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Jonathan Long[3][4] is a character from the animated television show American Dragon: Jake Long.


Old School Training (57)
Jonathan is the husband of Susan Long and the father of Jake and Haley Long. He is a normal human being who had not the slightest clue about his family's magical background, so he was unaware that their mother came from a family of "magical reptiles", or dragons. Jonathan works as a financial planner.

Jake went back to 1986 and revealed his family's secret to his dad[5]. When Jonathan found out at first, he was frightened, but demonstrated nobility when he refused to reveal Susan's identity to the Huntsclan. However, Jonathan was told it was all a dream and still did not know about the existence of magical creatures. Jake's reckless time-traveling was responsible for the only occasion in the series where Jonathan and the Huntsman ever met. According to Lao Shi, Jonathan, although a bit odd, is a role model the Dragon Council felt Jake should follow because he was kind, honest, and courageous.

He proved this when, after Jake was hurt, he attacked the Strigoi[6]. He was unable to defeat them, but he distracted them long enough for Jake to destroy them. He also showed his bravery when he saved Jake from a bear. What he didn't know was that the "bear" was actually the Jersey Devil, and that by defeating him, he also saved a village of sprites, who erected a statue to homage him[7].

Eventually[8], he discovered the existence of magical creatures and learned the secret about his family when he accidentally walked in on Haley in dragon form, forcing everyone to explain the truth to him, which he accepted without reservations. He then showed courage by helping Jake defeat the Shades during his battle with the Dark Dragon by discovering their weakness: light and using it to destroy them all in one go. Jake later asked him why he was so okay with all of this and he admitted that he always thought that their was something magical about his family. Presumably from his "dream" he had[5]. He also showed how courageous he was by rushing into battle to help Jake when he found out he was in trouble, although he had only just learned the family's secret and was still trying to process that.

Significant events

His habit of leaving sticky notes for his son provided a few hints, which Jake eventually found helpful in defeating a henchman of King Hammer without having to reveal himself as a real dragon by using his powers or flying away[9].

Once on a camping trip with Jake, Trixie and Spud in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, he unknowingly set up camp near a village of sprites while the Jersey Devil threatened to destroy it. It was defeated by Jonathan, who mistook it for a bear. The sprites erected a statue in his honor[7].

When Jake grew tired of being punished for his various dragon duties, which he could not tell Jonathan about without revealing the truth of his being a dragon, he decided to go back in time to when Jonathan and Susan were still teenagers at school. Jake saw to it an undelivered letter where Susan revealed her secrets ended up in Jonathan's locker. However, he did not take the news well and broke up with Susan. To make things worse, Jonathan telephoned a radio show for advice on the air, attracting the attention of the Huntsclan, which sent the then-apprentice Huntsman on his first assignment to capture him for questioning. Jonathan bravely refused to turn Susan over to them, gaining the respect of Lao Shi. Jake, Susan and Lao Shi rescued him, tricking him into believing the whole "dragon thing" was a dream[5].

Some Strigoi, magical creatures which feed on dragon blood, mistakenly believed Jonathan to be the American Dragon. Despite not being able to defeat them Jonathan impressed Jake by being able to resist more than expected. Afterward, Lao Shi informed Jake that the Dragon Council perceives Jonathan as brave and loyal and it helped them to agree into making Jake the American Dragon[6].

While on family vacation in Hong King, Jonathan finally learned of his wife's family secret and helped them in defeating the Dark Dragon's Shade Demons[8].

Episode Appearances

Season One

Season Two


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  • He's the stereotypical embarrassing parent but has a strict side on his part.
  • When in school, if seated in classes by the common New York Public School practice of alphabetical order, then "Luong" and "Long" would probably have been next to each other most of the time. This may have been when their relationship first began.
  • He is one sixteenth Navajo Indian, making Jake and Haley part Navajo as well.


  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Hero of the Hourglass
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bite Father, Bite Son
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Long Weekend
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Hong Kong Longs
  9. Ring Around the Dragon

v - e - d

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


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


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


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


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


The Chosen One | The Hubba Hubba Hula

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