Comments: A fairly active, as of this writing, community devoted to the How to Train Your Dragon fandom. Helpfully sorted by character and type of fanwork via the nifty links in the sidebar. Features lots of projects, both oneshots and chapters fics, from a variety of authors, including some gifted artists as well. Beware the tagging, for some fic falls decidedly into the Not Safe for Work category.
Comments: An exceptional writer of various one-shots and two multichapter stories. Rift-Raft's one-shots are usually horror and very, very chilling, but there are happy ones too. Seriously worth every second of your time.
Synopsis: New Chief of Berk, a new Chief of Dragons, a little Divine intervention, a wonderful treasure, and an old enemy. Set a little bit after the events of HTTYD 2. It's going to be big.
Comments: This was an enjoyable read. While Gobber may be slightly Oo C at one point, Unknown Black Hand takes the time to set up the characters and the plot, making this a piece I would recommend to anyone interested just an easy read to fill up their hours.
Synopsis: Canon-divergent: 20 years after Chief Stoick's wife and son were lost in a dragon raid, the Vikings of Berk shoot down a Night Fury…and its rider, a feral youth who believes he is a dragon. [Not slash. Crossposted onAO 3.]
Comments: A great look at what Hiccup would be like if he had been raised by dragons. His thoughts are wonderfully alien and the conversations with Toothless are very basic (i.e. "fish, fish, you, fish, you") the writer takes great care to elaborate WHY his thoughts are like this. The points of view from Stoick and Astrid are just as interesting as they examine the dragon-boy and his companion, and their characters (as well as other supporting characters) are complex, three dimensional, and human. They feel really alive and relatable. Both heartwrenching and heartwarming, the prose is gorgeous and the battle descriptions will have you at the edge of your seat. Highly recommended.
Synopsis: After the staged death and awakening of the Alpha Bull Seadragon, Wolf and snake went into hiding. But soon after, there had been no sightings of the beast and it is time to move on and find a new life in a new mystical land, if fate allows it.
Synopsis: Being a social outcast in Berk is hard. But Hiccup knows it would be even more difficult if he didn't have his best friend and fellow social outcast, Sunset Hockerson, by his side. Join the two misfits as they encounter a Night Fury, learn how to accept themselves, and most importantly, how to train a dragon.
Synopsis: Sequel to Two Misfits and a Night Fury. Hiccup and Sunset are back with their dragon Toothless. Now that Berk has made peace with dragons, new adventures arise-as well as new challenges. But with their friends, family, Toothless and each other, Hiccup and Sunset are ready to face any problems thrown at them.
Comments: This is the first ever fic of this movie I read, and it got me convinced that there's some talent in this fandom, just from it alone. Grittier and more political than the movie, almne delves into what the question of what a war-like people like the Vikings would do with access to fire-breathing and flying weaponry. She also pays close attention to Hiccup's handicap, yet still manages to have him be an active protagonist when he's completely disabled. Very in-character, and reads just like a sequel to the movie.
Comments: There are quite a few "the movie through Toothless's POV" fics in this fandom, and tons of general dragon POV fics, but this fic sets itself apart by really playing up the Humans Through Alien Eyes potential in that premise, with great results. The dragons' simple, inhuman(but still highly intelligent) thought processes are very interesting to read.
'Nother note-There are various scenes that are expanded on or have different focuses due to being seen through the eyes of a dragon, but they so fit the characters and the continuity that you'll barely even notice. You really can imagine every single one of them happening. Tis great.
The story itself is cleverly written out. The narrative is smooth and is easy to follow, the characters are very believable in their own sense. I find it really clever how the author Hicc managed to fit all of the right elements into this very well written fan fic. Definitely worth your time.
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Synopsis: HTTYD with a Robert Heinlein twist. Not AU. A skilled flying warrior is shot down on a spy mission. Trapped and unable to fly, his one hope for survival and success is to attempt communication with the alien who shot him down. Can they be allies?
Note: Written before Word of God announced the genders of Hookfang, Meatlug and Red/Green Death.
Comments: Yes, another "the movie through Toothless's eyes fic", but...well, read the synopsis. This clever, snarkily-narrated epic adds so much to the original story that you could almost forget it's a retelling, but still ties in nicely with the movie's plot.
