|“||I'm not like you, Astrid. You know exactly who you are. You always have. [src]||”|
Astrid Hofferson is a female Viking warrior of Clan Hofferson of the Hooligan Tribe. She is 15 years old in How to Train Your Dragon, Riders and Defenders of Berk, 18 in Dawn of the Dragon Racers, 18 and 19 in Dragons: Race to the Edge, 20 in How To Train Your Dragon 2, 21 in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and 30 in the epilogue and Homecoming.
In the final act of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, she marries Hiccup and officially becomes Chieftess of the Hooligan Tribe. They eventually have a daughter named Zephyr and then a son named Nuffink.
|“||Astrid, 20, is the self-assured, competitive champion of the Dragon Races and Hiccup's longtime girlfriend. Beautiful despite herself, she's tough and rational, providing Hiccup with a blunt voice of reason while remaining his most outspoken supporter.
A strong sense of duty defines Astrid to the core. She will always do what must be done without regard for herself. So when trouble threatens the people and dragons she loves, Astrid stops at nothing to defend them, even though it means going rogue and defying Stoick's orders.
In the first film Astrid is quite petite for a Viking, with mid-back length blonde hair that is styled in a braid down her back with fringes that initially cover the left side of her face. She has a metal-studded kransen encircling her head and light-blue eyes. She wears a sleeveless nalbinded shirt in varying shades of steel-blue, tan cloth bracers on her arms with a bit of cloth laced between her first and second fingers, bicep wrappings, a brownish red leather Gladiator skirt with metal spikes, a dark brown skirt underneath the spiked one, and dark blue leggings. She wears a belt decorated with silver skulls with a pouch tied to it. She also wears metal shoulder guards which are attached to two silver skulls. She’s often seen with a double-edged battle axe, which previously belonged to her mother.
In Dawn of the Dragon Racers and Dragons: Race to the Edge, Astrid's hair is still kept in a braid but her fringes have been cut shorter and are side-swept so that they no longer cover half her face. She now wears a side braid behind her ear and she has also stopped wearing kohl around her eyes. Astrid wears a similar blue shirt, but her Gladiator skirt has fewer spikes on it, and the brown skirt underneath is replaced with a red skirt. She still wears the same shoulder guards and skull clips (this time, with brown leather holster straps holding them in place across her upper chest) and arm wrappings. She also now has brown leather knee pads over her leggings.
In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Astrid's appearance is more elegant and feminine where her hair is more sun-bleached and neatly styled in a lengthy side-braid draped over her left shoulder. Also, her face is fuller. Astrid now wears a red sleeveless shirt with a dark spiked fur skirt that matches her boots. She also wears a fur hoodie, usually cloaked over her back and shoulders along with metal shoulder pads and a matching silver belt decorated with small skulls. Her usual arm-wrappings are, however, replaced with large, thick bracers covered in fur. Astrid still carries an axe but it's considerably different in design than her previous one.
In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Astrid now has waist-length hair that she leaves down with a single long braid in the back with long fringes swept to the left and it is also lighter in comparison to her hair in the second movie. She wears a dragon scale flightsuit during battle missions. Her casual Viking wear in her downtime are a blue shirt with a short red vest over it, a Deadly Nadder head pin holding them together and a bigger pouch on her belt. During her wedding, she is seen in a white and gold wedding dress with her hair fully down for the first time. Her Krause has been replaced with a flower crown, and a floor length white fur cloak drapes from her back. In the last scene of the movie, which takes place nine years later, Astrid is shown wearing two long braids, a green short-sleeved shirt, and her signature spiked fur skirt with knee high fur boots, and a white fur cape signifying her status as the chief’s wife.
|“||You know exactly who you are. You always have. [src]||”|
Astrid is an extremely smart, striking, dutiful and immensely individual devoted to her cause who used to be patriotic of the "Viking ways" until dragons became an integral part of Berk. Competitive by nature and highly dedicated, Astrid works hard to achieve her goals. In How to Train Your Dragon, she pushed herself to become a better fighter. After bonding closely with Stormfly, Astrid's focus shifted to becoming a masterful Dragon Rider. In the sequel, she is the champion of the dragon races and her determined and strong personality makes her hard to impress.
|“||Of course she's not gonna hide. What was I thinking? She's Astrid. [src]||”|
Though Astrid exudes confidence and might, her interaction in "How to Pick Your Dragon" suggests - at least when she was young - that she may privately feel inadequate and under-estimated because of her gender. While describing Stormfly and the Deadly Nadder species, she trips up and inadvertently applies herself into the discussion.
|“||Since she's beautiful, people think she's not tough. But you should never underestimate me. Uh, her--uh, us. [src]||”|
Astrid is emotionally driven, and as a warrior, sworn to protect those she holds dear. In "Team Astrid", she blamed herself for her family's near-death in Dagur the Deranged's attack on Berk despite being fully aware she couldn't have done anything to prevent it. Her guilt and responsibility toward her family probed her to take immediate action. In "Fright of Passage", Astrid's innate pride and sense of duty drove her to face the Flightmare on her own, without any regard to herself. Even as an adult, Astrid is willing to go rogue and defy direct orders to ensure the safety of her loved ones.
Though lessened with maturity, she can be short-tempered and somewhat of a perfectionist at times, which is especially true before the integration of dragons. Further exacerbated by her emotional personality, this can lead her to act impulsively and irrationally. In the first movie, Astrid was solely focused on training and the war, often isolating herself and ignoring the other teens. When Hiccup began surpassing her, she grew visibly upset over his sudden improvements. Fueled by jealousy and suspicion, she started to follow him discreetly, eventually leading her to interrogate him in the Cove.
