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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

  • Adorkable: Hiccup retains a lot of his adorable geek qualities from the film and television series.
  • Black Sheep: As a thoughtful, scrawny tinkerer in a village of warriors.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of his defining traits.
  • Dragon Rider: The first, along with Merida.
  • Father, I Don't Want to Fight: Zig-zagged. Initially he wanted to kill dragons, but went through a change of heart when he encounters a wounded Toothless.
  • Love Confession: Hiccup admits how smitten he is by staging a birthday party for Merida.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: At the beginning of the story, Hiccup desperately wants to be like the other Vikings and kill his own dragon, which means...
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: To Stoick's disappointment, Hiccup is more brains than brawn.
  • Nice Guy: Hiccup takes the initiative and throws Merida a birthday party to show her that not everyone disapproves of her presence in Berk.
  • The Apprentice: He's an apprentice blacksmith to Gobber, and a good one at that.
  • The Chosen One: He was blessed by Loki, claiming that he is one of few who will defeat a dark force that is ready to be unleashed upon the world whether he wants to or not.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Has to fight an heir of the four clans for Merida's hand as part of a ceremony.
  • The Leader: As dragon training continues and Hiccup proves himself, the teens look to him more and more to lead them.
  • The South Paw: Hiccup realizes he's left-handed thanks to Merida's insight.

Stoick the Vast

  • Action Dad: Stoick never shies away from a dragon fight, and even steps up to Fight Mor'du at one point.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Chief of Berk knows no equal in battle or tactics.
  • Badass Beard: It's braided
  • Badass in Charge: He's the leader of the Viking village.
  • Birds of a Feather: Him and King Fergus have a lot more in common than they would like to admit.
  • Dad the Veteran: Like most Vikings in Berk, he's fought against the Highlanders in a previous war.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: He always wished his son had more beef on his arms and acted more like a traditional Viking.
  • Large and in Charge: He's one of the biggest and broadest Vikings in the village.
  • The Leader: Type II. Staving off dragon raids and Vendal attacks, in addition to maintaining the tenuous peace between Berk and the Highlands requires a lot of patience and level-headedness.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Stoick is always personally involved in the protection of his people. He fights off dragons, Vendal raiders, and Mor'du himself to keep the village safe.
  • The Stoic: For the most part, he's a man of few words. It's his name, after all.
  • Stout Strength: He's wider than most Vikings, and stronger to boot.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Hiccup realizes that this is what his father, and the entire village, thinks of him.

Fishlegs Ingerman

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While he's never treated badly towards Hiccup in the movie, he doesn't defend him. Here, he's Hiccup's best friend, like in the original books. Though he briefly stopped being friends with him after being forced to join Snotlout, Astrid, Tuffnut and Ruffnut out of peer pressure, and because his dad didn't want him around Hiccup. Eventually Fishlegs had enough and misses being friends with Hiccup, and they reconciled early on in the story. Also, like Hiccup, he's reluctant to kill a dragon early on.
  • Adorkable: Similar to Hiccup
  • Ascended Extra: Fishlegs is a lot more important in this story than he is in the movie.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He can look at a dragon and instantly break down its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Snotlout found out the hard way that Fishlegs is not a pushover when pissed off. Possibly a nod to the books, where Fishlegs became a flat-out berserker.
  • Gentle Giant: Unless provoked or fighting dragons, Fishlegs is usually a nonviolent guy.
  • Momma's Boy: He has only his mother's love and support.
  • The Smart Guy: He memorized the Book of Dragons, and read every other book available in Berk.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: He's fond of reciting the qualities of dragon species in distinctly RPG-esque terms.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Hiccup and Merida.

