Characters: How To Train Your Dragon Films

This is the character sheet for the How to Train Your Dragon film series, as well as its Animated Adaptation, Dragons: Riders of Berk. Please keep in mind that characters and character tropes in the How to Train Your Dragon books by and large do not apply here, given that the two series are significantly different, and should be kept to that character sheet. Beware of unmarked spoilers.
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Hooligan Tribe

Living on the island of Berk, the Hooligan Tribe has undergone great social change in recent years. Whereas once they fought a long, bloody war with the dragons, now they have made peace with them.
  • Badass Army: Subdued compared to other examples in the franchise, but with dragons they manage to defeat threats they greatly feared. Even without dragons, however, they can hold their own.
  • Dragon Rider: The first of the Viking tribes to perform this thanks to Hiccup.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Elements of this due to the constant dragon attacks they had to face.
  • Horny Vikings: Many helmets have horns. Dragon horns perhaps?
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy:
    • Downplayed. They play many of the tropes straight, but are generally peaceful when not attacked. The warriorness is to due all the dragons they had to fight all the time.
    • Dawn of the Dragon Racers has Stoick state that they have to have some enemy to fight against, whether it be Dagur, Alvin, or the Regatta boat race. If they don't have it, they'll fight each other (which is exemplified with two vikings behind Stoick slapping each other with fish).

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III 
Voiced by: Jay Baruchel (film and TV series)

Hiccup is the main character of the How to Train Your Dragon book and film series His full name is Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. He is the son of the chief, Stoick the Vast, thus making him heir to the tribe, and later the current chief of the tribe. He is 15 years old in the first film and 20 years old in How to Train Your Dragon 2. His dragon, Toothless is a Night Fury, the rarest and most intelligent of the dragon species in the film franchise.
  • The Ace: Hiccup is the number one expert in anything dragon related and can make many amazing inventions.
  • Ace Pilot: Dragon Rider version. Hiccup and Toothless can perform various ridiculous maneuvers... And that's when they're flying together. They're even more dangerous when they split up and tag team you.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Book!Hiccup has "Heroic Hair, which was a very bright red and stood up vertically however much you tried to wet it down with sea water". Animated!Hiccup has more of a deep auburn hair that flops down in the normal manner.
  • Adorkable: There's been plenty of fan gushing at how cute the geeky Hiccup is. This should really be expected when he's voiced by Jay Baruchel.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: In the first movie, Hiccup suits himself up with dragon-riding gear, gains some confidence, and finishes out the movie looking even more hardcore with a prosthetic limb.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In "Terrible Two", he causes problems because he trusted a strange dragon over Toothless. He didn't learn his lesson because in "Heather Report", he trusted a strange girl over Astrid. Downplayed in "We Are A Family Part 2", where he is very reluctant to trust Mildew but ultimately does so. Like the previous occasions, this is a horrible idea because Mildew used him to learn dragon training which he passed onto Alvin. A storyboard of an unused intro by Hiccup says this has less to do with amnesia and more to do with Hiccup simply being too trusting.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Called "babe" by Astrid in the sequel.
  • All-Loving Hero: Believing that humans and dragons can coexist will definitely make him this. Deconstructed in the series, where his habit of trusting people immediately has led to problems.
    • Also in the second movie, where Hiccup keeps insisting on trying to talk things out with Drago even after his father tells him what kind of man Drago is. Naturally, it does not work out too well.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Nobody likes him. He's the village pariah because he's scrawny and usually messes everything up. In keeping with the trope, things get better for him after he ends the Dragon Wars. In the books, Snotlout nicknames him 'Hiccup the Useless'.
  • Alliterative Name: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. It's never said in full in the movie but it's canon.
  • Always Someone Better: The series has Snotlout openly rant to Hiccup about all the awesome things he's done and how it makes him feel inferior.
  • Amazon Chaser: A large part of his crush on Astrid is because of her Action Girl-ish qualities. Take a look at her introduction: she's fighting dragons amid flames and Hiccup has the 'hearts in his eyes' expression. This moment in a tie-in game has Hiccup gushing over Astrid destroying a ship.
  • Archer Archetype: Though he is on the warmer side of the things compared to colder examples of this trope.
  • Artificial Limbs: Hiccup loses his left foot during the battle with the Red Death in the movie. It's replaced with a metal prosthetic. Leads to Angst? What Angst? as he seems to adjust to it very quickly. In the series other characters make a bigger deal out of it than he ever does. By the time of the second movie, he has given the prosthetic a bit of a transhuminist utility in being able to quickly switch between a latching foot for when on Toothless's saddle to a hoof-shape foot for ground walking.
  • Asleep for Days: Hiccup wakes up several days after the final battle with Toothless watching over him. In the books, however, he is asleep for days and wakes up just in time to see Toothless wake up while being burned alive in a Viking funeral (he went into a healing sleep coma after badly injuring himself saving Hiccup from the Green Death) and then fly through the sky on fire, before extinguishing himself.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Becomes Chief of Berk following his father's death in the second movie. After the final battle, Gothi draws the Chief's symbol on his forehead in charcoal, and the entire village erupts in chanting "Long live the chief," and the dragons light off some fireball fireworks.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Everything he knows about dragons, he learned through observation and studying.
  • Badass: Firmly so by the climax of the movie. The TV Series expands Hiccup’s growth as a Guile Hero. So far, he is a top contender for Berk's biggest one.
  • Badass Adorable: Berk's first dragon tamer and best inventor also happens to be a sweet, somewhat insecure teenage boy.
  • Badass Bookworm: Hiccup develops into one through the story and becomes a full-fledged Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Badass In Charge: Becomes the leader and head teacher of Berk's Dragon Academy while still being a Badass. Then he becomes the Chief of Berk after the end of the second movie.
  • Badass on Paper: He looks like a scrawny teenage kid with a knack for inventing, but he did create the art of dragon taming, ended the war, and instigated the demise of the Red Death.
  • Badass Pacifist: His role in the movies, since the "Vikings vs. dragons" conflict doesn't exist in the books. His ability to tame dragons comes from Hiccup being friendly instead of defending himself. This takes more courage than killing them on sight.
  • Badass Teacher: Slowly becoming the second part as the main teacher of the Dragon Academy.
  • Bad Liar: Hiccup is a rather bad liar and seems to be pressured by guilt into admitting things easily.
  • The Beastmaster: He learns how to tame and train dragons.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting the people he loves will set him off. This post talks about how All-Loving Hero Hiccup was ready to kill Alvin when he threatened Astrid's life.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hiccup is a very pleasant person and easy to get along with, but he can be quite terrifying if you piss him off. Dragon taming aside, he displays his anger in "Cast Out Part 1" where he gets furious with Snotlout in regards to getting Astrid in danger, and suspends him from the Academy. The rest of the children were surprised to see him like this. Keep in mind he ended the war with the dragons by killing the Red Death, and he is very protective of his dragon and friends. Dagur the Deranged discovered this the hard way.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
    • Astrid gave Hiccup one at the end of the first film after he and Toothless had defeated the Red Death.
    • Hiccup also shared one with Astrid at the end of the second film after he and Toothless had defeated Drago and his Bewilderbeast.
  • Big Good: Becomes the Chief of Berk at the end of the sequel, with Toothless as the Alpha.
  • Bigger Stick: Discussed. His friends sometimes wonder how much of his success is due to his own skill, and how much is due to being the rider of an absolutely fantastic dragon. Of course, when they attempt to test this by having the group train Terrible Terrors, Hiccup quickly teaches his to blow things up with impressive accuracy.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Just look at that picture! They're huge!
  • Black Sheep: In the movies, as an inventor and scientist in a society of warriors.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: In the 21st century here, Hiccup might be bullied, but at least he'd have a niche in society where he belonged, and his intelligence would be recognized. In the films' setting, he's treated as a child and disowned by his family and tribe for trying to train a particular species of animal instead of killing it on sight. Instead, he has to make his own niche.
  • A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Dragon. With Toothless of course.
  • Braids of Action: Gets these in the sequel. Word of God reveals that they're Astrid's handiwork (she can even be seen doing so early in the film) and that Hiccup isn't necessarily fond of them but leaves them in for her sake.
  • Brainy Brunette: In the film and TV series.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • In the first film, Hiccup has spent his entire life being the black sheep of his village. His father being openly ashamed of him. His peers constantly mocking him (except Astrid and Fishlegs). All resulting in him having poor self-esteem. And when he finally finds a friend in Toothless and tries to demonstrate that humans and dragons can co-exist, his father stops it. In the next scene, Stoick disowns Hiccup, almost bringing Hiccup to tears. Fortunately, his father does apologize. And after the climax, he lost his leg after taking down the Red Death.
    • Gets worse in the sequel: He tries to persuade the madman Drago to stop enslaving dragons and not to go to war. Drago instead makes his Bewilderbeast mind control Toothless and order him to attack Hiccup. Stoick saves his son at the last minute. But is killed fatally by a Mind-Controlled!Toothless's blasts.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In this case, Lost Your Leg Punching Out The Frackin' Huge Volcano Dragon. His lack of angst implies it was Worth It.
  • Broken Ace: He's a loner, preferring the company of Toothless to his fellow vikings, and has many insecurities despite his skills. Then there is his maimed leg.
  • Butt Monkey: In the books to almost everyone else because he was born to the chief of the village. He feels very inadequate compared to the tough warriors he's descended from.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Thank you for summing that up."
    • "You just gestured to all of me."
    • "Let me show you."
    • In the animated series: <aggravated sigh> "Okay..."
    • His "This is Berk" speeches once an installment. He gives two in HTTYD 2 (the second sounds something like a rallying cry), and the show plays around with it a bit in "Race to the Edge."
  • The Chains of Commanding: Felt that when he had to consider kicking Snotlout out of the academy. His father pointed out that he can't always be both a good friend and a good leader at the same time, and that as a future chief he will have to put Berk above himself and his friends.
  • Character Development: In general — he has gone from being a shy boy, to a confident young man, and "the greatest Dragon Master this world has ever seen".
    • The first movie deals with Hiccup learning to be himself, instead of trying to be the Viking everyone else expects him to be.
    • The second movie has him gain more confidence in getting newer responsibilities.
  • Character Tics: Hiccup frequently makes big sweeping motions with his hands and arms while talking. Astrid teases him about it in the second movie.
  • Chick Magnet: Hiccup has won the affections of both Astrid and Ruffnut, the former who he started a relationship with.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Originally a Type one, a wimp who nobody really likes. Compared to the paragon hero his father acts like, Hiccup's runtiness is constantly mocked. Even his ingenuity in making newer weapons was mocked because while being smart about hunting and trapping and killing dragons is a good thing, none of what Hiccup created seemed to work. Eventually, he accepts himself and all his flaws, turning them into his strengths and would become a hero in the eyes of his village.
  • Cool Mask: The sequel gives him one; it's shaped as a dragon.
  • Costume Evolution: In the sequel, Hiccup still has a green undershirt, but instead of a furry vest over it, he now has leather armor.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Justified though experience. He carries a complete set of spare parts for Toothless' tail fin at all times.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's such a defining trait, being held hostage by Alvin doesn't stop him from dishing it out. A lot of the series' funny moments is mostly him and his often witty one-liners.
  • Desperately Seeking A Purpose In Life: The first few episodes of "Race to the Edge" reveal that Hiccup is suffering a bit from this after realizing he has found all the dragons and searched all the islands, meaning his adventure days may well be over.
  • Dragon Rider: The very first. Or as far as he knows, until he finds his long lost mother.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite all his actions, he is still victim to this at the hands of Snotlout and occasionally the Twins.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hiccup possesses a number of flaws that have lead to trouble.
    • He is rather prone to letting his insecurities cloud his judgment and effect his actions; in the film, his desperation for the acceptance of his tribe, and his father in particular, cause him to regularly attempt to kill dragons along with the villagers, only to end up doing more harm then good due to his clumsiness. In the television show, his mistaken belief that Stoick still does not accept him causes him to lead the other Vikings on a potentially dangerous treasure hunt to prove himself.
    • His innate friendliness and tendency to give others the benefit of the doubt cause him to be a little too trusting of strangers, leaving him vulnerable to manipulation and deceit by more dishonest characters, such as Heather and Mildew, on more then one occasion.
    • Hiccup is prone to overconfidence in his ability as a diplomat due to being mostly successful so far, which becomes a major catalyst of the second film's story line; his total belief that he would be able to reason with Drago causes him to run away from Berk to confront the warlord, causing Stoick and Valka, who both understood and witnessed firsthand the true extent of Drago's psychopathy and knew he could not be reasoned with, to chase after him. This indirectly but ultimately leads to Stoick's death at the hands of Drago when he hypnotizes Toothless into attacking Hiccup to demonstrate the superiority of his philosophy over Hiccup's. In spite of all his flaws, Hiccup is never above admitting when he is or has been wrong, and will do his best to make amends with others.
  • Father, I Don't Want To Fight: Zig-zagged. Initially he wanted to kill dragons, then lost his nerve but still wanted to make his dad proud.
    Hiccup: Three hundred years and I'm the first Viking who wouldn't kill a dragon!
    Astrid: First to ride one, though.
  • Fluffy Tamer: While giving them names like 'Toothless' and cuddling them.
  • Freudian Trio: With his parents, Stoick and Valka. He is the Superego to his father's Ego and mother's Id.
  • Friendless Background: Except for Gobber, Hiccup had no friends. That changes during the course of the first movie.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He can make an interlocked tail fin for Toothless centuries ahead of when such technology was possible. This may be a reference to the books, where Vikings have fully-operational STEAMSHIPS, hot-air balloons and gliders well before the Industrial Revolution. In the subsequent movies and series, he also proves to be quite adept at new designs...
    • In the series, he builds a shield with a host of gadgets, including a crossbow (compatible with normal bolts as well as other objects like paint), a grappling hook, and can be thrown. Then he upgraded it with Gronkle Iron, meaning it was lighter than ever and capable of shrugging off hailstorms of daggers and even dragon breath attacks.
    • For the second movie, he designs two things. One, a flaming sword called Inferno, which when not in use is retracted like a certain weapon for a more civilized age. It also has a compartment to store Zippleback gas which can be released and then lit with the sword. Along with this is his prosthetic foot, which can be quickly and easily flipped from a hooking foot for flying on Toothless to a horse hoof-shaped foot for walking. However, most impressive is his wingsuit which permits him to perform short glides alongside Toothless.
    • In addition, he's shown to have a hand in various engineering tasks around Berk, from dragon roosts in When Lightning Strikes and helping rebuild Berk after Drago's attack. Regardless of his new fame and role as leading Dragon Rider, he still spends time in Gobber's shop too.
  • Graceful Loser: Discussed. In "Thawfest", Astrid said this was his most admirable trait in her eyes when he began acting unpleasant at the thought of winning the games just to spite Snotlout.
  • Green Eyes: To show how very different he is to the rest of Berk. One example, while they all rely on brawn and strength, Hiccup would rather use his inventions.
  • Guile Hero: Stoick wants him to be an Action Hero, but Hiccup is much better with smarts and cunning. In fact, it was due to his intellect that he was the first person to solve a poem-based puzzle that nearly destroyed Stoick's and Gobber's friendship. This was because the puzzle was created by a Guile Hero himself. That said, Hiccup has become quite capable physically by Defenders of Berk, facing off with Dagur the Deranged in single combat while Toothless was trapped by bolas.
  • Handicapped Badass: As a result of the first movie.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Let's just say he's gotten over his awkward adolescence phase in the second film. note 
  • The Hero: Hiccup is the one trying to keep stability and peace between dragons and Vikings.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His main weapon in the second movie is listed as the blade. It lights itself on fire and just like his shield it has a host of utility tools befitting a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Often uses his sarcasm to make fun of himself on occasion, at both comedic and dramatic moments.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An inter-species example. With Toothless, a Night Fury dragon.
  • Hometown Hero: Fully becomes this in the sequel. Now, whenever something goes awry in Berk, they know that Hiccup has a plan.
  • Humble Hero: Hiccup doesn't let what all he has done go to his head. It even crosses into Heroic Self-Deprecation.
  • I Call It "Vera": His sword in the sequel is named Inferno according to The Art of How To Train Your Dragon 2.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: At the beginning of the film, Hiccup desperately wants to be like the other Vikings and kill his own dragon; "Normal" in Berk is "badass."
  • Ill Boy: The sequel reveals Hiccup was born prematurely and nearly died.
  • Insecure Love Interest: In the first movie, a deleted scene has Hiccup sarcastically and truthfully believe that Astrid "wouldn't come near me [him] if she was on fire and I [he] had the last bucket in Berk."
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Toothless, of course, more so than the other riders with their dragons since Toothless is much smarter.
  • In the Blood: Oh yeah. Hiccup inherited his father's willingness to protect others no matter the personal cost and his mother's kindness and way with dragons.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: His first scene shows a miniature ballista he invented because he couldn't heave the projectile himself. His dad is not impressed.
  • Kid Hero: He's fifteen and ends the 300 year dragon war. No longer the case in the second movie where he is 20 years old.
  • The Klutz: It'd probably be faster to list the number of times Hiccup doesn't get knocked on his butt.
  • Large and in Charge: He is the tallest of his friends in the second movie, and all of his friends acknowledge him as their leader.
  • The Leader:
    • Of the Dragon Training Academy in the series. Type Charismatic because he's also The Face of the academy against old prejudices.
    • Continued in the second movie, except now as the chief of all of Berk.
  • Leitmotif: A tin whistle is a recurring instrument in his scenes, which ranges from comedic reels to beautiful melodies.
  • Like Parent Like Child: Hiccup and Stoick act exactly like each other. They even quote ones another in the first film without ever realizing they did it. Takes after his mother too. In the second film, it's revealed that Hiccup's Missing Mom has been doing what he learned in the first film for twenty years.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Hiccup is a scrawny weak kid who is more of a Gadgeteer Genius than a fighter; his father, Stoick, is is a big bearded man who is every bit a typical Viking warrior whose main defining feature is his strength.
  • Living MacGuffin: Alvin wants him for his dragon-training abilities.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: As of "The Iron Gronckle", he has a shield made of Gronckle Iron, which is very tough and very light.
  • Martial Pacifist: Hiccup may be inclined towards diplomacy and in the second movie styled himself as the peacemaker, preferring to use words over weapons, but when battle calls leaps into the fray without hesitation. He'd just prefer not to have to get to that stage.
  • Meaningful Name: Hiccup seems to have gotten his name from the fact that he was born early, so he was smaller and weaker than the other babies.
  • Missing Mom: Averted in the books, though his mom rarely even shows up there until "How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel" and onward. Played straight in the movie where it's heavily implied that she was killed by a dragon, which explains Stoick's attitude toward them. Hiccup is quite afraid of forgetting her in ''Riders of Berk''. It turns out she's alive in How to Train Your Dragon 2, and every bit the dragon trainer Hiccup is (and then some).
  • More Dakka: Has a particular fondness for using this in dragon combat, bombarding the enemy with a hail of highly accurate shots. It becomes obvious that this is his preference rather than just a Night Fury thing when he trains a Terrible Terror to do it as well.
  • Nice Guy: Hiccup is a kind, brave, compassionate person. While his defining flaw may be his pride, it's not the usual "arrogant, prideful" example.
  • Not So Different:
    • With Stoick. It takes a while for both to realize they have the same hardheaded tendencies about things they truly believe and won't listen to arguments against it lightly.
    • With Toothless. A significant turning point in the film is when he musters up the courage to look into Toothless' eyes. Upon seeing the fear there, he realizes that dragons are not, as he'd been taught from childhood, a mindless Always Chaotic Evil race that wants to kill everyone.
    • With Drago in the sequel. Both grew up fearing dragons. Both overcame that fear and realized dragons could work with humans. Both even have artificial limbs opposite of what they use in taming dragons (Hiccup lost his leg but uses a gentle touch with his hand, Drago lost his arm and uses a harsh boot). However, unlike the above examples, this does not end positively.
  • Official Couple: With Astrid. He and Astrid are going stronger than ever in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • One Head Taller: In the sequel, Hiccup practically towers over Astrid.
  • Pride: Hiccup's defining flaw. It leads to brash and rushed behavior several times.
    • In the first film, his pride in his still-not-fully-working gadgets led to him rushing out ill-prepared into a battle right at the start of the film.
    • In the second, his belief in himself as a peacemaker after he got Alvin and Stoic to become allies once more and his refusal to listen to his father about Drago led to him deciding that the best way to find this madman was being captured, and his holding Toothless back from firing rather than just aim to take Drago out sooner led to his own father's death.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: While making Toothless a new fin, Hiccup turns out to be good at sewing.
  • Red Is Heroic: In the sequel, Hiccup's new suit includes Berk's symbol painted red on one of his shoulder pads.
  • Relationship Ceiling: His relationship with Astrid is held back in the TV show, although the Ship Tease is rampant. Averted in the sequel, where they're clearly a couple (and possibly engaged to marry, as Stoick calls Astrid "my future daughter-in-law").
  • Scars Are Forever: He has a small, very faint scar on his chin that's only visible during certain scenes in the first film. In the second film it's revealed that he got it when he was accidentally scratched by Cloudjumper as a baby, and it's also how Valka is able to recognize him after twenty years.
  • Science Hero: Along with wit, Hiccup also prefers to resort to his amazing inventions and gadgets to help.
  • Shipper on Deck: Is practically the "Captain" of the Stoick/Valka ship.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Played straight initially — Hiccup is the smartest member of the Berk Dragon Training Academy and the shortest among the gang; inverted in the sequel when he becomes the tallest, but he's still the smartest.
  • Shrinking Violet: Justified. Given his earlier life, Hiccup often shied away from attention.
  • Shrouded in Myth: It's implied (in the "Portrait of Hiccup" episode) that no matter what Hiccup does, Viking mythology in the future will portray him as a fearless, tough, fire-breathing badass admired by everyone- because that's what Vikings do. They make awesome ballads out of their heroes' exploits even if they must warp the truth to do it. Hiccup finds this exceedingly depressing since he spent his whole childhood ignored and degraded because he didn't fit Viking standards of strength.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Hiccup has only ever had eye for one girl: Astrid.
  • The Southpaw: Shown subtly in the film, which is accurate to the book portrayal. Hiccup writes with his left, and any closeups on his control of Toothless' prosthetic tail-fin are on the left stirrup. His clumsiness may be a factor of having to use right-handed objects, or his weak hand, or both.
  • Stepford Snarker: In the first film he uses sarcasm to cover up his loneliness at being Berk's Black Sheep.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: At first glance he may not seem very much like his father, but look around the eyes...
  • Swiss Army Weapon: His own invention and personal weapon, it's a shield that can be used not only as a shield, but also fires a grappling hook and transforms into a crossbow.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He takes a level in every movie and in the TV series.
    • In the first movie, Hiccup starts as a weak workshop assistant, and levels up until he's an aerial combat tactician able to take on a dragon the size of a skyscraper and win.
    • In the TV series, he learns to be a more effective and assertive leader.
    • In the second movie, Hiccup not only creates a new fly suit, he also carries an flame inducing sword. Not only that, his way of communicating to dragons has improved tremendously — case in point, it presumably took Hiccup a few weeks to gain Toothless's trust, now Hiccup managed to win the affection of 10+ dragons in only a few minutes.
  • Tranquil Fury: He was very angry with Snotlout in "Cast Out Part 1" when his latest attempt to hog the glory almost killed Astrid, keeping composed as he sternly told him he was suspended.
  • Underestimating Badassery: A lot of people tend to think Hiccup is just the scrawny, nerdy, weirdo...then they actually see him in action.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A light version with Astrid as the two enjoy ribbing on each other.
  • Weak, but Skilled: It in the first movie, he can barely carry an weapon without staggering under its weight. He makes up for it by being a Gadgeteer Genius and a Badass Bookworm. He grows stronger when he becomes an adult.
  • Weapon of Choice: He always carries his dagger.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • In the movie he never quits striving for his father's respect, but as the story progresses he's able to put other priorities first.
    • Despite Stoick's acceptance of dragons in the series, Hiccup still has some hang ups.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?:
    • In the movie, Hiccup points out how ridiculous his name is, but explains the reasons for awful names (scaring off gnomes and trolls) and says that there are other people with worse ones.
    • In one episode of the series, Hiccup mentions that it's traditional to call the runt of a litter a 'Hiccup'. It ends up being a key point later in learning he wasn't the first chieftain son to be a Hiccup either.
  • Youthful Freckles: Hiccup has a lot of them as a teen and keeps a few as an adult.

