How to Train Your Dragon

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Name: How to Train Your Dragon
Abbreviation(s): HtTYD, HTTYD
Creator: DreamWorks
Date(s): March 26, 2010
August 7, 2012 – present (animated series)
June 13, 2014 (film sequel)
June 9, 2017 (film trilogy end)
Medium: animated films, animated series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia page;
Official HTTYD Site
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How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 animated film produced by DreamWorks based on Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon. It stars Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, as well as Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, and David Tennant. In 2014, a sequel was released.

It is one of many fandoms to star dragons.




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The universe of How to Train Your Dragon is set near the end of the Viking Age.

The main character is Hiccup, a boy rather small for his heritage (his father is Stoick the Vast - Berk's chief). Hiccup has never quite fit in with his peers, due to his size and inability to use most of the weapons the other vikings use to fight dragons, so he invents machines to help but the other vikings mostly see him as a nuisance. However, when Hiccup uses one of his inventions and hits a Night Fury, the most feared and rare dragon known to the Berkians. No one believes him, so Hiccup sneaks out to find the Night Fury. He eventually finds it in the woods, tangled in the bolas he shot it down with. Hiccup means to kill the dragon, but can't bring himself to. Instead, he frees the dragon and it flies off into the woods. Hiccup goes to search for the Night Fury again, he finds it and realizes that it has only has one tailfin, and cannot fly. Hiccup makes the dragon a prosthesis tailfin. Hiccup names the dragon Toothless and helps it fly again. They bond and through this process, Hiccup learns tricks to help him in Dragon Training without injuring the dragons involved. Hiccup rises to the top of the class, much to the charing of Astrid, who had previously been the best in the class. Hiccup is chosen to be the one to kill the Monstrous Nightmare, the highest honor in Dragon Training.

Astrid follows Hiccup and discovers Toothless. After failing to get Astrid to understand, Hiccup kidnaps her on Toothless, and she realizes that dragons are not all evil. They make a plan to show the rest of the village when Hiccup is supposed to kill the Nightmare, however the plan goes wrong when Stoick inadvertently angers the Nightmare. Toothless comes to Hiccup's rescue, but lets himself get captured in the process. Stoick disowns Hiccup for siding with the dragons, and leaves for another search for the nest, but this time with Toothless leading the way in chains. Hiccup seems ready to give up, but Astrid manages to give him the idea to get the rest of the teens from Dragon training (Snotlout, Fishlegs, Ruffnut, and Tuffnut) on dragons to help defeat the threat waiting for them at the Nest.

The vikings with Stoick have by now disturbed the Nest to the point of the Red Death waking enough to come out of her mountain and wreak havoc. The teens arrive just in time to save the others from defeat, and Hiccup frees Toothless from his chains on the ship with the help of his father. Together Hiccup and Toothless defeat the Death, but not without a price - Hiccup has to have his left leg amputated. Hiccup later wakes up to a new Berk, with dragons living amongst the Vikings peacefully.

The sequel takes place five years after Berk has made peace with the dragons, dragons now live amongst the villagers as working animals and companions, and even take part in racing sports. Hiccup goes on adventures with his dragon, Toothless, as they discover and map unexplored lands and territories. Having come of age, he is being pressed by his father, Stoick the Vast, to succeed him as chieftain, although Hiccup remains unsure if he is ready for this responsibility.

Hiccup and Astrid encounter a dragon trapper named Eret, who blames them for the destruction of his fort and attempts to capture their dragons for an insane conqueror called Drago Bludvist. The two riders return to Berk to warn Stoick about the dragon army that Drago is amassing, and Stoick orders the villagers to fortify the island and prepare for battle. Hiccup and Toothless, in their search of Drago, are captured by a dragon rider named Valka, who is revealed to be Hiccup's long lost mother. She explains that she, like her son, was unable to kill dragons. After being carried off during a dragon raid, Valka spent twenty years rescuing dragons and bringing them to an island haven created out of ice by a colossal Alpha dragon called a Bewilderbeast, to whom all dragons answer.

Drago and his army lay siege to Valka's sanctuary, where he reveals that he has his own Bewilderbeast to challenge the Alpha. A battle ensues between the two Bewilderbeasts, where Drago's Bewilderbeast emerges the victor and seizes control of all the dragons, including Toothless. Hiccup tries to persuade Drago to end the violence, but Drago orders him killed as well. Toothless, under the influence of the evil Alpha, approaches Hiccup and launches a pulse of fire however Stoick pushes Hiccup out of the way, and is hit instead - killing him instantly. Hiccup angrily drives Toothless away when he approaches Stoick's body after the Alpha briefly relinquishes control over him. Drago leaves Hiccup to his fate and leads his now army to destroy Berk. Hiccup decides that he will fly back to Berk to defend his people and live up to his father's legacy.

The dragon riders and Eret ride baby dragons, which are immune to the Alpha's control, and arrive at Berk after Drago's Bewilderbeast has already attacked the village and taken control of the dragons there. Hiccup confronts Drago and a brainwashed Toothless while the other riders work to distract the Bewilderbeast. Drago again orders the Alpha to make Toothless kill Hiccup, but Hiccup succeeds in disenchanting Toothless, much to Drago's surprise. Toothless challenges the Alpha and repeatedly shoots fire pulses at the Bewilderbeast. This frees the other dragons from the Bewilderbeast's control and sided with Toothless, making him the new and good Alpha. All the dragons shoot their fire, severely injuring the colossal dragon until Toothless fires a final massive blast defeating Drago. Hiccup is then made chieftain of Berk by the village elder.

DreamWorks Dragons

The animated television series created by DreamWorks to bridge the gap between the first and second films. The first two seasons were subtitled Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk. Forty episodes aired on Cartoon Network, any new seasons will be released on Netflix.


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A popular crossover known as The Big Four, which crosses Rapunzel (from Tangled), Jack Frost (from Rise of the Guardians), Merida (from Brave), and Hiccup (from How to Train Your Dragon) together. See The Big Four for more fandom information.


See the Big Four page for more crossover pairings.


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.


  • blinded by the sun by Akamine Chan. Road trip for boy and dragon. AU written for Yuletide 2012
  • Hitchups by AvannaK, Hiccup didn't see the point in stopping Astrid as she ran off towards his village—towards his father—with his most desperately protected secret. He was leaving anyway. A coming-of-age tale. Deviates from movie. Borderline bromantic-comedy.



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