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The Myers-Briggs® Personality Types Of How To Train Your Dragon Characters

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The world of How To Train Your Dragon is a wonderful and magical realm filled with beautiful landscapes, colorful characters, and some of the most dangerous and amazing dragons we’re likely to see. While the citizens of Berk may have made their peace with their fire-breathing neighbors, it wasn’t always that way. What personality attributes drive someone like Hiccup to lead a revolution on Berk by befriending their greatest enemy? What traits led Toothless to befriend and trust a strange little human boy with his life? Let’s dive in and perhaps learn something about what makes a truly remarkable team of revolutionaries.

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Valka (Cate Blanchett) How to Train Your Dragon 2
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10 Valka: The Advocate - INFJ

Valka (Cate Blanchett) How to Train Your Dragon 2

We don’t meet Valka, Hiccup's mother, until the second film, but when we do, we immediately learn where Hiccup gains his loving and eagerness to understand dragon-kind from. Before Hiccup introduced the citizens of Berk to the joys of friendship with their fire-breathing former foes, Valka had spent her life advocating for the dragons. For years she had strived to convince her husband Stoick, and the other citizens of Berk that the dragons were not too be feared, for they were simply hungry animals like any other. Valka is caring and compassionate, always willing to pick up the fight for those experiencing the injustices the come along with a sometimes incredibly cold world.

9 Ruffnut: The Entrepreneur - ESTP

How to Save your Dragon 2 - Ruffnut and Tuffnut

While you may initially have some trouble distinguishing her from her fraternal twin brother Tuffnut, you’d sorely regret ever bringing that issue to her. Ruffnut is energetic, argumentative, and sometimes, when Tuffnut gets a little too annoying, even violent. She takes in the world around her without thinking too much about the symbolism or meaning behind the material factors. While she can let her anger get the best of her, she is typically a logical thinker able to strategize and carve out a new path for herself when she really needs to buckle down. She may not always be the most collected and calm citizens of Berk, she’s always ready for an adventure and makes for a great companion and partner.

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8 Tuffnut: The Entertainer - ESFP

As you may have probably guessed by looking at him, hearing him speak, or more likely argue, Tuffnut is Ruffnut’s fraternal twin brother. Tuffnut is actually a lot like his twin sister, which may be part of the reason they spend so much time arguing with each other. The one key difference being that Tuffnut is the more emotionally driven member of their family. Tuffnut is often driven into action by his anger and his agitation, which causes much conflict with his sister who is a much more logical thinker. Tuffnut may be led by his emotions more often than not, but his heart is always in the right place, which makes him a great co-pilot to his sister on their shared dragon Belch & Barf.

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7 Fishlegs: The Artist - ISFP

How to Save your Dragon 2 - Fishlegs

While he may seem like a bit of a nerd, regularly calling out facts about the dragons he’s studied like he was announcing stats from his favorite RPG, Fishlegs is an artist. He’s sensitive to those around, even the dragons, in a time when dragon knowledge wasn’t exactly a trait that was prized. Fishlegs is much more likely to be found with his head in a book than leading the charge in a battle, but that doesn’t mean he’s unwilling to fight for what he believes in. Like most of the Hiccup's peers, Fishlegs is willing to strike out on his own, escaping a tradition of hate in order to build something new and much better for the people of his village. Even if it may have taken a little coaxing.

6 Snotlout: The Dynamo - ESTP

How to Save your Dragon 2 - Snotlout

Snotlout, much like his fellow ESTP Ruffnut, is a human being mostly preoccupied with matters of the material world. Snotlout has a hard time when it comes to following Hiccup, mostly because of how he views Hiccup. It takes Snotlout some time to come to the understanding that sometimes knowledge is a much more powerful tool than brute force and strength. Snotlout is a product of his generation, growing up in a time when brawn and fighting ability were the most valued skills one could have. It’s only when Hiccup and Toothless’ revolution kicks off in Berk that Snotlout truly start to come into his own. He’s resourceful and adaptive and had this been a tradition Viking story it’s quite likely that we’d have been following him around rather than Hiccup.

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5 Gobber The Belch: The Performer - ESFP

Gobber is Stoick’s right-hand man - even if he no longer has his own right hand. The guy who can always be counted on for council, wise words, and some truly inventive problem-solving. For a long time, before it was Hiccup’s turn to take over for his father, Gobber was the man behind the scenes who was really making sure that things were running according to plan. While Stoick was off fighting, governing, or fighting off all the dragons, Gobber was inventing new ways to help the citizens of Berk, crafting new weapons and mechanisms built to make life easier for the folks of Berk.

4 Stoick The Vast: The Executive - ESTJ

Stoick is a man of tradition. He is extroverted and capable, bringing the entire village of Berk under his wing and fighting with all he has to protect its citizens. And while some folks may admire Stoick for his ability to protect his people and his willingness to fight off the dragons for the better part of his career as village chief; Stoick just doesn’t see it that way. To Stoick, protecting the village and its citizens is simply a thing that must be done. He’s not trying to gain glory or fame or even more power. He’s simply aware that it is a job that needs to be done and he’s the most capable of completing the job. Even if that means giving his life for his people, his son, and his wife.

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3 Toothless: The Adventurer - ISFP

I mean, what can be said about this adorable, powerful night fury that hasn’t already been said? Toothless, much like his best friend Hiccup, is a revolutionary for his species. While most dragons were spending their time simply trying to survive, Toothless finds himself making friends with the most unlikely of people in the odd young human boy named Hiccup. Toothless is very sensible but as his relationship with Hiccup displays over and over again, he certainly has a preference towards letting his heart guide his decisions. Toothless is the trailblazer that really set out on creating a new path for Dragon-kind to take. All because his heart led him to take a chance on a scrawny little Viking boy.

2 Astrid: The Virtuoso - ISTP

When we first meet her, and even much later throughout the series, Astrid is by far the most capable of her peers. She’s intelligent enough that she can naturally pick up just about anything she needs to. And even if it takes her a while to get used to the idea of riding around on the backs of dragons, when she does, she’s absolutely brilliant at it. It’d be quite easy to envision a parallel reality where Astrid, rather than Hiccup, is the pride of Berk. She’s talented, capable, resourceful, and willing to take on new challenges as they arise. There’s definitely a lot Hiccup can, and often does, learn from her.

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1 Hiccup: The Mediator - INFP

Hiccup and Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon 3

When we first meet Hiccup, he seems like a young man completely out of place in this world of Vikings and dragons. He’s a sensitive young man who empathizes with the “beasts” his father has spent so much time demonizing. Hiccup is willing to see beyond that though. He doesn’t follow the preset narrative, and instead fiercely opposed the narrative laid out by his father. Not only is Hiccup willing to go against the narrative, but he’s willing to put his life on the line to protect the beautiful and marvelous creatures he’s taken the time to learn about and truly understand. He may have gained some of those attributes from his estranged mother, but Hiccup is likely the only person in Berk that could’ve successfully changed the narrative the way he did. Flipping the entirety of Berk’s culture upside down in just a matter of months.

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How to Train Your Dragon is in UK cinemas now and will release in the US on February 22.

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