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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  • montinje herbituze
    montinje herbituze

    I did some research and came up with a counter proposal. You can train a dragon. The primary reason modern lizards cannot and don’t support a large brain is due to temperature regulation. Our brain temperature can only change by a small amount without causing a break down known as hypothermia or hyperthermia. Lizards are ectothermic so lizards with large brains would experience death during winter or even nights. Even if they could survive now possibly like mole rats they would have not survived the ice age. Dragons however have a capacity to regulate the heat of their surroundings in the form of fire breath so could, in theory have larger brains. It is also clear in the movies that this is a use of fire breathing I.e toothless making a bed by breathing fire. Also regarding mole rats, mole rats survive as intelligent ectotherms using tunnels, dragons live underground also berk is surrounded by water which has a high specific heat capacity and helps maintain a mild climate, especially if, as it is described in the books and in real Scandinavia, there is a warm water current. As it happens there is also evidence of smart reptiles in the past. T-rexes, triceratops and velociraptors, are all famous examples of dinosaurs that have been shown to use complex social structures and cooperation not seen in modern reptiles. The key things about these is that they only lived in warmer climates, near water or swamps and are large, like the dragons, all to regulate temperature. They also all died during mass extinction events that seemed to involve long periods of cold due to lack of light. The intelligence or large sizes of the dinosaurs killed them. I would also like to point out the similarities between the portal of the hidden world of dragons and the hidden world of dinosaurs in ice age. Finally, back to training, when determining what type of creatures can be trained it is not only the intelligence, That should be taken into account, it is also important to consider social aspects. Creatures with larger, more organised social groups and can be considered more easily trained. In the case of animals with alphas such as dogs and monkeys one legitimate method to train them is to take the role of an alpha. An alpha can be identified through behaviour, physical prominence, vocal signals, combat, age and smell. In the case of how to train your dragon notice how most dragons sniff hiccup before submitting excessively easily and notice how toothless is in the third movie identified as a “king” of dragons. I argue hiccup trains the other dragons through smelling like an alpha. Notice how the only major characters seen training dragons without hiccups help all have alpha dragons that they spend time with and that obey them. There is a problem with this. How do you train or spend time with an alpha? In response to this I argue you may need to first ensure that the alpha is in a position of weakness. For example, all cases I can find of trained large cats are those in-prisoned or born in captivity. Whilst I agree with mat pat that hiccups methods are unethical and that he is probably over controlling, I argue it is because such methods are effective an quick. Let’s remember he has to train toothless fast as there is only so much time he can disappear for before stoic follows him or he has to reveal toothless especially with him being a dragon hunter so soon after downing toothless. I also argue hiccup realised that it was his bond with toothless that may have kept the dragons from going back to stealing food whenever there is a shortage and throwing off humans instead of letting them ride them as well as him fearing toothless more than the other dragons due to his infamy as a night fury and that his reluctance to give independence was due to this. So that is my counter proposal. Pls upvote, I may give sources and more details if there is enough interest.

  • D DOG
    D DOG

    But they are much bigger so shouldn't they have a better brain

  • Fortnite Highlights
    Fortnite Highlights

    PETA has liked the video.

  • Derposaurus Rex
    Derposaurus Rex

    30 seconds in ruined this movie

  • Aaron Robb
    Aaron Robb

    So ur saying a lizard is the same thing as a dragon

  • LT Gaming
    LT Gaming

    5:02 ha tootless

  • Isaac artistan
    Isaac artistan

    r u seious? why would you refrence dragons like ACTUAL LIZARDS? they obviously have evolved WAY more and may have developed these fuctions.

  • Josh Stephen
    Josh Stephen

    To everyone saying that the dragons showed love in the movie keep in mind that this is a DISNEY PIXAR MOVIE, MatPat is talking REALISTICALLY