It has some in-story inconsistencies, some characters are slightly OOC and some parts come off as anvilicious and overly dramatic, but all in all it's a good read.
Synopsis: Hiccup didn't see the point in stopping Astrid as she ran off towards his village—towards his father—with his most desperately protected secret. He was leaving anyway. Deviates from movie. Borderline bromantic-comedy.
Comments: Well, this is certainly an interesting idea. As a "what-if" scenario, the what-if here is "What if the thing that caused the last third of the movie to happen the way it did didn't happen, but instead, just the opposite?" And at first, it actually feels like it could be the end of the movie. Unfortunately, this feeling dissipates when Hiccup's hot guardian angel comes in and he develops a crush on her and finds out that both his destiny and Toothless' are coming to fruition and they will end the war between humans and dragons. I guess this is cannon, but it still feels out of place for HTTYD. Still a great fic, where everyone is very much in character. Worth your time.
Look. It's Hiccup when he decides to leave, then manages to steal from pirates repeatedly, chill out classily with naked benevolent mermaids without them killing him for being perverted, and rides IN A SEA SERPENT'S MOUTH. That's just the first ten chapters. There are thirty. And there will be more. Each of them is just as incredibly awesome as the first ten. Seriously.
While this is a great read and has a lot of wonderful things going for it, such as differences in language, lots of Norse Mythology and a new spin on the characters in the story, sometimes the story strays too far away from the original feel and turns into a different world entirely. Whether this is good or bad is up to you, but I will say one thing; you will have fun.
This fan-fic has clearly evolved as each chapter progresses; first starting out as a generic "What-If?" scenario into something more of a Norse Epic. The figures from both Mythology and History are blended in so well that It would seem that you are still in the HTTYD universe. After 35 chapters (and still continuing), this story has shown potential to an amazing degree. Whether you like the changes made or not, you will definitely have a wonderful ride.
This is an awesome, amazing story, with plenty of twists and turns, history and movie!reality smashed together into a very, very compelling fanfic that reads more like an actual published novel! Read this story, this author is fantastic, you won't regret it!
Comments: There aren't many good 'Hiccup turns into a dragon' fanfictions out there, so this one was a surprise. Among other things, it's serious, it has thorough, in-depth character development, and the sheer amount of thought put into each detail makes it an incredibly great read. To make it even better, it takes place in the first scene of the movie; so, when the deed is actually done, Hiccup is immediately exiled. Simply put, it's a very well-written piece that is well worth your time.
Synopsis: Post-movie. After a long hunting exercise with Spitelout, Hiccup & co. return to find Berk deserted...but not empty. Can they survive long enough to find their tribe? T for violence, scariness, booze, mortality. It's gonna get ugly...
Comments: Just how it sounds, the six teens and Spitelout suddenly find themselves in a fight for their lives while trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Berk. A rare example of brilliantly-executed Darker and Edgier. But while the plot is bleak and the suspense will pull you in like a black hole, there is still a fair amount of charm and humor dropped in to balance things out, to beautiful success. And even in the most far-flung and unexpected circumstances, everyone is still magnificently in-character. The story is incredibly well-written, and it reads like a dream. Definitely worth a look!
Comments: A rather decent HTTYD fic. The writer is kind of simplist (the author uses English as a second language) but the fic manages to be entertaining because the author explores more the differences and similarities between humans and dragons, the result is that the secondary human characters are Demoted to Extra, while dragon OCs are abundant ( and the dragons aren't slaves of Red Death, until they decide to wake her up to make her wipe out the humans), but they are well developed. Hiccup's journey stars when he has seven years ( also Toothless does not appear in this fic, rather Hiccup is toothless) so his character develops different from the movie. Again, it is a very interesting reading, if you'd like to see things from the dragons' POV.
Synopsis: A Sci-fi remake of the film. It's been three hundred years, but we haven't forgotten the day the Dragonoids came. Now humanity has been reduced to a few pockets of civilisation, struggling to survive. But for the people of The Dome, the war will continue.
Comments: There are a number of remakes of the film in fanfic and some are modern portrayals of the said film. It's very well-written with a certain flare but still retained the spirit of the movie. It's in a break until the author finished the story, that is when the story is going to be updated. It includes... Mecha, I tell you. Humongous Mecha.
