"My name's Hiccup. Great name, I know. But it's not the worst. Parents believe a hideous name will frighten off gnomes and trolls."- Hiccup explaining that his name is somewhat embarassing
|Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III|
Older Hiccup (left) Younger Hiccup (right)
|Name||Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III|
|Title(s)||Hiccup the Useless; Hiccup the Useful; The Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans; The Dragon Whisperer; The Dragon Conqueror;Toothless other half; Dragon Trainer; Hiccup the Outcast, Traitor to the Wilderwest|
|Dragon(s)||Toothless (Night Fury/Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus), Sharpshot (Terrible Terror), Windwalker (books)|
|Friends/Allies||Fishlegs Ingerman; Camicazi; Astrid Hofferson (film)|
|Father||Stoick the Vast|
|Mother||Valhallarama (Valka in the film)|
|Other|| Snotface Snotlout (cousin)|
Baggybum the Beerbelly (uncle)
Hiccup Haddock II (great-grandfather)
Grimbeard the Ghastly (great-great-grandfather)
|Voiced by||Jay Baruchel|
Hiccup is the main character of the How to Train Your Dragon book series and the 2010 DreamWorks film adaptation, where he is voiced by Jay Baruchel. His full name is Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. He's a member of the Hairy Hooligan tribe, which is never referred to by name in the film. He's son of the chief, Stoick the Vast, thus making him heir to the tribe. In the film, he's 14, 15 in the series, and 20 in How To Train Your Dragon 2, according to the official site. His dragon, Toothless, is a Common or Garden Dragon, although it was later revealed that Toothless is a baby Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus. Strangely in the film, Toothless is a Night Fury, the rarest and most intelligent of the dragon species in the film. There's a big difference.
Hiccup is planned to return, along with Toothless and the original cast from the first film, in How to Train Your Dragon 2 on June 13, 2014.
In the Books
Hiccup is shown as small and gangly with freckles and unruly red hair. In the first book, his age is 10 1/2. As the chief's son, he is expected to be heroic and strong, but it takes him a while to prove his worth to the tribe. In order to be initiated into the Hairy Hooligan tribe, Hiccup and the rest of Gobber the Belch's class of young boys have to travel to Wild Dragon Cliff, climb into a cave of sleeping dragons, and catch one. Unfortunately, Fishlegs wakes all of the dragons up when he reaches for a Deadly Nadder, so Hiccup gives Fishlegs his dragon as the others flee and rushes back into the cave to get a dragon of his own. He grabs Toothless; a tiny, toothless Common or Garden Dragon. Hiccup tries to train Toothless by talking to him in Dragonese and manages to train him enough to pass the initiation test by telling him jokes. However, during the test, Toothless' jealousy gets the better of him, and he mocks Snotlout's dragon, Fireworm, leading to a massive dragon-fight. Hiccup and the rest of the young boys are banished from the tribe for their lack of control over their dragons until he later saves both the boys from exile and the village from certain doom when he leads the rest of the Hooligan boys, the Meathead boys, and their dragons in a fight to stop two Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus (the Green Death) from eating the tribe. For his heroic efforts, Hiccup is then given the title "Hiccup the Useful" and is considered a fearsome dragon warrior.
How to Be a Pirate
This book begins with Hiccup fighting Dogsbreath the Duhbrain in a Swordfighting at Sea lesson in the middle of a storm guided by Gobber the Belch, a month after the first book. As Hiccup is a terrible sword fighter, he is almost killed by Dogsbreath until a box holes the boat and all of the trainees are left to fend for themselves in the sea.
Using the box, Hiccup and Fishlegs finally float back to Berk, only to discover that the box is the coffin of Grimbeard the Ghastly, Hiccup's great-great grandfather. Words on the coffin advise against opening it, but Stoick and Gobber insist on opening it anyway, despite Hiccup and Old Wrinkly's protestations. The corpse of Grimbeard the Ghastly turns out to be alive, and then it turns out that the corpse is not a corpse at all, it is a living, breathing man. Once the man recovers from the seawater, he introduces himself as Alvin the Poor-but-Honest Farmer.
