Western Animation: How to Train Your Dragon 2
"You have the heart of a chief, and the soul of a dragon."
Hiccup: This is Berk. Life here is amazing. Dragons used to be a bit of a problem, but now they've all moved in! And with Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger.How to Train Your Dragon 2
is the sequel to the first How to Train Your Dragon
film adaptation. Set five years after the first film, Berk and the dragons have learned to live in harmony, but now face a new enemy, Drago Bludvist, who seeks to enslave all dragons.
and two trailers
for the sequel have been released, along with the first 5 minutes
of the movie.
The DVD/Blue Ray edition includes a mini-prequel called Dawn of the Dragon Racers
, in which the young dragon riders start competing with each other as they round up a flock of runaway sheep, resulting in the first official Dragon Races on Berk.
Tropes from How to Train Your Dragon 2
- Abhorrent Admirer: Ruffnut is not appreciative of Snotlout and Fishlegs's advances, nor is Eret appreciative of hers. Ruffnut at least warms up to the former two.
- Adult Fear:
- Stoick on hearing Drago Bludvist's name gets into overprotective mode for Berk, because he knows that one cannot reason with a senseless murderer. Hiccup's response? Fly to seek Drago via I Surrender, Suckers with dragon trapper Eret, giving up his weapon and locking himself up in the brig, while snarking about it the whole time. Small wonder that Stoick went overboard with the not necessary rescue attempt. And Hiccup still doesn't listen the second time he hears the tale.
- We then see that Stoick is Properly Paranoid when Drago brainwashes Toothless to fire on Hiccup. Stoick sees this from a distance, and realizes immediately what's going on. He then races down to Hiccup and Toothless to take the blow, without hesitation.
- In Valka's flashback, Valka dropped her peaceful attitude once she saw Cloudjumper break into her and Stoick's home, right where their baby son was sleeping. Granted it turned out he was peaceful but it's very similar to what would happen if a wild animal breaks into a house with an infant child unprotected. And Cloudjumper does scratch Hiccup on the chin, leaving a small scar.
- The fact Hiccup was born premature and probably wouldn't have survived the harsh living conditions of Berk at the time.
- Both of these together create the ultimate Adult Fear for expectant mothers: Your baby has just beaten incredible odds surviving a premature birth...then you have to deal with trying to keep said baby alive against dragons.
- At the climax, Valka has to spend several agonizing seconds believing Hiccup has been trapped within a giant block of ice.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Stormfly loves to play fetch, and at one point gets broody and curls up on Eret like a chicken. While felines influenced much of Toothless's behavior in the first film, his puppy-dog side shines through more in this film.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Ruffnet's obsession with Eret. That, and his huge biceps.
- All There in the Manual: The official website contains all the details of the new dragons. Some highlights include: Stormcutters (Valka's Cloudjumper), Rumblehorns (Stoick's new mount; Skullcrusher), Hotburples (a sort of Great Granddaddy Gronckle, and Gobber's Grump), Hobblegrunts, and of course, the Bewilderbeasts a.k.a. the Alpha Dragons.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Norwegian release was accompanied by "Into a Fantasy" by Alexander Rybak, who also voiced Hiccup in the Norwegian dub, although the song itself is in English.
- Ambiguously Gay: Gobber points to Stoick and Valka's fighting as one reason he never married, along with "one other reason." Voice actor Craig Ferguson and director Dean DeBlois confirm what that reason is, but it's left ambiguous in the film proper.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Ruffnet allows herself to get captured by the pirates after seeing Eret.
- Art Shift: The end credits feature the painted storyboards for the film.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Toothless becomes the Alpha dragon after inciting the entire flock of dragons to lay a brutal beatdown on Drago's Alpha.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Hiccup becoming the new Chief of Berk, and Toothless becoming the new Alpha Dragon.
- Drago is no slouch. He wears a cloak made of dragon skin and tames a dragon at least the size of the Red Death from the first movie through intimidation alone. (While it doesn't detract from Drago's badass status, it should be noted that the official site says Drago found his Bewilderbeast when it was a hatchling and through cruel training made it obedient to him even long after it became powerful enough to easily kill him.) He also manages to cow Hookfang in the film proper, and didn't need the Bewilderbeast to do it.
- Also applies to Valka; leagues beyond Hiccup in dragon taming skill and knowledge, a masterful rider, and capable in hand to hand combat.
- Badass Adorable:
- Hiccup and company ride the Glacial Sanctuary's baby dragons back to Berk. The Dark Alpha can't command them because they're too young to understand and they're undoubtably cute.
- Toothless. With emphasis on both the badass and the adorable.
- Badass in Distress:
- Toothless is mind-controlled by the Dark Alpha during the beginning of the attack on Berk and Drago seizes him as a mount. Luckily Hiccup manages to get through to him.
- Also happens when Toothless falls through the ice and can't scramble out on his own.
- Bad Boss: Drago is not going to win boss of the year.
- Battle Couple: Hiccup and Astrid have become one of these.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Mentioned by name when Astrid kidnaps Eret:
Eret: If we don't turn up with dragons and fast—(Astrid's dragon Stormfly snatches Eret off his ship) YEAGGH!
Astrid: Careful what you wish for.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
- Played straight with Valka. We see her as a young woman in her flashback. When we see her in the present, there are only the faintest of lines around her eyes, and few strands of grey in her hair. This is lampshaded by the line Stoick says upon seeing her after twenty years:
- Big Bad: Drago wants to enslave all of the dragons.
