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Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
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Voiced by: Jay Baruchel (film and TV series), A.J. Kane (younger Hiccup), James Arnold Taylor (games), Eric Lopez (How to Train Your Dragon 2 [game])
Portrayed by: Mason Thames (live-action remake)

Hiccup is the main character of the How to Train Your Dragon book and film series. His full name is Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. He is the son of the chief, Stoick the Vast, thus making him heir to the tribe, and later the current chief of the tribe. He is 15 years old in the first film, 20 in the second, and 21 in Hidden World. His dragon, Toothless, is a Night Fury, the rarest and most intelligent of the dragon species in the film franchise.

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  • Absent-Minded Professor: Becomes this when he gets excited about a new invention of his. Lampshaded by Astrid in "Tone Death" when he heads back to Dragons' Edge to work on some modifications for Inferno:
    Astrid: And that's the last we'll see of Hiccup this week.
  • Ace Pilot: Dragon Rider version. Hiccup and Toothless can perform various ridiculous maneuvers... And that's when they're flying together. They're even more dangerous when they split up and tag team you.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Downplayed. Movie Hiccup has the similar problems to Book Hiccup, the only difference being that Movie Hiccup started off as an All of the Other Reindeer type, whereas Book Hiccup did have two companions at the start.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. Movie Hiccup has some of the same skills and abilities as Book Hiccup, but doesn't have the latter's soft voice or phobias.
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Book Hiccup has "Heroic Hair, which was a very bright red and stood up vertically however much you tried to wet it down with sea water". Movie Hiccup has more of a deep auburn hair that flops down in the normal manner, which he inherited from his mother. He also has green eyes in the movies, while his eyes are described as blue in the books.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Downplayed. Book Hiccup was noted to be highly clever being able to come up with great plans. Movie Hiccup is that along with being a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the books, Hiccup's closest friend was Fishlegs. However, they are distant peers in the film franchise but gradually get closer.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: In the first movie, Hiccup suits himself up with dragon-riding gear, gains some confidence, and finishes out the movie looking even more hardcore with a prosthetic limb.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In "Terrible Two", he causes problems because he trusted a strange dragon over Toothless. He didn't learn his lesson because in "Heather Report", he trusted a strange girl over Astrid. Downplayed in "We Are A Family Part 2", where he is very reluctant to trust Mildew but ultimately does so. Like the previous occasions, this is a horrible idea because Mildew used him to learn dragon training which he passed onto Alvin. A storyboard of an unused intro by Hiccup says this has less to do with amnesia and more to do with Hiccup simply being too trusting.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Called "babe" by Astrid.
  • Alliterative Name: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. It's never said in full in the movie but it's canon. Hiccup's full name was finally said in the episode, "Snotlout Gets the Axe".
  • All-Loving Hero: Believing that humans and dragons can coexist will definitely make him this. Deconstructed in the series, where his habit of trusting people immediately has led to problems. This is reconstructed by the end, as three of the Big Bads end up pulling Heel Face Turns, affirming his faith in humanity...which leads into the second movie, where Hiccup keeps insisting on trying to talk things out with Drago even after his father tells him what kind of man Drago is and even after his Mom concurred ("there's no talking with Drago"). Naturally, it does not work out too well.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Until the end of the first movie, nobody likes him. He's the village pariah because he's scrawny and usually messes everything up. In keeping with the trope, things get better for him after he ends the Dragon Wars.
  • Always Someone Better: The series has Snotlout openly rant to Hiccup about all the awesome things he's done and how it makes him feel inferior.
  • Amazon Chaser: A large part of his crush on Astrid is because of her Action Girl-ish qualities. Take a look at her introduction: she's fighting dragons amid flames and Hiccup has the 'hearts in his eyes' expression. This moment in a tie-in game has Hiccup gushing over Astrid destroying a ship.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: A platonic one. A saddened Hiccup tearfully tells Toothless he loves him when the dragon is about to leave New Berk for good.
  • The Apprentice: He has been Gobber's blacksmith apprentice since he was young.
  • Archer Archetype: Though he is on the warmer side of the things compared to colder examples of this trope. Nonetheless, Hiccup has amazing aim.
    • In the first film, he was able to knock down Toothless during a dragon's raid at night.
    • In the second film, he threw Inferno right in front of Drago's hand before he could reach for his bull hook to control his Bewilderbeast.
    • When he uses his bolas from his shield, he almost never misses his target.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Hiccup losing his leg in the first movie serves to strengthen the visual symbolism of his and Toothless' bond.
  • Artificial Limbs: Hiccup loses his left foot during the battle with the Red Death in the movie. It's replaced with a metal prosthetic. Leads to Angst? What Angst? as he seems to adjust to it very quickly. In the series other characters make a bigger deal out of it than he ever does. By the time of the second movie, he has given the prosthetic a bit of a transhumanist utility in being able to quickly switch between a latching foot for when on Toothless' saddle to a hoof-shape foot for ground walking. Rule of Symbolism takes it a step further when compared to Drago's fake arm, as while Hiccup lost his leg defending his village with the help of a dragon, Drago lost his arm to a dragon as he watched his village burn. While Drago lost an arm and grinds his heel onto dragons to get his way, Hiccup lost a leg and uses a gentle hand. invoked
  • Asleep for Days: Hiccup wakes up several days after the final battle with Toothless watching over him.
  • Away in a Manger: Hiccup already embodies the Messianic Archetype in a number of ways, but Hiccup was born not just as a hiccup (small, sickly and weak), but prematurely as well, making his manger metaphorical. It's nothing short of a miracle that he survived to adulthood in those times, especially when his village was attacked by massive, flying monsters of varying shapes and sizes on a near-daily basis.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Becomes Chief of Berk following his father's death in the second movie. After the final battle, Gothi draws the Chief's symbol on his forehead in charcoal, and the entire village erupts in chanting "Long live the chief," and the dragons light off some fireball fireworks.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Everything he knows about dragons, he learned through observation and studying.
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue of The Hidden World shows Hiccup and Astrid end up having a daughter (Zephyr) and a son (Nuffink) together.
  • Badass Adorable: Berk's first dragon tamer and best inventor also happens to be a sweet, somewhat insecure teenage boy.
  • Badass Bookworm: Hiccup develops into one through the story and becomes a full-fledged Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Badass Cape: The epilogue of The Hidden World shows Hiccup wearing a magnificent bear-skinned cape.
  • Badass Pacifist: His role in the movies, since the "Vikings vs. dragons" conflict doesn't exist in the books. His ability to tame dragons comes from Hiccup being friendly instead of defending himself. This takes more courage than killing them on sight. On the other hand, in the second film he learns the hard way that he can't solve all of his problems pacifistically.
  • Badass Teacher: Hiccup's greatest skill — in the first movie, Hiccup was able to train Toothless, a Night Fury, which was considered The Dreaded of dragons. This strength is shown more in the series as he's able to train wild dragons and by the second movie, Hiccup is able to win over the trust of dragons with Inferno.
  • Bad Liar: Hiccup is a rather bad liar and seems to be pressured by guilt into admitting things easily. Stoick even calls him a "terrible liar".
  • Battle Couple: With Astrid.
    • Downplayed in the movies. While they enter a romantic relationship by the second movie and are each competent fighters, they rarely fight together.
    • Played straight in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. They fight together to free dragons and later fight together to defeat Grimmel and even Flirting Under Fire during the final battle.
