Hitchups is a How to Train Your Dragonfanfic written by The Antic Repartee."You are so busted."When Hiccup hears these words and watches as Astrid runs to the village, he briefly entertains the idea of jumping on Toothless, going after her and catching her before she reaches her destination. Maybe if he shows her all the wonders befriending a dragon can lead to...maybe if she understood... then maybe she could see that thousands of years of Viking teachings were wrong. Maybe he wouldn't be forced to leave the island...Nah, as if he has any chancesof convincing her."Com'on bud, let's head south for now. I think I can survive a little easier in a warmer climate."Based on a What If? scenario, Hitchups tells the story of Hiccup the Outlaw, the Rider of the Dragon, who leave his village of his own will. Travelling south, what once was a nomadic outcast life quickly becomes an epic adventure of two friends braving the vast world. However, one day the little boy will have to come back to Berk.As the author says: "This is not a romance fic. This is adventure, this is friendship, this is drama, this is humor, this is family, this is fantasy, this is experience. [...] There will be gods. There will be mythology. There will be Berk. There will be decisions. There will be mistakes. There will be consequences. There will be loss. And, most of all, Hiccup is going to grow up."See How to Train Your Dragon for the tropes of this universe.
Tropes contained in Hitchups:
Acceptable Breaks From History: Many encountered characters didn't live at the same time; the author knows this, but decided to put them in for the giggles.
Animal Talk: The dragons can easily communicate with each other and sea serpents but don't seem to understand other animals and no human can understand them. The only exception is Hiccup, but even then it is only with Toothless due to the bond they share. This could change with possibly more people learning to understand the dragons they have bonded with.
Arranged Marriage: Between Snotlout and Camicazi, to the girl's displeasure, as Hiccup found out, painfully.
Character Development: Hiccup chooses his own path with Toothless, which leads to him meeting different peoples and learning from them, eventually becoming a Badass. Astrid's character is given more emphasis to it — instead of as in the movie, where we don't really know Astrid that well, this story takes her and rounds her out, meaning at first she is rather well... unlikable, but as the story progresses she and her struggles and goals become more sympathetic. Toothless also matures, coming to trust in Hiccup as a team mate rather than someone who needs to be protected.
Chick Magnet: Hiccup in this story. Several young women and even a few supernatural females in the story have been attracted to him. Some have even fallen in love with him. Because he is shy and modest, it is usually the woman who makes the first move. However, his shyness and evasiveness can make him inept with handling the advances or returning the affection.
The Chosen One: Hiccup is the Chosen One of Thor, much to his surprise.
Cliffhanger: Oh so many. And very good at making readers go "Tell me what happens next, please!"
Fan Art: Several, the author has gathered these here. There is also plenty of art made by the author herself here. The author put some of these as the first thing people see when they read Hitchups on deviantArt.
Fanservice: The scene with Hiccup bathing in the pool and being found by Astrid, who is highly amused by this pleasurable find — as are the (female) readers. This also happens "off-screen" when Hiccup gets spanked and startled by a tree limb when intruding in a forest occupied by hamadryad beings.
I Got Bigger: Hiccup got a lot taller after hitting puberty.
Intellectual Animal: Toothless in this story. Part of the story's humor comes from his often denigrating comments about human anatomy versus dragon anatomy. Actually, Night furies have a very complex social structure, complete with relationship pairings and rituals.
Missing Mom: Hiccup lost his mother after she fell from a dragon. Her death had a profound impact on both Hiccup and Stoick, leading in part to the awkwardness surrounding Hiccup and Stoick's dysfunctional relationship. If Val had been there, she could have been the mediator between father and son and probably understood Hiccup better.
Mugging the Monster: Some would-be thieves who learned that Hiccup has a dragon. The Væringjar also learn to THEIR shock that Hiccup has some very divine people who would like to see him live.
Mythology Gag: Several to the books, and the movie itself. Examples:
Hiccup being referred to as Hiccup the Useless, as well as the other titles some of the other Vikings got.
Fishlegs getting a Basic Brown dragon.
The Meathead clan getting to the Green Death in a similar way to how Berk did it in the movie.
Razor Wings: Astrid's dragon, the Timberjack that Hiccup freed, as well as every other Timberjack for that matter.
Reality Ensues: Even though Hiccup had an accelerated rate of recovery, the large amount of time he spent in bed recovering after Taking the Bullet caused him to lose a lot of muscle mass, forcing him to work hard to get it all back.
Shown Their Work: The author has done her homework about the historical period and the encountered languages. It shows when we have some pleasant surprises like accurate French or Hungarian. Still, it is the current version of these languages, not neccessarily the ones spoken during that time period.
"Shut Up" Kiss: Hiccup does this to Camicazi when she was ranting on his actions.