Being brave isn't about not being afraid. It's about doing what you have to do, even when you are. [src]
  — Winger  

Winger is a male Swiftwing who is one of the main protagonists in Dragons: Rescue Riders.


Early Life

When Winger was young, his mother brought home two small human twins, a boy and a girl. She adopted these humans into their family and raised Winger and the twin humans together.

Integrating into a Human Town

This rescue went so well we didn't even have to do any rescuing! [src]
  — Winger  

Winger and his group of dragons and the human twins Dak and Leyla come across a Viking man about to drown from a shipwreck in the episode, "The Nest". They rescue him and the man turns out to be the Chief of Huttsgalor, named Duggard. He invites them back to his village, where the dragon group helps the villagers clean up after a fierce storm. Some villagers, such as Magnus Finke, dislike the dragons' presence, and tried to get them evicted by accusing Burple of eating the town's prize sheep, Haggis. Feeling unaccepted, the dragon group leaves town. However, Magnus' Auto Lumberjack Machine goes haywire and the group returns to save the town from damage. The villagers are thankful. The blacksmith Hannahr finds Haggis and uncovers Magnus' deception. As thanks, Duggard offers an old lighthouse as a permanent residence. The group accepts. Duggard also calls them the 'Rescue Riders', a name which Winger and the others like and adopt.

In "Deep Trouble", Winger and Dak ace 'Fast Blast Drills' purely by luck and following his gut. Afterwards, he and the other Rescue Riders listen to Elbone as he relates his plans to go into the Maze Caves to map them. The next day Elbone has not returned, so Winger, Dak, and Cutter rush into the caves after him. All three get lost. Much later that day, he and the others are saved in the nick of time by Leyla, Summer, and Burple, just before the caves flood.

Winger learns about a holiday on Huttsgalor called Hoogenboo in the episode, "Boo to You". Marena tells the story of the Phantom Fang, but no one believes her, though she insists it is real, all except Burple. Later, an invisible force starts wreaking havoc in the village. Leyla determines that the 'ghost' is actually a Slinkwing dragon. Winger and the other riders fight it off, but are only successful after Burple has the idea to mark the camouflaging dragon.

Winger, along with the other Rescue Riders, help out Huttsgalor by moving sheep from pasture to pasture. Unfortunately, fires keep developing near the sheep flock, and Duggard asks the Riders to put out the fires. Magnus accuses Cutter of starting them, so the Riders investigate the cause of the fires. Ultimately, they find the culprit - a Fire Fury named Aggro - who was trying to use fire to protect the sheep from wolves. The Rescue Riders clear Cutter's name and ask Aggro to join the team.

Winger and Dak's competitive streaks get the best of them in "Heavy Metal", not only in racing with the other dragons, but also when helping out the village. Many of the iron-based implements in Huttsgalor begin to fall apart, and Hannahr the blacksmith needs more Belzium to make strong iron. Duggard asks the Rescue Riders to find more, but Magnus wants to find it first. Winger feels challenged to a race to find the Belzium first against Magnus and his fellow Riders. The lack of cooperation leads Winger, Dak, Leyla, Summer, and Magnus to be trapped in a cave of Belzium. Only teamwork gets them out of the cave, and then teamwork with all the Riders to divert a run-away Belzium boulder from crushing houses and villagers.

Winger and the other Rescue Riders inadvertently make new member Aggro feel left out and not part of the team in "Iced Out". After they leave her behind to watch a fire while they go fishing, Aggro leaves to help Elbone on a dragon egg rescue mission on her own. When the Riders realize that she went to Huttsgalor's icy region and that she might be in danger, Winger and the other Riders fly out to find her. With the help of a new dragon friend, Aggro and Elbone are able to signal to the Riders before falling over a high icy waterfall. When everyone is safe and sound back at the Roost, The Twins and Winger apologize to Aggro for making her feel left out, and explains that the other Riders have been together for a long time and it is a little hard changing to accommodate a new member.

Winger - along with Burple, Cutter, and Aggro - come down with the Dreaded Dragon Flu in "Sick Day". He becomes wheezy, unsteady on his feet, prone to chills, and looses control of his power blasts. Dak is left to take care of the sick dragons and fails at it, but Winger reminds him that he needs to do it his way, not Leyla's way. After this advice, Dak does an admirable job. Leyla returns with a cure for them all - Help Kelp.

