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|Appearance||Humanoid with scales under the skin, retractable bat-like wings, serpent eyes and talons.|
|Episode(s)||6.12 Like a Virgin|
We can joke about them because they've disappeared. But they aren't funny. At all.
Dragon's had not been seen for around 700 years until 2011, when three dragons came out of hiding on the orders of Eve to find a virgin to act as a vessel for Eve's arrival from Purgatory.
Attracted to gold, dragons traditionally live in caves, but in an urban environment will seek out a dark secluded place like a sewer. They can fly, have talons, scales and bat-like wings when in their true form. However, they manifest themselves as humans when in small spaces.
Powers and abilities
- Enhanced senses – A dragon was able to sense that a woman, Melissa, was not a virgin.
- Enhanced speed – Dragons can move with incredible speed, able to suddenly appear, especially when flying.
- Flight – While in their true form, dragons have bat-like wings which they use to fly and capture prey.
- Pyrokinesis – Dragons can generate heat that can reach temperatures high enough to "flambé" humans and even melt metal with their touch. When engaged in combat in their human form, the heat they generate seems to be their primary weapon.
- Shapeshifting – Dragons can freely switch between appearing human and a more monstrous form.
- Super strength – Dragons possess incredible physical strength. Dragons can easily overpower humans through sheer physical force.
- Sword forged in dragon's blood – The only object known to be able to kill a dragon. Dr. Eleanor Visyak speculated that there are only "5 or 6" such blades in existence, with the sword of St. George, Excalibur and the Sword of Bruncvik being known.
Dragons are abducting young women (all virgins) and keeping them captive in a sewer. Dean obtains the Sword of Bruncvik, and he and Sam track down the dragon's lair, finding first a pile of gold and then an ancient manuscript. They then hear cries for help and they follow the voices until they find the missing women, who are being kept together in a cage.
Before they can free them, two dragons appear. In the ensuing fight, Sam is able to kill one with the sword, but the other escapes. He meets up with another dragon who has also captured a half dozen virgin women. They take one and use an incantation to open a door to Purgatory. They throw the woman in, and she rises from the fire, giving form to Mother.
Dragons in Lore
Dragons are mythical creatures that usually take the form of a winged reptilian creature, often with the ability to breath fire. They appear in a variety of forms in cultures around the world. The dragon featured in Supernatural relates to European traditions, where the typical dragon protects a cavern or castle filled with gold and treasure. Tales often feature a great hero who tries to slay the dragon and often rescue a princess or maiden the dragon has captured (or who has been offered to the dragon as a sacrifice).
Some interpretations of these myths read them as symbolizing the battle of patriarchal religions to defeat the old Mother Goddess religions (represented by the dragon), with women reduced to powerless women that need to be rescued (Source).
It is believed that the Slavic deity, Veles, was the origin for the dragon myth in the Proto-Indo-European religion. In the Slavic tradition, the dragon, or zmaj, are seen as protectors and can appear as humans or beasts. The zmaj is a chosen person, capable of travelling to other dimensions in their dreams, and will turn into a dragon during a time of great catastrophe.
- Ilia Volok & Lee Tichon portrayed two of the dragons.
- Originally in 6.12 Like a Virgin a line of dialogue was to explain why dragons looked the way they did, instead of how they are depicted in mythology. According to writer Adam Glass, a dragon would have told Dean:
"Your army was defeated and your kingdom burned to the ground - who are you going to tell your king did it? Me a man, or a sixty foot, fire-breathing serpent snake from Hell?"
Dragons in Fandom
- A list of SPN and SPN RPF stories featuring dragons