Alvin tells his tale to the Tribe. He had been "farming potatoes" (despite potatoes being IMAGINARY vegetables) when he came across Grimbeard's empty coffin, which promptly cut his hand off after he reached inside for the contents. Alvin has since replaced his missing hand with a hook. He found a map and a riddle about Grimbeard the Ghastly's lost treasure in the coffin, which he shares with the Hooligans. Alvin explains that when he told the Meathead Tribe his tale, they didn't believe him, and shoved him in the coffin and pushed him out to sea.
Stoick and Alvin become fast friends, and put their heads together to find out a way to get to the treasure, which is on the very dangerous Island of the Skullions. (Skullions are large, dangerous, yet flightless dragons that have lost their senses of sight and hearing but have a very acute sense of smell and also have a very long, nasty claw on each paw that they use for cutting the Achilles' Tendon of their victim, thus inabiling them to escape.) While Hiccup admires Alvin, Toothless does not trust him, and accuses him of being one of the villainous Outcast Tribe. Eventually, Alvin and Stoick come up with a way to survive the Skullions--bathing. This will mask their scent, and leave them free to search the island.
Stoick expects Hiccup to find the treasure on the Isle of the Skullions and thus confirm his position as heir, but it is Hiccup's cousin Snotlout and his dragon Fireworm who find the treasure chest. However, upon opening, the chest lets out a terrible smell that wakes the Skullions. The Hooligans barely escape with their lives.
On the ship, Alvin admires the treasure greatly. As Baggybum the Beerbelly and Stoick the Vast, brothers, are fighting over who is Heir and who should be Chief, Alvin traps Toothless, the only dragon aboard ship who did not leave for Berk once in sight of the island, and then proposes a toast to the wealth of the Hooligan Tribe. As Stoick is about to drink, Outcasts board the ship and attack the Hooligans, taking them prisoner.
Alvin reveals himself to really be His Most Mighty Murderousness, Chief Alvin the Treacherous of the Outcast Tribe. He has betrayed every Hooligan to his kin in order to take all of the treasure for himself. When Alvin reveals that every Hooligan save the Chief and his Heir are to be sold into slavery, Hiccup stands up and proclaims that he is the Heir, despite the fact that Alvin had said that the Chief and his Heir were to be eaten in ritual cannibalism. However, the Hooligans do not want to be slaves and fight against the Outcasts. In the battle, Snotlout fights so well he is later given a Black Star, Hiccup, whose right arm was in a sling because of the Skullion incident, freed many of the already chained Hooligans, and Fishlegs reveals himself to be a Berserk.
Toothless rolls out of his barrel and bites an Outcast on the leg during the battle. The Outcast drops the torch he was holding and sets the boat on fire, and everyone jumps ship to take the battle to the Outcast vessel not far away. Everyone except for Alvin, who wanted to save the treasure, Fishlegs, who in his Berserk daze, wanted to kill Alvin, and Hiccup and Toothless, who want to save Fishlegs. The boat goes under, with Hiccup, Fishlegs, Alvin, and Toothless on board.
They sink to the bottom of the ocean. Fishlegs snaps out of his blood-crazed state and saves Hiccup by dragging him to an air pocket, and then Toothless and Hiccup save a struggling Alvin. Alvin apologizes for his evil actions, but Hiccup and Fishlegs aren't fooled. Toothless finds an underwater cavern and takes the humans to it, where they discover a door to a room full of treasure.
Hiccup and Alvin have a brilliant sword fight on the mounds of treasure, in which Hiccup realizes that he is left handed, and has the gift of sword fighting after all. He beats Alvin in the sword fight, but there is a Monstrous Starngulator in the cave that eats Alvin and traps Hiccup. Hiccup tricks the Strangulator, which speaks Dragonese, into poisoning itself, and Hiccup and Fishlegs escape the underwater cavern by having Toothless, who has gills, breath oxygen into their noses as they swim to the surface.
The Tribe rejoices when they realize that the boys are still alive, and Stoick claims Hiccup as his Heir after all. The epilogue states that a few months later, Hiccup discovered that his new sword, the one he had fought Alvin with and that he had found in the cave, has a secret compartment in it with a letter that is Grimbeard's Last Will and Testament, leaving his second-best sword to his Heir--Hiccup.
