|Stoick the Vast|
7 feet (confirmed in Trivia Track)
Stoick the Vast is Hiccup's father and the short-tempered chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe. He hopes his son will mature and become strong enough to be chief himself one day, but fears that he is not suited to the Viking life. Stoick has a large horned helmet (supposedly one half of his late wife's breastplate in the film) and is a friend to Gobber the Belch. Stoick the Vast is also the creator of The Viking Song. In the film, he is voiced by Gerard Butler.
In the Books
Stoick the Vast was married to Valhallarama after he found the Fire Stone for Old Wrinkly (Valhallarama's Dad). They end up having a son and name him Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III . In the books Stoick the Vast is constantly trying to decide right from wrong with his son, because Hiccup is constantly challenging his viking traditions. Stoick is not the smartest man alive, but he does have good qualities. He can be very loving towards Hiccup which is not like the average viking.
In the Film
In the film, Stoick is pictured as the perfect leader of the tribe of Vikings on the island of Berk: strong, big and stubborn. Unfortunately, Hiccup, his overzealous son, is almost the exact opposite and often causes grief for the villagers when his desire to slay a dragon like the others gets the better of him. And Stoick is pictured as being uncertain about what to do with him.
During a dragon raid on the village, Hiccup inadvertently causes the hoard of dragons that are attacking to escape with the Viking's livestock while attempting to shoot down the dreaded Night Fury. As he attracts the attention of a Monstrous Nightmare, Stoick has to beat it back himself to stop it from killing Hiccup. Disappointed in his son, Stoick wishes to find the Dragons' Nest so that the dragons tormenting his village will leave once and for all. Before leaving to search for the Nest, he confers with Gobber about what to do with Hiccup. Gobber believes that since Hiccup wants to slay a dragon so much, he should be put into training. After getting over some initial hesitation, Stoick agrees. He makes Hiccup promise him that he will one day kill a dragon and places him into the class before he leaves to finish off the dragons once and for all.
After a few weeks, Stoick and the other Vikings return home in their ravaged ships, having been unable to successfully locate the Nest. Despite this, however, he is overjoyed when he hears that Hiccup has blossomed into the most promising dragon slayer in his class and when he is later given the honor of slaying his first dragon in front of the entire village. Unbeknownst to Stoick, however, Hiccup's sudden emergence as a dragon slaying savant stems from the time he has spent with Toothless, the Night Fury he shot down and subsequently became close friends with, even learning to fly on Toothless' back with the help of an artificial tail created by the former. Unaware, but still eager to reconnect with his son, Stoick takes the opportunity to speak with Hiccup where he gives him his own Viking helmet crafted from his late mother's breastplate.
The following day, the village is invited to watch Stoick's new-found pride and joy take his final dragon training exam against a Monstrous Nightmare. However, when Hiccup attempts to explain that dragons are not at fault for their seemingly malicious actions mid-fight and tame the beast, Stoick angrily slams his hammer against the metal cage surrounding the arena to silence him, frightening the dragon into attacking Hiccup. Toothless, hearing Hiccup scream from the cove in which he hides, swiftly comes to his human's aid and defeats the Monstrous Nightmare, incurring the wrath of the rest of the fearful village.
Stoick is enraged when he realizes that Hiccup has been spending his time with Toothless all this time, going back on their deal to have Hiccup kill a dragon. Hiccup attempts to reason with Stoick but accidentally reveals that Toothless knows the location of the Dragons' Nest and that he has been there himself. Stoick promptly denounces Hiccup as his son for siding with the dragons and orders the village to set sail, ignoring Hiccup's warning of the monstrous Red Death waiting in the Nest. With Toothless strapped down in the center ship to guide them to the Dragons' Nest, Stoick sails away.