Astrid grew more even and level-headed upon entering adulthood, though she is still shown to be quite fiery under intense circumstances. In Race to the Edge, she exhibited vulnerability, gentleness and was much less prone to violence, preferring capture-missions over kill-missions. She had also become more openly talkative and closer to her fellow riders. Astrid could be prideful and dismissive of people who she thought of as lesser than her, as pointed out by Ruffnut, but she was also able to own up to her mistakes, yet again demonstrating a never-ending will to improve herself. ("Edge of Disaster, Part 1") In the following episode, "Shock and Awe", Astrid pulled a prank on the Twins as payback for Loki Day, showing significant growth in her playful side.
She has also proven to be greatly reliable and is Hiccup's most loyal supporter. Her methods of encouragement vary but she rarely outright gives him the answer to his problems. Instead, she boosts up his confidence and stands by him as he walks through the solution at his own pace. Her supportive nature also extends well beyond Hiccup. She has often shown compassion to the rest of her peers and has especially let Heather confide in her on numerous occasions. Although her loyalties are steadfast, in "Snow Way Out", Astrid had to hold back information from Hiccup at Heather's request. She struggled deeply with guilt over it as she had never lied to him before.
In "The Longest Day", due to her overtiredness, Astrid suffered from uncontrollable euphoria. She became overly chipper and peppy, almost to the point of insanity, which is the opposite of the way she usually behaves.
By the time of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Astrid has adopted an optimistic and relaxed outlook on life. Although slightly cheeky and overconfident at times, she is more emotionally secure because of her steady relationship with Hiccup. Her sense of adventure and exploration is also apparent, but her ongoing competitiveness and rigid approach to grave situations remain. As an adult, she is generally more spirited and playful and loves to goof around with Hiccup, Stormfly and Toothless.
During the events of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Astrid is Hiccup's sole confidant and emotional support. It is even made clear by Valka that she is the only one that can get through to Hiccup. Her relationship with him is even more secure to the point that they are both willing to marry.
|“||Astrid is one of the smartest and toughest Vikings in Berk. This feisty and fearless young woman is not only a fierce warrior, but an excellent dragon rider as well. She is known for her ambition and is often looking for ways to prove herself.||”|
|— School of Dragons Website|
Abilities, Skills, and Talents
|“||You're... Well, you're Astrid. You're strong and invincible. [src]||”|
As a promising warrior and second-in-command, Astrid carries an array of skills and talents.
Strength and Fighting: Astrid has been training since she was a child. She's an exceptionally skilled warrior which has been proven on multiple occasions throughout both the film and the series. She has held her own against older and more experienced fighters. In "Night of the Hunters, Part 2", she was also able to fight Dragon Hunters with nothing but a broom. She's presumably the most accomplished fighter among the teens, if not along with Hiccup. Her main weapon of choice is a double-sided axe and she is quite formidable with it. She can also alternate between knives, swords, and temporary makeshift weapons. Despite her slender form and small size, she has also shown to have great strength to lift heavy objects and is able to hold her own against a wild dragon. ("Heather Report, Part 2") She can even grab Snotlout Jorgenson by the arm and throw him into a wall. ("Team Astrid")
Dragon Riding and Training: Next to Hiccup, she's the most accomplished Rider among the teens. She works very well with Stormfly and they're usually able to synchronize their moves accurately. In "Heather Report, Part 2", while on Outcast Island, Astrid was able to tame a wild Monstrous Nightmare and the dragon later ended up coming to her rescue, which showed that Astrid had gained its loyalty. She rode off on the tamed Nightmare and has also ridden on Hookfang. ("A Tale of Two Dragons") When she had learned the dragon call of the Deadly Nadder, Astrid was able to train a flock of Nadders to fly in a perfect formation. In "A Tale of Two Dragons", when she temporarily became Hookfang's rider, she figured out the hidden ability of 'Wing Blast'. After being blinded in "Blindsided", Astrid emphasized her other senses and was able to train Sleuther, a formerly untamable Triple Stryke.
Speed and Acrobatics: These are undoubtedly her top physical skills. She's able to perform a variety of acrobatic feats like handsprings, cartwheels and flips even while riding Stormfly. ("Thawfest") In "The Night and the Fury", she was also able to swiftly dodge the attacks of a wild Deadly Nadder, and likewise with the Flightmare in "Fright of Passage".
Reflexes: Astrid is able to react very quickly to incoming danger. In "Defenders of the Wing, Part 1", she dodged an arrow by kicking it away with her foot and was able to grab the darts fired at her and Hiccup with her bare hands. She is also seen to be able to divert and slice arrows away from her by swinging her axe.
Intelligence and Tactical Knowledge: Even though Hiccup stands for most of the strategies and solutions to their problems with Fishlegs Ingerman providing most of the knowledge, Astrid has proven to be quite valuable and capable in this department as well. She was the only one who wasn't fooled by Heather's act and was the one to come up with the idea of getting the Book of Dragons back from Outcast Island. She has also always given plenty of useful advice to Hiccup throughout the years and he always takes them to heart. When Hiccup was captured by the Dragon Hunters in "Stryke Out", Astrid tricked one of the Hunters into sending an airmail so she and the other Riders could shadow the Terrible Terror and thus figure out Hiccup's whereabouts. Astrid's plans and ideas are often driven by her tactical knowledge of defense and warfare and are usually of the practical and strategic sense.