- Big Damn Kiss: Hiccup and Astrid.
- Bioluminescence Is Cool: Toothless' back in the climax.
- Bittersweet Ending: Drago has been stopped, Hiccup has become chief of Berk, Toothless the Alpha of the dragons and Valka has returned to her son's life. But Stoick and the benevolent Bewilderbeast have been killed and Drago is alive and still has his Bewilderbeast.
- Bloodless Carnage:
- Standard, but reaches unbelievable levels when Drago's Bewilderbeast kills Valka's by goring him to death. There's not a drop of red on those massive tusks once he pulls away from the body.
- Stoick is rather... intact and unburnt considering Toothless' fireblasts have been shown to cause small explosions.
- Though, this could be a degree of Reality Is Unrealistic, since one of the most dangerous parts of an explosion is the shockwave.
- Book Ends:
- The movie near the beginning and near the end has a playful moment between Hiccup and Toothless involving the Night Fury licking his human, and Hiccup complaining:
"You know that doesn't wash out!"
- In a Continuity Nod to the first movie, Hiccup begins and ends the movie with a "This is Berk...We have Dragons" speech.
- A more subtle one is Stoick the Vast's introduction and death. We see him in the first movie pulling Hiccup out of danger and yelling at him to stay inside, and taking on a Monstrous Nightmare to protect his son. Stoick's last action in the film is to get between a dragon brainwashed Toothless and his son before Toothless can fire a fatal blow on Hiccup.
- The movie starts and ends with a round of dragon-racing.
- Boring Insult: Referenced;
Hiccup: It's not every day that you find out your mother is some kind of crazy, feral, vigilante dragon lady!
Valka: Well, at least I'm not boring, right?
- Broad Strokes: Dean Deblois wasn't involved with the TV series and says that he didn't take it into consideration when writing this movie, but that doesn't necessarily make it non-canon. The third season of the show will apparently bridge the gap between the two.
- Call Back:
- The idea of a humongous dragon taking control of several other dragons is used again here — it's more or less confirmed that the crooning of the Red Death is what kept the dragons under its control, and the Bewilderbeast uses a similar hypnotic song plus eye contact. In fact, Drago uses his own Bewilderbeast to take control of both Valka's and Berk's dragons.
- Toothless, when he was around the Red Death, showed he was only partially susceptible to its hypnotic song. That partial resistance proves decisive when, with Hiccup's help, he breaks out of the Bewilderbeast's control at Berk.
- Just like the first movie, prior to the climax, Hiccup is found contemplating the next course of action while standing at a high point, looking out at the horizon. The first time, it is over his actions leading his father and father's men to what was, undoubtedly, their deaths. This time, however... it is over the death of Stoick and the loss of their dragons to Drago's Alpha, who leads his dragon army to destroy Berk. But just like the first movie, it is also when Hiccup is convinced by an ally that all is not lost, and he is inspired into action.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: this exchange between Hiccup and Astrid in the middle of a fierce battle with Draco's forces:
Astrid: Where have you been?
Hiccup: Oh y'know, catching up with mom. (points to Valka, in full armor, standing atop Cloudjumper, behind whom the Alpha is rising)
Astrid: (amazed): That's your mother?
Hiccup: Well, now you know where I get my dramatic flair.
- Chekhov's Gun: "Every dragon has its secrets."
- Chekhov's Skill:
- Hiccup has created a gliding suit so he can fly alongside Toothless, though Toothless hasn't mastered keeping pace with and then catching Hiccup, resulting in crash-landings. He finally makes the catch during the final battle.
- Hiccup learns that all dragons obey the Alpha, except for the baby dragons who listen to no one. This leaves Hiccup and company with a group of dragons to ride back to Berk when Drago's Alpha forces the loyalty of all of the others.
- Valka shows Hiccup the protruding scales on Toothless's back that could help him make harder turns when flying. This comes in handy near the end when he and Hiccup narrowly avoid hitting the Alpha's tail.
- Childhood Friend Romance: It's maturing along with Hiccup and Astrid. You can see it in the casual way they touch each other in that the way only two people in love would allow. Stoick even shouts out to Astrid during the game "THAT'S MY FUTURE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW!"
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- Continuity Nod:
- Gobber's dragon dentistry is taken from the cartoon series, as is the fact that they converted his weapon-making shop into a general dragon tack supply.
- Just like the first movie, it opens with some poor sheep being grabbed by a dragon. It's not due to dragons plundering the village, however, but the sheep being a target in Berk's new sport of Dragon Racing.
- On one occasion after being knocked down, Fishlegs quickly shouts out "I'm okay!", as he had done in the first movie after a crash landing on Meatlug.
- Like in the first movie, Toothless watches a character trace out a drawing in the ground, and "copies" the act to create his own doodle.
- Hiccup and Toothless nearly hit the Alpha's tail, as they did in the last movie with the Red Death's tail. Hiccup even says "Oh, not again".
- In the first film, Stoick was nearly roasted by Toothless before Hiccup managed to call him off. Stoick doesn't survive the second attempt, from a Brainwashed and Crazy Toothless. The musical cue before the event is even similar.
- Multiple dragons resembling juvenile Red Deaths appear in the Dragon's Nest, in addition to other dragon species introduced in the animated series.
- The first film ended on a Big Damn Kiss just before Hiccup's closing monologue, as does this one - only this time, Hiccup turns the tables on Astrid. She doesn't seem to mind.
