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Arthur Spudinski
Background information
Feature films
Television programs American Dragon: Jake Long
Lilo and Stitch: The Series (cameo)
Video games American Dragon: Rise of the Huntsclan
American Dragon: Jake Long, Attack of the Dark Dragon
Park attractions
Portrayed by Charlie Finn[1][2]
Portrayed by
Animators Jeff Goode
Voice
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Arthur Patrick Spudinski
Other names Spud the Spudgnificient
Spud the Dud (Brad Morton)
Mega-Spudman
Potato Boy (Fu Dog)
Spud
Spudinski
Master Spud
Al Bondigas
Personality Loyal, laid-back, goofy, weird
Appearance
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Student
Alignment Good
Affiliations
Goal
Home New York City, New York
Relatives Ms. Spudinski (mother), unnamed cousin, great-great grandfather (deceased)
Pets
Allies Jake Long, Fu Dog, Trixie Carter, Rose, Luong Lao Shi, Stitch, Lilo Pelekai, Morpholomew, Stacey Wintergrin
Minions
Enemies Shade Demons, Brad Morton, Huntsman, Huntsclan, Hans Rotwood, The Dark Dragon, Huntsboys 88 and 89
Likes Stacey
Dislikes Girls who don't to go out with him
Powers and abilities
Weapons Spud-Launcher
Fate Becomes Stacey's graduation partner
Quote "Dude… I could have sworn I was a dude!"

Arthur "Spud" P. Spudinski, commonly known as Spud[3][4], is a fictional character from the Disney animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. He is voiced by Charlie Finn.

Background

Personality

Spudinski1

Spud as he appeared in Season One

Spudinski2

Spud as he appears in Season Two

Spud is the best friend of Jake and Trixie. He is extremely loyal, and will do anything to help them. Although seemingly slow-witted, he often comes up with intelligent things to say at random times, much like the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. He's actually a genius, but tries to hide it[5] in order to live an easier and carefree life. Spud has a tremendous fear of clowns that started when he was five years old[6]. He also has an obsession with mermaids and dreams of becoming a "merman"[7].

Talents, interests and abilities

In Season 1, Spud doesn't appear to be particularly smart and often spends his time goofing around and making a fool of himself. It's only at the beginning of Season 2 that Spud shows a very comprehensive technological knowledge. He owns a laptop computer that sports surveillance capabilities and other advance functions.

Spud used his computer to decode the encryption in the Huntsclan teleportation system, allowing his friends and him to intercept the teleportation of Huntsboys Numbers 88 and 89 (the same episode shows Spud's father as an uptight intellectual whom Spud resents, perhaps explaining his current "slacker" attitude)[8]. He once developed a global-positioning device to track his cheerleader crush, Stacey[9].

It is revealed that Spud is, in fact, a genius, and scored a perfect mark on a government issued standardized test, which was a first for Millard Fillmore Middle School. Despite this, Spud generally prefers not to use his genius IQ, as he fears that upon the discovery of his intelligence the ensuing pressure would not allow him to enjoy his life[5].

Spud also has the entire works of Shakespeare committed to memory[citation needed].

Heritage

Judging by the -ski suffix in his last name "Spudinski", he is most likely of Eastern European-American heritage.

Magical Background

Throughout the series, there have been several hints that Spud may possess a magical background. Spud mentioned that his great-grandfather used to be a magician, albeit apparently not a very good one. During the talent show in which he does a magician act in honor of his relative, Spud unknowingly uses a magical incantation thought to have been lost for centuries to seal a Djinn away; it is, in fact, the catch-phrase his 'super gramps' taught him when he was younger[10].

The Gorgon sisters remark about how Spud is the splitting image of the warrior Perseus, who originally sealed them away. However, this might be entirely due to the Spartacus costume for the Fighting Trojans mascot he was wearing at the time, and does not necessarily mean he is related to the ancient hero[9].

Spud also mentions his family's tales of a mermaid city in the East River[11].