In the Film
Despite his physical shortcomings, Hiccup does his best to succeed as a Viking. He is smart 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 almost obsessed with proving himself to the rest of his tribe; 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 first. 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. Due to his shyness he had a habbit of stuttering and stammering when talking to some of the other Vikings, especially Astrid or when his father was angry at him. Because of the same reason he's also a rather bad liar. He seems to be guilted into admitting things easily, as shown when his father did not react to his obvious cover up lie about Astrid and Snoutlout's arguing.
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 judgement and effect his actions; in the film, his desperation for the acceptance of his tribe, and his father in particular, cause him to regularly try to kill dragons along with them, 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 unlikeable, competitive side of his personality as he begins to score victories over Snotlout. Since Hiccup is unaccustomed to winning anything, he handles it very badly, letting the glory go to his head to the point where he becomes just as arrogant and unpleasent as Snotlout. However, in spite of all his flaws, Hiccup is never above admitting when he is or has been in the wrong, and will do his best to make amends.
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 How to Train your Dragon 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. 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 naive in his sympathy, for Mildew would soon betray him yet again. Still his kindheartedness has resulted in many a victory and accomplished the training of the most deadly dragon on the planet. The one character Hiccup seems to be willing to attack and even kill is Alvin. Originally he was more interested in avoiding him, but as Alvin's plots hit closer and closer to everything Hiccup cares and hopes 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 both even charged Alvin in an attempt to kill him after he had captured, threatened, and deeply insulted both of them. They failed in this attempt, but with Alvin being one of the few people Hiccup is willing to let Toothless kill, Alvin may want to watch his step. Overall Hiccup is a smart, nice and a likeable person who is naturally good hearted and good natured. It's also shown in the sequel that he and Toothless have become, what Dean Deblois calls "adrenaline junkies", performing tricks like free-falling while flying and also he has unbridal freedom.
In the Film, Hiccup's appearance is slightly different from the books. In the film, he's rather scrawny for his age compared to the other Vikings, especially since he has little physical strength as he's barely able to lift a large hammer, and isn't very tall, just being barely around Astrid's height. He has light brown hair parting to his right with minor freckles on his cheeks. If you look closely, you'll notice he has a small, white scar just below his bottom lip, and above his jawline (which he probably got from the fight with the Red Death). He's usually seen wearing a long light green sleeve tunic and a dark brown fur vest that matches with his boots. When he rides Toothless, he takes off his vest and wears a flying vest to help him stay on Toothless. After Dragon Training, he starts to wear a Viking helmet given to him by his father as shown in Gift of the Night Fury. Following the battle with the Red Death, Hiccup's left leg up to his shin is replaced with a prosthetic made by Gobber with a metal foot and spring, which is accessable for flying with Toothless.
If you look closely, you'll notice that his hair has grown mildly between Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk
In HTTYD 2, Hiccup has noticeably grown considerably in the sequel. 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's more mechanical and designed than before, making it like "a swiss army knife for prosthetics". as Hiccup seems to have improved its ability (as he stated he would in the first movie). His outfit now is partly leather around his upper body with what appears to be a type of armor along with arm brackets that seem to all be designed by himself. When flying with Toothless now, he's also seen wearing a spiked masked when he glides in the air, as his outfit doubles as a squirrel jacket capable of flight. His pants are dark brown and has straps around them with a leather boot for his right foot. He also seems to have started to carry a weapon, a fire blade.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 sling 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 it'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 its eyes, and instead frees it. Meanwhile, as he's looking for the Night Fury, Hiccup is enrolled into Viking training, where he's expected to learn to fight and kill Dragons. 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 its retractable fangs, he builds him a prosthetic tail 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, 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 kisses Hiccup on the cheek after punching him in the shoulder, 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 apparently 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, 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 ship broke apart, pulling Toothless down to the seafloor. Hiccup still fails, however, and goes limp after a only few moments of trying, only to be saved by his father, who also frees Toothless from his chains. After Toothless pulls him up to land again, Stoick tells his son that he doesn't have to do this, 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 as his son, just before Hiccup and Toothless fly off to confront the Red Death themselves. 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 fire bolt into its mouth, it cannot pull up in time. During the fight, though, Toothless' prosthetic tail caught 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 protected the future chief from the fire by folding him in his wings. Stoick whole-heartedly 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 redesigned, and clips right into place, as if he and Toothless were one. At the very end of the film, Astrid 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.
In the 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 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.