Stoick and the Vikings reach the Nest through directions from Toothless and break into the mountain housing the dragons within. However, when Stoick attempts to attack the dragons inside, he is surprised to see that they are all fleeing from the scene. The Red Death then smashes its way out of the mountainside and immediately sets fire to their ships (with Toothless still bound to the center ship), stranding the Vikings. Stoick and Gobber decide to sacrifice themselves to buy enough time for the villagers to reach shelter on the other side of the island when Hiccup and the others arrive on dragonback, much to Stoick's amazement.
When the Red Death's rampage causes the ship to which Toothless is chained to sink, Hiccup desperately attempts to free Toothless. After he almost drowns with his dragon, Stoick, realizing his mistake earlier, swims down into the water and rips the chains binding Toothless apart. Stoick apologizes for not listening to Hiccup and tells him how proud he is of his son. Toothless and Hiccup then quickly take to the skies to take down the Red Death.
After the battle, Stoick seeks out Hiccup but only finds Toothless lying on the ground with his saddle and tail fin burned and scorched. Stoick bows his head, believing that Hiccup died in the fight and that it is his fault. Toothless sees Stoick's grief and opens his wings, revealing an unconscious Hiccup. Stoick thanks Toothless for bringing back his son in one piece, rejecting his initial beliefs that dragons are simply violent beasts. After the battle at the Dragons' Nest, Stoick welcomes the dragons to live in the village as pets and companions, proud to call Hiccup his son.
In Dragons: Riders of Berk
In the television series, Stoick continues in his role as chief of Berk, which has been made more complicated by the addition of the dragons.
In How to Start a Dragon Academy, the trouble caused by the dragons (and the Viking's subsequent outrage) force Stoick to order them confined. After Hiccup and his friends prove how useful the dragons can be, Stoick gives Hiccup the use of the old arena to convert into a "dragon training academy."
In In Dragons We Trust, a series of supposed dragon attacks force Stoick to have them exiled. When Hiccup comes to him later, saying that Mildew framed the dragons, Stoick believes his son, but tells him he can't do anything without proof.
In Alvin & the Outcasts, Alvin the Treacherous returns to Berk and takes Hiccup, believing him to be a "dragon conqueror". Stoick fights Alvin personally, throwing him off his own ship. On the return to Berk, Stoick, acknowledging the dragons' help, allows them to return.In How to Pick Your Dragon, Stoick is taken flying on Toothless with Hiccup to convince him that becoming a dragon rider would be very helpful in his duties as chief. He enjoys the experience so much, he "borrows" Toothless for a day until Hiccup insists Stoick find a dragon of his own. After dismissing all the available dragon species, Stoick comes into contact with a rogue Thunder Drum that has recently been attacking ships. While fighting it, Stoick is impressed by the dragon's strength, and captures it in hopes of claiming it for his own. At first, he wants Hiccup to train it for him, but gradually learns that being a rider is a partnership, and not simply being in command as he is used to. The Thunder Drum escapes, and Stoick and Hiccup follow, discovering that it was attacking ships in order to feed a wounded friend. While Hiccup and Toothless go for help, Stoick defends the Thunder Drum's friend from a herd of wild boar. Fighting side by side, they form a bond, and after the Thunder Drum's friend is taken to Gobber for treatment, Stoick and his new dragon fly into action together. Becoming a rider and owning a dragon himself gives him new insight on the true nature of dragons in general. According to Hiccup, Stoick weighs 400 pounds.
In Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Young Man, Stoick and Hiccup have their portrait painted. Stoick is very proud, as he still holds his own portrait with his father in great esteem. When Bucket unveils the finished painting, Stoick doesn't seem to notice that Hiccup has been painted as more muscular then he really is. He is oblivious to Hiccup's discomfort regarding the painting. When he learns that Hiccup and his friends have found one of Hamish II's treasure maps, he and Gobber go after them. It seems they arrived too late when a cave collapses on Hiccup and Toothless. The two get out, however, and Stoick gratefully hugs his son. Later, Stoick has Bucket paint a more accurate portrait of himself and Hiccup, letting his son know he's proud of him just the way he is.