Astrid Hofferson

  • The Ace: She's a skilled fighter, and originally first in her class.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: At the beginning of the story, Astrid is a lot meaner and crueler than she is in the movie.
  • Alpha Bitch: Especially towards the beginning of the series.
  • An Axe to Grind: She prefers a hefty waraxe when fighting dragons.
  • Braids of Action: Shoulder-length braids.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Though she's initially cold to most people and outright hostile towards Merida, she warms up to Hiccup, Merida, and Fishlegs in later chapters.
  • Dude Magnet: To her annoyance, Snotlout flirts with her constantly
  • Embarrassing First Name: Her full name is Camicazi Astrid Hofferson. She'll beat up anyone who mentions it.
  • Famous Ancestor: One of her ancestors is Asterix from her father's side of the family.
  • Freudian Excuse: Possesses an irrational hatred of Merida because her father died in a battle against her people.
  • Hidden Depths: While it wasn't obvious earlier, she's always liked Fishlegs. Because he never tries to hit on her or show off.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Realizes just how horrible she has been to Merida.
    • The Atoner: After realizing how awful of a person she had been, Astrid spends the rest of the story trying to make up for it.
  • Tomboy: An odd example, since Berk is a land of dragon-killing Vikings. Her rough attitude and martial proficiency are pretty normal, and expected, in such a place.

Snotlout Jorgenson

  • Amazon Chaser: He just can't stop hitting on Astrid. He also tries hitting on Merida (albiet still being mildly racist against her) only to be met with similar results.
  • The Bully: At the beginning of the story, he goes out of his way to be mean to Hiccup.

Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston

  • Catchphrase: Tuffnut has "Oh, I'm hurt! I am very much hurt!"
  • Sibling Rivalry: Both of them are a classic case of the "bickering twins" stereotype.
  • Tomboy: Ruffnut in a manner similar to Astrid.

Gobber the Belch

  • Abusive Parents: Gobber's father was fond of stealing, killing, and raping, so it's not surprising that he wasn't a great parent.
  • Artificial Limbs: He has a missing left hand that he can interchange with different objects, and he has a right peg leg.
  • Backstory: In this story Gobber's father kidnap his mother a Highlander princess during a raided and he was raised mainly by his mother which explains his accent, unlike his canon counterpart who's parents were both Vikings and happily married.
  • Berserk Button: Do not threaten Hiccup in his shop as Snotlout and Tuffnut found out in chapter 8.
  • Character Development: After his Heroic BSoD moment he begin to help Hiccup more out and begin to see that Hiccup's not weak, but different and he has his own strengths.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's in charge of training the young Vikings how to slay dragons; he normally goes about this by yelling suggestions at them while they dodge fireballs.
  • Handicapped Badass: He might be missing an arm and a leg, but that doesn't make him one bit less interested in slaying dragons.
  • Heroic BSoD: Gobber realized that he has not been much help with Hiccup and his problems, and he also realized he has not been much help to Mérida either.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Had a Highlander mother and a Viking father.
  • Parental Substitute: He acts like a second father to Hiccup.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: For the very first day of dragon training, he has the young Vikings fend off against a Gronkle.
  • That Came Out Wrong: His advice rarely offers the kind of support he intends, as Hiccup points out.
  • The Blacksmith: Normally, he's the village's blacksmith. He's also the one who trains Hiccup how to forge weapons.

Spitelout Jorgenson

Bertha Hofferson

Fishguts Ingerman

  • Stubborn Mule: Refuses to admit he was wrong about Hiccup and Mérida despite evidence to the contrary.

Ribbon Ingerman

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Tends to tease Fishlegs in-front of his friends and Astrid.
  • Doting Parent: Actually considers what Fishlegs has to so say unlike her husband.
  • Open-Minded Parent: She is in favor of Fishlegs' friendship with Hiccup and Mérida and was proud to make Mérida her new clothes.




