Despite his physical shortcomings, Hiccup does his best to succeed as a Viking. He is intelligent and is constantly creating inventions for various uses throughout the film, including a bola sling, a prosthetic tail, a saddle, and a riding vest. At first, however, Hiccup is obsessed with proving himself to the rest of his tribe by killing a dragon; he often doesn't think things through and is more determined to gain the recognition of his peers than he is heedful of others' orders, often causing problems for the rest of the tribe, and himself. Despite this, Hiccup shows great aptitude at being a leader and a strategist: he leads his Dragon Training classmates into battle, using his friends' strengths wisely in the battle against the Red Death. Hiccup also has very good observational skills which come in handy during his time with Toothless and during Dragon Training. For example, he's able to hypothesize that dragons have a natural disdain for eel when his own dragon companion refuses to eat one himself, and uses this to successfully drive back a Hideous Zippleback later.
Among the other teenage Vikings, Hiccup first comes off as awkward, mainly because he's a poor fighter, and rather scrawny for a Viking. As he becomes more adept at fighting dragons, however, they start paying more attention to him, some even starting to try to talk to him. Despite this, Hiccup remains shy and secretive, preferring to be alone with Toothless, likely because he's unused to all the positive attention. He also tends to be sarcastic with a dry sense of humor that can sometimes put him at odds with the other Vikings in his tribe. It also seems that Hiccup likes to hide his fear with said sarcasm and dry humor. Due to his shyness, he had a habit of stuttering and stammering when talking to some of the other Vikings, especially Astrid or when his father was angry at him. Despite his many virtues and his clear capabilities as a leader, Hiccup is not without his flaws. He is rather prone to letting his insecurities cloud his judgment and effect his actions; in the film, his desperation for the acceptance of his tribe, and his father in particular, cause him to regularly attempt to kill dragons along with the villagers, only to end up doing more harm then good due to his clumsiness. In the television show, his mistaken belief that Stoick still does not accept him causes him to lead the other Vikings on a potentially dangerous treasure hunt to prove himself. His innate friendliness and tendency to give others the benefit of the doubt cause him to be a little too trusting of strangers, leaving him vulnerable to manipulation and deceit by more dishonest characters, such as Heather and Mildew, on more then one occasion. In the episode Thawfest, Hiccup shows a more unlikable, competitive side of his personality as he begins to score victories over Snotlout. Since Hiccup is unaccustomed to winning anything, he handles it poorly, letting the glory go to his head to the point where he becomes just as arrogant and unpleasant as Snotlout. Hiccup is also prone to overconfidence in his ability as a diplomat due to being mostly successful so far, which becomes a major catalyst of the second film's story line; his total belief that he would be able to reason with Drago causes him to run away from Berk to confront the warlord, causing Stoick and Valka, who both understood and witnessed firsthand the true extent of Drago's psychopathy and knew he could not be reasoned with, to chase after him. This indirectly but ultimately leads to Stoick's death at the hands of Drago when he hypnotizes Toothless into attacking Hiccup to demonstrate the superiority of his philosophy over Hiccup's. In spite of all his flaws, Hiccup is never above admitting when he is or has been wrong, and will do his best to make amends with others.
One extremely notable character trait Hiccup possesses is a deep sense of compassion. Because of this he spares Toothless, and in doing so he changes the world of Vikings and dragons forever. He was extremely uncomfortable with the thought of having to kill a dragon in the arena later in the film. Hiccup carries this quality into the television series. He shows great sympathy to Snotlout at the end of the Thawfest Games, giving up his own glory and fame for the sake of his friend. He will almost never allow Toothless to use his full power against foes. In What Flies Beneath, he begs Toothless to spare a Whispering Death that had nearly killed both of them just moments earlier. The peak of Hiccup's sympathy is displayed in his releasing Mildew, the very man who had betrayed him, from an Outcast cell. Upon seeing the Outcasts take Mildew's one beloved possession, his sheep, Hiccup clearly displays pity for the old man. Unfortunately Hiccup is occasionally naïve in his sympathy, as Mildew betrayed him yet again right afterwards. Still, his kindheartedness has resulted in many a victory and accomplished the training of the deadliest dragons in the world. The one character Hiccup seems to be willing to attack and even kill was Alvin. Originally, Hiccup was more interested in avoiding him, but as Alvin's plots hit closer and closer to everything Hiccup cares about, Hiccup seems to harden in a difficult resolution. He has been seen ordering Toothless to kill Alvin when Alvin was threatening to toss Astrid off of a cliff. In the finale, Hiccup and Toothless even charged Alvin in an attempt to kill him after he had captured, threatened, and deeply insulted both of them. Although they failed in this attempt, Alvin was still one of the few people Hiccup is willing to let Toothless kill but gave up when alvin turn into the good side. Overall, Hiccup is an intelligent, nice and likable person who is naturally bighearted and innocent. It's shown in the sequel that he and Toothless have become "adrenaline junkies", performing tricks like free-falling. He has also gone from being a shy boy, to a confident young man, and "the greatest Dragon Master this world has ever seen" (as Astrid describes him to Drago Bludvist ) and he is shown to care for his loved ones, especially Stoick, Valka, Toothless and Astrid.
In the first film, Hiccup's appearance is slightly different from the books. He is rather scrawny for his age, compared to the other Vikings, and isn't very tall, being barely around Astrid's height. He has little physical strength, as he has difficulty lifting a large standard battle axe handed to him by his father. He has auburn hair parting to his right with minor freckles on his cheeks. One of his more unique traits is a small, white scar just below his bottom lip on the right side of his face, which he recieved as a baby the night Cloudjumper took his mother away.
In the first film, he is usually seen wearing a long-sleeve, light-green tunic and a dark brown fur vest that matches his boots. When he rides Toothless, he takes off his vest and wears a flying harness that attaches to Toothless' saddle. After Dragon Training, he starts to wear a Viking helmet given to him by his father, made from half of his mother's breast plate (Stoick owning and wearing the other half). Following the battle with the Red Death, Hiccup's left leg up to his shin is replaced with a metal prosthetic made by Gobber, constucted with a spring system and an adampter stirrup for flying with Toothless.