Crafting: Astrid built and designed her own hut as well as a ballista on top of her hut, displaying a few weapon making skills as well. According to Snotlout, her ballista is impossible to get past and has been shown capable of taking down whole ships. ("The Wings of War, Part 2") In "Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 1", Astrid spoke of wanting to build herself an axe similar to Heather's, which suggests she probably has had a bit experience working in the forge.
Leadership: Astrid is Hiccup's second-in-command and his first and natural choice for acting-chief. She often falls into a leading role in his absence and has displayed a great eagerness to take on control and keep the other riders in check. In the aftermath of the events of The Serpent's Heir, Astrid is promoted to General of Berk. She and Hiccup will lead Berk as a pair by working together as Chief and General.
Dragon Calling: In "We Are Family, Part 1", Astrid learns to call Stormfly and other Deadly Nadders by using a wolf-like howl.
Acting: Astrid dresses up as Heather, even wearing a horn identical to Heather, and complete with black hair dye in a once seen style, to sneak into Outcast Island. She manages to fool everyone there until Alvin the Treacherous figures out she is only wearing a disguise after realizing her hair had been painted black with ink. She also manages to somewhat imitate Hiccup's voice for her own amusement. ("The Wings of War, Part 2", How to Train Your Dragon 2)
Teaching: Astrid is shown to be a strict teacher in the episode "Team Astrid" when she attempts to train a new set of Dragon Riders to be a part of her auxiliary team. She puts them under high pressure and holds them to unrealistically high expectations even if they have some prior experience. Astrid also trains Dagur in "Family on the Edge". She is less harsh this time around and compliments him on his skills as well as on the way he had bonded with his dragon. Astrid advises him to use loops to keep the sun behind him for distraction and Dagur later ends up using this tactic against Heather.
Drawing: In "Imperfect Harmony", Astrid sketches her own version of the outpost. Her initial style is shown to be very simplistic. By the time of "Edge of Disaster, Part 1", Astrid's artistic skills have improved.
Instead of flat or two-dimensional, the sketch of her planned attack against the hunters is shown to have more depth and touches of realism. Astrid is also seen doodling on Hiccup's map of the world in How to Train Your Dragon 2. According to the director Dean DeBlois, Astrid has contributed just as much to that map as Hiccup has. In "No Dragon Left Behind", Ruffnut notes that Astrid has great artistic skills after seeing her drawing of Stormfly and Garffiljorg.
Juggling and Dancing: In "The Longest Day", Astrid is shown ballet dancing and juggling three large maces while balancing on one foot. Both of these skills require time and practice.
Enhanced Senses and Hearing: When she was blinded, her other senses like hearing became more sensitive to compensate. This made her the only rider able to hear the Triple Stryke's clicks and foresee an impending attack. It is unknown if she retains this ability after her sight returns.
Hiccup is Astrid's boyfriend and confidante. They end up marrying and ruling Berk together.
|“||I love you, Astrid Hofferson. With everything I have. And I always will. [src]||”|
|— Hiccup telling Astrid that he will always love her|
- Main article: Astrid and Hiccup's Relationship
|“||He's not gonna eat your father. Look! It’s okay, they’re friends! [src]||”|
|— Astrid to her kids, Zephyr and Nuffink|
Zephyr is Astrid's firstborn daughter and has inherited her mother's blue eyes and heart-shaped face. They appear to share a great relationship, as Zephyr is seen playfully mimicking Astrid when she pulls on the ropes of the sail and hides behind her when she is feeling unsafe. They also take the first flight together after the reunion with dragons. Nuffink is Astrid's younger son, and seems to be used to being carried in her arms. He hides under her cloak upon first seeing Toothless and rides with her into the sunset on Stormfly. Astrid appears to be very loving and gentle towards both of her children. However she also seems to be fairly strict, as seen in the Snoggletog Log when they are playing using baby Gronckles to launch fireballs at each other and she tells them to take it outside. Both her children also seem to hate her Yaknog, as seen when they both hide from her in fear when she comes to serve some.
Stormfly is Astrid's dragon. Their matching fierceness makes them ideal partners in battle.
|“||Whoo-hoo! Haha! We're going vertical, Stormfly! [src]||”|
- Main article: Astrid and Stormfly's Relationship
Astrid's parents were first mentioned on Race to the Edge, Season 1 and were briefly seen during her wedding in the final movie. Astrid appears to care deeply for her parents and often worries over their safety. In "Team Astrid", she took it upon herself to find a way to protect them from incoming danger.
|“||All right, I admit it. This is pretty cool. It's... amazing. He's amazing. [src]||”|
|— Astrid, during the romantic flight|
In How to Train Your Dragon, Astrid and Toothless are both hostile to each other during their first meeting, which ends with Astrid fleeing the scene. In an attempt to change Astrid's mind about dragons, Toothless reluctantly agrees to help Hiccup kidnap her. With their first encounter still afresh in mind, Toothless decides to take her for a spin as soon as she seats herself on top of him. It's only after she voices her apology to Hiccup that Toothless slows down and ascends into the skies, offering her a new perspective on the world. Overridden by joyous realization and taken aback by the beauty of it all, Astrid smiles for the first time in the movie. She then proceeds to tell Toothless he is amazing, making him smile back at her.
