The following is an episode list for the Disney Channel Series, American Dragon: Jake Long, created by Jeff Goode. It premiered January 21, 2005 and the series finale aired on September 1, 2007.
American Dragon: Jake Long tells the story of 13-year-old Jake Long (Dante Basco) who must balance ordinary adolescent transformation with the amazing power and ability to change into the form of a dragon who has to overcome obstacles to protect the magical creatures living in the city. Jake navigates the city with fellow skateboarders Trixie (Miss Kittie) and Spud (Charlie Finn) with help from his maternal grandfather (Keone Young), his Grandpa's gruff sidekick, a magical Shar-Pei named Fu Dog (John DiMaggio) and the love of his life Rose (Mae Whitman).
A total of 52 original episodes aired overall.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||21||January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21)||January 29, 2006 (2006-01-29)|
|2||31||June 10, 2006 (2006-06-10)||September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01)|
Season 1 (2005–06)
Note: In this season, Jake Long is 13.
Season 2 (2006–07)
Note: All main, recurring, and supporting characters have vastly different appearances compared to the first season, as a new hand-drawn animation team and style was brought in order to give the show a sleeker look. The Animation had been provided by Wang Film Productions (14 episodes), Starburst Animation(10 episodes), and Jade Animation(8 episodes). In this season, Jake Long is 14.
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Voiced by:Dante BascoAt thirteen (later fourteen) years old, Jake appears to be just your average skateboarding, comic book-loving teen. Unbeknownst to many, though, Jake is actually a fire-breathing dragon whose job is to protect a secret world consisting of leprechauns, mermaids, unicorns and other magical creatures.
- Achilles' Heel: According to Fu Dog (and Jake himself), Haley is this. Also, as a dragon, he has a weak point located behind the left ear.
- Act of True Love: In "Homecoming", he wishes Rose was never taken by the Huntsclan, sacrificing his chance to have a relationship with her to not only save her life but give her the normal life she wants.
- Adorkable: Definitely can have his moments, such as when he tries to do girl talk with Trixie or when he gets particularly lovesick in regards to Rose.
- Affectionate Nickname:
- His dad calls him "Jakers" and several other embarrassing nicknames.
- Trixie calls him "Jakie".
- Amazon Chaser: Jake excitedly comments he likes a buff woman, after he, Trixie, and Spud accidentally walk in on Rose doing an intense workout.
- Anime Hair: Justified and Lampshaded as a liberal use of gel.
- Anti-Hero: Mainly he acts like as a Knight in Sour Armor. His tendency to use lethal force against some magical creatures might boost him up to a Pragmatic Hero, however he only does this when the magical creature in question is exceedingly dangerous or tough enough to handle blows.
- Art Evolution: A pretty jarring case; in season 1 his dragon form is pretty big (resembling a Western dragon), but in season 2 his form is much more wiry. The second form is arguably the better design-wise, since it's closer to the depiction of an Eastern dragon and is true to both Jake's true build and personality.
- Battle Couple: With Rose. While they more often fight each other, there are still moments when they fight as a team, such as against the Aztec Guardian Serpent in the opening of "Breakout" or against the Chimera in "Dreamscape".
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally, he's pretty laid back, but if you threaten the Magical World and make him think that his girlfriend has betrayed him, you just might end up being thrown into a steel elevator door.
- Big Brother Instinct: Does genuinely care for Haley, though it doesn't show up often. Nonetheless, threaten her and you will be in for a world of hurt.
- Big Eater: Shown to be this in "Furious Jealousy". Jake really likes his junk food.
- Breath Weapon: Fire, like most other dragons in the series.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-Caucasian, half-Chinese.
- Catch-Phrase: "Dragon up!" and "Aww man!"
- The Chosen One: He's the first American Dragon. The theme song even calls him this word-for-word.
- Crazy-Prepared: Sometimes. Trixie couldn't tell if she was more disturbed from finding out he owns a leprechaun costume or that he brought it on the ski trip in which he didn't expect to have try and draw out Huntsgirl (he didn't know her identity yet).
