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    Asgardians in General 

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Odin: Asgard is not a place. It's a people.

The Asgardians are the inhabitants of Asgard. They are a race of Human Aliens possessing a highly advanced form of technology resembling magic and sorcery, which their entire civilization is built up by. They are a brave and a powerful warrior race whose passion for adventure is their way of life, and their reputation as one of the mightiest races in the universe has earned them the respect and fear from other races.
  • Badass Army: They've fought wars that lasted for millennia against races that threatened the entire universe and won every single one of them. Except their last.
  • Badass Bystander: Even Asgardian civilians can and will throw down with horrible monsters if the need is great enough.
  • Blood Knight: Asgardians all seem to really enjoy fighting.
  • Break the Badass: Malekith's sneak attack on Asgard and killing Frigga shook the whole realm to its core. And that was all merely a prelude as to what was to come when Hela managed to break free of her long imprisonment...
  • Cool Airship: The Asgardians don't seem to use spaceships (since the Bifröst allows them to get anywhere in the universe faster and more easily), but they do use aircraft that look like flying Viking longships. With homing missiles and gatling energy guns.
  • Depending on the Writer: The portrayal of the Asgardians as Sufficiently Advanced Aliens and actual gods varies from film to film.
    • In Thor and Thor: The Dark World, the Asgardians make it clear that they see themselves and the Aesir as mortals. Fandral jokingly refers to prior visits to Earth, where they were mistaken for Gods, which they encouraged to cause a spectacle and for fun and games. In The Avengers, Loki keeps insisting that he's a God, and is treated as a loon by his brother Thor for doing so. In The Dark World, Odin insists they aren't gods when Loki tries to claim otherwise. As Odin points out, the Asgardians are born, live, and die like every other being and species in the cosmos. Loki counters by noting how long that is compared to other beings, in whose eyes they are Physical God.
    • This changes in Thor: Ragnarok where the film returns to the comic and mythic roots with the royal family referring to themselves as gods and playing up the godly imagery. Thor openly calls Loki, "the God of Mischief", he identifies as "the God of Thunder", Hela is called "the God of Death" and so on. Of course the only thing that is true is what Odin said, and what is true from the myths, i.e. the Norse Gods are not immortal, not ageless, and they live and die like all beings.
  • Healing Factor: Compared to humans, Asgardians have a accelerated healing, as seen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, when Professor Randolph is stabbed in the chest but survives thanks to Coulson stifling the bleeding. Only minutes afterwards, he is walking around again nonchalantly.
  • Human Aliens: They don't come from Earth and look like humans.
  • Large Ham: The only one who doesn't get in on this is Hogun the Grim, though since it is shown in the second movie that he's actually Vanir, this trope does apply to all Asgardians.
  • Physical God: Thor: Ragnarok returns to the comic roots by treating the royal family as gods. Its members are far more powerful than other Asgardians and have a connection to the realm other Asgardians lack.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Space Vikings. They drink, they fight, they feast... and not much else. Big on honor and glory. When one of their number dies (mostly likely in battle) then they rituals like that too and they deal with grief violently (even if they were adopted into the culture instead of being born to it).
  • Public-Domain Character: Many of the Asgardian characters (including Thor, Loki, Odin, Frigga, Heimdall, Sif, and Hela) are this, being based on actual deities from Norse Mythology.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The battle against the Frost Giants took place in AD 984, and Odin led the charge. Fandral implies that Thor used to throw around lightning and thunder, and got worshiped as a god. Loki states in The Dark World that the average Asgardian lifespan is 5000 to 5100 years. The Frost giants presumably have lifespans just as long — or even longer — considering that King Laufey looks exactly the same as he does 1,029 years after the battle with the Frost Giants, and Loki appears to age at the same rate as Asgardians.
  • Screw Your Ultimatum!: In The Avengers, this appears twice. Both times, an Asgardian is asked to lay down his arms, and both times, the Asgardian flips out and attacks. Justified, though, as Asgardians are Proud Warrior Race Guy so the concept of surrendering is probably an insult to them.
  • Spock Speak: They speak in a very elaborate manner. It's a Pragmatic Adaptation from the comics, where they spoke in Antiquated Linguistics, although people mocking Asgardians tend to go for the 'thou' and 'thee'-style speech.
    Tony Stark: Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens:
    • They freely mix magic and science. According to Thor's explanation to Jane, they consider them to be the same thing.
      Jane: Like an Einstein-Rosen bridge?
      Thor: More like a rainbow bridge.
      Jane: God, I hope you're not crazy.
    • In The Dark World, Eir, tending to Jane, utilizes a "Soul Forge" to help heal her. She recognizes the device by referring to it in Technobabble terms as a quantum field generator.
  • Superior Species: According to the tie-in comics mainly, they seem to be the (mostly) officially-recognized defenders of peace in the universe. Since the Bifröst enables them to be anywhere at a moment's notice, fear of them is what keeps punks like the Jötunns, Trolls, Badoon, and Marauders in line. Which is why when the Bifröst goes down, all the evil races come out of the bushes and start wreaking havoc.
  • Super Strength: Part of their demigod physiology, being able to push humans off their feet.
  • Super Toughness: Part and parcel of demi-godhood is surviving serious harm.
  • We Are as Mayflies: A common Asgardian attitude, which both the films and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. touch on. It's difficult to see humans as worth concerning yourself over when the average human life span is a small fraction of your own.
  • World of Badass: A world filled with mighty warriors with both hand to hand and laser combat experience, great champions, and even civilians aren't afraid to get down and fight when the situation calls for it.
  • World of Ham: A shiny world inhabited by many boisterous people.

Rulers and Guardians of Asgard

    Thor 
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    Loki 
See the Loki page

    Odin 

Allfather Odin Borson

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"A wise king never seeks out war, but he must always be ready for it."

Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Anthony Hopkins

Voiced By: Gabriel Pingarrón (Latin-American Spanish dub), Camilo García (European Spanish dub), Guy Nadon (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Thor: Ragnarok

"We are not gods! We're born, we live, we die, just as humans do."