    Stoick the Vast 
Voiced by: Gerard Butler (film)/Nolan North (TV series)

Stoick the Vast is Hiccup's father and was the short-tempered chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe. He hoped his son will mature and become strong enough to be chief himself one day, but feared that he was not suited to the Viking life. Stoick had a large horned helmet (supposedly one half of his wife's breastplate in the film) and is a friend to Gobber the Belch. Stoick the Vast is also the creator of The Viking Song. In the film, he is voiced by Gerard Butler. He was also the deueragonist (behind Toothless), of the first movie and and the tritagonist of the second movie.
  • Action Dad: He never shies away from a fight against dragons. In the opening scenes of the movie, he takes on a Monstrous Nightmare alone. With his bare hands. And sends it running away.
  • The Atoner: Shows signs of this in the series over his previous attitude towards dragons, especially after getting Thornado. Note, he says the below line while tending to Thornado after the dragon has been poisoned by Mildew.
    "I spent my whole life trying to kill them, now look at me."
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Stoick's personality is different between the books and the movies. While in the books he is an unintelligent raider in the movies and series he is shown as a wise and capable leader who's main priority is protecting his people (in the movies) and keeping the peace on Berk (the series).
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Chief of Berk knows no equal in battle or tactics.
  • Badass: There's an urban legend stating that in his infancy, Stoick popped a dragon's head off their shoulders. Hiccup sincerely believes this to be true.
  • Badass Beard: Easily trumps all the many other beards in the movie.
  • Badass Boast: "Takes more than a little fire to kill me!" When taking on Drago Bludvist, who had thought he'd burned Stoick to death years past.
  • Badass In Charge: The Chief of Berk.
  • Badass in Distress: At the end of "Out Cast Part 1" by Dagur.
  • Beard of Barbarism: It is braided.
  • Benevolent Boss: He cares for the rest of his tribe to the point when facing the Red Death he was prepared to divert its attention on his own so the men he brought with him could make an escape.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Hurt anyone he cares about, be it his son, village, or his dragon, and you're in big trouble. This is ESPECIALLY true in the books as the Skullion's (a species of vicious eyeless dragons) soon discover when they were about to harm Hiccup.
    • He reacts badly to people who mock those he does respect. Dagur almost finds this out violently three times in the span of a day.
    • On a less extreme angle, he gets somewhat irritated when somebody makes a remark about his weight. Or interprets a statement as one about his weight.
    • On a more serious note, Alvin is this. All we know is that the events surrounding Alvin's banishment is not something he wants brought up and gets angry quickly, which Hiccup found out when he tried questioning him about it.
    • In the first movie, he isn't too fond of people taming dragons.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Something else that Hiccup inherited.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and his dragon, Thornado, are quite stubborn. This is something Hiccup is quick to comment on.
  • The Chains of Commanding: He discusses this with Hiccup in "Cast Out Part 1" in regards to how he cannot exactly be someone's leader and friend.
  • Character Development: Stoick's personality has developed significantly during the first season. He is at first still uncomfortable with the dragons, and in "In Dragons We Trust" he actually banishes them from the island. He starts the series out determined to do things the Viking way. He also is still fairly callous towards Hiccup. All of this changes as the series progresses. Hiccup and Stoick grow closer and closer, and Stoick becomes more and more willing to trust the advice of his son. Stoick's idea of dragons changes dramatically after he trains one of his own. At first he was still willing to order a dragon to be killed just because it was on a rampage. Now that he has trained Thornado, all that has changed. He quickly rushes to Toothless's aid even when the whole village disagrees with him, he's extremely attached to his own dragon, he stands up for the dragons in a new found strength, he has grown to the point of trusting them as much as he trusts his people, and he was willing to risk war with Dagur the Deranged for the sake of the dragons on Berk, preparing to attack Dagur to stop him killing Barf and Belch.
  • Cleopatra Nose: Something he passed on to his son.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: In Riders of Berk, Stoick rises before dawn to sort out other people's problems (from marital disputes to yak-tipping) until sunset, which implies that he had less time to spare for his own son. The second film has a more explicit scene involving this.
  • Collector of the Strange: In "We Are Family Part 1", it's revealed that he enjoys woodcarving as a hobby. He was carving a duck when Astrid came to the house early in the morning.
  • Dad the Veteran: He, like other adults, has spent his life in the war against the dragons before his son ended it.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In contrast to Hiccup, this is his approach to dragon-bonding. He ends up meeting his son halfway.
  • Freudian Trio: With his son, Hiccup and wife, Valka. He is the Ego to his son's Superego and wife's Id.
  • Generation Xerox: A portrait of the young Stoick and his father (Seen in "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man") shows that the adult Stoick is the spitting image of his father.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not quite on Hiccup's level, but he is a lot more intelligent than his stubborn behavior lets on.
  • Genre Savvy: When he and the vikings attack the dragon's nest, all the dragons immediately flee from the island. While the rest of the Vikings are quick to celebrate their "victory," Stoick, upon seeing Toothless' reaction, realized something far worse was on its way.
  • The Good King: He genuinely cares about his village and seeks to keep them safe and well. If he has to make a choice between personal and his duty as chief, the latter comes first.
    "Look at that... All my people are safe. It's a good feeling."
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His drive to protect his home from dragons led him to invade the dragon's home to kill them. He eventually turns around.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Takes a lethal blast for Hiccup, from a brainwashed Toothless in the second movie.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gobber.
  • Huge Rider, Tiny Mount: Before looking for his own dragon, he "borrows" Toothless from Hiccup and looks very awkward riding such a small dragon, and Toothless is dead tired after flying him around. Averts this when riding Thornado.
  • Hypocrite: He wanted Hiccup to be a successful Viking and future chief but at the same time he was the one who sheltered him the most from the world and any sort of experience that would have been helpful, not allowing him to even join the fire brigade when they were still fighting dragons. He also claimed that it was his personality that he disliked (although to a certain degree that was true) and not his lack of muscle and fighting skills, but later, when Hiccup was doing exceedingly well in Dragon Training, he was overjoyed that his son wasn't, in his words, the worst Viking Berk had ever seen, and that the years while he was were very rough and that they finally had something to talk about when Hiccup seemingly had incredible dragon fighting skill.
    • This continues a bit into the series, such as in "Live and Let Fly", where he institutes a dragon flying ban, but continues flying patrols on Thornado, though both Gobber and Hiccup call him out on both the hypocrisy and the poor planning of such a decision.
  • I Have No Son: In the movie, he says, "You're not my son" after Hiccup publicly refuses to kill a dragon, and is revealed to have been working with Toothless. During the final battle, he realizes his mistake and he tells Hiccup "I'm proud to call you my son."
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Shown when he comes home stressed in "Viking for Hire" and Hiccup quickly gets him a drink from a tankard.
  • Innocently Insensitive: It was shown throughout the film and series that Stoick very likely has low emotional intelligence, as he could be blunt to the point it's hurtful to the one he's speaking to without intending to be, like Hiccup. As it's already mentioned he could be very unperceptive of other people's emotions with the victim mostly being his son as he didn't notice his discomfort and sadness when he talked to him in the forge before the dragon training finals, when he made Bucket draw him much more muscular than he really is and when Mulch said that the muscular image of Hiccup is how a real chief's son should look like and Stoick enthusiastically agreed while Hiccup was still there and listening.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In general, Stoick is a no-nonsense chief who makes decisions that may seem harsh, but he's only doing what's best for his people.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: He's always wished that his son had more beef on his arms but he comes to respect the "nerd" aspect of it as it helps him become a better chief.
  • Large and in Charge: Note his sobriquet; Stoick the Vast. He's the biggest and broadest viking (400 pounds according to Hiccup, though that may have been exaggerating), and his beard is the biggest, too. Being as large as he is, this leads to a particular funny moment.
    Hiccup: But there are two of you.
    Stoick: Is that another crack about my weight?
  • The Leader: Type levelheaded. He gives the dragons the benefit of the doubt, but if they become a threat to his people he has to deal with it.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Stoick is a big bearded man who is every bit a typical Viking warrior whose main defining feature is his strength; his son, Hiccup, is a scrawny weak kid who is more of a Gadgeteer Genius than a fighter.
  • Made of Iron:
    • The man takes the sharp end of an ANCHOR to the face in his fight with Alvin the Treacherous, shrugs it off, and afterwards there's not a single scratch on him!
    • Then in "Live and Let Fly", he catches a rock launched from an Outcast catapult and throws it back at the ship.
    • This is no longer the case in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • May-December Romance: Stoick is ten years older than Valka.
  • Meaningful Name: As his name suggests, he is a man of few words.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He immediately regrets the above-mentioned I Have No Son moment, and his guilt only gets worse when he realizes Hiccup was right about the Red Death's ambush.
  • Out of Focus: Suffered this in the TV series's second season, Defenders of Berk. Much of this comes from filling a Quest Giver role in the plot while handling matters of rulership on Berk itself, whereas Hiccup and the others have fewer duties in Berk and thus time to perform various missions.
  • Overprotective Dad: At the start of Defenders, he tried to enact a flight ban because his son was captured and imprisoned by the Outcasts last season. It doesn't stick.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Despite Hiccup's status as 'village failure,' Stoick is still quick to protect his son from danger.
    • After he gets Thornado, this extends to him (and probably the other dragons). When he realized Mildew had poisoned them, the look on his face is one of pure hatred. Probably the only thing keeping him from beating the stuffing out of Mildew himself was he had no way to prove he intentionally poisoned the dragons.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Stoick comes across like this whenever Hiccup needs him to listen, but really it's because he has his whole tribe and village to consider and protect. As soon as Stoick realizes the gravity of what Hiccup is saying (ie: with Drago), Stoick takes it completely seriously and leaps into action.
  • Parents as People: Especially in the first movie — Stoick has an entire village to look after and had to reprimand his son because it's the right thing to do at the moment.
  • Quest Giver: Generally his role in Defenders of Berk, filling Hiccup in on various situations or giving him various tasks that the dragon riders are ideally suited for or would be better at accomplishing.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He tries to do what's best for his tribe. Mildew uses this to his advantage when confronted with something he obviously did by using the fact there is no evidence, especially concerning the affairs of Dragons, to get away with it.
  • Redhead In Green:He has red hair and wears a green tunic.
  • Retirony: He's killed by a Brainwashed and Crazy Toothless halfway through the second film. Beforehand, he was in the midst of preparing Hiccup to take his place as Chief.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Takes his role as chief of Berk very seriously and is often one to lead the charge. It's also shown in two episodes that he spends his days "chiefing," which involves everything from settling disputes and inducting babies to the tribe to fixing ships or removing fences.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In the second movie.
  • Shipper on Deck: He proudly calls Astrid his future daughter-in-law during the dragon race at the beginning of the second movie.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Has bright, red hair and green eyes.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Stoick has always loved his wife, Valka.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: After the movie's events, Stoick takes this attitude towards Hiccup and the dragons. Considering Hiccup is next in line to be Chief after him, and some of their personal discussions being on leadership, it can be interpreted Stoick is also preparing Hiccup's role as a leader to the village as well.
  • So Proud of You:
    • Zigzagged in the movie. Initially disappointed, then proud when Hiccup demonstrated his dragon knowledge, then outraged when Hiccup refuses to kill dragons, then proud again during the final battle.
    • Also zigzagged in the series but to a lesser extent. There are some kinks to work out in relation to the dragons and while he's more accepting of his son's scrawny stature he'd still prefer him to be buff and strong.
  • The Stoic: It's his name, after all. While he is a man of few words, he clearly cared about his son even at the beginning of the movie. Valka even lampshades that and his Punny Name in the second film:
    "Oh, stop being so stoic, Stoick!"
  • Stout Strength: He's very broad and very strong.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The first thing he said to Gobber was "That's my wife you're talking to, you one-legged lout!"
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Hiccup fully knows that this is what his father thinks:
    Hiccup: (sarcastically imitating Stoick) Excuse me, barmaid! I'm afraid you brought me the wrong offspring! I ordered an extra-large boy with beefy arms, extra guts, and glory on the side! This here, this is a talking fishbone!note 
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Spends most of the first film under the assumption that dragons are Always Chaotic Evil.

    Astrid Hofferson 
Voiced by: America Ferrera (film and TV series)

Astrid Hofferson is a Viking girl of the Hairy Hooligans tribe who attends Dragon Training with Hiccup and the other Viking teens. She's striking, tough, beautiful and her determined and strong personality makes her hard to impress. Astrid is 15 years old in How To Train Your Dragon and 20 in the sequel. She's Hiccup's main love interest in the first film and the series, and his longtime girlfriend by the time of the sequel. In spite of initially not liking Hiccup or his new found friendship with Toothless, she soon has her opinion changed, tries to keep Toothless a secret, and starts to like Hiccup as her crush. Noteworthy, she is the only Viking teen without a helmet in the film as well as in the three shorts and episodes (although Hiccup received a helmet from his father as a gift during the film, he rarely wears it).
  • Action Girl: She's a skilled Viking and was originally the top of her class before Hiccup came along. She always takes the front lines in the film. In the series, she's the only one to attack Alvin the Treacherous (Snotlout chickened out), despite the fact that he's a match for Stoick and thus way out of her league. In Race to the Edge she joins the Berk Guard just prior to "Eye of the Beholder: Part One".
  • Action Girlfriend: If you have any sense of self preservation, don't hurt Hiccup. That axe is NOT for show.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Frequently called "milady" by Hiccup.
  • Always Second Best: To Hiccup for Dragon Fighting and then Dragon Riding. She doesn't mind it anymore in the series. To Snotlout for axe-throwing - she is very skilled, but it is mentioned that Snotlout always won the Thawfest festival, though if this year is the norm, that can be blamed by other candidates messing up her throws. This year it is Fishlegs.
  • An Axe to Grind: She is rarely seen without her hatchet. "Fright of Passage" shows that this has been the case since she was tiny.
  • Anger Born of Worry: She tends to get very angry at Hiccup when he does something incredibly foolish and not think things through.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Astrid is good at these, first asking Hiccup why he is acting so oddly and discovering Toothless as a result. She then breaks him out of a Heroic BSOD by asking why he didn't kill Toothless when he had the chance.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Hiccup earned his later rank as lead dragon rider by taming and riding Toothless. Astrid earned hers by threatening Hiccup with an axe when she caught him doing so. She retains this role in the series by being the only rider adept at both aerial and ground combat and by being confident and competent enough to keep all the others in line.
  • Badass Adorable: If you can wrestle a wild Monstrous Nightmare to the ground with your bare hands while being so adorable and cute that two of your friends gawk over you, you definitely qualify.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not try to harm Hiccup or her dragon Stormfly.
    • Before her defrosting, do not outshine her in training when you have been the worst in the class beforehand.
    • Do not, under any circumstances, mock her departed uncle Finn Hofferson.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
    • Astrid gave Hiccup one at the end of the first film after he and Toothless had defeated the Red Death.
    • She also shared one with Hiccup at the end of the second film after Hiccup and Toothless had defeated Drago and his Bewilderbeast.
  • Braids of Action: A shoulder length braid. By the second film, it's grown longer.
  • Blood Knight: A more child-friendly example. She's fearless and enjoys the respect that other villagers give her for being good at fighting but she takes battle seriously and is the Only Sane Woman among the riders.
  • Call Back: In "Fright of Passage", she directly quotes her dead uncle's last words before the Flightmare killed him.
  • Canon Foreigner: Present only in the movies and TV series.
  • Cassandra Truth: She figured out Heather's schemes. Hiccup thought she was overreacting and everything else thought she was jealous.
  • Catch Phrase: "That was for [insert crime here]. That was for everything else."
  • Character Development: In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Astrid has grown more mature, as she doesn't seem to be as serious and short-tempered as before, although still competitive. She seems to enjoy hanging out with her fellow teen Vikings more, but still clearly prefers to be with Hiccup. She also seems to have gained a better sense of humor, as she teased Hiccup about how he walks and talks after his talk with Stoick.
  • Character Tics: Astrid has a habit of brushing back her bangs, but only around Hiccup.
  • The Confidant: Astrid is the only one Hiccup confides in about his doubts about becoming Chief of Berk and is often talking to her about how his father keeps on pressuring him to take his place.
  • Costume Evolution: Her outfit in the sequel has a lot more fur.
  • Crazy-Prepared: If knocked out of the saddle onto Stormfly's tail, Astrid has trained Stormfly to do a tail flip which launches Astrid back within seconds.
  • Curse Cut Short: When she loses for the last time, she lets out a flurry of these.
  • Cute Bruiser: Especially when her sweet side kicks in.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments and especially when Snotlout is hitting on her.
  • Death Glare: Astrid gives one to Hiccup when he's chosen over her as the champion of dragon training by the Elder, and a couple more to Heather.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: When we see her in the beginning of the movie she is cold and distant to everyone, but after she meets Toothless and is taken on a trip with Hiccup, she warms up to them both. By the second movie she's fully defrosted and is quite nice.
  • Dude Magnet: Astrid has Hiccup, Snotlout, Dagur, and Gustav taking interest in her. In the end, she chooses Hiccup.
  • Freudian Slip: Slips up while describing Stormfly.
    "Just because she's beautiful, people think she's not tough. But that doesn't mean you should underestimate me. Uh—her."
  • Gaussian Girl: Astrid's first appearance, as part of an Unflinching Walk away from a burning house in Slo Mo. The heat waves probably helped.
  • Genki Girl: Not a traditional example, but when Astrid is focused on something, she'll see it gets done with all her strength.
  • Girly Bruiser: If her performing acrobatic jumps on the back of her dragon is any indication.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • In the movie, she is furious when Hiccup surpasses her in the dragon academy.
    • Accused of this by Ruffnut in "Heather Report" when Hiccup takes a different girl for a ride on Toothless.
      Ruffnut: Looks like there's another hen in the rooster coop.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Develops feelings for Hiccup.
  • Hidden Depths: "How to Pick Your Dragon" implies that part of the reason Astrid wants to be acknowledged as strong and tough is everyone else thinks she isn't because of how beautiful she is.
  • Hot-Blooded: She kind of has to be this with the life she and the other vikings on Berk have.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: According to Ferrera, Astrid follows the mindset of a competitive reality show contestant.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She means well in that dragon combat is a daily matter of life and death in Berk, but she is very prideful and can be rather arrogant. She Took a Level in Kindness in the movie, and kept it in the series where she is never outright rude - at worst she can be a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Does so to Snotlout in "Fright of Passage".
    Snotlout: When the Flightmare comes, the Hofferson's freeze. Right, Astrid? You are a- (Astrid hurls a axe that almost kills him) ...Hofferson...
    Fishlegs: Legend has it that the Flightmare is so terrifying it actually freezes its prey in their tracks.
    Snotlout: Yeah, just ask Frozen Fin Hofferson, right Astrid? (Astrid slams him into the ground and puts her boot on his face)
  • Lady Legionnaire Wear: Astrid's pteruges. It is the trope image.
  • The Lancer: To Hiccup, both at the Dragon Academy and life in general. While Hiccup has Geek Physique, she is the picture of an ideal viking warrior; aggressive, strong and skilled in combat.
  • Leitmotif: An excerpt from "Romantic Flight" plays during her introduction - this becomes especially pronounced in the sequel, where it features prominently in moments that focus on her specifically even without Hiccup being present; violins are also a recurring instrument for her.
  • Lethal Chef: For all her fighting talents, it would seem Astrid cannot cook. In Gift of the Night Dragon, her Yaknog is so bad that even Hiccup (who swallowed raw, regurgitated fish) spat the stuff out.
  • Master of Disguise: She's able to pass herself as Heather when infiltrating the Outcasts and manipulate them into giving her the book of dragons and a dragon to escape on. It would have worked, except that the real Heather wasn't lying about her parents being held prisoner.
  • Meaningful Name: "Astrid" is an old Norse name meaning "Divine Beauty." Hiccup is clearly awestruck during her introduction in the movie, and Snotlout also tries to get her attention. Astrid is also partnered with a Deadly Nadder, the most beautiful dragon species.
  • Number Two:
    • In the movie, this is Astrid's role in the climactic battle; directing the rest of Hiccup's flying corps in the fight against the Red Death while Hiccup tries to free Toothless.
    • In the series, this is her position in the Dragon Academy because she's the second most skilled and no one's brave enough to tell her otherwise.
  • Official Couple: With Hiccup. Astrid's relationship with Hiccup is stronger than ever in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Only Sane Woman: Compared to the other trainees in the film, she is the only one to keep her cool and not lose herself to some quirk or another. This extends to the television show, usually sharing it with Hiccup (most of the time).
  • Peek-a-Bangs: As pointed out in the DVD commentary, her pushing back her bangs later on in the story signifies her being open with her feelings, especially around Hiccup.
  • Pelts of the Barbarian: Her outfit in the sequel has a fur-trimmed hood, gloves, and a fur underskirt beneath her pteruges.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Is seen carrying a sheep on her shoulders about the same size as one which Snotlout is carrying.
  • Relationship Ceiling: Her relationship with Hiccup is held back in the TV show, although the Ship Tease is rampant. Not so much in "Race to the Edge" which was made after the second movie had more or less confirmed the two became a couple in between movie one and two.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Becomes very close to Heather in the series, especially in season three. Astrid seems to see the girl as a kindred spirit and seeing the two together would make one forget they haven't known each other very long.
  • Secret Keeper: Briefly in the movie: she figured out Hiccup was going off somewhere and agreed to keep Toothless a secret.
  • She's All Grown Up: While certainly pretty in the first movie and television series, she gets even prettier in the second film.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: She does this to Hiccup at the end of How to Train Your Dragon.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: The only boy Astrid has ever fallen in love with is Hiccup. In the first film Hiccup became Astrid's first and only target of affection.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Hiccup is an All-Loving Hero and she explicitly stated in "Thawfest Games" that one of the things she admired most about him was modesty in defeat.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Applies this literally to Hiccup; see Catch Phrase.
  • Spirited Competitor: Astrid takes any challenge seriously. In the first movie, it was more of a I'm Not Here to Make Friends mentality but becomes a more friendlier version in the sequel.
  • Tomboy: An odd example because Berk is the land of dragon killing vikings. A rough attitude and enjoying competition is normal in such a place and so would be expected.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl compared to Ruffnut considering her dragon and the fact that Ruff is sometimes mistaken for her brother.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: In the first movie, Astrid was the most reserved and serious of her peers, and takes dragon training very seriously. However, after Hiccup revealed to her and their fellow Vikings that dragons aren't mindless, violent creatures, she has a change in personality. Astrid keeps her serious nature, but is more energetic and and smiling than she was in the first movie.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After the first movie, Astrid becomes more open and friendlier to her Viking peers, especially Hiccup.
  • Tsundere:
    • Type A in the movie; tsuntsun to everyone with deredere emerging later. In the series she mellows into type B. A typical example there would when an event touches on her affection for Hiccup she'll blush and then punch his shoulder as if to deny it.
    • A less-than-typical example occurs in "The Thawfest Games." After calling Hiccup out on being a bad winner, she punches his shoulder and then kisses him for doing the right thing; letting Snotlout win and keep his family's tradition.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She doesn't take kindly to threats against Hiccup.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Hiccup have a light version of this as they seem to enjoy ribbing on each other and playing one-upmanship.
  • Weapon of Choice: She really loves using her axe.
  • When She Smiles: Astrid is always rather pretty- but when she actually smiles she's outright beautiful.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Seeing this while on Toothless with Hiccup helps her realize dragons are not the chaotic evil she had been raised to believe and Hiccup had deeper hidden depths than she realized.

