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Dragons
Powers and Abilities Strong with large claws and the ability to fly and create extreme heat through touch. Drawn to virgins and gold.
Vulnerabilities Blade forged with the blood of a dragon.
Appearance Humanoid with scales under the skin, retractable bat-like wings, serpent eyes and talons.
Episode(s) 6.12 Like a Virgin

History

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. They 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.

They can only be killed with a blade forged with the blood of a dragon, and Eleanor Visyak speculates that there are only "5 or 6" such blades in existence.

They haven't been seen for around 700 years. The dragon's allegiance lies with Mother, whom they free from Purgatory with the sacrifice of a virgin.

Characteristics

Powers and abilities

  • They possess incredible physical strength. Dragons can easily overpower humans through sheer physical force.
  • While in their true form, dragons have bat-like wings which they use to fly and capture prey.
  • Dragons can move with incredible speed, able to suddenly appear, especially when flying.
  • They can also generate intense heat from their hands.

Weaknesses

  • Can only be killed by a sword forged in dragons blood.

Episodes

6.12 Like a Virgin

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.

A dragon is slayed by Sam Winchester.
A dragons eyes upon death.
Dragons offering a virgin sacrifice for Eve.

9.08 Rock and a Hard Place

After apparent virgins get taken in Hartford, South Dakota, Sam and Dean believe they are dealing with a dragon, but it turns out to be Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth.

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).

Trivia

  • 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?"[1]

Dragons in Fandom

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