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"Supposedly there's an outsider in the Encanto…"
"There's an invader in the Encanto?"

Hiccup and Toothless both escape Berk after he is outed as a "traitor". With nowhere to go, they fly endlessly until they have a close encounter with a strange storm and crash land in the outskirts of an isolated town in a completely different country. There he learns two important things: magic is real, and maybe he has finally found a home.

The Dragon and the Butterfly is a crossover fanfiction between Encanto and How to Train Your Dragon by HotPatooty and is the first installment in The Dragon and the Butterfly Saga. It can be read on Archive of Our Own here, and is complete.

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  • Abusive Parents: Stoick qualifies, but he gets better. As in canon, the chief neglects his son (allowing him to be chastised, bullied and beaten by the rest of their people) and disowns him once he's discovered to be a "traitor". His Heroic BSoD helps him see how wrong his actions were, and he spends the majority of the Berk arc trying to reconnect with Hiccup.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
  • Adopting the Abused: When the Madrigals learn just how bad life was on Berk for Hiccup and Toothless, they all instantly agree that the Viking and the dragon are staying in the Encanto, whether they like it or not. They also guarantee that Stoick, when he appears in the Encanto, gets a long overdue lecture on his terrible parenting skills.
  • A Wizard Did It: The lack of a Language Barrier when the Vikings and Colombians communicate is just hand-waved away as another perk of the Madrigals' Miracle. Written language is a different matter, however, and Hiccup needs Mirabel to translate and learn their alphabet.
    How come he could understand these people fine, and they could understand him, but he couldn't read their language? He chalked it up to "magic", and kept moving.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The island that would have been called "New Berk" in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is instead named "Honeymoon Island" since it's where Hiccup and Mirabel spend their honeymoon. Also, the three Night Lights are named Ghost, Dash and Dot instead of Dart, Pouncer and Ruffrunner.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: As bad as canon!Hiccup had it, he shrugs off a lot of the hardships he had in the first film after going from zero to hero. This version isn't nearly as fine. Firstly, he was a constant target for physical and emotional abuse. Secondly, he had to rescue Toothless from a public execution, rather than being used as a tool to find the nest. After making a home in the Encanto, Hiccup is Improperly Paranoid at the thought that one false move or bad decision will cause everyone to hate him. This even leads to him trying to keep Mirabel from confessing her feelings to him, under the assumption that he would somehow mess up and hurt her beyond repair. By the time the Madrigals meet Stoick and the others, they are all immediately hostile towards him just from the number of times they had to help Hiccup move on from the abuse.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Eret was a professional dragon-trapper who was unwillingly employed by Drago Bludvist to gather dragons for his army, his life forfeit if he doesn't regularly bring in a certain quota. Here, his village is impoverished and dragon-hunting is his and his crew's only means of amassing enough wealth to provide for them.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: While Mirabel is nearly the same as her canon-counterpart, a lot of her ideas involved complicated hijinks meant to help those around her with Hiccup reluctantly going along with it, Mirabel saying a lot of ridiculous and hilarious things alongside them.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: While Stoick was a leader set in his ways in canon, it was mostly out of concern for the prosperity of his village. Here he allows Berk to fall into ruin when the raids increase out of denial, logics himself into thinking that Hiccup's bond with Toothless is just teen angst and that he would be okay with killing Toothless later on, and repeatedly ruins what little progress he makes with Hiccup by either saying the wrong thing or doing the wrong thing. He had weeks to properly prepare for their assault on the Red Death and a platoon of trained dragon riders at his disposal, yet he ensures that all of the Dragon Riders stay behind out of misguided protectiveness towards his son, turning what was an ignorantly-made Last Stand to an outright suicide mission.
  • Adoption Conflict: The premise of the fic is that Hiccup and Toothless flee Berk before Toothless could show Hiccup the nest, and that the two end up in the Encanto. They are practically adopted by the Madrigal family, especially after Hiccup and Mirabel become a couple. Stoick, Gobber, and the Viking teens eventually come to the Encanto looking for Hiccup. He claims that the Madrigals can't keep Hiccup from him because he's his biological father... leading to every single Madrigal calling him out for his emotional abuse and neglect of Hiccup (which he'd told them about). Agustin even tells him, to his face, "You won't lay a finger on my boy!"
    • Made more complicated when Valka reappears and visits the Encanto for the first time. Julieta is disgusted at Valka for leaving her family, and ends up telling her to her face that Hiccup is Julieta's son because Valka didn't want him.
  • Amazon Chaser: Fitting the typical Viking body-type, Luisa becomes rather popular amongst Berk's eligible bachelors.
  • Because Destiny Says So: While the Madrigals are reluctant to let Hiccup or Mirabel leave for the Barbaric Archipelago, it isn't until Bruno shows them his vision — Hiccup and Mirabel survive their hardships, return, get married and have children — do all parties involved agree to let them both go, everyone aware that his visions always come true.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not insult Mirabel in front of Hiccup. Snotlout was foolhardy enough to do so and earned a punch to the face for it.
