History Literature / HowToTrainYourDragon

20th Apr '16 3:54:51 PM Akriloth2160
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It was recently given an incredibly successful film adaption by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, with ex-Disney animator Chris Sanders (''Disney/LiloAndStitch'') at the director's helm. It is largely an InNameOnly adaptation, but most characters retain their book names. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHUhygdAZIw Here's the trailer.]] Trope page for the film is '''[[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon here]]'''.

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It was recently notably given an incredibly successful film adaption by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, with ex-Disney animator Chris Sanders (''Disney/LiloAndStitch'') at the director's helm. It is largely an InNameOnly adaptation, but most characters retain their book names. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHUhygdAZIw Here's the trailer.]] Trope page for the film is '''[[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon here]]'''.
13th Apr '16 9:39:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot:
** Fishlegs keeps saying in ''How to Be a Pirate'' that he doesn't want to go on the dangerous treasure hunt, and the Vikings only went because they became enamored of the legend of Grimbeard's treasure.
** Arguably, ''How to Betray a Dragon's Hero'' because of the choices that Hiccup makes. As the Wodensfang puts it, "Your mother said not to leave the Hideout."
** The whole quest to find the Lost Things and crown a new King of the Wilderwest happened because Grimbeard the Ghastly crossed the DespairEventHorizon and dismantled his kingdom, creating a prophecy for a new, worthier King to take his place. [[spoiler:According to the Wodensfang, Grimbeard was the first Hooligan to turn the Dragonmark into the Slavemark, and to enslave humans and dragons while building his empire, [[TheCaligula while a]] [[TyrantTakesTheHelm teenager]]. The Dragon Jewel gave Grimbeard power over all the dragons, and thus he could have used it and the power from his empire to end the slavery that he had created, and he could have killed his son Thugheart, Alvin the Treacherous's ancestor, instead of exiling him.]]

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot:
** Fishlegs keeps saying in ''How to Be a Pirate'' that he doesn't want to go on the dangerous treasure hunt, and the Vikings only went because they became enamored of the legend of Grimbeard's treasure.
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CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Arguably, ''How to Betray a Dragon's Hero'' because of the choices that Hiccup makes. As the Wodensfang puts it, "Your mother said not to leave the Hideout."
** The whole quest to find the Lost Things and crown a new King of the Wilderwest happened because Grimbeard the Ghastly crossed the DespairEventHorizon and dismantled his kingdom, creating a prophecy for a new, worthier King to take his place. [[spoiler:According to the Wodensfang, Grimbeard was the first Hooligan to turn the Dragonmark into the Slavemark, and to enslave humans and dragons while building his empire, [[TheCaligula while a]] [[TyrantTakesTheHelm teenager]]. The Dragon Jewel gave Grimbeard power over all the dragons, and thus he could have used it and the power from his empire to end the slavery that he had created, and he could have killed his son Thugheart, Alvin the Treacherous's ancestor, instead of exiling him.]]
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2nd Apr '16 9:02:14 PM Jayalaw
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* CallBack:
** In Book Ten, Fishlegs delivers a ListOfTrangressions as to why to not save [[spoiler: Snotlout]].
** In Book Twelve, the nanodragons [[spoiler: to prove Hiccup is king]] lift Hiccup up into the sky the way that they did in Book Three to fool the Romans.



** Completely subverted with [[spoiler: Fishlegs and his father Alvin the Treacherous]]. [[spoiler: Alvin]] freely admits that he did it on purpose, with no thoughts about what happened to his [[spoiler: newborn son, who was abandoned and laid out to the sea.]]



* JustInTime: Hiccup in Book Twelve arrives [[spoiler: right when Alvin is about to be crowned, and manages to prove that he is the King once Toothless helps him regain his memories.]]



* LetsYouAndHimFight: [[spoiler: Amnesiac]] Hiccup tosses a broken oar at [[spoiler: Camicazi and Stormfly]] when he doesn't recognize them.

