Lauren Faust's sketch of a female dragon
Dragon Town, Fillydelphia
- Main article: Spike
Spike hatched from an egg, and even though he walks and speaks fairly maturely, he's still called a "baby" dragon. He is much smaller than the other dragons, and even smaller than ordinary ponies; in The Cutie Mark Chronicles, he is briefly transformed by Twilight's magic, making his body grow much larger than normal and his head bursts out of the ceiling of a tall spire.
Gem-eatingSpike's love for eating gems is shown in several episodes. In The Ticket Master, he goes to a café with Twilight and asks if they serve rubies, but settles for hay fries. Rarity takes him along for her gem hunt in A Dog and Pony Show with the promise of letting him have some of the gems she finds. When he comes across buffalo in Over a Barrel, they show him great respect and feed him turquoises. In Owl's Well That Ends Well, he enters a cave full of gems and eats his fill. Pinkie Pie forces a false confession out of him in Party of One by offering him a plate of gems and applying some duress on him. In the episode Just for Sidekicks, Spike offers to watch the Mane Six's pets as long as he gets rewarded with gems for his gem cake. However, he eats all the gems before he can make the cake.
Spike magically matures through his greediness in Secret of My Excess. He begins soliciting gifts from ponies for his birthday, which results in him growing into a gangly "teenager" by the next day. Twilight takes him to a doctor and then a vet, but both fail to diagnose him because they have no experience with dragons. She then takes him to Zecora who explains that his greed is making him grow up. Throughout the episode he grows larger, and develops more lizard-like qualities, like slit pupils and a long thin-forked tongue. Unlike the majority of other dragons in the show, he does not possess wings.
In the episode Princess Spike, Spike is shown to be highly allergic to dragon sneeze flowers. In the presence of these flowers, his eyes become red, bloodshot, and puffy, and he sneezes uncontrollably. This allergic reaction causes Spike to unintentionally destroy a gemstone statue that was to be part of a ceremony for the Grand Equestria Pony Summit.
Outside of Spike, dragons make several appearances in the series and in other My Little Pony media.Ponyville. The ponies are given the task of asking him to relocate, which they successfully accomplish thanks to Fluttershy. At first the other ponies try different approaches, from persuasion to violence, but eventually Fluttershy scolds the dragon into submission. The red dragon has a large hoard of gold, gems, and other valuables which he uses as bedding. Everfree Forest. Spike enters the dragon's cave and eats some of its hoard of gold and gems. Soon after, the dragon finds him, questions his doings, and attacks him. The dragon has extendable claws and tail spikes, wings, and it breathes fire which slightly singes Spike, despite Spike stating in Griffon the Brush Off that dragons are fire-proof. Twilight Sparkle and Owlowiscious come to Spike's rescue, and the dragon chases them through the forest, but eventually gives up on his pursuit.
Two of the dragons introduced in this episode are named. The first is Garble, the red teenage dragon, whose name is not mentioned in the episode but is listed in the episode's script. The other is Crackle, a dragon that looks similar to the costume used by Twilight, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash.
In Magical Mystery Cure, the adult red dragon appears in one of Fluttershy's flashbacks.
Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2 and Castle Mane-iaA dragon statue appears in Twilight's flashback in Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2 and in the present in Castle Mane-ia.
The red dragon from Dragonshy appears in Pinkie Pie's dream as Pinkie jumps from background to background.
A dragon costume is worn for Nightmare Night in Scare Master.
Multiple dragons appear in Gauntlet of Fire, most of whom either take part in the titular Gauntlet of Fire competition for the title of Dragon Lord or serve as obstacles in the race itself. Among the dragons featured include Dragon Lord Torch and his daughter Princess Ember. Garble and several dragons from Dragon Quest also reappear.
At the end of the episode, Princess Ember is crowned the new Dragon Lord.
Other depictionsIn My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #1, the silhouette of a dragon appears on page 3. Dragons are also mentioned in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #3, mentioned in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special, featured in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #14, and mentioned in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #31.
The adult red dragon is shown in the Ruckus Reader interactive storybook Things That Go Bump in the Night. It appears in Fluttershy's imagination, which reuses a screenshot from Dragonshy. She refers to it as a "mean dragon".
A purple dragon is shown in the 8 bit promo. It appears in Level 2 of Adventure Ponies! The Video Game, knocking apples from a tree. Pinkie Pie calls it a "meanie-pants" and, playing as Applejack, bucks it with an "Applejack smack".
A poster which features an official map of Equestria was released on August 3, 2012. An arrow at the bottom claims "Dragons Be Here", indicating they live across the sea and to the south of Equestria (This is also a reference to old maps saying "Here Be Dragons" about uncharted seas).
WeLoveFine carries T-shirts of My Little Pony dragons. Three shirt designs are of Crackle: the first shows just Crackle, with the caption "BEST DRAGON"; the second is modeled after Crackle's gem-encrusted hide; the third shows Crackle atop a hoard of gems and wearing the Element of Magic tiara, with the word "SWAG" in the background. A formerly available shirt design depicting a host of non-Hasbro characters shows two dragons connected by the same body; Samantha Bragg, the artist of this design, refers to the conjoined dragons as "Juneau and Venus" and gives them a brief description in a post on DeviantArt.[note 1]
In the European magazines, the dragons have their own festival called the Dragon Festival.
The Elements of Harmony Vol. II guidebook
DRAGONS are mystical, flying lizard beasts that come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. They have magical fire breath and spend their time munching on gems when they're not looking for a nice cave to take a nap in. While younger Dragons like Spike are sweet, others can be temperamental. Some are downright evil, like DRAGON LORD TORCH. He's the father of PRINCESS EMBER, who now serves as a kinder, gentler Dragon Lord.
- ↑ The following was available on Bragg's DeviantArt page on December 30, 2011, but has since been removed:
Juneau and Venus- SOLD TO *Rocking-Roses These two dragons are connected by the same body. Each head has a separate personality. They both enjoy making jewelry out of the jewels they hoard.
- ↑ Nayuki discussing about the named dragons (2012-03-19). Retrieved on 2012 March 19. Archived locally.
- ↑ Richard Ian Cox (2013-01-29). richardiancox: @jordanolling Purple dragon was Matt.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 July 20.
- ↑ Official Map and Season 2 Cast Picture Show Up. Equestria Daily (2012-08-03). Retrieved on 2012 August 3.