Featured image: Weyrworld, Michael Whelan

Dragons have existed within the human experience for as long as we can remember. We have an extensive history of viewing these beings as threatening creatures to be fought and conquered (see my post “Depictions of Gods or Humans Killing Reptiles”).

We also have a history, interwoven with the terror, of describing dragons as benevolent beings full of wonder, knowledge, power, and magic. Curiously, there has been an enormous upswell in recent decades of positive depictions which seem to far outnumber the negative representations.

The collection of images below is a VERY small sampling of the countless portrayals of benevolent dragons found in myth and contemporary fiction, art, and media. As I stated in my other post, these images represent something much more profound than trivial fantasies to be dismissed.

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Shenlong, imperial dragon of storms and rain, Chinese mythology

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Haku, Spirited Away

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Falcor, The Neverending Story

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Toothless, How to Train Your Dragon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

The Flight of Dragons

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Igneel and Natsu, Fairy Tail

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Puff the Magic Dragon, Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Death Gate Cycle, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Eragon series, Christopher Paolini

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon Masters series, Tracey West

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Panzer Dragoon Saga

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Divine Dragon, Legend of Dragoon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon Types, Pokemon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Moonveil Dragon, Magic the Gathering

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon,  Hokusai Katsushika

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Mushu, Mulan

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Draco, Dragonheart

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Elliott, Pete’s Dragon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon, Shrek

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Planetary Dragons, Dragonball Z

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey
Image: Dragonflight, Michael Whelan

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon Prince and Dragon Star series, Melanie Rawn
Image: Dragon Fire, Michael Whelan

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragons Love Tacos, Adam Rubin

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Bahamut, Final Fantasy

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Genji & Hanzo dragon abilities, Overwatch

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Spyro the Dragon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

LEGO dragon

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Featured image: Weyrworld, Michael Whelan

Dragons have existed within the human experience for as long as we can remember. We have an extensive history of viewing these beings as threatening creatures to be fought and conquered (see my post “Depictions of Gods or Humans Killing Reptiles”).

We also have a history, interwoven with the terror, of describing dragons as benevolent beings full of wonder, knowledge, power, and magic. Curiously, there has been an enormous upswell in recent decades of positive depictions which seem to far outnumber the negative representations.

The collection of images below is a VERY small sampling of the countless portrayals of benevolent dragons found in myth and contemporary fiction, art, and media. As I stated in my other post, these images represent something much more profound than trivial fantasies to be dismissed.

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Shenlong, imperial dragon of storms and rain, Chinese mythology

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon,  Hokusai Katsushika

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Haku, Spirited Away

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Mushu, Mulan

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Falcor, The Neverending Story

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Draco, Dragonheart

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Toothless, How to Train Your Dragon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Elliott, Pete’s Dragon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

The Flight of Dragons

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon, Shrek

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Igneel and Natsu, Fairy Tail

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Planetary Dragons, Dragonball Z

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Puff the Magic Dragon, Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey
Image: Dragonflight, Michael Whelan

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Death Gate Cycle, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon Prince and Dragon Star series, Melanie Rawn
Image: Dragon Fire, Michael Whelan

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Eragon series, Christopher Paolini

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon Masters series, Tracey West

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragons Love Tacos, Adam Rubin

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Bahamut, Final Fantasy

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Genji & Hanzo dragon abilities, Overwatch

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Panzer Dragoon Saga

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Divine Dragon, Legend of Dragoon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Dragon Types, Pokemon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Spyro the Dragon

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

Moonveil Dragon, Magic the Gathering

Sirrush Dragon, Ishtar Gate, Babylon

LEGO dragon

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Erin MacMichael is a science fantasy author and artist, creator of the T'nari Renegades series of novellas, novels, covers, and artwork. Her lifelong quest has been to explore past the boundaries of conventional thinking and figure out what really has transpired on this planet. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her marvelous offspring.

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