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

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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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  • Dakotah Saulsbury
    Dakotah Saulsbury 6 hours ago

    I have a lizard brain : Eat tic tacs if you see it.

  • Renee DeWolf
    Renee DeWolf 17 hours ago

    EEEEEEEEXCUUUUUSSSSSE me but you can't compare the dragon to an earth lizard😑😒

  • Gabriela Cisneros
    Gabriela Cisneros 20 hours ago

    Its upsetting to read the comments and see people actually mad about this video?!!??! Seriously film theory proved all of his points and you're all complaining about how it was your childhood and how his theory is wrong honestly if u havent seen any of his videos you have to expect getting your childhood getting "ruined"

  • Pokémon SD
    Pokémon SD 23 hours ago

    Dragons are more like dinosaurs and dinosaurs are more like chickens and they can be train boom mind blown

  • I'm a marshmallow

    just a random question how old is spongebob?
    they had his birthday episode and they didn't say his age
    well they did but they trolled us by cutting us off with static and spongebob blowing his flute nose

  • boss bonet211
    boss bonet211 Day ago

    In the sieries, he gives toothless a tail that ables toothless too fly by its self, but toothless tears it off

  • Oliver Fehrenbacher

    My mom had an iguana

  • Ashton Zapanta
    Ashton Zapanta Day ago

    Hiccup did do a automatic tail for toothless 2 times!!!

  • Gwyneth Tan
    Gwyneth Tan Day ago

    Ah, I see you've angered the HTTYD fandom.

  • Emma Tille
    Emma Tille Day ago

    pocho the crocodile: "Am I a joke to you???"

  • OZziLA
    OZziLA Day ago

    Well I have a friend that has a very loving alligator

  • Denzel Ramos
    Denzel Ramos 2 days ago +1

    Film theory you forgot one thing. that this lizards or dragons are as big as people so of course they would have bigger brains than real life lizards. And in the side show series (I forgot it's name but it does go with the movies) toothless does get angry when he sees a skrill.

  • kristeen koky
    kristeen koky 2 days ago

    OK good vid but you are wrong cause dragons aren't big lizard with wing but the are big tigers modified with wing

  • Me StillMe
    Me StillMe 2 days ago

    Instead of having war in the comment section, why don't we ask Cressida Cowell

  • Evie Rae
    Evie Rae 2 days ago

    Maybe they evolve emotions from the queens

  • Raftech 07
    Raftech 07 2 days ago

    How to make a Lot of Fans angry

    • Raftech 07
      Raftech 07 2 days ago

      In Germany the movie Name is how to tame your dragon (1:1 translate)

  • Tree
    Tree 2 days ago +1

    This triggers me...

  • Ashlee Knowlton
    Ashlee Knowlton 2 days ago

    Actually you can train alligators.

  • Lily B
    Lily B 2 days ago

    I’m so sad 😞 these were my favourite films lol so sad :(

  • Daydreamy Zee
    Daydreamy Zee 2 days ago +2

    "these dragons are glorified cats!"
    "cats are real pets"
    "these aren't real pets!"
    the math aint addin up somewhere

  • Kaylin Dutill
    Kaylin Dutill 2 days ago

    4:22 Ohhh you mean there was a such thing as dragons but then humans changed them into lizards. Good job humans you ruined my life!

  • ironmanjrb
    ironmanjrb 2 days ago

    What i heard in the intro "beauty and the beast cut down to one word"

  • Jd Lamont
    Jd Lamont 2 days ago +1

    You just went a bit too far for me soooo DISLIKE

  • Bruno Curso
    Bruno Curso 2 days ago +2

    You're missing the point. Dragons in the HTTYD universe are NOT just like lizards, they display near-sentient behaviour throughout the serious. And seem to even be able to feel and display complex emotional behaviour.

  • Letsgetreal Studios
    Letsgetreal Studios 2 days ago

    Dragons are actually birds, but hey, that’s just a theory-

  • _Edible_ Flower_
    _Edible_ Flower_ 2 days ago

    im gonna teach a lizard how to shoot a gun, you cant stop me.

