I’m watching Edge of Disaster Part 1, which, along with it’s second part, are my favorite episodes of Race to the Edge, and…
Astrid’s facial expressions when Ruff is calling her out are so great.
Astrid: What am I gonna do with you guys!? Seriously, tell me!
Ruffnut: Well, you could start by being kind. Oh wait, you can’t do that because kindness is nowhere in that scrawny little body of yours.
That’s her face right after. Now, I’ve been wondering for the longest time why Ruff used the word “scrawny.” Astrid is supposed to be a model viking, right? And “scrawny” is usually a word we would associate with Hiccup. So why is she so hurt?
Now, obviously, Astrid is scrawny. So are Hiccup, Ruff, and Tuff. But in the franchise, no one calls anyone but Hiccup out on it. I can’t help but think that this is a real sore spot for Astrid and Ruff knows it? Obviously, in HTTYD, none of the teens are great friends with each other, but I do have a headcanon that they were all friends when they were little. That’s why I think Ruff knows, and why Tuff says, “Easy, sis,” right after.
Astrid: Do you know what your problem is, Ruffnut?
Now, Astrid is being defensive. And she’s attempting to insult Ruff right back. She doesn’t get to, of course, but if she had, I feel like she would have said something personal. Something that would have hurt Ruff the same way Ruff’s words hurt her.
Ruffnut: Oh you bet I do. I got a list of problems so long I can’t even keep track. The question is, do you know what your problem is, Astrid?
Astrid: My problem? Are you serious?
Now, that is fucking rude on Astrid’s part. The way she says it shows outward arrogance, even though she asked Ruff the same exact thing. She is implying that she herself has no problem, while Ruff does. To me, that is the most rude thing she says during this conversation.
Because unlike Ruff, she can’t seem to expect that she does have problems. She’s not perfect, dammit. And I’m not saying that Astrid doesn’t know it, she just refuses to accept it. What Astrid has is not just some light competitive drive, but a need to be the best. And when she can’t be, she freaks out. Just like when Tuff says, “Wow, he’s better than you ever were,” in the first movie, her gaze is murderous.
Ruffnut: Let me lay it out for you, my flaxen haired friend. You have no respect for the people around you who are just trying to help
and be a part of the team. You have no respect for Fishlegs, certainly none for Snotlout, and you couldn’t have less respect for the two of us!
OHHHH SHOTS FIRED
This hits hard. This makes Astrid think, because she knows Ruff is right. Besides Hiccup, does she actually respect anyone on the team? Does she care about them at all? Guilt hits her like a ton of bricks. Of course, this is Astrid Hofferson, so she quickly makes a defensive face again.
Then, five seconds later:
Astrid: She’s wrong, you know. I do - I…respect you guys.
Not only do the audience and Tuff know she’s lying, Astrid knows too. She knows she’s a rude brat, it’s just been pointed out to her for the first time and now she’s poorly defending herself. It’s quite petty, but she just lost, and she doesn’t know how to handle it.
I loved this part so much. So much. I can relate to both women here, and it was so refreshing to see someone put Astrid in her place.
i’m beyond giving a shit that hiccstrid is a thing but can they at least give astrid some sort of independence about herself and not have everything she does revolve around hiccup; like have her kick some ass because ruff needs her help or to protect fishlegs or something just not make everything she does about hiccup.