Dragon AU

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Dragon AU. Many fanfiction writers write fantasy AUs based on non-fantasy (or predominantly non-fantasy) universes. One of the genres sometimes seen is the Dragon AU, in which dragons exist, either secretly or as a common part of the environment, and are important to the characters who may themselves be dragons - in disguise, or all the time - or have dragon friends or pets. For example, this is a moderately common trope in Marvel Cinematic Universe stories, possibly because Marvel comics canon does have some dragons, and because dragons are important in the back-story of Danny Rand as seen in TVs Iron Fist and The Defenders. On AO3 this trope is seen most often in Torchwood, The Avengers and Marvel Cinematic Universe stories, with fusions with the Temeraire universe (which has canon dragons) in fourth place. Another fandom often invoked is Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series, with numerous fusions with e.g. The Avengers, Harry Potter, etc. It also appears in the Harry Potter fandom as a canon divergence involving the dragon from the First Task in the Triwizard Tournament.


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