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Susan Long

The Legend of Dragon Tooth (3)

Created By
Jeff Goode
Voiced By:
Lauren Tom[1][2]
Gender
Female
Date of Birth:
Age
Hair and Eye Color:
Black
Occupation
Caterer[3]
First Appearance:
Family/Friends
Enemies:

Susan Long[4][5], née Luong, is a dragon who appears as a Chinese woman. She is Jake and Haley's mother, daughter of the previous Chinese Dragon Lao Shi, and Jonathan's wife.

History

Despite being born to a bloodline of Chinese dragons, Susan did not inherit any dragon powers because the magic skipped her generation as sometimes will, and thus she is locked in human form. She owns her own catering service which has been known to service premiere events such as the televised wedding of famous soap opera stars Thad Rochefort-Chaise and Jasma Sancere[6].

Ever since twelfth-grade in high school, Susan refrained from telling Jonathan the truth about her family of "magical reptiles", having been reluctant to reveal it to him while trying to work up the courage to tell him that magical creatures are real out of fear of how he would react – that he would freak out and possibly leave her, which he nearly did[7]. Jake learned that she had written a letter while they were dating, explaining her family's dragon heritage, but had never given it to him. Using time travel, Jake took the note and put it in his father's locker, causing him to actually leave her until Jake could straighten everything up. She's been trying to work her way to tell him that magical creatures are real.

She was finally forced to reveal everything to Jonathan after he accidentally walked in on Haley in dragon-form[8]. Not only did he take it well, much to Susan's relief, but he immediately proceeded to help Jake after discovering the trouble they were in. Susan took part in the final battle with the Dark Dragon, the first and only time in the series she participated in a battle, destroying some of the Shade Demons with a camera flash.

Episode Appearances

Season One

Season Two

Trivia

  • In Season 2, Susan's nail polish kept appearing and disappearing whenever her hands were seen.
  • Susan is shown to hate Mr. Rotwood because of two episodes.
    • Jake used his shapeshifting powers to turn into Rotwood and made it look like he was a nut[9].
    • Susan attacked Rotwood, believing him to be insane[10].
  • She along with all the characters from season 1, was given a makeover in season 2 which is more sterner than her first season debut.
  • In Jeff Goode's transcript for "Hero of the Hourglass", it is stated that Susan and Johnathan were seventeen in 1986. The present takes place twenty years later, meaning that Susan is 37.
  • Susan seems to be named after the flower itself as her father would affectionately call her, "My lotus flower" during her adolescence; lotus being one of the meanings of her name.
  • Early in the beginning of the series, in a behind-the-scenes only back-story, Susan was the one to migrate to America. Thus, by marrying Jonathan she became an American citizen. In order not to jeopardize that, she kept the truth about the family being dragons from him. This is similar to some of the women's stories in Joy Luck Club, a movie that Susan's voice actress Lauren Tom starred in, where their pasts weren't spoken of. Ultimately, the real reason as to why Jonathan is unaware of the family secret was to create comedic scenes between him and Jake.
  • Originally, Susan was going to be a dragon but in the end, Eddie Guzelian and Matt Negrete felt Jake’s dragon-ness would be less special if Susan had powers of her own.[11]
  • For "Hong Kong Nights", in a rough draft it was going to be revealed that Chang was Susan's mother and Jake's grandmother. This was taken away because it meant Chang probably had Susan out of wedlock.[11]
  • For the final draft, it was hinted by Chris Roman that Lao Shi may have been unaware that he had a daughter, hence his statement of having no family.[12]

Gallery

Susan Long/Gallery

References

  1. http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Lauren-Tom/
  2. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0866300/
  3. Jake Takes the Cake
  4. http://www.jeffgoode.com/tv/americandragon/characters/mom.htm
  5. http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0070647/
  6. Jake Takes the Cake
  7. Hero of the Hourglass
  8. The Hong Kong Longs
  9. Shapeshifter
  10. The Rotwood Files
  11. a b Eddie Guzelian and Matt Negrete. "What Is, What Was, What Could’ve Been…". Behind the Scenes. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  12. Chris Roman. Toonzone: How old is Jake's mom? (2-16-2005) Retrieved September 6, 2014.

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