If observed closely, it can be noticed that his hair has slightly grown between Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk although he is still wearing his green tunic with light brown vest and boot. In Dawn of the Dragon Racers, Hiccup wears a similar type of his armor which is dark brown along a long-sleeve dark green tunic with brown arm brackets and later he wears an red-orange tunic in Race to the Edge.
In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup has grown considerably. He's now the tallest of the teens at 6'1" and his hair is somewhat scraggy and unkempt with two small braids behind his right ear. He seems to have gained a leaner, stronger build as compared to the first movie and is no longer considered a runt. His prosthetic is also different, as it is more mechanical than before, making it "a Swiss army knife for prosthesis." Hiccup seems to have improved its ability and function, as he stated he would in the first movie. His outfit now consists of a basic tunic, leather pants, and padding, all covered by a type of leather armor plating along his shoulders and upper chest, along with arm brackets that seem to all be designed by himself, making him more streamline in the air like Toothless. When flying, he is also seen wearing a matching spiked, masked helmet that protects his face and head. His armor also doubles as a squirrel jacket that enables him to glide in the air alongside Toothless. He also carries a weapon, a retractable fire blade called Inferno.
Fifteen years before the start of the first film, Hiccup was born prematurely to Stoick the Vast and his wife Valka. Although the new mother was worried that Hiccup would not survive his early birth, Stoick was confident that he would grow strong and Hiccup did indeed prosper. Valka would sew Hiccup a dragon toy with his name stitched into the sides. However, Hiccup would later become terrified of the doll, and eventually threw it in to the ocean while the family was out fishing.
One night a dragon known as a Stormcutter broke into their house, finding baby Hiccup in the cradle. Valka rushed to his rescue, but found the dragon curiously playing with Hiccup, proving that everything about dragons that Valka believed in was true. The Stormcutter was startled when he noticed Valka's presence, accidentally nicking Hiccup's chin with a wing claw when he turned to look her way and approach Valka. After staring into each other's eyes, Stoick rushed into the scene. He and the dragon started fighting with each other, the results led to Valka being abducted by the dragon, leaving her husband heartbroken. Stoick became overly protective of his son while Valka formed a bond with the Stormcutter who abducted her, naming him Cloudjumper and became willing to spend the rest of her life staying away from Berk, including her family, fearing that her love of dragons might harm those she cares about.
How To Train Your Dragon
At the start of the first film, Hiccup is an embarrassment to his father, Stoick the Vast, the Chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe. Too small to wield traditional Viking weapons and therefore unable to kill a dragon like the rest of his village, he works as an assistant to Gobber the Belch, the village blacksmith. One night during a dragon raid, Hiccup leaves his indoor work post and, with a bola launcher named "The Mangler", manages to shoot down one of the deadliest and most feared dragons in the skies: the Night Fury. When he goes to find his kill, after what appears to be many failed attempts, he finds the dragon and discovers that he's still alive. Despite his determination to prove himself to the community as a great dragon killer, Hiccup is unable to kill it after seeing the fear in his eyes, and instead frees him.
Meanwhile, early in the day, as was he done looking for the Night Fury, Hiccup is enrolled into Dragon Training, where he's expected to learn to fight and kill dragons by Stoick, in hope that his son will man up and let go of himself. At first, he struggles to complete the simplest tasks and hold his own against even the most (relatively) benign dragons, earning the usual mockery of his fellow teenagers. However, after managing to get close enough to bond with the Night Fury he shot down, which he names Toothless after his retractable fangs, he builds him a prosthetic tail-fin to replace the one his Mangler injured, helps Toothless regain the ability to fly with Hiccup's assistance, and jump-starts their friendship. He gains valuable experience and a deeper insight into the mannerisms of most dragons, such as the fact that it's possible to scratch a dragon into submission if it's scratched gently in a certain spot under the chin. He's soon hailed as a Viking prodigy, with the time he spends with Toothless allowing him to ultimately "defeat" every dragon he encounters during training.
The stress of living this double life is hard on Hiccup, however. The other Vikings, particularly Astrid Hofferson, take notice of his unexplained absences after Dragon Training sessions, although no one really comments on it. Eventually, after Hiccup places the top in training, Astrid manages to follow him and discovers Toothless. She runs off to tell the other Vikings, but Hiccup and Toothless stop her. They take her on a romantic flight around the area on Toothless to calm Astrid down. It's during this ride that Hiccup sees the Red Death in the very Dragons' Nest his father has been trying to find and destroy. When they land, Hiccup manages to convince Astrid not to tell anyone about anything that happened by showing how loyal he is to his dragon. After their conversation, Astrid punches Hiccup in the shoulder for kidnapping her, then she kisses him on the cheek, seeming to admire his loyalty.
The next day, Hiccup is required to fight and kill a Monstrous Nightmare as part of his final exam during Dragon Training. The task goes horribly wrong, however: when Stoick swings his hammer against the Dragon Training cage in response to Hiccup's blasphemous claims that dragons "aren't what we think they are" and that "we don't have to kill them", Hiccup's methods of dragon appeasement no longer work and the Nightmare moves in for the kill. Toothless, hearing Hiccup's scream in fear, tries again to get out of the cove alone, and, succeeding for the first time, rushes to the scene and beats the other dragon back while at the same time revealing himself to all the Vikings. Though Hiccup attempts to explain why he went against the Viking way of life and befriended a dragon, his father refuses to listen, and denounces him as his son, and instead takes advantage of Toothless, chaining him to a ship and using him to reach the Dragons' Nest. As the adult Vikings leave in search of the Nest, Astrid talks to Hiccup about the entire situation, trying to comfort him, showing him that his refusal to kill a dragon was a strength and not a weakness as he believed and asks him what he's going to do about it, which leads him to say "something crazy." He goes off to do his 'crazy' plan, while Astrid gathers the other Viking teenagers. Hiccup brings out the now docile Monstrous Nightmare, and teaches them how to ride on the back of a dragon.
