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Left to right: Rose, Jake, and Fu Dog.note 

"He's cool, he's hot, like a frozen sun
He's young, he's fast, he's The Chosen One
People, we're not braggin'
He's the American Dragon!"
Opening theme song

American Dragon: Jake Long (2005-2007) was a Disney Channel cartoon created by Jeff Goode about a young teenager growing up in a world full of weird goings-on.

OK, so that's almost all Disney Channel cartoons. More specifically, Jake Long is the "American Dragon", a cocky, brash youngster with the power to shapeshift into his reptilian alter-ego, serving as a sort of superhero for the magical creatures that live in secret in the human world.

Each episode is usually focused on completing a task brought on by his supernatural responsibility, and the conflict it brings with his personal life at school. His grandfather, who also has dragon powers, serves as his mentor and teacher. The series makes extensive use of fantasy and folklore creatures the world over, often with subtle twists for comedy purposes.

The biggest running plot lines are Jake's budding crush/romance with a girl named Rose, and his battles with a shadowy villain named The Huntsman and his sidekick Thorn Huntsgirl, leaders of The Huntsclan.

Other recurring antagonists include Professor Rotwood, a German PhD who was discredited as a scientist for believing in the supernatural, and was forced to become a junior high school teacher (who, ironically, sees many of the supernatural events that happen around Jake) and Eli Excelsior Pandarus, a celebrity wizard and mystical equivalent to a Corrupt Corporate Executive, and Dark Dragon, reportedly the only of his kind to ever go bad.

The show's second season comes with a major overhaul of the design and style of the series, spearheaded by producer Steve Loter. While thoughts on the visuals are divisive, it's generally agreed upon that the change is also intertwined with the series finally Growing the Beard, with a greater emphasis being placed on plot progression and character development, and some of the more obnoxious elements like Jake's slang being toned down.

The series ended in Fall 2007 after a run of 52 episodes and a slew of Executive Meddling. Strangely enough, a similar premise of an urban Chinese-American teenager as The Chosen One protector of a hidden world of magic existed in the concurrently-running Cartoon Network show The Life and Times of Juniper Lee.

