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|“||When all is said and done, this young chief will bring me the Night Fury. They don't have a leader, just a boy.||„|
|~ Grimmel about Hiccup to the Warlords.|
|“||I am the Night Fury killer. I've hunted every last one, but yours.||„|
|~ Grimmel telling Hiccup what happened to all the Night Furies.|
|“||Have my dragon ready when I return, or I will destroy EVERYTHING you love!||„|
|~ Grimmel threatening Hiccup and his most famous quote.|
Grimmel the Grisly is the overarching antagonist of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.
He is the unseen overarching antagonist in the first two films How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2, and the main antagonist of the third and final film How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. He also serves as the unseen overarching antagonist of the 2011 short film Book of Dragons, the TV Series DreamWorks Dragons and the video game Dragons: Dawn of New Riders, as well as a playable character and major antagonist in the video game School of Dragons and finally as one of the two posthumous overarching antagonists of How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming (along with Drago Bludvist).
He is a ruthless, devious and cunning dragon hunter who believed in the extermination of all dragons and was responsible for bringing the Night Fury race to near-extinction, leaving Toothless the last one of his kind. He won the reputation of a hero and has his eyes set on Toothless and will stop at nothing to hunt the dragon down, putting him in conflict with Hiccup along the way. He is the cruelest, manipulative and greatest enemy that Hiccup and the rest of the Dragon Riders ever faced.
He was voiced by F. Murray Abraham, who also played Omar Suarez in Scarface, Antonio Salieri in the 1984 film adaptation of Amadeus, Bernardo Gui in The Name of the Rose, Ahdar Ru'afo in Star Trek: Insurrection and Cyrus Kriticos in Thirteen Ghosts.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Early Life/Night Fury Genocide
- 1.2 Dragons: Dawn of New Riders
- 1.3 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
- 1.4 How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Appearance
- 4 Personality
- 5 Abilities
- 6 Equipment
- 7 Enemies
- 8 Quotes
- 9 Trivia
- 10 External links
- 11 Navigation
Early Life/Night Fury Genocide
When Grimmel was just a boy, he killed a Night Fury in a vulnerable state while it was sleeping, which made his village consider and treat him as a hero.
Motivated by this, Grimmel dedicated the rest of his life to killing dragons, especially Night Furies, becoming praised as a hero for it. He eventually succeeded in hunting down almost all of the Night Furies, and was respected by a few folk for killing a number of other dragons. He even managed to discover the atrocious venom of the pugnacious Deathgrippers, and drugged six of them with it, thus making the creatures loyal to him. He even managed to invent airship for him to ride from place to place (with his Deathgrippers carrying it in the air) and a bundle of equipment for him to capture and even carry his prey, including a harpoon crossbow that could pierce any dragon's hide. He later was befriended by two Vikings, Eret and Hiccup's father Stoick the Vast, who approved his actions and both were bestowed a compliment each as one of the greatest dragon hunters to have ever lived, by Grimmel.
During his perpetual mission, Grimmel met Eir Stormheart, a vengeful Viking who sought vengeance on Drago Bludvist for incinerating her father in the Great Hall of Berk, after Stoick abused and ridiculed him. They both make a trade deal with Grimmel giving her dragons to experiment on to elaborate her combat skills. Eir herself supplies him with a drug formula to use to both subdue and sway the minds of dragons, even advancing the loyalty of his Deathgrippers. But Grimmel had no desire for friendship as he later deceives her by stealing her ideas and concocting a dragon serum for himself. Her idea for harnesses and bridles for drug delivery were exposed to the deceiver. And worst of all, Grimmel robbed her precious Chimeragon. Although, the side effect was rapid aging, an unforeseen one.
Grimmel urged to find the remedy for the side effect, so he traveled to an island, known as the Scriven Rock where scholars studied about dragon species. When he arrived (with the Chimeragon in tow) he rummaged for a clue for concocting an antidote. However, one scholar sees the dragon in Grimmel's hostage and releases it, allowing it to fly to the dragon sanctuary in an island called Havenholme. Grimmel sends some of his followers to capture and return it to him. Although, their task to capture and return the dragon was unsuccessful, and the Chimeragon presumably remains in the sanctuary, or later opted to head to the Hidden World and remain there.
