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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

(franchise)

"My name's Hiccup. Great name, I know, but it's not the
worst. Parents believe a hideous name will frighten off
gnomes and trolls."
Hiccup, opening narration in How to Train Your Dragon,
introducing himself.[src]
Hiccup Haddock III is the main protagonist of the How to Train Your
Dragon book series, the 2010 DreamWorks film adaptation and the 2014 sequel,
where he is voiced by Jay Baruchel. His full name is Hiccup Horrendous Haddock
the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. He is the son of
the chief, Stoick the Vast, thus making him heir to the tribe, and later the current
chief of the tribe. He is 15 years old in the first film, 19 years old in Race to the
edge and 20 years old in How to Train Your Dragon 2. His dragon, Toothless is
a Night Fury, the rarest and most intelligent of the dragon species in the film
franchise.
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Personality

Despite his physical shortcomings, Hiccup does his best to succeed as a Viking. He
is intelligent and is constantly creating inventions for various uses throughout the
film, including a bola sling, a prosthetic tail, a saddle, and a riding vest. At first,
however, Hiccup is obsessed with proving himself to the rest of his tribe by killing
a dragon; he often doesn't think things through and is more determined to gain the
recognition of his peers than he is heedful of others' orders, often causing problems
for the rest of the tribe, and himself. Despite this, Hiccup shows great aptitude at
being a leader and a strategist: he leads hisDragon Training classmates into battle,
using his friends' strengths wisely in the battle against the Red Death. Hiccup also
has very good observational skills which come in handy during his time
withToothless and during Dragon Training. For example, he's able to hypothesize
that dragons have a natural disdain for eel when his own dragon companion refuses
to eat one himself, and uses this to successfully drive back a Hideous
Zippleback later.

Among the other teenage Vikings, Hiccup first comes off as awkward, mainly
because he's a poor fighter, and rather scrawny for a Viking. As he becomes more
adept at fighting dragons, however, they start paying more attention to him, some
even starting to try to talk to him. Despite this, Hiccup remains shy and secretive,
preferring to be alone with Toothless, likely because he's unused to all the positive
attention. He also tends to be sarcastic with a dry sense of humor that can
sometimes put him at odds with the other Vikings in his tribe. It also seems that
Hiccup likes to hide his fear with said sarcasm and dry humor. Due to his shyness,
he had a habit of stuttering and stammering when talking to some of the other
Vikings, especially Astrid or when his father was angry at him. Despite his many
virtues and his clear capabilities as a leader, Hiccup is not without his flaws. He is
rather prone to letting his insecurities cloud his judgment and effect his actions; in
the film, his desperation for the acceptance of his tribe, and his father in particular,
cause him to regularly attempt to kill dragons along with the villagers, only to end
up doing more harm then good due to his clumsiness. In the television show, his
mistaken belief that Stoick still does not accept him causes him to lead the other
Vikings on a potentially dangerous treasure hunt to prove himself. His innate
friendliness and tendency to give others the benefit of the doubt cause him to be a
little too trusting of strangers, leaving him vulnerable to manipulation and deceit
by more dishonest characters, such as Heather and Mildew, on more then one
occasion. In the episodeThawfest, Hiccup shows a more unlikable,
hypercompetitive side to his personality as he begins to score victories over
Snotlout. Since Hiccup is unaccustomed to winning anything, he handles it poorly,
letting the glory go to his head to the point where he briefly becomes almost if not
as arrogant and unpleasant as Snotlout. Hiccup is also prone to overconfidence in
his ability as a diplomat due to being mostly successful so far, which becomes a
major catalyst of the second film's story line; his total belief that he would be able
to reason with Drago causes him to run away from Berk to confront the warlord,
causing Stoick and Valka, who both understood and witnessed firsthand the true
extent of Drago's psychopathy and knew he could not be reasoned with, to chase
after him. This indirectly but ultimately leads to Stoick's death at the hands of
Drago when he hypnotizes Toothless into attacking Hiccup to demonstrate the
superiority of his philosophy over Hiccup's. In spite of all his flaws, Hiccup is
never above admitting when he is or has been wrong, and will do his best to make
amends with others, showing he has a great deal of humility, and he learns from his
mistakes.
One extremely notable character trait Hiccup possesses is a deep sense of
compassion. Because of this he spares Toothless, and in doing so he changes the

world of Vikings and dragons forever. He was extremely uncomfortable with the
thought of having to kill a dragon in the arena later in the film. Hiccup carries this
quality into the television series. He shows great sympathy to Snotlout at the end of
the Thawfest Games, giving up his own glory and fame for the sake of his friend
and cousin though Snotlout showed no gratitude at all. He will almost never allow
Toothless to use his full power against foes. InWhat Flies Beneath, he begs
Toothless to spare a Whispering Death that had nearly killed both of them just
moments earlier. The peak of Hiccup's sympathy is displayed in his
releasing Mildew, the very man who had betrayed him, from an Outcast cell. Upon
seeing the Outcasts take Mildew's one beloved possession, his sheep, Hiccup
clearly displays pity for the old man. Unfortunately Hiccup is occasionally nave in
his sympathy, as Mildew betrayed him yet again right afterwards. Still, his
kindheartedness has resulted in many a victory and accomplished the training of
the deadliest dragons in the world. The one character Hiccup seems to be willing to
attack and even kill was Alvin. Originally, Hiccup was more interested in avoiding
him, but as Alvin's plots hit closer and closer to everything Hiccup cares about,
Hiccup seems to harden in a difficult resolution. He has been seen ordering
Toothless to kill Alvin when Alvin was threatening to toss Astrid off of a cliff. In
the finale, Hiccup and Toothless even charged Alvin in an attempt to kill him after
he had captured, threatened, and deeply insulted both of them. Although they failed
in this attempt, Alvin was still one of the few people Hiccup is willing to let
Toothless kill but gave up when Alvin turn into the good side. Overall, Hiccup is
an intelligent, nice and likable person who is naturally bighearted and innocent. It's
shown in the sequel that he and Toothless have become "adrenaline junkies",
performing tricks like free-falling. He has also gone from being a shy boy, to a
confident young man, and "the greatest Dragon Master this world has ever seen"
(as Astrid describes him to Drago Bludvist ) and he is shown to care for his loved
ones, especially Stoick, Valka, Toothless and Astrid.