    • The Madrigal family does not like being called "witches."
    • Since family is Serious Business for the Madrigals, all of them have mixed feelings when they meet Valka. Reactions range from walking on eggshells to open hostility.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Isabela's power to summon plants might seem harmless enough, but when confronting the Berkians who attacked Hiccup, Snotlout in particular gets assaulted by vines and cacti more than once.
    • Mirabel, as in canon, is normally a kind, optimistic, and helpful girl. But the second she sees anyone hurting her family or boyfriend... Back. Off.
    • Fishlegs is mostly a helpful, scholarly boy who prefers to run from danger than fight it. But when Astrid attempts to kidnap Mirabel to lure Hiccup to Berk, he puts his foot down and tells her off for it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Hiccup is being assaulted by Snotlout, Tuffnut and Ruffnut, Toothless and Mirabel show up to force the Berkians back, and are soon followed by other Madrigals.
  • Blood Knight: Isabela apparently missed her calling as a Viking, finding her first Dragon Raid to be exhilarating.
  • A Boy and His X: As well as the canon Dragon Riders, Luisa, Isabela and Camilo end up training a Crimson Goregutter, a Snaptrapper and a Changewing respectively.
  • Brain Bleach: When the Madrigals are in combat with Stoick's party, a heavily armed Tuffnut gangs up on Bruno. At that moment, Bruno has a vision, telling him that his sister will get together with Fishlegs. Tuffnut is so horrified by this revelation, he faints.
  • Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting: Both Hiccup and Mirabel have suffered due to abuse from a family member, and are doing their best to un-learn some of the lessons they were taught (especially when it comes to their kids.)
  • Brick Joke: When guessing what Alma's final test for Mirabel to see if she was ready to be the Candle Holder, Mirabel thinks it would be a math quiz because "wacky tax stuff" is the one thing Mirabel isn't good with. Wouldn't you know it, Alma admits that that was exactly what it was going to be before Mirabel took charge against the Screaming Death. Though she could have just been kidding.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: When the Vikings encounter the anomalous storm that allows travel between Berk and the Encanto, Gobber remarks that he "should've packed more undies." (When he's about to face the Red Death, he has brought extras.)
  • Calvinball: Berk Dragon Racing seems to have shades of this, which makes sense since the sport is fairly new. Despite the fact that they only show up at the end of a week's worth of racing, Hiccup and the Madrigal riders are allowed to participate in the ending race because Stoick lets them. At the end of the race, the Black Sheep is launched and after the various riders try and fail to win with it, it ends up in Antonio's lap in the bleachers. Despite not being a racer himself, Antonio wins the championship because he managed to run the black sheep to the goal.
    Antonio was now Berk's dragon racing champion, for the next year.
    It was unexpected, unaccounted for, and it probably broke a few rules.
    Just how the Berkians liked it.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Subverted; Hiccup is too nervous about his crush on Mirabel to say anything to anyone else except Toothless, but he hasn't yet adjusted to living around Dolores, who hears everything.
  • Category Traitor: How the Berkians initially view Hiccup for befriending a dragon, as they are a fierce, dragon-killing culture. It didn't help that he was already disliked by 99% of the other Berkians.
  • Catlike Dragons: When Alma finds the Hotburple stealing the town's silverware, it immediately reminds her of her childhood pet Oso, a cat that was so fat and lazy, it looked more like a small bear than a house-cat. The narrative also describes Toothless as cat-like at one point.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In Chapter 70, Valka managed to pacify a highly territorial dragon (Pepa's Skrill) using nothing but hand-gestures. The following chapter ends with Antonio doing the same to a hostile Submaripper, having asked Valka to teach him how to do it.
  • Child Abuse Is a Special Kind of Evil: Stoick's neglect of Hiccup and Spitelout's treatment of his son are not viewed positively, with Stoick receiving numerous calling-outs for his behavior.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Mirabel is excited by Dolores' reaction to learning that Mariano is now single. Hiccup doesn't get it.
    Mirabel: Hiccup, did you see that?
    Hiccup: Yeah, I did…how does she manage to shuffle away so fast with such a long skirt?
  • Commonality Connection:
    • When Hiccup shares his plight with Mirabel — that he's fundamentally different from the rest of his people and that his attempts to help only alienated him further — is when she cuts him off with a hug.
    • When Hiccup assures Felix that Toothless was just spooked by the large crowd, his mind immediately goes to Dolores.
    • Isabela ultimately bonds with her Snaptrapper's dominant head by sharing how much she cares for her sisters, and how she never wants to let them down again.
    • When Valka has trouble in Encanto after Julieta calls her out for abandoning Hiccup, Bruno follows Valka to assure her that he understands what it's like to feel like the best call is to abandon your family, considering his own history with leaving the village because he felt unwanted.
  • Composite Character:
    • Alvin the Treacherous is fully absent from the narrative. Here, it's Eret who plants Whispering Death eggs under Berk so that it would destroy them.
