Fantasy Monster Fight: A Dragon vs. Anything!

In the interest of furthering human understanding on such an important topic, and in an extension of my previous Fantasy Monster Fights, most notably of the Vampire vs. the Werewolf, we must contemplate the result of a fight between a dragon and… well, anything else. Perhaps I display my biases here, but to me, a dragon is the ultimate killing machine. Or at least, it should be. I have always loved dragons. In my early childhood, I was a great fan of dinosaurs, and this naturally evolved into a love of dragons. Dragons rule! Hence, the name of my website: “A Toast to Dragons.”


Anyway, back to the discussion. What makes dragons so formidable? Well, I think good ol’ Smaug from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” said it best: “My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!” Truly, a devastating array of attributes. And if we go further, and draw from the AD&D tradition, dragons are also capable of spell-use. As if they needed it. What could possibly stand before one?


A vampire? I think not. A full blast of flaming breath would reduce one to dusty ash. A werewolf? Him neither. The dragon has the size and strength to rip him apart with ease. A zombie? Heck, I’ll give you fifty zombies; nay, a hundred, and I’ll still vote with the dragon. Oh, I forgot to mention that dragons can fly. So, it could be a thousand zombies, and as long as they were land-bound (which zombies generally are), they wouldn’t stand a chance. The dragon would just fly above them, and breathe fire, incinerating them in large swathes until all were gone. To be honest, the only creatures that I think would give a dragon trouble, or might actually beat a dragon, would be a demon. Like… like… Lubrochius, the Eater of Souls (hah! I had to get a plug in for my book somewhere! J ) And if you are pitting them against demons, you could just as easily pit them against an angel or a god. But that’s really stretching the monster resource bag. I mean, really? Must we reach into the afterlife to find a sufficiently powerful foe to contend with?


No, dragons are the apex predators. They are just too big, too strong, too well-protected, and too-capable with their breath and spells. Oh, again with the AD&D tradition, there’s also things like generating fear and such. But that doesn’t seem to be so much a magical ability, as it is the preponderance of common sense that overtakes a victim once he sees a dragon. It’s a dragon! Run for your lives!


And so, the dragon is and always shall be the undisputed ruler of all fantasy worlds. In my humble opinion, that is.

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About atoasttodragons

The author, Matthew D. Ryan, lives in northern New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, one of the largest lakes in the continental United States, famous for the Battle of Plattsburgh and the ever-elusive Lake Champlain Monster, a beastie more commonly referred to as Champy. Matthew has studied philosophy, mathematics, and computer science in the academic world. He has earned a black belt in martial arts.

8 responses to “Fantasy Monster Fight: A Dragon vs. Anything!”

  1. Steve says :

    Generally that sounds about right, but remember Smaug lost! Lol Always a twist to the story.

  2. Shawn says :

    It would seem that the only person capable of slaying a dragon in the author and the character of his/her choosing. As for pitting them against demons and gods, I agree that is stretching it a bit. As powerful as dragons are, I still view them as mortal beings (although some stories do make them immortal but when compared to gods and demons I think they are still pretty mortal).

    But we can’t forget about Chinese dragons. Dragons in most Eastern mythology are usually gods themselves (or demons) and are capable of controlling the weather, moving the planet, changing fate, etc.

    To quote an article I read very recently, “And so, the dragon is and always shall be the undisputed ruler of all fantasy worlds. In my humble opinion, that is.”

    By no means is that a humble opinion and by no means is it an opinion. There is no arguing it. Just ask a dragon.

    • atoasttodragons says :

      Yeah, an Asian dragons is more of a spiritual force than its more materialistic counterpart. But I can’t seem to find that quote anywhere… who said that? 🙂

      • peacefultrees says :

        hi:) my opinion is that dragons are mythical creatures, for the most part, (unless you believe they are part of the unseen-see below).but that does not make them less powerful ..the Chinese dragon is viewed differently than its western counterpart (symbolism is more positive in some ways than here), as per its level and type of power.. they both have a spiritual power that is very strong and really not possible to kill them, or anything, on the spiritual level…if we invoke the dragon, i would think that it could increase our own spirituality in many ways. 🙂
        …in olden times, giants, dragons, sea serpents and other mythical creatures walked on the earth, flew in the skies, and swam in our seas…now, we cannot see them, but it does not mean they are not here… who is to say what is possible? 🙂 that makes it all the more interesting for those of us who are interested in mythical creatures…
        best wishes and good luck with your books!

  3. Bats says :

    I used to kill dragons in World of Warcraft. Of course, it took many many attempts, but it was fun and it felt good to take them down. /flex. LOL.

  4. peacefultrees says :

    matthew: i used to live in upstate NY. loved it there! never met champy, though, yet!~ 🙂 🙂

  5. Diane says :

    got to applaud your post, of course dragons every time, no question plus – they are also beautiful

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