Nearly all of Astrid’s decisions are logically motivated and as emotionally detached as possible. The first time she has to fight a dragon, she is one of the few who doesn’t respond based on fear, but logic. The reason she values knowledge is because of its practical applications, and highly prizes knowledge that is valued in society, like knowing how to deal with dragon attacks. Her sense of empathy is close to none, and she’s not afraid to tell it like it is (telling Hiccup to “figure out what side you’re on” and that “you have to kill a dragon”) regardless of possible emotional reactions and, when she has to, react instinctively to dangerous or stressful situations before she has time to process what’s happening (dragon attacks…). Her instinctive reactions to external threats are all logically based; dragon coming, throw the axe; fire burning, put it out; flying hundreds of feet in the air, hang on for dear life; Hiccup being chased by a dragon, go protect him. As opposed to Hiccup, a Ti user, who needs time to think independently and make a decision after finding the dragons’ nest, she makes her decision right away to tell the chief. In later films, she always goes for the most direct, rational solution to a problem, even if that’s to open a cage and release a bunch of dragons as a distraction. Astrid, especially young Astrid, spends the majority of her time observing and internalizing her experiences. When we first see Astrid, as the village kids are mocking Hiccup, rather than joining in, she passively observes. As she enters the training arena for the first time, she’s focused on taking in her surroundings, knowledge of which she calls on throughout her training. When she first finds Hiccup in the cove, to find an explanation for his disappearances she relies on either what she sees or experiences around her, which initially leaves her clueless enough to resort to asking Hiccup flat out what he’s doing. She tends to judge people based on her past observations of them, like her perception of Hiccup as a societal pariah and a disappointment to their village because of his inability to conform. When she gets annoyed or angry, it’s usually because someone is interfering with her methods (Snotlout getting in the way of her taking down a dragon) or she doesn’t have any evidence to explain a particular phenomenon (Hiccup’s tricks to mitigate dragons in the arena). Astrid also has a strong sense of permanence and what lasts; she doesn’t want to leave their home, because they have lived there for seven generations! In later films, she becomes more open to change (even teasing her boyfriend about his reluctance to do anything different) and likes to brainstorm (coming up with random possibilities of what might have happened to Stoick and Hiccup). Her emotions only become apparent when she gets stressed, like when she loses the training competition to Hiccup and throws a tantrum over her failure. She only really gets stressed or angry with herself when she fails to fulfill the goals she has set for herself. She unwaveringly supports Hiccup and his decisions, even if they might go against direct orders from Stoick. When she’s comforting Hiccup and trying to explain who he is, she urges him to look inwards, regardless of his external perception.

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Unlike Hiccup, Astrid is very confident of what she is supposed to be doing, dutiful in how she gets things done, and believes in herself. She at first insists on doing things ‘by the book’ and reporting Hiccup to his father for interacting with a dragon, but then loosens up over the course of the series. She always encourages Hiccup to do what is right, and act on what he feels, as she does. She has a strong sense of duty to their kind and to their village, and firm opinions (when others push them to get married, she rolls her eyes and says confidently “we’re not ready for that!”). She acts on her gut, confidently rushing in to rescue her friends and/or the dragons whenever they are at risk, but also has a strong 2 wing in how she constantly affirms and encourages Hiccup to live up to his full potential. She tells him he doesn’t have to emulate his father, but can be his own person. When he’s down, she reminds him of the many times he has saved her life and inspired her (“I never told you this, but…”). She’s also forgiving of his mistakes and eager to love him.

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