Characters: American Dragon Jake Long

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Jake Long
Voiced by: Dante Basco

At thirteen-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.
  • 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, though.
  • Affectionate Nickname: His dad calls him "Jakers" and several other embarrassing nicknames. Trixie calls him "Jakie".
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones / Let's Get Dangerous: 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
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half-Caucasion, half-Chinese.
  • Catch Phrase: "Dragon up!" and "Aww man!"
  • The Chosen One: He's the first American Dragon.
  • 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).
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang
  • 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...
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself
  • Generation Xerox: He's a lot how Lao Shi was when he was younger.
  • Half-Human Hybrid
  • 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
  • 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.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A non-romantic reason for the breakup. Before Rose can fully sacrifices 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.
  • Jive Turkey:
  • Kid Hero
  • Love at First Sight: When he first meets Rose.
  • Meaningful Name
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
  • Official Couple: With Rose.
  • 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 Scaled Hero
  • Secret Identity: The American Dragon.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Fighting magical monsters he can handle. Talking to pretty blonde girls, not so much.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Once again, with Rose.
  • 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.
  • 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" it's implied 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 after taking a shortcut to make one and one went bad, he reabsorbed them and managed to prioritize what he needed to along with getting his friends to help. Still, stress of it all is a big toll.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair

Lao-Shi (Grandpa)
Voiced by: Keone Young

  • Badass Grandpa
  • Breath Weapon
  • 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.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Does Not Like Shoes
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name
  • 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. Susan should be glad the dragon powers weren't all that skipped her.
  • Not So Above It All: He was just like Jake in his youth. In fact, he retained the attidue (but was cockier) as a young adult until he defeated the Dark Dragon the first time.
    • Probably why he's hard on Jake; he doesn't want his grandson to repeat his mistakes.
  • Old Master
  • Overprotective Dad: He had a special device to spy on Jake's parents when they were dating.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Some of his training techniques.

Fu Dog
Voiced by: John Dimaggio

A 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.

Arthur P. "Spud" Spudinski
Voiced by: Charlie Finn

One 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.

Trixie Carter
Voiced by: Miss Kittie

One of Jake's best friends. She sometimes acts as the voice of reason. Shows signs of becoming a doctor.

Voiced by: Mae Whitman

A 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.

Haley Long
Voiced by: Amy Bruckner

Jake's eight year old younger sister who is a perfectionist and never gets in trouble. She has just mastered her dragon form and has just started her training.

Jonathan Long
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

Jake's goofy, but loving father who has no idea that he has married into a magical family. As well as being goofy and embarrassing, he is also strict, however, he only is that way because he wants his children to remain safe. For if you hurt his children, beware.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent
  • Badass Normal
  • Berserk Button: Do not hurt his son. You will be entering a world of hurt if you do.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: when the Jersey's Devil attacked him, he mistook it for a bear and run. When the Jersey's Devil attacked Jake, he still mistook it for a bear and threw it down off a cliff with a Swiss Army Weapon fitted with bear spray.
    • He defeated the entire army of Shade Demons in the series finale by grabbing a cermonial vase with his fanny pack and refected moonlight of it. Jake even lampshades proudly.
  • Papa Wolf: See the Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass entry.
    • Also when Jake was defeated by some vampires (they were masquerading as important business associates), Jonathon got pissed and let the have it.
  • Secret Keeper: In "Hong Kong Longs", he finds out his families are dragons and magical creatures are real. He accepts it.
  • Supernatural Proof Father

Susan Long
Voiced by: Lauren Tom

Jake's mother. She has no magical powers, since they skipped her generation. She is reluctant to reveal her family's heritage to her husband (apparently out of the fear that he will abandon her), and to this end, lies to her husband about Jake's business, sometimes letting Jake take the fall.

