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Alvin the Treacherous is the main antagonist of the How to Train Your Dragon book series.


Alvin (also known as Alvin the Poor-but-Honest-Farmer, His Most Mighty Murderousness Alvin the Treacherous, Great High Chieftain of the Outcast Tribe, Thin Prefect of Rome, Alphonse the Talented but Emotional French Chef or Terrific Al) is Hiccup's arch-nemesis. He has been an enemy of Berk in general and Hiccup in particular ever since How to Be a Pirate. His last appearance was How to Fight a Dragon's Fury.

Like Hiccup and Snotlout's family, Alvin's family is also directly descended from Grimbeard the Ghastly, but through a different branch. He was the son of Excellinor the Witch and Algarick Ogglebert, with his mother persuading him to become the next King of the Wilderwest due to his ancestry. Thus, Alvin began gathering the King's Things, ten objects scattered around the Viking world that would allow one to ascend the throne, with his mother bargaining with Ug the Uglithug to assist them as well, but once he realised that Alvin ascending the throne meant he would lose land, he imprisoned Excellinor. Meanwhile, Alvin met Humongously Hotshot, a Viking Hero imprisoned on Lava Lout island and noticed he possessed a ruby heart's stone, one of the King's Things. Introducing himself as Terrific Al, he promises to bring it back to his lover Valhallarama but instead keeps it for himself and tells her her lover was dead.

Four years later, when he overhears rumors that Termagant, daughter of Murderous tribe leader Moody knew of the location of Grimbeard's coffin, he disguised himself as a farmer and seduced and married her, unknowingly fathering a child who would become Fishlegs No-Name. He goes to the coffin, only for a booby trap to spring and cut off his hand. With the only clues in the coffin being a single lobster claw necklace and a map, he gives the necklace to Termagant as a "gift of love" before faking his death at sea. He then decided to temporarily abandon his goal, returning to governing the Outcasts and enlisting Mogadon the Meathead's help to find the King's Things, but he doesn't believe Alvin and shuts him in the coffin and throws him out to sea.

How to be a Pirate

Floating in the coffin, Alvin eventually arrived on the Isle of Berk where he was mistaken for the corpse of Grimbeard the Ghastly by the Hooligan tribe. He traveled to the Isle of the Skullions with the Hooligan tribe to find Grimbeard's treasure. However, this trip to the Isle of Skullions turned out to be a trap as the Outcasts attacked the Hooligans on their return journey to Berk. After the battle on board The Lucky Thirteen, Alvin, along with Hiccup, Fishlegs, and Toothless, went down into the sea with the shipwreck. Toothless guided the three to an underwater cavern (yep, they save Alvin...WHY?), which coincidentally contained the real treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly. Alvin fought against Hiccup in the cavern until the Monstrous Strangulator awakened and shortly swallowed Alvin. Because Hiccup managed to trick the Monstrous Strangulator into poisoning itself, Alvin was able to cut himself free of the dragon's stomach and escape.

How to Speak Dragonese

Alvin navigates his way through the caverns, feasting on small cave dragons until he reached Outcast Island. However, the Monstrous Strangulator's digestive fluids caused all his hair to fall out so he was shunned by his tribe. Fortunately, using some of his Roman heritage and knowledge of Latin, he goes to the nearby Roman colony of Fort Sinister and takes up the role of the Thin Prefect. He then hatches a plot to allow the Romans to take over the Viking world and take their dragons by getting Roman soldiers disguised as Vikings to kidnap the heirs of Viking tribes, causing them to feud with each other as they believe the other tribes stole their heirs, allowing the Romans to take advantage of the chaos and attack. Camicazi, heir to the Bog Burglars is the first one to be kidnapped and later on Hiccup, Toothless and mistakenly, Fishlegs are taken as well. Alvin had and taken to Fort Sinister where they were to await the Saturn's Day Saturday games in which they would be participating. During the destruction of Fort Sinister, Alvin gave Hiccup a Venomous Vorpent (which resulted in Hiccup getting Vorpentitis) and clung to the bottom of Hiccup's balloon in an attempt to escape. Hiccup unscrewed Alvin's hook by getting everyone to spin the balloon, and Alvin fell into the Sharkworm-infested waters below.

How to Twist a Dragon's Tale

Alvin, having survived the incident with the Sharkworms, resumed his old disguise as a guard at the Lava Lout Slave Jail named "Terrific Al", where he lied to Humungously Hotshot the Hero, causing him to try to kill Hiccup upon his release.

Hotshot left the Lava Lout islands with the Lava Louts who had imprisoned him when Exterminator Dragons began to rampage without the Firestone, leaving Alvin behind. Alvin planned to tame the exterminator dragons, whilst Hotshot could not bring himself to kill Hiccup and helped Hiccup return the Firestone to Lava Lout Island.

Alvin was swallowed by a fire-dragon which then dove into the Earth's core, although Alvin survived due to his firesuit and managed to escape in a quite disgusting bubble of laughing gas produced by the fire dragon's digestive system.

How to Break a Dragon's Heart

Alvin masqueraded as a French chef called Alphonse in order to capture and kill Hiccup. He imprisoned Hiccup in a tree-cell on Berserk with Excellinor the Witch. Unbeknownst to him, the witch he had imprisoned Hiccup with was actually his mother (Excellinor, our most favorite person. NOT). Hiccup escaped from the cell, but the witch did not. However, after she escaped he encountered his mother, the Witch, on a burning bridge.

How to Steal a Dragon's Sword

Alvin survived this frightful encounter with the help of his mother, and got sword fighting lessons from Flashburn, the greatest sword fighter in the Barbaric World. In How to Steal a Dragon's Sword he became king of the Wilderwest through trickery, stealing the title from Hiccup with the help of his mother and Snotlout. It is worth noting that Snotlout did not realize he was helping Alvin. In doing so, Alvin incited full scale war between the Dragons and Vikings, as well as stealing eight of the King's Lost Things from Hiccup.