Grimmel continued killing more dragons without the Chimeragon. His actions were enlightened as he had powerful, vicious and strong minions who could kill anything or anyone trying to attack or enclose him, thanks to the drug formula and venom. Grimmel became more savvy and dangerous to the point that he could manipulate anyone who he comes across (dragons and humans alike). He became very esteemed amongst many tribes and was even ennobled the title 'Grimmel the Grisly' and became the greatest dragon slayer across the world, for murdering hundreds of dragons, especially the entire Night Fury race.
However, one Night Fury was never killed — Toothless, who survived the Night Fury genocide because Toothless was with Hiccup and was sheltered as a result, yet Grimmel was unaware of it.
Dragons: Dawn of New Riders
Grimmel is mentioned by the Viking Eir Stormheart, whom refers him as G' and divulges that she had been making deals with him, involving her experimentations on dragons. She also tells that her buyer defrauded her, by taking her ideas and stealing her dragon and the formula she created.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Hired by the Warlords
|“||A year since Drago's defeat, and no further along with your dragon army, I see.||„|
|~ Grimmel taunting the Warlords when he sees that they can’t retrieve more dragons like the amount Drago did.|
One year after the demise of Drago Bludvist, Grimmel is summoned and hired by the Warlords to capture Toothless, the sole Night Fury that he has not hunted down, because of their problem with dragon poaching; their intentions were to conquer the world by using dragons they are trying to hunt now that they have assumed the leadership of the Northern Alliance. Grimmel accepts the offer, but hides from them secrets about what he plans to do with Toothless. He plans on using a female Light Fury as bait for Toothless, and frees her at Berk, but leaves a poison dart nearby and hides a trap.
|“||(pours himself a mug of tea or wine) Oh I hope you won't mind if I help myself? This is, hmm… quite good. (Hiccup ignites his Inferno) That is impressive, but let me finish my drink.||„|
|~ Grimmel meeting Hiccup.|
Grimmel walks down the stairs and approaches Hiccup whilst the latter is studying his father's notes, and pours himself a wood tankard of tea (or wine). He explains to Hiccup how he nearly hunted down all of the Night Furies, and shoots Toothless sleeping under a blanket, not realizing that it was actually Fishlegs who was sleeping under the blanket instead. Hiccup detests Grimmel by proclaiming that he will never relinquish Toothless. Then, the Dragon Riders come out of hiding and enter the room.
With that, Grimmel orders his Deathgrippers to attack the Dragon Riders and all of Berk. The Deathgrippers use their acid to burn down Hiccup's house, as well as most of Berk and Grimmel disappears with an ultimatum: if Toothless is not surrendered the next day, then he will destroy everything Hiccup loves. In response, Hiccup leads the Berkians away from Berk on a journey to find the Hidden World. However, unbeknownst to them, they do exactly as Grimmel had planned. Later after this happens, by the Great Hall, Grimmel reveals to the Warlords exactly where the Berkians are headed and avows it is part of his plan.
Manipulating the Dragon Riders into his trap
|“||Hiccup: Why are you doing this?
Grimmel: Really? I didn't think you cared! Well, unlike you, when I was a boy and I came up on a Night Fury, I killed it where it slept! That simple act of courage made me a hero in my village. So, I decided to kill every last one, bringing real peace to the people of this world.
|~ Grimmel explaining his backstory to Hiccup, hinting that he is a dark reflection of him.|
After have incinerated and pillaged Berk, Grimmel returns to his tower, where the Northern Alliance are in development in weaponizing the armadas for their conquest. He spots Valka and Cloudjumper spying on them, but allows them to return to New Berk in order to proceed in his scheme. Hiccup and the Dragon Riders fly to the tower, (during the night Valka and Cloudjumper returned) to break into the tower and eliminate Grimmel in stealth, in order to end the war.
Unfortunately, Grimmel has contrived another trap for his enemies, to kill them and disgrace Hiccup further more and (probably) kill him too. Grimmel pulls the Cord triggering the trap, shutting the roof and causing a giant metal net to cover the base, Hiccup and the Dragon Riders used to enter the tower, locking them inside. When asked why he is committing his knavish acts, Grimmel explains his past and that the first Night Fury he killed made him a hero of his village, as it was a cavalier act. And determined to kill off every single dragon in the world, not only to exploit false rumors about them as diabolical beasts and to make a prudent act, but to also become reputable in the world, as the hero who rid humanity from abnormality, and kill anyone who says otherwise, especially Hiccup, who fathomed the real truth. Hiccup is disdained into trepidation of Toothless’ whereabouts and the precarious world he is living in. Grimmel’s Deathgrippers assault the Dragon Riders and set fire to the tower, diminishing their chance of escaping.
