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.
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.
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 example. 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.
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 as a young man until he defeated the Dark Dragon the first time.
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.
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.
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.
Identity Amnesia: After Jake uses his wish to save her, she doesn't have memories of Jake just as she left him after the Huntsclan is eradicated. She got better in the Grand Finale with her memories restored that is.
Killer Rabbit: That pretty girl in the picture there is capable of knocking out several mythical creatures with her Waif-Fu.
Acknowledged in-universe and by the rest of the Huntsclan: when he learns of her Heel-Face Turn, the Huntsman confronts her armed and backed by four other Huntsclan members who has already slayed a dragon (a big accomplishment, they have often remarked, and a sign of their strenght and skill). It takes Rose FIVE SECONDS to defeat the four Huntsclan members and hold the Huntsman at the point of his own energy lance.
Only One Name: She was never given a last name. Justified because of her being in the Huntsclan; her last name was originally supposed to be "Killdragonosa", but the writers chose to drop it because of this.
Parental Abandonment: Rose thinks that both of her parents are dead. Turns out The Huntsman kidnapped her at birth.
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.
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.
Jake's mother. She has no magical powers, for 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.
Missing Mom: Lao Shi's wife and Susan's mother was never mentioned.
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".
There's a Worf Had The Flu in the third. I mean, a pacifist dragon against humans? That's no sell for her. Also justified with the Dark Dragon and Chang (YMMV on the latter): 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.
Butt Monkey: He was shown to be this when he was a teenager. That was before his voice changed and he became the man he was in the series; the kind of man whose intensity and hatred made his tormentors cower in fear.
Evil Laugh: Has one every now and then. He's the only major villain with one who never gets it lampshaded by Spud.
The Faceless: He wears the skull of the first dragon he ever killed upon his head. His face is only shown after Jake slams him into an elevator door, shattering the helmet.
Properly Paranoid: he's either that or Crazy-Prepared, given he kept track of Rose's parents for fourteen years in the off-chance she rejected her Huntsclan upbringing and he needed to blackmail her into doing his bidding.
Super Strength: He possibly has this. He is shown punching through a brick wall, is barely fazed by being slammed head-first through an elevator door, and he then rips one of the pulleys from the shaft and slams it onto the ground in a fit of rage.
Villain Ball: Y'know Huntsman, if you had just executed Rose after she gave you the last Aztec Skull and defeated Jake, she never would have had the chance to shoot you from behind and wish for your death.
Then again, he was blackmailing her with her parents' safety and didn't imagine she'd sacrifice herself.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: