You could make a Barbie doll fly and breathe fire and I would be scared to face it. Does that mean that barbie dolls are a conglomeration of our most primal fears? Of course not. it means im scared to get burned alive. and im pretty frail too tbh.You yourself may not perceive a dragon to be scary, but if they really did exist, as big and ferocious as a T-Rex that could fly and breath fire, and you actually had to face one all by yourself with a long pointed stick and an oversized knife I think that you might be a little scared.
when I look at scary stories it’s like.. the monster destroys its creator. Or it’s still alive and you can hear it lurking at night. A scary story isnt “and then I went off to the mountains and I hunted it down and I got a ton of gold! more than i can spend in a lifetime. and now women think im sexy AF too. My life is better than i ever could have imagined!!” nothing about that story is scary to anybody man. it makes you want to BE the hero, it makes you jealous of him and his glory. That’s not scary. Dragon stories are not scary.
More modern example that film candy man scary as hell. I don’t want to be any of those characters!! Keep me the hell away from that place. THATS scary