  • Bne Kreshaw
    Bne Kreshaw 2 days ago

    Read the books

  • 10k subs no vids go
    10k subs no vids go 2 days ago +1

    U dont know but huccup designed a self contolled tail, but toothless smashed it. Plewse look in deeply in the short episodes before u talk shit pleade, thank u.

  • Diseased Deer
    Diseased Deer 2 days ago

    aren't birds warm blooded reptiles or something like that?

  • RandomNinja 024
    RandomNinja 024 2 days ago

    That would be badass though if you could have a lizard trained with to shoot a rifle imagine you just have a team of highly trained lizard assassins with rifles lined up and ready to fire ready to take out an entire enemy camp worth of officers from the shadows in the Treetops and they would be mostly hidden from thermal detection you could use local species of lizards so that it doesn't look out of place and you can disguise the gun as a that shriveled-up leaf stuck to its back

  • RandomNinja 024
    RandomNinja 024 2 days ago +1

    I've never heard the term lizard brain used as a term I've heard Birdbrain but not lizard brain

  • Daire Pardo
    Daire Pardo 2 days ago +1

    In the series created after the first movie Hicupp creates a tail that allowed Toothless to fly independently, however Toothless stayed with Hicupp and actually disliked the tail wing and threw it.
    Toothless stayed with a freewill so it may be assumed that it was wrong in d first movie however if u haven't seen the series it's incorrect to say that he had no will. I mean why else would Astrid had said something between the line of the third movie by saying " This didn't work d first time, why would it work again?"

  • just some lonely person wow

    Birds: Am I a joke to you!!!

  • Meme Child 864
    Meme Child 864 2 days ago +2

    While this is correct, it’s an animated movie that doesn’t follow our real world standards, so, they could be biologically different

  • Alexander Gehn
    Alexander Gehn 2 days ago +2

    I’m sorry Matpat but most of this video is invalid since dragons have more complex brains than your average reptile

  • Madeleine Hammer
    Madeleine Hammer 2 days ago +2

    Who's to say that reptiles couldn't evolve over time to become more intelligent, flying, fire-breathing...

    *AP Bio flashbacks*

    Oh, that's a lot to ask of a reptile isn't it. Well, that's why it's called DREAMworks, right? Because this would only happen in our DREAMs! (Sorry, had to do that)

  • Saleen Sundria
    Saleen Sundria 2 days ago +1

    1) giving the dragons actual reptile brains is pretty lazy, since they show a more diverse range of emotions than a lizard
    2) in the gift of the night fury, Toothless chooses to break it off. You can see him think it though. I think part of the reason Hiccup never tried again since then was because he wasn't sure if Toothless was going to break it again.

  • RoseIsDreaming :3
    RoseIsDreaming :3 2 days ago

    So what if dragons weren't reptiles? What if they were more closely related to birds? I know you can train birds, so if they were more like that, then you could

  • Big Stevie
    Big Stevie 2 days ago

    Cough cough they are basically cat cough

  • Mauricio Contreras
    Mauricio Contreras 2 days ago


  • Ammar Elbehery
    Ammar Elbehery 2 days ago

    What are you trying to prove here?

  • Θεό దేవుడు

    what if dragons are not reptiles
    i mean the movies look like a reptile but they are caricatured like dinossaurs and dinossaurs were birds so maybe hey are some other kind of species like an massive fire shooting featherless bird

  • CJ
    CJ 3 days ago

    Your premise that dragons only have a reptile brain is completely invalid because of the very obvious social structure seen in the movies. The mere fact that dragons appear to be social creatures mean that they would have evolved areas of the brain needed for social interaction independently (convergent evolution, think bats and birds). This is also obvious when we see that Toothless stays with his mate after impregnating and raising their young. These 'social' parts of the brain would allow them to feel affection for their humans and make training them, like one would a mammal, possible.
    The animals we choose to domesticate are usually social animals. Cats (yes, even cats), dogs, horses, cows, sheep, chickens etc. are all social animals. And as we see in the movie dragons are in fact social creatures capable of complex emotion, unlike other reptiles.

    • CJ
      CJ 3 days ago

      Oh, follow up, these dragons are endothermic. Only endothermic animals curl up in order to conserve body heat as we see Toothless as well as the Terrible terror doing in the first movie.