Lord of the Aesir and King of Asgard. After Thor starts a war with the Jötunns, he exiles him in hopes of teaching him humility. Upon a particularly strenuous conversation with Loki, his old body goes into the "Odinsleep". Loki promptly takes advantage of this and starts scheming.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: In Ragnarok, he's actually more impressed that Loki managed to trap him on Earth than anything else.
  • Amazon Chaser: Implied. His wife is Frigga, a Lady of War, and he ships his son with Sif, another Lady of War.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The end of The Dark World left it vague as to whether Loki killed him or not. The first stinger of Doctor Strange reveals that he actually is alive and Ragnarok shows that he's been living in a New York retirement home that Loki banished him to.
  • And I Must Scream: When he goes into the Odinsleep, Odin is perfectly capable of hearing and seeing what is going on around him, but powerless to do anything about it until the sleep is over.
  • And Starring: And Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
  • Angst Coma: Goes into the Odinsleep after banishing Thor and having an argument with Loki.
  • The Atoner: It's implied that Odin's current status as protector of peace across the Nine Realms is to make up for his past as a pillaging warmonger who obtained his power through violence and bloodshed.
  • Badass Beard: He has a bushy, impressive one.
  • Big Good: He is the king of Asgard and the highest authority against Laufey, the king of Jötunheim. The fragile peace between them is the catalyst of the movie's plot. However, he is not without his flaws.
  • Big Sleep: The Odinsleep. Ultimately subverted. It's a power recharge, not death.
  • Blade on a Stick: Gungnir, the "Spear of Heaven."
  • Blood Knight: For all his talk of keeping the peace in the Nine Realms, he goes into full Roaring Rampage of Revenge mode, willing to shed every drop of Asgardian blood to destroy Malekith after he attacks Asgard and murders Queen Frigga. And he justifies the righteousness of it by saying that he will win. Ragnarok reveals that Odin was a genuine one in the past, and it was only much later that he renounced it in favor of becoming a peacekeeper.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • To his youngest son Loki, who greatly loved him, looked up to him, and wanted nothing more than his approval in Thor. The breaking part started once Loki found out Odin had lied to him his whole life about his origins and planned to use him as a tool. Odin's final rejection in the Bifröst put the final nail in the coffin. In The Dark World, his harsh justice is treated by Loki as another rejection.
    • His behaviour in The Dark World also disabuses Thor of a lot of his illusions, and leads to him outright rejecting kingship for the foreseeable future.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: The first stinger for Doctor Strange states that Thor and Loki are in New York looking for him because of his disappearance in Thor: The Dark World. They finally reunite in Thor: Ragnarok, where Odin warns his sons of the threat Hela poses to the universe.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Whenever Odin gets angry and raises his voice. Magnificent in a way that only Anthony Hopkins can deliver.
  • Cool Horse: Implied by its number of legs and its owner's identity to be Slepnir.
  • Crusading Widower: In Dark World after Frigga's death.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Succumbs to it when Frigga is killed in The Dark World. He throws aside all the virtues he preached about to Thor in favor of bloody revenge. He even drives Heimdall to go against him!
  • Determinator: Has been putting off the Odinsleep for quite a while. In the opening for Thor, he takes an ice mace from Laufey in the face and continues fighting anyway. He doesn't even stop to seek treatment for his eye until after the Frost Giants are driven back to Jötunheim.
  • Elderly Immortal: Odin looks like an elderly human, but he's actually a thousands-year-old Human Alien.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Odin as per Hela was a Galactic Conqueror and tyrant who butchered whole civilizations, and plundered their wealth to build the splendour of Asgard. He had a Heel Realization, banished Hela, and raised Thor and Loki in the hope that they would become better than both Hela, and him.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Odin imposed peace on the nine realms through bloody conquest, destroys the entire civilization of his enemies, and regularly intervenes militarily to maintain that peace. Yet, without Asgard's constant policing the realms have been shown to be quickly descend into chaos with wars spreading and the strong praying on the weak. The extreme methods he employs are often necessary because Asgard's enemies are that dangerous.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He changes them depending on the occasion, but always present. It is unknown if he wears it for the same reason as mythology Odin.
  • Eye Scream: Loses his right eye to Laufey in Thor's opening.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He is quite content to spend his last months of life wondering the Norwegian countryside on Earth, and seems barely bothered by it by the time his sons find him.
  • Genre Blind:
    • Believed that Loki would be able to forge a lasting peace with the Frost Giants, despite the fact Laufey left him to die as baby.
    • Didn't see that Loki would be incredibly upset or jealous about not being Crown Prince. Even worse — he didn't make it clear Thor was the Crown Prince when they were young, dangling the throne in front of both of them, telling them "only one of you can inherit the throne, but you were both born to be kings." The director of The Dark World has commented on how Odin really shouldn't have done that.
  • A God I Am Not: When Loki asserts that the Asgardians are like Gods compared to Humans, Odin succinctly declares that they should not act Holier Than Thou in spite of their advantages as a species. However, this does not stop him from acting superior to Jane when she comes to the realm, probably because he feels that she's not good enough/too mortal for his son, more than anything else.
  • The Good King: Taking care of his people is his number one priority and his anger at Thor is based on his fear that his son cares more for war then for them. In The Dark World his despair drives him into the very Blood Knight behavior he scorned.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: As his image shows he wears various combinations of silver and gold and has white hair. Noteably, his sons each appropriate one of the two colors for their own outfits.
  • Good Parents: Goes from straightforward in Thor, to played with in The Dark World, to played with all over the place in Ragnarok.
    • Thor: Odin loves both his sons, even if Loki is an adopted Frost Giant, a racial enemy, and gives Thor a much needed object-lesson to teach him the value of kindness and compassion. His main failure is being too proud of his sons to teach them the lessons they needed to learn until it was too late, resulting in Thor becoming a boisterous warmonger and Loki becoming a repressed ball of jealousy. Only one of them gets better (since any opportunity to correct Loki's immaturity was missed when he fell into the Odinsleep, leaving his adopted son to run amok with power).
    • In The Dark World, he reminds Loki that his birthright was "to die, as a child, on a frozen rock" and if he hadn't saved Loki that day then Loki wouldn't be alive to hate him in the present. How much of the punishment is from the "All Father" and how much is from "Loki's father" is ambiguous in the film note . In any case, he's given up hope that Loki will amount to anything more than a murderer.
    • While Ragnarok shows that Odin really does love both of his sons and is incredibly proud of them, it also reveals that he used his first child Hela as a weapon to conquer the Nine Realms. According to him, her ambition grew too great and he was forced to banish her somewhere she would never escape while he lived. According to her, he had a sudden and unexpected change of heart and simply cast her aside since she wanted to continue the conquest. Since both are liable to be Unreliable Narrators, the truth is left unclear.
  • Grandpa God: Odin's role as the Top God of Asgard is expressed through his white beard signifying the wisdom he has gained from eons of experience and learning. He also goes by the title "All-Father," which dates him a bit.
  • Handicapped Badass: His missing eye doesn't get in the way of his ass-kicking.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Nothing can wake him from the Odinsleep once it begins, although he still sees and hears everything going on around him.
  • I Have No Son: After Loki murdered hundreds of innocent New Yorkers in The Avengers, Odin no longer considers him his son. In the Dark World Prelude comics, he underlines this by calling him Laufeyson to his face. In Ragnarok, since getting free of the enchantment put on him by Loki, he has mellowed out and refers to both Thor and Loki as his sons. Still played straight with his first child, Hela, though. She's actually his firstborn daughter whom Odin banished and erased her existence because she's too dangerous to be set free.
  • It's All About Me: A major aspect of his character arc is his difficulty in avoiding this behavior, being aware of it, and wishing better for his sons.
  • It's Personal: One can read his warmongering frenzy late into The Dark World as driven less by bloodthirsty pride and more his grief at Frigga being killed in battle against the Dark Elves.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Although he stepped off the Despair Event Horizon by that point and was ready to expend unit after unit to fight Malekith in Asgard, Odin did have a point about Thor's plot to bring Jane to Malekith in Svartalfheim if Thor can't destroy the Aether once it's extracted from Jane as that's precisely what happens.
  • Large Ham: Obviously, since we're talking about Anthony Hopkins... as Odin.
  • Never My Fault: He doesn't take any responsibility for how his sons turned out. It doesn't dawn at him at all that Thor's war-mongering behavior is because of him, or that Loki's issues were due to nelegcting him as a child, which resulted in his madness.
  • Necessary Evil: His view on war. He views it as ugly, but something kings have to be ready for. He views his father's extermination of the Dark Elves as necessary to safeguard the universe due to the threat they posed. His conquests and intervention of the other realms can also count to force a peace on them because without Asgard to maintain security they fall into war and chaos.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • He never told Loki of his true heritage because he felt it would cause him to feel like an outsider. Even when Loki didn't know the truth, he still felt overshadowed by Thor and Odin. Finding out just made things worse, much worse.
    • He went into Odin Sleep after banishing Thor, which put Loki on the throne.
    • Never told his sons about their bloodthirsty sister and goddess of death (who he knows will be free to invade Asgard once he passes away) right up until he was close to death.
    • Word of God is that he put a fake Infinity Gauntlet in the vault, in order to appease Asgard's fears about it. This means when Thanos shows up with the real thing, Asgard is completely off guard.
  • No Body Left Behind: When he passes away, he dissolves into wisps of light.
  • Not So Different: From either of his sons. In The Dark World, he shows himself very much like Thor in the first film, with his bloodthirsty ways in the fight with the Dark Elves. Granted, he has better reason. While he respects humans as a race and government he also shares Loki's attitudes about being superior to individual humans, though that comes with the caveat of the fact that he would first have encountered humanity in the early bronze age, through to the Viking Era, so it isn't exactly surprising. On the better traits, he shares Thor's courage, nobility and ability to lead, with Loki's intelligence and diplomatic skills, as well as, to some extent, magic (he shows signs of it in The Dark World when he examines Jane for the Aether.
  • Offing the Offspring: The only reason he doesn't kill Loki is because Frigga spoke in his defense. If it weren't for her, he'd have Loki executed without a second thought.
  • Papa Wolf: Goes into Jötunheim, by himself, to rescue his sons.
  • Parental Neglect: Played with. He loves (or used to love) both his sons, but since Thor was the eldest and the heir to the throne, he gave him more attention than Loki to whom he was always somewhat distant. This had very tragic results.
  • The Patriarch: Odin may be a kind father who wants the best for his children, but he is also far more powerful than any of them and shows no hesitation to discipline them with banishment or imprisonment whenever they get arrogant enough to ignore his counsel.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • In the first movie, he wants to avoid war, and does a good job of handling things when he's not in the Odinsleep. Just mind the Hair-Trigger Temper.
    • This goes away in The Dark World. He becomes bloodthirsty and irrational due to grief from Frigga's death, leading to Thor and his friends committing treason just to do the right thing.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Gives one to Thor around the beginning of the film, but it was meant to inspire some humility in him, and not just for the sake of being mean-spirited.
      "You are a vain, greedy, cruel boy!"
      "Through your arrogance and stupidity, you have opened these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and desolation of war! You are unworthy of these realms! You're unworthy of your title! You are unworthy!...of the loved ones you have betrayed. I now take from you your power! In the name of my father and his father before, I, Odin Allfather, cast you out!"
    • Also gives a brief one to Loki before sending him to the dungeon in The Dark World.
      "Do you not truly feel the gravity of your crimes? Wherever you go, there is war, ruin, and death."
      "Your birthright, was to die, as a child, cast out onto a frozen rock. If I had not taken you then, you would not be here now to hate me."
  • Retired Badass: He led the charge back in the 10th century AD, but now he prefers the diplomatic approach.
  • Retired Monster: As per Hela, Odin was once a Galactic Conqueror who drenched entire civilizations in blood, with Hela as his executioner. After conquering and subjugating the nine realms, Odin stopped from expanding his empire, and decided to become a peaceful monarch, and so banished Hela from Asgard, and making her an Un-person and more or less rewriting history so that his children would have a kinder legacy to build on.
    Hela: (to Thor, in Odin's throne room) Where do you think all this gold came from?
  • Revenge Before Reason: Frigga's death at the hands of the Dark Elves in The Dark World turns him to a blinded rage and he becomes much like Thor was prior to his Character Development, willing to throw as many Asgardian lives as is needed to crush Malekith. Thor comments that his methods wouldn't leave much separation from him and that which he hates.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Personally led the Asgardian charge against the Jötunns to defend Midgard during the Dark Ages.
  • Staff of Authority: Only the King of Asgard wields Gungnir.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • In The Dark World, he stops treating Loki like his son, and is openly disapproving of Thor's infatuation with Jane, comparing bringing Jane to Asgard to bringing a goat to a banquet (and says this to her face, as if her response doesn't matter). Most likely, it was probably caused by the fact that his second son, who he does still love, went insane, slaughtering droves of innocents, and the fact that his first son is in love with a mortal who will break his heart by dying a millennium or three before Thor starts even going grey.
    • He takes another level in the second half of the film due to grief and anger over Frigga's death and shouts We Have Reserves.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • In Ragnarok, when Thor and Loki find him, he doesn't hesitate to refer to them as his sons and has in general softened, likely because he knows he doesn't have long to live.
    • Also from Ragnarok. As it turns out, Odin was once much closer to the Odin of Norse Mythology. The reason the Nine Realms exist is because he led a series of massive wars that devastated the cosmos; the Realms are the areas he had conquered by the time he was finished. Then he had a Heel Realization about being a Galactic Conqueror, stopped at nine realms rather than continue to conquer the cosmos with Hela, and retreated to Asgard rather than continue direct rule over all nine of his realms.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He has a strong habit of leaving things or sending things to Earth that cause destruction. For example, his sending Thor and his hammer to Earth helped the Earth realize they were outmatched as they were, which caused S.H.I.E.L.D. to revive HYDRA tech, based on an Asgardian power source, the Tesseract. This snowballs into attracting the intentions of Thanos and the Chitauri, which brings to Earth the Mind Gem. That gives power to Ultron and the Vision.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of The Dark World, Loki has usurped the throne from Odin, whose fate is not revealed. Thor: Ragnarok then reveals that Loki wiped his memory and sent him to Earth, where he chose to remain once he recovered them.
  • Written by the Winners: Hela angrily and resentfully reveals in Thor: Ragnarok that Odin engaged with this in regards to how Asgard records its history. While Odin now emphasizes his role as peacekeeper and hegemonic police of the Nine Realms (as well as the actions of his sons and family), his throne and the glory of Asgard was revealed to be once founded in conquest and imperialism, with Hela by his side. This is evident in the Sistine Chapel-like ceiling art of Odin's throne-room. Those scenes of the Royal Family and peace among the Realms are actually the second layer. The first depicts Odin and Hela leading a series of bloody wars across the universe, and was (literally) covered up after Odin banished Hela.

     Frigga 

Frigga

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"It's only because I worry over you that you have survived."

Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Rene Russo

Voiced By: Rebeca Patiño (Latin-American Spanish dub), Mercedes Montalá (European Spanish dub)

Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World

"Stand down, creature, and you may still survive this."

