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Thornado
Thornado
Vital Statistics
Name Thornado
Race Thunderdrum
Gender Male
Trainer Stoick the Vast
Friends/Allies Stoick, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, Thornado's Friend, Bing, Bam, Boom/Lloyd
Status Alive
Location Dragon Island (Formerly Berk)
Out-of-Universe Information
First Appearence How to Pick Your Dragon
Last Appearence Bing! Bam! Boom!
"I spent my whole life trying to kill them. Now look at me."
―(Dragon Flower) Stoick the Vast about Thornado.

Thornado (a combination of Thor and Tornado) is Stoick the Vast's Thunderdrum who first appeared in How to Pick Your Dragon. He was named for having the "power of Thor" and the "ferocity of a Tornado" and "it's the only thing he answers to." He is a medium or smaller sized Thunderdrum with 20.7 m/ 68 feet in body length, wingspan of 14.6 m/ 48 feet, weighing 900 pounds. Because of his size, it is unclear if he is a grown individual despite he seems personally matured. Thornado was later released in the episode Bing! Bam! Boom!

In Dragons: Riders Of Berk

In How to Pick Your Dragon, Thornado is first mentioned as a rogue dragon wreaking havoc on the Hairy Hooligan's fishing ships. Stoick and Hiccup, on Toothless' back, find it while it's battling Mulch and Bucket, blowing their ship to pieces with sonic blasts. Stoick challenges the dragon, and drives it into the water. However, Thornado's tail grabs Stoick, pulling it down with him. Stoick is able to grab the dragon, and Hiccup, Toothless, Mulch, and Bucket watch them wrestle.

Admiring the Thunderdrum's powerful fighting spirit and spunk, Stoick traps Thornado in a net and declares he wants him trained as his own dragon. The next day, Thornado's mouth is muzzled, and Hiccup instructs Stoick to make sure the dragon can trust him. However, Thornado won't let Stoick touch him, and Stoick gets frustrated and wrestles the dragon once again. Stoick tries to ride him, and they tumble away from Berk. Thornado manages to throw Stoick off his back and escapes to an island. Hiccup and Stoick gather the gang, and they try to find Thornado.

Volitthunderdrum

The injured Thunderdrum that Thornado was trying to protect.

Hiccup and Stoick finds Thornado, and they find out he had been protecting and feeding his friend (why he was stealing their fish), a violet Thunderdrum with an injured wing hidden in a small cave. Though referred to as male by Stoick and Hiccup, it is a popular theory among fans that this Thunderdrum is a female and Thornado's mate. Stoick tells Hiccup to get the gang to help him, while he confronts the dragon. After Hiccup and Toothless leave, Stoick tries to reassure Thornado, but a group of hungry wild boars arrive to prey on the injured dragon. Stoick, later with help from Thornado, fights the boars. After they take out the first wave of boars together, Stoick and Thornado come together to protect the injured Thunderdrum and bond at last. The second wave of boars charge, but Stoick removes the muzzle, allowing Thornado to blast the boars with sonic power. Hiccup and help arrive, and they rescue the injured dragon, bring it home, while Gobber treats its injuries. Thornado then goes on to assist Stoick in his chiefly duties.

In Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Young Man, Stoick rides Thornado while searching for Hiccup. Thornado's only appearances are waiting for Stoick and Gobber on the beach, and standing by the other dragons while the kids try to save Hiccup.

In Dragon Flower Thornado appears more in this episode as Stoick rides him to the Shivering Shores while revealing his name. It is also shown that while Stoick has earned his trust, Thornado is very stubborn as he tries to buck Stoick off him, much like Snotlout and Hookfang, but Stoick has the strength and tenacity to stay on and command Thornado. When Stoick and Thornado return, the Thunderdrum goes ill by the Blue Oleanders that Mildew planted. Stoick immediately rushes to Thornado's aid by comforting him, putting a pillow under his head, and gets an anti-venom from the Scauldron. Thornado is cured after the ordeal blows over.

Thornado has made brief appearances in What Flies Beneath, Defiant One, Breakneck Bog, Gem of a Different Color, and We Are Family Part I. In We Are Family Part II, he and the Academy dragons work together to save Hiccup and Toothless from the Outcasts.

In Dragons: Defenders of Berk

In Live and Let Fly, Thronado's saddle was modified by Gobber the Belch - at Stoick's request - to improve maneuverability, just in time for Stoick to patrol the island after he created a ban on flight. Both Stoick and Thornado should have adhered to the ban as well but Stoick did not wish to stop riding Thornado so used patrolling as an excuse. Thornado chased after the Dragon Riders when Ruffnut and Tuffnut blew their cover in the clouds but only succeeded in tracking Fishlegs and Meatlug. Later, he and Toothless combined forces and their attacks to drive off Alvin and his fellow Outcasts with the help of their riders, Stoick and Hiccup, respectively.