- "I did this": Hiccup and Stoick say this in HTTYD to expess their guilt that their actions led to someone getting hurt. After Toothless breaks the mind control and sees Stoick's dead body, he stays absolutely still for a moment and just looks at him, realizing what happened. There may not be words, but they are not necessary: facial expressions and body language just scream guilt and horror. "I did this"
- A minor one; the warpaint Astrid and Stormfly sported in the Dragon Races◊ at the start of the movie matches the colors of the shield Astrid carried during Dragon Training class in HTTYD.◊
- Early on in both movies, Hiccup does impressions of his father Stoick. In the first movie, he complains in his Stoick-voice "Barmaid, you've brought me the wrong offspring!" In the sequel, he repeats his father's statement, "You're the pride of Berk, son, and I couldn't be prouder." Also, while he was being snarky in the first movie, Astrid was the one being snarky in the second, doing her surprisingly on-target impression of Hiccup.
- In the finale, the theme was a reprisal of the first movie's song "Counter-Attack." Only the parties were reversed: This time, the counterattacking party was Toothless and the dragon flock against the Dark Alpha!
- Also during the final battle, Hiccup has the gang distract the massive dragon they're facing while he goes to get Toothless. Ruffnut and Tuffnut (with the help of Snotlout this time) once again irritate the dragon to accomplish this goal, this time using the sheep tosser from dragon racing, while Fishlegs reprises his "I'm okay".
- Hiccup's imitation of his father's accent makes a return, with Astrid immitating him.
- Hiccup's closing narration in both movies is similar:
HTTYD: The food that grows here is tough and tasteless. The people that grow here, even more so.
: Those who attacked us, are relentless and crazy, but those who stopped them, oh, even more so!
HTTYD: Where other places may have ponies or parrots, we have...dragons!
HTTYD 2: Oh sure, they have armies, and they have armadas, but we, we have...OUR DRAGONS!
- Convection Schmonvection: Holding a piece of dragon hide in front of you apparently allows you to survive a direct blast of dragonfire, without even a single singed hair.
- Cool Sword: Or more accurately, Hot sword. As in flaming! It can coat its blade in the self-igniting saliva of a Monstrous Nightmare and has quick-change cartridges that can spray flammable Hideous Zippleback gas.
- Costume Porn: Characters get pretty fancy outfits this time, such as Hiccup's◊ leather armor and Astrid◊ getting a fur-lined hood and fur underskirt.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Gothi the Village Elder now has a small horde of Terrible Terrors living with her. Valka counts as well.
- Creative Closing Credits: The credits roll over the film's concept art, which is just as gorgeous as the film itself.
- Curse Cut Short:
- Astrid is about to finish an insult with "Steaming pile of dragon..." only to be interrupted with Eret's "...duck!"
- Later in the film, Hiccup announces his plan is to "Get our dragons back and kick Drago's ..." only to be interrupted by a giant ice floe.
- David Versus Goliath: Toothless takes on Drago's Bewilderbeast in the climax, whose size even exceeds the Red Death. What's more, he even fights him from a stationary position.
- Dance of Romance: A sweet moment after Stoick is reunited with Valka, and he sings to her the same song he sang when they were courting. She starts singing back and they dance together.
- Darker and Edgier: Some parents who found the original film alright for their children on home video balked at this sequel. With many intense sustained battle sequences and scenes such as a mind-controlled Toothless killing Stoick, this was in many ways a darker film as compared with its predecessor.
- Darkest Hour: Stoick is dead, and Drago's Alpha has taken control of all the riders' dragons to conquer Berk, even Toothless. Hiccup just doesn't know what to do, but he talks himself into knowing.
- Dark Is Evil: Played with. The Big Bad Drago Bludvist has black dreadlocks and a black coat made of dragon hide, and his enslaved Bewilderbeast is much darker than the white, benevolent Bewilderbeast he usurps. At the same time, Toothless is a darker pitch-black and firmly on the side of the heroes, and even takes over as Alpha from Drago's dragon.
- Decapitated Army: The free dragons of the Glacial Sanctuary become this when their Bewilderbeast is killed, leaving them exposed to being controlled by Drago's.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Happens to Ruffnut when she sees Eret, leading her to get caught in a net.
- The Dog Bites Back: Eret saves the Berk dragon riders from Drago after being sentenced to death by Drago.
- Do I Really Sound Like That?: Hiccup doesn't think much of Astrid's impression of him. (She's actually got his body language down pretty well!)
When have I ever done that with my hands? Astrid: [laughing] You just did!
- The Dragon: The enormous Alpha obeys only Drago and controls the other dragons with his command.
- The Dreaded: Even Stoick is afraid of Drago, and immediately declares an emergency when Hiccup mentions him.
- Due to the Dead: Stoic the Vast is given a Viking Funeral, his boat being set alight by arrows fired first by his son, and then his wife, Gobber, and others. Later at Berk a stone statue of his likeness is being carved.
- Easily Forgiven: Nobody really seems to have a moral problem with Valka's refusal to return home for twenty years because of her stubborn ideological disagreement with her husband. The movie also ignores that a not-insignificant portion of the dragon wars as depicted in the first film involved raids on the Vikings' sheep, which meant her attempts to prevent Stoick from action likely threatened the whole tribe's resources and livelihood. Of course, since the first film proved the dragons could be befriended, Valka did ultimately turn out to be right in said ideological disagreement. Stoick and Hiccup both don't mind chiefly because they thought she was dead, and were just happy she was alive.