- Dragon Ancestry: Jake is a dragon on his mother's side, and his grandfather and little sisters are dragons as well.
- Driving Test: In one episode, a magical creature turns Jake into an adult and he decides to take a driving test. His driving is so lousy the tester only passes him because he threatens to request the same tester for all next times he takes another driving test.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Not usually, but sometimes he doesn't get the respect he deserves, especially from Haley. At least until she tries his job for a while and realizes how hard it is...
- Et Tu, Brute?: Gets this in "Homecoming", when Fu Dog tells him that Rose has stolen the Aztec Skulls for the Huntsman.
- Fire-Breathing Diner:
- During Season 1, a random human sees Jake's fire breath and thinks Jake ate spicy food.
- One episode of Season 2 features Jake eating fries so spicy he needs his fire-breathing to cool down.
- Generation Xerox: He's a lot how Lao Shi was when he was younger.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Technically, as his mother is from a line of dragons (though not one herself) while his father is an average human. This doesn't seem to have any effect on his powers or the plot, though.
- Heartbroken Badass: "Half Baked". Played for Laughs, of course.
- A Hero to His Hometown: He is the local Dragon of North America and is regarded as such by the Magical Community there. Though, not always as much as he would like.
- The Hero: The main character and his job is to maintain balance between the human and magical worlds.
- Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Inverted, Jake's Dragon Ancestry is from his mother, while his father is a mundane human. (Although his mother is technically "human" as well, because the power of transformation skipped her generation.)
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Enjoys being a dragon, but wants to enjoy all the aspects of growing up. Comes to a point in "Being Human" where he purposely gets himself in trouble to have his dragon chi confiscated so he can enjoy graduating middle school in peace.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: "Family Business" implies that he has this, due to having a Child Prodigy for a little sister. Being the American Dragon is, in his own words, the one thing he's good at. So, when Haley begins her dragon training and starts outshining Jake, well...
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Obviously, considering that he can transform into a dragon.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A non-romantic reason for the breakup. Before Rose can fully sacrifice herself, Jake wishes that she was never taken by the Huntsclan. The result is her living a different life and their relationship being undone until she sees a picture of them from a dance and regains her other memories.
- James Bondage: He gets captured a lot. In one episode, he gets captured three times.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jake is cocky, caring, slightly rebellious, vain, loyal, lazy (occasionally), resourceful, and brave.
- Jive Turkey: This raised some controversy with his excessive use of street slang. Executive producer Eddie Guzelian admits that the bravado of Jake's character was shaped by Dante Basco's ad-libbing and their own writing, which was supposed to parody the "wannabe MTV gangsta" crowd. Naturally, it was toned down in season 2.
- Kid Hero: Jake is 13 (14 in season 2) and is The Hero.
- Love at First Sight: When he first meets Rose.
- Maybe Ever After: With Rose, thanks to the show being canceled while the two of them are living in different countries.
- Meaningful Name: The Chinese word for dragon is "long".
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A lot of conflicts resulted from him not taking his job seriously.
- One Head Taller: Inverted. Rose is a little taller than him.
- Power at a Price: In one episode, Jake drank a potion that temporarily gave him shapeshifting powers. Until it wore off, he couldn't use any of his other powers.
- Red Is Heroic: Jake's signature outfit includes a red jacket, and his scales are red in his dragon form.
- Secret Identity: Downplayed, his identity of the American Dragon is only secret to the Huntsman. Most of humanity are kept in the dark about magical creatures and he has no problem transforming in front of antagonistic magical creatures.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Fighting magical monsters he can handle. Talking to pretty blonde girls, not so much.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Once again, with Rose.
- Teens Are Short: Quoth Nigel:
Nigel: You don't reach my knees on the b-ball court, why's a kid named "Long" got to be so short?
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Tiny Guy to Rose's Huge Girl. Justified as they are middle-schoolers and girls are usually taller than boys at that age.
