Thuggory, the Meathead heir, standing up for Hiccup against Snotlout and agreeing that Stoick and the chiefs shouldn't have put the law — exile for failures of the dragon training test— above their son's lives.
Toothless realizing early on that "Alvin, the Poor But Honest Farmer" is an Outcast by his scent. Shame that Hiccup doesn't believe him.
Later, when Alvin traps Toothless in a barrel to stop him from warning Hiccup of the Outcast ambush, Toothless manages to knock the barrel down and roll it into several of the invaders, saving Hiccup's life.
Stoick taking on several hundred Skullions to save Hiccup. And surviving.
Hiccup announcing he is Stoick the Vast's heir, despite having not found the treasure. Unfortunately Alvin sees this as an excuse to kill Hiccup, since he has vowed to kill the heir.
How to Speak Dragonese
Hiccup talking the Roman Consul into letting him, Fishlegs and Toothless live long enough to participate in the Gladiator arena. Counts as a Scheherezade Gambit
Camicazi's introduction. Her first act is to cut down Fishlegs's pants and engage Hiccup in a sword fight, assuming they are Roman spies. Being a Roman captive has only made her a Badass in Distress
Bonus points to Hiccup for holding up well against her, and then reasoning with her to stop fighting.
Camicazi's numerous escape attempts, including Dressing as the Enemy. They would have worked if she had applied some common sense or Hiccup's input, but knocking out a Roman guard and hanging from a Gronkle's leg for several hours is pretty Bad Ass.
The escape from Fort Sinister. Details include Hiccup "flying" over the flooded arena, releasing a bunch of hungry Sharkworms onto the spectator, and taking the Consul to task for eating dragons:
"BECOME A VEGETARIAN"
Fishlegs pushing Snotlout in the water, when Snotlout tries to claim credit for Hiccup's victory.
How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse
Camicazi gets several. Face to face with Norbert the Nutjob, she not only engages him in battle, but also picks up a piece of food and eats it with one hand while keeping him at bay with the other.
Also coerces Hiccup into letting her accompany him on the quest, or she'll tell on him. This Bog thinks burgling from a psychotic chief is fun.
Spies on the Hysterics with none of them noticing, picks the locks on Hiccup's cage easily, and manages to burgle the potato without setting off the alarm. Unfortunately, the ticking thing catches her eye . . .
Hiccup catching the huge, double-headed axe which Norbert the Nutjob uses to divine what Fate wants him to do. When Norbert objects that he cheated, Hiccup alleges that Fate must have let him cheat. This scrawny kid argues a crazy enemy to a standstill.
Even before that, shooting Norbert in the butt to save Fishlegs from getting killed. Then pulling a Batman Gambit on sled dragon One-Eye to get rescued from a deep fall into freezing water.
Hiccup telling his father that it's his duty as future Chief to help the dying Fishlegs, because "[he] has no one else to look after him."
After that, he goes on the potato quest after Stoick has forbidden him from doing so.
When he learns that Hiccup really has Vorpentitis and needs the potato Stoick is ready to rush out and wrest another one from the Doomfang, or from America. Old Wrinkly has to tell him otherwise, but it's the intent that matters.
Fishlegs understanding what ill Hiccup is trying to say ("OOT ME!") and shoots him in the toe with the arrow that was in said potato. Better, the author says that "this may be the only time Fishlegs actually hit anything he was aiming at."
Hiccup later planting the arrow so that more potatoes grow on Berk, and Vorpentitis is eradicated. The arrow also turns out to be a Lost Thing.
How to Twist a Dragon's Tale
Humongous has plenty of Awesome Moments given he is a Hero for Hire. Some highlights:
Constantly saving Hiccup from murder attempts Humongous has orchestrated.
On seeing the heart's jewel, realizes that Alvin lied about Valhallarama leaving Humongous to rot in the Lava Lout mines. Then shows up to kick Alvin's butt in fencing.
Hiccup realizing the riddle behind the Fire Stone, and getting Toothless to toss it into the volcano. Also figuring out that Alvin was trying to kill him again and lied about Valhallarama leaving Humongous in the Lava Lout mines, after hearing how "Al the Terrific" is described.
To Hel with that. Swordfight. With. Volcano. Erupting. In. Background
Hiccup refusing to give the Fire Stone to Alvin even under the threat of death by hook and swordpoint. Character Development, as before Hiccup was willing to bargain with Alvin for his, Toothless and Fishlegs's lives, but now he knows better.