- Eret was willing to help Drago trap and enslave dragons, but once he completed his Heel-Face Turn and joined the battle riding with Astrid on Stormfly, Hiccup cheerfully announced, "Welcome aboard, Dragon Rider."
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: During the climax, Toothless protects Hiccup from a point blank shot of ice breath from Drago's Bewilderbeast and after a few harrowing moments pass, he erupts from the ice with his back scales/fins glowing blue and his breath attacks greatly amplified in force and speed. As he didn't get to do more aside from launching a barrage of these amplified plasma blasts during the film itself, any other effects of the power up are unknown.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Drago's army has Vikings, Saxons, Normans, Magyars and even Inuits.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As Drago sees it, dragons can only be controlled through intimidation and fear. Working with dragons, nurturing them instead of enslaving them, is unthinkable to him. Exemplified when Toothless overrides the Dark Alpha's control to protect Hiccup.
- Evil Cripple: Drago has a metal arm, replacing the arm he lost in a dragon attack. Appropriate as he's Hiccup's Evil Counterpart.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Drago to Hiccup. Like Hiccup he lost a limb to a dragon, grew up fearing them but proved to have a talent for controlling them, and also possessed a great deal of mechanical inventive genius (as evidenced by his dragon traps). Unlike Hiccup, his fear transformed not into understanding but an obsessive need to dominate everything around him so he would never feel powerless again, and dragons were the ideal tool to do this with once he realized he could dominate them with sheer will and intimidation. The comparison goes further with their specific amputations and methods of how they each tame dragons. Hiccup lost his foot, and his method of taming a dragon involves calmly and peacefully placing his hand on the dragon's face. Drago on the other hand lost his arm, and his method involves shouting wildly and stepping cruelly upon on a dragon's head.
- Drago to Valka. Valka has spent her life rescuing dragons from cruelty or death, but Drago has spent his life capturing dragons to use them to control the lives of human. Additionally, both of them have a Bewilderbeast. Unfortunately, Drago's proves to be stronger, killing his counterpart.
- Expy: Hiccup's sword is basically a flaming lightsaber. Heck, it doesn't even have a blade - it's just a sharp column of fire emanating from a hilt.
- The Extremist Has A Point: Stoick believes that Drago cannot be reasoned with and wants to lock down and fortify the village; Hiccup believes that diplomacy can convince Drago to leave Berk in peace. Stoick is ultimately shown to be correct; although Drago sympathizes with Hiccup in some ways, he will never allow anyone else who controls dragons to live unless they are utterly subservient to him, and he remains unconvinced of Hiccup's philosophy of earning a dragon's willing loyalty (as opposed to subjugating them through fear and intimidation) to the end.
- Family-Unfriendly Death:
- Though it's mostly offscreen, Drago's Alpha gores Valka's Alpha with its tusks.
- The same could be said of Stoick, who takes a shot of explosive plasma straight to the chest.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Just like Frozen, the animators were inspired by Norwegian nature when creating the settings of the movie, or more spesifically the island Svalbard.
- Female Gaze: Ruffnut is quite... appreciative of Eret's biceps.
- Flaming Sword: Hiccup has a retractable sword coated in Monstrous Nightmare spit, allowing it to catch fire. A gas capsule in the handle can release Zippleback gas for a larger explosion. Hiccup uses it to tame dragons by being able to create fire like they can.
- Foil: Eret is this to both Drago and Hiccup. Like both of them, he has a natural talent with dragons. As with Drago, his initial motivation comes from fear (of Drago). But as with Hiccup, he eventually looks into a dragon's eye, approaches said dragon with a calm rather than a raised sword, and comes to realize what Hiccup has learned.
- Drago's backstory isn't fleshed out much, but in many ways he's what a meaner, more aggressive Hiccup could have been; lost family, lost a limb, and learned to master dragons by studying their animal behaviors, but focusing on the animal mechanics of dominance and submission rather than trust.
- Foreshadowing: Valka makes a connection with a vast powerful beast who then falls before an equally powerful foe. This is both her Alpha as well as Stoick.
- Freudian Excuse: Drago could be said to have this. Having lost an entire arm, his family and his village to dragons he became obsessed with never feeling powerless again before anyone. While he preaches a desire to create peace by controlling dragons, he admits Hiccup is right when he points out that in effect he just wants to dominate everyone. This is also seen with the sheer rage he reacts with upon hearing of Hiccup's accomplishments, his pride cannot allow anyone but him to be known as a master of dragons.
- Funny Background Event: Any time Hiccup is in foreground with some other character, it's worth keeping an eye on Toothless in the background.
- One example that doesn't involve Toothless: while Hiccup, Valka, and Stoick are talking during dinner, after Gobber eats Valka's meatballs, he reacts in disgust and feeds the rest to his dragon.
- Gentle Giant: The Alpha, which allowed a swarm of baby dragons to fly all over him and greets Hiccup with a light frost breath that just puts some snow on his hair. This from a creature that can shatter islands with ice crystals.