  • mikieer marges
    mikieer marges 3 days ago


  • Marieli Delgado
    Marieli Delgado 3 days ago


  • Marieli Delgado
    Marieli Delgado 3 days ago

    🖕🏻you are a mother f@cer

  • Lochan Lightning
    Lochan Lightning 3 days ago

    Why does this have more likes that dislikes!!!!

  • The_Kendrasaur Channel
    The_Kendrasaur Channel 3 days ago +1

    With all due respect, ARE YOU SURE YOU WATCHED IT? LIKE, AT ALL?

  • The_Kendrasaur Channel

    Um, you have to consider that A: These are supposed wild animals, warring on a tough, hardened tribe so Hiccup doesn't know how he's supposed to treat creatures. Also, in Gift of the Night fury, Hiccup does give him an independent tail, but Toothless declines it, because he wants to be together. It's only when he has something else--A mate, the Lightfury-- that he wants to, because it is then and only then does Toothless actually have something else besides freindship with Hiccup. His instincts then take over. You're also forgetting that this is a DRAGON, not just a lizard or snake. In fact, most of the dragon models were based of mammals, birds and insects. For example, Toothless was based off horses, cats, and dogs.

  • Zaynab Guezzar
    Zaynab Guezzar 3 days ago

    When ur that girl who still hasn’t seen the movie cause ur parents won’t buy the dvd

  • El_ General
    El_ General 4 days ago

    I think the biggest question should be how did the vikings not die from altitude sickness

  • It’s Timy I have small Willy

    Ok cool learning about the brain but toothless brain is more evolved then a gecko or a crocodile

  • Edward Fuentes
    Edward Fuentes 4 days ago

    I can't make my gecko shoot a 1911 i are sad now

  • evil 2theend
    evil 2theend 4 days ago

    The original book had toothless a small green dragon without any teeth and to train him they talked and so on

  • Raghida El Han Obied
    Raghida El Han Obied 4 days ago +1

    I love you matt

  • Raghida El Han Obied
    Raghida El Han Obied 4 days ago +1

    Matt pat: no stupid bad idea

  • Allison Browning
    Allison Browning 4 days ago

    He’s a “slave” and so are injured tigers, eagles, every other animal in the entire freaking world

  • Anime Lover
    Anime Lover 4 days ago

    While I was watching this I got an ad for the new how to train your dragon game😂

  • Itz Lillian Lottie
    Itz Lillian Lottie 5 days ago

    I got a httyd and on this video

  • manya bend
    manya bend 5 days ago

    ok now i am so mad just don't try to hiccup and toothless and go away from this movie

  • vappio
    vappio 5 days ago

    Madpat “A dragon that can’t fly is a dead dragon”


  • Super Wolf Pup
    Super Wolf Pup 5 days ago +2

    I’ve commented on this when it came out, but I’m doing it again to help you, Matpat, with the rage of HTTYD fans such as myself. You’re welcome.
    I was thinking you should make another HTTYD theory to appease us. This is the only time my theory sense has ever went off. You see, in the TV shows and movies where the Hiccup, the dragon riders, and sometimes other people would fall from heights that would certainly kill you. But the dragons would catch them, I feel like they would still die. Sometimes bye the arms. Yes, they would use their sharp claws and grab people falling from heights hundreds of feet up in their air bye the arms. The arms! Shouldn’t that not only kill you but also rip your arms off. I can see the thumbnail already: Hiccup should be DEAD.
    I don’t think Matpat will actually see this, so please help me get this to him by liking, putting this in his newest videos. Please help me out. I would really like it if he did this theory. I just hope he does more research on it than this absolute lie of a theory.

  • IceCream puppy
    IceCream puppy 5 days ago +2

    You have angered the fandom.

