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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  • ฬ๏ŁF

    If toothless could fly away on his own (in the gift of the nightfury), why did he come back to hiccup and CLEARLY wanted hiccup to put back the "prothetic tail"?

  • Mike Dasik
    Mike Dasik

    Dragons in the movie are as intelligent as the people. They have emotions, are smart, all of that. The only thing they have not is ability to speak. But they understand every word the people are saying and react to that appropriately.

  • Bondboy0070

    For everybody who wants to know,TOOTHLESS DOSE HAVE TEETH.

  • XX XX
    XX XX

    Excuse me while I go watch an Iguana act like a dog.

  • Blaze Burner
    Blaze Burner

    So the movie chooses a wrong title. How to domesticate your dragon. got it.

  • Michael zeray
    Michael zeray

    Hiccup actually gave thoothless a tail he could fly alone but turned down the offer due to the relationship they had before the finial movie

  • Rain Studios
    Rain Studios

    The dragons are sad cause you think there as intelligent as lizards. SAY SORRY TO THEM NOW OR I'LL TELL ASTRID TO SPANK U >:0

  • Rain Studios
    Rain Studios

    I think you forget that toothless has a personality like a cat and inelegance and feelings of humans. The movies aren't the only things in HTTYD there are shows which further their emotions. You can't compare these dragons with komodos which aren't EVEN DRAGON. Their brains are different and evolved. Also if Toothless WANTED to be free and "was being imprisoned" he would of just run away. You didn't watch his facial emotions either. Toothless loves hiccup enough that he'll let hiccup ride him again after toothless was already free. I think you missed some facts on this on...

  • Derpy Diper
    Derpy Diper

    Hicup had made a tail bit he didn't need it he broke the one in gift of the night furry toothless he flow by himself for a bit then didcided he was atteched to hicup he also had no need for a self flying tali till the 3rd movie also dragons most probly have bigger Brian's to know when to be able to do stuff like flt shoot fireballs and not kill everything on sight

  • ThatBoringOne

    Just a few personal nitpicks: - Hinging the argument on "Dragons wouldn't have emotional complexity because existing reptiles don't (not can't, just don't) have it" isn't very solid grounds for a theory. People aren't going to be satisfied with that because it's a pretty shallow argument that only accounts for one single possibility and ignores any other. - Not allowing Toothless control over the prosthetic tail fin could have a variety of reasons. Maybe Hiccup didn't know how to make one that could at that point. I mean, he was what, 14? And he wasn't well trusted with crafting judging by comments on it in the first movie's intro scene. He definitely knows how to make a human controlled one, but not necessarily how to make one that a Dragon could control. Also worth noting, Nightfuries _are_ regarded as the most dangerous and mysterious Dragon on Berk at the time. Giving Toothless the ability to fully fly on his own could have been disastrous for all Hiccup knew. - Having control over the fin in the special can be explained by how they're, at that point, pretty solidly a team and work together when flying. They both have moments in the series where one makes a better decision in flight than the other, and neither has full control on their own over that flight. - A better analogy to compare that to real life would be hunting an animal, injuring it in a way that effects the animal's mobility, realizing you can't hurt it and feeling a connection to it as you begin to understand there's more to them than what you were told, and attempting to care for that animal by helping them do the things they can't due to the injury. Sad and awful initially? Yes. Anything like using a shock collar to have control over a dog? No. That won't ever stop producing distress, shock or even pain, if it did it would lose the effect. Any attempt to fix the mistake of injuring the animal would likely distress the it in some form as they adapt to it, the goal should be keeping that distress as minimal and temporary as possible. Toothless adapts to being ridden extremely quickly, and with far less distress than something as normal as breaking in a horse (wild or otherwise) for riding would produce. It's not that unethical assuming that the reaction Toothless had stays the same. - Lastly, Toothless was netted in the middle of a Dragon raid on Berk and his injury caused by the crash landing. It was an action taken in defense and ignorance of why the Dragons did this that never gets repeated to train the other Dragons. Other Dragons seemed to be "trained", in the sense they're docile and allow people to ride them, when they were approached carefully and calmly, and given good scritchies. They're basically sky doggos.

