* AngstWhatAngst: Averted rather beautifully with Hiccup. He still has some lingering self-esteem and image problems that he had in the movie. Seeing as he was pretty much ostracized by his entire community up until recently, this is very understandable. Played straight, however, with Hiccup seemingly having no issues whatsoever with his prosthetic foot. Any comment he makes about it is incredibly snarky, but with no trace of angst.
** Considering that most of the adult men of Berk have at least one prosthetic, this isn't all that surprising. Losing a limb seems more like a mark of pride than anything else in their culture.
* AwesomeAnimation: The animation is at times on par with the original movie, which is quite impressive for a weekly animated series.
* AwesomeMusic: Most of the {{leitmotif}}s from the original film show up in series, with several new arrangements of each appearing.
* CompleteMonster: Dagur the [[AxCrazy Deranged]] is the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast suitably named]] leader of the Berserkers who usurped control of his tribe by [[{{Patricide}} killing his pacifistic father]]. Dagur comes to Berk to sign a peace treaty in the blood of a Hideous Zippleback that's tied down and helpless against him, not knowing Berk has tamed dragons. Dagur later finds out the truth about the dragons on a dragon hunt with Hiccup. Dagur [[ItsPersonal takes this personally]], declaring war on Berk, and seizing control of the Outcasts by [[ShockAndAwe almost fatally electrocuting its previous leader]], [[BigBad Alvin]]. Dagur tries a multitude of tactics to destroy Berk, from creating a catapult to capture dragons and their riders, to stealing Berk's metal and leaving it vulnerable to attack. This culminates in Dagur implanting dragon root inside Berk's academy, sending the Viking's dragons into a violent frenzy to attack human or dragon, whilst Dagur holds Hiccup's friends hostage. Once defeated by the NotQuiteDead Alvin, Dagur flies into a rage and kidnaps Stoick as a hostage, and is ultimately defeated when he tries to steal the Screaming Death and separate it from its mother. Dagur is [[BloodKnight notoriously and joyously violent]], [[KnifeNut throwing knives]] at Hiccup and keeping his friend in a cramped cage for a day, feeding him rotten fish heads. On one record, [[BadBoss he threatened to chop off the legs of one of his soldiers (who was actually a hero)]] [[DisproportionateRetribution for a petty reason]], and ultimately wants to start a war [[WarForFunAndProfit solely for kicks]]. A [[WarHawk warmonger]] and a [[TheSociopath sociopath]], Dagur stood out as the only truly irredeemable villain in ''Riders Of Berk.''
* DieForOurShip: Heather received hate before she even debuted. When it was said that she might "threaten Hiccup's love for Astrid", the shippers went nuts. This became HilariousInHindsight once she actually showed up, not only in that she treated Hiccup more or less like all the other boys, but in that "Heather Report 1&2" is more about Heather's relationship with Astrid than her relationship with Hiccup. Not to mention when Heather is leaving Berk she totally ignores that Hiccup clearly has his arms open for a hug, just saying goodbye to him while still hugging Toothless and Astrid. Really, she's more likely to interfere with Hiccup/Astrid due to LesYay with Astrid than stealing Hiccup away!
** Some shippers are also like this with [[FoeYay DagCup]], the Dagur and Hiccup ship. Poor Astrid usually loses her CharacterDevelopment so that the Berserker and Hooligan's relationship can exist.
* DracoInLeatherPants/ EvilIsSexy: Dagur gets this treatment in fanfiction, usually to justify why he is psychotic and to make him appealing. The fact that he's the youngest villain, not to mention the most competent, wins the crowd quite a bit.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The twins. This is mainly because both of them are a ''walking'' CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* FandomRivalry: With fans of ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' after the WesternAnimation/DCNation block was put on hiatus for nearly three months with reruns for this show.
* FoeYay: Between Dagur and Hiccup just about every time they interact, starting in "The Night and the Fury"; lampshaded by the latter as being rather uncomfortable. Indeed, at the end of the episode, Dagur seems more upset by Hiccup personally betraying him than Berk's possession of domesticated dragons. Just ''look'' at Dagur's behavior as well! He wanted to spend time with Hiccup and gets annoyed when his friends keep showing up, is angry upon learning of the bond between Hiccup and his bond (implying clingy possessiveness), and mentioned he couldn't stop thinking about him ever since the Berk incident. He wants Hiccup to "kiss his boots" in one episode, and obsesses over it.
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** Anything Bucket does, once you find out in "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man" that he acts the way he does because a dragon ate half of his brain. Although this was actually implied from the first episode, when part of one of Mildew's anti-dragon diatribes involves pointing out that Bucket took the head injury that requires him to have the bucket welded to his skull as a makeshift plate from a dragon.
** Astrid's zeal in being a dragon slayer in the movie. Just her being a typical Berk Viking and actually being competent at it, right? Now consider how her uncle died and the effect it had on her family's honor and suddenly it takes on a chilling tone. [[FridgeHorror She is unlikely to be the only case like that.]]