    • With Eret, Valka and her Dragon Nest being the only elements of How to Train Your Dragon 2 to appear, Drago Bludvist is entirely absent from the story, with various story beats that apply to his Bewilderbeast going to the Screaming Death.
  • Costume Evolution: When he starts to adjust to living in the Encanto, Hiccup begins wearing Encanto clothes (most notably a red-and-orange ruana). When he becomes Mirabel's boyfriend, he starts wearing a blue ruana that she made him (signifying how he's become an unofficial member of the Madrigal family). When he returns to Berk to defeat the Queen, he wears clothes similar to what he wore in How To Train Your Dragon, only with a blue tunic instead of green (signifying that he allies himself with the Madrigals, not Berk).
  • Crossover Couple: Hiccup and Mirabel finding that they have a lot in commonnote  and falling for each other is the premise of the fic.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The various Madrigal's reactions in learning about Hiccup and Mirabel's mutual crushes on each other can be summed up in a Squee because of just how goddamn cute they think it is. When Bruno reveals that Hiccup and Mirabel eventually marry, the entire family has this reaction in one way or another.
  • Dads Can't Cook: Augustin genuinely tries, but between how accident-prone he is, and having a Supreme Chef wife who generally handles the cooking, he can't even successfully handle a grill.
    The meat was absolutely charred, and looked more akin to ash than anything edible.
    Every other food item on the grill looked the same.
  • Decomposite Character: Five years after ending the war between Berk and the Dragons, Mirabel had developed into an adrenaline junkie and tests her flight suit on herself much to her dragon's reluctance, qualities Hiccup had developed by How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Arnapkapfaaluk is a deconstruction of the Proud Warrior Race Guy and the Determinator. Arny dedicates her entire life to be the best fighter, taking a Vow of Silence that she will only break after being defeated. Since she had built her whole identity around being the best warrior she knows, she goes into denial when she finally meets her match (Isabela) and becomes obsessed with "finishing their fight" and proving herself superior, forgoing any form of recreation, levity or camaraderie in the process. While Arny has nothing but beating Isabela as a priority, Isabela has not thought of her once since their first encounter, something Arny takes personally. It gets to the point where she tries to kill Isabela during a mutually assured disaster (Dragon Island erupting), is willing to kill her dishonorably (when her back is turned) and even breaks her vow just to gloat about being better than her. Isabela manages to get through to Arny when pointing out that while she has a life outside of being a fighter, Arny does not.
  • Deconstruction Crossover: The fic deconstructs the bullying nature of Berk.
    • The mistreatment and hate Hiccup endured for not fitting into Berk's ideals has caused him a degree of psychological damage and self-loathing, something it takes him over a year to move past.
    • The Madrigals, a loving family, are repulsed by what Hiccup had to go through and get very angry when his former friends try and order him around without showing remorse for their bad behavior.
  • Decoy Damsel: Throughout the battle between the Madrigals and the Vikings, both parties are trying to get to the critically injured Hiccup (the Madrigals so they can heal him, the Vikings so they can abduct him). Ultimately, Mirabel has Camilo pose as the unconscious Hiccup while she takes the real Hiccup away from the battle. This allows her to heal him with Julieta's arepas, as well as reunite with Toothless.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: There is quite a bit of a clash between the family-orientated society of Encanto and the rough and rowdy nature of Berk.
  • Demoted to Extra: With Alvin and Dagur absent from the story, Heather barely has a presence in the story, being a refugee from the Screaming Death's rampage and becomes Fishleg's girlfriend by the time Hiccup marries Mirabel.
  • Destructive Romance: Bruno's prediction came true and Fishlegs and Ruffnut end up entering into a relationship. This "relationship" basically boils down to Ruffnut using him as a personal slave, unwilling prop for her mischief and whipping boy. While at first it's Played for Laughs, it gets progressively less funny as the fic goes on. Eventually, Mirabel takes him aside and asks him if what they have is worth keeping and he genuinely considers the question. By the time the Screaming Death does its rampage across the Archipelago, he had developed something with Heather (who was a refuge of that rampage), implying that they had broken up.
    Ruffnut pushed him into the waters, before he could finish.
    "Stay in there until you get hypothermia!" She commanded. "I wanna see how blue your face gets!"
    With a resigned sigh, Fishlegs opted to float on his back.
    "Yes, dear..."
    He denied any attempts to fish him out of the frozen sea. This was his lot in life.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Stoick tries to soothe Hiccup's pre-wedding jitters by letting him know that Stoick has vowed to kill anything that threatens the wedding. Hiccup is mostly just confused, but appreciates the thought.
    Stoick: Trust me, nothing's going to happen on my watch. I’ll tear apart anyone who tries something!
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Hiccup's greeting to Mirabel at the beach trails off as he notices how her swimsuit is "just a bit too tight," leaving him very red in the face. (Mirabel, meanwhile, disguises her own reaction to his exposed abs.)