    • Played straight in Race to the Edge. They have a Relationship Upgrade in "Blindsided" and fight off their enemies when they're not flirting with each other.
  • The Beastmaster: He learns how to tame and train dragons.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the first film, Hiccup is desperate to kill a dragon so he can win his father's approval, stop being a social pariah, and even get a girlfriend. However, he's unable to kill a downed Night Fury (who would later be known as Toothless), instead chose to free him. Later, Hiccup tries to tell his dad he doesn't want to kill dragons...only for Stoick to inform (and then order) Hiccup that he'll be learning how to fight and kill dragons.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Hiccup's love and friendship with Toothless started on how the dragon didn't judge the young Viking on being different, something his tribe always did.
  • Benevolent Boss: Hiccup is a fair and capable leader of the dragon riders. He is able to scold them when they need to be scolded and admit when he has done and/or said something wrong to either of them, which only gets better with his Character Development.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hiccup is a very pleasant person and easy to get along with, but he can be quite terrifying if you piss him off. Dragon taming aside, he displays his anger in "Cast Out Part 1" where he gets furious with Snotlout in regards to getting Astrid in danger, and suspends him from the Academy. The rest of the children were surprised to see him like this. Keep in mind he ended the war with the dragons by killing the Red Death, and he is very protective of his dragon and friends. Dagur the Deranged discovered this the hard way.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
    • Astrid gave Hiccup one at the end of the first film after he and Toothless had defeated the Red Death.
    • In Race to the Edge, he and Astrid shared one at the end of the episode Blindsided, which starts their relationship for real.
    • Hiccup also shared one with Astrid at the end of the second film after he and Toothless had defeated Drago and his Bewilderbeast.
    • In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World the kiss he shares with Astrid during their wedding marks the start of married life for him and Astrid.
  • Bigger Stick: Discussed. His friends sometimes wonder how much of his success is due to his own skill, and how much is due to being the rider of an absolutely fantastic dragon. Of course, when they attempt to test this by having the group train Terrible Terrors, Hiccup quickly teaches his to blow things up with impressive accuracy.
  • Big Good: Becomes the Chief of Berk at the end of the sequel, with Toothless as the Alpha Dragon.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Just look at that picture! They're huge!
  • Black Sheep: In the first film, as an inventor and scientist in a society of warriors.
  • Body Motifs: Hands. He is a natural inventor, so attention is given to his hands when he is crafting a new invention. He also uses his outstretched hand as a way to tame and befriend dragons.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: In the 21st century here, Hiccup might be bullied, but at least he'd have a niche in society where he belonged, and his intelligence would be recognized. In the films' setting, he's treated as a child and disowned by his family and tribe for trying to train a particular species of animal instead of killing it on sight. Instead, he has to make his own niche.
  • A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Dragon. With Toothless of course. Their bond with each other is the core part of the series, even being described as "soul mates" in an interview. Most of Hiccup's Character Development comes from his relationship with Toothless.
  • Braids of Action: Gets these in the second film. Word of God reveals that they're Astrid's handiwork (she can even be seen doing so early in the film) and that Hiccup isn't necessarily fond of them but leaves them in for her sake. invoked
  • Brains and Brawn: While Fishlegs is the most book-smart and Astrid the most physically competent, Hiccup is the perfect balance between the two by Race to the Edge, given how lanky and clumsy he was before-hand.
  • Brainy Brunette: Hiccup has auburn hair and has proven to be extremely intelligent. This talent is really at the heart of all Hiccup's other abilities. His intelligence is proven many times throughout the film and the series. He's almost always the one to come up with the solutions to the problems that the Riders face. He's shown to be very cunning, resourceful and perceptive and possesses a great aptitude for strategy and tactics. He's also fairly knowledgeable. Unlike Fishlegs who only spews out facts, Hiccup is able to use them for practical use and he does it very well. He was able to solve all the riddles on Hamish's treasure map even when under pressure and the feat is especially notable because it was said that only a most brilliant mind could solve those clues.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • In the first film, Hiccup has spent his entire life being the black sheep of his village. His father being openly ashamed of him. His peers constantly mocking him (except Astrid and Fishlegs). All resulting in him having poor self-esteem. And when he finally finds a friend in Toothless and tries to demonstrate that humans and dragons can co-exist, his father stops it. In the next scene, Stoick disowns Hiccup, almost bringing Hiccup to tears. Fortunately, his father does apologize. And after the climax, he lost his leg after taking down the Red Death.
    • Gets worse in the sequel: He tries to persuade the madman Drago to stop enslaving dragons and not to go to war. Drago instead makes his Bewilderbeast mind control Toothless and order him to attack Hiccup. Stoick saves his son at the last minute but is killed by a mind-controlled Toothless' blasts.
  • Broken Ace: In the second film, he is the number one respected dragon expert on Berk (for good reason) and can make many amazing inventions. However, he's a loner, preferring the company of Toothless to his fellow Vikings, and has many insecurities despite his skills. Then there is his maimed leg.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In this case, Lost Your Leg Punching Out The Frickin' Huge Volcano Dragon. His lack of angst implies it was Worth It.
  • I Call It "Vera": By the second movie, Hiccup now uses a self-flaming sword he calls "Inferno".
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the first movie, Hiccup (indirectly) calls out his father for never listening to him as he begs Stoick to not go to the dragon island, citing he won't win the fight.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Felt that when he had to consider kicking Snotlout out of the academy. His father pointed out that he can't always be both a good friend and a good leader at the same time, and that as a future chief he will have to put Berk above himself and his friends.
  • Character Catchphrase:
    • "Thank you for summing that up."
    • "You just gestured to all of me."
    • "Let me show you."
    • In the animated series: <aggravated sigh> "Okay..."
    • Also in the animated series "Oh for the love of-" <aggravated sigh>. He's just very aggravated in RTTE.
    • His "This is Berk" speeches once an installment. He gives two in HTTYD 2 (the second sounds something like a rallying cry), and the show plays around with it a bit in "Race to the Edge." He also gives a similar one early in The Hidden World, although this time rather than narrating he's saying it out loud to the dragons he's bringing back from a rescue mission to introduce them to their new home.
  • Character Development: In general — he has gone from being a shy boy, to a confident young man, and "the greatest Dragon Master this world has ever seen".
    • The first movie deals with Hiccup learning to be himself, instead of trying to be the Viking everyone else expects him to be.
    • The second movie has him gain more confidence in getting newer responsibilities.
    • A major plot point in the third movie is Hiccup learning how to be a chief and protect his people without Toothless' help. While he has accomplished great feats in the past, he had grown to believe that it was all thanks to Toothless and that he is powerless without his dragon. Him finally overcoming his insecurities and proving that he can stand on his own becomes very important when Toothless and the dragons leave the Berkians for good.
    • A subtle one, but the way Hiccup manages his team changes over time. In Riders of Berk, Hiccup has a hard time firing Gobber and effectively punishing Snotlout because of how their actions were hurting the Dragon Academy (Gobber- his dangerous inventions, Snotlout- his continuous disobedience of Hiccup's commands). Both times, Hiccup had to be told by someone else (Stoick and the twins, respectively) that his passive way of handling the situations wouldn't work. Come Race to the Edge, an older and wiser Hiccup is ready and willing to scold any of his teammates for their actions — from correctly disciplining Snotlout for his reckless action, to reprimanding Fishlegs letting Snotlout and the twins mess around with the group's equipment even though he was in charge to giving a What the Hell, Hero? moment when Astrid revealed she knowingly kept quiet from him and the others about Heather being an undercover agent while inside the Dragon Hunters.
