AsgardThe most active pantheon in the story, and arguably the closest to Earth, both metaphysically and attitude wise. A bunch of Proud Warrior Gods, they like humanity's style, by and large. Furthermore, it's suggested that they see a certain potential in humanity that they are nurturing. As a result, they regard Midgard (Earth) as part of their Protectorate and do not tolerate interference with it.
- A God I Am Not: While they accept that they are gods, they are peculiarly reluctant (when sane) to be worshipped as such - something that separates them from the other pantheons. This is possibly due to knowledge that they weren't always gods.
- Ancient Astronauts: They've been meddling with Earth, and more recently, humanity, for over a million years. However, it's mostly been fairly restrained meddling - the one time it wasn't, the result was Atlantis, which was great... right up until it nearly ended the universe.
- Badass Army: Pretty much their entire civilisation qualifies, one way or another - they take on threats to the entire universe and have, recurrently, won.
- Even back when their ancestors were mortals, in alliance with the other races that would make up the Nine Realms, they took on Surtur, the original Dark Phoenix - and while they were ultimately losing, the fact that they didn't get wiped out instantly is one hell of an achievement. Additionally, they last long enough to devise Yggdrasil as the ultimate prison.
- Blood Knight: Asgardians really, really like a good fight. However, they get wary about the whole berserk rage thing - controlling your temper is a big thing in Asgard.
- Cultured Badass: Extraordinarily advanced in pretty much every discipline, specialising in a kind of magic based technology - something they mastered long before they became gods. Also, they enjoy watching a good bit of Snark-to-Snark Combat as much as they do a good sparring match - when Tony and Harry Dresden get into a snark-off, the Asgardians around them start taking bets.
- Deity of Mortal Origin: Hinted throughout Child of the Storm, as part of the idea that Asgard is the odd one out as far as the collected pantheons of Earth go. It is then confirmed in Ghosts of the Past - over a million years ago, before the formation of Yggdrasil, they were 'merely' an extremely advanced mortal race that had nailed Magitek millennia ago, and had what is implied to be a vast empire. They lost most of that empire and ascended to godhood as a direct result of creating Yggdrasil, itself done as part of fighting Surtur, the original Dark Phoenix.
- Death World: Asgard, in that it's full of powerful monsters, though they don't seriously threaten Asgardian kind as a whole. Asgardians in general see this as a bonus.
- The Dreaded: To most supernatural power-brokers with half a clue on Earth, and most intergalactic powers with half a clue off it, all regarding them with mingled fear and respect. Judging by what they did to the Dheronians, who destroyed Krypton at Thanos' behest, this reputation is not in the least bit unwarranted.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Frost Giants.
- Genius Bruiser: Their civilisation as a whole, even if they put more emphasis on the 'bruiser' part.
- Healing Factor: Even ordinary Asgardians have an impressive one - Uhtred, a teenage Asgardian, gets a bunch of broken ribs and is good as new in a couple of hours.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: They're pretty much the only mortal pantheon that's not descended from Gaea. However, Odin is Gaea's grandson, since his mother was in turn one of the Titans who was married off to Bor, Odin's father, to keep her out of trouble, meaning that the House of Odin does have the blood of the Elder Gods in their veins.
- Knight Errant: A popular activity among them.
- Magitek: They mastered this before they became gods.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: They practically codify the trope - there's nothing they enjoy quite so much as a good fight. However, they do try to pick righteous ones.
- Puny Earthlings: They're hinted to have previously held this attitude, albeit in an affably condescending 'you're puny, but you've got guts, so we like you', an attitude changed by encountering the Avengers.
- Really 700 Years Old: Asgardians individually have a life expectancy of 5,000 years plus, and that's implied to be their equivalent of humanity's 'three score and ten' - it can go several thousand years beyond that.
- Secret Art: Strange hints that once upon a time, they had spells and Magitek specifically designed to handle Phoenix fire. While they haven't become any less advanced since (quite the opposite), it's implied that it fell by the wayside because it was no longer needed.
- Shining City: Asgard's citadel and capital.
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: Technically speaking, they were originally this, before ascending to godhood.
- Superior Species: They're pretty much the biggest and baddest species that routinely interacts with the mortal universe, and they won't hesitate to come down and give the bad guys a good kicking... but only if they feel it's necessary.
- Super Strength: Even ordinary Asgardians can comfortably chuck tanks around. The likes of Thor can comfortably throw mountains around.
- Super Toughness: Even ordinary Asgardians can shrug off bullets. Royal Asgardians are considerably tougher.
- Tangled Family Tree: Considerably less prone to this than most gods, but with the fact that the Royal Family are technically cousins of the Olympians, this does apply.
- Time Abyss: As a civilisation/pantheon, they've been gods for over a million years, making them (as a whole) older than pretty much any pantheon but the Elder Gods. And even before that, they were an incredibly advanced Magitek based mortal civilisation, with a vast cosmic empire, and were by implication millions of years old before their ascension. In other words, the only things so far seen that are older than them are the Elder Gods, the Endless, the Celestials, and Galactus.
- We Are As May Flies: Played with. On the one hand, they're very conscious of how brief human lives are, but on the other, that tends to make them admire humanity all the more - considering how brief their lifespans are, it's impressive all the passion and fire they fit in.
- World of Badass: They are all badass. All of them.
- World of Ham: Most Asgardians are very, very loud.
King Odin Borson
- While your uncle and grandmother wanted to do something that was undoubtedly right, I am a King. My every action has consequences that echo throughout the Nine Realms and beyond. So I must act rationally, even coldly at times.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As Allfather of Asgard, he wields unimaginably vast power.
- Badass Family: The patriarch of one of the most badass families in the cosmos.
- Badass Grandpa: It is very easy to see where Thor and Loki get it from. This is the guy who teleported an entire star system across dimensions, enlarged Asgard's space so that it would fit without the various gravitational pulls messing each other up, and back again, without leaving even a grain of dust out of place.
- His two battles with Chthon, clashes stretching into cosmic concept that normally would obliterate the entire solar system as a side-effect.
- In Ghosts of the Past, it is repeatedly and explicitly stated that thanks to the Odinforce, he is the most powerful of Earth's Skyfathers, with only a fully fledged Elder God sure to be able to beat him - and the only probable one of those in the active pantheons, the White God (a.k.a. God), isn't the type to get involved. It's notable that all the Council Elite save for the chronically Hot-Blooded Zeus step lightly around him, and spend ages trying to persuade him to back down, because none of them want to fight him.
- Been There, Shaped History: He's played a considerable part in Earth's history.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: With his wife, Frigga.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Borrows his eldest son's during his fight with Chthon during the Final Battle.
- The Chains of Commanding: He must act as a King, first and foremost. However, this does not mean that he won't pull an epic Papa Wolf moment if he feels the need.
- Deadpan Snarker: While he doesn't do it often, you can see where his sons got it from.
- Doting Grand Parent: He doesn't exactly dote on his grandson, but he does soften around him and allow him remarkable latitude, albeit behind closed doors. He is also extremely protective of him.
- Dynamic Entry: In chapter 77, after Chthon manifests through Gravemoss, he Bifrosts onto the scene, in full battle armour, flanked by Huginn and Muninn in human form, and proceeds to duel the Elder God of Chaos and Black Magic to a standstill.
- Genius Bruiser: He was a bruiser on par with Thor in his younger days, and he's only got tougher, like old oak. He's also a Manipulative Bastard that even Loki takes his hat off to, a brilliant mage, and one of the few people who tends to have some idea of what Doctor Strange is actually up to.
- The Good King: He is firm, but fair.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is prepared for the possibility that he may have to make one to save Harry in Ghosts of the Past, when facing down the Council Elite after they decide Harry's a threat because of his time as the Dark Phoenix.
- Human Outside, Alien Inside: Demonstrates this from a psychological point of view.
- Magnificent Bastard: See Manipulative Bastard.
- Manipulative Bastard: Even better at this than Loki, who observes that not only did he inherit this particular talent from Odin, Odin managed to manipulate him into doing exactly what he wanted with three words.
- Mister Exposition: At times. The only people who explicitly know more than he does are the Endless (who know almost everything) and Doctor Strange.
- Omniscient Morality License: While not strictly omniscient, he sees a much bigger picture than others do. And as he explains to Harry, while he looks human, he is very definitely not - to him, the decade that Harry spent at the Dursleys was equivalent to a month, if that. That said, he does apologise.
- Papa Wolf: While he's often a bit gruff, he is very protective of his progeny, as repeatedly demonstrated.