  • tooshay

    Time to get off the spinning ball deception folks sponsored by NASA, the media, politicians the elite, their government school SYSTEM & Hollywood. Water ALWAYS finds it's level. The natives knew this and were slaughtered, raped, tortured, enslaved & their resources and land, stolen!. And the conquors re-wrote the HIStory books. We were all indoctrinated since birth. And your ALL CAPS name on birth certificate isn't you but a corps dead entity that's traded on the stock exchange. Cestui que vie trust. It's all a trust. THEY see you as dead and lost at sea. Maritime admiralty law. The walking dear. Yes they're mocking you with thst t.v. show. But there is a REMEDY to do your status correction. But ya gotta want it. HTTYD-3 HIDDEN LAND film reveals the center of earth, of our universe. Be curious. Y'all ready for more black outs? How about the EMPCOE? They've been showing us in films & tv series for a while. How about what's really in your food? Senomyx. . .Soylent Green meets planned parenthood. "Natural flavorings". ALWAYS ALWAYS, do your own research. But the ego will do anything and everything NOT to admit its been bamboozled, deceived. Good luck on your journey.

  • Jenny Hart
    Jenny Hart

    Damn matpat really messed up with this theory. He should probably be more careful with any possible theories he makes on this film in the future

  • Marieli Delgado
    Marieli Delgado

    I f🤬ucking hate you mat pat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marieli Delgado
    Marieli Delgado


  • Caroline Maendel
    Caroline Maendel

    Not true about the "inhumane" part. The video said hiccup was fine with hurting toothless but he was clearly guilty throughout the movie and we see toothless was fine with the deal. In Gift of The Nightfury were hiccup made toothless a tail so he could fly on his own, toothless distroided it and hand hiccup his saddle. Clear this this guy hasn't seen that part.

  • DrewAND Conner
    DrewAND Conner

    This is the only theory I REALLY disagree with

  • DrewAND Conner
    DrewAND Conner

    Dragons in how to train your dragon seem to have more intelligence then other reptiles. Like, they be their own group of vertebrates, like you got fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and dragons

  • The Legendary Smoke
    The Legendary Smoke

    Did he not see the forbidden friendship scene or something, it literally shows them bonding with each other (remember this word BONDING) not being forced into a relationship

  • Paul Jason D. Misa
    Paul Jason D. Misa

    literally nobody: matpat: *video exists* everyone: HOW DARE YOU

  • Aaidens Gaming
    Aaidens Gaming

    What about a turtle can not train that because I have three of them

  • Cam's Laboratory
    Cam's Laboratory

    What if I told you..... *TOOTHLESS IS AN XOLLITOL*

  • datriplem

    How to train your dragon 3 was tragic...... Tragically bad

  • Sk Zafir
    Sk Zafir

    People new to Film Theory: What is this guy trying to do?? Its just a freaking animated movie. Why is he trying to destroy people's childhood?? Me: Thats his job stupid...

  • Aaron Dichoso
    Aaron Dichoso

    But aren't dragons usually interpreted as a lot smarter than even normal humans?

  • Goldblaze D
    Goldblaze D

    I would compare dragons more to avian dinosaurs than to lizards to be honest. Main reasons are body structure(legs more under then off to the sides), warm-blooded or at least something in between warm and cold blood, only thing really missing is the feathers, also, if modern birds are any indication, avian dinosaurs were very smart and had higher brain functions. would be more fair to compare training a dragon to training a crow or parrot.

  • Thanh Le
    Thanh Le

    Hey matt in the secound film he did make a tail that toothless can control I think

  • alishbah khan
    alishbah khan

    Great you just ruined the movie for me.... xD

  • BiscuitYT

    Maybe dragons from how to train your dragon is smarter than real world lizards edit : there was a man who actually trained his crocodile to not kill him and he even let the man swim with him so...

  • ILno v1
    ILno v1

    You could refer this to Jurassic world, the trainer also do that sort of train to the raptor. So basically that's actually how to train your reptile

  • Daniel Jackson
    Daniel Jackson

    What if dragons are a different type of lizard where they do have emotions and are more like a deity that just takes the form of a flying fire breathing lizard temporally.

  • Carrot Juice
    Carrot Juice

    Does that mean you can’t train a charmander

  • Aaron Perlman
    Aaron Perlman

    Hiccup actually makes a tale that toothless can use himself without hiccup but toothless destroys it

  • Wesley Pipes
    Wesley Pipes

    Pretty cheap cop out tbh

  • Shiro Ichi
    Shiro Ichi

    "Human babies are virtually useless" lol cracked me up loved it

  • Sylveon edit’s
    Sylveon edit’s

    Man I feel sorry for my sister now that she’s going to know that her bearded dragon technically doesn’t love her..