  • Character Tics: Hiccup frequently makes big sweeping motions with his hands and arms while talking. Astrid teases him about it in the second movie.
  • Chick Magnet: A downplayed version. Hiccup has won the affections of both Astrid and Ruffnut, the former who he started a relationship with and the latter got over said affections were mainly Played for Laughs and they are shown to be close friends but not romantically interested (in fact, Ruffnut is a Shipper on Deck for him and Astrid). And even though Heather doesn't have romantic feelings for him, she commented in ''Race to the Edge', that he's "cute".
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Astrid. They grew up together in Berk, became friends in their teen years, an Official Couple by the time they were 18/19 (as of the Race to the Edge episode, "Blindsided"), and are still a couple by the second movie. They marry at the end of the third film.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Inverted. Hiccup had a tooth gap when he was teen as seen here. But, instead of being hyperactive and childish, Hiccup is more laid-back and mature.
  • Child of Two Worlds: A metaphorical example rather than the usual literal one. His father started off as a typical dragon hating father who still had initial problems adjusting with the species; his mother was a dragon love like himself but a more extreme example, as she willingly chose to live among them than her fellow Vikings. Hiccup is a perfect blends between the two, as he wants both Vikings and dragons to live together in peace. In the second movie, his mother lampshades this quality:
    Valka: You have the heart of a chief, and the soul of a dragon. Only you can bring our worlds together. That... is who you are, son.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Whether human or dragon, Hiccup can't leave either one when they might be in danger.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Originally a Type one, a wimp who nobody really likes. Compared to the paragon hero his father acts like, Hiccup's runtiness is constantly mocked. Even his ingenuity in making newer weapons was mocked because while being smart about hunting and trapping and killing dragons is a good thing, none of what Hiccup created seemed to work. Eventually, he accepts himself and all his flaws, turning them into his strengths and would become a hero in the eyes of his village.
  • Color Motif: Hiccup has four — Green, red, black, and brown.
    • Green — One of his most notable physical traits are his green eyes, the first and second movie has him wearing a green shirt, and the color has often symbolized tranquility (his role in being a peacekeeper between dragons and humans).
    • Red — He has auburn hair, his usual facepaint is red, he has a red shirt in Race to the Edge, his armor is decorated with the Berk symbol and Deadly Nadder in red, the tailfin he uses for Toothless is mostly red, and the color has often symbolized passion and bravery (his love for dragons and inventing, and one of his defining character traits, respectively).
    • Black — Hiccup's best friend and main dragon partner is black-colored Night Fury. His armors in the second and third films have a a dark colored scheme, especially the latter. Black can symbolize beauty (Hiccup as a Chick Magnet) and power (how he keeps taking a level of a badass and is the leader of the Berk vikings).
    • Brown — His auburn hair and how every single one of his outfits in the franchise have brown in it. The color symbolizes strength (both of Hiccup's mental and physical strengths), warmth (him being a Nice Guy), and dependability (how he grows from a misfit Viking teen outcast to a mature, wise Viking Chief).
  • Cool Mask: The second film gives him one; it's shaped as a dragon. He continues this in the third film, except now his mask is made of Toothless' shedded dragon scales.
  • Costume Evolution: In the second film, Hiccup still has a green undershirt, but instead of a furry vest over it, he now has leather armor. He continues this trend in the third film.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • A deleted scene from the first movie has Hiccup staring at Astrid's butt.
    • In Race to the Edge episode "Blindsided", he admitted to Astrid that he has thought of kissing her a lot before, but was waiting for the perfect time to do it, which then led to them sharing a Big Damn Kiss shortly afterwards that cemented their relationship.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Justified though experience. He carries a complete set of spare parts for Toothless' tail fin at all times, as well as a spare leg.

  • Dark Is Not Evil: His armor in the second film is a dark shade of metal and is still the same heroic person who rides a dark themed dragon. Still applies in the third film, but now with Toothless' dragon scales as armor.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Implied. Hiccup is apparently the "third" one to have that name, meaning he was named after an ancestor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's such a defining trait, being held hostage by Alvin doesn't stop him from dishing it out. A lot of the series' funny moments is mostly him and his often witty one-liners.
  • Death Glare: By the time of Race to the Edge, Hiccup can give effective ones to any of his friends to let them know what he's thinking.
  • Desperately Seeking A Purpose In Life: The first few episodes of "Race to the Edge" reveal that Hiccup is suffering a bit from this after realizing he has found all the dragons and searched all the islands, meaning his adventure days may well be over.
  • Determinator: No matter how unwinnable a situation is, Hiccup won't stop until he finds a way to win it.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: In the original books, Hiccup never acquired a prosthetic leg.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Inverted. Hiccup is the protagonist with the prosthetic leg while his official Love Interest, Astrid, has no handicap.
  • Disabled Snarker: He has a metal leg, but is still as snarky as ever.
  • Distinguishing Mark: Hiccup has a tiny scar on his chin. In the sequel, it is revealed he got the scar when he was clawed by a dragon as a baby. When Valka first confronts Hiccup she stops short when she recognizes his scar.
    Valka: Hiccup? Could-could it be? After all these years? How is this possible?
    Hiccup: Uh, should I... should I know you?
    Valka: No. You were only a babe. But a mother never forgets.
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: By the third film, Astrid is doing a good impression of him, to his consternation.
  • Dork Knight: Lacking the traditional Viking strength and bluster, he became a first rate Guile Hero and Badass Bookworm by understanding how dragons think and taming them instead of just fighting them directly. And then tames a Night Fury as his partner. Sure, he's badass, but only when he has to be. No surprise why he's so popular with the female fanbase.
  • Dragon Rider: The very first person to ride a dragon amongst the Hooligan Tribe. Or as far as he knows, until he finds his long lost mother.
  • Dragon Tamer: He bonds with the Night Fury Toothless after nursing him back to health from the tail injury he caused in their battle, and starts the whole process of Berk working alongside dragons upon realizing dragons aren't horrible monsters like they believed up to this time.
  • Dub Name Change: He is named "Harold" in the French translation.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite all his actions, he is still victim to this at the hands of Snotlout and occasionally the Twins.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the start of the movie, Hiccup is the village pariah because he's scrawny and usually messes everything up, with his father being openly ashamed of him and his peers (except Astrid and Fishlegs) constantly mocking him, all resulting in him having poor self-esteem. He finally finds a friend in Toothless and demonstrate that humans and dragons can co-exist, earning respect and getting together with his crush Astrid. By the third movie, he has become chief and after defeating the Big Bad marries Astrid. The epilogue shows they had two children during the Time Skip.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Downplayed. In the first film, Hiccup narrates on his name sounds ridiculous, but he doesn't dwell on it too much.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Dagur was practically obsessed with him throughout the TV series. In the third film, Snotlout and Tuffnut, at different times, slap Hiccup's butt.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: It's no secret that Hiccup doesn't strike a traditionally imposing Viking image. Alvin couldn't believe that the famous "Dragon Conqueror" was "Stoick's little embarrassment".
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: As a child and teen, Hiccup's hair had a floppy style. In his older years, were he was a skilled dragon rider, his hair was swept to the side in a spiky-like manner. It goes back to the same floppy style as an adult since Berk and their dragons parted ways.
