Dragons and dragon motifs are featured in many works of modern literature, particularly within the genre. Prominent works depicting dragons include 's and , 's novels, 's , 's series , and 's tetralogy . Even by the 18th century, critical thinkers like Diderot were asserting that too much literature had been published on dragons: "There are already in books all too many fabulous stories of dragons".
Sandra Martina Schwab writes, "With a few exceptions, including McCaffrey's Pern novels and the 2002 film , dragons seem to fit more into the medievalized setting of fantasy literature than into the more technological world of science fiction. Indeed, they have been called the emblem of fantasy. The hero's fight against the dragon emphasizes and celebrates his masculinity, whereas revisionist fantasies of dragons and dragon-slaying often undermine traditional gender roles. In children's literature the friendly dragon becomes a powerful ally in battling the child's fears."
Dragon Dragon is an independent wrestler mostly known for his appearances in . In 2013, at a show, he was unfortunately slayed by one of his opponents and met his kayfabe death.
If a dragon's Rider was ever killed, they would go on rampage to avenge their death. Afterwards, they often died from grief. If they so chose to they could retain their conscious mind in their , or their jewel-like "heart of hearts". This allowed anyone with the Eldunarí - if it was given to someone - to speak to the dragon and draw energy from them. It was revealed by the elf Oromis that Galbatorix, during his rebellion, acquired all the Eldunarí he could from the dragons he murdered, which was the source of his amplified power. He also gave some of them to Murtagh, which explains his increased power.