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Top 10 Epic Dragons in Anime

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Written by Alex Crilly-McKean When you hear them roar, destruction always follows. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten epic dragons in anime. For this list, we’ll be looking at the coolest draconic creatures from anime series and films. However, we won’t be including any dragon-type Pokemon or any cute, dragon girls – we’re looking at you, Tooru. Also, be on the looked for a few fire-breathing spoilers down the line. Special thanks to our users wserrano54, 7AMart1, Jordan Brown, Bryce Roy, mac121mr0, Finalpalerider66, blackburn12, and ssurprenant3 for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Epic Dragons in Anime

When you hear them roar, destruction always follows. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten epic dragons in anime.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the coolest draconic creatures from anime series and films. However, we won’t be including any dragon-type Pokemon or any cute, dragon girls – we’re looking at you, Tooru. Also, be on the looked for a few fire-breathing spoilers down the line.

#10: Ddraig

“High School DxD” Series (2012-)
Even when surrounded by angels and devils, Ddraig still manages to stand at the peak as one of the most powerful creatures in existence. As one of the two Heavenly Dragons, this crimson being has made mincemeat out of Gods…and now serves as a partner to human-turned-devil Issei. You would have thought that having Rias as a lover would have been enough, but with Ddraig willingly lending its strength, Issei’s luck know no bounds.

#9: Shooting Star

“Record of Lodoss War” (1990-98)
As the party of knights, elves and wizards traverses the land, they encounter all manner of creature, including some rather violent dragons who don’t take kindly to being disturbed. The most vicious of these is Shooting Star. Guarding the Scepter of Domination atop Flame Dragon Mountain, the quest to slay this dragon is as classic a fantasy as you can get, made all the more genuine with Shooting Star’s fearsome appearance.

#8: X’rphan the White Wyrm

“Sword Art Online” (2012-14)
Oh come on, how could you get transported into a fantasy video game world and NOT expect to fight some kind of dragon? Kirito and company come face to face with a boss monster during their climb through the game’s various floors, one that has control over frost and provides a ripe challenge for the veteran player. While it may not be as imposing as some of the later monsters that the group had to face, X’rphan still made a decent impact and is worthy of remembrance…even if Kirito kind of owned him.

#7: Dragoon

“Beyblade” (2001-03)
How do you make a game of spinning tops infinitely more interesting? Having sacred beasts inside them that can cause untold devastation ought to do the trick! As the personal Bitbeast of Tyson, Dragoon is a dragon-inspired creature with the power to summon hurricanes and storms in order to win even the most hard-hitting of Beybattles. Considering the rest of the Bladebreakers also have some hard-hitting monsters at their disposal, Dragoon did well to stand on its own against the likes of a blazing phoenix, lightning-spewing tiger and giant armoured tortoise.

#6: Ryukotsusei

“Inuyasha” (2000-10)
No wonder Naraku wanted this guy as a demon puppet. A beast of legend with immense power to back up its boastfulness, Ryukotsusei was once bested by Inuyasha’s father and sealed away, only to eventually be released with the goal of killing his nemesis’ half-demon son. With his prideful attitude, huge stature and tendency to bombard his enemies with energy bullets, it’s a shame that this demon didn’t consider the phrase “like father like son”, since he ends up meeting his end via a nasty Backlash Wave.

#5: Haku

“Spirited Away” (2001)
In this classic Miyazaki flick, after finding herself in a world of spirits, young Chihiro meets Haku, a boy who seems to remember her from long ago. The two develop a sweet friendship, and in-between all the wacky and sometimes terrifying encounters with the more malevolent spirits, Chihiro discovers that not only is Haku a swell guy, but actually a beastly dragon that just happens to be the Spirit of the Kohaku River. Elegant, graceful and dedicated to Chihiro, he’s definitely the kind of good kind of monster.

#4: Bahamut

“Rage of Bahamut” series (2014-)
This is the dragon that was so powerful that it made demons and gods overcome their differences in order to seal it away. As you might expect this doesn’t end up becoming a permanent solution when Bahamut is eventually freed and threatens the magical world of Mistarcia once again. Large in scale and simple in its reasoning: this dragon lives to destroy everything in sight, making it the most feared creature in the land while also being sought after by those that wish to harness its overwhelming power.

#3: Blue Eyes White Dragon

“Yu-Gi-Oh” (2000-04)
The pride and joy of Seto Kaiba certainly knows how to make an entrance. One of the most powerful duel monster cards in the series, when this CEO busts out the Blue Eyes chances are the game is about to turn in his favour. While Yusei’s Stardust Dragon is also a worthy contender for favourite, the fact that Blue Eyes has the rather handy ability to be fused together two other version of itself to become the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon tops it as one of Yu-Gi-Oh’s most badass monsters.

#2: Igneel

“Fairy Tail” (2009-16)
Who else can say that their foster father is the Fire Dragon King? Teaching Natsu everything he could about Dragon Slayer magic and acting as a paternal figure for most of his childhood, Igneel eventually left the hothead with his new family, the Fairy Tail Guild. Of course it’s not the last we see of the fire dragon, as he reappears to take on the equally fierce Acnologia in a clash of titans. Equally dangerous when pushed into a corner, Igneel’s time may have been brief, but he left a lingering hold on the entire series.

#1: Shenron

“Dragon Ball Z” (1989-96)
How could we not? Neither tyrant nor guardian, the Eternal Dragon is a neutral being with the immense power to grant whoever summons it a wish after all seven Dragon Balls are gathered together. Capable of returning people back from the dead, restoring entire worlds and even granting immortality to those who ask for it, countless souls have sought Shenron’s power for their own personal gain, though only a select few have accomplished it. Mostly Goku and friends. Yeesh, you’d think he’d start charging them for use by this point.
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