Dragons were large mystical creatures which resembled large ferocious winged reptiles. They possessed the ability of breathing fire. Some if not all species of dragon are native to demon dimensions.
In 1906, a woman named Ling Kai was transformed into a dragon by a mystical tattoo. She wreaked havoc throughout San Francisco until Angel managed to calm her down and revert her to human form. Afterwards, a mystic named Xin finished the tattoo, releasing Kai from the dragon spirit's influence.
In 2001, a dragon was released in Sunnydale when the hell goddess Glory used the Key to break down the barriers between dimensions. The barriers were eventually restored upon Buffy Summers' death, although the fate of the dragon is unknown. This dragon possessed four legs and a pair of wings. Three years later, when Angel brought down the Circle of the Black Thorn, the Senior Partners retaliated by unleashing an apocalyptic horde of demons upon Los Angeles, which included this dragon. Angel expressed a desire to slay the dragon, but upon discovering that it was actually benevolent, the pair became allies. This dragon was eventually named Cordelia (despite being a male) and eventually wound up in the company of the Groosalugg.
Spike briefly visited Japan in order to stop the some evil puppets that ran the Japanese version of Smile Time (show). One of these creatures was a puppet dragon named Snuff. Snuff was slain by Spike's new ally Tok Shinobu.
The Senior Partners second army contained a large number of dragons; some of the more formidable of these had rear ends that resembled fighter jet planes. Most if not all of these dragons were killed by Illyria in her Old One body.
During the Twilight apocalypse when the dimensional barriers were breaking down, several creatures from other dimensions appeared and attacked the forces in the Sunnydale crater. One of these creatures was a dragon. This dragon was killed by Willow who summoned a giant tree root from the earth to pierce the dragon. Willow was able to conjure up such powerful magic because she had been recently exposed to the Seed of Wonder.
The archmage Alasdair Coames had an apartment in England where he collects magical artifacts and houses magical creatures. In his possession is a baby or miniature dragon.
In the early 21st century, a flying Shenlong dragon, the ancient god of storms, attacked San Francisco. It was repelled by Buffy and her friends, but not before causing untold damage, taking thousands of lives and bringing enormous repercussions for the magical community.
- "The Gift"
- Buffy the Animated Series
- "Damage" (Only mentioned)
- "Not Fade Away"
- Spike: Shadow Puppets
- Spike: After the Fall
- Angel: After the Fall
- After These Messages ... We'll Be Right Back!
- Barbary Coast
- Lorne: The Music of the Spheres
- Live Through This, Part Three