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    Tropes A to F 
  • Actor Allusion: A Running Gag throughout the series is Jake being told that he wears too much hair gel. The same thing was also said about Rufio, one of Dante Basco’s most well-known roles.
  • Academy of Evil: The Huntsclan Academy, where students are trained how to slay magical creatures and just be overall racists.
  • Accidental Hand-Hold: This happens twice between Spud and Stacey in "Bring It On". The first time was, in his own words, the “life-altering encounter” that led to him developing a crush on her.
    Spud: My head’s been spinning ever since…
  • Achilles' Heel: Sphinx Hair for dragons. Usually, it is only used to force dragons back into their human forms, but the episode "Bite Father, Bite Son" suggests that Sphinx Hair is far more dangerous than that, and might even be fatal if dragons are exposed to it for too long. Justified by the fact that the Sphinx Hair used before was merely a thin net, probably reinforced with other materials, and nowhere near the amount used in the episode.
  • Act of True Love: At the end of "Homecoming", both Jake and Rose prove how much they love each other by making the ultimate sacrifice for the other. Rose sacrifices her life—at least, she tries to and Jake sacrifices his chance to have a relationship with her in order to save her life and ensure that she's happy.
  • A Dog Named "Perro": Tiburon is a sharkman and Tiburon means "shark" in Spanish.
  • An Aesop: "The Doppleganger Gang" highlights both the importance of time management and how, sometimes, you can be your own worst enemy.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Though the dragons in the series all belong to a single sentient species, their skin can be either red, blue, pink, purple, or green in color, and their dorsal spikes also tend to be of different colors from the rest of their bodies.
  • Animation Bump: The animation in Season 2 has much more fluidity than in Season 1.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Haley. However, she does get a bit of character development. By the end of the second season, she and Jake are on more understanding terms.
  • Anti-Hero:
    • While being a good guy, Jake is by no means perfect. He's arrogant, self-conscious, goofs off, skives off training, does poorly in school, abuses his power every once in a while, sometimes directly endangers his family and friends, and generally half the crap that happens to him is entirely self-inflicted. He's also a thirteen-year-old boy saddled with power, enormous responsibility and peril that would crush most people. Furthermore, he has few adult mentors (the dragon powers skipped his mom's generation) and his line of duty costs him most of his social life, as well as his girlfriend twice.
    • He purposely sabotages himself to have his dragon chi removed for a week to enjoy his middle school graduation. His over-achieving little sister is stuck with the burden and she starts falling at the seams. She defends her brother's choice when Lao Shi finds out and calls him "immature" and "self-serving" by listing all the difficulties of being the American Dragon that both she and Jake had to deal with before delving into the personal problems it caused Jake (namely not able to relate to his dad that much and ended up lying to him about who he is, and losing Rose twice), leading Lao Shi to realize just how hard he was on 14-year old Jake for the last two years, deciding that Jake deserves some time off of his burdens and cutting his dragon training in half for the upcoming summer. All in all, he's handling this job a lot better than could realistically be expected.
  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: In the season 1 episode, "The Hunted", Jake and some other magical creatures are hiding in a tree from the Huntsclan below. Clooney suddenly remembers that he is allergic to pollen and starts sneezing. Cue an Anti-Sneeze Finger (or tail in Jake and Silver's case) from everyone. He sneezed anyway and alerted the Huntsclan.
  • Art Evolution: A permanent redesign of the characters and style starting in season 2, reminiscent of The Proud Family. Most of the characters shifted heights (Chang whose human form was miniature like Grandpa in the first season and human height in the second). Appearances got altered, possibly with character personalities in mind (The Oracle Twins, Pandarus, etc). Jake's dragon form was also given a more skinny body, possibly to be more reminiscent of Eastern-style dragons.
  • Artistic License – Education: Professor Rotwood somehow manages to get away with teaching a class about magical creatures in an ordinary middle school. Whilst the first episode reveals the class is officially about mythology (which some middle and high schools have been known to offer) and Rotwood's obsessions cause him to shift focus, it still stretches belief he would be able to get away with this for years. Pushing things further, despite being arrested several times throughout the series (including on one occasion for kidnapping his own students), he's always back teaching in the next episode and is even promoted to principal in the second season. There's also the fact he calls himself "Professor" Rotwood despite being a middle school teacher, not a college lecturer.
  • As Himself: Monty Hall voices himself in two episodes. See The Cameo below.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Subverted. Despite being half Chinese, Jake is obsessed with hip hop culture.
  • Baby Talk:
    • Rose mocks Jake in this way in "Ski Trip".
    Rose: Aww, is the big, bad blizzard wind too much for your wittle dwagon fire?
    • Cousin Greggy also mocks Jake this way a few times in "Feeding Frenzy". Even worse, Greggy is a year younger than Jake.
    Jake: Yo, Greggy! I'm trying to do some Dragon work down here!
    Greggy: You sure that's such a good idea? 'Cause we got sharks in these waters, and we all saw how scared the widdle baby dwagon is of sharks!
  • Back from the Dead: One episode focuses on The Huntsman trying to resurrect Huntsclan soldiers that have passed away with a magical beetle. When Jake makes it so that The Huntsman can't finish the spell, the hunters die once again. Done again with Jake's blood resurrecting The Dark Dragon.
  • Badass Normal: Rose. 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.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: "Being Human". Sure, Jake is safe and Chang and Bananas B get trapped in a cave, but they still succeed in their goal of resurrecting The Dark Dragon.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Averted in "Siren Says". Trixie believes the beautiful Danika Hunnicutt is a mind controlling siren trying to hurt Jake, only to find out that it's actually a plain and awkward geek girl named Vicky who is really the siren trying to frame Danika for hurting Jake, which she lampshades as being easy since people always expect pretty girls to be evil.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Dragon Breath", Rose sadly says Brad left her for Jasmine because he "wanted to go dancing with the prettiest girl", then lamp shades he got his wish. Little did Brad know 'prettiest girl' Jasmine was on the fringe of turning into a soul-sucking demon, and he'd be her first victim.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Jake's father, when he sees his son in danger, he gave a run for their money to the Strigoi and pushed the Jersey Devil off a cliff,
    • The Tooth Fairy. In the episode Hong Kong Knights, she killed the Dark Dragon for ruining her dress by throwing i-beams at him with a crane.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • "Long" is the Mandarin word for "Dragon".
    • Grandpa's name, Lao Shi, is a homophone for "teacher".
  • Birthmark of Destiny: The Mark of the Huntsclan, which destines members to slay dragons.
  • Bittersweet Ending: "Homecoming" ends with the Magical World forever safe from the Huntsclan and the Aztec Skulls, but almost at the cost of Rose's life. Jake's able to save her, but she loses her memory of him in the process. Even worse, she moves to Hong Kong with her parents, meaning that Jake has seemingly lost her forever. However, Jake decides that Rose's safety and happiness is enough for him to be able to move on.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The gryphons from "The Egg". They eat their babies at hatching to allow them to charge their "mana batteries" inside the mother, then are regurgitated.
  • Bloodless Carnage:
    • Averted in "Being Human" with a cut to Jake's arm and the blood also later appearing dripping from a hook because it was needed as a plot device.
    • Played completely straight in the series finale when Rose slices off the tip of The Dark Dragon's tail with her Huntsclan staff.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: Which also happens to contain a Boastful Rap in both versions.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done by Fu Dog throughout the Christmas Episode.
    Fu Dog: Hey there, kids. If you haven't guessed by now, this is the American Dragon Hokey Holiday Special. Like all holiday specials, it's about family, togetherness—blah, blah, blah and all that other sappy garbage. Alright, let's get on with the main titles before I hurl egg nog all over the snow right here.
  • Brick Joke: At the beginning of "Bring It On", Professor Rotwood was escorting students through the museum when he accidentally broke a statue. He quickly told the students they saw nothing. Neither him nor the incident have been mentioned again until the end credits, when he phoned his mother for bail money because he was arrested for it.
  • Boyfriend-Blocking Dad: Lao Shi was revealed to be this in "Hero of the Hourglass," greatly disapproving of Jonathan's relationship with Susan when they started dating.
  • Broken Ace: As shown in "Hong Kong Nights", Lao Shi was as brash and cocky as Jake in his youth, but had the skills to back it up. After battling against the Dark Dragon (and narrowly winning), he became more serious and stoic.
  • Broken Aesop: In "Siren Says," Jake takes part in a Bachelor Auction, rigging the bids so that he ends up with the beautiful captain of the school swimming team, Danika Hunnicut. Trixie justifiably chews Jake out for his shallow behavior, accusing him of only caring about looks. Over the next couple of days, Jake keeps falling into magical trances whenever he's around Danika, causing him to stumble into dangerous situations. Trixie suspects Danika of foul play, believing she is manipulating Jake for her own amusement. However, it is revealed Danika is innocent, and that the true culprit is a siren named Vicky Fickling, who was also bidding for Jake at the auction, who framed Danika by giving her the magical necklace that caused Jake's trances. Once the matter is settled, Jake and his friends discuss what kind of lesson they were meant to take away from the experience, with Jake pointing out that if he hadn't chosen Danika for purely superficial reasons, he would have wound up with an evil, mind-controlling siren rather than a genuinely nice and sweet girl.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Jake and Haley are half-white on their father's side.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • In "Homecoming", Gramps begins to stop Jake from using the Crystal Skulls to save Rose from being destroyed by her own wish, claiming it would be irresponsible to use them for "one's own personal gain." Jake cuts him off, yelling that it would be for Rose's happiness, not his own, and she deserves to live a good life with a family who cares for her. After using his wish to rewrite her life such that she was never a member of the Huntsclan, he angrily destroys the skulls and flies off, everyone else left in Stunned Silence.
    • In the second to last episode, "Being Human", Jake has had enough after two years of having to deal with constant threats to the magical world. Getting in trouble with his dad and losing Rose while being expected never to falter or complain about his duty without time to enjoy himself whatsoever and deliberately gets his responsibility removed so he can relax actually be a fourteen year old kid for once. Haley is given the responsibility in the meantime, and while at first claims she will be a better dragon than him, she turns into a stressed-out mess in less than a week. When Haley accidentally reveals Jake got his powers removed on purpose, Lao Shi starts to rant about his immature, self-serving grandson for not flawlessly rising to the thankless job, but then Haley snaps and rants about him, pointing out how difficult it is and how much Jake's had to give up to be the American Dragon, saying that it might have been immature, but it wasn't self-serving for him to want to actually want to be a kid for a few days — generally considered her finest moment in the series.
    Haley: HEY! When's the last time either of you were the American Dragon!? Well, as the little troll girl currently filling the position, let me tell you, it's stinkin' hard! I can't imagine doing it two more days, let alone two more years! And to think about everything Jake's gone through; he's had to save magical creatures on a daily basis, lie to his own dad about who he is, say good-bye to the girl he loved, all to protect a mystical world that nobody knows about. He may be the American Dragon, but he's also a 14-year-old kid who just wanted a couple days off. If that makes him immature, fine, but self-serving? With all due respect, STEP OFF!!
  • The Cameo:
    • Monty Hall as himself — as a bad guy (one of Pandarus's flunkies). Later gets fired and is seen drinking away his troubles in a malt shop.
      Monty Hall: C'mon! Monty's got a big bowl of pain behind door number three!
    • Ingrid Third can be seen briefly in a crowd scene in Halloween Bash.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Fu Dog hits on practically any woman he meets, regardless of species. He's rarely successful, though.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Dante Basco playing a teenager who rides a skateboard and wears ridiculous amounts of hair gel. Previously, in Hook, he had played Rufio, who also rides a skateboard and has ridiculous hair.
    • Jonathan Freeman plays a nasty magician here. Previously, he was in Aladdin, where he had played an even nastier evil magician, Jafar.
  • Catchphrase: Jake has two: "Awwwwww, man!" and "Dragon up!"
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The second season is arguably darker than the first, complete with child abduction and onscreen genocide, although it is pulled off in a more "family friendly" way.
  • Chair Reveal: Jake does this to the Stragori in the episode "Bite Father, Bite Son".
  • Chekhov's Gun: The photo of Jake and Rose at the school dance from the episode "Dragon Breath". In the series finale, it restores Rose's memories of her relationship with Jake and her life in the Huntsclan.
  • Childish Older Sibling: Played with Jake and Haley Long. Jake is reckless and irresponsible, while his younger sister Haley is a rule obeying perfectionist. However, when it comes to dealing with magical threats, Jake has much more experience in dealing with them resulting in him being more likely to know how to handle the situation while Haley's inexperience and youth results in her being more prone to crack under pressure.
  • The Chosen Many: Jake is one of many dragons from all around the world, giving a new meaning to "American Dragon".
  • Christmas Episode: Jake has to thwart the potential rampage of a bunch of sasquatches tear-assing through New York City, when one of their babies is stranded on the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Rose's twin sister appeared as a baby in a flashback and was completely forgotten about by the time Rose found her parents. According to Jeff Goode, her sister's whereabouts were going to be a/the main focus of season three.
  • City of Adventure: Most episodes stick to New York, but there are field trips.
  • Cliffhanger: Quite a few:
    • Body Guard Duty: "You should keep that in mind when you find out the dark, awful truth about Rose".
    • The Rotwood Files: Rotwood tricks Jake into revealing himself as a dragon and vows to expose him one day.
    • Being Human: Chang's spell works and The Dark Dragon comes Back from the Dead.
  • Clark Kenting: Jake and Rose somehow don't recognize the voice of their significant crush being the same as the person they're often fighting throughout the first season. This is made especially egregious when Jake takes a shapeshifting potion that wears off to reveal his entire outfit except for his head, and Rose still doesn't put the pieces together.
  • Classical Chimera: A Chimera is the main antagonist in the episode Dreamscape. A three-headed bipedal creature (the heads being that of a lion, goat and snake), with a lion's upper body, a goat's lower half and a snake tail, this chimera is a Nightmare Weaver, that inhabits Dr. Rotwood's dreams and is accidentally released into the Dream Realm by Jake and Rose, when they try to look for answers for the teacher's secret test.