  • Doting Grandparent: By the time Stoick has grandchildren, he's adapted to the idea that Hiccup isn't ever going to be macho, and he's actually quite gentle and patient even when the grandchildren are shy. (Though he still has the most fun when they're more boisterous.)
    Where was this Stoick when I was a kid?
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Stoick rationalizes Hiccup leaving Berk as just some good ole' teenage rebellion and that by the time he finds him, they can kill the Night Fury as a bonding exercise and things will go back to the way they were. When Stoick tries to apologize, he botches it completely when he offers to take him away from the "witches" and help him kill Toothless.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Since "Hiccup" literally means that a child is considered a mistake, he's leery of giving any of his children a Viking name. However, Berk's records actually include a name that the Vikings found too embarrassing to use: Peep.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Ignacio has a habit of giving these, referring to Julieta Madrigal as "Cooking Mama."
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • While the Madrigals have their history of dysfunction, they're absolutely appalled by what Hiccup went through on Berk.
    • Camilo is a noted lover of pranks, and is initially thrilled when the twins become his minions. However, when he learns that they've set up a prank that could maim or kill its victim, he runs for Mirabel's help and later chastises the twins for attempting murder.
    • Eret is a dragon-trapper by profession and thus doesn't value dragon life all that much, seeing the Screaming Death sinking dragon-inhabited islands as a business opportunity. It's when he finds out that it has also been sinking human-inhabited islands, leaving entire villages dead and/or homeless does it take the proverbial wind out of his sails.
    • Despite his own imperfections has a parent, Stoick tears Snotlout a new one for trying to celebrate Hiccup's disappearance.
  • Family of Choice:
    • Becoming a member of the Madrigal family was as much Hiccup's choice as it was theirs. By the time Stoick finds Hiccup to apologise for disowning him, Hiccup doesn't even want to be taken back, because he's happier with his new family than he ever was before.
    • Also, Hiccup arguably had this with Toothless before he even left the archipelago (as the dragon was one of the first beings to show him unconditional love in almost a decade).
    • It gets more complicated when Hiccup's mother turns out to be alive. Julieta is quite possessive of her new son-in-all-but-name (and prospective son-in-law), and unimpressed with Valka having left him for twenty years, insisting that "HE'S MY SON BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T WANT HIM!"
  • Fatal Flaw: The Berkians suffer from pride: they consider Hiccup to be a weakling and a coward, exile him without a thought, and even after their village suffers from this thoughtless act, they still can't sit down and accept responsibility for their own actions. Moreover, their pride in being a warrior culture prevents them from thinking about a situation logically, almost always choosing violence when a peaceful solution would be better.
  • For Want Of A Nail: In this version of the story, Hiccup and Toothless are discovered before Hiccup learned where the nest was. As such, once they escape, Hiccup decides to simply sever his ties to Berk and leave the archipelago. This results in the Vikings continuing their war with the dragons for another year before Astrid trains a Deadly Nadder and uses her to find the nest.
  • Freudian Excuse: Bruno explains that part of Julieta's animosity towards Valka comes from feeling like she was neglectful towards Mirabel during all those years of alienation for not having a gift and that she was projecting some of this onto her.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • A mild example can be seen in Hiccup and Stoick. Despite having different beliefs, mindsets, and even appearances, the two are both stubborn men (something pointed out by both Mirabel and Gobber) who will do anything to protect the ones they love.
    • Applies in two different forms to Hiccup and Mirabel's triplets. Firstly, when they are about to be born, the rest of the family place bets on what the children will be- three boys, three girls, or a combination- with Bruno, Julieta and Pepa correctly betting that it will be two girls and a boy based on the precedent that they were the triplet children of the last Candle Holder and anticipate a similar 'sequence'. Later on, when the triplets have their gift ceremony, their youngest daughter Peep doesn't get her own gift, but unlike with Mirabel here everyone swiftly acts to accept her, Mirabel proclaiming that Peep will be the next Candle Holder.
  • Going Native: Hiccup does this in his first year living in the Encanto, as he wears Colombian clothes, lives off of Julieta's food (which is twenty times better than anything Berk can offer), is learning to read Spanish, and by the beginning of the Berk arc is starting to forget about his old life. (Since he left Berk specifically in hopes of finding somewhere that could accept and welcome himself and Toothless, it's pretty much to be expected.)
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Despite being treated like a wimp by his peers, Fishlegs is the only one of the Berkian teenagers who understands that they can't bully and threaten Hiccup into coming back. As such, he's the first one to establish rapport with the Madrigals and Hiccup simply by being humble and polite.
  • Good Parents: All of the Madrigal adults are depicted as this in the story (although Alma leans more towards Parents as People). Julieta and Agustin in particular are quick to serve as surrogate parental figures for Hiccup (especially after learning that Stoick disowned him). By the time he's been in the Encanto for a year, every Madrigal adult willingly calls Hiccup a member of the family and defends him.
  • God Guise:
    • Tuffnut and Ruffnut end up mistaking Camilo as Loki, the Norse God of Mischief, and offer to be his servants. While he goes along with it since this means stealing him snacks, it eventually escalates into pranks that could kill someone.
