Toothless is the name of Hiccup's Dragon in both the book series and the film franchise. In the books, Toothless is a young Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus, although it is originally believed he is a Common or Garden Dragon, while he's a larger, black Night Fury in the film adaptation.
He is the quintessential dragon in the series, and remains unrivaled in intelligence. He is presumed to be the only living Night Fury, at least on Berk and the surrounding Isles.
In the Book
Toothless is Hiccup's hunting Common or Garden dragon in the book series, who likes to cause mischief when he can.
Physical Appearance & Personality
Toothless is much smaller than any of the other young Vikings' dragons. He is a young Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus, as discovered in How to Betray a Dragon's Hero, although it was originally believed he was an incredibly small Common or Garden Dragon (although Toothless was convinced that he was a rare breed of dragon called a Toothless Daydream). As Toothless' name suggests, he has no teeth. He is portrayed as being a dark-green color with red membranes in his wings. He is also small enough to sit on Hiccup's arm with relative ease. Toothless is incredibly disobedient, and like all Dragons very selfish and ungrateful, he is nonetheless quite attached to Hiccup. However, Toothless' behavior does have its drawbacks, especially when he manages to cause the entire young generation of the Hairy Hooligans to be forced into exile by starting a fight at Thor's Day Thursday celebrations.
To prevent Hiccup's father from being furious over how small and average his son's dragon is, Hiccup's best friend Fishlegs comes up with a legend that Toothless is not a Common or Garden dragon, but is, in fact, a very rare breed called Toothless Daydream and is possibly an offspring of a great dragon-leader, King Daggerfangs. From then on, Toothless always claims that legend to be true.
Although selfish, Toothless is actually very attached to Hiccup. He even has a usual sleeping place in Hiccup's waistcoat. While he doesn't always listen, Toothless always manages to come through in the end. Whenever Hiccup is in trouble, he takes it upon himself to save his human. When the Red Rage attacked Flashburn's school, Toothless was temporarily overcome by power and fury. Hiccup's call for his Dragon snapped him out of it and helped his master escape. Toothless doesn't really like the idea of sharing Hiccup either. He was jealous of Wodensfang when he saw him in his spot in Hiccup's waistcoat, but they eventually become friends.
Toothless also has a huge crush on Stormfly, Camicazi's Mood Dragon. He often spends time with her and tries to impress her.
Role in the books
At the eastern coast of Berk is an area known as Wild Dragon Cliff, Hiccup uses a Dragon basket to capture a Dragon for himself. Fishlegs escapes the area without a Dragon, meaning he is at risk of exile. Hiccup runs back in to the cave to get another for him and the two leave with a Dragon each (Horrorcow and Toothless).
After returning home, Hiccup attempts to train Toothless based on advice from Gobber, but this turns out to be problematic as Toothless's disobedience causes Hiccup's many attempts to fail, eventually forcing him to resort to pampering. During practice for hunting with Fishlegs, Toothless finally agrees to be co-operative on the condition that he is told one joke for every fish he catches.
On Thor's Thursday, during the final part of the rite of passage, Toothless offends Fireworm (Snotlout's Dragon) and there is a huge fight between them all. This means that the younger Vikings have all failed their rite and will be exiled. However, it is not long before two giant Sea Dragons arrive with a storm and Hiccup is turned to for help to speak with the Dragon. When Hiccup tells the Elders of the remaining Dragon's plan to eat them all, Hiccup decides to use this time to gather the boys and their Dragons together and come up with a plan to stop the Green Death from killing anyone. Toothless decides not to go along with this as he thinks the plan is suicidal and he dislikes the giant Dragon a great deal.
The plan seems to be working until Hiccup is swallowed whole by the Green Death. When Toothless sees that all the wild and domestic Dragons have left out of fear, he concludes Hiccup is his only remaining family and saves him by making the Green Death sneeze. Hiccup eventually makes the Dragon explode, causing him to pass out.
Three hours pass and Hiccup wakes up to find that Toothless has "died" from his wounds. Hiccup correctly guesses he is only in a coma and goes to save him from being burnt at a traditional Viking funeral. Hiccup is recognized as a hero for his efforts and Toothless is saved from the fire.
It is revealed in How to Steal a Dragon's Sword that Toothless is actually one of the King's Lost Things, items to identify the new King of the Wilderwest. Hiccup picks up the rest over the course of the books. However, due to trickery and thievery, Alvin manages to steal the other nine things, leaving Toothless the only lost thing in Hiccup's possession.
In the Film Franchise
Toothless appears as a Night Fury in the film, the rarest and most intelligent species of Dragon there is. He plays a similar role to his book counterpart.
Toothless proves himself to be a very capable fighter, such as when he rushes to Hiccup's aid in his battle with the Monstrous Nightmare, Toothless quickly causes the larger Dragon to back down. Toothless also shows himself superior to most Vikings, as proven against Stoick in a quick skirmish.
Toothless is very intelligent and seems to have a dry sense of humor, similar to Hiccup's, which he may have picked up from Hiccup. He doesn't take kindly to being offended nor anyone offending or endangering his human friend but is usually playful, docile, maybe even a little teasing when not threatened. He also shows a great curiosity, imitating Hiccup's actions and mannerisms when they initially encounter one another like when he was observing Hiccup draw him, he then tries to draw with a tree branch. Toothless' intelligence shows many times throughout the film, being able to understand Hiccup's words and commands as well as agree with some of what he says. It is shown that he has become aware of Hiccup's crush on Astrid, even seeming to briefly tease him about it.
Toothless actually can get display a bit of an attitude. He gives a Terrible Terror an extremely snide look when it is challenging him to a fight. He clearly understands his own strength, and is not always humble about it.
He isn't intimidated by Astrid and walks off with a sort of shoulder shrug and eye roll when she threatens to expose Hiccup's and Toothless's friendship to Stoick. He certainly displays an independent attitude when he takes both Hiccup and Astrid on a roller-coaster ride directly after Hiccup tells Astrid that he is harmless. Toothless does not seem to agree with Hiccup on that point. Toothless also smacks two Outcast guards with his tail as he leaves his cell to look for Hiccup. This attitude is usually hidden under his docile nature, but it comes out in comical ways from time to time.
Hiccup and Toothless share an unrivaled bond of friendship with one another. Hiccup refers to Toothless as his best friend often throughout the franchise, and even Astrid refers to him as that. The two spend almost all of their time together in the events following the movie. In Dragons: Riders of Berk. Toothless sleeps in the house with Hiccup and follows him almost wherever he goes. None of the other Dragons are shown to have quite as much loyalty as Toothless. He is protective, supporting, and caring towards his rider. He's not just an amazing pet; he is Hiccup's closest friend.
Physical AppearanceToothless is much larger than his book counterpart, being much bigger in size than Hiccup. He has jet-black scales covering his whole body, his sides having small light patches in a pattern similar to that of a manta ray. Toothless possesses two sets of wings (one main pair and one smaller pair near the base of his tail). He is missing the left side of his tail-fin, which he lost when Hiccup took Toothless down with his Mangler.
This is later replaced by a mechanical fin that Hiccup constructs himself. Toothless has a rather large scar on his right shoulder/neck which is around a foot in length with a width of about an inch. Toothless's eyes are a bright green. They are located very near the front of his face giving him excellent depth perception and reflexes in flight. He can narrow his pupils to slits when threatened or angry, similar to that of a cat. But when he is docile or happy, his pupils dilate and become more dog-like. Toothless gets his name from his sets of retractable teeth.
Toothless is the only Night Fury seen thus far in the franchise, so his physical appearance is all that can be studied to learn about Night Fury anatomy. He has two extremely large wings that allow him to do a vertical takeoff. Behind that is a set of smaller wings that aid in gliding. At the end of his tail he used to have yet another set of wings that aided in steering and stability, but his left one is now missing.
In How to Train Your Dragon 2, The spines on his head and forelegs are slightly longer. He also has three sets of extra plates growing on his lower jaw. He is also revealed to have a set of extended spines running along his back that aid him in making tight turns. Toothless didn't know about them, but they were revealed by Valka. But other than that he is identical to how he looked in the first movie. Toothless is also a lot more playful than he was in the first movie. It is also revealed by Valka that Toothless is the same age as Hiccup. This may be another reason for how well the duo get along.
- "Huh, toothless. I could have sworn you had...teeth."
- ―Hiccup names the Night Fury he shot down
Toothless is considered Hiccup's first and best friend in the films.
Toothless is actually the first character to be seen in the entire franchise. He flies behind the Dreamworks logo and then vanishes into the night sky. Presumably, he lived in the Dragons' Nest along with all the other Dragons that would raid Berk. His first actions are to dive bomb Berk. Though he does not steal food, he does target catapults. He destroys the catapult Stoick is using to fend off Deadly Nadders. His strikes are strategic and lethal, and he seems to be the only kind of Dragon Stoick will become concerned about. Hiccup sees the destruction caused by Toothless and decides to prove himself by doing the impossible: bringing down a Night Fury.
