Riptide is an adult male SeaWing who was introduced in The Lost Heir. He formerly served as a border guard in the Kingdom of the Sea and is currently the leader of the Talons of Peace. He is in a long-distance relationship with Tsunami.
Riptide has dark blue horns and sky-blue scales that are several shades paler than Tsunami's. He has a pale underbelly and dark blue eyes that are nearly black. He is larger than Clay and very well-built, with sharp, hooked claws and a massive tail. He has several scars, including an old bite mark on his tail, claw scars along his underbelly, and slashes across his snout. According to Tsunami, he is quite handsome, with a friendly-looking face. He is larger than Squid, who is one of the false dragonets of destiny.
Riptide is kind-hearted, charismatic, and humorous. He dislikes his reputation as a lowly traitor because of his father, Webs's crimes, yet he still respects the royal family's authority and does not often argue with them. He is intelligent and observant, noticing that Tsunami looked sad instead of guilty during a misunderstanding in The Lost Heir and concluded that she probably was not lying to him. Riptide is protective and loyal towards those he loves, although simultaneously respectful of their independence. He doesn't necessarily want to be a cunning or manipulative dragon, but is a rather good liar, and will use this skill when he feels it is necessary. He is often willing to offer his help and gave Tsunami sufficient Aquatic lessons. Riptide demonstrated being light-hearted, calm, and open-minded on numerous occasions, such as when he accepted the dragonets of destiny as allies after Tsunami explained that they were not trying to harm the SeaWings. Riptide seems to prefer to hear the hard truth rather than an easy lie, demonstrated when he asked for Tsunami's true opinion on his father. He is also courageous, as he fought against an enemy SkyWing group to help his tribe, despite being imprisoned by Queen Coral only hours earlier. He is fairly empathetic and doesn't seem to hold grudges very easily.
|When Riptide was two years old, Webs fled in the middle of a battle and later returned in secret to the Deep Palace to steal Tsunami's egg from the Royal Hatchery for the Dragonet Prophecy. Webs quickly became infamous for his treachery throughout the SeaWing tribe and consequently created an unfortunate situation for his son Riptide, who was also unfairly believed to be a traitor at heart because of his father's crimes. Queen Coral in particular hated the young SeaWing, and assigned him to the lowest of duties: guarding the border of SeaWing territory, as far away from the palaces and SeaWing civilization as possible. Despite the bad rumors, Riptide always wanted to know his father and eventually joined the Talons of Peace in hopes of seeing Webs again. The Talons would only ever tell Riptide that his father was safe, even though Riptide passed them important information about the SeaWings for years, likely ending when the war did.|
The Dragonet Prophecy
|The Lost Heir|
|Riptide first appeared on patrol duty in the Kingdom of the Sea. After he briefly spoke with Nautilus in Aquatic, Tsunami revealed herself to Riptide and he fled, but accidentally smacked into the side of a passing whale. After she pinned him down, Riptide flashed his scales at Tsunami, saying something in Aquatic, and Tsunami responded by flashing some of her scales. Then, Riptide lunged at her and Tsunami, thinking that Riptide was trying to attack her, swam to the surface after slashing her claws across his snout. It was then revealed that when Tsunami flashed her scales to show Riptide she was also a SeaWing, she had unknowingly flashed that she liked him in Aquatic, saying: "Hey, sparkling teeth, I totally love three of your claws but not the others, and I wish your snout was a herring so I could eat it, and also your wings sound like sharks snoring." After learning about her inability to speak and understand Aquatic, he became suspicious, but noticed Tsunami's sad expression and assumed that she wasn't lying about being a real SeaWing. Clay flew over, but Riptide, attempting to protect Tsunami from Clay, threw Tsunami down into the water, which Clay thought was hostile. After seeing Clay, he attacked him (as MudWings and SeaWings were enemies during the war), getting into a fight with Clay, but Tsunami angrily separated them and explained that they were the dragonets of destiny; Riptide ceased his attack after her intervention. Clay realized that Riptide wasn't trying to hurt Tsunami as he protested, confused.
After blindfolding Clay and Sunny, Riptide reluctantly agreed to take Tsunami and her friends to the Summer Palace as Tsunami pointed out what her mother's reaction would be if he didn't bring her back. They were confronted by the advance guard, although Tsunami eventually convinced Shark to let them through. After they entered the tunnel that led to the palace, Riptide removed Clay and Sunny's blindfolds and led them forward with glowing scales. After their arrival, Riptide told Tsunami a summary of the palace's architecture and history and took the dragonets of destiny to the top pavilion, where they could wait for Queen Coral to return from the Deep Palace. After Queen Coral and Anemone arrived, Riptide went back to guard duty under the queen's annoyed orders.
As Tsunami and several other SeaWings swam to an island near the Summer Palace to investigate a dead SkyWing (who was later revealed to be Kestrel), Tsunami saw Riptide following her from a distance, and they waved to one another.
Later, as Tsunami was resting outside the Summer Palace in a cave near the sea, Riptide approached her. Riptide expressed that he'd like Tsunami to tell him about Webs, and although Tsunami listed several good things about her former guardian, Riptide asked to hear about his father's flaws as well, insisting that it'd be okay. Riptide also taught Tsunami a small portion of Aquatic, including the phrases 'squid-brain' and 'I will protect,' as well as how to indicate different types of danger. After Tsunami realized her friends may be in danger from Shark and his guards, she quickly left for the Summer Palace.