  • Experienced Protagonist: By the second movie, Hiccup has become an accomplished dragon expert, dragon rider, and inventor.
  • Extremely Protective Child: Despite their difficult relationship, Hiccup will do whatever he can to protect his father from harm.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hiccup possesses a number of flaws that have lead to trouble.
    • He is rather prone to letting his insecurities cloud his judgment and effect his actions; in the film, his desperation for the acceptance of his tribe, and his father in particular, cause him to regularly attempt to kill dragons along with the villagers, only to end up doing more harm than good due to his clumsiness. In the television show, his mistaken belief that Stoick still does not accept him causes him to lead the other Vikings on a potentially dangerous treasure hunt to prove himself.
    • His innate friendliness and tendency to give others the benefit of the doubt cause him to be a little too trusting of strangers, leaving him vulnerable to manipulation and deceit by more dishonest characters, such as Heather and Mildew, on more then one occasion.
    • Hiccup is prone to overconfidence in his ability as a diplomat due to being mostly successful so far, which becomes a major catalyst of the second film's story line; his total belief that he would be able to reason with Drago causes him to run away from Berk to confront the warlord, causing Stoick and Valka, who both understood and witnessed firsthand the true extent of Drago's psychopathy and knew he could not be reasoned with, to chase after him. This indirectly but ultimately leads to Stoick's death at the hands of Drago when he hypnotizes Toothless into attacking Hiccup to demonstrate the superiority of his philosophy over Hiccup's. In spite of all his flaws, Hiccup is never above admitting when he is or has been wrong, and will do his best to make amends with others.
  • Father, I Don't Want to Fight: Zig-zagged. Initially he wanted to kill dragons, then lost his nerve but still wanted to make his dad proud.
    Hiccup: Three hundred years and I'm the first Viking who wouldn't kill a dragon!
    Astrid: First to ride one, though.
  • Fiery Redhead: Inverted. While Hiccup has auburn (reddish-brown) hair, he is one of the most rational and calmest of his peers, and when he does get angry it's either Tranquil Fury or one Skyward Scream.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Has his sentence finished by Astrid at least once in the final film.
  • First Kiss: Hiccup shared his first kiss with Astrid in the episode Blindsided. This kiss also is what officially cemented him and Astrid as an official couple. Prior to this kiss the other kisses Hiccup got were kisses from Astrid that were basically one-sided, making the kiss he shared with Astrid in Blindsided his first mutual kiss with her.
  • Flaming Sword: In the second movie, Hiccup wields a retractable sword coated in Monstrous Nightmare spit, with a mechanism to ignite it when needed. The sword's hilt can spray flammable Zippleback gas, which Hiccup can then ignite with his sword. He uses it again in the third movie. Race to the Edge shows how Hiccup first made the sword.
  • Flirting Under Fire: Does this with Astrid during the final battle during which Astrid throws a Zippleback gas canister which Hiccup lights up with Inferno.
  • Fluffy Tamer: While giving them names like 'Toothless' and cuddling them.
  • Freudian Trio: With his parents, Stoick and Valka. He is the Superego to his father's Ego and mother's Id, as Hiccup is the most logical minded of them.
  • Friendless Background: Hiccup is ostracized and bullied by his entire community for being weak and relying on his brain rather than brawny. Even his own father openly tells him he has to change. The closest he has to a "friend" is Parental Substitute Gobber, who still views him as a nuisance most of the time and tells him it's what's on the inside of him that causes problems. His first true friend is Toothless, the titular dragon. Of course, as it's a forbidden friendship, Toothless' attachment only serves to make him more of an outcast....initially.
  • Friend to All Living Things: To dragons mainly, to the point that he can win over the trust of virtually any dragon (except for the humongous ones).
  • From Zero to Hero: At the start of the series, he was the little runt who couldn't do anything right. After his many attempts to fit in with his community, he learns that playing off his own strengths and being himself allow him to solve the town's dragon problem. Early on, this is based on the illusion that he's some kind of dragon killing machine. Then, he becomes genuine as he becomes the leader and hero of the people for solving the dragon crisis and killing an alpha.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He can make an interlocked tail fin for Toothless centuries ahead of when such technology was possible. This may be a reference to the books, where Vikings have fully-operational STEAMSHIPS, hot-air balloons and gliders well before the Industrial Revolution. In the subsequent movies and series, he also proves to be quite adept at new designs...
    • In the series, he builds a shield with a host of gadgets, including a crossbow (compatible with normal bolts as well as other objects like paint), a grappling hook,which and can be thrown. Then he upgraded it with Gronkle Iron, meaning it was lighter than ever and capable of shrugging off hailstorms of daggers and even dragon breath attacks.He also invents mundane but useful items that include a magnifying glass, and a cross between sunglasses/welding goggles.
    • He is also able to replicate The Dragon Eye, an ancient artifact belonging to Dragon Hunters. Keep in mind he probably didn't disassemble it while he had it to know how it works, making this feat nothing short of amazing.
    • For the second movie, he designs two things. One, a flaming sword called Inferno, which when not in use is retracted like a certain weapon for a more civilized age. It also has a compartment to store Zippleback gas which can be released and then lit with the sword. Along with this is his prosthetic foot, which can be quickly and easily flipped from a hooking foot for flying on Toothless to a horse hoof-shaped foot for walking. However, most impressive is his wingsuit which permits him to perform short glides alongside Toothless.
    • In addition, he's shown to have a hand in various engineering tasks around Berk, from dragon roosts in When Lightning Strikes and helping rebuild Berk after Drago's attack. Regardless of his new fame and role as leading Dragon Rider, he still spends time in Gobber's shop too.
    • In The Hidden World, he manages to upgrade Toothless' tail prosthesis so that it looks and works literally like Toothless' natural tail.
    • In Defenders of Berk, Hiccup invented a makeshift bow and arrow/shield made of Gronckle iron.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Parallels can be made between Hiccup and his parents.
      • Parallels between him and his mother can be made in How to Train Your Dragon 2. Hiccup's body type, hair color, green eyes, and the all-around character design are much closer to Valka than to Stoick. They are both described by Stoick as being irresponsible and reckless. They are both intellectually focused, are seen as misfits by their village, relate more with dragons than other people, generally avoid conflict lest it is against someone they have a negative history with, and they both learned how to train and befriend dragons without help, eager to teach such skills to those willing to listen.
      • Dragons: Riders of Berk likes to make comparisons between Hiccup and his father Stoick. Gobber describes Stoick's first romp as chief being just like Hiccup's attempts as acting chief, "lead by example" being their winning technique in commanding respect. The relationship between Hiccup and Snotlout notably draws many parallels to the relationship between Stoick and pre-Outcast Alvin, and later in the series Stoick and Spitelout.
      • The biggest deviations between Hiccup and Stoick would be while Stoick is too stubborn to admit when he is wrong to Alvin and Spitelout, Hiccup has the humility to prevent further dysfunction.
    • "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Young Man" shows that Hiccup's grandfather (Stoick's father) also had a prosthetic leg.
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. As a teen, Hiccup was noted for his scrawniness and was unable to lift weapons like axes, and his intelligence was his main strength. Over the years, as Hiccup grows older, he becomes more physically capable.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Hiccup is a compassionate person who believes that humans and dragons can co-exist. He's also a pretty good tactician and grows out of his naivete by the time he's 18.
