I think Hiccup and Astrid are the best animated couple ever.

I love how their relationship isn’t a major plot point for the films. Astrid isn’t there as a reward for the hero, she is also his best friend (next to Toothless of course). She didn’t stop being a warrior after she became a love interest (and Hiccup wouldn’t want her to, he loves her for it).

They talk about their problems. They fight their enemies together. And they trust each other.

One of my pet peeves is in a lot of films, you have the female lead being incredibly skilled, but the male lead upstages her without even trying (I enjoyed Kung-Fu Panda but man, that pissed me off). I really liked how the first HTTYD averted that.

Hiccup might be better at her with dragons, but he worked hard for it, and her strength (her fighting skills) are something he can’t even try to beat her at 🙂


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