Hiccup shoots Toothless down with his mangler cannon when Toothless dive bombs another one of Berk's catapults. Toothless is caught in the bola and falls shrieking from the sky. He crashes into the woods just past Raven Point. During the crash, Toothless loses his left tail-fin, leaving him forever crippled from natural flight. He lays unconscious in the woods tangled in the cords of the bola until Hiccup discovers him.
Toothless stares deeply into Hiccup as the boy prepares to kill him. The boy is shocked to see how frightened the mighty creature is. Hiccup is unable to kill Toothless, so instead he begins to cut the ropes.
As soon as he is free, Toothless whips around, grabs Hiccup by the neck, and pins him to the ground. Toothless stares frighteningly at Hiccup, and the boy prepares for the worst. Toothless rears back, but instead of killing Hiccup, he roars loudly at him and then tries to fly lopsidedly out of sight. Toothless' sparing of Hiccup was unbelievable, and Hiccup soon realizes that the idea of dragons "Always go for the kill" is wrong. Toothless finds himself trapped in the cove. He is unable to fly and therefore unable to escape. Hiccup sees him attempting to catch fish but failing. Toothless hears Hiccup dropping his pencil and notices Hiccup watching him, but remains passive.
Hiccup later returns, and Toothless is waiting on him. He has perched himself on a high rock, and he watches as Hiccup looks around for him. Toothless reveals himself, and does not attack Hiccup, though he growls in suspicion and distrust. Hiccup tosses his dagger away, and then offers Toothless a fish he has brought. The hungry Dragon drops his frightening attitude, and much to Hiccup's surprise has no teeth. Hiccup soon discovers that Toothless does indeed have teeth when the Dragon lunges forward and snatches the fish.
Toothless gulps the fish down in moments and then looks to Hiccup hoping for more. Hiccup backs away as Toothless approaches and tells the dragon that he has no more. In response to this, Toothless regurgitates half of the fish into Hiccup's lap, deciding to "share" with him. Toothless manages to get Hiccup to eat a bite of the revolting, raw, regurgitated fish. Hiccup pretends to enjoy it, though he can hardly disguise his disgust. He smiles at the Dragon, and Toothless is curious about the mannerism. Toothless pulls his face into a confused and comical looking attempt at a smile. Hiccup is awestruck at the Dragon's intelligence and personality. Hiccup reaches out to try and touch Toothless, but Toothless is not interested in the offer and flies to the other side of the cove.
Hiccup tries to touch him again when he lays down, but he quickly decides against it when he realizes he is aggravating the Dragon. Toothless rests for several hours, and then upon waking, notices Hiccup is still in the cove. He walks up and sits next to Hiccup who is drawing in the dirt. Toothless curiously looks at the picture of himself that Hiccup is scratching out with a twig and then stands up, walks off, and pulls up a small tree. Once again to Hiccup's utter astonishment, Toothless draws a maze of squiggles and lines in the dirt that were most likely meant to be a drawing of Hiccup before sitting down to proudly admire his work. Hiccup tries to step out of this maze, but Toothless is displeased when he steps on the lines. Hiccup realizes this and walks distractedly though the maze avoiding all the marks Toothless has made.
He finds himself right up against the dragon. Hiccup reaches forward, and Toothless gives him one last skeptical growl. Hiccup recoils, but only for a moment. Hiccup then closes his eyes trusting Toothless with his outreached right hand. The Dragon senses this trust, and is just as amazed with Hiccup as Hiccup had been with him. Toothless leans his head forward and touches his snout gently to Hiccup's hand. The two bond for a moment, and then Toothless rushes off yet again, leaving Hiccup to try and take in the depth of the moment.
Hiccup later begins to work on a new tail fin for Toothless. The first flight they have, Toothless is extremely excited to be airborne again, but he is not keen on having a rider. He tosses Hiccup off but only then realizes that the tail-fin will not work unless Hiccup is operating it. Hiccup designs tail-fin after tail-fin, and each attempt brings the boy and Dragon closer. In between flight tests, Hiccup discovers more and more of Toothless's playful and curious nature. He uses his new found Dragon knowledge to his advantage in the ring. Because of this, Hiccup becomes remarkably popular, which angers Hiccup's training companion and secret crush, Astrid.Still Hiccup finds himself to be much happier being around Toothless than being around the other teens, and the boy and Dragon are soon extremely close friends. By the time they do their first real test flight, Hiccup and Toothless are mostly in sync. Hiccup still has a little trouble with the tail movements, but when he accidentally falls off, he and Toothless are put onto a crash course into a huge array of rocks at breakneck speed. The two then snap into focus with one another, and they blast through the rocks swerving, ducking, and doing barrel rolls.
The flight is a huge success and both Hiccup and Toothless are ecstatic over it (until Toothless accidentally burns Hiccup). They share a meal with each other afterwards, and Toothless again tries to give Hiccup regurgitated fish. Hiccup declines, but a small group of Terrible Terrors arrive and try to steal Toothless's fish. Toothless foils their plans and eats his fish himself. This angers one of them enough to get it to try and breath fire at the Night Fury. Toothless gives the creature a snide look and then shoots a plasma blast into its open mouth, causing its own fire gasses to backfire into itself. Hiccup notes that Dragons are "not so fire proof on the inside" and then kindly gives the Terrible Terror one of his own fish. Hiccup soon sees that everything the Vikings know about Dragons is wrong.
When Hiccup unknowingly leads Astrid to the cove, Toothless shows his protective side by assuming that she is a threat. Only through Hiccup's words does he manage to calm down enough, although still being wary.
When Astrid threatens to tell the village, Toothless and Hiccup abducts her and strands her on a tree to stop her. Even though Hiccup invites her to a flight to show Toothless is not dangerous, the Night Fury isn't convinced that she can be trusted and pulls off daring acrobatic moves (corkscrews, loop-de-loops, etc.), not to throw her off, but just to terrify her (which indicates that he may not be as dependent on Hiccup for flying as first assumed).
After she apologizes, Toothless begins to trust her more and assumes she's now a friend, smoothing out his flight. He gives both Astrid and Hiccup a beautiful, romantic "Dragon's eye view" of Berk. The beauty of the moment breaks Astrid's long held beliefs about Dragons, and she admits that Toothless is simply amazing.
Unfortunately, Toothless's old ties to the Dragon society make a frightening return. Toothless flies into a fog bank with both teens on his back. They find themselves in the middle of a huge flock of Dragons that are carrying great amounts of carrion and food. Hiccup thinks the Dragons are hauling in their kill and Astrid nervously wonders whether Toothless intends to haul them in with the rest. Toothless and the Dragons zig-zag through the fog until they reach a giant volcanic mountain.
The Dragons dive into a series of tunnels in the side, and Hiccup and Astrid soon find themselves flying above a massive cavern filled with red smoke. The dragons drop hundreds of dead animals into a huge hole in the middle of the cavern. Toothless looks nervously down into it before landing. He continues to look tensely around until a lone Gronckle donates a single fish. This provokes the monstrous Red Death to emerge from the hole and devour it. Astrid and Hiccup are both in shock, and Toothless soon sees that he too is in danger. The Red Death has noticed his lack of contributions, and he lunges at Toothless who barely swoops out of the way. While flying away with all the other Dragons, the Red Death sadly managed to catch the tail of an unfortunate Zippleback with its jaws and pulled it back.
Toothless then rockets out of the mountain along with the entire herd of terrified Dragons. Upon returning Toothless takes a long drink from the pond while Hiccup and Astrid try to make a plan. After Astrid kisses Hiccup on the cheek and leaves, Toothless walks up and gives Hiccup a happy but teasing look.
Toothless senses another threat the next day when he hears Hiccup screaming from afar. Realizing he is in danger, Toothless manages to claw his way out of the cove (for the first time on his own) and immediately rushes to Hiccup's side to protect him from the Dragon he is supposed to kill. He refuses to leave his friend's side when the Vikings eventually get in on the fight and gang up on him, managing to fight them off and have Stoick at the mercy of his flames. Only when Hiccup yells at him to stop does he let his guard down long enough to be captured.
Toothless is chained up and used as a compass to reach the Dragon's Nest. However, as he observes the other Dragons flying away, he begins desperately trying to free himself as The Red Death suddenly bursts out of the Nest. The ship he's chained to is set alight, and he is thrown into the water when the ship breaks up. Hiccup dives into the water in a desperate attempt to free Toothless, but passes out from lack of air. Just then, Stoick dives in to save Hiccup first, then he dives back in to break Toothless free, to which Toothless grabs Stoick to swiftly take him back out of the water.
