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You never cease to amaze me, bud. Thank you. [src]
  — Hiccup  

Hiccup and Toothless have a very close bond that has gotten stronger as the franchise goes. Both Hiccup and Toothless lead Berk as leaders of their respective species'. They first met in the first film of the franchise, and have been featured in every show and film to come.

How to Train Your Dragon

Fateful Shot

That fateful shot . . .

Hiccup's first encounter with Toothless is fleeting, when the former is able to briefly make out the silhouette of the Night Fury against the starry night sky, and roughly gauges where the dragon would be in his flight trajectory before letting off a chambered bola round in the portable (prototype?) artillery launcher called the "Mangler" that he'd brought with him, successfully striking the dragon mid-flight, as evidenced by the roar and howl he emitted while visibly plummeting toward the ground. Though Hiccup was ecstatic at having finally shot down a dragon, and a Night Fury no less (a species he had himself aspired to take down for a while), no one else was present to witness his success, besides a less-than-friendly Monstrous Nightmare, much to Hiccup's disappointment and imminent horror.
First Sight

First sighting

He later goes in search of the dragon he shot down, experiencing a lack of success he vocalized quite frustratedly, right before he finally stumbles upon his first clue of where the dragon fell. Approaching the crash site carefully, albeit, in some haste, he follows the trail the Night Fury made on the ground during the crash landing before suddenly spotting the dragon's sprawled, restrained form over a mound and ducking in shock. In a series of tense moments, he slowly works up the courage to first expose himself slightly to look at the scaled beast, before slowly approaching it after drawing his knife and defensively moving toward the incapacitated reptile. After peering around a rock he'd hidden behind that obscured proper vision of the Night Fury, he realizes that the bola had completely immobilized the dragon (who initially appears dead or unconscious), and his ecstasy finds him once again as he believes his tribe will finally think highly of him, and take him seriously. In his celebratory moment, he places his foot proudly on the Night Fury's shoulder while proclaiming that he had "brought down this mighty beast", before the dragon, still very much alive and conscious, shrugs him off with a loud, somewhat pained grunt, putting the boy on the defensive again as he realizes that the dragon may yet pose a threat. As he brings his knife to bear once more, he cautiously approaches once again, and this time finds the dragon peering at him out of the one eye facing him. 
It Runs In The Family

"Ah, it runs in the family . . ."

The timid teen nervously looks back at the dragon, before slowly working up and building up the courage and bloodlust necessary to use the knife on his catch, telling the waiting reptile (and mostly himself) that he would cut out his heart and take it to his father, and that he was a Viking, feeling the need to repeat the last point in a more aggressive tone before he raises the knife over his head. He looks back at the dragon one last time, the beast has never taken his eye off him before the former closes his eyes and grits his teeth once more. The Night Fury also closes his eyes, letting his head drop in despair as he awaits the killing blow . . . which never comes.

Unable to bring himself to slay the beast, Hiccup looks at the dragon, still awaiting his fateful end, before expressing disappointment in himself at having even shot him down in the first place, realizing that he didn't have it in himself to kill him. As he walks away dejectedly, he pauses and looks back at the downed beast, realizing how helpless he was in his shackles, still awaiting his end. The Night Fury's eyes suddenly open as he hears a cutting sound to his side, and looks to his left as he realizes that Hiccup is cutting away his restraints. His bound limbs come free, and in an instant he pounces on the boy, pinning him to the rock behind by his neck and chest, sending the latter into a panicked state as he looks up at the dragon, who gazes back sharply through narrowed pupils as he regards his former captor. As the intimidated teen squirms in terror, the dragon looks on for a second more, rears up and takes his foot off the boy's torso as he emits a loud, fearsome roar (right in his face), turns heel and leaps out of the clearing and into the undergrowth, attempting to take flight as he does, but crashing into a rock and a few other things as he fails to do so, disappearing from sight altogether. A very shocked and spooked Hiccup turns to make his way back (but not before comically collapsing once out of sheer relief and recovery from his terror).

Night Fury Scale

Hiccup's first souvenir . . .

The next morning, following the teens' first dragon-slaying class, the course of which very nearly saw Hiccup blasted to death by the arena's Gronckle before being saved by Gobber, the students (and Hiccup in particular) are warned by the blacksmith that a dragon will always, always go for the kill. Later, Hiccup revisits the site of the Night Fury crash, picking up one of the bolas on the ground as he wonders out aloud why the dragon he freed didn't do the same. His curiosity getting the better of him, he makes his way into the forest, in the direction the dragon disappeared in, eventually finding himself in a niche opening out into a large, secluded, naturally formed pit-like clearing with high rock walls and a lake in the middle of it. He looks in and sees no sign of the dragon inside, remarking in disappointment that it was stupid to even try and find him again, before some black dragon scales on the floor of the niche draw his attention, and he crouches down to look at them. As he picks one up and examines it, the dragon suddenly bursts upward from the floor of the pit (previously concealed by the peripheral blindspot of the niche) toward the top of the wall, right in front of the opening the boy is in, causing him to fall backward in shock and fear. The Night Fury attempts to scramble onto the top of the wall but slides back down as he haplessly claws at the rock, unable to find purchase, before attempting to avert a hard, awkward landing by leaping off the rock and pivoting to glide back toward the ground, crashing nonetheless as he nears it. The inquisitive teen moves out of the niche and jumps onto a sloping rock platform just below it (nearly sliding off and into the pit in the process), trying to get a closer look.

