I saw a list for another fandom that had the fandom members birthdays on it.
I was thinking we should have a list.
I am not sure if it is possible to edit a text posts anymore, but if it is, please do so to add your birthday (ideally in date order), if you would like to have your birthday on the list. If it is not possible to edit a text post, then reblog and add your birthday and I’ll sort through the madness at some point.
So I was rewatching rtte season 3 the other day and I got to thinking.
Does anyone else think that Viggo might use Hiccup’s feelings towards Astrid against him in Season 4?
I mean Viggo saw how much he cared about her and what he was willing to do to save her in The Buffalord Soldier. Then, in Defenders of the Wing, Part 1, he asked Hiccup how her leg was doing after getting shot with one of their arrows.
It’s just a thought but I could totally see Viggo using Hiccup’s feelings for Astrid against him in the next season.
The power of fanfic is that it can take characters that you might not have thought about that much, or characters who might not have been your favorites if you’d only ever watched a TV series or read a book series, and absolutely turn them into your favorites.
Case in point for the HTTYD on-screen franchise (I haven’t read the books): until I started reading HTTYD fic and joined this corner of tumblr, my favorites were Hiccup, because he’s specifically designed to be likeable and relatable (at least in the movies) and Gobber (who has always owned my heart due to a hearty affection for Craig Ferguson). But outside of that, I didn’t think too hard about the other characters.
And now, thanks to a few tumblr posts and drabbles about Stoick as a dad, I appreciate him so much, even more than I did in HTTYD2 (shout-out to @kingofthewilderwest for always providing such amazing meta and analysis), Snotlout and Eret have grown up in my eyes due in large part to @tysonrunningfox’s unflinching devotion to them, and sure, I liked TJ Miller before, but now I’ve seen more art and meta about the twins than I would ever have expected, and what I previously considered a pair of great comic relief characters has morphed into a deep appreciation for their unique brand of intuitive intelligence. Y’all even got me liking the villains!
As a Hiccstrid shipper first and foremost, though, the main thing for me is Astrid. Before fanfic, I might’ve seen Astrid as the standard “strong female character”–which, I’ll admit, is a cliche I don’t hate! I love warrior women in my media; I love seeing ladies be physically strong, I’m old enough that I still remember battle-ready women being A Surprising Thing from television, so it’s something I welcome, and sometimes that’s enough (and sometimes it isn’t). So Astrid could’ve easily been the love interest who kicks butt with her axe and has little else to round her out. If that had been the case, I think just the progression in their relationship between the two movies would’ve probably sufficed to make me love Astrid. I adored the way she softened towards Hiccup from the first movie to the second, while still keeping the banter and competitive spirit that are the ambrosia of my OTPs.
But all this wonderful Hiccstrid fanfic, by smart, talented writers like @oh–you–pretty–things and @tysonrunningfox (to name just two of my favorites) has helped me relate to Astrid and appreciate her as such an incredibly complex, interesting character, that I love her fully as much as Hiccup now.
And sure, some of that characterization that deepens the characters might be made up by fic authors, but most of it is on-point and in character because it is based in canon, because fic and meta writers are so goshdarn good at taking these little things, these details, seedlings if you will, from the source material and growing them into full-fledged head canons that often end up being confirmed by canon. It’s because y’all didn’t make it up. You interpreted the tiny amount of data we had about these “secondary” characters, and you interpreted it correctly. Good for you folks, seriously.
A few of you, I’ve read everything on your blog and FFnet and AO3. Some, I have you on my list to check out when I get time because what I saw looked promising (big thanks to @hiccstridsource for all the excellent recommendations!). Some I’ve sent messages to or left comments when I had a minute; others I’ve simply enjoyed while scrolling through my dash. But whether I’ve read through your entire archive or just seen your posts around tumblr, you guys, who make up this delightful fandom, have played a role in helping me love pretty much all the HTTYD characters as much as I love Hiccup.
Y'all are important, your stories are important, and you might be borrowing from an existing world but you create something.
Don’t let anyone tell you fanfic isn’t worthwhile.
Oh my goodness, YES, I love this! Since there are so many dragon riders and Avengers (even if we limit it just to the MCU thus far), I cannot talk about how everyone would get along in the web of interactions. Still, I can chat a little how I imagine it might work out!
Fishlegs and Bruce Banner would get along very well. Bruce is a fairly reserved and quiet individual, a bit more introverted than a number of the other Avengers. He has an admirable amount of self-control, and when he is not the Hulk, he is a peaceful sort of fellow in social interactions. Additionally, Banner is a scientist and very well-studied. All these traits combined mean he would make a great pal for Fishlegs, who is also a bit of an introverted, quiet soul with a love of knowledge.
Peter Parker would get along well with Hiccup but drive Snotlout crazy. Hiccup and Peter would find a lot of areas to relate to. They have both struggled with missing parents and early deaths of family members (Uncle Ben and Stoick). They have both been teased and treated as outcasts during their early teenaged years. They are both incredibly intelligent, inventive young men with a great idealistic desire to help others and make the world a better place. Hiccup and Peter would get along very well. The more I think about it, the more I love the relationship.
However, Peter, with his quips, would quickly drive Snotlout crazy. When Snotlout would protest back, it would likely start a battle of sass and sarcasm… one Snotlout would lose every time. Only making him more grouchy around Spider-man. Furthermore, Peter’s accomplishments might make Snotlout feel a little uncomfortable and jealous around him, such as we see Snotlout get a bit jealous of Hiccup in Riders of Berk times.
