Film Theory: How NOT To Train Your Dragon! (How To Train Your Dragon)

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    Ever wonder what it would be like to have your own pet dragon? The How To Train Your Dragon movies have made us think it would be a fire-breathing good time! Except they never actually tell us HOW to train a dragon or if it would be a good idea in the first place. I mean, these are dangerous wild creatures! So today I'm out to give us a FINAL ANSWER! Should you try to train a dragon? Let's find out!
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  • TheOnlySoe
    TheOnlySoe 18 hours ago

    A dragon that can’t fly is a dinosaur

  • GODᴇᴘɪᴄᴇʟʟ真神

    What most people dont realise that the relationship between drags and vikings is absolutely horrible. The dragons are not just like your friendly samoyeds. If you watch all 3 movies, you will realise that the dragons are intelligent creatures, capable of expressing emotions and logical thinking. For example, when hiccup was rejected by light fury, he was sad and tried to get outta her friend zone. So, how would you think you would feel if you knew you had to listen to humans like they were your masters. The relationship is like rick and morty. Morty loves going on ricks adventure, but starts to dislike and at some point hates rick when he realises that he was just a tool used by rick to hide from the galactic federation. Its like being aware that youre a slave but cannot leave.

  • Bryan Cain
    Bryan Cain 22 hours ago


  • Jessica HERBANE
    Jessica HERBANE Day ago

    y all da h8 4 matpat

  • TexasbombColCol
    TexasbombColCol Day ago +1

    Welp that’s another child hood movie that is ruined for me by matpat jk love you

  • Stan Straight
    Stan Straight Day ago

    what if dragons don't think like a lizard? what if they are just a dog in a reptile's body

  • Daniel Houck
    Daniel Houck Day ago

    You are assuming too much about how similar dragons are to real reptiles. They're warm-blooded, presumably, so they aren't exactly the same.

  • Diego Gallardo
    Diego Gallardo Day ago

    But if they are smart, can't you develop a codependent relationship with them? One in witch if they needed you to fence from a predator and you needed them to fence from another, being together and moving together would be tho only way to carry on. Couldn't a lizard acknowledge that?

  • iM0rb1d
    iM0rb1d Day ago

    I like this theory, I really do. But one hole I have noticed is that you are comparing dragons to actual reptiles, seems fine, however... They are being mind controled by a much more massive dragon. How does that happen when it comes to brain power? Endorphins? But the mind control cant be endorphins or something of that nature, because toothless ends up resisting it. I'm curious on your theory on that to be honest, since it wasn't addressed here. o-o

  • Gold Sulfur Titanium Nitrogen

    Made good points, but he ignored the brotherhood they gained

  • Presley Hesson
    Presley Hesson Day ago

    0:59 Forgot Godzilla
    Also, later in the video, Matpat became yeah...not a good theory...

  • Moonstone husky
    Moonstone husky Day ago

    A dragon who can't fly is a dead dragon?

    Speed stingers aren't extinct... Prove that theory, bitch!

  • Bumble Whal
    Bumble Whal Day ago

    You ignored the fact that eventually Toothless started loving Hiccup and all the other dragons that didn’t rely on their humans could leave and attack whenever they wanted. But they didn’t because they didn’t like their old lifestyle. Also they were safe from dragon hunters. And in the short Toothless didn’t want to leave. He only wanted to fly with Hiccup. Your beginning points were correct but everything else was easily debunked. The reason they released the dragons in HTTYD 3 was because they found a safe place for the dragons with no danger of the dragon hunters. All the dragons realized that they had a safe place to go and why stay when you can be safe basically forever. The humans realized that too. You only skimmed across everything they were doing not going into depth.

  • Panos  Delis
    Panos Delis Day ago

    You are wrong... Toothless wouldn't leave him, he didn't want the tail that hiccup made for him, until he fell in love with the light fury

  • I Need A Name
    I Need A Name 2 days ago


  • Jose Carlos Moreno
    Jose Carlos Moreno 2 days ago

    Assault water crocodile

  • ChinaMo
    ChinaMo 2 days ago

    I feel like you might need a hug MatPat... *Pats MatPats head*
    Also, what if dragons are less reptilian and more avian/non-avian dinosaur like?! Their brains would have to be different, like J. Horner has said on many occasions...