While the Vikings try to fight a losing fight against the Red Death, the teens fly into the scene, with Gobber commenting that Hiccup is, "every bit the boar-headed, stubborn Viking you ever were," to Stoick, who nods humbly. Hiccup goes onto the burning ship where Toothless is, and tries to free him, but soon the Red Death causes the ship to sink into the sea, pulling Toothless down to the seafloor. Hiccup dives into the water in a desperate attempt to free Toothless, but goes limp after a only few moments of trying due to lack of air. He is then saved by his father, who dives back into the sea to free Toothless from his chains. After Toothless surfaces with Stoick in his claws, Hiccup mounts Toothless in preparation to face the Red Death. Stoick apologizes to his son for not listening to him and tells him he doesn't have to partake in the battle, to which Hiccup replies by quoting his father's catchphrase, "We're Vikings. It's an occupational hazard." In response to the familiar words, Stoick tells Hiccup how proud he is to call him his son.
Hiccup and Toothless then fly off to confront the Red Death themselves and soon have the enormous dragon pursuing them into the clouds. Hiccup manages to kill the Red Death by having Toothless shoot holes into its wings, and then diving towards the Nest at a high speed, so that after Toothless blasts a plasma bolt into its mouth, it cannot pull up in time. During the fight, though, Toothless' prosthetic tail catches on fire, so as they are pulling out the last part of the plan (blasting fire into its mouth), they're running out of time. The Red Death crashes into the ground, triggering an explosion on impact. Hiccup and Toothless fly through its various spines and the flame; however, they run into the Red Death's tail at the last moment as they attempt to escape the resulting blast. The tail having fallen off, the two fall thousands of feet into the blaze below. As the village approaches the site of the explosion and finds that Hiccup is nowhere to be found, Stoick soon discovers that, even without his makeshift tail, Toothless has protected the future chief from the fire by folding him in his wings. Stoick wholeheartedly apologizes to Toothless, and is deeply thankful to the dragon for bringing his son back to him alive.
When he wakes up after an unknown amount of time, Hiccup is heralded as a hero in the tribe. Although he lost his left foot and lower shin when he and Toothless fell into the fiery cloud, he was fitted with a prosthetic that Gobber designed and fabricated, "with a little Hiccup flair thrown in." This new prosthetic matches Toothless' new left control stirrup which Gobber has redesigned, and clips right into place, as if he and Toothless were one. At the very end of the film, Astrid punches Hiccup for scaring her, then she kisses Hiccup on the lips, this time seemingly as boyfriend and girlfriend, as the rest of the village accepts dragons into the island as companions.
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon
In this short, Hiccup and his fellow Riders attempts to help Gobber for his quest to hunt down the elusive Boneknapper. When they set sail to find it, Gobber tells him and the others stories on how he first met the dragon and also it's next encounters on him, which always has a ridiculous and insane background. Hiccup, at first, believes his stories to be true, despite the Riders calling it to be ridiculous and insane. After being shipwrecked and landing on the island, Gobber tells them that this is the place for the Boneknapper to come and arrive. When Gobber sets up a trap to lure the Boneknapper using Fishlegs as bait, Hiccup can no longer defend him and tells Gobber that there's no such thing as a Boneknapper, this causes a long dispute with the other Riders as well, causing them to be oblivious to the Boneknapper arriving just behind them. When they finally witness the dragon, Hiccup and the rest finally believes Gobber and runs for safety inside the trap. The Boneknapper tries to smash it's way in, but Hiccup notices that it's coat of armor of bones is missing a small last one in it's chest. He realizes the belt buckle Gobber is using is actually the perfect bone for it's coat of armor and tells Gobber to takes off his pants.
The Riders are all confused, but Hiccup explains that Fishlegs maybe right, as the Boneknapper has a roar, but is unable to produce one as Gobber refuses to give up it's bone piece. Consequently, the Boneknapper grabs Gobber with it's mouth and brutally drags him up high, while Hiccup shouts to Gobber to give up the bone piece. Eventually, when he is tossed high up, Gobber finally gives and throws the bone to the Boneknapper, successfully attaching it to the hole. When the Boneknapper finally receives the bone, it lets off a deafening roar that irritates Hiccup and the rest. Just then, the Boneknapper confronts Gobber, Hiccup calls for him thinking that he's in grave danger. But actually, the Boneknapper takes a liking to Gobber after giving him the bone piece, and Gobber pets it as it acts like a dog. But without the belt buckle, Gobber's pants fall down, gravely disgusting Hiccup and the rest of the Riders. Hiccup even admits it's gonna give him nightmares.
Thereafter, they get a ride home from the Boneknapper. Hiccup notices the Boneknapper happy mood after having it's bone piece, abling it to roar for the first time. Fishlegs then explains it's roar acts as a mating call, when Gobber denies it to be just a myth, he is proven wrong. Hiccup and the rest finds it to be true, as a few other Boneknapper dragons hears the call and follows them also going straight for Berk, as Gobber exclaims to them: "I think Stoick will believe me now, eh?"
Gift of the Night Fury
After being woken by Toothless jumping on the roof, Hiccup grabs his helmet, mounts Toothless, and they go out flying to practice a trick they have worked on for some time during their flight and finally pull it off. As Hiccup and Toothless are heading back home from their ride, they fly straight into the storm of oncoming dragons, during which Hiccup's helmet is knocked off and falls into the ocean. Although Toothless attempts to get the helmet back, Hiccup decides it's best to return home to figure out what is going on. Upon returning, Hiccup is pelted with questions of where the dragons have gone to, to which Hiccup has no answer.
The next morning, Hiccup is at Gobber's shop, building a new tail for Toothless that will allow the Night Fury to fly by himself, when Astrid stops by to offer him her yak nog. After the tail is finished, Hiccup attaches it on Toothless. He then watches sadly as Toothless flies off.
Some days later, Hiccup follows Fishlegs, who is carrying fish for Meatlug, to his barn where Meatlug is chained up. As soon as Hiccup opens the doors to the barn, Meatlug breaks free and inadvertently takes Hiccup with her. As Hiccup holds onto Meatlug for dear life, he is taken to an island, where he discovers that Dragons have gone here to lay their eggs. Determining he ought to go home for Snoggletog, he persuades Hookfang for a ride as the other dragons follow with their hatchlings in tow despite Hiccup's protests not to, inadvertently starting the return migration. Using an old Viking ship, Hiccup is able to safely return the dragons, along with their babies, to Berk.