- Golden Snitch: Dragon Racing involves the riders grabbing marked sheep and tossing them into their respective bins for points. This seemingly consists of 12 sheep, each worth one point, and at the end a black sheep is launched which is worth ten points, and there are five players. If one player dominates the early part of the game (say, scoring nine of the twelve points like the twins), then the black sheep allows for the possibility of an upset. This is necessary because if a player were to score the first six points, all the other players could hope for is a tie, and if the same player were to score seven, then the game would effectively be over.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Used in a mild sense; Hiccup for most of the film is insistent on trying to reason with Drago. Events transpire to teach him that, unfortunately, some people just can't be reasoned with. Hiccup is at first optimistic that he can talk Drago out of his warmongering, but upon meeting Drago and hearing his story and witnessing his conviction/insanity, he rapidly realizes that there is no reasoning with him. Drago's actions are not based on ignorance or fear like so many Hiccup has encountered before, but rather a deeply dark view of the world.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: As with the last movie, slitted "reptilian" pupils mean bad news. When he falls under the spell of Drago's Bewilderbeast song, Toothless' pupils go narrower than ever before — right before he kills Stoick.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Hiccup has a small scar on his chin from where Cloudjumper accidentally cut him when he was a baby. Drago's got a number of large scars across his face.
- Gory Discretion Shot:
- As Drago's Alpha staggers and gores Valka's Alpha, the shot cuts away to the characters' reaction just before the usurper's tusks make contact.
- Stoick's Heroic Sacrifice involves taking Toothless' plasma blast.
- Heel-Face Turn: Eret joins the crew after Drago orders him killed, but one of the Berk dragons saves him. He even earns Hiccup's trust and is given Stoick's dragon at the end.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Stoick takes a fatal shot meant for Hiccup.
- Hero Killer: Drago Bludvist, and by extension, his Bewilderbeast are proficient examples. His Alpha kills Valka's Alpha Bewilderbeast, and hypnotizes Toothless, which kills Stoick. Not that Drago is any worse personally, as he nearly kills the heroes every time they cross paths.
- He's Dead, Jim: Head to the chest to listen for the heart (through fur and armor), check. Lifeless hand dropping when raised, check.
- High-Altitude Interrogation: After kidnapping Eret off of the deck of his ship, Astrid promptly asks him to take the Dragon Riders to Drago. He refuses, saying he would rather die. Astrid immediately complies and tells Stormfly to drop him. Eret quickly agrees to Astrid's request while falling, at which point Astrid has Stormfly catch him again.
Astrid: (with a smile) Works every time.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Hiccup and Astrid.
- I Am X, Son of Y: Parodied with "Eret, Son of Eret."
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Used in the climax when Hiccup manages to break the control of Drago's Alpha dragon over Toothless.
- Incredibly Long Note: Gobber, at the end of Stoick and Valka's song:
- Indirect Kiss: Ruffnut forces one of these on Eret by kissing her hand and pressing it to his lips while he's pinned down, much to his disgust.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Toothless and Cloudjumper, especially since Toothless and Hiccup are the same age.
- In the Blood: Hiccup's dragon taming abilities are shared by his mother., and of course, he discovered his talent for leadership from his father. Encapsulated by his mother:
Valka: You have the heart of a chief, and the soul of a dragon.
- I Owe You My Life: Stormfly shields Eret from what would be a fatal injury, prompting the dragon trapper to question his belief that dragons are simply animals and undergo his Heel-Face Turn. He even says as such as he frees Stormfly from her restraints.
- Ironic Echo: Hiccup attempts to tell Drago "Let me show you [that dragons are kind]" like he'd done with his tribe and father in the first film, only to get the same line thrown back at him by Drago, showing him that Toothless can be mind controlled into attacking his own best friend without mercy.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Hiccup tries this by gleefully surrendering himself, Astrid (who, while not sure of his plan, demonstrates unwavering faith in him by going along), Toothless and Stormfly to Eret's dragon hunters, hoping to meet Drago and reason with him. The other dragon riders, followed by Stoick and Gobber, prevent his plan from getting past the "I surrender" stage. Judging from his later encounter with Drago it wouldn't have worked anyway.
- Kill It with Ice: The Bewilderbeast has icy breath instead of fire breath.
- Kneel Before Frodo: The dragons acknowledging Toothless as the new Alpha.
- Knight of Cerebus: Compared to the Red Death, Drago is much nastier. While the former was content to stay in one place and be Orcus on His Throne, Drago sets out to capture all dragons so that he can use them to conquer the world, for no reason more apparent than For the Evulz.
- Kryptonite-Proof Suit: Drago's dragon-scale cape is not only fashionable and a sign of his power, but can block dragon fire.
- Last of His Kind: Hiccup and Valka make comments implying that Toothless may be the last Night Fury.
- Last-Second Word Swap: "Oh, you son of an Eret."
- Lethal Chef: Valka is (or at least was) one of these, according to Gobber.
- Light Is Good: Valka's Bewildebeast is pure white and is a good king to the dragons of his domain.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Both Stoick and Hiccup fell for women who can't cook very well.
- Line-of-Sight Name: "So bud, what shall we name this?" (sees Toothless scratching himself) "'Itchy Armpit' it is."
- Little "No": Hiccup says this twice when he realizes Stoick is dead and again when Toothless snaps out of the mind control and discovers Hiccup and Valka grieving over Stoick.
- Love Triangle: Ruffnut is currently the only available young woman on Berk and the target of Snotlout and Fishlegs' affections (or at least that they care about), not that she wants anything to do with them. It gets more complicated when Ruffnut falls in love with a new character named Eret, and then she falls for them both when they save her in the second act battle. However, by the end, it's unclear of who Ruffnut likes the most.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: Drago tames dragons through intimidation and his control of an Alpha Dragon. Hiccup tames them through showing them kindness and showing them how similar they are. Guess who wins?