  • The Good King: Hiccup becomes the Chief of Berk after his father's death by the end of the second movie. And while he's still awkward and unsure, he's still protective of his people and not willing to risk their lives when an enemy threatens their way of life. He's also not above admitting his mistakes to them.
  • Good Parents: To his children Zephyr and Nuffink. He takes them on a joyride with Toothless and his family in the epilogue of The Hidden World. In Homecoming, he is seen telling a story of Toothless to Nuffink at the beginning, and he expresses how proud he is of Zephyr despite being constantly knocked down by her dragon defense traps. Furthermore, he and Astrid both came up with the idea of reviving the Snoggletog pageant to ensure that their children do not forget the fond memories they had of their dragons.
  • Good Prosthetic, Evil Prosthetic: Hiccup lost his left foot after defending his village from a tyrannical queen dragon the Red Death. Not only does his prosthetic leg match the prosthetic tail fin he built for Toothless (making them even), but it can be seen as a badge of honor for defending his people and wears it proudly.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a small, short scar on his chin that's hard to notice unless the camera's zoomed in on his face, which he sustained from Cloudjumper when he was an infant.
  • Graceful Loser: Discussed. In "Thawfest", Astrid said this was his most admirable trait in her eyes when he began acting unpleasant at the thought of winning the games just to spite Snotlout.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hiccup gets jealous of all the attention the newcomer "Hroar" is receiving in the How to Train Your Dragon comics.
  • Guile Hero: Stoick wants him to be an Action Hero, but Hiccup is much better with smarts and cunning. In fact, it was due to his intellect that he was the first person to solve a poem-based puzzle that nearly destroyed Stoick's and Gobber's friendship. This was because the puzzle was created by a Guile Hero himself. That said, Hiccup has become quite capable physically by Defenders of Berk, facing off with Dagur the Deranged in single combat while Toothless was trapped by bolas.
  • Handicapped Badass: As a result of the first movie, Hiccup lost his left foot and began wearing a metal prosthesis made by Gobber. That doesn't stop him from protecting Berk, training dragons, fighting enemies, and growing as a leader. By the start of the second movie, Hiccup has made a few upgrades to let him use the prosthesis in different situations, such as riding Toothless or walking on different kinds of terrain.invoked
  • Happily Married: With Astrid at the end of third film and the Homecoming short.
  • Has a Type: Be it the movies or the books, Hiccup has got a major thing for badass blondes. His girlfriend Astrid fits the exact description of Hiccup's dream-girl.
  • Hated by All: By the beginning of the first movie, absolutely EVERYONE in Berk hates him. Even his own father. Thankfully, this changes as time goes on.
  • Held Gaze: Hiccup shares one with Astrid right after their Big Damn Kiss, and it is very short due to Gothi interrupting it. The look in Hiccup's eyes during the gaze he shares with Astrid is one filled with love.
  • The Hero: Hiccup is the one trying to keep stability and peace between dragons and Vikings.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His main weapon in the second movie is listed as the blade. It lights itself on fire and just like his shield it has a host of utility tools befitting a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Heroic Lineage: Oh yeah. Hiccup inherited his father's willingness to protect others no matter the personal cost and his mother's kindness and way with dragons.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted near the end of The Hidden World. Hiccup allows himself and Grimmel to fall toward the ocean and sends the Light Fury to save a sedated Toothless from plummeting to his own death. The Light Fury not only succeeds, but also saves Hiccup after he disconnects his prosthetic foot to let Grimmel fall.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Often uses his sarcasm to make fun of himself on occasion, at both comedic and dramatic moments.
  • Hero with a Unique Name: Twice over: unlike the other Vikings, he has a first, middle and last name - all alliterative.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An inter-species example. With Toothless, a Night Fury dragon.
  • Hidden Depths: Both Astrid and Fishlegs note in "Sandbusted" on how Hiccup is an excellent gift giver.
  • Holding Hands: He does this more often with Astrid 3/4s of the way into RaceToTheEdge. And in the film series, one of the most notable moments of this is during their wedding.
  • Hollywood Kiss: His kiss with Astrid during their wedding is this.
  • Humble Hero: In spite of all his flaws, Hiccup is never above admitting when he is or has been wrong, and will do his best to make amends with others, showing he has a great deal of humility, and he learns from his mistakes. It even crosses into Heroic Self-Deprecation. Lampshaded in "Have Dragon Will Travel Part 2", when Heather teases Astrid about Hiccup.
    Heather: He's kind of cute.
    Astrid: I guess...if you like that unassuming, heroic dragon-rider type.

  • I Call It "Vera": His sword in the sequel is named Inferno according to The Art of How To Train Your Dragon 2. Race to the Edge reveals the circumstances behind the events that had him name his sword.
  • I Got Bigger: Hiccup goes from The Runt at the End to the tallest of his friends by Race to the Edge and the second movie.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: At the beginning of the film, Hiccup desperately wants to be like the other Vikings and kill his own dragon; "normal" in Berk is "badass."
    Gobber: Stop trying to be something you're not.
    Hiccup: I just want to be like you guys.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: The second film reveals that Hiccup was born prematurely. And if that wasn't already difficult, he was born in a village where his tribe were at constant war with beasts that could easily kill an already sick infant. And yet, Hiccup managed to grow up into adulthood.
  • Insecure Love Interest: In the first movie, a deleted scene has Hiccup sarcastically and truthfully believe that Astrid "wouldn't come near me [him] if she was on fire and I [he] had the last bucket in Berk."
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Toothless, of course, more so than the other riders with their dragons since Toothless is much smarter.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: While making Toothless a new fin, Hiccup turns out to be good at sewing. And in personality, Hiccup is quite open about his emotions and sensitive to the feelings of others.
  • Irony: Hiccup's main dragon partner and best friend is a Night Fury. However, a flashback into his younger years revealed that he described Night Furies as "scary".
  • It Runs in the Family: He gets his stubborn streak from both his father and mother.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: His first scene shows a miniature ballista he invented because he couldn't heave the projectile himself. His dad is not impressed.
  • Kid Hero: He's fifteen and ends the 300 year dragon war. No longer the case in the second movie where he is 20 years old.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: Still the protagonist in the second movie, but is now an adult and by the epilogue of the third movie, he's now 30, married to Astrid, and they both have two kids.
  • The Klutz: It'd probably be faster to list the number of times Hiccup doesn't get knocked on his butt. He gets better as he grows up.
  • Large and in Charge: He is the tallest of his friends in Race to the Edge and the second movie, and all of his friends acknowledge him as their leader.
  • The Leader: He's the defacto leader of his friends, especially in the TV series. Hiccup manages to incorporate all examples of the trope — He's the most mature of his friends and keeps his mind focused on the important matters (Levelheaded). Following from the former, that trait and Hiccup's naturally high intelligence allows him to be the main planner (Mastermind). While Hiccup is on the introverted side, he is a Magnetic Hero (Charismatic) and is always holds onto his ideals to Determinator levels (Headstrong). Continued in the second movie, except now as the chief of all of Berk.
  • Leitmotif: A tin whistle is a recurring instrument in his scenes, which ranges from comedic reels to beautiful melodies.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Downplayed. Hiccup is a scrawny weak kid who is more of a Gadgeteer Genius than a fighter; his father, Stoick, is is a big bearded man who is every bit a typical Viking warrior whose main defining feature is his strength. However, they later show many more similarities to each other, so while they may differ in size and how to handle particular situations, they do have a few things in common.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • Hiccup and Stoick act exactly like each other when it comes to stubbornness, leadership, protecting their loved ones, and often not listening to the advice of others. They even quote ones another in the first film without ever realizing they did it.
