Anthropomorphism assigns human attributes to non-human things, including inanimate objects. Animation commonly features animals wearing human clothing or talking as humans do, which is a classic form of anthropomorphism. Some spirits and deities in mythology also have human attributes, including language, appearance, and behavior. The literary equivalent of anthropomorphism is personification.
Anthropomorphic dragons, like other anthropomorphic animals, possess physical and behavioral qualities similar to humans.
Anthropomorphic dragons combine human elements and the aspects of a dragon type, usually Western Dragon or Drake. An anthropomorphic dragon is bipedal with shortened forearms, which makes walking on all fours difficult or impossible.
Draconic digits can range from humanlike digits with nails to talons. Artwork often depicts anthropomorphic dragons with raised heels, for they walk on the balls of their feet instead of heel-to-toe like humans. Sometimes the thighs are shortened, although many anthropomorphic dragons have alternatively modified proportions to compensate for the raised heel.