This is Berk. A war between dragons and humans has just ended. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a hero and his father's pride, and his dragon Toothless is his pride as his best friend and dragon. Now that no one has to worry about dying, things should be smooth sailing from here!
Yeah, right. For starters, for every tame dragon there are at least a dozen wild dragons stealing fish, raiding Vikings for supplies, and having bathroom breaks everywhere. Hiccup's only one boy, with one leg to boot, and he can't keep them under control. If he wants to keep the dragons from getting exiled, he needs to find a compromise.
Tropes for this episode include:
- The Ace: Hiccup shows off the best dragon tricks easily by doing a stunt with Toothless, which involves them being separated for a short time.
- Good Taming, Evil Taming: Downplayed. The first lesson the group elaborates in the Dragon Academy is how to get a dragon to drop something it isn't supposed to have. While Hiccup thinks scratching the draogn under its chin works, Snotlout thinks angrily shouting at them works. Demonstrating their techniques, Hiccup was able to get Toothless to let go of the bread in his mouth, while Snotlout winds up in Hookfang's mouth.
- Jerkass: Mildew, the oldest member of the village.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Mildew does when saying that you can't change a dragon's nature. This leads to Hiccup's Eureka Moment.
- Misery Poker: Averted; although Mulch points out that a rain of dragon poop is better than a raid, the wild dragons stealing stuff is too much for the Vikings.
- Mythology Gag: Snotlout's method of dragon-taming - yelling at it and showing him who's boss - is exactly how vikings tamed dragons in the book series. While it is more effective in the books, it was also portrayed as cruel and unusual and therefor the wrong way to do it.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Mildew heckling Hiccup with his spot-on criticisms allows the latter to figure out how to harness the dragons' natural instincts to help Berk.
- Nobody Poops: Averted, though dragon poop is colorful and glittery rather than the typical feces that other animals have.
- Reality Ensues: The war may be over between humans and dragons, but dragons are wild animals and are used to making their mark in various ways.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Stoick about the dragons, and he does try to give Hiccup a chance.
- Shown Their Work: Missing limbs do convey "phantom pains," which Hiccup mentions after spending a day chasing around the dragons.