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Our mission is to protect dragons and to never hurt another one. That’s what it means to be a Dragon Rider.
  Tom Kullersen  

The Dragon Riders are people who ride and train dragons. They have their own dragons which they use for riding. The idea of Dragon Riding was a new concept to the Vikings of Berk, but it soon caught on with the locals, and thereafter, the rest of the Barbaric Archipelago.


Prior to the events of How to Train Your Dragon, there was a man named Drago Bludvist, who was the first person to have trained dragons, albeit forcibly against their will. When dragons became a major threat to the Barbaric Archipelago, the chiefs of the tribe held a meeting to find a solution to this. Drago seized this opportunity to gain power and authority. In exchange for his services, the chiefs of the tribes must swear allegiance to him. They refused and mocked him, and for that, he had his Dragons kill them all, except for Stoick (How to Train Your Dragon 2). Stoick also saw Drago with another man who had a pair of dragons for Drago and himself to make their escape. ("The Wings of War, Part 1")

Many years later, the Isle of Berk became active on killing and finding the Dragons' Nest, to be rid of the dragons forever. However, Hiccup tried to convince the people of Berk that dragons were not what people believed they were. While his attempts to prove this failed, and his own dragon, Toothless, was captured by Hiccup's father, Stoick the Vast, to lead the Vikings to the Dragons' Nest. However, it soon became apparent that the Vikings could not defeat the monstrous Red Death on their own. Hiccup, along with Astrid and their Dragon Training classmates, acted under initiative, and decided to ride the dragons like Hiccup had with Toothless. Very soon after, the battle was won, and Dragon Training was widely accepted by the Vikings.

Very soon after, the Berk Dragon Training Academy was set up to increase knowledge about dragons, as well as a medium for their riding. As well as this, three Berkians who were not officially part of the Training Academy, Stoick, Gobber, and Gustav Larson also began to ride dragons. During a ban on flying, Hiccup put the group of teenage Dragon Riders together to form a secret Dragon Flight Club, with its first rule being, 'there is no Dragon Flight Club,' to the confusion of some of the twins, Ruffnut and Tuffnut. This was intended to be behind Stoick's back. But very soon, after he found out about it, he joined it also.

There are also numerous other people outside of Berk who also ride dragons. Though she was originally from Berk, Valka, Hiccup's mother, also rides dragons, and has become very successful in her dragon riding. Also, though arguably the riding was one-sided, Drago Bludvist has ridden dragons before, including Toothless and his Bewilderbeast, which he used to attempt to control all of the other dragons with. His plan failed, and he presumably died on the back of his Bewilderbeast. Eret, Son of Eret bonded with Stormfly and later inherited Skullcrusher after Stoick passed away. The Berserkers Heather and Dagur the Deranged had some exposure to dragons as well and got the opportunity to ride on dragons of their own, Windshear, Shattermaster, and Sleuther.

In the year following Drago’s defeat, his former army, the Northern Alliance, continued to poach and capture dragons in the Archipelago. This lead to multiple skirmishes with the dragon riders of Berk who continuously foiled their operations and freed their captured dragons. But due to increased dangers their large numbers brought to both species, the Berkians released their dragons and sent them off to the Hidden World, leading to the end of dragon riding in the Archipelago.

In modern times, however, a new organization of Dragon Riders was formed, composed of four teenagers living at the ICARIS Station. Calling themselves the Dragon Club, they work to guard the secret of the Hidden World and ensure the protection of the dragons within it from any human threats.

List of Dragon Riders and their Dragons

This list contains the name of the riders and all dragons they have bonded with, and their dragon's species.

Academy Dragons

Rider Dragon Dragon Species
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III Toothless Night Fury
Sharpshot Terrible Terrors
Astrid Hofferson Sneaky
Stormfly Deadly Nadder
Fishlegs Ingerman Meatlug Gronckle
Iggy Terrible Terrors
Snotlout Jorgenson Pain
Hookfang Monstrous Nightmare
Gustav Larson Fanghook
Tuffnut Thorston Head Terrible Terror
Belch Hideous Zippleback
Ruffnut Thorston Barf
Butt Terrible Terror

Berk Dragons

Rider Dragon Dragon Species
Stoick the Vast (deceased) Thornado (formerly) Thunderdrum
Bing, Bam, Boom (released)
Skullcrusher (before death) in How to Train Your Dragon 2 Rumblehorn
Eret, Son of Eret
Gobber the Belch Grump Hotburple
Valka Cloudjumper Stormcutter
Gothi Flock of Terrible Terrors Terrible Terror
Her Gronckle
Wise Wind Woolly Howl
Spitelout Jorgenson His Snafflefang
Kingstail Deadly Nadder
Phlegma the Fierce Her Gronckle
Snappy Snaptrapper
The Academy Riders and Dragons
All Vikings on Berk