The wife of Odin, mother of Thor and Loki, and Queen of Asgard. As Odin falls into the Odinsleep, Frigga takes care of him, unaware of what Loki is doing on the throne.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Judging by the attendance and the reaction of the mourners at Frigga's funeral, all of Asgard love their Queen.
  • Action Girl: Thor definitely didn't get it all from his father. She easily bests Malekith in combat, taking him on alone armed with nothing but a shortsword and superior skill. It's a shame he brought Kurse along.
  • Action Mom: Turns out to be a Magic Knight that taught that one son magic and can guard the other son's girlfriend splendidly on her own.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Thor: Ragnarok or it's tie-in merchandise never addresses at any point who Hela's mother is and indeed, whether she could be Frigga or whether Hela came from a time before Frigga was married to Odin. The hidden murals in Asgard's throne room only show Odin and Hela, there is no sign of Frigga or any other female figure who could be interpreted as being Hela's mother.
  • And Starring: Gets billed as "With Rene Russo."
  • Death by Adaptation: She didn't die (at least permanently) in the comics, but she's killed in The Dark World.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Goes out fighting against Malekith in order to protect Jane and the Aether.
  • Good Parents:
    • Even though Loki isn't a child of her blood, she loves and dotes on him as if he were.
    • She pleaded with Odin to turn Loki's death sentence into life imprisonment.
    • She supports Thor's relationship with Jane, being happy that he is happy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Died keeping Jane Foster and the Aether out of Malekith's clutches.
  • Hidden Depths: In The Dark World she gets a fight scene against Malekith and wins. Further, it's revealed that she's the one who taught Loki magic, and she uses the same sorts of illusions he does.
  • The High Queen: She is beautiful, gracious and regal.
  • Lady of War: When fighting Malekith she was wearing a queenly dress and handled him with great skill.
  • Mama Bear: Even though her sons need no protection, Frigga still defends them.
  • Master of Illusion: Turns out that she's Loki's instructor in illusion magic.
  • Morality Chain: She's this to her husband Odin, to the point where her death is the point where he becomes hellishly bloodthirsty.
  • Morality Pet: To Loki. Played with because it's been shown that Loki loves Frigga the most, but his affection for her didn't stop him from committing his actions.
  • Motherhood Is Superior: While Loki's adoption creates all kinds of drama, it all revolves around Odin. No one, not even the fans say that Loki is not Frigga's son. Even though we know better!
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's gone grey but she's still capable of taking down Frost Giants and even The King of All Dark Elves in single-combat if the need arises.
  • Only One Name: Only her first name is mentioned.
  • Proper Lady: The most graceful and poised member of the royal family.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the comics and original myths, she's Thor's stepmother, but in the movies, she's Thor's biological mother.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She personally guards the king during the Odinsleep in Thor. She also fights Malekith to protect Jane Foster and the Aether in The Dark World.
  • Satellite Character: She's defined by her reactions to the actions of her family members.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Being queenly, graceful, and proper doesn't stop her from being a sorceress and swordswoman.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: She slays one of Laufey's mooks with only one swing of her sword.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She not only takes care of Odin in the Odinsleep, but guards him as well. She takes pride in this, as witnessed by her interaction with Odin while they prepare for Malekith's invasion:
    Odin: Despite all I have survived, my queen still worries for me.
    Frigga: It is only because I worry for you that you have survived.
  • Woman in White: Averted Trope. Her main outfit in the first movie is a white dress, as seen in her page image, but this does not affect the plot.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's more collected and calmer than her husband; not subject to rash decisions based on anger.

    Hela 

Hela Odinsdottir

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"Darling, you have no idea what's possible."
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Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Cate Blanchett

Voiced By: Kerygma Flores (Latin-American Spanish dub), Yūki Amami (Japanese dub), Marie-Andrée Corneille (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok

"I'm not a queen, or a monster. I'm the goddess of death. What were you the god of again?"

