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

  • Published: 23 March 2019
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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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  • Alexander Durocher
    Alexander Durocher  43 minutes back

    Every comment is the same on this video. Its hilarious XD

    Anyways, as for my take, this theory is at least somewhat correct. If dragons were in our world, they would most likely be similar to regular reptiles. However, in most media and especially in HTTYD, dragons are shown to be intelligent creatures with brains similar or vastly superior to human brains. Dungeons and Dragons for examples has most adult dragons' intelligence score well over 20 (the maximum for a player character/normal person). So, to summarise, this theory when applied to real life reptiles is correct, but dragons are not regular reptiles. They have never been thought of in that way, therefore if the dragons we commonly see in media were to exist, yes it would be possible to befriend them.

    • montinje herbituze
      montinje herbituze  1 hours back

      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  3 hours back

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

        • Fortnite Highlights
          Fortnite Highlights  6 hours back

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          • Derposaurus Rex
            Derposaurus Rex  9 hours back

            30 seconds in ruined this movie

            • Aaron Robb
              Aaron Robb  12 hours back

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

              • LT Gaming
                LT Gaming  15 hours back

                5:02 ha tootless

                • Isaac artistan
                  Isaac artistan  18 hours back

                  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  23 hours back

                    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
                      tooshay  1 days back

                      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  1 days back

                        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  2 days back

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

                          • Marieli Delgado
                            Marieli Delgado  2 days back


                            • Caroline Maendel
                              Caroline Maendel  2 days back

                              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  2 days back

                                This is the only theory I REALLY disagree with

                                • DrewAND Conner
                                  DrewAND Conner  2 days back

                                  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  2 days back

                                    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  2 days back

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

                                      • Aaidens Gaming
                                        Aaidens Gaming  2 days back

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

                                        • Cam's Laboratory
                                          Cam's Laboratory  2 days back

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

                                          • datriplem
                                            datriplem  2 days back

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

                                            Tragically bad

                                            • Sk Zafir
                                              Sk Zafir  2 days back

                                              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  2 days back

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

                                                • Goldblaze D
                                                  Goldblaze D  2 days back

                                                  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  3 days back

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

                                                    • alishbah khan
                                                      alishbah khan  3 days back

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

                                                      • BiscuitYT
                                                        BiscuitYT  3 days back

                                                        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  3 days back

                                                          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  3 days back

                                                            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  3 days back

                                                              Does that mean you can’t train a charmander

                                                              • Aaron Perlman
                                                                Aaron Perlman  3 days back

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

                                                                • Wesley Pipes
                                                                  Wesley Pipes  3 days back

                                                                  Pretty cheap cop out tbh

                                                                  • Shiro Ichi
                                                                    Shiro Ichi  3 days back

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

                                                                    • Sylveon edit’s
                                                                      Sylveon edit’s  3 days back

                                                                      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  3 days back

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

                                                                        • A Person
                                                                          A Person  3 days back

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

                                                                          • BananaGamingYEET
                                                                            BananaGamingYEET  4 days back

                                                                            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  4 days back

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

                                                                              • Shadow Queen
                                                                                Shadow Queen  4 days back

                                                                                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  4 days back

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    TTube2468  4 days back

                                                                                    If you watched the television series you would realize your mistakes

                                                                                    • Anton Vrigborn
                                                                                      Anton Vrigborn  4 days back

                                                                                      The book is better

                                                                                      • MichaelGamer YTMJ
                                                                                        MichaelGamer YTMJ  5 days back

                                                                                        You Forgot Godzilla King Of Monsters

                                                                                        • FluffPuppyG87
                                                                                          FluffPuppyG87  5 days back

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

                                                                                          • Justin B.
                                                                                            Justin B.  5 days back

                                                                                            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
                                                                                              Seppi  5 days back

                                                                                              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  5 days back

                                                                                                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
                                                                                                  Isaac.m  5 days back

                                                                                                  Thanks for ruining my childhood 😭