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Gobber the Belch

Gobber the Belch
Vital Statistics
Name Gobber the Belch
Gender Male
Dragon(s) Grump (Hotburple), Gobber's Nemesis (Boneknapper) (briefly)
Friends/Allies Stoick, Hiccup, Valka, Toothless, Astrid, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Ruffnut and Tuffnut
Status Alive
Location Berk
Family
Father unnamed father (seen in legend of the boneknapper dragon)
Mother unnamed mother (seen in legend of the boneknapper dragon)
Other Bork the Bold
Out-of-Universe Information
Voiced by Craig Ferguson (film), Chris Edgerly (series)
First Appearence How to Train Your Dragon
Last Appearence How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Vital Statistics
Name Gobber the Belch
Gender Male
Dragon(s) Goliath (Bullrougher)
Faction Hairy Hooligans
Status Alive
Location Berk

"The meat-head with attitude and interchangeable hands is Gobber. I've been his apprentice ever since I was little...well, littler."
―Hiccup, introducing Gobber in his narration

Gobber The Belch is a veteran warrior of the Hairy Hooligans Tribe and a long-time friend and adviser of Stoick the Vast.

In the books

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Gobber the Belch is a six-and-a-half foot tall madman who is tasked with training Hairy Hooligan teens in various skills needed to become a Viking: catching and training dragons, pirating skills, sword-fighting, and rudeness. He is incapable of speaking in any tone of voice other than a bellow. He has trained many students that became great warriors, being a capable warrior himself. He normally wears his small shorts. He believes Hiccup's group is the best group he has ever taught. He was also one of the few people to live and tell the tale of him stealing a book from the Meathead Public Library and under the Hairy Scary Librarian's nose also. He was the Hooligan that stole How to Train Your Dragon by Professor Yobbish. Though In A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons Hiccup steals the second volume of this book.

In the tenth book, Gobber is made a slave in the Amber Slavelands when he protested Alvin's kingship. He later joins the Dragonmarkers, and in the eleventh book, he is captured by Alvin and his beard is cut off, the ultimate Viking shame.

Background

Gobber is known as the great-great-great-grandson of Bork the Bold, author of the first Dragon Manual. At some point in his life, his father used barbaric methods like acting to threaten his son's life in order to teach him to swim as revealed in Viking for Hire.

As revealed in Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, when he was a teenager on a summer vacation trip with his parents, he stopped inside an frozen cave for a bathroom break and was surprised to see a wall of ice with Vikings trapped inside. Gobber noticed that one of the Viking was holding a treasure chest and decided to claim it for himself. It was here that the Boneknapper appeared and began to chase after him. The Boneknapper flew after Gobber until he escaped with the treasure box.

In the course of Berk's long wars with the dragons and at some point in his life, Gobber lost his left hand and right leg in battle with a Monstrous Nightmare (the picture is reversed). He has managed to replace his missing limbs with a variety of metal prostheses of his own design and creation. His arm can be interchanged with other items such as a hammer or axe if needed (similar to Alvin the Treacherous in the books).

When he was stranded on an island himself many years later, armed with only his broom arm attachment, the Boneknapper found him again, causing Gobber to flee though an ocean filled with Hammerhead Sharks.

Since he is no longer able to take an active part in the war, Gobber is left responsible for the village's smithy and armory, keeping the other Vikings well suited with weapons.

After Stoick does some convincing, Gobber agrees to train some of the younger Vikings for battle at Dragon Training while Stoick and the rest of the village head out to find the dragon's nest.

How to Train Your Dragon

Hiccup, the son of Chief Stoick, was tasked to assist Gobber in the armory ever since he was a small boy. Even though Gobber taught him a fair amount of skills which he would later put to good use, Hiccup's clumsiness eventually made him into the despair of Gobber, his father and the whole village. Seeing Hiccup's desire to become a true Viking, Gobber was the one who convinced Stoick to admit the boy to Dragon Training.

