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Dragon Maleficent
Dragon Maleficent
Background information
Feature films Sleeping Beauty
Mickey's House of Villains
Short films
Television programs The Little Mermaid (TV series)
Timon and Pumbaa
House of Mouse
Once Upon a Time
Video games Kingdom Hearts series
Epic Mickey (cameo)
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition
(power disc)
Park attractions Fantasmic!
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
La Taniere Du Dragon

Festival of Fantasy Parade
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Wolfgang Reitherman
Voice Eleanor Audley
Susanne Blakeslee
Toshikio Sawada (Japanese)
James MacDonald (snapping)
Candy Candido (growling)
Performance model
Inspiration Monstro
Tyrannosaurus Rex
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Powerful, devilish, destructive
Appearance Gigantic and slender purple and black dragon (from her human form), green eyes, black wings
Occupation Maleficent's alter-ego
Alignment Bad
Goal To destroy Prince Phillip
Allies Diablo
Enemies Flora, and her fellow fairies, Prince Phillip, Aurora, Samson, King Stefan
Likes Destruction, killing her foes
Dislikes Being defeated
Powers and abilities Fire
Weapons Teeth, claws
Fate Gets stabbed in the heart by Phillip's Sword Of Truth and falls off a cliff
Now you shall deal with me, o prince, and all the powers of HELL!
―Maleficent before transforming into Dragon Maleficent

Dragon Maleficent is the dragon form of Maleficent that first appeared in the climax of Disney's 1959 film, Sleeping Beauty. It has also made numerous appearances outside the original film.


Physical appearance

Dragon Maleficent, as the name implies, is a gigantic winged dragon. It possesses black scales, spines, and claws, with a purple belly. It also has webbed ears, and its nostrils are colored yellow. It also possesses whiskers below the snout, and its tail has three tips, lined in a vertical fashion. Its eyes are glowing and pupil-less, having green linings and yellow centers.


The dragon is able to breathe emerald-green fire. It also had venomous fangs, which ironically killed her the second time around.

Film Appearances

Sleeping Beauty

At the film's climax, when Prince Phillip gets through the forest of thorns, Maleficent swirls down and stands in his way. Then after telling him he will now have to deal with her, she shoots up into the clouds becoming and enormous black, terrifying, fire breathing dragon in order to battle and destroy him. He takes a charge at her and she, now in dragon form, blasts him with fire, knocking him off Samson. He takes the blast and she fires at him twice forcing him into the forest. He hits her on the snout with his sword, She tries to snap at him but can't reach. Then raising her head up, she sets the entire forest of thorns on fire, forcing him to retreat to a rocky cliff.

As he climbs up, Maleficent snaps at him as Phillip tries to fight her off, forcing him near the edge of a drop. Then with one blast of fire, he loses his shield. She is close to being victorious but with help from Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, they cast a spell on his sword. Then before she can get a chance to kill him, he throws it at her which stabs right into her chest and she falls down the cliff to her death.


The dragon appears in the film, but as an alternate form of Diaval, defending Maleficent from King Stefan's men instead of fighting Prince Phillip. During the climax of the film, Diaval, at Maleficent's command, turns into a dragon and ferociously attacks them inside the castle with a breath of fire. During the fight, he is pinned down by them but after Maleficent regains her wings, she sets him free.


The dragon is set to appear in the television movie, Descendants. Maleficent takes this form after all the villains kids side with good over handing her the Fairy Godmother's wand to restore her powers to full strength. Her daughter, Mal uses a spell that turns the dragon into a small lizard, which is equal to the size of the love in her heart.

Television Appearances

Timon and Pumbaa

The dragon makes a cameo appearance in the episode "Guatemala Malarkey" in a pit of fire as one of the booby traps in the cursed temple.

House of Mouse

The dragon makes numerous appearances in House of Mouse. In the first episode, Maleficent transforms into her dragon form as a visual gag to go with Daisy Duck saying that "the crowd is turning ugly!"

The dragon reappears in the compilation film Mickey's House of Villains. Maleficent turns into her dragon from during the song It's Our House Now. During the rest of the film she sits with Chernabog.

Once Upon a Time

For many years, Maleficent hones her skill in magic until she obtains great power, and with her ability to turn into a dragon, she burns a portion of land into a scorched ruin.

Dragon Maleficent OUAT 2

Dragon Maleficent in Once Upon a Time

At some point, years later, King Stefan awakens Briar Rose from the sleeping curse, causing Maleficent to fall into a state of depression as she lives in isolation and loses her ability to transform into a dragon. Regina, having read tales of Maleficent's frightening and powerful past deeds, brings her to a tree which still burns half a decade later from when she scorched an entire portion of land, hoping to provide motivation for who she used to be. Maleficent engulfs the burning tree's flames, and while she is unsure if it worked, King Stefan and his men soon arrive to attack her. She counters with an attempt to transform, but it fails, leaving both herself and Regina to be sentenced to death. Regina, unwilling to give up, burns through her binds and hurls a fireball at the guards. When Regina's magic dries up, Maleficent succeeds in transforming into a dragon and forcing King Stefan and his men to retreat.

