Dragon (IDW)
The Dragon
Biographical information

Pantheon (their father)

Physical description

Dragon God



Out of universe information



IDW Publishing

First appearance

Inside Out, part 3

Created by

Kevin Eastman
Bobby Curnow
Tom Waltz

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The Dragon is a posthumous character in the IDW continuity. He was the divine father of all eight members of the Pantheon.


The Dragon first briefly appears in the Inside Out story in Leonardo's dreams, where he refers to himself as "the future that burns."

The Dragon is first mentioned by name in Pantheon Family Reunion, part 1, as a character who already died in the past. Kitsune reveals that her entire involvement with Oroku Saki has been to groom him as a vessel for the Dragon's resurrection. She hopes not only to reunite her quarreling family, but to annihilate humanity in the process. Kitsune's plan immediately faces resistance: Jagwar doubts any human can be their father's vessel, and Manmoth considers their father too powerful to be harnessed. Toad Baron also does not seem excited by the prospect, noting that their father hated parties and never let his children have fun. Kitsune's goal of using their father to destroy humans cannot be shared by Aka, who loves humanity and considers them the true children of the Pantheon. Aka loved her father and loves all her siblings, but she has already severely hindered Kitsune's plans to resurrect the Dragon when she intervened to help prevent her youngest sister from stealing Oroku Saki's deceased remains from Splinter's Foot Clan.

The Dragon makes a brief appearance when Karai meditates in Karai's Path, part 2, as a ghostly dragon who warns her about the sword she is seeking. Because Karai asks him for his help with sufficient respect, he shows her the way to it.