Characters / The Dragon and the Bow

Characters from The Dragon and the Bow fanfiction:

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     Berk Vikings 

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

  • A Boy and His Dragon: With Toothless and Hiccup of course.
  • Adorkable: Hiccup retains a lot of his adorable geek qualities from the film and television series.
  • Black Sheep: As a thoughtful, scrawny tinkerer in a village of warriors.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of his defining traits.
  • Dragon Rider: The first, along with Merida.
  • Father, I Don't Want to Fight: Zig-zagged. Initially he wanted to kill dragons, but went through a change of heart when he encounters a wounded Toothless.
  • Green Eyes: He has them.
  • Handicapped Badass: Becomes one at the end, as in the film.
  • Love Confession: Hiccup admits how smitten he is by staging a birthday party for Merida.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: At the beginning of the story, Hiccup desperately wants to be like the other Vikings and kill his own dragon, which means...
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: To Stoick's disappointment, Hiccup is more brains than brawn.
  • Nice Guy: Hiccup takes the initiative and throws Merida a birthday party to show her that not everyone disapproves of her presence in Berk.
  • The Apprentice: He's an apprentice blacksmith to Gobber, and a good one at that.
  • The Chosen One: He was blessed by Loki, claiming that he is one of few who will defeat a dark force that is ready to be unleashed upon the world whether he wants to or not.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Has to fight an heir of the four clans for Merida's hand as part of a ceremony.
  • The Leader: As dragon training continues and Hiccup proves himself, the teens look to him more and more to lead them.
  • The South Paw: Hiccup realizes he's left-handed thanks to Merida's insight.

Stoick the Vast

  • Action Dad: Stoick never shies away from a dragon fight, and even steps up to Fight Mor'du at one point.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Chief of Berk knows no equal in battle or tactics.
  • Badass Beard: It's braided
  • Badass in Charge: He's the leader of the Viking village.
  • Birds of a Feather: Him and King Fergus have a lot more in common than they would like to admit.
  • Dad the Veteran: Like most Vikings in Berk, he's fought against the Highlanders in a previous war.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: He always wished his son had more beef on his arms and acted more like a traditional Viking.
  • Large and in Charge: He's one of the biggest and broadest Vikings in the village.
  • The Leader: Type II. Staving off dragon raids and Vendal attacks, in addition to maintaining the tenuous peace between Berk and the Highlands requires a lot of patience and level-headedness.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Stoick is always personally involved in the protection of his people. He fights off dragons, Vendal raiders, and Mor'du himself to keep the village safe.
  • The Stoic: For the most part, he's a man of few words. It's his name, after all.
  • Stout Strength: He's wider than most Vikings, and stronger to boot.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Hiccup realizes that this is what his father, and the entire village, thinks of him.

Fishlegs Ingerman

  • Adorkable: Similar to Hiccup
  • Ascended Extra: Fishlegs is a lot more important in this story than he is in the movie.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He can look at a dragon and instantly break down its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Snotlout found out the hard way that Fishlegs is not a pushover when pissed off. Possibly a nod to the books, where Fishlegs became a flat-out berserker.
  • Gentle Giant: Unless provoked or fighting dragons, Fishlegs is usually a nonviolent guy.
  • Mammas Boy
  • The Smart Guy: He memorized the Book of Dragons, and read every other book available in Berk.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: He's fond of reciting the qualities of dragon species in distinctly RPG-esque terms.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Hiccup and Merida.

Astrid Hofferson

  • The Ace: She's a skilled fighter, and originally first in her class.
  • Alpha Bitch: Especially towards the beginning of the series.
  • An Axe to Grind: She prefers a hefty waraxe when fighting dragons.
  • Braids of Action: Shoulder-length braids.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Though she's initially cold to most people and outright hostile towards Merida, she warms up to Hiccup, Merida, and Fishlegs in later chapters.
  • Dude Magnet: To her annoyance, Snotlout flirts with her constantly
  • Embarrassing First Name: Her full name is Camicazi Astrid Hofferson. She'll beat up anyone who mentions it.
  • Famous Ancestor: Astérix from her father's side.
  • Freudian Excuse: Possesses an irrational hatred of Merida because her father died in a battle against her people.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Realizes just how horrible she has been to Merida.
    • The Atoner: After realizing how awful of a person she had been, Astrid spends the rest of the story trying to make up for it.
  • Tomboy: An odd example, since Berk is a land of dragon-killing Vikings. Her rough attitude and martial proficiency are pretty normal, and expected, in such a place.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At the beginning of the story, Astrid is a lot meaner and crueler than she is in the movie.

Snotlout Jorgenson

  • Amazon Chaser: He just can't stop hitting on Astrid. He also tries hitting on Merida (albiet still being mildly racist against her) only to be met with similar results.
  • The Bully: At the beginning of the story, he goes out of his way to be mean to Hiccup.

Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston

  • Catchphrase: Tuffnut has "Oh, I'm hurt! I am very much hurt!"
  • Sibling Rivalry: Both of them are a classic case of the "bickering twins" stereotype.
  • Tomboy: Ruffnut in a manner similar to Astrid.

