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"You said, 'Hey sparkling teeth, I totally love three of your claws but not the others, and I wish your nose was a herring so I could eat it, and also your wings sound like sharks snoring."
—Riptide translating Tsunami's oblivious Aquatic in The Lost Heir.

Riptide is a male SeaWing. He was introduced in The Lost Heir as a member of the Talons of Peace and a lookout for the SeaWings. Queen Coral seemed to hate him for being the son of Webs, and she thought of his family as traitors and cowards since Webs ran away in the middle of the battle and later came back to the Kingdom to steal Tsunami's egg for the prophecy. Queen Coral sometimes calls him 'creature', as seen in The Lost Heir. It is apparent that he is Tsunami's current love interest. He also taught her some Aquatic, and in Winter Turning, he asked Winter if they had brought a message for him from Tsunami. He is currently the leader of the Talons of Peace, or whatever the movement has become, according to Webs in Moon Rising and Winter Turning. It is shown that Tsunami has a crush on Riptide; however, she still does not like that he lied to her about being a Talon of Peace. Despite this, it is a highly probable theory that the blue dragonet in Moon's vision of the peaceful future was Riptide's and Tsunami's dragonet.  


Riptide has sky blue scales, dark blue horns, a pale underbelly, an old bite mark on his tail, claw mark scars across his underbelly, slash marks across his snout, [1] and dark blue eyes.



Riptide hatched a couple of years before Webs fled in the middle of a battle. Webs later came back and stole Tsunami's egg from Queen Coral's Royal Hatchery so that he could fulfill the prophecy. Because of this, Webs became his tribe's most notorious traitor. Queen Coral hated Webs for fleeing what he had done, and she strongly distrusted Riptide, saying that betrayal ran in their family. She assigned Riptide the lowest of duties, guarding the border SeaWing territory, as far away from the palaces as possible. Riptide had been interested in knowing more about his father ever since. Because of this, he joined the Talons of Peace to find out about his father, though they told him nothing about Webs except that he was safe. He secretly passed on SeaWing information to the Talons for years.

The Lost Heir

Riptide discovered the dragonets of destiny in SeaWing territory and brought them to the Summer Palace, after being questioned by the queen's brother, Shark. Queen Coral finally met her long-lost daughter, Tsunami, and revealed to her that Webs was his father; because of this, Riptide could not be trusted. Tsunami, however, felt it was unfair to punish Riptide for what his father had done.

Riptide followed Tsunami from a distance afterward and helped her repeatedly at sea. He wanted to protect the dragonets of destiny, and is shown to seem to be very fond of Tsunami. After Tsunami's first lesson of Aquatic with Whirlpool, who taught her nothing, she went to Riptide. Riptide taught Tsunami some basic Aquatic, and they became friends. Later, when Tsunami takes on the role of protecting Queen Coral's last female egg, Riptide shows her the way to the Summer palace. When Tsunami returned to the Summer Palace and went to see her friends, Riptide left before he could be noticed away from his guard post. After he left, Glory accused Tsunami of liking Riptide, and Tsunami immediately denied it.

The following day, Webs had been found at the Summer Palace and Coral decided to later execute him for his crimes. Soon after, Riptide was found sneaking around outside the palace as well. Coral accused Riptide of working with his father and threw them both in prison, despite Tsunami's protests. Coral was convinced that Webs was the assassin that had been killing off her heirs for years, and she wanted her last egg, which was being guarded by Tsunami, to be put back into the royal hatchery. However, Tsunami knew that Webs was not the assassin and the egg was still in danger. She made a deal that if she caught the assassin, she had to let Riptide go. Coral, thinking that she already had the assassin, agreed.

That night, Tsunami stayed in the hatchery with the egg. The assassin turned out to be a statue of Orca, placed inside the hatchery. The statue remained there after her death, killing all of Coral's daughters. Tsunami defeated it and saved Queen Coral's last daughter. The statue was later destroyed by Coral.

