Beat as the leader of the Disir stares at him in shock.
Harry: I swear that oath on my blood as a Prince of Asgard, on my power as a sorcerer, and on my eternal soul. *Beat and Slasher Smile.* And if you devour me, you know what will happen. Asgard will come against you in its full might. My father and uncle… oh their wrath will be terrible. Do you honestly think that Odin could not undo the spells that bind you to this unlife and obliterate your essences if he so wished? Do you not think he could cast you into the vilest realms of torment in a heartbeat. The only reason he hasn’t is because he has more important things to worry about, such as what variety of mead to drink with his dinner. You anger the Allfather at your peril. So, you either do as I say, or you face your destruction. And if it is me doing the destroying, I guarantee that it will be not be quick. Your torment shall last as long as I can make it. So swears Prince Harry Thorson.
After that, during the actual escape, he pauses to say this to 13 monsters that it took Bor at the height of his powers to banish, he makes a speech that is a pure case of Refuge in Audacity, crossing over with Crowning Moment of Funny:
On a meta level, stealing pretty much every scene he's in.
In chapter 22, creating a literal sea serpent out of water, infusing it with magic and using it to put out magical fire. He even took the time to add colour and detail to it.
Simultaneously creating a world wide spy network, gaining a reputation as a philanthropist and actually helping out the deprived.
Calming down a panicking Thor when Harry is kidnapped.
Calming him down again when he gets angry after dwelling on Pettigrew's betrayal.
Director Nicholas Fury
Taking on Lucius Malfoy as a young man and breaking his wand, permanently damaging his leg and burning his house down around him with what Fury later reveals was napalm.
The fact that, as a young spy, pretty much working alone, he took on Lucius Malfoy, who is in this verse a fully fledged Magnificent Bastard, and the might of HYDRA and while he was losing, put up a serious fight.
Chapter 42 is essentially the Nick Fury Is Awesome Show:
Luring Baron Von Strucker out into the open by dangling the temptations of himself (Director of SHIELD), Psylocke (key member of the rebuilding MI 13 and potentially powerful enemy) and War Machine (the US army's most trusted pilot and a key confidant of Tony, being close to the Avengers) and forcing him to act before he was ready.
Taking out one of HYDRA's bruisers and forcing their top telepath (the Shadow King) to cut and run.
Humiliating Von Strucker and sending him to spread the terror among the rest of HYDRA.
Acquiring a valuable intelligence asset (Narcissa Malfoy) who will doubtless be only too happy to screw over the man who tried to kill her.
Tony Stark / Iron Man
On his first visit Asgard, taking one of his armours and taking on Volstagg in a bout to show how good it is. The bout ends with Tony chokeslamming one of the biggest badasses in the Nine Realms to the floor. While Volstagg is stated to have been holding back, not wanting to crush Tony, he's still one of the best fighters in the Nine Realms, with millennia of combat experience and serious physical power to boot.
The astonishment of just about every artificer in Asgard at the Iron Man armour, which, designed with inferior Earth materials, can turn the wearer into a physical match for anyone short of Thor and his physical peers.
It's noted that if he had access to Asgardian materials, he could build something that would make the Destroyer look like a toy.
Bruce Banner / The Hulk
The Hulk shielding Harry from the robots and taking them on (literally) singlehandedly.
Rest assured Thor. We will find Harry. We will find the people that have taken him. And Hulk will smash.
Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Clint's Improbable Aiming Skills. Ricocheting an arrow off three walls to split an apple ten feet behind you may be completely impossible if you don't have a magically enhanced pair of eyes, but it is also unbelievably cool.
The fact that he's universally recognised as the best archer in the Nine Realms. His only equal is Prince Faradei of Alfheim, a.k.a. the real life Legolas.
She's the Goddess of War. In the ancient warrior culture of Asgard, she was picked by Odin to be the Goddess of War. That is pure awesome in and of itself
Sif nutting Fandral. From a seated position. And knocking him out in one shot.
As barely more than a teenager, fighting Fenris, surviving being chewed and swallowed by him, then cutting her way out of his stomach with only one hand. And then picking up that hand and walking to the nearest settlement all while chewed up (literally), beaten up, suffering from having her hand bitten off and oh yeah, being covered in stomach acids. Sif is made of awesome.
Being acknowledged as Fandral's match with a blade when he is considered to be the finest swordsman in the Nine Realms and is a specialist.
Agent Peter Wisdom a.k.a. Regulus Black
Is Nick Fury's protégé.
Went toe to toe with the Winter Soldier and survived.
Went toe to toe with one of the veidrdraugar and killed it.
Being the niece of Jack O'Neill and great-niece of Peggy Carter means that its In the Blood.
Uhtred standing his ground against the Disir. These are monsters that he's grown up on stories of, the things that come and snatch you away in the night and devour you, things that cannot be touched let alone stopped, and he's plainly terrified of them. Yet he stands his ground.
Being the protégé of Sif herself.
Diana of Themyscira
Outrunning the leader of the Disir in flight while carrying Uhtred and Harry. Bear in mind that even though she's got Super Strength, she's about 11, and a small 11 at that.
Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch
Most of this is reported, but...
Taking on Lucius Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange at once and winning.
Being trained by Doctor Strange.
Being estimated as, after the above, the second most powerful mortal practitioner on the planet. In a world that contains the White Council, this is pretty impressive.
Being a master of the Colony Drop, according to Fitzsimmons.
Being the daughter of Magneto. Badassery was inevitable.