  • I Am God
    I Am God 2 days ago

    Just saying MatPat. If you actually di want to train a dragon; do it like Valka did (Hiccup's mother). She spent 20 years among dragon and not training them, taming them, or even domesticating them, but befriending them like you would a human. She knew these dragons have EMOTIONS and Valka is the right way to go. Follow in Valka's foot steps, if you want not just a pet dragon, but a friend who will fly to the ends of earth for you. 🌎 But hey that's just a theory, A TEXT theory. And Cut! 🎥

  • Omar Sakr
    Omar Sakr 2 days ago

    This is the very first Film Theory that I have to disagree with.
    Your theory is wrong on many levels, the dragons clearly show a very high level of intelligence and complicated emotions.
    Hiccup put himself in danger to help Toothless fly again, the dragon even bit his leg off so if that is worth anything, is that makes them even.
    Hmmm, really Mat it makes me think you really didn't watch the movies clearly.

  • Stellar Lunar
    Stellar Lunar 2 days ago

    Except the dragons in this movie were modeled off of cats and dogs.
    Secondly, as a reptile handler of many years I've gotta point out something. Though their brains may not be developed like ours are, reptiles do have their own primitive form of trust. Reptiles can recognize different people including their owners through sight and smell, and they can show content or uncomfortableness when being around certain people or certain types of people.
    The best example I can think of in my personal experience would be with a python I had. She strongly disliked certain types of people (mostly women) and would routinely strike when handled by them or when they walked by the enclosure. However, the snake was more than comfortable with most men, she seemed to enjoy being handled by them and rarely showed signs of fear around them. This particular python also did not mind children and did quite well with them. However, any female person of a certain age or size, the snake showed distrusting and defensive tendencies towards. Now, I was not the first caretaker for this snake, but this to me shows that the snake probably had a negative experience with a woman in the past or sees women as a threat for some other reason.
    I also have one snake who is very tame for me and most other people but anxious and distrustful around my brother, even though my brother has not hurt the snake.
    Any other reptile owner can also tell you that they do in fact tame down with handling and can display trust towards humans that wasn't originally there.
    So take from that what you will, but it isn't simply a black-and-white all instinct animal. They don't develop emotional bonds with their handlers but they can absolutely gain trust and look forward to handing

  • Joseph Enzinna
    Joseph Enzinna 2 days ago


  • Jason Burroughs
    Jason Burroughs 2 days ago

    uh no thanks matpat

  • Gary Jongco
    Gary Jongco 2 days ago

    The Thumbnail name of this game should be like How To NOT train Your Dragon

  • Ruqaiya Swan
    Ruqaiya Swan 2 days ago +1

    99 percent of the comments
    This theory is bullcrap
    1 percent of the comments
    You can do better

  • Ruqaiya Swan
    Ruqaiya Swan 2 days ago +1

    This might be the only video that I disliked you can see why in almost EVERY SINGLE COMMENT

  • Ruqaiya Swan
    Ruqaiya Swan 2 days ago +2

    Did he just make toothless as smart as a lizard
    Fans attack

  • Dawid Kaczmarczyk
    Dawid Kaczmarczyk 2 days ago

    PETA logic i guess :v

  • Nicole Flores
    Nicole Flores 3 days ago

    As a HTTYD fan myself, I'm with the rest of the community in the comment section. But, even though this theory was off, I think the main problem is that you really only took away from the movies when the tv series and shorts showed so much more about the coexistence and the relationship between humans and dragons (which would debunk some of your points). Also, I guess comparing the dragons in this series to lizards is similar to comparing humans to monkeys; same ancestors but more evolved beings?. Sorry for all the flagging in the comments, Matt. But yes, Riders of Berk and Race to the Edge show so much more of what's to learn about this franchise.

  • b0b bob racing
    b0b bob racing 3 days ago

    In the movie and Netflix series, toothless has emotions, which means that they have the components of the brain you say they do not have.

