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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

Gallery

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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].


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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: DragonsDwarvesTrollsPixiesElvesGoblinsBrowniesTooth MinionsGiantsSpritesGremlinsGriffinsShade DemonsHairball MonstersHobgoblinsKrylockIceberg MonsterJersey DevilGuardian SerpentSea SerpentGnomesCyclopsShark PeopleNymphsHarpiesKrakenDjinnKelpieThe Magical Community
Villains: The HuntsmanHuntsclanDark DragonCouncilor ChangBananas B.Eli Excelsior PandarusNixHuntsboys 88 and 89Huntsgirl 18Sigmund BrockFuryEuryaleMedusaEvil JakeVicky FicklingYan YanShackles JackSolitary SamChain Gang ChuckPeg Leg PatHook Hand GhostGreen GhostKumoTiburónConey Island FreaksAvemetrusJohnny Wang
Guest Characters: Monty HallIngrid Third

Episodes
Season One: "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"

Season Two: "Bring it On" • "Half Baked" • "The Academy" • "The Doppelganger Gang" • "Something Fishy This Way Comes" • "Breakout" • "Family Business" • "" • "" • "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 Number One" • "A Ghost Story" • "Bite Father, Bite Son" • "Game On" • "Furious Jealousy" • "Being Human" • "The Hong Kong Longs"

Locations
New York CityNew YorkNew JerseyAlabamaFloridaMillard Fillmore Middle SchoolIsle of DracoHong KongSubwayEmpire State BuildingChinaCamp MugwompMagus BazaarCanal Street ElectronicsIsland of AtlantisCosmopolitan Museum of ArtFamilio Festevedro
Objects
Mark of the Huntsclan13 Aztec SkullsHuntstaffMagical JournalsBrockiumRose's Dream Charm
Songs
The Chosen OneThe Hubba Hubba Hula

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