- Unmanly Secret: In Professor Rotwoods Thesis, its revealed through Haley that Jake doesnt like having people in his room unsupervised because hes afraid that theyll find out about his teddy bear collection and the fact that he still sleeps with a nightlight since he was 2.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Deconstructed: He has serious trouble at balancing his schoolwork, his social life and his duties. The episode "Being Human" implies that he's really stressed due to this (Haley can't even start to guess how he does it).
- An episode did show him attempt to balance this via chi dopplegangers, but he did so via shortcuts (a chi amplifying dust.) After he grabbed the wrong one and made a bad chi clone, he reabsorbed them and managed to prioritize what he needed to along with getting his friends to help. However, it is still a great deal of stress and when taking everything to account, he does an admirable job as a hero and magical defender, doing better than what could be realistically expected out of someone in his position.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Says this word-for-word in "Bring it On".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The top part of his hair is green. Justified by the incredible amount of hair gel he uses.
Voiced by:Keone Young
- Broken Ace: A very powerful dragon and the only one to defeat the Dark Dragon singlehandedly. However, his carefree life style and attitude was gone and he ended becoming a serious old man.
- Does Not Like Shoes: There's a few scenes (especially Season 2) where he's shown to not even wear his sandals.
- Foreshadowing: He tells Jake not to flirt with a mortal enemy (Huntsgirl/Rose), going on to say "Trust grandpa, he's been there". Skip ahead later in the season and we learn he was talking about Chang.
- For Your Own Good: Although it was never revealed to Jake or any other of the characters, this was the reason why he asked Rose to break up with Jake.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Jake's grandfather is so small several people during the Halloween Episode mistook him for a kid dressed like an old Chinese wise man. Then again, it was shown in flashback he wasn't much taller than that during his prime, so he might have some kind of dwarfism. Susan should be glad the dragon powers weren't all that skipped her.
- Not So Above It All / Not So Different: He was just like Jake in his youth. In fact, he retained the attitude (but was cockier) as a young adult until he defeated the Dark Dragon the first time.
- This is probably why he's hard on Jake; he doesn't want his grandson to repeat his mistakes.
- Old Master: He is an old and wise dragon master who trains Jake.
- Overprotective Dad: He had an enchanted compass to spy on Jake's parents when they were dating.
Susan: Daddy! How could you?
Lao Shi: My darling, I may possess all the magic and strength of a great dragon warrior, but I am also a single dad.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: "Hero of the Hourglass" shows that he is not above prejudice against humans, seeing as he didn't approve of Susan dating Jonathan because, you guessed it, he's human. Granted, he does come around after he sees Jonathan standing up to the Huntsclan. Though it's also suggested he just doesn't like Jonathan specifically and/or didn't think he was good enough for Susan rather than just because he was a mortal. He's shown to respect other mortals like Jake's friends well enough in the present, yet still doesn't really care for Jonathan much.
- Wax On, Wax Off: Some of his training techniques involve chores, like cleaning toilets with one's dragon tongue (deflects huntsclan nets) and weeping the floor with one's dragon tail (tail-whipping to trip enemies). But the laundry cleaning was just because "Grandpa needed his laundry done".
Voiced by:John DiMaggioA 600-year-old talking Shar-Pei, Lao-Shi's only companion and Jake's Animal Guardian. In the 1970s, Fu was a womanizer and a petty thief, but after meeting Lao-Shi, he turned his life around. He's messy and loud and he gambles and harasses women. However, deep down, he has a good heart and is a good, trustworthy friend to Jake.
- Big Eater: "Two words: I'M HUNGRY!"
- A Day in the Limelight: He got three of them; "Fu Dog Takes a Walk", "Fu and Tell", and "Nobody's Fu".
- The Gambling Addict: He'll frequently make bets or have a bet he's made in the past come back at the worst possible time. Not even near-death has helped curb it.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Strong enough to send Yan-Yan flying across the classroom.
