- Viking for Hire is the name of the second episode of the first season of the How to Train your Dragon TV series, DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk. It was shown as a sneak peak that aired August 7th, 2012, preceded by How to Start a Dragon Academy and succeeded by Animal House.
Without battling dragons anymore, Gobber feels that he has lost his purpose as blacksmith because he is only used to making weapons. Hiccup tries to find a new job for him, but Gobber seems too violent to help with much...
"Everybody needs a place in the world. Some people are born to theirs. Some people discover theirs. And some people make a place for themselves. But then the world around them changes, and the place they made is gone." - Hiccup.
The episode starts with flashbacks of past Hiccup narrating that everyone has their place in the world and are born with it, discover it, or make a place of there own but the world around them changes and the place they build is gone.The scene changes to the Dragon Arena where Hiccup is asking questions about dragons to the teens who are in two teams Team Astrid (Astrid and Fishlegs) and Team Snotlout (Snotlout, Ruffnut and Tuffnut). Unfortunately, they start to aim their dragons at each other, and Hiccup calls off the training before the scene escalates into a full-out brawl. When Snotlout tries to teach Team Astrid to "prepare to face some Monstrous Nightmare," Hookfang sets himself on fire while Snotlout is riding on him, causing him to jump into a cradle of water. Hiccup states that Hookfang never flames up while Snotlout is riding him, leading to Astrid stating that Hookfang realized who his rider was. Snotlout tells Astrid there's room for two people, causing her to shove him into the water. The scene shifts to Gobber, who is trying to sell his weapons by showing that they could be used for other things, but people weren't interested in them. Afterwards Mildew approaches Hiccup, telling him that he had put Gobber out of business with his "peace pact with the dragons" and ruined his life, causing Hiccup to feel guilty. Later in the night, Hiccup tells Toothless that Gobber taught him everything he needed to know about how to "make his tail." Stoick enters the house tired out, telling Hiccup that he been all over the island throughout the day and wishes there were two of him. This give Hiccup an idea, and he tells Stoick that there are two of him (although Stoick initially thought that he was cracking a joke about his weight). Hiccup explains that Gobber could be the other him, and Stoick agrees on that. The next day Stoick splits his schedule to Gobber who says that he needs to handle certain situations with diplomacy. Gobber assures him he is more than capable of doing as such. Stoick is surprised that Gobber is capable of sensitively and tactfully dealing with situations but is rather discouraged when Gobber expresses his belief that diplomacy revolved around freely using physical force on people. Gobber begins his duties with officiating a new born girl into the tribe. However he quickly sours the event by choosing the name Magnus over Hildegard as per her parent's request, openly remarking she would not look like a girl when older due to her apparently repellent appearance, and by giving them a mace as a teething toy. He later deals with Mulch and Bucket over a sheep that Mulch had purchased and refused to pay Bucket for, an accusation he denies. As a result of his deeply flawed view of diplomacy, Gobber has the two settle the matter by fighting with weaponry and carries on. He is next repairing a ship and foolishly using iron in place of wood reasoning it would be better suited for defensive purposes. Stoick, having been informed of Gobber's mishaps, heads down to the dock's to confront him over his less than stellar actions. Whilst demonstrating to Stoick the repaired ship, Gobber accidentally causes it to roll off the platform and into the bay upon which it sinks under the metal's weight. Gobber takes the incident in stride and adds recovering the ship as a later item. He then turns to Stoick and cheerfully asks 'Same time tommorrow?' leaving the viking leader deeply embarassed as Gobber's actions as Stoick's representative reflect on him.
That night, Stoick is resting his stress induced headache with ice blocks when Hiccup gives him a drink. Noting his father's fustration Hiccup assures him that tommorrow would end better when Stoick tells him that this is the case as he has dissmissed Gobber from assisting him. When Hiccup objects, Stoick points out his numerous mistakes and tells Hiccup that he (Hiccup) is going to be busy finding a job for Gobber so Hiccup lets him join the Dragon Training Academy, but Gobber has the idea of training dragons by threatening to kill them, causing all the dragons to flee the arena and the teens to hunt them down. The scene changes to Toothless and Hiccup in the arena and Astrid, Ruffnut and Tuffnut entering (along with Stormfly, Barf and Belch) and complaining about the pain of riding on their dragon's bare backs. Hiccup said that he's flown for hours on Toothless and has never felt pain. Astrid replied that it's because he has a saddle, causing Hiccup to get the idea for Gobber to build saddles for the dragons. He gives Gobber some of his designs to help, but having already built saddles for other animals, the blacksmith states that he has his own ideas.
The scene cuts to the next day, where Gobber shows his saddles to the teens, but the saddles weren't good for the dragons, and caused a huge mess at the end of the day, causing Hiccup to clean up the Arena. Stoick enters while Hiccup is cleaning, and states that the Arena actually looked cleaner when they were killing dragons. Hiccup tells him that the place got "Gobbered" and Stoick tells Hiccup that he had to do what was best for the academy, and that the best might be to fire Gobber. Hiccup goes to Gobber (along with Toothless) and tells him the news. Upon hearing that he was about to lose his job, Gobber is saddened but tells him that he can live without a job. While walking, Hiccup tells Toothless that he feels awful and wonders what could be worse than that. Just then, Hiccup sees Hookfang on fire and breathing fire everywhere. Snotlout rushes to Hiccup, shouting for help.
