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Fishlegs Ingerman is one of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III's close friends in the film franchise. He is sensitive, caring, and has an incredible knowledge about dragons. He is 14 years old in the first film and 19 years old in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Fishlegs is quite the opposite to his book counterpart. He is very big and chubby and often spouts off information about dragons whenever he can, usually as if he were describing the stats of a creature in an RPG.

Biography

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Physical Appearance

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Fishlegs's appearance in How to Train Your Dragon and the three shorts.

Generally, unlike his literary counterpart, Fishlegs in the franchise has a very large and husky appearance, and is the biggest out of all the teenage dragon riders.

In How to Train Your Dragon, Fishlegs wears a brown furry outfit, and a tiny Viking helmet with tiny horns on them. Fishlegs wears this same outfit in the three specials: Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, "Gift of the Night Fury", and Book of Dragons.

In the Cartoon Network series DreamWorks Dragons: The Series, Fishlegs wears the same outfit, just that rather than having fur, it is made out of leather. In the Netflix series, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Fishlegs wears the same outfit he wears in How to Train Your Dragon 2, only this time, once again it's leather rather than fur.

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Fishlegs's appearance in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Fishlegs is wearing the same brown furry outfit only this time it's a little lighter, and is equipped with furry armbands, a belt with pockets and a helmet with something that resembles little Gronckle ears or wings. Fishlegs now has a thin beard as well. Fishlegs has also grown heavier in the five years in between How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Personality

Fishlegs is probably one of the strongest and smartest, but also one of the most cowardly and quietest members of the Academy. Despite his flaws, he is still a valued member of the gang. He may be the most cowardly of the group but will face his fears when he is needed the most but mostly will face it for the love of his dragon Meatlug. Fishlegs is also an vivid dreamer as shown in "Follow the Leader".

It appears that Fishlegs has also developed a stronger sense of self confidence in the second season as he began to see his own self worth and contribution to the Dragon Training Academy and was willing to stand up to and insult Snotlout, something he had never been able to do in the first season.

Abilities and Skills

Fishlegs maybe the heaviest member of the group but he comes with big advantages that makes others surprised.

Intelligence and Building

Fishlegs has proven several times, especially in the first film and in the series whenever a new species of Dragon appeared, that he has a great knowledge on dragons. However, where Hiccup learns from experiences, Fishlegs rather learns from books. He even thought of hand signals ("Twinsanity"), knows why Changewings were looking at the boat because of Snotlout having the fourth egg ("Gem of a Different Color"), using different colors on dragons for different islands to study their territory for specific reasons ("Appetite for Destruction"), figuring out why the Flightmare comes every ten years ("Fright of Passage") but mostly his dragon was the one to figure it out, and taught some ideas for his Meatlug to improve her combat ability to learn new fighting skills that were shown all great success. He even built his own Viking ship but failed due to Meatlug getting sea sick and releasing lava out of her mouth in Dawn of the Dragon Racers. He also seems to have an interest in flora and fauna other than dragons.

Strength

It was revealed that when Fishlegs gets angry, he will go berserk, successfully defeating enemies and intimidating people.(Gem of a Different Color) This is probably based on the books, where Fishlegs was half Berserker, half Murderous. He was also able to tackle-hug Meatlug (though Meatlug might not have expected it, so she probably didn't hold her ground much.)(Gift of the Night Fury)As Bonecrusher, he shows off his true strength and is able to hold a cart with no sign of struggle.

Dragon Training and Riding

So far, Fishlegs has trained three dragons. His Gronckle, Meatlug, a Catastrophic Quaken, Spikeback aand a Terrible Terror named Iggy. However, he isn't the best Dragon Rider. He flew on Toothless once, though he was very afraid of doing so being so fast that he wasn't used to it. However, he was able to overcome his fear in order to save Meatlug in "The Iron Gronckle". He has multiple useful ideas for Dragon Training methods, as he was the one who invented the hand signals.("Twinsanity") He is also quite skilled in Dragon Calls as shown in "We Are Family, Part 1". He is the only one who thought of great training ideas for Meatlug to improve her combat ability to gain amazing skills, which all have become a success. And in "Worst in Show", using pictures for Iggy to know which object to get for him. As Bonecrusher, he was able wrangle a wild Scauldron with little success.

Navigation Skills

Fishlegs shown to be the best in navigating islands and locations. As he shown this skill as he was able to recognize different dragons locations on certain colors. Also able to recognize their surroundings around Berk.

Speed

He shown for his heavy weight he able to run fast to catch up to the teens when he afraid. As Bonecrusher, he was able to run faster than a baby Yak.

Endurance and Stamina

In the first film he shown to be able to take Meatlug's weight on him when she fall and his stamina for heavy weight teen he able to run long distance with out showing any type of difficulties at all.

Drawing

He was able to draw a picture of the Razorwhip from Bucket's description, despite never having seen one before. He also made a set of Dragon Cards in "Crash Course", that he would keep with at all times until being captured by Drago's men in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Teaching Skills

In "Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 1", Fishlegs was able to show off his knowledge of dragons and their attacks when he became a tour guide for the children of Berk. He was able to teach everything he knows about Gronckles to Dagur, as he pointed out that Dagur is fast learner to be quite successful to learn to be great Gronckle rider as they both learn new skill for combat the Inverted Gronckle Drop.