Toothless and Astrid bond over their mutual affection for Hiccup and greatly appreciate each other's presence in his life. In Gift of the Night Fury, during Snoggletog, Astrid is ecstatic to see Toothless return and reunite with Hiccup. Five years later, in How to Train Your Dragon 2, Toothless gives Astrid a big tongue-lolling smile when she arrives on Itchy Armpit. As he runs up to her, she gives him a loving scratch under his chin, showing they have developed a close and comfortable relationship. Astrid also makes a mention of riding Toothless for Hiccup once Hiccup becomes too busy with his chiefly duties, implying she has flown Toothless before.
In "Out of the Frying Pan", Toothless attempted to save Astrid when she was trapped inside the volcano.
Heather becomes Astrid's closest girlfriend. She is Astrid's biggest supporter next to Hiccup.
|“||The flowers are for Astrid as a thank-you for letting me borrow her axe. [src]||”|
|— Heather, after Snotlout Jorgenson inquired about the bouquet in her hands|
- Main article: Astrid and Heather's Relationship
Stoick is Astrid's chief and inspiration. Upon her marrying Hiccup, he would become her father-in-law.
|“||We're warriors, you and I. [src]||”|
- Main article: Astrid and Stoick's Relationship
In "Fright of Passage", when Astrid was a small child, she wanted to get revenge on the Flightmare for turning her "fearless" uncle into a frozen one. However, she was stopped by Gobber because she would need "more than that wee axe". Gobber is shown to be somewhat friendly with Astrid, regardless of the situation.
Valka serves as a mentor to Astrid and upon her marriage to Hiccup, becomes a grateful mother-in-law.
|“||I can see why Hiccup is so fond of Berk and its dragons... and you, Astrid! [src]||”|
- Main article: Astrid and Valka's Relationship
|“||I was just thinking about Astrid. I remember when Hookfang was with the Fireworm Queen, and I was so scared and mad. I mean, I was lost. Completely lost. [src]||”|
|— Snotlout talking about Astrid|
Astrid seems to be appalled by Snotlout and his advances for the majority of the time. While Snotlout, on the other hand, has had a crush on her for years and is constantly trying to win her over, it isn't until they are adults they start to get along as friends.
In "When Lightning Strikes", when Snotlout suggested that they build a big statue of himself as Thor and kissed his own biceps Astrid was shown to be disgusted. Likewise in "Appetite for Destruction", she appeared to find the thought of kissing Snotlout repulsive. After she lost a bet against Hiccup about the airmail system in which case she had to kiss Snotlout on the lips, she went back on her word and instead threatened Hiccup when he teased her about it. In "Total Nightmare", when Snotlout said that Hookfang must have picked up a few pointers from his master in regard to being a ladies' man, Astrid replies that she doubted it because the female Monstrous Nightmare wasn't dry heaving.
Every time Snotlout has tried to get close to Astrid, she has responded with violence and disdain. She often beats him up for little to no reason whatsoever. In "Free Scauldy", she threw a rock at him and flipped him over for flirting with her. Once realizing her previous methods and aggressive responses weren't doing anything to deter Snotlout, Astrid eventually turned the tables on him by pretending that he had finally won her over. She then began flirting back in a saccharine manner, which quickly scared Snotlout into submission, much to Astrid's enjoyment.
In "Race to Fireworm Island", Astrid showed a gentler side in the face of Snotlout's obvious worry about Hookfang, telling him that there was nothing wrong with caring and almost crying when Hookfang was supposedly mortally wounded by the Fireworm Queen. In "Total Nightmare", Astrid did show concern for Snotlout when he decided to go up against a Titan Monstrous Nightmare.
By "Tone Death", it is revealed that Snotlout has given up his pursuit of Astrid.
|“||Look at that, Fishlegs. You did it. You won. [src]||”|
|— Astrid to Fishlegs|
Astrid gets along really well with Fishlegs and is able to cooperate with him whenever they are teamed up. There has never been shown any arguments between them except during the Terrible Terror training competition during the episode "Worst in Show". Just like Hiccup, Astrid respects Fishlegs and stands up for him whenever Snotlout makes a jab at him. While Astrid may care for him as a friend, she has also made it clear he is definitely not her type. She seemed very surprised by Heather's attraction to him and in "Big Man on Berk", she was repulsed when he made advances on her as Thor Bonecrusher.
In "Edge of Disaster, Part 2", Ruffnut states that Astrid has no respect for Fishlegs. However, Astrid has not been shown to disrespect Fishlegs in any episode of Race to the Edge so far. It may be possible what Ruffnut said isn't true.
Astrid comforted Fishlegs after Heather left the Edge with Dagur in "Gold Rush". Towards the end of the episode "Shock and Awe", she expresses how proud she is of him by praising him after he goes to the extremes to save the Seashocker. Additionally, in "Loyal Order of Ingerman", Astrid helped Fishlegs convince himself that just because his ancestor was a hunter doesn't mean that it runs in his bloodline, too.
|“||Try to follow along with that pretty little head of yours. [src]||”|
|— Tuffnut telling Astrid about the new language he and Ruff invented|
Astrid had almost no interaction with either Tuffnut or Ruffnut in the first movie but becomes good friends with them as they grow older. She seems to be closer to Tuffnut than Ruffnut though as she is seen getting along with him much easier.