In Dragons: Defenders of Berk
Like Riders of Berk, Hiccup is the main protagonist in Season 2. 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 Gronkle Iron that contains a bow and a hook. Like the Academy sign, the shield has a picture of a Night Fury with a red tailfin, (obviously a design of Toothless). He's shown throughout the episodes with the shield on his back, kind of like a satchel in a way. He is also show to have great leadership, power, and respect over the other riders and can easily temporarily suspend them from the Academy when necessary.
In the film, Hiccup is pressured by Stoick to become chief, but Hiccup runs away with Toothless from Berk. While flying Hiccup and Toothless are taken by Valka and her Stormcutter Cloudjumper to her secret ice cave that is home to hundred of dragons that Valka rescued from Drago Bludvist and Eret's traps. Hiccup soon realizes that he and Toothless are in the center of a battle to protect the peace between both men and dragons.
Abilities and Talents
Being the main character of the franchise, Hiccup has many varied and useful talents.
- Dragon Training: Though he only discovers this ability during the first film, Hiccup has grown to become the best dragon trainer on the Island. His dragon Toothless is the rarest and best dragon in the academy. Hiccup openly claims to be the best dragon rider in the episode Thawfest. He and Toothless have the strongest bond in the series. Because of his talents he has been made head of the Berk Dragon Academy. In the franchise, Hiccup is always the one looked to when Dragon related problems or needs come up. He trains a wild Monstrous Nightmare in seconds in Defiant One. This is noticeably faster than even Astrid who had to train a similar type of Dragon and does manage to do so but takes longer. He's also able to keep an enraged Whispering Death from running over him by simply putting his hand forward. Still, some Dragon challenges (including said Whispering Death) are greater than his ability, but he can always rely on Toothless and the other teens to have his back.
- Drawing: Even before Hiccup began to train Dragons, he practiced drawing. He is practically never without his journal and a large charcoal pencil. His sketches are usually quick and slightly messy, but compared to most other Vikings he is quite good. He uses this talent often. He sketches Toothless upon his second encounter with him. He uses his notebook to copy the map to the Isle of Night (unfortunately). He uses his artist talent to aid him in making plans and inventions. His room is littered with drawings of Toothless.
- Hiccup could be ambidextrous as on the posters for How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup is seen with his flaming sword in both his right and left hands showing that he can wield it in either hands. Also, his shield alternates between the hands throughout Defenders of Berk.
- Before Hiccup lost his leg he was shown to have a talent in snowboarding while performing snowboarding tricks in the Racing For The Gold adverts.
- Inventing: Hiccup learned a great deal about crafting from Gobber. His many years of apprenticeship have certainly paid off. He has created many ingenious devices throughout the franchise. He uses the forge well (despite his small size), and he's excellent at working leather. His devices were originally weapon like, and the mangler cannon he designed allowed him to take down a Night Fury. After training Toothless he shifted in his desires and started working on a new tail for Toothless. This tail has been modified many times and is a work of sheer genius. He even created an auto tail using complex gear systems. Besides that Hiccup has managed to design a plethora of other objects, from winches to telescopes. It's most likely that he invented his own flight suit.
- Intelligence: This talent is really at the heart of all Hiccup's other abilities. His intelligence is proven many times throughout the film and the series. He's almost always the one to come up with the solutions to the problems that the Riders face. He's shown to be very cunning, resourceful and perceptive and posseses a great aptitude for strategy and tactics. He's also fairly knowledgable. Unlike Fishlegs who only spews out facts, Hicccup is able to use them for practical use and he does it very well. He was able to solve all the riddles on Hamish's treasure map even when under pressure and the feat is especially notable because it was said that only a most brilliant mind could solve those clues.
- Fighting: Due to Hiccup's size, he's not much of a fighter. In fact, most weapons are too heavy for him and struggles to lift them. He is a very skilled sword fighter in the books though. Hiccup usually fights along side Toothless. Their style is more about defense. The only time Hiccup and Toothless attacked first was against Alvin in We Are Family Part II. Other than that, it is easy for others to overtake Hiccup. In The Night and the Fury, Hiccup faces Dagur with his new shield. In Cast Out Part II, Hiccup fought Outcasts and Beserkers without a problem using his shield. Preview art of the second movie shows Hiccup with a flaming sword called Inferno, so it is possible that he learns how to use one at some point between Defenders of Berk and How to Train Your Dragon 2. It was also shown in the trailer, Hiccup jumping off a Monstrous Nightmare (Hookfang) and releasing his wingsuit to glide into Drago's army and him dodging a trap during his gliding so this might prove he'll do actual fighting in the second film.