- He makes it very clear to Strange that if his sons or grandson are hurt by Strange's schemes, he will take it out on the man's hide.
- He also looks like he's itching for a chance to get even with Thanos.
- Most aptly demonstrated when he slams Chthon, who's threatening his family, face first into the floor in chapter 78.
- And demonstrated in Ghosts of the Past when he and Frigga respond to the Red Room kidnapping Harry and transforming him into the Red Son by bringing Russia to its knees, Old Testament Style.
- When the rest of the Council Elite decide that Harry is a threat following his time as Dark Phoenix, Odin makes it clear that if they come after his grandson, he will take them all on. At once.
- Reality Warper: While he has limits, he is immensely powerful.
- Smart People Play Chess: Very smart and very good at chess. Doctor Strange, however, is better.
- Time Abyss: He's comfortably a thousand years older than Stonehenge, and because of this, he has a rather different perspective on time than his teenage grandson.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Was this to his father, Bor, who was an epic bag of dicks. This explains a great deal about Odin himself.
- Wrestler in All of Us: In chapter 78, he takes down Chthon with a simplified Facebuster.
Queen FriggaThe Queen Consort of Asgard, wife of Odin, mother of Thor and Loki, and grandmother of Harry. Being the Goddess of Motherhood and Healing, she's pretty much the archetypal lovely grandmother... but she also used to be a warrior maiden of exceptional skill, she taught Loki much of what he knows about magic, and she is also the archetypal Mama Bear. Cross her at your peril.
- Almighty Mom: As Coulson notes, any woman who can raise Thor and Loki at their most rambunctious is going to be every bit as formidable as they are, and considerably more besides. Also, she can ensure that Odin spends the next half a century sleeping on the floor.
- Odin himself notes that she is a better mage than he himself is, at least in some areas.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: She was a highly skilled arsekicker before her marriage, but if anything, she's even more dangerous now, when she wants to be.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: She rules jointly with Odin, so she qualifies.
- Happily Married: To Odin, for all that it was originally arranged.
- The High Queen: A magical variant. She's older and grandmotherly now, but she still ticks every single box of this trope.
- Lady of War: As Uhtred notes, she was a warrior maiden of note in her younger days, and Frigga herself mentions going into battle alongside at least one of the earlier 'Sons of Bastet', the Black Panther, a few thousand years ago.
- Mama Bear: You really don't want to hurt one of her boys. In Ghosts of the Past, Asgard's response, which she spearheaded, to Harry being kidnapped and transformed into the Red Son was to Old Testament scale vengeance, crippling the responsible nation's mineral and food resources, as well as any they intended to import, along with those in its satellite states, and stated that she intended to ramp it up to vaporising water next. As Carol remarks, "So, yeah, Harry's grandma is terrifying. Who knew?"
- Medical Monarch: She's the Goddess of Healing, and she deploys that expertise when modifying Harry's diet to help him make up for lost time in the growth department.
- Nice Girl: She's one of the outright nicest people you're likely to meet.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: What her and Odin's marriage grew into.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Nowadays she operates more like this, though she used to be a straight-up warrior maiden.
- Time Abyss: Not as much as Odin, but she can casually reference things that happened three thousand years ago.
- Tranquil Fury: In Ghosts of the Past when Harry is kidnapped and turned into the Red Son.
Lady SifAsgard's Goddess of War, a certified badass and Team Mom/Only Sane Man to the Warriors Three. Also had over a millennium's worth of UST with Loki, thankfully resolved in the climax of Child of the Storm.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: After a fashion. When Loki, with whom she has considerable UST, says that he's not safe, Tony retorts that she's the Goddess of War. She can handle herself and she most likely does not want safe.
- Amicable Exes: Her and Thor.
- And Show It to You: Is on the receiving end of this from Gravemoss. Thankfully, Doctor Strange is on hand to regenerate her heart once Dresden blasts Gravemoss halfway into orbit - and heal Dresden too.
- Badass Teacher: Uhtred's her protégé.
- Birds of a Feather: With Clint, strangely enough. They don't necessarily like or dislike each other, but he's her least favourite of the Avengers because he reminds her of herself. As the narration points out, you don't always like what you see in the mirror.
- Blood Knight: Regards an onrushing undead sea serpent as a welcome relief from boredom and is mildly disappointed that Dresden and Ward seem to have finished up with the veidrdraugar under Paris before she arrived.
- Combo Platter Powers: Potentially, as the God of War. She doesn't really use them, however.
- Dual Wielding: Her sword-staff arrangement can be split into two swords.
- Master Swordswoman: She was taught by the Lady Knight alongside Fandral, the latter being her only peer.
- Old Flame: She and Thor are Amicable Exes.
- Only Sane Man: To the Warriors Three.
- Platonic Life Partners: She and Thor evolved into this.
- Rags to Riches: Her family's hinted not to be particularly high up the social scale.
- Super Strength: As is standard for Asgardians.
- Team Mom: To the Warriors Three. It gets to the point where she can tell Fandral to stop doing something without even looking around to see what it is.
- Undying Loyalty: To the royal family.
- Use Your Head: Knocks Fandral out cold with a headbutt from a seated position when he was in the midst of relating an embarrassing (and explicit) story about her and Thor. By Ghosts of the Past, she's taught Harry this trick.
- UST: Between her and Loki. Finally resolved in chapter 78.
- War God: Was made this by Odin, and it comes with a few abilities, such as making her an Instant Expert in any weapon she picks up, and potentially, have full on Super Speed and be capable of matching Thor in Super Strength. She doesn't use either of the latter two abilities, considering it unsporting, and it is possible that they come with downsides. However, she notes that should she require those powers to defend Asgard and its throne, she will use them to their fullest extent.
The Warriors Three
The Warriors ThreeVolstagg the Voluminous, Fandral the Dashing and Hogun the Grim are three of Asgard's greatest warriors. They are also a ripe source of comedy. That said, when matters get serious, so do they.
- Battle Couple: Fandral forms one with Betsy.
- Beware the Silly Ones: They're odd and frequently serve as the comic relief. They are also three of Asgard's deadliest warriors and they will not hesitate to demonstrate it if necessary.
- Big Eater: Volstagg.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: There's no denying that they're weird and occasionally completely ridiculous, but they are very, very good at fighting.
- The Casanova: Fandral, who was doing this a thousand years before the Trope Namer."Please, ladies. There is more than enough of Fandral the Dashing to go around."
- Comic Trio: When they turn up and things aren't already very serious, events tend to take a turn for the ridiculous.
- Deadpan Snarker: Hogun.
- Handsome Lech: Fandral, overlapping with Chivalrous Pervert.
- Hidden Depths: Volstagg has a great deal of insight into Harry's difficulties early on, being a father himself, while Fandral may seem like nothing but a flirtatious dandy, he's one of the most dangerous Asgardians outside the Royal Family.
- Hold the Line: They held the line with Loki and Sif against an onrushing army of undead monsters from every mythology imaginable, including a number of colossal sea serpents.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Their numerous eccentricities are discarded as soon as matters get serious.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fandral is noted as the second swiftest of the Asgardians, short only Asgard's resident speedster, Hermod. When he really gets moving, he moves in a barely visible blur and like all Asgardians, has the Super Strength to back it up.
- Master Swordsman: Fandral. His only peer in the entire Nine Realms is Sif, and both of them were taught by In-Universe Memetic Badass the Lady Knight.
- Not So Above It All: Hogun joins in Volstagg and Fandral's stranger exploits, including their clog dancing to Mambo Number Five.
- One-Man Army: Each can take on an army alone.
- Only Sane Man: Hogun.
- Papa Wolf: Volstagg.
- Power Trio
- Really Gets Around: Fandral, infamously.
- Shipper on Deck: Fandral ships Sif/Loki, enthusiastically. Eventually, he gets bored of them dancing around each other and forces them to kiss.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: They don't appear at all between chapter 50 and chapter 74, when the fic, lighter moments aside, begins to take a notably darker turn. Their reappearance in chapters 75 and 76 coincides with the upturn in the heroes' fortunes. They also vanish during the Forever Red arc of Ghosts of the Past, which is arguably the series' darkest yet.
- Stout Strength: Volstagg is the strongest Asgardian outside of the Royal Family and Heimdall.
- Straight Man: Hogun serves as this, usually being the voice of reason.
- True Companions: To Thor, Sif and Loki.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Fandral of all people proves surprisingly good at this when playing Shipper on Deck to Sif and Loki.