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* LetsYouAndHimFight: LetsFightLikeGentlemen:
** Furious demands this in Book Twelve and [[spoiler: Hiccup goes to meet him with the Dragon Jewel]].
** Fishlegs demands this of [[spoiler: Alvin on learning that the latter is his father]]. [[spoiler: Alvin]] refuses.
* LetsYouAndHimFight:
** Alvin and the Romans plan to turn the Bog Burglars and Hooligans by kidnapping their heirs and framing each of the tribes for the crime. Fortunately Hiccup thwarts this plot.
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[[spoiler: Amnesiac]] Hiccup tosses a broken oar at [[spoiler: Camicazi and Stormfly]] when he doesn't recognize them.


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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:
** Hiccup before the events of Book One escaping from the Visithugs while he was held hostage. ''Before'' he met Toothless.
** Also Hiccup between the events of books Nine and Ten survives for a year [[spoiler: as a fugitive, burgling to survive and freeing dragons from Alvin's traps.]]


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* ParentalAbandonment: Valhallarama sometimes sparks this reaction from Hiccup, especially when he's under stress [[spoiler: in Book Nine]].
2nd Mar '16 10:00:11 PM HeroGal2347
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* LoserFriendPuzzlesOutsiders: PlayedWith; Hiccup, the weedy GuileHero son of a dragon-killing chieftain, is friends with Fishlegs, a likewise weedy teenager. In spite of his weakness, the fact that Hiccup is a chief's son makes him slightly better than Fishlegs socially, and Stoick, Hiccup's father, urges his son to "give him up." He eventually says he was mistaken about Fishlegs.
27th Jan '16 6:45:39 PM Perilheart
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** In How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, Toothless calls Valhallarama (believing she was a man) a "terrifying tin of testosterone".
6th Jan '16 3:43:23 PM Jayalaw
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* BittersweetEnding: ''How to Fight a Dragon's Fury'' has a huge one. [[spoiler: Hiccup is crowned king, and ends the war that he started between dragons and humans, but Furious dies TakingTheBullet from him, Snotlout is dead, and when Hiccup is an old man the dragons go into hiding to stay safe from humans.]]



* BondVillainStupidity: Excellinor's insistence on [[spoiler: keeping Hiccup alive up in Book Eleven after capturing him]], which Alvin lampshades, justifying it as "politics".



* ChekhovsGun: Too many to count. Some of the King's Lost Things [[spoiler: Grimbeard's second-best sword Endeavor, the Roman shield, the Hysteric key that opens everything, Toothless, Grimbeard's "ticking thing," the heart's stone that contains a ruby]]. Others to note: [[spoiler: Hiccup's Slavemark and Norbert's flying machine]], in ''How To Ride A Dragon's Storm'' and [[spoiler: Fishlegs's lobster pot]] in ''How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel''.

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* ChekhovsGun: Too many to count. ChekhovsArmory: Some of the King's Lost Things [[spoiler: Grimbeard's second-best sword Endeavor, the Roman shield, the Hysteric key that opens everything, Toothless, Grimbeard's "ticking thing," the heart's stone that contains a ruby]]. Others to note: [[spoiler: Hiccup's Slavemark and Norbert's flying machine]], in ''How To Ride A Dragon's Storm'' and [[spoiler: Fishlegs's lobster pot]] in ''How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel''. Grimbeard's letter to Hiccup ends up [[spoiler: nominating him as king.]]



* ChekhovsLecture: Hiccup manages to prove [[spoiler: that he is the rightful King of the Wilderwest]] by recounting all that he's learned from [[spoiler: obtaining the Lost Things]].
* ChickMagnet: Hiccup becomes this [[spoiler: after becoming crowned King of the Wilderwest.]]
* ChildProdigy: Hiccup, at least compared to everyone else, and he ages into a TeenGenius. His friends are smarter than the average Viking but are more of a case of OnlySaneMan.



* ChildProdigy / TeenGenius: Hiccup, at least compared to everyone else. His friends are smarter than the average Viking but are more of a case of OnlySaneMan.

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* ChildProdigy / TeenGenius: Hiccup, at least compared to everyone else. His friends are smarter than ClingyJealousGirl: Camicazi [[spoiler: [[ShipTease chases away the average Viking but are more of a case of OnlySaneMan.girls]] that want to hit on King Hiccup]].