In "Night of the Hunters, Part 2", Astrid and Tuffnut fought side by side. Likewise in the "Edge of the Disaster, Part 2", when they were forced to cooperate while Dragon's Edge was under siege. Tuffnut and Astrid quickly agreed they needed to secure the edge and save his Ruffnut after she was taken captive. While Astrid wanted to go by the book to defend their turf, Tuffnut had more Loki'sh intentions in mind. After failing to agree on one plan, they ended up settling for each of them making their own preparation and meeting up again later to decide on which idea to use. Astrid ended up convincing Tuffnut to put her plan into action first, and they managed to sink two incoming ships. Once Astrid's plan ran its course she reluctantly agreed to try out some of Tuffnut's insane ideas. They were able to withhold the hunters long enough for Hiccup to arrive back at Dragon's Edge with a group of wild dragons ready to strike.
In "Shock and Awe", he and Ruffnut pulled an ill-timed prank on Astrid midair. Tuffnut explained that Astrid's the "crown jewel" and a shot at Loki'ing her is always worth it. Astrid promised him payback. At the end of the episode, she attached the Twins' hut to a rope connected to Stormfly and deserted it on an islet in the middle of the ocean. Tuff and Ruff concluded she was an evil genius.
By the time of the later seasons, Astrid and Tuffnut are willing to meet each other halfway. Tuffnut has even started giving Astrid nicknames such as A, Hoff and M'lady, demonstrating that he is on friendly terms with her.
|“||It's, uh, dust in the air. Always gets me this time of year. Astrid doesn't cry! The wind kicks up, and then all sorts of stuff blows through. It's the dust. I'm telling you it's the dust! [src]||”|
Astrid's relationship with Ruffnut starts off a little less solid. In the first movie, they are often paired up together during training sessions and Ruffnut even comments that Astrid can do better than Hiccup. It is however later revealed that Ruffnut and Astrid aren't particularly close and often clash due to their personality differences. They eventually end up becoming better friends, although Astrid is much closer to Heather.
In "Edge of Disaster, Part 1" and "Edge of Disaster, Part 2", Astrid was forced to work with Ruffnut and Tuffnut to create more defenses for Dragon's Edge. Astrid was not pleased by this and was further irritated by the Twins' incompetence. Eventually, it got to a stage where Astrid lost her patience and began to berate them. Ruffnut, who was fed up with Astrid's constant criticism, began to scold Astrid for her mighty attitude and ended up mortifying her. Astrid eventually apologized for her behavior and they made up.
In "Shell Shocked, Part 2", Ruffnut hugged Astrid and appeared to be very happy about Hiccup and Astrid's relationship. The two, from then on, seem to be on friendly terms with one another.
In "No Dragon Left Behind", Ruffnut tries to help comfort Astrid, who was crying, when her dragon is supposedly dying.
In the third movie, Astrid and Ruffnut appear to have the same relationship as usual, although from some of Ruffnut's comments, it would appear that Ruffnut is a little jealous of Astrid's constant appraisal: when Ruffnut struggles to open a cage door, Astrid pulls it neatly and says with a slightly teasing smile: "It slides." Ruffnut then makes a face behind her back, although this action seems partially joking, erring more to the side of teasing than before. It would seem that the two have a more solid friendship now, having been the only female riders of Berk together for many years. Even so, Ruffnut's jokey jealousy still sometimes comes to light, as when Ruffnut is annoying Grimmel, and remarks on the subject of her love interests out of the boys of the group that "Hiccup is already practically married to that Roundhead, Astrid," and rolls her eyes at that point, suggesting that there is still some- albeit light and more teasingly friendly- jealousy, between the pair. In Snuffnut, Astrid is mostly overprotective about Ruffnut.
|— Astrid and Eret, after Stormfly grabs Eret|
Astrid's relationship with Eret is rocky at first, with Eret trapping Stormfly. Then when Hiccup faked surrendering to Eret, Astrid was concerned. However, Astrid got much more time to get to know Eret than Hiccup did, as she managed to capture him quite early on in the film. When Eret double-crosses them and gives them away to Drago, Astrid is visibly and understandably upset and feels betrayed. However, he does eventually save Stormfly, help to bring down Drago, and joins the Dragon Riders' ranks.
|“||That dragon has a lot of fight in him. [src]||”|
|— Astrid, about Garffiljorg|
Astrid picked up on a motherly side for Garff. She first stayed with him on Melody Island in "Living on the Edge" after he was attacked by dragon hunters. By the time of "No Dragon Left Behind", she and Stormfly had grown quite close to him and were reluctant to say goodbye. In "Family Matters", Astrid was very concerned when the Gang had found Death Song Amber underneath a Singetail's wing. After checking if Garff was safe, Astrid brings Garff back to the Edge, against Hiccup’s wishes. Once pinpointing where the Dragon Flyers may be holding other Death Songs, Astrid brings Garff along again, much to Hiccup's chagrin.
|“||Don't close your eyes, Astrid. We must stay awake. For Hiccup Haddock and Queen Mala. [src]||”|
|— Throk, trying to keep Astrid conscious while they wait for help|
In "Out of the Frying Pan", due to worrying about their allies, Astrid and Throk hatch a plan to go after them with the use of the Diving Bell. With the help of Barf and Belch, they slowly fly down to the entrance; unfortunately, lava shoots out, causing the two-headed dragon to drop the contraption with the two in it on the lava. While they were stranded together inside the volcano on Caldera Cay, Throk did his best to keep Astrid conscious while they waited for timely succor. When help arrived, Throk assisted her into Hiccup's awaiting arms.
After becoming temporary blind, Astrid relies on her other senses and manages to tame Sleuther, becoming the first person to train a Triple Stryke.