Figuring out in minutes how to use the heart's stone to call for help, and conscripting Toothless to deliver the stone.
A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons
Hiccup and Camicazi taking on one of the most deadly swordfighters alive, despite neither of them being over twelve.
Fishlegs knocking out said swordfighter with a heavy book on Flashburn's swordfighting.
Though it's a Kick the Son of a Bitch moment, Hiccup's lie about the Hairy Scary Librarian stealing a Murderous Stealth Dragon to save Big-Boobied Bertha from death or slavery. Hiccup later gets Laser-Guided Karma for that, but points for being a Guile Hero.
Though it's Harsher in Hindsight, Hiccup finding out that he had an ancestor, Hiccup II, who not only wrote books but had a secret passage named after him.
Hiccup's notebook saving Stoick the Vast from getting killed by an arrow. This inspires Stoick to speak on behalf of opening up the library again, with success.
How to Ride a Dragon's Storm
Old Wrinkly getting a prediction right for once and telling Hiccup to be on time according to the ticking thing. Then he starts dancing at the end before Hiccup, Fishlegs and Camicazi show up and Hiccup is declared the winner of the Swimming Competition.
Hiccup has two good ones while a captive on Norbert's ship.
Pulls a Scheherezade Gambit by making Norbert realize only Hiccup can use the ticking thing to navigate.
After reaching America, Hiccup has outlived his usefulness. His response to when Norbert says this? "No, Norbert! Don't kill me because I'm a redhead!" This leads to MUTINY because half of Norbert's crew are redheads, and the other half tries to wipe them out.
Fighting Norber and a Sea Dragon. On a sinking ship. In a storm.
Fishlegs learning to swim just in time to save an unconscious Hiccup from drowning.
How to Break A Dragon's Heart
Hel, in How To Break A Dragon's Heart: Swordfight. On. Flaming. Bridge. And Hiccup nearly WINS.
Before the witch tries to kill Hiccup after he realizes she is Alvin's mother, she saves Toothless by removing all the unwanted things in his stomach, including a spoon, and a key. A witch in complete darkness operates on an unconscious dragon and sews him up.
Also, she figures out who Hiccup is by telling him the story of Hiccup II, though he quickly figures out who she si at the same time.
The witch is such a Bad Ass that even ALVIN is scared of her. Alvin the Treacherous is scared of his mother. Shame that she is a villain and evil.
Camicazi is a very small eleven year old girl. But when she get's kidnapped in How to Break a Dragon's Heart, does she panic? Does she cry? Hell no. It takes six fully-grown warriors to catch her, and makes one of the most brutal warriors in the Archipelago cry. Then she holds their leader at knife point, telling him that if he doesn't do what Hiccup says she'll kill him. Damn.
Leaves a trail of winkles for Toothless to find, leading right to her tree.
Hiccup appearing on the Beast's back and single-handedly freeing every prisoner on the island. Though it becomes a case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero when Furious sets the island on fire, vows to return in a year and wipe out the humans, and tosses Hiccup off his back.
Fishlegs fighting his fear on the brink of death, so that the black nanodragons that swarm like flies to fear-ridden humans back off. Even his executioners are impressed.
Hiccup obtaining the crown from the Wodensfang after hearing his tale.
Despite being outed with the Slavemark, seeing his tribe turn his back on him and his father sold into slavery, Hiccup vows to beat Alvin for the kingship. Toothless and Windwalker remain loyal to him despite the Red Rage.
How to Seize A Dragon's Jewel
Hiccup's mother. PERIOD
Though it's supposed to be a case of cruel irony and Oh, Crap for Hiccup, the fact that she ambushes Hiccup at the beginning of the book and nearly kills him shows how Bad Ass she is.
Just as Hiccup has found the jewel, Fishlegs, and Camicazi, Valhallarama shows up since her dragon is the only one that can track a deadly shadow, and kidnaps Hiccup to return him to the prison. She then talks back to the witch, rallies the slaves to riot against their tyrant king, and turns the Slavemark into a Dragonmark.
"You were not my first love, Stoick , but you will be my last." Aww.