Ruffnut and Tuffnut would prank Vision, Thor, and Steve way too much. The twins would notice the potential of pranking all three of these individuals. Though Vision is incredibly wise and thoughtful, he also has lacked many basic human experiences, meaning the twins could quickly trick him to doing something unusual. Thor, having lived in an entirely different Realm, would be pretty oblivious, too, and be a good target for the Thorstons. Last, Steve, especially when he is still trying to get up-to-date on the modern world, would be particularly vulnerable to pranks.
I feel like all three of the Avengers would suffer through the pranks decently well. I think Thor would be the most chill about it and Steve probably the first one to tell them to stop.
Steve would have to intervene before the twins annoy Bruce Banner too much. Because the twins would have fun, because they like destruction and chaos. But that wouldn’t be a good idea to incite Bruce, because destruction and chaos.
All the Viking dragon riders would feel a little awkward around Thor. Because, well, he is literally their god that they have worshiped and talked about their entire lives. Snotlout looks especially sheepish when he finds himself swearing in Thor’s name around said god’s appearance.
Tony Stark would not be able to stand Tuffnut. Iron Man would have no patience for Tuffnut’s constant yammerings, especially since most of what Tuffnut says sounds like nonsense. Tony, as someone who likes results and intelligent conversation, would constantly want Tuffnut shut up.
Snotlout would try to flirt with Black Widow. And he would get rejected in the blink of an eye.
Astrid and Natasha would have respect for one another. Both of these women use quick, effective, sometimes acrobatic fighting moves. They do, however, have their differences, meaning that I imagine Astrid would ask Natasha if they can spar together and have the Black Widow teach her a few things. Natasha would be pretty chill with it and show a few basic tricks, and be impressed with how quickly Astrid catches on.
Astrid and Scarlet Witch would also get along very well. Unlike Astrid and Natasha, I imagine that Astrid-Wanda times are largely casual hangouts and conversations. They would enjoy having some chill downtime together.
The twins have a double-twin hangout. Ruffnut and Tuffnut have hoards of fun being unfettered in their obnoxiousness. Pietro and Wanda regret the idea about five minutes into the event.
Sam Wilson would be chillest around Astrid and Rhodey would be chillest around Hiccup. While Hawkeye, dear, dear Hawkeye, would be completely equally cool with every one of the dragon riders.
I love how you can literally see the exact moment Astrid realizes she likes Hiccup, like the moment were she goes ‘oh…’
Sure she did say that she always liked him but there is this one moment where I think it just hits her and I think that’s beautiful
I noticed something while watching HTTYD2. In the whole scene of "Hiccup confronts Drago" Toothless has been growling at Drago, has been threatening towards him then the moment Drago summons his Bewilderbeast and points at Toothless with his bull hook. Toothless shrinks back with his ears pressed back in fear which I didn't really understand since during the whole encounter he had been growling at Drago. Toothless should of took it as a threat when Drago pointed at him and snarled yet he didn't
Toothless certainly is a dragon who tends to react to enemies and suspicious strangers by growling threateningly at them. As you say, during the majority of the interaction between Hiccup, Toothless, and Drago in this battle, Toothless has been crouched low, baring his teeth, and glaring at the warlord.
During the whole encounter, Toothless has been growling at Drago because he feels he can handle Drago, but when Drago summons the Bewilderbeast, it’s no longer just about Drago.
When Toothless starts to shrink back, it’s not because Drago is being threatening. It’s because, at this moment, Toothless realizes his mind is now going to be invaded by a Bewilderbeast.
Drago commands the Bewilderbeast to come over to him, swinging his bullhook over his head. At this point in time, you can start to see the uncertainty in Toothless’ body posture in the corner of the screen. Though Toothless is still crouched in a somewhat tough, defensive posture, this is the point in the movie where he is not outright growling, either. There is uncertainty in Toothless’ eyes, and he starts to back up along with Hiccup. He notices Drago is bringing over the largest dragon of them all, one which has just killed the other alpha… one which has become the alpha.
And then, when Drago points the bullhook at Toothless, Toothless does indeed cringe down. Now, it’s not just that Drago is pointing at him. It’s the fact he’s brought an enormous Bewilderbeast behind him, a creature Toothless knows is the alpha and can control a hive mind of dragons. For Drago to direct a Bewilderbeast directly at Toothless is a dangerous thing, and Toothless knows this immediately. Toothless knows he has no chance of going up against a dragon with this sort of strength and mental capabilities. Though Toothless looks first at Drago when he points at him with the bullhook, Toothless’ true worries are betrayed in the fact the dragon then glances up at the Bewilderbeast. Toothless knows Drago is directing the Bewilderbeast to do something nasty… forced brain control.
And the Bewilderbeast, staring straight at Toothless, begins exactly what Drago commanded him to do: try to take over Toothless’ mind.
Thus Toothless is left shrinking, cringing, shaking his head, and trying to fight off the advances of a mental attack.
So the reason I think Toothless’ ear plates go down and he cringes when Drago summons the Bewilderbeast and points the bullhook at Toothless is all about Toothless understanding that the Bewilderbeast is about to take over his mind. Now that it is no longer just Drago standing there, snarling at Hiccup, Toothless gets intimidated.