She first meets Hookfang at the Kill Ring where she tried to protect Hiccup by throwing a hammer at his face. Like the other Riders, Astrid would have thought that Hookfang was a wild and aggressive dragon. Later though, she is shown to bond with him when she switches dragons with Snotlout ("A Tale of Two Dragons"). In "Race to Fireworm Island", Astrid was also very concerned when Hookfang was dying but was relieved when the Fireworm Queen restored his flames. Though Hookfang did try to show some affection to Astrid, she wasn't too happy about it. In "A Tale of Two Dragons", she was, however, impressed with how powerful Hookfang was and also finding the hidden ability of his with Wing-Blast. Astrid also becomes concerned and angry when Drago Bludvist placed his foot on Hookfang's snout.
|“||Great. So I'm a babysitter. [src]||”|
|— Astrid when she was tasked by Hiccup to watch over Gustav|
In "The Flight Stuff", Astrid, like the other riders, saw Gustav as a tiny Snotlout when he became dragon rider in training. By the time Gustav was 16, Astrid was as annoyed with his attraction to her just like Snotlout when he fantasized about her and him in "Gone Gustav Gone".
|“||He's only the son of Stoick the Vast, his heir to the throne of Berk, and the greatest dragon master this world has ever seen! And unless you let us go, right now, he will blast through here on his Night Fury and blow your entire fleet of ships to splinters. [src]||”|
|— Astrid bragging to Drago|
Astrid along with the rest of gang end up getting captured by Drago's men after being led into his base site by Eret, son of Eret. Astrid developed an immediate hatred of Drago after seeing how cruelly he forced Hookfang to submit to him.
Astrid doesn't seem the least bit intimidated by Drago when she first sees him, and even attempts talking him into releasing them. Her plan ends up backfiring on her, but she and the rest of the gang are still able to escape thanks to Eret changing sides.
|“||Like I said, the book can only get you so far, Alvin. [src]||”|
|— Astrid trying to trick Alvin into giving her the Book of Dragons|
Alvin often targets Astrid to get to Hiccup.
In "Heather Report, Part 2", Astrid was able to fool Alvin into thinking she was Heather by disguising herself as her. Alvin noted Astrid seemed feistier than the original Heather was but stayed convinced by the act until Astrid tried to take off with the Book of Dragons on the Monstrous Nightmare she had just befriended.
|“||I really am trying to change, Astrid. [src]||”|
Astrid starts off hating Dagur and often finds herself engaging in physical combat with him. Dagur attempts to kill her on multiple occasions, and Astrid doesn't hold back on her punches either. During the first few seasons, Dagur refers to Astrid as "the girl" but eventually begins calling her by name.
In the third season of Race to the Edge, in "Family on the Edge", Dagur reappears as a changed man. Astrid initially doubts him and his true intentions, considering him an undercover spy working for Viggo Grimborn. Dagur encourages Astrid to check him out for herself and ends up impressing her as she trains him. Astrid warms up to Dagur but is still cautious and warns him to not betray them. Once Heather finds out about his presence on the Edge, Astrid tries convincing her that Dagur has changed, stating she initially thought he was a spy too.
It is hinted Astrid was saddened by his presumed death. However, since Dagur never did die, the two seem to be on good terms now.
|“||To be in love with a girl who is your partner in battle, not sure how I would balance such a precarious situation. [src]||”|
|— Viggo taunting Hiccup about his relationship with Astrid|
Viggo set up the trap that led to Astrid falling fatally ill in "Buffalord Soldier". He also seems to be aware of Hiccup's feelings for Astrid and ends up using them against Hiccup in "Shell Shocked, Part 2". He somehow manages to capture Astrid and uses her to retrieve the "Dragon Eye" back from Hiccup. She was surprised to see Viggo alive in "The Wings of War, Part 2".
|“||Astrid was right. You look like a psycho. [src]||”|
|— Hiccup on Glacier Island|
During a morning flight with Stormfly, Astrid came across a group of dragon hunters and their leader Ryker Grimborn. She quickly knows that he is a cruel person and decides to learn more about the new enemy. Despite Astrid's efforts to stay hidden from Ryker's sight, he was able to detect Stormfly by smell. Astrid attempted an escape but it was to no prevail. Stormfly quickly lost her balance after being hit by Ryker's arrow, throwing her rider off her saddle and into the ocean. Ryker and his men then dragged Stormfly with them onto their ship and took off. Astrid could only watch in horror as she was left behind floating in the sea. When she is rescued by Hiccup and brought to the Edge, she expresses her rage and anger towards him.
|“||We're kindred spirits, you and I. [src]||”|
|— Hroar, to Astrid|
Hroar is a character from the DreamWorks Dragons Comics (Titan Comics). He first appears in the 4th volume of the series called "The Stowaway".
The newcomer initially introduces himself as a stowaway from Knaff, and during his stay on Berk, he spends a good deal of his time with Astrid, even referring to her as his kindred spirit. Astrid's romantic interest in Hroar quickly dissipates once she discovers he has ulterior motives and is working for the Outcast Tribe.
She ends up dropping him into a fish barrel as payback.
Astrid was suspicious of Dammen's friendliness and curiosity about Stormfly. She was the only one who really suspected him despite Hiccup telling her Dammen was just being friendly. She expresses hatred towards Dammen after he captures Stormfly and she is restless until she finds him.
