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I'm not comfortable with animals. I prefer tech, that does what I tell it to do. Animals, they're unpredictable and, you know, sometimes really, really mean. [src]
  — Alex to Tom Kullersen  

Alexandra Gonzalez, often referred to as Alex, is one of the main protagonists in the series Dragons: The Nine Realms. She is an extremely talented technology expert and hacker, who joins the Dragon Club in their mission to guard the Hidden World. Her dragon is a Featherhide named Feathers.

Biography

Early Life

Alex was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her mother Hazel also mentions that they used to live in California, so they are used to earthquakes. During her childhood, her abuela (grandmother) would tell her stories of Mesoamerican legends, including stories of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent god of the Toltec and Aztec civilizations. Sometime during her childhood, Alex had a traumatic encounter with a large dog that followed her home from school. At her friends' suggestion, she attempted to pet the dog, which unfortunately bit her. This caused her to turn completely inward, and not trust the outside world at all, developing a severe case of Agoraphobia. She instead embraced technology, and stayed inside, where she felt safer. This also led her to losing her past friendships and abandoning most interest in bonding with others her age.

Discovering Dragons

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Physical Appearance

Alex is a 15 year old girl of Hispanic descent with a slight olive complexion and brown eyes. She has brown hair dyed blonde at the end, kept in braids and held together by red and purple USB charging cables. She wears purple glasses.

She wears a long sleeved light green sweater and light blue overalls with purple Ugg boots. She wears a blue watch on her right wrist.

Personality

At first, Alex was a shy and quiet girl who spent more time on her computer than with others. She likes technology more than humans or animals because it does what she tells it to, and likes to stay inside because she finds it to be safer than outside. This also made her quite antisocial towards others, usually finding the presence of most other people bothersome. This extends to the point where Alex rudely ignores kids of her own age, pretending that they aren't even there no matter how much they try to talk to her. Her quietness allows her to sneak up on people easily, though this often leaves them with a creepy impression of her.

Alex possessed a severe case of agoraphobia, or fear of outside spaces. Her fear of the outside, stems from her traumatic encounter with a dog that followed her home and bit her when she was younger, causing her to see the outside world as an entirely dangerous place devoid of safety.

Alex, however, wasn't incapable of associating with others, as she would confidently speak up if she had something to say or if someone else was doing something that particularly interested her. This was shown, prior to her discovery of the dragons, when she helped Tom sneak past the security sensors on a number of occasions despite it not benefiting her or knowing what he was up too. Her assistance to Tom implies that behind Alex's antisocial behavior, she, in truth, does want to form friendships with others, but her fear of the outside hinders this desire.

Her curiosity of Tom eventually allowed her to leave her comfort zone, and eventually discover the existence of the dragons. Though she was initially horrified by her first encounter with dragons, Alex soon overcame her fears through Tom's encouragement and her bonding with Feathers. Through Tom's guidance, Alex was able to overcome her fears of the dragons and wild animals, allowing her to develop a strong bond with the Featherhide.

After bonding with Feathers, Alex overcame the majority of her fears about being outside, though she still displayed some hesitance due to how new such experiences were for her.

Similar to D'Angelo, it was later revealed that Alex has a fear of heights, which is why she initially refused to ride on Feathers. But as her bond with her dragon and the other Dragon Club members grew, Alex became a much braver and more mature individual.

Like the other riders, she was willing to say goodbye to Feathers, possibly forever, to ensure her protection from the potential collapse of the caves, including the lair, that could be caused by Olivia Kullersen's plan to detonate explosives in the fault line to stop the earthquakes that were actually being caused by the Fault Ripper Dragon. Thus showing that she is willing to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of her dragon. Later on, she even overcame her fear of heights and rode on Feathers to battle the Fault Ripper, all in order to save her friends.

After defeating the Fault Ripper and saving ICARIS station from being destroyed, Alex takes her role as a member of the Dragon Club very seriously, considering it a newfound duty to guard the entrance to the Hidden World and protect the dragons living there.