A long time after Regina has become the Evil Queen and put Snow White under a sleeping curse which she got from Maleficent, Prince Charming arrives, tasked to help Rumplestiltskin hide an egg inside a beast. He holds her at sword-point. When he demands to know where the beast is, she magically flicks him away onto the ground before admitting she is the one he seeks. Transforming into a colossal dragon, she furiously chases him while spitting flames at him. He hops onto her neck and he tosses the potion into her ear flap. In agitation, Maleficent shakes him off, although he quickly avoids her fire breath by jumping out a window and into the sea. Angrily, she spouts another stream of fire upon sighting the prince surface above water, but her flames don't reach him.

A short time afterwards, Maleficent casts a sleeping curse on the guards of Snow White and Prince Charming's castle, so she, Ursula, and Cruella De Vil can meet with them to discuss stopping the Evil Queen's plan to enact the Dark Curse. Hoping to defeat her, the couple begrudgingly team up with them. When they reach the bridge over the ravine, all are denied passage by the guards protecting it because Maleficent and her two companions are deemed untrustworthy. Impatient, she transforms into a dragon, killing them with fire breath, leaving the bridge accessible.


Maleficent tries to protect her egg from Snow and Charming

Staking her claim on a region of western territory, Maleficent scares off the inhabitants with her fire-breath before making a nest in a cave, where she gives birth by laying an egg. At some point during this, she collects various items, including a baby rattle, and places them into the cave. As an extra precaution, Maleficent has Cruella and Ursula stand guard outside while she herself remains in dragon form in the den and protectively curls the egg around her tail. However, Snow White and Prince Charming get past them and venture into the cave. Intending to allow an apprentice to infuse a vessel with darkness so their own child won't become evil, they steal the egg, to which an angry Maleficent retaliates before reverting to human form and begging them for mercy. Snow White promises to return the egg once things are settled, and then she and Prince Charming escape, as a devastated Maleficent makes a failed attempt to block them. After the egg is implanted with darkness, Snow White and Prince Charming find out too late that it'll be sent to another world, despite their promise to Maleficent. In horror, they watch as the egg hatches into a child, and attempt to save the baby from being sucked into a portal, but it is too late.

Once the curse takes effect, Maleficent becomes trapped in her dragon form and is imprisoned in a cave under the clock tower in the town of Storybrooke

After Henry falls into a coma from ingesting a poisoned apple turnover, Emma resorts to finding the true love potion in dragon Maleficent's body. and defeats the best.

After Cruella and Ursula enter town, Cruella sacrifices blood from both Snow White and Prince Charming to Maleficent's ashes to complete the spell that proceeds to morphs her ashes into her undead form, then her dragon form before restoring her to human. 

Maleficent confronts Cruella as to why she lied to her about her daughter Lily and tell her that she was dead. Cruella simply tells her that she's a terrible person and left her in the woods to die, claiming she isn't "mother material". She tells her that Ursula and herself took her dragon egg to absorb the magic and keep themselves youthful. Furious at her, Maleficent tells Cruella her death will last for days and turns into a dragon. However, Cruella uses her powers to put Maleficent under her control as she can control animals 

Printed Media

Maleficent's Revenge

After unexpectedly coming back to life on Aurora and Phillip's first wedding anniversary, Maleficent, as revenge for her last defeat, kidnaps Aurora and takes her to Forbidden Mountain, but Phillip, with the help to the three good fairies, follow her to get her back, which results in another battle against Maleficent's dragon form, after she catches them inside her lair. Since Phillip no longer has the Sword of Truth with him, he manages to defeat the dragon again by tricking her in to biting her own tail with her venomous fangs, and killing her once more.

Disney Parks


The dragon's most famous role outside the film is the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic!. The Queen summons Maleficent in order to destroy Mickey Mouse. She turns into a fire breathing lizard. He appears and finishes her off with the sword in the stone. She is then destroyed along with the other villains.

There have been two dragons used in the Disneyland version. The original version was a mechanical puppet on a JLG cherry picker. The new dragon debuted on September 1, 2009 after a rough period. The new dragon is the largest Audio-Animatronic ever built, standing at over 45 feet tall.

