Rats are a rodent species that appear very briefly in the How to Train Your Dragon Franchise.
Rats belong to the Genus Rattus with at least 64 species. Most live in warm climates in Australia, Polynesia, and Eastern Asia, but two species, the Black Rat and the Brown Rat occur worldwide, except Antarctica. Rats are opportunistic omnivores and eat insects, grains and other plant material, meat, and other edibles.
The Black Rat (Rattus rattus) usually has a coat of black fur. However, despite its name, this fur can come in other colorations as well. It is slightly smaller than its cousin, the Brown Rat (also called the Norwegian Rat) Rattus norvegicus. The Brown Rat is more prevalent in colder climates over the Black Rat. Both species originated in Asia, but spread throughout Europe and the rest of the world early on in human history.
In the Franchise, rats are only seen to be used as food for dragons, such as Monstrous Nightmares. It is likely that they are also considered a pest in Viking households, similar to how rats are treated in other European cultures.
However, in many other parts of the world, rats are eaten regularly by humans. They also figure in other mythologies such as the Chinese Zodiac and in Hindu traditions is associated with the God, Ganesh.
When Hiccup is checking the village, a rat is briefly seen in the grain storehouse.
|“||I'll tell you what it is. Rats. Rats the size of yaks. No, it could also-is it? Yaks the size of rats? Yak-rats! Great, those would be adorable.||”|
|— Tuffnut Thorston in When Darkness Falls|
Hiccup reminisces the time when there were "little brown scuttly dragons" that hunted down mice and rats in well-organized packs.
A Rat appears in the Spring version of the Loki's Maze activity, called "Loki's Mirage". It is part of the puzzle concerning the food chain.
Rats are also mentioned as pests in the Stable Quest "Natural Pest Deterrent". In this quest, baby dragons are sent out to the farms to get rid of rats and other bothersome creatures.
Use as an Epithet
|“||NO! NO! SON OF A HALF-TROLL, RAT-EATING, MUNGE BUCKET ...!" [src]||”|
|— Astrid Hofferson|
|“||From what I hear, you and the Dragon Riders have a debt to settle with that rat. [src]||”|
|— Dragon Humter|
Later in the same expansion, Astrid calls Harald a rat.
|“||That dirty rat had a secret exit ready all along! [src]||”|
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