Odin's firstborn child and the ruthless and powerful goddess of death whom he locked away thousands of years ago and, upon escaping from her prison, brings unprecedented levels of chaos and destruction to Asgard.
  • 0% Approval Rating: The Asgardians aren't exactly overjoyed to meet their new queen, understandably so when her method of introduction is slaughtering their entire army single-handedly. Some even try to raise a rebellion against her and storm the castle, to absolutely no avail.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics Hela's good looks are maintained by her enchanted cape. Without it, the right half of her body will become dead and rotted. This version of Hela has no such problems.
  • Adaptational Badass: Comics Hela is still very much a Dark Action Girl, but she's not presented as being anywhere near as fearsome a physical opponent as MCU Hela is. For instance, she could never take out an entire legion of Einharjar single-handedly without even breaking a sweat like this Hela can. Comics Hela is also usually presented as being of a similar strength and endurance level as Thor (she can fight him to a stalemate but fights between them can go either way), whereas MCU Hela is clearly both much stronger and more resiliant than MCU Thor.
  • Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, Hela is usually presented as being a Jotun, being the daughter of Loki and a Jotun sorceress. In the MCU, however, she is a member of the Asgardian royal family.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Thor: Ragnarok or it's tie-in merchandise never addresses at any point who Hela's mother is and indeed, whether she could be Frigga or whether Hela came from a time before Frigga was married to Odin. The hidden murals in Asgard's throne room only show Odin and Hela, there is no sign of Frigga or any other female figure who could be interpreted as being Hela's mother.
  • Ambition Is Evil: She was once Odin's greatest weapon, leading his armies to subdue the Nine Realms, but Odin eventually turned against Hela and imprisoned her when he realised her appetite for conquest and domination was insatiable.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: She's Odin's daughter, who fought on his side during his days as a warlord and later turned against her father for abandoning his ambitions.
  • Archnemesis Dad: In Hela's eyes at least. She paints a picture of herself as being Asgard's noble savior who will lead the realm back to universal supremacy, and dad Odin as the foolish old man who locked her away merely because he was threatened by her growing power.
  • Ascended Extra: In the original Ragnarok comic story-line Hela only appeared for 3 pages without making much impact on the plot, whereas in Thor: Ragnarok she's the main antagonist.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Following Odin's death, Hela (as his eldest child) is the true heir to the throne of Asgard, and she is also clearly presented as being by far the strongest and most powerful Asgardian.
  • Ax-Crazy: She is incredibly violent and bloodthirsty and kills en masse whilst showing absolutely no empathy for her victims or remorse for her actions. By contrast, she seems to actually revel in her own carnage, gleefully exclaiming "Oh, I missed this!" after slaughtering the entire Asgardian army.
  • Badass Boast: She seems particularly fond of these. After all, she's not a queen or a monster, she's the goddess of death!
    Hela: Whatever game you're playing, it won't work. You can never defeat me!
  • Badass Cape: She sports an awesome dark green shiny cape.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: She's one hell of a melee opponent, and attacking her with sharp weapons seems pointless. For instance, she blocks a spear attack by Thor by nonchalantly crossing her arms in what is basically a provocative gesture intended to show that Thor is no match for her. She also blocks a sword attack by Valkyrie with her forearm with ease.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Actually a Justified Trope considering Hela is portrayed as being pretty much Nigh Invulnerable. She fights an entire army single-handedly, gets stabbed right through the chest and blasted with 'the strongest bolt of lightning ever' at different points of Ragnarok, and comes out of all three without so much as a scratch or even a broken nail.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Mjölnir was forged in the heart of a dying star, and imbued with magic so that only the most worthy of heroes could possibly make it move in any way. Hela catches and then crushes it with just one hand.
  • Big Bad: She's the main antagonist of Thor: Ragnarok.
  • Big Brother Bully: Or sister in her case. She is Odin's firstborn, older than both Thor and Loki and not only threatens their kingdom, but mocks and belittles them at every turn.
  • Blood Knight: The most bloodthirsty Asgardian to have ever lived, she relishes in the slaughter of her victims and is willing to kill anyone in her conquest beyond the Nine Realms, even her fellow Asgardians.
  • Blue Blood: As Odin's firstborn, she is the princess and the true heir to the throne of Asgard.
  • Cain and Abel: To her younger brothers, Thor and Loki.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: She was introduced long after Thor and Loki made their debut in the MCU. Justified since Odin sealed her away and made her an Unperson.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In The Avengers, Iron Man mockingly calls Hawkeye Legolas, suggesting that the The Lord of the Rings and/or The Hobbit movies exist in the MCU. Hela's actress Blanchett played Galadriel in those movies.
  • Clothing Damage: When introduced, her outfit is tattered and full of holes, likely due to her long imprisonment. Once she replenishes her power by returning to Asgard, her outfit repairs itself.
  • Contralto of Danger: She has a rather deep, powerful voice for a woman, courtesy of Cate Blanchett, which fits the character's Authority Equals Asskicking status.
  • Cool Helmet: She wears her iconic and elaborate antler-style headdress from the comics, and it can also double as a weapon.
  • Cool Sword: She wields wicked looking short swords with spiked blades that she seems to be able to materialize out of thin air. In fact, in her battle against the Valkyrior, she summons hundreds of them to use as a Storm of Blades on them.
  • Composite Character:
    • Hela's backstory of having been imprisoned many years ago and freed during the present day is taken from Cul, Odin's brother from Fear Itself.
    • Skurge the Executioner being subservient to her comes from Amora the Enchantress.
    • According to producer Brad Winderbaum, her ability to manifest weapons was taken from Gorr the God Butcher.
    • The twist of the character being Thor and Loki's long-lost sister is taken from Angela.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: She's the first Big Bad of the Thor films to present a serious physical threat to the title character without outside help; Loki needed a weapon to fight Thor evenly, and even then, he wasn't much of a match for his brother one-on-one, while Malekith needed the Aether to present a real threat to Thor in a fight. Hela, by contrast, is a nigh-unstoppable one-woman army who can not only handle herself in a fight with Thor, but come out on top without a great deal of trouble. In the same vein, both Loki and Malekith were vulnerable to Mjölnir (Loki couldn't lift it and Thor used it to first disfigure Malekith, then defeat him), whereas Hela destroys the hammer with one hand.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Hela vs. well, pretty much anyone (bar Surtur at his full strength) is a curb stomp battle of epic proportions.
  • Dark Action Girl: She isn't just your average Dark Action Girl, she's virtually a one-woman army who can slaughter hundreds if not thousands of soldiers in one go. She's so strong and durable that not even the Mighty Thor can put a dent in her using his strongest lightning powers. Cate Blanchett trained in the Brazilian martial art of capoeira for Hela's fight scenes.
  • Dark Is Evil: Hela is raven-haired and wears dark clothing and makeup.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When she finds the armies of Asgard arrayed against her, she dryly muses "I thought you'd be glad to see me." Similarly, when giving her Badass Boast to Thor about being the goddess of death itself, she sarcastically punctuates it with "what were you the god of again?"
  • Defiant to the End: Her last moments are a final, futile battle with Surtur.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If you refuse to immediately comply with Hela's demands, you'll likely find yourself Impaled with Extreme Prejudice without a moment's notice.
  • Doing In the Wizard: In the comics and Norse myth, Hela is Goddess of the Dead and ruler of the land of the dead aka the afterlife. Here though, she is specifically the Goddess of Death which, despite chucking the previous movies motif that Asgardians are "just" Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, transforms her into something closer to a Badass Abnormal Blood Knight who makes zombies, rather than confirming the existence of life after death in the MCU.
  • The Dragon: Before Thor was born, she served Odin, her father, as his 'executioner'. If the Murals she unearths above Odin's throne room are to be believed, she was the original wielder of Mjölnir.
  • Dual Wielding: When going into battle she wields a wicked looking spiked short sword in each hand.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: From her perspective, her violence, and the conquests she wholeheartedly participated in during Odin's early years, is the very foundation on which Asgard is built. She tells Thor that the gold in the throne room of Asgard came from conquests. And in the end, she was merely cast aside and sealed away, while Odin decided to stop his conquests at Nine Realms, and consolidate his empire. Hela also laments how the warriors who fought and died for Asgard were once honored in the throne room, whereas now Odin buries them deep underground and pretends that it never happened.
    Hela: Whoever I am? Did you listen to a word I just said!?
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She is a pale-skinned and dark-haired villainess.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Pretty much the first thing she does in Thor: Ragnarok is destroy Mjölnir with one hand, immediately setting up how insanely powerful she is and what a terrible threat she is to our heroes.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: In Norse mythology, the goddess Hel was a neutral deity who was charged with caring for the dead. Here, she is an evil villainess who is bent upon chaos and domination.
  • Evil Gloating: This pretty much makes up a majority of her dialogue.
    Hela: Do you know the difference between us? I am Odin's firstborn, the true heir to the throne and the savior of Asgard! And you? Are nothing!
  • Evil Plan: Hela's is to firstly conquer Asgard (which she does with ease), then raise an undead army and go on to conquer firstly the other Nine Realms and then the rest of the cosmos in a bid for ultimate supremacy.
  • Evil Reactionary: Her Evil Plan is to revert Asgard back to its dark, blood-soaked, galactic-conquering, imperialistic past and continue its reign of terror on the rest of the universe, no matter how many of her own people she has to slaughter to do it.
  • Evil Versus Evil: As the heroes leave Asgard, Hela must fight a reborn Surtur, who aims to destroy the realm.
  • Evil Wears Black: Her outfit is a combination of black with green patterns. Even without her pitch-black helmet on she looks remarkably gothic.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: All part of her evil, sexy goth aesthetic.
  • Flechette Storm: Her primary form of offense, summoning innumerable spikes, knifes, swords, and anything else sharp and pointy to throw at her opponents.
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  • Frontline General: She was the commander of the forces of Asgard and is shown (astride Fenris) leading an army of Einharjar into battle in the hidden murals in Odin's throne room.
  • A God Am I: Refers to herself as the goddess of death. The film implies there is some truth to this and not merely self-aggrandizing.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She not only crowns herself Queen through a violent takeover of Asgard, terrifying the populace into submission, she also aims to lead a bloody campaign of conquest on every other realm in existence. See 0% Approval Rating above.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Crosses it so much that Thor decides destroying all of Asgard is the only way to take her down.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Implied. She was undoubtedly already a vicious warmonger before her banishment, but thousands of years of being imprisoned against her will seems to have made her even more twisted and vengeful.
  • Goth: In dress sense and personal stylings, if not necessarily in demeanour.
  • Green and Mean: Like Loki and her comics counterpart, Hela has an affinity for the color green.
  • Hammer Space: Aside from her powerful Asgardian physical abilities, her primary offensive power appears to be the ability to summon some kind of black matter from another realm, in any shape or size she pleases. This includes Skurge's axe and the spears she uses to kill her opponents, as well as a small mountain from which she raises out of the sea to battle Surtur.
  • Healing Factor: She's not invulnerable by any stretch, but any wound she does take seems to heal in seconds. Subtly shown at several points such as when Thor hits her with the "biggest lightning bolt in the history of lightning bolts" and she's temporarily disabled off-screen, but is fine a few minutes later when we see her. Or when he kicks her in the head at the beginning of the film which concusses and stuns her, which realistically would have drastic ill-effects and probably indicate an embolism, but leaves no lasting injury. More blatantly shown when Valkyrie and one of the Asgardian soldiers respectively put swords through her chest, and the hole just gets patched up in a flash of yellow. Coming back from her whole body being obliterated by Surtur is another story.
  • Hero Killer: She kills the Warriors Three once she's back to Asgard. In the past, she wiped out the entire order of Valkyrior, with only one survivor.
  • Home Field Advantage: Her power is increased the longer she stays in Asgard. Even without it, she's already strong enough to lift Mjolnir despite being unworthy and crush it. This is why Thor decides having Surtur destroy Asgard is the only way to defeat her.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Uses Fenris, her giant wolf, as her mount when riding into battle rather than the normal horses that the rank and file soldiers ride.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Which the Excessive Evil Eyeshadow really brings out.
  • Immune to Bullets: At one point, she is shot at by the Asgardian army's flying ships, to which she wraps her Badass Cape around herself and the bullets bounce harmlessly off her body.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Her favored method of killing, although she gets a taste of it herself when she is at the bottom end of Surtur's blade as he impales it in Asgard's ground.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Comic Hela's Iconic Outfit (skin-tight black and green bodysuit, badass green cape and crazy, antler style headdress), one of Jack Kirby's most elaborate costume designs for Marvel Comics is lovingly and faithfully re-created here.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: It's made clear that her rule would mean bad news for Asgard and all other realms at large. As Odin believed in being ready for war but not seek it actively, Hela aims to do the complete opposite. Also an example of The Wrongful Heir to the Throne.
  • Insane Admiral: Why she was banished — to her, something is in Asgard's empire, or it needs to be incorporated into it, pronto.
  • It's All About Me: Hela is solely focused on herself and putting the blame on everyone else. She wants to conquer the universe by pretty much killing everything else and cannot comprehend why Odin or other Asgardians oppose her. She also gets frustrated that no one remembers her.
  • The Juggernaut: She is far and away the most powerful Asgardian, except for Odin back in his prime days. The combined forces of a newly empowered Thor, Hulk, Loki, Valkyrie, Heimdall wielding Hofund, and the rest of the Asgardian army still aren't enough to defeat her, as she draws her power from Asgard. The only way she's defeated is by releasing the Kaiju-sized Surtur against her, and even then she still gets in a few good hits before he finally defeats her.
  • Kneel Before Zod: She has a habit of demanding that people kneel before her, she first does it to Thor and Loki and later she demands that Hogun and the Einherjar army kneel upon returning to Asgard.
    Hela: Kneel, before your Queen!
  • Knife Nut: She certainly seems to have a fondness for bladed weapons. She can magic knives and swords (not to mention many other weapons) out of thin air and not only fights with them but throws them at her opponents, impaling people in all directions.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed. She's a bit of a comedian and prone to Deadpan Snarker humor, but she's extremely efficient and ruthless. Any scene with her is extremely tense and usually carries extremely bad implications for Asgard at large. She's also one of the few MCU villains to be a Hero Killer, given that she murders the Warriors Three.
  • Lack of Empathy: Hela displays no empathy at all for any other being save her wolf, Fenris. She wants to rule or kill everything that is not her and will not hesitate to kill entire worlds or her own people.
  • Large Ham: Blanchett clearly had fun with the role. Hela speaks in bombastic tones as she struts her way around Asgard. For instance, after she's single handedly wiped out an entire army:
    Hela: Oh, I've missed this.
  • Lean and Mean: Like Loki, she's thin, wears black and green, and has evil intentions.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Hela is an extremely deadly warrior, using her vast Super Strength and Super Speed against her opponents and employing a capoeira-like fighting style as well as her ability to create weapons out of thin air during battle, making her a nigh-unstoppable force.
  • Marquee Alter Ego: In the comics, Hela's face is usually half covered by a mask that is part of her iconic Cool Helmet. Live action Hela keeps the headgear, but is only masked in key scenes so not to hide Cate Blanchett's face.
  • Meaningful Name: The Norse goddess that Hela is inspired by is called 'Hel' which is an old Germanic word meaning 'one that hides', rather apt when you consider that Odin 'hid' her away for thousands of years.
  • Messy Hair: When she first emerges from her imprisonment, her hair is noticeably more unkempt (to go with her ripped and tattered outfit) than it is later in the film as she gains power.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed, but that skintight outfit, the poses, the Sexy Walk, that voice. Oh lord...
  • Multiversal Conqueror: Her ultimate goal is to use the power of the Bifröst to reach and conquer all the realms in existence. It was always Hela's objective, since the days she fought at Odin's side.
  • Near Villain Victory: If she had only had the foresight to destroy Surtur's crown or remove it from Odin's vault and hide it somewhere, there would have been no way that Thor and the other Revengers could ever have defeated her.
  • Neck Lift: She does this to Thor during one of their fights, showing how ridiculously strong she is.
  • Necromancer: Using the power of the Eternal Flame, she raises the corpses of fallen warriors to serve as her army through the movie.
  • Never My Fault: Refuses to accept any responsibility for her imprisonment instead choosing to put the blame entirely on Odin.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: It appears to be impossible to truly harm her in any way (at least as long as she has her connection to Asgard as a power source). Stab her, throw her, kick her, hit her, blast her with lightning. Nothing even leaves a scratch, let alone phases her. It's possible this is a result of the Asgardian's normal enhanced healing abilities taken Up to 11 via her connection with Asgard itself.
  • No-Sell: Conventional weapons are basically useless against her, as is Valkyrie's kick in her face. And she can stop Mjölnir, of all things. And she shatters it for good measure, leaving Thor (seemingly) much less powerful.
  • Not So Different: To Thor, who over time could have easily become as vicious and blood-thirsty as his older sister, had Odin not exiled him to Midgard to teach him a lesson in humility. This is even Lamp Shaded by Thor himself in a scene between he and Hela in Asgard's throne room.
  • Obviously Evil: It is no surprise that the woman in black armor with a spiked helmet and black eyeshadow turns out to be the Big Bad. She had the outfit since her days of Odin's conquests, which should have been a red flag for the Allfather.
  • Oh, Crap!: She has the mother of all "Oh, Crap!" moments when she realizes that Thor and co have Out-Gambitted her by resurrecting Surtur to destroy Asgard.
  • Older Than She Looks: Looking at Hela, it's easy to forget that she's actually incredibly ancient, even more so than most Asgardians.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: She certainly has no problem killing literally all of her subjects in her quest to rule Asgard. She even implies she doesn't actually care about the throne, just the war.
    Hela: I'll get that sword, even if I have to kill every single one of them to do it!
  • One-Man Army: She can quite literally kill the entire army of Asgard singlehandedly. Even working together, Thor, Loki, and Valkyrie cannot hope to stop her; it takes the mountain-sized Surtur to take her down.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers half of her face when she destroys Mjölnir.
  • Physical God: Referred to as the goddess of death both by herself and Odin. Given the context, her much greater power than other Asgardians, connection to the land, and overall imagery the implication is she is a god.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the comics, as in the original myths, Hela is Loki's daughter. Here she's Odin's daughter, Thor's sister, and Loki's adopted sister.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She has been imprisoned for millennia until Loki inadvertently manages to release her through banishing Odin to Earth, weakening him to the point that he willingly gives up on life. Odin was the only being powerful enough to keep Hela at bay and his death means that she finally manages to escape her prison.
  • Sexy Walk: Not so much a walk as a strut, she almost acts like every part of Asgard (especially the Rainbow Bridge) is her own personal catwalk.
  • She's Got Legs: Her skin-tight outfit perfectly showcases her long, shapely legs. In fact, the very first shot of her in Thor: Ragnarok focuses exclusively on her legs and thighs as she emerges through a magical portal.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Hela's magic glows a bright green color, seen at the beginning when she emerges out of a swirling green magical portal. Then later in the film when there is a bright flash of green when she resurrects Fenris and the dead Asgardian soldiers, whose eyes also glow green following their re-animation.
  • Shadow Archetype: Hela is essentially a pre-Character Development Thor if he had never learned humility from his banishment, only embracing her resentment, arrogance, and bloodthirstiness, and Loki if he was truly competent as a would-be Galactic Conqueror and did not, as Coulson stated, "lack conviction". Thor lampshades the similarities before their final battle.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives a really creepy one when she catches Mjölnir in mid-flight one-handed and then shatters it.
  • Slouch of Villainy: She drapes herself almost gracefully across Asgard's golden throne when addressing Skurge during a scene in the film.
  • Smug Super: She gloats constantly, because she knows full well she's not making empty boasts and it's damn hard to even scratch her, let alone leave a permanent injury.
  • The Sociopath: Let's see... Lack of Empathy? Check. Consummate Liar? Unknown. She very well may be an Unreliable Narrator when it comes to her and Odin's past, spinning it in her favor. Pathological Need for Stimulation? Seemingly. She constantly seems bored of everything and everyone around her, the only thing that seems to make her happy is killing, so she's definitely Ax-Crazy. Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth? Definitely. It's All About Me? Another check; the only regard she shows for anything but herself is for Fenris, her wolf. But that could easily be interpreted as her appreciating Fenris as a useful tool of war rather than having genuine affection for the creature.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Her iconic headdress has huge spiky, antler-like horns.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: She's capable of manifesting weapons from her body.
  • The Starscream: She was once The Dragon to Odin during their conquest of the Nine Realms, but her ambition gradually outgrew his and she eventually attempted to violently overthrow his rule and take control of Asgard, which was the final provokation for Odin locking her away and writing her out of the history of the realm.
  • Storm of Blades: She can summon hundreds or even thousands of her short sword Weapon of Choice at once, which she can then send out as a wall of missiles, or a tornado of death.
  • Super Mode: Hela is always powerful, but whenever she is gearing herself up for a fight, she smooths her hands over her hair and magically transforms it into her spiky, black battle helmet.
  • Super Strength: Like all Asgardians, but taken Up to 11. She is seemingly even stronger than Thor himself considering that she has the ability to throw him like he is little more than a toy. She can also lift Mjolnir with sheer brute force despite being unworthy.
  • Tainted Veins: If you look closely, you can see that Hela has faint but visible black veins on her shoulders, forehead and around her eyes and jawline. This is presumably to represent that she's maybe not fully alive (as the goddess of death) and is maybe a mild homage to the goddess Hel appearing as half alive and half dead in the original Norse Mythology.
  • Three-Point Landing: To access the vaults below Odin's treasure room, Hela breaks through the floor, drops backwards through the hole (deliberately!), falls gracefully through at least 500 feet of blackness, flips over and then lands perfectly in this style.
  • Time Abyss: As one of the oldest Asgardians, she is thousands of years old.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Asgard goes from Odin disguised Loki's lax but seemingly mainly benevolent rule to Hela's violent coup and takeover. She seems determined to revert Asgard back to it's blood-drenched, imperialistic past.
  • Uncertain Doom: It is left fairly ambiguous as to whether Hela dies at the end of Thor: Ragnarok or not. The last we see of the character is her seemingly exploding into a blast of green energy directly before Surtur plunges his sword into the ground and Asgard implodes. But considering that Hela first appears out of a similar cloud of green energy at the beginning of the film, it could be interpreted that she simply teleported away at the last moment...
  • Un-person: What Odin did to her. No one knew that she existed, despite her integral part of his conquest of the Nine Realms.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Claims Odin was once a ruthless conqueror not any different from her before inexplicably having a change of heart and deciding to stop. Given her ego, ambition, and blame on others, it's unknown if Odin really changed or she was too blind to see he was never as power-hungry as she was.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Skurge is fairly hilariously useless as lackeys and especially executioners come. He fails in executing a single person the whole movie, and can't even seem to do simple things like ensure that the Bifrost Sword doesn't get stolen from under their nose. All he does is follow Hela around like a lost puppy in absolute terror of her. Loki found this out before Hela did.
    Hela: Skurge, where's the sword??
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Ragnarok isn't completely a 'Saccharine Show', but it's a mostly comedic, brightly-colored, action heavy, 80's inspired space opera in the vein of Flash Gordon. Hela in contrast, does have her comedic and Large Ham moments, but is very much a Vile Villain as The Sociopath and an Omnicidal Maniac. She certainly has the highest body count of any villain in the MCU to date.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She has one when she sees Surtur restored and grown to giant size, knowing he was going to destroy Asgard and cause Ragnarok. She regains her composure to attack him.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Courtesy of Cate Blanchett.
  • Villainous Valour: Barely flinches when faced with a newly resurrected Surtur and the prophesized destruction of Asgard. Say what you want about her, but that takes nerves of steel.
  • Villain Has a Point: Hela points out that Odin had a nasty habit of trying to cover up his past and lying about damn near anything important, which causes lots of problems down the line. Thor agrees.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Throughout the previous two Thor films, the Einharjar (Asgard's elite army) has been portrayed as being a mighty, unstoppable force that has won countless wars against fearsome enemies and helped maintain the peace of not only the Nine Realms, but the entire Universe at large. To show how crazy powerful Hela is, she is not only capable of only taking on the entire army single-handedly, but also winning. Not to mention that she's also sufficiently powerful enough to destroy an enchanted, supposedly indestructible weapon with little to no effort.
    • Hela herself suffers this when Surtur is reborn. After spending the entire movie defeating everyone in sight with no trouble, she is almost completely outmatched by the demon (she manages to give him pause by impaling him multiple times, but he's still able to move enough to deliver his final attack). Though this might be an invoked trope: Hela is said to draw her power from Asgard itself, and Surtur is actively destroying Asgard aka her power source.
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: She states to have a claim to the throne since she is Odin's firstborn. Though Thor says he would give his throne to someone else, he says she is the worst candidate for the job.
    Hela: You're in my seat.
    Thor: I would love for someone else to rule but it can't be you. You're just... the worst.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She doesn't hesitate to impale Skurge on a giant spike once he pulls his Heel–Face Turn and therefore ceases to be of use to her.

