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In this Christmas Special and second follow-up to Dreamworks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon, the Vikings of Berk are preparing to spend their first "Snoggletog" holiday with their new dragon friends... when said dragons all mysteriously fly away. Even Hiccup winds up mourning the loss of his new best friend after he builds Toothless a new tail that allows him to fly on his own. Best remembered for its emotional resolution.


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Tropes used in this short include:

  • Babies Ever After: The point of the film, from the dragons' side.
  • Bad Liar: Fishlegs.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Meatlug nearly crashes into a wrecked viking ship while flying away from Berk. Hiccup and the dragons use it near the end when they need to transport a bunch of baby dragons.
    • The ship Gobber managed to wreck in Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, no less.
  • Christmas Episode: See You Mean "Xmas".
  • Cuteness Proximity: Ruffnut, Tuffnut, and Snotlout immediately say "awwww!" after seeing the adorable baby Gronkle that lands on Fishlegs as Astrid has an Oh, Crap! moment in the background.
  • Delayed Reaction: Hiccup has this response when he discovers that Toothless has brought his helmet back to him at the end.
  • Genki Girl: Astrid seems to be developing into this.
  • Gilligan Cut: Hiccup says it's a good thing that the the explosive eggs won't hatch on Berk. Guess what happens next.
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  • Happiness in Slavery: Toothless rejects and smashes Hiccup's gift of a new tailfin that lets him fly on his own.
  • Lethal Chef: Astrid invents a revolting new holiday drink called "yaknog."
    Snotlout: You can really taste the yak.
  • Made of Explodium: Hatching dragon eggs explode rather violently. The adult dragons offset this by pushing them into pools of water.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: All the dragons' eyes shrink as they leave for an inexplicable mass migration, reacting almost similarly to when they were controlled by the Green Death. Even Toothless gets them suddenly even though he was only flying away to find Hiccup's helmet.
  • Mundane Utility: Turns out Nadder spines are great for hanging Snoggletog decorations!
  • Oh, Crap!: Astrid's reaction when the dragon eggs start exploding.
    Astrid: The eggs explode? *nearby house explodes* The eggs explode!
  • Out-of-Character Moment:
    • Astrid trying to come up with a new tradition for Snoggletog after the dragons leave.
    • Fishlegs gets one as well, he didn't know that his dragon was female.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The baby dragons are adorable. The baby Gronkels are probably the best examples, due to their round, chubby bodies and disproportionately large eyes.
  • Say My Name: Three of the teens' dragons are named here: Fishlegs' Gronckle is Meatlug, Astrid's Nadder is Stormfly, and Snotlout's Monstrous Nightmare is Hookfang.
  • Surprise Litter of Puppies: Turns out the dragons all left to lay their eggs. Too bad the Hooligan tribe did not know that when they suddenly leave without warning.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The DVD cover gives away the baby dragon reveal.
  • You Mean "Xmas": The Vikings call it "Snoggletog."note  Hiccup lampshades what a stupid name it is during his introductory narration.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Meatlug and Stormfly are this. Fishlegs is quite surprised to find that Meatlug has laid eggs. Subverted with Barf, Belch, and Hookfang, who are male, though they do help female dragons take care of their young.
 
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Gift of the Night Fury

Fishlegs discovers that Meatlug was a girl.

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