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The Most Powerful Dragons In Movie And TV History

March 1, 2021 534 votes 88 voters 2.3k views14 items

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The strongest heroes must face the strongest dragons. This is a constant in stories throughout time, unrestricted by any specific point on the map. Dragons fought the noble knights in medieval lore and the mighty samurai in Japanese folktales. They are among the most dangerous and fearsome foes humankind has ever dreamed up. 

Fans of these beasts know where they can find the best dragons in movies and television. It's one thing to sit around a campfire and hear about dragons, and a completely different thing to watch a dragon come shrieking towards the screen in front of one's own face. Thanks to technological advances, dragons are no longer things of legends and cave paintings.

But which of these mighty dragons is the strongest? 

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    Photo: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Smaug was said to be the last great dragon in Middle-earth. He was famous for swiping the treasure of the dwarves and holing himself up inside of Lonely Mountain to admire his riches. He stayed amongst his wealth for over 150 years until he was interrupted by Thorin and company, who sought to reclaim the dwarves' ill-gotten wealth. As retribution for this incursion into his home, Smaug bombarded and decimated most of the nearby village known as Lake-town. He was ultimately taken out by an incredible arrow delivered by Bard the Bowman, but not before most of the town had been razed. 

    Smaug's powers were typical for a dragon. He was massive, mighty, and strong enough to break through stone. The fire he breathed was on the stronger side when compared to dragons in other franchises, as he could rain fire down on a town from hundreds of feet up in the air. His scales made most strikes completely ineffective against him, save for the one weak point on his underbelly. Like all Middle-earth dragons, he was also incredibly intelligent, which gave him a step up on other flying beasts. 

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    Photo: Game of Thrones / HBO

    Drogon is a dragon born from one of the three eggs given to Daenerys as a wedding gift. Upon their births, they became the only known dragons in existence. Later, after the demises of his brothers, Drogon became the only living dragon remaining. If only one of them could survive, though, he was the obvious pick, seeing as he was bigger and stronger than his dragonkin. With his mother, Daenerys, Drogon won many a great skirmish on their journey to Westeros. During the battle of King's Landing, Drogon was the key to their victory. He wiped out a fleet of ships, the city's gate, and ultimately, the Iron Throne - all on his own. 

    Like most dragons, he is massive and incredibly strong, but his fire-breathing abilities are where he shines. His fire doesn't just set objects aflame; it utterly decimates them. It appears to act as a concussive blast - similar to Cyclops's optic beam - and can break stone. He may not possess the human-like intelligence of some of the dragons in other media, but he was powerful enough to turn the tide of any given engagement in Game of Thrones

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  • Photo: How To Train Your Dragon 2 / 20th Century Fox

    Toothless is the last known Night Fury dragon. These dragons were once thought to be terrifying and dangerous, and while he is strong, Toothless is much more of an overgrown puppy than a vicious hunter. 

    While Toothless isn't as intelligent as a dragon like Smaug, he possesses a much greater intellect than the average animal (or even other dragons in his franchise). His greatest strength is his speed and agility, with his top speeds clocking in at around 100 mph. Toothless also possesses the ability to go into an alpha mode, where his cute and cuddly disposition is completely shed. In this mode, he was able to challenge the massive dragon alpha (literally hundreds of times his size) and win the fight. Toothless became the alpha of all dragons in his universe, so it's a decent bet that he could become the alpha of all dragons everywhere. 

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    The Hungarian Horntail

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Among all the dragon breeds in the world of Harry Potter, the Hungarian Horntail is considered the most dangerous. Honestly, it seems a little absurd that high schoolers would have to fight it during the Triwizard Tournament, but that's exactly what Harry has to do. 

    The Hungarian Horntail is animalistic and agile. Although its fire doesn't appear to be as powerful as some dragons in other media, it makes up for it with its aggression and brawling ability. This dragon would fare very well in a claw-to-claw matchup, but the other dragons might make fun of its weak flame. 

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