  • Derpninja
    Derpninja 3 days ago

    You have made the fatal flaw of forgetting that How to Train Your Dragon is a fantasy world. You cannot use our world's rules to define their world. In their world, dragons quite clearly have more complex brains than the lizards of Earth. Your argument kind of falls apart when you use unrelated evidence to support a claim. And the dragons also didn't leave when they had the chance. They stayed and formed a bond. Their brains are clearly more similar to human brains in the HTTYD universe.

  • EmilyDreamer11
    EmilyDreamer11 3 days ago

    Hiccup realizes he messed up at the beginning and he you can see in the films that he and Toothless have a connection. Don’t taint their relationship. They help each other grow throughout the tv series and movies and you can see that at the end.

  • dDeckon
    dDeckon 3 days ago

    11:07 That got me more It should. I had to pause the Video so that i could breath.
    Who ever Wrote this Episode, GOOD JOB.

  • AscendtionArc
    AscendtionArc 3 days ago

    To be fair the method in the film is much more endearing than the book method, even if the later is perhaps more realistic and most of the endearment arises from Toothless not being a little $X#t, I mean a jerk, like his is in the books.

  • M Suddley
    M Suddley 3 days ago

    Porcupine Eating Contest
    sure why not

  • EnchantedOcelot
    EnchantedOcelot 3 days ago

    But but dragons aren't like lizards, despite what people say.
    Like in the movie, you can see the emotional connections with the other dragons and their "trainers"
    I believe dragons are closer to mammals then lizards.

  • barcode
    barcode 3 days ago

    How to train you Dragon ark survival evolved version
    Step 1 knock it out
    Step 2 shove meat or berries up its butt until it likes you
    Step 3 put a saddle on it
    Step 4 more ass meat or berries
    Step 5 idk

  • Ricardo Parente
    Ricardo Parente 3 days ago +3

    *fetches water spraybottle: "Bad MatPat, bad! Now go and improve your theory! "

  • danime
    danime 3 days ago

    Ur so funny

  • Cheesy Jamez
    Cheesy Jamez 3 days ago

    It took a while and alot of binge watching but you finally ruined a movie for me lol congrats I'll never watch these movies the same again 😂😂😂

  • WolfGirl938
    WolfGirl938 3 days ago

    I think that because these are fictional creatures we should assume that they have greater levels of intelligence than normal lizards and learn how to train them

  • Arcyle
    Arcyle 3 days ago

    It seems you are very intellectually dishonest with how you twist the story of the movie to fit the purpose of the video. Could also be stupidity, but I doubt that.

  • Zalgo the Demon
    Zalgo the Demon 3 days ago +1

    Probably more accurate to relate dragons to cats instead of real life lizards.

  • J.B Productions
    J.B Productions 4 days ago +1

    so there goes me wanting a pet lizard for by birth day

  • J.B Productions
    J.B Productions 4 days ago +1

    so after watching the first 4:20 sec. your saying the title shouldn't be how to train your dragon. But how to domesticate your dragon?

    makes sense

  • elizb1439
    elizb1439 4 days ago

    I think this theory intentionally overlooks some very important aspects of both hiccup's and toothless's characters, and generally didn't really hit. Sorry Matpat, I usually love your theories but this one just doesn't feel as well rounded as usual. Oh well, not all of them are gonna be amazing

  • Robby Barberio
    Robby Barberio 4 days ago

    If this comment gets 1k likes I’ll post a video of me breaking into my own house

  • YGC_theGAME
    YGC_theGAME 4 days ago

    Can’t wair for the flim theory on :ftght atyd

  • Finnian Weiland
    Finnian Weiland 4 days ago

    The nickname for Jumonje three is Louie Louie

  • JonyBull
    JonyBull 4 days ago +1


  • JonyBull
    JonyBull 4 days ago

    last comment i swear. next time you decide to make a theory hating on an entire franchise do more research and make sure the theory sounds at least a bit correct.this is youre worst theory to not just saying ths cuz i love the movies but i have lost a lot of respect for you after this theory

  • JonyBull
    JonyBull 4 days ago

    6:33 would you have know to make a fully automatic tail fin at the age of around 12 matpat

