In the movie How to Train your Dragon, the sex of the Night Fury Toothless is never mentioned (or I must have missed if it is).

In either case, is Toothless a male or a female, and why?

  • It could be a female because they have yet shown us another night fury to compare with.
    – user22487
    Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 2:16
  • I watched that christmas special and i swore hiccup said near the end "Toothless is a female?" I don't know can someone tell me im wrong
    – user45685
    Commented Jan 16, 2017 at 15:44
  • Yes Toothless is male. In movie only it mentioned while Hiccup introducing toothless with Astrid Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 9:20
  • Toothless is male. SPOILER ALERT!! How to train your dragon 3 shows toothless with a female and kids.
    – Sujit
    Commented Apr 14, 2019 at 8:55

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The original novels clearly indicate that he's male. Note that he's referred to as "he" by both the characters in the book and the omniscient narrator

Hiccup decided to take the opportunity to check on Toothless's basket. He pulled it out from under the bed. A thin plume of bluish gray smoke was drifting out from under the lid.

Fishlegs whistled. "He's awake all right," said Fishlegs.


"Oh shut up, Fishlegs," said Hiccup, impatiently, "you're frightening it."

Toothless huffed and puffed and blew out some smoke rings. He inflated his neck to make himself look bigger, which is something dragons do when they are scared or angry.


Where the films are concerned, we have both in and out-of-universe quotes that show that he's a male;

From HTTYD2's writer/director; Dean DeBlois

"I'm halfway through the script. It continues to track Hiccup's coming of age, but it's also equally shared now that Hiccup and Toothless are chiefs of their clans. The story also follows Toothless' storyline, and I think audiences will like that because they seem to respond well to Toothless' antics and what seems to be going on in his head."

and from the original film script for HTTYD1

Amazed, Hiccup sits up and tries to touch him. Toothless HISSES and flaps off to a crash on the other side of the cove. He BLASTS the mossy ground to a red-hot temperature... and curls up on it like a giant dog.


The Wiki mentions that he is male.

Plus the dragon is referred to as a 'he' by Hiccup several times in the movie as well as in the books by Cressida Cowell.

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    I agree... as far as we know, Hiccup seems to believe Toothless is male. I'm sure it's potentially a future movie/Netflix show concept to actually confirm or refute this but for now, we have to go with what Hiccup believes.
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 16:01
  • Note that fan wikis are secondary sources too, you would still need a primary source to prove your point.
    – sean
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 19:48
  • as well as in the books - I would say that is a pretty definitive source
    – bobbyalex
    Commented Aug 26, 2021 at 0:28

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