AlgrimAsgard's Chancellor and essentially Odin and Frigga's right-hand man and chief adviser. A Light Elf from Alfheim, he's softly spoken and doesn't need to carry a big stick - while he's not the power behind the throne, he is a being of great influence. He also played a significant role in raising Loki and Thor, and teaching them about the responsibilities of royalty.
- Adaptational Heroism: This version closely resembles the counterpart from Thor: Tales of Asgard, but unlike that counterpart, is entirely loyal to the House of Odin.
- Adaptational Wimp: Canonically, Algrim the Strong became the being known as Kurse. Here, his classic nickname is a mocking appellation. However, those with eyes to see (such as Tony and Bruce) quickly figure out that he's not someone to be crossed - this, after all, is the man who played a significant role in raising Thor and Loki and came out the other side in one fundamentally unruffled and perfectly polite piece.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: As in canon, he's got purple skin, something attributed to a genetic mutation.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As noted above, he's not to be crossed.
- The Consigliere: To the House of Odin.
- Crazy-Prepared: The day Thor was born, he started setting aside a large part of the palace budget for 'Repairs, Miscellaneous', to Odin's puzzlement. Algrim's sole and entirely accurate response was that it never hurt to be prepared.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a very mild, softly spoken sort of way that usually isn't noticed until after the fact. Sometimes, he's a little more overt.Ah. Lord Stark. I thought I heard the sounds of destruction past, present and yet to come emanating from here.
- The Good Chancellor: Utterly loyal to the House of Odin, and extremely competent, with a mark of Thor's Character Development being that he now listens very carefully to Algrim's advice.
- Good Counterpart: Like Gravemoss, he's a Light Elf with magical talent, white hair, unusual features, and a softly spoken manner. Unlike Gravemoss, he's not an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Honest Advisor: Quietly, but he is.
- I Have Many Names: He's called 'the Strong' by those who wish to mock him, 'the Clever' by those who don't (and recognise that mocking him would be a very bad idea), and others still call him 'Odin's Good Eye'. And yes, he is basically the Asgardian equivalent of Phil Coulson.
- Improbably Predictable: A lesser variant on this is used for Rule of Funny purposes - in the same way that animals can sense earthquakes, Algrim can sense an upcoming royal family argument and the likely severity of it, leading him to select which desk to take refuge under at the other end of the palace. When Harry is about to cut loose on Odin, he selects a particularly heavy desk.
- Similarly, he's worked out a precise routine when he's left a room that Loki/Bruce and Tony are experimenting in, having figured out exactly when to duck into an alcove.
- Mystical White Hair: He's got pure white hair and at least some talent with magic.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't say much, and when he does speak, it's usually in a soft voice. However, he doesn't really need to raise his voice either. He is also supposed to be a very good storyteller.
- The Stoic: He's unfazed by anything and everything, with his main response to Bruce and Tony's explosive experiments is to alter a routine he developed in response to Loki's experiments, which is to count to eight on leaving the room, duck into a convenient alcove, stick his fingers in his ears, and wait for the inevitable bang.
- Underestimating Badassery: This often happens, since he doesn't cut the most intimidating figure. But consider: this is the guy who helped raise Thor and Loki and survived the experience unscathed. That takes some doing.
- With Great Power: Endeavored to teach Thor and Loki this lesson as children. It took a while for it to stick.
Huginn and Muninn
Huginn and Muninn a.k.a. Bran and Bard
- Say it with eyeballs. Or marshmallows. We aren't choosy.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Implied by chapter 75, when Jean, having used Cerebro to reach Yggdrasil, sees them in a variety of forms.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: According to Heimdall, they watch too much television. And they picked up Brooklyn accents because, for whatever reason, they decided that they liked the sound.
- Anything That Moves: A throwaway line by Odin implies that they're responsible for the existence of winged horses.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Remarked upon in the text - just because they usually act ridiculous, it shouldn't be forgotten that they're the Eyes of the Allfather. They're very powerful, capable of getting from place to place without appearing to pass through the intervening space and, more to the point, getting very nasty when provoked. As Thor warns Snape, who they're menacing, when he's about to draw his wand, they tend to react... creatively when attacked. They're certainly capable of being a lot more intimidating than you would expect, when they want to be.
- Big Eater: Both of them, which is why Harry's habit of bribing them with marshmallows puts him very solidly in their good books, Muninn in particular.
- They suggest that Jean thank them with eyeballs or marshmallows.
- Deadpan Snarker: Their default setting is Sarcasm Mode.
- Ditzy Genius: Muninn in particular, though both of them to an extent. They're the most trusted advisers of Odin himself, the de facto security system of Asgard along with Heimdall, exceptionally powerful and surprisingly insightful. They'll also fall headfirst into a bowl of boiled eggs whilst attempting to claim them as an eyeball substitute.
- Expy: They owe a fair bit of their characterisation to Quoth from the Discworld books.
- Eye Scream: They eat eyeballs and have implied that they're not entirely bothered if the owner of those eyes is still alive...
- The Fair Folk: they can borderline this on occasion, and it's heavily implied that they used to be much closer to this trope, with Jean seeing 'a merry fire' in the eyes of one of their humanoid forms in chapter 75. It helps that they're originally from Avalon.
- Genius Ditz: both of them have ditzy elements, though it's mostly Muninn. They're also very smart and very dangerous.
- Groin Attack: When they have a little 'chat' with Snape, Muninn is noted as staring fixedly at Snape's groin.
- Hidden Depths: They're much smarter and more dangerous than they generally let on.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Give a speech along these lines to Snape about Harry.
- I Have Many Names: Others include Bran and Bard, and Lugh and Owain, with epithets 'the All-Seers, the Storm-Crows, the Raven-Lords of Avalon' and more usually, 'the Eyes of the All-Father'.
- Like an Old Married Couple: How they usually act.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe, for Muninn in particular, 'the Eyeball Incident'.
- Noodle Incident: 'The Eyeball Incident', for anyone not familiar with Norse Mythology.
- Pet the Dog: They're implied not to like many people, but they definitely take to Harry, behave when he asks/tells them to and go out of their way to help him out on more than one occasion. The steady supply of marshmallows helps. They aren't above teasing him, however.
- Psychic Powers: They can read minds, much to Harry's embarrassment, and see astral forms.
- Sitcom Arch Nemeses: To Thor. He and they really do not get on - they used to crap in his hair and he used to use them for target practice. Somewhat resolved thanks to Harry.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: When they want to, they can get from place to place apparently without passing through the intervening space. Chapter 75 reveals that they can teleport themselves and others or their astral forms, at least.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Huginn is usually the smarter and more sensible, while Muninn is more impulsive and prone to silly behaviour - such as diving head first into a bowl of boiled eggs, believing that they're eyeballs.
- Spider-Sense: As they note in chapter 75, they can sense someone coming through the World Tree and will then investigate, something that Doctor Strange was counting on, so they could guide Jean to where she needed to be.
- Talking Animal: Two of them. Helped by the fact that they're basically gods (specifically Avalonian Gods) in animal form.
- Tastes Like Friendship: Harry and his marshmallows.
- Telepathy: They can read the minds of pretty much anyone, up to and including Omega Class psychics.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Noted as being able to get from place to place without passing through the intervening space and in chapter 76, shown teleporting Jean's astral form from Yggdrasil to Asgard.
- Time Abyss: They're implied to be older than Odin.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Eyeballs. Also marshmallows, which is how Harry wins their undying affection.
- Apparently, after Odin's nine days on the World Tree, which involved the sacrifice of his eye, Muninn got kind of hungry. This has been referred to ever since as 'the Eyeball Incident' and thousands of years later, they still bicker about it.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite their joking around, they are both immensely loyal to Odin, and go with him to the Council Elite even when he knows he might not be coming back.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Though it isn't really seen (until chapter 77), they do seem to be capable of this.
Freki and Geri
The Wolves of Odin, who tend to act like gigantic puppies right up until the person that they're guarding is threatened. While they can't speak, they are much, much smarter than they pretend to be. Odin designates them as Harry's bodyguards after the Easter holidays.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: They're considerably smarter than you'd expect.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite begging for table scraps, scratches and playing fetch, they weren't dispatched by Odin to be his grandson's companions for their kind natures.
- Canis Major: They are absolutely enormous and they can bite through titanium with very little effort. They will also beg for table scraps, scratches and play fetch with small trees.
- Dire Beasts: Each is roughly the size of a large pony and large enough for two teenagers to comfortably use as a de facto sofa. As a result of their size, only one is allowed in a classroom at a time.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Their shtick.
- Noble Wolf: Unambiguously the good guys, being more than willing to act like little more than oversized labradors to cheer up those around them, and protect Harry. However, they can get dangerous.