- Mama Bear: Although it isn't what it really seemed, when Valka saw Cloudjumper break into her and Stoick's house, right into Hiccup's nursery room mind you, she dropped her peaceful attitude towards the dragons that were currently attacking and rushed there to protect her son.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": The villagers of Berk when Drago and his Alpha show up to invade.
- Meaningful Background Event: Drago and Stoick engage each other while in frame with the two Bewilderbeasts doing the same.
- Meaningful Echo: "A Chief takes care of his own."
- Metaphorgotten: When Hiccup first mentions Draco Bludvist to Stoick, Tuffnut declares, "I'll bloody his fist with my face!"
- Mind-Control Eyes: Dragons under the control of a Bewilderbeast have their pupils turn to slits. The incredibly slit pupils make everything look like a big blur to the dragons, forcing them to trust the Alpha on what to do.
- Missing Mom: Inverted. She is found.
- Monster Lord: The Bewilderbeast of the Dragon's Den, an utterly massive white dragon with an icy breath, who is the "Alpha" and can compel all other dragons to his will. Fortunately, he's far more of The Good King and looks out for his subjects. Unfortunately, Drago has his own Bewilderbeast challenger, who slays and usurps the good Alpha, forcing all other Dragons to his army. Finally, Toothless becomes one, as he challenges Drago's Bewilderbeast and succeeds by rallying all other dragons with him. At the end, the dragons bow and accept him as their Alpha.
- Mood Whiplash: So Stoick's dead, Hiccup gives an amazing speech on the legacy Stoick left behind and how he was afraid of not being like his father as chief. After resolving to chase after Drago and reclaim their dragons...cut to the Vikings riding a bunch of baby dragons.
- Mundane Utility: Gobber uses his dragon to keep his forge hot.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Toothless's facial expressions scream this when he snaps out of it and realizes he killed Stoick.
- Mythology Gag: Drago wears a dragon-skin cape which allows him to No Sell dragon fire. In the books, the Lava Louts are safe from fire due to wearing suits made of dragon skin.
- Names To Run Away From REALLY Fast: Drago Bludvist. He once murdered an entire roomful of chieftains for no other reason other than spite for their rejection of his offer.
- Never Found the Body: Drago dives into the ocean along with his (still alive) Alpha after being defeated, neither ever to be seen again. As Hiccup makes indirect reference to Drago as someone who continues to threaten Berk in his final speech, it's apparent that this was meant to be ambiguous.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The second trailer had Valka ominously telling Hiccup how vast her knowledge of dragons are compared to his during their first encounter. In the movie, it's an altered, cheerful line she gives him while the two are bonding.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Stoick takes too long in his search for Hiccup, Astrid fears the worst and decides to take the other riders and rescue him from Drago. When she finds him and realizes her mistake, she tries to intimidate him by relating Hiccup's reputation; see Threat Backfire below. However, rather than intimidate him, this just serves to enrage him and send him gunning for Berk, since his ego won't allow another dragon master to exist.
- No Eye in Magic: The Bewilderbeast has a hypnotic call like the Red Death, but its primary way of commanding the loyalty of dragons is through eye contact. In the climax, Hiccup blindfolds Toothless to block this, and the call on its own can't influence Toothless.
- Noodle Incident: A possible example; after Eret breaks under Astrid's High-Altitude Interrogation, she smiles and says, "Works every time." One wonders how many times she has done this, and if any of her previous attempts involved Hiccup.
- Not Bad: Cloudjumper regards Toothless this way after Toothless challenges the dark Bewilderbeast and wins, becoming an Alpha himself.
- Not Good with People: Valka. She was already seen as a bit weird when she was living in Berk and trying to convince the vikings not to fight the dragons. It got a lot worse after she disappeared and lived for 20 years with the dragons. Her first reaction when meeting Hiccup was to challenge him and then crawl up to him and grab his jaw. Even her early dialogue with Hiccup was rather eccentric. She does get better especially once Stoick woos her again.
- Not So Different: Stoick and Valka. Stoick's stubborn personality is evident, and Valka, who refused to return home for twenty years because of her ideological differences with him, is hardly what you would call pliant. They both also try to dissuade Hiccup from his attempt to reason with Drago, citing the need to protect their own.
- Offhand Backhand: Eret tries to puff himself up to get in Stoick's business, but Stoick just pushes Eret aside. By his face. Without even making eye contact.
- Oh, Crap:
- A light-hearted example. When Valka learns of Toothless' prosthetic tail-fin, Hiccup immediately begins to internally freak out at what she would say when she learns that Hiccup was the one responsible. He then proceeds to make a joke about his own amputation as Toothless getting even, just to try and ease the tension.
- Gothi gets an adorable one right before she gets swarmed by her terrible terrors when all the pet dragons return to their owners at the end.
- Oh My Gods!: Said verbatim by Astrid in response to Hiccup explaining to her that Stoick wanted him to take up the mantle of Chief.
- Official Couple: Hiccup and Astrid are still going as strong as ever.
- Older Than They Look: Valka disappeared twenty years ago, but apart from some minor differences, she doesn't look that much older. Lampshaded by Stoick himself:
Stoick: You're as beautiful as the day I lost you.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Cate Blanchett's Scottish accent is a little intermittent.
- Parenthetical Swearing: An amazing non-human example. Toothless can clearly be parsed as saying something much akin to "Fuck off" when he gets truly riled.
