Dragonflies are recurring creatures in the Spyro series. A number of dragonflies appear throughout the Spyro the Dragon series, including Spyro's sidekick, Sparx. In the Classic series, they all talk in a kazoo-like voice.
Throughout the Original series, Spyro is accompanied by a small yellow dragonfly named Sparx, who acts as Spyro's living health meter. Most dragonfly attributes that are known are from Sparx.
Spyro the Dragon series
The role of Dragonflies as a species is expanded upon in Enter the Dragonfly, and are crucial part of the Dragon society. Whenever a Dragon is born, they will receive a Dragonfly to protect them. There are 90 dragonflies who appear throughout Enter the Dragonfly, all of which are scattered around the Dragon Realms by Ripto in an effort to weaken the Dragons. They are shown to be very shy creatures who will fly away when Spyro approaches them, only giving up the chase when they are captured with Bubble Breath.
Sparx appeared as a health bar once again. It appeared that not only do dragonflies (referring to Sparx) have the normal kazoo voice, but they can also talk. It also revealed that dragonflies are the only ones who can use certain items, such as lock picks. Players can also buy upgrades for Sparx from Moneybags such as holding 3 lock-picks at one time and being able to withstand an extra hit (red after green).
The Legend of Spyro series
In The Legend of Spyro trilogy, Dragonflies are much more intelligent; they speak fluently without any evidence of any kazoo and they are more human-like. They aren't chosen as a protection product for Dragons. They have a pair of hands compared to the original series. If we reference to Sparx, we can see that dragonflies, in the Legend series, do not change colour once hit, and Sparx also doesn't collect gems or have any special abilities.
Dragonflies live very much in family social clans for extended periods, usually near water, and are widespread in the world. These clans are usually fiercely independent and proud of their heritage, but often work together forming beneficial alliances to ensure survival in more harsher climates. The Dragonflies have a warrior caste to protect them from predators, but it is largely 'unexplored wilderness' where their society structure is concerned, so there aren't any hard and fast particulars set down.
The Apes also capture Dragonflies to use them as lanterns when navigating through the Swamp, as evident when the Ape Leader who attacked Spyro trapped Sparx inside a small cage resembling a lantern. Spyro soon rescued him from being used as a lantern and from being separated.
According to the plot sypnosis of the cancelled film, the peaceful dragonflies played a role in keeping Spyro's egg safe when it was being hunted. As the dragonflies were very hard to find, Ignitus gave Spyro's egg to them to keep it safe, and they raised Spyro as one of their own. However, their village was attacked one day and Spyro was found in the process. After Spyro drove off the attackers away with his newfound abilities, the dragonflies told Spyro that he wasn't a dragonfly, but a dragon who carries the role of being part of a great prophecy that will bring peace to all the land.
In Skylanders, Sparx is the only dragonfly who is revealed so far, but is a magic item helping out the Skylanders. He attacks enemies by blasting fireballs, and when the enemy is defeated, they turn into butterflies for the Skylander to eat to regain their health.
- In Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, every dragonfly earned through a task or challenge is blue.