After a typically clumsy start, Gobber was amazed when Hiccup became the new class's most proficient trainee, being able to incapacitate the beasts without the need for weapons. His skill grew so much, he even outclassed the fierce Astrid and earned the right to kill a dragon.

When Stoick ordered the entire village to embark to the island where the Dragons' Nest was located, Gobber went along with them although with some signs of nerves when asking what the plan for the attack was. The Vikings inadvertently released the Red Death from the Nest's depths and it soon set fire to their ships. Trapped on the island and forced to fight, Stoick ordered his people to flee to the other side of the island while he distracted the dragon by baiting it. As his oldest friend, Gobber volunteered to do the same. Together, they bought enough time for the Vikings to retreat. Gobber shared equal amazement when Hiccup and the other Vikings arrived riding dragons and took down the Red Death.

Later, when Hiccup had been wounded defeating the dragon, Gobber crafted a metal prosthetic to replace his lower left leg, cleverly adapting Hiccup's custom-made dragon-saddle with a matching left metal stirrup to accommodate the new foot. When Hiccup regained consciousness, Gobber welcomed him home by presenting him with a brand-new prosthetic tail fin for Toothless that would allow them to fly again.

Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon

After the events of How To Train Your Dragon, Gobber's house was set alight one night. With some help from the now peaceful dragons, the house was saved but Gobber was convinced that a dragon had caused the fire. Mentioning his old tale of the Boneknapper, he set out to try and take down the beast once and for all to prove to the rest of the village that it was real, with his pet sheep Phil in tow. Hiccup, fearing for Gobber's safety, decided to tag along, and convinced his friends to come too.

Using a small long boat to reach a distant island, Gobber told stories of his previous encounters with the mythical dragon, including stealing a treasure box from frozen Vikings, being saved by Hammerhead Whales and Hammerhead Yaks and failing to trap the Boneknapper himself in a forest. The sheer odd nature of his stories soon tell the Viking teens why the village does not believe his claims of the Boneknapper being a real dragon.

Now stranded themselves after their ship sinks, Gobber convinces the Viking youngsters to help him catch the Boneknapper, using Fishlegs as bait. Unbeknownst to them, the Boneknapper appears behind them and begins to attack. In the confusion, the Young Vikings group are trapped beneath a gigantic rib-cage. Luckily, Hiccup notices what the Boneknapper wants. The treasure Gobber took from the frozen Viking was a small belt buckle made of a tiny bone fragment. As the Boneknapper is always attempting to find the perfect bones for its armor, Hiccup notices the belt buckle fits the outline of a missing fragment from it's neck plate. With some persuasion, Gobber agrees to give the bone back and the dragon becomes docile and friendly.

The Boneknapper flies the group back home, joined by others of its species, as Gobber laughs that Stoick will have to believe his claims now.

Book of Dragons

Gobber is present in the Great Hall, along with Hiccup, Astrid, Toothless and Fishlegs, in order to explain about the various Dragon species, and Bork the Bold. Gobber claims you won't survive a day of Dragon Training without the Book, to which Hiccup answers that he can't scare them, seeing how they've already trained dragons. Gobber continues to explain about his great-great-grandfather, Bork the Bold or, as he was once known, Bork the Very, Very Unfortunate. He explains that Bork hated dragons, because they kept attacking and raiding him. At the end of the special, Gobber takes the viewer to the Arena, where a Deadly Nadder, Gronckle, Monstrous Nightmare and Hideous Zippleback are waiting. He claims it's 'Time to meet your match'.

Gift of the Night Fury

Unlike the other specials, Gobber's role is very small in this one. At the beginning, he helped some Vikings and their dragons to make a 'Snoggletog Tree'. During the meeting, after Stoick claims they can happily celebrate the Holiday without dragons, he agrees with Stoick, stating that Vikings are tough. The other Vikings laugh about this, because Gobber is wearing several Holiday stockings, to which Gobber replies: '...Most of the time'.