    • When Mirabel starts passing around her mother's food to Berkians after her first raid, they start praying to Julieta as a Good Health Goddess.
    • When the Madrigals visit Berk to watch the Dragon Races, Pepa gains a following of villagers believing she is the reincarnation of Thor after she creates a storm cloud due to a stubbed toe.
  • Happily Adopted: Sometime after Hiccup becomes Mirabel's official boyfriend, the Madrigals basically adopt him. And he couldn't be happier.
  • Heel Realization: It takes him a while, but Stoick eventually realizes that it was his bad parenting and the abuse of their people that led to Hiccup leaving Berk...out of simple teen rebellion. He then thinks that all he has to do is apologize, then Hiccup will be willing to kill Toothless and come home. This leads to his second realization, when he figures out that his treatment of Hiccup was bad enough that, now that he's gotten a taste of what a happy, healthy family is really like, he wants nothing to do with Stoick or Berk ever again.
  • Heroic BSoD: Basically the best description of Stoick's breakdown after Hiccup leaves Berk, as he can't properly comprehend how his son could abandon the village while ignoring his own role in it. Gobber has one as well, though this is mostly out of grief/worry for Hiccup and anger at the village for driving him away.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his idiotic moments, Tuffnut has a surprising knack for languages, to the extent that he's the only one able to translate some of Mirabel's insults for the rest of the Berkians.
  • Holding in Laughter: To Hiccup, a witch is simply a woman with magic powers. To Isabela, it's a mortal insult. To Mirabel, every time she hears Hiccup call her oh-so-perfect sister a witch, it's one step closer to completely losing control and giving away her hiding place by bursting into hysterical laughter.
    She was currently holding a hand over her mouth to keep the noise from being heard, while her eyes watered with mirth.
  • I Have Your Wife: One of Astrid's plans to get Hiccup to come back to Berk is to kidnap Mirabel and use her to bait him back. Considering she doesn't account for the idea that Mirabel's house is alive and won't let Astrid near the girl, going after Mirabel by force fails spectacularly.
  • Improperly Paranoid:
    • Tragically, Hiccup spends a lot of time in the Encanto walking on egg-shells, worried that one false move will end with everyone hating him like it was on Berk.
    • On the lighter side, when Hiccup finds out that the Madrigal House is alive, it set him on edge to the point where he's worried it would eat him. It isn't until they finish rebuilding Casita does he mellow out. Both of his biological parents have similar thoughts when encountering the Casita for the first time.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • The canon Encanto events proceed almost unchanged and in many cases offscreen, even though Mirabel has Hiccup as a friend. This offers some Dramatic Irony when she remarks that she couldn't have made it through Bruno's room without him, while the reader knows that she absolutely could have.
    • Stoick still ventures to the Dragon's Nest woefully unprepared despite the different circumstances behind him meeting the Red Death. And Hiccup still loses a leg fighting it.
  • Ironic Echo: When Mirabel tries to reassure Hiccup that a house can't eat him, he fearfully responds, "How do you know? You said it was magic, it could eat someone!" Years later, his mother has the exact same reaction, and this time it's Hiccup himself trying to persuade her that she's safe.
  • Irony: After spending years experiencing visions that he hopes won't come true only to be proven wrong, Bruno's vision of Hiccup and Mirabel getting married after they return from Berk is one vision that he hopes will come true and is left concerned that his usual bad luck will resurface and break his "streak".
  • Jealous Romantic Witness: Averted. Before even realizing that she was Hiccup's girlfriend, Astrid singles out Mirabel as her least favorite person just by looking at her. It's later made clear that she thinks Mirabel looks so carefree that she had to have been pampered and spoiled her entire life, and hates having to interact with someone who seemingly has never suffered and probably looks down on her. She apologizes when she learns that Mirabel has self-worth issues.
  • Jerkass to One: While Stoick views all dragons as things to kill, Stormcutters are particularly triggering for him since it was a Stormcutter that flew off with his wife, going into an Unstoppable Rage when he sees Mariposa even though she's clearly a different Stormcutter.
  • The Kindnapper: Stoick and (initially) Gobber believe that bringing Hiccup back to Berk is in the boy's best interest...unaware that Hiccup and Toothless have built a happy life in the Encanto that they won't willingly leave. Gobber realizes that they're in the wrong when he sees how happy Hiccup truly is with the Madrigals, and tries his best to talk Stoick into leaving.
  • Language Barrier: Zigzagged. Thanks to the magic in Encanto, Hiccup can understand its residents' words, and they can, in turn understand him. However, he can't read the language.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Hiccup's exile from Berk is celebrated as one more wimp and traitor gone from their midst. Within a month, their village is in shambles since without Hiccup, Gobber lacks the manpower or will to make armor to protect them from dragon attacks. This is exacerbated by increased attacks, which Stoick even calls divine punishment for being a poor father.
