Hiccup will come to know that his carelessness will cause every dragon on Earth to be slaughtered and sold. Including his Night Fury.
—— Viggo Grimborn
Viggo Grimborn is the main antagonist in Dragons: Race to the Edge. He is the leader of the Dragon Hunters who wants to obtain the Dragon Eye. He is voiced by Alfred Molina.
- 1 DreamWorks Dragons: The Series
- 1.1 Dragons: Race to the Edge
- 2 Physical Appearance
- 3 Description
- 4 Abilities, Skills and Talents
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
- 10 External Link
- 11 Gallery
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Astrid told the other riders that Viggo was the true leader of the the Dragon Hunters instead of Ryker. According to Heather, he works in the shadows and everyone is afraid of him, including his brother.
He was mentioned again when Ryker, Dagur, and their forces failed in attacking Dragon's Edge.
Viggo made his first appearance when he met Dagur and Heather for the first time. During the meeting, one of the hunters was discovered to have been stealing the inventory. While it appeared Viggo forgave him, the hunter was taken away to be punished. Viggo spoke to Heather alone about knowledge of a traitor among the Dragon Hunters. Seeming to believe it was Dagur, or even Ryker, he turned to Heather for help in capturing a Flightmare.
However, Viggo knew Heather was the real traitor, and used her to lure the Dragon Riders out. The Hunters were soon able to capture the Flightmare, as well as Heather and Windshear. Viggo left the game Maces and Talons on his abandoned ship, with pieces representing him, Hiccup and Heather, as a challenge for Hiccup.
While waiting for the Dragon Riders to strike, Viggo had Heather locked up, took in preparations for the Flightmare, and even played a live version of Maces and Talons with Dagur, which he won.
Viggo hid among the trapped dragons where he encounters Hiccup, who was searching for Heather. His men manage to paralyze Hiccup and Toothless, while Viggo takes the Dragon Eye. After using the Flightmare's mist to unlock the Dragon Eye, the hunters release the dragon, giving Viggo and the Dragon Hunters a chance to escape.
With the Dragon Eye back in the hands of the hunters, Viggo now sets his sites on selling or killing every dragon, including Toothless.
Months later, Viggo had one of his ships infected with the Scourge of Odin in order to create an outbreak to demand a cure. Viggo was able to follow Hiccup and his riders (most likely using the Dragon Eye) to Odin's Respite to capture the last Buffalord. Hiccup then had Toothless threaten Viggo but Viggo threatened to have Ryker kill the Buffalord. Viggo then agreed to let Hiccup have the cure for Astrid in exchange for the dragon. However, the Buffalord, unwilling to leave its island, inflated and escaped, causing havoc on Viggo's ship. Realizing that Hiccup knew of this, Viggo ordered Ryker to set the dragon free.
Viggo later began a mining operation, using Catastrophic Quakens, to build a dragon-proof fortress on his island. However, before it was completed, the Riders managed to free the Quakens and use them to destroy the structure. Viggo vowed that the Riders will pay for this and began to realize the threat that they were to his plans.
Hiccup and the others soon found one of Viggo's fleets hidden in a remote location, and planned to take it out. However, Dagur, who had changed, told them it was a trap Viggo set up to lure them in, but no one believed him since they thought he was still working for Viggo. The Berserker went after the fleet and proved it was a trap. He managed to take it down, but was killed in the battle. Before his death, Dagur left a note for Heather telling her about Viggo's dragon auctions.
Viggo soon planned an auction, where he was expecting a "special guest." Make sure it went perfect, he had Ryker set up extra defenses around the island. The brothers were greeted by a young man named Sir Ulgerthope, who which Viggo thought he had met before, but still let him and his valet enter the auction. Trader Johann soon showed up offering dragons as payment for safe travel in his trade. Viggo noticed the creaking floorboards on his ship and even smashed through one to check it, but found nothing. He accepted Johann's gift and let him pass.
When the auction was about to start, Viggo noticed the man he was expecting in the front. Just as it began, he found the twins under one of the sheets covering a cage, and realized Ulgerthrope was a Dragon Rider as well. The Riders were soon all captured and Viggo took possession of Berk's gold. He made his way off, adding Toothless to the bidding list. Once the Night Fury was brought up, bids started immediately. Viggo told one of his men to get Hiccup, so he could watch his dragon be sold. The cloaked man put up the largest amount and was about to buy Toothless, until the Riders released the dragons, causing a panic and made Viggo lose his customer. He made his was to his ship with the gold he already had. When Hiccup tried to stop him, he threw the chest into the ocean. Hiccup managed to retrieve it, but realized Viggo switched the chests. Hiccup was devastated for losing all of Berk's gold to the Dragon Hunters, but hey still saved all the dragons.
After several confrontations, Viggo invited Hiccup to meet on a remote island. It was covered in blue oleander flowers, thus preventing Toothless to get close. Once he arrived, Viggo offered Hiccup truce, depicting a map of where each would leave alone. Viggo even signed it to make it official, but Hiccup said he would think about it. Knowing Viggo didn't really want a truce, the Riders went to the nearest island on his side, believing he didn't want them to find it. There, they met the Defenders of the Wing, a tribe of dragon worshippers. However, they soon found out Viggo used the Riders as a distraction so his men could capture their dragon protector, the Eruptodon.
Viggo wears a black tunic with red scales on his shoulders and around his waist. He also has spiked shoulder pads and a silver belt buckle with Dragon Hunters' tribal crest on it, and black wrist guards.
Viggo has short, black hair and brown eyes. He also sports a French cut beard. Viggo has three scars on the left side of his neck.