Hiccup then mounts Toothless and they both fly into the air to take down the Red Death. The two soon have the enormous dragon chasing them into the clouds, where while the Red Death loses sight of them, Toothless blasts holes through the Red Death's wings. As the Red Death then blows fire everywhere in the sky, Toothless' prosthetic tail-fin catches fire, and Hiccup and Toothless decide to dive towards the ground, with the Red Death still chasing after them, during which the enormous dragon prepares to finish them off by charging a most powerful fiery blast. Just as they are closer to the ground, Toothless fires one more plasma blast into the Red Death's mouth, and he and Hiccup fly upwards to escape as the Red Death crashes to the ground and destroyed in a fiery explosion.
While escaping a fireball from the explosion, Hiccup and Toothless get struck by the Red Death's tail, resulting in Hiccup getting knocked off from Toothless' back and free-falling into the fireball. Seeing his human friend falling to his fiery death, Toothless bravely dives into the exploding body of the Red Death to save Hiccup, wrapping him in his wings to protect him as they land, showing that Toothless's bond with Hiccup is very strong indeed.
A little later, Toothless is overjoyed when Hiccup wakes from the battle, licking him in the face playfully, like a pet would, knocking all sorts of things over while jumping around Hiccup's home happily, and helps him to walk with his new prosthetic leg as a sign of their friendship. Having both lost a part of their body by the end of the movie, this makes Hiccup and Toothless symbiotically equal. Toothless gains a new tail-fin at the end of the film, given to him by Gobber, and takes off into the skies with Hiccup once again.
Toothless plays a major role in the short Gift of the Night Fury. Snoggletog has started, but the Dragons all mysteriously disappear. Hiccup loses his helmet in a flight with Toothless, but then he returns to Berk because of the emergency of the sudden dragon evacuation. Later, Tuff points out that Toothless cannot fly on his own, so Hiccup feels guilty. He builds Toothless a new automatic tail, but when Toothless receives it he launches off into the sky and leaves Hiccup. Much to Hiccup's relief, Toothless returns during the Snoggletog celebration and gives Hiccup the wonderful gift of a drool filled helmet.Hiccup is relieved to see him and Toothless receives a warm hug in thanks. Toothless gives yet another example of their incredibly strong friendship is in the short when Hiccup gave Toothless an automatic tail-fin so he could fly on his own. In the end, however, although he used the tail-fin to recover Hiccup's previously-lost helmet, Toothless destroyed and threw away his new tail-fin, and nudges the old fin and saddle set towards the young Viking, showing that Toothless would rather fly with Hiccup as opposed to just carrying him like all the other Dragons. He sacrifices his freedom for the sake of a stronger friendship. This shows that he very truly to his brotherly love for Hiccup and really need him.
Hiccup and Toothless remain close in the TV Series. Like Hiccup, Toothless appears to be the unofficial leader of the Dragons. He practically never leaves Hiccup's side. They sleep in the same room and are often seen doing simple tasks together. He has his own bed, made up of a slab of stone raised off the floor by two sets of small logs, so he can safely heat it with his flame.
In How to Start a Dragon Academy, the Dragons on Berk ran rampant, eating and doing what they liked, causing Hiccup and Toothless to try and maintain the peace they worked so hard to forge. After one too many incidents, Stoick, at Mildew's urging, decreed that the Dragons would be sent away from Berk but Hiccup, who managed to gain inspiration from Mildew, managed to find a way to use the Dragons abilities to help out with every day chores around Berk, like fishing, farming and herding. Stoick decided to give responsibility of the dragons to Hiccup and gave him a Dragon Training Academy to train them.
In Viking for Hire, Toothless supported Hiccup in his attempts to help Gobber find a new place within the new Viking-Dragon community as there was no longer any need for any Dragon-killing weapons. When Hookfang went on a rampage, due to a toothache, the two Dragons had a brief scuffle until Gobber managed to discover the cause of Hookfang's behavior and removed the tooth, calming the Nightmare down.
In Animal House, Toothless raced down a mountain with Hiccup against Astrid and Stormfly until they got buried by an avalanche but Hiccup and Astrid only survived due to their Dragons protective instincts. Later, Toothless watched as his rider attempted to bring peace between the Dragons and the animals, failing each and every time. When the riders, Dragons, animals, Gobber, and Mulch got caught in a snowstorm, the animals got scared and ran off, causing the riders and Dragons to herd them back together, once again, failing, due to the animals fear of Dragons. However, after Toothless managed to save the life of one of the sheep, he gained their trust and all the animals joined the riders, the Dragons, Gobber, and Stoick in the shelter of the Dragon's wings and flames.
In The Terrible Twos, Hiccup and Toothless discovered a new species: the Typhoomerang. However, Toothless took an instant dislike to the young Typhoomerang, who Stoick named Torch, initially because he was jealous of the attention Hiccup gave Torch. Later, Toothless discovered that Torch was just a baby and his mother was enraged with worry so he tried to take Torch to her directly but Hiccup, who had had enough of his Dragon's behavior, left him in the Cove at Raven's Point. After Hiccup and the other riders realized what was going on, Hiccup quickly found and apologized to Toothless before luring the mother away and returning Torch to her.
In In Dragons We Trust, after several disasters occurred in the village, seemingly caused by Dragons, Toothless was blamed for the destruction of the armory. At the villagers demands, Stoick , once again, banished the dragons from Berk, much to Mildew's joy. The riders took their Dragons to Dragon Island and were forced to leave them their after several sad farewells but not before Hiccup vowed to be back for Toothless.
In Alvin & the Outcasts, Toothless waited on Dragon Island for Hiccup to return and kept the peace between the other Dragons in the meantime. Eventually, Hiccup did return but as a prisoner of Alvin the Treacherous, who had invaded Berk to capture the 'Dragon Conqueror', and managed to get back on Toothless's back to fight the Outcasts. They were almost hit by several crossbow bolts but were saved by Astrid and Stormfly, who had arrived with the other riders, Stoick, and Gobber. After Astrid was captured by Alvin, the Dragons managed to cause enough of a distraction for her to escape on the back of the Night Fury. Together, they destroyed the Outcast ship and returned to Berk, once more welcome there, despite Mildew's protests.
In How to Pick Your Dragon, after several attacks by a rogue Dragon, Hiccup managed to convince his Dad to start Dragon riding, despite getting off to a rocky start. However, Stoick quickly decided that only a Night Fury, such as Toothless, was worthy of a Chief and started to ride him everywhere, causing him to become exhausted and lonely without Hiccup. Eventually, Toothless was so desperate to escape that he started to hide from Stoick and begged Hiccup to help so Hiccup tried to get his dad to get another Dragon. After several disastrous attempts by the other riders to convince Stoick of their Dragons advantages, Toothless was forced to chase down the rogue Dragon, which turned out to be a Thunderdrum that Stoick took a liking to. Later, Toothless had to track it down and help the friend of the Thunderdrum, who Stoick had bonded with during an attack by boars, get safely back to Berk.
In Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Young Man, Toothless and the other Dragons carried their riders around the island to assist in Hiccup's quest for the treasure of Hamish I. He was the only one who accompanied Hiccup to the final resting place of the treasure as the others had been cut off from them by a cave in.
In Dragon Flower, Toothless spent most of his time sick as he had been poisoned by the Blue Oleander, along with every other Dragon on Berk. Hiccup, Stoick, Gobber and an unwilling Mildew were forced to track down and extract venom from a Scauldron to use as an antidote for the Dragons but they had to extract it from Mildew after he had been bitten by it.
In Heather Report Part I, Hiccup and Toothless were practicing their flying speed. Soon Snotlout showed the gang that he found a wrecked boat and a girl named Heather. While curious about the newcomer, he didn't see her as a threat. He even let her ride him with Hiccup. When Heather stole the Book of Dragons and Stormfly, Toothless' used his speed to catch up. When the book fell, Hiccup and Toothless tried to grab it, while avoiding flaming catapults. But when Hiccup got burned, Toothless retreated, leaving the Book of Dragons on Outcast Island.
In Heather Report Part II, Toothless naturally joined the gang in retrieving the book. When Alvin showed up, he immediately went on the defensive, obviously remembering their first encounter. When Alvin threatened to throw Astrid off a cliff, Toothless was ready to blast him. However Astrid to them not to shoot when she saw the Monstrous Nightmare she trained earlier and saved her. After clearing things up with Heather, Toothless let her pet him before she left with her parents.
In Thawfest, Toothless' competitive side was shown. At first he felt bad for Hiccup, who wasn't doing too well on the first day. On day two, like Hiccup, he let his competitive nature get the best of him. He was just as determined to beat Snotlout and Hookfang as his rider. However, Toothless seemed to understand that Hiccup threw the race and was fine with coming in second.
