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Witness the ultimate battle between the greatest of warriors in all the world
Twins Ang and Ling are both in line to becoming the new Golden Dragon, but when Ang is chosen as Dragon Temple Guardian instead of her, Ling becomes jealous and confused which leads her to join the dark side (known as Ying), become the Shadow Dragon, team up with the evil Zodiac Master (who wants to steal all the power bands of the Zodiac to become all powerful) to steal Ang's powerband and become the new Golden Dragon. Ang must team up with the Tiger Temple Guardian Beingal, his Mentor; Master Chin, and the Monkey Temple Guardian Xuan Chi to defeat the Zodiac Master and bring his sister Ling back to the side of good (known as Yang).

Legend of the Dragon is an animated series created by Rick Ungar consisting of 26 episodes followed by 13 additional episodes for a total of 39 episodes. It is produced by BKN and premiered in October 2006 as part of the Jetix block on Toon Disney. Subsequently, the two part episode "Trial by Fire" was shown as a Jetix Blockbuster on ABC Family in August before all Jetix programming moved to Toon Disney.

In the UK, the first 26 episodes aired across CBBC. It premiered in Summer 2005 on the CBBC channel. It is unclear of whether the additional 13 episodes will be shown or not. Episodes 27?39 began airing in Australia on Network Ten's Toasted TV as of March 19, 2008.

Is notable for shoddy animation and a cliffhanger ending.

Not to be confused with The Legend of Dragoon.

Tropes include:

