The Hairy Hooligans are the central Viking tribe in both the How to Train Your Dragon book and film. In both the books and the franchise, they have a long history with many traditions.

In the books, throughout their history, they've either lived on the Isle of Berk or the Island of Tomorrow. Their current Chief in the books is Stoick the Vast, and his son Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is the current King of the Wilderwest.

In the franchise they've always lived on the Isle of Berk after arriving there 300 years prior to the events of the first film.[1] In the second film, after the death of Stoick the Vast, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III became the new Hooligan Chief.

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Unlike the movie, the Hairy Hooligans have trained dragons before the life of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, and kept them as pets to hunt with or fish with. In fact, to be an official member of the tribe, one must find a dragon, capture it, and train it.

Strangely, almost the entire population of the Hooligan tribe appears to be men and boys, with the only woman mentioned being Stoick's wife, the great Hero Valhallarama. Hypothetically, there must be more women, or they would not be able to keep their population up. Possibly Hiccup simply doesn't interact with any of the women.


Although the Hooligan Tribe has no official prominence above the other tribes, it has been the effective leader of the entire archipelago since the days of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock I. Almost every King of the Wilderwest rose from the Hairy Hooligans, and even after the kingdom disintegrated the Hooligans' exceptional Bashyball skills allowed them to consistently dominate proceedings at the Thing.


Hooligans have lived on Berk ever since the day when the Great Hairybottom landed on its shores and lost his boot in the bog, declaring that there will be barbarians in the archipelago as long as his boot remains in the bog. The Hooligan National Anthem commemorates that event.

The Hooligans run a Pirate Training Program and a shorter Dragon Initiation Program on the Isle, to teach the Tribe's children topics ranging from Badd Sppeling to Frightening Foreigners. It is unclear what the Hooligans actually do for a living apart from fighting, but the abundance of fish in Hiccup's diet suggests an economic base.

Political System

Berk is an absolute monarchy, led by a chief. It is worth noting, however, that although the chief has no legal checks on his power, Hooligans are unlikely to carry out unpopular orders. The current chief was Stoick the Vast who lived in the Hooligan Village with his son, Hiccup, and his wife, Valhallarama, until the little isle's population was enslaved and removed. But after the second dragon war, Stoick and the rest of the Hooligans returned to Berk to rebuild.



How to Train Your Dragon (Book)

How to Be a Pirate

How to Speak Dragonese

How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse

How to Twist a Dragon's Tale

A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

How to Ride a Dragon's Storm

How to Break a Dragon's Heart

How to Steal a Dragon's Sword

How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel

How to Betray a Dragon's Hero

How to Fight a Dragon's Fury

Chieftains of Many Generations (In Order)

Notable Members

How to Train Your Dragon (Franchise)



How to Train Your Dragon (film)

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Soick the Vast, previous Chief of Berk

The Hairy Hooligans are constantly fighting with the dragons of the area that provide for the Red Death. The dragons steal the food of the Hooligans in order to appease the Red Death. Following the demise of it, the Hairy Hooligans establish a mutual agreement with the dragons, living in harmony and riding on them.

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How to Start a Dragon Academy

After they made peace, the Hooligans had trouble keeping the dragons under control. However, Hiccup and his riders started the Berk Dragon Academy to help the Hooligans live with dragons.


How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Hairy Hooligans now enjoy the dragon races. However, they then prepared themselves for war with Drago Bludvist's Army. It was during a battle at Valka's Mountain that Stoick was killed when he saved his son from his hypnotized night fury. The Hooligans' village was then decimated by Drago's Bewilderbeast. However, they were then saved when Hiccup and Toothless challenged Drago and his Bewilderbeast. Toothless thus became the new Alpha dragon and Hiccup was then named chief of the tribe. The Hooligans are now rebuilding their village and are still enjoying the dragon races.

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Chieftains of Many Generations (In Order)

Notable members


  • In Imperfect Harmony, Hiccup says they do not have a tribal crest. However, in Defiant One, he said that the symbol on his satchel was Berk's crest. In Breakneck Bog, Johann was transporting a chest for Hiccup, and identified it by the Hooligan crest on the front.
    • The crest is also on the Dragon Manual.
    • It is possible that the crest is that of the Isle of Berk instead of the Hooligan Tribe's.


  1. How to Train Your Dragon: Behind the Scenes

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