- Roar Call: He can make roar noise that sounds similar to Toothless's roar. A way for Toothless to find Hiccup.
- Accuracy: Like Toothless, Hiccup has amazing aim, like when he was able to shoot down a certain awesome Night Fury in the film and hitting a Deadly Nadder in the chest using his shield while flying in mid-air during Appetite for Destruction.
Though confused as to what to do about Hiccup's peculiarities as a Viking, Stoick is very protective of his son; 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 TV 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 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, 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 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 incase that 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 to 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 Stoick.
In the second film, their relationship is once again strained. This time Stoick is pressuring him to become chief, but, as he is not ready for such responsibility, Hiccup runs away from Berk.
- Valhallarama: Hiccup's mother is named Valhallarama in the books. She is not present in most of them, as she is off questing. She was in the first book, giving Hiccup a punch in the arm (the equivalent of a bear hug) after he defeated the Green Death. Hiccup learned in How to Twist a Dragon's Tale and How to Break a Dragon's Heart that Valhallarama was destined to marry Humongously Hotshot the Hero, but thanks to Alvin she married Stoick instead. Hiccup reunited with his mother in How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, however the moment was not enjoyable as Hiccup believed she had sided with Alvin and his mother Excellinor. Vahallarama revealed to her son, and a whole courtyard of Vikings, the reason she was questing was to find the Kings Lost Things. Despite searching all over the world, she never found any (unknown to her ONE of them was her ruby heart stone) and joined Alvin when she heard he already had eight of them. She later learned it was actually her son Hiccup who found them, and convinced many Vikings to accept him as the true King of the Wilderwest. In How to Betray a Dragon's Hero, Valhallarama tells Hiccup to stay in hiding while she retrieves the Lost Things from Alvin. After a month of searching, she found Alvin's lair and was about to take them. Unknown to her, Hiccup was there as well and mistook her for one of Alvin's men (she was wearing a disguise) and knocked her overboard. She was later captured and Excellinor told her, and Stoick who was also present, that Hiccup was killed, though he is actually alive.
- Valka: In the film version, Hiccup's mother is Valka. It is possible she was believed to be dead, but no detail in her disappearance was ever said. All is known is that she was gone whe Hiccup was very young, so he hardly knows anything about her. In the film, Hiccup is given a helmet made from her old armor. While though he found it awkward at first, it is very inportant 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. Valka becomes his mentor in understanding dragon behavior. While he admires her connection with dragons, he questions the idea of keeping them from coexisting with mankind.
- Film Franchise:
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, perhaps 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, 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 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.
Even years later, Hiccup and Toothless remain close. They spend most of their time flying or playing with each other.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 dissapointed and upset by Hiccup's newfound arrogance and unpleasentness 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 behaviour 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 2nd in command at the Dragon academy, with the pair of them acting as the "straight men" against the bickering, neuroses and dysfuntion 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.
Dean DeBlois has confirmed that, by the time of the sequel, Hiccup and Astrid are an official couple. She even teases him in an affectionate manner. They are comfortable sitting very close to each other, as opposed to in Animal House when they nervously moved away from each other. Astrid also helps Hiccup with personal problems he can't figure out on his own.
- Film Franchise: Gobber is the blacksmith of the village, as well as a mentor and secondary father figure to Hiccup. Despite acting like all of his other students are expendable or simply paying little attention to their well-being, Gobber seems to have a soft spot for Hiccup. This is obscured, however, by the methods by which he goes about expressing his fondness of the boy. Though his intentions are good, Gobber often gives out comically bad advice that somehow just makes Hiccup feel worse. Most importantly, however, Gobber acts as the bridge of communication between Stoick and Hiccup, since the two seem to be unable to listen to one another otherwise. In fact, Gobber is the one who convinced Stoick to allow Hiccup to enroll in the Dragon Training classes, reminding the latter that he could not always hope to protect Hiccup; the best he could do was prepare him. At the end of the film, Gobber is the one who constructs a new prosthetic tail for Toothless and Hiccup's prosthetic leg. The other important role Gobber filled was training Hiccup in leather-working and as a blacksmith, which gave the imaginative teen an outlet for his mind along with practical design and fabrication skills. If an invention of Hiccup's fails, it's only because inexperience affected the design, never because of faulty parts, or that the parts were poorly crafted. Hiccup's innovation, improvement and engineering of his society's technology for his creations is often nothing short of sheer genius.
