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The Huntsman
Background information
Feature films
Television programs American Dragon: Jake Long
Video games American Dragon: Jake Long, Rise of the Huntsclan
American Dragon: Jake Long, Attack of the Dark Dragon
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Jeff Goode
Voice Jeff Bennett[1][2]
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Hunts-Punk, Hunts-Fool (By Jake Long), Huntsmaster (by his subordinates)
Personality Ruthless, violent, intelligent, vicious, obsessive
Appearance See below
Birthday Unknown
Occupation Leader of the Huntsclan, Hunter, Rose's guardian (formerly)
Alignment Bad
Affiliations
Goal To Slay Jake and Lao Shi, to rid the Earth of all Magical Creatures
Home
Relatives
Pets
Allies Huntsgirl/Rose (formerly), The Huntsclan, Huntsboy #88 & Huntsboy #89
Minions The Huntsclan
Enemies Jake Long, Luong Lao Shi, Fu Dog, Rose, Trixie Carter, Arthur Spudinski, The Dragon Council, Sun Park, Haley Kay Long
Likes
Dislikes
Powers and abilities Strength, agility
Weapons spear/staff weapon, energy blade gauntlets
Fate Knocked out by Rose and destroyed by the Aztec Skulls along with the rest of the Huntsclan
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The Huntsman, also known as Huntsmaster[3][4], is the leader of The Huntsclan and the main antagonist of the Disney Channel animated series American Dragon: Jake Long.

Background Info/History

The Huntsman, sometimes referred to as Huntsmaster by his subordinates, was the leader of the Huntsclan, as well as Jake Long's main archenemy, rated by the Dragon Council as the fourth greatest threat to the magical community. He was an extremely bitter man with an absolute deep hatred toward all magical creatures, especially dragons, believing them to be freaks of nature.

Extraordinarily ruthless, the Huntsman was obsessed with killing magical creatures and had no problems with killing any normal humans he would consider as "traitors" who got in the Huntsclan's way, or even allies with magical creatures, even going so far as to disposing of his own subordinates if they failed or betrayed the Huntsclan. Once he threatened a student with death in a stern warning never to betray the Huntsclan, and is also shown forcing failing students to fight an imposing monster known as the "Krakken"[5].

The Huntsman's personality is normally menacing and level-headed, and he is seldom shown losing his temper or displaying strong emotions other than hatred.

The Huntsman has an intimidating stature. His fighting skills are superb; he has impressive agility and acrobatic ability, as well as nearly superhuman strength and durability, even able to punch through a brick wall[6], another time was barely phased by being slammed headfirst through a metal elevator door, and even yanked the elevator pulley out with his bare hands in a fit of rage[7]. Nonetheless, he left most of the physical work to his apprentice, Huntsgirl, and limited his role in a fight to firing energy blasts with his staff weapon.

Ironically, despite the Huntsman's generally serious behavior and performance, he was often defeated in comical fashion; such as being defeated by Jake's flaming flatulence[8]. another time, Jake went back in time and embarrassed the Huntsman in front of his peers[9].

While the leader of the Huntsclan, it was discovered other members of the Huntsclan held "Huntsmaster" ranks similar to his own[10].

Character History

One time, Jake traveled to the past of 1986, where he met a teenage Huntsman[9]. As a teenager, the Huntsman was a Huntsclan apprentice with a scrawny physique and a high-pitched voice that earned him the derision of his Huntsclan peers. Because of Jake's time-travel, the Huntsman's first assignment was kidnapping Jonathan Long so the Huntsclan could force him to reveal the identity of a dragon known to be at their school, unknown to them to be Susan Long, due to rumors he was dating one. The Huntsman attempted to slay Jake several times. Jake finally accidentally dropped him into a monster pit, where he was mauled by a vicious large beast. He barely got out. When the Huntsman emerged from the pit, the experience resulted him in being "deformed", and his voice had changed to his present, deep voice which made his peers fear him. This also resulted in his hatred for magical creatures in general, and dragons specifically, and he vowed to one day slay all dragons on the face of the Earth. Whatever his first assignment was in the original timeline remains unknown. 

