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  • Awesome Music:
    • June, Dennis, and Ray Ray singing "I Sing the Body Electric" from Fame at the end of "Enter Sandman".
    • In the show itself as it had Stewart Copeland as a composer (who most gamers may remember from his work on the first three Spyro the Dragon games).
  • Cult Classic: While overshadowed in comparison to Jake Long, it does have a dedicated group of fans. Heck Juniper got a name drop in the crossover with Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa, so the writers of that episode were clearly fans as well.
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  • Evil Is Sexy: Cordoth's Daughter AKA Demoness.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Got much better recognition down in Australia, so much so that the first season even got a DVD release.
  • Misblamed: The show often gets blamed for copying American Dragon: Jake Long. In truth, Judd Winick had the idea for a while before getting the greenlight by CN to make it at around the same time American Dragon was in production and set to premiere. It was just bad timing in airing that didn't allow Juniper Lee to be more well known. Probably didn't help that Jake Long was backed by Disney who had a bit more widespread influence then CN. CN did pull a strong campaign at first when premiering the show (check out it's first commercial), but neglected to advertise for the series in its later seasons.
  • Moe: June qualifies for this quite easily given her combined status as a Badass Adorable and a Cute Bruiser.
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  • So Okay, It's Average: The show's concept has been done in quite a few other shows, such as its noted influence Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jackie Chan Adventures, Danny Phantom, and most notably, American Dragon: Jake Long. So it made it hard for it to stand out from the pack despite some well written stories.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!:
    • A few of this show's detractors will point out that this show's plot is almost the same as American Dragon: Jake Long note . Not helping matters is the fact that both shows came out virtually around the same year.
    • Also worth noting is the amount of people who took the comparison on an entirely different direction...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Kai Yee was a rather competent, charismatic and interesting villain, being a former Te Xuan Ze turned rogue for a credible reasons, a potential Evil Counterpart to June and giving some development to the series' universe. However, he only appeared one episode and the show was cancelled before he got a chance to return. It's likely they were gonna bring him back but never got the chance.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Jasmine's house is riddled with old statues of former Te Xuan Ze's. Were the just there to revere the old protectors? In Out of the Past, Kai Yee is removed from a statue and then re-encased into a new one at the end of the episode.... which begs the question of whether or not all of the statues had a similar function.
    • In the crossover MMORPG FusionFall, there's a giant statue of Juniper in Forgotten Falls complete with waterfalls and a glowing tshirt logo, and a "Te Xuan Ze Inc." in Endsville, which are never given any in-game explanation. Might have been threads that CN tried to pick up but never really continued or built upon.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The commercial for the lead up to the show was actually pretty well animated. But it probably painted that the show was going to be CG animated rather than 2D.
  • What an Idiot!: Quite a few people get thrust into dangerous situations in the show, without any sense of gravity whatsoever (the tourists in episode 3, for example, think it's all part of the show when heavy objects are catapulted into their boat, which sinks and leaves them stranded in the ocean). Sometimes even the monsters do this. Ray Ray tends to provoke this quite a bit some times as well.
  • The Woobie:
    • Both June and Ah-Mah as a Te Xuan Ze are Blessed with Suck.
      • They get super powers and the ability to see the supernatural, but they can't tell anyone, not even other members of their family or close friends. Since the supernatural is only seen by them, they spend a lot of time keeping the balance and often they have to head off to do so at a moments notice. This often leads to conflict with those around them who don't, and can't, understand why they're acting so oddly, isolating the Te Xuan Ze from others. One of the biggest issues is that until another Te Xuan Ze takes over, the current one must stay in Orchid Bay and he/she can't leave until he/she reaches adulthood and has children who can become the Te Xuan Ze. Until then, they are bound to the city, unable to go on vacation/trips/jobs outside the town or colleges outside of town. If their dream job is unavailable in the town, like Ah-Mah's was, then tough luck.
    • Ah-Mah suffered a lot from this as her only child did not become the Te Xuan Ze, meaning she spent twice as long bound to the rules and was only free after her granddaughter June takes over. During the show, she is often seen doing many wild and crazy thing that are not expected of a grandmother, but she does them because its the first time she has been able to in her life (well, at least outside of Orchid Bay).
      • Sort of. Juniper claims that's why she does it, and Ah-Mah doesn't deny on trying to catch up on life now that she has a grand-daughter, but she is actually traveling the world trying to find a way to allow Juniper to leave Orchid Bay.


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