In When Lightning Strikes, after Mildew convinced the other Vikings that Toothless - as the 'unholy offspring of lightning and death itself' - was angering Thor and causing various lightning storms (It was eventually revealed to be a metal statue and perches attracting the lightning).
In What Flies Beneath, The only occasion where Toothless has defied Hiccup was when a Whispering Death that Toothless had fought in the past came to Berk, with Toothless attempting to fight his old foe on his own- even ordering the other dragons to stay away from him during the fight - although he eventually accepted Hiccup's aid when Hiccup deliberately jumped off a cliff while Toothless was being attacked on the other side, forcing Toothless to save Hiccup and accept his help or let Hiccup die to continue his vendetta.
In Twinsanity, Hiccup was teaching Toothless hand signals. While he was fine with "battle ready" and "plasma blast," but he was a little confused with "smile" and "search". When Dagur the Deranged and the Berserkers arrived, Toothless understood that the Dragons were not to be seen. He even tried to pull Barf and Belch off the roof. He also played a part in the "Dragon attack" when the Zippleback was captured. He even pretended to pin Hiccup before Dagur ran off.
In Defiant One he, Snotlout, and Hiccup become stranded on Outcast Island, he is behind Hiccup one hundred percent even during the many arguments between the boys. He also manages to work together with Snotlout in order to save his captured rider.
In Breakneck Bog, when the riders were looking for Hiccup's lost gift, Toothless stayed by his rider's side. He used his wings to blow away the Smothering Smokebreaths cover. After hearing the story behind the dragon doll, Toothless looked touched by the tale, understanding its importance. Toothless then encouraged Hiccup that the two go for a night flight.
In Gem of a Different Color, Toothless helped defend the village from the Changewings who were searching for their eggs.
In We Are Family Part I, Toothless is also a central character, along with Hiccup, in the season finale of Riders of Berk. He and Hiccup go off looking for more Night Furies. At first Toothless seems only slightly interested, but as they get closer and closer to their goal, both Toothless and Hiccup become extremely excited. Unfortunately it is a trap set by Alvin and Mildew, and both Hiccup and Toothless are captured.
In We Are Family Part II, Toothless is locked into a high security cell in the Outcast Dragon containment area. He proves his intelligence yet again when he escapes on his own. He fools the Outcasts into thinking that he is unconscious and sick. The Outcasts remove the muzzle from his mouth, and he immediately blasts them back and frees himself. For the rest of the episode he looks for Hiccup in Outcast Island. Outcasts are on his trail, but he annihilates them with his plasma blast. This is notably more violent than he usually is with humans, but he is obviously more concerned, Hiccup is missing, and he is not going to hold back at all until he finds his owner. Toothless and Hiccup eventually find each other using Dragon calls. They then both decide to attack Alvin when he appears and openly mocks Hiccup. Both boy and Dragon usually refrain from "going for the kill", but Alvin has gone too far, and they dive for him. It is yet another trap, and they are both temporarily captured by bolas. The other teens' Dragons swoop in and rescue them. Back in Berk, Toothless does look slightly saddened to see that the Isle of Night was a fake, but both he and Hiccup agree that there is nothing wrong with being one of a kind. The season ends with Toothless and Hiccup flying off into the horizon, confident that they will be there for each other in the battles that are yet to come.
In Live and Let Fly, Toothless initially acted very grumpy as Stoick had started a ban on flight, which Toothless greatly values after he lost the capacity for self-sustained flight in the film. He greatly got on Hiccup's nerves, trying to convince him to go on their nightly flight and only succeeds in doing so when Gobber talked to Hiccup. He flew Hiccup around to various islands as part of the Dragon Flight Club's training and, later, out flew Stoick and Thornado, who had been patrolling the island. Later, he and Thornado combined forces in driving off an attack by Alvin and the other Outcasts.
In The Iron Gronckle, after Meatlug accidentally 'kidnapped' Hiccup, due to her sudden magnetism and Hiccup's metal prosthetic, Toothless had to fly with Fishlegs after them so he could force the rocks, causing her magnetism, out of her body.
In The Night and the Fury, Toothless and the other Dragons had to endure Tuffnut's 'scary' stories while Hiccup and the others were on a training mission until Tuffnut fell asleep and they snuck out to find their riders. He was spotted by Dagur the Deranged, who was on Dragon Island with the sole purpose of killing 'the Night Fury' and was hunted by him and, unwillingly, Hiccup across the entire island. When Hiccup decided to end his charade with Dagur, he used his Dragon Call to call Toothless, who was caught in Dagur's bolas when they tried to fly away. Toothless was forced to watch Hiccup battle Dagur to protect Toothless, until he was able to help with a Plasma Blast.
In Tunnel Vision, Toothless met a Dragon, who would later become one of his greatest enemies, the Screaming Death. After he and Hiccup escaped several Whispering Deaths in their underground tunnel network and drove them out of Berk, he was quickly forced to engage with the Screaming Death, who was a strong enough opponent to knock Hiccup and Toothless out of the sky. Thanks to Hiccup's shield and Toothless' speed, along with the Screaming Death's attraction to sunlight, they were able to use the Screaming Death's size against it and forced it to crash into a giant sea stack, injuring its wings. Toothless wanted to finish it off but Hiccup convinced him that it had lost and, together, they watch the Whispering Deaths carry it off to recover.
In Race to Fireworm Island, Toothless was pitted against Stormfly in a training exercise and was able to evade her by flying into a cave and blending into the darkness, along with Hiccup. Later, when Hookfang fell gravely ill, he helped Hiccup gather Fireworms and saved Snotlout from the Fireworm Queen, when Snotlout stole a fire-comb from her nest.
In Fright of Passage, Hiccup and Toothless helped Astrid to sneak up on the Flightmare as only a Night Fury had the stealth at night required to do so. He defended the both of them from the Flightmare when it believed its food source to be under attack but as they discovered this, Toothless ate some of its algae, causing him to glow purple. Later, when Fishlegs, Meatlug and Stormfly appeared to help, he cut a new channel for the river to divert the flow of algae out to the sea, forcing the Flightmare off Berk.
In Worst in Show, Toothless learned a rescue skill that gave him a new way to use his plasma blasts by firing multiple shots as he barrel-rolled. He tried to comfort Meatlug when Fishlegs neglected her, in favor of training his Terrible Terror, Iggy, so he could beat Snotlout in a training competition. Toothless assisted Hiccup in demonstrating Sharpshot's accuracy and, later, used his new rescue skill to destroy Alvin's ship.
In Appetite for Destruction, Toothless carried Hiccup to several islands that had been mysteriously sunk. He and Hiccup held off the Screaming Death when it tried to destroy Dragon Island after it was revealed to be behind the other island's destruction. They managed to hold out long enough for Fishlegs and Astrid to gather as many wild Dragons as they could and fight off the Screaming Death.
In Zippleback Down, Toothless ventured around Berk, disabling old dragon traps left over from the war until Hiccup noticed the hot wind and lack of rain, indicating they were having fire weather. He also helped Hiccup track down the twins, who were trapped in a forest fire and was reunited with Torch, who Toothless was less than thrilled to see again. Toothless and Torch, along with Barf and Belch, were able to use their fire, wings and Torch's abilities to put out the fire.
In A View to a Skrill Part I, Toothless and Hiccup led a Search and Rescue to find Bucket and Mulch, who had been attacked by the Berserkers and managed to help the two Vikings force them into retreat. He helped Stormfly and Hookfang carry their riders and a block of ice, containing a Skrill that the Berserkers had discovered, back to Berk. Later on, he tried to stop the same Skrill from going out of control after Snotlout, Ruffnut and Tuffnut thawed it out against Hiccup's orders. Along with the other Dragons and their riders, Toothless tracked down and engaged the Skrill, which they had great difficulty doing, due to its control over storms and lightning. When Toothless and the Skrill pitted their attacks against each other, they created powerful explosions until Hiccup and Toothless were blown out of the sky along with the Skrill. They looked for the Skrill but, due to the explosion, they had lost track of it, along with Ruffnut, Tuffnut and their Dragon.
In A View to a Skrill Part II, Toothless, once again, went on Search and Rescue missions with Hiccup to locate the twins and the Skrill until they had to take refuge on Outcast Island, due to a storm that they had flown into. It was there that they found both the twins and the Skrill as Alvin had captured the Skrill and Ruffnut and Tuffnut followed. After Dagur stole the Skrill from Alvin and overthrew him, Hiccup rode Toothless into battle against Dagur and his newly harnessed Skrill and managed to trick Dagur into using the Skrill's lightning while he was standing in a puddle of water, electrocuting him. After they lured the Skrill to a glacier, they managed to stun it long enough for the twins and their Dragon to seal it into a block of ice again.