  • Clip Show: A montage of clips from the past season is used over the end credits of the final episode.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How Jake and Rose first meet.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: The two goblins disguised as teen girls in "Body Guard Duty". However, Frank, the one with a blonde wig and sandals, took it too far.
  • Crossover: With Lilo & Stitch: The Series on their show. The episode involved Jake inadvertently getting involved in an experiment hunt when he comes to Hawaiʻi with his Grandpa for a skating competition and to investigate the seemingly supernatural ongoings of the island (which were really caused by Jumba's experiments).
  • Crossover Couple: Lao-Shi falls in love with Mrs. Hasagawa in the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Morpholomew", but has to leave her when he goes home to New York.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When Jersey Devil attacked Jake, Mr. Long mistook it for a bear and threw it down of a cliff.
  • Cryptid Episode: The Jersey Devil is a Monster of the Week.
  • Crystal Skull: The mcguffins for most of the second season which the Huntsman is looking for to destroy all magical creatures.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: A crazy dogcatcher once captured Fu and tried to turn him and many other dogs into a cure for her allergies. When she was about to put Fu into her machine, Fu revealed to her that he could talk out of desperation, hoping she would let him live in order to try and make money off him. But because she's crazy she doesn't care that he can talk and just carries on with her original plan.
  • Darker and Edgier: Season 2. The colors are noticeably darker as well, along with there being slightly more violence and story continuity compared to season 1.
  • Dating Catwoman: Jake and Rose in the second season. The two are enemies, with Jake being a dragon and Rose being from a clan that hunts dragons.
  • Did Not Die That Way: in the second season, Rose was convinced by the Huntsman that her parents had died when she was a baby, but in the episode "Dreamscape", it was revealed that she was actually taken from them by the Huntsclan.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Jake's magic-hunting teacher Mr. (I mean Prof.) Rotwood had the theory that dragons evolved from dinosaurs. Being the American Dragon, Jake knew this was a bunch of hooey.
  • Disney Villain Death:
    • Maximinus from the episode "Supernatural Tuesday", although his body is shown after the fall.
    • The Jersey Devil gets this in "The Long Weekend", being trapped in a net and knocked off a cliff.
  • Doctor's Disgraceful Demotion: "Professor" Rottwood believes in the existence of magical creatures, much like another public school teacher. Unfortunately for Rottwood, when he presented his evidence of such, it was not seen as quirky by his peers, but rather an affront to scientific discovery and an egregious misuse of research funds. He was summarily stripped of his accreditation, and reduced to teaching middle school while continuing to harangue others about his crackpot theories, a fact he finds very insulting.
  • Domino Mask: Jake wears one of these when he becomes a wrestler for one episode. Though, it's not meant to hide his identity as much as add to the costume of his wrestler persona: "Dragon Fire".
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: While the Grim Reaper looks terrifying when you first see him, he is shown to be a talented prankster and a fairly caring guy.
  • Doppelmerger: "The Doppelganger Gang" has Jake use a magic potion to make copies of himself to balance his magical duties and his personal life. Unfortunately, he unintentionally creates an evil clone using the wrong potion. The clone then absorbs the other Jakes and attempts to do the same to the real Jake himself.
  • Downer Ending: "Ski Trip", "The Hunted", and "The Love Cruise" all end with something bad having happened between Jake and Rose.
  • Drama Bomb: "Homecoming" is a good candidate for the show's darkest and most dramatic episode, the entire second half of the episode essentially consisting of one terrible thing happening after another.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: While substituting for Jake, Haley asks Sun why if she's meant to be the protector of the city from the dangers of the magical world, is she having to look through the sewer for a troll's wedding ring. Sun just gives her a stern look in response, as if being a 'magical protector' and a 'magical errand girl' are the same thing.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After spending the first season as enemies, the first half of the second season being separated from each other out of fear of what the Huntsman would do if he learned Rose had turned traitor, and being separated for the second half of the season after Rose lost her memories and moved to Hong Kong, she and Jake finally manage to reconcile their relationship in the series finale when she regains her memories and helps defeat the Dark Dragon.
  • Easter Special: "The Egg," which sees Jake and Fu Dog try to protect a rare griffin egg from the Huntsman and Huntsgirl during Easter weekend.
  • Education Through Pyrotechnics: Jake and Spud blow up the Huntsclan Academy lab while trying to brew a potion of dragon slaying.
  • Entertainment Below Their Age: In one episode, Trixie mentions that Spud's favorite show is Mr. Piggy's Playhouse.
  • Epic Fail: Episode 1 shows a series of Description Cuts of Jake getting his butt kicked by magical creatures. The last group? Pixies.
  • Evil Is Hammy: The Dark Dragon reveals what a Large Ham he is in the series finale. It helps that his Voice Actor is Clancy Brown.
    The Dark Dragon: You have no idea of MY DARK POWERS!
  • Evil Laugh: The Huntsman, The Dark Dragon and Eli Pardarus all have one. Pandarus' and The Dark Dragon's laughs are both lampshaded by Spud.
  • Faking the Dead: How Jake escapes the Huntsclan Academy after he is captured.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Huntsclan's hatred for dragons and other magical creatures. Likewise, The Dark Dragon and Chang's hatred for humans.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The Huntsclan use energy-shooting melee weapons that are designed to not look anything like real weapons. (This aspect is reduced in the season two overhaul)
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Although the show abides by the law known as Never Say "Die", that doesn't mean that a magical creature's animated guts raining down on Jake and Haley after bursting is family friendly.
  • Final Solution: The Huntsclan's ultimate goal is the destruction of all magical creatures. However, their plan to do so is turned against them, and they get wiped out instead.
  • First-Episode Twist: The end of "Old School Training" reveals that Rose is Huntsgirl.
  • Food Chain of Evil: While dragons aren't any more evil than a human being, the series does have the Stragori, vampires that only feed on dragon blood.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Jake not only does this to himself, but hosts an entire party based on this premise, mixing magical beings in their natural forms with regular humans
  • Foreshadowing: In both "Half Baked" and "The Academy", Rose tells Jake: "You can't save me." Come "Homecoming", Jake proves her wrong when he uses the Aztec Skulls (against Lao Shi's wishes) to save her from meeting the same fate as the Huntsclan.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In "Halloween Bash", Jake presents his dragon form like a costume.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip:
    • A Magic Mirror does this to Jake and his little sister Haley, in "Switcheroo." An Aesop follows.
    • At the end of a Season 1 episode, when the Nix had been defeated, Jake thinks all sucked spirits returned to their respective bodies but it is revealed that Trixie and Spud end up in each other's bodies. It's unclear how they return to their respective bodies, if they remember it or if they were the only ones to face a body swap back then.
  • Frozen Face: In the vampire episode, Spud tries his best to make the son of a prominent restaurant critic laugh while working at his mother's restaurant, and is horrified when the kid literally doesn't bat an eyelash at his antics. He finds out the next day that the kid had just come from the dentist and his facial muscles were numbed up so he couldn't smile, but he told his dad (the critic) that he had had "the best day ever", which got Spud's restaurant a glowing review.