  • Pracica Chellappan
    Pracica Chellappan 4 days ago

    Hiccup and toothless have such a strong relationship and have trusted each other from the beginning so hiccup isn't entrapping him anywhere! Hiccup only helps toothless go places and vise versa...and wouldn't question each other

  • MahmoudX
    MahmoudX 4 days ago

    King K Rool 💀

  • Rusty Dragon
    Rusty Dragon 4 days ago

    Hiccup shot ToothLess because he was trying to be like his village

  • MahmoudX
    MahmoudX 4 days ago

    Sorry MatPat I love your videos but this video was rushed, you should get your facts straight.

  • Rusty Dragon
    Rusty Dragon 4 days ago

    You ruined my fav movie!! Yay! I hate you.... (jk)

  • JonyBull
    JonyBull 4 days ago

    ..... dont forget were talking about a DRAGON !Not a lizard for all we know dragons could have more emotion then humans do.Im sorry mat i agree with most of youre theories but this one is a no no Theory debunked!

  • Hung Le
    Hung Le 4 days ago

    um you should think about that this is a kids movie so it can't be they are mine it's it's has to be happy

  • Simon Galmstrup Thomsen

    just because dragons are related to reptiles does not mean they have the same behaviour

  • 501stTrooper
    501stTrooper 4 days ago

    Clearly the dragons are an entirely different kingdom of animal than just basic reptiles. Honestly, they're more like birds than reptiles. We can also see in the movie that they are capable of emotional attachment, and not just to himans. In the third movie, it is noted multiple times that night furies mate for life, a characteristic only present in emotionally capable species. You can't base training a dragon from that world on our world's lizards, as they aren't remotely close to one another.

  • Space dragon
    Space dragon 4 days ago

    Uh Yeah No.... I Disagree Tho reptiles DO have Feelings but they have no way of showing it BUT Toothless is a Giant reptile But he's BASED ON MAMMALS!! So are ALL the DRAGONS IN HTTYD Since you like Kangaroos lets speak about A deadly Nadder...Nadders are based on KANGAROOS,BIRDS,Bearded Dragon and a dog Toothless is based on HORSES,BIRDS,WOLVES,DOGS,CATS, DEERS and a BUNNY!
    Their looks are reptillan looks but their actions and emotions are BASED ON MAMMALS

  • Jake Turner
    Jake Turner 4 days ago

    you need to make book theory, solely so you can do a book version (the books are way better)

  • finnhanke
    finnhanke 4 days ago +1

    Have you considered that toothless is the only dragon, who was trained the way you described. Most of the dragons that are trained in films 2 and 3 are dragons, that are never injured or captured. They are free dragons.

  • waterclaw dab
    waterclaw dab 4 days ago

    where is the hidden world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i must know plz matt patt plzzzzzzzzzzz

  • рома иванов

    Funny enought, they use word "приручить" in russian version, wich closer to "domesticate" then "train"

  • Sianne Schaatsbergen

    This theory is awesome, but I'm sad to hear all these bad things about one of my favorite childhood movies. I mean, you're right of course, but I'm sorry to hear it.

  • OgliTheLizard
    OgliTheLizard 5 days ago

    u say that hiccup is having toothless capture and not letting him keep his instincs in one of the episodes of httyd rise of berk he is defending his *terrritory* wich is berk from a whisperning death and this happens with other dragon's to like they get attacked by a scrill wich he defeats. and they cannot fly where they want you say in the series httyd race to the edge dagur former villain get to train a dragon while hiccups helping him he says *you're trying to steer him to much. you need to trust your dragon dagur.*

  • Francis Arevalo
    Francis Arevalo 5 days ago

    Soo what ur saying is you should change the title: How to domesticate your dragon or #HTDYD

  • Jack Sukahorn
    Jack Sukahorn 5 days ago

    Looks at #Toothless

    Finds applesaucecraft

  • Zion J
    Zion J 5 days ago

    Yay! You finally got into How to Train Your Dragon!