Abilities, Talents, and Skills

  • Hacking: Alex is an extremely skilled hacker, being able to get into a private database to get maps and review security camera footage. She is also very knowledgeable in how to create powerful computer viruses that can shut down powerful computer systems such as ICARIS’s mainframes. These viruses are so intricate that even professional technical experts such as Linda have difficulties in erasing them. Alex has an online identity, cinnabot538.
  • Handywork: Alex's mothers mention how she's good at fixing things, and wonder if she can fix the microwave when they believe it's starting to malfunction. Alex has also managed to re-wire various ICARIS sensors to be used for the Dragon Club’s attempts to monitor the movement of Dragons in and out of the Fissure.
  • Engineering: Despite her young age, Alex is an exceptionally skilled inventor, having design numerous technological tools for either her personal use or in aiding the Dragon Club on their missions. A number of Alex's inventions are seen in her room, including two earthquake protection systems. Alex has also customized several tracking devices to help monitor the movements of various individuals and dragons. One of her most impressive engineering accomplishments thus far, is that she managed to create a holographic simulator that makes a perfect illusionary image of herself and records her voice as if she is actually present.
  • Dragon riding: After bonding with Feathers, Alex had proved herself to be a reasonably skilled dragon rider, despite her fear of heights at the time. As her time with the Club continued, Alex’s skills as a dragon rider of increased dramatically, especially after the Dragon Club equipped their dragons with saddles.

Relationships

Carla Gonzalez and Hazel Gonzalez

Alex is shown to be close with her mothers Carla and Hazel. This could be seen when she allowed them to share her earthquake shelter when the Fault Ripper’s tremors hit Rakketown. However, though Alex loves her parents, she usually prefers to spend time on her computer and keep to herself rather than join then in any of their activities, especially when they involve going outside. This, along with Alex lack of socializing with other kids, has caused Carla and Hazel to worry deeply for Alex, wishing for her to make more friends. For her part, Alex has shown cases where she truly wishes to spend more time with her mothers, but her fear of the outside often hinders this.

During “Featherhide”, however, when they saw that the Dragon Club members were visiting Alex in their dome, both Hazel and Carla were deeply excited that Alex was befriending other kids and did everything they could to make their daughter and her friends comfortable. Since Alex’s indoctrination into the Dragon Club, Hazel and Carla have been shown to be greatly relieved and proud of her daughter for overcoming her fears of the outside and playing with other kids. Though they don’t see her as much because of this, both don’t seem to mind very much; instead only showing happiness over their daughter’s maturity and socializing.

Wendy

Alex's computer has voice activation and a level of artificial intelligence. The computer responds to the name "Wendy".

Wendy has a soft female voice, and responds to Alex in a familiar, friendly fashion. When Alex says “Lights off Wendy.” Wendy responds with “Good night Alex.” before turning off the lights and shutting down.

Feathers

Alex with her dragon and best friend Feathers.

At first Alex was terrified of Feathers, when she had entered her home through an open window. During this time, Feathers ran amuck in her house out of fear of her new surroundings. This left Alex continuously on edge and being eager to get rid of her. This intitial impression of the dragon changed, however, due to Tom's guidance. Sensing that the Featherhide followed Alex because it saw her as a kindred spirit, Tom taught Alex how to form a bond with it. Initially Alex was very reluctant to do this, as when she was younger, a dog followed her in a similar manner to Feathers, only to bite her. However, through Tom's guidance Alex overcame her fear of Feathers and bonded with her. Immediately upon seeing Feathers in her full-uncloaked form, Alex was awestruck by how beautiful she is and quickly formed a friendship with the dragon. When both females were trying to get back to the dragons' cave, Feathers almost ran to Alex' mothers, who were trying to catch fireflies. When Feathers noticed that Alex was expressing worry for the dragon, the Featherhide immediately ran back to her to comfort Alex and calm her down. The two snuggled on each other and Alex realized that Feathers understands her feelings. When Carla and Hazel were getting closer, Feathers hid Alex with her while camouflaged so they wouldn't be seen. Luckily, it worked. With that, Feathers and Alex's bond became stronger and stronger, and they became new members of the Dragon Club.