    Heimdall 

Heimdall

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"Be warned, I shall uphold my sacred oath to protect this realm as its gatekeeper."
Click here to see him during Ragnarok 

Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Idris Elba

Voiced By: Mario Arvizu (Latin-American Spanish dub), Juan Carlos Gustems (European Spanish dub), Widemir Normil (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Thor: Ragnarok

"The universe hasn't seen this marvel since before my watch began. Few can sense it, even fewer can see it. But while its effects can be dangerous, it is truly beautiful."

The gatekeeper of Asgard and guardian of the Bifröst. His eyes see all that takes place in the Nine Realms, and his omniscience is thought to be even greater than Odin's. The most loyal and possibly the mightiest warrior of Asgard.
  • All There in the Manual: In Norse myth, Heimdall is actually a Van (being from Vanaheim) by birth: he's not obligated to look Nordic any more than Hogun is — even if his Marvel Comics version does.
  • Ascended Extra: Despite the popularity and acclaim of actor Idris Elba, Heimdall doesn't have much a role in the films he appears in until Thor: Ragnarok, and is the only Asgardian (other than Thor) to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Was most likely given the role of resistance leader because he was the most powerful Asgardian left.
  • Badass Baritone: When you hear his deep and powerful voice, it becomes clear why Idris Elba was chosen for this role.
  • Badass Beard: Sports a pretty good beard, though it's hidden mostly by his helmet.
  • BFS: He uses a big sword to activate the Bifröst. He also uses it in combat, especially after taking it away from the Bifröst to prevent Hela from moving to other worlds.
  • Black Dude Dies First:
    • Subverted. While he's the first person Loki attacks in his Evil Plan, he breaks out of it and brings Thor back and the final scene of the first movie is him standing at his post like always.
    • Subverted AGAIN in Ragnarok when he lives while the Warriors Three die. In fact, he's the only recurring Asgardian to survive the trilogy other than Thor himself, Loki, and possibly Sif, who doesn't appear in Ragnarok.
  • Black Viking: A literal example.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His theft of the sword of Bifröst is what initially prevents Hela's evil from spreading past Asgard.
  • Composite Character: Has some elements of Balder from the comics.
  • Cool Helmet: It's gold and horned!
  • Cool Old Guy: The same generation as Odin and scary cool.
  • Cool Sword: His sword can control the Bifröst bridge.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Thor: Sometimes merriment is a greater burden than battle.
    Heimdall: Then you are doing one of them incorrectly.
  • The Dreaded: He stands alone between Asgard and the other eight realms. There's a reason the Warriors Three are terrified he might find out they're plotting to subvert Loki's rule.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: In Ragnarok after being banished from Asgard by Loki to ensure he doesn't find out about Odin's disapperance.
  • The Fettered: He has an eternal duty which he takes with utter seriousness. He never leaves his post, except when Bifröst is sealed, and his loyalty to Asgard is absolute. Choose to fight him, though, and you face a Beef Gate.
  • Gate Guardian: As guardian of the Bifröst he defends Asgard from all who would seek to attack it.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: As he is The Driver and functionally an Almighty Janitor. However, his job's importance is played up thoroughly, and he's implied to be near or superior to Odin in power A little bit of his powers of sight are shown in Ragnarok when he gives Thor the ability to see what happens on Asgard during his imprisonment on Sakaar.
  • Hero of Another Story: The only reason that their are any Asgardian civilians left to save is that he has been functioning as a one man resistance and rescue team. With no help, no back up and only his skill and sight to aid him.
  • Human Popsicle: Loki freezes Heimdall with the Casket upon his "act of treason" (trying to attack Loki for attempting to destroy Jötunheim with the Bifröst).
  • Informed Ability: While his powers are undeniably useful and his prowess as a warrior doesn't disappoint, he never displays anything remotely close to Odin's level of power in spite of the rumours. Best shown in Ragnarok, where he is one of the last Asgardians still standing and proves extremely capable, but openly admits that Thor is their last hope, not him.
  • La Résistance: Leads the Asgardian resistance when Hela takes over Asgard.
  • Light Is Good: Has golden eyes and armor, and visually some solar motifs. He's also unquestionably heroic.
  • Lightning Bruiser: And Genius Bruiser. He was hand-picked by Odin to guard Bifröst because he has no weak spots.
  • Loophole Abuse: He uses this to magnificent efficiency:
    • In the first film, twice he uses this to fudge his oath of loyalty to Loki as king. The first time he leaves his sword in the Bifröst ignition for the Warriors Three to activate. The second time he waits for Loki to fire him before attacking him, so it will technically not be betrayal.
    • In The Dark World, Thor approached him to help him and Loki escape to Svartalfheim and take the battle to Malekith. He mentions what they plan to do is treason, and yet goes along with it, taking the initiative to distract Odin:
      Odin: You have called me for an urgent matter, Heimdall, what is it?
      Heimdall: Treason, my lord.
      Odin: Whose?
      Heimdall: Mine.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After Hela slaughters the Einerjar and the Warriors Three, he protects, rescues, and leads the Asgardian civilians, singlehandedly.
  • One-Man Army: See the above trope. He doesn't lead La Résistance, he is the Resistance.
  • The Omniscient: Downplayed Trope. He can see and hear anything he wishes in the Nine Realms with perfect clarity, but he has to be looking for it, which is why the Asgardians fail to notice Thanos' designs on the Infinity Gauntlet. There are also a number of things he can't see even when he is looking, which always catches his attention. Dark elf cloaking tech, for example, fools his sight perfectly but he can still hear their engines. However his ability is useful for communicating with anyone,anywhere even someone on the other side of a Wormhole. It is also invaluable to keep one step ahead of the literal Goddess of Death and her roving army of minions.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Kenneth Branagh has explained that he chose Idris Elba for the part, not because he needed a Token Minority, but because he thought Idris was a very good actor.
    Bob Chipman: To everyone who pitched a fit about Idris Elba playing Heimdall; every scene he's in may as well be subtitled THAT'S WHY.
  • Race Lift: He's white in the comics. This was a point of contention for some fans, applied rather inconsistently (see Hogun). The actor and producers called out the fans on how ridiculous it is to say that a human actor playing a comic book character based on a mythological concept doesn't look like how the fans wanted. Lampshaded by how he's the "real" Heimdall that no ancient Viking had ever met in person and so it's possible they simply assumed he was as white as they were. There's also the fact that Heimdall's description as white may simply be due to his suggested mythological role as a god of light/day, in which case he definitely has here.
  • Rebel Leader: Works this role as the leader and main asskicker of the Asgardian resistance.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted, he's Sif's brother in the comics, but there is no sign of that in the movies.
  • Scary Black Man: The Warriors Three are terrified of him because of his power, omniscience, and deep voice.
  • The Stoic: One imagines standing as the eternal guardian of the gateway to all the Nine Realms either requires or breeds a certain emotional detachment. He's friendlier in The Dark World, at least to Thor.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: For his omniscience. Asgardians that Heimdall extends his omniscience to temporarily gain these, as shown by Thor on Sakaar, as a means for the latter to check on Asgard.
  • Undying Loyalty: It's stated in the first movie that the only reason Odin is not afraid of Heimdall is because of his absolute loyalty. The second movie plays with this: Heimdall is loyal to Asgard, not to the Allfather.
  • Unflappable Guardian: For all of Asgard. Though he's more prone to employing silence than the typical Obfuscating Stupidity and friendliness.
  • The Worf Effect: A variation in The Dark World: You know the Dark Elves will be a threat when even Heimdall can't sense their presence. This may be related to the possibility that the Dark Elves predate him.