It is interesting to note that Spud himself appears to have a relation with magic that may hint to a magical background. For example, he has displayed mastery with the use of two magical wands while battling Pandarus[5] without any instructions or training beforehand, though he had trouble remembering what the spells would do. Spud once maximized the smell of an onion, using a powerful voice, to defeat one of the giant bugs in the principal's room that Sigmund Brock sent[12]. He also gains magical frog-like powers in in one episode[13], although he goes back to being human with no magical abilities at all in the end.

Love Interests

Stacey Wintergrin

Spud and Stacey
Other than this, Spud later shows an obsession toward a cheerleader named Stacey Wintergrin. His fixation on her is so great that he even goes as far as to create a global positioning device to track her. He develops several plans and ploys in order to win her love, but is constantly rejected by her no matter what he does to attract her attention.

However, Stacey finally develops feelings for Spud, though Spud thinks it's because of the deal he made with the Gorgon Fury[14]. It is soon revealed that Spud did, in fact, win over her heart on his own and that magic had nothing to do with it. They seem to start dating at this point, though Stacey insists they cannot be seen together or else her reputation would be ruined.

Spud later became Stacey's graduation partner[15]. From this it is believed that they are most likely officially dating and that their relationship has become more public.

Relationships

Jake Long

Main article: Jake Long

Jake and Spud are like brothers. Both care about each other's well being, which is demonstrated multiple times. Spud wants to be a dragon like Jake and is jealous of his dragon abilities and sometimes they argue, but not seriously. After all everyone argues with their friends but in the end they both know they need each other to help protect the magical world.

Trixie Carter

Main article: Trixie Carter

Spud and Trixie are very good and firm friends. They know each other very well and are a very solid team together. However, at this stage of their relationship, friendship is all they are. The mistaken prospect of their predicted marriage truly upset them[16], and they later reconfirmed there was nothing deeper to their mutual feelings toward each other[7].

Age by Season

  • Season 1: 12-13
  • Season 2: 13-14[17]

Episode Appearances

Trivia

  • In the Season One intro, Spud plays the drums in Jake's imaginary band.
  • Spud's magician name is "Spud the Spudnificient"[10].
  • In one episode[18], Spud dreams of being Spudman, the hero of Spudopolis. His catchphrase is: "Tally-ho!"
    • Spud's world is a parody of Batman and Superman mixed together.
  • During the beginning of Season Two's next-to-last episode[15], Spud sings the first few lyrics of the show's intro.
  • In Season Two, Spud wears an alien head logo shirt.

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References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0278096/?ref_=tt_cl_t6
  2. http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/characters/American-Dragon/Spud/
  3. http://www.jeffgoode.com/tv/americandragon/characters/spud.htm
  4. http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0070641/
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 A Befuddled Mind
  6. Half Baked
  7. 7.0 7.1 Homecoming
  8. The Academy
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bring It On
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Talented Mr. Long
  11. Something Fishy This Way Comes
  12. The Rotwood Files
  13. Shaggy Frog
  14. Furious Jealousy
  15. 15.0 15.1 Being Human
  16. Body Guard Duty
  17. Young at Heart
  18. Dreamscape
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Characters: Jake Long | Rose | Trixie Carter | Arthur Spudinski | Luong Lao Shi | Fu Dog | Jonathan Long | Susan Long | Haley Long