Just like the bond the other members of Dragon Club share with their dragons, Alex considers Feathers to be her best friend. When the earthquakes caused by the Fault Ripper were threatening the dragons' cave to begin collapsing, Alex was very worried for Feathers's safety and was greatly relieved to see that she was safe. Despite this, she wasn't too keen on the idea of flying on Feathers, due to possessing a minor fear of heights.

Like the others, Alex had Feathers sent to the Hidden World out of fear for her safety from the continuing quakes, and to ensure her protection from the potential collapse of the caves, including the lair, that could be caused by Olivia Kullersen's plan to detonate explosives in the fault line to stop the earthquakes that were actually being caused by the Fault Ripper Dragon. Thus showing that she is willing to sacrifice her own happiness for Feathers's wellbeing.

After she was reunited with Feathers later on, Alex (mostly) overcame her fear of flying and rode on Feathers's back into battle to save their friends from the Fault Ripper. During this time, they showed themselves to be a skilled and coordinated combo, which resulted in the Fault Ripper's defeat.

Tom Kullersen

Tom helping Alex bond with Feathers

Originally, Tom, like the others, found Alex to be strange and was put off by her quite antisocial attitude. Ironically, it was because of Alex that Tom decided not to reveal Thunder's existence to others, due to her statements about how humans would exploit dragons if they were discovered. Despite his earlier discomfort towards her, Tom would often come to Alex for help in getting past the sensors, showing a degree of trust in her and respect for her technological skills. She eventually became suspicious of him, and tracked him down to find out what he was up to. However, after she discovered the dragons and bonded with her own, the two have become friends. After discovering Tom and the others secrets about the dragons, a Featherhide had entered Alex's home leaving her frightened. While the other riders left, Tom stayed to help her deal with the dragon, recognizing that it decided to follow her specifically for a reason. During this time, Alex confided in Tom about the traumatic incident that caused her to fear the outside, and, in turn, he taught her how to bond with dragons, allowing her to tame the Featherhide that would become her partner, Feathers. Since joining the Dragon Club Alex and Tom have become close friends. When it seemed as if Tom and Thunder had fallen to their deaths during the battle with the Fault Ripper, Alex blamed herself and was on the verge of tears. However, she was greatly relieved when they were revealed to have survived.

In Downpour she suspects that Tom has this weird thing with dragons.

Jun Wong

Alex and Jun became close after she had found out about the dragons. They also work better as a team compared to the boys even though they have different reactions towards spiders.

D'Angelo Baker

At first, Alex didn't pay much attention to D'Angelo, when he to befriend her, she just stayed in silence and didn't take her eyes off her tablet. However Alex and D'Angelo become close after she had found out about the dragons.

Thunder

At first sight, Alex was terrified of Thunder and the other dragons, but after bonding with Feathers, she got in good terms with him.

Wu and Wei

At first sight, Alex was terrified of Wu and Wei and the other dragons, but after bonding with Feathers, she got in good terms with him.

Plowhorn

At first sight, Alex was terrified of Plowhorn and the other dragons, but after bonding with Feathers, she got in good terms with her. During the events of “Magma Breather”, Alex showed confidence in Plowhorn’s judgement when she led her and Jun to the wild Magma Breather dragon and scolded D’Angelo for not taking his dragon’s advice seriously. Later on, during the battle with the wild Razorwhip during the Club’s search for Thunder in the Underworld chasm, Alex showed admiration for Plowhorn’s bravery in facing the hostile dragon admits the fiery tornado it had created, showing how much she has come to respect the Gembreaker.

Secondary Relationships

Appearances


Trivia

  • In "Dragon Club" it's shown that Alex likes listening to rock music, which she shares with Tom.
  • Alex has stated that she was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, arguably making her the first character in the HTTYD franchise to come from a real-world location rather than a fictional one.
  • Given her skills in engineering and invention, it’s possible that Alex may have designed the saddles for the Dragon Club’s dragons.

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