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  • Genius Ditz:
    • Jake's friend Spud is something of a computer savant, even though he acts more like The Stoner skate rat than a classic nerd.
    • Although Spud has gone on record to say he invokes this trope. An example is when Jake asked him to ace a test for him, he stopped goofing off, took Jake's test, answered EVERY question right then went back to goofing.
  • Giant Flier: Downplayed. Dragons aren't necessarily the largest magical creatures in the series, but they usually stand around ten feet tall.
  • Gilligan Cut: Grandpa's road rage during "The Heist", after he tells Jake about keeping a cool head.
    Lao Shi: HIT THE PEDAL, GRETEL! I'M NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER! [shouts in Chinese]
  • Glowing Eyes: The Oracle Twins have these whenever they see the future.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: A major goal in season two is for Jake to find the remaining Aztec Skulls before the Huntsman does.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Seamstress: The opening has this happening to Jake in dragon form, resulting in him in women's sleepwear.
  • Great Accomplishment, Weak Credibility: Jake takes some pictures of himself in dragon form and delivers them to Rotwood. However, Rotwood thinks the pictures are fabricated, viewing Jake as too much of an amateur to have gotten close to a real dragon.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Dark Dragon is the ultimate threat to the Magical World, but he has no direct influence on the overall story whatsoever.
  • Hates My Secret Identity: A doubled up version, Jake and Rose both have secret identities who are each other's sworn enemies, but are dating. Eventually subverted when Jake and much later, Rose find out who they were fighting all this time and then agree to let the animosity end while secretly working together against the Huntsclan or other enemies.
  • Heel Realization:
    • A minor one in 'Being Human' after Haley lays into him about how hard it is and how much Jake has had to give up being the American Dragon, Lao Shi realises that he has been expecting too much from his grandson who is still just a boy and deserves time to enjoy himself, Which he gives him by halving his dragon training.
    • Rose/Huntsgirl had one when she saw that the American Dragon she was about to kill was actually Jake.
  • Henshin Hero: Dragons only have their powers while in their dragon forms, and on top of that, Jake and Haley have a shared catchphrase for when they change into their dragon forms:
Jake and Haley: Dragon up!
  • Hermetic Magic: Most types, but mostly Fu Dog's alchemy and the dragons' inherent gifts.
  • Hollywood Density: Leprachaun gold is often treated as if it weighs no more than a few pounds, even when carrying around a cauldron filled to the brim with coins. Possibly justified since it's magic gold, so it could be enchanted to weigh less than the normal kind.
  • Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: Rose is taller than Jake is, excluding whenever he transforms.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The Huntsclan always hunt something, but episode "The Hunted" puts Jake and four other creatures as the quarry in a traditional clan hunting ceremony.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Though he praised the taste in “Hong Kong Knights”, Fu wasn’t thrilled to realize that he ate kitty litter.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal:
    • A lot of the time, Jake would rather be a normal teenager, as his responsibilities as the American Dragon tend to keep him from having a normal life and hanging out with his friends.
    • This applies to Rose as well, who is not a very happy Huntsclan member. She straight up confides in Jake that she wishes she could be a typical teenage girl.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: During the episode "Halloween Bash", Fu Dog tells Jake that he only organized the Halloween party to "strut [his] dragon six-pack in front of girls." Jake denies that this is the reason, then pops the top off a girl's soda bottle by flexing his biceps.
  • Inconvenient Itch: From the Christmas Episode.
    Jake: Stun ray. Can't move. Nose itches.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Even though he's lost Rose, at the end of "Homecoming", Jake is willing to move on because he knows that Rose is safe and happy.
  • Jive Turkey:
    • Jake's street lingo gets pretty thick in the first season, though it's toned down in the second. As a nice touch, it gets thickest just when he's about to screw up because of his own overconfidence. When he starts taking things seriously and gets things done, his dialogue tones down accordingly. This is supposedly a reference to first or second generation Asian Americans embracing US culture. His alternative is to act like Grandpa.
    • It also gets a Lampshade Hanging in "Switcheroo" when Haley calls it "unbearable hip-hop slang from five years ago".
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Dragons are said to be this to other magical creatures in the first season episode "The Hunted". Additionally, the Dragon Council appears to be this for all dragons.
  • "Kick Me" Prank: "Family Business" had Fu Dog try to pull this trick on Marty, only for it to fail and for him to notice that he had a sign on his back that read, "Kick Me Harder"
  • Kick the Dog: In "The Legend of the Dragon Tooth", when Hailey brings up that Jake will come rescue her, Dr. Diente sadistically demoralizes her by saying her brother doesn't care about her, even revealing to her what he overheard Jake say: that he wishes he were an only-child.
  • Knight Templar: The Huntsclan started out as this, merely believing that Earth needed to be defended against all magical creatures, but the Huntsmaster ultimately turned the organization into an instrument of his personal vendetta against dragons and magical creatures because of something a time-travelling Jake did to him.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Part of the reason Jake does so bad in Rotwood's class is that what the latter teaches about magical creatures is all false. Since Jake actually knows the truth about them, he's bound to get them "wrong" in class.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Jake needed a date and Fu took him to Magus Bazaar to look for one. Guess what Jake had in mind when Fu introduced him to Sara and Kara.
  • Last-Minute Hookup: Jake and Rose. They were together in Season 2 for a little while before Jake's Grandpa told Rose to break up with Jake if she really cares about him. They get back together in the finale.
  • Left Hanging: While The Huntsclan and The Dark Dragon are permanently defeated, it is obvious that "Hong Kong Longs" was not a planned finale. The fate of Jake and Rose's relationship is left ambiguous, Chang was spared so she could make a comeback, Rose's twin was never seen (a plot point specifically mentioned to have been planned for Season 3), and for pretty much every question that was answered by the end of the final episode, a new question only rose to take its place.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Jake tends to tone down his Jive Turkey tendencies when he buckles down to the day, but only rarely does he get pissed off enough to drop it altogether.
  • Little Miss Badass: Hayley, being that young, can already tap into her dragon powers.
  • Living with the Villain: Jake and Rose are enemies, but they go to the same school. The show even provides the page quote.
  • Loose Tooth Episode: In "The Legend of Dragon Tooth", Jake's little sister Haley is about to lose her first tooth, but since it is a dragon tooth, it holds mystical powers. A villain named Dr. Diente steals the Tooth Fairy's wand and tries to abduct Haley to seize the tooth.
  • Love Potion: Cupid's arrows in "The Love Cruise".
  • Love Triangle: Spud, Nigel and Stacey in "Furious Jealousy" and Jake, Rose and Danika in "Being Human" and "The Hong Kong Longs".

