YMMV / American Dragon: Jake Long

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Is Jake a human who can turn into a dragon, or was he a dragon raised as a human?
  • Broken Base: Mainly concerning the permanent Art Evolution the series had. Even amongst those who like it there's debates about certain redesigns, like the Oracle twins.
  • Complete Monster: The Huntsman is the leader of the magical creature poaching organization known as the Hunstclan and ranked as the fourth greatest enemy of the magical community. Once a timid apprentice mocked for his scrawny appearance, a meeting with a time-traveling Jake Long landed him in a pit, where a monster mauled him near to death. Physically and mentally damaged, he shed his former self and became something even his tormenters feared. As years go on, he became the leader of the clan and would indoctrinate children in his academy to become his army to wipe out magical creatures and humans who defend them. Any student who failed to meet expectations would have to earn their place back by fighting a hungry kraken. When Rose was born with the Huntsclan birthmark that her family lacked, he had her kidnapped and tricked into thinking he was her uncle and her parents were members killed by dragons to make her his apprentice. When she learned the truth, he threatened to kill her birth family if she didn’t aid him in his latest quest, capturing all of the Crystal Skulls to use their power to wipe out all magical creatures. Motivated by greed at best and hate at worst, the Huntsman was a threat to human and magical creature alike.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Ear Worm:
    • "He's cool, he's hot like a frozen sun..."
    • Haley's theme.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Trixie is a bit too much for most people.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja and Danny Phantom.
  • Growing the Beard: The second season has been considered an improvement, thanks to a change in direction with Steve Loter. The art style is the controversial part, though many dislikers don't actually hate it. They just wish they had kept the original style or if the season 2 style had always been the art style.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Rose knowingly and willingly committed mass genocide by wishing for the destruction of the Huntsclan. Her voice actor, Mae Whitman also voiced Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender, at the same time, in fact. Katara's close friend Aang, the titular character, was the last of his kind due to the mass genocide of his people. This is made all the harsher when one takes into account that Aang was in love with Katara, though many prefer her with the Dante Basco character...
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Kelpie is rather scary.
  • The Scrappy: Huntsboys #88 and #89. Veered into Creator's Pet territory after the Huntsmen as a whole were killed off, but the two continued to appear anyway. Though they quit being Huntsmen at the last minute and weren't real Huntsmen in the first place.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In regards to the change in style for season two. Many liked the first seasons designs and felt season two's was way too abrupt and trying too hard to match their character's personalities. Some major examples include the Oracle Twins, the Huntsman, Counselor Chang, Eli Pandarus, the Dark Dragon, and especially the dragon forms of Jake, Lao Shi, and Haley.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Many still wonder the whereabouts of Rose's twin sister.
    • Fans have been curious about the remaining top 13 dangerous creatures/creatures of the magical world.
    • The Dark Dragon. We are given almost no backstory for him and learn almost nothing about him. It would've been interesting to see how he became so powerful, why he wants Jake on his side, and what his possible human form looks like. Come Season 2 he's treated like a Generic Doomsday Villain.
    • Fred Nerk would've been an interesting rival/ally for Jake, however he only made one appearance. This is especially lame since Word of God originally promised that we'd see more of him.
    • Other than the Huntsmaster, Rose, #88, and #89 we never really met any Huntsclan members formally.
    • Eli Pandarus could've been a good recurring antagonist, especially once he became more ruthless. Unfortunately he was only used a handful of times.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Chang's role as a double agent only lasted a few episodes before she abruptly led Lao Shi into a trap.
    • The Dark Dragon's role in the series. Nothing ever comes from his desire to conquer the magical world, convince Jake to become his apprentice, or much else really.
  • The Woobie:
    • Rose.
    • Jake has his moments.
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