Sun Park
Voiced by: Sandra Oh

The Korean Dragon, Haley's dragon master and Jake's Home Economics teacher.
  • First Name Basis: "Please, call me Sun. Miss Park is so formal."
  • Hippie Teacher: She doesn't like being called "Ms. Park", says words like "groovy" and believes that violence is for the weak and cowardly.
  • Mysterious Watcher: She seems to come off as this towards Jake in her first appearance, before she turns out to be Haley's mentor.
  • Sensei-chan
  • Technical Pacifist: This exchange during one of her fights:
    Chang: Sun Park, I thought you were all about peace and love.
    Sun: And what I really love is to give you a piece of this!
  • The Worf Effect: Appears to be a victim of this. She is easily defeated by Chang (twice), is blasted out of the air by The Dark Dragon in the series finale and even gets attacked by humans with soda cans in "Haley Gone Wild".
  • Worf Had the Flu: A pacifist dragon against humans means a lot of holding back. Also justified with the Dark Dragon and Chang; Chang is quite more experienced and violent than her, and the Dark Dragon in the Grand Finale is so powerful that when he blasted her he was also taking on and winning against dozens of dragons at once, including the only two who had actually managed to defeat him in the past.

The Huntsman (Huntsmaster)
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

The leader of the Huntsclan and the #4 threat to the Magical World, The Huntsman is a hateful man whose only desire is to kill every magical creature on the face of the Earth.

The Dark Dragon
Voiced by: Clancy Brown

The #1 threat to the Magical World and apparently the only dragon to ever go bad, The Dark Dragon hates all humans and wishes to overthrow the human race, not to mention to convert all of the world's dragons to his side.
  • Arch-Enemy: Often regarded as Jake's but is actually more of Lao-Shi's.
  • Back from the Dead
  • Badass: Was capable of handling several dragons post-resurrection, even Jake and Lao-Shi, the only ones who have defeated him.
  • Bigger Bad: The #1 threat to the Magical World has a speaking role in all of three episodes.
  • Breath Weapon
  • The Corrupter
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Before Lao Shi, nobody survived a fight with him. Then young Lao Shi defeated and apparently drowned him. Then in season 1 Jake (who had barely escaped him in their first encounter) masterminds his defeat and first death, and in the series finale, when he had been empowered to the point that dozens of dragons were no match for him, Rose put him down for good.
  • Evil Is Hammy
  • Evil Laugh: Spud won't shut up about how cliched his laugh is in "Hong Kong Longs".
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Trapped inside a temple for 1,000 years.
  • Fantastic Racist
  • Large Ham: "You have no idea of my DARK POWERS!"
  • Misanthrope Supreme
  • No Name Given
  • Palette Swap: In Season 1, his appearance is similar to that of Jake's Dragon form, with a similar jawline, body pattern, and hairstyle, only black and purple. Season 2 gives him a much more distinct appearance along with being black and blue.
  • Shock and Awe: He is shown shooting lightning from his fingers in "Hong Kong Longs".
  • Super Strength: He is a dragon after all
  • Taking You with Me: He tries to do this to Jake and Rose at the end of "Hong Kong Longs" as he's about to become trapped in the temple.
  • Tempting Fate: In the series finale, upon defeating all of the world's dragons, he asks if there is anyone who could challenge him. Rose heard him and was willing to accept the challenge.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Look up at his picture.
  • We Can Rule Together: His entire plan.

Councilor Chang
Voiced by: Lauren Tom

A member of the Dragon Council; a dragon from Asia. Chang is harsh and cold when it comes to Jake. Unsurprisingly, she turns out to be a mole for The Dark Dragon, secretly aiding him in his plot to recruit Jake and overthrow the human race.
Tropes Associated With Councilor Chang:
  • Art Shift: Got hit with this the most in season 2. She was originally a Miniature Senior Citizens about Jake's grandfather's height in her human form in the first season. The re-design suddenly cranked her to human height out of the blue.
  • Breath Weapon
  • Cardboard Prison: She was sent to one after she was exposed as The Mole.
  • The Dragon: To The Dark Dragon.
  • Large Ham: "TISK, TISK Mister Long."
  • Misanthrope Supreme
  • The Mole
  • Obviously Evil: Pretty much, the fact that in her first appearance, she's bias against Jake during the Dragon Competition is a given clue.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend
  • Puny Humans: Her opinion on humans. Ironically in both season finale final battles it was a combination of humans and mystical creatures working together that beat both her and the Dark Dragon.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Well, more like fall offstage, but it's obvious that her exit in "Hong Kong Longs" was meant to serve as both a defeat and to keep her for a third season (which never happened) where she possibly could have been the Big Bad.

Bananas B
Voiced by: Adam Wylie

The first ever "Hip Hop Helper Monkey", Bananas B takes over as Jake's Animal Guardian after Fu's license expires.

Professor Hans Rotwood
Voiced by: Paul Rugg

A teacher at Jake's school, Rotwood believes in the Magical World (although his facts about magical creatures are inaccurate). His beliefs got him discredited as a scientist, and he now works as the principal of Jake's school. He has a strong dislike of Jake, namely for Jake's bad attitude.
  • Butt Monkey: In "Ski Trip".
  • Enemy Mine: He and Jake make an alliance in "The Rotwood Files" to get Sigmund Brock fired. Later, they're forced to work together in "Magic Enemy #1".
  • Evil Teacher: Played straight and subverted. In many episodes, it seems that his only purpose is to make Jake miserable and he wants to expose the Magical World to humans, but it is shown that he is not a true threat and even has a true respect for the Magical World.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Sometimes, especially at the end of "The Rotwood Files".
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's normally a Butt Monkey. Then we get "The Rotwood Files"...
  • Secret Chaser
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: He prefers to be called "Professor".

Huntsboys #88 and #89
Voiced by: Kyle Massey and Nicholas Brendon

Two young Huntsclan students who are able to lie themselves up to apprentice level in the Huntsclan.

Eli Pandarus
Voiced by: Jonathan Freeman

The Wizard of Wall Street, Pandarus desires to become the most powerful wizard in the Magical World.

Fury, Euryale and Medusa (The Gorgon Sisters)
Voiced by: Hynden Walch

Three ancient sisters who, when together, can combine their powers to turn their enemies to stone. When separated, they can only hypnotize their enemies.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Their backstory notwithstanding, Fury was known as "Stheno" in the original myths (but then again, how many people can pronounce that?). Additionally, reflective surfaces could not deflect the Gorgons' Brown Note.
  • Smug Snakes: Figuratively and literally!
  • Taken for Granite
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Fury at the end of "Furious Jealousy". It really seems like the writers were trying to keep as many options open as possible when it came to villains in the third season (which never happened).
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Fury gets this reaction from Jake when her hair attacks him.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Lampshaded by Trixie when she pulls a Batman Gambit on the three of them to try and get them to turn each other to stone. She claims that Medusa should be leader because everyone knows who she is, while it's unlikely that anyone has ever heard of Fury or Euryale.

Sigmund Brock
Voiced by: Corey Burton

Rotwood's old professor who takes his job as principal of Jake's school after Rotwood gets fired. Needless to say, he's more of a threat than Rotwood.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: "Hola students! My name is Sigmund Brock and this school year is going to ROCK!" It all goes downhill from there for Jake.
  • Outgambitted: At the end of "The Rotwood Files" he's tricked into showing Jake and friends in a cage and trying to expose Spud as a dragon. All courtesy of Rotwood, who proceeds to take back his job and steal the last drop of the dragon-revealing liquid to make sure Jake is a dragon.
  • Sadist Teacher: After Jake tries to get him fired, Brock takes revenge by going over the intercom and tells the entire school that "Jake Long in Homeroom 217, Locker 8331" was behind it, effectively leaving Jake at the mercy of a very angry student body.

Yang (Evil) Jake
Voiced by: Dante Basco

An evil doppelganger that Jake accidentally makes of himself with a negative dragon chi amplifier. Yang Jake's goal is to absorb all of Jake's other doppelgangers so he can overpower and absorb Jake, becoming Jake Long himself.

Dr. Diente
Voiced by: John C. Mc Ginley

A dentist working for the Tooth Fairy that betrays her and steals her wand, planning on stealing Haley's loose dragon tooth so he can claim its power.

Yan-Yan (Miss Tinkles)
Voiced by: Tia Carrere

A Chinese Hairless cat and Fu Dog's ancient rival. For centuries, she and Fu Dog have been fighting over Fu's family coin. She is currently posing as Olivia Mears' pet.

Councilor Andam
Voiced by: Clarence Williams III

The Dragon of Africa and one of the members of the world's Dragon Council.

Councilor Kulde
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

The Dragon of Europe and one of the members of the world's Dragon Council.

Sara and Kara (The Oracle Twins)
Voiced by: Tara Strong

Twin sisters who are descendants of the Oracle of Delphi. Sara sees only bad visions, but is always cheery because, when all she sees is bad, just the slightest good thing can make her happy. Kara sees only good things, but is always depressed because all of the pleasant surprises are taken away.

