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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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 actually perform this thanks to Hiccup.
- Had To Be Sharp: Elements of this due to the constant dragon attacks they had to face.
- Horny Vikings
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Downplayed. They play many of the tropes straight, but are generally peaceful when not attacked.
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III Both Universes
Movie & TV Universe
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 during being burned alive in a Viking funeral, after he goes into a healing sleep coma after badly injuring himself saving Hiccup from the Green Death, where he then flies through the sky on fire, before extinguishing himself.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: His awesome dragon skills came from study.
- Badass: Firmly so by the climax of the movie. The TV Series expands Hiccup’s growth as a Guile Hero. So far, he pretty much 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 may become 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 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.
- A Boy And His Dragon: With Toothless of course.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Often uses his sarcasm to make fun of himself on occasion. At comedic and dramatic moments.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: An inter-species example. With Toothless, a Night Fury dragon.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: At the beginning of the film, Hiccup desperately wants to be like the other Vikings and kill his own dragon, which means...
- 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 fourteen/fifteen and ends the 300 year dragon war.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Artificial Limbs: Hiccup loses his left foot during the battle with the Green/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.
- Archer Archetype: Though he is on the warmer side of the things compared to colder examples of this trope.
- Awesome Momentof Crowning: Becomes Chief of Berk following his father's death is the second movie. After the final battle, Gothi draws the Chief's symbol on his forehead in charcoal.
- 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 Teacher: Slowly becoming the second part as the main teacher of the Dragon Academy.
- The Beastmaster: He learns how to tame and train dragons.
- 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 "Out Cast 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 Good: Becomes the Chief of Berk at the end of the sequel, with Toothless as the Alpha.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Just look at that picture!
- 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.
- 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.
- Braids of Action: Gets these in the sequel. According to Word of God, 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 he leaves them in for her sake anyway.
- Brainy Brunette: In the film and TV series.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In this case, Lost Your Leg Punching Out The Frackin' Huge Volcano Dragon. His lack of angst about this implies it was Worth It.
- 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:
- 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.
- Chick Magnet: Hiccup has won the affections of both Astrid and Ruffnut, the former who he started a relationship with. Hiccup has the largest female fanbase of the entire cast, except maybe Toothless.
- Crazy-Prepared: Justified though experience. He carries a complete set of spare parts for Toothless' tail fin at all times.
- Dragon Rider: The very first. Or as far as he knows, until he finds his long lost mother.
- 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 of a more civilized age. It also has a compartment to store Zippleback gas which can be released and then lit with the sword. However, more 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.
- Handicapped Badass: As a result of the first movie.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: His main 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.
- He's All Grown Up: Let's just say he gets a little better looking in the second film...◊
- I Call It Vera: His sword in the sequel is named Inferno according to The Art of How To Train Your Dragon 2.
- 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.
- 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 Father, Like Son: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: He and Astrid are still going as strong as ever in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- Red Is Heroic: In the sequel, Hiccup's new suit contains one of his shoulder pads with Berk's symbol painted red.
- Relationship Ceiling: His relationship with Astrid is held back in the TV show, although the Ship Tease is rampant.
- Science Hero: Along with wit, Hiccup also prefers to resort to his amazing inventions and gadgets to help.
- 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.
- 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.
- Swiss Army Shield: 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.
- 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.
- Weapon of Choice: He always carries his dagger. And it can function as a grappling hook and bow.
- "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.
Stoick the Vast
- 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.
"I spent my whole life trying to kill them, now look at me."
- Note, he says this while tending to Thornado after the dragon has been poisoned by Mildew.
- 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 seen when 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 someone he wants brung up and gets angry quickly, which Hiccup found out when he tried questioning him about it.
- 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: He starts the movie as a dragon-killing viking. Any good dragon to him would be a dead one. But he comes to see them not just as trainable beasts but close allies. His worry for Thornado when he was ill in "Dragon Flower" and later telling Gobber he would rather kill Dagur than allow him to kill Barf and Belch and risk war with the Berserkers in "Twinsanity" shows exactly how far he has come from the movie.
- 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 Young 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.
- I Have No Son: In the movie, he says "You're no son of mine" 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.
- 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: 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.
: But there are two of you. Stoick
: Is that another crack about my weight?
- Note his sobriquet; Stoick the Vast.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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: Has been suffering this as of late in the TV series's second season: Defenders of Berk. Much of this comes from filling in 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 realises the gravity of what Hiccup is saying (ie: with Drago), Stoick takes it completely seriously and leaps into action.