Singing

He seems to enjoy singing to his beloved Meatlug as he will sing to her mostly on private area or he sang with his beloved Meatlug for the Thunderear test but to Stoick believes he not very good singer.

Relationships

Meatlug

"Who's my little princess? Oh you are. I missed you!"
―Fishlegs, as he reunites with Meatlug[src]

Fishlegs and Meatlug first met each other in the Arena, where they were pitted against one another. Later, before they went to fight the Red Death, Hiccup taught him how to train her. Like most dragons and Riders, Meatlug and Fishlegs have shown to be very close. They have shown one of the strongest bonds between a dragon and a Rider so far, resulting in a strong, but slightly weird relationship. Meatlug likes to lick Fishlegs's feet before they sleep, as metioned in "How to Start a Dragon Academy", and he sings about her and tells her stories about 'Princess Meatlug' in "Dragon Flower". Because they have such a strong bond, they find it hard to be away from one another, which was demonstrated several times.

Fishlegs also tried to make sure Meatlug wouldn't go back to her feral side ever since seeing Hookfang acting strange over female dragons in "Total Nightmare". He was trying to do everything he can to make her stay with him.

Heather

" Ok, I wasn't going to say this, but here it goes... I don't want to go back to being long distance terror pals. I want you here!"
―Fishlegs to Heather[src]
Fishlegs finds Heather very attractive, and can get a bit embarrassed around her. He's very flattered when she asks him about his work on the Dragon Manual when they first meet, and he's all too happy to tell her about it. He was thrilled when she reappeared three years later. He was very upset when Heather appeared to have joined Dagur and the Dragon Hunters. But when Astrid told the others Heather was actually spying on them, this relieved Fishlegs, replying that he always knew she was good at heart. Fishlegs was also impressed by Heather's mapping and tracking skills, glad to have someone else to geek out with.
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Heather told Astrid that she was more attracted to Fishlegs than Snotlout, since she liked the smart and sweet Viking rather than the tough, macho one. She even said she thought he was kind of cute.

In To Heather or Not To Heather, it's apparent that they both know the other likes them. Fishlegs stays behind while the other Riders herd Nadders out of harms way and gives her a grand tour of the Edge, even showing her a spot he picked out for her hut, should she decide to stay. She was greatly appreciative off the gesture. Fishlegs later figures out what's wrong with Windshear, and the two trade dragons just in time to help the other Riders fight off a Hunter ship threatening the Nadders.

Their relationship continues to grow stronger, and by Gold Rush they appear to be an official couple. Fishlegs feels defensive towards Dagur even though he's an ally of the Riders by that point, because he's threatening to take Heather away with him. During a moment alone while Dagur is searching for gold in a cave, Fishlegs confesses his feelings, asking her to stay, and she is touched by his heartfelt words. They lean in to kiss each other, only to be interrupted by Dagur bursting back out of the cave being chased by Night Terrors. Despite the heartbreak, Fishlegs understands and supports Heather when she announces her decision to return with Dagur to search for their long lost father. She hugs him, and kisses his cheek good-bye. Dagur then assures Fishlegs that Heather will be in good hands, and not to worry about her.

Fishlegs is overjoyed to see her again when she and Dagur return to help in the retrieval of the Dragon Eye.

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

Main article: Fishlegs and Hiccup's Relationship
" That's a language I'm afraid we'll never understand."
― Astrid about Fishlegs and Hiccup's geeking out[src]

Hiccup is Fishlegs' best friend. They often work together when it comes to dragon related subjects, both being very interested in said creatures. But while Hiccup learns from experience, Fishlegs rather learns from books. Nevertheless, these two had developed a strong friendship. It is possible that aside from Astrid, Fishlegs is Hiccup's closest human friend in the group. The two enjoy learning about new dragons, and even "geek out" over discovering something new. In "Follow the Leader", Fishlegs said he can handle Hiccup getting mad at him, but hates it when he disappoints him. Fishlegs appears to believe Hiccup has what it takes to become Chief, describing that he leads by example and not fear or bossing others around. When Hiccup brought back the Maces and Talons board from Viggo's ships, he thought it meant that Hiccup was taking over as Berk's Chief, until Hiccup explains the situation. Part of Fishlegs' dream of becoming the new leader of the Riders was Hiccup moving on towards his Chiefly duties. When he finally did become Chief at the end of the second movie, Fishlegs was very happy for his friend.

