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Dragons are beings of great magical power that had the task of defend all magical creatures. Some dragons are chosen to protect a determinate country, becoming that country's national dragon (we have seen the Chinese dragon, Korean dragon, American dragon, Canadian dragon, etc.).

Background

In the time of Ancient Greece, all magical beings, including dragons, were enslaved by three wicked magical sisters, Fury, Euryale, and Medusa, known as the Gorgons, who, when united, had the power to encase in stone, anyone who looked at them. The Gorgons used this power to rule all of Greece with an iron fist and force human and magical creature alike to worship them as goddesses.

Eventually, a human warrior (possibly the Greek hero Perseus) rose and fought the wicked sisters. The exact battle is unknown, but in the end, the warrior used his shield to reflect their paralyzing powers which, in turn, encased them in marble. After the fall of the Gorgons, peace returned to all the magical creatures. It is possible that during this time, the World Dragon Council was established, where they first began the designation of a dragon to protect magical creatures located in each determined country (China possibly being the first).

The time of the Middle Ages would bring an uncontrollable fear of magic in Europe. During this time, a regrettable incident involving humans would cause the unfortunate perception of dragons as damsel-snatchers and beasts. It is possible that during this time is when the Huntsclan had its roots.

Physical appearance

Dragons are born in their human form (which raises the question as to whether they're humans with mystical powers, or intelligent animals who can take human form) and gain their powers over time, usually around puberty.

In their human form, they resemble ordinary humans, but when in dragon form, their look is that of a lizard or snake with horns. Some dragons posses wings and others do not. Wings types can vary, from butterfly-like to bat-like.

Powers and abilities

Dragons are beings of a great magical power. Amongst their powers are:

  • Shapeshifting: Dragons can shapeshift between their human and dragon form. A dragon can also call on an individual power while in human form (Eye of the Dragon, Tail of the Dragon, etc.). If they drink a magic potion, Dragons can unlock their shapeshifting potential and gain the power of shapeshift to the form of whomever they want, but only for twenty-four hours. The potion also renders them unable to use any other dragon powers for that time.
  • Flight: Some dragons, like Lao Shi, don't have wings. So dragons receive a little help from magic, and not only can they fly, but also dodge and attack targets.
  • Infrared Vision: With their dragon vision, dragons are capable of seeing in darkness as well as through some objects.
  • Enhanced Strength: Dragons, despite the skinny appearance of some of them, are capable of immense strength thought they are outclassed by more powerfully built beings, like Giants.
  • The Doppelganger Technique: By channeling their chi energy, dragons are capable of create a magical copy of themselves.
  • Potions: Many dragons are knowledgeable in magic potions. This can allow them to travel between dimensions, enter other people's dreams, gain temporary magic powers, or enhance their personal magic powers.

Weaknesses

Despite their vast powers, dragons are far from invincible and possess some weaknesses:

  • Sphinx Hair: Dragons' most shown weakness is fur of a Sphinx, which can severely weaken a dragon and kill them if exposed long enough to it.
  • Potions: In the same way potions can give dragons greater magical prowess, certain potions can be used to put them under mind control, temporarily strip them of their powers, or immobilize them.
  • Gorgons' Magic: Gorgons' magic can turn all living beings, dragons included, into stone. Even weakened Gorgons can blast waves of energy that can be lethal.
  • Strike behind the left ear: As learned in the Huntsclan Academy, a surefire way to kill a dragon is by striking it behind the left ear. During Rose and Jake's climactic battle in the Academy, Rose struck Jake in this location, seemingly killing him, thus allowing her to go back in the field in New York. However, during the battle, the duo utilized a faulty potion Jake and Spud made while undercover at the academy, giving Jake the temporary appearance of death, and thus sparing his life.

See Also

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Media
Television: American Dragon: Jake Long

Books: The Dragon HunterThe Gnome Eater
Games: All Star Skate ParkRose's Print ShopDangerous DescentJake's Dragon Tile ComboJake's Inferno PinballThe Huntsclan TrapsHigh Risk RescueAmerican Dragon: Rise of the HuntsclanAmerican Dragon: Jake Long, Attack of the Dark Dragon

Characters
Main Characters: Jake LongRoseTrixie CarterArthur SpudinskiLuong Lao ShiFu DogJonathan LongSusan LongHaley Long

Other Characters: Brad MortonHans RotwoodStacey WintergrinTraceyLaceyOlivia MearsCourtneyJasmineMarnie LockjellyDanika HunnicuttNigel ThrallFred NerkKyle WilkinsGregoryAndrewSilverCarol St. CarmineFrederick ButtersleevesJoshuaTrisha"Jake Long Junior"Aunt CathyRose's parentsRose's TwinSara and KaraThe Dragon CouncilCouncilor AndamCouncilor KuldeCouncilor KukulkhanCouncilor OminaPatchouli LongSun ParkDolores DercetoMs. JenkinsMs. McGuireMs. BirchMrs. CarterColonel Hank CarterMs. SpudinskiOfficer MortonVeronicaBrocamasStan LipkowskiBerthaReggie the BrownieClooneySanta ClausJaren MacArthurShaniqua ChulavistaThad Rochefort-ChaiseJasma SancereRon SlamCoach SackersonJudge Glamis CutlerTommy KingThe Witches of WoodstockJack FrostPix McGeeQueen LilianaStrigoiMister KrunkersBennyPetite Messenger FairyHerbert the Goblin
Creatures: DragonsDwarvesTrollsPixiesElfGoblinBrownieTooth MinionsGiantSpriteGremlinGriffinShade DemonsHairball MonstersHobgoblinThe Krylock DemonIceberg MonsterJersey DevilGuardian SerpentAvemetrusSea SerpentGnomesCyclopsShark PeopleNymphsHarpyThe KrakenDjinnKelpieThe Magical Community
Villians: The HuntsmanJohnny WangThe HuntsclanThe Dark DragonCouncilor ChangBananas B.Eli Excelsior PandarusNixHuntsboys 88 and 89Huntsgirl 18Sigmund BrockFuryEuryaleMedusaEvil JakeHook Hand GhostVicky FicklingYan YanShackles JackKumoTiburón
Guest Characters: Monty HallIngrid Third

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"
Locations
New YorkNew York (state)New JerseyAlabamaFloridaMillard Fillmore Middle SchoolIsle of DracoHong KongSubwayThe Empire State BuildingChinaCamp MugwompMagus BazaarCanal Street ElectronicsIsland of AtlantisCosmopolitan Museum of ArtFamilio Festevedro
Objects
Mark of the HuntsclanThe 13 Aztec SkullsHuntstaffMagical journalsBrockium
Songs
The Chosen OneThe Hubba Hubba Hula