We have a new feature for you, starting today. Every Sunday, our writers and editors will select their favorite… something. This isn’t a top list, just personal preference of the Ranting Dragon staff members. I’ll be honest with you—we totally stole this idea from Pornokitch’s Friday Five. Seriously, check out their lists; they are awesome!
Without further ado, here are Ranting Dragon’s favorite dragons:
|Ferrovax from The Dresden Files
|Kick ass, super-powerful being who we only see in human guise, though smoke still comes out of his mouth (he often hides it with a cigarette). Some supernatural entities bend around forces of nature; this guy is a freaking force of nature. The oldest and strongest dragon alive, he is also a signatory of the Unseelie Accords, the governing document of proper interactions between supernatural entities—one of only about a score of signatories, most of whom are groups, not individuals.|
|Snow from A Memory of Flames
|Snow has to be one of the greatest (and most terrifying) dragons of all time. She’s smart, ruthless and deadly. She’s no one’s pet and acts entirely on her own agenda to free her race from their drug-induced enslavement. Humans are considered either ‘useful’ or ‘food’. If they’re especially lucky, they may even be ‘useful amusing food’. Although her success would spell disaster for mankind, I can’t help but cheer her on. I also love her questionable ‘sense of humor’.|
|Smaug from The Hobbit
|I’m a traditionalist. Smaug was the first dragon I came across who was a character, not just an evil beast to be slain. He demonstrates all of the traits you expect from an immensely old, powerful and intelligent creature, talking to and toying with Bilbo. Yet he proves himself to be a gigantic spoiled brat when he loses it over the theft of one insignificant item from his treasure hoarde.|
|Rand al’Thor from The Wheel of Time
|I know, I know, he’s not “a dragon”—but “the Dragon” is a badass mofo. I mean, RJ pretty much God-modded when he created Rand. He’s the most powerful channeller in ages, learned to wield a sword like a blademaster in a year, and has three women lusting after him—that is just pimp and badass. During the first half of the series when he’s all whiny and crying over all the women he’s killed, he’s a pain in the ass and you just want to punch him in the face and tell him to grow up—but after that? After he actually does grow up, he’s just awesome and all powerful.|
|Falkor from The Neverending Story
|He is a bit untraditional for a fantasy dragon. His fire is blue, he doesn’t have wings, he’s not particularly powerful, and he is a luck dragon. I’ve always enjoyed the depictions of dragons in Oriental culture and Falkor is this type, in the book at least—in the movie, he looks like a dragon dog. Still, this loyal comrade has a unique look and lots of luck (and a very chill attitude).|
So, who is your favorite dragon? Let us know in the comments below, or on the forums!