Characters: The Dragon And The Bow
Characters from The Dragon And The Bow
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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.
- 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 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: Even in a whole town of badasses, Stoick manages to stand out among them.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 BSOD 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 BSOD: 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.
- 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
- Action Girl: Although she was raised as a princess, Merida is just as good a fighter as many of the Viking teenagers in Berk.
- Badass: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Red-Headed Heroine: Which is fitting, given her personality.
- Tomboy Princess: One of her defining character traits. Merida prefers shooting arrows and riding horses to her royal duties.
- 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.
- Brown Eyes: Elinor is much more down to earth than her children and husband
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Mor'du the Demon Bear