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Voiced by: Andrea Libman
  • Cool Big Sis: To Max.
  • Catchphrase: "Definitely."
  • Dragon Rider: She rides on her best friend Cassie.
  • Magic Skirt: Averted. One episode that calls for Emmy to do cartwheels has her wearing a T-shirt and jeans.
  • Not So Above It All: Since Emmy is usually portrayed as the responsible sibling who, in Max's words, can "do anything", it's intentionally portrayed as rather jarring during the rare occasions when Emmy acts irresponsibly (such as the time she broke Wheezie's trumpet and then lied about it) or demonstrates weakness (when jerks tease Emmy's team during a basketball game, Emmy's the one who takes it the hardest, and thus she's the one who learns the episode's aesop about not letting teasing bother you).
  • Never My Fault: Emmy absolutely refusing to take blame on her arrogance and always tries to make herself look like the victim.
  • Pride: Emmy's biggest flaw, but given the non-hostile nature of this show, it really only comes up a few times, such as Emmy being unable to cope with losing a game, or wanting Max to do things her way which summons a literal "Copy Cat".
  • Red Is Heroic: She wears a red shirt.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Tails, You Lose" Emmy loses a game of Freeze Dance and gets so angry that she wishes herself home. She takes a few moments to herself, but while it calms her down, it also makes her realize she's lonely. She rejoins her brother and her friends and learns to take losing better.
  • Spirited Competitor: In "Tails, You Lose," she initially didn't want to play Freeze Dance unless she could win. After she lost the first round, she went home in temper. He returned to her brother and friends after a few minutes, though.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Her usual hairstyle, and she never unties it once.

Voiced by: Danny McKinnon
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: From time to time, he can be.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "One Big Wish", he is upset at being smaller than Emmy and the dragon friends and unable to do certain things. He makes a wish on a wishing well to grow bigger, but doesn't specify a limit. This is what eventually results. He ends up even taller than the parents of the dragon friends, which is quite something, as those characters are so tall they're normally shown on-screen from about the middle of the belly down because they just wouldn't fit in a normal frame.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Sometimes Max can be a bit of a pest, which is realistic given his age.
  • Cheerful Child: For the most part, he is a cheerful boy.
  • Cute Giant: He becomes this in "One Big Wish" when his wish to be bigger causes him to keep growing and growing.
  • Dragon Rider: He rides on his best friend Ord.
  • Height Angst: Not only does he have this in "One Big Wish" (See Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever above), but he also expresses his distaste for being short in "A Tall Tale". However, he does eventually learn that there are advantages to being short when he helps Eunice the Unicorn find her missing glasses.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He punches Emmy in "No Hitter", but learns that it's wrong to hit people in general.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice is slightly deeper in the third season due to his voice actor reaching puberty.

Voiced by: Aida Ortega
  • Dragon Rider: He gets Zak & Wheezie, much to their delight, because as a general rule they usually had nobody to ride them before, unless either Max and Emmy were feuding with Ord or Cassie respectively.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Speaks like this.
  • Really Moves Around: According to his bio that was posted on the parents section of the show's official website, much of his general mopiness at times as well as his wariness of making new friends and trying new things came from the fact that he and his family had moved several times in his young life.
  • Sixth Ranger: This brings the kids to a Power Trio.


Voiced by: Ty Olsson

Voiced by: Chantal Strand

Zak and Wheezie
  • Conjoined Twins: They share a single body. Although there was this one episode when they split up and became two separate dragons.
  • Multiple Head Case: Two heads, to be exact.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Wheezie is excited, while Zak is calm.
  • Sibling Seniority Squabble: Wheezie is technically older than Zak, because her head hatched out of the egg first. As Zak retorts, "only by three little seconds!"
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Where Wheezie is free-spirited, Zak is the more serious one.
  • Those Two Guys: Justified, as they have no way to get separated, because they are a two-headed dragon.


Voiced by: Jason Michas
  • Afraid of Needles: Actually afraid of the doctor. In one episode, which becomes a problem when he needs a doctor to remove a rather large thorn from his foot. Apparently he fears the doctor because he thinks it'll hurt; he even pre-emptively reacts before the doctor even touches the thorn. So the doctor makes him grab his sister's hand and squeeze, so he doesn't even notice the thorn being removed until after it's out.
  • Butt-Monkey: Zak has his moments of bad luck.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Zak has plenty of snarky remarks.
  • Grumpy Bear: Compared to everyone else, he is more sullen.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zak is sarcastic and grumpy but he does have a good heart.
  • Neat Freak: To his credit, though, this is usually played as a virtue instead of a vice, except in one episode where the color in Dragonland disappears, and he approves of the change since it makes everything so neat and clean. Then there was the time he cleaned Wheezie's side of the room without her permission while she was blindfolded, where he made no effort to make sure her favorite possessions weren't swept up in the mix.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Zak would be the "savvy guy" of the duo.


Voiced by: Kathleen Barr

Voiced by: Eli Gabay
  • Always Identical Twins: Quetzal and his brother Fernando.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's an elderly dragon with a kind nature, plus he is very smart.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Oddly enough, in the Mexican Spanish dub he speaks more like a typical Mexican old man, rather than trying to adapt this by using another language.
  • Meaningful Name: Being from Mexico, Quetzal can easily be interpreted as the short version of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind, air, and learning. The latter's most famous animal motif is that of the Aztec's version of a dragon, the Feathered Serpent.
  • Nice Guy: Wise, kind, and helpful.
  • Stealth Mentor: To the Dragon kids. Quetzal is easily capable of solving many of the problems that come up in the episodes, but instead he uses those problems as a way to guide the young ones into learning lessons on their own.


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