At the Great Hall, Hiccup receives a kiss and a hug from Astrid for bringing the dragons back, but he is still worried about Toothless' whereabouts. Astrid turns Hiccup's face to where Toothless is, and Hiccup is overjoyed to be with his Night Fury once again. It turns out that Toothless has used the new tail to look for Hiccup's helmet.
The next morning, Hiccup wakes to find Toothless placed his old tail and saddle out in front of him in the snow. Hiccup remarks how Toothless has a new and better tail now, but instead of letting Hiccup get up on his back, Toothless keeps persisting. Eventually, the dragon looks back at his new tail and smashes it into the ground, ignoring Hiccup's protests as he flicks it far away behind him. Toothless picks up and places the saddle on the snow in front of Hiccup and nudges it towards him, eyes round with request. Realizing Toothless would rather fly with him, as opposed to just carrying him like all the other dragons, Hiccup is all too happy to go out for another flight. While Hiccup had given Toothless freedom, Toothless has given him friendship.
Dragons: Riders of Berk
Hiccup is known as the founder and head Dragon Trainer of the Berk Dragon Academy, starting it by confronting the problem of dragons causing havoc around Berk. Hiccup's role in the series is still unquestionably that of the main character since most of the plots revolve around him and his actions. Throughout the series, he, Toothless, the teens, and their dragons are forced to overcome many different kinds of hardships. Hiccup is looked up to by the teens as a leader, even if at times they don't like to admit it. Stoick entrusts great amounts of responsibility to Hiccup. In Riders of Berk, Hiccup's main difficulties begin with keeping the dragons under control. After that, the weather and harsh climate of Berk become a challenge that he must overcome. Mildew serves as one of his primary antagonists, and Hiccup is forced to go to desperate measures to keep the Vikings from falling back on the "old ways". Wild and rogue dragons are also either battled or trained by him during the series. Perhaps their most deadly enemy, Alvin the Treacherous, shares the role of his book counterpart as being Hiccup's nemesis. Hiccup is forced into conflict with him and his Outcast soldiers many times throughout the first season, but Hiccup usually emerges the victor, much to Alvin's frustration.
Hiccup has been seen to have mild character development throughout the series. He is given much more responsibility, and he usually handles it well. He has gained significant skills as both a teacher and a leader. He and his father have actually grown to appreciate each other more and more as the series has progressed. Hiccup has also been seen to develop creative ideas for using and training the dragons which now inhabit Berk. He has developed in his relationship with Snotlout considerably. When they compete in the Thawfest Games, both of them become rudely antagonistic towards each other. Hiccup snaps out of this with a little help from Astrid and his conscience, and he allows Snotlout to take victory for the sake of maintaining their friendship. Hiccup's sheer bravery usually winds up saving the day. He doesn't usually take risks unnecessarily, but he seems willing to risk everything for the sake of his friends, especially Toothless. Unfortunately this bravery occasionally becomes foolhardiness, and Hiccup has found himself in dangerous situations with no way to escape. Thankfully, he knows that he has Toothless and his friends to back him up, and throughout the series they are always ready to help him when he needs it.
Dragons: Defenders of Berk
Like Riders of Berk, Hiccup is the main protagonist in season two. He's still shown to be one of the more intelligent Vikings in the Academy, along with Fishlegs and Astrid. He has an "ornate" shield made from Gronckle Iron that contains a crossbow, a grappling hook, a bola-launcher, and a mini-catapult. Like the Academy sign, the shield has a picture of a Night Fury with a red tail-fin, (obviously a design of Toothless).
Hiccup continues to act as a protector of Berk and leader of the dragon riders, but he faces two new obstacles: Dagur the Deranged, the unstable leader of the feared Berserker Tribe who absorbs The Outcast Tribe into his forces and becomes obsessed with acquiring Toothless as a trophy, and the Screaming Death, a massive Whispering Death subspecies that only appears once every three hundred years.
Dawn of the Dragon Racers
In a flashback during which most of this short takes place, Hiccup and the other Dragon Riders fly around to capture sheep that are running around and causing chaos in Berk. This turns into a competition in which Riders would collect as many sheep as they can. When they collect three sheep each, Silent Sven is then heard asking for the whereabout of his prized possession: the black sheep. Hiccup tries to stop the competition, but the Riders take off without listening, so Hiccup decides to go for the black sheep also. He is stopped by Gobber, who tells him that Stoick wants to talk to him.
Stoick tells Hiccup that he will be gone for a few days for an important business. He appoints Hiccup acting chief in his absence and gives him strict orders to prepare for the Regatta. Hiccup sadly tells the Riders that there will be no Dragon Racing, but they go against his orders and participate in Dragon Racing, which the villagers, as well as the Riders, view as better than the Regatta.
After Stoick arrives, Hiccup explains to him that he has chosen to replace the Regatta with Dragon Racing because he has had to make hard choices for the good of the people. Stoick agrees to run the Dragon Race, to Hiccup's surprise, and comes up with ideas such as face paints to give a warrior feel.
During the first annual Berk Dragon Race hosted by Stoick, Hiccup teams with Fishlegs to create Team Hiclegs, and they compete against Team Snotnuts (Snotlout, Ruffnut and Tuffnut). While Hiccup and Fishlegs are at a well (where Fishlegs will find the black sheep) and Fishlegs flies into the well, Hiccup spots Ruffnut and Tuffnut with a black sheep. He goes back to the arena to congratulate Team Snotnuts for their victory, only to have Snotlout gloat over Hiccup's loss. But when Fishlegs arrives with another black sheep and Team Snotnuts' one is revealed to be a sheep coated in black paint, Hiccup and Fishlegs are announced as winners. Stoick then relieves Hiccup as acting chief, and Hiccup and Toothless decide to take off before his father changes his mind.
Race to the Edge
About one year before the second movie and three years after Dagur's defeat, everything on Berk had completely changed, including the Vikings and the riders. Hiccup continued to search for new dragons, to no avail. The war between the Hairy Hooligans and the Berserker Tribe has determined victory in favor of the Hooligans, but has now taken a turn of events for the worse when Dagur escapes from Outcast prison.
