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Recap / Dragons Riders Of Berk S 1 E 8 Portrait Of Hiccup As A Buff Man

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Hiccup is dismayed when he sees his and Stoick's father-son portrait has been altered to make Hiccup look more muscular. Desperate to prove himself to his father, Hiccup sets out to find a fabled long-lost treasure.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adult Fear:
    • Hiccup is heartbroken at the fact that his father still wants a more Viking-like son.
    • Stoick dislikes that Hiccup is going on such a dangerous treasure hunt, and looks extremely guilty that his words about the painting drove Hiccup to it.
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  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Hookfang gets easily distracted by a falling leaf.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Fishlegs's attempt at being a lookout.
  • Be Yourself: The lesson of Hamish's treasure hunt. If your smart enough to solve the quest, then you should be proud Of being a Hiccup, like he was.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Astrid: You heard what Gobber said. The bravest warriors in history have died trying to find that treasure!
    Snotlout: Yeah, and I'm next.
  • Complexity Addiction: Hamish with his treasure hunt. Justified in that he was hiding a lot of treasure, and most Vikings, even a relatively smart one like Stoick, wouldn't be able to complete the puzzle needed. At some point, when facing another deathtrap Hiccup exclaims, "You're killing me, Hamish!"
  • Convection Schmonvection: Averted — being in a cave full of burning hot fireworms is life-threatening whether you're touching them or not.
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  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Hiccup has to touch the right items on each challenge — if he touches something he shouldn't, the booby traps will do his friends in.
  • Dumb Muscle: Averted. Hamish's clues and puzzles relied on the treasure hunter being smart enough to solve them rather than pure muscle like other vikings would.
  • Durable Deathtrap: All of Hamish's booby traps have lasted in the several hundreds or thousands of years that he set them.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Astrid and Ruffnut do this with the portrait.
  • Hidden Depths: Bucket is a masterful painter.
  • Mythology Gag: The general plot of the episode feels like a watered-down version of the Grimbeard the Ghastly quest that took up the majority of the original book series, involving a perilous quest involving symbols and riddles so complicated that only Hiccup could figure out due to his rational mind in a culture that prefers violence and machismo. Extra points for revealing Hamish II as a hiccup.
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  • Never My Fault: Astrid doesn't acknowledge that she's partly to blame for Hiccup going on the quest given she liked the painting better and said that Stoick did as well.
  • Nothing Like The Picture: Hamish the second was shown to be small and scrawny like Hiccup in his real father/ son portrait.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: The final challenge of the death course.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Stoick (and Astrid) hadn't admired the buff portrait of Hiccup, Hiccup wouldn't have felt motivated to go on such a dangerous quest.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Hiccup spends the episode trying to prove to Stoick that he was the kind of Viking that his dad would appreciate.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Astrid and Ruffnut admire the overly buff portrait of Hiccup.


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