In the episode, "When Lightning Strikes", Astrid says she had an aunt who was cursed by Odin. She had to pay tribute to him by sailing to the end of the Earth, but kept showing up in the opposite direction because "she couldn't find it". Astrid's grandfather was mentioned in "Breakneck Bog". He told her the reasons behind the mysterious disappearances were pirates. Astrid also has an uncle named Finn, known as Fearless Finn Hofferson. In "Fright of Passage", he was frozen by the Flightmare, bringing shame to the Hofferson family. He possibly passed away sometime between facing the dragon and its return ten years later. Astrid had a lot of respect for her uncle and trained very hard to avenge him in order to restore her family's honor. In the Race to the Edge episode, "Team Astrid", she blames herself for the attack on Berk stating that she wanted to protect her family at all times. She was willing to stay behind on Berk for them meaning she loves and cares for them greatly.
|Films and Shorts|
|"How to Train Your Dragon":||Appears||"How to Train Your Dragon 2":||Appears|
|"Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon":||Appears||"Dawn of the Dragon Racers":||Appears|
|"Book of Dragons (Short)":||Appears||"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World":||Appears|
|"Gift of the Night Fury":||Appears||"How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming":||Appears|
|Riders of Berk|
|1. "How to Start a Dragon Academy":||Appears||11. "Heather Report, Part 2":||Appears|
|2. "Viking for Hire":||Appears||12. "Thawfest":||Appears|
|3. "Animal House":||Appears||13. "When Lightning Strikes":||Appears|
|4. "The Terrible Twos":||Appears||14. "What Flies Beneath":||Appears|
|5. "In Dragons We Trust":||Appears||15. "Twinsanity":||Appears|
|6. "Alvin and the Outcasts":||Appears||16. "Defiant One":||Appears|
|7. "How to Pick Your Dragon":||Appears||17. "Breakneck Bog":||Appears|
|8. "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man":||Appears||18. "Gem of a Different Color":||Appears|
|9. "Dragon Flower":||Appears||19. "We Are Family, Part 1":||Appears|
|10. "Heather Report, Part 1":||Appears||20. "We Are Family, Part 2":||Appears|
|Defenders of Berk|
|1. "Live and Let Fly":||Appears||11. "A View to a Skrill, Part 2":||Mentioned|
|2. "The Iron Gronckle":||Appears||12. "The Flight Stuff":||Appears|
|3. "The Night and the Fury":||Appears||13. "Free Scauldy":||Appears|
|4. "Tunnel Vision":||Appears||14. "Frozen":||Appears|
|5. "Race to Fireworm Island":||Appears||15. "A Tale of Two Dragons":||Appears|
|6. "Fright of Passage":||Appears||16. "The Eel Effect":||Appears|
|7. "Worst in Show":||Appears||17. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes":||Appears|
|8. "Appetite for Destruction":||Appears||18. "Bing! Bam! Boom!":||Appears|
|9. "Zippleback Down":||Appears||19. "Cast Out, Part 1":||Appears|
|10. "A View to a Skrill, Part 1":||Appears||20. "Cast Out, Part 2":||Appears|
|Race to the Edge, Season 1|
|1. "Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 1":||Appears||8. "Crushing It":||Appears|
|2. "Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 2":||Appears||9. "Quake, Rattle and Roll":||Appears|
|3. "Imperfect Harmony":||Appears||10. "Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 1":||Appears|
|4. "When Darkness Falls":||Appears||11. "Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 2":||Appears|
|5. "Big Man on Berk":||Appears||12. "The Next Big Sting":||Appears|
|6. "Gone Gustav Gone":||Appears||13. "Total Nightmare":||Appears|
|7. "Reign of Fireworms":||Appears|
|Race to the Edge, Season 2|
|1. "Team Astrid":||Appears||8. "Edge of Disaster, Part 1":||Appears|
|2. "Night of the Hunters, Part 1":||Appears||9. "Edge of Disaster, Part 2":||Appears|
|3. "Night of the Hunters, Part 2":||Appears||10. "Shock and Awe":||Appears|
|4. "Bad Moon Rising":||Appears||11. "A Time to Skrill":||Appears|
|5. "Snotlout Gets the Axe":||Appears||12. "Maces and Talons, Part 1":||Appears|
|6. "The Zippleback Experience":||Appears||13. "Maces and Talons, Part 2":||Appears|
|7. "Snow Way Out":||Appears|
|Race to the Edge, Season 3|
|1. "Enemy of My Enemy":||Appears||8. "Stryke Out":||Appears|
|2. "Crash Course":||Appears||9. "Tone Death":||Appears|
|3. "Follow the Leader":||Appears||10. "Between a Rock and a Hard Place":||Appears|
|4. "Turn and Burn":||Mentioned||11. "Family on the Edge":||Appears|
|5. "Buffalord Soldier":||Appears||12. "Last Auction Heroes":||Appears|
|6. "A Grim Retreat":||Appears||13. "Defenders of the Wing, Part 1":||Appears|
|7. "To Heather or Not to Heather":||Appears|
|Race to the Edge, Season 4|
|1. "Defenders of the Wing, Part 2":||Appears||8. "Gold Rush":||Appears|
|2. "Gruff Around the Edges":||Appears||9. "Out of the Frying Pan":||Appears|
|3. "Midnight Scrum":||Appears||10. "Twintuition":||Appears|
|4. "Not Lout":||Appears||11. "Blindsided":||Appears|
|5. "Saving Shattermaster":||Appears||12. "Shell Shocked, Part 1":||Appears|
|6. "Dire Straits":||Appears||13. "Shell Shocked, Part 2":||Appears|
|7. "The Longest Day":||Appears|
|Race to the Edge, Season 5|
|1. "Living on the Edge":||Appears||8. "The Wings of War, Part 1":||Appears|