- For example, at one point they noticed that Harry was getting melancholy, so distracted him by bumping him and begging to play fetch.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: They pretend to be little more than oversized pet dogs (wolves), but are, at the very least, operating on human intelligence levels.
- Offscreen Teleportation: How they get up the ladder into the Divination classroom. Specifically, no one has any idea how they do it, but one moment, one of them is at the bottom of the ladder, the next they're at the top of it.
- Papa Wolf: Literally, by Ghosts of the Past, when both of them had a romantic interlude with some of the royal hunting hounds. The resultant puppies are adorable and distributed amongst various associates of the Royal Family... and one's given to Jack O'Neill. Hilarity Ensues.
- Savage Wolf: While they're normally perfectly friendly, as HYDRA find out in chapter 70, they have absolutely no tolerance for evil, with Thor noting earlier that they are downright vicious in protection of those they care about.
- Super Strength: One of them can barge straight through the gargoyle in front of Dumbledore's office without much effort.
- Super Speed: At one point they're noted as being capable of moving at speeds that put a Formula One car to shame.
- Death became her and she became death.
- Creepy Child: Her skin was as cold and pale as that of a corpse, and wherever she went, small creatures died and plants wilted.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother died in childbirth, as did she, and her young father desperately tried to bring her back, and only mostly succeeded, leaving her a half-dead Humanoid Abomination.
- Dimension Lord: Of Helheim, after the rest of the family cleared out most of the monsters.
- The Ghost: She has yet to make an onscreen appearance.
- Humanoid Abomination: What her father accidentally made her. As the page quote has it, "Death became her, and she became death."
- Necromancy: How Loki brought her back... mostly.
- Odd Friendship: A downplayed example, but you wouldn't think that someone whose life had been so ruined by necromancy would be on speaking terms with the likes of Gravemoss, who lives and breathes necromancy, but she was, sufficient to confirm her backstory to him.
- Parental Abandonment: She feels that Loki abandoned her in Helheim, whereas, quixotically, he arranged to carve her out a kingdom as the Goddess of Death precisely because he refused to abandon her.
- Undead Child: What her father unwittingly brought her back as. Sort of.
- Vampiric Draining: Involuntary, but required to keep her alive on one of the living planes.
- Walking Wasteland: Being a half-dead goddess who drains life from the surrounding area simply to hold on to the living realm, has this effect. She doesn't have any choice in it.
Kal-El IThe first Kal-El, he was fostered in Asgard alongside Odin and his brothers, raised as one of them. He is also a distant ancestor of Clark Kent and, owing to the extended lifespan of Kryptonians under a yellow sun, probably still alive. His current whereabouts, however, are unknown, with Frigga sadly speculating that he flew away to some distant corner of the universe to mourn his people.
- Arranged Marriage: Helped Frigga through the difficult early parts of what would become a Perfectly Arranged Marriage with Odin, and campaigned to have them banned.
- Badass Grandpa: He's a distant ancestor of Clark's (and adopted great-uncle of Harry and Hela), and as a 'high blood' Kryptonian who spent millennia under a yellow sun, he most definitely qualified/qualifies.
- Cool Uncle: To Thor and Loki, doting on them when they were children, and shrugging off Odin's complaints that he was spoiling them.
- Flying Brick: On a literally god-like scale.
- Happily Adopted: While his thoughts on Bor are unknown (but unlikely to be positive), he and Odin were very close, and he was a Cool Uncle to Odin's children.
- Last of His Kind: If he is still alive, he believes this (not knowing about Clark), and is speculated by Frigga to have flown off to some dark corner of the universe to grieve for his lost people.
- Name's the Same: As his distant descendant. This is probably not a coincidence.
- Nice Guy: He doted on Thor and Loki, and was a good friend to Frigga, his sister-in-law, taking her under his wing when she first came to Asgard to marry Odin.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's around five thousand years old - Odin's age - and he might still be alive.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: No one's entirely sure what happened to him, though it's speculated by Frigga that he flew off to grieve.
Cul Borson a.k.a. the Serpent a.k.a. the God of FearEldest brother of Odin, he was, relatively briefly, the King of Asgard after Bor, and the God of Fear. According to Odin, he turned Earth into such a hellscape that Odin sealed him and his armies off in a separate timeline, scoured the Earth, and had to enlist the help of the other pantheons to repair it.
- Black Sheep: For the Asgardian Royal Family.
- Emotion Eater: Feeds on fear.
- Evil Sorcerer: And an exceptionally powerful one.
- God of Evil: Of fear, technically, but he was close enough. It took the combined efforts of Odin, his brothers Vili and Ve, and their foster brother, Kal-El I to beat him and lock him away.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was, and presumably still is, locked in another timeline.
Bor BurisonOdin's father and predecessor as King of Asgard. A mighty warrior, but also a textbook example of a divine dickhead, he is referred to as a 'throwback' to an older, darker period in Asgard's history. He also has a bad enough reputation that those who knew him aren't even remotely surprised by the possibility that he might have killed his own father, Buri, for the throne. He is not missed. At all. By anyone.
- Abusive Parents: It's hinted that he's the reason that Odin's so gruff, uptight and emotionally constipated.
- Action Dad: Though none of his children seem to have liked him - and the one who really followed his example was pure evil.
- Adaptational Heroism: A relatively minor case - unlike Marvel canon, he didn't create the Disir, an honour that instead goes to Malekith. Though they did have ample reason to hate him, anyway.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He was an unrepentant bag of dicks, but he was a total badass, taking on the Disir - who were capable of mowing through entire Asgardian armies - in single combat and successfully banishing them, as well as successfully defeating Malekith and the Dark Elves when they were armed with an Infinity Stone.
- Badass Grandpa: While he may not have lived to become a grandfather, he fell into this category towards the end of his life - he was a terrible person, but a total badass.
- Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal: It's hinted that he subscribed to this attitude and encouraged it, something Odin firmly stamped out after he took the throne.
- The Evil Prince: He might have killed, or tried to kill, his dad for his throne - either way, no one who knew him is remotely surprised by the idea.
- Eye Beams: Is mentioned as having used them to destroy enemies, roast citadels, and open jars.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody likes him. Nobody misses him. Not even his son.
- Good Is Not Nice: He was on the side of good, at least nominally.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He was widely considered to be a misogynistic dickhead.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being a brutish bruiser, he apparently respected the science focused Kryptonians enough to foster Kal-El I with his sons... or at least, he didn't object to it when it was arranged, possibly because he didn't care.
- Interspecies Romance: His wife was Theia, a Titaness, and sister of Rhea - mother of Zeus etc.
- Jerkass: He is universally regarded as this.
- Jerkass Gods: Generally considered to have been a textbook example.
- Mundane Utility: Apparently used his Eye Beams to open jars.
- Patricide: He might have killed his father for the throne of Asgard - though considering that Buri was the incredibly powerful God of Time as well as Allfather of Asgard at the time, this is perhaps unlikely. The general consensus is that he probably didn't, but it would have been entirely in-character for him to have tried.
- Pride: This is explicitly namechecked as the reason he defended Earth and got stroppy over the Kree's Terrigenesis project, which he didn't particularly care about - while it was an Insignificant Little Blue Planet, it was his Insignificant Little Blue Planet, and the Kree meddling with it offended his pride.
- Straw Misogynist: Depicted as such and explicitly described as a throwback.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Odin, at least, was this to him... which explains a great deal about Odin.
BuriFormer King of Asgard, grandfather of Odin, and God of Time. May or may not be dead - it's not entirely clear what happened to him.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: It's noted that while it's entirely plausible that Bor, a badass in his own right, would have killed him for his throne, it's also noted that he was powerful enough that Bor probably wouldn't have stood a chance.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: He was the most magic focused of Asgard's Kings in generations and reportedly a good king. Pity about his son.
- Time Abyss: If he's still alive, he'd be around 11,000 years old.
- Time Master: Explicitly stated to be the God of Time.
Sunniva VésdottirA Princess of Asgard some 40,000 years ago, she was the Goddess of Life and Fire. First mentioned in passing in Child of the Storm, her history is expanded upon in Ghosts of the Past: she was a host of the Phoenix, empowered by the Phoenix to take on a sentient parasite dimension. Yes, sentient parasite dimension. She also became the mother of the Trimurti by an Elder God called Ishvara.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She took on an entire sentient parasite dimension, implied to be the Negative Zone (its forces were led by Annihilus) and won. Phoenix or no Phoenix, that's impressive as hell.
- God Couple: With Ishvara, resulting in the Trimurti.