How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel

A year after Alvin became king, in How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, he had thousands of slaves in Prison Darkheart to look for the Dragon Jewel, having tricked Valhallarama into working against her son and delivering to him the map. After learning Hiccup was among the slaves, he threatened to kill Snotlout, who was loyal to Alvin and his mother, if Hiccup didn't turn himself in. Alvin then took Toothless and Wodensfang, and was about to kill his enemy, but was stopped by Excellinor, who argued that they needed Hiccup to find the Jewel. After Hiccup found it and escaped (thanks, Excellinor!), he was captured by Valhallarama and brought back to the prison. However, she did not give Alvin the Jewel. Instead she convinced many of the Vikings to accept Hiccup as their King, reinventing the Slavemark as the Dragonmark. When the Red Rage showed up, Hiccup, Fishlegs, and Camicazi escaped on the Deadly Shadow and freed Toothless and Wodensfang, but Alvin managed to take the Dragon Jewel, gaining a ninth Lost Thing.

How to Betray a Dragon's Hero

Following a period of a three-way war between the Dragon Rebellion (led by the dragon Furious), the Alvinsmen (his own forces), and the Dragonmarkers (led by Hiccup and Valhallarama), Alvin captured Hiccup once more. Hiccup had broken into the Alvinsmen's underground stronghold to burgle the nine Things from Alvin, though instead, Alvin took the tenth Thing, Toothless, from Hiccup. Hiccup escaped before Alvin could execute him, though, taking the King's Lost Things with him. Naturally Alvin pursued with quite a large army, and managed to reclaim the Things. As of press time, Alvin believes Hiccup to be dead and is making his was to the island of Tomorrow to be properly crowned King of the Wilderwest.

How to Fight a Dragon's Fury

Afterwords Hiccup unites with the dragons and attacks and defeats Alvin and his forces. During the battle, Alvin tries to kill Fishlegs but is attacked and killed by the Dragon Guardians of Tomorrow.


Alvin's built is thin and he used to have some mustache and beard. He has a hook, because he lost his hand when the coffin closed. He later became bald, because he was eaten by a Monstrous Strangualtor. Later, he has an eyepatch and a peg leg, because his eye and foot got bitten by Sharkworms. He later lost his nose, because he survived by escaping in a bubble when being eaten by a Fire Dragon.


At first glance to most of his victims, Alvin, if he goes by that name, is a charming and charismatic man who is eager to help them in whatever means necessary, from helping the Hairy Hooligans find Grimbeard's treasure, assisting the Fat Consul in managing his duties and promising to return Humongously Hotshot's ruby heart half to Valhallarama to signal that he was still alive. However, these are all a ruse as Alvin is a very cunning man and would come to either betray those he assisted or be working for them under an ulterior motive such as keeping the ruby for himself as it was one of the King's Things, items needed to become the next King of the Wilderwest. He is also skilled in trickery as much as Hiccup, convincing Hotshot to kill Hiccup which was only stopped after Hotshot saw that Hiccup was a good person, and managed to keep the ruby for himself after convincing Valhallarama that he was dead. This treachery and cunning would lead to his death as when he tries to fight unfairly against Fishlegs, the dragon Guardians of Tomorrow lead him to Airy Oblivion and disintegrate hi

Alvin was also incredibly self-serving, plotting to kill his own mother when he becomes king even after she assisted him in his climb to power, although she was quite unpleasant herself, and even boasts about how many times he's saved himself, as well as marrying Fishleg's mother and having a child with her only so that she would tell him the location of Grimbeard's supposed coffin, which led to his hand being chopped off.

The only remotely positive trait about Alvin is his dogged determination, plotting for many years to obtain power and continuing to do so even after losing multiple body parts. He also has an obsession with Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, who is intelligent enough to outsmart him and has foiled him multiple times, with his last words cursing Hiccup for his misfortune. Ironically, it was Alvin's actions that led to Hiccup being born as Valhallarama, believing Humongous was dead, married Stoick the Vast and birthed him.

Alvin's greatest downfall was his incredible arrogance, which is what mainly led him to his many downfalls, underestimating Hiccup or overlooking things, such as giving the lobster claw necklace which contained the Dragon Jewel to Fishlegs's mother Termagant, believing it to be worthless, allowing Hiccup to thwart him.


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Outcast Tribe
Alvin the Treacherous (DreamWorks) | Excellinor the Witch | Mildew | Savage

Northern Alliance
Drago Bludvist | Drago's Bewilderbeast | Eret | Warlords | Grimmel the Grisly

Dragon Flyers
Krogan | Mr. Murderous Pile of Yak Dung | Flyer Leader

Berserker Tribe
Dagur the Deranged | Chief Berserk | Savage

Dragon Hunters
Johann | Viggo Grimborn | Ryker Grimborn | Cleve | Ingar Ingerman | Dragon Hunter Commander | Fight Master

Green Death | Purple Death | Furious | Venomous Vorpent | Red Death | Toothless' Nemesis | Frozen Skrill | Screaming Death | Firecomb Crasher | Hookfang's Nemesis | Drago's Bewilderbeast | Grimmel's Deathgrippers | Slinkwing Trio (Lurke) | Fault Ripper | Thunder's Nemesis

Fat Consul | Kidnappers | Norbert the Nutjob | Hairy Scary Librarian | Snotface Snotlout | Amos | Calder | Gruffnut Thorston | Magnus Finke | Waldondo del Mundo | Erik the Wretched | Svetlana the Sly