- Perma Stubble: The main young male characters, now in their late teens, are all sporting face fuzz. It's even lampshaded when both Fishlegs and Snotlout mention growing said hair for Ruffnut.
- PG Explosives: Stoick after getting hit by a Brainwashed and Crazy Toothless.
- Punny Name: Valka tells Stoick to stop being so stoic.
- Power Glows: Toothless' nostrils, throat, and dorsal ridges started emitting a blue glow after he Took a Level in Badass.
- The Power of Friendship: Hiccup is able to use this to break Toothless free of the Bewilderbeast's mind control.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Drago delivers one by proxy to Hiccup, telling him that while Toothless is under the Alpha's command "... You. Are. Nothing."
- Properly Paranoid: Stoick is completely right in claiming that Drago is beyond reason, and that he will try to take over Berk with his dragon army.
- Retirony: Throughout the movie, Stoick is trying to convince Hiccup to take his place as chief of Berk. Guess what happens to him.
- Rousseau Was Right: Hiccup believes that people can change for the better. Drago proves him wrong.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Tons of baby dragons at the Ice Nest. The dragon riders borrow a few to ride back to Berk to stop Drago's invasion.
- Rule of Three:
- It takes Toothless three tries to be able to catch Hiccup when flying on his own because of his prosthetic fin hampering his movement.
- It takes Hiccup three tries to free Toothless from the Bewilderbeast's control. Talking Toothless down failed, shouting for him when Drago ordered his army to move out failed. But the next time he tries...
- Running Gag: Hiccup's tendency to fly into large geological formations.
- The Snotlout-Ruffnut-Fishlegs (plus Eret) love triangle, up to and including its inversion at the end where for once Ruffnut is waiting to embrace her two admirers... and they run straight past her towards their dragons.
- Sacrificial Lion: After Drago has the upper hand, Stoick dies when he takes a shot meant for Hiccup.
- Scenery Porn: This is a DreamWorks animated film. It's one of their studio hallmarks.
- Sequel Hook: A lot is made of Toothless being The Last of His Kind.
- Shadow Archetype: Hiccup has two, both his mother and Drago fit, for different reasons.
- Shipper on Deck:
- Stoick has signed onto Hiccup/Astrid, declaring her his future daughter-in-law during the dragon race.
- Toothless really wants Stoick and Valka to get back together, as seen when he pushes her into him after he asks her to come back to Berk and be his wife again.
- The wave-like ice sculpture Hiccup and Astrid come across looks a lot like the one Jack and Pitch made while fighting in Antarctica, and parts of the interiors resemble Superman's Fortress of Solitude (especially in Superman: The Movie).
- Speaking of Rise of the Guardians, Hiccup's hair slightly resembles Jack Frost's after getting frost breathed into his face by Valka's Bewilderbeast.
- In the climax of the film, Toothless' Eleventh Hour Super Power resembles a certain other monster, complete with blue light-up scales along his back.
- Hiccup's flaming sword brings to mind a certain barbarian or a galaxy far far away.
- Dragon Racing. Replace "dragons" with "brooms" and "black sheep" with "Golden Snitch" and it bears a striking resemblance to Quidditch.
- When Valka is leading Hiccup through the rocks to her nest and he follows in protest is very similar to a scene with Rafiki and Simba from The Lion King.
- Valka's armor and the way she stands on Cloudjumper resembles the Statue of Liberty. Likely deliberate, as Valka is looking for a way to free the dragons from Drago.
- The helmet also resembles a dragon priest mask from Skyrim.
- Eret son of Eret's name sounds a lot like Timmett son of Timmett.
- He's also voiced by Kit Harrington
- When Toothless goes all Super Mode on Drago's Alpha, he charges his Breath Weapon attack and unleashes it just like the nuclear dinosaur we all know and love.
- Sleepyhead: Gobber's dragon Grump spends most of his time napping. Even when reunited with Gobber, he falls on his master and immediately falls asleep.
- Sole Survivor: Stoick was the only survivor of Drago's massacre of the chieftains.
- Spam Attack: Once Toothless frees Valka's and Berk's dragons, he tells them all to open fire on Drago's Alpha. Even the giant Bewilderbeast can't stand up for long against a draconic Macross Missile Massacre and quickly retreats to the sea.
- Spanner in the Works: The baby dragons, who don't take commands from anyone, including the Alpha Dragon, are the key for the heroes to get back to Berk and fight back against the Alpha long enough to free Toothless.
- Summon Bigger Fish: A rare villainous example. As Drago marches on Valka's Dragon Den, the resident Bewilderbeast emerges to defend his home from the invaders. Drago's army would have been easily routed by the massive dragon, so Drago unleashes his own Bewilderbeast. The two titans fight, but eventually Drago's beast comes out on top and kills Valka's, giving Drago command of all the dragon opposition and securing his victory.
- Super Mode: Toothless' final form in the fight against Drago's bewilderbeast.
- Super Strength: Most of the dragon riders are Made of Iron, but Valka is an unusual example. In the finale, she is able to lift a metal dragon helmet effortlessly, while Gobber has trouble holding it up.
- Swiss Army Appendage: Gobber's shop has an entire wheel dedicated to holding various attachments for his hand. Hiccup's prosthesis can also switch between a hitch for Toothless's saddle and a hoof-like foot for walking around.
- Tempting Fate:
- Eret remarks how he and his crew are dead if they do not get their hands on some dragons soon. No points for guessing who is behind him and about to kidnap him.
