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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  • Kaeden Johnson
    Kaeden Johnson  1 hours back

    7:00 i died

    • 魂Mace
      魂Mace  4 hours back

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

      • OrdinaryServingOfJell-O Nah

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

        • RealityBreaker
          RealityBreaker  12 hours back

          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  14 hours back

            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  14 hours back

              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
                Baconnn  20 hours back

                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
                  Baconnn  20 hours back

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

                  • Treedin Animates
                    Treedin Animates  21 hours back

                    The books are better

                    • Eclispe Brawl stars
                      Eclispe Brawl stars  22 hours back

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

                      • TheOnlySoe
                        TheOnlySoe  1 days back

                        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  1 days back

                            WHY AM I STILL SUBSCRIBED TO YOU?!!!

                            • Jessica HERBANE
                              Jessica HERBANE  1 days back

                              y all da h8 4 matpat

                              • TexasbombColCol
                                TexasbombColCol  2 days back

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

                                • Stan Straight
                                  Stan Straight  2 days back

                                  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  2 days back

                                    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  2 days back

                                      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  2 days back

                                        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  2 days back

                                            0:59 Forgot Godzilla

                                            Also, later in the video, Matpat became yeah...not a good theory...

                                            • Moonstone husky
                                              Moonstone husky  2 days back

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

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

                                              • Bumble Whal
                                                Bumble Whal  2 days back

                                                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  2 days back

                                                  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 back

                                                    I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN U MAT

                                                    • Jose Carlos Moreno
                                                      Jose Carlos Moreno  3 days back

                                                      Assault water crocodile

                                                      • ChinaMo
                                                        ChinaMo  3 days back

                                                        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  3 days back

                                                          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  3 days back

                                                            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  3 days back

                                                              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  3 days back

                                                                3:37 YOU HAVE PRAVUS MUSIC!

                                                                • Jason Burroughs
                                                                  Jason Burroughs  3 days back

                                                                  uh no thanks matpat

                                                                  • Gary Jongco
                                                                    Gary Jongco  3 days back

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

                                                                    • Ruqaiya Swan
                                                                      Ruqaiya Swan  3 days back

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

                                                                      • Ruqaiya Swan
                                                                        Ruqaiya Swan  3 days back

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

                                                                        • Ruqaiya Swan
                                                                          Ruqaiya Swan  3 days back

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

                                                                          • Dawid Kaczmarczyk
                                                                            Dawid Kaczmarczyk  3 days back

                                                                            PETA logic i guess :v

                                                                            • Nicole Flores
                                                                              Nicole Flores  4 days back

                                                                              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  4 days back

                                                                                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  4 days back

                                                                                  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  4 days back

                                                                                    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  4 days back

                                                                                      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  4 days back

                                                                                        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  4 days back

                                                                                          Porcupine Eating Contest
                                                                                          sure why not

                                                                                          • EnchantedOcelot
                                                                                            EnchantedOcelot  4 days back

                                                                                            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  4 days back

                                                                                              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  4 days back

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

                                                                                                • danime
                                                                                                  danime  4 days back

                                                                                                  Ur so funny