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Dolores Decerto is an undercover, mermaid detective sent to track down a Kelpie who escaped from prison. She went undercover for a year acting as a principal in Fillmore Middle School.[1] She had a brief romance with Lao Shi, the Chinese dragon, and with the help of the American Dragon, she captured the Kelpie.

Unfortunately and much to her regret, Derceto had to leave to take another undercover work although she continued to inform Jake of other missions, such as Fury's escape.[2]

BackgroundEdit

HistoryEdit

Prior to the show, an aquatic beast known as a Kelpie escaped from the mermaid's security prison and began to terrorize the magical creatures around New York. Being a shapeshifter, the Kelpie was hard to track and many of the best mermaid detectives were sent to locate it. Of the many detectives was Dolores Derceto, who went to Fillmore Middle School as a principal.

Season OneEdit

Derceto first made a cameo in "Shapeshifter", where her picture was seen next to Rotwood's in the school's hallway. Derceto made her first major appearance in "The Talented Mr. Long" when she had announced the school's talent show and was handing out a trophy, which was actually a chalice that held an evil djinn inside, as the first place prize. Two policemen then informed Principal Derceto of an attempt robbery of the trophy so Principal Derceto locked the trophy up, forcing Jake to participate in the talent show against his friend, Spud, in order to win the trophy from Professor Rotwood, who was after the chalice as well. For the talent show, Derceto acted as a judge. She particularly enjoyed Spud's show, which was actually the evil djinn attacking the school and Jake in his dragon form trying to stop it, and announced Spud as the first place winner.

In "The Hunted", Jake came to Principal Derceto asking information about a student, Rose. Rose had transferred out of the school without a forwarding address and left behind a picture for Jake.

Later in "Hong Kong Nights", Jake was sent to her office for disrupting Professor Rotwood's class with his rapping. Instead of giving Jake detention, she assigned him a fifteen-page essay on a real-life role model believing that he would benefit from it. In the end, Jake wrote about his grandfather, Lao Shi, and even promised to change and begin a new start. Unfortunate for Jake, as he was leaving her office he ended up bumping into Rotwood sending him tumbling down the school's staircase, sending Jake back to her office.

Season TwoEdit

Principal Derceto appeared again in "Something Fishy This Way Comes" when Jake was sent to her office again by Professor Rotwood. She became concerned with his poor performance in school and began to believe that Jake was the Kelpie that she was seeking. She asked to meet his parents but was informed that they were at a genius convention for his sister, Haley. Believing that he was lying, she went to visit his home and met with Jake's grandfather, Lao Shi. The two got along well and even went out on a date, much to Jake's horror.

When Derceto went to investigate the streets whenever she heard the Kelpie attack, she would frequently find Jake outside as well.

SightingsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • In Greek mythology, Derceto was the name of the earliest Mermaid-goddess.[3]
  1. Season 2, Episode 6. "Something Fishy This Way Comes". Sawyer, Brandon (writer) & Loter, Steve (director). American Dragon: Jake Long. Disney Channel. July 15, 2006.
  2. Season 2, Episode 29. "Furious Jealousy". Cheung, Vince and Montanio, Ben (writers) & Filippi, Nick (director). American Dragon: Jake Long. Disney Channel. July 7, 2007.
  3. Character Profile

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