A pet that has scales and breathes fire might not seem like the most ideal (or safest!) option. But the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, now three films in, has us absolutely convinced that we would like our own pet Toothless.
The third and final movie in the sweeping blockbuster series, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, arrives on 1st February, promising to conclude the friendship between Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon BFF Toothless in spectacular, emotional style.
In anticipation of its release, we're taking a look at some of the most "ahh-mazing" adorable moments from these beloved films that'll make you wish you had your very own Toothless...
1. Hiccup meets Toothless
The How To Train Your Dragon movie series (adapted from Cressida Cowell's stories) began in 2010. Hiccup, son of Viking village chief Stoic the Vast (Gerard Butler), is raised to believe dragons are the enemy. However, when sent off to dispatch one of the dragons supposedly wreaking havoc on his village of Berk, he decides to set the creature free instead.
Seeing that the dragon appears to be injured and is perhaps not as frightening as he first thought, Hiccup offers up some food and a friendship is born. After seeing his impressive retractable teeth, Hiccup decides to name the dragon, 'Toothless'.
2. Learning to fly
Taking pity on Toothless after he damages his tail, Hiccup fashions a new tail for his scaly friend and aims to help him fly once again. Of course, things don't always go to plan, but together the two unlikely friends manage to make it work and they forge an unbreakable bond as they take flight for the first time together.
The makers of How to Train Your Dragon said that they based Toothless on a hybrid between a dog and a cat, which explains why he is so adorable.
3. Best friends for life
By the time we get to 2014's How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup and Toothless are now the best of friends. Their sense of kindred spirit is reinforced by their respective physical frailties – whereas Toothless has a damaged tail, Hiccup lost a leg at the end of the first movie.
In this scene from the sequel, Toothless is the most affectionate, adorable, and cheeky companion you could ask for...and it was perhaps this moment that made us want a pet dragon the most. How could you say no to that adorable toothy grin and those big green eyes?
4. A family of dragon trainers
This clip from the second movie is packed with moments that'll make you say "aww". From the fish feeding frenzy, to Hiccup being saved by Toothless (again!), it's clear that this fire-breathing friend will always have his buddy's back.
We also get to meet Hiccup's mother Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchett) for the first time. Believed to be dead, she has in fact been living with, and training, dragons and has a special bond with them herself. Like mother, like son, it is clear that Hiccup has a unique affinity with these creatures also.
However, our favourite moment in this clip is probably when Toothless discovers his new-found feature that will help him to fly even better than before.
5. Friends always forgive
After Toothless falls into the wrong hands in How to Train Your Dragon 2, tragedy strikes, and it is down to Hiccup to find and forgive his best buddy. Under the hypnosis of a powerful beast, Toothless shows his evil streak, but fortunately their friendship is able to overcome this and the loveable Toothless that we know and adore, returns once again.
The moment his eyes change and he sees his best friend again is one of the cutest, and most emotional moments in the whole series.
6. Double the dragons equals double the cute!
In the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, we see that Toothless might possibly be in love as we meet the so-called 'Light Fury'. The trailer shows Toothless trying to win her over, and looks set to be even more adorable than the other films combined... who even knew that was possible?
With the stakes higher, and the danger even greater, the third instalment in this fantastic franchise looks set to be the best yet. We can't wait for more Hiccup and Toothless adventures, and impossibly cute friendship moments.
Click here to book tickets for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, released on 1st February.
Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.