- Mona Lisa Smile: Her statue, Harry notices, has a strangely knowing expression.
- Statuesque Stunner: Harry notes that she was tall and pretty (though not astoundingly so) - ironically, while looking at her actual statue.
FreyThe First King. Specifically, he was the first King of Asgard as it is now, the first Asgardian to truly ascend to godhood, by being chosen by Yggdrasil as its champion against Surtur and by the sword Ván as its wielder, becoming the first Skyfather and wielder of what would become known as the Odinforce. Originally, however, he was a brave and well-regarded young warrior who wound up in a Rescue Romance with the Princess of Asgard at the time. They married in secret, and her father promoted him to the Royal Bodyguard, as this looked a bit better than having his daughter married to a common soldier. He died after luring Surtur back to Muspelheim and keeping him occupied until the Alliance of Realms could seal Muspelheim away at the bottom of the World Tree.
- Bittersweet Ending: He died, likely horribly, but his wife, child, and people all survived and thrived, and his heirs rule Asgard to this day.
- Chest Insignia: His statue has an abstract depiction of Yggdrasil and seven stars above it, one for each of the Alliance of Realms (Muspelheim didn't count, for obvious reasons, and neither did Nifflheim/Helheim), likely intentionally invoking Aragorn.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: He wasn't a child, but his statue looks notably younger than most, and Strange laments that he was so young when he died.
- Cool Sword: Though it doesn't look it, Ván, forged of uru and vibranium, and which is explicitly described as made and enchanted with the very best that the Alliance of Realms could come up with. In particular, it was designed to No-Sell Phoenix fire.
- Cosmic Entity: Briefly, when empowered by Yggdrasil. It just about let him compete/keep up with Surtur.
- Deity of Human Origin: He was a mortal Asgardian before he drew Ván.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Elevated to the royal bodyguard, who went where the fighting was toughest. While the elevation was mostly a political move (it looked better for the Princess to marry a royal bodyguard than an ordinary soldier), by all accounts he acquitted himself well.
- Empathic Weapon: Strange suggests that most magical weapons develop a mind of sorts, and that Ván did it very quickly, lodging itself in the representation of Yggdrasil on purpose.
- Excalibur in the Rust: Ván is possibly the most practically designed magic weapon imaginable. There's no fancy scrollwork or anything on it, with the only adornment being a brief inscription of its name.
- Expy: He resembles a mix between King Arthur and Aragorn, though unlike either, he wasn't actually of Royal Blood.
- Foil: To Surtur. Both desperately wanted to save their people, but where Surtur desperately desired power, if originally for good purposes, Frey was reluctant to claim it. Where Surtur stole power that was not rightfully his, Frey was granted his power. Equally, where Surtur sacrificed his people for the good of himself, Frey sacrificed himself for the good of his people without protest.
- Founder of the Kingdom: He is generally referred to as 'the First King', as he was the First King of divine Asgard.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Wielded the Sword of Hope, Ván, against Surtur.
- Heroic Lineage: The source of it, rather than the result of it. It's also noted that while he and Harry don't necessarily look much alike, there's something about the expression that's rather familiar. Both are also reluctant heroes of the 'greatness thrust upon them' variety (Harry's technically destined to be great, but practically speaking, he was fairly ordinary until it was shoved on him/Voldemort targeted him), both favour swords, and both have issues with a Dark Phoenix. However, there are differences, and Strange specifically says that Harry's story isn't a retread of either Surtur's or Frey's.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Luring Surtur to Muspelheim and stalling him there until the Alliance of Realms could seal them both away.
- Honour Before Reason: As Strange observes, he was 'a man of conscience and duty', doing what he felt was his duty even if he was scared stiff by the prospect.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: It's pretty obvious that he really didn't want to wield Ván and face Surtur, for the obvious reason that whoever went to face Surtur was going to die so that everyone else could live, and he had everything to live for. However, he nerved himself up to do it and never tried to pass the buck, feeling that it was his duty.
- Lost Lenore: To Strange, somewhat, who bitterly regrets being unable to come up with a way to both trap Surtur and get Frey out at the last moment.
- Magic Knight: His family tended towards this, though he only really became this trope when invested with the power of Yggdrasil.
- Named Weapons: Ván, or 'Hope'.
- Nice Guy: According to Strange, he was a nice young man. When Strange explained that he couldn't save him, no matter how hard he tried, Frey simply thanked him for trying, and asked if Strange would walk with him as he went to his death. Strange agreed, and then quietly disposed of those who would have tried to dispose of Frey's wife and son.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Several. Strange mentions, in passing, his drawing of Surtur's eye by singlehandedly flattening two of Surtur's Great Captains, each of which was in the Physical God category or above, and sending another two running for their unlives, in between obliterating an army of Fire-Giants, each on par with an average divine Asgardian at least.
- He also notes that his final fight with Surtur was this in a very literal sense, since no one could see what was going on.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Ván, which is very picky about who wields it, which is important, since it was also the key to the power of Yggdrasil (a.k.a. what is now known as the Odinforce).
- Our Founder: He is generally referred to as 'the First King'.
- Posthumous Character: Due to his Heroic Sacrifice. Also the fact that he lived a million years ago, and even Royal Asgardians tend not to top six thousand.
- The Quiet One: Strange notes that he was quite quiet (unlike many of his descendants), but when he did speak, people listened.
- Reluctant Hero: He only tried to draw Ván after nearly everyone else had tried and he felt that he would be remiss in his duty if he did not at least try.
- Rescue Romance: With the Princess, who would become his wife.
- Sealed Evil in a Duel: With Ván and the power of Yggdrasil, he was just about strong enough to keep Surtur occupied until the rest of the Alliance of Realms could ensure that Surtur wound up as Sealed Evil in a Can.
- Self-Made Man: Was originally a common soldier, albeit one with a reputation for courage, bravery and skill, from a line of competent but not particularly special warriors with a tendency towards magic. Then he saved the Princess, the two fell in love, got Happily Married, and he became part of the Royal Bodyguard (who were also the elite, going where the fighting was most brutal), and by Strange's account acquitted himself well. Then, he became the wielder of Ván and the power of Yggdrasil, becoming the first divine King of Asgard. Cue the Heroic Sacrifice.
- Weapon of Choice: A sword, though in this case, the sword chose him.
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: He could have let himself drift under the radar and avoid trying to draw Ván, something no one would really have blamed him for - he was young, Happily Married with his wife pregnant with their first child, and had a great reputation as a warrior. And once he'd drawn it, he could have also have tried to pass it off, because it was common knowledge that the wielder of Ván would be going on a suicide mission and while he was a brave and skilled warrior, there were better and more experienced out there, and as Strange notes, he was hardly a master mage, and few would have blamed him. But once he had that power, he felt that he had the responsibility to use it for what it was meant for.
OlympusThe Gods and Goddesses of Olympus. Cousins of the Asgardian Royal family through Odin's mother, Theia, who happened to be the sister of Rhea, mother of Zeus and most of the other Olympians. One of the more powerful pantheons, and one of the least liked, for their squicktastic habit of incest, petty infighting, and divine Super Dickery.
- Badass Family: Personality wise, they aren't much to write home about, but they kick serious arse.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: On a cosmic scale.
- Brother–Sister Incest: Prone to this. Asgardians in particular think it's weird.
- Dysfunctional Family: Again, on an epic scale.
- They're also technically cousins to the House of Odin (Odin's mother was Theia, sister of Rhea, who was the mother of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, and the like), and seem to be regarded as the branch that is more put up with than liked.
- Incest Is Relative: They're prone to marrying their siblings. In Asgard, at least, this is considered to be profoundly weird and is apparently brought up at all the family arguments.
- Jerkass Gods: The general view of pretty much every other pantheon is that (with honourable exceptions) they're a bunch of unrepentant dicks, prone to Super Dickery of the highest order.
- Living Legend: Most people on Earth have heard of them, even if the stories aren't exactly accurate.
Zeus PanhelleniosKing of the Olympian Pantheon, cousin of Odin, major-league power-house and epic dickhead.
- Abusive Parents: Considering that he's generally apathetic to Hera's antics, and she usually tries to kill his illegitimate children and/or grandchildren, he qualifies.
- Badass Grandpa: A literal example. He's Diana's grandfather, a senior member of the Council Elite, and when he's angry, the narration notes that the kind of power gathered around him usually prefaces phrases like 'let there be light'. It also notes that his lack of scars is either a mark of vanity... or a sign that he's too badass for anyone to have even got close.
