Potatoes appear in the background in various media in the How to Train Your Dragon Franchise.
In the Books
The potato, also known as The-Vegetable-No-One-Dares-Name, (called that because anyone who thought America was real and the world was round was believed to be crazy) is the only cure for Vorpentitis. It can be found only in America. The potato was only found when Norbert the Nutjob's father, Bigjob, brought it back from America. However, along the way, he was killed by the Doomfang. The Hysterics had kept it on their island until Hiccup stole it to cure Fishlegs of Vorpentitis. The potato was eaten by the Doomfang on the return journey because it too had Vorpentitis. It was later found out that Hiccup himself had Vorpentitis and that Fishlegs just had a very bad cold. Later on, Hiccup managed to plant and grow potatoes on Berk so that nobody else ever died of Vorpentitis.
A potato or several potatoes can be seen in every episode. Some are harder to find than others.
A woman in Berk is carrying a basket of potatoes.
Gobber can be seen picking up a potato.
Some potatoes can be seen on the table that Gustav is eating at.
Tuffnut hands Snotlout a Potato, and Snotlout asks what to do with the "one, lousy potato". Several potatos are also seen in a basket next to the boy that Hiccup gives an Apple to.
- In Brazil Meatlug's name is "Batatao" and it means "big potato".
- In Crushing It, Gobber said that the sun was a shiny potato. This does not officially count as a potato, however.