((Gonna hijack this post because caN WE JUST
APPRECIATE THIS RIGHT HERE
- LOOK AT THE DETAIL. The sunlight shining between Stormfly’s spines; the colors of her scales; the movement of her head, her eye, her nostrils, her spines, even the little one sticking out of the back of her skull/neck, Hiccup’s hair!
- Stormfly just… stops. THINK ABOUT THAT. You can even see her pupils dilate. Hiccup just dropped his weapons, his defenses. If dragons were mindless killing machines, Stormfly would not have stopped. No defense means easy kill. But she’s got good eyesight, she noticed that he dropped them on purpose. She can see (and possibly smell) his fear — he knows that she could kill him, and easily. But he is refusing to attack or even defend himself in a way that would hurt her. Toothless isn’t the only intelligent dragon. They know when someone is taking a chance and putting some trust in them. The realize when someone looks at them as something other than blood-thirsty killing machines. Dragons don’t kill because they want to. Like a surprising number of dangerous, scary-looking animals, they are totally willing to cuddle with people. Those claws and teeth are for tearing into food, they just make pretty good defense, too, which is what Vikings have forced them to do. But here’s one tiny Viking saying, I don’t want to hurt you, so I’m trusting you to not hurt me. Stormfly is confused. This isn’t what humans do. But it’s not unwelcome.
Dreamworks is divine. That is all.))
Actually, I have a theory that it wasn’t fear that she smelled on Hiccup, but Toothless. Hiccup had been hanging around Toothless almost constantly at this point, and I think Stormfly was the first dragon to realize it in this scene, and it made her stop short. If you recall, the first dragon the teens went against was Meatlug, who is largely regarded now as the most gentle and easy-going dragon of the lot, and yet she was more then prepared to kill Hiccup when he was defenseless and unarmed and completely at her mercy (hence the ‘dragons always go for the kill’ line). At this point though, Hiccup probably smells quite a bit like a dragon himself, which is what made Stormfly stop.
One of the explanations we’ve heard for Hiccup’s fire sword in HTTYD2 is that it helps Hiccup convince the dragons he’s one of them. Which implies that dragons don’t really attack other dragons unless it’s absolutely necessary. The smell of Toothless on Hiccup probably works the same way in this scene, which is why Stormfly doesn’t attack. (Besides, it was pretty much confirmed that Nadders have the worst eyesight of all the dragons. You can literally stand right in front of them and they won’t see you.)