- 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 for 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.
- 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/Stealth 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 Stoick: 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
Voiced by: America Ferrera (film and TV series)
- Action Girl: She's a skilled Viking and originally first in her class. 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.
- 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: If you can wrestle a wild Monstrous Nightmare to the ground with your bare hands, 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.
- 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 T.V. 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."
- 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.
- 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: She has both Snotlout and Hiccup gawking over her. Although, Hiccup does have genuine feelings for her, while Snotlout just flirts with her. In the end, astrid chooses Hiccup (see Single Woman Seeks Good Man).
- Expy: Of Camicazi from the books.
- Freudian Slip: "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.
- Genre Savvy:
- In-film, she is suspicious of the worst-performing student suddenly rising to the top of the class and investigates Hiccup accordingly.
- In the series, She is suspicious about the conditions surrounding Heather's back story, and gets more so once she spots her out in the middle of the night. She ends up being correct on her status as being a threat.
- 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 it 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.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: See Jerk with a Heart of Gold and the fact she has beautiful, blonde hair.
- 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; 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.
- 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.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Is seen carrying a sheep on her shoulders about the same size as one which Snotlout is carrying.
- Pretty in Mink: Her outfit in the sequel◊ has a fur-trimmed hood, gloves, and a fur underskirt beneath her pteruges.
- Relationship Ceiling: Her relationship with Hiccup is held back in the TV show, although the Ship Tease is rampant.
- 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.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Hiccup is an All-Loving Hero and she explictly 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: 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.
- 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.
- Ditzy Genius: Yet he has shown his mind is sorta out there, such as attaching said flame thrower to the harness of a fire breathing dragon.
- 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 dragonriders with their dragons to force him into a tub. He smells so bad after a whiff a Terrible Terror flies disoriented and hits a wall.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Stoick.
- 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.
- Jerkass: His portrayal in the books is nastier than the movie or series.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More so in the movies and series.
- Moment Killer: Attempts to join in on a Drinking 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.
- Running Gag: Numerous mention of or jokes involving his undies.
- 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.
- Shield Bash/Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: His training sessions often include the merits of shields. 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.''
- That Came Out Wrong: Never admits so himself, but his advice never carries out the intended message.
Voiced by: Christopher Mintz-Plasse (film and TV series)
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the books. Sometimes dabbles into this on occasion in the series itself.
- 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).
- 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 be 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: His Gronckle is far from tiny, but Fishlegs still is about a third of its 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Big Guy: Usually this is Snotlout's role, but when Fishlegs snaps, it suddenly becomes obvious that he outweighs any three other members of the Riders.
- Warrior Poet: In the series, he composes poems at sunset.
Voiced by: Jonah Hill (Film) /Zack Pearlman (TV series)
- Abusive Parents: His dad is a Stage Mom and so harsh Hiccup throws the last game so he'll let up on the guy.
- Angst: The prospect he was going to lose Thawfest brought him to near tears and hyperventilating while riding Hookfang.
- Amazon Chaser: He cannot stop hitting on Astrid.
- By the sequel, he's hitting on Ruffnut.
- 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.
- Chew Toy: In the series, if someone is going to get an Amusing Injury it's going to be him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Successfully holds his own and even wins against several Outcast Vikings in "Defiant One."
- 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.
- Dumbass Has a Point: He might be an idiotic jerk, but in the same episode above, he accurately guessed that Toothless was too proud to listen to accept Hiccup's help in fighting the Whispering Death.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: The other Dragon Riders tolerate him, but they make it quite clear that none of them particularly like him. They seem to hang out solely because they're in the same age group and, after ending the war, they're the leaders of the Dragon Academy.
- 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.
- 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".
- Jerk Jock: According to "Thawfest" this is due to pressure from his family.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Outside of having to use brute force for fending off human opponents, Snotlout has no other use.
- 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.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Played with. Before punching Tuffnut, he checks to make sure he's the male twin.
Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston
Voiced by: T.J. Miller (Tuffnut) (Film and TV series) and Kristen Wiig (Film)/Julie Marcus (Ruffnut) (TV series)
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.
- Everyone Calls Her Gothi: 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.
- 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.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: She is the shortest adult. She's even shorter than any of the teens.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Has no problem smacking Gobber in the face with her staff for smart remarks.
- The Voiceless: She has yet to speak a word, communicating through traced images instead.