Dragons: Riders/Defenders of Berk

In "Viking for Hire", Gobber finds his duties  as a weapon-smith superfluous with the current peace. With Hiccup's urging, Stoick has Gobber help him with his chiefly duties. However, Gobber proves lackluster at best. Gobber then decides to help out at Dragon Training, offering to use his weapons to "encourage" the Dragons. Hiccup asks him to make saddles for the other dragons instead, but Gobber goes over the top, adding cumbersome "extras". After Hiccup glumly declines Gobber's future assistance, Hookfang suddenly goes on a rampage. Gobber arrives to help, during which he realizes that Hookfang has a bad tooth, and removes it. Afterwards, Gobber realizes his new calling as a Dragon dentist.

He still stands as Stoick's trustworthy right-hand man. The series also highlights Gobber's practical wisdom and experience. He is the one to figure out why the animals have stopped producing in Animal House, and reveals that the Book of Dragons is wrong about the Scauldron in Dragon Flower.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Later, five years in HTTYD2, Gobber, Stoick and the rest of the villagers watch Astrid, Snotlout and the teens who now five years older compete each other in a dragon race, which Astrid won. After the races, Gobber has became the dragon dentist and doctor of the tribe and owns a Hotburple named Grump. Gobber and Stoick are arguing on whether or not Hiccup was ready to run Berk.

Relationships

Stoick the Vast

"May the Valkyries welcome you and lead you through Odin’s great battle field. May they sing your name with love and fury so that we may hear it rise from the depths of Valhalla and know that you have taken your rightful place at the table of kings. For a great man has fallen, a warrior, a chieftain, a father, a friend."
―Gobber's final farewell to Stoick

Gobber is Stoick's best friend and second-in-command. Apparently, they've met when Gobber talked and/or flirted with Valka, to which Stoick replied rather aggressively. Despite this, the two became great friends with a strong, brother-like relationship. Gobber seems to be very supportive of Stoick, as he convinced Stoick to let Hiccup enter Dragon Training, because he can't protect him forever. However, he also isn't afraid to call out Stoick on his mistakes. Gobber was heartbroken when Stoick died, and he delivered a eulogy as a final farewell to his best friend.

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

Gobber serves as Hiccup's Stand-In-Father, godfather, uncle, mentor and teacher. Apparently, Gobber is like a family to Hiccup, which explains why they have a close friendship. Before meeting Toothless, Hiccup was Gobber's blacksmith Apprentice, and Gobber taught him everything he knew. Gobber also made Hiccup's prosthetic leg.

At the end of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Gobber announces Hiccup as the new Chief of Berk.

Grump

"Oh, give me a cuddle, grumpy!"
―Gobber, as he reunites with Grump

Grump is Gobber's dragon, who first appeared in How To Train Your Dragon 2. Seeing how Grump is an extremely lazy dragon, Gobber often complains about him, even threatening to put him up for adoption. However, in the end, he does love Grump.

Toothless

Though not much of their relationship has been seen, it can be assumed they are on good terms. Gobber was the first Viking to recognize Toothless as a Night Fury, and also made his new tail-fin, after the old one got burned during the Battle with the Red Death.

Valka

It can be assumed that Valka and Gobber are good friends, and that Gobber may had a crush on her once, seeing how he talked and/or flirted with her. This led him to meeting Stoick. Gobber also claims that, if the entire Haddock clan will go back to the Isle of Berk, he will cook, because he claims Valka is a bad cook.

Astrid Hofferson

"It's gonna take a lot more than that wee axe, Astrid."
―Gobber, stopping young Astrid from facing the Flightmare

Gobber and Astrid seem to be on good terms. Before Hiccup learned how to train dragons, Astrid was Gobber's Star Student in Dragon Training. He was also the one who stopped her from doing anything stupid in Fright of Passage, after the Flightmare had defeated her Uncle.

