Dragons: Race to the Edge promises to follow up on the massive success first achieved with the early installments of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. This new miniseries, coming out as a Netflix miniseries, follows the adventures of Hiccup, Toothless and their Dragon Rider companions as they encounter countless dragons and attempt the unravel the mysteries of the all important Dragon Eye.
The franchise has brought a lot of attention to dragons, a group which has always held a top spot in mythology, novels, and even cinema. It provides a new take on the image of dragons by casting them as friends and companions of the main characters. However just as people are good and bad, dragons are good and evil as well. They have been shown on both sides of the field in a myriad of narratives. How to Train Your Dragon and its offshoots are clearly pushing for a positive image of dragons in the world. It becomes important to remember the good dragons of the past in order to see just how far dragons have come in the world. Here is a list of the five best and worst dragons to make this information more digestible.
While King Ghidorah is relatively new in the dragon scene, having only arrived in 1964, he more than makes up for his lack of experience with two extra heads. The hydraesque monster attempts to destroy the city and kill Godzilla while he is at it, but thankfully he has yet to be successful. In America this monster is better known as Ghidrah and the monster’s design is rooted in the Hyrda of Greek mythology. Three for the price of one in the evil department.
Reign of Fire struck theaters in 2002 and left an impression with its viewers. It did not sweep reviews though, and stuck its landing in the middle range. It has become something of a cult classic in recent years and appears as a reference joke now and then. If the dragons of the film could have become more organized they may have landed a spot at the top of the list but that should in no way overshadow the fact that they destroyed almost the entirety of civilization. The post apocalyptic setting breathed some life into the genre by providing a backdrop that was not threatened by radiation, but wildly aggressive dragons.
Smaug is a creation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s and features as the villain in the new Hobbit movies. He’s responsible for the diaspora of the dwarves and holds an entire region in absolute terror. Smaug has earned his own legend within a legend but has thankfully gone into semi retirement.
More often than not we get to see heroes killing dragons. This dragon truly broke the mold when it brought down Beowulf by causing all his companions to flee. Killing Beowulf is no small feat and this dragon deserves special consideration for winning in a fight against one of the most seasoned monster hunters and the strongest man on the planet at his time. For a better perspective think of this dragon as the Lee Harvey Oswald of dragons.
This is another dragon of Tolkien’s invention and it would be a disservice to discredit him simply because the author has already appeared on this list. Glaurung functions as the nuclear weapon of dragons. He is the spawn of an Evil god. He kills army and does much more just for kicks. Some of his accomplishments include casting spells on great heros and makes them pick between saving either their mother or sister.
That’s enough of the bad side though, as it’s important to remember that there are good dragons out there and they often end up on the winning side.
Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea, and folicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honali. Little Jackie paper loved that rascal puff and they were great friends. They frolicked in the autumn mists together after they met and could often be seen taking on pirates or talking with kings and princes.
This purple guy came to America on the Playstation one in 1998. He’s been skateboarding, flying, and spitting fire to save the world ever since. He has thirteen releases to his name and has been a friend to many over the years.
Draco is a special dragon because he is more than just any old dragon. He simply has something that other dragons don’t and wish they did. He has the voice of Sean Connery. This is no small achievement considering that many dragons aren’t even able to speak with humans (Looking at you Game of Thrones ). His is the classic tale of no good deed going unpunished. Draco heals a prince who later ends up to become an evil king and helps defeat him. Draco is good, but he does giveth and taketh.
The name says it all. The movie helps to.
This dragon comes from ancient Eastern mythology and has been both friend and guardian to the area for many, many years. It is known as the protector of cities in Japan and is specifically responsible for the stewardship of Kyoto. The Azure Dragon holds a lofty place as one of the four guardian spirits of Japan and is also considered a symbol for the Spring. Good or bad, dragons always make for good entertainment and it goes without saying that quality can be expected of any team working with the valuable franchise. Dragons: Race to the End hopefully won’t be ending too soon though. Fans and critics have both been impressed so far. The series has an 8.5 on IMDB and gives a look at the events which led up to How to Train your Dragon 2. To see this awesome dragon programming, sign up for a cable TV package from XFINITY!