I’ve watched the whole of Game of Thrones (I haven't read the books yet) and there was so little information about the three dragons.

Do they have names, gender? And how does Daenerys (the Khaleesi) distinguish them?

  • She has a name. What research did you do before asking this? – curiousdannii Oct 3 '14 at 9:56
  • @curiousdannii: watching the entire show, I imagine. For most of the first season, Jorah addresses her as Khaleesi. It’s not unreasonable to understand that as her name. (Of course, that didn’t stop me from editing the question to remove all mention of the title. I should probably put some back for Google.) – Paul D. Waite Oct 3 '14 at 9:58
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    And “how does she tell them apart?” is totally racist against dragons. – Paul D. Waite Oct 3 '14 at 10:01
  • The temptation for a LMGTFY is high, but this site is better than that, so I won't. Luckily Mikey Mouse provided the correct answer. – Firebat Oct 3 '14 at 10:02
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    Watching only the first season is not "I've watched the whole Game of Thrones ..." – Jakob Oct 3 '14 at 10:12

Their names are Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal. Named after her husband and her two brothers. Drogon is black, Viserion white, and Rhaegal green. They're all referred to as male in the books.

Edit: Now that I think about it, they are referred to as male in the books, but the story is told as a point of view, so it's entirely possible one or more of them is female. It's not like Lizards are easily identified. Especially when they've been extinct for more than a generation.

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  • Is there any reference of that on the show please ? – Ragnar1990 Oct 3 '14 at 9:56
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    I'm not 100% sure about the show. I'd have to rewatch, but I think she commands Drogon by name to "Drakaris", breathe fire in the show. – Mikey Mouse Oct 3 '14 at 9:57
  • Dragons can apparently change sex, perhaps even at will. I don't know what pronouns are used in the books or series for them. – curiousdannii Oct 3 '14 at 10:10
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    Master Aemon says that dragons have no sex... – Möoz Oct 3 '14 at 10:49
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    @Mooz I would not lightly go against Maester Aemon yet in a later escapade one of Quentyn Martell's followers notes that the dragons focus on the only woman present (presumably thinking it might be Daenerys). It's hard to imagine a sex-less species being able to make that distinction. Perhaps any dragon can potentially lay eggs and fertilise another's eggs. – TheMathemagician Oct 3 '14 at 11:31

Each of her dragons have their own names yes, each one named after someone she has lost. This is the passage in which she names them:

"It may be as you say, blood of my blood," Dany replied gravely, "but he shall have a new name for this new life. I would name them all for those the gods have taken. The green one shall be Rhaegal, for my valiant brother who died on the green banks of the Trident. The cream-and-gold I call Viserion. Viserys was cruel and weak and frightened, yet he was my brother still. His dragon will do what he could not."
"And the black beast?" asked Ser Jorah Mormont.
"The black," she said, "is Drogon."
A Clash of Kings, Daenerys I

The same passage also states the colours of each of the dragons and as you can see they are distinct enough to be told apart by that alone. However, the same passage also goes into more detail about Drogon:

"Aegon's dragons were named for the gods of Old Valyria," she told her bloodriders one morning after a long night's journey. "Visenya's dragon was Vhagar, Rhaenys had Meraxes, and Aegon rode Balerion, the Black Dread. It was said that Vhagar's breath was so hot that it could melt a knight's armor and cook the man inside, that Meraxes swallowed horses whole, and Balerion . . . his fire was as black as his scales, his wings so vast that whole towns were swallowed up in their shadow when he passed overhead."
The Dothraki looked at her hatchlings uneasily. The largest of her three was shiny black, his scales slashed with streaks of vivid scarlet to match his wings and horns. "Khaleesi," Aggo murmured, "there sits Balerion, come again."
A Clash of Kings, Daenerys I

The passage doesn't state who Drogon is named after but I think it is safe to assume it is after Khal Drogo her late husband.

The show also has the following depictions of each of the dragons:

  • Drogon: Drogon

  • Rhaegal: Rhaegal

  • Viserion (Bad quality but can't find a better one): Viserion

Note that as of Season 7 Episode 6, "Beyond the Wall", there's an even easier way to tell Viserion apart from the others:


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