Hiccup takes the opportunity to make a quick (and surprisingly detailed) sketch of the dragon in his book as he observes him attempting to take flight and escape the clearing several times, each attempt culminating in failure. It is then that the boy wonders why the Night Fury doesn't simply fly away, realizing as the dragon fires off a shot into the ground nearby in exasperation, that one of the reptile's tail fins is missing, likely lost during his crash landing in the forest. He accordingly smudges out the corresponding tail fin in his sketch, surmising that both fins must be required in order for the creature to achieve steady flight. This theory appears confirmed as the dragon attempts flight once more, his tail stalling out and ruining his flight-form mid-air, dropping him onto the ground once again. As the Night Fury lays there exhausted and frustrated, a fish flops up and back into the lake nearby, and the dragon gets up to try and catch himself some food. He plunges his face into the water, hoping to snag one of the fish swimming around near the surface in his jaws, but fails to do so. Hiccup, watching from above at the other end of the pit, feels sorry for him, and accidentally drops his stylus into the clearing. It bounces off some of the rocks, catching the reptile's attention, and causes him to look up. He recognizes the boy, and they both warily look at one another out of curiosity.

Shorts

Book of Dragons

Gift of the Night Fury

Like any other scene, Hiccup and Toothless' friendship always stand out. They are seen to fly with each other, soaring the Berkian skies. Hiccup also cares a lot for Toothless and as well as the dragon to his rider. Hiccup even got a little sorrowed for Toothless because he couldn't fly with the other dragons to the hatching grounds, so Hiccup built him a tail that'll help him fly on his own, but instead Toothless uses this to retrieve his master's helmet, which got lost somewhere in the middle of the vast ocean.

DreamWorks Dragons: The Series

Dragons: Race to the Edge

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Hiccup and Toothless' friendship never goes unnoticed in this film. They treat each other like brothers, and they even tease each other just for fun. Hiccup cares for Toothless deeply and Toothless loves his rider with all his heart, much like every rider to their dragon, although Hiccup and Toothless' relationship can go beyond that. Toothless is seen to save Hiccup a couple of times in this film. And it is also Hiccup who brought Toothless back to his right mind when he was in control of Drago's Alpha, and the only way to describe this is the strength of their friendship.  Although, one scene in the movie showed Hiccup angry and sorrowed about Toothless, pushing him away and telling the dragon to back off. But only because Toothless was controlled by the alpha and killed Hiccup's father, Stoick the Vast.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Graphic Novels

Burning Midnight

The Serpent's Heir

Hiccup and Toothless are still learning about the burden of becoming leaders. When Calder plans on killing Toothless to obtain his wings, Hiccup and the other Riders manage to prevent the madman from doing so.

Dragonvine

During the events of Dragonvine, Toothless gets tangles and poisoned by dragonvine, a plant deadly to dragons. Toothless immediately becomes ill, and Hiccup soothes him, in tears that he might loose his friend. Fortunately, the Silkspanner dragons are both immune to dragonvine and can remove or inactivate the toxin in others. A few babies swarm over Toothless, eating away the dragonvine and healing him.

Memorable Quotes

Films and Shorts

Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile. [src]
   
Astrid: "Hiccup, we just discovered the Dragons' Nest. The thing we've been after since Vikings first sailed here. And you want to keep it a secret?! To protect your pet dragon?! Are you serious?!"
Hiccup: "Yes."[src]
   
I couldn't kill him, because he looked as frightened as I was. I looked at him, and I saw myself. [src]
   
If something goes wrong . . . just make sure they don't find Toothless. [src]
   
Bad dragon! Very bad dragon! You scared me to death. Don't ever stay away that long again, and what is in your mouth?
(Toothless puts Hiccup's now spit covered helmet on his head)
Yeah, you found my helmet. What-hey! You found my helmet! That's where you've been? Buddy, thank you! You are amazing!
[src]
   
That year, I gave my best friend a pretty great gift. He gave me a better one. [src]
   
Toothless didn't just become my friend. He became the friend who gave me my purpose.
   
You never cease to amaze me, bud. You know that, right? [src]
   
"What do you think, bud? You wanna give this another shot?"
(Toothless groans skeptically)
"Toothless! It'll be fine."
[src]
   
"Oh, come on. You wouldn't hurt a one-legged—AHH!"
(Toothless laughs)
"You're right! You're right! You win! You win!"
[src]
   
"He's down! Ah, and it's ugly! Dragons and Vikings, enemies again, locked in combat to the bitter . . ."
(Toothless pins Hiccup, who moans in mock pain. Toothless then licks him repeatedly)
"Ugh! C'mon!"
(jumps to his feet and wipes the drool off his clothes)
"You KNOW that doesn't wash out!"
(Toothless laughs and Hiccup playfully flicks the excess drool at him) [src]
   
Don’t worry, bud. I’m not gonna let anything happen to you. I promise. [src]
   
Toothless! You really had me worried there, bud. [src]
   
It wasn't your fault, bud. They made you do it. You’d never hurt him. You’d never hurt me! Please. You are my best friend, bud. My best friend. [src]
   
We can do this. You and me. As one. [src]
   
Hiccup: "He's challenging the Alpha!"
Valka: "To protect you."[src]
   
I will never give him up. [src]
  — Hiccup, to Grimmel  
It's you and me, bud. Always. [src]
   


Cast

Toothless is Hiccup’s best friend, y’know, not to take away from any of the humans in his life, but he just, they have a symbiotic relationship. They need each other. And despite the fact that they’re two completely different species, they have more in common with each other than they do probably with their respective species. They’re both kinda odd birds, outcasts, and they both had some work done. There’s no Hiccup without Toothless.
  — Jay Baruchel on Hiccup and Toothless[1]  


Trivia

  • Hiccup and Toothless' relationship is close because Toothless is the same age as Hiccup, as revealed by Valka in the second film.

External Links and References

  1. How To Train Your Dragon 2: JAY BARUCHEL "Hiccup" On Set Movie Interview. (Date Posted - May 16, 2014). YouTube. Retrieved August 6, 2018.

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