- Film Franchise:
While Hiccup and Snotlout are cousins in the book, and in the film franchise. Snotlout's big ego and bullying attitude makes Hiccup dislike him in the film. Snotlout openly mocks Hiccup's claims and is very often boosting his own image by throwing mud on Hiccup's. When Hiccup becomes popular, Snotlout does join in and become a huge fan. Snotlout is willing to come and aid Hiccup in the battle with the Red Death, and he is actually the first Viking Hiccup teaches to bond with a dragon. Snotlout quickly wipes a tear in relief when he discovers that Hiccup is not dead, showing that he does at least slightly care for him. Hiccup and Snotlout maintain a sort of rivalry ever afterwards. Snotlout recognizes Hiccup as the leader of the Dragon Academy and follows Hiccup's directions. While he may complain about specific details when not in battle once in a while, on the battlefield he will follow through with Hiccup's orders to the best of his ability. Though at times they work together, they are usually at odds. Hiccup highly dislikes Snotlout's arrogant attitude and stupid decisions, but he tolerates him, and at times the two do come together and accomplish difficult tasks. Still, there is a general feeling of dislike between both Hiccup and Snotlout. In Cast Out Part II, Hiccup acknowledged Snotlout's effort to try to save the Screaming Death's mother from Dagur. Hiccup cancelled the suspension he earlier put Snotlout on and the two of them finally became friends in the end.
- Film Franchise:
Hiccup gets along fairly well with Fishlegs throughout the franchise. In the books they are best friends, though they are much, much less close in the movie and series. Fishlegs does not seem to be as mean to Hiccup as the other teens during the first part of the film. He is not insulting or unkind, he just hardly speaks to him. After Hiccup become popular Fishlegs, like the other teens, immediately begins to admire him. Hiccup is often happy to have Fishlegs around as a source of dragon information. Fishlegs, Hiccup, and Astrid seem to be the more sensible side of the gang. Hiccup often is kind and caring towards Fishlegs who is occasionally overly emotional. Fishlegs and Hiccup do not always get along well though. Often Fishlegs spurts out information in a very unhelpful or annoying way. Hiccup is often openly frustrated with him for doing this. Hiccup has been seen to even be slightly teasing towards Fishlegs when he is stuck in a tree and blames the crash on a flaming squirrel. Most of the time, Hiccup and Fishlegs do get along quite well, but Fishlegs is definitely not as close to Hiccup as Toothless or Astrid.
Hiccup has a very basic relationship with the twins. In the beginning of the movie, they joined Snotlout on making fun of him. When Hiccup begins to excel a dragon training, they become big fans. Ruffnut even developed a crush on him. When Hiccup sets off to fight the Red Death, they help along with the others. The twins are relieved that Hiccup is alive after the battle. Hiccup does get annoyed by them with their love of fighting and destruction, but that does come in handy when needed. In A View to a Skrill Part II, Hiccup is willing to seach all night to find them. He even trusts Tuffnut enough to gather information on what Alvin and Dagur are planning.
