What are the differences in character between bookHiccup and movieHiccup?
Ooo differences! The similarities are easy to discuss, but yeah, differences. Those exist as well!
Movie!Hiccup has brown/auburn hair and green eyes. Book!Hiccup has red hair and blue eyes.
While both are skinny and slow-to grow, and both end up tall, book!Hiccup starts out as 10 and a half and movie!Hiccup starts out at 15.
For one thing, Book!Hiccup is more independent. He knows he thinks differently and is less inclined to try and change himself to fit in. Even as a young boy, he felt more resentment towards others for not accepting him, not self-loathing for being unable to.
He looks at the system and knows its flaws.
Movie!Hiccup, on the other hand, while introverted, has a desire to be accepted and fit in. It could be argued that this is because he’s a teenager. Book!Hiccup consistently seems exhausted by Vikings. For a long while, movie!Hiccup just wants to be like them.
Book!Hiccup is more reactive whereas movie!Hiccup is more proactive. Movie!Hiccup makes plans and has ideas and wants to implement them. Book!Hiccup is less about changing things and more about making it day-by-day. It isn’t until later in the books, after a series of events, that book!Hiccup takes matters into his own hands. That he realizes he has to.
Granted, by this point he’s about the same age movie!Hiccup is.
Move!Hiccup is very inventive. He’s a blacksmith apprentice. Book!Hiccup is graceful and an excellent swordsman.
Movie!Hiccup wants a girlfriend. Book!Hiccup just wants to live.
Book!Hiccup has a best friend. Movie!Hiccup is more of a loner.
We get to see book!Hiccup grow mentally over each book and reach profound conclusions for why things happen the way they do, or why he made his choices. It’s something we can only see through action in the movie and even then all that growth takes place within a month or so. There are morals book!Hiccup develops through time that can easily be carried over into Hiccup of the movie verse, ideals about the sort of man he wants to become.
Both Hiccup see being chief for the burden it truly is, but, having grown up in a society that already accepts and coexists with dragons, book!Hiccup feels less reluctance over the issue.
Movie Hiccup grew up without a mother and only knew his big, over-protective father. He grew up believing his mother was dead. Killed by dragons.
Book Hiccup grew up with a mother, on and off, and was mostly raised by his big, blustery father. Valhallarama was also absent from his life, but that was because she was out questing all the time. Hiccup saw her periodically and got affectionate hugs and punches from her. He knew she loved him, but also grew a small seed of resentment for her choice in questing over family.
Book!Stoick comes off as a little less intelligent than movie!Stoick, and we see that in how book!Hiccup deals with his father. Both have good, but strained, relationships with their fathers. I love how, despite how often either Hiccup proves himself to his father, and the trusts grows a little every time, there are still times when Stoick will fall back on the ‘Viking Way’ when having to choose between that and Hiccup’s ingenuity. Their relationship continues struggles beyond each good deed.
Book!Hiccup is constantly on the lookout for his cousin, Snotlout, who is trying to kill him. Movie!Hiccup is weary of his implied cousin, Snotlout, who is simply unpleasant to him. It’s unclear if movie!Snotlout ever had a chance to take the chieftainship from Hiccup, but if he had he certainly didn’t do so by trying to kill Hiccup.
Movie!Hiccup regards Gobber as an uncle/father/master figure, having had a one-on-one relationship with the man as his apprentice. Book!Hiccup regards Gobber as the trainee instructor along with all the other boys in his class. Book!Hiccup doesn’t have the close relationship movie!Hiccup has with Gobber.
The difference in their dragons, and their relationship with their dragons, is like night and day. One is a Night Fury, the other is a “Toothless Daydream”. One can be ridden from the get-go. One rides on his human’s head.
Book!Hiccup has a friendship/parental relationship with his dragon. He’s raised Toothless from a hatchling and has coaxed and disciplined him from day one. His dragon has given him a lesson in patience and love, that’s for sure.
Movie!Hiccup is best friends with his Toothless. They’re two teens that met from opposite sides of the war only to create a wonderful bond that changed viking history. The parent in that relationship is more often than not Toothless. Rather: it’s Toothless who’s patience is tested.
Movie!Hiccup grew up in a war against dragons and ended it.
Book!Hiccup grew up in a peaceful era with dragons and started a war with them (unintentionally).
Naturally, there’s a complicated history behind that peace, which acted as a temporary bandaid to a darker past as most era’s of peace do, and Hiccup started a catalytic rip-the-bandaid-off situation.
There are probably a thousand other differences, but there’s a start :)