Hiccup and the Riders succeed in their endeavor to escape before getting burnt alive. Grimmel watches them indignantly, but is fortuitous to have captured Ruffnut who was left behind by accident, leaving more deterioration for Hiccup.
Grimmel and the Warlords endure a garrulous and incessant babble from Ruffnut for hours, irritating them ultimately. However, Ruffnut disclosures the specific location of where the Berkians were hiding. An irate Grimmel releases Ruffnut and gives her a baby dragon prisoner (what Grimmel feeds his Deathgrippers with) to fly back with. Ruffnut is obtuse enough to not realize that Grimmel and the Northern Alliance were following her, as Grimmel watches her leave the tower, and yearns to culminate his goal.
Capturing Toothless and betraying the Warlords
|“||Call them off, alpha. No reason for her to die, too!||„|
|~ Grimmel forcing Toothless into a sadistic choice between letting the Light Fury live and calling the other dragons for help.|
Hiccup and Astrid return with Toothless from the Hidden World back to New Berk and find out the Light Fury followed them. It's at this moment when Grimmel has the perfect opportunity to strike and capture both Toothless and the Light Fury. However, all of the dragons from the island appear with intentions to save Toothless. Grimmel foresees this, and orders Toothless to call off the dragons as he points his crossbow at the Light Fury. Grimmel succeeds in his mission and leads all of the dragons to the Warlords, but alters their deal, deciding to keep both Toothless and the Light Fury for himself to dispose of them.
Final Showdown and Death
|“||You’ll kill the both of us! Fighting over a dragon, that’s your plan?||„|
|~ Grimmel trying to drag Hiccup with him.|
Hiccup and the rest of the Dragon Riders, wearing their flight-suits, fly toward the armada to start a battle against Grimmel, much to the latter's surprise. During said battle, Grimmel's platform is quickly destroyed. Because of this, he makes an escape attempt by putting one of his collars on the Light Fury. The collar injects her with his Deathgrippers' venom, allowing him to gain control over the dragon. Hiccup is able to free Toothless, and starts to chase Grimmel down.
However, Grimmel was prepared for this, and shoots one of his darts at Hiccup. The latter jumps off Toothless, thus evading the dart, but this causes the dart to hit Toothless instead, prompting him to plummet toward the ocean. Hiccup drubs Grimmel by kicking him off the Light Fury, and removing Grimmel's collar after seeing Toothless fall. However, Grimmel grabs Hiccup's prosthetic leg, attempting to take him down with him to cause his death as well. Hiccup tells the Light Fury to save Toothless and lets go of her, causing him to almost fall to his demise while Grimmel rips off Hiccup's "wings" to further ensure his death.
However, the Light Fury comes back for Hiccup after saving Toothless. Hiccup removes his prosthetic leg to separate himself from Grimmel, thus allowing the Light Fury to carry him to safety while Grimmel falls from the impact of the ocean below. The impact eventually crushes every bone in his body, killing him automatically or causing him to drown slowly. Thus, his days of dragon hunting are now over.
With Grimmel gone forever, this would be the final time the Dragon Hunters would come to capture and harm the dragons, who were finally forever safe and currently hiding in the Hidden World until they can eventually coexist peacefully with humans who care for them. Until then, only the Berkians will guard their secret.
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming
Even though Grimmel has no mention, his actions still have an impact since his vile actions led to humans and dragons separating, leading the next generation of Berkians to start having a major disdain to dragons due to their features, as well as disrespect for Stoick the Vast. Due to this, Hiccup wants to organize a historic play on how he and Toothless befriended and brought peace to the world. However, many things were changed and the play depicts that it was Stoick who befriended Toothless and brought peace. However, it did its job as the kids respect Stoick the Vast and treat dragons as allies.
School of Dragons
Grimmel serves as a major antagonist in the video game. He is scheming on assaulting Berk in order to abduct all the dragons. In one of the other quests in the game, he assembles a conclave on Old Berk with Eir Stormheart and the player. He makes them an offer to not end up in a sword fight, after separating from each other. During the Riders' attack on Glacier Island, Grimmel poisons Valka's dragon Cloudjumper with his dart. He later exploits him as a weapon by brainwashing him with the venom and using him for his attack on New Berk. He manages to knock out Astrid and wound Stormfly with a brainwashed Cloudjumper during the quest to rescue and reclaim him. The player and however manages to return Astrid and Stormfly back to New Berk. In the next chapter, Grimmel along with Cloudjumper and his Deathgrippers, assault New Berk. The player vanquish him and manage to liberate Cloudjumper, causing Grimmel and the Deathgrippers to retreat with his airship.