She's Wisdom's ace, and her entrance immediately turns the tide of battle - mainly from a tactical point of view, as she sets about banishing the intangible beings, taking advantage of the fact that Loki's locking them down, which frees up Loki to flex his mystical muscles and start showing what the God of Magic can really do.
She easily keeps up with Thor when he's flying at supersonic velocities.
Their instant response to anything that seems to upset Sif? Circle the wagons and abandon all silliness.
One by The Disir in retrospect. They mowed through Asgardian armies and it took Bor himself to banish them, and he did that because that was all he could manage: he wasn't able to kill them. When they got free after about five or six thousand years of imprisonment, they manage to come up with what would be a plan to extort a tribute from Asgard, get revenge on Bor's descendants and make their unlives more comfortable in a matter of minutes. It would have worked too, if they had been more up to date on magic, Midgard and Harry wasn't such a Spanner in the Works.
And one for Gravemoss for utterly flattening them and subduing them, utterly shattering any image of his being a Squishy Wizard (by Asgardian/Alfheim standards, anyway).
He also went toe to toe with both Loki and Doctor Strange and survived to tell the tale.
Baron Zemo utterly curbstomping Fenrir Greyback after the latter objects to being placed under HYDRA command in about three blows and as many seconds, before delivering a succinct Reason You Suck Speech.
Zer reason ve command you is because we are better than you.
Going from US Army Sergeant to 'Europe's Terror' and public enemy number one to the same extent as Bin Laden. But unlike Bin Laden, no one knew anything about him.
According to Tony, the Stark bodyguards had only one response plan if he attacked - get between him and the family, then die as slowly as possible to give them time to escape.
Absolutely terrifying an entire room full of Death Eater's with his entrance, after killing a chimera and a nundu on the way in. Only one wizard ever succeeded in killing a chimera and was killed falling from his flying horse. A nundu takes a hundred trained wizards to subdue. The Soldier didn't even slow down, and throws their heads into the centre of the room to show everyone what he's capable of.
Fury admits that while he's not scared of the man, he's 'terrified of what he's capable of'.
Natasha believes that, alone, he could completely destroy SHIELD, which is why she opted not to try and find him, in case his failsafe came on line.
James Bond got the drop on him and had him at gunpoint, on the point of making his traditional Pre-Mortem One-Liner quip. About half a second later, he's dead after being shot in the stomach and the head.
The only person who survived fighting him was Agent Peter Wisdom, a mutant and a Badass in his own right, who is also heavily implied to be Regulus Black. And Wisdom only survived by teleporting first to Hull, then, when he was followed, onto the Helicarrier.
Wisdom was the only person on that base who survived. The Soldier didn't even take a scratch.
Wisdom mentions witnessing the Soldier killing three men in about as many seconds, with as many shots, from a handgun, about 90 feet away. Improbable Aiming Skills indeed.
Gravemoss, a completely Ax-Crazy necromancer, acts like a kid on Christmas day when he senses him coming, and is, according to Lucius Malfoy, fascinated by him.
Lucius is actually more frightened of him than he is of Gravemoss. At first. Then he finds out how much of a Complete Monster Gravemoss really is.
The Weapons Plus Project, which included Wolverine and Weapon X, was created specifically to stop him.
His utterly enormous kill tally (though it is admitted In-Universe that it might be exaggerated): 1 American President (JFK - Natasha set up Oswald as a patsy and seduced Jack Ruby into killing him), 12 other non-magical Heads of State, 16 Generals, 70 lower ranked officers, 213 Police Officers of all ranks, 79 bodyguards, 9 Ministers of Magic, 16 Auror Commanders, 147 Aurors, 2 Directors of SHIELD, 5 Deputy Directors, 89 SHIELD/SSR Agents, 43 Agents of MI-5 and MI6, 22 Agents of MI 13, 200 agents of other security agencies and 500 other miscellaneous targets.
Odin's descriptions of the last Frost Giant War make it sound pretty damn cool.
Prospero Slytherin wielding what is heavily implied to be a conduit to the Phoenix Force and taking down an entire Frost Giant army to protect a refugee column in an epic Heroic Sacrifice / You Shall Not Pass moment that carves out the Grand Canyon. Made even more awesome by implications that he's not dead.
Athelstan Gryffindor, a mortal wizard, taking on Laufey in a duel and scarring him, losing his hand in the process, something that carries shades of Fingolfin versus Morgoth. And unlike Fingolfin, Athelstan survived.
The legendary Lady Knight wielding her own sword and the Sword of Gryffindor in battle, cutting a hand off of Byleistr (specifically called 'the Loki of his day' in respect magical power) in a one on one duel, and taking on Sif and Fandral as Squires.
Chapter 44 is a long series of awesome moments.
For Doctor Strange, impossibility is something that happens to other people.
Harry Dresden unleashing the full wrath of his DeathCurse on Gravemoss. It doesn't do any permanent damage, but it punts the bastard straight into the North Sea, over five hundred miles.
Archangel's entrance - pouncing on an undead dragon from above, then beheading it with a single scissor slash of his wings, before moving on to the others.
Hell, the very idea of Rhodey, Archangel and a bunch of jets dogfighting with zombie dragons is just plain cool.
Rhodey finds himself out of ammo, with one undead dragon left, armed only with repulsors that won't pierce the dragon's hide, and it's bearing down on Luton airport. What does he do? Grab the jet that was downed earlier, using it on the dragon like a lance at mach speed, lodging it in, then using his repulsors to blow the jet and the dragon up.