Excellinor mentions Valhallarama's failed courtship with Humongous without mentioning that Excellinor's son Alvin was responsible, and Valhallarama shows no reaction but Tranquil Fury. She then tosses Alvin's poisoned arrow at him, claiming it's because he used the arrow to shoot her dragon White Shadow, but it may have also been payback for lying about Humongous's death to her.
Camicazi breaking people out of the Slaveland Prison, and then refusing to leave Hiccup when he stays to find Fishlegs.
Baggybum and Gobber calling out Snotlout for not treating them with respect and forgetting the loyalty to his tribe. Inverted case of Calling the Old Man Out
How to Betray A Dragon's Hero
The Wodensfang plays Devil's Advocate to Hiccup when he debates about saving Snotlout from wolf-like dragons, reminding him that doing such a thing will endanger him and his friends. And the Wodensfang is right.
Despite agreeing with Fishlegs that Snotlout deserves to rot, Camicazi goes along with Hiccup's order to save Snotlout. And gets captured for her effort. She refuses to betray Hiccup also when the witch tempts her.
The only one that eclipses that is the captured Dragonmarkers turning their backs on Snotlout when he betrays Hiccup, and the witch giving Snotlout a Reason You Suck Speech. This helps Snotlout with a Heel Realization, which leads him to free the Dragonmarkers
Plan B. While chained up and dropped into the freezing ocean with piranha-like dragons, for minutes at a time, Windwalker breathes air into Hiccup's lungs and scares away the carnivores, allowing Hiccup to withstand the torture and not reveal the Dragonmarkers location and to trick the witch into lowering Camicazi into the water.
Camicazi and Fishlegs being Genre Savvy and going to find Hiccup, despite the witch's declaration that he is dead, with his armor as proof.
Knowing that Hiccup will survive what awaits him on the Island of Tomorrow despite having no Lost Things, weapons, or even his dragons except the Wodensfang who plans to betray him.
Hiccup. Untying the Night Fury. The unholy offspring of lightning and death itself. Even the fully grown vikings run from it as fast as they can. He untied it. Without any assurance that he'd live.
Hiccup falling out of the sky with Toothless. Anybody would panic and fall to their deaths. Hiccup stays calm enough (and virtually assumes a skydiving position) to try and control the situation and eventually remounts Toothless.
And then he steers him perfectly through a group of rock formations without his cheat sheet.
When picking up the falling Astrid in the end battle. The picture, the music, everything is perfect. To cap it off, this valiant maiden says the only thing that needs to be said to a mighty fellow warrior about to accomplish the impossible:
The end of Astrid's little speech on top of the wharf. ..then something crazy!
The whole speech. Drags Hiccup out of his self-pity and gets him to do what's needed to save the entire village from the enormous dragon that only she and Hiccup have seen.
High-speed flight. On the back of a dragon. Just above the foggy surface of the sea. Between cliffs and stone pillars. With an at least twenty times as big abomination chasing after you.
Even just Toothless' dive-bombing precision plasma attack, in general, complete with that eerie whistle.
The entire battle against the Red Death. First when it's introduced, and the hardened dragon killing vikings who just moments ago were ready to kill thousands of dragons ran for their boats in sheer terror. Then, the neglected prince comes in at the last minute, and their fight soon takes to the skies where all the vikings on the ground can see is explosions like thunder and lightning silhouetting the Red Death. Then the Red Death comes plummeting out of the sky and explodes. Every scene evokes the feeling of an epic viking tale 200 times greater than Beowulf.
Standing out in that fight, Hiccup and Toothless going in for the shot.
Hiccup: That thing has wings! Let's see if it can use them!
That shot is so powerful the Red Death gets knocked flat!
The gist of Hiccup's plan to save everyone's asses? Have the other teenage vikings distract the Green Death long enough for him to get to Toothless.
The final battle really shows how effective a team Hiccup and Toothless really are. The massive armies of Vikings and Dragons independently have no chance but the flee from the Red Death. The newly recruited riders do nothing but annoy the massive beast. Hiccup and Toothless? Not only do they provide the only real challenge the Red Death faces, but also to come out victorious in the end. The only reason Hiccup and Toothless couldn't hang in the fight for any longer was because Toothless' artificial tail fin caught on fire. In the end, a young boy and his pet dragon are more of a threat than a gigantic eldritch abomination.