** Arguably, ''How to Betray a Dragon's Hero'' because of the choices that Hiccup makes.

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** Arguably, ''How to Betray a Dragon's Hero'' because of the choices that Hiccup makes. As the Wodensfang puts it, "Your mother said not to leave the Hideout."



** Snotlout dueling Hiccup [[spoiler: in Book Twelve]] and blaming him for [[spoiler: all that has happened in the last books]], as well as for being born and upstaging Snotlout's position as heir. Hiccup during the duel is apologizing for what he has and hasn't done, which is unsettling to victims of abuse.

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** Snotlout dueling Hiccup [[spoiler: in Book Twelve]] Eleven]] and blaming him for [[spoiler: all that has happened in the last books]], as well as for being born and upstaging Snotlout's position as heir. Hiccup during the duel is apologizing for what he has and hasn't done, which is unsettling to victims of abuse.



** Hiccup. He saves the day several times and Snotlout usually gets credit for it all.
*** Not quite. Most of the time, the books end with a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming where Hiccup and Fishlegs end up getting celebrated for what they did, but the problem is [[StatusQuoIsGod they always end up getting mocked again, usually thanks to Snotlout]] [[AesopAmnesia by the next book]]. ''How to Be a Pirate'' even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the opening scene.

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** Hiccup. He saves the day several times and Snotlout usually gets credit for it all.
*** Not quite. Most of the time, the books end with a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming
times, where Hiccup he and Fishlegs end up getting celebrated for what they did, but the problem is [[StatusQuoIsGod they always end up getting mocked again, usually thanks to Snotlout]] [[AesopAmnesia by the next book]]. ''How to Be a Pirate'' even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the opening scene.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Alvin mockingly giving [[spoiler: a lobster necklace that he found in Grimbeard's Coffin years ago to a woman he married unknowingly gave away the real Dragon Jewel, which was hidden inside.]] He and [[spoiler: his mother realize at least twenty years too late [[OhCrap too late]] his mistake, when Hiccup is wearing the necklace and he reveals the jewel inside.]]



** Not so. Hiccup II may have been a GaryStu but Hiccups I & III in many ways were not. Hiccup I was not afraid to use fear against his enemies when he [[spoiler: threatened to break the Dragon Jewel and destroy the dragons forever]], and two of Hiccup III's plans involved first-degree, cold-blooded murder ([[spoiler: Norbert the Nutjob and the Monster of the Amber Slavelands]]).

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** Not so. Hiccup II may have been a GaryStu this trope but Hiccups I & III in many ways were not. Hiccup I was not afraid to use fear against his enemies when he [[spoiler: threatened to break the Dragon Jewel and destroy the dragons forever]], and two of Hiccup III's plans involved first-degree, cold-blooded murder ([[spoiler: Norbert the Nutjob and the Monster of the Amber Slavelands]]).



* LetsYouAndHimFight: [[spoiler: Amnesiac]] Hiccup tosses a broken oar at [[spoiler: Camicazi and Stormfly]] when he doesn't recognize them.



** Likewise, her attempt to BreakTheBadass [[spoiler: Hiccup]] through ColdBloodedTorture ends up [[spoiler: making Hiccup look more heroic.]]

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** Likewise, her attempt to BreakTheBadass with [[spoiler: Hiccup]] through ColdBloodedTorture ends up [[spoiler: making Hiccup look more heroic.]]



* NotWorthKilling: [[spoiler: Fishlegs and Alvin]] towards each other, when they learn that [[spoiler: they are son and father]]. [[spoiler: Fishlegs]] demands a duel of honor, but [[spoiler: Alvin]] won't respect that.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the II, Hiccup's ancestor,]] never stood a chance.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: ShipTease: Camicazi [[spoiler: shoos away girls from King Hiccup after he's crowned]].
* ShooTheDog: [[spoiler: What really happened to the dragons.]] Because HumansAreBastards and have ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, [[spoiler: Hiccup promises to make sure that the next King of Dragons takes the dragons into hiding, where they will be safe from future humans.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog:
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[[spoiler: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the II, Hiccup's ancestor,]] never stood a chance.chance.
** Termagant, [[spoiler: Fishlegs's mother]], and her quest for true love.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Valhallarama to Hiccup as a child, through letter correspondence no less. She even lampshades she was BrutallyHonest when recounting this to [[spoiler: King of the Wilderwest Hiccup]].