Voiced by: David Tennant (Film and TV Series)
- Dad the Veteran: Like every other adult, he fought in the war against the dragons.
- 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 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
Voiced by: Tom Wilson and Tim Conway (TV series)
- Achey Bucket: 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 he (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.
- 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. 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 Outcast's 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 beautifully for Mildew 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.
- 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.
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: Subverted. 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.
Film & TV Universe
- 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 Dragon: 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 Fury's have a unique one that launches small precise fireblasts that explode when they hit something, as opposed to a stream of fire, which proves far more destructive than the more traditional flames.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Last of His Kind: Implied to be the last remaining Night Fury.
- Monster Lord: By the end of HTTYD 2, Toothless is the new dragon Alpha.
- Moody Mount: Sometimes he'll decide, on a whim, 'I want to barrel roll' and Hiccup will have to hold on.
- Non-Indicative Name: His teeth are retractable, not missing.
- 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.
- Silent Snarker: In the movie. He is the most expressive dragon, primarily due to his size-changing pupils. He takes after a certain someone.
- Throat Light: His Super Mode involves his back glowing, as shown in the climax of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- Unstoppable Rage: 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass / 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.
- 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".
A Deadly Nadder, Stormfly is Astrid's dragon and the two often act as Hiccup and Toothless' main backup.
- All-Loving Hero: In the show and second movie, Stormfly befriends people who start out as villains, but then become good. In fact saving Eret is what promps 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.
- 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 Badass / 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.
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.
- Took a Level in Badass / 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.
- 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: Ruffnutt and Tuffnutt 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 Badass / 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.
- Undying Loyalty: Barf and Belch will try it's 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 It Looks: His design is even more ridiculous and exagerrated 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.
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, a Stealth Expert
Fishlegs's Terror, Iggy, which he trained to fetch objects by cue cards.
Snotlout's Terror, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 basically the same model.
Alvin The TreacherousThe 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.
Voiced by: Paul Rugg
- Badass Mustache: He's beardless so it's that much more notacible.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Astrid, he was made for the franchise. Unlike her, however, he has no counterpart in the books.
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.
- 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.
- Big Bad: As of "A View to a Skrill", he has seemingly killed Alvin and usurped control of the Outcasts.
- 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.
- Dirty Coward: He never goes anywhere without the Berserker armada close at hand. In the season two finale, he begs Hiccup for help when Alvin captures him.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Very quick to anger.
- Horny Vikings: His helmet could make Loki envious.
- 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.
- Jabba Table Manners: Subverted 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Gives this order about Hiccup after the events of "The Night and the Fury."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what Alvin did to him in the Season 2 finale.
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.
Dragons who have no specific allegiance or affiliation.
The Red Death
- 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 recent episodes.
- 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 Viking village.
- Big Eater: Given its size that's inevitable. Since it deiced 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.
- Disney Villain Death: Consumed in an explosion for its breath being let on fire.
- 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.
- Extra Eyes: Further emphasizing its monstrous appearance in comparison to the smaller, Ugly Cute dragons.
- Evil Is Bigger: This guy is the only out-and-out evil dragon and it's HUGE.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 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.
- Lightning Bruiser: It's astonishingly agile for its size when in the air but still no match in that department to Toothless.
- Made of Explodium: It's breath.
- Mighty Glacier: On the ground at least. While it's faster than the looks in the air, it doesn't appear able to run very fast, but since the Vikings didn't have anywhere to run to after it burned their ships, that wasn't an issue.
- 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 steal, 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
- Outside C Ontext Villain: The general shock from seeing it indicates that the vikings have never seen a dragon this size before, or even had any idea on existed.
- 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: With growing to adult size, Torch can carry three of the teens, Barf and Belch, and Toothless with ease. His firepower has increased as well.
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.
Humans who have no specific allegiance or affiliation.
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.
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.
- 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, Stoick was once able to convince him to let them use his boat to set up an ambush for the Outcasts.
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.
"You belong to me now."
- 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. It probably wouldn't be a good idea to make him African like Hounsou anyway, doing so would be inaccurate and unfortunate.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 Toothless overrides the Dark Alpha's control to protect Hiccup.
- Evil Counter Part: 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.
- 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 spear 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
- 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.
- 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
- Hero Killer: Ask Stoick.
- Kick the Dog: His treatment to his dragons, including his Bewilderbeast.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- The Dragon: To Drago. Initially.
- Evil Poacher: For the first half.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Branded by Drago on his chest as a mark for his failure, leaving a painful looking scar.