    Gobber the Belch 
Voiced by: Craig Ferguson (film) /Chris Edgerly (TV series)

Gobber The Belch is a veteran warrior of the Hairy Hooligans Tribe and a long-time friend and adviser of Stoick the Vast. He is 50 years old in the first film, and 55 in the sequel.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Gobber was a lot nastier in the book series.
  • Ambiguously Gay: In the second movie, when Stoick is reunited with Valka and things seem to be tense, Gobber comments, "That's why I never got married. That, and one other reason."
  • Artificial Limbs: In the films, he has a missing left hand that he can interchange with different objects (hammers, mugs, roast spits, etc.) and he has a right peg leg.
  • Badass: Gobber is second only in the Badass deparment to Stoick. Fitting, considering he's the chief's Number Two
  • Badass Mustache: It's so long it hangs over his face and chest and it's braided.
  • The Blacksmith: Big, brawny, with a usually weaponized arm.
  • Captain Obvious: During the final match of Thawfest, he makes obvious commentary on Hiccup's status, which Stoick tells him he knows.
  • Closer to Earth: To Stoick when it comes to understanding Hiccup and best shown in episode 8. Inverted when it comes to other aspects of the village.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Believes in trolls and the Boneknapper dragon, which no one else shares. The Boneknapper happens to be real. Trolls are yet to be confirmed.
  • Combat Medic: Since Berk doesn't need dragon killing weapons anymore, he becomes a dragon dentist. He also made Hiccup's replacement leg and extracted poison from Mildew to make an antidote.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His "Iron Undies."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not always, but when someone's being stupid around him, he's a snarker to match Hiccup.
  • Ditzy Genius: He has shown his mind is sorta out there, such as attaching said flame thrower to the harness of a fire breathing dragon.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's in charge of training the new recruits; his approach is yelling suggestions while they duck and weave.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He can make working flame throwers, though since dragons exist this is probably easier to achieve than in real life medieval times.
  • Genius Bruiser: In the movies, he's the village blacksmith and second only to the Chief in combat.
  • Handicapped Badass: He may lack an arm and a leg but that doesn't slow him down when it came to fighting dragons. He even stayed with Stoick to delay the Red Death.
  • Hates Baths: It takes Stoick and the dragon riders with their dragons to force him into a tub. He smells so bad that after taking a whiff of him a Terrible Terror becomes so disoriented that it flies into a wall.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Stoick, though, per the Ambiguously Gay entry above, the "heterosexual" part might not be completely accurate.
  • Honorary Uncle: Hiccup was his apprentice, and Gobber took care of him as much as Stoick did. This is historically accurate. Nordic people would frequently ask allies to foster their children as a sign of deepest trust.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Implied in the first movie during the final battle against the Red Death:
    Stoick: I can buy them a few minutes if I give that thing something to hunt!
    Gobber: (taking Stoick's hand in a warrior's handshake) Then I can double that time.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More so in the movies and series.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: His training sessions often include the merits of shields.
  • Moment Killer: Attempts to join in on a Drunken Song which Stoick and Valka are singing together a little too soon.
  • Number Two: He's Stoick's best friend and the one he turns to first for help but he made a mess of things when filling the role officially.
  • Only Friend: Gobber was the sole person in Berk who saw something more in Hiccup, including his father.
  • Parental Substitute: Acted as a more open father figure to Hiccup.
  • Running Gag: Numerous mention of or jokes involving his undies.
  • Shield Bash: In the movie, he said he would choose a shield if given a choice between it and a sword because the shield can be offense and defense.
  • Shipper on Deck: A deleted scene from the first movie has Gobber giving Hiccup some ways to talking to Astrid.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor:
    • His belief for the first day of training in the film is to release a Gronckle, then ask the students what they know about it.
    • Gobber's father was also an example as he taught Gobber to swim this way. Sadly, this doesn't translate well to training the dragons at the academy. Oddly, Gobber seems to remember this fondly.
  • Straight Gay: As revealed in How to Train Your Dragon 2: after Stoick goes to confront his long lost wife after upsetting her, he tells Hiccup "You see this is why I never got married. That, and one other reason.", the film makers and his voice actor have confirmed that it meant that he was gay.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: In the sequel, his smithy features a spinning rack full of peg arm accessories, including a beard brush.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Never admits so himself, but his advice never carries out the intended message.

    Fishlegs Ingerman 
Voiced by: Christopher Mintz-Plasse (film and TV series)

Fishlegs Ingerman is Hiccup's best friend in the books and one of his close friends in the film franchise. He is clumsy and inept, always making mistakes at inappropriate moments. Stoick the Vast calls him "Fisheggs", and Snotface Snotlout and Dogsbreath pick on him constantly. In the first film and the three specials he is 14 years old and 19 in the sequel.
  • Adorkable: Similar to Hiccup.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He can look at a brand new dragon and instantly break down its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Bad Liar: Does not do well lying under pressure.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Snotlout found out the hard way that Fishlegs is downright terrifying when pissed off. It's possibly a nod to the books, where Fishlegs became a flat-out berserker.
  • The Big Guy: Usually this is Snotlout's role, but when Fishlegs snaps or otherwise finds motivation, it suddenly becomes obvious that he outweighs any three of the riders in strength.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as pronounced as in the books, but present, including gems such as this from the second movie's extras:
    "You'd think you wouldn't have to teach an evil genius that wood burns, but that's what we taught [Drago]."
  • Demoted to Extra: While he was Hiccup's best friend in the books, he's more of a friendly classmate in the first film (he's still the only one in the class who doesn't make fun of or speak badly about Hiccup).
    • However, in the series he tends to have a more expanded role as the team's scholar and alongside Astrid is Hiccup's Number Two.
  • Doting Parent: He fusses over Meatlug without shame.
  • Genius Bruiser: Once he gets some confidence, he and Meatlug can do serious damage.
  • Genre Blind: If someone (especially a teenager who has a suspicious backstory) starts bringing up questions about how well your dragon can do in a serious battle, you'd figure he would have a few red flags raised in his head.
  • Gentle Giant: Films only, in the books he's just as scrawny as Hiccup.
  • Huge Rider, Tiny Mount: Meatlug is far from tiny, but Fishlegs still is about a third of her size. It should be noted that, out of all of the dragon breeds encountered so far that are large enough to be ridden, the Gronckle is definitely the smallest.
    • Used as a gag in one Race to the Edge episode. Everyone (except the twins) jumps off a cliff to reach their dragons, who are hovering below. We see Hiccup, then Astrid, then Snotlout land on their respective dragons and fly away, but when Fishlegs lands on Meatlug she immediately plummets towards the ground because of the sudden weight.
  • Lovable Nerd: Is even more prone to geek-outs than Hiccup.
  • Megane: Books only.
  • Nice Guy: The only other teen Viking (with Astrid) who didn't openly mock Hiccup in the beginning.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Has the closest relationship with his dragon after Hiccup and Toothless. Fishlegs even affectionately calls her his "princess" when he's reunited with her at the end of the second film after the Berk dragons are free from the Dark Alpha's control.
  • Rated M for Manly: During "Big Man on Berk", after Gothi puts him under hypnosis to try and remove his supposed allergy to dragons, Snotlout interferes with the process saying they should rebuild him into this. It works, and as 'Thor Bonecrusher' Fishlegs proceeds to become brazenly arrogant, self important, and overall a walking Viking stereotype.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Fishlegs likes to recite poetry.
  • RPG Mechanics Verse: Spouts these in the movie: "+3 defense, +7 venom" etc.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Snotlout's Manly Man.
  • The Smart Guy: He memorized the Book of Dragons and considered a biology book a page turner. During the Red Death fight, he advises the other riders on strategy.
  • Warrior Poet: In the series, he composes poems at sunset.

    Snotlout Jorgenson 
Voiced by: Jonah Hill (Film) /Zack Pearlman (TV series)

Snotlout Jorgenson, Snotface Snotlout in the books, is a character from How to Train Your Dragon, both the book and films, in the books he is deceased while in the movies he's alive. He is 15 years old in the first film and 20 years old in the sequel.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the books, Snotlout is Hiccup's murderous older cousin who keeps trying to kill him so as to become heir of the tribe. In the movies and TV show, Snotlout is Dumb Muscle at worst who makes tasteless jokes about Hiccup's leg and resents him being the hero; he even saves Hiccup on Outcast Island in the show and cries in the film when it looks like Hiccup has died.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Flirts with every girl his age, but has an obvious crush on Fishlegs' "Thor Bonecrusher" persona. Astrid teases him about it multiple times which he makes no attempt at denying, and he gives Fishlegs a bittersweet and passionate kiss after he stops being Thor for good.
  • Amazon Chaser: He cannot stop hitting on Astrid during the movie and first two seasons and by the sequel, he's hitting on Ruffnut. Race to the Edge reveals that this inclination isn't gender-exclusive, as he crushes on the male Thor Bonecrusher simply because of his tough and brutish demeanor.
  • Angst: The prospect he was going to lose Thawfest brought him to near tears and hyperventilating while riding Hookfang.
  • Badass: While he's often a Miles Gloriosus and not all that bright, he is a very capable fighter, as shown in "The Defiant One", armed only with a connecting rod.
  • The Big Guy: Established as the best athlete among the kids, and despite his age is more than a match for many adult Vikings in combat.
  • Butt Monkey: Snotlout is generally the one "bad things" happen to such as his dragon Hookfang disobeying orders or attacking him instead of the real target.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Women find him repulsive. Even Fishlegs is shown to have more game than him.
  • Character Development: He grows into a better and better person as time goes by, going from a straight Jerkass to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, with the Heart of Gold moments becoming more obvious as time goes by, particularly in Race to the Edge.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the movies he's brash and a bit abrasive but not that unpleasant. In the series he's an out-and-out Jerkass and often times takes it Up to Eleven by stacking the Jerkass Ball on top of his normal jerkishness in order to drive the plot of the episode ("Thawfest" and "Gem of a Different Color" in particular). However, the above Character Development takes him past this.
  • Chew Toy: In the series, if someone is going to get an Amusing Injury it's going to be him.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In Race to the Edge, he informs Fishlegs that this is why he's able to keep up with opponents that are bigger and/or stronger than him.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Successfully holds his own and even wins against several Outcast Vikings in "Defiant One."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, usually at the expense of the twins.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • In-universe example. He makes a few jokes alluding to Toothless being unable to fly in "What Flies Beneath". Astrid and Hiccup were not amused.
    • Neither Astrid or Hiccup were amused by his mocking of Frozen Fin Hofferson, but Astrid quickly made him regret that.
  • Dumb Muscle: This is how he fights said Outcast vikings twice his size, though he can come up with an Indy Ploy with hand to hand combat.
  • Foil: He's the "classic" to Hiccup's nontraditional viking. Both seek the approval of their fathers. As Hiccup proves himself to the rest of the village and gains more respect, Snotlout ends up taking his place as village outcast and begins to display the same feelings of inadequacy that Hiccup did at the beginning of the series.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: During the first two seasons the other Dragon Riders tolerate him but make it quite clear that none of them particularly like him, hanging out with him solely because they're in the same age group and part of the Dragon Academy. He seems to have lost this in the third season, with the twins (mostly Tuffnut) becoming this instead.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: While nowhere near Hiccup's level, Snotlout is capable of putting together simpler contraptions. Dawn of the Dragon Races reveals that he was the one who built the sheep launcher. Though, it took almost a hundred tries to get it right, and plenty of collateral damage.
    • According to Hiccup, he became Berk's official weapons tester after Defenders of Berk. We are then shown him being launched out of a catapult he is testing.
  • Genius Ditz: He's not particularly bright, but has a knack for coming up with ideas on the spot and is quite sharp tongued.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: He seems to be mildly prone to these for unknown reasons. In "Gem of a Different Color" he sells lucky rocks actually changewing eggs to various villagers, even getting one woman's son in payment. In "Tunnel Vision" he responds to Berk's lack of water by trying to sell the water he and Astrid were sent to get to alleviate the problem.
  • Height Angst: Brought up but averted in "Quake, Rattle and Roll", which establishes that Snotlout actually takes pride in the fact that he can take down opponents who are larger or taller than him because it means he gets to use combat pragmatism instead of just brute force.
  • Hidden Depths: Deep down, Snotlout is actually a good person and there's more to him than meets the eye.
    • He's quite a talented, if unscrupulous, businessman.
    • He really does care for Hookfang.
    • He really looks up to Hiccup and wants his approval.
    • He's occasionally quite smart.
    • He's actually a remarkably good teacher, as displayed in the Race to Edge episode 'Quake, Rattle and Roll', when he teaches Fishlegs to be a Combat Pragmatist. While Fishlegs eventually wins the fight his own way, it's notable that Snotlout actually taught him well.
  • Hopeless Suitor: For Astrid. Even Astrid's voice actress agrees. After the film, it switches between playing sweet and flirty teasing. Astrid nearly throws up when he suggests her to be his "queen".
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Becomes more and more obvious as Hiccup continues to rise.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
  • Jerk Jock: According to "Thawfest" this is due to pressure from his family.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A quick way to sum up Snotlout is to paraphrase Winston Churchill's quote about America: He'll always do the right thing, though usually after trying everything else first. As in the books, he's very huff-puff about growing up to be a manly Viking, but has a definite soft spot, especially for his dragon Hookfang, and his responses whenever Hiccup says that he's had a good idea also suggest that he looks up to Hiccup and values his opinion far more than he lets on.
    • In Race to the Edge, he gets more unambiguously heroic, while occasionally asking himself why the hell he's doing heroic things in the first place. One such example occurs in "The Next Big Sting", where he rejects Hiccup's plan to counter the Speed Stingers because it involved temporarily abandoning the other (incapacitated) riders.
      Snotlout: I'm not leaving anyone behind!
      Hiccup: Since when?
      Snotlout: Since now! Don't ask me why! I suddenly feel like being selfless and heroic.
  • Last Stand: Prepares for this twice in "Total Nightmare", first when charging at the female Monstrous Nightmare for injuring Hookfang and later when facing off against the Titan Wing Nightmare. Before setting off, he tells Hiccup to take over and protect the female Nightmare's eggs if he dies during the fight.
  • Leader Wannabe: When Hiccup is forced to put Toothless back in the cove during "The Terrible Twos," Snotlout tries to use the fact that Hiccup no longer has a dragon to take his place as leader of the Academy. Astrid quickly reminds him that she, as Hiccup's second, will be taking the position. Making it worse is that he tends ignore or argue with Hiccup, which gets them in trouble.
  • Made of Iron: Can take a giant rock to the face and shrug it off with a grin. He's also the most physically capable of the young Vikings, having won every Thawfest festival because of his strength and stamina.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He has won every Thawfest game, but in daily life Astrid and Hiccup are much more reliable. That said, when he actually has to fight, he is very good at it.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: In "Free Scauldy," he spends nearly the whole episode flirting with Astrid when they're alone on a mission, much to her annoyance. When Astrid pretends that he's won her over and starts playfully flirting with him, Snotlout is visibly freaked out.
  • The Resenter: "The Defiant One" reveals that a lot of his issues with Hiccup stem from jealously over Hiccup's accomplishments, especially in light of the fact that Hiccup is far from a conventional Viking. Given what we've seen of his father, and the way Snotlout was listing Hiccup's accomplishments as if they were things he'd heard over and over again, it could well be that we're hearing his father's sniping at his son for not seizing more recognition for himself.
  • The Rival: To Hiccup in the Thawfest games. Hiccup generally puts up with Snotlout with minor annoyance, but his drive to beat him in the tournament grows into a borderline obsession. The feeling is mutual on Snotlout's part.
  • Running Gag: Hookfang lighting his pants on fire, forcing him to leap into the nearest water source.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Fishleg's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Hiccup. Snotlout represents what Hiccup could've become had he decided to be exactly what his father wanted him to be (see Foil).
  • Strong, but Unskilled: He's even more physically gifted than Astrid, and is capable of taking on multiple opponents much bigger than him with ease. Despite this, however, he has no practical training or experience to put any of his skills to use and thus is generally useless to the group. This is reflected in his dragon riding as well, as Hookfang is second to Toothless in terms of abilities but Snotlout's lack of skill at riding him makes the duo much less useful than they could be.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While this applies to all of the dragon riders after the time skip, he goes from the most incompetent to comparable to Astrid.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Snotlout becomes less and less of the Jerkass he was in the first movie.
  • Unknown Rival: His rivalry with Hiccup is one-sided on his part.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • There are moments when you wonder if he and Hookfang aren't trying to kill each other, but Snotlout was visibly upset when it looked like Hookfang would have to be put down, and Hook does seem to genuinely care when Snotlout is in real trouble.
    • In the series episode "Cast Out" Hiccup acknowledges that he has this relationship with Snotlout as well. It gets more prominent in Race to the Edge, where they can go from genuinely friendly conversation to insulting each other in less than a minute.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • Snotlout has it even worse than Hiccup does. Spitelout places great pressure on Snotlout to meet his incredibly high standards and preserve the family reputation. Earning his father's love and approval clearly causes Snotlout a great deal of insecurity and anxiety, and in this way he is similar to Hiccup, though it is unacknowledged, since Snotlout either keeps it to himself or is in denial about his father's clearly unfair treatment of him.
    • He also wants to make Hiccup proud.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Played with. Before punching Tuffnut, he checks to make sure he's the male twin. In the second movie however, he is willing to smash Astrid in the face with his hammer just so that he can get the Black Sheep off of her in Dragon Racing.
  • Your Size May Vary: Consistently the shortest viking, but whether he's as tall as Astrid or half her size tends to be completely random.

    Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston 
Voiced by: T.J. Miller (Tuffnut) (Film and TV series) and Kristen Wiig (Film)/Julie Marcus (Ruffnut) (TV series)

Tuffnut Thorston is a teenage member of the Hairy Hooligan tribe. He is the fraternal Twin of Ruffnut Thorston in the movie franchise and they are constantly arguing with each other, often to the point of physical violence, though never seriously enough to separate them for too long. In the first film he's 15 years old and 20 in How To Train Your Dragon 2. His dragon is a Hideous Zippleback named Barf and Belch, which he shares with his sister.