- Film Franchise: In the books, Hiccup and Alvin are arch enemies, and they keep that feeling of animosity in the TV series. Alvin clearly has some sort of history with Hiccup's father, and recognizes Hiccup as "Stoick's little embarrassment" and "Stoick's little runt". Hiccup at first outsmarts Alvin into taking him to dragon island. It is there that Alvin realizes that Hiccup is a master dragon trainer. Alvin then begins to try to train dragons of his own, but he fully realizes that to do so he will need Hiccup. He abducts him several times throughout the franchise. Hiccup is usually sarcastic around Alvin which annoys the Outcast chief considerably. This sarcasm displays an amount of contempt for the bloodthirsty chief. Hiccup and Alvin both clearly underestimate each other. Hiccup was completely fooled by Alvin's plot to lure him to the Isle of Night, and Alvin has many times watched helplessly as the "90-pound boy repeatedly defeats an army of blood-thirsty savages." Alvin is Hiccup's main enemy in the television series, and he is one of the few characters that Hiccup has openly ordered Toothless to finish off. The animosity between the two of them has grown and grown as Hiccup has escaped Alvin and Alvin has nearly destroyed things that Hiccup cares deeply about. Alvin has notably targeted Astrid, and this has served to fuel the fire of the rivalry. Then Alvin discovered he could use Hiccup's love for Toothless to get at him, and this seemed to be the final straw. When Hiccup finally escaped, he and Toothless made a diving attack at Alvin and would have most likely killed him if they had not been downed by bolas. It is rare for Hiccup to be so determined to kill an enemy, but Alvin has given him good reasons to reach such decisions. In Defenders Of Berk, by the time of Cast Out Part I, Alvin claims that he is trying to change and helped Hiccup to defeat Dagur and rescue Stoick from Outcast Island in Cast Out Part II. Hiccup and Alvin become allies at the end of the season.
- Books: In the books, Alvin and Hiccup are enemies even to a greater extent. In book 2, Alvin tries to trick the Hooligans into finding a treasure for him, before revealing himself as His Most High Murderous Alvin the Treacherous, Chief of the Outcasts. He then attempts to enslave the Hooligans and eat Stoick and Hiccup (Yes you read that right). It goes wrong, and Alvin, Hiccup, Fishlegs, and Toothless go down with the ship. At the bottom of the ocean, they find Grimbeard the Ghastly's treasure, which Alvin and Hiccup fight over. Alvin reveals that he had sworn to kill Grimbeard the Ghastly's heir. Alvin gets swollowed by a sea monster before they can finish their fight, and Hiccup must find a way to get to the surface.
- In book 3, Alvin is shown to be working with the Romans.
He is a new character appearing in How To Train Your Dragon 2. Hiccup and Eret will rub shoulders often in the film, and he is comically slow at making comebacks when talking with Hiccup. It has been mentioned several times that he will have an interesting character arc, but what kind of arc that will be is left in question.
It is said that Drago Bludvist has an army of dragons and wants to rule the world, which means that this character will probably be the worst enemy Hiccup will ever meet.
- "You just gestured to all of me."
- "You, sir, are playing a dangerous game! Keeping this much raw... Viking-ness... contained! THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES!"
- (Imitating Stoick) "Excuse me, barmaid! I'm afraid you've brought me the wrong offspring! I ordered an extra-large boy with beefy arms, extra guts and glory on the side! This here, this is a talking fish-bone!"
- "Thank you for summing that up."
- "Toothless? I could've sworn you had... teeth."
- "Everything we know about you guys is wrong."
- "OW, OH! Why would you do that?"
- "Da da-da, we're dead!"
- "And now he's spinning. Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile."
- "Toothless,what are you doing? We need her to like us."
- "And we've killed thousands of them! They defend themselves, that's all!"
- "I wouldn't kill him, because he looked as frightened as I was. I looked at him... and I saw myself."
- "Ow- what is it always going to be this way? 'Cause... [Astrid kisses him] ... I could get used to it..."
Gift of the Night Fury
- "Well good morning Mr. Bossy."
- "Thank you, Milady."
- "I think I just strarted the return migration."
- "Bad dragon. Very bad dragon. You scared me to death! Don't ever stay away that long again, and what is in your mouth?"
- "Buddy, thank you. You are amazing!"
- "That year I gave my best friend a pretty great gift... but he gave me a better one!"
Riders of Berk (Season 1)
- "If anyone can control them I can. I'm the best man for the job"
- "There you go, talking about it!"
- "We can't let that happen! Toothless is the best friend I've ever had."
- "[Stoick]'s looked angry since the day I was born, but I'm sure there's no connection."
- "It's like Toothless is jealous. Which is great, so my first girlfriend is a dragon."
- "By the way, it's not Dragon Conqueror; it's Dragon Trainer!"
- "They say they get there power from Thor himself"
- "And I may not be able to prove what you've done, but I will never forget it."
- "I guess being a Hiccup isn't a bad thing after all."
- "What? [Snotlout] started it... when we were five."