    Bor 

Bor Burison

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Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Tony Curran

Voiced By: Salvador Reyes (Latin-American Spanish dub)

Appearances: Thor: The Dark World

Father of Odin and grandfather of Thor, he led the war against the Dark Elves 5000 years before the events of the film.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Leads the Asgardian charge. It runs in the family, apparently.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice is deeper than Thor's.
  • Badass Beard: A vast red one in space Viking fashion.
  • The Cameo: Not him personally, but Asgardians wih his long-antiquated helmet design appear on Hela's murals.
  • Cool Helmet: Wears his helmet from the comics, with downwards-curving horns.
  • The Extremist Was Right: His utter destruction of the Dark Elves (aided by their own ruler Malekith) is portrayed as a good thing due to the threat they posed to the entire universe and the peace that came with their end.
  • Identical Stranger: Tony Curran would later play Finn in Daredevil.
  • Long Dead Badass: By a few thousand years; he's Odin's father who defeated the Dark Elves previously.
  • Our Founder: Depicted in huge statues in Asgard. Thor accidentally decapitates one of them with a Dark Elf ship while escaping from Asgard.
  • Posthumous Character: King of Asgard before Odin, long dead before the events of either film.

Lady Sif and the Warriors Three

    In General 

Lady Sif and the Warriors Three

Thor's closest and most loyal friends. Upon his exile, they plan to defy Loki and return their friend to his home.
  • Adorkable: Every inch as sweet and goofy as Thor is when they're on Earth; The big-happy-grins (Hogun's included) that they wore after finding Thor on Earth are simply adorable.
    Volstagg: FOUND YOU!!!!.

  • Badass Crew: Asgard's greatest warriors, other than the Odin family and Heimdall.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Fandral is blond, Hogun is brunet, and Volstagg is a redhead.
  • Dork Knight: Every lovable one of them is a warrior.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The Warriors Three to Thor are his best guy friends; Sif might count as a platonic one.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Played with. Both Sif and Fandral have swords, but Hogun uses a mace and Volstagg an axe. Regardless, they're second only to Thor in heroism.
  • Knight, Knave and Squire: Fandral is the Knight; the soldier with the more classy outlook towards battle who's the Asgardian equivalent of Officer and a Gentleman, Hogun is the Knave; on the basis of being the most stoic of them, a quiet warrior who's a quick thinker, and Volstagg is the squire; in that, while not being the newbie or New Meat at all (in fact, he looks to be the older among them), he's the Fun Personified among them.
  • The Magnificent: The Warriors Three have these kinds of sobriquets, but they aren't referred to in the first film itself.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Inverted, the group is always referred to as "Lady Sif and the Warriors Three". Played straight in deleted scene for Thor, where an Asgardian report to Loki and adressed them as "Warriors Three and Lady Sif".
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: All four of them are like Thor in this regard.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The Warriors Three are all dispatched by Hela in Ragnarok, in their respective first scenes. Whilst Hogun at least puts up a bit of a fight, Fandral and Volstagg are instantly killed off by Hela upon her arrival on Asgard. Poor Fandral didn't even get a speaking line. Averted by Sif however who doesn't even show up in this film, having been already banished by Loki offscreen.
  • True Companions: To say that they're Thor's dearest and most loyal friends is an understatement.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Even though they grew up together and loved each other like a family, all four of them now hold Loki in nothing but cold contempt and hatred after his actions in The Battle of Manhattan.

    Sif 

Lady Sif

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"I am sometimes dangerous, but only toward those who are deserving."
Click here to see her on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two 

Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Jaimie Alexander

Voiced By: Karla Falcón (Latin-American Spanish dub); Elena Silva (Thor films), Celia de Diego (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 1 appearance), Inma Gallego (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 2 appearance) (European Spanish dub)

Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. note 

"I will die a warrior's death. Stories will be told of this day!"

One of Thor's oldest friends and the only female warrior of Asgard.
  • Action Girl: She's one of Asgard's best warriors. Her badassery has even reached memetic levels in-universe, as seen in "Yes Men".
    Coulson: [She] climbed a giant metal killing machine. Speared it with her double-bladed sword. It was pretty badass.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has greater similarity to 'the grim' than her other boisterious companions.
  • Amnesiac Hero: She's hit with a Kree memory eraser in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Who You Really Are", leaving her with only children's education from Asgard. Luckily, it can also put her memories back.
  • Beauty Mark: She has one on her cheek, near her nose.
  • The Conscience: Craig Kyle stated that he considered Sif as "Thor's conscience, in a way". She tries to give him advice at times, but he rarely listens.
  • Crazy-Prepared: As shown in a deleted scene of Thor, she brought her entire arsenal of weapons to the coronation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually to her friends in a good-natured, playful way (further shown in the deleted scenes), but she can also be coldly mocking at times.
    Sif: [seeing Thor showing off in front of the whole court] Oh, please.
  • Dual Wielding: Sif has two swords that can join together at the hilts.
  • Glory Seeker: As the quote above indicates, she was ready to go down fighting the Destroyer.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed. While she may be jealous of Jane's relationship with Thor she accepts it and bears Jane no ill will for it. Even her actress said she's above all that, the most antagonistic Sif gets toward Jane is a glare because Jane's presence is threatening Asgard, not because she's dating Thor.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Yes Men", where she joins forces with the team in hunting down Lorelei. They team up again looking for a Kree in S02E12 "Who You Really Are"
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Thor, as he's in love with Jane.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Inverted. Coulson tries to explain to Sif how to use The Bus' touch screen, but she proves perfectly familiar with the interface from her time in non-magical alien societies. She even calls the system "antiquated."
  • Hot-Blooded: She can be quite impulsive when she gets frustrated.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D shows she's not completely gotten over her feelings for Thor, but the second film has her protecting Jane and even breaking her out at Thor's request, and she displays no resentment towards them.
  • Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her battle armour in The Dark World includes a segmented skirt.
  • Lady of War: Instead of the boisterous Leeroy Jenkins approach, she has a more composed and refined fighting style.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: She uses her shield to protect herself or others, and also hits opponents with it.
  • One of the Boys: She's an Action Girl who hangs out with an all-guy group of warriors.
  • Put on a Bus: She doesn't appear in Ragnarok due to scheduling conflicts with Blindspot. Word of God is that Loki banished her from Asgard so she couldn't uncover his secret. Ironically, not being in Asgard saves her from being killed like The Warriors Three.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted, she's Heimdall's sister in the comics, but there is no sign of that in the movies.
  • Secret Keeper: Her guest spot on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes her the only character tied strongly to a particular film series rather than the MCU as a whole to know that Coulson is still alive. He asks her to let him tell Thor himself.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Most of her outfits have either no sleeves or simply metal shoulder caps, though she does wear braces to protect her wrists. The exception is when she travels to Jottunheim with Thor in his first movie: then she wears full-length sleeves to protect herself from the cold.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Wears one when going into battle. She seems to have dropped the habit during Thor: The Dark World.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend:
    • Implied as of Thor with Sif to Thor. (She's Thor's main love interest in the comics and his wife in the myth.) According to interviews, this was more explicit in scenes that were later cut. This was made more explicit in The Dark World, in that she tries to reach out and comfort Thor's increasing broodiness, and yet gets the courteous-yet-curt reply of:
    • Her guest spot in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reveals she lost her first love to Lorelei's seduction magic, and is still hurting over Thor not choosing her.
      Lorelei: Never to get what you desire. Not Haldor; not... Thor.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She sees the Inhumans as nothing but dangerous weapons that have to be put down, though she's convinced to spare Skye for the moment after she shows undeniable signs of wanting to learn to control her powers.
  • Xenafication: In the myths, Sif is a sweet, lovely lady displaying Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, and associated with the earth and marriage, while Marvel's Sif is a Aloof Dark Haired Action Girl. Though, in the comics the black hair is explained by Loki cutting her gold hair as a prank, and in apology giving her black hair made by dwarfs. (In the myth he cuts it too, but gives her a gold headdress). It's also implied in the movie Sif wasn't always an Action Girl, see below.
  • You Go, Girl!: It's implied that Sif had to pull one of these in order to be taken seriously as a warrior, hence why she's still called "Lady Sif".
    Thor: And who proved wrong all who scoffed at the idea that a young maiden could be one of the fiercest warriors this realm has ever known?
    Sif: I did.
    Thor: ...true ...but I supported you!

    Fandral 

Fandral the Dashing

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Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Joshua Dallas (Thor), Zachary Levi (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok)

Voiced By: Gerardo García (Thor), Arturo Cataño (Thor: The Dark World) (Latin-American Spanish dub); Hernán Fernández (European Spanish dub)

Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Thor: Ragnarok

"What? This isn't like going to Earth, where you summon a little lightning and thunder and the mortals worship you as a god! This is Jotunheim!"

A charming warrior who often hits it off with the ladies of Asgard.
  • Badass Beard: Errol Flynn would be proud.
  • Blood Knight: They all love battle, but Fandral seems to especially enjoy it.
  • Chick Magnet: Can be seen chatting it up with a couple of women during the post-Vanaheim celebration in The Dark World.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Downplayed. Zachary Levi isn't so, but is still obviously tanned compared to Josh Dallas.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in The Dark World, where nearly every single line that comes out of his mouth is a witty one-liner.
  • Expy: of/to Errol Flynn's version of Robin Hood, to the point where one SHIELD agent who sees him with Sif, Volstagg and Hogun in New Mexico calls him "Robin Hood" on the radio.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's skewered by a Frost Giant's ice spike during the raid on Jötunheim. He lives, but has to be carried off the battlefield. Hela kills him in Ragnarok this way with throwing swords she summoned.
  • Royal Rapier: He uses one and is implied to be Asgardian nobility.
  • Swashbuckler: Fandral is practically an Errol Flynn Expy.