Ruffnut Thorston is a teenage member of the Hairy Hooligan tribe. She is the fraternal twin of Tuffnut Thorston. She is often arguing with her brother, often to the point of physical violence, though never seriously enough to separate them for too long. In the first film she is 15 years old and 20 in How To Train Your Dragon 2. Her dragon is a Hideous Zippleback named Barf and Belch, which she shares with her brother.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Eret feels this way towards Ruffnut, wiping his face in disgust when she first kisses him.
  • Action Girl: Ruffnut's a brash girl who loves to blow stuff up.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike his book counterpart, Tuffnut isn't a psychopathic jerk. He's still a jerk (especially in the first movie), but he has his heart of gold moments.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Why Ruffnut exists; without her the main cast would have only one girl.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Ruffnut and Tuffnut, as Half-Identical Twins. It's repeatedly lampshaded by several characters, including the twins themselves.
    Tuffnut: Has anyone told you that you look like a boy?
    Ruffnut: Has anyone told you?
  • Ambiguously Bi: Ruffnut flirts aggressively with Eret from the first time she sees him. She's more subtle about hitting on Heather in Race to the Edge, but still opts to initiate contact, leaning one hand on the wall behind Heather and using a seductive tone of voice.
  • Ascended Extra: Tuffnut, who was just another of Hiccup's classmates in the books, gets a larger role (and a sister) in the films.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: They get distracted very easily by even the simplest thing. Even the old standby of using something metallic to create a bead of dancing light to amuse Terrible Terrors (like cats) can get them fascinated.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: More prevalent on Ruffnut's part because she can pull her brother out of danger's way in a heartbeat.
  • Badass: They risk getting in fights with the most dangerous dragons to save each other.
  • The Big Guy: If you want something blown up ask them. They'll be more than happy to do it!
  • Book Dumb: As expressed in this little gem:
    Tuffnut: Wait, you mean read?
    Ruffnut: While we're still alive?
  • Braids of Barbarism: Tuffnut by the second movie and third season fo the show had traded his long loose hair for dreadlocks.
  • Butt Monkey: Generally, if bad things happen to it will either be to them or Snotlout.
  • The Caligula: For the duration of "Reign of the Fireworms" after discovering that Dragon's Edge technically belongs to them via an old family claim. They proceed to lord it over the other riders with insane and nonsensical laws and treat the others like minions and doing nothing about the imminent fireworm migration.
  • Canon Foreigner: In the books Tuffnut didn't have a twin sister.
  • Catch Phrase: Tuffnut has "Oh, I'm hurt! I am very much hurt!"
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: In Dawn of the Dragon Races, their 'secret plan' to win is to take a normal sheep and paint it black. This lets them 'win' up until Fishlegs shows up with the real black sheep, costing them the first race.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Taken up to eleven with Tuffnut in the TV series, where he does things like talk to chickens and expect them to back him up on the tales he tells the rest of the Dragon Riders.
  • Dumb Blondes: It would be charitable to say there's one whole brain between them.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: When Snotlout almost got Astrid killed and was disobeying Hiccup's suspension punishment, the twins pointed out that either he should be expelled or Hiccup will risk losing the respect of the other dragon riders. Even though they were mostly just trying to take his dragon pen for themselves, Astrid overheard that and was amazed that they had a point.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: In the TV series, it's shown that they are horrible at counting. Somewhat justified in that they are effectively the official idiots of the team.
  • Fearless Fools: One of Hiccup's monologues notes that they "don't know when to be afraid."
  • Half-Identical Twins: The most prominent difference is the fact that Ruffnut has braids and Tuffnut is slightly taller.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Ruffnut was able to instantly realize that Meatlug laid eggs and was a girl, before Fishlegs was able to comprehend either.
    • They also seem to have a love of exploring, so they tend to know quite a bit about Berk Island, including all the tunnels the Whispering Death hatchlings made. At least Ruffnut also seems to have a good memory for paths.
    • When stuck in a trap and left alone with Barf and Belch, Tuffnut becomes surprisingly philosophical with them.
    • While trying to save a beached Scauldron, Ruffnut bonds with it and keeps him calm as they help him. She names him "Scauldy" and even cuts off her braids to use as rope when they run out of rope for Scauldy's wing splint.
    • Apparently when they were younger Tuffnut used to be scared of the dark, and Ruffnut used to be scared of him. To calm them both, their mother would sing them a Viking lullaby.
    • Ruffnut and Tuffnut manage to perfectly explain how adult-onset allergies work, to everyone's surprise.
  • Large Ham: Tuffnut, but both will get in on the action if they feel like it.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Their first instinct whenever a new danger arrives is to head into the air to watch the show.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Both of them are a classic case of the "bickering twins" stereotype.
  • Sibling Team: They ride the same dragon, so naturally they always work as a team in a fight.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Ruffnut is just as prone to comedic abuse and injuries as her brother. Not only does she not mind, but she enjoys the abuse as much as her brother.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: As shown in "Total Nightmare" where they use more archaic, formal and fancy words than they usually do.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: When it comes to missions, at least. The first two seasons featured a recurring gag where Hiccup would split the riders up into separate teams and whoever was assigned to the twins would immediately protest and ask for a teammate swap.
  • Theme Twin Naming: They're both nuts.
  • Token Evil Teammates: Downplayed, but they are definitely the "bad guys" compared to the rest of the group. Both of them mention that their motivation for doing most things is seeing things get destroyed (typically through their dragon), conducting pranks all around Berk, or just simply getting themselves injured for no reason other than fun. When they find out the metal dragon perches they've been building are to help stop buildings collapsing from under the weight of dragons, they feel betrayed that they were coerced into helping things not break.
    • According to Hiccup's narration in "Eye of the Beholder: Part One", as of Race to the Edge they have dedicated themselves to Loki and their pranks have gotten bigger and more frequent.
  • Tomboy: Ruffnut in a way similar to Astrid.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Ruff and Tuff weren't the brightest in the movie or the specials, but they weren't particularly stupid either. Mainly, Tuffnut was just egotistical, and no more so than Snotlout. Come the TV show, they've been downgraded into ditzes, completely missing things such as what Hiccup and Astrid are trying to convey when they say there is no Dragon Flight Club while trying to recruit them into it.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Whenever someone jokes about a plan involving one of them getting seriously injured or sacrificed, the usual response is that they're happily to oblige.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: As it turns out, one of their uncles had been at Dragon's Edge and laid a claim stone, meaning the island technically belonged to them. Fortunately, they relinquish the claim by the end of the episode.
  • Use Your Head: They cracked nuts on each others heads while watching lightning rain down on Berk.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They're never seen apart and usually hitting each other. The behavior extends to their dragon.
  • Wild Card: More or less do whatever they want whenever they want. No one in the group has any sort of control over them.
  • Women Are Wiser: Not by leaps and bounds, but Ruffnut is noticeably quicker on the uptake than her brother and sometimes has to restrain him from doing something particularly stupid even by their standards.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tuffnut has no qualms about beating up his sister. Though, to be fair, Ruffnut usually asks him to, seems to enjoy getting beaten up, and certainly hits him back.

    Gothi, the Village Elder 

A tiny old woman. She is a respected elder of the village who not only selects the top graduate of the Dragon Academy back when they killed them, but also is the augur of the village.
  • Cool Old Lady: Don't let the fact she doesn't speak fool you, she will hit you if you bad-mouth her.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: In the second film, she has at least half a dozen Terrible Terrors living with her (and sleeping on her bed).
  • Demoted to Extra: According to some behind-the-scenes content, Gothi was intended to be a Mage who would've foretold of Hiccup making peace with the Dragons and the Vikings. However the writers felt it took up too much time for her to be established and that Hiccup's friendship with Toothless was a better indicator of what was to happen in the film. She does take a more prominent role in the series as the go-to healer.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: In old Norse, Gothi is the title of a priest, not an actual name. Admittedly, it is the masculine form, but it still fits with her use of divination and general reverence from the community.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: She is the shortest adult. She's even shorter than any of the teens.
  • No, Except Yes: According to rumor, she can tell you when you will die by looking at your fingernails. Gobber assures Astrid and Fishlegs this is completely wrong. She looks at your tongue.
  • Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Has no problem smacking Gobber in the face with her staff for smart remarks or writing something towards Hiccup that's so insulting that Gobber refuses to translate it.
    Gobber: I can't say that to him, he's the chief's son!
  • The Voiceless: She has yet to speak a word, communicating through traced images instead.

    Spitelout Jorgenson 
Voiced by: David Tennant (Film and TV Series)

He is Snotlout's father and appears to be second-in-command of the tribe. He is often seen with Stoick the Vast in battle and at Viking meetings.
  • Abusive Parents: Bullies his son relentlessly and is suggested to beat him when he doesn't meet his expectations.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the books, Snotlout's dad is named Baggybum the Beerbelly.
  • Dad the Veteran: Like every other adult, he fought in the war against the dragons.
  • Jerkass: He's hard on his son and cold to those he sees as beneath him. The one man he views as an equal, Stoick, he also treats with disdain.
  • Kick the Dog: In "Race To Fireworm Island", he callously suggests Snotlout get a new dragon after Hookfang falls ill, comparing the Nightmare to a broken sword.
  • The Lancer: He's Stoick's second in command and rival.
  • The Rival: To Stoick, but only in the Thawfest games. It's implied they were direct rivals when they competed, which is now done indirectly through their sons.
  • Sore Loser: He doesn't like the idea of his family losing a single Thawfest game.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His son looks like a smaller, beardless version of him.

    Bucket and Mulch 
Bucket (left) and Mulch (right).
Voiced by: Tom Wilson and Tim Conway (TV series)

Bucket — True to his name, he wears a bucket on his head. The bucket serves as a protection for his skull, which had been fractured in a Dragon attack years ago. It also contracts whenever a storm is on the way.

Mulch — His right hand has been replaced by a hook and his left leg by a wooden stick. He is a fisherman, and is often seen alongside Bucket.
  • Achey Scars: The tightness of Bucket's bucket is usually a sign of a large storm.
  • Artificial Limbs: Mulch is missing his left hand and right leg, both replaced in the same manner as Gobber, and Bucket has lost his right hand in addition to half his brain.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Turns out the two goofballs are just as badass as any Viking from Berk, in "View to a Skrill, Part One" they were outnumbered by Berserkers and still nearly won the fight.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Bucket is a large rectangle of a man compared to short, spherical Mulch.
  • Bucket Helmet: Bucket, naturally, in contrast to his fellow Vikings. Even so, he took a mace to the head and wasn't even dazed.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Bucket, as a result of a dragon-induced traumatic brain injury that "cracked his skull." He wears a Bucket Helmet and has some obvious memory and attention problems for which Mulch serves as...
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Mulch frequently gives the forgetful Bucket verbal prompts, and tries to find him when he wanders off.
  • Demoted to Extra: Not that they were ever main characters, but they are seen much more frequently in the first season than the second (but see Beware the Silly Ones above when they do show up in season two).
  • Disability Superpower: "When [Bucket] lost half his brain...he suddenly became an artist." Not just any artist either, but the best in Berk.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Bucket is a terrible guard because he didn't call for help or even calmly look inside Heather's cell before opening it and getting knocked out.
  • Hidden Depths: Who knew that Bucket was a talented painter?
  • Those Two Guys: When seen apart, it's only because Bucket has wandered off.
  • True Companions: To Gobber and Stoick. When Mildew was driving a mob against Toothless they stayed loyal to Stoick because he is their Chief.

Voiced by: Stephen Root (TV series)

Mildew is a cantankerous, and ugly old viking, the secondary antagonist in the DreamWorks Dragons: The Series season 1 and an anti-hero in season 2.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Despite his ability to sway public opinion against the dragons, Mildew is widely disliked amongst the adult Vikings; so much that they collectively decided to build his house well outside of Berk proper. When they recall surviving a blizzard, his fellow townsfolk speak of him thusly:
    Bucket: It took us a week just to dig Mildew out.
    Mulch: And the rest of our lives to wonder why we bothered.
  • Animal Nemesis: Downplayed. Mildew deeply resents the presence of the Dragons, and conspires to see them exiled from Berk. In "Dragon Flower", he poisons them..
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Implied as strongly as a kids' show can - the wall of his hut contains paintings of his three wives and his pet sheep, leading Hiccup to make the obvious conclusion.
  • Big Bad: As close as the TV series has to a main villain. Alvin the Treacherous is a bigger threat, but not around enough to count. As of "We Are A Family, Part 2" Mildew has become the Evil Genius of the Outcasts which makes Alvin the true Big Bad.
  • The Bluebeard: Implied. Mildew is thrice-widowered, and the obvious, wistful joy he takes in reminiscing about his wives' funerals is both disturbing and suspicious.
  • Destroy the Evidence: From his years of dragon hunting he has a pair of Zippleback boots and claw of a Monstrous Nightmare. He used to frame those two for some crimes and once the dragons are gone, he tossed them into the ocean.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Hiccup. Both are outcasts in Berk who finally managed to find their place through dragon training. Mildew just needed to become another kind of Outcast to make it work.
  • Evil Genius: Of the Outcasts as of of the season finale. He teaches dragon training.
  • Evil Gloating:
    • Mildew tends to this whenever he thinks he's notched a petty victory against Hiccup, though his intent is usually undermined by Hiccup's tendency to carefully consider the implications of whatever Mildew has said when trying to solve a problem.
    • In "Alvin and the Outcasts," Mildew makes the mistake of prematurely gloating over Hiccup's likely capture in front of the much more-direct Astrid, who simply punches Mildew's lights out before he can alert Alvin of Hiccup's whereabouts.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's the oldest person on the island is constantly plotting evilly against the kids.
  • Evil Plan: Banish/kill every dragon on Berk. His rationale is that they're Always Chaotic Evil, so Hiccup usually defeats him by proving the opposite.
  • Face-Heel Turn: He wasn't exactly on the side of Hiccup, but this still applies considering he is on the Outcasts' side at the end of season 1.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The ill-tempered town crank who loathes the dragons and the nuisance they pose to both his property and Berk. His status is lampshaded by Gobber in "How to Start a Dragon Academy"
    Gobber: Ah, here's Mildew with the complaint o' the day.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Stays behind on Outcast Island to help the group escape at the end of "We Are A Family Part 2" Subverted because he planned on staying to teach Alvin how to tame dragons.
  • Irony: Berk's number one dragon hater becomes the Outcasts' number one dragon trainer.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When introduced, Mildew is unable to sleep for the dragons tromping about on his roof, and he finds they've decimated his crops. He's entirely correct to point out the dragons' destructive potential, and that they can't be allowed to run loose and destroy property. He also does this unintentionally, since his observations of Hiccup's failures, while calculatedly mocking, are astute enough that Hiccup inevitably uses them as a source of advice.
  • Karma Houdini: Every time Mildew does something that would warrant severe punishment, he is able to hide the evidence or manipulate things so that he wouldn't be directly blamed, otherwise he wouldn't be on Berk for long.
    • He gets away with framing the dragons and rendering the village vulnerable to attack from the Outcasts, and the only real "punishment" he suffers is the dragons earning their way back into the village. Stoick is suspicious, however, and Hiccup makes it clear he'll be watching.
    • Subverted in "Dragon Flower", where it looks like he was going to get away with trying to poison and kill the dragons, but starts suffering amusing injuries one after another near the end. The only thing more appropriate would have been exile. Not only that, but he is on Stoick's bad side for his actions, who is now aware he is trying to do any act to get rid of the Dragons.
    • As of "When Lightning Strikes" Tuffnut and Snotlout came up with a way to get him back for turning the town on Toothless in that episode: put a stature of Thor that is essentially a giant lightning rod right outside his front door. He gets zapped right before the credits.
  • Lean and Mean: Mildew is notably the wiriest of all the adult Vikings, with a reputation as a sourpuss.
  • The Mole: He acts as this for Alvin after Dagur takes over the Outcasts.
  • Motive Decay: His motive has downgraded from driving the dragons out of Berk to getting rid of Hiccup and Toothless. By the end of the first season his motives have decayed to the point that he is willing to abandon his home and side with someone who himself wants to train dragons, JUST to prove he is superior to Hiccup. His speech about outsmarting Hiccup is full of pride and glee; the previous times Hiccup has beaten him have really gotten to him).
  • Non-Human Sidekick: His pet sheep, Fungus.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Started out as more of an annoyance than an actual threat, but as the series continues, he's been getting more and more heinous in his actions. He comes dangerously close to getting them banished and then tries to outright kill them with poisonous flowers. Then comes the "We Are a Family" two-parter, where he betrays Berk and tricks Hiccup into teaching him how to train dragons so he can pass the knowledge onto Alvin.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Even when he feels he's gotten his way, Mildew doesn't hesitate to personally antagonize the Viking teenagers, especially Hiccup.
  • Retired Badass: Mildew uses a large glaive decorated with several dragons' teeth as a walking staff, and his home is decorated with a painting of him delivering a Coup de Grâce to a dragon, a mounted dragon skull, several weapons and other dragon-related Battle Trophies.
  • The Social Expert: He displays several of these traits, most of them the very reasons he can be threatening, primarily to avoid being expelled from the Island or just antagonizing Hiccup. "When Lightning Strikes" shows he is fully capable of downright exploiting the irrationality and fear of the residents against Toothless to a frightening effect. This almost got Toothless boarded on a boat to nowhere that Stoick was unable to stop because of the panic everybody was in.
  • Staff of Authority: He likes waving his spear about when fear mongering or some other plan to get rid of dragons.
  • Villain Decay: Inverted. He becomes increasingly more dangerous as the series progresses. From getting the dragons expelled for awhile, to nearly killing them with poison, to manipulating a crowd against Hiccup and Stoick. Then he defects to the Outcasts and becomes Alvin's dragon trainer.
  • Villain Team-Up: Sides with the Outcasts to capture Hiccup and Toothless. Then he tricks Hiccup into teaching him how to train dragons while pretending to have been betrayed by them, allowing him to teach Alvin after he is "captured" during Hiccup's escape.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He has yet to appear in Season 3.

    Gustav Larson 
Voiced by: Lucas Grabeel (TV series)

He is the first notable character in the franchise to be a child. He was named the Dragon Academy's junior-apprentice-auxiliary-reserve-back-up-replacement-rider-in training-fourth class by Hiccup.
  • Abusive Parents: His mother once sold him to Snotlout in order to get her hands on a priceless jewel. We later find out she's been known to not pay attention to him for days. Played for Laughs whenever its brought up.
  • Ascended Extra: Was initially a oneshot kid who idolized Snotlout and was a sidekick he got for one of his schemes. He then started recurring more often before ultimately getting his own dragon.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Especially in his first few appearances, where Snotlout (a total brat himself) was training him to be mini-Snotlout. This ends up being a lot funnier than most examples, before he grows into a few different tropes.
  • Expy: In universe - Gustav wasn't the most original when it came to naming his dragon. He picked a Monstrous Nightmare that looks just like Hookfang and named it "Fanghook".
  • Fake Defector: In "Race to the Edge"'s episode "Gone Gustav Gone," he pretends to pull a Mistreatment Induced Face-Heel Turn and join the Berserkers, in order to lead Dagur into a trap.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Gustav claims he's this in Race to the Edge (which takes place three years after Defenders), but since he was a kid beforehand he hasn't really grown that much.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like Snotlout, except a bit more well-meaning and a lot more immature.
  • Keet: He's very enthusiastic, to say the least.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: When told he's not ready, he tends to brashly go out to try and show that he is - typically proving the opposite.
  • The Load: He's too young and inexperienced to really do what the others do, not that it curbs his enthusiasm. Hiccup ultimately agrees to let him work at the Dragon Training Academy until he's ready for formal training.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In both Riders and Race to the Edge, though in slightly different ways in each. In Riders he wants to jump into Dragon Training before he's ready to learn, causing a lot of trouble before he learns to take it slower. In Race to the Edge, he's readier to learn but picks a very poor time to ask for training, leaving him oblivious as to how things work on Dragon's Edge.
  • Sidekick: He initially appears as Snotlout sidekick in a couple episodes, before finding his own dragon and trying to join the Dragon Riders.
  • Sixth Ranger: Or at least training to be one, at any rate.
  • Spanner in the Works: To Dagur, twice. The second time was planned on his part, however.
  • Speak of the Devil: In "Gone Gustav Gone".
    Hiccup: What could possibly be worse than Dagur?
    (Gustav and Fanghook crash through the door)
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: In Race to the Edge. Even the twins are horrified when they realize he isn't just there for a quick visit.

Hooligan Dragons

Although not always well behaved, the Hooligan Tribe's dragons have made themselves at home in Berk and live with them. Naturally this was not a smooth change, but they have integrated with their human allies.
  • All Animals Are Domesticated: Averted. There were many headaches in Berk after they moved in, forming many of the plots of Riders of Berk, but eventually they settled down and integrated into society.
  • Dragon Rider: The dragon half of the equation.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Were originally Berk's enemies, until Hiccup and Toothless destroyed the Red Death.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: All dragons resemble their owner in both appearance and temperament.


Toothless is the name of Hiccup's Dragon in both the book series and the film franchise and is the Dragon protagonist. In the books, Toothless is a young Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus, although it is originally believed he is a Common or Garden Dragon, while he's a larger, black Night Fury in the film adaptation.

He is the quintessential dragon in the series, and remains unrivaled in intelligence. He is presumed to be the only living Night Fury, at least on Berk and the surrounding Isles.
Both Universes
  • Adaptational Badass: In the books he's a Basic Brown/Garden Dragon, one of the smallest, most common dragon species (the template for the Terrible Terrors in the movies) while in the films he's a Night Fury, a Lightning Bruiser phantom dragon nicknamed "the unholy offspring of Lightning and Death." Book 11 reveals that the book series Toothless is an adolescent Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus, the same species that the Big Bad of the first film was based off of. It is further revealed that Toothless will grow up to be the size of a mountain, dwarfing even the Alpha dragons of the films.
  • Defrosting Ice King: To say he was hostile to Hiccup at first is an understatement. In the books, he is selfish and mean to Hiccup, eating his food and not listening to him, however in the climax he flies up a big dragonus giganticus maximus's nose, almost killing himself, to save his trainer.
  • Determinator: Nothing stops him from protecting Hiccup; not a cliff, not a chain and especially not other dragons.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example. With Hiccup, a Viking human.
  • Tsundere: Toothless likes to switch among affectionate, aloof, and hostile at the drop of a hat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He still cares about Hiccup though. He even nearly gets killed when he saves Hiccup from The Green Death.