In The Flight Stuff, Toothless carried Hiccup on scouting runs to Outcast Island so that they could see what Dagur was up to but during one of these scouting missions, Hiccup and Toothless were captured and nearly killed, due to Gustav and Fanghook's interference and eagerness to help. However, Snotlout and Gustav managed to use their Dragons to free them while Astrid and Stormfly distracted the other Outcasts.
In Free Scauldy, Toothless and Hiccup, along with the other members of the Dragon Flight Club, started searching for the Screaming Death as they decided it was too dangerous to leave unchecked. When they passed Changewing Island, they discovered an injured Scauldron, which rebuked all their attempts to help it, even though it would have died if left out of the water too long. Toothless, Meatlug, Barf and Belch refused to leave it and, eventually, they were able to help it by lifting the rocks off of its wing when it took a liking to Ruffnut. They managed to fix the Scauldron's wing with a large makeshift splint, which Ruffnut cut off her braids to finish.
In Frozen, after being stuck inside a shelter, due to a massive snowstorm, Hiccup and Toothless went on a Search and Rescue mission for Trader Johann. Toothless used his Echolocation to great effect across the frozen sea but, shortly after they left Berk, they almost collided with the Speed Stinger Horde. After finding Johann during the night, they returned to Berk during the day to find the village mysteriously empty. He searched for the Speed Stinger nest, along with the other Dragons and their riders, so that they could capture the Alpha and use it to lure the Horde away from Berk. Toothless engaged the Alpha in one-on-one combat and, with Stormfly's help, managed to force it into a cage. Later, he carried it across the sea after Stormfly got stung carrying it and got paralyzed, luring the horde away from Berk. Afterwards, they flew Johann back to his ship so he could continue trading.
In A Tale of Two Dragons, Toothless spent most of his time with Hiccup, helping to sort out Mildew's old cabbage field and trying to break up Stormfly and Hookfang when they were fighting each other. The Dragons and their riders were forced to work in the cabbage field, due to a fight between Astrid, Snotlout and their Dragons but when Stormfly and Hookfang started acting aggressive Toothless and Hiccup stepped in, only for Toothless to start fighting too. Eventually, they discovered the cause of the aggression was Dragon Root, which Meatlug was immune to, and threw it into the ocean.
In The Eel Effect, Toothless eats an eel by mistake while trying to save Hiccup, and becomes very sick. He attacks Hiccup and shoots randomly everywhere. When Toothless sees he knocked Hiccup out he seems to be returning back to normal but runs off. Eventually Hiccup and Fishlegs find Toothless who is continuing shooting the red explosive plasma blasts. When they try to go and help Toothless a huge blue Typhoomerang that attacks Toothless. Meatlug and Fishlegs distracts the Typhoomerang while Hiccup drops off Meatlug onto Toothless. Eventually Toothless runs off a cliff edge out of control and Hiccup quickly puts his foot into the stirrup and tries to control Toothless. Toothless flies crazily refusing to have Hiccup on him. Hiccup then saw the Typhoomerang mark where he set up the trap and flew Toothless towards it before falling off. Toothless walks towards Hiccup but then trips over the wire Hiccup set up causing the net to fall and trap Toothless. He eventually escapes and is about to shoot Hiccup before Meatlug drops from the sky onto Toothless causing him to not attack. Hiccup and Fishlegs make the medicine and quickly give it to Toothless. His eyes widened before tossing Meatlug aside and going towards Hiccup. Eventually he regurgitates the eel and returns to normal and they leave Eel Island.
In Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Toothless sensed that something was very wrong with the pile of scrap metal that Gobber bought from Trader Johann but, nevertheless, helped get it to Gobber's forge at the blacksmith request. The next day, he and his rider woke up to find out that the entire village had been robbed of a great deal of metal objects and they both, along with Astrid and Stormfly, investigated the scenes of the crimes, to no result. Later, in the night, Hiccup was attacked by adolescent Smothering Smokebreath Dragons, who were attracted to his metal leg and Toothless helped to fight them off, before going to tell the others. After setting a trap, they followed the Dragons to their nest, only to find out that the entire situation had been orchestrated by Dagur, who was on the horizon with his armada. To end this threat, Toothless carried all the metal the village had left, along with the other Dragons, and threw it at the Armada so that the Smokebreaths would steal all the components from Dagur's ships causing them to sink. He then helped lure the Dragons to Johann's boat, who was making a stop at Breakneck Bog.
In Bing! Bam! Boom!, Toothless and Hiccup, along with Stoick and Thornado, discovered three baby Thunderdrums out at sea and, unknowingly, led them back to Berk, where they started causing havoc and disaster. Toothless and the other members of the Academy tried to train the three Dragons but it turned out that only Thornado could control them and so Toothless and Hiccup, as well as Fishlegs and Stoick, left them on Dragon Island after several failed attempts. They found out that the other Dragons on the island had chased them out to sea in the first place and so Toothless, Meatlug and Thornado fought off several Dragons of different species to defend the hatchlings. Afterwards, Toothless carried Hiccup and Stoick back to Berk since Stoick had left Thornado behind to look after the hatchlings.
- Astrid: "For what it's worth, I always knew red was your color."
- Hiccup: "Aww, Astrid, thank you."
- Astrid: "I was talking to Toothless."
- ―Astrid and Hiccup
It is revealed in this short that Toothless' (and Hiccup's) color for Dragon Racing is red.
- "The Alpha protects them all!"
- ―Hiccup, declaring Toothless as the new alpha[src]
By the second movie, Hiccup and Toothless have taken to exploring the areas beyond Berk, as well as experimenting with a glide-suit that Hiccup has developed that allows him to fly alongside Toothless (An adjustment to Toothless' tailfin allowing him to maintain a glide on his own, although he still cannot steer).On one of these missions, they encounter Hiccup's long-lost mother, Valka, who reveals a series of hidden "spikes" on Toothless' back, that even the Dragon didn't know about - most likely because he lacked other Night Furies to show them to him - which he can subsequently extend at will to increase his maneouverability in the air. These "spikes" are flat, leathery flaps, placed in 'V' shape and extending from his back to the end of his tail, shortly after the saddle.
When Hiccup attempts to confront Drago Bludvist and his Alpha Bewilderbeast, he is unprepared for the Bewilderbeast's Alpha Dragon 'status', which allows it to take control of Toothless on Drago's orders.
Toothless, now under a zombie-like trance, is ordered to kill Hiccup, but Stoick saves Hiccup at the cost of his own life. In pain and grief, Hiccup initially rejects Toothless when the Dragon regains his own mind, allowing Drago to use his Bewilderbeast to take control of all the Dragons and lead them to Berk, even riding on Toothless personally.
However, when Drago arrives back at Berk, he finds Hiccup and the other Riders already present, having managed to return home by riding the baby Scuttleclaws that are outside the control of the Alpha. Still mocking Hiccup's beliefs in how to train Dragons, Drago allows Hiccup a chance to 'talk' to Toothless, only to be shocked when Hiccup's words and his bond with Toothless allow him to break the Alpha's control. Returned to himself and guided by Hiccup's words, Toothless not only charges a plasma bolt that saveshim and Hiccup from being frozen by the Bewilderbeast's ice, but subsequently challenges the Bewilderbeast directly, breaking its hold on the other Dragons and rallying them to aid him. After the Bewilderbeast is forced to retreat after Toothless breaks one of its tusks, the assembled Dragons all acknowledge Toothless as their new Alpha, recognizing Toothless as a worthy guardian as opposed to the fear and authority maintained by Drago's Bewilderbeast.
Abilities and Skills
Toothless displays a huge variety of abilities throughout the movie franchise. Toothless has been trained by Hiccup very well to learn these great skills, though many are natural.
- Intelligence and Communication Skills: He is extremely intelligent and can almost completely understand everything said to him. He also seems to be able to command other Dragons to an extent. He is an incredibly strategic thinker. Hiccup and Toothless work together to cripple the Red Death and then use his fire against her. Also, when Toothless is captured and imprisoned by the Outcasts in We Are Family Part II, he manages to outsmart the guards on his own. He tricks them into thinking he is unconscious so as to get them to remove his muzzle. It is a surprisingly clever plan, and it completely fools the Outcasts. Toothless also seems to be one of the few dragons who attempts to show creativity. Toothless has been trained, by Hiccup, to comprehend silent commands via hand signals and motions, such as "Battle-ready", "Plasma Blast", "Smile" and "Search". He has also been taught by Hiccup, to recognize his riders Night Fury Call as a summon. Toothless also mimics Hiccup, such as in the second movie at the Itchy Armpit.