Fishlegs Ingerman

Fishlegs and Gobber are on good terms. In The Iron Gronckle, they had a brief business relationship, with Fishlegs' Dragon barfing up a unique kind of lava, that can be forged into very strong and light metal called Gronckle Iron. However, Fishlegs ends the business when he returns to the Dragon Riders. Gobber doesn't seem mad by this, and gives Fishlegs the first sword he made, which he originally wanted to keep for himself.

Snotlout Jorgenson

Gobber seems to have a certain annoyance and disdain of Snotlout, as was seen in In Dragons We Trust. This is shared by many in the village. But he does not wish Snotlout any harm.

Ruffnut and Tuffnut Thorston

Just like with Snotlout, Gobber doesn't seem to have a very high opinion of the twins.

Hookfang

Gobber was the one who lead Hookfang back into his cage, after Toothless had chased him away. In Viking for Hire, Gobber figured out Hookfang had a toothache, and took the tooth out. This started his business as a Dragon Doctor and Dentist. He briefly rode him in Defiant One, when searching for Snotlout.

Gobber's Hands

Gobber's prostheses include:

  • Spiked Hammer
  • Stone Hammer
  • Blacksmithing Hammer
  • Blacksmith's Tongs
  • Double-headed Axe
  • Long Hook
  • Short Hook 
  • Drinking Tankard/Mug
  • Spit for roasting food
  • Oar
  • Butter-Knife
  • Broom
  • Eggbeater
  • Flag
  • Lute
  • Jingle Bells
  • File
  • Wooden hand
  • Club
  • Hacksaw
  • Crossbow

Abilities and Skills

Gobber has quite a few talents and abilities that make him and his advice useful to the people of Berk.

  • Intelligence: Gobber's practical knowledge is quite good, as he figured out the gender of a yak without even looking at it, and knew why the farm animals were behaving strangely.
  • Teaching: Gobber used to teach the Teens of Berk how to fight Dragons, and also taught Hiccup everything he knew about forging. He did teach them to fight to defend themselves in Gem of a Different Color.
  • Strength: Gobber is shown to be very strong. After all, he used to forge weapons and fight Dragons. He had shown that he can throw a kitchen knife to a tree to split in half.
  • Forging: Gobber used to be the blacksmith of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe, providing the Town with weapons in order to fight the Dragons.
  • Reading Gothi's Writing: He and Fishlegs are the only Vikings that can understand what Gothi means.
  • Replaceable hand: Gobber has been seen to remove and replace his prosthetic hand with several other tools, Such as hooks or axes.
  • Senses: He has strong sense of smell. For example, he knew exactly where and how long the Teens had been in one spot.
  • Dragon Dentist and Doctor: It was revealed in Viking for Hire that, ever since Hiccup made peace with the Dragons, Gobber had run out of a job. However, he is now the current Dragon doctor and dentist of the Tribe.
  • Dragon Riding and Training: The first time Gobber rode a Dragon, was when he and the Teens met his old arch-nemesis, the Boneknapper. The same Dragon ended up giving them a ride back home. He has also been seen riding Hookfang and a Deadly Nadder. In the second film, he has a Hotburple named Grump. He also rode a baby Scuttleclaw with a lot of struggling since they don't listen to anyone.

Gallery

Memorable Quotes:

How to Train Your Dragon

  • "Oh, nice of you to join the party! I thought you'd been carried off!"
  • "Well, they need toothpicks, don't they?"
  • "Oh, you've made plenty of marks. All in the wrong places!"
  • "You can't lift a hammer, you can't swing an axe. You can't even throw one of these!"
  • "Hiccup. If you ever want to get out there to fight Dragons, you need to stop all...this."
  • "Now, you're thinkin' about this all wrong. It's not so much what you look like, it's what's inside that he can't stand."
  • "I'll pack my undies."
  • "Trolls exist! They steal your socks! But only the left ones! What's with that?"
  • "Welcome to Dragon Training!"
  • "Let's get started! The recruit who does best will win the honor of killing his first Dragon in front of the entire village!"
  • "Don't worry. You're small, and you're weak. That'll make you less of a target! They'll see you as sick or insane and go after the more Viking-like teens instead."
  • "I believe in learning on the job."
  • "Focus, Hiccup! You're not even trying!"
  • "Blind spot, yes, deaf spot, not so much!"
  • "And with one twist, he took my hand and swallowed it whole! And I saw the look on his face: I was delicious! He must have passed the word, because it wasn't a month before another one of 'em took my leg."
  • "It's the wings and the tails you really want. If it can't fly, it can't get away. A downed Dragon is a dead Dragon."
  • "Who would have thought it, eh? He has this way with the beasts!"
  • "Then I can double that time."
  • "Every bit the boar-headed, stubborn Viking you ever were."

Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon

  • "Fishlegs, I know what I didn't hear!"
  • "No need to panic, kids. I've been shipwrecked many times!"
  • "You never forget your first shipwreck..."
  • "Someone forgot to brush!"
  • "Ehh, safety's overrated!"

Dragons: Riders of Berk

  • "Ah! Here's Mildew with the complaint of the day."
  • [To Stoick] "He's right, he's hideous."
  • "You're getting a Dragon Training Academy!"
  • "You can tell them the part about how proud you are of them!"
  • "Grab a weapon! No time to be choosy!"
  • "Eeh? Hildegard? Doesn't seem like a Hildegard to me. Let's go with Magnus."
  • "Diplomacy? Check. All right, what's next?"
  • "I thought maybe we could train them by threatening to kill them. That's how my daddy taught me to swim."
  • "I've got my axe and I've got my mace, and I love my wife with the ugly face! I'm a Viking through and throouugghh!"
  • "Oh come on! You can't tell me my saddle is heavier than Fishlegs!"
  • "I would never shoot you, Hiccup. Unless I absolutely had to."
  • "Stand back. I came here to do what I do best."
  • "I've forgotten more about Dragons than most men will ever know."
  • "This reminds me of the time I moved my mother in with my goat. She was mean, ornery, ate everything in sight. The goat was so scared of her, she couldn't give milk."
  • "Dragons are complex creatures, Hiccup. They operate on many emotional levels. Me? I've only got the one."
  • "You want to dance, big boy? 'Cause I've got my dancing shoe on!"
  • "Listen to yourselves! 'My feet are cold!' You're Vikings! Everything is cold!"
  • "Dumb. Well that suits you."
  • "I think I showed sufficient respect to a sash that says 'dumb'."
  • "All you lousy Outcasts, you'll never take me alive!"
  • "I'm better than okay, I'm in heaven!"
  • "Well, that's ruined. I'll never get that yak to vomit again."
  • "It's my skivvies. They're glorious!"
  • "I may need to change my skivvies again."
  • "I've seen a Nadder's spine slice through a man's eyeball like a grape. I've watched my own arm get devoured by a Monstrous Nightmare. But never, never, have I seen anything so disturbing... as that old man's bare behind! Here, take this to your Dragons. I'm going into the forest to scream."
  • "Look at those goosebumps!"
  • "Eh, whatever it is, it's giving me the willies."
  • "Trick question, don't answer it."
  • "He's really got a handle on that whole "deranged" thing."
  • "You don't sneak up on a man with a hook for an arm!"
  • "Why don't you do that thing where you touch its nose and feed it grass?"

Defenders of Berk

  • "Stoick, I'm nothing if not careful-- [gets hit with shield lever] OOF! Catapult. Should've seen that one coming."
  • "Why does he keep saying that? It's kind of giving me the willies."
  • "You know what I always say. 'Pound it while it's hot'!"
  • "A Viking is supposed to smell this way! It's a badge of honor!"
  • "Hiccup, slap me in the face. Your Dragons are glowing. I must still be dreaming."
  • "Couldn't agree with you more Stoick!"
  • "'Sorry' doesn't un-burn Silent Sven's chest hair."
  • "It would appear that I've trapped myself in my own booby."
  • "Stoick, Silent Sven just broke his silence! And you are not going to like what he has to say!"

