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Vermithrax Pejorative
Background information
Feature films Dragonslayer
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Scott Caple
Loring Doyle
Judy Elkins
Performance model Ken Speed
Charles Bailey
Designer David Bunnet
Honors and awards #4 in Top 10 Dragons from Movies and TV
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Powerful, devious, evil
Appearance Gigantic and fearsome light brown dragon with red eyes
Affiliations Baby dragons
Goal Kill Galen and destroy Urland
Enemies Galen, King Casiodorus, Valerian, Ulrich of Craggenmoor
Likes Destruction, killing her foes, eating virgins
Powers and abilities Fire, teeth, claws
Fate Her flesh was ripped from its bones and she fell from the sky dead

Vermithrax Pejorative is the villain of the Disney/Paramount film Dragonslayer.

Vermithrax is a 400 year old androgynous dragon that has threatened Urland for years. Translated from Latin, it's name means "The Wyrm of Thrace that makes things Worse".

She is also a mother of 4 Dragon Hatchlings, whom were slained by a certain Dragon Slayer, She was destroyed with a noble wizard by a destruction of a magic talisman.

Behind the Scenes

Development of Vermithrax took up twenty-five percent of the film's budget and was designed by David Bunnet. The creature was realized through multiple special effects forms with go-motion puppets for stop-motion animation and fullsized props such as the head, tail and claws for interaction with the cast.



Vermithrax appeared for the first time in Dragonslayer. Sat her cold eyes on a peaceful land known as Urland. Demanding virgin sacrifices twice a year, the dragon remained docile, only killing when its chosen at random victims were brought. Rumors soon began to grow that rich and powerful men were keeping their daughters out of the lottery, and soon help was sent to get the last wizard alive, Ulrich, to defeat the creature. After Ulrich was seemingly killed by Tyrian, it was up to his apprentice, Galen, to destroy the ravenous killer. 

Thinking he buried the monster under an entire mountain via magical powers, Galen was soon proven wrong. Enraged, Vermithrax attacked the village with relentless hate. Spewing flames and making several swipes, she almost burnt the entire community to the ground.


Vermithrax spitting fire at Galen

Once again the lottery was underway, and this time the princess, now knowing her father was keeping her from being sacrificed, purposely rigged it so that she would be. Despite the king’s eagerness for a do over, she was readied to be sacrificed, and Galen, now armed with a dragon slayer spear and shield made of its own scales, was ready to fight back!

After defeating Tyrian and killing the dragon’s three babies, Galen attacked Vermithrax, stabbing his magical blade into its neck. As the wyvern thrashed, the handle snapped, leaving Galen weaponless. Hiding behind his shield as it unleashed Hell, Galen somehow escaped, making Vermithrax go on another one of its frightening rampages.

Death would soon come to the fiend, however. Now realizing why Ulrich allowed himself to be killed, Galen revived his old master with the use of his ashes. As the dragon flew around, the sorcerer told Galen to destroy the amulet he was residing in when the time was right.

Standing on top a mountain and luring the dragon, the wizard used lightening to strike the creature, but still it refused to die. Spitting fountains of flames from its jaws, the dragon snatched the wizard in its talons and began to fly away. On the ground below, Galen smashed the amulet, making the wizard turn into a fiery blast that not even Vermithrax could withstand. Her flesh was ripped from its bones and she fell from the sky dead, leaving a freed country side breathing sighs of relief.


  • Vermithrax is Guillermo del Toro's favorite movie dragon alongside Dragon Maleficent.
  • Vermithrax is also G.R.R. Martin's favorite movie dragon.[1]
  • Vermithrax is one of the first Dragons to be a Wyvern like Dragon, along with Golden Man/Dragon from Beowulf, Lord Maliss Dragon Form, and The Great Animal from Swan Princess.


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