- Speed and Acrobatics: He is the fastest flier among the Dragons, with the Skrill second and Typhoomerang third. The Art of How to Train Your Dragon book notes that he can fly over one hundred miles per hour. He keeps up with Hiccup easily in a free fall, and humans reach terminal velocity at around one hundred and fifty miles per hour. He is the only Dragon so far to be able to do a vertical takeoff. Even when not flying he can tear along the ground at terrific speeds. His jumping abilities are phenomenal. It was demonstrated several times he has a very flexible body. Toothless have shown possessing remarkable agility in flight as well as on land. In HTTYD 2 he is able to dodge several nets that were aimed for him with great nimbleness and reaction time. He is very likely one of the most agile Dragons on land and was shown being able to leap from trees, boulders, walls, etc. Valka demonstrated that the fins on his back can split into another set of fins, making Toothless even more aerodynamic and better at mastering tight turns. Toothless was able to fly blindfolded during his fight with Drago's Bewilderbeast.
- Strength: Toothless has shown to be very strong for a Dragon of his size, as he has been seen defeating Dragons bigger then him, such as Monstrous Nightmares and Whispering Deaths. He managed to defeat Hookfang in a short, but brutal fight. He can even push back Hookfang by using all his four legs. He was also able to throw away a full-grown Whispering Death. He has been seen carrying heavy objects, such as boulders and barrels with his front legs. He can also carry adult Vikings, such as Stoick and Alvin with the small extra weight of Hiccup on his back. He was able to carry Stoick, who weighs 400 pounds, for an entire day before getting completely exhausted, although he found this very tiring and was unwilling to repeat it. He also has been seen carrying the Lead Stinger in his mouth, and prevented Barf and Belch from flying after the Dragon Root by holding his tail. As a Strike-class Dragon, Toothless has a vice-like jaw that can exert great force.
- Endurance and Stamina: Toothless can fly longer than any other Dragon at least bit longer, but he was shown to be exhausted in the episode View with the Skrill part 1, but unless he has to carry heavy objects or someone heavy. He has shown to be able to run long distance with no sign of being exhausted from the cove to the kill ring, that he can also able to take a lot of damage in battle from Hookfang, fighting off the berk warriors, and Stoick the Vast. He can take attacks from his rival, and still look untouched.
- Retractable Teeth: As a Night Fury , Toothless has the ability to retract his teeth. This unique trait can make him appear to be toothless, hence his name.
- Senses: He is shown to have an uncannily great sense of hearing. He is able to hear Hiccup's cries for help all the way from the cove even when Hiccup is in the arena. This good sense of hearing plays into his ability to use a sonar. He is seen using it in the film in order to locate Dragon Island. He tracks Hiccup by his sense of smell throughout We Are Family Part II, but loses him when Hiccup takes to the air on the back of a Deadly Nadder. He also seems to have the ability of night vision.
- Stealth and Camouflage: Toothless' black scales and extreme speed make him hard to notice, especially at night. This was demonstrated when confronting the Flightmare.
- Plasma Blast: Toothless is also able to shoot several forms of fire (see Fire Types). His signature attack is dive bombing where he dives at great speed and then fires a precise and very powerful blast. It is strong enough to destroy a catapult and even knock down the Red Death while making the ground shake a little and sending slight but noticeable shock-wave. He can also weaken his blasts enough to use them for non-violent purposes (like knocking people out of trees). This level of control also allows him to ricochet his shots off of other surfaces like cliff faces.
- Saliva: Oddly, Toothless' saliva actually has an incredible amount of healing properties. However, this was only stated in Defiant One to heal Snotlout's tongue after eating some strange berries. It is possible Hiccup made this up and the effect of the berries wore off. Hiccup also stated that Toothless' saliva doesn't wash out. It is also proven to be an effective adhesive, more than human saliva, as shown when Hiccup uses it to stick together parts of his map.
- Echolocation: In We Are Family Part I, it is revealed that Toothless has a hidden ability that Hiccup never known about it, being so long with Toothless he finds a strange ability that Toothless can use; an echolocation to guide himself and Hiccup out of the cave they were trapped in. Hiccup recalls later that "Toothless let out a weird sound that bounced back toward them, and was able to use that to get out". He also used this ability in "Frozen" when they are flying over the frozen sea.
- Swimming: Toothless is a great swimmer, and has saved Hiccup from drowning several times in the process. He has also been seen sea skimming from one island to another.
- Sea skimming: A particular way of swimming that, according to Hiccup, "it's like flying... but not." To perform this, Toothless dives and jumps out of the water continuously. This ability doesn't require for Toothless to be ridden by anyone, he can do this all by himself.
- Synchronization: Thanks to the time they used the prosthetic tail-fin, Toothless and Hiccup are able to fly together in perfect sync. Not only that, but they also understand each other the best out of all Dragons and riders, which was demonstrated several times.
- "Flaps" on back: Toothless' hidden ability, that was unknown even to himself. Revealed by Valka, those leathery flaps are flat fins-like spikes, placed in "V" shape and extending from his back, to the end of the tail. They gave him more maneuverability and control in flight, almost like a second tail.
- Titan Wing/Alpha Mode: Toothless was able to "charge" himself in some way, it gives him more strength, stronger fire with seemingly no limit, and the ability to not only withstand an Alpha's control, but command other dragons as well. This also gave him the more menacing look, with back, nose and mouth glowing blue color similar to his fire, probably because of amount and strength of this fire inside Toothless. This gave him the ability to challenge the Alpha and stand his own against it. It also gave the Night Fury species to become an Alpha Species, enhancing the power of Toothless made him able to defeat the Bewilderbeast.
- "You never cease to amaze me, bud. Thank you."
- ―Hiccup to Toothless after defeating Drago
Hiccup would not heed Toothless' warnings in The Terrible Twos, and Toothless would not allow Hiccup to aid him the battle with the Whispering Death in What Flies Beneath until Hiccup forced him into a position where he had to either save Hiccup or continue his vendetta. Even with these two extremely trying and difficult events, Toothless and Hiccup quickly reconcile, and together they overcome even the greatest challenges.
When Hiccup and Toothless first met, they were merely curious about each other, but eventually this curiosity caused them to see each others similarities. They bonded in the cove, and Toothless would grow in his loyalty to Hiccup as he and the boy became more and more familiar with each other. Hiccup would soon allow Toothless to fly again, and in doing so he would give the Dragon back the thing he held most dear. Toothless and Hiccup often fly together. They have spent hours in practice, and both seem perfectly happy to stay airborne as long as possible. Gobber remarks how hard it is to get Hiccup off of Toothless, and he holds a fair point.
The boy and Dragon clearly like nothing more than flying through the rushing air as one. By the time of Snoggletog, Toothless is actually far more interested in his friendship with Hiccup than his own freedom. He is given the ability to fly on his own, but he is so determined to never leave Hiccup that he destroys his new auto-tail. In essence he very much wants to need Hiccup. Toothless is fully willing to risk his own life for the sake of his friend.
He attacks Hookfang and fends off many a Viking trying to protect him in the movie. Toothless would eventually dive into the exploding body of the Red Death in order to save Hiccup's life. In the events of When Lightning Strikes, after Hiccup is hit by a lightning bolt, Toothless' strong bond with Hiccup is displayed yet again when he breaks free from a restraint that he couldn't free himself from in the film and dives into the water after Hiccup. The two of them are always together and have become practically inseparable. Toothless follows Hiccup everywhere and enjoys the company of Hiccup even in the most mundane and normal daily activities. Toothless seems to be perfectly happy with Hiccup even though he has no other Night Furies.
Astrid notes that Toothless does not seem to need anyone besides Hiccup to make him happy, and this is very often shown to be true. In The Night and the Fury, Tuffnut refers to Hiccup as Toothless' "other half." Toothless' position as Hiccup's first and best friend is never questioned, with Hiccup referring to him as the best friend he has ever had. Even after Toothless was briefly brainwashed by Drago's Bewilderbeast to kill Stoick, after Hiccup initially yelled at Toothless out of grief and pain, he soon calmed down, breaking through the Alpha's control of his friend by assuring Toothless that he didn't blame him for what had happened. Toothless in return challenged the massive Bewilderbeast solely through his desire to protect Hiccup, showing that their bond is unbreakable even in the toughest of trials.
- "Thank you...for saving my son."
- ―Stoick, to Toothless who has brought Hiccup back alive
Toothless stops, and the Vikings quickly capture him. Stoick is outraged at Hiccup for training Toothless but soon discovers that Toothless can be used to find Dragon Island. He chains Toothless in a cruel harness and sails off with him. Toothless unwillingly leads the entire Viking fleet to the island, but they are attacked by the Red Death and soon the ship Toothless is chained to is set on fire. Stoick actually jumps into the water upon seeing that Hiccup was right about the Dragon, and he tears Toothless free of the harness. After the battle, Stoick believes Hiccup to be dead. He apologizes to Toothless in painful grief, but Toothless reveals that Hiccup is still alive.
