Fridge / Dragons: Riders of Berk

Fridge Brilliance:

General

  • Everyone talks up how Badass Night Furies are, but more powerful dragons such as the Screaming Death and the Typhoomerang show up, as well as others capable of matching a Night Fury in a straight fight (the Whispering Death, the Thunderdrum and the Skrill). Moreover, despite everyone saying that a Night Fury never misses, Toothless misses a number of moving targets. Why is this? Simple: first, because Hiccup is primarily a peace-maker and rarely actually wants to hurt anyone. Second, Night Furies are night hunters. Their colouring is designed to hide them in the dark, they have a highly effective form of echolocation and during Toothless' first appearance in the film, unlike all the other dragons, he stays out of the light of the burning houses and beacons. They rely on speed, stealth and superior firepower. During later appearances, he also appears to spend at least some of the day asleep. Night Furies are essentially the Stealth Fighter-Bombers of the dragon world, most effective when striking fast from concealment - of course they're at a relative disadvantage during the day. In fact, it makes his displayed capabilities - such as repeatedly wrestling Hookfang to the ground - all the more impressive.
    • That said there are also various instances that hint that some cases of Toothless seemingly being outmatched in various episodes is actually due to him pulling his punches. He's largely adopted Hiccup's "do not kill" philosophy and regulates the strength of his plasma blasts accordingly. Evidence for this is seen in various cases where it is noted he will have to switch to trying to kill his opponent (only to not have to), and where he both with speed and power overcomes dragons that were previously noted to be unbeaten.
      • Or, like any other dive bomber / bird of prey, he needs an altitude advantage to be effective.

Season One

  • Aside from Stoick commissioning him to, why would Bucket display Hiccup as overly buff and manly? He could have symbolically depicted Hiccup as what he, his father, and a good deal of Berk envisioned him as in reflection to the events of the movie and handling the threats of the show the same way. It is a common thing for artists to have done this, and Bucket was really getting into perfecting the image he had in mind for the portrait.
  • When talking about Mildew in "In Dragons We Trust", Hiccup and Astrid both take up the exact same pose. A subtle way of showing that they are indeed falling in love.
  • In "Alvin and the Outcasts", it seems like a piece of bad luck that the Outcasts happen to show up exactly when Berk is at its weakest. Then Mildew turns out to be a defector in "We Are a Family", and suddenly that coincidence is anything but. If anything he could have destroyed the armory to both make it easier and blame the dragons.
    • Only thing that would disprove that theory is the fact that Alvin wasn't aware that the armory was destroyed till he got to Berk and saw the evidence himself. Otherwise he probably would have brought his fleet with him and went ahead and conquered Berk.
  • Dagur likes knives. Dagur sounds like dagger.
  • The reason we don't often see Thornado in the show is most likely due to the fact that despite his introduction episode showing him and his fellow Thunderdrum living in cave. Thunderdrums are predominantly an aquatic species of dragon. He probably spends most of his time not giving Stoick a ride swimming around the waters of Berk.
    • This may be backed up in "Tunnel Vision". Stoick goes to get Thornado when the Whispering Deaths are attacking Berk. He seems to take awhile longer than he probably would if Thornado was somewhere 'in' the village.
  • Rewatching the series, it's clear that from the start Toothless showed traits of leadership even amongst the dragons... alpha traits, from trying to stop Hookfang gone berserk and keeping him contained to recognizing that Torch was taken from its mother, to leading them in saving the riders in Animal House. He was already becoming an alpha dragon as Bewilderbeasts were supposed to be.
  • Valka made Hiccup a dragon doll when he was little. A small hint about her back-story way before the second movie was released.
  • The Outcast and Berserker ships being covered in spikes is just to show they're evil, right? Wrong! Those spikes likely serve as a way to intimidate dragons against trying to ram their ships or even land on them. They also make it much easier for somebody who has fallen overboard to climb back up.
  • Similarly, the tradition of horns on their helmets was probably started to protect a viking's head from being bitten off by a dragon.
  • Hiccup goes off on his own or doesn't tell the others potentially useful information a lot of the time at first. He's used to being ignored, taking care of himself, and actually has some communication issues he's still growing out of from all those years as the odd man out.
  • Dragon toy made for Hiccup by his mother when he was a baby is a Deadly Nadder - same dragon that Astrid is now riding on.
  • Vikings considered it a disgrace to die from old age. The honorable way to die was in battle, which meant at a young age. Notice that nobody in the village looks anywhere near as old as Mildew. To a Viking, the fact that Mildew lived to be so old would say that he was too much of a coward to risk his life in battle. No wonder nobody likes him.