- Brother–Sister Incest: With Hera. Again, the other pantheons (especially Asgard) think it's icky.
- Butt-Monkey: Odin verbally embarrasses him in front of the rest of the Council Elite and, after he makes the mistake of condescending to Strange, the latter uses him to make a point (which is mostly 'don't piss off the madman with the Infinity Stone') by temporarily sealing him in a crystal tomb.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's one of the good guys...he's just not nice, or likeable.
- Hot-Blooded: Where the rest of the Skyfathers are trying to be more conciliatory when talking to Odin, mostly because the alternative is fighting him, and save those who're actually Elder Gods, he's the strongest of the lot (and the Elders aren't keen on getting involved) and battle hardened to boot, he's up for picking a fight.
- He also tries to talk down to Doctor Strange. While the latter was a) half-mad, b) holding the Tesseract. This was generally accepted to be a very stupid idea.
- Immortal Immaturity: He's about the same age as/a peer of Odin, though he looks a great deal younger. This is reflected in their respective behaviours.
- It's Personal: He's pissed at Odin because from the rather skewed account he got, Thor and Loki threatened his wife without cause and Harry set the Phoenix on her. Odin deconstructs this, stating what she really did, pointing out how it fit her character, and noting that if Harry really had set the Phoenix on her, she wouldn't have lived long enough to complain about it.
- Physical God: Obviously, and on the upper end of the scale too.
- Really Gets Around: Infamously.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Odin delivers one to him that's mainly about Hera, but reflects badly on him too.
- Smug Snake: Carries shades of this, as despite his power, he's generally trounced either verbally by Odin, or physically by Strange -though he needed the Tesseract to do it.
- Taken for Granite: Temporarily, courtesy of an irritated Doctor Strange armed with the Tesseract.
Hera ArgeiaQueen of the Olympian Pantheon, hater of demigods, and gigantic bitch extraordinaire.
- Brother–Sister Incest: With Zeus. A lot of the other pantheons (by inference, Asgard in particular) think that it's weird and bring it up whenever they're feeling snippy.
- Character Development: And not of the good kind - originally, she just hated the demigod bastard children of her husband, Zeus. It has since evolved into a general hatred for demigods.
- Dirty Coward: Cuts back on her oblique threats to Harry as soon as Thor basically tells her to back off or risk incineration by surgically precise lightning bolt.
- Evil Is Petty: Perhaps not strictly on the side of evil, but she's petty as hell, with Odin characterising her attitude as one of 'sheer spite'.
- Evil Matriarch: Of the Olympians.
- Exact Words: Odin notes her skill for using deniable language.
- The Gadfly: She seems to enjoy needling Thor - then backs off as soon as she realises that he's not going to take her obliquely threatening his son lying down.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: A textbook example.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end of a downright vicious one from Lily, through Harry.
- In Ghosts of the Past, Odin aims a rather harsh one at her via her husband, Zeus.
- Self-Serving Memory: Going by Ghosts of the Past, she either has a severe case of this, or she outright lied to her husband.
- Shame If Something Happened: Specialises in structuring discussions along these lines.
- Wicked Step Mother: The original.
- Would Hurt a Child: Tried to have Diana killed as a child because she was Hercules' daughter by Hippolyta, one of her chosen people, and is perfectly happy to obliquely threaten Harry.
- Iolaus mostly handled directions. I just hit things.
- Action Dad: to Diana.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: Hippolyta did, anyway. The result was Diana.
- Bi the Way: He's kind of 'lol at your quaint little categories' sexual.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He loves nothing better than a good fight. He's a lot like a pre-humility Thor in that respect.
- Blood Knight: Diana says that she gets it from him. He'll always pick a fight, and while he usually picks the right ones, he doesn't always.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not exactly the world's brightest hero and remarks that Iolaus handled directions and he just hit things.
- Dynamic Entry: He makes his entry with a Shockwave Clap that vaporises a number of demons.
- Good Is Dumb: He's a nice guy, a hero, and a total badass, but it's clear that Diana got her brains from her mother - he's really not all that bright.
- Good Parents: He clearly loves his daughter, who remembers him as always being 'full of stories and laughter', and is ludicrously proud of her. He also had the sense to arrange for her protection from Hera when she was a baby by seeking Loki and Athena's advice, after recognising that this was a situation he couldn't just punch his way out of.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: A little - he says that other people handle the thinking, he just hits things.
- Hidden Depths: He's smarter than he first appears (not that this is hard) and at least somewhat self-aware.
- Idiot Hero: Appears to be this at first, but like his canon counterpart, he's smarter than he first seems (not that this is difficult).
- Mini Dress Of Power: His usual outfit, being described at one point as usually wearing 'a belt, a mini-dress and a smile, lion skin optional'.
- Rated M for Manly: As per usual.
- Super Strength: One of the most archetypal examples, potentially being even stronger than Thor. He ain't called the Prince of Power as a pet name, folks.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He rarely bothers with a shirt. No one seems to mind.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He invented Pankration.
Daughter of Zeus, elder half-sister of Hercules, and de facto guardian of Diana, she appears from time to time, occasionally dispensing advice in her capacity as Goddess of Wisdom.
- Animal Motifs: Owls. Which she can talk to.
- Badass Bookworm: Goddess of Wisdom, Goddess of War. The result is this trope.
- Badass Teacher: Though she's not overt about it, she helped train Hercules, among others, and has plenty of game.
- Cool Aunt: To Diana and, to an extent, to Harry (technically speaking, she's his second cousin once removed).
- Cryptic Conversation: Shares one with Loki. Harry is left profoundly confused.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Loki, being the smart, pragmatic, logical support/mentor to a more rambunctious and physical classically heroic brother.
- God of War: Among her other positions, she's one of two for the Olympians.
- The Mentor: Formerly to Hercules, currently to Diana, his daughter. Also dabbles in this where Harry is concerned, both in Child of the Storm and later, by implication, in Ghosts of the Past when Jesus mentions her as one of the gods with faith in his ability to control the Phoenix.
- Smart Girl: As Goddess of Wisdom, to the Olympian pantheon. Loki treats her as a peer, something that speaks volumes.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Where Hedwig is concerned, at least.
- Stealth Mentor: She's not always obvious about her mentoring, and tends to prefer those she does advise to seek out advice rather than simply be handed it on a platter, as she does with Harry.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Plays the dry-witted straight woman to Diana's relative wise guy.
See her entry under Child Of The Storm Harry And Friends.
Other GodsMembers of the other pantheons mentioned and featured in the story. Until relatively recently, they grudgingly followed the Celestials injunction to stay away from Earth and humanity, to let them grow on their own. That, however, has shown signs of changing.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: True of all gods, but especially the Skyfathers-each of them is a Physical God and (to a varying extent) Reality Warper. The more worship and recognition they have, the more they can exercise their power on Earth.
- Blue and Orange Morality: A lot of them don't exactly cleave to human morality, let alone modern human morality.
- Good Is Not Nice: How much they care for mortals is rather dubious (Ghosts of the Past implies that, for the most part, they don't really), but they're opposed to the major league monsters, like Chthon.
- Hypocrite: Huginn and Muninn call out the Council Elite as such, pointing out that each one of them is arguably more of a threat to the mortal world than Harry as the Dark Phoenix. The latter takes a little time to get warmed up. Any one of them, on the other hand, can wipe out the planet with the snap of their fingers.
- Jerkass Has a Point: On the one hand, their going after Harry because he's potentially the Dark Phoenix is harsh at best... but considering that the alternative is risking global, even universal, annihilation, they kind of have a point.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The Council Elite of Skyfathers. It's mostly an opportunity for the pantheon heads to gather... and argue.
- Physical God: By definition, though they aren't always able to use that power on the mortal plane.
Joshua a.k.a. Jesus of Nazareth
- I do not, and will never, have anything better to do than talking to and helping a young person in pain.
- All-Loving Hero: What do you freaking expect? His primary response to Harry's Dark Phoenix manifestation is a direct contrast to most (though not all) of the other pantheons - they see a threat to be destroyed, he sees a kid (a cousin, even) in need of help. When he unveils his psychic presence to reveal who he is, Harry's somewhat overwhelmed by the warmth and compassion... and reacts hilariously.Harry: Jesus fucking Christ!
- Badass Pacifist: Specifically takes the peaceful option... and casually shrugged off a psychic blast from Harry that would have either lobotomised a full capacity Wembley or blown it up (Wembley Stadium holds 90,000 people), with a mildly surprised observation that Harry packs a real psychic wallop - he actually felt that. It didn't hurt him, but he felt it. He also easily cloaked his presence from Harry, so effectively that Harry couldn't even sense it.