  • Ethan Lilley
    Ethan Lilley 5 days ago +2

    Hey matpat do ur fackin homework, the head of a dragon from how to train your dragon is much larger compared to its body size than a normal lizard or other reptile from our world, which means that it could very well have enough space in its head to house the necessary parts of the brain for emotion. Furthermore, toothless has shown emotion, cause if he's a slave too hiccup then why did he save him, or choose him over having his freedom in the Christmas special, or choose him over the female night fury multiple times? Idiot.

  • formorian5
    formorian5 5 days ago +1

    This is the first video of Matpats that I couldn't watch to the end. Maybe I'm biased since I love the movies, but he seems to be ignoring the movie's established facts to make his theory more sound.
    Others have pointed out the dragon's emotions and intelligence, so I want to focus on a few scenes in particular. After finding Toothless shot down, Hiccup prepares to kill. Dragons have been raiding and killing his people for generations. He wants to prove himself to his village and father. He has every reason, and every right, to kill this dragon. Instead, he frees Toothless.
    Now consider Toothless. The vikings have killed countless dragons, and he has personally been crippled for life. He may even know this particular viking hurt him. He is angry, and has every right to kill Hiccup where he stands. Instead, he
    flees. Both of them showed mercy towards something they should hate and want to kill. It's something they can build on, at least.

  • Hanan Hazard
    Hanan Hazard 5 days ago

    There is just some movies MattPatt should not touch 😂💕

  • Josh Silverstein
    Josh Silverstein 5 days ago

    I could easily do an entire rebuttal video debunking this, but I'm not going to. I'll just summarize my thoughts, and give some constructive criticism.
    Just so we're clear, I really don't think Stockholm Syndrome was involved at all. Hiccup and Toothless were close friends that just had a rocky start to their relationship. And, as interesting as real world reptile biology is, you missed something important. The dragons in this franchise are very intelligent. In the TV shows, Hiccup and friends actually train their dragons to follow simple commands, and more advanced ones later. If you pay attention to the dialogue, there are a lot of moments when said dragons respond as if they understand perfect English (or Berkian in this case). It's inconsistent at times, but then again, that is pretty much Hookfang's entire character arc.These dragons are more than just giant lizards because the entire production of the first movie suddenly changed after someone re-designed Toothless to look more like a panther. Their original plan was to directly adapt the first book of the series, as evident by the various unused/re-purposed concept art.
    Yes, the movies are based on a book series, and the books are vastly different. At first glance, you would think the books and movies were entirely separate stories/timelines. There was never a war between humans and dragons. Hiccup never discovered how to train dragons, as vikings train dragons all the time, and its his turn this time. Astrid never existed, but she replaced a different female character named Camicazi. Toothless' original design was re-purposed as the Terrible Terrors, and he was given that name because he genuinely had no teeth. Toothless was also the size of a small cat, so Hiccup had to pick a completely different dragon to ride into battle on. This is just the tip of the iceberg; the beginning of the rabbit hole. In these books, the dragons are so intelligent that they actually created their own language called Dragonese. This is how Hiccup and Toothless are communicating in all of their adventures.
    Long story short, I really enjoyed learning about reptile brains, but you need to take the entire cannon into consideration before insulting every dragons' intelligence. The dragons are far more intelligent than any reptile because that's how they were written. Let me give you an idea for your next theory on the franchise: The books and movies are all part of the same timeline, so there are two Hiccups, but one is the ancestor of the other. This may sound ridiculous, but there is a surprising amount of evidence to support the idea. I even looked into it myself for a bit, and found quite a few connections even within the first few books.

    • JonyBull
      JonyBull 4 days ago

      dont forget to mention at 6:33 hesais that he made a tail to abuse toothless. he is literaly around 12 in this movie its impressive he managed to make a working tail and he sais that he should have built an automatic one for toothless.most kids watch cartoons and youtube at 12 years old not blacksmith

  • Privatizität
    Privatizität 5 days ago

    Maybe the dragons are just a bit more evolved, and have the extra emotion brain parts

  • Vapor Waterson
    Vapor Waterson 5 days ago look at number 9 hope it ain't lost hope mat pat sees this

  • Julha
    Julha 5 days ago

    Do u know really How To Train A Dragon? Scream, loud.