Each dragon has/had a codename:

  • The old Disneyland dragon is conflictingly named either "Bucky" or "Dymo"; it is unknown which name was the actual one
  • The current Audio-Animatronic Dragon is officially codenamed "Snaps McGee", but among many Disneyland alumni, it is known as "Murphy", named after Murphy's law following multiple delays over the Summer of 2009
  • The Disney World dragon is the only old-style dragon still used, and is codenamed "Vivian"
  • There is currently no data on the codename of the Tokyo dragon, though it is known it is a copy of "Snaps McGee/Murphy"

Video Game Appearances

Maleficent (Dragon) KH

Kingdom Hearts series

Main article: Maleficent#Kingdom Hearts series

Maleficent transforms into her dragon form several times throughout the Kingdom Hearts series, usually for a boss fight. In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, she is defeated similarly to the original film as Prince Phillip fights her with a Sword of Truth, though Aqua helps him too.

Epic Mickey series

In Epic Mickey, the dragon's image is seen on the flag in the Dark Beauty Castle. It also appears in the Sleeping Beauty projector screen.

In Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Mizrabel takes on the form of the dragon for the final boss fight.


The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Dragon Maleficent.


  • Throughout the entire duration of her transformation and fight, Maleficent only spoke once, where she proceeded to laugh at Prince Phillip due to confidence that her victory was at hand shortly before her demise.
  • Sleeping Beauty's sound effects designer Jim Macdonald used castanets for the sound of Maleficent's jaws snapping as the dragon. He got the sound of her fiery breath by asking the U.S. Army to send him some training films on using flame throwers. The biting sound of the dragon was also heard when she bangs the ground with her staff to silence the goons as well used for the biting sound of Tick-Tock the Crocodile.
  • The Sea Dragon in the Little Mermaid episode "Heroes" was based in design on Maleficent's dragon form. This also technically makes that appearance the only one where her dragon form acted as a protagonist instead of an antagonist in an animated form.
  • The dragon makes a cameo appearance in a Timon and Pumbaa episode.
  • The dragon's scream as she was stabbed in a heart by Prince Phillip's sword is the same as the Witch's scream from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • When Madam Mim turns into a dragon during her Wizard's Duel with Merlin in The Sword in the Stone (a rule she apparantly made and broke), the music heard during Maleficent's dragon transformation starts playing in the background.
  • In the VHS version of the film due to it using pan-and-scan instead of widescreen, the dragon's body isn't completely shown. Her tail is never seen until the point in which she falls over the cliff, and is ironically the last visible part of her before she is destroyed.
  • Despite sporting a pair of wings, it's unknown if she is capable of flight. She does fall over a cliff, though her inability to fly here could be attributed to having suffered a mortal injury from Prince Phillip. However, she is seen flying in the Sleeping Beauty projector screen from Epic Mickey and during the boss fight in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
  • There is a robot with the shape of the dragon in the "Phineas and Ferb" episode "A Hard Knight's Night".
  • The dragon's defeat was the most gory of the Disney Villains' defeats during Walt Disney's lifetime; when stabbed in the heart by Prince Phillip, blood was clearly visible.
  • Gloomtail in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has a similar coloring scheme to this one.


Films: Sleeping Beauty | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Maleficent | Descendants
| Maleficent 2
Television: House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep | Disney INFINITY | Maleficent Free Fall | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition
Books: Little Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Classic Storybook | My Side of the Story: Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent | The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty | Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent | Big Golden Book | Sleepy Time with Aurora
Music: The Legacy Collection: Sleeping Beauty | Maleficent (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Disney Parks: Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant | Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty: Princess Aurora | Prince Phillip | Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Diablo | King Stefan | Queen Leah | King Hubert | Forest Animals | Samson | Maleficent's Goons | Minstrel
Enchanted Tales: The Duke
Maleficent: Forest Army | King Henry | King Henry's Army | Fairies

Objects: Spinning Wheel | Shield of Virtue | Sword of Truth | Maleficent's Staff

Locations: King Stefan's Castle | Forbidden Mountain | Aurora's Cottage | Forest | Moors | England

Songs: Hail to the Princess Aurora | The Gifts of Beauty and Song | I Wonder | Once Upon a Dream | Skumps | Sleeping Beauty

Kingdom Hearts series
Games: Kingdom Hearts + Final Mix | Chain of Memories | Re:Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II + Final Mix | 358/2 Days | Birth by Sleep + Final Mix | coded | Re:coded | Dream Drop Distance | HD I.5 ReMIX | χ [chi] | HD II.5 ReMIX | Unchained χ | Kingdom Hearts III