- In a much darker sense, while sharing a moment with his parents together for the first time he could remember... Hiccup proceeds to declare that everything will work itself out now. He loses his father in the subsequent battle, which kicks off moments after he makes that declaration.
- They Got Bigger: The film is set five years after the first, and the characters aged accordingly.
- Threat Backfire: When Drago captures Astrid and the other riders, minus Hiccup, Astrid tries to make him back down by boasting of their many dragons and specifically of Hiccup's ability to train them. Drago instead sees at as a challenge to his authority and is only that much more determined to prove himself superior, causing him to move up his timetable and attack immediately.
- Throat Light: Toothless's Super Mode.
- Time Skip: The film is set five years after the first.
- Tongue on the Flagpole: When Toothless is using an icicle to draw in the snow, the icicle gets stuck to his tongue.
- Too Happy to Live: Stoick and Valka are way too happy in their reunion.
- Took a Level in Badass: EVERYONE, Hiccup especially.
- Trailers Always Spoil:
- The first full-length trailer gives away the reveal of Hiccup's mother and the Big Bad.
- It also briefly shows Hiccup and the others riding baby dragons at one point, revealing their own dragons have been kidnapped.
- One of the posters shows a blue glow coming from Toothless' nostrils, spoiling the color scheme that Toothless gains at the climax.
- Tranquillizer Dart: Drago's men throw darts that instantly knock out dragons.
- Trojan Prisoner: After the riders and their dragons are captured then subsequently break loose, they hide in the traps Drago is using to hold their dragons. When Drago makes land and has the traps opened to capture more dragons, out they come.
- Uncatty Resemblance:
- A lot of riders resemble their dragons, but Hiccup and Toothless are the epitome. Both are crippled in a limb which is fixed with a prosthetic, both are smaller than their compatriots and instead fit into Weak, but Skilled, and even share similar snarky, fun-loving attitudes. Further solidified at the end of the movie; the scrawny Hiccup inherits the title of Chieftain from his massive father Stoic and becomes the leader of his people, while the much-smaller Toothless challenges Drago's colossal Bewilderbeast and succeeds, becoming Alpha and the leader of his people.
- Drago and his Bewilderbeast. Massive, overpowering, and dark-clothed/colored. Both intimidate foes into submission, and conquer their way to the top (Drago raising a dragon army, his Bewilderbeast taking the title Alpha and bending all dragons to his will). Made more explicit at the climax; Drago is missing his left arm, and his Bewilderbeast's massive left tusk is blown off as he is defeated.
- Unflinching Walk: Drago does this through Hookfang's fire stream!
- Unstoppable Rage: After everything Hiccup has done to save or try to save Toothless throughout the film, refusing to abandon his best friend even when he was Brainwashed and Crazy, Drago has had enough of Hiccup's interference and orders the Bewilderbeast to end him. Toothless dives to take the blast, then blows the ice prison up, declaring to all that his Berserk Button is well and truly pressed. He then channels a Godzilla impersonation that is far more accurate than a twenty-foot-long animal has any right to pull off.
- Villain Ball: Drago is so certain that his control of a Brainwashed and Crazy Toothless is absolute (which, admittedly, he had demonstrated by forcing Toothless to try to kill Hiccup, resulting in Hiccup's father dying instead) that he just lets Hiccup have as much time as he needs to use The Power of Friendship to save Toothless. Drago is stunned when it works.
- Toward the end of the film, Drago is so certain in his dragon army, which is only secured through the Alpha, that he leaves his human army behind to conquer Berk on dragon power alone.
- Viking Funeral: Appropriate given the setting. Stoick receives one after saving Hiccup at the cost of his own life.
- The Voiceless: David Tennant not being able to make it this time around, Spitelout doesn't get any lines in this movie.
- Walk the Plank: This is how Drago intends to execute Eret and the riders (minus Hiccup). As they're doing it into freezing waters, this would very quickly be fatal, one way or another. Eret is able to break them out.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- Towards the end, Drago declares an attack on Berk. He makes it there with his Alpha and dragon army, but his human followers are nowhere to be seen. That said, given the sheer amount of damage Hiccup and Co. inflicted as well as the fact that Drago increased the number of dragons under his control by at least an order of magnitude, he may not have felt a need to wait for his human followers to recover. He told his crew to 'meet him at Berk' when he departed, suggesting that indeed he was planning on making it there faster than his human crew was in order to begin the assault himself. They were probably still en route.
- Also occurs with Drago himself, as his fate is unspecified when the Alpha retreats into the water with him still on it.
- What happened to Eret's crew?
- The World Is Just Awesome: Hiccup and Toothless' first onscreen flight sequence, everything from skimming the top of the seas with a pack of wild Thunderdrums, glimpsing Timberjacks in the upper skies, to Hiccup busting out his new wingsuit; everything in that bit is worth the price of admission entirely on its own.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Even though the good guys got the upper hand in the battle for the Sanctuary, Drago manages to get his Alpha to kill off Valka's, thus being able to amass his dragon army. He also manages to take control of Berk's dragons and freeze/destroy a good portion of Berk before his Alpha is defeated.
- You Have Failed Me: Drago hates when people fail his expectations. When Eret came in under-quota on dragon trapping, Drago branded his chest as a reminder of his failure. When Eret ends up attracting the attention of a town of dragon-riders, he sentences him to death. This leads to Eret's Heel-Face Turn.