Gobber the Belch

  • Abusive Parents: Gobber's father was fond of stealing, killing, and raping, so it's not surprising that he wasn't a great parent.
  • Artificial Limbs: He has a missing left hand that he can interchange with different objects, and he has a right peg leg.
  • Backstory: In this story Gobber's father kidnap his mother a Highlander princess during a raided and he was raised mainly by his mother which explains his accent, unlike his canon counterpart who parents were both Vikings and happily married.
  • Berserk Button: Do not threaten Hiccup in his shop as Snotlout and Tuffnut found out in chapter 8.
  • Character Development: After his Heroic B.S.O.D. moment he begin to help Hiccup more out and begin to see that Hiccup's not weak, but different and he has his own strengths.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's in charge of training the young Vikings how to slay dragons; he normally goes about this by yelling suggestions at them while they dodge fireballs.
  • Handicapped Badass: He might be missing an arm and a leg, but that doesn't make him one bit less interested in slaying dragons.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Gobber realized that he has not been much help with Hiccup and his problems, and he also realized he has not been much help to Mérida either.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Had a Highlander mother and a Viking father.
  • Parental Substitute: He acts like a second father to Hiccup.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: For the very first day of dragon training, he has the young Vikings fend off against a Gronkle.
  • That Came Out Wrong: His advice rarely offers the kind of support he intends, as Hiccup points out.
  • The Blacksmith: Normally, he's the village's blacksmith. He's also the one who trains Hiccup how to forge weapons.

Spitelout Jorgenson

Bertha Hofferson

Fishguts Ingerman

  • Stubborn Mule: Refuses to admit he was wrong about Hiccup and Mérida despite evidence to the contrary.

Ribbon Ingerman

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Tends to tease Fishlegs in-front of his friends and Astrid.
  • Doting Parent: Actually considers what Fishlegs has to so say unlike her husband.
  • Open-Minded Parent: She is in favor of Fishlegs' friendship with Hiccup and Mérida and was proud to make Mérida her new clothes.



Princess Mérida O'DunBroch

  • Badass Family: She comes from one.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Though she prefers her bow, she's good enough with a sword to help Hiccup learn swordplay.
  • Brave Scot: It takes a lot of bravery to shoot arrows at Mor'du, but Merida never hesitates to do so.
  • Cool Big Sis: Her brothers make it clear they want her to stay in the Highlands with them. They even want to stay with her at Berk.
  • Daddy's Girl: She gets along better with Fergus than Elinor because she's more fond of adventure than her role as a princess.
  • Fiery Redhead: Headstrong and passionate, Merida's personality is reflected by her wild red hair.
  • Hot-Blooded: She prefers adventuring in the woods to going about her royal duties, and she's definitely not someone you want to pick a fight with.
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Although Merida clearly has inherited her mother's stubbornness and pride, Merida is very much a chip off the old block when it comes to her love of fighting, weapons, and woods exploration.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: Merida spends a lot of her free time in Berk by exploring the woods with Angus.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: One sister to three younger brothers.
  • Tomboy Princess: One of her defining character traits. Merida prefers shooting arrows and riding horses to her royal duties.
  • Warrior Princess: Merida is not only a great shot with a bow, but she also faces down Mor'du, stands up to Astrid a number of times, and takes part in dragon fighting lessons. Even in Berk, she stands out as a badass.
    "A princess does not put weapons on the table."
  • Wild Hair: Merida's hair isn't the easiest to control

Queen Elinor O'DunBroch

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is tall, beautiful, has very long dark hair and possess a composed and graceful attitude.
  • Big Good: Her grace and wisdom are what holds the kingdom together and is the one doing the talking for the royal family.
  • Brainy Brunette: She is the only one in her family with brown hair and seems to be in charge of keeping relationships between Berk and the Highlands stable.
  • Happily Married: To Fergus, and this is the reason she can't understand Merida's resistance to arranged marriage
  • The High Queen: She has "the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders" and is evidently more politically active than her husband.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Fergus; he could easily pick her up with one arm.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Her hair is straighter and longer than Merida's.

King Fergus O'DunBroch

  • Action Dad: Fergus has fought Mor'du several times, and has managed to survive every encounter.
  • Badass Family: The patriarch of one.
  • Big Fun: Fergus enjoys hearty feasts and stories.
  • Birds of a Feather: Although Fergus doesn't get along well with Stoick, they're similar in many respects.
  • Brave Scot: It takes more than a little bravery to stand toe-to-toe with a giant like Mor'du.
  • Fiery Redhead: A trait inherited by his daughter.
  • Handicapped Badass: Although he lost his left leg to Mor'du, it doesn't seem to have slowed him down much, if at all.
  • Happily Married: With Elinor.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Whereas Fergus is large and stocky, Elinor is slender and petite.
  • Large and in Charge: Like Stoick, Fergus is a good deal larger than most of his subjects.
  • Papa Wolf: He doesn't hesitate to defend Merida from Mor'du, even with his handicap.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Elinor, although she admits that at first she was nervous about her betrothal to him. They're very happy together now, though.
  • Ruling Couple: He and Elinor rule the Highlands.

The O'DunBroch Triplets

Lord Macguffin

Lord Macintosh

Lord Dingwall

Young Macguffin

Young Macintosh

Wee Dingwall

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