Film & TV Universe
  • Adorkable: "The Offspring of Lightning and Death" is also one of the biggest dorks.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Downplayed; Toothless does have a few canine traits, like his habit of enthusiastically licking Hiccup in the second movie, but much of his behaviour is actually based on a cat's and his design was modeled after a black panther. In fact, Word of God says that the aim was to create a character dog owners could look at see their own dog, while at the same time cat owners could look and see their cats.
  • Arch-Enemy: With the Whispering Death in "What Flies Beneath".
  • Artificial Limbs: Toothless has a very complicated artificial tail fin made for him by Hiccup.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Becomes Alpha Dragon by challenging and defeating the reigning Alpha. Said reigning Alpha is a massive Bewilderbeast that is hundreds of times bigger than Toothless and has mind control powers. Toothless defeats him in a head on fight!!
    • His first act as Alpha? Command the swarm of dragons to blast the Bewilderbeast into submission!
  • Badass: The premier example of Badass in this series, aside from Stoick.
  • Badass Adorable: A fierce creature that likes having its belly rubbed.
  • Badass In Charge: Becomes the Alpha Dragon at the end of the second movie.
  • Badass in Distress: He gets mind-controlled by the Dark Alpha during the beginning of the attack on Berk and Drago seizes him as a mount. Luckily Hiccup manages to get through to him.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't hurt Hiccup if you know what's good for you—he made sure a Monstrous Nightmare got the message.
    • He really hates the Whispering Death. Just its presence makes Toothless fly into such a rage to the point he even disobeys Hiccup.
    • In the second film, Hiccup's put through the ringer enough to enrage Toothless to the point that he takes on the Bewilderbeast from the ground. This thing is twice the size of the Red Death, and Toothless specifically takes it on without Hiccup, so he can't fly or outwit his enemy. No tricks, no traps, just pure fury and willpower enough to free the dragons from the Bewilderbeast's control. If it's not clear yet, do. Not screw. With Hiccup.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When he's not in battle, he's like a cuddly pet.
  • Big Good: Becomes the Alpha of the dragons by the end of the sequel, with Hiccup as the new Chief of Berk.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: His back begins glowing in the climax of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Breath Weapon: Night Furies have a unique one that launches small precise blue fireblasts that explode when they hit something, as opposed to a stream of fire, which proves far more destructive than the more traditional flames. He can also spit narrow jets of flame, which he uses to make a nest early in the first film.
  • Cute Bruiser: A cuddly reptile that is also the most feared dragon.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Movie only, where he is a Night Fury, a dark coloured species with a semi-demonic look.
  • Deuteragonist
  • The Dreaded: Implied to be this to (most) vikings by The Dragon Manual.
  • Empathy Pet/Uncatty Resemblance: To Hiccup, being (comparatively) small, smart, snarky, and deceptively strong. According to Valka, they're even in roughly the same age range!
  • Expy: In terms of face and limb structure, he looks a lot like Stitch.
    • In the finale of the second movie with his spine glowing blue and becoming the undisputed 'King' of dragons, you'd be forgiven if you started calling him Godzilla.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge/Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Cue Toothless taking on and beating the crap out of said Bewilderbeast, then usurping the Alpha role from it and using its newfound power to deliver a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown upon the giant dragon and its trainer.
  • Fluffy the Terrible/Deathbringer the Adorable: His personal name is the former but his species name is the latter.
  • Game Face: Toothless extends his teeth when eating or being aggressive.
  • Genius Bruiser: Night Furies are the cleverest dragon species.
  • Guile Hero: Toothless must've been taking lessons on this from Hiccup, as in the season one finale, he stops eating and thereby forces his captors to remove his muzzle to try to force feed him. He immediately hits them with a plasma burst and tears off his remaining restraints, then swats the guards with his tail.
  • Handicapped Badass: In the films, where one of his tail fins is lopped off by Hiccup early on.
  • Hellish Pupils: Deliberately invoked: when he becomes angry his pupils narrow into vertical slits, but when he's calm and happy they're round.
  • Informed Ability:
    • In the movie, Night Furies are said to be the fastest and never miss their mark. In the series, Toothless has missed a few times and Stormfly is said to be getting closer to his speed. Toothless does have a handicap, though, and by and large every target in the film was stationary (relatively or otherwise).
    • Likewise, both the tie in ads and Defenders of Berk states that Night Furies only have six shots. Toothless regularly unleashes far more in a fight.note 
  • Last of His Kind: Implied to be the last remaining Night Fury.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: When they encounter Eret's dragon-hunting crew, Toothless goes into screeching, plasma-shooting blur mode... which is significantly less effective in broad daylight.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A flying stealth plasma cannon. He is a Night Fury after all, and is no exception to the species.
  • Monster Lord: By the end of HTTYD 2, Toothless is the new dragon Alpha.
  • Moody Mount: Sometimes he'll decide, on a whim, 'I'm gonna do a barrel roll' and Hiccup will just have to hold on.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His teeth are retractable, not missing.
  • Panthera Awesome: Has several characteristics of a panther and even moves around like a panther.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Toothless is one of the smallest dragons that can be ridden, and he doesn't measure up to many other dragons in terms of generating actual fire. But his unique form of fire breath lets him generate small, precise shots with extreme explosive force, more like an artillery strike than a blast of fire. This lets Toothless damage other dragons, which are immune to fire, with his shots, up to and including the Red Death and the Bewilderbeast, two dragons that dwarfed Toothless like an elephant dwarfs a rat. Despite his size, he is much stronger than he looks, tossing off a Monstrous Nightmare and also pinning Stoick.
  • Power Glows: See Bioluminescence Is Cool.
  • Red Is Heroic: His normal tailfin is with Berk's symbol also painted white on it.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Wouldn't even let Hiccup get on him to let him fly in "What Flies Beneath" because of his grudge with a Whispering Death, even though it meant he couldn't fly and was left at a serious disadvantage.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Toothless is essentially a giant, winged axolotl, complete with "gills" reimagined as an expressive fleshy crest on his neck.
  • Shipper on Deck: The look on his face after Astrid pecked Hiccup's check in the movie.
    • And the way he nudged Valka into Stoick's arms, plus his expression, suggests that this is something of a part time hobby for him.
  • Silent Snarker: In the movie. He is the most expressive dragon, primarily due to his size-changing pupils. He takes after a certain someone.
  • Super Reflexes: Not only lightning fast in a straight line, but the most agile and maneuverable of the dragons, excepting only Meatlug (who is the nearest thing this 'verse has to a helicopter), at one point using his agility to keep up with a Speed Stinger on foot.
  • Super Speed: One of the fastest species of dragons.
  • Throat Light: His Super Mode involves his back glowing, as shown in the climax of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Troll: When camping with Hiccup, Toothless snatched a fish from a Terrible Terror, deliberately provoked it into trying to attack him, then shot a fireball down its throat, smiling smugly the whole time.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Hiccup. Not even Mind Control can make him hurt his rider.
  • Unstoppable Rage: We see a few glimpses of how terrifying he can be when his trainer/friend Hiccup is threatened. First one was when Hiccup was tackled to the ground by Astrid when she sees Toothless nearby. Toothless, taking it as Astrid attacking Hiccup, goes absolutely mental and charges at her, Hiccup snaps him out of it but even as he was introducing Astrid to him Toothless was giving her an absolutely terrifying Death Glare as well as a snarl to remind her that he still wasn't finished with her. Later when Hiccup's life is in danger in the fighting ring, Toothless hears his cries, proceeds to speed through the forest, jump through into the ring and deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle on the offending dragon. Also in the second movie when Drago orders the Bewilderbeast to end Hiccup, Toothless dives to take the blast, then blows the ice prison up, declaring to all that his Berserk Button is well and truly pressed. He then channels a Godzilla impersonation that is far more accurate than a twenty-foot-long animal has any right to pull off.


Snoutlout's Monstrous Nightmare.
  • Badass: He's second to Toothless in terms of abilities, though his rather poor relationship with his rider tends to make this hard to notice.
  • Blow You Away: Astrid discovers he can create a powerful wind attack by clapping his wings together.
  • The Ditz: He has shown to be rather... spacey.
    • In one instance, Snotlout tries to prove their bond by leaping from Hookfang, who did not notice until Toothless informed him.
    • Another time he did not notice Snotlout screaming due to watching a falling leaf.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Generally indifferent to his owner and tends to cause intentional harm to him for a quick laugh, but always proves to care about him when the chips are down.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: He listens to Snotlout's orders much more closely when either of them is in danger.
  • Running Gag: Has a tendency to set the pants of his rider on fire. Good thing Gobber had his "iron skivies"!
  • Simple Yet Awesome: In the second film, Hiccup uses Monstrous Nightmare saliva to coat a wire sword, which he can then ignite. This helps him tame dragons, as creating the fire makes dragons see him as one of them.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: He's a very powerful dragon, but his poor teamwork with his rider makes him much less useful than he could be.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the start of the movie, he was just as angry and Viking-hating as most dragons. In the season 1 finale he acts to defend a bound Hiccup and Toothless without any order or request from Snotlout.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Both Snotlout and Hookfang look big and tough, and act mean and irresponsible, but are actually examples of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sure, he sets Snotlout's pants on fire regularly, but when Snotlout is in genuine danger, Hookfang always comes through. Snotlout himself was clearly distressed when it looked like Hookfang would have to be put down in "Viking For Hire".
  • With Friends Like These...: While he always pulls through for his rider in the end, that still doesn't stop him from being a massive jerk most of the time.


A Deadly Nadder, Stormfly is Astrid's dragon and the two often act as Hiccup and Toothless' main backup.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Zig-zagged, her design and behavior are both very bird-like but she occasionally displays dog-like qualities, such as a love of playing fetch.
  • All-Loving Hero: In the show and second movie, Stormfly befriends people who start out as villains but then become good. In fact, her saving Eret is what prompts his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Astrid tries to stop Stoick from grabbing Stormfly on the nose, as a Nadder's weak point is a blind spot directly in front of it. Stormfly thinks this trope is happening and panics. That said, Stormfly allows Astrid to touch her there when she hugs her dragon in "Heather Report" part 2.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She usually attacks by flinging a barrage of spines at her target but in "Tale of Two Dragons" Snotlout discovers she can fire a single spine with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Almost as fast as Toothless.
  • Power-Up Food: Astrid uses chicken to make her fly faster.
  • Spike Shooter: All Deadly Nadders can shoot spikes from their tail, but Stormfly does it a lot in the TV series.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the start of the movie, she was just as angry and Viking-hating as most dragons. In the season 1 finale she acts to defend a bound Hiccup and Toothless without any order or request from Astrid.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Apparently, Stormfly will let anyone ride her, provided they feed her chicken first. It Tastes Like Friendship.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Graceful and beautiful, but often aggressive and violent - a lot like Astrid.


Fishleg's large but cuddly Gronkle.
  • Acrofatic: Rather subtle in that Meatlug can keep up with the group despite her appearance and the fact the rider is Fishlegs; she is also pretty agile in combat too. Her short wings and it's hover ability also make her far more resistant against strong winds than normal dragons with large wings.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Fishlegs mentions several times that she is as much a sweetheart as she is a hitter.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Gronckles can eat rocks and regurgitate them as flaming boulders. Meatlug and Fishlegs have trained so she can do this in combat by catching catapulted enemy boulders in her mouth and sending them back.
  • Fartillery: Can stun a whispering death that was coming at her backside.
  • Gentle Giant: She's about as sensitive and sweet-natured as a flying tank can get.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Has the closest relationship with her rider, after Toothless.
  • Spin Attack: The "Gale Force Gronkle." The downside is it leaves Fishlegs horribly dizzy.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Fishlegs dotes and fusses over her, but she's still a total sweetie.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the start of the movie, she was just as angry and Viking-hating as most dragons. In the season 1 finale she acts to defend a bound Hiccup and Toothless without any order or request from Fishlegs.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: She's chubby, slow and gentle, not unlike Fishlegs.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: To Fishlegs' subdued surprise in the Christmas special.

    Barf and Belch 

The twins' dragon, this Zippleback is just as eager for destruction as the twins who ride them.
  • Organ Autonomy: Ruffnut and Tuffnut know if they're on the wrong head. They also hug each head separately when bidding goodbye at one point.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The heads together have the highest firepower of the main five. They abuse this constantly in the second film.
  • Simple Yet Awesome: In the second film, Hiccup collects Zippleback gas and stores it in canisters, which he uses to simulate dragon fire that will help dragons trust him more easily since they see him as a dragon. On the more combat-oriented side of things, Barf is shown strafing the battlefield with huge gas clouds for the other Berk dragons to ignite, so they can generate huge explosions and waves of fire without putting Ruff and Tuff in danger.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the start of the movie, they were just as angry and Viking-hating as most dragons. In the season 1 finale they act to defend a bound Hiccup and Toothless without any order or request from the twins.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: The two heads often bicker with each other but can work as a team, just like the ditzy Half-Identical Twins who ride them.
  • Undying Loyalty: Barf and Belch will try their best to follow all of the twins commands, even if the commands contradict each other and force the dragon into a stall.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: Separately, the heads aren't as dangerous since the gas is merely an annoyance and the spark isn't powerful. Together, they can create huge detonations.


A Thunderdrum that formerly swam the waters around Berk before Stoick forged a friendship with it, and it subsequently became Stoick's dragon.
  • Badass: It is said to get its power from Thor himself. This is an exaggeration but it's easy to see how the legend started. He easily dodged one of Toothless' fire blasts.
  • Birds of a Feather: Big and strong and stubborn, just like its rider.
  • Demoted to Extra: Other than his introduction episode he's had only minor parts. More notable in that he is the Chief's dragon and yet we only see Toothless eating near the family table. Even if he doesn't fit inside the house (his mouth is wider than Stoick's body) you would still expect him to pop up more. Then he gets Put on a Bus to protect some adolescent Thunderdrums on Dragon Island.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Bonded with Stoick by fighting off a horde of wild boars.
  • Meaningful Name: Blending 'Thor' because of Thunderdrom's legendary connection to the lightning god and 'tornado' because of its strength.
  • Papa Wolf: To a group of adolescent Thunderdrums in "Bing! Bang! Boom!", so much so that Stoick ultimately sets Thornado free to protect them on Dragon Island.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Stoick recited the legend about Thunderdroms in front of it and now "it won't answer to anything else" than Thornado.
  • Smarter Than You Look: His design is even more ridiculous and exaggerated than most of the other dragons, and when you see him going straight at Toothless with his mouth wide open, you expect him to suffer the same fate as one Terrible Terror in the movie. Except that he dodges Toothless' blast and immediately goes back into the water, where he can hide and pull surprise attacks on the Vikings. He doesn't even have the ability to fall for that fate given his unique breath weapon.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: He is just as stocky and stubborn as his rider.


A young Monstrous Nightmare tamed by Gustav. While well-meaning, Fanghook is usually just as accidentally destructive as his rider.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Toothless treats him like this, generally finding him quite irritating.
  • Birds of a Feather: somewhat ditzy, overenthusiastic and unintentionally destructive, just like his rider.
  • Platonic Life Partners: unlike Hookfang and Snotlout, he and Gustav are as thick as thieves and usually on the same mental wavelength.
  • Running Gag: he tries to put burning things out like a human, by blowing on them. Being a dragon, this just makes them burn even more.
  • Up to Eleven: this for Hookfang's ditzy tendencies, much like Gustav himself in relation to Snotlout

    Academy Terrible Terrors 

A group of Terrible Terrors trained by the riders on a bet made by Fishlegs and Snotlout.
Hiccup's Terror, Sharpshot, a loyal little dragon trained to shoot with impressive accuracy.
Astrid's Terror, Sneaky, a Stealth Expert.
Fishlegs's Terror, Iggy, which he trained to fetch objects by cue cards.
Snotlout's Terror, Pain, which he "trained" to bite things (mostly himself) and be nearly impossible to remove once it does.
Ruffnut and Tuffnut's twin Terrors, Butt and Head, which they trained to run into each other.
  • All There in the Manual: The names of Astrid and Snotlout's Terrors weren't mentioned in the show, but the mobile game reveals them to be called Sneaky and Pain, respectively.
  • Chekhov's Gun: All their unique skills came in handy for rescuing Meatlug from the Outcasts.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Each of the Terrors uses a model that was seen around Berk before. For example, Snotlout's was the one that was knocked out by Gobber's stench.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: Fishlegs and Hiccup train their Terrors to be this.
  • Mythology Gag: Hiccup's Terror, Sharpshot, matches up closely with Book!Toothless as Toothless' species in the books were the source for Terrible Terrors.


A Rumblehorn who has become Stoick's dragon in the second film since Stoick let Thornado go in the series. After Stoick's death, Eret adopts Skullcrusher as his own dragon.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Stoick certainly picked an intimidating name for this dragon.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: When Skullcrusher first appeared chronologically, he was knocking down Hiccup's base, but only because he wanted them to leave the island due to a tidal wave coming there soon.
  • Papa Wolf: Cares for the safety of others, even if they're not part of his family initially.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Rumblehorns are from the newly-discovered Tracker class. In the second film, Skullcrusher is able to find Hiccup at the glacial sanctuary just by sniffing his helmet, even though the helmet had been left in the water for a while.
  • Super Strength: He could tear through a wood base like nothing, and strike a boulder wall hard enough to shake it and knock off any looser materials on top.


Gobber's dragon in the second film, a Hotburple who Gobber uses to keep the fires in the forge aflame...when he isn't asleep, anyway.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Like Gronckles, but since he's a Hotburple he eats iron instead of rocks.
  • Lazy Bum: Grump is rather lazy and spends most of his time asleep. According to the official site, he'll even fall asleep while in mid-flight.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: The official site describes his relationship with Gobber as this, since Gobber often has to put up with his laziness.
  • Mundane Utility: Gobber uses him to light the fires in his forge.

Outcast Tribe

Lead by Alvin the Treacherous, the Outcast Tribe are made up of various marauders, degenerates, and other reprobates, many hailing from Berk. They now seek to take Berk as their own.
  • Army of Thieves and Whores: Shades of this; they are generally described as bloodthirsty marauders and compared to Berk's more militia fighting force or the Berserker's organized military, Outcasts seem to be a cobbled together lot with dirty gear.
  • Dragon Rider: Somewhat; while they learned how to do so in the season finale of Riders of Berk, they have yet to achieve it as Berk's riders do and settle for simply directing dragons.
  • You ALL Look Alike: Other than named Outcasts, they are all the same model.

    Alvin the Treacherous 
Voiced by: Mark Hamill

The Leader of a tribe of Outcasts and serves as the other villain of Dragons: Riders of Berk. He seeks to learn the arts of dragon taming. Which happens as of the "We Are A Family" season finale.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While still a villain, he has quite a bit more depth than the Alvin of the books, who simply wants to kill Hiccup. And he ends up doing a Heel-Face Turn when Dagur takes over as the Big Bad.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Seems to be a trend in this show. This bugger can swing a Nadder by the tail.
  • Badass: One of the few people who can fight evenly with Stoick.
  • Badass Boast: By proxy! Given by Gobber in his behalf:
    Gobber: "If there's one thing Alvin knows, its treachery."
  • Batman Gambit:
    • In the two part season finale, "We Are A Family" he sets one up to not only capture Hiccup but trick him into training Mildew how one bonds with dragons, so Mildew can train him in return. This relies not only on Hiccup's trusting nature but Alvin's own tendency to betray people.
    • He continues into Defenders, where he shows up near Berk's shores, knowing the riders would react and leave the island ready for his real ploy of planting Death Whisperer eggs.
  • The Beastmaster: Can tame dragons as of Part 2 of the "We Are Family" season finale. He picks a Whispering Death.
  • Big Bad: With his introduction, he becomes a clear and constant background threat to Berk, making various Evil Plans to take Hiccup or what he knows for his own people. As of Part 2 of "We Are A Family", Mildew is working for him so he is now the undisputed head villain of the series. As of "View to a Skrill", he has been replaced with Dagur after being on the receiving end of many biggajoules of lightning from the Skrill.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saved Snotlout from the Screaming Death, Stoick from a sneak attack by a Berserker and Stoick, Hiccup and Toothless from the Berserkers with the help of Mildew and some Whispering Deaths Part 2 of "Cast Out".
  • The Chessmaster: This guy has shown his intellectual prowess and is one of the few who rivals Hiccup, sometimes surpassing it.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy:
    • Unlike Mildew, he embraces the potential Dragons can bring (for more nefarious reasons). This is why he sends Heather to act as The Mole in order to obtain the book to learn taming and exploiting the weaknesses of the other dragons.
    • He is willing to listen when it is clear something is beyond his skills, like when Astrid, disguised as Heather, points out the Book only goes so far. When one of his men is nearly killed by a Deadly Nadder despite following the Book's help, he agrees to this fact. To test that, he gives it to someone else.
    • Later, upon seeing the Monstrous Nightmare Astrid befriended in his training area comes back for her because of the bond they formed in the brief moment, he realizes he also needs Hiccup to teach them about the bonding aspect.
    • In "We Are a Family, Part 2", he tries to force Hiccup to train dragons for the Outcasts, but knows better than to think Hiccup will ever cooperate. Instead, he has Mildew pretend to change his mind about defecting and then trick Hiccup into teaching him the tricks of dragon training under the guise of escaping. Once Mildew fakes capture and the others escape, he teaches Alvin and they begin taming dragons.
  • Evil Counterpart: To both Stoick and Hiccup. He is a wise, but evil chief who leads through fear and a firm hold on power, where Stoick doesn't abuse his power in such a fashion. To Hiccup, who wants to make peace with dragons and possibly a world where all can be friends, Alvin wants dragons to conquer and destroy his enemies. At the end of "We Are Family Part 2" it is shown the dragon he bonds with is a Whispering Death, Toothless' enemy.
  • Evil Plan: Force Hiccup to tell him the secrets of Dragon Training so he can take over Berk. He succeeds by tricking Hiccup into teaching Mildew, who has defected to the Outcasts.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Treats his heinous actions with the same air one would talk about the weather, but nonetheless clearly enjoys performing them.
  • Genius Bruiser: Equally clever as he is strong; look at his gambit entries for proof.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He saves Snotlout from the Screaming Death in the season 2 finale and even helps fight off the Berserkers and saves Stoick.
  • He's Back: As of "Cast Out, Part I".
  • I Have Your Wife: Threatened to kill Heather's parents if she didn't do as he commanded. He also used this on Hiccup with his dragon as the hostage, though that was merely part of a larger ploy.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Also unlike Mildew, any episodes shown involving him are completely serious. The only thing he lacks to be a true threat is the ability to tame dragons which he learns how to do in the season 1 finale.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Not the Alvin part, but certainly the "Treacherous" as he clearly has little intention of honoring a promise unless he can still get something out of it.
  • Not So Different: Discussed in the series with Snotlout. Alvin was once a friend of Stoick's, making this resemblance even more uncanny.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He looks like some vicious thug yet he is brilliant strategist when it comes to getting what he wants.
  • We Can Rule Together: to Hiccup at the climax of "Heather Report" part 2.
    Alvin: You know, Hiccup, with this book, your knowledge of dragons, and my knowledge of warfare, we could make quite The Team. How does that sound?
    Hiccup: Uh... Insane? Demented? Delusional? Stupid?
  • We Used to Be Friends: In their youth, Alvin and Stoick were good friends, but since Stoick was the son of the chief he was always in command. One day, during a dragon attack on the village, Alvin went against orders and did things his way, resulting in high casualties. This ruined their relationship and Alvin's reputation and he was banished soon after Stoick became chief.
  • Worthy Opponent: He seems to legitimately admire Hiccup's ability to tame dragons and creating the art of it. He even offered him a chance to join him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no qualms about attacking the group, even if they're just kids, and shows glee at the thought of seeing one of them eaten by a dragon.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Seems to be his favorite line to use, as Savage has commented he tells him that often if he was to fail. When Astrid disguised as Heather returns to them, he planned to have her killed.
    • Exploited with Mildew. While it looked like he was doing this, it was actually a Batman Gambit learn Hiccup's dragon taming techniques by proxy. It works. Later played straight when Mildew's plan with the Whispering Death eggs failed, but Mildew managed to talk his way out.

Voiced by: Paul Rugg

Alvin's second-in-command.
  • Badass Mustache: He's beardless so it's that much more notacible. He appears to have shaved it by the time of the third season.
  • Canon Foreigner: Like Astrid, he was made for the franchise. Unlike her, however, he has no counterpart in the books.
  • The Dragon: The head minion to Alvin. Though he now serves Dagur.
  • Genre Savvy: As shown in "The Iron Gronckle" when he finds something bigger than what was supposed to be there with only him and two goons...
    Savage: Let's not stick around to find out what it is!
  • Meaningful Name: He's an evil barbarian who delights in the misfortune of others. He was looking foward to Heather's You Have Outlived Your Usefulness fate.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast
  • Yes-Man: He has learned very quickly that disagreeing with Alvin, unless one has absolute proof Alvin is wrong, is a very poor career choice.