Other Characters: Brad Morton | Hans Rotwood | Stacey Wintergrin | Tracey | Lacey | Olivia Mears | Courtney | Jasmine | Marnie Lockjelly | Danika Hunnicutt | Nigel Thrall | Fred Nerk | Kyle Wilkins | Gregory Long | Andrew Long | Silver | Carol St. Carmine | Frederick Buttersleeves | Joshua | Trisha | Jake Long Junior | Aunt Cathy | Rose's parents | Rose's Twin | Sara and Kara | The Dragon Council | Councilor Andam | Councilor Kulde | Councilor Kukulkhan | Councilor Omina | Aunt Patchouli Long | Sun Park | Dolores Derceto | Ms. Jenkins | Ms. McGuire | Ms. Birch | Mrs. Carter | Colonel Hank Carter | Ms. Spudinski | Officer Morton | Veronica | Brocamas | Stan Lipkowski | Bertha | Reggie the Brownie | Clooney | Jaren MacArthur | Shaniqua Chulavista | Ron Slam | Coach Sackerson | Judge Glamis Cutler | Tommy King | Asian Dragon | Russian Dragon | Indian Dragon | Scottish Dragon | Egyptian Dragon | Japanese Dragon | The Witches of Woodstock | Annika | Monica | Bubonica | Jack Frost | Pix McGee | Queen Liliana | Strigoi | Mister Krunkers | Benny | Petite Messenger Fairy

Creatures: Dragons | Dwarfs | Trolls | Pixies | Elf | Goblin | Brownie | Tooth Minions | Giant | Sprite | Gremlin | Griffin | Shade Demons | Hairball Monsters | Hobgoblin | The Krylock Demon | Tentacled Monster | Iceberg Monster | Giant Mosquito | Jersey Devil | Guardian Serpent | Avemetrus | Sea Serpent | Gnomes | Cyclops | Shark People | Nymphs | Harpy | The Kraken | Djinn | Kelpie | The Magical Community

Villians: The Huntsman | Johnny Wang | The Huntsclan | The Dark Dragon | Councilor Chang | Bananas B. | Eli Excelsior Pandarus | Nix | Huntsgirl | Huntsboys 88 and 89 | Huntsgirl 18 | Sigmund Brock | Fury | Euryale | Medusa | Evil Jake | Hook Hand Ghost | Vicky Fickling | Yan Yan | Shackles Jack | Kumo

Guest Characters: Monty Hall | Ingrid Third | Thad Rochefort-Chaise | Jasma Sancere | Santa Claus

Locations: New York | New York (state) | New Jersey | Alabama | Florida | Millard Fillmore Middle School | Isle of Draco | Hong Kong (American Dragon) | Subway (American Dragon) | The Empire State Building | China | Camp Mugwomp | Magus Bazaar | Canal Street Electronics | Island of Atlantis | Cosmopolitan Museum of Art | Familio Festevedro

Episodes: Old School Training | Dragon Breath | The Talented Mr. Long | The Legend of Dragon Tooth | Act 4, Scene 15 | Adventures in Troll Sitting | Fu Dog Takes a Walk | Professor Rotwood's Thesis | The Egg | The Heist | Dragon Summit | Body Guard Duty | Shapeshifter | The Ski Trip | The Long Weekend | Eye of the Beholder | Jake Takes the Cake | Hong Kong Nights | Halloween Bash | Fu and Tell | Flight of the Unicorn | Keeping Shop | Ring Around the Dragon | The Hunted | Bring It On | Half Baked | The Academy | The Doppelganger Gang | Something Fishy This Way Comes | Breakout | Family Business | Hero of the Hourglass | Dreamscape | A Befuddled Mind | Fool's Gold | Feeding Frenzy | Haley Gone Wild | Supernatural Tuesday | The Rotwood Files | Hairy Christmas | Switcheroo | The Love Cruise | Year of the Jake | Homecoming | Young at Heart | Siren Says | Shaggy Frog | Nobody's Fu | Magic Enemy #1 | A Ghost Story | Bite Father, Bite Son | Game On | Furious Jealousy | Being Human | The Hong Kong Longs

Objects: Mark of the Huntsclan | The 13 Aztec Skulls | Huntstaff | Magical journals | Brockium

Books: The Dragon Hunter | The Gnome Eater

Songs: The Chosen One | The Hubba Hubba Hula

Games: All Star Skate Park | Rose's Print Shop | Dangerous Descent | Jake's Dragon Tile Combo | Jake's Inferno Pinball | The Huntsclan Traps | High Risk Rescue | American Dragon: Rise of the Huntsclan | American Dragon: Jake Long, Attack of the Dark Dragon

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