Much of the Huntsman's plans were eventually revealed as attempting to gather thirteen mystical Aztec Crystal Skulls which had the power to destroy all magical beings if brought together with a ritual. In addition, he began to grow distrustful of his apprentice. A tension and mistrust developed between the Huntsman and his apprentice Rose, due to her having fallen in love with Jake and acting as a double agent against the Huntsclan.

Early on[11], Rose referred to the Huntsman as her "uncle" as she believed at the time they were related. However she later learned differently during an adventure in the dream realm[12]; the Huntsman stole Rose from her parents immediately after she was born, raising her as his apprentice while leading her to believe her parents were dead. Eventually[7], the Huntsman found out about Rose's change of allegiances and revealed he knew the whereabouts of her parents, threatening to kill them if she did not bring him the three Aztec skulls held by Jake Long.

Demise

Later [7], the Huntsman managed to gather all thirteen Aztec skulls after a major battle in which Jake and his allies are defeated by the Huntsclan. The Huntsman started the ritual to use the skulls to wish for the destruction of all magical creatures, but Rose knocked him aside with a shot from her staff weapon. She then used the skulls to instead wish for the destruction of all Huntsclan, where they started to vanish into thin air. However, all which was left of the #4 threat to the magical world was his cape, and scattered Huntsclan bases around the world[13].

The Huntsman's Appearance

At first, the Huntsman's face was never shown beyond glowing red eyes underneath a black hood. Eventually, after once again involved with their Academy activities, he wore a ninja-like face mask, his eyes clearly visible.

Something terrible happened to him at some point in his past. Seen from the behind, the back of his head is shown as bald and slightly deformed, as well as heavily laden with lines that are either large scars or extremely prominent veins[11], briefly revealed back of his head was mottled with burns with veins standing out as a mechanical arm lowered his helmet onto his head.

The Huntsman's face is finally seen without his masks after his helmet was destroyed when Jake slammed him through an elevator door[7]. He as a bald, but otherwise normal-looking human, with a large full-body dragon birthmark partially covering the left side of his face. It is unclear if this is a second mark from the one the palm of one of his hands[11], or a continuation of the same marking. Since the American Dragon in dragon-form is obviously a fledgling, the Huntsman stood taller than he whenever they fought.

Another possible explanation for the seeming discrepancy between his true appearance[7] and what was revealed of the back of his head[11] may be attributed to Jake's time-travel stint altering something in the past.

Skills

The Huntsman was a highly skilled hunter strong enough to take down a full grown dragon with a little help; able to hold his own against Jake and the strongest Magical Creatures. He was skilled in almost every single weapon, especially of Huntsclan technology.

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Trivia

  • The scene where the Huntsman's burnt head with helmet lowered by a mechanical arm is homage to a similar scene in The Empire Strikes Back where the back of Darth Vader's head is likewise briefly revealed.
  • When compared to villains like Dr. Drakken, Hämsterviel, and Heinz Doofenshmirtz (from Kim Possible, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, and Phineas and Ferb, respectively), the Huntsman is definitely one of the more darker Disney show villains by virtue of his actions, goals, and intense desire for carrying them out.
  • Unlike other Disney show villains, The Huntsman is mostly just stern, serious and menacing. He's only funny when he gets beaten and whenever he intentionally makes a joke.
  • Although he has never been seen killing another, the Huntsman is the first Disney show villain since Demona to actually have committed murder, as apparent by the Dragon Skull he wears as a helmet.

References

  1. http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/tv-shows/American-Dragon-Jake-Long/The-Huntsman/
  2. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0071818/
  3. http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0388167/
  4. http://www.jeffgoode.com/tv/americandragon/characters/huntsman.htm
  5. The Academy
  6. Breakout
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Homecoming
  8. Old School Training
  9. 9.0 9.1 Hero of the Hourglass
  10. The Hunted
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Act 4, Scene 15
  12. Dreamscape
  13. The Hong Kong Longs


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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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