“ I’m not like you, Astrid. You know exactly who you are. You always have. [src] ” — Hiccup
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 the How To Train Your Dragon 2, 21 in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and 30 in the epilogue. In spite of her initial fall outs with Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and disdain toward dragons, Astrid ends up becoming his lifelong confidante, thanks to Toothless, and quickly adapts to a life with dragons.
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Astrid is Hiccup’s love interest in the first movie, Riders of Berk, Defenders of Berk, and the first three seasons of Dragons: Race to the Edge. Development in their relationship causes her to eventually become his girlfriend in the Race to the Edge episode, “Blindsided” and they are betrothed by the episode, “Sandbusted”. In the final act of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, she marries Hiccup and she officially becomes Chieftess of the Hooligan Tribe. In the flash-forward that follows afterwards, it is revealed that they have a daughter named Zephyr Haddock and a younger son named Nuffink Haddock.
“ 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. ” — Astrid Hofferson. (Copyright – 2019). Viking Guide.
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Astrid is a beautiful and quite petite girl for a Viking, but this also gives her the advantage of agility in Dragon Training 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 that goes across her forehead and light-blue eyes. In the first movie, she wears a sleeveless shirt in varying shades of steel-blue, tan cloth bracers on her arms (each bit of cloth goes between her first and second finger) with bicep wrappings above them, a brownish red skirt with spikes surrounding it, another 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. Her weapon of choice is a double-edged battle axe, which might previously have 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 off in length and are side-swept that it no longer covers 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 tight blue shirt, her red top skirt has fewer spikes on it, and her black 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) and arm wrappings but now has brown leather knee pads on 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 the left of her shoulder. Also, her face is fuller and noticeably plump. Astrid now wears a red sleeveless shirt with a dark spiked 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 ones. It’s very likely Hiccup has made her a new axe.
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 and casual Viking wear in her downtime. She wears 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. She is also seen in a wedding dress with her hair fully down for the first time during her marriage ceremony with Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. In the last scene of the movie, which takes place around a decade later, Astrid is shown wearing marriage braids and a completely new outfit that reflects her status as the chief’s wife.
Astrid’s overall look throughout the franchise is heavily inspired by her dragon, Stormfly, as all of her skirts are covered in spikes similar in shape to Stormfly’s spines and the tan spines also match Astrid’s blonde hair and arm wraps. Stormfly’s complexion is primarily blue with some specks of red, quite similar to the colors of Astrid’s outfits. Not only this, but Astrid’s dragon scale armor is actually created from the shed scales of Stormfly. Despite this, it retains a sheen that the original scales do not possess: this is most likely due to polishing before being set into the armor. Even so, the armor still retains a great essence of Stormfly’s morphological assets, like her crown spines.
In the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, Astrid is played by two actors – Sarah McCreanor who is an Australian actress and Gemma Nguyen who is an Asian-American stunt artist. Both bring a unique energy to the character.
“ You know exactly who you are. You always have. [src] ” — Hiccup
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] ” — Hiccup
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.
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“ Since she’s beautiful, people think she’s not tough. But you should never underestimate me. Uh, her-uh, us. [src] ” — Astrid
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] ” — Hiccup
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”.
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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 Hearing: When she was blinded, her 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.
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Hiccup is Astrid’s boyfriend and confidante. They end up marrying and ruling Berk together.
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