Winger and his fellow Rescue Riders reluctantly saved Magnus in "Bad Egg". He created a false egg to hide inside and infiltrate the Roost, so that he could steal Leyla's Dragon Diary. Cutter caught Magnus sneaking around and sealed him inside with Slinkwing slime and rolled him out into the cold night. A mother Silver-tailed Ironclaw took the 'egg' away to her nest to raise. After finding out what had transpired Winger and the others fly off to find the egg and try to get it away from an angry Mama Ironclaw. Eventually, they convince the angry dragon to calm down when Dak and Winger show her Magnus and she realizes he smells like the egg.

While the Rescue Riders were gathering supplies in the woods for training, they find three orphaned eggs in "Home Alone". Not finding a nest they may have come from, they took the eggs back to the Roost to care for. Shortly after getting the eggs settled in, Chief Duggard arrived, asking for Winger, Leyla, Dak, and Summer to fly him to various cave sites around the island to find one suitable for grain storage for the village. The four riders reluctantly leave the eggs in the care of Cutter, Burple, and Aggro. They visited many caves, and Duggard seemed to have an excuse for every one why it wasn't suitable. Summer felt there was something else going on, and deliberately led the group to a cave they had already visited. Duggard claimed this one was unsuitable, for a different reason than he previously cited. The Riders confront him on his motives, and he admits, while the village does need a new storage cave, he really enjoyed riding on a dragon. They promise Duggard he could fly again soon. Winger, Leyla, Dak, and Summer return to the Roost and find everything in order.

Winger - along with Aggro, Burple, and Dak - secretly followed Elbone into Thornbane Valley to protect him while he collects plants, in "Slobber Power". Elbone eventually stumbled upon a dangerous patch of Tangle Vine, and gets grabbed by the vines before the Riders can stop him. Winger and the others tried to free him, but got caught themselves. Being on the small side, Aggro was barely able to squeeze out and get help from the remaining Riders. Ultimately Winger, Dak, Elbone and the trapped dragons were freed by Sizzle the Slobber Smelter's acidic drool.

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Physical Appearance

Winger is a blue dragon with ear-like appendages on his head and darker blue spines on the lower portion of his tail. He has a cream colored underbelly and wings, and a long tail with horizontally oriented fins on the end. He also has slightly darker blue striping on the top side of his wings, lower legs, and lower tail. The tips of his head appendages are darker shaded as well. Winger has bright, canary yellow eyes.


I don't like backing down or giving up, especially when I know I'm right. [src]
  — Winger  

Winger is a kind, bold, and compassionate young dragon, very close to his friends and adoptive siblings, and especially to his adoptive brother Dak. He is also more responsible than the others (apart from Leyla and Summer) and has displayed the qualities of a good leader, calling on his fellow Rescue Riders to action when there's trouble and can be quite wise, as he once said that being brave isn't being fearless but doing what needs to be done even if one is afraid.

He still has a young and immature side, evident by his daredevil flying and often challenging others to a race (even though he always wins), but he tends to be somewhat more careful than his adoptive brother Dak. He also exhibits competitiveness as he does not like to back down or give up, but will when it is appropriate.

Abilities, Talents, and Skills

Speed: As a Swiftwing, Winger is the fastest flier of all the Rescue Riders and potentially most species of dragons.

Firepower: Winger can launch up to three Power Blasts of energy before he needs to recharge, and lately he achieved his strongest ability, the Mega Blast, which is far more powerful and somthing achieved only by adult Swiftwings.



Main article: Dak and Winger's Relationship

Dak is Winger's adoptive brother, rider, and his best friend. They're almost always together and enjoy going on daring flights and performing breathtaking aerial tricks and stunts. They get along perfectly and tend to be on the same page in any situation though Winger is somewhat more careful and more responsible than Dak.


Leyla is Winger's adoptive sister, and they are close in their own way. Winger respects and admires Leyla's knowledge of dragons and counts on her making plans when he and Dak aren't being reckless.


Summer is Winger's friend and fellow Rescue Rider. She is something of a sisterly figure to him in a relationship very similar to the one shared between Dak and Leyla.


Burple is Winger's friend and teammate. He looks out for Burple and does his best to encourage him whenever Burple is feeling down.


Aggro is Winger's friend and newest teammate. They started off on the wrong foot due to a misunderstanding but once it was cleared up, he and the rest of the Rescue Riders welcomed her to join them though it took a little bit before they managed to work well together as Aggro was new to the team.


Cutter is Winger's friend and teammate, and he tends to help keep Cutter's antics from becoming a problem. Still, they work well together and are good friends.


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