Berserker Tribe

A powerful tribe which held a superior position on the negotiating table for many years. They are widely feared and respected for their battle prowess, and generally are considered one of the more powerful forces. The Berserker crest is a depiction of a Skrill.
  • Badass Army: The prevailing example of the trope In-Universe, with Berk making great pains to avoid provoking them. However, under Dagur's leadership the Berserkers face numerous defeats and Berk becomes more confident in being able to battle them.
  • The Dreaded: Stoick takes great pains to avoid a war in Twinsanity.
  • The Berserker: It's in their name, after all.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Berserkers used to harness and control Skrills, and Dagur tries his hand at it in A View To A Skrill. Skrills also serve as their crest.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Far more into it than Berk is, though under Oswald they rarely launched invasions.

    Dagur the Deranged 
Voiced by: David Faustino

The leader of the Berserker tribe, taking control from his father Oswald the Agreeable, and, it is implied, killing him. Now, Dagur seeks war where he can find it and Berk was barely able to keep the peace.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Implied to have been this offscreen for his dad before murdering him.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's known to have done several really cruel things to some of the Vikings teens, such as locking Fishlegs in a cage for three days and using Hiccup as a knife-throwing target. This is more apparent when arrives. He later tries to behead half of the twins' Zippleback and in "The Night and The Fury" he is actively hunting dragons.
  • Badass: Fought Alvin one-on-one and held his own. While Alvin did get the upper-hand eventually, that's pretty impressive against a guy who can match Stoick.
    • During his escape from prison, he takes out about a dozen Outcasts without even trying.
  • Bad Boss: If his behavior in "A View to a Skrill" means anything, he is this to the tribe given he nonchalantly threw one of his soldiers off the boat for disagreeing with his order and continuously did so several more times when he got back on it.
  • Beard of Evil: Grows one in the Time Skip between Defenders of Berk and Race to the Edge. Doubles as a Time Passage Beard, a Beard of Barbarism and arguably, a Badass Beard.
  • Big Bad: As of "A View to a Skrill", he has seemingly killed Alvin and usurped control of the Outcasts.
    • He returns as Big Bad of "Race to the Edge."
  • Blood Knight: He is eager to fight and by ''eager' we mean "looking for any excuse to declare war". He brought an armada with him just in case, and claims there's fifty thousand soldiers in it. He also brought the Armada to hunt dragons on Dragon Island later on.
  • Broken Pedestal: Of a very strange sort with Hiccup. After "Twinsanity" where he sees Hiccup fighting "a Night Fury", he comes to see Hiccup as this awesome Viking who succeeded against something no Viking had ever before won. When they meet in "The Night and the Fury" he wants to kill a Night Fury together with Hiccup, going so far as to call Hiccup his "brother." Upon learning Hiccup had deceived him and was no longer killing dragons but training them, he goes back to hating Hiccup but on a more personal level.
  • The Caligula: They don't call him "Dagur the Deranged" for nothing.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: It's right in his title, Dagur "The Deranged".
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: he's very good at predicting how Hiccup acts, repeatedly commenting about how predictable he is in Race to the Edge.
  • Deadpan Snarker: occasionally. In Dragon Eye of the Beholder Part I, he remarks (about the other dragon riders), "still haven't got rid of the Greek chorus, I see."
  • Dirty Coward: He never goes anywhere without the Berserker armada close at hand and in the season two finale, he begs Hiccup for help when Alvin captures him. He seems to have outgrown this by Race to the Edge.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Hiccup. They are both sons of viking chiefs, but while Hiccup is intelligent and compassionate, Dagur is dimwited and brutish. While Hiccup respects his father and seeks to earn his approval, Dagur utterly despised his father (to the point of supposedly killing him) and often insults his memory. Considers Hiccup to be very similar to himself.
  • Evil Laugh: He tends to have long, slightly creepy laughs. Considering his mental state, he might be considered Laughing Mad.
  • Evil Plan: He thinks Berk is hiding an army of dragons; he wants to find it for a pretex of declaring war on Berk.
  • Faux Affably Evil: To the rare person he respects or considers family, he gives off an air of brotherhood and friendliness. Unusually for this trope it appears he's actually trying to be sincere, but fails due to how clearly unhinged, obsessive and treacherous he is even to people he likes. His welcoming attitude towards Heather, who is actually family to him, is even creepier due of how sincerely he tries to give it even after what he did to her adopted family.
  • Fiery Redhead: Brief shots of the braid sticking out from under his helmet show he has red-ish hair.
  • Flaunting Your Fleets: Never travels anywhere without his Armada to back him up.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Post-Time Skip, he has a pretty nasty one on the right side of his face.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Very quick to anger.
  • Horny Vikings: His helmet could make Loki envious.
  • Hypocrite: He says he doesn't like traitors yet he has no problem with keeping Savage, who has clearly gone from Outcast to Berserker, as his right hand.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Somewhat. He mentioned to Hiccup that he couldn't stop thinking about him and how well he handled Toothless (thinking it was a wild Night Fury) and mentions how he thinks he should kill Stoick to become chief, before getting pissed when he learned the truth. He still seems to be this in Race to the Edge.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Averted in that he despises people who smack their lips while eating, and threatens to remove Tuffnut's legs for doing so. The only reason he doesn't is because Tuffnut impresses him with a poem.
  • Jerkass: The guy is one enormous prick that also is extremely unhinged, to put it mildly.
  • Knife Nut: Finds enjoyment in throwing knives at Hiccup. Throws a Hel ton of them at Hiccup in "The Night and the Fury".
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Heather is his sister. He's just as surprised to learn about this as she is, but he welcomes her with open arms even though she tried to kill him only a few minutes before (and kept the invitation open even after she rejected it).
  • Mysterious Informant: Might have one of these since he knew about the domesticated dragons.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In a stark contrast to his father.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Stoick was close to flipping out and murdering him because he was constantly berating his father, even under the threat of a war. Considering he was seeking war, and his surprising amount of intellect, it was likely on purpose.
  • Offstage Villainy: Besides what he did to Oswald the Agreeable, he also attacked and butchered nearly everyone in Heather's village at some point after breaking out of prison.
  • Pretext for War: His goal is to find one, just for the sake of war. As of "The Night and The Fury", he has it now that he knows that Berk has dragons.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Does so to one guard in Eye of the Beholder, Part One who was also the one who set him free.
  • Self-Made Orphan: It's heavily implied that he killed his father, as he says he "retired," repeatedly refers to him in the past tense, and (most tellingly) does a mock impression of his father cowering while telling Dagur to put down the axe. Implied no more in "The Night and The Fury" where he mentions 'disposing' his father and being willing to do so to Stoick so Hiccup could take control.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: with his 'brother' Hiccup and to his actual sister - who he was unaware of - Heather.
  • Slasher Smile: Just look at the picture. Surprisingly creepy for a kids show.
  • Smarter Than You Look: For an Ax-Crazy Caligula, his conversation with Hiccup shows that Dagur might be more savvy than his sociopathic tendencies would suggest.
  • The Sociopath: Even though The Berserkers are mentioned to be psychotic in battle, they're all well-mannered compared to this guy.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He appears to be a teenager, is batshit insane, is known to have been rude to Hiccup and others, and is implied to have killed his father.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Loves to refer to Hiccup as his "brother." Upon finding out Heather is his biological sister he refers to her as "sister" in the same way, then taking it one step further giver her the moniker Heather the Unhinged.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Gives this order about Hiccup after the events of "The Night and the Fury."
  • Took a Level in Badass: becomes significantly more dangerous following the three year time skip.
  • We Can Rule Together: Delivers one to Heather after discovering that she is his sister.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what Alvin did to him in the Season 2 finale. Season three shows he was thrown in prison

    Oswald the Agreeable 
The previous leader of The Berserkers, and Dagur's father. In the past, he made a peace treaty with Berk that had been upheld for over fifty years. While liked by Berk, his power was respected and Berk takes steps to make it clear that they were not doing anything to threaten them. However, before the latest treaty signing, it is implied Oswald died of unspecified circumstances, and either way his son Dagur took command of the tribe.
  • Extreme Doormat / Nice Guy: Dagur believes he was the former, while Berk considers him the latter.
  • Names to Trust Immediately: What's not to like about a guy whose epitaph is 'the Agreeable'?
  • Posthumous Character: Implied in "Twinsanity" and then confirmed in "The Night and The Fury", with Dagur discussing how he and Hiccup both had 'fathers who had to be disposed of so they could rule'.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Stoick thought he was a great leader and got extremely ticked off anytime Dagur insulted him.

Other Dragons

Dragons who have no specific allegiance or affiliation.

    The Red Death 
A massive dragon who ruled the nest of the dragons raiding the Hooligan village. It forces them to bring it food, and if any them fail to bring enough to satisfy it, it eats them.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the books known as The Green Death. Was, in the movie, a case of No Name Given, and as such, this section was previously listed under the dragon's literary name. It was changed after the dragon was referred to as The Red Death in a couple of later episodes.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Referred to as male in the movie, but also called a "Queen", and referred to as female sometimes out of the movie. Its counterpart in the books was male, fans mostly consider this one to be female, though.
  • Badass: The whole Hooligan tribe's army quickly found they were powerless against it.
  • Bad Boss: See I'm a Humanitarian.
  • Big Bad: It's the one forcing the other dragons to hunt for it, which drives them to attack the Hooligan village. The rest of the dragons being able to co-exist with them in the second movie implies it eats more than all of them combined.
  • Big Eater: Given its size that's inevitable. Since it decided getting food for itself was too much trouble, it had the other dragons in the first film get food for it, and from what seen of its raids, it eats enough food to feed entire communities.
  • Breath Weapon: Like all dragons its got one, but its breath weapon is one based on making pyroclastic clouds. Nothing near it stands much of a chance, until our heroes get into the fight.
  • Dragons Are Dinosaurs: The Red Death looks like an unholy cross between a turtle, an ankylosaur and a large theropod, is as big as Godzilla, and worst of all, it can fly. The overall cast of the monster gives the feel of a leftover primordial dragon, or perhaps even an ancient dragon deity.
  • The Dreaded: The dragons are terrified of this thing and visibly shake in fear when delivering it food. When it gets up to fight up the vikings, they run away in fear not wanting anything to do with it.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first thing this draconian monstrosity does on-screen is swallow a Gronckle whole for not meeting its feed quota. It follows up that appetizer with an entire Hideous Zippleback - in one bite.
  • Evil Is Bigger: This guy is the only out-and-out evil dragon and it's HUGE.
  • Extra Eyes: Further emphasizing its monstrous appearance in comparison to the smaller, Ugly Cute dragons.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: While It Can Think, the screen time it has doesn't give much room for personality, so in terms of character it's little more than an aggressive giant animal looking for food.
  • Genius Bruiser: It's smart enough to know it'd get more food by forcing other dragons to work for it. When the vikings try to escape it after they find its lair? It destroys the ships so they can't.
    • When it loses track of Hiccup and Toothless in a cloud, it sprays fire in every direction, which does manage to hit Toothless' prosthetic tail fin.
  • Giant Flyer: It's as big as a mountain.
  • Hidden Villain: As it never left its lair, the Vikings had no idea it even existed.
  • Hive Queen: Lampshaded by Astrid, it appears to have some kind of influence over the dragons even at a distance. One scene implies this when Toothless appears to endanger the lives of Hiccup and Astrid by taking them neck deep into the heart of the dragons' nest for no other real logical reason. This also explains why the dragons don't just leave, because they have no choice. It might be an "Alpha" dragon, just like the two Bewilderbeasts in the second movie.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Perfectly willing to eat other dragons if given the opportunity. This is implied to be one of the reasons they're doing its bidding; if they don't, or fail to bring it enough, it will eat them.
  • It's All About Me: Doesn't care about the dragons giving it food and will eat them if they don't bring it enough to satisfy it.
  • The Juggernaut: While the Red Death is chasing them, Hiccup and Toothless fly around, over and under large rocky outcroppings. The Red Death plows right through them. It makes its entrance at the climax of the movie through a hole made in the dragon's nest by the vikings catapults that wasn't big enough for it to fit through. It plows through the rock like it's not even there.
  • Kaiju: A dragon the size of a truck would generally be considered large in this setting. The Red Death can (and does) swallow those whole. In the books he eats a younger version of his own kind. Easy to believe, considering he considers normal dragons tasty snacks.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once it shows up, the film starts getting darker with The Reveal of why the dragons are stealing food which nearly drives a wedge between Hiccup and Stoick, to say nothing else of how it nearly killed the men who came to face it.
  • Large and in Charge: The other dragons are like flies compared to it.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: body resembling turtle, tail like an ankylosaur, and has a head resembling a theropod, in addition to its bat-like wings.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: While all the dragons have lots of teeth, it has a far more menacing set since it has a head like theropod.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Assuming the thing doesn't reach your boats first.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Catapults that managed to break down the side of mountain barely even warrant its attention, and even the explosion from Toothless' Breath Weapon, which had been seen breaking rock and steel, did little more than knock it down.
  • Nonindicative Name: It's more of a sort of blue-grey in colour, though the name may be more to do with what happens whenever one shows up... A few rows of its unusual spikes are red in color as well. Maybe a similar case to the Yellow-Spotted Lizard, picking the least apparent feature for the name.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: All the dragons in the first film have some cartoonish or outright goofy elements to their design. This thing has none, have a more monstrous dinosaurs like appearance.
  • Obviously Evil
  • Spanner in the Works: To Stoick's entire plan to drive the dragons out of their nest, as he had no idea about this thing.

First introduced in "The Terrible Twos"

Originally a baby Typhoomerang (a then-unknown dragon species) that Hiccup discovers, he eventually returns to his mother after a short misunderstanding. He later returns in "Zippleback Down", fully grown.
  • The Bus Came Back: In "Zippleback Down".
  • Flashback: How his true identity is revealed in "Zippleback Down".
  • Gigantic Adults Tiny Babies: When he was young, he was Terrible Terror-size. As an adult, he is larger than any academy dragon by two easily.
  • He's All Grown Up: In "Zippleback Down".
  • Sibling Rivalry: Torch and Toothless can't stand one another. In "The Terrible Twos", Toothless resented Torch due to how much attention Hiccup was giving him. It got worse when he found out that his mother was looking for Torch, to which Hiccup mistook Toothless as hating him. However once Torch returned in "Zippleback Down", their rivalry seemed to have watered down, but only to where Torch will save Toothless if necessary. They will still batter fiercely while in the prescence of Hiccup.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After growing to adult size Torch can carry three of the teens, Barf and Belch, and Toothless with ease. His firepower has increased as well.

    Screaming Death 
Introduced: "Tunnel Vision"
An offshoot of the Whispering Death, the Screaming Death is five times the size and proportionately dangerous. It gets its name from its dragon-disorienting scream, specifically coined by Tuffnut. And this dragon is a complete unknown, with no entry into the Book of Dragons.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Has the command over several Whispering Deaths and hands Berk its ass on a silver platter without so much as trying.
  • Badass: Its a variant of the Whispering Death doing a Red Death impersonation; what do you expect?
  • Brown Note: Its scream causes other dragons to become disoriented while commanding the loyalty of the smaller Whispering Death.
  • The Dreaded: In his second appearance, Astrid is terrified of it.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The motivation for his rampage throughout the season.
  • Evil Albino: Every bit as hostile as Whispering Death, but much larger.
  • Expy: To the Red Death. Their names are similar, it has several dragons under its command, is quite large, can shrug off everything, and are antagonists. Possibly simply an adaptation name change.
  • Foil: To Toothless. While Toothless is Dark Is Not Evil and has a rider, The Screaming Death invokes Light Is Not Good, has no rider, and commands its own dragons.
  • Giant Mook: It's a larger version of the Whispering Death.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Somewhat. Just not antagonistic anymore.
  • It Only Works Once: When it returns it is no longer is attracted to the light, or at least learned to ignore it.
  • The Juggernaut: Even the Red Death flinched at Toothless' Plasma Blasts.
  • Large and in Charge: Its larger than its relatives and commands their loyalty.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast and agile, can fire like a machine gun, and shrugs off everything.
  • Light Is Not Good: A pure-white dragon that is downright vicious.
  • Made of Iron: Rams headfirst through a bunch of rock pillars and then headlong into a giant rock formation, the latter only managing to knock it out for a few seconds. The collapsing rock face damaged its much more fragile wings, however, but it wasn't going to let it stop him. As it gets bigger, it even no sells the types of rock formations that almost got it killed in its first appearance and causes them to shatter into enough pieces it does not have to worry about its wings. It also takes the combined attacks of at least twenty dragons and shows no wear or tear from repeated spine attacks, fireballs, and being rammed by Gronckles.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: The aforementioned Brown Note, disorienting dragons mid-flight while it screams. But fortunately, it does not cause sonic booms like the Thunderdrum.
  • More Dakka: The Screaming Death shoots fireballs like a machine gun.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Similar to the Whispering Death, but it doesn't have the Langolier-like mouth.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Can cave in and sink islands without breaking a sweat.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Smarter Than You Look: Lampshaded by Hiccup when it realizes it was being distracted from destroying Dragon Island.
  • Spike Shooter: Just like the Whispering Death, except they're spikes the size of spears.
  • Took a Level in Badass: If it wasn't bad enough, it ends up bigger and near-invincible in its second appearance.
  • Tunnel King: Just like its smaller counterparts. Except as it grows, its capable of bringing down entire islands from its tunneling.
  • Weakened by the Light: Played with. Despite being albino, it is attracted to light, instead of retreating from it. But, as Hiccup figures out...
    "Attracted to the light? That can be a weakness, too!"

Introduced: "Have Dragon will Travel, part 1"
Heather's Razorwhip dragon. She is a sharp class and has a lot in common with Deadly Nadders including throwing tail spikes, but looks a lot sleeker and seems to have a coating of metal all over her body.
  • Absurdly Sharp Sword: Her tail spikes are sharper than anything man made.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Her body is covered in metal including her tail spikes that she can shoot. Heather has turned some of the spikes into bits of armor for her arms and sholders.
  • Meaningful Name: Explained by Tuff, she "rides like the wind, shearing through it."
  • Morality Pet: Hiccup is able to use Heather's love of Windshear to get the girl to stop acting so suicidal.
  • Recruitment By Rescue: A non villainous example, Heather found Windshear after the dragon had been injured and Heather nursed her back to health, afterwards the two became inseparable.
  • Spike Shooter: Like the Nadder, Razorwhips are able to shoot tail spikes.

Other Humans

Humans who have no specific allegiance or affiliation.

Voiced by: Mae Whitman

A girl that washes up on the beach of Berk and is taken in by Hiccup. She's a spy for Alvin to learn the secrets of dragon taming. She does this because Alvin has her parents. She appears again in season three, this time as a full Dragon Rider.
  • An Axe to Grind: Gains one in "Race to the Edge", which is also able to deploy into a double-handled version. Looks to be made of some of Windshear's scales
  • Anti-Hero: In "Race to the Edge," coming off as a kind of Punisher-lite.
  • Anti-Villain: In season one, though she isn't actually evil at all, but coerced by a villain.
  • Apologetic Attacker: She apologized to Bucket after knocking him out to escape.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Comes in riding Stormfly to save the group from Alvin.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Subverted: she's a sheep acting like a bitch acting like a sheep.
  • The Bus Came Back: She met and left the riders early in season one, she wouldn't appear again until season three.
  • But Now I Must Go: Despite having an open invitation, she takes off after learning that the person she hates most in the world is also her brother. The door is open for her to return, however.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Says her parents aren't with her because they died in a pirate attack. Turns out, they were being held hostage by Alvin to force her to be The Mole.
    • Becomes Harsher in Hindsight when upon her return in season three we learn they died when Daggur attacked her village.
  • Crying Wolf: No one believes her when she says Alvin had her parents because of her stealing the book.
  • Darker and Edgier: Her appearance in "Race to the Edge" - Astrid even refers to it as such by name. She goes from a sweet girl coerced into manipulating the heroes to an Anti-Hero willing to wipe out ships and personally kill her enemies to get vengeance.
  • Double Weapon: Her axe that can be unfolded into a double axe headed staff.
  • Dragon Rider: Some point after she left in season one Heather found Windshear who had been injured battling a Typhoomarang, the two bonded as Heather nursed her back to health.
  • Genre Savvy: While she charms the males into revealing bits and pieces of info about their dragons, she heads straight to the book when gaining intelligence on the Deadly Nadder because she knows that Astrid wouldn't divulge information. Astrid expected that.
    • Reality Ensues: Because she doesn't have any practical experience flying a Deadly Nadder, Hiccup is able to quickly catch up to her.
    • Pops again in her second appearance when she knows the group is a stubborn lot who wont do something just because they are told.
  • Happily Adopted: She is revealed in her second appearance to be adopted, and as had already been established will do anything to keep her parents safe. Takes a dark turn in season three when we learn that the reason she is so angry and blood thirsty is because Dagur killed her parents.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Saves the Berk crew at the end of her two-parter.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Shortly after meeting the Dragon Academy she has all the boys drooling over her.
  • Heroic BSOD: She breaks down and seems to tune the world out upon learning that Dagur is her brother. When Dagur's ship begins to sink, she almost doesn't even try to leave and save herself at first.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Once she's revealed to be working for Alvin, no one believes her when she starts telling the truth about why.
  • Honey Pot: Her mission from Alvin is to charm the boys and learn about dragons from them.
  • The Ingenue: Naive and innocent and playing the boys for suckers by pretending to be so. Astrid calls her on the 'innocent routine'.
  • In the Blood: After discovering that they're siblings, Dagur claims that her willingness to use brutal measures against him is because of her Berserker blood. The comparison clearly doesn't have a good effect on her.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She's Dagur's sister. She finds this out right as she's on the cusp of killing him in cold blood for murdering her adopted family and tribe. She doesn't take it well. Amusingly, the show initially attempts to fake out the audience by implying she's Hiccup's sister.
  • The Mole: A spy planted by Alvin to learn about dragon training.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Heather will stop at nothing to get revenge on Dagur for destroying her village and killing her parents.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: After the ordeal with Alvin, Astrid and Heather become very close pretty quickly. During Heather's two part return in season three the two are inseparable and when Heather leaves Astrid is the one to try and convince her to stay.
    Astrid: ...You have support here, and I'm here.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Astrid/Hiccup.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She mentions that of the available male dragon riders, Fishlegs is more her type, for being smart, funny, and cute.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Stormfly is particularly friendly when Heather feeds her chicken. Astrid is not amused. Gets a Call Back in season three. Astrid is amused this time, smiling while saying it brought back memories.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In season three she is not only a dragon rider with a very powerful dragon, but she can match Astrid in both axe throwing and melee combat.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Hiccup says as much when she returns being a lot more violently inclined.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: When she's last seen in Riders of Berk, she's off to a better life and finally reunited with her parents. Then comes "Race to the Edge" where we learn that some time later Dagur came along and killed her parents anyway along with most of her village, turning her into a vengeance-obsessed raider.
  • The Vamp: G-rated version; she only flatters.