  • Theory Fan
    Theory Fan

  • TheDiamondScorpion __ 65__
    TheDiamondScorpion __ 65__

    Good theory but how do you know if made up species of dragon has the necessary parts of the brain or not?

  • Mikee 1234444
    Mikee 1234444

    Tim’s father is Ash

  • MotionTV

    Dragons are dragons not real life lizards

  • Augie Eichelt
    Augie Eichelt

    Hey what is dragons wave do you have that thing

  • Darbie Sasmon
    Darbie Sasmon

    but matpat in the third movie while hiccup was making a tale for toothless hiccup and astrid was having a conversation about pickup already doing that a tail that can be used by toothless alone the astrid specifically said that they already did that and toothless didn't want it so you're theory just goes downhill because it is already addressed in the the third movie that he already tried to do that but toothless did not want it but in the third movie toothless has a reason to want it that is actually what you need to be looking for details in the 3rd movie

  • MTRG15

    Weeeelllllllllll this is... accurate, as always, I would argue things like the books that present much more advanced species of dragons that have somehow developed mammals characteristics and complex thoughts and emotions (not to mention they can speak) but then again, the movies have nothing to do with the books so yeah, you can only argue that dragons could be a superior evolution of lizards that have the beginnings of neo-cortexes that allow them to feel simple emotions

    • Mike Dasik
      Mike Dasik

      Dragons in the movie are as intelligent as the people. They have emotions, are smart, all of that. The only think they have not is ability to speak. But they understand every word the people are saying and react to that appropriately.

  • novabus boy
    novabus boy


  • wolfcreator9 does everything
    wolfcreator9 does everything

    Hmmmmm....... I hate you now good bye

  • Jason Sayer
    Jason Sayer

    Now someone is just very very strange.......0:17

  • Jason Sayer
    Jason Sayer

    People in the internet are just weird.....0:11

  • Mealie

    Birds (which are just fluffy reptiles): Am I a joke to you?

  • Colin Gilligan
    Colin Gilligan

    My bearded dragon loves me!

  • Avo Rice
    Avo Rice

    Why doesnt Toothless kill Hiccup?

    • Mike Dasik
      Mike Dasik

      Because Toothless isn't evil. And because dragons in the movie are as intelligent as the people. They have emotions, are smart, all of that. The only think they have not is ability to speak. But they understand every word the people are saying and react to that appropriately. So Toothless know that Hiccup freed him from bolas and he knows that Hiccup brought him a food.

  • Kaeden Johnson
    Kaeden Johnson

    7:00 i died

  • 魂Mace

    how do you know that dragons dont have the brain part that makes them love you

  • OrdinaryServingOfJell-O Nah
    OrdinaryServingOfJell-O Nah

    Decent points, but i was just thinking how much shit they would drop on the houses..

  • RealityBreaker

    God damn it mat pat, I didn't want to watch this theory before I watched the movie, turns out I didn't need to since you only looked at the first and oh my no, you overlook the dragons are clearly shown to have a lot more advanced brains then reptiles, enough to compete with humans. Sure, maybe Hiccup was a bad trainer, he was the first one to try in the universe though and had no research papers or hindsight to call upon so was going at it from scratch. Sure he injured the dragon but in the end didn't kill them, would you call the humans who first worked with wolves a good example for modern people to use on dogs? But he still tried.

  • Kritikill ヅ
    Kritikill ヅ

    Love your channel. But this theory is on par with the ness is sans theory in levels of absolutle bullshit. There was a guy a while back that saved a crocodile and the crocodile clearly responded with *kindness, trust, and affection for years.* but well shit according to this shitshow of a theory, that is simply *impossible* . Seriously though. This theory is just embarrassing on how bad it is. Link to Chito and Poncho the Crocodile: I get that comparing universes and creatures from different universes to our reality is kinda your job, but this is one of those scenarios that just doesnt work. These dragons obviously dont fucking act like the reptiles in our universe. They show affection, trust, and kindess, along with other emotions to such a degree like a cross between humans, cats, and dogs. Did you even watch the fucking movies or animated series or any fucking thing relating to the series Matthew Robert Patrick?