Nigel Thrall
Voiced by: Adam Wylie

A young wizard hailing from the United Kingdom who is the newest transfer student to Jake's school; Nigel has come to New York to complete his training, taking advantage of the magical background of the city.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Harry Potter.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He was a rival to Jake in skateboarding and rapping, but after they stopped an ogre from reclaiming his mind-reading helmet, they ended up becoming friends with a healthy rivalry.

Fred Nerk
Voiced by: Adam Wylie

The Australian Dragon. According to Fu Dog, he was the "new kid" until Jake came along. He and Jake engage in a battle of pranks with one another in the episode "Dragon Summit".
  • Breath Weapon
  • James Bondage: At the end of the episode.
  • Jerk Ass: Let's see, he's the one who started everything in the episode by tripping Jake and getting him in trouble with the Dragon Council and then knocks a squirrel's nut away.

Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren

An intelligent mermaid who has a fear of water. Jake befriends her during the Grand Equinox Hunt.

Voiced by: Edie Mc Clurg

A dimwitted giantess that Jake befriends during the Grand Equinox Hunt.


An unlucky leprechaun that Jake befriends during the Grand Equinox Hunt.


A brownie that Jake befriends during the Grand Equinox Hunt. Do not set off his temper.

Principal/ Mermaid Detective Dolores Derceto
Voiced by: Susanne Blakeslee

The paraplegic first principal of Jake's school. In "Something Fishy This Way Comes", she starts dating Jake's grandfather. Oh, and she's a mermaid.

Voiced by: Tara Strong

A friend of Fu's who sometimes helps the Longs. She a half human spider woman.

Voiced by: Ron Masak

The current Grim Reaper and Fu Dog's old buddy. Just because he'll one day claim your soul doesn't mean he isn't a pretty cool dude.


A wealthy leprechaun that owns the Pot O' Gold Import-Export. In the episode "Fool's Gold", Jake starts to work for him.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: A rather mild, non-villainous version. He makes a sale to The Huntsman, telling an angry Jake that it's "just business". Of course, then he finds out what was inside the box that he sold The Huntsman.
  • Leprechaun
  • Little Green Man
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Yes, Brocomus. Enjoy your money while The Huntsman enjoys using that Aztec Skull that you inadvertently sold him.

    Magical Creatures 
Aztec Guardian Serpent

This large snake guards one of the missing Aztec Skulls and has an innate ability to get the skull back if it is taken.

The Jersey Devil

A magical creature that is terrorizing a village of sprites. While on a camping trip with his dad and friends, Jake has to defend the village from it.


A magical creature that escaped from its prison in Mermaid City so it could drain all of Jake's strength.


An evil sorcerer that is masquerading as a puppet-like star of a children's show called "Pooka-Pooka Fun Farm". All children that watch are hypnotized into becoming trouble makers. Jonathan Long knew there was something he didn't like about him.

The Krylock Demon

A magical creature that has the head of a snake and the body of a scorpion. It is very venomous, and if its venom is consumed, it will transform the eater into a Krylock Demon.
  • Eldritch Abomination: It's a terrifying, venomous creature with the head of a cobra and the body of a scorpion that lives in another dimension which is only accessible via a magical potion.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Its venom is what destroys it.
  • Monster of the Week
  • Viral Transformation: If one consumes a Krylock's venom, they become a Krylock themselves. Oh, and Haley reveals that dragons aren't immune to this.

The Avimitrius

An ancient magical creature that sucks the life out of its victims to stay young. In the episode "Young At Heart", Jake, Trixie and Spud are its unfortunate victims.

Brad Morton
Voiced by: Matt Nolan

A jock at Jake's school. He constantly torments Jake and also tries to woo Rose whenever he gets the chance.

Stacey Wintergrin
Voiced by: Tara Strong

A cheerleader at Jake's school who is one of the co-captains of the squad. Spud is helplessly obsessed with winning her heart and constantly tries to do so. He succeeds...kind of...
Tropes Associated With Stacey:
Danika Hunnicut
Voiced by: Jessica Di Cicco

A cute swim team captain at Jake's school. After Rose moves to Hong Kong, Jake decides that Danika is the one for him once he decides to get back into the dating game.
Tropes Associated With Danika:
Cousin Gregory (Greggy)
Voiced by: Will Friedle

Jake's annoying younger cousin who just mastered his dragon form.
Tropes Associated With Cousin Greggy:
Rose's Family

Rose's unnamed mother, father and twin that she was kidnapped from at birth.