How to Train Your Dragon 2

  • "Scared 'em off with the big talk, didn't you Stoick?"
  • "Righty-ho! Last lap!"
  • "This is your big moment! Have a nice flight!"
  • "Ah, he's probably flown off to the edge of the world by now!"
  • "You sure you want that boy running the village? You could still delay your retirement."
  • "You know, you two are going to get yourselves into serious trouble one of these days. Not everybody appreciates this way of life."
  • "He's only twenty. And a Viking! I mean could there be a worst possible combination? Hah, I think about how stubborn and senseless you were back in the day. Though not that much has changed, actually."
  • "Ah, nothing could hurt Hiccup as long as he has that Night Fury around. It's a NIGHT FURY!"
  • "You might want to take this one."
  • "This is why I never married. This and another reason."
  • "I hope not. Her meatballs could kill more beasts than a battle axe. I still got a few knocking around in here!"
  • "Oh, I love this one!"
  • "Great! I'll do the cooking."
  • "HEADS UP!"
  • "May the Valkyries welcome you and lead you through Odin's great battle field. May they sing your name with love and fury, so that we might hear it rise from the depths of Valhalla. And know that you've taken your rightful place at the table of Kings. For a great man has fallen: A warrior. A chieftain. A father. A friend."
  • "This is... very dangerous!"
  • "Some might suggest this is poorly conceived!"
  • "Oh, give me a cuddle, Grumpy!"
  • "The Chief has come home!"

Dawn of the Dragon Racers

  • "Beats the heck out of the old boat race, doesn't it chief? Boat race was good too."

Trivia

  • He seems to be overly interested in Hiccup's relationship with Astrid.
  • He was the one that make Hiccup's leather baby diapers (Viking for Hire).
  • Gobber believes in trolls and that they steal left socks.
  • Gobber sings a special song when he's happy (Viking for Hire):
"I've got my axe, and I've got my mace, and I love my wife with the ugly face. I'm a viking through and through!"
  • Gobber is said to resemble a yak (Animal House).
  • Gobber used to play the pan pipes in a band (The Terrible Twos).
  • He names all the weapons he makes and forges, always referring them as female (In Dragons We Trust).
  • He and Stoick had once went on a treasure hunt but failed to figured out the clues (Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Young Man).
  • His left hand was eaten by a Monstrous Nightmare (Dragon Flower).
  • He has a fur vest in the movie, but a leather one in the show due to budget constraints.
  • Heather Report Part I is the only episode Gobber didn't appear in Riders of Berk. He had a very small cameo in Heather Report Part II at end. He was behind Heather as she was saying to Hiccup and Astrid that maybe they'll see each other again.
  • Gobber is shown to have good detective skills including a well developed sense of smell. (We Are Family Part II).
  • Gobber's practical knowledge is very high as he had said the gender of a yak without even looking which Mulch had failed to do so.
  • Gobber absolutely hates taking a bath (Tunnel Vision).
  • In the trailer of the second movie he is seen riding a blue, baby Scuttleclaw. He is later shown flying a Hotburple whom he will name Grump in one of the final scenes of the trailer.
  • According to the official website, Gobber is five years older than Stoick.
  • Gobber is still a dragon dentist, which means that other moments from the series might be mentioned or seen in the sequel.
  • In HTTYD 2, Gobber's new, mace-like, hammer-shaped artificial arm and Grump's tail bludgeon strongly resembles each other.
  • Gobber wears the same outfit he wore in the first film in the sequel. It is noticeably more torn and charred.
  • DeBlois revealed that, the reason Gobber never got married, is because he is homosexual. This makes him the first homosexual character of the franchise, and even DreamWorks itself.
    • However, seeing how Gobber flirted with Valka and alluded to having a girlfriend in "The Terrible Twos", it is possible he is bisexual instead.
  • Even though Gobber isn't Stoick's official Second-In-Command, he often still acts like one.

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