The scene cuts to Hookfang spinning out of control and Stoick tells everyone that it's not safe. Hiccup gently walks towards Hookfang and throws him a fish, but he spits it out, causing it to land on Stoick's beard. Hiccup tries to calm Hookfang down but the moment he touches his jaw, he starts going out of control again, causing Toothless to fight him so that Hiccup can flee. Stoick calls Gobber for help, and he goes to the plaza to kill Hookfang. Despite Hiccup's protests, Gobber is sent in to kill Hookfang, until the two sees that he only had a toothache. Gobber puts away the sword he intended to use, and then wrestles with Hookfang until he pries his mouth open and pulls the tooth out, finally calming him down. Gobber then decides to become a dentist for the dragons.
"When the world around you changes, the good men find a way to change too, and that Gobber is one of those men. In fact, he's one of the best."
- Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
- America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson
- Nolan North as Stoick the Vast
- Chris Edgerly as Gobber the Belch
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman
- Julie Marcus and T.J. Miller as Ruffnut and Tuffnut Thorston
- Zack Pearlman as Snotlout Jorgenson
- This episode may show that Toothless is so intelligent he can read, because he was looking at a book with Hiccup, when they were waiting for the others to return after Gobber scared them. This may not be true, because Toothless might be just looking at the pictures or at the letters.
- Astrid claims that the kids, with the exception of Hiccup as Toothless wasn't in the scene, rode their dragons for four hours after Gobber scared them away. However, when the dragons run away, the kids weren't seen on the dragons, they were behind Hiccup and Gobber. It is just possible that they could've just left to get the dragons after Gobber said his line.
- A flashback is shown from the movie in which Gobber hands out the dragon killing weapons to the other vikings to fight the dragons. However thanks to Hiccup's Peace pact with the dragon the dragon killing weapons are no longer needed (for that purpose at least). Strangely enough no one on Berk thinks about the fact that the dragon killing weapons could perfectly be used to hold of invasions from human invaders.
- Gobber's father taught Gobber how to swim by acting like he would kill Gobber if he could catch him.
- Before Hiccup invited him to help at Berk Dragon Academy he tried to sell his dragon killing weapons to the berk villagers. In this episode he is shown to attempt to sell 3 different kind of weapons. He tried to sell a longsword as a kitchen knife (this didn't work it was too sharp causing the plate and the bread on it to crumble into tiny pieces) he tried to sell a mace as a fly swatter (which destroyed the table the fly was on causing Gobber to quickly saying that it was also great for getting rid of unwanted tables). And he tried to sell his catapult which he named Big Bertha to the woman of the village so that they could defend themselves when the men of the house was of pillaging. (They lost interest however when he accidentally fired it damaging a nearby house).
- A running gag in this episode is that Gobber tries to give away or sell his weapons.
- Mildews attempt at giving Hiccup a guilty feeling was quite useless considering Hiccup already felt bad about it.
- After Gobber scared the dragons with his unorthodox encouragement method he reveals he didn't like school either.
- This is the First time Hookfang uses his Fire Jacket ability and burns Snotlout's butt causing him to jump in a trey of water to extinguish himself. This is now a running gag in the show.
- This Episodes lesson at Berk Dragon Academy: A quiz about knowledge in the book of dragons including subjects as which dragons has the hottest fire in the entire dragon world and what is the shot limit of a Hideous Zippleback.
- Gobber naming his catapult Big Bertha is likely a reference to the Howitzer used by the Germans in the end days of World War 1. Both Gobber's Big Bertha and the Big Bertha used by the Germans are artillery pieces in there respective timelines.
- This is the second time Hookfang and Toothless fight (the first time being in the movie). The outcome was the same (Hookfang was defeated), as was the reason (Toothless protecting Hiccup).
- According to Gobber the only time a Viking takes a break is to die.
- While it is not certain it is very likely that Hiccup eventually made the saddles.
- During the quiz on the knowledge in the Book of Dragons the teams were made up of the most intelligent teens (Astrid and Fishlegs) versus the less intelligent teens (Snoutlout and the twins). The final tally for this quiz was 100 (team Astrid) to 15 (team Snotlout).
- When Tuffnut answers the question on the shot limit of Hideous Zippleback, he holds up two fingers but says that the answer is three.
- At the end of this episode Gobber takes up the role as a Dragons Dentist. If you look closely you will see Fishlegs and Meatlug waiting in line for Meatlug to have her teeth checked and brushed. Another scene showing Gobber doing his job as a Dragon Dentist is when he Brushes the teeth of Barf and Belch.
- This is the first time the tribe has been called by its name, Hooligan tribe, in the series.
- In one of the later episodes, Gobber is seen checking the mouth of a Gronckle (possibly Meatlug). In order to keep it's mouth open, Gobber attaches rope to a long rod. When he is finished, he cuts the rope with his "tweezer"-like hand and the Gronckle is able to close its mouth.
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