The following day, Webs had been found at the Summer Palace and Coral decided she wanted to 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. With the help of Blister, 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 was convinced 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. Queen Coral, thinking that she already had the assassins, agreed.Later, Blister tricked Queen Coral into putting the dragonets in her prison, where Riptide and Webs were as well. 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 then prepared to leave. Riptide then revealed to Tsunami that he had joined the Talons of Peace 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 went 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 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.|
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|Riptide is mentioned by Webs in the Jade and Gold Winglets' history class as "the leader of whatever the Talons of Peace are becoming."|
|Riptide appeared 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 has a sketch of the mountain she saw when Icicle was dreamvisited by Scarlet to show to any SkyWings that may help them find Hailstorm. He gets Avalanche and Pyrite, two Talons, to help them to look for it. He then asks if Tsunami had a message for him, and is happy to find out that she thinks about him a lot from Moon, but he doesn't want to contact her until she contacts him first.|
|Riptide was mentioned when Peril and Turtle are found by the Talons of Peace, as Turtle asks where Tsunami is. Nautilus says she went with Riptide and his group.|
|Darkness of Dragons|
|In the epilogue, Kinkajou briefly mentioned that Riptide had said Winter was "skulking around the forest somewhere."|
The Lost Continent Prophecy
|The Dangerous Gift|
|Riptide is first seen when the Pantalan dragons arrive at Sanctuary. Tsunami and him awkwardly try to hug each other. He told Tsunami that he was glad to see her and that he'd been hoping to show her all of the changes they'd made to Sanctuary, but he trailed off when he noticed the new arrivals with shock. He later stated that they can stay there for a few nights while they figure it all out. He later leaves with Tsunami to choose the messengers to call each of the queens to Sanctuary for a meeting. Riptide is later shown backing Tsunami up when Sundew claimed that they have all been hiding their magic from the Pantalan dragons — he confirmed that animus magic was very rare and only a few dragons possessed the power. He announced that the queens were arriving, and he was later seen in the council.|
Queen Coral is harsh towards him due her dislike of his father, Webs. Despite this, Riptide still respects and obeys her orders.
Riptide and Tsunami have romantic feelings for each other. Tsunami first met him when she hid in the ocean and saw him talking to Nautilus. After a moment of Aquatic that Tsunami accidentally showed to Riptide, he reached for her, and they fought. Since then, Riptide understood that she is a dragonet of destiny and can be shown appearing many times after their first meeting. Initially, Tsunami wasn't sure what to think of him as she doesn't like being lied to, and Riptide often hid important secrets like his connection to the Talons of Peace from Tsunami; after some time, however, Tsunami decided that she liked him. Riptide taught Tsunami real Aquatic and sometimes followed her around, while Tsunami trusted him enough to save him from prison despite the risks. It was confirmed by Tui that the two are in a long-distance relationship. His whole face lit up when Tsunami was mentioned, and Moonwatcher said that Tsunami thinks of Riptide all the time, and wants to hear from him. His face is full of joy when he sees her. Riptide is supportive of Tsunami, and he is physically affectionate towards her.
Webs is Riptide's father. They are sort of distant, but Webs attempted to protect Riptide during The Lost Heir when he was captured by Coral saying "NO! He's never had any contact with me!" He joined the Talons of Peace in an effort to gain more information on Webs.
- "I certainly did not! […] I thought you — that's the normal — […] You said you liked me!"
- ― to Tsunami (The Lost Heir, page 34)
- "You were the only one doing any attacking, […] I was being friendly after what you said."
- ― to Tsunami (The Lost Heir, page 34)
- "I said, 'What are you doing out here?' and you said — […] 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."
- ― to Tsunami (The Lost Heir, page 35)
- "A SeaWing who doesn't speak Aquatic? […] Not likely. What are you really? How did you make yourself look like a SeaWing?"
- ― to Tsunami (The Lost Heir, page 35)
- "You don't look guilty, […] You look sad. And I imagine that [your webs] would be hard to fake. […] So where did you come from, and what's wrong with you?"
- ― to Tsunami (The Lost Heir, page 37)
- "The MudWings are our enemies, […] If you don't know that, then you'd better leave the Bay of a Thousand Scales before Queen Coral's army finds you and does what they always do to traitors."
- ― to Tsunami (The Lost Heir, page 39)
- "I suppose, […] So you were all raised in a cave? […] With no ocean? Never? You never went into the ocean?"
- ― to Tsunami (The Lost Heir, page 41)
- "Not really. He ran away during a battle when I was only two years old. But I've been hearing about his treachery my whole life […] I really can't believe he never took you to the ocean in all that time."
- ― about Webs (The Lost Heir, page 43)
- "It's all right. You can tell me the truth. I want to hear the bad stuff, too. It's good for me."
- ― to Tsunami, about Webs (The Lost Heir, page 129)
- "A squid-brain. My new favorite insult, thanks to you."
- ― to Tsunami (The Lost Heir, page 130)
- "I stayed close to make sure you and the other dragonets were safe. I'm sorry I couldn't tell you the truth. I didn't think you'd trust me if you knew."
- ― to Tsunami, after telling her the truth about being in the Talons of Peace (The Lost Heir, page 278)
- Tsunami likes Riptide's name and thinks it sounds fierce and scary, like hers.
Present: Abalone • Flounder • Herring • Kelp • Lagoon • Nautilus • Pearl • Piranha • Riptide • Snail • Snapper • Squid • Tempest • Tortoise • Urchin • Webs • Whirlpool