Grimmel is a tall, slender man with receded but frizzled gray hair, pale skin, and light blue eyes. He wears a dark brown robe with a hooded jacket and leather armor, brown pants, and grayish-brown boots. His age is currently unknown, however he appears to be around his 60s-70s due to his grey hair and voice.
|“||Eret: Yeah, I wouldn't advise taking Toothless anywhere chief. I know this handiwork, Grimmel the Grisly, famous back where I'm from, the smartest dragon hunter I ever met, well next to me of course.
Hiccup: Well, he can't be that smart. He left his trap unmanned.
Eret: Nothing's accidental when it comes to old Grimmel. He lives for the hunt; to get inside the mind of his prey, to control its every choice. It's all a game to him.
|~ Eret describing Grimmel to Hiccup.|
Grimmel has been referred to as the darkest adversary to all of the Dragon Riders, including the draconic creatures themselves. He is a seasoned, experienced dragon hunter with a very encyclopedic knowledge of dragon behavior, and possesses a deep hatred for dragonkind, believing humans and dragons cannot and should not coexist peacefully together. Despite his hatred of dragons, Grimmel convinced himself that he is a savior who brings peace to the people of the world, believing dragons are nothing more than savage monsters. However, this is nothing more than a mere delusion, as he razed an entire section of the village of Berk and tried to drag Hiccup down with him to his death.
Despite his xenophobic and ruthless nature, Grimmel was also a savvy, cold-hearted, tenacious, manipulative, intrepid, odious, psychopathic, pragmatic, patient and contentious strategist, able to quickly assess a foe and get into their head, playing them into his traps. He is a chessmaster possessing a suave, charismatic, loquacious, gentlemanly and friendly nature despite his cold determination. He is also possibly the smartest villain in the series (surpassing even the combination of Alvin the Treacherous, Johann and Viggo Grimborn's intelligence). However, his greatest weakness is his willingness to debunk Hiccup and Toothless's friendship as an illusion, a trait that ultimately led to his downfall.
In spite of his sadism, delusions, and wicked nature, Grimmel seems to possess one tiny bit of nobility, as according to his dialogue between Hiccup in their first encounter, it can be implied that Grimmel once had respect for Stoick the Vast, Hiccup's late father, because both of them apparently agreed on the danger that the dragons represented, though Grimmel was oblivious that Stoick later changed his opinion. However, in reality, Grimmel has loyalty to no one, as he cared nothing about the people who praised him and never lavished any good to them, apart from ridding the people from dragons, whom they believed were a bigger menace than him. When he is called out by Hiccup for sitting in Stoick's chair, instead of showing any signs of remorse, he simply smirks at Hiccup. Also, although he made a deal with the Warlords to bring them all the Berkians' dragons, he altered it and refused to give them Toothless and the Light Fury so he could dispose of them himself, therefore being dishonorable and was never noble in the first place. Due to his true dishonorable nature, he possesses an irredeemable nature of being a villain.
- High Intelligence: Grimmel's specialization in hunting Night Furies allowed him to gain a great amount of knowledge about the species' behavior. For instance, he is aware that this species mates for life and is able to exploit that by exposing Toothless to a Light Fury. It can be presumed that he has significant knowledge of other dragon species as well. He was also extremely intelligent, and was prepared for nearly every scenario when facing the Dragon Riders by setting up traps or ordering his Deathgrippers to be in certain locations. He also correctly deduced the trajectory the Vikings would take on their quest for the Hidden World, something the Warlords were unable to do, and employed tactics such as tracking the movements of a released Ruffnut to locate the Berkians.
- Inventing: Grimmel had a talent for creating devices that would help him in his hunting expeditions. He was able to create devices that are oriented with Deathgripper venom such as his crossbow and collars that he would use on his dragons. It is also possible that Grimmel created his airship to help him travel to various locations.
- Stealth: Grimmel was able to sneak into most places without anyone noticing him as he was able to sneak on Berk and lay a trap there without anyone knowing about it. He effortlessly snuck into Hiccup's home and followed Ruffnut to New Berk with his Deathgrippers without being seen by anyone (though Ruffnut didn't try to check if there was someone following her).