- Deadpan Snarker: A little. Apparently it was Thor and Loki's influence.Also, I come in peace... I'd rather you didn't try to make me leave in pieces.
- Exact Words: Tells Harry, when the latter asks who he is, to call him Joshua. This is both neatly avoiding saying his name, and actually saying it in a round about way - Joshua and Jesus are two ways of translating the Jewish Yeshua.
- Humans Are Flawed: Fond of humans for all their quirks, in spite of, and because of, their flaws.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Notes this tendency in passing.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: While not as much as the trope usually suggests, this version is a Nice Guy who turns up in battered workman's jeans and a t-shirt (after all, he was a carpenter...) and just asks his distant cousin to hear him out.
- Light Is Good: He's definitely light themed, and, well, he's one of the nicer gods you're likely to meet.
- Long-Lost Relative: Notes to Harry that like Maddie, he's a cousin (though more distantly and on the other side of the family).
- Nice Guy: He's pretty much the nicest of the collected pantheons that we've seen, with the possible exception of Diana. Not that this is especially hard.
- Nice Jewish Boy: The archetypal example.
- Noodle Incident: Apparently he, Thor and Loki hung out a very long time ago. They were supposedly a bad influence on him.
- Physical God: There aren't many people who can shrug off a powerful psychic blast from Harry like it's a love tap.
- Precision F-Strike: Elicits two from Harry, the latter when he reveals who he is (though it is quite obvious).Harry: Jesus fucking Christ!
- Race Lift: Subverted. Unlike most depictions of Jesus, which have him as tall, white, often blue eyed and with straight (sometimes blond) hair, he's shown as a short, dark skinned guy with brown eyes and curly black hair.
- The Reveal: Shortly after he first appears. While it isn't very hard to figure out who he is, he's not expected to make an appearance, because the story seemed to adhere to the Jesus Taboo. However, Word of God did suggest that he'd make a cameo.
- Scars Are Forever: He presumably keeps his out of choice, but the ones on his hands from the nails on the cross are clearly visible.
- Semi-Divine: Notes that, like Harry, he is a demigod.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pops up behind Harry and cloaks his presence, in an effort to keep him from getting jumpy and lashing out. Since a jumpy Harry did exactly that, he points out how bad an idea this was - Jesus agrees that it wasn't exactly one of his best.
Head of the Aztec Pantheon, God of the Winds (among many other things), usually manifests as a gigantic feathery serpent. Even around his fellow Skyfathers. No one's entirely sure why.
- Blow You Away: God of the Winds, among other things, hence why Odin dubs him 'Wind-Lord'.
- Giant Flyer: A giant flying serpent, large enough to swallow a dragon whole, most of the time.
- God in Human Form: Oddly enough, subverted. He's the odd one out in this regard, and the narration speculates that he's making a point... though what that point is, however, is unclear.
- Physical God: Obviously.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's one of the more reasonable Skyfathers, noting that Both Sides Have a Point.
- Scaled Up: Usually. The other gods suspect he's making a point, though they're not entirely sure what it is.
The God of Protection, he is part of the Trimurti, the leaders of the Hindu Pantheon who function as a sort of tri-partite Skyfather. Is one of the more powerful and respected Skyfathers, a rough peer to Odin and Zeus. One of the more sensible gods, as these things go, and technically a blood relative of the House of Odin through his mother, a dozen or so generations back.
- Big Good: Of the Hindu Pantheon.
- Ignored Expert: Expert might be pushing it, but he at least has the common sense not to push a clearly half-mad Strange whilst he's wielding the Tesseract and advise Zeus to do the same. Zeus ignores him and pays the price. Cue a long suffering sigh.
- Interspecies Romance: The product of one - his mother was Princess Sunniva of Asgard (and a Phoenix host), and his father was Ishvara, an Elder God.
- Physical God: One of the stronger ones - considering his heritage (his mother was a royal Asgardian Phoenix host and his father was an Elder God), this is unsurprising.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Seems to feel this way, especially where Zeus is concerned.
- Time Abyss: He's somewhere between 30 and 40,000 years old.
Head of the Heliopolitan (Egyptian) pantheon. God of the Sun, has a falcon for a head for whatever reason, and is powerful enough that he has the total respect of the other pantheon heads - or at least, they shut up when he speaks.
- Badass Grandpa: The ancient head of the Egyptian pantheon, and extremely powerful with it.
- Only Sane Man: Re-rails the conversation, which had devolved into an argument between Odin and Zeus over the conduct of their sons/wife respectively.
- Petting Zoo People: He has a falcon's head, for whatever reason.
- Physical God: He's another Skyfather, and thus immensely powerful.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't say much, but he doesn't really need to say much, as he's one of the few Skyfathers that the others are guaranteed to at least listen to.
- Straight Man: Sober, serious, and apparently not with much of a sense of humour, he's completely bemused by Huginn and Muninn's defence of Harry in nigh-incomprehensible Brooklyn slang.I think I understood about half of that.
The EndlessThe Seven most powerful beings in the Universe, those to whom even the Gods must bow and treat with respect. Each and every one is a Cosmic Entity in their own right. They get involved with mortal affairs to varying degrees for varying reasons. Only those members that appear will be listed.Beware: due to their natures and their habit of only appearing during matters of great significance, here be spoilers.
The Endless are a family, if an exceedingly dysfunctional one, and therefore have a few things in common.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: All of them are this, with Luna and Death explaining that they're basically what happens when you give cosmic concepts human faces (to human perception, at least), being a step beyond even gods in their removal from mortals.
- Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: All of them look different to different people.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Even the nicer ones do things for reasons that can be quite alien to humans, largely because of their responsibilities and their differing perceptions of the universe. They also have to follow Rules, ones that are unclear (but apparently very clear on the subject of offspring).
- Cosmic Entity: They are by far the most powerful examples of this trope, with the possible exception of Eternity - and even then, Death might be more powerful than him.
- Domain Holder: Each has their own domain, where they are sovereign. Dream's, while he mainly inhabits a relatively small section, is implied to technically include the entire Nevernever, itself a vast realm of which Faerie is but a small part.
- Eldritch Abomination: Prior to merging with Lily and when not taking a host, Destruction a.k.a. the Phoenix is usually manifest as a vast firebird capable of devouring (or healing) planets.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: They look different to pretty much every species or kind of being out there, simultaneously.
- Humanoid Abomination: Usually, though they aren't beholden to human form.
- I Have Many Names: All of them, some of which Lucien winds up reciting when introducing Maddie and Jono to Dream, Destruction, Delirium and Death, though Dream is a particular example.
- Reality Warper: All of them, to one extent or another, though Dream and Delirium are particularly prone to it.
- Rule of Seven: There are seven of them. It's hinted that this is the reason that seven is a magical number, rather than the other way around.
- Theme Initials: D, though it only really applies in English, with them having many other names in many other languages.
- Tangled Family Tree: Become this with the addition of Lily as the avatar of Destruction.
- Time Abyss: They're all billions of years old - or at least, the posts, powers, and memories are, though the dominant aspect might be a more recent addition, as with Destruction and the second Delirium. Death might even be older than the universe itself.
The anthropomorphic personification of Death, and an absolutely lovely person. Sometimes goes by Didi.
- Big Sister Instinct: She plainly loved her little sister Delirium, who apparently 'wandered off one day'. She seems very happy to act as big sister to the recently deceased Luna Lovegood when she fills the vacancy.
- Cosmic Entity: She's one of the strongest, if not the strongest.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: As noted below, she is "the friend we shall all one day meet," and a genuinely Nice Girl.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has the look, but is too cheerful to fit the standard attitude.
- I Have Many Names: She's been called the Grim Reaper (not that she's grim or a reaper), Teleute, Didi and, of course, Death.
- The Leader: It's subtle, but all of the other Endless defer to her, even if she's in one of their realms. This strikes a contrast to Destruction, who at least puts on the form of deferring to Dream in his palace.
- Loophole Abuse: She's limited in how she can intervene, since her kind are bound by Rules. However, she helps out where she can, with chapter 75 being the most blatant example - not only does she explain to Carol how she's Not Quite Dead (she's wearing the Green Lantern Ring, thanks to Doctor Strange, which has decided to make its full abilities apparent), she buses in the late Alan Scott, former owner of said ring, to give her a crash course in how to use it.
- In Ghosts of the Past, she, Destruction, Dream and Delirium all bend the rules as far as they can to help Harry.
- Nice Girl: Frigga describes her as 'the friend we shall all one day meet'. Pretty much every single time she appears, she's being nice to someone, helping them out one way or another.
