"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 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 (Harry-Potter-style) 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
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 (also of ). As of the end of season one, Rose now knows Jake's identity, but her real loyalty is still a matter of debate. As of the end of season two, Rose and Jake share a kiss and Jake's father finds out the family secret.The series was canceled in fall 2007 after a run of 52 episodes. A similar premise exists in the Cartoon Network show .
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.
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"
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.
Magic Pants: When dragons change into their dragon forms, their clothes disappear and reappear when they change back to human form.
Meaningful Name: Long = Dragon in Chinese. (It's 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 are questionable not only for the fact he doesn't look Asian)
Fred Nerk, the Australian Dragon. "Fred Nerk" is a placeholder name used by Australians just like "John Doe" is used by Americans.
Mix-and-Match Critter: The Krylock, half-serpent and half-scorpion.
Also the chimera, with three heads from different creatures.
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.
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 Different: It's revealed in the first season episode that Lao Chi was much like his grandson back in his younger years...this changes when he has an encounter with the Dark Dragon.