    Hogun 

Hogun the Grim

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Species: Vanir

Portrayed By: Tadanobu Asano

Voiced By: José Luis Reza Arenas (Thor), Dafnis Fernández (Thor: The Dark World) (Latin-American Spanish dub); Andy Fukutome (European Spanish dub)

Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Thor: Ragnarok

A stoic and quiet warrior, he is a quick thinker and highly observant.
  • Ascended Extra: His role in Ragnarok gives him the most lines of the Warriors Three, and he also lasts the longest against Hela before dying. Possibly to compensate for him being Demoted to Extra in the previous film.
  • Badass Beard: He has grown one by The Dark World; all that war against Marauders must left him no time to shave.
  • Black Viking: His facial features look like he's from the other side of the world from Norway. Justified in that, unlike Sif, Fandral and Volstagg, he's not Aesir/Asgardian, but Vanir/from Vanaheim.
  • Carry a Big Stick: He uses a spiked mace.
  • Defiant to the End: Refuses to yield to Hela no matter what. Takes a while, but she kills him.
  • Demoted to Extra: Makes a brief appearance early in The Dark World, having remained in his home realm to help rebuild it after the Marauders' attack; has another appearance, no more than a reaction shot, during the portal-hopping battle of the finale.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When Hela comes back to Asgard and demands submission to her, he refuses to kneel. He and most of the Einherjar army ends up killed anyway.
  • Epic Flail: In Ragnarok he's wielding a flail instead of his mace.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hela kills him in Ragnarok, impaling him on a large spike she summoned.
  • The Quiet One: He rarely speaks, so when he does, the others listen.
  • Race Lift: Hogun in the comics is vaguely Mongolian-looking and based on Charles Bronson. Here, he's Japanese-looking. He seems to have grown an impressive beard during Thor: The Dark World, which harkens back to Asano's portrayal of Genghis Khan in the film Mongol.
  • Not So Stoic: Even he gives a big grin when they find Thor on "Midgard".
  • The Spock: Far more logical and stoic than his companions.
  • The Stoic: He always acts completely serious and composed.
  • When He Smiles: See the entry under the main group. He smiled just as wide as Sif and the Other Warriors-Two.

    Volstagg 

Volstagg the Voluminous

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"Do not mistake my appetite for apathy!"

Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Ray Stevenson

Voiced By: Octavio Rojas (Latin-American Spanish dub), Eduard Farelo (European Spanish dub)

Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Thor: Ragnarok

A large Asgardian warrior, his healthy appetite does not decrease his love for battle or his loyalty to his friends.
  • Action Dad: He is an Asgardian warrior and father of three children.
  • An Axe to Grind: He uses a gigantic battle axe.
  • Adaptational Badass: Volstagg has a habit of being portrayed as a Miles Gloriosus in the comics. Here, he's an able bruiser, and holds fast even when the Destroyer has him dead to rights.
  • Badass Beard: A vast and bushy red beard like the mythological Thor would have.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: (Coldly to Loki) "If you even think about betraying him (Thor)..." Loki must've read his mind, or else he had received his fair share of death threats over the Battle of New York, because he cuts him off at that point.
    Loki: You'll kill me? Evidently, there'll be a line.
  • Big Eater: Do not mistake Volstagg's appetite for apathy!
  • Big Fun: The big guy out of the quintet formed by Thor, Lady Sif and the Warriors Three, he's also always the life of a party.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: If you're sitting in the mead hall, sit next to him because he's a lot of fun. If you're standing on a battlefield, stand next to him because he's fierce!
  • Expy: Of/to William Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff.
  • Fiery Redhead: If someone can rival Thor for hotbloodedness, it's this guy.
  • Fun Personified: Always the life of a party, smashing mugs with a jolly laugh while asking for refills just like Thor.
  • Friend to All Children: In deleted scene for Thor, in Earth, he helped a little girl taking her toy ball from under a car... by lifting said car with one hand. Granted, he also has adorable children of his own in Asgard.
  • Gentle Giant: The largest of amongst the young heroes of Asgard, and quite easily the sweetest and goofiest.
  • Happily Married: Volstagg is married and has three adorable children. One of them sits in his lap during the feast after the Battle of Vanaheim.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hela kills him with summoned throwing swords of hers in Ragnarok.
  • Oh, Crap!: Counts as a Tempting Fate.
    Volstagg: Hush! Heimdall might be watching...
    Guard: [enters the room] Heimdall demands your presence!
    Volstagg: ...We're doomed.
  • Punny Name: "Volstagg" is a play on the William Shakespeare character Sir John Falstaff.
  • Stout Strength: Volstagg comes off as both short and huge.

Lesser Asgardians

    Elliot Randolph 

Professor Elliot Randolph

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"One must adapt. Recent events have thrown us all for a loop."

Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Peter MacNicol

Voiced By: Juan Antonio Castro (European Spanish dub)

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 8: "The Well")

"Pretty crappy time to be on Earth if you're not a local, so... I am laying low."

A Norse Mythology professor that Coulson talks to about finding the pieces of the Berserker's staff. Turns out he's a part of it as well: The original Berserker himself.
  • Actual Pacifist: At one point during his interrogation, he mentions that he is a pacifist now.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally a One-Shot Character from the first season, he returns in Season 3 with a much more important role: helping SHIELD rescue Simmons.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Asgardian attitudes towards humans living brief lives in comparison to them return here from Thor: The Dark World. Randolph isn't very concerned about issues on Earth, as humans live and die in a time much less relevant to him, to the point where he doesn't really think a band of anarchists using his staff to wreak havoc is a real problem, since in his mind they'll all die soon anyway. Likewise, he attempts to reassure Ward by telling him the darker effects of the staff will wear off in "only" a few decades, not thinking about how long that period of time is to a human. Coulson is noticeably unimpressed by this rationalization.
  • Dirty Old Man: Not too old by appearance, but he counts by sheer age. In his first scene, he is arranging a date with one of his students, and he spends a decent amount of screen time hitting on Simmons. Also, the reason the Berserker story got out in the first place was because a French girl he was sleeping with liked stories, and he wanted to impress her. Turned out her brother was a priest, who wrote it all down.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Though he's retired now, he went from being a mason to a screaming berserker warrior.
  • I Choose to Stay: Opted to stay on Earth when the rest of his comrades returned to Asgard, as he decided he rather liked being here.
  • Jumped at the Call: Signed himself up to become an Asgardian warrior so he could do something other than busting rocks all day.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: The Team estimates that he's been alive for a thousand years and his only complaint is a student putting too much Lit Crit and not enough History in their paper. He's had numerous paramours over the ages.
  • Never Gets Drunk: "Usually Asgardians can hold their drinks, but one night, I tried to hold all the drinks."
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He's just your average Asgardian, a common mason turned soldier. On Earth, that makes him supernaturally strong, tough, and long-lived.
  • Pals with Jesus: Averted (or "Pals With Thor" is, anyway). When asked if he knew Thor, he scoffed at the idea that a simple mason would have met the future king of Asgard.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Norwegian prisons have nice beds, steady meals, plenty of books and a lack of ATCU agents looking for aliens.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He looks like a middle aged man but he's been on Middgard for centuries. This is why Coulson recruits him to help with the Monolith; he's been around for longer than it has.
  • Remember the New Guy: Subtle example. When S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered Mjolnir in the desert of New Mexico, Agent Phil Coulson called upon Randolph for a consultation. This was never mentioned before but it's justified, because guess whose viewpoint is the focus of the plot in Thor?
  • Retired Badass: His days of berserking are long behind him — now he's a professor of Norse mythology, though he plans to retire elsewhere after the events of his episode.
  • Seen It All: Part of what gave him away. He was far too calm for someone who was attacked by super-powered men and locked in an interrogation room. Coulson also points out that he didn't ask any questions when Coulson mentioned he had met aliens. "Most people are very curious about that."
  • Super Strength: Enough to curve a knife with just one hand and effortlessly rip prison bars out of their sockets.
  • Walking the Earth: He implies that he did this for quite a while before settling down, and that now that Asgardians have made contact with humans again he might do so once more. In fact, this is why he signed up for the Asgardian army and came to Earth in the first place.
    Randolph: Honestly, I think I just wanted to travel.
  • We Are as Mayflies: One of the perks he enjoys from living on a mortal world is the fact that his problems mostly die of old age if he waits a century or so.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: He stayed on Earth because he loved it too much to leave.

    Lorelei 

Lorelei

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"Men kneel before me. I do not bow to them."

Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Elena Satine

Voiced By: Gloria Núñez (European Spanish dub)

Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I.", Episode 15: "Yes Men")

Lorelei: And women can rule your land? Can they not?
Rooster: You'd be the first.
Lorelei: Yes. I will.

An Asgardian who arrives on Earth shortly after the team's discoveries at the Guest House facility.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the original comics she has no fighting skills whatsoever. This version, is able to give Lady Sif a good fight, which would put her in the same league as Loki.
  • Arch-Enemy: "Yes Men" establishes her as one to Sif, both because they're foils and also because of what happened to another man in Sif's life.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Although Agent Ward is a Badass, Lorelei is almost as strong as Loki and Thor.
  • Breaking Them By Talking: Her method of choice when dealing with women standing in her way. Both May and Sif end up on the receiving end.
  • Catch Phrase: "Do you prefer her to me?"
  • Compelling Voice: She has the ability to make men do whatever she tells them to. If they can resist the voice, making physical contact will overpower them. It explicitly doesn't work on women, and doesn't seem to be reliant on sexual preferences one way or another.
  • Crossover: It is indicated that Lorelei escaped from confinement during the prison break that Kurse initiated in Thor: The Dark World. Astute readers who watched the movie will note that Loki has somehow supplanted Odin and has taken his place while maintaining his likeness. So when Sif says that Odin wants her back alive, it's actually Loki speaking. In other words, Loki has some unknown plans for Lorelei.
  • Cruel Mercy: Sif spares her because Odin orders her to, though Sif does acknowledge killing her would be the easy way out. Leaving her alive is more painful for Lorelei because she'll be unable to talk, imprisoned in a tiny cell, presumably for life.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: She brainwashed and raped Ward. While she is a villain anyway, no mention of it is made later, and Ward is treated as partially at fault for not being strong enough to resist her. Also qualifies as Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male and a form of Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal.
  • Evil Redhead: She's a villainous Asgardian with scarlet hair.
  • Evil Plan: Find strong men, build an army, take over some place, and rule as queen.
  • Femme Fatale: As Sif notes, wars have been started by her feminine uber-wiles.
  • Fish out of Water:
    • When she arrives on Earth, she begins her first conversation by talking about Earth as "Midgard" to a total stranger, calls Death Valley (where she landed) the "Valley of Death" when told its name, and simply takes a water bottle someone is holding when she needs a drink, not seeming to realize it would be more reasonable to ask.
    • She expected gold to be used as currency on Earth, like it is on Asgard:
    Lorelei: I ask you for gold and you bring me paper!
  • Foil: To Sif; while Sif is a Tomboy who loyally fights for Asgard despite having rejected its gender norms, Lorelei is a Girly Girl who performs femininity to The Vamp extremes and wants to rule. It could be argued that the two both had discontented reactions to the limitations imposed on women and then went opposite routes — Sif beat them by joining them, Lorelei beat them by making them beat each other. "That's the difference between you and me — I don't take orders."
  • Functional Magic: Her mind control is explicitly called "sorcery" by Sif.
  • Hello, Nurse!: It's even part of her modus operandi to seduce men.
  • Jerkass: Said to prefer taking men who are already spoken for. On two occasions, she then rubs this fact in the other woman's face.
  • Kneel Before Zod: "I don't kneel to men. Men kneel to me."
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: By Asgardian standards, she's a Squishy Wizard. By human standards, she is super strong.
  • Sex for Services: Her favorite "reward" for particularly "strong" men.
  • Squishy Wizard: By Asgardian standards, she is a delicate magic user.
  • Super Strength: By Earth standards, she could beat their strongest warrior in arm wrestling.
  • The Vamp: Lorelei has the ability to seduce men into doing her bidding, be it with her Compelling Voice or through physical contact.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unclear what has happened to her following Asgard's destruction in Ragnarok.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: She "upgrades" twice in her debut episode. From an average Joe to the leader of a group of bikers, to Agent Ward.