- Noodle Incident: At one point, Darcy was warped to her domain by Jane's malfunctioning machinery. They did shots together.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To Dream, and by extension, to Harry, being technically an adopted aunt of his.
Destruction a.k.a. The Phoenix a.k.a. Lily Evans-PotterSomewhat different from the canon incarnation of Destruction, as might be imagined. One of the most powerful entities in the universe with a proclivity for pyromania on a cosmic scale and a fondness for humanity, Harry in particular. By far the most mercurial of the Endless, while she isn't strictly the most powerful (that would be Death), she's the next best thing, and by far the most dangerous.
- Adaptational Badass: She's not strictly more powerful than one of her canon counterparts (though more powerful than is usually demonstrated), but she is much smarter. Needless to say, she's also several orders of magnitude more powerful than Lily, her other canon persona.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Particularly prone to this, even by the standards of the Endless, being repeatedly described as being incredibly volatile, which is why she needs to act through hosts, who are specifically picked for their clarity of thought, compassion, and level-headedness to make a fair and reasonable judgement. After merging with Lily, she gets better about it.
- Bring My Brown Pants: The instant reaction to anyone realising she is involved with, well, anything.
- Composite Character: An unusual three-way example, of Destruction of the Endless, the Phoenix Force, and Lily; Destruction's canon persona is explained as a former Host - or a former something-more-than-a-host, as Loki suggests.
- Cosmic Entity: One of the strongest of them all.
- Deadpan Snarker: A little bit, suggested to be Lily's influence. For one thing, she responds to a "You!" Exclamation by Gravemoss with a smirking "me."
- Destructive Saviour: Minimising collateral damage is not exactly her top priority. Considering who she's a Composite Character of, this isn't surprising.
- The Dreaded: Good guys and bad guys alike are absolutely terrified of her. Even the Darkhold is frightened, scared witless by a mere whisper of her power. Loki's reaction is basically God Help Us All, carrying extra punch since it's delivered by an actual Physical God. And when Gravemoss realises what he's dealing with, his reaction is to be on the point of running away screaming. Then, Harry unwisely reveals that he can't actually wield her power... yet.
- For this reason, Frigga very bluntly informs Harry (who was looking like he was planning on trying to get her involved) that she is not one who takes being summoned well. Dumbledore's account of what happened to the Clan Akkaba after they tried that trick only underlines this point.
- When Harry snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix, this reaction is shown to be very much justified.
- Likewise with the accounts of Surtur, the First Dark Phoenix. Dude ate a galaxy.
- Gender Flip: The canonical Destruction was male - and the canon Destruction is hinted to be a former host or, like Lily, the former dominant aspect.
- The Ghost: In Child of the Storm, appearing on-screen several times... probably. It's quite hard to separate her from her protection on Harry and the shade of Lily Potter. The only definitive examples are chapters 56, 58, 71 and 76. The former is a flashback and a brief intervention, the second is a touch ambiguous, the third is a fully fledged rampage followed by an extended conversation with Dumbledore, and the fourth is fairly explicit, but more subtle in terms of what she actually does. After The Reveal, and in Ghosts of the Past, she appears more explicitly.
- Kill It with Fire: To everything from Dementors to planets to galaxies.
- Kryptonite Factor: To Dementors and dark things in general. And, frankly, anything that's even potentially flammable.
- Mama Bear: Hurt her son, and she will reduce you to floating ashes.
- Nice Girl: Lily, usually - though like her cousin Jean, even the gods cannot help you if you make her angry.
- Reality Warper: Like all the Endless. As Dumbledore remarks, she displays 'absolute command over the powers of life and death' and when she resurrects and possesses Harry, she doesn't get him to stand up or telekinetically lift him up, she rearranges reality around him so that he's standing up.
- Strong Family Resemblance: As Lily, she has this to Jean and Maddie.
- Walking Spoiler: Even revealing her identity provides a significant clue to much of the plot.
Dream a.k.a. MorpheusThe incarnation of Dream, known for being very strict in his adherence to duty and management of his responsibilities. Capable of being spectacularly vindictive, he also increasingly has a functional, if erratic, sense of compassion.
- Aloof Big Brother: To the younger Endless.
- Badass Long Robe: His usual form of dress in the Dreaming - it's black, but edged with what look like flames at the bottom.
- Bad Dreams: Can induce them or prevent them, as and when he desires.
- Character Development: As in his original series, he's described as having a developing sense of compassion.
- The Comically Serious: By far the most sober and serious of the Endless, he's often the straight man to the rest of them.
- Creepy Good: He unnerves both Maddie and Jono.
- Deus ex Machina: Steps in to, with his sisters Death, Destruction, and Delirium, help Maddie and Jono reach the Red Room base deep in the more unstable parts of the Nevernever and provide both an escort and a guide.
- Dimension Lord: Of the Dreaming... which is implied to include the entire Nevernever and maybe, the Astral Plane too.
- Dream Weaver: Sometimes referred to as such, and it's his main job.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: With emphasis on the eerie part.
- The Fettered: He is compulsively responsible.
- Honor Before Reason: He takes his perceived duties very, very seriously, and if he thinks that he has acted improperly, he will immediately pull out all the stops to rectify it.
- He also approves more generally of honourable behaviour and formal manners.
- I Have Many Names: Seriously, so very, very many.
- Painting the Medium: His dialogue is rendered in bold lettering.
- Pet the Dog: After the Forever Red arc, he ensures that Harry doesn't have Bad Dreams, having gone through something similar.
- Reality Warper: And a terrifyingly powerful one. He effortlessly diverts a powerful portal into the Nevernever - which is implied to be part of the Dreaming - to his doorstep. Delirium, meanwhile, states almost absently that the Dreaming, his kingdom, is where all gods (or to be specific, their godhood) are born.
- Sacred Hospitality: Takes this very seriously, with Loki noting that Dream would consider himself honour-bound to assist and protect Harry if the latter wound up in the Dreaming, when they're speculating where Harry's mind might have fled to.
- Strong Family Resemblance: The narration notes that with his messy dark hair, his pale skin, height and lean build, he looks very much like he could be Harry's uncle - which, technically, he is, albeit by adoption.
- He and Death are also unmistakably siblings.
- The Stoic: Plays this role, particularly in contrast to his siblings.
- Your Worst Nightmare: Unleashes this on a number of senior Red Room personnel in revenge for what they did to Harry, in a manifestation of what is described as 'a spectacularly vindictive streak'. It's so nasty that even Loki, mid Roaring Rampage of Revenge, decides to leave them be, as he can't actually do anything worse to them than what they're already experiencing.
Delirium II a.k.a. Luna LovegoodThe new incarnation of Delirium, formerly known as Delight. According to Death, the original just wandered off one day. In chapter 72 of Child of the Storm, she was replaced by Luna Lovegood. Most tropes here are about the Second Delirium.
- Adorkable: Luna as the Second Delirium, as would only be expected.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Luna does this post-mortem by becoming the new Delirium.
- Badass Adorable: Luna Lovegood, adorable to begin with, is now one of the seven most powerful beings in the universe.
- Barefoot Loon: Most people thought she was mad even before she became Delirium, and she tended not to wear shoes (if only because they were pinched).
- Brutal Honesty: A key character trait prior to her ascension.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The old one was definitely this, in a potentially dangerous and deeply tragic sort of way. The new one is sweeter and more harmless, though still prone to being bullied as a result. Harry takes this very personally, even if he ultimately does more harm than good.
- Creepy Good: The first had a serious case of Blue and Orange Morality. The second is definitely good, but she's a bit... off.
- Hyper Awareness: Luna, even before she became the Second Delirium.
- Loners Are Freaks: Luna was the inverse, though she did have a couple of friends: Ginny and Harry.
- Loophole Abuse: Bends the Rules as far as she's able to help Harry, dropping a couple of very unsubtle hints to help out.
- Morality Chain: When alive, the Second Delirium functioned as this to Harry, indirectly encouraging him to curb his Bully Hunter tendencies and recognise that they were more about his anger than anything else via a case of Brutal Honesty. It is notable that immediately after she dies, Harry snaps first into Tranquil Fury, then Unstoppable Rage.
- Nice Girl: Fits this like a glove.
- The Polly Anna: Luna isn't as divorced from reality as she sometimes appears.
- Theme Naming: It is rather appropriate that someone called Luna would become Delirium.
- Unexpected Character: Luna taking up the mantle was most definitely unexpected - though also rather fitting.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Luna, even prior to her ascension.