* TakeAThirdOption: How Hiccup handles the [[spoiler: conflict with Furious. When Furious is dying, Hiccup promises to ShooTheDog with the dragons, so that they can go into hiding when the world not longer becomes safe for them. In this way the dragons are spared from humans, since humans have ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.]]



* WorfHadTheFlu: Hiccup in Book Eleven gets bitten by a Spydragon, in his sword arm. It has to be bandaged the whole time, and he can't use it in combat. [[spoiler: This proves problematic when Snotlout decides that he wants to duel an injured Hiccup, and manages to disarm the other when Hiccup is forced to fight right-handed]].

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* WorfHadTheFlu: Hiccup in Book Eleven gets bitten by a Spydragon, in his sword arm. It has to be bandaged the whole time, and he can't use it in combat. [[spoiler: This proves problematic when Snotlout decides that he wants to duel an injured Hiccup, and manages to disarm the other when Hiccup is forced to fight right-handed]].right-handed]].
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: After going through various trials to [[spoiler: become crowned King of the Wilderwest]], Hiccup then has to deal with the problem that is [[spoiler: Furious and the dragon rebellion]].
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** Stoick's had to raise Hiccup on his own due to Valhallarama being a Missing Mom with her questing. Thus he freaks out each time Hiccup suffers a DisneyDeath, which occurs once a book. The very last DisneyDeath in Book 11 [[spoiler: leaves him and Valhallarama heartbroken]].

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** Stoick's had to raise Hiccup on his own due to Valhallarama being a Missing Mom with her questing. Thus he freaks out each time Hiccup suffers a DisneyDeath, which occurs once a book. The very last DisneyDeath in Book 11 [[spoiler: leaves him and Valhallarama heartbroken]]. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is [[spoiler: letting Hiccup go out to face Furious in a confrontation that could be a DuelToTheDeath]].
** When forbidden love happens, one of the parties might only [[spoiler: seduce his lover to learn the location of Grimbeard's coffin, leaving a pregnant wife to die. Fishlegs is horrified when he's learned what his father did.]]



* As Snotlout realizes in Book 11, [[spoiler: he can kill Hiccup and nearly does]], but because of [[CainAndAbel all]] [[EtTuBrute his]] [[TyrantTakesTheHelm previous]] [[UngratefulBastard actions]], [[spoiler: no one will follow him as King of the Wilderwest]].

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* ** As Snotlout realizes in Book 11, [[spoiler: he can kill Hiccup and nearly does]], but because of [[CainAndAbel all]] [[EtTuBrute his]] [[TyrantTakesTheHelm previous]] [[UngratefulBastard actions]], [[spoiler: no one will follow him as King of the Wilderwest]].


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* AndroclesLion: The dragons that Hiccup helped before-- One Eye and Ziggerastica-- refuse to [[spoiler: attack Hiccup or join the rebellion. The nanodragons even send a sign that Hiccup is chosen to be king.]]


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* BrutalHonesty: Valhallarama delivers it during the few times that she appears, lampshading that she's not very motherly.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: How [[spoiler: Alvin]] responds to Fishleg's CallingTheOldManOut. He implies that when he was good-looking he ReallyGetsAround and [[spoiler: shows no remorse for condemning her to life as a poor single mother.]]


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** Fishlegs calls out [[spoiler: Alvin]] on learning what exactly the latter did to his mother.
24th Dec '15 11:06:32 AM Perilheart
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** The Bog-Burglar War Cry sounds like a "very rude word shouted at the top of one's lungs".
22nd Dec '15 11:24:04 AM Perilheart
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** Not so. Hiccup II may have been a GaryStu but Hiccups I & III in many ways were not. Hiccup I was not afraid to use fear against his enemies when he [[spoiler: threatened to break the Dragon Jewel and destroy the dragons forever]], and two of Hiccup III's plans involved first-degree, cold-blooded murder ([[spoiler: Norbert the Nutjob and the Monster of the Amber Slavelands]]).
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