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Viking AU (also known as Dragon Rider AU or How to Train Your Dragon AU depending on the story) is an AU (Alternate Universe) within the Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons universe and the Rise of the Brave Tangled Frozen Dragons universe. In the AU, Merida, Hiccup, Rapunzel and Jack Frost are all portrayed as vikings. Because it is not canon, ideas for this AU are shown through fanfiction, fanart, and other fan-made works.

About this AU

In this AU, the big four are portrayed as Vikings. Because Hiccup - one of the original members of the Big Four - is in fact a viking, this AU usually involves itself within the plot of the How to Train Your Dragon series, setting the characters as members of the vikings of Berk or at least from tribes somewhere in the Barbaric Archipelago, though this is not required. Some may also use the setting and time of History's Vikings for inspiration.

Spinoff Viking AUs

Featured Characters

The Big Four

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

Because he is already a viking, Hiccup most commonly plays himself (much in the same way that Jack Frost plays himself in the Seasons Guardians AU), acting as future/current chief of the Hairy Hooligans and leader of the Dragon Training Academy.

Sometimes for rolebending, Hiccup is placed as a Astrid-like character and is given her role in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, while she is given his, for fun. There have also been fans that have the Light Fury take Toothless' place as Hiccup's dragon and friend, where her prosthetic tail is blue while Hiccup's dragon scale armour, in the third film, is white.

Jack Frost

In some scenarios, Jack usually portrays a viking incarnation of his original human self as either a Dragon Killer-in-Training or as a Shepherd given his crook. Should he be a Dragon Rider, people most often portray him paired with either an adolescent Bewilderbeast or a Snow Wraith given their association with ice and winter, there have also been fans that partner him up with a Light Fury, or with Toothless's mate, because of their white scales. Sometimes this incarnation of Jack dies in the same way that he does in the film, becoming Jack Frost after saving his sister.

In other circumstances, Jack is portrayed as the old Nordic legend Jokul Frosti, providing a mythical angle to the overall story. (Note: actual Norse myth, there is no singular Jokul Frosti. The names Jokul and Frosti are both names associated with the son of the Norse god of the wind. Occasionally they are said to be siblings, or they are alternate names for the same figure. Fans, however, enjoy using the myth as a way to connect Jack Frost to the viking setting).

There have also been times when fans have placed Jack as a Hiccup-like character, for the Jelsa and Janna pairings, as some of the mockup fanart of Jack in the AU has him wearing Hiccup's HTTYD2 clothing; while Elsa or Anna is placed in Viking clothing that are similar to Astrid's.

Merida DunBroch

Due to her masculine, tomboyish, and fiery attitude, Merida is most often portrayed as a Shieldmaiden in the same vein as Astrid. Should she be a Dragon Rider, Merida is usually either paired with a Deadly Nadder (given her similarities to Astrid), a Scauldron (given its similarities to the fabled Loch Ness Monster), a Monstrous Nightmare (due to her fiery nature, and is sometimes given powers over fire in elemental related crossovers and AUs) or any other dragon currently unused by the dragon training academy. Like a Changewing. There have even been fans who give Merida a female Night Fury to serve as Toothless's mate, before the third HTTYD came out and a few Mericcup fans began to portray Merida as the Light Fury's rider, or human trusting friend; so they could feature Mericcup beside NightLight.

Merida is sometimes portrayed as a Dragon Trapper and a member of Eret's crew, for the Meret pairing. As she runs away from home to escape her controlling life and joins the trappers to start a new, so she can live a life where she can be free and be who she wants to be.

Rapunzel Corona

Rapunzel's role in this AU is one of the trickier, as the role of women in traditional Viking society was notably narrow. Should she be a citizen of Berk, she would most likely be a Shieldmaiden (though far less militant in her title as Astrid or Merida would be), her magic hair being a blessing from the gods that they worship. Should she be a Dragon Rider, her dragon would most likely be a Snaptrapper, as it resembles a plant and could serve as a reference to the Golden Flower. Fans have also given her a Changewing or a Hobblegrunt to serve as her dragon, as a reference to Pascal, as both dragons are known to change the color of their scales, while Pascal's small size could have him as a Terrible Terror.