    Tropes M to R 
  • Magic Pants: When dragons change into their dragon forms, their clothes disappear and reappear when they change back to human form.
    Jonathan: I have another question. Just bugging me; when they turn into dragons, what happens to their clothes?
  • Mama Bear: Inverted in "Jake takes the Cake". When his mom is about to be publically fired because of his actions, Jake gets serious and goes dragon to set things right.
  • Meaningful Name: Long = Dragon in Chinese. (The surname is from his Anglo father's side of the family. Sure, he once claimed to also be of Chinese descent but his basis for such a claim is questionable, and not just because he doesn't look Asian.)
  • Military Brat: Trixie. Her father is an air force officer stationed in Greenland.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter:
    • The Krylock, half-serpent and half-scorpion.
    • Also the chimera, with three heads from different creatures.
  • The Mole: Chang while spying on the dragons for the Dark Dragon and Rose while spying on the Huntsclan for the dragons.
  • Monster/Slayer Romance: Jake's crush Rose turns out to be Huntsgirl, a member of the magical creature-slaying Huntsclan.
  • Multiple Head Case: The two-headed girl from "Something's Fishy this way Comes."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Trixie and Spud have this moment in "Professor Rotwood's Thesis" after discovering Jake's secret.
    Spud: I'm even more confused than usual. What does it mean? And how does my mom's lasagna fit in to all this?
    Trixie: I'll tell you what it means. It means we just sold our best friend to Rotwood for cash!
  • Myth Arc: Jake and Rose's troubled relationship is the main ongoing plot of the series, as well as perhaps the main source of conflict and tension.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Huntsclan wants to wipe out all magical creatures.
  • Near-Villain Victory: At the end of "Homecoming", the Huntsman comes within seconds of using the Aztec Skulls to kill all magical creatures before he is stopped.
  • Never Say "Die": The Huntsclan is "destroyed" by a magic wish, with all members inexplicably rising into the air and disappearing. Except for 88 and 89, who quit just in time to save themselves.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In "Eye of the Beholder", Santa Claus' Verbal Tics and mannerisms are based off of Rodney Dangerfield, of all people.
  • Noodle Incident: In "Jake Takes the Cake", the bride and actress Jasma Sancere mentions she was once kidnapped by Amazons.
  • Not Brainwashed: Stacy appears to be under the influence of a love spell, but it turns out that there was no spell and she actually likes Spud.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: When Spud first saw a holographic image of a krylock, he tried to invoke the trope for them but, once the image tried to sting him, Spud said there were really evil.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: 88 and 89 are smart enough to grow suspicious of Rose when she practically gives one of the skulls to Jake.
  • Now I Know What to Name Him: Near the end of "Hero of the Hourglass", we get this exchange when Jake’s then high school-aged parents are watching a certain comet pass by.
    Jonathan: Susan, look! It's Hallie’s Comet!
    Susan: I think it's pronounced "Haley". Haley... I've always liked that name.
  • Obviously Evil: Chang. She is such a vindictive witch that, when it was revealed that she was The Mole, most likely a small few were surprised.
  • Official Couple: Jake and Rose. They end up together in the season two finale (which ended up being the series finale).
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: A byproduct of magical influence, especially in episodes like "Haley Gone Wild".
  • Opening Shout-Out: "Being Human" has two: Spud singing the first few lines of the theme song at the beginning and later when Haley imagines herself as the new American Dragon.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: As well as flying and breathing fire, they can also shapeshift to and from human form (or just independent body parts) and even a few other forms, have razor sharp claws, Super-Strength super hearing and eyesight (all common dragon traits) as well as night vision and their breath stinks when going through puberty. Also their Achilles' Heel is a spot just behind their ear and their Kryptonite Factor is Sphinx hair. Many of them also have dog-like noses despite being reptilian.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The mermaids are shown to have green skin and slither upright on their tails on land, but are generally traditional-type.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: In "Adventures in Troll Sitting", Jake walks around in his pajamas for the entire episode.
  • Papa Wolf: Jake's dad in The Long Weekend turns out to be the true hero of the episode's prophecy.
  • Parental Bonus: In one episode, two gremlins say "Makin' copies!"
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Oracle twins Kara and Sara are a variant that mainly has to do with their differing default emotions of sorts. The gothic Kara foresees good events in the future and is always gloomy because everything good about to happen gets spoiled for her, whereas the cheerful and preppy Sara foresees the bad events and is always so happy because any time the horrible things she sees aren't happening is absolutely fantastic in comparison.
  • Prehensile Tail: Dragons regularly use their tails in combat and to manipulate objects. In fact, one of the first things Jake is taught in dragon training is using his tail as a weapon.
  • Pro Wrestling Episode: "Ring Around the Dragon", in which Jake goes undercover as a professional wrestler to bring home a young runaway giant.
  • Pie-Eyed: Nearly every character is drawn with these in the first season.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: At eight years old, Haley is the youngest of the main characters, and she's also much shorter than the rest of the main cast. On top of that, Sun Park can easily pick up and carry Haley around.
  • Prophecy Twist:
    • Two (actually more if you bother to keep count) prophecies are twisted in "Body Guard Duty". The first one stated Trixie and Spud will "tie the knot", much to Trixie's horror. The second is that Jake will be hit by a boulder and it doesn't help that the prophecy specifies how fast the boulder would be. At Ogre Bowl, an ogre throws a boulder that hits Jake at the specified speed, thus fulfilling the prophecy. However, Jake is flying at a slightly slower speed and it doesn't hurt him. At the end of the episode, Spud's shoe is untied and Trixie ties it, meaning the prediction about them tying the knot wasn't about marriage.
    • In a smaller scale, it is predicted that somebody will take the last pudding at the cafeteria before Rose can get to it. Jake proceeds to run to the shelf as another student is about to grab it, take it, and give it to Rose. When Trixie questions the prediction, Kara points out it came true as Jake was the somebody who took the pudding. Also, it is predicted chocolate milk would be spilled on Spud's shirt. Trying to defy the prophecy, he runs outside the school, but a truckload of chocolate milk crashes nearby, spilling some of its contents onto Spud's shirt.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Chang and Jake's grandpa used to be an item, based on a horrifying photo of them from the age of disco.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Lampshaded by Jake in "The Long Weekend" when his father, Trixie, and Spud spend the drive to the campgrounds singing "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmit," claiming that public domain songs make him naeseous.
  • Pungeon Master: Fu Dog is so fond of puns that in episodes like "The Egg" and "Dragon Summit", this is more or less all he does.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Fu Dog invented this trick by being the first fictional character to ever make someone do something for him via making his eyes into impossibly massive pupils.
  • Put on a Bus: Rose is removed from the overall story in "Homecoming" when Jake wishes she was never taken in by the Huntsclan, causing Rose to be teleported into an Alternate Dimension for the rest of the series.
  • Putting on the Reich: In Season Two, members of the Huntsclan have the Huntsclan symbol on the upper arm area of their uniforms. Anyone reminded of a swastika?
  • Quip to Black: One could make a drinking game out of the number of times Jake says his "Aw man!" catchphrase before cutting to commercial.
  • Recessive Super Genes: Jake and his younger sister have the ability to transform into dragons due to their Dragon Ancestry, but the ability also skipped their mother.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Huntsman's character design in the first season features glowing red eyes, and yes, he's also the Big Bad whenever the Dark Dragon isn't around.
  • Rhyming Wizardry: Nigel Thrall uses rhymes to cast his spells.
    Bell, book, and candle pull down the handle.
  • Rogues Gallery: While Jake doesn’t have the biggest amount of recurring opponents and not all of them recurring from one season to the next, however, they do manage to stand out: the Huntsman and the Huntsclan, Huntsgirl, Eli Pandarus, The Dark Dragon, Chang, Herbert the goblin, Proffessor Rotwood and finally the Gorgon sisters.