  • Terry Gummer
    Terry Gummer

    There were books first and they were much better than the movies

  • A Person
    A Person

    Tbh a video on could dragons exist would be more captivating, because there are many creative ways where they could

  • BananaGamingYEET

    Wait so you’re going to tell us you can’t tame lizards well.. train lizards but you aren’t going to go ruin repunzel? Or is it just to short.

  • Ag silver Radio
    Ag silver Radio

    To be fair, fantacy dragons are usually more inteigent than real life lizards.

  • Shadow Queen
    Shadow Queen

    Mattpat: *scrowling trought the comment section * lets see what they commented HTTYD fans: ATTACKKKK MATTPAT Me: LETS GO WORLD WAR #3

  • Carey c
    Carey c

    But, like you said at the beginning, this movie treats dragons like glorized cats. The primary animal studied to create Toothless' character was a cat, not a lizard. So, are they more cat or lizard? If this is true of HTTYD, then isn't true of every film with dragons? So any fictional universe dragons can't possess feelings? What about smaug in LOTR? Sure, territoriality is a lizard trait, but greed and confrontation with dangerously destructive forces are not. Those traits make smaug more like a human. A lizard brain would not say, oh, I want the inedible jewerly so bad that I must face an entire civilization and death to obtain it. So, is their an animal actually more closely related to dragons that just no one has considered before?

  • TTube2468

    If you watched the television series you would realize your mistakes

  • Anton Vrigborn
    Anton Vrigborn

    The book is better

  • MichaelGamer YTMJ
    MichaelGamer YTMJ

    You Forgot Godzilla King Of Monsters

  • FluffPuppyG87

    I love how he hasn't said anything to any of this.

  • Justin B.
    Justin B.

    First of all, this video is barely a theory. It’s just a bunch of screwed up thoughts about the movies, which are ruining the movies for all of us. The writers for this franchise were just making a happy story for KIDS. Not a dark story for THEORISTS to make insults about.

  • Seppi

    A dragon is a dragon, not a reptile! Dragons are hybrid creatures. You can’t compare them with reptiles. Plus, if you build up such a theory you should respect the facts within the established world. In HTTYD the dragons are smart creatures that are able to form relationships (between their own species and others).

  • Madisyn Golab
    Madisyn Golab

    Matpat, you already addressed that they act like cats in the movie, so what if you based your theory off the brain of a cat instead, since the dragons in HTTYD are very catlike?

  • Isaac.m

    Thanks for ruining my childhood 😭

  • Jakub Bowman
    Jakub Bowman

    Godzilla movie

  • Jammin Dragon
    Jammin Dragon

    Most Lizards aren’t like a dog or cat, but they’re smart in their own way. Althoughhhh Tegus and Iguanas actually are really smart and can even respond to there own names.

  • Malia Ferry
    Malia Ferry

    Hi MattPat, I was wondering if you could do a video on what its like to be a new parent with your baby. I love your film theories. Also I would love to meet you, I live in San Diego and I heard that you are planing on coming this Summer 2019. Please let me know your date. Thanks Malia


    Maybe some of the dragons are living with the humans because they think it'll keep them safe from the dragon overlord

  • BrodyCraftToys

    I Know how to pronounce the Acronym: FTGHTATYD (fuh-tuh-guh-tuh-tide)

  • XxAjax360xX

    Actually in one of the side shows of the series hicop makes a tail were toothless can fly on his own and toothless uses it to get a helmet hicop dropped earlier and at the end toothless destroys it. Ps I love your chanel and love your content

  • Kynan Whyte
    Kynan Whyte

    At the end of the last movie hiccup makes it so toothless can fly on his or her own

  • Awesome time noah
    Awesome time noah

    I used to like your channel until you said bad stuff about this movie

  • james calver
    james calver

    Really people still think that dragons still exist, seriously there is no biological,chemically and physically possible for a dragon to exist because a giant flying reptilian beast that breaths fire,dragons are too heavy (unlike the pterosaurs ) to even fly and there is no biological way that a reptile can breath out a pyroclastic flow out of what it uses to eat