    Valkyrie 
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    Skurge 

Skurge the Executioner

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"I'm just the janitor."

Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Karl Urban

Voiced By: Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Latin-American Spanish dub), Frédéric Paquet (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok

"I just want a chance to prove myself."

A one time defender of Asgard who becomes the Death Goddess Hela's henchman.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He is far less bloodthirsty and evil than in the comics, happy to act tough to get some respect, but not really all that wild about actually hurting anybody, which is a rather large difference between him and his bullying, sadistic, and power-hungry comic self.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He is much less intimidating than his comic-book counterpart, his laziness, cowardice, and general incompetence making him a far inferior substitute to Heimdall in guarding the Bifröst. In terms of combat ability, he is also not quite as powerful as the comic version, but remains a highly capable warrior to even Asgardian standards.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics, Skurge had little ambition and mainly sought to serve Amora the Enchantress with almost blind loyalty, being The Stoic. In the movie, Skurge is an ambitious warrior eager to move up in the ranks, yet he is also more emotive and visibly struggles to carry out Hela's cruel requests.
  • Almighty Janitor: Inverted case, as Skurge appears to have been demoted down from Bifrost guard to actual janitor when Hela enters Asgard, and then gets promoted to "head flunkie".
  • An Axe to Grind: Hela conjures a menacing axe for Skurge to use after making him her executioner, a nod to his original Bloodaxe from the comics. He never uses it, not having the spine to, and ditches it when he deserts in the final battle.
  • Badass Beard: He sports some impressive facial hair and is clearly a badass.
  • Bald of Evil: He is the bald henchman to the evil and destructive Big Bad Hela.
  • The Casanova: Implied. He proudly displays his collection of items to impress the two women at the Observatory.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In The Avengers, Iron Man mockingly calls Hawkeye Legolas, suggesting that the The Lord of the Rings movies exist in the MCU. Skurge's actor Urban played Éomer in those movies.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He starts working for Hela once she takes over. Towards the end, he betrays her by taking out all her undead troops, but it costs him his life.
  • Collector of the Strange: Since getting the job, he's been using the Bifröst to steal and amass an extensive collection of trinkets and weapons from across the Nine Realms, including a pair of M16 rifles from a place called "Tex-ass".
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: Once he sees Hela's undead army starting to swarm the ship full of Asgardian refugees, he decides to make amends, takes his two M-16s, and fights the undead off with them, at the cost of his life.
  • Dark Is Evil: He becomes Hela's executioner and dressed in dark armor. Subverted as he can't bring himself to harm innocents and turns against Hela to save the Asgardians.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Skurge is dresses in a dark armor, but has some standereds and some noble qualities and even when he serves Hela, He is conflicted to do something evil for her, Even moreso with his Heel–Face Turn
  • Deal with the Devil: Karl Urban describes his alliance with Hela as this.
  • Dirty Coward: Hela notices his "survival instinct" as he's the first Asgardian to join her, purely out of fear of her powers. He redeems himself at the end with his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The Dragon: To Hela.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even after becoming Hela's right hand man, he still has scruples about carrying out her more brutal commands.
  • Gate Guardian: Skurge takes over Heimdall's job of guarding the Bifröst after Heimdall is banished from Asgard.
  • Guns Akimbo: As well as his Bloodaxe, Skurge also wields two M16 rifles, a classic image lifted directly from Walt Simonson's epic run on The Mighty Thor.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He eventually decides to stand up to Hela and take out her undead troops to help the Asgardian survivors escape. He pays for it with his own life.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He decides to fight Hela's undead soldiers off, without caring about his own life anymore, to free the escaping ship carrying Asgardian refugees and give them a chance to survive.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Has shades of this, he seems desperate to be remembered. This is contrasted with his own sense of survival and self-serving nature. However, when Hela's Berserkers threaten to storm and kill the last of Asgard's citizens, he finds it in himself to rise up and be remembered.
  • I Call It "Vera": Has two M-16s he named "Des" and "Troy."
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hela kills him with a thrown blade through the heart.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Once a defender of Asgard, Skurge decides to ally himself with Hela when she invades Asgard to save his own life.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He is lazy, sleazy, and cowardly, but he clearly doesn't enjoy hurting people and serves Hela mostly out of a desire to survive and because she shows him a degree of respect. In the end, he doesn't kill anyone, except for Hela's undead hordes when he turns on them, and he actually saves people from her even.
  • Redemption Equals Death: His Heel–Face Turn redeems what he did when joining Hela, but he ends up killed in the process. He knew it was a one-way ticket to Valhalla since he was seen previously siding with Hela and was now betraying her.
  • Remember the New Guy: He's presumably been around Asgard for a while, but doesn't actually appear until the third Thor movie. Lampshaded after Thor doesn't recognize him after arriving on Asgard, despite Skurge's claims that they fought together on Vanaheim.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Skurge is fairly hilariously useless as lackeys and especially executioners come. He fails in executing a single person the whole movie, and can't even seem to do simple things like ensure that the Bifrost Sword doesn't get stolen from under their nose. All he does is follow Hela around like a lost puppy in absolute terror of her. Loki found this out before Hela did.
    Hela: Skurge, where's the sword??

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    The Destroyer 

The Destroyer

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Portrayed By: N/A

Appearances: Thor

An extremely powerful set of armor created by Odin to defend Asgard. As one does not wear it, but project their consciousness into it, it can be misused.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, the Destroyer cannot be harmed by Thor's best blows with Mjolnir, is strong and fast enough to smack Thor around, and its heat ray can slice right through Mjolnir or an Asgardian. In the film, once Thor gets his powers and hammer back, he effortlessly blocks its heat ray and then smashes it apart.
  • Animated Armor: Controlled with a user's mind.
  • Breath Weapon: The heat ray of the Destroyer is fired from the opening in the helmet. It looks like a Wave Motion Gun.
  • The Brute: Temporarily a non-sentient one to Loki in Thor once he takes the throne.
  • Fighting a Shadow: Killing the Destroyer doesn't harm its user, seeing as it is controlled by an extension of the user's mind. In a sense, the fight with it could be considered the first battle between the Asgardians and Loki.
  • Having a Blast: They come from the eyes.
  • Implacable Man: Until Thor gets his power back and is able to fight it, it hunts him down without regard for anything else.
  • Magitek: One of the only real examples shown from Asgard so far, with the rest of the "magic" being Magic from Technology.
  • Menacing Stroll: Walking along and batting aside warriors in its path.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Destroyer
  • Power Glows: The opening in the face glows when it is about to fire.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the film it isn't shown what happened to it after it was destroyed. The tie-in comic Fury's Big Week shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. took custody of it, and are now trying to reverse-engineer it. As shown in The Avengers, they are successful.

    Fenris 

Fenris

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Species: Asgardian Wolf

Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok

Fenris was a giant wolf who served Hela during the times of the expansion of Asgard around the Nine Realms. Millennia after her death, she is resurrected by Hela with the Eternal Flame and put at her service during her oppressive rule on Asgard.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Originally a Jotun, as the son of Loki and a Jotun sorceress. Here her species is merely listed as "Asgardian Wolf".
  • Back from the Dead: Upon coming back to Asgard after being sealed by Odin for millennia, Hela destroys the floor of Asgard's Weapons Vault to reveal a crypt in which Fenris and her long-forgotten army are resting. She then resurrects them all as undead using the Eternal Flame.
  • Canis Major: A huge monster wolf, times and times larger than a regular one. Justified as she is actually part of an in-universe species called "Asgardian Wolf", which naturally grows to be that big.
  • Composite Character: As Hela's Right-Hand Attack Dog, she takes the role of Garm from the myths.
  • Disney Villain Death: She falls off of Asgard's waterfalls into outer space at the end of her fight with the Hulk.
  • Gender Flip: According to Word of God, Fenris Wolf is a female in this movie.
  • Green Eyes: Her eyes glow green due to Hela's magic.
  • Hellhound: A giant canid that serves the ruler of Hel.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Hela uses Fenris as her mount when riding into battle rather than the normal horses that the rank-and-file soldiers ride.
  • Non-Human Undead: Given the Sickly Green Glow of her eyes as similar to the Berserkers', it's highly likely that Hela's magic combined with the Eternal Flame made her into an undead hellhound.
  • Not So Stoic: Inverted. She's usually vicious and violent, but she pauses in confusion when Banner smacks down on the Rainbow Bridge in front of her. Also, during one scene in which Hela is enthroned in the palace, Fenris is seen merely lounging around docilely in the background.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. In the comics, as in the original myths, Fenris is Hela's brother and Loki's son. Here, she's just a monster that serves Hela.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Hela unleashes her upon Asgardian refugees on the Bifröst during the Final Battle. Luckily for them, the Hulk steps in to fight the giant wolf.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: This version of Fenris is about thrice the size of a direwolf, which is still nowhere near as large as her mythological counterpart (who could apparently swallow the moon). She also doesn't get to kill Odin, nor is she Loki's child and Hela's brother.
  • Savage Wolves: A giant and vicious wolf in service of the Goddess of Death. She bites Hulk hard enough to make him bleed, which is more than almost any other character in the movies can claim to have done.

    Berserkers 

Berserkers

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Species: Undead Asgardians

Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok

The reanimated corpses of dead Einherjar that fought under Hela.
  • Animate Dead: All of them were laid to rest beneath Odin's palace and this is were Hela finds them.
  • Armies Are Evil: They fought under Hela in the time in which Asgard was a conquering, imperialistic power.
  • Dem Bones: They have rotten to the point that all that remains of their faces is their skulls.
  • Keystone Army: They are all destroyed after Hela's apparent death, as she's the one who had reanimated them.
  • Non-Human Undead: They look like human corpses but this is because Asgardians are Human Aliens.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Their eyes and innards glow a bright green color like Hela's magic following their reanimation.

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