    Gobber: He's every bit the bull-headed, stubborn viking you ever were.
    Stoick: [nods in agreement]
    • The second movie shows he takes after his mother, Valka, too. Both are compassionate Vikings who don't fit the norm, have lanky builds, and are expert dragon tamers to the point of feeling more connection with said species instead of other humans.
  • Living MacGuffin: Alvin wants him for his dragon-training abilities.
  • Lovable Nerd: Hiccup is a scrawny, awkward Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Love Confession: Hiccup gives Astrid one in "Mi Amore Wing" after apologizing for taking her for granted.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: As of "The Iron Gronckle", he has a shield made of Gronckle Iron, which is very tough and very light.
  • Made of Iron: While it may seem hard to believe at first due to his small stature, Hiccup always manages to bounce back from a severe injury. For example, in "When Lightning Strikes", he was struck directly in the head by a massive bolt of lightning, and still managed to wake up the next morning. Also, at the end of How to Train Your Dragon, he was knocked off of Toothless by the Red Death's massive club-tail, and (with the help of Toothless, of course) managed to wake up about a couple weeks later.
  • Magnetic Hero: Hiccup is known to be very persuasive, (Astrid says so herself in the second movie) as he has convinced his father, the teens, the whole village of Berk, Dagur, Alvin, even Eret to give dragons a closer look and see the beauty of them. In "Buffalord Soldier", he also managed to persuade Viggo to give him the cure for Astrid's illness.
  • Martial Pacifist: Hiccup may be inclined towards diplomacy and in the second movie styled himself as the peacemaker, preferring to use words over weapons, but when battle calls leaps into the fray without hesitation. He'd just prefer not to have to get to that stage.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Astrid. In the first movie, it is emphasized in the beginning where Astrid has armor and Hiccup has an apron on. And in general, Hiccup knows how to sew and will suggest a peaceful solution first, while Astrid loves to do dangerous and rough stunts on Stormfly and usually communicates with violence. Played with, since Hiccup isn't outright effeminate and Astrid does have some girly traits.
  • Meaningful Name: Hiccup seems to have gotten his name from the fact that he was born early, so he was smaller and weaker than the other babies.
  • Messianic Archetype: Having a higher knowledge that could enlighten those around him (dragon-training), is considered a criminal and punished in his efforts to educate others (disowned by his father), sacrificing himself to save others from their own ignorance (nearly dying from his and Toothless' battle with the Red Death, which he tried to warn his father about), "dying" and then "resurrection" (waking from a coma) with signs of his sacrifice apparent on his body (his prosthetic leg) and not only "saves" his people but creates a new dawn for mankind (one of peace between the Hooligan Tribe and dragons) that is violently opposed or taken advantage of by those who disagree (The Outcasts and the Berserkers). Sound familiar?
    • Does not help that he was born a hiccup, his mother not thinking he would survive infancy premature, only to become a hero of many-a-Event Flag.
  • Mirror Character: The Hero Hiccup and Big Bad of the second movie, Drago, are both master dragon tamers who grew up fearing dragons, both capable of even taming a Nightfury, and warring over who can influence Toothless is a major part of the final battle.
  • Modest Royalty: As the chief's son, Hiccup could technically be considered Viking 'royalty', but he wears the same kind of simple outfits as the rest of the Vikings- he is not even treated as the chief's son by anyone except Trader Johann in the TV series, who calls him 'Master Hiccup' as opposed to just 'Mr. Whoever' like he calls everyone else.
  • Momma's Boy: When Hiccup meets his mother in the second film they immediately hit it off due to their similar traits (compassion, lover/protector of dragons, stubbornness, and feeling like outcasts).
  • More Dakka: Has a particular fondness for using this in dragon combat, bombarding the enemy with a hail of highly accurate shots. It becomes obvious that this is his preference rather than just a Night Fury thing when he trains a Terrible Terror to do it as well.
  • Muscle Angst: Hiccup is physically the weakest of all the characters, to his chagrin. It doesn't help that his father is practically a tank, and Hiccup believes that his lack of muscle is the reason behind his father's disappointment in him; in reality, as Gobber stated, it's more about "what's inside [Hiccup] that [Stoick] can't stand", which also doesn't help. Hiccup's strength lies in his smarts, but Vikings don't understand that as well as brute force. The show explores this further in the episode were Stoick has Hiccup drawn very muscular on a shield painting, which Stoick doesn't catch on how this hurts his son's feelings and only worsens his already ingrained insecurities. And while does Hiccup remain leaner than most as he grows up, he does get stronger (i.e., being able punch the brawnier Snotlout so hard the latter lost a couple of teeth) and many other Vikings (including the Twins and Snotlout) still point out his scrawniness in an unflattering way (either for laughs or drama).
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: By the second series of Race to the Edge, he's able to knock out Snotlout in one punch and has him spitting teeth. Admittedly, this is because Snotlout unwisely invited the punch, but everyone's still very impressed that Hiccup's that strong.
  • Mythical Motifs: Dragons. While the rest of Berk village have their own dragons, many of which bear an Uncatty Resemblance to their riders, Hiccup has the strongest connection to the species (the only other one with equal strength being Valka). He studies them, is fiercely protective over the species, and his sequel costumes have dragonish designs.
  • Narrator: In the movies and Dragons: Riders of Berk, Hiccup narrates what is happening. His narrating has even become one of the franchise's most consistent Book Ends moments.
  • Nerdy Nasalness: Having the nasal voice of Jay Baruchel certainly helps to depict Hiccup's geeky personality.
  • Nice Guy: Hiccup is a kind, brave, and compassionate person. And while his defining flaw may be his pride, it's not the usual "arrogant, prideful" example.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: In-Between to Fishleg's Nice and Astrid's Mean. While Hiccup is a pacifist - preferring to outthink his problems and fostering peace over war - he is more than willing to get his hands dirty if he has no other choice.
    • Out of his friend group as a whole, he's also the In-between to Snotlout and Tuffnut's Mean and Fishlegs' Nice.
  • Non-Action Snarker: Before he Took a Level in Badass he was ordered to help prepare weapons not join in the fight against dragons, but still threw out a sarcastic quip every now and then.
  • Official Couple: With Astrid. He and Astrid are going stronger than ever in How to Train Your Dragon 2. Finalised in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World with their marriage and the birth of their children.
  • Official Kiss: The kiss he shares with Astrid in "Blindsided" launches their romantic relationship
  • Only Sane Man: A quality befitting a leader, Hiccup is usually the most level headed of his riders; Snotlout, Tuffnut and Ruffnut all being different flavors of Chaotic Stupid, Fishlegs being a Cowardly Lion and Astrid having an explosive temper.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Hiccup is usually against any kind of violence if he can help it. So, when he orders Toothless to shoot a plasma blast at Alvin for holding Astrid hostage or removes his prosthetic leg that Grimmel is holding onto, it shows just how ruthless Hiccup can be if his loved ones are endangered.
    • He briefly doesn't know what to do in "A Time to Skrill", something that shocks the twins because he always has a plan. This shows just how angry he is at himself for accidentally getting the Skrill captured by Dagur and Ryker.