  • Amanda Eastham
    Amanda Eastham

    Considering the fact that the entire movie is about animals who don't behave like reptiles, your theory falls flat. The theory should have been about how these dragons are not actually reptiles. The whole world is fictional, so in their world animals could have evolved with some characteristics of what we think of as dragons, but also characteristics of mammals, like the ability to feel emotions. If this isn't earth as we know it, then they would have evolved differently than the animals we know as reptiles. And this is a different world then our earth. The geography of Burk may be based on areas like Sweden and Norway, but it is ambiguous and is more likely a different world entirely. A world with different characteristics would result in animals having different evolutionary traits. So it's possible that the dragons here are not reptiles, but a unique type of animal that would only exist in this fictional world. Toothless proves he isn't a reptile when he refuses the tail that would set him free in Gift of the Night Fury. If he didn't have any feelings for Hiccup he would have just flown away. But he broke the tail and pulled out the old riding set up Hiccup made. He is proven to not be a reptile, he has emotions and a bond with a human. So these dragons can possibly be trained and domesticated.

  • ash 2k
    ash 2k

    You know if a chinese person saw this video...... He would SUE YOU cause you are comparing dragons to reptiles such as LIZARDS. In chinese mythology dragons are god to them, they are defined as an intelligent speices and humble enough to understand humans but strong enough to suprimize them.

  • ash 2k
    ash 2k

    A SLAVE!!!! mattpratt if i controlled youtube i would give you of awards and money, but toothless A SLAVE..... That is a realy strong word. Slavery can be done by harming and cruality and definitely showing himself/herself supreme, but in this case , hiccup is TEACHING toothless and about tail thing. You see he is a frickin kid 16 old year kid, presseurised by his dad even then he successfully creates manual tail thing and second of all he does not wanna leave him cause he LOVES HIM and not SLAVERY

  • Sam Kingdom
    Sam Kingdom

    I train my cat like a Komodo Dragon

  • George Nicholas
    George Nicholas

    U... Are...An...Idiot... they are dragons not iguanas also they are giant so their brains are bigger than a humans

  • Phoebus Apollo
    Phoebus Apollo

    Probably one of your worst videos.

  • Samuel Korankye
    Samuel Korankye

    You are a asshole I love the series

  • Anna Taymond
    Anna Taymond

    Applying lizard logic to them doesn't make sense in this universe. It's shown in this world that dragons are capable of complex thought, so their brain structures are probably different.

  • Anna Taymond
    Anna Taymond

    What about the fact that snakes have been trained to alert people of seizures?


    But what if trough domesticating them through selective breeding, their brains expanded (because of mutations) and they basically become literally like cats, like we see in the movies. What if what's happening in the movies is just an alternate future where our population is decimated by dragons that we breed. And then they get controlled?


    You Dear MATPAT, are a moron

  • Meow

    This was my favourite movie until now…

  • Hailey Greene
    Hailey Greene

    This video makes me sad and unsubscribe

  • Robert Chvojicek
    Robert Chvojicek

    Dragons are reptiles yes... but if you look at how Toothless acts when Hiccup makes a mistake, it tells you there's more to a normal reptile brain in a dragon that meets the eye... or... ya brain

  • Double DTV
    Double DTV

    Why do you claim this is not a kids targeted channel.

  • 700 kelven
    700 kelven

    I'm kinda disappointed what if dragon's have nonlizard brains what if they have cat brains like you literally said at the beginning

  • Mr slunky Pics
    Mr slunky Pics

    One thing is that one Floridian woman trained and yes trained her pet crocodile to drive a quad

  • Vincenzo DiTrolio
    Vincenzo DiTrolio

    Yeah everyone and anyone who has seen the series knows this doesn’t work

  • Liberty Papageorgio
    Liberty Papageorgio

    Game theory you should make a video about Rapunzel's pet lizard that is in the towel with her and always playing games with her like chess I can't even play chess

  • C E
    C E

    But something simply doesn't add up... they are dragons, mythical creatures the, for all we know, may have a different brain than the actual lizards we are here on Earth

  • Eleazar Pereyra
    Eleazar Pereyra

    Dragons are not lizards, they have six limbs if anything they could be some type of weird insect.

  • goehberry

    It's funny how this theory is talking about how you can't train a dragon when there's a UA-my commercials about Dragons: rise of Berkshire right beside it on mine.