He knows everything there is to know about dragons, clashes with Hiccup and the riders over the Dragon Eye, which has belonged to his tribe for centuries. Unlike his brother, Ryker, he's very smart. He also gets frustrated by Ryker's lack of vision. Viggo is a master tactician, and uses his intellect to outwit his enemies.
While Hiccup is an adversary, the two of them share a mutual respect.
Abilities, Skills and Talents
Unlike his brother by using strength to defeat his opponents but relies on his intelligence to find numerous ways as he shown to be successful.
Intelligence: Viggo is an extremely clever individual and noted by Hiccup as a master of deception, who battles with his intellect. He is an expert at playing Maces & Talons, even managing to outwit Hiccup - though he admitted that Hiccup had exceeded his expectations and was a brilliant opponent. As an item belonging to his tribe, Viggo has intimate knowledge of the Dragon Eye and - by extension - dragons themselves, on par with Hiccup's. (Maces and Talons, Part 2).
Dragon Hunting: Though he rarely puts himself in danger, Viggo is considered an elite Dragon Hunter, rivaled - and possibly surpassed - only by his older brother, Ryker.
Leadership: Despite being the younger brother, Viggo is the undisputed leader of the Dragon Hunters because of his cunning intellect and effective strategies. He always plans his moves before he makes them, often seeing his battles as a game of Maces and Talons. He leads Dragon Hunters with respect and fear.
Strength and Fighting Skills: Viggo is a skilled fighter as he managed to overpower Heather - a warrior on par with Astrid - effortlessly and with his bare hands. He carries a large sword on his back, which bears a slight resemblance to Hiccup's sword, Inferno. He shown his strength to be able to hold Heather easily but he was stated by his older brother, he is not strong as Ryker.
Ryker is Viggo's older brother. Despite being younger, Viggo leads the Dragon Hunters. He does appear to care for Ryker, despite giving him orders and shunning his ideas.
Hiccup Haddock III I have enjoyed our time together. I do truly hope we are able to compete again.
—— Viggo after taking the Dragon Eye
As Hiccup's newest adversary, Viggo challenges him in ways he never has been before. He is impressed by the young Viking's intellect and sees him as a worthy opponent, unlike other villains Hiccup has faced.
Viggo tests Hiccup's intelligence, and even manipulates him to his advantage, leaving the young Viking extremely frustrated. However, in Buffalord Soldier he does honor Hiccup's request to give Astrid the only known cure for the Scourge of Odin.
Viggo could tell right away that Heather was a spy, possibly because of Windshear. He used her not only to find the Flightmare, but to lure out the Dragon Riders. He did seem a bit disappointed that Heather was not a more worthy opponent. When she was captured, it is possible Viggo made arrangements to have Heather executed. (Maces and Talons, Part 1, Maces and Talons, Part 2)
Viggo treated Dagur the same as the Dragon Hunters. He was seen playing Maces and Talons with Dagur in the episode Maces and Talons, Part 2. While he did seem slightly impressed by Dagur's strategy, but still managed to win. It is unknown if Viggo is aware that Dagur freed Heather. Most likely, since he sent hunters after Dagur. (Enemy of My Enemy).
They say there are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true, the other is to refuse to believe what is.
Pieces, as with people, are expendable. No one is irreplaceable.
Brilliant. Simply brilliant. That boy does know his dragons, I'll give him that.
Stop thinking. All thinking has been done. You simply need to do what you're told; follow orders. Can you do that?
Accepting defeat is the most difficult, but necessary part of competition, Hiccup!
Fishlegs, I'm shocked. I'd have thought you were above name calling. 'Monster,' no. 'Savvy business man,' indeed.
I tend not to dwell on the 'what ifs,' my boy. Leaves you barren.
I have no desire to rule the world like . . . some people.
Time is of the essence, Hiccup. Peace can be such a fragile thing.
- Maces and Talons, Part 1
- Maces and Talons, Part 2
- Buffalord Soldier
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place
- Last Auction Heroes
- Defenders of the Wing, Part 1
- The name "Viggo" means "war" or "battle."
- Unlike all the other villains in the franchise, Viggo is more relaxed when the situation is not under control.
- Viggo bears a strong resemblance to Maxim Horvath, a villain who was also played by Molina in The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
- Coincidentally, Jay Baruchel also starred in this movie, and it premiered the same year as How to Train Your Dragon.
- Viggo has some similarities with Excellinor.
- Both have a relative that Hiccup has encountered before them. They are also the true masterminds.
- They have outsmarted Hiccup several times, as well as obtaining objects in his possession.
- They both have an interest in certain games.
- Since Viggo is the leader of the Dragon Hunters, and he describes the Dragon Eye as "something that has belonged to my tribe for generations", he may be a chief. Further supporting this theory is the fact that he and his grandfather often played Maces and Talons together, which was designed for future chiefs.(Maces and Talons, Part 2)
- In almost every situation, his face bears a rather neutral expression, with the occasional smile or glare, reflecting his cool and collected nature. The only true exception seen so far is when he promises to sell or kill every dragon alive, as he snarls his words and bears a vicious expression. Even when ordering Dagur to do as he is told, his voice remains neutral, only louder.
- Viggo is revealed to be left-handed, as he uses his left hand to sign on the map in Defenders of the Wing, Part 1. This makes him the second left-handed character in the franchise, the first being Hiccup.
- Viggo and Ryker's last name, Grimborn, might be an allusion to Grimbeard the Ghastly from the books. For Viggo's part, Grimbeard was deceivingly cunning, almost manipulative in his clues he left behind.
- Viggo is the only main villain whose goal was never to capture or kill Hiccup.
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