- HeelFace Turn: He was a petty thief in the 1970s until he befriended Lao.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: We've seen him producing a lot of things from his wrinkles, ranging from lesser things like cell phones and shoes to anvils.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fu's a chronic gambler, womanizer, and full of obnoxious puns and one-liners. That said, he's a devoted member of the team and always there to provide Jake with some emotional support and advice.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He's about as much of one as a G-rated Disney cartoon will allow. He squeezes a giantess' hump, gets excited when it comes to zipping up a woman's dress, asks a sprite to shake her things his way ( her wings), has stated that he falls in love at least six times a day and is shown dating two dogs at once.
- Mentor Mascot: He's responsible for helping train Jake and will often take the reins when Lao-Shi isn't around. He also has to pretend to be Lao-Shi's pet.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Notably the consistent non-human on the heroes' side given all the dragons can switch back and forth, Trixie and Spud and later Rose are normal humans and most magical creatures are just walk-ins for any given episode.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Rarely lets anything get him down or stop him from making a joke. He's also prone to cheering up Jake when the poor kid's down.
- Pungeon Master: Loves puns.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's 600 years old.
- Shipper on Deck: He is usually the one who supports Jake/Rose the most.
- Talking Animal: Has fully human speech capabilities.
Arthur P. "Spud" Spudinski
Voiced by: Charlie FinnOne of Jake's two best friends. Despite being a bit of a ditz, he's quite reliable. Season 2 shows off he is actually very intelligent, but because of how he was raised, he doesn't like to show it.
- Aborted Declaration of Love: In "Homecoming", he tried to confess to Trixie. However, Trixie cut him off and the two decide that they're just better off as being "friends and nothing more."
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: In season 2, Spud's crush in on head cheerleader, Stacey.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: "Supernatural Tuesday" even gives us a peak into his mind.
Spud: No matter where you go, if you try to hide, the moon will always find you.
- A Day in the Limelight: "A Befuddled Mind" and "Shaggy Frog". Also, both he and Trixie share the spotlight in "Keeping Shop".
- Evil Laugh: Has a "talent" for lampshading these. He has one as well. It needs work.
- Hidden Depths: It's been hinted several times that Spud actually has a magical background (namely that his great-grandfather may have been a wizard), but is just unaware of it.
- Not to mention the reveal he is actually something of a genius.
- I Just Want to Be Special: "Shaggy Frog" shows him being somewhat jealous of Jake for being a magical hero.
- Muggle Best Friend: He and Trixie are Jake's closest friends.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He and Trixie have this moment in "Professor Rotwood's Thesis", when they discover that Jake is the dragon they just sold to Rotwood for a cash reward.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: We never find out what the "P" stands for.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While strange, he's not actually dumb.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone calls him Spud. The only one who calls him Arthur is his mother.
- Secret Keeper: Becomes this after learning of Jake being a dragon "Professor Rotwood's Thesis", when Jake refuses to have his memory wiped.
- Ship Tease: With Trixie. To both's happiness, they don't get romantically together.
- Stalker with a Crush: Toward Stacy. While he doesn't actually stalk her, he has invented a device made to track her anywhere on the planet.
- Superpowers For A Day: In "Shaggy Frog", a frog biting him gives him frog-like superpowers. He's cured by the end of the episode.
- Unwilling Suspension: Happens to him in "A Befuddled Mind".
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In "Half-Baked", it's revealed that he is terrified of clowns due to an incident involving a Clowny McHonk-Honk parade balloon when he was 5.
Spud: Me, 12 trombonists, and the Cable Access weather lady haven't been the same since.
Voiced by: Kali "Kittie" TroyOne of Jake's best friends. She sometimes acts as the voice of reason. Shows signs of becoming a doctor.
- Military Brat: Her dad's a fighter pilot in the Air Force.
- Muggle Best Friend: She and Spud are Jake's closest friends.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She and Spud have this moment in "Professor Rotwood's Thesis", when they discover that Jake is the dragon they just sold to Rotwood for a cash reward.