By the time of Dragon Flower, Stoick reveals that he finally chose his dragon's name, or rather the dragon accepted the name "Thornado". After the two return from a trip to the Shivering Shores, his dragon also falls ill due to poisoning by Blue Oleanders that Mildew purposely planted. He remarks to himself that he's killed dragons all his life, only to find himself now comforting a "dragon warrior" of his own. Without hesitation, he joins a dangerous expedition his son plans in order to collect venom from the deadly Scauldron as a cure. He forces Mildew, who created the problem, to come along, and commands the crew in getting the venom. He stays with his dragon after the venom is administered and is very pleased when Thornado recovers from the poisoning.
In When Lightning Strikes, Mildew accuses Toothless, as "the unholy offspring of lightning and death itself" as the old lore says, of bringing down Thor's fury in the form of lightning strikes onto the village. While no one knows why the lightning is occurring, Stoick is blunt in his belief that the Night Fury could not possibly be responsible. Unlike before in How to Start a Dragon Academy or In Dragons We Trust, he refuses a mob's demands to exile Toothless; it is only when it becomes an issue of Toothless's personal safety does he stall the mob so that Hiccup can escape with Toothless. After the mob captures the dragon, he stands in front of Toothless to protect him and even pulls out a sword to defend the dragon from the mob.
In Twinsanity, Stoick asks Hiccup to hide the village dragons from the visiting Berserker tribe, who are coming for the resigning of their annual peace treaty. Even if their chief, Oswald the Agreeable is a reasonable Viking, the dragons could have been misconstrued as a possible threat. This comes to be a well-thought out decision as Oswald's son, the appropriately titled Dagur the Deranged has taken over the tribe. Stoick claims that the Hooligans do still kill dragons for the sake of the treaty, but when Barf and Belch is captured and in danger of being beheaded for their blood, Stoick decides that enough is enough. In a complete turn around from the old ways that he had let go of not that long ago, Stoick is unwilling to let one innocent dragon die for the treaty. Telling Gobber "if it means war, it means war", he prepared to attack Dagur with his sword, perhaps even kill him, to save Barf and Belch. Luckily, right before he can strike Dagur, the dragon trainers stage a dragon attack with the other dragons, saving Barf and Belch and the treaty.
Stoick's personality is different between the books and the movies. While in the books he is an unintelligent raider in the movies and series he is shown as a wise and capable leader who's main priority is protecting his people (in the movies) and keeping the peace on Berk (the series). Though his stubbornness and head strong attitude makes him seem unintelligent at times, he is shown to be able to listen and take advice and even use it when needed as seen in How to Pick Your Dragon.
Stoick's personality has developed significantly during the Riders of Berk episodes. He is at first still uncomfortable with the dragons, and in episode 5 he actually banishes them from the island. He starts the series out determined to do things the Viking way. He also is still fairly callous towards Hiccup. All of this changes as the series progresses. Hiccup and Stoick grow closer and closer as the series progresses, and Stoick becomes more and more willing to trust the advice of his son. Stoick's idea of dragons changes dramatically after he trains one of his own. At first he was still willing to order a dragon to be killed just because it was on a rampage. Now that he has trained Thornado, all that has changed. He quickly rushes to Toothless's aid even when the whole village disagrees with him. He is extremely attached to his own dragon. He stands up for the dragons in a new found strength. He has grown to the point of trusting them as much as he trusts his people, and he was willing to risk war with Dagur the Deranged for the sake of the dragons on Berk. This amount of development has greatly enhanced Stoick's role as Hiccup's father, and the two continue to grow closer as the series progresses.
Abilities and Talents
Stoick, like most characters in the How to Train your Dragon Franchise, has many talents and abilities that set him apart.