  • Amusing Injuries
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Ang struggles with this whilst Ling and Zodiac Master try to convince him otherwise.
  • Animal Motifs: Each Guardian with their respective animal. Their powerup form normally emphasizes this.
  • Anti-Villain: Ling in season 1 is strongly Type 1 with a small bit of Type 2 mixed in. See the Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The powerbands.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Girl: Ling.
  • Art Evolution: The second season. The three main characters now have black hair and CGI is especially obvious in some scenes. Just look at the combined form of both Yin Wi and the Emperor in the final episode.
  • Artifact of Hope: The Powerbands are a series of magical braces that imbue the Twelve Temple Guardians with awesome power, each brace associated with an animal of the Chinese Zodiac. Each has their own Evil Counterpart, the Shadow Bands, which corrupt their wielders when not sharing power with their yang-counterparts.
  • Badass Normal: Xuan Chi, who doesn't have his powerband but is quite good anyways.
  • Big Bad: Zodiac Master season 1, Emperor of the Darkest Yin in season 2.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Hoo boy, Ang definitely has this when it comes to Ling. He does not approve of Ling having feelings for K-Ho. She is actually a better fighter than Ang in some ways. Of course, she is wild and impulsive, so it is understandable he would act protective towards her.
  • Big "NO!": Ling does this a couple of times. The first time is when Ling defeats Beingal, yells "No!", and saves Beingal from falling to her death. The second time is when Ling is given the chance to kill her own brother. She fires a blast inches from his head and screams out "NO!"
  • Brother–Sister Team: As of season 2.
  • The Brute: Chang Goo.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Temple Guardians must say "Empower the X" while holding their power bands. For Shadow Temple Guardians, they must say "Empower the Shadow X" while holding their powerbands. The Zodiac Master on the other hand, prefers "Empower the Darkest Yin."
  • Cain and Abel: Prior to season 2.
  • Cat Girl: Beingal.
  • Chaste Hero: Ang barely notices Beingal's crush on him.
  • Cool Mask: Xuan Chi always wears a red and white mask. He has appeared without it, however.
  • The Dragon: Ling in Season 1 to the Zodiac Master, Yin Wi to the Emperor in Season 2.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Ang and Ling's father abandoned them and erased their memory of him so the Zodiac Master would never learn of it and to keep them of danger, even though it broke his heart.
  • Dark Action Girl: Yin Wi.
    • Ling became the Shadow Dragon in Season 1. She slowly had a Heel Realization until she finally refused to kill Ang.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: K-ho and Tex.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ling and Beingal.
  • Depending on the Writer: Xuan Chi's fighting skill. Some episodes have him beating by himself a Shadow Dragon-powered Ling, while in others he is unable to defeat cleanly a powered opponent but is still good enough of a trickster to work around the level difference, and finally in others he is a comedic clown who cannot beat a regular adversary.=
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Nearly everyone, characters, viewers and to our great shame, this very wiki, no, Yin is not The Dark Side, in fact the Real Life inspiration, Yin popularized The Sacred Darkness by basically being the Trope Codifier, but the Zodiac Master, Yin Emperor and several Shadow Guardians have gotten it into their heads that Dark Is Evil. K-ho giving a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Emperor and joining the heroes despite being a Shadow Guardian makes him come across as the Only Sane Man.
  • Eastern Zodiac: The plot is based on this.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his attitude, The Emperor of Darkest Yin does care for his sister the Shadow Rat.
  • Expy: Lo Wang, the Guardian of the Temple of the Rooster, resembles a young Sean Connery.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Ling does this in the second episode. It only lasts until the end of season 1.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Xuan Chi and his quest to regain his power band.
  • Faux Action Girl: Beingal is this in the second season, despite earlier fight competence in the first season.
  • Femme Fatalons: As the Tiger Guardian, Beingal uses her nails as weapons.
  • Guile Hero Master Chin, to those who don't see him as a minor Magnificent Bastard.
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ling in season 1 finale and as of season 2.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten!: In the season 1 finale, Ling has Ang at her mercy. Master Chin tells her that if she wants Ang's powerband, she has to kill her own brother. She does not go through with it. Then the trope is subverted when it turns out that Master Chin did not want her to do it, and that he was testing her to see if she truly valued power more than her own brother's life.
  • Improbable Age: do Ang or Ling really look 15 to you? He looks to be at least in his mid-twenties.
  • Jerkass: Ling starts out like this in the first episode. She pulls a Face–Heel Turn in the second episode. She gets better.
  • The Lancer: Ling takes on this role in season 2.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Almost every character wears the same clothes throughout the show - and has the same look in their empowered forms. The few exceptions are the Zodiac Master, who wore a grey outfit at one point in season 1 and Ling, who gained a Golden Dragon look to replace her Shadow Dragon look in the season 1 finale. It is actually funny to see Beingal and Ling shopping and buying clothes at some points in the show.
  • Literal Split Personality: When Ling steals the Rabbit Power Band as the Shadow Dragon, she literally multiplies into aspects of herself and had trouble keeping them together.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the first episode, the Golden Dragon is stated to have died and gone on to the afterlife. It is later revealed in season 1 that the Golden Dragon mentioned in the first episode was the father of Ang and Ling. Even later it is revealed in season 1 that their mother is the Guardian of the Ram Temple, she is still alive, and she lost her memory. By the way, Master Chin knew all this and did not tell Ang and Ling. Why? Because he wanted them to find out on their own.
  • Martial Pacifist: Ang.
  • Mask Power
  • Master of Disguise: Ming, the Rat Guardian.
  • Morality Pet: This trope is definitely played with. Ling could have killed Beingal at one point, but she did not. Why? Because they were friends - and still are, really. Ling also loves animals, and will never harm an innocent animal. All this goes a long way to showing that Ling cannot be all bad - especially in season 1.
  • No Name Given: His real name is Woo Yin, but everybody call him the Zodiac Master.
  • Oblivious to Love: Poor Ling. K-ho seems determined to ignore her advances. Quote: "Business before pleasure, Ling!" is almost a catchphrase of his.
    • Well, he is a lone wolf in more than one sense of the term. He is probably just not used to having someone else being around him.
  • Old Master: Master Chin.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: A deconstruction with Xuan Chi. He's only plucky to hide his pain over failing to protect the Monkey Temple as a guardian and find his magical powerband, hates himself for his failure, and is desperate to not be a comic relief character by finding his powerband. This leads him to temporarily betray his friends when he tries to use the evil version of the Monkey powerband to find his own because he hates being the ineffective comic relief for his allies so much. Eventually he gets forced to become an actual monkey, fueling his self-loathing even more.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: You may think from looking at the picture on this page that Ling is the blue Oni and Ang is the red Oni. However, in terms of personalities, Ling is the red Oni and Ang is the blue Oni.
  • Refused by the Call
  • Secret Test of Character: By the season 1 finale, Master Chin pretty much reveals that he had put Ling through one very long test of this kind to see if Ling truly deserved to be a Golden Dragon. Fortunately, Ling managed to pass this test.
  • Serious Business: Losing your powerband is the worst that could happen to a guardian as Xuan Chi shows.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Obviously.
  • Spoiler Opening: The opening of the first episode completely ruins the surprise. The pictures that accompany it don't help either...
  • Smug Snake: Zodiac Master is this, literally and figuratively. He is relatively clever, but his ego overrides it. That likely explains how he can have three powerbands and still lose to Ang (who only has his Dragon powerband). Also, he was born in the Year of the Snake, and has a pet snake named King Cobra, who acts as a spy for Zodiac Master. Is he beginning to remind you of Voldemort from Harry Potter?
  • Stock Footage: The powerups.
  • Stout Strength: Shoong, the Guardian of the Temple of the Pig.
  • Tagalong Kid: Xuan Chi seems to be in this role. He is the only character without a powerband. He acts mostly as comic relief. At the start of season 2, he gets turned into an actual monkey. This would probably make him the Team Pet.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the first episode of season 2, Emperor of the Darkest Yin fires two energy blasts at Ang and Ling. Beingal jumps to intercept the blasts. However, Xuan Chi ends up taking the two hits. He is not killed by this, but he is transformed into an actual monkey.
  • Team Pet: Xuan Chi is literally transformed into this in season 2.
  • Theme Naming: Ang-Yang, Ling-Ying. The Tiger Guardian being Beingal probably qualifies as well.
  • Villain Decay: The Zodiac Master goes from being a consistently ruthless and intimidating villain in Season One to a borderline joke (he is at one point chased off by a tiny wolf cub) in Season Two.
  • Waif-Fu: Beingal.
  • Wham Episode: The first episode of season 2. Emperor of the Darkest Yin attacks the Temple of the Golden Dragon, successfully blowing it to smithereens. The Zodiac Master ceases to be a problem. Xuan Chi gets zapped and turns into a real monkey as a result. Ang and Ling are left wondering what they are going to do when their powerbands are not fully charged up, and they lost the Temple (the place that can recharge their powerbands).