Coral agreed to release Riptide, but said he could not stay with the SeaWings. The dragonets had decided to leave the Kingdom of the Sea, and Tsunami suggested he could come with them. Blister, however, who was at the palace at the time, didn't want the dragonets to leave. To keep them all from leaving, Blister tricked Queen Coral into putting the dragonets in her prison. Anemone, Tsunami's younger sister, slipped away from her mother and freed the dragonets. The dragonets then released Riptide and Webs from their cage, and prepared to leave. Riptide then revealed to Tsunami that he had joined the Talons of Peace in order to learn more about his father, though they told him nothing. Tsunami was mad at Riptide for lying to her, but at the same moment, the SeaWing palace was attacked by the SkyWings and the MudWings, who had followed Webs to the Summer Palace. The dragonets and Webs escaped, but Riptide stayed to fight against Burn's alliance. Tsunami wasn't sure she had forgiven Riptide for lying to her, but she did hope to see him again.

The Brightest Night

Riptide was seen when Sunny, Tsunami, and Ochre go to the Talons of Peace's camp. There, he explained a few of the significant members of the Talons of Peace, such as Flame's mother, Avalanche. He is is also present at Burn's stronghold near the end of the book, and helps to hold Clay down while Peril burns the venom from the dragonbite viper out of Clay's leg.

Moon Rising

Riptide is mentioned by Webs in the Jade and Gold Winglets' history class as 'the leader of whatever the Talons of Peace are becoming'.

Winter Turning

Riptide was seen in the book when Qibli, Winter, Kinkajou, and Moonwatcher were looking for somebody in the Talons of Peace who could point them to a spot in the Sky Kingdom, as he was the leader of the Talons of Peace ever since Nautilus stepped down. Moonwatcher sees the mysterious place where Icicle was dreamvisited by Scarlet and sketches it. He gets Avalanche and Pyrite, two Talons, to help them to look for it. He then asks if Tsunami had a message for him.

Escaping Peril

Nautilus mentions that Tsunami joined Riptide and his group to search for Scarlet.


Riptide is displayed as being a kind-hearted individual with a sense of humor. He wants to avoid getting his father's reputation-that is, that of a traitor. Riptide greatly cares for Tsunami, and it is inferred that he has a crush on her. In Winter Turning, his eyes lit up at the mention of Jade Mountain Academy as Tsunami was there and immediately questioned how she was.

Family Tree



"I certainly did not! You said you liked me, and that you'd followed me all the way out here to tell me that." - To Tsunami when they first met

"That's not usually how I introduce myself." - To Tsunami when apologizing for not telling her that Webs was his father.

"'Squid-brain'. My new favourite insult, thanks to you." - To Tsunami when he was teaching her Aquatic

"You said, "Hey, sparkling teeth, I totally love three of your claws but not the others, and I wish your nose was a herring so I could eat it, and also your wings sound like sharks snoring." - Riptide repeating what Tsunami accidentally said in Aquatic

"That's Anemone. Your sister."

"Squid! Didn't you hear my orders?"

"Seriously? Never thought I'd see an IceWing and a NightWing traveling together." - To Winter about Moonwatcher traveling with him in Winter Turning


  • A riptide is a dangerous current that can sweep you out to sea.
  • This is ironic due to the fact that Riptide never posed as much of a threat to the Kingdom of the Sea, despite Queen Coral's grudge.
  • In the vision Darkstalker showed Moon, there is a blue dragonet. It is possible that it is Tsunami and Riptide's dragonet.
  • Riptide has a crush on Tsunami.
  • His mother was killed in battle after Coral changed her occupation from cook to soldier.
  • He is a good actor, as shown in The Lost Heir.
  • Riptide's favorite insult became squid brain after Tsunami used it in The Lost Heir. In turn, he taught Tsunami how to say squid brain in Aquatic.



  1. The Lost Heir, page 40

Queens  Present: Queen Coral

 Historical: Queen LagoonQueen Pearl

Jade Mountain  TsunamiTurtleAnemonePikeBarracudaSnail
Other Dragons  Present: AbaloneFlounderHerringHerring's BrotherKelpLagoonNautilusPearlPiranhaRiptideSnapperSquidTempestTortoiseUrchinWebsWhirlpool

 Historical: DropletIndigoLionfishWharf

Hybrids  Typhoon
Kingdom  Bay of a Thousand ScalesDeep Palace of the SeaIsland PalaceSummer PalaceThe SeaWing Royal Hatchery
Society  AquaticSeaWing CouncilSeaWing Royal FamilyTalons of Power CeremonyThe Royal SeaWing Massacre

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