Hiccup and the other riders attempted to track down Dagur when Trader Johann told them that Dagur was going to the Ship Graveyard, where he kept his items. Once there, Hiccup and the others then waited for Dagur to arrive. Hiccup then decided to explore The Reaper. Along with Toothless, Hiccup was to evade the Reaper 's booby traps. Hiccup then found the Dragon Eye in the commander's quarters. When Hiccup and Toothless got out of The Reaper 's hull, Hiccup was then confronted by Dagur and his men, who demanded Hiccup to give the Eye in exchange for the lives of his riders.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Five years later, Hiccup has made Berk fully involved in riding dragons, during his years on Berk he has made great contributions such as custom stables, all you can eat feeding stations, a full-service dragon wash, top of the line fire prevention methods, even making Dragon Races that now serve as entertainment for Berk, putting the dragon problem fully behind them. Now that his hard work has payed off, Hiccup and Toothless travel across very distant lands and uncharted territories. He is also uses this as a reason to avoid his father. Hiccup is also known as The Pride of Berk throughout the village, and Stoick believes he is ready succeed him as chieftain. This pressures Hiccup, because he doesn't think he's fully ready for such a big responsibility. He and Toothless crash-lands onto a strange new place that Hiccup names Itchy Armpit. Soon, Astrid and Stormfly catches up with the duo. As Hiccup and Astrid come across the destroyed fort of Eret, Son of Eret, Hiccup discovers that there are other Dragon Riders and hears from Eret, about the tyrannical Drago Bludvist, who is currently assembling a huge dragon army to take over the world.
Hiccup and Astrid escape from Eret's men and head back to Berk. As they arrive, Hiccup informs his father about Drago Bludvist, and Stoick quickly orders the villagers to fortify and protect the island from the "madman", but Hiccup suggests that there must be another way besides war. His father rejects this and orders the men to close the stalls and keep the other dragons under lock-and-key. But Hiccup refuses this method, and stages a mutiny by escaping from the stalls before the doors close, with Astrid following him. Hiccup heads back to Eret, and tells them that he wants to meet Drago so he can change his mind about dragons, but Stoick, Gobber and the other Riders interfere as they manage to find them. Stoick doesn't want Hiccup to go through with his plan, as he explains that Drago kills people without reason and concludes that he cannot be reasoned with. Even so, Hiccup still refuses to believe this and rebels against his father's wishes to find him.
Meanwhile, Hiccup flies over the clouds, over thinks his father's sayings and furiously screams in mid-air. Toothless becomes worried for his friend, but Hiccup promises that he'll keep him under protection no matter what. Suddenly, a figure emerges, and Hiccup thinks that it's his dad again but discovers a mysterious vigilante Dragon Rider, whom he later discovers is his long lost mother, Valka.
Hiccup wonders why Valka never had the intention to return to Berk after all these years that she survived. Valka responds that twenty years ago, a dragon broke into their house and she quickly rushed to Hiccup's rescue but only discovered that the dragon was not a vicious beast, but a gentle and intelligent creature, "whose soul reflected my own." However, Stoick spots the dragon and interferes; the dragon attacks him nearly burning him alive. Valka tells the dragon to spare him; the dragon suddenly looks at Valka while Stoick rescues an infant Hiccup. But unable to rescue Valka who is now abducted by the dragon, putting inside his mind that she was in fact going to get killed. But the dragon did not in fact harm her, and she never had the intention to return because she thought it would be safer for them, because she couldn't kill a dragon. Hiccup and his mom start over again and bond with each other more mutually this time with their dragons and enjoy the time they have.
Later, Hiccup discovers also that Valka does not have the intention to reason with Drago and decides to do it himself. Suddenly, Stoick and Gobber locate him and are about to escape the Sanctuary, but Stoick is shocked in silence to see his beautiful wife still alive and they rekindle their once more. Hiccup has never experienced such joy in reuniting with his mother and father. However, their celebration is cut short; they were unaware that Drago has set up their weapons on shore and orders the final attack on the Sanctuary. Later, the Bewilderbeasts engage on one another to determine who is truly the Alpha of all the Dragons. Unfortunately, Drago's Bewilderbeast emerges victorious. Hiccup confronts Drago, and tries to reason with him but Drago ignores his claims and orders his Bewilderbeast to kill Hiccup, which decides to send in Toothless instead. Toothless, now hypnotized, fires a plasma blast at Stoick, who manages to push Hiccup away and is killed instead. Hiccup, shocked to believe that his father has been killed, blindly yells at Toothless who got released from the Bewilderbeast's control to go away and leave them alone.
Hiccup, Valka, Gobber, Astrid, and the other Riders hold a funeral for Stoick where Hiccup says his last wishes to his father. It seems that all hope is lost, as Drago and his Bewilderbeast freeze Berk, but Hiccup becomes inspired by his mother's words, and is now determined to avenge his father and continue his legacy and get his best friend back. Flying back to Berk on baby dragons, he quickly arrives to face Drago and tries to disenchant Toothless saying he knows Toothless would never hurt him or Stoick willingly, which he amazingly succeeds. Now, Hiccup and Toothless manage to fend off Drago and his Bewilderbeast and concludes that it's over, unaware that the Bewilderbeast has them in its sights and fires at them, encasing them in a huge blast of ice. Drago feels victorious, but the huge ice explodes and discovers that Hiccup and Toothless are unharmed. Toothless, now glowing with plasma, challenges the Alpha to protect his Rider. Toothless simultaneously fires plasma blast and frees the other dragons, who are touched by the bond between him and Hiccup. Drago is shocked to believe this. Hiccup orders Drago to stand down and let this end, but Drago strongly refuses and orders his Bewilderbeast to attack but unable to as all the dragons fire at it. Toothless fires one last plasma blast which massively explodes, destroying on of the Bewilderbeast's tusks, and defeating it at the same time. The Bewilderbeast retreats to the ocean, along with Drago.
Finally, the fight is over and Toothless is acknowledged as the new Alpha. At the same time, Hiccup now crowned as the new Chief of Berk by Gothi the Elder. The dragons and villagers celebrate, and Hiccup continues his father's legacy by building a statue in his honor. Hiccup proudly announces that they may be a small community but are capable of maintaining peace and can stop those who oppose, and they have something that even the greatest invaders don't have: they may have armies and armadas but Berk has their own dragons.