    • When Hiccup believes that Dagur has poisoned Toothless, Hiccup lunges to attack the latter while screaming, "I'll kill you!" and even declares hatred when Dagur runs away from the hunters and almost gets him captured. Coming from an All-Loving Hero, these are both shocking moments.
    • He's also quick to attack Viggo in "Triple Cross" when the latter tries to genuinely ask for help. Granted, the events of "Shell Shocked" understandably made Hiccup remember how underhanded Viggo's last appeal for help was, and Hiccup was also coming off of learning about Johann's treachery.
    • After his father gets injured by Krogan's dragon hunters, Hiccup is out of himself. He yells at his friends to stop their pointless bickering, something that he would take in stride, before proclaiming that none of this would've happened had he not shot down Toothless.
    • In the second film, an angry and saddened Hiccup physically pushes Toothless away while yelling at him to leave. Why? Because a mind-controlled Toothless killed Stoick.

  • Papa Wolf: Hiccup is fiercely protective over his friends and dragons.
  • Patchwork Kids: Hiccup is a perfect blend of his parents. From his father, he inherited his eye shape, eye color, and freckles; from his mother, he inherited her body type and hair color. Hiccup's nose is a combination of his parents' - generally big nose (father) with a long bridge (mother).
  • Perma-Stubble: In the second and third installments, he and the other young male characters are sporting face fuzz.
  • Positive Friend Influence: Hiccup was this to Astrid, getting her to be a more open, empathetic, and happier person overall. She even points this out in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World:
    Astrid: You're right. You're back to where you started. But you know what? I was one of the first people to believe in you, and I have watched you doubt whether you were worthy ever since. And I am the person I am today because of you. I never said it, but it's true. You are the bravest, most stubborn, most determined knucklehead I know. Toothless didn't give you that, Hiccup; he just made it—
    Hiccup: Easier.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: He momentarily freezes up after Astrid kisses him at the end of the first movie.
  • Predator Turned Protector: While his whole tribe is this in general, Hiccup was the very first. He constructs a weighted-net launcher that successfully knocks a dreaded Night Fury dragon out of the sky during a dragon raid. Hiccup ventures into the hills to find the fallen dragon and slay it. Upon finding his objective, however, Hiccup takes mercy on the creature and actually works to hide it from his fellow Vikings.
  • Pretty Boy: Goes from an adorable, short teen to a tall, adult Chick Magnet with slender features.
  • Pride: Hiccup's defining flaw, though he's not an arrogant person. It leads to brash and rushed behavior several times.
    • In the first film, his pride in his still-not-fully-working gadgets led to him rushing out ill-prepared into a battle right at the start of the film.
    • In the second, his belief in himself as a peacemaker after he got Alvin and Stoick to become allies once more and his refusal to listen to his father about Drago led to him deciding that the best way to find this madman was being captured, and his holding Toothless back from firing rather than just aim to take Drago out sooner led to his own father's death.
  • Raised by Dudes: His mother went missing when he was an infant, presumed dead. He was then raised by his father and also had a parental figure in Gobber.
  • Rebel Prince: In the second film, Hiccup misses the Dragon Race to avoid his father, who brought up the idea of his succession earlier that morning.
    Stoick: [after giving commentary on the events of the dragon race] And Hiccup is... nowhere to be found.
    Gobber: Scared him off with the big talk, didn't ya, Stoick?
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Inverted. In the third movie, Hiccup occasionally dons a nearly all black-scaled dragon armor (made from Toothless' shedded scales) with a red Berk symbol painted on one of the shoulder pads. He's still the same heroic Hiccup from the first two movie and TV series.
  • Red Baron: In Dragons: Riders of Berk, the Outcasts only know Hiccup as "The Dragon Conqueror" and are surprised to find out who he is.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Downplayed. Hiccup has auburn hair but is the definite protagonist of the franchise.
  • Redhead In Green: Downplayed. Again, he has auburn hair but one of his consistent cloth colors is green (i.e., green tunic, green pants, etc).
  • Red Is Heroic: From the second film and onward, Hiccup's suit includes Berk's symbol painted red on one of his shoulder pads.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Astrid — they're only peers in the first movie and friends/love interests by the end. They become an Official Couple in "Blindsided" with them being engaged in "Sandbusted". They finally are married by the end of the third movie.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Given that his father is the Chief of Berk, that means Hiccup is a prince by all accounts. And while he has no interest in becoming the next Chief, he will do whatever he can to protect Berk from harm.
  • Ruling Couple: Since Hiccup is the Chief of Berk, he and Astrid become one when they get married at the end of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
  • The Runt at the End: His birth name is also a title for those considered "the runt of the litter".
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Astrid — he's a quiet bookworm, she's the ideal, athletic Viking.
  • Scars are Forever: He has a small, very faint scar on his chin that's only visible during certain scenes in the first film. In the second film it's revealed that he got it when he was accidentally scratched by Cloudjumper as a baby, and it's also how Valka is able to recognize him after twenty years.
  • Science Hero: Along with wit, Hiccup also prefers to resort to his amazing inventions and gadgets to help.
  • Secret-Keeper: In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. First, he's a Berkian, who by the end of the movie are the only people who know for a fact that dragons exist. Second, as he and Astrid are the only ones who've actually been to the Hidden World, they're the only ones who know how to find it. And since they and their kids are the only ones seen playing with Toothless and his family in the epilogue, it's implied the two never told anyone else.
  • Shield Bash: Downplayed, as Hiccup doesn't do it often but he will use his shield for offense.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • He gives a huge and warm smile after seeing his parents kiss.
    • He also tries to give Toothless advice on how to court the Light Fury. Keyword: tries.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Played straight initially — Hiccup is the smartest member of the Berk Dragon Training Academy and the shortest among the gang; inverted in Race to the Edge and the movie sequel when he becomes the tallest, but he's still the smartest.
  • Shrinking Violet: Justified. Given his earlier life, Hiccup initially shied away from the new (and positive) attention he received from fellow Berkians, not knowing how to react, and he only felt comfortable around Toothless and other dragons.
  • Shrouded in Myth: It's implied (in the "Portrait of Hiccup" episode) that no matter what Hiccup does, Viking mythology in the future will portray him as a fearless, tough, fire-breathing badass admired by everyone- because that's what Vikings do. They make awesome ballads out of their heroes' exploits even if they must warp the truth to do it. Hiccup finds this exceedingly depressing since he spent his whole childhood ignored and degraded because he didn't fit Viking standards of strength.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: He gives one to Astrid at the end of the episode "Mi Amore Wing".
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Downplayed. He has auburn hair, but pure green eyes and is the protagonist of the franchise.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Hiccup has only ever had eyes for one girl: Astrid. In "Sandbusted" he calls her his greatest gift.
  • Skyward Scream:
    • At the end of the second season of Race to the Edge after he's Out-Gambitted by Viggo, who now possesses the Dragon Eye.
    • In the second movie, he briefly screams at the sky in frustration while riding on Toothless after Stoick's arrival on Eret's ship foiled Hiccup's plan to meet with Drago and attempt to reason with him. A Skyward Scream while he was actually in the sky.
  • The Spock: Plays this to Fishleg's The Kirk in "Worst in Show" and "Quake, Rattle and Roll", keeping Fishlegs calm, pacifistic and reasonable whenever Snotlout provokes him in one form or another. He can also be considered this in his family's Freudian Trio, with Stoick being The Kirk and Valka being The McCoy.
