#3 - Smaug
First appeared: The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) - 1937
Of course Smaug goes in the top ten! It was him that made me come up with the idea to do this in the first place so to leave him out would be a cruelty. Largely based off of the "old night-scather" of Beowulf, Smaug is responsible for the events of The Hobbit as 150 years beforehand he attacked and captured the Lonely Mountain. In an effort to reclaim the stolen treasure, a team of 13 dwarves, a hobbit and partly a wizard set off on an adventure with the intention of finally killing Smaug and...well, you know the rest. Obviously one of the greatest dragons in fiction, he also just so happens to be one of the richest fictional characters ever with his huge piles of gold. I was hoping I could use a picture of him as he's meant to appear in the upcoming The Desolation of Smaug but nooo, it looks like the producers are keeping their cards close to their chests on that one.
#2 - Spyro
First appeared: Spyro the Dragon - 1998
Naturally Spyro would have to appear somewhere on this list. Once belonging to Insomniac's magical Spyro the Dragon series Spyro brings back fond memories of wandering across the Dragon Realms, travelling through portals and reclaiming gems all with the help of his faithful dragonfly companion Sparx. Then of course there were the sequels that added more story and characters to the franchise, making it all the more charming. Unfortunately after the third game Insomniac sold the rights to the Spyro as there was nowhere else to go with the series and the titular character was "unable to hold a sword". Clearly they've never seen the lion Sora or the Great Grey Wolf Sif. Since Spyro's depature from Insomniac there have been a handful of other games produced as well as the Legends of Spyro trilogy. I played a couple and whilst I wasn't particularly fond of them, I could appreciate the direction they were trying to take it. And then they made this. Oh Spyro, what have they done to you?
And from #2 we are lead to #1. Just what could it be? Surely the possibilities are endless. Could we have a drumroll please?
#1 - Draco
First appeared: Dragonheart - 1996
"To the stars, Bowen. To the stars..."
Yes, apologies Tolkien fans but in my opinion, the greatest dragon of fiction has to go to Draco, one of the main characters of the not-entirely-popular-but-still-sorta Dragonheart. Something of a technological marvel for the time, Draco has over 23 minutes of screen time in the film which is pretty impressive given that's more than the T-Rex's of Jurassic Park received. In the story he is the last of the dragons, hoping to find some way of earning passage into the heavens come the time of his death. What he initially thinks to be a good act in the beginning of the film is to give half his heart to King Einon, who would later become the antagonist. His friendship and dialogue with the lead character Bowen is charming and heartwarming and in the end he's responsible for a beautiful ending and one of the most charming tracks "To the Stars". Well, I said he was the last of the dragons. For some reason a few years later they decided to release a mediocre sequel with a contrived storyline and obviously younger intended audience. Because, y'know. All those fart jokes aren't going to tell themselves. But we don't talk about Dragonheart II, okay?
He's also voiced by Sean Connery. What more could you want?
And for those that were great but didn't quite cut it, here are some honourable mentions:
- Charizard (Pokemon) - You obviously can't have a list about the best dragons without mentioning the greatest starter of them all. (Opinions. Please don't lynch me.)
- Lizbreath Salamander (The Dragon With the Girl Tattoo) - No, those aren't typos. From the hilarious parody novel we are introduced to this girl, adorned with a tattoo of a strange mythical beast known as a human...
- Kazuma Kiryu (Yakuza) - Titled the "Dragon of Dojima" (Hah, look at that. I made a funny), he's the guy with the dragon tattoo. He's a fantastic matchmaker, although sadly most of his couples seem to be someone's face and the sidewalk.
- Angelus (Drakengard) - I'll confess, I haven't played Drakengard yet. However, it's Angelus' death during one of the games multiple endings that sets off the apocalypse that begins the epic tale of NieR. So thanks for that.
- Gaping Dragon (Dark Souls) - OH GOD THIS IS WHAT NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF
So, there you have it folks. Those are the top 10 hottest dragons in fiction. Will I make another list...egh, maybe. If I've nothing better to do.