    Tropes S to Y 
  • Sassy Black Woman: Trixie is a black girl with a Motor Mouth and a hilarious attitude that tends to annoy everyone around her, but at the end of the day, she's still one of Jake's main allies.
  • School Play: "Act 4, Scene 15" features a play at Jake's school, and it's more specifically a Romeo and Juliet variant known as Antony and Cleopatra.
  • Scout-Out: "The Doppelganger Gang" opens with Jonathan cheerfully announcing that he signed an already-busy Jake up to be a Cougar Scout; Once Jake starts making Chi duplicates of himself in order to deal with all his responsibilities, he assigns one of them to focus on that.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Both Jake and Rose suffer from this during their Dating Catwoman phase (before they learn each others' identities), in spite of so much glaring evidence that even secondary characters are getting wary.
  • Sensei-chan: Sun Park is a young and pretty Home Economics teacher who's on a First-Name Basis with her high school students, and she's a gentle mentor to Haley.
  • Series Continuity Error: The show has a decent number:
    • In "Professor Rotwood's Thesis", Lao-Shi has Fu Dog drive since he doesn't have a driver's license. In "The Heist", Lao-Shi's role is to be the getaway driver and his lack of a driver's license is never brought up.
    • In "Adventures in Troll Sitting", Jake tells Stan the Sewer Troll that his mom has been working on telling his dad about the existence of magical creatures since October 1992. However, in "Hero of the Hourglass", Susan's first attempt to tell Jonathan was in June 1986, when she wrote him a letter and almost put it in his locker.
    • In "Fu and Tell", Fu Dog says that Haley taking him to her show and tell is his first time going to school. However, in "The Halloween Bash", he says that Lao-Shi once sent him to obedience school.
    • In "Body Guard Duty", it's established that the prophecies of the Oracle Twins always come true, just not in the ways you'd expect. Even with the claim that there can be twists to the prophecies, the accuracy of Sara's vision in "The Academy" is dubious at best. She claims she sees a circle of skulls and magical creatures crying in agony, but when the Aztec Skull Story Arc concludes in "Homecoming", nothing ever comes of the magical creatures in agony part. Instead, it's Huntsclan members who cry in agony. The original plan was that the Huntsman's wish for the destruction of all magical creatures started to be granted before Rose could stop him, but when Disney axed the original two-part episode, this got dropped.
    • In "The Hunted", Jake meets Silver, an incredibly intelligent mermaid with aquaphobia so severe that she can't swim. Several episodes earlier, however, in "The Halloween Bash", Silver is seen as one of Jake's party guests where she is perfectly fine and happy in a water tank.
    • "Hong Kong Nights" throws the show's timeline into utter chaos by setting Lao-Shi's backstory in 1972. It's established that he and Fu Dog meet for the first time in that year, even though Fu says that he's known Lao-Shi for 40 years in "Jake Takes the Cake". Even worse, Lao-Shi's portrayal as a young bachelor with no family is hard to reconcile with "Hero of the Hourglass" establishing his daughter Susan's year of birth as either 1968 or 1969.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: On the chorus line during the Christmas Episode.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Played with in The Egg. Jake goes through hell to return the egg to mama gryphon and watch it hatch...only for her to eat the hatchling. It's all okay, though: eating their babies, and regurgitating them later, is simply part of gryphon Bizarre Alien Biology.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Significant Double Casting: Both Jake's father, Jonathan, and the Huntsman are voiced by Jeff Bennett.
  • Skintone Sclerae: All the Asian characters have this to better contrast them with the non-Asian ones.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Huntsboys #88 and #89 think they're far more capable than they actually are.
  • Snow Means Love: The episode “The Ski Trip” uses this trope with a twist. The opening scene shows Jake and Rose together in Central Park on a snowy day, with Jake wondering if he should reveal his Secret Identity to her in order to proceed with their relationship. (However, in a textbook case of Dramatic Irony, it turns out Rose is actually the Huntsgirl, and has unknowingly tried to kill Jake multiple times.) The climactic scene of the episode, where Huntsgirl removes her glove to reveal Rose's dragon-shaped birthmark, takes place during a blizzard. It's almost Snow Means Death, except instead of the death of a person, we see the death of a relationship. They get back together. Guess it was a Disney Death.
  • Space Whale Aesop: "Magic Enemy #1" teaches that blogging without thinking of the consequences is evil because it will cause magical creatures to presume that said blog is a call for your teacher's assassination.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: In "Dragon Summit", Jake goes through this during the Test of Wisdom in Battle when his challengers, Brownies, crawl up his pants while he was talking to Lao Shi
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Jake and Rose.
  • Stealth Pun: Game On has Jake stealing cheat codes to make his life easier. In other words, life hacks.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: The Huntsclan frequently hunt, and kill, magical creatures. The Grand Equinox Hunt in "The Hunted" is an excellent example of this.
  • Swapped Roles: In "Being Human" Haley temporarily takes Jake's place as the American Dragon and finds out how stressful it is.
  • Taking You with Me: The Dark Dragon tries to do this to Jake and Rose in "The Hong Kong Longs" as he's being sucked into a magical portal.
  • Talking Animal:
    • Fu Dog, a 600 year-old Shar Pei with a Jersey accent.
    • Also, Yan Yan, a one-shot villainess and Fu personal nemesis.
  • Temporary Scrappy: Jake's normal Non-Human Sidekick is a dog named Fu. In "Nobody's Fu", he's replaced by a monkey named Bananas B. Bananas B acts excessively cool and has many useful skills, thus making Jake and most of the other characters like him. However, in the fight against a Monster of the Week evil dragon, Bananas surrenders and goes over to her side. Jake appreciates his more loyal friend Fu once more, and Bananas' only other appearance is when his new dragon mistress reappears in a later episode.