  • Stepford Snarker: In the first film he uses sarcasm to cover up his loneliness at being Berk's Black Sheep.
  • Stronger Than They Look: While Hiccup was quite scrawny in the first film, he was also Made of Iron and able to smack larger mooks with his shield. As he grows older, he becomes slightly muscular, but still leaner than the rest. However, he is able take on brawnier Vikings and win.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Astrid. In the second movie, she's the best dragon rider in Berk, while he spends his days inventing and exploring.
  • Swiss-Army Appendage: After losing his left leg in the first movie, Hiccup's prosthesis can fit in Toothless' gear system. By the sequel, Hiccup has upgraded his prosthesis to switch to a "foot" best suited for whatever environment he's in.
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: His own invention and personal weapon, it's a shield that can be used not only as a shield, but also fires a grappling hook and transforms into a crossbow.
  • Take a Third Option: Hiccup's usual M.O. on dealing with problems is to find an alternative solution than the ones presented to him.
  • Taught by Experience: While certainly not Book Dumb, much of Hiccup's expertise, whether it includes dragons or his various inventions, are born out of trail and error. He literally rewrote the Book of Dragons and invented Dragon Riding in its current form after several weeks of bonding with Toothless when all he had to go on was "extremely dangerous; kill on sight."note  His flight suit is the product of many failed attempts, a lot of his test flights nearly getting him killed. He starts out as the least capable fighter of the team and it is not until years after surviving several life or death situations does he display any skill in combat by himself. Even his Martial Pacifist stance is based on a "three strikes/you're out" policy, only resorting to violence - even with an intent to kill - only after giving the benefit of the doubt.
  • Teen Genius: At only 15-years-old, Hiccup was able to make ingenious inventions like a grappling hook machine, Toothless' prosthetic tail, a shield made of Gronckle iron that can also act as a mechanical bow and arrow, and much more.
  • Thrill Seeker: Downplayed. He becomes an "adrenaline junkie" in the second film along with Toothless, but is overall still the same calm and level-headed Hiccup.
  • Time-Passage Beard: Grows one for the Distant Epilogue of the third movie.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He takes a level in every movie and in the TV series.
    • In the first movie, Hiccup starts as a weak workshop assistant, and levels up until he's an aerial combat tactician able to take on a dragon the size of a skyscraper and win.
    • In Riders and Defenders, Hiccup learns how to be a more effective and assertive leader to his friends. And by Race to the Edge, he can now hold his own in and win swordfights.
    • In the second movie, Hiccup not only creates a new fly suit, he also carries an flame inducing sword. Not only that, his way of communicating to dragons has improved tremendously — case in point, it presumably took Hiccup a few weeks to gain Toothless' trust, now Hiccup managed to win the affection of 10+ dragons in only a few minutes.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • Subverted. He has two from his mother — Part of her breastplate helmet which was modified to fit him and a stuffed dragon toy. She is revealed to be alive in the second film.
    • Played straight but in an unusual way with his Flaming Sword, Inferno. Hiccup's final design, which includes flammable Zippleback gas emitting from said blade wasn't his idea but the idea of his main arch nemesis for most of Race to the Edge, Viggo. In context, Hiccup created his sword first but Viggo was impressed and inspired to make his own sword with the flammable Zippleback gas idea included as well. This was also during the time of Viggo's genuine Heel–Face Turn and Hiccup possibly added the idea not only for its' potential help but also in honor of his complicated relationship with the man who taught Hiccup many lessons even though he was an enemy for most of it.
  • Tranquil Fury: He was very angry with Snotlout in "Cast Out Part 1" when his latest attempt to hog the glory almost killed Astrid, keeping composed as he sternly told him he was suspended.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: A huge part of Hiccup's character is his ability to forgive. He held no resentment towards his tribe's shunning, father's disownment, or teasing from most of his peers from the first movie. This does not stop him from recognizing an enemy for what they are however, fully willing to attack Alvin on Toothless's back while on Outcast Island and being suspicious of Alvin, Dagur and Viggo when they make their Heel-Face Turns.

  • Underestimating Badassery: A lot of people tend to think Hiccup is just the scrawny, nerdy, weirdo...then they actually see him in action.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Toothless.
    • In the first movie, Hiccup jumps on a burning ship to save Toothless. And before that, he was prepared to leave Berk behind to be with Toothless and begged his father to be mad at him but not to take it out on the dragon.
    • In the second movie, he forgives Toothless for killing Stoick (mostly in part because he was mind-controlled) and when Toothless began to fall after being freed by Drago, Hiccup didn't hesitate to jump after him.
    • In the third movie, he performs a Heroic Sacrifice for Toothless, who has become unconscious due to being hit by one of Grimmel's darts. He tells the Light Fury to save Toothless. Then, Hiccup lets go (with Grimmel in tow), falling to the ocean.
    • Throughout the TV series, Hiccup has defended Toothless from his village, Dagur, and a number of dragon hunters.
  • Unknown Rival: To Astrid in the first film — he's completely oblivious to how jealous she is of him outperforming her in training. She becomes more and more frustrated and determined to put him in his place, while comparing himself with her never crosses his mind.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: He and Snotlout are cousins in the books. Here, it's never mentioned that the two are related.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender Inverted. The normally pacifistic Hiccup was ready to kill Alvin when he was threatening to harm Astrid.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • With Gobber, as the two trade insults with one another, but have a father/son bond that is sometimes deeper than Hiccup's relationship with Stoick.
    • A light version with Astrid as the two enjoy ribbing on each other, but have genuine love for one another.
  • Warrior Prince: Hiccup started off as anything but this in the first movie, a considerable disappointment considering he comes from a Barbarian Tribe. After becoming a skilled flyer with Toothless and defeating the Red Death, Hiccup became more involved with Berk's protection and led the Dragon Riders as their first response team. By the time he reaches his late teens, he becomes more independently capable, being able to spar on equal footing with Astrid and fight the likes of Viggo and Krogan one-on-one.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In the first movie, he can barely carry a weapon without staggering under its weight. He makes up for it by being a Gadgeteer Genius and a Badass Bookworm. He grows stronger when he becomes an adult.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy:
    • In the movie he never quits striving for his father's respect, but as the story progresses he's able to put other priorities first.
    • Despite Stoick's acceptance of dragons in the series, Hiccup still has some hang-ups. Which was deconstructed at one point when Hiccup risk his and his friends' life to prove himself to his father.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?:
    • In the movie, Hiccup points out how ridiculous his name is, but explains the reasons for awful names (scaring off gnomes and trolls) and says that there are other people with worse ones.
    • In one episode of the series, Hiccup mentions that it's traditional to call the runt of a litter a 'Hiccup'. It ends up being a key point later in learning he wasn't the first chieftain son to be a Hiccup either.
  • The Wise Prince: Despite not being the ideal Viking one would want from their future chief, Hiccup usually thinks before he acts, coming up with plans and crafting things that let him Take a Third Option when usually Violence is the Only Option. That is to say that his wits don't have their limits against more clever opponents or that his youth does not cloud his judgement from time to time.
  • You Killed My Father: Drago Bludvist commanded his Bewilderbeast to hypnotize Toothless to kill Hiccup, only for Stoick to take the blast for his son. The grieving Hiccup was initially furious at Toothless, but after coming to his senses, he knows that his best friend would never hurt his father and that Drago is the one to blame.
  • Youthful Freckles: Hiccup has a lot of freckles as a teen and keeps a few as an adult.