|2. "Sandbusted":||Appears||9. "The Wings of War, Part 2":||Appears|
|3. "Something Rotten on Berserker Island":||Appears||10. "No Dragon Left Behind":||Appears|
|4. "Snotlout's Angels":||Appears||11. "Snuffnut:||Appears|
|5. "A Matter of Perspective":||Appears||12. "Searching for Oswald... and Chicken":||Appears|
|6. "Return of Thor Bonecrusher":||Appears||13. "Sins of the Past":||Appears|
|7. "Dawn of Destruction":||Appears|
|Race to the Edge, Season 6|
|1. "In Plain Sight":||Appears||8. "Triple Cross":||Appears|
|2. "No Bark, All Bite":||Appears||9. "Family Matters":||Appears|
|3. "Chain of Command":||Appears||10. "Darkest Night":||Appears|
|4. "Loyal Order of Ingerman":||Appears||11. "Guardians of Vanaheim":||Appears|
|5. "A Gruff Separation":||Appears||12. "King of Dragons, Part 1":||Appears|
|6. "Mi Amore Wing":||Appears||13. "King of Dragons, Part 2":||Appears|
|7. "Ruff Transition":||Appears|
|"Dragon Down":||Appears||"The Legend of Ragnarok":||Appears|
|"Dangers of the Deep":||Appears||"Underworld":||Appears|
|"The Ice Castle":||Appears||"The Endless Night":||Appears|
|"The Serpent's Heir":||Appears||"The Fire Tides":||Will Appear|
|"Dragons: Rise of Berk":||Appears||"School of Dragons":||Appears|
|"How to Train Your Dragon":||Appears||"How to Train Your Dragon 2":||Appears|
|"DreamWorks Dragons: Wild Skies":||Absent||"DreamWorks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders":||Appears|
|"Dragons: Titan Uprising":||Appears||"Dragons Hero Portal":||Appears|
|"DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of The Nine Realms":||Absent|
|"How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular":||Appears||"How to Train Your Dragon ON ICE":||Absent|
|"Dreamworks Press: Dragons":||Absent||"Snoggletog Log":||Appears|
|"Racing For The Gold":||Appears|
- The name Astrid means "divine beauty", "divinely beautiful", "God's strength" or "Godly strength" in Old Norse.
- Astrid does not appear in the original book series, but she bears a strong resemblance to Camicazi from the books. In the last pages of How to Fight a Dragon's Fury, Cressida wrote a thank you to America Ferrera for voicing Astrid.
- Astrid is the only teen who doesn't wear a Viking helmet. However, she did wear one as a child in "Fright of Passage".
- Astrid's top skirts resemble tassets.
- Astrid is the Academy's Sharp Class dragons expert despite the fact that her favorite species, the Deadly Nadder is now a member of the Tracker Class.
- Astrid is Hiccup's second-in-command in the Berk Dragon Training Academy in "The Terrible Twos" and Dragon Flight Club in "Live and Let Fly".
- In a deleted scene from the first film, Astrid reveals that her first axe belonged to her mother.
- Astrid has only been seen without her shoulder pads in "How to Start a Dragon Academy", "Heather Report, Part 2", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", and "Buffalord Soldier".
- However, after marrying Hiccup, she is not seen with them again.
- America Ferrera refers to Astrid as being Hiccup's "number one defender and champion" by the time of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- Astrid appeared in all but two episodes. The only episodes she did not appear in are "A View to a Skrill, Part 2" and "Turn and Burn". "Turn and Burn" is the first episode where Astrid had no part in the storyline at all. Despite not being in "A View to a Skrill, Part 2", she did have a role in the storyline since she appeared in "A View to a Skrill, Part 1".
- Astrid has her own theme song called "Astrid's Theme".
- In the game, School of Dragons, Astrid states that her favorite color is Stormfly blue.
- According to an interview with Richard Hamilton, "Hiccup and Astrid lead Berk as a pair by working together as chief and general".
- This was a reference to the then future graphic novel, The Serpent's Heir.
- Astrid is the only Dragon Rider whose middle name is currently unknown.
- In 2010, America Ferrera won an EDA Female Focus Award for voicing Astrid.
- Astrid has been listed in MsMojo's Top 10 Greatest Non-Disney Female Animated Characters.
- In "No Dragon Left Behind", she is seen crying for the first time in the franchise, though she was visibly emotional at different moments in all three films.
- Vikings' last names according to the Viking culture were composed of the name of their father and then “son” (son) or “dottir” (daughter) depending on their gender. Therefore Astrid's culturally accurate last name would be Hoffersdottir rather than Hofferson. Or Astrid, Daughter of Hoffer. This name system is still used in Iceland and parts of Scandinavia today. However since her parent's names are not known her precise historical surname is not known.
- How to Train Your Dragon (Deleted Scenes): 1. (Date Posted - October 17, 2010). YouTube.
- Astrid Hofferson in School of Dragons.
- How To Train Your Dragon 2: Director DEAN DEBLOIS On Set Movie Interview. (Date Posted - May 16, 2014). YouTube.
- "I would say Astrid bears a strong resemblance to Camicazi" (Date Posted - January 23, 2015). Twitter.
- HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 - America Ferrera (Astrid) Interview. (Date Posted - May 16, 2014). YouTube.
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