  • Latin Lover: Camilo had accumulated a rather colorful streak of ex-girlfriends and boyfriends, having had seven exes in under five years, each break-up weirder than the last.
  • Laugh Themselves Sick: As Augustin and Mariano give Hiccup a pre-wedding talk about joining the Madrigal family, which skirts ever closer to the other kind of Talk (especially with Valentina's input), Felix is rolling on the ground with laughter until he can't breathe and "nearly entered cardiac arrest".
  • Lethal Chef: When the Madrigals try Berk's "tough and tasteless" cuisine, they immediately break into hysterics about how inedible it is. Even Hiccup complains, having spent a year subsisting on Julieta's cooking.
    Isabela: Does this even qualify as food?
    Mirabel: It's a crime. It's a crime in the form of a chicken leg.
    Luisa: I miss m-mooom...
    Camilo: How do you live like this? DO YOU PEOPLE NOT KNOW WHAT SALT IS!?
    Hiccup: Toothless please... Toothless you gotta take me back! I can't do this, not again! Toothless please!
  • Like Parent, Like Child: When Hiccup, Valka and Stoick learn that Casita is alive, they each assume that it's evil and that it could eat someone.
    Stoick: You say it's magic, yes?
    Hiccup: Yep! The most magical house in the Encanto!
    Stoick: ...and you're sure it won't eat us?
    Valka: That's what he says, but I'm not sure if I believe it...
  • Magic Music: Sofia is Gifted with a Beautiful Singing Voice that also causes illusions to appear in time with her singing, as well the sound of accompanying instruments, so she can give a full theatrical performance with just her voice.
  • Mind over Matter: Manuel's gift is the ability to move objects with his mind.
  • Monster Protection Racket: Eret gets the idea of catching the Screaming Death for a huge reward, keeping to himself that he was the one that unleashed it in hopes that it would destroy Berk.
  • Moving the Goalposts: Despite being beaten by Isabela, Arny refuses to break her Vow of Silence, thinking that using magic is cheating and therefore makes her defeat non-genuine.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the Light Fury never gets a name of her own. Here, Mirabel calls her "Nubless".
  • Narcissist: Snotlout; during the initial Berkians-vs-Madrigals clash, Camilo manages to disarm Snotlout by turning into Snotlout and asking for his weapons, Snotlout so awed by "himself" that he doesn't think about the possible risks.
  • Not That Kind of Mage: When both Hiccup and Stoick's party experience Madrigal-magic for the first time, they immediately assume that they're a family of witches and warlocks. The Madrigals are quick to correct them on this, Isabela in particular finding it offensive.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: By the end of the Berk Arc, Hiccup had lost his leg and Mirabel has permanent burn scars after surviving the battle with the Red Death. Berk's war with the dragons is now over with the Red Death's defeat and everyone returns to the Encanto, unwittingly bringing a sizable number of dragons back with them as new additions to the population.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Bruno's Hobgobbler tends to do this, suddenly appearing within his vicinity when no one is looking.
  • One-Steve Limit: Essentially comes up when Valka arrives in Encanto, as Julieta has spent so long acting as Hiccup's mother that she and Valka each respond whenever Hiccup asks for "Mom". Valentina also grumbles about Antonio calling Valka "Aunty Val", though Bruno reassures her that she's "Tia Val, it's different!"
  • The Only One I Trust:
    • Gobber is the only one in Stoick's party Hiccup is willing to listen to, because he was the only person from Berk who always provided him with protection and support. After spending time with him and Mirabel, Gobber is also the only one who wants to respect Hiccup's wishes, while Stoick and Astrid stubbornly remain committed to bringing him back.
    • Astrid is initially wary of telling anyone about her plan to find the dragon nest especially because she stole Hiccup's notebook and trained a dragon to find it. After spending months working with Fishlegs, though, she introduces him to Stormfly and admits that she trusts him now.
  • Only Sane Man: Gobber is the only one in Berk who realizes the consequences of mistreating Hiccup and is the only one who realizes he's happier in Encanto. Fishlegs applies, too, seeing as how he was the only one to realize that violence and threats won't bring Hiccup back to Berk. It's asking politely and being honest about the serious trouble Berk's in that almost gets Hiccup to agree to go.
  • Opposites Attract: While Bruno is characterized as a meek, superstitious, soft-spoken man with No Social Skills, his girlfriend-turned-fiance Valentina is a well-traveled party girl with a tough exterior and a twisted sense of humor. While Alma disapproves of their relationship under the belief that Bruno should be with a Proper Lady, Valentina has lived her whole life around Dumb Jocks and finds Bruno's attentive and sensitive personality a breath of fresh air.
  • Orgasmically Delicious: When Hiccup tries Julieta's cooking for the first time, it's so delicious compared to Berk's Spartan cooking that he breaks down in Tears of Joy.
    Hiccup would kill a man for Julieta Madrigal.