  • Faithfully Hopeful
    Faithfully Hopeful

    Maybe I watched the video wrong. I thought he was theorizing training an actual lizard and how it wouldn’t work in real life. He’s not wrong. A course in the movie world you can train a dragon. But I’m pretty sure he just meant irl.

  • Baconnn

    We may not be able to create giant flying lizards, but could we create giant flying dogs? Edit: also, to everybody freaking butt-heart about one guy's theory, he's talking about how POSSIBLE it would be to TRAIN or even create a real life dragon, not entirely based off the ones in the movie.

  • Baconnn

    How come your theories always have a lot of dislikes? They're really good theories.

    • Mike Dasik
      Mike Dasik

      This theory is kinda bad. Dragons in the movie are as intelligent as the people. They have emotions, are smart, all of that. The only thing they have not is ability to speak. But they understand every word the people are saying and react to that appropriately.

  • Treedin Animates
    Treedin Animates

    The books are better

  • Eclispe Brawl stars
    Eclispe Brawl stars

    Matpat: reptiles can’t form attatchments to humans Me to my tortoise: .....

  • TheOnlySoe

    A dragon that can’t fly is a dinosaur

    • Mike Dasik
      Mike Dasik

      Well, dinosaurus means horrible lizard. So yes. :)

  • 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


  • Jessica HERBANE
    Jessica HERBANE

    y all da h8 4 matpat

  • TexasbombColCol

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

  • Daniel Houck
    Daniel Houck

    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

    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

    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
    Gold Sulfur Titanium Nitrogen

    Made good points, but he ignored the brotherhood they gained

  • Presley Hesson
    Presley Hesson

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

  • Moonstone husky
    Moonstone husky

    A dragon who can't fly is a dead dragon? Speed stingers aren't extinct... Prove that theory, bitch!

    • Mike Dasik
      Mike Dasik

      That quote is directly from the movie. :)

  • Bumble Whal
    Bumble Whal

    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

    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


  • Jose Carlos Moreno
    Jose Carlos Moreno

    Assault water crocodile

  • ChinaMo

    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... :-D

    • Mike Dasik
      Mike Dasik

      Dragons in the movie are as intelligent as the people. They have emotions, are smart, all of that. The only thing they have not is ability to speak. But they understand every word the people are saying and react to that appropriately.

  • I Am God
    I Am God

    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

    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

    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


  • Jason Burroughs
    Jason Burroughs

    uh no thanks matpat

  • Gary Jongco
    Gary Jongco

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

  • Ruqaiya Swan
    Ruqaiya Swan

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

  • Ruqaiya Swan
    Ruqaiya Swan

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

  • Ruqaiya Swan
    Ruqaiya Swan

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

  • Dawid Kaczmarczyk
    Dawid Kaczmarczyk

    PETA logic i guess :v

  • Nicole Flores
    Nicole Flores

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Porcupine Eating Contest sure why not

  • EnchantedOcelot

    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

    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

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

  • danime

    Ur so funny

  • Cheesy Jamez
    Cheesy Jamez

    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

    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

    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

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

  • J.B Productions
    J.B Productions

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

  • J.B Productions
    J.B Productions

    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

    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

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

  • YGC_theGAME

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

  • Finnian Weiland
    Finnian Weiland

    The nickname for Jumonje three is Louie Louie

  • JonyBull


    • Kritikill ヅ
      Kritikill ヅ

      Bewilderbeast can't fly the purple death cant fly komodo dragons cant fly shit they are all dead

  • JonyBull

    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

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

  • Pracica Chellappan
    Pracica Chellappan

    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

    King K Rool 💀

  • Rusty Dragon
    Rusty Dragon

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

  • MahmoudX

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

  • Rusty Dragon
    Rusty Dragon

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

  • JonyBull

    ..... 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

    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
    Simon Galmstrup Thomsen

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

  • 501stTrooper

    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

    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

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

  • finnhanke

    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

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

  • рома иванов
    рома иванов

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

  • Sianne Schaatsbergen
    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

    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.*