Strength: Stoick's superhuman strength is extremely obvious throughout the entire franchise. Just minutes into the movie, he is seen tossing a large wooden cart at great speeds into the air without any difficulty. He seems to be able to lift most anything. In episode one of Riders of Berk, he lifts a massive fallen pillar in the food storage building and angrily tosses it aside. He is able to hold Thornado by the tail and bring him back to earth in episode seven.
Skill in Battle: Stoick is almost certainly the greatest Hooligan warrior. When the Hooligans were at war with the dragons, his skills were unmatched. He easily defeats an angry Monstrous Nightmare using his bare hands. Along with his strength, Stoick does have a little bit of strategic ability as well. He displays this in his tactics against Alvin in episode six. Stoick's weapon on choice in the film is a hammer, and he uses it to devastating effect. In the series he has also been seen wielding a sword which he also seems quite good at. He has defeated large groups of Outcasts, an angry Thunderdrum, and Alvin the Treacherous through out the franchise.
Dragon Training: Though he had a slow start up, Stoick has gotten better at dealing with dragons. He and Thornado fly and fight well together. He is also able to calm the angry Hookfang with a calming touch.
Leadership: The village usually seems to trust Stoick fully. He terrifies many of the villagers, but they all admire him. The only time the village has disobeyed his orders was during the riot started by Mildew in the episode "When Lightning Strikes ". His cheifing skills are very necessary during the franchise, and he uses them often.
Hiccup: In the film, Stoick's biggest problem with Hiccup is that he doesn't listen to or follow orders. Whenever he talks to Gobber about his parenting troubles, the subject is not about Hiccup's size or lack of strength, but about Hiccup's alarming tendency to ignore orders. However, Hiccup thinks that Stoick is disappointed because of his diminutive size. This leads to Hiccup to want to prove himself to his father, and, by extension, to the village, as a Viking. The two are implied to rarely speak to each other themselves when he reveals to Hiccup that they "finally have something to talk about" with Hiccup's new-found "talent" for dragon-fighting. When the two do speak, it is typically one-sided with Stoick doing the talking and Hiccup trying to get a word in edgewise. By the end of the movie, Stoick realizes and apologizes for his neglect of Hiccup's words and is finally proud of his son.
Valhallarama: Valhallarama is Stoick's wife and the mother of Hiccup. In the film, she is never directly named and apparently died years before the events of the film. When Stoick hears of Hiccup's successful performances in Dragon Training, he gives him a Viking helmet forged from half of Valhallarama's breastplate; Stoick's helmet is made from the other half, saying it keeps his wife's memory close, indicating he dearly loved her.
Gobber the Belch: Gobber is a good friend of Stoick's and acts as a bridge between Stoick and his son Hiccup, both nearly polar opposites of the other. Gobber convinces Stoick to allow Hiccup into the dragon training program, reasoning he can't protect him forever - he can only prepare him. When Stoick decides to sacrifice himself to the Red Death to buy the villagers time to escape, Gobber elects to stay with him to the end, further hinting at their strong friendship.
Spitelout: Stoick's younger brother and apparent second-in-command. In the movie, the two are not related Stoick seems to trust Spitelout to lead the villagers to safety, though their relationship in the movie is never truly explored. In Thawfest Stoick and Spitlout are shown to be previous rivals, like their sons. Spitelout beat Stoick every year when they competed, as the Jorgensons have never lost the Thawfest Games.
Thornado: Thornado is Stoick's dragon in the series. Stoick begins searching for a dragon for himself, but rejects the known species on the island. That's when he meets a blue Thunder Drum that had been attacking the fishing boats. Stoick is impressed by the dragon's strength and picks him. However, the Thunder Drum is very stubborn and continues to try to escape. Hiccup tries to tell his father that training a dragon is about trust, but Stoick appears not to listen. Thornado manages to escape and Stoick and Hiccup find him near a cave. Stoick intends to fight the dragon, until he sees that he was just helping his injured friend. After helping protect the injured Thunder Drum from a pack of wild boars, Stoick and Thornado bond and become friends. Although they are not always seen together, Stoick cares about Thornado. He is very worried about his dragon when he gets sick like the others. When Thornado recovers, Stoick is very happy. The two have similar personalities, as both are stubborn and strong, but have a soft side when protecting their loved ones.
