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Jacob Luke Long͵ simply known as Jake Long, is a thirteen to fourteen year old Chinese American who was born as the first American Dragon. With his grandfather and Dragon Master, Lao Shi, along with his animal guardian, Fu Dog, he is a dragon-in-training responsible for protecting the magical underworld living within New York before getting full jurisdiction over America.

Known to be a delinquent, Jake struggles with the responsibilities of his failing grades and fighting against the Huntsclan, who pose as a threat to the magical community.

BiographyEdit

Dragon heritageEdit

Through his mother's side of the family, Jake is a descendant of a family of a supposedly pure bloodline of Chinese dragons. However his mother married a human with presumely no magical background, making Jake his family's first half-dragon.[1] At the age of thirteen, his dragon abilities fully emerged and being the first dragon born in America, he found himself responsible for protecting the magical creatures living within New York.

Early lifeEdit

Jake was born to Jonathan and Susan Long. At the age of six, he became the older brother of Haley. While he was growing up, his grandfather and eventually animal guardian waited patiently for Jake's dragon side to fully emerge. It was his sibling rivalry with his prodigious younger sister that refrained them from telling him who he was, as Haley is Jake's achilles heel.[2] Jake's first glimpse of his dragon heritage eventually came when he was seven years old at the Mugwomp summer camp. Forced to race against Brad Morton with a cast on his broken ankle, his heavy breathing made him cough out fire, scaring him and allowing Brad to win the Mugwomp Cup from him.[3]

Becoming the American DragonEdit

It is unknown how Jake made his discovery of being a dragon, but his grandfather immediately took Jake under his wing and began to train him so that he could protect the magical community living with New York. Although rocky at first, Jake was learning. His human life became somewhat difficult. As part of an ancient law, Jake was prevented from his telling his long-time friends Trixie and Spud about his magical background. Even his father remained blissfully unaware that he had a family full of dragons, though this was mostly due to his mother's part. Soon, Jake found himself falling in love with his school's new girl, Rose, whom he was determined to win over. What Jake was unaware of was that Rose was also living a double life as his mortal enemy, the Huntsgirl.[4]

TriviaEdit

  • Jake's original birth year was 1988, since originally, dragons could only be born in the Chinese year of the dragon. His official birthday in the series is unknown.
  • Both his parents were originally of different enthicities. His mother was going to be Jewish and his father Chinese-American, making him Jewish-Chinese. However Jonathan was later changed to simply American.
  • His first friends was going to be a male African-American named Jamal Johnson and a river nymph/sea elf disguised as a human named Brook Pesci.
  • Brook was also meant to be his love interest, though Jake would initially have a dislike for her before developing any interests.[5]
  • For the series, much of Jake's personality and interest in breakdancing was based off his voice actor, Dante Basco.
  • Jake's struggle to become the American Dragon was inspired by Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayers in terms of wishing for a normal life.
  • Jake discovering his dragon lineage was also inspired by Harry Potter's of the Harry Potter series learning his identity as a wizard.[6]
  • According to Jeff Goode, there are other dragons in America. This is supported by the fact that Jake's maternal side of the family are all dragons living in Florida. However Jake is the official American Dragon.
  • In the first draft of "Hong Kong Nights," it would be revealed that Chang was Jake’s grandmother. It was written off since it didn't work with the timeline and it would mean Chang had Susan out of wedlock.
  • Jake is shown to own two pets. In "Act 4, Scene 15", Jake had a dog possibly named Princess when he was three. In "Year of the Jake", he has a pet goldfish in his room. Both pets were only shown once throughout the series.
  1. Goode, Jeff. Answer 3. Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  2. Season 2, Episode 5. "Family Business". Nee, Chris (writer) & Loter, Steve (director). American Dragon: Jake Long. Disney Channel. August 5, 2006.
  3. Season 2, Episode 19. "A Ghost Story". Nee, Chris (writer) & Filippi, Nick (director). American Dragon: Jake Long. Disney Channel. June 16, 2007.
  4. Season 1, Episode 1. "Old School Training". Guzelian, Eddie (writer) & Roman, Christian (director). American Dragon: Jake Long. Disney Channel. January 21, 2005.
  5. Jeff Goode. The Last Dragon. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  6. Guzelian, Eddie (2006). What Is, What Was, What Could've Been.... Unofficial AmDrag Blog (no longer available). Retrieved 2014-02-25.

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