Status: On hiatus while author writes the rest of the story, to be expected completed by December.
Synopsis: When Hiccup goes on a diplomacy run to Hopeless to discuss the dragons in his father's stead, his prying into the strange goings-on there land in him in some serious hot water. Can his friends save him before his life and sanity are forfeit-and before the dragon-training knowledge falls into the hands of Berk's enemies? (taken from fanfiction)
Comments: Stated from the get-go to go AU midway through Dragons: Riders of Berk, this story nevertheless stays true to the series and even raises a few points like "What exactly has Stoic said of Hiccup leading to the moniker 'Stoic's embarrassment'? or "What do other tribes think of the dragons?". Additionally the idea that Alvin was a member of Berk at one point and knew (and may even been in love with) Hiccup's mother gives surprising motivation to the character and makes him surprisingly scary. Everyone is in character in the midst of the story and the OCs are quite well done. Worth a read.
Synopsis: He was the most feared of Dragons. No one dared face him. Until one day, by a strange chance or whim of fate,the elusive Night Fury befriended a young Human named Hiccup. This is Toothless's Tale told from his eyes.
Comments: An well-written fun piece and offers an interesting perspective into Toothless' mind as the events of the film unfold. Has an equally good companion fic, I'm Still Here: Hiccup's Tale, which tells the film from Hiccup's viewpoint.
Synopsis: People often wondered what kept Hiccup going during those early years. When that single, most-treasured thing is taken from him, there is little left to keep him on Berk. The day Stoick returns, and the day before the best recruit is finally chosen, Hiccup leaves Berk; little knowing that he would one day return under ... strange circumstances. H/A, R/F, rated for violence.
Comments: Another one of those 'Hiccup leaves' stories AU cutting half-way through How to Train Your Dragon, but this time at an unusual place. Hiccup leaves the same night his dad comes because because of his 'worst viking line'. It's the first fic I've seen with Hiccup coming back to Berk under a secret identity in order to help them solve a crises they brought on themselves. Very tense, pacing's great, and rather well written. Fun to play the 'clue' game, and the author gives an overview of the hidden plot clues at the end. Has pre-set couples in Ruff/Legs, and some strong Hic/Ast suggestions, but there is more focus on plot than on romance.
Triggers: Dealings with dragons, especially the Green Death, are not PG.
Synopsis: The 2nd piece of the Berkian Eddur picks up right after the end of Becoming. The crisis over, Hiccup must deal with the repercussions both personal and political. As the chief's heir and the foremost expert on dragons, he's always needed in four places at once, and the Thing, a meeting of the allied clans on Berk, only adds to the pressure when all he wants to do is take Toothless out for a flight. To top it off, he and Astrid have to come to terms with their feelings for each other and their engagement. Can their blossoming romance survive the constant barrage of doubts, misunderstandings and social pressure?
Comments: If you liked the first part, you absolutely must give this one a read. The writing is even more solid (no more rolling shoulders), and the lovely spins and interpretations of the canon characters only get more developed. The author doesn't do things half way; the conflicts always feel weighty and genuine, the funny aspects are absolutely hilarious, the drama can get quite heartwrenching, and I can guarantee that at points you will want to strangle the author, Hiccup, Astrid, or all of the above. I have never come across a better depiction of the trials of young love in fiction. Thankfully, the fic's tongue remains firmly in cheek, which keeps things from getting melodramatic and glurgey. And I can't even say anything about the final battle that wouldn't spoil it all, except maybe three words: Ax-Crazy-Awesome.
Triggers: Fairly explicit violence and torture, frequent discussions and mild depictions of physical intimacy.
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Synopsis: The Vikings are at war with Dragons AND the Scottish! But the dragons become too much, so the Scots and Vikings decide to make a truce, which needs to be agreed by the Royals of Scotland and the tribes chief. Upon meeting, Merida and Hiccup befriend each other fast and both help to train Toothless and go on the journey to protect dragons, themselves and allow their feelings to grow.Post-Brave, How to Train your Dragon AU
Comments: A awsome How to Train your Dragon AU story with Merida in the mix.