In Tunnel Vision, Thornado and Stoick helped the other riders defend Berk from an attack, conducted by Whispering Death hatchlings. After initially succeeding in driving off the Whispering Death, the Screaming Death soon revealed itself and managed to knock Hiccup and Toothless out of the sky, prompting Thornado to save the two of them with his Sonic Blast. He and Stoick continued to handle the Whispering Death's while the other riders gave chase to the Screaming Death.

In Frozen, Thornado stood guard over Stoick in the cove when he had been paralyzed by six Speed Stingers, after they crossed the frozen sea and raided Berk. Later, when Stoick recovered, the two of them flew towards the Speed Stinger nest, just in time to save the other dragon riders from getting stung by the Horde after they had captured the Alpha.

In The Eel Effect, Thornado is seen alongside Barf and Belch, Hookfang, and the trained Terrible Terrors listening to Snotlout's nonsensical speech about a dragon rebellion.

In Bing! Bam! Boom!, Thornado is shown multiple times calming the baby Thunderdrums down as they cause havoc on Berk. Thornado and Stoick are also seen attacking wild dragons on Dragon Island that are attacking the baby Thunderdrums. At the end of the episode, Stoick is shown setting Thornado free so he can take care of the baby Thunderdrums.

Relationships

Stoick the Vast

Personality

Like his rider, Stoick, Thornado is described as being stubborn, loyal and fiercely protective. Indeed, Thornado and Stoick seem to have a lot in common, as Stoick also has these charastics. Both have shown to be good leaders too, as he succeeded in making Bing, Bang, and Boom listen to him, and Stoick is the Chieftain of Berk.

Thornado has shown to be very protective of his fellow Thundersdrums. Infact, in How to Pick Your Dragon, it was revealed the reason he attacked the fishing fleet, was because his friend was wounded. He also protected his friend from the boars, with Stoick's help. In Bing! Bam! Boom!, he felt responsible for three young Thunderdrums of the same names. He eventully was released by Stoick in order to take care of them.

Thornado is shown to be very loyal to Stoick. This was demonstrated when Thornado stayed with his rider when he was paralyzed by the Speed Stingers.

He is also shown to be quite intelligent, as he made Bing, Bang, and Boom combine their sonic roars in order to defeat a pack of wild dragons.

Abilities and Skills

Thornado is a perfect match for Stoick, both being described as strong, loyal, stubborn and fiercely protective.

  • Strength: Thornado is an extremely powerful Dragon, which was demonstrated several times. He has been shown fighting dragons bigger than him (Though not always winning) and can carry Stoick and Gobber at the same time. He is also able to to pull two ships while carrying Stoick. He has been seen fighting a whole herd of wild boars.
  • Acrobatics and Speed: Thornado has a very flexible tail that can wrap around Stoick's body. Thornado's speed is shown to be fast enough to catch up to Toothless with his rider, though Toothless probably slowed down.
  • Intelligence and Communication skills: Hiccup and Stoick taught him quite quickly, with the help of a hand signal, to make Thornado let the three juvenile Thunderdrums follow him. He also had the idea on his own to defeat the wild dragons in Dragon Island to combine their sonic roar.

​Trivia

  • Like Toothless, Thornado has been seen (constantly) with a bridle and saddle, or completely without. 
  • Despite belonging to Stoick, Thornado is not a part of the Dragon Academy, and thus does not make as many appearances as the other dragons.
  • He is the first Thunderdrum to make an actual physical appearance, as the ones in Book of Dragons only make cameos, don't have something to do in a major plot, or appear physically and interact with the riders.
  • The tamable Thunderdrum in Wild Skies resembles Thornado in a way.
  • He is the first Thunderdrum to be tamed in the series.
  • Thornado is much stronger than Toothless. He can carry Stoick while pulling two ships out of the harbor without any struggling, whereas Toothless could barely fly with Stoick riding him because Stoick couldn't fly him.
  • Despite being a Tidal Class dragon, Thornado is shown to stay on land for long periods of time while Scauldy could not. It can also be assumed that Thornado is in the water during the episodes where Stoick is present while Thornado isn't.
  • He is much smaller than the Thunderdrums seen in the How to Train Your Dragon 2 teaser.
  • In the episode Bing! Bam! Boom! Thornado is set free by Stoick.
    • It is not known if he will be back for Season 3.
    • He also the first dragon who has a rider to be released.
  • Thornado and Skullcrusher are the first of dragons seen in the franchise to lose their former/current rider. Coincidentally, Stoick is the rider.

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