- "Yeah well tomorrow you're gonna have to deal with Hicctooth".
- "Yeah it's not my snappiest comeback".
- "Don't worry bud, it's you and me."
- "You (referring to Toothless) save me; I save you! That's the way it is!"
- "Uh, Dad, Gobber, other scary looking Vikings, I'd just like to say, in my own defense, that I cannot control Snotlout or the twins twenty four hours a day."
- "Well, this is it, Toothless. You're finally gonna see you're not alone. Next stop: the Isle of Night."
- "But turning Mildew into an Outcast, using him against us? Come on, Alvin. That's low hanging fruit, even for you."
- "Hang in there bud! I'll get you out."
- "Toothless! Ha! Are you okay bud? Oh I am so sorry, Toothless; this was all my fault."
Defenders of Berk (Season 2)
- "Of course not. I would never call my father ridiculous. I'm calling my chief ridiculous."
- "If Alvin learns how to train his dragons, and he attacks with them, our only chance is to fight back with ours."
- "But the problem is the safest place for me is on Toothless."
- "Actually no. This is the part I tell you my dad is wrong."
- "The first rule of Dragon Flight Club is that there IS no Dragon Flight Club."
- "Dad, it's me! Please don't chop me."
- "I just feel really awkward."
- "And the awkwardness continues..."
- "That sounds more like a wild yak to me. (Snotlout shows up) Eh, close enough."
- "We have the dragons, and we're not afraid to use them."
- "Rule number one: never forget a dragon's weakness."
- "I'm saying I don't think we've seen the last of the Screaming Death."
- "Wow, you sound just like Alvin!"
- "Astrid. So predictable."
- "Well, you know Astrid, training dragons isn't the only thing I think about."
- "Well that just instills me with confidence..."
- "How about I go first, especially since I don't care if I win or not because this is not about winning or losing."
- "It is not a competition!"
- "Come on, you love shiny things! Or at least, you used to..."
- "So, it's bigger and smarter; not the greatest combination."
- "I have to say that the beaches are a bit of a disappointment."
- "THE SCREAMING DEATH!!!"
- "You know what they say. Where there's fire, there's the twins."
- (To Snotlout) "While we're gone, try not to take anyone else with you to "eternal paradise"."
- (The Skrill blasts at Hiccup) "Oh that one made my hair stand up! We need a plan and fast".
- "Snotlout, the five signposts of Valhalla is noting but an old wives' tale."
- "I don't sound like that! And, p.s., my leg didn't 'fall off'."
- "Weren't expecting the ol' metal leg, were you?"
- "When am I not safe?... Uh, don't answer that!"
- (about Dagur) "What is this guy, the king of armadas? Does he go anywhere without one?"
- "Don't worry dad. We're going to get you back, no matter what it takes."
- (To Alvin) "We're going to bring my father home."
- (sarcastically) "Oh well. There's that warm, fuzzy feeling I was looking for."
- "Did not see that coming, did you?"
- (To Snotlout) "Sometimes reckless, can be courageous."
- "If the last few days are any indication of what it's like to be chief, I'd just as soon leave that to you."
How to Train Your Dragon 2
- "First of all, I don't sound like that. Second, what are you doing with my shoulders?"
- "Yeah, that's a very flattering impersonation."
- "The sun is shining, Terrible Terrors are singing on the rooftop, I sotter down to breakfast thinking all is right in the world and I get [imitates Stoick] 'Son we need to talk'."
- "This is serious."
- "What happened here?"
- [playing with Toothless] "Dragons and Vikings; enemies again!"
- "There's a whole other world of dragons out there."
- "You know that doesn't wash out!"
- "Toothless... you're pouting big baby boo?"
- (To Valka) "Should I know you?"
- "This is Berk. Life here is amazing."
- "You've been rescuing them."
- "Dragons used to be a bit of a problem here."
- "So, what should we name it?"
- "Itchy Armpit it is."
- "Now you know where I got my dramatic flair." [To Astrid about his mother]
- "Dad there's something you need to know"
- "Drago is coming for our dragons. We have to stop him; together"
- "Don't worry bud. I'm not going to let anything happen to you"
- "They're babies! They don't listen to anyone!"
- "HOLD ON!!"
- "Distract the alpha!"