  • Nathan TV
    Nathan TV 5 days ago

    I agree with you except reptiles are actually smart but not to solve puzzles but rather in survival saltwater crocodiles and any other reptile move from hot to cold places and snakes are actually smart because if they weren’t smart they couldn’t think about escaping

  • galactic_Spino
    galactic_Spino 5 days ago

    Bruh The man who swims with a huge crocodile and frickin kisses it and loves it you can't say sh**

    • DixieDoodle
      DixieDoodle 2 days ago

      galactic_Spino the man can love the crocodile the crocodile just can’t love the man

  • Gonzalo Liberona
    Gonzalo Liberona 5 days ago +1

    Mattpat your incorrect i whac httyd sinc i was 8 or 9 and thas way i dislike the video so fuge off dumye sorry ps:show this to mattpat and tell im to make a noter video of this movie k

  • Elliott Hannam
    Elliott Hannam 6 days ago

    Can you really fault Hiccup for not trusting the Dragon. These are wild animals after all, and considering the fact that the alternative is Killing them, there is an argument to say this is better. And these safety measures aren't really malicious, just for safety purposes, as the dragon might fly you somewhere you don't want to go. Again, Hiccup was raised under a society that kills dragons on sight, so trust isn't really there. Vikings are brutal, and this is actually within what you could probably expect for them.(I'm not an expert though, so I might be wrong about that)
    Another point: Maybe Dragons have more complex brains than other reptiles, it doesn't seem that farfetched to me
    Not to say this isn't a decent theory though, just that there are counter arguments to the points you made

  • Sirius Black
    Sirius Black 6 days ago

    There are some lizards that have trust like Monitor lizards these can come when they hear you.

  • Yousuf Niloy
    Yousuf Niloy 6 days ago +1

    U r the greatest fool. Give some respect to this movie. Best animated movie in the world. Watch this:
    Everything great about How To Train Your Dragon.
    U will change ur mind.

  • Jill Terry
    Jill Terry 6 days ago +1

    My brother just named his kitten toothless

  • the dragon master 9000
    the dragon master 9000 6 days ago +1

    1:07 oh and sonic

  • joão pedro Rodrigues

    Matpat is pretty much PETA in the dragon world

    PIG DIN 7 days ago +1

    Toothless is a strike class in the movies know to be very intelegent and emotional

  • Privet Drive
    Privet Drive 7 days ago +2

    I got a how to train your dragon/dragons game ad while watching this 😂

  • Amy Fairchild
    Amy Fairchild 7 days ago +1

    When you said your first reaction to being scared is to run, I have to disagree there are to reactions. Fight or Flight. *Not* just flight. I almost always go with the fight.

    EMPIRE MAN 7 days ago

    He did it again, he overthinked it

  • Obi-wan Kenobi
    Obi-wan Kenobi 7 days ago +1

    This fucking theory perfectly encapsulates why somany people dislike and disregard your content. It's just sheer nonsense and rambling for ten minutes about something not set within the rules of the narrative. Honestly somtimes l wonder wether you've actually watched the film's you're theorising or wether you've just had an unmotivated script writer lazily conjure up infomation from wiki.
    And now look l understand why you made this theory which was to capitalize on the new movie but seriously? It really just shows your disingenuous and how you care more about money rather than making well thought out content for fans

  • grace grigg
    grace grigg 7 days ago +3

    Well film theory that “lizard” toothless was designed like a cat so he could be trained

  • alison Scott
    alison Scott 7 days ago


  • Luxurious Gamer
    Luxurious Gamer 8 days ago

    Do you realise that this is a FICTIONAL movie for ENTERTAINMENT and not some ''realistic'' film.

  • Star The wolf queen
    Star The wolf queen 8 days ago

    Do bunnies have emotions??????? Because I’m calling her name over and over again but she still won’t listen to me! Please help me train her....

  • Jacob Clark
    Jacob Clark 8 days ago

    I hate you now

  • Shabaka Smkss
    Shabaka Smkss 9 days ago

    Their a dragon race to the edge

  • Puggin_
    Puggin_ 9 days ago +1

    Damn that was my child hood congrats you officially crumbled my child hood

  • PsykicSlycer162
    PsykicSlycer162 9 days ago

    3:34 Apparently Matpat is the past version of Baldi

  • Some Random Brony
    Some Random Brony 9 days ago

    I don't know if MatPat is a theorist or a member of PETA. Then again, he isn't lazy so he can't be a member of PETA.

