Slash Dragon

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Synonyms: Great Slash Dragon, Slash!Dragon
See also: Great Dragon, Dragons

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Slash Dragon is the fannish name for the Great Dragon in Merlin. The name appears to have been independently invented by just about every slasher who's ever seen the Great Dragon talk about Merlin and Arthur, and their shared destinies, and how they are two sides of the same coin, and how they should spend more time together.

A parodist on livejournal (slash_dragon, who also happens to be a kinkme_merlin mod) sums up the attitude on their profile very well:
King Uther tried to destroy all magic in the land and locked me in a cave in the deepest pits below the castle of Camelot. Here I have remained, waiting for the Once and Future King to have hot sex with Merlin.

Examples of Use

2008

OMG, was that a few seconds of different Slash Dragon footage? Must've found some spare cash behind the couch in the CGI department or something. Hee, sneaking up on Merlin was cute. An imprisoned dragon has to get his kicks where he can - even cryptically convincing Merlin it's his destiny to bonk Arthur can get old on the odd occasion. [1]

2009

Having a summary, unless you do a plot analysis in three sentences, does not destroy your story. They can improve readership. They give the reader a taste. They get excited if you mention the Slash Dragon or Arthur's Quest for a Goddamn Special Flower While Merlin Moans (aka seriously, this is canon? Thank you, BBC) if you are in Merlin and like that sort of thing. [2]

2010

Merlin, desperate, pays a visit to the Slash Dragon, who laughs at him long and hard. Dude, this episode is hilarious. The Slash Dragon explains that Uther will only be free of the enchantment if he cries tears of true remorse. [3]

So Merlin, the TV show, opens like this:

IN A LAND OF MYTH AND A TIME OF MAGIC,

THE DESTINY OF A GREAT KINGDOM

RESTS ON THE SHOULDERS OF A YOUNG BOY.

HIS NAME...IS MERLIN.

It's spoken aloud very dramatically by John Hurt, who is the voice of the Slash Dragon who's always telling Merlin he and Arthur are destined to be together and other stuff. No, for real. [4]

2013

Fans affectionately call good old Kilgharrah the “Slash Dragon,” and for good reason—no one ships Merlin and Arthur and their epic destiny the way he does. He’s also John Hurt, so that’s an added layer of fabulous. [5]

Example Fanworks

  • Alone - very special Merlin/Arthur vid with singing Slash Dragon moments, Merlin by Sisabet (2010)
  • Slash Dragon (filk) by codenamepancake (A rollicking tune about fate, first impressions, and what happens when your main confidant is a giant talking lizard who just might have an agenda of his own.) (September 7, 2009)

Other Links

References

  1. merlin - the beginning of the end dingogrrl by (November 9, 2008)
  2. warnings, spoilers, and everything; archive page one, comments expanded; archive page two, comments expanded by seperis (July 26, 2009)
  3. Merlin – Recap & Review – Beauty And The Beast II by Andi (May 9, 2010)
  4. untitled by Copperbadge (November 17, 2010)
  5. Here Be Dragons! Some of Our Favorite Fantastical Fire-Breathers by Stubby the Rocket for Tor.com (December 9, 2013)