  • Papa Wolf: Augustin is willing to stand up to ANYONE if it means protecting his kids or his son-in-law. Stoick also applies, as he was willing to spend months on end sailing the archipelago (and then to Colombia) to find Hiccup, as well as fight the Madrigals when he thought they were holding him hostage. He also blows a gasket at Snotlout for trying to gloat about Hiccup's disappearance.
  • Parents as People: Stoick is too proud, stubborn, and stuck-in-his-ways to be attentive to Hiccup's emotional needs nor hear his ideas out. But he does love his son and won't stand for anyone hurting or badmouthing him.
  • Parental Substitute: Seeing as how Stoick disowned Hiccup, Julieta and Agustin end up as this trope for the teen. It becomes more noticeable after Hiccup and Mirabel officially become a couple.
    • Even when Hiccup was still on Berk, Gobber was more of a parental figure for Hiccup than his father, as Gobber stood up for Hiccup, taught him about blacksmithery, and encouraged him (in his own way) to be himself, regardless of who others wanted him to be. Hence, when the Vikings come to the Encanto, Gobber is the only one Hiccup is willing to talk to.
  • The Power of Love: The narrative all but states that this is the reason for Hiccup's Character Development, as the unconditional love he received from Toothless, Mirabel, and the Madrigals has helped him grow into a more confident person (to the point that he's no longer afraid of his former tormentors when they come to the Encanto).
  • Precision F-Strike: Mirabel has a few choice words for Stoick when she finally meets him...
  • Proxy Breakup: Isabela asks Hiccup to break off her engagement with Mariano for her, having promised to do so but putting it off because of how awkward it was. This results in a distraught Mariano blaming himself for emotionally pressuring her.
    Isabela: You're such a hero, you know that right? Always trying to help those in need... I mean, you definitely-
    Hiccup: Cut to the chase.
    Isabela: I want you to break up with Mariano for me!
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Stoick when he tries to fight Luisa for the first time. She takes his hits like their nothing and throws him onto the jungle floor.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Hiccup reaches it with former acquaintances when he learns Astrid was planning to kidnap Mirabel to get him back to Berk.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When the Madrigals claim Hiccup as their own, Stoick retorts that he's Hiccup's biological father...not knowing that Hiccup told the Madrigals about all of the abuse Stoick had put him through. Mirabel snaps and mercilessly tears into him, calling him out for his horrible treatment of Hiccup, stating that Hiccup is more loved in the Encanto than he ever was on Berk, and finishes with a Precision F-Strike (startling the Vikings and Abuela while Camilo cracks up.)
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Luisa names her Crimson Goregutter "Hercules."
  • Right Through the Wall: Dolores hears everything, so when Mirabel asks about an odd screaming sound, Dolores needs her to be more specific; it could be the ten-year-old at his birthday party, or the new baby screeching, or "Well, there was also —" (Dolores blushes) "— actually, never mind."
  • The Runaway:
    • Hiccup. When he was outed as a "traitor" and disowned by Stoick, Hiccup had to save Toothless from a public execution and escape. For his and Toothless' safety, they had to not only leave Berk, but the archipelago entirely.
    • Later Played for Laughs when Camilo sneaks along with his cousins to go to Berk and fight the Red Death.
  • Running Gag:
    • People reacting with laughter and exasperation when Hiccup tells people his Unfortunate Name.
    • People, mainly Mirabel, playfully teasing Hiccup for not being able to read their language.
    • Snotlout being a chauvinist and getting a cactus to the face for it by Isabela.
    • Camilo saying something blunt, only to get slapped upside the head for it.
    • Mocking Berk's tradition of hideous names, Hiccup and Mirabel routinely joke about their hypothetical first child named "Fartmuncher."
    • Alma and Stoick arguing about either doing things the "Encanto"-way or the "Berk"-way.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Hiccup is as much of a Deadpan Snarker here as he is in canon.
  • Sexual Euphemism: When Bruno has his vision when confronted by Tuffnut, he asks him if he wants to know "what [his] sister's gonna be doing in a couple years". He then points to Fishlegs.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Years into his time in the Encanto, Hiccup has become quite a catch, catching the eyes of several eligible bachelorettes. While Hiccup is completely oblivious to it, Mirabel still feels some level of possessiveness over him.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Squishy Wizard: Ultimately, the Madrigals' magical prowess isn't matched by any combat prowess. The Berkians, having been born and bred to fight dragons, are far more capable in a physical fight.
  • Suggestive Collision: Mirabel trips down the stairs and lands on Hiccup, then struggles to explain their position to her amused family a few moments later. (She doesn't realise that the stairs toppled her on purpose and are just as amused.)
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Downplayed. Like his father Bruno, Manuel's gift is psychic in nature (precognition, telekinesis) and his eyes glow green when in effect.
  • Tears of Joy: Played for Laughs. Hiccup cries over how good the food in Encanto is compared to the awful food served in Berk.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • When Stoick sees Camilo depicted on the family mural, Stoick compares him to the twins and thinks "The three must never meet." Wouldn't you know it, the twins assume he's Loki when they meet and become Camilo's pranking minions.