Stoick deeply thanks the Dragon for saving his son, and the two of them grow to have great respect for one another. In general, Toothless continues to respect Stoick as an authority figure. He allows Stoick to ride him during How to Pick Your Dragon even though it causes Toothless great discomfort, and rather than confront Stoick in a negative reaction to dissuade the chief from riding him again, preferred to hide instead. Stoick stands up for Toothless without hesitation in When Lightning Strikes. Stoick's and Toothless' friendship is fairly strong, and it is made even stronger by their mutual love for Hiccup.
In How to Train Your Dragon 2, their relationship is stronger. Toothless appears to agree with Stoick's decision not to go after Drago in the beginning. When the duo takes off in the dragon hanger, his roar might have been a warning to the chief of Hiccup's plan to go against his orders. Toothless also assists Stoick when he asks Valka to come back to Berk. Near the climax, Stoick is killed by a mind-controlled Toothless' plasma blast to the chest. Upon temporarily being freed from Drago's Bewilderbeast's control, Toothless comes to his senses, and approaches Stoick's body, not knowing what he did until Hiccup forces him away. Realizing his action, Toothless is saddened and in remorse for what he had done while under the Bewilderbeast's control, but redeemed himself for this incident by challenging and defeating the dark Bewilderbeast.
- "Toothless, what are you doing? We need her to like us!"
- ―Hiccup, to Toothless who is deliberately scaring Astrid[src]
He tries to calm Toothless down, but the Dragon can barely control his rage. Astrid is introduced, but Toothless is not amused. Astrid then runs to try and tell Stoick, but Toothless and Hiccup abduct her. Hiccup convinces her to ride Toothless claiming that there is nothing to be afraid of, but Toothless has other, less friendly, ideas. He leaps into the air and pulls off an array of dangerous aerial maneuvers. Astrid is terrified into apologizing, and Toothless smooths out his flight.
He then gives her an amazingly beautiful view of Berk from the air. She is amazed by the splendor of the scene and admits that Toothless is amazing. From that moment on, she helped Hiccup try and keep Toothless concealed. Toothless saved her from being eaten by the Red Death, and upon doing so gave her a big toothless smile.
Astrid, like all the other Hooligans, is incredibly relieved to see that Toothless saved Hiccup. Toothless seems to have a good grasp on Hiccup's crush on Astrid, and he even teases Hiccup about it momentarily. Toothless continues to like Astrid, but her competitive nature occasionally annoys him. He is determined to stay on top of her and Stormfly, but the competition is friendly, and Toothless never seems to be uncomfortable around Astrid. He has gotten used to her violent "communication" methods and does not seem to mind her hitting Hiccup. He does openly wince at time when she punches, kicks, or arm-locks Hiccup. Still, as with Stoick,Valka and others, Toothless seems to greatly trust Astrid and appreciate her friendship and love towards his rider.
- "So Toothless has an arch-enemy. Kind of like you and me."
- ―Snotlout, to Hiccup
Toothless' arch rival is a Whispering Death from his past. He and this Dragon have some sort of serious history, and they both are willing to fight to the death over the grudge. What the events were that started the feud are unsure, but the Whispering Death has a large bite mark from his previous battles with Toothless. This Whispering Death shows up in Berk looking for Toothless.
The Whispering Death soon discovers that his old rival is unable to fly, and he uses that to his advantage. The Whispering Death refuses to be trained by Hiccup and nearly eats the boy. Toothless is nearly killed when the Whispering Death attempts to blast him off of a cliff. Hiccup arrives just in time, and he and Toothless must work together to defeat this powerful enemy. Toothless had originally wanted to settle the score on his own, but Hiccup eventually convinced him to accept help. Whatever started the grudge was certainly serious. Toothless is so set on seeing the fight through that he actually fires a plasma bolt in front of Hiccup to get the boy to stop following him. Hiccup is deeply saddened by this, and Toothless realizes this, but he is still willing to hurt Hiccup's feelings for the sake of dealing with this past rivalry.
Toothless cares for Hiccup deeply, so the fact that he would risk harming their friendship for the sake of revenge gives a tiny glimpse at the seriousness of his animosity towards this Whispering Death. In the end, Toothless spares the Whispering Death after defeating him. The Whispering Death then quickly retreats, and Hiccup is proud of Toothless for sparing his foe that had only moments before nearly killed them both. It is possible that they are no longer foes and consider the matter to be closed. Toothless' experience with this dragon made him aggressive toward other Whispering Deaths.
Gobber was the one who made Toothless' new tail-fin. The old Viking also understands Toothless, and Dragons in general, which was seen in 'The Terrible Twos' when he gave Hiccup advice about Toothless' odd behavior.
From the moment Toothless and Torch met each other, the two couldn't get along. Toothless knew the young Typhoomerang's mother was nearby, and thus didn't want to risk angering her by taking Torch to Berk. Hiccup, however, ignored his warnings and took him anyway. From that moment, Torch began to irritate Toothless without mercy. He ate all of Toothless' fish, stole all of Hiccup's attention and took his bed. In 'Zippleback Down', the two still aren't the greatest of friends. This was demonstrated when Torch whacked Toothless with his tail. This was because Toothless once did the same with him.
Snotlout and Toothless dislike each other, though not as much as Snotlout does with Hiccup. However, such as in Defiant One, they have been seen working together for a common goal, which was saving Hiccup from the Outcasts.
As far as can be guessed, Hookfang and Toothless met each other for the first time in the Dragon killing arena. Hookfang was attempting to kill Hiccup, and Toothless blasted into the arena in order to save his friend. Hookfang and Toothless engage in a short yet brutal fight. Hookfang backs down, but shoots Toothless an odd look of contempt. Ever since, Hookfang and Toothless have never really seemed to get along. They tolerate each other most of the time. Generally they simply avoid interaction. Occasionally they will get into fights, and when Hookfang went on a rampage, Toothless was quick to leap in and attack him. They share a sort of rivalry, and this is most clearly displayed in the Thawfest games. The dragons openly growl at one another before the games begin. Their relationship is not improved by the fact that Hookfang's rider, Snotlout, is often unkind to Hiccup. Toothless does not openly hate Hookfang, but there is very little evidence that either Hookfang or Toothless have any affection for one another. In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hookfang acknowledged Toothless as the new Alpha Dragon by bowing down to him.
In the books, Toothless has a huge crush on Stormfly, and often brags to her. Stormfly seems not to care, but stays mostly by his side during How to Ride a Dragon's Storm. In How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, Toothless blushes upon seeing Stormfly, telling her that he is "Toothless the Outcast", and points out the Wodensfang, telling her that his "sidekick, Wodensfang the Desperado."
In the movie and franchise, Toothless and Stormfly share a mysterious but pretty close friendship. They seem to enjoy each other's company, and occasionally they can be seen interacting with each other on friendly terms. Toothless seems to wish Stormfly farewell when she leaves in Gift of the Night Fury or she was telling Toothless to come with her. They are not always friendly, however. Often times Astrid's competitive nature can be seen in Stormfly, and that means that she and Toothless do occasionally get competitive. It is usually all in good fun, but sometimes the competitions can get a little out of hand, as when they were Dragon boarding in Animal House.
Toothless' friendship in Stormfly is probably aided significantly by the fact that Stormfly's rider is one of Hiccup's closest human friends. Not much is really known about their friendship, but it seems too be friendly smooth and can be a little competitive at times. In How to Train Your Dragon 2, they are seen playing and talking to each other in a friendly manner, while Astrid and Hiccup are having a conversation. Their close bond is also hinted at when Toothless breaks free of the Alpha's control and calls other Dragons to aid him, with Stormfly being the first Dragon shown to return to herself and join Toothless as he makes his stand. After the Bewilderbeast's defeat, Stormfly acknowledged Toothless as the new Alpha Dragon by bowing down to him.
The Screaming Death
In Tunnel Vision, Toothless met a new enemy: the Screaming Death. This large Dragon goes after him and Hiccup more than the other Dragons, most likely due to Toothless attacking the Screaming Death more often. Hiccup and Toothless were able to lure the albino Dragon into colliding with a sea stack, and injuring its wing. The Screaming Death obviously remembered this when they met again in Appetite for Destruction, as Hiccup and Toothless were its main targets other than sinking the islands. In Cast Out Part II, Toothless is happy to see the Screaming Death reunite with its mother.
While Toothless doesn't interact with Meatlug a lot, she is a close friend. He stood next to her in Thawfest, along with Stormfly. In Worst in Show, Toothless tries to comfort Meatlug when she was sad about Fishlegs spending time with Iggy. He even looked back at her when he left with Hiccup, showing concern. Near the end of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Meatlug acknowledged Toothless as the new Alpha dragon by bowing down to him.