  • Tempting Fate: As a Running Gag, Jake makes a sarcastic comment that something won't happen... And immediately happens in a ridiculous way.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Using pink for Haley's dragon form.
  • The Power of Love: Jake and Rose. Jake wished that Rose was never taken by the Huntsclan, but then she remembers everything when she sees the photo of her and Jake from a dance. The reason is The Power of Love.
  • They Would Cut You Up: Fu Dog tells Jake that this is what's most likely to happen to magical creatures if humanity finds out they're real.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Season 1 has this style. Especially noticeable in the first episode.
  • Time Travel Episode: "Hero of the Hourglass".
  • Toilet Humor: Prominence of fart jokes in the pilot, and once more in "Professor Rotwood's Thesis." They were pretty much dropped from that point on though.
  • Token Trio: A bit of a departure from the norm, but it still fits.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Oracle Twins: Kara and Sara, respectively.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: The promo for "Homecoming" did this.
    Announcer: And at least one of these characters will more.
    Fu Dog: Yuh-oh.
  • Trainee from Hell: Professor Rotwood is hit by this, quite literally, in the episode Ski Trip, when Rose throws a boy at him. While he's already hurt from that time when the students ran over him while he tried to distribute ski passes. That having said, his attitude of continuing to supervise the trip with several broken bones instead of admitting he's hurt and should go to the hospital leads to quite a lot more accidents for him.
  • True Companions: Jake, Trixie, and Spud. The latter two's unconditional friendship and acceptance of Jake's dragon identity are what convince him to not wipe their memories.
    Trixie: Friends for life, and friends for real.
  • Two-Faced: Haley after being exposed to essence of Troll. It wore off by the next episode.
  • Two-Teacher School: The junior high school attended by Jake and his friends appears to have exactly one teacher in season 1, Professor Rotwood. There is a director, and in season 2, home economics teacher Sun Park joins the cast, but that's all the school staff we ever see.
  • Unknown Rival: Jake and Rose are unaware of each other's identities as the American Dragon and the Huntsgirl at first, but realize this later on.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Rose. Saving the Magical World by committing an act of genocide cements her as this.
  • Villain Ball: The Huntsman suffers from this at the end of "Homecoming".
  • Villains Out Shopping: In the Christmas Episode, #88 and #89 go to a mall (in full Huntsclan uniform) and try to decide between getting The Huntsman an easy bake oven or a stuffed potato as a present.
  • The Voice: Trixie's grandmother's voice is heard from time to time, but the grandmother herself is never shown.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: True to the trope's very name, Jake's daily routine throughout the series has him waking up, going to school, changing into a dragon, and saving the world from whatever dares to threaten the Magical World next.
  • Wainscot Society: The mythical creatures live among humans in separate societies, with occasional intermingling.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Some of Grandpa's training techniques.
  • Weredragon: Every dragon in the series can take on an alternate human form whenever embodying the true dragon form would be inconvenient for them.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Professor Rotwood’s Thesis": Trixie and Spud find out Jake’s a dragon, and Rotwood has his suspicions about Jake’s secret identity, as well, signifying that the show is willing to defy Status Quo Is God.
    • "Ski Trip", in which Jake finds out Rose is Huntsgirl, resulting in the first episode to have a Downer Ending and marking the point where the show becomes more dramatic in terms of the Jake/Rose plot.
    • "Something Fishy This Way Comes": it’s revealed that Principal Derceto is an undercover mermaid detective. The episode ends with her returning to the underwater city now that her mission is over, and Rotwood becomes the new principal of the school.
    • "Dreamscape". Who would have thought that The Huntsman kidnapped Rose at birth?
    • "The Rotwood Files": Rotwood knows Jake is a dragon, and vows that he will expose him one day.
    • "Homecoming" features the destruction of the Huntsclan and changes the status quo by having Rose forget about Jake and move to Hong Kong.
  • Wham Line:
    • "Huntsmaster, we have a new initiate".
    • "The destruction of all Huntsclan!"
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Nixes transform into their true form and unleash their soul-sucking powers when the moon reaches the center of the night sky.
  • Wok Fu: In one episode, Jake and Haley in dragon form fight against a trio of demons released on Chinese New Year. One of the places they fight the demons is in a Chinese restaurant, albeit for only a few seconds.
  • Working on the Chain Gang: In the season one finale, Jake gets chained to a giant, a mermaid, a brownie and a leprechaun by the Huntsclan. Despite being very different people (and species), they have to work together to escape.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Rose's Secret Identity's name change from Thorn to Huntsgirl.
  • You Are Number 6: All members of the Huntsclan who joined by choice are given numbers.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After using the Aztec Guardian Serpent to track down Jake and one of the missing Aztec Skulls, The Huntsman kills it, telling its steaming body that its job is done.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: In "Halloween Bash". Also with Jake's photos of himself in "Professor Rotwood's Thesis".


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Jonathan Insults Lao Shi

While on a road trip to Key West Florida, Jonathan and Lao Shi get into a argument after the former gets fed up with Lao Shi's navigating. He gets so fed up in fact that he insults Lao Shi's mother in Norwegian by saying that his mother smells like a pig with stomach sickness. Unfortunately for him however Lao Shi also studied Norwegian which results in the two getting into a brawl while in the car.

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