Season Two

  • Astrid is really riled up about the Flightmare, to the point where she almost kills Snotlout twice in a fit of anger (one time by throwing her axe, another by hurling him to the ground and stomping his face with an axe in hand) as he makes remarks about the Hofferson family freezing in fear. Besides explaining even more so why she was so determined at dragon killing in the movie, its quite Viking-like for Astrid to be so serious about family honor because such was a big deal for Vikings to uphold. Snotlout is lucky it didn't turn into a duel over it because in the state she was in, pieces of him would be scattered across the islands.
    • This also would explain her hostility at Hiccup's badass level grinding in the movie. She felt he was going to be a threat to her plan to redeem the family name by being the first in class and get the chance to kill a Monstrous Nightmare. In a way, it's possible her massive effort in improving the Academy was another way to redeem honor.
    • A bit of historical subtext: It was extremely dishonorable for Vikings to let any harm come to a woman or children, to the point where they would not attack the house of a sworn enemy until any women or children had left. Lack of courage is humiliating for a seasoned fighter, but the nastier jokes would have been stopped by a simple order from Stoick to be polite to his grieving family. However, an accusation that Finn would fail to defend his niece would certainly hold up for ten years, particularly without evidence to disprove it. Luckily, he was proven innocent.
  • The reason why Berk knows a lot about the Skrill, yet not how to handle it, could interpreted as being due to their former peace with the Berserkers under Oswald the Agreeable (who withheld some information).
  • In "A Tale Of Two Dragons," we see that Dragonroot makes dragons violent and extremely aggressive. Considering that it was under Mildew's field, and that Dragons have been attacking for years, his hatred of dragons makes a scary amount of sense if they always get extra aggressive near his home and property, not to mention are drawn to it because of said substance.

Season Three

Season Four

  • In "The Zippleback Experience" Hiccup knocks Snotlout unconscious (an knocks out two teeth) with a single blow. This scene has layers upon layers of fridge brilliance.
    • Hiccup was a blacksmith's apprentice for years. He may not look as strong as Snotlout...
    • Hiccup is lefthanded. however he wound up to swing at Snotlout with his right hand. Snotlout goes around holding a block of ice against the right side of his face…
    • Snotlout also knew it was all an act, so, as much as he looked like he was enjoying the opportunity to beat up Hiccup, he was probably pulling his punches a little, since his primary goal wasn't to hurt him badly. Hiccup, on the other hand, didn't know it was an act and so wasn't holding back.

Season Five

  • Despite wanting a truce with Hiccup so he could focus on them, the Defenders of the Wing never made any appearance nor was there a hint of them prior. Why? Because not being able to ride dragons and seeming to lack a harbor, they simply lack the ability to project force! Furthermore, this explains why whereas Hiccup's exploits have gotten wind to places like Outcast Island, the Defenders are totally deaf to the world, meaning that they had no idea of dragon riders fighting the Dragon Hunters to protect dragons.
  • Hiccup has even more reason than most heroes in his situation not to trust Dagur when he claims to have changed, given how things turned out last time he trusted an enemy.
  • "A Grim Retreat" introduces a dangerous dragon parasite that lives in fresh water. Its weakness? Salt. No wonder so many dragons live in an archipelago of little islands where they're never far from salt water. Maybe exploding eggs aren't the only reason some species have adopted the practice of hatching their eggs in or near salt water, either.

Fridge Horror:

  • How many other Vikings had their honor stained because of some fancy trick that a dragon has, like how the Hofferson's were dishonored by Fearless/Frozen Finn Hofferson, rather than any personal failures?
  • The Screaming Death has destroyed at least four islands worth of dragons. It's still alive, still growing. Just how terrifying will it be once fully grown, and how many more islands will be destroyed? Just what will it do when it goes for Berk, or if it heads for any other settled island? How many dragons died when it brought those islands down? Not all of them would of been full adults able to fly as Gift of the Night Fury showed us...
    • Best case scenario is by the end of the second season the Screaming Death may move to the shoreline of a continent or island larger than Berk. If it does it will still cause a lot of damage but the surrounding landmass may survive.
  • Think "In Dragons We Trust" was a Tearjerker already? How about this; Toothless can't fly, and likely hunt for food without Hiccup. Exiling him is likely to be tantamount to a death sentence and Hiccup probably knew this. Although Toothless seems fine a day or so later when they reunite, be glad that it only for that short a time...
    • I highly doubt the other dragons would have left Toothless to starve.
  • What happened to the three Whispering Deaths that followed the Screaming Death? It's entirely possible that the Screaming Death ate them when they were unable to provide it with food (or the food they did bring was no longer sufficient). That would explain why the Screaming Death was alone in all its future appearances...
    • Actually, the finale showed the Screaming Death really loved his family, and probably ate rocks and clay beside fish.
  • For Heather, her Fridge Horror is three-fold after the events of "Have Dragon Will Travel," Parts One and Two.
    • First, the revelation that Dagur is her brother makes her realize how close she comes to committing fratricide, which would never be mandated under Viking law.
    • Second, Dagur has killed TWO sets of Heather's parents, in one case being a But for Me, It Was Tuesday moment.
    • Third, Heather's recent approach to violence was triggered by Dagur's attack on her village and three years of being alone, but it may also be her going Berserk.
      • Doubtful. If Heather had really gone Berserk, then a little thing like Viking anti-kinslaying law wouldn't have stopped her from killing Dagur. It certainly didn't stop Dagur from killing their father, after all.
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