Incorporated Films and shorts: Alice in Wonderland | Aladdin/The Return of Jafar | Beauty and the Beast | Big Hero 6 | Cinderella | Fantasia | Hercules | The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Lilo & Stitch | The Lion King | The Little Mermaid | Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers | Mulan | The Nightmare Before Christmas | Peter Pan | Pinocchio | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Sleeping Beauty | Steamboat Willie | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Tangled | Tarzan | Tron/Tron: Legacy | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Main Characters: Sora | Riku | Kairi | King Mickey | Donald Duck | Goofy | Roxas | Terra | Ventus | Aqua

Villains: Master Xehanort | Ansem | Xemnas | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Pete | Organization XIII | Vanitas | Xigbar/Braig | Xaldin | Vexen | Lexaeus | Zexion | Saïx/Isa | Demyx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Terra-Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Xehanort's Guardian

Other Characters: Jiminy Cricket | Naminé | Ansem the Wise/DiZ | Yen Sid | Xion | Axel/Lea | Master Eraqus | Dilan | Even | Aeleus | Ienzo | Lingering Will | Data Sora | Data Riku | Data Naminé | Data Roxas | Hayner | Pence | Olette | Riku-Ansem | Kairi's Grandma | Riku Replica | Anti-Saïx | Anti-Sora | Anti-Riku | Sora-Heartless | Jiminy's Journal

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Plot Elements: Universe of Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts | Heart | Keyblade War | Dark Seeker Saga | More

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Objects: Sea-salt ice cream | Wayfinder | Door to Darkness | Keyblade | X-blade | Mickey's Letters | Thalassa Shell | Kingdom Hearts Encoder | Keychain | Gummi Blocks | Bug Blox | Black coat| | Keyblade Armor

Locations: Land of Departure | Disney Castle | Disney Town | Timeless River | Datascape | Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion | Keyblade Graveyard | Destiny Islands | Traverse Town | Dive to the Heart | End of the World | Realm of Darkness | Castle Oblivion | Twilight Town | The World That Never Was | Castle That Never Was | Halloween Town | Neverland | Wonderland | Rapunzel's Tower | San Frantokyo

Organizations/Groups: Organization XIII | Princesses of Heart | Disney Villains Council

Music: Dearly Beloved | Simple and Clean | Sanctuary | Mickey Mouse Club March | Swim This Way | Part of Your World | Under the Sea | Ursula's Revenge | A New Day is Dawning | Destati | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | He's a Pirate | Beauty and the Beast | This is Halloween | It's a Small World | Night on Bald Mountain | Winnie the Pooh | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Pastoral Symphony

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Shows: Once Upon a Time (Episode List) | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Books: Shadow of the Queen | Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale | Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic

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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Characters: Alice | Cyrus | Jafar | Percy/The White Rabbit | Jabberwocky | Silvermist | The Sultan/The Old Prisoner | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | Mrs. Rabbit | Elisabeth/Lizard | Amara

Characters of both series: Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hearts | Anastasia/The Red Queen | Anastasia's Mother | Anastasia's Sister | Cinderella/Ashley Boyd | Robin Hood | Little John | Friar Tuck | Grumpy/Leroy | Cora/The Queen of Hearts | Caterpillar | Maleficent

Locations: Storybrooke | Maine | The Jolly Roger | Enchanted Forest | Dark Palace | Dark Castle/Rumplestiltskin's Castle | Prince Thomas' Castle | Cinderella's Chateau | Neverland | Skull Rock | Wonderland | New York | Boston, Massachusetts | Land of Oz | Emerald City | Arendelle | Agrabah | The Sultan's Palace | Sherwood Forest | Hamelin | The Mushroom

Objects: Dreamshade | Dark One's Dagger | Enchanted Candle | Pandora's Box | Vorpal Sword | The Slippers | Cruella's car | Maleficent's Staff | Jafar's Snake Staff | Sorcerer Hat | Magic Lamp | Magic Wand | Spinning Wheel

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Media: Descendants | Soundtrack | Descendants: Wicked World | Descendants: Isle of the Lost Rush | Descendants: Isle of the Lost | Disney Descendants Yearbook | Disney Descendants: Secrets of Auradon Prep: Insider's Handbook | Descendants: Mal's Spell Book | Descendants: Junior Novel | Descendants: Mal's Diary | School of Secrets

Heroes: Ben | Audrey | Lonnie | Jane | Chad Charming | Doug | Belle | Beast | Fairy Godmother | Snow White | Queen Leah | Anxelin
Villains: Mal | Jay | Evie | Carlos De Vil | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Jafar | The Evil Queen | Cruella De Vil

Objects: Magic Wand | Spinning Wheel | Magic Mirror

Songs: Rotten to the Core | Evil Like Me | Did I Mention | If Only | Be Our Guest | Set It Off | Believe | Night Is Young | Good Is the New Bad | I’m Your Girl

Locations: Isle of the Lost | Dragon Hall | Auradon Prep | Auradon | Neverland

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