    Trader Johann 
Voiced by: Michael Goldstrom

A slightly eccentric trader who comes to Berk's port every once in a while, bartering goods from the reaches of the archipelago and beyond. Generally, the goods he brings inadvertently trigger some sort of adventure.
  • Chew Toy: When he's not simply appearing to drop off some sort of Plot Device, he's constantly getting lost, attacked, or undergoing some other kind of misfortune that the heroes will have to save him from - or end up causing.
  • Intrepid Merchant
  • The Munchausen: He's got a billion and one long winded tall tales about his many exploits, most of which the denizens of Berk seem to be a bit tired of hearing. At least some of them, like his personally wrestling squid ink from a colossal squid - twice, appear to be true, however.
  • Noodle Incident: The audience never hears his stories all the way through.
  • Orphaned Punchline: "But it was not a yak. It was his daughter!"
  • Punny Name: A possible reference to the Trader Joe's grocery store chain.
  • Seen It All: A variation of the "weary traveller" variety. While he is amazed that Berk managed to make peace with dragons, he otherwise treats it as if it were just another of the many oddities he's come across in his travels.
  • Team Switzerland: As a trader without allegiances, he takes this role up in most appearances - for better or for worse. Though he will give general aid if needed, he takes no sides in the conflict and while he may not like the Outcasts and the Berserkers too much, he appreciates their business. Unfortunately, he also often asks no questions when offered a good enough deal - which Dagur once used to trick him into smuggling Smokebreaths onto Berk, who ran rampant and nearly got the island destroyed. That said, if sufficiently paid or threatened he will support one side over the other.

Drago Bludvist's Army

An army formed and led by Drago Bludvist. They spend most of their time trapping and enslaving dragons to fuel Drago's war machine and satisfy his lust for conquest.

    Drago Bludvist 
"You belong to me now."
Voiced by: Djimon Hounsou

Drago Bludvist, age 50, is the main antagonist in the movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and is the self-proclaimed "Dragon God", as well as the tyrannical leader of his army. He tries to conquer the world with his enormous army of both humans and dragons. He is feared by all and will destroy those who get in his way.
  • Ax-Crazy: Stoick calls him a madman, and he is right in every sense of the word.
  • Abusive Parents: According to supplementary materials, Drago abused his Alpha dragon, eventually abusing it to the point that it was broken and would follow his every order, in a similar way to a circus animal.
  • Ambiguously Brown: He's not the same race as his voice actor but is visually distinct from Berk's Vikings by his darker skin and dreadlocks. This doesn't extend to his minions, who like the Berk folk are Causcasian.
  • Badass: While the main reason he's a threat is because he has an army of dragons, he's far from harmless on his own, being able to fight Stoik one-on-one.
  • Bad Boss: He exercises tyrannical control over his men, and is not the least bit hesitant to execute under performing minions.
  • Beard of Evil: Doubles as a Beard of Barbarism, which is a particularly sinister example for the series.
  • The Beastmaster: Controls his Bewilderbeast via vocal commands, who in turn can control other dragons.
  • Berserk Button: Whenever someone claims that there's a dragon tamer of comparable or greater skill.
  • Big Bad: Of How To Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Blood Knight: It is simply impossible to deny that Drago enjoys fighting, in no small part due to his sadism.
  • Break the Badass / Break the Cutie: Did this to Hiccup by using a mind-controlled Toothless to kill Stoick.
  • Chewing the Scenery: He may be a Large Ham, but it's never in the least bit funny.
  • Dark Is Evil: Has black hair, ash-grey and red armor, and a personality to match.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: His goal is to create a world ruled by fear where everyone will worship him as a "Dragon God".
  • The Determinator: Through sheer persistence and force of will, he can cow dragons.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Drago's offer of controlling the dragons was ridiculed by the chieftains for being absurd. How did Drago respond? By unleashing his dragons to burn the chieftains alive in the room. Only Stoick survived.
  • Doomed Hometown: His village was destroyed by dragons when he was a boy.
  • The Dreaded: Stoick fears this guy, and not unjustly so. Bonus points for having dreads.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Refer to the above image.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His cowing of Hookfang.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted. He refers to his family as having died at the hands of the dragons years ago, but that's clearly not why he seeks to conquer the world and have all dragons under his command. If he ever did love them, it was long ago.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As he sees it, dragons can only be controlled through intimidation and fear. Working with dragons, nurturing them instead of enslaving them, is unthinkable to him. Exemplified when Hiccup helps Toothless fight off the Alpha's control just by talking to him and when Toothless overrides the Dark Alpha's control to protect Hiccup.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Stoick. Both are strongmen and intelligent and respected leaders, but Stoick is clearly concerned with caring for his people, while Drago is out for domination.
    • To Hiccup. Both are powerful dragon tamers with Artificial Limbs that lost their families to dragons. But where Hiccup tames dragons with love and compassion, Drago controls them by force. You can see one of the greatest differences in how they approach dragons: Hiccup reaches out his hand for the dragon to touch, while Drago makes the dragon bow so he can grind it's head under his heel. He also has a prosthetic arm to mirror Hiccup's prosthetic leg.
    • To Valka too: both wield staff weapons, seek out dragons for their own purposes, and command the respect of a Bewilderbeast. But where Valka's staff is more of a shepherd's crook, Drago's bullhook is used as a tool of domination, where Valka seeks out dragons to bring them into the Sanctuary, Drago hunts down dragons to grow his army, and while Valka's Alpha seems to treat her as an equal, Drago's Alpha was cowed into submission.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: It makes him sound even more terrifying.
  • Freudian Excuse: Claims that he wants to create a world where people no longer have to fear dragons. Hiccup calls him out on this as an excuse to simply control everyone. Drago admits it too.
  • Foil: An astonishing 3-in-1 foil, for Stoick, Valka, and Hiccup, reflected in his character design. See Evil Counterpart above.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was presumably an ordinary member of his village before it was destroyed, and when he proposed his vision of the future to the Council of Chiefs, they laughed him straight out of the door. Cue the roof burning down with dragon fire and the death of every Chief involved, save Stoick.
  • Genre Savvy: Despite having such a vast army, Valka pointed out that the dragons would never betray their Alpha. That's why he brought a challenger.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: He's definitely someone to be dreaded.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His scars aren't in the slightest bit like Hiccup's. They're downright intimidating.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice is deep and growling.
  • Handicapped Badass: He's an asshole, but it's impossible to deny that he fights well considering his handicap.
  • Hero Killer: Any time he appears, the heroes will have a serious fight on their hands. Taken rather literally later on. Ask Stoick.
  • Jerkass: He's an all round Bad Boss, and if people don't readily drop at his feat, he sicks his dragons on them.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • His treatment to his dragons, including his Bewilderbeast.
    • The viking chiefs not submitting to him? He has his dragons kill them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Tenfold. His actions push the film into Darker and Edgier territory and he causes at least two major deaths. Not even his Large Ham tendencies spark so much as a giggle out of him.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Drago Bludvist.
  • Red Right Hand: The metal gauntlet serving as a replacement for his left arm.
  • Scary Black Man: He has darker skin than the rest of the vikings (although he's Ambiguously Brown rather than black), and is voiced by Djimon Hounsou, who's regularly typecast as this character.
  • Screaming Warrior: He commands his dragons through inarticulate shouting and staff swings.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Hiccup.
  • The Sociopath: Lacks a moral compass, sees other living beings as tools, will Kick the Dog when he feels like it (showing a lack of impulse control), all thanks to his hometown being destroyed during his childhood. His lack of charm doesn't make him any less this trope; just a low-functioning example.
  • Stupid Evil: While he's mostly Genre Savvy enough to get away with his sociopathic actions, his Bad Boss tendencies don't work well against him. Eret betrays him for this reason.
  • Villain Ball: The second time Hiccup tries to get through to the brainwashed Toothless, Drago just sits back and lets him try. It isn't until Hiccup actually succeeds that he attempts to intervene, by which point it was already too late. If he'd just had Toothless blast Hiccup the second he came close, things would have turned out quite differently.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He's last seen atop the Dark Alpha minus his artificial arm, while it takes a barrage of fire from dozens of rallying dragons. Said Dark Alpha then dives underwater in fear. It's never made clear if Drago was killed by the barrage, drowned, or is still alive and in control of the Dark Alpha.
  • You Have Failed Me: To Eret.

"And help dragon riders sneak into Drago's camp?! Just kill me now."
Voiced by: Kit Harington

Eret, introduced as Son of Eret, is a dragon trapper and sells the dragons he traps to Drago Bludvist. He is one of the antagonists, later tritagonists of How to Train Your Dragon 2.

    Drago's Bewilderbeast 
"Good thing I brought a challenger!"

Drago's Bewilderbeast, colloquially called the "Dark Alpha" on this page, is... well, Drago's Bewilderbeast. Found as a hatchling by Drago Bludvist, this unfortunate soul was raised for the expressed purpose of being an unstoppable force for Drago's machinations.
  • Abusive Parents: Was raised by Drago.
  • Animal Motif: Has some leonine characteristics, although they're not as noticeable on the Dark Alpha. Just check out his mane. He has some elephantine traits as well, with his tusks and vast size.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: It's evil because it was abused when it was young by Drago.
  • Breath Weapon: In a world filled with fire-breathing dragons, Bewilderbeasts deserve special notice for having ice breath. The Dark Alpha uses it to devastating effect.
  • Cool Crown: His spines give the allusion of this.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Creepy blue, bloodshot eyes.
  • Dark Is Evil: Downplayed. Black and grey is presumably its natural color, but it eventually descended into madness under Drago's tutelage. It makes a nice contrast with the majestic White Alpha.
  • The Dragon: A literal example.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Of The Brute variety. It might be subservient to Drago, but it is an integral part of his plans. And if you couldn't guess, this this thing is a behemoth.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the White Alpha.
  • Hero Killer: Kills the White Alpha, assuming dominance over the Glacial Sanctuary dragons. Also directly responsible for Stoick's death, as he mind-controlled Toothless and forced him to fire the fatal blast.
  • Kaiju: Bewilderbeasts are nothing short of titanic. They're 160 feet tall according to the official website
  • Lightning Bruiser: A fully-grown Bewilderbeast swims at incredible speeds and can burst from the water to surprising effect.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Dragons under the Dark Alpha's control display a mix of this and Animal Eyes (despite being animals), with their eyes becoming incredibly narrow like slits. For fans of the series, this should be nothing new, as we've seen dragons have overriding urges in the past. But in How To Train Your Dragon 2, we actually get to see what the dragon's POV, in the form of a a mind-controlled Toothless. It's very similar to Robo Cam... which is brilliant in hindsight, as narrower pupils allows less light to enter the eye, thus darkening and distorting their vision. No wonder Toothless took so long to identify Hiccup.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Subverted. While certainly very tough, it clearly feels Toothless' plasma blasts as each gives it pause, and the combined assault of the dragons outright keeps it from attacking despite Drago's frenzied orders. Having its left tusk blasted off by a final huge blast from Toothless should have hurt a lot, and indeed before it flees the bewilderbeast looks outright frightened of Toothless.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Bewilderbeasts are unique among dozens of dragon species for having ice breath, tusks and the ability to command other dragons.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: It strongly resembles its master, Drago, with dark, greyish skin like his Ambiguously Brown tone, an arrangement of spines that look like his dreadlocks and facial hair, and a limb-equivalent that it loses in the Final Battle of HTTYD2.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: After Toothless blasts one its tusks if off, it retreats into the ocean.
  • Walking Spoiler: Its appearance is a major turning point in the plot.
  • Worm Sign: The rare aquatic variation. In Drago's glacial staging area, a pocket of bubbles can be seen in front of Drago's warship. This was noticed by Astrid's team when they infiltrated the hideout, with Fishlegs even identifying the bubbles as an indicator for a large, aquatic dragon.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: According to the website, it was raised in an abusive environment until it eventually snapped.

Inhabitants of the Glacial Sanctuary

A nest of dragons far from Berk which has lived free of Drago pressing dragons into his service.However, after the massive damage done to the Glacial Sanctuary during the battle there and the death of their alpha, they moved to Berk.
  • Decapitated Army: While able to hold their own, without their Bewilderbeast to protect them from Drago's they were helpless to resist his alpha's call.

Click here to see her armored persona 
Voiced by: Cate Blanchett

A master dragon rider that appears in How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Hiccup's long-lost mother.
  • Action Mom: One of the best dragon riders, if not the best, in the series.
  • Action Survivor: While she was the chieftain's wife, she was a lithe woman carried off by a large dragon. Valka befriended her captor and became a dragon master.
  • Adaptation Name Change: From Valhallarama in the books.
  • Adult Fear: In Valka's flashback, Valka saw Cloudjumper break into her and Stoick's home, right where their infant son was sleeping. Granted it turned out he was peaceful, but it's very similar to what would happen if a wild animal broke into a house with an unprotected child.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Surprisingly invoked by herself. She came to love dragons after Cloudjumper took her, but she was worried that if she returned to Stoick, she'd be labeled as such. After reuniting with him twenty years later, she expects to hear this until Stoick gives her a piece of his mind...
    You're as beautiful as the day I lost you.
  • Badass: Let's see. Charged a dragon breaking into her home with no back-up (despite being a pacifist)... check. Not only survived being kidnapped by said dragon, but forged a deep friendship with that dragon... check. Lived among other dragons, and befriended and cared for countless others for twenty years... check. Became a dragon tamer leagues beyond Hiccup, an unequaled rider, and a skilled hand-to-hand combatant... check, check and check.
  • Badass Family: She's Stoick's wife and seems to have tamed hundreds of dragons. Her son takes after her.
  • The Beastmaster: She has been training and guarding an entire secret island of dragons.
  • Braids of Action: Wears her hair in three braids, which is hard to notice with her cloak.
  • Contralto of Danger: Definitely. Her voice is incredibly deep for a female. Fitting for a Badass Mama Bear Viking.
  • Freudian Trio: With her husband, Stoick and son, Hiccup. She is the Id to her husband's Ego and son's Superego.
  • Lethal Chef: Gobber claims her meatballs have killed more individuals than a battleaxe.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: At first, when Hiccup first encounters her.
  • Mama Bear: As mentioned above, Cloudjumper broke into Valka and Stoick's house twenty years prior to How To Train Your Dragon 2. With Stoick saving the village, Valka stormed off alone to protect her son. Keep in mind, Cloudjumper is 48 feet long, dwarfing most Berk dragons.
  • May-December Romance: Valka is ten years younger than Stoick.
  • Meaningful Name: Valka is the feminine form of Valkr, meaning "Hawk." It is also the name of the mount of the Gemano-Norse deity Morn.
  • Missing Mom: Or at least was missing for a very long time.
  • Platonic Lifepartners: With her dragon partner, Cloudjumper.
  • Raised by Dragons: She is mentioned to be "feral" by the creators, having lived with dragons as her only company for about twenty years. She easily crawls on all fours and gives commands with body language rather than speaking. Hiccup actually refers to her as being "feral"
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her braids reach the middle of her thighs.
  • Statuesque Stunner: According to the official website, she's 6'3" at her full height. Stoick very clearly considers her beautiful despite (or maybe even because of) that. Admittedly, Stoick himself is of a size that she's still shorter than him.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
  • Walking Spoiler

"Oh, Cloudjumper never meant to hurt me. He must have thought I belonged here..."

Cloudjumper is Valka's Stormcutter companion. Despite having stolen Valka away from Berk twenty years before How To Train Your Dragon 2, their bond runs just as deep as any dragon rider's.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Much like an owl, he can turn his head fully backwards.
  • Animal Motif: His flat face, brow crest and talons give him an owl-like appearance. There's also subtle signs of bat about him; the nasal crests invoke a bat's overdeveloped nose, his wings are used as forelegs like one, and his wings have a bat-like thumb-claw.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Is initially aloof to Toothless's antics, but he warms up to him. He even retaliates a few times, like dumping snow on Toothless after the young Night Fury covered him with some.
  • Giant Flyer: Is 48 feet long, according to the official website.
  • Large and in Charge: According to the website, Cloudjumper likes to think himself this, second only to the Bewilderbeast. But in the end, when Toothless defeats Drago's Bewilderbeast and subsequently becomes the new Alpha, Cloudjumper is the first to acknowledge this by bowing to him.
  • Platonic Lifepartners: With Valka.
  • Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: A unique case. Most of the dragons are the iconic "four legs, pair of wings" variety, with a small minority that avert it by having just hindlimbs and wings (Monstrous Nightmares and Deadly Nadders from the first film, for example). Cloudjumper, like all Stormcutters, has a pair of hindlegs and four wings, though these lay flat atop of each other when he's gliding and so can be missed until you watch him flapping.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Subverted; when Cloudjumper broke into Valka and Stoick's house twenty years ago, Valka definitely thought he'd hurt Hiccup and went after him. However, after seeing that he wasn't going to hurt her baby and was even fascinated by him, she realized that dragons weren't the mindless beasts everyone thought they were. Though Cloudjumper does scratch Hiccup, it's entirely by accident.

    Valka's Bewilderbeast 
"He likes you."

Valka's Bewilderbeast, called the White Alpha on this page, is the benevolent king of the Glacial Sanctuary dragons.

Dragon Species

There are a variety of dragon species throughout the islands, ranging from small and mostly harmless to large and lethal, everywhere in between, and mixing all of that.

For individual dragons, see the entries where they come from.
  • All Animals Are Domesticated: Averted. While Berk's dragons eventually settle in (though not always the most well behaved), other dragons are still dangerous and often hostile.
  • All There in the Manual: The Book of Dragons is this. In one of the shorts, "The Book of Dragons", we learn about several more dragons. Some have appeared in the show proper, others, like the Snaptrapper and Timberjack, haven't.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: They seemed to followed this rule in general. One does not born into the Alpha status but has to earn it through power. Once becomes the Alpha, it can control other dragons through sheer force of will.
  • Breath Weapon: Almost all dragon species have them, and most commonly they breath fire, which is created by expelling a flammable gas and then igniting it with sparks from a mechanism in the mouth/throat. Certain species have more unique weapons, though.
    • Hideous Zipplebacks exaggerate the gas to spark by having different parts in different heads. This means they technically breath explosions, as their standard tactic is to exhale a cloud of gas and let it settle before igniting it in a single sharp burst. They can envelop prey in their gas and use it as a poisonous Knockout Gas instead of just blowing it up.
    • Gronkles vomit globs of molten rock and metal instead of expelling flammable gas.
    • Scauldrons spray superheated water to flash-boil prey.
    • Changewings spit corrosive slime.
    • Thunderdrums use sonic blasts that can pulverise stone.
    • Night Furies shoot blasts of "plasma".
    • Flightmares spit a paralytic toxin that takes effect in seconds and can be absorbed through the skin.
    • Skrills can launch bolts of lightning that can even hit multiple targets. They do this by absorbing ambient electricity from the clouds and exhaling specialised ionizing gas to give the projected lightning a route to follow.
    • Bewilderbeasts are the most unique seen so far, as they can somehow spray ice.
    • The Red Death exhales what look like pryoclastic clouds — that is, cloud-like formations of super-heated cinders and gas.
  • Foreshadowing / Early-Bird Cameo: A lot of times, dragons that are shown or mentioned in the book pop up later in shorts of the television series itself.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Generally, the bigger the head the more teeth it has. The current kings, however, are the Whispering Death (which has six rows of teeth that can rotate like a rock-cutter) and the Snaptrapper (which has four heads, each of which has three toothy jaws).
  • Our Dragons Are Different
  • Predators Are Mean: There's a certain invocation of this. Canonically, all of the "friendly" species of dragon are piscovores (fish-eaters) and have no interest in animal flesh. Those few that explicitly or implicitly do eat non-fish meat, however, have been villains — first the Whispering Death (although that is later shown not to be so bad), and then the Flightmare, who explicitly eats humans to boot, and then the Skrill, who chooses to go after sheep rather than fish upon being set free.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Several facts about the book are shown to be wrong, including that the Scauldron DOES have venom ("Dragon Flower"), and in regards to some dragon types it knows nothing (case in point: Night Furies).

    Terrible Terror 
Introduced: the How to Train Your Dragon movie.
Small Stoker class dragons, Terrible Terrors may be small but they are no less dangerous than their larger kin amongst the dragons.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: Hiccup and Fishlegs turn them into this in "Appetite for Destruction".
  • Killer Rabbit: They are about the size of a medium-sized cat. That won't stop them from attacking larger foes. The fact that, according to the Book of Dragons short, they're social dragons who tend to hang out in dozens-strong packs, makes them even more dangerous.
  • Mythology Gag: They look just like the book's version of Toothless.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Like all dragons, it is stronger than its size implies.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Especially when one sleeps next to Hiccup because he gave the dragon a fish.
  • Team Pet: Due to its size, there's no one small enough to ride one. That doesn't mean they aren't liked all the same. "Worst in Show" has the riders each adopting one in a competition to see who the best trainer is. No one wins since they get distracted by an attack from Alvin.
    • Hiccup and Fishlegs have plans to use them as carrier pigeons to deliver messages to Berk from far away, calling it "Air Mail".
  • Zerg Rush: While vicious on its own, a single Terrible Terror is not too much of a threat. But they are social creatures and tend to work in packs.

    Hideous Zippleback 
Introduced: the How to Train Your Dragon movie.

The iconic Fear Class dragon, this two-headed dragon exemplifies the bizarre nature of its class with its two heads which must work in tandem to be dangerous. One head breathes the gas, the other lights it, resulting in major explosions. The gas itself is also dangerous, but only with long term exposure.
  • Knockout Gas: The gas emitted by the right head can be this; after all, breathing flammable gas is never a good thing.
  • Multiple Head Case: Inverted in that the two heads work together quite well, with one providing flammable gas, and the other a pilot light.
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: Two heads means two tails.
  • Organ Autonomy: The two heads of a Hideous Zippleback are distinct and do not share each other's thoughts. If the heads start arguing, the dragon can stall out, leaving it vulnerable to attack.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Zipplebacks can create explosions when one head breathes gas and the other head generates sparks that ignite it.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Throw a bucket of water onto the head that sparks the gas and it is unable to light its gas. That said, finding the right head is the trick.

