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Dragons are large, serpent-like legendary creatures that appear in the folklore of many cultures around the world. They are featured in the films Spirited Away and Tales from Earthsea.

Tales from Earthsea


The Dragons of Earthsea look like dragons as they are depicted in Western culture. They are winged, horned, four-legged, and capable of breathing fire. They can be controlled by dragon lords and other methods.

Dragons are both feared and beloved by the people. They have never attacked a village, but are feared because of their big stature. Cob on the other hand, tend to worship them because of their beauty and long lifespan.

Spirited Away

Haku in his dragon form

Dragons in Eastern cultures are usually depicted as wingless, four-legged, serpentine creatures with above-average intelligence. Because of their low-sung, elongated and slender bodies, they are worshipped in Asia.

The Chinese see themselves as the children of dragons. Dragons with five claws symbolized China's emperor (Long). Dragons with four claws symbolized China or Korea (Long or Yong). Dragons with three claws symbolized Japan (Ryū).

Dragons are somewhat prominent in the Spirit Realm of the film. The only named one is Haku. To a lesser extent is the River Spirit that was initially believed to be a Stink Spirit.

Castle in the Sky

The city of Laputa, until the heroes reach it, is surrounded by stormy-looking clouds, called the 'Dragon's Nest'; and when Pazu and Sheeta enter, the lightning in the clouds takes the form of dragons, who escort the children to the city. In the end-credits, a dragon made of mist can be seen orbiting the remnants of Laputa.