Ruffnut Thorston

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"Here you go, darling. Mine's worth ten!"
―Fishlegs to Ruffnut after tossing her the black sheep[src]

Though Fishlegs was often a target for pranks and teasing of the twins, he has been seen fighting with Snotlout for Ruffnut's affection. In Season 2 of Race to the Edge, Fishlegs and Ruffnut came under the impression that they accidentally got married with Tuffnut as the officiator. During the fake ceremony, Fishlegs and Ruffnut were seen genuinely enjoying themselves and each other.  When they suddenly believed they'd been married however, this changed.  Fishlegs was horrified and took the situation very seriously, while Ruffnut didn't take it seriously at all and merely used it as a reason to cause mayhem with her brother. Fishlegs felt like he had no choice but to play along. Later on, Astrid and Snotlout reminded Tuffnut that he had never completed his officiator training, and the marriage was annulled. Fishlegs was instantly relieved to be divorced from Tuffnut, but that changed when he exclaimed: "I haven't been this happy since my wedding day!" He seems to have been honest.  Fishlegs turned to Ruffnut and both appeared to genuinely grieve for their union. Ruff affectionately rubs her nose against his, and then slaps him. Fishlegs responds that his doors would always be open to Ruffnut.

Snotlout Jorgenson

Snotlout and Fishlegs have had long standing issues for each other. This is mainly because Snotlout has been teasing and pranking Fishlegs quite often. However, Fishlegs finally stood up for himself, successfully convincing Snotlout to give back the Changewing Egg, in "Gem of a Different Color". In the second season, not much of their relationship has been seen. By How to Train Your Dragon 2, they are now rivals for a different reason, which is for Ruffnut's affection.

Astrid Hofferson

Astrid and Fishlegs generally get along well and are good friends. They are often teamed up for missions since they are considered the more rational members of the group apart from Hiccup. However, Astrid has made it clear that Fishlegs is not her type as shown when she was repulsed by Fishlegs, while hypnotized, flirting with her (Big Man On Berk).

Stoick the Vast

Like most Vikings, Fishlegs is seen respecting and sometimes fearing Stoick. He, along with the other Dragon Riders, was deeply saddened after the Chief was killed. As Bonecrusher, Fishlegs called Stoick the Vastly overrated.

Gobber the Belch

Though not much of their relationship has been seen, it can be concluded Gobber and Fishlegs are friends. He and Gobber have been working together, and Gobber "comforted" him in his own way. At the end, in The Iron Gronckle, he even gave Fishlegs the first sword he had made out of Gronckle Iron. Gobber resumed making this iron three years later after Fishlegs got the formula from the Dragon Hunters.

Iggy

Iggy was the Terrible Terror that Fishlegs trained. He originally wanted to name him 'Deathwing', but eventually went for Iggy instead. Fishlegs taught Iggy how to recognize several objects, which helped them save Meatlug from the Outcasts.

Toothless

"Please just give me the Night and not to much Fury!"
―Fishlegs, rides Toothless for the first time[src]

Fishlegs rides on Toothless to save Meatlug and Hiccup. Initially he was very afraid of his speed, but he was able to overcome his fear for his love of his dragon. Fishlegs stated that Toothless is the best dragon for competitions since his abilities are greatest and can learn amazing skills.

Hookfang

Though he believes like everyone that this dragon is a lot like his owner, he possibly used to be afraid of Hookfang. Although he has seen how he listens to his commands that was meant for Meatlug. He is shown to care about him to help him to find cure, and thought of Fireworms that can try to reignite his fire. He even tried to comfort him on Fireworm Island. He was also shown to be grateful that Hookfang have help to train Meatliug to get stronger and more fierce. He thought that Hookfang was going back to his feral side once again thinking this could happen to other trained dragons as he thought to make sure Meatlug wouldn't become like Hookfang.

Memorable Quotes

The page for quotes by Fishlegs in the films and shorts is here

The page for quotes by Fishlegs in the Riders and Defenders of Berk is here

The page for quotes by Fishlegs in Race to the Edge is here

Trivia

  • In the books, Fishlegs is even skinnier than Hiccup, but in the movie, he's clearly a heavy-set teen. The books also depict him as the son of Alvin the Treacherous, whereas the series indicates no relation between the two.
  • Fishlegs is the only one in the movie that doesn't seem to actually make fun of Hiccup besides Astrid (who still criticized, scolded, threatened and harmed Hiccup on separate occasions throughout the film).
  • Even though he receives the Gronckle Iron sword from Gobber in "The Iron Gronckle", he doesn't use it after that episode.
  • Fishlegs has Binge Eating Disorder.[4]
  • He is the Berk Dragon Academy's Boulder Class Dragons expert.[5]
  • Of all the main characters during Defenders of Berk, Fishlegs had the most episodes that focused on his character development.
  • In Dawn of the Dragon Racers, he also seems to creep out Hiccup when he appears from behind him.
  • Speed Stingers are one of Fishlegs' favorite dragons, but even though he is very afraid of them he manages to bond with the young Stinger, Speedy.[6]

Appearances



References

  1. RttE WB Race to the Edge, Season 3 – "Follow the Leader"
  2. RttE WB Race to the Edge, Season 1 – "Big Man on Berk"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dradon site logo Fishlegs Ingerman in the Viking Guide.
  4. ROB Logo Defenders of Berk – "The Iron Gronckle"
  5. 1480062701402 Riders of Berk – "How to Pick Your Dragon"
  6. RttE WB Race to the Edge, Season 1 – "Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 1"
    RttE WB Race to the Edge, Season 1 – "Part 2"

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