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Recap / Dragons Riders Of Berk S 3 E 12 The Next Big Sting

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While Hiccup tries out his flight suit for the first time, he and the gang find a wounded Speed Stinger, which they rescue and take it back to Dragon's Edge, unaware of the dangers that follow.


  • Androcles' Lion: Because Hiccup saved the baby Speed Stinger, it protects Hiccup and the gang when the adult Speed Stingers return.
  • Amusing Injuries: Ruffnut gets paralyzed in different places by the Stinger.
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  • And Then What?: Hiccup is asked this when he rescues the baby Speed Stinger. His answer is that they'll nurse it back to health and then return it to its native island.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The others think that Hiccup's flying suit is this, since they have dragons (and how 'awesome' they think it is is up for debate).
  • Body Horror: Ruffnut's paralyzed upper half is kind of grotesque.
  • Butt-Monkey: For once Ruffnut is this instead of Snotlout or her brother; the Speed Stinger baby likes to target her.
  • Call-Back:
    • Once again Hiccup takes in an injured baby dragon and bonds with it.
    • Snotlout does not have fond memories of Speed Stingers.
  • Call-Forward: Hiccup debuts prototype versions of the flight suit he uses in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Cassandra Truth: Snotlout warns everyone that the Speed Stinger is going to go ballistic and sting them. Halfway through the episode, it tries, because Snotlout kept riling it up.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: The Speed Stinger's foot webbing inspires Hiccup to make another flight suit, one that is more of a flying squirrel webbing rather than a backpack with wings attached.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Lampshaded.
    Snotlout: Is he seriously going back?
    Astrid: Snotlout, meet Hiccup. He's always going back.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: The baby Speed Stinger is torn between rejoining his pack and defending the riders from said pack.
  • Epic Fail: Hiccup's first flight suit. His first two test runs have him plummet like a stone and require saving from Toothless. Subverted when the third test has him actually glide on a current... and played straight again when he realizes he can't steer, or land.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Snotlout only starts to like the baby Speed Stinger after they fight the Speed Stinger pack together.
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  • From Dress to Dressing: Hiccup uses the tatters of his flight suit to create a splint for the baby Speed Stinger.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Snotlout draws the Speed Stingers away from the rest of the group and is then ambushed. He immediately decides it was a bad idea.
  • Let's Get Out of Here: Snotlout says this word for word. He wants nothing to do with the Speed Stinger, and proposes leaving it before others join it.
  • The Medic: Fishlegs plays this role for the Speed Stinger.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!:
    • This is Snotlout's reaction when they find an injured baby dragon.
    • Ruffnut when, seconds after the Speed Stinger venom wears off, the baby hits her once more.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Snotlout's warnings about the baby Speed Stinger wouldn't have come true if he hadn't kept antagonizing it.
  • Shoo the Dog: Hiccup decides to let the baby Speed Stinger return to his family, so that the latter has a proper place.
  • Signature Move: Hiccup holding out his hand to a new dragon is apparently this for him.
    Fishlegs: He's gonna do the hand thing, right? Ohhhh, please tell me he's gonna do the hand thing!
  • Silent Snarker: Toothless makes his opinion on the flight suit very well known, complete with a laugh.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Astrid threatens to lock Hiccup up if he keeps trying to test his flight suit.
  • Walk on Water: The subspecies of Speed Stinger in this episode has webbing between its toes, which, when combined with their Super Speed, allow them to run across bodies of water.
  • What a Drag: Barf gets paralyzed while Belch does not, which means the latter ends up dragging the former around for the rest of the episode.

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