  • Iliyan Nikolov
    Iliyan Nikolov 5 days ago +1

    you rewend evry thing matpat

  • flipping amazing
    flipping amazing 5 days ago

    Ye no i aint falling for this

  • Jirokiie #7
    Jirokiie #7 5 days ago

    We are gathered here today ,to mourn the passings of many hopes and dreams .

  • Nole_ DarkHunter
    Nole_ DarkHunter 6 days ago

    No not a dead dragon just a lizerd

  • Tim drake
    Tim drake 6 days ago

    please make a theory about the new joker movie

  • Because Bears
    Because Bears 6 days ago

    don't agree, but okay :(

    *With the summary of the 1st movie

  • James Greenlee
    James Greenlee 6 days ago

    Fair point but, these aren't lizards. They're dragons with a different anatomy (although it's make believe) which is why they DO have emotional connections.

  • Big E
    Big E 6 days ago

    Mat did you watch the Christmas movie of how train your dragon bet hiccup made him a tail so he could fly on his own

  • Benjamin Slaughter
    Benjamin Slaughter 6 days ago

    Okay maybe Hiccup "steers" him but what makes Toothless take off? If he don't wanna fly no ones making him!

  • Kaylynn Walmsley
    Kaylynn Walmsley 6 days ago

    The books were SOOO much better than the movies!

    • JonyBull
      JonyBull 4 days ago

      incorrect in my opinion. Just My Opinion dont go on a rampage k respect youre opinion that the books are better

  • Merritt Bunton
    Merritt Bunton 6 days ago

    9:47 don't you mean reptiles including lizards?

  • TTTMusic
    TTTMusic 6 days ago

    In Germany, the Film is called "Drachenzähmen leicht gemacht" which loosely translates to "How to tame a dragon (easily)".

    So yeah, semantics.

  • paul nps
    paul nps 6 days ago

    how about chito he tamed a crocodile

  • Jake Johnson
    Jake Johnson 6 days ago

    And this is why I hate modern day, matpat

  • Fahad Qureshi
    Fahad Qureshi 6 days ago

    I believe thoz dragons may exist in the archosaur branch... Archosaurs is a group of reptiles that are more closer to birds than actual reptiles, like Dinosaurs and pterosaurs, and birds are pretty social with humans too... I guess they can be trained... Just my opinion

  • ninja hyper
    ninja hyper 6 days ago

    So mean matpat have to see the ending its sad😢😢😢

  • Olivia Valentine
    Olivia Valentine 7 days ago

    This sounds really stupid, but the writers probably weren't concentrating on the fact that lizards can't love, and instead were trying to make a wholesome fun kids movie.
    Also, the behavior of Toothless seems to be more like a cat or dog. This is obvious. This sounds stupid, but what if the dragons were a type of mammal? I say they would fit the discription, and could even be an exception and lay eggs, like a platapus. The scales could be just skin, and, like dolphins and whales, they could only have a small amount of hair that is not visible. Feel free to poke holes in my theory.

  • I'm kinda fucking stupid, but

    It's official, reptiles are Danderes.

  • I'm kinda fucking stupid, but

    Gecko's have the ability to grow back their tails, right? Then how was toothless not able to grow back his tail..?


  • Pimp G
    Pimp G 7 days ago

    Dang y’all lil whiners need to chill it’s just a theory godayum just stfu😑and calm down and stop giving hate to Matpat! And plus y’all sensitive ass people that are gettin all butthurt talkin about how the dragons have feelins well he’s referring to it as if they were real! Now is a real dragon if they ever existed, act the way that they act in a movie? Exactly no! Cuz it’s just a theory and it’s just a movie so y’all can just calm down and stop gettin all emotional!🙄😑

  • dkta
    dkta 7 days ago +2

    toothless: *takes down a wholeass alpha after that alpha tried to kill hiccup*
    this theory: *disregards that*

  • Rajenath Vimalanathan

    1:00 you have a problem with marvel

  • Gaias Rebirth
    Gaias Rebirth 7 days ago

    And thats why all the dragons in those movies act likeother animals that can be trained... cats, parots etc.