The rest of the kids showing up with their own dragons and holding their own against the Red Death is also incredibly badass, considering their parents and the other adults are practically useless against it. Special mention goes to Snotlout, the all-talk-no-action Dirty CowardJerk Jock, who gets knocked onto the the Red Death's head, and proceeds to distract the giant dragon by bopping it in the eyes with a mallet.
While the Viking were hopelessly outclassed against the Red Death, Stoick got a moment where even though he knew the dragon would kill him, he was planning to divert his attention to let the rest of the army make an escape to the other side of the island. Even when facing an enemy he knows he can't beat, he won't be picking him off like some sheep.
Stoick the Vast's introduction.
Hiccup: That's Stoick the Vast. They say that when he was a baby, he popped a dragon's head clean off its shoulders. Do I believe it? (Stoick grabs a cart and throws it at a dragon, bringing it crashing down.) Yes I do.
During the attack, the catapult he's near gets attacked by a Monstrous Nightmare while it's on fire. What does Stoick do? Calmly tells the others to reload the catapult, while he bashes the thing upside the head with his hammer.
Stoick and Gobber's last stand.
Stoick: I can buy the men a few minutes if I can give that thing something to hunt!
Gobber: Then I can double that time.
Stoick: (smiles, then charges at the Green Death) Come on! Attack me!
The whole soundtrack really does give you the sensation that you're flying. Do yourself a big favor and invest those ten dollars in it.
After a Monstrous Nightmare pins down and tries to attack Hiccup, Toothless appears seemingly out of nowhere, jumps on its back, slashes at it, and basically scares it off into hiding. The thing was a little over three times his own size, and it was a very one-sided battle.
Addendum to that statement: since Toothless has lost his left tail fin, he can't fly. But when he hears from a distance that his friend is in danger, he throws himself up the cliff that pins him into the box canyon and then he half-runs, half uses his wings to get to Hiccup in time. Especially awesome since he gets there just in the nick of time to place himself in front of Hiccup to protect him from the Monstrous Nightmare. Epic.
Even better, Toothless gets out of the canyon by getting his claw onto the same ledge Hiccup uses to get in and out of it, which he didn't notice during his more panicked attempts to escape at the start of the film. It seems Hiccup isn't the only one who's paying attention.
Let's not forget how Hiccup was about to take on the Monstrous Nightmare: by taming it and showing the village that the Vikings don't have to kill dragons. He was about to use his coming-of-age ritual as a way to force the village to change their way of life not only does that showcase his Character Development, but he might have pulled it off if Stoick hadn't panicked!
Not to mention, Hiccup had also taken a good, sharp whack from Toothless' tail, and still managed to pull this off.
The montage where it shows Hiccup using Science! to overcome his lack of bravado and become top of the class. It truly is awesome to watch a case of brains over brawn defeating dragons with relative ease.
A lot of people seem to overlook a particularly satisfying moment of Awesome for Hiccup: After the disastrous final exam, Stoick drags Hiccup off and begins condemning him for his traitorous actions. Keep in mind that up until this point, the conversations between Hiccup and Stoick have always been very awkward and in the end, Hiccup just takes whatever his dad throws at him. But here, when Stoick is blaspheming the misunderstood dragons and saying "They've killed hundreds of us," Hiccup finally, finally strikes back: "And we've killed thousands of them!" He then goes on to tell Stoick the real reason behind the raids. And when he accidentally reveals how to get to the Dragons' Nest using Toothless and his dad immediately sets off to do just that, does Hiccup just stand there? No. He tries to warn his father about the Green Death and makes one last desperate attempt to get Stoick to listen, culminating in "For once in your life, would you please listen to me?" Does it turn out badly for him? Yes. Does it show how far he's come from the beginning of the movie and that he's gained the courage to stand up against what he knows is wrong? You bet it does.
As a bit of a precursor, the scene in the cove after discovering the dragon's nest is a similar moment for Hiccup. They've found "the thing Vikings have been looking for" for over 300 years, yet Hiccup is so determined to protect Toothless from the villagers that the firmness of his one-word response to Astrid's solid reasoning is so plain that the only thing Astrid can respond with is a completely defeated "okay". That moment probably seeded both confidence in his own convictions and a belief that, perhaps with the right reasoning and tone, he could get anyone to understand what he had learned about dragons. Astrid deserves recognition for a moment of awesome as well for not pushing Hiccup any further, accepting his loyalty to Toothless over his village's desire to be free of dragons instantly.