- Raised by Grandparents: Sort of—both of Trixie's parents are still alive, but with her dad being overseas in the military and her mom being relatively busy with working as an airline pilot, Trixie's grandmother appears to be her primary caregiver when neither of her parents are around.
- Secret Keeper: She keeps Jake's magical background and duties a secret.
- She's Got Legs: An episode has Trixie becomes a cheerleader. When her two male friends see her in a revealing miniskirt for the first time this is their reaction. One of them goes on to talk about her legs for a while afterward, questioning why she never showed off her legs before.
- Ship Tease: With Spud. To both's happiness, they don't get romantically together.
Voiced by:Mae WhitmanA hot, popular girl at school, Rose catches the attention of Jake immediately. However, there is more to this girl than meets the eye. She is actually a highly skilled hunter, trained by the Huntsclan to fight and slay dragons. Jake's girlfriend.
- Action Girl: Girl has serious skills. If the scene where she curbstomps the Huntsclan members who confront her on the Huntsman's orders in "Homecoming" and her alone giving the Dark Dragon a run for his money in "Hong Kong Longs" are any indication, she may even be a borderline One-Man Army.
- Act of True Love: Proves once and for all how much she loves Jake when she sacrifices herself to make sure he and his family are forever safe from the Huntsclan at the end of "Homecoming".
- Anti-Hero: Committing an act of genocide to save the Magical World and her family cements her as this. She's probably a Pragmatic Hero.
- Anti-Villain: Played with throughout the series. In season one, she's generally portrayed as a straight villain in her Huntsgirl persona, with it being through knowing her as Rose that makes Jake think there's good in her. It's not until season two, after her HeelFace Turn, that the show gives her the tragic backstory of being kidnapped at birth to retroactively make her fit this trope. In addition, there are individual episodes in season two where she plays the role of a sympathetic antagonist: "The Love Cruise", where she tries to kill Jake because Jake shooting her with one of Cupid's love arrows has made her not herself and "Homecoming", where she betrays Jake because she's being blackmailed, only to be revealed to be Good All Along at the end.
- The Apprentice: She is literally at the "Apprentice Level" in the Huntsclan. She's skilled, but Jake is just as skilled, preventing her from ever rising in Huntsclan status.
- Badass Bookworm: Shows signs of being this, as she's seen reading when Jake opens a second portal to her location with the Krylock venom potion in "Half Baked" and when Jake and Haley see her walking across the street in "Switcheroo".
Haley: She's pretty. Graceful. Reads books. I'd say she's way out of your league.
- Badass Normal: Pretty much the entire Huntsclan, really, but when a fourteen-year-old girl built like a drinking straw is fighting huge firebreathing dragons to a standstill know you don't want to get on her bad side.
- Battle Couple: With Jake. While they more often fight each other, there are still moments when they fight as a team, such as against the Aztec Guardian Serpent in the opening of "Breakout" or against the Chimera in "Dreamscape".
- Big Damn Heroes: Gets a couple moments, such as when she stuns the Huntsman from behind just as he's about to slay Jake in "Breakout" or when she accepts the Dark Dragon's challenge of a fighter who can take him in "Hong Kong Longs".
- Birthmark of Destiny: The Mark of the Huntsclan.
- Braids of Action: Usually wears her hair in a braid when she leaps into action.
- Child Soldiers: She's only 13-14, and her whole life has been about learning how to fight, hunt, and kill magical creatures.
Rose: I've been dreaming about slaying a dragon since birth.
- Combat Pragmatist: She's not afraid to fight dirty, going for her enemy's back more than once. Case in point, she's first introduced kicking Jake from behind while he's smack-talking the Huntsman.
- Covert Pervert: "Shapeshifter" paints her this way, in her lust for pop star Jaren MacArthur. When she fights Jake while he's assumed the pop star's image with his shapeshifting powers, she goes so far as to slap his ass.
- Custom Uniform: Her season one Huntsclan uniform. In contrast, season two averts this, giving her a standard apprentice uniform.