- Marksmanship: Grimmel was a very skilled crossbowman, using his crossbow to shoot dragons with great accuracy both at short and long range without ever missing his target.
- Dragon Hunting: Grimmel is known as the smartest dragon hunter in the world. Grimmel was an exceptionally skilled and experienced hunter who knew how to track down his prey and anticipate their actions. The most infamous example of his hunting skills is the fact that he hunted the Night Furies, a dragon species that is said to be the smartest, fastest, and most powerful species of dragon, to the brink of extinction. He is an extremely deadly and precise shot with a crossbow of his own invention and is adept at laying traps to capture or kill dragons.
- Dragon Commanding/Manipulation: Grimmel managed to successfully drug six Deathgrippers and train them to become vicious killers that obey his every command. He trained them through unknown ways to answer to his whistles and finger snaps. He can also force dragons to do what he demands without Deathgripper venom, such as forcing Toothless to call off his dragon flock from attacking in order to protect his mate. Grimmel was capable of manipulating dragons under the command of Drago's Army.
- Dragon Riding: Grimmel was capable of riding dragons, which was shown when he rode the Light Fury after drugging her with the Deathgripper venom. Grimmel rode the Light Fury without any difficulties after drugging her with Deathgripper venom, until he was knocked off her back by Hiccup.
- High Pain Tolerance: Grimmel has an extremely high pain tolerance caused by a desire to act alone, which has hardened him. He pushed away Inferno with his bare hand, without reacting to the flames. And Hiccup knocked him off his airship at high speed and later pushed him off the Light Fury at the same speed with no visible reaction.
- Crossbow: Grimmel wields a ordinary crossbow, with wooden structures combined with metal ones. It is also slightly smaller than regular crossbows and has a simpler ammunition loading mechanism. Grimmel uses his crossbow in order to launch arrows which contain Deathgripper venom. The crossbow is extremely powerful, as Grimmel managed to shoot down Toothless, who was flying at full speed while riding the female Light Fury.
- Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III - Archenemy, Heroic Counterpart, and Killer
- Toothless - Temporarily Hostage
- Light Fury - Former Pawn, Temporarily Hostage, Brainwashed Victim
- Astrid Hofferson
- Fishlegs Ingerman
- Snotlout Jorgenson
- Ruffnut Thorston - Temporarily Hostage
- Tuffnut Thorston
- Gobber the Belch
- The Berkian Tribe
- Night Furies
- Grimmel is technically considered the malign/evil version of Hiccup, serving as an example of what Hiccup would have become if he had killed Toothless the first time they met, and how he would have desired to kill all dragons rather than save them.
- In the trailer version, when Grimmel said "I will destroy everything you love", he says it in a more calmer tone and the first part of his line wasn't added. After the film's release, he give it a more serious and louder tone to make himself sound more threating.
- It is possible that Grimmel had dealings with Drago Bludvist, as Drago wore a black color dragon skin cape which looks similar to a Night Fury to cover his mechanical arm and Grimmel hunted the Night Furies to near-extinction.
- He is also the only human villain Hiccup ever killed since he let go of the Light Fury, making them both fall to their death and removed his prosthetic leg so only he can survive and Grimmel can die.
- It is possible that Grimmel is responsible for the death of Toothless' parents as he is responsible for the extinction of the Night Fury race. Although, it remains obscure and a fact.
- Grimmel is the foremost antagonist in the How to Train Your Dragon series, even more than Drago, as he hunted the Night Furies to near-extinction, which is one of the two reasons why there was no information of it in the Book of Dragons and the fact that he was never seen in the first film, leading to Hiccup to research about Toothless himself, as well as that it was a plot point in some of the episodes. However, he only appears in the third film with Drago having more appearances outside the second film, making Grimmel not only the final antagonist of the series but the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire franchise.
- Furthermore it is theorized that he made his Deathgrippers destroy villages, one of them might of been Drago Bludvist's, which lead him to be driven by revenge. If it is true, this makes Grimmel more evil than he originally was.
- Grimmel is possibly named after the Grim Reaper, who symbolizes death. This is fitting since Grimmel potentially has the highest kill count in the franchise, albeit offscreen, since he killed every Night Fury in existence except Toothless.
- Grimmel the Grisly at the Pure Evil wiki
- Grimmel the Grisly at the DreamWorks wiki
- Grimmel the Grisly at the How to Train Your Dragon wiki