  • Nalu

    As I guess, you don't know why does this movies have the name "how to train your dragon." The movies are based in Cressida Cowell's novels with the same name. Even if the movies are not exactly as the books (where they actually TRAIN DRAGONS, instead of killing them) the Director Dean DeBlois said that he wanted to keep the original name in his adaptation of the books, because he had an emotional connection to the original novels and he wanted to honor them. If you have done a bit of reserch you wouldn't have to make this 15 minute pointless video. Lol.

  • Reena Rouge
    Reena Rouge

    Thanks matpat I get As in most subjects cuz of the math and science! Your one of the best youtubers EVER!:)

  • Silver Palm
    Silver Palm

    Please do an episode on coralline 🙌🏾🙏🏾

  • Melinda Lee
    Melinda Lee

    What if dragons are the smartest reptiles? What if they're like dolphins?

  • Crystal Lin
    Crystal Lin

    The fandom has been angered.

  • woteveruk1

    started thinking about this earlier and the more i think about it, the more i am convinced that lizards arent the real life equivalent of dragons, i would say the closest is birds, look at what others pointed out, the emotions shown, the understanding of speech, the intelligence, then look at lizards, the lizard brain isnt capable of those things, but look at birds, birds like the african grey parrot which is capable of amassing vocabularies of up to 1000 words or more, and using the words that they learn to speak in context you should have used birds as the real life equivalent then this theory may have had a chance

  • Meerkat More
    Meerkat More

    You're forgetting that dragons, throughout all their many different appearances across cultures, are able to think, plan, and calculate. Like humans. In some stories, they're even capable of full human-like speech. A creature with that level of intelligence would certainly be capable of forming real relationships

  • darkheart9668

    Isn’t this how people train falcons though? The trainer completely covers its head so it can’t see, and only removes it when the trainer needs the falcon to fly. You take always it’s indipendence and ability to move so it’s forced to obey you.

  • Dylan Sampson
    Dylan Sampson

    Y'know, I don't often get mad at matpat but, comes on man.

  • Christa Guevara
    Christa Guevara

    that part about training your lizard to shoot a gun was hilarious.

  • Zora The Wynx
    Zora The Wynx

    In the Christmas episode, he’s not being controlled, he’s getting the helmet for hiccup because he loves him, hiccup has no control over toothless, I love ya mat pat, but I’m gonna have to disagree with you on this one

  • Hollow Spectral
    Hollow Spectral

    Guys, calm down. The theory is bad but its kinda hard to make a theory on something that already makes so much sense... Exept for the matter of where Toothless' powers come from.

  • Lumberjack king the great
    Lumberjack king the great

    He helped it then realized he could control it so he went evil

  • sky gunner
    sky gunner

    Mat Pat if you read this messages if you hate the series you should use word that not hurting the feeling of the fans (ugh sorry for my bad english)

  • sky gunner
    sky gunner

    this isn't THEORY this is BULLSH!T

  • Neil Martin
    Neil Martin

    "End of the movie shows domesticated dragons". False, even by your definition. They are obviously first generation, given that no amount of time has past. This video infers that even putting a leash on your own dog to lead it around would be "cruelty". Toothless was literally an unprovoked invader in the beginning. Also, this franchise universe obviously shows that dragons are as emotionally intelligent as dogs or horses. Context given by the movie destroys this theory many times over.

  • Mistery Fnaf Gamer
    Mistery Fnaf Gamer

    no matpat no you can not make me hate this movies

  • sky gunner
    sky gunner

    Once again MatPat ruined my childhood

  • Alexis Boothby
    Alexis Boothby

    But matpat, in almost all literature dragons have a very advanced limbic system. You cant use lizards as the model, it's simply not sticking close enough to the general lore of dragons, why not use cats since that's how they act in the movie?

  • Eagle Boy
    Eagle Boy

    in the serires the dragons are smart so the theory about there brains could be factually incorrect. dragons in history were percived as smarter and more capable than people soooo

  • Embernember

    *Me watching theory* Scrolls into comments. Also me: You have angered the fandom.

  • DrowSorcerer 1
    DrowSorcerer 1

    Alagaësia had a simular problem, how they fixed it; elves and dragons at war, they almost kill eachoter to exinction, elf boy befriends one and boom! Peace treaty and dragon riders

    • DrowSorcerer 1
      DrowSorcerer 1