Synopsis: Hiccup has never believed in magic, but when he's enlisted in a fierce princess's attempt to change her fate, they both must fight against forces darker then they'd ever imagined. Post-How to Train your Dragon, Brave AU.
Comments: A awsome Brave AU story with Hiccup in the mix.
Synopsis: Four years have passed since dragons returned to Dun Broch, and tension between the Clans threatens to erupt into civil war. When tragedy strikes the Vikings of Berk, putting old friendships and new alliances to the test, Merida, Hiccup, and Astrid must fight against an ancient power that is determined to destroy them. Sequel to The Lady of The Loch.
'Synopsis'': This is a three-way crossover between Tangled, Brave, and How to Train your Dragon. The day before Hiccup's final dragon training test, Astrid never finds him in the woods. He suits up, packs up, and heads for the sky. Across the ocean, princess Merida runs away, wishing for anything in the world to change her fate. A hop, a skip, and a boat ride away, Rapunzel with her magic hair just can't wait to be finally free.
Comments: This is a awesome crossover with Three Popular Movies.
Synopsis: Political marriages are nothing new. Times are hard even in the harsh Northlands, with dragons and marauders in abundance and allies few and far between. But when Hiccup and Merida are forced together to forge an alliance between Berk and the Highlands, will the result be heartbreak or will unexpected feelings defeat an ancient evil that threatens to turn the world to ash? How to Train your Dragon and Brave fuse.
Comments: This is one of the best Brave and How to Train your Dragon crossover I every read.
Synopsis: Hiccup goes to train to become stronger, only to receive advice from an unlikely source.
Comments: A oneshot crossover with How to Train Your Dragon. Megamind and Minion accidentally end up in Berk and meet a pre-movie Hiccup, who has discovered the spare part their time machine needs to make the return trip. In an attempt to get it back, the ex-supervillain strikes up a conversation with the boy and...well...this is Megamind we're talking about. Bizarre premise aside, it's actually quite well done. Hiccup is a bit dull at points, but Megamind and Minion are both spot-on. And while most of the story features witty back-and-forths between the characters which result in near-criminal levels of humor, the true centerpiece of it is a conversation between Hiccup and Megamind which connects the two films in a surprisingly clever and heartwarming way and leaves the reader with the feeling that our two heroes are grateful for the encounter. All in all, a fun and enjoyable read for fans of both movies.
Comments: Fluffy fic adding depth to the romance we see on-screen between Hiccup and Astrid. A nice juxtaposition of the fast and tense pace of the movie with a slow and languid character-driven fic where teenagers just get to be teenagers. Very emotionally evocative. Enchantable sets a high bar for shipping fics in this fandom.
TG Geko: Thumbs up for this one. It really explores the implications the movie ended with. Everyone is very much in character it's almost scary.
Synopsis: In a year since the events of the film, Hiccup and Astrid's relationship hasn't advanced past that kiss. Until their fathers arrange their betrothal, and they're both suddenly thrust into married life.
Comments: Funny and sweet in equal measure, with great portrayals of Astrid's family. The author is also very knowledgable about Viking customs, giving the story a comparatively real world grounding that really works. Some fairly explicit sexual stuff, but it all comes naturally from the story.
Funny, really funny. Somme moments are awkward and crispy, it's just bringing a smile to the reader. Sure, the chapters are short, and there is not enough mention of dragons, but it's enjoyable.
Comments: an unusual Rule 63 ship, the story keeps Hiccup in character, keeping his snarky way of speaking. The story is filled with endearing fluff between Hiccup and Toothless, along with progressively making the both of them fall in love at a believable pace, keeping the general bond of friendship between the two throughout the fic. While there are a few M-rated scenes between Hiccup and Toothless, the story goes to lengths to keep it as natural as possible. Along with entertaining references and mythology gags in the story, it is definitely worth a read.
Pairings: Hiccup/Astrid, and in the sequel Ruffnut/Fishlegs
Synopsis: Hiccup's been away for six months. When he finally comes home, he's... well, maybe Astrid and Ruffnut shouldn't be blamed for their reactions. And they're not the only ones... The first story focusses on the relationship between Hiccup and Astrid, which is threatened by others who have taken a fancy to Hiccup. In the sequel Hiccup is kidnapped by people who want his dragon training knowledge for themselves.