Hiccup and Toothless have a brotherly relationship. The two of them do seem to see each other as equals, And everyone seems to acknowledge that Toothless is by far Hiccup's closest friend. At first, both keep their distance after Hiccup shoots Toothless down with the invention he called the "Mangler", but their mutual curiosity leads them to try and learn more about each other. Hiccup starts to observe Toothless and learns many secrets about dragons from these observations that help Hiccup advance in his dragon fighting classes. Toothless starts to trust Hiccup and even allows him to touch him, and eventually ride him. The depth of their relationship is furthered when Hiccup fashions a prosthetic tail for Toothless, only to discover that the two need each other to use it to fly; Hiccup is needed to manipulate the prosthetic tail while Toothless does the actual flying.
Toothless is later very playful around Hiccup, and is also very protective of and loyal to him. This is shown in how before, no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't get out of the cove without flying, until he heard Hiccup's scream, then manages to climb out and fight off a Monstrous Nightmare in the Dragon Training ring before it could kill Hiccup, and refusing to leave when the rest of the village joins in on the fight, seeing them as a threat. Later, when Hiccup is knocked off of him while attempting to escape the explosion that kills the Red Death, Toothless manages to reach for and protect Hiccup by wrapping him in his wings, even without his own prosthetic tail. Toothless is later overjoyed when Hiccup wakes up after the battle, jumping around his house with glee, and tickling him by wildly licking his face, before helping his human friend to walk on his new prosthetic leg.
Their friendship is also strong in Gift of the Night Fury when Hiccup crafted a new tail for Toothless so he can fly on his own. Toothless takes off, and only later Hiccup finds out why. When Toothless comes back, Hiccup finds out he took off to find his helmet. At the end Toothless trashed his new tail showing that he wanted to need Hiccup for him to fly.
Toothless and Hiccup's relationship remains mostly the same in Riders of Berk. They do occasionally have problems with one another as seen in The Terrible Twos and What Flies Beneath, but they always come through for one another. Hiccup and Toothless continue to grow closer throughout the series, and both of them risk their lives for each other multiple times. Hiccup tries to make Toothless happy by finding more Night Furies, but his efforts are foiled when Mildew and Alvin trap them both. In the end, Toothless remains happy to stay with Hiccup as his closest companion and to remain one of a kind. Toothless seems to be very happy and satisfied to be with Hiccup, and Hiccup is extremely grateful to have Toothless be the closest friend he could ever have.
During How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup and Toothless are shown to only have their friendship grown as they have become more reliant and love of each other like when Hiccup has an idea to confront Drago and try to convince him to stop trapping dragons, Toothless remains more friendly towards Eret and his crew. Though when Toothless is controlled by Drago through his Bewilderbeast and kills Stoick, Hiccup gets upset at the death of his father and blindly yells at Toothless to go away, which Toothless reluctantly follows shortly before being controlled again. Later, however, their friendship and loyalty to one another proves to be strong enough fully free Toothless from the Bewilderbeast's control.
Later, after being set free, Toothless trusts Hiccup enough to be his eyes and ears and binds them so the Bewilderbeast can't control him. When they eventually get put to the ground, Toothless sits behind Hiccup when he talks to Drago one last time and that is when Drago tells his Bewilderbeast to kill Hiccup which Toothless quickly jumps in to cover Hiccup from the ice.
It is thought to be an unsuccessful attempt that kills both Hiccup and Toothless, but when a blue color and sound similar to when Toothless would shoot starts resonating from the ice, everyone wonders what was happening and then the ice breaks, revealing Toothless, who is now covered in a blue color, similar to his plasma bolts, on his back and in his mouth and nostrils, is covering Hiccup from the ice and then uncurls from Hiccup. When he uncurls, he sprints to the edge of an ice spike on Berk and challenges the Bewilderbeast under Drago's control to the dragon's role of Alpha to protect Hiccup.
When Toothless, with his new found power and strength, attacks the Bewilderbeast, he proves that his love, friendship and companionship with Hiccup has only grown. Toothless celebrated his best friend's coronation along with Valka, Gobber, Astrid and the entire Isle of Berk.
Hiccup and Toothless also share the same roles in their respective societies. In the series, Hiccup was the de facto leader of the teens while Toothless was the de facto leader of the teens' dragons. In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Toothless ascends to be the Alpha and leader of all dragons while Hiccup becomes the Chief of Berk.
Stoick the Vast
Hiccup's father is the Chief of the village, making Hiccup himself the next in line to become Chief. However, the two seem to be complete opposites of each other: whereas Stoick is large, strong, brawny, and the best dragon fighter in the village, Hiccup is lanky, weak, brainy, and perhaps (initially, at least) the worst dragon fighter on the island. Their relationship is strained because of these differences, as Hiccup wants to make his dad proud by conforming to Viking norms and attempting to slay dragons, but ends up making things worse most of the time. also
Though confused as to what to do about Hiccup's peculiarities as a Viking, Stoick is very protective of his son due on what happened to Valka; he is at first reluctant to send Hiccup to Dragon Training for fear that he will be killed. Moreover, during a dragon raid, it is shown that Stoick, along with everyone else in the village, prefers that Hiccup stay inside and out of harm's way (though this may be because Hiccup is more of a risk to the village than the dragons are to him).
Stoick becomes proud of Hiccup when he hears of Hiccup's success in Dragon Training and is elated to finally have something in common with his son, although his attempt at conversation with his awkward son ended in failure. However, after his son's relationship with Toothless is revealed, their small progress with one another is destroyed. Stoick accuses Hiccup of siding with the dragons and later no longer considers Hiccup to be his son. Their relationship is later mended when Hiccup comes to the rescue of the older Vikings during their confrontation with the Red Death with the help of his classmates and the dragons used in training, showing his dad his otherwise unseen bravery and leadership. This causes Stoick to apologize for his prejudice against dragons and say that he is proud to call Hiccup his son. Stoick shows how deeply he cares for Hiccup when he believes that Hiccup is dead and mourns, apologizing for not having listened to him before. He shows great happiness when he learns that Hiccup is still alive thanks to Toothless' efforts. Later, Stoick and the village welcome Hiccup as a hero and Stoick finally accepts his son for who he is.