- "Hiccup!? What is he doing out again?! What are you doing out?! Get inside!"
- "You are many things, Hiccup. But a dragon killer is not one of them."
- "Either we finish them or they'll finish us! It's the only way we'll be rid of them!"
- "We're Vikings. It's an occupational hazard."
- "Alright. Those who stay will look after Hiccup."
- "My father told me to bang my head against a rock and I did it."
- "Alright. You get your wish. Dragon training. You start in the morning."
- "When you carry this axe... you carry all of us with you. Which means you walk like us. You talk like us. You think like us."
- "Good. Train hard. I'll be back. Probably."
- "I can almost smell them. They're close. Steady."
- "Nothing happens on this island without me hearing about it."
- "Your mother would've wanted you to have it. It's half of her breast plate."
- "Well, I can show my face in public again."
- "The dragon? That's what you're worried about? Not the people you almost killed?!"
- "You've thrown your lot in with them. You're not a Viking. You're not my son."
- "Ready the ships!"
- "When we crack this mountain open, all hell is going to break loose."
- "No matter how this ends, it ends today."
- "Hiccup. I'm sorry...for everything."
- "I'm proud to call you my son."
- "He's alive! You brought him back alive!"
- "Thank you... for saving my son."
- "Turns out all we needed was a little more of... ... this."
- "Well done. Well done. All of you. I never thought I'd live to see this day: peace on the island of Berk."
- "Everyone, grab your dragons. To the Great Hall! We finally have something to celebrate!"
- "A bad day for a dragon can be a disaster for us."
- "Here's where you jump in and say 'I'll fix this'."
- "No, no, no! He's not staying here. I've got a one-dragon limit!"
- "A dragon and a huge, obnoxious boy crashed through his roof... twice!"
- "It's boot night!"
- "Starting tonight, every night, I want all the dragons put in the Academy under lock and key."
- "These dragons have done too much damage. It's not longer safe to have them on Berk. I want them gone."
- "By the end of the day tomorrow, there will be no more dragons on Berk!"
- "And what are we going to do when we find Alvin? Bake him a cake?!"
- "For the love of Thor! Fishlegs, I could have killed you!"
- "As the chief of Berk I do things the Viking way. Not the dragon way."
- "I need to learn to fly. When do we start the lessons?"
- "Right now my lunch is taking the scenic route into my throat."
- "Some genius has been yak tipping again."
- "Alright, you've given me the honey, now just give me the hatchet."
- "But I'm looking for a dragon. Not a mother."
- "I haven't seen anything that can hold a candle to a Night Fury."
- "This is the one, Hiccup! I've found my dragon!"
- "Well, your friends sure are an odd bunch, but they sure know what they're doing on those dragons."
- "Looks like it's just you and me, big fella."
- "Aww look at us! We're bonding!"
- "Shoulder's back, chin up, son!"
- "Hiccup got further in one afternoon than we got in a month."
- "I'll never understand how you do that. What does an hour ago smell like, Gobber?"
- "Never fly on a stomach full of undercooked mutton. The Shivering Shores will never be the same."
- "Let's go pay the old man a visit."
- "I spent my whole life trying to kill them. Now look at me."
- "Grab the bucket or I'll throw you over board myself!"
- "Okay, then! I'll let you get back to whatever it is, ehm, you two do. Yeah."
- "Remember son... no pressure."
- "Heya! That's my boy!"
- "These dragons are not the beasts we once thought they were. They're part of us now!"
- "If you want to get to that dragon, you'll have to go through us!"
- "Ah Hiccup, it would make your mother very, very happy to finally hear that."
- "Now, where's my boy and his dragon?!"