Comments: The first fic is genuinely sweet, everyone is in character and there is quite a bit of tension behind the fluff. The second is pretty epic and more plot-focussed, and features Hiccup ending up as a slave in Rome while several others from Berk set out to rescue him. There are a few M rated scenes between Astrid and Hiccup here and there in both, but they fit naturally into the story. It is clear that the author has done a fair bit of research on customs, geography and history. Both definitely worth a look.
Pairings: Hiccup x Astrid, Hiccup x Camicazi and very minor Astrid x OC
Synopsis: It took more than defeating the Green Death for Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III to become the warrior chieftain of lore. There were more eyes to open, more minds to change, and his ambition only continued to grow with the aid of two women.
Comments: The quality of this fic is as great as Hitchups, no surprise there considering it's the same author. It has a realistic take on how the Vikings are adapting, by planning to use the dragons in war, which is something Hiccup opposes. Astrid can't understand his views and it causes a rift between them. Hiccup's friend Camicazi consoles him and they end up kissing, which was a line they agreed to not cross. And that was just the first chapter. Do be warned, Chapter 6 has some very... mature content, but the chapter could be skipped as the author suggests if you don't want to read it if that is your preference.
Synopsis: Before leading the Viking warriors on a blind mission to Helheim's Gate, Stoick takes desperate measures to secure his son's future. Forcing Hiccup into marriage might be just the thing.
Comments: Excellently written, very interesting premise and although the deviation from the main canon might seem like it comes out of nowhere initially, Reens works with it in a way that feels true to the characters and to the spirit of the movie. One of the best HTTYD fanfics out there!
Pairings: Hiccup x Astrid, with some Snotlout x Astrid at the beginning and Hiccup x Heather later on.
Synopsis: Astrid Hofferson's life is perfect, but then she realizes that it's not even close. And there's this dorky boy in her Norse Mythology class who she shouldn't feel so strongly about. Modern AU.
Comments: One of the very few attempts at translating the HTTYD universe into a modern setting that actually works. Also deals with themes of popularity/peer pressure, parental abuse, and more, which makes the story line pleasingly complex and gives the characters a lot of development and depth.
Synopsis: A thoughtless comment made by Snotlout makes Hiccup doubt the friendship he has with Toothless.
Comments: Poignant, reflective piece about the nature of Hiccup's relationship with Toothless and whether or not a friendship only made possible by injury that necessitates cooperation is real or not. Cute and utterly in-character.
JabberwockyPie would like to further recommend any other How to Train Your Dragon fics by Luki Dimension, which can all be found at that fanfiction.net page. They're pretty much all one-shots and all completely in-character.
Synopsis: Drunk!Ruffnut and drunk!Toothless try their level best to annoy Astrid to death.
Comments: Vikings love their liquor. It's only proper that Viking dragons do too. Features an absolutely hysterical drunk!Toothless being "celebrated" by the village for his contribution to the battle. General Zoi's interpretation of Ruffnut — which arguably just takes her characterization in the movie to the logical, and amusing, extremes — really steals the show.
Synopsis: Book!Hiccup (In the Dragons: Riders of Berk universe) is kidnapped by Alvin the Treacherous and interrogated; but finds it hard to hold his tongue once he's forced to drink a truth serum made from the spores of the Loki Tree. Without his stutter or self-control, it becomes impossible to keep his secrets.
Comments: I love the characterization here and imagery of this story, it's a great writer at work here. But I am most impressed by how this reinvigorates Alvin as a threatening Villain after his Villain Decay (and eventual Heel-Face Turn in the Dragons: Riders of Berk Finale), just by presenting a realistic portrayal of what a vicious, intelligent Outcast like Alvin is capable of. This story does get a little serious; it's not a dark story, but it's definitely not warm and fuzzy. Some people get hurt and there are realistic portrayals of kidnapping and interrogation, but if you can read that, then the story is worth it by the end.
Synopsis: The Alpha had made him flame . . . something. Wait, where was his rider? And why did the air smell like blood? A What-if based on HTTYD 2. Beware of spoilers.
Comments: An AU where Stoick didn't make it in time to save Hiccup from being killed by Toothless from Toothless' perspective, touching in on Toothless' thoughts and denial that Hiccup is not dead, but just unconscious.