  • Baby Blu
    Baby Blu 9 days ago

    Dragons are based off a bat-lizards and they seem to be the same brand of dragon because of how the light fury sleeps its bat like so considering the fact that bats are mammals and these dragons are bat-lizards they may in fact have the brain to love, idk I might be wrong, still luv your work tho

  • Umega Alfa
    Umega Alfa 9 days ago

    Brah... this episode's points are as useless as Snotlout's ideas.
    "Animal abuse"? The fu*k does it mean animal abuse in a world where the HUMANS are the ones trying to survive. Did you see the damn lizards? Even those little fu*kers that small as a hand can mess a adult human up.
    Also, if you skipped the first da*n movie, for generations, humans HUNTED dragons and dragons HUNTED humans, and other lunch sources... Does survival mean anything to you?
    What? Our ancestors that hunted dianosaurs for dinner should be acussed of "animal abuse" but T-Rex eating peasants around ain't a problem?
    Fu*k your points when you put laws from our world in another world and time.

  • Vult Libertas
    Vult Libertas 9 days ago

    Only people who have never met Kangaroos would want one as a pet, they are large, aggressive and stupid creatures. Cross that one out along with the porcupine eating competition.

  • Mushu the Dragon
    Mushu the Dragon 9 days ago

    Luckly im a flyless dragon

  • Renji_OW
    Renji_OW 9 days ago +1

    [matpat] reptiles cant love becuse ther cold blooded

    [tegus] is am i a joke to you

  • Kaydence Farabaugh
    Kaydence Farabaugh 10 days ago

    Hicup was shooting the net blind.his eyes were closed and tryed to fix it but was not skilled enuf to make so toothless could do it by his self

  • Basil Nevaeh Films
    Basil Nevaeh Films 10 days ago

    BRUH he just compared a dragon (portrayed as a very intelligent creature that is basically smarter than a dog in the movies) to a almost brainless lizard. Hiccup shot down the night fury to impress Berk. When he found toothless on the ground he regretted his decision and tried to free him. He then realized toothless couldn't fly and tried to fix it but in the process hiccup and toothless slowly grew a friendship. In the Christmas special (that took place before the second movie aka hiccups growth spurt) he made a tail so that toothless can fly freely on his own. Toothless didn't want that and would rather have his friend be with him flying. In the third movie there was a reason for toothless to have the ability to fly on his own. Everyone else didn't have to go through the same process hiccup did to train their dragon they simply gained their trust. There is a book of dragons special that talks about it.

    No hate. Really good theory tho I appreciate the time and effort that goes into these

  • Letícia Dal Pasqual
    Letícia Dal Pasqual 10 days ago

    Maybe it would be like training birds since they're close to dinosaurs and maaayyyybeeee dinousaurs would be close to dragons?

  • Autumn the person
    Autumn the person 10 days ago

    OMG when I was watching this I got an ad for the how to train your Dragon game like WHAT ARE THE CHANCES

  • Snowy Frost
    Snowy Frost 10 days ago

    It's fiction and completely different than other depictions of dragons.

  • XxawesomeXx Please Subscribe

    there is a Netflix show on how to terrain your drogue

  • CactusAviation
    CactusAviation 11 days ago

    Wait aren't they vikings

  • ohsosneakywaterfallslaying boiyo

    Lol, I mean if DreamWorks gets accused for promoting animal cruelty they could just say that the dragons in the universe that they created or own have that part of the brain developed. And if things really get ugly that would save their series from getting band then they wouldn't have to change the movie names. So if this happens and they do this and things get ugly and if it works they wouldn't have to stop the series of How to Train Your Dragon. So stay kool and if they see this video and say this now they'd probably be a okay and then no more arguments about whether or not Toothless has emotions would be a thing and then the company would not be at risk. :)

    • ohsosneakywaterfallslaying boiyo
      ohsosneakywaterfallslaying boiyo 11 days ago

      But... Idk exactly how they could save hiccup... Maybe the they could say that the movie was made for people with dark humor...

  • Daddy Shrek man
    Daddy Shrek man 11 days ago

    4:24 hey look it’s dogmeat (fallout 4)