    • After Toothless tells him about the Red Death, Antonio is left sad about the situation yet terrified of the Queen. Toothless comforts him by telling him that they'll never have to deal with the Red Death. A few months later, Hiccup, Toothless and a few Madrigals head off to Berk to fight the Dragon Queen.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Deconstruction. The Vikings are a Proud Warrior Race and their first instinct when it comes to solving problems is either toughing it out or Appeal to Force. The first part is put to the test when the absence of the Night Fury in her army had caused the Red Death to up the number of dragon raids, turning Berk from a ramshackle town into a certifiable shanty town, Stoick and Gobber too lost in their own heads with grief to be any help. Astrid manages to locate the nest after ignoring her killer instincts and uses Hiccup's dragon training notes. When Astrid manages to get Stoick, Gobber and the other teens to Hiccup's location at the Encanto, they try all try many variations on the "come with us, be real Viking or else" and all it does is make it harder and harder for them to bring Hiccup along to help them. It's after they learn to drop their hardened stoicism and appeal to his empathy does he finally agree to go back to help them.
  • The Talk: Double-subverted when all of the marry-ins turn up on Hiccup's doorstep shortly before his wedding, and he assumes that they're there to talk to him about where babies come from (which he already knows). They aren't; they're actually wanting to talk about the complications that come with joining the Madrigal family and being surrounded by people with gifts (including your future children!). However, thanks largely to Valentina's input, the conversation still veers toward being a sex talk.
    "That doesn’t apply here, anyway," Mariano said. "Mirabel doesn’t have a gift to use in the bedroom."
    The gruff woman grew a sly smirk.
    "I dunno, man…" She chuckled. "I hear some people do pretty freaky stuff with candles!"
  • Thinking Up Portals: The appearance of the storm that transports people between Berk and Colombia is initially unpredictable, but Hiccup eventually determines that it responds to people's wishes, and he and Mirabel are eventually able to trigger it more or less at will, including bringing passengers. It's even possible for unexpected guests to sneak through afterward.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Astrid and Snotlout start out exactly as they were at the start of the first film: Astrid is a ruthless Child Soldier who hates dragons while Snotlout is a chauvinistic narcissist and relentless bully (even celebrating Hiccup's leaving by trying to throw a party). However, much like in the franchise, bonding with their dragons (and the Madrigals) changes them both for the better. Snotlout even apologizes to Hiccup (and later Isabela) for his behavior, to the shock of everyone.
  • Took the Wife's Name: Like everyone else who married into the Madrigals, Hiccup takes the last name "Madrigal" instead of Mirabel taking the name "Haddock". Not that anyone can blame them.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: When the Madrigals get their own dragons, they are each rather similar to their new riders in spirit.
    • Luisa gets a Crimson Goregutter named Hercules; a gargantuan dragon built for demolition that's proven to be an utter teddy bear once it's tamed.
    • Isabela gets a Snaptrapper she names Rosita, Violeta, Lilliana, and Pam; a plant-like dragon who's rather argumentative due to a disharmony between its heads.
    • Camilo gets a Changewing named Tonta; a mischievous shapeshifter.
    • Mirabel gets a Stormcutter named Mariposa; a curious dragon with round, expressive eyes that, while lacking some of the more outlandish attributes of the other Madrigal dragons like multiple heads or invisibility, makes up for it in being very receptive to the people around it.
    • When the dragons make a home in the Encanto, a Skrill named Moody takes a liking to Pepa for her propensity for generating thunderstorms.
    • A Hobgobbler — a small, weird, but otherwise harmless dragon with a reputation for being an omen of bad luck — takes a liking to Bruno and makes itself his companion.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: When the Madrigals do battle with Stoick's party, they are able to overwhelm them with their various gifts. Unfortunately for them, none of the Madrigals are fighters and are one-trick ponies when it comes to using their abilities defensively, while the Vikings are all stronger and have more fighting experience, so all they have to do is tough it out until the Madrigals exhaust themselves. A particularly specific example is Luisa, whose enhanced strength has only ever been used for manual labour but can take a punch to the face from Stoick or Drago without flinching.
  • Vine Tentacles: Isabel's Signature Move is binding people — usually Hiccup — in vines.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hiccup and Isabela devolve into this, their bad first impression leading to a semi-reluctant tolerance for Mirabel's sake.
  • Wacky Cravings: Camilo jokes about the possibility of pregnancy cravings for peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, or chocolate covered chicken legs, but even he is horrified to hear about cravings for Berkian eel soup.
  • Wedgie: Camilo saves Snotlout from a fatal fall into the ocean — catching him by his underwear.
    Snotlout: Just let me drown...
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Hiccup thinks that Casita is more sinister than it really is, repeatedly shown reluctance to enter their home under the assumption that it would someday eat him.
    Mirabel: Hiccup, come on!
    Hiccup: I dunno, what if I go inside and it... eats me or something?
    Mirabel: Casita's a house, Hiccup. It can't eat you.
    Hiccup: How do you know? It's magic, it could eat someone!