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A Griffin is a legendary creature issued from Greek mythology. It is a beast crossed between a lion and an eagle. The one featured here only appears in Season 1[1] of American Dragon: Jake Long, and makes a quick cameo in Season 2[2].

Background

Physical Description

At first, the Griffin has an orange beak, wings and front talons of an eagle[1]. It also has cat-like ears and yellow eyes. Its head, neck, chest and wings are covered in red feathers. The rest of its body is that of a lion. Usually, the Griffin is at least as big as a loading truck.

Later on, the Griffin undergoes a drastic redesign[2]. It still has the body of an eagle and a lion, but with several modifications. It now resembles more of a bald eagle, with white feathers on its heads and brown ones on its neck and chest. Its eyes are now green with black markings around them. Its front talons and lion body remain relatively the same, with the exception of its tail: the tuft of fur at the end is replaced by a palm-like formation of feathers. This Griffin is also much bigger than before, reaching a height of at least two or three loading trucks.

Powers & Abilities

Since Griffins are rarely seen in the series, not much is know about their magical abilities. It is presumed that, thanks to their wings, they possess the ability to fly. If given the chance, they can prove to be fearsome fighters and challenging opponents. Griffins do not have the ability to speak, but they do understand modern languages.

Information

Life in the Magical World

Since Griffins only lay an egg once every thousand years, they are considered to be some of the rarest creatures of the magical realm. Because of their rarity, Griffin eggs are very valuable among magical creatures, which can drive a lot of them out of their way just to get their hands on one. This can cause the Griffin mother to become very protective of its clutch and wary of others, good or bad. Griffins will build their nest on top of tall skyscrapers, such as the Empire State Building along with the Gargoyles.

At first, Griffins seem to be rather passive creatures. The one featured[1] appears peaceful when interacting with other creatures and only becomes aggressive when someone gets too close to its egg. Also, when it gets its egg stolen, it immediately starts to mourn without chasing after the kidnappers. However, later on[2], a Griffin angrily runs loose in the streets of New York City without much explanation on the cause of its rampage.

Eggs and Young

The Griffin egg is about two to three times bigger than a chicken egg and entirely white with soft yellow zebra-like patterns on the outer shell. Although this is shown briefly, it can also glow a soft yellow. The Griffin egg is extremely hard and will take several hits before it can crack open.

Once the baby hatches, it will look exactly like its parents, although much smaller. The mother will then eat the baby since it has to live inside her digestive system for the first week or two following its birth. Once this time has passed, she will regurgitate her young back out.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Egg
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Love Cruise

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Trivia

  • In ancient times, a Griffin was often considered the king of animals and a divine creature.
  • A Griffin was momentarily captured, thanks to a net made of Sphinx hair[1].
  • According to Lao Shi in Season 1, Griffins fight dirty[2].
  • A Griffin may be the inspiration for the griffin logo from Merv Griffin Enterprises from November 28, 1983 - March 31, 1993.


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Media

Television: American Dragon: Jake Long
Books: The Dragon Hunter | The Gnome Eater
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

Characters

Main 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 | Andrew | 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 | 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 | Santa Claus | Jaren MacArthur | Shaniqua Chulavista | Thad Rochefort-Chaise | Jasma Sancere | Ron Slam | Coach Sackerson | Judge Glamis Cutler | Tommy King | The Witches of Woodstock | Jack Frost | Pix McGee | Queen Liliana | Strigoi | Mister Krunkers | Benny | Petite Messenger Fairy | Herbert the Goblin
Creatures: Dragons | Dwarves | Trolls | Pixies | Elf | Goblin | Brownie | Tooth Minions | Giant | Sprite | Gremlin | Griffin | Shade Demons | Hairball Monsters | Hobgoblin | The Krylock Demon | Iceberg Monster | 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 | Tiburón
Guest Characters: Monty Hall | Ingrid 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 York | New York (state) | New Jersey | Alabama | Florida | Millard Fillmore Middle School | Isle of Draco | Hong Kong | Subway | The Empire State Building | China | Camp Mugwomp | Magus Bazaar | Canal Street Electronics | Island of Atlantis | Cosmopolitan Museum of Art | Familio Festevedro

Objects

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

Songs

The Chosen One | The Hubba Hubba Hula


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