Other Dragons

Rider Dragon Dragon Species
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III Torch (Tiny Tooth; released) Typhoomerang
Thornshade Thornridge
Earsplitter (released) Thunderdrum
Skyfire Typhoomerang
His baby Whispering Death
Tuffnut Thorston Torch (Broad Wing; released) Typhoomerang
Death Ride Whispering Death
Soaky and Wetty Seashocker
Peggy Night Terror
Ruffnut Thorston Scauldy (released) Scauldron
Trancemare Flightmare
Soaky and Wetty Seashocker
Wingnut (briefly) Razorwhip
Snuffnut (released) Changewing
Astrid Hofferson Axewing Timberjack
Her Monstrous Nightmare
Bork Week Nadders Deadly Nadder
Garffiljorg Death Song
Fishlegs Ingerman Spikeback Catastrophic Quaken
Darkvarg Night Terror (Night Swarm)
His Dramillion
Snotlout Jorgenson Hunterbolt Skrill
His Fireworm Queen
Guslout Shovelhelm
Brisket, Saddle, Chuck, Rump, Loin, Scrag, Cutlet, Ham Hock, Sausages, Offal, Knuckle, and Pot Roast Monstrous Nightmares
Dagur the Deranged Sleuther (shared with Mala) Triple Stryke
Shattermaster Gronckle
Frozen Skrill (released) Skrill
Alvin the Treacherous Groundsplitter (released) Whispering Death
His Scauldron (presumed released)
His Changewing (presumed released)
Heather Windshear Razorwhip
Gobber the Belch His Nemesis (released) Boneknapper
Bonesnarl Thunderclaw
Furnace Thunderpede
Valka Her Bewilderbeast (deceased) Bewilderbeast
Gruff Hobblegrunt
Lump Snafflefang
Thump Raincutter
Sailback Thunderclaw
Rumpus Thunderclaw
Her Seashockers
Her Mercy Monstrous Nightmare
Winged Warden Windstriker
Clawlifter Shovelhelm
Gustnudger Windgnasher
Pestbud Snifflehunch
Incognito Changewing
Thousands of rescued dragons
Gustav Larson Guslout Shovelhelm
Bucket Whip and Lash Hideous Zippleback
Silent Sven His Monstrous Nightmare
Drago Bludvist (deceased) His Bewilderbeast (released) Bewilderbeast
Toothless (briefly) Night Fury
Bonesnarl (released) Thunderclaw
His Rumblehorn (released)
Liberated Whip-Wreck (released) Monstrous Nightmare
Liberated Haulmauler (released) Armorwing
Liberated Hardcast (released) Thunderclaw
Liberated Floutscout (released) Speed Stinger
Thousands of enslaved dragons (released)
Krogan (deceased) His Singetail (released)
His Rumblehorn (released)
Grimmel the Grisly (deceased) His Deathgrippers (deceased)
Unnamed Light Fury (briefly)
Cloudjumper (briefly) Stormcutter
Viggo Grimborn (deceased) Cagecruncher (released) Monstrous Nightmare
Big Buff (released) Buffalord
Great Protector (released) Eruptodon
Shipsbane (released) Submaripper
Grimtorn (released) Rumblehorn
His Skrill (released)
His Flightmare (released)
His Typhoomerangs (released)
His Terrible Terror (released)
His Seashockers (released)
His Shellfire
Ryker Grimborn (deceased) Cagecruncher (released) Monstrous Nightmare
Big Buff (released) Buffalord
Great Protector (released) Eruptodon
Shipsbane (released) Submaripper
His Flightmare (released)
His Typhoomerangs (released)
His Terrible Terror (released)
His Seashockers (released)
His Shellfire
Eret, Son of Eret Skrill Chiller Snow Wraith
Slimeball Cavern Crasher
His Thunderdrum
Atali Wingnut Razorwhip
Minden Her baby Razorwhip
Nadia Her baby Razorwhip
Mala Sleuther (shared with Dagur) Triple Stryke
Her Speed Stingers
Throk Snuffnut (released) Changewing
Bayana His Silkspanners
Scribbler Patch Chimeragon
Skulder the Archaeologist Muddie Mudraker
Nikora Stormheart Her Seashocker
Her Triple Stryke (released)
Her Deadly Nadders (released)
Her Woolly Howls (released)
Her Moldruffles
Her Gronckles
Eir Stormheart Patch (briefly) Chimeragon
Her Crimson Goregutter (released)
Her Titan Wing Hotburple (released)
Her Titan Wing Stormcutter
Her Deadly Nadders (released)
Her Hobgobblers
Her Skrills
Arngrim Dammen His Boneknapper (released)
His Timberjack (released)
His baby Whispering Death (released)
Several dragon eggs
Hroar Torch (briefly) Typhoomerang
Dragon Riders on Dragon's Edge Smidvarg Night Terror
Defenders of the Wing Great Protector Eruptodon
New Protector
Dragon Flyers Ambered Singetail (released)
Mother Singetail (released)
Hundreds of Singetails (released)
Garff's Adoptive Father (released) Death Song
Thordis Skallagrimsdottir Sappheral Deathgripper

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