Introduced: the How to Train Your Dragon movie.

The iconic Boulder Class dragon, Gronckles are relatively small and sluggish dragons, but extremely tough and strong.
  • Dumb Muscle: Gronckles are generally lazy and easygoing, but rouse them, and they're as temperamental and direct as an angry rhino.
  • Extreme Omnivore: It can eat rocks. And its Breath Weapon depends on this fact.
  • Limit Break: In the movie, it is stated they only have enough fuel for six shots. Meatlug and other Gronckles can be seen firing more shots during the series.
  • Magma Man: The Gronckle is one of the few dragons that doesn't directly produce flame. Instead, it gobbles up rocks and mouthfuls of soil and then heats them to a molten state inside its belly. This superheated rock is then spat out at targets as distinctive fireballs. With the right rock, it can also produce Gronckle iron, a lightweight metal that is tougher than period iron and excellent for weapon and armor crafting. Though whether it's a real material under a different name or not is unspecified.
  • Mighty Glacier: The slowest of the rider-sized dragons, but its magma attack is pretty powerful. It can even stagger a Screaming Death simply by ramming into it and keeps coming back for more!
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The Gronckle looks like a cross between a bulldog, a bumblebee, and a toad.
  • Mundane Utility: Amongst the dragons, Gronckles have the most of this. They can hover in place, they can ingest rocks to make materials (for example, with sandstone they can make glass), and can carry significant loads while flying.

    Deadly Nadder 
Introduced: the How to Train Your Dragon movie.

The Deadly Nadder was originally the iconic Sharp Class dragon, a category of dragons distinguished by their natural arsenal of spines. However, after the events of Gift of the Night Fury and the discovery of the Tracker Class, they were categorized into this new class which is distinguished by sharp senses with Nadders being noted to be able to detect spies from upwards of a hundred meters away. Amongst the most avian-looking dragons, these vainglorious dragons spend much of their time preening themselves.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The primary weak point of the Deadly Nadder is the blind spot in front of its head. To correct for this, it will attack anything that even gently touches the nose or hears something it cannot see. As Gobber said, "Blind spot, yes. Deaf spot ... not so much." That said, trainers who build up strong rapports with their Nadders are allowed to touch them there.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Deadly Nadders are extremely vain, evidenced by the generous amounts of time spent preening themselves.
  • Pirate Parrot: Deadly Nadders resemble crested parrots rather than the traditional lizard, with rounded beak-like heads, bright scales resembling tropical plumage, and lack of forearms.
  • Spike Shooter: Deadly Nadders can shoot spikes from their tail with frightful accuracy. These spikes were the original reason for it being iconic for the Sharp class before the Tracker class was discovered between movies.

    Monstrous Nightmare 
Introduced: the How to Train Your Dragon movie.

The iconic Stoker Class dragon, Monstrous Nightmares are the largest of the common dragons and well-known for their violent streak and their copious firepower.
  • Blood Knight: It was said in the DVD commentary that even though all the dragons will fight, the Monstrous Nightmare fights simply for the joy of fighting.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Stated to be one of the strongest dragons aside from the Night Fury, but they are also quite common to see.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In the TV series, at least, this seems to be the most effective method to earn their friendship. In the film, Hiccup is able to tame one with far less effort.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Monstrous Nightmares attack after setting themselves on fire.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Most dragons have these, but theirs is a particularly extreme example.
  • Super Spit: All There in the Manual sources state it coats itself with flammable spit, which is how it lights itself on fire.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Once on fire.

    Night Fury 

Night Fury

Introduced: the How to Train Your Dragon movie.

The Unholy Offspring of Lightning and Death itself, Night Furies are fast, stealthy, and hit with enough firepower to blow the tops of catapult towers into cinders. They are the most feared dragons amongst the ranks of the Vikings. They belong to the Strike class of dragon, emphasizing the classification's hard hitting firepower and speed.
  • Always Accurate Attack: Their plasma blasts were described by Hiccup in the movie to "never miss", which was backed up in that almost all of their attacks (in the film) hit their mark.
  • Badass: The fact they strike pure terror in a culture full of boisterous dragon-slaying vikings is any indication, they are this big time.
  • The Dreaded: Vikings will gladly fight any of the other dragons, even ones that can swallow them whole, and have a long and impressive list of kills. If this one's screech is even heard? They run for cover screaming "NIGHT FURY! GET DOWN!". So much so that it was the only dragon listed where Vikings are advised to not even attempt to fight it.
  • Expy: Fans of Monster Hunter notice a similarity between a Night Fury and a Nargacuga, and perhaps now, the Gore Magala.
  • Hero Killer: For the Vikings. That's why they are The Dreaded to them.
  • Informed Flaw: In the tie-in ads and Defenders of Berk, it is mentioned that Night Furies only have six shots, similar to Gronckles. Toothless regularly fires dozens of shots in a fight.
  • Lightning Bruiser: They're called the unholy offspring of lightning and death.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Rare non-lethal variant (so far). "We Are a Family" reveals that they can use echolocation. Also, before the events of the first film, the only way the Vikings are even aware of its presence is their screech.
  • Metal Slime: Toothless is the only known Night Fury encountered so far, indicating either Last Of Its Kind or their extreme rarity.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Both its name and the Red Baron invoke this in the Vikings.
  • Nocturnal Mooks: Their coloring and fighting approach indicates that this is invoked.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Extremely. Due to their rarity and almost never being seen, with the only known bit is how they are nocturnal and have an attack that is a Wave Motion Gun, Berk's residents were terrified of them.
  • The Quiet One: They are silent compared to most other dragons. Combined this with their firepower, speed, and camoflague, they are nightmarish when the sky is dark. This one of the reasons the Vikings are downright scared of these dragons in particular because you won't hear or know their presence until the moment of attack.
  • Red Baron: "The unholy offspring of lightning and death". In fact, the Night Fury is the only dragon in the movie to get a Red Baron like title.
  • Shock and Awe: Interesting that their dragon fire seems to give off this more than Playing with Fire. Also, if the battle with the Red Death in the movie is to go by, they have a concentrated blast so powerful they can topple the most gargantuan of dragons.
  • Super Senses: They can echolocate much as bats and some birds can, enabling them to maneuver in complete darkness and helping explain their accuracy when attacking at night.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: One of the reasons why they are feared. Their Breath Weapon attack is powerful enough to destroy catapults with ease and knock gigantic dragons down. As well as the fact that it can One-Hit Kill Vikings. Compare that to the fact that the other dragon's attacks seem to have a degree of survivability hammers home the fact that Night Furies are ''extremely dangerous to combat.
  • Super Speed: One of the fastest breeds of dragons, so much so that nobody had even seen what one looked before Hiccup injured toothless. Only the Red Death is known to have matched or exceeded its speed, and Stormfly (a Nadder) only gets close because of Astrid's training and care.
    • In Fishlegs' Dragon Stats on the How To Train Your Dragon 2 DVD, he states that Night Furies can fly faster than the speed of sound. Hiccup and Toothless are seen doing this in the Dragons: Riders of Berk opening.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Their plasma blasts can do serious damage, toppling things like the Red Death or sinking ships in one hit. In the 2nd movie, it gives Drago's Alpha pause each time it hits, interrupting its attempts to fire its ice breath weapon and eventually even breaks off it's left tusk.
  • You Are Already Dead: The Book of Dragons mentions that if you encounter one, you are already screwed.

Introduced: "Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon"

A large Mystery Class dragon, Boneknappers earn their moniker due to their macabre habit of assembling an armor of dragon bones to shield their bodies.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Gobber, until it's revealed why.
  • Collector of the Strange: It collects the bones of other dragons and wears them like armor.
  • Determinator: The Boneknapper that was Gobber's rival in the short. Its lifelong feud with Gobber has lasted for what can only be described as decades between the two. Even after being attacked by a Hammerheaded Whale and Yak being sent by Thor, not only did the dragon survive, but it continued to hunt.
  • Elemental Armor: The dragon bones it covers its body with qualify as this.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Once a Boneknapper gets all its bones, they become incredible docile. Best described by Gobber:
    Gobber: You give a BoneKnapper whatever it's looking for and it's just like an overgrown puppy dog.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Gains this ability once it has every bone it needs. Although it's not as strong as the Thunderdrum's persay.
  • Scary Impractical Armor: Zigzagged with the Boneknapper's shell of dragon bones, which seems to be quite practical and is intended mostly to be scary.
  • The Voiceless: Unless it has every bone it needs for its armor, Boneknappers can't roar.

Introduced: "The Terrible Twos" First appearance of a dragon not from the movie.

Typhoomerang is a Stoker Class dragon. They have a unique ability during flight: they rotate (by analogy with the typhoon/ boomerang) at high speeds, zooming through the air. Though, as they rotate, they seem to pop off the objects around them, making them extremely dangerous. Ash leaves a distinctive burn on the ground. The ash apparently acts as a fertilizer; flowers will grow in the burn mark afterwards.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Its main way of breathing fire.
  • Ring of Fire: They hunt by surrounding their prey with fire.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A small number of them reside in the forests outside Berk but despite this, no-one had ever seen one prior to the series (And they have only appeared in two episodes so far). Their home island is revealed in "The Eel Effect": they are native to Eel Island as they can eat eels without getting horrifically sick (in fact, they use it as fuel for their Breath Weapon).
  • Super Speed: It can get a speed boost by igniting itself like a Catherine Wheel firework.
  • Wreathed in Flames: As noted, this is the catalyst for its Super Speed. Not only does this make it fly faster, it also turns it into an airborne, spinning saw blade.

Introduced: "How To Pick Your Dragon".

One of the two Tidal Class dragons known in the series, Thunderdrums are large, frog-like dragons who spend most of their time in the water.
  • Badass: It's able to dodge Toothless's plasma blasts, and Toothless fires several times faster than any other fire-breathing dragon. It is also said to get its power from Thor itself, but that is more of an exaggeration. It is also able to plow right through solid rock without a scratch in a manner reminiscent of the Red Death.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Its first "appearance" is as a drawing in the Dragon Manual in the film. It isn't properly introduced until the show.
  • Flying Seafood Special: Its introduction has it switching from swimming expertly underwater to a flying Lightning Bruiser. The Other Wiki confirms that it is at least semi-amphibious.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: It has a sonic scream, though its ability to scream someone's head clean off (as Hiccup narrated in the film) seems to have been an exaggeration, or not shown due to violence restrictions. It can, however, shatter reinforced wood and rock. This makes it one of the two dragons confirmed as not having fire-based breath weapons.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Its mouth is all fangs and its head is wide enough to hold Stoick the Vast comfortably.
  • Prehensile Tail: It uses its tail to grab Stoick and drag him under without leaving the water itself.

    Fireworm Dragons 
Introduced: "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man".

Small Stoker Class dragons, Fireworms are lizard-sized and lizard-like dragons that rely on their fiery skin to shield them from bigger enemies. They swarm in large numbers. Their Queen, however, is massive and can breathe fire like regular dragons.

Introduced: "Dragon Flower".

A large Tidal Class dragon that lives almost entirely out to sea; it's unclear if it can even fly any more. Spends most of its time underwater and so is rarely a threat unless it takes a hankering to a netload of fish, or decides to get territorial around a ship.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Its first "appearance" is as a drawing in the Dragon Manual in the film. It isn't properly introduced until the show.
  • Flying Seafood Special: It is implied in Book of Dragons that Scauldrons can fly too, despite being a Water Dragon.
  • Making a Splash: As an aquatic dragon, its Breath Weapon is based on swallowing liters of water and heating them to boiling inside its belly, allowing it to spray targets with powerful geysers of searing water. As with the Thunderdrum above, the book embellishes this ability; the water may be hot, but it's certainly not as dangerous as the book would have one believe, given how easily the attack is blocked.
  • Poisonous Person: If it eats the right kind of flowers (which are deadly to other dragons), it becomes one of these. This also makes its venom a good cure for the poison in the flowers.

    Whispering Death 
Introduced: "What Flies Beneath".

A rare and deadly member of the Boulder Class, the Whispering Death is a subterranean species of dragon that uses its wide mouth, spike-covered sinuous body, and six rows of rotating teeth to bore through the ground and come up from below when pursuing prey.
  • Badass: The first one that appears is the Arch-Enemy Of Toothless and No Sells Thornado's sonic scream
  • Blank White Eyes: Though it isn't blind.
  • Dark Is Evil: The scariest looking dragon seen so far has also been the nastiest, with the first one harrassing the entire village of Berk, including eating several livestock, out of a feud with Toothless and the second one ending up as the mount of Alvin the Treacherous. This preception changes later in the series when it's shown that they're not all bad after all.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: They have rotating jaws and their tails move in a circular motion while in flight.
  • Flying Seafood Special: Thematically invoked; despite being a mostly subterranean creature, the Whispering Death is still quite capable of flight.
  • Lean and Mean: They're the archetypal 'villain' dragons, with long, limbless, eel-like bodies.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Six rows of rotating teeth. Between this, their oversized, ball-like heads, and their hostility, they're a draconic Langolier.
  • Spike Shooter: Like the Deadly Nadder, only from virtually every point on its body.
  • Tunnel King: This is its signature ability and mode of travel.
  • Weakened by the Light: They retreat from direct sunlight, though even mild cloud cover is sufficient for them to go outside.

    Smothering Smokebreath 
Introduced: "Breakneck Bog"

Small Mystery Class dragons that dwell in isolated regions. They produce thick clouds of smoke and use this as camouflage.
  • The Collector: They collect any metal items encountered, which they then meld together to build their nests. Justified, as they're rather small in size and use those nests to protect themselves from attacks by larger dragons.
  • Dragon Hoard: Building a nest of metal is clearly intended as a play on this tradition, although it's mostly not precious metal (they were very interested in Snotlout's gold chain, though, because it was shiny).
  • The Napoleon: Third shortest breed of dragons seen so far, they're also fiercely territorial and very aggressive. Hiccup and the others didn't even try to train these things!
  • Smoke Shield: Invoked. They make a foggy-like smoke to act as protection, combined with metal scraps, to appear larger and scare others off.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Surprisingly strong for little dragons too.
  • Zerg Rush: They attack swiftly and in great numbers in order to overwhelm (or at least scare off) their victims.

Introduced: "Gem of a Different Color"

A member of the Mystery Class of dragons, Changewings are best known for their chameleonic scales, which make them extremely difficult to find.
  • Constantly Curious: Stated to be their natural personality trait in Book of Dragons.
  • Face-Heel Turn: After the Outcasts tame and weaponise the local Changewing population. They're animals, so they're not inherently evil, but they're certainly being used for evil ends.
  • Hollywood Acid: Not as strong as in many examples of the trope (it can damage stone but can't go through it and it barely scratches metal bars) but the speed at which it melts wood is still uncanny.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Demonstrated in Book of Dragons that it possesses this ability, though it hasn't used it yet in the series.
  • Invisibility: Can flawlessly blend in with their surroundings. However, in open skies they are unable to camouflage.
  • Mama Bear: Stealing their eggs is not a good idea. In fact, if multiple eggs are taken, ALL the mother dragons will work together to retrieve them, and they won't leave until they have them ALL back.
  • Squishy Wizard: For a dragon, anyways. The Gobber mentions in the Book of Dragons that their scales are softer as a side effect of their concealment, making them more vulnerable to attack once found.

Introduced: "Fright of Passage"

The Flightmare is a Mystery Class (originally from the Strike Class) dragon that appears in Dragons: Defenders of Berk. It is among the most terrifying and frightening dragons.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Astrid and her family.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: Its diet of glowing algae causes its entire body to glow with bright blue light. This extends to other dragons that eat the algae, but the effect would seem to be permanent (or at the very least quite long lasting) for the Flightmare.
  • Blinded by the Light: The Flightmare uses this as one of its abilities. As with its general bioluminescence, other dragons can copy the effect.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Lampshaded by everyone in Berk.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Flightmare glows bright blue and attacks anything it feels is a threat to its food supply.
  • The Paralyzer: It sprays a mist that causes its victims to freeze up for about a minute, allowing it to eat them with impunity. As most people don't survive this effect, the villagers attributed it to the victims choking in fear at the last moment, a fact which shamed Astrid's family when her "fearless" uncle fell prey to it.
  • Super Spit: Its Breath Weapon. See The Paralyzer above.

Introduced: "View To A Skrill Part 1"

An elusive member of the Strike Class of dragons, the Skrill are known for their unique electrical abilities.
  • Achilles' Heel: It cannot use its electricity when submerged underwater.
  • Ax-Crazy: According to the Book of Dragons, the Skrill is "Untrainable". Hiccup was willing to try, but he ultimately settled for just taking it out of the picture.
  • Badass: It's easily as strong as Toothless, in addition to being immune to his attacks. This dragon is in the same class as Toothless (Strike Class), which emphasize on being very destructive.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Its first "appearance" is as a drawing in the Dragon Manual in the film (Hiccup even mentions its name). It isn't properly introduced until the show.
  • Harmless Freezing: Can survive decades frozen solid in a block of ice. Justified due to its efficient internal body temperature.
  • Lightning Gun: Its breath weapon. The Skrill breathes out concentrated beams of powerful electricity. This means its attacks have limited homing ability towards metal and it can electrocute water to create a lethal surge. Alvin is implicitly killed when a Skrill does this to a patch of sea in which he has dived, and it escapes from Dagur when Hiccup lures him into standing in a puddle, causing him to get shocked by the electric backwash.
  • No Sell: Its electrical field can block Toothless' plasma blasts, though it needs to recharge to keep it up.
  • Purple Is Powerful: One of two dragons that utilizes an electrical/plasma Breath Weapon (the other being a Night Fury) and it's colored violet.
  • Ride The Lightning: ALWAYS lampshaded whenever this Dragon is mentioned.
  • Shock and Awe: Thanks to unique organs and metallic scales, the Skrill is able to absorb electrical energy from the clouds and channel it through its body. It can erect a field of static electricity to ward off attacks, or project it as a blast from its mouth.
  • Shoot the Bullet: Can nullify other dragons' attacks this way using its own Breath Weapon.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Is covered in spines. According to the series wiki, they're laced with metal and used to absorb lightning from the clouds.

    Speed Stingers 
Introduced: "Frozen"

A breed of raptor-like, flightless dragons.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: The injured adolescent the riders find in "The Next Big Sting" begins acting like a dog once they gain its trust, playfully running around Fishlegs and affectionately licking Snotlout's face when he carries it.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Anything they sting gets paralyzed for the better part of a day.
  • Decapitated Army: The pack follows an alpha, and will follow it anywhere. The riders exploit this to get them off Berk by capturing the alpha and flying it away from the island.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Lacking both flight and a Breath Weapon, they might as well be dinosaurs.
  • Fragile Speedster: They aren't very big or tall and look frail, but they are very, very fast.
  • Instant Sedation: Their poison takes effect instantly.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: The alpha has a red crest.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: There is absolutely no information on them in their research notes.
  • The Paralyzer: Their stingers are essentially the Flightmare's spraying mist on steroids.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Their leader in particular, who breaks free of Hiccup's bola like it was nothing and just yanks Hiccup's shield off his arm with his tail.
  • Raptor Attack: With their super speed and pack hunting, they act like dragon raptors.
  • Super Speed: To make up for the fact that they can't fly.
  • Walk on Water: Some species of Speed Stingers have developed a membrane on their feet so they can run across bodies of water.
  • Zerg Rush: They attack in one massive pack, using their stingers to quickly eliminate any threats before making off with any food they can find.

Introduced: "Imperfect Harmony"

One of the first new species of dragons the group encounters on their travels.
  • Animal Motifs: Clearly designed to resemble a butterfly, but it also cocoons its prey like a spider would.
  • Compelling Voice: Lures dragons in with it screeches, traps them in an amber-like subantance, and then moves in for the kill at its leisure.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Deathsong's trapping substance can only be dissolved with the heat of its fire breath. So Hiccup jury rigs things so it attacking will free the riders and their dragons.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He eats the dragons he captures.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast

    Night Terrors 
A species of dragon found by Hiccup's group, similar to Terrible Terrors but slightly larger. They make up for their lack of size by flying in formation to make themselves look like one very large dragon.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The entire pack can perfectly imitate a new shape simply by observing it for a few moments - though so far they've only used this ability to pay homage to Toothless in one episode.
  • Heroic Albino: While being called albino a bit of a stretch, Smidvarg is completely white in contrast to the other Night Terrors.
  • Synchronized Swarming: As long as the alpha is there to guide them, they can swarm to form a larger approximation of themselves or mimic other dragons.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Without the alpha, they cannot swarm and become vulnerable to predators.



Discovered sometime after the events of Dragons: Riders of Berk and before the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the Rumblehorn also resulted in the discovery of a new classification of dragon: Tracker Class. Described as the bloodhounds of dragons, Rumblehorns serve as the iconic for the class alongside the former Sharp Class iconics, the Deadly Nadders.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Described as a truffle pig mixed with a rhino.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Called the 'Bloodhound of Dragons' for a reason - Skullcrusher, Stoick's dragon after letting Thornado go, was able to track down Toothless to the Glacial Sanctuary despite there being no land trail and the scent coming from a helmet that had been in the water for some time.


Described as the alpha species by Valka, Bewilderbeasts are titanic Tidal class dragons which naturally tend to find the role of alpha dragon amongst packs.
  • Animal Motifs: Has some leonine characteristics, including a certain majesty and a large "mane" of head spikes. Their tusks and large size in comparison to other dragons also make them resemble elephants.
  • Bizarrchitecture: Bewilderbeasts make these for a living, fashioning near-impenetrable nests out of their ice breath. You wouldn't guess that if you're outside.
  • Breath Weapon: In a world filled with fire-breathing dragons, Bewilderbeasts deserve special notice for having ice breath. They are even capable of using these to form massive nests.
  • Cool Crown: Their spines give the allusion of this.
  • Icy Blue Eyes
  • Kaiju: Bewilderbeasts are nothing short of titanic. They're 160 feet tall according to the official website.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A fully-grown Bewilderbeast swims at incredible speeds according to the ''How To Train Your Dragon'' website.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The official website states that Bewilderbeasts are not born into alpha status; it is earned through combat, vigilance and most importantly, a desire to protect the dragons in its nest. It helps that their massive strength and power makes the task relatively easy for them, but they still earn it.
  • The High King: See the below quote.
    Valka: Every nest has its queen, but this is the king of all dragons!
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Bewilderbeasts are unique among dozens of dragon species for having ice breath, tusks and the ability to command other dragons.

Alternative Title(s):

How To Train Your Dragon 2