Since Rapunzel's journal is a book of drawings and writing of her experiences, it could serve as a Tangled version of the Dragon Manual; as she writes and draws the dragons that she has seen in her travels. As a Viking or a Dragon Rider; that is a bit like a female version of Hiccup.

In "Pascal's Dragon" Rapunzel meets a young (and fact growing) dragon that Pascal befriend since Little Big Guy hatched from his egg. Like Hiccup, Rapunzel helps the friendly dragon to fly before a group of people could harm him and was able to ride on his back for a short time, before Little Big Guy joins his dragon family in the wild.

Extra Characters

Te Fiti

Being an island goddess can easily make and cast her as the Norse Earth goddess, Jord. While her Te Kā form and enraged self makes her a Fire Giant, an enemy of the Viking gods.

Queen Elsa

Elsa is mostly seen as a Shieldmaiden that was cursed or had her ice powers given to her by the gods that she and her Viking tribe worships. Her royal states also makes her a chief of her own Viking tribe in the North and on an icy, cold island. As a Dragon Rider, her dragon would mostly be a dragon that breaths ice or lives in icy habitats; like a Snow Wraith or a Bewilderbeast. Fans have also made her the rider of a white Night Fury (long before the Light Fury and her kind were revealed in the third HTTYD film), sometimes for the Hiccelsa pairing, with Toothless and his mate by their sides, and the Frozen Dragon crossover.

Some of the mockup fanart of Elsa in both the AU and the Jelsa and Hiccelsa pairings, has her wearing Astrid's clothing, as well as edited versions of them into her kind of style so they could suit her better and to possibly make the clothes her own. This could have fans feature Elsa as a Astrid-like character, as Jack and Anna are sometimes placed as a Hiccup-like character for the Jelsa and Elsanna parings.

In Frozen II Elsa meets and tames the four elemental spirits of the Enchanted Forest, where the spirit, Bruni, is a type of reptile that has a mythical connection to fire. This could have fans feature a dragon version of Bruni as Elsa's dragon companion or friend.

Marshmallow

Marshmallow's large, snowy body makes him a Frost Giant from the Norse Legends.

Moana Waialiki

Moana is mostly seen as a Shieldmaiden in the same vein as a female Hiccup or Astrid. She can also be the heir to her Viking tribe, when her island is placed in or near the Barbaric Archipelago and when her family and people are portrayed as Vikings; since they were also known for sailing and discovering new lands, like Moana and her people's voyaging ancestors. As a Dragon Rider her dragon most likely be a Tidal Class dragon; like a Scauldron, Thunderdrum, Seashocker or any other kind of sea dragon. As well as a dragon that can serve as a reference to a Mo'o, a giant sea dragon that moves an island with its body, from one of the legends in Moana's culture.

Since Berk has chickens, Heihei can be placed as one of them, while Pua is portrayed as a small, friendly boar. As they are the type of pigs that are commonly featured in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.

The Guardians

Since the Guardians are mysterious, magical beings they can easily be portrayed as some of the Gods and Spirits from Norse myths and legends. Much like how Jack is sometimes seen as Jokul Frosti.

Leafmen

Since Ronin and the rest of the Leafmen are warriors that fight to defend their homeland from those who wish their people harm, they can easily be seen as Viking Warriors; with Tara as the chief of their tribe and Marigold as its heir. Riding on trained, saddled, flying steeds can also make them Dragon Riders, with dragon versions of their birds.

Nod

Nod is seen a young Viking warrior in-training, as Ronin helps Nod to follow in his father's footsteps. Nod was close with his father, but he has trouble being a team player, has trouble fighting the Boggan Tribe when they invade their island and would rather choose his own path than letting his father's best friend choose it for him; because of this Nod is seen as a Hiccup like character. Nod's skills in ridding on the back of winged steeds can even make him a Dragon Rider, with a dragon version of his sparrow. As well as taking part in Dragon Racing from his time taking part in Bufo's Bird Racing, and having him and his dragon wearing green face-paint due to the color of the armor that Nod and other Leafmen wear.

