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YMMV for the film version of How to Train Your Dragon:

  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • After the final battle, Hiccup has but a few moments of remorse upon waking to find that he's lost his left foot and been given a metal replacement. But forget angst-- there are dragons outside and they are now a part of the Viking village! There's also the fact that he lost his foot in battle like a real Viking -- which he had wished for all his life before befriending Toothless. Finally, he gets a big kiss from Astrid meaning he has the local Hot Amazon as his girlfriend.
    • Mixes with a bit of Book Ends as well as Hiccup first helped Toothless deal with his missing tail fin, and now Toothless returns the favor by helping Hiccup learn to walk with his artificial foot. Considering that he almost died, losing a foot probably isn't that big of a deal to him at the moment.
    • The Tale of the Boneknapper which chronologically takes place after the events of the movie showcase Hiccup walking and running just fine on his prosthetic leg which means that he has largely adapted to his injuries.
  • Crack Pairing: Fishlegs and Ruffnut are shipped together a lot, despite their very limited interaction. In-verse, Ruffnut kind of flirts with Hiccup in one scene before being pulled away from him by Astrid.
  • Crossover Ship: Due to how both films were released in the same year, there's a fair amount of Hiccup/Rapunzel.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Test Drive. Oh my god, Test Drive. Chills every time. Seconded, that piece is amazing, and every time there is chills! If there was ever a piece written about the thrill of flying, it's Test Drive.
    • Really, the whole soundtrack by John Powell can count here. It helps that key scenes were set to highlight the music in parts like "Forbidden Friendship," "Romantic Flight," and "Where's Hiccup" rather than with dialogue, often to great effect.
    • And for further proof of its epicness, NBC Sports used "Test Drive" for its recap of Rory McIlroy's historic 2011 U.S. Open run (setting the lowest score in the major's 100+-year history) during its coverage of the golf event.
    • The Japanese theme song isn't half bad either! Give it a listen!
  • Ear Worm: Jonsi' Sticks and Stones that plays at the end of the film is a song that won't be leaving your head anytime soon - it's addictive!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ruffnut. Just ask /co/!
  • Fan Nickname: At the Sticks and Stones forum, the posters there have nicknamed the Red/Green Death the "Christmas" Death since no one really knows whether it is "Red" or "Green" since both movie and book disagree on that issue.
  • Memetic Molester: Ruffnut will grope anyone and anything.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The falling scene, especially once they pass the peak of the mountain.
    • The Green Death's introduction. You HAD to feel seriously sorry for that poor unfortunate Gronckle.
    • The Green Death, a dragon the size of a very large hill, taking flight and ascending into the sky after Toothless and Hiccup. Having it emerge from the earth is terrifying enough, but seeing something that looks like the unholy spawn of Fenrir and Jörmungandr take to the air and disappear into the clouds left one awestruck. That's the point where the Vikings probably thought that Ragnarok has started and the world was about to break.
      • Not to mention seeing it breathe fire when it can't keep track of where Toothless is flying. When most of the other dragons have been shooting quick bursts of fire, watching the Green Death freak out and unleash this continuous stream of flames through the sky is just terrifying.
    • Also some of the details on the various dragons in the handbook.

 Hiccup: Eats its victims...burns its victims...buries its victims, chokes its victims, turns its victims inside-out... Kill on sight.

  • Nightmare Retardant: The Green Death is probably one of the most massive, monstrous and horrifying dragons in movie history. It is made of so much solid muscle that it barely even has shoulders. And yet, when it flies up behind Toothless and Hiccup for the first time, its wings look, compared to the rest of its bulk, itty-bitty. It's particularly noticeable in a movie that took such care to make Toothless' flying look incredibly realistic.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • Ratio of teenage fans to younger children?
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When Hiccup wakes up and discovers that he's lost his left leg in the battle; it's even more jarring if you didn't hear Gobber imply it earlier. Not to mention, the part Hiccup tries to walk using his artificial leg and immediately stumbles is like an emotional kick to the groin.
    • The scene where Stoick disowns Hiccup. Hiccup pleads for him to listen for once in his life, is thrown back and told "You're not my son". Hiccup's face as he watches his father leave really helped the tears flow, as does Stoick's expression after the door closes behind him.
    • Stoick mourning over his son's apparent demise in the aftermath of the fight with the Red Death. Granted, we all knew Toothless saved him somehow, but the sheer despair and sorrow in Stoick's voice as he grieves over the loss of his only son feels like a punch to the gut.
    • Test Drive, strangely enough. There's just so much adrenaline and emotion that it gets kind of overwhelming.
  • Ugly Cute: Dragons in general. Except for the Red/Green Death, of course.
    • The Terrible Terrors remind one of hyperactive, firebreathing chihuahuas. Enter the awwwww factor when one of them snuggles under Hiccup's arm and purrs itself to sleep there. A bit of trivia: That particular Terror was voiced by Paco the Chihuahua, after sound designer Nia Hansen of Skywalker Sound saw a video of him on YouTube and paid his owners $100 for Paco's voice: video 1, video 2, local news article article 2.
    • Toothless is this trope incarnate. there are a few examples on the web
    • Gronckles, especially the one Hiccup tames with the dragon-nip and the poor little guy that gets eaten
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Quite a number of viewers thought that Toothless was a girl when he first appeared.

YMMV for the DVD short film Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon:

  • Nightmare Fuel: The Boneknapper Dragon is a huge dragon that wears stolen bones like a giant flying skeleton, and will stop at nothing to find the perfect bone for its macabre coat of armor. Also, without a certain bone on its armor, it can gain up on unwary vikings since it can't roar.
  • Ugly Cute: The Boneknapper dragon doesn't hesitate to warm up to Gobber and even allows him to give it a chin scratch when he gives it back the bone it needed to complete its armor and allow itself to roar.

YMMV for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

  • Magnificent Bastard: Grimmel the Grisly is the world's smartest dragon hunter with the reputation of hunting Night Furies, a dragon species no Viking was willing to face, to near-extinction. Hired by the warlords to capture Toothless, Hiccup's Night Fury and Berk's alpha dragon, Grimmel employs a Divide and Conquer strategy to separate the Hooligan Tribe from their home and dragons. He secretly releases a female Light Fury into Berk, knowing that her presence will ultimately lure Toothless away from Hiccup in the long run, and he continuously thwarts Hiccup's attempts to capture him with traps of his own. At the story's climax, Grimmel is able to capture Toothless and the other dragons by holding the Light Fury hostage, knowing that the alpha dragon would never let harm come to her. When Hiccup and his friends are able to free Toothless and the other dragons from Grimmel's grasp, Grimmel uses the Light Fury as a shield and mount to increase his chances of escape. Ruthless, pragmatic and always thinking ahead of his enemies, nothing is ever accidental when it comes to old Grimmel.
  • What an Idiot!: Ruffnut was left behind at Grimmel's lair and starts to annoy him, causing the latter to release her on a baby dragon so he could track down New Berk and all the dragons there.
    • You Would Expect: Ruffnut is careful and watch for Grimmel and the Warlords, and reports what she saw to Hiccup.
    • Instead: She never looked back and was not concerned.
    • The Result: Grimmel is able to capture the Light Fury and Toothless, and forces the latter to choose between letting the Light Fury live or calling the other dragons for help.
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