Princess Mérida O'DunBroch

  • Badass Family: She comes from one.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Though she prefers her bow, she's good enough with a sword to help Hiccup learn swordplay.
  • Brave Scot: It takes a lot of bravery to shoot arrows at Mor'du, but Merida never hesitates to do so.
  • Cool Big Sis: Her brothers make it clear they want her to stay in the Highlands with them. They even want to stay with her at Berk.
  • Daddy's Girl: She gets along better with Fergus than Elinor because she's more fond of adventure than her role as a princess.
  • Fiery Redhead: Headstrong and passionate, Merida's personality is reflected by her wild red hair.
  • Hot-Blooded: She prefers adventuring in the woods to going about her royal duties, and she's definitely not someone you want to pick a fight with.
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Although Merida clearly has inherited her mother's stubbornness and pride, Merida is very much a chip off the old block when it comes to her love of fighting, weapons, and woods exploration.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: Merida spends a lot of her free time in Berk by exploring the woods with Angus.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: One sister to three younger brothers.
  • Tomboy Princess: One of her defining character traits. Merida prefers shooting arrows and riding horses to her royal duties.
  • Warrior Princess: Merida is not only a great shot with a bow, but she also faces down Mor'du, stands up to Astrid a number of times, and takes part in dragon fighting lessons. Even in Berk, she stands out as a badass.
    "A princess does not put weapons on the table."
  • Wild Hair: Merida's hair isn't the easiest to control

Queen Elinor O'DunBroch

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is tall, beautiful, has very long dark hair and possess a composed and graceful attitude.
  • Big Good: Her grace and wisdom are what holds the kingdom together and is the one doing the talking for the royal family.
  • Brainy Brunette: She is the only one in her family with brown hair and seems to be in charge of keeping relationships between Berk and the Highlands stable.
  • Happily Married: To Fergus, and this is the reason she can't understand Merida's resistance to arranged marriage
  • The High Queen: She has "the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders" and is evidently more politically active than her husband.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Fergus; he could easily pick her up with one arm.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Her hair is straighter and longer than Merida's.

King Fergus O'DunBroch

  • Action Dad: Fergus has fought Mor'du several times, and has managed to survive every encounter.
  • Badass Family: The patriarch of one.
  • Big Fun: Fergus enjoys hearty feasts and stories.
  • Birds of a Feather: Although Fergus doesn't get along well with Stoick, they're similar in many respects.
  • Brave Scot: It takes more than a little bravery to stand toe-to-toe with a giant like Mor'du.
  • Fiery Redhead: A trait inherited by his daughter.
  • Handicapped Badass: Although he lost his left leg to Mor'du, it doesn't seem to have slowed him down much, if at all.
  • Happily Married: With Elinor.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Whereas Fergus is large and stocky, Elinor is slender and petite.
  • Large and in Charge: Like Stoick, Fergus is a good deal larger than most of his subjects.
  • Papa Wolf: He doesn't hesitate to defend Merida from Mor'du, even with his handicap.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Elinor, although she admits that at first she was nervous about her betrothal to him. They're very happy together now, though.
  • Ruling Couple: He and Elinor rule the Highlands.

The O'DunBroch Triplets

  • Little Brother Instinct: After they reunited with Merida, they told Hiccup to treat her right or else he'd have to answer to them. One of them even makes an "I'm watching you!" gesture toward Hiccup.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: They didn't like that Merida was being forced to marry Hiccup, so they gave their sister her bow and arrows Elinor had locked up.
  • Pintsized Kid: They're pretty darn tiny.
  • Rule of Three: Hence triplets.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: All three are boys.
  • Sibling Team: They are never shown apart and work great in tandem with one another.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The triplets never said anything in the film aside from the occasional laugh, sneeze or distracting roar. Here they talk, and even finish each other's sentences.

Lord Macguffin

Lord Macintosh

Lord Dingwall

Young Macguffin

Young Macintosh

Wee Dingwall

     Other Characters 


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: At the beginning of the story, she's more welcoming towards Hiccup, Merida, and Fishlegs. As opposed to the movie, where she wants Merida to leave, regardless of the will-o-the-wisps leading her to the witch.


Mor'du the Demon Bear

The Red Death

  • Ambiguous Gender: Its gender is quite unclear, as its referred to as male in the movie while most fans consider it female. But averted here, where he's clearly male and the father of Mor'du.
  • Big Bad: He's the largest villain present, as well as the most powerful.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed away within Helheim's Gate by Hilde.
  • Talking Animal: Is capable of speaking human language.

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