Wolves

Due to their minor antagonist role in Frozen, one of them (that fans see as the leader of the pack) can be featured as Fenrir, a monstrous wolf that is a son of the god Loki in Norse mythology. While two other wolves from the pack can be placed as two of Fenrir's sons, Sköll and Hati/Mánagarmr.

Hans' Heartless in Kingdom Hearts III was called Sköll.

Fred

Due to both characters being voiced by T.J. Miller, fans see Fred as a Tuffnut-like Viking. As the two are alike in their own ways.

Lightfoot Family

Because elves are one of the magical creatures in the Norse myths, the Lightfoot family and the other elf inheritance of Onward can easily be featured in the Viking AU. Even though there are two types of elves in North mythology, who don't get along with one another and have the abilities to preform magic, like Ian and Wilden Lightfoot.

Earth Giants

Since giants are one of the magical creatures in the Norse myths, the Earth Giant spirits can easily be featured in the Viking AU.

Talia

Talia's personality and fighting skills can easily portray her as a Shieldmaiden in the same vein as a Astrid.

Princess Anna

Like her sister, Anna is mostly seen as a Shieldmaiden who sometimes as the same vein as a Astrid or a female Hiccup. As some of the mockup fanart of Anna in the AU has her wearing Astrid or Hiccup's HTTYD2 clothing; or something that is similar to them in a style that suits Anna.

Marinette Dupain-Cheng

When it comes to casting characters in the plot of How to Train Your Dragon, Marinette is commonly cast between a female Hiccup and Astrid for the Adrienette pairing.

Adrien Agreste

When it comes to casting characters in the plot of How to Train Your Dragon, Adrien is cast between a male Astrid and Hiccup for the Adrienette pairing.

Cassandra

When it comes to casting characters in the plot of How to Train Your Dragon, Cassandra can easily be is cast as Heather. From how they both have dark hair, have skills in fighting and have spend time as villains who have betrayed their friends, after they learned that they are related to their friend's enemies. She could also be cast as Astrid from being a female warrior who does what she can to help her friend, who is the only child of her people's leader.

Varian

Varian is seen as a young Viking who has the same vein as Hiccup, from how similar the two are and those similarities have got people view Varian as the Tangled version of Hiccup. Like Hiccup, Varian would spend his days helping out the at blacksmith shop, where he brings his ideas to life so he can help his fellow villagers.

Quirin

Being the leader of a village can easily have Quirin as a Viking Chief who has the same vein as Stoick, from how similar their sons are and the relationship that the two fathers had with their sons before they reconnected with them.

Flynn Rider

Because Rapunzel is commonly placed in a viking setting world, due to her being one of the main members of the Big Four and the fact that Varian is seen as a Tangled version of Hiccup, it has got a few fans to also feature Flynn as a Viking from the world of HTTYD beside the rest of the Tangled characters.

Gabriel Agreste

When it comes to casting characters in the plot of How to Train Your Dragon, Gabriel being an overprotective father and the occasions when Adrien has been cast as Hiccup, fans could have him as Stoick.

Hiro Hamada

Hiro would be seen as a young Viking who has the same vein as Hiccup, due to Hiro's craftsmanship skills and the occasions when fans have featured Baymax as Hiro's dragon. Like Hiccup, Hiro would spend his days hanging out the at blacksmith shop or had build his own one next to his hut so he can bring his ideas to life.

When it comes to casting characters in the plot of How to Train Your Dragon, Hiro can easily be cast as Hiccup as he too has a friend that can fly and rides on "his" back when he and the rest of his friends are helping those who are in need of their help and protection.

E. Aster Bunnymund

When it comes to casting characters in the plot of How to Train Your Dragon, the way that Bunny had first started off disliking Jack before they later became friends could possibly have him as Snotlout Jorgenson.

Tadashi Hamada

Justin

Baymax

Jim Lake Jr.

Claire Nuñez

Toby Domzalski

Wreck-It Ralph

Walter Beckett

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