few volumes, eventually we watch these babies grow into massive, destructive beasts.
8. Dragon from Paper Bag Princess
This misunderstood, European style dragon may have been outwitted by young Elizabeth, however, he did burn down 50 forests and flew around the world in 5 seconds. That impressive feat of strength got this dragon on the list in front of many others, plus his undiscriminating abduction of a prince rather than princess.
7. Fin Fang Foom
This massive dragon is the only one on the list with the decency to put on some pants. Originally appearing in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby works in 1961, Fin Fang Foom predates most of his nemesis super heroes. Having many abilities ranging from regeneration, to acid breath, to telepathy, he has been a terror to many heroes in the Marvel Universe.
6. The Draccus
Foreshadowed from the early chapters, the introduction of the Draccus is a highlight in an already great novel, Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Typically a gentle herbivore, the Draccus that Kvothe and Denna encounter happens to be addicted to the drugs of a local plantation. Slaying this beast is one of Kvothe’s claim to fame, as it almost trampled the town of Trebon.
This beast may not be classified as a ‘dragon type’ in Pokemon, but it is a clear representation. One of the three original starters, Charmander evolves into this fire monster. Do not believe anyone who claims Bulbasaur as their favorite starter, every one wants a Charizard on their team.
The alien dragon is an official member of the X-Men and the Pet Avengers. Sharing a telepathic connection with long time X-man Shadowcat, Lockheed is her close companion on most of her adventures. No bigger than a common house cat, the little dragon has proven useful on more than one occasion.
This adorable Luckdragon is the companion of Atrayu and Bastian in the whimsical Neverending Story. The wise and dignified beast was an invaluable help to his young companions journey. The oriental style dragon had a name change for the children’s movie after it was discovered that the direct translation from Japanese would be ‘Fuchur’, a little too close to a common English expletive.
Also known as The Unholy Offspring of Lightning and Death Itself, this lovable dragon is a valuable element in learning ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. Developing a close bond with protagonist Hiccup, the two friends have shared many adventures, spanning over 12 books, feature films, and a cartoon series. The Night Fury dragon has become one of the most loved dragons in pop culture today.
Number 2 on Forbes 2013 list of richest fictional characters with an estimated net worth of $54.1 billion, just behind Scrooge McDuck. This ‘wicked worm’ is famous across Middle Earth for invading and holding the Dwarf kingdom of Erebor for 150 years. ‘The greatest of the dragons of his day’ was centuries old before a few dwarfs and a hobbit ticked him off, sending him into a rage and putting him in direct range of the famous bowman, Bast.
Thanks booknerds, a few honorable mentions to Dudley, Elliot, Norbert, Saphira, Mushu, Shenron, Draco, and of course Puff.