In the television series, Hiccup is given the responsibility over the dragons. However, partly due to Stoick's emotionally inarticulate nature and moments of unintentional insensitivity, his father's approval and acceptance still proves to be a major source of insecurity in Hiccup's life, and he is shown to go to great lengths to confirm that his father really is proud of him. In Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Young Man, after being painted stronger than he is, Hiccup sets out on a treasure hunt that Stoick failed to prove himself. Stoick apologized at the end for making his son feel he had to do something big to be accepted. A more accurate picture was placed in the Great Hall to replace the other one. In Thawfest, Hiccup was determined to finally beat Snotlout. When he decided to throw the race, he apologized to his father, and to himself, in his choice. Though Stoick was still proud of Hiccup in how well he'd done.
The two still often have a hard time communicating with each other. In How to Pick Your Dragon, Stoick seems to ignore Hiccup's teaching about how dragons need trust. Gobber told Hiccup that "it's a father's job to listen to his son, without letting on that he's heard a word".
Stoick is still very protective of his son. After Hiccup and Toothless were kidnapped by the Outcasts, he banned flying dragons to try to keep him safe. While Hiccup respected his father, he felt he had to go behind his back in case Alvin attacked. The two later reconciled. In Frozen, Hiccup was very concerned about Stoick being paralyzed by the Speed Stingers.
Hiccup is also shown to care for his father. Hiccup was very determined to rescue Stoick from Dagur's clutches when Stoick was taken hostage as a trade for Toothless in Cast Out Part I and Cast Out Part II. Hiccup was even willing to join forces with Berk's enemy, Alvin The Treacherous, just to save his father.
In the second film, their relationship is strained because Stoick has decided to make Hiccup Chief of Berk, but Hiccup is reluctant to take on the duties and avoids him. But it was restored after Hiccup found Valka, the two work together against Drago Bludvist. When Hiccup is threatened by Toothless, who was hypnotized by Drago's Bewilderbeast and ordered to kill Hiccup, Stoick runs to Hiccup's aid and pushes him out of the way right before Toothless fires a plasma bolt, killing Stoick. Hiccup is devastated, to the point that he yells at Toothless when he resurfaces, even though it wasn't his fault. Afterwards he shoot a flaming arrow as his funeral along his friends and mother.
After Stoick's funeral, Hiccup says he was afraid of becoming chief because he didn't know how to live up to Stoick's job, showing that he had a great deal of respect for his father and what he did. He then decides to continue his father's legacy and becomes Chief of Berk to honor him and not let him die in vain. all the problems that they have with each other, Hiccup and Stoick are shown to love each other very much and are willing to sacrifice their own happiness and lives for the sake of the other.
Valka is Hiccup's mother. She was believed to be dead for twenty years and that she was taken and eaten by dragons. She was taken when Hiccup was just a baby, so he hardly knew anything about her. In the film, Hiccup was given a helmet made from her old armor. While though he found it awkward at first, it is very important to him, as seen in Gift of the Night Fury. In Breakneck Bog, Hiccup is willing to face extreme danger, and a possible Fog Monster, to retrieve a lost gift from his mother. In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup not only reunites with his mother, but learns she has been living with, and rescuing dragons for over 20 years and therefore has more experience and knowledge of them. Throughout the second film, she helped him discovering his identity as a Rider and a leader. In the end, Valka stays with him on Berk and celebrated along with Gobber, Astrid and the rest of the villagers her son's coronation as Chief of Berk. like his father, Hiccup is shown to love his mother very much and like her to be in his life again and Valka is willingly to sacrifce her happiness for the sake of his.
Astrid is Hiccup's main love interest in the series and fellow Dragon Training classmate in the first movie. At first, she is unimpressed by Hiccup and his lack of dragon-fighting skills, and often rebuffs his efforts to speak to her. Although she doesn't make fun of him like the other Viking teens, she does not seem particularly pleased about his presence in the Dragon Training class either, and probably thinks that he is weak. Later, however, Astrid becomes jealous and angry about Hiccup's sudden success in Dragon Training and follows him into the forest, eventually discovering Hiccup's friendship with Toothless and threatening to reveal it to the village.
After Hiccup and Toothless take her for a ride, during which she holds on to Hiccup, first in fear and then happiness as well as leaning her head on him, her views about dragons and Hiccup change as she sees just how amazing dragons really are as well as Hiccup's true aptitude for communicating with them. She also grows a greater respect for Hiccup when he shows his adamancy in protecting Toothless, refusing to tell the other Vikings about their trip to the Dragons' Nest and his friendship with the Night Fury out of fear that they would take drastic action against the dragons and kill Toothless. Astrid later tries to help Hiccup during his Dragon Training final exam when the Monstrous Nightmare attacks him by distracting it and later holds Hiccup back so that he doesn't get hurt when the Vikings overpower Toothless.
Astrid comforts Hiccup and inspires him to round up the other Viking teens to help him with his plan to save the villagers from the Red Death shortly after they depart for the Nest. When Hiccup is believed to be dead, where as everyone else hangs their heads in shame she's brought to tears obviously mourning the loss of her friend (and potentially mutual love interest) meaning she took it the hardest. She finalizes her feelings for him at the end of the film when she kisses him on the lips, implying that the two may have some sort of romantic relationship (emphasized in Gift of the Night Fury where she kisses him again and gives him a hug, and he calls her "Milady"). However, outside of these situations and despite this mutual attraction, in Dragons: Riders of Berk it's shown that they do not consider themselves to be in any official relationship, often shying away from each other (such as separating after finding themselves holding each other, or scooting away when others point out how close they are sitting together). Nevertheless, the two still have a very close and trusting relationship, Astrid being Hiccup's best friend after Toothless, regularly confide in each other and are usually the first to volunteer aid to each other.