- Heel-Face Turn: After a You Have Failed Me from Drago, he saves the Berk group from a similar fate and afterwards stays in Berk to look after Stoick's dragon.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Started off poaching dragons, but to be fair that was mostly due to Drago's threats. Then, Eret comes to fully change his ways. See the I Owe You My Life and Heel-Face Turn sections.
- Hunk: Ruffnut certainly thinks so.
- I Am X, Son of Y: He always introduces himself as "Eret, Son Of Eret".
- I Owe You My Life: Stormfly saves him from death and he ends up feeling this way.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Though he initially appears threatening, it quickly becomes obvious that he's hopelessly outmatched by Hiccup's crew and he ends up more and more humiliated with every fight - it's entirely played for laughs, but you still kind of feel for him since if he doesn't catch a break he'll be punished by his Bad Boss. He gets a Redemption Promotion after switching sides, taking out Drago's men with ease and even learning to ride a dragon fairly quickly - though he's still a bit comical.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal
- Mr. Fanservice: To Ruffnut, anyways.
- Only in It for the Money
- Sixth Ranger: To Hiccup's group.
- Tattooed Crook: Has an interesting tattoo on his chin and poached dragons. Then comes his Heel-Face Turn and he averts this trope.
- You Have Failed Me: On the receiving end of it, courtesy of Drago. This is what prompts his Heel-Face Turn.
"That's why 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.
- 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: Subverted. 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.
- 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 HTTYD 2.
- 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 analyzing 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
A master dragon rider that appears in How to Train Your Dragon 2
, and Hiccup's long-lost mother.
"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.
- Animal Motif: His flat face, nasal crest and talons give him an owl-like appearance.
- Defrosting Ice Dragon: 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.
- 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.
"He likes you."
Valka's Bewilderbeast, called the White Alpha on this page, is the benevolent king of the Glacial Sanctuary dragons.
- One Hundred Percent Adoration Rating: From what we've seen of the Glacial Sanctuary dragons, this seems to be the case.
- Animal Motif: Has some leonine characteristics, including a certain majesty and a large mane.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He might be a tolerant king, but he's fearsome when roused.
- Big Good: For Valka and the Glacial Sanctuary dragons.
- 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. The White Alpha uses his to create an icy nest, a safe haven for dragons everywhere.
- Cool Crown: His spines give the allusion of this.
- Gentle Giant: Valka describe him as a graceful giant.
- Kaiju: Bewilderbeasts are nothing short of titanic. They're 160 feet tall according to the official website.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of Drago's own Bewilderbeast.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Light is Good: He's mostly white with red and gray tipped fins and serves as the Dragons' Big Good.
- Lightning Bruiser: A fully-grown Bewilderbeast swims at incredible speeds according to the ''How To Train Your Dragon'' website.
- Nice Guy: He genuinely cares for his subjects, even those who harry him. When meeting Hiccup for the first time, he only uses enough of his ice breath to put frost in Hiccup's hair, which Valka says is a sign that he likes him.
- 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.
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: Subverted. 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, and then the Flightmare, who explicitly eats humans to boot.
- 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).
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.
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.
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 tough and 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.
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.
- Fragile Speedster: They are capable of matching speed with a Night Fury if raised properly.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Fragile Speedster / Glass Cannon: Night Furies are scary and tough like all dragons and have top speed and have a Breath Weapon strong enough to severely damage giant dragons, but compared to other dragons they lack brute strength as Toothless could not handle carrying Stoick.
- Informed Ability: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wave Motion Gun: Their plasma blasts can do serious damage, toppling things like the Red Death or sinking ships in one hit.
- You Are Already Dead: The Book of Dragons mentions that if you encounter one, you are pretty much 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.
Introduced: "The Terrible Twos" First appearance of a dragon not from the movie.
- 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.
Introduced: "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Young 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 basically 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.
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.
- 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"
- 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. Subverted for the reason why.
- 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 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.
- Beam Spam: Its Breath Weapon operates on this principle.
- 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 electrical white fire.
- 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 a Breath Weapon other than fire (the other being a Night Fury) and it's colored violet.
- Ride the Lightning: ALWAYS lampshaded whenever this Dragon is mentioned.
- Shock and Awe: Its main power.
- Shoot the Bullet: Can nullify other dragons' attacks this way using its own Breath Weapon.
- Spikes of Villainy: Is covered in spines.
A breed of raptor-like, flightless dragons.
- 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.
- 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.
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.