** The villagers' excited chanting of "VikingFuneral" [[spoiler: since Stoick's in the sequel]].
* HilariousInHindsight: Stoick going to consult an unintelligible oracle in "Animal House", after his original voice actor GerardButler was known for doing the same thing in ''Film/ThreeHundred.''
** The RunningGag in ''Live and Let Fly'', a mishap with the grappling function of Hiccup's shield caused Gobber and Hiccup (later, Stoick) to be pulled together in a SuggestiveCollision. Following the WordOfGay in regards to Gobber in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'', his awkward "hope no one is looking" comment is rather amusing.
* IdiotPlot: Tuffnut spend an entire episode trapped in a net with Barf and Belch nearby all because nobody could think of the most obvious solution to get him out: have one head simply bite or burn the net while the other head is placed under him for him to sit on.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Face it, at least a fourth of this show's audience is just watching to see the new dragons.
* MagnificentBastard: As of "We Are A Family", Alvin has attained this status after [[spoiler: preforming a plan that would involve Mildew being betrayed and forced to work with Hiccup, [[BatmanGambit knowing full well Hiccup's overly trusting nature]] would end up teaching Mildew the training techniques while trying to escape. They think Mildew preformed a HeelFaceTurn and HeroicSacrifice without realizing that he was acting so Alvin can learn the art of dragon taming]].
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Mildew crossed it in "Alvin and the Outcasts". Getting the dragons exiled was bad enough, but then he intends to sell Hiccup out to the outcasts. And just to make sure the viewer knows this isn't a "needs of the many" kind of choice, he gloats about it to Astrid.
** Alvin himself crosses it by [[spoiler:threatening to kill Heather's parents to force her to be TheMole.]]
** It's heavily implied Dagur crossed this a while back by killing his own father. With an axe, no less.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: [[spoiler: Mildew]] has one after suffering a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. [[spoiler: Subverted when it is revealed he was working with Alvin the whole time.]]
* RonTheDeathEater: Astrid and Heather are usually subject to these, often on opposing sides.
** Don't even get started on the numerous fanfiction stories that portray Stoick the Vast as an [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]]
* TheScrappy:
** Mildew wasn't exactly well-liked considering his desire to get rid of Toothless and the dragons, but the events of "In Dragons We Trust" [[spoiler: where he frames and ''succeeds'' in exiling them has driven the last nail in]]. Then the hate for the guy skyrockets with each attempt to restore the status quo at the expense of the dragons, such as [[spoiler: trying to poison, which could kill, the dragons]]. Heck, he's even TheScrappy In-Universe!
--->'''Bucket''': It took us three days to dig Mildew out!
--->'''Mulch''': And the rest of our lives to wonder why we bothered...
** Snotlout's dad may have joined him. Outright threatening your kid for the possibility of not winning a game (one that the kid has won plenty of times before, to boot), and the sheer panic Snotlout displays when he thinks he'll lose (indicating that his dad was totally serious), has made him pretty divisive. He got a KarmaHoudini too, since Hiccup just let Snotlout win instead of addressing the real problem with someone. Then he has a KickTheDog moment in "Race to Fireworm Island" when he advises Snoutlout to abandon an ill and dying Hookfang and find another dragon.
** Snotlout himself isn't well-liked in-universe, either, to the point the village ''cheered'' when they thought he died in battle in "Cast Out, Part 1".
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Though the animation is pretty good, the series tends to stumble in action sequences, particularly dragon breath. By watching episodes like "The Terrible Twos", it's obvious they put extra effort into the fight scene near the end of "Alvin and the Outcasts".
** The physics of the show are quite schizophrenic; some episodes use full-on motion capture for the human characters, while others use stiff-looking manual rigging for all motion. Watch an episode such as "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man" with this in mind, and it becomes difficult to take your mind off the blocky and robotic motions of the characters.
** An especially jarring thing about the animation is the hair. Hiccup's hair almost always gets a lot of detail, while the other's don't. So you go from a closeup of Hiccup riding Toothless and his hair is moving just like it would in real life, and then you go to a close up of the twins and their hair (which is much longer than Hiccup's) is separated into three chunky blocks that move very unrealistically.
* TakeThatScrappy: Whenever Mildew or Snotlout get abused or suffer LaserGuidedKarma.
* UglyCute: Dragons, as usual. Particular mention goes to Meatlug the Gronckle, Fishlegs's placid and spectacularly ugly GentleGiant of a mount.
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** In-Universe example. Gobber decides to re-name a baby girl "Magnus" because he thinks it looks more like a boy.
** Snotlout also has trouble telling which of the twins is supposed to be the girl sometimes. Not to mention many viewers keep confusing who is named Ruffnut and who is Tuffnut. Ruffnut even gets her hair cut, which would have helped clear the confusion up, but it is back to normal by the next episode.