In Thawfest, Astrid is especially disappointed and upset by Hiccup's new-found arrogance and unpleasantness as he scores more points against Snotlout, and admits to Hiccup being a gracious loser is a thing she's always liked about him. When Hiccup repents his behavior by throwing the race, Astrid is all too happy to have the old Hiccup back and kisses him which happens to be the only time in the TV series that they kiss. She continues to aid Hiccup as his second in command at the Dragon Academy, with the pair of them acting as the "straight men" against the bickering, neuroses and dysfunction of the other teens. In Dragons: Defenders of Berk, Hiccup gives Astrid more responsibility by allowing her to creating training missions for the Dragon Academy/Flight Club. In Fright of Passage, Hiccup tells Astrid that training dragons aren't the only thing that he thinks about. After Astrid said "Are you actually saying that to me with a straight face?", it was made official. Later, during Cast Out Part I, Hiccup gets mad at Snotlout for, not only disobeying him again, but nearly getting Astrid killed in the process and suspends him. This shows that he truly cares for Astrid and will do anything to defend her.
Despite there being no direct confirmation, in Race to the Edge, that Hiccup and Astrid are a couple their relationship is shown to be closer and stronger.
In When Darkness Falls there are several instances which point to the complex relationship that has develop between the two to this point and establishes a theme that carries through the entire series. When they first land on Dragon's Edge and Hiccup takes charge of having them set up the camp Snotlout complains about liking "whiney Berk Hiccup" more than "Princess outpost Hiccup" to which Astrid replies, "I know, right?" before giving Hiccup a secret double thumbs up. Then the next day when everyone is pushing their ideas for the outpost Astrid smiles when Hiccup states that they need one idea, as if she fully expects Hiccup to choose her design and then gets upset when Hiccup states that everyone else's ideas are good. However, what is perhaps the most telling is the layout that Hiccup chooses for Dragon's Edge. Hiccup placed his hut right next to Astrid's hut and they are closer together than any of the other huts.
In Have Dragon Will Travel Part II, Heather asks Astrid if she and Hiccup are a couple. First, Astrid panics and throws her axe into the top of a tree. Then she adamantly states the two are just friends, though appears a little nervous on the matter, and it is clear that Heather doesn't buy her denials. Also, when Heather states that Hiccup is kind of cute Astrid smiles and says, "I guess. If you like that unassuming, heroic, dragon rider type." Then at the end, Hiccup feels sorry for Astrid losing a friend, knowing the two got really close. Astrid then puts her arm around Hiccup and states, "But I still have you."
By the time of the sequel, Astrid and Hiccup are an official couple, boyfriend/girlfriend or possibly betrothed. She even teases him in an affectionate manner, and calls him babe when they are fighting Drago's army. They are comfortable sitting very close to each other, as opposed to in Animal House when they nervously moved away from each other. They are even so close that Astrid casually braids Hiccup's hair. Astrid is the only one Hiccup confides in about his doubts about becoming Chief of Berk and is often talking to her about how his father keeps on pressuring him to take his place. Understanding her boyfriend's concern, Astrid comforts him about his doubts and says what he's searching for isn't in the places he explores but what's inside him.
Hiccup and Astrid both make the discovery of the destroyed base of Eret, Son of Eret and Hiccup saves Astrid after she falls off of Stormfly (who was caught in a net by Eret's men). After they land, he stands protectively in front of her when they confront Eret. Hiccup and Astrid later perform mutiny against Stoick and head off towards Eret's ship so that he can take them to Drago to change his mind about dragons. During that time, he jokingly throws a net over Astrid and leads her tenderly yet sternly towards the prison cell on the ship so that she wouldn't harm anyone on the ship with her axe. Astrid later tries to follow him when he goes off to search for Drago himself, but is stopped by Stoick and is ordered to lead the others back to Berk since he had about enough mutiny for one day.
Later, when Hiccup and Stoick fail to show up, Astrid leads the other Dragon Riders on a hunt to find them. After that, they are captured by Drago Bludvist, Astrid says that Hiccup will come and rescue them, bragging about Hiccup's role as the Dragon Master and of Toothless. When Astrid finally reunites with Hiccup on the back of Stormfly with Eret, she get's introduced to Valka and is surprised that she's alive and Hiccup jokes to her about how that's where he got his dramatic flair. After Stoick is killed, Astrid rushes to Hiccup's side and holds him tenderly in her arms as they mourn the loss of his father and the Chief of Berk. Hiccup later on leads the shooting of the flaming arrows during Stoick's Viking funeral and Astrid, along with the other Dragon Riders, Valka, Eret, and Gobber all follow his lead.
Astrid is later looking at Hiccup proudly as he takes on his new role as Chief of Berk and follows his lead back to Berk on the backs of the baby dragons. After Hiccup and Toothless defeat the evil Alpha Bewilderbeast and Drago, Astrid teasingly pokes at his flight suit button and says that he found what he was searching for, making both of them laugh and Hiccup finally initiating a kiss with Astrid on the lips, pulling her close and gazing at her affectionately after they break apart from their embrace. Astrid later celebrates Hiccup's coronation as Chief of Berk and is seen by his side as the whole isle of Berk celebrates Hiccup's role as Chief. At the end of the sequel, Astrid is seen in the Dragon Races competing against the other Riders and Hiccup intervenes by taking the Black Sheep at the last second and throwing it into her basket for her.
An act that was seen performed by Snotlout and Fishlegs while they competed for Ruffnut's affection, so it shows that Hiccup simply stepped in to help out his lady against the other Riders as well. By the end of the film near the credits, Astrid and Stormfly are seen right next to Hiccup and Toothless as they stand on the pedestal overlooking the concluded games and Astrid's victory. He seems to make Astrid smile in the end no matter how many fights or misunderstandings they get in.
Hiccup and Cloudjumper met each other when Hiccup was a baby. During the dragon raids on Berk, Cloudjumper broke into their house. His mother Valka saw this and tried to save him, but Cloudjumper was not harming him, in fact playing with him. However, he accidentally scratched Hiccup and attacked his father. As a result, Valka was taken by him, leaving Hiccup motherless for 20 years, while Valka on the other hand decided to stay with Cloudjumper fearing that she might harm Hiccup and Stoick or worse. Years later, they meet again along with his mother. Although they do not recognize each other, they do become close by their mutual love for Valka and Hiccup does not hold a grudge against him, At the end of the movie, Cloudjumper, along with the other dragons from the den celebrated Hiccup's coronation as Chief of Berk.
Role in the series
Hiccup is a valuable ally to the Shell Louge Squad in their efforts to defeat the villain leage, when needed.