Toothless and Thornado were enemies the first time they met. After Stoick was able to tame Thornado, they became friends. Thornado and Toothless worked together to fight Alvin and the Outcasts by combining their attacks to make them flee.
Fanghook was a wild Dragon to Toothless and he thought he was dangerous. While they were training, Fanghook tried to blast the target like Toothless did, but he missed and almost hit the other riders which made Toothless roar at him of anger. Later, Fanghook and Gustav saved Hiccup and Toothless from Dagur. But when Fanghook and Gustav returned, Toothless was annoyed by Fanghook when he slapped him in the face, and Toothless tried to push him away.
- "Oh, he's beautiful! Incredible. He might very well be the last of his kind. And look, he's your age! No wonder you get along so well!"
- ―Valka takes a liking to Toothless
Toothless appears to like Valka, probably because she is close to his rider, Hiccup. Like Hiccup and Stoick, Toothless was also wanted her to come back to Berk. Toothless plays with her and understands that she is Hiccup's mother. Valka and Toothless also share a mutual love for Hiccup.
Unlike Toothless' playful personality, Cloudjumper is more serious but playful sometimes. The two appear to become friends after learning about the relationship between their riders. Now being Alpha Dragon, Cloudjumper was the first to bow down showing his respects to 'Alpha' Toothless.
Toothless seems to take a liking towards Windshear even to the point of them nuzzling each other alone.
Before meeting Hiccup, Toothless viewed all humans as enemies. It took some time before he opened up to others. Even after the events in the movie, Toothless still has some human enemies.
- Alvin the Treacherous: In the books, Toothless never liked Alvin. He believed the man was an Outcast, which was later proven true. In the series, Toothless doesn't hold back when facing the Outcast leader. He was shown to remember how Alvin kidnapped Hiccup back in Alvin & the Outcasts when he saw him again in Heather Report Part II. In We Are Family Part II, Toothless and Hiccup charged at Alvin, and might have killed him if they hadn't been tied up. In Cast Out Part II, Toothless was not thrilled about having Alvin join him and Hiccup to save Stoick. He even smacked him with his wings when Alvin was joking about his death grips. Toothless did seem pleased as he and Hiccup watched Stoick and Alvin make up though, probably gaining slight trust in him.
- Mildew: Toothless shares a great dislike for Mildew. In How to Start a Dragon Academy, Toothless growls at the old man when he was making fun of Hiccup for thinking Dragons could be trained. In Cast Out Part II, Toothless was freed by Mildew from Dagur's cage trap, showing that he begins to trust the old man.
- Dagur the Deranged: Toothless shows more of his ferocious side whenever he sees Dagur, since he is obsessed with killing Dragons.
- Drago Bludvist: Like all antagonists, Toothless has a deep hatred for the self-proclaimed "Dragon God." Drago used Toothless, by the Bewilderbeast's control, to attack Hiccup, but ultimately killed Stoick instead. Drago rode Toothless to Berk until Hiccup free his Dragon partner and defeated the mad man together.
- Drago's Bewilderbeast: Like other Dragons, Toothless fell victim of the Alpha's hypnotic abilities and was forced to attack Hiccup, but ultimately killed Stoick instead. When broken free and the large Dragon attacked Hiccup directly, Toothless used his body to shield him from the icy blast. Toothless then challenged the Alpha and defeated him by having the other Dragons join him and destroyed his left tusk, becoming the new Alpha, redeeming himself for his unintentional hand in Stoick's demise, and gaining his innocence back.
Stoick the Vast
Stoick rode Toothless in How to Pick Your Dragon. While he was reluctant at first, he soon began riding the Dragon for his chiefing duties, much to Toothless' dismay. Stoick also used him to find a rogue Thunderdrum while Hiccup rode behind his dad.
In The Iron Gronckle, when Hiccup was attached to the magnetic Meatlug, Fishlegs operated Toothless' tail to help their friends.
While under the Bewilderbeast's hypnosis, Drago rode Toothless since he could not fly on his own. Once on Berk, Hiccup manages to break Toothless free and the Night Fury threw Drago off his back.
From Book to Film
The film's 'Terrible Terrors' were originally designed to be a more faithful take on Toothless' original book incarnation. As time went on in development however, it was decided that Hiccup's Dragon in the film should have more presence and be able to stand toe-to-toe with his future tamer and lifelong friend and not just pairing the scrawny Viking with an equally scrawny Dragon:
"Setting Toothless up as a threatening presence gave us that vital sense of tension for Hiccup's story,"- Chris Sanders (taken from -The Art of How to Train Your Dragon- pg.48)
- In Book of Dragons, Hiccup states that he has never seen another Night Fury. This could indicate that Toothless is the last of his kind, or perhaps Night Furies are just few-to-none in the lands surrounding Berk or are not even native to Berk and the surrounding lands.
- In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Valka states the belief that Toothless may very well be the last of his kind.
- The similarities in the film's Toothless to Disney's Stitch (of Lilo and Stitch) are very prevalent, which isn't just a coincidence: The creative team behind the film version of How to Train Your Dragon (Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois) is the very same duo behind Lilo & Stitch.
- If you switched Toothless's and Stitch's bodies, they would look almost exactly the same, but in different colors and sizes.
- They are also the main character's best friend. (Stitch being Lilo's friend and Toothless being Hiccup's friend)
- Toothless and Hiccup share many traits.
- Toothless is a highly intelligent Dragon, and Hiccup is a very intelligent Viking.
- They both have "pin-point accuracy" as Hiccup could shoot Toothless down with one shot and Toothless could destroy a catapult with one plasma blast.
- They are also the shortest, with Hiccup being almost shorter than the other riders (up until the sequel), and Toothless being shorter than the other Dragons (on all fours).
- They are both missing a left part of their body that is used for movement (part of Hiccup's left leg and Toothless' left tail-fin)
- According to Valka, Toothless and Hiccup are the same age meaning that, Toothless was 15 in the first movie and 20 in the second movie.
- Toothless was shown hovering without Hiccup in Breakneck Bog, confirming that his tail injury merely stops him flying solo due to his lack of maneuverability rather than stopping him from staying off the ground at all. Besides, his prosthetic fin was opened at that time.
- In some development concept art pictures, Toothless resembles a Skrill and a Deadly Nadder.
- In When Lightning Strikes, it is hinted that Toothless has a fear of lighting. This is ironic as Night Furies are the "unholy offspring of lightning and death itself." He appears to have gotten over it by View to a Skrill Part I.
- Hiccup and Toothless usually fly around the island when it gets dark. In Live and Let Fly when Stoick banned flying, Toothless got very irritated.
- Toothless can sleep upside-down in a similar manner to a bat.
- In the intro of the TV series, Toothless and Hiccup are shown to have a sonic shock cone, implying they broke the Sound Barrier. This contradicts the accepted three-hundred to four hundred miles per hour top speed for a Night-Fury, as the Sound Barrier at room temperature is seven-hundred and sixty-one miles per hour.(As a explanation of this and many other inconsistency's. Please consider Cartoon Physics 101, It works because it is suppose to not because it should.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoon_physics))
- However, in the Fishlegs Dragon Stats extra on the How To Train Your Dragon 2 DVD, it is stated that Night Furies can fly faster than the speed of sound, thus making it possible for Toothless to creat a sonic shock cone.
- Toothless' eyes show what mood he is in. If his pupils are constricted, his emotions are negative. If his pupils are dilated, they are positive.
- In the first How to Train Your Dragon book, Snotlout was actually the one who came up with the name "Toothless."
- Toothless is capable of walking on his hind legs, but usually walks on all fours.
- In the series, there are scenes where Toothless has his saddle on, and some where it disappears.
- Toothless is the crest of Berk's Dragon Academy, and the symbol on Hiccup's shield.
- In the sequel, when Toothless fires his plasma firebreath at its full potential. The way he charges and then unleashes his attack consists in his spines and mouth glowing blue as he is about to expel the fire. This is a reference to the Toho monster Godzilla, who unleashes one of his most powerful attacks, the atomic blast, in a similar fashion.
- Toothless appears to get along better with female dragons than males.
- Toothless has shown to have the most rivals.
- His arch enemy the Whispering Death
- Hookfang for the Thawfest and the Dragon Race.
- Stormfly for speed race, but more of a friendly competition
- Torch for the affection of Hiccup.
- Toothless is the only Academy Dragon who has an appropriate wing-to-body ratio for flight according to the laws of flight.
- Astrid stated that Toothless is the most powerful dragon in the Dragon Training Academy in Have Dragon Will Travel Part II.
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