It's awesome enough when Stoick manages to pull Hiccup out of the water in time during the climactic battle. But the second his son is safe, he dives right back into the water again to free Toothless, the "unholy offspring of lightning and death itself." Granted, we all know that isn't the case by this point, but that's centuries of belief bred into these vikings. Even after everything Hiccup said to defend Toothless, Stoick was still taking a huge leap of faith by freeing him, especially after treating him so badly. Then Toothless has his own moment when he carries Stoick back out of the water to safety. And just shakes himself off and gestures for Hiccup to hop on so they can take the monstrous behemoth of a dragon down and all the while, the film's heroic theme is thundering on the soundtrack as the two disrespected heroes are back in action. So much awesome packed into a few seconds.
There is actually another moment of awesome for Stoick within that scene. It's the reason he's gone back for Toothless. Stoick has just taken his people into a hopeless battle, where they will all be slaughtered. He did this despite being warned by his son not to. They got into an actual argument over it. One that ended in Stoick disowning the son he loves dearly, probably more than anything else even though he has to put his duty to the village first. And when everything Hiccup warns about turn out to be true, what does Stoick do? He frees Hiccup's dragon and apologizes, turning the battle over to him without hesitating. He realized he made a mistake and owned up to it, and began to work to repair it.
Comparing Toothless and Hiccup's initial flying skills to their fight against the Green Death. When they're falling during the Test Drive scene, Hiccup barely manages to pull them back up before they hit the ground, and Toothless's wings fan out just in time to catch them. When Hiccup realizes that the Green Death has wings, Toothless spreads his wings again to stop in midair, whips around, and dives straight for the dragon, completely controlled. That, along with Hiccup's nonchalance during Toothless's spinning temper tantrum with Astrid, shows just how far they've come in terms of their flying ability.
Being a 3-D theatrical film in which the glasses and extra money is justified and was wholly recommended for the stellar use of it during the flying sequences, which give off an exhilarating effect on par with James Cameron's Avatar, which is no small feat.
This is a behind-the-scenes moment that deserves mention; the scene where Hiccup loses his leg was risky enough, but they showed it to test audiences expecting the parents to make the usual fuss. Not only did the backlash not happen, but the parents actually encouraged them to keep it in. If this isn't a serious blow to the Animation Age Ghetto, I don't know what is.
The Book Ends ending: "The only upside, is the pets. Other people have ponies or parrots. We have... DRAGONS!"
There really should be a Chekhov's Gun page for this film. Among the things that play into the final battle that appear throughout the story:
Crashing into the rock formations during the test flight;
Hiccup and Astrid's flight through the clouds, showing the visibility limits;
Hiccup's understanding of how a bellows intensifies the heat of a forge;
Toothless' inability to pull out of the freefall during the test flight;
How Toothless tried to use his wings to decelerate at the same time; and
The squabble between Toothless and the Terrible Terror ("Not so fireproof on the inside, are you?").
In essence, the entire climax is Hiccup killing a dragon with LOGIC.
And one that's overlooked: Hiccup shooting Toothless down in the first place. Consider that modern day anti-aircraft weapons are mostly effective due to being able to home in on a target. Before that, dealing with aircraft on the ground was More Dakka with flak cannons and the biggest rapid fire gun you could get. Toothless is a Night Fury, the draconic equivalent to a stealth fighter, and Hiccup shot him down with an unguided bola from a man-portable launcher, one that did not even have the ability to elevate that far. Say what you will about how it pales in comparison to the rest of the two's Moments of Awesome, but give Hiccup credit for being able to pull off that kind of shot.
I might be the only one who thinks this but Hiccup picking up a knife with his foot and tossing it into a lake was pretty cool, it get's overshadowed by the fact that he's making himself virtually defenseless against the most dangerous dragon known to viking kind, but just the action it'self is what I'm talking about. Picking up a nearly flat object with your shoe is hard enough but then he balances it on his foot and tosses it with enough distance that you can hear it go in the water. It's tiny compared to the rest of this page, but still really cool considering Hiccup isn't the most graceful person.
Gift of the Night Fury
The moment at the end where Hiccup and Toothless are free-falling with no worry on their faces, it really shows how far they have come in friendship and they trust each other completely.
The fact that all the dragons trust Hiccup enough that he can walk through a horde of nesting mothers without any of them batting an eye.